Tuesday- July 29th, 2014

--A Little Falls man was killed Saturday around 1:15pm at the junction of Highways 169 and 18 in Aitkin County. 55-year-old Todd Dickover was attempting to turn into a gas station near the highways junction at Garrison. He overcorrected and struck the ditch causing his vehicle to back on to Highway 18 over the center line and leaving the roadway striking the ditch and landing on its roof in a pond. Dickover was dead when authorities arrived on the scene.

--Little Falls and Brainerd firefighters responded to a grass fire Saturday afternoon before 3:00pm south of the Welcome Center on 139th Avenue off of Highway 371 south of Brainerd. The fire spanned 1.5 acres in length. Initial reports stated that no structures were damaged and there were no injuries.

--A former Little Falls resident has left $336,000 to a scholarship fund following her death. The Initiative Foundation based in Little Falls learned last week that Beverly Pantzke-Johnston who died in 2013 had left the money for a scholarship previously established in her name and funded with annual donations. The donations total brings the total value of the scholarship to more than $450,000 which was asked to be used to help Little Falls students meet tuition costs. Pantzke-Johnston was born in Little Falls where her family operated the Pantzke Brothers Grocery Store. After she got married she moved to Crookston and then to the state of Washington.

--Filing for city offices, township offiicals and school board positions begin today. The filing period ends August 12th which is primary day in Minnesota for the state and county elected contested races with more than 2 candidates filed for that position. If interested in filing for city, township or school board in your area, contact your local city hall, township clerk or school distrct.

--Friday will bring a wave of new Minnesota laws for the first day of August. The state's minimum hourly wage will climb to $8 from the recent $6.15 and then the wage will actually increase by 2016 to $9.50 voted on by the legislature. Beginning in 2018 all wages would increase on January 1st by inflation. A new law Friday prohibits a person subject to an order for protection in child or domestic abuse case from possessing any weapons and if a person is convicted of a stalking offense they must surrender all firearms as part of their punishment. A law expanding the definition on drugs including any compound, substance or derivative which is not approved for human consumption by the USDA will be prohibited in the state Minnesota by law. Also new laws on protection breaches for private data and a law that expands the responsibility after a collison that requires them to stop and investigate what was struck and require the motorist involved to stay at the scene until authorities arrive or face arrests and fines.

--Sauk Rapids firefighters put out a blaze Sunday that ruined a fifth wheel camper trailer and truck and caused minor damage to a house on Second Avenue north around 8:00pm. The trailer and truck was a total loss. There were no injuries and though the cause of the fire was not determined it is not believed to be suspicious.

--Todd County is investigating a burglary report at the Immanuel Lutheran Church on 460th Street in Eagle Bend. The incident occurred between Saturday July 19th and Tuesday the 22nd, anyone with information on the burglary should contact the sheriff's office.

--The Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley will host a special traveling exhibit about Vietnam. The mobile museum and memorial is dedicated to the soldiers of the 9th Infantry Division and sailors of Navy Task Force 117 as well as all Navy and Coast Guard units that served in the Mekong Delta and other areas of Vietnam from 1966-70. The museum will be at Camp Ripley for one day only on Monday, August 4th from 10am-7pm. The exhibit is sponsored by the Mobile Riverine Force Association. It is housed in a 48-foot fifth-wheel trailer and will be on the grounds of the Military Museum.

--The Oakland Cemetery Gates will be closed today, tomorrow and possibly Thursday to re-pave the roads.

--Three gun-related incidents in St. Cloud occurred within hours of each other Sunday morning. St. Cloud Police Department officers responded to a call downtown near the Press Bar shortly after 1:00am about people fighting with sticks, bottles and guns. Upon arrival, fighting had ended and an individual who waved a gun was unable to be identified or located. Uncooperative witnesses led to no arrests, though three individuals arrived at the hospital with injuries officers believe were suffered during the fight. Less than two hours later, officers responded to reports of gunshots at the 700 block of Washington Memorial Drive South. Evidence on the scene confirmed shots were fired. The case is under investigation and no arrests have been made. It is unknown if a report of shots being fired around 3:50am in the 200 block of 18th Avenue North is a related incident to the earlier shooting. When officers arrived on scene, there was proof of gunshots. That case is also under investigation and no arrests have been made. Anyone with information regarding these cases are urged to contact the St. Cloud Police Department.

--Donita J. Martin, age 58 of Avon.

TODAY= sunny skies, high 77.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low 53.
WEDNESDAY= sunny skies, high near 80, clear night low around 55.
THURSDAY= isolated PM thunderstorms, high 81, low 58.

TWINS= The Twins travel to Kansas City tonight to open a three game series with the Royals. Pregame at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ
REGION 8C= Saturday Freeport vs. Nisswa at 11am, Upsala vs. Sobieski at 1:30pm in elimination games, then a winners bracket game at 4pm between Lastrup and Ft. Ripley- all games on KLTF.

IN 1858= first commercial treaty signed between U.S. and Japan meaning that U.S. citizens could now reside anywhere in Japan.
IN 1927= first iron lung installed to a patient in the United States.
IN 1928= Walt Disney pictures releases “Steamboat Willie” first featured cartoon to show Mickey Mouse as the lead character.
IN 1938= the comic strip Dennis the Menace debuts in newspapers
IN 1957= Jack Paar replaces Steve Allen as host of Tonight Show.
IN 1983= to counter the music video success of MTV, NBC television debuted Friday Night Videos- the show lasted on an off until 2002.

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Monday- July 28th, 2014

--Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center and Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF)  announcd that the Royalton Yes Team was awarded the first place “Yes” award for its 2013-2014 project accomplishments. For their efforts, members of the team received $1,000 in award funding to be used in future Yes Team work. The Royalton Yes Team  coached by Royalton High School teacher Marty Bratsch includes 23 Royalton students who designed and built a solar boat and a solar-powered trailer to haul their solar boat and electric vehicle to events. They designed, built and installed benches for their outdoor classroom. In addition, they worked to reduce school lunch waste by recycling milk cartons and separating lunch waste to make it easier for a local hog farmer to feed it to his animals. The team also recently received a 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Red Wagon Award. The Red Wagon Awards recognize groups of young people from across Minnesota who have worked together to increase civic engagement, improve academic achievement, and/or shown exemplary leadership in their community.

--A 21-year-old Brainerd man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for sexually assaulting three juvenile males at a residence in Brainerd back in 2010. Tyler Jay was sentenced to 144 months each for two counts of felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was also sentenced to another 153 months in prison on another first degree criminal sexual conduct where in that case the victim was under the age of 13. He was given 373 days credited for time served at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility. Jay was orginially charged with nine felony counts of criminal sexual conduct but six were dismissed for Jay changing his plea to guilty on July 18th.

--The Morrison County Sheriff's Office in the past week reported a burglary on Partridge Road in Pierz, a burglary report on Cable Road, Little Falls where money and jewelry was taken. Deputies responded to an accident with minor injuries on 153rd Street and Hawthorne Road near Pierz on July 20th and a theft report in Randall.

--The Pierz City Council meets tonight at 7 at City Hall. Agenda items include a Veterans Memorial Update, a Utility Management Ordinance update, a resolution on an interfund loan agreement, appointment of 2014 election judges along with fireworks and gambling applications approval. The council will also hear from department heads tonight.

--Motorists travelling Highway 15 between Benton Drive and Highway 10 in Sauk Rapids should plan for delays as lane closures beginning today. The initial closures will occur intermittently on both directions of Highway 15 during non-rush hours through this Friday. Then on Friday, Highway 15 will be reduced to a single lane in each direction with head-to-head traffic switched to the southbound lanes while the existing northbound lanes are closed and reconstructed. The closures are part of the Highway 10/15 resurfacing and reconstruction project. This project helps ensure MnDOT’s transportation system will continue to serve the state for many years. For real time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit

--The Morrison County Fair is August 7th through the 10th get details at The Crow Wing County Fair in Brainerd begins  tomorrow and runs through Saturday. The Stearns County Fair in Sauk Centre begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday. Mille Lacs and Benton County have fairs starting next week while Todd County will host theirs August 14-17th in Long Prairie.

--Platte River Run in Royalton Friday, August 1st has been cancelled.

--The Morrison County Relay for Life July 18th-19th raised over $103,000 for finding a cure for cancer. Top fundraising individuals honored included: fifth place – Lynnae Gilder, $1,730.25; fourth – Kathleen Huebner, $2,127; third – Mackenzie Vetsch, $2,314.21; second – Therese Waddell, $2,392.93 and first place – Jeri Betts, $3,104.32. Top fundraising teams included: fifth – Jim’s Farmhands, $4,147.82; fourth – Pierz National Honor Society, $4,302; third – Pat’s Patriots, $4,906.32; second – Family Medical Center, $4,975.25 and first place – Spirit Lifters – $7,098.95.

--The Rich Prairie American Legion Post #341 received the city’s permission recently to begin construction of a veterans memorial in Billig Park — between the Fire Hall and the gazebo. The monument envisioned will be of black granite with a base 8 feet wide, a center piece 5 feet high with 2 1/2 foot high wings on either side. Along with an eagle and the American Flag, the monument will declare, “Dedicated to the men and women who served our country.” The emblems of each of the five branches of the service will be etched into the granite. Estimates are the project will cost nearly $20,000. The Legionnaires would like to see it come together early next year. An account for donations has been set up at Farmers and Merchants State Bank in Pierz.

--St. Cloud has jumped up higher on the 16th annual Forbes ranking of best small places for business and careers. The list, which came out this week at, slotted St. Cloud at No. 24 among the 184 cities listed. That's 31 spots higher than St. Cloud's ranking in 2013. Fargo, North Dakota, topped this year's list after ranking No. 2 last year. Mankato moved up seven spots to No. 3. Rochester rose 12 spots to No. 23. No other Minnesota cities were listed. St. Cloud ranked 49th in job growth and 63rd in cost of doing business and education. Last year, St. Cloud ranked 124th in cost of doing business, 77th in education and 67th in job growth. Sioux Falls, South Dakota, last year's No. 1 city, dropped to No. 5 in 2014.

--The state's longest paved bike trail is even longer following the completion of a new 6-mile stretch on the Paul Bunyan State Trail. The new segment connects the existing trail to Crow Wing State Park in Brainerd, and is now open to the public. DNR officials say the total length of the Paul Bunyan Trail is now 115 miles, not including a couple of short on-road connections through the cities of Baxter and Bemidji. It extends all the way from Crow Wing State Park to Lake Bemidji State Park, north of Bemidji.

--Jane M. Jensen, age 47 of Pierz.

TODAY= sunny skies, high 74, clear skies at night, low 53.
TUESDAY= sunny skies, high 77, clear skies at night low 53.
WEDNESDAY= partly cloudy skies, high 81, clear night low 58.

TWINS= White Sox beat Twins 9-5 Friday and 7-0 Saturday, Twins avoid the sweep Sunday winning 4-3. Twins are off today.
8C= Saturday's region winners were Nisswa, Ft. Ripley, Lastrup and Sobieski. Upsala and Freeport avoided elimination Sunday while Ft. Ripley and Lastrup were also winners. More action this weekend.

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Friday- July 25th, 2014

--The Little Falls Fire Department responded to a fire at 14613 Prairie Drive around 5:30pm on Tuesday. Combustible materials (clothes) were too close to the water heater at the home causing the fire. According to Little Falls Fire Chief Mike Nieman there was not much structural damage, just smoke damage. 20 firefighters were on the scene for about an hour. Kids were home at the time but safely evacuated to their pre-planned emergency destination. No injuries.

