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Man Reports Robbery On St. Cloud's East Side

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04/06/2017 - 3:00 AM

St. Cloud Police are searching for a suspect in a reported robbery Wednesday night.

Sergeant Jason Burke says officers were approached on East St. Germain St. by a 26-year-old St. Cloud man just after 10 p.m. The man said he was robbed by a black man that was concealing his identity. The victim said the suspect threatened him with a handgun, tried to restrain him and told him that he was an undercover officer.

The victim was able to fight off the suspect and chased him to Cloverleaf Trailer Park. Officers searched the area with the use of a K9, found some evidence, but didn’t locate the suspect.

This is an active investigation. Anyone who has any information should call the St. Cloud Police Department (320-251-1200) or the Tri-County Crime Stoppers (320)-255-1301. 

St. Cloud School District 742 Announce Annual Surplus Auction

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04/06/2017 - 3:00 AM

From art equipment to shop tools and vehicles, Independent School District 742 has announced their annual surplus and obsolete equipment auction.

District 742’s purchasing secretary Linda Schreifels says this years auction has more than 30 items up for bid, including two 16-passenger vans. Other items range from indoor accessories like tables and chairs to industrial vacuums, to outdoor equipment like basketball hoops and snow blowers.

The auction is set for April 29 starting at 9 a.m. at the District Services Building, located at 737 Osseo Avenue South.

Volunteer Pleads Guilty In Case Of Abusing A Teenage Altar Boy

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04/05/2017 - 4:00 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A volunteer accused of sexually abusing a teenage altar boy at a St. Cloud church has pleaded guilty.

The St. Cloud Times reports that 55-year-old Douglas Kleinsmith, of Sartell, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of felony criminal sexual conduct and avoided trial.

Prosecutors will ask a Stearns County judge to sentence Kleinsmith to seven years in prison when he's sentenced June 15.

Authorities say Kleinsmith volunteered to train altar boys at St. John Cantius Church, and sexually abused one of the boys he trained both at the church and away from the church.

Kleinsmith was convicted in Idaho in 1991 of sexually abusing a child younger than 16.

Crews Will Work To Seal Road Cracks in St. Cloud

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04/05/2017 - 3:30 AM

Construction crews will be working in the Southside St. Cloud neighborhood to seal cracks in the road.

Due to the road repairs, the City Engineer’s Office says drivers should expect delays.

Traffic will be directed with minor lane shifts along 9th Avenue South/Clearwater Road. Cracks in the pavement will be sealed between 4th and 33rd Streets South.

If you don’t live or work in this area, you’re encouraged to find a different route.

Construction will begin Thursday, April 6 and last for one week if weather allows.

Apollo Football Coach Receives Award

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04/05/2017 - 3:10 AM

A local leader in high school athletics is being recognized by the Minnesota Football Coaches Association.

St. Cloud School District 742 says Apollo Football Coach Justin Skaalerud received the Community Service Award for 2017. This award goes to one high school football coach each year to recognize a program that gives back to its community.

Skaalerud and the Apollo football program require lettering varsity players to volunteer for 25 hours in the community.

The Read to Kids program is an example of how players are volunteering. They visit local elementary schools to read to the students.

Skaalerud is also a social studies teacher for Apollo.

Tech High School Will Celebrate Centennial

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04/05/2017 - 2:50 AM

Tech High School is celebrating its centennial by honoring alumni next week.

St. Cloud School District 742 says Tech is officially kicking off its centennial festivities.

Past graduates will be recognized at a Distinguished Alumni Assembly and Mayoral Proclamation. These people will be inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame.

Mayor Dave Kleis, Architect David Leapaldt and the Tech Choir will be at the assembly to greet the inductees.

Following the assembly will be a rededication ceremony of the high school and ribbon cutting. It takes place Thursday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m.

Inductees are also invited to a banquet later that evening at the Holiday Inn in their honor.

SCSU Students Learn Self Defense In RAD Class

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04/05/2017 - 11:00 AM

Twenty-two students took the Rape Aggression and Defense class offered in February and March. This week they have the chance to show what they learned.

The Campus Area Police Services, who offers the course, says it teaches women how to get away from an attacker and how to control their strength.

The group met three times. The first two classes teach self-defense tactics, and during the final class the instructors dress in protective gear and simulate attacks on students.

The simulation demonstrations are being held Wednesday and Thursday. In the future, CAPS hopes to open this course to the public as well to students.

Semi Crash Tuesday Morning Sends One Woman To The Hospital

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04/04/2017 - 12:50 PM

An 82-year-old woman was hospitalized after crashing with a semi Tuesday morning.

The Minnesota State Patrol says Rosaline Irene Ratike of Litchfield failed to yield when she was hit.

She was stopped at a stop sign, facing north, on Precision Drive in Meeker County. Ratike’s truck was struck while crossing Highway 12 just after 8:30 a.m.

Steven Joseph Holthaus, age 58, of Albany was driving the semi. He was traveling west on the highway.

Ratike was taken to Meeker Memorial Hospital, but the semi driver did not receive treatment at a medical facility.

