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St. Cloud City Council Member Wants To Limit Somali Refugee Resettlement

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10/18/2017 - 9:30 AM

St. Cloud City Council Member Wants To Limit Somali Refugee Resettlement

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A St. Cloud City Council member plans to propose a moratorium on refugee resettlement.

Jeff Johnson says he's concerned about "the overall quality of life" for St. Cloud residents and wants to limit refugee resettlement until the city gets more information about the number of people moving to the city and the cost to taxpayers. Several council members say Johnson's proposal is off base because resettlement is not the city's responsibility.

The number of refugees admitted into the U.S. is determined by the federal government. The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations launched a petition drive to urge the council to vote against Johnson's proposal which he plans to introduce next month.

The chapter's executive director and St. Cloud State University graduate Jaylani Hussein calls the proposal is despicable and racist.

The proposal may be on Monday's City Council's agenda. More than 10,000 Somali nationals now call St. Cloud home after fleeing their war-torn homeland.

Dassel Man Flees Police in an Hour-Long High Speed Chase After Threatening A Man At Cash Wise

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10/17/2017 - 4:25 PM

A Dassel man has been arrested after leading police on an hour-long car chase Monday night.

Waite Park Police Chief David Bentrud says officers went to the parking lot of Cash Wise Foods in Waite Park just before 11 p.m. after 47-year-old Jason Ashwill, allegedly threatened to kill a man. When police arrived, Ashwill fled the scene, driving east through St. Cloud.

The suspect drove south on Highway 15 at speeds up to 100 miles per hour. Cooperating agencies used stop sticks to puncture Ashwill’s tires multiple times. After flattening one tire, Ashwill turned around and drove north on Highway 15. By the time he got back in St. Cloud, all of the vehicles tires were flat.

Ashwill was eventually stopped and arrested. He has been taken to the Stearns County Jail for charges of felony fleeing a police offficer in a motor vehicle and damage to property.

Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force Arrest St. Cloud Man and Woman

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10/17/2017 - 4:10 PM

Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force Arrest St. Cloud Man and Woman

The Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force has made another St. Cloud bust.

According to the Task Force Commander Steve Soyka, on Tuesday a warrant was received for 721 28th Avenue North in St. Cloud for the sale of controlled substances. Forty-seven-year-old Michael Chirhart and 38-year-old Sarah Nesenson, both of St. Cloud, were found at the house along with drug paraphernalia and an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine.

Officers learned that Nesenson had three outstanding warrants and an active Domestic Abuse No Contact Order against her barring her from having any contact with Chirhart.

She was arrested on the warrants and the order violation and Chirhart was arrested and charged with 5th degree possession of a controlled substance.

They are both being held at Stearns County Jail awaiting court.

Minnesota BCA Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in St. Cloud

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10/17/2017 - 2:45 PM

Minnesota BCA Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in St. Cloud

A Stearns County Sheriff's deputy and four St. Cloud Police officers are on administrative leave after an officer involved shooting Monday night.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says the officers were investigating a possible assault just before midnight Monday in west St. Cloud when an armed man broke out a back window and attempted to flee. The deputy fired his gun at the scene and two officers used Tasers to apprehend the suspect. The BCA did not indicate where the officer's weapon was fired.

The suspect is currently at the St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The BCA has taken over the investigation and will be reviewing squad car cameras to see if the incident was caught on film. Neither the Stearns County Sheriff’s office nor the St. Cloud Police use body cameras. 

KVSC news will bring you more on this story as the investigation continues.

33rd Street South Will Close For Utility Work On New Tech High School

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10/17/2017 - 9:45 AM

33rd Street South Will Close For Utility Work On New Tech High School

33rd Street South will be closed to traffic this Thursday.

St. Cloud City Engineer’s Office says 33rd Street South from County Road 74 to County Road 136 will be closed for construction crews to perform utility work for the new Tech High School.

The closure will last from Thursday, October 19 until Sunday, October 22. Detours will be posted.

Man Arrested After Multi-County Vehicle Chase Now Facing Aggravated Robbery Charges

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10/16/2017 - 7:00 PM

Man Arrested After Multi-County Vehicle Chase Now Facing Aggravated Robbery Charges
Jason Stuart Vossen

A robbery near Princeton sent one to jail for an alleged armed robbery early Monday morning.