--Thursday marked five years since Peter Achermann disappeared in Cass County. Achermann left his residence on July 24th, 2009 around noon and his vehicle was found the next day abandoned by the Crow Wing River Bridge in rural Leader. Since then no traces of Achermann were ever found. Cass County has not ruled out foul play in the disappearance. A number of tips have been called in over the years but none have proven substantial in his whereabouts. A reward remains in effect of $20,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of persons involved in the case. Anyone with information on Achermann is asked to call Cass County at 800-450-2677.

--The Minnesota Department of Health Wednesday announced the hiring of Michelle Larson as the director of the department’s newly created Office of Medical Cannabis, which will implement and administer the state’s new medical cannabis program. She will begin working in this role on August 13. Larson’s duties as director will include managing the program staff and guiding the efforts of staff and external vendors helping to build up the program.

--A Glencoe man is dead after he rear ended a semi near Silver Lake Wednesday. The Minnesota State Patrol says a semi was eastbound on Highway 7 three miles west of Silver Lake around 5pm when the driver slowed to turn left into the parking lot of a business. That's when 23-year-old Ryan Sturges ran into the semi at highway speeds. Sturges did not survive, despite the fact he was wearing a seatbelt and the airbag on his truck deployed. The driver of the semi, a 33-year-old man from Lake Crystal, was not injured.

--Todd County reported that a Browerville man reported a burglary Wednesday morning that someone entered his attached garage and stole a gas can sometime the night before. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact the Todd County Sheriff's Office.

--The Morrison County Farm Service Agency reminds area farmers nominations for local FSA county committee close on Friday, August 1st. The election this year will be for local administrative area 1 which includes the following townships: Culdrum, Cushing, Darling, Green Prairie, Motley, Parker, Pike Creek, Rosing, Scandia Valley, Swanville and Swan River.  For information or to submit a nomination form stop in to the Morrison County USDA Service Center or call 632-5477.

--The University of Minnesota Extension Service will be hosting a summer beef tour in Morrison County on Tuesday, July 29th.  The tour begins at 6:00pm at the Knopik farm north of Little Falls.  Several U of M Extension specialists will be on hand to speak about animal health and nutrition with rotational grazing.  Registration is not required but but appreciated to get a meal count.  For details call Emily at (320) 255-6169 for more details.

--Another busy weekend in central Minnesota with music festivals like Halfway Jam near Royalton and Firefest in Cold Spring, church bazaars in Little Falls and Hillman and many other events like blood drives the next few days, check out by logging on to then community calendar.

--Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl reports that around 10:35am on Thursday, two people were injured when an outdoor wood stove exploded at a residence on Nokay Lake Road. It appears the incident took place when the male party was attempting to light the stove. The victims are an adult male and an adult female that reside at the residence. Both victims were taken by ambulance to Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby with burn injuries. The extent of their injuries are unknown at this time. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Deerwood Police Department, CRMC Ambulance and Zone One First Responders.

--Minnesota will issue 500 more wolf licenses this year and allow hunters and trappers to kill 30 more wolves than last year's target, the Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday. The DNR said its latest population estimate is that 470 wolf packs and 2,423 wolves lived in Minnesota's wolf range this past winter. That's 212 more wolves than estimated in winter 2013. This will be Minnesota's third wolf hunting season since the animals came off the endangered list. The DNR will make a total of 3,800 hunting and trapping licenses available for the upcoming season. The statewide harvest target will be 250 wolves. The bag limit remains one wolf. The DNR will start taking license applications August 1st. The early wolf hunting-only season opens November 8th, same as the firearms deer season. It will run through November 23rd in in the main wolf range in northern Minnesota, and November 16th elsewhere. The late hunting-and-trapping season opens November 29th and runs through January 31st. As in past years, wildlife managers will close hunting zones when their targets are met.

Ollie May (O'Bannon) Saumer, age 97 of Wahkon

TODAY= showers and T-storms before noon, cloudy, high 81.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 60.
SATURDAY= sunny, windy and warm, high 87, storms after midnight
SUNDAY= showers and T-storms, breezy and cooler, high 71, low 53.
MONDAY= sunny, less humid, high 75.

TWINS= White Sox beat Twins 5-2 Thursday. The Twins (46-55) and White Sox continue their series tonight at Target Field with pregame at 6:40, Saturday is at 5:40pm and Sunday pregame starts at 12:40pm all live on Q92 WYRQ.
TRADE= The Twins traded Kendrys Morales to Seattle Wednesday in exchange for pitcher Stephen Pryor who will be sent to Triple A for  now. Morales was signed by the Twins on June 8th and played in 39 games but with Joe Mauer returning his play time would diminish.
LYNX= Minnesota Lynx host San Antonio tonight at 7:00pm.
REGION 8C= The Region 8C Baseball Tournament begins tomorrow in Pierz, Games Saturday are St. Stephen vs. Nisswa at 11am followed by Ft. Ripley vs. Freeport. The evening session starts at 5pm with Upsala vs. Lastrup and then Buckman vs. Sobieski. All four games will be heard live on AM960 KLTF and onlie at then four more games will be heard on Sunday which are 2 elimination and 2 winners brackets games also on KLTF.

Double Trouble tonight and Saturday at the West Side Bar

Thursday- July 24th, 2014

--Two men were arrested Tuesday evening after a Morrison County deputy stopped their vehicle on U.S. Highway 10 in Motley Township. The deputy stopped the vehicle at about 7:00pm for an equipment violation. The deputy smelled marijuana in the vehicle, and the driver did not have a valid license. During a search of the vehicle, the deputy found a loaded handgun and suspected controlled substances. Arrested were 22-year-old Shawn Ulven of Minneapolis and 23-year-old Dean Hill of St. Paul. They are being held in Morrison County Jail pending charges.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received several complaints this month of someone trying to break into the money drop box at the Pow Wow Campgrounds west of Royalton. A white male, later identified as 35-year old Michael Henry of Royalton, was seen on  a surveillance camera attempting to break into the box. Henry was located and arrested in Little Falls on Monday. At the time of Henry’s arrest he was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine smoking pipes. Henry admitted to the attempted break in’s at the Pow Wow grounds and having burglary tools in the trunk of his vehicle.

--Around 3:00pm on Monday the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a homeowner in Hillman Township who stated his daughter arrived home and found a woman walking out of their house. The woman drove away from the residence, but was identified as 32-year old Hannah Kloss of the Pierz area. Kloss was located and arrested a short time later near Kloss’s residence. Kloss was charged by complaint on Wednesday with 2nd degree burglary.

--Morrison County saw a small increase in the unemployment rate in June when compared to May. Local unemployment statistics show Morrison County at 5.6% up from 5.4% in May. Other counties, Benton, Mille Lacs, Sherburne, Stearns and Todd Counties all saw increases in the unemployment rate from May to June. St. Cloud area businesses shed almost 900 jobs last month causing the rate to increase a half of a percent from May to June at 4.5%. The state unemployment rate dropped from 4.6% to 4.5% in June.

--Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed a lawsuit Tuesday against two colleges, accusing the schools of misleading criminal justice students about their ability to land a job in their field and transferring credits to other institutions. Attorney General Swanson contends the Minnesota School of Business and Globe University try to attract prospective students who want to become police officers, but don't offer the educational requirements to become a licensed police officer under Minnesota law. The schools, which are under common ownership, aren't regionally accredited and don't offer a program approved by a state standards board. The schools called the lawsuit "an unnecessary enforcement action" that only serves to hurt the interests of the schools' students and graduates. The schools said in a statement that they have fully cooperated with the attorney general's investigation.

--A 17-year-old girl was shot Monday near Bemidji and a man is in custody. Authorities stated around 10:00pm the girl had been shot several times while standing on the deck of her home. The girl was taken to the Duluth Hospital where she was stabilized. The suspect, 40-year-old Chad Pickering was arrested minutes later at his residence two blocks from the victim's home. An investigation into the shooting continues. It was stated Pickering acted alone.

--A Becker man is one of the newest members of the Blue Angels. Marine Corps Major Mark Hamilton was selected to be a C-130 demonstration pilot on the 2015 U.S. Navy's flight demonstration squadron. The 36-year-old Hamilton is assigned to the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina.

--Two people escaped without injuries from a house fire Wednesday morning south of Paynesville. It took the Paynesville and Eden Valley fire departments about 20-25 minutes to get the fire under control which started around 7:00am. The house was a total loss. An 11-year-old girl and her grandmother were home at the time, but were alerted by smoke detectors and got out safely.

--Expect delays if traveling along Highway 10 south of Royalton starting today and through Saturday as Halfway Jam begins this afternoon. The rock festival brings in thousands to the area to see rock bands of the 70's, 80's, 90's and some area local bands perform. With the heavy congestion law enfrocement is reminding travelers to give extra time in the area around the event off of Highway 10.

--The severe storms Monday night are to blame for two campers being injured on Loon Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. A tree fell on their campsite. The St. Louis County undersheriff stated that a float plane was needed to ferry the victims to shore. A man and a woman sustained significant injuries and were taken to a Duluth Hospital for treatment.

--A Winona State University football player collapsed and died during practice. School officials say it happened Monday around 7:30pm. Because of NCAA rules, it was not an official practice, only voluntary. Dozens of players were there for the session which was run by strength and condition coaches. 22-year-old Shawn Afryl collapsed and later died after emergency personnel arrived. It is still unknown what caused his death.

--Brittany Kuklok of Little Falls, girl on July 22nd

--Reynold Hilgendorf, age 99 of Mesa Arizona

TODAY= mostly sunny, high near 80, showers after midnight low 65
FRIDAY= morning storms, then partial sun, high 80, low 60,
SATURDAY= mostly sunny, PM storms possible, high 85, low 55.
SUNDAY= scattered AM showers, some PM sun, high near 70.

TWINS= Twins win 3-1 over Indians Wednesday and now open a four game set tonight with the White Sox tonight at Target Field. Pregame coverage begins at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
WNBA= Maya Moore scores 48 Tuesday as Lynx win in double-overtime 112-108 over Atlanta at Target Center.

IN 1925= teacher John T. Scopes found guilty and fined $100 for teaching the Theory of Evolution to students in a Tennessee School
IN 1983= George Brett called out in the infamous pine-tar incident after Billy Martin of Yankees argued the call. Call later overturned.

Double Trouble Friday and Saturday at West Side Bar Little Falls

Wednesday- July 23rd, 2014

--Strong to severe thunderstorms with heavy rains, lightning and damaging winds near 80 miles per hour went through northern and central Minnesota Monday night. Rain totals varied from just under a ½ inch in Little Falls to over 1.5 inches in northern Morrison County. Aitkin and Cass County reported numerous trees down and power lines damaged causing extensive power outages. The National Weather Service are out investigating straight line winds in Cass, Becker, Polk, Clay, Norman other counties for possible tornado touchdowns from the storms. Rain totals in the Red River Valley were near 4 inches in some spots. No injuries have been reported from the storms Monday into Tuesday.

--The 3 year old pulled from the water at Breezy Point Resort last Friday night remains in critical condition at HCMC. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's office has identified the boy as Emitt Weigel of Napoleon, North Dakota. It is still unclear how the boy ended up in the water but foul play is not suspected.

--Large chunks of grout from the historic water tower on the northside of Brainerd are falling to the ground. The Brainerd City Council Monday have approved looking into an idea of charging a $1 usage fee on each monthly Brainerd Public Utilities bill. The vote Monday does not implement the fee only to direct staff to look into the concept and return it for approval from the city. With 7,500 accounts billed each month it could generate around $85,000 a year to the city to help with repairs to the historic water tower and then would continue to go to work on historic landmarks in the city.

--An 82-year-old Outing pedestrian was injured when struck by a truck in Emily in Crow Wing County Saturday afternoon. The man, Frank Skweres was taken to the Crosby Hospital and listed in good condition. The sheriff's department is investigating the accident.

