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SCSU's Building 51 To Be Officially Renamed Ruby Cora Webster Hall

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10/09/2018 - 11:30 AM

It's been just over a year-long process and soon St. Cloud State University's Building 51 will be officially renamed to Ruby Cora Webster Hall.

University spokesman Jeff Wood says the renaming ceremony will follow the inauguration of new SCSU president Robbyn Wacker. The renaming comes as Ethnic Studies professor Christopher Lehman proposed the renaming last September. Ruby Cora Webster was the first African-American graduate of SCSU for a teaching degree. 

The administration then had to come up with a new system of renaming without a large financial contribution. Currently the building has covered signs in preparation for unveiling at the ceremony.

About 15 members of the Webster family are expected to attend the unveiling. The renaming ceremony will be on Monday, October 15 at 3 p.m. between Stewart Hall and the Mississippi River. Light refreshments will be served.

SCSU's Wind Ensemble Will Host A Halloween Spooktacular Concert

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10/08/2018 - 8:30 AM

St. Cloud State University musicians will be putting on a concert that is sure to be “Spooktacular”.

Spokeswoman Anna Kurth says the Halloween Spooktacular family festival and band concert will feature all sorts of fun. Families can attend pre-concert activities to learn about instruments, get candy and play games.

The SCSU Wind Ensemble will then perform spooky music and other tunes from Disney movies. The concert will have a kid’s costume parade with free giveaways, a candy corn counting contest and children’s stories and rhymes.

The Concert will be on Thursday, October 25 in the Ritche Auditorium in Stewart Hall. The pre-concert activities will start at 5:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission to both is free.

Gun Drawn at St. Cloud Walmart

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10/08/2018 - 3:30 AM

Gun Drawn at St. Cloud Walmart

An altercation at St. Cloud's Walmart turned into a gun being drawn between two customers inside the store.

Assistant Chief of Police Jeff Oxton says just after 5 p.m. Sunday evening, 60 year-old Mark Daniel Gibbs of Luverne got into an altercation with 50 year-old Richard Allen Waagen of Randall inside Walmart located on 33rd Avenue South. The dispute escalated causing Waagen to draw his handgun.  

Authorities say Waagen did have a license to carry permit. It was later revealed Gibbs also had a handgun but did not have a permit to carry. Authorities say he tried to dump the handgun before officers arrived.

Officers on the scene say the incident may have stemmed from Gibbs' daughter parking in a no-parking zone in the lot.

No shots were fired and no injuries were reported.

Both men were taken to Stearns County Jail and the investigation is ongoing.  

St. Cloud Area School District 742 Teams Up With Orchard For Apple Crunch Day

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10/08/2018 - 11:45 AM

Local schools are teaming up with orchards to bring healthy, farm-fresh apples to students.

The St. Cloud Area School District 742 says they have partnered with Collegeville Orchards to bring local apples in September, October, and November.

On Thursday, October 11, students in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio are required to participate in the Great Lakes Apple Crunch Day to support local farmers, including all District 742 schools.

The day comes in the second week of National Farm to School Month.



Annual Fall International Film Series To Begin In Late October

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10/08/2018 - 11:30 AM

St. Cloud State University will be presenting international films for the 18th year.

St. Cloud State University Communications says the annual Fall International Film Series is designed to showcase movies so audiences can appreciate artistic expression from different cultures.

The series will kick off with the French film "Being 17" on Monday, October 22 at 7 p.m. at the Atwood Memorial Center Theater.

For a full list of showings, visit the St. Cloud State Department of Theatre and Film Studies website.


Wet and Chilly Weather in St. Cloud Could Cause Weather-Related Aches

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10/08/2018 - 11:15 AM

Anyone with weather-related joint pain or arthritis should be careful going outside in the next few days.

St. Cloud State meteorology professor Bob Weisman says there is potential for flooding along with heavy rain from late on Monday to Wednesday.

Many parts of Minnesota, including south and east central Minnesota and the Twin Cities, could get 3-6 inches of rainfall over the next three days.

This weather could be dangerous for those with weather aches because a strong low pressure system will move into Minnesota and the weather should consistently be in the 40's and chilly.

For more information about upcoming weather, visit Weisman's forecasts on the St. Cloud State website.


Underage Party Gets Crashed By Police

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10/05/2018 - 11:45 AM

An alcohol-riddled party full of underage teenagers was crashed by police last Sunday.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says they received a complaint about a juvenile party in St. Augusta just after midnight. When they arrived, they could hear party noise coming from inside.

Many people were outside at the time police arrived, but they moved inside once the police started moving towards the house.

Police were granted permission to enter the house, where they discovered that the 40-50 party attendees were underage and that alcohol and marijuana was present. Many of the juveniles appeared to be high school age or under 18 years old.

Officers spoke with people one-by-one before issuing 35 citations for underage consumption. Some of the juveniles, however, were released after police found out they had not been drinking.

Parents were contacted and rides were arranged to bring the underage partygoers home.

St. Cloud State Theatre Students To Perform

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10/04/2018 - 3:30 AM

The French Revolution is the focus of the latest theatre performance by St. Cloud State students.

St. Cloud State University Communications says the play is called "The Revolutionists" and is about "a playwright, an assassin, a former queen and a Haitian rebel who hang out, murder Marat, lose their heads and try to beat back the extremist insanity of Paris’ Reign of Terror."

The play is considered a brutal comedy and contains strong language.

The shows will take place on the Performing Arts Center Stage from October 17-20 at 7:30 p.m. and October 21 at 2:00 p.m.

For tickets, go to the St. Cloud State tickets website or get them at the door. They cost $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and free with a St. Cloud State ID.


