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St. Cloud Police Find Body Near SCSU

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07/11/2014 - 5:40 PM

St. Cloud police responding to a welfare check have discovered a person had died.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers were called to the 10 block of 8th Street South in St. Cloud just before 1 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Police say the person is not a staff member or student of St. Cloud State University. They are, however, withholding the identification until next of kin has been notified.

The victim’s body was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy is scheduled to be performed.

Sergeant Burke says there is no danger to the public and they are not actively looking for anyone in connection with this incident.

Criminal Investigation Unit Completes Investigation On Drive By Shooting Tuesday

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07/11/2014 - 1:10 PM

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says the Criminal Investigative Unit has completed their search into an alleged drive by shooting Tuesday.

21-year-old Dimitri Accardo reportedly said to police that he was the victim of the drive by.

Burke says evidence from the scene lead investigators to believe that Accardo suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his left leg after he accidentally discharged the firearm in his left pants pocket.

Accardo was previously arrested in 2012 on charges of terroristic threats which he plead guilty to in 2014.

Burke adds that by state law, this case prohibits Accardo from having a firearm.

Investigators intend to forward the case to the Stearns County Attorney Office to have Accardo charged with illegally possessing a firearm.

St. Cloud State Receives Grant To Prepare High School Students For College

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07/11/2014 - 11:20 AM

St. Cloud State Receives Grant To Prepare High School Students For College

St. Cloud State University received a $205,510 College Readiness grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation.

The funds will be used toward a program that helps improve mathematics skills of 11th and 12th grade low-income, minority students from Apollo and Technical high schools.

Students will receive advising and tutoring help from high school teachers and college tutors.

With the help of the grant, St. Cloud State will be able to prepare more St. Cloud high school students for college success.

Suspect In Tuesday's St. Cloud Shooting Arrested

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07/11/2014 - 11:00 AM

St. Cloud Police and the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force say they have arrested the man involved in the shooting that happened Tuesday in the 200 block of 33rd Ave South.

Investigators say Tyree Deville Sharp is being held in the Stearns County Jail and awaiting his first court appearance.

The Task Force adds that the Chevy pickup that officers were looking for in reference to the shooting has also been located and no additional public help is needed.

However, the public is asked to contact the St. Cloud Police department at 320-251-1200 or the Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 if any information on additional suspects of the shooting is found.

Missing Sartell Woman Found Thursday Afternoon

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07/10/2014 - 2:30 PM

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says the Sartell woman who had been reported missing since Saturday has been found.

The Sheriff’s Office requested help from the public in finding the 36-year-old Sara Winscher when her family reported that she had not been heard from for two weeks. Winscher was reportedly found Thursday at 2 p.m. and is safe and well.

The Sheriff’s Office thanks the public for their assistance.

Minnesota DNR To Crackdown On Aquatic Invasive Species Transporting This Weekend

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07/10/2014 - 11:30 AM

Minnesota DNR To Crackdown On Aquatic Invasive Species Transporting This Weekend

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says too many boaters are breaking state laws intended to make it harder for invasive species to spread in lakes and rivers.

The DNR says it's ramping up enforcement this weekend as a result. DNR enforcement manager Capt. Greg Salo says conservation officers have issued 169 tickets and 375 warnings for violations of aquatic invasive species laws. Salo says officers have followed up with nearly 100 people after watercraft inspectors found their boats were unwitting carriers of zebra mussels.

Salo adds that the violation rate at check stations is running at 26 percent, which he calls "way too high." He says the most common violation is people failing to pull their boat plug and keep it out while transporting their boats.

To remind boaters of what not to do when loading watercraft into state lakes, it is illegal in Minnesota to: 

  • Transport watercraft without the drain plug removed.
  • Arrive at lake access with drain plug in place.
  • Transport aquatic plants, zebra mussels, or other prohibited species, whether dead or alive.
  • Launch watercraft with prohibited species attached.
  • Transport water from Minnesota lakes or rivers.
  • Release live bait into the water.

Roads In Downtown St. Cloud Will Close Saturday For Downtown Walk About

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07/10/2014 - 11:00 AM

Roads will be closing for the Downtown Walk About starting Saturday at 9 a.m.

The City Engineer's Office says the following areas are to close:

  • St. Germain Street between 5th and 10th Avenues (5th and 10th Avenues will remain open) 
  • 7th Avenue from north of T.H. 23 to 1st Street North 
  • 1st Street North/Courthouse Square from 7th to 8th Avenue North 
  • 8th Avenue North from Courthouse Square to St. Germain Street 
  • 1st Street South from 7th Avenue to alleyway to the east 

Roads will reopen at 5 p.m. 

Parking Is Reduced For Construction At Stearns County Administration Center

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07/10/2014 - 10:30 AM

Parking Is Reduced For Construction At Stearns County Administration Center
Photo courtesy of Stearns County

Parking is limited at the Stearns County Administration Center in downtown St. Cloud as crews work to repair brick pavers.

