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GREAT Children's Theatre Presents Junie B. Jones' In Jingle Bells Batman Smells

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11/27/2012 - 12:00 PM

The GREAT Children’s Theatre continues their Fifteenth season with the hilarious holiday children’s play “Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells”.

When Junie B. Jones’ is center stage, she knows it all. Christmas means you get presents and elf costumes are awesome. But this first grader is having a touch Christmas, when she draws a name for the Secret Santa gift party. Junie B. Jones’ will steal your heart and brighten your spirits.

This hour long play opens on Friday, December 7th for only six public performances.

Tickets are on sale now, however opening night is sold out.

St. Cloud State Receives Diversity Award

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11/27/2012 - 11:30 AM

St. Cloud State University and two other Minnesota schools have been awarded the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award from the publisher of Insight into Diversity magazine Lenore Pearlstein.

St. Cloud State University received the award for its ongoing effort to include all aspects of diversity such as gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities and members of the LGBT community.

Insight into Diversity magazine says the award is given to colleges and universities who show “outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion in their faculty, staff, suppliers, and students.” This is the first year that the magazine has presented the award.

According to St. Cloud State, Insight into Diversity is the oldest and largest higher education diversity-focused publication.

The University of Minnesota and the William Mitchell College of Law were the other Minnesota schools presented with the award. The award was given to 47 other schools across the country.

Police Called To Alleged Drunk Driver

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11/26/2012 - 8:45 AM

Early Monday morning, St. Cloud police were called to the 500 block of St. Germain Street West for an alleged drunk driver.

According to the police report, 30-year-old Christopher Dale Ratcliff was found intoxicated in his running car. He was arrested for 1st degree DWI and 1st degree DWI-test refusal due to prior convictions.

He is currently being held for court at the Stearns County Jail.

Little Falls Man Charged In Death Of Teens

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11/26/2012 - 4:00 AM

Little Falls Man Charged In Death Of Teens

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) -A Little Falls man has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two teenager he said broke into his home.

64-year-old Byron David Smith was charged in a criminal complain filed Monday.

The complaint quote Smith telling investigators he shot 17-year-old Nicholas Brady Schaeffel and 18-year-old Haile Kifer as they came down into his basement.

The complain says Smith told investigators he fired "more shots than I needed to" he told them he was afraid the teens might have a weapon.

School officials say the victims were cousins.

Kifer was a senior at Little Falls High School. Superintendent Stephen Jones said Sunday he was notified of her death by investigators.

Schaeffel was a student at Pillager High School. The Star Tribune identified him after interviewing his principal.

The sheriff's department says police visited his home near Little Falls on Friday afternoon. Officers say 64-year-old Byron David Smith immediately confessed to killing two people the previous day about noon.

Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel says people have every right to defend themselves and their homes, but circumstances suggest Smith went beyond that point.

Victim of St. Cloud House Fire Identified

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11/26/2012 - 3:15 AM

St. Cloud Police have identified the man who died in a tragic south side house fire that happened over the weekend.

According to the police, 23-year-old Kyle Kopischke was found dead in a house at 520 8th Avenue South at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday. He was a renter along with a 22-year-old who was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released.

Police say Kopischke's hometown is Comfrey.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office plans to do an autopsy to determine the exact cause of Kopischke's death.

Fire Chief Bill Mund says the investigation revealed the fire started in the kitchen and is believed to be accidental.  At the time of the blaze, Fire Chief Bill Mund says the fire had already consumed much of the home, and the flames were so intense that firefighters couldn't go inside.

Task Force Arrests Six After Search Warrants

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11/26/2012 - 3:00 AM

The Central Minnesota Violent Offenders Task Force conducted three search warrants on the morning of November 21. According to Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner stolen property, guns and methamphetamine were recovered from the three homes.

One of the warrants was conducted at 13 Arbor Street, Bel Clare Acres in Waite Park. 32-year-old Jason Carson and 30-year-old Jacqueline Sanquist were arrested on charges of possession of stolen property, burglary, and being felons in possession of a firearm. Sanner reports that 19 guns and stolen property were found at the residence.

The second search was at 52 Joymar Drive, Bel Clare Acres in Waite Park. The investigators reportedly recovered more stolen property and over 25 grams of methamphetamine. Police arrested 57-year-old Michael Grandner and 59-year-old Jay Sanquist. Grandner on charges of possession of a fifth degree controlled substance. Sanquist was taken to the Stearns County Jail on charges of first degree possession of a controlled substance and receiving stolen property.

The third search warrant was conducted at 303 12 Avenue North in St. Cloud where the task force allegedly found four additional stolen guns and almost three more grams of methamphetamine. The police arrested 32-year-old Justin Jerome and 32-year-old Lucas Brugger. Brugger was found to have an outstanding warrant and was also charged with possessing a fifth degree controlled substance. Jerome was arrested on charges of receiving stolen property.

The investigation is ongoing and additional stolen property and weapons may be located, along with additional arrests.

Fatal St. Cloud Fire Near Campus

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11/26/2012 - 11:30 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - St. Cloud fire officials say an intense early-morning fire engulfed a local home, killing one man and injuring another.

The fire department responded to the fire Saturday about 3:30 a.m.

Fire Chief Bill Mund says the blaze had already consumed much of the home, and the flames were so intense that firefighters couldn't go inside.  Mund say the man who died isn't being identified pending notification of relatives.

