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Art Exhibit To Be Launched At Great River Regional Library This August

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07/31/2014 - 12:30 PM

Sarah Drake courtesy

A new art exhibit is coming to St. Cloud for the month of August. The artist, Sarah Drake, tells us about her art and what will be featured.

An exhibit reception will take place on Thursday, August 14th, from 5-8 p.m. 

Visit Sarah's websites to learn more.

Dr. Richard MacDonald Named SCSU Interim Director Of SOPA Research Institute

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07/31/2014 - 11:05 AM

Dr. Richard MacDonald Named SCSU Interim Director Of SOPA Research Institute
SCSU Economics Professor Dr. Richard MacDonald

St. Cloud State University has announced an interim director for their newly opened School of Public Affairs Research Institute.

Economics professor Dr. Richard MacDonald will step into the position held by now interim dean for the School of Public Affairs King Banaian.

MacDonald is the coauthor of the St. Cloud Area Quarterly Business Report and has worked with Banaian to obtain a partnership with the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State compiling regional economic information.

MacDonald was appointed to his position on Wednesday by SCSU Provost and Academic Vice President Dr. Richard Green.

Car Crash On County Road 39 Leaves Two People Hospitalized

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07/31/2014 - 10:30 AM

A car crash Wednesday morning on County Road 39 left two people hospitalized.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says 43-year-old Jerry Toeben of Sartell was driving northbound on 260th Avenue when he ran the stop sign and was hit by a car driven by 20-year-old Brittany Wolbeck of Albany.

Sanner adds both vehicles skidded into the ditch and Wolbeck’s car flipped and came to a stop on its roof.

Toeben was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash and was thrown from his pickup.

Both drivers were brought to Melrose Hospital but were later taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for further treatment of injuries.

The accident remains under investigation.

St. Cloud Police Investigating A Shooting Near 7th Street South

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07/31/2014 - 1:00 AM

The St. Cloud Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that happened Wednesday night near Summertime by George event at 7th Street South and 9th Avenue South.

Sergeant Jason Burke says during a verbal argument, an unknown suspect fired multiple shots into the ground and fled the scene.

Lieutenant Jeff Oxton adds as a result of the investigation, a person of interest has been developed and information continues to be processed.

No injuries have been reported, and one vehicle was damaged during the incident. Summertime by George continued with interruption.

The police department asks for anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact the St. Cloud Police Department at 320-251-1200, or Tri-County Crimestoppers at 320-255-1301.

Camp Ripley In Little Falls Receives Hermes Platinum Award

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07/30/2014 - 1:00 PM

For the past three years the Minnesota National Guard has received recognition from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

This year, the Training and Support Unit of Camp Ripley in Little Falls received a prestigious award.

Photo courtesy of Camp Ripley

The Minnesota Department of Military Affairs says Camp Ripley was presented the Hermes Platinum Award in the Category of Internal Communication for the ‘Heroes of the Home-Front’ Open House that took place last September.

A spokesman adds the soldiers in the Training and Support Unit are greatly honored by the recognition.

National Night Out To Take Place Tuesday In St. Cloud Neighborhoods

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07/30/2014 - 12:40 PM

National Night Out To Take Place Tuesday In St. Cloud Neighborhoods

The 31st Annual National Night Out is happening Tuesday around the nation, and the St. Cloud community is encouraged to participate.

The St. Cloud Police Department is inviting folks to lock their doors, turn on the outside lights, and spend an evening with neighbors out on the town.

Neighborhoods throughout the area will be hosting block parties, cookouts, contests, youth activities, and anti-crime rallies sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and the Police Department.

National Night Out is an event centered on decreasing crime and drug rates in the city.

The Police Department hopes the evening will strengthen neighborhood spirit and their connection with the community.

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

St. Cloud Man Arrested After Alleged Assault On Fiancee

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07/30/2014 - 11:50 AM

St. Cloud Man Arrested After Alleged Assault On Fiancee
Timothy Scott Sluss

A St. Cloud man has been arrested after he allegedly assaulted his fiancée.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers were called to the 700 block of 9th Avenue North around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Officers say 23-year-old Timothy Scott Sluss had hit his fiancée with a pool cue and threatened to stab her with a knife.

