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Stearns History Museum To Host Research Workshop

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05/07/2014 - 12:55 PM

Ever wondered who lived in the house you currently live in? Well, the Stearns County History Museum will be hosting a workshop designed to help people answer that question.

Stearns History museum archivist Sarah Warmka will be holding a class called “Who Lived in My House” next week.

Warmka will explain how people can find out who previously lived in their home by using the resources available at the museum. An RSVP is requested.

“Who Lived in My House” will take place on Wednesday, May 21 at 10 a.m. at the museum.

Highway 55 Lane Closures Between Rockford And Maple Lake Starts Wednesday

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05/07/2014 - 12:40 PM

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is asking motorist travelling Highway 55 between Rockford and Maple Lake to slow down due to road construction.

MNDOT says Highway 55 will be reduced to a single lane in several locations during non-rush hour periods starting Wednesday, May 7.

Closures are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and last until 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays until May 14.

The areas affected include Highway 55 a half mile west of Rockford at Gabler Avenue Southeast, two and a half miles east of Maple Lake between Crowfoot Avenue Northwest, and Colbert Avenue Northwest near Sullivan Lake.

Stearns County Auditor Reminds Residents Of Property Tax Deadline

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05/07/2014 - 12:30 PM

Stearns County Auditor Reminds Residents Of Property Tax Deadline

Property owners in Stearns County should be mindful of property taxes due next week.

Stearns County Auditor-Treasurer Randy Schreifels says property owners will have the first half of the 2014 real estate tax due on Thursday, May 15.

Property tax payments can be made in several ways including in person, through the mail, or they can be automatically deducted from either a savings or checking account.

First Aircraft From Chicago Lands At St. Cloud Regional Airport Wednesday

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05/06/2014 - 3:30 AM

First Aircraft From Chicago Lands At St. Cloud Regional Airport Wednesday

The first of many future SkyWest Airlines aircrafts landed at the St. Cloud Regional Airport Wednesday afternoon to kick off the United Express Flights to Chicago.

SkyWest Airlines says each of the daily flights to Chicago are timed to maximize the number of connections available to destinations across United’s global network. The aircraft used will be a 50-passenger, Bombardier-manufactured CRJ200.

The flights from St. Cloud to Chicago were announced in February.

Xcel Energy To Perform First Of Two Burn Offs At Seberger Park Wednesday

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05/06/2014 - 12:10 PM

Xcel energy will be performing the first of two natural gas burn offs for high pressure gas main retirement Wednesday at Seberger Park.

Xcel Energy and their contractor Q3 will be on site for the entire burnout.

The City Engineer’s office says the burn should last most of the day.

SCSU Economists Release Study On Foreign-Born St. Cloud Residents

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05/06/2014 - 11:20 AM

SCSU Economists Release Study On Foreign-Born St. Cloud Residents

St. Cloud State University’s School of Public Affairs Research Institute released research last week on foreign-born St. Cloud residents.

According to the report, titled “St. Cloud Immigration: A fact sheet,” 4,484 people living in St. Cloud are foreign born, which makes up 6.8 percent of St. Cloud’s total population.

The study was conducted by School of Public Affairs Research Institute director and SCSU Economics Professor King Banaian as well as assistant SCSU Economics Professor Monica Garcia-Perez.

Banaian and Garcia-Perez looked at 2012 U.S. Census data focusing on immigration from Eastern-African countries like Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

Of the nearly 4,500 foreign-born St. Cloud residents, 195 of those are from Ethiopia, 469 from were born in Kenya and 888 people from other eastern African countries like Somalia.

Banaian says he’s heard claims of 10,000-plus Somalian immigrants in the St. Cloud area but he says the data doesn’t support that claim.

Minnesota Fishing Opener Calls For Extra Attention To Area Traffic

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05/06/2014 - 11:10 AM

The Minnesota fishing opener this weekend means busy traffic conditions, especially in northern Minnesota.

Sergeant Jesse Grabow with the Minnesota State Patrol says that the main driving concerns are drivers not paying attention, following too closely and speeding. Grabow recommends anyone pulling a trailer should follow at a distance of 500 feet, which is farther back than the three second rule.

For a safe fishing opener, Grabow encourages drivers to slow down, buckle up, drive sober and pay attention.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says this weekend’s fishing opener is open to Walleye, Sauger and Northern Pike.  

Avon Man Injured In Motorcycle Crash Sunday Night

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05/05/2014 - 2:45 AM

An Avon man suffered injuries after he lost control of his motorcycle Sunday night.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says officers were called to an accident on Stearns County Road 3 and 450th Street in Holding Township around 7 p.m.

