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Road Sealing Project Will Close A Road For A Few Days

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05/15/2018 - 7:20 AM

A road in west St. Cloud will be closed for a few days starting Wednesday.

St. Cloud City Engineer’s Office says that St. Germain Street West from 4th to 10th Avenue will be closed, including parking stalls. This is so crews can quickly finish a road sealing project.

The closure will start on Wednesday, May 16 and go until Thursday, May 17 with weather permitting.

St. Cloud Will Hold 22nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration

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05/15/2018 - 7:10 AM

St. Cloud will hold the Juneteenth celebration to remember the anniversary of freedom for black slaves in Texas.

The celebration focuses about when slaves learned they were free between June 13 and 19, 1865. This would be more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

The Juneteenth celebration will be on Friday, June 15 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Riverside Park in St. Cloud.

Search Warrant Executed At Massage Parlor For Alleged Sex Trafficking

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05/15/2018 - 7:05 AM

A multi-agency effort found that a massage parlor and an apartment complex allegedly had ties to sex trafficking.

Waite Park Police say the Central Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force started an investigation into sex trafficking activity at Riverwood Massage Parlor in Waite Park. On May 10, a warrant was issued to search the parlor and a St. Cloud apartment complex.

The investigation brought those responsible with charges for sex trafficking in the second degree, the case is ongoing and there is no further information at this time.

Drowning Victim's Wife Says Her Husband Suffered from PTSD

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05/10/2018 - 12:30 PM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota woman says her military veteran husband was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when he walked into the Mississippi River never to be seen alive again.

Witnesses told police that 49-year-old Shannon Shaw of Waite Park started to swim across the massive waterway at St. Cloud on Monday afternoon, near the railroad bridge area north of 5th Avenue. They lost sight of him when he was about halfway across.
Authorities found Shaw's body Tuesday night after using professional sonar technology.
The Star Tribune reports that Kristi Shaw said her husband hadn't been able to find help for the PTSD that he had struggled with since he served in the U.S. Army's military police in Germany in the 1990s.
Shaw had been discharged from the emergency room at St. Cloud Hospital just before he entered the river. The hospital hasn't disclosed what treatment he received.

Stearns County Is Looking For Veterans To Help Mentor Fellow Veterans

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05/10/2018 - 10:33 AM

The Stearns County Veterans Protocol Team is expanding to recruit new mentors for other veterans.

Veterans Service Officer Cory Vaske says the program is looking for veterans to help those who may have been charged in court with a mental health or substance related offense. The program provides an alternative court process to veterans whose military experiences may have contributed to their legal problems.

The purpose for mentors is to give a positive social connection with fellow veterans and help make great changes. No legal experience is needed, just a drive to help a fellow veteran. Mentors are expected to make weekly contact with assigned veterans through a phone call or an in-person meeting. 

To become a mentor you can contact Cory Vaske at (320)-656-6176 or email at . Initial mentor training is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16 through Independent Lifestyles in Sauk Rapids. 

Body Of Man Seen Entering Mississippi Found Tuesday

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05/09/2018 - 9:50 AM

Body Of Man Seen Entering Mississippi Found Tuesday

Authorities have found a body of a man that was seen entering the Mississippi Monday evening.

Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson says witnesses saw a man walk into the river about 4:30 p.m. and swim toward the east side. They lost sight of him when he was about halfway. The man was described as an adult white male wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt.

Authorities and divers responded to the river, searching for the body of the missing man. At around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, a possible mark was found in the water. Divers were able to find a body similar to the description of the man that went into the river.

The body was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for an Autopsy. Identification is being withheld until the next of kin has been notified.

Man Identified Who Drowned In Mississippi River in St. Cloud

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05/09/2018 - 4:24 AM

Authorities have identified the man that drowned in the Mississippi River in St. Cloud Monday afternoon.

The Stearns County Sheriff's office says 49-year-old Shannon David Shaw of Waite Park was identified through a process with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office. Witnesses saw a man walk into the river about 4:30 p.m. on May 7 and swim toward the east side bank of the river. They lost sight of him when he was about halfway across.

The search to locate Shaw took place over two days and authorities were assisted by Tom Crossman, of Crossman Consulting, an experienced sonar array water searcher. He helped locate the victim Tuesday evening.

Course Superintendent Buys Territory Golf Club

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05/09/2018 - 11:00 AM

After weeks of owning the Territory Golf Club Dan and Jess Stang say that the transition has been easy from their old positions. 