Sherburne County Sheriff's Spokesman David Unze says just after 2 a.m. in Princeton Park an 18-year-old man said another man approached him with a knife and robbed him of his cell phone, wallet and other personal items.

The man then left in a pick-up truck, which was spotted in Mille Lacs County. A vehicle chase went on through several counties until 27-year-old Jason Stuart Vossen was caught.

Vossen is currently being held in Sherburne County Jail on charges of 1st-degree aggravated robbery.

St. Cloud Man Assaulted With a Baseball Bat Over Property Dispute

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10/16/2017 - 12:00 PM

St. Cloud Man Assaulted With a Baseball Bat Over Property Dispute

An argument between two men Sunday afternoon turned violent as one reportedly assaulted the other with a baseball bat.

St. Cloud Police say a 35-year-old man was found with a non-life threatening head injury in front of his house on 15th Avenue North. He was brought to the St. Cloud Hospital where he told police he was arguing with a friend over personal property before the fight started.

Later that day, the suspect 37-year-old Charles Toy Jr., went to the police department to explain his side of the story. Toy was arrested and is facing charges of 2nd degree assault.

Man Jailed After Drug Bust North of Little Falls

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10/16/2017 - 11:30 AM

Man Jailed After Drug Bust North of Little Falls

A man has been arrested on drug charges north of Little Falls last week.

The Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force says Morrison County Sherrif’s Office got a search warrant on October 12 in Green Prairie Township for alleged sales of methamphetamine and prescription pills. When officers got to the house there were several people inside including the homeowner 60-year-old William Schurr of Green Prairie Township.

Schurr was taken to Morrison County Jail on charges of sales and possession of controlled substance. None of the other people who were in the home are facing charges.

House Fire North Of Brooten Sends One Man to the Hospital

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10/16/2017 - 11:30 AM

One man is in the hospital after his house was engulfed in flames Sunday night.

The Stearns County Sheriffs say they responded a house fire North of Brooten after a neighbor called 911. The owner of the house, 80-year-old Herman Imdieke, was the only one home at the time. Imdieke said he was cooking dinner when he started to smell gas and then there was an explosion.

He was brought to the Glenwood Hospital with significant burns to his head and hands. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Minnesota State Fire Marshall.

Interstate 94 Will Be Reduced To Single Lane Traffic For Two Weeks

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10/16/2017 - 11:10 AM

Interstate 94 Will Be Reduced To Single Lane Traffic For Two Weeks

Interstate 94 will be under construction for the next two weeks during non-rush hours.

Minnesota Department of Transportation says drivers between Monticello and Clearwater will experience lane closures with slow or stopped traffic. The closure is needed while crews grind rough pavement to improve driving conditions.

The closures will last from October 16 to November 2. Drivers are advised to slow down for crews.

Homecoming Makes It's Comeback At St. Cloud State University

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10/16/2017 - 10:40 AM

Homecoming Makes It's Comeback At St. Cloud State University

After a six year absence Homecoming will be returning to St. Cloud State University next fall.

University Interim President Ashish Vaidya announced at the Husky Football game last Saturday that Homecoming will make a revival for the university's 150th Birthday year.

The president says since the fall of 2011 the "Celebrate" St. Cloud State events boosted attendance for the football game, Family Weekend and other events that engage students and the community.

Homecoming will make it's comeback next fall from October 17-21 to kick off the sesquicentennial year of events before the school turns 150 on September 15, 2019.

SCSU will also continue Winter Celebrate in January to align with Hockey Day Minnesota.

St. Cloud Police Department Host Discussion On Community Relations And Policing Agreement

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10/11/2017 - 11:00 AM

St. Cloud Police Department Host Discussion On Community Relations And Policing Agreement

Community members are asked to join discussion between local residents and the St. Cloud Police Department.

The St. Cloud Area Regional Human Rights Commission and Resisting Racial and Religious Intolerance Project are teaming up to host an educational forum. During the forum panelists and audience members will discuss the St. Cloud Community Policing Agreement.

The agreement was implemented in 2005 to improve relations between police and community members. Panelists will discuss the history and impact of the agreement and how to improve police and resident interactions.

