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West St. Germain Street between 5th and 6th Avenues North To Be Closed Thursday and Friday

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04/28/2016 - 4:00 AM

St. Cloud residents should be aware a day long road closure starting Thursday.

The City Engineer’s Office says West St. Germain Street between 5th and 6th Avenues North will be closed to traffic due to an emergency utility work in the area.

The road is anticipated to reopen Friday.

Stearns County Offers Financial Help To Homeowners To Repair Septic Systems

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04/15/2016 - 1:00 AM

The Stearns County’s Environmental Services Department is offering limited grants for repairing sewage systems.

The funding comes from the State of Minnesota to help homeowners to replace their septic systems. Those who are interested in receiving financial aid should qualify as having a low income based on the 2015 tax returns. Candidates also need to own a single family home or duplex. The sewage system should be an imminent threat to public health and safety. Or, it fails to protect groundwater status.

To apply for this financial help contact Susan McGuire or Mark Latterell at 320-656-3613 or 1-800-450-0852.

St. Cloud Man Charged in Alleged Assault Against Brother In Avon

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04/15/2016 - 12:00 PM

A St. Cloud man has been charged with 2nd degree assault with a firearm and being a felon in possession of a gun.

Charges were filed this week against 38-year-old Raymond Scott Hanson in an incident that happened on April 10 in Avon.

Investigators say Hanson ran into his brother's home and pointed a gun at him. The 43-year-old victim then ran toward Hanson while he was pulling the trigger. The two men struggled over the gun and Hanson was shot two times in the leg and abdomen. The victim also suffered gunshot injuries and was airlifted to the St. Cloud Hospital.

Witnesses say Hanson threatened to harm his brother earlier in the day. Hanson denied witnesses’ account and shooting his brother.

He told investigators that his brother shot him from the kitchen when he entered the residence. However, shell casings were found near the entrance door. 

Hanson has a prior conviction for second degree assault in the county and is not allowed to own a gun.

SCSU's Hmong Night Will Be Featuring A Commissioner From Obama's Administration

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04/15/2016 - 11:20 AM

One of President Barack Obama’s staff will be coming to St. Cloud State University this weekend to speak at Hmong Night 2016.

Member of the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Commission Bo Thao is the special guest and he's speaking on the night's theme, “Listen to our Words.”

The theme is also showcased through song, dance and a three-part skit written and performed by the students of Hmong Student Organization. The night also includes traditional food prepared by the students including sticky rice and Hmong sausage.

Hmong Night is Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Atwood Memorial Center Ballroom. The event is open to the public and admission is $8.

St. Cloud State University's DECA Team Competing In D.C. This Weekend

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04/15/2016 - 11:15 AM

The St. Cloud State University DECA team will be heading on the road to Washington D.C. to compete in the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference this weekend.
 
Collegiate DECA is a student-driven organization that puts an entrepreneurial focus on five academic areas in a competitive setting.
 
Husky DECA President Kelsey Jones is leading a team of 13 students to the 55th national competition, which is expected to attract more than 1,300 competitors. 
 
The Huskies are feeling confident about their chances in the competition, advisor Craig H. Wilson predicts St. Cloud State will earn a top-three finish.
 

St. Cloud Man Sentenced In Drunken Driving Crash That Killed Two in 2014.

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04/15/2016 - 10:00 AM

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) -A St. Cloud man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for driving drunk and causing the death of a Hibbing couple.

Authorities say Tom Souvannaphong was intoxicated when he ran a red light and struck another vehicle, killing Kevin and Kathy Davey last August near Sauk Rapids.

WDIO-TV reports Souvannaphong pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal vehicular homicide. Relatives of the couple were in Benton County court Thursday to share their pain and loss before sentencing.

Court records show that Souvannaphong had been convicted of driving drunk in 2014 and was on probation at the time of the crash.

Tour Tunnels At St. Cloud State University As Part of Holes Hall Farewell

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04/14/2016 - 9:30 AM

St. Cloud State University Residence Hall Association is inviting students and community members to “Remember W.W. Holes Hall” Saturday.

This is also a chance for those who are interested in touring the tunnel system below the dormitory. Holes Hall will not be open, but participants can see photo displays and historical memorabilia. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Holes Hall dormitory is scheduled for demolition this summer.

The building was built in 1965 in honor of former St. Cloud businessman Wilbur W. Holes who represented the college on the State College Board from 1947-1958.

It was decommissioned in 2014 and has been used as a training site by area law enforcement and fire departments. 

Becker Mayor Sues His Own City and Council

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04/14/2016 - 11:50 AM

BECKER, Minn. (AP) - A mayor in central Minnesota is suing his own city and its council members.

Becker Mayor Jerome "Lefty" Kleis says his free speech rights have been stymied. Kleis says censures imposed by the City Council have violated his civil rights and liberties and have affected his ability to perform his mayoral duties.

