August, 2013

Friday- August 30th, 2013

NEWS
--The next contested omnibus hearing for 64-year-old Byron Smith of Little Falls is this morning at 10 at the Morrison County Courthouse. Smith is charged with murdering two teenagers who allegedly broke into his Little Falls residence last Thanksgiving. Listen to Little Falls Radio later today for the latest developments on today’s hearing.

--Motorists who fail to move over for a stopped emergency or maintenance vehicle with its emergency lights on may soon be seeing another set of flashing lights in their mirror. Law enforcement agencies around the state will be increasing enforcement of the Ted Foss Move Over law on Saturday to remind motorists that emergency responders need room on the road to conduct their work safely. Minnesota’s “move over” law means: When traveling on a road with two or more lanes, motorists must keep over one full lane away from stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights activated; Motorists must reduce speed if they are unable to safely move over a lane; Failing to take these actions endangers personnel who provide critical and life-saving services. Fines can exceed $100. In addition to the one-day move over enforcement effort, law enforcement will be continuing a statewide DWI crackdown scheduled to run through Labor Day. The enforcement campaigns are being coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.

--The Minnesota DNR recently cited three anglers, including a married couple that lives along Mille Lacs Lake with over-limits of fish. Richard E. Southworth, 70, and Linda J. Southworth, 59, of Isle were recently charged by DNR conservation officers with a gross over-limit of 52 walleye. During a routine check on Mille Lacs Lake, the couple was found with three lines in the water. Later it was discovered that they were in possession of 26 bags of fish. Restitution for the 49 Mille Lacs walleye, in addition to three Red Lake walleye, amounts to $1,560. The gross over-limit of wild animal penalty totals $1,000 with other citations the Southworth’s face nearly $6,000 in fines and restitution if convicted. Edwin F. Seidl, 65, also of Isle with an illegal 13-inch walleye while fishing Mille Lacs Lake. Further investigation found Seidl in possession of an additional 16 walleyes and a northern pike from the lake. The possession limit on Mille Lacs Lake is two walleye with a slot restriction of 18-20 inches. Restitution for the fish is $610 along with a $400 fine.

--The Department of Natural Resources are calling this weekend “Free Wheeling Weekend,” making it free to ride on state and grant-in-aid trails for two days this Saturday and Sunday. Minnesotans whose ATVs are registered only for private or agricultural use can enjoy riding the more than 3,400 miles of state and grant-in-aid trails without paying the additional registration fee to ride on public trails. Out-of-state riders can explore Minnesota trails as well, without the need for a nonresident trail pass. For more information contact your local DNR office or there toll-free state line at 800-646-6367.

--A court appearance for Hunter Vidmar was rescheduled this week. Vidmar is charged with first-degree attempted murder while committing domestic assault and felony domestic assault by strangulation to a Brainerd woman. His next court appearance is now scheduled for 9am on September 20th in Crow Wing County Court.

--Check out weekend events including Holy Cross Bazaar in Harding Sunday, Sobieski parade Sunday at noon, living history day at Lindbergh Site on Saturday and others for the Labor Day weekend by going to www.fallsradio.com then clicking on community calendar.

--A former Sherburne County Attorney has been named the new judge in that county. Governor Mark Dayton has chosen Walter Kaminsky to fill the Sherburne County District Court judgeship that came open with the death earlier this year of Robert Varco. The judgeship will remain in Elk River. Kaminsky is a lawyer, who practices personal injury litigation and criminal defense. Kaminsky was Sherburne County Attorney for six years before losing re-election in November 2002.

--When an anonymous donor delivered 19 air conditioning units to St. Cloud Christian School this week. The window air conditioning units were installed Monday and Tuesday to each of the school’s classrooms in hopes of beating the heat. Previously, the only air-conditioned room was the school’s main office. St. Cloud Christian School is in the former Jefferson Elementary School in northeast St. Cloud. The donation consisted of 15 units rounded up from St. Cloud stores and four more units from the Twin Cities metro area.

--Monday is Labor Day, a federal holiday. Federal, state, county and city offices will be closed Monday. Due to the holiday, the Little Falls City Council meets on Tuesday next week. There will no regular mail delivery on Monday and many offices will be closed including banks, schools and offices at Little Falls Radio are closed for Labor Day and reopen on Tuesday. Schools Tuesday begin for many around the area and a reminder to be mindful of the buses back out again next week.

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly sunny, high near 85.
TONIGHT= mostly clear, cooler, low around 60.
SATURDAY= sunny and warm, high near 90- PM storms likely.
SUNDAY= morning showers, then cooler and breezy, high 75.
LABOR DAY= sunny and cool, high 72, low around 50.
TUESDAY= sunny and comfortable, high near 80, low around 50.

SPORTS
HS FB= Little Falls vs. Waseca tonight 7pm on AM960 KLTF.
CC= Coaches Corner is back on Saturday mornings from the deli in Coborn’s join Corey this Saturday at 9am on AM960 KLTF.
CLASS C= the final weekend of the Class C tournament with 3 Region 8C teams still competing. Lastrup vs. Fairmont at 11am Saturday on KLTF, Avon vs. Belle Plaine Saturday at 11am on FM94 then Sobieski vs. Sartell Saturday at 7:30pm on both FM94/KLTF. Wins Saturday means they play possibly 2 games on Sunday for each team with the championship Monday at noon. The games are being played in Delano and Maple Lake.
VIKINGS= Vikings hold off Tennessee 24-23 last night, finished the preseason at 1-3, Vikings are in Detroit for season opener Sept. 8th
GOPHERS= defensive and special teams touchdowns sparked the Gophers to a 51-23 victory over UNLV last night in their opener.
TWINS= Royals beat Twins 3-1 for the sweep Thursday. Twins travel to Texas this weekend with pregame coverage tonight and Saturday at 6:35 and Sunday at 1:35pm. Labor Day the Twins are in Houston for a 12:40pm pregame. All games live on Q92 WYRQ.

A reminder that the offices of Little Falls Radio will be closed Monday for Labor Day and reopen 8am on Tuesday. There will be no newsletter on Monday due to the holiday.

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Thursday- August 29th, 2013

NEWS
--Morrison County authorities recently charged a former county employee, Constance Waytashek with one count of felony theft.  Waytashek’s duties and responsibilities were distributed to other staff upon her resignation received January 22nd. While reviewing the County Verizon cell phone account, a responsibility held solely by Waytashek, it was discovered a number of cellular phones were missing from the county’s inventory. This discovery was reported to the Morrison County Sheriff’s office and an investigation was conducted with cooperation from the County Administrator’s Office. The investigation revealed former employee, Waytashek, while employed by Morrison County ordered phones from Verizon during the normal upgrade cycle. She sold the phones and kept the proceeds from the sale for her personal use. Government cell phone contracts work differently than those for private companies or individuals. Upgrades are offered on lines in Government accounts every ten months at no cost to the organization. As such, the activity wasn’t reflected on the invoices paid by the County because the upgrades were free. All other responsibilities held by Waytashek during her tenure were thoroughly examined and no additional evidence of theft or wrongdoing has been discovered.

--The Pillager Fire Department Monday extinguished a grass fire west of the downtown district and burned less than an acre behind The Hunting Shack. The fire burned mostly grass and pine trees. It did not endanger any buildings. There were no injuries. This comes as the DNR is reminding Labor Day weekend enthusiasts to use caution when having any campfires or outdoor burning because of the recent dry spell. Many parts of the state are dealing with a significant lack of moisture causing dry and easy to burn vegetation and grassy areas.

--The suspect accused of killing a Rockville man in October before being shot by a Stearns County deputy will stand trial in February. 28-year old Marcus Michael Barshaw is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jeffrey Schutz. Barshaw was in court Monday for a hearing, and his trial date was set for February 4th. A Stearns County grand jury also indicted Barshaw on charges of second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault. Barshaw previously indicated through court records his intention to argue a defense of voluntary intoxication.

--The Nisswa City Council on Monday accepted the resignation of the city attorney Clyde Ahlquist and appointed a new legal firm “Gamello, Qualley, Pearson and Mallak” until 2014. The move comes in the wake of the council meeting in closed session August 14th, suspending its police chief a day later and offering him a resignation settlement, and then reinstating the chief August 21st after learning the council couldn’t make any staffing changes until a petition for unionization was settled. The Bureau of Mediation Services received the petition among supervisory and confidential employees.

--Stearns County will seek bids next month for a $5 million remodeling of the county Law Enforcement Center in downtown St. Cloud to improve security and provide more space for female inmates. The county board voted Tuesday to allow the project to move ahead with bidding. Construction is expected to begin in January and take about a year to complete. The cost of the remodeling is estimated at $4.76 million, with a 10 percent contingency. The total construction budget is $5.23 million.

--Little Falls Police on Monday received calls of a stolen bike on 6th Street Southeast and also tires slashed on a vehicle on 2nd Street Northeast- authorities are investigating both items.

--A preliminary total of 70 fatal work-injuries were recorded in Minnesota in 2012, an increase of 10 cases from the final count of 60 fatal work-injuries in 2011, but the same number as in 2010. The 2012 total is above the average of 66 cases a year for 2007 through 2011. These and other workplace fatality statistics come from the annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Final 2012 data from the CFOI program will be released next spring. Men accounted for 65 of the 70 fatally injured workers in 2012.

--Hundreds of thousands of gallons of diesel in First Fuel Bank tanks were contaminated this month causing tens of thousands of dollars of damage to vehicles, including some owned by the city of St. Cloud and private fleets. The contamination is believed to have happened August 16th at the Lincoln Avenue and Waite Park First Fuel Bank locations. It was reported to St. Cloud police August 23rd as an intentional contamination. First Fuel Bank pumped out the contaminated fuel and vacuumed the tanks and lines the day the contamination was discovered, and its fuel should now be contaminant free. The company has been notifying customers who hadn’t reported problems and fixing damaged vehicles.

--Today is Senior Day at the Minnesota State Fair and best of luck to the Morrison County Outstanding Senior Citizens for 2013, Patty Commerford and Ray Nicoski who are competing today for the Minnesota Outstanding Senior Citizen Award at the State Fair.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Robert Esler and Kimberly Olson of Motley, a girl born August 27th

DEATH NOTICES
--Doris Gwost, age 87 of Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= morning thunderstorms, then hazy and hot, high 91.
TONIGHT= chance of storms early, then partly cloudy, low 66.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, high 84, fog at night, low 64.
SATURDAY= sunny and warm, afternoon storms, high 87, low 60.
SUNDAY= sunny skies, cooler and less humid, high 73, low 51.
LABOR DAY= sunny and comfortable, high 72, low around 50.

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins get a 9th inning homerun from Justin Morneau to avoid a shutout last night as KC scores 5 in the 8th and 9th inning to take out the Twins 8-1. Twins and Kansas City wrap up series today with pregame at 11:40am on Q92 WYRQ.
COL FB= Gophers open up the season with UNLV at TCF Bank Stadium tonight, pregame 5pm, kickoff 6pm on AM960 KLTF.
NFL= Vikings host Tennessee in final preseason game tonight 7pm.
--Due to Heat issues tonight’s football games for Upsala/Swanvile, Pierz and also Royalton start at 8pm.
HS FB= Upsala/Swanville vs. KMS tonight 8pm on Q92 WYRQ
HS FB= Pierz vs. Milaca tonight 8pm on FM94 KFML.
HS FB= Royalton vs. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle tonight at 8pm.

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Wednesday- August 28th, 2013

NEWS
--The Pierz City Council interviewed four candidates Monday for the city treasurer position, left empty when longtime treasurer Maureen Watercott passed away. The Council appointed Linda Sczublewski to fill the remainder of the term. Linda will start immediately. A city treasurer will be voted on by residents in the 2014 election.

--Little Falls police arrested a 31-year-old Saturday afternoon for threatening others with a chainsaw. The incident occurred on the 1000 block of 6th Avenue Northeast. Formal charges are pending.

--As a statewide DWI enforcement crackdown rolls on through Labor Day, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety released its final 2012 drunk driving report highlighted by 104 drunk driving deaths, down from 111 in 2011 and representing 100 fewer drunk driving deaths from a decade ago. DPS officials say the declining trend in drunk driving incidents could be reversed this year as crash deaths are on the rise in 2013. Drunk driving crashes killed 585 people in Minnesota during last past five years. 395 people died in traffic crashes in Minnesota in 2012 and 104 (26 percent) of the deaths were a result of crashes involving drunk drivers. 78 (75 percent) of the 104 drunk driving deaths occurred outside the Twin Cities’ metro — Greater Minnesota accounted for 250 total fatal crashes in 2012, of which 70 (28 percent) involved a drunk driver.

--Crow Wing County Administrator Tim Houle is a finalist the Sherburne County Administrator post. Houle is reportedly one of six finalists picked from 35 applicants. Houle came to Crow Wing County five years ago after being the Morrison County Administrator. The Sherburne County position has been vacant since August 1st after Brian Bensen retired after 14 years of service. The six will have interviews for the administrator position next month.

--Two people were injured after a vehicle rolled in Perry Lake Township in Crow Wing County. 27-year-old Candice Frederickson of Elk River was on Highway 6 when the vehicle ran off the road, crossed over a driveway, went airborne and rolled into a wooded area stopping after it struck a tree. Frederickson and her 6 year old passenger, Andrea Frederickson were both taken to an area hospital where their conditions were not documented by the State Patrol.

--The Crow Wing County Jail stated Monday that a 33-year-old inmate in the jail died from injuries sustained when he attempted to commit suicide while in custody. Jason Miller of Brainerd attempted to hang himself on August 11th and was taken to the Brainerd, then St. Cloud hospital where he died on August 15th. The Department of Corrections is conducting an investigation which is policy.

--A driver escaped on foot after a car chase on Interstate Highway 94 Monday night that ended in Todd County. At about 7:30pm Monday, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office tried to stop a vehicle on I-94 west of Osakis. The driver was wanted for questioning on a domestic incident earlier in the evening. The driver took officers on a pursuit that reached 97 mph. The car ended up in the ditch near the West Union exit in Todd County and the driver fled on foot. The driver ran into a nearby cornfield. Officers from Douglas County, Todd County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota State Patrol, the Alexandria Police Department, the Sauk Centre Police Department and the Osakis Police Department searched for the suspect. The driver was not apprehended. Law enforcement has not released the driver’s name while they investigate who was driving at the time of the incident.

--Little Falls Schools Superintendent Steven Jones appeared on KLTF Tuesday and spoke about a number of items for the upcoming school year. He stated that recent test results showed a decline in reading but a large upswing in math test scores even though the state as a whole was down. He commented on the Vegetable garden that the school and St. Francis Convent created to help bring harvested and organic grown vegetables into the school for meals and also that all Little Falls public schools are equipped with a salad bar. Jones stated on the upcoming referendum that will be on the November 5th ballot that voting for the referendum to be renewed will lower the school property tax levy on residential homes in the district. If you have questions on the vote contact Steven Jones at Little Falls Community High School at 632-2001. There will open houses next Tuesday, September 3rd at all 3 public elementary schools for students to meet teachers and see the schools at Lindbergh, Lincoln and Dr. S.G. Knight. School begins for 6th and 9th graders on Tuesday while the rest of the district begins classes next Wednesday September 4th. Jones also wanted to welcome the 38 new faculty members to the district. They did not create new positions but the new faculty replaced employees who have retired or left to other employment elsewhere. A reminder from the district to be aware of school buses back out picking up and dropping off students.

