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SCSU Students To Vote On Two Referendums In Fall Election

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12/02/2013 - 9:20 AM

St. Cloud State University Student Government President Eric Petersen is encouraging students to vote in this year's fall election and make their voices heard on the election of twelve Student Government Senators and two key referendum topics.

The biggest referendum students are voting on is to renew the athletic fee. The fee was last voted on and passed in 2010. Two questions will be placed on the ballot regarding the student fee. The first will ask students if the student fee should “remain constant”. The second is asking students whether the athletic fee should be voted on again in 2018. If the majority votes no on the second questions, the fee will remain permanent. If the first question fails or receives less than 8 percent of the student body votes, the question could possibly be put on the ballot again next spring.

The second referendum SCSU students are voting on is whether or not to bring back Homecoming. Voting began at 8 a.m. Monday and is running through 3 p.m. Wednesday.

All currently enrolled students are eligible to vote in the election. An email about the election along with the link to vote was sent to each students personal email address.

SCSU's Bob Weisman Predicts 3-6 Inches Of Snow Through Wednesday For St. Cloud

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12/02/2013 - 1:20 AM

SCSU's Bob Weisman Predicts 3-6 Inches Of Snow Through Wednesday For St. Cloud

It’s that time of year once again in Central Minnesota, old man winter is upon us.

St. Cloud State University’s Meteorology Professor, Bob Weisman says St. Cloud will experience intensifying snow now through midday.

On top of the snow there is a batch of freezing rain south of St. Cloud. The freezing rain in Ortonville and Benson could possibly creep up north to St. Cloud and Paynesville.

Mn-DOT is reporting generally fair driving conditions for treated roads like I-94 and Highway-10 with scattered icy sports.

Weisman says heavier snow is expected tomorrow through Wednesday morning. Snow accumulations could reach 3-6 inches in St. Cloud, with more snow expected north.

Monticello Man Arrested After Fleeing From Police Officers Late Thursday Night

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12/02/2013 - 11:10 AM

Monticello Man Arrested After Fleeing From Police Officers Late Thursday Night

A man was arrested late Thursday night after failing to stop for a routine traffic violation and fleeing from police.

According to St. Cloud Police, a motor vehicle pursuit started when 23-year-old Paul Joseph Arthur Kruse of Monticello was traveling in the area of I-94 and County Road 136 and refused to stop for a traffic violation.

Assisted by Stearns County Sheriff’s Deputies and a Waite Park Officer, St. Cloud Police were able to stop Kruse by using stop sticks after he was driving between 70-80 mph in the area of I-94 and the Avon Exit for County Road 6.

Kruse was tased and arrested at the scene.

He is currently being held at the Stearns County Jail for charges of Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle, 2nd Degree DWI, 2nd Degree DWI Test Refusal, Obstructing the Legal Process, Driving and Revocation and Speeding.

Two SCSU Football Players Arrested Outside The Press Bar This Weekend

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12/02/2013 - 10:35 AM

Two St. Cloud State football players were arrested and taken to the Stearns County Jail Sunday morning after struggling with officers outside of the Press Bar.

According to St. Cloud Police, 22-year-old Renard Richard Groce Robinson alleges to have been assaulted before talking with police. The officers attempted to investigate the situation, but Robinson failed to cooperate and was arrested for disorderly conduct.

During the same incident, 23-year-old Marvin Glen Matthews plowed through officer’s to get to the individual being arrested by police after repeatedly being told to stay back. Matthews was then sprayed with pepper spray by the officers and arrested at the scene. He is facing charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing legal process.

No injuries were reported, and additional information is yet to be available at this time.

Area Activists Protest For Workers Rights In Front Of Work Connection Tuesday

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11/26/2013 - 4:13 AM

Area Activists Protest For Workers Rights In Front Of Work Connection Tuesday

The Greater Minnesota Worker Center and area activists showed their support for workers right’s and justice Tuesday morning at Work Connection, a St. Cloud Temp Agency. Workers allege the company has abusive practices.

