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St. Cloud Police Arrest 14-Year-Old Boy For Possession Of Dangerous Weapon

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02/14/2014 - 2:10 AM

A boy was arrested Friday morning after allegedly carrying a dangerous weapon on a school bus.

According to St. Cloud Police, School District 742 officials informed them that a 14-year-old boy potentially had a dangerous weapon with him on the school bus.

Officers safely took the weapon from the juvenile who was later arrested and placed in secure detention.

There were no injuries reported from the incident.

Debra Carlson Named NCCCC Director Of The Year

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02/14/2014 - 1:15 AM

Debra Carlson Named NCCCC Director Of The Year

The National Coalition of Campus Children’s Center (NCCCC) has selected their recipient of the Director of the Year award.

Debra Carlson, director of the Lindgren Child Care Center at St. Cloud State University since 1980, has received the award for representing the SCSU campus and the state with leadership characteristics and a positive impact on early care and education.

The NCCCC is represented nationwide by more than 620 members who represent two and four year colleges and universities that provide early care and education programming, leadership and advocacy.

The Lindgren Child Care Center provides infant, toddler, and preschool-aged care to the kids of St. Cloud State, staff and faculty.

A Waite Park Woman Suffers Serious Injuries After Crashing Into Truck On Highway 23 Thursday

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02/14/2014 - 12:05 PM

A woman has suffered serious injuries after crashing into a truck on Highway 23 and County Road 138 Thursday afternoon.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 1999 Suburu Forester driven by 40-year-old Kristen Betterman of Waite Park, was traveling westbound on Highway 23 when a 2006 Ford Super Duty driven by 35-year-old Gary Spychala (Spee-ya-la) of St. Joseph, was traveling eastbound on Highway 23 and turning left at the intersection. While crossing into the westbound lane, Spychala was broadsided by the Suburu.

Betterman was taken to the St. Cloud hospital for her serious injuries. Spychala suffered no apparent injuries.

Club Red To Take Place In SCSU Fieldhouse Saturday Night

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02/14/2014 - 12:00 PM

Club Red To Take Place In SCSU Fieldhouse Saturday Night

The St. Cloud State University Program board is trying their best to end this week’s Celebrate St. Cloud festivities with a bang.

UPB President Chris Trankel spoke about the Club Red event taking place this Saturday night.

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Stearns County Environmental Services Give Out Annual Food Safety Awards

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02/14/2014 - 10:30 AM

Stearns County Environmental Services Give Out Annual Food Safety Awards

The annual Stearns County Food Safety Awards were presented earlier this week to a St. Joseph restaurant and Melrose school.

According to the Stearns County Environmental Services Department, the Local Blend in St. Joseph received the Food Safety Award for the restaurant category. Owners of The Local Blend Jeff and Stacie Engholm accepted the award at Wednesday’s Stearns County Commissioners meeting.

Jeff Engholm is an adjunct professor at SCSU who teaches the advanced audio editing class and is a member of KVSC’s own Shake a Hamster Band.

St. Mary’s Catholic School in Melrose won the Food Safety Award in the school category.

A Woman Was Abducted By Two Masked Men In Sartell Wednesday Night

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02/13/2014 - 11:50 AM

A woman who returned to her vehicle after a stop at McDonald's was abducted and assaulted.

According to Sartell Police Chief Jim Hughes, a 56-year-old woman went into the fast food restaurant about 9:40 p.m. Wednesday night. When she got back in her vehicle, a man in a ski mask was in her back seat. Police say he told her to drive to another location where a second masked man demanded money. Investigators say she was attacked and choked into unconsciousness.

The men drove the woman around the St. Cloud area and eventually pushed her from the vehicle.

Chief Hughes said the woman went into Coborn's Superstore in Sauk Rapids about 2 a.m. Thursday and called for help. She was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital to be treated for her injuries and was later released.

Sauk Rapids Police later located the vehicle abandoned in their city and found that the inside had been set on fire.

Bob Weisman Warns St. Cloud Residents Of Winter Weather Conditions

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02/13/2014 - 11:00 AM

Bob Weisman Warns St. Cloud Residents Of Winter Weather Conditions

Rural St. Cloud residents should prepare for some possibly slippery road conditions and blowing snow due to high winds.

According to SCSU Meteorologist Bob Weisman, the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until 4 p.m. for blowing snow.

