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St. Cloud Police Squad Car Damaged After Pursuit, Suspect in Custody

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01/10/2013 - 3:30 AM

St. Cloud Police Squad Car Damaged After Pursuit, Suspect in Custody

Police say two vehicles, including a squad car, were significantly damaged after a St. Cloud man tried to flee police.

St. Cloud Police tried to pull over a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Daniel Thomas Stanger of St. Cloud on Wednesday around 4:30 p.m. The stop was in connection with an undercover narcotics purchase conducted by the Central Minnesota Violent Offenders Task Force.

According to the police report, Stanger refused to pull over and used several evasive moves to flee officers. After a few blocks, Stanger allegedly crashed into the front and side of a squad car that he was driving alongside of and spun around. The officer driving the squad car used it to push Stanger’s vehicle into a convenience store driveway at 33rd Avenue North and 7th Street ending the pursuit.

Stanger was arrested without incident and is being held the Stearns County Jail on charges of fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle.

Man Previously Involved In Officer Decker Case Now Accused Of Stalking

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01/10/2013 - 2:45 AM

BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) - A man who was arrested but not charged in the killing of a Cold Spring police officer is denying new charges that he stalked his ex-girlfriend.

The St. Cloud Times reports 34-year-old Ryan Michael Larson is accused of a pattern of stalking that included calling her employer, a health care facility in Buffalo, and trying to get her fired.

The charges were filed in Wright County, and a warrant was issued for his arrest Thursday. Larson was arrested the night Officer Tom Decker was shot behind a Cold Spring bar Nov. 29. He spent four days in jail before being released.

Larson tells the Times he doesn't understand why he's been charged in the new stalking case or why people think he's still a suspect in Decker's death.

International Education Focus of SCSU Spring Convocation Address with President Potter

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01/10/2013 - 1:20 AM

Faculty and staff at St. Cloud State University joined the university’s top leadership for the spring convocation update in the Ritsche Auditorium. Provost Devinder Malhotra detailed the university’s priorities in engaging faculty and staff in experiential learning, an educational concept that promotes extending what is learned in the classroom to hands-on practice.

The newly appointed Vice President for Finance and Administration Doug Vinzant reported the $45 million dollar Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility project, or ISELF, is on track to be completed in July. The state of the art facility will be open for classes starting in late August.

He also says progress on the National Hockey and Events Center is going well, with some parts completed by May.

University President Earl Potter presented inspiring examples of how the school is working to achieve a vision for global and cultural understanding. Potter cited specific examples of students and faculty connecting and making an impact at SCSU and throughout the world.

Finally, the president revealed the study abroad program in Alnwick, England is continuing after the Duke of Northumberland agreed to a new lease agreement and also discussed expanded partnerships with the University of New Castle with the program.

You can listen to the entire spring convocation in a podcast here.
 

UPDATE: One Man Dead After Crashing Into School Building

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01/10/2013 - 11:45 AM

The man has been identified as 65-year-old George Edward Banks of St. Cloud.

On Friday afternoon, the St. Cloud Police and Fire Department were called to a vehicle crash at the St. Katherine Drexel School.

Through investigation, officer’s learned that a vehicle traveling south on Wilson Avenue Southeast, left the road, drove one block and then struck the Northwest corner of the school. There were four adults in the room at the time of the crash and none received injuries.

The wall of the school received enough damage to cause concern for the structural security of the building, and all staff and students were evacuated. The driver of the vehicle was found unconscious behind the wheel.

Officers, fire fighters and Goldcross paramedics performed lifesaving efforts at the scene, and the driver was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital Emergency where he was later pronounced deceased.

The cause of death is unknown, however it is believed the driver had a medical episode prior to the crash.

Woman Arrested After Stealing And Fleeing Officers

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01/10/2013 - 11:45 AM

On Tuesday afternoon, the Waite Park Police Department were called about a woman who had allegedly shoplifted at a local department store and was leaving the scene.

