Public invited to learn about plans to resurface Highway 15, Highway 10 in Sartell and Sauk Rapids

June 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Plans include northbound Highway 15 detour ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Residents and business managers are invited to learn more about traffic changes, construction plans and other details for a project to resurface Highway 15 and Highway 10 in Sartell and Sauk Rapids. The project is scheduled to begin in late July, 2014. The open house will be held Thursday, July 10 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the State of Minnesota training center, 3725 12th Street N, St. Cloud. Those attending the open house can learn about the project’s schedule, its affects on traffic, view a preliminary layout of the project, take home project information and have their questions answered directly from Minnesota Department of Transportation staff and project leaders. More information and project maps can be found online at www.mndot.gov/d3/stc/index.html. To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, call 651-366-4720. To request other reasonable accommodations, call 651-366-4718; the Minnesota Relay Service toll-free at 1-800-627-3529 (TYY, Voice or ASCII) or 711, or email your request to adarequest.dot@state.mn.us. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.

Corridors of Commerce projects get underway statewide

June 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

First project will break ground on I-94 in St. Michael Minnesota’s Corridors of Commerce program kicked into high gear today with the groundbreaking of its first project, a $28.3 million expansion of Interstate 94 that will reduce congestion over the Crow River between the cities of Rogers and St. Michael. As the first shovels hit the ground on this major project, the Minnesota Department of Transportation today announced four additional projects made possible by new Corridors of Commerce funding approved in 2014 by Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature. “Transportation projects funded by the Corridors of Commerce initiative will reduce travel times, improve safety for Minnesota citizens, and help our businesses transport their products more efficiently,” said Governor Dayton. “The number of projects from all over our state, which sought financing from this program, underscores the acute need for more transportation funding to meet the needs of our state’s growing economy.” This year, the Legislature added $31.5 million to the Corridors of Commerce program, including $6.5 million to be used in Fiscal Year 2014 for projects in Greater Minnesota, and $25 million in Fiscal Year 2015 for projects statewide. MnDOT today announced the first $6.5 million installment will go […]

Highway 301 closes in St. Cloud on July 1

June 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

Motorists in St. Cloud may encounter delays and a detour on Highway 301/Minnesota Avenue at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad crossing just east of Highway 10 on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. MnDOT will close Highway 301 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. while BNSF crews repair the railroad crossing just east of Highway 10. Motorists should seek alternate routes or follow the signed detour along County Road 8/15th Avenue SE. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.

Arctic Cat sales increase 15%, company reinstates dividend

May 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

Arctic Cat Inc. reported on Wednesday record net earnings and earnings per diluted share for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013. Net earnings rose 33 percent to$39.7 million, or$2.89 per diluted share, up from prior-year net earnings of$29.9 million, or$1.72 per diluted share. Arctic Cat’s net sales for the fiscal 2013 full year increased 15 percent to$671.6 million versus$585.3 million last fiscal year. “We had another year of outstanding financial performance and are very pleased to report record net earnings and EPS for the fiscal 2013 full year,” said Claude Jordan, Arctic Cat’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Higher sales volumes, combined with our ongoing focus on operational excellence and cost control, again contributed to strong top- and bottom-line results for fiscal 2013.” As expected, for the fiscal 2013 fourth quarter,Arctic Cat reported an improved net loss of $5.1 million, or a loss of$0.38 per diluted share, on 15 percent net sales growth to$113.2 million. In the prior-year fourth quarter,Arctic Cat reported a net loss of$6.2 million, or a loss of$0.49 per diluted share, on net sales of$98.5 million. Due to the seasonality of Arctic Cat’s business, the company typically reports lower results in its fiscal first and fourth […]

Catelynn & Tyler from MTV’s “Teen Mom” to speak at SCSU

March 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

Catelynn Lowell and  Tyler Baltierra from MTV Network’s “16 & Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” will be at St. Cloud State University speaking about unplanned pregnancy and how they placed their daughter, Carly, up for adoption. The free event, put together by student organization SCSU For Life, is from 7:30 to 8:30PM on Tuesday, April 16th, in Ritsche Auditorium. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The event was previously scheduled for next week but was moved to April due to scheduling conflicts. This event is sponsored by Bethany Christian Services, an adoption agency, that helped MTV Networks launch the ground-breaking television shows “16 & Pregnant” and “Teen Mom.” Catelynn and Tyler have partnered with Bethany Christian Services to educate expectant moms and promote adoption and the benefits of pregnancy counseling.

