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Construction On 33rd Street South And County Road 74 To Start Monday

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06/03/2014 - 1:10 AM

Starting on Monday there will be road construction at the intersection of 33rd Street South and County Road 74.

The City Engineer’s Office says the closing is due to construction on the public improvement project.

Detours have yet to be posted, and the closure will continue until mid-September.

St. Cloud Floral And Blooming Creations To Merge This Summer

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06/03/2014 - 11:20 AM

St. Cloud Floral announces they are merging with Blooming Creations, a well accomplished floral and gift shop in Waite Park.

With both businesses being known for their award winning arrangements and gift options, St. Cloud Floral owners, Rhoda, and Duane Paurus, and Blooming Creations owner John Malikowski and Jim Beck, agreed to join together and provide customers the best of both shops in one location. 

Bloomington Creations will be joining St. Cloud Floral at their downtown location on July 31. 

St. Cloud Floral first opened in 1912 and has been in downtown since the 1950’s.

SCSU To Host Talk On Child Labor In Ghana

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06/02/2014 - 9:25 AM

The Department of Geography and Planning at St. Cloud State University will be hosting a lecture Wednesday on the growing problem of child labor in the West African country of Ghana.

Development geographer and lecturer and Fulbright African Senior Research Scholar Paul Baidoo will be hosting the talk “Child Labor in Ghana’s Western Region Cocoa Growing Area.”

As the growing problem of child labor has been pulling kids out of school to work in the cocoa industry in both Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, Baidoo will address the need to establish measures to eliminate the problem.

The free public talk with Baidoo will be at the SCSU Atwood Alumni Room on Wednesday from noon until 1 p.m.

St. Cloud Man Facing Assault Charges After Pointing Gun At Two Victims

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06/02/2014 - 2:20 AM

A St. Cloud man is facing 2nd degree assault charges after allegedly pointing an engaged handgun at two victims who were biking past his home Saturday afternoon.

St. Cloud police sergeant Jason Burke says a 23-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man were biking from the Boys and Girls club while they passed the home of 38-year-old Scott Richard Soyka at the 300 Block of 30th Ave North.

Burke says the victims allege that Soyka pointed a handgun and engaged the firearm. Having a current permit to carry, Soyka told police he felt threatened by the two bikers and admitted having the firearm ready and out of the holster.

Soyka is currently being held at the Stearns County jail and facing charges of 2nd degree assault from information gathered during the investigation and witness’ statements.

Burke adds that the report will be forwarded to the Stearns County Sheriff Department, who are the issuing agency for the permit to carry, for further review on the case.

African Watoto Children's Choir To Perform At Sartell Celebration Lutheran Church Tuesday

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05/30/2014 - 11:30 AM

The African Watoto Children’s Choir will be continuing their six-month U.S. concert tour in Sartell Tuesday.

Watoto is described as a holistic child-care solution created to serve the needs of Africa. The choir acts as Watoto ambassadors to raise awareness about the plight of the orphaned and helpless children of Africa.

The choir will be performing original African music and dances that bring an upbeat combination of contemporary gospel and traditional African rhythm.

This free public concert will be at the Celebration Lutheran Church in Sartell at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Interstate 94 Ramps And Lanes To Close In Monticello Saturday

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05/30/2014 - 11:20 AM

Interstate 94 Ramps And Lanes To Close In Monticello Saturday

The Minnesota Department of Transportation would like motorists to drive with extra caution as the westbound lanes between County Road 18 and Highway 25 will shift to the eastbound side of the road beginning Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

Narrow and temporary lanes for both directions of I-94 will cause slow traffic and delays because of reduced speed limits.

MnDOT says this project will last until early October.

Also on Saturday, the ramp from westbound I-94 to Highway 25 will close until early August.

Traffic will be directed to the exit at County Road 18.

For real-time Minnesota travel information click here. 

Bridge Pier Construction To Cause Lane Closure On Northbound Highway 15

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05/30/2014 - 10:20 AM

Highway 15 northbound lane will be reduced to one lane near the new interchange near 33rd Street South due to bridge pier construction.

The City of St. Cloud closure will begin Monday at 8:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m.

The City Engineer’s Office says the closure will last around three weeks.

SCSU Community Gardens Named Best Of Minnesota

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05/29/2014 - 9:45 AM

The St. Cloud State University Community Gardens has been named the best community garden in the state.

