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Anonymous Donor Providing Match For Kettle Drive Donations

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12/10/2012 - 11:00 AM

An anonymous donor has provided the St. Cloud Salvation Army kettle drive with a $20,000 match.

For the next seven days every dollar donated will be matched up to $20,000. Major Lee Morrison said that the Salvation Army is working hard to make their goal, however they are about $10,000 behind.

The Salvation Army has been experiencing an increase in the number of families requesting shelter and food this past year and it has put a strain on resources.

Any donation given at a kettle or sent in the mail will be used as part of the match.  

For information on how to donate click here.

Stearns County Receives County Award

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12/10/2012 - 11:00 AM

Stearns County’s Domestic Violence Partnership project received the County Achievement Award from the Association of Minnesota Counties. Stearns County received the award for the innovations and improved quality of life that the project offers for domestic assault cases.

The project started in 2008 as a result of the last seven homicides in Stearns County involved domestic violence. Stearns County reports that 85 percent of repeat violence victims also had children.

The Domestic Violence Partnership uses intensive supervision, accountability and support programs. The program also includes drug and alcohol testing, access to treatment and strict no contact and behavior conditions for offenders.

Snow Emergency Issued For St. Cloud

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12/09/2012 - 4:45 AM

A Snow Emergency has been issued for St. Cloud. The snow emergency will be in effect for 72 hours unless rescinded due to favorable weather conditions.

According to SCSU Meteorology Professor Bob Wesiman, a combination of new snow that has accumulated 10 to 15 inches in the Minnesota River Valley, Willmar, Redwood Falls and Marshall, as well as blowing snow, has been causing huge travel problems.

US 14, 71, 59, 212 and 75 and now closed in parts of west, central and southwestern Minnesota. Travel is on not recommended many roads in west, central and southwest Minnesota.

Winds will be an issue later tonight as they pick up 15 to 30 MPH and temperatures will fall back to near 10 degrees by early evening and below zero overnight.

Officers Looking For Suspects Involved With Three Tuesday Night Robberies

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12/07/2012 - 9:45 AM

On Tuesday night, three robberies were reported to the St. Cloud Police Department. All of the robberies took place in the neighborhood west of campus and the victims of the robberies are SCSU students.

Three of the victims received minor to non-life threatening injuries and one was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital to be treated. Two of the victims reported they had been threatened with a gun, but did not see a gun.

The robberies occurred in an alley in the 500 block between 5th and 6th Avenue South, the alley between 9th Street and 8th Avenue South and in the 300 block of 8th Avenue South.  

As a result, the St. Cloud Police Department and SCSU’s Public Safety are urging students and other residents in the university area to follow safety precautions.  Some safety tips are to stay in well-lighted areas and travel major thoroughfares, always travel in groups, do not desert your friends, do not text or use headphones when walking, avoid confrontations, and lock your residence doors and windows, do not let strangers know when your residence is unoccupied or when you are home alone.  

Police are also urging students and residents to report any suspicious activity in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Members of the St. Cloud Police Department’s Community Crime Impact team are available for questions at a kiosk most Wednesdays in the Atwood Memorial Center.

If you have any information about any of these robberies, please contact police at 251-1200.

SCSU Joins Emergency Aid Consortium

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12/07/2012 - 10:00 AM

SCSU has recently joined more than 30 higher education institutions and other organizations around the world in providing emergency support for Syrian students and scholars. This is in response to the crisis currently going on in Syria.

There are very few resources or programs to assist Syrians at the university level, within or outside the country. An emergency aid consortium, led by the Institute of International Education, has committed more than 1.3 million dollars in emergency assistance to students and threatened academics to continue their work in safe haven countries.

Universities around the world have joined the consortium in which they agree to provide scholarships for students and serve host campuses for professors and senior scholars.

An online portal will be launched in December to enable individuals needing educational assistance to browse available scholarships and apply directly to participating emergencies.  The portal will also provide information on online learning options, so students who cannot travel for scholarship opportunities can continue their education during the crisis.  

St. Cloud Weekend Events

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12/06/2012 - 10:30 AM

The St. Cloud Downtown Council is hosting a series of Holiday events this weekend. KVSC’s Amelia Rowland spoke with Executive Director for the Downtown Council Pegg Gustafson about all of the upcoming events.

Click here for the audio.  To learn more about all of the events click here

 To find out more about the Santa Fun Run/walk click here

Due to the Downtown Nights and Lights Parade, St. Germain Street West, from 12th Avenue to 4th Avenue will be shut down at 3:50 p.m.  No vehicles will be able to drive or cross this part of St. Germain Street for the duration of the event, which is expected to last 2-3 hours.  Citizens parked in the Le St. Germain parking ramp, wishing to leave during the event, will be directed to the south exit of the ramp.  

A Man Was Robbed on 8th Avenue South

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12/05/2012 - 9:15 AM

On Tuesday night, St. Cloud Police officers were approached by a 22-year old man who stated that he was robbed in the 300 block of 8th Avenue South.

The victim said that he had just left his parked vehicle when he was assaulted by two men and was robbed of personal property.The two men headed eastbound and were not caught by officers. The victim received treatment for non-life threatening injuries from the assault.

