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Renaming Building 51 to Ruby Cora Webster Hall

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10/15/2018 - 4:00 AM

Renaming Building 51 to Ruby Cora Webster Hall

On Monday St Cloud State University officially renamed Building 51 to Ruby Cora Webster Hall, after the first African American women to graduate from SCSU. Attending the ceremony was special guests, Webster’s extended Family. KVSC’s Assistant News Director Spencer Schacht spoke with Webster’s Granddaughter and was at the naming ceremony.

St. Cloud State University Swore in First Female President

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10/15/2018 - 12:00 PM

St. Cloud State University Swore in First Female President

To kick off homecoming week, St. Cloud State University has sworn in their 34th President Robbyn Wacker.

The inauguration ceremony was held Monday morning in Ritsche Auditorium. Faculty, staff, students, and members of the community watched as SCSU swore in its first female president. News Director Jesse Groettum has the highlights from the ceremony.

Acclaimed Spoken Word Artist Guante To Perform At St. Cloud State

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10/15/2018 - 11:00 AM

A two-time Slam Poetry champion will be performing at St. Cloud State University.

The St. Cloud State Women's Center says Kyle Tran Myhre, also known as "Guante," explores relationships of identity, power, and resistance in his work.

He has over ten million views online, has been featured on the Huffington Post and Welcome to Night Vale, and has performed live at the United Nations, among other things.

Myhre is based in Minneapolis and is an MC, activist, and educator along with being a spoken word artist.

The performance will be held at the Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, October 16 from 8-9 p.m.

St. Cloud State University To Recognize 5 Former Students

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10/15/2018 - 10:30 AM

St. Cloud State University To Recognize 5 Former Students

St. Cloud State University will recognize five former students for their contributions and achievements in their careers.

The university says Jan Bergquist Hanson, Annie Deckert, Enanga Fale, Jeff Hegle, and Matt Roisom will receive the 2018 Alumni Association Awards.

Hanson is the CEO, president, and co-founder of Educate Tanzania Inc, a nonprofit which brings opportunities to Tanzania. She will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Deckert is the president of the Elk River economic development firm Decklan Group and she co-founded the first young professionals group for the Economic Development Association of MN. She is a co-recipient of the Alumni Service Award.

Fale is a senior manager in systems engineering for aerospace company Northrup Grumman and a leader in the Society of Womens Engineers. She is a co-recipient of the Alumni Service Award.

Hegle has coached the men and women's swim and dive teams for 18 years. He will receive the University Leadership award.

Roisom is the market vice president and commercial loan officer for Rochester-based Home Federal Savings Bank. He will receive the Graduate of the Last Decade Award.

The winners will be recognized during the long-awaited St. Cloud State Homecoming 2018 from October 17-21. 

Prescribed Fire To Be Lit Off Of Highway 10

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10/15/2018 - 10:30 AM

Motorists traveling along Highway 10 near the Travel Information Center may see smoke as a roadside prescribed fire will be conducted.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says traffic will be not be affected by the fire and all roadways will still be open to traffic.

Prescribed fires are intentionally set and controlled by trained professionals and are conducted during certain optimal weather conditions to ensure safety.

Drivers are being asked to slow down in a prescribed fire work zone and to watch for crews.

The fire will be conducted on Monday, October 15.

SCSU's School of Health And Human Services Receives $1,000,000

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10/11/2018 - 8:35 AM

St. Cloud State University has received a gift of $1 million to the university’s nursing program from alumni.

Vice President for University Advancement Matt Andrew says Jim Maciej and Ann Marie Maciej gave the large gift because they were impressed with the nursing program. Jim Maciej says they learned about a way to admit additional students to the program and they felt it was the best use of their resources. Jim Maciej is past president of Ac'cent Companies and JVM Realty Advisors of Edina, and has chaired for multiple realty and development organizations.

In honor of the gift, the department of nursing science wing in Brown hall will now be named the “Jim ’73 and Ann Marie Maciej Nursing Education Suite.”

Dean of the School of Health and Human Services Shonda Craft says this is the largest gift the department has seen.

St. Cloud State Student Enrollment Down, But Retention Rises

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10/11/2018 - 2:45 AM

The number of students enrolled at St. Cloud State University declined this fall as expected.

St. Cloud State's Office of Strategy, Planning, and Effectiveness says that the university welcomed just under 13,500 students from over 90 countries to campus in the fall semester, over 1,000 less than last year's headcount. Officials say this falls in the budget contingency plans for the fiscal year 2019.

One reason why the losses didn't hurt as badly as they could was the fact that retention went up. The fall student retention rate increased over 5 percent, which the highest yearly increase since 1999.

Another positive to address after the 30-day enrollment period ended is credit hours. Back in fall 2014, students were averaging 12.8 credit hours attempted. However, that number rose to 13.3 in fall 2017, where it was maintained this fall.

These numbers aren't official until being verified by Minnesota State.

Zimmerman Man Receives 81-Month Sentence After DUI Crash

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10/11/2018 - 2:00 AM

Zimmerman Man Receives 81-Month Sentence After DUI Crash

Sherburne County District Court sentenced a Zimmerman man to 81 months in prison on Wednesday after he killed one and injured four in a DUI crash.

