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DNR Announces Wolf Hunting And Trapping Season Details

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07/24/2014 - 12:20 PM

DNR Announces Wolf Hunting And Trapping Season Details

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says hunters and trappers can apply for the 2014 wolf season starting August 1.

For the early hunting season, 2,300 licenses will be available. The early season is set to start on Saturday, November 8, and 1,500 permits will be sold for the late season on November 29. 

The DNR adds that their goal for wolf management is to ensure the long term survival of wolves in Minnesota while addressing conflicts between wolves and humans.

The latest population survey shows 470 wolf packs lived in Minnesota’s wolf range last winter. Large Carnivore Specialist Dan Stark says the population is stable.

Soldiers Build Float Bridge Across The Mississippi River In Little Falls

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07/24/2014 - 11:30 AM

Photo courtesy Camp Ripley Department of Military Affairs

Soldiers of the Michigan Army National Guard 1437th Engineer Company built a float bridge across the Mississippi River at Camp Ripley Thursday morning.

The Minnesota Department of Military Affairs says the bridge was built by 11 a.m. so military vehicles could cross following approval of safety standards.

A spokesman says the vehicles were going to be crossing the temporary bridge for about an hour. Float bridges have been used in war time and in aid efforts around the world by the military.

Stearns County Reminds Residents Of Campaign Sign Placement Laws

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07/24/2014 - 10:30 AM

The Stearns County Highway Department wants to remind property owners that it is illegal to place campaign signs in highway rights of way.

The Highway Department adds it is also illegal to place signs or objects on private property without the land owner’s approval.

Officials will remove any unlawful signs and store them in one of the county’s local maintenance garages. Sign owners will have ten days to pick them up before they are thrown away.

The penalty for breaking this law is a misdemeanor. However, more serious penalties may apply if the sign is involved in an accident or injures someone.

State Agencies will Oversee Demolition and Cleanup of Roosevelt School Site

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07/24/2014 - 9:40 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's health department and pollution control agency are getting involved in the demolition and cleanup of a historic school in St. Cloud that was destroyed by fire. Mike Adair of Legacy Services Corp. will manage the project. He tells the St. Cloud Times that state regulators consider the entire site to be potentially contaminated due to asbestos.

The government has strict rules on cleaning up asbestos which is associated with lung cancer and mesothelioma. The Roosevelt Education Center was built in 1920 when asbestos was often used in insulation and floor and ceiling tiles. A lightning strike is believed to have started the fire that destroyed the old school in mid-June.

Slain Somali Parliament Member Saddo Ali Warsame Lived in St. Cloud

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07/23/2014 - 3:15 PM

Slain Somali Parliament Member Saddo Ali Warsame Lived in St. Cloud

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A Somali member of parliament killed in Mogadishu on Wednesday spent several years in Minnesota. Saddo Ali Warsame, who also was a popular folk singer, was killed in a drive-by shooting for which the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility. The St. Cloud Times reported that Warsame lived in St. Cloud and Minneapolis from 2007-2012.

Warsame  performed in 2010 in St. Cloud during a Somali independence celebration. Ahmed Ali Said, a candidate for the state legislature, said he had met Warsame several times and grew up listening to her sing about uniting Somalia. He described her as "courageous and patriotic."

Metro Bus Features Trolley Rides During The Summer

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07/23/2014 - 1:00 PM

Metro Bus Features Trolley Rides During The Summer

If you live in St. Cloud you may have noticed an old-time trolley navigating the downtown city streets this summer. Here's the STORY about the trolley's route, tour and riders.

Becker Marine Named One Of The Newest Officers For The Blue Angels

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07/23/2014 - 11:15 AM

Becker Marine Named One Of The Newest Officers For The Blue Angels
Marine Maj. Mark Hamilton

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Blue Angels, have just announced their 2015 officers. And a Central Minnesota man was among them.

Marine Maj. Mark Hamilton of Becker was selected to fill one of the two C-130 demonstration pilot positions with the Blue Angels. The 36-year-old Hamilton is currently assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 at the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina. He is a 2000 graduate of Purdue University.

Hamilton joins Marine Capt. Katie Higgins of Annapolis, Maryland and Marine Capt. Dusty Cook of East Bernard Texas as C-130 demonstration pilots.

33rd Street And Highway 15 Construction Causes Detours In Waite Park

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07/23/2014 - 10:40 AM

The St. Cloud City Engineer’s Office wants to inform drivers of road work taking place in the area.

Starting Monday, Graniteview Road from the 2200 block to 17th Street South in Waite Park will be closed for about a month. This road closure is in response to the Highway 15 and 33rd Street South Interchange project.

Detours will be posted for drivers.

The Grainteview Road closure is scheduled to last until August 23.

Stearns County Board Of Commissioners To Hold Public Hearing Tuesday

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07/23/2014 - 10:40 AM

Stearns County Board Of Commissioners To Hold Public Hearing Tuesday
Stearns County Commissioners photo courtesy of Stearns County

The Stearns County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing to discuss a Land Use and Zoning law change for recycling centers Tuesday, July 29.

At the gathering, attendees will view a proposed rule change on outdoor storage requirements.

Stearns County adds that those who are planning to attend can submit a written testimony before the hearing. They are to be mailed or emailed to Jennifer at the Stearns County Environmental Services Department.

The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. in the County Board Room of the Stearns County Administration Center, located at 705 Courthouse Square in St. Cloud.

Traffic Signal Work Closes St. Cloud Roadway To Large Vehicles Starting Friday

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07/23/2014 - 9:55 AM

Large profile vehicles will need to find an alternate route starting on Friday.

The St. Cloud City Engineer’s Office says eastbound 3rd Street North at 25th Avenue North will be undergoing traffic signal work. This means larger vehicles such as buses or semis will not be able to go southbound onto 25th Avenue North.

The engineer’s office says the roadwork will be completed over the weekend with the roadway being open to all vehicles by Monday.

St. Cloud Basement Fire Remains Under Investigation

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07/23/2014 - 9:50 AM

The St. Cloud Fire Department is investigating the cause of a basement fire that killed a family dog.

St. Cloud Fire Marshal Michael Post says a fire broke out just before 3 a.m. Tuesday morning in the 2200 block of 10th Avenue South.

Post says the fire started on or near a mattress in the basement, but the cause of the fire was not able to be determined based on the physical evidence at the scene.Looking at fire patterns investigators have not been able to determine an ignition source at this time.

A smoke alarm woke up the family and they were able to escape the burning building. However, their dog Mocha, was unable to and died in the fire.