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Move Over Law

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07/31/2009 - 11:20 AM

Move Over Law

During the month of August, Stearns County and many other counties will be cracking down on the Move Over Law. The law states, if you see an emergency vehicle on the road and there are two or more lanes, move over. And if you are not able to safely move, reduce your speed. Not doing so could result in a ticket. Ignoring this law also endangers the safety of law enforcement officials. The August crackdown is part of "Safe and Sober" month.

Man Hit While Riding Bike

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07/30/2009 - 9:40 AM

Man Hit While Riding Bike

An 87-year-old man was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital after being hit while riding his bike. Police say Walter Sworski of St. Cloud was riding his bike on 3rd Street North when a car driven by 20-year-old Shannon Vansomeren of Milaca hit Sworski. The victim was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital where he was treated for his non life-threatening injuries. At this time no one has received a ticket.

Benefit for Local Burned Victim

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07/30/2009 - 9:35 AM

Benefit for Local Burned Victim

Looking to have fun for a good cause this weekend? JP’s Grill and Bar in Sauk Rapids is hosting a benefit cruise for 2008 Sauk Rapids-Rice High School graduate Jeffrey Hinkemeyer. While driving home May 30th, Hinkemeyer was rear-ended while waiting to turn. His car caught fire and he was airlifted to the Hennepin County Medical Center Burn Unit with 3rd degree burns on 90% of his body. He is now in an induced coma.


Registration for Saturday’s benefit begins at 11 am at JP’s Grill and Bar. The cruise begins at noon, rain or shine. Bikes, trikes and cars are all welcome. After the cruise, there will be a silent auction, bean bag tournament and karaoke. Registration is $15.
 

82-Year-Old Man Faces Sexual Conduct Charges

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07/30/2009 - 12:00 PM

An 82-year-old St. Cloud man has been arrested for something he allegedly did more than nine years ago. Wednesday, police arrested Arthur Ree for 1st degree sexual conduct with a female minor  early in the year 2000. In police interviews, Ree gave statements concerning multiple counts of sexual contact at a home on Wildwood Road with the girl over an 18-month period. Ree is being held in the Stearns County Jail.

St. Cloud Driver Wins Bus "Roadeo" Champion

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07/30/2009 - 10:00 AM

St. Cloud Driver Wins Bus

A St. Cloud Metro Bus Driver is now the State Champion for the Minnesota Bus Roadeo. Ken Rakke has claimed the state championship and is going to Ohio next spring to compete in the national championships.


In all, four St. Cloud Metro Bus Divers competed in the competition which was held on July 24th and 25th in Albert Lea. Three placed within the top two in their divisions. Last year’s State Champ, Duane Dufner, took second place under Rakke.
In the small bus division, Todd DeZurik took second place for the second consecutive year. Metro Bus newcomer, Scott Stark competed for his first time in the competition to take ninth.


The Annual Minnesota Bus Roadeo provides training, skill, enhancement and recognition for Minnesota’s public bus operators.

Waite Park Woman Arrested for Assaulting Neighbors

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07/29/2009 - 9:40 AM

Waite Park Woman Arrested for Assaulting Neighbors

A 34-year-old Waite Park woman is facing assault charges for allegedly attacking two of her neighbors and damaging property inside their home. Waite Park police responded to the 500 block of 7th Street South in Waite Park at around 9:00 Tuesday morning. When officers arrived, they found the suspect; Sharlean Laitinen had cut her arm while breaking glass. Police say Laitinen later spit in the face of a paramedic while being treated. She was brought to the Stearns County Jail and faces charges of assault and damage to property.

Waite Park Office Burglary

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07/29/2009 - 12:00 PM

Waite Park police are trying to figure out who broke into an office and stole a computer monitor and cash box. It happened at around 8:30 Monday night on the 200 block of 33rd Avenue South. Anyone with information is asked to call the Waite Park Police Department at 320-251-3281.

7th Street Closed

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07/29/2009 - 12:00 PM

7th Street Closed

Downtown St. Cloud drivers, we have another construction update you should know about. 7th Street Southeast, between Wilson Avenue and Riverside Drive, will be closed through this Friday, July 31st. Detours will not be posted.

