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One Injured After Hit By A Car

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01/07/2013 - 12:30 PM

Earlier this [Monday] morning St. Cloud Police were called to an accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian in the 10th block of 5th Avenue South.

The victim, a 27-year-old man from Waite Park, was found lying on the ground in front of the Red Carpet and had received injuries from being struck by a 1994 Maroon Ford Taurus, which was abandoned in the middle of the roadway.

Anyone with information about this accident is asked to contact St. Cloud Police at 251-1200.

Public Help Wanted For Information For Officer Decker Case

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01/07/2013 - 10:45 AM

Investigators are asking for the public’s help for information on the death of Cold Spring Officer Tom Decker.

Last Wednesday, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) agents went to the home of 31-year-old Eric Joseph Thomes of Cold Spring to re-interview him regarding the shooting death of Officer Decker.

When investigators arrived, Thomes ran out of his home and into an outbuilding on his property. After several hours, officers went inside the building and found him dead. Following a further investigation of Thomes, officers found a 20-guage shotgun they believe was the weapon used to kill Decker.The weapon was found at a separate property, which Thomes had access too.

The investigation is still on-going and investigators want the public’s help to identify any activities or notable actions taken by Thomes before the shooting on November, 29 2012.

Anyone with information should call either the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office at 1-877-782-5683 or the BCA at 877-996-6222.  You can also email the BCA at

St. Cloud Area Skating Rinks Now Open

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01/04/2013 - 12:30 PM

The St. Cloud Park and Recreation department has officially announced multiple skating rinks now open for skating.

Those rinks include: Schmidt Park, Rotary West Park, Seberger Park, Southwood Heights Park, Rolling Ridge Park, Centennial Park, Raymond Park, Talahi School and Lake George.

Centennial Park, Raymond Park, Rolling Ridge Park and Rotary West park are open for both hockey and pleasure skating.  

Lake George, Southwood Heights and Seberger Park are open only to pleasure skating.  Schmidt Park and Talahi School are open only to hockey skating.

The Lake George Warming Shelter will be open Monday through Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. As well as 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Free ice skates are available at this location.

The Southside Park Shelter will be open for hockey skating open and free ice skates will be available. That park will be open Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, as well as Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 


Police And Multiple Fire Departments Respond To Hay Bales Fire

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01/04/2013 - 11:45 AM

On Tuesday night, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was called to several hay bales on fire on County Road 12 in St. Martin Township.

A passer-by reported the hay bales on fire at a farm owned by 56-year-old James Boeckers of Melrose. The passer-by also noticed someone operating a piece of farm machinery that was moving the burning bales away from the building.

When the St. Martin Fire Department arrived they found that part of the building was already on fire. An employee of Boeckers, 20-year-old Lance Liedman of Melrose, pushed the burning building away from a utility pole with a skid-loader.

The St. Martin and Lake Henry Fire Departments extinguished the fire. Part of the building and 6 or 7 corn straw bales were lost to the fire.

No one was injured during the incident and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Police Arrest Man In Connection To December Burglary

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01/04/2013 - 11:45 AM

In Late December, St. Cloud Police were called to a burglary at the SuperAmerica on 32nd Avenue North.

The suspect had forced entry into the business and stole several items inside. This past Tuesday, St. Cloud Police along with Waite Park Police, took 20-year-old Aaron James Braun into custody during an incident at the Motel 6 in Waite Park.

Officers with the St. Cloud Burglary Task Force and Criminal Investigations Unit performed a search warrant on the room Braun had been staying in and his vehicle. Through the search warrant, evidence was found and seized that ties Braun to the SuperAmerica Burglary.

Braun is currently being held at the Stearns County Jail pending charges of 3rd Degree Burglary and Receiving Stolen Property.

State Representative Steve Gottwalt Resigns

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01/04/2013 - 10:55 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - State Rep. Steve Gottwalt of St. Cloud says he is resigning his House seat after taking a job with a company that lobbies the Minnesota Legislature.

Gottwalt told House members in a letter Thursday that he is resigning his seat before the end of January.

Earlier, the Star Tribune reported that Gottwalt, a Republican who was just elected to his fourth term, would stay in the Legislature.

In his letter, Gottwalt said his new job as state legislative director for the Center for Diagnostic Imaging is "more than a full-time job" and would not give him the time he needs to represent his constituents.

Both parties now have departing House members. Democratic state Rep. Terry Morrow announced last month he's resigning his St. Peter-area seat for a new job.

Moonlight Skiing Friday Night At Quarry Park

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01/03/2013 - 3:30 AM

Cross country skiers have the opportunity to check out the Quarry Park ski trail by moonlight this Friday night. The Nordic Ski Club of Minnesota and the Stearns County Parks department are hosting the moonlight ski event from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission to the Quarry Park and the lighted groomed ski trails will be free. People can warm up and hangout with a Yak by the bonfire or in the warming house. Free food and drink will be available as well as prize drawings for attendees.

There are a limited number of free ski rentals available from Revolution Bike and Ski and Fitzharris. People interested in the free rentals must contact the shops directly before the event.

Coffee With Commissioner Mark Bromenschenkel This Saturday

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01/03/2013 - 11:45 AM

Stearns County Commissioner Mark Bromenschenkel is once again holding another citizen meeting to hear from the people in his district.

