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SCSU To Partner With Netgain To Train Employees

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06/11/2014 - 8:55 AM

St. Cloud State University will be partnering with local healthcare information technology provider Netgain in the training of new employees.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has provided the university with a $147,000 grant to help the company explore training opportunities for their employees under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership. With the grant, the company will support entry-level and advanced training for approximately 80 employees.

Netgain has reached out to SCSU’s Corporate Education and Outreach, CEO, division last fall. Over the next two years CEO will work with Netgain employees to increase their knowledge and understanding of the healthcare industry including business communication skills and technical knowledge.

This program will also help build a collaborative partnership between the university and the greater St. Cloud community.

SCSU's School Of Public Affairs Dean Accepts Position In California

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06/11/2014 - 8:40 AM

SCSU's School Of Public Affairs Dean Accepts Position In California

St. Cloud State University’s School of Public Affairs Dean Orn Bodvarsson will be stepping down effective July 31.

SCSU President Earl H. Potter III says Bodvarsson has accepted a position as the Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies at California State University in Sacramento.

Bodvarsson has been with the university for 26 years, serving as a professor of economics, chairperson of the Department of Management in the Herberger Business School and his recent position as dean. He was also instrumental in founding the School of Public Affairs during the university’s reorganization in 2010.

SCSU will be working on an interim plan and will conduct a national search in the fall.

Attempts to reach Bodvarsson for comment were unsuccessful as he is traveling internationally at this time.

Sodexo Employees Unhappy On Current Contract Negotiations With Sodexo Team

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06/11/2014 - 3:00 AM

Sodexo Employees Unhappy On Current Contract Negotiations With Sodexo Team

Many employees of Sodexo protested with anger this week outside of Garvey Commons on St. Cloud State Campus as they continue to negotiate with Sodexo on a new union contract.

KVSC News Director John Peterson and Assistant News Director Korina Borash captured sounds of the protest and spoke with Kathy Arnson, an employee of Sodexo for 16 years, to hear her reasons on speaking out about the recent negotiations and what they mean for her and her fellow workers.

Sodexo team members declined to comment on Wednesday’s protest.

Destiny Dusosky of AFSCME local 753 says Sodexo workers have been able to negotiate some contract changes. However, Dusosky adds that threats of take backs on health care benefits, leave pay, and reduced hours still remain an issue. Even though protests have ended for now, the negotiations team will be back in August.

Caramel Roll Ride On The Lake Wobegon Trail Takes Place Saturday

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06/11/2014 - 1:00 AM

Eating caramels while biking is possible at the 15th annual Caramel Roll Ride along the Lake Wobegon Trail Saturday.

Stearns County says riders will start in Albany at 8 a.m. and travel north toward Holdingford and Bowlus, west to Freeport and Melrose, or east to Avon, Collegeville and St. Joseph.

The western trail features a tour of the Wispering Oaks Winery and an extra one and a half mile ride to the Hemker Zoo in Freeport.

 

Minnesota Quilter's Conference To Cover The Streets Of St. Cloud Starting Wednesday

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06/10/2014 - 4:20 AM

This year’s Minnesota Quilter’s Inc. Quilt Show and Conference is coming to the River’s Edge Convention Center Wednesday and will attract a large amount of people to the downtown area throughout the weekend.

Bill Dunsmoor, River’s Edge Convention Center Manager, comments on what this year’s conference has to offer and what kind of crowd to expect to see a lot of this weekend.

 

Lane Closures Along Highway 238 Near Albany To Begin Tuesday

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06/10/2014 - 10:30 AM

Lane closures on Highway 238 near Albany between Railroad Avenue and County Road 10 are happening next Tuesday and Wednesday in order to resurface roadways and repair ramps.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says traffic will be controlled by flaggers allowing one-way, alternating traffic from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Other closures and lane shifts will be on three of the four ramps at Highway 238 and Interstate 94.

MnDOT reminds drivers to slow down, be prepared to stop, and obey flaggers and signs.

 

Visual Arts Minnesota Seeking Local Artists For Selfies Gallery

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06/09/2014 - 9:05 AM

Visual Arts Minnesota is asking for selfie submissions from local residents to be displayed in their galleries.

The group will be hosting four pop up galleries over the summer and is looking for people interested in creating their own interpretation of a selfie using all sorts of visual art mediums.

For those interested in submitting their artwork to Selfies, registration and drop off will be at the Great River Regional Library Tuesday.

The first of the pop up galleries will be held Friday at the Downtown St. Cloud Art Crawl starting at 5 p.m. and going until 9 p.m. 

Stearns County Sheriff's Office Welcomes New K-9 Deputy

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06/09/2014 - 8:40 AM

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office has added a brand new bloodhound to its K-9 team.

