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First Democrat Candidate Emerges In Sixth District

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06/10/2013 - 5:00 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Circle Pines environmental activist says she'll seek the Democratic endorsement to run for Congress in Minnesota's 6th District.

Judy Adams says Monday she will run as a problem solver and political outsider. Adams has never run for office, but says her years of activism helped her understand the political process.

Adams says she's mainly worked on efforts to reduce lead contamination in buildings and soil. She says she currently earns income caring for senior citizens with Alzheimer's Disease.

Democratic candidate Jim Graves dropped out of the race after Republican incumbent Michele Bachmann decided not to run. Republican Tom Emmer is the only declared GOP candidate in the conservative-tilting district but others are considering the race.

Adams says she's unlikely to run in the DFL primary if she can't get the party endorsement.

Simulated Nuclear Emergency At Monticello Plant Tuesday

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06/10/2013 - 3:45 AM

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety and other state agencies will take part in a simulated nuclear emergency Tuesday at the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant.

The Department of Public Safety says the simulated incident will help emergency responders be prepared in the unlikely event of a nuclear emergency at the plant.

Julie Anderson of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety says the exact time for the simulation to begin is unknown. The unknown start time is aimed to make the simulation as realistic as possible. However, in past years it has begun around 8 a.m. Anderson says the simulation will last four to five hours. 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Minnesota departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Natural Resources and Transportation will also respond to the simulation.

St. Cloud Woman Arrested After Crashing Vehicle Into Building

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06/10/2013 - 10:45 AM

A woman was arrested Sunday night after crashing into an apartment building.

Around 9 p.m. on Sunday night, the St. Cloud Police Department were called to the 1400 block of 12th Avenue North were 18-year-old Violet Faye Hopkins of St. Cloud took a corner too fast, lost control of her vehicle and struck an exterior wall of an apartment building.

According to the police report, Hopkins fled the scene after the crash, but was later found during the investigation.

The Red Cross provided shelter to six families that were removed from the building due to safety concerns.

No one was injured during the crash and Kopkins was cited and released for reckless driving, hit and run accident, and no valid driver’s license.

SCSU Bicycle Self Service Repair Stations

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06/10/2013 - 10:45 AM

Bikers riding on the SCSU campus now have the opportunity to fix their bikes with the installation of two new Bicycle Self Service Repair Stations.

Now any cyclist can perform multiple bike repairs or adjustments without having special equipment or space. Each station will also have an integrated bike pump with a pressure gauge to ensure that proper tire pressure can be maintained.

The stations are located outside, to the left, of the main entrance to the Atwood Memorial Center and directly across from the tennis courts outside the Student Recreation Center.

These stations are another step towards the campus becoming more bicycle friendly and supporting human powered transportation.

Bachmann Not Ruling Out Future Public Office Return

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06/07/2013 - 11:00 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Outgoing U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota is not ruling out a possible return to public office.

Bachmann gave her first interview Thursday night since her surprise announcement last week that she won't seek re-election. The tea party favorite told Sean Hannity of Fox News Channel that she might run again for public office, but gave no specifics.

Bachmann says she's "done everything possible" that she can on the inside. But she noted she has another year-and-a-half in Congress and "people won't see me go away." Bachmann was a Republican presidential candidate but dropped out after finishing sixth in the Iowa caucuses last year.

She eked out re-election to her 6th District seat in November.

126 Drivers Cited In Click It Or Ticket Campaign

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06/07/2013 - 10:15 AM

The St. Cloud Police Department cited 126 unbelted drivers from May 20 to June 2 as part of a Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign.

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety, more than 350 unbelted motorists were killed in the last three years in Minnesota. In Minnesota, drivers and passengers in all seating positions are required to be buckled up or seated in the correct child restraint. During the St. Cloud campaign one child restraint violation was issued and one parent was cited for child seat violations.

In rollover crashes, unbelted motorists are usually ejected from the vehicle and in most cases the vehicle will roll over them.  In a crash, the odds are six times greater for injury if a motorists is not buckled up.

The Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign is a component of the state's Toward Zero Deaths initiative.  The primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving. 

UPDATE: Clear Lake Man Dies In North Dakota Accident

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06/07/2013 - 10:00 AM

MANVEL, N.D. (AP) - A Minnesota man has died after becoming trapped under the front of a concrete grinder he was operating on a northeastern North Dakota highway.

Authorities have identified the Minnesota man as 58-year-old Otis Gohman, of Clear Lake, Minn.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be investigating.

Emmer To Run In Sixth District

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06/06/2013 - 8:40 AM

Emmer To Run In Sixth District

DELANO, Minn. (AP) - The Republican candidate for governor in 2010 is trying for a political comeback as he joins the race to succeed Michele Bachmann in Congress.

