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Ethics Office Investigating Michele Bachmann

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03/26/2013 - 8:45 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Michele Bachmann and her short-lived campaign last year for the GOP presidential nomination are being investigated by the Office of Congressional Ethics.

A lawyer for the Minnesota Republican says Bachmann is cooperating with the investigation. The Office of Congressional Ethics is an independent investigative body established by the House five years ago to conduct preliminary investigations into allegations of misconduct by House members or their aides.

The panel can dismiss cases or refer them to the House Ethics Committee. Lawyer William McGinley says there are no allegations that Bachmann "engaged in wrongdoing." He says Bachmann is confident that the investigators will conclude that she did nothing inappropriate.

The Daily Beast first reported Monday that Bachmann was the subject of an OCE investigation of financial transactions by her presidential campaign.

St. Cloud Airport Hopes To Reopen Air Traffic Control Tower

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03/26/2013 - 8:30 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Officials at St. Cloud Regional Airport hope funding will be restored next fiscal year to reopen the airport's air traffic control tower.

The tower will close April 21 as part of federal budget cuts announced Friday. Meanwhile, the St. Cloud airport's only commercial carrier announced it will temporarily suspend its flights from St. Cloud to Arizona.

Allegiant says it is suspending the flights from Aug. 14 to Oct. 9. Airport Director Bill Towle told the St. Cloud Times he doesn't think the tower closure would have much impact on whether Allegiant resumes its flights later this year.

Towle says he has not heard from the Federal Aviation Administration when or whether the control tower would reopen.

Paramount Visual Art Center Awarded Grant

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03/26/2013 - 8:00 AM

The Paramount Visual Arts Center will open the new grant funded exhibition space “Gallery St. Germain” in May. The new space is in downtown St. Cloud across the street from the Paramount inside the Regency Building. Paramount’s Visual Arts director Melissa Gohman says the new space allows for the installation of three dimensional pieces, something that was not possible in other exhibition spots.

The new gallery will feature established Minnesota artists in month long installations.

Gallery St. Germain is funded through the two-year $110,000 grant the paramount received from the McKnight Foundation. The McKnight Foundation has helped fund the Paramount for many years but this current grant is significantly larger than previous years.

The McKnight Foundation grant will also be used to continue the Paramount’s public art program.

Audio Story including interview with Visual Art's Director Melissa Gohman.

Crash Near Rice Leaves One Dead

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03/26/2013 - 1:50 AM

UPDATE: Additional witness statements and further examination of the physical evidence from the accident revealed that 79-year-old Carol Theis proceeded into the intersection without first stopping at the stop sign.

A crash involving a car and a semi-truck has left one person dead and another with serious injuries. The accident occurred at the intersection of Benton County Road 12 and Benton County Road 78 near Rice. The crash happened Tuesday morning just before 8:00 a.m. 

According to the Benton County Sheriff’s office, a car driven by 79-year-old Carol Theis of Pierz was driving south on County Road 78 when she came to a stop at the intersection. After stopping, Theis failed to yield the right-of-way to a semi driving west county road 12. The semi was driven by 65-year-old Dale Scholl of Royalton. The two vehicles collided which caused significant damage to both the car and the semi.

Theis was pronounced dead at the scene and Scholl was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of his serious but non-life threatening injuries. According to the sheriff’s office, Scholl is listed in stable condition.

The crash forced deputies to close the roads to traffic and also damaged power lines in the area. The semi was hauling corn which spilled out onto the road.

The accident is still under investigation.

Man Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting Wife

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03/26/2013 - 1:15 AM

A man was arrested Monday night for allegedly assaulting his wife with a knife.

According to the police report, officers arrived at the 1300 block of 6th Street North where a 40-year-old woman had sustained a laceration to her head because 46-year-old Bryan Kelvin Pritchett of St. Cloud had hit her with the handle of a knife.

According to police, Pritchett also choked the woman so she was unable to breath or scream, but was able to get away to call police. Pritchett was believed to have been severely intoxicated during the altercation.

Pritchett is being at the Stearns County jail on charges of 2nd degree assault, domestic assault by strangulation, interference with a 911 call and a gross misdemeanor domestic assault due to a prior domestic related conviction.

Expect Delays At 25th Avenue And Division Street Intersection

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03/26/2013 - 10:00 AM

Drivers should expect delays tomorrow [Wednesday] at the intersection of 25th Avenue and Division Street.

The delay is due to traffic signal modifications that will be made at that intersection if weather is permitting.

The delay is expected to last one day.

Lesueur Man Injured After Crashing Into Creek

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03/25/2013 - 9:50 AM

A Lesueur man is injured after crashing his vehicle into a Creek.

On Friday evening, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office were called to an accident on County Road 12 near Merlin Road in Spring Hill Township. Upon arriving, responders found a suburban in Getchell Creek with severe damage to the driver’s side of the vehicle.

The driver, 20-year-old Nicholas William Wagner, was unconscious and needed to be extricated from the vehicle. Wagner was taken to the Melrose Hospital by Melrose Ambulance and a short while later was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by Life Link.

The crash is currently under investigation.

Woman Arrested After Allegedly Punching An Officer

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03/25/2013 - 9:45 AM

A St. Cloud Police officer was allegedly punched in the face while investigating a fight complaint early Sunday morning.

