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3rd Street North In St. Cloud To Reopen Friday

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08/14/2014 - 10:40 AM

There’s good news for drivers who put up with the detours around 3rd Street North the past couple of months.

The roadway is finally opening tomorrow between 25th Avenue North and Cooper Avenue North after being closed since April.

The St. Cloud City Engineering Department says closures were needed for utility and road construction. 

Zachary Mangas Named Interim Director Of SCSU Veterans Reource Center

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08/13/2014 - 2:30 AM

The St. Cloud State Veterans Resource Center has named Zachary Mangas as their Interim Director, effective Monday.

A member of the Minnesota National Guard, Mangas will serve to meet the needs of the Veterans Resource Centers’ 700 veteran students by developing, implementing and administering associated programs and services.

He most recently received his Master’s Degree in Counseling and Student Development from SCSU where he was an intern at the Veterans Resource Center. Mangas also served as a student advisor to fellow Huskies and as a UCHOOSE instructor.

Before St. Cloud, he achieved his undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Mangas is replacing Monique Coleman who left the position earlier this summer. She was the first full-time Director of the Veterans Resource Center.

4th Annual Weekend Of Songs Takes Place This Weekend In St. Joseph

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08/13/2014 - 11:50 AM


The Local Blend is hosting local talents at the 4th Annual Weekend of Songs: Songwriters Festival this weekend in St. Joseph.

Local musicians Noska, Sweet Papa Dave, Mabel’s Missing, and more will play at the coffee shop and wine bar.

For the third year in a row the event is introducing an 18-hour Songwriters Challenge. Songwriters who choose to participate are given 18 hours to write a song based on a chosen theme. They are invited back at 2 p.m. Sunday to perform and be judged by audience members. Winners will receive prizes.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for a reduced rate at the Local Blend or are available at the door. Regular business at the shop will be available throughout the weekend too.

The weekend kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday with performances from Adam Hammer and Dave Cofell, and ends Sunday after the Songwriters Challenge and open mic.

St. Cloud Based GNP CEO Retires After 21 Years

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08/13/2014 - 11:30 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - After almost a lifetime in the chicken business and 21 years as a CEO, Mike Helgeson is retiring from the company that produces Gold'n Plump chicken.

Helgeson is stepping down from St. Cloud-based GNP Co. effective Nov. 3. Executive Vice President Steve Jurek, who's been with the organization 37 years, will take over as president.

The 62-year-old Helgeson tells the St. Cloud Times that after 40 years in the business full-time, he decided the time was right to retire. He's been working around the company his grandfather started in 1926 since he was 10. The company now processes 100 million chickens annually.

GNP Co. and its subsidiaries - including three chicken-processing plants, two hatcheries and two feed mills - were sold last December to The Maschhoffs of Carlyle, Illinois.

Section Of Highway 15 To Close During Overnight Hours Starting Monday

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08/13/2014 - 11:20 AM

Drivers should be aware that a section of Highway 15 will be closed for the evenings of Monday, August 18 through Wednesday, August 20.

The St. Cloud City Engineering Department says Highway 15 will close at the new interchange at 33rd Street South so crews can install bridge grinders.

Closures will happen every half hour between 7 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

Utility Work In St. Cloud To Close Sections Of Cooper Avenue Tuesday

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08/12/2014 - 8:20 AM

Drivers traveling along 5th Street North otherwise known as Cooper Avenue North may need to add extra time onto their commute Tuesday.

The St. Cloud City Engineer’s Office says utility work in that area between 24th and 25th Avenue North will close Cooper Avenue North all day today. Crews will be working on storm drains in the area.

Cooper Avenue North should be reopened to traffic starting Wednesday.

Sauk River Drowning Victim Identified

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08/12/2014 - 8:10 AM

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the man who had drowned in the Sauk River on Sunday.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says 55-year-old Daniel LeRoy Snively was pulled from the river around 12:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Rescue crews had attempted to revive Snively but were unsuccessful.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office is waiting for the final autopsy results from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office to officially determine the exact cause of death.

Deputies do not believe any foul play is suspected in Snively’s death. However, they do think alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the drowning.

Primary Elections To Take Place In Minnesota Today

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08/12/2014 - 5:00 AM

The primary elections are today as voters will get a chance to decide which candidates will represent their political party in the November general election.

Some of the races that will be on the ballot will be the Governor, U.S. Senator, and U.S. Representative for the 6th District.

Voting booths will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.

Click here to find your polling place to vote. 

Three St. Cloud Men Facing Assault Charges After Confrontation With Weapons Monday Night

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08/12/2014 - 4:00 AM

Three St. Cloud men are facing 2nd degree assault charges after St. Cloud police responded to an incident involving weapons Monday afternoon in the 1600 block of University Drive Southeast.

