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Two People Injured In Sunday Car Crash

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07/15/2013 - 11:45 AM

Two people were injured Sunday afternoon after being involved in a car crash.

According to the sheriff’s report, 68-year-old Virgene Molden of St. Cloud was driving on County Road 75 when he struck a vehicle driven by 19-year-old Cayson Hivala of Waite Park. Hivala was attempting to cross eastbound County Road 75 to go south onto County Road 2.

The passenger in Molden’s vehicle, 65-year-old Linda Molden of St. Cloud, as well as Hivala were taken by Gold Cross Ambulance to Centra Care Hospital.

The crash remains under investigation.  St. Joseph Police, Minnesota State Patrol, St. Joseph Rescue and Gold Cross Ambulance assisted at the scene. 

Man Injured In ATV Crash

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07/15/2013 - 11:10 AM

A man was air lifted after crashing his ATV into a tree. According to the Sheriff’s report, on Saturday afternoon the Stearns County Sheriff’s office were called to an ATV crash in Albany Township.

Emergency personnel found 20-year-old Nathan Klaphake of Avon had been driving his ATV on private property when he lost control of the ATV and crashed into a tree. Klaphake was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Klaphake was flown to Centra Care Hospital by North Air Ambulance Service.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Albany Police Department, Albany Rescue and officers from the Minnesota DNR.

Register Now For The 30th Annual National Night Out

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07/12/2013 - 11:50 AM

In early August, neighborhoods throughout St. Cloud will join in on the 30th Annual National Night Out. National Night Out will involve more than 15,000 communities across the country.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

On Tuesday, August 6th residents in neighborhoods throughout St. Cloud are asked to lock their doors, turn on the outside lights and spend the evening with neighbors and police.  The event will begin at 6 p.m. and last until 10 p.m. 

Residents may register their activity so that St. Cloud Police Officers, Firefighters and other public safety personnel will visit.  Residents can register their activity by calling 320- 345-4182. If directed to a voice mail, leave the correct spelling of your first and last name; the exact street address in St. Cloud of your activity; your telephone number for contact; and the start and end times of your activity.

The 43rd Annual Sinclair Lewis Days Coming To Sauk Centre This Sunday

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07/12/2013 - 10:25 AM

The 43rd Annual Sinclair Lewis Days Coming To Sauk Centre This Sunday

The 43rd Annual Sinclair Lewis Days are coming to Sauk Centre starting Sunday, July 14 and ending on Sunday, July 21.

The festivities will begin at 9 a.m. with a Fly-In Breakfast at the Airport, and at 4 p.m. a showing of the Disney film "Bongo" from Sinclair Lewis' book at the Main Street Theatre. Later next week, on Thursday, July 18, the Sauk Centre High School will hold the Miss Sauk Centre Pageant at 7:30 p.m. and on Friday, July 19 the Minnesota Twins will hold a Youth Clinic at Jaycee Field.

Festivities will conclude the following Sunday with the Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show and Car Show.

Small Town Big Fun: 2013 Rock-Fest Saturday in Rockville

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07/11/2013 - 10:35 AM

Small Town Big Fun: 2013 Rock-Fest Saturday in Rockville

The 2013 Rockfest is to kick off in the small town of Rockville on Saturday, July 13.

The Festival will consist of many family contests and activities including fishing contests at Pleasant and Grand Lakes and a 1K and 5K run. The Festival Attractions will start at 12:30 p.m. with the presentation of the colors and Opening Ceremony. Free Trolley Rides, milking contest a Medallion Hunt and a Petting Zoo are all to follow.

Most events take place at John Clark Elementary School Grounds.


Northstar Link To Provide Transportation To Kenny Chesney Concert At Target Field

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07/11/2013 - 10:25 AM

Special transportation services will be provided to the Kenny Chesney concert at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis this Friday.

The Northstar Link 887, and Northstar Commuter Rail 888 will be available to shuttle those that are coming from St. Cloud, Becker, and Big Lake.

For complete schedule details CLICK HERE

Highway 27 In Little Falls To Close For One Day

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07/10/2013 - 9:45 AM

Drivers travelling on Highway 27 in Little Falls will encounter a detour as the road will be closed at the BNSF railroad crossing on Thursday, July 11.

A detour will direct drivers along the Paul Larson Memorial Drive, 9th Avenue Northwest and 2nd Street Northwest. The railroad crossing is located west of the Mississippi River.

The road is scheduled to reopen by 8 p.m. on Friday, July 12.

The closure is needed as crews repair the approach to the railroad crossing.

Same-Sex Marriage Applications Available in Stearns County

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07/10/2013 - 1:25 AM

Same-Sex Marriage Applications Available in Stearns County

Marriage license applications for same-sex couples are now available in Stearns County. The Freedom to Marry law takes effect on Thursday, August 1 after the Minnesota Legislature passed the bill this year.

County officials say even though applications are available, the marriage licenses are not valid until the first of August. Marriage applicants can apply and pay for their license online through the Stearns County Virtual License Center.  Both parties are then required to sign the application in person at any of the license centers in the county.

