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Pulju Sentenced To Nearly 22 Years In Prison In Murder Of His Mother

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05/28/2013 - 10:30 AM

Pulju Sentenced To Nearly 22 Years In Prison In Murder Of His Mother

Chad Matthew Pulju was sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison on Friday after pleading guilty to second degree murder in the stabbing death of his mother, Geraldine Delores Bennet.

St. Cloud Police were called to the 2700 block of Atwood Drive just after midnight on August 23, 2012 after reports of two people arguing. According to the report, when police arrived they found Bennet lying on the floor covered in blood with threatening injuries apparently from an edged weapon.

Bennet was transported to St. Cloud Hospital where she was pronounced dead around 2 a.m. According to an autopsy of Bennet, the 68-year-old had forty-seven stab wounds on her face, neck, and arm.

Pulju claims to have no recollection of the night’s event, due to being in an alcohol induced blackout.

Army Veteran On Mission To Get Photographs Of Fallen Soldiers

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05/28/2013 - 10:00 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - An Army veteran from St. Cloud is on a mission to get more than 500 photographs of Minnesota service members killed in Vietnam.

Robert Ahles was drafted into the Vietnam War after college. He tells the St. Cloud Times that more than 1,000 Minnesotans died during that war, and about half of them don't have their pictures posted on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund website.

So, the 66-year-old is working his way through Minnesota's cities and towns to find relatives of the deceased. He started his volunteer effort in January, and has posted 43 photos to the website as of last week. An additional 25 pictures were posted by others.

Ahles says it's the least he can do for his fallen comrades, who should be recognized for their sacrifice.

SCSU Chapter Of National Weather Association Planning Relief Trip To Oklahoma

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05/23/2013 - 2:30 AM

The St. Cloud State University chapter of the National Weather Association is planning a relief trip to Moore, Oklahoma.  

KVSC News Director Amelia Rowland has the AUDIO STORY.

Donations can be dropped off at the Wick Science Building on the campus of SCSU, however they will be picked up this Friday afternoon.  Examples of items that can be donated are cases of water, Gatorade, baby wipes, pet food and diapers. 

Northbound Highway 15 Lanes Shift And Ramps Open At County Road 120

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05/23/2013 - 10:50 AM

Northbound Highway 15 Lanes Shift And Ramps Open At County Road 120

Drivers travelling on Highway 15 near County Road 120 in Sartell will encounter lower speed limits, lane shifts and improved access as the Highway 15 intersection opens on Thursday, May 23rd [today].

Drivers can expect both lanes of southbound Highway 15 shifted to temporary bypass lanes and the posted speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph. The ramp from northbound Highway 15 to eastbound County Road 120 and the ramp from westbound County Road 120  to northbound Highway 15 will open. All ramps between Highway 15 and County Road 120 will remain open.

The opening of these ramps was scheduled to happen on Tuesday but was delayed due to rain. All of the traffic changes are a part of the Highway 15 Diverging Diamond Interchange project.

Stearns County Sheriff Department Searching For Gas Drive Off Suspect

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05/23/2013 - 10:00 AM

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a man who they believe is the culprit behind numerous gas drive offs in the area.

According to Sheriff John Sanner, a man driving a mid-1990’s black Dodge Ram pumped over 150 dollars in gasoline at Rockville Bait and Gas on Tuesday and drove off without paying. He says the single cab truck also has chrome step bars and bed rails, but the bottom portions of them have been spray-painted black. The truck also has a large sticker in the back window.

Sanner also reports that a similar vehicle has been used in other drive offs in the area.

Few details of the driver were, given but the sheriff says he is in his early twenties.

If anyone see’s this vehicle, the sheriff is asking for them to record the license plate number, the vehicle description, and driver description and then report the information to the local police.

Metro Bus Offers Free Summer Rides To Kids

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05/22/2013 - 9:50 AM

Once again, the Metro Bus U-Go Free Summer Youth Pass is available for kids 17 and under.

The goal of this program is to help families with kids have affordable summer transportation using the metro bus.

The youth pass is good seven days a week on any fixed route from June 1st to the end of August, and can be picked up by a parent or guardian at the temporary Metro Bus Transit Center, located at the corner of 1st street South and 6th avenue South in downtown, Saint Cloud.

Classes are available for kids to learn how to ride and parents are encouraged to attend as well. The classes are on Monday, June 10, Tuesday June 11 and Wednesday June 12th.

Registration is required, but the event is free to attend. To register call 320-529-4497 or email them at info@stcloudmtc.com by May 31st.

Community Notification Meeting Being Held On Tuesday

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05/22/2013 - 1:15 AM

Community Notification Meeting Being Held On Tuesday

The St. Cloud Police Department and the Minnesota Department of Corrections will hold a Community Notification Meeting on Monday, May 28th for 55-year-old predatory offender Randy Duane Strunk.

The meeting will be held to inform the public that a level III predatory offender will move into the St. Cloud area beginning on Monday, June 3rd.

Strunk is not wanted by the police and has served the sentence imposed on him by the court. Strunk will reside in the 900 block of 13th Avenue South in St. Cloud.