The most recent censure accused Kleis of harassing city staff. It directs the mayor not to have contact with city employees without a council member present. Kleis' attorney, Phil Villaume, tells the St. Cloud Times the mayor was recently told he couldn't access his city mail unless another person was present.

City administrator Gary Pruszinske says the decisions regarding the mayor have been appropriate and justified.

Stearns County Selects Four Finalists For Administrator Position

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04/14/2016 - 11:30 AM

Stearns County has chosen four finalists for the vacant administrator position.

According to the media relations specialist Janet Midas, county officials have reviewed 24 applications. The finalists are the Goodhue County Administrator Scott Arneson, Stearns County Assistant to County Administrator  Steve Hammes,  Crow Wing County Administrator, Timothy Houle and St. Cloud City Administrator, Mike Williams.

They will be assessed for their leadership by an outside firm. The Stearns County Board of Commission will decide which applicant to choose for the position on May 2.

The finalist will replace the long-time Administrator George Rindelaub who retired at the end of last month after 28 years of service to the Stearns County.

National Weather Service Issues Red Flag Warning For St. Cloud Thursday and Friday

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04/14/2016 - 11:00 AM

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for St. Cloud and western central Minnesota.

St. Cloud State University Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman says a combination of high temperatures, strong winds, low humidity and rainfall put the area at the highest level of fire danger.

South winds will have gusts as high as 20-35 mph.The humidity will also decrease 20-25 percent.

Residents from western Stearns County to the west of Granite Falls, Willmar and Staples will be in the area where the advisory is in effect from until 7 p.m. Weisman says expect these conditions Friday.

Today is also the statewide tornado drill. It will happen one time at 1:45 p.m. and one time at 6:55 p.m. It helps residents, schools and businesses to be prepared for tornadoes.  

St. Cloud Metro Bus Has Changes To Routes

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04/13/2016 - 11:00 AM

St. Cloud Metro Bus will be hosting a public information meeting on Tuesday, April 19th to share the details of the proposed route changes.

Metro Bus Communications Manager, Berta Hartig, says they have looked at their research from past focus groups and community meetings. They feel they are making enough changes to accommodate what the people have been asking for. Some basic changes are improving reliability and on-time performance, and expand services to underserved areas. Phase one of their changes include adding weekend service to route 12 and starting a Dial-a-Ride service on Sundays.

The meeting held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the St. Cloud City Hall Council Chambers.

Man Hospitalized After Two-Vehicle Accident In North St. Cloud

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04/13/2016 - 10:20 AM

A 38-year-old man received non-life threatening injuries in a two-vehicle accident in the north side of St. Cloud Tuesday morning.

St. Cloud Police Assistant Chief Jeff Oxton says the accident happened at the intersection of 9th Avenue North and 8th Street North shortly after 11:20 a.m.

Officers learned Lewis Raymond Florence Jonas was driving southbound and drove through the intersection and was hit by another vehicle which ran the red light.

The second vehicle was driven by 77-year-old Lewis Raymond Olson from Clear Lake. He struck an electrical pole and a home in the southwest corner of the intersection. The foundation on the home was damaged slightly.

Jonas went to the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Officers cited Olson for failure to stop at the red light.

Lawsuits Filed Against St. John's Abbey Former Prior Alleging Abuse

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04/13/2016 - 10:00 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Two lawsuits accuse the former prior of St. John's Abbey of abusing two former prep school students in the 1970s and early 80s.

The St. Cloud Times reports the lawsuits come after the abbey and its review board earlier this year cleared the Reverend Tom Andert, saying the allegations against him were unsubstantiated. Andert's name has never been on the abbey's list of those with credible allegations against them of the abuse of minors.

But Jeff Anderson, the lawyer representing the men suing Andert, said that abbey investigators never interviewed the victim in one of the lawsuits before declaring the allegations unsubstantiated.

The abbey issued a statement denying the allegations and saying it intends to defend both cases.

As prior, Andert held the No. 2 position at the abbey.

Why Is There Smoke On The Horizon? Answer: Prescribed Burns

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04/12/2016 - 1:20 AM

Drivers in Stearns, Morrison, Crow Wing and Isanti counties may see smoke from prescribed fires while driving along state highways.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says there will be prescribed fires along Highway 23 near Richmond and Cold Spring, Highway 65 by East Bethel, Highway 371 between Little Falls and Baxter and along the Lake Wobegon Trail between Osakis and Sauk Center.

Drivers should know that the fires are controlled by trained crews from MnDOT and they are used to improve the growth of native vegetation. Traffic should not be affected and all roads and trails will remain open.

Highway 25 Near Monticello To Experience Lane Closures Next Monday

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04/12/2016 - 1:15 AM

Drivers in Wright County can expect to run into delays on Highway 25 near Monticello due to lane closures.
 
The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the lane closures that will begin Monday, April 18 are a part of road work at the intersection of Highway 25 and Broadway Street in downtown Monticello. The project plans to add lanes and medians to Highway 25 and improve pedestrian accessibility in the city.
 
For more information on the project you can visit this link
 

 

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