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Fight At Apollo High School Leads To One Injured

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12/21/2018 - 11:00 AM

 A large fight at Apollo High School that started in the hallways but made its way outside led to a student being sent to the hospital.

The St. Cloud Police Department says they received a report about a fight in the school just before 12:45 p.m. on Thursday.

According to an investigation, two students began a mutual fight in a hallway before a third student started fighting as well. The two male students both turned on the third male student as the fight spilled outside. It was at this time that school staff were able to separate the students.

The lone student, an 18-year-old student from St. Cloud, was sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Another 15-year-old male student was arrested at the scene and transported to a juvenile facility for assault charges. The remaining student, also 15 years old, fled the fight scene and has not been located.

The high school went into "containment" during the incident, but school activities resumed not long after the fight ended.

Mayor Kleis Presents 2018 Reflection Of The Year Award Winners

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12/20/2018 - 3:45 AM

Mayor Kleis Presents 2018 Reflection Of The Year Award Winners

St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis presented an award to several youth in the St. Cloud community on Wednesday.

The City of St. Cloud says St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce Emerging Leaders, the Jugaad Leadership Program, and the St. Cloud Rotaracts are the winners of the 2018 Reflection of the Year Award.

The annual award was presented at the Appreciation Social, which honors those who serve in St. Cloud boards and commissions.

The award winners will also be honored at the next City Council meeting on Monday, January 7 at 6 p.m.

 

Avon Teenagers Injured After Trucks Hits Tree, Rolls

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12/20/2018 - 10:00 AM

Two teenage boys were injured after a Tuesday afternoon crash near Albany sent their pick-up truck airborne, hitting a tree and rolling near a river crossing.

       

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office reports the accident happened about 3:15 p.m. on Quaker Road, just east of Albany. The truck was driven by 16-year-old Caleb Joseph Albritton of Avon, who was heading east. 

The sheriff's office says the road has a slight curve, and the truck left the roadway on the south side, came back over to the north ditch and hit a field approach. This vaulted the truck airborne, hitting the top of a tree before crashing and rolling, landing near the river.

Both Albritton, and his 14-year old passenger Isaac Sonnenburg of Avon were able to get out of the vehicle on their own. The truck then started on fire.

Both young men were taken to the St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Body of 86-Year-Old Man Found In Brockway Township

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12/19/2018 - 3:45 AM

The body of an 86-year-old Rice man was found in a burnt field in Brockway Township on Monday.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says they received a report about the body shortly after 3 p.m.

A preliminary investigation revealed that 86-year-old Edwin Opatz of Rice was burning the pasture land on the same day his body was discovered. His remains were sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office, where an autopsy will be done.

The cause of death has not yet been determined. The investigation is still active.

 

Pregnant Woman Dies In Crash Near Sartell

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12/18/2018 - 9:45 AM

A pregnant woman has died after being stuck by a semi-tractor trailer Monday morning near Sartell.

The Stearns County Sheriff says just before 8 a.m. 46-year-old Corey Planck of Star City Indiana was driving his semi-truck northeast on County road 133 towards Sartell. 30-year-old Casey Myers of Holdingford was driving southeast on County Road 4. Myers stopped at the four-way intersection and started to go through it, when Planck failed to stop and struck Myers on the passenger side.

First responders arrived and found Myers unconscious, she was also 5 months pregnant. Myers was taken to St. Cloud Hospital. Neither Myers or her fetus survived the injuries from the accident.

The crash is currently under investigation.

Semi-Truck On Fire Shuts Down East I-94

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12/18/2018 - 3:30 AM

A major central Minnesota highway was delayed after a semi-truck set on fire Monday.

The Minnesota State Patrol says the burning truck caused eastbound lanes on Interstate 94 two miles west of Albertville to close just after 2 p.m. One lane has since been opened to drivers.

Westbound drivers were not affected by the incident.

The semi's driver was not injured.

 

Victims Identified In Fatal Crash Involving Horse-and-Buggy in Avon

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12/17/2018 - 9:30 AM

Victims Identified In Fatal Crash Involving Horse-and-Buggy in Avon

AVON, Minn. (AP) - Two people riding in a horse-drawn buggy in Stearns County were killed when the buggy was struck from behind by a pickup truck. The sheriff's office has now identified the victims as 72-year-old Robert Alois Keppers and 66-year-old May Joan Keppers, both of Avon.

The sheriff's office says the crash happened just after 11:15 a.m. Sunday on County Road 9 north of Avon. The buggy was traveling along the shoulder of the road when a pickup truck driven by 23-year-old Marc Lucas Knapp of Avon struck it from behind, sending it into the east ditch.
  
The couple in the buggy died at the scene and their bodies have been sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office for autopsies.  The horse pulling the buggy was also severely injured and died.
 
The crash is still under investigation. Many agencies assisted with the crash site including filming and photographing the scene for reconstruction. The sheriff's office has the Ford F150 and the buggy in storage.
 

UPDATE: One Person Dead After Campers Set On Fire

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12/17/2018 - 10:00 AM

UPDATE: The victim has been identified as 58-year-old Andrew Henry Muehlbauer of Rice. He died from accidentally inhaling combustion products.

A fire broke out at an auto-repair garage in Rice that led to the death of one person.

The Rice Police Department says a fire in a camper at the Janski Garage was reported at around 9 a.m. on Friday. Responding officers found three campers parked next to other with all of the campers engulfed in flames.

