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DNR To Host Three Regional Meetings On Groundwater Sustainability In August

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07/29/2015 - 11:30 AM

DNR To Host Three Regional Meetings On Groundwater Sustainability In August

Groundwater provides drinking water for families and helps farmers irrigate crops and water livestock, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

These are reasons why the DNR says it is important to ensure groundwater is sustainable.

Three local meetings will be held by the DNR to discuss the draft Bonanza Valley Groundwater Management Area Plan. The plan highlights actions over the next five years to sustain the use of groundwater in the Bonanza Valley area near Paynesville.

The meetings take place as follows:

Saturday, August 8
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Central Square Cultural Civic Center
Glenwood, MN 56334

Tuesday, August 11
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Paynesville City Hall
Paynesville, MN 56362

Thursday, August 20
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa High School Auditorium/Commons Area
Belgrade, MN 56312

UPDATE: Both Westbound Lanes of I-94 Near St. Michael Closed Until Further Notice

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07/29/2015 - 11:00 AM

UPDATE: Both Westbound Lanes of I-94 Near St. Michael Closed Until Further Notice

UPDATE: At approximately noon Wednesday both westbound lanes of Interstate 94 were closed near St. Michael for emergency repairs of a large pothole that was affecting traffic.

Drivers should be aware of a road closure on westbound Interstate 94 starting Wednesday morning.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says westbound I-94 east of Highway 241 in St. Michael reduced to one lane until further notice. The left lane of the interstate was closed to repair a pavement failure between Rogers and St. Michael.

Drivers should expect delays and stop if needed while travelling on westbound I-94. The closure would extend the Highway 101 exit ramp at Rogers, installs a third lane from Rogers to St. Michael, and construct a noise barrier on the north side of the interstate in Rogers. 

Stearns County History Museum To Organize An Archaeology Camp August 4th

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07/28/2015 - 11:00 AM

Stearns County History Museum To Organize An Archaeology Camp August 4th

Stearns County History Museum partners with St. Cloud State University Archaeologists August 4th to organize an educational Archaeology Day Camp event for children ages 7-12. The event starts at 9:00 a.m. and finishes at 5 p.m.

News Director, Mohammad Najafian, has the AUDIO STORY. 

St. Cloud Residents To Celebrate National Night Out August 4th

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07/28/2015 - 10:30 AM

St. Cloud Residents To Celebrate National Night Out  August 4th

St. Cloud Police Department and National Association of Town Watch will hold out the 32nd Annual National Night Out. The event heightens crime and drug prevention awareness, generates support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts.

This nation-wide celebration strengthens neighborhood spirit and police community partnership. It helps the St. Cloud community by sending a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. News Director, Mohammad Najafian, has the AUDIO STORY.

Eastbound Interstate 94 Reduced To One Lane Starting Wednesday

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07/27/2015 - 12:05 PM

Be prepared for delays if you have travel plans from Central Minnesota to the Twin Cities Wednesday on Interstate 94.

Eastbound drivers on  I-94 in Albertville may encounter delays as the road is reduced to a single lane at Wright County Road 19 beginning at 8 a.m.
All lanes of I-94 in Albertville will reopen by 3:30 p.m. the same day.

The closure is needed while crews repair the eastbound I-94 bridge spanning County Road 19 as part of a larger upgrade and repair project.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit

Stearns County's Renee Frauendienst Named To National Nursing Program

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07/27/2015 - 11:00 AM

Stearns County's Renee Frauendienst Named To National Nursing Program
Renee Frauendienst, Director of Stearns County's Public Health

A nurse who has served Stearns County's Public Health for 27 years has be named to a nationally recognized program. Renee Frauendienst, who is the Public Health Division Director at Stearns County Human Services Department, is one of just 25 nurses from across the country to be selected as a Public Health Nurse Leader by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

She is participating in a two-year leadership development program designed to strengthen the capacity of senior public health nurses to improve population health, address social factors that affect health, respond to emerging trends in health and health care, influence policy and lead collaboration in their communities.

The program’s goal is to support nurses who are ready to lead public health departments in building a Culture of Health in their communities. As part of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, public health nurses will work closely with the Action Coalitions in their states to implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report.

Frauendienst says she looks forward to strengthening her skills so she can do even more to improve the health of the community and help transform the nursing profession. She adds this experience will benefit her personally as a leader while also allowing her to leverage the contributions of public health nursing as a leader in Minnesota’s health reform.

Phone Scam Targeting International Students Appears Again

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07/27/2015 - 10:30 AM

Phone Scam Targeting International Students Appears Again

St. Cloud Police are putting out another warning about a phone scam that has been targeting international students at St. Cloud State University.

The issue has been ongoing since March, but recently more people have told police they’re receiving calls from a number that looks like it’s from the police department.

Sergeant Jason Burke says the number 320-251-1200 appears on caller I-D and the caller identifies themselves as a member of the St. Cloud police department. Burke says outgoing phone calls cannot be made from that number, and the call is a hoax.

People who have gotten the calls report they’ve either heard no one talking to one person claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service demanding money and threatening to arrest and expel the student from school.

Roadwork on Highway 25 Between Becker and Foley Begins This Week

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07/27/2015 - 9:15 AM

Drivers will encounter paving crews working, lane closures and delays as segments of Highway 25 between Highway 10 in Becker and Highway 95 south of Foley. Certain parts of the highway will be reduced to a single lane beginning Tuesday. It's all part of a resurfacing project of 13 miles of Highway 25.

The closures will occur Mondays through Saturdays from sunrise to sunset, through early August.

MN-DOT says they will have flaggers and a pilot car to allow one-way, alternating traffic through the work zone. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop, obey flaggers and use caution as they follow the pilot car through the work zone.

Drivers entering a work zone from driveways or roads that intersect Highway 25 must wait for the pilot car to pass, and then follow it through the work zone.

When the work is done, the project will improve the road’s ride and safety.