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SCSU Releases Survey On Minnesotan's Views Toward Marijuana Legalization

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01/10/2014 - 11:50 AM

SCSU Releases Survey On Minnesotan's Views Toward Marijuana Legalization

St. Cloud State released its third wave of results for the annual statewide survey covering Minnesotans views on legalizing marijuana.

According to the survey, the 626 randomly chosen Minnesota adults are pretty evenly split on the legalization of marijuana for general use, 46 percent voted in favor of legalization and 48 percent voted no. Meanwhile, 51 percent of male respondents voted for legalization compared to 41 percent of female respondents. Minnesotan’s overwhelmingly support the legalization of marijuana for medical use, 76 percent voted yes for legal medical marijuana.

Among the political groups surveyed, more Libertarians voted for legalization; followed by Democrats, Indepenents, the Tea Party and the least in favor of legalization of marijuana were Republicans.

The survey also showed that 45 percent of Minnesotan’s have tried marijuana.

MN DNR's New Mobile Recreation Compass Website

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01/10/2014 - 10:30 AM

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources launched its new mobile website. 

According to a media release from the Minnesota DNR, the mobile Recreation Compass website allows users to locate hunting lands, state parks and forests on smart phones and tablets using mapping software.

The mobile Recreation Compass features 5.5 million acres of public land categorized as state forest, wildlife management areas, waterfowl production areas, walking trails and nearly 3,000 public water access sites.

Stearns County Bloodhound Credited With Saving A Young Minnesota Girl's Life Dies

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01/09/2014 - 12:20 PM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A bloodhound credited with helping save the life of a toddler in Stearns County has died. 

Olivia was the K-9 partner of Stearns County Sheriff's Deputy Robert Theisen. A necropsy determined Olivia died New Year's Eve of a twisted stomach recently.

Three-year-old Elizabeth Schefers disappeared on her family's farm in Brockway in November 2012.

The St. Cloud Times says Olivia and another bloodhound tracked the girl's scent to a hay bale. The toddler fell from the hay bale, suffered broken bones and was trapped in a small space behind the bale of hay.

St. Cloud Red Cross Needs Blood Donations Because Of Winter Storm Related Shortages

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01/09/2014 - 12:00 PM

St. Cloud Red Cross Needs Blood Donations Because Of Winter Storm Related Shortages

The American Red Cross is asking for eligible blood donors to makeup for a winter weather-related shortage in O, A-negative and B-negative blood types.

According to the American Red Cross, about 280 blood drives across 25 states were canceled due to the winter storm that affected much of the Midwest and the East coast. Those blood drive cancellations account for a lack of almost 8,400 blood and platelet donations.

The American Red Cross in St. Cloud is accepting blood donations next Thursday, January 16 from 12:00-6:00 p.m. and Friday, January 17 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

The St. Cloud Red Cross will also be holding blood drives at their location off West St. Germain Street Monday, January 20 from 12:00-6:00 p.m. and Tuesday the 21 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

SCSU's 8th Annual Science Rocks! Teaches Elementary Students Science Topics

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01/08/2014 - 3:00 AM

St. Cloud State hosted area elementary schools Wednesday, January 8 for the 8th Annual Science Rocks event. KVSC Assistant News Director, Steve Coursolle caught up with event coordinator and Director of Educational Programs at Resource Training and Solutions, Sandra Cordie and volunteer teacher Kory Klebe to learn a little more about the event.

Click here for AUDIO STORY.

The 8th Annual Science Rocks event was co-sponsored by St. Cloud State University and Resource Training and Solutions.

UMD Frostbitten Student Recovering Well From Surgery

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01/08/2014 - 11:00 AM

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - The mother of a University of Minnesota Duluth student who nearly froze to death last month says her daughter is recovering from surgery on her frostbitten feet.