The meeting will be held at City Hall in Council Chambers at 6 p.m.. The meeting will also be televised live on local cable access channel 19.

4-H Summer Camp Opens To Non Members

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05/22/2013 - 10:50 AM

The University of Minnesota Extension program in Stearns County and 4-H has opened registration for the Great American Road Trip summer camp to everyone, including non 4-H members.

The three day camp takes place in mid-June for students finishing grades 3 through 8. The three day camp will take students to the Sand Dunes State Forest and the Big Lake, Zimmerman area. Stearns County officials say the camp will be visited by the U of M Raptor CenterRegistration form must be turned into the Extension by May 29. 

4-H is also offering multiple day camps for students finishing Kindergarten to fifth grade. The first day camp is on June 26. The complete list of day camps is available on the Registration form.

Non 4-H members must turn in a completed short term enrollment application with their registration.

Metro Bus Driver Places 4th At National Bus Competition

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05/22/2013 - 10:05 AM

A Metro Bus Fixed Route driver recently achieved fourth place in the 2013 International Bus Roadeo.

The 16 year veteran to Metro Bus, Ken Rakke, has competed at the international level five times and has worked his way to the international roadeo by winning top honors at both local and state competitions.

On Thursday, May 23rd Fixed Route and Dial-a-Ride drivers will compete in the local Metro Bus Roadeo. The Roadeo is a chance for drivers in both divisions to show off their driving skills.  Top finishers from each division qualify to compete in the Minnesota Bus Roadeo in July.  If they win first place at the state level they are eligible to compete at the National Roadeo competition.

The local competition will be held at the SCSU K-lot starting at 1 p.m.

UPDATE: Highway 23 Road Work Extended Until Friday

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05/21/2013 - 4:15 AM

Drivers on Highway 23 near Foley may experience delays through Friday. The Minnesota Department of Transportation says motorists traveling west of Foley will encounter work crews as a short segment of Highway 23 between 95th Avenue and 85th Avenue is reduced to a single lane at 7:00 a.m. Crews are repairing an area that has washed out beneath the roadway surface.

All lanes are expected to re-open by Friday.

Motorists are advised to slow down, be prepared to stop and navigate the work zone with care as crews complete their work.

Making Music For Making Changes Thursday At Red Carpet

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05/21/2013 - 11:30 AM

Community members and local musicians are coming together Thursday night at the Red Carpet Nightclub in hopes of making change. KVSC’s Music Director James Tollefson has more with organizer Justin Michael.

AUDIO STORY

The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, The Zombie Pit String Brand, and the Evergreen Grass Band are performing. Making Music for Making Changes plans to hold two shows per month throughout the summer.

Highway 15 Construction Changes Speed Limits, Opens Ramps, Shifts Lanes

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05/21/2013 - 10:00 AM

Continuing road work on Highway 15 in Sartell is changing speed limits and ramp openings in the area. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, starting Tuesday the speed limit near the intersection of Highway 15 and County Road 120 will be lowered to 45 miles per hour.

The lower speed limit will only be in the northbound lane. In addition to the lowered speed limit, the on and off ramps connecting the two roads will open. MnDot also says the northbound lane of Highway 15 will shift to temporary lanes that bypass construction.

According to MnDot, drivers can get to westbound County Road 120 at the intersection of Highway 15 and 23 Street South.

The traffic changes are due to the Diverging Diamond Interchange project in the area. MnDot says the project is expected to finish this fall.

 

Veterans Drive Closures Begin Wednesday

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05/20/2013 - 12:15 PM

Beginning on Wednesday, May 22nd the westbound traffic lanes on Veterans Drive/8th Street North at Highway 15 will be reduced to one lane of traffic.  The closure will begin at 7 p.m.

The northbound left turn lane at the intersection of Highway 15 and Veterans Drive/8th Street North will also be reduced to one lane of traffic. The closure is needed as crews work on the sanitary sewer interceptor in the area.

The closures are expected to last one day and drivers should expect delays.

Three Injured In School Bus Accident

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05/20/2013 - 11:45 AM

Three people were injured on Thursday after a bus crashed in Big Lake.

According to the police report, while a bus stopped to unload passengers, the bus was struck from behind by a juvenile man driving a vehicle. After hitting the bus, the vehicle continued into the ditch where it hit a tree.

The driver of the vehicle was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital. The driver of the bus, 45-year-old Rachelle Bayer of Big Lake, and a juvenile student who was on the bus were taken by ambulance to the CentraCare Hospital in Monticello for minor injuries.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Police Looking For Suspects In Saturday Shooting

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05/20/2013 - 11:00 AM

The St. Cloud Police Department is looking for information in regards to a recent gunshot complaint.

Late Saturday night, police received a call about hearing and seeing shots being fired in the area by Short Stop Restaurant in St. Cloud near Crossroads Mall.

According to the police report, the suspect(s) left the scene before officers arrived. The vehicle was described as a red or maroon colored PT Cruiser with a sunroof and tinted windows. Officers confirmed that a firearm had been left at the scene. No injuries were reported.

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

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