10/27/2009 - 10:15 AM
The St. Cloud Police Department issued more than 250 seat belt citations over a two-week period. From October 9th thru the 22nd, officers participated in a statewide "Click It or Ticket” enforcement effort to increase seatbelt and child restraint use among Minnesota drivers.
In all, St. Cloud Police issued 247 seat belt citations and five child restraint citations throughout the special enforcement. The law in Minnesota states that everyone in a car needs to wear a seat belt. A seat belt ticket costs $108 dollars to the offender.
Each year in Minnesota, 200 unbelted drivers are killed and 400 are injured.
10/27/2009 - 10:00 AM
Stearns County officials capped a seven-month investigation Monday and seized a herd of dairy cattle from a farmer in Getty Township, east of Sauk Centre. Sheriff's Deputies and the Animal Humane Society of Minneapolis used a search warrant at the farm of 69-year-old Richard Yarke.
The county says 47 dairy cattle were malnourished, dehydrated, and living in "deplorable conditions." They were taken to a farm north of Sauk Centre where they will be quarantined and cared for. Once they are in good health they'll be sold. Stearns County says it will reclaim its costs and give any left over money back to Yarke. All of the animals are expected to survive.
10/26/2009 - 9:55 AM
After 18 months without a bridge crossing the Mississippi River on one of St. Cloud’s main roads, the new Granite City Crossing is set to open to traffic on Thursday at 10:00 am.
Mayor Dave Kleis made the announcement Monday morning at a dedication ceremony for the nearly completed bridge. People attending the ceremony were allowed to walk across it.
The new bridge replaces the DeSoto Bridge, which was torn down last March after inspectors found distorted gusset plates. The inspection was one of many carried out across the state after the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis. A federal investigation concluded that undersized gusset plates were a key factor in that collapse. Pegg Gustafson, of St. Cloud's Downtown Council, says they can’t wait for Thursday.
The St. Cloud bridge project has taken about a year and a half. The contractor will get a bonus for finishing before the deadline.
10/26/2009 - 9:45 AM
A 78-year-old Holdingford man is injured after rolling his tractor into a ditch. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office says it happened just after 10:00 am Saturday, near River Street and 165th Avenue. Officials say Clarence Namyst of Holdingford was driving his tractor when he reached for a piece of paper, drove off the street and went into the ditch. He was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for his injuries.
10/26/2009 - 9:35 AM
A 27-year-old St. Cloud man has been arrested for allegedly violating a no-contact order and attacking his girlfriend. St. Cloud Police were called to the 10 block of Rivercrest Drive at about 3:30 Monday morning. The 25-year-old victim says Jacob Williams punched, scratched, and choked her several times. Her injuries are not life-threatening. Williams is in the Stearns County Jail facing charges of domestic assault, and no contact order violation.
10/26/2009 - 11:00 AM
The campus celebration of Dia de Los Muertos begins Tuesday and will be hosted by M.E.Ch.A and Multicultural Student Services. Festivities begin at 2:00 pm in the Atwood Theatre Lounge.
Dia de Los Muertos is a traditional Aztec ceremony honoring the dead, and is practiced and celebrated in Mexico and many parts of the United States. An altar will be set up in the Atwood Lounge immediately after the ceremony where you can make an offering to the dead. The altars will stay up until Friday afternoon.
10/24/2009 - 9:00 AM
A Little Falls was man taken to the St. Cloud Hospital after he was stabbed in the arm by unknown assailants. Police were called the hospital at 3:30a-m Saturday, where the 22 year old man told them he had been assaulted in the 700 block of 9th Avenue south. The victim says three unknown men assaulted him...and he ended up with non life threatening wounds to his arms.
Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the St. Cloud police or the Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 255-1301.