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SCSU To Release Annual Fall Survey Beginning Wednesday

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11/26/2013 - 12:00 PM

SCSU To Release Annual Fall Survey Beginning Wednesday

St. Cloud State University will release their annual fall statewide survey starting Wednesday.

The first release of the survey will include a job performance of President Obama, Governor Mark Dayton, Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar.

Also included in the first release of the survey is a “feeling thermometer” that indicates public sentiments towards Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, and the Tea Party from those surveyed.

629 randomly chosen adult Minnesotans were chosen for the survey. The survey was conducted by 48 trained SCSU students.

Stephen Frank, Professor of Political Science helped train and supervise the students. The students conducted live interviews and random phone bank calling to reach a wide array of people.

Survey analyst and political writer for the New York Times, Nate Silver ranked the SCSU’s 2012 survey third in accuracy for nationwide polls.

Benton County Sheriff Asking For Public's Help In Thefts and Burglary

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11/26/2013 - 11:45 AM

Benton County Sheriff Asking For Public's Help In Thefts and Burglary

Benton County Sheriff Brad Bennett is looking for the public’s help with a recent theft of 60 stolen wheels and tires from Luther Honda of St. Cloud.

Investigators learned the theft occurred during the overnight hours of November 15 at the Honda dealership, located in Sauk Rapids. The five spoke, 16, 17, and 18-inch wheels and tires were taken from 15 Honda vehicles parked in the lot.

The Sheriff is also asking for the public’s help on a burglary from Mimbach Fleet Supply in Sauk Rapids.

On October 13 a snowmobile trailer, a pull-behind lawn mower and lawn vacuum attachment were all taken from an outdoor fenced in area.

Authorities did recover surveillance footage from the scene.

The truck is described as a dark colored, new model pickup truck. The pickup had a matching topper along with chrome running boards. The truck also had light colored fender flares and a thin pin stripe running the length of the truck.

Investigators say two men gained entry to the fenced-in area of Mimbach Fleet Supply by cutting the gate lock, then drove off with the stolen items.

A Woman Is Facing Charges After Kicking St. Cloud Hospital Security Officer

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11/25/2013 - 11:30 AM

A woman is facing charges of 5th degree assault and disorderly conduct after kicking a security officer.

According to the St. Cloud police department, 32-year-old Sarah Linn Anderson was arrested at the St. Cloud hospital emergency room Sunday afternoon after kicking a security officer while receiving treatment.

Anderson was also cited for domestic assault by Wright County stemming from a previous incident in Wright County.

Additional information is not available at this time.

Greater Minnesota Worker Center To Protest Worker's Rights At Work Connection Tuesday

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11/22/2013 - 6:50 AM

The Greater Minnesota Worker Center is asking the public to come support temporary area worker’s rights and dignity at Work Connection St. Cloud, a temp agency they claim is not treating their workers fairly.

KVSC’s John Peterson has more on this event.

Click here for to listen to the AUDIO STORY

The protest will begin at 10:00 a.m. The public are asked to arrive around 9:30 a.m. if participating.

Cold Spring Woman Dies After Colliding Into Semi-Tractor

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11/21/2013 - 3:40 AM

A woman has died after a semi-tractor collided into her car, tipped over and lost its load Thursday.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, 58-year-old Aaron Birr of Eden Valley was traveling northbound on County Road 2 in his semi-tractor hauling sand, when a car, driven by 90-year-old Marcella Cheeley of Cold Spring, was traveling westbound on Minnesota Street.

Cheeley made a left turn onto County Road 2 where she was struck in the driver’s side by the semi-tractor, forcing her car into the west side of the ditch.

Cheeley was pronounced dead at the scene. Birr was taken to the St. Cloud hospital.

The accident remains under investigation.

Coalition for Impartial Justice Hosts Panel Discussion In St. Cloud

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11/21/2013 - 12:55 PM

Coalition for Impartial Justice Hosts Panel Discussion In St. Cloud

The Coalition for Impartial Justice hosted a forum panel discussion Wednesday, November 21 at the Great River Regional Library, in St. Cloud.

