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Students At SCSU Are Celebrating Korean Culture Saturday With Traditional Food And Dance

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10/20/2016 - 3:10 AM

People are invited to a celebration of traditional dancing, skits and games at Korean Night 2016 this weekend.

St. Cloud State University’s Korean Student Association is encouraging students and community members to get involved around campus as they celebrate an evening of culture. The night’s theme is “Reply 1990s,” which shows Korean life from that decade.

The Korean Student Association will showcase traditional doll and fan dances as well as a K-Pop performance with music from the 1990s. Traditional dishes can be enjoyed by guests while listening to singers, playing games or taking part in dance contests.

Korean Night 2016 takes place in the SCSU Atwood Ballroom Saturday evening. Tickets can be purchased at the door and folks are invited to show up at 5:30 p.m. For SCSU students with an ID, tickets are $7. Otherwise, tickets are $9.

A St. Cloud Man Was Found With A Gunshot Wound To The Leg, Later Admits He Shot Himself

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10/18/2016 - 1:30 AM

One man found in East St. Cloud last Saturday with a gunshot wound in his leg admits he accidently shot himself.

The St. Cloud Police Department says officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 600 block of Wilson Ave. SE. when they found a 25-year-old man who was shot. The man has not yet been named.

At first, he said he was approached and shot by an unknown suspect while sitting in his car.

While receiving treatment at the St. Cloud Hospital he admitted the gunshot wound was self-inflicted when his handgun accidently fired.

No one else was hurt, and police are investigating why the man originally lied.

State Of Our Downtown Reception Takes Place Tonight At Pioneer Place In St. Cloud

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10/18/2016 - 11:50 AM

Community members are invited to a reception Tuesday evening to learn about the state of downtown St. Cloud.

The Downtown Council and Alliance Foundation say folks are invited to a program that will highlight the current state of downtown and what lies ahead. Food and beer samplings will be served.

The evening takes place at the Pioneer Place On Fifth, located at 22 5th Ave. S., from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Surveys Will Be Mailed To Homes Next Week To Assess Community Health And Wellness Needs

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10/18/2016 - 11:30 AM

Randomly selected households in Stearns and surrounding counties have been chosen to take part in a survey about their community’s health and wellness.

Stearns County says the Central Minnesota Community Health Survey will be sent out within a week to nearly 9,000 homes in Benton, Sherburne and Stearns Counties.

The survey asks questions about access to health care, nutrition, financial stress, and tobacco and drug use among other health-related issues.

Results will help public health departments, area hospitals and others use the data to prioritize health needs specific to communities. Strategies and action plans will also be set in motion to develop healthier communities. Public health departments will use the surveys to watch trends, whether good or bad, over long periods of time. A similar survey was conducted in 2012. 

Stearns County encourages all who receive the survey to complete it and mail it back. All information is anonymous and confidential.

CentraCare Health, Fairview Northland Medical Center and United Way worked with the three counties to put together the survey. Results will be ready in early 2017.

Community Health Assessments are required by law every 3-5 years.

Little Falls Man Suffered Non-Life Threatening Injuries After His Car Rolled Off Highway 10 Sunday

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10/17/2016 - 10:10 AM

A Little Falls man was injured when his car rolled off Hwy 10 in Rice Sunday morning.

The Minnesota State Patrol says 25-year-old Thomas Boblett was driving South when he turned off the highway. It was just after 1 a.m. when his car rolled an unknown number of times near milepost 165.

Boblett suffered non-life threatening injuries.

State Approves Xcel Sherco Shutdown of Two Coal-Fired Generators

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10/14/2016 - 9:30 AM

Minneapolis (AP) State utility regulators have approved Xcel Energy's plans to retire two of the three units at Minnesota's largest power plant.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports the shutdown of coal-fired generators at Xcel's Sherco facility in Becker by 2026 will eliminate the state's largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

The Public Utilities Commission directed the Minneapolis-based utility to submit a plan for replacing a large chunk of the lost coal generation. Regulators rejected Xcel's solution of adding new natural gas generation at the Sherco plant.

That pleased environmental groups like Fresh Energy, which called the decision "really good policy." State Rep. Jim Newberger was critical, saying the decision not to commit to a natural gas unit "will mean ongoing uncertainty for the plant's workers and local community for the foreseeable future."

Only 28 State School Districts Will Have Items On November Ballots, St. Cloud District 742 Included

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10/14/2016 - 2:10 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Few school districts in Minnesota are opting to put levy referendums on the ballot during this year's presidential race.

Only 28 districts have items on the ballot this November, and only 10 of those are seeking money for buildings.

The Minnesota School Boards Association spokesman Greg Abbott says it's hard to compete with voters' attention during a presidential race, and when school boards can't tell voters why they need money, it's hard to get approval.

Increased state funding and tax measures passed in many districts in recent years might also be a factor.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports that Minneapolis is one district with a tax measure on the ballot. It is asking voters to renew an existing operating levy, with no projected tax increase.

St. Cloud School District 742 is bringing two questions to the Nov. 8 election ballot about building a new Technical High School and renovating Apollo High School.

SCSU Overall Enrollment Down For Fall Semester, International Student Enrollment Is Up

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10/14/2016 - 1:50 AM

Enrollment at St. Cloud State University has declined 2.4 percent this fall with a student headcount at 15,092.

The university believes enrollment is down because of a 2.6 percent drop in retention, meaning students are not returning to complete their education. St. Cloud State says this could be because of changing student needs.

