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St. Cloud Apollo, ROCORI Combining Boys Swim Teams

The ROCORI and St. Cloud Apollo boys swimming teams will be combining this fall under a cooperative sponsorship. The ROCORI school board approved the co-op for the swim team on Monday night. Both ROCORI and Apollo are expecting a low number of boy swimmers to be a part of their varsity level teams next year.

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Discovery Community School in Waite Park. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)

Legislature Approves Money For St. Cloud Preschool Program

Around $430,000 in funding for additional preschool programs will be coming to the St. Cloud area school district if Governor Dayton signs a supplemental budget bill. The new preschool sections would be put in at Talahi Community School, Discovery Community School and Westwood Elementary School.

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Lifeguards in High Demand for St. Cloud This Summer

Many cities across Minnesota are dealing with a shortage of lifeguards, in part due to the growing economy and fewer younger workers looking for a summer job. St. Cloud Parks and Recreation Director Scott Zlotnik says lifeguards are in high demand for their wading pools, which open next month.

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Tanner's Team Foundation at the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis, photo by's Jim Maurice

Reporter’s Notebook: An Honor To Serve A Meal At The Ronald McDonald House

It was just a small thing, serve a meal to families who have a child who is staying in the hospital. On Saturday evening I joined a group of St. Cloud area residents and did just that at the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis. The Tanner's Team Foundation - a non-profit based out of Sauk Rapids - serves a meal at the Ronald McDonald house once every quarter throughout the year.

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Prep Scores And Schedule

The Cathedral Crusader baseball game at Milaca was suspended after three innings Monday due to rain. The Crusaders and Wolves will resume their game at 3 PM at Dick Putz Field before hopping on a bus to take on Paynesville at 7 PM.

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Kicking The Habit: Adult Smoking Rate In US Is Falling...

The smoking rate among U.S. adults has been falling steadily for decades but the latest survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds the 2015 decline is the biggest in more than 20 years. The government report says the rate of smoking among adults in the U.S. fell two percent, to 15 percent last year, from 17 percent in 2014.

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Beyonce Fans Evacuate Stadium Due To Storm Threat

The threat of severe weather temporarily forced Beyonce fans to evacuate an outdoor stadium in Minneapolis just before the concert was scheduled to start. Law enforcement and staff at TCF Bank Stadium made the decision to evacuate the packed venue Monday night because lightning was spotted nearby.

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Authorities Investigate Bomb Threats At Minnesota Schools

Authorities are investigating bomb threats phoned in to schools in Minnesota on the same that schools across the country reported evacuations due to threats.
A bomb threat at Ben Franklin Elementary School in Rochester results in students being sent to nearby Mayo High School on Monday until police said it was safe to return.

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Dayton Says He’s Undecided On Special Session

Gov. Mark Dayton says he hasn't decided whether to call lawmakers back to St. Paul to try and pass funding for transportation and public works proposals. Dayton says he won't be calling legislators back to St. Paul for a special session in the next couple days but will decide later whether he thinks it's necessary.

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Prep Sports Schedule- Monday

The Cathedral Crusader baseball team heads to Milaca Monday in a Granite Ridge Conference matchup. Cathedral is locked in a three-way battle for the top spot in the GRC, trailing Foley (7-2) and Little Falls (7-3) in the standings with a 7-4 record.

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