--Archaeologists from St. Cloud State University and Minnesota State Parks will be at the Charles A. Lindbergh State Park Saturday at 7:00pm to present a special program about the archaeology they conducted at the Little Elk Unit of the park earlier this summer. The site explored was an early Christian mission that was established among the Ojibwe on the Mississippi River north of present day Little Falls. The program is free to attend, though a vehicle permit is required to enter the state park facility. For more information on the event contact the park at 320-532-3269.

--The first phase of the Stearns County Jail remodeling project has been finished, and crews were moving toward Phase 2 on Monday. When complete, the first and second floors of the Law Enforcement Center will be altered to improve efficiency and safety. The first phase involved moving the female housing unit and work release inmates from the second floor to the first in an area left vacant when the St. Cloud Police Department moved out of the building in 2009. The second phase will include adding more inmate space on the second floor. The renovation began in January and is expected to be completed early next year. The total cost will be about $5.1 million, of which $1.3 million is demolition and construction that is being completed by county employees to hold down the overall cost. The number of secure beds will increase from 107 to 135, though capacity will decline from 167 to 147.

--The Little Falls School Board met on Monday night. At the meeting board approved several contracts including a three year contract extension thru 2018 with current superintendent Stephen Jones.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a forum for candidates for Morrison County sheriff from 1:00-2:30pm on Thursday, August 7th at the Morrison County Fairgrounds pavilion. Invited are all four candidates Tom Justin, Shawn Larsen, Dan Rocheleau and Charles Strack. For more information, call the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce at (320) 632-5155. Little Falls Radio will have a candidate forum with these same four candidates on the Up Front program from 9:00-10:00am on Wednesday, August 6th. Listen on AM960 KLTF and online at

--One man was injured Monday after crashing a motorcycle during an attempt to flee a Sherburne County deputy. The pursuit began about 8:45pm, when a deputy attempted to stop 49-year old Craig Readel of Zimmerman near the intersection of Sherburne County Road 4 and Sherburne County Road 19. Instead of stopping, Readel fled on his motorcycle which started a short pursuit. During the chase, Readel attempted to navigate a corner but failed, laying the bike down in the process. He was thrown from the bike and injured. Readel was given first aid at the scene before being flown to North Memorial Medical Center where he remained Tuesday morning. For his role in the incident, Readel could be charged with fleeing police in motor vehicle, first-degree DUI and driving after revocation. No one else was injured as a result of the incident.

--An 80-year-old Crosby woman was injured around 5:30pm Monday when her car ran off the road, went through a ditch and crashed through multiple trees and shrubs before coming to a stop. Charlotte M. Sunde was heading west on Highway 210 to northbound Highway 6, when her car ran off the road to the right, drove on the sidewalk and collided with a sign. Sunde corrected the vehicle and traveled north for about 3 ½ blocks then ran off the road on the left, proceeded through the ditch and crashed through multiple trees and shrubs before coming to a stop. Sunde was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale for non-life threatening injuries.

--Megan Marie O'Neil of Pierz, a boy born July 19th

--Eugene Davis Sr. age 68 of Duluth

TODAY= sunny skies, high 75, clear skies at night low 53.
THURSDAY= sunny early, chance of PM storms, high 76, low 61.
FRIDAY= morning and evening thunderstorms, high 80, low 60.

TWINS= Brian Dozier hit his 19th homerun of the year but Cleveland beat the Twins 8-2 last night at Target Field. Twins and Indians wrap up the series today at 11:40am on Q92 WYRQ
REGION 8C= The Region 8C Tournament begins Saturday in Pierz, four games Saturday starting at 11am, four more Sunday including two elimination games, all games live on AM960 KLTF.

IN 1715= the first lighthouse begins construction in United States
IN 1950= “The Gene Autry” Show debuted on television.

Double Trouble Friday and Saturday at the West Side Bar

Tuesday- July 22nd, 2014

--A St. Cloud man who has been charged in a July 8th shooting is being held on $1.5 million bail at Stearns County Jail. 24-year old Cornelius Payton has been charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder, first-degree aggravated robbery, second-degree assault and possession of a firearm after being convicted of a violent crime. He was arrested early Sunday and appeared in court on Monday. Bail was set at $1.5 million without conditions and $750,000 with conditions that include no contact with the victims and not using drugs or alcohol. Payton is in Stearns County Jail. Payton is accused of being the gunman in the July 8th shooting in the 200 block of 33rd Avenue South during a marijuana sale. 18-year old Tyree Deville Sharp and 28-year old Damian Leo Wieneke have appeared in court. Payton is accused of pointing the gun at the victim and threatening to shoot him. Payton then fired, hitting the victim in the neck and in the back of the shoulder.

--The Morrison County Relay for Life event in Little Falls was held this past Friday into Saturday. According to the Relay for Life website on Tuesday morning, 226 participants on 21 teams raised $101,363.30. That total was still rising as money continues to come in. Another Relay for Life event was held at the Motley Fairgrounds on Friday. The latest totals for that was 154 participants on nine teams raised $26,758.74. Again these totals are not yet finalized. After all is totaled up, it will likely be slightly more at both.

--A 72-year-old man died Saturday apparently from a medical issue after reaching shore on North Long Lake, just north of Brainerd. The man and his wife were on jet skis, when the man's jet ski was having mechanical issues. The wife used her jet ski to tow his jet ski to shore. Then the man was experiencing a medical issue. CPR was performed, but without success. No names have been released.

--A Sartell woman was struck by a vehicle around 1:00am Saturday on Division Street in St. Cloud. Police reported that the woman 40-year-old Cindy Betts ran in front of an oncoming vehicle driven by a Burnsville woman. Betts was outside the crosswalk when she was struck by the vehicle and taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Police stated Betts was intoxicated at the time.

--Two people were injured in Todd County Sunday night around 9:00pm. The Sheriff's Office said an SUV was on Highway 71 when it left the roadway striking the ditch. 18-year-old Isabael Mccay of Alaska and 20-year-old Russ Nelson of Willmar were taken to the Staples Hospital and treated for their injuries.

--A 21-year-old Paynesville man has died from injuries in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon in Regal. David Andrew Mattson was a passenger in one of the vehicles. Mattson was taken to St. Cloud Hospital and later died. The accident remains under investigation by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office.

--A deer feeding project this year cost about $200,000 to buy and distribute more than 500 tons of deer food. The project was funded by a program that imposes a 50-cent surcharge per deer hunting license. There was extra urgency this year because of the harsh conditions from the past deer hunting season in Minnesota. The cold winter threatened the survival rate of deer in the northern regions of Minnesota. They bought 1-million pounds of feed which volunteers distributed to about 1,100 sites across the 13 Department of Natural Resources approved deer-permit areas.

--St. Cloud police stated that one man was arrested and another was in the hospital following a shooting on the southside of St. Cloud Saturday morning. Police reported that the victim, who was not named, was shot in a drive-by type shooting around 11:30am on University Drive South. Police stated an investigation into the shooting led to the arrest of a 19-year-old inside a nearby apartment. He is awaiting formal charges. The victim was taken to St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police feel this was not a random act and the two were known to each other. This is the third such incident this month. Back on July 8th a 17-year-old was shot on 33rd Avenue. Police believe that was a drug deal gone bad. The victim underwent surgery on his wounds. Three men were formally charged with that incident in Stearns County District Court. Later that night another shooting occurred on 12th Avenue North. In that case police say it was been ruled accidental.

--A 47-year-old Big Lake man was arrested Sunday after a six-hour standoff with law enforcement. Sherburne County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in Big Lake Township at about 4:00pm for a neighborhood dispute. They found Daniel Barenburg carrying a shotgun toward a neighbor’s home after telling 911 dispatchers he planned on shooting the neighbor. On seeing the deputies, Barenburg returned to his home and a standoff began. People in the immediate area were evacuated and tactical teams from the sheriff’s office and the Elk River police department responded. Telephone negotiations ensued and Barenburg surrendered just before 10pm. He was being held at the Sherburne County jail pending formal charges of terroristic threats. No one was injured.

--Around 4:00am on Saturday Brainerd Police responded to a stabbing at a residence in the 900 block of 28th Street SE Brainerd.  A couple was fighting when the female's brother intervened and stabbed the boyfriend once in his upper left rib cage area. The victim was taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries. The suspect, later identified as 29-year old Willard North was taken to Crow Wing County Jail where he is in custody for Assault in the Second Degree awaiting formal charges.

--The Little Falls City Council met last night.  It approved several agenda items including road improvement projects. The council tabled a request for deletion of Sister City committee for further research into the status of the committee.  

--Television and movie star James Garner has died at age 86. Garner appeared on TV's Maverick in the 1950s and The Rockford Files in the 1970s. Garner also had a lucrative movie career spanning 50 years.

TODAY= mostly sunny, strong northwest winds, high near 80.
TONIGHT= clear skies, less humid, low 55.
WEDNESDAY= sunny skies, high 75, low 55.
THURSDAY= sunny skies, high near 80, storms develop at night.

TWINS= Josh Willingham homered in the 8th to give the Twins a 4-3 win over Cleveland. Game 2 is tonight 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
WNBA= Lynx host Atlanta tonight, Rebecca Brunson back in lineup.

Double Trouble Friday and Saturday at the West Side Bar, Little Falls

Monday- July 21st, 2014

--On Thursday agents of the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force and Todd County Sheriff's Deputies executed a search warrant at a residence in Gordon Township. There officers recovered 12 suspected marijuana plants and an estimated three to five pounds of processed marijuana which had been packaged for sales. That night 47-year old Timothy Arthur Bearson of rural Osakis was arrested in connection to the drugs. Bearson is being held at the Todd County Detention Center on charges of felony sales of a controlled substance. The case has been forwarded to the Todd County Attorney's Office for formal charges.

--Eurasian watermilfoil has been discovered in Middle Spunk Lake near Avon. The invasive aquatic plant was rooted along the east side of the lake to a depth of almost 12 feet. It was most dense near the public beach and water access on the northeast shore, but turned up matted on the surface elsewhere. The plant can form dense mats, crowding out native vegetation, clogging boat propellers and hindering other water recreation. The plant was first discovered in the state in Lake Minnetonka in 1987. Various eradication methods were tried to eliminate the plant from lakes, but all have proved to be unsuccessful. It does not harm people or animals.

--A 62-year-old Garrison man has died following a two-vehicle crash around 12:15pm on Sunday, July 13th on the 28000 block of Monroe Street in Garrison. Phillip Gaffney was previously listed in critical condition earlier last week at St. Cloud Hospital but has now died. The Minnesota State Patrol reported Gaffney became unconscious behind the wheel and the vehicle he was driving struck a light pole, which landed on a trailer. The Jeep continued through the grocery store parking lot, coming to a rest against the building.

--Morrison County deputies last week responded to a theft at Lincoln Gas and Bait in Cushing, theft of a chainsaw on Dove Road in Randall, theft of a bicycle at the Government Center, fire report of a breaker switch that filled a residence with smoke on July 11th on 200th Street in Little Falls, a burglary report on Highway 27 in Pierz and a report on July 10th of five gallons of hydraulic oil spilled on a gravel road from a hoe breaking a line on a truck on 280th Avenue in Pierz.

--A 57-year-old Vergas man died Thursday in a Becker County rollover. The State Patrol stated that Kevin Evans was heading north on county road 17 when he lost control on a curve and rolled his van several times. The vehicle went 150 yards into a ditch and started on fire. Evans was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead when deputies arrived.

--The Little Falls City Council meets tonight 7:30pm at City Hall. A special work session meeting will start at 6pm tonight also at the Little Falls City Hall. A reminder that on July 29th the filing for the city elections will open at 8:00am that includes filing for city council, mayor and also district school board seats.

