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Level 3 Sex Offender Not Moving to Paynesville Address

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03/14/2013 - 9:00 AM

The Stearns County Sheriff's office says they've been notified that a Level 3 sex offender is not moving to an address in Eden Lake Township near Paynesville after all. 39-year-old Michael Shawn Klappenbach is the offender who told authorities Wednesday he will not be living at the address he gave them, that had triggered a community notification meeting, per state law.

Klappenbach is currently being housed at the Stearns County Jail until he can make other living arrangements.

 

Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Lands Grant For New Exhibit Space

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03/13/2013 - 4:15 AM

The Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center has been awarded $110,000 from the McKnight Foundation to develop an exhibition space in downtown St. Cloud. The announcement came Wednesday from Executive Director Tony Goddard and Visual Arts Director Melissa Gohman. The grant funds will be used to open and support an auxiliary exhibition space in the Regency Building. The Regency is located nearly directly across the street from the Paramount Theatre on West St. Germain Street.

The six figure grant given over two years will support the expansion of the Paramount's public art program and will be called "Gallery St. Germain" and will feature Minnesota artists who have demonstrated a high level of professional achievement.

The Gallery St. Germain will be open during the Downtown Art Crawl this Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The McKnight Foundation is a Minnesota-based family foundation that seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations. In 2012, the foundation granted $85 million of its estimated $2 billion in assets.

Melrose Woman Injured In Rollover Accident

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03/13/2013 - 10:50 AM

On Tuesday afternoon, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office were called to an accident with injuries on County Road 13 and 405th Street in Melrose Township.

According to the report, 19-year-old Chantel Emma Dingman of Melrose was driving north on County Road 13 when her vehicle slid on the ice and rolled. Dingman was taken to the Melrose Hospital to be treated for her injuries.

Melrose Fire and Rescue assisted on the scene and the Sheriff’s Department is conducting an accident investigation.

Brothers Sing On-A Community Sing For Men Registration Open

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03/13/2013 - 10:50 AM

The SCSU choral program is hosting their second annual “Brothers Sing On-A Community Sing For Men” event on Saturday, April 27.

Men, ages 15 to 70, are invited to participate in a daylong rehearsal followed by a massed choir performance. Attendees will have a clinic session with special guest ensemble group Cantus.

Registration is required and space is limited.The registration deadling is Wednesday, April 10.

Traffic Delay At 25th Avenue And Highway 23 Intersection

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03/13/2013 - 10:40 AM

Drivers should expect delays tomorrow [Thursday] at the intersection of 25th Avenue and Highway 23 (Division Street).  

The delay is due to traffic signal modifications being made at that intersection.  The delay is expected to last one day. 

 

Register Now For Earth Day Run

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03/13/2013 - 10:40 AM

Central Minnesota’s largest running event will be returning on Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 for the Earth Day Run.

SCSU’s annual five-race weekend is supported by regional businesses and organizations and about 4,500 runners, spectators and volunteers are expected to participate.

Registration is available online now by clicking here.

St. Cloud Downtown Art Crawl This Friday

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03/12/2013 - 10:45 AM

The Art Crawl will be taking over downtown St. Cloud this Friday night.

The St. Cloud Art Crawl is organized to build and promote a more diverse community through the arts while promoting local and regional artists and supporting historic downtown St. Cloud. The Art Crawl expands the arts by taking it to the streets and into local shops to provide visitors with an engaging artistic experience.

The Art Crawl begins at 5 p.m. this Friday.  Locations and vendors can be found by clicking here.

Minnesota Farmers' Market Association Conference To Be Held In Waite Park

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03/12/2013 - 10:45 AM

Farmers market managers and vendors from across Minnesota will gather next week at the Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association’s Spring Conference being held in Waite Park.

Attendees will be the first to hear the results of customer research conducted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Minnesota Grown Program. During the summer of 2012, the program conducted a customer survey at 57 farmers markets to better understand which services and products are most important to their customers.

This event is open to the public for a fee and registration can also be found online.

