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Red Cross Accepting Blood Donations For Sickle Cell Awareness Month

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09/10/2013 - 10:00 AM

September is recognized as National Sickle Cell Awareness Month.

According to the American Red Cross an estimated 100,000 Americans are living with sickle cell disease.

The Red Cross is accepting blood donations to help those suffering with the disease.

Sickle cell disease causes red blood cells to form an abnormal shape. Without regular blood transfusions a patient with sickle cell disease has a higher risk of stroke as well as damage to major organs.

Most people suffering with Sickle Cell are of African, Indian, Middle Eastern, Hispanic and Mediterranean descents. A diverse supply of donated blood is needed because recipients of the blood transfusions are less likely to suffer complications if the donated blood is from the same ethnic group.

Blood donations for Stearns and Sherburne County start September 16 and run through the end of the month.

For more information on donation locations and times please visit the American Red Cross.

Old Highway 52 Road Resurfacing To Begin Tuesday

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09/09/2013 - 9:40 AM

Construction crews will be resurfacing Old Highway 52 beginning Tuesday, September 10.

According to the St. Cloud City Engineer’s Office, the construction will take place just south of Saukview Drive and span north to the St. Cloud city limits.

Motorists should expect minor delays.

The resurfacing project is anticipated to be completed by September 21.

New State Commission To Oversee in Central Minnesota

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09/09/2013 - 2:10 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A new state commission will recommend how lawmakers should spend parks and trails money outside of the Twin Cities metro area.

The St. Cloud Times reports the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission is meant to give the rest of the state a greater say in how Legacy Amendment tax dollars are spent when it comes to outdoors projects.

Similar commissions overseeing other pots of Legacy money have a big influence on which projects are funded with the special 3/8 cent sales tax.

Gov. Mark Dayton appointed the 13 members of the new commission last month. The panel is expected to meet for the first time in coming weeks. One of its first orders of business will be to craft a master plan to guide its recommendations.

I-94 Eastbound Reopens After Semi Rollover Near Clearwater

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09/09/2013 - 1:45 AM

I-94 Eastbound has been reopened after being temporarily closed due to semi rollover.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol, traffic reopened on I-94 between Highway 24 in Clearwater and County Road 8 in Hasty at approximately 12:20 p.m. today (Monday).

Traffic was temporarily detoured earlier this morning.

Investigation Continues On Death Of Cold Spring Officer

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09/09/2013 - 11:10 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says the investigation remains open into the slaying of Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker because two significant questions remain unanswered.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension last month said there would have been enough evidence to arrest Eric Joseph Thomes if the 31-year-old had not killed himself first.

However, in an interview with The St. Cloud Times, Sanner says investigators still haven't determined a motive for the officer's killing last November, nor have they determined whether the shooter or shooters acted alone.

Sanner says he still can't discuss specifics of the investigation. But he says the release of Ryan Larson, who was arrested the night of the shooting but never charged, shows the checks and balances built into the criminal justice system work.

Two Brothers Have Unexpected Gallbladder Surgery

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09/06/2013 - 9:00 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Two Minnesota brothers ended up having emergency gallbladder surgery after visiting the hospital.

LeRoy Hanson, 65, of Sartell says he offered to give his 63-year-old brother Bruce a ride to the hospital Sunday after his brother called complaining of pain.

LeRoy says his brother was told he would have to have his gallbladder removed.

While LeRoy sat in the waiting room, he began experiencing the same symptoms as his brother. LeRoy tells the St. Cloud Times that by next morning he was in so much pain that he asked his wife to take him to the hospital.

Doctors told LeRoy he'd have to have his gallbladder removed, too. That's not too unusual for the Hanson’s. Both brothers had their tonsils removed at the same time when they were children.

Various Construction Projects To Begin Monday

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09/06/2013 - 2:10 AM

Various construction projects throughout the St. Cloud area will commence this Monday.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane from fourth to ninth avenue South as construction will be done on the pedestrian ramp. The project is expected to be completed by September 13.

Minor delays will also be experienced from 22nd Street South from West St. Germain Street to Quarry Road as road resurfacing will be performed. This project is expected to be completed by September 14.

A street milling project will cause road closure at 3rd Street North from 25th to 33rd Avenue North. Construction is expected to be completed by September 16. Detours will be posted.

Last but not least, projects at Park Avenue South from Division Street to 2nd Street South and 22nd Street South from 9th Avenue South to Roosevelt Road will be under construction and will experience minor delays due to street resurfacing. Both projects are scheduled to be completed on September 21.

