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Clear Lake Man Hospitalized After A Rollover Accident in St. Augusta Thursday

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04/29/2016 - 11:30 AM

A Clear Lake man was taken to the hospital after a rollover accident in St. Augusta Thursday night.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says deputies responded to a report of an accident along County Road 44 and about half mile east of County Road 7 at 11:40 p.m. Deputies learned 48-year-old James Allan Gall was driving eastbound when he went straight off a sharp curve and hit a field approach and several trees.

The St. Augusta Fire and Rescue Department helped Gall to remove him from his vehicle. He was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment. Alcohol is believed to a factor in the accident.

No other injuries were reported. The accident is under active investigation.

St. Cloud Man Arrested On Charges of 4th Degree DWI Wednesday Night

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04/28/2016 - 3:30 PM

St. Cloud Man Arrested On Charges of 4th Degree DWI Wednesday Night
Christopher Lee Martin

A St. Cloud man was arrested on charges of 4th degree DWI after a report of accident in the south side of the city Wednesday night.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers responded to a report of a vehicle crashing into a house in the 1300 block of Cypress Road at 11:50 p.m. Officers learned 27-year-old Christopher Lee Martin from St. Cloud ran off the road and hit a house. He also sped across the yard and damaged a second house across the street. Two vehicles parked in one of the garages of the houses were heavily damaged.

Martin was arrested on reported charges of being under influence of a controlled substance. Martin has a previous record of domestic violence. He is in custody at the Stearns County Jail.

St. Cloud State University To Honor Its Director of Human Resources

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04/28/2016 - 3:00 PM

St. Cloud State University To Honor Its Director of Human Resources
Dr. Holly Schoenherr

St. Cloud State University is honoring its director of Human Resources.

Vice President for Finance and Administration, Tammy McGee, says Dr. Holly Schoenherr has been named as the director of human resources for the Pinellas County Unified Personnel System in Clearwater in Florida.

Dr. Schoenherr joined SCSU in 2012 and reorganized the human resources area with a focus on service and training opportunities for employees. She has used innovative practices like the Great Places to Work Survey to identify ways to improve employee satisfaction.

She will be remaining in her position till June 30th. Vice President Wanda Overland will be a temporary replacement while the school is searching for a new qualified applicant.

St. Cloud Man Hospitalized After Hit-and-Run Accident

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04/27/2016 - 2:00 PM

St. Cloud Police officers responded to a hit and run accident in the north side of the city Monday afternoon.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers received a report of an accident at 2nd Street North and 15th Avenue North. Forty-year-old Abdulqader Gelani Ishaq from St. Cloud was heading eastbound when another vehicle ran a stop sign, hit his car and fled the scene.

After investigating the accident, officers sent the case to the attorney’s office in the city. Forty-seven-year Lee O’Neal is facing charges of gross misdemeanor, driving after revocation, careless driving and no proof of insurance.

Ishaq’s passenger, 32-year-old Ibrahim Ahmed Dhuhul, was taken to the ER for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported.

Multiple Lane Closures on I-94 Between Rogers And St. Michael

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04/27/2016 - 12:00 PM

Multiple Lane Closures on I-94 Between Rogers And St. Michael

Both east and westbound traffic on I-94 will be delayed this weekend due to lane closures.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says drivers planning on traveling through Rogers and St. Michael should be aware of lane closures starting at 6 p.m. this Friday. East and westbound lanes will be reduced to one lane during non-peak travel times.

The closures are needed to conduct bridge deck testing and sealing on bridges crossing the Crow River. The lanes will reopen at 12 p.m. Sunday.

Metro Bus Transit Center Updates Campus Clippers Schedule and Adds New Rides

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04/27/2016 - 10:40 AM

Metro Bus Transit Center Updates Campus Clippers Schedule and Adds New Rides

Metro Transit Center announced changes to some of its routes in the summer and fall.

Metro Bus says there will be no rides offered in the summer for route numbers 81-85 as St. Cloud State University's school year is coming to an end. The Campus Clipper will come back to its normal schedule as the fall semester starts.

Students and community members can start riding those routes on August 21. Metro Bus staff will be at the Miller Center from 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday and 12-1:30 p.m. Thursday to answer any questions riders may have.

Metro Bus is also adding weekend service to its route12 offering rides to SCSU and Transit Center downtown. 