St. Cloud Loses Generous Business Owner

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07/29/2009 - 12:00 PM

St. Cloud Loses Generous Business Owner

The St. Cloud business community is sad to hear Paul Strommen, co-owner of St. Cloud Floral in downtown St. Cloud, passed away Tuesday night. Paul and his wife Jan are known for taking part in the annual “Good Neighbor Day,” where their business donates a dozen roses in exchange for food or cash donations to the Catholic Charities Food Shelf. Through this event, St. Cloud Floral gives away close to 10-thousand roses each year.


Pegg Gustafson, of the St. Cloud Downtown Council, says Strommen was an extremely generous and kind person, and will be sorely missed.
 

UPDATE: Clark to Run for Congress

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07/29/2009 - 10:50 AM

UPDATE: Clark to Run for Congress

Minnesota State Senator Tarryl Clark announced she has filed paperwork allowing her to seek the Democratic nomination next year for the 6th District seat in Congress, currently held by Republican Michele Bachmann.

In an email message to friends and supporters, Senator Clark said she can deliver more than a soundbite for the district.


Tarryl Clark currently serves Minnesota district 15, where she also serves as Assistant Majority Leader which covers Stearns County, the north metro suburbs, and extends to the Wisconsin border. Clark lives in St. Cloud with her husband, Doug. They have two sons, Colin and Nate.

You can view Senator Clarks' video message on her website.

 

Sexual Assault on Lake Wobegon Trail

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07/29/2009 - 10:35 AM

Sexual Assault on Lake Wobegon Trail

A 21-year-old Melrose man is being held in the Stearns County Jail for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. It happened just before 4:00 pm Tuesday on the Lake Wobegon Trail, just west of Melrose. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Department says a 14-year-old girl was riding her bike along the trail when Benjamin Delacruz forced her into the ditch, where he sexually assaulted her.


Police say Delacruz left the area when another biker came by. The girl eventually borrowed another bikers’ cell phone and called 911. A responding deputy sheriff found Delacruz riding his bike eastbound on the trail. When the officer attempted to make an arrest, police say Delacruz broke away and ran into a cornfield. Area law enforcement officers monitored the perimeter, and another deputy found Delacruz emerging from the cornfield on the west side of Melrose. He was arrested without incident.


Delacruz faces first degree sexual conduct charges, which carries a penalty of up to 30 years in prison.
 

50 Speeding Tickets Issued on I-94

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07/28/2009 - 12:00 PM

50 Speeding Tickets Issued on I-94

I-94 drivers with a lead foot were under the radar this weekend. Sunday, while patrolling the highway 237 exit to New Munich, officers issued 50 speeding tickets. This was the latest target area for the Central Minnesota Reduction of Accidents for Safe Highways Task Force, also known as the C.R.A.S.H Task Force. Law Enforcement agencies from all over central Minnesota team up and saturate certain areas with the goal of reducing serious injury and fatality crashes.

Motorcyclist Hit

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07/28/2009 - 12:00 PM

A St. Cloud motorcyclist is injured after getting hit by a car. It happened just after 2:00 pm Monday at the intersection of University Drive and Cooper Avenue. St. Cloud police say 65-year-old driver Mary Barnett turned left without yielding. That’s when her car struck 36-year-old Chad Johnson’s motorcycle. Johnson was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening. Barnett was issued a citation for failing to yield on a left-hand turn.

A Garage Break-In

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07/28/2009 - 11:45 AM

Little is known about a burglary that happened early Tuesday morning. Waite Park Police arrived at a burglary in progress on the 500 block of Sunwood Park Drive at about 4 am. Officers say the homeowner was awakened by a noise in the garage. A witness saw two unknown suspects running from the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact the St. Cloud Police at 320-251-1200.

Peace Prize Nominee to give talk on Pakistan and Afghanistan

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07/28/2009 - 11:45 AM

Two worlds will be bridged together during a talk this week called "Afghanistan and Pakistan: War Without Borders." Kathy Kelly, coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, will talk about her recent trip to Pakistan. She'll share her perceptions of what's happening in that country, how Pakistan is related to the United States military presence in Afghanistan and the effects of war on the Pakistani people.


Kelly is a long time peace activist and three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee. She'll give the talk this Friday at 7:00 p.m. at The St. Scholastica Convent in Saint Cloud. It's free and open to the public.

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