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Couple Arrested in Duluth On Charges of Using Facebook to Solicit Sex From Minor

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02/02/2017 - 9:30 AM

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - A couple from central Minnesota is charged with planning through Facebook to have sex with a 14-year-old Duluth girl.

Investigators say 32-year-old Kayla Marie Frank and 33-year-old Phillip James Adkins drove from Rice to Duluth to meet the girl.
Frank and Adkins are charged in St. Louis County with electronic solicitation of a child, a felony. The St. Cloud Times reports the couple made their first court appearances Tuesday.
According to the complaints, the pair was arrested Friday in west Duluth as they were checking into a hotel before a planned meeting with the girl. Police had learned of the Facebook activity between the girl and the couple and were waiting for them.
Frank remains in jail while Adkins has made bail. Both are due back in court Feb. 22.

Bobby Vee's Estate Disputed By His Children in Court Petition

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02/02/2017 - 9:00 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Two of Bobby Vee's four children have filed a court petition claiming their siblings are misusing money from the late pop singer's estate. 

Robby Velline and Jennifer Whittet Velline claim in the Stearns County District Court petition that their brothers, Tommy and Jeff Velline, have used money from the estate for their personal benefit and to support Rockhouse Productions. Rockhouse is a recording studio and production facility that is run by the brothers. It was established by Bobby and his wife, Karen, who is also deceased. 
The St. Cloud Times says Tommy and Jeff Velline have filed a counter petition that says their actions had the approval of their parents. 
Bobby Vee's star rose in the 1960s. He died in October of advanced Alzheimer's disease.

Tech High School Students Finish Habitat For Humanity House

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02/02/2017 - 11:30 AM

Construction of the first “Tiger Build” is complete and a dedication ceremony is scheduled for this weekend.

Executive Director of Central Minnesota’s Habitat for Humanity, Bruce Johnson says Tech High School juniors and seniors have been working side by side with CMHFH volunteers and construction students from St. Cloud Technical & Community College. Together they build the six-bedroom house for the Mohamed-Ahmed family.

The project began in September 2015 and the house will be purchased in April.

To celebrate the completion of the house, a Tiger Build Home Dedication will be held this Saturday at the building site located at 1834 Clearwater Road, beginning at noon. Anyone in the community is welcome to attend.

Clearview Elementary Set to Become Spanish Magnet School

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02/02/2017 - 10:15 AM

St. Cloud Area School District 742 has announced new programming for the fall of 2017.

Spokeswomab Tami DeLand says that Clearview Elementary is currently the home of the district's Spanish Immersion Program as well as traditional English classrooms. The new set of programming slated for the coming academic year will create a Spanish Magnet School.

A magnet school is a public school that has a focused theme and aligned curriculum around a subject like a foreign language. 

Clearview is hosting a Spanish Magnet Information Night at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, that is open to the public. 

Junior High Band Will Perform At SCSU

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02/01/2017 - 3:20 AM

School District 742 Junior High Honor Band is having its fifth annual concert on the St. Cloud State University campus. The free event will consist of 90 junior high students from schools around the area performing with SCSU staff members.

The annual concert will be held in the Ritsche Auditorium in Stewart hall beginning at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

If you are unable to attend this event, follow the link to watch a live webcast.

Latino Health Fair Welcomes Community Members Sunday

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02/01/2017 - 3:05 AM

 The eighth annual Latino Health Fair will be going on this Saturday to help connect Latino families and central Minnesota services.

The health fair offers a variety of complimentary services including: vision and hearing check-ups, stroke prevention evaluations and many other health-related aids.

St. Cloud State University Continuing Studies arranges the event every winter as a way to help Latino culture with health screenings. The Mexican consulate local and state agencies plan to be there throughout the day and will be in close contact with folks.

The fair will have refreshments and is free to the public.

The Latino Health Fair will be going on from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring.

UPDATE: Mother of Three Dead After Head-On Crash on Highway 23 Near Foley

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02/01/2017 - 11:15 AM

KVSC received updated information on Tuesday evening’s fatal crash. Alcohol was a factor in the accident on Highway 23, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Twenty-nine-year-old Kevin Couch of Milaca was headed west on Highway 23 near Foley just after 6 p.m. Alcohol was in his system when he crossed the center line and crashed head-on into an SUV, driven by 35-year-old Lindsay Cardinal.

She died in the crash and two of her three children were injured. The children’s ages are one, four and five.

Authorities say Couch and his passenger, 24-year-old Nicole Schmidt, had alcohol in their systems at the time of the crash. They are both at North Memorial Hospital with life threatening injuries.

