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Weigh In: St. Cloud State To Choose New Secondary Logo

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02/21/2014 - 9:30 AM

St. Cloud State is creating a new secondary athletics logo and needs your help in deciding which one best captures the pride of Husky nation.

The university is asking for your input from choosing between two final designs that will serve as a secondary visual connection to the "St. C" logo.

Input can be provided by taking a small survey, or visiting SCSU’s Facebook or Twitter pages.

Results and comments gathered online from this survey and social media will be combined with information from focus groups and interviews that has included faculty, staff, students and community members that have taken place on campus.

The new secondary logo will officially be shown later this year following a review of the input by the steering committee. Alterations may be done on the final logo chosen. The deadline for feedback is Sunday at the end of the day.


Thursday's Snowfall Breaks St. Cloud Record

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02/21/2014 - 2:20 AM

Thursday's Snowfall Breaks St. Cloud Record

Thursday’s winter storm dumped more snow in one day than the average snowfall for the entire month of February.

St. Cloud State University Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman says St. Cloud received 7.6 inches of snow from this latest winter storm. That’s more than the average snowfall of 7.1 inches for the month of February.

Thursday’s 7.6 inches of snow also broke a St. Cloud record for daily snowfall that was set back in 1953 of 6.3 inches. So far, St. Cloud has recorded 12.8 inches of snow in February.

Overall the St. Cloud seasonal snowfall of 53.4 inches ranks 7th in highest snow totals through February. The highest snowfall through February in St. Cloud was set back in 1937 with a total of 73 inches of snow, according to Weisman.

City Of St. Cloud Issues A Snow Emergency Effective 12:01 a.m. Friday Morning

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02/20/2014 - 7:15 AM

Severe weather conditions have forced the City of St. Cloud to declare a snow emergency effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday morning.

The National Weather Service is predicting 5 to 7 inches of snow along with 15-25 mph winds and gusts near 40 mph this evening and Friday morning.

The City of St. Cloud would also like to remind people that when the snow emergency begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, parking regulations will be enforced and towing of illegally parked vehicles will occur.

The emergency will be in effect for 72 hours unless canceled due to weather condition improving.

Stay tune to KVSC 88.1 FM for all of the latest weather updates.

Benton County Sheriff's Deputy Uses K-9 To Find Meth Hidden In Vehicle

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02/20/2014 - 12:40 PM

Benton County Sheriff's Deputy Uses K-9 To Find Meth Hidden In Vehicle

A Benton County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over a vehicle just before midnight on Highway 23 for speeding Wednesday and found marijuana, meth and drug paraphernalia inside the car.

According to a Benton County Sheriff’s report, after pulling the vehicle over on Highway 23, three miles west of Foley, the driver 18-year-old Benjamin Bemboom of Foley appeared nervous and showed signs of impairment from drugs or alcohol.

After further investigation the two juvenile boys in the vehicle allegedly had marijuana and drug paraphernalia on them. A Benton County Sheriff's K-9 team searched the vehicle and found a small pouch of suspected methamphetamine hidden behind interior plastic trim of the vehicle.

Bemboom was arrested for 5th degree possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence. He is currently being held for court in the Benton County Jail.

Winter Weather Advisory Updates for Central Minnesota

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02/20/2014 - 11:05 AM

Winter Weather Advisory Updates for Central Minnesota

More snow is falling in Central Minnesota and a winter weather advisory has been issued.  Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman has updated his forecast to predict  between 4 and 8 inches of snow and strong winds for the area.

Weisman says winds of 20-to-30 miles-per-hour and gusts as high as 40 miles-per-hour of blowing snow are expected through the winter weather advisory, which ends Friday at noon.

The snow should continue falling through midnight Thursday. Weisman also warns this afternoon’s and Friday morning’s commutes for St. Cloud will be affected due to the snow along with temperatures dropping back to the single digits.

The southern third of Minnesota, including the Interstate 35 corridor is taking the brunt of the storm, with snowfall reaching 8-to-12 inches and wind gusts up to 55 miles-per-hour. They remain in a steady blizzard warning until noon Friday.

