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Coffee With Commissioner Bromenschenkel This Saturday

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03/07/2013 - 10:30 AM

Stearns County Commissioner Mark BromenSchenkel is once again meeting with citizens of his District.  Coffee with the Commissioner is typically held the first Saturday of every other month and alternates between three locations in District 2.

Bromenschenkel says that it is imperative for him to hear the issues that are important to the citizens and for them to know that he is available to listen to their concerns. 

Coffee with Commissioner Bromenschenkel will be held this Saturday from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Liquid Assets Coffee Shop in Sartell.

Citizens are encouraged to stop in anytime during the hour when it is convenient for them.

Downtown Area Hosting Granite City Days Parade This Summer

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03/07/2013 - 10:30 AM

The St. Cloud Downtown Area will play host to the Granite City Days Parade this year.

The parade route will start near the VFW and Wendy’s and head east on St. Germain Street before turning left onto 6th Avenue North and ending at Hester Park. St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis says this route will help the marching bands because it only involves one turn along the route.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 29th.

The parade route will also include the Granite City Days 5K Run, which will start and end at the St. Cloud Public Library.  The 5k run takes place prior to the parade.

Student Internship Program Reinstated At SCPD

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03/06/2013 - 9:35 AM

The Student Internship Program at the St. Cloud Police Department has been reinstated.

St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson says the department is excited to enter into a partnership with MnSCU, specifically at SCSU, to provide Criminal Justice students an opportunity for a comprehensive, behind the scenes look at a contemporary municipal law enforcement agency.

The Police Department is accepting applications for the Summer Program until Monday, March 25.  The deadline for Fall semester is June 1,2013 and the deadline for Spring semester is October 1,2013.  The application can be found online by clicking here.

Community Notification Meeting Set For Monday In Paynesville

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03/06/2013 - 1:00 AM

A community notification meeting has been set in Paynesville for a level three sex offender moving into the community.

39-year-old Michael Shawn Klappenbach is the offender who is not wanted by the police and has served the sentence imposed on him by the court. Klappenbach will be moving into Eden Lake Township on Wednesday, March 13th.

The meeting will be held at the Paynesville High School on Monday, March 11th at 6 p.m.  

St. Cloud's Campus Band Is Performing Thursday Night At Ritsche Auditorium

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03/06/2013 - 10:50 AM

St. Cloud State University’s Campus Band will perform tomorrow at Ritsche Auditorium. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature eight classic American songs.

North Hennepin Community College Jazz Ensemble director David Mantini will be the guest conductor for the final performance of the evening.

The Campus Band is a non-auditioned wind and percussion ensemble open to musicians on campus and the St. Cloud community. The band practices Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. in 113 of the Performing Arts Center.

St. Cloud Student Selected For National Youth Orchestra

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03/06/2013 - 10:00 AM

A St. Cloud Technical High School student has been selected for the first ever National Youth Orchestra created by Carnegie Hall’s Music Institute.

The student, 16-year-old Arjun Ganguly, has been selected to play viola and will join 120 other exceptional young musicians over the course of two weeks this summer to create the National Youth Orchestra.

The musicians will travel to New York during the summer for a two week program working with some of the country’s best professional orchestral players.

The Orchestra will then embark on an international tour including stops in Moscow, St. Petersburg and London.

CAIR-MN Hopes Waite Park Police Rejects Training

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03/05/2013 - 1:00 AM

WAITE PARK, Minn. (AP) - A Muslim rights group is calling on police in Waite Park to reject a training program about Somalis.

The program "Understanding the People of Somalia" will be held Tuesday. According to the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the event flier lists Somalia's al-Shabaab as an "Islamic" organization. The U.S. Department of State designated al-Shabaab a terrorist group in 2008.

CAIR-MN spokeswoman Lori Saroya says the training flier unfairly suggests the activities of al-Shabaab, which is affiliated with al-Qaeda, are supported by most Muslims. Waite Park Police Chief Dave Bentrud tells the St. Cloud Times he doesn't expect any Waite Park police officers will attend Tuesday's training.

He says the city is hosting the event for Catholic Charities workers and other social-service groups.

Six To Eight Inches Of Snow In St. Cloud Area

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03/05/2013 - 10:45 AM

The snow that has been steadily falling on the St. Cloud area since Monday morning is expected to wrap up by midday. St. Cloud State University Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman says the snow will stop falling here, however south east Minnesota could see snow for much of the afternoon.

According to Weisman, the St. Cloud area could see snow totals between six and eight inches. He measured 7.7 inches at St. Cloud State this morning.

St. Cloud declared a snow emergency that will be in effect until Friday, unless conditions improve quickly. During a Snow Emergency parking rules will be enforced and illegally parked cars will be towed starting tonight at Midnight.