SCSU Honored With The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

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03/12/2013 - 10:35 AM

St. Cloud State University has been honored for its commitment to bettering its community through community service and service learning with the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

SCSU is one of 690 leading U.S. colleges and universities, students, faculty and staff to receive this honor for 2013. SCSU students participated in an estimated one million hours of campus and community volunteer service annually in a wide variety of service learning and community engagement activities.

This is the third year SCSU has won this award.

Suspect Wanted For Robbing A Cab Driver

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03/11/2013 - 10:50 AM

A man is wanted after taking money from a cab driver on Sunday morning.

According to the report, a black man took cash and other items from an Orange Can driver after being dropped off in the area of Highway 23 and 14th Avenue Southeast.

The man was described as being in his early twenties, 5'11", corn rows in his hair and was wearing a dark jacket with leather sleeves and dark blue jeans.

The case is still under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact police at 251-1200.

Sauk Rapids Man Facing Possible Criminal Vehicular Homicide Charges

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03/11/2013 - 10:50 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A Sauk Rapids man who was involved in a traffic crash that killed his passenger could face a charge of criminal vehicular homicide.

A St. Cloud Times report says Benton County deputies responded to the crash Friday evening. An initial investigation says the 38-year-old driver may have been intoxicated and speeding.

A sheriff's report says the man's vehicle left the road about 6:30 p.m., went airborne and struck a tree. The driver was wearing a seat belt and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

His passenger was 42-year-old David Eberle of St. Cloud. Eberle, who wasn't wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene.

The driver has been arrested.

Sauk Rapids Man Arrested In St. Cloud Hospital Emergency Room

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03/11/2013 - 10:45 AM

A Sauk Rapids man was arrested early Saturday morning at the St. Cloud Hospital Emergency room.

According to the report, 20-year-old Brandon Anderson was arrested after pushing a security guard, yelling profanities and disrupting medical care to other patients. Anderson had to be held down in restrains due to his aggressive behavior until officers arrived.

Anderson was taken the Stearns County Jail where he will be charged with disorderly conduct, underage consumption, false information to police and possession of a fraudulent driver’s license.

No injuries were reported during the incident and Anderson’s intoxication level is unknown.

SCPD Using New Device To Interpret 180 Languages

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03/11/2013 - 10:40 AM

The St. Cloud Police Department have obtained a new device that will help officers communicate more easily who those who speak a different language.

The hands free mobile interpretation device called ELSA will provide immediate communication in 180 languages. The unit is about the size of an average cell phone and can be clipped to the officer’s shirt for an easy hands free use. The department has four units that can be used in the police station or taken out into the community.

The unit, created by RTT mobile, also provides a live telephone support line where officers can call and access the same services in the event the device was not brought onto the scene.

The department has had the units in operation for about a week and officers have used them for three different calls for service.

New Flyer Requesting Financial Support From Taxpayers

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03/11/2013 - 10:35 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A bus manufacturer is asking for financial support from Stearns County taxpayers to help pay for a nearly $5 million expansion at its St. Cloud plant.

New Flyer says the expansion, including $3 million in new machinery and equipment, will generate 136 new jobs. New Flyer is asking Stearns County for a $250,000 interest-free loan. Commissioners are expected to consider that request Tuesday.

The St. Cloud Times says the city of St. Cloud has already approved a $100,000 loan for the project. New Flyer is also seeking a $1 million loan from the Minnesota Investment Fund.

Air Quality Alert Issued For Central Minnesota

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03/08/2013 - 9:30 AM

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air quality alert for the southern two-thirds of Minnesota which include St. Cloud.

According to SCSU Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman, cool air trapped near the ground has allowed a build-up of particulates from Iowa and into Minnesota. This means that people with a history of breathing problems should limit their outdoor exposure today and people with sinus problems will tend to have headaches.

This weekend the St. Cloud area will see a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain. Precipitation tonight will begin around 9 p.m. with a tendency of just freezing rain to continue as the night goes on. The rain or freezing rain could be heavy enough to cause minor flooding, since the deep snow pack has clogged drainage pipes and some ditches.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch in affect for Central Minnesota starting tonight and lasting until early Sunday morning.

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