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Texting 911 provides alternate contact options

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It’s standard procedure if there’s an emergency, dial 911. However, dispatcher centers across the country and even in Stearns County realize a phone call isn’t always appropriate for every situation. “Call if you can,” said Michele Burke, a Dispatch Supervisor for the Stearns County 911 center. “Text if you can’t.” The texting option for 911 calls is a new way to contact authorities when in need, Burke said it’s beneficial for the hard-of-hearing, those with speech impediments or individuals who are in a dangerous situation. “If you were in the car and a drunk driver was driving and you wanted to report it, but you can’t make a voice call things like that. So we would encourage people to call, but in those situations, texting is the best option,” she said. “If you’re also a witness to domestic assault and it would be dangerous for you to call because you’re…

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Andrew Norwood brings contemporary art to St. Cloud gallery

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When people think of rural Minnesota, they imagine cornfields, farmland and the beginning of the Great Plains, but to artist and photographer Andrew Nordin, he sees those sights through a different lens. Nordin’s Gallery of paintings has been on display at the gallery across the street from the Paramount Theater for the last month as part of the organization’s monthly feature local artist display. They’ve been up since mid-January. The Paramount said it invites serious master artists to present in the gallery and they decide which pieces of their work they want to put up. They can either select new pieces of work for their showing or they bring back old material and create a particular theme for their time there. Executive Director for the Paramount Center for the Arts Bob Johnson said Nordin has a distinct way he paints his pictures. For those viewing them for the first time,…

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Massive blizzard draws attention for road safety in Granite City

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As the Minneapolis/St. Paul area got hit with a massive blizzard on Monday, St. Cloud has steered clear of the storm. However, local officials are saying citizens should still be taking precautions. “When snow freezes and packs down, it basically turns into a skating rink,” Public Works Asst. Street Supervisor, Frank Froelich said. According to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol, since early Tuesday morning, there have been 184 crashes, nearly 300 spinouts, and three semi-truck jackknifes which have created a variety of unsafe driving conditions. With many citizens in the Granite City commuting to the Twin Cities daily, people need to be aware of what’s coming their way. Lori Ellering, St. Cloud Police Department lieutenant of investigations said these types of accidents are quite common around this time of year, but luckily there’s plenty of ways to prevent them. The first one she mentions is leaving a little…

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SCSU senior dies at his home in St. Cloud

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St. Cloud State University had an unexpected loss starting off this semester as senior and finance major, Kyle Jon Cashman died at his home in St. Cloud on January 12th. According to the obituary obtained by the Dean of Students, Kyle graduated with honors from Roosevelt High School in Virginia, Minnesota, then studied two years at Hibbing community college before officially becoming a Husky to complete his degree. Kyle loved sports. Those who knew him said he could “swim like a fish.” He played everything from football to hockey, always proud to support his high school team, the Blue Devils. While being athletic was his passion, Kyle also enjoyed going hunting and often found a sense of peace in the woods. He also loved going to his family cabin on Birch Lake. He will be greatly missed by his family and close friends. A memorial service for Kyle will be held…

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Is SCSU really tobacco-free?

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In 2011, St. Cloud State University implemented a policy saying the University would officially be tobacco-free, by not allowing the sale, advertisement or use of any tobacco throughout the University. According to Health Services Assistant Promotions and Marketing Director Erica Karger Gatzo, this was a way to limit the amount of second-hand smoke exposure to the community. Despite these measures, people can find plenty of cigarettes lying around parts of campus, which may confuse some. While smoking is still illegal in a few areas, the way the University intertwines with city streets leaves 20 designated places to take a drag, exposing others to secondhand smoke. “Those are legal zones for smoking,” Gatzo said. “That’s not our realm for making policy decisions.” According to the CDC, nearly 41,000 people die of secondhand smoke exposure each year. Despite the statistics, data released by SCSU Student Health Services shows the number of smokers…

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DFL Committee breaks down election process

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It seems like just yesterday America was enduring the 2016 presidential elections and now with gubernatorial races behind us, midterms are now less than a year away and for Minnesota, there’s a lot at stake. The Northstar state currently has all 134 seats in the house and a governorship up for grabs in 2018 midterms, meaning both Democrats and Republicans are starting to fuel their bases. Last week, the Central Minnesota DFL met in the Greater St. Cloud Public Library to give their supporters a rundown of what to expect starting in 2018. Many people think it’s plain and simple, they can just run to the polls in November, cast their votes and go on their merry way. However, that’s not the case. Primaries and Caucuses hold special value in a democracy as it helps narrow down the number of candidates running in the election, but caucuses hold special importance. Benjamin…

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SCSU Veteran talks about what it’s like to have PTSD

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On November 11, Americans take the time to remember and reflect the Veterans who’ve served the country in all branches of the military. Many may think if you make it back in one piece, it’s a blessing, but war doesn’t always leave the mind of a soldier. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, nearly 20 out of every 100 Veterans who return from war, suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.   This is something St. Cloud State University student Mckenzie Warne lives with every single day. “It’s hard to explain,” he said. “[I] kind of feel like an outcast because there’s little things that make me tick that would seem crazy to other people, little things that are a big deal to me that aren’t as big of a deal to other people, so it makes me look like I’m crazy or I’m a bad person, even though…

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Some safety tips for your Halloween weekend

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It’s Halloween weekend at St. Cloud State University. While the neighborhoods and 5th Ave are usually a dead zone – college students will be flocking to houses for parties and down to the bars. But with all of the ghouls, goblins and crazy college students roaming about, there comes increased risk. While Halloween weekend is a fun and memorable (maybe) there’s a lot of precautions students should consider certain or troubles they might run into before dressing up and going out. Some increased risks include: Rape/Sexual Assault Drugged Drinks Masked Criminals  Robberies  Arrests However, Campus Police Officer Kelly Holden said students should be just fine if they are aware and prepared. “This weekend is no different than any other weekend, in terms of safety and being aware of your surroundings and being cautious, if you’re drinking and partying or whatever with your friends.” One of the biggest things Universities see this…

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School of Public Affairs prepares for strategic plan refresh

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In the past year. St. Cloud State University has gone under what they call Strategic Plan Refresh, a way to revitalize academic curriculums to make the University adaptable to changing times. While SCSU is working on revitalizing itself as a whole, the School of Public Affairs is one of the first departments within the University to start making changes to its curriculum, as they said they want to ensure students who are in SOPA get the best education the possibly can, aligning their mission as a school with SCSU as a whole. On Wednesday, graduate students, professors, student government officials and former alumni all met at the SCSU Welcome Center to discuss the strategic plan and the schools future at SCSU. Rick Osborne, College Senator for the School of Public Affairs said he thinks it’s a good idea to revitalize how they’re doing things right now and strive for improvements. “It’s really…

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