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Xcel Energy Told To Start Thinking Of Retiring Becker Sherco Power Plant

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12/06/2013 - 12:00 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has told Xcel Energy to study retiring the two oldest units at its the nearby Becker Sherco power plant.

The PUC decided Thursday that Xcel should consider various retirement scenarios as part of a long-range plan that's due in July.

Sherco is Minnesota's largest coal-fired power plant. The Sierra Club and other environmental groups want to see Sherco's 1 and 2 units retired by 2020 because of their greenhouse gas emissions.

Several people testified Thursday that closing the plant near central Minnesota could cost jobs.

St. Cloud Teen Allegedly Throws Hot Grease At His Mother

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12/06/2013 - 11:30 AM

St. Cloud Police were called to the 3500 block of 3rd Street North just before 4:00 p.m. Thursday, for a domestic dispute in progress.

According to investigators, a 15-year-old St. Cloud boy allegedly threw hot grease from a frying pan at his mother. The juvenile suspect then fled the scene and was located shortly after.

The 15-year-old boy is currently being held at the Prairie Lakes Juvenile Detention Facility on charges of domestic assault and 2nd degree assault.

The extent of the mother’s injuries hasn’t been made public.

Waite Park Pedestrian Is Injured After Reportedly Running Into Oncoming Traffic

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12/05/2013 - 9:30 AM

A man has suffered non-life threatening injuries after allegedly running out in front of oncoming traffic and crashing into a car Wednesday.

According to the Waite Park Police Department, several witnesses said that a car driven by 36-year-old Aaron Sakkinen of St. Cloud had the green light at 2nd Ave South and 2nd Street South when a pedestrian ran out in front of him and collided with his car.

The pedestrian, 32-year-old Eric Gale of Waite Park, was taken by ambulance to the St. Cloud Hospital.

Sakkinen was not injured in the crash.

Three of the Priests On The List of Priests Accused Of Sexual Abuse Served In St. Cloud

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12/05/2013 - 3:45 AM

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has disclosed the names of 34 priests who have been accused of sexually abusing minors.The names of the priests were made public Thursday following months of criticism that church leaders mishandled allegations of abuse. Archbishop John Nienstedt says he hopes the move will restore trust.

The archdiocese says it has substantiated claims against 30 priests on the list. The remaining four have claims against them that could not be substantiated, but the archdiocese released them after a court order.

The information includes the clerics' names, parishes where they served, and other details. It does not include details of the allegations.

Of the 34 names, three of them, Father Cosmas Dahlheimer, Francis Hoefgen, and Brennan Maiers, have had ties with the St. Cloud Diocese.

Dahlheimer died in 2004, and both Hoefgen and Maiers have been removed from ministry since 2002. 

All of the men on the list have been permanently removed from ministry.

 

Two Men Arrested On Multiple Charges Including Stolen Property

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12/05/2013 - 3:15 AM

Two men are currently being held at the Stearns County jail for a number of charges including possession of stolen property.

Late Wednesday night, St. Cloud police pulled over a car after it made a routine traffic stop with a head light out. Officers later determined that the car was stolen from Little Falls, and the license plates have been stolen.

The driver of the car, 23-year-old Kodie Lee Kelash of Rice, was arrested for possession of stolen property, possession of hypodermic needles and an outstanding warrant. The passenger, 24-year-old Nicholas Michael Dougherty of St. Cloud was arrested for outstanding warrants.

St. Cloud Man Facing Multiple Charges After Kidnapping Report

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12/05/2013 - 3:00 AM

A St. Cloud man has been arrested and facing multiple charges after officers were sent to check on a possible kidnapping.

According to St. Cloud police, 26-year-old Cody Lee Parson of St. Cloud was arrested after his female victim told them Parson had a rifle and was making threats towards her.

Parson is facing multiple charges including domestic assault and terrorist threats. He is currently being held in the Sherburne County Jail.

The case is still under investigation.

St. Cloud Residents Should Keep Sidewalks Clear Of Snow And Ice

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12/05/2013 - 10:50 AM

With the first major snowfall of the winter, St. Cloud area residents should know it’s their responsibility to keep their sidewalks clear.

According to St. Cloud Ordinance 680:05, property owners need to clear public sidewalks of snow and ice within one day of the end of a snowfall. Snowfall removal is needed to ensure the safety of people using the sidewalks in winter.

If you own property with a public sidewalk you must shovel all sides of your property with sidewalks, as well as remove ice from the pavement and then treat with salt or sand if needed.

If you have a corner property, clear the access to sidewalks and crosswalks to keep them handicap accessible. Pile snow in your yard because it’s illegal to shovel snow into the streets and alleys.

Also, make sure someone will shovel while you’re gone.

Failure to comply may result in snow and ice being removed by the city. The owner is then billed for the service and an unpaid bill will be added to your property tax statement.

UPDATE: St. Cloud's Winter Lights And Nights Parade Takes Cancelled

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12/05/2013 - 10:40 AM

UPDATE: St. Cloud's Winter Lights And Nights Parade Takes Cancelled

UPDATE: The Winter Nights and Lights Parade has been cancelled due to bitter cold temperatures forecast for Saturday.

The 13th annual Winter Nights and Lights Parade will take place this Saturday, December 7 at 5:00 p.m.

Before the parade, winter wonderland activities will be set up at Lake George. A Santa fun run will take place just before the parade at 4:00 p.m. and will benefit the charity “Claus for a Cause.” The first 100 participants in the run will receive Santa hats encouraged to be worn during the run.

