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New Downtown Parking Restrictions To Be Voted On Tonight

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09/23/2013 - 12:10 PM

If you are out in about in downtown St. Cloud after 2 a.m. you may be influenced by the new parking restrictions that are being discussed this evening at the St. Cloud City Council meeting.

According to the City Engineer’s office, people are currently restricted from parking downtown between the hours of 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. The restriction that is up for voting tonight will reduce those hours to 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.

The meeting will begin tonight at 6 p.m.

St. Cloud Obstetrician Delivers Thirteen Babies In 24 Hours

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09/20/2013 - 9:55 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - It's a personal record for this St. Cloud obstetrician who has been practicing medicine for 32 years.

Thirteen babies in 24 hours are all in a day's work for Dr. David Kroska. He calls it "spontaneous labor." Kroska says it was all "kind of a blur." No twins or triplets were among the 13 infants he delivered in the 24 hours at CentraCare Clinic ending Friday, Sept. 13.

Kroska tells the St. Cloud Times, the mothers just kept delivering nonstop, including two C-sections. He says delivering babies is "still fun after all these years."

St. Cloud Man Arrested After Attempted Armed Robbery Near University Drive and 5th Ave South

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09/20/2013 - 2:00 AM

St. Cloud Man Arrested After Attempted Armed Robbery Near University Drive and 5th Ave South

A St. Cloud man has been charged with 1st degree aggravated robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm after allegedly pointing a gun at another man and robbing him of his wallet on Monday.

According to the St. Cloud Police Department, 20-year-old Alonzo Dontae Adams was walking near 5th Avenue and University Drive Monday night and when he approached a 20-year-old man from St. Cloud. Adams then allegedly pointed a short barrel shotgun at the man and asked for his wallet. No one was injured during the incident.

Also according to the St. Cloud Police Department, information came in Thursday regarding illegal weapons being stored at the 1200 block of 6th Avenue South. The Violent Offender Task Force then executed a search warrant at the residence and recovered the short barrel shotgun.

A second warrant was then completed by the Campus Area Police Services at the same residence. While at the scene, CAPS recovered the victim’s wallet. Adams is currently being held in the Stearns County Jail.

The case is still under investigation.

Two Offices Of A Former Sartell Paper Mill Burned In Fire

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09/20/2013 - 12:30 PM

SARTELL, Minn. (AP) - Crews have extinguished an office fire at the site of the former Verso Paper mill in Sartell that was closed by a deadly explosion and fire last year.

The fire Thursday was in one of the buildings sitting vacant since the explosion and fire a year ago Memorial Day in another part of the mill that killed an employee.

Sartell Fire Marshal Butch Rieland tells the St. Cloud Times that workers were cutting window frames out the building, and something in the office apparently was left smoldering.

A worker tried putting out the fire before firefighters arrived. No one was hurt. Two offices were burned out.

AIM Development purchased the property from Verso Paper. Last month, the company received an interim use permit from Sartell to demolish the site.

SCSU To Host Family Weekend 2013

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09/20/2013 - 11:45 AM

St. Cloud State University will be hosting Family Weekend 2013 beginning Friday, September 27 and will run through Sunday.

Family Weekend 2013 events include the Husky Spirit 5K Run with the finish line on the Atwood Mall, an Academic and resource fair with a faculty Q and A, select downtown businesses will have discounted prices for Family Weekend participants and the Family Weekend Football Cookout catered by Texas Roadhouse.

Assistant Director for Campus Programs and Department of Campus Involvement David McCandless explains students now more than ever are involving their parents in their college experience. McCandless says “There is an emerging trend in higher education; parents are playing a bigger role in students’ lives. Family Weekend 2013 is about connecting parents and students to campus and community resources that will help students succeed.”



St. Cloud Police Respond to Fight In Progress On City's Northside

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09/19/2013 - 1:00 AM

St. Cloud Police Respond to Fight In Progress On City's Northside

An 18-year-old-man of St. Cloud was arrested Wednesday afternoon when St. Cloud Police responded to a fight in progress at 4th Street and 33rd Avenue North.

According to witnesses the 18-year-old-man, Malcom Todey Cooper was involved in a fight with a 17-year-old-boy when Cooper brandished a knife towards the juvenile. No injuries requiring medical attention were reported.

The juvenile boy is facing disorderly conduct charges. Malcom Cooper is currently being held at the Stearns County Jail on second degree assault charges.

