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Spec Home Burglary Under Investigation

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06/25/2012 - 12:30 PM

St. Cloud Police are investigating a burglary that happened on Saturday. The burglary was at the 3500 block of Wildflower Road South at a spec home. The door had been smashed in and several appliances were taken including a kitchen stove, front load washer and dryer, and a big screen TV.

No suspects have been identified and anyone with information is asked to call the St. Cloud Police 320-251-1200.

71-Year-Old Woman Found Dead In Little Cedar Island Lake

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06/25/2012 - 12:00 PM

On Friday around 7 p.m. the Stearns County Sheriff’s office was called to Little Cedar Island Lake in Wakefield Township for a report of a body floating in the water.

Officers pulled the body of 71-year-old Connie Ann Kottke of Buffalo Lake from the water and performed CPR. Rescuers were unable to revive Kottke and she was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident is still under investigation. Her body was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Three Vehicle Crash Near Cooper Avenue and Highway 23

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06/25/2012 - 11:20 AM

St. Cloud police were called to Highway 23 and Cooper Avenue South for a three vehicle crash that happened around 8:30 Saturday evening. 22-year-old Caitlin Margaret Murphy of St. Cloud was driving eastbound on Highway 23 when she ran a red light. Her vehicle hit a pickup-truck driven by 21-year-old Avery Brook Findlay of St. Cloud, causing it to roll on its side and crash into another vehicle driven by 29-year-old Jason Michael Chantler of St. Cloud.

Murphy and Findlay both received minor injuries and refused medical attention. Murphy received citations for inattentive driving and a signal violation.

Highway 10 Lane Reduction

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06/25/2012 - 10:15 AM

Drivers may encounter delays on Highway 10 in St. Cloud as the road is reduced to a single lane in each direction at the railroad crossing located just west of East. St. Germain Street starting today.

All lanes will reopen by 9 a.m. on Thursday. The lane closures are needed as crews make repairs to the Northern Lines Railway railroad crossing.

Man Assaulted After Coming Home From The Bars

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06/25/2012 - 10:15 AM

St. Cloud Police were called to the 300 block of 4th Street South early Saturday morning for an assault. According to the police report a 27-year-old man was walking home from the bars with some friends when a group of four or five white men approached him and started to assault him. One of the suspects was described as a white man, approximately five-foot five inches with blond spiked hair and a tattoo of lettering across his upper chest.

The victim received minor injuries and did not need any medical attention. Anyone with information about the identities of the suspects is asked to call the St. Cloud Police at 320-251-1200.

SCSU Awarded $600,000 Grant From National Science Foundation

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06/22/2012 - 9:45 AM

St. Cloud State was recently awarded a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support students with up to $9,100 scholarships per year to pursue science, technology, engineering or math careers.  They will offer over 30 scholarships to undergraduate students enrolled in Information Systems, Computer Science, and Computer Engineering programs for the next four years.  

Each student will have a faculty mentor, a graduate assistant and senior or honors student peer.  They may engage in a research/senior design project, take a 1-credit seminar course and complete a summer internship.  

For more information about the grant and how to apply click here.

Level 3 Sex Offender Moves Into St. Cloud

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06/22/2012 - 12:00 PM

Level 3 Sex Offender Moves Into St. Cloud

A Level 3 Sex-offender has moved to the 1100 block of 10th Street Southeast. 31-year-old Jarome Lamont Webb moved in on June 11 and has a history of sexual battery and sexual assault. A level three sex offender is one that is most likely to be a repeat offender.

Sex offenders are required by the Community Notification Act to register with local law enforcement when they move. Anyone with questions regarding this person can contact the St. Cloud police at 345-4444.

The St. Cloud police remind residents to report criminal activity by this offender or any other by calling 911.

St. Cloud Man Arrested After Threating Victim With A Knife

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06/22/2012 - 11:20 AM

St. Cloud Man Arrested After Threating Victim With A Knife

A St. Cloud man was arrested early Thursday morning after allegedly holding a knife to another person’s throat.  At about 1 a.m., 38-year-old John Roland Keck of St. Cloud was arrested at the 1500 block of Sherburne Drive south for 2nd degree assault with a knife. Keck stated that he threatened the victim with a knife because he was afraid that the victim would assault him and steal his dishes.

