07/18/2014 - 10:40 AM
An invasive aquatic plant has been located in Middle Spunk Lake near Avon in Stearns County.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says they found Eurasian Watermilfoil along the eastern side and in depths of nearly 12 feet. However, the most infested areas were near the public beach and public water access on the northeast shore.
Lower and Upper Spunk Lakes have also been checked for the invasive species but none was found.
The DNR adds the lake will be designated as infested water and signage is already posted at the public access alerting boaters to the new infestation.
07/17/2014 - 12:45 PM
CLEARWATER, Minn. (AP) - A new wildlife management area in central Minnesota has been dedicated to local veterans.
The St. Cloud Times reports the 604-acre site will provide a place for people to hunt and enjoy nature. It will be open to both veterans and the general public.
The project is part of Pheasants Forever's Build a Wildlife Area campaign. A spokesman for the organization says it's one of the first times a wildlife area has recognized military veterans instead of the property donor or seller.
The $3 million plot of land is located in Stearns and Wright counties, not far from the Twin Cities. The property includes native prairie, wetlands and oak woods.
07/17/2014 - 11:00 AM
Minnesota artists will be featured at the 8th annual Art Fair in the Gardens event at Musinger and Clemens Gardens.
Local artwork will be displayed across the park, including pieces available for purchase. Music will also be provided by Paul Imholte, Scott and Lou, and Adam Hammer and Dave Coffell.
The Musinger Clemens Botanical Society will be hosting this free event today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
07/17/2014 - 10:40 AM
A teenager was thrown out of his vehicle Wednesday afternoon after he rolled it just north of Farming Township.
Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says 19-year-old Mitchell Leyk of Albany appeared to be traveling East on 310th Street when he lost control of his vehicle on the gravel road and rolled numerous times.
A passerby saw the accident and called 911. When Albany Rescue and Melrose Ambulance responded to scene, Leyk was found face down in the ditch 20 feet from the vehicle. The teenager was taken by ambulance to the St. Cloud hospital.
Sanner adds that it seems Leyk was not wearing his seatbelt and speed may have been a factor in the accident.
07/16/2014 - 12:30 PM
Short-term lane closures will be happening across multiple roadways in Central Minnesota.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation says four highways will be impacted for the rest of the week, with one highway roadwork project spilling into early next week.
Highway 95 between Davis Street in Cambridge and the Isanti/Chisago County Line, Highway 25 between Buffalo and the west junction of Highway 12 in Montrose and Highway 237 between County Road 30 in New Munich and I-94 will face single lane traffic from sun up to sundown for the remainder of the week.
The Highway 4 between Highway 55 and I-94 project will take longer, possibly up to eight days to complete.
Drivers should slow down and be prepared to stop in these areas.
07/16/2014 - 11:40 AM
Distracted drivers will be the target of a one day campaign in Wright County.
Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty says deputies will be on the road today targeting motorists that are driving distracted. The primary focus will be on drivers who texting while driving, but all forms of distracted driving will be addressed.
It is illegal in Minnesota for drivers to read, compose or send texts and emails while driving.
The Wright County’s Office of Traffic Safety says more than 86,000 crashes were caused by distracted driving from 2009 to 2013.
Even though the campaign will only last one day, Sheriff Hagerty says deputies will continually be watching for distracted drivers.
07/16/2014 - 10:40 AM
The United Cerebral Palsy of Central Minnesota Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Jenna Berger as their new Executive Director.
Berger, a native of Central Minnesota and current resident of Sauk Rapids, will be replacing Judy Moening who retires August 7 after serving 36 years as Executive Director for UCP.
The 2003 SCSU graduate most recently worked as Executive Director of the St. Cloud Technical and Community College Foundation.
She also served as Director of Resource and Development and Partner Relations at United Way of Central MN where she helped the team end her final annual campaign at over $3.2 million.
Berger will begin her duties at UCP Monday.
07/16/2014 - 10:20 AM
Disaster Relief Grants may be available to Stearns County veterans, their families, and surviving spouses due to the recent flooding and storms.
