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Bachmann Attacks Student Loan Plan

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10/28/2011 - 9:10 AM

Bachmann Attacks Student Loan Plan

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is ripping a move by President Barack Obama to ease student loan debt as an "abuse of power" that will give people incentive to dodge debt. Bachmann reacted Thursday to a decision Obama announced a day earlier to cap payments for some college loan borrowers and forgive payments for others after 20 years.

He used executive authority to accelerate a law that wasn't supposed to go into effect until 2014. The Minnesota congresswoman made her remarks during an education forum put on by The College Board and News Corp. Appearing by satellite from Minneapolis, Bachmann told the gathering that the loan breaks could push costs onto other taxpayers. She called it a "moral hazard" because it relieves people of responsibility for debt they've accumulated.
 

Investigation Into Student Harassment Ends

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10/28/2011 - 8:51 AM

Investigation Into Student Harassment Ends

The St. Cloud School Board has approved an agreement which ends an investigation into complaints that Somali students were being harassed. The School District has denied it committed any civil rights violations, but agreed to take steps to ensure students are not subjected to a hostile environment. The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations lodged a complaint last year with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

The Minneapolis-based group said Somali students were subjected to harassment and discrimination and that the district did little to prevent it. The district has agreed to better communicate it santi-harassment policies, among other things. WJON reports no fines were levied and the district won't lose any state or federal funding.

 

SCSU Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony for $45 Million ISELF Project

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10/28/2011 - 2:00 AM

SCSU Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony for $45 Million ISELF Project

St. Cloud State University officially broke ground on the new $45 million Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility. Dignitaries such as Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, SCSU President Earl H. Potter and the Chair of the MnSCU Board of Trustees Scott Thiss spoke at the event. KVSC provided sound reinforcement and broadcasted live from the event on Oct. 27, 2011.

Click here to listen to the podcast for a report from KVSC News Director Adam Ulbricht.

Two Men Hospitalized After Car Collides with Tree

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10/28/2011 - 10:30 AM

Two Sauk Rapids men ended up in the St. Cloud Hospital after their car crashed into a tree early Friday morning. Sauk Rapids Police and Fire Department responded to the one-car collision on the 1300 block of 2nd Avenue South. The car had reportedly left the roadway and struck a tree on the front passenger side.

The driver, 21-year-old Robert Mark Mead, was thrown from the car. His passenger, 21-year-old Dustin Michael Schlien, was trapped by the collision and required removal by the Fire Department. Both men were taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance. The State Patrol assisted in the investigation, which is still ongoing.

SCSU Wind Ensemble to Play Veterans Tribute

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10/27/2011 - 9:38 AM

St. Cloud State University’s Wind Ensemble will be joining with the Minnesota National Guard 34th Infantry Red Bull Band and the St. Cloud Community to pay tribute to the veterans of the armed services. The tribute will be held Saturday November 12th in Ritsche Auditorium on the campus of SCSU at 7 p.m.

Officials say the tribute will be extending special memorials this year for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with “Angels in the Architecture”.The event is open to the public.
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Day of the Dead Celebration at SCSU

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10/27/2011 - 2:30 AM

Day of the Dead Celebration at SCSU

Saint Cloud State University’s student organization M.E.Ch.A. is hosting their annual Day of the Dead event.

The opening ceremony is at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1 with Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc in the Atwood Theatre Lounge. A community altar will be set up before the opening ceremony for those who would like to place an offering for the dead. Traditional offerings include photos, dried food or bread and candles. Altars will stay up until Friday, November 4th.

M.E.Ch.A.’s theme this year is “Death by Corporations.” The focus is on those who are lost by unfair labor practices and violence at the hands of corporations.

Police Officer Witnesses Accident

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10/26/2011 - 9:37 AM

A St. Cloud Police Officer witnessed a crash while parked at the intersection of County Road 75 and 38th Street around 7:30 p.m. Monday. The officer said a motorcycle driven by a 36-year-old St. Cloud man was going North on 75 and as he approached the intersection a car going South made a left turn in front of him.
 

The man was unable to avoid hitting the car and was thrown from his motorcycle.
The car was being driven by 21-year-old Jessica Sue Oelfke of St. Cloud.
The man was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital to be treated for non life threatening injuries and Oelfke was cited for failure to yield right of way.
 

Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Driving While Intoxicated

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10/26/2011 - 9:30 AM

St. Cloud police pulled over a car for traffic violations and a citizen complaint on Monday. The driver, 54-year-old St. Cloud resident Richard John Graf was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Graf was taken to the Stearns County Jail where he is being held on charges of two counts of DWI, an open container in a vehicle and the violation of a driver’s license restrictions.

Minnesota's Seat Belt Rate Reaches Record High

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10/26/2011 - 10:00 AM

Minnesota's Seat Belt Rate Reaches Record High

Minnesota’s seat belt compliance rate has reached a record high this year at 92.7 percent. This update comes from observational surveys conducted by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.

Before Minnesota’s first mandatory seat belt law in 1986 seatbelt use was just 20 percent and just 74 percent one decade ago. Department of Public Saftey officials attribute the continued rise in seatbelt use to awareness and enforcement of Minnesota’s primary seat belt law that allows law enforcement to stop and ticket unbelted drivers and passengers.

SCSU Professor Works On NASA Project

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10/25/2011 - 9:52 AM

SCSU Professor Works On NASA Project

A St. Cloud State University physics professor is part of a team of researchers who have been given a $1 million grant from NASA for the evaluation of potential future missions.

“This is the first hurdle in getting funding for a satellite mission” says SCSU professor and co-creator of the ICON team John Harlander. The mission’s purpose is to understand the extreme variability in the Earth’s ionosphere and how it can interfere with communications and geopositioning signals, both which are national concerns.

The team has 11 months to complete their study which will go on to compete for a chance to be awarded a satellite mission with a budget of around $2 million.
 

Deceased Man Found In Vacant Lot

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10/25/2011 - 9:30 AM

St. Cloud Police were called to the 1000 block of 4th Street southeast around 12:30 a.m. Sunday to a vacant lot where a deceased man had been found by a passerby. Police have identified the man as 59-year-old Jeffrey Lee Eggers who had been missing from Rivercrest Housing Development since October 11th.

The lot Eggers was found in was covered in small brush and police say the man could not be seen from the parking lot area. While there appeared to be no trauma, the cause of death is still undetermined. The investigation is on-going with the help of the Benton County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Apartment Kitchen Catches Fire

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10/25/2011 - 9:12 AM

St. Cloud Police and Gold Cross Ambulance went to the 2500 block of Clearwater Road to respond to an apartment fire late Sunday night.The fire was reported by the apartment’s resident, a 31-year-old St. Cloud woman.

Police say it looked like an accidental kitchen fire that started as a small grease fire on the stove.The kitchen was destroyed but there were no injuries or evidence of arson.
 

Nationally Known Holocaust Speaker Coming To Campus

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10/25/2011 - 2:50 AM

Nationally Known Holocaust Speaker Coming To Campus

A nationally known historian and a leading authority of the Holocaust will be speaking on the campus of St. Cloud State University. Dr. Deborah Lipstadt will be speaking on campus Thursday at 7 p.m. in Ritsche Auditorium.

Lipstadt is a professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. She is also an author of four books including her latest book “The Eichmann Trial”. The Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education at SCSU Dan Wildeson said Lipstadt is a leading figure on the Holocaust and Holocaust denial. 

The event is open to students and the general public.

CentraCare Launches Caring for Generations Campaign

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10/25/2011 - 11:00 AM

CentraCare Launches Caring for Generations Campaign

The CentraCare Health Foundation announced gifts totaling $18.2 million for its launch of the community-wide Caring for Generations Campaign. 

The money has come from local benefactors, employees and physicians and its goal is to raise $21.7 million to help fund the $225 million addition to the southeast side of the St. Cloud Hospital. The expansion of the Women and Children’s Center would more than double the size of the current facility.

Since its last event in May, the Foundation has received six gifts of $100,000 or more.
 

Police Warn Against Landscaping and Tree Service Scams

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10/25/2011 - 10:30 AM

St. Cloud Police would like to warn people about the possibility of fraudulent activity regarding tree removal. Police say they’ve received several reports of a landscaping and tree services that agree to remove trees and stumps but demand cash up front and don’t complete the job. As a reminder, everyone should use caution every time you are making cash transaction before the work is complete. 

Here are a few tips provided by the St. Cloud Police Department in order to avoid falling prey to this type of scam:

-Demand a written contract up front
-Do not provide the entire payment in cash before the work is complete
-Check out the buisiness by asking for references
-Check with the Better Business Bureau
-Check the phonebook to see if the company has an actual listing (A business card does not necessarly make it a reputable company)

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