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Investigators Arrest Amtrak Rider

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01/25/2013 - 10:30 AM

On Thursday morning, the Central Minnesota Violent Offenders Task Force arrested a suspect who arrived on the Eastbound Amtrak Train for outstanding warrants.

Investigators received a tip that 38-year-old Jason Alan Folland of Tuscon, Arizona, would be traveling from Oregon to St. Cloud. Investigators learned that Folland was wanted for a driving offense and a 2009 felony theft warrant and were told that he may be in possession of controlled substances.

Investigators met the train at 5:15 a.m. and observed Folland get off the train with a large black rolling duffle bag. Folland was taken to the Benton County Jail for his warrants. His bag was inventoried and it was discovered that he was carrying 33 pounds of marijuana which is valued at $130,000.

Folland is expected to be charged with 3rd degree possession of a controlled substance.

Two People Wanted For Murder In Alabama Arrested In St. Cloud

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01/25/2013 - 10:00 AM

Two people from Alabama have been arrested in St. Cloud for murder charges.

According to the police report, the suspect, 39-year-old Laron Lamont Lukes had an arrest warrant out for an incident that occurred in Hunstville, Alabama. Lukes is accused of being the shooter in a drive by type shooting, where he fired several shots at a victim on November 12th, 2012.

The driver of that vehicle was identified as 27-year-old Eleana Marie Ghant and the two were believed to have fled to Ghant’s mother’s apartment in St. Cloud. Ghant also had outstanding warrants for driving offenses in Benton County and an outstanding warrant for 1st degree criminal damage to property in Stearns County. The U.S. Marshals along with the Violent Offenders Task Force conducted surveillance on the apartment over the course of several days.

On Wednesday, January 23rd, a search warrant was drafted and executed at the apartment using the St. Cloud Police Department Tactical Response Team. Both Ghant and Lukes were taken into custody without incident and are being held at the Stearns County Jail for their warrants.

The Central Minnesota Violent Offenders Task Force is comprised of officers from Sartell, Little Falls and St. Cloud Police Departments along with deputies from Stearns, Benton, Todd, Morrison and Sherburne counties.

Stearns History Museum Will Be Closed Starting Next Monday

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01/24/2013 - 9:45 AM

The Stearns History Museum will be closed from January 28th to February 1st. The Museum is closing to do some winter housecleaning.  

The Museum staff has objects to catalog, archives to fill, and photos to digitalize.

The Stearns History Museum will reopen on February 2nd.

Governor Mark Dayton Appoints St. Joseph Man To Statewide Independent Council

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01/24/2013 - 11:00 AM

On Wednesday Governor Mark Dayton announced William Rudolph of St. Joseph to the Statewide Independent Living Council.

The Statewide Independent Living Council promotes independent living, leadership, empowerment, independence and productivity of persons with disabilities, and promotes the integration and full inclusion of persons with disabilities into American society.

Rudolph will be replacing Roberta Cich and will stay on the council until 2016.

Extra Police Enforcement In Downtown St. Cloud Due To "St. Cloud: The Takeover"

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01/24/2013 - 10:30 AM

St. Cloud Police have announced they will increase police enforcement in downtown St. Cloud this weekend due to an event called “St. Cloud: The Takeover.”

The extra enforcement will be on Friday and Saturday night. St. Cloud Police Chief, Blair Anderson says the department will have a zero tolerance mindset when it comes to dealing with criminal behavior this weekend in the area. He also said that people coming to St. Cloud to be uncivil or to commit crimes are “not welcome and will be dealt with swiftly.”

According to the St. Cloud Police,the promoters of the event are advertising bus transportation from the Twin Cities to St. Cloud for the event.

Wind Chill Advisory Issued For All Of Minnesota Tonight Into Thursday Morning

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01/23/2013 - 9:55 AM

The National Weather service has issued a wind chill advisory from 6:00 p.m. Wednesday to 9:00 a.m. Thursday. The winds will be coming from the Northeast and will drop temperatures back down to around 0.

 The temperatures will drop to -20 after midnight Thursday morning, and any stirring of wind will drop the temperatures down to -30 and could cause frostbite to exposed skin in 20 minutes.

According to SCSU Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman, we will likely repeat the cycle again on Thursday night and Friday.

Diversity Job and Internship Fair Is Friday At SCSU

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01/23/2013 - 1:45 AM

Diversity Job and Internship Fair Is Friday At SCSU

St. Cloud State University students and alumni have the opportunity to meet with nearly 80 employers on Friday at the Diversity Job and Internship Fair. The fair is at the Atwood Memorial Center from 1 to 4 p.m.

Employers from sectors such as business, science, engineering, health, human services, education, communications and more will be in attendance. According to the SCSU communications department, employers are offering part-time and summer employment opportunities for first and second-year students.

Students attending should dress professionally and bring a resume. The fair is free and no registration is required.

The job and internship fair is sponsored by Career Services, Multicultural Student Services, the American Indian Center, the LGBT Resource Center and Student Disability Services of St. Cloud State University.

Parking is free on the streets adjacent to campus and a dollar per hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp.

Community Wide Food Packaging Event This Saturday

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01/23/2013 - 11:45 AM

St. Cloud State University and the United Way of Central Minnesota are holding a community-wide food packaging volunteer opportunity this Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The food packaging will take place at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. People who wish to volunteer their time on Saturday must sign up online. Sign-up shifts are generally about two hours long.

