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St. Cloud State Enrolls in Two Campus-Wide Energy Efficiency Programs

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06/26/2013 - 11:30 AM

St. Cloud State University announced Tuesday their acceptance into two energy efficiency programs.  

One of the programs is with Xcel Energy which launched their Commercial Efficiency program in 2013 to help large commercial customers identify energy saving opportunities within their facilities. The program will also apply well-planned, long-term solutions to reduce energy costs. 

The other program is with state approved energy services firm McKinstry. The program will be self-funded by energy, utility and operational savings.

Over the past years, university officials have taken numerous steps toward a more energy efficient and sustainable campus environment. These steps included an agreement with the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment to be carbon neutral in 2035. 

The University's goal is to cut their $3.7 million a year utility costs by 20 percent. 

Stearns History Museum To Host Historic Pub Crawls

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06/25/2013 - 11:45 AM

Stearns History Museum To Host Historic Pub Crawls

The Stearns History Museum is offering a series of Historic Pub Crawls across St. Cloud’s Historic Downtown District.

Each participant of the pub crawl will be educated about 4 different pubs for a duration of 45 minutes per stop.

Two separate pub crawl series will be available. On June 29th and July 11th, the Manhattan Series will feature stops at Brother’s Bar & Grill, Veranda Lounge, D.B. Searle’s, and the Press. On July 19th and August 9th, stops will include The Red Carpet, MC’s Dugout, Cowboy Jack’s and 5th Ave Grille.

Admission for each series is $25, which includes appetizers and a souvenir gift. Drink purchases are not included in the fee and are no means required by any participant. Participants have a choice to pick two separate tours from each series for $40. 

All attendees must be 21 years of age or older and have a picture id available. 

Taxi-cabs will be available. 

Granite City Events This Weekend

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06/25/2013 - 11:15 AM

 Granite City Days have officially started with the Medallion Hunt beginning on Monday.  Here are a list of events happening from Thursday through Sunday.  

Thursday, June 27

Lemonade Concert and Art Fair

Friday, June 28

Canoe TripSkate Park EventLiberty Savings Block Party

Saturday, June 29

Granite City Days/WJON 5KParadeBic One Design ChallengeDowntown Walk AboutHistoric Pub Crawl 

Sunday, June 30

Airport Breakfast and Pantowner Classic Auto Exhibit , Fishing Derby/Outdoor Expo, Hams Music Event, Optimists' Family Fun Day, Free Rentals

Teenager Injured In ATV Crash

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06/25/2013 - 11:00 AM

On Monday afternoon, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office were called to an ATV accident in North Fork Township.

According to the report, 15-year-old Zachary Kaine Walz lost control of his ATV and went into the ditch and rolled several times. A second ATV driven by 15-year-old Austin Todd Trustheim witnessed the accident.

Walz was taken to the Glacial Ridge Hospital and was later air lifted to the St. Cloud Hospital.  The Stearns County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Brooten Fire and Rescue at the scene.

The accident is still under investigation.

Two Gunshot Complaints Occurred Earlier This Week in St. Cloud

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06/25/2013 - 10:10 AM

Earlier this week, St. Cloud police responded to two separate gunshot complaints in St. Cloud.

According to the police report, the first shot was reported at about 11:00 p.m. Sunday night in the 1000th block of 9th Avenue South. The next shot followed shortly after at midnight Monday morning.

According to police, shots were fired at both scenes and the victims were the same at both locations.

Both cases are currently being investigated by the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force in conjunction with the Criminal Investigation Unit of the Saint Cloud Police Department.

No arrests have been reported at this time.

SCSU Announces Interim VP for Finance and Administration

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06/24/2013 - 11:50 AM

St. Cloud State University has announced that Dr. Richard Duffett will be the interim Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Duffett brings more than 34 years of experience in a range of key leadership positions. Duffett has a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration and a Ph.D in College and Administration from Michigan State University.

Duffett will begin his position on Monday, July 1st and is expected to serve until the completion of the search for a permanent Vice President for Finance and Administration.

This position officially became vacant on Friday, June 7th after Douglas Vinzent left after working since December 2012.

St. Cloud City Compost Site Open To Public Monday And Tuesday

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06/24/2013 - 11:30 AM

St. Cloud residents are allowed to use the St. Cloud compost site without purchasing a permit on Monday, June 24 and Tuesday, June 25.  However, beginning on Thursday, June 27 permits will be required and can be purchased at city hall.

On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday the site will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. The site will be closed on Wednesday for site maintenance.  On Friday, the site will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. 

Lemonade Concert and Art Fair This Thursday

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06/24/2013 - 11:00 AM

The 40th annual Lemonade Concert and Art Fair will be this Thursday, June 27th.

The SCSU signature summer event will feature free performances by the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and the opening ceremony of Granite City Days. More than 250 vendors are expected to offer stained glass, pottery, burgers, ice cream and much more. Farmer’s Market vendors will also be on site to offer fresh produce, plants and more.

