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SCSU Announces Keynote Speaker For Winter Institute

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12/24/2015 - 11:05 AM

SCSU Announces Keynote Speaker For Winter Institute

St. Cloud State University has announced the keynote speaker for their annual Winter Institute.

Civil engineer and transportation analyst David Levinson will address the institute at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 19.

Levinson is an endowed chair at the University of Minnesota where he directs the Networks, Economics and Urban Systems Research Group. In addition, Levinson is a lead blogger for streets.mn, a blog about Minnesota land usage and transportation and he has authored and co-authored four books.

Levinson’s keynote address will wrap up the two day economic summit held at SCSU. The February 18 and 19 event is sponsored by the SCSU Department of Economics and the School of Public Affairs.

Police Locate Driver Suspected In Fatal Hit-and-Run

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04/15/2015 - 9:15 AM

ST. JOSEPH, Minn. (AP) - Stearns County authorities say they have located the driver suspected in a hit-and-run that killed a 5-year-old boy in St. Joseph.

Police say Cody Nuckolls was struck by a vehicle about 2:30 p.m. Monday on a road outside his family's mobile home. They say the accident happened after his mother crossed the street to wait for another child to get off a school bus, but the bus blocked her view of the boy when he was hit by the vehicle.

Police say the boy's mother saw him collapse on the pavement, but she wasn't immediately aware that a vehicle hit him. Nuckolls was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Investigators were able to identify the vehicle and driver after reviewing video from the school bus.

Stearns County Sheriff's Office Warns Of Phone Scam Involving IRS Employee

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04/15/2015 - 4:30 AM

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warning of a phone scam involving someone claiming to be from the IRS and Sterns County Sheriff’s Office demanding money for back taxes.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says they received several complaints from residents who say they received a call from someone who stated that they were an IRS employee working with a Stearns County Investigator. 

The caller demands payment or else a deputy will come to arrest the resident. In some cases the caller ID even shows that call is coming from the sheriff’s office.

Stearns County Sheriff’s Office recommends that anyone who receives a call like this hang up immediately and not give any personal information to the caller.
 

Bob Weisman SCSU Meteorology Professor Says St. Cloud Is Under Red Flag Warning

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04/15/2015 - 11:10 AM

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for the city of St. Cloud today.

St. Cloud State University’s meteorology professor Bob Weisman says we will be under the highest category of fire from noon to 8:00 p.m. The advisory covers the northern half of Minnesota along the western part of Wisconsin. He says humidity is not as strong as it was yesterday, but dry and humid conditions with winds gusting in the range of 70s would create a high risk of wildfire with any spark.

Weisman says we will have a warm weather during the rest of the week, but forecasters are not sure of their predictions for the weekend. He adds it is warm season severe weather awareness week in Minnesota.

SCSU Events Commemorates The Armenian Genocide During April

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04/15/2015 - 11:00 AM

April 24, 2015 marks 100 years since the Armenian Genocide in Constantinople. During the month of April, the Armenian Genocide of 1915 to 1923 will be remembered on the campus of St. Cloud State University through three different events.

The first event features the Armenian-American author, Meline Toumani who will speak on Wednesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. in Ritsche Auditorium.

On Thursday, April 16 at 10 a.m. a New York freelance writer Tourmani will host an informal discussion in the Voyageurs Room at the Atwood Memorial Center.

The final event is the presentation of the 2002 film Ararat on Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Atwood Theatre. The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education is hosting all the events.

Coon Rapids Man Sent Airborne In Car Collision On Highway 10

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04/14/2015 - 5:00 AM

A vehicle went airborne after a 3-car collision on Highway 10 near Main Street Northwest in Elk River Monday evening.
 
The Minnesota State Patrol says the accident occurred when 66-year-old Steven Thornton of Elk River and 43-year-old Mark Phillips of Big Lake were both driving westbound on Highway 10 when they were both rear-ended by 27-year-old Kevin Sutton of Coon Rapids.
 
Sutton would then continue westbound on Highway 10 before hitting a sign and going airborne over an embankment and ending on the middle of the intersection.
 
Sutton was treated for non-life threatening injuries while Phillips and Thornton suffered from no apparent injuries.
 

International Students at SCSU To Host Global Gala Event Saturday Night

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04/14/2015 - 4:30 AM

St. Cloud State University’s International Student Association will be hosting the Global Gala this Saturday in the Atwood Memorial Center Ballroom.
 
The ISA says the cultural night is an “international prom” featuring diversity and international expression ranging from performances to showcase music, dance, martial arts and more from across the world.
 
ISA president Valerie Ang says the event was established to build friendships from across the world. She adds international students are here to learn about American culture and to share their own cultures as well.
 
The gala begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday in the Atwood Memorial Center Ballroom. Tickets are on sale at the kiosks in the Atwood Memorial center the cost to attend the event is $5. 
 

SCSU Music Department To Host Day Of Percussion Saturday

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04/14/2015 - 4:00 AM

St. Cloud State University will be hosting a Day of Percussion to offer those interested in percussive instruments educational and performance opportunities.
 
