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Stearns County Proposes Change to Subdivision Ordinance

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03/16/2017 - 2:30 AM

Getting an approval for a minor subdivision plot in Stearns County could get a little easier.

The Stearns County Commissioners say they will hold a public hearing next month to consider changing the current subdivision ordinance. Changes that might be made include allowing the Environmental Service Director to sign for plot changes rather than having the land owner wait for the monthly Board of Commissioners meeting. Also townships would be required to reduce or eliminate the number of meetings landowners would have to attend to get plot approval.

Any other suggested changes should be brought to the Stearns County Commissioner’s public hearing on April 18. Or you can mail in suggestions to Angie Berg at the Steans County Enviromental Services Department, Administration Center, Room 343, 705 Courthouse Square, St. Cloud MN 56303.

Click here to View the Proposed Ordinance 

DNR Burning Permit System to Go Offline

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03/16/2017 - 12:45 PM

The Department of Natural Resource’s burning permit system will not be available for part of this weekend.

The Minnesota DNR says starting at 5 p.m. Friday people will not be able to purchase a burning permit or activate current permits. The temporary shutdown is for routine maintenance.

The system is scheduled to be reactivated at noon on Saturday.

Central Minnesota Arts Board Announces Grants

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03/15/2017 - 2:40 AM

The Central Minnesota Arts Board offers grants to support community art for area organizations. During their annual meeting the CMAB granted awards to 16 different community art organizations.

These grants totaled $115,000. News Reporter Jesse Groettum has the AUDIO STORY.

Traditional Food And Dancing Will Help Celebrate Somali Night

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03/15/2017 - 2:00 AM

Somali Night at St. Cloud State University is spreading a message of unity.

A celebration of culture, music, dancing and traditional Somali food will take place this week hosted by the Somali Student Association.

The association president, Mohamed Warsame, says, “Our message is to help educate our audience about the different sectors of Somali culture and inspire the youth.”

People who go to Somali Night will be greeted with dinner at 5 p.m. and can enjoy a performance at 6:30 p.m.

The event takes place Friday on the SCSU campus. Tickets will be sold at the door.

New Metro Bus Website Will Be Tested

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03/15/2017 - 11:00 AM

St. Cloud Metro Bus is looking for people to test their newly redesigned website.

Communications Manager Berta Hartig says the goal of the test is to guarantee a positive customer experience. Everyone testing the site will be watched by Metro Bus staff to see how easy it is to use. The test will take place at the Metro Bus Training Center. Folks ages 18 and older are needed for this study.

The test will take up to an hour and all participants will receive a gift card for their time. To register contact Berta Hartig at or call her at (320)529-4480.

Applications are accepted until March 20.

St. Cloud State University Plymouth Grand Opening

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03/14/2017 - 3:15 AM

St. Cloud State University’s newest graduate center is having a grand opening Wednesday.

The event kicks off at 4 p.m. with a 90-minute social and open house. A program at 5:30 wraps up the opening. Plymouth Mayor Kelli Slavik, St. Cloud State Interim President Ashish Vaidya and Interim Provost Dan Gregory are expected to be there.

The facility is designed to encourage collaboration and enable technology integration. It replaces the St. Cloud State Twin Cities Graduate Center, Maple Grove, which closed this last winter.

Sartell City Council Votes to Bring Library Services to the New Community Center

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03/14/2017 - 1:45 AM

The Sartell City Council met Monday night to discuss the future of the Community Center and its planned September opening.

With a three to two vote Monday night the council passed the resolution to hire a company to contract staff for the center. And to begin negotiations to bring a book lending service to Sartell.

ProFields LLC was the selected company to manage staffing. Also, the Great River Regional Library was approved to set up a material delivery and return system at the new Sartell Community Center.

The community center is still under construction and the city of Sartell says they plan on opening by September.

Viruses And Bacteria Could Be In Public Water

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03/14/2017 - 1:45 AM

The Minnesota Department of Health says they're in the process of a 2 year study that they believe will uncover evidence of genetic material in some of the state's local water supply. 

The scientists working with the Department of Health found a high percentage of genetic material in one of the eighty-two wells they tested. The scientists will now try to determine how to reduce potential contamination and how the contamination is affecting consumers.

Scientists have notified the owners of wells that may be vulnerable to contamination.