--The Little Falls School Board meets at 5:00pm tonight at the government center in Little Falls. Agenda items include enrollment for 2014-15, Atomic Learning Agreement for services, 2014-15 handbooks, approval of contract from MSEA for the next school year, classify employee substitute teacher rates, policy reading and filing dates for the upcoming school board elections in November.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9:00am at the Morrison County Government Center. Agenda items include a number of county agency reports.

--The Little Falls School Board is offering a three year contract renewal to Superintendent Stephen Jones which would keep him at Little Falls Schools through 2018. Jones started with the district in 2012. Each of the three years would include a salary increase per year. The board will consider the contract and discuss this further with Superintendent Jones at their meeting tonight in Little Falls.

--Friday night Crow Wing County authorities responded to a missing three year old male near the Breezy Point Marina. Within minutes of the call, the child was located unresponsive near the shoreline by relatives. CPR was administered and the child was airlifted to HCMC in the Twin Cities. The child is currently in critical condition. Crow Wing County deputies are investigating the incident on how the child ended up in the water. The child's name and further information is being withheld pending the investigation.

--Authorities have confirmed that the bodies of two people found on Mount Evans are that of a father and son missing since going for a hike in April. The Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office said Friday that the bodies of Damian and Evan McManus of St. Louis Park were recovered Thursday. They were last heard from April 2 when one of them told a friend they were going to scale a peak. They were reported missing four days later.

--Five people were involved in a two vehicle accident on Highway 371 in Cass County Saturday around noon. Samuel Shepard of Indiana was pulled over on the shoulder and got out to secure a lifejacket in the boat when a second vehicle crossed the center line and collided head on with the Shepard vehicle. 65-year old Shepard was not hurt as he was not in the vehicle, his three passengers, 65-year-old Sally Shepard, 7-year-old Isabella Proctor and 1 year old Sheila Shepard were all taken to a hospital for treatment of not documented injuries. The second driver, 33-year-old Marla Brown of Cass Lake was also taken to a medical facility for treatment of injuries.

--Donna C. Bates, age 81 of Little Falls
--Norris Edward Sowada, age 76 of Bowlus
--Donald Przybilla, age 74 of Pierz.
--Brother Clarence Neuner OSC, age 84 of Crosier Priory of Onamia.

TODAY= HEAT ADVISORY until 9pm, sunny and humid, high 92.  
TONIGHT= showers & storms, some severe with heavy rain, low 70.
TUESDAY= early storms, then partly sunny, high near 80, low 56.
WEDNESDAY= mostly sunny, cooler, high 77, low 56.

TWINS= Tampa Bay sweeps Twins this past weekend winning Friday 6-2, Saturday 5-1 and Sunday 5-3. The Twins try and rebound tonight as they host Cleveland- pregame at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ
REGION 8C= the 8 teams are set in the Region 8C Baseball Tournament beginning Saturday in Pierz. The teams are Nisswa, Upsala, Sobieski, Ft. Ripley, Buckman, Lastrup, St. Stephen and Freeport. The Region 8C Tournament begins this Saturday in Pierz with first game at 11am, hear all the games live on AM960 KLTF
WNBA= Maya Moore had 24 points but the Eastern All Stars beat Moore and the West 125-124 in overtime Saturday in Phoenix.

The coolest and cheapest drinks are at the West Side Bar LF

Friday- July 18th, 2014

--The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported that the road work on Highway 10 between Motley and Cushing is taking longer than expected and will likely not be completed until July 29th. Lane closures will continue during daylight hours on the highway as segments of the roadway are being resurfaced. Motorists should be prepared to slow down or stop as crews complete the project.

--The Wadena County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the death of 32-year-old Kelly Lund of Detroit Lakes who was found dead inside a tent on her brothers property in Menagha on Saturday. Family members have questioned the death as a possible homicide but Menagha Police Chief Scott Koennicke stated that the cause of death is still under investigation. The sheriff's office has been conducting interviews in the area. Lund was attending the Menagha Midsummer Festival with her boyfriend at the time of her death last weekend. More details are expected as soon as the autopsy results are concluded and sent to Wadena County.

--The Motley City Council voted to terminate its relationship with the law firm of Gammello, Qualley, Pearson & Mallak of Little Falls and hire Peter Vogel as its city attorney. Motley’s clerk-treasurer, Terri Smith, told the City Council Tuesday that Gammello, Qualley, Pearson & Mallak had been non-responsive to her queries sometimes up to a month before returning calls to the councils questions.

--A passer-by called 911 after coming upon a rollover accident Wednesday near Farming Township. Around 1:00pm authorities were called to 310th Street one mile west of County Highway 10. 19-year old Mitchell Leyk of Albany was found in a ditch 20 feet from his vehicle after the Sheriff's Office says he was ejected when he lost control of his vehicle and rolled several times. Melrose Ambulance took Leyk to St. Cloud Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition. The Sheriff's Office says it did not appear Leyk was wearing his seat belt, and speed may have been a factor.

--Brainerd firefighters extinguished a vehicle fire Wednesday just before 9:00am on Legend Lane in Fort Ripley. It was reported that the vehicle was next to a garage and firefighters extinguished the fire before it reached any structures with no injuries. Another fire was reported in Baxter around 1:30 Wednesday. Firefighters reported it was an RV that had its brakes locked up and began smoking. There was a lot of smoke but the RV never started on fire and was cooled down by firefighters at the scene with no injuries reported.

--The 6th annual “S.A.M. SLAM” in memory of Stephanie Marshik is this Saturday, at the Little Falls Middle School Tennis Courts. Stephanie Marshik was a tennis player in Little Falls and thru college. Each year funds raised go towards something cancer related. This year they will be able to present a $4,000 check to the Coborn's Cancer Research Fund. If anyone wishes to donate or for more information call Pat Marshik at (320) 632-5788.

--The Morrison County Relay for Life is tonight in Little Falls. Silent Auction begins at 4:30 with Survivors Dinner at 5:30, opening ceremonies at the track at 7pm and luminary ceremony at 10pm- another Relay for Life event is tonight at the Motley Fairgrounds for the Staples-Motley area with events beginning at 5pm. Saturday is Pierz Freedom Fest starting at 4pm at the Genola Ballfields, there are also church bazaars and functions this weekend in Rice, Bulldog Lake and Flensburg. Details at

--Mary Ellen Otremba died Thursday. Otremba represented District 11B in the State House for 13 years for residents of west-central Minnesota including the Long Prairie and Todd County area. She was first elected in 1997 in a special election after the death of her husband Ken and in 2010 announced she would not seek an 8th term in the state legislature. She was the assistant House Minority Leader from 2001 to 2004. Otremba died Thursday at the age of 63.

--A fire destroyed a home south of Staples Monday afternoon. A home at 29059 Todd County Road 66 was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived about 1:45pm. No one was home at the time of the fire. The cause remains unknown.

--Minnesota gained 8,500 jobs in June, according to figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The second straight month of strong job growth brought net job gains in Minnesota to 10,700 for the calendar year. In the past 12 months, the state has added 53,779 jobs, a 1.9 percent annual growth rate, which matches the U.S. growth rate for that period. The state unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 4.5 percent in June, down 0.6 percent from one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate in June was 6.1 percent.

--Sartell residents experiencing unexpected phone calls from the Internal Revenue Service should be on alert. Residents have called the Sartell Police Department about phony phone calls being made on behalf of the IRS. The caller threatens the individual with arrest if they do not pay money the caller claims to be owed. The IRS does not conduct business in this matter regarding back taxes. Individuals who receive calls are urged not to provide any personal information and contact their local police department.

--Mary J. Angevine, age 76 of Little Falls
--Bernice Katheryn Billig, age 86 of Royalton.

TODAY= sunny, breezy, high near 80.
TONIGHT= storms after 2am, some heavy rain, low 62.
SATURDAY= storms early, then partly sunny, high 80, low 62.
SUNDAY= sunny and humid, some PM storms, high 85, low 70.
MONDAY= sunny and hot, high 94, heavy storms late, low 74.

TWINS= Twins return to action tonight hosting Tampa Bay in a 3 game series, pregame tonight at 6:40, Saturday at 5:40pm and Sunday at 12:40pm all live on Q92 WYRQ.
VL= Victory League playoffs wrap up this weekend, hear Flensburg at Upsala at 1:30 Saturday on AM960 KLTF. Catch info on all the games at then click on Victory League and hear the Victory League Roundup Monday 7:35am on KLTF.

IN 1743= first advertisement appears in a U.S. newspaper.
IN 1927= Ty Cobb recorded his 4,000th career hit in major leagues.
IN 1936= Carl Mayer invented the “Wienermobile” for Oscar Mayer.
IN 1994= Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, The Lion King, True Lies, Four Weddings and a Funeral and The Mask all premiered that summer.

Northstar Entertainment tonight and Saturday at West Side Bar.

Thursday- July 17th, 2014

--The Taylor Chabet Twitchell Playground located behind Assembly of God Church on the north side of Little Falls is now open. There will be a Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Friday, August 8th at 5:00pm at the site. The Paul and Emily Twitchell Family who made a $100,000 donation towards this project will be in attendance. Ice Cream Bars will be available and balloons at the event. The park is already open to the community but the ceremony is August 8th.

--A 16-year-old girl from Motley was injured in a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon in Brainerd. Kayt Klein was a passenger in one of the vehicles and was taken to the Brainerd Hospital for treatment of injuries. The drivers, 18-year-old Timothy Bird of Motley and 73-year-old Laura Virnig of Pierz were not injured. The accident occurred on Washington Street and Third Avenue Northeast in Brainerd at noon.

--A 62-year-old Garrison man was in critical condition Tuesday after a two-vehicle accident around 12:15pm Sunday on Monroe Street in Garrison of Crow Wing County. The sheriff's office reported that Phillip Gafney became unconscious behind the wheel of his jeep causing it to strike a light pole and continue through a grocery store parking lot striking the building. Gafney was taken to a hospital then transferred to North Memorial in critical condition. There was no major damage to the building that the vehicle struck.

--A 32-year-old Brainerd man was stabbed in the leg Monday after a reported argument with his girlfriend. Responding officers found the man with a laceration to his leg but he refused medical treatment. The female allegedly involved in the altercation had fled the scene before authorities arrived. The case is open, pending investigation. The victim refused to give deputies an official statement.

--Minnesota's new minimum-wage poster is now online and ready to download at The poster's minimum-wage rates are in effect from August 1, 2014, to July 31, 2015. Minnesota law requires employers to display five state-mandated posters in a physical location where employees can easily see them. The minimum-wage poster needs to be updated at Minnesota workplaces. The other four mandated posters have not changed and do not need to be replaced (age discrimination, safety and health on the job, unemployment and workers’ compensation). There is no cost for posters provided by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI). They can be obtained online or ordered from DLI's website. Posters are designed to fit and print on standard 8.5" x 11" paper. Minnesota's minimum-wage rates will change in August 2015 and 2016. The minimum-wage poster will be updated in 2015 and 2016 to reflect those future rates.

--A special dedication ceremony is next week for the new Minnesota Veterans State Wildlife Management Area, a project that honors Minnesota’s military veterans with a permanently protected, publicly-accessible wildlife area. It is the result of Pheasants Forever’s “Build a Wildlife Area” campaign, funding from Minnesota's Outdoor Heritage Fund (created by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment) and the contributions of many donors and partners. The new, 600-acre Minnesota Veterans State Wildlife Management Area stands out as a large, permanently protected area of wildlife habitat near the Twin Cities metro region. The area, to be managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, will be open to public hunting and outdoor recreation. The ceremony is Wednesday, July 23rd at 6:30pm off I-94 on Highway 24; watch for signs on the left.

