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Metro Bus Trolley Is Collecting Food Donations This Holiday Season

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12/02/2016 - 11:30 AM

Metro Bus Trolley Is Collecting Food Donations This Holiday Season
Jolly Trolley Food Drive courtesy Metro Bus

A trolley bus will be parked in front of local grocery stores starting Monday to collect food items for the Jolly Trolley Food Drive.

Metro Bus says they’re partnering with Royal Tire and Townsquare Media to help area families this holiday season.

If you see the Metro Bus trolley at select Coborn’s, Cash Wise, Lunds and Byerly’s and Walmart stores, you should know it’s collecting food and donations.

All food will be donated to the Promise Neighborhood, Salvation Army and Catholic Charities Emergency Services food shelves. The Jolly Trolley is also encouraging cash donations. All funds will be matched because of a grant, and food shelves’ can use the money at the Second Harvest food bank. This year’s cash donations will be matched through the Skalicky Foundation’s annual Charity Challenge.

Metro Bus CEO Ryan Daniel says, “A 10 dollar donation could easily purchase at least 80 dollars worth of food.”

The drive has a new name this year since the trolley bus is being used. It was formerly called the “Fill the Flyer” food drive.

The Jolly Trolley will be parked at the following locations:

  • Monday, Dec. 5 from 4-7 p.m. at Coborn’s, located on Cooper Ave. in St. Cloud
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 4-7 p.m. at Cash Wise E. in St. Cloud
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 4-7 p.m. at Lunds + Byerly’s in St. Cloud
  • Thursday, Dec. 8 from 4-7 p.m. at Coborn’s in Sauk Rapids
  • Friday, Dec. 9 from 4-7 p.m. at Coborn’s, located on Pinecone Ave. in Sartell
  • Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m.-1p.m. at Walmart in Sartell

The annual drive has collected more than 15,000 pounds and $7,000 since 2011.

SCSU Students Reach Out To Ohio State After Recent Attack

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12/01/2016 - 2:40 PM

In the aftermath of a knife attack at Ohio State University, local students reached out to express their condolences.

St. Cloud State University Student Government President Mikaela Johnson says she worked with organizations around campus to send a letter of support. The letter was written by Johnson and the president of the Somali Student Association.

“On behalf of the students at St. Cloud State University, we would like to send our condolences to the students, families, friends and everyone affected by the incident on Monday morning,” the letter states. “Our hearts go out to your university and community.”

On Monday, 11 people at Ohio State were hurt in a car-and-knife attack by an 18-year-old student, Abdul Razak Ali Artan.

The St. Cloud community and schools have endured their own challenges this year after acts of violence, including the stabbing incident at Crossroads Mall in September.

Johnson adds, “By staying #StCloudUnited we continue to grow as a university and community to keep everyone safe.”

Pictured below: letter sent to Ohio State University courtesy Mikaela Johnson.

Drivers Can Expect Periodic Closures Along Highway 24

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12/01/2016 - 1:40 PM

Drivers Can Expect Periodic Closures Along Highway 24

Highway 24 in Clearwater will be closed up to four times a day starting Monday.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says a section of highway near the Mississippi River Bridge will be experiencing 15-minute closures until December 23.

The closures will happen from sunrise to sunset, Monday-Friday. Flaggers will block traffic going both directions on Highway 24 for 15 minutes at a time. The highway will not be closed during severe weather.

Construction crews will be installing large concrete beams for a new bridge over the Mississippi.

Shed Fire In Holdingford Destroys Thousands Of Dollars Of Equipment

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11/30/2016 - 2:00 PM

A large shed in Holdingford is considered a complete loss after it was engulfed in flames early Tuesday.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to the scene of the fire at 711 Riverside Road shortly after 1 a.m.

The Holdingford Fire Department was able to extinguish the blaze.

Donald and Celia Coffield, both 82-years-old, used it as a woodworking shop and garage. All property inside including two cars and several thousands of dollars worth of woodworking equipment was lost.

The shop was heated by a wood burning stove and officials believe that is where the fire started.

Gold Cross Ambulance also helped at the scene.

Gold'n Plump Chicken Bought for $350 Million

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11/30/2016 - 8:00 AM

Gold'n Plump Chicken Bought for $350 Million

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - The Midwest's largest chicken producer is being acquired by a rival company for $350 million. 

 
Pilgrim's Pride Corp., of Greeley, Colorado, says it plans to pay cash for GNP Co., the producer of Gold'n Plump and Just Bare chicken, which is based in St. Cloud, Minnesota. 
 
The acquisition moves Pilgrim's Pride into new geographical territory and expands its natural and organic products. It's not yet clear what the deal will mean for GNP's production plants in Cold Spring and Luverne, Minnesota, and Arcadia, Wisconsin, and its 1,700 employees. 
 
It's the second time Gold'n Plump has been sold in the last three years. One of the country's largest hog producers, Maschhoffs LLC, purchased the company from the founding Helgeson family in 2013 for an undisclosed price. 
 

St. Cloud's Winter Festival Adds More Activities

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11/29/2016 - 4:30 PM

St. Cloud's Winter Festival Adds More Activities

Assistant News Director Mitchell Barnhart brings the latest on the 16th year of the St. Cloud Winter Festival, and Downtown Council President Pegg Gustafson provides a rundown of the events in this AUDIO STORY.

The festival is December 9-11 in parts of downtown St. Cloud and the Lake George area.

Sports Schedule

  • Men's Hockey vs University of Omaha
    Dec 09, 2016 - 7:37
  • Men's Hockey vs University of Omaha
    Dec 10, 2016 - 7:07
  • Men's Basketball vs Jamestown College (Sports Stream)
    Dec 19, 2016 - 7:00

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