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Word War II Navy Fireman Remains Identified And Returns Home To Holdingford

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07/25/2017 - 2:50 PM

Word War II Navy Fireman Remains Identified And Returns Home To Holdingford

A Pearl Harbor naval man is finally coming home.

According to Veterans Service Officer Cory Vaske, Navy Fireman First Class Elmer Kerestes will be buried with full military honors at 10:30 a.m. on July 29 at Highland Cemetery near Holdingford.

Kerestes was killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 on the USS Oklahoma. He was one of the first Minnesotans killed in Word War 2. The Oklahoma suffered the second most casualties that day, while it was struck by multiple torpedoes and capsized killing a total of 429 servicemen.

In 1941, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the crew but unfortunately they were only able to identify 35 of the recovered remains.

In 2015 Navy personnel exhumed all unknown remains from the USS Oklahoma for analysis and earlier this year Kerestes' remains were identified through a DNA test.

Kerestes will return to Minnesota around July 27 at Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport. He will be escorted by police, the Patriot Guard, Legion Riders and family members to the Patton-Schad Funeral home in Melrose. On the day of the funeral the procession will leave from Melrose at 9:45 a.m. and travel to Holdingford where the Highland Cemetery is located.

Northbound traffic on County Road 9 near the cemetery will be for official funeral use only and southbound traffic will be open. Parking will be at Holdingford High School and the Township shop on Highway 9. There will be shuttles from both parking sites.

Kerestes' family will have food and refreshments after the service at Holdingford American Legion.

Kerestes returns home to a town where VFW Post 5160 and a local war memorial have the honor of baring his name.

Highway 10 Gets Slowed Down By Minnesota Annual Construction Season

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07/25/2017 - 1:30 PM

Highway 10 Gets Slowed Down By Minnesota Annual Construction Season

Highway 10 to be slowed down by construction for a few days.

According to J.P. Gillach at the Minnesota Department of Transportation, starting on July 24 until July 27 Highway 10 will be reduced to one lane in the Elk River area as part of the 2017-2018 New Orono Lake Bridge project.

Eastbound traffic on Highway 10 will be reduced to a single lane for the 3 days. Westbound traffic will be two lanes with occasional lane closures occurring as needed.

Drives in the area should plan their commute accordingly.

Reward Offered For Information On Mink Released Case in Eden Valley

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07/21/2017 - 2:20 PM

EDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) - Two organizations are offering a total of $11,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever released approximately 38,000 mink from a central Minnesota farm.

The Star Tribune reports that Fur Commission USA is offering $10,000 and Tri-County Crime Stoppers is offer $1,000 for information about how more than $750,000 worth of mink were released from Lang Farms near Eden Valley earlier this week.

Fur Commission USA Executive Director Michael Whelan says thousands of the mink have died from heat, stress and dehydration. Most of the animals that died were young and hadn't yet been weaned from their mothers.

Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson says as of Friday 11,000 mink were recovered alive and 15,000 mink that were recovered have died, leaving approximately 14,000 unaccounted for.

Whelan says the incident is being investigated by the Stearns County Sheriff's office and the FBI.

 

Overnight Lane Closures Coming To Highway 23 in St. Cloud and Waite Park

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07/21/2017 - 1:45 PM

Overnight Lane Closures Coming To Highway 23 in St. Cloud and Waite Park

Motorists may encounter crews, heavy equipment and delays along both directions of Highway 23 in St. Cloud and Waite Park as segments of the road are reduced to a single lane overnight July 23-28.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the lane closures will begin at 8 p.m. each day Sunday, July 23 through Thursday, July 27, on Highway 23 between Lincoln Avenue and Cooper Avenue in St. Cloud, and between Highway 15 and 28th Avenue S in Waite Park. Intersecting roads will also intermittently close along the two Highway 23 segments.

All lanes will open by 6:30 a.m. the following day. Motorists approaching the overnight work zones should slow down, be prepared to stop if necessary, and move over within the work zone as appropriate to give crews a safe space to work.

When complete, the project will result in a smoother ride and extend the life of the roadway.

Highway 25 Near Foley Under Construction Starting July 24

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07/20/2017 - 3:40 PM

Highway 25 Near Foley Under Construction Starting July 24

Starting Monday, motorists who travel Highway 25, north of Highway 23 in Foley, will encounter construction crews, heavy equipment and delays as segments of the road are intermittently reduced to a single lane. 

The Minnesota Departments of Transportation says the intermittent lane closures will continue through October.

Later in the project, portions of Highway 25 will be closed as crews reconstruct segments of the road, install underground pipes and make other improvements.

Highway 25 motorists should plan their travel, and expect the following: Segments of Highway 25 between Foley and Genola will be reduced to single lane July 24 through October. Some areas of Highway 25 may have rough, uneven or gravel surfaces at times.

Segments of Highway 25 will close temporarily later in the project.  All local businesses and residences will remain accessible throughout the project.

