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St. Cloud Hospital Sued

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02/06/2013 - 9:30 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A spokeswoman for St. Cloud Hospital says the medical facility believes no patients were substantially harmed by a former nurse's drug diversion program. But four people who were treated there are proceeding with a lawsuit.

The former patients accuse the hospital and former nurse Blake Zenner of negligence. The lawsuits in Stearns County court allege the four patients developed bloodstream infections because of Zenner's drug diversion and that the infections led to high fevers and pain. Zenner admitting siphoning pain medication from IV bags for personal use.

St. Cloud Hospital spokeswoman Jeanine Nistler tells the St. Cloud Times the four patients who are suing opted not to meet with the hospital and to pursue legal action instead. Zenner pleaded guilty to stealing the painkiller medication and has surrendered his nursing license.

His attorney says Zenner is working to resolve the lawsuits.

Highway 15 Lane Closings In Sartell

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02/06/2013 - 9:30 AM

Highway 15 Lane Closings In Sartell

Motorists may encounter slow traffic and delays on Highway 15 in Sartell as lane and shoulder closures between County Road 120 and County Road 1 are starting today [Wednesday].

The closures will occur during non-rush hours and crews are installing a temporary signal system at the Highway 15 and 23rd Street intersection.  The work will be done by Tuesday, April 16.

Motorists should slow down and watch for work crews and equipment.

To learn more about the Highway 15 Diverging Diamond Interchange project click here

Little Falls Teenager Charged With Burglarizing Home

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02/06/2013 - 1:15 AM

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - A Little Falls teenager has been charged with burglarizing the home of a man in the months before he allegedly shot and killed two other teens who broke into his house.

Seventeen-year-old Cody Kasper was charged Tuesday in connection with two burglaries at the home of Byron Smith. The 64-year-old Smith is charged in the Thanksgiving Day slayings of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer.

Smith's attorney, Steve Meshbesher, says Kasper and Brady worked on Smith's property last summer. Meshbesher tells the Star Tribune the charges against Kasper show Smith had been victimized in the months before the shootings. Meshbesher says Smith was scared. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput is prosecuting Smith's case.

He says Smith is using the prior burglaries as an excuse for murder.

Area High School Students Making A Difference

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02/05/2013 - 1:30 AM

More than 100 students from St. Cloud Tech High School, Cathedral High School and North Junior High will participate in the launch celebration of We-Act Minnesota.

We-Act Minnesota aims to initiate youth to be civically engaged. The launch celebration, called We-Day, will take place at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis on Wednesday. The event kicks-off a yearlong series of service actions as a part of We-Act.

According to school officials, fifteen thousand to twenty thousand youth are involved in We-Act.

We-Act Minnesota is a program organized by the Canadian organization Free the Children.

Tech High School first became involved with the program in March 2011. Since then, they have raised money and volunteered at local food shelves, prepared meals on Thanksgiving Day, and volunteered with the Salvation Army.

First Hearing Set For Decker Memorial Highway

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02/05/2013 - 10:00 AM

First Hearing Set For Decker Memorial Highway

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota police officer killed in the line of duty could soon be remembered with a stretch of highway named in his honor.

A state House committee planned Tuesday to consider a bill to designate portions of Highway 23 in central Minnesota the "Officer Tom Decker Memorial Highway." Signs would be put along the part of the highway leading from Wakefield township to the city of Richmond.

Decker was the Cold Spring police officer gunned down while responding to a call in November. The investigation into the shooting has yet to conclude. It's but one legislative tribute to Decker in the works.

In Congress, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann is pushing a bill to name a post office after Decker.

Officers Respond To Assault At Rum Runners

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02/04/2013 - 9:45 AM

Officers Respond To Assault At Rum Runners

On Sunday, the St. Cloud Police Department were called to a fight complaint at Rum Runners in St. Cloud.

According to the police report, bouncers who were working the front door would not allow an individual into the bar. This resulted in 18-year-old Keyon Donque Kyle to punch one of the bouncers in the face and chipping the victim’s tooth.

Kyle was arrested and taken to the Stearns County Jail pending charges of 3rd degree assault.

St. Cloud Police Bust Two Loud Parties Over The Weekend

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02/04/2013 - 9:30 AM

Seventy people were issued citations for underage consumption after officers were called to two loud parties over the weekend.

 Early Sunday morning, St. Cloud Police officers were called to the 700 block of 6th Avenue South for a loud party complaint. According to the report, 20-year-old Kevin Terry Debord of the St. Cloud was the resident of the home and was cited for violation of the city’s noise and social host ordinances.

Officers also issued 24 people citations for underage consumption. One person was taken to the Stearns County Jail on charges of false information to police.

Late Saturday night, officers were called to the 500 block of 13th Street South for another loud party complaint at an apartment complex.

The renters, 19-year-old Coolcy Yang and 20-year-old Justin Vang were cited for loud party, social host and underage consumption of alcohol. Officers issued an additional 46 citations to people for underage consumption of alcohol.

Two women, one adult and one juvenile who are both under the age of 21, were taken to the St. Cloud Hospital due to their intoxication level.

Two Women Arrested After Assault

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02/04/2013 - 12:00 PM

Two women are in jail after an alleged assault happened on Sunday. St. Cloud Police were called to the 1500 block of 2nd Street North early Sunday morning for a terroristic threats complaint.

According to the report, 30-year-old Ashley Shavon Hammond and 29-year-old Latrice Lashawn Clark got into a physical altercation during which Hammond threatened to assault Clark with a knife; however a knife was never displayed.

