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Waite Park City Council Meets Monday

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03/03/2017 - 11:40 AM

Tobacco and liquor licenses are on the Waite Park City Council agenda for Monday.

The agenda shows the council is set to approve licenses for Northern Tier Retail at four SuperAmerica locations.

Community Development Director John Noerenberg says the licenses are being renewed for new ownership to take over.

Tobacco licenses are set for approval at all locations, and a 3.2 malt liquor license will be approved for the SA at 1435 Division Street. The other locations are at: 29 3th St. NE, 107 28th Ave. S., 1013 2nd St. S.

The Waite Park City Council will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Upper Level Conference Room of City Hall.

Freeport Man Dies After Skid Loader Falls Through Ice

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03/02/2017 - 1:45 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Stearns County authorities say a Freeport man drowned when the skid loader he was driving broke through the ice on an abandoned manure pit on his farm.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says 46-year-old Duane Herzog was submerged for about 20 minutes Tuesday afternoon before rescuers were able to remove him from the machine and pulled him out of the water.

Herzog later died at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Car Crash Near Paynesville Sends One to Hospital

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03/02/2017 - 1:15 AM

Car Crash Near Paynesville Sends One to Hospital

A crash about five miles west of Paynesville resulted in non-life threatening injuries.

Sergeant Jesse Grabow says 33-year-old Jay Magney was west-bound on Highway 23 just before 7 a.m.  Thursday morning when he crossed the center line striking Bryan Aasen’s truck.

Magney’s airbag deployed and he is being treated at the Paynesville Hospital. Meanwhile, Aasen had no injuries.

The Salvation Army's Largest Food Drive Kicks Off in March

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03/02/2017 - 12:30 PM

March is Minnesota Food Share Month and all donations made to the Salvation Army’s food shelves this month will be matched.

Media Relations Director Jeffery DeMars says March has the largest food drive in the state that goes towards the Salvation Army. Anything donated to the food shelf will be proportionally matched thanks to Minnesota Food Share’s March Campaign.

DeMars says there are two main ways to donate. First you can make a monetary donation online these donations give food shelves more flexibility to buy perishable items like meat, dairy, and fresh produce. Or you can donate nonperishable food, paper products, or hygiene items in person at your nearest Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army Northern Division has been serving all 140 counties of both Minnesota and North Dakota since 1886. They have also created a video to show how your online donations will be spent.

Short Car Chase Through St. Cloud Ends with Crash

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03/02/2017 - 10:00 AM

A stolen car has been found and the suspect was arrested Wednesday morning.

St. Cloud Police Assistant Chief Jeff Oxton says an off-duty police officer saw a Porsche sedan that was reported stolen. On-duty officers went to the area and tried to stop the car just before 11 a.m. The driver of the vehicle refused to pull over and a short chase began. The speed of the chase stayed low, never going above the speed limit, but the driver refused to stop.

The chase ended when the squad car collided with the stolen vehicle.

The driver of the stolen sedan was identified as 35-year-old Bounkeng Sinthavong of St. cloud. He was arrested and taken to the Stearns County Jail for the alleged theft of vehicle and vehicle pursuit.

Man Jumps off Bridge onto I-94

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03/01/2017 - 12:00 PM

Traffic on Interstate-94 was disrupted Wednesday morning when a man jumped off a bridge in Avon.

The Minnesota State Patrol says a 53-year-old man parked his car on the Country Road 9 Bridge just before 8 a.m. He then got out of his car and jumped off the bridge onto the interstate. He was struck and killed by a semi going east bound on 94.

The incident is still under investigation KVSC will bring you more as the story develops.

Skid Loader Falls Through Ice

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03/01/2017 - 11:00 AM

Unusually warm temperatures this time of year means thinning ice, and another vehicle broke through Tuesday in Central Minnesota.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office says they responded when skid loader went through the ice just before 2 p.m. north of Albany. Duane Herzog, 46, was driving a bobcat at his farm, located at 23798 445th St. He broke through ice covering an abandoned manure pit.

Herzog was trapped in the skid loader as it fully submerged, but rescuers were able to break him out in time.

Upsala Rescue, Melrose Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter helped with the rescue.

Road Closure By The Paramount Theatre Begins Friday

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02/28/2017 - 9:45 AM

A road closure will be happening Friday morning in St. Cloud.

