12/06/2013 - 1:10 PM
St. Cloud State University is planning a celebration of Nelson Mandela's life. The university has strong academic ties to South Africa with its study abroad program with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, where students are immersed into learning about the life and impact of the Nobel Peace Prize winner.
University President Earl Potter writes in a campus wide email message that since the first St. Cloud State education–abroad opportunities in South Africa began in the late 1990s, the leadership and legacy of the esteemed statesman has had a deep and lasting influence on more than 600 participating students, faculty and staff. They return transformed, most particularly by the experience of standing in the place where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for speaking out for equality and justice, knowing that he later emerged a leader who found his power within and wielded it with wisdom and quiet strength.
Students and faculty studying on the program visit to Mandela's former home in Soweto and to Robben Island, where he was imprisoned.
The celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life is Wednesday, December 11 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Atwood Center's Ballroom and is open to the campus and community.
Potter added it has been a great honor for the university to have a partnership with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, named for the man whose resilience, humanity and relentless advocacy for justice has changed the world forever.
12/06/2013 - 12:00 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has told Xcel Energy to study retiring the two oldest units at its the nearby Becker Sherco power plant.
The PUC decided Thursday that Xcel should consider various retirement scenarios as part of a long-range plan that's due in July.
Sherco is Minnesota's largest coal-fired power plant. The Sierra Club and other environmental groups want to see Sherco's 1 and 2 units retired by 2020 because of their greenhouse gas emissions.
Several people testified Thursday that closing the plant near central Minnesota could cost jobs.
12/06/2013 - 9:40 AM
St. Cloud Police were called to First Fuel Bank Thursday for suspicious activity, just after 11:00 p.m.
When Police arrived outside First Fuel Bank the officer says two men were seen fighting. During the arrest 26-year-old Michael Todd Saxon allegedly began fighting with the officer. Saxon was taken into custody and is being held for court in the Stearns County Jail on charges of 4th degree assault, disorderly conduct and obstruction.
Police also cited and released 24-year-old Paul Brian Mcdonough for disorderly conduct.
40-year-old Shannon Mary Obrien was also at the scene and was arrested for giving false information to police. Obrien was taken to the Stearns County Jail.
No additional information is available at this time.
12/05/2013 - 3:45 PM
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has disclosed the names of 34 priests who have been accused of sexually abusing minors.The names of the priests were made public Thursday following months of criticism that church leaders mishandled allegations of abuse. Archbishop John Nienstedt says he hopes the move will restore trust.
The archdiocese says it has substantiated claims against 30 priests on the list. The remaining four have claims against them that could not be substantiated, but the archdiocese released them after a court order.
The information includes the clerics' names, parishes where they served, and other details. It does not include details of the allegations.
Of the 34 names, three of them, Father Cosmas Dahlheimer, Francis Hoefgen, and Brennan Maiers, have had ties with the St. Cloud Diocese.
Dahlheimer died in 2004, and both Hoefgen and Maiers have been removed from ministry since 2002.
All of the men on the list have been permanently removed from ministry.
12/05/2013 - 3:15 PM
Two men are currently being held at the Stearns County jail for a number of charges including possession of stolen property.
Late Wednesday night, St. Cloud police pulled over a car after it made a routine traffic stop with a head light out. Officers later determined that the car was stolen from Little Falls, and the license plates have been stolen.
The driver of the car, 23-year-old Kodie Lee Kelash of Rice, was arrested for possession of stolen property, possession of hypodermic needles and an outstanding warrant. The passenger, 24-year-old Nicholas Michael Dougherty of St. Cloud was arrested for outstanding warrants.
12/05/2013 - 3:00 PM
A St. Cloud man has been arrested and facing multiple charges after officers were sent to check on a possible kidnapping.
According to St. Cloud police, 26-year-old Cody Lee Parson of St. Cloud was arrested after his female victim told them Parson had a rifle and was making threats towards her.
Parson is facing multiple charges including domestic assault and terrorist threats. He is currently being held in the Sherburne County Jail.
The case is still under investigation.
12/05/2013 - 10:50 AM
With the first major snowfall of the winter, St. Cloud area residents should know it’s their responsibility to keep their sidewalks clear.
According to St. Cloud Ordinance 680:05, property owners need to clear public sidewalks of snow and ice within one day of the end of a snowfall. Snowfall removal is needed to ensure the safety of people using the sidewalks in winter.