Sherburne County Attorney Kathleen Heaney says 65 year-old Robert Allen Johnson drove his truck into a Reliant Systems building in Zimmerman on September 11th, 2017, killing Daniel Elliott and injuring Kim Mills, Michael Milano, Heidi Olerich and Samantha Sanders.

Johnson had a blood alcohol level of .10 at the time of the incident. That's .02 over the legal limit for blood alcohol content in the United States. He argued for probation but Judge Mary Yunker denied that motion, opting to sentence him to the maximum term under Minnesota sentencing guidelines.

Johnson had previously been convicted on one count of criminal vehicular homicide and four counts of criminal vehicular operation. 

Railroad Crossing Closures

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10/10/2018 - 3:30 AM

Railroad Crossing Closures

 The two railroad crossings in St. Cloud will be closed for construction.

The St. Cloud City Engineer's Office says the crossing at 7th Street Southeast will be closed beginning on October 16 going through October 19 from 8th Avenue Southeast to Lincoln Avenue Southeast.

The rail crossing at 15th Avenue Southeast will be closed starting on October 22nd through October 26th beginning at 11th Street Southeast and ending at Lincoln Avenue Southeast.

The dates posted could change with weather permitting.

St. Cloud State Students React to Racist Comments Made By Local Halloween Attraction

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10/10/2018 - 2:00 AM

The Owner of Screamtown is facing backlash after a post he made in a private Facebook group saying they now have “a zero tolerance policy with Somalis” went viral this week. KVSC assistant news director Spencer Schacht spoke with Somali students about how they are reacting to the post.

Snow Could Fall in Central Minnesota As Extreme Weather Continues

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10/10/2018 - 10:30 AM

As the wet and chilly weather persists, snow will be added to the mix in central Minnesota.

St. Cloud State meteorology professor Bob Weisman says the first light accumulation of snow could occur later on Wednesday as rain will mix with wet snow in the late afternoon.

Since temperatures will be freezing later on Wednesday night, snow could build up to an inch overnight.

People with arthritis or weather-related pains should be careful when outside as extreme chilly winds continue to hit the area and pressure continues to change.

For more information on the weather in the St. Cloud area, go to Weisman's forecast

 

St. Cloud Federal Credit Union Helps Community on Columbus Day

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10/10/2018 - 10:15 AM

St. Cloud Federal Credit Union Helps Community on Columbus Day

On Columbus Day, the St. Cloud Federal Credit Union closed its branches. However, instead of just being closed, they decided to help the community.

The credit union says a team of around 60 employees helped four local non-profit organizations as part of their 4th annual Community Day.

They helped Quiet Oaks Hospice with baking and facility cleaning, Becky's Troop Care Packages with assembly and care package creation, Broken Roads Ranch with painting and stable cleaning, and Feeding Area Children Together with packing meals for children. 

The theme for Community Day was "Be Kind. Do Good."

Community Day saw credit unions all across Minnesota participate in their communities on Columbus Day during the federal holiday.

 

One Man Dead After Fire At Foley Residence

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10/09/2018 - 3:45 AM

A fire that led to the death of a Foley man is under investigation.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office was called to the scene of a residential fire around 6 p.m. on Sunday in Ronneby east of Foley. When they arrived, they saw heavy smoke and talked to a man who had escaped from the second floor window before discovering that another man was still trapped inside. The heavy smoke and flames prevented authorities from entering the building.

The Foley Fire Department was called to the scene and entered the home in an attempt to put the fire out. Inside they found 59-year-old Bruce Edward Linn of Foley dead inside the burning home.

The cause of the fire and Linn's death are still under investigation.

St. Cloud Man Arrested For Arson Over Three Years After Quarry Fire

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10/09/2018 - 3:00 AM

A St. Cloud man has been booked after setting a fire that caused millions of dollars of damage at a quarry mine in Waite Park.

The Waite Park Police Department says 47-year-old Raymond James Curtis of St. Cloud was arrested on Tuesday three years after a fire was intentionally set at the Martin Marietta quarry on April 12, 2015.

Curtis is a former Martin Marietta employee. He was arrested after a follow-up investigation lead by state and local investigators and assisted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

The quarry is less than a mile away from Quarry Park and Nature Preserve.

Curtis is currently being held in Stearns County Jail on charges of first and second-degree arson.

 

TEDx Cultivating and Captivating St. Cloud

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10/09/2018 - 2:30 AM

TEDx had come back to St. Cloud for the second year in a row, and this year’s theme is Cultivating.

Lead organizer Brian Hart says this year’s speakers will plant thought provoking seeds in your mind for you to nourish and grow. There will be six speakers at the event including Chief or Police Blair Anderson, St. Cloud Surgeon Jolene Singh, and Mighty Axe Hops CEO Eric Sannerud.

In preparation for this year’s event Beaver Island Brewery has made a special brew. Using hops locally grown in Sauk Rapids by Mighty Axe, Beaver Island's new "Mighty Fresh IPA" will be making its debut this Thursday at the TEDx Talks.

The talks start at 5p.m. at the Paramount Theatre.

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    Nov 17, 2018 - 2:07
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    Nov 17, 2018 - 4:00

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