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Financial Aid Department Highlights Student Loan Information For St. Cloud State Students

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11/26/2014 - 11:50 AM

Financial Aid Department Highlights Student Loan Information For St. Cloud State Students

New information has been discovered concerning college students in Minnesota and student debt.

Assistant News Director Korina Borash has more details for St. Cloud State University students in this AUDIO report.

Extra Holiday DWI Patrols On Minnesota Roads

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11/26/2014 - 8:30 AM

Extra Holiday DWI Patrols On Minnesota Roads
Photo courtesy of MN Department of Public Safety

With Thanksgiving Thursday, the roads and highways will be packed with motorists driving to spend the holidays with their families.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety would like to remind Minnesota drivers there will be extra DWI patrols starting Wednesday and running through December 27.

Sergeant Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol says during the Thanksgiving holiday over the past three years alone,1,624 drivers were arrested for DWI.

Grabow says the number of DWI arrests have been trending down every year since 2006. 2013’s number of DWI arrests was the lowest in recent history with 25,719 DWI’s.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety wants to keep people aware of the consequences of a DWI arrest. You can lose your license for up to a year and pay thousands of dollars in insurance and legal costs. Also, repeat offenders or first-time offenders arrested with a blood alcohol content of .16 or above will have to use ignition interlock on their vehicle to regain their license.

Stearns County Launches New Interactive Website Highlighting Budget Information

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11/25/2014 - 11:40 AM

Stearns County Launches New Interactive Website Highlighting Budget Information

Stearns County launched a new interactive website, called OpenGov, which allows citizens to see how their tax dollars are spent.

OpenGov provides people with a visualization of government spending for upcoming, current, or past years.

Stearns County says the website allows visitors to view the information as a pie chart, bar graph, line graph, or as dollars and percentages. OpenGov is operated using navigation tabs that shows statistics from different departments, funds, and personnel expense types.

OpenGov is replacing annual budget books by bringing information right to citizen homes.

Stearns County invites the public to explore the new portal and give their feedback online. Commenting is available on the budget site.

Stearns County To Continue Sentence To Service Program

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11/25/2014 - 10:00 AM

Stearns County To Continue Sentence To Service Program

After many community objections, Stearns County will continue its Sentence to Service (STS) program in 2015. However, due to budget cuts, this program will be scaled back.

The Stearns County Board of Commissioners was considering cutting the program, designed as an alternative for non-violent offenders to work on community service projects instead of doing jail time or paying fines.

But, the board unanimously agreed to continue the service after hearing from the public.

The 2015 Sentence to Service program will see a cut to the work crew and a leased van. The board has also said they will no longer lease their building to STS crews for inside work. Additional fees have been applied for the community seeking out work done by STS.

The Stearns County Board of Commissioners has agreed to re-examine the program after one year.

St. Cloud VA To End Wind Turbine Contract

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11/24/2014 - 10:45 AM

St. Cloud VA To End Wind Turbine Contract

St. Cloud, Minn. (AP)--The Department of Veterans Affairs has terminated the contract for a wind turbine at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center.

The turbine has sat idle since it was erected in 2011.

On Friday, the VA said it was terminating an agreement with the lead contractor on the project, Massachusetts-based J.K. Scanlan Co.

VA spokesman Barry Venable tells WJON-AM the contractor was commissioned to provide a fully operational wind turbine and has failed to do so.

The VA has paid a majority of the $2.3 million cost to build the wind turbine. It's estimated that a functional wind turbine would provide the St. Cloud VA with about 15 percent of its annual electricity usage or up to $200,000 per year.

The St. Cloud Times reports J.K. Scanlan could not be reached for comment Friday.

Paynesville Men Identified In Fatal Train Crash

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11/24/2014 - 10:35 AM

Paynesville Men Identified In Fatal Train Crash

Paynesville, Minn. (AP)--Authorities have identified two men who died after their vehicle collided with a freight train in central Minnesota.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office said Sunday that 52-year-old driver Charles Wayne and his 23-year-old passenger, Nathan Bahner, died in the crash Saturday. Both men were from Paynesville and died at the scene. Their relationship is unclear.

Authorities say the vehicle collided with a Canadian Pacific train about 3 p.m. Saturday at an intersection just west of Paynesville.

The crash is under investigation.

St. Cloud Police Looking For Suspects Involved In Burglary

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11/24/2014 - 10:15 AM

The St. Cloud Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding two men involved in a burglary.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers were called to the 800 block of 7th Avenue South around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning after a 21-year-old woman said she saw two men in her home. The men had allegedly taken her MacBook laptop and her charger.

Officers say the men were last seen running east towards 6th Avenue South.

Police describe the suspects as black men in their twenties. One was seen wearing a red sweatshirt, a red and black SCSU hat with a red tassel and the other was seen wearing a black sweatshirt.

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

Sports Schedule

  • Women's Basketball vs University of Minnesota-Duluth (Tape Delay)
    Nov 29, 2014 - 2:00
  • Men's Basketball vs University of Minnesota-Duluth (Tape Delay)
    Nov 29, 2014 - 4:00
  • Men's Basketball vs Crosstown College (Sports Stream)
    Dec 02, 2014 - 7:30

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