According to the police report, the woman was driving a red Pontiac Grand Prix, which Stearns County Deputies were able to locate and attempted to stop it. The driver fled southbound on County Road 137 and then west on County Road 6 at speeds up to 100 miles per hour. The driver eventually stopped on County Road 6 and 93rd Avenue in St. Joseph.

The driver, 27-year-old Kayla Nicole Dahl of Spicer, was arrested for felony theft and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. She also had several warrants out for her arrest from Stearns, Douglas and Kandiyohi Counties.

The car contained property that Dahl admitted to shoplifting from the Waite Park store as well as other stores in St. Cloud and Sartell.

Deputies recovered about $4,000 of stolen property and returned it to the appropriate businesses.

District 14A Special Election Announced

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01/09/2013 - 1:30 AM

District 14A Special Election Announced

A special election will be held to fill the open District 14A Minnesota House of Representatives seat.

The seat is open after former Representative Steve Gottwalt resigned. Governor Mark Dayton has issued the writ of special election and Minnesota Law states that the special election must be held within 35 days of the Governor’s orders.

Candidates who wish to file for the open seat have from January 9th until January 15th to do so.

If more than one person in a party files for the seat, a primary election will be held on Tuesday, January 29th.

Filings need to be done in the Stearns County Auditor's Office or at the Secretary of State's Office

Polls for the special election will be open the same hours as the general election, from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.  Polling locations are also the same as they were for the general election. 

Man Injured After Being Hit By A Car On Highway 23

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01/09/2013 - 1:15 AM

On Tuesday night, the St. Cloud Police Department were called to a vehicle and pedestrian crash at the intersection of Highway 23 and Lincoln Avenue Southeast.

According to the police report, 25-year-old Robert James Baker was walking southbound across Highway 23, when he was struck by a vehicle going eastbound on Highway 23.

According to witnesses on the scene, Baker was crossing Highway 23 on a red light and the vehicle had the green light. Baker received severe, but non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the St. Cloud Emergency Room by GoldCross paramedics.

At this time there are no charges pending against the driver of the vehicle.

The St. Cloud Police Department was assisted at the scene by Minnesota State Patrol.

Crews Repair Vandalized Fence In Sauk Rapids

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01/09/2013 - 1:15 AM

Crews will once again repair a segment of a fence meant to protect motorists and pedestrians on Highway 10 in Sauk Rapids.

The fence was vandalized twice in less than three weeks. The fence is located along the eastbound lanes of Highway 10, which is about a half mile north of County Road 3. The fence was destroyed and repaired earlier this winter, that repair cost MnDot about five hundred dollars.

This will be the third time in four years that the fence has been torn down. Officials believe this is occurring to allow snowmobiles access to Highway 10.

However, MnDOT installs and maintains fences along high-volume, high-speed roads to protect motorists from wildlife gaining access to the highway, as well as preventing children and others from straying onto a busy segment of Highway 10.

Destruction of state property is a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and 90 days in jail.

51st Annual Winter Institute

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01/08/2013 - 3:45 AM

The 51st annual Winter Institute will be held at SCSU later this month and registration is currently open. The Winter Institute is SCSU’s signature summit for community leaders and academics that use the institute to generate ideas for growth and development in the St. Cloud area and beyond.

Claremont Graduate University professor Paul Zak, Author and Consultant Bruce Weinstein as well as SCSU Economics Professor King Banaian are some of the speakers who will be attending the Institute. The Winter Institute events being held at SCSU are free and open to the public.

However, people who want to attend to following day’s events at the River’s Edge Convention Center must register online.

The events will be on January 30th and January 31st.

Multiple People Hoping For Open 14A Seat

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01/08/2013 - 3:45 AM

Representative Steve Gottwalt officially resigned from the Minnesota House of Representatives yesterday [Monday].

Three republicans and two democrats have announced plans to run for the now-open seat. According to the St. Cloud Times, Iraq War veteran Scott MacHardy, former St. Cloud city councilman John Severson and Tama Theis are the republicans hoping for the spot as the representative.

