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Former Girlfriends Of Suspect Asked To Contact Benton County Sheriff's Office

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10/19/2018 - 10:15 AM

Former Girlfriends Of Suspect Asked To Contact Benton County Sheriff's Office
Photo Courtesy of Benton County Sheriff's Office

Authorities are asking women who have been in a significant relationship with 29-year-old James Joseph Robert Wood to contact them.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office says detectives are seeking information on any past patterns of violence or abuse in these relationships.

According to an investigation,Wood has used several online dating sites to meet women.

Wood was arrested after an infant in Rice died from blunt force trauma last Saturday. Wood had been staying with the child's mother and was in a significant relationship with her.

Women who have dated Wood are asked to contact the Benton County Sheriff's Office at 320-968-7201.

Crash On County Road 11 And Highway 27 Leaves Five Injured

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10/18/2018 - 2:15 PM

Crash On County Road 11 And Highway 27 Leaves Five Injured

A crash east of Osakis sent two people to the hospital Thursday morning.

Minnesota State Patrol Sergeant Jesse Grabow says a minivan driven by 51-year-old Wanda Lee Demarre of Little Falls was going west on Highway 27 just after 9 a.m. A car heading north on County Road 11 didn't yield, causing the vehicles to collide.

Demarre, 17-year-old Dakota Wayne Demarre of Randall, and 17 year-old Nathaniel Albert Zellgert of Little Falls suffered non-life threatening injuries and were treated at the scene. The driver of the car, who has not been named, and her passenger, 16 year-old Jasmine Marie Barnes of Redwood, were taken to Long Prairie Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

There were three other children in the van, but none of them sustained injuries.

NASA To Visit Apollo High School To Promote Manufacturing Programs

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10/17/2018 - 3:30 PM

NASA To Visit Apollo High School To Promote Manufacturing Programs

NASA and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) will be visiting Apollo High School in St. Cloud.

St. Cloud Area School District 742 spokeswoman Tami DeLand says representatives from NASA HUNCH (High schools United with NASA to Create Hardware) and SME PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) programs will be presenting to show the jobs in the field of manufacturing.

Apollo is hoping to make these pilot programs to make Central Minnesota the future manufacturing hub.

The presentation will begin on Monday, October 22 at 12-3 p.m.

St. Cloud State Artists To Display Work In

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10/17/2018 - 10:45 AM

St. Cloud State Artists To Display Work In

Artwork by St. Cloud State alumni and professors from the past half-century has been displayed to celebrate the university's 150th year.

St. Cloud State University Communications says the exhibition entitled "Fabric" focuses on three things: abstract paintings displayed at the Paramount Center for the Arts, works from printmakers and illustrators at the local and national level, and an exhibit of various approaches at the Gallery St. Germain.

"Fabric" will feature work from over 30 St. Cloud State alumni and former faculty.

An opening reception will be held during the St. Cloud Art Crawl on Friday, October 19 from 5-9 p.m. The exhibition will be on display through Saturday, October 27.

UPDATE: Two-Way Crash On County Road 75 Leaves One Dead

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10/17/2018 - 10:30 AM

UPDATE: Two-Way Crash On County Road 75 Leaves One Dead

A St. Cloud woman was killed in a car crash on County Road 75 in St. Cloud on Tuesday.

The St. Cloud Police Department was sent to the scene of a crash involving a semi-truck and a car just after 2:30 p.m. Emergency responders found 29-year-old Amina Mohamed Abdi dead. She was the driver and only occupant of the car. The driver of the semi-truck was identified as 28-year-old Cody James Richert, who was not hurt.

The crash left emergency vehicles on the scene as the road remained closed for about two hours after the crash.

A preliminary investigated discovered that Abdi was driving south in the northbound lanes, which caused the crash.

The crash is still under investigation. No charges are expected to be filed.

St. Cloud State University To Recognize 5 Former Students

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10/15/2018 - 10:30 AM

Click for more photosJan Bergquist Hanson
Jan Bergquist HansonAnnie DeckertEnanga FaleJeff HegleMatt Roisom

St. Cloud State University will recognize five former students for their contributions and achievements in their careers.

The university says Jan Bergquist Hanson, Annie Deckert, Enanga Fale, Jeff Hegle, and Matt Roisom will receive the 2018 Alumni Association Awards.

Hanson is the CEO, president, and co-founder of Educate Tanzania Inc, a nonprofit which brings opportunities to Tanzania. She will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Deckert is the president of the Elk River economic development firm Decklan Group and she co-founded the first young professionals group for the Economic Development Association of MN. She is a co-recipient of the Alumni Service Award.