Both people were wearing seatbelts.

Minnesota Senate Passes Transportation Budget

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04/03/2017 - 11:15 AM

The Minnesota Senate has passed a transportation funding package to help roads and bridges across the state.

Minnesota Senate correspondent Jacob Schneider says this bill offers $1.3 billion  in funding for the next two years. St. Cloud Republican Senator Jerry Relph says Minnesotans depend on safe, reliable roads and bridges each day as they travel… our long-term transportation budget ensures infrastructure in all corners of the state will receive the attention it needs.

The bill will offer a $3.6 billion investment over the next ten years, and create safer roadways for motorists.

St. Cloud State University Hosts Vigil In Remembrance of Jesse Dady

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04/03/2017 - 10:00 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — More than 100 family and friends of a St. Cloud State University student whose body was found in the Mississippi River gathered for a candlelight vigil. The event to remember 21-year-old Jesse Dady was held Sunday night at Atwood Mall.

The county's dive team recovered the body Friday evening in 15 to 17 feet of water, several hundred feet south of the Veteran's Bridge. Surveillance video shows Dady walking onto the railroad bridge on the night of March 25. Another video shows Dady moving across the bridge until he is no longer seen, about a-third of the way across. Police say Dady always was alone on the bridge and they do not suspect foul play.

St. Cloud Woman Hits Car, Shed, and Crashes Into House

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03/30/2017 - 3:15 AM

One woman was hospitalized Wednesday after hitting another car and crashing into a house.

St. Cloud Police Information Officer Jason Burke says 30-year-old Heather Johnson of St. Cloud was driving east on Roosevelt Rd approaching 25th Avenue just after noon on Wednesday. Officers believe she had some kind of medical episode which caused her to hit a vehicle that was turning south onto 25th Avenue from W St. Germain St. After Johnson hit the vehicle, she kept going on St. Germain St and ended up going off the road. She hit a shed, and then crashed into a house.

Johnson was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the other vehicle denied medical attention at the scene. No one inside the house was hurt, but because of structural damage, no one will be allowed back inside until further notice.

Chicago Based Percussion Group Will Hold Workshop At SCSU

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03/30/2017 - 2:30 AM

A Grammy award-winning percussion group from Chicago is coming to St. Cloud State University as part of the School of Arts 2016-17 Creative Arts Series.

SCSU says Third Coast Percussion will hold interactive performances to help educate local artists. They can learn about entrepreneurship in the arts, how to hire composers and talking business for chamber music.

Third Coast Percussion will be performing on and off campus April 12-13.

Performances include:

  • A public concert at SCSU's Performing Arts Center Recital Hall Wednesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.
  • A "Think Outside the Drum" workshop at Clearview Elementary School Thursday, April 13 from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Finally their performance of Terry Riley's "in C" at the Atwood Memorial Center Fireplace Lounge Thursday, April 13 at 6 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.

St. Cloud District 742 Holding Award Ceremony

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03/30/2017 - 2:30 AM

A ceremony recognizing individuals and organizations that support St. Cloud School District 742 will be held next week.

Director of Community Engagement and Communications Tami DeLand says the St. Cloud Board of Education is inviting the public to celebrate with them and show support for the nominees who have made contributions to public education and student success. Nominees this year include volunteers, organizations, and benefactors.

The social ceremony is on Tuesday, April 4, in Apollo High School Auditorium. The social will begin at 5:30 p.m. with ceremony and awards at 6 p.m.

Maintenance On University Drive in St. Cloud This Weekend

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03/30/2017 - 2:00 AM

This weekend the University Bridge will be under maintenance restricting traffic to one lane.

The St. Cloud City Engineer's Office says bridge maintenance will reduce University Drive to one lane of traffic to allow crews to work safely.

The single lane will span from 5th Avenue by the roundabout all the way to Kilian Boulevard by Munsinger Gardens on Friday.

St. Cloud Police Believe Missing Student Jesse Dady May Have Fallen Off Railroad Bridge

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03/29/2017 - 3:40 AM

New information has been released by the St. Cloud Police Department in the case of missing St. Cloud State University student Jesse Dady.

In an update just before 2 p.m. today, Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton says they received new video footage that shows Dady walking east onto the railroad bridge which spans the Mississippi River. Due to distance and darkness, the video quality is poor, but at about one third of the way across the bridge, Dady can no longer be seen. Police say that Dady may have fallen.

Police say he was alone on the bridge, which is difficult and dangerous to walk on, and that the bridge is not intended for pedestrian use.

Water search efforts had to be cancelled on Monday night because of darkness. On Tuesday, the water search began again and crews from Stearns County and Hennepin County Sheriff’s Departments focused on the area underneath the bridge, but the results were inconclusive. Water searching operations will potentially resume Thursday.

Oxton reaffirmed it is important to note that all of the surveillance video and all other information in this investigation supports the fact that no foul play is suspected. 

Twenty-one-year-old Dady went missing on Saturday, March 26. St. Cloud State University officials have been meeting with Dady’s family, roommates and friends to offer any support that is needed.

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