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Third Street North Shut Down Temporarily Thursday Morning Due To Accident

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03/21/2013 - 11:00 AM

A section of Third Street North near Seventeenth Avenue North in St. Cloud was shut down Thursday morning for about three hours when a power pole fell down after it was hit by a vehicle.

Officers shut down the road because the fallen pole caused danger to other drivers in the area. Xcel Energy was on the scene of the accident to help with the downed pole.

The vehicle that struck the pole was driven by 44-year-old Samantha Kay Gould. The crash happened just shortly before 5 a.m.

School Bus Accident in St. Cloud Thursday Morning, No Students Injured

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03/21/2013 - 10:00 AM

A Thursday morning accident involving a short Spanier school bus and a full size pick-up truck did not cause any major injuries, but snarled the early morning traffic on a busy intersection.

The police report describing the accident says the school bus was making a right turn at the intersection of 25th Avenue South and Roosevelt Road, also known as 2nd Street, when the bus collided with the large pick-up. After the collision, the bus went off the road and ended up in the TCF Bank parking lot. The pick-up truck sustained major damage and at one point was on the center median of Roosevelt Road.

There were three high school students, an attendant and a driver on the bus, no one was injured. The students were transferred to a different bus and continued on to school.  There was a driver and a dog in the pick-up truck, that had to be towed from the scene.

The State Patrol is conducting a post crash inspection on the bus as part of an ongoing investigation.

Local Farmer Wins $5,000 Donation

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03/20/2013 - 9:45 AM

The St. John's-St. Andrew's School and the Lake Henry Volunteer Fire Department are now able to better serve their community, thanks to support from a local farmer and America’s Farmers Grow Communities.

Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, Grow Communities provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. To further support counties declared natural disasters by the United States Department of Agriculture due to drought this year, winning farmers in these counties are able to double donations.  Stearns County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving farmer Jeff Meyer the opportunity to choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations.

The St. John's-St. Andrew's School will use the donation to purchase new technological equipment for the curriculum and the Lake Henry Fire Department plans to use the donation to make various station improvements.


Two Men Charged With Attempted Murder

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03/19/2013 - 9:35 AM

Two men have been charged with attempted murder in Stearns County District Court for a shooting that occurred last Friday.

On Friday, March 15th St. Cloud Police and members of the Central Minnesota Violent Task Force were called to the 400 block of 17th Avenue North for a gunshot complaint. According to the report, upon arriving officers found the victim with a gunshot wound to his head. The victim told officers that he and his girlfriend had just entered his apartment when three masked individuals carrying handguns kicked in his front locked door and held him at gunpoint.

According to the court complaint, the victim recognized one of the individuals as 22-year-old Andre Shyron Kidd who appeared to be the ringleader and was giving instructions to the other two men. Kidd and 23-year-old Benjamin Jonathon Lenior were found in a nearby residence where some of the victim’s belongings were found. A loaded handgun was also found at that residence.

During this time, Tech High School, South Junior High School and City Life were put into Containment as a precautionary measure.This containment lasted about 50 minutes and the schools resumed normal activity once given the all clear. 

Andre Shyron Kidd                                         Benjamin Jonathon Lenior

Regional History Day This Saturday

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03/19/2013 - 10:00 AM

More than 260 Central Minnesota students will present their exhibits, documentaries and performances at the regional History Day event this Saturday.

Student exhibits and performances from grades 6-12 will explore the theme “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events”. The event is part of a statewide program co-sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society and University of Minnesota history department.

Winners of the regional events will advance to the State History Day at the University of Minnesota. This local History Day Event is sponsored by the SCSU history department.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. in the Atwood Memorial Center.

Bachmann Wants To Add Lanes To Interstate 94

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03/18/2013 - 2:50 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Republican Representative Michele Bachmann says she's working to muster support in Minnesota and Washington for money to add a new Interstate 94 lane in each direction between the western suburbs and St. Cloud.

The congresswoman gathered supporters Monday at the state Capitol to talk about the project, as well as a related push to upgrade Highway 10 that runs parallel to the heavily traveled interstate. Backers of the I-94 project are trying to amass $25 million for the first construction phase of an expansion that could reach $100 million when fully complete.

Bachmann says transportation is one of the "supreme duties" of government because it directly affects safety and commerce.

A Minnesota Department of Transportation spokesman says the I-94 widening doesn't rank high on the agency's project list.

SCSU Cancels Monday Afternoon and Evening Classes

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03/18/2013 - 1:00 AM

St. Cloud State University has cancelled afternoon and evening classes as of 3 p.m. Monday, March 18 due to worsening weather conditions. The campus is not closing and will continue to operate under regular office business hours.

The University Communications office says any changes in currently scheduled events or Tuesday’s classes will be posted on the homepage of the St. Cloud State University website.

The university is urging employees to use their good judgment in making personal decisions about work and travel needs in consultation with supervisors, using appropriate leave processes as necessary.


Paynesville Man Arrested After Allegedy Assault His Girlfriend

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03/18/2013 - 11:45 AM

Paynesville Man Arrested After Allegedy Assault His Girlfriend

A Paynesville man is in jail after allegedly assault his girlfriend with a knife.

Early Saturday morning the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office received a call about an assault involving a knife. According to the report, the caller stated she had been stabbed and that the suspect left the residence on foot. Deputies located the suspect, 39-year-old Raymond Scott Hanson of Paynesville, where he was found walking along the road near the area of the incident. Hanson had a knife wound to his abdomen and he was taken to the Paynesville Hospital where he was treated and released.

