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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. Joseph To Host The 23rd Annual Ice Bowl Tournament

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01/16/2015 - 10:00 AM

The 23rd Annual Ice Bowl Tournament is happening in Mill Stream Park in St. Joseph on Saturday.

A member of St. Cloud Disc Golf Club Cody Parson says participants play in harsh conditions for a great cause.

The registration for the event will start at 10:30 and end at 11:30 Saturday morning. The tournament is sponsored by Disc Golf Club. 

News director Mohammad Najafian has this AUDIO STORY.Participants who have taken part in the tournament in the past.

St. Cloud State University To Hold A Breakfast Honoring Martin Luther King

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01/14/2015 - 12:00 PM

The St. Cloud State University is holding a breakfast on the commemoration of Martin Luther King on January 19 at the Atwood Center.

The event features the keynote speaker Vernon Jordan and gospel singer Yolanda Adam. Community Anti Racism leadership team member Debra Leigh comments about the event.

News director Mohammad Najafian has this AUDIO STORY. 



Visual Artist Trevor Paglen To Visit St. Cloud State University

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01/13/2015 - 1:00 AM

Trevor Paglen, a visual artist and author will be visiting St. Cloud State University to discuss his works at the Atwood Memorial Center Theatre.

Paglen’s work focuses on blurring the lines between science, contemporary art and other disciplines to construct an unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched, ways to see and interpret the world.
His works have been exhibited in many places around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London and the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis.
Trevor Paglen's presentation will be in the Atwood Memorial Center Theatre on Monday, January 26th at 7 p.m.   

Award Winning Storyteller Returns To SCSU To Perform As Charles Darwin

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01/13/2015 - 12:30 PM

Award winning storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis will return to St. Cloud State University in early February to help celebrate Charles Darwin’s birthday.

Ellis will perform “Charles Darwin and His Revolutionary Idea” the performance will see Ellis recreate an evening at London’s Royal Geological Society with Darwin shortly after the naturalist’s famous journey on the HMS Beagle.

Ellis has been touring the world telling stories and researching his subjects since 1980. In October Ellis performed as Edgar Allen Poe to a standing-room only crowd in the Miller Center Library.
“Charles Darwin and His Revolutionary Idea” will be performed at the Miller Center Library on the SCSU campus February 11 at 4:30 p.m. and February 12 at 7 p.m.

St. Cloud Bridge Was Temporarily Closed After Multi-Vehicle Accident

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01/13/2015 - 12:00 PM

A series of 10 vehicle accidents closed the Highway 23 Bridge in St. Cloud Tuesday morning.

St. Cloud Police Lieutenant Jeff Oxton says officers responded to a multiple car accident near the center of Granite City Crossing Bridge at 6:53 a.m.

Their investigation shows 25-year-old Alberto Zamora of St. Cloud was driving a pickup heading westbound across the bridge and lost the control of his vehicle, crossed the median and hit a sedan driven by 55-year-old Lynn Marie Kampa of St. Cloud. Both were taken to St. Cloud Hospital.

Two other vehicles traveling eastbound struck each other as a result of the first accident. One of the drivers, 24-year-old Kelli Ann Mrozek of Waite Park, received serious injuries and was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital.

Oxton says another six other cars were involved in separate accidents due to the initial crash on the bridge. No injuries were reported in any of the other accidents. He adds the road conditions were very slippery at the time.

Oxton says Zamora was cited under a state law which requires every driver to be responsible and aware of the actual and potential hazards then existing on the highway and must use due care in operating a vehicle.

The Metro Bus had a bus on site to provide a warm place for people involved in the accidents during the hour-long investigation and clean up.

Cold Weather Is Heading Out, For Now

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01/13/2015 - 11:00 AM

The coldest temperature of this winter hit the central Minnesota Tuesday morning.

The St. Cloud area reported temperatures in the -20 degree range, the coldest reading since March of 2014. St. Cloud State University meteorology professor Bob Weisman is sharing good news however.

He says the temperature will rise quickly throughout the rest of this week. Weisman says the temperature will continue to warm up reaching highs from 30 to 35 degrees on Thursday and Friday with lots of sunshine in the weekend forecast.

St. Cloud Woman Faces Charges of Selling Marijuana

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01/09/2015 - 2:10 AM

A St. Cloud woman was arrested for allegedly selling marijuana on the south side of St. Cloud on Wednesday.

The Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force apprehended 37-year-old Tuanita Jones after undercover drug buys. On several occasions they were able to purchase marijuana at 3501 8th Street North from Jones.  That led the task force to get a search warrant in which they discovered more marijuana at the apartment where the she lives.

Jones is facing charges of 5th degree sale of a controlled substance. She was taken to the Stearns County Jail where she was booked and released. At the time of her arrest, two children were present and were taken to a relative residing in the nearby area.

The St. Cloud Police Department patrol unit assisted the task force in the arrest.

Organic Farmers Gather in St. Cloud for Conference

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01/09/2015 - 10:10 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Hundreds of organic farmers in Minnesota are gathering to network and learn about the latest trends in their industry.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says the majority of organic producers in the state live in Stearns County, so St. Cloud will again host the state's organic conference Friday and Saturday.

About 650 Minnesota farmers were certified organic in 2010. Agricultural officials say the popularity of organic food has grown steadily and that's attracted more producers.

Conference coordinator Cassie Dahl tells the St. Cloud Times some of the conference workshops will cater to new farmers hoping to break into the industry. She says established producers can learn more about pest control methods, organic food processing or tax and market planning.  

