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Black Bear Shot In Albertville After Homeowner Feared For Family's Safety

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07/02/2014 - 11:30 AM

A black bear has been shot near a home after the owner feared for his family’s safety.

Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty says deputies were called out to the 10000 block of 64th Street NE in Albertville Tuesday evening after people had seen a black bear in their backyard.

The bear had apparently had gone up to the homeowners sliding glass door. Sheriff Hagerty says deputies later found the bear in the 10000 block of Karston Avenue NE, a short distance from the original call.

The second homeowner said his daughter was playing in the backyard when he saw the bear come out of the woods. The homeowner went inside, grabbed his hunting rifle, and shot at the bear.

Police later heard a gunshot and saw the bear run off to the woods. They found the bear dead a short while later.

The Minnesota DNR and the Wright County Sheriff’s office have closed the incident.

Former SCSU Professor And Marine Honored At Camp Ripley

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07/02/2014 - 11:10 AM

A former St. Cloud State University professor and veteran has been honored as the Veteran of the Month at the Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley.

Lt. Col. Reul Pietz of Westbrook joined the Marine Corps in 1942.

Pietz served as a fighter pilot in World War II and a commanding officer in the Korean War. After 23 years of services, Lt. Col. Pietz received many honors including two distinguished Flying Crosses and ten Air Medals.

Pietz returned to Minnesota to teach Geography at SCSU for 27 years before passing way in 2008. 

The Minnesota Military Museum will be hosting an exhibit on Pietz throughout the month and during a July 17 History After Hours event. The exhibit is open to the public.

Tractor Accident Near Freeport Leaves 13-Year-Old Boy Injured

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07/02/2014 - 11:10 AM

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office received a call yesterday afternoon about a tractor accident on a farm near Freeport.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says 45-year-old Tom Herdering and his 13-year-old son Kurt Herdering from Melrose, were driving a tractor when it started to roll backwards causing both of them to fall off.

The teenager was caught under the front left tire before the tractor continued rolling and came to a stop against a shed on the property. fake rolex, rolex replica

Sanner adds the teenager was conscious and alert when he was taken by ambulance to the Albany Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.  

St. Cloud Tow Truck Driver Dead After Being Hit By A Semi-Truck Monday

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07/02/2014 - 10:30 AM

A St. Cloud tow truck driver is dead after being run over by a semi-truck Monday afternoon.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says 45-year-old Christopher John Calvin was sent to Protech Repair in St. Joseph to tow a disabled semi-tractor size tow truck owned by Collins Brothers Towing, the company he worked for. 

Workers at Protech say Calvin was connecting both trucks when the disabled truck rolled back and hit him. 

The workers performed CPR and called 911, but were unable to save Calvin who was pronounced dead on the scene.rolex replica, iwc replica

The incident is still under investigation. 

Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force Concludes Khat Investigation

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07/01/2014 - 12:25 PM

The Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force has finished their investigation into the movement of an illegal substance into the St. Cloud area.

Commander Steve Soyka says Khat, a green leafy substance that is chewed to produce amphetamine-like effects, has been illegally possessed and sold in the St. Cloud area to members of the Somali community.

The task force has identified 54-year-old Ahmed Hassan Abade, as one of the main transporters of the substance from Minneapolis to St. Cloud. Investigators found six and a half pounds of dried Khat in Abade’s vehicle with an estimated street value of $30,000.

Commander Soyka adds that Abade is expected to be charged with 5th degree controlled substance possession.replica rolex, replica watches

The Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force thanks members of the St. Cloud Somali community for coming forward with information in this case.

MnDOT To Hold Open House On Resurfacing Project Near Sartell, Sauk Rapids

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07/01/2014 - 11:15 AM

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be hosting an open house to discuss traffic changes in the Sartell and Sauk Rapids area.

MnDOT spokesperson J.P. Gillach says residents and business managers will be able to learn about construction plans and other details on the resurfacing project on Highway 15 and Highway 10 and how it will affect local traffic.

The open house will take place on Thursday, July 10 at the State of Minnesota Training Center in St. Cloud.

The meeting will start at 4:30 p.m. and last until 6:30 p.m.

Road Work To Begin Monday Near University Drive and Roosevelt Road In St. Cloud

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07/01/2014 - 11:00 AM

Starting Monday motorists are asked to find alternative routes on segments of University Drive as crews work on a sanitary sewer lining project . 

The St. Cloud City Engineer’s Office says both northbound traffic lanes on University Drive from Cooper Avenue South to County Road 75 and Roosevelt Road will be closed.

In addition, the northbound and westbound traffic lanes on County Road 75 and Roosevelt Road from Cooper Avenue South to 22nd Street South will also be replica watches

Both roads will be scheduled to reopen on Thursday, July 10, weather permitting.

St. Cloud Man And Dog Rescued From Sauk River Monday Morning

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07/01/2014 - 10:50 AM

A man and a dog were rescued from the Sauk River Monday morning after a call was received from the Stearns County Communications Center stating the witness lost sight of the man when he was rescuing the dog. 

