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Two Men Are Facing First Degree Assault Charges After A Shooting In St. Augusta

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10/21/2013 - 1:45 AM

Two men have been identified in the St. Augusta home shooting and are facing charges of first Degree Assault.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says, 30-year-old Erik James Magnuson of St. Cloud and 21-year-old Jerod Roger Jakel of Sauk Rapids drove to an address in St. Augusta last Wednesday morning to get money that was owed to them. While Magnuson stayed in the vehicle, Jakel went into the home wearing a bandanna over his face with a handgun. Jakel struggled to control the handgun, and it discharged striking the victim in the abdomen. The victim was later treated for non-life threatening injuries by emergency medical personnel and taken to the St. Cloud Hospital.

Witnesses in the home called 911 and accurately provided a description of the vehicle and the two suspects. Deputies later stopped the matched vehicle near College Avenue South in St. Joseph. In the car, investigators found an empty holster, a sawed-off shotgun, suspected methamphetamine and a bandanna.

Both Jakel and Magunson confessed to their involvement in the incident and also of throwing the weapon used out of the car window. The men told deputies the area where the gun was tossed and it was later found submerged in water in a roadside ditch in St. Joseph Township.

More evidence was gathered at the St. Augusta home after a search warrant was executed. Additional charges are possible depending on results of the continuing investigation.

SCSU Science Express Introduces Kids To Sound

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10/18/2013 - 3:15 AM

St. Cloud State University's Science Express trailer was parked outside Stewart Hall on the SCSU campus this Friday.

KVSC's Assistant News Director Steve Coursolle spoke with SCSU Associate Professor of Biology, Bruce Jacobson about how they use an oscilliscope to teach district 742 elementary students how electrical signals are converted into sound.

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Emergency Storm Drain Repair Causes Lanes Of Veterans Drive To Close

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10/17/2013 - 12:50 PM

Both eastbound lanes of Veterans Drive and 8th Street North at the intersection of 15th Avenue North will be closed immediately due to an emergency storm drain repair. Lanes going westbound will be reduced to one lane of traffic.

According to the City Engineer’s Office, the closure will last until late afternoon Friday with weather permitting.

Detours will be posted.

Armed Robber Back In Action Along I-94

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10/17/2013 - 12:30 PM

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (AP) - An armed robber who targets businesses along Minnesota's Interstate 94 corridor apparently has struck again.

A Burger King in Maple Grove is the latest target. The restaurant was held up moments after it opened early Wednesday.

Police say a man with a handgun demanded money and then locked two workers in the cooler. The suspect walked out and left in a dark Dodge Durango, possibly a 2005 model.

The Star Tribune reports six holdups have occurred along I-94 between St. Cloud and the Twin Cities.

Two others involved Burger Kings in Clearwater and Monticello, and happened just hours apart on Sept. 19. The other crimes have occurred in Big Lake, St. Cloud and another in Monticello.

New Interchange To Open In St. Cloud Thursday

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10/17/2013 - 11:45 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A unique interchange, that's been two years in the making, is finally expected to open near St. Cloud.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation said the 10 million-dollar project opening Thursday is the second 'diverging diamond' interchange in Minnesota, but the first to use a traffic signal system.

The diamond-shaped interchange has motorists cross in front of oncoming traffic that is stopped to their right. Pedestrians and bicyclists travel down a bridge in the center of the interchange. The St. Cloud Times the new interchange will ease traffic in one of city's fastest growing areas.

The project was constructed by MnDOT in partnership with Stearns County, Sartell and St. Cloud.

Turkey and Deer Hunt For People With Disabilities At Stearns County Newest Park

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10/17/2013 - 11:00 AM

A first of its kind Turkey and Deer hunt for people with disabilities begins Wednesday at Stearns County’s newest park, Rockville Park and Nature Preserve.

The Stearns County Parks Department and Midwest Outdoors Unlimited are partnering to host the event. The mission of the hunt is to provide outdoor recreational activities for Disabled American Veterans and people with disabilities in Minnesota. Each participant of the hunt will be accompanied by at least one volunteer during each of the five day hunts.

Rockville Park and Nature Preserve is located off County Road 139, West of Eagle Park. The 284-acre park includes natural granite outcroppings, an equestrian area, observation deck and more than a mile of Sauk River shoreline.

194 acres of the park were donated by longtime environmental advocates John and Linda Peck.

5th Annual Global Social Responsibility Conference To Be Held At SCSU Atwood Center Monday

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10/17/2013 - 10:50 AM

The Global Social Responsibility conference will be coming to the SCSU campus in the Atwood Center this Monday starting at 11:00 a.m.

KVSC’s News Director John Peterson has more on this year’s conference.

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The conference will conclude at 5:15 p.m. Thursday.

7th Avenue South To Be Closed Temporarily Wednesday

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10/17/2013 - 10:40 AM

7th Avenue South between West St. German Street and 1st Street will be closed Wednesday.

