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Officials Investigating Apparent Murder Suicide

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06/17/2013 - 9:00 AM

BECKER, Minn. (AP) - Sherburne County officials are investigating an apparent murder suicide in the Clear Lake Township.

County Sheriff Joel Brott says a woman 911 at about 1:30 p.m. Friday and said someone told her he had shot his wife and was threatening to shoot himself. The St. Cloud Times reports deputies on the scene in Clear Lake Township were able to talk with Christopher Norrbom by telephone, but negotiations broke down.

Officers then got into an attached garage where they discovered the body of Janell Norrbom. They entered the home 6:41 p.m. and found Christopher Norrbom dead. Officials are not looking for any other suspect.

The man and woman were both 47-years-old.

Police Called To Knife Complaint On Saturday

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06/17/2013 - 1:30 AM

A woman was injured Saturday morning after being cut above the eye with a kitchen knife.

According to the police report, police were called to the 1400 block of 5th Avenue South at about 5 a.m. for a knife complaint. 34-year-old Tenisha Lashay Williams of St. Cloud was arrested after cutting the 31-year-old victim with a knife.

The victim refused any medical attention and Williams received stiches for an injury she sustained as the victim used a barbeque fork to defend herself.

Williams is being held at the Stearns County Jail with charges of 2nd degree assault.

Man Arrested After Throwing Garbage Can Onto The Street

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06/17/2013 - 1:15 AM

The St. Cloud Police Department were called to the 800 block of St. Germain Street early Saturday morning after a man threw a garbage can onto the street.

According to the police report, witnesses saw 32-year-old Patrick Fruth throw a garbage can onto the street, punch a vehicle and was yelling at people.

Fruth ran from the police near the Centre Square Ramp and was taken into custody in the Chipotle parking lot. Fruth was held at the Stearns County Jail on two counts of disorderly conduct, obstructing the legal process and fleeing police on foot.

 

Washington Memorial Drive Construction Begins Monday

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06/14/2013 - 10:30 AM

Beginning on Monday, June 17th, Washington Memorial Drive South from University Drive to Roosevelt Road will be closed to through traffic.

The closure is needed as crews reconstruct utilities and the street. If weather is permitting the closure is expected to last until the end of September.

Detours will be posted.

Police Called To Quarry Park Fall

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06/14/2013 - 10:15 AM

On Thursday afternoon, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office were called to Quarry Park.

According to the police report, 40-year-old Sara Jane Dusbabek of Ramsey, was ascending a rock wall and fell about 15 feet to the bottom of a quarry. Dusbabek had to be lifted out of the quarry by St. Cloud and Waite Park Fire Departments. Dusbabek was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance.

Dusbabek previous climbing experience and was climbing with her daughter at the time.

Juneteenth Celebration At Riverside Park Friday

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06/13/2013 - 9:05 AM

Boy dances at 2012 Juneteenth. (photo credit & credit to http://www.youtube.com/user/tundrababe)

The seventeenth annual St. Cloud Juneteenth Celebration is this Friday at Riverside Park. KVSC’s Justus Sanchez has the AUDIO STORY.

Every year St.Cloud community members gather to celebrate and remember the anniversary of freed black slaves in Texas. The slaves in Texas had finally found out they were free between June 13th and June 19th 1865; two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued.

African American Male Forum of St. Cloud in partnership with many other local organizations has organized the event. Leroy Hill of the forum says the Juneteenth celebration has become a social event. The social aspects of the event are paired with the sharing of resources available to the community.

The Juneteenth celebration features a community talent showcase organized by Forum member Buddy King.

New to this year’s event is a Walkathon for health that is taking place at 5 p.m. at Riverside Park.

The Juneteenth Celebration begins at 6 p.m. at Riverside Park. The Walkathon begins at 5 p.m. prior to the event.

Task Force Seizes $58,000 And 45 Pounds of Pot

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06/13/2013 - 5:40 AM

The Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force recovered 45 pounds of marijuana and approximately 58,000 dollars in cash on Wednesday in St. Cloud.

Investigators stopped and arrested 32-year-old Samlith Khongloth on the suspicion he was selling controlled substances; charges that were stemming from an eight month long investigation. During the stop officers allegedly found a pound of marijuana and $6,000 in cash.

A short time later, investigators conducted a search warrant at two homes. The first warrant was conducted at Khongloth‘s parents home at 2904 15th Street North. Khongloth was allegedly seen leaving the residence shortly before his arrest. During the search officers allegedly found an additional 44 pounds of pot and a hand gun.

The second search was at Khongloth’s home at 1944 Knollwood Circle. At the home investigators allegedly recovered approximately $52,000 and more marijuana.

Police say Khongloth is expected to be charged with second degree sales of a controlled substance within a school zone. Police say his alleged sales occurred within the proximity of North Junior High school.

According to the task force Khongloth’s cash and Cadillac Escalade will be seized and subject to forfeiture.

Prairie Day 2013 This Saturday

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06/13/2013 - 11:25 AM

The Prairie Restoration Day will be held this Saturday, June 15th. KVSC’s Jo McMullen recently spoke with Prairie Restoration President Ron Bowen about what people can expect from this free event.

