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Five Same-Sex Marriage Applications Submitted In Stearns County

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07/31/2013 - 11:20 AM

Beginning on Thursday, August 1 the Freedom to Marry law will take effect that will allow same-sex couples to get married.

According to Stearns County Office Services Supervisor Christina Gapinski, five applications from same-sex couples have been submitted in Stearns County as of Wednesday morning.

Earlier this week, Stearns County distributed all same-sex marriage licenses applied for, provided the required 5-day waiting period has passed, however all same-sex marriages licenses applied for and distributed will not be valid until Thursday, August 1.

Marriage applicants may apply for and pay for their license online, but both people are required to go in person to sign the application.

Highway 23/65 Construction Project Open House To Be Held Wednesday August 7

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07/31/2013 - 10:50 AM

An open house will be held for area people to be educated about the Highway 23 and Highway 65 resurfacing and repair project between Fish Lake and Ann River bridge in Mora on Wednesday, August 7.

Beginning 5 p.m. at Mora City Hall, attendees will be informed about construction details, project layouts and will be able to take home detour maps. MnDOT staff and project managers will be available to answer any questions.

The project will begin Monday, August 12. 

A Semi-Tractor Trailer Rolls Into Traffic On County Road 75 Tuesday

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07/31/2013 - 10:30 AM

A man was injured Tuesday afternoon after he attempted to stop a semi rolling into traffic.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, a semi –tractor trailer parked  in the Tiremaxx Service Center parking lot, lost control while the driver, 70-year-old William Pike of Stanchfield, was inside the business.

As the semi started to roll towards County Road 75, Pike tried to stop the trailer’s movement. The semi landed into the north ditch.

Pike was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance.

The incident remains under investigation by the Stearns County Sheriff’s office.

Lane Reduction On 8th Street North

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07/31/2013 - 10:15 AM

 Beginning on Thursday, August 1, 8th Street North/Veterans Drive from 12th to 15th Avenue North will be intermittently reduced to one lane in each direction.  

The closures are needed as street surfacing work in the area is done.  Drivers can expect traffic delays during this time.

Deadline Approaching For Husky Haulers

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07/31/2013 - 10:00 AM

Current SCSU students are invited to join the Husky Haulers to help new students on Move-In day.

Husky Haulers is a great way to connect with new students and create a positive first impression of the SCSU campus. More than 350 volunteers assisted with unloading vehicles and helping students haul their belongings into their residence halls last year

. Move-In day will be held on Saturday, August 24 beginning at 7 a.m. The deadline to apply is Thursday, August 1.  The application can be found online be clicking here.

8th Street North/Veterans Drive To Be Reduced To One Lane Starting Friday

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07/30/2013 - 10:45 AM

Starting Friday, August 2, street resurfacing will be done on 8th Street North/Veterans Drive from 12th to 15th Avenue North in St. Cloud.

The City Engineer's office says traffic will reduced to one lane from time to time in each direction with possible delays happening.

SCSU To Host 5th Avenue Fest Alongside Takin' It To The Streets Saturday

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07/30/2013 - 10:20 AM

With the help from St. Cloud State University, the St. Cloud downtown area will be heating up with two summer events on Saturday, August 3rd.

From 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m. the past, present and future of St. Cloud will come alive with the celebration of the Fifth Avenue Fest.

There will be tours of historic buildings, homes and churches, as well as a look at a Farmer’s Market. Along with these tours, the St. Cloud State Welcome Center will premiere an exhibit about the Community Garden.

From 5 to 10 p.m. the 100th anniversary of the Pioneer Place Building on Fifth Avenue will be celebrated with an outdoor musical festival.

Takin' It To The Streets will feature four bands, Anthony Shore's Tribute to the King, Collective Unconscious, Justin Ploof and the Throwbacks, and the Fabulous Armadillos on the street and in the House of Pizza Parking Lot.

