We often hear about how challenging it is to work in a public safety occupation. It is sometimes very physically and emotionally demanding. TV shows and movies often depict police officers as neglecting their families or never having enough time for their spouses. What we don’t hear enough are the reasons why so many people choose to pursue a career as an EMT, firefighter, police officer, or other public service roles. There are lots of rewarding reasons to pursue a career in the public realm, but here are our Top 5.
It’s More Than a Steady Paycheck
Most of us believe that public safety personnel don’t get paid enough for their incredible service, but most departments offer competitive salaries. Many public servants are the primary breadwinners in their family. Wages can vary based on the time of a shift, years of experience, and additional training. Promotions are also possible as your career continues!
What you’ll probably hear most from those who work in public safety is how rewarding their job is on a daily basis. They are actively involved in the community and can see the impact they are making. They have ample opportunities to help people in need and even save lives!
In addition to sustainable pay, public safety occupations enjoy some of the best health benefits for themselves and their families. Another big benefit that comes later is retirement. Many individuals are offered retirement after 20 or 25 years of service due to the demands of their job. Some retirement packages accrue at higher rates than most careers offer, meaning these great benefits come sooner for public safety employees.
A Fun and Exciting Place to Work
Getting into the public sector doesn’t necessarily mean you’re stuck with a boring desk job. Many public safety jobs, like law enforcement and firefighting, are an adventure each and every day!
Continued Growth Throughout a Career
Several public safety careers offer continuing education, training, and ways to challenge yourself to grow both personally and professionally. You could even consider training to join the SWAT, VOTF, investigation, or other specialty teams.
Are you interested in learning more about a career in public safety? Join us at the free local Public Safety Career Fair on April 29th at St. Cloud State University to ask questions, gain insight from hands-on demonstrations, and make connections with local colleges! Free
pizza and soda will be served, so stop by!
As with many Minnesota spring seasons, Mother nature seems a little undecided on the weather this year, but it’s never too early to start planning for summer. Being engaged in your community leads to great potential. Those who attend local events and volunteer in their communities are already on their way to improving connections across the area. We’ve gathered a list of the top 10 things to do in St. Cloud during the warmer months to bring people together!
- Attend a Community Showcase
These events are free family entertainment for a whole day! On Saturday, March 18th, Rocori High School will be hosting the 2017 community showcase. Sign-up to win door prizes, play games and attend Kenny Ahern’s comedy show.
- Munsinger Gardens
On those beautiful days, when the flowers are in bloom, the greatest thing to do is take a stroll through Munsinger Gardens. If you’re looking for a relaxing activity for the whole family, this is it! Starting on June 11th, you’ll be able to attend Music in the Gardens every other Sunday at 3 p.m. Stop by, listen to some tunes and taste the famous root beer floats! On July 20th, Munsinger will host an Art Fair with artists from all over the state! Visitors can browse and purchase artwork from over 45 artists.
- Quarry Park
Quarry Park and Nature Preserve is a community park offering outdoor enthusiasts an escape from the city. Get lost on the trails or jump off the high rock at the swimming hole. The park recently added a second swimming spot, which features a sandy beach and is only 40 feet deep compared to the original swimming hole at 116 feet!
- Inflatable 5k
Kids of all ages can participate in the Inflatable 5k on June 10th! Powder Ridge Ski Resort is hosting the event and had great success in the past. Bounce through an epic obstacle course and get fit while having fun! Register today to get the early bird discount and don’t miss out on this exciting event coming to town.
- Bike on the Beaver Island Trail
One of the greatest sights in St. Cloud is the Mississippi River. The beautiful Beaver Island Trail along the river is perfect for a scenic bike ride. Bring along your fishing pole; take a seat on the riverbank and toss in your line. The recently added expansion will allow residents to easily bike or walk to local restaurants and hotspots in the downtown area.
- Splash Pad at Lake George
As the temperature starts to rise, children in the St. Cloud area will start to look forward to enjoying the Lake George Splash Pad. On a warm summer day, you can expect to see many kids trying to cool down in the sprays and splashes of the water. Pack some lunch and enjoy at day at the park.
- Warner Lake
Only a short drive out of St. Cloud, Warner Lake is a hotspot for all ages during the summer months. It features a large sandy beach with room for sunbathing and a shallow swim zone for the kids to play. Bring along some hot dogs for grilling and enjoy a perfect day at the beach!
- Granite City Days
Attend the plethora of events taking place during Granite City Days. On June 22nd through the 26th, there will be lots to do in the St. Cloud area. You’re bound to find something you and your family can enjoy! The Lemonade Art Fair, Liberty Block Party, and the parade are always big attractions.
- Summertime by George
Summertime by George is a free concert and festival put on by the St. Cloud Rotary Club. Enjoy live concerts every Wednesday through the summer starting on June 14th. Every week you’ll have the opportunity to walk through the park, try foods and products from vendors and connect with other community members. It’s a great place to see what great people make up the place we call home.
