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Driver Flees Accident Friday Morning Near St. Joseph Restaurant

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02/10/2017 - 12:50 PM

Two people were hospitalized after a crash Friday morning.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says 31-year-old Sadie Stommes of Avon was driving east on County Road 75. She was turning north onto County Road 134 just before 7 a.m. when she was hit by another driver.

Lawanza Montgomery, 22, of St. Paul was driving his jeep west when he struck Stommes’ car. Then, he ran on foot from the accident.

St. Joseph Police found Montgomery near the American Burger Bar in St. Joseph.

Both drivers were taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by ambulance.

Deputies are now investigating the cause of the crash.

Former St. Cloud State Provost Selected as Interim Minnesota State Chancellor

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02/09/2017 - 2:00 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The board of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has selected former St. Cloud State provost to become interim chancellor after rejecting three finalists.

Despite an extensive search, system chair Michael Vekich said Thursday he didn't believe the board found the right candidate among the finalists to be the system's next chancellor.

Instead, the board unanimously chose former St. Cloud State provost Devinder Malhotra to serve as interim chancellor until a permanent one is found. Malhotra also once served as interim president of Metropolitan State University.

Chancellor Steven Rosenstone plans to retire at the end of July. The system has about 400,000 students at Minnesota's two-year colleges and regional universities.

Record Number Of Conceal And Carry Applications Requires A New Position in Stearns County

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02/09/2017 - 2:00 AM

A new position has been created in the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office after a record number of applications for conceal and carry permits were filed last year.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Bruce Bechtold says in 2016 Stearns County processed 3,335 permits. That is more than 1,300 more permits than in 2015. With the overwhelming number of conceal and carry applications the sheriff’s office received approval to hire an extra office specialist from the county board. This new position will have the sole responsibility of processing handgun permits.

Every application has a $100 processing fee that will be used to cover the cost of the new full-time employee.

Highway 24 In Clear Lake To Close Next Wednesday

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02/09/2017 - 2:00 AM

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says Highway 24 will have a detour in Clear Lake. The highway will be closed from Highway 10 to State Street starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15th due to repairs needed on the railroad crossing.

Highway 24 is scheduled to open all lanes at 3:30 p.m. on the same day. All local businesses will be accessible during the remainder of the closure.

Developer Donating Lot Where Wetterling Killer Lived to City of Annadale

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02/08/2017 - 9:00 AM

ANNANDALE, Minn. (AP) - A real estate developer who demolished the Minnesota home of the man who killed Jacob Wettlerling in 1989 says he is giving the vacant lot to the city of Annandale.

Developer Tim Thone said Tuesday the city has agreed not to develop the quarter-acre lot for at least a decade. He stipulated that any proceeds from the sale of the land be donated to the Annandale Police Department.
 
In December, Thone bought Danny Heinrich's former home in Annandale, about 50 miles northwest of Minneapolis, so he could destroy it. Last year, Heinrich admitted to kidnapping, sexually assaulting and killing the 11-year-old boy and was sentenced to 20 years in prison for child pornography.
 
Thone tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press he hopes donating the land will help the Wetterling family deal with the crime.
 

Immigration Discussion Will Take Place Next Month At SCSU

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02/08/2017 - 1:30 AM

The Atwood Theatre will be hosting Virgil Wiebe, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, to talk about recent political topics.

Wiebe will be highlighting issues of immigration under President Trump. He will demonstrate how immigration law in Minnesota works by using different legal statuses in an imaginary setting.

The demonstration will be starting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 in the Atwood Memorial Center at St. Cloud State University.

Showing Of The Fits Will Take Place At SCSU

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02/08/2017 - 1:00 AM

The School of Arts will be featuring Anna Holmer's film "The Fits" next week.

Before the screening, Holmer is hosting a master class from 4-6 p.m. in room 101 of the Performing Arts Center at St. Cloud State University. Then, following the screening there will be a Q&A to discuss the film's plot and creative direction.

