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17-Year-Old Pleads Guilty in Death of Davee Devose, Faces Deportation

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08/28/2015 - 2:45 PM

Muhiyadin Mohamed Hassan pleaded guilty to second-degree unintentional murder in a Stearns County courtroom Friday. Hassan was 16-years-old at the time of the assault that killed 20-year-old Davee Devose on June 26. Hassan turned 17 earlier this month. 

Chief Deputy Attorney Matthew Quinn says Hassan admitted to stabbing Devose in the chest during a fight. Judge John Scherer sentenced him as a juvenile to the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Red Wing, and Hassan will be on juvenile probation until he is 21 years old. The judge handed down an adult criminal sentence of 150 months in prison to Hassan, but stayed that sentence on the condition he not violate his probation or commit any new offenses.

The attorney's office also believes Hassan in not a U.S. citizen and he will be deported to his country of origin.

According to St. Cloud police, on June 26 Hassan was walking with three friends at the intersection of 6th Avenue South and 5th Street South at 1:40 a.m. A fight broke out and Hassan stabbed Devose in the chest, who died at the scene.

The county appealed to the state to try Hassan as an adult, but there was not sufficient evidence to certify him for prosecution as an adult.

Authorities Seek Cell Phone Records Related To Crash That Killed A Father And Daughter

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08/28/2015 - 1:15 PM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Authorities have filed a search warrant in Stearns County to examine the cell phone of a teenage girl they believe may have been driving in a crash that killed a father and his young daughter.

Court documents say the 17-year-old girl refused to talk to investigators who came to St. Cloud Hospital after the crash last month. Fifty-four-year-old Charles Maurer, of Becker, and his 10-year-old daughter Cassy were killed when a pickup truck slammed into their van July 21.

Investigators initially identified an 18-year-old man as the driver of the pickup. The St. Cloud Times reports the man told a state trooper that his girlfriend was actually behind the wheel.

Investigators want permission from a judge to search the girl's phone to determine whether she was using it at the time of the crash.
 

St. Cloud State University's Theater Department Performs The Brother's Grimm Spectaculathon

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08/28/2015 - 10:30 AM

St. Cloud State University’s Theater Department welcomes students back to the campus with performances of The Brother’s Grimm Spectaculathon.

The play is hosted by members of Heels and a Stage Theater Company. Two narrators and a cast of actors will tell all 209 popular and obscure Grimm fairytales in a two-hour play.

Attending the performance is free but donations are accepted. The Spectaulathon will take place at Performing Arts Center Arena Stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The last performance is a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

Proceeds go to support the activities of Dramatic Action, a student organization whose theatrical performances improve students’ curricular activities with SCSU’s Theater Department.

Howard Lake's Kyla Mauk Crowned Princess Kay of the Milky Way

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08/28/2015 - 9:00 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A 19-year-old college student from Howard Lake has been crowned the 62nd Princess Kay of the Milky Way.

Kyla Mauk, who represented Wright County, won the title in a ceremony Wednesday night at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Her first official duty will be to sit for nearly six hours on Thursday, the opening day of the State Fair, to have her likeness sculpted from a 90-pound block of butter.

She will serve for the next year as the official goodwill ambassador for nearly 3,500 Minnesota dairy farm families.

Mauk attends South Dakota State University, where she is studying agriculture education. Eleven other county dairy princesses from across the state competed with her for the title.

Kylee Fernholz, representing Douglas County, and Ellen Sheehan, representing Olmsted County, were the runners-up.
 

Upcoming Construction on 9th Avenue South May Cause Traffic Delays

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08/26/2015 - 1:00 PM

Upcoming Construction on 9th Avenue South May Cause Traffic Delays

St. Cloud drivers can expect minor delays near the campus of St. Cloud State University beginning Tuesday.

The City Engineer’s Office announced that crews will begin a mill and overlay project on 9th Avenue South from 4th Street South to about 200 feet south of 22nd Street South.

Lanes will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Flaggers will be out to direct traffic. The project is expected to be completed by mid-October.

Two Men From Watkins Were Killed In A Car Crash In Litchfield

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08/26/2015 - 9:10 AM

Two men from Watkins died in a car accident in Litchfield Tuesday night.

The Minnesota State Patrol says 27-year-old Benjamin Tate of Paynesville was driving southbound on Highway 24, crossed the center line and lost control of his vehicle around 11:30 p.m. Tate's vehicle hit a car headed northbound driven by 19-year-old Travis Monson from Watkins.

Sixteen-year-old Zachary Rohrbeck of Watkins was a passenger in Monson's car. Both died at the scene of the crash. Another passenger, 16-year-old Kathleen Prestidge of Montrose, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the accident. Tate suffered only minor injuries.