Stearns County says The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is offering grants of up to $1,000 to reimburse veterans and their families who have not received other state or federal assistance.
To apply, call the Stearns County Veteran Service Office in Waite Park at 320-656-6176 or in Melrose at 320-256-1435.
Completed applications must be received with a postmarked date no later than September 30.
07/15/2014 - 11:00 AM
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding boaters of the risks of transporting aquatic invasive species.
The DNR says this year water inspectors have found more than 1,300 boaters carrying aquatic plants, invasive animals or water in their boating equipment. In addition the DNR has found 2,600 boats arriving at public access points with drain plugs in.
Conservation officers have issued over 150 citations and nearly 400 warning tickets for boaters with aquatic invasive species violations so far this year, a violation percentage rate of 26 percent.
Watercraft inspectors want to remind boaters to check their boats and trailers before entering or leaving a lake, river or other body of water for invasive species.
The DNR says Minnesota currently has almost 200 lakes infested with zebra mussels, one of the more common and well known forms of invasive species.
07/15/2014 - 10:35 AM
The city of Sartell is currently seeking a team of two or three local artists to work on a proposed art project commemorating the now closed Verso Paper Mill.
The city along with artist Heidi Jeub and fabrication director Joe Schulte is seeking a public art grant to fund the re-purposing of parts taken from the mill.
The Mill Project will use gears, steel and pumps that were part of the paper making process to create functional feature art pieces in six parks in the Sartell area. The project’s goal is to serve as a tribute to those who worked in the mill.
Artists interested in the project should contact the city of Sartell.
07/14/2014 - 1:10 AM
Drivers will experience delays in St. Cloud and Sartell as parts of Highway 15 are reduced to a single lane.
Minnesota Department of Transportation says both directions of Highway 15 near County Road 120 will have a lane closed for crews repair slopes and reestablish turf.
MnDOT adds the northbound lane will close at 7:30 a.m. and the southbound lane will close at 8:15 a.m.
Both will re-open by 3 p.m. in time for rush hour traffic.
07/14/2014 - 1:00 AM
St. Cloud Police have arrested a man after he was found passed out and locked inside a room.
St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers were called to the 800 block of 7th Avenue South early Sunday morning after the St. Cloud Fire Department was responding to a fire complaint.
Police found 21-year-old Erik Thomas Smieja passed out in a room. Smieja was arrested for obstructing the legal process and 4th degree assault against a peace officer.
No further information on this arrest has been released.
07/14/2014 - 12:55 PM
A St. Cloud man has been arrested after he allegedly threatened another man with a gun.
St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers were called to the 500 Block of Highway 10 South in St. Cloud around 11 p.m. Friday night after receiving call about a man threatening another person with a gun.
The victim, a 39-year-old man, says 51-year-old Emmanuel Brown had showed up at his residence and threatened to shoot him over an argument about a car.
Police arrested Brown and charged him with 2nd degree assault and terroristic threats.
No one was injured in the incident.
07/14/2014 - 11:50 AM
A St. Cloud man was arrested Saturday at 9:40 a.m. after making alleged threats with a knife.
Police Sergeant Jason Burke says 48-year-old Bobby Kimpel Sr. threatened a male victim during a verbal argument on the 1200 block of St. Germain Street East. No one was injured in the dispute.
Kimpel Sr. is now being held at the Benton County Jail on charges of terroristic threats.
07/14/2014 - 11:40 AM
St. Cloud State University has announced its participation in a multi-state initiative designed to assess student learning outcomes.
The Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment (MSC) is made up of 68 higher education institutions conducting tests that will document how well students are learning specific outcomes in their college classes.
The MSC study is designed to assist faculty in improving student learning and to develop new tools for faculty and staff to maintain appropriate resources for students. Using a common rubric for all participating institutions, MSC will begin their assessments in January 2015.
Minnesota is one of nine states participating in this pilot program. Other states include Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island and Utah.
SCSU is the only four-year university in Minnesota participating in this program.Page [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 >> ]
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