At 7 p.m. St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis will honor the recipients of the Rock-On Awards.  Performing throughout the day will be Paul Imholte, Wild Spirit Band with Douglas Wood and Home Free.  

St. Cloud City Council Meeting Tonight

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06/24/2013 - 10:10 AM

The St. Cloud City Council is holding a City Council meeting tonight and there will be a special public hearing at the end. The hearing will be held for the possible renewal of Liquor Licenses for McRudy’s and Rumrummer’s.

After the hearing, the council will decide whether to renew the licenses, deny them or to renew them with conditions.

The council meeting will be held at the City Council Chambers.  The meeting will be available to view on Charter Cable Channel 19. 

Kayak And Canoe Rentals For River Use Temporarily Suspended

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06/24/2013 - 10:05 AM

Due to the recent heavy amounts of rain the St. Cloud area has been experiencing, SCSU Outdoor Endeavors have enforced a policy of not renting canoes or kayaks for use on the Sauk or Mississippi Rivers.

The public is asked to abide by this policy until the river gauge at the St. Cloud dam reads 10,000 cubic feet per second or less.

However, SCSU Outdoor Endeavors are still renting canoes and kayaks for those heading out on lakes.

For more information on recent gauge readings CLICK HERE


15 Businesses Fail Alcohol Compliance Check

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06/24/2013 - 10:00 AM

During the month of June, 15 businesses in the St. Cloud area failed an alcohol compliance check.

The checks were done by the St. Cloud Police Department in conjunction with the Waite Park Police Department. The businesses failed the compliance check by selling alcohol to an underage compliance checker.

The businesses that failed the compliance check have been notified and the associates responsible for the illegal sales are facing charges of Underage Sale of Alcohol.

The businesses that failed the compliance check are: Biology 701, Boulder Tap House and Grill, The Wine Shop, Brother's Bar and Grill, Landmark Tavern, PX Liquor, The Liquor Shoppe on 25th, The Veranda Lounge, Ultimate Sports Bar and Grill, Grizzly's Wood Fired Grill, Cafe Renaissance, Sammy's Pizza, China Star Restaurant, Raddy's Express, and American Legion POST #428.  

Extended Hours At Compost Site After Damaging Winds

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06/21/2013 - 9:00 AM

Due to the recent storms in the St. Cloud area the St. Cloud compost site will be open today[Friday] from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

It will be open to all residents, regardless of whether or not you have a compost sticker.


Early Morning Storm Knocks Down Multiple Trees

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06/21/2013 - 11:40 AM

Early Morning Storm Knocks Down Multiple Trees

The St. Cloud Police, Fire and Street Departments are currently working to address the damage caused by the severe storms that hit the St. Cloud area earlier this [Friday] morning.

According to the St. Cloud Police Department there are numerous trees down throughout the city, as well as damaged power lines and down traffic lights. The public is asked to be extremely cautious of these hazards and are being asked not to call the St. Cloud Police Department for updates or for non-emergency and hazard issues due to the storm damage.

According to SCSU Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman, the St. Cloud Airport estimated that St. Cloud received about .96 inches of rain. However, Weisman measured 2.19 inches at SCSU, and 3.75 inches of rain at the north end of Little Rock Lake. According to Weisman, there will be another round of showers and thunderstorms later today.

These storms will maintain their strength, or intensify as the night progresses. These storms could produce straight line wind damage, large hail and heavy rainfall. This pattern will repeat itself again on Saturday night.

SCSU Students Planning 221 Mile Run

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06/21/2013 - 11:30 AM

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) - Seven students from St. Cloud State University are planning a 221-mile run across Minnesota to raise awareness in the fight against human trafficking.

A Bemidji Pioneer report says the students will begin Sunday in Watertown, S.D., and end in Prescott, Wis., on July 4. One of the runners is 22-year-old Courtney Passa of Bemidji. She says she's not a practiced long-distance runner but she's willing to make herself temporarily uncomfortable to help those who are suffering daily. Each runner is raising nearly $2,600. The money will be donated to a group that works in southeast Asia, where human trafficking of underage girls has been a growing problem.

Along the run the students will stay at churches and visit community groups to rally support for the cause.

Legislature Approved $24 Million In New Aid For MNSCU Students

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06/21/2013 - 10:50 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - More financial aid is coming for part-time, working students in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

The Legislature approved $24 million in new aid for these students, who are often older than traditional full-time students and juggle jobs with coursework to pay the bills. The St. Cloud Times reports these students are becoming increasingly common at MnSCU schools. As they've been calculated, need-based state grants for part-time students are less than proportional to the aid they would get if they were going to school full time.

For instance, a student taking 60 percent of a full-time courseload didn't get 60 percent of the aid they would get as a full-time student. But most of them will now get aid proportionate to what they would get as a full-timer.

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