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April's First St. Cloud City Council Meeting Scheduled For This Monday

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04/04/2014 - 12:00 PM

April's First St. Cloud City Council Meeting Scheduled For This Monday

April’s first City Council meeting will be held this Monday at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers in downtown St. Cloud.

On the meeting’s agenda is the Raymond Park Improvement Project, accepting a bid for the St. Cloud Stormwater Retrofit Project and an application dealing with Highway 15 and 33rd Street South roadway improvements.

There won’t be a meeting on Monday, April 14, so the next City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m.

Sauk Rapids Man In Sherburne County Jail On Multiple Drug And Firearm Charges

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04/04/2014 - 11:10 AM

Sauk Rapids Man In Sherburne County Jail On Multiple Drug And Firearm Charges

A Sauk Rapids man is facing multiple charges including reckless discharge of a firearm in city limits after admitting of firing off one round from a firearm in St. Cloud Wednesday morning.

St. Cloud police Sergeant Jason Burke says casings from a 9 millimeter firearm were found at 1700 16th Street SE. Additional 9 millimeter ammunition and marijuana was also found in the suspect’s vehicle and backpack.

Sergeant Burke says the firearm used in the incident has the serial number filed off of it.

The man, 18-year-old Joseph Curtis Morey of Sauk Rapids, was taken to the Sherburne County Jail and is being held on multiple charges including reckless discharge of a firearm in city limits, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of firearm without a permit.

No injuries were reported during the incident.

St. Cloud Could Receive 6-12 Inches of Snow in Storm

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04/03/2014 - 10:20 AM

Old Man Winter just doesn’t know when to give up.

St. Cloud State University Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman says we are expecting 3-to-6 inches of snow in the St. Cloud area. Little Falls could have temperatures below freezing today causing ice to form. Weisman also says the storm will start tonight and stop at around noon Friday in St. Cloud .

St. Cloud will be on the northeastern side of the heaviest snowfall.  Driving conditions will be slippery with snow falling at a rate where it will be hard for road crews to clean up.

The Twin Cities will be expecting 8-to-12 inches of snow.

Going into Thursday's storm, St. Cloud has received 63.9 inches of snow this season, making it into the 10 snowiest seasons for the third time in four winters.

A Rice Man's Pickup Collides With Semi In St. Joseph Township Wednesday Morning

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04/02/2014 - 5:15 AM

County Road 2 closed for most Wednesday afternoon while Stearns County officials and the Minnesota State Patrol investigated a collision between a semi and a pickup at the intersection of County Road 2 and Minnesota Street West in St. Joseph township.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says, a semi hauling several large propane tanks was traveling northbound on County Road 2 Wednesday morning when it collided into a pickup that was west on Minnesota Street West and attempting to turn south onto County Road 2.

Sanner says none of the propane tanks leaked as Minnesota Hazmat assisted at the scene.

St. Joseph Fire and Rescue staff extricated the driver of the pickup, 48-year-old Lee Meyer of Rice from the vehicle. He was taken by ambulance to the St. Cloud hospital.

The driver of the semi, 29-year-old Anthony Bruemmer of Sartell, was treated at the scene.

Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

New Omnibus Body Bill To Include Plans of Development For St. Cloud Projects

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04/02/2014 - 4:00 AM

The 2014 Omnibus Body Bill unveiled by the House Capital Investment Committee Tuesday includes development plans for St. Cloud.

District House Representative Zachary Dorholt says the funding covers a variety of projects in St. Cloud and support for St. Cloud State University.

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The entire Bonding bill calls for $850 million dollars in infrastructure spending across the state and must be approved by both the House, Senate and Governor Dayton.

St. Cloud Telemarketing Company Meyer Teleservices To Close Doors

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04/02/2014 - 2:45 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A St. Cloud-based telemarketing company created after the Watergate scandal to raise funds for the Democratic Party is insolvent and will close its doors.

Meyer Teleservices owner Gary Owen says the decreasing number of telephone land lines and the lack of access to cell phones have crippled his business. He says politicians are turning to the Internet to raise funds.

The company has closed its offices in Eveleth, St. Cloud and Little Falls. About 100 people have lost their jobs in Eveleth alone. Owen says he did everything possible to remain open, using his retirement money and house equity.

The Mesabi Daily News says the company owes about $250,000 to the Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board which it loaned for the Eveleth facility.

UPDATE: Autopsy Results Find Gunshot Wound Caused The Death Of Missing Foley Man

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04/02/2014 - 2:30 AM

UPDATE: Autopsy Results Find Gunshot Wound Caused The Death Of Missing Foley Man

Midwest Medical Examiners have determined from preliminary autopsy results that 31-year-old Jamie Wylie of Foley, who had been missing since December 9, was the victim of a homicide.

Benton County Sheriff Brad Bennett says final autopsy results confirmed that the Foley native died of a gunshot wound.

Wylie’s body was found on Tuesday, March 25 just before 2:30 p.m. along County Road 75 between Mayhew Lake Road and East Saint Germain Street.

The investigation into Wylie’s death is ongoing.

Anyone with information on the case or suspicious activity in the area of Benton County Road 75 is asked to contact the Benton’s County Sheriff’s Office at 320-968-7201.

Police Seek Help In Super 8 Armed Robbery in St. Cloud

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04/02/2014 - 12:00 PM

Police Seek Help In Super 8 Armed Robbery in St. Cloud

St. Cloud Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects involved in an armed robbery early this morning.

According to St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke officers were called to the Super 8 motel located at 50 Park Avenue South in St. Cloud at about 6:50 a.m.

