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First Street North Closing Tuesday, For One Day

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04/08/2013 - 2:30 AM

St. Cloud drivers may experience delays in the downtown area starting Tuesday morning.

The block of First Street North between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue North will be reduced to one lane for utility work in the area. The closure starts at 9 a.m. 

St. Cloud Public Works say the lane closure will last approximately one day. 

View a Map of closure.

International Spring Festival Saturday At SCSU

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04/08/2013 - 2:15 AM

The International Spring Festival is Saturday in the Atwood Memorial Center Ballroom, at St. Cloud State University.

The International Student Association is hosting the event that shares music, cuisine and performance from around the world with people attending.

The festival also hopes to illustrate the common experiences of people around the globe.

The event goes from 5-7 p.m. and is open to public. Discount tickets are available for students, the event is open to the public as well.

St. Cloud Man Arrested On Multiple Charges

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04/08/2013 - 10:40 AM

A man was arrested Thursday night after running through a red light and causing a crash.

According to the police report, 24-year-old Christopher Michael Longtin of St. Cloud was driving north on 25th Avenue when he struck a car, causing his SUV to overturn near the intersection at 25th Avenue and 8th Street North.

The driver of the other vehicle had his leg pinned in the vehicle after the crash and had to be removed from the vehicle with assistance of the St. Cloud Fire Department and was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital Emergency Room.

Longtin was arrested for criminal vehicular operation, 3rd degree DUI, felony possession of a controlled substance and a semaphore violation.  Longtin is currently being held for court at the Stearns County Jail.

Residents Can Now Tweet Stearns County Road Problems

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04/05/2013 - 9:40 AM

The Stearns County Highway Department is turning to Twitter in an effort to get more feedback from residents about road issues. Residents can let the county know about a pothole, a traffic light that is down, a tree on the road or any problem by using #stearnshighway on Twitter.

When reporting a problem, residents should give an exact address or a very descriptive location to guide maintenance crews to the right spot.

Stearns County has been using social media channels for about 3 years now.

I-94 In Albany Left Lane Reduction; I-94 In Clearwater Officially Reduced To One Lane

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04/05/2013 - 9:30 AM

I-94 In Albany Left Lane Reduction; I-94 In Clearwater Officially Reduced To One Lane

Drivers travelling on I-94 near Highway 238 in Albany may experience left lane closures on Monday, April 8th. The lane closures are necessary while maintenance crews replace guardrails. The lane closure will last from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

I-94 between Clearwater and St. Cloud has also been reduced to a single lane on the westbound side. This reduction is needed as construction crews begin resurfacing work on the 7.5 mile stretch of the interstate.

Construction on this stretch of road will continue until early July, with the exception of Memorial Day weekend.

120 Soldiers Return To Monticello

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04/05/2013 - 12:00 PM

MONTICELLO, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota National Guard unit that's spent a year training and coaching the Afghan National Army has returned home.

As expected, it was an emotional reunion for 120 soldiers and their families Thursday afternoon in Monticello. Hundreds of family members and friends filled the Monticello Community Center holding signs and flags. Dozens of others lined the streets of the community as police officers escorted three busloads of soldiers from the 257th Military Police Company through town. School children held flags and chanted "USA."

For Army Capt. Troy Hyland it was more than a reunion, it was the first time he met his new daughter, 9-month-old Isabella. KSTP-TV says the Hylands have two other children, 10-year-old Sophia and 7-year-old Ben.

Organic Gardening Information Session On Tuesday

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04/05/2013 - 10:45 AM

Have you ever wanted to learn more about organic gardening or community gardens? On Tuesday, April 9 you will have the opportunity to do just that.

Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Social Work Department, Tracy E. Ore will be presenting in Atwood about the SCSU community garden. While Ore has eight years of experience starting and maintaining a garden, she is not an expert, so come prepared with your questions and stories of success and failure.

Information will also be given about the SCSU community garden, the benefits or organic and heirloom gardening and why you should get involved with your own garden.

The presentation will begin at Noon and last for one hour in Glacier North of the Atwood Memorial Center

Registration Now Open For Cyber Security: Moving Targets, Networks And Power Systems

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04/05/2013 - 10:10 AM

Registration is now open for the SCSU symposium “Cyber Security: Moving Targets, Networks and Power Systems”.

The symposium will bring together academia, business, government and industry professionals who are interested in information assurance, network and software security. It will also provide an opportunity for faculty who are in different programs to meet, network and discuss common interests in research, teaching and learning computer security in universities.

The symposium will be held at SCSU on Friday, May 3rd and registration is free.

2nd Annual Central MN Car Show This Weekend

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04/04/2013 - 12:50 PM

The 2nd Annual Central MN Car show will take place this weekend with more than 1,000 people expected to attend.

