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Open House Tonight Will Provide Information About Highway 23 Expansion

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01/12/2017 - 11:10 AM

A road construction project is set to expand Highway 23 between Paynesville and Richmond, and for folks wanting more information, an open house will be held this evening.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the Highway 23 expansion project will add more lanes to this stretch of road.

There are about 15 miles of the highway between Willmar and Interstate 94 that is not four-lanes wide, and the stretch from Paynesville and Richmond is part of it.

The Highway 23 expansion project is part of the Corridors of Commerce program, created by the Legislature in 2013. Funding for the program comes from MnDOT, and aims at fostering economic growth by allowing more cars on major roads.

If you’re looking for more information about the Paynesville-Richmond expansion, you can attend an open house today from 4-6 p.m. at the St. Peter and Paul Gymnasium. The gym is located at 110 Central Ave. N. in Richmond.

 

Malaysian Culture Will Be Celebrated At SCSU

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01/11/2017 - 2:40 AM

Malaysian culture will be honored coming up this Saturday on the campus of St. Cloud State University.

People who attend will have the unique opportunity to learn about Malaysian culture during this event, which will be hosted by the Malaysian Student Association.

The organization’s president, Jessie Gooi, says people will be able to “indulge in the everyday diversity, culture, tradition and rhythm of Malaysia.” She also emphasizes folks will be able to enjoy Malaysian cuisine and learn about their history.

This event will be going on at SCSU’s Atwood Ballroom at 6 p.m. this Saturday. Tickets are $7 for students, faculty and staff and $8 for the public. 

Job Prospects For College Graduates Will Improve in 2017

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01/11/2017 - 2:30 AM

The results are in for the 13th annual Minnesota College Job Outlook Survey. More employers surveyed this year say they are planning to hire more college graduates.

Andy Ditlevson, associate director of St. Cloud State University’s Career Center, says that out of 78 employers surveyed, 46% say they plan to increase their college hires. That’s 10% more than last year.

But this isn't the first year Ditlevson has seen an increase.

Ditlevson encourages student who are going to graduate soon to “get going,” start applying for jobs, and to take advantage of job fairs coming to SCSU.

The SCSU Career Center will be hosting a Job Fair Prep Party on January 18 and a Diversity Job and Internship Fair on January 27.

Millions Of Dollars Will Be Used For Broadband Expansion In Minnesota

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01/11/2017 - 1:30 AM

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith teamed up with the Department of Employment and Economic Development to announce funding of $34 million that will be given to 42 different projects across Minnesota.

The broadband extensions project will help connect rural Minnesotan businesses and households, giving them the same technology access and opportunities that urban residents enjoy. For example, the St. Cloud Airport will receive upgrades from Palmer Wireless, a local telecommunications provider. The company was given $179,400 to invest in business connectivity.  

The funding aims to improve services that encourage education, health care, job growth, and business expansion throughout the state.

Blowing Snow and Icy Roads Cause Driving Hazards

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01/10/2017 - 2:30 AM

I-94 is open again in Monticello after multiple crashes over the last several days.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises the public to avoid unnecessary travel in Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, Mille Lacs, and Morrison Counties.

Roads will remain open but drivers should wait to travel, if possible. People can expect lane and road closures where crashes occur.

Drivers should remember to use a safe speeds for the conditions, keep at a safe stopping distance and stay alert.

UPDATE: Interstate 94 Closure Near Maple Grove Postponed

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01/10/2017 - 1:30 AM

UPDATE:

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has postponed the demolition of the bridge over Interstate 94 near Maple Grove. They are concerned about the forecast  for inclement weather. Weather permitting, the Interstate will be closed January 20-22 instead.

However, when the work is scheduled, both directions of Interstate 94 will be closed for the demolition of the 101st Avenue Bridge near Maple Grove.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the bridge is being removed to make way for the new Highway 610 corridor between County Road 81 and I-94.

During the closure drivers should follow the posted detours and take Highway 169 and Highway 610 to avoid the construction zone.

Fatal Car Accident On I-94 Kills Clearwater Man

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01/10/2017 - 1:15 AM

One man is dead after he rear ended a semi-truck on I-94 Monday.

The Minnesota State Patrol says 58-year-old Frederick Meyer of Clearwater was headed east on I-94 behind a semi-truck driven by 55-year-old Kelvin Bartlett. The accident happened about a mile west of Stearns County Road 75.

Bartlett had to stop on the interstate due to an accident up ahead. Meyer failed to stop in time rear-ending the semi.

He was killed in the crash.

Sartell Shoplifting Suspect Was Found In A Barrel

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01/09/2017 - 3:30 AM

A suspect with four felony warrants was arrested on Saturday.

Sartell Police say officers went to Walmart in Sartell just after 11 p.m. for a shoplifting complaint. Before police arrived, a 20-year-old female suspect, Linaya Mathis, left in a vehicle. Officers are familiar with the vehicle and knew that it goes to Shady Oaks Trailer Park on Co. Rd. 120.

