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St. Cloud VA Wind Turbine Remains Broken After Many Repairs

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09/01/2014 - 3:40 PM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A $2.2 million wind turbine at a Department of Veterans Affairs facility in St. Cloud remains broken, and a series of repairs has been ineffective. A

St. Cloud Times report says there have been similar issues with wind turbines at VA facilities in two other states.

The turbine at the St. Cloud VA Health Care System hasn't worked in two years. Workers have made a series of hydraulic and electrical repairs with no luck. VA spokesman Barry Venable wouldn't say when, if ever, the turbine will generate power.

The St. Cloud site was one of four VA locations selected for wind power. A veterans' cemetery in Massachusetts has a working wind turbine, but facilities in Utah and New York have also failed.

Westbound Highway 10 In Sauk Rapids To Be Reduced To A Single Lane

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08/29/2014 - 4:45 PM

Westbound Highway 10 In Sauk Rapids To Be Reduced To A Single Lane

Drivers on westbound Highway 10 near County Road 3 and Golden Spike Road in Sauk Rapids will be facing delays starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says this stretch of road will be reduced to a single lane as crews continue roadwork in the area. This lane reduction will allow crews to construct new acceleration and deceleration lanes and reconstruct the ramps on westbound Highway 10.

MnDOT says all lanes of Highway 10 will be open by Friday, September 5th, before they close again on Monday September 8th through the evening hours of Thursday, September 11th.

The Highway 10, County Road 3, Golden Spike Road project is part of a larger effort to improve the roadways in the area. When the project is complete, four new roundabouts and a walkway will be added to improve mobility and safety in the area.

St. Cloud Woman Facing Charges After Cutting Boyfriend

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08/29/2014 - 4:30 PM

A St. Cloud woman is in custody after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers were called to the 500 block of Highway 10 South in St. Cloud around 10 a.m. Thursday.

Officers say 19-year-old Violet Faith Hopkins had cut her boyfriend with a knife because he had refused to give her a cigarette. The 29-year-old man had minor injuries, but refused medical attention.

Hopkins is currently facing 2nd degree assault charges in the incident.

Brothers Bar And Grill In St. Cloud Hosts A Rising Star

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08/28/2014 - 2:00 PM

A performer from North Dakota who was featured on NBC's The Voice recently performed in St. Cloud.

KVSC's Assistant News Director Korina Borash spoke with Mark from Brothers Bar and Grill about the show.

Visit Kat Perkins' website to learn more about her tour. 

Pictured is Kat's new album cover courtesy of katperkinsmusic.com. 

A Man Is Facing Assault Charges After Allegedly Punching A Metro Bus Driver In the Face

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08/28/2014 - 2:00 PM

A man is facing 5th degree assault charges after allegedly punching another man in the face on a Metro Bus Monday morning.

St. Cloud police Sergeant Jason Burke says 68-year-old Dale Mathew Meyer was riding on a Metro Bus around 11th Avenue North and Northway Drive when the bus driver, a 50-year-old man, asked him not to be in a certain area of the bus when it was moving, per federal guidelines.

Meyer then proceeded to punch the driver in the face. Burke adds that the victim sought medical attention on his own after suffering minor injuries in the incident.

Meyer is currently being held in the Stearns County Jail. Burke says he was also trespassed from riding Metro Bus for a period of one year.

St. Cloud Police And SCSU Officials Oversee Move-In Weekend 2014

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08/28/2014 - 12:10 PM

St. Cloud Police and St. Cloud State University joined forces to oversee SCSU’s Move-In weekend.

This year, Lieutenant Jeff Oxton says the SCPD increased staffing and enforcement efforts for the weekend, specifically during evening hours.

Oxton adds a total of 223 people were cited for offenses, and SCSU officials say about 45% of those cited are current college students.

