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Ashish Vaidya Appointed As SCSU Interim President Wednesday Following Death Of Earl H. Potter III

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06/23/2016 - 4:40 PM

Ashish Vaidya Appointed As SCSU Interim President Wednesday Following Death Of Earl H. Potter III
Interim President Ashish Vaidya

St. Cloud State University’s Ashish Vaidya has been appointed to serve as Interim President following the death of Earl H. Potter III.

Vaidya was selected at a MnSCU meeting Wednesday, and will serve for the next two years.

Late President Earl H. Potter III was killed in a car accident Monday, June 13, near Brooklyn Center.

Vaidya previously served as provost. Now, Dr. Dan Gregory will step up as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. Gregory was the dean of the College of Science and Engineering at St. Cloud State since 2013.

“While we are still sharing remembrances and grieving, we must never forget that we are here for our students and their success.” Vaidya says, “We will move forward, together.”

43rd Annual Lemonade Concert And Art Fair Thursday Kicks Off Granite City Days

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06/23/2016 - 3:50 PM

43rd Annual Lemonade Concert And Art Fair Thursday Kicks Off Granite City Days

Thursday marks the 43rd annual Lemonade Concert and Art Fair hosted at St. Cloud State University.

This kicks off the 10th annual Granite City Days weekend.

Over 200 vendors were in attendance as well as live music performances, a children’s art area, a farmers market, and of course, freshly squeezed lemonade.

Assistant News Director Joe Michalski was able to talk to vendors at the event in this AUDIO STORY.

 

Tanner's Team Foundation Will Host 6th Annual 1K/5K Saturday

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06/22/2016 - 3:45 PM

Tanner's Team Foundation Will Host 6th Annual 1K/5K Saturday
Folks can run, walk, or stroll while helping raise money for Central Minnesota families in need this weekend.
 
Tanner’s Team Foundation will host its 6th annual 5K/1K event Saturday in Sauk Rapids.
 
The foundation awards grants up to $1,000 to families who have a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. The grants help with mortgage payments, utility bills and gas cards.
 
The 1K race begins at 8:30 a.m. with an entry fee of $15. The 5K race begins at 9 a.m. with an entry fee of $30. Both races will take place at Bob Cross Park in Sauk Rapids.
 

 

St. Cloud Salvation Army Officers Retiring After 42 Years of Service

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06/22/2016 - 3:30 PM

St. Cloud Salvation Army Officers Retiring After 42 Years of Service

After 42 years of service, Lee and Melody Morrison are retiring from The Salvation Army of St. Cloud.

The Salvation Army says the Morrison's were ordained as officers in 1974. They were instrumental in the hot meal program, PhilanthroFeed, where local businesses and volunteers helped cook, serve, and clean up for a free hot meal every day.

Leaving behind a great legacy in St. Cloud, the Morrison’s say, “On June 26 we'll hit the road and head to Escanaba, Michigan. We really enjoy it there and that’s where we plan to spend our retirement years.”

Lawyers Of Alleged Person Of Interest In Jacob Wetterling Abduction Want Trial Moved Out Of Minn.

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06/22/2016 - 10:50 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A federal magistrate judge says the man authorities have called a "person of interest" in the unsolved kidnapping of Jacob Wetterling should not get a change of venue in his child pornography case.

Danny Henrich's lawyers tried to get his trial moved from Minnesota because of intense media coverage. But U.S. Magistrate Judge Leo Brisbois on Tuesday recommended against a change of venue. He also recommended against suppressing evidence seized from Heinrich's home along with statements he made to investigators.

The final decision is up to District Judge John Tunheim.

Heinrich is due to go on trial next month on 25 child pornography counts. The 53-year-old Annandale man has pleaded not guilty. He is not charged in the Wetterling case and continues to deny any involvement in the 1989 abduction.

Eleven-year-old Jacob Wetterling was abducted from St. Joseph Township on October 22nd, 1989.

MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone Expects Recommendations For Financial Challenges By October

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06/22/2016 - 10:40 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A new report says the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is facing dire financial challenges and that delays in addressing them will only make things worse.

The work group that spent eight months on the report says declining state funding may mean big changes for the system's 37 colleges and universities, including St. Cloud State, which educate nearly 400,000 students a year.

Recommendations for dealing with the financial difficulties include consolidating duplicated services across the state, adopting more flexible labor practices and streamlining curriculum.

Chancellor Steven Rosenstone expects to have final recommendations for the system trustees by October.

The trustees board meanwhile has rebranded the overall name for the system's schools to Minnesota State instead of MnSCU.

UPDATE: Both Lanes Of 9th Avenue North Reopened Monday Morning After Crash In St. Cloud

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06/20/2016 - 11:30 AM

New information has been released in a 2-vehicle crash Monday morning, which caused road closures along 9th Ave. N. in St. Cloud.

Sergeant Jason Burke says 32-year-old Bennie Lee Parker III of St. Cloud was driving northbound when he lost control. He crossed the median near 6th Ave. N. and was struck by another vehicle going the opposite direction. He came to a stop after his vehicle rolled. The other driver, 34-year-old Bridget Jolene Demarais of Rice, was taken to the hospital ER for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The St. Cloud Police and Fire Departments were first on the scene.

Sergeant Burke adds police believe Parker was driving faster than 60 mph and possibly drinking. He is being processed for a DWI.

The accident happened around 7:30 Monday morning. Both directions of 9th Ave. N. were shut down to Northway Dr. The Stearns County Sheriff and Sauk Rapids Police Departments directed traffic for nearly two hours.

Northbound 9th Ave. N. opened at 9:03 a.m. and the south lanes opened at 9:15 a.m. Monday.

One Man Was Arrested And Is Facing Charges After Bomb Threats Were Made In St. Cloud

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06/20/2016 - 10:50 AM

One Man Was Arrested And Is Facing Charges After Bomb Threats Were Made In St. Cloud
31-year-old Matthew John Hull

Matthew John Hull, 31, is facing charges connected to bomb threats made to the St. Cloud Hospital, Walmart, Cash Wise East, and the library.

St. Cloud Sergeant Jason Burke says Hull was arrested Sunday morning in the Princeton area. He’s now booked in Stearns County jail.

Hull told police he made the false bomb threats, including a call to Walmart Monday, June 13, to get revenge on his ex-girlfriend. He would call the businesses, disguise his voice to sound like a female, and leave the name of his ex as the person making the bomb threat. Hull’s ex-girlfriend has a restraining order out against him.

He is described as a white man who is 5 feet 11 inches tall and 215 pounds.

Hull is facing the following charges: four counts of threats of violence, one count of stalking, and one count of misdemeanor domestic assault. There’s also an active felony warrant out of Stearns County against Hull for financial transaction card fraud.

GNP Company Recalls More Than 27 Tons Of Contaminated Chicken From Grocery Stores

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06/20/2016 - 10:00 AM

GNP Company Recalls More Than 27 Tons Of Contaminated Chicken From Grocery Stores

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota-based GNP Company is recalling more than 27 tons of chicken after contaminants were detected.

The company sells products under the Just BARE and Gold'n Plump brands. But it says the only affected product in grocery stores is the Just BARE whole chicken in 4-pound poly-bags, with a use-by date of June 26.

That item bears code P-322 inside the USDA mark of inspection and UPC 024105594057.

The company says the rest of the recalled meat was bulk and custom items sold through foodservice and institutional outlets.

No illnesses have been reported.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service issued the recall Saturday. The company says the affected products are linked to an isolated tampering incident at its Cold Spring plant this month. The incident is under investigation.

People who bought the chicken are urged to discard it or return it to where it was purchased for a refund.