WCCO-TV’s viewer selected Best of Minnesota profiled the garden during its segment Wednesday night.

The garden is made up of SCSU faculty, staff, students, and St. Cloud community members and is led by Sociology professor Tracy Ore.

The Community Garden located on 5th Avenue South near 6th Street is currently celebrating its 10th growing season and has just installed an irrigation system designed by students.

SCSU Research Institute Announces Partnership With Minn. Secretary of State

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05/29/2014 - 9:30 AM

The newly opened St. Cloud State University’s School of Public Affairs Research Institute has announced a partnership with the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office.

The SOPA Research Institute will be working with the state office to produce regional economic and business condition reports.

The Secretary of State’s Office requested similar reports to be filed to provide an insight into the current business climate so entrepreneurs will have a general idea of the business conditions in their area.

Director of the institute King Banaian and SCSU professor Rich MacDonald currently produce the St. Cloud Area Quarterly Business Report, detailing the business outlook in Central Minnesota.

SCSU Names Dan Gregory Dean Of The College Of Science And Engineering

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05/29/2014 - 9:00 AM

Following a national search, St. Cloud State University has named interim dean Dan Gregory the new Dean of the College of Science and Engineering.

Gregory has been a part of the SCSU community since 1999 when he was hired as an assistant professor of chemistry.

From there Gregory has served as the chemistry department chair, Interim Assistant Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs, and Associate Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies.

As interim dean, Gregory led the college and the School of Computing, Engineering, and Environment through changes including the opening of the Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility last August.


Sartell Man Is Injured After His Truck Is Rear-Ended By A Car Wednesday Afternoon

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05/29/2014 - 11:40 AM

A Sartell man suffered non-life threatening injuries after his truck was rear-ended by a car who failed to see the truck’s turn signal on Wednesday afternoon. 

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says 28-year-old Grant Wanner of Sartell was traveling northbound on County Road 1 attempting to turn into the address of 32173 County 1 in Le Sauk Township when his truck was rear-ended by a car driven by 64-year-old Debra McCarl of Sartell. Sanner says McCarl did not see Wanner with his turn signal on and didn’t have enough time to avoid rear-ending his truck.

Wanner was taken to St. Cloud hospital by ambulance for non-life threatening injuries.

The crash is under investigation by the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.

St. Cloud VA Medical Center Expands Pharmacy

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05/28/2014 - 9:40 AM

The St. Cloud Veterans Administration Medical Center is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for their newly expanded pharmacy Thursday.

The VA says 2,000 square feet has been added with a renovation of 5,500 square feet of current space. The pharmacy now has more work space, security and access points that will improve services to better meet the needs of their patients.

The ceremony will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Building 5 on the VA campus in St. Cloud.

Veterans, families and the public are invited.

Segments Of 4th Avenue South To Close Due To Private Construction

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05/28/2014 - 3:40 AM

Private construction will cause the southbound traffic lane on 4th Avenue South between Highway 23 and 2nd Street South and 1st Street South to be closed Thursday.

The City Engineers Office says the closure should last around one day.

Lawsuit Filed In Cold Spring Police Chief Hiring

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05/28/2014 - 3:40 AM

A former Minneota police officer is suing the city of Cold Spring over the appointment of the city’s new police chief.

Charges filed Friday at the Stearns County District Court offices say Eric Johnson, a candidate for the open police chief position in Cold Spring, was selected for the job in December 2013. However, the city of Cold Spring hired another person for the job earlier this month.

Johnson is suing the city on five different accounts including breach of contract and intentional infliction of emotional distress. He is suing the city for $50,000.

The city of Cold Spring announced Chris Boucher as the new police chief on May 13.

St. Cloud Pilot In Critical Condition After His Helicopter Crashes Onto Roof Of Barn

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05/28/2014 - 3:10 AM

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - A 71-year-old pilot was critically hurt when a crop-dusting helicopter crashed onto the roof of a barn in central Minnesota.

Morrison County sheriff's authorities got a report of the crash north of Little Falls just after 10 a.m. Wednesday. When deputies, firefighters and emergency crews arrived they could see the pilot in the helicopter but couldn't get to him immediately. That's because the helicopter had crashed through the barn roof but not through the ceiling.

Firefighters eventually were able to remove the pilot using a ladder truck.

Sheriff Michel Wetzel identifies the pilot as Gary Earl Oleen of St. Cloud. Oleen was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital, where he is in critical condition.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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