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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

Highway 55 Re-Opens After Closing For Over A Month

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.

 

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. 

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.

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.

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

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08/17/2018 - 10:30 AM

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

Wilson Avenue To Undergo Utility Repair Work

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08/14/2018 - 10:45 AM

Wilson Avenue To Undergo Utility Repair Work

Drivers planning to take Wilson Avenue should prepare for driving changes while work is being done on the road.

The St. Cloud City Engineer's Office says utility repair work will be done on the road between Highway 23 and East St. Germain Street. While this work is in effect, lane shifts will happen from the center lane.

The work will take place on the morning of Tuesday, August 21. It will continue until Thursday, August 23 with weather permitting.

Minivan Containing Wheelchair Stolen Out Of Man's Driveway In St. Cloud

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08/14/2018 - 10:30 AM

A minivan was stolen out of a man's driveway in St. Cloud.

Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton says an officer was sent to the 200 block of 4th Avenue Northeast after receiving a report of vehicle theft on Tuesday. An investigation determined that the crime took place between 2-7 a.m.

The minivan is a white 2005 Dodge Caravan with the license number 752TYG. The victim's $5000 wheelchair was left in the backseat. It is used by one of the victim's family members.

The investigation is still ongoing. If you have any information related to the theft, you can contact the St. Cloud Police Department at (320) 251-1200 or the Tri-County Crime Stoppers at (800) 255-1301.

Northern Pike Regulation To Be Addressed in Two Central Minnesota Lakes

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08/13/2018 - 10:30 AM

Northern Pike Regulation To Be Addressed in Two Central Minnesota Lakes

Two meetings in two different cities in Central Minnesota will address a similar problem: current northern pike regulations.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says their fisheries staff will hold meetings in Cold Spring and Annandale to hear what the public has to say about the regulation in Big Fish Lake and for East and West Lake Sylvia.

The regulation has been in place at Big Fish Lake since 2005 and in West and East Lake Sylvia since 2009.

Under the current rules, northern pikes that are 24-36 inches must be released after being caught.

Northern pike have decreased in size since the regulation was put into place. The average size of the fish has decreased from 22 to 19 inches. The percentage of larger northern pike has also decreased. Recent data has suggested that that the fishery would be better off applying the recent 2018 northern pike zone regulations.

The fisheries staff will meet at the Collegeville Township Hall in Cold Spring on Wednesday, September 26 from 6-8 p.m. They will also meet at the Southside Township Hall in Annandale on Thursday, October 4 from 6-8 p.m.