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Veterans Bridge Repair Work Begins Friday

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08/15/2013 - 9:20 AM

On Friday, August 16, the traffic lanes on Veterans Bridge will be intermittently reduced to one lane in each direction.

The reduction is needed as crews work on the bridge.

Drivers are expected to encounter traffic delays during this time.

Stearns County Commissioner Don Otte Dies

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08/15/2013 - 9:15 AM

Stearns County Commissioner Don Otte Dies

Stearns County Commissioner Don Otte passed away on Wednesday morning after a long battle with cancer.

Otte served as the 5th District Commissioner for Stearns County for 15 years.

Otte’s obituary and information about visitation and funeral services can be found online. Otte was a dedicated Commissioner and thoroughly enjoyed being a public servant.

Hopkins Man Crashes Into Pedestrian After Failing to Yield

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08/15/2013 - 11:10 AM

A St. Cloud woman was not injured Wednesday night when she was struck by a car while walking in a crosswalk.

According to the St. Cloud Police report, 61-year-old Norman John Arthur of Hopkins was making a turn to go eastbound on Saint Germain St. West from 9th Avenue North when he failed to yield to a 42-year-old pedestrian from St. Cloud and hit her.This accident was after a slow speed crash that morning.

The pedestrian did not receive any medical attention.

News Conference To Be Held To Announce New Leisure Air Service At St. Cloud Regional Airport Tuesday

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08/15/2013 - 10:45 AM

A news conference will be held Tuesday, August 20th to announce a new leisure service being offered by the St. Cloud Regional Airport. Along with the airport, the conference will be hosted by the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, and the City of St. Cloud.

The conference will be held at the airport where Chair of GSDC Air Service Corps Al Kremers, Mayor Dave Kleis, President of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, Patti Gartland and other partners and community leaders will speak at the conference.

New Mosque Decision Delayed By Planning Commission

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08/14/2013 - 11:15 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - St. Cloud's Planning Commission has delayed a decision on the local Islamic Center's proposal to build a new mosque and related buildings amid opposition from some neighbors.

The Islamic Center of St. Cloud wants to build in a mostly residential area. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that requires a decision by the city on whether to change zoning in the area in question. Nearby residents say their concerns are about traffic congestion in the area, not religion.

The center's president says he's willing to scale back some of the plans for the site to compromise with neighbors. The Planning Commission tabled the decision Tuesday night to research the project further.

The St. Cloud City Council has final say on whether the plans go forward.

Police Asking For Information About Garbage Dumpster Fires

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08/14/2013 - 10:45 AM

The St. Cloud Police Department in joint with the St. Cloud Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal’s are seeking help in identifying the suspects that sparked multiple complaints of garbage dumpsters that were caught on fire.

According to the St. Cloud Police Report, there have been a significant amount of garbage dumpster fires over recent months including this past Monday morning between the hours of 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. These fires have consistently occurred on the south side of St. Cloud between Highway 23 and University Drive South, and between 5th Ave South and 9th Ave South. 

Anyone with information relating to these crimes are asked to contact St. Cloud Police Department at 251-1200.

The Minnesota Arson Awareness Program is offering rewards of up to $2,500 for information leading up to the identification of the persons responsible to these fires. You may choose to remain anonymous by calling the Arson Hot Line at 1-800-723-2020. 

Man Arrested in Foley Monday Night by SERT Team

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08/13/2013 - 4:15 AM

Benton County sheriff's deputies in the Violent Offenders Task Force arrested a man Monday night in Foley on an arrest warrant. 34-year-old Jeremiah Schwartzkopf from Clear Lake was wanted on previous charges of fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle.

Chief Deputy Troy Heck says they're investigation into Schwartzkopf's activities allegedly lead to believe he had a handgun and was using controlled substances. The Task Force watched a residence in the 300 block of 7th Avenue in Foley and saw the suspect in the residence.

After getting a search warrant, the Stearns-Benton SERT team arrested Schwartzkopf without incident at the residence. He is being held in the Benton County Jail.

Local Blend To Hold Third Annual Weekend Of Songs: Songwriters Festival Friday

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08/13/2013 - 11:30 AM

Songwriters reigning from Central Minnesota to as far away as Texas will entertain the Local Blend this weekend.

The third annual Weekend of Songs: Songwriters Festival will welcome twelve featured performers to the Local Blend coffee house in St. Joseph.

The festivities will start Friday with a Happy Hour and Hootenanny at 4:30 p.m. and conclude Sunday with a Songwriters Challenge at 2 p.m.