A driving simulator, a race car simulator and a fatal vision goggles obstacle course will be provided during the car show. Attendees will also have a chance to hear about special new car pricing options available to them.

The car show begins Friday, April 5th at 3 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m.  On Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m.-3 p.m.  Admission is free and open to the public.  

Commission Recommends Three Attorneys For 7th District Judgeship

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04/03/2013 - 5:00 AM

The Commission on Judicial Selection is recommending three candidates to the Governor for consideration to fill the vacancy in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District. This seat will be chambered at Foley in Benton County. The recommendations include the following attorneys:

Assistant Morrison County Attorney Todd Kosovich, he is responsible for prosecuting all felony cases from their first appearance through trial, sentencing and probation violations.

Benton County Attorney Robert Raupp, who represents the state in felony prosecutions and provides legal advice to the County Board of Commissioners. He previously worked in the Benton County Attorney’s office.

Also recommended is Assistant Chief of the Criminal Division in the Stearns County Attorney’s Office Shan Wang, where he is the Assistant Chief of the Criminal Division. He supervises the adult criminal prosecution division.

Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District consists of Becker, Benton, Clay, Douglas, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Stearns, Todd, and Wadena Counties.

An announcement of the appointment will be made following an interview process over the next few weeks. This vacancy was created upon the retirement of judge James W. Hoolihan.

LGBT Teens Invited To St. Cloud Alternative Prom

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04/03/2013 - 10:30 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Gay and lesbian teens who may feel uncomfortable attending a traditional prom at their high school have another option - an alternative prom in the St. Cloud area that's open to LGBT teens from across the state.

This is the second year organizers are hosting the alternative prom in St. Cloud. The Saturday night event is free and open to students from all school districts. It has been promoted in Duluth, Bemidji and the Twin Cities. The St. Cloud Times reports organizers hope to attract 100 attendees ages 17 to 21. Co-organizer Bill Weber-Brown says the alternative prom gives teens a chance to celebrate who they are without fear of repercussions.

The prom will have traditional dancing, decorations and refreshments, and royalty will be crowned.

Police Looking For Suspect Who Stole A Priest Cloak

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04/03/2013 - 10:20 AM

St. Cloud Police are looking for the suspect(s) who stole a priest cloak from St. Roberts Academy in late March.

According to the police report, sometime between 6 p.m. on Friday, March 29 and 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 30 an unknown suspect(s) broke into St. Robert’s Academy and stole a priest’s cloak and caused damage inside the building. The cloak is described as white with gold trim with a handmade cross on the back. The suspect(s) also etched obscene language on a bulletin board while in the building.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 251-1200.

Annual State of the City Address Next Tuesday

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04/03/2013 - 10:15 AM

St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis will give his annual State of the City Address next Tuesday, April 9.

The Address will begin at 12:30 on the second level of the River’s Edge Convention Center. The Address is brought to you in partnership with the St. Cloud Rotarians and the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce.

The event is free and open to the public.

Local Band The New Suns Searching For Stolen Equipment

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04/02/2013 - 6:00 AM

Local band The New Suns are asking for help finding their missing instruments.

The New Suns guitarist and singer Shane Jurek says he noticed the missing instruments after an unusual light was shining on his bedroom wall. The light was shining from the neighbor's house through his open garage door. 

Sauk Rapids Police say the equipment was stolen from the garage at 1206 Broadway Avenue South late Friday night or early Saturday morning. The band estimated the equipment was worth about 10,000 dollars.

Items stolen include two guitars, a drum set, two tube amps, and 15 to 20 “New Suns” T-shirts. Jurek says that the equipment was being stored in the garage temporarily while the band’s van was used move other items.

The band is using social media to help spread the word of the stolen items by sharing a photo and description of the stolen instruments. Jurek also says the local music scene has been supportive.

The Sauk Rapids Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 320-251-9451.

The New Suns are scheduled to play the Keller Bar in St. Cloud on April 13.

Complete instrument descriptions can be found here

2013 St. Cloud Air Show Cancelled

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04/02/2013 - 4:24 AM

2013 St. Cloud Air Show Cancelled

Citing federal sequestration budget cuts, the 2013 St. Cloud Air Show has been cancelled. The cancellation was confirmed Tuesday afternoon by Central Minnesota Boy Scout Director Dave Trehey, who were organizing the event.

The show was scheduled for July 20 and 21 at the St. Cloud Regional Airport. The cancellation is due to sequestration budget cuts that forced main draws like the Navy Blue Angels to cancel their performance. The Blue Angels have grounded at least eight other air shows across the country.

According to Trehey over 60,000 people were expected to attend the air show.

Event officials say ticket refund information is available on the St. Cloud Air show website , but most ticket holders will receive an e-mail message and refunds will be issued within 5-10 business days.

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