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Cold Spring Retires Officer Decker Badge Number

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03/01/2013 - 9:15 AM

COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) - The city of Cold Spring has retired the badge number of slain police Officer Tom Decker.

The Cold Spring City Council retired Decker's badge number at Wednesday's meeting as a sign of respect. Badge No. 6402 will no longer be used by the Cold Spring-Richmond Police Department.

The department has eight full-time officers and eight part-time officers. City Administrator Paul Hetland tells the St. Cloud Times that Police Chief Phil Jones asked for Decker's badge number to be retired. Officials hope to have a formal ceremony to retire the number later.

Decker was gunned down Nov. 29 while responding to a call in Cold Spring. The investigation into his shooting is ongoing.

Two Arrested In Connection With Meth Investigation

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02/28/2013 - 4:00 AM

The Central Minnesota Violent Offenders Task Force has wrapped up a five month investigation into the manufacturing of Methamphetamine in the St. Cloud area. The investigation concluded on Wednesday when two people were arrested after police found items used to create meth in two St. Cloud locations.

The task force conducted the first search warrant on Wednesday at 1214 7th Avenue North. At the residence police allegedly found two grams of meth along with items used in the creation and use of it.

The suspect who was home at the time, 46-year-old Scott Olson was arrested on charges of possessing a fifth degree controlled substance. Olson could also face charges of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. While the task force conducted the search warrant, they learned of another meth lab at an apartment on the East side of St. Cloud.

The second search warrant was conducted at that location; 1215 East Saint Germain Street. 62-year-old Derald Hausmann was arrested during the second search warrant on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine in the first degree. He was arrested after police allegedly found chemicals and ammonia used to create meth along with approximately five grams of the substance.

Authorities say the two search warrants stemmed from another search warrant that was conducted the day before on an impounded minivan that allegedly had a meth lab in the back of it. Police say that Hausmann was the driver of the van. However, the van belongs to a man who is already in custody for the manufacturing of meth.

The two suspects are being held in the Stearns County jail. However, Hausmann faces charges in both Stearns and Benton County because substances found in his apartment were located in Benton County and the van was impounded in Stearns.

Liberian Night 2013 This Saturday Night

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02/27/2013 - 10:45 AM

The SCSU Liberian Student Association (LSA) is hosting the 3rd annual Liberian night “Liberia is in our hands” on Saturday night.

Tarkus Zonen will be the guest speaker for the evening and performances include B-Face, Georgee-B Bryan Doe, the Heritage Dance Crew and many more.

The event will be held in the Atwood Memorial Ballroom and doors will open at 5 p.m.Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for non-students.  Tickets are available at the Atwood Kiosk or by emailing the LSA at  The show will last from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

SCSU Honored With Simon Award

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02/27/2013 - 10:15 AM

St. Cloud State is being recognized for its excellence in integrating international education with a 2013 Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.

The 11th annual Simon Award winners reflect a broad diversity of approaches present in campus internationalization today. SCSU President Earl H. Potter III says that our international students add vibrancy to our academic community, and their presence in our classes brings an important international perspective to all students.

This is the second award for international efforts at SCSU this year.In January, SCSU’s partnership with Universidad de Concepcion was honored with an Andrew Heiskell Award from the Institute of International Education.

SCSU hosts more than 1,000 students from more than 80 countries and is among the top 10 in international enrollment in the nation among master’s level institutions.

Sauk Rapids Mayor Not Resigning

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02/26/2013 - 1:45 AM

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) - The mayor of the central Minnesota city of Sauk Rapids says he won't resign, despite numerous calls for him to step down following his drunken driving arrest.

Mayor Brad Gunderson told a packed City Council meeting Monday night that he was sorry for his "bad judgment" in his Feb. 17 arrest. Gunderson is in the first months of his new role as mayor and says he will not voluntarily step down. More than a half dozen residents called for his resignation during the meeting, including Mike Aurelius.

He told KNSI it's unacceptable that the mayor drove a bus for disabled riders, including his son, the morning after his drunken driving arrest. Gunderson was later suspended from the bus service.

The council agreed to draft a resolution saying it doesn't condone the mayor's actions.

Central Minnesota Community Health Survey

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02/26/2013 - 1:30 AM

About 12,000 Central Minnesota households will be receiving a Central Minnesota Community Healthy Survey in the coming weeks.

The survey is a collaborative effort by local public health agencies and the CentraCare Health System to gather information that will create a more accurate picture of health and wellness within their community and county.

The survey, which is being mailed at the end of February, will ask questions about residents’ access to health care, nutrition, physical activity, tobacco use and other social, physical and mental health related issues. This survey will allow the collaborating agencies to establish health promotion priorities on a local and regional level.

All of the information gathered from individuals will be confidential and households receiving the survey are chosen randomly.

Highway 15 Lane And Shoulder Closures Resume

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02/26/2013 - 1:30 AM

 Motorists may encounter slow traffic on Highway 15 in Sartell as lane and shoulder closures will occur between County Road 120 and County Road 1 beginning today [Tuesday].

The closures will occur from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays as work on a temporary signal system resumes. The Signals will be located at the Highway 15 and 23rd street intersection.

The lane and ramp closures are needed as part of the Highway 15/Stearns County Road 120 Diverging diamond interchange project.