K-9 Deputy Freddie will join the sheriff’s office alongside his brother Deputy Aspen. Freddie is replacing Deputy Olivia who had died suddenly in December 2013 from natural causes.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office has been using bloodhounds to locate missing children and adults and they have played a big role in placing criminals behind bars.

The sheriff’s office says the K-9 program is supported by local citizens and businesses. Some of the costs associated with Deputy Freddie, including his training, have been covered by a $5,000 donation from Pleasureland.

St. Cloud Man Seriously Injured In Motorcycle Rollover

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06/09/2014 - 8:25 AM

A St. Cloud man is seriously injured after his motorcycle rolled Saturday evening.

The Minnesota State Patrol says 27-year-old Peter Ludwig of St. Cloud, was traveling east on Highway 10 near County Road 81 when he lost control of his motorcycle.

Ludwig was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital with serious injuries.

No additional information was provided.

Utility Work On 6th Ave Reduces Traffic Lanes In St. Cloud

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06/09/2014 - 2:20 AM

Drivers in the area of 6th Avenue North and 1st Street North might want to find a different route Tuesday.

The St. Cloud City Engineer’s Office says that intersection will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Crews will be doing utility work in the area.

The lane closure is expected to be finished within a day, weather permitting.

St. Cloud State Unveils New Secondary Athletics Logo

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06/09/2014 - 1:15 AM

St. Cloud State Unveils New Secondary Athletics Logo

St. Cloud State has unveiled the new secondary athletics logo today at the Famous Dave's Huskies Sportstacular fundraiser.

The announcement ends an in-depth process that started in December. Joe Bosack and David Haney of Joe Bosack & Co., came to campus and gathered input from groups including SCSU students, faculty and staff. A survey was released that provided two choices of potential secondary logos.

SCSU Athletic Media Relations says the new look of the Husky will maintain a visual connection to the global/institutional "St. C" ligature. It replaces the Husky head logo that has existed since the 1999-2000 school year.

The new uniforms will have St. Cloud State or Huskies in a custom font created specifically for the athletic department and will be phased in as part of the uniform replacement process.

Local Art To Be Showcased In Downtown St. Cloud This Friday

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06/09/2014 - 11:20 AM

St. Cloud is supporting local art this Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Downtown Art Crawl.

The Art Crawl provides visitors with a chance to connect with local artists and see their art.

Some of the shops and restaurant venues include the Veranda Lounge, Bachman Jewelers, and Books Revisted. 

St. Cloud City Council To Meet Tonight In City Chambers

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06/09/2014 - 10:30 AM

The St. Cloud City Council will hold a regular meeting TODAY to discuss a wine license for the Angushire Golf Club and the possibility of a grant for the St. Cloud Police Department.

The Community Policing Development 2014 grant, or C.O.P.S. grant, is in the amount of $895,000 dollars with a purpose of employing five new officers. If adopted, the money is to come from funds from over the past three years.

The Angushire Golf Club is looking to set a public hearing date at the meeting this evening for the application of a wine license. The date is to be determined.

A special meeting will also be held today at 4:30 p.m. to update on neighborhood actions.

Sauk Rapids Residential Treatment Facility Fined After Baby's Death in 2011

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06/09/2014 - 10:20 AM

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) - The state has fined a Sauk Rapids residential treatment facility after a baby died there in 2011.

In an order issued last month, the Minnesota Department of Human Services found that Journey Home was responsible for neglect of the mother and her infant, who died in an unsafe sleeping location and position in October 2011.

DHS issued a 1,000 dollar fine and ordered its license to be placed on conditional status for two years. Journey Home is operated by CentraCare Health, which has appealed.

Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force Close On Two Area Drug Cases Thursday

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06/06/2014 - 2:10 AM

The Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force ended two unrelated investigations of controlled substance sales in the St. Cloud area Thursday.

Investigators say the first drug bust involved the selling of marijuana. The search ended when a warrant led them to a home at 320 3rd Ave. NE. At the time of the search, the homeowner, 52-year-old Wendell Jones, was there along with several others. Investigators found an amount of marijuana and items related to the sale of the drug. Jones is expected to be charged with 5th degree sale of a controlled substance while the others were released and not charged.

The second investigation, not related to the first, ended when the task force used a search warrant at 200 Wilson Avenue Northeast apartment number 2. Two people were in the apartment when investigators came in and found approximately 20 grams of suspected methamphetamine and $600. 25-year-old James Charles Stache was arrested for 1st degree sale of controlled substance and 2nd degree possession with intent to distribute controlled substance. 26-year-old Kadyn Nicole Tillman was also arrested for 2nd degree possession with intent to distribute controlled substance. Both were taken to the Benton County Jail where they are currently being held.

Investigators add that the case will also be sent to Benton County Attorney’s office for review on possible charges of child endangerment as methamphetamine was found in the same room as and near a child.

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