Large Machine Shed Caught Fire Wednesday In Albany Township

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02/20/2014 - 10:30 AM

A large machine shed in Albany caught fire Wednesday evening, just after 6:00 p.m.

Albany Fire Department and Stearns County Sheriff’s responded to the large machine shed fire at 19557 Quaker Road in Albany Township, and reportedly could see the fire spread to the outside of the shed. The machine shed contained a pickup truck, skid steer, and other equipment.

The owner of the property, 80-year-old Thomas Tomsche told investigators the skid steer was operated a short time before the fire started. According to investigators, the fire appeared to start near the area of the skid steer.

Tomsche was not injured during the fire but the equipment inside the large machine shed had smoke and heat damage from the fire.

NSA Drops Claim Against Sauk Rapids Man For "Poking Fun" At Them

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02/19/2014 - 1:30 AM

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) - Federal authorities have dropped an attempt to block a Minnesota man from marketing merchandise poking fun at the National Security Agency for its surveillance of citizens.

Dan McCall, of Sauk Rapids, operates He's claiming victory against the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security.

His merchandise includes T-shirts with the NSA's official seal paired with the slogan: "The only part of the government that actually listens." The federal agencies issued cease-and-desist orders, and McCall sued last fall.

The settlement was filed in federal court in Maryland on Tuesday. The NSA agreed to formally retract its claim that McCall's merchandise violated federal law, and to pay him $500 in court costs, McCall agreed to drop the lawsuit.

Minnesota's DNR Eagle Camera Goes Live

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02/19/2014 - 11:20 AM

The Minnesota DNR’s popular webcam is back and streaming live video of America’s national bird.

Now coming to classrooms, homes, and local business offices, the DNR has announced their live coverage of a pair of nesting eagles in the Twin Cities metro area, and as Lori Naumann, DNR nongame wildlife specialist noted, it is a both fascinating and educational experience for all Minnesotans.

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Known as the eagle cam, the Minnesota DNR is now recording the nest of a pair of eagles, believed to have returned from last year.

DNR biologists believe the same pair has returned to lay their eggs. Last year, their pair of eggs failed to hatch because they were laid too early and more than likely froze. This year, the DNR said the birds have laid two eggs in the last five days.

Making a come-back in Minnesota from near extinction, there are currently about 1,300 active eagle nests in the state, second only to Alaska.

In addition to the live video feed, people can also check out the activities of the new eaglets on the nongame wildlife program’s Facebook page and the DNR’s twitter feed.

Two Incoming Winter Storms Could Mean More Snow For St. Cloud

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02/19/2014 - 11:10 AM

Two Incoming Winter Storms Could Mean More Snow For St. Cloud

More snow is on the way, it also seems like this cold isn’t quite finished with us either.

Meteorology professor Bob Weisman says that St. Cloud will be on the fringe of two winter storms, with the northern of the two leaving some snow. This storm system is proving difficult for meteorologists to forecast.

Noting that central Minnesota’s on the back end of the storm we can expect about 2-5 inches of snow.

But, due to the two storms trying to become one Weisman says this forecast is likely to change. This is because of the relatively small distance between a large amount of snow and just a coating. Any small change in either of the storms could affect the amount of snow we get dramatically.

Keeping with the spirit of a very tough winter cold temperatures will return this weekend.

Weisman added that a blizzard warning may be issued for south central Minnesota near the Interstate 35 corridor south of the Twin Cities to the Mississippi River due to the combination of strong winds and snow predictions.

Stearns History Museum To Host Cabin Fever Reliever For Kids This Saturday

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02/18/2014 - 9:50 AM

Stearns History Museum To Host Cabin Fever Reliever For Kids This Saturday

Are the little ones getting restless from being cooped up inside for the long winter? The Stearns History Museum will host an event for kids this Saturday.

Stearns History Museum’s Cabin Reliever starts Saturday, February 22 at 10:30 a.m. with indoor activities such as a photo hunt and an indoor snowball fight.