Weisman's complete forecast can be found here.

Stearns County Appointed To PERA Board

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03/04/2013 - 12:25 PM

Governor Mark Dayton announced the return of Stearns County Commissioner Leigh Lenzmeier to the Public Employees Retirement Association Board of Trustees. Dayton re-appointed Lenzmeier on Friday; he has served on the PERA board since 2011 and will serve through 2016.

Lenzmeier has been the Commissioner of Stearns County’s fourth district since his election in 1990.The fourth district includes Clearwater, St. Augusta, and certain precincts in St. Cloud.

The PERA Board of Trustees manages the funds that provide retirement, survivor and disability benefits for employees of county and local governments. The board has 11 members.

Snow Expected To Continue Into Tuesday

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03/04/2013 - 10:40 AM

The St. Cloud area is still on track to get another four to eight inches of snow by tomorrow [Tuesday] morning.

According to SCSU Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman, the snow will come in two waves. One will last until about Noon today [Monday] and then the next starting later tonight and into tomorrow morning. There will be a break this afternoon of snow but when snow returns it will be fluffy, so snow covered roads will become slippery.

Wind speeds will pick up at the end of the storm, causing gusts of winds of 10-20 miles per hour, which could cause snow blowing and drifting snow problems in open areas.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Warning and a Hazardous Weather Outlook for areas including St. Cloud. 

Melrose Man Injured After Snowmobile Accident

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03/04/2013 - 10:40 AM

A Melrose man was injured after being thrown from his snowmobile on Saturday afternoon.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Freeport Rescue and Melrose Ambulance were called to Lake Maria in Oak Township for a snowmobile accident on Saturday.

According to the report, 50-year-old Glenn Lawrence Hinnenkamp of Melrose was riding his snowmobile when he hit a snow bank and was thrown from his sled. He suffered a lower left leg injury and was treated at the scene by Freeport Rescue.

He was later taken to the Melrose Hospital by Melrose Ambulance.

SCSU College Of Science And Engineering Dean Resigns

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03/04/2013 - 10:40 AM

The Dean of the SCSU College of Science and Engineering, Dr. David DeGroote, has announced that he is resigning from his position.

SCSU President Earl H. Potter III says that Dr. DeGroote has been a visionary and dedicated leader of the College of Science and Engineering through the years of change and progress.  Dr. DeGroote had recently helped with the planning and development of the new I-SELF building.

Associate Provost for research and dean of graduate studies, Dr. Dan Gregory, will take over as interim dean on June 1, 2013.

A national search for a new permanent dean of the college will launch next fall, with the hope that the new dean will be in place by July 1, 2014.

Stearns County Offering Weather Spotter Training

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03/04/2013 - 10:30 AM

Have you ever wanted to become a trained weather spotter?

Stearns County is offering training for residents interested in becoming a trained weather spotter for the County. The training is provided by the Stearns County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service. Residents who attend will learn how to identify severe weather and how to report it.

Four training sessions will be offered in March, the first session is this Wednesday, March 6 in St. Cloud and the second session will be held on Saturday, March 9 in Albany.  Registration for either of those sessions can be found online by clicking here.

St. Cloud Man Arrested For Allegedly Cutting Another Man

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03/01/2013 - 9:15 AM

St. Cloud Man Arrested For Allegedly Cutting Another Man

A St. Cloud man is in jail after allegedly cutting another man with a knife.

According to the report, earlier this [Friday] morning 24-year-old Pedro Patino of Waite Park received a large cut on one of his arms after an altercation with 26-year-old Aniekan Udia in downtown St. Cloud.

A razor blade type knife was located near the scene, and is believed to be the weapon used during the assault. Patino was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital Emergency Room to receive treatment for his injury.

Udia was later located near 2nd Street South and 37th Avenue by Stearns County Deputies and was taken to the Stearns County Jail where charges are pending.

Woman Injured After Hitting A Car While Crossing Street

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03/01/2013 - 9:15 AM

On Thursday night, the St. Cloud Police Department were called to the 3700 block of Division Street for an accident involving a pedestrian.

According to the report, 50-year-old Brenda Glaeser of Lino Lakes hit a vehicle while attempting to cross in the right lane. She was walking outside of the crosswalk and weaving between passing vehicles when she hit the front quarter panel of a car driven by 22-year-old Amanda Bunde of St. Cloud.

Glaeser was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital Emergency Room for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

Witnesses at the scene confirmed that Glaeser and 50-year-old Wanda Gannon-Coon of Dawson were walking outside of the crosswalk, weaving between passing cars and were difficult to see.

There are no pending charges against Bunde at this time and the Minnesota State Patrol assisted at the scene and the investigation.

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