Citation statistics for the three-day event are as follows:

Under 21 Consumption: 100

Open Container Street/Sidewalk: 64

Possession of Alcohol (18-21 YOA): 3

Possession of Small Amount of Marijuana: 3

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia: 3

Disorderly Conduct: 7

Noise Violation-Yelling and Shouting, Loud Stereo: 18

Noise Violation-Loud Party: 32

Failure to Leave a Loud Party: 2

Social Host: 15

Littering: 3

Criminal Damage to Property: 1

Fireworks Possession: 1

Fleeing on Foot: 5

Urinating in Public: 6

Obstructing Legal Process: 9

5th Degree Assault: 6

False Information to Police: 3

Driving After Revocation of Suspension: 3

No Proof of Insurance: 2

Expired Registration: 1

In Park After Hours: 2

SCSU Will Honor Alumni At Inaugural President's Club Gala

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08/28/2014 - 11:40 AM

SCSU Will Honor Alumni At Inaugural President's Club Gala
2014 Visionary Award Winner, James W. Miller

St. Cloud State University will honor James W. Miller and five other SCSU alumni at the inaugural President’s Club Gala on September 11.

Miller, a St. Cloud native, will receive the first Visionary Award as a community leader and philanthropist from the SCSU Foundation. The James W. Miller Learning Resources Center is named after him because of his donations to SCSU student scholarships and faculty development.

Other St. Cloud alumni receiving awards at the gala include graduate Bob Thueringer and Margaret Vos. As well as alums Kyle Ward and Marsha Shoemaker. Hao Nguyen will receive the Graduate of the Last Decade Award for his work as assistant city attorney for the St. Cloud City Attorney’s office.

The event will be held at the Regency Plaza in St. Cloud.

The public is invited to congratulate the Alumni Award winners at the Huskies football home opener on September 13 at Husky Stadium.

A Medical Situation May Have Been A Factor In A One-Vehicle Crash Tuesday Afternoon

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08/28/2014 - 11:20 AM

A St. Cloud man was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital Emergency Room Tuesday afternoon for non-life threatening injuries after his vehicle crashed into an apartment building in the 4000 block of Clearwater Road.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says the driver of the vehicle, 28-year-old Kyle James Perkerwicz of St. Cloud, had a possible medical situation that was a contributing factor to the accident.

No one in the apartment was hurt and no criminal charges are pending from the incident.

Highway 55 To Close During Overnight Hours Tuesday

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08/28/2014 - 11:00 AM

Highway 55 To Close During Overnight Hours Tuesday

Drivers should know that Highway 55 between Rockford and Buffalo will close during overnight hours Tuesday.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the road will close at 7 p.m. each night and re-open by 5 a.m. the next morning.

MnDOT adds flaggers and a pilot car will guide traffic through each night’s work zone 20 minutes at a time. Drivers looking to enter Highway 55 from driveways must wait to follow the pilot car.

Motorists are encouraged to seek alternative routes until construction ends Sunday, September 7.

Xcel Energy To Pass On Costs For Upgrade To Customers, Defends Decision

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08/27/2014 - 12:00 PM

MONTICELLO, Minn. (AP) - A Minneapolis-based energy company says customers should pay for a $665 million project to rebuild a power plant in Monticello.

The Star Tribune reports Xcel Energy executives are defending their actions in an investigation conducted by utilities regulators. The company spent five years and more than twice the original estimate reinvigorating the 1970s-era plant.

The government-hired experts claim Xcel didn't understand the complexity of the job, planned it poorly and inadequately supervised its contractors. Dave Sparby, chief executive of Xcel's Minnesota regional operations, says the project is safer, more reliable and still cost effective.

Regulators will ultimately decide if the company's investment was economical. At a public hearing in October, an administrative law judge will examine the state's evidence, Xcel's 750-page response and other submitted information to decide whether the company's investors or customers should pay for the project.

Wright County Sheriff's Office Searching For Missing Person

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08/27/2014 - 11:50 AM

Wright County Sheriff's Office Searching For Missing Person
Christopher Michael Rossing

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing person. .

Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty says the family of 25-year-old Christopher Michael Rossing has not seen or heard from him since Friday afternoon. Rossing’s family says they believe he left from work in Maple Plain to meet friends in Norwood Young America, but he never showed up.

Wright County deputies are encouraging anyone with information about Christopher Rossing and his current location to call the Wright County Sheriff’s Office at 763-682-1162.

Sports Schedule

  • Huskies Football vs Minnesota State University-Mankato
    Sep 04, 2014 - 6:00
  • Huskies Football vs Wayne State College
    Sep 13, 2014 - 3:00
  • Huskies Football vs Upper Iowa
    Sep 27, 2014 - 6:00

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