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Three Tech High Students Attend President's Science Fair

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04/30/2013 - 1:30 AM

Three St. Cloud Tech High School students visited the White House for President Barack Obama’s Science Fair.

The students, Grant Feldhege, Neil Molitor, and Tyler Tran, were invited to the fair after creating a new product called Dolly-2-Trolly. The product connects to a two-wheel dolly and allows a person to move a trailer with ease. The students created, designed, and manufactured the Dolly-2-Trolly as a part of a class at Tech.

Their product also won the National Skills-USA Engineering and Design competition.

According to school officials, The boys were three of 100 students from across the United States chosen to participant in the science fair.

While in Washington DC, the boys met President Obama and attended his speech honoring the participants.

Tech High school says the students will graduate this spring and attend the University of Minnesota Duluth in the fall.

Former St. Cloud Mayor's visitation to be held in City Hall

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04/30/2013 - 11:50 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A former St. Cloud mayor who died last weekend will be the first mayor to lie in state who did not die in office.

A visitation for Al Loehr will be held at City Hall Wednesday. Loehr died Saturday at age 85. The St. Cloud Times reports Mayor Dave Kleis says Loehr's widow made the request. Loehr served as state commissioner of veterans affairs from 1965 to 1969.

Since 1900, only two other mayors have been so honored. Stearns County historical records show Mayor Phil Collignon was first to lie in state at City Hall in 1945 followed by Mayor Lawrence Borgert in 1953.

Helicopter Work To Begin On I-94 Near Alexandria and Sauk Centre

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04/30/2013 - 11:30 AM

Drivers travelling on Interstate 94 between Alexandria and Sauk Centre may notice helicopter crews working near the interstate starting on Wednesday, May 1.

The helicopter crews are needed to work on several transmission structures that were installed on I-94. A helicopter will fly near the new transmission structures with a lineman suspended from a tethered line.

The Minnesota State Patrol urges drivers to avoid gawking at the helicopter work and to keep moving through the work zone.Minnesota law does not allow drivers to stop on a freeway unless it is for an emergency.

The helicopter work is expected to take about one week.

Atwood Memorial Center Renovations Now Underway

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04/30/2013 - 11:15 AM

The renovation project in the Atwood Memorial Center began on Monday morning. KVSC News Director Amelia Rowland spoke with Atwood Memorial Center Director Margaret Vos about what the campus community can expect when the project is complete in August.

Click here for the AUDIO STORY.

The office of Campus Involvement has moved to Columbine and Iris rooms and the office of UPB has moved to Lewis/Clark. 

Police Looking For Three Men In Attempted Liquor Store Robbery

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04/29/2013 - 9:25 AM

St. Cloud Police are looking for three men who attempted to rob Knotty Pine Liquor on Friday night.

According to the police report, three men walked into the store and attempted to steal money from the business. One suspect pointed a handgun at one of the employees while demanding money.

The store employees struggled and fought off the suspects by throwing items at them, which caused the suspects to leave the store and flee on foot. The employees sustained minor injuries during the incident. Officers attempted to locate the suspects but were unsuccessful.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police at 251-1200.

The Paramount Gallery Saint Germain Officially Opens Wednesday

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04/29/2013 - 10:30 AM

The Paramount Gallery Saint Germain Officially Opens Wednesday

The Paramount Theatre and Visual Art Center is opening an expanded galley in its new space in the Regency Plaza.

The new gallery will display pieces from Minnesota artists as well as host educational art exhibits. The first exhibition will feature works from the Artist Guild of Central Minnesota.

The Paramount Gallery Saint Germain officially opens on Wednesday, May 1st, but the Paramount is celebrating on Friday, May 3rd with a free grand opening reception in the new gallery.

The reception will last from 6-8 p.m.

The Gallery Saint Germain is an auxiliary exhibition space for the Paramount.  Paintings, sculpture and works of other mediums will continue to be displayed inside the Paramount's offices and lobby.

Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation Names New President

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04/29/2013 - 10:10 AM

Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation Names New President

The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation has named local leader Patti Gartland as the new President of the corporation.

Gartland is a lifelong resident of the St. Cloud community and has more than 30 years of community and economic development experience, private sector business experience and experience in higher education.

Gartland's new role will include serving as the chief executive officer for the city, manage a $6 million annual general fund budget and a $18.4 million in total governmental funds, serving as the city's chief public relations officer, directing all municipal operations, and providing leadership for six direct reports, 36 additional full-time employees and a 30 member volunteer/pay-per-response fire department.  

The GSDC is a non-profit collaboration of about 97 regional public and private organizations in Central Minnesota.  

New Ordinance Allows Chicken In Certain Residential Areas

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04/26/2013 - 9:15 AM

New Ordinance Allows Chicken In Certain Residential Areas

Residents in Stearns County are now able to own chickens. On Tuesday morning, the Board of Commissioner voted to change the County’s Land and Zoning Ordinance to allow for chickens in the R-1 and R-5 residential districts.

