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8th to 12th Street North Area Road Closures Begin Today

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05/06/2013 - 8:50 AM

Beginning today [Monday] the area between 11th and 17th Avenue North from 8th to 12 Street North will be closed to through traffic.

The closure is needed to facilitate a public improvement project to reconstruct public utilities and streets.

The closure is expected to last until mid-October if weather is permitting.

Man Arrested After Allegedly Robbing Bank

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05/06/2013 - 8:45 AM

A St. Cloud man is in jail after allegedly robbing a bank on Sunday afternoon.

According to the police report, 36-year-old Fehd El Mehdi Kourima of St. Cloud took money from the TCF Bank inside of Cashwise East after demanding the money from the teller.

No weapons were used and no one was injured during the robbery. Kourima was arrested in the 1500 block of East St. Germain Street about three hours after the robbery.

The case is still under investigation by the St. Cloud Police department with assistance of the FBI.

Three Arrested In Northeast St. Cloud After Gun Complaint

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05/06/2013 - 1:50 AM

St. Cloud Police arrested three men on Sunday afternoon after police say a man complained he was being held inside a home that contained weapons and drugs.

St. Cloud Police negotiators and SWAT members were called to the 10th block of 12th Street Northeast. Officers surrounded the home and made contact with the men inside.

Police say 51-year-old David Evans Roll, 44-year-old John James Nesenson, and 40-year-old Steven Richard Pouliot were arrested without incident.

According to police, Roll was taken to the Benton County Jail on charges of False Imprisonment. Nesensen was charged with making terroristic threats and taking to the Benton County Jail. Both were later released without being formally charged.

Pouliot was arrested for an outstanding Stearns County warrant.

Pipe Bomb Detonated By Bomb Squad

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05/06/2013 - 11:05 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Some residents in St. Cloud were evacuated after a suspicious object was found.

The St. Cloud Times reports police were monitoring the area for much of the day after the item was reported late morning Saturday morning. The Crow Wing County bomb squad destroyed the item at about 4:45 p.m. and police say it did contain explosives.

They were not releasing any other details. St. Cloud resident Corey Gaulrapp says he discovered the item, which he said he believes is a pipe bomb. He described the object as heavy and white with a fuse.

He says he picked up the object before realizing what it was and called police between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

According to police, the item was consistent with a "cricket" bomb, or an explosive device made from an empty CO2 cartridge.  The device did not contain any shrapnel and had a non-timer type fuse.  

Police are still investigating. 

Crash Closes Down I-94 at St. Cloud/St. Augusta

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05/03/2013 - 12:40 PM

Just after 12:30 p.m. today Interstate 94 between Highway 24 in Clearwater and County Road 75 in St. Cloud/St. Augusta is closed due to a crash.  I-94 will remain closed until further notice.
 
Traffic is being detoured along County Road 75 and Highway 24.
 
Motorists are advised to avoid the area and may want using Highway 10, Highway 55 or another alternate route.

The state patrol is on the scene.

 

MnDOT Announces Safe Routes to School Grants; Local Schools Awarded

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05/03/2013 - 10:25 AM

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that 105 schools are receiving grants that will support Safe Routes to School.

Schools received grants in three categories: planning, non-infrastructure and infrastructure. 

One school in Rice and two in Sartell were awarded money in the planning category.  North Elementary and Middle School in Princeton as well as Pleasantview Elementary in Sauk Rapids were awarded money to construct sidewalks and improve crosswalks. 

All Safe Routes to School grants are federal funds and no local match is required. Each grant includes a resolution of support from the local governing body to ensure community support.

Global Learning Summit Next Thursday

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05/02/2013 - 11:50 AM

Education and business leaders are gathering at St. Cloud State University on Thursday, May 9th for the Statewide Summit on Global Learning.

The goal of the summit is to improve global literacy among Minnesota’s preschool through 12th grade students.

The summit will feature keynote speaker Tony Jackson, who is the Vice President at the Asia Society. Jackson believes that America’s educational systems must prepare students for success in an interconnected world.

Registration is available online and there is a registration fee.  The summit will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. in the Atwood Memorial Center

Eastbound I-94 Ramp Closure Begins Friday

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05/02/2013 - 10:30 AM

The eastbound I-94 ramp to Opportunity Drive will close on Friday, May 3rd.  The closure is expected to begin at Noon.

The closure is needed as part of the I-94 Clearwater to St. Cloud resurfacing project. A signed detour will direct drivers to exit two miles earlier at exit 171 to eastbound County Road 75 and back to Opportunity Drive.

The closure is expected to last until Wednesday, May 8th.  The closure was originally planned to start today [Wednesday].  The ramp from Highway 24 to eastbound 1-94 in Clearwater is now open.

