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Clear Lake Man Suffers Injuries After Colliding With Combine Saturday

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10/28/2013 - 12:10 PM

A Clear Lake man is in fair condition after being injured in a head on collision with a combine Saturday.

According to the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office, 87-year-old John Podany of Clear Lake, was heading eastbound on County Road 8 when his minivan collided head on with a combine that was driving westbound on the shoulder of County Road 8.

Podany was flown to HCMC where he currently remains. The driver of the combine 37-year-old Nathan Tesmer of Clear Lake, suffered no injuries in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

Shave For A Cure Breast Cancer Benefit To Be Held Wednesday Night

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10/28/2013 - 11:20 AM

The men of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, Susan G Komen Minnesota, and the Coborn Cancer Center are teaming up to beat Breast Cancer this Wednesday night.

The Shave For a Cure Breast Cancer Fundraiser and Benefit will be held at the SCSU Atwood Memorial Center starting at 8:00 p.m.

Student Government Vice President Lindsey Gunnerson comments on the event and what could happen if the groups meet their goals.  

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Among others that plan on shaving for the cure are Jeff Wood of University Communications, Kathy McLeod, Atwood receptionist and Associate Professor of Mathematics Jiang-Ping Chen. Lisa Johnson, Atwood Scheduling Coordinator, will also be participating but instead of shaving her head, will be cutting 10 to 12 inches off of her hair for Locks of Love.

The event is free and will feature free refreshments, live music performances, and words of encouragement from Cancer survivors.

SCSU Light Up The Night Safety Walk To Be Held Tuesday

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10/28/2013 - 10:10 AM

The St. Cloud State Student Government and Public Safety will be holding the Light Up the Night Safety Walk tomorrow (Tuesday). SCSU student Government President Eric Petersen comments on how the walk started and how the participants will be demonstrating a safe and harmless environment.

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The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Atwood Ballroom. Participants are encouraged to bring their own flashlights or glow sticks, and dress appropriately for the weather.

UPDATE: Human Remains Discovered Near Sartell In Mississippi River Park

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10/28/2013 - 10:00 AM

The human remains discovered Saturday have been identified by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner as Eden Prairie’s Mandy Matula. The body was found by a hiker in the Mississippi River Park, just north of Sartell.

Eden Prairie Police and the Ramsey County medical examiner’s office say early indication of autopsy reports show the 24-year-old Matula likely died from a single gunshot wound to the head. 

Mandy was last seen May 1, leaving her home in Eden Prairie with ex-boyfriend David Roe. Roe committed suicide the next day in his car in the Eden Prairie Police Department parking lot.

The Matula family knew the remains found over the weekend belonged to Mandy, even before the body was identified. The Matula family explained to WCCO Radio Sunday, the body found had a UMD softball sweatshirt and class ring that matched Mandy’s.

Two Construction Projects To Begin Monday Around St. Cloud Area

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10/24/2013 - 9:55 AM

Two construction projects will commence around the St. Cloud area this Monday.

According to the City Engineer’s Office, Clearwater Road, approximately 1000 feet from Heatherwood Road, will be reduced to one lane of traffic in both directions.

Short delays are expected to happen for one day with flaggers directing traffic during the construction.

Lincoln Avenue NE will be closed due to the repairing railroad tracks between East St. Germain Street and Hinckley Avenue NE.

The City Engineer’s Office notes that the closure is expected to last until Thursday with weather permitting.

Detours will be posted.

St. Cloud Choral Connections Concert To Be Held At Stewart Hall Ritsche Auditorium Monday

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10/24/2013 - 8:00 AM

St. Cloud Choral Connections Concert To Be Held At Stewart Hall Ritsche Auditorium Monday

Select SCSU Choirs, along with area high school and youth choirs will be presenting their talents to the public, this Monday at Stewart Hall Ritsche Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. 

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St. Cloud Rox Will Call Joe Faber Field Home Through 2017 Season

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10/24/2013 - 10:15 AM

St. Cloud Rox Will Call Joe Faber Field Home Through 2017 Season

The St. Cloud Rox Baseball Club has finalized its lease agreement with the City of St. Cloud, continuing to play home games at Joe Faber Field through the 2017 season.

The Rox have played 35 home games in each of their initial two seasons in Northwoods League play at Joe Faber Field.

The St. Cloud Rox led the Northwoods League North Division in overall attendance the last two seasons, with an average of almost 55,000 fans per season.

Rox Vice President Scott Shriner is thrilled to keep the team at Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud, “A lot of excitement has been created around Rox baseball the last two seasons and to be able to call Joe Faber Field home of the Rox through the 2017 season helps keep the momentum going for many years to come.”