Multiple Lane, Ramp And Road Closures Begin On Tuesday

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07/29/2013 - 10:25 AM

Drivers travelling on Highway 10, County Road 21 and County Road 31 in Rice will encounter lane, road and ramp closures beginning Tuesday, July 30.

Drivers should plan for three major traffic changes.

The first traffic change will be at the ramp on westbound Highway 10 to the east junction of County Road 31/South Division Street that will permanently close on Tuesday. The second traffic change will occur on westbound Highway 10 between 115th Street and the west junction of County Road 31/South Division Street which will be intermittently reduced to a single lane from sunrise to sunset during non-rush hours. The third traffic change will occur on County Road 21/25th Avenue Northwest near County Road 2 which will be reduced to a single lane with flaggers controlling traffic on Wednesday, July 31 before being temporarily closed later in the week.  County Road 21/25th Street Northwest will reopen by mid-September. 

Drivers navigating these roads should slow down, watch for slow moving heavy equipment and prepare to stop as they approach the work zones.

Melrose Man Injured In Sunday Crash

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07/29/2013 - 10:20 AM

A Melrose man was injured on Sunday afternoon after being involved in a crash.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, a vehicle, driven by 27-year-old Benjamin Gaebel of Melrose, had the left the east side of County Road 11 and crossed over several yards before crashing into a house in the 1000 block of 2nd Street Southeast in Freeport.

No one was in the home at the time of the crash.  The home owner arrived at the scene of the accident during the investigation. Gaebel was the only occupant of the vehicle and was taken to the Melrose Hospital for his injuries.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this crash and the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of the crash.

Metro Bus Announces New Executive Director

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07/26/2013 - 11:00 AM

Metro Bus has announced that Ryan Daniel will become the new Executive Director.

Daniel has over 10 years of experience in transit and has been both a bus operator and a training manager during his career. Daniel has extensive training with the United States Department of Transportation in transit safety and security.

Daniel says during his first 30 days he will focus on meeting all the employees and getting to know the community and connecting with all of the officials who work with Metro Bus.

Daniel will replace David Tripp, who retired from Metro Bus in April, after 33 years of service to Metro Bus.

Daniel officially begins his position on Monday, August 19th.

18 Minnesota Counties To Receive Federal Disaster Aid

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07/26/2013 - 11:00 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - President Obama has signed a federal disaster declaration for 18 Minnesota counties hit hard by severe storms, high winds and flooding in late June.

The declaration issued Thursday makes federal disaster aid available to state and eligible local governments, and to certain private non-profit organizations, for recovery and rebuilding efforts.

The counties covered by the declaration are Benton, Big Stone, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, McLeod, Morrison, Pope, Sibley, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Traverse and Wilkin. The storms occurred between June 20th and 26th.

15th Avenue Southeast Will Be Closed On Monday

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07/26/2013 - 10:45 AM

Beginning on Monday, July 29, 15th Avenue Southeast will be closed at the railroad tracks south of Lincoln Avenue Southeast. 

The closure will last through Wednesday, July 31.  

Detours will be posted. 

Central Minnesota Film To Premiere On Monday

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07/26/2013 - 10:40 AM

A film focusing on Central Minnesota will premiere on Monday, July 29.

The film, “Arrival: Women’s Vision for a New Home” was produced for KSMQ Public Television in Austin, Minnesota. All of the shooting took place in the St. Cloud area. The film focuses on 21st Century immigration to Central Minnesota.

The premiere will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Cloud Public Library.

Lane Closures on Highway 71 in Sauk Centre To Start Tuesday

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07/26/2013 - 10:40 AM

Lane Closures on Highway 71 in Sauk Centre To Start Tuesday

Flaggers will be controlling traffic between 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Highway 71 at 8th Street in Sauk Centre as the road will be reduced to a single lane beginning Tuesday, July 30.

According to MnDOT, work is needed to repair the storm sewer beneath the roadway.

Construction is projected to be completed by Friday, August 2.

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.

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