Stearns County says two rows of parking will be blocked off at a time in the lot outside the south entrance of the building.

The project is expected to last through next week, depending on the weather.

If you have any questions about the project call the Public Works Department at 320-650-2900.

Profile By Sanford Opens In Waite Park

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07/09/2014 - 12:10 PM

Profile By Sanford Opens In Waite Park

A new retail store promoting weight management is now open in Waite Park.

Profile by Sanford is introduced by Sanford Health- an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas.

Sanford Media Strategist Shawn Neistead says Profile was designed using clinical research to ensure a sustainable means to healthy weight loss. Weight loss approaches use meal-replacement products, nutritionally complete food and qualified health coaches.

Members will track their progress with smart wireless technology and face-to-face meetings with coaches.

Profile is located at 384 Third Street Northeast near Famous Daves.

St. Cloud Woman Cited For Inattentive Driving After Hitting Parked Car

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07/09/2014 - 11:45 AM

A St. Cloud woman has been cited for inattentive driving after she hit a car that had pulled over to the side of the road.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers were called to the 1800 Block of Kilian Blvd SE around 5:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say a car driven by 58-year-old Susan Elizabeth Wienhold crashed into a car occupied by a 48-year-old Albany woman.

A 54-year-old St. Cloud woman was leaning into the passenger side window of the non-moving car when it was struck.

The pedestrian was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

St. Cloud Man Injured After Car Collided With Motorcycle

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07/09/2014 - 11:35 AM

A St. Cloud man is recovering after his motorcycle was hit by a driver.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says 52-year-old Timothy Borresch of St. Joseph was traveling westbound on 7th Street North at about 4 p.m. Tuesday when he had failed to yield to a motorcyclist.

Police say the cyclist, a 67-year-old St. Cloud man, laid his bike down in an effort to avoid colliding with Borresch.

The motorcyclist was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Borresch was cited for failing to yield right of way.

Milaca Girl Dies After Being Hit By Vehicle While Riding Her Bike

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07/09/2014 - 11:30 AM

MILACA, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota State Patrol says a 7-year-old girl riding her bike on a Mille Lacs County road has been killed by a motorist.

Authorities say the Milaca girl was biking on county Road 8 about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday when she was hit in the westbound lane.

The State Patrol identifies the girl as Alyssa Grimm. She was taken to North Memorial Medical Center where she later died. The driver of the vehicle that struck her and a passenger were not hurt.

St. Cloud Police Investigating Two Unrelated Gunshot Reports

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07/09/2014 - 11:20 AM

St. Cloud Police Department is investigating two unrelated reports of gun shots in the area.

The first incident took place in the 1300 block of 12th Avenue North in St. Cloud around 5:30 July 8. St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers responded to a 21-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his legs.

Sergeant Burke says while no arrests have been made, they believe it was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public.

In the second incident officers responded to reports of gunshots in the 200 block of 33rd Avenue South around 7:30 p.m. yesterday. Sergeant Burke says The Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force has taken the lead on the investigation. No more information has been released at this time.

If anyone has information about either incidents please contact the St. Cloud Police Department at 320-251-1200 or Tri-County Crimestoppers at 320-255-1301.

Northstar Link To Provide Transportation To All-Star Game Festivities This Weekend

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07/09/2014 - 10:30 AM

Northstar Link To Provide Transportation To All-Star Game Festivities This Weekend
Logo courtesy of the MLB and Minnesota Twins

The Northstar Commuter Rail and Northstar Link Commuter Bus will be providing extra transportation to Target Field for the All-Star Game festivities July 12-15.

The Northstar bus will bring riders from St. Cloud and Becker to Big Lake where they can board the train to Target Field.

Going northbound, the train will leave Target Field 30-90 minutes after the event and meet the bus in Big Lake.

A small fee is required to travel.

More information on the cost of transportation and the service schedule can be found here.

St. Cloud Man Arrested On Charges Of Terroristic Threats And 2nd Degree Assault

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07/08/2014 - 10:40 AM

A man is facing charges of terroristic threats and 2nd degree assault on allegations of physically attacking and threatening to kill a 38-year-old woman.

St. Cloud Police Lieutenant Jeff Oxton says officers responded to a report on the 1100 Block of 7th Street Southeast Sunday.

When officers arrived at the scene they found that the suspect, 32-year-old Orlando Maurice Johnson of St. Cloud, had already left the residence. However, the woman had only suffered minor injuries and did not need medical attention.

On Monday a search warrant was executed at 2:34 p.m. on the 2100 Block of Cooper Avenue North. Officers found Johnson in the house and ordered him to exit. Fifteen minutes later he was arrested and taken to the Sherburne County Jail where he is being held for court.

