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Gray Wolves Put Back On Endangered List In Minnesota

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12/22/2014 - 11:35 AM

Gray Wolves Put Back On Endangered List In Minnesota
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A federal judge has reversed a decision made by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to allow the hunting of wolves in the state.

Minnesota DNR contact Chris Niskanen says effective immediately; Minnesotans can no longer legally kill a wolf with the exception being in the defense of human life.

This decision was handed down as a federal judge decided to reinstate the Endangered Species Act protections for the gray wolf in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

Wolf status in Minnesota is now returned to its former federal protection. Wolves are federally classified as threatened in the state and endangered elsewhere in the Great Lakes region.

St. Cloud Community Rallies Behind Muslim Community After Mosque Attacks

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12/22/2014 - 11:25 AM

St. Cloud, Minn. (AP)--Religious leaders from the St. Cloud area are standing with the Muslim community after a mosque was damaged by vandals four times in one month.

Faith leaders met Sunday at the Central Minnesota Islamic Center to discuss the issue and see the damage, the St. Cloud Times reports.

St. Cloud police are still investigating and patrols have been increased. The vandalism has included broken windows on the center and vehicles. In one incident, a window was shot 10 times with a pellet gun.

Center spokesman Mohamoud Mohamed says he doesn't understand why someone would target a building meant for peace.

The Rev. Randy Johnson is associate pastor at First United Methodist Church. He says a small minority is causing the damage, and those voices don't speak for the community.

Two Willmar Men Seriously Injured In Rollover Near Paynesville

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12/22/2014 - 11:00 AM

Two Willmar men are in serious condition after a rollover accident on Highway 23 near Paynesville.

The Minnesota State Patrol says 19-year-old Mohamed Omer of Willmar was travelling eastbound on Highway 23 when his car veered off the road way and rolled several times. Omar was also travelling with another man, 22-year-old Mohamed Mohamed, also of Willmar. Both men sustained serious injuries in the rollover.

The Minnesota State Patrol was assisted by both the Paynesville Police Department and the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office throughout the investigation.

St. Cloud Police Arrest One In Connection To Burglary, One Man Still At Large

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12/22/2014 - 10:45 AM

St. Cloud Police Arrest One In Connection To Burglary, One Man Still At Large
Montate Caprice Thomas

One man is in custody and another is on the loose in connection to a burglary early Saturday morning.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers were called to a possible burglary in progress in the 600 block of 8th Avenue South around 7:40 a.m. Saturday morning. The caller had told dispatch they had seen two men trying to get into several homes in that block.

Police found the men and arrested 20-year-old Montate Caprice Thomas after a short foot chase. During their investigation, officers recovered evidence that led them to believe Thomas had a connection to a burglary earlier this year in the 500 block of 8th Avenue South. In that burglary, the victim, a 21-year-old woman, was at home.

Thomas is being held at the Stearns County Jail on charges of first degree burglary. Police are still trying to identify the second man.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the St. Cloud Police Department at 320-251-1200 or Tri-County Crimestoppers at 320-255-1301.

Stearns County Commissioners Vote To Freeze Salaries For 2015

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12/18/2014 - 10:20 AM

Stearns County Commissioners Vote To Freeze Salaries For 2015
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Stearns County Commissioners unanimously voted to freeze their salaries for 2015 at a County Board Meeting Tuesday.

Stearns County says this is the eighth consecutive year commissioners voted in favor of a pay freeze. Salaries for 2015 will stay at $35,500. Commissioners’ will receive additional pay for attending meetings with no other per diems.

Salaries in Stearns County fall below commissioner salaries in neighboring and other comparable counties, which average $41,000 per year, plus per diems.

St. Cloud Hotel Will Offer Free Rooms For Those With Loved Ones Hospitalized Over Christmas Eve

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12/16/2014 - 11:50 AM

St. Cloud Hotel Will Offer Free Rooms For Those With Loved Ones Hospitalized Over Christmas Eve
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A local St. Cloud hotel is offering free hotel rooms on Christmas Eve to people visiting friends or family members in a hospital, nursing home or treatment center.

The St. Cloud Fairfield Inn and Suites is partnering with TMI Hospitality to offer the free rooms as part of their holiday giving program, 'Room in the Inn.'

The program is designed to meet the needs of friends and family members separated from their loved ones because of health issues.

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    Dec 30, 2014 - 6:00
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    Dec 30, 2014 - 8:00
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