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Chastity Brown Presenting At St. Cloud State University's Women on Wednesday Series

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09/25/2017 - 11:30 AM

Chastity Brown Presenting At St. Cloud State University's Women on Wednesday Series

Singer and songwriter Chastity Brown will visit St. Cloud State University Wednesday to talk about her work as a social activist and how music can support social change.

The Women's Center says Brown’s music covers topics like personal identifies and the feeling of belonging. Brown is a contributor to Think Out Loud, a Twin Cities effort to end homelessness through music. She has toured the United States and internationally and has been featured on NPR, CMT, and the London Times.

Brown will perform in the Atwood Memorial Center at from 12 - 1 p.m. as a part of the Women on Wednesday Speaker Series.

Reopening Of Historic Downtown St. Cloud's 5th Avenue

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09/25/2017 - 10:25 AM

Reopening Of Historic Downtown St. Cloud's 5th Avenue

Community members can join St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis for the reopening of 5th Avenue.

The downtown ribbon cutting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The renovation of 5th Avenue cost $2.2 million and replaced infrastructure below the road and improved the street surface to include expanded outdoor seating, decorative lighting and planters.

The project is nearly complete and the ribbon cutting will reopen traffic in the area.

Jeb Bush Speaks at Local University and Encourages Students To Be Open to Opposing Opinions

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09/22/2017 - 3:45 PM

Jeb Bush Speaks at Local University and Encourages Students To Be Open to Opposing Opinions

 ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has told a crowd at Saint John's University that he feels he can still play a role in politics even though he doesn't plan to run for a major political office again.

Bush said he's not a fan of President Donald Trump, but that he continues to pray for all leaders.

Bush said he wants politicians to be willing to criticize fellow party members. He also encouraged people to read news and opinions they don't agree with fully.

Bush spoke at the school Thursday saying he has been rebuilding his life since dropping out of the 2016 presidential race. He has been mentoring politicians and launched an education reform foundation called Excel in Ed.

St. Cloud Considers Raising the Tobacco Buying Age to 21

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09/22/2017 - 3:30 PM

 ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - St. Cloud could be the next city to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21, a move the mayor doesn't support.

The City Council is expected to set a date for a public hearing on the matter at its meeting Monday.

State law prohibits the sale of tobacco and tobacco-related products to anyone under the age of 18. Last May Edina adopted an ordinance that raises the age to 21.

St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis says he doesn't support the measure for a variety of reasons.  Kleis says it would only prevent people ages 18 to 21 from buying tobacco not, using it.  He also thinks it's a state issue, not a local one.

80-Year-Old Motorcyling Couple Rear Ended At Stop Light

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09/21/2017 - 3:00 PM

80-Year-Old Motorcyling Couple Rear Ended At Stop Light

An 80-year-old couple was hospitalized after being rear-ended while on a motorcycle.

Minnesota State Patrol Sergeant Jesse Grabow says David and Judy Yaeger were riding their motor cycle and were stopped at a red light, when the couple was hit by an SUV.

The Yaegers were taken to the Hutchinson Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

St. Cloud Police Investigating Shooting On 8th Avenue

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09/21/2017 - 12:00 PM

St. Cloud Police Investigating Shooting On 8th Avenue

Authorities are investigating a shooting in north St. Cloud Tuesday night.

St. Cloud Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton says officers went to the 300 block of 8th Ave North just after 11 p.m. after getting reports of gunshots. By the time they arrived, all involved parties had left the area.

At about 11:20 p.m., police went to the St. Cloud Hospital Emergency Room when they got a report of a woman with injuries from a gunshot. She said she received minor injuries after being grazed by a bullet that was shot through the rear door of the car she was in. Officers found that the vehicle the victim came in did have a bullet hole in the rear door.

Police say cooperation has been limited from the victim. Based on this information, they have determined that this is the same incident.

This is still an active investigation. Anyone with information should contact St. Cloud Police at 320-251-1200.

St. Cloud Residents Arrested For Alleged Possession of Drugs and Guns

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09/21/2017 - 12:00 PM

St. Cloud Residents Arrested For Alleged Possession of Drugs and Guns
Jon Jenks

Two people were arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance by the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force.

Task Force Commander Steve Soyka says the task force conducted a search warrant in Southeast St. Cloud on Wilson Avenue on Wednesday.

St. Cloud SWAT conducted the search and found two handguns along with 250 prescription pills, about 28 grams cocaine, mushrooms, a small amount of marijuana, and $2,335 in cash.

Homeowner 26-year-old Jon Jenks was arrested for second degree possession of a controlled substance charge and being a felon in possession of a fireman. Also arrested was 24-year-old Sireatha Tek for fourth degree possession of a controlled substance.

Jenks and Teks were taken to Sherburne County Jail where they await trial.

Chinese and Spanish Language Immersion Programs Celebrate Diversity at St.Cloud

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09/21/2017 - 12:00 PM

Chinese and Spanish Language Immersion Programs Celebrate Diversity at St.Cloud

St. Cloud School District 742 is celebrating diversity through their language immersion programs tonight.

District 742Communications Director Tami DeLand says the Chinese and Spanish language immersion programs will have a host of activities Thursday night at Lake George. Ranging from traditional music to salsa dancing and Kung Fu lessons the immersion programs welcome everyone in the community to join them from 5 – 7 p.m.

Thursdays activities are sponsored by the Clearwater PTA, the Chinese Immersion Parent Advisory Committee and the SCSU Confucius Institute.