--A St. Cloud family got out safely after their basement started on fire Tuesday morning just before 3:00am. Firefighters responded to the home on 10th Avenue South and saw smoke coming from the basement. The fire was contained mostly to the basement and lower level of the home with damage estimates around $50,000. The family was not injured but one firefighter had to be treated at an area hospital with smoke inhalation. Cause is under investigation.

--Three people were injured, including a Big Lake man, after a car rear-ended a semitrailer north of Duluth on Monday. Just before 6:30pm a semitrailer driven by Clancy R. McGuire of St. Michael was traveling south on U.S. Highway 53 in Cotton Township when a car driven by 20-year old Robert J. Abts of Big Lake rear-ended the truck at a high rate of speed. The patrol said Abts was distracted when the collision happened. Abts and two passengers, 20-year old Airlea DeFoe and 21-year old Tiffany Skinaway both of Nett Lake were injured in the crash. Abts, DeFoe and Skinaway were taken to area hospitals. None of the injuries life-threatening.

--One person is dead after their vehicle was hit by a truck in western Minnesota Wednesday morning. The Minnesota State Patrol says it happened on Highway 12 in Swift County east of Degraff. One vehicle attempted to turn left onto 30th Street Southeast when the vehicle was rear ended another vehicle causing the first vehicle to veer into the path of a truck striking it head-on. Troopers say the driver of the first vehicle was killed. Names have not been released. The second driver had minor injuries and the truck driver wasn't hurt.

--All lanes of eastbound Highway 10 just east of Verndale, about 9 miles west of Staples, are now open. The right lane of eastbound Highway 10 was closed late Monday due to water on the roadway. The water has now receded from the road’s lanes.

--Federal authorities say Minnesota Power has agreed to install technology to reduce air pollution from three coal-fired plants. The company will install the technology to help settle allegations it violated the federal Clean Air Act by failing to get permits and installing less-than-best pollution control technology at its plants. The deal announced Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice also calls for Minnesota Power to pay $1.4 million for Clean Air Act violations and spend at least $4.2 million on environmental projects benefiting local communities. Minnesota Power says the settlement contains no admission of wrongdoing.

--Barbara Ann Thompson, age 63 of Little Falls

TODAY= mostly sunny, high 77
TONIGHT= clear skies, low 56.
FRIDAY= sunny and warmer, breezy, high 80, low around 60
SATURDAY= early morning storms, then hazy sun, high 80, low 65
SUNDAY= sunny, windy and humid, high 85, storms at night low 70.

WNBA= Lynx win again, Maya Moore had 32 in a 93-82 win over Tulsa Wednesday at Target Center. WNBA All Star Game is Saturday.
VL= Flensburg at Upsala in a region qualifying game will be Saturday at 1:30pm on AM960 KLTF. The Region Tournament starts July 26th.

Northstar Entertainment Friday and Saturday at the West Side Bar

Wednesday- July 16th, 2014

--Monday afternoon, a Morrison County Jury returned a verdict of guilty against 34-year old Jason DeWayne Kirk of Swanville on a charge of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the First Degree.  Kirk was found guilty after a three day jury trial before Judge Conrad Freeberg in Little Falls. The jury deliberated for 4 hours and 40 minutes.  Assistant County Attorney Todd Kosovich, who prosecuted the case, said that Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 1st Degree carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 144 months in prison. Kirk was found guilty of sexually assaulting a six year old girl in January, 2013 in Swanville. Kirk was immediately taken into custody after the verdict. Sentencing is set for September 10th.

--The Pierz city council met Monday. City Administrator Scott Saehr gave an update on the Master Sidewalk and Trails Plan, which outlines potential future trails or sidewalks for the Cities of Pierz and Royalton. Brian Boser was unanimously reappointed as Fire Chief for a three year term. Public Works Administrator Robert Otremba gave an update to the Council about new electrical on Karst Street, progress in the Community Gardens, completed patching by Tri-City, and that the Robert Street/Park Avenue project is almost completed.

--Engine failure is being cited as the preliminary cause of a plane crash June 20th that sent a private plane into a Sherburne County lake. The National Transportation Safety Board issued a preliminary report Monday into the plane crash, which happened shortly after the plane took off from Pickeral Lake in Clear Lake Township. The plane crashed into the lake, and the pilot and two passengers were able to escape the wreckage without serious injuries. 48-year old Todd Eich was the pilot. The engine stalled shortly after takeoff, and the plane’s left wing hit the water and the plane flipped and sank. The airplane was badly damaged in the crash.

--Mille Lacs Lake anglers may fish at night beginning next Monday at 10:00pm, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. In past years, the Mille Lacs Lake night closure (10pm-6am) began the Monday after the May opener and continued through mid-June. This year’s regulations extended the closure to December 1st to help ensure state-licensed anglers did not catch more walleye than the lake’s safe harvest limit allowed. If that limit was reached, anglers would have had to release all walleye instead of being allowed to keep two. The possession limit is two fish 18 to 20 inches. One fish may be longer than 28 inches. Anglers have caught fewer walleye because walleye are feeding on an abundance of perch in Mille Lacs this year and reduced fishing pressure. Cool temperatures and rain have kept the water temperatures down, which lowers mortality of released fish. Fish are more likely to die after being released in warmer water even if properly handled. For information visit the Mille Lacs Lake Web page at

--July 24th will mark five years since Peter Achermann disappeared in Cass County. Achermann left his residence on the 24th around noon that day and his vehicle was found the next day abandoned by the Crow Wing River Bridge in rural Leader. Since then no traces of Achermann were ever found. Cass County has not ruled out foul play in the disappearance. A number of tips have been called in over the years but none of proven substantial in his whereabouts. A reward remains in effect of $20,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of persons involved in the case. Anyone with information on Achermann is asked to call Cass County at 800-450-2677.

--The Minnesota State Patrol announced that 70-year-old David Larson of Monticello was the man killed Monday morning in Wright County on Highway 241 near St. Michael. Larson was a passenger in the vehicle driven by 54-year-old Vincent Villavicencio of Monticello, who was treated at a hospital for his injuries. The other driver involved in the accident was 54-year-old Bruce Plante of Buffalo who was not injured.

--Cass County authorities have released the name of the Brainerd man killed last week when his tractor rolled on him pinning him underneath. The man was identified as 86-year-old Rueben Root of Brainerd who died at the scene southeast of Emily.

--On Tuesday the Mayo Clinic achieved the highest honor in U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of top hospitals, making it the best hospital in the country. Mayo Clinic earned more number one rankings than any other provider, ranking number one or number two in 11 of the 12 specialties based on reputation, services and volumes, safety and clinical outcomes.

--Otter Tail Authorities are investigating the death of a 62-year-old man here who was found in a lake Saturday night. Family reported that Douglas Koch of Tenmile Lake was found non responsive in the water around 8:50pm. Emergency crews attempted CPR but he was pronounced dead at an area hospital. The cause of death remains under investigation by the sheriff's office.

--Eastbound Highway 10 just east of Verndale, about 9 miles west of Staples, is reduced to a single lane due to water on the roadway. The right lane of eastbound Highway 10 was closed overnight, and will remain closed until further notice. Motorists in the area should slow down and watch for slow traffic as they approach the single-lane segment of Highway 10. For updated information on road conditions, visit or call 5-1-1.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce's 25th annual Golf Outing was held on Monday, at Pine Ridge Golf Club. Atomic Learning  was the winning team with an overall score of 55. Their team members included Paul Cameron, Teresa Giese, Tom Miller, Mark Verkuillen. Men's longest drive was by Jon Brill of Pine Country Bank and the women's longest drive by Teresa Giese of Atomic Learning.

--Todd and Ashley Willert of Long Prairie, a girl born July 14th

--Charlene Starin, age 93 of Little Falls
--Arnold H. Seelen, age 88 of Little Falls
--Jerry Kresal, age 61 of Onamia

TODAY= sunny skies, high near 75, clear night, low around 55.
THURSDAY= sunny, high 77, clear night low 57.
FRIDAY= sunny, more humid, high 82, low around 62.

ALL STAR= American League beat National League 5-3 Tuesday to get home field advantage in the World Series by winning the All Star Game. Angels Mike Trout was the game MVP. Glen Perkins got the save in the 9th inning pitching to teammate Kurt Suzuki of the Twins.

coolest and cheapest drinks in town are found at the West Side Bar

Tuesday July 15th, 2014

--The Upsala City Council will hold a special meeting July 21st to discuss concerns regarding the easements needed for the 2014 Walnut Avenue Improvements Project. The meeting will be at 6:00pm at City Hall. The Council has discussed purchasing the building at 104 South Main Street and demolishing it to make room for additional parking. The city is in need of more parking space but another business could potentially build on that spot as well. The cost of the demolition is a concern due to the fact that there is asbestos in the siding of the building.

--Two people in their 20s were taken by Gold Cross ambulance from a residence at 806 Seventh Ave. S., after a neighbor saw smoke and called 911 at about 11:20pm Saturday. St. Cloud Fire Department Capt. Steve Wunderlich said most of the smoke was on the main floor. One person was found in an upstairs bedroom and the second individual was found in the basement. Food left on the stove appeared to be the source of the smoke.

--St. Cloud police reported that 21-year-old Erik Thomas Smieja was arrested early Sunday morning after he was found passed out inside a locked room at a home in the 800 block of Seventh Avenue South where firefighters were investigating a complaint. Smieja could face charges of obstructing the legal process and fourth-degree assault against a peace officer.

--The woman whose body was found in a Wadena County home on Saturday morning has been identified. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner has identified the woman as 32-year-old Kelly Marie Lund of Detroit Lakes. The cause and manner of her death remains under investigation. Lund's body was found shortly before 9:00am at a home in Menahga. The Menahga Police Department, Wadena County Sheriff's Office and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Lund's death.

--A Minnesota website has tracked the percentage of students that graduate area high school, go on to college and get a degree. The stats are from In Little Falls in 2013 it showed that 208 graduated from the high school and of that 71% enrolled in college that fall. Brainerd had 479 gradate with a 57% enrollment percentage in college. Smaller schools such as Pillager had 55 graduate and 71% of their students enrolled in college. In the past decade Minnesota showed that 70% of all high school graduates went on to attend college but only 40% of those received a degree in the major they had chosen. In 2013 Chokio Alberta, Dawson Boyd, Minneota, Kittson Central and Clinton Graceville Beardsley had the highest percentage of high school students going on to attend college of nearly 100% of the graduating class going on to higher learning.

--Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 3.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.51 per gallon according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.61 per gallon. Prices Sunday were 5.1 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 3.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 4.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands unchanged compared to this day one year ago.

--Pierz Freedom Fest is this Saturday starting at 4:00pm at the Genola Ballfields. Gloriana, Frankie Ballard and Loss 4 Words will be performing; get details at click on the link.

--Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl is asking for assistance from the public on a burglary that occurred 10:00pm Sunday. Sheriff Dahl reports that his office received a call from a citizen who had interrupted a burglary in his shed located on Highway 18 east of Maghan Road. The suspects were driving a white moving type van with dual wheels. As the vehicle was fleeing the area, it hit a cable across the driveway which deputies believe would have caused substantial front end damage to the van. Anyone with information about the possible suspects or vehicle in question is asked to contact the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office.

--One person is dead after a morning rush hour crash in St. Michael Monday. The State Patrol website says it happened just before 6:30am on Highway 241 at the intersection with Oday Avenue. A pickup hit a sedan broadside, killing one of two people inside. The names of the victims have not yet been released. The driver of the pickup, a 54-year-old man from Buffalo, was not injured. State Patrol investigators are continuing to reconstruct the crash. Highway 241 was closed for many hours Monday as the crash was cleaned up.