At this time, there are no suspects, but anyone with information is to call the St. Cloud Police Department at 251-1200.

Funeral For Cold Spring Police Officer Wednesday

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12/05/2012 - 1:30 AM

Funeral For Cold Spring Police Officer Wednesday

State officials estimate several thousand people are attending a funeral service for slain Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says the estimated 3,200 people at St. John's Abbey and University Church in Collegeville include about 2,300 law enforcement officers from around the U.S. and Canada.

Funeral spokesman Doug Neville said that squad cars were spotted from as far away as Chicago, Ontario, and the state of Montana.

The 31-year-old officer was fatally shot Thursday when he was called to check on a man's welfare. No charges have been filed in his death. Officers saluted Decker's hearse as it arrived at the church Wednesday morning.

After the service, a procession of officers will escort his casket through the community Decker served and to St. Nicholas Catholic Cemetery in Luxemburg where he will be buried.

UPDATE: Funeral For Cold Spring Officer Decker Is Being Held Today

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12/05/2012 - 10:15 AM

COLD SPRING, Minn. - The funeral for a Cold Spring police officer killed in the line of duty is set for Wednesday.

Thirty-one-year-old Tom Decker was ambushed Thursday and shot twice while responding to a report of a suicidal man. He was married with two sons and two daughters.

His family on Saturday said the visitation would be Tuesday at 4 p.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Saint John's Abbey and University Church in Collegeville.

Below is a map of the procession map for Officer Decker.  Out of respect, you are asked  not follow this route exactly.  However, you are able to watch from an adjacent street.


Up to 2,000 officers from around the country could attend Decker's funeral at St. John's Abbey and University Church in Collegeville. After the service, a procession will escort his casket through the community he served, and to St. Nicholas Catholic Cemetery in Luxemburg, where he will be buried. 

Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered that flags at state and federal buildings be flown at half-staff until sunset Wednesday in Decker's honor.


Suspect In Cold Spring Officer Shooting Released

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12/04/2012 - 12:20 PM

Suspect In Cold Spring Officer Shooting Released

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A 34-year-old man accused in the killing of a central Minnesota police officer has been released without charge.

Authorities at the Stearns County jail confirm that Ryan Michael Larson was released shortly before noon Tuesday. Larson was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of Tom Decker last Thursday in the small city of Cold Spring about 75 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Stearns County Sheriff's Office say prosecutors have determined that they don't have enough documented evidence to charge Larson at this time.

Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Assistant Superintendent Drew Evans says that investigators will not rest until they fully determine what happened the night of Officer Decker’s death.

Decker, a father of four, had been with the Cold Spring department for six years.

His funeral will be held Wednesday in nearby Collegeville.

Mass Communication Students Promotoe Northstar Rail

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12/04/2012 - 11:50 AM

Mass Communication students at St. Cloud State University in the class Public Relations Cases and Campaigns are holding an event to increase awareness about the Northstar Rail. The Northstar Rail currently runs daily from Big Lake to Target Field in Minneapolis and a bus runs from St. Cloud to Big Lake.

The event will be on Thursday Dec. 6 starting at 11 a.m. in the Atwood Memorial Center. People who stop by the event will have the opportunity to win prizes, including free tips on the Northstar Rail and gift cards to use on the trip.

St. Cloud Hospital's Festival Of Lights On Thursday

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12/04/2012 - 11:30 AM

The 24th Annual Festival of Lights is set to illuminate the St. Cloud Hospital on Thursday Dec. 6.

The lighting ceremony will start at 6 p.m. in front of the St. Cloud Hospital and will feature reindeer, horse-drawn trolley rides, caroling performed by the St. Cloud Tech High School Chamber Choir and special appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The lighting will begin at 7 p.m. Cookies and cocoa will also be served at the event which goes until 8 p.m.

Housing Options Available To SCSU Students Over Break

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12/04/2012 - 11:30 AM

As the semester comes to an end, students on campus may wonder what their options are for housing on campus.

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Registration for winter break housing can be found here

Hours for Atwood, including winter break hours, can be found here

STEM Summit Returns To SCSU In January

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12/03/2012 - 9:00 AM

In January, the Atwood Memorial Center will hold a Summit to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education, otherwise known as STEM. The summit will feature a video welcome message by Senator Al Franken. The event will also include a presentation by former 3M chemist, inventor and science entertainer Professor Sepoc.

Among other exhibits at the summit will be the Minnesota Planetarium’s “ExploraDome”, which delivers hands-on learning experiences within a 25-foot diameter video dome.

For more information on the summit, contact Associate Dean Carolyn Williams at

Judge Grants 24 Hour Hold Extension on Shooting Suspect

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12/03/2012 - 3:45 AM

The Stearns County Attorney’s Office requested a 24-hour extension of the hold on shooting suspect Ryan Michael Larson. He's facing murder charges in the death of Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker.

Judge Vicki Landwehr approved the extension of Larson’s detention at a hearing Monday. Larson is being held in the Stearns County Jail in connection with the November 29 murder of Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker.

The investigation is ongoing.

Authorities have three days to arraign and charge suspects in Minnesota. A specific reason for the 24-hour extension hold was not disclosed.

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