Nearby people familiar with the campers believed someone was inside, as there was a person known to stay in one of them. The Rice Fire Department extinguished the fire and located the body of an adult victim. 

The body has been transported transported to the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy and identification. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but authorities believe there is no public danger. 

Baby Jesus Stolen From Stearns History Museum's Nativity Scene

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12/14/2018 - 11:30 AM

Baby Jesus Stolen From Stearns History Museum's Nativity Scene

A vital piece of a nativity scene owned by the Stearns History Museum has been stolen.

The museum says Baby Jesus went missing from his manger while on display at U.S Bank's downtown St. Cloud location.

The Baby Jesus statue is part of a 1944 set that was bought using funds from school children. It was donated to the museum in 1978.

The piece is believed to have been stolen between 6 p.m. on Wednesday and 2 p.m. on Thursday. A U.S Bank representative informed the museum of the theft.

The museum wants the statue returned home undamaged. If anyone has any information about the theft, please contact the Stearns History Museum at (320) 253-8424 or the St. Cloud Police Department at (320) 345-4444.

 

Veterans Resource Center Seeking Funding After Renovation

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12/14/2018 - 11:00 AM

St. Cloud State veterans are looking for funding for equipment and furniture to be placed in the Veterans Resource Center.

A University Communications spokesman says the veterans are trying to replace old furnishings after a recent $15,000 renovation that was funded through state funding, student fees, and a grant from the St. Cloud State Foundation.

Students and staff are seeking private funding. For every dollar donated, two alumni will each donate a dollar as well. Donations can be found on the funding website.

The proposed furnishing additions include a new private study, new furniture for the computer lab,. and an ottoman for the director's office meeting space.

The Veterans Resource Center is adjacent to the Administrative Services Building lobby.

Email Bomb Threat To Local Businesses Is A Suspected Hoax

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12/13/2018 - 3:00 AM

Authorities believe that an email of a bomb threat blowing up businesses is a hoax.

The Waite Park Police Department says that they've received the threat along several businesses in the St. Cloud metro area.

The email states that a bomb is present inside whatever business the email is directed to, and that if money is not given via Bitcoin, the bomb will explode. Due to similar language in the repetitive emails, it's suspected to be a scam.

The Waite Park Police Department is advising businesses affected to avoid giving any money or complying with the threat.

If you receive a similar email, contact your local police so you can forward the threat to them. St. Cloud businesses are encouraged to contact Assistant Chief Jeff Oxton of the St. Cloud Police Department, while Waite Park businesses can contact Chief Dave Bentrud at (320) 229-3661. 

 

 

Stearns County Offices Accepting Food Drive Donations

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12/13/2018 - 2:45 AM

The holidays are known as the season of giving, and Stearns County is exemplifying this by hosting a food drive.

The county says each county department is participating in the food drive. County offices are serving as drop-off locations for food items that will go towards local food shelves.

If you're interested in donating food, you can visit the front desk receptionist at the Stearns County Administration Center or any of the county's buildings.

Donations are accepted through Friday, December 21, when the county will deliver all food items to food shelves.

St. Cloud State Ready For Fall Semester Commencement

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12/13/2018 - 10:00 AM

St. Cloud State University is gearing up for its Commencement ceremony as students complete their degrees.

University Communications says nearly 900 students will earn degrees and certificates this semester, and nearly 600 will participate in commencement. This year’s address will be given by Bengladeshi student Nahida Haq Nworen, who is graduating with a degree in political science and international relations.

Nworen served in Student Government and was an active participant in the Jugaard Leadership Program. Nworen also interned with Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Minnesota and currently works as a strategic planning and community outreach intern for the City of St. Cloud Mayor's Office.

Conferring degrees will be President Robbyn Wacker, and presenting the graduating class is interim provost Dan Gregory. Commencement will be on Friday, December 21 in Halenbeck Hall starting at 1 p.m. Admission is free for all attending.

Several Cars Vandalized in North St. Cloud

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12/12/2018 - 3:45 AM

Many cars north of downtown St. Cloud were vandalized with a BB gun Tuesday night.

Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton says just before midnight police responded to reports of vandalism in the 900 block of 6th Street North. Officers learned the suspect had been shooting car windows with a BB gun. When arriving on scene, the suspect’s vehicle had already left the area and six other vehicles had window damage.

Later that night, officers located the suspect and identified him as a 17 year-old male from St. Cloud. He was turned over to his parents with potential charges pending the investigation.

Wednesday morning, multiple locations reported vandalism to their property. Two of the reports came from Tech High School and South Jr High School. Based on the damage and time frames, it’s believed that the vandalisms are related.

Police say that this is a series of random acts of vandalism.

Bachelor's Degrees Available At Wadena And Fergus Falls Campuses

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12/12/2018 - 11:00 AM

Students living in Wadena or Fergus Falls will now be able to earn their St. Cloud State University degrees on campus.

St. Cloud State University Communications says students at the UCenter in Wadena can earn bachelor's degrees in RN to BSN and Individualized Studies, otherwise known as Bachelor of Elective Studies.

The announcement was made at the Wadena campus on Monday.

While these degrees have been available online, students enrolled through Minnesota State can do coursework on campus at both the Wadena and Fergus Falls Minnesota State Community and Technical College campuses. Not only that, the campuses will provide supports services that will help with admission, advising and much more.

The new services will start in January.

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