04/02/2013 - 10:30 AM
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced a new bridge to replace the existing Highway 24 Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Clearwater will be constructed just east of the existing bridge.
Potential issues such as residential relocations, impacts to city utilities, local road connections, a DNR boat landing and construction staging were considered before making the final location set. Construction on the new bridge is expected to start July 2015 and be completed in the fall of 2016. The existing bridge will remain open until the new bridge is completed.
Those interested in the new bridge location, plans and timeline are invited to an open house on Monday, April 8th at Clearwater City Hall starting at 5 p.m.
04/01/2013 - 9:50 AM
COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) - Four relatives of a Cold Spring police officer who was killed on duty four months ago are squabbling over who should control the money donated to his family.
A Minneapolis Star Tribune report says a Stearns County judge has scheduled a Monday hearing to sort out issues between Thomas Decker's widow, ex-wife and two brothers. The public donated an undisclosed sum after Decker was killed in November.
Widow Alicia Decker says she should get half the money, and the four children should get 12.5 percent each. Ex-wife Rebecca Decker has custody of the children as their mother. She says Alicia Decker and the children should each get 20 percent.
Two of Thomas Decker's brothers have volunteered to serve as trustees to allocate the funds to the children.
04/01/2013 - 9:45 AM
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - St. Cloud State University has been tobacco-free for almost a year, but the decision has had unpleasant consequences for a nearby historical site.
A St. Cloud Times report says smokers have begun converging on Barden Park. The land is surrounded on two sides by university property.
A recent city report says the park now gets hundreds of visits per week from smokers, and hundreds of cigarette butts litter the ground. So the St. Cloud Neighborhood Coalition wants officials to make Barden Park the city's first smoke-free park.
A public hearing with the Park & Recreation Board is scheduled for Tuesday. The coalition opposes simply adding trash receptacles for cigarette butts. It says that's not in the master plan for the park.
The university has been tobacco-free since August 2012.
04/01/2013 - 9:45 AM
A man and a woman were arrested on Saturday afternoon after the St. Cloud Police stopped the motorcycle they were riding. The officer stopped the motorcycle driven by 35-year-old James Bakken of Honolulu, Hawaii under the suspicion he had a suspended license and an outstanding warrant.
While the officer checked his ID, Bakken attempted to flee the scene on the motorcycle. Bakken then fled on foot, after being pulled off the motorcycle. He tried to escape over a fence at Hansen Floor Galley, but he was stopped by two employees who pushed him back over the fence.
After being pushed over the fence, Bakken was arrested. He was also taken to the St. Cloud Hosptial because he was tased by the officer when he tried to run.
Police say Bakken will be charged for fleeing police in a motor vehicle, driving after suspension, no proof of insurance, obstructing the legal process and for an outstanding felony warrant.
Bakken’s passenger, 36-year-old Rita Marie Ochs of St. Cloud was for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant from Stearns County.
04/01/2013 - 10:35 AM
Two Coon Rapids men were arrested in St. Cloud on Saturday night after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in copper wire from Design Electric. The two men, 30-year-old Nathan Leigh Johnson and 38-year-old Todd Michael Fryman were found inside Design Electric by an employee.
Police say, both suspects fled the scene before officers arrived, but were found later in two different locations. Johnson was found in the 4000 block of Clearwater Road near the Holiday Inn Express with the help of the Waite Park Police K-9 Unit. Fryman was found in the woods near Design Electric with the help of the Minnesota State Patrol Helicopter and the Sherburne County K-9 Unit.
Both suspects were arrested and taken to the Stearns County Jail on charges of third degree burglary. Fryman was also charged with possession of a fifth degree controlled substance.
The police say the copper stolen was estimated in value of $3,000-$4,000.
Nathan Leigh Johnson Todd Michael Fryman
03/29/2013 - 9:30 AM
On Thursday afternoon, St. Cloud Police were called to the 400 block of 31st Avenue North for a gunshot complaint.
According to the police report, officers found evidence at the 400 block of 31st Avenue North and located the suspect vehicle at apartment building nearby. The vehicle was found to a have a hole in the floor and officers located a shotgun and additional ammunition in a snowbank in the vicinity of the vehicle.
The investigation lead to the arrest of 29-year-old Matthew Gorden Glen Geurts for felony possession of a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm and 5th degree possession of a controlled substance. Also arrested, was 26-year-old Kara Elizabeth Petschen of St. Cloud for a Stearns County felony warrant and reckless discharge of a firearm.
No injuries were reported during the incident.
Matthew Gorden Glen Geurts Kara Elizabeth Petschen
03/29/2013 - 10:15 AM
Have you ever wanted to turn your favorite book into food? The SCSU Edible Book Festival will let you do just that.
The edible art can reference a title, scene or character or it can look like the book or somehow be inspired by the book. All materials must be edible, but not palatable. Registration must be submitted by Thursday, April 11th but you do not need to submit the piece until the day of the event.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 15th. Fan voting will take place until 1:30 p.m. and winners will be announced at 2 p.m.
03/28/2013 - 12:30 PM
COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) - There's a water fight in Cold Spring. Or is it a beer fight?
