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Police Searching For Missing Annandale Teenage Girl

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05/15/2017 - 11:30 AM

Police Searching For Missing Annandale Teenage Girl

Local law enforcement agencies are investigating a missing person case.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says 17-year-old Aaliyah Kazimer of Annandale has not been seen since 5 p.m. Saturday.She was last seen at an address of the 6200 block of County Road 120 in St. Cloud and her car was also found in the Riverside Park parking lot on Sunday.

Kazimer is an Asian female at 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds and she was last seen wearing a black button up shirt with dark colored running shorts.

Law enforcement was conducting a ground search with a K9 unit, air and drone searches as well as a water search of the Mississippi River Monday, but the search ended around 12:30 p.m. due to the rainy weather conditions. The search is expected to continue Tuesday depending upon the water and weather conditions. 

The Sherburne County Sheriff's Department is assisting with the investigation along with the Minnesota DNR and the Annandale Police Department.

You're asked to contact the St. Cloud Police Department at 320-251-1200 or Tri-County Crimestoppers at 320-255-1301 with any information regarding Kazimer.

Mental Health Month is Recognized in Stearns County

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05/11/2017 - 1:40 AM

The theme for Metal Health Month this year is Risky Business. This awareness month is every May.

Stearns County says the theme was chosen to bring attention to the risky behaviors that can have ties to mental health conditions. These behaviors include recreational drug use and excessive spending or exercising, just to name a few.

Mental illnesses are common and treatable, but you have to know the signs to know a person needs help.

If you would like to know more information you can go to mentalhealthamerica.net/may.

Photo courtesy of Mental Health America.

Ride The Trolley For Free To Opener By George

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05/11/2017 - 1:30 AM

To ease traffic when Governor Mark Dayton comes to town for the weekend’s fishing opener, Metro Bus is offering free shuttle service to an event Friday at Lake George.

Metro Bus says the trolley will offer rides every 10 minutes to the lake for the Opener by George community picnic.

The picnic is to celebrate the 2017 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener.

The trolley will run through downtown to the lake, so riders should look for signs saying “Catch the Free Trolley here for Opener by George.”

The stops are at the following locations: Metro Bus Transit Center, Kelly Inn, Mexican Village Restaurant, Paramount Theater, and two Lake George parking lots.

Trolley rides on Friday are free, and will run during Opener by [Lake] George from 3:30-8:25 p.m.

See Smoke on the East Side of St. Cloud? It's A Prescribed Burn

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05/10/2017 - 10:30 AM

Folks in east St. Cloud should be aware of a prescribed fire along Highway 10 Wednesday.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the controlled burn will start at 10 a.m. and go into the evening. Traffic should not be affected but smoke will be visible from the road.

The fire is used to improve native vegetation and weed control. MnDOT says they are taking advantage of today’s optimal weather conditions to ensures safety and effectiveness.

Three Finalists Will Interview For Interim Sheriff Position

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05/09/2017 - 12:40 PM

After thirteen applications were submitted, three finalists are left for the interim Stearns County Sheriff position.

The sheriff’s position is open after John Sanner retired last month. The Board of Commissioners is appointing someone to take over for the rest of his term.

Public Information Specialist Janet Midas says the final applicants are: Stearns County Chief Deputy Bruce Bechtold, Waite Park Police Chief David Bentrud, and Retired Dakota County Sheriff Don Gudmundson. They were decided after a brief commissioners meeting Tuesday morning.

The three candidates will be interviewed Tuesday, May 16, and the position fulfillment is scheduled to be announced at the Board of Commissioners meeting May 23.

The interim sheriff will serve until the November 2018 election.

Lake Wobegon Trail Construction Begins Monday

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05/09/2017 - 12:20 PM

The Lake Wobegon Trail is a popular place for biking, running and walking now that the summer season is here. Trail users should be aware of construction next week.

Stearns County Parks says crews will be filling cracks in the asphalt in St. Joseph and Albany. Construction will take place from the Todd County Line to County Road 133 and from Albany to the Morrison County Line.

The trail will stay open, but riders and runners need to watch for maintenance equipment.

Construction begins Monday and will last through Friday.

Volunteer Spot Is Open On The Sartell Planning Commission

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05/09/2017 - 11:40 AM

A spot is open on the City of Sartell Planning Commission, and the city is looking for a volunteer to fill it.

The city says the Planning Commission is made up of five Sartell citizens. They meet once a month to discuss physical development and zoning matters in the area. The position is a three-year commitment for up to two terms.

Applications are accepted through Friday, May 19. The City Council will host interviews May 24 or 30.

If you're interested in this volunteer position, fill out an application. Completed applications can be mailed to 125 Pinecone Road North, Sartell, MN 56377, or emailed to anita@sartellmn.com. 

Local Students Are Recognized With Arts Scholarship

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05/09/2017 - 11:00 AM

Three local students are awarded scholarships for studying undergraduate degrees in the arts.

The Central Minnesota Arts Board congratulates Aaron Evans of Sartell, Claire Miller from St. Cloud, and Zoe Rogers of Sauk Rapids. Each student gets $1,500 for their higher education. A total of 11 students are recognized with this award.