The event’s purpose was to introduce the Coalition’s Impartial Justice Act. The Impartial Justice Act seeks to change the lack of information available to the public on Minnesota judges up for election.

Panelists of the forum discussion included current Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and former Chief Justice Eric Magnuson.

Former Chief Justice Magnuson believes most voters can’t execute their democratic voice, “Over 90% of judges run unopposed in Minnesota. When judges run unopposed voters don’t have a choice.”

The Impartial Justice Act proposes judges evaluated by appointed officials from all three branches of state government.

Earlier this month, KVSC News Director John Peterson interviewed former Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson on the Impartial Justice Act. 

Click here to listen to the interview.

Employee at Jennie-O Turkey in Melrose Test Positive for Tuberculosis

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11/20/2013 - 2:45 AM

MELROSE, Minn. (AP) - A worker at a Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in central Minnesota has tested positive for tuberculosis.

A spokesman for Jennie-O's parent company, Hormel Foods Corporation, says the Stearns County Public Health Department informed the Melrose plant on Monday that a worker had tested positive for TB.

The spokesman says Austin-based Hormel Corporation has identified nine people who work in the same department as the worker who tested positive. A letter with the names of those employees was sent to Stearns County Public Health on Wednesday.

Jennie-O will continue working with the health department. Hormel says TB is a health issue and is not a risk to food safety.The illness is spread through the air when a sick person coughs, sneezes or speaks. Symptoms include coughing, chest pain, fever and fatigue. 

SCSU Awards Science Scholarships To Students

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11/20/2013 - 1:20 AM

SCSU Awards Science Scholarships To Students

St. Cloud State University has named 10 winners of the 2013 National Science Foundation scholarships.

SCSU received a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation in 2012 to support students in pursuing science, technology, engineering and math careers.

The 10 recipients of the scholarship will each receive annual scholarships of $9,100 through the NSF’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program.

The scholarships were awarded to academically talented SCSU students majoring in information systems, computer science and computer engineering.

The students will be honored at a National Science Foundation award ceremony on December 14th, held in the Atwood Memorial Center.

2013 National Science Foundation Scholarships recipients:

Mariah Ahlert, St. Cloud

Sean Anderson, St. Cloud

William Bruggenthies, Lonsdale

Neil Carlin Schauer, Burnsville

Ahmed Iqbal, St. Cloud

Reuben Kaburu, Brooklyn Park

Erica Koes, Greenfield

Kyung Park, St. Cloud

Natalie Shofner, Wisconsin

Bonyeah Warzecha, St. Cloud

Minnesota Department Of Health Regulations Limits Sales Of 'Cottage Foods'

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11/20/2013 - 12:10 PM

Minnesota Department Of Health Regulations Limits Sales Of 'Cottage Foods'

Have you ever purchased a tasty cookie, or other baked goods from a community event?

Well a series of Minnesota regulations from the State Department of Health makes those sales of cottage foods illegal. “Cottage foods” are defined by the Minnesota State Department of Health as food products produced at home and offered for sale.

According to Watchdog.org Minnesota, two Minnesotan bakers Jane Astramecki and Mara Heck are suing the state of Minnesota for the cottage food regulations.

The law states an individual baker can’t make more than $5,000 a year even when selling legally without facing fines, fees and possible jail time.

Astramecki says “Minnesota bakers ought to be able to sell however many treats they want, from wherever they want.”

St. Cloud City Council Advising Citizens To Keep Couches Inside Homes

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11/19/2013 - 11:20 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - The city of St. Cloud says there's a place for couches, and it's not on people's porches.

The City Council has banned putting furniture designed for interior use outdoors on private property -- or next to a public right of way.

The St. Cloud Times reports that the move follows increasing concern about the practice in the city's core neighborhoods.

One resident, Mary Mathews, said at a public hearing that such an ordinance used to exist and she was glad to see it return. Mathews said it's not just a concern about appearance. She said upholstered furniture can become a health and safety hazard, including being a target for arson.

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