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MnDOT installs signs for EV Charging stations on I-94

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… Keep Reading

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Changes to SCSU student constitution approved

In March, St. Cloud State University held its spring Student Government election which led to a presidential victory by Jack O’Neil-Como and his running mate Kayla Shelley. But the election also gave voters the opportunity to voice their opinions on changes the Student Constitution Committee was seeking for the Student Constitution. The Student Constitution is a document outlining the basis of Student Government with topics ranging from the organization’s structure to a broad outlining of what power they can utilize. Changes have not been made to the Constitution since the Fall 2010 election, which has made the ability to edit the document a challenge. “Until this election, the last time we received enough votes to even make an amendment was Fall Semester of 2011,” said Constitution Committee Chair Devin Smith. For the Constitution to be amended, it’s required that 8 percent of the SCSU student body votes in the general election… Keep Reading

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Northstar could potentially be brought to St. Cloud

For Twin Cities residents who attend St. Cloud State University, getting home to their permanent residence can be a tough task – especially for those who don’t have a car. Many have their parents or other relatives make unnecessary trips back and forth, and some have to beg peers and offer high sums of money. The current method to get back to the Twin Cities is to catch a bus in St. Cloud at the transit center downtown, take that bus to Big Lake, wait for the train to show up, and have the train take you to Minneapolis, stopping at Target Field. Since there’s only one time on Friday and Saturday morning this option is available, students often have obligations during these times and it’s difficult to make something work out with public transportation. Many over the years have clamored for an extension of the Northstar line to St.… Keep Reading

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Hockey Day Minnesota 2018 To Be Held in Saint Cloud

There are many names to describe the great state of Minnesota – the land of 10,000 lakes, the North Star State, L’Etoile du Nord – but perhaps none exemplify our passion more than one name: The State of Hockey. Every year, Minnesotans come together on one day in mid-January to celebrate the beautiful game. Beginning in 2007, an event dubbed, “Hockey Day Minnesota” has been an annual tradition where a unique outdoor location is picked, a rink is built on said location, and high school teams face off on the rink in front of a crowd. The games are also broadcast on Fox Sports North, along with the Gophers and Wild games that are usually scheduled on Hockey Day. On April 19, the Minnesota Wild, along with Fox Sports North and Minnesota Hockey, announced the location for the 2018 iteration of Hockey Day: our very own Saint Cloud. “Hockey Day… Keep Reading

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Students present end of the year projects at research colloquium

The tail end of the semester is often a busy time for students, especially with finals right around the corner. Many find themselves scrambling to wrap up projects, frantically cramming every last bit of information into their brain for final exams. However, the students demonstrating at the St. Cloud State research colloquium are prepared, swift and enthused to present their most recent research: inventions, and innovations – which some participants have been working on since the beginning of the year. Students from a wide variety of departments including biological sciences, social sciences, computer sciences and engineering all gathered in the Atwood Ballroom to present their works. Stephen Janasie, the Experiential Learning and Outreach Director for the College of Science and Engineering said students at the colloquium can present their work in a multitude of ways. He mentioned the ones in the Atwood Ballroom are all poster presentations sponsored by faculty… Keep Reading

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Interim President Vaidya: A year in review and what’s to come

After the shocking news of St. Cloud State University President Earl Potter’s death in June 2016, Ashish Vaidya has been acting as Interim President of the University. Despite having to overcome Potter’s untimely passing and being thrown into this new position, Vaidya said he really admires the strength and resilience of the campus and the community: “It’s been a whirlwind, as you know, we started the year almost ten months ago. I feel really good about the transition, it’s not the kind that every University should have to go through, but I’ve really been thinking and reflecting on how strong this campus and community is – because, after this big shock, we really haven’t missed a beat.” He also mentioned the University made some crowning achievements in regards to accreditation: The Higher Learning Comission came to campus this past November and after intense review, SCSU received accreditation for the next… Keep Reading

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Aaron Hernandez Found Dead, one of many troubled NFL stars

Wednesday morning, officials reported former New England Patriots tight end, Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell. While an autopsy is still being performed, Hernandez was reported to have hung himself using his bed sheets. Hernandez was currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole after having been convicted for a 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player. Lloyd had been dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée at the time. In 2012, Hernandez was investigated for a connection he had to a double murder in Boston. Last week on April 14, he was found not guilty of the murders. Formerly considered to be one of the best tight ends in college football, Hernandez was rumored to have used marijuana in college, causing him to fall in draft ranks. In 2010, the former Florida Gator was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round, after… Keep Reading

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Staying safe at night, do’s and don’ts

The weekends are supposed to be a college student’s stress-free days of the week. The time when homework is ignored and sleeping in is essential so the long nights ahead aren’t as exhausting. However, fun nights can turn dangerous quickly if the correct precautions are not taken to insure safety. Although a not every dangerous event can be preventable, several actions can be taken to help avoid these potentially dangerous situations.   Take advantage of buses: All you need is your student ID to ride the St. Cloud Metro Bus. Both St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Community and Technical College can take advantage of this transportation. During the week, the Husky Shuttle runs every ten minutes, picking up and dropping off at the Wick science building. On the weekend, the Late Nite bus is available (no student ID required after 1:50 am). It’s a 20-minute route that runs… Keep Reading

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