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Section of Whitney Drive In St. Cloud Closes Tuesday

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09/22/2014 - 4:30 PM

Drivers should be aware that a section of Whitney Drive in St. Cloud has closed for utility work starting Tuesday.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says Whitney Drive between 23rd and 24th Avenue North will be blocked off for about one week.

MnDOT adds detours will be posted.

Husky Neighborhood Clean-Up At Barden Park Takes Place Thursday

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09/22/2014 - 4:10 PM

The St. Cloud community is getting together for the annual Husky Neighborhood Clean-Up Thursday.

The St. Cloud State University Department of Campus Involvement with help from the United Way of Central Minnesota is hosting the volunteer event.

Garbage bags will be provided. Volunteers are reminded to dress appropriately for the weather, and anyone under the age of 18 must be with a parent.

Check-in at 1 p.m. at Barden Park near the SCSU campus.

Pre-register yourself or a group by calling 320-308-2205 or emailing volunteer names to civicengagement@stcloudstate.edu. 

Stearns County Seeking Input For Community Health Improvement Plan

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09/22/2014 - 1:00 PM

Stearns County Seeking Input For Community Health Improvement Plan

The Stearns County’s Public Health Division of Human Services is asking for the public’s opinion on helping to shape and improve its Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).

Working with Stearns County’s Public Health department, residents will be asked to help come up with goals and strategies to meet the concerns outlined in a February 2013 Community Health Assessment survey. These concerns included a lack of physical activity, alcohol usage, mental health and parenting skills.

CHIP, a five-year guide for the community to work on addressing health concerns in the area, will provide an all-inclusive guide to help improve the health of the community.

All suggestions and comments must be submitted by October 15th.

Comments can be emailed to Peggy Sammons peggy.sammons@co.stearns.mn.us. or be taken over the phone at 320-656-6017 or 1-800-450-3663 ext. 6017. 

Feedback can also be mailed to Peggy Sammons, Planning Coordinator, Stearns County Human Services, PO Box 1107, St. Cloud, MN 56302.

SCSU Professor Tami Spry Receives Leslie Irene Coger Award

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09/22/2014 - 10:45 AM

SCSU Professor Tami Spry Receives Leslie Irene Coger Award

St. Cloud State University professor Tami Spry has received an award from the National Communication Association.

Spry is the 2014 recipient of the Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance. NCA’s executive director Nancy Kidd says the communication discipline has a long tradition of exceptional scholarship.

Spry says the people who have most influenced her life are indeed the receiver of the award. She is going to receive the award later in November in Chicago.

White Bear Lake Woman Dies From Injuries Suffered In Motorcycle Accident

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09/22/2014 - 10:20 AM

A White Bear Lake woman has died from her injuries suffered in a crash over a week ago.

The Minnesota State Patrol says 57-year-old Janice K. Theisen was on her motorcycle travelling northbound on Highway 25 in Rockford Township with a large group of bikers just before 2 p.m. on September 13.

When the group began to slow down, Theisen braked hard to avoid hitting other bikers, but lost control of her motorcycle. She rolled near the center line and entered the southbound lane of traffic.

Theisen was airlifted to a nearby hospital where she died on September 19 as a result of her injuries.

Absentee Balloting In Stearns County Now Open

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09/22/2014 - 10:05 AM

Absentee Balloting In Stearns County Now Open

Absentee voting for the November 4 general election is now open.

Stearns County Auditor-Treasurer Randy Schreifels says Stearns County residents can cast their ballots in person at the Auditor-Treasurer’s office in downtown St. Cloud or at the Clerk’s Office in Melrose.

Absentee balloting can also be done by mail with voters getting their application online or by contacting the Auditor-Treasurer’s office.

Questions about absentee voting can be directed to the Stearns County Auditor-Treasurer's Office at 320-656-3920 or emailed to elections@co.stearns.mn.us.

 

Sartell Teenager And NDSU Student Missing Since Saturday

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09/22/2014 - 9:30 AM

Sartell Teenager And NDSU Student Missing Since Saturday
Freshman NDSU student Tom Bearson

Fargo, N.D. --(AP) North Dakota State University is seeking the public's help in finding a missing student.

The Fargo school says freshman Tom Bearson, of Sartell, Minnesota, hasn't been seen since leaving a party about 3 a.m. Saturday.He lives in a residence hall on campus.

NDSU Vice President for Student Affairs Tim Alvarez says the school is asking people to keep an eye out for Bearson.

Anyone with information is asked to call NDSU police at 701-231-8998 or text a tip to 701-526-6006.

Stearns County Sheriff's Respond To Toy Alligator Sighting

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09/19/2014 - 3:45 PM

Stearns County Sheriff's Respond To Toy Alligator Sighting
Photo Courtesy of the Stearns County Sheriff's Office

An exotic animal sighting took quite the interesting twist.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says deputies were called to Ptarmigan Drive in Rockville just before noon on Thursday. They were responding to a caller who spotted what appeared to be an alligator while mowing his lawn in the swampy area near his house.

Deputies approached the alligator, but noticed it didn’t seem to move. Upon further investigation, deputies found the two foot alligator to be a plastic toy.

According to Sanner, the alligator toy was safely removed from the area.

