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Passenger Dies After Falling Off Motorcycle In Hit And Run Accident

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08/26/2013 - 8:45 AM

SAUK CENTRE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota State Patrol says a passenger who fell off a motorcycle has died after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver.

A KNSI-AM report says the accident happened late Saturday night just north of Sauk Centre.

Troopers say the victim was a passenger on a motorcycle heading northbound on U.S. Highway 71. The man fell off the motorcycle and was hit by another driver that did not stop.

The State Patrol is asking for the public's help in locating that driver's vehicle, believed to be a Buick Regal. The car likely has damage to its front bumper area.

The victim's name and age have not been released.

Possible Record High Temperatures Through Tuesday

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08/26/2013 - 1:10 AM

The dog days of August are upon us and that means scorching summer temperatures and tropical-like dew points.

SCSU Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman says the St. Cloud area will be under a heat advisory through midnight Tuesday. Weisman predicts slightly higher temperatures today [Monday] since there are fewer clouds and showers expected, with highs in the middle 90’s and oppressive humidity. Today [Monday] there will be widespread daily record temperatures throughout Minnesota.

Weisman expects a weak front approaching from the South Monday night. The high dew points and low winds will produce widespread heat indices of 100-110 degrees.

Over the weekend, St. Cloud broke its record for daily high temperature at 94 degrees. The previous record high of 93 degrees stood since 1937.

Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the U.S. Seniors and children are the most vulnerable to the heat, so try and keep them indoors during afternoon and early evening hours. Keep strenuous exercise for early morning hours, even for a healthy adult.

Pay Lots And Parking Ramp Fees Increase

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08/26/2013 - 10:45 AM

Pay Lots And Parking Ramp Fees Increase

Returning SCSU students will notice an increase in parking rates around campus. SCSU’s Public Safety announced that the rate for pay lots and the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp will be $.75/per half hour.

Also beginning this fall, parking permits will be required for disability parking spaces. In addition to these changes, there are a few temporary 15 minute parking spaces added by the new ISELF building and those spaces will be enforced daily.

According to public safety, in a few weeks a pay station will be installed which will provide additional paid parking.

Man Dies After Driving Off Sauk River Bridge

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08/26/2013 - 10:15 AM

A 23-year-old man died after his car struck the guardrail of the Sauk River Bridge on County Road 75 in Waite Park.

According to the St. Cloud Police Department, Jeffrey Duncan Sass of Clear Lake was traveling eastbound on County Road 75 when his vehicle struck the bridge guardrail. After striking the guardrail, the vehicle traveled over the bridge leaving the roadway and landing in the Sauk River.

When officers arrived on scene early Sunday morning Sass’s vehicle was resting on the driver side doors. Officers pushed the vehicle right side up so medical aid could be administered. Sass was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

Three West Nile Virus Deaths Found In Stearns County This Year

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08/26/2013 - 10:15 AM

Three West Nile Virus Deaths Found In Stearns County This Year

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - State officials have confirmed 21 cases of West Nile virus so far this year, well below the 103 cases confirmed last year.

A Minneapolis Star Tribune report on Saturday says the county with the most cases this year is Stearns County in central Minnesota, with three.

The Minnesota Department of Health says one person in western Minnesota farm country has died from the disease.

West Nile virus is transmitted to people through mosquitoes that feed on an infected bird. Most people with the virus have no symptoms or only mild flu-like symptoms. A small percentage develops a serious illness.

Health Department epidemiologist David Neitzel says it's too early to know the degree to which the late spring and cool periods this summer slowed the virus' spread.

Three Men Arrested After Robbery Investigation

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08/26/2013 - 10:00 AM

Three Men Arrested After Robbery Investigation

Three people were arrested Thursday after an investigation of a robbery.

According to the St. Cloud Police Department, a 22-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man both of St. Cloud were assaulted and had items taken from them by four male suspects.

The College Area Police Services Team (CAPS) continued the investigation of the robbery which led to the arrest of 19-year-old Kevon Devante-Rayshun Ousley of St. Cloud and 19-year-old George Calvin Gregory of St. Cloud.

Ousely is being held at the Stearns County Jail pending charges of Aiding and Abetting Aggravated Robbery. Gregory was arrested and released.

According to the report, a search warrant was executed in the 1100 block of East St. Germain with the assistance of the St. Cloud Police SWAT team.  The CAPS team located and recovered evidence from the robbery at this location and arrested 20-year-old Elizer Rodiguez of Willmar on an unrelated felony warrant out of Kandiyohi County.

CAPS will continue to investigate the case and additional arrests are forthcoming.

Teenager Injured In Car Crash Wednesday

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08/23/2013 - 8:15 AM

A teenager suffered minor injuries after a car crash Thursday afternoon.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s report, 16-year-old Hannah Froland of St. Cloud was approaching County Road 75 from Lions Park, when she pulled out in front of another car, driven by 26-year-old Leshawn East of Sartell, that was heading westbound on County Road 75. East’s car struck Froland in the driver’s door.

Froland was taken by Gold Cross Ambulance to the St. Cloud Hospital. The St. Joseph Police Department, St. Joseph Rescue and Gold Cross Ambulance assisted the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

Meteorology Professor Weisman: Oppressively Hot Weather Heading Our Way

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08/23/2013 - 8:15 AM

UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch from midday Sunday through Wednesday night. 

