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.
08/27/2014 - 11:50 AM
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.
08/27/2014 - 10:30 AM
A 22-year-old Sauk Rapids man who was recently sentenced to St. Cloud Prison was found dead in his Stearns County Jail cell last weekend.
Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says correction staff responded to Jerod Jakel’s cell Sunday evening to find him unresponsive, Jakel was pronounced dead on the scene.
An autopsy conducted by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office says the cause of death is determined to be asphyxiation due to hanging.
Jakel was being held at the Stearns County Jail on first and second degree assault charges and possession of a firearm. He was awaiting the start of his 8.5 year long prison sentence, for his role in a St. Augusta shooting last October.
08/27/2014 - 9:00 AM
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota man convicted of murdering two unarmed teenagers who broke into his home is contesting the restitution prosecutors are asking he pay for the deaths.
Sixty-six-year-old Byron Smith took the stand Tuesday to testify about what had been stolen in a series of burglaries at his Little Falls home before the Thanksgiving Day 2012 shootings.
The Star Tribune reports Smith cried as he described his family building the house that was burglarized.
A Morrison County jury found Smith guilty in April of killing 17-year-old Nick Brady and his 18-year-old cousin, Haile Kifer.
Smith is arguing that because Brady stole items from his house in previous burglaries, he shouldn't have to pay restitution to Brady's family. He's also contesting the $21,859 he was ordered to pay Kifer's family.
08/26/2014 - 12:40 PM
St. Cloud State University’s Chemistry and Biochemistry departments are receiving an equipment upgrade thanks to two grants from the National Science Foundation.
The two grants, totaling over $425,000, will be used to purchase a new Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer and a Dynamic Light Scattering Instrument. These instruments will be used in both classroom and research based activities.
Over the past two years, the SCSU Chemistry Department as secured nearly $600,000 through the National Science Foundation for a variety of equipment used in collaborative faculty and student research as well as in the classroom.
SCSU Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Latha Ramakrishan says the equipment purchased with the grant money will be used to prepare students for the workforce.
08/26/2014 - 11:20 AM
A Benson man suffered injuries after his car was struck by a garbage truck ran in Farming township Monday morning.
Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says the garbage truck driven by 33-year-old Chad Robertson of Willmar, went through a stop sign at the intersection of County Road 10 and Royal River Road. Robertson then hit a car driven by 54-year-old Steven Espelien of Benson. The car was sent air born, landing 30-feet from the road in a nearby soybean field.
Espelien was taken to the Paynesville hospital for his injuries then to the St. Cloud Hospital where he is stable condition.
08/26/2014 - 10:40 AM
The St. Cloud State University Foundation received $82,350 to grant as scholarships to accounting students each year.
The money was given as a named endowment from the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants. The MNCPA has a long history of providing scholarships and intends to continue that tradition.
Award recipients must be accounting majors in their junior or senior year and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25.
08/26/2014 - 10:00 AM
Drivers commuting from Cold Spring should be aware that a section of eastbound Highway 23 will be reduced to one lane Monday.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation says Highway 23 between 2nd Avenue South and Chapel Street will close while crews repair drains beneath the roadway.
The road is expected to open Thursday at 6 a.m.
08/25/2014 - 4:20 PM
The St. Cloud police are investigating after a 51-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to his foot Friday.
St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says the man was rushed to the St. Cloud Hospital Emergency Room around 11:30 p.m. after the shot was fired near 12th Avenue and St. Germain Street West.
Burke adds there is limited suspect information at this time.
08/25/2014 - 4:00 PM
Olive (left) and Reed (right) Stearns County Jail inmate roster
Two alleged cases of domestic assault were reported over the weekend, according to St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke.
On Friday, 36-year-old Jajuan Anthony Reed was arrested after the reported assault of a 39-year-old female. Burke says the assault took place on the 100 block of 19th Avenue North. Reed is currently being held in the Stearns County Jail facing felony domestic assault charges due to prior convictions.
On Sunday, another St. Cloud man was arrested at the 700 block of 33rd Street South. 37-year-old Terrence Davone Olive reportedly attacked a woman and pulled her hair. Burke adds the woman feared for her safety. Olive is also being held at the Stearns County Jail awaiting charges.
08/25/2014 - 11:30 AM
As students fill the campus grounds, SCSU Student Health Services reminds them of the recent addition to the Tobacco Free Policy.
KVSC's John Peterson speaks with Jeff Allerson of SCSU Health Services and finds out the reason for adding e-cigarettes to the policy and additional information known about the effects of them.
08/25/2014 - 10:50 AM
The St. Cloud City Engineer’s Office has announced the new Clearwater Road alignment crossover has started.
The engineer’s office announced they will soon be fully switching traffic over to the new alignment in the Clearwater / Heatherwood Road area.
This new alignment project will continue to be a construction site through the month of September.
Motorists are asked to drive with caution as delays are expected.
08/25/2014 - 9:30 AM
The body of an Albany man has been recovered from a lake near Zimmerman.
Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott says 23-year-old Joshua Roepke was swimming and boating with his friends on Lake Freemount when friends lost sight of him around 6 p.m. Saturday night.
Sherburne County deputies found his body about two hours later in about 7 feet of water.
Roepke’s drowning remains under investigation.
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