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Stearns County Hosting Tax-Forfeited Property Auction On Monday

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06/19/2014 - 11:50 AM

A tax-forfeited property auction will take place Monday at the Stearns County Service Center in Waite Park.

More than one hundred properties are up for sale in the St. Cloud and surrounding areas of Sartell, Melrose, Belgrade, and more.

Stearns County says it has an additional 400 properties for sale but they will not be listed at the auction. More information can be found here.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m.

St. Cloud Experiences A Faster Growth In Local Job Market

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06/19/2014 - 11:00 AM

The St. Cloud job market is looking strong considering current economic conditions.

St. Cloud State economists King Banaian and Rick MacDonald say job creation in the area expanded at a 2.9 percent pace during the year ending in April. This pace is much faster than the statewide growth rate of 1.5 percent.

Also to note, research shows an unemployment rate of 4.6 percent for the month of April. This is a one percent drop since last April's 5.6 percent unemployment rate. 

SCSU's King Banaian Named Interim Dean Of School Of Public Affairs

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06/19/2014 - 10:40 AM

St. Cloud State has announced a new interim dean for the School of Public Affairs.

The President’s Office says King Banaian will step up to the position after Orn Bodvarsson accepted dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies at California State University- Sacramento.

Banaian was chosen for his 30 years of experience at SCSU as a professor, author, and director of the School of Public Affairs Research Institute.

President Earl Potter III says King’s proven track record will continue to keep the School of Public Affairs on a successful path.

Banaian will start August 1st.

UPDATE: Stearns County Sheriff's Department Adds No Wake Restrictions On Area Lakes

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06/18/2014 - 9:30 AM

UPDATE: Stearns County Sheriff's Department Adds No Wake Restrictions On Area Lakes

With the high amounts of rainfall in the last few days, Stearns County Sheriffs are placing wake restrictions on area lakes.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says  the Chain of Lakes and Sauk River area around Cold Spring and Richmond as well as Two Rivers Lake in St. Anna, Koronis Lake near Paynesville, Rice Lake in Eden Valley and Big Lake in Munson Township are all experiencing higher than normal water levels.

Sanner adds that as of Friday, Big Fish Lake near Collegeville Township, Carnelian Lake in Maine Prairie Twp., Beaver Lake off of Hwy 15 in Fairhaven Twp. and the Caroline/ Maria chain of lakes in Southern Fairhaven Twp will have wave restrictions. 

The sheriff’s office is encouraging boaters to reduce their speed so they minimize the waves created from their boats.

In addition, water patrol officer will be out on area lakes over the weekend, weather permitting, reminding boaters to follow these guidelines.

As more rain continues to move into the area, more lakes could be added to the list as needed.

St. Cloud Man Arrested In Connection With Assault At Downtown Hotel

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06/18/2014 - 9:15 AM

One man is in custody after police responded to an assault early Wednesday morning.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers were called to the Le St. Germain Hotel in downtown St. Cloud at about 2 a.m. to respond to an assault.

Police found a 34-year-old man with injuries to his jaw. He was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital to be treated.

Sergeant Burke says police arrested 25-year-old Adan Ibrahim Abdllahi with 3rd degree assault charges, interference with a 9-1-1 call, and property damage.

Abdllahi is currently being held at the Stearns County Jail.

Local Post Office To Be Renamed After Fallen Officer

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06/18/2014 - 9:00 AM

Local Post Office To Be Renamed After Fallen Officer

St. Cloud, Minn. (AP)--The U.S. House has approved a bill to rename the Cold Spring post office in honor of slain police officer Tom Decker.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann led the effort. Bachmann says renaming Decker's hometown post office the "Officer Tommy Decker Memorial Post Office" would be "a fitting tribute to a life well lived and a man greatly missed."

The bill was co-sponsored by the other seven members of Minnesota's House delegation. It passed the House on a unanimous voice vote Tuesday and now goes to the U.S. Senate.

Decker was killed on duty while responding to call in November 2012. No one has been charged with the crime.

A man whom police were prepared to arrest for the killing committed suicide during a standoff with authorities in January 2013.

St. Cloud Woman Charged With Assault After Stabbing Incident

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06/18/2014 - 8:55 AM

St. Cloud Police officers were called to the St. Cloud Hospital after a man said he was stabbed with a knife in his home.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says the 33-year-old St. Cloud man was being treated for stitches after he had been assaulted.

Police arrested a suspect, 30-year-old Casandra Lee Schlottman, on 7th Street North Tuesday morning.

Sergeant Burke says a search warrant was issued at the victim’s home in the 700 block of 24th Avenue North. Police found evidence related to the assault, including the knife that was used.

Schlottmann is currently being held in the Stearns County Jail on 2nd degree and domestic assault charges.

Graniteman Triathlon Road Closings On Saturday

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06/18/2014 - 11:20 AM

Roads will be closed on Saturday due to the Graniteman Triathlon in St. Cloud.

The City of St. Cloud Public Services says the following roads will be closed from 7 a.m. until noon:

  • 12th Avenue South from TH 23/Division Street to 11th Street South
  • East Lake Boulevard from TH 23/Division Street to 8th Street South
  • 7th and 8th Street South from East Lake Boulevard to 12th Avenue South
  • 11th Street South from 12th to 14th Avenue South
  •  University Drive South from 12th Avenue South to Kilian Boulevard

Traffic delays with limited movement will be at the intersection of Kilian Boulevard and University Drive SE and at 9th Avenue South at the intersection of University Drive.

