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Tornado Intercept Vehicle Comes To St. Cloud State

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09/13/2012 - 7:00 AM

Tornado Intercept Vehicle Comes To St. Cloud State

If you were outside Atwood Memorial Center on Wednesday you may have noticed a strange looking vehicle that looked like a tank or a bat-mobile. It was not either of those; it was actually a Tornado Intercept Vehicle, used for getting inside tornados. KVSC’s Justus Sanchez has the AUDIO story. The full interview can also be listened to here.

The Tornado Alley IMAX film will be shown at the Science Museum of Minnesota starting September 28. 

SCSU Receives $120,000 for X-Ray Diffractometer

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09/13/2012 - 2:20 AM

SCSU Receives $120,000 for X-Ray Diffractometer

St. Cloud State University will receive $120,000 in state funds to buy equipment for the future Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF). St. Cloud State will use the money to purchase an X-ray Diffractometer valued over $365,000.The new equipment will help students and faculty learn more about X-ray diffraction techniques.

SCSU's administration says it will not use tuition money to pay the remaining cost of the diffractometer.They plan to raise $140,000 and receive $105,000 in vendor discounts to cover the rest of the costs.

The $45-million dollar ISELF building is expected to be complete in 2013. The 100,000 square foot building will be the “crown jewel” of St. Cloud State's three-part Science Initiative. The initiative already completed renovations to the Robert H. Wick Science Building and Brown Hall.

X-ray diffraction is a fundamental technique used to study the structure and properties of materials.

Art Of Recovery Exhibit Comes To Atwood Memorial Center

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09/13/2012 - 1:45 AM

Art Of Recovery Exhibit Comes To Atwood Memorial Center

The Atwood Memorial Center art gallery will feature visual and literary works of Minnesotans that have been victims of crime. The Art of Recovery exhibit will start on Monday September 17 and go through Friday October 26th.

The artists’ pieces reflect their personal experiences as the victim of crimes including murder, kidnapping, assault, rape, arson, molestation and domestic abuse. The artists featured in the exhibit are from the Twin Cities, Duluth, Crookston, Red Wing, and Marine on St. Croix.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Program and the Minnesota State Arts Board. The Office of Justice Program helps crime victims by providing leadership and other resources. 

Stearns County Commissioners Planning For Jail Remodel

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09/13/2012 - 10:04 AM

Stearns County Commissioners Planning For Jail Remodel

A committee was appointed by the Stearns County Board of Commissioners to oversee remodeling and development of the Law Enforcement Center. An architect will be hired to design plans for a short-term solution to the jail overcrowding and security issues related to the facility.

Earlier this year, the Board reviewed a Criminal Justice Space Study Report and directed county staff to; begin preliminary work on a Phase 1 short-term solution to make the jail more secure and safe for 5-10 years, come up with a financial plan on how to complete a long-term solution, and look for land that could possibly house a new criminal justice facility.

Plans for the facility include moving female inmates and work release inmates to the first floor to allow for more beds and reduce the cost for transporting women to jails in other counties.

Register Early For The SCSU Husky Spirit 5k And 1k Junior Run

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09/12/2012 - 9:59 AM

The SCSU Husky Spirit 5k and 1k Junior Run will take place on Saturday, September 29th. The race will start at the SCSU Atwood Mall and it will wind down to the Mississippi beaver island trail.

Pre-registered runners get a discount price if they sign up before September 16th. This event is part of Family Celebration Weekend, which is hosted by Campus Recreation in conjunction with SCSU.  

For more information on the event click here.  

Stearns County Annual Summer Photo Contest Chooses Winners

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09/12/2012 - 9:55 AM

Stearns County Annual Summer Photo Contest Chooses Winners

The 3rd annual Stearns County summer photo contest has come to a close, and the top 5 photos have been selected. The theme selected this year was “Celebrations” in which photos were taken of people’s celebrations, such as barbeques, baseball games, fireworks, fairs, and much more.

The photographers of the top three pictures were Sandy Clark of Pearl Lake, Jonathon Green of Kimball, and Karie Belling of Sartell, whose photos will be posted on the home page of Stearns County’s website.

Crash Sends Two To Hospital, Closes Road Temporarily

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09/12/2012 - 9:20 AM

The northbound lane of 9th Avenue North was temporarily shut down Tuesday afternoon after two St. Cloud residents were involved in a crash.St. Cloud Police were called to the crash at 9th Avenue North and Northway Drive.

They found that 48-year-old Abdinasir Dadow Abib of St. Cloud did not yield the right of way while making a left turn in his vehicle. Dadow’s vehicle hit another vehicle driven by 22-year-old Hannah Jean Dornbusch of St. Cloud.

Both Abib and Dornbusch were taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Abib was cited for a right of way violation.

Teenager In Critical Condition After Highway Collision

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09/12/2012 - 10:45 AM

On Tuesday afternoon Becker Police Officers responded to a crash that happened at the intersection of Highway 10 and Sherburne Avenue in Becker.

According to the police report, 17-year-old Brittany k. Rohda of Becker was crossing on Westbound Highway 10 to go onto Eastbound Highway 10 when she hit 35-year-old Jamie R. Morford’s truck.

Both vehicles ended up in the center median. Rohda is in critical condition and Morford was treated and released.

The Becker Police Department, the Becker Fire Department, the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office and MnDot assisted on the scene.

Businesses Fail Alcohol And Tobacco Compliance Checks

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09/12/2012 - 10:00 AM

Nine local businesses failed the St. Cloud Police’s alcohol and tobacco compliance tests. 

