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I-94 Lane Closure Near Clearwater Starting On Monday

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09/20/2012 - 10:00 AM

On Monday, September 24th a lane on I-94 between St. Cloud and the Twin Cities will be closed temporarily. This will cause delays for drivers traveling to and from the Twin Cities. I-94 will be reduced to a single lane between Highway 24 in Clearwater and County Road 75 in St. Cloud. The lane will be closed until December 1 to prepare it for a major project to resurface seven and a half miles of I-94.

Major delays are to be expected and drivers are advised to plan ahead as well as travel carefully. Traffic forecasts show that backups on westbound I-94 could exceed 20 miles during Friday afternoon evening rush periods, as well as on Thursday afternoons and evenings and possibly midday on Saturdays. Drivers are advised to travel carefully, plan their travels along with alternate routes, use the “zipper merge” during times of slow traffic, and be prepared to stop, as well as navigate the work zones with caution whenever flashing lights, workers and orange cones are present.

For more information on the project, click here.

Fire Watch And Wind Advisory In Effect Today

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09/19/2012 - 10:30 AM

The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch and a wind advisory for all of western and parts of central Minnesota. With highs today in the upper 60’s, and wind speeds of 15-30 MPH along with gusts of wind up to 40 MPH combined with a very dry ground making for easily spread of fire, according to meteorology professor Bob Weisman.

Northwest winds between 11 AM and 7 PM will also cause major problems on west-east roadways, with the National Weather Service mentioning that high-profile vehicles on Highways 14, 12, and I-94 will have a difficult afternoon.

For more information on the weather, visit http://www.stcloudstate.edu/weather/default.asp

The Road Next To The National Hockey Center To Close Thursday

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09/18/2012 - 11:00 AM

The Road Next To The National Hockey Center To Close Thursday

St. Cloud drivers who use 4th Avenue South from 12th to 13th street will experience delays in the area. The block of road next to National Hockey Center will be closed starting on Thursday for utility work.The block is expected to re-open Saturday.

Detours will be posted.

A map of the closing can be seen here.

Lilly Ledbetter Coming To SCSU In October

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09/18/2012 - 10:30 AM

Lilly Ledbetter Coming To SCSU In October

The SCSU Women’s Center invites you to attend an event that features Lilly Ledbetter.

Lilly Ledbetter is the namesake of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. The Fair Pay Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama on January 29th, 2009. The Act was the first new law of his administration. Ledbetter has become a national figure in the continuing fight for pay equity and equal opportunity for women in the workplace.

The event will take place on Tuesday, October 9th starting at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom at the Atwood Memorial Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Strong Economic Growth Reported For Central Minnesota

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09/18/2012 - 10:12 AM

Strong Economic Growth Reported For Central Minnesota

A recent survey of 76 area businesses and employment statistics show that the economy has experienced a strong growth according to economics professors King Banaian and Rich MacDonald. According to the St. Cloud Area Quarterly Business Report, which was published this week, local employment grew 3.5 percent in the year ending July 2012 and local private-sector employment grew 4.2 percent in the same period.

Banaian and MacDonald said that the index on current employment is the highest ever recorded in the 14 years we have been administering the survey.

 

Mexico's Independence Day Celebration

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09/17/2012 - 8:45 AM

Mexico's Independence Day Celebration

Sunday, September 16 was remembered as Mexico’s Independence Day. On that day, in 1810, people in Mexico were urged to fight for freedom from Spanish rule. In this week, several other countries of the Americas will celebrate their independence as they also continue to struggle for decolonization of their borders, people and cultures.

In honor of this struggle and independence, MEChA de SCSU invites you to celebrate Dia de La Independencia at the west side of the Atwood Memorial Center, from 5 to 7 p.m on Wednesday.

For information on the organization MEChA, visit http://www.nationalmecha.org/

St. Cloud Man Hit By Vehicle

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09/17/2012 - 8:30 AM

St. Cloud Man Hit By Vehicle

On Saturday afternoon St. Cloud police were called to the 3400 block of Division Street West for an assault.

According to the police report, a 19-year-old man from St. Cloud said that he was intentionally hit by a vehicle driven by 20-year-old Jordan Michael Childs of St. Cloud. The victim received non-life threatening injuries.

Childs turned himself into the St. Cloud Police Department and was taken to the Stearns County Jail where he is being held for court for charges of 2nd degree assault and 4th degree property damage.

Sweepstakes Owner Asks For Return Of Property

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09/17/2012 - 8:00 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A sweepstakes business is asking a Stearns County judge to order the return of property and cash that state agents seized in a recent raid.

The owners of Triple Crown Sweepstakes argue their business is not illegal and the state should either charge them or return their property. The state's Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division raided the St. Cloud business last month and seized video machines. Cash and personal property of one of the owners was also taken.

