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One Man Dies After Vehicle Accident In Big Lake

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01/16/2013 - 12:50 PM

Slick roadways appear to have caused a fatal vehicle accident in Big Lake Township this [Wednesday] morning.

According to Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott, 39-year-old Steven Baragar of Big Lake was killed when his vehicle left the road and hit a tree off of County Road 15.

Witnesses reported Baragar was traveling southbound and had just completed a pass before losing control of his vehicle. This has been the second fatal vehicle accident on County Road 15 in less than a month.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

6th Annual Sons Of Norway Barnelopet This Sunday

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01/16/2013 - 12:40 PM

On Sunday, January 20th, the 6th annual Sons of Norway Barnelopet will be held at Riverside Park.

This event is a free children’s Nordic Fun Ski event that is for kids’ ages three to thirteen. Cross country ski equipment will be provided by the Minnesota Youth Ski League until all equipment is lent out.

All participants will receive an Olympic style keepsake medal for this event. Hot chocolate, cookies, krumkake, valffler and rosettes will be provided and kids have the opportunity to meet real Vikings.

Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m., however pre-registration is highly recommended.

Free Radon Kits No Longer Available

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01/15/2013 - 9:30 AM

Free Radon Kits No Longer Available

Last week it was announced that citizens would have the opportunity to receive free radon test kits.  

Due to the high demand, the kits ran out yesterday at the Service Center within less than two hours. 

While there is still a small quantity available at the Melrose Office, they are also going quickly.  

American Dreaming Auditions Next Week

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01/15/2013 - 9:00 AM

After a year-long collaboration, the SCSU Theatre Program invites you to explore and reimagine the American Dream.

Students wanting to audition are asked to prepare a one to two minute story and a joke, no longer then one minute.

The collaboration is a part of the SCSU Theatre Program and the Communication Studies Department’s Players Performance Group.

Auditions for the devised production are being held next Wednesday night from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Performing Arts Center at SCSU.

MnSCU Reach Tentative Faculty Contract Agreement

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01/15/2013 - 8:45 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Faculty union reps for Minnesota's seven state universities have reached a tentative contract agreement with officials of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Inter Faculty Organization President Nancy Black says the two-year agreement would give all faculty members a 2.2 percent raise and is retroactive to this past fall. Black says it's the first such across-the-board pay increase that members have received in four year. 

It's also the first time the contract includes adjunct and full-time probationary faculty. Minnesota Public Radio News reports the tentative contract agreement affects about 3,600 faculty members. MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone says he believes a completed agreement is essential to recruit and retain high-quality faculty.

MnSCU faculty are scheduled to vote on the deal early next month. Negotiations took about 18 months.

Larson Turns Himself In For Stalking Case

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01/15/2013 - 8:45 AM

BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) - A man who was arrested but not charged in the killing of a Cold Spring police officer has surrendered on charges he stalked his ex-girlfriend.

The St. Cloud Times reports 34-year-old Ryan Michael Larson turned himself in to sheriff's officials Sunday to face charges of felony stalking and misdemeanor violation of a restraining order. Larson appeared in court Monday and was released from Wright County Jail on bail.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 24. Larson has told the Times he did not stalk the woman. Larson initially was arrested the night Officer Tom Decker was shot to death behind a Cold Spring bar on Nov. 29.

He spent four days in jail before being released without being charged. He has maintained his innocence in Decker's death.

Flu Season Prevention Tips

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01/15/2013 - 8:45 AM

The flu season is upon us and SCSU’s Health Services have four simple rules for you to follow in order to prevent the spread of the flu.

1. Get Vaccinated: students can get a flu shot at Student Health Services for $10.

2. Cover Your Cough: Cover your mouth or nose when coughing or sneezing.

3. Wash Hands Often: Use soap and water or an alcohol based hand rub.  Hand Sanitizer is available to purchase for students, staff,  and faculty at Student Health Services.

4. Stay Home When Sick: If you have a fever 100 degrees or higher you should stay home from work and class until you have been completely fever-free (without fever-reducing medicine) for at least 24 hours, and you feel well.  For most people, this will be three to five days.

Over the counter medications to treat symptoms of the flu are available to purchase for students, staff and faculty at Student Health Services.

Atmosphere Announces St. Cloud Stop On Welcome To Minnesota

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01/15/2013 - 4:00 AM

Minnesota hip hop keystones Atmosphere have announced they will return to St. Cloud as a part of the third annual Welcome to Minnesota Tour. Atmosphere and a lineup of other local hip hop artists will perform at the Red Carpet Nightclub in downtown St. Cloud on Sunday, March 3.

Joining Slug and Ant will be label-mate Brother Ali, Carnage the Executioner, Haphduzn, and the Get Cryphy DJ's.

According to Rhymesayers Entertainment, tickets for the St. Cloud leg of the tour go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. Tickets can be bought online, or in person at the Fifth Element record store in Minneapolis.

This is the first time the Red Carpet has hosted the tour. Previous sold out shows were held in the Atwood Ballroom at St. Cloud State University. The tour is also making stops in Bemidji, Duluth, Mankato and Minneapolis.

Atmosphere and tour mates released a song called “It Ain’t the Prettiest” to announce the tour.

