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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, 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.

St. Cloud State University's Theater Department Performs The Brother's Grimm Spectaculathon

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08/28/2015 - 10:30 AM

St. Cloud State University’s Theater Department welcomes students back to the campus with performances of The Brother’s Grimm Spectaculathon.

The play is hosted by members of Heels and a Stage Theater Company. Two narrators and a cast of actors will tell all 209 popular and obscure Grimm fairytales in a two-hour play.

Attending the performance is free but donations are accepted. The Spectaulathon will take place at Performing Arts Center Arena Stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The last performance is a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

Proceeds go to support the activities of Dramatic Action, a student organization whose theatrical performances improve students’ curricular activities with SCSU’s Theater Department.

Students Invited To Float And Learn At Warner Lake Saturday During The Full Moon

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08/27/2015 - 3:00 AM

Students are invited to watch the full moon Saturday night at Warner Lake.

St. Cloud State University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy is teaming up with Outdoor Endeavors to host Float and Learn at the lake. Attendees can view the moon through telescopes or enjoy the view on the water in canoes and other equipment.

The evening will take place from 7-10 p.m. 

Register online before the event here.

1st Street North In St. Cloud To Close Thursday Evening

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08/26/2015 - 4:30 AM

The City Engineer’s Office announced that the eastbound lane of 1st Street North will be closed between 5th and 6th Avenue North Thursday at 5 p.m.

Crews will be doing utility work on the roadway. The project is expected to be completed by 10 p.m.

Isle Man Killed After Car Crashes Into Dump Truck On Highway 23

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08/25/2015 - 9:40 AM

A 23-year-old man from Isle died in a car accident in Stearns County Monday evening.

The Minnesota State Patrol says Jared Haglund died after his car ran into a dump truck, which was stopped to make a turn at the intersection of Highway 23 and County Road 12.

Gary Hemmesch, 41-years-old of Richmond, was driving the dump truck eastbound on Highway 23. He stopped to turn north onto County Road 12 when Haglund's vehicle rear ended the truck. A passenger in the vehicle, 21-year-old Logan Hebeisen, suffered serious injuries and was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital.

The accident was reported at 5:40 p.m. The Cold Spring Police Department, Paynesville ambulance and Chain of Lake Fire and Rescue assisted the state patrol.

Decline In Citations Issued To Students As Fall Semester Begins

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08/25/2015 - 4:00 AM

The St. Cloud Police department has released information on the citations and arrests surrounding the first few days of the fall semester at St. Cloud State University. Of the 137 people who were cited, only 39% are current students at the university. Eleven of those cited were booked into the Stearns County Jail.

Commander Jeff Oxton says this is nearly a 40% decline in the total number of citations issued compared to 2014, which had a total of 223 citations. Oxton says the high level of staffing and enforcement efforts during the day of move-in through the following weekend, with a focus on evening hours, was helpful. SCSU officials and police say they contacted 252 residences through neighborhood prevention walks near campus and connected with more than 3,200 people. They welcomed students and informed them of city ordinances and safety precautions.

70 citations were issued for underage consumption, 45 for open container on the street or sidewalk as well as 12 loud party citations.

The final statistical summary information for the three-day period of August 20-22 includes the following violations:

Small Amount Marijuana - 2
Urinating in Public – 6
Underage Consumption – 70
Possession of Alcohol – 4
Open Container Street/Sidewalk – 45
Failure to Stop at Stop Sign – 1
Disruptive Intoxication – 3
Flee on Foot – 5
Driving after Revocation – 3
Unreasonable Acceleration – 1
Possess Drug Paraphernalia – 1
False Info to Police – 1
Noise Violation-Loud Party – 12
Social Host – 11
Littering – 1
Noise Violation-Loud Music – 3
Possess False ID – 1
Obstructing Legal Process – 1

Of the 70 under 21 consumption charges, approximately 62 were directed toward the diversion program being administered by the St. Cloud City Attorney’s Office and St. Cloud State University.

St. Cloud Police, in collaboration with St. Cloud State University officials, will continue with increased police presence and enforcement as fall semester continues.

St. Cloud Technical High School Battles Criticism Surrounding Harassment Of Somali Students

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08/25/2015 - 10:00 AM

St. Cloud Technical High School has been scrambling to address criticism from some Somali students who say they've been harassed over their race and religion.

The school district has hired almost a dozen new staffers who speak Somali and are intended to act as liaisons between the administration, students and their families. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that St. Cloud school officials also plan to provide additional cultural awareness training to teachers and add leadership groups to give students more of a voice.

In March, about 100 students walked out of St. Cloud Technical High School after a photo circulated of a Somali girl labeled as a member of the Islamic State group.

Somali students account for about 20 percent of the school's population.

Delays Along 2nd Street South In St. Cloud To Start Tuesday

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08/24/2015 - 11:20 AM

St. Cloud drivers should expect delays along 2nd Street South this week.

The St. Cloud City Engineer’s Office says 2nd Street South between 33rd and 29th Avenues South will be reduced to one lane starting Tuesday. Crews will be working to fix the concrete through Wednesday.

