Tricounty News

New child advocate to work with St. Cloud area police

Kids in the St. Cloud area who have witnessed violence or another traumatic event will now get immediate help because of a new child advocate position associated with the Stearns County Domestic Violence Partnership. Private funding has been obtained for a full-time Trauma Informed Advocate to work with St. Cloud metro police departments. Applications are now being accepted – those interested in the position should contact Rhonda Domagala, Human Resources Manager, Central Minnesota Mental Health Center at (763) 271-5320 (phone), (763) 295-5086 (fax).


Three out of four kids’ car seats are not used correctly

Car seat clinic offers free checks

Using the correct restraints reduces infants’ fatalities by 71 percent and toddlers’ fatal injuries by 54 percent in passenger cars. Install your car seat for infants and young children and then have our certified technicians check the safety and fit of the seat in your car. The next car seat checks will be from 3-6 p.m. Jan. 15, Feb. 19, March 19 or April 16 at the Gold Cross Ambulance Garage, 2800 7th Street North, St. Cloud. This is a free service.

The goal of this car seat check is to:

Teach you how to install your car seat properly every time;

Make sure you feel comfortable with the installation of the seat;


Local crime blotters Dec. 26, 2013

Bomb threat at Maple Lake School

At 11:10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a bomb threat at the Maple Lake Public School located at 200 State Highway 55 in Maple Lake. This campus houses students in K-12. Based upon the threat, the school administration made the decision to send all students home for the day. The nature and credibility of the threat remains under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office. 

Wright County Sheriff’s Office

Dec. 17, Jeremy David Munson, 30 of Watkins, was arrested in Stearns County on Wright County warrants for false information to police and receiving stolen property.

Dec. 17, Brad Michael Cargill, 34 of Maple Lake, was arrested in Buffalo on a Wright County warrant for methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of children.

Dec. 19, Brandon Allen Wirgau, 27 of Annandale, was arrested in Southside Township on the charge of fifth-degree assault and a Wright County warrant for fifth-degree controlled substance violation.


Sheriff Norlin announces retirement in 2015

Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin has announced that he will be retiring at the end of his current term in early January of 2015, after 32 years in law enforcement. Sheriff Norlin will not seek re‑election in 2014.

Jeff Norlin has served as the 27th Meeker County Sheriff, appointed in 2009 and elected to office in 2010. Norlin also served Meeker County as patrol deputy and K-9 Officer before serving as Chief Deputy for 17 years. Before coming to Meeker County, Norlin worked for the U.S. Marshals Service, the Sibley County Sheriff’s Office, and as a Police Officer in the City of Belle Plaine.


55+ Driver Improvement Program offered

The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will be offering a 55+ Driver Improvement Course on the following days:

Monday, Jan. 6 (four-hour Refresher Course) 5:30-9:30 p.m. Whitney Sr. Center, 1527 Northway Dr, St. Cloud.

Tuesday, Jan. 7 (four-hour Refresher Course) 5-9 p.m. Apollo High School, 1000 44th Ave N;
St. Cloud.

Thursday, Jan. 9 (four-hour Refresher Course) 5-9 p.m. Gilleland Chevrolet-Geo Inc., 3019 Division St, St. Cloud.

Saturday, Jan. 11 (four-hour Refresher Course) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Miller Auto Plaza-Community Rm, 2930 2nd St S, St. Cloud.