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Man Robbed and Assaulted In East St. Cloud Trailer Park

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08/23/2018 - 6:30 AM

Man Robbed and Assaulted In East St. Cloud Trailer Park

Gunshots were heard in an East St. Cloud Trailer park Tuesday, leading to arrest.

St. Cloud Police say they responded to reports of gunfire at Sherwood Manor Trailer Park Tuesday evening.  Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton says they found a 58-year-old man who was assaulted and robbed in his mobile home. The victim told officers that a man entered his trailer fired his gun, struck him in the head with a handgun, and then left on food after taking personal property.

Later that evening more gun fire was reported across Highway 10 at the America’s Best Value Inn. There officers found 37-year-old Aaron Dante Moreno of Sauk Rapids, who matched the description given by the victim in the trailer park. The Suspect ran when cops approached. Moreno was tased and taken into custody.

After Tasing the suspect officers recovered a handgun off Moreno that had been reported stolen along with drug paraphernalia. Moreno was arrested for 2nd degree assault, aggravated robbery, felon in possession of a handgun, and possession of a stolen firearm.

Truck Goes Over Guardrail Into Creek On Highway 71

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08/22/2018 - 10:45 AM

A truck ended up in a creek after a one-vehicle crash in Browerville.

The Minnesota State Patrol says 62-year-old Kevin Busbey was driving his truck on Highway 71 at 8 a.m. Tuesday when he hit the guardrail. The truck rolled over the top of it and came to a stop upside down in Harris Creek.

According to the state patrol, alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Busbey was taken to CentraCare Health in Long Prairie with non-life threatening injuries. 

33rd Avenue South To Close For Three Weeks

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08/22/2018 - 10:45 AM

A major road near Heritage Park will be closing for a few weeks.

The City Engineer's Office says 33rd Avenue South will be closing to traffic from 2nd Street South to West St. Germain Street because of road and utility work. Businesses in the area will remain accessible. 

The work will begin on Monday, August 27 and will last about 3 weeks with weather permitting.

Highway 71 Crash Sends One To Hospital After Driver Leaves Crash Site

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08/21/2018 - 11:00 AM

A two-vehicle crash on Highway 71 near Sauk Centre has sent one man to the hospital with the other driver fleeing the scene.

The Minnesota State Patrol says an unidentified driver was driving south on the highway when it passed over the center line into the northbound lane. 21-year-old Jared Brever of Long Prairie was driving north when the unidentified driver collided with his car before leaving the scene.

Brever was taken to Sauk Centre Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The other driver has still not been identified.

 

St. Cloud Police Department Hosts Supply Drive For Students

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08/21/2018 - 10:30 AM

As the school year draws closer, the St. Cloud Police Department made sure children had everything they needed for the new year.

The department says they held a "Back to School Supply Drive" at the Community Outpost at 600 13th Street South. Over 300 kids from District 742 received free school supplies, which included bags and dental and vision screenings. Over 160 people had their vision screened and 20 of those participants needed further eye care needs.

It took a lot of generosity to make the event happen. School supplies were gathered from all around St. Cloud, with the St. Cloud Rotary Club donating $1,000 towards the event. CentraCare Health donated 500 water bottles and graphic design company Walking Billboards also donated 300 drawstring bags. 

The St. Cloud Police Department were partnered with the Stearns County Public Health Division along with the St. Cloud Rotary Club, School District 742, and CentraCare Health.

The event was held on Friday, August 17 from 2-6 p.m. The St. Cloud Rotary Community Outpost holds an event every month. 

Two Men Are At Large After A Burglary In Waite Park

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08/20/2018 - 8:45 AM

Police are searching for two men after a burglary last Thursday night in Waite Park that left a home ransacked.

Waite Park Police Chief Dave Bentrud says just before midnight, two men forced their way into a home with handguns. One man held the family captive while the other searched for valuables throughout the house. After taking from the house, the men forced their way into the business next door. This tripped the alarm and alerted police.

The men got away with an undetermined amount of cash and jewelry. One man is described as five foot nine and around 250 pounds. The other man is around six foot tall and has a thin build. The men fled and left the family unharmed. A search for the men via the K9 unit was unsuccessful.

The two men are still at large. Anyone with information can call the Waite Park Police Department at (320)-251-3281 or report a tip to the Tri-County Crime Stoppers at (800)-255-1301. 

Move-In Day To Cause Several Road Closings

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08/20/2018 - 11:00 AM

As the next wave of St. Cloud State students settle into their new home, many of the streets on campus will be closing.

The St. Cloud City Engineer's Office says 4th, 6th, and 8th Street South will be closed from 1st to 5th Avenue South. 5th Street South will also be closed from 3rd to 5th Avenue North.

Meanwhile, 1st, 3rd, and 4th Avenue South will be closed from 4th to 6th Street South, with 1st Avenue South also being closed from 8th to 9th Street South.

Drivers taking campus routes should plan a detour. A map of the closures is to the right.

