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Motorcycle Crash Near Sauk Center Monday Left Driver With Serious Injuries

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08/24/2016 - 2:15 PM

A Sauk Center man is left with serious injuries after a Tuesday accident when his motorcycle was hit by a car he was trying to pass.

The Minnesota State Patrol says 21-year-old Alex Marthaler was riding his motorcycle north following two cars on Highway 71 near Sauk Center just before 11 p.m. Marthaler tried to pass the two cars in front of him when the middle car, driven by 32-year-old Rocio  Ruiz-Gomez, also moved to pass. Marthaler lost control, collided with Gomez’s car and ended up in the ditch.

Gomez and her passengers had no apparent injuries and Marthaler suffered serious injuries.

Waite Park Apartment Fire Monday Is Believed To Be Arson, Public Help Needed In Finding Suspects

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08/24/2016 - 1:00 PM

Authorities suspect an apartment fire in a Waite Park complex Monday was arson.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division says the tenants of Sundial apartments called 911 a little after 11 a.m. to report a fire spreading through the second floor hallway. Many were forced to jump out their second and third floor windows to safety and others were rescued by ladders.

Several people were taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for their injuries.

The Waite Park Police Department is encouraging anyone with information to call the Minnesota Arson Hotline at 1-800-723-2020. A reward of up to $5,000 is available for any tips that lead to an arrest. Tips can be submitted online HERE. Callers can remain anonymous by request.

Photo courtesy Arson Hotline.

Man Charged With Murder And Other Charges In Kidnapping Of 5-year-old Girl From Her Home Saturday

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08/24/2016 - 9:00 AM

Man Charged With Murder And Other Charges In Kidnapping Of 5-year-old Girl From Her Home Saturday
25-year-old Zachary Todd Anderson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A 25-year-old man has been charged in the abduction, sexual assault and death of a 5-year-old girl from central Minnesota.

Authorities say Zachary Todd Anderson kidnapped Alayna Ertl early Saturday from her home in Watkins, about 70 miles northwest of Minneapolis. Alayna's body was found later that day.

Anderson was charged Tuesday with murder, criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and motor vehicle theft.

Anderson, a family friend, was spending Friday night at the Ertl family's house. Alayna was last seen when she was put to bed around 2 a.m. Saturday. She and Anderson were gone by morning.

He was found hours later at his family's cabin near Motley, about 80 miles to the north. Authorities say he provided information that led them to Alayna's body.

Anderson most recently lived in Coon Rapids.

Stearns County Sheriff's Office Responded Monday To A Man Found Dead In His Garage

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08/23/2016 - 1:00 PM

Stearns County Sheriff's Office Responded Monday To A Man Found Dead In His Garage

A St. Joseph man was killed in his garage Monday after the car he was trying to change the oil in fell on top of him.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office says 58-year-old Gary Glein used a floor jack to lift his car. Glein was under the passenger side wheel-well on a mechanics cart when the car slipped off the jack causing the car to land on his chest.

Glein’s body was discovered by his wife when she came home from work. Stearns County Deputies, St. Joseph Police, St. Joseph Fire, and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the scene.

DNR Hosting Third Advisory Meeting For Sand Dunes State Forest Monday

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08/23/2016 - 12:30 PM

DNR Hosting Third Advisory Meeting For Sand Dunes State Forest Monday

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold the third monthly steak holders advisory meeting Monday, and is looking for feedback about the management of the Sand Dunes State Forest.

Covering about 11,000 acres, the state forest north of Elk River was established in 1945. The DNR says they created the steak holder advisory group in June in an effort to involve the public in the decision making process at the forest. At the August meeting they are planning to talk about the recreational opportunities and the roles of recreation management at the park.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday from 6-9 p.m. at the Lions Park Center in Elk River. All meetings will be open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.

County Road 26 Near Padua Is Closed For Culvert Repair Work

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08/23/2016 - 12:10 PM

County Road 26 Near Padua Is Closed For Culvert Repair Work

Drivers in the Padua area should be aware of a road closure Monday on County Road 26.

The road in Raymond Township is closed so repair crews can fix a culvert.

Unless changed by the weather, the closure is expected to last two days.

Questions or comments should be directed towards the Stearns County Highway Department.

PAKRAT Program In District 742 Receives Gift To Continue Another Summer Of Reading

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08/23/2016 - 12:00 PM

PAKRAT Program In District 742 Receives Gift To Continue Another Summer Of Reading

St. Cloud School Distict 742 Local Education & Activities Foundation (LEAF) announced they have received a grant to continue the PAKRAT program during the summer of 2017.

For the last couple summers you may have noticed the bright green bus driving around your neighborhood handing out books to preschool through third grade students. Partners And Kids Reading A-lot Together, otherwise known as PAKRAT, received an anonymous $25,000 gift to continue their child-literacy and parent involvement program for another year.

PAKRAT was started in 2011 with the help of LEAF.