According to the City Engineer’s Office, a sanitary sewer will be replaced in the area and will cause the closure to last for three days.

Detours will be posted.

Two Men Are In Custody After Allegedly Shooting A Man Thursday Morning

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10/16/2013 - 9:15 AM

Two male suspects were taken into custody after allegedly shooting a man in Augusta, Thursday morning.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s office, deputies were given the description of two shooting suspects and the suspect vehicle by witnesses at 23692 69th Avenue in St. Augusta.

A short time after, the vehicle was located and the men that matched the description were taken into custody. Deputies indicated from the information found, that the shooting of the gun was caused by the suspects’ struggle to control an attempted robbery.

The victim was taken to the St. Cloud hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Names of the victim and suspects will be released at a later date. The investigation continues.

St. Cloud Man Facing First Degree Murder Charges

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10/16/2013 - 5:10 AM

St. Cloud Man Facing First Degree Murder Charges

A St. Cloud man has been indicted by a Stearns County Grand Jury Thursday for Murder in the first and second degrees after stabbing his mother last month.

According to the Stearns County Attorney’s Office, 52-year-old Dean Allan Friese of St. Cloud is facing a life sentence in prison if convicted of murder in the first degree. St. Cloud Police found 72-year-old Lois Arlene Omeara lying on the floor of Friese’s apartment on September 14th, with stab wounds to her chest. An autopsy determined the cause of death to be multiple sharp force injuries.

Friese is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow (Thursday) at 10:15 a.m. before the Judge Frank Kundrat.

Friese is currently being held in the Stearns County Jail.

College Professor Jim Read Announces He's Running for Michele Bachmann's Congressional Seat

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10/16/2013 - 10:45 AM

College Professor Jim Read Announces He's Running for Michele Bachmann's Congressional Seat

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Another Democrat has entered the race to succeed retiring U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District.

College professor Jim Read of Avon announced his candidacy Tuesday. Read is a political science professor at College of St. Benedict and St. John's University. He ran for a state House seat in 1992 and lost narrowly.

Read tells the St. Cloud Times that the federal government shutdown inspired him to run. He blames the tea party faction in the U.S. House for the shutdown.

Former state Representatives Phil Krinkie and Tom Emmer, Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah and state Senator John Pederson are among Republicans running for the seat.

On the Democratic side, Circle Pines activist Judy Adams says she's running, and Sartell Mayor Joe Perske says he's likely to run.

SCSU HuskyTech To Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Wednesday

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10/16/2013 - 10:30 AM

SCSU HuskyTech To Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Wednesday

The SCSU campus will be able to celebrate the grand opening of the Husky Tech store in the Miller Center this Wednesday.

KVSC’s News Director John Peterson has more on this year’s new addition to the Miller Center.

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A full day of food, prizes, sales and more will start at 8:00 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m.

All festivities will conclude at 4:30 p.m.

SCSU Enrolls Most Students In MnSCU School System

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10/15/2013 - 10:40 AM

SCSU Enrolls Most Students In MnSCU School System

St. Cloud State University continues to be the largest university in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system and the second largest public university in the state.

The University Provost’s office reports 16,245 students are enrolled fall semester at school. This is the third straight year of declining enrollment since an all-time high of 18,319 students were enrolled in 2010. The decrease is one point three percent from last fall. The number of graduate students has also declined for the third straight year.

1,604 enrolled this fall, compared to 1,906 in the fall of 2010. The university is also home to 1,025 international students. The countries that have the most students enrolled are Saudi Arabia with 19 percent, China with 16 percent and Nepal with 9 percent. According to the Provost Office,

SCSU’s decline was by design as the university is focused on enrolling students who are prepared, engaged and ready to succeed.

No MnSCSU school had an increase in enrollment this year.

TRAFFIC: 5th Avenue South Will Close For Water Main Repair

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10/14/2013 - 9:45 AM

Motorists traveling through downtown St. Cloud should be advised 5th Avenue South will be closed for water main repair, both Wednesday and Thursday.

According to the City Engineer’s Office, 5th Avenue South between West St. Germain Street and 1st Street South will close beginning late afternoon Wednesday and wrap up Thursday.

Drivers should seek alternate routes to avoid delays. Detours will be posted at the work zone.

Two People Suffer Injuries After Golf Cart Rollover

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10/14/2013 - 11:50 AM

Two people suffered injuries after their golf cart rolled over near Crow Lake Township Sunday afternoon.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s office, 36-year-old Timothy James Schoumaker of St. Cloud was driving a homemade golf cart westbound on Colfax Road when the cart experienced mechanical issues. Schoumaker was unable to control the cart and drove it into the north ditch where it rolled.

The golf cart was not equipped with any seatbelts. Schoumaker and the passenger of the golf cart, 30-year-old Krista Lee Schroendeman of St. Cloud were not wearing helmets and were both ejected from the golf cart.

Both were taken to the Paynesville hospital and treated for their injuries.

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