The event will feature performances and percussion clinics led by special guests John Wooten, a rudimental drumming specialist and Gordy Knudtson, a drum set artist.
 
There will also be student competitions on marching snare or drum set. The competition is for students ages 13-18 with prizes for those who place from first through third.
 
The Day of Percussion begins this Saturday on April 18 at 10 a.m. in the Ritsche Auditorium on the campus of St. Cloud State.
 

Avon Home Catches Fire Twice In Last Two Days

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04/14/2015 - 4:00 AM

You can call it a case of extremely bad luck. Stearns County Sheriff's Department responded to two fires at the same home in Avon on Sunday and Monday.
 
Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says deputies were called Sunday night to the home of 52-year-old Renee Sand of Avon. Firefighters and deputies arrived to the residence to find the garage was engulfed in flames.
 
Sanner says the initial report was that the adult sons of Sand were welding in the garage and came into the home, at some point they heard a “popping” sound and saw the garage on fire.
 
On Monday around 6:30 a.m. deputies and fire fighters returned to the scene to reports that the house was now on fire.
 
The only injury reported was that of 23-year-old Morgan Sand who burned his hand attempting to remove an ATV from the garage. He was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
 

Officials Investigating Fire At Granite Crushing Company In Waite Park Sunday

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04/13/2015 - 4:00 AM

Officials are investigating the cause of a fire at granite-crushing company, Martin Marietta, in Waite Park early Sunday morning.
 
The Waite Park Fire Department responded to the scene where the fire started just before 3 a.m. on Sunday. Fire fighters were able to get the blaze under control by 5 a.m.
 
The business was not open and no employee were there at the time of the fire.
 
A cause for the fire has not yet been determined. The Minnesota State Fire Marshall Division is assisting with the investigation.
 

MnDOT To Begin Roadside Prescribed Fires Monday

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04/13/2015 - 4:00 AM

The Minnesota Department of Transportation warns that residents and drivers on Highway 371 between Little Falls and Brainerd may see smoke from roadside prescribed fires.
 
MnDOT says the prescribed fires are used to improve native vegetation and weed control. Traffic should not be affected and all roadways and trails will remain open.
 
The roadside prescribed fires began Monday and will continue through May 31.
 

MnDOT To Reduce Eastbound I-94 Between St. Michael And Monticello To Single Lane Overnights

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04/13/2015 - 4:00 AM

Drivers on eastbound I-94 between St. Michael and Monticello may run into slowed or even stopped traffic as the road is reduced to a single lane overnights beginning next Monday, April 20.
 
The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the closure will see eastbound I-94 between Highway 241 and County Road 18 close nightly from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. while crews resurface nine miles of road.
 
MnDOT adds there are no closures planned for westbound I-94. 
 

Supporters Of Convicted Killer Byron Smith Meet To Discuss Reversing The Jury's Verdict

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04/13/2015 - 4:00 AM

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Nearly a year after a Little Falls homeowner was found guilty of fatally shooting two teenage intruders, those who believe he was wrongly convicted meet regularly to strategize on how to reverse the jury's verdict. 

Prosecutors portrayed Byron Smith as a vigilante who waited for burglars to enter his house, then coldly killed 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady. The 66-year-old Smith is serving a life sentence. Smith's supporters, Citizens for Justice for Byron Smith, meet monthly at the local VFW. The group's website says their mission is to inform the public about facts that weren't allowed at Smith's trial. 
 
The Star Tribune says one of Smith's attorneys, Steve Meshbesher, said he declined to speak to the group saying it would be inappropriate while the case is being appealed. 
 

Larry Logeman Wins St. Cloud Area Small Business Owner Of The Year Award

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04/10/2015 - 12:30 PM

Larry Logeman is the winner of the 2015 St. Cloud area small business owner of the year award.

In 2005 he purchased Executive Express. Executive Express was a small company providing shuttle service from St. Cloud to Minneapolis- St. Paul International Airport. Logeman had aspirations to turn it into the leading airport shuttle. To achieve his goals he had to increase the size of the business and update its technology.

Soon Executive Express was transformed into a 24-hour company that not only took orders by phone but also online. By 2009 the company had increased its daily airport runs to 10 and expanded its service to 40 cities. It did take a beating from the recession but Logeman used personal finances to help keep the business from sinking. In 2012 he doubled the size of the company’s St. Cloud office in order to include a maintenance bay.

Logeman and other award winners will be honored at the Chamber’s Business Awards Luncheon on May 7 at noon at the Holiday Inn and Suites in St. Cloud. There is a small fee to attend the event.

Tea Party Co-Founder To Speak At College of St. Benedict and St. John's University

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04/10/2015 - 12:30 PM

Tea party co-founder Debbie Dooley is scheduled to visit the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University.

Dooley will speak on “The Conservatives” Case for a Free and Secure Energy Future”. She has been actively involved in the fight for clean energy since 2008 and has been a grassroots activist since 1976.

The event takes place on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. in the Centenary Room in the Quadrangle Building and is free to the public.

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