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2017 Minnesota Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Summit Comes To Campus

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06/27/2017 - 2:20 PM

2017 Minnesota Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Summit Comes To Campus

The 2017 Minnesota Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Summit is on St. Cloud State University’s campus this week.

According to Prevention Program Manager at Minnesota Coalition against Sexual Assault Yvonne Cournoyer, there will be over 250 campus staff from over 60 campuses and community organizations. They will convene to share ideas and the best practices about preventing, responding, investing and adjudicating reports of sexual assault.

There are over 30 workshops planned for this second annual two day summit for Tuesday and Wednesday.

St. Cloud State University Partners With Universidad In Medical Tech Education

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06/27/2017 - 2:00 PM

St. Cloud State University Partners With Universidad In Medical Tech Education

St. Cloud State University has signed a new partnership with Universidad for Medical Education.

According to Multimedia Content Producer Anna Kurth, the new partnership in this field is with Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior (CETYS) University in Mexico. The program is part of the universities medical technology graduate offerings, which includes programs in regulatory affairs and services and applied clinical research.

Starting this fall CETYS University students getting their Medical Manufacturing Masters in Engineering and Innovation will be taking SCSU’s medical technology quality courses synchronously with students in Plymouth, Minnesota. Students at both school work in global medical device companies. 

The program has been offered at the SCSU since 2012 and partnerships like this have been supported since 2015.

Left: SCSU Interim President Ashish Vaidya signs partnership agreement with St. Cloud Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior (CETYS) University President Fernando León García.

Interim President Ashish Vaidya says the partnership will continue to strengthen the school's ties with Mexico, which is Minnesota's second-largest export market and the world's 15th largest economy.

CETYS University is private, multi-campus, non-profit system located in three major cities along the Baja California Mexican border with California and plays a leadership role in engineering education in this part of the country.

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Governor Mark Dayton Appoints Two Local Men To State Boards

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06/26/2017 - 2:10 PM

Governor Mark Dayton Appoints Two Local Men To State Boards

Governor Mark Dayton has announced 23 appointments to various boards in the state with two local appointees.

Timothy Houle, of Little Falls, has been reappointed as the Center for Rural Policy and Development Rural County Government Representative. This goes into effect June 28 and his term will end in Jan. 2023.

Gregory Steele, of Becker, has been reappointed as a Public Member of the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners. This will also go into effect June 28 and his term will end in Jan.  2021.

The Non-Emergency Line For The Stearns County Sheriffs Office Is Back Up

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06/26/2017 - 1:10 PM

The Non-Emergency Line For The Stearns County Sheriffs Office Is Back Up

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office has resolved communications issues that started Sunday morning.

According to Sheriff Don Gudmundson, the non-emergency lines were experiencing outages early Sunday morning which affected both incoming and outgoing calls.

The issues were due to the phone service provider experiencing a power outage that began shortly after 3:30 a.m. All non-emergency lines began to automatically self-repair after that.

The issues were resolved around 7:30 a.m. although some lines had to be manually reset.  

No 911 emergency lines were affected by the outage.

Body Discovered on Bank of the Mississippi River in St. Cloud

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06/22/2017 - 3:30 PM

Body Discovered on Bank of the Mississippi River in St. Cloud

St. Cloud police were called to a report of a body discovered on the bank of the Mississippi River.

Sergeant Jason Burke says pedestrians called police shortly after 1:30 p.m. Thursday after seeing the body on the south side of the Granite City Crossing Bridge. Officers found a male body.

Police do not suspect foul play at this time and there is no danger to public. They are waiting to release information on the victim until next of kin is notified.

The case remains active and is being investigated by the St. Cloud Department's Criminal Investigation Unit.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the police at 320-251-1200 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301.

Waite Park Police Looking For Two Suspects In Second Degree Assault

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06/21/2017 - 3:00 PM

Waite Park Police are on the lookout for two suspects in an assault.

Police Chief David Bentrud says on Monday night officers were called to the 100 block of 12th Avenue North for an assault. They arrived shortly after 10:30 p.m. to find a 57-year-old man claiming he had been tied up and assaulted. The man had significant injuries to his head and face.

He was brought to the St. Cloud Hospital and is expected to survive.

The two suspects have been identified but have not been located and arrested.

St. Cloud Airport Receives Upgrades

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06/21/2017 - 2:20 PM

St. Cloud Airport Receives Upgrades
Photo courtesy of city of St. Cloud

At Mondays meeting the St. Cloud City Council approved a service agreement with Wisconsin Based Mead and Hunt to begin design improvements at St. Cloud Regional Airport.

Mead and Hunt will design and expand hangers as well as bringing the runway taxi lane up to Federal Aviation Administration standards.

Airport Director Bill Towle says he is confident that construction will begin once a grant to MnDOT is approved. Design services will cost $471,000 with the city responsible for five percent or about $23,000.

The airport is looking to add to the 60 hangers on site, and would like to rent and lease the spaces to corporations. Construction is expected to begin by November 2019.

Do the Lemon Twist at St. Cloud Historic South Side

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06/21/2017 - 2:10 PM

Do the Lemon Twist at St. Cloud Historic South Side

Lemon Twist Tour is back and paired up with the Lemonade concert and Art Fair, but you might have to do some walking this year. Also, there is a Mini Maker Fair to add interest to to the tour.

Lemon Twist is the annual collaboration of Visual Arts Minnesota, South Side University Neighborhood Association and the St. Cloud State University School of the Arts where historic architecture is featured on historic south side neighborhood near campus.

The tour will visit four different locations with the Maker Fair being in front of Lawrence Hall.

The stops will be at First Presbyterian Church at 340 5th Ave S and three historic homes at 309 and 315 3rd Ave South and 14 Highbanks Place.

Organizers say you could also enter a free raffle for a chance to win an original 24x36 inch oil painting created by Christopher Zlatic.

New Chief Deputy Named in Stearns County Sherrif's Department

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06/20/2017 - 9:30 AM

New Chief Deputy Named in Stearns County Sherrif's Department
New Chief Deputy Jon Lentz

Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson recently appointed a veteran officer to the rank of Chief Deputy.

Jon Lentz was promoted to that role last week. Lentz started as a Correctional Officer with the Sheriff’s Office in 1991. He was made a Deputy Sheriff in 1997, promoted to Sergeant in 2003, to Lieutenant in 2007, and to Captain last year.

Gudmundson says as Captain, Lentz was in charge of the Patrol and Investigation Divisions. The Sheriff says he has lots of  things to accomplish in his 19-month term as interim Sheriff and it made sense to promote an inside candidate who knows the issues, personalities and the citizens of the county to be the next Chief Deputy.

Lentz holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Criminal Justice from St. Cloud State University.