Third Street Brewhouse guzzles water from a local well to concoct its craft beers in Cold Spring, a city of 4,000. But the Department of Natural Resources says it's hurting trout in a nearby stream. The St. Cloud Times reports that the DNR will cut the brewery's water consumption by 80 percent next year, forcing the owners to turn to an already strained city water system.
Public Works Director Paul Hoeschen says he is scrambling to find a new well by the next February deadline. The city had already been looking for new wells due to high nitrate levels at existing sites.
Hoeschen has been pushing to get the brewery an extension.
03/27/2013 - 1:45 AM
BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) - A man arrested but not charged in the killing of Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker has pleaded guilty to stalking his ex-girlfriend in Wright County.
The St. Cloud Times reports 34-year-old Ryan Michael Larson pleaded guilty Tuesday to the felony stalking charge. Sentencing is scheduled for May 7.
Larson was accused of a pattern of stalking that included calling his ex-girlfriend's employer and trying to get her fired.
Larson was arrested Nov. 29, the night Decker was shot to death behind a bar in Cold Spring. He spent four days in jail as a suspect in that killing before being released without being charged. He has maintained his innocence and said he had nothing to do with Decker's death.
03/27/2013 - 1:21 AM
St. Cloud Police arrested 11 people during a warrant sweep on Tuesday. The sweep targeted people with outstanding warrants. Police say that a number of the people arrested had more than one outstanding warrant.
St. Cloud Police arrested 25-year-old Richard Kenneth Zeilinger, 24-year-old Callie Marie Carrillo, 22-year-old Nicholas Robert McDonald, 24-year-old Jordan Taylor Wilson, 21-year-old Drice Khaliasma Bera, 23-year-old Nathan Daniel Bauer, 33-year-old Jason Jerome Jaques, 43-year-old John L.C. Jackson, 24-year-old Jasmine Two-crow Fairbanks, and 24-year-old Jerann Sherrard Ceaser.
One juvenile was also arrested.
03/27/2013 - 10:45 AM
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced more than 300 construction projects set for the 2013 season.The 2013 construction program includes work on 87 projects in the Twin Cities and 193 projects in Greater Minnesota.
In the St. Cloud area, I-94 between Clearwater and St. Cloud will be resurfaced beginning on Monday, April 1st. Drivers can expect mild to moderate backups during commuter rush hours, and potential backups of 20 miles or more during peak travel periods.
MnDOT asks drivers to be alert on the road this summer as crews perform road construction and maintenance work.
A map of the closure can be found here.
03/27/2013 - 10:00 AM
The Global Goes Local, a conference about the social conditions of immigrant workers and families in Minnesota will be held next week at SCSU.
The two day conference will feature keynote speaker Ahmed Ismail Yusuf, who is the author of the book Somalis in Minnesota. Yusuf will share stories of how Somali refugees are settling and the ways they’re contributing to their new home.
The conference will be held Tuesday and Wednesday and a full schedule can be found online. The presentation featuring Ahmed Yusuf will begin at 12 p.m. in the Atwood Ballroom and free lunch will be provided.
03/26/2013 - 9:20 AM
What if the Moon did not exist? Astronomer and Author Neil F. Comins will be discussing this in a series of two discussions at SCSU this week.
Comins will correct misconceptions about the sun and moon and examine other mistaken beliefs about the natural world and will also explore what Earth would be like if the moon had never formed. Comins is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Maine and has written numerous books on astronomy and space.
Both presentations will take place this Thursday and are free and open to the public. The first presentation will be at 3 p.m. in the Wick Science Building in room 124. The next presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in Ritsche Auditorium.
03/26/2013 - 8:45 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Michele Bachmann and her short-lived campaign last year for the GOP presidential nomination are being investigated by the Office of Congressional Ethics.
A lawyer for the Minnesota Republican says Bachmann is cooperating with the investigation. The Office of Congressional Ethics is an independent investigative body established by the House five years ago to conduct preliminary investigations into allegations of misconduct by House members or their aides.
The panel can dismiss cases or refer them to the House Ethics Committee. Lawyer William McGinley says there are no allegations that Bachmann "engaged in wrongdoing." He says Bachmann is confident that the investigators will conclude that she did nothing inappropriate.
The Daily Beast first reported Monday that Bachmann was the subject of an OCE investigation of financial transactions by her presidential campaign.
03/26/2013 - 8:30 AM
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Officials at St. Cloud Regional Airport hope funding will be restored next fiscal year to reopen the airport's air traffic control tower.
The tower will close April 21 as part of federal budget cuts announced Friday. Meanwhile, the St. Cloud airport's only commercial carrier announced it will temporarily suspend its flights from St. Cloud to Arizona.
Allegiant says it is suspending the flights from Aug. 14 to Oct. 9. Airport Director Bill Towle told the St. Cloud Times he doesn't think the tower closure would have much impact on whether Allegiant resumes its flights later this year.
Towle says he has not heard from the Federal Aviation Administration when or whether the control tower would reopen.Page [ << 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 >> ]
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