CLICK HERE to listen to the audio story.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 3 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

Helicopter Crew Will Pull Wires Over I-94 Near Alexandria

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06/13/2013 - 10:38 AM

Helicopter crews will be pulling wires over Interstate-94 between Osakis and Alexandria on Sunday, June 17.

The work is expected to last about an hour, weather permitting. The Minnesota Department of Transportation says drivers will experience intermittent delays and traffic may stop temporarily at times.

State Patrol troopers will be on site to direct traffic.

Gallery Saint Germain Exhibit Highlights Homelessness

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06/12/2013 - 9:45 AM

The St. Cloud downtown Art Crawl is this Friday and one of the exhibits is bringing a social issue to the forefront with photography and audio.

KVSC’s Justus Sanchez has the AUDIO STORY.

The exhibit is called Homelessness is My Address, Not My Name and is at the Paramount Visual Art Center’s The Gallery St. Germain until June 29. Paramount Visual Arts Director Melissa Gohman says the exhibit features photos and stories of people experiencing homelessness all over Minnesota.

The Paramount and the United Way aim to bring awareness to the problem of homelessness in St. Cloud and other communities with the exhibit. United Way of Central MN’s Associate Director of Community Involvement Christine Midthun says a lot of shelters in the St. Cloud area are forced to turn away people in need.

The United Way will be holding a Back to Basics drive during the exhibit at the art crawl. The United Way also has a 2-1-1 phone hot line for anyone in need of assistance finding housing, food, health services, and many other things.

Homelessness is my Address, Not my name is open 11 a.m to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and one hour prior to performances at the Paramount Theatre.

The exhibit will also be open during the Art Crawl from 5 to 9 p.m. The exhibit runs until June 29th.

To hear the stories and view pictures from the exhibit please visit The Oral History of Homelessness.

Commissioner Sivarajah To Run In 6th District

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06/12/2013 - 12:45 PM

Commissioner Sivarajah To Run In 6th District

HAM LAKE, Minn. (AP) - The head of Anoka County's governing board is running for the congressional seat being vacated by Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah announced Wednesday that she's joining the race, stressing her credentials as a fiscal conservative. The Republican field now features two players from the 2010 governor's race.

Former state Rep. Tom Emmer, his party's 2010 nominee for governor, has declared a campaign already in the 6th Congressional District. Sivarajah was the running mate to a GOP lawmaker whom Emmer beat in an endorsing contest that year. Sivarajah says she has proven she can deliver - not just talk about - conservative results.

On the Democratic side, Circle Pines environmental activist Judy Adams says she's running. The party has strong Republican leanings. Bachmann isn't seeking a fifth term.

Trolley Rides For Summertime By George Begins Tonight

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06/12/2013 - 12:30 PM

Summertime By George begins tonight [Wednesday], which means free trolley rides will once again be available beginning at 5 p.m.

Parking is limited near the festival, so people can park downtown and ride the trolley to Summertime By George.

The trolley will run through downtown every 10 minutes from 5 p.m. until 9:25 p.m. every Wednesday night until August 28.

Rides are free for everyone.  For a route schedule and map CLICK HERE.

Stearns History Museum Names Executive Director

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06/11/2013 - 9:50 AM

Stearns History Museum Names Executive Director

The Stearns History Museum has named a St. Cloud State University alumnus has its new Executive Director. Tim Hoheisel received his Master’s degree in Public History from St. Cloud State University and will begin his director duties on July first.

Hoheisel has past director experience. He served as the Executive Director of the Sioux Falls Art Council in South Dakota. Prior to that, Hoheisel held leadership positions in other Dakota historical societies.

President of the Museum’s Board of Directors Barclay Carriar says Hoheisel brings a deep affection for the Stearns County area.

Liberty Derrick Demonstration Saturday At Quarry Park

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06/11/2013 - 10:35 AM

A 100-year-old boulder lifting device will be operated this Saturday at the Quarry Park and Nature Preserve in Stearns County.

The device is called a Liberty Derrick and was a main piece of equipment used to move granite from early 1900s to 1950s. The public will be able to see the Liberty Derrick lift a four-ton block of granite from the quarry at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Observation areas are along Quarries 17 and 18, south of the parking lot. The Stearns County Parks Department began restoring the Lliberty Derrick in 2005 with the help of thousands of dollars in donations.

Once a year the Liberty Derrick is put into use, but it can be viewed anytime in its derrick exhibit at the park.

A video of the Liberty Derrick is available on the Stearns County website.

SCSU Changing Transcripts Without Professor Notice

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06/11/2013 - 10:05 AM

 ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - St. Cloud State University professors say some students transcripts have been changed without the instructors input - and that's an ethical breach.

Faculty association president Stephen Hornstein says students' grades were disappearing from their transcripts without instructors being notified. He says a student would take a course, get a poor grade and then a semester or two later, the grade wouldn't be on his or her transcript.

Students can petition to have a course removed, but under university rules, school administrators are required to notify the course instructor whenever they change a grade.

Provost Devinder Molhotra tells Minnesota Public Radio News it was clear protocol was not being followed. So a memo was issued to deans and associate deans reiterating the policy. Faculty members have asked the administration to issue regular reports that detail transcript changes.

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