--A Monticello man has died of injuries suffered in an ATV accident early Saturday in Wright County. Sheriff’s Deputies say 22-year old Jacob Bills of Monticello lost control at an intersection in Monticello Township and crashed. Bills was taken to a local hospital, then transported to North Memorial Medical Center where he died Sunday. The crash remains under investigation.

--Attendance figures at the Minnesota State Fair are down from last year though over 648,000 people have attended the Great Minnesota Get Together in the first 5 days.  Last year the first five days of the fair had around 690,000 people. The fair runs through Labor Day.

DEATH NOTICES
--Bernice M. Santala, age 88 of Little Falls.
--Melvin Klosowski, a resident from Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly sunny, warm, high 91.
TONIGHT= showers and T-storms late, low around 68.
THURSDAY= morning storms, then sunny, high 86, low 68.
FRIDAY= morning storm, then sunny, high near 90.

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins lose 6-1 to Royals last night at Target Field. Twins and Kansas City again tonight at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ
HS FB= The Milaca vs. Pierz Football game Thursday night will now be a 8pm kickoff- the match will be heard live on FM94 KFML.
HS FB= Upsala/Swanville vs. KMS Thursday 7pm on Q92 WYRQ
HS FB= Waseca at Little Falls Friday 7pm on AM960 KLTF.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1920= 19th Amendment ratified giving women right to vote.
IN 1963= Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his I have a Dream speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.

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Tuesday- August 27th, 2013

NEWS
--A contested omnibus hearing for 64-year-old Byron Smith will be Friday at 10am in Morrison County District Court. Smith is charged with the murder of two teenagers who allegedly broke into his house back on Thanksgiving of last year. Last week prosecutors in the case filed a motion to consolidate the indictments against Smith and seal all exhibits attached to the defendant’s and state’s omnibus hearing motions. A motion was filed earlier this month by Smith’s attorney to dismiss the first degree murder charges with prejudice due to lack of probable cause and errors in the grand jury process. Also the defense stated that Smith’s statements to law enforcement at his residence the day after the shootings should be suppressed. The judge informed both parties to have motions in at least 10 days before the next hearing which is scheduled for this Friday.

--The Minnesota Legislature voted to increase local government aid to cities before the last session adjourned and Little Falls residents because of this may see no increase or even a decrease in the property taxes in 2014. At a recent work session of the Little Falls City Council it was reported that the 2014 Property Tax Levy has to be certified by September 15th and the council will hear the budget and levy proposals at its September 3rd meeting. At that time a decision must be made on it. Since it can be reduced further but not increased after it’s certified by the county, it is likely to see a tax decrease in 2014. The budget will be given the final certification by the city in December.

--The Little Falls Morrison County Food Shelf announced they will be building an addition to their building on the west side. The addition is to be built on the north side of the current building built in 2004. It will be used for an additional cooler, freezer, and more space for storage. The funds are in large part by donations including two donors who wish to remain anonymous. The food shelf needs the new items as they have seen an increase in usage of more the 40%.

--A new Minnesota State Patrol initiative is being launched at high school football games with the goal of encouraging teens make the right play by buckling their seat belts. Troopers will use t-shirt blasters at high school football games this season to pass an important message intended for high school students to catch. The loud, neon-green t-shirts are emblazoned with “Everyday I’m Buckling.” The kickoff for this in the Brainerd State Patrol District will be Thursday night at 7pm at Pierz Healy High School during halftime of the Pierz/Milaca football game. Another component of the campaign is to encourage parents to understand they should also enforce passenger and nighttime driving limitations laws and seatbelt enforcement. In the past 5 years, 203 teens were killed in crashes, and of those, 165 were vehicle occupants, of which only 67 (41 percent) were belted.

--The public authority overseeing construction of a new Minnesota Vikings stadium is warning that the opening of the stadium could be delayed if the team doesn’t quickly resume negotiations on a lease and development agreements. The team unexpectedly broke off negotiations this week. The team said it wanted to wait until a review is completed on ownership’s ability to finance its share of the stadium. The agreements need to be in place by Sept. 15 to avoid delays. The goal is to break ground on the taxpayer-subsidized stadium on Nov. 7 and complete it ahead of the 2016 football season. Vikings officials were at the hearing but haven’t offered a response.

--The State Patrol has identified the man who died Saturday night after falling off of a motorcycle of which he was a passenger. 40-year-old Eric J. Raisanen of Annandale was a passenger on a motorcycle that was riding on U.S. Highway 71 north of Sauk Centre, near the entrance to Grey Stone Golf Club, when he fell off the bike. A vehicle traveling behind the motorcycle in the same direction then hit Raisanen. The State Patrol has been looking for the driver of the vehicle that hit Raisanen and the vehicle. The Patrol believes the vehicle might be a Buick Regal and that it has front-end damage. The incident happened at 9:45 p.m. Joseph J. Becker, 56, of Foreston, was driving the motorcycle, according to the Patrol. Anyone with information about the incident or the vehicle that hit Raisanen is asked to call the Minnesota State Patrol in St. Cloud at 320-223-6666.

--A Clear Lake man died Sunday morning after driving off the Sauk River Bridge and into the water in St. Cloud. Police identified him as 23-year old Jeffrey Duncan Sass. About 1:30am Sunday on Stearns County Road 75 west of 28th Avenue South Sass was heading east when his car struck a bridge guardrail and traveled off the bridge. The vehicle came to rest in the Sauk River on the driver side. The vehicle was pushed onto its wheels by first responders, but the lone occupant Sass was pronounced dead. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

--A 33-year-old Staples man was injured after running into a car Saturday in Todd County. Shane Williams was running around 6:30pm across a alley north of Highway 10 when he struck a car driven by 20-year-old Joshua Kreller of Perham. Williams sustained cuts to his arm and was treated at a local hospital.

--Little Falls Community Middle School will hold registration for middle school activities during tonight’s open house event at the Middle School from 6:30 to 8pm. You are encouraged to arrive early so the open house can begin promptly at 6:30pm.

--Kathy Carlson of Little Falls won $50,000 by playing the $200,000 Jumbo Bucks Scratch Game. She purchased the ticket in Motley.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Steven and Kristin Andres of Pierz, boy born on August 24th

DEATH NOTICES
--Samuel J. Rausch, infant son of Tina Uselman & Brendan Rausch.
--Elsie Wittwer, age 88 of Brainerd.

WEATHER
TODAY= sunny and hot, high near 90.
TONIGHT= clear skies, patchy fog late, low around 66.
WEDNESDAY= fog early, then sunny and hot high 91, low 68.
THURSDAY= storms likely, partly sunny, high 88.

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins host Kansas City tonight 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ
COL FB= Gophers open the season Thursday at TCF Bank Stadium against UNLV- pregame 5pm kickoff 6pm on AM960 KLTF

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1955= The Guinness Book of World Record is first published in the United Kingdom the records book became a worldwide success.

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Monday- August 26th, 2013

NEWS
--The Little Falls School Board voted recently to extend the district’s operating levy by putting a referendum to a vote by the people in the district. It will be on the November ballot. The district is asking to renew the existing referendum revenue authorization of $948.11 per adjusted pupil unit which is scheduled to expire after taxes payable in 2014. This additional revenue will be used to finance school operations and will be applicable for 10 years. The referendum, if passed, would ensure the district receives the same $2.5 million it has for the past 10 years. The ballot will be submitted to the voters of the Little Falls School District during a special election held Tuesday, November 5th.

--The Todd County Sheriff’s Office about 3:45pm Thursday received a call of a domestic assault at a rural Long Prairie home located at 20184 281st Avenue in Round Prairie Township about 6 miles southeast of Long Prairie. Upon arrival deputies found a woman deceased later identified as 58-year old Nancy Elaine Williams. She appeared to suffer blunt force trauma. Her ex-husband 46-year old Craig Lamont Williams of Long Prairie was taken into custody at the scene. Williams was arraigned Friday on charges of 2nd-degree murder in Todd County. The incident is currently under investigation by the Todd County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

--Many northern Minnesota politicians want MNsure to remove the Paul Bunyan ads from television. The latest is State Senator Carrie Ruud who says the commercials make Bunyan look accident prone and an insurance nightmare and not the symbol of strength he has come to represent for Greater Minnesota. Other politicians from the Bemidji and the Lakes area have shown disapproval of the ads stating it could hurt tourism to the area if they feel Paul Bunyan is more of a joke instead of a folk hero to many parts.

--Morrison County Sheriff’s Deputies in the past week reported a theft of a boat outboard motor at a residence in Randall and a report of 4-inch steel I-beams stolen from a pasture in Pierz. Deputies also aided firefighters last Sunday on 168th Street in Little Falls where the homeowner stated he was burning an old corn crib on his property when the fire got out of hand. The fire was quickly extinguished.

--Roger Pedley pleaded guilty earlier this month to four counts of tax evasion, for years 2006 – 2009. In his plea agreement, Pedley admitted owning and operating the Pine Ridge Golf Course in Motley as well as engaging in other business ventures. These ventures generated considerable cash income for Pedley. Pedley also admitted engaging in transactions with this cash at various banks in ways that avoided triggering the banks’ federal currency reporting requirements. In addition, Pedley admitted that he failed to declare the cash as income on his personal income tax returns, filed jointly with his wife for tax years 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. For his crimes, Pedley faces a potential maximum penalty of five years in prison on each count. Sentencing will be determined at a later date.

--Stearns County reported a motor vehicle accident with injuries Thursday afternoon just after 2. The accident happened just east of St. Joseph on County Road 75 when 26-year-old Leshawn East of Sartell collided with 16-year-old Hannah Froland who crossed in front of East’s vehicle. Froland was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. East was not injured.

--Sartell Mayor Joe Perske and the rest of the City Council approved plans last week to begin the demolition of the former Verso Paper Mill. New owners AIM Development has been granted an interim use permit for 12 months, with an automatic renewal of an additional 12 months if necessary. The MPCA will oversee the work, the demo work will begin on the buildings on the far northern part from the Mill. Restrictions include vibrations no greater than a train would make, 7am to 8pm seven days a week until all work is completed.

--The number of zebra mussels in Lake Mille Lacs has dropped this year for the first time since they were found in 2005. Minnesota outdoors officials say a survey this week found about 1,070 zebra mussels per square foot. That’s down by about 200 from a year ago. The DNR says it’s typical for an invading species to ramp up in big numbers and then fall back a bit as in other places where  invasive species have often dropped by as much as a third after initial expansion. The DNR said that researchers will need more data next year to see if this year is the start of a decline or a one-time thing.

--A St. Cloud woman was arrested early Friday after the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force executed search warrants at an adjoining duplex in south St. Cloud. The warrants led to the seizure of about 35 grams of crack cocaine and a small amount of marijuana. 37-year old Carla Camille Thomas of St. Cloud was arrested. Police searched the residences after learning of crack cocaine sales that had been happening at the duplex. Thomas was taken to Stearns County Jail, where she is being held on a charge of first-degree controlled substance crime, possession with intent to sell.

--An open house for parents and students of Lindbergh Elementary School will be September 3rd from 9:30am to 1pm and 2-5:30pm. Parents of students entering kindergarten this year have already been sent a special letter to come September 3rd.

DEATH NOTICES
--Phillip R. Sjoberg, age 87 of Little Falls.
--Lavern F. Tanner, age 91 of Little Falls.
--Delores Boser Hoffman, age 85 of Little Falls formerly of Pierz.

WEATHER
TODAY= isolated T-storms, hazy, hot and humid, high 94.
TONIGHT= T-storms possible, humid, low around 70.
TUESDAY= morning storms, hazy and humid, high 93, low 66.
WEDNESDAY= fog early, then sunny an hot, high 92.

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins beat Cleveland 5-1 Friday, lost 7-2 Saturday and lost 3-1 on Sunday. Twins are off today home against KC Tuesday night.
CLASS C= Avon and Sobieski get shutout wins Saturday- Avon 1-0 over Cannon Falls, Sobieski 3-0 over Elrosa. Lastrup defeated Moorhead Sunday 9-4 as all three teams from Region 8C advance to the final weekend of the Class C Tournament. Avon and Lastrup will both play Saturday at 11am, the Avon game on FM94 KFML and Lastrup game on AM960 KLTF. Sobieski will play Saturday night at 7:30pm with their game on both KLTF and KFML.  
NFL= San Francisco beats Vikings 34-14 in preseason game #3, Vikings final preseason game is Thursday night vs. Tennessee.

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Friday- August 23rd, 2013

NEWS
--MarJenna McWilliam, a 20-year-old college student from Winger, in Polk County, was crowned the 60th Princess Kay of the Milky Way in at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Wednesday night and spent Thursday getting her likeness carved in butter inside a 40 degree cooler. McWilliam, who will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for nearly 4,000 Minnesota dairy farmers, is the 60th woman to hold the honor. McWilliam attends North Dakota State University, majoring in English education with a Norwegian language emphasis. Rachael Rostad of Goodhue County and Katie Schmitt of Benton County were named runner-ups. The other candidates will also get a day inside the butter carving booth at the State Fair. They will include, Ashley Overman of Stearns County on Monday, August 26th. Katie Schmitt on Friday, August 30th, and Sarah Paskewitz in Todd County on Saturday, August 31st. The Minnesota State Fair runs to Labor Day.

--A special legislative session limited to storm relief is set for Monday, September 9th at the state capitol in St. Paul. Governor Mark Dayton originally proposed repealing a newly enacted tax on farm equipment repairs also be on the agenda, but republicans wanted other new business to business taxes cancelled and negotiations deadlocked. In the end, the Governor and legislative leaders agreed to limit the special session to storm relief only. The federal government will pick up 75% of the cost of infrastructure repairs after President Obama declared 18 Minnesota counties a disaster area following severe storms and flooding in June. The special session is to appropriate state matching money. Local counties involved include Morrison, Benton, Douglas and Stearns counties.

--The Pierz City Council meets Monday night at 7pm at City Hall.  Council is expected to make decision on the City Treasurer position from recent interviews. Other agenda items include Dura Supreme First Right of Refusal, CWP Indemnity Agreement, Final Levy Hearing and Truth and Taxation December 9th 7pm, Maureen Watercott  Memorial Drive signage, set hearing date for Right of Way Ordinance changes, revenue recapture agreement, General Fund renewal and hear from city departments.

--Stearns County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a vehicle crash involving a car and motorcycle at the intersection of County Road 35 and County Road 37 in Millwood Township. The crash happened just before 6:30pm Wednesday. A motorcycle driven by Dave Haugen of St. Cloud was traveling southbound on County Road 35 and a car driven by Damon Westrich of Burtrum was turning northbound onto County Road 35 when they collided at the intersection. Darla and Danica Westrich were passengers in the car. Haugen was transported to the Melrose hospital by ambulance and later airlifted to the St. Cloud Hospital. Haugen’s injuries included a possible broken leg and foot. The other parties involved were not injured.

--The current Miss Minnesota Rebecca Yeh, a Brainerd graduate will be competing September 15th for the title of Miss America in Atlantic City. The Miss America Pageant is bringing back the voting aspect of the competition. Online votes will determine one contestant as America’s Choice and guarantee her spot in the top 15. The pageant airs on ABC television at 8pm on the 15th. Good Luck to Yeh.

