03/24/2017 - 11:45 AM
An accident at the intersection of County Road 75 and County Road 134 sent two people to the hospital Thursday afternoon.
Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says 35-year-old Benjamin Schirmers of Sauk Centre was stopped at a red light. He was traveling west on County Road 75 just after 1:30 p.m.
Eighteen-year-old Alisha Ritter of Albany was driving her SUV in the same direction. She didn't see Schirmers' car at the light and rear-ended him.
Both drivers were taken to the St. Cloud Hospital.
03/23/2017 - 3:30 PM
In celebration of Women’s History Month, a theatrical production from 1975 about the oppression of women will be staged next week at St. Cloud State University.
The show titled “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf” by Ntozake Shange is a series of 20 poems set to dance and music. The poems are performed as monologues. They sketch the stories of seven women oppressed by a racist and sexist society. Poem topics include rape, abandonment, abortion, and domestic violence.
Performances are from 7-9 p.m., March 27-29th in Room 227 of Headley Hall, on the campus of St. Cloud State University. This event is being sponsored by the Council of African American Students and the Women's Center.
You can get free tickets to the event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
03/23/2017 - 10:50 AM
Minnesota House Republicans released details on their new tax bill Wednesday.
The new bill is aimed at reducing taxes by more than $1.35 billion over the next two years. The largest feature is to reduce state tax on Social Security income.
House Speaker Kurt Daudt says Minnesotans have waited long enough for meaningful tax relief-it’s time for us to give the surplus back to taxpayers who worked so hard to generate it. The bill puts money back in the pockets of seniors, college graduates struggling with student debt, farmers, and Main Street businesses.
The bill will also outline relief for hometown business owners and farmers. It also includes proposes from the tax bill vetoed by Governor Mark Dayton in 2016.
Dayton responded to the bill saying the Speaker’s budget claim is ridiculously misleading. The governor says budget proposals are starting points, not end points, of the budget process. The cigarette tax was limited to one, very socially expensive activity, and was also intended to discourage smoking. And the gas tax is a user’s tax, which charges people who drive the most on our highways, roads, and bridges. MNDOT estimates that a 10 cent per gallon gas tax increase would cost Minnesota drivers an average of $75 a year, which would be entirely dedicated to improving the conditions on which they drive.
The House Tax Committee is expected to hold public hearings on the bill this week.
03/23/2017 - 10:00 AM
The first week in April is American Indian Awareness week.
St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud Technical and Community College, and District 742 are presenting speakers, workshops and more to bring awareness into the spotlight.
Everyday from April 3-8 there will be events to celebrate American Indian culture such as the presentation "Why Treaties Matter" on April 5 in the Alumni Room in Atwood Memorial Center. "Powwow 101" will be at 12:30 in the Cascade Room, also in Atwood.
On April 8 the 24th Annual Powwow will wrap up the week. The Powwow will be in the Halenbeck Hall Gym. Grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. with a free meal at 5 p.m. The event is open to the public.
There are volunteer opportunities for the events. To volunteer, email Anna with American Indian Center at email@example.com.
03/23/2017 - 10:00 AM
The Standing Rock protests are the focus at the coming installation of Women on Wednesday next week on the campus of St. Cloud State University.
“She Brings Change” will feature Hapistinna Horne, a Minnesota-raised artist, mother, and activist. Horne will speak about the anti-Dakota Access Pipeline movement and how the protests at Standing Rock connect to history.
Women on Wednesday will be at noon in the Atwood Theatre on St. Cloud State’s campus on March 29. This event is co-sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center and the American Indian Center.
The Women's Center's Women on Wednesday brings diverse women and programming to St. Cloud State to cover political, social, legal, and economic issues.
03/22/2017 - 11:30 AM
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A central Minnesota sheriff who worked to solve the decades-old kidnapping of Jacob Wetterling is hanging up his badge.
Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner announced his retirement Tuesday.
Sanner has worked for the sheriff's office for nearly 33 years and has been sheriff for the last 14.
Sanner was among investigators who worked to find out who abducted Jacob from near his St. Joseph home in October 1989. Authorities decided to take a new look at the cold case as the 25th anniversary approached. Danny Heinrich eventually confessed to abducting, sexually assaulting and killing the 11-year-old boy, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison on a child pornography count.
03/22/2017 - 11:30 AM
The St. Cloud Art Crawl is celebrating their 12th year in Downtown St. Cloud starting this spring.
The Art Crawl is designed to showcase St. Cloud’s lively and diverse community through art. The showcase will feature local and regional artists in the heart of downtown St. Cloud. Area businesses, artists, and volunteers will take to the streets four times this year starting in March. Other showcases will be during June, August, and November.
The first crawl is Friday from 5-9 p.m. For more information visit artcrawlstcloud.com
03/22/2017 - 11:00 AM
Drivers should be aware of lane closures happening in downtown St. Cloud this weekend.
The City Engineer’s Office says one block of 10th Avenue North, between St. Germain Street and 1st Street North, will be closed Sunday. The closure is so the city can prepare for an event at the Paramount Theartre.
Flags will direct traffic. The closure is scheduled from 4-5 p.m. Sunday.
03/21/2017 - 10:10 AM
WAITE PARK, Minn. (AP) - Leaders of a new Minnesota school that helps students struggling with alcohol abuse are asking lawmakers for funding.
The St. Cloud Times reports that seven students have been treated so far at the McKinley Recovery School, which is in its first year in Waite Park. It's one of only six so-called sober schools in Minnesota.
School leaders say that despite the program's infancy, it's proving effective.
Multiple proposed bills would fund recovery schools in fiscal years 2018 and 2019. A bill written by five legislators would provide funding and allow for some of the money to be used to transport students to the program.
03/20/2017 - 3:45 PM
Two vehicles were involved in a crash on Clearwater Road on Saturday night.
St. Cloud Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton says that a 16-year-old girl was driving a sedan on Sportsman’s Island Road, at 8:15 p.m. She went to turn left onto Clearwater Road, but failed to yield the right of way and collided with a car driven by 64-year-old Daniel Zika of International Falls.
The girl reported minor injuries but did not need medical attention. Zika said he had no apparent injuries but a passenger in his car, 64-year-old Sharon Zika of International Falls, was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
The 16-year-old driver was cited for failure to yield the right of way.
03/20/2017 - 3:15 PM
The Stearns County Courts will be celebrating Law Day in late April.
Minnesota Judicial Branch Communications Director Beau Berentson says Law Day will display the work of Minnesota courts as well as the work done by judges, lawyers, and law enforcement. Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea and Seventh Judicial District Chief Judge John H. Scherer will hold a special ceremony to kick off Law Day.
Other events will take place, such as a behind the scenes tour of the courthouse and meetings with local district court judges and justice system partners.
Law Day is free to the public and will be held Friday, April 28 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Stearns County Courthouse.
03/20/2017 - 11:30 AM
A St. Cloud man has been hospitalized after crashing his car on Saturday afternoon.
St. Cloud Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton says that officers responded to a one-vehicle crash on Riverside Drive Southeast. When they arrived they found a car that had left the road and crashed into a tree. The driver was injured in the crash, but he was the only person in the car.
A witness saw the vehicle driving erratically at high speed. Investigation showed that the driver lost control of the vehicle, which caused him to leave the road and crash.
The driver, 29-year-old Mohammed Abdulla Murshed of St. Cloud, was taken to the hospital for treatment of his minor injuries.
Police say Murshed showed signs of intoxication at the scene. Officers got a search warrant to collect a blood sample from him to determine whether he was under the influence of alcohol. Charges relating to DUI and careless driving are pending toxicology results.
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