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Community Members Share Their Frustration at “Health Care Cost Listening Tour”

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07/11/2018 - 11:00 AM

Community Members Share Their Frustration at “Health Care Cost Listening Tour”

Senator Tina Smith’s “Health Care Cost Listening Tour” Kicked off Tuesday here in St. Cloud. More than twenty people from the community came out to make their voices heard. The crowd ranged from local doctors, to pharmacists, to nurses, healthcare management directors and people who utilize the healthcare system.

News Director spencer Schacht attended yesterday’s meeting to hear what people had to say

The “Health Care Cost Listening Tour” will continue across the state making stops in, Mankato, Moorhead, Crookston, Rochester, and many more. 

Central Minnesota Issued Heat Advisory For Afternoon Heat and Severe Storms

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07/11/2018 - 11:00 AM

Central Minnesota Issued Heat Advisory For Afternoon Heat and Severe Storms

Central Minnesota is expected to reach dangerous levels of heat today.

St. Cloud meteorology professor Bob Weisman says that a heat advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service. Afternoon temperatures in both central and southern Minnesota will reach low to mid 90's and humidity levels of above 70%. This combination means heat index levels will be between 100 and 110 degrees.

Central Minnesota is also expected to receive storms from the north. These storms could be severe and could include large hail, heavy rainfall, and straight-line winds. The storms aren't expected to arrive in the St. Cloud area until the early-morning hours tomorrow.

The heat advisory will be in progress from 1-8 p.m Wednesday. Outdoor activities are dangerous in this weather, and children and seniors should be left indoors.

 

Public Asked To Help In Disappearance of Sauk Rapids Farm Equipment

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07/11/2018 - 10:30 AM

Public Asked To Help In Disappearance of Sauk Rapids Farm Equipment

Authorities are asking the public's help in finding a stolen manure spreader.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office says that they responded to a theft complaint from Arnold's of St. Cloud at 2995 Quail Road Northeast in Sauk Rapids.

An investigation found that the equipment was taken between July 3rd and 7th. The 2012 New Holland brand manure spreader is red with two different colored wheels.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Benton County Sheriff's Office at (320) 986-7201 or the Tri-County Crime Stoppers at (800) 255-1301.

 

UPDATE: Head-on Collision in Waite Park Kills Two

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07/10/2018 - 4:00 AM

 

Two people have died in Waite Park after a driver was going the wrong way down Division Street Monday.

The Waite Park Police Department says 28-year-old Charlie Barnett of St. Cloud was driving west in the east bound lane around 7 p.m. when he crashed head-on near the intersection of 4th Ave South.  

The crash killed both passengers of the victim vehicle. 61-year-old Richard Tomlinson of Grantsburg Wisconsin Died at the scene and 77-year-old Roger Nelson of Clearwater later died in at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Barnett is facing charges of Criminal Vehicular Operation, Reckless Driving, and other charges are still possible as the investigation continues.

 

Sen. Tina Smith Kicks off

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07/10/2018 - 11:30 AM

Sen. Tina Smith Kicks off

Senator Tina Smith’s (D-Minn.) staff will be in St. Cloud Tuesday to talk about the local impact of rising health care costs.

This visit is a part of Sen. Smith’s “Health Care Cost Listening Tour” She wants to hear from family members, health experts, and care providers to see how she can try to make health care more affordable and accessible for Minnesotans.

The community discussion will start at 5 pm on Tuesday at the Whitney Senior Center.

Two People Have Died After Several Motorcycles Crash Into Car

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07/09/2018 - 8:30 AM

Two people have died after a large crash in Roseville Township Saturday afternoon.

Minnesota State Patrol Sergeant Jesse Grabow says that 21-year-old Christina Knutson was driving west on Highway 23 when she made a left turn in front of a group of motorcycles. Two of the motorcycles struck the car and the third laid into the roadway to avoid the crash.

42-year-old James Young and 44-year-old Michelle Young of St. Cloud were pronounced dead after hitting the car. The father of Young, 61-year-old James Young of Sauk Rapids was taken to Paynesville hospital for his injuries.

Detours For Highway 55 Closure

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07/09/2018 - 10:45 AM

A detour will direct drivers for up to 20 miles after a central Minnesota highway closed Monday.

The Central Minnesota Department of Transportation says that the detour has been set up after Highway 55 closed between Division Street in Buffalo and the Autumn Oaks and Electric Drive intersection in Rockford. All businesses along this 20-mile stretch will remain open and accessible. 