The county plans to distribute all same-sex marriage applications beginning July 29, provided the 5-day waiting period has passed.

More information is available at 320-656-3902.


Bears Leave Without Incident In St. Cloud Neighborhood

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07/09/2013 - 12:15 PM

On Sunday afternoon, the St. Cloud Police Department were called to the 400 block of 15th Avenue Southeast for an animal complaint.

According to the police report, an adult black bear and two younger black bears had climbed a tree in the neighborhood. The Minnesota DNR recommended leaving the bears alone with the expectation they would leave at nightfall. Officers remained on the scene for several hours to ensure that people in the area did not disturb the bears.

As of Monday morning, the bears had come down from the trees and left the area without incident. The St. Cloud Police Department received no further calls regarding these bears.

City Lane And Street Closures To Start This Week

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07/09/2013 - 12:05 PM

The city of St. Cloud advises the public of a lane closure starting Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. and lasting until Thursday afternoon. The westbound traffic lanes on East St. German Street between 7th Avenue and Franklin Avenue will be shifted into one of the eastbound lanes. During this time the eastbound lanes will be shrunk to a single lane.

There will also be street closures beginning on Wednesday, July 17 and lasting until Thursday, July 18. Railroad repair will start on 7th Street SE at the railroad tracks between Lincoln Avenue SE and Killian Boulevard.

Detours will be posted.

Free Public Forum Tonight With Will Steger And J. Drake Hamilton

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07/09/2013 - 12:00 PM

A free public forum will be held tonight about Clean Energy, Climate and Health. The forum will feature polar explorer Will Steger and Fresh Energy’s J. Drake Hamilton.

CLICK HERE for the audio story.

 The forum will begin at 7 p.m. at Rejoice Luthern Church in Clearwater.  

The forum is hosted by Beyond Coal Central Minnesota and the League of Women Voters of the St. Cloud Area.

Metro Bus Hosting Food Drive At Summertime By George

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07/08/2013 - 9:50 AM

Metro Bus Hosting Food Drive At Summertime By George

Metro Bus will be hosting a food drive this Wednesday, July 10 at Summertime by George.

Cash or non-perishable donations may be brought to the red and white New Flyer Metro Bus on the grounds of Summertime by George. The food drive will benefit Catholic Charities Emergency Services and the Salvation Army food shelves.

Last year, Metro Bus collected more than 3,000 pounds of food and about $600 for local food shelves.

Summertime by George begins every Wednesday night at 5 p.m., the food drive will last from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.  

AIM Development Seeking Permit To Demolish Verso Paper Mill

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07/08/2013 - 9:45 AM

SARTELL, Minn. (AP) - A paper mill that has stood on the banks of the Mississippi River for more than a century could soon be coming down.

AIM Development bought the Verso Paper plant in Sartell after an explosion and fire last year. A St. Cloud Times report says the company is seeking a permit to begin demolishing the structure. The Sartell City Council is expected to consider the permit request at its meeting Monday. If the permit is approved, demolition will begin this month and take about 15 months to finish.

The work will include taking down nearly every building on the property. AIM says the buildings slated for demolition aren't historically designated. It says the yellow brick from the original mill will be saved and reused.

Man Injured In Rollover Crash

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07/08/2013 - 9:45 AM

On Sunday afternoon, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office were called to a rollover crash in Spring Hill Township.

According to the sheriff's report, when deputies arrived they found that the vehicle, driven by 19-year-old Dustin Kalthoff of Belgrade, was going southbound and left the roadway in a curve just prior to a bridge and vaulted over the creek, flipped end over end, and came to a stop on its tires.

Kalthoff received significant injuries and needed to be extricated from the vehicle and was airlifted to the St. Cloud Hospital after briefly stopping at Melrose Hospital.

The accident remains under investigation.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office was assisted on scene by Melrose and St. Martin Fire Departments, Melrose Ambulance, Lifelink Air Ambulance and the Minnesota State Patrol. 

Big Lake Man Dead After Being Electrocuted

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07/08/2013 - 10:25 AM

A man is dead after being found floating and unresponsive in Eagle Lake on July 4th.

According to the sheriff's report, Sherburne County Deputies were called to the 23000 block of 188th Street in Orrock Township for two people in Eagle lake floating and unresponsive. When Deputies arrived, they administered CPR to 46-year-old Daniel Peterson of Big Lake. Peterson’s sister, 49-year-old Kris Biser was breathing on her own after neighbors rendered first aid.

According to witnesses, Peterson was attempting to charge his boat battery while the boat was in the water. Peterson was standing in about 20 inches of water when he lost his footing and fell in the water while holding the battery charger. Biser witnessed the fall and attempted to help her brother by running into the water. Biser was also electrocuted and was unconscious. Neighbors pulled the electrical cord from the socket and pulled the two from the water.

Biser was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by ambulance. Peterson was taken to HCMC by air but passed away on Sunday, July 7th.

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