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Students Invited To Float And Learn At Warner Lake Saturday During Full Moon

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08/27/2015 - 3:00 PM

Students are invited to watch the full moon Saturday night at Warner Lake.

St. Cloud State University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy is teaming up with Outdoor Endeavors to host Float and Learn at the lake. Attendees can view the moon through telescopes or enjoy the view on the water in canoes and other equipment.

The evening will take place from 7-10 p.m. 

1st Street North To Be Closed Thursday At 5 p.m.

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08/26/2015 - 4:30 PM

1st Street North To Be Closed Thursday At 5 p.m.

The City Engineer’s Office announced that the eastbound lane of 1st Street North will be closed between 5th and 6th Avenue North Thursday at 5 p.m.

Crews will be doing utility work on the roadway. The project is expected to be completed by 10 p.m.

Upcoming Construction on 9th Avenue South May Cause Traffic Delays

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08/26/2015 - 1:00 PM

Upcoming Construction on 9th Avenue South May Cause Traffic Delays

St. Cloud drivers can expect minor delays near the campus of St. Cloud State University beginning Tuesday.

The City Engineer’s Office announced that crews will begin a mill and overlay project on 9th Avenue South from 4th Street South to about 200 feet south of 22nd Street South.

Lanes will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Flaggers will be out to direct traffic. The project is expected to be completed by mid-October.

Two Men From Watkins Die In A Car Crash In Litchfield

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08/26/2015 - 9:10 AM

Two men from Watkins died in a car accident in Litchfield Tuesday night.

The Minnesota State Patrol says 27-year-old Benjamin Tate of Paynesville was driving southbound on Highway 24 and crossed the center line or lost control of his vehicle around 11:30 p.m. Tate's vehicle hit a northbound car head on driven by 19-year-old Travis Monson from Watkins. 16-year-old, Zachary Rohrbeck, was a passenger in the car. Both died at the scene of the crash. Another passenger in the car, 16-year-old Kathleen Prestidge of Montrose had non-life threatening injuries.

Tate suffered minor injuries. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the accident.

Two Women Sue Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud And Accuse Its Priest Of Abuse

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08/26/2015 - 8:50 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Two women have sued the Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud and two parishes, saying they were sexually abused by a priest in the 1960s.

The St. Cloud Times reports the women say they were abused by Donald Rieder at parishes in Randall and Kimball when they were between the ages of 11 and 15. The lawsuits accuse the diocese of negligence and common law nuisance.

Rieder pleaded guilty in 2003 to second-degree criminal sexual conduct and admitted to abusing a young girl in the early 1990s. He died in 2013.

The diocese said in a statement that it hadn't reviewed the lawsuit and couldn't comment on specifics. According to the diocese, Rieder was removed from public ministry after an allegation against him in 2002.

St. Cloud State University To Celebrate 100 Reunion of Shoemaker Hall

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08/26/2015 - 8:00 AM

St. Cloud State University To Celebrate 100 Reunion of Shoemaker Hall

Shoemaker Hall is celebrating its 100th anniversary at St. Cloud State University. SCSU will have a special reunion and open house for Shoemaker Hall from September 18th to 20th. Former residential life staff who have worked in the residence hall for the last 25-30 years will be attending to reacquaint with each other and welcome new students.

News Director, Mohammad Najafian, has the AUDIO STORY

Decline In Citations Issued To Students As Fall Semester Begins

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08/25/2015 - 4:00 PM

Decline In Citations Issued To Students As Fall Semester Begins

The St. Cloud Police department has released information on the citations and arrests surrounding the first few days of the fall semester at St. Cloud State University. Of the 137 people who were cited, only 39% are current students at the university. Eleven of those cited were booked into the Stearns County Jail.

Commander Jeff Oxton says this is nearly a 40% decline in the total number of citations issued compared to 2014, which had a total of 223 citations. Oxton says the high level of staffing and enforcement efforts during the day of move-in through the following weekend, with a focus on evening hours, was helpful. SCSU officials and police say they contacted 252 residences through neighborhood prevention walks near campus and connected with more than 3,200 people. They welcomed students and informed them of city ordinances and safety precautions.

70 citations were issued for underage consumption, 45 for open container on the street or sidewalk as well as 12 loud party citations.

