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Governor Mark Dayton Visiting Verso Paper Mill Today

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08/03/2012 - 9:15 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton plans to travel to Sartell to offer the community his support after Verso Paper Corp. announced it won't reopen its paper mill.

A Verso official met with Dayton Thursday and told him the company is permanently closing the plant. The mill was heavily damaged by a Memorial Day explosion and fire.

A Dayton spokeswoman says the governor will be in Sartell on Friday to meet with local officials. She says Dayton will do everything he can to recruit a company to buy the mill or find an investor for the site.

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she understands Verso's decision. She says anytime Minnesotans lose their jobs "is a heartbreaking day."

Nearly 260 people worked at the Sartell plant before the explosion and fire idled the mill.

Governor Dayton will be speaking at the Sartell City Hall at 3:30 p.m. today.

Electronics Reported Stolen From Residence

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08/03/2012 - 10:45 AM

St. Cloud Police were called to the 700 block of 6th Avenue South for a burglary. According to the police report, officers met with the 21-year-old victim of St. Cloud who says electronics were stolen and entry was gained through an unlocked window.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 251-1200.

Road Closures On Highway 22 Start Next Tuesday

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08/03/2012 - 10:30 AM

Drivers will experience detours, flaggers and delays on Highway 22 between Richmond and Eden Valley starting on Tuesday, August 7th.

Highway 22 will be closed from Hutcheson Avenue to Stearns County Road 9 until Wednesday, August 15th. After that re-opens, Highway 22 will be closed from Stearns County Road 9 to Highway 23. Detours will be posted for both of these closures. All lanes will re-opens by the end of September if weather is permitting.

The closures are needed as crew replaces pipes beneath the road and resurface, repair and improve the nine miles of Highway 22.

Great River Energy Mesabi Bike Trail Tour Is Coming

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08/02/2012 - 8:00 AM

Great River Energy Mesabi Bike Trail Tour Is Coming

Families and experienced bicyclists will be heading up north to take part in the 2012 Great River Energy Mesabi Bike Trail Tour Saturday, August 4th. The bike trail tour is in its eighth year and features four different length routes for bikers to take according to their skill level.

Tour coordinator Ardy Nurmi-Willberg says feedback from past events has been positive.

The tour proceeds benefit the trail system as well as Ampers radio stations including KVSC. Ampers is a group of 15 independent public radio stations throughout Minnesota that are committed to diverse radio for Minnesota’s communities.

Click here for the complete interview with Tour Coordinoar Ardy Nurmi-Willberg

Two Boys Charged in Skateboard Assault

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08/02/2012 - 12:30 PM

Two underage boys have been charged with third degree assault and curfew violations after a man was assaulted while skateboarding early Wednesday morning. Another boy has been charged with a curfew violation. St. Cloud police say the assault took place in the area of Cooper Avenue and Highway 23 around 4 a.m. on August 1.

A 23-year-old St. Cloud man reported being assaulted while riding his skateboard in the area. He was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for substantial but non-life threatening injuries.

The police released the boys to their parents.

Stearns County Sheriff's Office Is Investigating A Gas Station Robbery

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08/02/2012 - 12:00 PM

Stearns County Sheriff's Office Is Investigating A Gas Station Robbery

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man believed to be involved in the robbery of a Quality Plus gas station in Meire Grove. 21-year-old Matthew Paul Dehncke of Paynseville was arrested on Wednesday for aiding and abetting a robbery. The sheriff’s office also identified the vehicle used in the getaway, but are still looking for another man involved in the robbery. They believe he has fled the state.

According to the police report, the suspect entered the Quality Plus gas station around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. He demanded cash without displaying a gun or threatening the clerk. He got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The sheriff’s office is also looking for a fluorescent green/yellow hooded sweatshirt that was thrown from the getaway vehicle somewhere south of Albany. The sweatshirt was believed to be worn by the robber. The Sheriff’s Office is asking for public assistance in locating the sweatshirt, anyone with information can contact them at 251-4240.

Five Arrested After Loud Party

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08/02/2012 - 11:30 AM

St. Cloud Police arrested five and cited eight others Tuesday night after being called to the 700 Block of 14th Avenue South for reports of a loud party.

The party was found to be in violation of the city’s noise ordinance.

The five renters, 22-year-old Blakely John Brush, 21-year-old Derek James Strand, 21-year-old Kentrel Danta Davis, 21-year-old Blake Daniel-Leonard Biegler, and 21-year-old Benjamin Nicholas Kath were arrested and charged with a loud party noise violation and violation of the social host ordinance.

Eight other people were cited for underage consumption and released.

St. Cloud Man Arrested For Felony Domestic Assault

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08/02/2012 - 11:15 AM

St. Cloud Police were called to the 500 block of 9th Avenue North on Sunday, just before midnight, for reports of a domestic assault. The report on the incident was released on August 1 by the St. Cloud Police department.

