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State Officials To Change Power Plants Environmental Effects Classification

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01/27/2014 - 12:20 PM

BECKER, Minn. (AP) - State officials plan to update the way they include environmental and health effects when they determine the overall cost of energy production.

Becker is home to Xcel Energy's Sherco Generating Plant, the largest plant in the state in terms of square feet, steam production, power generation and coal consumption. The plant can produce up to 2,400 megawatts of energy from low sulfur coal.

The move could help guide decisions ranging from the fate of aging power plants to cleaner sources of energy. J. Drake Hamilton is a science policy director with the nonprofit Fresh Energy. She says the new system could cause the state to think twice before investing in certain power plants.

The state has been including external costs since 1993, but the values haven't been updated since 1996.

SCSU Cancels Monday Afternoon and Evening Classes

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01/27/2014 - 11:40 AM

SCSU Cancels Monday Afternoon and Evening Classes

St. Cloud State University afternoon and evening classes are cancelled for Monday.

However, the SCSU campus will open at 12:00 p.m. All employees should report to work at noon or as their regular shift calls for. Employees with questions should contact their supervisor.

St. Cloud State is advising everyone to use their best judgement when making individual travel decisions due to the inclement weather.

Classes will resume Tuesday, unless there is an official notification via email or text message from the University. 

A Water Main Break Causes Closure To Parts Of University Drive

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01/27/2014 - 11:20 AM

Travelers must be advised that 13th Avenue SE, south of University Drive SE is now closed due to a water main break.

According to the City Engineer’s Office, a lane shift will also be used on the eastbound lane of University Drive south east at 13th SE.

Repair is expected to be finished on Wednesday.

Travelers are asked to drive with extra caution.

St. Cloud City Council Meeting Held Tonight

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01/27/2014 - 11:00 AM

The St. Cloud City Council will be meeting tonight at the City Council Chambers at 6:00 p.m.

Included on tonight’s agenda is approval for a temporary on-sale liquor license for Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society for events on July 17 and August 19 at Munsinger Gardens.

Also being approved is the acceptance of a 2013 State Homeland Security Grant of $10,000.

After the agenda concludes and members of the public voice their concerns to the council, the City Council will hear three public hearings. One of those hearings will be the application for an on-sale beer and wine license for St. Cloud Mongo’s Grill at 3701 Division Street, Suite 103.

The hearing will begin at 6:15 p.m.

Sexual Assault Reported Friday Night in South St. Cloud

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01/27/2014 - 11:00 AM

St. Cloud Police are investigating a sexual assault that took place last Friday.

Investigators say the victim, a 30 year-old-woman, was walking in the area of 7th Avenue South and 7th Street South just after 11:30 p.m., when she was attacked by a suspect described as a white man in his mid-twenty’s.

The suspect was last seen running in the alley between 7th and 8th Avenue South wearing a blue and green plaid shirt with light blue jeans.

Anyone with information on the assault is asked to contact the St. Cloud Police.


SCSU Cancels Classes And Activities For Monday, Campus To Open At Noon

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01/26/2014 - 9:30 AM

Due to inclement weather, St. Cloud State University classes and events have been cancelled for the entire day Monday, Jan. 27.

The campus will be closed Monday morning until noon and only essential employees should report for work as directed by your supervisors.

The weather situation will be re-evaluated in the morning to determine a plan of action for evening classes and whether the campus will remain closed for the afternoon.

Follow email, text messages, the university's web site and local media for the latest information.

St. Cloud Republican Caucus Meeting Set For February

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01/24/2014 - 9:55 AM

Republicans of Senate District 14 will be holding their caucus on Tuesday, February 4th at Apollo High School at 7:00 p.m. A straw poll will be held for the Senate, Congressional, and Gubernatorial races. Anyone attending is encouraged to find their ward and precinct numbers by reviewing this link.

Participants are advised to arrive early if they need held finding their ward or precinct.

John Pederson is the current District 14 Senator, he recently announced he was dropping out of the 6th District U.S. Congressional race for the seat being vacated by Michele Bachmann.

St. Cloud Police Investigating Two Similar Burglaries In St. Cloud

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01/24/2014 - 3:00 AM

St. Cloud Police are investigating two recent robberies in the St. Cloud area.

According to investigators, the first robbery happened at the business, Kevin’s Mower on the 1700 block of 5th Street north. The victim reported that sometime in the last 2-weeks someone got through the fence and stole 2 snow blowers, 1 was new and the other used.

The second robbery happened between 5:00 p.m. Thursday and 6:00 a.m. Friday on the 400 block of 14th Avenue Southeast. Property was taken from a detached garage at the location. A specific description of property stolen hasn’t been given.

Anyone with information on these burglaries is asked to contact the St. Cloud police.

Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force Concludes Major Drug Investigation

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01/24/2014 - 11:50 AM

Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force Concludes Major Drug Investigation

A six month investigation into the possession and sale of methamphetamine came to a head this week for the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force.

According to information from the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force 19 people were arrested. The task force seized 818 grams of suspected methamphetamine through several drug dealer sting operations and search warrants. Law enforcement estimates the approximate street value of the meth seized to be worth $50,000.

Suspects were arrested on charges from possession, sales, and distribution of a controlled substance as well as firearms charges.

The investigation assisted by the FBI and other area law enforcement, spanned the cities of St. Cloud and Little Falls, also Stearns, Benton, and Morrison County.


