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St. Cloud VA's Clothesline Project Honors Those Affected By Sexual Trauma

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04/22/2014 - 12:30 PM

In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the St. Cloud Veterans Administration Health Care System will be hosting a clothesline project.

The Clothesline Project is designed to bring awareness to military members affected by military sexual trauma, sexual assault, and sexual abuse.

Those affected by abuse are given the opportunity to express their feelings by decorating a tee-shirt. The artwork will then be displayed on a clothesline to serve as testimony to military sexual trauma.

The St. Cloud V-A will display the clothesline from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in their auditorium at their medical center campus. The event will last until Thursday.

Judge Denies Defense Request For Mistrial In Little Falls Homeowner Case

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04/22/2014 - 10:40 AM

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - A judge has rejected a defense request for a mistrial in the case of a Minnesota homeowner who shot and killed two teenagers who broke into his home.

The St. Cloud Times reports defense attorney Steven Meshbesher made the request Tuesday at Byron Smith's trial.

Smith, of Little Falls, is charged with first-degree premeditated murder in the slayings of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer on Thanksgiving Day 2012.

Meshbesher told Judge Douglas Anderson that the judge's pretrial rulings about what jurors can't hear about the teens have severely restricted his case.

The defense also objected to the prosecutor's comment to a TV station that he would be willing to try the case in front of 12 board members of the National Rifle Association.

The judge denied the motions.

St. Cloud Police Will Teach Community About Criminal Records and Public Information

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04/22/2014 - 10:40 AM

Ever wonder about public information laws or searching criminal background history?

The St. Cloud Police Department will hold a public education session on how to search public information like criminal convictions and arrest records Thursday night.

The public education session will be held in the Public Training Room at the St. Cloud Police Department at 101 11th Avenue North.

The public information session will start at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday April, 24th. This event is free and open to the public.

Edible Book Festival At St. Cloud State Miller Center On Thursday

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04/22/2014 - 10:00 AM

St. Cloud State University’s Miller Center will be hosting the Edible Book Festival Thursday.

The Edible Book Festival is a free competition where entries must be made out of edible materials to look like a book or be inspired by a book title, character or scene.  

Voting for the Fan Favorite awards will be from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The awards ceremony will take place in the library atrium at 2:00 p.m.   

 Pre-registration is required by noon on Wednesday.

This free event which is open to the public starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.

Little Falls Murder Trial Begins Monday With Opening Statements

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04/21/2014 - 12:00 PM

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Prosecutors say a Minnesota man who killed two teenagers after they broke into his house had been lying in wait in his basement with a book, some snacks and two guns.

Opening statements are underway in Little Falls for 65-year-old Byron Smith. He's charged with first-degree premeditated murder of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer.

Smith has claimed self-defense. Authorities say he went too far when he shot them repeatedly.

Assistant Washington County Attorney Brent Wartner described the sequence of the shootings. He says Brady was descending the basement stairs when Smith shot him in the chest, then the back and finally in the head after he had fallen.

Wartner says Smith then waited for Kifer to come downstairs and shot her too.

Cooper Avenue To Experience Construction For The Next Week

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04/21/2014 - 11:20 AM

Construction on 3rd Street North has begun in the St. Cloud area Monday.

The City Engineer’s office says 3rd Street North between 25th Avenue North and Cooper Avenue North will be closed to traffic due to utility and road construction work in the area. The closure should end around mid-August 2014.

Detours will be posted.

The city also reminds drivers that 1st Street North at the intersection of Cooper Avenue North will be congested due to utility and road construction work in the area. The construction should last around one week.

However, Cooper Avenue North will stay open during this closure.

One-Year-Old Boy Run Over By ATV In St. Joseph Township Saturday

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04/21/2014 - 11:20 AM

A boy suffered minor injuries after he was run over by a four-wheeler Saturday night.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says deputies were contacted to 12820 270th Street in St Joseph Township where they found that a one-year-old boy was run over by a four-wheeler driven by his four-year-old brother.

The one-year-old was taken to the St. Cloud hospital and later released with minor injuries.

St. Cloud City Council Meeting To Be Held Tonight

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04/21/2014 - 10:10 AM

The St. Cloud City Council will be meeting Monday, April 21 at the City Council Chambers in downtown St. Cloud at 6:00 p.m.

A couple of items on the agenda will include the approval on an  for outdoor sales of liquor for a temporary event at Howie’s Sports Bar and Grille and introduce a resolution on a $15 million construction project to improve Seberger Neighborhood.