The scholarship is part of the Student Arts Scholarship Program, and is designed for those enrolled in or entering an arts program at an accredited institution.

Recipients are chosen by a panel of volunteer artists, industry professionals and educators. Other recognized students are from Buffalo, St. Michael and Elk River.

Stearns County Property Taxes Are Due May 15

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05/08/2017 - 3:30 AM

Stearns County residents are reminded that the deadline to pay the first half of property taxes is approaching. The first half is due and payable on Monday, May 15. County officials say this is the last day to pay the first half without penalty.

The county offers many different methods for residents to pay property taxes including online, or residents can set up payment plans that are deducted from a checking or savings account. Payments are spread over either a quarterly or 10-month period. Also, tax payments can be made in person at either the Stearns County Service Center in Waite Park on County Road 138, just west of Mills Fleet Farm or at the Treasurer’s Office or License Center in the Stearns County Administration Center at the Courthouse Square in downtown St. Cloud.

Finally, if you mail your payment it must be postmarked by the post office no later than May 15th to avoid penalties. State law does not allow any exceptions.

If you have any questions contact the Treasurer's Office at 320-656-3870 or by e-mail at taxes@co.stearns.mn.us.

County Road 16 Collision Near Paynesville Sends One to Hospital

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05/08/2017 - 2:45 AM

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office reports that an accident occurred Friday on County Road 16 in Zion Township.

Just north of Paynesville 23-year-old Matthew Spanier of Belgrade was driving eastbound when his car struck the back of a semi tractor-trailer just after 12 p.m. The trailer-tractor was on the side of of the road refilling its fertilizer sprayer.

Spanier was airlifted to the St. Cloud Hospital because of his injuries.

The tractor-trailer is owned by Michael Stamer Farms. The Paynesville Police Department is still investigating the crash.

St. Cloud Police Respond to Brawl Sunday

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05/08/2017 - 2:00 AM

St. Cloud Police Respond to Brawl Sunday

St. Cloud Police have arrested woman involved in a brawl on Sunday.

Twenty-five-year-old Shyla Storkamp from St. Cloud is believed to be a part of a prearranged fight that happened in 2100 block of 8th Street North just after 3 p.m. Police say 7 people were fighting with clubs and sticks. Sergeant Jason Burke says Storkamp also allegedly stabbed a female victim several times before the victim struck her with brass knuckles. The stabbing victim has been taken to St. Cloud Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Storkamp was arrested shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday night and is being held in the Stearns County Jail facing 1st and 2nd degree felony assault charges as well as having previous warrants out for her arrest.

Police say, based on video evidence, there were many witnesses to the fight and are asking for anyone they have not interviewed to contact them at 320-255-1301.

Gov. Mark Dayton Will Host Fishing Opener In St. Cloud

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05/05/2017 - 10:00 AM

Gov. Mark Dayton Will Host Fishing Opener In St. Cloud

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota is ready to start fishing. The state has about 1.4 million licensed anglers, and about 500,000 are expected to fish when the walleye season opens Saturday, May 13.

Gov. Mark Dayton is hosting the 70th annual Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener. It will highlight opportunities on the Mississippi River in the St. Cloud area of central Minnesota.

That stretch of the river might not be the first destination on most anglers' minds. But local experts say it's a hot spot, and the Department of Natural Resources says it has a walleye catch rate comparable with Minnesota's best lakes.

This is the first time the St. Cloud-Sartell-Sauk Rapids area has hosted the event. The only previous governor's openers on the Mississippi were at Red Wing in 1998 and Winona in 1973.

Women Arrested After Allegedly Stealing Prescription Medicine While Cleaning Houses

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05/04/2017 - 3:30 AM

A Cold Spring woman has been arrested after allegedly stealing prescription medicine from houses she was hired to clean.

The St. Cloud Police Department say that 45-year-old Nichole Renee Zachow was arrested Thursday after multiple theft complaints were filed by homeowners who hired her to clean. Zachow worked for “Over the Top Cleaner” and was a suspect of stealing prescriptions from homes back in 2016. But no arrests were made.

The Police department warns homeowners to be cautious when allowing cleaning services to be in their house when they are not present.

Sculptor And Actress Jane Seymour Is Visiting The Paramount In St. Cloud

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05/03/2017 - 1:10 AM

The Paramount Center for the Arts is hosting a meet and greet with Sculptor and Actress Jane Seymour this week.

The Paramount says the art galleries will feature Seymour’s work from May 5-25. An opening reception will also give fans a chance to meet her on Friday. T

he reception is open to the public from 1-3 p.m. at the Paramount, located at 913 W. St. Germain St. in St. Cloud.

Update: Name Of Man Found Dead Released by Officials

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05/03/2017 - 11:00 AM

A body found in the east side of St. Cloud Sunday morning has been identified.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says the Anoka County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man as 41-year-old Jeffrey Michael Martin of St. Cloud. Martin was found on Lincoln Avenue near the railroad tracks.

The Medical Examiner’s Office is still working to find the cause of death. Police say they do not suspect foul play.

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