Lane Closures Along Highway 238 In Albany

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06/18/2014 - 10:40 AM

Single lane traffic is in effect Wednesday and Thursday along Highway 238 in Albany.

Minnesota Department of Transportation says flaggers are directing traffic between Railroad Avenue and County Road 10 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

MnDot reminds drivers to slow down in construction zones, be prepared to stop, and obey flaggers and signs.

Lake Wobegon Trail Association To Host Nature Ride Near Avon

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06/17/2014 - 9:15 AM

The Lake Wobegon Trail Association is inviting the public to see Minnesota’s state flower and enjoy a bike ride along the way.

The Lake Wobegon Trail Association is hosting a Lady Slipper Nature Ride as part of Avon’s Spunktacular Days.

Starting at the Trailhead Park in Avon, riders will be able to bike between six and 20 miles, seeing sights like the lady slipper flowers, the St. John’s Outdoor University and the Abbey Arboretum.

In addition, Minnesota Master Naturalists will be available to answer questions on the wildlife found along the Lake Wobegon Trail.

The Lady Slipper Nature Ride will take place on Saturday, June 21 at 8 a.m.

St. Cloud Police To Host Seminar On Burglarproofing Homes

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06/17/2014 - 9:00 AM

The St. Cloud Police Department will be hosting a public information and education session on how to prevent burglaries.

St. Cloud Police Lieutenant Jeff Oxton says the session, called Burglarproofing Your Home or Apartment, will include inexpensive actions people can take to prevent their homes or apartments from being burglarized.

The session is part of a series of free public information meetings the St. Cloud Police are offering to residents in order to help them learn about crime prevention.

The burglarproofing event will take place on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the St. Cloud Police Department’s Public Training Room.

Rogers High School Student To Sue School District

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06/17/2014 - 1:15 AM

ROGERS, Minn. (AP) - The Rogers High School student who was suspended over a tweet about a teacher is suing the school district, the superintendent, principal and local police chief.

KARE-TV says the lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday by Reid Sagehorn alleges the defendants violated his constitutional rights by suspending and forcing him to withdraw from school four months before he was expected to graduate.

Sagehorn is seeking unnamed monetary damages and other legal relief. Sagehorn says his tweet about making out with a phy ed teacher was meant to be sarcastic. But a parent saw the post and Sagehorn was suspended for allegedly causing damage to the teacher's reputation.

School district officials did not immediately return a call for comment.

2nd Annual Outdoor Music Fest Line-Up Announced

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06/17/2014 - 11:20 AM

Takin’ It To The Streets ’14, the 2nd Annual Outdoor Music Festival has announced its entertainment line-up.

Performers range from local favorites to national performers.

Local music will be played by The Fabulous Armadillos, a band native to the Central Minnesota area; Collective Unconscious, a Minnesota group with an electric, jam-based sound; and Sell Out Stereo, a quartet from Minneapolis.

Headlining at the festival is Kevin Chalfant and Barry Boudreau. Chalfant toured with popular bands Journey, The Storm, and 707. Goudreau was the lead guitarist of Boston.

The event will take place at the Pioneer Place on Fifth Theater August 2. Doors open at 5 p.m. and music begins at 6 p.m. Before the festival, there will be activities hosted by Southside Coalition from 12-4 p.m. stretching from the venue to Barden Park- near the St. Cloud State University campus.

Other attractions at the festival include historical tours, flea markets, and food from House of Pizza, Greek Cravings, Pacific Wok and more.

Tickets are currently on sale for the 21+ event online or at the Pioneer Place Box Office by calling 320-203-0331.

No outside coolers are allowed, and make sure to bring your own lawn chairs if you want to sit!

UPDATE: I-94 Bridge Work Near Melrose Postponed

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06/16/2014 - 9:35 AM

UPDATE: I-94 Bridge Work Near Melrose Postponed

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is informing drivers that the westbound lane of Interstate 94 at the Sauk River bridge near Melrose will be reduced to one lane starting Monday, June 23.

MnDOT says crews will be in the area conducting repairs on the road and the bridge that spans the Sauk River.

MnDOT says all westbound lanes of I-94 will be open by 4 p.m. Thursday, June 26.

St. Cloud Police Arrest Grand Rapids Man In Connection To Burglary And Assault

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06/16/2014 - 9:25 AM

St. Cloud Police Arrest Grand Rapids Man In Connection To Burglary And Assault

A man is in custody after he allegedly entered a home and assaulted another man.

St. Cloud Police Lieutenant Jeff Oxton says police responded to a call in the 1000 block of 36th Avenue North around 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

Oxton says the victim had told police he was assaulted for several hours in his home after someone had entered it through an unlocked door. The victim was able to escape and called police from his neighbor’s house.

Police searched the house and found 21-year-old Corey William Becker of Grand Rapids still in the victim’s home. He was arrested in connection with this case and is currently being held at the Stearns County Jail.

The victim was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for his injuries.

The burglary is still under investigation.

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