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Sartell Graduate and NDSU's Student Thomas Bearson's Death Ruled Homicide

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09/26/2014 - 8:35 AM

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) - A coroner in Minnesota has ruled as a homicide the death of Sartell native and North Dakota State University student whose body was found this week.

The Ramsey County medical examiner's office on Thursday determined that 18-year-old Thomas Bearson a died as the "result of homicidal violence."

Bearson's remains were found Tuesday outside a recreational vehicle store in south Moorhead. He was last seen at a party Saturday in Fargo.

Police in Moorhead are asking for the public's help to locate Bearson's cellphone and a shoe. Police described the missing items as a white Nike Air Jordan left tennis shoe size 9 1/2 and a silver iPhone 5.

People with information are asked to call the Red River Regional Dispatch Center at 701-451-7660. 

Place Of Hope Ministries To Host Ride/Walk For Hope Fundraiser Saturday

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09/25/2014 - 12:10 PM

Place of Hope Ministries is gearing up for the Ride/Walk for Hope fundraiser Saturday around the St. Cloud area.

Participants have the option to Ride for Hope on a motorcycle, Bike for Hope on a bike ride, or Walk for Hope.

Motorcyclists will ride 100 miles and eventually end up at Place of Hope Church in St. Cloud. Check in is at 1 p.m. at Precision Propeller and Cycle in St. Joe. 

Bikers will travel along the Lake Wobegon Trail. Check in is at 2 p.m. at the St. Joseph Welcome Center Trailhead Shelter. Place of Hope reminds riders that although the ride is 16 miles long, people are encouraged to turn around at any time if they are tired or weary.

Walkers are invited to casually stroll a 3 mile loop around Lake George starting at 3 p.m. at Place of Hope. 

Everyone will meet up at the church, located at 511 9th Avenue North in St. Cloud, at 5 p.m. for food, prizes, and live music.

Southside Drive-By Shooting Suspect Arrested In Sartell

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09/24/2014 - 11:40 AM

Southside Drive-By Shooting Suspect Arrested In Sartell

A drive-by shooting took place Tuesday afternoon in a Southside neighborhood, near the Boys and Girls Club of St. Cloud.

KVSC News Director John Peterson has more on the shooting.

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Almost a year ago Malcom Cooper was involved in a fight with a juvenile where he brandished a knife and was arrested on second degree assault charges.


Stearns County Board of Commissioners Announce Budget For 2015

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09/24/2014 - 11:00 AM

Stearns County’s Board of Commissioners approved a preliminary budget and levy of $131 million for 2015.

The board says the budget is 1.61% lower in expenditures, but includes a levy increase of 1.81%, amounting to $70 million because of the increased caseloads in Human Services, and a decrease in federal and state aid.

Most property tax payers will see a reduction in taxes because of a 4.5% increase in tax capacity. The entire budget estimated for 2015 might see changes before the final decision is made December.

St. Cloud Police Respond To A Robbery Near South Side Of Lake George

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09/24/2014 - 11:00 AM

A robbery happened near the restrooms on the south side of Lake George Tuesday.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says police responded to a robbery at the 400 block of Lake Boulevard East. Burke adds two men were threatening a 20-year-old man with a knife asking him to give them his property.

The suspects are described as two men in their twenties standing at 5' 5'' and 5' 8'' tall and 140-180 pounds. One was wearing a red Chicago Bulls sweatshirt, light colored jeans, a brown beanie cap and earrings on. The second man had a blonde or red scruffy beard and was wearing a blue or black long sleeve shirt as well as blue jeans.

Burke says the investigation is ongoing.

Many Mourn After Police Find The Body Of Sartell Native And NDSU Student Thomas Bearson

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09/24/2014 - 10:15 AM

SARTELL, Minn. (AP) - Family and friends of a North Dakota college student are mourning the teen from Minnesota after police said his body was found in Moorhead.

The St. Cloud Times reports about 500 people attended a candlelight vigil for North Dakota State University student Thomas Bearson in Sartell on Tuesday. The vigil was originally scheduled as a prayer service after the 18-year-old freshman from Sartell went missing over the weekend. Police announced Bearson's remains were found Tuesday.

Students at NDSU also held a vigil in Fargo, North Dakota.

A statement from Bearson's family asked mourners at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell to "reach over and hug" their children.

Police say Bearson was last seen at a party Saturday in Fargo. His cause of death hasn't been determined and no suspects have been identified.

Skywest Airlines To Be Paid Over $800,000 For Lost Revenue

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09/23/2014 - 9:20 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - SkyWest Airlines will be paid $803,000 to cover lost revenue for the first three months of flights from St. Cloud to Chicago.

Most of the money comes from the federal government. It contributed $750,000 to a fund that guarantees the airline won't lose money on the service. The $1 million fund requires a $250,000 local match from Stearns, Benton and Sherburne counties, as well as the cities of St. Cloud, Sartell and Sauk Rapids. Area businesses also contribute to the local match.

The St. Cloud Times says twice daily United Express flights operated by SkyWest began in May when 38 percent of seats were sold. In August, 63 percent were sold.

St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis says projections for the first quarter of 2015 are that 75 to 80 percent of seats will be occupied.

