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Sartell Teenager Headed To National Geographic World Championship

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07/26/2013 - 10:30 AM

A 15-year-old Sartell teenager is headed to Russia as part of the US team in the 2013 National Geographic World Championship.

Gopi Ramanathan finished in the top 10 in the 2012 National Geographic Bee which made him eligible for the World Championship team. Each team will be made up of three students and teams will answer questions on physical, cultural and economy geography.

The first rounds will take place on Sunday and Monday and the final round will be hosted by Alex Trebek on Wednesday, July 31.

The National Geographic World Championship takes place every two years.

St. Cloud State Rises In Forbes Magazine's Top Colleges List

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07/26/2013 - 10:30 AM

Forbes Magazine has released its 2013 list of “America’s Top Colleges” and St. Cloud State University has improved its overall ranking from 611 to 504.

Of the 650 school list, St. Cloud State is one of only 4 Minnesota Public Universities to be featured.

In helping its national ranking, St. Cloud State earned five nationally competitive awards in 2012-13 including the Simon, Heiskell and H-E-E-D Awards for international efforts, the Hobey Baker Award and Innovative Program of the Year Award.

Expansion And Remodeling To Be Done To The SCSU Miller Center

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07/24/2013 - 11:00 AM

St. Cloud State University students will be welcomed back this fall with a newly renovated technology service center, along with a larger coffee shop and computer lounge in the Miller Center.

The coffee shop and computer lounge will be expanded to fit more furniture and 20 computers.

The help desk, computer store and lab support areas will be moved upstairs to where a 24 hour computer lab existed last school year. The original location of the help desk space will be turned into a classroom while the original Computer Store space has yet to be determined.

Construction is currently underway and expected to be finished by late August.

Boy Injured In Boating Accident

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07/24/2013 - 10:55 AM

A five year old boy was injured on Tuesday morning after a boating accident.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, an Arkan Runabout, driven by 66-year-old Donald Manion of Coon Rapids, was pulling a water skier on Lake Koronis. During this time, the Arkan collided with a kayak that had two juvenile boys on board. One of the boys, a five-year-old from Edina, received non-life threatening injures and was taken to the Paynesville Area Hospital by ambulance.

The case is under investigation by the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.

Man Tased Twice After Shoplifting Complaint

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07/24/2013 - 10:35 AM

On Tuesday afternoon, Waite Park Police were called to a store for a shoplifting complaint.

According to the police report, loss prevention officers told officers the suspect fled from the store. A Stearns County Deputy saw the suspect, 25-year-old Shawn Thomas Lees of Sauk Rapids, near the Sauk River and attempted to apprehend him.

According to police, when a Waite Park officer arrived on the scene, the officer saw Lees fighting with the Deputy and tased Lees. As the Deputy and Officer attempted to remove Lees from the river he started assaulting the Waite Park officer. The Officer tased Lees again and Lees was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for medical treatment.

Lees will be charged with two counts of 4th degree assault and also had a warrant out of Waite Park for a Domestic Assault.

Area McDonald's Locations To Giveaway Backpacks to K-8 Children

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07/24/2013 - 10:25 AM

Area McDonald's Locations To Giveaway Backpacks to K-8 Children

On Saturday, August 3, 190 participating McDonald's across the state are helping many families with children grades kindergarten through eighth grade, return to school in style with a new backpack.

CLICK HERE for the audio story. 

The doors will open at all locations at 8:00 a.m. 

For more information and for a list of participating restaurants CLICK HERE.

Father And Son Injured In Crash

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07/23/2013 - 11:15 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A police chase and crash has critically injured a father and his 1-year-old son in Monticello.

The Minnesota State Patrol says police were chasing a driver suspected of robbing Tootsies Tavern in Big Lake Monday evening. The 47-year-old male suspect is accused of pointing a weapon at a woman who was working at the tavern's pull-tab booth. He fled with some cash in a Chevy Suburban.

Big Lake police pursued the man who broadsided the victims' car at an intersection five miles from the tavern. Twenty-eight-year-old Travis Kolles and his 1-year-old son, Layton, were airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale where they are both listed in critical condition.

WCCO-TV says the suspect was not seriously injured.

Alcohol Believed Factor In ATV Crash On Saturday

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07/22/2013 - 11:45 AM

Early Saturday morning, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop an ATV driving recklessly on County Road two.

According to the Sheriff’s report, 31-year-old Brian Donald Klein of St. Stephen was driving 54 miles per hour on an ATV on the County Road when deputies attempted to pull him over. Klein immediately pulled into his drive-way and pulled around the side of a detached garage. When deputies checked the area, they found that Klein had driven the ATV off a retaining wall. Klein was found pinned by the ATV with injuries.

Deputies began administering first aid, and upon arrival of Gold Cross Ambulance, Klein was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital Emergency Room. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in this accident.

The accident remains under investigation.

