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UPDATE: Possible Rabies Infested Cat Captured Near St. Cloud Technical College

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08/07/2013 - 9:45 AM

A cat that showed multiple symptoms of rabies that was captured near the St. Cloud Technical College did not have rabies.  

According to the St. Cloud Animal Control Division, the cat was part of a larger untamed group of around ten cats and kittens.

The trapping of the remaining cats has begun.  

The Health and Inspections Department of St. Cloud reminds pet owners to keep rabies vaccinations current for their pets. Children should be taught never to touch or hold any unfamiliar animals. 

For more information on rabies prevention CLICK HERE.

St. Cloud Man Arrested For Terroristic Threats And 5th Degree Assault

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08/07/2013 - 12:50 PM

St. Cloud Man Arrested For Terroristic Threats And 5th Degree Assault

A man is in jail after an alleged disagreement about a cell phone purchase.

According to the St. Cloud Police Department, 35-year-old Kenneth Bryan Deschon of St. Cloud was arrested on Tuesday night after a theft report was called into police. The victim, a 44-year-old man from St. Cloud told police that Deschon made a threat to get a weapon and harm him.

According to police Deschon also slapped and threw an object at the victim. The man did not sustain any injuries during the incident. According to the victim, the incident occurred over a disagreement about a cell phone purchase.

Deschon is being held at the Stearns County jail pending charges of terroristic threats and 5th degree assault.

Independence Center, Inc. Fundraiser Walk To Be Held At Sauk Rapids Municipal Park Friday

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08/07/2013 - 11:30 AM

Consumers, staff, family, and friends of the Independence Center will be walking to raise funds to purchase specialized equipment on Friday.

From 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sauk Rapids Municipal Park, the ICI is asking community members to support the program by walking or making a donation.

Free refreshments will be provided, along with a live band, a raffle and a silent auction.

ICI is a non-profit organization committed to teaching a sense of community, diversity, and self-worth in people with disabilities. 

101st Benton County Fair Continues Through Sunday

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08/07/2013 - 10:50 AM

101st Benton County Fair Continues Through Sunday

The 101st free Benton County Fair is currently underway.

The free fair offers people of all ages to enjoy animals, music and food all day long until Sunday, August 11.

Every day there will multiple actives including bingo in the Lions Building and musical acts on the Cottonwood and Beer Garden Stage. Saturday, August 10 will be Kids day and Sunday, August 11 will be Military Day.

For an up-to-date schedule of the fair CLICK HERE.

Albany Teen Strikes Electric Pole With Vehicle

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08/06/2013 - 9:55 AM

A car struck an electric pole by the Public Landing on Lower Spunk Lake in Avon early Wednesday morning.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s office, a call was received at 5:15 a.m. this morning that a Red Cadillac Deville had hit an electric power pole.

When the deputies arrived the car was found in the ditch with the pole leaning at an abrupt angle over the roadway. The driver of the Cadillac, 17-year-old juvenile from Albany, had said he fell asleep at the wheel while driving eastbound on County Road 54, and woke up in time to see the electric pole.

According to the report, the teen's family denied transportation to the hospital.

The Avon Police Department, Avon Fire Department, Gold Cross Ambulance and Excel Energy were all their to assist the Stearns County Sheriff’s office at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation at this time.

State Investigation Concludes Evidence in Tom Decker Case Would Have Lead To Arrest

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08/06/2013 - 4:00 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - State law enforcement officials say evidence in the slaying of a Cold Spring police officer would have supported the arrest of a suspect who committed suicide.

The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension announced Tuesday that authorities have completed the active portion of the investigation into the Nov. 29, 2012 shooting death of Officer Tom Decker behind a downtown Cold Spring bar. The agency says the case will remain open in case new information emerges.

The BCA says investigators compiled evidence that would have resulted in the arrest of Eric Joseph Thomes of rural Cold Spring on murder charges. Thomes was a person of interest in the case when he fled from investigators and killed himself on Jan. 2. 

According to the BCA, although there was sufficient probable cause existed to arrest Ryan Michael Larson a continued investigation did not reveal sufficient evidence to charge Larson.  There is no known connected between Thomes and Larson.

Portion Of Highway 71 In Sauk Centre Will Be Temporarily Closed Through Tuesday Evening

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08/05/2013 - 11:00 AM

Portions of Highway 71 in Sauk Centre near the Lake Wobegon Trail closed earlier on Monday morning in order to repair and improve utilities beneath the roadway.

According to MnDOT, a signed detour will direct motorists along County Road 186/12th Street South, County Road 72/Beltline Road and County Road 17/Sinclair Lewis Ave.

The road will reopen by 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 6.

