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Third Street Brewhouse Is Offering Pints During Toys For Tots Drive

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12/01/2016 - 3:50 AM

A local brewhouse is offering pints to folks who bring in unwrapped toys on Friday.

Third Street Brewhouse is promoting a Jingle and Mingle on their events calendar with a Toys for Tots Drive. Anyone over the age of 21 will get a free pint of craft beer for bringing in unwrapped gifts for the drive.

The evening will also feature live music by Kyle Robl starting at 5 p.m.

Third Street Brewhouse is located at 219 Red River Ave. N. in Cold Spring. They’re open Friday from 4-8 p.m.

SCSU Students Reach Out To Ohio State After Recent Attack

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12/01/2016 - 2:40 AM

In the aftermath of a knife attack at Ohio State University, local students reached out to express their condolences.

St. Cloud State University Student Government President Mikaela Johnson says she worked with organizations around campus to send a letter of support. The letter was written by Johnson and the president of the Somali Student Association.

“On behalf of the students at St. Cloud State University, we would like to send our condolences to the students, families, friends and everyone affected by the incident on Monday morning,” the letter states. “Our hearts go out to your university and community.”

On Monday, 11 people at Ohio State were hurt in a car-and-knife attack by an 18-year-old student, Abdul Razak Ali Artan.

The St. Cloud community and schools have endured their own challenges this year after acts of violence, including the stabbing incident at Crossroads Mall in September.

Johnson adds, “By staying #StCloudUnited we continue to grow as a university and community to keep everyone safe.”

Drivers Can Expect Periodic Closures Along Highway 24

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12/01/2016 - 1:40 AM

Highway 24 in Clearwater will be closed up to four times a day starting Monday.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says a section of highway near the Mississippi River Bridge will be experiencing 15-minute closures until December 23.

The closures will happen from sunrise to sunset, Monday-Friday. Flaggers will block traffic going both directions on Highway 24 for 15 minutes at a time. The highway will not be closed during severe weather.

Construction crews will be installing large concrete beams for a new bridge over the Mississippi.

Roads In North St. Cloud Will Close For Christmas Lighting At The Hospital

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11/30/2016 - 3:30 AM

Starting Thursday, roads in North St. Cloud will be closed for the 28th annual Festival of Lights.

The City Engineer’s Office says at 5:30 p.m., five blocks west of Hester Park and the Centra Care Clinic will close. Roadways between 14th and 7th Streets N. will be blocked off until 9 p.m. for the lighting event.

At the festival, people can see Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy horse-drawn trolley rides, holiday carols sung by the Tech High School Choir, and visit a live nativity scene. The activities start at 6 p.m., and the lighting ceremony at 7 p.m.

The hospital asks everyone to bring a nonperishable item for the food shelf.

Detours will be posted. 

Shed Fire In Holdingford Destroys Thousands Of Dollars Of Equipment

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11/30/2016 - 2:00 AM

A large shed in Holdingford is considered a complete loss after it was engulfed in flames early Tuesday.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to the scene of the fire at 711 Riverside Road shortly after 1 a.m.

The Holdingford Fire Department was able to extinguish the blaze.

Donald and Celia Coffield, both 82-years-old, used it as a woodworking shop and garage. All property inside including two cars and several thousands of dollars worth of woodworking equipment was lost.

The shop was heated by a wood burning stove and officials believe that is where the fire started.

Gold Cross Ambulance also helped at the scene.

St. Cloud's Winter Festival Adds More Activities

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11/29/2016 - 4:30 AM

Assistant News Director Mitchell Barnhart brings the latest on the 16th year of the St. Cloud Winter Festival, and Downtown Council President Pegg Gustafson provides a rundown of the events in this AUDIO STORY.

The festival is December 9-11 in parts of downtown St. Cloud and the Lake George area.

Sauk Rapids Brewery Changes Its Name

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11/29/2016 - 4:20 AM

Craft beer, pizza, and artesian eats are offered at a newly renamed brewery in Sauk Rapids. News Director Korina Borash has more details in this AUDIO STORY.

Urban Lodge Brewery and Restaurant is located at 415 N. Benton Dr. in Sauk Rapids.

Jacob Wetterling's Story Is Inspiring Other Families Of Missing Children

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11/29/2016 - 3:30 AM

WOODBURY, Minn. (AP) - The resolution of a case in which an 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling was abducted, assaulted and killed in Minnesota nearly 27 years ago is pushing a Woodbury couple to try to find their son, who went missing six months later.

The Star Tribune reports that unlike Wetterling, Christopher Kerze is believed to have run away from his family's former home in Eagan in 1990. But the only piece of evidence authorities have found is his abandoned van.

The resolution of Wetterling's case pushed law enforcement to recently re-canvass the area near Grand Rapids, Minnesota, where the van was found. Officers also notified area business owners and hunters to be vigilant for any clues.

