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Highway 24 In Between Clearwater and Clear Lake To Narrow To One Lane Overnight

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05/22/2018 - 11:36 AM

Highway 24 In Between Clearwater and Clear Lake To Narrow To One Lane Overnight

Highway 24 separating Clearwater and Clear Lake will be getting narrowed to one lane at night.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says that the lane closures are due to crews needing to resurface the road. The resurfacing is part of a larger project which will focus on improving and quality and safety along Highway 24. Delays during lane closures are expected.

Highway 24 will narrow to one lane from 8 p.m.- 5:30 a.m up to seven days a week starting on June 3 and ending on June 19. 

In related news, both directions of Highway 10 will be narrowing beginning July 12.

 

Wanted Man Arrested Saturday In Stolen Car East of St. Cloud

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05/22/2018 - 10:50 AM

Wanted Man Arrested Saturday In Stolen Car  East of St. Cloud
28 year-old Tyler Kirby Wiehoff

A man driving a stolen car, among several other charges, was arrested in Minden Township just east of St. Cloud early Saturday.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office stopped 28 year-old Tyler Kirby Wiehoff of Sauk Rapids just after midnight after seeing his taillights weren't working. Wiehoff said that he didn't have his driver's license with him. When asked his identity, he gave the name of his brother. A Sauk Rapids police officer also stopped at the scene and found Wiehoff on a wanted list. 

Wiehoff had four ongoing warrants for his arrest and a revoked driver's license. Police found the ignition to Wiehoff's car was damaged and could be started without a key, leading to them discovering the car was stolen. He also had two pills in his pocket that were believed to contain Oxycodone, which Wiehoff did not have a prescription for.

Wiehoff was eventually booked by police and charged with driving after revocation, controlled substance crime in the 5th degree, giving a peace officer a false name, and possession of stolen property.

Fight With A Knife In Waite Park Leaves Victim Hospitalized

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05/22/2018 - 10:03 AM

Fight With A Knife In Waite Park Leaves Victim Hospitalized

Authorities are still searching for information related a fight involving a knife in Waite Park that sent a victim to the hospital last Friday.

The Waite Park Police Department responded to a call around 8:30 p.m. of a domestic assault situation in progress. When they arrived, they found it was not a domestic situation. However, a fight had taken place, leaving a victim with a cut on their face. The two people involved in the fight fled. The Stearns County Sheriff's Office deployed a drone to find them, with no luck. However, the victim showed up at the hospital shortly after. Their injuries were not serious and police have not released the gender of the victim.

The investigation for this incident is still active, as the reason for the fight is still unknown. Anyone with information should contact the Waite Park Police Department at (320) 251-3281 or the Tri-County Crime Stoppers at (800) 255-1301.

St. Cloud State Hires New Vice President for Finance and Administration

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05/21/2018 - 11:34 AM

St. Cloud State Hires New Vice President for Finance and Administration
Photo from University of South Florida St. Petersburg official website.

St. Cloud State University has announced a new vice president for finance and administration today.

The President's Office says that Joe Trubacz, who is a certified research administrator, has accepted the position. He has worked over 25 years in finance and higher education and previously was the regional vice chancellor for administration and finance at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire and got his master's degree in business administration from New Hampshire College.

The President's Office says that Trubacz will join leadership on July 15.

8th Street South On SCSU Campus Closing For Tunnel Repair

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05/21/2018 - 10:40 AM

8th Street South On SCSU Campus Closing For Tunnel Repair

A road located on the south side of St. Cloud State University is temporarily closing. 8th Street South, located in between the Wick Science Building and Brown Hall will be closing for two months due to construction.

The St. Cloud State Public Safety department says the work, which will be to repair a tunnel underneath 8th Street, will last about two months. The construction zone goes all the way until the intersection at 1st Avenue South. During this time, H Lot will be closed, and anyone with a permit for that lot is being asked to use N Lot instead. 2nd Avenue South will temporarily become a two-way street as a detour.

Drivers should be careful to slow down near work zones and are reminded to give crews room to work.

Benton County Sheriff Reports Several Incidents of Stealing Gas From Vehicles

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05/21/2018 - 10:10 AM

Benton County Sheriff Reports Several Incidents of Stealing Gas From Vehicles

Authorities are looking into reports of several related incidents of theft of gas and property in Benton County.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office was called to Little Rock Lake by the DNR boat landing last Wednesday. Three trucks had been drilled into and the gas inside their tanks had been stolen. Another car at the landing was broken into and a wallet and speaker were stolen.

This is not even the most recent incident of gas being drilled out of cars. The day after the three trucks were robbed, another car was emptied of gas. Before that, on May 12, a car had its gas stolen out of the parking lot of Rumor's Bar and Grill in Rice.

If you know anything about these crimes or see anything suspicious, call the Benton County's Sheriff Office at (320) 968-7201 or the Tri-County Crime Stoppers at (800) 255-1301.

SUV Sent 130 Feet In Air During Crash In Brockway Township

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05/18/2018 - 10:32 AM

SUV Sent 130 Feet In Air During Crash In Brockway Township

A single-car crash sent two people high in the air last Thursday afternoon.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office got the call just after 1:30 p.m. The crash took place at the intersection of County Road 1 and 411 Street. 28-year old Jolene Brault of Mora struck a mailbox after going off the right side of the road, causing her SUV to hit the ditch at 411 Street. The ditch sent Brealt about 130 feet in the before she landed against some trees.