All are welcomed at the free forum at the St. Cloud City Hall Council Chambers on Tuesday, October 24, at 6 p.m.

Contact SCSU professor Rachel Wexelbaum at with any questions about the event.

Staples Woman Injured After Man Grabs Purse at Crossroads Macy's

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10/10/2017 - 1:30 PM

A 70-year-old woman from Staples was injured after a man tried to grab her purse as she entered the Macy's department store in the Crossroads Mall Sunday.

St. Cloud police are just now revealing the details of what happened. Shortly before 5 p.m. police were called and learned the woman entered the north doors of Macy's and was followed by a man, who was alone. Once she got inside, the man grabbed the victim's purse, which was hung over her shoulder. The victim fell down during the altercation and she was dragged by the assailant, with the purse still on her shoulder. He kicked the woman was able to steal her purse and run toward the Target parking lot.

At the same time, police say a 23-year-old witness saw what happened and she briefly chased the suspect. He dropped the purse.

The suspect is described as a white man, 16 to 18-years-old, 5'9'' tall with a heavy build.

The victim was treated by Gold Cross Ambulance paramedics at the scene. The public is asked to share any information on this assault and robbery attempt by called 251-251-1200 or visit Tri County Crime Stoppers.

Somali Artist Aar Maanta Concert and Residency Program Cancelled

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10/06/2017 - 11:00 AM

Somali Artist Aar Maanta Concert and Residency Program Cancelled
Aar Maanta Minnesota Residency Cancelled

Visa delays have caused series of community residency programs and concerts by a London-based Somali artist to be cancelled, including the events at St. Cloud State University.

Aar Maanta and his band The Urban Nomads were to be part of a program called "Midnimo" which entails university and community educational programs and concerts in Mankato, Minneapolis and St. Cloud. His nearly month-long residency was cancelled after organizers at the Cedar Cultural Center say the US Consulate held the artist's visa application because it was still "undergoing additional administrative processing." However, four members of Aar Maanta's band, who are not Somalian born or Muslim, were all granted their visas. The visa applications were all submitted in May.

The St. Cloud residency included the artist participating in several university classes, working with children at the Boys and Girls Club of Central Minnesota, and events with the St. Cloud Technical and Community College.

The Paramount Visual Arts Center is a lead partner in the grant funded program, and their Director of Education and Outreach, Jane Oxton says eleven college, school and community sites have been impacted by the cancellation, and it's a loss of an opportunity to learn and deepen cultural understanding from a world-class artist.

The Midnimo program is based on a two year grant from the Doris Duke Foundation with a goal of increasing understanding of Muslim culture through performing arts.

St. Cloud State University To Hold Halloween Spooktacular

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10/05/2017 - 10:45 AM

St. Cloud State University To Hold Halloween Spooktacular

St. Cloud State University will be holding a Halloween Spooktacular at the end of the month.

University Communications Director Anna Kurth says kids and their families are invited to attend the Halloween Spooktacular sponsored by the St. Cloud State Wind Ensemble. Kids can attend pre-concert activities such as trick-or-treating, face painting, and games starting at 5:30 p.m.

Kids and families can also hear Halloween themed music such as the Nightmare Before Christmas, Tales from the Crypt and favorites from Star Wars and Disney movies.

The Spooktacular concert will start at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 26 in the Ritsche Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

Silent Auction And Art And Craft Sale for Project Connect at SCSU

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10/03/2017 - 5:30 PM

Silent Auction And Art And Craft Sale for Project Connect at SCSU
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The School of Health and Human Services is putting on an event for Project Connect.

A silent auction and art and craft sale will take place on Oct. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Atwood Main Lounge on the campus of St. Cloud State University.

There will be gift certificates, baskets and homemade items available. All proceeds will benefit attendees at Project Connect and others experiencing extreme poverty and/or homelessness in our community.

If you have any questions please contact Social Work Professor Sheila Moriarty at or 320-308-2127.

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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  • Volleyball vs University of Mary (Sports Stream)
    Oct 20, 2017 - 6:00
  • Men's Hockey vs Boston College
    Oct 20, 2017 - 7:37
  • Volleyball vs Minot State University (Sports Stream)
    Oct 21, 2017 - 2:00

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