Three to four people are needed on Friday at 6 p.m. to help set up for Saturday.

Sign up information can be found here.

Cold Weather Continues Until Tuesday

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01/22/2013 - 9:45 AM

Central Minnesota is still feeling the cold weather as much of Minnesota was under a wind chill warning or advisory as of this morning.

While these have expired, winds are lighter but still persistent from Alexandria to St. Cloud with temperatures in the negative teens with wind chills in the negative thirties.

According to SCSU Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman, today should not be as windy as the past two days, but temperatures will only slowly rebound to the negative single digits by the afternoon.

The cold will ease up a bit starting tonight as lows stay in the negative single digits with only light winds. Tomorrow, the high temperatures will return to single digits.

St. Cloud Area School District 742 does not have classes today due to a pre-planned staff planning day, however some area schools started with a 2-hour delay this morning due to the cold temperatures.

Police Are Investigating A Southside Robbery

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01/21/2013 - 1:00 AM

Police are investigating an attempted robbery that happened on St. Cloud’s south side on Saturday morning. St. Cloud Police were called to the 600 block of 7th Avenue South at about 2 a.m. after a complaint of a robbery in progress.

According to the police report, three men in their early 20s were walking in the alleyway and were confronted by two male suspects. One of the suspects displayed a handgun and told the victims he wanted their belongings. During the confrontation, the suspected allegedly fired his gun. The gunshot did not injure any of the victims. However, one of the victims received minor injuries after being pushed to the ground and assaulted.

Police believe that the suspects left in a car and that the incident was random. The descriptions of the suspects have not been released due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the St. Cloud Police at 251-1200.

One Sent To Hospital After Being Punched In Downtown St. Cloud

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01/21/2013 - 12:45 PM

One Sent To Hospital After Being Punched In Downtown St. Cloud

A St. Cloud man needed stiches after being punched early Sunday morning in front of the Red Carpet Nightclub.

Police say the 24-year-old man was punched in the head by 23-year-old Matthew Robert Blackmore of Albany. Police arrested Blackmore a couple blocks away from the scene. He was taken to the Stearns County Jail and is expected to be charged with 3rd degree assault.

Investigation found Blackmore’s ex-girlfriend was on a date that night with the victim. However, police say they don’t think the victim and suspect had met before.

Absentee Voting For Special Election Begins Today

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01/18/2013 - 9:45 AM

Absentee Voting For Special Election Begins Today

Absentee voting for the February 12th Special Election begins today [Friday].

This Special Election will fill the vacant 14A House of Representative seat. District 14A consist of St. Augusta and St. Joseph Township.  It also includes St. Cloud City Ward 1, Precinct 4,6 and 7.  St. Cloud City Ward 3, Precinct 1,2, and 3 and St. Cloud City Ward 4, Precinct 1,4,5,6, and 7.  Lastly, it includes Waite Park City Precinct 1-3. 

In order to vote by absentee ballot, you must fulfill one of the following reasons for needing an absentee ballot:

1. Absence from precinct on election day.

2.Illness or disability.

3. Religious discipline or observance of religious holiday.

4. Service as an election judge in another precinct.

5. Eligible emergency declared by the governor or quarantine declared by federal or state government.

You can cast your absentee ballot in person at the Auditor-Treasurer’s office located in the Stearns County Administration building until 5 p.m. on Monday, February 11th.

Winter Volunteer and Service-Learning Fair Next Wednesday

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01/17/2013 - 10:15 AM

Students, staff and faculty are invited to the 2013 SCSU Winter Volunteer and Service Learning Fair next Wednesday.

This is your chance to interact with a variety of non-profit community agencies with a need for volunteers, service-learners, and student groups and organizations.

You can also have the opportunity to learn about the issues and needs in the St. Cloud area. The event begins at 10:00 a.m. in the Main Lounge in Atwood.

Stearns County Seeking Input For Parks And Trails Ordinance Changes

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01/16/2013 - 9:50 AM

Stearns County Seeking Input For Parks And Trails Ordinance Changes

 Ever want to go horseback riding at Rockville County Park or have a controlled hunt in a County Park? Stearns County is proposing changes to its Parks and Trails ordinance that will allow you to do just that.

A public meeting will be held on the ordinance changes on Tuesday, January 22 at 10:05 a.m. at the County Board Room of the Administration center in downtown St. Cloud.

To give input on the proposed ordinance changes, you can appear before the County Board during the January 22nd public hearing or you can email, or by calling 320-654-4726.  

Little Falls Homeowner Court Date Moved To May

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01/16/2013 - 9:45 AM

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - The next court appearance for a Little Falls man accused of fatally shooting two teenage intruders at his home on Thanksgiving has been moved to May.

Morrison County Judge Douglas Anderson on Tuesday rescheduled Byron Smith's Jan. 22 hearing for May 6th. Smith's attorney, Steven Meshbesher, requested the delay.

The Star Tribune reports Meshbesher noted in a letter to the judge that DNA and toxicology lab work in the case won't be complete until early spring. He also said that the defense must gather and review "a significant volume" of information and evidence that prosecutors plan to introduce in the case.

Smith faces two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady. Smith was released from custody in December after posting bond.

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