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St. Cloud School District Cancels After School Activities

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04/18/2013 - 3:00 AM

Due to the weather, the St. Cloud School District has cancelled all after school Junior High activities. There were no sports contests or games scheduled for the Senior High schools, and practices will be held at the coaches' discretion.

Additionally, there will be no after school Targeted Services Thursday in the Elementary buildings and all St. Cloud Area Community Education classes and programming, including swimming, are cancelled. The Area Learning Center Night School is also cancelled for this evening as well as Early Childhood Family Education evening classes.

Rain And Snow Mix Through The Rest Of The Week

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04/17/2013 - 9:30 AM

While we may have seen our first 40 degree high on Tuesday in more than a week, winter is once again making an appearance as the St. Cloud area is expected to receive another four to six inches of snow by the end of the week.

According to SCSU Meteorology Professor Bob Wesiman, the next two days look wet with wet snow falling frequently. A mixture of wet snow, sleet and rain will begin to fall Wednesday afternoon through midnight and could result between a dusting and two inches of slushy accumulation of snow. On Thursday, another round of mostly wet snow is likely from Thursday afternoon until midnight.

According to Weisman, the St. Cloud area could see two to four inches of snow possible; however the National Weather Service predicts that six to twelve inches of snow is possible over Central Minnesota.

SCSU Students Raising Awareness About Local Homelessness and Hunger

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04/17/2013 - 10:30 AM

SCSU students studying public relations have partnered up with United Way of Central Minnesota to raise awareness about homelessness and hunger.

On Thursday, April 18 the students in Dr. Lisa Heinrich’s class will wear black t-shirts with the number 258 on them. That number represents the number of children homeless in the St. Cloud School District last year. The goal of the partnership is to spread the word about homelessness and hunger around the campus community, but to also get students, staff and faculty to donate basic essentials to make life a little easier for the families and individuals in need.

The campaign will continue for two weeks, with students spreading out around campus during lunch hour on Tuesday, April 23, Thursday, April 25 and Tuesday, April 30.

Donations can be made at multiple sites around campus including a kiosk in Atwood, Stewart Hall in front of Ritschie Auditorium and the Mass Communications Department Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. during the campaign.

Items that can be donated include gently used clothing and linens, canned goods, unused toiletries and monetary donations will be accepted.

Highway 238 In Albany To Close On Monday

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04/16/2013 - 9:45 AM

Drivers traveling on Highway 238 through Albany will encounter a detour and possible delays between First Street and Fifth Street starting on Monday, April 22.

This segment of the road will remain closed until late July. Once the road reopens, a second segment between Eighth Street and Fifth Street will close until mid-October. The closures are needed as crews reconstruct Highway 238 through downtown Albany.

Other improvements including upgrades to power utilities, roadway lighting, curbs and gutters will also be completed while the road is closed for construction.

The road was originally scheduled to close on April 17 but was rescheduled due to the recent snow and cold weather.  

Governor Dayton To Sign Highway Memorial Bill

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04/16/2013 - 11:45 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton is signing a bill to rename 11 miles of State Highway 23 after slain Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker.

Dayton is scheduled to put his pen to the bill in a Tuesday afternoon ceremony. His office says members of the Decker family and local elected officials will participate in the ceremony. The Legislature passed the bill unanimously last week. Decker was shot and killed on a call in downtown Cold Spring last November.

The bill renames Highway 23 for Decker between Cold Spring and Richmond. Signs will mark that stretch of road as "Tom Decker Memorial Highway."

SCSU Welcoming Area Kids To Carnival Cruise

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04/16/2013 - 11:30 AM

St. Cloud State University will host a “Carnival Cruise” for children this Saturday.

The mini-carnival will include games, activities and entertainment geared for children ages three to nine.

SCSU is inviting children from Big Brothers Big Sisters, Anna-Marie’s Alliance, the YMCA, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota and children of SCSU students, faculty and staff are also welcome.

The event will be held in Shoemaker Hall from 1-4 p.m.

Celebrate With the Huskies This Wednesday

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04/16/2013 - 10:30 AM

Fans will have the opportunity to celebrate the Men’s Husky Hockey Frozen Four appearance with the Huskies on Wednesday, April 17th.

Attendees will hear from university officials, head hockey coach Bob Motzko, hockey team members and former Husky hockey player and Fox 9 News anchor Jeff Passolt. Following the on-ice program, the hockey team will sign autographs in the north concourse of the area and fans are limited to two autograph items for each athlete.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. at the National Hockey and Event Center.  Doors will open at 4 p.m. and fans are asked to park in K lot, which is south of the hockey center.  

A commemorative poster can be purchased on-site for $2 and concessions will be available.

BBB Will Host Free Shredding Event This Saturday

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04/16/2013 - 10:30 AM

As part of “Secure Your ID Day”, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota will host their first free shredding event in St. Cloud this Saturday, April 20th.

