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Deceased Man Identified In Tuesday Garage Fire

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05/20/2013 - 10:00 AM

A man is dead after firefighters found him in a garage while extinguishing a fire.  The man was identified as 24-year-old Torrey Niles Wiebke of St. Cloud. 

The St. Cloud Police and Fire Departments were called to the fire at 121 36th Avenue North at a single family rental home. While extinguishing the fire located in the garage of the house, firefighters found the deceased body of an unidentified man inside the garage.

The cause of both the fire and the death are currently investigation. The renters and owners of the home are accounted for and were not injured during the incident.

The investigation is being conducted by the St. Cloud Police Department Criminal Investigation Unit, the St. Cloud Fire Department Fire Marshall, a State Fire Marshall and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office.  

Lane Closures Begin On Three Central Minnesota Highways

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05/16/2013 - 2:45 AM

Drivers will encounter delays, flaggers and pilot cars on three Central Minnesota Highways until mid-June.

The closures began on Wednesday, May 15.

The closures will occur on Highway 95 between Highway 23 (east of Sauk Rapids) and 33rd Avenue (14 miles east of Princeton), Highway 24 between I-94 in Clearwater and Highway 55 in Annandale, and Highway 15 between Kimball and St, Augusta. Drivers must slow down, be prepared to stop, obey the flaggers and follow the pilot car through the daily work zone.  

The closures are needed as crews seal segments of each road. There will be no lane closures throughout Labor Day Weekend starting at 5 a.m. Friday, May 24 and ending on Tuesday, May 28th. 

UPDATE: Police Find Missing Glencoe Man

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05/15/2013 - 3:00 AM

UPDATE: Police Find Missing Glencoe Man

Police have found the missing Glencoe man they were searching for after finding his unoccupied car on Monday afternoon. 

At about 8 :15 pm on Tuesday a citizen in Morrison County observed a person matching the description of Kopf on Highway 25 near Pierz.  Morrison County deputies responded to the area and were able to locate Kopf.  Kopf was taken into custody without incident and is currently being held in the Morrison County Jail. 

According to the police report, at about 3:30 p.m. on Monday the Benton County Sheriff’s Office were called to the 8500 block of 55th Avenue Northeast in Mayhew Lake Township for a suspicious vehicle complaint. The vehicle was found in a swampy field not far from the road. A registration check revealed that the car belonged to 26-year-old Nicholas Kopf of Glencoe.

According to police, due to recent events in Kopf’s life, Kopf had reportedly been experiencing emotional issues which had caused him to develop anti-law enforcement and anti-government beliefs. Kopf had also reportedly made statements that he was in possession of several weapons and that he would resist any attempt by government and law enforcement to make contact with him. A search of the area around the car was conducted and Kopf was not located. It is believed that Kopf left the area on foot and may have been intending to travel to the Brainerd area or other points north of Benton County.

Two Ramps Open At Highway 15/County Road 120 In Sartell

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05/15/2013 - 1:30 AM

Drivers travelling on Highway 15 near County Road 120 in Sartell will encounter lower speed limits, lane shifts and improved access as the Highway 15 intersection partially opens on Wednesday, May 15th.

Drivers can expect both lanes of southbound Highway 15 shifted to temporary bypass lanes and the posted speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph.  The ramp from southbound Highway 15 to westbound County Road 120 and the ramp from eastbound County Road 120 to southbound Highway 15 will be open.

The ramps between northbound Highway 15 and County Road 120 will remain closed and are expected to open next week.

All of the traffic changes are a part of the Highway 15 Diverging Diamond Interchange project.

RESOURCE Employment Action Center Open House Thursday

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05/14/2013 - 1:45 AM

On Thursday, May 16th the Employment Action Center in St. Cloud will hold an open house.

The Center is a part of the nonprofit organization RESOURCE, which is dedicated to helping people achieve their education and employment potential. KVSC News Director Amelia Rowland spoke with RESOURCE President Kelly Matters about the open house.

CLICK HERE for the audio story.

8th Street North Closure Begins Wednesday

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05/14/2013 - 1:00 AM

Beginning on Wednesday, May 15th, 8th Street North/Veterans Drive will be closed to traffic from 12th to 5th Avenue North.  The closure is needed so crews can reconstruct public utilities and streets.

The closure is expected to last until mid-June.  Detours will be posed.

Stearns History Museum To Honor Three New Century Farms

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05/14/2013 - 12:50 PM

The Stearns History Museum will honor three Stearns County families in June by designating their farms as Century Farms.

The Museum’s Century Farm program recognizes the long history of Stearns County Farmers as stewards of the land and the tradition of passing down a way of life to family members. The three new Century Farms in Albany, Getty and Saint Joseph townships will mark the 35th anniversary of the program.

At each farm site, the Museum installs a brown, rustic stained wooden marker with white lettering attached to a treated wooden pole.