According to the report, a 41-year-old St. Cloud woman was allegedly assaulted by her ex-boyfriend 40-year-old Todd Kenneth Yilek of St. Cloud. Yilek was arrested for felony charges of domestic assault.

He is being held in the Stearns County Jail for court.The victim received minor non-life threatening injuries.

19 Year Old Man Arrested For Allegedly Breaking Another Man's Nose

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08/01/2012 - 9:30 AM

19 Year Old Man Arrested For Allegedly Breaking Another Man's Nose

On Tuesday morning St. Cloud Police were called to the 700 block of 1st Street North for a robbery and assault. According to the police report, when officers arrived they found the victim, a 56-year-old man who had been assaulted and had a backpack that was taken from him.

The suspect, 19-year-old Kenneth James Budreau from Federal Dam was arrested for simply robbery, 3rd degree assault, and underage consumption. Budreau also was arrested for having two warrants, one in Beltrami County and one in Cass County and is currently being held at the Stearns County Jail.

The victim received medical treatment for his injuries which included a fractured orbital bone and a broken nose and his backpack was returned to him.

Crime Stoppers Now Taking Anonymous Tips Through Texts

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08/01/2012 - 1:30 AM

Crime Stoppers Now Taking Anonymous Tips Through Texts

For the first time, mobile phone users can provide anonymous crime tips to the Tri-County Crime Stoppers of Minnesota. The service, called TipSoft, allows people to send anonymous tips online, by iPhone or Android apps or by texting the keyword TRITIP and the tip information to "CRIMES" (274637).

 Tri-County Crime Stopper of Minnesota President Alicia Mages says that the widespread use of text messaging makes it easy for the public to help law enforcement agencies fight crime.

TipSoft provides a service that specifically allows text message providers to remain anonymous by encrypting the text messages, assigning them a unique ID, and routing them through secure servers which will protect the personal details of the information provider.

Citizens are asked to use TipSoft to report information about any non-urgent illegal activity, such as unsolved cases, vandalism, theft, the sale and distribution of drugs or information about crimes that are being planned in the community or in schools.

Vehicle Break-in Complaint Leads To A Nearly 12 Mile Long Chase

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08/01/2012 - 10:00 AM

A St. Cloud man is in jail after leading the St. Cloud police on a vehicle-chase early Wednesday morning that went for almost twelve miles.

The chase began in the 2000 block of 27th Street Southeast after police were called to the area for a complaint of a possible vehicle break-in. 35-year-old Omar Santiago Alvarez was identified as the suspect.

Alvarez was seen leaving the area in a black two-door pickup truck, which lead to a chase that went through St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids before ending in the 1500 block of 9th Avenue North of St. Cloud.

No one was injured during the chase and Alvarez was booked and taken to the Stearns County Jail for two warrants, fleeing in a motor vehicle, driving after cancellation, theft, tampering with a motor vehicle, and possession of a prescription drug.

The Minnesota State Patrol, Sauk Rapids Police Department, and the Benton County Sherriff’s Department also helped in the chase.

SCSU Is Now A Tobacco Free Campus

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08/01/2012 - 10:00 AM

SCSU Is Now A Tobacco Free Campus

St. Cloud State is now the sixth four-year school in the MnSCU system to become tobacco free. Tobacco free means the use, sale, free distribution or advertising of smoking and smokeless tobacco products is prohibited on university property, including buildings, walkways, arenas, playing areas and in university owned vehicles and motorized equipment.

SCSU joins 28 other colleges and universities in Minnesota with this policy. SCSU President Earl H. Potter III says that the choice was made to put first the wishes and rights of the majority as well as the health and well-being of our campus community.

President Potter also says that we will continue to offer education, awareness, support and cessation services to students and employees.

St. Cloud Police Respond To Early Morning Burglary

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07/31/2012 - 9:25 AM

Early this morning St. Cloud Police were called to the 1000 block of 7th Avenue South for a burglary. According to the police report, a man with a dark complexion entered a residence that was occupied.

The suspect took several items and fled the area. Nobody was injured during the burglary and anyone with information is asked to contact St. Cloud Police at 251-1200.

St. Cloud Police Investigating A Southside Burglary

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07/31/2012 - 1:45 AM

St. Cloud Police are investigating a burglary that happened in the 900 block of 6th Avenue South over the weekend while the residents were gone. According to the police report, electronic items were taken from two separate bedrooms and there was evidence that the doors had been kicked in.

St. Cloud Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to call them at 251-1200.

St. Cloud Resident Arrested And Facing Drug Charges

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07/31/2012 - 1:30 AM

St. Cloud Police have arrested a 29-year-old St. Cloud man for possession of a 5th degree controlled substance. Brandon George Blue was arrested around 5 a.m. on Monday morning after the police were called to the 800 block of 15th Avenue South for report of suspicious activity.

After searching the area, police found Blue and one other person. Blue was allegedly found with narcotics on him. He was taken to the Stearns County Jail, where he was booked and released.

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