Keck was taken to the Sherburne County jail. The victim did not receive any injuries. 

Crash Near Highway 23 On 9th Avenue South Sends Two To Hospital

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06/21/2012 - 2:15 AM

St. Cloud police were called to a crash on 9th Avenue South Wednesday evening near Highway 23. 59 year-old St. Cloud resident Abdihamid Hassan Hirsi was driving northbound when another car swerved into his lane. To avoid hitting the other car Hirsi swerved off to the right and hit the guard rail.

Hirsi’s two passengers, a 46-year-old and a 12-year-old, were taken to St. Cloud Hosptial where they were treated for minor injuries that they received from their seat belts.

Stearns County Sells 60 Properties At Auction

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06/21/2012 - 11:50 AM

Stearns County sold 1.3 million dollars worth of property at the tax-forfeited property auction Monday night. 68 of 212 lots of land were sold.

The lots that did not sell at the auction are now up for sale and can be bought through the county Auditor-Treasuer’s office by calling them at 320-656-3904. A list of the unsold properties can be found here.

More information about buying information can be found here.

7th Street Southeast Closed For Railroad Repair Starting Monday

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06/21/2012 - 11:30 AM

Starting on Monday, June 25, 7th Street Southeast will be closed between Lincoln Avenue and Kilian Boulevard. The closure is due to railroad repairs in the area.

Detours will be posted. The duration of the closure was not specified.

Property Tax Deferral Program

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06/20/2012 - 9:45 AM

Later in the week notices will be going out to 600 property owners in Stearns County who are affected by the changes to the Green Acres and Rural Preserve property tax programs. The notice reminds landowners they have until 2013 to enroll their grandfathered Green Acres land into the Rural Preserve program.

Class 2b rural vacant land that was grandfathered into Green Acres will no longer qualify for that program beginning the first of next year. By law, choosing to do nothing will cause the rural vacant land to be assessed at a higher valuation and the property owner paying three years of deferred taxes on it.

Property Owners who want to enroll their 2b rural vacant land in the Rural Preserve program can use the materials mailed to them a year ago.  If that information has been misplaced, if the land was put into a qualifying agricultural use, or if there are any other questions call the Stearns County Assessor's Office at 320-656-3680 or email them at

St. Cloud Man Is In Jail For Multiple Charges

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06/20/2012 - 9:30 AM

On Tuesday night St. Cloud Police were called to the 1500 block of 15th Avenue Southeast. Prior to the arrival of officers a 26-year-old St. Cloud woman had gotten into a verbal argument with the suspect, her boyfriend, 24-year-old Christopher Lee Cannon from St. Cloud. There was an active domestic abuse no contact order in place between the two and Cannon left the scene before officers arrived.

Police made contact with Cannon later in the evening at the 700 block of St. Germain Street East after a short foot chase. Cannon was taken to the Sherburne County Jail where he is being held on charges of felony domestic abuse no contact order violation, misdemeanor fleeing on foot, a felony warrant for failure to appear, a gross misdemeanor warrant for domestic abuse violation probation and a misdemeanor warrant for driving after suspension.

New Masters Program At SCSU-Maple Grove

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06/20/2012 - 1:40 AM

New Masters Program At SCSU-Maple Grove

St. Cloud State University will offer a new Masters of Science degree in medical technology quality starting this fall. The program will focus on the medical products industry and give students the skills and understanding to deliver high quality products and solutions within the field.

The classes will be evenings and weekends at the St. Cloud State Twin Cities Graduate Center in Maple Grove. Students that are interested in the degree should contact the SCSU College of Science and Engineering at 320-308-2167 or by  e-mail

Summertime By George Cancelled

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06/20/2012 - 1:15 AM

Summertime By George has been cancelled for tonight due to rain. The band that was scheduled to play tonight, Monroe Crossing, will be at Sunset Stages at St. Bens this Saturday.

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