The hot weather of August continues into next week, and meteorology professor Bob Weisman is warning central Minnesotans to prepare in advance to avoid what he is calling oppressive weather. Weisman says the hot weather is likely to redevelop across Minnesota by Sunday and continue through most of the next work week.

During Sunday through Tuesday, central and southern Minnesota will likely see highs from the middle 90’s to near 100 with humidity as bad as this past Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Overnight temperatures won’t cool much, likely 70 or above in central and southern Minnesota. The Twin Cities Metro may only see a couple of early morning hours with temperatures cooler than 80 degrees.

From Wednesday through the end of the week, it is possible that sunshine will be dimmed by leftover clouds from overnight thunderstorms to our north or nearby, smoke from western wildfires. Those factors could keep temperatures in the upper 80’s to near 90, but any nearby thunderstorms could push humidity even higher. Weisman says if the area stays cloud free, the hot air will be even hotter so we could see upper 90’s to even some 100-degree highs.

Here’s Weisman’s advice to keep you and your family safe next week: Plan on hitting the State Fair early, then finding shelter in the afternoon and evening. Check on seniors and kids and make sure everyone has a cool place to sleep because not cooling off at night is a huge factor in heat related illness. Avoid strenuous exercise outdoors, except early in the morning. Do not leave anyone or any pet in a parked car. All heat-related injuries and deaths (more than 1000 per year in the US) can be avoided. Also, air quality and fire danger could also be problems next week.

Minnesota Sheriffs' Association Offering Scholarships To Criminal Justice Students

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08/22/2013 - 12:10 PM

Benton County Sheriff Brad Bennett has announced that the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association will be awarding up to 15, 600-dollar scholarships this year.

Students eligible for these scholarships are those that are currently enrolled in either the mandated POST Skills program, in their second year of a two year law enforcement program, or in their third or fourth year of a four year college criminal justice program.

The scholarships are from efforts of all 87 Sheriffs of the State of Minnesota and the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program of 2013.

Scholarship awards will be announced by December 31.

 

Maintenance To Be Done On Outside Lane Of 33rd Avenue North

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08/22/2013 - 11:40 AM

Street surfacing and pedestrian ramp work will be done on the outside northbound lane of 33rd Avenue North at 3rd Street North beginning Friday, August 23.

The City predicts the closure to last for about 5 days.

No detour will be posted for the inside lane with remain open.

St. Cloud Man Collides Into A Car With His Motorcycle Wednesday

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08/22/2013 - 11:15 AM

A man was injured while driving a motorcycle, when he collided with a car in Millwood Township Wednesday evening.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s report, a motorcycle, driven by 58-year-old Dave Lee Haugen of St. Cloud, was traveling southbound on County Road 35 when he collided with a car, driven by 21-year-old Damon Paul Westrich of Burtrum, that was turning northbound onto County Road 35 from 440th Street.

Haugen was taken to the Melrose hospital by ambulance with possible injuries to his leg and foot. He was later airlifted to the St. Cloud hospital. Damon, and his two passengers, 18-year-old Darla Sue Westrich, and 13-year-old Danica Ann Westrich both of Bertrum, were not injured in the crash.

Freeport Rescue and the Melrose Ambulance assisted the Stearns County Sheriff’s office at the scene.

Detached Garage Caught on Fire In Lynden Township

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08/22/2013 - 10:55 AM

A detached garage with a truck parked inside caught on fire in Clearwater Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s report, the Clearwater Fire and Rescue, Clear Lake Fire and Rescue and Gold Cross were all called to a residence in Lynden Township of Clearwater, where they quickly put a fire out on a detached garage.

The Fire Marshall was contacted to investigate the cause.

Recommendations Made For Seventh Judicial District Candidates

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08/22/2013 - 10:00 AM

The Commission on Judicial Selection has announced three candidates that Governor Mark Dayton should consider to fill the current vacancy in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District.This district court judgeship will be located in St. Cloud.

The three candidates include Daniel Benson, who is a member of the criminal defense firm of Benson Law Office and serves as a part-time Assistant Public Defender for the Seventh Judicial District.

The second candidate is Andrew Pearson, who is a criminal defense attorney at the law firm of Bradshaw and Bryant and also serves as a Public Defender for Stearns and Benton Counties.

The final candidate is Shan Wang, who is the Assistant Chief of the Criminal Division in the Stearns County Attorney’s Office where he supervises the adult criminal prosecution division. Wang was previously an Assistant Stearns County Attorney.

The Seventh Judicial District consists of Becker, Benton, Clay, Douglas, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Stearns, Todd and Wadena Counties.

An announcement of the appointment will be made after an interview process that will take place over the next few weeks.

St. Cloud State University Opens New Building ISELF To Public

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08/21/2013 - 6:50 AM

St. Cloud State University Opens New Building ISELF To Public

St. Cloud State University opened the doors to its newest educational building, the Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility, also known as ISELF, Wednesday morning to the public.

Along with various keynote speakers, former College of Science and Engineering Dean David DeGroote was the honorary ribbon cutter for the ceremony. 

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Sauk Rapids Man Not Injured After Car Crashes Into Liquor Store

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08/20/2013 - 9:35 AM

A man was not injured after he lost control of his car and crashed into a liquor store Tuesday morning.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s report, 23-year-old Kevin Raymond Brand of Sauk Rapids, was driving northbound on Main Street in Holdingford when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed in the Municipal Liquor Store and Bar.

Alcohol does not seem to be a factor in the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.

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