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Area of Highway 95 Closed After Man Threatens to Hurt Himself

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09/10/2018 - 8:30 AM

A man has died Sunday afternoon near Minden Township after making threats of self-harm.

Benton County Sheriff Troy Heck says at 12:15 p.m. a call was made about the person’s friend who wanted to hurt himself or others. Officers then went to where the man was at the 7300 block of Highway 95 northeast. Deputies and Officers were able to confirm the man had armed himself with a firearm and evacuated the area.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Sauk Rapids, Police Department and the Stearns-Benton Special Emergency Response Team all were on the scene. Traffic along Highway 95 was diverted. Crisis negotiators and the SERT team attempted at negotiations but were unsuccessful. Eventually the team went in and found the man dead from a gun-shot wound.

The body was sent to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death. After assuring no public threat, people were able to return to their homes in the area. The name of the man is being withheld currently to allow family to contact next of kin.

District 742 Has an Upcoming Meeting

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09/10/2018 - 8:30 AM

St. Cloud Area School District 742 has a meeting coming up.

District Spokeswoman Mary Kustermann says that the District 742 Finance Study Group will be meeting next week.

The meeting will be on Monday, September 17 starting at noon in the District 742 Administration Offices.

Ask A Feminist Panel

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09/10/2018 - 3:35 AM

The Women’s Center will open its fall Women on Wednesday speaker series with a panel answering questions about feminism.

The panel aims at helping millennials that believe in the tenets of feminism but don’t want to identify with the term. The panel will also look to talk about what is feminism and what is challenging about being a feminist.

The panel will take place on Wednesday, September 12th in the Atwood Memorial Center Theater at 12 p.m.

Tenant Talks About The Night His Apartment Starts on Fire

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09/10/2018 - 3:30 AM

An apartment complex near St Cloud State University went up in flames over the weekend.

Assistant News Director Spencer Schacht spoke to Cal Brautigam, a tenant who was home when the alarms went off.

You can listen to the Audio Story here

Atwood Memorial Center Appoints New Interim Director

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09/07/2018 - 12:00 PM

Atwood Memorial Center Appoints New Interim Director

The Atwood Memorial Center at St. Cloud State has a new Interim Executive Director to oversee the facility.

Vice President for Student Life and Development Wanda Overland says that Jessica Ostman has been appointed to hold the position. Ostman was selected for her knowledge and leadership experience to fill the role of a student union on SCSU’s campus.

Ostman started the job on September 6 and will hold the position until the search process is complete. The previous director, Mitch Karstens, left for another opportunity at the University of St. Thomas

5th Avenue Live! Will Cause Road To Close

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09/07/2018 - 11:00 AM

5th Avenue Live! Will Cause Road To Close

Concerts will cause a major St. Cloud road to close for the day.

The St. Cloud City Engineer's Office says 5th Avenue South between West St. Germain Street and 1st Street South will be closing due to the 5th Avenue Live! concert series.

The road will be closing on Saturday, September 8th from 12:30-10:30 p.m.

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The Fifth Avenue Live! concert will start at 5 p.m. and last until 8:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the gate and cost $5 per person. The proceeds will go towards purchasing festoon lights for the downtown area.

To hear more about the concert event listen here.

 

Highway 4 Re-Opens As Detour Removed

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09/07/2018 - 11:00 AM

Highway 4 is finally open again after being closed since May.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the highway through Lake Henry is open after a project caused it to close in early May.

The project aimed to reconstruct the road while improving the sidewalks and underground utilities. 

The road is officially open as of Thursday, September 6. All detours have been removed.

5th Avenue Live! To Return With Familiar Faces

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09/07/2018 - 10:30 AM

5th Avenue Live! To Return With Familiar Faces

St. Cloud will be hosting the third 5th Avenue Live! concert event of the summer.

The St. Cloud Downtown Council says the Gregory James Band and Brat Pack Radio will be performing. This will be the Gregory James Band's second performance at the concert series.

5th Avenue Live! was created by several St. Cloud business owners and city staff to have an event that could bring people to the downtown area.

The event will be held on Saturday, September 8 from 5-8:30 p.m. on 5th Avenue South. It has an entrance fee of $5. 

Car Crashes Into Sauk River Bridge After Rollover

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09/06/2018 - 2:15 AM

A car rolled over and crashed into the side of a bridge near Melrose early Wednesday morning.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office was sent to the scene of a one-vehicle rollover crash just after midnight. Fifty five-year-old Joseph Gerads was driving on County Road 186 when he lost control and went into a ditch. The vehicle rolled three times before crashing into the bridge over the Sauk River.