There will also be outdoor activities, bird watching, snow painting and blowing ice bubbles. St. Cloud singer-songwriter Paul Spring will perform a concert for the kids at 1:00 p.m.

The Stearns History Museum’s Cabin Fever Reliever is free for members. Tickets for non-members are listed here.

A Criminal Complaint Charges Benton County Parents With Allowing Child To Ingest Drugs

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02/18/2014 - 10:55 AM

FOLEY, Minn. (AP) - A toddler has been removed from a home in Benton County because authorities allege the child and the youngster's parents have tested positive for drugs.

A criminal complaint charges 26-year-old Nicole McKay and 34-year-old Matthew Dennis with allowing their 21-month-old child to ingest methamphetamine and with storing the drug in the presence of a child.

The St. Cloud Times says authorities allege the parents admitted to using drugs prior to the death of another child who died accidentally of positional asphyxiation. Benton County Human Services stepped in when police investigated the death and said they found meth and drug paraphernalia in the home.

The criminal complaint says hair samples from McKay, Dennis and the toddler tested positive for drugs. Attorneys for the couple were not listed in online court records.

Northstar Train Collides Into Car Near Downtown Elk River Monday Morning

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02/18/2014 - 10:40 AM

A mother and her child suffered no injuries after a Northstar commuter train struck their car near downtown Elk River early Monday morning.

According to Metro Transit Police, the train was traveling northbound when it struck the car at Proctor Avenue.

The car then collided with another vehicle and slid onto the tracks. The driver left the car as she was unable to move it. She was also incapable of rescuing her son, who was in a car seat. After the train struck the car, the mother immediately saved the child and went to a nearby business for help.

Police say the train stopped about a quarter-mile from the scene. The mother and child were taken to a medical facility for evaluation and released.

SCSU's New SOPA Research Institute Open House This Thursday

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02/18/2014 - 10:40 AM

St. Cloud State’s School of Public Affairs (SOPA) will be celebrating the grand opening of the SOPA Research Institute Thursday.

The institute will promote joint research between SCSU students and faculty. Over 80,000 dollars has been gathered through four grants, and contracts signed by the institute with businesses, non-profits and governments.

Veteran SCSU economics professor King Banaian will serve as the director. He is the Co-author of the St. Cloud Area Quarterly Business Report, and has spoken with community and faculty partners interested in research opportunities.

The open house will begin at 3:00 p.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.

This free event will take place at St. Cloud State’s Stewart Hall in room 329, and is open to the public.

SCSU To Perform A Rendition of 'That Takes Ovaries'

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02/17/2014 - 1:25 AM

The St. Cloud State University Women’s Center and Student Organization Women’s Action will be putting on the theatrical production of 'That Takes Ovaries' Tuesday. Assistant News Director Vicki Ikeogu has the story.

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The play will be held in the Atwood Theater Tuesday and Wednesday starting at 7 p.m.

Admission is free, however tickets are required.

They can be picked up at the Atwood information desk, the Electric Fetus, and Jules Bistro.

Two People Arrested On First Degree Burglary Charges Stemming From Late Night Incident In St. Cloud

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02/17/2014 - 10:40 AM

Two People Arrested On First Degree Burglary Charges Stemming From Late Night Incident In St. Cloud

A 31-year-old man from Brooklyn Park and 30-year-old woman from Duluth were arrested on robbery and burglary charges after allegedly forcing themselves into a 33-year-old St. Cloud man’s residence.

According to St. Cloud police, Johnny Emil Johnson of Brooklyn Park and Ashley Anne Gilmore of Duluth forced their way into the residence at the 1400 block of 10th Avenue North in St. Cloud early Saturday morning and stole property. A 58-year-old man inside the residence at the time of the break in was allegedly assaulted by the suspects.

Investigators located Johnson and Gilmore near the Grandstay Hotel at the 200 block of 6th Avenue South, where the two were arrested by St. Cloud police.

The criminal investigation unit continued with the investigation, performing search warrants on the hotel room and vehicle Johnson and Gilmore were both seen in.

Johnson and Gilmore are being held for court at the Stearns County Jail on first degree burglary and aggravated robbery charges.

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