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Women on Wednesday Will Tackle DACA At St. Cloud State University

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02/20/2018 - 9:15 AM

St. Cloud State University’s Women on Wednesday speaker will talk about DACA this week.

Spokeswoman Anna Kurth says speaker Maria Elena Gutierrez will talk about the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy that protects immigrants from deportation. So far the policy has protected nearly 700,000 people.

Gutierrez will talk about what ending DACA will mean for people protected by the policy and what a possible solution could look like.

The Women on Wednesday presentation, sponsored by the Women's Center, will be on February, 21 at noon in the Atwood Theatre.

Dueling Pianos Dinner To Raise Money For Youth Businesses in Wright County

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02/20/2018 - 11:50 AM

Local students are putting on an event in Annandale next month, featuring music and a silent auction.

The Dueling Pianos Dinner will feature entertainment and catered dinner for attenders. The event is being put on by a class of area high school students focused on creating entrepreneurial opportunities.

The proceeds from the dinner will go into funds to support the students’ entrepreneurial endeavors including small businesses they are involved with.

The dinner will be held at Classic Hall in Annandale on Friday, March 16. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets can be bought in advance at


Police Are Searching For A Bank Robber In St. Cloud

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02/19/2018 - 11:00 AM

A man robbed a bank Friday afternoon in north St. Cloud and police are searching for him.

St. Cloud Police say at 2:40 p.m. officers went to U.S. Bank on 33rd Avenue north where a man slid a teller a note demanding money. The man never used a weapon and eventually walked out and got into his car.

  The man is described as a white male, an age of 20’s to 30’s and about 5’ 7” tall. He wore aviator sunglasses, a gray zip up jacket, a knit hat and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about the man involved is urged to call St. Cloud Police at 320-251-1200.


Officers Find Gas Can Outside Car Fire

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02/19/2018 - 10:45 AM

A car fire in south St. Cloud Friday morning has officers looking for answers.

St. Cloud Police say just before 4 a.m. a car was on fire in the 400 block of 4th Street southeast fully engulfed. The St. Cloud Fire Department was able to put out the fire. Police did find a gas can outside of the car.

Nobody was injured from the fire, the cause is still under investigation.

Midterm Exams Are Here, But Have No Fear

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02/15/2018 - 10:00 AM

Midterm exams are fast approaching and St. Cloud State University wants to prepare you.

The Academic Learning Center will be holding a day to help improve your test strategies and scores. The A-L-C can help develop a study plan to help you get a great grade and reduce your test anxieties.

The Study and Test Taking Strategy day will be Wednesday, February 21 at 12 p.m. in the Mississippi Room in Atwood.

Environmental Researchers Find Golden Eagle Near Camp Ripley

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02/14/2018 - 7:30 AM

A golden opportunity at Camp Ripley is giving more information about eagles and migration.

Minnesota National Guard says an environmental team caught a golden eagle last Thursday, being the second in three years. Researchers say they didn’t think golden eagles stayed in Minnesota during the winter. Volunteer wildlife technician Nate Wesenberg trapped the eagle ‘Victor,’ after monitoring it for 30 hours in -22 degree weather.

Victor has been fitted with a GPS tracker and was released last Friday. Researchers at Camp Ripley continue to learn more about the different species habitats, breeding and migration habits of animals in central Minnesota.

Two Killed, One Criticially Injured in Cold Spring Crash Wednesday

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02/14/2018 - 4:24 AM

Two people were killed and two others are hospitalized after a vehicle crash Wednesday morning, two miles north of Cold Spring.

Stearns County Sheriff Office reports that 30-year-old Cody Alan Randall and 24-year-old J.D. Delance Randall, both of Washington City, Utah died after being ejected from their vehicle in the crash that happened at 8 a.m.

The crash site is near County Road 2 and Island Lake Road. Sheriff's investigators learned the driver of the car heading south on the county road apparently lost control of the vehicle and slid sideways into the northbound lanes. That vehicle had the two crash victims inside, as well as a 15-year-old passenger, Katie Seegmiller, also from Utah.

After sliding into oncoming traffic they were hit by a car driven by 64-year-old Sandra Martha Hansen of Cold Spring.

Rescuers tried to save the crash victims, but they were pronounced dead at the scene. The teenage passenger was extricated from the vehicle and was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center where she is in critical condition.

Hansen is in stable condition at the St. Cloud Hospital. Seven law enforcement and rescue agencies responded to the crash, which is under still investigation.