All project completion dates are scheduled with weather permitting.

Gas Leak In Zimmerman Leads To Business Evacuations

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09/06/2013 - 11:45 AM

Emergency vehicles responded to a large gas leak Wednesday, September 6th in Zimmerman Minnesota.

According to Sherburne County Sherrif Joel Brott, excavating crews working on 3rd Street East and Fremont Avenue in Zimmerman struck a gas line during the afternoon.

The Zimmerman and Elk River Fire Departments determined a safety zone. 10-12 businesses were temporarily evacuated. Business resumed at four-o’clock Wednesday.

Mainstreet Took To The Atwood Mall Wednesday

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09/06/2013 - 10:00 AM

Many SCSU students gathered in the Atwood Mall Wednesday to once again, be informed about the various student-led organizations the campus has to offer.  

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SCSU's American Indian Center Hosting House Blessing Later Today

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09/05/2013 - 12:00 PM

St. Cloud State University’s American Indian Center will be hosting a House Blessing at 4:00 this afternoon at the American Indian Center on the SCSU campus.

The House blessing will consist of a traditional opening ceremony from Elder William Wilson. The Red Tree Drum Group will also be at the event performing an honor song.

The American Indian Center’s Director, Jim Knutson-Kolodzne (KA-lawds-nay) will be unveiling new signs for the American Indian Center designed by Ojibwe artist David Treetop.

State Funds Available To Help Homeowners With Sewage Systems

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09/05/2013 - 11:30 AM

Financial support may be available for low income homeowners who are experiencing problems with their sewage treatment systems.

The State of Minnesota has granted funding for homeowners who have a low income, if the property is homesteaded by the applicant, or if the sewage treatment system is found to be a threat to safety and overall public health.

On behalf of the homeowners, the Stearns County Environmental Services Department can apply for these state grants.

Funds are available for only a limited amount of time.

All applications must be completed by Monday, September 23.

First Turkey And Deer Hunt For People With Disabilities To Be Held in October Through November

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09/05/2013 - 11:15 AM

The Stearns County Parks Department in partnership with Midwest Outdoors Unlimited will be holding a first of its kind Turkey and Deer hunt for People with Disabilities.

The First Turkey and Deer Hunt for People with Disabilities will take place at the county’s newest park, Rockville Park and Nature Preserve through October and November.

The mission of the hunt is to provide outdoor recreational activities for Disabled American Veterans and people with disabilities in Minnesota. Each participant of the hunt will be accompanied by at least one volunteer during each of the five day hunts.

The application deadline for the hunt is Tuesday, October 1st.


Bridge Construction To Be Done On 9th Avenue North

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09/05/2013 - 10:00 AM

St. Cloud area motorists travelling on 9th Avenue North should expect traffic delays due to road construction on Friday, September 6th.

According to the City Engineer’s Office, 9th Avenue North at the 10th Avenue North Pedestrian Bridge will be reduced to a single lane in both directions for bridge repair work in the area.

Traffic Alert: Highway 15 near County Road 120 in Sartell Lane Closures Today

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09/04/2013 - 9:45 AM

Highway 15 near County Road 120 in Sartell is reduced to single lane traffic in both directions today.

According to MnDOT, Motorists travelling on Highway 15 through Sartell should expect rush hour type delays and should plan additional travel time or seek alternate routes.

The closures are needed as crews pour concrete for the new County Road 120 Bridge that spans Highway 15. The construction is replacing the Highway 15 and County Road 120 intersection with exit and entrance ramps.

The project is scheduled to be completed later this year. All lanes of Highway 15 are scheduled to open by 2:00 this afternoon.

Children's Hospital Toy Donation To Be Held In Honor Of Kayleen Larson

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09/03/2013 - 11:10 AM

Kayleen Larson’s dream before she passed away last May, was to collect donated toys and bring them to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis every year on her birthday. Kayleen’s birthday is fast approaching on September 16th.

Kayleen Larson of Clearwater was diagnosed with AML Leukemia in March of 2012 and admitted to the hospital for treatment.

The toys donated in honor of Kayleen will be delivered to Star Studio in Minneapolis. Star Studio is a closed network that creates original television programming for children admitted to the Children’s Hospital and their families.

If you’d like to donate toys to this great cause the drop box is located at the Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union in the Atwood Memorial Center on the SCSU campus. Donated toys should be unused, valued under $20 and for children 3-18 years of age.

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