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St. Cloud Metro Bus To Host Food Drive At Summer Festival

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07/22/2014 - 12:10 PM

St. Cloud Metro Bus is teaming up with Catholic Charities Emergency Services and the Salvation Army to host a community food drive.

The food drive will take place Wednesday at the Summertime by George festival.

At last year’s summer food drive, Metro Bus and other local businesses collected over 3,000 pounds of food and over $1300 for local food shelves.

Cash or non-perishable donations can be dropped off at the compressed natural gas (CNG) New Flyer Metro Bus that will be located on the grounds of Summertime by George Wednesday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Two Men Involved In Accident On I-94 In Wright County Monday

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07/22/2014 - 11:00 AM

Two cars were involved in a rear end accident on Interstate 94 in Wright County Monday around 7 p.m.

Minnesota State Patrol says 64-year-old Allan Fraser of Simcoe, Ontario, was going westbound on I-94 near milepost 191 when he rear ended the car in front of him.

44-year-old Mark McClamant of Albany was driving ahead of Fraser and was hit on his left end.

The State Patrol adds that Fraser swerved at speeds of 70 mph to avoid a crash, but was unsuccessful in his attempts.

Both drivers suffered non-life threatening injuries.

American Red Cross In Need Of Blood And Platelet Donors

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07/22/2014 - 10:45 AM

The American Red Cross is need of your help to donate blood and platelets this summer as the foundation is facing a blood shortage.

American Red Cross’ Sue Thesenga talks about the reason of the shortage and what blood types are needed.

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by visiting their website.

Area donors can donate blood at the St. Cloud Area Blood Donation Center at 1301 W. St. Germain Street.  

Stearns County Jail Completes Phase One Of Remodeling Project

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07/22/2014 - 10:30 AM

Stearns County Jail has completed phase one of its $5.1 million remodeling project.

Sheriff John Sanner says the first floor of the Law Enforcement Center has been reconstructed to make better use of the female housing unit and work release inmates, both of which were previously located on the second floor.

Sanner adds that the first floor relocation will reduce the need to pay for moving women to jails in other counties.

Crews are now beginning phase two, which involves remodeling the second floor.

The project is a temporary short-term, 10-year fix of overcrowding and safety and security concerns in the building.

Stearns County will now focus on finding a long-term, 30-year solution.

St. Cloud Man Crashes Car Into Apartment

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07/22/2014 - 10:15 AM

A St. Cloud man is recovering after he had crashed his car into an apartment building.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers were called to the 1400 block of 12th Avenue North around 10:30 p.m. Sunday night.

Police found that a car driven by 24-year-old Aliya Ali Mohamed had crashed through a wall and into the living room area of a lower level apartment. The residents of the apartment were not in the living room at the time of the crash.

The apartment was found to be structurally sound after the crash, but was condemned by the city health department after their inspection found it to be unsanitary.

Mohamed received minor injuries in the crash but did not need medical attention.

Police are still investigating the crash and charges against Mohamed are pending.

Alaskan Newlywed Arrested After Assaulting Wife And Mother-In-Law

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07/22/2014 - 10:10 AM

An Alaskan newlywed is in the Sherburne County Jail facing assault charges after he allegedly attacked his new bride and mother-in-law.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers were called to the 900 block of 9th Avenue Southeast early Monday morning after receiving a call about a domestic assault.

Officers say 37-year-old Sterling Raymond Danford of Alaska had assaulted his 30-year-old wife. Police say Danford also punched his new mother-in-law after she tried to stop the incident.

The woman was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Danford is currently facing charges of domestic assault, 5th degree assault, and 3rd degree assault.

St. Cloud Man Injured After Falling From Balcony

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07/21/2014 - 10:50 AM

A St. Cloud man was rushed to the emergency room with a head injury after falling from a 3rd floor balcony.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says 57-year-old Dale Eugene Nieman of St. Cloud was attempting to climb over to his neighbor’s balcony when he fell.

St. Cloud police have not determined if any criminal charges will be filed in this case.

St. Cloud Woman Faces Charges After Hit And Run Incident

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07/21/2014 - 10:50 AM

A 31-year-old woman was arrested Friday morning after an alleged hit and run that left one man injured.

Sergeant Jason Burke says Danielle Bennett of St. Cloud hit two cars parked at the 1000 block of 7th Street Southeast and then fled the scene.

