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MnDOT installs signs for EV Charging stations on I-94

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Travelers on Interstate 94 heading north of St. Cloud will now see, “Electric Vehicle Charging Stations” signs along the highway to communicate the network of public, fast-charging EV stations for electric vehicles nearby. The signs of the extended network of charging stations will continue to grow and is part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) being implemented. “MnDOT is excited to be a partner to promote and educate the public about zero emissions and the electric vehicle charging infrastructure,” said Charlie Zelle, Minnesota Department of Transportation commissioner. “We believe that alternate fuels and electric vehicles will be an important part of the future of transportation and can support progress towards the state’s GHG reduction targets” The Federal Highway Administration selected I-94 from Port Huron, Mich., to the Minnesota/North Dakota border as one of 55 appointed routes in 2016 to advocate for alternative fuels and help drivers…

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Digital Journalism brings change for University Chronicle

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Journalism today is nothing like it was a century ago. With fewer print publications and digital media at full force, everyone needs to adapt to stay in the game, or hopefully, ahead of it. College publications aren’t any different – so when I was hired on to be the next Editor in Chief of the University Chronicle, I knew it was time for the fully-digital transition, and I knew I had to be the one to lead it. I come from a background in online content creation – from social media managing to freelance writing and blogging to website design and photo editing. Some may be surprised to hear, but I actually love print-journalism and everything it encompasses. The nostalgia of opening up a print newspaper, flipping through the pages of National Geographic magazines, feeling the glossy paper from an old 35mm black and white photo that was taken decades before…my mind instantly wraps itself…

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Guillermo del Toro gets spooky with ‘At Home With Monsters’ exhibit at Mia

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Guillermo del Toro’s, “At Home With Monsters” exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) was more than a traditional art exhibit with only one theme and one focus. And it was more than just monsters. It invoked the inspiration and beauty behind peculiar, quirky and horrific characters. “Where does creativity come from?” Was the goal behind the exhibition, Kayin Feldman, President of Mia and the spark behind this carefully curated exhibit said. From a purely visual perspective, the “At Home With Monsters” exhibit is a collaboration of del Toro’s immense collection of art, movie props, books, artifacts, comics and sculptures from Bleak House – his two-story “man cave” in Los Angeles that houses over 10,000 items, collected over his entire lifetime. Looking in further, the exhibit is really a collection of influence and vision that del Toro has had throughout his life. He worked closely with Mia to curate…

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Body found in Mississippi River believed to be Jesse Dady

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Stearns County divers found a body in the Mississippi River just after 6 p.m. on Friday evening, officials stated. The body is believed to be of 21-year-old missing St. Cloud State University student, Jesse Dady. Officials said the confirmation will come forth after the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office completes the autopsy. Dady was last seen at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 25 leaving the downtown St. Cloud area. On March 29, St. Cloud Police Investigators obtained surveillance video which showed Dady walking east onto the railroad bridge over the Mississippi River, which is not meant for pedestrians to walk over as it is dangerous and has no rails on either side. One-third of the way over the bridge, the footage shows Dady no longer being seen. Due to the darkness and graininess of the video, it was not certain what happened to Dady, according to St. Cloud Police Chief,…

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Enchants you into its Tale

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Beauty and the Beast. A tale as old as time. Where to begin on explaining what is the beauty of one of my all time favorite Disney movies? My hopes were high for this movie, as my dream since I was a young girl has always been to end up with a man who can somehow give me a gorgeous library filled with thousands of books, in an enchanted, hidden castle in a far away land. (And no, I never bothered to ponder the realistic side of that dream.) As the lights dimmed in the theater and I saw the dark castle appear effortlessly on screen, I froze in anticipation. Awaiting the magic I knew was about to appear in front of my eyes. The 2017 live-action/digital-mix of “Beauty and the Beast,” directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson (as Belle) and Dan Stevens (as Beast) leaves nothing short…

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Education Abroad offers more good than bad

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During a time where chaos seems to reign supreme in the world and college debt scares more than a fraction of students, studying abroad is not high on everyone’s list. Although you have to sometimes shell out more than you would like for an opportunity to study in a foreign country opposed to going on a vacation to that place, the benefits when you return seem to be more heavily in your favor. “Study abroad boosts students self-confidence and helps them find their place in the world,” Peggy Johnson-Finnerty, Associate Director of Education Abroad at SCSU said. “[It] pushes students in a good way to learn.” Immersing yourself in another culture with a language barrier bodes well for many students who are working on improving their skill set. “The Chile program here at St. Cloud State is where many students go to improve their Spanish,” Johnson-Finnerty said. Kate Fearing, a…

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A Tribute to a Princess…

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Even though it has now been a month after we lost our beloved Princess in this world, it doesn’t make it any less heartbreaking. When I heard the news of Carrie Fisher being hospitalized after suffering a cardiac episode on a plane from London to Los Angeles, just days before Christmas, I was shocked – yet very hopeful that all would be well…because how could it not be? How could we lose this amazing icon right now? We had already lost so many phenomenal humans in 2016. David Bowie. Alan Rickman. Gene Wilder. Prince. We couldn’t lose one more… I have been a Star Wars fan ever since I remember seeing episodes IV, V and VI when I was a kid. Some of my favorite scenes were with Princess Leia Organa (and the Ewoks, of course). I loved the fact that Leia wasn’t a typical “princess” who wore a crown,…

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ brings magic to 1920s New York

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Those who grew up during the first times of Harry Potter were only aware of a wizarding school—and culture—thriving in the U.K. region. Over the years (and books), author J.K. Rowling began to release more countries, specifically around Europe, who had wizarding populations. However, it wasn’t until the release of Rowling’s screenplay for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” that she touched on details of the wizarding world in North America. Rowling went into remarkable detail on Pottermore.com under the four-part series titled “History of Magic in North America.” “Fantastic Beasts” pulls long-time Harry Potter fans back in time to the heart of New York in 1926, with odd occurrences happening all around the city. The newly arrived Magizoologist (magic + zoologist) from England, Newt Scamander, played by Academy Award Winning actor Eddie Redmayne, arrives just in time to witness these happenings. Before Scamander can begin to delve into the wizard-like occurrences…

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