Interim President Ashish Vaidya says, “These challenges are not ours alone. We are a reflection locally of what is going on in the broader world of higher education.”

Meanwhile, the university reports this semester set all-time highs for the number of international students enrolled, topping 1,383. St. Cloud State partners with Binhai College in China, which added a 25 percent increase to the university’s finance program.

The number of enrolled students of color also increased 16.9 percent to 2,549.

SCSU serves more than 19,000 students throughout each year.

Non-Spooky Halloween Historia For Families Takes Place Next Weekend At Stearns History Museum

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10/13/2016 - 7:20 AM

A non-scary Halloween tradition at the Stearns History Museum is back next weekend with face painting, crafts and trick-or-treating.

The museum says Halloween Historia is a family event which invites children, parents and grandparents to enjoy costumes without getting scared.

Families are encouraged to wear costumes and participate in a scavenger hunt through the exhibit hall. This is a peanut-free event that will also offer gluten-free and sugar-free treats.

It takes place at the Stearns History Museum on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 12-4 p.m.

There is a $4 entry fee unless you’re a museum member or infant younger than one year. 

SCSU Offers To Waive Undergraduate Application Fees During October

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10/13/2016 - 6:50 AM

October is College Knowledge Month, and to excite high school students about going to college, St. Cloud State University is waving application fees all month.

Throughout the month, SCSU will be volunteering at school events to help kids with applications and preparing for the college experience.

Free applications are available to all hopeful undergraduate Huskies.

Fees for qualified low-income students are always waived at all Minnesota State colleges and universities.

College Knowledge Month was started by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

A Waite Park Man Was Arrested After Driving A Forklift While Intoxicated Tuesday

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10/12/2016 - 7:20 AM

 A Waite Park man was charged after a breathalizer test proved he was driving a forklift while intoxicated Tuesday morning.

Waite Park Police Chief David Bentrud says officers received a report of an intoxicated man on a forklift just before 9 a.m. They found 55-year-old Steven John Burnevik driving at 115 4th St. N. and could smell alcohol.

Burnevik failed a field sobriety test and a breathalizer showed a BAC of .12. 

He was taken to Stearns County Jail and charged with 3rd degree DUI and driving after cancellation IPS. 

St. Cloud Man Arrested After Threatening People With A Baseball Bat Last Week

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10/12/2016 - 2:15 AM

One St. Cloud man is in custody after threatening to hit a couple over the head with a baseball bat last week.

The St. Cloud Police Department says a 22-year-old man and woman were walking to their car just before midnight on Wednesday, Oct. 5, when they were approached by a man dragging a baseball bat. Phillip Ryan Keys, 30, asked the couple if they had ever been hit in the head with a bat before. Then he proceeded to raise the bat above his head.

The male victim, who has a permit to carry, pulled out his handgun, pointed it at Keys and told him to drop the bat. Keys threw it and walked away.

Police were called and were able to find Keys in the area.He was arrested, brought to the Stearns County Jail, and charged with 2nd degree assault and threats of violence.

Patty Wetterling Says Learning Of Her Son's Death Was Stunning And Confusing

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10/12/2016 - 11:30 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The mother of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted in 1989, says learning of his death was "like getting just punched in the head."

Patty and Jerry Wetterling spoke to the media Tuesday for the first time since Danny Heinrich, of Annandale, confessed that he kidnapped, sexually assaulted and killed their son.

Patty Wetterling told the Star Tribune learning about Jacob's death was "stunning" and "confusing."

The Wetterlings learned from their attorney that Heinrich might be willing to give answers about Jacob in exchange for a plea deal.

Jerry Wetterling says he and his wife "could only tell each other," and "that was tough, too."

Heinrich led authorities to Jacob's remains in a field in rural central Minnesota. He'll be sentenced on a federal child pornography charge in November.

Armed Robbery In Coborn Plaza Apartments Monday Night Is Being Investigated By SCPD

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10/11/2016 - 12:10 PM

Two men were mugged at gun point in a St. Cloud State University apartment Monday night.

The St. Cloud Police Department says the men were waiting for an elevator on the third floor of Coborn Plaza Apartments around 9:45 p.m. when they were approached by two other men. One victim handed over his backpack when one of the suspects reportedly pulled out a gun. The two suspects then fled the building through an emergency exit and headed east.

One suspect is described as a white man in a black sweatshirt and gray cap with a gun strapped to his backpack. The other suspect is said to be a black man with dreadlocks in a red jacket. They left with the victim's red backpack.

The incident is being investigated by SCPD. If you have any information you are encouraged to call them at 320-251-1200.

Invasive Algae Was Confirmed By DNR In West Lake Sylvia Near Annandale

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10/10/2016 - 4:30 AM

An invasive species has been confirmed in West Lake Sylvia near Annandale in Wright County.

The Department of Natural Resources says an invasive algae, Starry Stonewort, was confirmed in the lake by the invasive species staff.

Patches of algae were found in sparse to moderate growths at the lake’s southwest public access. It’s located among heavy populations of native plants, but is not believed to have expanded from that area.

Starry Stonewort is grass-like and produces dense mats, which are dangerous to native plants.

It is typically spread by people or watercrafts that transport part of the plant from an infested lake to another.

Boaters and anglers are reminded of Minnesota laws that prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species:

  • Clean aquatic plants and animals from watercraft.
  • Drain all water by removing drain plugs and keep drain plugs out while transporting watercraft.
  • Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash.

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