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Home Remodeled On Grand Lake Must Be Torn Down

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09/20/2017 - 9:00 AM

ROCKVILLE, Minn. (AP) - A judge in central Minnesota says a new lake home must be torn down after a neighbor complained about the size of the building.

According to court documents, Kathleen and Matt Mimbach began the project on their property on Grand Lake in Rockville in November 2015. Building permits filed with the city called it "a remodel with a new addition."

But neighbors Thomas and Holly Ruether contend it actually was a teardown and the building of a new, larger home. The Ruethers' attorney says his clients' property has decreased in value, and that the new, two-story home encroaches on both side yards.

WJON-AM reports Stearns County Judge Vicki Landwehr ruled last week that the new home must be torn down. An attorney for the Mimbachs says they likely will appeal.

5th Avenue in St. Cloud To Re-Open September 25

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09/18/2017 - 3:40 PM


      Photo courtesy Pioneer Place Theatre, taken September 13, 2017

A four month project that has shut down a major downtown St. Cloud street is about to wrap up.

The Downtown Council reports that 5th Avenue South should be open to vehicle traffic starting Monday, September 25. The $1.67 million project completely closed part of the city's historic downtown area to replace water and utility lines dating back more than 70-years.

Fifth Avenue, which has a variety of restaurants, bars, a hotel and theatre will see some significant updates. The final project includes raised planter beds, benches, outdoor patio seating on a wider surface area, colored and textured concrete, decorative lighting and crosswalks.


Women's Theatre Will Be Featured At Women On Wednesday at SCSU

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09/18/2017 - 11:50 AM

Women's Theatre Will Be Featured At Women On Wednesday at SCSU

The Women on Wednesday series at St. Cloud State University this week is featuring a presenter from the world of theatre.

University Communications says Executive Director of Theatre Unbound, Anne Bertram will talk about the organization's role in shrinking the gender gap for the past 18 years.

The theatre brings audience thought-provoking created by women and providing female perspectives.

Bertram will be speaking on September 20 from 12 -1 p.m. in the Atwood Center Theatre. Women on Wednesdays is free and open to the public.

St. Cloud Senator To Receive Housing Leadership Award

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09/18/2017 - 11:10 AM

St. Cloud Senator To Receive Housing Leadership Award
Senator Jerry Relph

St. Cloud’s Senator has been honored with an award for promoting affordable housing.

Minnesota State Senate Correspondent Jacob Schneider says that Republican Senator Jerry Relph is honored with the 2017 Housing leadership Award. Relph earned this honor by backing several initiatives that promote home ownership and recognizes the importance of affordable housing for Minnesota families.

The award was presented to Relph by Housing First Minnesota, which is made up of more than 1,200 home builders, remodelers, developers, and industry supplies.

Starting Monday Highway 10 Down To One Lane In St. Cloud Area

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09/15/2017 - 10:50 AM

Starting Monday Highway 10 Down To One Lane In St. Cloud Area

Drivers traveling on Highway 10 next week should expect delays, starting on Monday.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is notifying the public that road crews, equipment and slow traffic should be expected.

Highway 10 will be reduced to a single lane between East St. Germain Street and County Road 33. The closures are needed as crews will be installing a high-tension cable median barrier that can reduce fatalities up to 95 percent.

Closures will happen from sunrise to sunset, during non-rush hours. Work is set to begin this Monday, September 18, and end on October 30.

Driver Gets Away From Deputy After Vehicle Chase In Benton County

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09/14/2017 - 3:10 PM

Driver Gets Away From Deputy After Vehicle Chase In Benton County

A Benton County deputy was lead on an chase Wednesday night near Watab Township.

Benton County Sheriff Troy Heck reports a deputy started following a minivan after observing traffic violations in which the van appeared to be following another car while traveling southbound on Highway 10. The deputy pulled the van over on the exit for Benton County Road 33.

After the deputy approached, the driver, 51-year-old Orville Axelson Jr. of Beloit Wisconsin, told the him that he was driving erratically because he was trying to follow a friend. There was a woman passenger in the van at the time.

The other vehicle pulled over at this time of this incident and the deputy approached it, that's when Axelson tried to flee the scene. The van was located a short time later was pulled over again, however this time Axelson was not in the vehicle. The woman passenger had taken over the wheel after Axelson had leaped out of the moving van.

Axelson has an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Other law enforcement units started a search with two K-9 teams but were unable to locate him. 

The Benton County Sheriff's Office was assisted by local police department units as well as the Minnesota State Patrol.

If anyone with information about Axelson they are asked to call the Benton County Sheriff's Office at 320-968-7201.

International Piano Duo Comes To St. Cloud State University

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09/13/2017 - 12:30 PM

International Piano Duo Comes To St. Cloud State University

St. Cloud State University will be hosting a piano duo from Spain.

St. Cloud State University Music Department says Elena Martin and Jose Meliton will be performing original works. Their music inspiration comes from Spain, as they travel around the world to spread their culture through piano music.

The duo will give a presentation on their musical roots at 12 p.m. on Friday, September 29.  Following the presentation in the evening, the group will perform in the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center at 5 p.m. Admission is free for both performances.

27 Years And Still Going Strong For Women On Wednesdays

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09/12/2017 - 4:40 PM

27 Years And Still Going Strong For Women On Wednesdays

Women are coming together on Wednesdays for the 27th year this fall.

The St. Cloud State University Women’s Center is hosting another series of lectures this semester. The presentations range from political to personal and talks about the impact of women in society, creating change and engaging the community.

The first lecture is September 13 and will feature the topic of drag. Trixie Del Mar and Shae May are the presenters and performers. This session will include performance, history and varied perspectives and this comes just in time for pride weekend in St. Cloud.

On September 27, Minnesota musician Chastity Brown joins the series with a presentation called "the personal is political" and will include music.

The series continues into November and is from noon to 1 p.m. in the Atwood Theatre. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Mississippi River Bridge in Clearwater Is Now Open

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08/17/2017 - 3:30 PM


It's now easier to travel through Clearwater, Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation opened the new Mississippi River Bridge to vehicles today. All lanes of Highway 24 are now switched onto the new Highway 24 bridge.

The new bridge spans the river and Wright County Road 7, or Mainstreet in Clearwater. The old bridge was 57-years-old and work to replace it began two years ago.

Minn-DOT says an average of 16,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily, with weekend recreational drivers from nearby Interstate 94 and Highway 10 creating a much higher volume of traffic.

The new bridge has wider lanes, shoulders and a pedestrian trail separated by a concrete barrier for safety.

The old bridge will be removed fully by 2018. Here's a link to the Highway 24 live webcam.

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    Sep 22, 2017 - 6:00
  • Volleyball vs Wayne State College (Sports Stream)
    Sep 23, 2017 - 1:00
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    Sep 23, 2017 - 6:00

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