--A 16-year-old was arrested and a woman was taken to the hospital after a chase with police Friday night in St. Cloud. Around 11:30pm Friday, officers attempted to stop the vehicle on Riverside Drive when the driver sped off. The vehicle would eventually strike a light pole where the driver ran from the vehicle and was apprehended. The 16 year old was taken to jail and is awaiting charges of fleeing police, driving after revocation and criminal vehicular operation. The passenger in the vehicle, an 18-year-old, was taken to St. Cloud Hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.

--Herbert Zarns who passed away in Lakeland, Florida
--Louise Larson, age 88 of Little Falls.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high near 70.
TONIGHT= clear skies, continued cool, low 47.
WEDNESDAY= sunny skies, high 73, low around 50.
THURSDAY= sunny skies, high 75, low around 55.

ALL STAR= The 2014 All Star Game in Major League Baseball is played tonight at Target Field in Minneapolis. The Twins will be represented by catcher Kurt Suzuki and pitcher Glen Perkins.  Pregame coverage begins at 5:30pm today on Q92 WYRQ. Last night after a nearly one hour delay, Yoenis Cespedes of Oakland won the Home Run Derby for the 2nd straight year. First player to do that feat since Ken Griffey Jr. back in 1998-99.
WNBA= Maya Moore scored 26 to lead Lynx over Seattle on Sunday, Moore also received the most votes of any player to make the starting lineup in the WNBA All Star Game Saturday in Phoenix.

IN 1964= The Beach Boys had first #1 hit with I Get Around.
IN 1968= Soap Opera One Life to Live debuts on ABC.
IN 1973= Nolan Ryan of Angels pitches 2nd no hitter in same season.
IN 2006= Twitter is launched on computers throughout the world

Northstar Entertainment Friday and Saturday at West Side Bar

Monday- July 14th, 2014


–On Monday the Little Falls city council denied a request from Riiters, Thompson & Olson PA for an off-premise sign. The request was to amend the sign ordinance to allow for off-premise signage; the current wording does not allow it. City attorney Toni Wetzel stated she would speak with Paul Reuvers, the attoney who handled the lawsuit involving the city and Robin Hensel, about the issue.

--The Swanville City Council met Tuesday and heard concerns addressing the new boulevard in the city.  Residents stated that the soil was of poor quality and that the concrete poured was already cracking.  Other projects taking place in the city this summer include paving the alley between the feed mill and businesses along DeGraff Street. The next city council meeting will be Tuesday, August 5th at 7:30pm at the city complex.

--St. Cloud Police stated Friday that a body was discovered near the St. Cloud State University Campus around 1pm. Officers had been sent to the area on a welfare check for a person when the body was found. Police say that the individual is not a student at SCSU or a staff member. There is no danger to the public and the body was taken to Ramsey County for an autopsy and proper identification.

--An 18-year-old St. Cloud man was arrested Wednesday, accused of being involved in a shooting Tuesday night that sent a boy to the hospital with two gunshot wounds. Officers from the St. Cloud Police Department and the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force arrested Tyree Deville Sharp. Investigators believe he was involved in the shooting Tuesday night in the 200 block of 33rd Avenue South in St. Cloud. Sharp was taken to Stearns County Jail to await his first court appearance. Investigators also have found a pickup they were looking for that might have been involved.-

--The Swanville Post Office will be holding a community meeting on July 29th to answer residents' questions regarding possible changes at the local office.  The meeting starts at 4pm at the city complex.

--Several central Minnesota businesses were fined in the second quarter for violations by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Businesses fined include Can R Us in Little Falls, Gold'n' Plump Farms in Sauk Rapids and Avon Body shop in Avon. Overall the MPCA conducted 68 enforcement cases in 41 counties from April to June.

--The Pierz City Council will be holding its meeting tonight at 7:00pm. Agenda items include Cassie Street Bond, Golf Course Bridge update, master sidewalk and trails plan, first right of refusal draft and the council will hear from a candidate for Morrison County Auditor/Treasurer and hear from the police chief, fire chief, public works and the superintendent of parks.

--Two people were injured Thursday afternoon after a motorcycle collided with an SUV. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, just before 3 pm, 53-year-old Tamie Willhite of Kimball attempted to cross Minnesota Highway 15 from Maus Drive. As she crossed, the Buick Rainier was struck by a motorcycle ridden by 41-year-old Gustavo Guevara of Lester Prairie and 27-year-old Linda Munnell of Dassel. Both Guevara and Munnell were transported to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of injures that were not life-threatening. The state patrol reports Willhite did not see the incoming motorcycle. Willhite and her three passengers were uninjured.

--The DNR is proposing raising the limit for catfish on the Sauk River chains in central Minnesota from 5 to 10 fish. Public meetings are being planned. The possible date for the change is March of 2015.

--Two men have been arrested in connection with the burglary of Avon Elementary School last weekend. The Avon Police Department has arrested 22-year-old Mitchel Keith Heinen of Avon and 22-year-old Paul Edwin Maile Jr. Officers executed a search warrant on Friday at a residence in Avon on and recovered all of the property taken from the school. Officers also found property that had been taken from St. Cloud Technical High School in June. Heinen and Maile were taken to Stearns County Jail. Charges are pending.  They could each face a charge of third-degree burglary.

--Two people were injured Friday in a two-vehicle crash in Princeton Just after 5pm, 56-year-old Judith Perrine of Aitkin was driving south on U.S. Highway 169 when she attempted to exit the highway and go east on Minnesota Highway 95, and was hit broadside by a vehicle driven by 68-year-old Beverly Roxbury of Princeton. Both drivers suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and were taken to Fairview Northland Medical Center in Princeton. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash and both women were wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident.

--Motorists in St. Cloud and Sartell may experience delays on Minnesota Highway 15 near Stearns County Road 120 because of lane reductions Monday. Northbound Highway 15 lane closures will begin at 7:30am and southbound Highway 15 lane closures will begin at 8:15am. The closures are needed as crews make repairs. All lanes will reopen by 3pm.

--The Brainerd school district has a new superintendent, Klint Willert. Willert replaces former superintendent Steve Razidlo, who accepted a three-year contract as superintendent at The American International School in Vienna, Austria. Prior to his hiring at Brainer, Willert was the superintendent for Marshall Public Schools.

--Lorraine D. Feia, 86 of Albany
--Sr. Mary Carolita Mauer OSF, age 76 of Little Falls.

TODAY=  scattered showers, windy and cool, high 62.
TONIGHT= showers early, then clearing, low 47.
TUESDAY= sunny skies, high near 70, low around 50.
WEDNESDAY= sunny skies, high around 75.

TWINS= Colorado beat the Twins 6-2 on Friday. Twins belted out 12 hits on Saturday to beat Rockies 9-3 then the Twins beat Colorado on Sunday 13-5 with 2 homers from Brian Dozier to finish the so called first half of the season at 44-50. The Twins and Target Field continue to host All Star events tonight with the Home Run Derby. Current Twin Brian Dozier and former Twin Justin Morneau now with Colorado will compete in the event tonight. Coverage can be heard at 6:30pm on Q92 WYRQ. The All Star Game is tomorrow night.
WC= Germany won World Cup in Soccer 1-0 over Argentina.
NBA= LeBron James announced Friday that he plans on returning to his former team the Cleveland Cavalliers signing a 2 year deal.
VL= Victory League Roundup today at 7:35am on KLTF and full details on the playoffs at

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Friday- July 11th, 2014

--A 49-year-old Brainerd man was injured Wednesday in a motorcycle accident on Highway 25 and Thiesse Road south of Brainerd. Jeffrey Tandeski was taken to the Brainerd hospital and listed in fair condition. He was traveling on Highway 25 when he struck a deer.

--A 57-year-old Crow Wing County woman was injured around 1:35pm Sunday in Fifty Lakes when she fell off an ATV and was struck and run over by another ATV. Wanda Grecula was taken to North Memorial Medical Center with reported serious injuries.

--A girl was injured in a rollover crash in Todd County around 4:25pm Monday. The crash occurred at 171st Avenue and 494th Street in Bartlett Township. A car carrying three girls went off 171st Avenue at a sharp corner and rolled into the ditch ending up on its roof. One girl was transported to Wadena Medical Center for treatment of injuries.

--Crow Wing County area police departments were busy with accidents this past weekend as seven people were injured in a half-dozen accidents reported between Friday and Monday. Authorities stated that is all accidents the injuries were non-life threatening and remind motorists to please watch speeds and not to drink and drive.

--Brainerd firefighters extinguished a car on fire at a fast food restaurant parking lot on Wednesday afternoon. The fire started in the engine compartment and the car was a total loss. Firefighters were on the scene for about an hour and there were no injuries.

--Brainerd announced their 4th of July parade winners. Best of Show was the Brainerd High School Marching Band, commercial winner was a tie with Brothers Motor Sports and ATV Sleds, non-commercial winner was Shamineau Ministries in Motley, marching winner was VFW No. 1647/American Legion in Brainerd, royalty winner was Aitkin Riverboats in Aitkin, antique winner was Lyle Foster of Brainerd with a 1937 Buick Coupe and Annie's Childcare and Learning Center in Brainerd won the open division.

--As counties look for funding to keep up with costly road repairs, some are turning to a new source: a sales tax. So far, a half dozen Minnesota counties have adopted the tax. But more, including Stearns County, are exploring the possibility. A sales tax is a way for counties, especially regional centers, to capture dollars for road construction from people who visit and buy things in the county, not just from property taxes. If Stearns County adopted a half-cent sales tax, it would generate more than $11.5 million a year, considerably more than the $1.4 million the county expects to recoup annually from the wheelage tax. Adopting the full half-cent tax would allow the county to move up some road projects not scheduled to happen for a few years.

--Parking at the Stearns County’s Administration Center in downtown St. Cloud will be impacted as the City of St. Cloud is working to replace the brick pavers in the parking lot right outside the south entrance of the building. The project expected to last through next week, dependent on the weather. Public parking spaces will be reduced through the duration of the project. Any questions can be directed to the City of St. Cloud’s Public Works Dept at 650-2900.

--Todd County reported that a Motley man stated he was missing 300 feet of irrigation wiring from a field in Villard Township stolen sometime in the past days. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 320-732-2157.

--Holdingford Daze is tonight and Saturday with a softball tournament tomorrow at 9am and parade Saturday night at 7pm.

--Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Transportation officially announced that Minnesota will receive an additional $4.25 million in Quick Release funds to expedite emergency road repairs after recent heavy rains caused widespread flooding statewide.  Minnesota received $750,000 on June 23rd after the state was hit with an extreme amount of rain last month.

--The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the woman killed on Monday afternoon near Emily. 36-year-old Nerchel Abella Nahuman of Princeton, originally of the Phillipines, was killed when her ATV went through a large puddle of water and then rolled on top of her. Nahuman was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and died at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

--The Stearns County Sheriff's Office earlier this week asked the public in helping to find Sara Winscher of Sartell. The sheriff's office was notified Thursday that Winscher had been found and is safe and well. They thank the public for their assistance.

--The state's best in art, education and agriculture will be on display at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair, Thursday, Aug. 21 through Labor Day, Sept. 1. Winning exhibitors will be awarded ribbons, trophies and nearly $1.3 million in total cash prizes. For complete prize lists and information on how to enter Minnesota State Fair competitions, visit

--Check out weekend events like the Todd County Breakfast on the Farm Saturday starting at 10:30am at Solid Rock Dairy near Browerville and the Swanville Mid Summer Carnival this weekend with parade at 11:30am Sunday. Details on community events are at  then click on community calendar.

