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Ramp To Highway 24 In Clearwater Closing Today

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04/25/2013 - 10:50 AM

Drivers travelling on Interstate 94 to Clearwater may encounter delays as the ramp from eastbound I-94 to Highway 24 will be closed beginning at noon.

The detour provided exits the interstate about five miles west, or prior to, Highway 24.

The closure is needed as crews resurface and repair the ramp and is expected to reopen at Noon on Tuesday, April 30th.

St. Augusta Man Injured In ATV Crash

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04/24/2013 - 9:30 AM

A St. Augusta man is injured after crashing his ATV on Tuesday afternoon.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office were called to County Road 47 in St. Augusta where 34-year-old Patrick Joseph Watrin was laying in the ditch unresponsive. According to the police report, it had appeared that Watrin crashed his ATV while attempting to cross over a driveway approach.

Deputies believe that alcohol may have been a factor in this crash and Watrin was not wearing a helmet during the time of the crash.

Watrin was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for his injuries.  The St. Augusta Fire and Rescue Unit assisted at the scene.

Multiple People Arrested After Armed Robbery of Cab Driver

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04/24/2013 - 10:45 AM

Four people were arrested early Wednesday morning after a reported robbery late Tuesday night.

According to the police report, a cab driver was called to the 2100 block of 8th Street North, where two people got into the cab and pointed a gun at the driver and demanded money. The suspects fled the scene on foot and officers were unable to locate them in the area. The investigation led officers to an address in Sartell where officers were able to locate the suspects.

19-year-old Treyvon Romeo Dudley from Zimmerman is currently being held at the Stearns County Jail pending charges of aggravated robbery, while three juveniles were taken to a secure juvenile facility pending charges of aggravated robbery.

No injuries were reported to the 56-year-old cab driver and the investigation is ongoing.

The Sauk Rapids Police K9 and Waite Park Police K9 assisted with the initial call and search for the suspects.  The Criminal Investigation Unity is continuing with the investigation. 

Dairyland Trail Grand Opening This Saturday

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04/23/2013 - 8:45 AM

Dairyland Trail Grand Opening This Saturday

A grand opening celebration is planned for the Stearns County Dairyland Trail this Saturday, April 27th at 9 a.m.

In addition to the ribbon cutting ceremony, there will be a 1K and 5K walk/run taking place on the trail.  The 1K walk/run will begin at 9:15 a.m. and the cost is $12 per person.  The 5K will begin at 9:35 a.m. and the cost is $20 per person.  A limited number of t-shirts will be given to walkers and runners on a first come-first served basis.  There will be prizes for the top male and female finishers in six age categories.  All 1K participants will receive a prize.

This grand opening is for phase one of the Dairyland Trail, which will ultimately run through western Stearns County from Albany through New Munich, Greenwald and Elrosa to Brooten.

Beverages and munchies will be provided at the grand opening and registration can be done for the 1K/5K the day of the event or online.

Attendees are asked to park at the Dairyland Trail parking lot accross from the Greenwald Pub.

Rocori School District Adding Bulletproof Whiteboards In Classrooms

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04/23/2013 - 8:30 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A central Minnesota school district that was the site of a school shooting in 2003 is getting a new device designed to help keep kids safe: bulletproof whiteboards.

The Rocori School District plans to put one of the whiteboards in every classroom to add another layer of defense if a gunman enters school grounds. The whiteboards are designed by Maryland-based Hardwire LLC. They can hang on a wall and be used in class, just like any other marker board. But when the lives of students are threatened, a teacher can use it as a shield.

Cold Spring Police Chief Phil Jones says it's the best development in school safety he's seen. Schools in North Dakota and Maryland currently use the whiteboards. Rocori will be the first in Minnesota.

St. Cloud Accepting Poems For Poetry In Sidewalks Contest

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04/23/2013 - 8:00 AM

Sidewalk StampsThe stamps used to imprint last years poems into city Sidewalks.

The city of St. Cloud is asking residents to submit poetry in a contest that is sure to make a lasting impression on the city’s new sidewalks.

KVSC’s Justus Sanchez has the AUDIO STORY.

The city of St. Cloud is now accepting submissions for the second annual Poetry In Sidewalks contest. St. Cloud Arts Commission Coordinator Jennifer Penzkover says five submitted poems will be selected and stamped into new side walk construction this summer.

The deadline to submit poems is 2:30 p.m. on Monday May 6th.

Penzkover says the contest was inspired by the city of St. Paul artist in residence Marcus Young. St. Paul’s city website reports 470 poems are stamped in city sidewalks.

Last year St. Cloud began with six poems in its sidewalks. The winners are imprinted along 25th Avenue South, Tenth and Eleventh Avenue North. Penzkover was surprised to have over 80 entries in last year’s contest.

The sidewalk stamps are a part of the St. Cloud Arts budget and won’t be an extra cost to residents.

The winners are selected from a panel of poets and arts commission members. Penzkover says that every poem entered in to the contest will be on display at the St. Cloud Public Library after the deadline.

The complete rules for Poetry in Sidewalks can be found here.

College Affordability Night At Tech High School

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04/23/2013 - 2:42 AM

Members of United States Senator Al Franken’s staff are set to lead a college affordability information event at St. Cloud Technical High School Wednesday. The resource night begins at 6:30 p.m.

Franken’s Education Advisor Dan Solomon will lead the event. Franken’s staff are holding several meetings about college affordability around the state.

Franken says that his office is committed to helping Minnesota families understand all of their options when paying for college.

Large Fight At Press Bar Leads To Two Arrests

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04/22/2013 - 9:45 AM

Large Fight At Press Bar Leads To Two Arrests

A large fight at the Press Bar in St. Cloud leads to two arrests over the weekend.

