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Atwood Memorial Center Staff Reunion To Be Held On Saturday

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06/21/2013 - 10:45 AM

A family reunion welcoming back alums of the Atwood Memorial Center Staff, University Program Board (UPB), Major Events Council (MEC), the Atwood Board of Governors (ABOG) and former student employees will be held on Saturday, June 29.

The event will feature building tours, kids activities, recreation in the Atwood Underground, and a celebration of Margaret Vos’ retirement as Director of Atwood Memorial Center at the end of June.

The reunion will be held in and around the Atwood Memorial Center from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

RSVP at the Atwood Memorial Center website if you plan to attend. 

Another Skunk Tested Positive For Rabies in St. Cloud

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06/20/2013 - 9:15 AM

Another Skunk Tested Positive For Rabies in St. Cloud

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - St. Cloud health officials confirm a second skunk with rabies has been found in the city.

St. Cloud Health Director Lisa Schreifels says the skunk had not had any human or animal contact.

Schreifels says the skunk found this week was acting lethargic. Animal control officials were able to capture the skunk before it had contact with anyone.

Last week the city announced that another skunk was found and tested positive for rabies. A dog was potentially exposed to the virus and received a rabies booster shot as a precaution.

The St. Cloud Times reports both skunks were found on the south side of St. Cloud.

Schreifels says it serves as a reminder for pet owners to keep their pets up to date on their rabies vaccination. Parents are reminded to teach children to never handle unfamliar animals, wild or domestic. The city's animal control division can be reached at 320-650-3164.

MnSCU's Board of Trustees Freezes Tuition For 2014 Budget

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06/20/2013 - 9:00 AM

MnSCU's Board of Trustees Freezes Tuition For 2014 Budget

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has approved a budget that freezes tuition.

MnSCU's $1.9 billion budget uses a state funding boost to hold next year's tuition to this year's rate. Fees will stay nearly flat.

The Star Tribune reports combined, tuition and fees will average $7,344 at the seven state universities, just $3 more than last year. At Minnesota's public two-year colleges, the price tag will be $5,360.

More than 200,000 students are enrolled in credit-bearing courses in the MnSCU system.

The board of trustees unanimously approved the 2014 budget, which spends $61.9 million more than in 2013, a 3.4 percent increase. The plan includes a 2.6 percent compensation increase for faculty and staff. It pledges $22 million in reallocations. 

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest After 90 Grams of Meth Found

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06/20/2013 - 11:30 AM

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest After 90 Grams of Meth Found

St. Cloud Police stopped a man, believed to be 22-year-old Eduardo Cruz Carrizales of St. Paul on suspicion of operating a vehicle with a suspended license. The man’s identity was questioned during the stop and it was believed that he did not have a valid driver’s license and had possession of illegal substances.

According to the Police report Carrizales was booked at the Stearns County Jail and had more than 90 grams of methamphetamine in his possession. He is currently being held at the Stearns Country Jail on felony controlled substance charges.Immigration and Naturalization Services is assisting in the investigation.

Man Arrested After Allegedly Throwing Rock Through a Car Window

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06/20/2013 - 11:15 AM

Man Arrested After Allegedly Throwing Rock Through a Car Window

The St. Cloud Police Department have arrested 30-year-old Steven Cottier of St. Paul following an investigation of an assault complaint.

A 29-year-old St. Cloud resident called police after Cottier allegedly threw a rock through a car window. The car was occupied by the victim and three children. No injuries were reported.

Cottier is being held at the Stearns County Jail on charges of felony domestic assault, second degree assault, three counts of disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.

Man Injured In I-94 Crash

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06/19/2013 - 9:50 AM

A man was air lifted from Interstate 94 after being involved in a crash on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the police report, 32-year-old Reid Kuschel of Ironton, was driving westbound on I-94 when he lost control of his vehicle and entered the right ditch, hit a sign, rolled over and then skidded on its roof.

Kuschel was air lifted to North Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Sauk River Watershed District Open Positions

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06/19/2013 - 11:30 AM

Sauk River Watershed District Open Positions

The Stearns County’s Board of Commissioners are looking for people who live in the Sauk River Watershed District to apply to serve on the Watershed District’s Board of Managers.

Board members are required to set goals, program and project priorities for District staff, establish its annual budget and tax levy and represent the District before citizens, elected officials and various other boards and commissions.

The newly acquired manager is sought to serve a three-year term, ending in 2016.

To apply online CLICK HERE.

If interested, contact the Auditor Treasurer's Office at 320-656-3900 or e-mail Randy Schreifels at

All applications must be received by Monday, July 15, 2013 to be considered for appointment.