Paynesville Man Sentenced To Two Life Sentences For Murdering Grandparents

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10/04/2018 - 3:00 AM

Paynesville Man Sentenced To Two Life Sentences For Murdering Grandparents

A Paynesville man who killed his grandparents in March has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.

The Stearns County Attorney's Office says 34-year-old Gregory Allen Scheel will be eligible for parole after 60 years in prison.

Scheel killed his grandparents,Wilbert and Gloria Scheel, on March 21 at their home in Paynesville. Their bodies were found in their Prius with a plastic bag over Wilbert's head and an electrical cord wrapped around Gloria's neck.

Scheel was indicted on several first-degree murder charges by a grand jury on April 24. About two months ago, he entered a guilty plea agreement of two counts of first-degree murder that would set the minimum sentence before parole at 60 years.

According to court records, Scheel has had an extensive criminal history. He has been found guilty of crimes including theft, burglary, and running from a police officer.


Stearns County Will Hold Auction Mid October

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10/04/2018 - 11:00 AM

Stearns County will be holding an auction next week to sell seized and surplus property.

Spokesman Bill Davison says there will be a whole host of items for sale at the auction: many vehicles, mowers, trailers, sand blasters, chain link fencing, drills, shopping carts, battery chargers, and much more. To see the auction flyer and get more details, go to the Stearns County website at

The auction house will be open for inspection starting at 8 a.m. on auction day. The auction will be held on Saturday, October 13 starting at 9:30 at the Stearns County Highway Department.

Minnesota National Guard To Induct Seven To Court Of Honor

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10/03/2018 - 10:15 AM

Minnesota National Guard To Induct Seven To Court Of Honor

The Minnesota National Guard will induct several former service-members into their Court of Honor.

The Office of the Garrison Commander says Brigadier General Ronald L. Hein of Duluth, Colonel Kenneth W. Zieska of Plymouth, First Sergeant Ronald H. Jacobson of Alexandra, First Sergeant Dennis L. Kohlman of Appleton, Master Sergeant Marjorie J. (Beers) Nelson of Little Falls, and Sergeant First Class Warren S. Gammell of Madison will be honored at a ceremony at Camp Ripley in Little Falls.

The Minnesota National Guard has been memorializing distinguished service-members at the camp since 1933.

The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 7 at the Recreation Center at Camp Ripley. An unveiling ceremony will follow at 3:45 p.m. in the Court of Honor on the grounds of the Minnesota Military Museum. 

The public is invited to attend.

Dog Remains Found Near the Lovell Lake Wildlife Protection Area

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10/02/2018 - 3:30 AM

Two black labs were found shot dead in a ditch over the weekend prompting an investigation.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s office says they received a call just after 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon, reporting two black lab dogs were found fatally shot in the ditch of Lovell Lake Road, north of Albany. The dogs were both full-grown black labs, one male and one female. Upon further investigation, skeletal remains of two other dogs and a cat were found nearby.

The caller says he was in the area at noon and didn’t notice anything suspicious but when they returned at 2 he noticed a wide trail in the ditch. When he took a closer look he found the dogs.

The dog’s remains were taken to the University of Minnesota for necropsy to assist in the investigation. If you have any information about the dogs or the case you are encouraged to contact the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.

UPDATE: Victim Identified, 2nd Degree Murder Charges Filed in St. Cloud Murder Case

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10/02/2018 - 2:15 AM

UPDATE: Victim Identified, 2nd Degree Murder Charges Filed in St. Cloud Murder Case

The St. Cloud Police and the Stearns County Attorney's Office have released more information in a murder that happened over the weekend.

Police have identified the victim as 45-year-old Jennifer Lee Moy of Blaine, an acquaintance of the suspect.

On Tuesday, Stearns County charged 38-year-old Daniel Walter Kenning with second-degree murder charges with intent, not premeditated.

St. Cloud police say at around 8 a.m on Saturday, September 29, Kenning went to the station and told officers that he had killed a woman in his house in north St. Cloud. 

The county attorney says Kenning had picked up Moy on Friday night and brought her back to his house. They had met at a wedding previously and has been communicating through social media. 

Kenning told investigators they went down to his basement in the early morning hours and he tied up the victim's legs and handcuffed her to a table. He admitted to investigators at some point he strangled her with one hand until she died. Kenning told an investigator that God told him he "needed to kill someone and that he would be able to resurrect them."

A provisional autopsy report found Moy's cause of death was probable asphyxiation due to probably strangulation

Kenning's bail has been set at $2 million unconditionally or $1 million with conditions by Judge Mary Mahler.

St. Cloud Credit Union to Open a New Branch

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10/01/2018 - 2:45 AM

St. Cloud Federal Credit Union will be opening a brand new location.

Marketing specialist Kjersten Fisher says the new location will be in Sauk Rapids at 205 2nd Street North.

St. Cloud Federal Credit Union was founded back in 1930 and has been highly involved with the surrounding community members and other local organizations.

Jed A. Meyer, President and CEO of St. Cloud Federal Credit Union, had put on the top of his to do list to open a Sauk Rapids branch with thousands of members in the area. Meyer said, “Sauk Rapids is a great community with a lot of great people! We are excited to deepen our existing member relationships, and to get involved with other like-minded organizations with the goal of becoming a fabric of the community.” He added, “Our members have been asking for this location, and we are excited to open our doors…”

The new branch is expected to open in the spring of 2019.

St. Cloud Area Job Fair Gives Opportunity For Job-Seekers

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10/01/2018 - 10:15 AM

 A job fair will be held in St. Cloud on Tuesday.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development says the St. Cloud Area Job Fair will feature over 50 employers.

It is recommended that you dress professionally and bring a resume. 

The fair will be held on Tuesday, October 2 at the River's Edge Convention Center from 12:30-4:30 p.m.

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