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A Sauk Rapids Man Injures A St. Cloud Hospital Member And Deputy While Being Treated

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03/17/2014 - 10:50 AM

A man is facing multiple charges including assaulting a police officer and medical caregiver after struggling to cooperate with police and a hospital staff member.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says officers and deputies were attempting to arrest a man who was walking on Veteran’s Drive near 24th Avenue North Saturday afternoon.

The suspect, 26-year-old Shawn Thomas Iees of Sauk Rapids, had three outstanding warrants for his arrest. When spotting the police, Iees ran from them but was later caught and forced to the ground. He continued to fight with officers which led them to use a tazer on him.

Ambulance responded to the scene to check Iees’s conditions, and he was later taken to St. Cloud hospital by squad. While being treated by hospital staff, Shawn ran from them and the deputy on hand. A hospital staff member and the deputy were both injured in the struggle to contain Iees.

Iees is currently being held in the Stearns County Jail and facing multiple charges including assaulting an officer and medical caregiver. 

Vehicle Axle Weight Restrictions For County Roads Starts Tuesday

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03/17/2014 - 10:20 AM

Seasonal road restrictions for trucks and other large vehicles will go into effect Tuesday during the overnight hours.

According to Stearns County Public Works, no overweight permits will be issued to vehicles that exceed the posted axle weight limits. The weight limits are categorized by 7, 9 and 10-ton vehicles.

You can pick up a complete map of Stearns County seasonal road restrictions at the Stearns County Public Works building in Waite Park.

Winter Storm Forecasts Ice Then Snow

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03/17/2014 - 10:20 AM

Old man winter isn’t done with St. Cloud yet.

According to St. Cloud State University Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman, St. Cloud will be hit in the overnight hours with a mixture of snow, sleet, and freezing rain.

On Tuesday morning there will be 4-8 inches of wet snow which will likely last through Tuesday evening.

Weisman says, Tuesday morning’s commute will be slow going due to a layer of ice underneath the snow. The worst of the conditions in the St. Cloud area will be in I-94 west of St Cloud and along Highway 23 and Highway 95 east of St. Cloud.

Benton County Probation Hearing Turns Into Struggle

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03/13/2014 - 1:30 AM

A routine probation violation hearing took an interesting twist Thursday. Benton County Bailiffs and Deputies were called to respond to an incident at 11:10 a.m. in the Benton County Courts Facility.  

There 36-year-old Dontae Marcus Frazier of Brooklyn Park was sentenced to 86 months in prison for a probation violation. When the courtroom bailiff attempted to take Frazier into custody, Frazier took off running.

He was stopped in the hallway of the court building by bailiffs and Benton County Attorney Phil Miller. Frazier continued to struggle until he was tasered.

Frazier was taken into custody and is currently being held at the Benton County Jail until he will be transported to prison for his probation violation.

He is also facing pending charges of escape from custody and 4th degree assault.

St. Cloud Police Hosting Burglary Prevention Program Tonight

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03/13/2014 - 1:00 AM

The St. Cloud Police Department is hosting a public education session on burglary prevention tonight.

The session titled ‘Burglary Prevention: What to do Before the Burglar Comes’ will teach citizens how to reduce their risk of falling victim to residential burglary.

The burglary prevention education session will start at 7:00 p.m. and will be held in the St. Cloud Police Department Public Training Room at 101 11th Avenue North.

The meeting is open to the public and is scheduled to last just over an hour.

SCSU Names New Executive Director Of Atwood Memorial Center

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03/13/2014 - 12:50 PM

St. Cloud State University has named a new Executive Director of Atwood Memorial Center, Anne Buttke.

Buttke will leave the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where she’s worked since 1992. She brings 8 years experience working as Director of UW-Green Bay’s student union.

Buttke received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and her master’s degree in Management and Organizational Behavior from Silver Lake College.

Buttke will start her position as the Executive Director of Atwood Memorial Center April 23.

SCSU's Outdoor Endeavors Is Seeking Used Bikes For Program

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03/13/2014 - 12:50 PM

As the weather is slowly warming up, St. Cloud State University’s Outdoor Endeavors is looking for bicycle donations for their Husky Re-Cycle Program.

Located in Halenbeck Hall, Outdoor Endeavors is looking to give new life to old bikes. Bikes donated must have useable parts or be repairable as is.

Using these bikes for SCSU’s bike sharing program and helping students with low cost bike repairs, Outdoor Endeavors is hoping these bikes will be a tool for promoting sustainability and smart transportation programs on campus.

Outdoor Endeavors is also seeking to help the City of St. Cloud with their self-service bike repair stations. Currently St. Cloud is working with the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota and Health Partners to add two stations off-campus, one near Lake George and one on the Beaver Islands Trail.

Benton County Sheriff Brad Bennett To Retire January

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03/13/2014 - 10:30 AM

Benton County Sheriff Brad Bennett To Retire January

After seven years of service as Benton County Sheriff, Sheriff Brad Bennett will retire after his second term as Sheriff in January of 2015.