St. Cloud State men’s hockey advances to WCHA Final Five

March 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

It is a Saturday night script to remember at St. Cloud State University. Men’s Husky Hockey defeats University of Alaska Anchorage 5-1 March 16 at the National Hockey and Event Center (NHEC) to advance to the WCHA Final Five tournament and a top-seed chance at winning the Broadmoor Trophy in St. Paul. Senior men’s hockey captain Ben Hanowski, Little Falls, scores a 100-foot, no-look, empty-net goal to record the final tally in the final home game of his storied hockey career. Senior captain Drew LeBlanc, Hermantown, scores the first goal of the game and notches two assists, adding more luster to a season that includes a WCHA Player of the Year nod, a WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete award, a Hobey Baker candidacy that is drawing national attention, and a possible NCAA D-I plaque for most assists during the 2012-13 season. Surrounded by his team, Robert Giles Motzko ’89, protege of former Huskies’ coach and late Olympic legend Herb Brooks and former Huskies’ coach Craig Dahl, hoists the MacNaughton Cup at center ice before a roaring NHEC crowd. The cup, a 100-year-old silver symbol of collegiate hockey excellence, is displayed at the NHEC, amid construction efforts that will transform Central Minnesota’s college hockey cathedral. Throughout most of […]

NanoTECH 2013 brings top researchers to SCSU on Feb 28th

February 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

On February 28th, more than a dozen top researchers will converge on Atwood Memorial Center at St. Cloud State University for NanoTECH 2013, a full day of informative and educational sessions featuring current nanotechnology research and development in agriculture, environment, energy, and medicine. The event is co-hosted by NanoVox, a nanotechnology advocacy organization based in Minneapolis. Theodore Wegner, assistant director of the Department of Agriculture’s Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in Madison, Wis., will kick off the event with a keynote presentation at 9 a.m. in the Atwood Ballroom. Wegner supervises scientists investigating nanocellulose, a plastic-like fibrous material, derived from wood pulp, which has potential applications in the automobile, aerospace and defense industries. Scientists consider cellulose the world’s most abundant natural, renewable, biodegradable polymer. FPL researchers are going beyond nanocellulose to an even smaller component — cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs). Extremely light, and stronger than metals, CNCs could be used to make biodegradable medical implants, next-generation water filters, body armor and adhesives. Wegner will discuss FPL’s research efforts and summarize cellulose nanomaterials commercialization efforts in Canada, Finland and Japan. Among the industry presenters are: Rick Odland is medical director of Twin Star Medical, a Minneapolis developer of micro-porus, hollow-fiber catheters for the healthcare industry. Odland will present […]

Office Depot to buy rival OfficeMax, store closings expected

February 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

Office Depot announced that it has agreed to buy OfficeMax for $1.17 million in hopes to revive itself after a continuing loss of sales to online rivals and Staples. Under the terms of the agreement, OfficeMax stockholders will receive 2.69 shares of Office Depot for each of their OfficeMax shares. “In the past decade, with the growth of the internet, our industry has changed dramatically. Combining our two companies will enhance our ability to serve customers around the world, offer new opportunities for our employees, make us a more attractive partner to our vendors, and increase stockholder value,” said Neil Austrian, Chairman and CEO of Office Depot. The combined organization has over 2,500 locations worldwide (approx. 1,675 Office Depot and 900 OfficeMax locations), with the majority of its presence in the United States and Mexico. It is a sure bet, however, that a number of locations will be closed or sold – in fact, industry experts are predicting that they will shutter over 20% of their stores. With both an Office Depot and OfficeMax in St. Cloud, it is likely that one location, presumably OfficeMax, will cease operations after the completion of the merger. “We are excited to bring together […]

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