Police say two male suspects entered the business, one with a handgun, and demanded money and then left the motel.

Police say the suspects are black and appear to be in their mid-20s. They were seen wearing all dark clothing.

No one was injured in the robbery.

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

St. Martin Barn Believed To Be Total Loss After Fire Tuesday Night

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04/02/2014 - 11:55 AM

The Stearns County Sheriff’s department believes an electrical heater is the cause behind a barn fire in St. Martin.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says St. Martin fire department and the sheriff’s department were called to the fire in the 26000 block of County Road 12 in St. Martin township around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday night.

Sanner said the homeowners, 74-year-old Wilfred Schmitt and 66-year-old Kathleen Schmitt, woke up and saw the unattached barn on fire. The Schmitt’s told the sheriff’s department that the barn was filled with antiques, wood, iron, and old woodworking machines.

The barn was determined to be a complete loss.

Xican@ Month 2014 To Kick Off With Opening Ceremonies Friday On SCSU Campus

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04/02/2014 - 10:30 AM

Mecha de SCSU will be starting Xican@ Month 2014, an annual month long celebration of Xican@ cultures, histories and peoples this Friday with opening ceremonies at 12:30 p.m.

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Depending on the possible rain or snow conditions, the dance may be moved inside to the Atwood Main Lounge.

Stay tuned to KVSC 88.1 FM for location changes.

UPDATE: Employee Shot Outside The St. Cloud Press Bar And Saloon

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04/02/2014 - 10:20 AM

UPDATE: Employee Shot Outside The St. Cloud Press Bar And Saloon

St. Cloud Police have identified the victim of Saturday morning's shooting outside of the Press Bar and Parlor in downtown St. Cloud.

According to the St. Cloud Police Department's Sergeant Jason Burke, the victim is 31-year-old James Alan Gackstetter of St. Cloud. His current condition has not been released.

Authorities say the victim of a shooting that happened just after 12:30 a.m. Saturday outside the Press Bar and Parlor in downtown St. Cloud is an employee of the bar.

St. Cloud police say the suspect identified himself as 24-year-old Courtney Terell Holmes from Mississippi. Investigators think the suspect is giving police false information to hide his identity and are working with outstate law enforcement agencies to find out his true identity.

Sergeant Jason Burke of the St. Cloud police says the victim asked two underage women to leave the bar, when he saw one of the women leaving with the alleged suspect.

The Press Bar and Saloon employee followed the two outside where a verbal confrontation took place. The suspect and the underage woman both spit on the victim before the suspect allegedly fired multiple shots, wounding the 31-year-old bar employee.

The victim was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital emergency room with non-life threatening injuries.


MnDOT Will Hold A Meeting For Future Construction Plans Thursday

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04/01/2014 - 11:00 AM

MnDOT Will Hold A Meeting For Future Construction Plans Thursday

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will announce their 2014 construction season Thursday.

Among the speakers at the meeting, will be MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle who will be talking about the 2014 state highway construction program.

The event will be Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at the Transportation Building in St. Paul and will be live streamed on YouTube.


Monticello Nuclear Power Plant In Need Of Improvement

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04/01/2014 - 10:40 AM

MONTICELLO, Minn. (AP) - A top Nuclear Regulatory Commission official says Xcel Energy needs to work to improve the "degraded" performance of its Monticello nuclear power plant.

Regional administrator Cynthia Pederson tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Xcel needs to understand the "depth and breadth" of performance issues and correct them.

Pederson visited Monticello Monday night for an annual regulator meeting for plant workers and the community. She says Monticello is a safe nuclear reactor, but managers need to clean up several examples of improper procedure.

NRC inspectors last June said Monticello wasn't prepared for worst-case flooding along the Mississippi River. Xcel says it's fixed that problem by putting dike-building materials at hand in case of a big flood.

St. Cloud State To Extend Firm Searching Process For Two Administration Postions

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03/31/2014 - 2:45 AM

St. Cloud State To Extend Firm Searching Process For Two Administration Postions

St. Cloud State University will extend the search for the positions of Dean of the Herberger Business School and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The University went through an RFP process to find a firm to help with finding candidates for both positions by July. SCSU President Earl H. Potter III says after reviewing the search firm proposals and listening to feedback from campus colleagues, more time is needed to find a firm that fits the desired search process.

President Potter adds that the University will move forward in finding a search firm for both searches, but with the intent of making appointments by January.

Both positions opened up this January when Diana Lawson, current Dean of the Herberger Business School accepted the position as Dean of the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan and Miguel Martinez-Saenz, current Dean of University College and Associate Provost for Student Success, accepted the position as the new Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs of Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio for the next Fall academic term.

New Fundraising Plan In Store For Republican Representative Michele Bachmann

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03/31/2014 - 11:50 AM

New Fundraising Plan In Store For Republican Representative Michele Bachmann

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota’s 6th congressional district Representative Michele Bachmann is renewing her fundraising solicitations, even though she doesn't plan to run for re-election.

The former Republican presidential candidate is once again sending email fundraising requests after her political action committee essentially sat dormant for a year. Her PAC raised about $250,000 in 2013, with about a third spent on legal bills.

Aside from MichelePAC, Bachmann ended 2013 with more than $1.7 million in her congressional campaign account. She can hold on to that campaign money and use it for a possible future campaign.

Washington University political science professor Steven Smith tells Minnesota Public Radio that Bachmann may have resumed her PAC solicitations because negative news over allegations of campaign finance violations related to her 2012 presidential campaign has faded.

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