Fale is a senior manager in systems engineering for aerospace company Northrup Grumman and a leader in the Society of Womens Engineers. She is a co-recipient of the Alumni Service Award.

Hegle has coached the men and women's swim and dive teams for 18 years. He will receive the University Leadership award.

Roisom is the market vice president and commercial loan officer for Rochester-based Home Federal Savings Bank. He will receive the Graduate of the Last Decade Award.

The winners will be recognized during the long-awaited St. Cloud State Homecoming 2018 from October 17-21. 

Railroad Crossing Closures

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10/10/2018 - 3:30 PM

Railroad Crossing Closures

 The two railroad crossings in St. Cloud will be closed for construction.

The St. Cloud City Engineer's Office says the crossing at 7th Street Southeast will be closed beginning on October 16 going through October 19 from 8th Avenue Southeast to Lincoln Avenue Southeast.

The rail crossing at 15th Avenue Southeast will be closed starting on October 22nd through October 26th beginning at 11th Street Southeast and ending at Lincoln Avenue Southeast.

The dates posted could change with weather permitting.

Annual Fall International Film Series To Begin In Late October

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10/08/2018 - 11:30 AM

Annual Fall International Film Series To Begin In Late October

St. Cloud State University will be presenting international films for the 18th year.

St. Cloud State University Communications says the annual Fall International Film Series is designed to showcase movies so audiences can appreciate artistic expression from different cultures.

The series will kick off with the French film "Being 17" on Monday, October 22 at 7 p.m. at the Atwood Memorial Center Theater.

For a full list of showings, visit the St. Cloud State Department of Theatre and Film Studies website.


SCSU's Wind Ensemble Will Host A Halloween Spooktacular Concert

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10/08/2018 - 8:30 AM

SCSU's Wind Ensemble Will Host A Halloween Spooktacular Concert

St. Cloud State University musicians will be putting on a concert that is sure to be “Spooktacular”.

Spokeswoman Anna Kurth says the Halloween Spooktacular family festival and band concert will feature all sorts of fun. Families can attend pre-concert activities to learn about instruments, get candy and play games.

The SCSU Wind Ensemble will then perform spooky music and other tunes from Disney movies. The concert will have a kid’s costume parade with free giveaways, a candy corn counting contest and children’s stories and rhymes.

The Concert will be on Thursday, October 25 in the Ritche Auditorium in Stewart Hall. The pre-concert activities will start at 5:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission to both is free.

Real ID Applications Now Open To Minnesota Residents

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10/02/2018 - 1:15 PM

Real ID Applications Now Open To Minnesota Residents

Minnesota residents can now start applying for Real ID.

Stearns County Auditor-Treasurer Randy Schreifels says residents need to have a Real ID to fly domestically or to cross the Mexican or Canadian border by October 2020. Until then, you’ll be able to use your standard issue driver’s license or ID cards for federal purposes.

Since there’s two years until you need a Real ID, officials suggest people wait to apply unless they’re changing their name or address so it will help ease the transition and reduce wait times for cards.

Schreifels adds residents can buy Real IDs at Stearns County License Centers downtown or at the Service Center but requires additional documentation compared to regular drivers licenses. Most of the additional documents can be attained at county offices.

For any questions, including documentation requirements, go to the State Driver and Vehicle Services Division at, or call them at 651. 284. 1234.

GNTC Has Cast For Its Fall Show

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10/01/2018 - 3:45 PM

 GNTC Has Cast For Its Fall Show
Photo Courtesy of Great Northern Theatre Company

The Great Northern Theatre Company has its cast for their fall dinner theatre show, Lend Me a Tenor.

The show is set in September 1934. Saunders, who’s the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is ready to welcome Tito Morelli, known as Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. Tito is late and through a lot of crazy events, is given two doses of tranquilizers. He passes out and in panic, Saunders talks Max into pretending to be Otello.

The show is directed by actor and director, Heather Mastromarco. Some of the cast includes Mark Reber from St. Joseph. Jessica Sherer as Maggie. Brad Busse, a veteran actor, will play Saunders. Tito will be played by Randy Soltis while Patricia Soltis joins him as Julia. Margie Bailey ends the cast list as Diana and Matthew Tuomi will be the bellhop.

The show will begin on November 9th going till the 11th and then start again on the 15th and go until the 18th.

For tickets go to their website or call 320-241-4682. Tickets are $40 and includes the show, dinner, dessert, taxes and gratuities. 

Sports Schedule

  • Women's Soccer vs Minot State University (Sports Stream)
    Oct 26, 2018 - 1:00
  • Volleyball vs Minnesota State University-Moorhead (Sports Stream)
    Oct 26, 2018 - 6:00
  • Football vs Bemidji State University
    Oct 27, 2018 - 1:00

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