This means for residents in the R-1 District, up to 12 chickens will be allowed. In the R-15 district, up to 15 chickens per 1 acre will be allowed. All chickens in these districts must be confined with a coop or a fence and be set back ten feet from all property lines.

The chickens will be allowed as a provisional use, meaning the birds must be registered with the Stearns County Environmental Service Department.

To see what residential areas are included within the new guidelines click here

Little Falls Man Charged With First Degree Murder

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04/26/2013 - 9:15 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota man accused of killing two teenagers who broke into his home last year has been charged with first-degree murder.

A grand jury indicted Byron Smith under seal Wednesday on two counts of first-degree murder with premeditation. The new charges were announced Thursday. The 64-year-old Smith initially was charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the November deaths of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer.

In Minnesota, a first-degree murder charge must be issued by grand jury indictment. If convicted, Smith faces a mandatory penalty of life in prison without parole. Prosecutors say Smith shot the teens multiple times and left their bodies in his Little Falls house for a day before authorities were notified.

One of Smith's attorneys, Adam Johnson, says Smith was acting in self-defense.

Stearns County Auction This Saturday

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04/26/2013 - 10:15 AM

Stearns County Auction This Saturday

Stearns County will be holding their semi-annual auction later this month on Saturday, April 27th.

Up for auction this year are numerous vehicles, John Deere tractors, plow trucks, bikes and other miscellaneous items.  For a detailed list click here

Each year, Stearns County and the St. Cloud Police Department hold an auction in April and October for the sale of various surplus and seized property.

Sales tax will be charged on all items and everything must be removed after the auction.  The auction will start at 10 a.m. at the Stearns County Highway Department in Waite Park, three blocks south of Mill's Fleet Farm.  

Stearns County Sheriff's Called To One Vehicle Rollover

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04/26/2013 - 10:15 AM

On Thursday afternoon, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office were called to a one vehicle rollover on County Road 157, west of Freeport.

According to the police report, 43-year-old Amr Hanafy was approaching a slow left curve in the roadway and drove onto the shoulder of the road. Hanafy then over-corrected and veered to the center line and over corrected again which made the vehicle roll multiple times down the road and entered the south ditch rolling once more.

Hanafy was taken to the Melrose Hospital by Melrose Ambulance.  The Stearns County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Freeport Fire and Rescue, Melrose Ambulance and an office with the Department of Natural Resources.  

Golf Course Owners Lament Money Lost To Bad Weather

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04/25/2013 - 1:10 AM

Add golf course owners to the list of Minnesotans irked by the spring that's never showed up.

The snow, rain and sleet that has dragged well into April means money lost for golf courses. Tim Holthaus, who owns River Oaks Golf Club in Cold Spring, says courses can't make up the money they've lost due to the late opening.

Holthaus told the St. Cloud Times that courses have only about five months to make money with Minnesota's weather, and they've lost that first month.

Mike Stang, who runs Territory Golf Club in St. Cloud, says he's hoping golfers who haven't been able to play will want to play more in June and July.

St. Cloud City Council To Discuss Smoking In Barden Park Near SCSU

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04/25/2013 - 12:45 PM

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 recent city report says that Barden Park now gets hundreds of visits per week from smokers, and hundreds of cigarette butts litter the ground. The St. Cloud Neighborhood Coalition wants officials to make Barden Park the city's first smoke-free park to stop the cigarette butt problem. The historic park is adjacent to campus on 5th Avenue South.

This Monday, April 29 the St. Cloud City Council will be holding a study session at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the SCSU Tobacco-Free Policy and the impacts to Barden Park.  The sessions will be held in Conference Room #1.    

Highway 28 Resurfacing Project Beginning Monday

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04/25/2013 - 11:00 AM

Beginning on Monday, April 29th, drivers on Highway 28 will encounter intermittent lane closures, flaggers, pilot cars and possible delays between Highway 71 and Westport.

Different segments of the roadway will close each day. Flaggers will allow one-way, alternating traffic through the work zone each day. Drivers must obey the flagger and be prepared to stop and followed the pilot car as they navigate the daily work zone.

The closures will occur from sunrise to sunset Mondays through Saturdays.

The project and lane closures are scheduled to be completed on Friday, June 7th.

Ramp To Highway 24 In Clearwater Closing Today

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04/25/2013 - 10:50 AM

Drivers travelling on Interstate 94 to Clearwater may encounter delays as the ramp from eastbound I-94 to Highway 24 will be closed beginning at noon.

The detour provided exits the interstate about five miles west, or prior to, Highway 24.

The closure is needed as crews resurface and repair the ramp and is expected to reopen at Noon on Tuesday, April 30th.

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