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UTVS News Wins Multiple Broadcast Education Awards

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02/11/2014 - 11:30 AM

St. Cloud State University and the Department of Mass Communications are well respected for all three of its student media organizations.

This time it’s the college TV station getting the nod in national awards. UTVS News nearly completed a total sweep of the Broadcast Education Awards, winning 3 first place awards and one third place award.

Assistant News Director Steve Coursolle caught up with Executive Producer for UTVS News en Espanol and UTVS News Reporter Emilio Ramos De Jesus to learn more.

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Annual Freez-a-thon To Take Place On the Atwood Memorial Center Steps All This Week

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02/10/2014 - 1:50 AM

All this week, members of the SCSU Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and Delta Zeta Sorority will be “freezing for a cause” on the steps of the Atwood Memorial Center Mall.

Phi Kappa Tau member and Student Government President Eric Petersen comments about this annual event his fraternity puts on.

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A Rockville Snowmobiler Suffers Minor Injuries After Colliding Into A Truck Saturday Morning

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02/10/2014 - 11:15 AM

A man has suffered minor injuries to his shoulder after crashing into a truck near Maine Prairie Township Saturday morning.

According to Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner, 38-year-old Ron Reitmeier of Rockville, was snowmobiling southbound on the State Snowmobile Trail.

When Reitmeier was approaching Evergreen Road, he failed to stop at the road right of way and crashed into the side of a passing white Dodge Dakota truck driven by 26-year-old Ryan Wimmer of St. Cloud.

Reitmeier was treated at the scene for minor injuries to his shoulder. He was later taken to the St. Cloud hospital by a private party. Ron was wearing a helmet.

A Sartell Teenager Suffers Injuries In a Snowmobile Collision Friday Afternoon

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02/10/2014 - 10:55 AM

A teenager is injured after his snowmobile collides into another near County Road 9 in Holding Township Friday afternoon.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s office, 17-year-old Jesse Dummer of Sartell, was snowmobiling northbound on a trail adjacent to County Road 9 when he met the snowmobile of 67-year-old Ronald Toenies on top of small hill and collided. Toenies was traveling southbound on the same trail. Both snowmobilers were wearing their helmets.

Dummer was taken and is currently being held in the St. Cloud Hospital for injuries to his leg. Toenies was brought to the Albany Hospital by a family member.

Both snowmobiles had significant damage and the crash is still under investigation.

An 18-Year-Old Gets 10 Years In Jail After Punching And Killing A College Student

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02/07/2014 - 9:10 AM

An 18-Year-Old Gets 10 Years In Jail After Punching And Killing A College Student

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - An 18-year-old has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for throwing a punch in a St. Cloud alley that killed a college student.

Jesse Smithers of Sauk Rapids earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 20-year-old Colton Gleason.

A plea agreement mandated the sentence. The St. Cloud Times reports if Smithers doesn't commit any disciplinary offenses in prison, he could be released in just over five years.

Gleason's father, John, says no punishment is great enough to bring his son back.

Smithers apologized for what he called a "complete accident."

Smithers was accused of jumping out of a car on Sept. 20, 2012, and punching Colton Gleason once in the face.

Gleason fell backward and hit his head. The Minnesota State, Mankato student later died.

Xcel Energy Suing GE For Hiding A Defect In Sherco Power Plant

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02/06/2014 - 12:05 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Xcel Energy Inc. and other plaintiffs are suing General Electric Co., claiming it had a known defect in a turbine that broke down at one of its plants and led to millions of dollars in losses.

The turbine outage happened at the Sherco 3 electric generator in Becker in 2011. The turbine was being tested after an outage when it began to vibrate and broke apart, starting a fire, the Star Tribune reported.

Xcel says the 22 months of repairs that followed cost it more than $200 million. Its lawsuit alleges that GE and its affiliates knew about a defect in its turbine blades for decades and had documented earlier failures and improved its design, but never told Xcel about the problem.

A GE representative didn't immediately respond to a call and email seeking comment.

St. Cloud City Hall Meeting Agenda For Monday, February 10

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02/06/2014 - 12:00 PM

St. Cloud City Hall Meeting Agenda For Monday, February 10

The St. Cloud City Council will meet for its weekly city council meeting next Monday, February 10 at 6:00 p.m.

On the meeting’s agenda, an application for a special Sunday liquor license for Waldo’s Pizza on West St. Germain as well as a $60,000 grant for Calvary Hill Park improvements. Also on the agenda is a grant for almost $20,000 reimbursement to the Minnesota DNR from 2013 Federal Recreation Trail Grant program.

St. Cloud residents can also voice their opinions on local issues in the open forum session.

There won’t be a meeting on February 17 because of the Presidents Day Holiday. The next St. Cloud City Council meeting will be Monday, February 24.

Stearns County To Offer Free Radon Testing Kits In Person To Area Residents

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02/06/2014 - 10:55 AM

Stearns County Environmental Services and Stearns County Public Health are giving away free Radon testing kits on a first come first serve basis starting Thursday, February 20.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, this odorless, radioactive gas is the largest environmental cancer risk, and the second biggest cause of lung cancer next to smoking, with over 21,000 deaths each year.

Radon forms naturally in the ground and can enter homes through cracks and openings in basement or foundations floors and walls. MDH estimates that one in three existing Minnesota homes have radon levels that pose health problems after years of exposure.