Two St. Cloud Men Arrested And Face Charges of Distributing Crack Cocaine

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01/08/2015 - 2:00 AM

Two St. Cloud Men Arrested And Face Charges of Distributing Crack Cocaine

Two St. Cloud men were arrested on charges of distributing crack cocaine in St. Cloud on Tuesday.

The Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force arrested 22-year-old Martell Burson and 22-year-old Darius Jackson of St. Cloud in connection with the distribution of crack cocaine. A media release from the task force says they received information about Burson selling drugs at the Coborn's store located on Cooper Avenue South.

Undercover investigators set up an active surveillance of Burson and observed him conducting a sale. They saw him arriving at the store and selling a certain amount of the drug. He then got into a vehicle and left the scene, but investigators and a uniformed officer stopped the vehicle at the intersection of University Drive and Roosevelt Road. Five individuals were inside the vehicle at the time, all of whom were temporarily detained.

Burson was arrested on charges of 3rd degree sale of crack cocaine. Officers also detained Jackson under previous charges of possession of controlled substance. Both Burson and Jackson were booked to the Stearns County Jail. In addition to crack cocaine found in the vehicle, officers found a bag of crack cocaine hidden in the cavities of Burson’s body upon his arrival at the jail. He took out the bag and threw it striking the correctional officer. Police say Jackson also had crack cocaine on his body and faces additional charges of introducing contraband to a correctional facility.

Additional charges of 4th degree assault against a correctional officer, 1st degree possession of controlled substances and possible charges of bringing illegal drug to a correctional facility are expected against Burson. Jackson is facing charges of 3rd degree possession with purpose of selling crack cocaine and possible charges of introducing illegal drug to a correctional facility.

The St. Cloud Police Department K-9 unit assisted the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force.

Apartment Destroyed in Early Morning Southside Fire

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01/08/2015 - 11:00 AM

A fire early Thursday morning destroyed an apartment on the south side of St. Cloud displacing two adults and three children.

St. Cloud Fire Department Battalion Chief Jerry Raymond says firefighters responded to a fire at 603 14th Street South at 5:37 a.m. Raymond says firefighters distinguished the fire and no one was injured. The fire displaced the residents living in at least two units of the complex.












The picture on the right is a view of the damage sustained to unit #2 in the apartment complex.

Raymond says fire marshals are investigating the cause of the fire and damage estimates were not available.

Local Red Cross volunteers are helping the displaced residents with disaster relief of safe, warm shelter, seasonal clothing, food, emotional support and long-term recovery planing.

GREAT Children’s Theater adaptation of Peter Pan Will Be Playing At The College Of St. Benedict

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01/07/2015 - 11:30 AM

The College of St. Benedict will host the GREAT Children’s Theater adaptation of Peter Pan for the next ten days starting on January 9th.

Executive artistic director Dennis Whipple says he and local musician Scott Wachtler adapted this music from J. M. Barrie’s classic story. Whipple and Wachtler have updated the script and added four new songs to the music for its current production. Whipple says the show consists of 55 youth and adult actors.

Produced in 2008, the play has ranked as the highest attended show in GREAT history. The show will take place in the Escher Auditorium on the campus of the College of St. Benedict from January 9th through 19th.

SCSU To Host Annual MLK Breakfast Event

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01/07/2015 - 10:50 AM

St. Cloud State University will be hosting an annual breakfast and remembrance celebration honoring the life, legacy, and ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The MLK Breakfast Event and Day of Service will feature keynote speakers Vernon Jordan, an elder statesman of the civil rights movement, and Yolanda Adams, a Grammy Award winning singer, being simulcast from the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Following the speakers, a panel of community members will reflect and discuss current issues facing the St. Cloud area. In addition, the event will play host to local musicians, artists, and interfaith leaders.

The MLK Breakfast Event and Day of Service is free and open to the public. Doors to event open at 7 a.m. with the keynote simulcast starting around 8 a.m. The event will be held on January 19, in the SCSU’s Atwood Memorial Center Ballroom.

SCSU Names Director For Child Care Center

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01/06/2015 - 11:50 AM

St. Cloud State University has announced the appointment of a new director for their child care center.

Vice President of Student Life and Development Wanda Overland says Dennis Mergen has been given the senior position at the Lindgren Child Care Center.

Mergen has served as the Associate Director of the child care center since 2008 and has been employed at the center since 1998 when he was hired as a preschool teacher.

In addition to his position at the Lindgren Child Care Center, Mergen also serves as a Master Trainer for the Minnesota Center for Professional Development.

Debra Carlson, the longtime director, retired in late 2014. The Lindgren Child Care Center opened in September 1980 in response to a need expressed by the non-traditional student body for quality, on-campus child care services.

Lake Wobegon Trail Receives State Grant To Help With Expansion

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01/06/2015 - 11:30 AM

The Lake Wobegon Trail is one step closer to expanding thanks to the help of a Minnesota grant.

Stearns County Parks Director Peter Theismann says the department received a $250,000 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Legacy Grant that will be applied to the extension of the Central Minnesota trail.

This extension will add approximately 3.2 miles of paved trail from St. Joseph to Rivers Edge Park in Waite Park, connecting the Lake Wobegon Trail with the Harold P. Nelson Healthy Living Trail.

The Parks Department is also in talks with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway to purchase additional property for the Lake Wobegon Trail.

To date, the department has raised about $2.34 million for the expansion project. Another $700,000 is needed to fully complete the connection.

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