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St. Cloud Area School District 742 Hosts Open Houses

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01/25/2016 - 10:40 AM

St. Cloud Area School District 742 is hosting a series of open houses tonight.

Director of Communication Tami DeLand says open houses help students and families to get to know their schools, teachers and principals.

Current students will automatically be placed on the class roster of their designated school for sixth grade. Students are enrolled in different schools depending on where they reside. Language immersion students are placed in classes based on their program’s host school.

District 742 welcomes all students regardless of being residents or not. Those who are transferring from a private, charter, home, online or public schools will need to complete the necessary enrollment process.

The open houses will take place at Kennedy Community School, North and South Junior High Schools from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Those who cannot attend the events are welcome to schedule a customized tour through the schools.

New No Parking Zone Along Little Rock Lake

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01/22/2016 - 11:30 AM

Watab Township has made a new no parking area on the west Shore of Little Rock Lake along West Lake Road.

Due to the narrow roadway with little to no shoulder, cars parked along the side of the road are always partially on the paved portion, obstructing traffic. The no parking zone will be in the 10500 block of West Lake Road. Any vehicle found parked either partially or entirely on the roadway in this area will be towed by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone who wishes to park here for lake access or for ice fishing are asked to use the St. Regis County Park, located less than a mile north of the no parking zone. There is off-street parking and public lake access in this area.

LEAF Announces Retired Educator's Legacy Fund

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01/21/2016 - 2:00 AM

District 742’s Local Education and Activities Foundation (LEAF) has established a Retired Educators Legacy Fund. The fund will be awarding grants to District 742 academic, arts, activities and athletic programs. As of January 15, 2016 a total of 105 retired educators have donated $26,676 over the past 4 years to create the Legacy Fund.

Legacy Funds can be established with LEAF by any individual or group who donates at least $25,000 during a 5-year period and wishes to direct the grant from their fund to either the general granting cycles or a specific program. Additions can also be made by retired educators or any individual who wishes to make a donation in honor of, or in memory of, a favorite educator.

This is the 9th Legacy Fund that has been established with LEAF by individuals or organizations.

Stearns County Highway Department Proposes Change To Dust Control Policy

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01/21/2016 - 2:00 AM

If you own a dirt road in Central Minnesota you may have to pay to help keep the dust down. The Stearns County Highway Department has proposed a change to dust control practices on gravel roads.
 
County Engineer Jodi Teich says the proposed change to the policy would see property owners split the cost of dust control 50/50 with the department. The cost of the measure is $.60 per linear foot with 53 miles of gravels roads in the Stearns County highway system.
 
The current policy has the department patrol dust near all homes and businesses that are less than 300 feet from the edge of a gravel road.
 
The department notes that splitting the cost allows the dust suppressant to be applied in much more needed areas and save gravel as it becomes more scarce and expensive. 
 

Camp Ripley Conducting Controlled Burns Through March

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01/21/2016 - 1:30 AM

The Camp Ripley Fire Department and Range Control Office have announced that they will conduct controlled burns from January 20th until March 15th 2016.

The burns will be throughout the day and night in order to reduce brush piles in the training area. During this time period surrounding areas can expect to see and smell smoke. Burn piles are controlled and are within safety regulations due to the amount of snow that is on the ground. The team conducting the controlled burn will be maintaining control of smoke by paying attention to wind direction and speed.

Questions regarding the burns may be addressed to the Camp Ripley Public Affairs Office.

African Students To Celebrate Cultural Oromo Night

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01/21/2016 - 11:00 AM

St. Cloud State University African students will organize an Oromo cultural night Saturday.

Student Organization president Solan Tolessa says participants can enjoy cultural dances, poetry and an East African meal.

The event represents African’s rich cultural heritage to other communities around them. It will starts with a speech given by Asmarom Legesse who is an anthropologist and author.

The Oromo is an ethnic group with people from Ethiopia, north Kenya and parts of Somalia. More than 40,000 Oromos live in Minnesota.

The event will take place in the Atwood Ballroom at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students with an SCSU ID and $10 for non-students and free for children ages 10 or younger.

St. Cloud To Join Antitrust Lawsuit On Water Treatment Chemical

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01/20/2016 - 9:30 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - The City of St. Cloud is joining an antitrust lawsuit that accuses companies of fixing the price of a chemical that's used to purify drinking water.

St. Cloud Public Services Director Pat Shea says if the price fixing did occur, it likely cost city taxpayers more than $850,000.

St. Cloud joins Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth and Rochester in the class-action lawsuit against the manufacturers and distributors of liquid aluminum sulfate. St. Cloud city attorney Matt Staehling says the community buys between 350 and 585 tons of aluminum sulfate each year. Staehling says the cost per ton nearly doubled over a six-year period.

The St. Cloud Times reports General Chemical Corp. is one of the defendants. Last fall, a former General Chemical executive pleaded guilty in a case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice to price fixing.

St. Cloud State University President Signs On To Moving The Needle Initiative

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01/20/2016 - 1:00 AM

St. Cloud State University President Earl Potter signed the American Council on Education’s Moving the Needle initiative, along with other school presidents around the nation.

