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Mississippi River Bridge in Clearwater Is Now Open

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08/17/2017 - 3:30 PM

       

It's now easier to travel through Clearwater, Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation opened the new Mississippi River Bridge to vehicles today. All lanes of Highway 24 are now switched onto the new Highway 24 bridge.

The new bridge spans the river and Wright County Road 7, or Mainstreet in Clearwater. The old bridge was 57-years-old and work to replace it began two years ago.

Minn-DOT says an average of 16,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily, with weekend recreational drivers from nearby Interstate 94 and Highway 10 creating a much higher volume of traffic.

The new bridge has wider lanes, shoulders and a pedestrian trail separated by a concrete barrier for safety.

The old bridge will be removed fully by 2018. Here's a link to the Highway 24 live webcam.

Move In Day for St. Cloud State University Students is Here

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08/16/2017 - 2:45 PM

Move In Day for St. Cloud State University Students is Here

St. Cloud State University's Move In Day is here! Thursday is the primary day for most new students to move into their campus dorm rooms.

First year students will have a packed first four days where they will be getting familiar with their new campus and starting the undergraduate journey.

Drop In advising, The Huskies 1st Four Days Kick Off, The Ice Cream Social, Atwood After Dark, Metro Bus Training, and The Library Lawn Party are among some of the activities first year students can take advantage of.

University officials remind students when moving in to use the proper direction signs that will guide you to dorm facilities and that many people will be using elevators in the dorms so prepare to use the stairs.

For more information go to https://www.stcloudstate.edu/firstfour/four-days.

Happy Move In Day and Welcome New Huskies!

Elderly Motorcyclist Crash Northwest of Waite Park

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08/16/2017 - 10:30 AM

A motorcyclist crashed near St. Wendel Monday.

Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson says a motorcycle driven by 72-year-old Marvin Anderson of Wait Park went off of the road on a curve going northbound on County Road 4.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office, St. Stephens Fire and Rescue, and Gold Cross Ambulance were dispatched around 2 p.m. to the intersection of County Road 4 and 115th Avenue where they treated Anderson.

Anderson was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital with undisclosed injuries. The Stearns County Sheriff's Office is also investigating the accident.

Stearns County Museum Bus Tour Gives Participants a Taste Of Gangster Life In Minnesota

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08/15/2017 - 2:20 PM

Stearns County Museum Bus Tour Gives Participants a Taste Of Gangster Life In Minnesota

On Thursday September 12, take a step back in time to the 1920’s and 30’s when gangsters migrated up to the “safe haven” known as Minnesota while prohibition was in full swing with the Stearns History Museum Fall Bus Tour.

According to Julianna O’Connell at the Stearns History Museum, the tour will stop at the Landmark Center and 11 Wells Distillery, both in St. Paul. The Landmark center is known for its red granite exterior and used to be the Federal Court House and Post Office for the Upper Midwest.

The tour goers will hear stories of infamous gangsters who may have walked those very same halls and about Stearns County bootleggers who were taken there by bus.

The tour includes lunch at New Bohemia Wurst & Bier Haus, which offers organically grown and locally made German sausage and sides.

The last stop will be the 11 Wells Distillery, with an exclusive tour where they have the new Minnesota 13 whiskey that was once a part of Stearns County’s History.

The tour will cost $85 for non-members and $70 for members . The bus leaves the museum at 9 a.m. and will return around 3:30 p.m. Contact Julianne at (320) 253-8424 or joconnel@Stearns-museum.org to register or for more information.

Your Hair Could Help The Environment Or Pets

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08/14/2017 - 2:30 PM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A St. Cloud hair salon is joining other salons in an effort to recycle hair waste for use in everything from pet beds to oil spills.

The St. Cloud Times reports that Arbor Hair Studio has partnered with Canada-based Green Circle Salons. It's the 10th salon in Minnesota to work with the Canadian company. Green Circles aims to recycle up to 90 percent of waste that salons normally send to landfills. Stylists put cut hair into designated bins instead of throwing them away. The bins are then delivered to an Illinois warehouse where the company re-purposes the hair through various projects.

Arbor also has separate waste bins to collect metal products. A spokesman for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says it's a good thing when businesses take steps to reduce their environmental footprints.

St. Cloud Man Is Okay After Being Run Over At Rollie's Bar

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08/14/2017 - 11:45 AM

St. Cloud Man Is Okay After Being Run Over At Rollie's Bar

A St. Cloud man is okay after being ran over by a pick up truck.

Benton County Sheriff Troy Heck says 23-year-old Benjamin Evenson had likely been lying in the parking lot of Rollie's Bar when he was ran over by a man driving his pick-up truck.

Forty-nine-year-old Jeffrey Marsh, who is from Kentucky, was backing up his truck around 12:30 a.m. Sunday when he thought he ran over something. Marsh went into the bar to call 911 when he realized he had backed over a person.

When Gold Cross Ambulance responded Evenson was conscious and refused further medical attention when life threatening injuries were ruled out.

Deputies also said that Marsh was not under the influence of alcohol.

An Insider's Look at SCSU's Eastman Building Before Its Renovation This Fall

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05/31/2017 - 2:45 PM

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KVSC's Assistant News Director Andrew Erickson got a chance to explore Eastman before the remodel begins to get some pictures in its historic halls. He says although Eastman is merely a destroyed storage space at this point, the history you can feel when you walk into the building is astounding.

Erickson says the first time he saw the building it reminded him of an old style basketball court and when he pointed it out to his friends they just gave him a funny look and said no way. He forgot about it because it was closed and there was no reason to try and explore when he couldn’t. That was until this bill passed and was a reminder of that old locked up building. This was the rekindling spark of curiosity.

The exploration started at the front door. Erickson says the old 1920s style lamp lights still sit outside and either side of the door, almost as if they could still light the way for basketball fans on a cold St. Cloud night in February.

When Erickson took a step into the natatorium, or the room with the pool, he was just in awe. Be from the incredible tile work in the trim, the fact that the pool sounded longer than it looked empty because it just felt so small or even looking at how small the whole room was with barely any bleacher space.

Even the locker rooms within Eastman had old stone bathroom stalls and a cage to hold and give out equipment. Other than in movies Erickson had never before seen one of these things. Some added fun there would be how the showers looked like they were straight out of a murder movie.

There is a really old style gymnasium that we just don't build anymore. It is filled with arch style architecture and that is something technology has surpassed. The windows even had this arch style and the rebuild isn't supposed to affect these. The basketball court is centered by SCSU's original logo, just a SC in a red circle.

The gym has hanging bleachers made of wood and when you step out on them you can actually feel how old they are. The wood squeaks under the pressure of your foot. When Erickson got to the railing to get a better shot of the logo, he said his heart was racing a little because he had the thought that the whole bleacher would come down.

Up at the top of the building by the bleachers there are offices. This would have been where the coaches or team managers would have had a place. The main office was a good size and had two unique additions to them.

In the first addition they had their own full bathroom, stalls and everything (funny enough, there was a microwave in there). In the second was a private balcony. The inside door was nailed shut and the outside door was broken and hanging from years of weather abuse but Erickson says it was truly a head honchos office with this special piece.

The last thing he got to explore was the practice room. In there was all wood floors again and big floor to ceiling windows but the best part was on the wall. There was a big black SCSU with Eastman Fitness Center written over it in Red. It felt like an old boxing gym and you can just imagine the blood, sweat and tears that have fallen to that floor since 1929.