Police had taken Sluss to the St. Cloud Hospital for minor injuries before taking him to the Stearns County Jail.

The woman refused medical attention.

Sluss is facing charges of domestic assault, 2nd degree assault and domestic assault by strangulation.

St. Cloud Police Arrest Man In Connection With Sunday Evening Assault

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07/30/2014 - 11:40 AM

St. Cloud Police Arrest Man In Connection With Sunday Evening Assault
Reginald Christopher Smith

St. Cloud Police have arrested a man in connection to an attack against a woman earlier this week.

St. Cloud police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers arrested 48-year-old Reginald Christopher Smith on charges of 2nd degree assault, 5th degree assault, terroristic threats and criminal damage to property.

Smith is believed to be responsible for an assault against a 37-year-old woman Sunday. Burke says officers were called to the 700 block of St. Germain Street East around 7:30 p.m. late Sunday evening after a female caller said she was thrown around and a man had threatened to kill her with a hammer.

Smith came into the police station Tuesday to turn himself in.

St. Cloud Police Looking for Suspects In Gold-N-Silver Burglary

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07/30/2014 - 11:30 AM

St. Cloud Police are investigating a burglary at the Gold-N-Silver Rare Coin Company late Tuesday night.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers were called to the store located at 1615 1st Street South around 11:30 p.m.

They found the suspects had forced their way into the building and stole some rare coins and jewelry.

Officers say they believe the suspects left in a silver jeep or a dark colored Geo Metro style vehicle.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the St. Cloud Police Department or Tri-County Crimestoppers.

St. Cloud Police Looking For Suspect In Days Inn Robbery

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07/30/2014 - 11:15 AM

The St. Cloud Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect that robbed the Days Inn Tuesday night.

Photo Courtesy of St. Cloud PoliceSt. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says the front desk at the Days Inn located at 70 37th Avenue South was held up around just before 6 p.m.

                                      Photo courtesy of St. Cloud Police Department

Officers say the suspect displayed a weapon and took money from the front desk clerk. No one was injured in the incident.

Police are looking for a white man, about 6 feet tall with a slim build. Police say he was wearing blue jeans, sunglasses and a red baseball hat.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact the St. Cloud Police Department at 320-251-1200 or Tri-County Crimestoppers at 320-255-1301.

Invasive Species Creep Into Central Minnesota Lakes

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07/30/2014 - 11:10 AM

Invasive Species Creep Into Central Minnesota Lakes

Foreign creatures are coming to Minnesota and taking over the water supply.

Heidi Wolf of the Department of Natural Resources talks about the damage invasive species cause and how to prevent the spread.

Find additional information about invasive species on the DNR website, or call the DNR info center at 1-888-646-6367.

St. Cloud Engineer's Office Updates Road Closure For Takin' It To The Streets Event

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07/29/2014 - 11:35 AM

The St. Cloud City Engineer’s Office has moved up the 5th Avenue South Road closure time on Saturday due to the “Takin’ It to the Streets” event.

The Engineer’s Office says 5th Avenue South from St. Germain Street to 1st Street South along with Riverboat lot will be closed starting at 7 a.m. The road closure will last until 11 p.m. Saturday night.

Stearns County Park To Host Annual Take a Day Off On The Mississippi River

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07/29/2014 - 10:30 AM

Stearns County’s Mississippi River Park will play host to the annual “Take a Day Off” event on the Mississippi River.

“Take a Day Off” is designed to provide people with the opportunity to explore nature and other outdoor recreational activities the Mississippi River and surrounding areas provide.

The day’s events include canoeing, fishing, paddle sports, geocaching, and nature hikes.

“Take a Day Off” is sponsored by the Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District, Stearns County Parks, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Tips Outdoor.

“Take a Day Off” will take place this Saturday at the Mississippi River Park north of Sartell. The event will start at 10 a.m. and last until 4.