Authorities believe alcohol might have contributed to the crash.

Gerads was taken to Melrose Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. 

Events Around St. Cloud

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09/06/2018 - 1:15 AM

Lots of events are happening in Central Minnesota from hot dog benefits to walks to defeat ALS.

The Acacia fraternity is having a hot dog benefit for the Humane Society outside Cash Wise East just off of Highway 10. It will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 8th.

Then the ALS Association of Minnesota is hosting the St. Cloud walk to defeat ALS. The funds raised through the walk wild drive urgent innovation to find better treatment and a cure. The walk takes place on Saturday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Lake George.

If you’re heading up north with the family for the weekend, you can stop at the Mille Lacs Native American Museum on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the event you can get the chance to make Ojibwe-style shoulder bags. The museum is located in Onamia and is recommended for children 6 and up.

Finally the Morrison County Historical Society’s annual program is being held on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Scandia Valley Vineyards in Cushing, MN. The program will be regarding HMML’s digitization of endangered manuscripts around the world. The Great River Chorale will provide music to open the event.

Fine Forgiveness Week At the Library

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09/05/2018 - 1:00 AM

Do you have long overdue books? Or maybe you found that library book you said you lost. Well the Great River Regional Library is introducing Fines Forgiveness Week.

Communications Director Abby Faulkner says the library will accept your overdue books with no fines, no matter how long its been or even if it has been damaged. Faulkner says the goal of the event is to remind the community that the library is a place for everyone.

To get your fines forgiven visit the Great River Regional Library between Saturday September 15 and Saturday September 22 to sit down and talk to a librarian about wiping your slate clean.

Man Arrested for Controlled Substance During Traffic Stop

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09/05/2018 - 12:30 PM

Man Arrested for Controlled Substance During Traffic Stop

A routine traffic stop near Sauk Rapids leads to a drug arrest Monday.

Benton County Sheriff Troy Heck says a patrol sergeant pulled over a car with expired license tabs along Golden Spike Road just east of Sauk Rapids. While speaking with the driver, 61-year-old Virgil Pouliot the officer noticed the passenger, 43-year-old Gregory Borth was showing symptoms that he just used meth. The officer went back to his car and ran a warrant check on both Pouliot and Borth and found that Borth had an active arrest warrant from Stearns County for 5th degree controlled substance crime.

Borth was placed under arrest and searched. The officer found drug paraphernalia, multiple baggies containing what is believed to be methamphetamine, and hypodermic needles. Borth now faces another charge of 5th degree controlled substance crime and a charge of possestion of hypodermic needles and is being held in the Benton County Jail.

Pouliot was cited at the scene for vehicle registration violation and failure to provide proof of insurance.

Quarryview Education Center To Hold Opening Ceremony

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09/04/2018 - 3:00 AM

A grand opening ceremony will be held for the opening of a new education building in Waite Park.

St. Cloud Area School District 742 says that Quarryview Education Center will be the new home for the Early Childhood, Community Education, and Adult Basic Education programs. 

Superintendent Willie Jett, Waite Park Mayor Rick Miller, and Board of Education Chair Al Dalhgren will all speak at the event. With St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce President Teresa Bohnen leading the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The event will be held on Wednesday, September 5 from 4-6 p.m. at 800 7th Street South. Tours, drinks, and food will be provided.

 

Arizona Man Turns Himself In After Domestic Assault

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09/04/2018 - 2:30 AM

Arizona Man Turns Himself In After Domestic Assault

An Arizona man has turned himself in after leaving the scene of a domestic assault.

The Waite Park Police Department was sent to 815 1st Street South near Division Street in Waite Park just before 9:30 p.m. for a domestic assault report. Officers spoke with a woman who had been in a fight. The suspect had left the scene before police arrived.

Two days later, 36-year-old Ray Sianez turned himself in to Waite Park police after a warrant was issued for the suspect's arrest. He was booked into Stearns County Jail and has been charged with 5th degree domestic assault and felony domestic assault by strangulation. 

Always Lock Your Car Doors Says Sheriff

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09/04/2018 - 2:00 AM

The Stearns County Sheriff’s office has reminded everyone to always lock their car doors after a string of vehicle break-ins over the weekend.

The Sheriff’s Office says suspects took items ranging from cash and cigarettes to firearms and hunting supplies. All items that were reported stolen were taken from cars that were left unlocked or from open beds of pickup trucks.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office says the best way to protect yourself from car break-ins is to lock your cars whenever your leave them and to bring all valuable items with you. This is extra important when it comes to storing or leaving firearms in a vehicle.

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