Sergeant Jason Burke says the investigation revealed that 36-year-old Damon William Hunt confronted 25-year-old Joshua Alexander Olson over an alleged assault involving Hunt’s girlfriend Sunday evening. During the fight, Hunt displayed a knife which lead Olson to grab a spade shovel. Olson’s brother, 39-year-old Philip Lee Olson, then picked up a wood board. Philip Olson suffered a stab wound to his leg while Hunt suffered injuries from being hit with the shovel and board.

Both men received treatment at the St. Cloud hospital for their non-life threatening injuries. All three are currently being held for court at the Sherburne County Jail.

The alleged assault of Hunt’s girlfriend, a 36-year-old St. Cloud woman, is currently under investigation.

Two Car Crash Leaves A St. Cloud Woman With Minor Injuries To Her Face

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08/12/2014 - 2:30 AM

St. Cloud police responded to a two car crash Monday evening that left a St. Cloud woman with minor injuries to her face.

Sergeant Jason Burke says 24-year-old Stephanie Ann Schmitz was cited after her vehicle sideswiped a vehicle driven by a 37-year-old man from Crosby that was stopped in the right lane of 2nd Street South and 33rd Avenue South.

Burke adds Schmitz’s driver side door shattered in the accident giving Schmitz minor injuries to her face. She was treated at the scene.

The driver of the other vehicle did not suffer any injuries in the crash.

Benton County Deputy Determined As "Protecting Himself" In July 31 Gunfire Incident

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08/12/2014 - 12:10 PM

The Sherburne County Attorney’s Office completed a review of facts Thursday in the incident involving the exchange of gunfire between a Litchfield man and a Benton County Deputy.

Benton County Chief Deputy Troy Heck says the Attorney’s office determined Deputy Reese was justified in the use of deadly force per Minnesota Statute 609.066 as he was protecting himself from eminent death or great bodily harm.

The Deputy and 43-year-old Christopher Knyphausen exchanged in gunfire during the evening hours of July 31 near Airway Storage. The incident stemmed after Knyphausen called the Benton County Sheriff’s office and said he was going to fire shots at a St. Cloud area storage facility.

Having six month of deputy experience, Deputy Reese returned to his regular duties Thursday after being on standard paid administrative leave since August 1.

Knyphausen remains in the Benton County Jail with bail set at $100,000.

Stearns History Museum To Host Open House and Appreciation Lunch Wednesday

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08/12/2014 - 11:00 AM

The Stearns History Museum is hosting an Open House and Member Appreciation Lunch Wednesday.

Executive Director Tim Hoheisel says “This is just a small way for us to say ‘thanks’ to our members.”

Visitors will receive free admission to the museum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. while a hot dog lunch is served outside on the plaza from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Lunch is free to current museum members and to new members who sign up at the open house; otherwise, a small cost is required.

Kevin Whitlock Named New Director Of Public Safety At SCSU

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08/12/2014 - 10:50 AM

St. Cloud State University has named Sergeant Kevin Whitlock the new Director of Public Safety.

Assistant Vice President for Safety and Risk Management Jesse Cashman says Whitlock will be responsible for the continued development, implementation and administration of the SCSU comprehensive campus safety program.

The university is touting Whitlock's successful track record. For more than 20 years, he served as a park police sergeant for the Three Rivers Park District in Hennepin County. He is also a published author, a Grammy award winner for his percussion roles in the "Sounds of Blackness" and a member of the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association.

Whitlock's office will be located within the Public Safety building on campus and he begins his duties Monday, August 18. 

Gunshots In St. Cloud Friday Send One Man To Hospital

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08/11/2014 - 9:15 AM

St. Cloud Police are investigating a gunshot incident that left one man hospitalized.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers were called to the 700 block of 13th Street South just after midnight on Friday on reports of gunshots in the area.

Police found a 22-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his leg. The victim was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of his non-life threatening injury. No other injuries were reported.

Sergeant Burke says officers do not believe this was a random incident and say there is no danger to the general public.

Police are still looking for the suspect involved.Officers are unsure if this incident is related to any previous shootings in the area.

St. Cloud Man Drowns In Sauk River

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08/11/2014 - 11:30 AM

A 56-year-old St. Cloud man has died after he was pulled out of the Sauk River Sunday afternoon.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says the St. Cloud Police Department received a 9-1-1 call at about 12:45 yesterday afternoon stating a man was found in the river.

When rescue crews arrived the man had already been pulled to shore, but was unresponsive.

Officers from the St. Cloud Police Department, members of the St. Cloud Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance made attempts to resuscitate him, but he was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Sanner says the victim had been with friends in an apartment complex when he had left to go walking in the river. Police say the man had been seen swimming and diving in the shallow water, but no one had witnessed the drowning.

The victim’s name has not been released. No foul play is suspected.

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