TODAY=  showers and T-storms some heavy, high 82.
TONIGHT=  evening T-storms then clearing, low 62.
SATURDAY= partly sunny, isolated T-storms, high 80, low 58.
SUNDAY= sunny and less humid, high 75, low 50.
MONDAY= rain showers, cool and breezy, high 63, low 50.

TWINS=Twins take 3 of 4 from Seattle with a 4-2 win last night. The Twins travel to Colorado for a 3 game series starting tonight with pregame at 7:10pm and Saturday and Sunday the pregame begins at 2:40pm on Q92 WYRQ. Then the All Star Game on Tuesday.
VL= Victory League playoffs get underway this weekend, Saturday its Pierz Brewers at Lastrup at 1:30 and Sunday their will be an elimination game featured at 1:30pm both games on AM960 also hear the roundup for all the games Monday 7:35am on KLTF.

IN 1789= The U.S. Marine Corps created by act of Congress
IN 1804= Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton in famous duel
IN 1859= Charles Dickens publishes Tale of Two Cities
IN 1914= Babe Ruth makes major league baseball debut with the Boston Red Sox and pitches a 4-3 win over Cleveland.
IN 1960= Alley Oop by Hollywood Argyles hit #1 on charts
IN 1984= When Doves Cry by Minnesota's Prince hit #1. This was one of 5 songs from the soundtrack to hit top 10 in 84 for Prince.

Double Trouble has the music tonight at West Side Bar

Thursday- July 10th, 2014

--On Tuesday afternoon an accident occurred between a car and a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train on Broadway Avenue in Little Falls. It is yet unclear if the car hit the train or the train hit the car. Westbound traffic on Broadway Avenue, east of the railroad tracks, was routed north on Paul Larson Drive to Ninth Avenue Northwest then south on Lindbergh Drive to Broadway Avenue. Eastbound traffic on Broadway, west of the railroad tracks, was routed north on Lindbergh Drive to Ninth Avenue Northwest then south on Paul Larson Drive to Broadway Avenue. The Little Falls Police Department and the Morrison County Sheriff’s Department had officers on scene until the car could be towed and the train cleared from the major crossing. The driver, 73-year-old David Palm of Swanville wasn't hurt.

--Shortly before 3:00pm Tuesday a rogator sprayer, driven by 44-year old Glen Przybilla of Royalton was traveling eastbound on Highway 27 in Little Falls when Przybilla failed to see a car driven by 81-year old Phyllis Reznick of Little Falls. The rogator ran over the car at Third Avenue Northeast, lodging it between the wheels and dragging the car about 40 feet. There were no injuries.

--A boy was shot twice Tuesday night and had surgery for injuries that have him in stable condition at St. Cloud Hospital. The boy was shot at around 7:30pm Tuesday in the 200 block of 33rd Avenue South. Police encountered the wounded boy in the area of 22nd Avenue and Division Street and blocked off traffic in the area while they investigated. Investigators say the shooting was not a random act and that they don't consider there to be a threat to the general public. The task force is asking for the public's help locating a vehicle, and the people inside it, that might have been involved in the shooting. The vehicle is described as an extended-cab or quad-cab pickup truck that was tan or gray and has dual rear wheels. The truck has wood-type rails on the back bed area. The task force is asking anyone who was in the area at the time of the shooting or anyone who has information about the vehicle to call the St. Cloud Police Department at 251-1200. The shooting was one of two reported Tuesday night in St. Cloud. A 21-year-old St. Cloud man sustained wounds to his legs from a shooting around 5:15pm in the 1300 block of 12th Avenue North. Investigators don't believe that shooting was related to the later shooting. No arrests have been made.

--24-year old Dean Alan Sargent of Detroit Lakes was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in prison for stealing merchandise from the Wal-Mart in Little Falls. On October 27, 2013, the Little Falls Police were called to Wal-Mart to investigate a theft. Police learned that two suspects were observed shopping in the store together and both proceeded out the front door with two full grocery carts. The suspects made no attempt to pay for the merchandise in the carts. When the two suspects noticed that they were being followed, they ditched the carts outside and ran to their vehicle. The manager then provided law enforcement with a description of the suspects as well as their vehicle. Sargent and his co-defendant were arrested a short while later on Highway 10. The value of the merchandise in the carts was in excess of $1,000. Sargent pled guilty on January 15th but an issue regarding the defendant’s criminal history delayed his being sentenced until Wednesday, July 9th.

--The Little Falls Care Center most recent event was a Spring Plant and Bake Sale back on May 29th. The event raised $2,800 which included $500 in supplemental funds from Thrivent Financial.

--Around 7:15am Wednesday the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary in progress on Kappel Road, just south of the Welcome Center on HWY 371 south of Brainerd. A property owner who was checking on a shed on the property interrupted the burglary. The suspect subsequently fled into a heavily wooded area. With the assistance of Baxter Police Department K9 “Gator” the suspect was tracked for over 1 mile before being located. The suspect, a 25 year old Brainerd man, was taken into custody. The suspect is being held at the Crow Wing County Jail on several charges in including burglary and fleeing a peace officer.

--The Minnesota State Patrol reported a 7-year-old girl riding her bike on a Mille Lacs County road has been killed by a motorist. Authorities say the Milaca girl was biking on County Road 8 about 10:15pm Tuesday when she was hit in the westbound lane. The State Patrol identifies the girl as Alyssa Grimm. She was taken to North Memorial Medical Center where she later died. The driver of the vehicle 29-year old Ryan D. Schipper of Milaca and his passenger were not hurt.

--Cass County Sheriff's officials say an 86-year-old man died after being pinned by a tractor in a shed in Cass County Tuesday evening. Police say a tractor rolled in reverse pinning the 86-year-old Brainerd man against a 5th wheel trailer hitch. When they arrived on the scene the man was deceased. The identity of the victim is not being released at this time.

--Two juvenile females were injured in an ATV accident in Crow Wing County Monday around 1:30pm. Authorities say a 16 and 12 year old were on the ATV when it was struck by a vehicle on a driveway on Cinosam Road.  Both girls were taken to the hospital by private vehicle and treated for injuries. The driver of the vehicle wasn't hurt.

--The annual meeting for the Wreaths for the Fallen will be at Camp Ripley at 1:00pm this Saturday with Major John Donovan of Camp Ripley as the guest speaker. Organizers will meet to determine what projects are needed or to be addressed to spread the word for the organization. Thanks to donations, the organization was able to put wreaths on all the graves at the State Veteran's Cemetery north of Little Falls last December. For more information on the organization go to their website

TODAY= sunny skies, high around 80.
TONIGHT= storms after midnight, some heavy rains, low 64.
FRIDAY= storms early, cloudy, high 80, PM storms redevelop.
SATURDAY= partly cloudy, high 80, low around 60.
SUNDAY= early and late day storms, high 77, low 55.

TWINS= Twins beat Seattle 8-1 last night, Brian Dozier and Kendys Morales come through hitting wise and Kyle Gibson picks up his 8th win of the year. Twins wrap up series tonight with Seattle on the west coast with pregame at 8:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
SOC= World Cup Finals will be Argentina and Germany on Sunday.

IN 1040= it is reported that Lady Godiva rode naked on a horse to force her husband Earl of Mercia to lower taxes.

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Wednesday- July 9th, 2014

--The Little Falls City Council met on Monday night. The council passed an action to ask it's citizens through a public referendum to approve a ½ percent sales tax. These dollars would increase access to daily physical activity to reduce obesity rates and improve the community health ranking. The question on the November 4th ballot will read: “Shall the Little Falls City Council impose by Ordinance, a sales and use tax of one-half of one percent (½%) for the purpose of paying capital costs for the construction of the Little Falls Area Recreational Complex including, but not limited to, property acquisition, restrooms, picnic shelters, community facility, ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, all wheel park, splash pad, access roadways, utilities, and parking lots, as well as hiking and biking trails within the Complex and throughout the community.” If approved by voters it would need legislature approval. The total revenues that will be raised from this local option sales tax should not exceed $7.9 million. That said tax shall expire after 12-years or when the cost of said improvements have been fully paid, whichever is sooner. If this all goes through, the tax increase is expected to go in effect on or about April 1st 2015 and continue thru March 31st 2027. Passed at the meeting was a resolution banning all motorized vehicle parking of the east side of 10th street Southwest between Trunk Highway 27 and 5th Avenue Southwest, at all times, effective immediately. A Mutual Technology Agreement was reached with the Morrison County Sheriffs Office and the Little Falls Police Department.

--Around 3:15pm on Monday the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to fatal ATV crash on Lens Road (southeast of Emily). The victim, a 36 year old Princeton woman, was driving an ATV on Lens Road when she drove through a large puddle of water, rolling the ATV on top of her. The woman, whose name is being withheld pending notification of family, was with her boyfriend who was driving a separate ATV at the time of the crash. The victim wasn’t wearing a helmet. The victim’s body has been sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner for autopsy and cause of death.

--Motorists may encounter daytime delays and work crews on both directions of Highway 10 between Motley and Cushing as segments of the roadway are reduced to a single lane through July 18th. The lane closures, which were originally scheduled to end July 3rd are needed while crews apply pavement markings as part of a resurfacing project. When complete, the project will extend the life of the roadway and provide a smoother ride along nearly 16 miles of Highway 10. For real-time travel information anywhere in the state visit

--32-year old Orlando Johnson of St. Cloud suspected of assault and terroristic threats was arrested and taken to Sherburne County Jail on Monday afternoon. On Sunday, police say Johnson displayed a handgun and threatened to kill a 38-year-old St. Cloud woman. Johnson is also suspected of physically assaulting the victim. She received minor injuries that did not require medical attention. Johnson left the residence before St. Cloud police arrived. Police say that Johnson is a felon with past arrests for an assault with a knife and felony-level narcotics. Officers determined Johnson was at the Cooper Avenue residence and obtained a search warrant. After 15 minutes, Johnson surrendered and exited the house. Police did not find the handgun used in the assault. Johnson could be charged with terroristic threats and second-degree assault.

--Volunteers the past couple of days continue to help build the Taylor Chebet Twitchell Playground north of the radio station behind Assembly of God Church in Little Falls. The playground is not quite open yet but it is expected to open shortly, perhaps as early as this month. We will share the grand opening information once we learn the date and time this community playground will officially open.

--A Zimmerman man sustained severe injuries to one hand and minor injuries to his other hand and his face Monday night when a firework exploded in his hand. The man lit a short fuse on what was supposed to be an aerial firework, but it exploded in his hand before he could throw it. 33-year old Jeffery Vane was taken by air ambulance to North Memorial Medical Center.

--A 14-month-old girl walked or crawled under an SUV in the driveway of her family's Brooklyn Center home Monday afternoon, and was killed instantly when the driver of the truck backed up to move the vehicle away from a grill. Police say the baby was outdoors playing with two siblings in the 5400 block of Colfax Avenue North, and ended up in the driveway out of the view of the SUV's driver. He had started a fire in a grill, and needed to back up his 2013 Honda Pilot because it was too close to the grill. Commander Brian Peters told reporters. Peters said the mother of the child was at work at the time, and identified the driver of the SUV simply as a relative.

--Motorists traveling near Staples may encounter stopped traffic and delays as all lanes of Highway 10 near 305th Avenue, two miles south of Staples, are closed this morning intermittently between 9:30am and 11:30am. The road closures are needed as Minnesota Power crews make emergency repairs to the high-voltage electrical line that spans Highway 10. Motorists should seek alternate routes and plan additional time for travel. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit

--Barbara Erickson, age 60 of Little Falls
--Corky Joe Maurer, age 55 of Yale, South Dakota
--Dennis Wochnick, age 71 of Linwood WA formerly Little Falls.

