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40,000 Mink on Eden Valley Farm Set Loose

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07/18/2017 - 12:00 PM

40,000 Mink on Eden Valley Farm Set Loose

Tens of thousands of mink are on the loose near Eden Valley.

According to Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson deputies arrived at Lang Farms Monday morning around 5:30 a.m. on complaints of a burglary or vandalism. Nearly 40,000 mink were set lose between 10:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. Parts of the exterior fence that surrounds the barn where the animals were held had been taken apart.

Due to the domestication of the mink, they are not expected to live. The sheriff’s office is asking people to not approach any mink and to call Lang Farms at (320)-453-4750.

Gudmundson believes that an animal rights group may have released the mink and that federal law enforcement will be investigating.

Tri-County Crimestoppers are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.  Crimestoppers can be reached at 1-800-255-1301.

St. Cloud State University Partners With State Farm to Present Traffic Safety Day

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07/17/2017 - 11:10 AM

St. Cloud State University Partners With State Farm to Present Traffic Safety Day

According to the St. Cloud Times Highway 23 accidents in the last 16 months have caused five deaths and nine life threatening injuries.

The public is encouraged to visit the Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center on Traffic Safety Day.

St. Cloud State's University Communications office says the school is partnering up with State Farm and Toward Zero Deaths to demonstrate crash-reduction efforts, emergency-response services, and driving-skills classes.

You can join in on the activities at the Highway and Safety Center, located at 1805 Highway 10 on Saturday, July 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also included is a chance to participate in skid-car training and discounted Teen Advanced Driving Skills classes. Call (320)-255-3123 to register for the skills class.

There is a fee for the class.

Road Closure in Northeast St. Cloud

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07/17/2017 - 10:40 AM

Traffic along 1st Street may be slower than usual. Road reconstruction is set to close that street until further notice.

The City Engineer’s Office says that 1st Street Northeast will be closed east of the intersection at Wilson Avenue NorthEast.

Construction is due to begin right away and there is no set date for a reopening date.

Jury Says Sauk Rapids Police Officer Did Not Defame Man Arrested in Thomas Decker Officer Shooting C

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07/13/2017 - 10:00 AM

FOLEY, Minn. (AP) - A jury has found a former Sauk Rapids sergeant did not defame a man arrested but never charged in the slaying of a police officer.

Ryan Larson sued Tom Roy after the sergeant posted online about the fatal shooting of Cold Spring Officer Tom Decker. Roy said the person that was held in custody for four days was far from innocent, referring to, but not naming Larson. The St. Cloud Times reports a Benton County jury Tuesday evening ruled Larson was not defamed.

A jury in Hennepin County reached the same conclusion last year after Larson sued the Times and KARE-TV. Decker was fatally shot in 2012 when he went to check on Larson's welfare in Cold Spring. Police later questioned another man and said they had gathered enough evidence to arrest him when he killed himself.

Police Chase Through St. Cloud Area Leads To Drug Charges

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07/12/2017 - 3:20 AM

Police Chase Through St. Cloud Area Leads To Drug Charges

On Tuesday there was a police chase through the St. Cloud area.

According to St. Cloud police Chief Blair Anderson, an officer was attempting to pull over 35-year-old Andrew Morton and 31-year-old Stephanie Gregor on Highway 23 at 14th Avenue South a little before 10 p.m.

Morton started to pull off the road for the officer and before coming to a complete stop, sped away from the officer. This led to a police chase through St. Cloud and the surrounding area.

The chase ended when a Sartell Squad car utilized a Pursuit Intervention Technique or PIT maneuver in Sauk Rapids at Highway 10 and Summit Avenue. The whole chase lasted about 7.5 miles and no one was hurt and no property was damaged.

Morton and Gregor were throwing things out the window during the chase which lined up with packaging used for drugs. Methamphetamine was found in the car during the search and Morton, who was driving, appeared to be under the influence.

Morton was taken to Stearns County Jail and Gregor was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for observation after she indicated she may have swallowed some of the methamphetamine. Gregor's condition is unknown.

Missing Kimball Teen Found Safe Wednesday

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07/12/2017 - 2:30 AM

Missing Kimball Teen Found Safe Wednesday

A Kimball teen that went missing last Sunday has been found safe.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says 17-year-old Sienna Stice reported she was found safe in a home in Sherburne County Wednesday.

She had been reported missing after going for a walk near Powder Ridge Road on Highway 15.

The Sheriff’s Office is thanking the public for providing tips and information about her whereabouts to bring her home safely.

Authorities Say Distracted Driving Leads To Car Rollover In Wright County

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07/12/2017 - 11:10 AM

The State Patrol says a distracted driver rolled her car over into a ditch Tuesday night.

According to Sergeant Jesse Grabow, just after 8:20 p.m. 35-year-old, Cynthia Flemal, of Watertown was going west on Highway 55 when she drove into a ditch and rolled. The report says she was looking at her cell phone.

She was driving her car near Colbert Avenue in Maple Lake Township.

Flemal was taken to Buffalo Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

New Sales Tax To Improve Transport Funding

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07/12/2017 - 10:50 AM

New Sales Tax To Improve Transport Funding

The Stearns County Board Commissioners approved new sales tax.

According to county officials anew sales tax will generate $6 million more dollars per year that will be dispersed to road resurfacing, a bridge replacement, intersection improvements and over three miles of reconstruction.