--The Pierz Oktoberfest celebration is going on this weekend in Pierz, parade Sunday 11am in Pierz, then events at Pierz Park 12:30-4:30. Also Sunday the St. Francis of Assisi Church south of Upsala has their festival with polka mass at 10, dinner, auction and live music throughout the day. More details at www.fallsradio.com.

--The Little Falls Fire Department responded to a car fire at 11:05 Thursday morning in the parking lot of the Family Medical Center. About 15 firefighters were called out and were on the scene for 10 minutes. A cigarette is believed to have started the fire. The car suffered only minor damage and there were no injuries.

--Nisswa Police Chief Craig Taylor who was suspended August 15th and denied an offer to resign in exchange for a year’s pay, was formally reinstated as chief Wednesday night at a Nisswa City Council meeting. The city received a maintenance of status quo order from the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services (BMS). The order bars the city from making any staffing changes.

--Thursday’s update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows a new area of moderate drought centered on Carlton and northern Pine counties in eastern Minnesota. Farmers there have been struggling with stressed crops and dry pastures in recent weeks. The new map also shows a persistent patch of moderate drought in northwestern Minnesota has grown significantly. It’s centered on Clearwater and eastern Polk counties. Eighty-one percent of Minnesota is now abnormally dry or worse, up from 32 percent from last week. And 10 percent of Minnesota is now in drought, up from less than 2 percent last week. The only parts of Minnesota not rated abnormally dry are along the state’s northern border and a narrow band from Minneapolis south to the Iowa border.

--A St. Cloud man has been ordered jailed in lieu of bail of $250,000 after being accused of raping a woman in Waite Park Sunday. Donald Willis, age 46, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct from accusations that he forcefully raped a woman that he knows.

--Another has added his name to the list of candidates for governor. 35-year-old Rob Farnsworth is a Hibbing special education teacher and is seeking the Republican nomination. Farnsworth intends to bring a stronger union background to the race and wants to reform education as a father of three.

WEATHER
TODAY= sunny skies, high around 85.
TONIGHT= storms after midnight, low around 65.
SATURDAY= storms in morning, hazy and windy in PM, high 88.
SUNDAY= sunny and hot, high 95, slight of late T-storms, low 72.
MONDAY= sunny and hot again with highs of 95.

SPORTS
TWINS= Ryan Doumit homered and Chris Hermann had 3 big hits to lift the Twins over the Tigers 7-6 Thursday to take 2 of 3 from Detroit. Twins travel to Cleveland for a 3-game series with pregame coverage beginning at 5:35pm tonight and Saturday and 11:35am Sunday morning on Q92 WYRQ.
NFL= Vikings at San Francisco Sunday 7pm for preseason game 3.
WNBA= Lynx beat Connecticut 91-77 Thursday, all 5 starters for Minnesota were in double digits- Rebekkah Brunson had 24.
CLASS C= Sobieski vs. Elrosa from Delano at 5pm Saturday and Lastrup vs. Moorhead Sunday at 5pm from Delano. Both games will be heard on AM960 KLTF and www.fallsradio.com. The game between Avon and Cannon Falls Saturday at 5pm from Maple Lake will be heard on FM94 KFML.  Winners will move to action over the Labor Day holiday weekend in the Class C tournament.

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Thursday- August 22nd, 2013

NEWS
--A large donation has come from a former Little Falls resident to be used towards building a playground in memory of their daughter who died as an infant. Paul Twitchell is a former Little Falls resident whose parents are still living in town. Paul, along with his wife Emily, are making the generous $100,000 donation in honor of their daughter Taylor Chebet Twitchell toward this project. The playground idea is in the very early stages, but it appears this money will be used towards the purchasing of the playground equipment. It was requested to build the playground near the future splash pad in Little Falls.

--The Pierz Oktoberfest medallion was found Wednesday morning. It was found by cousins 12-year old Jacob Fuhrman and 10-year old Alissa Girtz. The specially marked medallion was found under a bench at the C-squad baseball diamonds. Their prize is $500 in Pierz Commercial Bucks. Jacob is the son of Jeff and DeAnna Fuhrman and Alissa is the daughter of Denise and Darren Girtz. Pierz Oktoberfest is this Sunday with the parade starting at 11am and events to follow.

--Construction work on the bridge over the Daggett Brook on Crow Wing County State Aid Highway 23 about 2 miles north of the Morrison County Line has been completed and the highway was reopened to traffic. Paving operations over the bridge will still have to take place over the next week so some minor delays are still to be expected when this is done.

--Little Falls Police continue to receive a number of theft reports. In the past week, reports of two back license plates stolen from two work trucks on LeMieur Street, a fire ring stolen from 8th Street Northeast, lawn ornaments and a Virgin Mary statue from Third Avenue Northwest and laundry taken from a community washing machine on 6th Avenue Northeast. Anyone with information on any of these incidents is encouraged to contact police at 616-5570.

--The Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration have awarded $405,000 to the city of Staples. The grant will provide federal funding for the construction of a new taxiway at the Staples Municipal Airport. The new taxiway will eliminate the need for aircraft to back-taxi on the runway.

--Three St. Cloud-area attorneys are finalists for a judgeship in Stearns County. The Commission on Judicial Selection announced Tuesday that it had forwarded to Governor Mark Dayton its three finalists to fill the judge spot that became open with the retirement of Thomas Knapp. The finalists are local defense attorneys Daniel Benson and Andy Pearson and Shan Wang, assistant chief of the criminal division in the Stearns County Attorney’s Office. The three finalists will be interviewed in coming weeks by Dayton, who will select the new judge.

--Benton County Sheriff Brad Bennett announced Monday that he along with other sheriff’s as reported recently such as Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel, Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl and others have applications for the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2013. Go to www.mnsheriffs.org for full details.

--Labor Day travel is projected to be up just over 4% this year. Triple-A Minnesota says they don’t expect gas prices to go up to much before the holiday travel weekend. Officials ay there are really only two things that could result in a fast spike-the unrest in Egypt or hurricane in the Gulf Coast Region. The average price for a gallon of unleaded in Minnesota is at $3.50.

--The Minnesota State Fair kicked off this morning east of St. Paul. Last night was the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Princess Kay of the Milky Way. She is MarJenna McWilliam, a 20 year old from Winger in Polk County. Princess Kay will serve the next year as the ambassador for the Minnesota Dairy Industry. The Fair runs through Labor Day with a parade each day 2pm and many more attractions.

--Minnesota remains best in the nation on the ACT test for the eighth consecutive year. Minnesota high school seniors scored higher than those in other states in which at least half of students took the exam. Thirty-nine percent of seniors are proficient across the board, compared with 36 percent in 2012. Minnesota’s average composite score was 23 out of a possible 36. A persistent achievement gap remains between white and minority students. Sixty-one percent of white students were college ready in three subjects compared with 16 percent of black students. But, the majority of the state’s minority groups outperformed their national counterparts.

--Todd County is investigating an incident at the Crow River Public Access in Villard Township where a truck had its passenger side front window broken out. A purse and variety of other items were taken from inside the vehicle. This occurred last Sunday between 11:45 and 1:30pm. Anyone with information should call deputies at 732-2157.

--The 59-year-old Pillager man who was injured Friday in a three vehicle crash on Highway 210 near the Crow Wing County landfill on Oak Lawn Township has died. After the crash on Friday LeRoy VanVickle was airlifted by North Memorial Air Care to St. Cloud Hospital. Monday he was in fair condition but he died on Wednesday.
 
BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Jeffrey and Karen Rahn of Grey Eagle, boy born August 20th

DEATH NOTICE
--Louis Hennek, age 78 of Sauk Centre formerly of Browerville

WEATHER
TODAY= sunny skies, less humid, high around 80.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 53.
FRIDAY= sunny skies, high 84, storms late low around 65.
SATURDAY= storms in morning, humid and breezy, high near 90.
SUNDAY= early storms, then sunny and hot, high 93, low 71.

SPORTS
TWINS= Tigers score 7 runs during 7th and 8th inning to beat the Twins 7-1 last night. Twins wrap up series at Detroit today with pregame starting at 11:35am on Q92 WYRQ.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 564AD= first reported spotting of Loch Ness Monster in Scotland
IN 1770= Captain James Cook discovers Australia for Britain.
IN 1902= Cadillac Motor Company is founded in Detroit. That same year President Theodore Roosevelt became the first residing U.S. President to ride in an automobile in Washington D.C.
IN 1906= Victor Talking Machine Company introduced the Victrola, the hand cranked record player cost $200 to buy.
IN 1932= the BBC started experimental television broadcasts.
IN 1984= last Volkswagen Rabbit rolled off the assembly line in PA.

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Wednesday- August 21st, 2013

NEWS
--On Saturday authorities responded to 805 Walnut Street regarding a physical domestic situation. The initial report was that a female was strangled. When officers arrived they discovered the victim was not breathing. Brainerd police officer Justin Athman started CPR immediately and the female was resuscitated later being transported to Essentia Health in Brainerd. The supect, 19-year old Hunter Scott James Vidmar had fled the scene on foot prior to officers arriving. With the help of a police K-9 dog, Vidmar was located and taken into custody that morning. Hunter was arraigned in Crow Wing County District Court on Tuesday charged with 1st degree attempted murder- while committing domestic assault, felony domestic assault - by strangulation, gross misdemeanor domestic assault, disorderly conduct and underage consumption.

--The July county unemployment rates have been released. Morrison County is at 5.6% unemployment down from 6.1% in June and 6% in July last year. Others counties unemployment rates include Aitken 6.6%, Benton 5.3%, Cass 7.2%, Crow Wing 6%, Mille Lacs 7.2%, Stearns 5.1%, Sherburne 5%, Todd 5%, and Wadena 6.3%. The city of St. Cloud is 5.6% and Brainerd was at 9.1% in July. The state rate was 5.1% below the national rate of 7.1%.

--The Safe Route to School and Robert Park Avenue projects are ongoing in Pierz but many slabs of sidewalk needed to be taken out and redone because they did not meet the specifications. C and L Excavating along with the subcontractors agreed to remove and replace about 600 feet of sidewalk (roughly 120 panels). The focus at first is on the east side of town to prepare for this Sunday’s parade. Once that is complete they will fix up sidewalks on the west side. There is no extra cost to the taxpayers.

--Morrison County will receive a dividend from the Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust (MCIT).  The dividend will be $198,066 for 2013. This breaks out to $54,532 for workers compensation and $143,534 for property casualty. MCIT was created by counties in 1985, when insurance was not cost effective or unavailable. MCIT is an organization that allows counties to self-insure workers compensation and property/liability insurance, through a pooling arrangement. As a non-profit entity, MCIT has been successful in stabilizing insurance costs for counties. 83 counties participate in MCIT. The recent dividend was possible due to better than expected performance results. The dividend is a reflection of the county’s long-term commitment to reducing losses. Since counties are self-insuring these risks, there is greater sensitivity to controlling losses. Morrison County believes progress is being made towards reducing the cost of claims, which becomes a direct savings to the taxpayer. MCIT declared a total dividend of $19 million to its member counties for 2013. This marks the 23rd year MCIT has been able to return a dividend to members.

--The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s stated Monday that the Brainerd Utility worker injured in a four-vehicle accident last Friday was 53-year-old LeRoy VanVickle of Pillager. He is currently in fair condition at North Memorial Medical Center. The accident happened on Highway 210 east of Brainerd near the Crow Wing County landfill. One other person in that accident sustained minor injuries. VanVickle was trapped inside his vehicle when firefighters and others arrived and had to be extricated from the vehicle.

--32-year old Jesse Lee Kirschman of Avon was sentenced Monday morning in Morrison County District Court in Little Falls to 45 months in prison following his convictions for Ineligible Person Possessing Firearm and Fleeing a Peace Officer in a Motor Vehicle. Kirschman pled guilty on July 18th in a case which stems from a February, 2012 traffic stop in which a loaded handgun was found in the vehicle.  Kirschman was a convicted felon and ineligible to possess a firearm. Kirschman also pled guilty to Fleeing a Peace Officer in a Motor Vehicle, a crime which occurred on January 6th, 2013 and ended when Kirschman drove into a frozen swamp. Kirschman was sentenced to 17 months in prison for the fleeing conviction. The two sentences will be served concurrently.

--Stearns County responded early Tuesday to a vehicle crashing into the Holdingford Municipal Liquor Store. Just after 3:30am 23-year-old Kevin Brand of Sauk Rapids was northbound on Main Street left the road and crashed into the building. Brand was not injured. The liquor store will continue to operate normal hours.

--The family of slain Cold Spring/Richmond police officer Tom Decker will have a dedication ceremony Thursday at 1pm of the Tom Decker Memorial Highway at Cold Spring Lions Park. Decker was shot and killed on duty November 29th. The state legislature voted in April to name a portion of Highway 23 between Cold Spring and Richmond after Decker. The ceremony is open to the public.

--The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office responded to a semi-trailer accident Monday night around 9:45pm near Melrose. Upon arrival deputies noticed the semi was blocking both lanes of County Road 13 and straw bales have been scattered across the roadway. The semi-driver 35-year-old Patrick Thull of Sauk Centre said he was on County Road 13 and unable to stop in time. He struck a pickup truck that was hauling a trailer with hay bales making a turn. The pickup’s driver 57-year-old Lyle Johnson refused hospitalization. Thull and Johnson’s passenger 21-year-old Laura Johnson of Brooten were taken to the Melrose hospital for treatment of injuries.

--Longtime radio announcer and station owner in St. Cloud Andy Hilger has died. Hilger died Sunday at age 83. He worked in radio and mostly in the St. Cloud market for over 45 years.

DEATH NOTICES
--Eileen M. Keehr, age 92 of Little Falls.
--David J. Karnowski, age 66 of Grand Rapids formerly of Little Falls.
--Richard K. Peterick, age 50 of Bowlus.

WEATHER
TODAY= chance of thunderstorms until 1pm, then sunny, high 86.
TONIGHT= clear skies, cooler, low 53.
THURSDAY= sunny, less humid, high 80, low around 53.
FRIDAY= sunny skies, high 85 storms develop after dark.

SPORTS
TWINS= Justin Morneau had 4 hits including a homerun to lift the Twins past the first place Tigers 6-3 last night. Twins did put Joe Mauer on the 7 day disabled list after he started having symptoms of a concussion. Twins and Detroit game 2 tonight 5:35pm on WYRQ.
CLASS C= Sobieski plays 5pm Saturday on AM960, Avon plays at 5pm Saturday on FM94, Lastrup plays Sunday at 5pm on KLTF.

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Tuesday- August 20th, 2013

NEWS
--One person was injured in a motorcycle accident Saturday in Richardson Township of Morrison County. At 2:50pm 22-year old Christopher Zipf of Plymoth was traveling south on 370th Avenue when he lost control of his motorcycle while passing another vehicle. Zipf, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was injured and airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital. Zipf’s motorcycle was the only vehicle involved in the accident and no one was riding with him when the accident occurred. The crash remains under investigation.