Children Rescued From Sauk River In St. Cloud Wednesday Night

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07/20/2017 - 10:00 AM

Children Rescued From Sauk River In St. Cloud Wednesday Night

Two children were safely rescued from the Sauk River Wednesday night in St. Cloud.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office were called shortly after 8 p.m. after receiving a call of two children floating down the Sauk River toward the Mississippi River, near the Whitney Park area.

The group the kids were floating on tubes with had stopped at the Boy Scout Bridge on the north side of Whitney Park. The children's tubes broke free with the kids still on them.

Rescuers from the St. Cloud Fire Department found 17-year-old Tommy Peterson of St. Cloud a short distance from the bridge. An anonymous caller who lives on the Sauk River near Mill Pond Drive heard someone screaming and called 911. Rescuers found 7-year-old Lily'Auna Stene of St. Cloud.

The children had floated about a half a mile before help arrived. The sheriff's office says neither child was wearing a life jacket, and they were not injured.

Munsinger Clemens Gardens Puts On Annual Art Fair And Photo Contest

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07/19/2017 - 3:00 PM

Munsinger Clemens Gardens Puts On Annual Art Fair And Photo Contest
Photo by Andrew Erickson

Across the river from campus there will be an art fair.

The Munsinger Clemens Gardens Art Fair will take place on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The fair will have a variety of work from artists around the state. Music will be playing all throughout the day and food vendors will be on site.

While at the Gardens attendees are encouraged to take pictures for the “Photography in the Gardens 2017 Photo Contest.” There will be an adult and youth winner in both categories of Landscape, or garden scenery, and Hardscapes, or decorative features in the garden.

Pictures must be taken at Musinger Clemens Gardens between Jan. 1 and Nov. 4 2017.  Entries are due Nov. 4 at the Lake George Municipal Complex.  An awards ceremony will take place on Nov. 18 at the St. Cloud Public Library.

Admission to the Art Fair is free and open to the public.

Walleye Fishing Closing On Mille Lacs Lake Until July 28

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07/05/2017 - 4:00 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Lake will close for three weeks as fisheries managers try to revive its walleye population.

But the lake remains open for other species. A spokesman says Gov. Mark Dayton will go bass fishing there this weekend for the second time this season. Mille Lacs was recently named the No. 1 bass lake in the nation by Bassmaster. With a ban on night fishing already in place, walleye angling on the lake effectively closes at 10:01 p.m. Thursday, and reopens at 6:01 a.m. Friday, July 28.

The closure is meant to prevent walleyes from dying after being caught and released, a tendency called hooking mortality that increases in warm weather. Dayton spokesman Sam Fettig says the governor will fish Saturday out of Fisher's Resort near Isle.

An Insider's Look at SCSU's Eastman Building Before Its Renovation This Fall

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05/31/2017 - 2:45 PM

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KVSC's Assistant News Director Andrew Erickson got a chance to explore Eastman before the remodel begins to get some pictures in its historic halls. He says although Eastman is merely a destroyed storage space at this point, the history you can feel when you walk into the building is astounding.

Erickson says the first time he saw the building it reminded him of an old style basketball court and when he pointed it out to his friends they just gave him a funny look and said no way. He forgot about it because it was closed and there was no reason to try and explore when he couldn’t. That was until this bill passed and was a reminder of that old locked up building. This was the rekindling spark of curiosity.

The exploration started at the front door. Erickson says the old 1920s style lamp lights still sit outside and either side of the door, almost as if they could still light the way for basketball fans on a cold St. Cloud night in February.

When Erickson took a step into the natatorium, or the room with the pool, he was just in awe. Be from the incredible tile work in the trim, the fact that the pool sounded longer than it looked empty because it just felt so small or even looking at how small the whole room was with barely any bleacher space.

Even the locker rooms within Eastman had old stone bathroom stalls and a cage to hold and give out equipment. Other than in movies Erickson had never before seen one of these things. Some added fun there would be how the showers looked like they were straight out of a murder movie.

There is a really old style gymnasium that we just don't build anymore. It is filled with arch style architecture and that is something technology has surpassed. The windows even had this arch style and the rebuild isn't supposed to affect these. The basketball court is centered by SCSU's original logo, just a SC in a red circle.

The gym has hanging bleachers made of wood and when you step out on them you can actually feel how old they are. The wood squeaks under the pressure of your foot. When Erickson got to the railing to get a better shot of the logo, he said his heart was racing a little because he had the thought that the whole bleacher would come down.

Up at the top of the building by the bleachers there are offices. This would have been where the coaches or team managers would have had a place. The main office was a good size and had two unique additions to them.

In the first addition they had their own full bathroom, stalls and everything (funny enough, there was a microwave in there). In the second was a private balcony. The inside door was nailed shut and the outside door was broken and hanging from years of weather abuse but Erickson says it was truly a head honchos office with this special piece.

The last thing he got to explore was the practice room. In there was all wood floors again and big floor to ceiling windows but the best part was on the wall. There was a big black SCSU with Eastman Fitness Center written over it in Red. It felt like an old boxing gym and you can just imagine the blood, sweat and tears that have fallen to that floor since 1929.