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Lake George Bridge Construction

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10/12/2009 - 10:40 AM

Another 9th Avenue road closure is planned for Tuesday and Wednesday. From 9 am to 3 pm, the southbound lane of 9th Avenue from the St. Germain Bridge to 4th Street South will be closed to traffic due to construction work on the Lake George Bridge.
 

St. Cloud Police Make Two Drug Busts in One Week

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10/09/2009 - 9:40 AM

St. Cloud police made two drug busts this week. On Wednesday, 25-year-old Adil Ali was arrested for possessing and intending to distribute 21 pounds of dried khat, an amphetamine-like stimulant. Police say the St. Cloud man was receiving shipments of the drug from Kenya. Adil is in the Stearns County Jail where he is awaiting charges.
 

On Monday, police arrested 20-year-old Marshal Sanchez and 21-year-old Angela Tomassoni, both of St. Cloud. Police say, at the time of arrest, Sanchez and Tomassoni had 15.5 grams of methamphetamine and $3,500 in cash. Both face 2nd degree possession charges.
 

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

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10/09/2009 - 10:40 AM

The mornings are getting colder, but that won’t stop thousands of Minnesotans from making Strides Against Breast Cancer Saturday morning at Lake George in St. Cloud, where there will be a lot of people wearing pink. The Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk will start at 8:30 am at Lake George. 


3,200 Minnesota women and 600 Stearns County women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. It is recommended that women over 40 get a mammogram and clinical breast exam every year. Women between 20 and 39 are asked to receive a clinical breast exam once every three years.


Kendra Flanagan, the event chair for “Making Strides” in St. Cloud, says anyone is welcome at Saturday’s walk, and it’s not too late to sign up.


Registration for Saturday’s walk begins at 7:00 am. The walk begins at 8:30.

Car Crashes Into Ditch

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10/08/2009 - 9:36 AM

A man was sent to the hospital after he ran his car off the road. Wednesday at about 2:30 pm, St. Cloud Police responded to a one car crash on the 2800 block of Oak Grove Road. Police say 70 year old Bruce Lodewyk of St. Cloud was driving his car on Oak Grove Road when it left the road and went into the ditch. St. Cloud Fire got Lodewyk out of the car. He was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Atwood After Dark to be held Friday

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10/08/2009 - 12:00 PM

Atwood After Dark to be held Friday

St. Cloud State’s University Program Board is anticipating a big turnout for homecoming weekend’s Atwood After Dark Program. The event will be held Friday, October 9 from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am at the Atwood Memorial Center. A special performance from comedian Alonzo Bodden will take place in the Ritsche Auditorium at 10:30.


Some of the activities include Stuff-A-Husky, skee ball, Triviaholix live game show and a midnight breakfast. Transformers, Revenge of the Fallen will be shown twice, at 8:00 and 10:30 pm.
 

Fight Locks Down Apollo High School

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10/07/2009 - 4:45 AM

Apollo High School in St. Cloud was locked down for about 40 minutes Wednesday and one student was tazed because of a fight involving five male students. The school’s resource officer found out about the fight around 12:45 pm.
The police report issued later in the day says five students were fighting with a large crowd around them.  Officers from neighboring Waite Park police and Stearns County Sheriff’s office assisted the St. Cloud police officers. Officers report using a taser on one student involved in the fight.
Five juvenile male students were cited and released to their parent’s custody.
 

Enrollment Up 4.5% at SCSU

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10/07/2009 - 4:00 AM

Enrollment Up 4.5% at SCSU

St. Cloud State University is reporting a four point five percent increase in student enrollment this fall in comparison to last year. 17,686 students are taking classes according to the 30th-day enrollment figures for the 2009-2010 academic year. Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Mahmoud Saffari says the school is seeing increases in the numbers of domestic new entering freshmen, new entering transfer students, students of color, graduate students and the Senior-to-Sophomore and Post Secondary Enrollment Option programs for high school students.
The only exception in the fall’s enrollment increases is in the number of new entering freshmen and transfers among international students. While the total number of international students enrolled at St. Cloud State remained stable compared to last year – at 1,094--– the numbers indicated a 38 percent decline in new entering international students.
The greatest increase was seen in the number of new students of color, which at 466 brought total enrollment of students of color to 1,560. That’s a 13 percent jump in the number of new students of color. Since fall of 2002, total enrollment for students of color has nearly doubled, which Saffari attributes to the university’s efforts to welcome a more diverse campus community.
Increases compared with fall 2008 30th-day figures in additional categories include:

• 2,341 new entering domestic freshmen, up 2 percent;
• 1,252 domestic new entering transfer students, up 13 percent;
• 8 percent increase in total graduate student enrollment (1,905), bringing to 10.8 percent this group’s share of the total student body. New entering graduate student enrollment also is up by 7.5%;
• Post Secondary Enrollment Option student enrollment (high school students taking college-level courses at SCSU) , up 21 percent (376 vs. 311); and
• Senior-to-Sophomore student enrollment (high school students taking St. Cloud State courses on their high school campuses) , up 1.2 percent (1,559 vs. 1,533).
 