According to The American College President 2012 report, only 26 percent of the nation’s college and university presidents are women. At a time when 60 percent of presidents will retire in the next decade, the initiative raises awareness of the gender gap in university leadership. The initiative also has a goal calling for 50 percent for women to achieve gender parity of chief executives at higher education institutions by 2030.

The American Council on Education is also invested in leadership programs to address the needs of diverse women and men, who are underrepresented in higher education leadership.

Rice Woman's Death Ruled Suicide, Not Homicide

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01/20/2016 - 12:30 PM

The Anoka County Medical Examiner’s office has ruled the death of a Rice woman, Tammra Baker, a suicide.

Back on November 14, 2015, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting gunshots in the Rockwood Estates mobile home park. Forty-four year old Baker was the victim of a gunshot wound and she was pronounced dead at the scene. During the investigation Baker’s husband gave a statement indicating that she used the firearm to shoot herself in their mobile home. At the time, her spouse was considered a suspect.

Evidence found at the scene was sent to Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office for forensic testing. Tests include gun-shot residue swabs that were taken from both Baker and her husband and the surface of the firearm was analyzed for DNA. Authorities say after the autopsy all evidence pointed to suicide.

The Benton County Sheriff’s office was assisted by the Rice Police Department, Rice Fire Department, and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension during the investigation.

 

St. Cloud State University Stage Exhibition On Anne Frank

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01/20/2016 - 12:00 PM

As we are getting closer to the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27th, St. Cloud State University is staging an exhibition about Anne Frank, a Jewish writer.

SCSU students from an anti-Semitic course and eighth graders from schools around the city are attending the exhibition. The event is taking place in the second floor of the Miller Center and is open to the public.

News Director Mohammad Najafian has this AUDIO STORY.

Credit Card Parking Meters Coming To Downtown St. Cloud

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01/20/2016 - 11:30 AM

The latest innovation in parking meter technology is coming to St. Cloud.

New parking meters will be installed in the parking lot in front of the Stearns County Administration Center in downtown St. Cloud. The new meters will not only accept coins but debit and credit cards as well. They will replace the 31 meters currently in the lot and the price for parking will remain the same at 50 cents per hour.

City officials are looking to replace existing parking meters all across the city. The meters being installed are on a one year trial period to test their performance.

Alberterville Proposed Site Of Hollywood-Themed Entertainment Park

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01/19/2016 - 9:10 AM

ALBERTVILLE, Minn. (AP) - Sony Pictures and a Minnesota development group plan to build a Hollywood-themed indoor family entertainment center in Albertville.

Developers call the $115 million project the "mall of entertainment" that will include a Marriott hotel and a large water park. The amusement park will include activities based on Sony's movie characters and themes, such as "Men in Black" and the "Smurfs."

The Star Tribune reports developers are expected to break ground this summer with an opening planned for late next year. It could create 2,000 jobs and has the support of local elected officials.

Richmond Man Taken To The Hospital After Rollover Accident on Highway 22

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01/19/2016 - 4:00 AM

A Richmond man was taken to the hospital after a rollover accident Saturday morning.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says they received a report of an accident in the intersection of Edgeton Road and Highway 22 near Richmond.

Officials say a passerby took 22-year-old Tyler Mandelko to the hospital. The driver then reported the accident to a St. Cloud Police officer.

Mandelko told a deputy he was driving eastbound on Edgeton Road. When he approached near the bridge crossing of Long Lake, he went off the road and hit the south ditch and the bridge support. His truck went airborne and rolled over along the east bank and partially in the water.

The cause of the accident is believed to be a form of impairment. The sheriff’s office is investigating the incident.

Ice Fisherman Discovers Submerged Truck In Mayhew Lake

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01/19/2016 - 11:00 AM

An ice fisherman found a stolen truck in Mayhew Lake in Benton County last Monday.

Benton County Sheriff Troy Heck says deputies received a call from an angler who discovered the submerged truck. The angler saw the truck when he lowered a camera in an ice hole to see if there were any fish in the area.

The truck was 12 feet underwater about 100 yards north of the public access from the west shore of the lake.

Divers from the Stearns and Benton Dive Teams searched for the truck and the area around it and concluded it was empty and didn’t find any other valuable evidence.

A registration on the license plate shows the truck was reported missing in March of 2000 from Graham Township. It was successfully removed from the water Thursday, January 14.

Sheriff Heck says the area around the ice hole has been marked with barrier tape. He recommends people fishing in the area to be careful while venturing out.

Three People Hospitalized After Rollover Accident in North St. Cloud

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01/19/2016 - 10:30 AM

Three people were taken to the hospital after a rollover accident on the north side of St. Cloud Sunday night.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers were called to the accident in the 3200 block of 7th Street North at 6:40 p.m. The investigation shows 33-year-old Mohamed Mumbarak Abdi was making a right turn while exiting from Super America to 7th Street North.

Abdi says he tried to swerve off to the right of the road to avoid striking an oncoming car. He then hit an electrical pole and his vehicle rolled. Abdi’s passengers, 30-year-old Hibo Mohamed Hassan, 29-year-old Omar Fatuma Mohamed and 34-year-old Omar Abshiro Mohamud who are all from St. Cloud, were taken to the the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Abdi was treated for minor injuries. It is not determined whether he will be cited for any driving violation.

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