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St. Cloud diocese in Minnesota to pay abuse victims $22.5M

St. Cloud diocese in Minnesota to pay abuse victims $22.5M

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A settlement agreement says the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Cloud in Minnesota will pay sexual abuse victims $22.5 million and file for bankruptcy. Terms of the agreement were announced Tuesday. Some 70 victims say they were abused by 41 priests in cases that date back to the 1950s. The Star Tribune reports attorney Jeff […]

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Minnesota Department of Education, Others Release New Guidelines for Graduation Ceremonies

Minnesota Department of Education, Others Release New Guidelines for Graduation Ceremonies

Graduation ceremonies will look a lot different this year as new guidelines are released (UTVS) On Friday the Minnesota Department of Education, Office of Higher Education, and Department of Health released new guidelines for schools that want to have commencement ceremonies. Because of social distancing measures put in place as a result of COVID-19, the three departments recommend schools hold […]

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U.S. Bancorp finances $50 million towards small businesses

U.S. Bancorp finances $50 million towards small businesses

U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation (USBCDC), is financing $50 million to help provide loans through the Small Business Adminstration (SBA). The loans will help struggling small businesses. USBCDC is the tax credit and community investment subsidiary of U.S. Bank, which is based in Minneapolis. The money will go to seven community development financial institution (CDFI) customers. Each CDFI recieves between […]

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Fishing season for prized walleye, trout, pike, and bass opens May 9th.

DNR Urges Safety As Fishing Season Opens

“We can have a great opener and stay safe,” says DNR Commissioner. As Minnesotan anglers eagerly await Saturday’s fishing opener, caution is being recommended in how fishers commute and launch to combat COVID-19. Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Sarah Strommen wishes to keep the tradition of fishing in Minnesota through the current pandemic while maintaining safety for communities who experience […]

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St. Cloud Rox Hopeful to Start Season Mid-Summer

St. Cloud Rox Hopeful to Start Season Mid-Summer

The St. Cloud Rox baseball season is a tradition across the Greater Granite City Area. What is usually dubbed “Your Nine Inning Vacation” has been delayed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Rox who are a member club of the Northwoods League have been a St. Cloud staple since Vice President and Co-Owner Scott Schreiner purchased the club in 2012. […]

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Fishing Season Approaches for Central Minnesota

Fishing Season Approaches for Central Minnesota

As more fishing opportunities become available for Minnesotans, many might still have some questions about availability, accessibility and regulations for this spring. The DNR has created a page to learn more about fishing regulations during COVID-19. One of the biggest concerns for those who fish are the social distancing regulations. Feel free to go out and enjoy the outdoors but […]

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The State Fire Marshal announced that the cause of the Ultimate Sports Bar and Grill fire from April 6 is undetermined. Photo credit: Tim Speier, University Chronicle

Cause of Ultimate Sports Bar fire released

The cause of the fire at the Ultimate Sports Bar and Grill in Waite Park on April 6 has been ruled undetermined by Minnesota Deputy State Fire Marshal Investigator John W. Steinbach. Steinbach concluded the fire originated in the storage room of the bar where “cloth type loom wiring and two light fixtures are located.” He said the possibility that […]

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MSHSL Cancels Sports and Events for Remainder of Academic Year

MSHSL Cancels Sports and Events for Remainder of Academic Year

In alignment with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz decision to extend the remainder of the 2019-2020 Academic Year in Minnesota schools to fully online, the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) closely followed suit. The cancellation will effect all winter, spring, and summer sports and activities that would have had games/events before the COVID-19 Pandemic started. In a press release received […]

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Coronavirus cases rise in Stearns County

Coronavirus cases rise in Stearns County

  The corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic has made Americans and people around the world live in an alternate lifestyle than they are used to. Social distancing has become the new normal, and the wait to return to normal just got longer. Today during a press conference, Governor Tim Walz extended his executive stay at home order until May 18th, which […]

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Trump orders meatpacking companies to stay open

Trump orders meatpacking companies to stay open

Many meatpacking companies that have been struggling to stay open during the coronavirus are welcoming Trumps order for them to remain open, but not all of their employees share the same sentiment as the plants. “They are so thrilled,” Trump said after getting off a call with meatpacking executives. “They’re so happy. They’re all gung-ho, and we solved their problems.” […]

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