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Children's Hospital Toy Donation To Be Held In Honor Of Kayleen Larson

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09/03/2013 - 11:10 AM

Kayleen Larson’s dream before she passed away last May, was to collect donated toys and bring them to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis every year on her birthday. Kayleen’s birthday is fast approaching on September 16th.

Kayleen Larson of Clearwater was diagnosed with AML Leukemia in March of 2012 and admitted to the hospital for treatment.

The toys donated in honor of Kayleen will be delivered to Star Studio in Minneapolis. Star Studio is a closed network that creates original television programming for children admitted to the Children’s Hospital and their families.

If you’d like to donate toys to this great cause the drop box is located at the Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union in the Atwood Memorial Center on the SCSU campus. Donated toys should be unused, valued under $20 and for children 3-18 years of age.

Stearns County To Hold 4th Annual Fall Favorites Photo Contest

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09/03/2013 - 10:20 AM

Amateur photographers are invited to send their favorite fall photos to the Stearns County 4th Annual Photo Contest.

From Fall harvest and Halloween to autumn leaf colors and pumpkin patches, photographers will be judged on their creativity, originality, and their relevance to the contest’s fall favorites theme.

All photos must be taken in Stearns County.

The top five winning photos, including a grand prize winner, will receive a fall-themed prize package.

Winning photographs will be announced by November 22nd and will appear on the home page of Stearns County’s website.

Department Of Natural Resources' Black Bear Dies

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09/02/2013 - 8:50 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A black bear that state officials studied in the wild for an unprecedented 32 years has died at the age of 39.

A St. Cloud Times report says the bear was known as Bear No. 56. She lived far longer than most wild black bears; only a handful reach the age of 30.

Karen Noyce was a rookie biologist with the state Department of Natural Resources when she helped capture and collar Bear No. 56 in 1981. She believes the bear lived so long because she lived in a forested area with few people, and she tended to avoid humans.

Noyce says the bear and her offspring provided researchers with an almost uninterrupted record of reproduction, survival, movement and aging.

Small Exterior Fire, Started In Planter

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09/02/2013 - 10:45 AM

Small Exterior Fire, Started In Planter

A fire caused damage to the exterior of a home on Saturday near Voyager Street.

Neighbors noticed the flames on the vinyl siding and acted quickly, alerting the home owner who was unaware of the fire and inside the home at the time with two small children. The three occupants escaped unharmed.

Two fire extinguishers and a garden hose were used to put out the fire and keep the damage to the outside of the home.

St. Cloud Fire Marshal, Michael Post believes the origin of the fire to be the planter located on the deck.

Potting soil can contain peat moss as well as other fertilizers that can act as oxidizers and feed a fire. Dried out peat can heat up enough in hot weather, igniting itself like a hay bale.

To avoid planter fires move old planters away from your home and garage to dispose of dried potting soil and dead plants. Never use a planter as an ashtray, peat can smolder for days then burst into flames.

Man Allegedly Robbed Saturday Night

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09/02/2013 - 10:40 AM

A man was allegedly robbed at the 600 Block of 12th Avenue North Saturday night.

According to the Saint Cloud Police report, a man was hit in the head with a gun from an unknown suspect, and then robbed of his belongings. The man suffered a cut to his left ear from the incident.

A search for the suspect was led by the Saint Cloud Police Department with the help of Sherburne County K9.

The suspect has still not been found as the investigation continues.

Citizen Meeting With Stearns County Commissioner Bromenschenkel

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08/30/2013 - 12:20 PM

Stearns County Commissioner Mark Bromenschenkel will be holding a citizen meeting.

Stearns County residents will be able to discuss theirs thoughts on county issues or meet the Commissioner next Saturday, September 7th at the Blue Line Sports Bar and Grill in Sartell.

Coffee with Commissioner Bromenschenkel is held every other month and alternates between locations in both districts.

Construction To Be Done On Highway 23 Through Mid-October

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08/30/2013 - 11:10 AM

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, a detour and delays can be expected for any motorists traveling Highway 23 through Bock, Minnesota.

Highway 23 will be closed east of Bogus Brook in Bock starting Monday, September 9, between County Road 15 and County Road 24.

The almost 5 mile long detour will direct drivers along Mille Lacs County Road 15, County Road 11 and County Road 24. Access will remain open to downtown Bock, local area businesses and residences.

According to MnDOT, the closure and detour are needed as crews replace the Highway 23 Bogus Brook box culvert. The project’s estimated cost is $245,000.

All lanes of Highway 23 near Bock and Mille Lacs are scheduled to open mid-October.


Special Election To Be Held For Vacant Stearns County Commissioner Seat

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08/29/2013 - 10:25 AM

A special election will be held Tuesday January 28, 2014 for a new Stearns County Commissioner District 5 seat.

Former 5th District Commissioner Don Otte passed away August 13, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Otte served as Stearns County Commissioner for 15 years.

On Tuesday, Commissioners approved a $22,000 special election fund.

