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Town Hall with Rep. Tom Emmer Draws Large Crowd

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02/23/2017 - 9:30 AM

SARTELL, Minn. (AP) - Sixth District Congressman's Tom Emmer's town hall went on as planned after the congressman said he would shut down the event if protests or unruly attendees disrupted the conversation.

Attendees Wednesday night pressed Emmer about a number of issues stemming from President Donald Trump's first month in office. The Minnesota residents' questions were centered around health care, immigration and education. The event filled up minutes after police opened the doors at Sartell's City Hall. The crowd was mostly subdued compared to those at other town halls across the nation, though Emmer and the group visibly sparred at times.

Emmer drew vocal criticism when speaking about reforming the Affordable Care Act and Trump's immigration order. Multiple attendees say they were frustrated when they felt that Emmer was dodging audience members' questions.

Barn Fire East Of Freeport Is a Total Loss

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02/23/2017 - 11:00 AM

A barn was destroyed in a fire Wednesday night near Freeport.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says the Freeport Fire Department and Melrose ambulance assisted deputies in responding to the  fire on a property located in Oak Township, about two miles east of Freeport at just after 11 p.m.

The homeowner noticed the fire when she got home and worked with the fire department put out the flames. The barn was a total loss and 16 calves and 2 goats died in the fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Winter Institute Takes Place This Week In St. Cloud

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02/22/2017 - 12:00 PM

Economic education is a celebration at St. Cloud State University this week.

Thursday marks the kick off of the 55th year of the Winter Institute. This is an annual signature event for the Center for Economic Education, the Economics Department and the School for Public Affairs.

The two-day celebration will feature regional business leaders to deliver speeches on economics and influence.

Students who attend the Winter Institute will gain more insight on national, state and regional economic trends.

The event will take place Thursday in the 912 Regency Plaza in downtown St. Cloud and Friday in SCSU’s Atwood Memorial Center

After a Week in the 50's Snow is Back in St. Cloud's Forecast

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02/22/2017 - 10:45 AM

After a Week in the 50's Snow is Back in St. Cloud's Forecast

Since Friday St. Cloud has set four record high temperatures, but Tuesday may have been the end of this 60-degree weather.

St. Cloud State University Professor of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences, Bob Weisman, says February is about to strike back this weekend. And if you have gotten use to this April like weather, you may need to break out your winter jacket once again. Temperatures are expected to drop into the 20’s and snow has made reappearance in the forecast.

Weisman says the U.S. forecast model predicts the oncoming snow storm will pass to the south of St. Cloud, only dropping two to four inches in central Minnesota between early Friday and through the weekend, but southern Minnesota cities like Marshall and Mankato could get up to a foot of snow.

Rep. Tom Emmer To Hold Town Hall Meeting in Sartell

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02/22/2017 - 10:00 AM

Rep. Tom Emmer To Hold Town Hall Meeting in Sartell

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - U.S Rep. Tom Emmer is heading to his Minnesota district for his first town hall meeting with constituents since President Donald Trump took office.

Emmer hosts the meeting Wednesday evening in Sartell. His chief of staff, David FitzSimmons, released a statement in advance calling for a "productive and healthy" conversation.

Some town halls held in recent days by congressional Republicans around the country have been very harsh and loud, with strong criticism of plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and of Trump's executive order on immigration.

Emmer is the first of his Minnesota GOP colleagues to hold an in-person town hall. He was an early and vocal supporter of Trump during the campaign.

Camp Ripley Hosts Training With Norwegian Home Guard

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02/21/2017 - 9:20 AM

Last weekend, Camp Ripley was host to training exercises for members of the National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard.

The Minnesota National Guard took part in joint, inter-agency exercises with soldiers of the Ready Action Force from the Norwegian Home Guard. It was part of the 2017 U.S.-Norway Reciprocal Troop Exchange.

The event was designed to reinforce positive working relationships between allied services.

At Camp Ripley, the training showed Norwegian Soldiers the capabilities of cooperation between civilian agencies and the National Guard.

UPS Drivers Recognized In St. Cloud

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02/21/2017 - 11:10 AM

Three UPS drivers from St. Cloud will be honored among 24 elite drivers from Minnesota who have gone more than 25 years with no accidents.

Gregg Schelppenbach, Robert Schnettler and David Weber have been delivering packages safely for UPS. The three men are native to the St. Cloud and surrounding areas.

Minnesota has 157 drivers who claim a safe driving record, with a combined total of 4,525 years of no accidents. UPS adds it first driver handbook was given in 1917.

Minnesota House Passes Sunday Liquor Sales

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02/21/2017 - 10:30 AM

On Monday, legislation was passed by the Minnesota House for sales of liquor, beer and wine on Sundays.

Deputy Director of Public Affairs Andrew Wagner says the bipartisan vote came down to an 85 to 45 vote. It’s now moving to the state senate for consideration.

