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St. Cloud City Council Meets Monday To Discuss Noise Ordinance Exemptions For Events Around Town

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07/21/2016 - 5:50 PM

St. Cloud City Council Meets Monday To Discuss Noise Ordinance Exemptions For Events Around Town

The St. Cloud City Council is meeting next week to declare a day for National Night Out around town.

The city says the council meeting will begin with the pledge of allegiance and a moment of silence for those serving in the armed forces.

Then, special recognition will be given to a proclamation declaring Tuesday, August 2, as National Night Out in the City of St. Cloud.

Also on the agenda, the council will review an application from Leighton Broadcasting to be exempt from the city’s noise ordinance during CiderFest. The event takes place in late August at Dick Putz Field.

A change is being made to the River’s Edge West Parking Ramp project, and the council is scheduled to approve it so construction can continue.

The meeting takes place Monday at 6 p.m. in the city council chambers.

K-9 Retires From Benton County Sheriff's Office Wednesday After ACL Injury

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07/20/2016 - 1:30 PM

K-9 Retires From Benton County Sheriff's Office Wednesday After ACL Injury
Photo of Ben courtesy Benton County Sheriff's Office

A four-legged friend is retiring from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office after more than 9 years of service.

Sheriff Troy Heck says Ben, one of the dogs used for K-9 work, retired today Wednesday after a recent ACL injury. His injury made it difficult to meet the physical demands of tracking and detecting situations.

The sheriff’s office noticed this challenge and decided the best choice for Ben was a well-earned retirement.

During his career in Benton County, Ben located a missing child in a corn field, sniffed out many items of evidence and drugs, and captured dangerous criminals. Heck adds his keen senses and abilities will be missed in the patrol division.

The department plans to replace Ben’s position with a new K-9. Dogs used for police work are selected from a small group of breeders, and can cost as much as $10,000.

The Benton County K-9 program is funded by public donations and fundraisers, including the annual K-9 Golf Tournament. This year the outing will take place August 28 at the Wapicada Golf Club with registration at 12:30 p.m.

St. Cloud Area Schools Receive Grant Support From MnDOT For Bicycle Safety Education

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07/20/2016 - 1:00 PM

St. Cloud Area Schools Receive Grant Support From MnDOT For Bicycle Safety Education
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St. Cloud area schools are among more than 16,000 youth who will benefit from a grant to support pedestrian and bicycle safety education.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation awarded $96,000 to 42 schools, scout groups, 4-H clubs, parks and recreation and after school clubs through its Safe Routes to School program.

The money will be used to educate students so they can enjoy lifelong skills to walk and bike safely.

St. Cloud Area Public School District received bicycle fleets, trailers and supplies for training. Part of the education includes the Walk! Bike! Fun! curriculum for children ages 5-13.

MnDOT adds the rate of youth bicycling and walking to school has decreased from 48 to 13 percent since the 1960’s.

County Road 186 Near Sauk Centre Will Be Resurfaced Thursday

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07/19/2016 - 2:00 PM

Drivers in Sauk Centre should be aware of a resurfacing project beginning Thursday on County Road 186.

The Stearns County Highway Department says the roadway from 395th Street to Highway 4 will undergo lane closures.

The department adds drivers should expect delays and use caution when driving through work zones.

Local drivers can still use the road but all others should find alternate routes.

If you have questions or comments, please contact the Stearns County Highway Department.

County Road 172 Near Freeport Reopens After Storms Damage Culvert

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07/19/2016 - 11:30 AM

County Road 172 Near Freeport Reopens After Storms Damage Culvert
County Road 172 near Freeport was reopened after crews repaired a culvert following last week’s strong storms.
 
The Stearns County Highway Department reopened the road after crews spent time evaluating and repairing a culvert that may have been damaged during the July 11 storm.
 
The roads were closed for nearly a week.
 

 

Boaters Are Reminded Of Safety Since Water Levels Are Higher After Heavy Rains

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07/18/2016 - 11:30 AM

Boaters Are Reminded Of Safety Since Water Levels Are Higher After Heavy Rains
Mississippi River courtesy SCSU

After last week’s storms, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office is asking boaters to be safe while water levels are higher than normal.

Sheriff Troy Heck says the July 11 storms dumped large amounts of water into area lakes and rivers, causing some to reach near flood stage.

Officials are asking boaters to stay as far away as possible from shorelines and drive at no-wake speeds. Wake from a watercraft may cause erosion along shore.

Swift currents are another concern after the heavy rains, and boaters and swimmers are reminded to use caution when there’s fast moving water.

As precautionary measures, life jackets or other flotation devices are recommended. People using Minnesota’s lakes and rivers are urged to make good, careful decisions for their personal safety and the safety of others.

The Mississippi River, which is at a higher water level than normal, is expected to recede by Friday.