St. Cloud Area District 742 Names Chad Keller As Apollo's Boys Soccer Head Coach

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04/27/2016 - 10:00 AM

St. Cloud Area District 742 Names Chad Keller As Apollo's Boys Soccer Head Coach
Chad Keller

St. Cloud Area School District 742 has named Chad Keller as the new head coach for the Apollo High School boys’ soccer team.

Apollo Activities Director Dave Langerud says Keller has been the head coach at Sauk Rapids High School for the past two seasons. Langerud adds that Keller has the skills and knowledge to coach youths from age five and older.

Langerud adds Keller’s passion for coaching started nine years ago in youth programs. He was selected as the section eight coach of the year for Sauk Rapids High School in 2014-15. Keller is also a 2001 graduate from Apollo.

Judge Commits St. Cloud Man Accused of Killing His Mother To Mental Health Facility

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04/27/2016 - 9:30 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A judge has ordered a St. Cloud man accused of fatally stabbing his mother indefinitely committed to a state mental-health facility.

The Stearns County judge signed the order Tuesday after 54-year-old Dean Friese was found incompetent to stand trial.

Friese is accused of stabbing his 72-year-old mother, Lois Omeara, in September 2013. The mother and son lived in separate apartments in a St. Cloud apartment complex. Court records accuse Friese of luring his mother to his apartment by pulling a medical alarm.

The St. Cloud Times reports Friese has undergone several mental exams. Some have found him competent to stand trial while others have found him unable to assist his attorneys in his own defense.

Friese was scheduled to go on trial May 10, but that will be postponed.

Two Drivers Cited After North St. Cloud Crash

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04/27/2016 - 1:20 AM

Two drivers were taken to the emergency room and ticketed after they crashed in North St. Cloud.

St. Cloud Chief of Police Blair Anderson says the accident was at the intersection of 9th Avenue North and Northway Drive Monday at 4:45 p.m. Thirty-year-old Brittney Doroff of St. Joseph was driving south on 9th Avenue when she tried to turn left onto 6th Avenue North. But she crashed into the car driven by 26-year-old Taylor Endres who was headed north on 9th Avenue.

Both drivers received non-life threatening injuries. Doroff was cited for failing to yield to the right of way and Endres was given a citation for driving after suspension.

Pictured: Intersection of 9th Ave and Northway Drive Courtesy Google Maps.

St. Cloud District 742 Is Answering Kindegarten Start Up Questions

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04/26/2016 - 11:30 AM

St. Cloud District 742 Is Answering Kindegarten Start Up Questions

The St. Cloud Area School District is gearing up for this year’s Kindergarten Round up.

District 742 has eight elementary schools and they are all getting ready for children who will be in Kindergarten during the 2016-17 school year. On Thursday, May 5 District 742 transportation is offering a bus ride and brief presentation at 6:30 p.m. for all children going into kindergarten and their families to learn how the busing system works.

Elementary schools across the district will also be holding their own kindergarten informational nights starting Tuesday and going through May 12.

Tuesday, April 26 5:00 p.m. Talahi Kindergarten Information Night

Thursday, April 28 6:00 p.m. Oak Hill Kindergarten Parent Information Night

Monday, May 2 5:00 p.m. Discovery Kindergarten Open House

Thursday, May 5 6:00 p.m. Westwood Kindergarten Roundup

Monday, May 9 6:00 p.m. Kennedy Kindergarten Roundup (On-Site Bus Tour)

Thursday, May 12 5:30 p.m. Lincoln Kindergarten Open House

Thursday, May 12 6:00 p.m. Madison Kindergarten Open House

State Patrol Says Becker Woman Caused Accident After Trying To Take Photo While Driving

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04/26/2016 - 11:00 AM

A Becker woman was taken to the hospital after authorities says she hit another car while trying to take a picture in her vehicle while she was driving.

The Minnesota State Patrol says 47-year-old Monica Wesenberg of Becker ran a stop sign Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 25  and 37th Street Southeast. Wesenberg had hit a turkey prior to that accident and admitted to the deputies that she was taking a picture of the damage to her vehicle while driving it.

She ran the stop sign and broadsided a car driven by 41-year-old Kristine Sylvester from Clearwater. She had minor injuries, but her teenage passengers were not injured.

Wesenberg was taken to the hospital for treatment on non-life threatening injuries.