St. Cloud school board member and democrat Joanne Dorsher says she is considering a run, as well as democrat Jerry McCarter who is also considering a bid for the 14A seat. 14A now covers west and south St. Cloud, Waite Park and St. Augusta. Rockville is no longer a part of the district after last year’s redistricting.

The democrats have set a tentative date of Saturday, January 26th for their special 14A endorsing convention at the St. Cloud Library.

GREAT Children's Theatre Presents Annie Starting On Friday

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01/08/2013 - 12:30 PM

The GREAT Children’s Theatre in St. Cloud continues their 15 season with the Broadway favorite Annie. Annie is a spunky orphan determined to find her parents after being abandoned years ago on the New York City orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigen.

After tricking Miss Hannigen, Annie befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family with billionaire Oliver Warbucks.

The show runs from Friday, January 11th until Sunday, January 20th.  The performance will be held at Escher Auditorium at the College of St. Benedict.  Tickets can be purchased here.

SCSU Recognized As Military Friendly School

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01/08/2013 - 12:20 PM

St. Cloud State University has been recognized as a military-friendly school. This decision is from a Washington D.C. publishing group and is based on the military culture, financial assistance, flexibility and support services SCSU provides.

The KMI Media Group annually publishes a Guide to Military Friendly Colleges and Universities, which is based on survey responses from nearly 300 institutions.

The 2013 guide is part of the December issue of “Military Advanced Education” magazine, which is a journal of higher learning published 10 times a year for members of America’s armed forces.

SCSU serves more than 525 enrolled military students

Two Men Arrested After High Speed Chase In Little Falls

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01/08/2013 - 11:50 AM

Two men are in jail after leading police on a chase that topped speeds above 100 MPH on Sunday.

The pursuit began after a Minnesota State Patrol Trooper attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding and a window tint violation. The pursuit started on Highway 10 about five miles south of Little Falls and ended near the 11th Street Northeast and 7th Avenue Northeast intersection in Little Falls.

The driver, 32-year-old Jesse Kirschman of Avon had driven the vehicle over the highway median and crashed into a fence. Kirschman had a warrant out for felony possession of a handgun and was believed to be under the influence of drugs and later refused a test.

The passenger, 32-year-old Eric Makela of Menahga is being held on possible charges. The two men are believed to have ditched multiple drug-related items while driving through a marshy area. Narcotics, related items and a stolen handgun were discovered and seized.

The two men arrested for controlled substance-related crimes and other possible charges are being held pending completed investigation and review by the Morrison County Attorney’s Office.

C.R.A.S.H. Task Forces Arrested Five For D.W.I.'s On New Year's Eve

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01/07/2013 - 1:30 AM

Area police departments involved in the C.R.A.S.H. Task Force issued twenty citations on New Year’s Eve during a patrol saturation focused on Minnesota Highway 23 from St. Cloud to Paynesville.

The task force stopped 110 vehicles and arrested five people for D.W.I.’s. Other citations issued include three seat belt violations, three driving after withdrawal violations, and one speeding violation.

The Central Minnesota Reduction of Accidents for Safe Highways task force, known as C.R.A.S.H., is a part of the state’s Toward Zero Death initiative that has a main goal of reducing serious injury and fatal crashes through D.W.I. enforcement and education.

Jesse Jean Smithers Will Be Charged As Adult In Colton Gleason Case

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01/07/2013 - 1:15 AM

Last Friday, the Honorable Frank Kundrat announced that 17-year-old Jesse Jean Smithers will be charged as an adult for one count of murder in the second degree, one count of manslaughter in the first degree and one count of assault in the first degree.

Smithers was arraigned in adult court today [Monday] and bail was at $1,000,000 without conditions and $500,000 with conditions.

On September 20th, 2012 the St. Cloud Police Department were called to a report of an assault in the 600 block between 8th and 9th Avenue South in St. Cloud. Through the investigation it was learned that Smithers approached and struck the victim in the head with a closed fist. The victim, 20-year-old Colton Gleason, dropped the ground and became unconscious and died from his injuries sustained from the assault.

The next hearing will be held on Thursday, January 17th.

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