The Council meeting is open to the public with public hearings starting at 6:15 p.m.

Teenager Faces Possible Terroristic Threat Charges

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04/18/2014 - 4:40 AM

A teenager is facing charges of terroristic threats after he was witnessed displaying a small handgun out of his vehicle at the intersection of 33rd Avenue North and 8th Street North.

St. Cloud police Sergeant Jason Burke says, 19-year-old Theotis Ishmael Newell was taken into custody Thursday afternoon at the 1400 block of Northway Drive when officers recovered a replica airsoft handgun that was used during the incident.

No injuries were reported to police.

St. Stephen Man Crashes Into A Woman After Admitting To Looking At His Phone Before Crash

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04/18/2014 - 4:20 AM

A woman has suffered minor injuries after her vehicle was rear ended by another vehicle Thursday afternoon at the intersection of 8th Street North and 33rd Avenue North.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says, a 22-year-old woman of St. Cloud was turning north onto 33rd Avenue North, when 22-year-old Timothy James Griffiths of St. Stephen, rear ended her vehicle.

Griffiths admitted to looking at his phone prior to the crash. He was cited for inattentive driving, no proof of insurance, and other license violations.

The woman suffered minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital.

Donate Don't Ditch Drive To Start On SCSU Campus Monday

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04/18/2014 - 3:45 AM

The annual Donate, Don’t Ditch drive will be starting Monday and lasting until the end of finals week.

This is a great opportunity for students and faculty to donate items to people in need instead of throwing them away.

KVSC’s News Director John Peterson explains how people can help with the three week event.

SCSU Students Elect New President And Vice President For Upcoming Academic Year

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04/18/2014 - 1:20 AM

SCSU Students Elect New President And Vice President For Upcoming Academic Year

The SCSU student body has spoken and has elected Lindsey Gunnerson as the new Student Government president and Alex Bryson as the new Vice President for the upcoming academic year.

967 students casted their vote in this year’s student government presidential election. Gunnerson and Bryson defeated the duo of Dustin Johnson and Brian Kunz (Koonz) by receiving 533 total votes counting for 55% of the total ballots. Johnson and Kunz received 370 votes counting for 38% of the ballot. 7% of the ballots voted for neither.

Students also voted on whether to favor or oppose the proposed amendments to the Student Constitution. Of 868 votes 682 voted to favor the proposed amendments which counts for 79% of the ballots casted.

UPDATE: Level III Sex Offender Caught And Arrested

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04/18/2014 - 12:10 PM

UPDATE: Level III Sex Offender Caught And Arrested

A Level three sex offender wanted by law enforcement has been caught in central Minnesota and arrested.

St. Cloud police say 32-year-old Dagan Michael Lasart was found Thursday night with help from the U.S. Marshals Service, the Minnesota State Patrol and the Wright County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested without incident and booked into the Wright County Jail.

Lasart recently left the St. Cloud area, failing to provide updated information on his whereabouts to authorities, a violation of his Predatory Offender Registry.

St. Cloud Arts Projects Receive Nearly $40,000 In Grants From Central Minnesota Arts Board

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04/18/2014 - 11:00 AM

The Central Minnesota Arts Board at their April meeting awards $111,574 to 22 different Minnesota arts projects.

Seven of those arts projects are based here in St. Cloud and total $37,125 in grants.

The Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud and the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra both received funding from the C.M.A.B.

The St. Cloud Film Festival, Downtown St. Cloud Art Crawl Collaborative and the Paramount Theatre also have future project financing from the arts board.

St. Cloud State University and Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society are among the other organizations backed by the C.M.A.B. during their April meeting.

Stearns County Encourages Participation In Severe Weather Awareness Week

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04/17/2014 - 1:05 AM

Stearns County Encourages Participation In Severe Weather Awareness Week

Stearns County will be participating in Minnesota’s annual severe weather awareness week.

According to Stearns County Emergency Management Director Erin Hausauer severe weather awareness week is a time to remind Minnesotans about storms and other weather issues that can arise as the weather warms up.

The Emergency Management Department encourages families and businesses to participate in the awareness week by coming up with and practicing emergency plans.

This year’s severe weather awareness week will be broken up into five themes covering topics such as alerts and warnings, floods, and tornadoes.

Severe weather awareness week start on Monday, April 21st and will go through Friday, April 25th.

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