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Frostbite Is A Concern With Cold Wind Chills

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01/04/2017 - 3:20 AM

Frostbite is a concern now that central Minnesota is experiencing wind chills colder than -25.

St. Cloud State University Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman says wind chills this cold puts exposed skin at risk for frostbite within 30 minutes.

For the rest of the week, folks can expect temperatures in the minus single digits for central and southern parts of the state and in the minus teens for west-central and northwestern areas.

St. Cloud is being hit with cold wind chills produced with below zero temperatures and a west-northwest wind between 8-18 MPH.

The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory that ended at noon Wednesday.

Michelle Fischbach Elected President Of The Minnesota Senate

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01/04/2017 - 2:50 AM

Michelle Fischbach has been appointed president of the Minnesota Senate.

On her official website, Fischbach says it’s an honor to be elected as the Senate’s first female president.

She now lives in Paynesville and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.A. in Political Science and Government.

She was first elected to the senate in 1996 representing District 13, which oversees Stearns and Benton counties among others.

SCSU Prof. Bob Weisman Gives Information On Winter Storms

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01/03/2017 - 9:50 AM

Temperatures are expected to drop this week and parts of Minnesota are in a winter storm warning, according to St. Cloud State University Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman.

A storm system that hit central Minnesota Monday night is continuing to move north. It dumped 9.2 inches of snow on Fargo, 6 inches in Silver Bay, 4.1 inches in Grand Forks, and 3.2 inches on International falls.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has no travel advised in the hardest hit areas. This includes Highway 2 from Grand Forks to Bagley and Highway 27 in Alexandria and Little Falls going northward.

At 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, near the St. Cloud area, MnDOT reported a crash and vehicle spin out in Spicer and a crash west of Alexandria.

A winter storm warning is in effect until noon Tuesday for central and eastern North Dakota and northern Minnesota.

SideStreet Registration Is Open For 2017

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01/03/2017 - 9:40 AM

St. Cloud State University students can learn about campus organizations and get involved at the upcoming SideStreet event.

The Department of Campus Involvement will be hosting SideStreet in the Atwood Memorial Center Ballroom. SideStreet is the spring semester student-involvement-fair, allowing people to connect with student-run campus organizations.

The event will be held Jan. 19 at 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and include many of the student groups and organizations on SCSU’s campus.

If your organization wants to be involved, they must register by Jan. 12. Organizations can register here.


Breakfast At SCSU Will Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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01/03/2017 - 10:45 AM

A day honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy will be celebrated Jan. 16. There will be a community breakfast celebration at St. Cloud State University in the Atwood Memorial Center Ballroom.

The Department of Campus Involvement and the Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative held previous events in honor of Dr. King. Some of the projects included making fleece tie-blankets, greeting cards to Veterans, and birthday cards to elderly residents.

The C.A.R.E. Initiative focuses on moving SCSU towards becoming a more inclusive, diverse and anti-racist institution.

The breakfast will be held Jan. 16 from 7:30-10:30 a.m. You must register to attend, and you can register here.

UPDATE: Road Closure Cancelled In South St. Cloud

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01/03/2017 - 10:00 AM

A road closure planned in South St. Cloud for Wednesday has been cancelled.

The City Engineer’s Office says part of 1 1/2 St. S. was going to close through Thursday for utility work. However, now the roads will remain open.

St. Cloud State Finishes Renovations At Plymouth Location

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01/02/2017 - 11:10 AM

The Plymouth location of St. Cloud State University has finished construction and will open for students next week.

Renovations were completed to enhance learning experiences for graduate and professional development programs offered at this location. The Plymouth site is near the intersection of Highway 169 and Rockford Road.

St. Cloud State at Plymouth offers business administration, engineering management, applied clinical research, and even more programs at the graduate level. The building has five classrooms, a student lounge, and a conference room among other features.

Interim-President Ashish Vaidya says, “St. Cloud State at Plymouth is one place where our student will shine as members of a 21st century engaged university.”

Classes begin Jan. 9 for the spring semester.

Minnesotans Are Asked To Take 2017 Legislative Priorities Survey

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01/02/2017 - 10:40 AM

Governor Mark Dayton is seeking the public’s opinion on Minnesota’s legislative priorities for the New Year.

Dayton says he needs people’s input before the next legislative session, and has sent out a survey for responses.

He adds that many people may feel worried and uncertain after the presidential election, especially since Minnesota swayed democratic in the vote.

Dayton says, “We aren’t going to let Donald Trump threaten our progress or stop us from moving forward here in Minnesota.”

The survey asks questions about infrastructure funding and spending, paid vacation for new mothers, and water pollution and prevention. Take the survey here.

Gov. Mark Dayton Appoints Seventh Judicial District Court Judge

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12/30/2016 - 2:00 AM

Last week, Gov. Mark Dayton filled the court judge opening for Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District.

