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Paramount Center for Arts Secures Grant for Islamic Performers Program

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09/29/2016 - 10:30 AM

The Paramount Center for the Arts announced a major grant and partnership with the Cedar Cultural Center  in Minneapolis and community partners Wednesday.

The Paramount will be facilitating a $500,000 grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Foundation for Islamic Art.

Education and Outreach Director at the Paramount, Jane Oxton, describes the program as a series of five artist residencies over the next two years. The program is called Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Ideology.

The Cedar Cultural Center is the key partner that will bring international artists from East Africa and other parts of the world to Minnesota. The artists will spend time in area schools, the Boys and Girls Clubs, with classes at St. Cloud State University and the St. Cloud Technical and Community College as well as interviews and live performances on KVSC radio. The program also will connect musicians with Minnesota State Mankato and performances at the Cedar Cultural Center.

The first group coming to St. Cloud is Somali-Kenyan hip-hop group Waayaha Cusub. Local band Heiruspecs will be backing up the vocalists in the St. Cloud residency starting October 25. A celebration concert will be held on Friday, November 4 at the Paramount Theatre.

St. Cloud State University student with a valid ID can attend the concert for free.

Gunshots Hit The Side Of A St. Cloud Home Tuesday Night, Authorities Are Seeking More Information

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09/28/2016 - 3:50 PM

No one was reportedly injured when gunshots hit the side of a house along 5th Avenue Northeast in St. Cloud Tuesday night.

Assistant Chief Jeff Oxton says multiple shots from an alleged handgun were fired after 8 p.m. and hit the alley side of a home. Even though people were home at the time, nobody was hurt.

Officers searched the area and learned two men were seen running from the alley after the shots were heard. This is not believed to be a random shooting.

The SCPD Criminal Investigative Unit is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the department at 320-251-1200.

St. Cloud Police Are Investigating A Forced Entry Burglary At Gopher Bargain Center Wednesday

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09/28/2016 - 3:00 PM

Police are investigating a burglary at Gopher Bargain Center after two suspects took food Wednesday evening.

St. Cloud Police Assistant Chief Jeff Oxton says the center’s alarm sounded just after 6 p.m. Officers noticed signs of forced entry and had the K9 unit search the building. No one was found inside the center located in the 200 block of Lincoln Ave. NE.

After reviewing the surveillance video, officers determined two men entered the building and stole food items.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call SCPD at 320-251-1200.

Crossroads Mall Stabber Is Believed To Be Inspired By Extremist Ideology, Says FBI Director

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09/28/2016 - 1:50 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - FBI Director James Comey says the man who stabbed 10 people in Crossroads Mall before being shot and killed appears to have been inspired, at least in part, by extremist ideology.

Comey was asked during a Wednesday congressional hearing whether it had been confirmed that the Sept. 17 attack by 20-year-old Dahir Adan was an act of terrorism. Comey responded that the FBI is "still working on it," but that it looks like Adan appears to have been motivated "by some sort of inspiration from radical Islamic groups."

He said investigators are not yet sure which groups may have inspired Adan or how, adding that investigators still are reviewing Adan's electronics.

Minneapolis FBI spokesman Jeff Van Nest declined to elaborate Wednesday, saying he'd let Comey's statement speak for itself.

St. Cloud Somali Leader Calls For Release Of Crossroads Mall Stabbing Video

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09/28/2016 - 9:00 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Somali community members in St. Cloud are growing restless with the lack of fresh information on the investigation into why a man stabbed 10 people in a shopping mall before being shot and killed by an off-duty police officer.

Abdul Kulane, who was a 2014 City Council candidate, writes in the St. Cloud Times  that releasing security video from the night of Sept. 17 when 20-year-old Dahir Adan was killed would help the community see for itself what happened. He says questions likely will linger until the video is public.

The FBI has taken the lead in the investigation into Adan and whether there was any terrorist connection. Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall says the investigation is progressing toward a time when the video, and more, will be released.

Sri Lanka Night At SCSU Will Celebrate Culture, Hosted By Sri Lanka Student Organization

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09/27/2016 - 1:15 PM

Sri Lanka Night At SCSU Will Celebrate Culture, Hosted By Sri Lanka Student Organization

Travel back in time with the Sri Lanka  Student Organization as they present the Chronicles of Ceylon Saturday at St. Cloud State University.

The night will begin in the Ritsche Auditorium with live acoustic performances, dances, and dramatic depictions of ancient Sri Lankan kings. After the program, a dinner of Sri Lankan dishes will be served in the Atwood Memorial Center.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at Ritsche Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for the general public. Discounted tickets are being sold in the Atwood Memorial Center until Friday.

A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the Educate Lanka Foundation. 

Man Threatens Employees Of A Waite Park Business After Not Receiving Enough Napkins Friday

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09/27/2016 - 2:30 AM

Man Threatens Employees Of A Waite Park Business After Not Receiving Enough Napkins Friday
Photo courtesy Waite Park Police Department

Police are looking for information to identify a suspect who threatened employees at a Waite Park business Friday.

The Waite Park Police Department says a man entered a business on 2nd St. S. just after 11 p.m. The man was upset because he did not receive enough napkins with his food order and began yelling and threatening employees.

The suspect is described as a white male, about 50-years-old and with blonde hair pulled back into a pony tail. He was reported wearing a green flannel shirt and driving a white 4-door vehicle at the time.

If you have any information that might help identify the suspect, contact the Waite Park Police Department at (320)-251-3281 or the Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-251-1301 or on the Crime Stoppers website.

Police Are Looking For Suspects After A Hotel Robbery In St. Cloud Sunday

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09/26/2016 - 3:15 PM

Police are looking for potential suspects after a robbery Sunday night at 11:40 p.m. in a hotel in St. Cloud.

St. Cloud Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at America’s Best Value Inn and Suites located in the 500 block of Highway 10 S.

Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton says a black man, about six ft. tall and 180 pounds, went in the building and threatened a 24-year-old male employee with a black handgun. The suspect demanded money and ultimately took an undisclosed amount. The man entered with the help of another, a white man in his mid-twenties. He propped open the back door, and the first man- with the handgun- went inside a little later to rob the hotel.

No one was hurt during the robbery. 

Police set up a perimeter and the Waite Park K9 Unit tried to track down the suspects. Both strategies were unsuccessful.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the SCPD at 320-251-1200 or the Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301.

Waite Park Officers Arrest A Man for Felony DUI After Running a Stop Sign Saturday

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09/26/2016 - 1:30 PM

Waite Park Officers Arrest A Man for Felony DUI After Running a Stop Sign Saturday
30-year-old Eric Speck

One man is in Stearns County Jail for a felony DUI after failing a field sobriety test Saturday in Waite Park.

The Waite Park Police Department says an officer saw a car speeding on 2nd Ave. S. and run the stop sign at 7th St. S. The car was pulled over and the driver, 30-year-old Eric Speck of Oakdale, was asked to get out of the car after the officer smelled alcohol and marijuana.

Speck failed the field sobriety test and was arrested for a felony DUI. This was his fifth DUI in the last ten years.

The Waite Park K9 unit recovered marijuana from the car and Speck was brought to Stearns County Jail waiting a court appearance.

 

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