Innovation Summit Expo-Loration To Showcase At Rivers Edge Convention Center

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09/23/2014 - 7:30 AM

Innovation Summit Expo-Loration To Showcase At Rivers Edge Convention Center

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence and Social Innovation at SCSU is behind the first Innovation Summit Expo-Loration.

KVSC Assistant News Director Steve Coursolle spoke with the College of Science and Engineering’s Stephen Janasie to learn more about the event.

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Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force Finds Marijuana Grow Near Freeport

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09/23/2014 - 4:00 AM

The Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force carried out a search warrant this morning that found information of a medium size marijuana grow happening behind farm buildings at the address of 40325 County Road 11 near Freeport.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanners says, during the search, investigators found the owner of the property, 51-year-old Trent Atkinson of Freeport, and approximately 36 plants being tended to and cultivated in a fenced area. The plants ranged in size from 6 to 12 feet high and were taken by the task force as evidence.

Sanner adds that the matter will be sent to the Stearns County Attorney’s Office for consideration of charges of 5th degree possession of a controlled substance.

A Body Found Near Moorhead Likely To Be Of The Sartell Native And NDSU Student

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09/23/2014 - 2:10 AM

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Police in Fargo say a body that was found outside a recreational vehicle store in Moorhead, Minnesota, is likely that of a missing college student.

Fargo Police Chief Keith Ternes tells KFGO-AM the clothing matches that of North Dakota State University student Tom Bearson.

Bearson, of Sartell, Minnesota, was last seen at a party about 3 a.m. Saturday.

NDSU on Sunday reported on its website that the freshman nursing student was missing and asked the public for information on his whereabouts.

Bearson was a standout basketball player at Sartell High School.

No Injuries Reported After A Biker Hit A Bus Tuesday

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09/23/2014 - 2:10 AM

A bicyclist ran into a school bus filled with children in St. Cloud Tuesday morning.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says the bus, driven by a 67-year-old man from Cushing, was turning onto 30th Avenue from 12th Street North when a biker ran into the side.

Burke adds the 16-year-old cyclist was traveling west on the sidewalk of 12th Street North before he came in contact with the bus.

None of the 34 passengers on the bus were injured. However, the biker was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The students were then taken to a different bus and left the scene.

Burke says no charges are pending. 

Two St. Cloud Teens Arrested Friday After Firearm Was Found

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09/23/2014 - 1:00 AM

Two St. Cloud teens were arrested Friday after the police department executed a search warrant.

Lieutenant Jeff Oxton says investigators with help from the SWAT team executed the search warrant at the 100 block of 20th Avenue North and arrested 18-year-old Antonio Gabriel McKnight and a 17-year-old.

Oxton adds investigators found a loaded handgun with the serial number removed during the search.

McKnight, who was on probation before the Friday arrest, was taken to Stearns County Jail. He is being held on charges of felony possession of a firearm with a removed serial number, unlawful possession of a firearm, and multiple outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrants.

The 17-year-old was also taken to Stearns County Jail because of an outstanding juvenile warrant for robbery.

Oxton says the St. Cloud Police Department will continue to seek out and arrest people who illegally carry firearms without permits.

Antonio Gabriel McKnight

SCSU Women's Center To Provide Informational Table On Genocide Awareness Project This Week

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09/23/2014 - 11:50 AM

The SCSU Women’s Center wants students to know there will be a graphic photo display in the Atwood Mall Thursday and Friday.

Molly English of the Women’s Center says the display will show images of genocide victims and aborted fetuses as part of the Genocide Awareness Project. The project is funded by the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform and sponsored by the Maranatha Christian Fellowship at St Cloud State.

English adds there will be a table set up in the Atwood Memorial Center with accurate information. English invites anyone who feels overwhelmed by the display to visit the table to seek a safe place or someone to talk to.

The display and protests will be from 12-2 p.m.

Sartell Teenager And NDSU Student Missing Since Saturday

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09/22/2014 - 9:30 AM

Sartell Teenager And NDSU Student Missing Since Saturday

Fargo, N.D. --(AP) North Dakota State University is seeking the public's help in finding a missing student.

The Fargo school says freshman Tom Bearson, of Sartell, Minnesota, hasn't been seen since leaving a party about 3 a.m. Saturday.He lives in a residence hall on campus.

NDSU Vice President for Student Affairs Tim Alvarez says the school is asking people to keep an eye out for Bearson.

Anyone with information is asked to call NDSU police at 701-231-8998 or text a tip to 701-526-6006.

Husky Neighborhood Clean-Up At Barden Park Takes Place Thursday

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09/22/2014 - 4:10 AM

The St. Cloud community is getting together for the annual Husky Neighborhood Clean-Up Thursday.

The St. Cloud State University Department of Campus Involvement with help from the United Way of Central Minnesota is hosting the volunteer event.

Garbage bags will be provided. Volunteers are reminded to dress appropriately for the weather, and anyone under the age of 18 must be with a parent.

Check-in at 1 p.m. at Barden Park near the SCSU campus.

Pre-register yourself or a group by calling 320-308-2205 or emailing volunteer names to 

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