Freeport Farmer Trial Starts In Raw Milk Investigation

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08/13/2013 - 10:35 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota farmer goes on trial in St. Cloud Tuesday on charges stemming from a raw milk investigation.

The St. Cloud Times reports the charge against Alvin Schlangen, of Freeport, for selling raw milk has been dismissed. But he still faces five food-related charges, including failure to have a food handler's license.

Schlangen became a rallying point for advocates of raw milk after he was found not guilty of similar charges in Hennepin County last September.

Minnesota law prohibits raw milk sales except directly to consumers on the farm when it's produced.

Raw milk consumers and government regulators disagree sharply on whether unpasteurized milk is a healthy food with significant benefits for their families or a dangerous product that can cause serious and potentially deadly diseases.

Bicyclists To Pedal Across Central Minnesota Starting Thursday

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08/13/2013 - 10:15 AM

You may see a lot more bicyclists pedaling across central Minnesota highways Thursday through Sunday as part of an annual biking event.

The bikers are part of  Bicycling Around Minnesota  with approximately 275 bicyclists travelling through Cold Spring, Albany, Spicer and Hutchinson on several trunk highways, local routes and bicycle paths during the four days.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation stresses that bicyclists and motorists share responsibility when traveling on the same road. Motorists must maintain a three-foot clearance at all times when passing a bicyclist. 

For a list of the "rules of the road" to improve bicycle safety CLICK HERE

Two Injured In Boating Accident

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08/12/2013 - 11:00 AM

Two people were injured on Saturday after a boating accident on Grand Lake.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office report, 56-year-old Gregory Joseph Beckrich of Cold Spring, was operating his boat when another boat, driven by 79-year-old Clarence John Block of Cold Spring, sideswiped him.

Beckrich’s passengers, 56-year-old Linda Irene Beckrich and 20-year-old Michael Gregory Beckrich, both of Cold Spring, were taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for their injuries.

The accident is under investigation.

Older Man Robs Bank Friday Afternoon

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08/12/2013 - 10:00 AM

Older Man Robs Bank Friday Afternoon

St. Cloud Police are looking for a suspect who robbed a bank on Friday afternoon.

According to the police report, officers were called to a robbery at the American National Bank of Minnesota on Division Street in St. Cloud. The suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of money and left the bank.

According to police, the suspect was described as a man, 5'10 to 5'11, a light to medium build, about 60 to 70 years of age with grey hair and a scruffy face. The man left the scene in a newer red or maroon Dodge hatchback similar to a Caliber. The suspect was also seen wearing blue jeans, a long sleeve tan or grey shirt and a dark colored undershirt. The man was also wearing a baseball hat with an unknown logo on the front.

Anyone with information is asked to contact St. Cloud Police at 251-1200.

Sartell Boy Hosts Neighborhood Olympics To Raise Money For Charity

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08/09/2013 - 11:35 AM

SARTELL, Minn. (AP) - A 10-year-old boy in Sartell is hosting a neighborhood Olympics to raise money for charity. The St. Cloud Times reports Ethan Neid first hosted the event last year and donated the 150 dollars he raised to local charity.

This year he wants to do it again and his goal is to raise 200 dollars and gather donated stuffed animals for a children's hospital in Minneapolis. The event Saturday at his home will include a noodle throw, hurdles, a bicycle race and a basketball game among the 18 offered activities. Food also will be sold.

His mother, Carrie Neid, says 30 family and friends are invited. She says her son wants to do it every year and eventually expand it. She also says she is so proud of him.

SCSU ISELF Building Will Open In Late August

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08/09/2013 - 11:00 AM

SCSU ISELF Building Will Open In Late August

The new science and engineering facility, better known as ISELF, will open its door at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 21.

The grand opening ceremony will include a program, ribbon-cutting ceremony, refreshments and tours. It will also be a part of SCSU’s Convocation 2013. The program will be at the courtyard on the southwest corner of the One hundred square-foot building.

Becoming the home for many upper-level and graduate-level science, engineering, and mathematical students, the ISELF building will be ready for use beginning this fall semester.

GED Program Update Could Effect Many

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08/08/2013 - 12:00 PM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A coming revamp of tests for adults seeking a high school diploma equivalent has many scrambling to complete their test work for fear of having to start over.

The General Educational Development diploma program is getting an update come January. The St. Cloud Times reported Thursday that it means adults hoping to obtain the certificate must earn it by year's end or start with a new, more rigorous computerized test. In the St. Cloud area, there are more than 9,500 adults without a high school diploma.

Officials are expecting a rush of people trying to complete their GED to avoid losing ground. In 2014, the GED tests are being aligned to a new set of standards in English language arts and math. The tests were last updated in 2002.

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