Oxton adds that officers discovered Johnson is a convicted felon with past arrests on his criminal history for assault with a knife and felony level narcotics.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call the St. Cloud Police Department at 320-251-1200 or the Tri County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-255-1301.

Traffic Delays Expected On Highway 23 In Waite Park

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07/07/2014 - 4:50 PM

Traffic Delays Expected On Highway 23 In Waite Park

Highway 23 in Waite Park will be reduced to single lanes in both directions starting Tuesday.

The lane closures will take place on Highway 23 between 10th Avenue South and 4th Street South.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says crews will be constructing a new Highway 23 intersection at 17th Avenue South. This will permanently replace the Highway 23 intersection at 4th Street South.

MnDOT says the project will provide access to the new commercial development near 17th Avenue South and will improve the safety and efficiency of local traffic.

The road work project is scheduled to be completed by August 8.

St. John's University Makes Plans To Expand Solar Farm

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07/07/2014 - 11:45 AM

Collegeville, Minn. (AP)--It's looking a little greener around St. John's University in Collegeville.

The university is making plans to expand its solar farm that provides some of the electricity on campus. And, it's removed the coal boilers installed in the 1940s.

University officials looked at economic and environmental costs when making plans to power the campus into the future. Brother Benedict Leuthner says it just didn't make sense to continue burning coal.

The St. Cloud Times says Best Power International has a grant from Xcel Energy to install additional solar panels at the campus. Best Power president Dwight Jelle says the new system could be built this fall or in 2015 at the latest.

Downtown Walk About In St. Cloud Takes Place Saturday

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07/07/2014 - 11:30 AM

Downtown Walk About In St. Cloud Takes Place Saturday
Photo courtesy of St. Cloud Downtown Council

The Downtown Council & Alliance Foundation is promoting a more physically active lifestyle Saturday in the streets of downtown St. Cloud.

The Downtown Walk About is an Open Streets Festival for the public to come and enjoy more than 70 fun-filled activities.

Vehicle traffic will be blocked off so visitors can get inspired to run, walk, bike, rollerblade, and even dance through the streets.

The event kicks off at 9 a.m. with a 5K Run/Stroll starting from Brother’s Bar and Grill on 5th Avenue.

The Smithereens To Perform During SCSU Fall Celebrate! Weekend

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07/07/2014 - 10:40 AM

The Smithereens To Perform During SCSU Fall Celebrate! Weekend

Live music will be on the list of festivities this fall for SCSU's Celebrate! Weekend as The Smithereens are set to perform on campus September 13. 

Formed in 1980 in Carteret, New Jersey, the band is well known for writing and playing 1960s-influenced power pop music.

The concert will take place at Husky Stadium at 7 p.m. following the Huskies opening football game against Wayne State College.

Tickets are on sale now. Find more information here.

St. Cloud Man Arrested On Suspected DUI After Vehicle Rollover

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07/07/2014 - 9:05 AM

St. Cloud Man Arrested On Suspected DUI After Vehicle Rollover
Mackenzy James Taylor, 19

A St. Cloud man is facing DUI charges after his car ended up upside down on a sidewalk late Thursday evening.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers were called to the intersection of 9th Avenue South and 11th Street South in St. Cloud around 11:30 p.m. Thursday night after a report of a vehicle that had overturned.

Police say 19-year-old Mackenzy James Taylor was traveling southbound on 9th Avenue when he crossed into the northbound lane went over onto the sidewalk and eventually flipped his car. Officers believe Taylor had passed out behind the wheel before the accident.

Taylor received a few minor injuries but refused to seek medical attention.

Taylor was taken to the Stearns County Jail where he is facing 4th degree DUI charges.

Accident In Rockville Sends St. Cloud Man To Hospital

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07/07/2014 - 8:50 AM

A man is recovering from his injuries after he lost control of his truck and crashed into a tree.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says 20-year-old Charles Lenzmeier of St. Cloud was driving on Agate Beach Road in Rockville on July 4 when he lost control of his truck.

Lenzmeier crashed head on into a tree near the 21000 block of Agate Beach Road.

Lenzmeier was treated on the scene by the Rockville Fire and Rescue squad before being taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for a huge cut on his head and possibly other injuries sustained in the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.

Fireworks Believed To Be Responsible For ATV Fire In Avon Township

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07/07/2014 - 8:40 AM

Illegal fireworks are believed to be the cause of an ATV fire late Friday night.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says deputies along with the Avon Fire Department were called to a fire in the 18000 of County Road 154 in Avon Township around 11:15 p.m. July 4.

The ATV and trailer owned by 58-year-old Scott Michaletz was engulfed in flames when deputies arrived. The ATV and trailer were a complete loss. No one was injured in the fire.

Deputies say fireworks left in the trailer attached to the ATV were the likely cause of the fire.

The fire remains under investigation.