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Feedback Sought For Proposed Highway 24 Bridge Project

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12/14/2012 - 9:45 AM

Residents, business owners and motorists are invited to attend an open house about a proposed project to replace the Highway 24 Bridge in Clearwater.

The proposed project will build a new two-lane bridge at one of two locations near the existing highway 24 bridge.

The current plan will also keep the existing bridge open to traffic while the new bridge is being constructed. After the new bridge is opened to traffic, the old bridge will be closed and removed.

Those who attend the open house will be able to review layouts for the two bridge location options and proposed rights of way for both alternatives.

The open house will go from 5 to 7 pm on Tuesday, December 18 at Clearwater City Hall.

Questions about the project can be directed to Project Manager Claudia Dumont at 320-223-6530.  

Police Respond To Knife Assault Early Friday Morning

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12/14/2012 - 1:45 AM

Police Respond To Knife Assault Early Friday Morning

Early Friday morning, St. Cloud Police were called to the 10th block of 7th Avenue South for an assault.

According to the report, two 22 year old men received knife wounds as a result of an altercation. After an investigation, 24-year-old Gilberto Aleman and 24-year-old Justin Lee Gomez, both of Sauk rapids, were identified as the suspects and were both arrested for 1st and 2nd degree assault. Both Aleman and Gomez were taken to the Stearns County Jail.

Both of the victims did not receive life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information about the assault is asked to contact St. Cloud Police at 251-1200.

Remembrance Ceremony Being Held Tomorrow For Our Fallen Veterans

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12/14/2012 - 11:15 AM

A remembrance ceremony and wreath placement for our country’s fallen veterans will be held at Little Falls on Saturday morning.

The ceremony will be held with thousands of wreaths being placed shortly after the ceremony. Everyone is invited to attend and assist with the wreath placement on the veteran’s graves.

Information booths will be available to those who have questions.

Free refreshments will be available in the main administration building.

Two large parking areas have been constructed to assist everyone attending.

The event will begin at 11 am at the Little Falls Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery.  

St. Cloud City Council Meeting Monday

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12/14/2012 - 10:00 AM

St. Cloud City Council Meeting Monday

The St. Cloud City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, December 17th.

One of the key topics being discussed will be a temporary on-sale intoxicating liquor license and exemption from the City’s noise ordinance for the Minnesota Youth Foundation will be mentioned.

An approval for a purchase of a Direct-Link Crisis Phone System for the St. Cloud Tactical Response team will be discussed.

Also, a resolution for approving the Whitney Regional Park as the location for the Community Aquatics Center will be introduced.

The council meeting will begin at 6 pm.  

Downtown Alliance Foundation Awarded Morgan Family Foundation grant

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12/13/2012 - 11:00 AM

Downtown Alliance Foundation Awarded Morgan Family Foundation grant

The St. Cloud Downtown Alliance Foundation has been awarded by the Morgan Family Foundation with a grant for up to $75,000.

The funds will be used to strengthen the organization while increasing their effectiveness. The foundation believes that a homegrown economy matters and that the organization is positioned to inform, influence and inspire in order to achieve the best possible coordination and results.

An initial $25,000 will be used towards efforts aimed at increasing the organizations sustainability. The remaining balance will be used to leverage additional support in new or increasing contributions.

The Morgan Family Foundation values the importance the role that the Downtown Alliance plays in the community

Area School District Seeking Input On Superintendent Search

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12/13/2012 - 10:30 AM

The St. Cloud Area School District 742 is seeking the public’s help in hiring a new superintendent.

The District 742 Board of Education has hired School Exec Connect, a superintendent search firm to assist with the search for a new superintendent. School Exec Connect consultants will meet with board members, school staff, parents, students and community members in the next couple of weeks to determine what characteristics or skills one would like to see in a superintendent.

A Community Input Session will be held on Tuesday, December 18th at 10 am at the Whitney Senior Center in the Herberger Room, and at 7 pm at the Apollo High School Resource Center.  This session is open to all staff and community members.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to give confidential written feedback to the consultants online.

By using the information gathered, they will develop a profile of desired skills and characteristics for the next superintendent.

SCSU Men's Hockey Teddy Bear Toss On Saturday

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12/13/2012 - 10:25 AM

Once again St. Cloud State’s Men’s Hockey team is teaming up with Toys for Tots for their annual Teddy Bear Toss.

During the 1st intermission teddy bears or stuffed animals that are thrown onto the ice will be donated to Toys for Tots.

The game is this Saturday at 7 p.m at the National Hockey and Event Center.  Ticket information can be found here

Ride Northstar Free this Weekend With Toys For Tots Donation

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12/12/2012 - 9:25 AM

Northstar Link, Metro Transit and BNSF Railway have teamed up to offer free rides on select bus and train trips this Friday and Saturday.

In order to qualify for the selected free trips you must bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. For the commute on Friday morning, riders on Northstar Link buses who bring a new toy, will ride for free and receive a ticket for a free return trip.