Early Sunday morning, the St. Cloud Police Department were called to large fight, involving up to 30 people, on the second floor of the Press bar. According to the police report, 22-year-old Ricky Thomas Cobb II of Brooklyn Park, cut a Press Bar employee on the arm with a beer bottle as he was trying to break up the fight.

Cobb II is facing charges of 2nd degree assault and disorderly conduct and is being held at the Stearns County Jail. 30-year-old Ashley Sahvon Hammond of St. Cloud was also arrested for obstructing the legal process and was taken to the Stearns County Jail.

Other people involved received minor injuries and one person received a possible broken nose, but did not want to cooperate with police.

The injured employee will most likely require stiches.

Another Round Of Snow Could produce 4-6 Inches By Tuesday

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04/22/2013 - 9:35 AM

The St. Cloud are has been placed under a Winter Weather Advisory.

According to SCSU Meteorology Professor Bob Wesiman, temperatures will be in the middle 30’s today, so at first the snow will melt on contact. However, during the afternoon temperatures will turn near freezing allowing the snow to accumulate rapidly, at rates of one inch per hour. The afternoon commute will be difficult with low visibility due to falling and blowing snow.

As temperatures continue to fall, the snow will not only accumulate but will produce ice underneath the pavement. The snow is set to taper off around midnight, however winds will still be strong and temperatures will be below freezing. This means that even plowed surfaces will be icy without sand and salt.

Wesiman predicts that the St. Cloud area could see 4-6 inches of snow by tomorrow.

GREAT Children's Theatre Presents The King And I

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04/22/2013 - 10:15 AM

The GREAT Children’s Theatre continues their fifteenth season with The King and I opening this Friday.

The King and I is a charming story of a British governess brought into the court of Siam to tutor the king’s many children. This is the first time the Great Children’s Theatre has performed this Broadway classic.

The show will run from Friday, April 27th until Sunday, May 12th.  Tickets can be purchases online by clicking here.  Tickets are $11 for students. $18 for seniors/educators/military, $22 for adults and $2 discount can be used for groups.  

St. Cloud Area Schools Closed

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04/19/2013 - 7:30 AM

The record setting snowfall has resulted in most Central Minnesota area schools to be closed on Friday, April 19.  Schools closed include St. Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids-Rice, St. John's Prep, ROCORI, Foley, Big Lake, Little Falls and many more.

St. Cloud State University is open and classes resume as scheduled.

More Than 12 Inches Of Snow Fell Thursday to Friday

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04/19/2013 - 7:15 AM

It's a record most Central Minnesotans would probably prefer not to have set, but the April 18-19 snowstorm dumped 12.3 inches of snow on St. Cloud. St. Cloud State University meteorology professor Bob Weisman says we destroyed a record of 1.5 inches for April 18 set in 1922. At some points during the storm snow was falling at 2.5 inches per hour. 

Weisman says with the total snow of 12.3 inches, this storm also ranks 17th among all storms in St. Cloud history, producing the most snow since the December 23-26, 2009 storm. It is the second heaviest April snowfall, only behind the 36 inches that fell April 19-21, 1893.

Here's snow totals so far in other central Minnesota communities: Hutchinson, Isanti, and Sartell have reported 12 inches, Monticello 11.8 inches, Buffalo 10 inches, and Hillman had 8.4 inches. 

Weisman says we have nearly doubled St. Cloud's April 2013 snowfall to 23.2 inches, easily beating the old April record of 15.6 inches, set in 1928. In fact, this April now has the 13th highest snowfall of any month in St. Cloud records.

Since February 1, St. Cloud has now picked up 57.7 inches of snow. The 2012-2013 seasonal snowfall is now 77.3 inches, the 4th highest seasonal snowfall in St. Cloud records.

As the snow has tapered off Weisman predicts the combination of the heavy wet snow on tree branches and the strong winds will probably create problems with some downed tree limbs and power outages.

2013 Sustainability Expo This Sunday

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04/19/2013 - 10:25 AM

The 2013 Sustainability Expo is set for this Sunday, April 21st. The event will feature the largest showcase of sustainability lifestyle solutions in Central Minnesota.

The featured speaker will be Don Shelby and local foods and kids’ activities will also be at the expo.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the River’s Edge Convention Center.

Highway 15 And County Road 120 Intersection To Close Monday

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04/19/2013 - 10:20 AM

Drivers travelling near the Highway 15 and County Road 120 intersection in Sartell and St. Cloud will experience delays and detours as the intersection will temporarily close starting at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 22.

The intersection is scheduled to remain closed through Thursday, May 23rd and is the first of two planned 30-day closures of the intersection. Temporary ramps will open in late-May and detours will be posted.

One detour will direct drivers to the business park east of Highway 15 using eastbound County Road 1 to County Road 15.  Another detour will direct drivers to the Sartell Medical Park and other businesses west of Highway 15 using the temporary intersection and signal system at 23rd Street.  

The second closure is scheduled for this October and Highway 15 will remain open during both closures.

Albany Man Injured In Vehicle Crash

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04/19/2013 - 10:15 AM

On Thursday morning, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office along with Albany Rescue and Melrose Ambulance were called to a one vehicle crash with injuries on County Road 10.

The driver, 32-year-old Ryan Christopher Riggs of Albany, was driving south on County Road 10 when his vehicle hit a patch of slush on the road and he lost control of the vehicle.

The vehicle travelled off the roadway and rolled over multiple times. Riggs was taken to Albany Hospital by Melrose Ambulance where he was treated for his non-life threatening injures.

Riggs was the only occupant of the vehicle.  The Albany Police Department also assisted at the scene.

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