The film recently made its American debut at the Sundance Film Festival, which is the largest independent film festival in the United States. "The Fits" has been called "mesmerizing" by Vanity Fair.

The screening will be held at the Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Check out the film's trailer on YouTube

Gov. Mark Dayton Shares Surgery Plans On Facebook

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02/07/2017 - 9:30 AM

After being diagnosed with prostate cancer, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has been scheduled for surgery in attempts to remove all of the cancer.

The governor posted Tuesday morning on his Facebook page about his treatment decision.

He says, “Thankfully, tests last week showed no signs that the cancer has spread beyond the prostate, which greatly improves my chances of survival.”

Deputy Chief of Staff Linden Zakula says surgery is scheduled for 7 a.m. at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester on March 2. Dayton will be under general anesthesia for about 2 hours, and will spend one night in the hospital.

During the recovery, he plans to be in contact with Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and his senior staff. He expects to be back to a regular schedule by the following Monday, March 6.

Dayton adds about those who have shown support, “You have lifted my spirits and given me both hope and resolve. I am deeply grateful to you.” 

 

DNR Issues Restrictions On Burning

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02/07/2017 - 10:50 AM

The Department of Natural Resources is placing restrictions on burning in certain counties in Minnesota.

Minimal snow cover in areas of the state is causing burning permits requirements in Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, and other counties.

The DNR is advising people to dispose of leaves and twigs by compost to reduce the chances of wildfires.

For a map of counties with fire danger click here.

70-Year-Old Man Dies In Crash In Foley

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02/07/2017 - 10:00 AM

The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a fatal crash on Highway 23 in Foley.

The crash took place on Highway 23 and 8th Ave. Monday just before 2 p.m.

An eastbound Buick crossed the centerline and crashed head-on into a Kia headed the opposite direction.

The driver of the Buick, 70-year-old Rocke Thomas Rowland of Milaca, died in the crash. Terry Allen Vedder, 62, in the Kia, sustained life-threatening injuries. He was airlifted to the St. Cloud Hospital to receive treatment.

 

St. Cloud Man With Six Prior DWI's Arrested Saturday

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02/06/2017 - 11:30 AM

A St. Cloud man with six prior arrests for driving while intoxicated was arrested Saturday night.

St. Cloud Police stopped 43-year-old John Wesley Jenkins in north St. Cloud just before 10 p.m. because his car had an equipment violation. Officers say he showed signs of alcohol consumption and failed the on-scene sobriety testing.

He was arrested and refused to take a DWI test at the Stearns County Jail. Two of Jenkins' six prior DWI's were felony level. 

His license was cancelled and he is being held for court pending multiple charges. 

Truck Goes Through Ice on Lake Koronis

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02/06/2017 - 11:00 AM

A truck fell through the ice on Lake Koronis near Paynesville. 

Stearns County Sherrif John Sanner says 39-year-old Anousone Keobounpheng was driving a Chevrolet pickup on the ice shortly after midnight Sunday when he got lost on the lake. He saw open water in front of him and could not stop. The truck went into the lake and was partly submerged. 

Anousone made it out of the truck and found help from some other nearby ice fishers. He was not hurt in the accident. 

St. Cloud School District 742 Offers Kindergarten Enrollment Nights

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02/03/2017 - 11:30 AM

St. Cloud School District 742 is currently enrolling children for kindergarten. 

Six different schools will be holding Enrollment Nights throughout this month. These nights are a chance to go and enroll your child for the coming academic year if the child will be 5 years old be September 1. 

These are the dates and times for each school. 

Thursday, Feb. 9: Discovery Elementary, 5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 16: Westwood Elementary, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 21: Oak Hill Elementary, 3:30 p.m

Thursday, Feb. 23: Lincoln, Talahi, and Madison Elementary, 5, 6, and 6 p.m., respectively. 

If any families aren't able to make it to these events, they can contact their school and set up a meeting or tour. 

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.
 
 

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