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St. Cloud State University Ranked As Top School That Is "Best for Vets"

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10/24/2018 - 5:00 AM

St. Cloud State University has been ranked as the only four-year school in Minnesota that is “Best for Vets.”

University Spokeswoman Anna Kurth says SCSU was ranked 71st for colleges that support and educate service members. The ranking was done by the Military Times, an independent publisher of military news. Director of the SCSU Veterans Resource Center Zac Mangas says St. Cloud State has improved policies and procedure for student-veterans and much more.

St. Cloud State is the only school from the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and one of just two schools from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference to make the list.

Red Cross Asking For Blood Donations As Flu Season Draws Closer

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10/24/2018 - 3:45 AM

Red Cross Asking For Blood Donations As Flu Season Draws Closer

As flu season comes around, opportunities are growing for you to help.

The Red Cross says blood donation opportunities are available for people who have been vaccinated for the flu. As long as you are fever or symptom-free, you can donate blood without a waiting period.

Blood from all types is needed, especially type O, after Hurricanes Michael and Florence ruined around 200 blood drives in which approximately 7,000 units of blood went uncollected.

You can donate blood right now, but there will also be limited time opportunities from November 1-November 15. For more information, including locations and times, go to the Red Cross website or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

 

University Drive To Be Reduced To One Lane

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10/24/2018 - 3:00 AM

Traffic on University Drive will be reduced to one lane this week.

The City Engineer's Office says the lane reduction comes as a result of a water main break. The reduction will close one lane.

The reduction will go from 9th Avenue South to 9th Avenue North going eastbound beginning Thursday, October 25 and will last two days.

 

Day of the Dead Celebration St. Cloud State

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10/23/2018 - 3:30 AM

Day of the Dead Celebration St. Cloud State

St. Cloud State University will be celebrating more than just Halloween at the end of October.

The university says the M.E.Ch.A (Movimiento Estudiantil Chincanx de Atzlán)of SCSU will host the celebration of Dia de Los Muertos, otherwise known as "Day of the Dead."

"Day of the Dead" is a celebration practiced in Mexico and many parts of the United States in honor of the dead. The theme for this year's celebration is "Remembering Student Activists." Several altars will honor fallen student activists who died helping their communities.

Attendees are invited to present offerings for the dead prior to the ceremony. Traditional offerings include food such as dried bread and candy and items such as photos and candles.

The ceremony will be held on Wednesday, October 31 in the Atwood Ballroom at the Atwood Memorial Center at 5 p.m. Altars will be located in the Heritage Lounge in between the Ballroom and the Cascade Room.

Everyone is welcomed to attend.

Construction In North St. Cloud Affects Veterans Drive

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10/22/2018 - 3:15 AM

Construction in North St. Cloud will reduce Veterans Drive to one lane this week

The St. Cloud City Engineer's Office has announced that the lane closure will stretch from 34th Avenue North to 30th Avenue North.

The lane closure is the first steps in a public improvement project to reconstruct streets and utilities.

The closure will start on Wednesday, October 24 and will last one day, weather permitting. Detours will not be posted. Motorists can expect minor delays and are reminded to use caution when entering work zones.

Highway 10 Is Down To One Lane

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10/22/2018 - 3:00 AM

Traffic on Highway 10 will be reduced to one lane this week.

The St. Cloud City Engineer's Office says the construction is due to lights being replaced at the Highway 23 Bridge.

This closure will start on Tuesday, October 23rd at 9 a.m. and last only a day. 

Man Breaks Into Woman's Bedroom In St. Cloud

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10/22/2018 - 10:45 AM

Man Breaks Into Woman's Bedroom In St. Cloud

An unknown man broke into a woman's bedroom in St. Cloud but fled once police were called.

The St. Cloud Police Department says a woman called to report a burglary on the 700 block of 7th Avenue South just after 6 a.m. Friday. The caller said that a man was naked in her bedroom and was sexually touching himself.

The unidentified man fled once the woman called 911.

The burglar has been described as being of a mixed race with darker skin, a height of 5'5 to 5'8, and an age of 30 to 40. He also had a "beer belly," with short or shaved hair, facial hair along the jawline, large lips, and a hairy chest. 

The St. Cloud Police Department wants to remind everyone to keep all windows and doors locked, especially during the night and when you're out.

The investigation is still active.

Stearns History Museum To Host

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10/19/2018 - 11:15 AM

If you're interested in both Halloween and learning more about the area's history, then Halloween Historia is for you.

The Stearns History Museum says that among the activities featured are hay wagon rides, hay bale mazes, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, face painting, and the Halloween Scavenger Hunt.

The event is a tradition for St. Cloud Area families and gives an opportunity to people all of all ages to enjoy Halloween and to learn about the area's history.

Halloween Historia will have gluten-free and sugar-free options upon request and is peanut-free. Admission is $4 for all ages, while infants and Museum members get in for free.

The event will be held on Saturday, October 20 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. 

