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State Partol Reports Two Crashes With Injuries Sunday Near St. Cloud

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01/16/2017 - 4:20 PM

The Minnesota State Patrol reported two unrelated accidents near St. Cloud Sunday in which people ended up in the hospital.

The first crash happened along Highway 23 in Saint Joseph Township just after 2:30 p.m. Two cars, a Nissan Altima and Subaru, were driving side-by-side. Another car, a Chevrolet Malibu driven by 28-year-old Yahya Abdi of Willmar, was merging onto the highway from westbound Interstate 94.

Abdi failed to yield are crashed with the Subaru, which then hit the Nissan. The driver of the Nissan, 45-year-old William Thelen of Cold Spring, and his passenger were not injured. Abdi and the Subaru driver, 47-year-old Melinda Metz of Richmond, were taken to the St. Cloud hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Another accident was reported just before 9 p.m. in St. Cloud. Emily Bushman, 24, of Albany, was driving her car south along Highway 15. As she approached 12th St. N., the car veered into the ditch and rolled on its roof. She was treated for non-life threatening injuries at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Drivers Targeted For Texting While Driving

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01/13/2017 - 2:10 PM

Drivers Targeted For Texting While Driving

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic saturation that concentrated on texting while driving violations, according to Sheriff John Sanner.

The areas of focus included parts of Division St. and Roosevelt Rd. in St. Cloud and 10th Ave. in Waite Park. Fifteen drivers were cited for texting while driving during the exercise. 

Other citations handed out during this time include: three for driving after license revocation, two seat belt violations, four no-proof-of-insurance citations and one for inattentive driving.

The exercise took place Thursday, Jan. 12.

Albany Man Convicted Of Two Counts Of Murder

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01/12/2017 - 2:45 PM

Albany Man Convicted Of Two Counts Of Murder
Robert Kaiser courtesy Stearns County Jail

A man from Albany, Minn., has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The Stearns County Attorney’s Office says that Robert Kaiser stood before a judge Thursday and was sentenced to 240 months in prison. On Oct. 28, 2016, Kaiser was charged with two counts of second degree murder.

A Stearns County jury found him guilty. One count was for the murder of his infant son. The murders happened in August 2014.

The court handed a large sentence because the vulnerability of the victim made the situation more serious.

St. Cloud School District Gets Funding For High-Speed Internet

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01/12/2017 - 1:30 PM

The St. Cloud School District will get more than $40,000 for better access to high-speed internet.

The governor’s office says 12 school districts across Minnesota received grant money to make sure students have better internet connections on the bus and at home. Grants were announced by Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and the Department of Education.

Money can be used to equip buses with wireless hotspots so students can do homework on their way to and from school. Schools may also purchase hotspots, data cards and other mobile broadband devices for students to check out and use at home.

Thirty-three districts applied for this grant, but only twelve were awarded due to limited funding. The legislation capped grant money at $50,000 per district. St. Cloud received $40,546.

Since districts still need funding, the ongoing need for investment in rural high-speed internet remains.

List of awarded grants courtesy the Office of Gov. Mark Dayton & Lt. Gov. Tina Smith. 

SCPD Offers Advice On How To Avoid Identity Theft During Tax Season

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01/09/2017 - 11:00 AM

SCPD Offers Advice On How To Avoid Identity Theft During Tax Season

Now that tax season is upon us, it’s important to watch your mailbox closely to avoid W-2 form theft.

The St. Cloud Police Department says identity theft is a major issue during tax season because thieves know personal information is delivered in the mail. If someone steals your W-2 form, they can file a bogus return and collect the refund check from the International Revenue Service, or open credit card, bank or other accounts with personal information.

To avoid identity theft, the SCPD recommends electronic W-2 forms. However, if you must receive your tax documents through the mail, make sure to check your mailbox every day and ask a trusted neighbor to watch out for stealing.

If you’ll be gone for an extended time, ask a friend to pick it up, have the post office hold your mail or rent a post office box.

If you believe you're a victim of identity theft, the IRS provides steps to take and protection tips

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