St. Cloud Man Accused Of Assault And Terroristic Threats

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09/19/2013 - 12:55 PM

St. Cloud Man Accused Of Assault And Terroristic Threats

A man is facing charges of second degree assault and terroristic threats after allegedly threatening to kill two people Monday afternoon.

According to the St. Cloud Police Department, 23-year-old David Frederick Tresco of St. Cloud showed a knife to a 51-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman, and threatened to kill both of them.

Tresco is currently being held at the Stearns County Jail.

Stearns County Website Receives National Acclaim

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09/19/2013 - 12:15 PM

Stearns County Website Receives National Acclaim

The Stearns County website received fifth place honors in a national best of the web awards.

Stearns County’s website was recognized for improved user experience through the use of Search Engine Optimization, surveys, focus groups and content reviews.

e-Republic’s Center for Digital Government’s annual Best of the Web awards recognize state, county, and city governments for outstanding portals and websites. Awards are given for innovation, functionality, productivity and performance.

Stearns County has been recognized as a leader in website technology since 2003.

Alexandria Man Suffers Minor Injuries After Multi Vehicle Accident

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09/19/2013 - 11:00 AM

A man was injured after his van was side-swiped by a car near County Road 17 late Tuesday.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, 70-year-old Jack Ronald Petrillo of Alexandria was travelling westbound on County Road 17 when he struck a tractor pulling a wagon driven by 14-year-old Jacob James Gamrat of Sauk Centre.

After running into the tractor, Petrillo moved into oncoming traffic and side-swiped a car, that spun around and ended in the north ditch.

Petrillo was taken to the Centra Care hospital in Sauk Centre and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Gamrat and the driver of the oncoming car, 53-year-old Larry Joe Felt of Long Prairie both refused medical attention.

The crash remains under investigation.

Culvert Replacement To Begin In Lynden Township Thursday

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09/19/2013 - 10:05 AM

Construction on a culvert replacement will begin today near County Road 44 north of 165th Street East in Lynden Township.

According to the Stearns County Highway Department, a detour will be set up for the next couple of days.

2nd Degree Murder Charges for Man Who Allegedly Stabbed His Mother

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09/18/2013 - 11:45 AM

2nd Degree Murder Charges for Man Who Allegedly Stabbed His Mother

Dean Allan Friese was charged Tuesday in Stearns County District Court with murder in the second degree for the stabbing death of his mother.

Judge Kris Davick-Halfen set the defendant’s bail at $3 million unconditional and $1.5 million with conditions.

According to the St. Cloud Police, 72-year-old Lois Arlene Omeara was found lying on the floor of Friese’s apartment with stab wounds to her chest. An autopsy determined the cause of death to be multiple sharp force injuries.

Law enforcement says the 52-year-old defendant from St. Cloud acknowledged that he thought about killing his mother prior to the alleged homicide. According to the defendant’s statement to investigators, Friese pulled a medical alarm in his apartment knowing the victim would respond. After triggering the alarm he retrieved a knife from the kitchen, allegedly stabbing the victim when she entered the apartment. Lois Omeara was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dean Friese is currently being held in the Stearns County Jail. His next court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, October 1st 1:30 p.m. at the Stearns County Courthouse.

St. Cloud Church Will Host Free Clothing Give-Away

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09/17/2013 - 9:40 AM

The St. Cloud Church of Christ will be hosting a Free Clothing Give-Away October 5.

The Free Clothing Give-Away starts at 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the St. Cloud Church of Christ and runs until 2:00 p.m.

St. Cloud Man Arrested On Second Degree Assault Charges

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09/17/2013 - 5:00 AM

A man has been charged with 2nd degree assault after allegedly striking another man with a weapon early Tuesday morning.

According to the St. Cloud Police Department, 23-year-old Traid Lee Mason of St. Cloud is being held at the Stearns County Jail after cutting a 26-year-old man from Sartell with an unidentified sharp edged weapon.

The victim in the attack was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for medical attention.

Woman Reports Being Robbed In Waite Park Monday Night

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09/17/2013 - 10:55 AM

A woman reported she was robbed by a man as she was walking home late Monday night.

According to the Waite Park Police Department a woman said she was walking in the area of 2nd Ave S and Park Meadows Drive when she was followed by two men. One of the men then approached her and pushed her to the ground while taking her purse.

The two men fled the scene and were unable to be located by officers.

The two suspects were described as 20-year-old Somali males who stand at 6 feet tall and weigh 180 pounds. One suspect was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark colored pants. The other suspect was wearing a red shirt.

If anyone has any information about the crime or the suspects please contact the Waite Park Police Department at 320-251-3281 or the Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320 255-1301.

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.

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