The closures will take place on Thursday, August 23. Residential Move-In Days will last from that day to Sunday, August 26.

 

 

Highway 55 Re-Opens After Closing For Over A Month

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08/20/2018 - 10:30 AM

The detour on Highway 55 from Buffalo to Rockford has been removed.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says that the highway is now open on Monday after a major project caused the road to close on July 9 from Division Street in Buffalo to Electric Drive in Rockford.

While the road is open, some areas of the highway will still be reduced to one lane at times.

The project will last until September. It will look to improve 7.5 miles of pavement while making the road more safe and accessible. 

Smoke Plume Could Affect Tri-County Area

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08/20/2018 - 10:15 AM

Smoke from Canadian wildfires will continue to affect the St. Cloud area .

St. Cloud State meteorology professor Bob Weisman says a lot of smoke has concentrated in a small area that has moved south as far as Brainerd. It is unknown whether or not the smoky air will make it past Interstate 94 on Monday.

After the air clears, storms and thunderstorms just south of the smoke will make their way down to the Minnesota River Valley and into the Twin Cities.

Anyone with breathing problems, children, or seniors should be cautious while outside.

 

St. Cloud Sued As Costco Sale Under Contention

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08/17/2018 - 11:30 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A citizen group is suing St. Cloud for selling city park land to Costco for what it contends is less than fair market value.

  
Costco Wholesale in late July purchased about 19 acres of Heritage Park for $3.5 million. The St. Cloud Times reports Citizens for Government Accountability filed a civil complaint Thursday in state court claiming the sale violates Minnesota law.
  
Spokesman Jon Austin says the group believes the sale amounts to an illegal business subsidy because the land is worth as much as $9.1 million.
  
Mayor Dave Kleis says attorneys for the city and Costco are reviewing the complaint. But he also says the lawsuit won't delay Costco's construction of a warehouse, liquor store and gas station or the city's reconstruction of roads near the development.

St. Cloud City Council To Address Liquor Applications

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08/17/2018 - 11:30 AM

The St. Cloud City Council will meet to address liquor-related agenda items.

The city of St. Cloud says that a public hearing is expected to be set for an application for an expansion of the liquor service area at Jules Bistro on West St. Germain Street.

The next item on the agenda is an application for a temporary liquor license for the St. Cloud Pride event on September 15. That action is expected to be approved.

The meeting will be held on Monday, August 20 at 6 p.m. at the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

Air Quality Alert Issued For Northern Minnesota With Another For The South Coming

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08/17/2018 - 10:30 AM

The St. Cloud area may experience smoky conditions as an air quality alert has been issued for the entire northern half of Minnesota.

St. Cloud State meteorology professor Bob Weisman says smoke from Canadian wildfires have been making their way to northwest Minnesota and will cover most of northern Minnesota by Friday.

By Friday evening, an air quality alert is expected for many southern Minnesota regions, including the Twin Cities

During air quality alerts seniors, children, and anyone with a history of breathing problems should remain indoors for their own safety.

The alert was issued for 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 16 and will last until Sunday, August 19. The expected alert for southern Minnesota should also last until Sunday.

Tri-County Humane Society to Host

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08/15/2018 - 4:00 AM

 The Tri-County Humane Society is getting ready for their annual 5k walk fundraiser, but this year they are trying something new. KVSC News Director Spencer Schacht has the story.

Investigation Into Foley Robberies Closes After Suspect Discovered

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08/15/2018 - 10:45 AM

Investigation Into Foley Robberies Closes After Suspect Discovered

Police have closed the investigation of burglaries at two Foley restaurants that happened earlier this summer, after they have found a suspect.

The Foley Police Department says a search of 37-year-old James Edward Carson's home revealed stolen items that connected him to many burglaries in Foley as well as Benton, Morrison, and Sherburne Counties.

Carson was arrested in Stearns County on July 22. Not long after, police were able to search his house.

Further investigations connected Carson to the crimes at Mr. Jim's and Goodfella's Bar and Grill in Foley, as well as Foley Lumber and a residential burglary in the area. The Mr. Jim burglary was reported on June 29, while the Goodfella's incident took place on July 6. 

Carson is currently being held at Benton County Jail. He is charged with four counts of 3rd degree burglary, one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and one count each of 1st degree damage to property and receiving stolen property.

Body Discovered In A Ditch Along Highway 10 in Haven Township

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08/14/2018 - 9:25 AM

A man’s body was found in a ditch Sunday afternoon along Highway 10, and investigators are searching for answers about his death.

The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office says drivers saw a body around 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 10 and County Road 61. The Sheriff’s Office and a Midwest Medical Examiner’s Officer arrived and identified the man as 29-year-old Michael Maurer.

Maurer had no obvious signs of trauma and authorities suspect no foul play. Investigators are waiting for toxicology results that could give a better idea of how he died. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about Maurer’s whereabouts before his death are urged to call the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office at (763)-765-3500.

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