Stearns County Environmental Health Division Supervisor Hank Schreifels says test kits are limited and will only be available for pick up in person, in Melrose on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning February 20 from 8:00 a.m. to noon or by appointment. The kits will also be available at the Waite Park Service Center on Friday, February 21.

For more information, contact the Stearns County Service Center in Waite at 320-203-6942 or the Stearns County Environmental Services office in Melrose at 320-256-1422.

Father And Daughter Escape Shed Fire In Clearwater

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02/05/2014 - 10:30 AM

Father And Daughter Escape Shed Fire In Clearwater

A father and daughter were inside a shed when it caught fire Tuesday in Clearwater.

The Clearwater Fire Department and Stearns County Sheriff’s office responded to a shed fire around 7:00 p.m. at 2004 Daisy Circle in Lynden Township.

According to Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner, the fire’s cause is believed to be a wood furnace near the back of the structure.

57-year-old Scott Pesola of Clearwater and his 12-year-old daughter were in the shed at the time of fire, but escaped unharmed.

The shed and items inside were destroyed by the fire.

CapX2020 Project To Use Helicopter Over I-94 Near Melrose Tuesday

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02/04/2014 - 10:00 AM

CapX2020 Project To Use Helicopter Over I-94 Near Melrose Tuesday

Motorists traveling along I-94 near Melrose, may encounter traffic delays in both directions due to construction on the CapX2020 project. 

According to Mn-DOT, a helicopter will be working over the interstate. The State Patrol will assist the construction crew with a rolling road block, traveling 15-25 MPH along below the helicopter.

The rolling road block will periodically hold back traffic while the helicopter construction crew works overhead.

Drivers should also be aware that the County Road 3 South ramps to I-94 may be closed for up to ten-minutes when construction is in the area.

Minn-DOT would like to advise drivers to keep their eyes on the road, look out for slow traffic and be prepared to stop if necessary.

Trial Set To Begin in Rockville Shooting Case

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02/03/2014 - 3:00 AM

The Stearns County attorney’s office has confirmed testimony is scheduled to be heard in the trial of Marcus Barshaw later this week.

The 29-year-old Barshaw is facing four charges, including 1st degree murder, in the Oct. 21, 2012 shooting death of Rockville resident Jeffery Schutz. After allegedly shooting Schutz six times, Barshaw later fled the scene, causing a lockdown and man-hunt in the small town 20 minutes west of St. Cloud.

Barshaw was later shot by police after he had failed to drop his weapons when he was taken into custody.

Barshaw is facing possible life-in-prison charges.

According to Shan Wang, of the Criminal Division of the Attorney’s office, Barshaw’s trial is set to begin on Thursday.

St. Cloud Police's "Non Emergency" Phone Number To Be Housed At St. Cloud Police Department

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02/03/2014 - 2:50 AM

St. Cloud Police Lieutenant Jeff Oxton would like the public to know that the Police Department’s “Non-Emergency” number 251-1200 will be housed at the St. Cloud Police Department starting Tuesday, February 11.

The number currently directs callers to the Stearns County Dispatch Center during normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Lieutenant Oxton says the “Non-Emergency Number” will use a short calling tree during normal business hours to maximize personnel resources while ensuring that each call is handled as quickly and effectively as possible. The calling tree will also be used at the St. Cloud Police front desk number of 345-4444.

To ensure the best public safety services, the Stearns County Dispatch Center will continue to answer calls from both the “Non-Emergency” and Front Desk number outside of current business hours.

Man Assaulted While Walking Home Friday Night

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02/03/2014 - 2:30 AM

The St. Cloud police department is asking for the public’s help in finding the man responsible for an assault that took place at 8th Avenue and 9th Street South.

St. Cloud PD responded to a call Friday, stating a 39-year-old man was assaulted while walking home around 9:20 p.m. The victim suffered minor injuries and required medical attention.

Police say the suspect they are looking for was wearing a black bandana. They are also looking for two or three other men that participated in the assault.

The case will be investigated by the CAPS Unit.

Thousands of Feet Of Sewer Pipe To Be Replaced Due To Poor Condition

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02/03/2014 - 11:45 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Thousands of feet of sewer pipe is being replaced in St. Cloud because some is so weak it can be scraped apart with a putty knife.

The St. Cloud Times reports the $5.14 million project is for pipe serving St. Cloud, Sartell, St. Joseph and Waite Park.

Workers are using a crane with a vacuum to pick up and lower pipe into a 30-foot-deep pit. A crew member uses a remote control to push 54-inch fiberglass pipes into the existing 60-inch concrete pipes.

Assistant Public Works Director Tracy Hodel says despite the size difference, the flow will actually improve.

The project should be done by the end of March. The cold has delayed the project.

Frostbitten UMD Student To Transfer To St. Cloud Hospital For Further Rehab

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02/03/2014 - 11:40 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A University of Minnesota-Duluth student who nearly froze to death after spending a night outside plans to move to St. Cloud Hospital to continue her rehabilitation closer to home.

The St. Cloud Times reports, Alyssa Jo Lommel is expected to move from Regions Hospital in St. Paul to the St. Cloud hospital Monday.

The 19-year-old woman suffered severe frostbite and hypothermia after a night outdoors in Duluth when temperatures dropped to minus-17. Police say she had been out drinking with friends, was dropped off, but never made it inside.

Parts of her hands and feet were amputated due to severe frostbite.

Lommel's mother, Teri, wrote on the family's CaringBridge site that she pushed for Lommel to be moved to a hospital closer to the family's home in St. Cloud.

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