The City Engineer’s Office says the northbound lane of 9th/10th Avenue will be reduced to a single lane.

The closure will take place between 1st Street South and 1st Street North for an upcoming Paramount Theatre event.


Community Advocates Speak Out About Sex Trafficking

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02/28/2017 - 9:40 AM

Sex trafficking is a real issue in Central Minnesota, and community advocates have taken the time to speak out about it.

Stearns County has released a video on YouTube highlighting the problem. Local law enforcement and community officials, including County Attorney Janelle Kendall, talk about sex trafficking and how to stop it.

In the nearly 6-minute video, a survivor advocate gives insight about what happens to victims of sex trafficking. Waite Park Police Department Investigator Jason Thompson also talks about past cases in Little Falls, Paynesville and the St. Cloud and surrounding areas.

The video has information that may not be appropriate for young kids.

Minnesota's Budget Surplus Is Greater Than Expected

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02/28/2017 - 1:30 AM

The forecast is looking bright, but not just for the weather. The Minnesota budget is forecasted to have another surplus this year.

House Speaker Kurt Daudt says as lawmakers create the state’s next two-year budget, Minnesota is projected to have a $1.65 billion surplus. That’s $250 million more than the forecast last November.

Daudt is hopeful this surplus will lead to future growth, and tells us where he wants that extra money to go...


Devil's Kettle Water Flow Mystery Solved

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02/28/2017 - 10:40 AM

The Devil’s Kettle Waterfall mystery in Grand Marais, the waterfall famous for splitting into two steams and disappearing, has been solved.

Along Lake Superior's North Shore, the Brule River splits into many streams as it flows downhill. At one point half of the stream spills into a hole in the earth, which is the Devil's Kettle.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the water does not vanish, but instead renters the river downstream. 

Hydrologist Jeff Green says “The readings show no loss of water below the kettle, so it confirms the water is resurging in the stream below it.”

In the Fall, Green’s team will pour a fluorescent dye into the kettle to find out where it renters the stream. 

A field report and pictures can be found here from the DNR.

Photo of Devil's Kettle courtesy DNR.

School District 742 Graduation Rate Increases

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02/28/2017 - 10:00 AM

Graduation rates are increasing in St. Cloud Area School District 742 according to newly released data.

Director of Communications Tami DeLand says the Minnesota Department of Education released data Thursday about graduation and dropout rates in the state.

Tech and Apollo High Schools both exceeded the state average graduation rate of 82 percent, but a specific number was not given. Apollo increased its graduation rate from the previous year, and the district graduation rate is up from the previous four years.

Phone Scam Warning in Stearns County

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02/27/2017 - 11:30 AM

A new phone scam has affected several people in Stearns County.

Sheriff John Sanner says the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of a phone scam where people living in Stearns County are being called and told that their grandchild is in jail. The scammers say they are supervisors of the jail and that they need Walmart gift cards to bail the grandchild out.

Several victims have purchased $3,000 and $6,000 gift cards and given the gift card information to the suspects.

Stearns County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the public that jails do not operate in this way. Never provide financial information to anyone unfamiliar over the phone. Anyone that may be a victim to this scam should call the Sheriff’s Office and report it.

Local Brewery Will Celebrate Second Year

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02/24/2017 - 4:50 AM

A local brewery is celebrating their second anniversary this weekend with live music and appetizers!

Beaver Island Brewing Company invites folks to remember another revolution around the sun Saturday.

At the brewery, the get together will begin at 4 p.m. with live music. Appetizers from Green Mill will be served at 5 p.m.

The entire celebration will run from 4-10 p.m. Saturday at Beaver Island, located at 216 6th Avenue South in St. Cloud.

Four Car Crash on Division Street in St. Cloud

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02/24/2017 - 11:45 AM

Four vehicles were involved in an accident in St. Cloud Thursday afternoon.

St. Cloud Police Assistant Chief Jeff Oxton says three vehicles were stopped, one in front of the other, westbound on Division Street at the intersection of Highway 15.

A minivan was headed westbound on Division in the same lane, and did not stop for the other three vehicles. Just before 4:30 p.m., the minivan crashed into the first vehicle causing a chain reaction.

The people in the first car are identified as Jesse and Jessica Tallant of St. Cloud. They were taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the minivan was Jodie Vankempen of Evansville. She was cited for inattentive driving and driving after revocation.

The people in the other two vehicles were unharmed.

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