The tax will increase to a fourth of a cent and the wheelage tax will stay at $10 opposed to a proposed $20 tax.

Commissioner Steve Notch says the county has to do something sooner or later,  and he adds it’s just going to continue to get more expensive.

The new sales tax will begin on January 1, 2018.

St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical And Community College To Expand Partnership

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07/12/2017 - 10:30 AM

St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical And Community College To Expand Partnership

St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical and Community College are expanding their academic collaborations.

In a media release from the school SCSU Interim President Ashish Vaidya and SCTCC President Joyce Helens are meeting Wednesday to hold a Partnership Agreement Ceremony at the technical college.

The two schools will look to integrate their enrollment and admission systems into one process allowing students to complete just one application. They also look to make transfer pathways clear and simple.

Lastly the schools will develop a dual degree that will give students more affordable route to degrees.

The two schools already collaborate on public safety, library resources, campus card systems, and opportunities through Community College Connections.

Author Of Book On Somalians In Central Minnesota In St. Cloud For Book Signing

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07/11/2017 - 1:00 AM

Author Of Book On Somalians In Central Minnesota In St. Cloud For Book Signing

On Wednesday there will be a book signing at the St. Cloud Technical and Community College Library.

Hudda Ibrahim will be holding a signing for her book “From Somalia to Snow: How Central Minnesota Became Home to Somalis.” The event will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a brief program at 4 p.m.

Organizers say the book gives readers an insider’s look into the lives and culture of Somali neighbors and the challenges they face. It is also designed with a diverse audience in mind.

A book can be purchased at the event.

Ibrahim is also an instructor at SCTCC.

Meth Lab In Little Falls Busted by Central Minnesota Task Force

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07/11/2017 - 12:00 PM

Meth Lab In Little Falls Busted by Central Minnesota Task Force

An active meth lab was discovered during routine traffic stop earlier this month.

Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force Commander Steve Soyka says that the task force assisted Little Falls Police Department after discovery of an active meth lab inside a vehicle on July 7.

Little Falls police officers were called to a shoplifting complaint, after identifying the suspect as 53-year-old, Troy Oberton, of Little Falls, officers then saw drug paraphernalia in plain sight inside Oberton’s vehicle.

Officers asked Oberton and his passenger 35-year-old, Donna Alger, of Little Falls, to get out of the vehicle.

Along with finding what authorities say is an active meth lab cooking in a water bottle they found hazardous liquid chemicals related to the making of meth.

Both Oberton and Alger are under arrest for 1st degree controlled substance crimes relating to the manufacture of meth and transported to Morrison County Jail.

The task force was assisted by the Little Falls Police Department, the Morrison County Sheriff Office, the Minnesota State Patrol and the Little Falls Fire Department.

Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force Arrested Woman in Pot Bust

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07/11/2017 - 11:42 AM

Surveillance of a St. Cloud apartment led to a drug bust by law enforcement.

Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force Commander Steve Soyka says on July 10 the Task Force got a search warrant for an apartment located at 304 Laudenbach Court, after getting insider information there was large quantities of marijuana in the apartment.

Authorities detained 25-year-old, Andrea Sorbo, of St. Cloud after they watched her place a large plastic bin in her car. Officers discovered about 3 pounds of marijuana in the bin. After searching the apartment they found nearly $1,300 which was subject to forfeiture.

Sorbo was taken to Stearns County Jail after arrest and booked for 5th degree possession of controlled substance.

The Task Force was also assisted by the St. Cloud Police Department patrol division.

Head On Collision In Darwin Sends Three To The Hospital

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07/10/2017 - 3:10 AM

A head on collision sent three to hospital in Darwin.

According to State Patrol Sergeant Jesse Grabow, on Monday morning 68-year-old Linda Heldt turned left from County Road 14 onto Highway 12 leading to a head on collision with Ashley and Greyson Pingree, both who are 27-years-old.

All injuries sustained were non-life threatening and all involved were taken to Meeker Memorial Hospital.

Emergency Excercise On The Campus Of St. Cloud State University

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07/10/2017 - 11:10 AM

St. Cloud State Unniversity is not only committed to bringing you education but also the safety of students.

On July 19 the campus of St. Cloud State will be conducting a full-scale emergency exercise. Associate Director of Public Safety, Jennifer Super, says the university will be engaged with community response partners including the St. Cloud Police and Fire Departments, St. Cloud Hospital, and Gold Cross Ambulance.

The exercise will span over 4 hours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Atwood Memorial Center will have a late open at 11 a.m. and V Parkiing Lot next to 5th Avenue South will be closed until 1 p.m. while the rest of campus will operate at their usual times.

Emergency vehicles are also expected to run on 5th Avenue South through the day as the exercise is taking place.

Exhibit "Bos Taurus" Comes To Gallery St. Germain in St. Cloud

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07/10/2017 - 10:00 AM


You may be familiar with the classic song from Minnesota band the Suburbs that has the line "I like cows, they have skinny feet." Perhaps that helped influence artists in a new exhibit coming to the Gallery St. Germain in St. Cloud.

The Artist Guild of Central Minnesota is presenting "Bos Taurus," which is billed as a group exhibition showcasing a variety of artistic disciplines based on the scientific name for domestic cattle.

There is an opening reception for "Bos Taurus" on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit is on view July 14 to August 26 at the Gallery St. Germain, located directly across the street from the Paramount Theatre.

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