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Factory Workers To Get Government Assistance After Large Lay Off

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06/07/2018 - 12:00 PM

 ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Nearly 900 employees who'll be laid off by the planned closure of an Electrolux plant in central Minnesota will have access to additional help.

 
The U.S. Department of Labor has approved a petition for Trade Adjustment Assistance that'll provide workers long-term training and support when the St. Cloud plant shutters next year.
 
The program provides assistance to workers laid off from businesses hurt by foreign trade. It also provides job search allowances, relocation assistance, wage subsidies and apprenticeships.
 
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development will manage the program, review worker applications and distribute funds.
 
The home appliance company announced in January plans to close the St. Cloud facility amid consolidation efforts. The plant employs about 860 workers.

West St. Germain To Close Twice Next Week

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06/07/2018 - 11:00 AM

St. Cloud drivers planning to drive on West St. Germain Street next week should plan for detours.

The St. Cloud City Engineer's Office says that the traffic lane heading westbound will be closed between 9th and 10th Avenue. The closings are due to work being done at the Paramount Theatre. 

The lane will be closed on Monday, June 11 when signage is removed and will last one day with weather permitting. It will then close again on Thursday, June 14 when the signage is replaced, again lasting one day with weather permitting.

 

Lemonade Concert and Art Fair Needs Volunteers

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06/07/2018 - 10:45 AM

Lemonade Concert and Art Fair Needs Volunteers

St. Cloud State University is hosting its 45th Lemonade Concert and Art Fair, and they are asking for your help.

The university says that there will be over 200 art vendors appearing on campus along with seven local music acts performing at the World Commons Stage Including  a performance by the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra.

Last year's Lemonade Fair  hosted over 12,000 guests, so there is a need for volunteers.

The event is Thursday, June 21. If you want to volunteer for this event, you can call the St. Cloud State Department of Campus Involvement at (320)-308-5691. If you receive a volunteer form, it must be submitted by June 11.

29th Avenue North Will Close For Utility Work

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06/06/2018 - 8:00 AM

Drivers in North St. Cloud can expect to take detours while a road is closed.

The St. Cloud City Engineer’s Office says that 29th Avenue North between 8th Street North and 9th Street North will be closed for utility company work.

The closure will start on Friday, June 8 and is expected to last only one day with weather permitting.

Drivers Can Expect Delays and Detours On Highway 238 In Albany

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06/06/2018 - 7:45 AM

Drivers who travel Highway 238 in Albany should expect delays and a detour for upcoming construction.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says that a short segment of the highway will be closed to install new underground utilities, improve pedestrian travel and reconstruct the road. The project will offer a smoother ride and better accessibility.

Drivers can expect to follow the detour along County Road 53/Sixth Street and Soo Line Avenue. The Construction will start Monday, June 11 starting at 5 a.m. and go until mid-September.

Tarryl Clark Officially Files For District 1 Commissioner

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06/06/2018 - 10:00 AM

Tarryl Clark Officially Files For District 1 Commissioner

With candidate filing periods closing this week, one candidate made a last second entry to join the race to become the District 1 Stearns County Commissioner.

Tarryl Clark announced her intention to run for the position Tuesday. Clark is a resident of St. Cloud who has worked in the St. Cloud area for about 30 years. She is an active member of the St. Cloud Rotary Club and the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce.

Clark has previously been elected to the Minnesota State Senate, where she became Assistant Majority Leader and worked from 2006 to 2010. She was also the Academic Dean at St. Cloud Techniccal and Community College and the first Director for the Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity.

Clark will run against businessman Craig Bomgaars and former St. Cloud City Council member Steve Gottwalt.

 

St. Joseph Police Chief Resigns After Investigation

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06/05/2018 - 10:45 AM

St. Joseph Police Chief Resigns After Investigation

ST. JOSEPH, Minn. (AP) - The St. Joseph police chief has resigned effective immediately following an investigation by the city over allegations officials won't disclose.

Joel Klein's resignation was announced Monday night at the end of a City Council meeting. Klein did not attend. Mayor Rick Schultz said the report from the city's internal affairs investigation was delivered to Klein on May 23. The city received Klein's written resignation on May 31. Klein had been on paid administrative leave since April 19.

Klein had worked with St. Joseph police since 2001 and became chief in 2013. Schultz declined to comment on details about the investigation, but said the city will address workplace harassment training, whistleblower and retaliation policies, and a police audit system as a result of the probe.

Little Falls Marketplace Sprout Launches Mobile Market Fundraiser

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06/05/2018 - 10:15 AM

 

A market that takes produce out of grocery stores and brings it to places that lack nutritious foods has started this month.

Little Falls-based marketplace Sprout launched the "Mobile Market" as an affordable grocery option for rural areas. Sprout Director Arlene Jones says that while mobile market models aren't new and are often seen in cities, it has the potential to succeed in the rural areas of Minnesota. 