The Governor’s Office says Dayton appointed Timothy M. Churchwell to replace the Honorable David R. Battey. He will be chambered at Alexandria in Douglas County.

Churchwell works as a shareholder at Peters & Churchwell, P.A. and serves as an assistant to the district’s public defender. He’s also spent time as an attorney and law clerk.

Dayton says, “Throughout his career, Mr. Churchwell has shown his dedication to public service.” He also thanks him for willingness to serve the people of Minnesota.

The Seventh Judicial District serves Stearns, Benton, Becker, Clay, Douglas, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Todd and Wadena counties.

Central Minnesota Montessori School Registration Opens Soon

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12/30/2016 - 1:40 AM

A new elementary school will open this fall in St. Cloud, and registration is due shortly after the New Year begins.

The new Central Minnesota Montessori, or CMM, will serve kids in first through third grade. In addition, there are already CMM locations in the St. Cloud area for pre-school children.

Board President Meghan Luebesmier says the CMM mission is to encourage independence, inspire self-direction, and create compassionate individuals in a Christian environment.

The school will enroll 27 kids and employ trained teachers who are familiar with the teaching materials and Montessori philosophy. Prince William and Prince Henry, the founders of Google and Amazon, and Jackie Kennedy all went to these schools around the world.

Two registration events are coming up for parents interested in enrolling their elementary-school children. Registration will be for the 2017-2018 academic year. Application forms will be accepted Jan. 3-13 until 4 p.m. 

The first event will take place Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Great River Regional Library, located at 1300 W. Saint Germain St.  

Another registration wrap up will be held Friday, Jan. 13 from 2-4 p.m. at Caribou Coffee, located at 4135 W. Division St.

If you can’t make it to these events, you can register on the CMM website. Forms and fees can be mailed to: Central Minnesota Montessori, P.O. Box 7952, St. Cloud, MN 56302.

Moonlight Ski Is Coming Up At Quarry Park

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12/30/2016 - 10:10 AM

Folks are invited to a night of outdoor fun with skiing, bonfires and hot beverages.

Stearns County says an evening of moonlit skiing will be held after the New Year rolls in at Quarry Park and Nature Preserve.

The event is hosted by Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota and the Stearns County Parks Department.

The moonlight ski is open to all ages and abilities. Trails will be groomed for classic and skate cross-country skiing, but if there isn’t enough snow, the event will be open for hiking. The trail is 4.2 miles with a few moderate hills and sheltered from the wind.

There will also be indoor activities for people to warm up with door prizes, chili, snacks and hot drinks.

Revolution Cycle and Ski and Fitzharris Ski and Sport are offering free cross-country skis to use at this event. A limited number are available, so if you’re interested contact these shops beforehand.

The moonlight ski will take place Friday, Jan. 6, from 6-10 p.m. at Quarry Park. You will not need a parking sticker for your car.

St. Cloud Man Suspected Of Three Robberies

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12/29/2016 - 11:10 AM

A St. Cloud man is suspected of three robberies that have taken place in the area since August.

Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton says a 26-year-old man was arrested Friday, Dec. 23, after allegedly robbing a liquor store.

Lavonta Devon Lofton was taken into custody when officers found him with a loaded 9mm handgun, which was reportedly stolen out of St. Cloud.

Before the arrest, Knotty Pine Liquors store, on the northeast side of town, was robbed by a masked person. The robber took out a gun, demanded money from the store clerk and ran. The suspect is described as a black man, 5 ft. 10 in. tall, with a black sweatshirt, white gloves, and bandanna over his face.

Investigators were able to track footprints in the snow from the liquor store. They found Lofton in the 10 block of 3rd Ave. NE.

Lofton is facing charges of possessing a stolen firearm and aggravated robbery. He could also face charges from suspected involvement in robberies at Super Americas on Aug. 31 and Dec. 11.

The investigation is still active at this time. If you have any information about this case, contact the SCPD at 320-251-1200 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301.

St. Cloud Road Closure Is Being Extended

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12/29/2016 - 10:40 AM

The City of St. Cloud is announcing a deadline extension of a road closure along 6th Ave. N.

The avenue has been closed since Nov. 7, between St. Germain St. W. and 1st St. N.

Originally, construction was supposed to last until Dec. 9. Now, the deadline is extended through May 13, 2017.

Detours will be posted.

Barn Destroyed By Fire In Richmond Monday

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12/27/2016 - 9:37 AM

A barn was destroyed in an early Monday morning fire in Richmond. The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says the barn was fully engulfed in flames when deputies and fire and rescue arrived about 3:45 a.m.

The barn is owned by Ronald and Sherry Rolfes and is located on 260th Street in Munson Township. The barn was used primarily for storage and no animals were inside it at the time of the fire. Items destroyed include lawn mowers, two four wheelers and other farm related implements.

The cause of the fire and amount of damage is unknown at this time. The St. Martin, Chain of Lakes Fire and Rescue units responded to the scene and were able to put out the blaze.

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.

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