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Grand Opening Of Rockville County Park and Nature Preserve

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09/17/2013 - 10:35 AM

Grand Opening Of Rockville County Park and Nature Preserve

The Stearns County Parks Department will unveil its newest park, the Rockville County Park and Nature Preserve on Tuesday, September 24 at 5:00 p.m.

The Rockville County Park and Nature Preserve covers a total of 284-acres. 194 of those acres were donated by environmental educators Linda and John Peck in 2007.

The park protects 2.8 miles of Bald Eagle nesting habitat along the Sauk River shoreline. The Rockville County Park and Nature Preserve will have walking, biking and equestrian trails, a snowmobile bridge for winter use as well a group campsite available to the public.

The grand opening of the Rockville County Park and Preserve is open to the public and will be held at the main parking area, located at the intersection of Sauk River Road and Glacier Road.

For more information or directions please visit the Stearns County Parks Department.

4th Annual St. Cloud Pride In The Park To Be Held Saturday

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09/17/2013 - 10:20 AM

4th Annual St. Cloud Pride In The Park To Be Held Saturday

Over 78 local businesses will be gathering at Lake George and Eastman Park to support LGBT pride and promote anti-bullying this Saturday.

With help from the LGBT Resource Center, the 4th Annual Pride In the Park event will feature live entertainment by local musicians and performers, kid’s activities, and food vendors.

There will also be an anti-bullying rally hosted by PFLAG.

The event will start at 11 a.m. and end at 5 p.m.

Highway 10 To Be Reduced To Single Lane Traffic

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09/16/2013 - 9:45 AM

Highway 10 between Elk River and Big Lake will be intermittently reduced to a single lane starting Monday.

According to MnDOT, motorists traveling Highway 10 in both directions should expect delays during non-peak hours and plan for additional travel time.

The closures are needed as construction crews resurface the highway.

The project is scheduled to be completed mid-October. 

Woman Found Dead In Home Early Saturday

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09/16/2013 - 9:00 AM

Woman Found Dead In Home Early Saturday

A man has been arrested on homicide charges after a woman has been found dead in her home.

According to the St. Cloud Police, 72-year-old Lois Arlene Omeara of St. Cloud was stabbed to death Saturday about 4 a.m.

52-year-old Dean Allan Friese of St. Cloud has been arrested in connection with her death.

No other information was immediately released. The investigation continues with help from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Cuts To Food Stamp Program Could Negatively Affect Families

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09/16/2013 - 8:40 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Officials and advocates for low-income families in central Minnesota say cuts to the food stamp program could have harsh effects in the area.

The federal farm bill expires at the end of the month. And gridlock over changes in funding for food programs has stalled passage of a new bill in the House.

Benton County Human Services financial supervisor Janel Sczublewski tells the St. Cloud Times that if cuts to the food stamp program become a reality, the county can't do anything financially to supplement assistance for people who will see a cut in benefits.

Area food shelves, the Salvation Army, and other groups that assist low-income families are expected to see an increase in the number of people they serve.

St. Cloud State Photography Exhibit To Be Put On For Holocaust Education

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09/16/2013 - 11:45 AM

St. Cloud State Photography Exhibit To Be Put On For Holocaust Education

St. Cloud State University’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education is putting on a new exhibit; Transfer of Memory is an exhibition of portraits and accompanying stories of Minnesota Holocaust survivors.

A reception and viewing of the Transfer of Memory exhibit will be hosted this Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in the James W. Miller Center 2nd floor reading court. Photographer David Sherman and Dean of Learning Services at SCSU, Mark Vargas will speak at the event. Also speaking Executive Director of Tolerance Minnesota and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, Steven Hunegs.

The exhibition is open to the public and on display in the Miller Center until September 27th.

Highway 55 Closures Between Rockford And Maple Lake

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09/13/2013 - 11:50 AM

Highway 55 between Rockford and Maple Lake will be intermittently reduced to a single lane beginning Monday, September 16.

The construction will be located along Highway 55 at Gabler Avenue Southeast and between Crowfoot Avenue Northwest and Colbert Avenue Northwest.

The closures are scheduled between 8:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m, Mondays through Saturdays until October 12.

Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop as they approach the daily work zone and must obey traffic flaggers as they navigate each work zone.

Construction To Be Done on County Road 179 and County Road 130 Monday

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09/12/2013 - 4:00 AM

Travelers on County Road 179 from Roseville Road to County Road 130 are expected to see delays beginning Monday.

Construction will be done on the gravel road and travelers are asked to find different routes during the time of the project.

For updates on this project visit the Stearns County Highway Department website. 

