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Rocori Superintendent Allegedly Exposed Himself 16 Times In St. Cloud Area

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03/29/2018 - 10:15 AM

Rocori Superintendent Allegedly Exposed Himself 16 Times In St. Cloud Area

The Rocori Superintendent, who authorities say exposed himself at a Kwik Trip in Waite Park, has been accused of additional multiple exposures.

Waite Park Police Chief David Bentrud says after the March 18 incident, an investigation led authorities to believe Scott Stasksa exposed himself 16 different times. The incidents date back to November 17, 2017 and happened at multiple places.

Police say Staska exposed himself several times at four different Kwik Trip’s, two in Waite Park and two in St. Cloud. Staska also visited a Super America in Waite Park and two times at the Crossroads Mall at Rue 21 and Lids.

Waite Park and St. Cloud Attorney’s will coordinate prosecution of the 16 incidents, Staska’s court date hasn’t been determined yet.

Minneapolis Man Arrested In Waite Park For Suspected Drunk Driving

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03/29/2018 - 10:00 AM

A driver in Waite Park was arrested Wednesday night when an officer smelled alcohol.

Waite Park Police say at 9:30 p.m. an officer pulled over 33-year-old Abdiamar Ahmed Hassan of Minneapolis on 2nd Avenue South, who driving 46 in a 30 miles per hour zone. Once Hassan was stopped the officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol. A breath test was given to Hassan with a result of having a point-two-seven blood alcohol level.

Hassan was arrested and charged with 1st degree felony DWI, test refusal, driving after cancellation, gross misdemeanor, false name to a police officer and instructional permit violation and speed. He is currently being held in the Stearns County Jail.

SCSU Musicians Will Perform Several April Concerts

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03/28/2018 - 9:30 AM

St. Cloud State University musicians are prepping for upcoming April concerts.

University Spokeswoman Anna Kurth says four different concert dates will feature SCSU’s different choirs and orchestra all around the St. Cloud Area. A fifth concert will feature an Indian Sarawati veena player, Nirmala Rajasekar.

The first concert will be the Spring Choral Concert featuring the SCSU Men's Choir. The concert will be on Friday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Newman Center. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for children and seniors and free with an SCSU ID.

The SCSU Chamber Orchestra will follow the choral concert with guest pianist Zhang Qingyun. The orchestra concert will be on Friday, April 13 at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. 

Her Story, Her Song will be performed by the SCSU Women's Choir and the Cantabile Girls' Choir featuring music faculty and accompaniment. This Concert will be on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and free with an SCSU ID.

The Spring Choir Concert will feature SCSU's Concert Choir and Chamber Singers featuring a Minnesota composer. The concert will be on Saturday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at St. Augustine Church. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors and free with an SCSU ID.

The final April concert will be guest artist Nirmala Rajasekar, a world-renowned performer of music from southern India. This concert will be on Tuesday, April 24 at 5 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. This concert is free and open to the public.

Paynesville Man Officially Charged With Murdering Grandparents

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03/27/2018 - 9:25 AM

Paynesville Man Officially Charged With Murdering Grandparents

The Stearns County Prosecuter's Office has formally charged Gregory Allen Scheel from Paynesville.

The Stearns County Attorney’s Office says 33-year-old Scheel is charged with two counts of intentional murder in the second degree for the deaths of his grandparents 93-year-old Wilbert and 80-year-old Gloria Scheel. Gregory Scheel has bail set at $3,000,000 unconditional or $1,500,000 with conditions.

The prosecuter's complaint says Scheel bound Wilbert’s arms and legs and placed a plastic bag over his head. Gloria had an electrical cord wrapped around her neck and a lens of her glasses missing. Both grandparents were covered with a section of carpet. The car smelled of gasoline and portions of the inside of the car were charred.

Scheel’s next court hearing is set for April 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Stearns County Court.

Grandson Of Missing Paynesville Couple Charged With 2nd Degree Murder

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03/26/2018 - 9:15 AM

Grandson Of Missing Paynesville Couple Charged With 2nd Degree Murder

Authorities say an elderly Paynesville couple that died after being reported missing last week were murdered.

Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson says 93-year-old Wilbert Scheel and 80-year-old Gloria Scheel couldn’t be found last Thursday after missing a dinner appointment. After a multi-county effort the Scheel’s missing car was found on a rural road with two bodies inside. The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office has tentatively identified the death of Wilbert and Gloria a homicide.

Their grandson, 33-year-old Gregory Scheel, was also reported missing. After the Scheel’s bodies were discovered Kandiyohi County authorities found Gregory south of the car. He was taken to Kandiyohi County Jail on unrelated charges and interviewed.

On March 23, it was determined that probable cause existed to arrest Scheel with two counts of intentional 2nd degree murder. Scheel is currently being held in the Stearns County Jail.

Highway 10 Construction Plan in Big Lake and Clear Lake Reviewed In April Meeting

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03/26/2018 - 11:20 AM

Anyone who travels Highway 10 from Big Lake to Clear Lake is encouraged to come to an open house to learn more about an upcoming 2018 construction project.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the construction project will improve Highway 10 beginning in May and ending in October. The project will better driving conditions, enhance traffic flow at the Highway 10 and County Road 23 intersection, improve drainage along the corridor and enhance pedestrian access.