The Mobile Market is expected to have several paths to travel. The market will not only provide produce, but also refrigerated foods such as meats and dairy.

The campaign has been launched on the fundraising platform MNstarter. The goal for Mobile Market is $25,000, and it would need to be hit by June 30. If you want to pledge money to their campaign, you can find it at their campaign website.

 

 

Free Summer Lunch at the Library

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06/05/2018 - 10:00 AM

The summer meal program has returned to the St. Cloud Public library for a second year!

Great River Regional Library Communications Director, Abby Faulkner says the library is teaming up with the Yes Network again to help provide free, nutritious, hot, lunches to kids all summer long. Last year the partnership provided over 1,800 meals to kids in the St. Cloud area, and all left over food was given to Anna Marie’s Alliance.

The Summer Meal Program runs from June 11 through August 10, Monday –Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Mississippi Room at the St. Cloud Public Library.

This Program is made possible through the help of volunteers who serve the meals, monitor the lunch area, and help with setup and cleanup. If you want to get involved call the library at (320) 650-2500

One Teen Hospitalized After Rollover Crash Friday

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06/04/2018 - 9:30 AM

Several teens were sent into the ditch Friday evening after losing control of the car on a gravel road North of Eden Valley.

Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson says at 6:30 p.m. driver 17-year-old Skylar Martin and passengers 16-year-old Laila Asfeld, 16-year-old Gabrielle Nistler of Watkins and 17-year-old Morgan Plamann of St. Martin were driving north on 228th Avenue. The road makes a 90 degree turn onto 188th Street.

Martin was driving about 20 to 25 miles per hour when she made the turn and lost control due to the gravel. After attempting to regain control Martin overcorrected and sent the car rolling into the ditch.

All passengers were wearing their seatbelts except for one, who needed to be taken to Litchfield Hospital. The crash is still under investigation.

A Major Project on Highway 10 Will Cause Delays

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06/04/2018 - 11:00 AM

Attention drivers on Highway 10: construction between Big Lake and Clear Lake will cause heavy delays starting today.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says that parts of Highway 10 will be narrowed to one lane during the day while crews prepare for a major construction project. All businesses along Highway 10 will remain open and accessible.

The project is hoping to improve pedestrian safety while also repairing underground pipes and extending turn lanes.

All lanes for Highway 10 are expected to re-open by October 19. 

Newly Expanded Sherburne County Judicial Building To Hold Opening Ceremony

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06/04/2018 - 10:15 AM

The government center for Sherburne County has been expanded and are holding a grand opening ceremony to celebrate.

The Minnesota Judicial Branch says that the Sherburne County Judicial Building in Elk River is now about 100,000 square feet. The expansions include five new courtrooms, with additional space creating room for two more in the future.

The building originally built in 1980 now also provides services near the entrance, including public computer access, the Sherburne County Law Library, and court administration service windows.

The ceremony will be held on June 6 starting at 3 p.m. with tours going from 3:30-6 p.m. The expanded building will be opening on June 11.

 

Man Taken to Hospital After Crash Near Fairhaven Township

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05/31/2018 - 10:30 AM

A crash near Fairhaven Township Thursday morning has sent one man to the hospital.

Stearns County Lietenant Bob Dickhaus says just after 5 a.m. 60-year-old Devaughn Maranell of Hutchinson was driving north in his semi-truck on County Road 7 when 43-year-old Matthew McNamara crossed the intersection at County Road 146. Authorities believe dense fog caused a lack of vision for Maranell before he hit McNamara.

McNamara had to be extricated from his van by fire crews and was taken to St. Cloud Hospital. Maranell was uninjured and crash is still under investigation.

Minneapolis Bomb Squad Called After Man Finds Explosives On Property

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05/31/2018 - 10:20 AM

A bomb squad was called Wednesday morning after a man found explosives on his recently purchased property.

Stearns County Lieutenant Bob Dickhaus says just before 10 a.m. 46-year-old Brad Donnay of Kimball was cleaning out some items from an estate sale when he found boxes of explosives. Several boxes of dynamite blasting caps were found on the property. Donnay took out the boxes and buried them outside.

The items were deemed unstable and the Minneapolis bomb squad was called. The area was evacuated and the dynamite was detonated safely. No legal charges are pending at this time.

St. Joseph Storage Building Fire Damages Units

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05/30/2018 - 11:33 AM

A St. Joseph storage building went up in flames on Tuesday.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office were called to the Ridgewood Self Storage building for a structure fire after smoke was seen coming from one of the units. Fifty-three-year old Christopher Johnson rented the unit that caught on fire. The St. Joseph Fire Department helped fight the fire, but not before the fire damaged at least three units extensively along with several others.

The fire was started when Johnson tried to clean camping equipment with a flammable solvent. The solvent accidentally caused the unit to set on fire. 

No one was in injured.

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