Former Girlfriends Of Suspect Asked To Contact Benton County Sheriff's Office

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10/19/2018 - 10:15 AM

Former Girlfriends Of Suspect Asked To Contact Benton County Sheriff's Office

Authorities are asking women who have been in a significant relationship with 29-year-old James Joseph Robert Wood to contact them.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office says detectives are seeking information on any past patterns of violence or abuse in these relationships.

According to an investigation,Wood has used several online dating sites to meet women.

Wood was arrested after an infant in Rice died from blunt force trauma last Saturday. Wood had been staying with the child's mother and was in a significant relationship with her.

Women who have dated Wood are asked to contact the Benton County Sheriff's Office at 320-968-7201.

Crash On County Road 11 And Highway 27 Leaves Five Injured

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10/18/2018 - 2:15 AM

A crash east of Osakis sent two people to the hospital Thursday morning.

Minnesota State Patrol Sergeant Jesse Grabow says a minivan driven by 51-year-old Wanda Lee Demarre of Little Falls was going west on Highway 27 just after 9 a.m. A car heading north on County Road 11 didn't yield, causing the vehicles to collide.

Demarre, 17-year-old Dakota Wayne Demarre of Randall, and 17 year-old Nathaniel Albert Zellgert of Little Falls suffered non-life threatening injuries and were treated at the scene. The driver of the car, who has not been named, and her passenger, 16 year-old Jasmine Marie Barnes of Redwood, were taken to Long Prairie Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

There were three other children in the van, but none of them sustained injuries.

Minnesota Student Who Died In His South Dakota Dorm Is Being Mourned At SCSU

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10/18/2018 - 1:20 AM

Minnesota Student Who Died In His South Dakota Dorm Is Being Mourned At SCSU

The cause of death for a Minnesota student who was found dead in his dorm in South Dakota has been released.

Northern State University officials say Curtis LeMair passed away in his sleep early Wednesday morning. In a Facebook post, LeMair’s mother said the autopsy revealed he had a hereditary heart condition that had gone undiagnosed. Curtis was a wrestler for NSU.

His older sister is a Broadcast Journalism major at St Cloud State and an active member of UTVS.

NASA To Visit Apollo High School To Promote Manufacturing Programs

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10/17/2018 - 3:30 AM

NASA and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) will be visiting Apollo High School in St. Cloud.

St. Cloud Area School District 742 spokeswoman Tami DeLand says representatives from NASA HUNCH (High schools United with NASA to Create Hardware) and SME PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) programs will be presenting to show the jobs in the field of manufacturing.

Apollo is hoping to make these pilot programs to make Central Minnesota the future manufacturing hub.

The presentation will begin on Monday, October 22 at 12-3 p.m.

St. Cloud State Artists To Display Work In

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10/17/2018 - 10:45 AM

Artwork by St. Cloud State alumni and professors from the past half-century has been displayed to celebrate the university's 150th year.

St. Cloud State University Communications says the exhibition entitled "Fabric" focuses on three things: abstract paintings displayed at the Paramount Center for the Arts, works from printmakers and illustrators at the local and national level, and an exhibit of various approaches at the Gallery St. Germain.

"Fabric" will feature work from over 30 St. Cloud State alumni and former faculty.

An opening reception will be held during the St. Cloud Art Crawl on Friday, October 19 from 5-9 p.m. The exhibition will be on display through Saturday, October 27.

UPDATE: Two-Way Crash On County Road 75 Leaves One Dead

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10/17/2018 - 10:30 AM

A St. Cloud woman was killed in a car crash on County Road 75 in St. Cloud on Tuesday.

The St. Cloud Police Department was sent to the scene of a crash involving a semi-truck and a car just after 2:30 p.m. Emergency responders found 29-year-old Amina Mohamed Abdi dead. She was the driver and only occupant of the car. The driver of the semi-truck was identified as 28-year-old Cody James Richert, who was not hurt.

The crash left emergency vehicles on the scene as the road remained closed for about two hours after the crash.

A preliminary investigated discovered that Abdi was driving south in the northbound lanes, which caused the crash.

The crash is still under investigation. No charges are expected to be filed.

UPDATE: St. Joseph Man Arrested After Infant Found Dead

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10/16/2018 - 3:45 AM

A St. Joseph man was taken into custody on Tuesday after the death of a seven-month old infant.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office says the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office determined that the child's cause of death was from blunt force trauma. Evidence from the investigation led authorities to 29-year-old James Joseph Robert Wood.

Initially, law enforcement was called to a home in Rice last Saturday after a mother called with the belief that her infant child was dead. Paramedics attempted to revive the child but were unsuccessful.

Wood was in a relationship with the child's mother and had arrived at the home last Friday, planning to stay the weekend. He was arrested in the early morning Saturday on DUI and fourth-degree assault charges and was arrested for the infant's murder following his DUI arraignment.

He is currently being held in Benton County Jail on third-degree murder charges.

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