UPDATE: St. Cloud Police Say Gunshot Reports Sunday Morning Related

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07/28/2014 - 3:35 PM

St. Cloud police are investigating three incidents involving guns that occurred within hours of each other.

Sergeant Jason Burke says officers responded to a fight at Press Bar early Sunday where people were fighting with sticks, bottles and guns.

Burke adds there were no arrests made due to the lack of cooperation with witnesses at the scene. Three men went to a local hospital with injuries that believed to be from the fight. None of them cooperated with the police.

Officers also responded to two reports of gunshots a few hours later at the 700 Block of Washington Memorial Drive South and then at the 200 Block of 18th Avenue North.

Police say they found signs of gunshots at the two scenes but no one was reported injured.

St. Cloud Police Lieutenant Jeff Oxton released a preliminary report this afternoon saying upon further investigation both of the gunshot incidents are believed to be related and specific in nature.

No arrests have been made and no other information has been released at this time.

Minnesota Increases Fines For Speeding Through Work Zones

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07/28/2014 - 2:00 PM

Minnesota Increases Fines For Speeding Through Work Zones

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be warning drivers who speed through a work zone or who do not obey work zone flaggers will be fined $300 starting Friday.

This new law, passed during the 2014 state legislative session, is designed to provide extra protection to those working on Minnesota’s road and help the state reach its goal Towards Zero Deaths (TZD).

State traffic engineer Sue Groth says the newly increased fine will hopefully draw attention of motorists to slow down when driving through work zones.

In addition to the increase in fines law passed by the state legislature, MnDOT is also required to study all two-lane highways during the next five years and decided if raising the speed limit from 55 to 60 miles per hour would be appropriate.

2nd Annual Fifth Avenue Fest Along Fifth Avenue In St. Cloud This Friday

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07/28/2014 - 11:20 AM

2nd Annual Fifth Avenue Fest Along Fifth Avenue In St. Cloud This Friday

This year’s 2nd annual Fifth Avenue Fest will take place Saturday, featuring music, history, food, and fun.

Activities will be open to the public stretching along Fifth Avenue from Pioneer Place to Barden Park near the St. Cloud State University campus.

In downtown St. Cloud, visitors can tour historic sites with local history expert Bill Morgan or shop at the St. Cloud Area Farmer’s Market in the Lady Slipper parking lot.

Across Division Street, The Youth Shelter Supply will be hosting skateboarding activities at City Hall and root beer floats will be handed out by the First Presbyterian Church. The Welcome Center at Coborn’s Plaza is offering apartment tours, refreshments, and a photo display of the former Streetcar Maintenance Building site.

Closer to the SCSU campus, live music from local musicians will be hosted at Barden Park with a special performance from Skunk Hollow, a blue grass-inspired folk group from the Twin Cities. 

The event starts at noon until 4 p.m. as part of “Takin’ It to The Streets,” an outdoor evening concert near Pioneer Place starting after the festival at 5 p.m.

Lanes Close Along Highway 15 In Sauk Rapids

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07/28/2014 - 10:50 AM

Drivers will experience delays in Sauk Rapids beginning Monday as traffic lanes close for construction.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says Highway 15 between Benton Drive and Highway 10 will be reduced in both directions during non-rush hours until Friday.

MnDOT adds that new closures will begin Friday along Highway 15 as the northbound lanes close for repair. Traffic will be driving in single lanes, head-to-head on the southbound side of the roadway.

More information on the Friday closures will be reported when available.  

Drivers Will Experience Delays Along I-94 Between Rogers And St. Michael

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07/28/2014 - 10:30 AM

Traffic is slowing down along Interstate 94 between Highway 241 in St. Michael and Highway 101 in Rogers starting Monday.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says both directions of I-94 will be reduced to one lane driving during non-rush hours. This is so crews can work in preparation for the Corridors of Commerce project that is set to be completed in 2015. 

The project is taking place to create a more efficient transportation system that will add more lanes going both directions on I-94. Workers will also extend turn lanes, construct a noise barrier, and improve the bridges on the Crow River as part of the job.

MNDot adds that current construction is happening during the daytime hours, Mondays through Fridays, until August 11.