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Cop Car Involved In Crash While Trying To Make Traffic Stop

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12/12/2018 - 10:15 AM

Cop Car Involved In Crash While Trying To Make Traffic Stop

A Stearns County squad car was hit as it attempted to make a U-turn in Cold Spring last Friday.

Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson says Sgt. Steven Noetzel was driving his marked squad car with his emergency lights on at around 9:45 p.m. As he attempted to make a U-turn at the intersection of County Road 2 and 11th Street Northeast to make a traffic stop, a car driven by 24-year-old Tyler Joseph Klein of Cold Spring collided with Noetzel's front tire area. The squad car's airbag was deployed.

Noetzel and Klein were checked for injuries at the scene but ultimately neither had any serious injuries and both drivers were released at the scene.

The crash is still under investigation.

Air Quality Issued Due To Pollution Problems

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12/11/2018 - 3:30 AM

Air pollution is a growing concern as an air quality alert is now active in central Minnesota.

St. Cloud State meteorology professor Bob Weisman says particle concentration levels are reaching unhealthy levels in the Twin Cities. This is due to warmer air being above cold air and light ground winds.

The area affected runs from Interstate 94 to the Minnesota River. A small piece of St. Cloud might be affected by high pollution levels.

The air quality alert will go through 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 13. However, since a strong cold front is the most effective way to clear out the low air, the pollution issue could continue until Saturday.

UPDATE: Waite Park Police Ask For Public's Help In Locating Missing Woman

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12/11/2018 - 2:00 AM

UPDATE: Waite Park Police Ask For Public's Help In Locating Missing Woman

UPDATE: Wilder has contacted her family and Waite Park Police are no longer searching for her.

Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding a woman who's been missing since October.

The Waite Park Police Department says that 29-year-old Jaye Wilder is around 5'3, with brown eyes and brown hair. Her family has not heard from her since the first week of October.

If anyone has any information about Jaye's location, they can contact the Waite Park Police Department at (320) 251-3281 or ask her to contact her family.


SUV Collides With St. Cloud Woman In Roundabout

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12/10/2018 - 10:00 AM

A St. Cloud woman was struck as she attempted to cross a roundabout near St. Cloud State University on Saturday. 

The Minnesota State Patrol says an SUV driven by 35-year-old Brian Edward Cameron of Big Lake was traveling east on University Avenue just before 9 p.m. As Cameron approached the roundabout at 5th Avenue South, he collided with 20-year-old Daphne Munlynn Chen of St. Cloud, who was in the roundabout.

Chen was taken to St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

St. Cloud Intersection To Close For Work

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12/07/2018 - 11:00 AM

 An intersection west of downtown St. Cloud is closing for a few days.

The St. Cloud City Engineer's Office says the intersection of 14th Avenue North and 2nd Street South will be closing due to utility work.

The intersection lies about two blocks away from the St. John Cantius Public Playground.

The closure will begin on Monday, December 17 and will last until Saturday, December 22 with weather permitting. Detours will be posted.

District 742 Offers New Programming Proposal

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12/06/2018 - 3:00 AM

Careers are the focus of proposed programming by local schools.

St. Cloud Area School District 742 says the proposed changes would take place at both Apollo and Tech high schools.

The first change of programming is called Exploring Potential Interests & Careers, also known as EPIC. EPIC is designed to show new high school learners career pathways so these students know their interests and options for after high school.

A committee also examined career pathways and how students could better prepare for life after high school. A second change would bring in the Capstone project, which would allow students to apply for internships, make a portfolio, and would providing mentoring experience and recognition at graduation.

The proposal, if implemented, would take into effect for the 2020-2021 school year.


UPDATE: Missing Your Mules? Belgrade Farmer Can Help You Out

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12/06/2018 - 12:15 PM

UPDATE: Missing Your Mules? Belgrade Farmer Can Help You Out

UPDATE: The Stearns County Sheriff's Office has made contact with the owner of the mules, who has arranged to bring them home and safe.

Two mules were found at a farm near Belgrade Thursday morning.

Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson says just after 8 a.m. 72 year-old Dean Suter of Belgrade found the mules grazing with his horses. Suter got the mules into his barn, where he gave them water and food.

The mules are both female. One is black in color and the other is brown. The sheriff’s office has not taken any calls in the last couple days about missing mules.

Please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 320-251-4240 if these mules belong to your or if you have any information regarding the mules. 

Mobile Food Drive Jolly Trolley Returning To St. Cloud Area

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12/05/2018 - 10:15 AM

Mobile Food Drive Jolly Trolley Returning To St. Cloud Area

A mobile food drive will be makings its rounds around the St. Cloud Area next week.

St. Cloud Metro Bus says they're teaming up with Royal Tire and Townsquare Media to host the Jolly Trolley Food Drive. 

The drive will benefit the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, and the Promise Neighborhood, all of which are food shelves in the Metro Bus service area. Every dollar donated will be matched by the Norman C. Foundation and the Central Minnesota Community Foundation as part of the annual Charity Challenge.

The Jolly Trolley started eight years ago and has raised over $12,000.

