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SCSU Somali Student Association To Host 8th Annual Somali Night Saturday

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04/01/2015 - 3:30 PM

SCSU Somali Student Association To Host 8th Annual Somali Night Saturday

St. Cloud State University’s Somali Student Association will be hosting its eighth annual Somali Night cultural festival this Saturday.

The student organization says the event will be a celebration of the Somali youth empowerment and also the Somali historical era of the 1800s.
 
The event includes a meal and show that features educational speakers, music and performances.
 
Somali Night begins at 5 p.m. in the Atwood Memorial Center Ballroom. Tickets are available at the door for $10.
 

Meteorologist Bob Weisman Says Warmer Weather Brings Chance of Thunderstorms in Mostly Southern Minn

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04/01/2015 - 11:00 AM

Meteorologist Bob Weisman Says Warmer Weather Brings Chance of Thunderstorms in Mostly Southern Minn

National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for south western and central Minnesota.

St. Cloud State University’s Meteorology professor Bob Weisman says although the weather sounds pleasant, its combination of dry air and strong winds has placed us in the highest category of fire danger in Mankato, Jackson, Albert Lea and the I-135 corridor south of the Twin Cities. He says the winds will gust to 35 to 45 miles per hour today.

Weisman adds there will be a high moisture level in the air later today in southern Minnesota right before the arrival of a cold weather. Showers and thunderstorms will develop in the east, south and southeastern Minnesota. Some of these storms can create damaging winds and large hail in the southern part of the state. He says the winds will stay strong through tomorrow.

Stearns County Plans Open House At Highway Department For National County Government Month

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04/01/2015 - 10:30 AM

Stearns County Plans Open House At Highway Department For National County Government Month

April is not just for rain showers and preparing for May flowers, it’s also for National County Government Month. Stearns County is hosting its annual open house on Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to noon in celebration of its Highway Department. The event will take place at 455 28th Avenue South in Waite Park.

Both adults and kids can have fun looking at various road repair and maintenance equipment used by the department. Some of the machines on display include snowplows, pavers, rollers and bulldozers.Attendees will also get the opportunity to learn about the evolution of the roadway systems in the St. Cloud area.

For more information on the event visit the Stearns County website.

St. Cloud State University Professor Indicted For Allegedly Smuggling Ivory & Rhinoceros Horns

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03/31/2015 - 3:00 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A philosophy professor at St. Cloud State University is accused of conspiring to smuggle rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory out of the U.S. and into China.

Yiwei Zheng was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges including smuggling and making a false statement to agents.
 
The Star Tribune reports Zheng was arrested Tuesday by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents in St. Cloud. Zheng was scheduled to appear Tuesday before a U.S. magistrate in St. Paul.
 
The indictment alleges Zheng conspired with two unnamed co-conspirators in a scheme that ran from 2006 through 2011.
 
According to the indictment, the black rhinoceros is listed as an endangered species, and international trade in elephant ivory is largely banned.
 
A university spokesman said he could not comment due to the investigation.
 

Man Faces First Degree Arson Charges After Apartment Fire Tuesday

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03/31/2015 - 11:00 AM

Man Faces First Degree Arson Charges After Apartment Fire Tuesday

Fire caused $100,000 damage and displacement of 30 residents on the south side of St. Cloud just after midnight early morning Tuesday.

St. Cloud Police Lieutenant Jeff Oxton says officers were dealing with an investigation of a case in the parking lot of a 30-unit complex at the 1609 7th Street Southeast when they noticed a suspicious man running from the east side of the building. The officers tried to stop him, but he fled and a pursuit followed. 26-year-old Samuel Benedict Davis of St. Cloud was caught and arrested.

Right after his arrest, officers saw smoke coming out of the building and found out a ground level unit was on fire. They asked all the tenants to leave the building and Fire Department was called to put out the fire. The residents of the unit on fire were not there at the time the fire began. No injuries were reported.

Two other apartments on the floor above the ground level sustained minor damage from smoke and water. All the occupants except the three units were allowed to go back to their apartments. Oxton says the investigation shows Davis has had strong ties to the first unit that received the most of damage in the fire. The cause of fire is alleged to be arson. Davis was taken to the Benton County Jail facing charges of 1st degree arson and obstructing legal process. Oxton says the investigation is still active.

Accident on University Drive Southeast and 15th Avenue Sends One Woman to Hospital

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03/31/2015 - 10:30 AM

Accident on University Drive Southeast and 15th Avenue Sends One Woman to Hospital

A woman was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital after a car crash on the south side of the town on Sunday afternoon.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers were called to 15th Avenue South and University Drive Southeast in connection with a car accident at 3:24 p.m. Burke says the investigation shows 54-year-old Laura Ann Olson of St. Cloud struck a vehicle stopped at the intersection which hit another vehicle. Burke says Olson was cited for careless driving and taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Car Crash on County Road 75 Monday Sends Two Men to Hospital

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03/31/2015 - 10:30 AM

Car Crash on County Road 75 Monday Sends Two Men to Hospital

Two men from Stearns County area were taken to the St. Cloud Hospital after a crash on a County Road near Rockville on Monday morning.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers were called to County Road 75 and 138 at 6:40 a.m. in connection with a two-car crash. Burke says 18-year-old Trevor Michael Gertken of Albany collided with the back of a car waiting to drive into the parking lot of Cloud Auto Body on County Road 75.