Tavis Smiley To Speak At 2013 Power In Diversity Conference At SCSU

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01/15/2013 - 10:30 AM

Television and radio show host Tavis Smiley is the keynote speaker of the upcoming Power in Diversity Leadership Conference at St. Cloud State University Jan. 24 through 27. In its fourth year, this year’s conference is subtitled “We Are the Change: Where Do We Go from Here?”

The conference aims to build leadership and communications skills, promote academic excellence, and reinforce education and cultural development. The Power in Diversity conference is open to all that want to take part. People wishing to attend the conference can register online or through the mail.

Smiley is the host of the public television show Tavis Smiley, and the author of 16 books. His latest book Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto is co-written with philosopher and educator Cornel West.

A leading voice for LGBT community equality, Cheryl Jacques will also speak at the conference. Jacques is an administrative law judge in Mass. In the past she served as a state senator in Mass. and was the president of Human Rights Campaign, a leading LGBT advocacy group.

Author and social critic Tricia Rose will speak at the conference. Rose is the author of four books including Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America and The Hip Hop Wars.

NHEC Tours Begin Monday

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01/14/2013 - 3:10 AM

The general public has the opportunity to get their first glimpse at National Hockey and Event Center renovations. According to the SCSU athletics office, tours will last approximately 20 minutes and will include three flights of stairs.

St. Cloud State Athletics and Facilities staff members will conduct the tours.

The first tours are between 5 and 7 p.m Monday. Remaining tours open to the general public are from 5 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 23 and 30.

A tour exclusive to season ticket holders will be from 6-7 p.m. before the Jan. 19 men’s hockey game against the University of Denver. Season ticket holders must contact the SCSU Athletics Office in advance by calling 320-308-3101 to reserve a spot on the tour.

All tour attendees should enter through the west main entrance and then go to the southeast corner of the main concourse for the start of the tour. 

A live construction web camera is set up and can be viewed here.

SCSU Students Can Charge Course Materials To Student Accounts

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01/14/2013 - 1:20 AM

St. Cloud State University students heading back to class this week can utilize the convenience of charging their books and other class materials to the their student accounts.

Any student without a hold on their account can charge up $1,000 in course materials to their student accounts at the Centennial Hall Husky Bookstore until Monday, January 21.

According to Husky Bookstore Manager Ted Mears, very few college bookstores in Minnesota have this option available to students.

The new option to purchase course materials also can be utilized online through the Husky Book Express

Additional questions can be directed to the bookstore's cashier office at 320-308-4012.

Animal Causes Vehicle Crash

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01/14/2013 - 11:00 AM

On Sunday night, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office were called to a vehicle accident on Highway 23 near Stearns County Road 140.

According to the police report, 18-year-old Dylan Van-Ort of Cold Spring was driving West on Highway 23 when he attempted to avoid an animal on the road. Van-Ort’s vehicle then hit the vehicle driven by 28-year-old Allison Wolf of Cold Spring.

Wolf was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance with what appeared to be minor injuries.

Register Now For The Polar Bear Plunge

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01/14/2013 - 10:30 AM

Do you have what it takes to jump into a freezing lake?

The Polar Bear Plunge is coming to Green Lake in two weeks The first Plunge was at Como Lake in St. Paul and has expanded to 16 locations across the state. The event is organized by Minnesota law enforcement as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which is a part of a fundraiser for Special Olympics.

The Plunge happens on Saturday, January 26th at 1 p.m., at Zorbaz on Green Lake on 159 Avenue S in Spicer, MN, 56288.

St. Cloud Police Squad Car Damaged After Pursuit, Suspect in Custody

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01/10/2013 - 3:30 AM

St. Cloud Police Squad Car Damaged After Pursuit, Suspect in Custody

Police say two vehicles, including a squad car, were significantly damaged after a St. Cloud man tried to flee police.

St. Cloud Police tried to pull over a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Daniel Thomas Stanger of St. Cloud on Wednesday around 4:30 p.m. The stop was in connection with an undercover narcotics purchase conducted by the Central Minnesota Violent Offenders Task Force.

According to the police report, Stanger refused to pull over and used several evasive moves to flee officers. After a few blocks, Stanger allegedly crashed into the front and side of a squad car that he was driving alongside of and spun around. The officer driving the squad car used it to push Stanger’s vehicle into a convenience store driveway at 33rd Avenue North and 7th Street ending the pursuit.

Stanger was arrested without incident and is being held the Stearns County Jail on charges of fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle.

Man Previously Involved In Officer Decker Case Now Accused Of Stalking

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01/10/2013 - 2:45 AM

BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) - A man who was arrested but not charged in the killing of a Cold Spring police officer is denying new charges that he stalked his ex-girlfriend.

The St. Cloud Times reports 34-year-old Ryan Michael Larson is accused of a pattern of stalking that included calling her employer, a health care facility in Buffalo, and trying to get her fired.

The charges were filed in Wright County, and a warrant was issued for his arrest Thursday. Larson was arrested the night Officer Tom Decker was shot behind a Cold Spring bar Nov. 29. He spent four days in jail before being released.

Larson tells the Times he doesn't understand why he's been charged in the new stalking case or why people think he's still a suspect in Decker's death.

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