Multiple Road Construction Projects Begin On Monday

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05/02/2013 - 10:15 AM

On Monday, May 6 construction will begin on Veteran’s Drive from 41st Avenue North to 37th Avenue North. The construction is needed to build a concrete median through the intersection at 41st Avenue North. Left turns will be permanently eliminated at the intersection and drivers should expect delays in this area for about three weeks.

Also beginning on Monday, the Stearns County Highway Department will re-close the bridge on County State Highway 34 over the Canadian Pacific Railroad at the intersection of County Road 180. This closure will last one month while crews complete the construction of the new bridge.

A detour will be setup directing drivers to take Highway 55 and Highway 22.  Click here for the map of the detour.

Three To Six Inches Possible In May Snow Storm

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05/01/2013 - 9:30 AM

The St. Cloud area saw a record snow fall in April with 24.4 inches, but the snow is not ready to stop.

According to SCSU Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman, the best chance for accumulating snow will be tonight, although there will be some wet snowflakes mixed in with rain during the day. There may be slush on the roads Thursday morning, so drivers can expect a slower morning commute.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the St. Cloud area with snow totals of 3-6 inches possible.

According to Weisman, the St. Cloud area will get little to no snow. However, if the storm track moves slightly, it could mean the difference between getting barely any snow and a lot of snow.

St. Cloud State Announced Director Of Veterans Resource Center

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05/01/2013 - 1:30 AM

St. Cloud State University announced Monique Coleman has been hired as the first Director of the Veterans Resource Center.

University officials say Coleman has more than a decade of experience with veterans and served in the United States Navy. Coleman will begin her employment on July 1.

The director position was created after students voted in the fall of 2011 to add the position. The position is funded by student activity fees.

Approximately 700 veterans are currently enrolled at SCSU.

The Veterans Resource Center is located in Room 129 inside the Administrative Service building at SCSU.

St. Cloud Area Sertoma Club Awards SCSU Department

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05/01/2013 - 1:00 AM

The St. Cloud State University Department of Communication Science and Disorders is receiving a grant from the St. Cloud Area Sertoma Club.

The department will be awarded 4,250 dollars as part of Sertoma’s community grant program. The Sertoma Club says the money will go toward the purchase of a Maico MI44, middle ear analyzer. The machine is used in the field of audiology.

The club says that community grants are pretty rare. Last year, the club awarded only 21 grants nationally.

Sertoma is an acronym for SERvice TO MAnkind.

Local Pink Floyd Poser Charged With Theft By Swindle

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05/01/2013 - 11:25 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota man is accused of posing as Pink Floyd band member and racking up as much as $100,000 in unpaid medical bills at a St. Cloud hospital.

The 53-year-old Monticello man was booked into the Stearns County Jail on a possible charge of theft by swindle. Police say the man came to St. Cloud Hospital April 20 for treatment, claimed he was Pink Floyd band member David Gilmour and didn't have insurance. He was treated and released, but not before signing an autograph for an employee's son.

The St. Cloud Times says hospital security was suspicious about the man's identity and his medical records were flagged. The man returned for treatment several days later. Police confronted the man and say he admitted his identity and was arrested.

Prescribed Fires Planned In Central Minnesota This Spring And Fall

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05/01/2013 - 11:00 AM

Residents in Central Minnesota traveling near St. Cloud, Cambridge, Isanti, Belgrade and other areas may see smoke from roadside prescribed burns this spring and next fall.

The burns are scheduled during optimal weather conditions to ensure safety and effectiveness. Traffic should not be affected and all roadways will remain open during the burns.

The burns are planned for 24 miles of Highway 65 between East Bethel and Grandy, along Highway 55 between Brooten and Belgrade, by the St. Cloud Travel Information Center on Highway 10 and on portions of the Lake Wobegon Trail.

MnDOT urges drivers to drive with caution and to slow down in work zones and never ever a road blocked with barriers or cones.

I-94 Closing Near St. Cloud Tuesday Night

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04/30/2013 - 9:15 AM

I-94 Closing Near St. Cloud Tuesday Night

If you've got plans tonight that include traveling eastbound Interstate 94 between St. Cloud and Clearwater you should plan an alternate route and allow for additional travel time.  The Minnesota Department of Transportation is temporarily closing the single open eastbound lane at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Mn-DOT crews need to make emergency repairs to orange traffic cones, posts and other safety devices that were damaged during recent late-spring snow storms.

A 10-mile detour will direct motorist along Exit 171 to eastbound County Road 75 in St. Augusta, to southbound Highway 24 in Clearwater and back to eastbound I-94.  Eastbound I-94 will reopen as a single lane by 10 p.m. this evening.

While westbound I-94 will not be closed during the repairs, motorists traveling both directions of the busy interstate should consider alternate routes until the road is officially reopened.

Both directions of I-94 have been reduced to a single lane between St. Cloud and Clearwater since April 3 while crews work to resurface 7.5 miles of the interstate.

More information on the project, including links to traffic cams, can be found here.

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