St. Cloud Metro Bus Driver Wins State Award

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09/19/2014 - 12:55 PM

St. Cloud Metro Bus Driver Wins State Award
Dial-a-Ride Driver Jerry Gillman

A St. Cloud Metro Bus driver has been named as the Minnesota Bus Operator of the Year.

Jerry Gillman has worked as a Dial-a-Ride driver for St. Cloud Metro Bus since 1999 and has also served as a driver instructor and teamsters local 638 union steward representing Dial-a-Ride bus operators and dispatchers. The award recognizes drivers who have demonstrated high achievement in areas such as attendance, customer service and leadership.

Gillman was given the honor by the Minnesota Public Transit Association at their annual conference in St. Paul.

He is only the second St. Cloud driver to receive the award.

UPDATE: Two Men Involved In Crash Near St. Rosa Identified

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09/19/2014 - 12:50 PM

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the two men involved in a deadly car crash near St. Rosa.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says 30 year-old Charles Stuns, Jr. of Sartell was traveling westbound on County Road 37 around 6:15 a.m. Thursday when his car was hit by another driven by 42-year-old Juan Ramirez of Long Prairie.

Sanner says both drivers were taken to the Melrose Hospital where Stuns later died. Ramirez is currently in the hospital and his condition has not been released.

The cause of the crash is currently being investigated by the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.

Bruce Hentges Withdraws From District 742 School Board Election

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09/19/2014 - 12:00 PM

Bruce Hentges Withdraws From District 742 School Board Election
Photo Courtesy of Ted Sherarts

Bruce Hentges announced Thursday he is withdrawing as a candidate for the District 742 school board election.

Hentges cited personal reasons and potential conflicts with his work as executive director of the Local Education & Activities Foundation as reasons for his withdrawal.

LEAF is the District’s education foundation that distributed over $132,000 in grants to academic, activities, arts and athletic programs during the past school year.

The five remaining candidates, Jerry Von Korff, Bruce Mohs, Peter Hamerlinck, Michael Conway and Hassan Abdullahi Yussuf are vying for three open seats in the November, 4th general election.

St. John's University Finishes Renovation Of Its Library

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09/19/2014 - 11:30 AM

St. John's University Finishes Renovation Of Its Library

St. John’s University has completed the renovation of Hill Museum and Manuscript Library.

HMML has a Hungarian style of architect Marcel Breuer who designed the library in 1974.

HMML executive director Columba Stewart says “The renovation recognizes that the technology is now embedded in research and teaching. Now we can offer a range of spaces conducive to both individual and collaborative study.”

Apart from online access, students can now use the library from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Level Three Sex Offender Being Released From St. Cloud Prison Moving To North St. Cloud

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09/19/2014 - 11:10 AM

Level Three Sex Offender Being Released From St. Cloud Prison Moving To North St. Cloud
Devito Lydon Lenow

A level three sex offender being released from prison is scheduled to move into a north side St. Cloud neighborhood by the end of the month.

25-year-old Devito Lydon Lenow plans to move to the 1400 block of 10th Avenue North of St. Cloud when he is released from the St. Cloud prison on September 29th.

Lenow’s criminal background includes indecent exposure and criminal sexual conduct with minor victim’s ages 7 to 17.

Lenow’s planned residence is less than a mile away from the charter school, Stride Academy.

According to State law, the Parole Commissioner determines if and where a level two or three sex offender may reside within 1,500 feet of school zones.

Sartell Man Killed In Fatal Car Accident

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09/18/2014 - 3:00 PM

A 30-year-old Sartell man was killed in a fatal car accident early Thursday morning.

Sheriff John Sanner says that deputies were called to County Road 35 at the intersection with County Road 37, 3 miles north of St. Rosa for a reported car accident. The sheriff's report says 2002 Dodge Stratus traveling south bound on County Road 35 struck a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier that was traveling west bound on County Road 37.

Sanner notes that both vehicles were severely damaged and both drivers were taken to Melrose Hospital. The driver of the Cavalier was pronounced dead shortly after, and has been identified yet.

The other driver, who is a 42-year-old man from Long Prairie, is still recovering at Melrose Hospital. The crash is being investigated by Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.

I-94 In Rogers Reduced To Single Lane Driving Through November

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09/18/2014 - 10:10 AM

I-94 In Rogers Reduced To Single Lane Driving Through November

Drivers in Rogers and St. Michael should prepare for delays along Interstate 94.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says Interstate 94 between Highway 241 and Highway 101 will be reduced to a single lane during non-rush hours until November.

MnDOT adds closures are needed so crews can work to widen bridges, construct temporary crossover lanes, and more in preparation for the I-94 Corridors of Commerce project.

The project will:

  • Add an auxiliary lane to eastbound I-94 between Highway 101 and Highway 241
  • Add a third lane to westbound I-94 between Highway 101 and Highway 241
  • Extend the deceleration lane from westbound I-94 to Highway 101
  • Improve the I-94 bridges spanning the Crow River
  • Construct a noise barrier
  • Make other improvements while lanes are closed for construction

MnDot says when the project is complete in 2015, it will reduce congestion and improve the efficiency of the transportation system. 

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