--An Elk River man is dead after being ejected from the motorcycle he was driving Saturday in Wright County. 52-year old Randal Alan Stevens was driving a motorcycle when it left the road and went into a ditch, ejecting Stevens and a passenger, 53-year old Rebecca Marie LuAllen, also of Elk River. The accident was at Wright County Road 123 and Duffield Ave. Northwest. Stevens was transported to Allina Hospital in Buffalo, then to North Memorial Hospital, where he died. LuAllen was transported to St. Cloud Hospital for injuries sustained in the wreck. Neither Stevens nor LuAllen were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. The incident remains under investigation.

--A Waite Park man has been booked into the Pine County Jail for investigation of criminal vehicular homicide after the pickup he was driving hit another vehicle, killing the driver. 48-year old Danny A. Kitterman of Waite Park, was driving a pickup Saturday when he ran a stop sign, broadsiding a vehicle driven by 50-year old William D. Joseph of Maplewood. Kitterman’s pickup was headed north on Government Road when it struck Joseph’s car, which was headed west on Minnesota Highway 70. Joseph died as a result of the collision. Another passenger in the car Regan Klein was uninjured. Alcohol was detected in Kitterman’s system after the collision. Kitterman was not injured in the accident.

--One person suffered burns and was taken by helicopter to a hospital following a fire at a Pine River machine shop behind the Pine River School Bus Garage Friday. The fire was reported early Friday evening and the fire chief said the injured man, whose name was not released, was the only one in the building at the time the fire started. The interior of the building and shop items sustained extensive damage but the building itself was not a total loss. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but was ruled not intentional.

--Stearns County Deputies and the St. Augusta Fire Department responded to a detached garage fire Sunday night around 9:15pm. The fire was contained and actually extinguished by the homeowner before authorities arrived. The homeowner indicated the fire was started by a remote control car battery charger. The fire did minimal damage to the items inside the garage and there appeared to be no structural damage. Deputies did make sure the fire was out.

--A Big Lake man has died in a construction accident at a cabin near Hibbing. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said around 5:30pm Saturday 45-year-old Randy Sayler was fixing the foundation of a cabin when a bean collapsed trapping Sayler beneath the cabin. A hole was cut in the floor of the cabin to get Sayler out but he was pronounced dead. The cabin was in Lavell Township which is 15 miles southeast of Hibbing.

--A rollover crash on Highway 169 in Mille Lacs County Saturday seriously injured a 25-year-old woman. Around 6:25am, Kristin Knudsen of Fridley ran off the highway, overcorrected and rolled in the northbound lane. Knudsen was alone in the vehicle and taken to North Memorial in Robbinsdale for treatment of injuries.

--Brainerd firefighters were called to extricate one person trapped in a vehicle following a four vehicle accident Friday afternoon on Highway 210 near the Crow Wing County landfill. One of the vehicles was a Brainerd Public Utilities vehicle. One person was taken to Brainerd hospital to get checked out. No one was seriously hurt.

--Breezy and dry conditions caused a fire to burn a corn field Saturday afternoon on Crow Wing County Road 159. Firefighters worked to control the fire through the afternoon causing 2 acres of corn and six hay bales to be scorched from the blaze. No injuries.

--A St. Cloud man is accused of beating his roommate with a dumbbell in an assault that left the victim on a ventilator to help him breathe. 51-year old Tyrone Xavier Johnson is charged in Sherburne County District Court with first-, second- and third-degree assault. His bail was set at $250,000. The attack hospitalized a 62-year-old man who had a ruptured spleen that needed to be removed. The attack left the man on a ventilator. A court complaint charging Johnson indicates that the victim had come home early Aug. 12 and got into an argument with Johnson. Johnson is accused of using a 25-pound dumbbell to beat the victim several times on the head and back. Another man who was in the residence at the time heard Johnson and the victim arguing and then heard what sounded like an assault.

--Officers stopped at least 324 and arrested at least eight persons along the Highway 371 corridor this past weekend  during a stepped-up enforcement and traffic control effort surrounding the NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. The Minnesota State Patrol, along with deputies and local area officers participated in the effort—no major incidents were reported. There were 86 cited for speeding, 60 for seat belt violations, 20 for the move over law, 102 equipment related violations, 10 found with suspended licenses and another 126 non-specified violations. This local enforcement project kicked off participation in a larger scale, statewide DWI enforcement and education campaign running through Labor Day. The State Patrol reported that attendance for the races this past weekend was to be 75 to 100,000 for the 4 days.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--David and Tera Cichon of Rice, a girl born August 15th
--Jason and Kristen Corriveau of Royalton, a girl born August 16th
--Adam and Amanda Notsch of Little Falls, girl born August 17th

DEATH NOTICE
--Martha Shuman, age 93 of Little Falls

WEATHER
TODAY= sunny and hot, high 94, heat index values near 100.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 70.
WEDNESDAY= partly sunny- thunderstorms develop- high 87.
THURSDAY= sunny, less humid, high 82.

SPORTS
TWINS= Mets beat the Twins Monday 6-1 in a makeup game from April. Twins are at Detroit tonight 5:35pm on Q92 WYRQ.
WNBA= Lynx at Atlanta tonight against the Dream.
NFL= Vikings at San Francisco Sunday night 7pm in preseason play coach Frazier announced Sunday that Adrian Peterson will play.

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Monday- August 19th, 2013

NEWS
--Motorists will encounter delays, flaggers and pilot cars on area highways in central Minnesota beginning today (19th), as crews resurface sections of roadway. The road will be intermittently reduced to a single lane with flaggers and a pilot car controlling traffic through the work zone. The closures will occur from sunrise to sunset on the following road.    Highway 27 - Highway 25 north of Pierz to Onamia,  Highway 27 - Highway 47 in Isle to Highway 65 in Woodland, Highway 238 - Highway 27 to Upsala, Highway 210 -  County Road 12 in Aitkin to east junction Highway 169, Crow Wing County Road 32 - Highway 210 to County Road 30 Motorists must slow down, be prepared to stop, obey the flaggers and follow the pilot car through the work zone. Those entering from intersecting driveways or roads within a work zone must wait for the pilot car to pass, and then follow it through the area.

--The Crow Wing County Sheriffs Office released the names of the two deputies which remain on administrative leave after the shooting incident which occurred on Wednesday, August 14th. Deputy Scott Godard, who received a gunshot wound to the shoulder and Deputy Adam Kronstedt. The two deputies were fired at by 50-year-old Donald Johnson, the deputies returned fired shooting Johnson who died at the scene. At this time both deputies are doing well. Per policy both will remain on leave until ready to return to work.

--A 24-year-old Princeton woman died in a one-car crash on Highway 95 near 105th Avenue in Benton County. On Thursday around 5:20pm Ifeoma P. Okafor was driving east when she crossed the center line and hit a tree on the north side of the road. The patrol’s report said the car’s airbag deployed, but she was not wearing a seatbelt.

--After two years of development and testing, and having never before made pontoons in its 101-year history, Larson boats of Little Falls is diversifying in the wake of its comeback from bankruptcy four years ago. The Escape pontoon is the latest of more than 50 new models Larson has introduced in the past three years. The new pontoons are one reason Larson currently has about 230 employees. At one point, 840 workers combined to roll 40 boats a day out of the plant. A couple of years ago, that number had dwindled to 125.

--A vacant home in Crow Wing County was investigated for a gas leak Wednesday morning. Brainerd firefighters and Crow Wing County Deputies responded around 9:45am to the home on County Road 127 north of Baxter. The home would have had an explosion that could have affected an entire city block because of the high danger levels of the gas leak. Minnesota Power was called to shut off the power and Xcel Energy was called to shut off the gas lines. Firefighters had to ventilate the area and the county road was closed as a precaution as all this was being done. Firefighters were on the scene until 2:30pm until the all clear was given. No explosion or any fire was reported from the gas leak and there were no injuries.

--The Little Falls School Board meets Monday at 5pm at the Morrison County Government Center boardroom. Agenda items include a Referendum resolution, a presentation from the High School Flyer Band, vote on approval of 2013-2014 handbooks and set the truth and taxation meeting date for December 16th.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9am  at the government center. Agenda items include a citizen concern, reports from the sheriff, public health, social services, extension report, auditor’s report and public works.

--One person sustained injuries early Saturday morning in Hillman Township in a one-vehicle crash. Just before 1am, a vehicle left the roadway on the right and struck the ditch causing the vehicle to go airborne and rolled several times then starting on fire. The two occupants were identified as 24-year-old Casey Talberg and 34-year-old Roger Bleichner both of Hillman. It was not known which one was the driver. Bleichner was taken by personal vehicle to a hospital.

--With the economy on the mend and housing prices on the rise, foreclosure sales in the state have fallen to the lowest level since the beginning of the housing crisis. Statewide there were 6,795 foreclosure sales during the first half of the year, a 29 percent annual decline and the least since 2006, according to the Minnesota Homeownership Center. In outstate Minnesota, where the housing recovery has been more uneven, foreclosure sales were down only 23 percent. Those regions that have struggled the most are rural communities that have yet to see any job growth, economic recovery or demand for housing.

--A Cold Spring man was listed in serious condition at St. Cloud Hospital on Friday evening after a collision at Minnesota Highway 23 and Stearns County Road 12 near Richmond. 60-year old Robert L. Fuchs was westbound on Highway 23 when his motorcycle collided broadside with a pickup. 36-year old Michelle J. Spoden, of Kimball was the driver of the pickup. Her passengers were 5-year old Elizabeth J. Spoden of Kimball and 4-year old Nicholas E. Spoden of Kimball. The occupants of the pickup were not taken to a hospital.

--The Pierz Oktoberfest Medallion Hunt has begun. Listen to Little Falls Radio throughout the week for the medallion hunt clues.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Jacob Collins and Sherry Christle of Little Falls, a girl born 8-15

DEATH NOTICES
--Carl F. Leidenfrost, age 82 of Buckman
--Lawrence ‘Larry’ Hollermann, age 81 of Little Falls.
--Ella Moran, age 86 of Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly sunny, high near 90.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 65.
TUESDAY= sunny and hot, high 93, heat index near 100.
WEDNESDAY= storms develop late, hazy and humid, high 90.

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins lose three in a row to White Sox, 5-2 Friday, 8-5 Saturday and 5-2 Sunday. Twins have a makeup game today against the New York Mets with a 12:40pm pregame on Q92 WYRQ.
VIKINGS= Buffalo held on to beat Vikings 20-16 Friday in preseason football. Vikings have San Francisco Sunday night at 7pm
WNBA= Lynx lose Friday to Tulsa then beat New York on Sunday.
REGION 8C= Avon won Friday 3-0 over Richmond. Lastrup defeated Raymond 3-1 while Midway beat Upsala 4-1 on Saturday. Avon faces Cannon Falls Saturday at 5pm while Sobieski will also play Saturday at 5pm vs. Elrosa in their first game at State. Lastrup will take on Moorhead Sunday at 5pm. Catch Saturday’s games on both AM960 KLTF and FM94 KFML then the Lastrup game Sunday on KLTF.

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Friday- August 16th, 2013

NEWS
--At 12:50pm Wednesday the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office received a call from an adult male requesting emergency service to his location. The caller was unclear as to the nature of the emergency so deputies were dispatched to conduct a welfare check at the residence on Sleepy Hollow Road in the St. Mathias Township. Upon arrival, there was no answer at the residence. While still on scene a single gunshot was heard coming from the woods just south of the residence. During a search of the wooded area, deputies were able to locate the subject later identified as 50-year old Donald Peter Johnson in a tree stand. Johnson was armed and threatened to shoot officers at the scene. Additional resources were deployed and negotiations started. After several hours, Johnson began retreating from his location and appeared ready to comply with the requests to surrender. However, Johnson began to retreat back to the tree stand and began shooting; wounding one of the deputies. Gunfire was returned and Johnson was pronounced dead on the scene. The injured deputy was taken to the hospital and later released. Johnson was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office pending autopsy. The name of the injured officer is being withheld at this time and will be released at a later date. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Baxter Police Department, Baxter Police Department K9 Unit, Brainerd Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA)and North Ambulance. Members of the Crow Wing County Tactical Team were also on scene. Further investigation by the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office and the BCA will continue.

--Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel has announced the commencement of a Law Enforcement Scholarship program for 2013. The Minnesota Sheriff’s Association has established a scholarship fund for awarding up to fifteen $600 scholarships for this year. The scholarship committee, in making its selection of awards, intends on achieving representation from all geographical areas of the state. Scholarship awards will be announced by December 31st of this year. Application forms and a statement of procedures are available at the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office. Applications will only be accepted from September 1st-October 15th. Scholarships are only available to students currently enrolled in one of the following three categories:
1. Mandated POST Skills Program.
2. In the 2nd year of a 2-year law enforcement program.
3. In the 3rd or 4th year of a 4-year college Criminal Justice Program. Students meeting these criteria are invited to obtain a scholarship application from the sheriff’s office, or online at www.mnsheriffs.org.

--Minnesota’s unemployment rate was unchanged in July as state employers added 4,300 jobs. The Department of Employment and Economic Development says that the state’s jobless rate in July was 5.2 percent, the same as it was in June. That’s well below the national unemployment rate of 7.4 percent in July. The department says that Minnesota is getting close to restoring all the jobs lost during the recession. Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben says an additional 5,500 jobs will get the state to that point. The government sector added the most jobs in July, with 4,000. The most job losses were in education and health care.

--68-year old Don Otte who’s a Stearns County commissioner died Wednesday after a 20-year battle with cancer. Otte defeated Henry Dickhaus in 1998 for the District 5 seat on the county board. He was re-elected to three more terms without an opponent.

--The Pierz Area Coalition (PAC) has been working closely with the Pierz Police Department (PD) to give Pierz and Eastern Morrison County residents an easy way to keep their medicine cabinets clean. The MedReturn drug collection unit offers an easy and safe way to dispose of unwanted, unused, and expired prescription drugs and over the counter medications. Items that can be disposed of in the unit include prescriptions; over-the-counter medications; vitamins; samples; medications for pets; ointments and lotions. Items that will not be accepted include thermometers; needles; bloody or infectious waste; medications from businesses; hydrogen peroxide; aerosol cans or inhalers. Anyone who wishes to drop off unwanted or expired prescription drugs may visit Pierz City Hall, 101 Main St. S., from 8:00am–4:30pm weekdays. Questions may be directed to Pierz Police Chief Eric Hanneken at (320) 468-0299. This type of drug drop-off is also being used by Little Falls Police and Randall Police Departments.

--The criminal trial of Alvin Schlangen ended Thursday with a guilty verdict in Stearns County District Court in St. Cloud. Schlangen is a Freeport organic egg producer who had resisted Minnesota Department of Agriculture demands that he get a license, refrigerate eggs and package and label his food accurately. He will spend the next year on probation and will pay a $300 fine. If he violates state food laws, including those for raw milk, he could be sentenced to up to 90 days in jail. The charges included: handling food without a license, storing eggs at a temperature above 45 degrees, misbranding food, removing embargoed food and the possession of commercially produced meat for sale.

--The 4th Annual Rock the Park Event will be Saturday from 7:00-10:00pm at Maple Island Park in Little Falls. The event is free with donations accepted. For more information call 632-0960.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS
--Andy and Angee Ebert of Little Falls, girl on August 14th
--Jayce Mitchell and Gracellen Haile of Little Falls, boy August 14th

DEATH NOTICES
--Charlotte Johnson of Brainerd
--Michelle ‘Shelly’ R. Robben, age 40 of Staples.
--John Woznaik, age 63 of Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= sunny skies, high near 80.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 55.
SATURDAY= sunny skies, high 83, clear night low 60.
SUNDAY= sunny skies, high 85, nighttime storms, low 65.
MONDAY= early storm, then sunny and humid, high 90.

