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Avon Brush Fire Believed To Be Cause Of Barn Fire

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04/17/2014 - 12:35 PM

A brush fire is believed to be the cause of a barn fire in Collegeville Township.

According to Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner, the fire in the 17000 block of County Road 9 was reported just after 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Avon Fire Department and Stearns County deputies say the fire was contained in the hay loft of 65-year-old Diana Holsinger’s barn, causing minimal damage. All animals in the barn had escaped.

No injuries were reported.

The fire still remains under investigation.

St. Cloud Snowfall Wednesday Leaves High Snow Totals

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04/17/2014 - 11:50 AM

The St. Cloud area received its heaviest snowfall of the season Wednesday, breaking daily snowfall records. 

St. Cloud State University Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman says the St. Cloud area received 8.5 inches of snow, 0.3 inches more than the snowfall on February 20 and 21. 

Weisman adds St. Cloud has received 75.5 inches of snow this season tying 1916-1917 for 5th place in historical records and only 3 inches short of last season's 78.5 inches.

The good news is that the storm is over and driving conditions are gradually improving. However, Weisman says there still maybe ice under the snow.

 

UPDATE: St. Cloud Could Receive 6-10 Inches of New Snow

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04/16/2014 - 10:10 AM

UPDATE: St. Cloud Could Receive 6-10 Inches of New Snow

Even more snow is expected in St. Cloud Wednesday than originally predicted.

St. Cloud State University Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman originally forecasted 2-5 inches of snow. However, due to the storm slowing down and shifting to the south, we are expecting between 6 and 10 inches of snow in the St. Cloud area.

Weisman says as of 11:30 a.m. snow is falling at about a half inch to an inch an hour and visibility is extremely low, making the evening commute difficult.

The snow is falling in St. Cloud and eastward, including Long Prairie, Little Falls, Mora, Foley, and Princeton.

Weisman also says the heaviest of the snowfall will begin around midday and end around 9:00 p.m. Wednesday which will slow down road crews and make driving conditions tough.

Stay tuned to KVSC for updates on the snowfall.

Little Falls Murder Trial Seats Six Jurors As Of Monday

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04/15/2014 - 9:40 AM

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Jury selection is underway in the trial of a central Minnesota man who claims self-defense when he fatally shot two teenagers in his home.

Six jurors were chosen Monday on the first day of the murder trial of 65-year-old Byron Smith of Little Falls. He faces two counts of premeditated first-degree murder for the 2012 killings of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer.

The St. Cloud Times reports 130 Morrison County residents received jury duty notices for the trial. Prospective jurors will fill out a questionnaire that asks them about their thoughts on gun control.

Smith claims he was defending himself when he shot the teens after they entered his home. But authorities say he went too far, shooting them multiple times after they were no longer a threat.

Snowfall To Return Early Wednesday Morning

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04/15/2014 - 11:00 AM

Winter may be over but the snow just keeps on coming.

St. Cloud State University Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman forecasts 2-5 inches of snow tomorrow with a high around 32-35 degrees.

Different forecast models vary when the storm will begin, but it is predicted to start between 1:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning and continue until mid afternoon.

Weisman says warmer weather will begin Sunday or Monday with highs in the 60’s which will push the warm air over the top of the colder air producing a chance of rain. 

UPDATE: Highway 15 And 33rd Street South Interchange Project Delayed

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04/15/2014 - 11:00 AM

St. Cloud motorists should know Highway 15 will be intermittently reduced to a single lane in both directions during the evening and overnight hours at a later day than originally scheduled. 

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says construction is needed to begin work on the future site of the Highway 15 and 33rd Street South interchange.

According to MnDOT, new closure times will be announced as details become available.

MnDOT says the Highway 15 and 33rd Street South interchange is part of a larger project that when complete, will improve mobility and access between the city of St. Cloud, Highway 15 and I-94.

Funding for the project is being provided by in part by the State of Minnesota Transportation Economic Development.

Teenager Allegedly Assaulted And Robbed By Two Men In Sauk Rapids Sunday

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04/14/2014 - 2:40 AM

A teenager was allegedly punched and robbed Sunday night from two unidentified men while walking in the area of 6th Avenue and 7th Street north in Sauk Rapids.

Sauk Rapids Police Chief Perry Beise says two cars stopped beside the teenager and jumped out two African American men. One of them was described in his mid-20’s with hair braided in corn rows with blond flecks in it. He was also wearing black leather like pants and a black jacket.

Chief Beise said the man demanded the victim’s wallet and eventually punched him taking the money from the wallet and leaving the wallet at the scene.The only description given for the other man was that he had a hand gun.

Both men got back into their cars and left the scene. The cars were described as a 1990’s Red Ford Taurus and a 1990’s tan Pontiac Bonneville.

People with information on this incident are asked to contact the Sauk Rapids police at 320-258-5346.

SCSU To Make A Stance To End Domestic Violence This Week

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04/14/2014 - 12:50 PM

St. Cloud State University's Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and the Kappa Phi Omega sorority are challenging students to make a stance to end domestic violence this week with various events on campus.

Dakota Martin, member of Delta Sigma Phi describes this week’s three day challenge.

