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Five Subjects About the St. Cloud Area They Don’t Talk About During Freshman or New Student Orientation

If you're just starting your college experience in the St. Cloud area, welcome. We think you're going to have a good time, both at school and in our community. There are a few things you won't learn at your school's orientation sessions, though. And we thought we'd clue you in.

Thomªs, Flickr
Thomªs, Flickr


The Pipes, The Pipes Are Calling



Oh , Danny boy, if you like to smoke your tobacco through a hookah or other water pipe, there are a few places to serve your needs. Discontent in Waite Park has all the typical smoke shop paraphernalia.  Mr. Nice Guys is in downtown St. Cloud and offers a nice selection of hand blown pipes and smoking accessories, including a special section of glass made by Minnesota artists.  And remember, they're called “water pipes.” If you talk about how their products could be used illicitly, they may ask you to leave.  What you do with their pipes after you're out of the store isn't their concern. In any case, be cool.


stagshop, Flickr
stagshop, Flickr


Sex With Someone You Love



When online viewing isn't going to cut it, there's always the Pure Pleasure Adult Book Store on Highway 10. It's open all the time and offers up magazines, videos, toys and more. Just understand there are other folks in the store, and some of them may be looking for more than viewing material. Nuff said.


it290, Flickr
it290, Flickr


Shake It Up, Baby!



You could drive to the Cities with your boys on a Saturday night, or you could head over to Sugar Daddy's in Sauk Rapids and see some pretty dancers. $10 gets you a couple non-alcoholic beverages and a ringside seat. You didn't need to try to drink and drive, anyway, right?


Dr Stephen Dann, Flickr
Dr Stephen Dann, Flickr


Old Enough To Fight For Your Country, But…



Yeah, we know it's not fair that you can serve in the military but you can't get a beer. But that's not changing anytime soon. So, if you're a freshman, you're probably not old enough to drink adult beverages. Rum Runners in downtown St. Cloud hosts an 18+ Dance Party from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. every Tuesday night. They offer dancing, drink specials and promise lots of ladies.  If you are old enough to drink — 21+ in Minnesota — there are plenty of places you can go. But don't be stupid.  For the past few years, police have been targeting drunk drivers in “enforcement waves” in the bar district downtown and university area. If you're drunk, there's a really good chance you'll get stopped. And calling mom or dad from jail isn't fun.


appleswitch, Flickr
appleswitch, Flickr


You Have the Right to Remain Silent…



Behave yourself in the St. Cloud area. Seriously. There are a lot of government units in our area and that means lots of separate law enforcement. There are sheriff's deputies from three counties, police from five St. Cloud area cities, the state patrol, campus security — and they are all out looking for misbehavers. Because three counties split up the St. Cloud area, if you do find yourself in the back of a squad car, you could be going to one of three area jails:  Stearns County in St. Cloud, Benton County in Foley (20 minutes east of St. Cloud) or Sherburne County in Elk River  (a half hour to the southeast of St. Cloud). You could be ticketed, or booked and released or you could be spending some time in the comfort and care of the county sheriff. And God help you if you get picked up on a Friday night — you'll sit in the clink until your first court appearance on Monday. If and when you're allowed to get bailed out, if it's not on your personal recognizance — your promise to appear at your future court hearings — you or someone who will plunk down money on your sorry ass will have to get a surety bond for your release.  There are literally dozens of bail bonds companies serving the St. Cloud area. But remember — if you don't show in court, a bondsman or bounty hunter will come looking for you. And we've all seen Dog The Bounty Hunter do his thing.


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