Sheriff Bennett says he’s excited to spend more time with his family in the very near future.

Bennett has worked in law enforcement for 33 years, 29 of those in the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Benton County Chief Deputy Troy Heck told KVSC News the next Benton County Sheriff will be elected from the general election held in November.

SCSU Graduate Paul "Stretch" Diethelm To Play Star-Spangled Banner In NCHC Playoff Series Opener

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03/12/2014 - 11:50 AM

SCSU Graduate Paul

A SCSU graduate and acclaimed guitarist will kick off the National Collegiate Hockey Conference men’s hockey playoff series opener this weekend at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

Paul “Stretch” Diethelm will perform the Star-Spangled Banner on the ice before top-seeded St. Cloud State takes on Miami University in the NCHC playoffs. Friday’s game is slated for a 7:37 puck drop.

Diethelm will also be playing an acoustic set in the atrium of the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center before Friday’s game.

Paul “Stretch” Diethelm is the founder of a Minnesota rock band the Fabulous Armadillos. He wrote, performed and produced “The Husky Hockey Song” played before each game.

Stretch also toured with Grammy Award winning rock and blues artist Jonny Lang.

St. John's University To Host Maple Tapping Day

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03/11/2014 - 11:05 AM

St. John’s University in Collegeville will be hosting its annual inaugural maple sugar community tapping day this Saturday, March 15.

Participants are asked to join in helping university volunteers put out about 1100 taps in area maple trees. No experience is needed.

Spearheaded by Brother Walter Kieffer, this event will be hosted at the St. John’s Sugar Shack. Volunteers are asked to dress warmly as they will be out in the woods for most of the day.

Community Tapping Day is the first of the maple syrup festivities the university will host. There will be two maple syrup festivals following tapping day, one on March 29th and one on April 5th.

This free tapping event will start a 2 p.m. Saturday and last until 5 p.m. 

Railroad Crossing Signal Repairs In St. Cloud May Cause Traffic Delays

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03/11/2014 - 11:00 AM

Railroad Crossing Signal Repairs In St. Cloud May Cause Traffic Delays

Repair work on multiple railroad crossing signal arms throughout the St. Cloud area may cause traffic delays over the next two weeks.

Crews from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation will begin the repairs next Monday, March 17, according to the St. Cloud City Engineers Office. The repairs are scheduled to be completed on Thursday, April 1.

BNSF crews will be working on signal arms at railroad crossings at 4 1/2 Street Northeast, 7th Street Southeast and 15th Avenue Southeast. As well as crossings at East Saint Germain Street and Highway 301 near the Minnesota Correctional Facility and Highway 10.

Traffic flaggers will be at each railroad crossing during the periodic repairs, traffic delays are expected.

People Are Asked To Make A Difference In Their Communities During Red Cross Month

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03/10/2014 - 3:20 AM

This winter season has been a pretty tough one, and if any foundation has been busy keeping the area safe, it would be the American Red Cross. KVSC’s News Director John Peterson has more on the story.

Click here for AUDIO STORY. 

For information on a blood drive near you, visit the American Red Cross website.

St. Cloud Rox To Unveil New Mascot March 20

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03/10/2014 - 10:20 AM

The St. Cloud Rox Baseball Club will unveil their new mascot on Thursday, March 20 at Brothers Bar and Grill in downtown St. Cloud.

The mascot was chosen from a name your mascot contest the Rox held in January. In the contest fans submit their e-mailed proposal for the mascot’s name. The fan with the winning name will receive a pair of 2014 season tickets for Rox home games, a picture with the mascot at the unveiling. As well as a private appearance from the mascot at a local school of their choice.

The mascot unveiling event is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. March 20. The event is free and open to the public.

The St. Cloud Rox home opener is slated for Friday, May 30 at Joe Faber Field.

CapX2020 Project To Cause Closure Along I-94 Through Wednesday

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03/07/2014 - 3:25 AM

Rolling roadblocks and closures on I-94 will be happening Monday through Wednesday as a part of construction on the CapX 20-20 project.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, both directions of I-94 between Highway 23 and County Road 2 will be reduced to a single lane from 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

MinnDOT says rolling roadblocks will be placed in a 4-mile segment of I-94 just west of St. Cloud and usually move at speeds of 15 to 25 miles per hour.

Also on Wednesday, crews will be opening and closing the ramp from Highway 23 to westbound I-94, 15 minutes at a time.


Air Pollution Health Alert Issued Across The Area Until Friday Evening

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03/07/2014 - 2:00 AM

Kids, the elderly, people with a history of heart and lung problems and asthma should avoid being outside this afternoon as an air pollution health alert is an effect until this evening.

According to SCSU Meteorology professor Bob Weisman, this advisory covers the eastern two-thirds of the state including areas of Brainerd, St. Cloud, the Twin Cities.

Weisman explains that the cold front that arrived this morning has air particles producing air-quality indices above 100. Those that suffer from heart or lung problems are advised to stay inside until the winds pick up and blow cleaner air into the region.


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