27-year old Mitchell Bialka of Becker was also in the SUV. He was taken to St. Cloud Hospital with minor injuries. The crash is still being investigated.

ABE and GED Students Will Earn Their Diplomas

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05/18/2018 - 10:00 AM

ABE and GED Students Will Earn Their Diplomas

Adults who have been working towards their education will be able to graduate.

The Central Minnesota Adult Basic Education says A-B-E and general education development students will receive diplomas later this month. The ceremony will also recognize ABE volunteers.

The graduation ceremony will be on Wednesday, May 30 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Mississippi Room at the Great River Regional Library in St. Cloud. The event is free and open to the public.

Benton County Sheriff's Office Receives K9 Vest

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05/17/2018 - 8:22 AM

A charitable donation has improved the safety of one important member of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Benton County Sheriff Troy Heck says K-9 Ragnar was given a bullet and stab proof vest from non-profit Vested Interest in K9’s. The program gives the potentially lifesaving body armor for the K9 officers in hopes to keep them working. Each vest costs about a thousand dollars, and Ragnar was fortunate to receive one.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is grateful for the generosity, and Ragnar will be able to serve the area for years to come.

Metro Bus Offers Free Bus Rides For Kids All Summer

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05/17/2018 - 8:10 AM

Metro Bus Offers Free Bus Rides For Kids All Summer

Busy parents can get excited that their kids will now have the opportunity for free bus rides throughout the summer.

Metro Bus Spokeswoman Berta Hartig says that kids 17 and younger will have free unlimited rides on all Metro Bus Fixed Routes from June 1 to August 31. The U-Go Free Summer Youth Pass will give kids a chance to get to all their summer activities. Kids will learn how to use their pass and which routes they need to take.

The free summer pass can be picked up in downtown St. Cloud at the Metro Bus Transit Center or the Mobility Training Center, no registration form is required.

Dr. Robbyn Wacker Named 24th President of St. Cloud State University

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05/16/2018 - 3:15 PM

Dr. Robbyn Wacker Named 24th President of St. Cloud State University
SCSU's 24th President, Robbyn Wacker

A lengthy and nationwide search has come to an end as St. Cloud State University now has its 24th President. The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has named Robbyn Wacker to serve as president of SCSU. Her term begins July 1, 2018.

The university will welcome Dr. Wacker during a presentation and reception from 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Atwood Memorial Center, Cascade Room.

 

The university is excited to welcome Wacker and calls her an experienced administrator. She's also a tenured professor with a reputation for leadership of strategic initiatives, encouraging innovation, and advancing student enrollment, retention and success.

 

Wacker will be the first woman president at the school who hasn't filled the role in a temporary, or interim capacity.

 

Wacker has served the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) since 1990 in several capacities. From 2011 to 2017, she served UNC as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, where she worked to ensure the academic excellence of the institution and was responsible for developing and implementing a clear academic vision, aligning academic policies and priorities, and managing a $173 million budget.

 

While at UNC she led a variety of strategic initiatives that included developing a program plan for a state-funded, new academic building, creating an initiative to fund innovative ideas for new programs; supporting new initiatives for research and creative works; forming international partnerships; and implementing strategies for increasing student engagement and advancing campus diversity and campus climate.

 

She currently serves as senior campaign advisor in the UNC Office of Development and Alumni Relations. In this role, she provides strategic support for a $45 million campaign  the largest fundraising initiative in the University’s history. 

 

A 12-member search committee conducted the search process, under the guidance of a national search firm and led by Moorhead State University president Anne Blackhurst. Wacker will succeed Dr. Ashish Vaidya, the interim president. He is departing to Northern Kentucky University. He took over the presidency after the unexpected death of Dr. Earl Potter in 2016.

 

SCSU has put together this welcome video with Dr. Wacker, you can view it here.

St. Cloud Will Hold 22nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration

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05/15/2018 - 7:10 AM

St. Cloud Will Hold 22nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration

St. Cloud will hold the Juneteenth celebration to remember the anniversary of freedom for black slaves in Texas.

The celebration focuses about when slaves learned they were free between June 13 and 19, 1865. This would be more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

The Juneteenth celebration will be on Friday, June 15 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Riverside Park in St. Cloud.

District 742 Offers Information About Becoming A Board Member

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05/07/2018 - 9:15 AM

District 742 Offers Information About Becoming A Board Member

St. Cloud School District 742 will hold an information session about becoming a member of the education board.

District 742 Spokeswoman Tami DeLand says The Board Development, Policy and Governance Committee will be open for members of the community who have interest serving. Information will focus on the roles and functions of a school board member and information about the district.

The session will be on Wednesday, May 23 from 7 – 8 p.m. in Board Room A at the District Administration Office at Apollo High School.

Road Construction Along I-94 Will Slow Drivers

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04/30/2018 - 9:00 AM

Road Construction Along I-94 Will Slow Drivers

Drivers should expect to be slowed or stopped on Interstate 94 for the next few weeks.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says roads between Clearwater and Monticello will be slowed or closed to improve driving conditions. The 14 miles stretch of road will be reduced to single lane traffic during non-rush hours.

Drivers are reminded to slow down near the work zone and give crews enough room to work.