Tom Emmer was announcing his campaign Wednesday in his hometown of Delano. Emmer says his narrow 2010 governor's race loss to Mark Dayton will make him a stronger candidate, and that he wants to follow in Bachmann's footsteps fighting what he called "the ever-growing size of government."

Emmer is an attorney, former state representative and talk radio host. State Senator John Pederson of St. Cloud says he's also likely to run, and a handful of current and former state and local officials are mulling it too.

Democrat Jim Graves dropped out of the race after Bachmann did. No other DFL candidates have emerged.

Man Injured After ATV Collides With Truck In Elrosa

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06/06/2013 - 4:35 AM

Stearns County Deputies say a man driving an ATV in Elrosa was taken to the hospital after colliding with a truck Thursday afternoon.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s office, the accident happened around 1 p.m. at Main Street and Third Avenue, south of Sauk Centre, in Elrosa. 31-year-old Paul Linn was driving the ATV southbound on Main Street when he collided with a G & K Truck driven by 51-year-old Michael Carrigan who was crossing Main Street on Third Avenue.

Deputies say Linn was treated for injuries at the scene and then taken to the Centra Care hospital in Sauk Centre.

The Stearns County Sheriff's office is still investigating the accident.

Paynesville School Receiving New Tornado Safe Room

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06/06/2013 - 12:30 PM

The Paynesville Middle School-High School will be receiving a new tornado safe community room.The new safe room is funded through federal grants secured by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The safe room will be used by students, staff, visitors and neighbors of the school.

The room will be built in the shape of a V with two 60 foot wings. Another safe room will be built near Lake Traverse and will be available for visitors of a recreational vehicle park in the area.

Community safe rooms are hardened structures designed to meet FEMA criteria and provide near-absolute protection in extreme weather events.

Coborn's And CashWise To Sell Donuts For Charity

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06/05/2013 - 12:00 PM

Starting Thursday Coborn’s and CashWise grocery stores will team up with the Salvation Army to donate money to homeless youth shelters in the area.

The grocery stores will donate one dollar to the Salvation Army every time a customer buys a specially marked box of donuts.

The offer will last Thursday through Saturday in honor of National Donut Day. The Salvation Army says the proceeds will help provide activities for children staying at the shelter including a recreation room, computer lab and an outdoor play area.

Lake Wobegon Trail Caramel Roll Ride This Saturday

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06/05/2013 - 11:00 AM

The 14th Annual Caramel Roll Ride will take place this Saturday, June 8.

The ride begins in Albany and from there you can head any direction you would like. Participants are given a wrist band for refreshments and free caramel rolls as they stop at businesses along the Lake Wobegon Trail.

All funds raised go to the Lake Wobegon Trail Association and will help fund the “Saintly Seven” project to extend the trail to the Mississippi River in downtown St. Cloud.

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Senator Pederson Looking To Run For Open MN 6th Congressional Seat

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06/05/2013 - 10:25 AM

Senator Pederson Looking To Run For Open MN 6th Congressional Seat

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Republican state senator from St. Cloud says he's leaning toward a run for the open seat in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District.

Sen. John Pederson tells the St. Cloud Times Tuesday that he's "very serious" about running. He says he could officially file as a candidate later in June.

The 6th District includes St. Cloud and surrounding communities, and stretches southeast to northern Twin Cities suburbs. Pederson says many St. Cloud Republicans want a local candidate in the race. Pederson is part-owner and vice president of a St. Cloud concrete business and was elected to the state Senate in 2010.

Also Tuesday, two potential GOP candidates opted out of the race. They are Amy Koch, a former Senate Republican leader, and Peggy Scott, a state representative from Andover.

St. Cloud Man Arrested in Waite Park Assault and Robbery

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06/04/2013 - 12:40 PM

St. Cloud Man Arrested in Waite Park Assault and Robbery

St. Cloud police arrested a man who allegedly assaulted and robbed a man in Waite Park Sunday night.

20-year-old Rashawn Devon McBridge is being held in the Stearns County jail on 3rd degree assault and robbery charges. The victim told police he was walking Sunday night (June 2) near 8th Avenue and 2nd Street North shortly after 8:00 p.m.  He says a vehicle approached and the suspect got out, punched him several times knocking him to the ground and took cash from his wallet.

The victim told police he knew the assailant, but only by a street name.  St. Cloud police arrested McBridge Tuesday at 12:30 a.m.

Simulated Terror Attack At SCSU Wednesday

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06/04/2013 - 11:50 AM

The Atwood Memorial Center will be the site of a simulated terrorist attack on Wednesday afternoon. KVSC’s Justus Sanchez has the audio story.

AUDIO STORY

The simulated attack will begin at 4 p.m. and last until about 7 p.m. After the simulation volunteers can stick around for brats on the grill. Bodelson says about 100 volunteers are needed for the event. The volunteers will be an active part of the simulation.

The class hopes that the simulation will help the campus and students in the class be prepared if they ever are faced with a situation like this in their field of work. 

The complete interview can be listen to here.

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