St. Cloud Priest Arrested On Charges Of Sexual Misconduct

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02/14/2018 - 11:30 AM

St. Cloud Priest Arrested On Charges Of Sexual Misconduct

The investigation of a Catholic priest in the St. Cloud Diocese has led to an arrest.

Investigations Lieutenant Lori Ellering says that the priest, 51-year-old Anthony Oelrich of St. Cloud, has been arrested after accusations of a sexual assault from a victim who was seeking spiritual advice in 2013 and 2014. The priest was arrested after months of investigation on February 13.

Oelrich was taken to the Stearns County Jail and is being held pending charges of 3rd degree Criminal Sexual Conduct. He was serving at the Christ Newman Center, near the St. Cloud State University campus.

Clergy members are prohibited from sexual relationships under Minnesota statutes.

Parents Can Learn Better Ways To Teach Reading

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02/13/2018 - 4:00 AM

St. Cloud Area School District 742 is hosting an opportunity for parents to make reading fun.

Spokeswoman Tami DeLand says parents and kids aged one to five can go to Run and Read to learn about reading to young kids. Parents will get a free book for each child and will receive tips. There will be play time, story time and a snack.

The Run and Read will be at Colts Academy in Saint Joseph on Saturday, February 24 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Advanced Cyber Security Is Getting Locked Down At St. Cloud State University

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02/12/2018 - 12:30 PM

Quantum encryption classes will be integrated into some of St. Cloud State University's technology classes.  The cutting edge technology is a system that secures computers for inter-connectivity, and quantum encryption means computers are less susceptible to attacks by other powerful and fast computers.

The office of University Communications says that the university has earned nearly $230,000 in grant funding from the National Security Agency. Professor of Information Systems Mark Shmidt says that the focus on quantum encryption is based on their resistance by quantum computers.

The first courses will be offered this coming summer through online classes. Traditional classes will start the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.

Lack of educational expertise in the field is said to be why the program is uncommon.

Ever Want To Be On A Game Show? Come On SCSU

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02/12/2018 - 11:00 AM

“Come on down” and participate in the St. Cloud State University Natural Disaster and Global Relief Club event.

NDGRC Advisor Pat Bodelson says a game show based on “The Price is Right” will be held inside the Atwood Theatre to raise money for students studying abroad in Greece. Anyone who attends will have their name put into a hat and have an opportunity to play. There will be games, prizes and refreshments.

“The Price is Right” will be on Thursday, February 15 starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are $3 per person, all people are encouraged to attend.

Highway 23 Crash Reduction Project Next Phase Is Coming

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02/12/2018 - 11:00 AM

A group of companies and organizations are beginning the next phase to eliminate traffic deaths in Central Minnesota.

Spokesman Tom Nixon says local and state traffic safety partners worked together to try to limit traffic deaths and injuries on Highway 23 from Foley to Milaca. Since the start, injuries from crashes went down by 50 percent and there were no traffic related deaths.

The next stage of the effort is coming this month and will be announced at the Foley Fire Department on Thursday, February 22, from 6 to 7 p.m.  


Do You Have A Hidden Talent?

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02/12/2018 - 10:30 AM

St. Cloud State University students will have the opportunity to show off their skills.

University Program Board spokesman Prajay Pradhan says students on campus can showcase their talents by entering into ‘Huskies Got Talent.’ Students are encouraged to send in a 1-2 minute video featuring their talent to enter into the contest.

The deadline to enter is Tuesday, February 20. Submissions can be sent to The actual contest will be on Tuesday, February 27 in the Atwood Ballroom.

Fake Money Means More Problems, St. Cloud Police Can Help You Stop It

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02/09/2018 - 8:30 AM

The St. Cloud Police Department wants to help businesses and consumer identify counterfeit money.

Police say they will hold a community training session at the police department to help people identify counterfeit money. The session will help community members use different methods to identify the fake money.

No registration is required and seating is first come first serve for the first 80 people. Free parking will be provided at the police department public parking. The session will be on Thursday, February 15 starting at 7 p.m.

23-Year-Old Man Hospitalized After Shooting Incident

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02/09/2018 - 8:15 AM

A man is hospitalized from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

St. Cloud Police say at about 7:45 a.m. Thursday morning officers went to the 10 block of 5th Avenue South at an apartment, located above a business downtown. Inside was a 23-year-old man with a self-inflicted gunshot injury. The weapon was found and the man was taken to St. Cloud Hospital.

The man has not been identified and remains in critical condition.

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