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Driving Lanes Will Close In Downtown St. Cloud

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03/22/2017 - 11:00 AM

Drivers should be aware of lane closures happening in downtown St. Cloud this weekend.

The City Engineer’s Office says one block of 10th Avenue North, between St. Germain Street and 1st Street North, will be closed Sunday. The closure is so the city can prepare for an event at the Paramount Theartre.

Flags will direct traffic. The closure is scheduled from 4-5 p.m. Sunday.

First African American Woman Police Officer At SCPD Will Give A Presentation

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03/22/2017 - 10:30 AM

From a dreamer to an achiever- one St. Cloud State University alumna will share this message Wednesday on campus.

St. Cloud Police Officer Talisha Barlow will speak about her path becoming the first African American women police officer at the St. Cloud Police Department.

Barlow’s talk will be presented by the SCSU Women’s Center. The speech will take place Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in the North Glacier Room in the Atwood Memorial Center. This event is open to the public.

Soup And Music Can Be Enjoyed At Empty Bowls This Weekend

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03/21/2017 - 11:30 AM

Proceeds made at an Empty Bowls soup feed this weekend will benefit Place of Hope Ministries.

Empty Bowls says these international events are designed to create awareness of hunger around the world. It’s a project of a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Folks who attend this weekend will receive a handmade bowl to keep. Place of Hope says it’s a reminder that someone’s bowl is always empty.

The bowl can be used at three soup stations while enjoying bluegrass, gospel, piano and violin music. Craft vendors will also be set up, which is new this year.

Money raised at the Empty Bowls will help Place of Hope and Anne’s Meals Fund. Place of Hope is an outreach organization serving people affected by homelessness, poverty, drug and alcohol addiction, and other hardships. Anne’s Meal Funds provides more than 7,200 meals a month to people in need.

Empty Bowls takes place Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Calvary Community Church, located at 1200 Roosevelt Rd. in St. Cloud.  

Tickets are $10 for an individual and $30 for families with 2 adults and children. Kids under 5 eat free. The cost is $2 more at the door. Tickets are available at Place of Hope, located at 511 9th Ave. N. in St. Cloud. You can also purchase them at Calvary.

McKinley Recovery School In Waite Park Seeks Transportation And Funding

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03/21/2017 - 10:10 AM

WAITE PARK, Minn. (AP) - Leaders of a new Minnesota school that helps students struggling with alcohol abuse are asking lawmakers for funding.

The St. Cloud Times reports that seven students have been treated so far at the McKinley Recovery School, which is in its first year in Waite Park. It's one of only six so-called sober schools in Minnesota.

School leaders say that despite the program's infancy, it's proving effective.

McKinley Area Learning Center Principal Al Johnson testified before the Minnesota House Education Finance Committee last month to support funding for the recovery school.

Multiple proposed bills would fund recovery schools in fiscal years 2018 and 2019. A bill written by five legislators would provide funding and allow for some of the money to be used to transport students to the program.

Charges Likely Against Semi Driver That Struck Taxi in St. Cloud Saturday, Killing Two

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03/20/2017 - 9:00 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota State Patrol says charges are likely against a semi driver who struck a taxi at a St. Cloud intersection, killing two people.

The driver of the van operated by Elite Taxi and one of two passengers in the vehicle were killed Saturday when the semi rear-ended the cab which was waiting for a red light on Highway 10 and St. Germain Street. State Patrol Lieutenant Tiffani Nielson tells the Star Tribune there's no indication the taxi driver took any action to avoid the collision.

Killed in the crash were 66-year-old Thomas Findlay, of Sartell, the cab driver, and 22-year-old Emily LeTourneau, of Big Lake, a passenger. The other passenger, a 24-year-old woman from New Hope, was taken to St. Cloud Hospital where she's in serious condition.

T-Bone Crash on Clearwater Road Saturday

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03/20/2017 - 3:45 AM

Two vehicles were involved in a crash on Clearwater Road on Saturday night.

St. Cloud Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton says that a 16-year-old girl was driving a sedan on Sportsman’s Island Road, at 8:15 p.m. She went to turn left onto Clearwater Road, but failed to yield the right of way and collided with a car driven by 64-year-old Daniel Zika of International Falls.

The girl reported minor injuries but did not need medical attention. Zika said he had no apparent injuries but a passenger in his car, 64-year-old Sharon Zika of International Falls, was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The 16-year-old driver was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

Stearns County Court to Celebrate Law Day

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03/20/2017 - 3:15 AM

The Stearns County Courts will be celebrating Law Day in late April.

Minnesota Judicial Branch Communications Director Beau Berentson says Law Day will display the work of Minnesota courts as well as the work done by judges, lawyers, and law enforcement. Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea and Seventh Judicial District Chief Judge John H. Scherer will hold a special ceremony to kick off Law Day.

Other events will take place, such as a behind the scenes tour of the courthouse and meetings with local district court judges and justice system partners.

Law Day is free to the public and will be held Friday, April 28 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Stearns County Courthouse.

St. Cloud Man Reports Assault Saturday

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03/20/2017 - 11:30 AM

A St. Cloud man was attacked Saturday evening.

St. Cloud Police Assistant Chief Jeff Oxton says officers arrived to an apartment after a report of knife injuries. Investigation shows that a 24-year-old man was cut on the arm after being allegedly assaulted by 24-year-old Elizabeth Moua Lor. Moua Lor was also cut in the incident.