This summer St. Cloud Police say they sent underage individuals to businesses to see if they would be able to buy either tobacco or alcohol without having property identification.

Three of the 54 businesses that sell tobacco failed the compliance test including the Electric Fetus, Speed Stop on 9th, and St. Cloud Tobacco. Six of the 78 businesses that sell alcohol failed the compliance test including Biology 701, MT’s on 8th, Municipal Athletic Complex, RJ’s American Grill, Shooters, and Southway Bowl.

The businesses are facing charges of Underage Sale of Alcohol or Tobacco.

German-based Farm Equipment Manufacturer Announces Expansion Into St. Cloud

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09/11/2012 - 5:15 AM

German-based Farm Equipment Manufacturer Announces Expansion Into St. Cloud

A German-based farm implement manufacturer announced its plan for expansion into the St. Cloud area Tuesday morning. Geringhoff Manufacturing and Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation are held a press conference Tuesday at the former facilities of Donlin Company located at 3405 East Energy Drive.

Geringhoff expects its $20 million plant will employ about 100 people. The 132-year company evaluated 40 U.S. factories before deciding on the former Donlin Company building.

The state will provide Geringhoff with a $500,000 loan. Geringhoff CEO Daniel Hansmeier says St. Cloud will be a foundation to create an even larger presence across North America.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is spoke at the event, along with St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis, and Geringhoff executives.

The German-based company was established 1880 in Germany and specializes in harvesting equipment.

Red Flag Warning For Fire Danger Continues Today

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09/11/2012 - 10:45 AM

A red flag warning for the highest level of fire danger continues for most of central and eastern Minnesota. The areas included in that warning are Alexandria, Little Falls, St. Cloud, the Twin Cities, Willmar, Marshall, Mankato and Rochester.

Temperatures will again rise to the 80’s and 90’s with wind gusts at 20 to 40 miles per hour. Because of the dry conditions, any spark from a discarded cigarette or other source could start a fire and it can quickly spread out of control.

There is a cold front coming through later today which will cool things down however, that won’t necessarily stop the dangerous fire conditions.

 

Special Olympics MN Brings Young Athletes Program To St. Joseph

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09/11/2012 - 10:45 AM

Special Olympics MN Brings Young Athletes Program To St. Joseph

Special Olympics Minnesota is starting an active program in St. Joseph for children ages two to seven years old starting in October. The program called Young Athletes is for children with and without intellectual disabilities to come together for an hour-long play time.

Children can have fun working on their hand eye coordination and other basic motor skills. Another goal of Young Athletes is to introduce families with children that have intellectual disabilities into the Special Olympics network.

The Young Athletes class is every Monday starting October 1st through November 12th at 5:45 to 6:46 p.m. at the College of Saint Benedict inside Haehn Campus Center, Alumnae Hall at 37 South College Avenue. 

Directions and Parking instructions can be found here

To register for the classes please contact Emily Reckinger at emily.reckinger@somn.org or 612-604-1274.

 

Amanda Pobuda's Fundraiser For Multiple Sclerosis

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09/11/2012 - 10:41 AM

Amanda Pobuda's Fundraiser For Multiple Sclerosis

A spaghetti dinner and silent auction will be held in the Place of Hope Church on September 15. The auction will be held to raise money for Amanda Pobuda, who was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The money gathered from this fundraiser will help pay for gas, medical expenses, car repairs, and other necessities.

Amanda Pobuda attends Technical High School in St. Cloud, MN and was also found to have a new legion already formed on her brain to the several others on there, as well as on her spinal cord that were initially found. In addition to receiving treatment as symptoms appear at home, she must also be moved to the Children’s Hospital in St. Paul for swelling of the brain and spinal cord, and stay for approximately one week or longer each time she goes.

If you wish to send a money donation, mail and check or money order to KC Behnke at 2916 Alabama Ave S, St. Louis Park, MN, 55416, and send a memo saying "MS Fundraiser for Amanda".  For further questions, call Amy Poduba at 320-217-8852 or 320-223-3867, or Kathy, at 952-922-0906 or 952-237-5916.

SCSU Cool Cats Swing Dance Club Co-Sponsoring Dance

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09/11/2012 - 10:32 AM

The SCSU Cool Cats Swing Dance Club and the St. Cloud Ballroom Dance Club will be hosting a public ballroom dance at the Atwood Memorial Center Ballroom on Saturday, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Also included at the event is a dance performance from members of the Cool Cats and Ballroom Dance Club, as well as dancers from Studio Jeff.

The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free for SCSU students. Admission for the general public is $10.

Police Looking For Suspects In Attempted Robbery At SCSU Campus Parking Lot

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09/10/2012 - 9:30 AM

On Saturday night, St. Cloud Police were called to the area near the intersection of 3rd Avenue South and 14th Street South for a robbery.

Officers met with the 21-year-old man from St. Cloud who said that he was approached near Q lot by two younger black men and was threatened with a small knife.

According to the police report, the victim described one of attackers as a black man in his early twenties, a little over 6 feet tall with a medium build and was wearing a white baseball hat with blue lining.

The victim received a minor cut to his left ear and cheek, however he was able to run away and contact St. Cloud State’s Public Safety. The suspects did not steal anything from the victim. The victim was checked out by Gold Cross personal; however he did not receive any further medical treatment and was taken home.

Officers checked the area for suspects but did not find anyone. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 251-1200.

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