Stearns County and DNR To Hold Meeting Tonight On Two Rivers Lake Flooding

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10/23/2013 - 9:40 AM

Stearns County and DNR To Hold Meeting Tonight On Two Rivers Lake Flooding

Tonight Stearns County will be holding an informational meeting to address residents’ concerns on the Two Rivers Lake area flooding.

Representatives from the Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will be in attendance to present information and answer questions from the public.

The meeting will be held at the Holdingford High School Theater tonight at 7:00 p.m. Holdingford High School is located off Stearns County Highway 17, just north of Two Rivers Lake.

St. Cloud Citizens Are Asked To Be Aware Of Phone Scams

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10/23/2013 - 3:50 AM

A complaint has been issued by St. Cloud police of possible phone scams happening through the St. Cloud area.

According to St. Cloud police, the person calling is asking people for their bank account and routing numbers to buy medical cards. The caller is described of having a heavy accent and using disposable phones so the number can be untraceable.

St. Cloud police is advising folks to be cautious of giving out personal information to unknown callers. Please make sure that you are aware of who you are talking to before asked to give out any information.

St. Cloud Man Reports Robbery in Northeast St. Cloud

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10/23/2013 - 1:15 AM

A St. Cloud man reported a robbery to the St. Cloud Police department that happened on Monday afternoon.

The victim reported says four suspects took property from him, and one suspect had a firearm during the robbery. The incident happened in the 10th block of 12th Avenue Northeast.

No injuries were reported and the investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact the St. Cloud Police Department or Tri-County Crimestoppers

Robbery At Gun Point Reported On 5th Avenue South In St. Cloud

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10/23/2013 - 11:55 AM

A St. Cloud man reported he was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night in downtown St. Cloud.

St. Cloud Police were called just before 9:00 p.m. to 5th Avenue South between West St. Germain Street and 1st Street South.

Investigators say two men robbed a man at gun point and took property from the victim. No injuries were reported. The investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with more information on the robbery is asked to contact the St. Cloud Police Department or Tri-County Crimestoppers.

 

Becker Power Plant Back In Service After Two Year Shutdown

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10/22/2013 - 9:40 AM

BECKER, Minn. (AP) - Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy says the Sherco 3 power plant is back in service after damage was repaired from a turbine failure nearly two years ago.

The failure happened Nov. 19, 2011, as the 884-megawatt coal-fired plant near Becker was being returned to service following a maintenance outage. The malfunction caused extensive damage to the unit's steam turbine and generator.

Experts found cracking in one row of turbine blades caused by stress erosion. The company says the problem was a function of the original design.

Repair costs are estimated at more than $200 million. Insurance is expected to cover most of the costs.

Sherco 3 is owned jointly by Xcel Energy and the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, which provides electricity to 18 municipally-owned utilities.

Farmers Show Frustration With Troubles Settling Farm Bill

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10/22/2013 - 11:40 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Washington's inability to settle on a farm bill is frustrating farmers in Minnesota.

New enrollment in conservation programs has been halted, and farmers worry about disruptions in farm prices next year if no bill is passed.

Melrose dairy farmer Dennis Ritter tells the St. Cloud Times the unsettled status is making it tough for him and other producers to plan.

The House and Senate have passed different farm bills. A House-Senate conference committee is set to meet later this month to begin reconciling them.

University of Minnesota Extension educator Dan Martens says this is the time when many farmers are planning for next season with tasks such as negotiating rents for land. But Martens says the lack of a farm bill makes it tough to know what's in store.

Utility Work To Be Done on 25th Avenue North Thursday

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10/22/2013 - 10:40 AM

The southbound lane of 25th Avenue North between 2nd and 3rd Street North will be closed starting Thursday.

According to the City Engineer’s Office, utility work in the area will cause traffic to be detoured until Friday with weather permitting.

Detours will be posted.

Red Cross Accepting Holiday Cards For Holiday Mail For Heroes

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10/21/2013 - 9:45 AM

Red Cross Accepting Holiday Cards For Holiday Mail For Heroes

The American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region invites Minnesotans to show their gratitude for our nation’s heroes by sending holiday cards to military services members.

The American Red Cross is accepting holiday cards and messages of thanks for its Holiday Mail for Heroes initiative through December 6. The holiday cards will be shipped to current military service members and veterans from across the country and around the world.

While it may not seem like much, Northern Minnesota Regional Chapter Executive Phil Hansen says “a hand-written note to a service member spending time away from his or her family makes a world of difference.”

 

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