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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 Raises Awareness On Veteran Suicide

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09/10/2015 - 11:10 AM

St. Cloud State University helps veterans to cope with difficulties they face in their lives. 

National statistics shows twenty two veterans commit suicide every day. St. Cloud State University’s Veterans Resource Center is taking the necessary steps to raise awareness among students and community members.

The interim director of VRC, Zac Mangas, speaks about activities they do on campus. Here is the AUDIO STORY

St. Cloud State University Recognizes Patriot Day With Flag Raising Ceremony

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09/10/2015 - 10:30 AM

St. Cloud State University’s Veterans Resource Center is holding a flag raising to remember those who were lost on September 11th, 2001 on Patriot Day.

Zac Mangas, the director of Veterans Resource Center, announced that the ceremony will be taking place outside the Administrative Services Building at 7:45 a.m. Friday.

Nearly 3,000 people died in 9/11, mostly civilians as well as rescue and recovery workers.

1st Street North Reduced To One Lane Tonight

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09/09/2015 - 9:00 AM

Drivers may experience delays in the Northside of St. Cloud tonight.

The City Engineer’s Office announced today beginning at 6 p.m. 1st Street North from 6th Avenue North to the Mississippi River will be reduced to one lane in the eastbound direction.

The lane reduction is due to utility work, crews should be finished by 11 p.m.

Lake Wobegon Closed Temporarily in St. Joseph and Sauk Centre

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09/09/2015 - 9:00 AM

Parts of Lake Wobegon Trail will be closed starting Wednesday.

Stearns County says the trail between St. Joseph and Sauk Centre will be closed for pavement maintenance. Bikers are encouraged to watch for signs to make sure they are not entering the work zone.

The closure is expected to complete by Friday.

Sartell Bicyclist Dies After Being Hit By Car In St. Wendel Township

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09/09/2015 - 10:30 AM

A Sartell man died Tuesday after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office says that 51-year-old John Girard Seiler was riding his bicycle northbound on the east shoulder of County Road 2 in St. Wendel Township when he was struck from behind by a car. The car was driven by 73-year-old Judy Ranson Post of Pasadena, California.

Witnesses claim that Post’s car swerved into the shoulder and rear-ended Seiler on his bike. Seiler was thrown from his bike and landed in the ditch. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

St. Joseph Rescue and Gold Cross Ambulance assisted at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

Great Theatre Company Presents Ragtime

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09/08/2015 - 6:00 AM

Great Theatre Company Presents Ragtime

Local actors and musicians are gathering this fall at the Great Theatre Company. Opening season shows take place this weekend with the production of Ragtime, based on E. L. Doctorow's 1975 novel. Assistant News Director Korina Borash has more information in this AUDIO STORY.

Ticket information can be found here.

Update: Missing Royalton Woman Found In Ditch Early Wednesday Morning

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09/08/2015 - 11:30 AM

The missing woman from Royalton was found.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office says 46-year-old Rebecca Ann Schneider went missing Sunday after leaving her daughter’s home in Brockway Township on foot.

Deputies found Schneider early Wednesday morning lying in a ditch near Rice. Schneider admitted that she was trying to avoid being found. She was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for an evaluation. 

St. Cloud State University Students Host Bangladesh Night Tuesday

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09/08/2015 - 11:00 AM

St. Cloud State University Students Host Bangladesh Night Tuesday

Bangladesh Students from St. Cloud State University are hosting a cultural night tonight at the Atwood Memorial Center.

The Bangladesh Student Association says the event features a fashion show, dance and musical performance by Trisha Trisha, a Bangladesh Television figure. Participants have a chance to know about art, culture and history of people living in this Asian country.

Islam is the main religion in the country, but other minorities like Christians, Hindus and Buddhists live there too. People would learn about folk literature, poetry and musical instrument. The event is open to students and public at a small fee. It starts at 5 p.m. in the afternoon and finishes at 7 p.m.

Recent Road Closures In St. Cloud Area May Affect Your Commute This Week

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09/08/2015 - 10:30 AM

A few roads in St. Cloud will be closed throughout this week. Assistant News Director Christine Gaetke has more details in this AUDIO REPORT.

For more road closure information visit the City of St. Cloud website


Minnesota Government Officials Use Private Emails For Business

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09/07/2015 - 9:00 AM

While Hillary Clinton's use of a private email account has been under scrutiny, officials in many Minnesota cities use private email accounts to conduct government business.

The St. Cloud Times reports the practice raises questions about public access, accountability and security.

Most large Minnesota cities provide official accounts for mayors and council members. However, for budget or convenience reasons, many smaller cities don't. Their officials use their own private accounts.

In St. Cloud, for example, the mayor and city employees have city email accounts, but council members use private accounts.

The practice is legal. But a lawyer who specializes in government data, Mark Anfinson, says it makes it harder to track those emails, guarantee the public has access to them and ensure that officials aren't violating open meeting rules.

Minnesota Congressmen Seek Answers Surrounding Hidden St. Cloud VA Medical Center Investigation

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09/07/2015 - 8:30 AM

Minnesota congressmen are demanding to know why a 2013 investigation that found serious problems with the work environment at the St. Cloud Veterans Affairs Medical Center was quietly shelved.

The investigation validated complaints of a hostile work environment and problems with canceled appointments. But congressional committees that monitor the VA were never told that the report existed.

Democratic Rep. Tim Walz tells the Star Tribune he's disturbed that the VA inspector general may be keeping important information private.

GOP Rep. Tom Emmer says he's considering drafting legislation to require the VA to release all similar future reports.

St. Cloud VA officials say that since the investigation was completed, they’ve hired more doctors, decreased patient loads, instituted supervisory training and conducted regular employee town halls to improve communication.

EX Stearns County Deputy Sentenced To 2 Years In Prison

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09/07/2015 - 8:30 AM

A former Stearns County deputy who once led the department's Explorer program has been sentenced to two years in prison for violating his terms of release for a sex offense conviction.

45-year-old Phil Meemken had been on probation since June 2012 after pleading guilty to one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of providing alcohol to a minor. He was originally charged with 20 counts of providing alcohol to minors and then sexually assaulting them. Two of his alleged victims belonged to the Explorer post. He served about 220 days in prison before his release.

The St. Cloud Times reports his probation violations included using marijuana and methamphetamine, possessing pornography, failing to complete sex offender treatment and failing to keep in contact with his probation agent.

Attorneys for Little Falls Man Convicted of Killing Two Teens Say He Did Not Get A Fair Trial

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09/04/2015 - 8:30 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Attorneys for a Little Falls man convicted of killing two teenagers who broke into his home contend he didn't get a fair trial.

The Minnesota Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in the appeal of 67-year-old Byron Smith. Smith shot and killed 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady on Thanksgiving Day in 2012.

A jury convicted Smith last year of first-degree premeditated murder. A judge sentenced him to life in prison with no possibility of parole.

The Star Tribune reports the justices focused on a brief closure of the courtroom during Smith's trial.

Defense attorney Steven Meshbesher argued Smith did not get a fair trial, and the "only way to fix it is to grant him a new trial."

But prosecutors argued the brief courtroom closure had no impact.

Parts of Highway 10 and 15 To Be Closed Starting Tuesday

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09/04/2015 - 1:00 AM

Central Minnesota drivers should be aware of two road closures on Highway 10 and 15 beginning Tuesday.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says closures will take place on Highway 10 between East St. Germain Street and Watab Road and Highway 15 between Benton Drive and Highway 10.

The closures are needed so crews can work on off-roadway maintenance and clean-up. Drivers should expect delays, slow down and follow instructions in the work zone.

The closure will finish by late September.

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