10/24/2009 - 8:30 AM
St. Cloud police witnessed a head-on collision on 1st Street North Friday night. In their report, a squad in the 600 block of 1st Street North reported the crash at 8:55p.m. 25 year old David Allen Robb of St. Cloud was traveling west when he apparently lost control of his vehicle striking a pick-up truck. The truck was driven by 20 year old Andrew Norbert Maher of St. Cloud. The two drivers and a passenger in Robb's vehicle wer all injured and taken to the St. Cloud Hospital.
Police are still investigating the head-on crash and charges are possible against Robb. The St. Cloud Fire department and Gold Cross ambulance assisted on the scene.
10/23/2009 - 11:20 AM
The St. Cloud Metro Bus Board of Commissioners voted this week to increase bus fares by 10 cents, to $1 per trip, starting November 1st. Then in July of next year, a second wave of increased fares will take place. That’s when 31 day bus passes will increase from $39 to $43.
A public hearing was held last Wednesday to discuss the proposed rate increases.
10/23/2009 - 11:10 AM
After 18 months of construction, the Granite City Crossing is near completion, and local leaders are holding a dedication ceremony on Monday. The DeSoto Bridge officially closed in March of 2008 due to the discovery of bends in gusset plates. The city voted to name the new bridge, “Granite City Crossing.” Among those expected to be on hand at Monday’s dedication are Senator Amy Klobuchar, Representative Michelle Bachman, and St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis.
Monday’s Bridge dedication will be held at 8:00 am and is open to the public. Attendees are asked to gather at the downtown Kelly Inn parking lot before 8:00.
10/23/2009 - 10:55 AM
On Friday and Monday, there will be delays on 25th Avenue North between 3rd and 5th Street North due to utility work.
Starting on Monday, the signals at St. Germain Street and 10th Avenue will be turned off while workers replace the system’s wiring. Traffic at the intersection will be controlled with 4-way stop signs until the work is complete. The city says workers should be done by the end of the week. Drivers can expect delays and use alternate routes if possible.
From Monday thru Thursday, 7th Street Southeast between Lincoln Avenue and Kilian Boulevard, will be closed for railroad construction. Detours will be posted.
10/23/2009 - 10:45 AM
St. Cloud folks with city issues and concerns, or those who just want to meet the mayor, have a chance to do so Saturday morning. Mayor Dave Kleis will hold his next town hall meeting at 10 am in the Sun Room of the Lake George Complex.
10/23/2009 - 10:40 AM
Stearns County is gearing up for the grand opening of its new Service Center. Saturday at 10:00 am, members of the community are invited to join commissioners, legislators and local leaders to see the 45,000 square foot, environmentally-friendly facility. There will be tours, slide shows, and a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30.
The facility will accommodate three departments: the license center, the public health department, and the community corrections department. With more than 230 parking spaces, the facility is expected to accommodate the county through the year 2050. About 90 employees will work at the new facility, which is located about one block west of Mills Fleet Farm in Waite Park.
10/22/2009 - 3:45 AM
Delta Airlines announced Thursday that it is ending its flight service at the St. Cloud Regional Airport. There are currently four flights a day with Mesaba Airlines, which is part of Delta, between St. Cloud and Minneapolis. The airline is citing weak demand for the service as the reason for discontinuing it.
Northwest Airlines had provided service to Central Minnesota since 1993. State Senator Tarryl Clark issued a statement saying “it’s truly unfortunate that Delta Airlines could not figure out how to continue this vital service to Central Minnesota." Clark is urging Delta to reconsider this decision. She’s pledged to work with area business groups and other lawmakers to try to provide new service to St. Cloud.
Delta is discontinuing service as of December 31—ticket holders for flights beyond that date will be issued reimbursements. There are currently 12 full-time employees working at the airport and Delta has offered to transfer their jobs.
10/22/2009 - 10:50 AM
St. Cloud Police need help from the community in finding robbery suspects. Police say sometime between 5:00 and 11:00 Thursday night, unknown suspects entered a home through the garage on the 3000 block of 12th Street North. The suspects stole several pieces of electronic equipment and left the area before the homeowner arrived.
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