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Grant Money Will Help Blind Children Learn To Read

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01/20/2017 - 7:50 PM

Blind and visually-impaired children in the St. Cloud Area School District can get more help learning to read thanks to grant funding.

The Initiative Foundation says they donated $2,500 to the school district. The money is meant to buy supplies to help blind children create storybooks from their personal experiences.

The Initiative Foundation is a partnership of regional leaders and The McKnight Foundation, and it’s been serving central regions of Minnesota since the 1980’s. The foundation’s website says it aims to strengthen regional economy and communities while investing in business loans, nonprofit grants, programs, and donor services.

During this award period, the foundation gave 157 grants throughout central Minnesota.

Holdingford School Bus Crash Due to Icy Road Conditions Friday

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01/20/2017 - 3:00 AM

HOLDINGFORD, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say no one was hurt when a car rear-ended a school bus on an icy road in central Minnesota.

The Holdingford School District bus was carrying 32 students when the crash happened just after 7:30 a.m. Friday at the intersection of County Roads 3 and 131 in Brockway Township.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says the bus had stopped for a stop sign and was pulling forward when it was struck in the rear by a car driven by 16-year-old Trent Joseph Sand of Avon and carrying two juvenile passengers.

Authorities say the car apparently was unable to stop on the icy road.

The students were transferred to another bus. The Minnesota State Patrol and Avon police department assisted with the crash investigation.

Native American Speaker And Professor Is Coming to St. Cloud State University

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01/19/2017 - 2:00 PM

Native American Speaker And Professor Is Coming to St. Cloud State University
Dr. John Gonzalez

The American Indian Speaker Series at St. Cloud State University continues next month with Dr. John Gonzalez. Gonzalez will be speaking about topics such as micro-aggression and how it can affect lives, specifically of indigenous communities.

Gonzalez comes from Ojibwe/Anishinaabe ancestry, and is a professor of psychology at Bemidji State University.

The event will be held on Monday, Feb. 13 in the Glacier South room of the Atwood Memorial Center starting at 5 p.m.

SCSU Campus Cleans Up After Fire In Halenbeck Hall

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01/19/2017 - 2:00 AM

SCSU Campus Cleans Up After Fire In Halenbeck Hall

After a long night of clean up, St. Cloud State University’s Halenback Hall will remain open after a fire started in the building Wednesday night.

Assistant News Director Spencer Schacht has the AUDIO STORY.

Husky Spirit Challenge Week Aims To Unite Students

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01/18/2017 - 2:50 PM

Husky Spirit Challenge Week Aims To Unite Students

Registration is now open for an exciting week of events taking place in celebration of St. Cloud State University during Husky Spirit Challenge Week.

The idea of the week is for students to hang out, connect with friends, enjoy activities, and celebrate SCSU while trying to win different prizes. One of the many activities that will be taking place is a Lip Sync Battle in the Ritsche Auditorium.

Husky Spirit Challenge Week will be taking place in various locations throughout SCSU during Feb. 6-11. Registration tables can be found around campus through Feb. 1.

The University Program Board is collaborating with Celebrate St. Cloud State, and encourages students to create a team for the week of fun going on next month.

Central Minnesota Task Force Finds Nearly $25,000 In Pills In South St. Cloud

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01/18/2017 - 12:30 PM

Central Minnesota Task Force Finds Nearly $25,000 In Pills In South St. Cloud

On Tuesday Jan. 17, the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force carried out a search warrant in the south side neighborhood after receiving tips that controlled substances were being sold from a home at 1202 6th Ave. S. in St Cloud.

Task Force Commander Steve Soyka says they located methamphetamine, heroin and over 1,000 pills that are suspected to contain ecstasy. The pills have an estimated street value of $25,000. Officers located two stolen motor scooters along with a stolen motorcycle. 

Dylan Michael Kelley, 25, of St. Cloud, is a suspect in custody. He is facing charges of 2nd degree possession, 2nd degree possession with intent to distribute, and 3 counts of possession of stolen property. The charges also have a chance to be intensified because Kelley's home is close to the Boys and Girls Club. 

The Central Minnesota Violent Offenders Task Force received help from the St. Cloud Police Department Community Outpost. The task force is made up of officers from St. Cloud, Little Falls and Sauk Rapids, and deputies from Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, Morrison and Todd County Sheriff Office's. 

Students Can Learn About U.S. Department Of State Employment Next Week

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01/18/2017 - 11:00 AM

The School of Public Affairs, or SOPA, is inviting speakers to talk about opportunities for employment in the U.S. Department of State.

