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Former St. Cloud State University President Charles Graham Dies

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12/27/2016 - 1:55 AM

St. Cloud State University has announced the death of the university's 15th president. Charles J. Graham died on December 23 in Minneapolis after a brief illness, he was 87 years old.

Interim president Ashish Vaidya shared the news with an email to St. Cloud State employees and students.
Graham worked parts of four decades in higher education, notably serving as the school's president from 1971-1981. The message included several milestones achieved under Graham's leadership:

--Founding of the partnership with Akita University in Japan
--Construction of the Atwood Mall, Administrative Services Building, Halenbeck Hall south addition and Wick Science Building
--Transition from St. Cloud State College to St. Cloud State University
--The first collective bargaining agreements with faculty and staff
--Founding of University Archives

Graham is survived by his wife, Florence, who goes by “Bonnie,” three sons, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held January 11 at Centennial United Methodist Church in St. Paul starting at noon.
The university adds they are indebted to the Graham family for endowing the Charles and Bonnie Graham Scholarship for International Study.

Winter Storm Damages Home in St. Cloud

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12/27/2016 - 10:30 AM

The holiday winter storm has moved through central Minnesota but the high winds caused damage for some St. Cloud homeowners. A large pine tree snapped off near its base falling on the roof of a home located at 2350 Clearwater Road in the city's south side.

Wind gusts between 40-55 mph were part of the storm that made driving conditions very difficult and closed highways in northwestern Minnesota and Interstate 94 in North Dakota. There are reports of heavy snow drifts Tuesday in this part of the state and Dakotas.

Locally, layers of ice built up on sidewalks and driveways so take extra caution when walking.

St. Cloud State Meteorologist Bob Weisman says the storm has finally moved out and we can expect much more moderate weather the rest of this week, including high temperatures between 34-38 degrees Wednesday.

UPDATE: Missing Teen From Texas Located in Spicer

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12/22/2016 - 1:10 AM

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office reports the missing 17-year-old teenage girl from Texas has been located in Spicer.

Chief Deputy Bruce Bechtold says the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office contacted them about 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning to let them know Natalie Klehr was found in Spicer.

A deputy from Stearns County brought her back. Law enforcement is thanking the public and media for their assistance in helping locate the Klehr.

She is from Elgin, Texas but her family is originally from the Stearns County area and she has a lot of family and friends in central Minnesota. No other information will be made available because she is a private juvenile.


Rain And Storms Are Predicted For Christmas Day And Monday

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12/22/2016 - 11:40 AM

Storms are predicted to be whipping through Minnesota and the Dakotas on Christmas.

St. Cloud State University Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman says a major storm has been in the forecast for a while.

Weisman predicts it will track across the Plains into western and northern Minnesota on Christmas night and Monday.

Since temperatures will be warmer, there will be a lot of moisture and possible rain. The hardest hit areas will be western and central Dakotas, possibly northeastern North Dakota, and northwestern Minnesota. If enough rain falls on frozen ground there could be flooding in these areas.

For central and southern Minnesota, rain and mixed precipitation is also in the forecast for Sunday afternoon and night.

Travel may be difficult on Christmas Day and Monday where snow and wind will occur.

Apollo High School Will Host Parent Night

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12/22/2016 - 10:50 AM

Apollo High School Will Host Parent Night

Parents of incoming freshman at Apollo High School can ask questions at an upcoming Parent Night.

School District 742 says the session will provide information about registration and graduation requirements for the Class of 2021. Registration will be for the 2017-2018 school year.

Parent Night is hosted by the Apollo Guidance Department, and is scheduled to last one hour depending on how many questions are asked.

The session will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Apollo Auditorium on Monday, Jan. 9. Folks can park in the north lot and enter the high school through door 7. Apollo is located at 1000 44th Ave. N. in St. Cloud.

Governor's Office Will Move Back To State Capitol

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12/22/2016 - 10:30 AM

For about two years, the State Capitol has undergone construction to restore the building. Now, the public is invited to see it, share their thoughts and ask questions about the project.