Man And 5 Year Old Boy Dead After Tractor Accident

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08/05/2013 - 10:30 AM

CLEARWATER, Minn. (AP) - A man and 5-year-old boy are dead after being pinned under a tractor in Wright County.

According to a news release from the county sheriff's office, deputies responded to a call around 5:45 p.m. Friday of a tractor that had flipped over into a ditch in Clearwater Township, northwest of the Twin Cities. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the two were pinned under the tractor.

The man died at the scene.

According to the Hennepin County medical examiner's office, the boy, Rollie Gustafson of Monticello, died an hour later from blunt-force injuries at a hospital. The man's identity hasn't been released.

Senator Al Franken To Visit St. Cloud Tonight

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08/05/2013 - 10:25 AM

Senator Al Franken To Visit St. Cloud Tonight

Senator Al Franken will be visiting Central McGowan Inc. (CMI) in St. Cloud later this afternoon.

Senator Franken will meet with manufacturers, educators and work force officials from the region about local efforts to ensure that employers can find enough trained workers to fill job openings. The group will discuss the important relationship between businesses and community and technical colleges in closing the skills gap.

Following the meeting Senator Franken will tour the CMI facility.

Man Arrested For Allegedly Hitting Another Man With A Hammer

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08/02/2013 - 11:00 AM

A man was arrested late Wednesday night after striking another man with a hammer multiple times.

According to the St. Cloud Police report, a 24-year-old man from St. Cloud received injures to his head after 53-year-old Michael John Boyland struck him several times with a hammer. The victim was treated for non-life threatening injures at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Boyland was also treated at the St. Cloud Hospital for injuries sustained during the incident and is currently being held at the Stearns County Jail facing charges of 2nd degree assault.

The victim faces possible charges of 5th degree assault pending a review by the attorney’s office.

U.S. Department Of Education Investigation At SCSU

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08/01/2013 - 9:35 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Education is investigating a graduate student's allegation of racial discrimination against St. Cloud State University.

The St. Cloud Times reports the allegation is contained in documents obtained from the department through a federal Freedom of Information request. The graduate student was in the Twin Cities Graduate Center, a St. Cloud State program in Maple Grove. She alleges she was dismissed from school in December and not allowed to graduate because she informed the university that a professor was discriminating against black students.

The name of the student is not listed in the documents.

A special adviser to SCSU President Earl Potter says someone can file a complaint, but "It doesn't mean something was done wrong."

I-94 Resurfacing Project Between Clearwater And St. Cloud Completed

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08/01/2013 - 11:25 AM

I-94 Resurfacing Project Between Clearwater And St. Cloud Completed

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, all I-94 lanes and ramps between Clearwater and St. Cloud have been repaved and are now safe to travel on.

New drainage and guardrails have been installed upon other improvements since the lanes were first closed this past March. MnDOT says no closures are planned on that segment of I-94 for the remainder of the year.

However, work continues to be done on the I-94 segment between St. Michael and Monticello.

MnDOT plans to have the closures exist until early September.

Michael K. Wensel 18th Annual Volleyball Tournament

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08/01/2013 - 10:45 AM

Michael K. Wensel 18th Annual Volleyball Tournament

The 18th Annual Volleyball Tournament benefiting the Michael K. Wensel Foundation will be held on Saturday, August 10.

KVSC News Director Amelia Rowland has the AUDIO STORY.

100% of the profits go to the Michael K. Wensel Foundation.  Each team must consist of three guys and three girls and there is a $90 entry fee per team.  There will be cash and door prizes and will go on rain or shine.  The event begin at 10 a.m. 

New London Woman Crashes Motorcycle On Wednesday Afternoon

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08/01/2013 - 10:40 AM

A woman driving a motorcycle late Wednesday afternoon lost control of her motorcycle and crashed.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s office, 63-year-old Brenda Swenson of New London, was traveling with three other motorcyclists down County Road 16 near Zion Township when she suddenly lost control of her motorcycle.

Swenson was transported by the Paynesville Area Ambulance to the Paynesville Hospital.

The Cold Spring Police; Paynesville Fire & Rescue and the Paynesville Area Ambulance were there to assist the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

Five Same-Sex Marriage Applications Submitted In Stearns County

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07/31/2013 - 11:20 AM

Beginning on Thursday, August 1 the Freedom to Marry law will take effect that will allow same-sex couples to get married.

According to Stearns County Office Services Supervisor Christina Gapinski, five applications from same-sex couples have been submitted in Stearns County as of Wednesday morning.

Earlier this week, Stearns County distributed all same-sex marriage licenses applied for, provided the required 5-day waiting period has passed, however all same-sex marriages licenses applied for and distributed will not be valid until Thursday, August 1.

Marriage applicants may apply for and pay for their license online, but both people are required to go in person to sign the application.

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