The Kerzes also asked police to create and send out a poster with Christopher's age-progressed photos. Today, he'd be 43 years old.

Fifty-three-year-old Danny Heinrich was sentenced to 20 years in prison under a plea bargain. Last summer, he led authorities to the field where he buried Jacob's remains 27 years ago after kidnapping, sexually assaulting and killing the St. Joseph boy.

Students Can Audition For The Minnesota Premier Of James And The Giant Peach

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11/29/2016 - 2:30 AM

Students ages 7-18 are encouraged to audition for the Minnesota premier of "James and the Giant Peach" the musical.

GREAT Theatre officials say they are looking for a large, multicultural cast to be in the new musical version of Roald Dahl’s play. All auditions are open to new and returning actors.

Auditions will be held at the GREAT World Headquarters on Sundial Drive, in Waite Park, on Dec. 4 and 5.

To find out how to prepare for auditions and to reserve an appointment, visit the GREAT Theare website. 

SCSU Ranks Among Top Schools For Military Students

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11/29/2016 - 2:10 AM

St. Cloud State University is named among the nation’s top schools that offer the best military student experience.

The Military Times’ Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 rankings honored SCSU for its commitment to educating veterans, service members and families.

The university offers in-state tuition and waves application fees for all vets, and participates in Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and Warrior to Citizen Programs. These programs offer financial help to military families in need.

More than 500 colleges were surveyed based on their principles of excellence, staff support, extracurricular, accreditation and military retention and graduation rates.

SCSU ranked 49 out of 130.

WANTED: Eager Community Members To Serve On Stearns County Committees

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11/29/2016 - 2:00 AM

Steans County is looking for eager community members to fill openings on different committees and task forces.

Stearns County officials say they are recruiting residents to fill board vacancies starting in January. Committees with openings include:

  • Planning Commission
  • Park Commission
  • Board of Adjustment
  • Community Corrections Advisory Board
  • Emergency Planning Advisory Committee
  • Extension Committee
  • Great River Regional Library Board
  • Human Services Advisory Committee
  • Board of Appeal and Equalization
  • Dairy Advisory Committee
  • HRA
  • Social Services Task Force
  • Mental Health Task Force
  • Feedlot Review Committee
  • Noxious Weeds Appeal Committee 
  • Delinquent Refuse/Environmental Services Fee Appeals Panel

Serving on committees is a great way to get involved with local government and give input on important county issues.

Some committees have specific requirements needed to apply, Stearns County listed all requirements online.

The deadline to apply is Dec. 12. Applications are posted on the Stearns County website.

A Section Of Roadway Will Close Thursday In St. Cloud

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11/29/2016 - 11:50 AM

St. Cloud drivers commuting through the southeast neighborhood should prepare for a road closure beginning Thursday.

The City Engineer’s Office says part of 1st St. SE will close for utility work. The road between 5th Ave. to Wilson Ave. SE will be blocked off.

The road will be closed for only one week, if the weather allows.

St. Cloud Somali American Woman Competes in Miss Minnesota USA in Traditional Clothing And Hijab

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11/28/2016 - 8:00 AM

BURNSVILLE, Minn. (AP) - A Muslim woman has become the first to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant while fully clothed.
Halima Aden, a first-year student at St. Cloud State University, made the semifinals of the competition over the weekend while wearing a hijab. She also wore a full-body outfit called a burkini during the swimsuit competition.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports Aden's swim outfit stood in contrast to those of the other 44 contestants, most of whom wore bikinis.
Before the competition, the 19-year-old Somali-American woman who lives in St. Cloud told Minnesota Public Radio News that the pageant was "a great platform to show the world who I am."

The Husky Sports Band Will Bring Sounds Of The Stadium to Stewart Hall Tuesday

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11/28/2016 - 1:00 AM

Ritsche Auditorium will be filled with the sounds of the stadium Tuesday night as the Husky Sports Band performs their annual concert.

Opening for the Sports Band, the Jazz Ensemble will play standard compositions with surprises. After their performance, the Sports Band will play some of their favorite songs from the football season.

During the concert, the band will honor Drum Major Joseph Brough with the Honorary Band Member Award and recognize graduating seniors.

Doors open at Ritsche Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tuesday on the St. Cloud State University campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Percussionist Patti Cudd Will Perform At SCSU This Weekend

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11/28/2016 - 10:00 AM

A percussionist will perform at St. Cloud State University to celebrate the release of her new CD.

Patti Cudd is a percussion soloist, chamber musician and educator at the University of Wisconsin- River Falls and College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University.

She will present a percussion and electronics concert with pieces she created throughout the past five years while recording her CD. She was able to turn the project into a triple set with an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

The music is scheduled to begin Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall at SCSU. Admission is free and open to the public.

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