Social Media Expert Speaking At SCSU This Week

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02/25/2013 - 12:00 PM

Social Media Expert Joshua Waldman will be speaking at SCSU this Wednesday. KVSC News Director Amelia Rowland recently spoke with Waldman about what people should expect from his presentation.  

Click here for the audio.

The Herberger Business School is hosting Waldman as part of the business school’s emerging topics speaker series, which is designed to promote the professional development and career success of students and alumni.

The event will last from 3 to 5 p.m. in Ritsche Auditorium.  The event is sponsored by the Herberger Business School, the Business Student Executive Council, and the HBS Co-Curricular Experiences Office, along with the SCSU Career Services Office, Alumni Association and Student Government. 

Winter Weather Advisory Issued For Today

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02/22/2013 - 9:45 AM

The National Weather Service has expanded its winter weather advisory to the city of St. Cloud, as well as all areas south and east of St. Cloud.

According to SCSU Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman, the fluffy snow began to fall after 3 a.m. and will easily produce icy patches on untreated roads. Weisman also says that the storm is actually weakening as it gets closer to St. Cloud, so the main trouble will be slipping and sliding.

So far this season, St. Cloud has received 36 inches of snow.

St. Cloud City Council To Discuss Rules For 18-20 Year Olds In Bars

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02/22/2013 - 10:00 AM

The St. Cloud City Council will be holding a regular council meeting on Monday, February 25th. Among some of the topics that will be discussed, a public hearing has been set for a new ordinance that could affect bar owners.

KVSC’s Jo McMullen Boyer recently spoke with St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis about what this new ordinance could mean for everyone.

Click here to listen to the audio.

The public hearing set to last from 6:20 to 6:50 p.m. will regard specifically the ordinance amending Section 810:30 of the 2007 Code of Ordinances of the City of St. Cloud entitled, "Conditions of License" by adding a new Subdivision 15 entitled, "Underage Presence in Licensed Premises".  Another ordinance amending Chapter 810 of the 2007 Code of Ordinances of the City of St. Cloud entitled, "Intoxicating Liquor", by amending Section 810:07 entitled, "Penalties for Violations" will be discussed. 

Information about the entire agenda can be found by clicking here.

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at St. Cloud City hall, and is also available on Charter cable.

Community Meetings Set For Superintendent Candidates For District 742

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02/21/2013 - 12:25 PM

A series of community meetings have been set to meet the final candidates for the new St. Cloud Area School District 742 Superintendent.

Each final candidate will participate in a full day visit with the School District that will include group meetings and interviews. The community meetings will be with a different candidate each day.

The meetings will be on Monday, February 25, Tuesday, February 26 and Wednesday, February 27 and will be held at the Resource Center at Apollo High School starting at 5 p.m.  However, the meeting on the 27th will occur if a third candidate is selected.  

The meetings will be facilitated by the Superintendent Search Firm hired by the District 742 Board of Education.

GREAT Theater Presenting Charlotte's Web In March

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02/21/2013 - 10:45 AM

The GREAT Children’s Theater in St. Cloud is premiering the musical Charlotte’s Web at the Paramount Theater starting Friday, March 1st.

This is the first time the GREAT Children's Theater is performing the brand new musical version of the show. Join them for this exciting, new musical version of Charlotte’s Web bringing a new dimension to E.B. White’s beloved classic story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte.

Tickets will be $11 for students, $15 for seniors/educators/military, $17 for adults, and a $2 discount for groups. Tickets are available online or by phone at 320-259-5463.

Phi Kappa Tau 14th Annual Freez-A-Thon

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02/20/2013 - 8:00 AM

The St. Cloud State University chapter of Phi Kappa Tau are piling on the blankets and withstanding the cold for charity.

KVSC’s Justus Sanchez has the audio story.

The Serious Fun Network formerly known as the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps was founded by movie star Paul Newman in 1988.

UTVS Wins Five International Media Arts Awards

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02/20/2013 - 12:30 PM

The SCSU television station, UTVS, has won five international media arts awards.

Most Notably UTVS Station Manager, Matt Szymanski, won the Best of Festival award and $1,000.

UTVS En Espanol, founded by Emilio Ramos DeJesus, won second place in the Television Newscast category and UTVS News won third in the Newscast category.  UTVS Sports Director, Alec Ausmus, won third place in the Television Sports Talent category.  "Husky Mag" also earned a honorable mention in the Studio Video category.  The UTVS students will receive their awards in a ceremony held in Las Vegas in April.

The Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts is an annual media-arts competition for faculty and students.

Summertime By George Music Lineup Announced

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02/20/2013 - 11:45 AM

While it may still be cold out now, eventually the temperatures will rise and it will once again be summertime.

That means Summertime by George will officially return on Wednesday, June 12th and the St. Cloud Rotary Club has announced their music lineup for the summer.

Acts that are this summer are: 32 Below, Steeling Dan, Collective Unconscious, Belladiva, Johnny Holm Band, Rocket Club, The Kurt Jorgensen Band, Davina and the Vagabonds, The Receders, GB Leighton, Boogie Wonderland, and the Fabulous Armadillos

Summertime by George is a free concert and festival that transforms Lake George into a fun place for kids and adults alike.

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