The Governor’s Office says the restoration involved preserving the historic building in its original vision, updating the electrical and mechanical setup, and making sure it can serve Minnesotans for the next 100 years.

The Governor’s Office was moved to the Veterans Service Building during the restoration. Gov. Mark Dayton is moving his office back to the Capitol and wants to make sure people know how to reach him during the next few weeks.

Dayton’s office will be at the Veterans Service Building through Dec. 30, but closed the day after Christmas. Starting Jan. 3, state official offices will open in the newly-restored State Capitol. The Governor’s Office will be located in room 130. Buisness hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Governor’s address at the temporary location:

116 Veterans Service Building, 20 W. 12th Street St., Paul, MN 55155

Governor’s address at the State Capitol:

130 State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155

People can also call Gov. Dayton at 651-201-3400, toll free at 800-657-3717, or send him an email.

Minnesota Artists Can Submit Ceramics To Captivating Clay Competition

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12/21/2016 - 3:10 AM

Minnesota artists are encouraged to submit ceramics for consideration in the Captivating Clay competition.

The Paramount Center for the Arts in downtown St. Cloud says they’re calling for entries as the deadline approaches.

To be eligible for submission, artwork cannot be longer than 36 inches in any direction and must be at least 50 percent clay.

First, second and third place winners will have their pieces on display in the Gallery Saint Germain. The Captivating Clay exhibit will be open Jan. 19-Feb. 25.

To apply, artists will upload photos of their art. Up to three art pieces can be considered with two images of each piece.

The application deadline is Dec. 30 and winners will be announced Jan. 8. Apply online with a submission form

Stearns County Receives Two Legacy Small Grants

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12/21/2016 - 2:30 AM

Thirty-six recipients have been announced by the Minnesota Historical Society for awards up to $10,000, and two awards are being granted in Stearns County.

The society says more than $310,000 was given out as Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants throughout 19 counties in the state.

In Stearns County, the City of St. Cloud received $10,000 to hire a qualified historian who will work to designate four sites around town as historic locations. St. Cloud State University got $9,000 for research of the cultural history of the school. The money will also be used to hire a historian.

Grant money is possible through the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by voters in 2008. It is meant to preserve Minnesota land, water and history.

Crash Near St. Augusta Sends Annandale Women To The Hospital

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12/21/2016 - 11:00 AM

An Annandale woman was hospitalized after a crash near St. Augusta Tuesday night.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says 38-year-old Jennifer Lee Olsen was injured after her van was hit by 19-year-old Dean Allan Kivisto of Cokato just before 8 p.m. She was driving on County Road 7, north of Dellwood Road, which is about two miles south of St. Augusta.

The report says Olsen was traveling south when Kivisto, who was traveling north, lost control of his pick-up truck and crossed over the center line, crashing into her van. He received only minor injuries.

The sheriff's office says speed and icy road conditions appeared to be a cause of the crash and remind drivers to drive appropriately for the road conditions in the winter.

Armed Robbery At The Liquor Shoppe in Centennial Plaza Monday

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12/20/2016 - 9:00 AM

The Liquor Shoppe in Centennial Plaza in north St. Cloud was robbed Monday night. St. Cloud Police were called to the store, located at 500 25th Avenue North, shortly after 8:30 p.m.

Their investigation found that an unknown man came into the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the clerk working in the counter area. There was one other customer in the store at the time of the robbery. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash and some bottles of alcohol. He walked in the northeast direction when he walked out of the store.

No was hurt in the incident. The suspect is described as a black man, about five feet eight inches tall. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans that were tucked into white ankle socks at the time of the robbery.

The K9 unit tracked the area for about 40 minutes but were not able to locate the suspect. Police are asking for the public's help and for the witness to the robbery to come forward. He left the store before police arrived.

You can call the police department at 320-251-1200 or Tri County Crimestoppers at 320-255-1301.

Level 3 Sex Offender Moving To St. Cloud Tuesday

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12/19/2016 - 4:30 AM

A Level 3 sex offender has notified the St. Cloud Police Department he intends to move in to the community starting Tuesday.