During the incident, Clark kicked Hammond in the head, causing a cut that required staples to close. After receiving treatment at the St. Cloud Hospital, Hammond was taken to the Stearns County Jail and is being held pending charges of terroristic threats, 5th degree assault and disorderly conduct.

The disorderly conduct charge is from Hammond’s behavior at the hospital. Clark was arrested and is being at the Stearns County Jail on charges of 3rd degree assault.

Latrice Lashawn Clark                                  Ashley Shavon Hammond

First Monday New Media Series

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02/04/2013 - 11:45 AM

This year’s First Monday New Media Series event, will be hosting visiting performers Linda Chatterton and Jesse Langen, along with composers Michael Wittgraf and SCSU Professor Scott Miller.

Chatterton and Langen, members of the Minnesota new music ensemble Ensemble 61, will premier two works written for them by Wittgraf and Millar. Millar’s The Frost Performs its Secret Ministry and Wittgraf’s Semblance are for flute, guitar, and electronics.

The event will take place in the Ruth Gant Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, February 6 at 6:00 p.m. and will have free admission.

For more information please contact Dr. Scott Miller at (320)-308-3291 or email:  

SCSU Multicultural Student Services Present Multiple Events For Black History Month

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02/04/2013 - 11:30 AM

 In Celebration of Black History Month, Multicultural Student Services proudly presents Mixed Blood Theatre’s African America. The performance offers an insightful look at the modern African Culture in Minnesota.

The performance will be on Thursday, February 7 at 2:00 p.m. in Atwood Theater.  The event is free and open to all and classes are warmly invited.  It is expected that the performance will last about 50 minutes.

Also this month, the Council of African American Students’ Ebony Night is on Saturday, February 16 and the event will cost $7 for students and $10 for others.  Dinner will begin a 5:30 pm with the program continuing at 7:30 p.m.

Waite Park Man Arrested For DWI And Cancellation-IPS

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02/01/2013 - 12:00 PM

On Thursday night the St. Cloud Police Department conducted a traffic stop for a seatbelt violation.

According to the police report, 28-year-old Peter Luke Anderson from Waite Park showed signs of alcohol consumption and failed an on scene sobriety test. Anderson’s driving status was a cancelled inimical to public safety and has had three prior DWI convictions within the last ten years.

Anderson is being held for court on charges of 1st degree DWI, driving after cancellation-IPS and other traffic violations.

SCSU Health And Wellness Committee Wants You To Go Red

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01/31/2013 - 11:00 AM

As part of the SCSU On the Move challenge, the SCSU Health and Wellness Committee are offering multiple services for their Go Red Day.

Free blood pressure checks and free diabetes risks checks will be available starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 1 in the Atwood Center.

There will be a small fee for glucose and cholesterol testing and people who want to get their cholesterol tested must fast three hours prior to the test.

Registration will also be available for the 10 week SCSU On the Move incentive program.

Officer Decker's Partner Resigns

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01/31/2013 - 11:00 AM

COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) - The part-time officer who was working with a Cold Spring police officer when he was killed has resigned.

Cold Spring-Richmond Police Chief Phil Jones tells the St. Cloud Times that Greg Reiter submitted his resignation Jan. 10. He says Reiter is returning to his other job of hanging drywall. Reiter was with Officer Thomas Decker on Nov. 29 when Decker was shot behind a Cold Spring bar.

Reports have said Reiter backed away from the scene and lost sight of the shooter. Decker's killing remains unsolved. Jones says people jumped to conclusions without the facts, and that didn't contribute to a healthy environment for Reiter. Reiter had been on paid leave since the shooting.

Jones called Reiter a great officer with no disciplinary record. Reiter's phone rang unanswered Thursday.

Speech & Debate Tournament Friday And Saturday

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01/31/2013 - 10:50 AM

Students from more than 15 different schools are gathering at St. Cloud State University Friday and Saturday for the Icebox Classic Speech & Debate tournament.

The invitational event is expected to have over 200 participants. The event takes place on the second floor of Stewart Hall, and is free and open to SCSU students.

Events begin at 11 a.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday.

The MN Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Delta Forensics is directing the event. They are co-sponsoring the event along with the SCSU Speech & Debate team and the Department of Communications Studies.

Ice Box Schedule

Friday - 
10 a.m. – 2 a.m. - Registration, Stewart Hall, 2nd Floor
11 a.m. -  Debate I
12:15 p.m. - Debate II
1:30 p.m. - Extemporaneous Draw
2 p.m. - Rd 1 Group B
3:30 p.m. - Rd 1 Group A
4:45 p.m. - Rd 1 Group C
6:15 p.m. - Rd 2 Group A
6:45 p.m. - Debate III

7:45 a.m. - Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. - Debate IV
9 a.m. - Rd 2 Group C
10:30 a.m. - Extemporaneous Draw
11 a.m. - Rd 2 Group B
12:15 p.m. - Debate Semi-Finals/Lunch
1:30 p.m. -  Finals C and ½ A 2:45 Extemp Draw
3 p.m. - Finals B, ½ A, and Debate
5:45 p.m. - Awards

New Owners Not Re-Opening Verso Paper Mill

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01/31/2013 - 10:30 AM

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) - A paper mill in the central Minnesota town of Sartell bought last week by a Montreal-based scrap metal and recycling company is not going to be reopened, company officials say.

Minnesota Public Radio reports American Iron & Metal Co. president and CEO Hebert Black plans to reuse the Verso paper mill's buildings in an as-yet undetermined development. Black says there is no market to operate a paper mill and that he hopes to get a better idea of how the site could be developed during a visit planned for February.

MPR reports that Verso was cited with serious violations after a man was killed in a blast at the plant on Memorial Day.

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