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Lane Closure Monday On 1st Street North

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02/12/2016 - 12:45 PM

Lane Closure Monday On 1st Street North

Drivers are advised to plan ahead of time Monday as there will be a lane closure on 1st Street North.

The City Engineer’s Office announced beginning at 9:00 a.m. the right eastbound traffic lane on 1st street North between 6th Avenue North and the Mississippi River will be closed to accommodate traffic for the RV show that is taking place at the River’s Edge Convention Center. The lane closure will until about 3:00 p.m.

Drivers should expect delays and are advised to take alternate routes.

Maple Lake Man Arrested On DUI Charges in South St. Cloud

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02/12/2016 - 11:35 AM

St. Cloud officers responded to a single car crash on the south side of the city late Thursday night.

Police say 22-year-old Robert Paumen from Maple Lake was driving on Maine Prairie Road when his car veered off the road and struck a tree near the intersection of 14th Street South. Once on the scene officers arrested Paumen for suspected DUI. Authorities obtained a search warrant and are awaiting the results of the blood test.

No other vehicles were involved and no injuries were reported.

St. Cloud Woman Arrested On Charges of Fleeing From Police Thursday Morning

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02/12/2016 - 11:00 AM

A St. Cloud woman was arrested on charges of fleeing a police officer Thursday morning in a pursuit that reached speeds of 6o miles per hour.

St. Cloud Police Assistant Chief Jeff Oxton says an officer was driving westbound across the University Bridge in a squad car when he noticed a vehicle was tailgating him. The officer tried to warn the driver by turning his rear light on, but that didn’t change anything.

The officer then changed lanes and let the driver pass him. He attempted to pull the driver over, but they refused to stop.

The pursuit lasted for three and half miles at a high speed of 60 mph. The driver, 27-year-old Lisa Jean Hamre finally pulled over in the area of Waite Avenue and Country Road 75. She was taken into custody without incident.

Hamre was first taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for evaluation due to her unusual behavior and then transferred to the Stearns County Jail.

St. Cloud Ranks First In Cost Of Housing In The Upper Midwest

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02/11/2016 - 1:00 PM

The St. Cloud area experienced an average annual cost of living for the year of 2015, based on a cost of living index study.

President of St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce Teresa Bohnen says the area cost of living index for the year of 2015 is garnered and released by the Council for Community and Economic Research. The index determines regional differences in the cost of consumer goods and services excluding taxes and non-consumer expenditures.

Grocery items in St. Cloud were the only item measured that cost much more than other Minnesota and Midwest cities at 111.8 percent. However, the cost of housing is at 77.7 percent almost 35 percent cheaper than it is in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

Chicago Man Arreste Charges Of 1st Degree Murder After Fleeing To St. Cloud

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02/11/2016 - 11:30 AM

Chicago Man Arreste Charges Of 1st Degree Murder After Fleeing To St. Cloud
Suspect Kevin Lamar Mason

The Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force arrested a man in St. Cloud who is believed to be involved in a murder in Chicago.

On Monday the Minneapolis Field Division of the U.S. Marshal’s Office requested Task Force Commander Steve Soyka to help them locate 22-year-old Kevin Lamar Mason from Chicago. Mason reportedly was involved in a murder there that happened about two weeks ago.

Police believe Mason had fled to St. Cloud where he was hiding with his relatives. Mason had a warrant on charges of 1st degree murder and a parole violation for being a felon in possession of a firearm out of Illinois.

Officers found one of the relatives had a juvenile warrant out and the other relative, identified as 34-year-old Shawanna Vaughn, had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. Both of the relatives were arrested and taken to the Stearns County Jail.

Officers later found Mason at 57 Belmar Street. He was arrested without incident and taken to the Stearns County on the outstanding warrant. He is waiting for the extradition of his process.

Roosevelt Education Center Hosting Open House

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02/10/2016 - 12:45 PM

Roosevelt Education Center Hosting Open House

There will be a grand opening event for the Roosevelt Education Center Thursday from 5-7:30 p.m. The public is invited to the open house and will have the opportunity to tour the new school and meet the staff.

The Roosevelt Education Center is home to three St. Cloud Area School District 742 special education programs. The program serves students from Kindergarten through 5th grade. Also there will be a 6th-12th grade program to assist with mental health needs. InnStep supports 18-21 year olds with continuing special education needs as they transition to adulthood.

St. Cloud State University Celebrates Chinese New Year

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02/10/2016 - 11:45 AM

The culture and traditions of two Asian nations will be celebrated on the St. Cloud State University campus this weekend.

The Vietnamese Student Association and the Chinese Student and Scholars Association will be demonstrating how their cultures celebrate the New Year.

Vietnamese Culture night will provide dinner and feature student performances and songs along with the chance to play their traditional luck money games. Doors will open at the Atwood Ballroom Saturday, February 13, at 5:30. Admission is $8 for students and $10 for non-students.