If you own property with a public sidewalk you must shovel all sides of your property with sidewalks, as well as remove ice from the pavement and then treat with salt or sand if needed.
If you have a corner property, clear the access to sidewalks and crosswalks to keep them handicap accessible. Pile snow in your yard because it’s illegal to shovel snow into the streets and alleys.
Also, make sure someone will shovel while you’re gone.
Failure to comply may result in snow and ice being removed by the city. The owner is then billed for the service and an unpaid bill will be added to your property tax statement.
12/05/2013 - 9:30 AM
A man has suffered non-life threatening injuries after allegedly running out in front of oncoming traffic and crashing into a car Wednesday.
According to the Waite Park Police Department, several witnesses said that a car driven by 36-year-old Aaron Sakkinen of St. Cloud had the green light at 2nd Ave South and 2nd Street South when a pedestrian ran out in front of him and collided with his car.
The pedestrian, 32-year-old Eric Gale of Waite Park, was taken by ambulance to the St. Cloud Hospital.
Sakkinen was not injured in the crash.
12/04/2013 - 11:40 AM
The winter storm warning, the first major snowfall for the St. Cloud area and the expected high winds could bring possible power outages.
The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes gives several tips to keep your family warm and safe during a power outage caused by a winter storm.
Always keep a supply of flashlights, candles, batteries and a battery powered radio on hand for weather updates. Don’t run a generator inside a home or garage, especially a gas powered generator, as it needs a well-ventilated area. Keep extra cash on hand, in case of an extended power outage when ATM’s aren't accessible. If using a gas heater or fireplace to stay warm, make sure the area is well-ventilated.
When power is restored, wait a few minutes to turn on major appliances to decrease the chance of a power surge disabling your appliances.
FLASH says a good way to prepare your supplies and family are to include winter storm power outages in your family disaster plan.
12/03/2013 - 11:20 AM
A woman suffered minor injuries after she lost control of her SUV and struck a mailbox and support cable in Krain Township Monday.
According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, 27-year-old Crystal Rose Dietrich Benson of Upsula was traveling southbound on Hwy 238, when she came to a curve in the road and lost control of the SUV due to the snow and slush. The SUV then left the road and struck a mailbox and support cable for a power pole.
Benson was taken by Melrose Ambulance to the Albany Hospital and treated for minor injuries.
Along with this accident, Stearns County Law Enforcement has responded to 46 other vehicle crashes and vehicles in the ditch.
12/03/2013 - 10:40 AM
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for St. Cloud from 9:00 p.m. Tuesday through 6:00 a.m. Thursday.
The heaviest snow is on tap for Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. SCSU Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman says freezing rain is likely Tuesday afternoon until temperatures dip below freezing later in the night.
Weisman says there is potential for 6-8 inches of new snow in St. Cloud. After the snow stops sometime Wednesday afternoon the winds will pick up, causing blowing snow.
Weisman says wind chills could get as low as -20 on Thursday, as an arctic blast of cold air will envelop the entire state.
With freezing rain, 6-8 inches of new snow possible and almost blizzard type winds; this will cause very slippery road conditions.
12/03/2013 - 10:20 AM
A man has died after his car slid to avoid hitting a semi-tractor on I-94 westbound Monday (yesterday).
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a semi driven by 67-year-old James Hall of Northfield was traveling eastbound on I-94 in Stearns County, when the tractor jack-knifed across the median and came to a rest in the left westbound lane.
A car driven by 52-year-old Terrence Cusick of Fargo, ND was traveling westbound in the left lane when he attempted to avoid the tractor. The car began to slide and the driver’s side door collided with the tractor.
Terrence was killed at scene, while the passenger of the car, 43-year-old Toby Cusick suffered non –life-threatening injuries. The driver of the semi suffered no apparent injuries.
Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was there to assist at the scene.
12/03/2013 - 9:15 AM
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Managers of a St. Cloud compost site hope to start receiving food scraps as soon as this week, now that they have a state permit to accept organic waste.
The organic matter will be mixed with yard waste and composted into a nutrient-rich product that will be sold to farmers, gardeners and landscapers.
The St. Cloud Times reports, Tri-County Organics is among a rising number of food recycling facilities across the state and country. They're part of growing focus on recycling food scraps, paper towels and other organic materials.
A recent Minnesota Pollution Control Agency study found the portion of organics in the waste stream has grown to 31 percent from 26 percent in 2000. The agency says more than 519,000 tons of food waste could be composted annually.
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