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says 61-year-old Michael Lenarz of St. Cloud was spotted going into the Sauk River to help a stranded dog at 11:00 a.m. Monday morning. 

When the rescuers arrived, the man was found on a small island east of the County Road 1 Bridge. The dog was on the opposite shore and then swam to the man’s location.

Both were pulled from the river with the Sartell Fire Department’s Zodiac rescue boat and returned to land at the Heim’s Mill canoe replica watches

The man and dog were not injured.

St. Cloud Man Arrested On Suspected DWI After Motorcycle Crash Near St. Anna

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06/30/2014 - 11:25 AM

St. Cloud Man Arrested On Suspected DWI After Motorcycle Crash Near St. Anna

A man has been arrested after police suspect he was driving while intoxicated.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says deputies were called to County Road 154 and Pelican Lake Road in Avon Township west of St. Anna just before 6 p.m. on Saturday.

They found the driver of a motorcycle, 30-year-old Joshua Richter of St. Cloud, had left the roadway and crashed.

Richter was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Sheriff’s Office says they believe alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash. Richter was arrested after he refused a DWI test.

Richter is currently facing 1st degree DWI charges and is being held at the Stearns County Jail awaiting a court appearance.

Two Suffer Injuries After Their Motorcycle Collides With A Deer

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06/30/2014 - 10:50 AM

Two people suffered injuries after their motorcycle struck a deer Saturday night.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says the driver of the motorcycle 53-year-old Dale Bartlett of Rice was traveling westbound on County Road 75 near 19th Avenue East when the motorcycle struck a deer.

Bartlett had minor injuries where the passenger 42-year-old Christy Rhodes of St. Cloud was taken to the St. Cloud hospital by ambulance and treated for her injuries.

Stearns County Sheriff's Office Investigating Complaints Of Vandalism

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06/30/2014 - 10:50 AM

Reports of vandalism to mailboxes and traffic signs leaves the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office looking for more information.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says they received complaints of property damage in the townships of St. Wendel, St. Joseph, and Brockway late Saturday night.

In the overnight hours of Sunday the Sheriff's Office received more complaints of vandalism. Two reports of tires and hay bales catching fire in Avon Township is believed to be linked to the activity from the previous night. 

Sanner adds the Sheriff's Office is releasing photos of potential suspects in the mailbox and other vandalisms. 

Anyone with more information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 320-251-4240 or the Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-255-1301.

Sauk Rapids Man Uncertain If Plane-Damaged House Will Be Rebuilt

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06/30/2014 - 10:20 AM

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) - The Sauk Rapids man whose house was severely damaged when a small plane crashed into it this month says he's not sure whether he'll rebuild.

A St. Cloud Times report says Jeff Hille was subdued Friday as he looked at the empty lot where his home once stood. It was demolished Thursday, about a week after the plane crashed into it, killing the pilot and passenger.

Hille says he won't know his next steps until he meets with insurance adjusters. He's staying with relatives in the meantime. He'd been living in the home for six years.

He says everyone has been supportive, and there are a lot of good people in the neighborhood.

Hille's brother-in-law was the only person home when the plane crashed. He escaped through a window.

Big Fish Lake Added To 'No Wake Advisory' List

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06/27/2014 - 2:10 AM

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 Big Fish Lake near Collegeville Township has been experiencing higher than normal water levels and has been added to the 'No Wake Advisory' list.

Al of the following lakes will remain on the list.

  • The Chain of Lakes and Sauk River area around Cold Spring and Richmond
  • Two Rivers Lake in St. Anna
  • Koronis Lake near Paynesville,
  • Rice Lake in Eden Valley
  • Big Lake in Munson Twp.
  • The Carnelian Lake in Maine Prairie Twp.
  • Beaver Lake off of Hwy 15 in Fairhaven Twp.
  • The Caroline/ Maria chain of lakes in Southern Fairhaven Twp

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.

Car Crash In St. Cloud Leaves A Woman And Baby Injured

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06/27/2014 - 1:50 AM

A car crash at the intersection of 33rd Avenue and 12th Street North leaves a 27 year old woman and a baby injured.

St. Cloud Police Sargent Jason Burke says 30 year old Kyle Curtis Seamans was driving westbound on 12th Street North when dropped his phone.

While trying to pick it up, Seamans ran a red light and crashed into a female and a 9 month old baby who were heading north on 33rd Avenue.

Both were taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Local Art At Lemonade Concert And Art Fair Attracts Central Minnesota To SCSU

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06/27/2014 - 1:20 AM

The 41st annual Lemonade Concert and Art Fair was held last Thursday at St. Cloud State University. With more than 230 vendors supporting their arts and crafts, there was something for everyone to enjoy.

Assistant News Director Korina Borash educates us about some of this year's attractions. 

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