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Heavy Snow In Southern Minnesota Is Affecting Road Conditions

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01/25/2017 - 1:00 AM

Central Minnesota narrowly missed a band of heavy snow that covered southern Minnesota.

St. Cloud State University Professor of Atmospheric Sciences Bob Weisman says the snow storm dropped over 3 inches in Rochester, nearly 5.5 inches in Sioux Falls, and 6 inches in Austin.

While the heavy snow did not make it to St. Cloud, dropping temperatures and slight flurries are affecting road conditions in central Minnesota. 

The Minnesota State Patrol says a 60-year-old women lost control of her car on I-94 Wednesday morning. She was headed west when she hit a patch of ice and spun into the median. She was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Weisman predicts temperatures will continue to get colder throughout the week.

UPDATED: Ilaysah Shabazz Not Available Tonight

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01/25/2017 - 12:00 PM

UPDATE: KVSC received the following message from event organizers relating to Ilyasah Shabazz's presentation Friday, January 27:

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Ilyasah Shabazz, who was scheduled tonight as a keynote speaker for the Power in Diversity Conference in Ritsche Auditorium has been cancelled.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcom X, will be one of five keynote speakers at St. Cloud State University’s Power in Diversity Leadership Conference. She will be speaking about social and emotional leadership tools.

Shabazz will be joined by Minneapolis Poet, Writer and Educator Sun Yang Shin, Leadership Consultant and Author Darryl Bellamy, Nausheena Hussain, a community activist and founder of Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment, and, finally, Jill Magelssen who is the owner of the St. Cloud location of Express Employment Professionals.

First St. Cloud State University Piano Day Takes Place This Weekend

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01/24/2017 - 9:30 AM

On Saturday, St. Cloud State University will be holding its first Piano Day. Workshops, presentations, and performances will be available to attend throughout the day.

The event will provide educational and musical experiences for the community, high school piano students and teachers. Participants will have opportunities to discuss piano technique, science and craftsmanship of the instrument.

Workshops begin at 10 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center on the SCSU campus. The event will end with a Faculty Piano Recital at 2:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Dr. Shannon Sadler will be joined by Dr. Marion Judish on violin and Dr. Charles Asch on 'cello while performing.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the SCSU Performing Arts office at (320) 308-3223.

Warmer Temperatures Temporarily Close St. Cloud Ice Rinks

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01/24/2017 - 2:00 AM

Outdoor ice rinks around St. Cloud are closing due to the unusually warm temperatures.

The St. Cloud Parks and Recreation Department announced Monday all outdoor ice rinks will be closed until further notice.

These closures include Lake George and the Lake George Warming Shelter.

Temperatures around St. Cloud have been warmer than 30 degrees this week. According to the National Weather Service temperatures will be dropping down into the teens by this weekend. 

Rep. Dan Fabian Defends Executive Orders From Donald Trump

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01/24/2017 - 2:00 AM

Minnesota representatives are voicing opinions on President Donald Trump's Executive Orders concerning pipelines and their environmental issues.

Rep. Dan Fabian, who serves as the Chair of the House Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee, appeared to be in favor of Trump's executive orders on pipeline projects after releasing a statement related to the Executive Orders.

Fabian's statement highlights how regulation and bureaucratic obstacles are preventing critical pipelines from being built, which, according to Fabian, will create more jobs and property tax revenue.

Folks Can Learn How To Spot Fake News

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01/24/2017 - 1:20 AM

Fake news stories have been a rising concern, and some people are worried about what to believe?

The Morrison County Historical Society is hosting a class on how to spot fake news.

Executive Director Mary Warner says the class is called “How to Analyze the News.” Folks will review propaganda, confirmation bias, the anatomy of a news article, and slant.

While uncovering history the society staff uses different methods to determine whether a source is credible. This is also a tool folks can learn in the class.

People must reserve a spot in the class before Feb. 15 for a fee. The class will accept between 5-20 participants, and takes place on Feb. 18 from 1-4 p.m. The class will be held at The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls. 

To reserve a spot, call 320-632-4007 or submit a form online.

House Speaker Kurt Daudt Sends Letter To President Trump

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01/24/2017 - 10:10 AM

Minnesota Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking to expand access to affordable health care for Minnesotans and responsibly develop the state’s natural resources.

Daudt’s letter began with congratulations on Trump’s inauguration. He then writes that the Minnesota House Republican Caucus is ready to work with his administration.

Daudt is asking for more time for folks to sign up for health care plans that best suit their families, adding the individual market has been in turmoil due to Obamacare.

He also wrote that, “MNsure has cost state and federal taxpayers more than $400 million since it started… we believe it’s time to put an end to this outrageous waste of taxpayer dollars.”

The letter also addresses mining projects and the gray wolf population. Daudt says Obama’s U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management withdrew more than 200,000 acres of northeastern land from future development. Daudt wants to make this land available for mining projects that could bring thousands of jobs to the region.

In addition, Daudt is asking that the gray wolf is removed from the Endangered Species List.

View the full letter here.

Truck Through Ice Near Richmond Serves As Cautionary Remider

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01/23/2017 - 7:00 AM

The Stearns County Sheriff's office is sharing news of a pick-up truck going through the ice as a warning to area ice fisherman.