Woman Injured In Motorcycle Accident

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07/22/2013 - 11:40 AM

A woman was injured Saturday after falling off the back of a motorcycle.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office were called to County Road 8 north of Highway 23 in Rockville for a motorcycle accident at 11:30 a.m. According to the Sheriff’s report, 27-year-old Derek Anderson of St. Cloud was driving his motorcycle when his passenger, 23-year-old Brittany Czaplewski of St. Cloud fell off the back.

Czaplewski was treated at the scene for her injures and taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance.

The accident remains under investigation.

Officials To Participate In Simulated Nuclear Incident Exercise Tuesday

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07/22/2013 - 11:30 AM

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety, along with other agencies, will respond to a simulated Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant emergency situation on Tuesday, July 23.

The exercise will test the capabilities of federal, state and local agencies in the event of an emergency. Officials from the DHS will be evaluating the participating responders during the exercise.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety will be joined by Excel Energy, Minnesota Departments of Argiculture, Health, Human Services, Natural Resources and Transportation along with Sherburne and Wright Counties and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Residents in the areas near the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant should not be alarmed by emergency responders carrying out their duties during the exercise.

Man Injured In Tractor Accident

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07/19/2013 - 10:30 AM

A man is injured after his tractor rolled over.

On Thursday afternoon, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was called to the Voigt Dairy farm in Getty Township. According to the sheriff’s report, a tractor being driven by 59-year-old Randy Pieper of Melrose, was being operated on the incline of a large pile of hay and became top heavy. The tractor rolled to its side with Pieper inside the enclosed cab with roll bars. Pieper was taken to the Sauk Centra Hospital with unknown injuries.

The crash is being investigated by the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sauk Centre Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Sauk Centre Fire and Rescue and Sauk Centre Ambulance assisted the Stearns County Sheriff's Office. 

Man Arrested After Short Police Chase

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07/18/2013 - 10:45 AM

Man Arrested After Short Police Chase

A man is in jail after leading police on a short vehicle chase. According to the police report, the vehicle pursuit began on Monday morning when officers located an occupied vehicle driven by, 21-year-old Seth Richard Wallin of St. Cloud, in a parking lot in the 500 block of Highway 10 South.

Wallin had an active felony warrant for 5 degree controlled substance along with other unrelated charges relating to a domestic abuse no contact order. Before officers approached Wallin, Wallin accelerated away from the officer. The officer pursued the vehicle however stopped the pursuit shortly after because of Wallins erratic driving.

According to police, several minutes after the officer stopped the pursuit; police received calls that Wallin had crashed his vehicle into an oak tree in the 1500 block of 2nd Street Southeast. Wallin fled the scene on foot but was located in the area by arriving officers. Officers found a small amount of Methamphetamine in Wallin’s possession.

Wallin was arrested and taken to the Stearns County jail where he is being held for court on his outstanding warrant and the other domestic abuse no contact order charge. Wallin will also be charged in Benton County with felony fleeing police in a motor vehicle and 5th degree possession of a controlled substance.

Heat Indices To Rise Drastically For The Next Couple Of Days

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07/17/2013 - 11:00 AM

Central Minnesota will be experiencing higher than normal heat indexes starting today [Wednesday] into Thursday, July 18.

According to the National Weather Service, a slight chance of thunderstorms are possible, but heat indexes are projected to be as high as 99 degrees.

People are advised to drink plenty of water and wear lightweight, light-colored clothing when facing the hot weather conditions. Stay in an air-conditioned atmosphere as much as possible and avoid vigorous exercise.

For a complete list of tips when encountering hot weather conditions CLICK HERE.

Autopsy Results Revealed For Body Found In Harris Channel

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07/16/2013 - 1:00 AM

Final autopsy results revealed for man found in Harris Channel near Highway 10 in June.

According to the Sheirff’s report, on June, 7th the Benton County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car crash that had occurred on the Highway 10 Bridge over the Harris Channel in Watab Township. The investigation revealed that 59-year-old Thomas Theisen of Sartell was a passenger in a vehicle that came to a stop on the highway after colliding with the guard rail on the bridge. By the time officers arrived on the scene, Theisen could not be located.

On June, 8th Theisen’s body was recovered from the Harris Channel near the Highway 10 Bridge.

The autopsy released on Friday revealed that the cause of death was fresh water drowning.

Matt Andrew Announced As SCSU Vice President For University Advancement

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07/16/2013 - 12:00 PM

St. Cloud State University has announced that Matt Andrew will become the Vice President for University Advancement beginning Monday, August 5.

According to SCSU President Earl H. Potter the third, Andrew has expressed that he is looking forward to working closely with SCSU leadership and stakeholders throughout the SCSU community.

Andrew holds an undergraduate in mass communications and a master’s degree in communications management from Webster University. Andrew also has significant experience in advertising and marketing and has held multiple leadership roles in major advertising and marketing firms.

The Vice President for University Advancement is the top position for fundraising and alumni engagement at SCSU.

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