St. Cloud Man Stabbed Sunday Night

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03/13/2017 - 11:45 AM

A St. Cloud man was stabbed Sunday night after getting into an argument.

St. Cloud Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton says a police officer was conducting a traffic stop on 15th Avenue Southeast at 10:30 p.m. A 20-year-old man who wasn’t involved in the stop went up to the officer and asked for medical attention for a stab wound he had in his chest. He said he had just been attacked at an apartment on 16th Street Southeast.

The victim identified the suspect by name as one of his relatives. The officers’ investigation showed that 21-year-old Issa Aden Ibrahim of St. Cloud allegedly stabbed the victim with a kitchen knife after a verbal argument between the two.

Ibrahim was taken into custody, without incident, at the scene and is in Sherburne County Jail to be held facing charges of 2nd Degree Assault.

The Celebration Of Women Continues This Month

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03/08/2017 - 1:20 AM

This month, history is becoming herstory. Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill declaring March “Women’s History Month.”

Dayton says, “During Women’s History Month, I urge all Minnesotans to reflect on the significant achievements that have been made by women in our state, and across our country.”

According to a Wallet-hub survey, Minnesota is ranked number one as best state for women in the U.S.

International Woman’s Day falls in March- on March 8- promoting the celebration of women.

Sunday Liquor Sales Are Coming To Minnesota

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03/07/2017 - 4:40 AM

Governor Mark Dayton has signed a bill legalizing the sale of liquor on Sundays.

Governor affiliate Sam Fettig says, starting July 2, liquor stores will have the option to be open on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dayton says, “This new law reflects the desires of most people in Minnesota, who have made it clear to their legislators that they want to have this additional option.”

Public Policy Polling reports that two-thirds of Minnesotans support the legislation.

Exhibit On AIDS Will Be On Display At SCSU

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03/07/2017 - 4:40 AM

The National Library of Medicine’s exhibit, Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture, will be coming to St. Cloud State University.

This exhibit will show insight into the lives of people living with AIDS. Photos, personal stories, ads, and posters will be featured showing the participants involvement with the fight against AIDS. The exhibits main message is that people can lead normal lives even if they have been affected.

Surviving and Thriving will open to the public March 14 at 3:45 p.m. on the first floor of the Miller Center. The exhibit will run through April 22.


Unusual Weather Strikes Central Minnesota

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03/07/2017 - 4:20 AM

Weather experts say a likely tornado touched down northwest of the Twin Cities, taking down trees and power lines and damaging buildings.

The National Weather Service will confirm whether the high winds that hit Sherburne County Monday evening were in fact a tornado, and if so, it would be the earliest touchdown ever recorded in Minnesota.

The damaging winds hit south of Princeton around 6 p.m. The weather service says a storm spotter reported pieces of housing wrapped around trees.

The Star Tribune reports hail, an inch or more in diameter, fell in central and southern Minnesota. The weather service said storm also caused building damage, uprooted trees and collapsed a grain elevator in Freeborn County.

DNR Warns Of Rocks On Snowmobile Trails

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03/07/2017 - 11:50 AM

Warm weather and a lack of snow fall this time of year are causing poor snowmobile and ski trail conditions.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says rocks are dangerous to trail users and riders, and most trails are not being groomed anymore.

State snowmobile trails are open until March 31 if conditions allow. If we get more snow in the next month grooming activity may resume. For now, some state trails and private landowners have closed their gates.

The DNR’s website will keep you aware of trail quality and closings. Currently, the best trails are in far northeastern parts of the state.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar Responds To Revised Travel Ban

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03/07/2017 - 11:20 AM

Senator Amy Klobuchar has responded to President Donald Trump’s extended travel ban by saying Minnesota is strengthened by its immigrant community.

Klobuchar sent out a response Monday with information about Minnesota’s immigrant population and effects to the economy. Minnesota has large Somali, Liberian, and Hmong presence.

Her statement says the following:

"For the second time, this Administration has put in place an order that bans all refugees from all over the world for 120 days, and drastically reduces the number of refugees who will be welcomed to the United States each year. Minnesota and the entire country are strengthened by our refugee and immigrant communities. As legal workers, they are a vital part of our economy. Refugees are extensively vetted as it is, and if the Administration wants to change the vetting process, they could do so without immediately banning all refugees from every country in the world."

The response is after Trump’s revised travel ban executive order, which targets refugees and travelers from six Muslim countries. 

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