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St. Cloud Diocese Decision Possibly Delayed

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02/13/2013 - 9:15 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - The Diocese of St. Cloud is among eight in the U.S. whose wait for new leadership might take longer. St. Cloud diocese officials say they have not heard from the Vatican on whether Pope Benedict plans to appoint a successor before he steps down at the end of the month.

St. Cloud Bishop John Kinney sent his letter of resignation to the pope last July when he turned 75 as required by church law. Kinney has served as bishop of the St. Cloud diocese since 1995. Diocese spokeswoman Jane Marrin tells the Star Tribune Kinney is still physically able to continue as bishop until his replacement is named.

The St. Cloud diocese is the second largest in Minnesota after the Twin Cities diocese.

SCSU's College Affordability Scorecard Is Posted

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02/13/2013 - 2:15 AM

The St. Cloud State University administration says the university scored “quite well” on President Barack Obama’s new college affordability scorecard.

SCSU ranked “low”, on a low-medium-high scale, in the categories of cost and borrowing. According to the report, the average net price (cost of attending after grants and scholarships are applied) of attending the university is $11,344. The report says an undergraduate student typically borrows $13,551.

The scorecard ranked SCSU right in the middle on graduation rate. 48.5 percent of full-time students earn their bachelor’s degree within six years and 1/3 of students transfer to another school.

According to the report, the loan default rate after attending SCSU is 5.5 percent; compared to the national average of 13.4 percent.

President Obama announced the affordability scorecards during Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address. The President says parents and student can use the new tool to compare schools on a simple criteria, "where you can get the most bang for your educational buck."

12th Annual Night Of The Stars

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02/12/2013 - 9:45 AM

District 742 and The St. Cloud Local Education and Activities Foundation (LEAF) are hosting their 12th annual “Night of the Stars” variety show to benefit District school-based activities and educational opportunities. 

The “Night of the Stars” was initiated in April 2002 as a part of LEAF’s successful fundraising efforts to save Junior High activities, which were faced with elimination due to budget cuts in the 2002-2003 school year.

Performances are set for Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23 at the Paramount Theatre; tickets will cost $15 for adults and $6 for students, and an be purchased here, or the Paramount Box Office at 93200-259-5463.

Prosecutors Ask Judge To Keep Evidence Private

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02/12/2013 - 8:30 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Prosecutors in the case of a Little Falls man accused of killing two teens who broke into his home are asking a judge to order that evidence be kept private.

Sixty-four-year-old Byron Smith is accused of killing 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer on Thanksgiving Day.

In court documents made public Monday, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput says the nature of the case has led to extensive media interest, and prosecutors are concerned that inadvertent release of private data, or release of just some of the evidence, might impede the case. Orput is asking a judge for a protective order that would bar the defense from releasing evidence publicly.

Prosecutors say they have already given more than 500 pages of evidence to Smith's defense attorneys.

Family Safe After SUV Goes Through Ice on Lake in Paynesville

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02/12/2013 - 1:30 AM

A family escaped without injuries after their SUV fell through the ice in Paynesville. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s office, the SUV went through the ice around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning on northeast side of Lake Koronis.

The SUV fell through in a spot where the water was three to four feet deep. 27-year-old Wong Thao from St. Paul was the driver of the vehicle. He had two passengers that were 24 and 29 years old.

President Potter Attending State Of The Union Address

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02/12/2013 - 1:15 AM

St. Cloud State University President Earl H. Potter III will be attending President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address tonight.

President Potter was invited by Senator Amy Klobuchar, who is one of four sponsors of the “I-Squared” bill. I-Squared would reform the H-1B visa category for people seeking professional jobs in the United States.

Supports of the bipartisan measure argue the current system of educating international students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, then sending them back to their home countries, amounts to training our global economic competitors. 

SCSU had over 1,000 international students enroll the fall and many of them are in the graduate level science and engineering programs.

The State of the Union address will be tonight at 8 p.m.

St. Cloud Polar Plunge Saturday

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02/12/2013 - 10:45 AM

The St. Cloud Polar Plunge is Saturday. The polar plunge is presented by Minnesota law enforcement to benefit Special Olympics Minnesota. Participants will take the plunge into icy-cold Pleasant Lake near the 400 Club.

People who want to participate have to register online, and then check-in the day of the event. According to Special Olympics Minnesota, an average plunger raises almost 200 dollars. Registration can be done online at plunge M N dot org.

The University of Minnesota Duluth has challenged St. Cloud State University to raise the most money. UMD has beat SCSU the past two years.