Teri Lommel writes that her daughter, Alyssa, lost only the tips of her toes on one foot, which should help with balance and walking and the other foot was amputated just below the ball of the foot. Lommel says on Alyssa's CaringBridge website that surgeons also removed skin and tissue from her heels at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

The 19-year-old St. Cloud woman suffered severe frostbite and hypothermia after a night outdoors in Duluth when temperatures dropped to minus-17. Her friends dropped her off at her house but she never made it inside. She was found nine hours later on the porch of a home next door.

St. Cloud On The Verge Of Setting Cold Weather Records

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01/07/2014 - 12:00 PM

St. Cloud may tie a record Tuesday for most days spent at zero-degrees or colder, at 8 days, that was set back in February of 1899.

According to St. Cloud State University Meteorology Professor, Bob Weisman, Monday’s high temperature of -15 degrees tied the January 6th record cold high, set back in 1912.

Monday was the 35th time the high in St. Cloud was -15 degrees or colder dating back to 1886, when weather records were first kept in St. Cloud.

City Of St. Cloud Pushes Christmas Tree Pick-up To January 13

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01/07/2014 - 11:10 AM

Thanks to old man winter, St. Cloud residents still looking to get rid of their Christmas trees have received an extension.

The City of St. Cloud’s Public Works Department postponed Monday’s Christmas tree pick-up due to the extremely low wind chills and cold temperatures.

The City of St. Cloud rescheduled its Christmas tree pick-up for next Monday, January 13.

St. Cloud residents should wrap their trees in City of St. Cloud issued green or white trash bags and leave them by the curb next Sunday night, January 12, for pick-up.

President Potter Closes St. Cloud State University Monday Due to Severe Cold

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01/03/2014 - 4:20 AM

President Potter Closes St. Cloud State University Monday Due to Severe Cold

St. Cloud State University will be closed on Monday, January 6 due to the extremely cold temperatures. President Potter wrote in an email to faculty, staff and student leaders the decision was made the interest of the safety of those in the campus community.

Any university classes, including those at the Twin Cities Graduate Center, and all events Monday on campus are cancelled. The president added offices will be closed and employees should not report to work unless explicitly directed otherwise by their supervisors. 
 
The Center for International Studies is expecting new students to campus this weekend to begin their orientation week on January 7. The administration has made accommodations for housing and meals for newly arrived international students, however International Studies is asking for coat, boots and winter wear donations to give to students who may need them.

St. Cloud State is currently on winter break. Spring semester classes resume on Monday, January 13 for all students.

SCSU Will Host Their 8th Annual Science Rocks! Event Wednesday

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01/03/2014 - 3:00 AM

More than 700 fifth and sixth grade students from area schools will participate in an event designed to give kids a college experience and hands on learning in science.

The SCSU’s 2014 Science Rocks! event will take place Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Cloud State’s Wick Science Building, Brown Hall and the newly built ISELF building.

The 2014 Science Rocks! event allows students to choose from over 30 different sessions covering a wide array of science topics.

Sessions include subjects on how the DNR manages fish populations in the state, a physics session with imploding 55-gallon barrels and a session on human anatomy showing children how complex body parts like their knees move.

All the science sessions are conducted by professional engineers, naturalists, nurses and veterinarians.

The 8th annual Science Rocks! event is co-sponsored by St. Cloud State University and Resource Training and Solutions.

Gov. Dayton Cancels K-12 Classes Statewide Monday Ahead Of Bitter Cold Temperatures & Wind Chill

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01/03/2014 - 12:30 PM

Gov. Dayton Cancels K-12 Classes Statewide Monday Ahead Of Bitter Cold Temperatures & Wind Chill

Temperatures are predicted to drop below zero Saturday afternoon and should stay below zero through Wednesday.

According to SCSU Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman, wind chills could dip as low as -40 to -50. Winds between 15-30 miles per hour are forecast for Sunday night, lasting through Monday.