Open House For Highway/County Road 2 Interchange Project To Be Held on Tuesday

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06/19/2013 - 10:15 AM

Open House For Highway/County Road 2 Interchange Project To Be Held on Tuesday

An open house, discussing the new Highway 10/County Road 2 interchange project, will be held for the public on Tuesday, June 25.

Those attending will be able to view the interchange design of the project and will also be educated about the project’s 2013 construction traffic plans including specific detours. Attendees may show up at any time during the two-hour open house to ask project leaders about any concerns they have towards this summer’s project. Informational handouts will also be available.The project will commence July 8th.

The open house will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Rice City Hall.


SCSU Feedback Thursdays Program Returns This Summer

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06/18/2013 - 11:00 AM

The SCSU Career Services center will be offering their Feedback Thursdays program throughout the summer.

Feedback Thursdays gives students, or recent graduates, the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a recruiter for 30 minutes. Students can use the time to do a mock interview, have their resume reviewed or discuss employment opportunities.

The Feedback Thursdays Schedule is:

June 20- Aerotek

June 27- Enterprise Rent-a-Car

July 11- Wells Fargo

July 18- Target

July 25- TCF Bank

The program begins this Thursday, June 20. Students can sign up by going to the Career Services office in Centennial Hall or by calling at 320-308-2151.  

Highway 23 Two Day Lane Closures

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06/18/2013 - 10:40 AM

Drivers may experience delays in both directions of Highway 23 between Highway 95 in St. Cloud and Highway 25 in Foley.

Both directions will be reduced to a single lane intermittently today and Wednesday. The closures are needed as crews work on the road’s shoulders, slopes and ditches.

Drivers should use as they navigate through work zones, watch for slow-moving equipment and give crews plenty of room to work.

Fifty Two St. Cloud National Guard Soldiers Return Today

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06/18/2013 - 10:35 AM

Fifty two soldiers of the National Guard aviation company of St. Cloud are scheduled to return to Minnesota today.  The soldiers are apart of the Company C, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion.

The company flew more than 3,200 hours and covered an area of about 62,000 square miles in western Afghanistan.

Army Major Daniel R. O’Meara says that the sacrifices of these soldiers and their families are immeasurable and their actions will have a lasting, posting influence on military operations.

The public can view the initial reunion with families on Facebook or Twitter.

Woman Injured In RoGator Crash

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06/18/2013 - 10:30 AM

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office were called to County Road 2 in Rockville for a crash involving a mini- van and a farm RoGator on Monday morning.

According to the police report, the van and the RoGator were travelling northeast on County Road 2. The van, driven by 73-year-old Lucille Cecelia Gerken of Richmond, attempted to pass the RoGator when Gerkin did not realize the RoGator was making a left turn onto a driveway.

As Gerkin was making this pass she hit the RoGator. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts during the time of the crash. Gerken was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance.

The driver of the RoGator, 36-year-old Clinton Michael Rausch of Watkins, was not injured in the accident.

UPDATE: Coborn's Employee In Foley Kidnapped; Forced To Drive To Twin Cities

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06/17/2013 - 9:05 AM

Police say a Coborn’s grocery store employee in Foley was kidnapped and forced to drive the suspect to the Twin Cities early Wednesday morning.

According the Foley Police department, the employee was released and uninjured in the Twin Cities.

The suspect has been identified as 39-year-old Brandon Stark.  Stark was taken into custody on Thursday night by Minneapolis Police.  Stark was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center with minor injuries and is currently being held in the Hennepin County Jail.

Officials Investigating Apparent Murder Suicide

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06/17/2013 - 9:00 AM

BECKER, Minn. (AP) - Sherburne County officials are investigating an apparent murder suicide in the Clear Lake Township.

County Sheriff Joel Brott says a woman 911 at about 1:30 p.m. Friday and said someone told her he had shot his wife and was threatening to shoot himself. The St. Cloud Times reports deputies on the scene in Clear Lake Township were able to talk with Christopher Norrbom by telephone, but negotiations broke down.

Officers then got into an attached garage where they discovered the body of Janell Norrbom. They entered the home 6:41 p.m. and found Christopher Norrbom dead. Officials are not looking for any other suspect.

The man and woman were both 47-years-old.

Police Called To Knife Complaint On Saturday

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06/17/2013 - 1:30 AM

A woman was injured Saturday morning after being cut above the eye with a kitchen knife.

According to the police report, police were called to the 1400 block of 5th Avenue South at about 5 a.m. for a knife complaint. 34-year-old Tenisha Lashay Williams of St. Cloud was arrested after cutting the 31-year-old victim with a knife.

The victim refused any medical attention and Williams received stiches for an injury she sustained as the victim used a barbeque fork to defend herself.

Williams is being held at the Stearns County Jail with charges of 2nd degree assault.

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