Leadership Exploration And Development Conference

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02/12/2013 - 10:45 AM

The Department of Campus Involvement with host a leadership conference thanks to support from a Target grant.

St. Cloud State will host the first Leadership Exploration and Development conference on Sunday, February 17th. The conference will offer mock interviews, an employer panel and presentations involving community members, employers, alumni, faculty and students.

The presentations will focus on development for three types of leaders: emerging, developing and transitioning. Author and Take Back College founder Ryan Penneau will be the keynote speaker at the event.

The conference is free and open to all SCSU students.

Fire Engulfs Garage In Melrose

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02/11/2013 - 9:30 AM

Late Friday night, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office were called to a garage fire on County Road 173 in Grove Township. An unattached garage was fully engulfed upon arrival. The garage, owned by 63-year-old Thomas Schwieters of Melrose, had many items inside which were damaged by the fire.  Those items included two ATV's, two vehicles, a skiloader and a snowmobile. 

The garage was a total loss and the cause of the fire is undetermined. The fire remains under investigation.

The Sheriffs Office was assisted on scene by the Melrose Police Department, the Melrose Fire Department and Melrose ambulance.

Man Dies After Vehicle Accident

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02/11/2013 - 9:30 AM

A man is dead after his truck rolled over on Saturday night. Stearns County Deputies were called to a motor vehicle crash with injuries on County Road 195 in Zion Township at 11:30 p.m.

According to the report, a 45-year-old man was driving south on County Road 195 when it left the roadway, rolled on its side and landed in a drainage ditch. The man was ejected out of the passenger side of the window. The man was not wearing a seatbelt and was taken to the Paynesville Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The incident is still under investigation.  The Stearns County Sheriff's Office was assisted by St. Martin Fire and Rescue and Paynesville Ambulance. 

The man has been identified as Darrin John Schaefer of Paynesville.

Weekend Weather Storm Predictions

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02/08/2013 - 10:30 AM

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the St. Cloud area from late Saturday night through late Sunday night. The forecast has St. Cloud possibly receiving up to 15 inches of snow and strong winds of 20-30 miles per hour.

However, SCSU Meterology Professor Bob Weisman predicts that St. Cloud will see a mix of wet snow, sleet, freezing rain or just rain so snow accumulations will be difficult to predict.

According to Weisman, the most problematic time will be from midnight until 10 a.m. on Sunday morning, when the mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain could produce an inch or two of wet snow or ice on the ground.


Elevated Carbon Monoxide Levels Send Nine People To Hospital

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02/08/2013 - 10:30 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Elevated carbon monoxide levels at a St. Cloud State sorority house sent nine people to the hospital this week.

The St. Cloud Times reports the house had to be evacuated until the problem was fixed. Police and firefighters were called after a doctor at St. Cloud Hospital detected elevated carbon monoxide levels in a tenant who went to the emergency room.

St. Cloud Fire Marshal Mike Post says rescuers went to the house early Wednesday and found potentially dangerous carbon monoxide levels. Post says the fire department was called to the same house about a week earlier on a report of a gas smell but couldn't find anything. A clogged vent line in a water heater may have been the source.

The house owner replaced the water heater Thursday.

Minnesota State Universities Job And Internship Fair Approaching

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02/07/2013 - 9:45 AM

The Minnesota State Universities Job and Internship Fair is approaching quickly. This job fair is a chance for students and alumni to meet with over 180 employers.

KVSC News Director Amelia Rowland has the story.

To register for the fair click here.

SCSU Department Of Theater Presenting The Lesson

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02/07/2013 - 10:55 AM

The St. Cloud State University’s Department of Theater are opening their spring season with “The Lesson”.

"The Lesson" was written in 1951 and is about the examination of knowledge and power between a student and a professor who may be brilliant, befuddled or simply insane.

The play will begin on Tuesday, February 12 and run until Saturday, February 16 at the Performing Arts Center at SCSU.  

The show will begin 7:30 each night, with a closing matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 17.  Tickets $10 for general admission, $7 for students and seniors and free with SCSU I.D.  Tickets are available at the Atwood Center or by clicking here.

The show is intended for mature audiences.

Man Crashes Into House In Maine Prairie

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02/07/2013 - 10:30 AM

Deputies believe alcohol may have caused a man to crash his vehicle into a house in Maine Prairie Township Wednesday night.

Police say 52-year-old Kyle Loy Christensen of Kimball was driving east on County Road 147 when he lost control of his vehicle and drove into a ditch and then into a house at 9098 Country Road 147.

Deputies report only minor damage to the house. No one, including the people inside the house, received injuries. Kimball Police, Fire and Rescue Departments responded to the scene.

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