The Volley against Violence will begin Monday night at 8:00 p.m.at Hallenbeck Hall, the Dance against Violence will be held in the Atwood Quarry at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday night, the Action against Violence will be in the Atwood Mall Wednesday, starting at 10:00 a.m. going until 5:00 p.m, and the Stop the Violence concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ritsche Auditorium.

Highway 10 Lane Closures To Begin This Wednesday

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04/14/2014 - 11:10 AM

Motorists on Highway 10 will experience lane closures in Sauk Rapids starting Wednesday.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says that drivers may run into slow traffic because both directions of Highway 10 will decrease to one lane by Benton County Road 3/Golden Spike Road.

The project will begin Wednesday, and continue through Thursday. The closures will start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. on both days.

Road crews will be working on the County Road 3/Golden Spike Road Bridge covering Highway 10.

MnDOT says the work is part of a bigger project to improve mobility and safety. Four new roundabouts will be added between Golden Spike Road and Mayhew Lake road on Highway 10.

Ramps will also be fixed at the Highway 10/County Road 3 interchange.

 

Frostbitten UMD Student Recovering Well, Plans To Return To School Next Fall

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04/14/2014 - 10:30 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A University of Minnesota Duluth student who suffered severe frostbite after a night in subzero temperatures is now walking normally, handling everyday tasks, and planning to return to school next fall.

Nineteen-year-old Alyssa Lommel had parts of her hands and feet amputated after she was found unconscious in Duluth on Dec. 7.She says the amputations were difficult, but she's now confident with her new body.

Special tools help her put on makeup and feed herself. She can also text and use touch-screen computers.

She is living at her parents' home in St. Cloud and plans to return to the Duluth campus next fall.

UPDATE: Jury Selection Begins Monday For Little Falls Man Charged With Murder

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04/14/2014 - 10:10 AM

UPDATE: Jury Selection Begins Monday For Little Falls Man Charged With Murder

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - A central Minnesota man who claimed he was defending himself when he repeatedly shot and killed two unarmed teenagers in his home is scheduled to go on trial on murder charges.

The trial for 65-year-old Byron Smith of Little Falls begins Monday with jury selection. He faces two counts of premeditated first-degree murder for the 2012 killings of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer.

Smith has claimed he acted in self-defense when he shot the teens after they entered his home. But authorities say he went too far, shooting them multiple times after they were no longer a threat.

Defense attorney Steve Meshbesher says the evidence will show his client is innocent. Prosecutor Pete Orput says he's looking forward to letting jurors decide whether Smith's actions were premeditated.

Stearns County To Receive Funds From FEMA For Safe Room At Melrose Mobile Home Park

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04/11/2014 - 2:10 AM

The U.S Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released funds to Stearns County through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) for the construction of a safe room at Melrose Mobile Home Park.

Andrew Velasquez III, regional administrator of FEMA Region V, says the construction of the safe room will protect the lives of vulnerable citizens by providing a secure location to seek shelter from tornados and other high wind events.

Through the funds, FEMA will be paying $80,795, or 75% of the project costs, while Stearns County will contribute to the remaining 25% which totals $26,932.

Reward For Information On Suspect Of Jamie Wylie Homicide Case Grows to $5,000

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04/11/2014 - 1:10 AM

Reward For Information On Suspect Of Jamie Wylie Homicide Case Grows to $5,000

The reward for information leading to a suspect arrest of the homicide case of 31-year-old Jamie Wylie of Foley has gotten bigger.

Benton County Chief Deputy Troy Heck says the Benton County Sheriff’s Office request to enhance the reward in the Wylie homicide case was approved by the Tri-County Crime Stoppers at their April meeting. Wylie's body was discoverd March 25 on Benton County Road 25 in East St. Cloud. He had been missing since December 9

Anyone with information that would lead to an arrest and formal charging of a suspect in the homicide case of Wylie may receive up to $5,000 from the Tri-County Crime Stoppers.

The information to reach the Tri-County Crime Stoppers is at 800-255-1301 or by texting T-R-I-T-I-P to 2-7-4-6-3-7.

Epilepsy Foundation Of Minnesota Cancels Balloon Event After Criticism On Environment Risks

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04/11/2014 - 12:10 PM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota has canceled plans to launch 60,000 balloons after the event was criticized for its potential effects on the environment and wildlife.

Before announcing the balloon launch to celebrate its 60th anniversary, the foundation said it checked with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Department of Natural Resources and was not informed of any legal and environmental concerns.

The MPCA and DNR later said that while state laws don't specifically address balloon releases, they would be considered littering, which is illegal.

The St. Cloud Times says the foundation instead is encouraging people to get creative with their free balloons and send in photos and video of how they are honoring their loved ones with epilepsy.

SCSU Outdoor Endeavors Asks People To Be Aware Of Cautious Water Conditions

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04/11/2014 - 12:00 PM

The warming temperatures have led to swellings of our local rivers and streams. It also means people want to hit the water. Although the temperatures are comfortable, SCSU Outdoor Endeavors Ivan Bartha advises everyone to be careful on the waters, so your first time out this spring, is not your last.

The optimal mix for water travel should exceed 120 degrees when you combine water and air temperatures. Anything less could result in hypothermia.

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