A Gas Spill In Holdingford Shuts Down Street

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09/21/2017 - 10:15 AM

A Gas Spill In Holdingford Shuts Down Street
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A gas spill in Holdingford temporarily shut down a street Tuesday afternoon.

Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson says a gas spill at 211 River Street in Holdingford was caused by a trailer hitting a gas pump. 30-year-old Darrin Gorka of Long Prairie, and his passenger 33-year-old Holly Kotzer of Bowlus, were pulling out of the gas station when the trailer hit the pump, leaking gasoline.

The leak was eventually stopped and River Street was closed for about 30 minutes. Gorka received a citation from the accident.

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit By St. Cloud Video Company That Doesn't Want To Work With Gay Couple

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09/21/2017 - 9:00 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a legal challenge by the owners of a Minnesota video company who want to shoot weddings for heterosexual couples only.

Carl and Angel Larsen own Telescope Media Group and filed a lawsuit in December against the state's human rights commissioner and attorney general contesting a Minnesota law that bans businesses from denying wedding services to same-sex couples.

The St. Cloud couple's lawsuit was a pre-emptive effort to avoid penalties for turning away same-sex customers. The Star Tribune reports Chief District Judge John Tunheim rejected the Larsens' argument that the law was an effort to "stamp out expression opposing same-sex marriage."

The Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents the Larsens, says the couple plans to file an appeal.

Melrose Starts Clean Up After Tuesday's Storm

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09/20/2017 - 3:30 PM

MELROSE, Minn. (AP) - Residents in and around Melrose are cleaning up trees, branches and debris after a strong thunderstorm moved through the area.

 
City leaders say there are a lot of trees down at the local golf course. City administrator Mike Brethorst says buildings at Jennie-O and the lumber yard sustained heavy damage while Arce Auto was destroyed from straight line winds early Wednesday.
 
The National Weather Service issued thunderstorm warnings from 12:45 a.m. until 2:45 a.m. for area counties, including Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, Todd and Morrison. It was part of a much larger line of storms that extended from north of Brainerd to south of Hutchinson.
 
The line of storms had 60 to 70 mph winds, nickel size hail, and heavy rain.
 

Law Enforcement And Community Building Conference In St. Cloud

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09/20/2017 - 12:30 PM

Law Enforcement And Community Building Conference In St. Cloud

Law enforcement and social services across the Midwest will be meeting in St. Cloud next Thursday.

St. Cloud State's University Communications says social service experts are meeting at a conference to discuss how police and community relations can grow through building partnerships.

The conference "Bridge the Divide Through a Shared Identity: Making Everyone in the Community Count" will be held at Courtyard by Marriott from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on September 28.

It's the second annual conference that is hosted by the university's Department of Social Work.

St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson will be speaking along with United Way of Central Minnesota CEO John Ruis.

A Rollover Near Rockville Sends Man To The Hospital

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09/20/2017 - 11:30 AM

A Rollover Near Rockville Sends Man To The Hospital
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A rollover near Rockville has sent one man to the hospital.

Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson says Thursday an SUV was found in the ditch off Country Road 8 near 230th Street. Authorities say 54-year-old Peter Taft from Cold Spring was found laying across the front seats of his SUV. Gudmundson says Taft went off the road, over corrected, and then rolled over.

Taft was transported to St. Cloud Hospital for his injuries. He was not believed to be wearing his seatbelt at the time, and alcohol is believed to a factor in the rollover.

Home Remodeled On Grand Lake Must Be Torn Down

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09/20/2017 - 9:00 AM

ROCKVILLE, Minn. (AP) - A judge in central Minnesota says a new lake home must be torn down after a neighbor complained about the size of the building.

According to court documents, Kathleen and Matt Mimbach began the project on their property on Grand Lake in Rockville in November 2015. Building permits filed with the city called it "a remodel with a new addition."

But neighbors Thomas and Holly Ruether contend it actually was a teardown and the building of a new, larger home. The Ruethers' attorney says his clients' property has decreased in value, and that the new, two-story home encroaches on both side yards.

WJON-AM reports Stearns County Judge Vicki Landwehr ruled last week that the new home must be torn down. An attorney for the Mimbachs says they likely will appeal.

International Piano Duo Comes To St. Cloud State University

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09/13/2017 - 12:30 PM

International Piano Duo Comes To St. Cloud State University

St. Cloud State University will be hosting a piano duo from Spain.

St. Cloud State University Music Department says Elena Martin and Jose Meliton will be performing original works. Their music inspiration comes from Spain, as they travel around the world to spread their culture through piano music.

The duo will give a presentation on their musical roots at 12 p.m. on Friday, September 29.  Following the presentation in the evening, the group will perform in the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center at 5 p.m. Admission is free for both performances.

Mississippi River Bridge in Clearwater Is Now Open

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08/17/2017 - 3:30 PM

       

It's now easier to travel through Clearwater, Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation opened the new Mississippi River Bridge to vehicles today. All lanes of Highway 24 are now switched onto the new Highway 24 bridge.

The new bridge spans the river and Wright County Road 7, or Mainstreet in Clearwater. The old bridge was 57-years-old and work to replace it began two years ago.

Minn-DOT says an average of 16,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily, with weekend recreational drivers from nearby Interstate 94 and Highway 10 creating a much higher volume of traffic.

The new bridge has wider lanes, shoulders and a pedestrian trail separated by a concrete barrier for safety.

The old bridge will be removed fully by 2018. Here's a link to the Highway 24 live webcam.

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