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St. Cloud Area Joint Cities Meeting On Sex Trafficking Scheduled

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05/24/2018 - 12:51 PM

St. Cloud Area Joint Cities Meeting On Sex Trafficking Scheduled

A St. Cloud Area Joint Cities Meeting will be held next Tuesday.

The meeting will address sex trafficking in central Minnesota. Stearns County attorney Janelle Kendall and Waite Park Chief of Police Dave Bentrud will present this topic. 

Sex trafficking has been a major focus for law enforcement in central Minnesota This is especially true for St. Cloud, which lies at the intersection of two major roads: Interstate- 94 and Highway 23. Just last December, several Stearns County organizations were given a grant of $313,000. which led to the creation of the Central Minnesota Sex Trafficking Investigative Force. The task force will consist of two full-time investigators who will work with agencies to share information and conduct investigations together.

The meeting will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m at the Sartell Community Center. There will be a dinner that will cost $9 to anyone with a RSVP.

Minnesota Expected To Experience First Hot Spell In Four Years

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05/24/2018 - 10:37 AM

Minnesota Expected To Experience First Hot Spell In Four Years

Minnesota has the potential to see a dangerous hot spell over the weekend.

St. Cloud State Meteorology professor and forecaster Bob Weisman says that temperatures from Saturday to Monday could break 90 degrees. Along with the hot weather, wind is expected to be light and humidity levels will be noticeable.

This combination of weather means that the air could be harder to breathe. Anyone with breathing problems or seniors and kids should be careful about the amount of time they spend outdoors.

To follow this potential heatwave, visit this link

St. Cloud Airport Continues To Offer Flights To Arizona And Florida

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05/24/2018 - 9:53 AM

St. Cloud Airport Continues To Offer Flights To Arizona And Florida

St. Cloud Regional Airport will continue to host flights to Southwest Florida.

The Mayor's Office said Tuesday that flights to Punta Gorda Airport just north of Fort Myers will continue to run through the 2018-2019 winter season. This is the second nonstop destination that STC offers, with the other being Phoenix/Mesa, which has been present since 2012.

The nonstop service to Southwest Florida will begin November 7. The flight schedule to Punta Gorda Airport will be twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays. This service does not have an announced end date, though it typically goes through Easter.

For ticket information and specific flight times are available here.

District 742 Has A Wide Variety of Activities to Enrich Your Summer

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05/24/2018 - 8:12 AM

District 742 Has A Wide Variety of Activities to Enrich Your Summer

St. Cloud Area School District 742 will have a wide array of summer enrichment opportunities.

District 742 Spokeswoman Jennifer Noble says that a wide variety of adult education and kids summer camps will offer great summer fun. Adults can take classes to learn more about food, life, nature, technology, travel and wellness. The district also offers Project Challenge, a specialized program for adults with disabilities to offer recreational, cooking, arts and special interest classes.

Kids will be able to attend camps like Youth Dance Clinics, ultimate sports camp, arts camp at the Paramount Center for the Arts and other activities like babysitting, gymnastics, BMX Racing, and many more.

To browse through all sessions and register, you can visit www.isd742.ce.eleyo.com and for more information on community education visit www.isd742.org/CommunityEd

Stolen Boat Discovered on Walking Path Is Under Investigation

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05/23/2018 - 11:22 AM

Stolen Boat Discovered on Walking Path Is Under Investigation

Authorities are searching for information about a stolen boat found north of St. Cloud last Friday.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office got a call just after noon about a stolen boat and trailer parked on a walking path in Bend of the River Park. A deputy on the scene found the motor and battery missing. After investigating, it was found that the boat had been stolen from an Elk River business within 24 hours of it being discovered.

The 2018 Skeeter fiberglass boat was presumed to be stolen, then brought to Benton County, where it was stripped of essential parts before being ditched on the walking path.

If anyone recognizes this boat or knows anything about the theft, you can call the Benton County Sheriff's Office at (320) 968-7201 or report a tip to the Tri-County Crime Stoppers at (800) 255-1301.

Two Organizations Earn Over $35,000 Public Art Grants

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05/23/2018 - 10:50 AM

Two Organizations Earn Over $35,000 Public Art Grants

Two organizations in central Minnesota received over $35,000 public art grants.

The Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) awarded the grants to the City of Monticello and the community Legacy Foundation. The City of Monticello earned about $13,000 for a kinetic mural that shimmers like a lake, it will be installed in downtown Monticello.

Also, the Community Legacy Foundation  of Sauk Centre earned about $23,000 for a mural depicting several children's storybook characters. It will painted on Sauk Centre's Public Library.

The grants were awarded at a CMAB meeting on May 10.

 

Subway in Waite Park Robbed By Two Men

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05/23/2018 - 10:24 AM

Subway in Waite Park Robbed By Two Men

A Subway restaurant in Waite Park was robbed late Monday.

The Waite Park Police Department says that the store located at 145 West Division Street was robbed by two men just before 11 p.m. One threatened an employee with a knife while grabbing him while the other held what he claimed to be a gun, but it was covered. They were able to steal a safe before loading it into a dark vehicle described as looking like a Buick or Chrysler 300.