They were called to Horseshoe Lake, which is in the Chain of Lakes near Richmond shortly afternoon noon Sunday. A 2016 GMC Sierra pick-up truck was submerged in about six feet of water.

The report says that 30-year-old Yang Toua of Columbia Heights was driving and veered off the trail and the pick-up broke through, first with just the tires sinking in. He and a passenger were able to get out safely.

The truck was removed about 6 p.m. Sunday. Sheriff John Sanner is reminding everyone that the recent warm weather has deteriorated the ice conditions on lakes and advises more caution.

Native American Speaker And Professor Is Coming to St. Cloud State University

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01/23/2017 - 1:00 AM

The American Indian Speaker Series at St. Cloud State University continues next month with Dr. John Gonzalez. Gonzalez will be speaking about topics such as micro-aggression and how it can affect lives, specifically of indigenous communities.

Gonzalez comes from Ojibwe/Anishinaabe ancestry, and is a professor of psychology at Bemidji State University.

The event will be held on Monday, Feb. 13 in the Glacier South room of the Atwood Memorial Center starting at 5 p.m.

Suspect In An Apartment Burglary Was Arrested Saturday

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01/23/2017 - 12:45 PM

A suspect in a burglary has been taken into custody.

St. Cloud Police Assistant Chief Jeff Oxton says on Saturday officers went to an apartment in the 300 block of 3rd Ave. S. for a burglary complaint. They learned that just before 4 a.m. a suspect went into an occupied apartment by tearing a screen and going in the unlocked window. The suspect took several things, including electronics, from inside the apartment.

Officers looked over video surveillance. The suspect was found to be an acquaintance of the apartment resident. Using a traffic stop, police found and stopped the suspect. He was taken into custody without incident. The stolen items were recovered from the suspect’s car.

The suspect was identified as 25-year-old Sahal Said Ahmed of St. Cloud.

Press Bar Bouncer Arrested After Alleged Assault

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01/23/2017 - 12:45 PM

A St. Cloud man has been arrested and is facing charges of third degree assault.

St. Cloud Police Assistant Chief Jeff Oxton says that police officers were called over by some pedestrians regarding an unconscious man who was bleeding from the head. The 21-year-old man was found lying on the sidewalk outside the Press Bar on West Saint Germain St. The Gold Cross Ambulance and the St. Cloud Fire Department both came to help with medical treatment.

Officers continued to investigate the incident and spoke with several witnesses. Through the investigation, they determined that a security employee, later found to be 20-year-old Patrick McNeely, was removing the victim from inside the bar for being very intoxicated and lighting a cigarette. McNeely had the man in some kind of headlock, and as he was taking him out the doors, he threw the drunken man to the ground where he struck his head on the sidewalk.

McNeely was taken into custody and faces charges of third degree assault.

Grant Money Will Help Blind Children Learn To Read

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01/20/2017 - 7:50 AM

Blind and visually-impaired children in the St. Cloud Area School District can get more help learning to read thanks to grant funding.

The Initiative Foundation says they donated $2,500 to the school district. The money is meant to buy supplies to help blind children create storybooks from their personal experiences.

The Initiative Foundation is a partnership of regional leaders and The McKnight Foundation, and it’s been serving central regions of Minnesota since the 1980’s. The foundation’s website says it aims to strengthen regional economy and communities while investing in business loans, nonprofit grants, programs, and donor services.

During this award period, the foundation gave 157 grants throughout central Minnesota.

Holdingford School Bus Crashes Due to Icy Road Conditions

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01/20/2017 - 3:00 AM

HOLDINGFORD, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say no one was hurt when a car rear-ended a school bus on an icy road in central Minnesota.

The Holdingford School District bus was carrying 32 students when the crash happened just after 7:30 a.m. Friday at the intersection of County Roads 3 and 131 in Brockway Township.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says the bus had stopped for a stop sign and was pulling forward when it was struck in the rear by a car driven by 16-year-old Trent Joseph Sand of Avon and carrying two juvenile passengers.

Authorities say the car apparently was unable to stop on the icy road.

The students were transferred to another bus. The Minnesota State Patrol and Avon police department assisted with the crash investigation.

SCSU Campus Cleans Up After Fire In Halenbeck Hall

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01/19/2017 - 2:00 AM

After a long night of clean up, St. Cloud State University’s Halenback Hall will remain open after a fire started in the building Wednesday night.

Assistant News Director Spencer Schacht has the AUDIO STORY.

Husky Spirit Challenge Week Aims To Unite Students

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01/18/2017 - 2:50 AM

Registration is now open for an exciting week of events taking place in celebration of St. Cloud State University during Husky Spirit Challenge Week.

The idea of the week is for students to hang out, connect with friends, enjoy activities, and celebrate SCSU while trying to win different prizes. One of the many activities that will be taking place is a Lip Sync Battle in the Ritsche Auditorium.

Husky Spirit Challenge Week will be taking place in various locations throughout SCSU during Feb. 6-11. Registration tables can be found around campus through Feb. 1.

The University Program Board is collaborating with Celebrate St. Cloud State, and encourages students to create a team for the week of fun going on next month.

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