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SCSU Will Host Area Students At Leadership Conference

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01/31/2014 - 11:40 AM

SCSU will be hosting a day-long leadership retreat for 250 student leaders from 8 area schools.

The event titled “We-Act” will be held Monday, February 3 from 9:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m. in The Atwood Center Ballroom.

Students attending the “We-Act” leadership retreat will participate in brainstorming ideas for a local conference involving middle school students.

The events keynote speaker will be motivational speaker Molly Burke. Burke was diagnosed with a retinal disease causing loss of vision when she was just 4-years-old. Burke’s message involves rising above any challenge in life, whether it be bullying, mental illness or physical disabilities.

Northstar Corridor Passengers Reach Record Highs In 2013

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01/31/2014 - 10:50 AM

Last year’s numbers have been released for the Northstar Commuter Rail line and Commuter Bus service.

According to a press release from Northstar, ridership for the bus service connecting St. Cloud to the Big Lake rail station grew 9.4 percent in 2013. 55,213 passengers rode the bus linking them to the Big Lake station.

Chair of the Northstar Corridor Development Authority, Leigh Lenzmeier, says the Sunday evening buses are frequently filled with SCSU students heading back up to St. Cloud.

The Northstar train commuters traveling to or from Minneapolis also grew in 2013, by 12 percent. Last year’s total number of riders reached the highest in Northsatr’s four year history with 787,239 riders.

Stearns County Park Department Receives Million Dollar Grant For Extension Of Lake Wobegon Trail

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01/30/2014 - 11:30 AM

Stearns County Park Department Receives Million Dollar Grant For Extension Of Lake Wobegon Trail

Stearns County’s Park Department has received their largest grant ever to help extend the Lake Wobegon Trail from St. Joseph to Waite Park.

According to Stearns County Parks Director Peter Theismann the Parks and Trails Legacy Program will use the $1 million grant to help fund purchasing of the trail corridor, completion of engineering plans for building the trail and the construction of a portion of the trail located in River’s Edge Park in Waite Park.

The additional 3.2 miles from St. Joseph to Waite Park will be running parallel to an active railroad line and make the entire trail over 57 miles long.

Theismann also notes that the plans are to purchase the land this year and finish construction in Rivers Edge Park in Waite Park in 2015.

Stearns History Museum Seeking New Logo Design in Competition

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01/30/2014 - 11:05 AM

Stearns History Museum is holding its first ever “Design Off” competition Monday, February 10th to create a design that will represent the museum’s new vision.

According to the Stearns History Museum Executive Director Tim Hoheisel, the design should make the museum feel like the “Front Porch” of Stearns County.

The winning design must be effective without color and scalable to fit everything from business cards to pens and billboards. The finished product must be able to be recreated and delivered as a vector file.

All designers will be allowed to set up at the museum between 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Designing will start at 5:00 p.m. and must be finished at 7:00 p.m. A gallery walk will be open to the public until 7:30 p.m. with the winning design being announced at the end of the showcase.

The winner will receive a $500 reward and will have their design used in museum marketing. 

To enter the contest, all designers must RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Thursday by contacting Tim Hoheisel at 320-253-8424 or by e-mail 

Stolen U.S. Mail Found In Vehicle Of A Suspected Drunk Driver

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01/29/2014 - 9:45 AM

WAITE PARK, Minn. (AP) - Police in the St. Cloud area say an officer found a stash of U.S. mail taken from at least five communities after pulling over a suspected drunken driver.

Waite Park police say a search after the traffic stop last week turned up a significant amount of mail taken from boxes in St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Becker, Clear Lake and Clearwater.

Authorities say the Waite Park Police Department is the contact if residents think they might be missing mail.

Ambassador Of Iceland To The United States Gudmundur StefanssonTo Speak At SCSU Monday

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01/29/2014 - 4:30 AM

The Ambassador of Iceland to the United States Gudmundur Stefansson will be speaking to the St. Cloud State campus Monday at the Ringsmuth Auditorium in the James W. Miller Center about various topics including Icelandic American relations.

KVSC’s News Director John Peterson has more on this special visit.

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The free public event will start with a reception at 9:00 a.m. with Ambassador Stefansson speaking from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

National Girls And Women In Sports Day To Be Recognized By SCSU

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01/29/2014 - 12:10 PM

National Girls And Women In Sports Day To Be Recognized By SCSU

St. Cloud State University is hoping to get kids, especially girls, active in sports by hosting the National Girls and Women in Sports Day. KVSC assistant news director Vicki Ikeogu has the story.