Steve Ehlen says he's running a marketing and fundraising business which uses sweepstakes as a marketing tool. The state Department of Public Safety says the promotion is an illegal lottery.

The St. Cloud Times reports sweepstakes centers have also opened in other states and have attracted the attention of regulators.

27 Arrested During Loud Party Over Weekend

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09/17/2012 - 3:30 AM

27 Arrested During Loud Party Over Weekend

27 people were arrested after a loud party near St. Cloud State University this weekend. The St. Cloud Police were called to the party in the 800 block of 7th Avenue South during special enforcement in the area.

19-year-old Christopher Terry Olson of Arden Hills was arrested for obstructing the legal process after he allegedly fought with officers. Olson was also arrested for minor consumption, failure to leave a loud party and fleeing on foot. He is being held in the Stearns County Jail.

Two juveniles were arrested for minor consumption and returned to their parents. The three renters were cited for violating the social host ordinance, violating the noise ordinance, and for minor consumption.

Three officers received minor injuries while arresting Olson.

St. Cloud Man Arrested After Leading Police On Car Chase

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09/17/2012 - 3:00 AM

St. Cloud Man Arrested After Leading Police On Car Chase

A 41-year-old St. Cloud man was arrested after leading the police on a car chase Friday night. The Stearns County Sherriff’s office and the St. Cloud Police were looking for Jason Alan Abel in connection to a violation of an order of a protection.

Abel was found near the St. Augusta Fire Hall where he fled the area in a car. The sheriff’s office chased Abel into St. Augusta but stopped pursuing him for safety reasons.

A short time after, the St. Cloud Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol found the car. They followed it to the area near South Junior High School where Abel abandoned the car and fled on foot.

He was found hiding under a deck after the area was secured by police.

Abel is being held in the Stearns County Jail as the incident is still under investigation.

UPDATE: Victim Identified In Mobile Home Fire

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09/17/2012 - 11:15 AM

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner has identified the victim in a mobile home fire early Monday morning. 47-year-old Scott Vogelpohl of Paynesville was found dead inside the home located at 19503 293rd Avenue in Paynesville Township. When Stearns County Sheriff’s Deputies and Paynesville Fire and Ambulance services arrived around 6 a.m. they found the mobile-home completely engulfed in flames.

Vogelpohl's body was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy. The Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s office and the Stearns County Sheriff's Department are investigating this incident.

St. Cloud Man Arrested After Police Receive Possible Child Abduction Call

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09/17/2012 - 11:00 AM

St. Cloud Man Arrested After Police Receive Possible Child Abduction Call

A 49-year-old St. Cloud man was arrested late Friday night for domestic assault. St. Cloud Police were called to the 500 block of 9th Avenue North for a possible child abduction. Police found that Michael Liddell had allegedly assaulted a 34-year-old St. Cloud man. Liddell was arrested and taken to the Stearns County Jail on charges of felony domestic assault.

The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries but refused medical attention. The victim’s child was found and returned to the victim.

Case-Hill Halls Grand Re-Opening

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09/14/2012 - 9:00 AM

Case-Hill Halls Grand Re-Opening

The public is invited to the Grand Re-Opening of Case-Hill Halls on Tuesday, September 18th.

The $12 million project, which began in January, was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

The 1960s-era residential halls have undergone a stylish and student friendly environment. Among the many upgrades are renovated lounge areas, kitchen facilities and larger bathrooms offering greater privacy. Since the project came in under budget, there are plans to add air conditioning to the common areas, technology center and offices.

The Grand Re-Opening will begin at 3:30 p.m. with the ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:45 p.m.

Emergency Personnel Called To Motor Vehicle And Pedestrian Accident

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09/14/2012 - 8:45 AM

On Thursday afternoon emergency personnel were called to the intersection of 9th Avenue South and 11th Street South for a motor vehicle and pedestrian accident.

According to the police report, 18-year-old Megan Jean Niemela of Cokato was making a left turn onto 9th Avenue when she hit a 12-year-old girl as she was trying to cross 9th Avenue South.

The girl was taken to the emergency room for non-life threatening injuries. Niemela was cited for failure to yield and was released from the scene

St. Cloud Police Respond To Unknown Emergency Call

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09/14/2012 - 8:45 AM

St. Cloud Police Respond To Unknown Emergency Call

On Thursday night St. Cloud Police were called to the 100 block of 24th Avenue North for an unknown emergency.

Upon arriving officers met with the 50-year-old woman victim who said she had been assaulted by her husband, 49-year-old Luther Berryhill. The victim reported minor injuries and refused an ambulance.

Berryhill was taken to the Stearns County jail where he is being held on charges of domestic assault by strangulation and interference with a nine one one call

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