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Public Asked To Help In Finding Waite Park Runaway

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10/30/2018 - 3:15 AM

Public Asked To Help In Finding Waite Park Runaway

A 17-year-old girl has run away from home, and authorities are asking for the public to help to find her.

The Waite Park Police Department says Morgan Styke of Waite Park was last seen on October 23.

Styke is believed to be traveling in a 1995 white Ford Taurus LX with 19-year-old James Spence and their 6-month-old son. The Minnesota license plate could possibly be 837 MBR. 

If you have any information regarding Morgan's location, you can contact the Waite Park Police Department at (320) 251-3281 or the Tri-County Crime Stoppers on their website.

Criminal Charges Being Considered For Attack On Minnesota House Candidate

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10/30/2018 - 2:30 AM

Criminal Charges Being Considered For Attack On Minnesota House Candidate

Criminal charges could potentially be filed as a result of an attack on a Minnesota House of Representatives candidate.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office says the case of reported assault on Shane Mekeland has been forwarded to the Benton County Attorney's Office.

Under Minnesota law, the assault as described by Mekeland would qualify as misdemeanor assault. It could potentially qualify as a felony if the injuries Mekeland sustained caused "substantial bodily harm." Authorities would have to obtain his medical records for a felony to be charged.

On Friday, October 12, Mekeland was discussing politics with a man. According to Mekeland, the conversation was smooth until the man took offense to something he said and punched him in the face. Mekeland suffered minor injuries but did not go to the hospital. The suspect was identified but not arrested.

An investigation was launched by authorities as they interviewed Mekeland, the suspect, and identifiable witnesses, while compiling relevant evidence. 

The Benton County Attorney's Office will review the investigation and make a decision.

 

 

Police Are Searching For A Half-Naked Burglar In St. Cloud

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10/30/2018 - 11:00 AM

St. Cloud Police are searching for a man who is breaking into homes naked from the waist down.

St. Cloud Police say on Monday morning at the 700 block of 7th Avenue South, a 20-year-old woman woke up to the man grabbing her by the ankles. The woman screamed and pushed him away. The suspect fled the scene.

This incident is similar to one that happened earlier in October. The man is described as in his 20’s, approximately 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8, with short hair and possible facial hair on the chin.

Police remind everyone to keep your doors and windows locked, especially overnight. 

St. Cloud Area School District Hosting Veterans Day Programs

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10/29/2018 - 9:45 AM

St. Cloud area schools are planning on honoring veterans in their own unique ways.

St. Cloud Area School District 742 says seven schools will be hosting Veterans Day programs. The schedule is as follows:

Clearview Elementary School: Monday, November 12 at 8:30 a.m.

Discovery Community School: Monday, November 12   at 8:00 a.m.

Kennedy Community School: Monday, November 12  at 8:30 a.m.

Madison Elementary School: Monday, November 12  at 8:00 a.m.

Oak Hill Community School: Friday, November 9 at 8:00 a.m.

Talahi Community School: Monday, November 12   at 8:00 a.m.

Westwood Elementary School: Monday, November 12 at 10:00 a.m.

Veterans and their families are welcome to attend any of the programs.

SCSU Will Host Concert To Honor Veterans

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10/29/2018 - 8:45 AM

St. Cloud State University will hold a concert to celebrate America and salute veterans.

University Spokeswoman Anna Kurth says the SCSU Wind Ensemble and Men’s Chorus will perform their concert called “Celebrate America! A Salute to Our Veterans.” The concert will feature patriotic music that spans from the Revolutionary war up until Vietnam. The program was created in partnership with the Veterans Resource Center at SCSU.

The concert will be emceed by Mayor and Air Force veteran Dave Kleis. The concert will be on Sunday, November 11 starting at 4 p.m. in the Ritsche Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

SCSU To Hold Bangladesh Culture Night

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10/29/2018 - 8:15 AM

People can enjoy a new cultural experience at St. Cloud State by attending Bangladesh Night.

The Bangladesh Student Association says they will hold a culture night that will feature food, cultural exhibits and performances from Bangladesh.

Bangladesh night will on Saturday, November 10 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. in the Atwood Ballroom. Tickets are $6 for SCSU students, and $8 for SCSU faculty and the public.

SCPD investigates reports of gunshots at SCSU

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10/29/2018 - 2:30 AM

SCPD investigates reports of gunshots at SCSU

False reports of gunshots at St Cloud State University lead to a sweep of a campus building.

Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton says just after 1 am Sunday morning an officer was flagged down and was told there were possible gunshots at an event in the Atwood Memorial Center. On scene security told arriving officers that they did not hear or see any gun shots.

After a sweep of the building police found no weapons or evidence of gun fire. The SCPD believe they were given a false report, and stayed on scene until everyone left the area.

Stearns History Museum Opens Firefighter Exhibit

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10/29/2018 - 11:00 AM

Stearns History Museum Opens Firefighter Exhibit

Firefighters are the focus of a new exhibit at the Stearns History Museum.