The Chinese New Year Celebration will begin Saturday at 4:30 p.m. with light refreshments in the Ritsche Auditorium. It will feature the Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center preforming a fusion of contemporary and traditions dances. This event is free and open to the public.

Stearns County Offers Wellness Programs To Businesses Through Statewide Health Improvement Program

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02/10/2016 - 11:00 AM

Stearns County Offers Wellness Programs To Businesses Through Statewide Health Improvement Program

Stearns County is offering a workplace wellness opportunity for businesses in the area.

The Public Health Divisions of Stearns, Benton and Sherburne counties are working with each other to help companies in planning, assessing, and implementing a workplace wellness program.

This Tri-County initiative is done through the Statewide Health Improvement Program. The purpose of this initiative is to improve workplace health and culture. It provides employers with best practice strategies for policy, systems, environment and social support.

Employers would learn how to become more active and quit or reduce tobacco use. Participants would also receive education on lifestyle and stress management. One of the other advantages of the program is its breastfeeding support for mothers.

Sartell Planning Commission Updates Its Plan And Asks For People's Feedback

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02/10/2016 - 10:30 AM

Sartell Planning Commission Updates Its Plan And Asks For People's Feedback

The Sartell Planning Commission asks residents to comment on its performance.

Planning Community and Development Director Anita Rasmussen says the commission has prepared a draft of what the city has done in the past 13 years.

The plan is a way to help investment, development and appropriate usage of services in the community. The purpose is to address critical programs and services that define a place, its people and the quality of life.

A virtual tour to the plan is available through February 19th. The residents of Sartell are encouraged to provide their comments to the city through their website.

St. Cloud Residents To Have A Two-Month Road Closure Along St. Germain

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02/10/2016 - 10:10 AM

St. Cloud Residents To Have A Two-Month Road Closure Along St. Germain

St. Cloud drivers should be aware of a two-month long road closure in the north side of the city.

The City Engineer’s Office says starting Thursday the alley between 5th and 6th Avenue North from St. Germain Street and 1st Street North will be closed for 60 days.

The closure is due to the parking ramp construction.

Teen Driver from Little Falls Admits to Texting Prior to Crash That Killed Two People

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02/09/2016 - 1:15 PM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A teenage driver has admitted to texting before slamming into a van and killing a father and his 10-year-old daughter in Sherburne County.

The 17-year-old girl pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal vehicular homicide as charged in a juvenile petition. Prosecutors say the teen ignored her friend's plea to stop texting and driving before the July crash that killed Charles Maurer and his daughter, Cassy.

The Little Falls teen and three passengers in her pickup were injured as were two others in Maurer's van. The girl initially told authorities her boyfriend was driving the truck.

The Star Tribune says the teen is scheduled for sentencing next month.

St. Cloud Road Closure Extended Due to Water Main Break

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02/09/2016 - 1:00 AM

St. Cloud Road Closure Extended Due to Water Main Break

A busy Street in St. Cloud will remain closed for longer than expected, due to a water main break in that area.

The St. Cloud's Engineering office announced that 7th street south east between Lincoln Ave south east and Kilian Boulevard will continue to be closed now until Monday, February 15, because a water main in that area has burst.

Detours are posted.

54th Annual Winter Institute at SCSU Features Author Robert Putnam

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02/08/2016 - 1:45 PM

54th Annual Winter Institute at SCSU Features Author Robert Putnam
Author Rober Putnam at Winter Institute

St. Cloud State University will be welcoming bestselling author Robert Putnam to the Atwood Memorial Center’s Cascade Room for the 54th Annual Winter Institute.

Putnam’s latest work, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, explores the consequences of increasing economic inequality over the last half century and the erosion of social mobility within the United States. This program will take place Wednesday and Thursday.

On Wednesday, the program will consist of a panel and a small group discussion. Putnam will be delivering the Winter Institute Keynote Address on Thursday, February 11. This event will begin at 9 a.m. each day. It is free and open to the public.

Policed Called To Foley Church To Investigate Man Threatening Worshipers

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02/08/2016 - 10:30 AM

FOLEY, Minn. (AP) - Police were called to a church in Benton County because of a man making threats.

WJON reports it happened at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church in Foley Sunday. Police Chief Katie McMillin says a man was making profane threats toward worshippers and was carrying a briefcase.

Church members were able to lead the man out of the church until officers arrived. Police say the man was not armed. McMillin says the man hadn't been taking his psychiatric medication. His family was called and he was taken back home.

Three People Hospitalized With Serious Injuries After Broadside Accident Saturday

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02/08/2016 - 10:20 AM

Three people were taken to the hospital after a broadside accident in Kandiyohi County Saturday night.

The Minnesota State Patrol says an SUV driven by 40-year-old Andrew Ramirez was heading southbound on Country Road 7 when it failed to yield to right of way. Ramirez was then broadsided by a semitrailer driven by 58-year-old Douglas Reinert from Bird Island.

Ramirez and his passenger, 22-year-old Alyssa Ryan from Olivia, and Reinert suffered serious injuries.

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