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Operation Fight The Flood To Support Colorado Flood Victims At SCSU Friday

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09/27/2013 - 3:00 AM

In connection with the SCSU Honors Club and local ABRA Auto Body & Glass company, Operation: Fight the Flood donation drive and raffle, will be held today (Friday) on the Atwood Memorial Center mall to benefit Colorado flood victims.

SCSU Honors Club President Sarah Rockholt is very happy to help out with this relief cause for the families and students of Boulder, Colorado. She noted that this tragedy could most definitely happen to the St. Cloud area because of our location. She also points out on how the donated U-Haul truck from ABRA Auto Body will get to Colorado to deliver the donated items.

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The event will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 7 p.m.

Traffic Crash Fatality In Waite Park Parking Lot

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09/27/2013 - 12:05 PM

Waite Park Police responded to a traffic crash in a parking lot off 24th Avenue in Waite Park yesterday at 1:19 p.m. September 27.

According to a Waite Park Police report, officers arrived to the parking lot and found an older woman driver who was unconscious after she crashed into a parked vehicle. Investigators believe the victim appeared to have suffered some type of medical incident and lost control of her vehicle. First responders' attempts at CPR and defiribillation were unable to revive the victim. The victim died at the scene. 

Gold Cross Ambulance, Waite Park Police and St. Joseph Police assisted in the incident.  

The name of the driver is not being released at this time pending a notification of next of kin.

Classes Cancelled At McKinley ALC School In Waite Park Due To Gun Threat

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09/27/2013 - 10:40 AM

Classes are cancelled today at McKinley Area Learning Center school in Waite Park. School District 742’s administration decided to cancel all classes due to a school gun threat. The school is located at 216 2nd Street North.

According to the Waite Park Police Department, they received information from the St. Cloud Police Department that a former student at McKinley ALC had told friends about bringing a gun to school and hurting people.

Classes at other district schools will go on as scheduled.

After the building was cleared by police, McKinley staff is at work today and a police officer is at the school as a precaution.

County Road 75 To Be Temporarily Reduced To A Lane Tuesday

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09/27/2013 - 10:00 AM

Travelers may experience delays while driving eastbound on I-94 in St. Augusta as County Road 75 will be reduced to one lane starting Tuesday.

According to MnDOT, concrete panel repairing will be performed near the ramp from County Road 75 to eastbound I-94.

All eastbound lanes of I-94 will reopen by 3 p.m. the same day.

As always, slow down and watch for crews, heavy equipment and other vehicles as they safely guide you through the work zone.

Man Killed On Farm Near Paynesville Wednesday

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09/26/2013 - 9:15 AM

PAYNESVILLE, Minn. (AP) - Stearns County sheriff's officials have identified a man who was killed in a farm accident in central Minnesota.

Authorities say 69-year-old farm worker John Schoenberg, of Greenwald, was walking on the farm near Paynesville when a large front-end loader drove over him about 8:15 a.m. Wednesday.

The St. Cloud Times reports investigators learned Schoenberg was walking near a silage pit in an area not normally used by pedestrians, and the loader operator was unable to see him. He died at the Paynesville hospital.

The incident remains under investigation.

Investigation Continues On Death Of Sauk Rapids Infant

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09/26/2013 - 9:10 AM

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) - Police are investigating the death of a baby who accidentally drowned at a Sauk Rapids residential treatment facility last weekend.

Officers were called to Journey Home, a substance abuse program, just before 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Staffers at the facility were doing CPR on the 3-month-old baby when officers arrived.

Police identify the infant as Fallyn Jasper Ottenhausen.

WJON-AM reports an examination was conducted by the Ramsey County medical examiner's office.

Suspect In Spree Of "Physics" Graffiti Vandalism In St.Cloud Arrested

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09/26/2013 - 11:00 AM

A St. Cloud man was arrested after allegedly being connected to numerous reports of graffiti.

According to St. Cloud police, a search warrant was conducted Wednesday at the residence of 619 6th Avenue South at 9:15 a.m. in relation to a spree of vandalisms on area homes, businesses, and other properties associated to the word “Physics.”. At the scene, officers arrested 23-year-old Alexander James Ransom of St. Cloud for criminal damage to property and seized multiple items of important value.