With high winds and bitter cold temperatures forecast Governor Mark Dayton is cancelling all public school classes statewide for Monday. Dayton announced the school cancellations for Monday classes Friday morning, a preemptive step not often taken by the governor's office.

This will be the first time a Minnesota Governor has cancelled public school classes due to cold weather since 1996, when former Governor Arne Carlson cancelled schools when temperatures plunged to 30 below.

Weisman says, "These cold and windy conditions exposed skin can freeze in 5-10 minutes or less."

Dayton explained Friday that the safety of Minnesota’s school children is the state’s first priority.

Locally, the Boys and Girls Club of Central Minnesota has closed all KIDSTOP and Clubs on Monday as well.

John Pederson Ends Bid for Minnesota 6th District Congressional Seat

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01/03/2014 - 11:25 AM

John Pederson Ends Bid for Minnesota 6th District Congressional Seat

Republican candidate John Pederson announced Friday morning that he is dropping out of Minnesota's 6th District U.S. Congressional race. In an email to supporters Pederson writes the decision weighed heavily on him and his family, and was made after much reflection and consideration.

He cites his priorities in life as faith, family and friends, co-workers, and the wider community.  Pederson says he cannot continue the Congressional campaign and still balance other priorities in his life as the reason he is withdrawing his name from the race. Pederson thanked his supporters and volunteers and says he'll continue to serve Senate District 14 in Minnesota’s state legislature.
 
The 6th District Congressional race has a large group of contenders after Michele Bachmann announced she is not seeking reelection this year. That list includes Tom Emmer, Judy Adams, Jim Read, Rhonda Sivarajah and Phil Krinkie.

As of June 30, 2013, the Federal Elections Commission had the following on record for campaign donations:

Tom Emmer, $225,416

John Pederson, $35,050

Rhonda Sivarajah, $19,066

New "Ban the Box" Law To Give Felons A Second Chance

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01/02/2014 - 9:25 AM

A new Minnesota law has given felons a new chance at getting a decent job to turn their lives around. The “Ban the Box” law, which took effect Wednesday, means Felons no longer have to check the box indicating their criminal record.

This does not mean that their record can’t be asked during interviews, or checked through background checks.

The law was made to make sure felons could have a better chance at getting a job rather than the application being rejected because they have a criminal record.

St. Cloud City Council Starts 2014 With Full Agenda

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01/02/2014 - 2:40 AM

St. Cloud City Council Starts 2014 With Full Agenda

The St. Cloud City Council will hold its first meeting of 2014 on Monday January 6th, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.

Some items on the meeting agenda include the presentation of the Mayor’s 2013 Reflection of the Year Award to the Stearns History Museum. An application for a beer and liquor license for Mongo’s Grill in St. Cloud will be reviewed as well. A contract proposal for impounding and boarding animals with Central Minnesota Animal Care and Control is on the agenda as well as construction plans and specifications for the Clearwater Road realignment between 43rd Street South and 47th Street South.

There will also be time allotted for citizens to address the Council in an open forum. The first five citizens who sign up prior to the open forum will have a chance to speak.

There won’t be City Council meetings on January 13 and for the January 20 Martin Luther King Junior Holiday.

The only other St. Cloud City Council meeting this month is scheduled for Monday, January 27 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.

Benefit To Be Held For Frostbitten UMD Student Alyssa Jo Lommel Sunday

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01/02/2014 - 10:35 AM

Benefit To Be Held For Frostbitten UMD Student Alyssa Jo Lommel Sunday

A benefit spaghetti dinner will be held Sunday at Blue Line Sports Bar and Grill South for the continuing care of UMD student and St. Cloud native Alyssa Jo Lommel who was severely frostbitten early December in Duluth.

Blue Line Sports Bar and Grill Co-Owner Esther Widor explains the details of the event and how area friends plan to support Lommel’s conditions.

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The benefit will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the meat raffles and auctions lasting until 3:00 p.m. Donations can also be made to Lommel's family through Bremer Bank.

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