Representative Jenifer Loon has pushed the bill for many years. This year, she is the chief author of the bill.

Wagner reports in 2013 the House voted "yes" only 21 times, with every year passing gaining more support of the Sunday sales.

House Speaker Kurt Daudt added “This historic vote brings us one step closer to giving Minnesotans the freedom to buy their favorite beer or wine on any day of the week…”

St. Cloud Man Arrested After Fleeing Car Crash, Alcohol May Be Involved

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02/21/2017 - 10:10 AM

A St. Cloud man was arrested Sunday morning after running from a car accident near Lake George.

St. Cloud Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton says officers responded to an accident just after 7:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of 7th Street South. A small sedan lost control and hit a tree and telephone pole.

The passenger, Paris Samuel Morman, was hurt in the crash and taken to the St. Cloud Hospital.

A witness told officers the driver fled the scene and was running toward Lake George. Officers found the driver and took him to Stearns County Jail. He is identified as 23-year-old Jacob Nhial Elijah.

Elijah refused to give a blood sample to determine his level of intoxication, so officers got a search warrant. Results of the blood draw haven’t been released.

Investigators believe Elijah took the car from people he was visiting without them knowing.

He is facing charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, criminal vehicular operation due to the injured passenger, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving after revocation.

Hockey Olympian Anne Schleper Announces Her Retirement

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02/16/2017 - 9:30 AM

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Olympic defender and St. Cloud native Anne Schleper retired from the U.S. women's national hockey team program Wednesday. The 27-year-old Schleper earned a silver medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and helped the United States win world titles in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Schleper said in a statement that she will forever cherish the dreams she accomplished with her teammates and the amazing journey they took together. She is very proud to have been a part of Team USA and representing something greater than ourselves at all times. She expressed her than to her family, friends, everyone at USA Hockey, and those who supported her during the past 11 years.

The former University of Minnesota star had six goals and 18 assists in 68 games for Team USA.

Speaking for Ourselves Presentation at SCSU

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02/16/2017 - 2:30 AM

For some health, education, equality, and criminal justice can create many different kinds of experiences for new citizens in Minnesota.

St. Cloud State University is hosting Nicole Rogers who will be speaking about the experiences of immigrants and refugees in the Twin Cities Community.

Nicole Rogers is a Senior Research Manager at Wilder Research, who has worked with over 450 members of different cultural communities to understand and improve lives of Immigrants and Refugees. 

The feature will be in the Atwood Memorial Center's theatre on Thursday, March 2nd  from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

1st/2nd Street North To Be Closed For Repairs

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02/15/2017 - 11:15 AM

Drivers should be aware streets north of downtown St. Cloud will be periodically closed for surface repairs later this week.

The City Engineers Office says 1st Street North, which turns into 2nd Street North, will be closed one lane at a time going in each direction. The closures are starting Thursday at 9 a.m. from 10th avenue North to Veterans Bridge.

Roads will re-open Friday evening.

St. Cloud Woman Fatally Shot In the Cities Over the Weekend

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02/15/2017 - 10:00 AM

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say a St. Cloud woman was fatally shot in a Brooklyn Center hotel over the weekend.

The Hennepin County medical examiner's office on Tuesday identified the victim as 18-year-old Allie Marie Campbell. The medical examiner says she died of a gunshot wound, and the manner of death is pending an investigation.

Campbell was fatally shot Saturday night at the Quality Inn and six adults were arrested.

Police Comander Richard Gabler says that five of the six have been released from jail while the investigation continues. Gabler says all six remains suspects in the shooting death.

The 20-year-old man remaining in jail is being held in an assault case. Authorities have not released a motive.

Danny Heinrich Will Not Have To Pay Restitution To Victims

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02/14/2017 - 4:00 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The man who admitted last year that he abducted and killed Jacob Wetterling in 1989 will not have to pay restitution to his victims.

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Danny Heinrich won't pay restitution, after the government told the court that no restitution was owed. Heinrich is serving 20 years in federal prison for child pornography. As part of a plea deal on that count, he confessed to kidnapping, molesting and killing 11-year-old Jacob, though he was not charged in the boy's murder.

He led authorities to Jacob's remains in central Minnesota last fall, ending a mystery that haunted the state for nearly three decades.

Jacob's abduction gained national attention and led to changes in sex offender registry laws.

Photo Contest Will Show Why People Love Sartell

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02/14/2017 - 11:20 AM

Show folks why you love the City of Sartell by entering the #lovesartell photo contest.

Sartell City Hall says the photo contest gives community members a chance to share why they love living in or near Sartell.

Up to 5 photos can be submitted per person or address. All entries will be judged by lighting, uniqueness, overall impact of emotion and, of course, Sartell pride.

The contest began Tuesday and runs through April 18. Ten finalists will be announced May 7, and community voting will open online to pick a grand prize winner.

The winner will get a prize basket valued around $250. They will be announced at the Sartell Summerfest in June.

Photos can be submitted online through the city’s website

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