Investigators say there has been a high level of vandalism located in the downtown and southside areas of St. Cloud dating back to as early as mid-July. The estimated value of the property damaged is over 5,000-dollars.

Ransom was booked in the Stearns County Jail and later released.

St. Cloud Police are encouraging public to help find more possible victims in the “Physics” graffiti case. If you have any information, contact the Community Crime Impact Team at 320-245-4148.

Growing Community Garden Open House To Be Held Friday

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09/25/2013 - 8:45 AM

Growing Community Garden Open House To Be Held Friday

There will be an exhibition open house to celebrate the opening of the St. Cloud State University Community Garden exhibit Friday.

Preceding the open house, SCSU will welcome the delegation of Mapuche, the largest indigenous group in Chile. They will share unique elements of their art and culture in a spiritual ceremony at the community garden.

The ceremony will begin at 4:00pm, with the open house reception to follow shortly after at 4:15 p.m. at the SCSU Welcome Center.

Construction Underway Along Highway 71, 210 and 10

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09/25/2013 - 12:05 PM

Starting Wednesday, construction crews will be sealing cracks along three different highways in Northern Minnesota in preparation for winter.

According to Mn-DOT, Highway 71, Highway 210 and Highway 10 will be reduced to one-way alternating traffic. Motorists should plan extra travel time as daytime delays are expected.

Construction will begin Wednesday on Highway 71 between Menahga and Wadena. After Highway 71 sealing is complete, crews will start work on Highway 210, then finish sealing on Highway 10.

Road Surface Repair To Be Done On 9th and 10th Avenue

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09/25/2013 - 11:55 AM

9th and 10th Avenue from 1st Street South to 4th Street south will be reduced to a single lane.

The lane closures are scheduled for Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. as the City of St. Cloud completes road surface repair.

Motorists should plan additional travel time or alternate routes as delays may be expected during the morning hours.

Atwood Memorial Staff To Hold Open House Friday

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09/24/2013 - 4:35 AM

Atwood Memorial Staff To Hold Open House Friday

An open house along with a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held this Friday to celebrate the completion of the new renovated space in the Atwood Memorial Center.

Former Director of Atwood Margaret Vos noted that the process has been a long one but could not have been accomplished without the patience and expertise of many people.

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The open house will start at 10:00 a. m. and end at 2 p.m. with the ribbon ceremony starting at noon and ending at 12:30 p.m.

Tenth Anniversary Of Rocori High School Shooting Taken In Low Manner

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09/24/2013 - 11:15 AM

COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) - Students and staff at Rocori (roh-KOR'-ee) High School are marking the tenth anniversary of a fatal school shooting in a low-key manner at the request of families involved.

Teens and educators paused for a moment of silence Tuesday to remember the Sept. 24, 2003 high school shooting that killed two students 14-year-old Seth Bartell and 17-year-old Aaron Rollins.

Ninth-grader John McLaughlin was convicted in the shooting and sentenced to life in prison.

Cold Spring Mayor Doug Schmitz tells the St. Cloud Times there's a frustration among residents of the small community that it's known only for the school shooting and the fatal shooting of police officer Tom Decker last November. Schmitz says the community moves forward, but will never forget.

Death Of Area Window Washer Under Investigaton

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09/24/2013 - 10:00 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Federal safety officials are investigating the death of a window washer who fell about 70 feet at a hotel in St. Cloud.

Family members say 56-year-old Lee Teske was a self-employed window washer and worked alone. His sister, Dawn Witschen, tells the St. Cloud Times her brother had experience washing windows in downtown Minneapolis and in St. Cloud.

Fire Battalion Chief Greg Newinski says the man was wearing a safety harness when first responders treated him Sunday evening. Teske fell onto a breezeway that connects the Kelly Inn to a convention center and then fell from the breezeway to the ground.

Officials from the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration were in St. Cloud Monday to investigate.

Stearns County Wants Public's Input On Minnesota Family Investment Program

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09/23/2013 - 9:45 AM

Stearns County Wants Public's Input On Minnesota Family Investment Program

Stearns County Human Services would like the public's feedback on the Minnesota Family Investment Program.

The Minnesota Family Investment Program provides funding information to the Department of Human Services to increase the economic stability of low income families.

The program assesses budgeting of resources to continually assist the ongoing needs of low income families in Minnesota.

The public’s comments will be accepted until October 10.

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.

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