Both Gertken and the driver of the second car, Alan Archer Luberda, were taken to the hospital for treatment of nonlife threatening injuries. Burke says Gertken was cited for not driving carefully.

Car Crash Sends A Bemidji Woman To Hospital

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03/31/2015 - 1:45 AM

Car Crash Sends A Bemidji Woman To Hospital

A Bemidji woman was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital after a two-car crash on the north side of the city on Saturday afternoon.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers were called to 9th Avenue North and 13th Street North in connection with the accident. Burke says the investigation shows 18-year-old Samantha Marie Papp Richards drove through a red light and hit a vehicle heading west bound from the intersection.

Richards then deviated to the left side of the road and finally went off the road hitting a home. Richard was taken to the hospital and cited for passing a red light. No other injuries were reported.

Four People Involved In A Multi-Vehicle Accident On Highway 10 Friday, March 27

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03/30/2015 - 3:15 PM

Four People Involved In A Multi-Vehicle Accident On Highway 10 Friday, March 27
Four people were involved in a multiple car accident on Highway 10 near County Road 16 on Friday.
 
The Minnesota State Patrol says the accident occurred when 41-year-old Douglas Coffelt of Little Falls along with 25-year-old Matthew Vogelsang was driving northbound on Highway 10 in his Chevy Pickup with a trailer attached when he rear-ended 30-year-old Christopher Broermann of Jordan. 
 
After rear-ending Broermann, Coffelt would lose control of his vehicle cross the center median and his trailer would be struck by 34-year-old Aaron Tschumperlin of St. Cloud who was heading Southbound on Highway 10. 
 
Coffelt would then head into a ditch and come to a stop after striking a tree. Tschumperlin would be treated for non-life threatening injuries while everyone else would have no apparent injuries.
 

 

Road Closures On 5th Ave North To Begin April 13

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03/30/2015 - 1:30 PM

Road Closures On 5th Ave North To Begin April 13
Motorists who drive through 5th Avenue North in St. Cloud on their daily commute should expect delays beginning Monday, April 13th.
 
The City Engineer’s Office says that 5th Avenue North from West St. Germain Street to 1st Street North will be closed until further notice.
 
The closure is for parking ramp construction and utility work in the area. Detours will be posted. 
 

 

Two Sartell Men Arrested On Charges of Possessing Methamphetamine

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03/30/2015 - 10:45 AM

Two Sartell men were arrested on charges of 1st degree possession after a search was conducted by the Violent Offender Task Force.

Authorities say the Task Force was called to the 400 block of 2nd and one half Street North in Sartell last Wednesday with a search warrant. Officers found a half pound of methamphetamine and about $27,000 in cash. 49-year-old Ronald Hansen and 50-year-old Larry Brouillet were arrested at the home. Officers also found that Brouillet had a small amount of methamphetamine in his pants’ pocket.

Brouillet was arrested, but released at the scene with pending charges of 5th degree possession of a controlled substance. Hansen was arrested and booked to the Stearns County Jail where he was released with pending charges of with 1st degree possession and 1st degree sale of methamphetamine.

The money found during the search is subject to forfeiture proceedings in Stearns County.

Stearns County Turkey Farm Struck By Deadly Bird Flu

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03/30/2015 - 9:30 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A third Minnesota turkey farm has been struck by a bird flu strain that's deadly to poultry.

The federal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on Saturday confirmed that a commercial turkey flock in Stearns County of central Minnesota has been infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian influenza, the same strain that also killed tens of thousands of turkeys at two other farms in Pope and Lac qui Parle counties of western Minnesota.

The Stearns County flock had 39,000 turkeys. The farm has been quarantined and the remaining turkeys there will be killed and kept out of the food supply. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health plans to release further information Saturday afternoon. The same strain has been found in flocks in Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas.

Two Charged With Third Degree Murder After A House Fire Killed An 85-Year-Old Woman

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03/27/2015 - 11:00 AM

Click for more photosJustin Edward Pick
Justin Edward PickDustin Ross Zablocki

Two men were charged with two counts of third degree murder in St. Cloud after the fire killed an 85-year-old woman.

A news release from Stearns County Attorney’s office says Justin Edward Pick and Dustin Ross Zablocki were given their charges on Wednesday. The Honorable Fredrick Grunke has determined a 500,000 dollar bail without any condition or 100,000 dollar bail with condition for Pick.  Grunke has also set a 500,000 dollar bail without any condition or a 250,000 dollar bail with condition for Zablocki.

St. Cloud Fire Department says Pick and Zablocki caused the fire that happened in November of 2014 in the 1900 block of 1st Street South. As a result, one of the residents of the home was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center where she died two weeks after the incident because of smoke inhalation.

Pick and Zablocki are currently at the Stearns County Jail and will have another hearing on May 15th.    

     

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