The Stang's bought the golf club on April 19, from investors that have owned the course since 2004. Dan Stang will continue his management duties while his wife Jess who is also a full-time nurse, will cover the day-to-day bookkeeping duties.

The nearly 7,000 yard, 18-hole course also hosts Coyote Moon Grill, the restaurant inside of the Club House maintains its original ownership.


Roads Will Continue To Be Closed in South St. Cloud

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05/09/2018 - 10:31 AM

Road closures in south St. Cloud are expected to continue.

The City Engineer’s Office says roads will be closed due to utility work. The south side of 12th Street North and the south side of 11th Street North have been closed as of Friday, May 1. The intersection on 31st Avenue North at 11th Street North is closing on Friday, May 11.

The work was initially expected to end on Friday, May 4. However, it is currently still going until further notice.

Authorities Searching River in St. Cloud For Missing Swimmer

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05/08/2018 - 7:45 AM

Authorities are searching the Mississippi River for a missing swimmer in St. Cloud.

Witnesses told police that they saw a man walk into the river about 4:30 p.m. Monday in the 700 block of 5th Avenue North and start to swim across to the east side of the river. They lost sight of him when he was about halfway.
The man is described as an adult white male wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt
Authorities searched by boat and with a drone Monday night, and a dive team was on scene. The St. Cloud Fire Department, Stearns County Dive Team and the Minnesota DNR are conducting the search.

Fire Near St. Cloud Prison Lead Investigators To Man-Made Causes

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05/07/2018 - 9:50 AM

The St. Cloud Fire Department needs your help finding the cause of a grass fire.

Fire Marshal Michael Post says an April 29 grass fire near the Minnesota Correction Facility leads investigators to believe the fire was not natural. St. Cloud Police and the D-N-R were unable to find a natural cause for the fire.

If anyone has information on how the fire started or who was involved, no matter how insignificant, you can call the Minnesota Arson Reward project Arson Hot Line at 1-800-723-2020. Submissions can also be anonymous.

High Temps, Dry Air and High Winds Could Mean Fire For Central Minnesota

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05/07/2018 - 9:38 AM

Late spring weather conditions have made another combination of potential fire.

St. Cloud State University meteorology Professor Bob Weisman says that wildfire danger is back as central Minnesota battles 80 degree highs and ten to 20 mile-per -hour winds. The dry air could spread fires quickly, so people are urged to be mindful of their burning habits.

People are urged not to fly drones around fires so crews can work safely. Luckily, forecasted rain will hit Minnesota later in the week.

District 742 Offers Information About Becoming A Board Member

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05/07/2018 - 9:15 AM

St. Cloud School District 742 will hold an information session about becoming a member of the education board.

District 742 Spokeswoman Tami DeLand says The Board Development, Policy and Governance Committee will be open for members of the community who have interest serving. Information will focus on the roles and functions of a school board member and information about the district.

The session will be on Wednesday, May 23 from 7 – 8 p.m. in Board Room A at the District Administration Office at Apollo High School.

Sartell Encourages Safe Biking With Bike To School Day

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05/03/2018 - 10:30 AM

A collection of businesses and organizations are coming together to help celebrate bike to school day.

The City of Sartell says it will partner to encourage all people to bike more and to bike safely. Kids and adults will be equipped to bike smart and enjoy games and food. Major events include helmet fitting, bike tune-ups, a bicycle obstacle course, free food, a bounce house, lawn games and more.

The Bike to school celebration will be on Wednesday, May 9 from 2:30 – 5 p.m. at Lion’s Park in Sartell.

The Wait Is Over! Building 51 Has Been Renamed To Ruby Cora Webster Hall

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05/03/2018 - 10:20 AM

A building on St. Cloud State University's campus will get a new name after a months long, rigorous process.

University Communications spokeswoman Anna Kurth says the 51 Building will change to Ruby Cora Webster Hall, after the 1909 graduate from St. Cloud Normal School. Webster was a teacher and was a significant individual in the region's history.

The name change process started in 2017 when Ethnic Studies professor Christopher Lehman proposed the renaming. Lehman discussed with Untold Stories of Central Minnesota Producer Jeff Carmack the importance of Webster and what the change would mean. It then came up to the administration to develop a non-donor related naming policy for the campus.

Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra approved the renaming, and it will be put in place for the school's sesquicentennial.

At one time in the school's recent history, Building 51 was known as the Business Building, before that program moved to Centennial Hall and became the Herberger School of Business.

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