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Stearns County braces for potential H1N1 Outbreak

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08/13/2009 - 11:50 AM

Stearns County braces for potential H1N1 Outbreak

There’s been a lot of talk nationwide about bracing for a potential H1N1 influenza outbreak. And now Stearns County is looking to bring that conversation to Central Minnesota. Public Health Officials will hold a series of meetings over the next couple weeks to begin preparing and planning for a possible outbreak. Those who attend the meetings will also learn more about the H1N1 strain.


The sessions are targeted at specific groups. A meeting for faith communities takes place Friday, August 14th from 10:00-11:30. The media have a meeting from 3:00-4:30 on Monday, August 17th. Businesses on Monday, August 24th from 2:00-3:00. And schools and universities on Tuesday, August 25th from 2:00-3:30. All meetings will be held in Room 499 of the Stearns County Administration Center at Courthouse Square in downtown St. Cloud.
 


 

Construction Updates

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08/13/2009 - 10:30 AM

Construction Updates

Beginning Thursday at 6:00 pm construction crews will close the 9th Avenue between St. Germain Street and 4th Street South to work on the Lake George Bridge. 9th Avenue will re-open to traffic at 5:30 am on Friday. 5th, 7th 14th and Washington Memorial Drive intersections are now open with traffic signals. 6th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th and 17th street intersections are open with stop signs. The South side of 4th Avenue at Highway 23 is closed to help with the new eastbound traffic lane movement.

Wheelchair Is Stolen From A Garage

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08/13/2009 - 10:15 AM

Wheelchair Is Stolen From A Garage

A wheelchair was reported stolen from a St. Cloud woman’s garage. St. Cloud Police responded to 1260 Johnson Road to investigate the burglary. Police say the victim had a battery operated wheelchair in her locked storage garage and it was stolen sometime between June 1st and August 10th. The wheelchair is described as a Quickie, and metallic blue in color. Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Cloud Police Department at 320-251-1200.

DEED Commissioner to Visit St. Cloud

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08/13/2009 - 10:15 AM

DEED Commissioner to Visit St. Cloud

If you have any burning questions about the state economy, how federal stimulus dollars will be spent in Minnesota, or this year’s legislative session, you’ll get your chance on Monday. The Commissioner of the State Department of Employment and Economic Development is planning a visit to the St. Cloud Public Library. Commissioner Dan McElroy will be joined by other agency leaders as part of their 2009 Summer Road Show.


The event will be held Monday, August 17th at the St. Cloud Library from 1 to 4 pm.
 

Downtown Road Construction Thursday Evening

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08/12/2009 - 9:30 AM

Downtown Road Construction Thursday Evening

Drivers in downtown St. Cloud can expect to be thrown for a loop Thursday night when driving on 9th Avenue. At 6:00 pm crews will close the road between St. Germain Street and 4th Street South to work on the Lake George Bridge. The city of St. Cloud expects the road to be back open by 5:30 Friday morning.

Husky Kickoff 2009

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08/12/2009 - 11:25 AM

Husky Kickoff 2009

We're just under two weeks away from the first day of classes at St. Cloud State, and arriving students can expect a number of special activities.


Students on campus next Thursday, August 20th will be personally welcomed into the community with the "neighborhood walk" from 5-7 pm. The walk is an opportunity for city and university officials to introduce themselves and answer questions for students.


Students moving into residence halls next Satuday and Sunday, August 22nd and 23rd... will get some "heavy lifting" assistance from more than 330 "Husky Haulers," a volunteer group of faculty, staff, athletes and fraternity members.


New students are asked to move in beginning at 8 am Saturday, while returning students living in residence halls will start moving in Sunday at 10 am.
Please be alerted that the streets of St. Cloud will be more congested than usual on the 22nd and 23rd as up to 3,000 students and their families will be arriving on campus.


Once on campus, students will be treated to a week of "Husky Kickoff" activities, including an ice cream social on August 23rd, a motivational speaker on August 25th, and an oven cooking contest on August 27th followed by a concert by Johnny Holm Band.


A new feature of Husky Kickoff this year is "House Party 101"... Tuesday, August 25th at the Atwood Memorial Center at 9 pm. This event is an interactive mock house party with students demonstrating how to make smart decisions around alcohol use and parties.

Community Informational Meeting on Aquatic Feasibility Study

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08/12/2009 - 10:55 AM

Mayor Dave Kleis invites all citizens and area city leaders to an informational meeting about the findings of the Community Aquatic Center Feasibility Study. There will be a staff presentation on the findings.

The meeting will be in the Saint Cloud City Council Chambers on Tuesday August 25th, from 5:30-6:30 PM.

AFSCME Endorses Tarryl Clark

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08/12/2009 - 10:50 AM

AFSCME Endorses Tarryl Clark

Greater Minnesota American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, has unanimously voted to endorse Tarryl Clark of the St. Cloud DFL in the race for Congress in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District in 2010.