Suspects arrested in the investigation:

1. Matthew Gilmer, 26, St. Cloud. 1st degree sales of controlled substances

2. James Benson, 30, Little Falls. Charged federally with conspiracy to distribute

3. Andrea Leabch, 25, Little Falls. 1st degree possession

4. Lazaro Diaz, 33, Willmar. 1st degree possession and felon in possession of firearm

5. Travis Eggerth, 32, St. Cloud. 1st degree sales of controlled substances

6. Jaimarie Meister, 30, St. Cloud. 1st degree sales of controlled substances

7. David Nowlan, 22, St. Cloud. 1st degree sales of controlled substances

8. Jackie Garcia-Alvarez, 30, St Cloud. 2nd degree sales of controlled substances

9. Ryan Swartley, 31, St. Cloud. 2nd degree sales of controlled substances

10. Kristen Kolbe, 22, St. Cloud. 2nd degree sales of controlled substances

11. Daniel Hollis, 25, St. Cloud. 3rd degree sales of controlled substances

12. Mildred Spoden, 66, St. Cloud. 5th degree possession

13. Stacie Condos, 31, St. Cloud. 1st degree possession

14. Richard Fujimoto, 41, St. Cloud. 1st degree possession

15. Anthony Nilson, 33, St. Cloud. 2nd degree possession

16. Jeremy Munson, 30 , St. Cloud. 1st degree sale of controlled substances

The three suspects below were arrested on existing warrants.

17. Melanie Quick, 19, Sauk Rapids

18. Christopher Schuman, 26, Little Falls

19. Samantha Barrett, 21, St. Cloud

Wind Chill Warning In Effect For Entire State

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01/23/2014 - 9:50 AM

Wind Chill Warning In Effect For Entire State

The wide spread wind chill warning for the entire state of Minnesota is effective until noon today.

According to St. Cloud State University Meteorology Professor, Bob Weisman, much of the state is engulfed in bitter cold temperatures hovering around the minus-teens.

Weisman forecasts temperatures will stay around -20 for much of the day here in St. Cloud. With a wind chill of -35 in St. Cloud this morning Weisman wants to reminds residents that exposed skin can freeze in 10 minutes or less.

St. Cloud Police Warn Drivers About Icy Road Conditions

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01/23/2014 - 10:45 AM

Recent cold conditions and areas of blowing snow across central Minnesota roads have recently produced icy conditions causing multiple accidents.

St. Cloud State Meteorologist Bob Weisman is reminding travelers that the icy spots could remain a problem. Black ice is possible due to the dangerously cold temperatures that prevent salt from working properly.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke is also warning drivers of the slick road conditions and asking everybody to drive with caution.

Community Input Is Wanted On Universally Accessible Playground

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01/22/2014 - 9:55 AM

Community Input Is Wanted On Universally Accessible Playground

St. Cloud State University’s Student Council For Exceptional Children Club is teaming up with the St. Cloud Park and Recreation Department on building a fully-accessible playground for all children in the central Minnesota community.

The playground will be located at Whitney Regional Park in St. Cloud. The committees are inviting community schools, businesses, organizations, families, and children to come together and help design the playground.

The meeting will be Monday in Clemen’s Hall at Whitney Senior Center from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.


SCSU's Provost Malhotra To Lead Metropolitan State University

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01/22/2014 - 4:30 AM

SCSU's Provost Malhotra To Lead Metropolitan State University

The Provost of St. Cloud State University is accepting a two-year position at Metropolitan State University. Devinder Malhotra sent a campus-wide email to faculty, staff and student leadership announcing his interim presidency at Metropolitan State. He will remain at St. Cloud State through June 30.

The provost has been at university for nearly five years and says the experience has helped him grow personally and professionally. Malhotra says it has been an incredible ride and he has been privileged to serve as the chief academic officer.

search for a new provost is expected to begin right away with a goal of naming a new academic leader by July 1. The provost and vice president for academic affairs, who reports to the President, is the chief academic officer of the university and is responsible for advancing the academic and scholarly life of the campus.

UMD Frostbitten Student Alyssa Lommel Undergoes Additional Amputations

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01/22/2014 - 2:20 AM

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - The University of Minnesota Duluth student recovering from severe frostbite has undergone another amputation surgery.

Alyssa Lommel's mother, Teri, posted on her daughter's CaringBridge website that doctors were unable to save any of her fingers or thumbs. WDIO-TV reports Lommel's mother says surgeons found more tissue damage than expected and had to amputate just below the knuckles of both hands.

The 19-year-old St. Cloud native suffered severe frostbite and hypothermia after a night outdoors in Duluth when temperatures dropped to minus-17. Police say the college sophomore had been out drinking with friends, was dropped off, but never made it inside.

Lommel earlier had some tips on her toes removed, as well as part of one foot. Her mother writes that her daughter should be able to walk normally.

SCSU To Host Power In Diversity Leadership Conference

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01/22/2014 - 11:45 AM

SCSU To Host Power In Diversity Leadership Conference

St. Cloud State University will host its fifth annual Power in Diversity Leadership Conference starting January 23.

This year’s conference, Today’s Vision: Tomorrow’s Reality, will provide leadership opportunities for college students of color and other underrepresented groups of students through workshops and speakers.

Among the many keynote speakers, the conference will host actress and writer Laverne Cox, award winning investigative journalist Jeff Johnson and nation speaker Joshua Fredenburg.

The four day conference will provide leadership activities for those attending.


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