The final statistical summary information for the three-day period of August 20-22 includes the following violations:

Small Amount Marijuana - 2
Urinating in Public – 6
Underage Consumption – 70
Possession of Alcohol – 4
Open Container Street/Sidewalk – 45
Failure to Stop at Stop Sign – 1
Disruptive Intoxication – 3
Flee on Foot – 5
Driving after Revocation – 3
Unreasonable Acceleration – 1
Possess Drug Paraphernalia – 1
False Info to Police – 1
Noise Violation-Loud Party – 12
Social Host – 11
Littering – 1
Noise Violation-Loud Music – 3
Possess False ID – 1
Obstructing Legal Process – 1

Of the 70 under 21 consumption charges, approximately 62 were directed toward the diversion program being administered by the St. Cloud City Attorney’s Office and St. Cloud State University.

St. Cloud Police, in collaboration with St. Cloud State University officials, will continue with increased police presence and enforcement as fall semester continues.

St. Cloud Technical High School Battles Criticism Surrounding Harassment Of Somali Students

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08/25/2015 - 10:00 AM

St. Cloud Technical High School has been scrambling to address criticism from some Somali students who say they've been harassed over their race and religion.

The school district has hired almost a dozen new staffers who speak Somali and are intended to act as liaisons between the administration, students and their families. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that St. Cloud school officials also plan to provide additional cultural awareness training to teachers and add leadership groups to give students more of a voice.

In March, about 100 students walked out of St. Cloud Technical High School after a photo circulated of a Somali girl labeled as a member of the Islamic State group.

Somali students account for about 20 percent of the school's population.

Isle Man Killed After Car Crashes Into Dump Truck On Highway 23

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08/25/2015 - 9:40 AM

A 23-year-old man from Isle died in a car accident in Stearns County Monday evening.

The Minnesota State Patrol says Jared Haglund died after his car ran into a dump truck, which was stopped to make a turn at the intersection of Highway 23 and County Road 12.

Gary Hemmesch, 41-years-old of Richmond, was driving the dump truck eastbound on Highway 23. He stopped to turn north onto County Road 12 when Haglund's vehicle rear ended the truck. A passenger in the vehicle, 21-year-old Logan Hebeisen, suffered serious injuries and was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital.

The accident was reported at 5:40 p.m. The Cold Spring Police Department, Paynesville ambulance and Chain of Lake Fire and Rescue assisted the state patrol.

Cancer Survivor and Pilot Jim Davis Flies Into St. Cloud Wednesday

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08/24/2015 - 11:00 AM

 Cancer Survivor and Pilot Jim Davis Flies Into St. Cloud Wednesday
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A four-time cancer survivor, pilot and Experimental Aircraft Association member, Jim Davis, plans to fly to St. Cloud Wednesday. This is a change from the original scheduled time due to weather delaying his arrival.

The 74-year-old has dedicated the majority of his life to building airplanes and instructing in ultralights. Davis was recently diagnosed with stage-four liver cancer; since his diagnosis he began an endeavor that has changed the lives of many.

Davis set up a program in which he flies to different states to share plane rides with cancer patients and survivors. Local EAA chapters have helped Davis with various expenses and finding cancer patients to fly with.

His goal is to visit all 48 continental states. Now, he has two states left to visit, Minnesota and North Dakota. Davis will be landing on the St. Cloud Regional Airport runway today in “Purple Passion,” his Savanah XL aircraft.

He will be at the SCSU Hangar at the St. Cloud Regional Airport at 7:00 p.m.

Motorcycle Crash Sends St. Cloud Woman To Hospital

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08/24/2015 - 11:00 AM

An 18-year-old man rolled through a stop sign and hit a motorcyclist early Friday afternoon in South St. Cloud.

Cain Thomes of Rockville was driving northbound on 5th Avenue South at the same time 45-year-old Lisa Ann Johnson of St. Cloud was riding her motorcycle eastbound on 6th Street South. Thomes failed to stop at the 6th Street South stop sign which caused his car to crash into Johnson’s motorcycle.

Johnson was taken to the St. Cloud hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Thomes received a citation for a stop sign violation.

St. Cloud Man Arrested On Charges of Felony Domestic Assault and Other Charges

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08/24/2015 - 10:30 AM

St. Cloud Man Arrested On Charges of Felony Domestic Assault and Other Charges
Darnell Albert Lewis

A St. Cloud man with multiple outstanding warrants was arrested on the south side of St. Cloud Friday night.

St. Cloud Police Commander Jeff Oxton says officers arrested 22-year-old Darnell Albert Lewis at the 900 block of 8th Street South. Lewis has been a wanted man in Stearns County since August 13th because of fighting with a 17-year-old girl. Lewis allegedly threatened the teen and grabbed her by the throat. She suffered minor injuries but did not need medical attention.

Oxton adds Lewis was taken to Stearns County Jail where he is facing charges of felony domestic assault by strangulation, terroristic threats and domestic assault.

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