District 5 residents interested in running for the vacant commissioner seat must file with the Stearns County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office at the St. Cloud Courthouse.

Applications will be accepted starting Tuesday, September 10 until Tuesday, September 17.

Diesel Fuel Contamination at Two First Fuel Bank Locations

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08/28/2013 - 9:45 AM

The owner of First Fuel Banks reported on Friday August, 23 that someone intentionally contaminated the company’s fuel, at both the Lincoln Avenue and Waite Park First Fuel Bank locations.

St. Cloud police reports says the fuel contamination came from someone pouring an unknown substance into their diesel fuel storage tanks, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

Numerous city of St. Cloud, as well as private business vehicles have been damaged because of the contamination. The city of St. Cloud estimates the damage to their vehicles in the tens of thousands of dollars.

If anyone has any information about this crime or suspects please contact Tri County Crime Stoppers or the St. Cloud Police Department. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward and First Fuel Bank will offer an additional $5,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible.

The Granite City Trio Sculpture Celebrates Its 40 Year Anniversary

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08/28/2013 - 2:15 AM

The Granite City Trio Sculpture Celebrates Its 40 Year Anniversary

If you’ve been in downtown St. Cloud in the past 40 years you’ve probably seen the Granite Trio. On Friday, August 30th the 32-ton sculpture located on St. Germain Street outside Herberger’s will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary.

The Granite Trio 40th Anniversary Celebration is a great way to honor Eagan Minnesota sculptor, Antony Caponi and community members who helped with sculpture. Caponi will be present at the anniversary celebration that kicks off at 10:00 a.m. Friday at the Granite Trio location.

The event is hosted by the Downtown Council, Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Stearns History Museum, Visual Arts Minnesota and local St. Cloud community members.

The Granite Trio 40th Anniversary Celebration wraps up at the Paramount Theatre with a reception, followed by a film and lunch ending 1:00 p.m.

Beat the Heat: SCSU Halenbeck Pool To Extend Hours Through Friday

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08/27/2013 - 9:50 AM

Beat the Heat: SCSU Halenbeck Pool To Extend Hours Through Friday

Looking to beat the heat?

St. Cloud State University Campus Recreation and the Husky Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams have teamed up to offer extended recreational swimming hours. 

Halenbeck Pool has extended open recreation hours through Friday, August 30. The Halenbeck Pool will be open from 6-10 p.m. this week. 

The Halenbeck Pool is free to use for all students, faculty and staff displaying a current SCSU ID.


Blue Cross Blue Shield To Offer Free Online Health Coupon At MN State Fair

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08/27/2013 - 2:15 AM

The Minnesota State Fair is in full swing and Blue Cross Blue Shield wants everyone to know about the family fun and free online healthcare opportunities they have to offer this year. 

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SCSU Move In Weekend Citations Decline For Fourth Consecutive Year

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08/27/2013 - 10:20 AM

This year’s St. Cloud State move in weekend marks the fourth consecutive year that the number of individuals cited for offenses, had declined from the previous year.

According to the St. Cloud Police Department, 59 people were cited for various offenses, down from 161 last year.

Of the 59, 11 were current SCSU students. 55 SCSU students were cited last year.

Notable statistics for the three-day move in were 29 cited for minor consumption and 27 for open container on a street or sidewalk.

Police Respond To Multiple Incidents Over The Weekend

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08/26/2013 - 9:55 AM

Six unrelated incidents were reported to the St. Cloud Police Department this past weekend including five arrests.

21-year-old Paul Owen Ahrenholz was arrested late Sunday night for 5th degree possession of a controlled substance, and possession of small amount marijuana.

36-year-old Paul David Brenny was arrested this morning (Monday) after being found intoxicated and carrying a firearm. Brenny’s breath alcohol level registered at .229. He was later booked into the Stearns County Jail.

21-year-old Deshaun Fourte Brandon Bradley was arrested for obstructing legal process after climbing on a St. Cloud Fire truck at 7th Avenue South. He later refused to listen to firefighters after being asked to get off the truck. Bradley was booked into Stearns County Jail. A male victim was assaulted at the Park n Shop lot after being robbed at the Park n Shop lot in downtown St. Cloud. The case is still under investigation.

21 year-old Kyle David Allen is being charged with tampering a motor vehicle and 4th degree criminal damage to property after breaking out a truck window in the 300 block of 9th Avenue South. Allen was booked into the Stearns County Jail.

Passenger Dies After Falling Off Motorcycle In Hit And Run Accident

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08/26/2013 - 8:45 AM

SAUK CENTRE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota State Patrol says a passenger who fell off a motorcycle has died after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver.

A KNSI-AM report says the accident happened late Saturday night just north of Sauk Centre.

Troopers say the victim was a passenger on a motorcycle heading northbound on U.S. Highway 71. The man fell off the motorcycle and was hit by another driver that did not stop.

The State Patrol is asking for the public's help in locating that driver's vehicle, believed to be a Buick Regal. The car likely has damage to its front bumper area.

The victim's name and age have not been released.

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