To view the application CLICK HERE.

If your family's farm is eligible, contact John Decker at jdecker@stearns-museum.org or call him at 320-253-2484.  There is no direct cost to an applicant for this program.

SCSU Class Builds Grandfather Clock For Atwood

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05/14/2013 - 12:30 PM

A St. Cloud State University class has built a new grandfather clock for the Atwood Memorial Center.

The facility, often referred to as “the living room of campus”, has a new black walnut grandfather clock that was built by Mark Voigt’s ETS 330 Materials and Processes class.

Students from Voigt’s class say that they spent countless hours outside of class, including three twelve hour Saturdays, to build the clock.

Stearns County Sheriff's Respond To Fertilizer Truck Crash

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05/14/2013 - 10:50 AM

On Monday afternoon, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office were called to a crash on County Road 19 just west of Belgrade.

According to police, a fertilizer truck driven by 19-year-old Thomas Janson of Sauk Centre left the road and hit a field approach. The vehicle came to a stop in a nearby field. Janson was taken by ambulance to the Sauk Centre Hospital and there were no other vehicles involved the crash.

The accident remains under investigation by the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.

Teenager Injured After Crashing ATV

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05/13/2013 - 9:50 AM

A teenager was injured on Saturday night after crashing his ATV because of poor visibility conditions.

On Saturday night, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office were notified of an ATV crash that had taken place on 300th Street in Saint Martin Township. According to the police report, 16-year-old Mitchell Robert Funk of Melrose was following 15-year-old Benjamin Alvin Blongien of Freeport on his ATV when Blongien stopped his ATV and Funk crashed into him. Funk’s ATV rolled multiple times and Funk was thrown from the machine.

Funk was brought to the Melrose Hospital by family and was treated for minor injuries. No helmets were worn during the crash.

Officer Decker Added To The National Enforcement Officers Memorial

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05/13/2013 - 9:15 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - The name of a Cold Spring-Richmond police officer killed last fall will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

Thirty-one-year-old Tom Decker was gunned down Nov. 29 while responding to a call in Cold Spring. The investigation into his shooting is ongoing.

Decker's widow, Alicia; his parents, John and Rosella Decker; his siblings and other members of his family are attending National Police Week events in Washington, D.C. this week.

According to Cold Spring-Richmond Officer Eric Boucher, local officers going include five full-time Cold Spring-Richmond officers, one St. Paul officer, one retired north St. Paul officer and a former Cold Spring-Richmond officer.

The St. Cloud Times reports Decker's family and the officers will attend a candlelight vigil Monday at the memorial.

Studebaker Classic Car Show This Saturday

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05/13/2013 - 11:45 AM

The 12th annual Studebaker Day at the Park is this Saturday at Minnesota Pioneer Park in Annandale. The day at the park features a classic car show from 1 to 3 p.m.

Classic cars from the 1960’s and earlier will be on display.

The show will feature the Pan Car manufactured in St. Cloud by Pan Motor Company in the late 1900’s. According to the Minnesota Historical Society, the controversial car was only manufactured for about two years, because the company’s owner went to prison.

The Studebaker Drivers Club has been around since 1968 and has more than 175 members.

There will be root beer floats and hot dogs for sale at the event.  

St. Martin Fire Department Called To Residential Fire On Saturday

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05/13/2013 - 11:45 AM

On Saturday night, the St. Martin Fire Department and Stearns County Sheriff’s Office were called to a house fire on County Road 41 in Farming Township in Stearns County.

Prior to arriving, the St. Martin Fire Department reported seeing smoke and flames in the area of the reported fire. Upon arriving, the garage area of the residence was found to be fully engulfed.

The Chain of Lakes Fire Department and the Albany Fire Department assisted in extinguishing the fire that had traveled through the attic of the garage and into the living area. Several animals were removed from the residence unharmed. No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

3rd Street North Closure Begins Tuesday

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05/13/2013 - 10:25 AM

Beginning on Tuesday, May 14th the westbound traffic lane on 3rd Street North between 33rd and 35th Avenue North will be reduced to one lane of traffic. 

The closure is needed as utility work is done in the area.  The closure is expected to last about two days.

Fire Department Asking Citizens To Refrain From Recreational Burning

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05/13/2013 - 10:15 AM

Fire Department Asking Citizens To Refrain From Recreational Burning

The St. Cloud Fire Department is asking citizens that they refrain from recreational burning over the next few days due to the high temperatures and extreme wind conditions forecast for the area specifically for Tuesday, May 14th.

North Dakota is currently experiencing high winds and elevated temperatures that are causing extreme fire conditions and those conditions are expected to move into the St. Cloud area on Tuesday. The fire department is asking citizens to refrain from recreational burning between tonight [Monday] and Wednesday morning.

The main areas of concern are of those properties next to swamps, fields and woodland areas where a fire could easily get out of control.

This is not a recreational fire burning ban.

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