Deputies met with the 32-year-old female victim and found that she had a knife wound to her back and she told deputies that Hanson stomped on her neck and further assaulted her. The female was taken to the Paynesville Hospital where she was admitted for her injuries.

Hanson was arrested for 2nd degree assault, domestic assault by strangulation and deputies are investigating further possible attempted murder charges. Hanson is currently in the Stearns County Jail awaiting arraignment for those charges.

Winter Storm Warning Issued For Central Minnesota Into Tomorrow

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03/18/2013 - 11:40 AM

The St. Cloud Area is currently under a Winter Storm Warning. While the snow may have stopped falling, the winds picking up later today could cause potential problems.

According to SCSU Meteorology Professor Bob Wesiman, winds will start to blow 20-35 MPH with gusts in the 40’s. The usual windy spots in Central and South Central Minnesota will have gusts to or above 50 MPH. That will take the loose snow from this storm and the previous one and cause near whiteout conditions in open areas, making travel nearly impossible.

I-94 is closed west of Alexandria and highway 10 west of Detroit Lakes is also closed. No travel is advised to the west of the Wadena-Sauk Centre-Belgrade-Willmar line.

Teenager Injured After His Snowmobile Collided With Another Snowmobile

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03/18/2013 - 11:40 AM

A teenager was injured after his snowmobile collided with another snowmobile.

On Saturday afternoon, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Albany Fire and Melrose Ambulance were called to 35632 County Road 10 in Albany Township for the crash.

According to the report, 15-year-old Adam Vowles of Albany and another man were riding in the area of North Lake when the other man stopped to wait for Vowles. Vowles was unable to stop and slid into the rear of the other snowmobile, catching his leg between them.

Both men returned to the address in Albany Township and called 911.  Neither snowmobiles sustained damage.

The crash is under investigation.

Man Crashes Into Utility Pole Sunday Afternoon

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03/18/2013 - 11:35 AM

On Sunday afternoon, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office were called to the area of Mullen Road and 73rd Avenue in St. Joseph Township for a crash.

According to the report, 27-year-old Jared Slagter of Sartell, was driving westbound on Mullen Road when Slagter’s vehicle left the road and hit a utility pole. The utility pole was sheared at the base and the power lines were down across the road.

Stearns Electric and Great River Energy from Elk River were dispatched to the scene to address the damage. Slagter was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance to be treated for his injuries.

The incident is being investigated by the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.

Up to 3 Inches of Snow Friday, Second Storm Sunday-Monday with 4-8 Inch Potential

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03/15/2013 - 8:55 AM

St. Cloud State University Meteorology professor Bob Weisman says Friday is just the first round of two storms hitting Central Minnesota. Weisman reports the early Friday precipitation has been a mixture of freezing rain and sleet at the start, but will change to all snow shortly after beginning in St. Cloud. Most of this first wave of precipitation could fall as a mixed bag in the Twin Cities.

Weisman says the first wave of precipitation will let up late Friday morning with around an inch of new accumulation in St. Cloud. A second wave will develop in the middle to late Friday afternoon and stay during the evening rush hour. Another 1-2 inches of fluffier snow is possible in the St. Cloud area from the second shot, so we will end up today with around 2-3 inches of snow. Places like Brainerd, Mora, and Hinckley could see as much as 3-4 inches in total, while the Twin Cities will likely end up with 1-2 inches on top of that early ice.

Conditions will quiet down again by midnight Friday, but another storm has the potential to drop 4-8 inches on central Minnesota Sunday night and Monday. You can follow Weisman's weather updates here.

Signal Work on Division Street & 25th Ave South Today

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03/14/2013 - 9:15 AM

If you're traveling in St. Cloud today take note, a busy intersection in St. Cloud may cause some traffic delays.

The City's Engineer's Office says they are working on traffic signal modifications at the intersection of Highway 23 or Division Street and 25th Avenue South weather permitting. They are advising driver's to expect delays and the work is only expected to last through today.

Level 3 Sex Offender Not Moving to Paynesville Address

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03/14/2013 - 9:00 AM

The Stearns County Sheriff's office says they've been notified that a Level 3 sex offender is not moving to an address in Eden Lake Township near Paynesville after all. 39-year-old Michael Shawn Klappenbach is the offender who told authorities Wednesday he will not be living at the address he gave them, that had triggered a community notification meeting, per state law.

Klappenbach is currently being housed at the Stearns County Jail until he can make other living arrangements.


Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Lands Grant For New Exhibit Space

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03/13/2013 - 4:15 AM

The Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center has been awarded $110,000 from the McKnight Foundation to develop an exhibition space in downtown St. Cloud. The announcement came Wednesday from Executive Director Tony Goddard and Visual Arts Director Melissa Gohman. The grant funds will be used to open and support an auxiliary exhibition space in the Regency Building. The Regency is located nearly directly across the street from the Paramount Theatre on West St. Germain Street.

The six figure grant given over two years will support the expansion of the Paramount's public art program and will be called "Gallery St. Germain" and will feature Minnesota artists who have demonstrated a high level of professional achievement.

The Gallery St. Germain will be open during the Downtown Art Crawl this Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The McKnight Foundation is a Minnesota-based family foundation that seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations. In 2012, the foundation granted $85 million of its estimated $2 billion in assets.

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