According to the police report, St. Cloud Police were at Go for It Gas to investigate a fight that had taken place before officers arrival.

While officers were dealing with 19-year-old Rozlyen Beatrice Bolden she became out of control and while attempting to arrest her she punched an officer in the face with a closed fist. Bolden is being held at the Stearns County Jail on charges of 4th degree assault, obstructing the legal process and disorderly conduct.

22-year-old Cornequa Antoinette Riley of St. Cloud was also charged with disorderly conduct for her role in the fight.  

The officer injury did not require medical attention.

Governor Mark Dayton To Speak In St. Cloud On Tuesday

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03/25/2013 - 11:45 AM

Governor Mark Dayton will be in St. Cloud tomorrow [Tuesday] to explain his new budget plan for the county.

According to Governor Dayton’s website, 750 taxpayers in Stearns County will be asked to pay a little bit more in income taxes. In exchange, the state will be able to afford important new investments into the St. Cloud Community. By asking these 750 residents to pay more, an additional $4 million would be put into the St. Cloud School system and over $1 million in new grant money for St. Cloud college students.

The event will take place at St. Cloud City Council Chambers starting at 6 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

Minnesota Twins To Honor Minnesota Vietnam Veterans

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03/22/2013 - 9:50 AM

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs are partnering up with the Minnesota Twins to honor Vietnam Veterans.

This year is the 50th Anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War. To honor this anniversary, the Minnesota Twins want to have Minnesotan Vietnam Veterans raise the American Flag at the start of many Minnesota Twins baseball games throughout the season.

After raising the flag, the announcer will read a script about this being the 50th Anniversary and will make a few approved comments about the Veteran and their service.

SCSU Summer Job Fair Next Wednesday

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03/22/2013 - 9:45 AM

Are you a student looking for a job this summer?

Next Wednesday, March 27 over 40 employers will be at SCSU to promote their summer part-time, full-time and seasonal jobs. The theme for this job fair is summer fun. In addition to possibly finding summer employment, students can register for prizes such as beach towels, iTunes gift cards, spray tanning gift cards and more.

The job fair will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. in the Atwood Ballroom.

SCSU Student Honored With 2013 Newman Civic Fellow

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03/22/2013 - 10:50 AM

Campus Compact has honored an SCSU student as a 2013 Newman Civic Fellow.

SCSU President Earl H. Potter the Third nominated Njeri Clement, who is a Graduate Student in the Social Responsibility master’s degree program. She was nominated for her advocacy and support for social issues locally and globally and her unique creativity and passion for activities that promote awareness and effect change.

181 student leaders were nominated by their college and universities presidents by showing they are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.

Campus Compact President Maureen Curley says that these students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders.

Community Journalist Wins 23rd Defense Of The First Amendment Award

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03/22/2013 - 10:50 AM

Community Journalist, Reed Anfinson, has been chosen as the 23rd winner of the Defense of the First Amendment Award by the SCSU Department of Mass Communications.

In his newspaper column, “A Drop of Ink”, Anfinson informs readers about freedom of information, open meetings and related First Amendment issues and has testified on these topics before the Minnesota Legislature and the U.S. Congress.

Anfinson will accept his award on Friday, April 19th at the First Amendment Forum at the Atwood Little Theatre.

Anfinson is the owner/publisher of the Swift County Monitor in Benson, Minnesota.

Former Nurse Sentenced To Two Years In Prison For Stealing Medication

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03/21/2013 - 8:00 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A former Minnesota nurse has been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing painkiller medication at the hospital where he worked.

A federal judge Wednesday also ordered 43-year-old Blake Daniel Zenner of Kimball to pay $340,000 in restitution.

Zenner pleaded guilty last September to one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

In his plea agreement, Zenner admitted that he siphoned Dilaudid from IV bags at a St. Cloud hospital from November 2010 to March 2011. Prosecutors say he sometimes injected the bags with saline solution to replace the missing Dilaudid. The government alleges about 25 hospital patients were infected with bacteria as a result.

Rock N' Jock Expo In Twin Cities Sunday

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03/21/2013 - 5:00 AM

Minnesota music and sports fans will have the chance to view classic films with Minnesota connections and shop a variety of music and sports collectibles Sunday at the Rock N' Jock Expo.

The expo takes place at New Hope Cinema Grill in New Hope. The all-day event features showings of the films Miracle, Purple Rain, Color Me Obsessed: A Film About the Replacements and Slap Shot. There will also be panel discussions featuring people connected to each film. Olympic hockey player, Neil Broten, from Team USA portrayed in the film Miracle will take part in the discussion as well as sign autographs before the film. The complete list of people taking part in the discussions can be found here

The expo is organized by sports and music collectors Shaun Hagglund and Tommy Dehler. Hagglund and Dehler have been collecting memorabilia for years. They originally met while working at a sports collectible shop in St. Cloud.

The event begins at 9 a.m. and the first film, Miracle, starts at 12:30 p.m. The complete schedule can be found here.

Admission to the expo is free, however seating is limited and it’s is recommended to pick up a free ticket from either Treehouse Records in Minneapolis or at the Fan HQ store in the Ridgedale Mall. Tickets can also be reserved by calling the Fan HQ store.

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