Beat The Illness This Super Bowl Season

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01/31/2017 - 3:00 AM

It's the biggest weekend of the National Football League, and the United States Department of Agriculture has some advice for everyone going to a Super Bowl party this weekend. 

The USDA says to avoid the food "Danger Zone," a temperature range from 40-140 degrees. This is the prime temperature range for bacteria to grow. Don't serve your Super Bowl favorites, like chicken wings or pizza, for the entire party if they've been exposed to these temperatures for long time periods. Keep your foods out of the "Danger Zone" to limit the spread of illness. 

By keeping your cold foods cold and your hot foods hot, everyone can have a fun, exciting, and healthy night. 


ATV Crash In Sherburne County Leaves One Dead

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01/31/2017 - 3:00 AM

One man is dead after he rolled his ATV Saturday west of Princeton.

Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott says 33-year-old Jacob Draper was driving his ATV in a field near the intersection of 172nd Street and 319th Avenue.

Emergency personal responded to the scene shortly after 11 p.m. the accident is still under investigation.

SCSU Interim President Responds To Trump's Immigration Ban

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01/31/2017 - 11:00 AM

Minnesota’s State Colleges and Universities system has responded to recent restrictions imposed on immigration by President Donald Trump. News Director Korina Borash has more details in this AUDIO REPORT.

Learn more about the SCSU Center for International Studies and MNSCU Board of Trustees by visiting their websites.


Vehicles Fall Through ice on Great Northern Lake Near Cold Spring Saturday

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01/30/2017 - 1:00 AM

The Stearns County Sheriff's office released two reports of vehicles going through the ice over the weekend on Great Northern Lake, which is located near Cold Spring. The Sheriff's office was alerted at 3:35 p.m. on Saturday that an ATV crashed through the ice as well as a snowmobile that was reported about 4:15 p.m.

Forty-two-year old Bryce Eggert of Arlington was driving an ATV and carrying a passenger as they went through the ice. A homeowner witnessed the accident and helped both people to safety. The second accident involved 39-year old Travis Luepke who was on his snowmobile. His sled went through the ice a short time later. He is a family member of the two that went through earlier in the day and was looking for them. Everyone was able to make it out of the water.

The Stearns County Sheriff's office reminds everyone to be safe on the ice especially after the recent warm conditions.

City Council Will Discuss New Squad Cars Monday

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01/27/2017 - 1:00 AM

The St. Cloud City Council is holding a meeting Monday to discuss the purchasing of new squad cars.

The meeting agenda shows the council is set to approve the mayor and city clerk to purchase two 2017 Ford Police Interceptor unmarked squad cars. The cars will come from Nelson Auto Center in Fergus Falls.

Also during the meeting, the council will aim to set a public hearing for Pawn America next month. The Minnesota Department of Commerce will need to renew the currency exchange license. The shop is located at 2550 W. Division St.

The meeting kicks off Monday at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.

New Drone Will Help Stearns County Sheriff's Office

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01/27/2017 - 12:00 PM

In efforts to combat crime in the St. Cloud and surrounding areas, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office bought new equipment.

Sheriff John Sanner says an unmanned aerial vehicle was purchased, or commonly known as a drone.

The drone will be used to search for missing people and find suspects.

Wanted Man Arrested In Benton County

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01/26/2017 - 3:15 AM

A man wanted for burglary has been arrested. 

Benton County Sheriff Troy Heck says that deputies responded to a call from an alert citizen about a suspicious truck. A resident of Watab township reported seeing a white pickup had been parked and idling for about 90 minutes with someone inside.

Deputies ran a registration check and found that the owner of the truck was wanted by the Isanti County Sheriff's Office for burglary. They approached the driver, 28-year-old Brandon Opatz of Isanti, and arrested him for the burglary charges. 

Sheriff Troy Heck reminds the public that this story is a good example of how important it is to report suspicious activity so that everyone can be kept safe. 

Armed Robbery At Super America in St. Cloud

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01/26/2017 - 2:00 AM

A masked man robbed a St. Cloud gas station at gun point Wednesday night, and police are still looking for the suspect.

Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton says the robbery was reported at the Super America on 14th Ave. NE a little after 7 p.m. The robber entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. After receiving the cash the man left on foot heading west. No one was injured during the robbery.

Officers describe the suspect as a white man, approximately 6 ft. tall and 180 pounds. At the time of the robbery he was wearing a red jacket with a white stripe down the sleeves, a winter hat with ear flaps, sunglasses and a black bandanna covering his face.

Anyone with information on the robbery is encouraged to contact the St. Cloud Police Department at (320) 251-1200 or the Tri-County Crime Stoppers at (320) 255-1301.


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