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Ashish Vaidya Appointed As SCSU Interim President Wednesday Following Death Of Earl H. Potter III

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06/23/2016 - 4:40 PM

Ashish Vaidya Appointed As SCSU Interim President Wednesday Following Death Of Earl H. Potter III
Interim President Ashish Vaidya

St. Cloud State University’s Ashish Vaidya has been appointed to serve as Interim President following the death of Earl H. Potter III.

Vaidya was selected at a MnSCU meeting Wednesday, and will serve for the next two years.

Late President Earl H. Potter III was killed in a car accident Monday, June 13, near Brooklyn Center.

Vaidya previously served as provost. Now, Dr. Dan Gregory will step up as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. Gregory was the dean of the College of Science and Engineering at St. Cloud State since 2013.

“While we are still sharing remembrances and grieving, we must never forget that we are here for our students and their success.” Vaidya says, “We will move forward, together.”

43rd Annual Lemonade Concert And Art Fair Thursday Kicks Off Granite City Days

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06/23/2016 - 3:50 PM

43rd Annual Lemonade Concert And Art Fair Thursday Kicks Off Granite City Days

Thursday marks the 43rd annual Lemonade Concert and Art Fair hosted at St. Cloud State University.

This kicks off the 10th annual Granite City Days weekend.

Over 200 vendors were in attendance as well as live music performances, a children’s art area, a farmers market, and of course, freshly squeezed lemonade.

Assistant News Director Joe Michalski was able to talk to vendors at the event in this AUDIO STORY.

 

St. Cloud Salvation Army Officers Retiring After 42 Years of Service

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06/22/2016 - 3:30 PM

St. Cloud Salvation Army Officers Retiring After 42 Years of Service

After 42 years of service, Lee and Melody Morrison are retiring from The Salvation Army of St. Cloud.

The Salvation Army says the Morrison's were ordained as officers in 1974. They were instrumental in the hot meal program, PhilanthroFeed, where local businesses and volunteers helped cook, serve, and clean up for a free hot meal every day.

Leaving behind a great legacy in St. Cloud, the Morrison’s say, “On June 26 we'll hit the road and head to Escanaba, Michigan. We really enjoy it there and that’s where we plan to spend our retirement years.”

Lawyers Of Alleged Person Of Interest In Jacob Wetterling Abduction Want Trial Moved Out Of Minn.

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06/22/2016 - 10:50 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A federal magistrate judge says the man authorities have called a "person of interest" in the unsolved kidnapping of Jacob Wetterling should not get a change of venue in his child pornography case.

Danny Henrich's lawyers tried to get his trial moved from Minnesota because of intense media coverage. But U.S. Magistrate Judge Leo Brisbois on Tuesday recommended against a change of venue. He also recommended against suppressing evidence seized from Heinrich's home along with statements he made to investigators.

The final decision is up to District Judge John Tunheim.

Heinrich is due to go on trial next month on 25 child pornography counts. The 53-year-old Annandale man has pleaded not guilty. He is not charged in the Wetterling case and continues to deny any involvement in the 1989 abduction.

Eleven-year-old Jacob Wetterling was abducted from St. Joseph Township on October 22nd, 1989.

MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone Expects Recommendations For Financial Challenges By October

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06/22/2016 - 10:40 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A new report says the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is facing dire financial challenges and that delays in addressing them will only make things worse.

The work group that spent eight months on the report says declining state funding may mean big changes for the system's 37 colleges and universities, including St. Cloud State, which educate nearly 400,000 students a year.

Recommendations for dealing with the financial difficulties include consolidating duplicated services across the state, adopting more flexible labor practices and streamlining curriculum.

Chancellor Steven Rosenstone expects to have final recommendations for the system trustees by October.

The trustees board meanwhile has rebranded the overall name for the system's schools to Minnesota State instead of MnSCU.