The injured man was treated at a hospital and released. A St. Cloud Times report says two other people who lived in the house weren't home at the time.

Mund says investigators are trying to determine how the fire started.

St. Cloud State Fall Elections Begin

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11/26/2012 - 10:45 AM

SCSU students now have the opportunity to elect college Senators and share their views on Homecoming.

Students should have received an email this [Monday] morning about the Fall Elections. Write-ins are needed for Senators from the Colleges of Liberal Arts, Business, Public Affairs as well as Science and Engineering.

The one issue on the ballot facing SCSU students is whether or not SCSU should reinstate Homecoming into a “Celebrate! SCSU weekend”. Students are able to vote inside of the Atwood Memorial Center as well as through the link provided in their emails.

Voting is open until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28th.

St. Cloud Metro Bus Will Operate Routes On A Holiday Detour

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11/21/2012 - 9:30 AM

The St. Cloud Metro Bus will start operating on a holiday detour schedule, due to the holiday shopping traffic congestion at Crossroads Center.

This affects the 1 Waite Park, 2 Pantown, 3 West Side, 33 Southwest and 34 Stearns County West routes.  

During the detour hours, weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and all day Saturday and Sunday, buses will use the temporary stops on Waite Avenue near the 2nd Street North Scheels entrance.  Routes will also service the main shelters along the north of Crossroads Center weekday mornings and evening from 5:26 to 9:58 a.m. and 6:06 to 9:27 p.m. 

Bus schedule information will be provided at the temporary bus stops on Waite Avenue, the Crossroads main bus shelters and at the mall entrances.

The Metro Bus will start operating on a holiday detour schedule middays and weekends from Friday, November 23 through Monday, December 24.  

Local Educator To Become "Google Certified"

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11/21/2012 - 1:00 AM

St. Cloud Area District Teacher Angie Kalthoff has been selected to attend the Google Teacher Academy on Wednesday, December 5th.

The Google Teacher Academy is a free professional development experience designed to help K-12 educational leaders get the most from innovative technologies.

Upon completion, Academy participants become Google Certified Teachers who share what they learn with other K-12 educators in their local regions and beyond.

Kalthoff says that she feels honored to be chosen as one of 50 educators and is excited to work with educators from all over the world.

Google certified teachers are recognized experts and widely admired for their commitment to high expectations for students, life-long learning and collaboration.

Citizens Wanted To Serve On Stearns County Committees

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11/21/2012 - 1:00 AM

Stearns County is looking to fill various board and committee vacancies that serve a variety of county departments.

The County has openings on numerous boards including: the Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, Dairy Advisory Committee, great River Regional Library, Public Health Task Force, Park Commission, Stearns County HRA, Social Services Task Force, Extension and the Board of Adjustment.  

Serving on one of these committees is a great opportunity for citizens to give their input on issues of importance to them and the County.

Residents can apply for the positions through the County’s online application system.

The application deadline is Tuesday, December 4th.

A Lindbergh Family Christmas

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11/21/2012 - 11:30 AM

The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site is inviting people of all ages to take a step back into the year 1918. Take a peek into what life was like in the Lindbergh family house during Christmas this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees will see how Charles developed interests in aviation, technology, and the natural environment.

The Lindbergh home is a first person living history museum. Actors portray family members and hired workers while educating museum-go-ers.

The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site is a National Historic Landmark located one-and-a-half miles south of Little Falls. It is operated by the Minnesota Historical Society.

Ticket information can be found here.


St. Cloud Man Arrested After 911 Hang-Up Call

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11/21/2012 - 10:30 AM

St. Cloud Man Arrested After 911 Hang-Up Call

A 20-year-old St. Cloud man was arrested Tuesday morning after allegedly trying to strangle his girlfriend. St. Cloud Police were called to 3314 Park Drive after a 911 hang-up call from the residence around 8 a.m..

Police arrested Marquise Aaron James Joyner on charges of domestic assault by strangulation. He is being held in the Stearns County Jail for court.

St. Cloud Man Arrested For Alleged Drunken Driving

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11/20/2012 - 9:45 AM

On Monday night St. Cloud police were conducting a traffic stop at Riverside Drive and East St. Germain Street.

According to the police report, 43-year-old Dexter Drummer of St. Cloud was found to be intoxicated while operating the vehicle and was placed under arrest for DUI.

Drummer was taken to the Benton County Jail and is being held for court on 1st Degree Felony DUI charges.

This is Drummer’s fourth DUI arrest in the past ten years.

Workers Get Into Fight On The Stearns County Jail Roof

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11/20/2012 - 10:45 AM

Workers Get Into Fight On The Stearns County Jail Roof

A man working on the roof of the Stearns County Jail on Monday afternoon received a large cut on his forehead and lost a tooth after getting into a fight with another worker. The 23-year-old man and 45-year-old Warren Smith of St. Cloud started to fight after an argument had taken place.

During the fight the Smith reportedly struck the victim in the face with a rake used for spreading rocks. The victim received a three to four inch cut on his forehead and was treated on the scene by St. Cloud Fire and Gold Cross Ambulance paramedics.He refused further medical attention.

Smith was taken to the Stearns County Jail on a charge of second degree assault.

The re-roofing project is contracted through Horizon roofing, but according to Sheriff John Sanner, the two workers involved in the fight were contracted through temporary employment agency.

Officers learned the details of the fight from interviewing workers who had witnessed the fight.

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