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Closing Arguments Next Week in Brian Fitch Murder Trial in Stearns County

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01/30/2015 - 3:00 PM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A jury is set to hear closing arguments early next week in the murder trial of a 40-year-old man charged with killing a Mendota Heights police officer.

The St. Cloud Times reports the Stearns County jurors will be sequestered until they reach a verdict after hearing closing arguments Monday morning. The defense rested its case Thursday after Brian Fitch Sr. announced he was waiving his right to testify at trial.

Fitch is charged with first-degree murder in the July 30, 2014 shooting of officer Scott Patrick. Prosecutors allege Fitch fatally shot Patrick after he pulled the suspect's vehicle over in West St. Paul.

Police say Fitch was involved in a shootout with officers before his arrest. 

SCSU Receives Major Grant from National Science Foundation And Department of Homeland Security

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01/30/2015 - 2:45 PM

SCSU Receives Major Grant from National Science Foundation And Department of Homeland Security
Faculty and staff who worked to secure the scholarship at SCSU
St. Cloud State University has received a $2.78 million Scholarship for Service Award from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security.
 
The five-year grant will provide two-year scholarships for six students each year beginning in the fall of 2015. The awards will go to the top three undergraduate students in information technology security and the top three graduate students in information assurance.
 
The award also certifies that St. Cloud State is now a member of the CyberCorp Scholarships for Service Community. The community is made up of about 55 universities around the country working to educate and train students to be future cybersecurity professionals.
 

New SCSU Website Gives Students Easier Access To Scholarships

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01/30/2015 - 11:30 AM

New SCSU Website Gives Students Easier Access To Scholarships
St. Cloud State University has made applying for scholarships much easier through a one-stop website that uses information gained through student data and then matches qualified applicants to scholarships.
 
The new Huskies Scholarships website allows students signing-in with a star ID to view and apply for over 500 St. Cloud State and external scholarships. The website also allows faculty scholarship committees to review and score applications, as well as select recipients and offer scholarships
 
Students can apply now to receive scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year.
 

Liberia Night Coming to St. Cloud State University

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01/29/2015 - 3:30 PM

Liberia Night Coming to St. Cloud State University

St. Cloud State University’s Liberian Student Association will be hosting a Night in Liberia next Saturday to celebrate the culture, food, people and music of the 15 counties of Liberia.

Evelyn Witherspoon, a member of the Liberian Student Association says the goal of the event is to educate the audience about the different counties and tribes of Liberia and take that audience on a journey through them.

A Night in Liberia begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, February 7th in the Atwood Memorial Center on the campus of St. Cloud State.
 

Semi-Trailer Crash Sends A Bemidji Man To Hospital

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01/29/2015 - 10:30 AM

Semi-Trailer Crash Sends A Bemidji Man To Hospital
Photo Courtesy of Stearns County Sheriff

A Bemidji man was hospitalized after a semi-trailer crash in Eden Lake Township early Thursday morning.

The Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says the accident happened on County Road 9 in Eden Lake Township.

Sanner says 48-year-old Michael Paul Gates of Bemidji was traveling northbound on the road at 2:12 a.m. when he lost the control of the semi-trailer because of the icy road conditions. He veered off into the ditch and sheered off a telephone pole.

Gates was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Members of the Eden Valley Rescue Squad and Watkins Ambulance assisted the Stearns County Sheriff.

Governor Dayton's Budget Does Not Include Increased Budget for MnSCU

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01/28/2015 - 11:30 AM

Governor Dayton's Budget Does Not Include Increased Budget for MnSCU

Governor Mark Dayton has decided not to include additional funding at this time in his proposed budget for the state’s largest system of higher education.

Dayton says his decision is based on the disagreements about the Charting the Future strategic plan. MnSCU administrators and the Minnesota State College Faculty organizations issued a joint statement saying they take the governor’s decision to not increase his support of MnSCU very seriously.

MnSCU leadership and the faculty leadership say they are taking the necessary steps to resolve their disagreement about Charting the Future and look forward to working with the governor on developing a budget that meets the needs of students and state of Minnesota.

Elderly Sartell Couple Assisted After Truck Went Through Ice On Clearwater Lake

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01/27/2015 - 4:45 PM

Elderly Sartell Couple Assisted After Truck Went Through Ice On Clearwater Lake
An elderly Sartell couple were assisted by Stearns County Sheriff Officers after their truck broke through ice on Clearwater Lake and began to sink Tuesday morning.
 
Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says officers were sent to Clearwater Lake Tuesday morning in reference to a vehicle that had went through the ice. A deputy  arrived to the scene to see a Ford F-150 truck in about 3 feet of water about 300 yards from the DNR landing.
 
Standing on the roof of the truck was 84-year-old Charles Hansen from Sartell while his wife, 83-year-old Mary Esselman from Sartell was still in the passenger seat. South Haven Rescue arrived and carried Esselman from the truck and assisted Hansen from the roof of the truck.
 
Hansen said he wasn’t familiar with the lake and was meeting friends to fish.
 

SCPD Warns Of Mail Being Stolen From Residential Mailboxes

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01/27/2015 - 4:15 PM

SCPD Warns Of Mail Being Stolen From Residential Mailboxes
The St. Cloud Police Department has recently received a number of complaints of mail being stolen from residential mailboxes.
 
St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says that based on the time of the year, it would seem that the mail being targeted is W2 forms, with the intent to file fraudulent tax returns and gain someone else's refund money.
 
The SCPD warns that people should get their mail from mailboxes on a daily basis and speak to an employer about receiving W2 forms in a way other than US mail.
 

Learn More About Eating Disorder Support Group at St. Cloud State University

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01/27/2015 - 12:00 PM

Learn More About Eating Disorder Support Group at St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud State University

An alumnus of St. Cloud State University is sharing her experience and time with students. Kelly Doss is holding an eating disorder support group every other week on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Riverview Room at the Atwood Center.

News director Mohammad Najafian has this AUDIO STORY.

Car Accident Saturday Night Sends Two Women To Hospital

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01/26/2015 - 6:15 PM

Car Accident Saturday Night Sends Two Women To Hospital
Two St. Cloud women were taken to the St. Cloud Hospital after a two-car crash at the intersection of 29th Ave. and 2nd Street South Saturday evening.
 
St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says the accident occurred when a car driven by 44-year-old St. Cloud woman Stacy Rusch struck another car that was stopped at a red light that was being driven by a 55-year-old woman from St. Cloud. 
 
Burke says the exact cause of the accident is still unknown, but adds it could be due to Rusch’s foot coming off the brake pedal and onto the accelerator. Rusch was cited for inattentive driving.
 

St. Cloud Man Facing Assault Charges After Allegedly Stabbing Man Last Wednesday

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01/26/2015 - 6:00 PM

St. Cloud Man Facing Assault Charges After Allegedly Stabbing Man Last Wednesday
James Eugene Cuthbert
A St. Cloud man is currently facing charges of 2nd degree assault after a stabbing a man last Wednesday on the 400 block of East Lake Blvd.
 
St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says the incident occurred when a 35-year-old man from St. Cloud was stabbed in his abdomen with a knife after getting into an argument with 58-year-old James Cuthbert also from St. Cloud.
 
The victim was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for non-life threatening injuries and Cuthbert was taken into custody on Saturday, January 24th.  
 

SCSU Receives Grant From The Bush Foundation To Help Further Diversity In Teaching

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01/26/2015 - 1:30 PM

SCSU Receives Grant From The Bush Foundation To Help Further Diversity In Teaching
St. Cloud State University and the St. Cloud Area School District have received a $150,000 grant from the Bush Foundation to help create a solution to attract more diversity to teaching.
 
The Bush Foundation Supporting Diversity in Teaching grant will be additional funding used by St. Cloud State’s Teacher Preparation Initiation as a part of its goal to re-envision teacher education.
 
TPI Director, Rebecca Krystyniak says the grant will fund the creation of a paraprofessional residency program where candidates will be hired in the district to work while also receiving their education from St. Cloud State though online, evening and weekend classes.
 
Once the program is developed other districts will have the opportunity to create similar partnerships with St. Cloud State.
 

St. Cloud State University To Host MNsure Application Event

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01/22/2015 - 11:00 AM

St. Cloud State University To Host MNsure Application Event

St. Cloud State University will hold an event on MNsure Lab on Tuesday, February 3rd at Centennial Hall 351. 

Mohammad Najafian has this AUDIO STORY.

Those who like to apply for an insurance coverage are required to bring the following items:

•Driver’s license or government issued ID

•Date of Birth and social security number of all family members applying for coverage

•Immigration documentation, if applicable (green card, visa, etc.)

•Income verification for you and anyone else in your household applying for coverage (pay stubs, ledgers, expenses, tax returns)

•Student ID

The event starts at 3:00 and finishes at 6:00 p.m. 

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