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Sauk Rapids Teen Faces Attempted Murder and Manslaughter Charges in Colton Gleason Death

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09/25/2012 - 2:55 AM

John Gleason and family members speak to the media after court arraignment Tuesday.

17-year-old Jesse Jean Smithers of Sauk Rapids has been charged with one count of second degree murder, one count first degree manslaughter and one count of first degree assault in Stearns County District Court Tuesday in the death of 20-year-old Colton Gleason. Smithers was arraigned before Judge Frank Kundrat who ordered that he remain in custody without bail pending further court proceedings.

The Stearns County Attorney’s Office also filed a motion to certify Smithers to be charged as an adult. The Stearns County Attorney’s Office based on the investigation says that Smithers was a passenger inside the vehicle that was driving through the alley late last Thursday night on the city's south side where Gleason and two people were walking. According to the attorney's office, Smithers told the driver to stop the car, he got out of the vehicle and approached the group and struck Gleason in the head with a closed fist. The report says after the victim dropped to the ground, Smithers got back into the vehicle and told others he had “punched the guy”.

Gleason died Friday night at the St. Cloud Hospital from the injuries he sustained. Gleason was from Greenfield, Minnesota and had attended Minnesota State University-Mankato. A probable cause hearing for Smithers has been set for October 2nd in Stearns County District Court. The court will determine if Smithers will be charged as an adult on October 30 during a certification hearing.

Voting Rights Forum Today At SCSU

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09/25/2012 - 10:30 AM

The Minnesota Commissioner of Human Rights will speak at the Minnesota Photo ID Amendment and Voting Rights Education Forum. Kevin Lindsay will discuss his office’s role in eliminating various forms of discrimination, including voter discrimination.

The forum will also feature a panel discussion. The event is free and open to the public and will start at 2 p.m. today in the Atwood Theatre.


Man Arrested After Allegedly Threatening His Step-Father With Knife

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09/24/2012 - 9:30 AM

On Sunday Afternoon St. Cloud Police were called to the 1500 block of 15th Avenue Southeast for an altercation between a 20-year-old son and his step-father.

According to the police report, 20-year-old George Buzie of St. Cloud held a knife towards his step-father and threatened to stab him in the eye and in the neck.

The victim, a 47-year-old man of St. Cloud did not suffer any injuries.

Buzie was taken to the Sherburne County Jail for charges of 2nd degree assault.

UPDATE: St. Cloud Police Investigating Deadly Attack

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09/24/2012 - 8:30 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Police have arrested a teenager in a fatal attack on a man in St. Cloud. Authorities say the 17-year-old male was taken into custody Monday in the death of Colton Gleason.

The 20-year-old Greenfield man died last Friday from head injuries. Investigators say he was walking with two female friends in an alleyway Thursday night when a car pulled up, one person got out and punched Gleason. He fell backward and hit his head.

Police say the assailant wasn't known to the victim.

Although Gleason was not a student at SCSU, students were notified of safety tips to keep in mind. Some of the key tips are do not travel in dark areas, do not text or use headphones while walking, lock your doors and windows and call the police if any anything seems suspicious.

St. Cloud Man Issued Citation After Crash

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09/24/2012 - 10:45 AM

On Sunday night St. Cloud Police were called to the intersection of 2nd Street North and 12th Avenue North for an accident with possible injuries.

A police investigation revealed that a 27-year-old woman of St. Cloud was at a stop sign when she was rear ended by 23-year-old Sadiyo Sulub Anshur of St. Cloud Officers learned that Anshur was following too close and also hit the accelerator instead of the brake, causing non-life threatening injuries to the victim.

The woman was taken to the St. Cloud ER by Gold Cross Ambulance where she is being treated for injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

Anshur was issued a citation for following too close.

Central Minnesota Violent Offenders Task Force Finds Meth At Cold Spring Residence

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09/24/2012 - 10:45 AM

The Central Minnesota Violent Offenders Task Force arrested two Cold Spring residents Friday after finding methamphetamine in their home. The task force conducted a search warrant based on an ongoing investigation at 14905 Fiesta Lane in Wakefield Township.

When the task force searched the home they allegedly found a handgun, over 4,000 dollars in cash, and two pounds of suspected methamphetamine.

36-year-old Tomas Marquez Hermosillo and 34-year-old Angelina Gonzalez Ramirez were both arrested and face possible possession of First Degree Controlled Substance charges.

Three minor children were home during the search and placed in protective custody with Stearns County Human Services.

The meth recovered from the home has an estimated street value of 60,000 dollars.

The task force was assisted by the Cold Spring Police Department, the Stearns-Benton SERT team and the local office of the FBI.

Absentee Voting Begins Today

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09/21/2012 - 9:00 AM

According to Stearns County Auditor-Treasurer Randy Schreifels, today begins absentee balloting for the November 6th General Election. Absentee ballots are for those who are unable to come to the precinct on Election Day due to several reasons like illness or disability, religious discipline, serving as a election judge in another precinct, or an eligible emergency declared by the governor or quarantine declared by federal or state government.

College students who wish to vote at their home address, but can’t be there on Election Day, can vote by absentee ballot, by requesting one from the county where the student’s home is. The student can otherwise vote in the precinct where their college is located, and consider their college address as their home, but can only vote once during the election.