SPORTS
CLASS C= The Class C State Amateur Baseball Tournament begins today. Avon vs. Richmond from Delano tonight 7:30pm, Lastrup vs. Raymond in Maple Lake Saturday at 1pm then Upsala vs. Midway at 4pm Saturday from Delano Sobieski will play on Saturday, August 24th at 5pm. All games live on AM960 KLTF and www.fallsradio.com
TWINS= Twins win 4-3 last night over Chicago with a walk off single by Chris Hermann in the 9th. Twins and White Sox tonight at 6:40pm, Saturday at 5:40pm and Sunday at 12:40pm all on Q92

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Thursday- August 15th, 2013

NEWS
--Todd County reported a residential burglary in Browerville on Saturday afternoon. Authorities were told by the homeowner that he was away for 4 to 6 months and upon returning last weekend found his home broken into with over $10,000 of household property taken including a stove, refrigerator, washer, dryer, flat bed trailer and tools. There is a $500 reward being offered for an arrest and conviction in the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Todd County. The sheriff’s office also reported over the past weekend vandalism to mailboxes in the Grey Eagle area and are investigating.

--An 83-year-old pilot walked away from a plane crash in eastern Pope County near Brooten Tuesday morning. The Pope County Sheriff’s Office said the pilot’s one-seat plane crashed after striking an electrical line and coming to rest in the ditch just north of Pope County Road 8. The pilot received minor injuries and was able to walk away from the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident. For most of the morning, an online outage map reported various outages affecting up to 34 people.

--A 7-year-old girl received minor injuries after a collision with a car while walking her bike Monday night. At about 8:20pm the Sauk Rapids Police Department responded to a call in the 300 Block of First Street South. Police said the girl was walking her bike across the middle of the block. A driver put on his brakes but it was unclear if he actually hit the girl, who fell backwards. She had some minor abrasions. An ambulance responded but signed off on the injuries and did not transport the girl. The family took the girl to the hospital but she returned home. She was not wearing a helmet at the time of the incident. No citations were issued.

--Benton County Investigators assigned to the Violent Offenders Task Force on Monday acted on an arrest warrant for 34-year-old Jeremiah Schwartzkopf of Clear Lake who was wanted on charges of fleeing a peace officer in a vehicle. Recent investigations into his activities indicated that Schwartzkopf was allegedly in possession of a handgun and using controlled substances. Investigators performed surveillance in Foley and with the Stearns/Benton SERT Team executed a search warrant and took Schwartzkopf into custody without incident. Formal charges are being processed.

--St. Cloud police officers and firefighters were dispatched to multiple dumpster fires in south St. Cloud early Monday that police believe were deliberately set. The fires occurred about 1:30am in the 500 block and 700 block of Seventh Avenue South and the 800 block of Sixth Avenue South. The Arson Rewards Project is offering a $2,500 reward for information about the fires.

--Minnesota is expected to have the 2nd largest corn crop in state history. The United States Department of Agriculture says that Minnesota’s corn and soybean crop are expected to be slightly smaller than 2012 due to spring rains and cooler temperatures but still be ahead of all other expectations for the year on bumper crop acres planted before Memorial Day this year. However, U of M Agronomist Jeff Coulter warns that the large corn crop rate will only go into effect this year if we continue to see temperatures around or a bit below average, a hard freeze early this year could change the outcome and make drastic changes to this year’s harvest. Forecasters do not see this in the near future but September could change that.

--Music in the park tonight in Randall, also bike rodeo, biking tour, raffle and more, get more info by calling 749-2409 for events today.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office has issued a scam warning regarding an increased number of complaints it has received and is reminding all residents to be “extremely careful” before sending any money or information to anyone – even those believed to be close friends or family members. According to Sheriff Michel Wetzel, several residents have been contacted by someone claiming to be a grandchild in trouble in another state or country. The scammers are very convincing and have information that you would think at first glance only a family member or grandchild would know. “These folks do a tremendous amount of research and tap into numerous databases to get this information,” Wetzel said in a statement. At least one area resident recently lost several thousand dollars in such a scam. Anytime a person is asking for personal information or directly asking for money, it should be viewed skeptically and you are encouraged to contact your local law enforcement agency before releasing any data or funds.

--A Minnesota farmer who pleaded guilty to selling raw milk is accused of violating terms of his parole.  A prosecutor in Sibley County has asked a district court judge to order the arrest of Michael Hartmann. A State Patrol trooper stopped the rural Gibbon farmer last week in Anoka County and discovered that he was transporting unpasteurized milk for sale. Under state law, raw milk can only be sold on the farm where it's produced. Defense attorney Zenas Baer says Hartmann has a constitutional right to sell the milk. In 2010, state officials said Hartmann's unpasteurized products sickened more than a dozen people. A hearing date hasn't been set yet on the request to jail Hartmann.

--Join Linden Hill in Little Falls tonight for a night dedicated to Oz including an outdoor viewing of the famous film starting at 6:30pm.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS
--Jeremy Wozniak and Abigail Marts of Little Falls, a girl on 8-13

DEATH NOTICES
--John Boody, age 46 of Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= sunny, high 77.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 50.  
FRIDAY= sunny, warmer, high 82, low around 55.
SATURDAY= sunny, more humid, high 85, low around 60.
SUNDAY= sunny and warm, high 87, storms late, low 65.

SPORTS
TWINS= Joe Mauer had 5 hits but Twins blow a 7-3 lead and end up losing 9-8 in 12 innings to Cleveland Wednesday. Twins open series with Chicago tonight pregame at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1911= Proctor and Gamble introduced Crisco shortening.
IN 1939= The Wizard of Oz premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theater
IN 1948= first nightly news broadcast on television began on CBS with Douglas Edwards as the news anchor.
IN 1969= The Woodstock Music and Art Festival opened in Bethel, New York, 450,000 people watched 2 dozen bands play for 3 days.

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Wednesday- August 14th, 2013

NEWS
--The Minnesota Court of Appeals has reversed the manslaughter conviction of a Crow Wing County man accused of pulling down a deer stand while another man was in it. An appeals panel ruled 2-1 Monday the trial court should have acquitted Kevin McCormick of Breezy Point. A dispute in 2010 occurred when McCormick believed a deer stand was on his property. The stand fell during the dispute with Jerry Benedict in it. He later died from his injuries sustained in the fall. Prosecutors argued that McCormick was to blame for the stand toppling over causing the fatal injuries to Benedict. McCormick’s attorney argued that the stand fell by accident and that Benedict likely suffered his fatal injuries later that day in a second fall from the stand. The court of appeals said the circumstantial evidence was insufficient to sustain McCormick’s conviction.

--A Sunday morning fire severely damaged a Brainerd two-story South Sixth Street home. A passerby raised the alarm about 6:55am after seeing smoke coming out of a window of the 700 block home. No one was inside the home at the time of the fire. As firefighters arrived heavy smoke and flames were coming out the first floor. A sign on the house states arson is suspected in the fire. 18 Brainerd firefighters battled the blaze. One firefighter suffered a slight injury with a pulled muscle. The house was boarded up. The fire’s point of origin is still being investigated. A reward up to $2,500 is offered for information leading to the identification of the people responsible for the fire. The arson hot line is 890-723-2020.

--As of Monday, motorists travelling Highway 210 between Baxter and Pillager will still continue to encounter daytime delays as segments of the road are reduced to a single lane with flaggers and pilot car controlling traffic from sunrise to sunset.  Motorists will also encounter a rough ride on segments of Highway 210 as concrete patches will be slightly higher than the surrounding pavement until repairs are complete and all concrete surfaces can be ground to their final specifications. Drivers should slow down and be prepared to stop, and must obey the flaggers and follow the pilot car through the daily work zone. Those entering a work zone from driveways or roads intersecting Highway 210 must wait for the pilot car to pass then follow it through the work zone.

--A judge in Willmar has denied a request by the parents of a teen murder suspect that he be released to their custody. Sixteen-year-old Devon Jenkins is charged with two counts of 2nd degree murder in the July 29th death of 79-year-old Lila Warwick. Prosecutors say he helped plan the robbery and murder of Warwick and drove accused killer Brok Junkermeier to her home. Jenkins is being held without bail in a juvenile detention center. Prosecutors will ask at the August 29th hearing that he be tried as an adult.

--The city of Rice and the Rice Fire Department will unveil the new fire engine this Friday. The public is invited to the truck unveiling ceremony at the Rice Fire Hall at 6:30pm. The ceremony will include a historic slideshow, honoring past department and member achievements. Pictures with the truck and a small meal will follow.

--Little Falls Police reported theft of items on the 500 block of First Street Northeast, the 600 block of Third Street Southeast and theft of a bike on Highland Avenue all occurring last weekend. Anyone with information on the thefts or noticed suspicious activity should contact the Little Falls Police Department at 616-5570.

--Search and like Little Falls Radio on Facebook today.

--The Pierz City Council met on Monday night. At the preliminary levy hearing the council passed a 0% increase. The levy remains at $280,515. For the 7th year in a row taxes will not change in Pierz. Notably there were several praises from local residents regarding the mosquito spraying in town. Pierz decided to try the spraying for the second half of summer and may look to continue it in the future after the positive feedback. An update from the city treasurer position in Pierz: After receiving 6 applications the council will move forward with interviews with 4 of the candidates on August 26th. The hope is to be able to select the new city treasurer later that same night.

--Fire caused about $40,000 damage to a tractor trailer Monday afternoon near St. Cloud. The fire required the St. Cloud and St. Augusta fire departments to be called out just after 12:30pm.  It happened on Minnesota Highway 15 just south of Interstate Highway 94. The cab of the truck was engulfed with fire when firefighters arrived. Damage was contained to the tractor portion of the truck. No injuries were reported.

--Police continue looking for a Pelican Rapids teen missing since August 7th. Authorities say 17-year-old Alex Key snuck out through a bathroom window taking a backpack with him. He’s had heart surgery and is a diabetic and it is now known if he took medication with him. He was spotted in Detroit Lakes over the weekend. He’s 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, dark red hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information is asked to contact Pelican Rapids Police.

--Members of the AFSCME and MAPE State Employee Unions have ratified a new two-year contract for 2013 through 2015. About 32,000 state workers will receive across the board raises of three-percent for each of the next two years but will also pay more for health insurance. For the contract to take effect, a special legislative panel must approve it within 30 days. The 2014 Legislature will the have the final say in the agreement before becoming official.

WEATHER
TODAY= sunny skies, high 76.
TONIGHT= clear skies, lows in the 40s.
THURSDAY= sunny skies, high near 80, clear at night low 55.
FRIDAY= sunny skies, a bit more humid, high 83, low around 60.

SPORTS
TWINS= Cleveland beat Twins Tuesday 5-2. Twins and Indians wrap up series today, before Chicago comes in for 4 games starting tomorrow. Today’s pregame at 11:40am on Q92 WYRQ.
STATE BASEBALL= Avon vs. Richmond Friday at 7:30pm, Lastrup at 1pm Saturday, Upsala at 4pm Saturday in state tournament from Delano and Maple Lake. All games live on AM960 KLTF.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1848= The Oregon Territory was established by Congress.
IN 1873= first issue of Field and Stream magazine published.
IN 1933= “Ma Perkins” debuted on radio in Cincinnati.
IN 1935= President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law- which Congress passed days earlier as old age insurance.
IN 1945= President Harry Truman announced that Japan had surrendered- know as V-J Day for the ending of World War II.
IN 1965= Sonny and Cher hit #1 with I Got You Babe.

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Tuesday- August 13th, 2013

NEWS
--Back on June 23rd the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a body had been located on a small minimum maintenance road near the city of Harding. Responding deputies found 75 year old Thomas Burkard lying on the road, deceased. Burkard’s vehicle was later found stuck some distance away. According to Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel, foul play was not suspected, yet Burkard’s body was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office due to the unusual circumstances surrounding the incident. On Thursday the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office did rule Burkard’s death was natural and that no foul play was involved. Wetzel went on to state that “several people were interviewed in regard to this incident, and we simply wanted to let those in the neighborhood know that no foul play was involved in Burkard’s death.

--The local National Night Out Open House will be held from 4:30-7:30pm tonight at the Little Falls Fire Department. The event features an extrication demo, face painting, free cookout, bicycle clinics, fire trucks, SWAT Team, Dive Team and displays. The event is free to all to attend. Meet members from the fire department, Little Falls Police, Morrison County Sheriff’s Office and other emergency personnel agencies while enjoying the local National Night Out.

--A contested omnibus hearing for Byron David Smith, the Little Falls man charged with two counts of first degree murder is set for August 30th at 10am in Morrison County District court. Last week, Smith’s Defense Attorney Steve Meshbesher indicated he will ask that the two counts of murder in the first degree against Smith be dismissed with prejudice. He cites lack of probable cause, several individual and cumulative errors in the grand jury process, rule and statutory violations, violations of Smith’s state and federal constitutional rights and for prosecutorial misconduct, as reasons for the dismissal. In addition, Meshbesher will request that Smith’s statements to law enforcement at his residence and at the Morrison County Sheriff’s office the day after the shootings be suppressed, as well as physical evidence recovered from Smith’s residence. Meshbesher requested a post-hearing to allow the parties to file additional legal documents based on hearing testimony related to the admissibility of statements, physical evidence and other matters that arise at the August 30th hearing.  In July, the Court agreed motions could be filed until August 7th giving the judge time to consider such motions.

--U.S. corn growers are expected to produce a record-high 13.8 billion bushels of corn in 2013, according to the Crop Production report issued Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The forecast production is up 28 percent from drought-hit 2012. U.S. soybean production is forecast at 3.26 billion bushels in 2013, up 8 percent from last year. NASS forecasts 76.4 million acres of soybeans for harvest this year. If realized, this will be the second largest harvested acreage on record.

--A trial begins Tuesday in Stearns County District Court for Freeport farmer Alvin Schlangen related to an investigation into Schlangen’s sale of raw milk. The charge against Schlangen for selling raw milk has been dismissed, but he still faces five food-related charges.

--The Morrison County Fair wrapped up Sunday. Now eyes look again to the Minnesota State Fair starting August 22nd. The night before Princess Kay of the Milky Way will be crowned. This year candidates include one each from Benton, Todd and Stearns County.

--Stearns County responded to two separate watercraft accidents over the weekend. Two people were hurt Friday around 5:30pm on Cedar Island Lake in Wakefield Township when a runabout operated by David Hanle of Becker lost control hitting the wake of a passing watercraft veering off course and striking the shoreline. 35-year-old Hanle and 56-year-old Barbara Hanle of Richmond were taken to St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The 2nd accident happened Saturday afternoon just before 3:00pm on Grand Lake in Rockville. 56-year-old Gregory Beckrich of Cold Spring was operating his boat with his wife and son as passengers when his craft sideswiped an outboard boat owned by 79-year-old Clarence Bloch of Cold Spring. 56-year-old Linda Beckrich was ambulanced to St. Cloud Hospital with serious injuries. 20-year-old Michael Beckrich was taken to the hospital by his father for injuries sustained. The report stated that both watercraft operators showed no signs of injuries. Both accidents are still currently under investigation.