The open house event will be on Wednesday, April 18 from 4-7 p.m. at the Becker Community Center.

Student Disability Services Name Changed To Better Meet Student Needs

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03/26/2018 - 10:00 AM

St. Cloud State University Student Disability Services is being renamed to something more appropriate.

Director Andria Belisle says the change to Student Accessibility Services to disability focuses less on the student’s disability, and more on how to provide equal educational opportunities.

The name change will start to show up around campus and will be fully implemented in the coming months.

Rocori Superintendent Arrested for Allegedly Exposing Himself To Kwik Trip Employees

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03/22/2018 - 9:40 AM

Rocori Superintendent Arrested for Allegedly Exposing Himself To Kwik Trip Employees

The superintendent of the Rocori school district was arrested Sunday after allegedly exposing himself to employees at a Kwik Trip convenience store.

Waite Park police say 56-year-old Scott Staska of Cold Spring went to the Kwik Trip at Great Oak Drive at night and exposed himself to the employees. The police investigation revealed Staska has done this four times before at the same Kwik Trip, going back to early December 2017.

Staska was taken to the Stearns County Jail on misdemeanor charges of indecent exposure. The investigation into Staska’s previous exposures is ongoing. Police say there are no public safety concerns.

Foley Police Looking For Burglar Who Stole Tools From Koch's Hardware

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03/22/2018 - 9:05 AM

Foley Police are searching for a person who stole several different power tools Sunday night.

Foley Police Chief Katie McMillin says Koch’s Foley Hardware Store was burglarized, with the suspect taking several DeWalt power tools, Milwaukee power tools, Stihl chainsaws and a Stihl backpack blower were taken.

Police have no further information on the suspect and the investigation is ongoing.

Clearwater and Clear Lake Residents Can Attend MnDOT Construction Open House

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03/22/2018 - 9:00 AM

Residents near Clearwater and Clear Lake are invited to attend an informal forum about a new road construction project.

Minnesota Department of Transportation spokesman J.P. Gillach says people will be able to learn more about how Highway 24 will be resurfaced between 179th Street and Highway 10 in Clear Lake, replace sidewalk along Highway 24 and Main Street, upgrade signal systems in Clearwater and repair sidewalks in Clear Lake.

The public open house will be on Wednesday, April 4 from 4-7 p.m. at the Lions Park Pavilion in Clearwater. Everyone is encouraged to attend to learn more.

Former Prison Inmate Will Speak About Prison Reform at SCSU

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03/22/2018 - 10:10 AM

Former Prison Inmate Will Speak About Prison Reform at SCSU

A former inmate will speak at St. Cloud State University in early April about prison reform.

University spokesman Adam Hammer says Elizer Darris was convicted of second-degree murder in 1999 and now uses public speaking to educate people. Darris was sentenced at 15-years-old and since has earned an associate degree from Inver Hill Community College and an entry-level information technology certification.

Darris made his transition from violent offender to productive prisoner after taking a democratic citizenship class offered by SCSU sociology professor Elizabeth Scheel-Keita.

Darris will speak on Wednesday, April 4 at 1:30 p.m. in the Atwood Theatre.

Boy Concussed After Falling Onto MAC Ice Rink

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03/20/2018 - 11:45 AM

Safety checks are being done at the St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex after a young boy fell onto the ice rink at Dave Torrey Arena last weekend.

MAC Operations Director Todd Bissett says the six-year-old boy fell from a height of five feet, after getting past the guard rail and pushing through the plexiglass barrier.

Bissett says the boy may have had a concussion, and an ambulance was called. MAC Staff did not see the accident happen.

Man Falls Asleep At Wheel On Interstate 94 Near Albany

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03/20/2018 - 11:30 AM

A driver fell asleep at the wheel Sunday night near Albany causing an accident on Interstate 94.

Minnesota State Patrol Sergeant Jesse Gabrow says just before 4 p.m. 66-year-old Gary Rockswold of Vining was driving west on I-94 when he fell asleep at the wheel and hit 72-year-old James Beutz of Freeport.

Rockswold and his wife Wendy were taken to St. Cloud Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Tree Removal Will Start For The Avon Noise Barrier

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03/19/2018 - 9:45 AM

Drivers on Interstate 94 should expect some slowdowns starting this week.

Minnesota Department of Transportation spokesman J.P. Gillach says tree removal will begin near Avon for the 3,400 foot long noise barrier.Drivers can expect heavy equipment and occasional slow traffic.

The tree removal will start Monday, March 19 and take about five days to complete.

High School Basketball Game At SCSU Ends In Fight

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03/19/2018 - 9:35 AM

A Friday night fight to win a basketball game ended in a real fight between parents and players.

St. Cloud Police say just before 10 p.m. a large fight broke out after a high school basketball game between Minneapolis North and Brooklyn Center High Schools. The fight happened immediately after the game.

There were no assaults, weapons, or injuries at the fight. Officers moved the crowd and escorted them to their buses and cars with no arrests.

The fight is under investigation as police and the Minnesota State High School League review the case.

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