U.S. Marines and BNSF employees who operate Northstar will be on hand at the Target Field Station on Friday to accept donations from Northstar commuters. In exchange for that donation, riders will be given a free pair of Northstar train tickets to use at a later date.

On Saturday, those riding on the special Northstar Holidazzle bus or train may ride free to and from any station with their toy donation.

One donation is required from each Northstar commuter in order to qualify for these free rides.  For example, a party of two adults and two children would ride free with a donation of four new unwrapped toys.  

Man Charged With Killing Two Teens Seeking Lower Bail

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12/12/2012 - 9:00 AM

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota man accused of killing two teens who broke into his home on Thanksgiving is asking a judge to reduce his bail.

The St. Cloud Times reports 64-year-old Byron David Smith is seeking to reduce the $2 million bail set by Morrison County District Judge Douglas Anderson. The judge set the high bail when Smith made his first court appearance on charges that he murdered 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady.

A hearing has been scheduled for Monday to argue the motion, which was filed by Smith's attorney, Steven Meshbesher. Smith is charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

Authorities say Smith went beyond what's permitted for self-defense when he shot the cousins multiple times, including after they had been incapacitated, at his home near Little Falls.

Fire Engulfs Building In Clearwater

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12/12/2012 - 9:00 AM

On Tuesday afternoon the Stearns County Sheriff’s office was called to a structure fire on 200th Street East in Clearwater.

The building was engulfed in flames upon arrival by local fire departments. Stearns County was assisted by members of the Clearwater, St. Augusta, Clear Lake and Monticello Fire Departments.

No injuries were reported and damage to the building was severe. The building was being used as a business for Response Delivery Service.

The incident is being investigated by the State Fire marshal.

Richmond Man Injured In Snowmobile Accient

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12/12/2012 - 9:00 AM

On Tuesday night Stearns County Sheriff’s officers were called to a snowmobile accident in Freeport.

Upon arriving, officers found 21-year-old Chad Buerman of Richmond, who had been operating a snowmobile in the area of a gravel pit and went off an incline. The snowmobile left the ground and dropped about thirty feet causing it to roll on impact

. Buerman was taken to the Albany Hospital by Melrose Ambulance.

St. Martin Fire and Rescue assisted on the scene.

Citizens Forum Tonight In Atwood

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12/12/2012 - 10:00 AM

More than 800 Minnesotans have attended Citizen Forums across the state to provide input that will be considered at the Minnesota Environmental Congress next year.

The Citizen Forums are an opportunity for Minnesotans to interact with state agency commissioners and staff, and a chance to learn more about Minnesota’s Environment and Energy Report Card.

Attendees can post their answers to key questions and submit more in-depth ideas. State Government leaders want to hear about Minnesotan’s priorities and visions for the environment.

St. Cloud will be the host of a Citizen Forum tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the Atwood Memorial Center.

SCSU Professors Do Some "Mythbusting"

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12/11/2012 - 4:00 AM

St. Cloud State University professor of Physics, Astronomy and Engineering Dr. Kevin Haglin and Biology Professor Dr. Bruce Jacobson are doing some myth-busting Wednesday evening at 4 p.m. Haglin and Jacobson are exploring the friction created by interleaving two 800-page phone books, similar to an episode of the popular TV show Mythbusters.

The professors say that the experiment conducted by the myth busters is not so simple. Haglin and Jacobson will present their phone book friction test, which they say can be repeated in laboratories for engaged learning experiences.

They will present in the Wick Science Building Room 124 at St. Cloud State University.

SCSU Announces New Chief Information Officer

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12/11/2012 - 11:45 AM

SCSU Announces New Chief Information Officer

St. Cloud State University is welcoming a new addition to its Administration. The first ever Chief Information Officer has been named. After a national search was conducted Henry May will start the new Chief Information Officer position on January 7th.

May has 24 years of executive management experience in the field of information technology and he will oversee SCSU’s information technology, technology support and multimedia and web services.

May previously has served as Chief Information Officer for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development since 2008. May earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Management and Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas. He also earned his Master of Business Administration degree in Strategic Management and Organization from the University Of Minnesota Carlson School Of Management.

The Chief Information Officer is a new position the university administration supported under its recent campus-wide re-organization.

Little Falls Homeowner Surveillance System Recorded Break-in

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12/11/2012 - 10:30 AM

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Court documents show a Little Falls man accused of fatally shooting two teenagers had a surveillance system that recorded video of the cousins as they broke into his home Thanksgiving Day.

The St. Cloud Times reports that search warrants reveal 64-year-old Byron David Smith also made an audio recording of the shootings. Smith is charged with murdering Nick Brady and Haile Kifer. The search warrants allege Smith was sitting in a basement chair when he shot Brady, then sat back down and shot Kifer minutes later.

The warrants also say Smith appeared to have blood on his shoes and clothes when authorities arrived. Authorities learned of the video and audio recordings while searching Smith's home.

They then went back and seized several computer memory cards and computer equipment.

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