Author: Bailey Vertin

Taking Dangerous Photos

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Everyone knows what a passing train sounds like, however it can be hard to tell how long the train will take to get to you. This is the message that the non-profit organization Operation Lifesaver wants people to know as they’re crossing railroad tracks. The group’s main purpose is to secure the safety of railways, and […]

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Celebrating National Crayon Day

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – If you’re feeling nostalgia for your childhood then break out the crayons! Today is National Crayon Day, celebrating the original arts-and-crafts utensil. While people are coloring all over the U.S., Crayola used today to announce the retirement of one of their colors. Dandelion, a bright yellow shade, is stepping down from the box. The Crayola website […]

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Faith Leaders Send Letter of Good Will to Muslim Community

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Two years ago leaders from different Catholic churches started a discussion on how to address the Muslim community. Today that discussion turned into an open letter exchange. Faith leaders from around the community gathered together this afternoon at the Central Minnesota Islamic Center to present their letter of good will to the Muslim community. Those in […]

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Finding Joy In Escape Room Business

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The Alex and Tony Ducklow didn’t know they wanted to go into the business until they visited one themselves. “I walked out of my first escape room and immediately thought: this is it. This is the dream job I didn’t know existed until now,” Alex Ducklow said. Tony shared this sentiment with his brother, and together […]

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Training Dogs by Training People

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – For Tim Smitley, getting through school can be a challenge. With his sight impairment, he has to really focus on where he’s going, and this is made much simpler with his partner-in-crime: Brandy. Brandy is a black lab who guides him through the halls with a yellow harness. Tim relies on Brandy to tell him where […]

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Sportsmen’s Show Offers Variety of Exhibits

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Hunters and outdoorsmen are crowding into the River’s Edge Convention Center for the annual St. Cloud Sportsmen’s Show. Continuing into the weekend, the convention has everything that an outdoorsman needs. From fishing poles to hunting gear, the show offers people of all ages the opportunity to see what local vendors have to offer. Accompanying the new […]

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Student Subleasing Scam

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – For many students the internet is a tool to help with homework and classes, however for those looking to get out of their apartments it can be a struggle. At this point in the semester most students are comfortable in their apartments and dorms, but for some looking for a new place can be difficult. Often […]

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Changing the Stigma of Recovery

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The start of the new semester is an exciting time for many students, however some go into classes fighting a stigma. Students in the recovery community face many challenges while adjusting to life on campus. St. Cloud State University has spent years developing programs to make these transitions easier. Thaddeus Rybka is the Recovery Community Coordinator […]

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“Wunderland” Star Comes to Big Lake

BIG LAKE, Minn. – Academy award nominee Tom Berenger will be in the Big Lake area to work on a new movie. The actor will be playing the role of Major McCulley in the film Wunderland which is set during Christmastime in 1944. The production office is at 611 Rose Drive in Big Lake, but the shooting location will be […]

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Halima Aden On Future Plans

Beauty is everywhere and in everything.” -Halima Aden SAINT CLOUD, Minn. – On Nov. 26, 2016 Halima Aden competed in the Miss MN USA pageant. While she didn’t win the competition, Halima’s messages goes beyond the stage. Halima started the competition with the idea that everyone should be themselves, no matter their background. “I just wanted to show people that it’s okay […]

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