Assistant chief Jeff Oxton says they were notified by 39-year-old Terrence Davone Olive that he intends to live in St. Cloud, but he is homeless at this time.

Minnesota statutes require Level 3 offenders to notify law enforcement when they are planning to move to a new community. Olive served his sentence for having sexual contact with a 10-year-old female victim that was known to him at the time. Level 3 offenders are considered by the Minnesota Department of Corrections as most likely to re-offend.

There will be a community notification meeting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the St. Cloud Police Department's Training Room 3. The police department is located at 101 11th Avenue North.

At the meeting both police and representatives from the Minnesota Department of Corrections will provide information on public safety for those who attend.

Six People Injured in Crash Sunday Afternoon in St. Joseph

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12/19/2016 - 11:30 AM

Several members of a family were injured in an accident Sunday afternoon at a busy intersection near St. Joseph.

Stearns County deputies responded to the crash just before 2 p.m. at the intersection of County Road 2 and County Road 75.

A truck, driven by 52-year-old Thomas Schrup, of St. Joseph, was traveling northbound on County Road 2 and he was unable to stop for the red light at the intersection with County Road 75.  He hit an S-U-V driven by 49-year-old Hermenegidlo Olivares of Perham.

Olivares and his five passengers, ages 8 months to 43 years old, were taken to the St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries by Gold Cross ambulance. Schrup and his passenger were not injured.

St. Cloud Woman Arrested on Knife Assault Charges Saturday

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12/19/2016 - 10:00 AM

A 56-year-old woman from St. Cloud is facing multiple assault charges after an incident Saturday morning.

Linda Kay Kruger was arrested Saturday shortly after 11 a.m. after a victim told police of the incident that happened at 100 19th Avenue North.

The 54-year-old victim told St. Cloud police that she and Kruger, who was her acquaintance, argued over some property. She says during the dispute the suspect became violent and hit her on the head, threw her to the ground and held a knife to her throat. The victim says Kruger threatened to kill her.

The victim was not seriously injured and police found a small kitchen style knife at the scene. Kruger is facing 2nd and 5th degree assault charges, as well as threats of violence and was wanted on an outstanding Stearns County warrant on 5th degree controlled substance charges.

St. Cloud Will Receive 3-5 Inches of Snow in Weekend Storm

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12/16/2016 - 9:00 AM

St. Cloud can expect up to five inches of snow in the winter storm moving over the Midwest. Meteorology professor Bob Weisman at St. Cloud State University says the computer forecasts have continued their trend of narrowing the forecast snow event for Friday afternoon and night, drifting the system further southward.

He predicts 2-4 inches in the second wave of snow for St. Cloud, Alexandria, Cambridge from mid-afternoon Friday through early morning Saturday. If you live in the Twin Cities, Hutchinson, Olivia, and Morris you can expect up to 4-7 inches of snow in the second wave.

Weisman wars there will be blowing snow problems at the tail end of the storm and after the snow stops Saturday morning through early afternoon. That will create blowing and drifting snow problems out of town in parts of central and southern Minnesota.

As temperatures fall back to zero Saturday he says serious wind chills and icy roads will pose problems through Sunday when the temps will be -20 to -30 below.

New Olde Brick House Seeks Liquor License, City Budget on St. Cloud Council Agenda

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12/16/2016 - 10:15 AM

The City Council in St. Cloud has a few items of note on their agenda for their next meeting. There will be a public hearing about a liquor license for a bar and restaurant that is currently being remodeled.

The owners of Olde Brick House, formerly Rumrunners, is applying for the license. The bar is located on 6th Avenue South and 1st Street South is owned by Ringneck Restaurants Incorporated. They are planning to open an Irish Pub themed bar and restaurant next year and the business is currently being renovated inside and out.

There is also a public hearing scheduled to review the city’s code of ordinances on the rules and fee for St. Cloud’s Park and Recreation department. Finally, the city will hold a public hearing on its resolution to adopt its 2017 budget for enterprise funds.

The seven-member city council meets at City Hall starting at 6 p.m. and the proceedings can be watched on Charter Communications channel 181.

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