--The water system improvement project in Swanville has gotten underway. The project is being done by Larson Excavating Contractors Inc. from Holdingford. The project known as the Rhoda Avenue Water Project will include water main and sidewalk installation, replacement and restoration on Rhoda Street from First Street to Sixth Street; Fifth Street from Highway 38 to Berkey and Third Street from Berkey to the water tower. Upon completion of the project, the water distribution system constructed in 1930-1931 will be updated. Digging will begin as soon as the water levels along the site have been lowered. The project is to be completed in September.

--The restored Todd County Courthouse in Long Prairie has won acclaim from a Minnesota group that advocates for preserving historic structures. The courthouse has won a 2013 Minnesota Preservation Award from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, the alliance announced Monday. The Todd County Courthouse was re-opened in summer 2012 after restoration work was completed. The courthouse, built in 1883 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was being used for storage before the restoration. Voters narrowly authorized the restoration project in a 2010 referendum. That came after a cost estimate showed the building could be renovated more economically than building a new structure, While no longer used as a courthouse, the building houses other county departments.

DEATH NOTICES
--Ronald Post, age 79 of Cushing.
--George Kowitz, age 92 of Royalton.
--Joseph Donald Schneider, age 50 of Bowlus.
--Isabel Knosalla, age 93 of Staples

WEATHER
TODAY= sunny skies, high 74.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low 49.
WEDNESDAY= sunny skies, high 76, low around 50.
THURSDAY= sunny skies, high near 80 low around 55.

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins win 3-0 Monday over Indians. Twins continue series with Cleveland tonight with pregame started at 6:40 on Q92 WYRQ.

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Monday- August 12th, 2013

NEWS
--A Friday afternoon fire destroyed a building at Gene’s Repair, Sales, Tires and Towing in Royalton. One person suffered minor burns that needed hospitalization. The fire has been ruled accidental. Gene’s Repair is owned by Holly and Gene Binkley of Royalton. Heavy smoke poured from the scene for over 2 hours. Rice and Little Falls fire departments assisted Royalton crews at the scene. The back of the repair shop building was demolished by the blaze and the rest was badly charred. A car in front of the building was crushed by a fallen door. Northbound traffic on U.S. Highway 10 slowed to a crawl and was backed up for miles until after 6pm on Friday.

--St. Cloud police and the FBI are investigating an armed robbery that occurred just before 5:00pm Friday at American National Bank of Minnesota located at 3210 Division Street. A man displayed a handgun at the bank and demanded money. He was given an undisclosed amount of money and left the bank in a newer Dodge hatchback that was red or maroon and looked like a Caliber. Police describe the suspect as a white man, 5 foot 10 inches or 5 foot 11 inches, light to medium build, about 60-70 years old, with gray hair and a scruffy face. He was wearing blue jeans, a long-sleeved tan or gray shirt/jacket and a dark-colored undershirt. The suspect was wearing a dark-colored baseball cap with an unknown logo on the front. Anyone with information should call the St. Cloud Police Department at (320) 251-1200.

--The outstanding Senior Citizens of Morrison County were named Friday. The winners are Ray Nicoski of Little Falls and Patty Commerford of Pierz. They will now compete at the Minnesota State Fair on August 29th for the state’s outstanding senior honor.

--Upsala’s Heritage Medallion was located Thursday evening by Kandelle Olson of Upsala She found it hiding in the crevice of a tree near the water treatment plant wrapped in a Snickers wrapper.

--The Pierz City Council meets tonight at 7:00pm at Pierz City Hall. Agenda items include preliminary levy public hearing, city treasurer position update, update on the Maureen Watercott Memorial Drive, mosquito spraying praises, update from the police, fire, public works and the parks superintendent.

--Two Clear Lake residents were taken to St. Cloud Hospital on Friday afternoon with non-life-threatening injuries sustained in a two-car collision on U.S. Highway 10. Gary Persell and Sylvia Persell were transported after their car broadsided a vehicle driven by Richard Seifert of New Ulm. The report says the Persells were heading north on Highway 10 when Seifert pulled out in front of them. Seifert sustained no apparent injury.

--A driver was trapped under her car for hours on Interstate 94 before being rescued Thursday morning. The crash happened near Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County. 34-year-old Heather Obrzut of Princeton was found outside her car after she was ejected and partially pinned under the vehicle. Troopers believe her car ran off the road the night before and about 8 hours had passed before she was discovered by a passing motorist. She was taken to an area hospital for treatment of reportedly non-life threatening injuries.

--Another Republican has entered the race for Governor next year. Scott Honour was the previous manager and part owner of the Gores Group. Honour is the 4th Republican candidate to vie for Governor.

--The Fourth Annual Rock the Park event will be Saturday the 17th at Maple Island Park- for more details call GRAA at 632-0960.

--A Biwabik man was arrested Thursday night pending charges of flying an ultralight plane over a music festival while under the influence of alcohol. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office reported that 28-year old Dustin John Calgaro was flying the aircraft over the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival at El Rancho Mañana near Richmond and buzzing the crowd. He eventually landed at the campground. A deputy at the festival investigated and determined that the pilot was under the influence of alcohol. Calgaro was arrested and taken to Stearns County Jail.

--A 19-year-old Ostego man was killed Thursday afternoon after being struck by a vehicle. Phillip Gregory LaVallee died when a van traveling north on Wright County Road 19 crossed over the center line and struck him. Wright County deputies say that LaVallee died at the scene. The driver of the van 67-year-old Linda Louise Gullickson of Albertville was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale for treatment of injuries. The incident remains under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

--The U.S. Department of Energy says Minnesota is near the top of the list of states in generating wind power. Nearly 17 percent of the state’s energy comes from wind. The department says there are only nine states in the country that have more than 12 percent of power generated by the wind. Minnesota is seventh in the nation for gross wind power generation and fourth in the percentage of energy used that comes from wind. Most of the state’s wind farms are located across southern Minnesota where the wind potential is highest.

--When a family on Portland Avenue investigated a smoke smell, they found a dryer area full of flames. Brainerd firefighters were called to the scene at 5:43pm Thursday on the 1500 block of Portland Avenue. No one was injured and firefighters quickly put out the fire, but there was extensive smoke banking down to the floor level. Firefighters donned their masks to enter the structure. Fifteen firefighters responded to the house fire with damage estimates in the $5,000 range. Firefighters worked on the scene through a mini-downpour and were clearing the scene after 7:00pm.

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly sunny, high 77.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 49.
TUESDAY= mostly sunny, high 75, low around 48.
WEDNESDAY= mostly sunny, high 76

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins win 2 over Chicago Friday, game 1 was 7-5 thanks to two long balls by Justin Morneau, Oswaldo Arcia homered in the 10th inning to win 3-2 in the nightcap. Morneau and Arcia homered again Saturday but Chicago held on to win 5-4. Twins keep long ball going with homers from Dozier and Mauer to win Sunday 5-2. Twins host Cleveland tonight 6:40pm pregame on Q92 WYRQ.
TRADE= Twins trade Jamie Carroll to KC for player to named later.
VIKINGS= Houston beat Vikings 27-13 in preseason opener.
REGION 8C= Avon beat Sobieski 1-0 in first game Saturday then Skis came back to win 3-0 in second game as Sobieski wins Region 8C Title and will play August 24th at the state tournament. Avon opens play at State Friday night while Upsala and Lastrup play on Saturday. Hear state action live starting Friday on AM960 KLTF.

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Friday- August 9th, 2013

NEWS
--The Morrison County Fair kicked off with opening ceremonies Thursday including a short address from Camp Ripley Post Commander Colonel Scott St. Sauver. Following that the 5 Century Farms of Morrison County were recognized. They are farms currently owned by Robert Jamma in Buh Township, Daniel Rutz in the Little Falls area, Michael Schirmers of Pierz, Mike and RoseAnn Virnig of Pierz and Judy Ann Waller-Johnson, the farmstead is near Hillman. It’s Day 2 of the Morrison County Fair, gates open at noon, midway at 3, tonight a new attraction the Octagon Cage Fighting at 7pm at the grandstand, it is senior day where the outstanding senior citizens of Morrison County will be awarded at 2pm, music, food, a bike rodeo today from 1-3pm where kids get a free helmet, milking contest with dairy princesses at 2:30pm and so much more today at the Morrison County Fair. Saturday is kids day, ATV and Tractor Pull at 1pm and Sunday it’s the demolition derby at 2pm at the Grandstand. Get full details on the Fair at www.fallsradio.com.

--The 20th annual Morrison County’s Oasis Paint-A-Thon was held on Saturday, August 3rd. This year eight homes were serviced by 12 groups. The paint used this year was about 121 gallons donated by Valspar Corporation through the Minnesota Beautiful grant. Other necessary supplies were made possible by donations and grants from a number of civic groups, local businesses and individuals. None of the work costs the homeowner any money, it’s all done by volunteers. As of this year, 200 homes have been painted in Morrison County since the program’s inception. For more information, contact Tim Poland at the Oasis office in Little Falls at (320) 632-9140.

--Storms Tuesday caused a number of trees down and power outages in central Minnesota. Kandiyohi County reported still Wednesday night hundreds without power, Crow Wing County reported a number of trees down in Pequot Lakes and Merrifield and most power had been restored to the Lakes area from the storms. Some areas picked up over 3 inches of rainfall in Crow Wing and Cass County from the storms on Tuesday. Northern Morrison County saw the heaviest moisture Tuesday while reports of over a ½ inch of rain near Pierz and only a 1/3 of an inch of rain at Little Falls Radio.

--The Brainerd police department has been notified by the Minnesota Department of Corrections of a level 3 predatory offender that will be residing in Brainerd after being released from prison on August 20th. 29-year-old Brandon Churchill will reside in the 500 block of 3rd Avenue Northeast. Churchill has a history of using force to have sexual contact with 12 to 15 year old girls who he was known to. A community notification meting will be held Monday at 6pm at the Brainerd police department where staff will provide information and answer questions on the offender.

--Todd County reported a juvenile male was injured Sunday night around 9:30 when his ATV struck a deer in Round Prairie Township. The driver was treated at Long Prairie Hospital for minor injuries.

--Brainerd police responded to a disturbance on Tuesday where people were yelling and the sound of glass of breaking. Officers determined there was some kind of assault and altercation at the residence on 9th Avenue Northeast. Officers attempted to detain a male who was being resistive when two aggressive dogs came out and starting fighting with officers. One of the dogs had to be shot by police and died. 41-year-old Bobbie Cockman of Brainerd was arrested on assault, obstructing arrest and disorderly conduct.

--Todd County received a complaint about Black Top Boys Paving from a resident Monday who said he was approached by someone stating they were from that business and that they were doing work on Highway 71. The resident was told they had an overrun of black top and would pave his driveway. The resident agreed verbally for it and when completed was given a bill 10 times the amount agreed upon. There has been other reports of services agreed upon by Morrison, Todd and other county residents where the work was not completed or the bill was more than agreed upon. Law enforcement is urging residents to check license information and get written quotes. Also there have been reports of other service, selling or phone scams that continued to be called in to law enforcement as they remind residents to not give out personal information if you are unsure of any caller or e-mail or service coming to your door.

--The 3rd Annual Gold Star Family Weekend will be held August 23-25, 2013 at Camp Ripley, just north of Little Falls, MN. Gold Star families - families who have a loved one who gave their life in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Korea or any other conflict, are invited as guests for this special weekend to Honor, Remember and Cherish the lives of their loved ones. Rockie Lynne will have an afternoon concert that Saturday. The concert is open to the public for a donation. For more information, contact Merrilee Carlson at 651-319-1194.

--A project engineer from a northwest Minneapolis suburb has come forward to claim one-third of a $448 million Powerball jackpot. Paul White, of Ham Lake, was introduced Thursday afternoon at a news conference at the Minnesota State Lottery’s headquarters. The other two winning tickets were sold in New Jersey. White is the 22nd jackpot winner of Powerball in state history. The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were 05, 25, 30, 58, 59 and Powerball 32.

--Weekend events include Upsala Heritage Days including a parade Saturday at 10:30am also St. James in Randall has there Auguestfest celebration on Sunday at the church. Details at www.fallsradio.com.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Brian and Shanna Johnson of Little Falls, a boy born August 7th.

DEATH NOTICES
--Marie J. Czech, age 98 of Pierz.
--Lavona Miller, age 91 of Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly sunny, breezy, high 73.
TONIGHT= mostly clear, low around 45.
SATURDAY= mostly sunny, high 74, storms develop late, low 55.
SUNDAY= morning storms, then partial sun, high 73, low 55.
MONDAY= sunny and warmer, high near 80.

SPORTS
TWINS= After Thursday off, the Twins have 4 games in Chicago over the next 3 days including a day-night double header today. First game starts at 1:10pm, second game at 7:10 tonight, pregame a half hour before, then Saturday pregame at 2:35 and Sunday at 12:40, catch all the games live on Q92 WYRQ.
NFL= Vikings have Houston tonight preseason opener at 7pm.
REGION 8C= Sobieski vs. Avon Saturday 1pm for 8C title on KLTF.

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Thursday- August 8th, 2013

NEWS
--The Little Falls City Council met Monday night. The council approved surveillance cameras being installed at the City Golf Course. The Linden Hill project to reroof the stable and carriage house was approved. Several grants and donations were accepted. The council forwarded an option to join Tree City USA to the Parks and Recreations Board to learn their opinion of whether the city should opt to join. They meet again on Monday, August 19th. One item that was discussed in the special meeting was the possibility of having winter parking restrictions on city streets and alleyways between 2 to 6am. It was not yet brought to the council for a vote, however this item may be brought up again at a future meeting.

--The city of Brainerd will pay $345,000 to settle a disagreement over land acquired during the College Drive project. It was a unanimous vote during a closed session meeting after Monday’s city council session. The settlement concerns land owned by Roger and Elizabeth Anda and James H. Martin, who own Colonywood Apartment complex on College Drive. The city took about 1.66 acres, and later released another 1/2 acres back to the property owners but the property still had to be restored back to the way it was before the project. The $345,000 settlement will cover the value of the land as well as funds to restore the property. The $345,000 will come out of the city’s construction fund.

--The charitable organization, Defending the Blue Line, visited Camp Ripley last week to see firsthand how Soldiers in the Minnesota National Guard conduct annual training and to meet children of the Minnesota National Guard members. Defending The Blue Line is a nonprofit organization made up of military members, NHL players and concerned citizens who support military families by providing hockey camp scholarships, hockey equipment, and hockey lessons to the children of military parents. While at Camp Ripley members of the group toured some of the 53,000-acre regional training facility. Additionally, they had an opportunity to sign autographs for children of the Minnesota National Guard who were at Camp Ripley that day for a youth camp.

--Motorists will notice an increased number of bicyclists on central Minnesota highways August 15th through 18th for the annual Bicycling Around Minnesota event. The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds all travelers to share the road and follow all traffic safety laws. Approximately 275 bicyclists will travel through Cold Spring, Albany, Spicer and Hutchinson on several trunk highways, local routes and bicycle paths during the four days.