This Saturday, you can meet with Commissioner Bromenschenkel from 11 a.m. until Noon at Café Renaissance in Waite Park. Citizens are encouraged to stop in anytime during the hour at a time that’s convenient for them.

Coffee with Commissioner Bromenschenkel is generally held the first Saturday of every other month and alternates between three locations in District 2.

Anyone who isn't able to meet with Commissioner Bromenschenkel can contact him anytime at P.O. Box 190, Sartel, Mn 56377.  You can also contact him by phone at 320-493-9180 or by email at

Wednesday Afternoon Motel Evacuation Ends Peacefully

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01/03/2013 - 11:00 AM

On Wednesday afternoon, St. Cloud Police were called to a suicidal person complaint in the 900 block of 11th Avenue North.

A family member had been told by 20-year-old Aaron James Braun that he wanted to end his life and that he was armed with a firearm.

A police investigation showed that Braun’s vehicle was located at the Motel 6 in Waite Park around 1:40 p.m. and he was believed to be staying in one of the rooms.

Due to the nature of the call, evacuation of the motel was conducted. Police also sent out a notice telling people to stay away from the area until the situation was all clear.

Through negotiation, Braun exited the motel peacefully and was taken into custody and taken to the St. Cloud Hospital.

No weapon was found.

The St. Cloud Police Department's Tactical Response Team and Negotiators, the Waite Park Police Department and the Stearns County Sheriff Department assisted with the incident.  

Lindbergh Historic Site Presents "Planet Earth: Ice Worlds"

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01/03/2013 - 11:00 AM

Lindbergh Historic Site Presents

On Tuesday, January 8th the Lindbergh Historic Site will be presenting the film “Planet Earth: Ice Worlds”.

The film transports viewers to the danger-filled world of the Polar Regions and depicts the effects of the ice on the animals. Learn how the seasonal advance and retreat of the ice shapes the lives of polar bears at the North Pole and emperor penguins at the South Pole.

The series, Planet Earth, was produced by the BBC in 2006 and has won numerous awards including four Prime-Time Emmys.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. and the event is free and open to the public.

A discussion will follow.

Active Situation In Waite Park Given All Clear

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01/02/2013 - 1:50 AM

The active situation which had blocked off areas in Waite Park, has been given the all clear by St. Cloud Police Department Public Information Officer Jason Burke. 

The St. Cloud Police Department and the Waite Park Police Department were dealing with a situation near Division Street and 10th Avenue South in Waite Park earlier this afternoon.

Traffic was  blocked off on 10th Avenue from Division Street South and 10th Avenue South in Waite Park.  As well as 6th Avenue from Division Street to First Street South. 

At this time, no more information has been released.  

One Injured In Tuesday Crash

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01/02/2013 - 1:15 AM

On Tuesday afternoon the Stearns County Sheriff’s office were called to a crash at the intersection of County Road 2 and County Road 4 in St. Wendel Township.

When officers arrived they learned that 21-year-old Samantha Johnson of Minneapolis was driving Northbound on County Road 2 when she failed to yield to the right of way and proceeded through the intersection. Her vehicle was then hit by 42-year-old Chad Fouquette of Foley who was traveling eastbound on County Road 2.

Johnson was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance and was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by St. Stephens Fire and Rescue.

Officers Bust Underage New Years Party

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01/02/2013 - 11:00 AM

Early Tuesday morning the Stearns County Sheriff’s office was notified by the Melrose Police Department of an unresponsive teen boy who had been brought to the Melrose Hospital.

The boy was unresponsive due to the high amount of alcohol he had consumed. Officers were told of an underage party going on at the residence where the boy came from.

Officers went to the residence, where the parents were not home to make contact with the homeowner. Upon arriving, no one would answer the door and several people locked themselves inside the residence while others took off on foot.

Officers located three minors who fled the residence and were taken to the Melrose Hospital to be treated for possible cold weather injuries.

Officers were eventually allowed into the residence with consent of the home owner who later arrived on the scene. Melrose Fire and Rescue were called to the scene to check the area for others who may have fled due to the extremely cold weather that night.

12 citations were issued for minor consumption.

Grey Eagle Man Dead After Snowmobile Crash

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01/02/2013 - 11:00 AM

MELROSE, Minn. (AP) - A snowmobile crash in Stearns County is fatal. Sheriff John Sanner says a man crashed his snowmobile into a tree in Melrose Township New Year's Eve.

The 33-year-old man from Grey Eagle was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

According to the report, the man was wearing a helmet and alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

The crash is still under investigation.

St. Cloud Economy Expected To Remain Strong According To Report

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12/31/2012 - 11:45 AM

St. Cloud State Economists King Banaian and Rich Macdonald say that the St. Cloud area economy is experiencing a full blown expansion.

The recently released St. Cloud Area Quarterly Business Report shows that the local economy is expected to remain strong over the next several months.

Private sector employment grew at a 3.1 percent rate and education and healthcare employment grew at an annualized rate of 5.9 percent.

Also, 60 percent of the 82 firms surveyed by the Quarterly Business Report experienced improved business activity during the past three months.

Central Minnesota's definitive, survey-based analysis of economic activity is published by Times Media, Greater St. Cloud Development Corp., the SCSU Center for Economic Education, the SCSU Department of Economics and the SCSU School of Public Affairs. 

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