For more information, call the Stearns County Auditor-Treasurer's Office at 320-656-3920, or email

SCSU Among Finalists For Tekne Award

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09/21/2012 - 11:00 AM

The Minnesota High Tech Association has announced St. Cloud State as one of the finalists for the 13th annual Tekne Awards. Nominated for the award is St. Cloud’s Mobile Lab Program, which includes the Science Express.

Margaret Anderson-Kelliher, president of the MHTA says that the organization is honored to showcase some of the most innovative and competitive technology-based companies in the world at the Tekne Awards, and thanks to this year’s finalists, Minnesota remains at the forefront of cutting-edge technological growth.

The St. Cloud Area Job Fair Will Be On Tuesday

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09/20/2012 - 9:51 AM

The sixteenth annual St. Cloud Area Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, September 25th at the River’s Edge Convention Center. The fair is a great way for employers and job seekers to meet at one location.

Linda Yozamp, manager of the Minnesota Workforce Center, says that the fair continues to be a success each year. She also said that during this economy it’s another way for job seekers to talk with employers about current or future job openings.

The job fair will start at 12:30 p.m. and will last until 4:30 p.m. 

Third Annual St. Cloud Pride

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09/20/2012 - 9:30 AM

Third Annual St. Cloud Pride

The third annual St. Cloud Pride Festival will kick off their Pride Celebration tonight in Barden Park.  St. Cloud Pride will last until Sunday, September 23rd.  The SCSU LGBT Resource Center is a proud collaborative partner with this community event and celebration.  

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St. Cloud Sertoma Club Announces Service To Mankind Award Winner

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09/20/2012 - 1:30 AM

St. Cloud Sertoma Club Announces Service To Mankind Award Winner

The St. Cloud area Sertoma Club has named Cathedral High School teacher Dick McMcorrow their 2012 “SERvice TO “MAnkind” award winner.

McMorrow helped start non-profit organization Elimu Africa, which focuses on helping schools in Africa obtain books and other resources. Since 2008, McMorrow has lead Cathedral High School students on trips to Tanzania, where students provide services and gifts to the people they meet.

Students that went on the trip started their own non-profit organization called Village Fun. The organization helped the people of a village in Tanzania build a well.

Every year the St. Cloud area Sertoma Club honors a non-member in the community with the “SERvice TO “MAnkind “ award. Sertoma is a national community service organization that was started in 1912.

Metro Bus Announces Changes To Dial A Ride Service

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09/20/2012 - 1:00 AM

Metro Bus Announces Changes To Dial A Ride Service

Metro Bus has announced that they will no longer provide Dial-A-Ride services to the general public to accommodate the high demand of Specialized Service riders. The Metro Bus Director of Operations, Tony Kellen says that they are adding more Specialized Service daytime hours and taking away general public late night hours.

Specialized Service is a door-through-door service where Metro Bus drivers provide assistance to riders with disabilities who cannot use the fixed route services.

Metro Bus is required by the Americans with Disabilities Act to accommodate all trip requests. Kellen says the new changes will help them meet all requests.

Dial-A-Ride will pick-up riders three-fourths of a mile from any fixed route seven days a week. 

Applications for eligible Specialized Service riders can be found here

One Man Is Dead After Motorcycle Crash On Highway 10

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09/20/2012 - 11:00 AM

One man is dead after a motorcycle crash on Highway 10 yesterday evening. Minnesota State Patrol say 45-year-old John Mihlbauer of St. Cloud was driving a Victory Road motorcycle southbound when he collided with a tractor.

Mihlbauer ran into the tractor’s mounted mower blade and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The tractor was driven by 56-year-old Charles Ertl of St. Jospeh. According to Minnesota State Patrol, the tractor had two flashing lights and a rotating amber light. Ertl was driving the tractor about 18 mph.

The accident happened near 80th Street on Highway 10 around 8:30 p.m.

I-94 Lane Closure Near Clearwater Starting On Monday

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09/20/2012 - 10:00 AM

On Monday, September 24th a lane on I-94 between St. Cloud and the Twin Cities will be closed temporarily. This will cause delays for drivers traveling to and from the Twin Cities. I-94 will be reduced to a single lane between Highway 24 in Clearwater and County Road 75 in St. Cloud. The lane will be closed until December 1 to prepare it for a major project to resurface seven and a half miles of I-94.

Major delays are to be expected and drivers are advised to plan ahead as well as travel carefully. Traffic forecasts show that backups on westbound I-94 could exceed 20 miles during Friday afternoon evening rush periods, as well as on Thursday afternoons and evenings and possibly midday on Saturdays. Drivers are advised to travel carefully, plan their travels along with alternate routes, use the “zipper merge” during times of slow traffic, and be prepared to stop, as well as navigate the work zones with caution whenever flashing lights, workers and orange cones are present.

For more information on the project, click here.

Fire Watch And Wind Advisory In Effect Today

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09/19/2012 - 10:30 AM

The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch and a wind advisory for all of western and parts of central Minnesota. With highs today in the upper 60’s, and wind speeds of 15-30 MPH along with gusts of wind up to 40 MPH combined with a very dry ground making for easily spread of fire, according to meteorology professor Bob Weisman.

Northwest winds between 11 AM and 7 PM will also cause major problems on west-east roadways, with the National Weather Service mentioning that high-profile vehicles on Highways 14, 12, and I-94 will have a difficult afternoon.

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