The mobile food drive will be held at these locations next week:

Monday, December 10 from 4-7 p.m.: Coborn’s in St. Cloud

Tuesday, December 11 from 4-7 p.m.: Cash Wise East in St. Cloud

Wednesday, December 12 from 4-7 p.m.: Lunds + Byerly’s in St. Cloud

Thursday, December 13 from 4-7 p.m.: Coborn’s in Sauk Rapids

Friday, December 14 from 4-7 p.m.: Coborn’s Marketplace in Sartell

You can send direct donations to participating food shelves as part of the Charity Challenge through December 31st.

Man Who Robbed a Cash Wise On The Loose

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12/04/2018 - 9:30 AM

Police are searching for a robbery suspect after he robbed a Cash Wise Grocery Store Monday afternoon.

St. Cloud Police say just after 1 p.m. a man went inside Cash Wise claiming he had a gun and demanded money from a worker. The man took an undisclosed amount of money from the store and left on foot. Arriving officers were not able to find the man on foot.

The man is described as a black male in his early twenties, approximately 5'7 tall with a thin build. The man was wearing a black jacket over a red hooded sweatshirt with dark pants and shoes. If you have any information regarding the incident you can call the St. Cloud Police at 320-251-1200

Richmond Man Crashes Car Into Ditch After Phone Distraction

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12/04/2018 - 2:45 AM

Richmond Man Crashes Car Into Ditch After Phone Distraction

A man became distracted by his phone, causing him to crash his car near Richmond Tuesday morning.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says they received a report of an accident just before 2:30 a.m. near the intersection of County Road 43 and 217th Street. Twenty- six-year-old Raymundo Villavieencio-Quijas of Richmond was driving on County Road 43 when he starting using his phone. He lost control of his car and went into a ditch, where his car rolled several times before coming to a stop.

Villavieencio-Quijas asked a nearby residence for help. He was taken to St. Cloud Hospital with what is believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

Villavieencio-Quijas said he was wearing a seat belt and was driving 56 miles-per-hour at the time of the crash. He was issued a citation for driving after suspension, use of a telecommunication device while driving, and careless driving.



A Toddler's Bedroom Started On Fire In Farming Township

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12/04/2018 - 12:00 PM

A house fire south of Albany was believed to have been started by blankets on a heater early Monday morning.

Stearns County Sheriff Don Gundmundson says the fire started just before 2 a.m. in Farming Township. The fire was contained to the toddler’s bedroom and was extinguished by responders. 

Both parents and all three children made it out safely. The toddler was treated on the scene for minor injuries and was released.

St. Cloud Man Arrested As Suspect For String of Convenience Store Robberies

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12/04/2018 - 11:30 AM

St. Cloud Man Arrested As Suspect For String of Convenience Store Robberies

After a string of robberies of St. Cloud Kwik Trip gas stations and grocery stores, local police have arrested the man they believe is responsible for the crimes.

St. Cloud Assistant Chief of Police Jeffery Oxton says they have arrested 25-year-old Ayub Abdullahi Mohamed. At the most recent robbery at Cash Wise, police were able to identify the suspect’s vehicle which led to his arrest.

Mohamed is being held at Benton County Jail where he is facing charges related to all three robberies.

Woman Sues Catholic School for Abuse

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12/04/2018 - 11:15 AM

WAITE PARK, Minn. (AP) - A woman has filed a lawsuit against a Catholic school in Waite Park alleging she was sexually abused as a young girl by a family that runs the school as well as a priest assigned to it.

A complaint filed by the unidentified woman in Stearns County District Court names Holy Innocents' School, a private school not affiliated with the Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud. The woman says she endured "ritual sexual abuse" as a student from 1978 to 1984, when she was 5 to 11 years old.

The complaint says five members of family that run the school and a priest who has since died abused the woman. School spokeswoman Theresa Carlstedt says the allegations are unfounded accusations. She says the school is seeking legal representation.

Costco Joins in Local Lawsuit

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12/04/2018 - 11:00 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Costco Wholesale wants to intervene in a lawsuit against the City of St. Cloud.

The group, Citizens for Government Accountability, is suing the city claiming its sale of Heritage Park to Costco is a violation of state law because it was sold for less than what they say is a fair market value. Costco bought about 19 acres in Heritage Park for $3.5 million last July.

The group claims the land is worth at least $6 million. Costco, in court documents, says it wants to join the lawsuit because the plaintiffs are suing only the city, even though they knew Costco and the city had signed a purchase agreement.

Stearns County Judge Shan Wang heard arguments Monday on Costco's motion to intervene and has 90 days rule on it.

Kwik Trip Robbed: Suspect Claims To have a Gun

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12/03/2018 - 2:00 AM

For the second time in the last week, a Kwik Trip in St. Cloud h

The St. Cloud Police say just after 1 a.m. Sunday morning a man walked into the Kwik Trip on 23rd Street South, told the clerk he had a gun and demanded money. The suspect left the store on foot and got a way with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police set up a perimeter but the suspect was not located. The suspect was described as a slim black man in his twenties around 5 foot 6 inches tall wearing a black stocking cap with red and white stripes a black hooded jacket and jeans.

The investigation is ongoing. Police say due to similar suspect description and overall similarity between the robbery last Thursday, they're considering this is the same suspect.

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