When officers arrived, they located the vehicle and were pulling up to it when Mathis ran away. It is believed that Mathis hid in one of the trailers. The trailer owner arrived and allowed police to search inside, but Mathis was not found. Police searched the area found the woman in a 55-gallon barrel. She was not dressed for the weather, since it was -10 degrees outside. Stolen items were also located in the search.

Gold Cross Ambulance took Mathis to the St. Cloud Hospital where she was evaluated. Mathis gave police a false name, and when officers found her real name they discovered four felony arrest warrants out of Stearns, Benton, Morrison, and McLeod County.

Mathis was cleared at the hospital and was taken to Stearns County Jail.

Halenbeck Hall Fitness Center And Classes Are Free For Students This Week

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01/09/2017 - 12:20 PM

Students are back at St. Cloud State University Monday as spring classes are underway, and as a perk for the first week, Campus Recreation is offering students free access to the fitness center and group exercise classes.

Chris Haukos, coordinator of fitness and special programs, says people who exercise are more productive, less crabby and less stressed. Campus Recreation wants to make SCSU healthier and happier.

Group exercise classes range from Yoga and Zumba to Bootcamp and Full-Body Conditioning. Click here for the week’s schedule. Campus Recreation also provides full descriptions of classes so people can choose the right one(s).

The fitness center is open Monday-Thursday 6:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 12-7 p.m. and Sunday 12-10:30 p.m.

Free student access is available through Sunday in Halenbeck Hall

 

Benton County Sheriff's Office Names New Member To K-9 Unit

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01/09/2017 - 11:30 AM

A name has been chosen for Benton County’s newest K-9 Unit German Shepard.

Benton County Sheriff’s Office says after 1,200 name suggestions they have slimmed the selection down and made a final choice.

Folks can say “hello” to Ragnar, the newest dog in the unit.

His training will be completed by summer, and will make his first public appearance at the Benton County Fair.

Rollover On I-94 Sends Two To The Hospital

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01/09/2017 - 11:00 AM

Two people are in the St. Cloud Hospital after rolling their truck on I-94 Sunday.

The Minnesota State Patrol says the driver, 39-year-old Joshua Brickwege, was headed east on I-94 when he lost control of his truck, one mile east of Freeport, and rolled into the ditch.

Brickwege’s passenger, 28-year-old Chelsey Jantzen, was not wearing a seatbelt and the airbags were deployed.

Both Brickwege and Jantzen were taken to the St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

SCPD Offers Advice On How To Avoid Identity Theft During Tax Season

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01/09/2017 - 11:00 AM

Now that tax season is upon us, it’s important to watch your mailbox closely to avoid W-2 form theft.

The St. Cloud Police Department says identity theft is a major issue during tax season because thieves know personal information is delivered in the mail. If someone steals your W-2 form, they can file a bogus return and collect the refund check from the International Revenue Service, or open credit card, bank or other accounts with personal information.

To avoid identity theft, the SCPD recommends electronic W-2 forms. However, if you must receive your tax documents through the mail, make sure to check your mailbox every day and ask a trusted neighbor to watch out for stealing.

If you’ll be gone for an extended time, ask a friend to pick it up, have the post office hold your mail or rent a post office box.

If you believe you're a victim of identity theft, the IRS provides steps to take and protection tips

Team USA And Bob Motzko Take Gold

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01/06/2017 - 11:10 AM

The under-20 USA Hockey team defeated Canada Thursday night to take gold in the International Ice Hockey Federation’s World Junior Championship. 

The team, coached by St. Cloud State University’s own Bob Motzko, defeated Canada 5-4 in a shootout. More than 20,000 fans packed the arena in Montreal  to watch the championship game. Team USA previously defeated Russia, and now that they’ve taken gold over Canada, they’ve earned America’s fourth title since the tournament began in 1977.

Motzko says there was something special about this group of guys, and he noticed it from the beginning when they met for hockey camp last summer in Michigan. 

 

Mother Helps Pay Off Elementary Student Lunch Debt

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01/05/2017 - 4:10 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A Sartell mother was surprised it took just an hour on social media to raise hundreds of dollars to pay off student lunch debt at a St. Cloud elementary school.

The St. Cloud Times reports that Sara Greenberg-Hassan began raising money for Madison Elementary School on a crowd funding website after she attended lunch with her kindergartner son and learned that students receive bag lunches when their accounts are in debt.

In one hour, she raised $400 to cover the outstanding debt. She then increased the goal amount to cover debt for the rest of the school year. More than 20 donors raised $935 by Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Minnesota Department of Education, nearly 70 percent of Madison Elementary School students are eligible for free and reduced lunch.

A Truck Crashed Thursday Morning Near Monticello

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01/05/2017 - 11:20 AM

Icy road conditions may have been the cause of a crash along Interstate 94 this morning.

The Minnesota State Patrol says a truck, driven by 27-year-old Kyle Joseph Gall of Greenfield, was heading west on the interstate. He was passing other drivers when he lost control just west of Monticello.

Gall struck two SUV’s, reported just after 7 a.m.

One SUV was driven by 35-year-old Noe Chavarria from Minneapolis. He received no-life threatening injuries. The other SUV was driven by 34-year-old Jason Zilka of Monticello.

Chavarria was treated at the Centra Care facility in Monticello.

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