The President of AFSCME Council 65, George Plautz said, "Tarryl Clark is my state senator so I know personally what a hard working, strong champion of working families she is."

Greater Minnesota AFSCME Council 65 represents 13,000 city and county employees, hospital, and nursing home employees, as well as school and social service agency employees through Greater Minnesota.

Rollover Crash near Holdingford

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08/12/2009 - 10:15 AM

A 16-year-old driver and 14-year-old passenger are injured after a rollover crash near Holdingford. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Department says the 16-year-old was driving a truck with utility trailer eastbound on River Street, about two miles east of Holdingford. Authorities say the truck went off the road, struck a tree, rolled, and struck another small group of trees. Injuries to both the driver and passenger are minor.

SCSU Honors First Regulatory Affairs Grads

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08/11/2009 - 12:15 PM

SCSU Honors First Regulatory Affairs Grads

The first 12 graduates of St. Cloud State’s master’s degree in regulatory affairs will be honored Wednesday, August 12th. The graduates began taking evening and weekend classes in the fall of 2007 at North Hennepin Community College in the Twin Cities. The regulatory affairs program is the first in the country to focus specifically on medical devices.

Graduates of the program are suited to lead medical companies through FDA and international regulations to ensure medical devices are safe and effective. Wednesday’s reception is from 5:30-7:30 pm at SCSU’s new Twin Cities Graduate Center in Maple Grove.

C.R.A.S.H. Task Force Conducts High Visibility

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08/11/2009 - 11:30 AM

Officers heavily patrolled the areas of Division Street and County Road 75 from the Mississippi River in the City of Saint Cloud to I-94 in the City of Saint Joseph on the night of Saturday, August 8th. The Central MN Reduction of Accidents for Safe Highways, or C.R.A.S.H. Task Force conducted the saturation. Officers heavily patrolled the stretch of roadway and utilized illuminated signs donated by Geyer Signal to warn motorists that they were entering the Enforcement Zone.

During the High Visibility Saturation 91 drivers were pulled over and 29 citations were issued. Six people were arrested for D.W.I. with one vehicle forfeiture. The police issued seven speeding citations and thirty speeding warnings.

The main goal of this initiative is to reduce serious injury and fatality crashes which are a component of the state's Toward Zero Death initiative. TZD is a multi-agency approach to address traffic issues regionally through enforcement, education, engineering, and emergency trauma care.

 

Community Ongoing Cultural Exchange

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08/11/2009 - 11:25 AM

The International Friendship Program, a community-university partnership is inviting everyone in the community to participate. There are more than 1,100 students from more than 80 countries attending classes at St. Cloud State. International Student Adviser, Molly Hoffman said students appreciate the opportunity to experience the culture of the United States through personal relationships. New international students arriving in the fall will appreciate being matched up with a host family.

Being a host family only requires a willingness to include St. Cloud State students in activities already on your schedule, according to Hoffman. Activities could include joining you for meals, for family outings, attending your child's sports games, attending a family wedding, holiday celebrations, or fishing.

For those only interested in a one time cultural exchange, the Center for International Studies also organizes a Thanksgiving Program in which community members invite students to their homes to celebrate the holiday.

Information sessions for new and potential applicants will be held on Tuesday August 11th at 11AM, and Thursday August 13th at 5:30 PM. For more information on culture sharing programs and to apply, contact the SCSU Center for International Studies at 320-308-4287.

Police Looking for Arson Suspects

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08/10/2009 - 11:45 AM

It was a busy morning for the St. Cloud fire and police departments, who responded to a shed fire and two garage fires, all on the same block. It happened around the 4:00 hour Monday morning in the 700 block of 18th Avenue South. The fires were put out before they spread to any other structures. Police say the fires are suspected to be arson and have not found the perpetrators. There were also several cars in the area that had been broken into. Police believe the fires and the break-ins are related.

St. Cloud Man Assaulted

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08/10/2009 - 11:40 AM

St. Cloud Police say a 40-year-old assault suspect is being held in the Stearns County Jail. Early Sunday morning, police responded to an assault complaint on the 700 block of 7th Avenue South. Police say a 57-year-old victim from St. Cloud had been strangled, punched, shoved into a parked car, and thrown on the ground by 40-year-old Sauk Rapids man, James Avery. Police say while strangling the suspect, Avery also made threatening statements to the victim. Avery was arrested and brought to the Stearns County Jail on charges of strangulation, terroristic threats and domestic assault.

Traffic Stop Turns to Drug Arrest

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08/10/2009 - 11:35 AM

St. Cloud police arrested a St. Joseph man for drug possession during a routine traffic stop. It happened shortly after 8:00 Sunday night near 5th Avenue and 1st Street South. Officers pulled over 24-year-old Kelly Meyer because his car had something hanging from its rear view mirror. Police say Meyer tried to run from the officers, but was eventually caught. He was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

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