Burke adds that one of the cars was occupied by 26-year-old Darren Steichen and a 28-year-old female. Steichen suffered non-life threatening injuries but was brought to the St. Cloud Hospital.

Bennett is facing charges of criminal vehicular operation, hit and run, and DUI.

Sartell Woman Hurt After Hit By Car While Crossing Highway 23

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07/21/2014 - 10:40 AM

A Sartell woman was injured after she was hit by a car in St. Cloud while crossing the street.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers were called to 7th Avenue South and Highway 23 just after 1 a.m. Saturday morning.

40-year-old Cindy Lynn Betts was crossing Highway 23 outside of the crosswalk when she was struck by a car driven by a 19-year-old woman from Burnsville. Officers say Betts was talking on her cell phone and was intoxicated when she had run in front of the car as it was going through an intersection.

Betts was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for injuries to her legs.

The driver of the car is not facing any charges.

St. Cloud Police Investigating Drive By Shooting In Southside Neighborhood

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07/21/2014 - 10:25 AM

St. Cloud Police Investigating Drive By Shooting In Southside Neighborhood

A drive by shooting in St. Cloud’s south side neighborhood has sent one man to the hospital.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers were called to the 1100 block of 9th Avenue South around 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Police say they had received a call about a gunshot complaint in that area.

A 23-year-old man from St. Cloud was injured in the drive by and was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Upon further investigation police found shots were also fired in the 1400 block of 9th Avenue South. Officers stopped a vehicle shortly after the shootings in the 1700 block of University Drive Southeast.

Sergeant Burke adds that officers arrested the driver of the car, 19-year-old Johnathan Duane Taylor Hanson, on charges of aiding in the drive by shooting. Hanson is currently being held at the Stearns County Jail.

Foley Woman Wins Deep Fried Masters Competition On Discover America

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07/18/2014 - 11:50 AM

A Foley woman was featured in the Deep Fried Masters television competition on Discover America. Amanda Zerebko talks about her experience.

Eurasian Watermilfoil Found In Middle Spunk Lake

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07/18/2014 - 10:40 AM

An invasive aquatic plant has been located in Middle Spunk Lake near Avon in Stearns County.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says they found Eurasian Watermilfoil along the eastern side and in depths of nearly 12 feet. However, the most infested areas were near the public beach and public water access on the northeast shore.

Lower and Upper Spunk Lakes have also been checked for the invasive species but none was found.

The DNR adds the lake will be designated as infested water and signage is already posted at the public access alerting boaters to the new infestation.

Clearwater Wildlife Area To Be Dedicated To Veterans

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07/17/2014 - 12:45 PM

CLEARWATER, Minn. (AP) - A new wildlife management area in central Minnesota has been dedicated to local veterans.

The St. Cloud Times reports the 604-acre site will provide a place for people to hunt and enjoy nature. It will be open to both veterans and the general public.

The project is part of Pheasants Forever's Build a Wildlife Area campaign. A spokesman for the organization says it's one of the first times a wildlife area has recognized military veterans instead of the property donor or seller.

The $3 million plot of land is located in Stearns and Wright counties, not far from the Twin Cities. The property includes native prairie, wetlands and oak woods.

Minnesota Artists And Musicians To Be Featured At Munsinger and Clemens Gardens

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07/17/2014 - 11:00 AM

Minnesota artists will be featured at the 8th annual Art Fair in the Gardens event at Musinger and Clemens Gardens.

Local artwork will be displayed across the park, including pieces available for purchase. Music will also be provided by Paul Imholte, Scott and Lou, and Adam Hammer and Dave Coffell.

The Musinger Clemens Botanical Society will be hosting this free event today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Albany Teenager Rolls His Vehicle Near Farming Township Wednesday Afternoon

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07/17/2014 - 10:40 AM

A teenager was thrown out of his vehicle Wednesday afternoon after he rolled it just north of Farming Township.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says 19-year-old Mitchell Leyk of Albany appeared to be traveling East on 310th Street when he lost control of his vehicle on the gravel road and rolled numerous times.

A passerby saw the accident and called 911. When Albany Rescue and Melrose Ambulance responded to scene, Leyk was found face down in the ditch 20 feet from the vehicle. The teenager was taken by ambulance to the St. Cloud hospital.

Sanner adds that it seems Leyk was not wearing his seatbelt and speed may have been a factor in the accident.

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