Summerland Family Fun Park is located right off of Highway 15. You’ll enjoy go-karts, bumper boats, batting cages, mini golf and a waterslide! There’s plenty of space to host a party or get a group of friends together for a family fun day.
No matter what you decide to do this summer, remember to enjoy every moment. You’ll forever remember family time spent together and you’ll create memories for a lifetime. Don’t miss out on time spent with family and make efforts to get to know the community around you.
For kids, Halloween is one of the most fun holidays of the year. They get to dress up like their favorite characters and go door-to-door collecting candy. Unfortunately, Halloween comes with some safety risks that are important to pay attention to. There are many cars out and about on Halloween and it’s important to keep your eyes peeled for those vehicles around your children. Follow these safety tips on Halloween night:
- To avoid accidents, decorate your children’s costumes with reflective tape or stickers if you can so vehicles can clearly spot them in the dark. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, so try using face paint instead. Also, make sure their costume isn’t too big to avoid tripping.
- This may seem obvious, but it is important that your kids use glow sticks or flashlights while trick-or-treating. This helps them to avoid falling and will help them be noticed by drivers.
- Adult supervision is key. We recommend adult supervision for all children on Halloween—especially those under 12 years of age. The most popular time for trick-or-treating is 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so it would be best to stick to those hours since there will be other parents and children out around the same time.
- While your kids may already know the basics, it doesn’t hurt to remind them to be careful around traffic. Remind them to look both ways, make eye contact with drivers, and only cross at marked intersections when crossing the street. Halloween is an exciting night and they may forget some of these precautions in lieu of gathering candy.
- Parents, remember to drive safely, keep an eye on other kids, put down your phone, and pay attention to traffic and your surroundings. If you can, plan out a candy route so you know the path that your children are taking ahead of time.
- When you get home, check your kid’s candy before consumption. Keep in mind that nearly every scary story told to parents about children ingesting unknown materials on Halloween came from someone the child knew, not a stranger. That being said, a little extra caution (and self-control for your children) never hurt anyone.
Halloween is meant to be fun, and for many children, it’s the most fun holiday of the year. From all of u a Greater St. Cloud Public Safety
, we hope you enjoy Halloween safely this year!
The Saint Cloud area is a strong and close community, so what makes 66,000 people want to live here? For starters, our community has a ton of events going on throughout the year. Here are just a few of them:
St. Cloud Winter Festival
One of the… brightest… traditions in the St. Cloud area is the Winter Festival. Many community members don their winter warmest to watch the parade and take part in the festivities. Taking place December 9th through the 11th this year, the Winter Festival added on a third day for extended fun. Register to become a sponsor before October 20th. Enter a Float into the Winter Nights & Lights Parade down St. Germain before November 25th. Also enjoy a winter wonderland at Lake George, a Skywalker parade, and a Run, Plunge, & Pub event.
St. Cloud Area Music Festivals
There really is something for everyone in this community, especially for the diehard 80’s music fans. During the last weekend of the July 2016, the voice of Foreigner, Lou Gramm, rocked downtown during an oldies tribute concert named Taking it to The Streets. VIP tickets would have earned you a front row spot to hear classics like “I Wanna Know What Love Is” and “Cold as Ice”.
Saint Cloud is also very beautiful! We have some of the prettiest parks such as Lake George, which hosts weekly concerts during the summer. Summertime by George brings together over 2,000 people every Wednesday during the Summer to watch popular artists and bands like Kat Perkins to entertain, while local food trucks and restaurants serve delicious food. Need we say more?
The Fire Department puts on a great country concert every July—fittingly enough, the hottest month of the year. Firefest hosts popular country music artists such as The Band Perry and Eric Paslay. Accompanied by the music is Cold Spring’s local brewery, Third Street Brewhouse. Craft beer and country music pair perfectly with the event’s atmosphere. If you’re not busy in July, this concert is a must to see!
With all the music festivals and events taking place, we think Joetown Rocks takes the cake for the best summer festival in the Greater St. Cloud area. Formally “St. Joe Days,” Joetown Rocks brings thousands of people together to enjoy beer from local distributors, fair food and music on a ginormous stage performed by Classic Rock tribute bands. There are so many people watching that you would really think Queen is really up on stage performing Bohemian Rhapsody.
Police Advocates League (P.A.L.)
Music isn’t the only reason Saint Cloud is a close community, we have great Police Departments who care about our protection and areconstantly working to better the area. The Sartell Police department has been running a Police Advocates League (P.A.L.) which brings police officers and children together to get to know each other. P.A.L. has been growing since 1994 and continues to welcome new members every Tuesday and Thursday during the Summer months.
Community events not only provide entertainment for the public but also bring the community closer together. Large gatherings like these are a safe and friendly atmosphere for friends and families to get together and celebrate our welcoming community.
For more information on area happenings and community involvement in Greater St. Cloud, visit our website.