Catholic Diocese Of St. Cloud Being Sued On Allegations Of Sexual Abuse From The 1960s

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08/26/2015 - 8:50 AM

Catholic Diocese Of St. Cloud Being Sued On Allegations Of Sexual Abuse From The 1960s

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Two women have sued the Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud and two parishes, saying they were sexually abused by a priest in the 1960s.

The St. Cloud Times reports the women say they were abused by Donald Rieder at parishes in Randall and Kimball when they were between the ages of 11 and 15. The lawsuits accuse the diocese of negligence and common law nuisance.

Rieder pleaded guilty in 2003 to second-degree criminal sexual conduct and admitted to abusing a young girl in the early 1990s. He died in 2013.

The diocese said in a statement that it hadn't reviewed the lawsuit and couldn't comment on specifics. According to the diocese, Rieder was removed from public ministry after an allegation against him in 2002.

St. Cloud State University To Celebrate 100-Year Reunion of Shoemaker Hall

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08/26/2015 - 8:00 AM

St. Cloud State University To Celebrate 100-Year Reunion of Shoemaker Hall

Shoemaker Hall is celebrating its 100th anniversary at St. Cloud State University. SCSU will have a special reunion and open house for Shoemaker Hall from September 18-20. Former residential life staff who have worked in the residence halls for the last 25-30 years will be attending to reacquaint with each other and welcome new students.

News Director, Mohammad Najafian, has the AUDIO STORY

Decline In Citations Issued To Students As Fall Semester Begins

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08/25/2015 - 4:00 PM

Decline In Citations Issued To Students As Fall Semester Begins

The St. Cloud Police department has released information on the citations and arrests surrounding the first few days of the fall semester at St. Cloud State University. Of the 137 people who were cited, only 39% are current students at the university. Eleven of those cited were booked into the Stearns County Jail.

Commander Jeff Oxton says this is nearly a 40% decline in the total number of citations issued compared to 2014, which had a total of 223 citations. Oxton says the high level of staffing and enforcement efforts during the day of move-in through the following weekend, with a focus on evening hours, was helpful. SCSU officials and police say they contacted 252 residences through neighborhood prevention walks near campus and connected with more than 3,200 people. They welcomed students and informed them of city ordinances and safety precautions.

70 citations were issued for underage consumption, 45 for open container on the street or sidewalk as well as 12 loud party citations.

The final statistical summary information for the three-day period of August 20-22 includes the following violations:

Small Amount Marijuana - 2
Urinating in Public – 6
Underage Consumption – 70
Possession of Alcohol – 4
Open Container Street/Sidewalk – 45
Failure to Stop at Stop Sign – 1
Disruptive Intoxication – 3
Flee on Foot – 5
Driving after Revocation – 3
Unreasonable Acceleration – 1
Possess Drug Paraphernalia – 1
False Info to Police – 1
Noise Violation-Loud Party – 12
Social Host – 11
Littering – 1
Noise Violation-Loud Music – 3
Possess False ID – 1
Obstructing Legal Process – 1

Of the 70 under 21 consumption charges, approximately 62 were directed toward the diversion program being administered by the St. Cloud City Attorney’s Office and St. Cloud State University.

St. Cloud Police, in collaboration with St. Cloud State University officials, will continue with increased police presence and enforcement as fall semester continues.

St. Cloud Technical High School Battles Criticism Surrounding Harassment Of Somali Students

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08/25/2015 - 10:00 AM

St. Cloud Technical High School has been scrambling to address criticism from some Somali students who say they've been harassed over their race and religion.

The school district has hired almost a dozen new staffers who speak Somali and are intended to act as liaisons between the administration, students and their families. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that St. Cloud school officials also plan to provide additional cultural awareness training to teachers and add leadership groups to give students more of a voice.

In March, about 100 students walked out of St. Cloud Technical High School after a photo circulated of a Somali girl labeled as a member of the Islamic State group.

Somali students account for about 20 percent of the school's population.

Isle Man Killed After Car Crashes Into Dump Truck On Highway 23

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08/25/2015 - 9:40 AM

A 23-year-old man from Isle died in a car accident in Stearns County Monday evening.

The Minnesota State Patrol says Jared Haglund died after his car ran into a dump truck, which was stopped to make a turn at the intersection of Highway 23 and County Road 12.

Gary Hemmesch, 41-years-old of Richmond, was driving the dump truck eastbound on Highway 23. He stopped to turn north onto County Road 12 when Haglund's vehicle rear ended the truck. A passenger in the vehicle, 21-year-old Logan Hebeisen, suffered serious injuries and was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital.

The accident was reported at 5:40 p.m. The Cold Spring Police Department, Paynesville ambulance and Chain of Lake Fire and Rescue assisted the state patrol.

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