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Seberger Park To See A Gas Burn-Off Project

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07/03/2015 - 10:45 AM

Xcel Energy will be performing a natural gas burn-off at Seberger Park Tuesday.

City Engineer’s Office says the project will be done due to high pressure gas main retirement. The anticipated time needed to do the burn-off is about one hour. 21st Avenue North between 2nd and 3rd Street North will be closed while the work is being done.

Xcel Energy and Q3 Contracting will be present at the scene to supervise the project.

Rainfall Caused High Water and Flooding Problems in Two Rivers Lake

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07/03/2015 - 10:30 AM

Last week’s rainfall caused high water and local flooding problems in Two Rivers Lake Thursday.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says the office placed a “No Wake” request on Two Rivers Lake because of the high level of water. Sanner adds the boaters are encouraged to be respectful of this advisory.

The Sheriff’s office will take the request off the river when the level of water goes down.

Highway 10 and 15 Are Now Open For Travellers

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07/03/2015 - 10:10 AM

Highway 10 and 15 are open for Independence Day travelers in St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids.

Minnesota Department of Transportation says drivers will experience a smooth ride as all permanent lanes of highway 10 and 15 are now open.

Both directions of Highway 10 between East St. Germain and County Road 33rd and a short part of Highway 15 at Highway 10 have been reduced to a single lane since April 1st. Although the project is almost complete, drivers will face temporary lane and ramp closures of non-rush lane from Monday through the end of July.

The project results in new pavement, improved drainage and a smoother ride on Highway 10 and 15, which are important freight and tourism routes.

Motorists To Face Delays In South and North Sides of St. Cloud

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07/03/2015 - 10:00 AM

Motorists To Face Delays In South and North Sides of St. Cloud

The City of St. Cloud will have three road closures in the second week of July.

Beginning Tuesday through Friday, 15th Avenue Southeast between 12th and 13th Street Southeast will be closed to traffic because of utility and road work in the area. Also, starting Tuesday through Friday, 1st Street South from 32nd to 33rd Avenue South will be under construction. The northbound traffic lane on 33rd Avenue South will be reduced to one lane at 1st Street South.

The southbound traffic lane on 25th Avenue North between 2nd and 3rd Street North will be closed Wednesday due to utility work in the area.

Paynesville Women Injured After A Car Crash In Zion Township

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07/02/2015 - 10:40 AM

Two Paynesville women received minor injuries after a car crash in Zion Township near Paynesville Wednesday night.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says deputies received a call about an accident in which a car struck a cow on County Road 33 south of County Road 16. 19-year-old Jamie Marie Scherer with her passenger 16-year-old Miranda Kay Scherer were driving on County Road 33 just before midnight. The driver, Jamie Scherer, hit a cow in the roadway.

Sanner adds both the driver and passenger had their seat belts on and only received some cuts from broken glass. No other injuries were reported.

Drinking And Boating Don't Mix, Says Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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07/02/2015 - 10:00 AM

Drinking And Boating Don't Mix, Says Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources carried out patrols for intoxicated boaters last weekend to reduce alcohol-related boating accidents and deaths.

News Director, Mohammad Najafian, has the audio story.

Section Of 15th Avenue Southeast In St. Cloud To Close Starting Tuesday

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07/01/2015 - 4:00 PM

Section Of 15th Avenue Southeast In St. Cloud To Close Starting Tuesday

St. Cloud drivers should be aware of a road closing on the Southeast side beginning Tuesday.

The City Engineer’s Office says 15th Avenue Southeast between 12th and 13th Streets Southeast will close until Friday, July 10.

The closure is necessary so crews can work on utility and road repairs. Detours will be posted.

Cold Spring Company Receives Grant From Minnesota Department Of Agriculture

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07/01/2015 - 10:30 AM

Cold Spring Company Receives Grant From Minnesota Department Of Agriculture
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Mississippi Topsoils received a Value Added Grant from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

The Cold Spring based company makes different soil products by using agricultural byproducts. They used the grant to install a climate-controlled storage warehouse. The facility will benefit the company in many ways but its main use will be to provide winter storage for green industry soil materials.

The Minnesota legislature and Governor Dayton invested in the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program in 2012 which provides funding for the Value Added Grant. Since then they have invested $4.5 million into the program which has helped expand more than 150 small businesses and agricultural producers.

Public Nuisance Claim To Proceed Against Diocese Of St. Cloud

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07/01/2015 - 10:00 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A Stearns County judge is allowing a public nuisance claim to proceed against the Diocese of St. Cloud.

The claim is part of a lawsuit by a man who accuses former St. Cloud diocese priest James Thoennes of abusing him when he was a boy in Foley in the early 1970s.

The lawsuit claims the diocese knew of past abuse by Thoennes before it assigned him to St. John's parish in Foley. The St. Cloud Times reports that Thoennes admitted in a deposition in a separate lawsuit that he sexually abused at least five boys while working in the St. Cloud Diocese.

The public nuisance claim led to the release of numerous priest files in a separate lawsuit in Ramsey County against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Road Construction Along County Road 29 Postponed Until August

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06/30/2015 - 11:30 AM

Road Construction Along County Road 29 Postponed Until August

Road construction along County Road 29 near Meire Grove has been rescheduled to mid-August.

Stearns County says culvert work was set to be completed July 6-8 but now the schedule has changed. The timeframe of the project is weather dependent.

Drivers are encouraged to use posted detours when the work begins.

Body Recovered Near Big Lake Beach Monday Morning

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06/30/2015 - 10:50 AM

The body of a New London man was recovered in Big Lake just before 7 a.m. Monday morning.

Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott says 47-year-old Lee Gerhardson was found dead in about 10 feet of water near the swimming area of Big Lake beach. The body was discovered by a city worker.

The cause of death is still under investigation but foul play is not suspected.

Albertville Fire Department To Receive Animal Oxygen Masks

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06/29/2015 - 11:00 AM

Albertville Fire Department To Receive Animal Oxygen Masks
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First Responders with the Albertville Fire Department are going to have the tools to save more animal’s lives in fire emergencies.

The department is receiving an animal rescue oxygen mask kit through a donation from the Invisible Fence Company. The masks are designed to be potentially life-saving devices that will provide an animal with oxygen during an emergency.

Most states do not have the proper safety equipment to save an animal’s life. It is estimated that an average of 40,000 to 150,000 pets die in fires each year. The donation is part of a national outreach called Project Breathe.