--One man was killed Tuesday when he lost control of his car and it rolled in Mille Lacs County. The State Patrol identified the driver as 32-year-old Jason M. Johnson from Princeton. The crash happened at 8:30am on U.S. Highway 169 and 55th Street north of Princeton. Johnson was going south on Highway 169 when he went on to the left shoulder and over corrected to the right ditch. Johnson was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

--A rural Bertha man was injured when his car rolled in Todd County. The crash happened around 6:30pm Monday. Duane Cronquist Jr. suffered minor injuries. Cronquist was going north on County Road 1 when his car left the road, overcorrected and rolled.

--A St. Cloud man was arrested Tuesday night. St. Cloud Police stated that Kenneth Deschon allegedly threatened another man slapped him and tossed an object at him. Deschon was taken to the Stearns County Jail on fifth degree assault charges and terroristic threats.

--The Morrison County Fair kicks off today in Little Falls and runs through Sunday. Today is Military Day with a special opening ceremony at noon with members from the National Guard and singing of the National Anthem. Tuff Truck and Car competition tonight at 7pm at the Grandstand, live music, exhibits, the Midway tonight from 6-9pm has their 3/3/3 deal where you get 3 armbands for $30 when you bring 3 items for the food shelf. It’s the Morrison County Fair starting today-more details at www.fallsradio.com. AM960 KLTF’s Party Line will be live Friday at 10am from the Morrison County Fairgrounds during senior day at the fair.

--Law enforcement cited 17,415 motorists for driving at illegal and unsafe speeds during a statewide speed enforcement campaign, July 6–21, according to preliminary reports from 328 law enforcement agencies. Reporting agencies cited at least 12 motorists for traveling more than 100 mph during the two-week campaign. The highest speed reported was 148 miles per hour in the Mankato District. An average speeding citation for 10 mph over the limit is typically more than $120. Motorists stopped at 20 mph over the speed limit face double the fine, and those ticketed traveling more than 100 mph can lose their license for six months.

--State Patrol troopers will partner with deputies and local area officers to conduct extra patrols and traffic control surrounding the NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway August 15th-17th. This enforcement project will accompany a larger scale, statewide DWI enforcement and education campaign running August 16 through Labor Day. The State Patrol will have its mobile breath testing/ impaired driving vehicle stationed at the front entrance area of the race track to assist any officers with preliminary segments of the impaired driver arrest process.  The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will have special enforcement teams in the area, to include the targeting of A.T.V. operation.

WEATHER
TODAY= scattered morning showers, then clearing, high 71
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 50.
FRIDAY= sunny, breezy, high 72, clear at night low 47.
SATURDAY= mostly sunny, high 76, storms develop after dark
SUNDAY= storms likely early and late in day, some sun, high 75.

SPORTS
TWINS= Royals beat Twins 5-2 Wednesday. Brian Dozier did have 3 hits for Twins. Twins are off today, 2 games in Chicago on Friday.  
REGION 8C= Avon vs. Sobieski for the Region 8C Championship Saturday at 1pm from Avon on AM960 KLTF. Avon would need to be beat the Skis twice for the title. The State Tournament begins August 16th- hear Region 8C teams at state on AM960 KLTF.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1863= after defeat at Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee of Confederate Army sent a letter of resignation- it was refused.
IN 1864= The Red Cross began operations in Geneva, Clara Barton would bring the Red Cross to the U.S. in 1881.
IN 1945= President Harry Truman signed United Nations Charter.
IN 1974= President Richard Nixon announced he would be resigning the Presidency at noon the next day. Gerald Ford would take over.

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Wednesday- August 7th, 2013

NEWS
--Investigators said Tuesday they would have arrested a Cold Spring man, Eric Thomes, for the murder of Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker had Thomes not killed himself. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office also announced they have concluded the active portion of their investigation into the November 29th shooting death of Decker. However, authorities said the case will remain open and the investigation will continue as new information emerges. They also stressed that their investigation has provided no information that a man arrested in connection with the case, Ryan Larson, participated in Decker’s killing. Larson was arrested and detained after the shooting, then released without being charged. Larson has maintained his innocence since his arrest. Before his death, 31-year old Thomes had been considered by police as a person of interest in the Decker murder. When investigators went to Thomes’ Cold Spring residence January 2nd to interview him about the case, he reportedly ran to an outbuilding and hanged himself. Soon after, the 20-gauge shotgun used to kill Decker was found on a separate property that Thomes had access to. Immediately after Thomes’ death, investigators said unanswered questions remained, including what the motive may have been in the killing. The information that led investigators to Thomes was from a tip that was called in after a news conference announcing a $100,000 reward in the case.

--The Little Falls Police department in the past days have reported the theft of ornaments from the roof of a garage on Third Street Northeast, theft of a car stereo on First Avenue Southwest, theft of Schwinn bike on Fourth Avenue Northeast, theft of six solar lights from a yard on 8th Street Southeast and theft of items from an unlocked garage on 8th Street Northwest. A reminder again to report suspicious activity to police and leave valuables locked up when you are not at home and in vehicle cases best to cover or hide valuable away from the naked eye to avoid thieves.

--A 45-year-old Edina woman was injured in a water skiing accident Sunday afternoon on Ruth Lake in Crow Wing County. Patricia Stang was taken to the Crosby hospital and treated for injuries.

--A 17-year-old Albany boy was injured Tuesday morning when his car struck an electric pole in Stearns County. The crash happened at 5:15am on Stearns County Road 54 near the Upper Spunk public landing in Avon Township. Skyler Miller told a sheriff’s deputy he was going east on County Road 54, fell asleep and hit the pole. Officers found the pole leaning at a steep angle over the road. Miller was treated at the scene but refused hospitalization. The accident remains under investigation.

--A shed was broken into and a hand tool stolen recently in Todd County. Saturday afternoon the sheriff’s office was notified of a burglary at the Jacob Buchholz residence in Round Prairie Township. The incident remains under investigation. If you have information, please call the sheriff’s office at 800-794-5733.

--The Franciscan Sisters present their annual Green Fair Folk Festival from 4-8pm tonight on the Convent’s west lawn. Music, food, vendors and much more are part of tonight’s event.

--The Pierz Area Community Picnic is returning tonight after a 1 year hiatus, the picnic is open for all and you are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the local food shelf. The picnic will take place from 5-7pm at the Pierz Park near the golf course.

--The Minnesota National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters is scheduled to conduct a domestic training exercise this week at Camp Ripley in preparation for a larger exercise in 2015. This exercise is designed to establish and strengthen working relationships with local, county or state agencies, non-governmental organizations and emergency management partners. Some of the objectives include validating roles and responsibilities, reviewing procedures and exercising communication systems. Fourteen agencies or organizations are involved in the two-day event. This exercise is part of a series of events leading to the Vigilant Guard exercise scheduled for September 2015 which is an all-hazard, full-scale exercise.

--The Foley City Council voted Tuesday to hire interim Police Chief Katie Lang as permanent chief. Lang was named interim chief in June after working for about a year as an officer for the department. At the time, council members said they wanted to wait 60 days before making additional decisions about the position. Former chief Brant Standridge, who was still on probationary status after starting in June 2012, was let go by the city in May. The City Council also approved Tuesday the hiring of a part-time officer and a list of eligible officers. Lang becomes the latest in a string of new police chiefs in Central Minnesota, including St. Joseph, Albany, St. Cloud and Cold Spring.

--The Benton County board has chosen the Lake of the Woods County attorney to fill its top legal spot. Commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously to appoint Philip K. Miller as the new Benton County attorney. Miller will serve the remainder of Robert Raupp’s term, which expires in January 2015. Raupp’s stint as Benton County attorney ended in early June when he was sworn in as a district court judge. Miller will start September 3rd.

DEATH NOTICES
--Helen Hall, age 92 of Staples.
--Dianna Goebel, age 64 of Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= partly to mostly cloudy, high near 70.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, an overnight T-storm possible, low 47.
THURSDAY= morning T-storms, then partly sunny, high 72, low 49
FRIDAY= sunny and breezy, high near 70, low around 50.

SPORTS
TWINS= Brian Dozier and Justin Morneau homered and Andrew Albers pitched into the 9th inning to help the Twins win 7-0 over Royals Tuesday. Twins wrap series with Kansas City tonight with a pregame at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ. Twins have Thursday off then have a day night double header with White Sox on Friday.
NFL= Vikings host Houston in preseason game Friday at 7pm.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1782= George Washington creates Order of the Purple Heart.
IN 1882= the feud began violently between the Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s on the West Virginia/Kentucky border, hundreds died.
IN 1912= Theodore Roosevelt helps create Bull Moose Party.
IN 1966= garage band The Trogg’s hit #1 with Wild Thing.

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Tuesday- August 6th, 2013

NEWS
--State and Federal officials are holding public assistance briefings this week for 18 Minnesota counties affected by severe storms and flooding in June. Applicants eligible for disaster aid include cities and counties, electric cooperatives, non-profits and schools. State Emergency Management Director Kris Eide says applicants at these briefings will learn about the types of damages and costs that are eligible. Following that the state and FEMA will follow up with each individual applicant and help them fill out the paperwork for their reimbursement. Eide says this is the first step in getting public assistance. The Federal Government covers 75% of costs and state and/or local government will pay the other 25%. Meetings today are in Wilkin, Traverse, Grant, Hennepin, Big Stone and Swift counties. On Wednesday the briefings for Morrison, Stearns, Benton, Stevens, Pope and Douglas take place and then Thursday it will be Faribault, Freeborn, Houston and Fillmore counties.

--The Royalton School District completed the instillation of a 26-foot rock wall last Thursday that will be used by middle and high school students and community members. The project is the district’s latest endeavor at bringing in activities that both the students and community members can experience equally. The rock wall cost about $29,000 and was paid for mostly through grants and fundraising during the past two years.

--Both a grandfather and grandson from Monticello have each died from injuries sustained Friday after their tractor flipped over in Clearwater Township. The accident occurred on Wright County Road 104 and Huber Avenue Northwest around 5:45pm after a tractor went in the ditch and flipped. The two were pinned under the tractor. 50-year old Ron Gustafson of Monticello died at the scene. 5-year old Rollie Gustafson of Monticello was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center and later died from his blunt force injuries.

--The Monticello nuclear plant returned to full power Saturday following a refueling and maintenance outage that began March 2nd. During the outage, work was completed on major upgrades that will increase the plant’s capacity by 71 megawatts and allow it to continue operating through 2030. About 3,000 contract workers joined the plant’s 500 employees to complete the work.

--State Senator Julianne Ortman is running to be the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Al Franken next year.  Ortman kicked off her campaign Saturday at a park in Waconia. She has represented her Senate District for the last decade. Two other Republicans are in the race to challenge Franken. They are Mike McFadden, a businessman from suburban St. Paul, and Jim Abeler, a state representative from Anoka.

--Hewitt Fire and Rescue and Todd County deputies are investigating a vehicle striking a low hanging power line on Highway 71 in Hewitt on Saturday afternoon. Around 3:20 deputies say the driver stuck a power line with her van- a second vehicle a semi-truck also struck the power line- no one was hurt from either incident though the vehicle sustained moderate damage. How the line was damaged or hanging low is currently being investigated.

--Nisswa City Council member Lenny Hodgson resigned suddenly July 22nd after more than a decade of non-consecutive terms of service. The abrupt decision that was conveyed in a resignation letter will be considered by the council at its next meeting. Hodgson said in his letter that his resignation was for personal reasons.

--Stearns County has released the names of those involved in an accident Saturday morning in Millwood Township and also the arrest of an Upsala man on charges of criminal vehicular operation. Around 1:30am, 30-year-old Joshua Ainali of Sauk Centre was making a left turn when a 2nd vehicle collided with Joshua on his driver’s door. The second vehicle was driven by 24-year-old Christopher Lehner of Upsala. Lehner was attempting to pass a vehicle at the time when he collided with Ainali. Authorities stated that two of the injured were taken to Melrose Hospital and two others were airlifted to St. Cloud. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash and Lehner was arrested and is currently being held in the Stearns County Jail pending two counts of Criminal Vehicular Operation.

--Congratulations to Little Falls Senior Jake Novotny who recently won the 2nd Annual Spartan Challenge at Rocori High School last Friday. The competition is for soon to be sophomores, juniors and seniors of 8 area high schools including Little Falls in bench press, squat, power clean, vertical jump, pro agility drill and 40 yard dash. Novotny missed last years’ competition with a broken hand but won the senior boys division last week. Other winners were Kristie Hennen of Rocori in Senior Girls, Derek Stachowski of Sartell in Junior Boys, Junior Girls Bobbie Jo Benda of Dassel-Cokato, Sophomore Boys Maison Grefe of Rocori and Sophomore Girls Paige Forsman of Dassel-Cokato. The challenge is to measure offseason workout progress of the athletes for the upcoming sports seasons.

--A Ramsey man was arrested Saturday after a resident reported last week that someone was burglarizing his neighbor’s house. Benton County deputies were called at 12:30pm July 26th about suspicious activity at a home in the 5800 block of Ronneby Road Northeast in Maywood Township. The caller said his neighbor was away from his home at the time and the caller saw a man at the house. The caller was able to give deputies a description of the man and the vehicle, along with the license plate number. Deputies found that the neighbor’s home had been burglarized. Investigators found that the SUV belonged to 46-year old George Lewandowski of Ramsey. Lewandowski was identified as the man he saw coming from the back of the home. Lewandowski was arrested Saturday after being found in St. Cloud. Lewandowski is in Benton County Jail and faces possible second degree burglary charges.

--Farmfest begins today near Redwood Falls. It has become one of the largest ag shows in North America. Get updates on the doings at Farmfest on Q92 WYRQ and AM960 KLTF during farm reports.

DEATH NOTICES
--LaVerne M. Kohout, age 77 of Princeton.
--David Ploof, age 61 of Brainerd.
--DeWayne LeBlanc of Little Falls

WEATHER
TODAY= afternoon showers and storms, high 77.
TONIGHT= showers and storms before dark, clearing late, low 52.
WEDNESDAY= sunny, high near 70, clear at night low 50.
THURSDAY= 40% chance of storms, cloudy, high 72.

SPORTS
TWINS= KC bombs the Twins 13-0 last night, 6:40 tonight on Q92

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Monday- August 5th, 2013

NEWS
--Appointments can now be made for August 14th at the Initiative Foundation in Little Falls as financial experts from the Nonprofits Assistance Fund will be in Little Falls to provide complimentary, one on one sessions to nonprofits who would like answers to specific questions, an increased understanding of their organization’s financial situation and insight on financial concerns. The sessions will be conducted from 10am to 4pm and are first-come first serve. You can reserve your spot now by calling (320) 631-2062 or by email sending to kackley@ifound.org. If you can’t make the August 14th date the NAF will also be in Little Falls on September 24th and October 3rd.

--A St. Cloud man was arrested after a man was assaulted with a hammer Wednesday night. At about 11:30pm, St. Cloud police were called to the 10th block of Fourth Avenue North after reports of an assault in an apartment. A 24-year-old St. Cloud man had been assaulted with a hammer. 53-year old Michael John Boyland of St. Cloud was arrested and taken to Stearns County Jail. The victim suffered lacerations and was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for injuries that were not life threatening. Boyland was also treated for injuries at St. Cloud Hospital for injuries he received during the altercation. Boyland could be charged with second-degree assault while the victim could be charged with fifth-degree assault.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office reported theft of items from a deer stand on 175th Avenue where two propane tanks, a double heater and binoculars were taken sometime over the weekend of July 27th. They also reported a one-vehicle crash on Highway 27 and County Road 47 on July 28th where the driver was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated. The driver was not injured in the crash.