Cancer Survivor and Pilot Jim Davis Flies Into St. Cloud Wednesday

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08/24/2015 - 11:00 AM

A four-time cancer survivor, pilot and Experimental Aircraft Association member, Jim Davis, plans to fly to St. Cloud Wednesday. This is a change from the original scheduled time due to weather delaying his arrival.

The 74-year-old has dedicated the majority of his life to building airplanes and instructing in ultralights. Davis was recently diagnosed with stage-four liver cancer; since his diagnosis he began an endeavor that has changed the lives of many.

Davis set up a program in which he flies to different states to share plane rides with cancer patients and survivors. Local EAA chapters have helped Davis with various expenses and finding cancer patients to fly with.

His goal is to visit all 48 continental states. Now, he has two states left to visit, Minnesota and North Dakota. Davis will be landing on the St. Cloud Regional Airport runway today in “Purple Passion,” his Savanah XL aircraft.

He will be at the SCSU Hangar at the St. Cloud Regional Airport at 7:00 p.m.

Motorcycle Crash Sends St. Cloud Woman To Hospital

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08/24/2015 - 11:00 AM

An 18-year-old man rolled through a stop sign and hit a motorcyclist early Friday afternoon in South St. Cloud.

Cain Thomes of Rockville was driving northbound on 5th Avenue South at the same time 45-year-old Lisa Ann Johnson of St. Cloud was riding her motorcycle eastbound on 6th Street South. Thomes failed to stop at the 6th Street South stop sign which caused his car to crash into Johnson’s motorcycle.

Johnson was taken to the St. Cloud hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Thomes received a citation for a stop sign violation.

St. Cloud Man Arrested On Charges of Felony Domestic Assault and Other Charges

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08/24/2015 - 10:30 AM

St. Cloud Man Arrested On Charges of Felony Domestic Assault and Other Charges

A St. Cloud man with multiple outstanding warrants was arrested on the south side of St. Cloud Friday night.

St. Cloud Police Commander Jeff Oxton says officers arrested 22-year-old Darnell Albert Lewis at the 900 block of 8th Street South. Lewis has been a wanted man in Stearns County since August 13th because of fighting with a 17-year-old girl. Lewis allegedly threatened the teen and grabbed her by the throat. She suffered minor injuries but did not need medical attention.

Oxton adds Lewis was taken to Stearns County Jail where he is facing charges of felony domestic assault by strangulation, terroristic threats and domestic assault.

Sauk Rapids And Clearwater Firefighters Receive Donations To Help Save Pets In Fires

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08/21/2015 - 11:00 AM

Sauk Rapids Fire Department and Clearwater Fire and Rescue Department received pet oxygen mask kits to save pets lives.

The Invisible Fence of Central Minnesota has donated more than 11,500 masks to majority of fire stations in America and Canada to rescue pets trapped in fires. The donation is part of Invisible Fence Brand’s Project Breath program designed to equip firefighters with necessary tools to save pets.

Firefighters have saved more than 120 pets including a cat in Maple Grove on August 4. Invisible Fence says about 40,000-150,000 pets die every year by inhaling smoke.

Director of Invisible Fence Brand, Ed Hoyt, says fire tragedies change lives. He adds pets are valuable members of families and firefighters can save them if they have the right tools.

Crews Begin Year-Long Road Construction Project Along Highway 169 North Of Milaca

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08/21/2015 - 10:00 AM

Drivers in Milaca should be aware of a two-phase year-long road closure on the north side of Highway 169 starting Monday.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says drivers should expect delays when parts of Highway 169 north of Milaca are reduced to a single lane. The closure is needed to make temporary crossovers and turn lanes to redirect traffic while seven miles of northbound Highway 169 between Milaca and Onamia are reconstructed.

Road crews will work Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Northbound Highway 169 will be open from noon-9 p.m. Fridays and southbound lanes will be open Sundays from noon-8 p.m.

The first phase of the road closure is anticipated to last until mid-October. The second phase of construction will begin in spring 2016.

Students Move To SCSU Campus Residence Halls Thursday

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08/20/2015 - 11:40 AM

St. Cloud State University welcomed new and international students Thursday for the upcoming 2015 academic year. 

News Director, Mohammad Najafian, spoke with students and parents involved in residence hall move-in. 



21-Year-Old St. Cloud Man Arrested On Charges of Felony Criminal Damage To Property

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08/20/2015 - 11:30 AM

21-Year-Old St. Cloud Man Arrested On Charges of Felony Criminal Damage To Property

A 21-year-old man was arrested Thursday morning on charges of felony criminal damage to property.

St. Cloud Police Commander Jeff Oxton says officers received reports of cars being vandalized in the 1900 and 2900 block of Quarry Road Sunday morning. Their investigation shows two individuals damaged several cars and broke their windows with an object like a sledgehammer. Officers were able to locate the owners of the cars and document the damage.

Police didn’t find any evidence at the scene, but reviewed the video cameras from the exterior side of the buildings. One of the St. Cloud Police Sergeants recognized Noah James Farrell of St. Cloud as one of the suspects in the video. Officers questioned Farrell about the incident. Farrell admitted to the vandalism and said he was intoxicated at the time he damaged the cars.

The investigation is still ongoing to track down the second suspect. Anyone with information should contact St. Police Department at 320-251-1200.

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