Sanner says 57-year-old Kenneth Richter of Avon was riding southbound on County Road 3 when he lost control of his  motorcycle. He was not wearing a helmet.

Richter was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital and treated for his injuries. 

The accident remains under investigation.

Employees Reminsce About Their Experience At Electric Fetus

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05/05/2014 - 1:30 AM

Employees Reminsce About Their Experience At Electric Fetus

After 27 years in business, the St. Cloud Electric Fetus will be closing its doors at the end of the month.

Assistant KVSC news director Vicki Ikeogu talked with three of the store employees about their experiences working at the downtown record store.

The Electric Fetus will be closing its doors on May 23.

Animals Rescued After Barn Fire Breaks Out Near New Munich

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05/05/2014 - 1:00 AM

The Stearns County Sheriff’s department responded to a barn fire near New Munich Saturday evening.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says the fire broke out at 37257 Highway 237 in Oak Township around 7:30 p.m. Saturday night.

Sanner said the flames were reported to have been coming out of the roof of the dairy barn owned by 81-year-old Luverne Hinnenkamp and rented by 39-year-old Kevin Bauer.

The barn housed 42 dairy cows. All animals were rescued from the barn.

One firefighter was taken to Melrose hospital after he was struck in the head by falling debris.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Seberger Road Construction Area To Expand Tuesday

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05/05/2014 - 12:00 PM

Road construction in the Seberger Neighborhood is continuing to Area C north of Division Street and west of Cooper Avenue Tuesday.

The City Engineer’s office says the following streets will close as part of the Seberger Neighborhood Improvement Project:

19, 19 1/2  and 20 Avenue North will all close north of Division to 3rd Street North. First and Second Streets North will be closed between Cooper Avenue North and 21 Avenue North. The frontage road along the north side of Division Street from 19 1/2 to 21 Avenue North will also close.

The closures will last until approximately October.

Highway 25 Ramps In Monticello Will Close Friday

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05/05/2014 - 11:00 AM

Highway 25 ramps in Monticello to eastbound Interstate 94 will close on Friday and last until mid-September.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the ramps from both directions of Highway 25 to eastbound I-94 will close for reconstruction. The signed detour will direct drivers along Chelsea Road, to County Road 18 and then to eastbound I-94.

MnDOT says eastbound I-94 will shift traffic to temporary narrow lanes in the Monticello area with 55-mile-per- hour speed limits. Periodic overnight lane closures will start May 9 and end May 16.

According to MnDOT, these changes are part of the I-94 reconstruction project in Monticello. When finished later this year, drivers will notice improved traffic flow, safety and a smoother ride along three miles of busy interstate.

First City Council Meeting Of May To Take Place Tonight

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05/05/2014 - 10:10 AM

The city of St. Cloud will hold their first City Council meeting of May tonight.

On the meeting’s agenda is an application for a tobacco license for Super Smokes Incorporated at their store on 108 East St. Germain Street. Also on the agenda is the possible rezoning of a three acre plot of land along Hadrian Road.

The public may sign up for a slot in the ten minute open forum to address any issues, concerns or ideas for future projects they might have.

Tonight’s City Council meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers inside City Hall. The next City Council meeting is set for Monday, May 16.

St. Cloud State Opening New Confucius Institute Tuesday

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05/02/2014 - 12:40 PM

St. Cloud State University is opening its new Confucius Institute Tuesday night.

The Confucius Institute will interact with statewide Chinese immersion and second-language programs. As well as local St. Cloud area Chinese immersion programs, including the Guang Ming Academy at Madison Elementary and the sixth-grade program at North Junior High School.

SCSU President Earl Potter explains the need for the Confucius Institute and its benefits.

The event starts at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, in the Atwood Memorial Center’s Cascade Room. After the initial event, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the School of Education room 8215, where the Confucius Institute is located.

Minneapolis Comic Con And Free Comic Book Day To Showcase This Weekend

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05/02/2014 - 10:50 AM

Minneapolis Comic Con And Free Comic Book Day To Showcase This Weekend

Over a hundred retailers and exhibitors will be participating in this weekend’s Minneapolis Comic Con at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

More than fifty celebrities including William Shatner, Matt Smith, Lou Ferrigno and Sean Astin will be offering fans photo ops and autographs throughout the three day event.

The event will feature the best in pop culture including movies, video games, Anime, and more.

The show hours will start Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., continue Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and end on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Also to note, Granite City Comics in downtown St. Cloud will be celebrating Free Comic Book Day by giving away four free comic books per person. The event will start Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and last until 6:00 p.m.

The Midwest Comic Book Association is sponsoring this event by giving away over four million comic books.

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