Teenager Rolls Vehicle Into Ditch Near Wendel Township

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09/12/2013 - 3:20 AM

A teenager suffered injuries after rolling his car this afternoon (Thursday) in Wendel Township.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s report, 19-year-old Dylan Mendel of St. Cloud, was driving on County Road 133 when he was distracted by a bee inside his Jeep.

Mendel lost control and rolled his jeep off the road in the right ditch. Mendel was taken to the St. Cloud hospital by Gold Cross ambulance and treated for his injuries.

SCSU To Hold Discussion On Venture Capital Deals Tuesday

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09/12/2013 - 11:40 AM

Discussions on the impacts of venture capital deals in the state will be reviewed by an expert panel at St. Cloud State University this Tuesday.

Hosted by St. Cloud State’s School of Public Affairs and the Herberger Business School, the discussion will be held at the Cascade Room in the Atwood Memorial Center.

Among the experts attending the discussion, will be Kathy Tunheim, principal and CEO of Tunheim strategic communications firm, and senior economic and job growth advisor to Governor Mark Dayton.

Notables joining Tunheim will be King Banaian, professor of economics at St. Cloud State University, Rick Bauerly, managing partner of Granite Equity Partners, Nicholas Conant, financial advisor of Wells Fargo, Sahand Elmtalab, financial advisor of Minneapolis Financial Group, and John Stavig, director for the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship and Carlson School of Management. 

The free event will be open to public and start at 9 a.m. and end at noon.

St. Augusta Creek Bridge To Be Closed Wednesday

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09/12/2013 - 10:30 AM

St. Augusta Creek Bridge To Be Closed Wednesday

The St. Augusta Creek Bridge, located along County Road 7, will close Monday morning September 16th for approximately 2 months due to construction.

According to the Stearns County Highway Department, traffic will be detoured for the duration of the bridge project.

For a detailed map of the detour please visit the Stearns County Highway Department website.

Troopers Seeking Information On Fatal Hit And Run In August

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09/11/2013 - 9:45 AM

The Minnesota State Patrol is still seeking anyone with information on the fatal hit and run crash that involved a motorcycle passenger being ran over by another vehicle.

Troopers responded to the hit and run crash on Saturday, August 24th around 9:45 p.m. on U.S. Highway 71, near the entrance of the Grey Stone Golf Course in Sauk Centre.

The State Patrol says the victim was a passenger on a motorcycle heading north on Highway 71. The man fell off the motorcycle and was hit by another motorist also travelling north along Highway 71.

The driver of the suspected vehicle involved in the fatal hit and run did not stop at the scene of the crash. Troopers say the suspected vehicle sustained damage to the front bumper area.

The Minnesota State Patrol is asking anyone with information that could help the investigation please contact the Minnesota State Patrol St. Cloud District Office at 320-223-6666.

 

Planning Commission Approves Plan for Mosque

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09/11/2013 - 8:50 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - St. Cloud's planning commission has approved a scaled-back plan for a mosque development.

The Islamic Center of St. Cloud wants to build a mosque, school and community space at a site zoned for duplexes and single-family homes.

Responding to neighborhood concerns about the impact on traffic and parking, the planning commission voted 5-2 Tuesday to recommend a two-phase development. It says the mosque and school should be built in the first phase, and the applicant should have to come back for approval from a second phase that would include a third building for a community center and gym and expansion of the mosque and school.

The St. Cloud Times reports the commission's recommendation will go to the City Council, which will likely hold a public hearing sometime in October.

Stearns County Releases Preliminary 2014 Budget And Tax Levy

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09/11/2013 - 1:30 AM

The Stearns County Board of Commissioners approved its 2014 preliminary budget and tax levy. The proposed tax levy is $68 million out of the total budget of $133 million.

Stearns County has proposed to reduce its levy for the third year in a row.

According to County Administrator George Rindelaub, the main plans behind the 2014 budget include several road construction projects. Also plans for Human Services funding in response to an increased demand for mental healthcare and juvenile detention services. As well as $1 million of insurance increases for the new Federal Affordable Care Act.

The final budget and tax levy will be approved after the Truth in Taxation public hearing and will be held on December 3.

St. Cloud Police Requiring Search Warrants For Blood Samples Of Impaired Drivers

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09/10/2013 - 11:15 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - The St. Cloud Police Department has joined the Stearns County Sheriff's Office in requiring search warrants to take blood samples from suspected impaired drivers who won't give them voluntarily.

The St. Cloud Times reports Stearns continues to be the lone Minnesota county that requires search warrants in those cases. The county has been requiring warrants for about a month; the city adopted that requirement about a week ago.

The changes came after a U.S. Supreme Court decision in a Missouri DWI case. Because of it, a majority of Stearns County judges have dismissed at least one DWI case on the premise that Minnesota's implied consent advisory is unconstitutional.

A Minnesota case that could provide clarification is set to be argued this week before the state Supreme Court.

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