--Brainerd was named among the “smartest cities” in the United States. A study done by Lumosity, a brain training website, showed that Brainerd ranked 37th out of the 478 cities ranked, fourth out of 405 between ages 35-55 and showed nearly top rankings when it came to memory testing, attention to detail and also the speed in which correct answers were given.

--A house fire in Sauk Centre caused extensive damage Thursday. Sauk Centre police and fire department were called at 6:23pm to 215 Elm Street South Thursday in response to a basement fire. The renter of the home fell asleep after lighting a candle that set the fire. A damage estimate was not available. There were no injuries.

--A third teenager has been arrested in the killing of a church volunteer in Willmar. The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office says deputies have arrested a 17-year-old male in connection with the death of 79-year-old Lila Warwick. Officers found the great grandmother's body Monday after sheriff's deputies went to check on her welfare. A preliminary autopsy shows she had multiple stab wounds and neck injuries consistent with strangulation. Late Wednesday a 19-year-old and 16-year-old were arrested on suspicion of murder and burglary. All three arrested were from Willmar.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9am at the government center in Little Falls. Agenda items include agency reports from Social Services, Public Health, Public Works, Great River Regional Library report and a Community Health Needs Assessment Report which consists of a written survey, community health assets, and interviews from stakeholders. This was conducted by social services, public health and St. Gabriel’s Hospital.

--The Little Falls City Council meets Monday 7:30pm at City Hall.

--On Wednesday, July 31st the Motley Police Department received a report of vandalism at the Motley Fairgrounds. According to witnesses, the vandalism occurred Monday, July 22nd. The day before, Fair Board members had been at the fairgrounds and everything was fine. Another person saw juveniles running across the highway, away from the area, that Monday. Motley Police Chief Brian Madison said light fixtures, boards, tables and 4-H feeding jars were broken in the sheep barn. In the cattle barn, it looked as if the perpetrators had a fire extinguisher fight with foam sprayed everywhere, with more glass jars broken. All the windows were broken in the announcer’s booth and in the arena, the PVC pipes used to guide the horses during their performances were also broken. Madison said he thinks he knows who the juveniles are, but the investigation is ongoing.

--St. Joseph Police Officer Joel Klein took the oath of office as the new police chief Thursday at the City Council meeting. Klein is replacing Pete Jansky, who announced earlier this year that he was going to retire August 22nd. Jansky had been police chief with the city since December 2001. Over the past few months, Jansky has been working with Klein to help him get a handle on the administrative duties. That includes paperwork, reports, making contacts with state and local officials and the ins and outs of managing a budget. Klein worked as a part-time officer in St. Joseph from 2001-2004 and became full-time in 2004.

--Motorists travelling Highway 71 in Sauk Centre will encounter delays and a detour as the road closes near the Lake Wobegon Trail beginning today Signed detours will be up until the work is completed late tomorrow. Also Motorists traveling Highway 238 through Albany will encounter a new detour with delays expected as signs will be displayed until work around the Railroad Avenue area is completed in November. For road work details log on to www.511mn.org.
 
BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Ross and Heidi Cameron of Sauk Rapids, girl born August 1st

DEATH NOTICES
--Gerald Koetter, age 65 of Pierz.
--Tina Poegel, age 49 of Bertha.
--June Lee, age 87 of Little Falls formerly Long Prairie

WEATHER
TODAY= isolated T-storms at times, partly cloudy, high 78.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low 57.
TUESDAY= showers and T-storms in PM hours, high 77, low 51
WEDNESDAY= sunny, high near 70.

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins sweep Astros with a 4-3 win in 13 innings Friday, a 6-4 win Saturday and a 3-2 win Sunday. Twins are in KC tonight with the pregame starting at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
REGION 8C= Lastrup and Upsala won Saturday to qualify for state. Lastrup beat Upsala then lost to Avon Sunday. Avon will play Sobieski for the Region title Saturday at 1pm from Avon on KLTF.
ALL SPORTS= The All Sports Meeting for Pierz is tonight with registration at 6:30 and meeting to follow- questions 468-6458.

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Friday- August 2nd, 2013

NEWS
--Morrison and Cass County are among Minnesota’s pilot counties for the state’s new eCourtMN electronic court filing system. Beginning September 16th attorneys and government agencies will be required to file civil and family cases electronically in pilot counties. Other counties will be Clay, Cook, Dakota, Faribault, Kandiyohi, Lake and Washington. The requirement for mandatory efiling and eservices does not apply to self-representing litigants wishing to file these case types. E-CourtMN has been in Hennepin and Ramsey County since September of 2012.

--The Minnesota Supreme Court Wednesday disbarred Brainerd attorney Lawrence Ulanowski. The court ruled that Ulanowski was found to use “misappropriation of client funds” and that he also committed new misconduct while he was suspended as part of the disciplinary process on the misappropriation charges. Ulanowski’s Brainerd law office has been closed since the charges surfaced. Ulanowski was charged after refusal to return unearned funds to clients and also other acts of professional misconduct toward clients.

--Sheriff’s officials say two men are dead in a shooting in Otter Tail County. Authorities say it appears a 23-year-old man shot and killed a 20-year-old man and then shot himself near New York Mills Wednesday night. The younger man died at the scene. The older man was taken by ambulance to Wadena Tri-County Hospital then airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital where he died. A 21-year-old woman made the 911 call after shots were fired. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s office and the BCA are investigating. Names are being withheld until notification of relatives.

--The State Patrol is investigating a crash that killed one person Wednesday afternoon near Lake Koronis in Meeker County. The head-on crash happened just before 3:00pm on Minnesota Highway 4, south of Minnesota Highway 55.

--Two Big Lake residents face drug charges after a search warrant revealed drugs and firearms at a Big Lake home. A search warrant was executed at a residence in the 400 block of Ormsbee Street. There they found paraphernalia associated with methamphetamine in the presence of a child. Investigators also found a firearm that had been stored negligently, prescription pills and drugs. Arrested were 43-year old Steven Coash and 39-year old Kristie Kampa. Coash could be charged with being an ineligible person in possession of a firearm.

--Cass County stated this week that the fire that did extensive damage to the Remer Cut-Stock Lumber Company on July 24th was not arson. The cause of the fire is still ruled undetermined but the fire was not set intentionally. The mill building sustained enough structural damage that work has been ceased at the facility until repairs can be made to the site.

--Little Falls Police received word of a burglary in progress just after 4am on Monday- employees at McDonalds called police saying one of their glass doors had been broken into. Police could not find any suspects and no property was reported missing. Police have also received more theft reports in the past few days. They remind residents to keep both vehicles and homes locked up when left unattended. Report any suspicious activity to LF Police at 616-5570.

--No need to stay home this weekend with events like Platte River Day in Royalton Saturday, a church bazaar in Pierz Sunday, Children’s Day at the Lindbergh site Saturday, a corn boil in Hillman tonight and We Fest in Detroit Lakes today and Saturday- details fallsradio.com.

--Authorities say two people have been arrested in the slaying of a 79-year-old church volunteer who was found dead in her Willmar home. Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog said that a 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were arrested late Wednesday on suspicion of murder and burglary. Both are from Willmar. The two suspects are in custody pending formal charges. The 19-year-old is in the Kandiyohi County jail, and the 16-year-old was being held in a youth detention facility.

--An industrial accident brought police and emergency medical service crews to Electrolux Wednesday night around 10pm after a man was ran over by a forklift. The victim was pinned by the vehicle and a jack had to be used to raise the forklift and free the victim, according to police. The victim suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and taken to St. Cloud Hospital.

--A 63-year-old New London woman was injured in a motorcycle accident Wednesday afternoon in Zion Township of Stearns County. Brenda Swenson was traveling with three other motorcycles when her cycle clipped the shoulder of the road and crashed. Swenson was taken to the Paynesville hospital and treated for injuries.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Donald and Maria Traut of Pierz, a girl born July 30th.
--Brent Beto and Kassundra Estep of Royalton, a girl on July 30th

WEATHER
TODAY= sunny skies, high around 75.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 50.
SATURDAY= sunny skies, high 73, clear at night, low 48.
SUNDAY= mostly sunny, high 75, storms develop at night.
MONDAY= morning and night storms possible, high near 75.

SPORTS
NFL= The 2013 inductions to the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be Saturday in Canton, Ohio. Longtime Vikings receiver Cris Carter will be one of the inductees. The 16-year pro played 12 seasons with the Vikings caught over 1000 passes and played in 8 straight Pro Bowls. The others in the Class of 2013 include Larry Allen, Curley Culp, Jonathon Ogden, Bill Parcells, Dave Robinson and Warren Sapp.
TWINS= Kansas City pounds Twins 7-2 to sweep the series. Twins sent Scott Diamond and Aaron Hicks down to the minors after yesterday’s game. Twins host the Houston Astros in a weekend series. Pregame coverage begins at 6:40pm tonight, 5:40pm Saturday and 12:40pm Sunday and all on Q92 WYRQ.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1776= though the Declaration of Independence was adopted by Congress on July 4th in Philadelphia, it was officially signed Aug 2.
IN 1876= Wild Bill Hickok was gunned down by Jack McCall at Deadwood in the Dakota Territory. As history states Hickok was playing poker and had two aces and two eights which would be known as the dead man’s hand.
IN 1858= first mailboxes were installed in the United States.
IN 1892= Charles Wheeler patented mobilized stairs-later escalator.
IN 1909= first Lincoln head penny was minted.
IN 1984= Charles Schultz’s Peanuts first comic strip in 2000 papers.

Redneck Radio tonight and Saturday at West Side Bar





Thursday- August 1st, 2013

NEWS
--The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the five people who were injured when a car rolled Tuesday night near Sauk Centre. The driver of the vehicle was 18-year old Ethan Jeffery Ross of Sauk Centre. He was driving a vehicle east on County Road 185 when the vehicle went onto 421st Street and then rolled. The crash happened at 9:12pm. Also injured in the crash were passengers Luke Allen Balm, Travis Mitchell Reigel, Derrik Bjorn Pederson and Austin Michael Moen, all 18 and all from Sauk Centre. All five were taken to CentraCare Hospital, Sauk Centre. One person was then flown to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

--A 70-year-old Stanchfield semi-truck driver was injured Tuesday from a situation with his semi-truck. Stearns County said that the semi tractor trailer was parked in a parking lot in St. Joseph Township and the driver was inside the business when the vehicle started to roll toward County Road 75. The driver, William Pike saw the semi and tried to stop it before it rolled into traffic. The semi crossed both lanes of traffic on County Road 75 and struck the north ditch. Pike sustained injuries while attempting to stop the vehicle and was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment.

--Little Falls Police reported a theft Monday from a garage on the 600 block of First Street Northeast, tools taken Sunday from a vehicle on Fourth Avenue Southwest, theft of luggage Saturday from the top of vehicle at a hotel on 16th Street Northeast and a burglary report from an apartment on Sixth Avenue Northeast. Anyone with information on any of these incidents should call Little Falls police at 616-5570.

--Little Falls, Avon and Albany are among 30 Minnesota cities that have seen their bond ratings downgraded since January, 2012. A downgraded bond rating means that the next time a city goes to issue bonds it will pay a higher interest rate, a reflection that the risk of lending to that city is now elevated. This would apply to only new bonds, not bonds that the city already has issued. Changes in bonds downgrading has to do with how property taxes are collected, market value and the implementation of the homestead market value exclusion. The recent report also stated that increased Local Government Aid payments may be coming which could ease some financial tensions for cities.

--Authorities have released the name of a boy who died Monday after a swimming accident on Rainy Lake in northern Minnesota. 14-year-old Briggs Anderson of Fergus Falls was with a church group traveling the lake by houseboat. He died shortly after arriving at a Duluth hospital. The investigation continues. Autopsy results are pending.

--August 1st means new laws in Minnesota including an enhanced arson law which was passed in May so that now an intentionally set fire that does damage or poses a threat to five or more buildings, burns 500 acres or more or does significant crop damage can result in felony charges. It would carry up to 10 years in prison and a potential for a $15,000 fine. The punishment gets more severe if the number of affected properties climbs above 100 buildings or dwellings or if the fire causes bodily harm.

--The Wal-Mart store in Princeton was shut down for several hours on Tuesday night after someone phoned in a bomb threat. Princeton police and other agencies responded around 8pm to secure the scene and remove people from the store to a safe distance however bomb-sniffing dogs and a search by police and fire personnel of the store and immediate vicinity revealed no explosive devices. The store reopened to customers by 11:30pm.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has announced their August Employee of the Month is Ruth Hlad. Ruth has been an Administrative Assistant at Elder Care of Minnesota for 8 years. Congratulations Ruth Hlad, August employee of the month.

--A boy from Sartell is on the three person United States team that won the gold medal at the World Geography Bee in St. Petersburg Russia Wednesday. 15-year old Gopi Ramanathan and his teammates beat Canada and India in the final round. Gopi will be a sophomore at Sartell High School this year. This was the United States 5th overall title in the competition.

--33-year-old Scott Reynolds of Brainerd, who was injured Saturday when he was hit by a vehicle while on his bicycle, was upgraded from critical to serious condition Tuesday at HCMC in Minneapolis.

--Today marks the 6th anniversary of the I-35 Bridge collapse in Minneapolis. In a few weeks, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will begin parceling out tons of steel from the collapsed Interstate Highway 35W bridge. Whatever isn’t claimed by Thanksgiving will be sold for scrap. The state’s bridge engineer says 30 to 40 people have stepped forward so far to reserve pieces. People can choose among bolts that are the size of a pen or opt for larger hunks. They will be free of charge, but must be retrieved. Parts will also go to historians and college civil engineering institutes that want pieces as teaching tools.

--Authorities are searching for suspects in the apparent murder of a 79-year-old church volunteer inside her home near Willmar. The body of Lila Warwick was found Monday evening by Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies who were sent to her home on a welfare check. Warwick lived alone. She was an avid church-goer and volunteered at the preschool three times each week.  Both the sheriff's office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office.

--It is county fair season with the Crow Wing and Stearns County fairs going on this week. The Morrison County Fair begins August 8th and runs through August 11th, get details at www.fallsradio.com.

DEATH NOTICES
--Helen L. Pulak, age 83 of Harding.
--Lucille ‘Lucy’ Barten Held, age 71 of Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= sunny skies, high around 75.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low of 53.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, high 76, low around 56.
SATURDAY= mostly sunny, high 75, low around 55.
SUNDAY= PM storms develop, morning sunshine, high 73.

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins lost 4-3 to KC last night. Only move before the trade deadline was trading catcher Drew Butera to the Dodgers. The Twins wrap up their 3-game series with the Kansas City Royals today. Pregame coverage begins this morning at 11:40am on Q92 WYRQ. The Twins host Houston this weekend at Target Field.
REGION 8C= Lastrup vs. Ft. Ripley at 11am, followed by Upsala and St. Stephen at 1:30 and then Avon and Sobieski at 4pm Saturday. All games live Saturday and Sunday on AM960 KLTF.

Redneck Radio tonight through Saturday at West Side Bar, Little Falls