SOPA says students can come learn how to land a job, internship or fellowship with the department. This session will take place Friday, Jan. 27 from 10-11:15 a.m. in SCSU’s Atwood Theatre.

On the same day, there also will be a Diversity Job and Internship Fair. Representatives from the U.S. Department of State will be attending along with many Minnesota businesses.

If you can’t attend the events, you can sign up for virtual sessions here. These sessions include: finding and applying for jobs in federal government, writing your federal resume, interviewing, pathways programs for interns and recent graduates, employment for individuals with disabilities, and more. 

The Job and Internship Fair will take place Friday, Jan. 27 on the second floor of Atwood from 1-4 p.m.

Poster courtesy School of Public Affairs.

UPDATE: Driver Identified In Monday Crash Near Clearwater

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01/18/2017 - 10:15 AM

There's an update on the fatal car crash near Clearwater that happened earlier this week.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office released the name of the man who was killed Monday after his car was engulfed in flames on County Road 75. The driver was 22-year-old Marcus Joseph Sabel of St. Cloud.

Sabel’s car was found crashed into a tree on Co. Rd. 75 near 221st Street. The Clearwater Fire Department extinguished the flames and removed Sabel from the driver’s seat.

The crash is still under investigation.

Monday's Rain Causes Tuesday's Icy Roads

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01/17/2017 - 2:30 PM

Monday's Rain Causes Tuesday's Icy Roads
Prof. Bob Weisman

Drivers should expect slippery spots on the roads after Monday’s rain and Tuesday's freezing temperatures.

Bob Weisman, a Meteorology Professor at St. Cloud State University, says icy roads have caused an unusually high number of accidents in the Twin Cities during Tuesday morning’s treacherous commute.

The storm system passed through central Minnesota to the Twin Cities and then continued south.

For more information about road conditions and this week’s forecast, visit Bob Weisman's page on St. Cloud State University's website. 

Health Care Premium Relief Pushed By Gov. Dayton

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01/17/2017 - 2:00 PM

Minn. Gov. Mark Dayton is pushing republicans to pass immediate health care insurance relief that would cut health care premiums up to 25 percent for nearly 125,000 people.

Dayton's Office says if the proposal passes, the relief could come as soon as this month. Without this proposal, some Minnesotans would be without proper health care until January of 2018.

The plan Dayton is proposing would create zero additional spending.

If it does not pass, the governor adds the republican's plan will cost taxpayers an additional $20 million, and will leave many without health insurance until 2018.  

State Partol Reports Two Crashes With Injuries Sunday Near St. Cloud

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01/16/2017 - 4:20 PM

The Minnesota State Patrol reported two unrelated accidents near St. Cloud Sunday in which people ended up in the hospital.

The first crash happened along Highway 23 in Saint Joseph Township just after 2:30 p.m. Two cars, a Nissan Altima and Subaru, were driving side-by-side. Another car, a Chevrolet Malibu driven by 28-year-old Yahya Abdi of Willmar, was merging onto the highway from westbound Interstate 94.

Abdi failed to yield are crashed with the Subaru, which then hit the Nissan. The driver of the Nissan, 45-year-old William Thelen of Cold Spring, and his passenger were not injured. Abdi and the Subaru driver, 47-year-old Melinda Metz of Richmond, were taken to the St. Cloud hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Another accident was reported just before 9 p.m. in St. Cloud. Emily Bushman, 24, of Albany, was driving her car south along Highway 15. As she approached 12th St. N., the car veered into the ditch and rolled on its roof. She was treated for non-life threatening injuries at the St. Cloud Hospital.

SCPD Offers Advice On How To Avoid Identity Theft During Tax Season

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01/09/2017 - 11:00 AM

SCPD Offers Advice On How To Avoid Identity Theft During Tax Season

Now that tax season is upon us, it’s important to watch your mailbox closely to avoid W-2 form theft.

The St. Cloud Police Department says identity theft is a major issue during tax season because thieves know personal information is delivered in the mail. If someone steals your W-2 form, they can file a bogus return and collect the refund check from the International Revenue Service, or open credit card, bank or other accounts with personal information.

To avoid identity theft, the SCPD recommends electronic W-2 forms. However, if you must receive your tax documents through the mail, make sure to check your mailbox every day and ask a trusted neighbor to watch out for stealing.

If you’ll be gone for an extended time, ask a friend to pick it up, have the post office hold your mail or rent a post office box.

If you believe you're a victim of identity theft, the IRS provides steps to take and protection tips

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