The detour will take drivers along  County Road 92/Dogwood Street to County Road 11. From there, drivers can take County Road 139/County Line Road, Highway 12, and Highway 25. The path adds about almost 14 miles to the trip.

Highway 55 closed around 7 a.m. Monday, and will re-open by August 31.

 

Drivers in East St. Cloud Should Expect Delays

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07/06/2018 - 11:00 AM

A long term road closure is set to start this weekend in St. Cloud.

The City Engineering office says East St. Germain Street from Lincoln Avenue to 10th Ave NE will be reduced to one lane. This road work will also affect the Highway 10 frontage road entrance as well.

The road work will start this Sunday and will last until mid-September.

Sartell is Asking for Your Opinions about Creekview Park

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07/05/2018 - 11:00 AM

The City of Sartell is looking for your input about a local park.

The Sartell City Planners Office released a survey Thursday morning asking for community input about Creekview Park. The Survey helps the city plan for future improvements and is open to the public until July 17. Then the Parks Commission will review the survey findings before a community conversation on Tuesday July 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Creekview Park.

Sartell City Hall will serve as a back up location for the conversation in the case of bad weather.

Fatal Crash Near Sauk Centre

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07/05/2018 - 10:30 AM

One man is dead after his car veered off the road north of Sauk Centre Tuesday.

The Minnesota State Patrol say 72-year-old Allen Pagel was driving south on Highway 71 just before 9 p.m. when his car went off the road and struck several trees. He was taken to the St. Cloud hospital where he later died.

Pagel was wearing a seatbelt and alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

Tom Decker Homicide File Released 6 Years After He Was Killed

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07/03/2018 - 12:30 PM

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Stearns County Sherriff’s office released the Tom Decker Homicide file after closing the case in April. KVSC News Director Spencer Schacht has gone through the new information and has outlined the investigation.

Robbery At Mr. Jim's In Foley Under Investigation

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07/03/2018 - 10:30 AM

Police are asking for your help as they investigate a robbery of a Foley restaurant.

The Foley Police Department says that officers learned of the robbery just after 10 a.m. Friday.The robbery took place at Mr. Jim's Food and Liquor just off Highway 23.

Police are not sure how many people were involved but they did discover the burglars entered through a hole in the side of the building. The inside looked like it had been tampered with and an undisclosed amount of money was taken.

The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information related to the robbery can call the Foley Police Department at (320) 968-0800 or the Benton County Dispatch Center at (320) 968-7201.

 

Alcohol-Related Crash On Highway 10 Leads To Death Of A Woman

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07/02/2018 - 9:00 AM

A woman was killed after driving her car the wrong way Friday night.

The Minnesota State Patrol says 31-year-old Brittany Ranck of Avon was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of Highway 10 in Clear Lake. While driving the wrong way, she collided with a pickup truck driven by 27-year-old Dustin Gilyard of St. Cloud. Alcohol was found to be involved in the crash.

Ranck died in the crash, and Gilyard was taken to St. Cloud Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Driver Trapped After Tractor Trailer Rolls Over On County Road 186

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07/02/2018 - 10:00 AM

A tractor trailer carrying milk flipped over and trapped the driver in the wreckage on Saturday night.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says they received a call about a crash around 8:30 p.m. The crash took place on County Road 186 about two and a half miles west of Melrose.

The tractor trailer had left the road and started rolling as it entered a ditch. The tractor cab had been crushed and 22-year-old Jesse Martin was trapped inside. The Melrose Fire Department was able to free Martin from the destroyed tractor cab. Most of the milk being transported was lost in the crash.

Martin was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital with serious injuries. 

 

 

Minnesota Highway Safety And Research Center To Host Crash Reduction Event

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06/29/2018 - 11:15 AM

Minnesota Highway Safety And Research Center To Host Crash Reduction Event

The date is set for a traffic safety event that will teach people how to prevent crashes while driving.

University Communications for St. Cloud State University says that they will work with the Stearns Benton Toward Zero Deaths coalition to teach crash reduction on Highway 23. Many agencies and groups have focused on reducing injuries and deaths on the 51-mile-long highway. Public safety personnel will present information, along with demonstrations and photo opportunities.

The public is welcome to attend the event, which will be held at the Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center by Highway 10 south of campus. It will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m on Saturday, July 21. On the same day, there will be two classes for young drivers hoping to avoid crashes. For more information, call 320-255-3121.

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