SCSU Asks Students to Donate, Don't Ditch Used Items As School Year Winds Down

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04/25/2016 - 3:45 PM

SCSU Asks Students to Donate, Don't Ditch Used Items As School Year Winds Down
With the spring semester drawing to a close many St. Cloud State University students will begin packing their things and deciding what to keep or throw out, however there’s another choice, and that’s to donate.
 
The Department of Campus Involvement says the “Donate, Don’t Ditch!” program that began Monday allows anyone to donate gently used household items and clothing to be given back to the community.
 
The program begins today with large boxes available for students to drop off items at every residence hall on campus. The program lasts until May 6, the end of the semester.
 

 

West Fargo Man Broadsided On Highway 23 After Trying to Make U-Turn

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04/25/2016 - 2:30 PM

West Fargo Man Broadsided On Highway 23 After Trying to Make U-Turn

A West Fargo, North Dakota man was taken to a hospital after a car accident on Highway 23 near St. Joseph Sunday afternoon.

The Minnesota State Patrol says the accident occurred when 19-year-old Liban Maalim was driving southbound on Highway 23 and he attempted to make a U-turn. Maalim turned in front of 52-year-old Sharon Donnay of Watkins. She was  unable to stop and broadsided Maalim.
 
Maalim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries and Donnay received no apparent injuries.
 

Various Items For Sale At The Stearns County Property Auction

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04/25/2016 - 11:40 AM

Various Items For Sale At The Stearns County Property Auction

Stearns County will be auctioning off a wide variety of items at the seized and surplus property auction this weekend.

Numerous vehicles and tools will be up for auction such as cars, boats, plow trucks, drills, and mowers as well as smaller tools like ladders, drills, and saws. There will also be office supplies for sale like computers, shredders, desk chairs, white boards and much more.

The auction is this Saturday, April 30  starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Stearns County Highway Department on 28th Ave in Waite Park.

The complete list of everything that’s up for sale can be found HERE

Three Homes In Otsego Destroyed or Damaged by Lightning Strike

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04/25/2016 - 11:00 AM

OTSEGO, Minn. (AP) - A group of children at a sleepover and others fled from the two homes that were destroyed when lightning struck and ignited a fire in Ostego, Minnesota.

A third home was damaged by fire early Sunday. Authorities say everyone escaped injury.

One family was hosting a youth soccer sleepover. Neighbor Joe Meinhardt tells the Star Tribune he grabbed the kids after the fire broke out. Meinhardt says it looked like the lightning hit the three houses all at once, jumping from house to house.

Heavy equipment was brought in to knock down the walls of the charred remains.

Partner for Student Success Selects Adam O'Doherty As Its First Executive Director

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04/25/2016 - 10:00 AM

Partner for Student Success Selects Adam O'Doherty As Its First Executive Director
Adam O’Doherty

Partner for Student Success names Adam O’Doherty as its first executive director.

PFSS is a central Minnesota organization that partners with school districts, businesses, communities and government agencies to assure the success of students.

O’Doherty has served in the administration of the Upward Bound TRIO program at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. The TRIO Programs are federally-funded and dedicated to helping first generation, low-income students succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.

O’Doherty has also worked in Rasmussen College as part of their student success management, recruitment, fundraising, legislative action work and strategic planning.

St. Cloud Man Arrested On Charges of Aggravated Robbery and 2nd Degree Assault

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04/25/2016 - 9:30 AM

A St. Cloud man was arrested on charges of aggravated robbery and 2nd degree assault in the south side of the city Friday night.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers received a report of robbery at Super America at the 600 block of Highway 10 at about 10 p.m. They learned that two armed suspects robbed some merchandise from the store.

Officers found one of the suspects, 18-year-old Jacob Bennet Swanstrom, at about midnight in the 500 block of 15th Avenue South East. Swanstrom was taken into custody and is being held at the Benton County Jail.

The case is under active investigation.

Permits Available For New Parking Program At St. Cloud State University

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04/22/2016 - 3:30 PM

Permits Available For New Parking Program At St. Cloud State University
Parking permits for the new parking program on the campus of St. Cloud State University are now available.
 
The university says aging parking lots and a need for improved safety began the development of the new parking program. The program features new evening/weekend community parking options, reduced pay lot rates and a 24-hour, all-week permit requirement in campus parking lots.
 
St. Cloud State's Public Safety notes that the new requirements will help cover the cost of repairs and improvements needed for campus parking lots.    
 
Permits can be purchased at the Public Safety Center on Monday, April 25, and the new program begins on July 1.
 
For more information on the new parking program you can visit this link.

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