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Police: St. Cloud Man Intentionally Set Sock on Fire after Argument

William Richard Hoglund - Photo: Stearns County Jail

A St. Cloud man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after police say he intentionally lit his sock on fire after an argument with a neighbor over the use of a communal dryer.

The St. Cloud Fire Department was called to the 1200 block of 15th Street North around 8:47 p.m. Tuesday on a report of a fire at the apartment complex.

Cold Spring Man Arrested for DWI after Allegedly Hitting Gas Line

Thirty-two-year-old Kyle Justin Buros of Cold Spring - Photo: Stearns County Jail

A Cold Spring man was arrested after hitting a gas line in a ditch and leaving the scene, Stearns County Sheriff's Office said.

Law Enforcement Warns of 'Sophisticated' Phone Scam

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The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office has a warning for Minnesotans about a scam involving fake IRS workers.

The sheriff’s office says people posing as IRS employees have been targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, and have swindled at least one person out of $2,000.

Grand Rapids Man Pleads Guilty in St. Cloud Break-in, Assault

Twenty-one-year-old Corey Becker of Grand Rapids - Photo: Stearns County Jail

A Grand Rapids man has pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder after breaking into a stranger's house in St. Cloud and beating and choking him.
    
Corey Becker also pleaded guilty Monday to one count of kidnapping in Stearns County. The 21-year-old says he doesn't remember anything about the June incident because he was drunk.

Northstar Train Vandalized in Big Lake

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Big Lake police are investigating after a Metro Transit Northstar train was vandalized last week.

Police say the vandalism happened around 2 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, when the train was parked at a service facility near Highway 10 and County Road 43 in Big Lake.

A witness reportedly saw a suspicious pickup with Texas registration. 

Stearns County Officials Uncover Marijuana Growing Operation

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Stearns County investigators say they executed a search warrant and uncovered an active marijuana growing operation in St. Cloud.

The search warrant was executed Tuesday at a home on the 25200 block of 58th Avenue. Investigators say they went to the home because the resident had previously received a citation from a Stearns County deputy.

Man Out on Bond Charged in St. Cloud Shooting

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St. Cloud authorities have charged a man who they say shot from a vehicle at a group of people while he was free on bond.