Weisman says the little snow St. Cloud received the last few days may be blown across roadways by 15-30 MPH winds with gusts as high as 40 MPH.


UMD Softball To Open Up Fund In Honor Of The Late Mandy Matula

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02/13/2014 - 10:55 AM

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - The University of Minnesota Duluth Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has set up a fund in memory of former Bulldog softball player Mandy Matula.

The UMD Softball 1 Four Mandy Matula Fund was established in partnership with Matula's family. The fund will provide financial support for the Bulldog softball program.

Matula, of Eden Prairie, was 24 when she disappeared last May. Police believe her ex-boyfriend shot her before killing himself outside the Eden Prairie police station a day later.

Her remains were found in Stearns County in October.

UMD Frostbitten Student Given Permission To Return Home

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02/13/2014 - 10:05 AM

A University of Minnesota Duluth student who was found with severe frostbite two months ago is now allowed to return to her St. Cloud home.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, after partial amputations of all her fingers and parts of her feet, Alyssa Lommel was free to leave St. Cloud Hospital on Monday.

A post on the family’s CaringBridge website said that nurses and physical therapists plan to still work with Alyssa at her family’s home.

Camp Ripley Is Hosting The Second Annual Winter Warrior Sled Dog Race This Weekend

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02/12/2014 - 9:30 AM

Camp Ripley Is Hosting The Second Annual Winter Warrior Sled Dog Race This Weekend

Instead of the sounds of military drills and target practice, Camp Ripley will be filled with the sounds of barking dogs and racers yelling mush-mush this weekend.

Camp Ripley, near Little Falls is hosting the second annual Winter Warrior Sled Dog Race Friday and Saturday.

The second annual Winter Warrior Sled Dog Race is part of the North Star Sled Dog Club’s competition circuit. The North Star Sled Dog Club started organizing dog sled races in Minnesota back the 1960’s.

Competitors are split up into six or ten dog sleds. The six dog sleds have a 25 mile long course and then ten dog sleds have a 45 mile course they will race to complete.

Last year’s winner, Bob Bzdok of Rice will be back to defend his title.

The race begins at 9:00 a.m. and spectators must show a valid driver’s license at the front gate.

Water Main Bursting Causes Lane Closure on 15th Street North

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02/11/2014 - 9:55 AM

Please drive with extra caution if you plan on traveling down 15th Street North Tuesday.

According to the City’s Engineer’s Office, 15th Street North will be closed today from 9th to 12th Avenue North due to a water main bursting.

The closure is expected to last around one day.

St. Cloud Hospital Patients Receive Encouragement From The Snow

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02/11/2014 - 12:15 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Huge messages left in the snow on the frozen Mississippi River are giving patients at St. Cloud Hospital a lift.

At ground level, the patted-down snow doesn't look like much. But from the hospital windows above, the messages are quite clear. The latest are the words "love" and "believe," along with a peace symbol. Each time there's fresh snow, there's a new message.

Nurse Mary Habiger has seen a man and woman in snow shoes stamping out the messages. She says the mystery man and woman seem well organized and plan their messages in advance.

Habiger tells WCCO-TV, there are lots of family lounges in the hospital that face the river. So even if a patient's room doesn't overlook the river, they can view the messages from there.

A New Coca Cola Freestyle Machine Debuts On SCSU Campus

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02/11/2014 - 12:00 PM

A New Coca Cola Freestyle Machine Debuts On SCSU Campus

St. Cloud State and Viking Coca Cola have given students a new feature on campus to make it easier to fill up on their favorite Coca Cola product.

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

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UTVS News Wins Multiple Broadcast Education Awards

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02/11/2014 - 11:30 AM

St. Cloud State University and the Department of Mass Communications are well respected for all three of its student media organizations.

This time it’s the college TV station getting the nod in national awards. UTVS News nearly completed a total sweep of the Broadcast Education Awards, winning 3 first place awards and one third place award.

Assistant News Director Steve Coursolle caught up with Executive Producer for UTVS News en Espanol and UTVS News Reporter Emilio Ramos De Jesus to learn more.

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Annual Freez-a-thon To Take Place On the Atwood Memorial Center Steps All This Week

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02/10/2014 - 1:50 AM

All this week, members of the SCSU Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and Delta Zeta Sorority will be “freezing for a cause” on the steps of the Atwood Memorial Center Mall.

Phi Kappa Tau member and Student Government President Eric Petersen comments about this annual event his fraternity puts on.

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