The museum says "Bucket Brigade" allows visitors to discover the history of the area's firefighters, including historic fires and the early firefighting methods and their limitations.

The centerpiece of the exhibit is the 1929 Ahrens-Fox Fire Piston Pumper, a fire engine once owned by the St. Cloud Fire Department. The engine is viewed as one of the finest fire engines of its time.

The exhibit is now open to the public. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children. Museum members can get in for free.

SCSU President Robbyn Wacker Offers Condolences After Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

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10/29/2018 - 10:30 AM

SCSU President Robbyn Wacker Offers Condolences After Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

Newly inaugurated St. Cloud State University President Robbyn Wacker offers her condolences to the victims of the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Wood of St. Cloud State University Communications says Wacker offered her condolences to all those affected by the tragedy.

Wacker also had a request for the community, saying, "As we resolve to heal from yet another attack on a targeted segment of our society, I ask the entire campus community to use this opportunity to learn and grow in support of this commitment."

Counseling is available to those who need it. You can contact St. Cloud State Counseling and Psychological Services for any personal assistance at (320)-308-3171.

 

Benefit For Minnesota Dance Ensemble Includes Tea and Music

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10/26/2018 - 11:30 AM

A benefit in St. Cloud will be held to support a local non-profit dance organization.

The Minnesota Dance Ensemble says the annual Black & White Benefit will feature tea tastings provided by Spice of Life Tea Shop and live music by "the rockin' blues band" TRES. 

Some more activities at the benefit include a silent auction, a raffle, and dance performances by the Ensemble as they collaborate with other local dance groups.

The benefit will be held at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Sunday, November 11 at 4 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the event. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. You can order tickets online at the Paramount Center for the Arts website.

St. Cloud Man Who Turned Himself Into Police Indicted On Murder Charges

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10/25/2018 - 2:45 AM

St. Cloud Man Who Turned Himself Into Police Indicted On Murder Charges

A St. Cloud man who turned himself in to police after killing a woman because God told him to has been indicted on murder charges.

The Stearns County Attorney's Office says 38-year-old Daniel Walter Kenning was indicted on charges of first-degree premeditated murder and second-degree intentional murder on Wednesday.

Kenning had previously been charged with second-degree intentional murder . He remains in police custody with an unconditional bail of $2,000,000 and a conditional bail of $1,000,000.

On October 17, just a week before the indictment, Kenning was ordered to submit to a psychological evaluation, which would suspend his charges. His first court appearance on his charges would come after he's deemed fit to stand trial.

Kenning turned himself in to the St. Cloud Police Department on September 29 after telling them that he had murdered a woman at his house. During the following investigation, he told authorities he had tied and handcuffed 45-year-old Jennifer Lee Moy to a table before strangling her. He claimed God told him that he "needed to kill someone and that he would be able to resurrect them."

Future court dates, if they're ever set, would be available on the Stearns County Attorney's Office Criminal Case Search website. If Kenning is convicted for his first-degree murder charge, he would serve a life sentence. 

St. Cloud State University Ranked As Top School That Is "Best for Vets"

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10/24/2018 - 5:00 AM

St. Cloud State University has been ranked as the only four-year school in Minnesota that is “Best for Vets.”

University Spokeswoman Anna Kurth says SCSU was ranked 71st for colleges that support and educate service members. The ranking was done by the Military Times, an independent publisher of military news. Director of the SCSU Veterans Resource Center Zac Mangas says St. Cloud State has improved policies and procedure for student-veterans and much more.

St. Cloud State is the only school from the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and one of just two schools from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference to make the list.

Red Cross Asking For Blood Donations As Flu Season Draws Closer

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10/24/2018 - 3:45 AM

Red Cross Asking For Blood Donations As Flu Season Draws Closer

As flu season comes around, opportunities are growing for you to help.

The Red Cross says blood donation opportunities are available for people who have been vaccinated for the flu. As long as you are fever or symptom-free, you can donate blood without a waiting period.

Blood from all types is needed, especially type O, after Hurricanes Michael and Florence ruined around 200 blood drives in which approximately 7,000 units of blood went uncollected.

You can donate blood right now, but there will also be limited time opportunities from November 1-November 15. For more information, including locations and times, go to the Red Cross website or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

 

University Drive To Be Reduced To One Lane

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10/24/2018 - 3:00 AM

Traffic on University Drive will be reduced to one lane this week.

The City Engineer's Office says the lane reduction comes as a result of a water main break. The reduction will close one lane.

The reduction will go from 9th Avenue South to 9th Avenue North going eastbound beginning Thursday, October 25 and will last two days.

 

UPDATE: Highway 71 To Be Repaved, Causing A Lane Closure

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10/24/2018 - 3:00 AM

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has postponed a road project until further notice.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the project on Highway 71 scheduled  to on  Monday, October 29, has been postponed. Crews were going to resurface the road between Interstate 94 and Ash Avenue North in Sauk Centre. 

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