The parade will include illuminated holiday parade floats traveling along West Saint Germain Street, set to festive holiday music. This year’s parade theme is a “Storybook Holiday.”

The St. Cloud Downtown Council and Alliance Foundation are hosting the event.

St. Cloud residents should be aware West Saint Germain Street will be closed along the parade route, from 16th to 4th Avenue. The City Engineer’s Office expects the closure to last from 4:00-6:30 p.m.

The Winter Nights and Lights Parade are free and open to the public.

St. Cloud Declares Snow Emergency Effective Thursday

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12/04/2013 - 1:45 AM

St. Cloud Declares Snow Emergency Effective Thursday

Due to the predicted increasing snowfall and winds, the city of St. Cloud's public works office has declared a snow emergency.

The snow emergency takes effect 12:01a.m. Thursday, December 5. This means parking regulations will be enforced. If your vehicle is parked on a city street or area that has restrictions it will be towed by the city to make room for snow removal.

The National Weather Service has predicted 5 to 7 inches of snow for central Minnesota with winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour.

Here is a list of the snow emergency parking rules for St. Cloud.

Tips To Keep Your Family Safe And Warm In Winter Storm Power Outages

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12/04/2013 - 11:40 AM

The winter storm warning, the first major snowfall for the St. Cloud area and the expected high winds could bring possible power outages.

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes gives several tips to keep your family warm and safe during a power outage caused by a winter storm.

Always keep a supply of flashlights, candles, batteries and a battery powered radio on hand for weather updates. Don’t run a generator inside a home or garage, especially a gas powered generator, as it needs a well-ventilated area. Keep extra cash on hand, in case of an extended power outage when ATM’s aren't accessible. If using a gas heater or fireplace to stay warm, make sure the area is well-ventilated.

When power is restored, wait a few minutes to turn on major appliances to decrease the chance of a power surge disabling your appliances.

FLASH says a good way to prepare your supplies and family are to include winter storm power outages in your family disaster plan.

St. Cloud Hospital Celebrates With Festival of Lights

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12/04/2013 - 10:45 AM

St. Cloud Hospital Celebrates With Festival of Lights

St. Cloud Hospital will host the 25th annual Festival of Lights Thursday from 6-8:00 p.m.

Santa, Mrs. Clause, Reindeer, horse-drawn trolley rides and hot cocoa… these are just a few of the things that will be presented at the Festival Of Lights to show the holiday cheer. A Living Nativity scene will be presented by the Messiah Lutheran Church of Sartell.

Christmas Carols will be provided by the St. Cloud Tech High School Chamber Choir. The Gorecki Guest house lighting is sponsored by Emerald Companies Incorporated.

A St. Cloud Compost Site To Start Receiving Food Scraps This Week

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12/03/2013 - 9:15 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Managers of a St. Cloud compost site hope to start receiving food scraps as soon as this week, now that they have a state permit to accept organic waste.

The organic matter will be mixed with yard waste and composted into a nutrient-rich product that will be sold to farmers, gardeners and landscapers.

The St. Cloud Times reports, Tri-County Organics is among a rising number of food recycling facilities across the state and country. They're part of growing focus on recycling food scraps, paper towels and other organic materials.

A recent Minnesota Pollution Control Agency study found the portion of organics in the waste stream has grown to 31 percent from 26 percent in 2000. The agency says more than 519,000 tons of food waste could be composted annually.

Slippery Road Conditions Cause Upsala Woman To Crash Her SUV

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12/03/2013 - 11:20 AM

A woman suffered minor injuries after she lost control of her SUV and struck a mailbox and support cable in Krain Township Monday.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, 27-year-old Crystal Rose Dietrich Benson of Upsula was traveling southbound on Hwy 238, when she came to a curve in the road and lost control of the SUV due to the snow and slush. The SUV then left the road and struck a mailbox and support cable for a power pole.

Benson was taken by Melrose Ambulance to the Albany Hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Along with this accident, Stearns County Law Enforcement has responded to 46 other vehicle crashes and vehicles in the ditch.

St. Cloud Under Winter Storm Warning Starting Tuesday Night, Through Early Thursday

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12/03/2013 - 10:40 AM

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for St. Cloud from 9:00 p.m. Tuesday through 6:00 a.m. Thursday.

The heaviest snow is on tap for Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. SCSU Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman says freezing rain is likely Tuesday afternoon until temperatures dip below freezing later in the night.

Weisman says there is potential for 6-8 inches of new snow in St. Cloud. After the snow stops sometime Wednesday afternoon the winds will pick up, causing blowing snow.

Weisman says wind chills could get as low as -20 on Thursday, as an arctic blast of cold air will envelop the entire state.

With freezing rain, 6-8 inches of new snow possible and almost blizzard type winds; this will cause very slippery road conditions.

A Fargo Man Has Been Killed After Colliding With A Semi-Tractor

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12/03/2013 - 10:20 AM

A man has died after his car slid to avoid hitting a semi-tractor on I-94 westbound Monday (yesterday).

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a semi driven by 67-year-old James Hall of Northfield was traveling eastbound on I-94 in Stearns County, when the tractor jack-knifed across the median and came to a rest in the left westbound lane.

A car driven by 52-year-old Terrence Cusick of Fargo, ND was traveling westbound in the left lane when he attempted to avoid the tractor. The car began to slide and the driver’s side door collided with the tractor.

Terrence was killed at scene, while the passenger of the car, 43-year-old Toby Cusick suffered non –life-threatening injuries. The driver of the semi suffered no apparent injuries.

Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was there to assist at the scene.

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