Consumers and small businesses in the St. Cloud area are encouraged to secure their ID by bringing up to five boxes of unwanted documents for free and secure shredding. A large Shred Truck will be available to collect items such as bank statements and tax documents.

The Shred Truck will be available starting at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the SCSU Welcome Center on Fifth Avenue.  The event will last until Noon and free refreshments will be available.

Tornado Drills Scheduled For Thursday Afternoon And Evening

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04/15/2013 - 9:30 AM

Tornado Drills Scheduled For Thursday Afternoon And Evening

Today [Monday] marks the start of National Severe Weather Awareness Week. As part of the Awareness week, a tornado drill will be held at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 18th. SCSU will be participating in the tornado drill and all employees, students and visitors are asked to go to the tornado safe areas within their buildings.

There will not be an “all clear” sound given for the drill, so employees, students and visitors are asked to remain in their safe area for ten minutes and then will be allowed to return to their previous area.

Stearns County is also participating in a 2nd drill, which will be held at 6:55 p.m. on the same day. This drill is voluntary and gives families the opportunity to practice their home shelter plans.

Police Respond To Vehicle Crash On Saturday Night

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04/15/2013 - 9:30 AM

On Saturday evening, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was called to a vehicle crash with injuries on County Road 145 in Lynden Township.

According to the police report, 42-year-old Troy Chevalier of Clearwater was driving east on County Road 145 when the vehicle went off the roadway and hit a tree. Chevalier was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by his friends.

According to police, alcohol is believed to be a factor and the crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.  

The St. Cloud Police Department and the Kimball Police Department assisted.

Third Annual Edible Book Festival Monday

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04/15/2013 - 4:30 AM

Third Annual Edible Book Festival Monday

A whole library of edible art was on display Monday inside the The James W. Miller Learning Resources Center at St. Cloud State University. 

KVSC’s Justus Sanchez has the audio story.

The edible book festival is a part of National Library Week and is celebrated across the nation. The basic concept of the festival is to represent a piece of literature with food. Festival organizer Cathy Coats says entrants can depict their chosen story in many ways.

The Edible Book Festival at SCSU began three years ago, and was originally a part of the Miller Centers’ ten year anniversary celebration.

This year’s first place winner was a rice crispy rainbow fish. The rainbow fish art was created by Pa-Ying Lee, she was inspired to enter the contest by popular television show Cake Boss. Lee said that Rainbow Fish was the first book that she read in her native Hmong language.

Life Saving Frisbee Device To Be Used This Summer

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04/15/2013 - 11:45 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A simple device that looks a bit like a Frisbee could be saving the lives of potential drowning victims in Stearns County this summer.

The county recently outfitted its sheriff's deputies with 60 ResQ disks. They are attached to a rope with a Velcro strap that attaches to the person throwing the disk. The St. Cloud Times reports the idea is to fling the disk like a Frisbee into the water toward a person in trouble.

The person can use the disk to help float while their rescuer reels them to safety. Chief Deputy Bruce Bechtold says the disks would have come in handy several times last year.

Eric Peterson Announced As SCSU Student Government Association President

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04/15/2013 - 11:15 AM

SCSU Student Government Association Presidential results are in and 610 students voted Eric Peterson and Lindsey Gunnerson as the 2013/2014 Student Government Association President and Vice President.

Eric told KVSC the issues he hopes to focus on as Student Government President are continuing safety awareness on campus, having all students involved with Husky Pride all year long and to better communicate between all the departments on campus.

In Early May, KVSC News Director Amelia Rowland will speak to current Student Government President Hannah Muerhoff and new President Eric Peterson.

St. Cloud Police Found Missing Vulnerable Adult

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04/15/2013 - 11:10 AM

The vulnerable adult St. Cloud Police were looking for this morning has been found.  The man was found at Crossroads Mall.

23-year-old Joseph Charles Karnik of St. Cloud was last seen at 7 a.m. Monday morning at Century Bank in St. Cloud. Karnik is described as a white man, 5'11 and weighing 155 pounds.  Karnik has been assaultive towards police in the past, but currently he is not a danger to the public.

Karnik lives at a group home and is considered a vulnerable adult due to mental instability.

First Amendment Forum This Friday in Atwood

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04/15/2013 - 10:30 AM

The SCSU First Amendment forum will be on Friday, April 19th. The theme this year is “Heart and Soul: Community Journalism in Minnesota".

The forum will feature three sessions where panelists from around the state, including representatives from the St. Cloud Times, the Monticello Times and WCCO-TV will be featured. Defense of the First Amendment Award Winner, Reed Anfinson, will be giving his presentation at 11:15.

The forum will begin at 9:30 and will continue until 3:20 with a break for lunch at noon.  The forum will be held in the Atwood Memorial Center Little Theatre.  The event is free and open to public.  

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