The two were taken to St. Cloud Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Lor has been moved from the hospital to the Stearns County Jail and is facing charges of second degree assault and domestic assault

Car Crash Saturday Sends One Man To Hospital

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03/20/2017 - 11:30 AM

A St. Cloud man has been hospitalized after crashing his car on Saturday afternoon.

St. Cloud Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton says that officers responded to a one-vehicle crash on Riverside Drive Southeast. When they arrived they found a car that had left the road and crashed into a tree. The driver was injured in the crash, but he was the only person in the car.

A witness saw the vehicle driving erratically at high speed. Investigation showed that the driver lost control of the vehicle, which caused him to leave the road and crash.

The driver, 29-year-old Mohammed Abdulla Murshed of St. Cloud, was taken to the hospital for treatment of his minor injuries.

Police say Murshed showed signs of intoxication at the scene. Officers got a search warrant to collect a blood sample from him to determine whether he was under the influence of alcohol. Charges relating to DUI and careless driving are pending toxicology results.

St. Cloud's Solar And Methane Recapture Projects Gains Attention

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03/19/2017 - 11:00 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - The city of St. Cloud has launched a project to use renewable energy to power its sprawling wastewater treatment plant.

Clean Energy Resource Teams government outreach coordinator Peter Lindstrom tells Minnesota Public Radio that other cities are paying attention to St. Cloud's cutting-edge methane recapture project. Solar panels generate electricity to keep the plant running when the sun is shining, while methane gas produced during the treatment process is captured and taken to produce more electricity.

In 2015, the city agreed to allow a private company to install solar panels on the roof of the wastewater treatment plan after officials were looking at ways to become more sustainable. St. Cloud public services director Patrick Shea says it's likely the city will be 80 percent renewable energy by next year.

Dan Coborn's Funeral Service Set For Monday in Sartell

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03/17/2017 - 3:00 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A longtime businessman, philanthropist and civic leader in St. Cloud has died at age 86. 

Dan Coborn was the former chairman, president and CEO of the Coborn's grocery chain. Coburn's grandfather founded a grocery store in Sauk Rapids, Minn. Dan and his three brothers grew the business to 120 stores in six states. 
 
Minnesota Grocers Association president Jaime Pfuhl tells the St. Cloud Times  that Coborn's support, participation and innovation in the industry is legendary. Pfuhl says Coborn had an incredible work ethic and passion for the grocery business. 
 
Coborn served on numerous boards and in civic organizations, including CentraCare Health and Friends of the College of Saint Benedict. 
 
A funeral service is scheduled at noon Monday at at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell. 
 

Nepal Night 2017 at St. Cloud State University

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03/16/2017 - 3:30 AM

St. Cloud State University is celebrating Nepalese culture this April.

Nepal Night is set for Saturday, April 8. The event will be held in Ritsche Auditorium and then in the Atwood Memorial Center on St. Cloud State’s campus. The cultural show is at 5 p.m. in Ritsche Auditorium followed by a dinner at 7 p.m. in the Atwood Ballroom.

The show will showcase the rich cultural diversity of Nepal through dances, songs and traditional attire and dinner will feature Nepalese cuisine.

Tickets are $8 for St. Cloud State students with an ID, $7 in advance. Non-students can pay $10 dollars at the door and children 5 years old and younger will get in for free. 

SCSU Hosts Regional History Day Saturday

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03/16/2017 - 2:45 AM

St. Cloud State University is hosting the Minnesota Historical Society’s Regional History Competition this Saturday.

There are more than 300 participating students in grades 6-12 who have made projects. All of their projects follow the 2017 theme “Taking a Stand in History,” and have gone on to create projects that range from Sister Kenny’s treatment of polio to Muhammad Ali’s opposition to the Vietnam War.

The competition starts at 9 a.m. in St. Cloud State’s Atwood Memorial Center. The award ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Regional winners will advance to State History Day in April and have a chance to go to National History Day in June.

National History Day is operated by the Minnesota Historical Society in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts program.

Stearns County Proposes Change to Subdivision Ordinance

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03/16/2017 - 2:30 AM

Getting an approval for a minor subdivision plot in Stearns County could get a little easier.

The Stearns County Commissioners say they will hold a public hearing next month to consider changing the current subdivision ordinance. Changes that might be made include allowing the Environmental Service Director to sign for plot changes rather than having the land owner wait for the monthly Board of Commissioners meeting. Also townships would be required to reduce or eliminate the number of meetings landowners would have to attend to get plot approval.

Any other suggested changes should be brought to the Stearns County Commissioner’s public hearing on April 18. Or you can mail in suggestions to Angie Berg at the Steans County Enviromental Services Department, Administration Center, Room 343, 705 Courthouse Square, St. Cloud MN 56303.

Click here to View the Proposed Ordinance 

DNR Burning Permit System to Go Offline

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03/16/2017 - 12:45 PM

The Department of Natural Resource’s burning permit system will not be available for part of this weekend.

The Minnesota DNR says starting at 5 p.m. Friday people will not be able to purchase a burning permit or activate current permits. The temporary shutdown is for routine maintenance.

The system is scheduled to be reactivated at noon on Saturday.

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