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SCSU To Host Wikipedia-Edit-A-Thon Saturday

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01/29/2014 - 11:55 AM

SCSU To Host Wikipedia-Edit-A-Thon Saturday

St. Cloud State University will be among many participants striving to improve women’s presence on the popular website Wikipedia. KVSC assistant news director Vicki Ikeogu has the story.

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SCSU Will Host Event Celebrating Their International Programming

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01/29/2014 - 10:45 AM

St. Cloud State University will host an event that celebrates students, various campus departments, community members and international programming with area schools.

The International Celebration will take place February 5th, from 10:00 a.m.-to-3:00 p.m. in the Atwood Memorial Center Ballroom.

The event celebrates SCSU receiving the Simon Award for comprehensive internationalization and the 2013 Heiskell Award for best practices in international partnerships.

Event highlights include performances from St. Cloud State students and global organizations, culture lessons on writing in foreign alphabets and origami, and a live web stream of community partners in Kenya.

The International Celebration at SCSU is free and open to the public.

Steve Notch Named New Stearns County District 5 Commissioner

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01/29/2014 - 10:40 AM

Steve Notch has been named the new Stearns County District 5 Commissioner after winning a close race Tuesday to receive the vacant seat on the Board of Commissioners.

According to the Stearns County Special election results, 2,128 votes were casted with Notch gathering 1,117, counting for 52% of the election.

He defeated Dan Gamradt who received 1,010 votes. There was one write in vote.

This special election was called to replace the late Commissioner Don Otte who died last August from his battle with cancer.

Notch will need to run again in November for his seat expires at the end of the year.

Water Main Bursts Causing Lane Closures In North St. Cloud

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01/29/2014 - 10:00 AM

The St. Cloud Public Services Department is warning drivers that a water main break in North St. Cloud is tangling up traffic, just east of North Junior High.

Traffic will be shifted to the east bound traffic lanes on 12th Street North from 26th Avenue North to the intersection of 13th Street North and Northway Drive.

Both of the westbound traffic lanes are closed for repairs.

This closure is expected to last about three days.

This is the second water main to break in the last several days due to the extreme cold temperatures.

St. Cloud Regional Airport Enjoys Success In 2013

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01/28/2014 - 12:00 PM

The St. Cloud Regional Airport looks to continue to their 2013 success into the New Year with the addition of flying to Orlando, which is a little over a month old.

KVSC’s News Director John Peterson has more on last year’s performance of the city’s airport.

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Shots Fired In Sauk Rapids Armed Robbery

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01/28/2014 - 11:30 AM

Shots Fired In Sauk Rapids Armed Robbery

Sauk Rapids Police Officers were called to a robbery involving a handgun at 15th Street Northeast in Sauk Rapids, just before 7:30 p.m. Monday.

According to Sauk Rapids Police Chief Perry Beise, a black man in his 20’s, about 6 feet tall allegedly pointed a handgun at the victim while wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a bandana over his face. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money from the victim and allegedly fired his gun twice during the incident.

Chief Beise says that the victim could not see where the suspect was pointing his gun when he fired it. 

The suspect then ran to a four door sedan across the parking lot with the engine idling and fled the scene.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact the Sauk Rapids Police Department.

SCSU Hosting 52nd Annual Winter Institute in February

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01/28/2014 - 10:40 AM

The 52nd Winter Institute at St. Cloud State University will kick off Wednesday, February 12 in Atwood Memorial Center.

The event gathers the best minds in the region and the country to share their thoughts and ideas on economic issues.

This year’s Winter Institute will be headlined with a free keynote presentation by Harvard professor and editor of the Journal of Public Economics, Raj Chetty. Chetty’s presentation covers his research evidence and theory to help design more effective government policies. Chetty was named one of the top economists in the world by the New York Times and The Economist Magazine.

Other highlights of the event will include a business outlook panel discussion with banking professionals, economics professors from SCSU, Ohio State and the University of Minnesota.

After the free panel discussion, SCSU economics professors King Banaian and Rich MacDonald will present the Quarterly Business Report for the St. Cloud area.

The 52nd Winter Institute is hosted by SCSU’s Department of Economics and the School of Public Affairs. The event runs February 12-13 with registration fees ranging from $25-$50.

SCSU To Cancel Tuesday Classes Starting Before Noon

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01/27/2014 - 9:30 AM

Due to inclement weather, SCSU classes which start before noon Tuesday, Jan. 28, are cancelled.  

Classes that start at noon or after on Tuesday, Jan. 28, for the afternoon and evening will be held as scheduled.

Employees will have a two-hour delay in start time and should report by 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Everyone should use your own best judgment in making decisions about travel in inclement weather.

Visit the St. Cloud State website for the latest updates on further cancellations.

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