The men have been described as white and thin built. They were wearing all black and their faces were concealed by aviator sunglasses and bandanas.

If anyone has any information related to this crime, contact the Waite Park Police Department at (320) 251-3281 or report a tip to the Tri-County Crime Stoppers at (800) 255-1301.

Highway 24 In Between Clearwater and Clear Lake To Narrow To One Lane Overnight

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05/22/2018 - 11:36 AM

Highway 24 In Between Clearwater and Clear Lake To Narrow To One Lane Overnight

Highway 24 separating Clearwater and Clear Lake will be getting narrowed to one lane at night.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says that the lane closures are due to crews needing to resurface the road. The resurfacing is part of a larger project which will focus on improving and quality and safety along Highway 24. Delays during lane closures are expected.

Highway 24 will narrow to one lane from 8 p.m.- 5:30 a.m up to seven days a week starting on June 3 and ending on June 19. 

In related news, both directions of Highway 10 will be narrowing beginning July 12.

 

Wanted Man Arrested Saturday In Stolen Car East of St. Cloud

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05/22/2018 - 10:50 AM

Wanted Man Arrested Saturday In Stolen Car  East of St. Cloud
28 year-old Tyler Kirby Wiehoff

A man driving a stolen car, among several other charges, was arrested in Minden Township just east of St. Cloud early Saturday.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office stopped 28 year-old Tyler Kirby Wiehoff of Sauk Rapids just after midnight after seeing his taillights weren't working. Wiehoff said that he didn't have his driver's license with him. When asked his identity, he gave the name of his brother. A Sauk Rapids police officer also stopped at the scene and found Wiehoff on a wanted list. 

Wiehoff had four ongoing warrants for his arrest and a revoked driver's license. Police found the ignition to Wiehoff's car was damaged and could be started without a key, leading to them discovering the car was stolen. He also had two pills in his pocket that were believed to contain Oxycodone, which Wiehoff did not have a prescription for.

Wiehoff was eventually booked by police and charged with driving after revocation, controlled substance crime in the 5th degree, giving a peace officer a false name, and possession of stolen property.

Fight With A Knife In Waite Park Leaves Victim Hospitalized

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05/22/2018 - 10:03 AM

Fight With A Knife In Waite Park Leaves Victim Hospitalized

Authorities are still searching for information related a fight involving a knife in Waite Park that sent a victim to the hospital last Friday.

The Waite Park Police Department responded to a call around 8:30 p.m. of a domestic assault situation in progress. When they arrived, they found it was not a domestic situation. However, a fight had taken place, leaving a victim with a cut on their face. The two people involved in the fight fled. The Stearns County Sheriff's Office deployed a drone to find them, with no luck. However, the victim showed up at the hospital shortly after. Their injuries were not serious and police have not released the gender of the victim.

The investigation for this incident is still active, as the reason for the fight is still unknown. Anyone with information should contact the Waite Park Police Department at (320) 251-3281 or the Tri-County Crime Stoppers at (800) 255-1301.

ABE and GED Students Will Earn Their Diplomas

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05/18/2018 - 10:00 AM

ABE and GED Students Will Earn Their Diplomas

Adults who have been working towards their education will be able to graduate.

The Central Minnesota Adult Basic Education says A-B-E and general education development students will receive diplomas later this month. The ceremony will also recognize ABE volunteers.

The graduation ceremony will be on Wednesday, May 30 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Mississippi Room at the Great River Regional Library in St. Cloud. The event is free and open to the public.

Metro Bus Offers Free Bus Rides For Kids All Summer

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05/17/2018 - 8:10 AM

Metro Bus Offers Free Bus Rides For Kids All Summer

Busy parents can get excited that their kids will now have the opportunity for free bus rides throughout the summer.

Metro Bus Spokeswoman Berta Hartig says that kids 17 and younger will have free unlimited rides on all Metro Bus Fixed Routes from June 1 to August 31. The U-Go Free Summer Youth Pass will give kids a chance to get to all their summer activities. Kids will learn how to use their pass and which routes they need to take.

The free summer pass can be picked up in downtown St. Cloud at the Metro Bus Transit Center or the Mobility Training Center, no registration form is required.

St. Cloud Will Hold 22nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration

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05/15/2018 - 7:10 AM

St. Cloud Will Hold 22nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration

St. Cloud will hold the Juneteenth celebration to remember the anniversary of freedom for black slaves in Texas.

The celebration focuses about when slaves learned they were free between June 13 and 19, 1865. This would be more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

The Juneteenth celebration will be on Friday, June 15 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Riverside Park in St. Cloud.

Road Construction Along I-94 Will Slow Drivers

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04/30/2018 - 9:00 AM

Road Construction Along I-94 Will Slow Drivers

Drivers should expect to be slowed or stopped on Interstate 94 for the next few weeks.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says roads between Clearwater and Monticello will be slowed or closed to improve driving conditions. The 14 miles stretch of road will be reduced to single lane traffic during non-rush hours.

Drivers are reminded to slow down near the work zone and give crews enough room to work.