Give MN-Dot Your Feedback

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10/07/2009 - 12:47 PM

Give MN-Dot Your Feedback

MN-Dot is looking for public feeback on their 20 year transit plan. They'll be taking comments during a video conference Thursday from 3:00-7:00 at offices across the state.  People living in this area can take part at the Saint Cloud office on 12th Street North. The plan looks at transportation needs starting in the year 2010 to 2030. It considers public transporation in both small and large towns, changing mobility needs of the workforce and maintaining and expanding transit. Click the link to view the plan, www.dot.state.mn.us/transit/transitplan
 

SCSU Alumni Award Recipients Announced

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10/07/2009 - 12:00 PM

SCSU Alumni Award Recipients Announced

Saint Cloud State University has announced its 2009 Alumni Award Winners. The Distinguished Alumni Award will go to James Grave of Minneapolis. The Alumni Service Award will be going to Robert White of Saint Cloud. The Graduate of the Last Decade will go to Joseph Nayquonabe of Onamia. The University Leadership Award is being given to Edward Bouffard of Saint Cloud.


The separate colleges from Saint Cloud State will also be giving Alumni awards. The G.R. Herberger College of Business will be giving an award to James Bullard of Saint Louis, Missouri. The College of Fine Arts and Humanities will give their award to Kathy Grundie of Medina, Minnesota. Michael Spanier will receive the award from the College of Education. The College of Social Sciences is awarding Gary Lee of Bowling Green, Ohio. Dennis Tuel Senior of Fergus Falls will receive the award from the College of Science and Engineering.


These nine award winners will be recognized during a ceremony hosted by the Saint Cloud State University Alumni Association Board of Directors. The ceremony is scheduled for Friday during Homecoming festivities.
 

13th Annual Drive Safely to Work Week

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10/07/2009 - 11:30 AM

13th Annual Drive Safely to Work Week

Join the Stearns County Safe Communities Coalition for the 13th annual Drive Safely to Work Week and do your part to prevent traffic accidents from unsafe driving while commuting. Though driving is an everyday task, it is also a complex task requiring a substantial degree of attention and concentration. It is estimated that for every mile of driving a person makes about 200 separate decisions.


Even though vehicles and roads are safer, more than 41,000 people still die every year in car accidents with another 2.5 million people injured. Driving too fast for road or weather conditions, ignoring traffic signs and signals, not paying attention to surroundings, and following vehicles too closely to other vehicles are causes for accidents. These things happen because people are too caught up in other things that are happening inside the vehicle. Cell phones, meals on the run, I-pods, and car navigations systems all take away from the concentration that should be on the road.


The most dangerous part of the day for any employee is the time they spend in their vehicle during commute. The Stearns County’s Safe Communities Coalition is hoping employees become more aware of risky driving behavior during the Drive Safely to Work Week, which goes through Friday.
 

Woman Nearly Loses $500 in Phone Scam

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10/06/2009 - 9:30 AM

Woman Nearly Loses $500 in Phone Scam

The St. Cloud Police Department is investigating a phone scam which almost caused an elderly St. Cloud woman to lose $500 dollars. Police say the woman received a phone call from an international number asking she send a money gram for $500 dollars so she could claim a cash prize.


When the woman purchased a money order from Wal-Mart, the transaction was blocked by Wal-Mart security because it appeared suspicious. The woman did not lose any money.


The police department is reminding the community not to send money to anyone involved with lotteries, especially overseas.
 

Art Therapy Classes Offered for Cancer Patients

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10/06/2009 - 2:05 AM

Art Therapy Classes Offered for Cancer Patients

If you’re a cancer patient or caregiver looking for a new way to manage pain and stress, art therapy might be just what you need. Each Wednesday this month, the Coborn Cancer Center at the St. Cloud Hospital is offering art therapy classes from 9:30 to 11:00 am. Art therapy helps cancer patients and caregivers record their thoughts and feelings in a “visual journal,” helping them manage pain, depression, anxiety and stress.


The art therapy sessions will be held the following Wednesday's in the Coborn Cancer Center classroom: October 7, 14, 21 and 28. Cost for the four-week series is $15 dollars, or $5 dollars per session.
 

Peace Demonstration Scheduled for Wednesday

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10/06/2009 - 1:15 AM

It has been eight years since the beginning of the war with Afghanistan, and local peace groups are calling for a change in US policy. Wednesday, local peace groups will be demonstrating at Barnes and Noble in St. Cloud from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. The participating groups are the Alternatives to War Committee, Benedictines for Peace, Pax Christi St. Cloud, and Veterans for Peace.


These groups are calling for no additional troops being sent to Afghanistan, an exit plan for withdrawal, generous financial support to Afghan civilian-led development, and funds for human needs, not war and occupation.
 

Science and Engineering Job Fair

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10/06/2009 - 11:30 AM

Students looking to enter the fields of science and engineering have their chance Wednesday. St. Cloud State’s College of Science and Engineering is hosting a job and internship fair from noon to 3:00 P-M in the Atwood Memorial Center Ballroom.
 

Students are encouraged to dress as they would for a job interview and bring a current resume. For more information, visit the Career Services or College of Science and Engineering websites.

Attempted Entry at Saint Cloud Home

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10/05/2009 - 10:15 AM

Police are looking for an unknown person was seen breaking a window of a Saint Cloud home. At 12:30 am on Sunday officers arrived at the 500 block of 6th Avenue South to investigate the attempted entry. They discovered several people inside the house including someone with their hooded sweatshirt pulled up over their head. Officers entered the home and found that all the people inside were either living at or visiting the home. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Saint Cloud Police Department at (320) 251-1200.

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