TODAY= sunny skies, not as windy, high 75.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low 55.
THURSDAY= mostly sunny, high 80, storms after dark low 65.
FRIDAY= storms in morning, then sunny, high near 80.
TWINS= Phil Hughes shut down the Mariners Tuesday night and Sam Fuld homered to give the Twins a 2-0 win. Twins continue their series at Seattle with game 3 of 4 tonight at 8:40pm on Q92 WYRQ
WNBA= Maya Moore scores 30 as Lynx beat LA 83-72 Tuesday.
ALL STAR= We are just days away from All-Star activity in the Twin Cities. FanFest starts on Friday and that is the kickoff of the five-day long event that ends on Tuesday night with the MLB All Star Game.  Kurt Suzuki and Glen Perkins are the Twins representatives in the game. You can hear All Star coverage including the Home Run Derby at 6:30pm Monday and the All Star Game live from Target Field beginning with pre-show at 6pm Tuesday on your Twins connection in central Minnesota “Your Country” Q92 WYRQ.

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Tuesday- July 8th, 2014

--The American Cancer Society and Morrison County Relay for Life are once again asking all local businesses, schools, churches, and residents to help “Paint the County Purple”. Relay for Life members would like to see purple everywhere they go in Morrison County. If you are a cancer survivor, or have had someone you know touched by cancer, place a purple bow, ribbon, balloon or decoration on your door. Other ideas are to hang purple signs inside your window, hang purple lights, plant purple flowers or even wear purple clothing. “Paint the County Purple” began yesterday and continues until this year's Morrison County Relay for Life event on Friday, July 18th.

--Stearns County responded to an ATV fire around 11:15pm on the 4th of July in Avon Township. Scott Michaletz of North Branch reported his ATV was on fire inside his vacation home. It is believed that illegal fireworks left in the trailer attached to the ATV started on fire. The ATV and trailer was a total loss and there was minor damage to the structure it was in. No one was injured.

--A St. Cloud man was injured last Friday night in a one-vehicle accident in Rockville. Stearns County stated that Charles Lenzmeier was on Agate Beach Road when he left the road and hit a tree. Lenzmeier sustained significant lacerations to his head and other injuries and was taken to St. Cloud for treatment of those injuries.

--A rural Browerville man was hurt Saturday night after a three-wheeler rollover on Todd County Road 89, south of County Road 22. The rollover happened shortly before 11:00pm. Randy Thompson was heading south on a three-wheeler when he lost control and the vehicle rolled. Thompson received injuries and was taken to Staples' hospital for treatment. Todd County stated alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor to the crash.

--The body of a 40-year-old man has been recovered from the St. Croix River in Hastings. The Washington County Sheriff's Office said that the man was swimming with family near Point Douglas Beach when he went under water at about 5pm Sunday. Authorities said that family tried to help, but they couldn't locate the man. Emergency responders pulled the man's body from the river around an hour later and he was pronounced dead. The name of the victim has not been released. Though many counties in central Minnesota have taken off the no wake warnings on waterways they remind boaters and water goers that the water is still very high in areas and the current remains strong with the added rainfall and caution is needed when doing anything on the Minnesota waters at this time.

--A mother and son were injured in a one vehicle rollover in Staples Township last Thursday night. Around 7:30pm, Melissa Thompson was east on Thunder Road when her vehicle left the roadway and ended up in a swampy area. Thompson and her juvenile son were both take to Staples Hospital with reported moderate injuries.

--The first reports of West Nile Virus in Minnesota have been reported. According to the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District the first report of the virus in the state was in Scott County. The report stated that there have been no confirmed cases of residents getting sick and dead birds tested in the area turned up negative for the virus. The virus is most common in agriculture areas in western and central Minnesota and spikes in numbers by late July and early August. The virus first arrived in Minnesota 12 years ago.

--The 52nd Swanville Mid Summer Carnival is Friday through Sunday including music all 3 days and a parade Sunday at 11:30am.

--The MN Military Museum will host the second in a series of “History after Hours” socials on Thursday July 17 from 5:30 to 7:30pm with “hands on programs” starting at 6:00. The theme will be “Hands on Military History”. Special “hands on” stations manned by period actors will allow guests to fire a Civil War musket, pull the bolt back on a WWI machine gun, simulate firing an antique mortar, taste test a Meal Ready to Eat, (MRE) or assist WW II medics provide first aid to casualties with WW II equipment and supplies. This is the second in a series of four History after Hours events in the Historic Little Falls area. Advance Tickets are $20.00 per person and available by contacting the Minnesota Military Museum at 320-616-6050.

--Avon police are asking for the public's help solving a burglary that happened Saturday at Avon Elementary School. The value of the property taken in the burglary early Saturday is about $5,000. Anyone with information is asked to call Avon police.

--Stearns County Sheriff's officials are asking for the public's help locating a Sartell woman who hasn't been heard from by her family members in about two weeks. 36-year old Sara Winscher might be living out of her vehicle. Family members are concerned for her welfare and contacted the sheriff's office on Saturday. She is not wanted for any criminal behavior, and sheriff's officials just want to make sure she is safe. Winscher's vehicle is a 1998 Green Toyota Corolla that has hail damage. The license plate is 605 JVK. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office at 320-251-4240.

--The Todd County Sheriff’s Office recently has had several complaints of vehicles that have been searched and items stolen in Grey Eagle. Thefts included money, cigarettes and a cell phone. Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to call the Todd County Sheriff’s Office at (320) 732-2157.

--Motorists in Waite Park may encounter lane closures and delays as Highway 23 between 10th Avenue S and 4th Street S is reduced to a single lane in each direction beginning today. All lanes of Highway 23 between 10th Avenue S and 4th Street S will open by Aug. 8. The closures are needed as crews construct a new Highway 23/17th Avenue S intersection and permanently close the Highway 23/4th Street S intersection. For travel information log on to

--Veronica “Vernie” Ringwelski, age 91 of Little Falls
--Virgil H. Marshik, age 85 of Annandale formerly of Pierz.

TODAY= sunny, breezy, isolated PM showers, high 74.
TONIGHT= mostly clear, breezy early, low 50.
WEDNESDAY= sunny and pleasant, high 75, low 55.
THURSDAY= sunny early, afternoon storms develop, high 80.

TWINS= Seattle shut out Twins last night 2-0. Twins are at Seattle again tonight 8:40 pregame on 92.1FM WYRQ.
VL= The Victory League playoffs begin on Saturday with elimination and winners brackets games on Sunday. AM960 KLTF will have a double header of action again this weekend, Saturday- Pierz Brewers at Lastrup at 1:30 and an elimination game on Sunday on KLTF.

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Monday- July 7th, 2014

--A Waite Park woman died Thursday after the car she was riding in went off Minnesota Highway 23 around 4:00pm. The Waite Park Police Department stated that 51-year-old Kathy Miller died. The driver of the vehicle 74-year-old Dorothy Miller was injured and taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment. Police are investigating if a medical condition by the driver may have caused the accident when the sedan they were in left the road near the Minnesota School of Business and struck a tree causing the vehicle to catch on fire. Westbound Highway 23 was closed for a time due to firefighters extinguishing the blaze.

--About 16,000 Minnesotans who sought medical assistance through MNsure still aren't covered because of errors in processing their applications. There were problems with the affected customers' applications, but letters were never sent to notify them of those problems and requesting information, such as verification of income, citizenship, or tribal membership. Letters to Minnesotans still without insurance are expected to go out by mid-July, and the state will work with insurers to guarantee coverage back to the date of a customer's application. More than 149,000 low-income Minnesotans have used MNsure to apply for medical assistance. MNsure officials decided last month to work on improving the system for this fall's open enrollment period before deciding whether it should be saved or scrapped altogether. An upgrade to the system this month is expected to fully automate the process.

--An Albany man was in fair condition the day after injuring himself on a motorcycle. 23-year old Tyler Hopper drove into a ditch while heading south on Stearns Country Road 156 in Albany about 5:30pm Wednesday. He failed to stay on the road at a curve. Hopper was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

--A St. Cloud man was injured Friday around 9:45pm when his motorcycle was eastbound on Highway 23 in Stearns County and struck a deer. 65-year-old Roy Stein after the collision with the deer veered into the ditch north of Bel Clare Drive. He was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

--A two vehicle accident Friday in Meeker County sent a Clear Lake man to the hospital. Authorities say around 10:30pm, 20-year-old Joseph Neuman of Eden Valley was westbound on Highway 55 and he turned to go south on County Road 2 and collided with an eastbound vehicle driven by 28-year-old Daniel Gram of Clear Lake. Gram was treated for injuries at an area hospital. Neuman and Gram's 1-year old son Zaden were not injured.

--Several families have been displaced after a fire late Thursday in southeast St. Cloud. Around 10:30pm Thursday a fire broke out on the ground level of a townhome owned by Steve and Hellen Boit who stated that nine people were inside the home at the time of the fire, though they say all were able to escape unharmed. Nearby homes were damaged by smoke and water but the fire was contained to the one residence. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The townhome was ruled a total loss.

--The Linden Hill Community Garden Walk is Tuesday, July 15th from 3 to 8pm. The Garden and Grounds Committee has arranged five garden sites in addition to the 35 vintage gardens throughout the Linden Hill Estate for touring. The cost to take part in the tour is $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased at Linden Hill or any individual family garden. For more information contact Linden Hill at 616-5580.

--Seven people were arrested after Wright County authorities found drugs and stolen property during two searches Wednesday in Monticello. The sheriff's office reported that items from several burglaries and vehicle thefts were found in the search. The seven arrested ranged in age from 25-40 and were mostly from Monticello, Delano and Blaine. Two were also charged with being in possession of prescription drugs that were not under their name. The case has been turned over to the Wright County Attorney for formal charges.

--A St. Cloud family was robbed at gunpoint in their home Tuesday. On the 1500 block of 14th Street Southeast, St. Cloud Police Department responded to a call from a woman who had been awoken by three men all wearing hooded sweatshirts, pants and tennis shoes. She asked the burglars who they were and they responded by showing her what appeared to be a small handgun and began to demand money. Items of value were stolen from the home, such as electronics and money. The suspects entered the home through an unlocked sliding door. It is believed that the men, who appeared to be between 15 and 20 years old, had attempted to break into other homes through sliding doors, but found them to be locked. Two additional adults and children were also home during the incident. No one was injured. The St. Cloud Police Department is requesting that anyone with information about the case contact the Department at 320-251-1200. Increased patrol and surveillance will occur in the neighborhood by police.

--The Little Falls City Council holds their regular meeting tonight at 7:30pm at City Hall while the Morrison County Commissioners meet tomorrow morning at 9:00am at the government center.

--Mike and Ashley Gottwalt of Royalton, a boy on June 2nd

--Gracie V. Gruber infant daughter of Tony Gruber and Megan Meyer
--Ellen Skorseth, age 90 of Little Falls
--Larry Hiscock, age 78 of rural Buckman
--Daniel Gray, age 64 of Pierz.
--Mildred E. (Meier) Boehmer, age 97 of Royalton.

TODAY= afternoon showers & storms likely, breezy, high 80.
TONIGHT= storms likely until midnight, then clearing, low 57
TUESDAY= sunny skies, less humid, high 73, low 55.
WEDNESDAY= sunny and pleasant, high 75, low 58.

TWINS= Yankees beat Twins 7-4 Thursday then 6-5 on Friday. Twins rally to win 2-1 in 11 innings on Saturday over Yankees, then the Yankees won 9-7 on Sunday. Twins at Seattle tonight on Q92.
WNBA= Lynx win Thursday 91-84 over San Antonio but then fell to New York on the road Sunday 87-80.

IN 1607= God Save the King first recited in the United Kingdom
IN 1981= Sandra Day O'Connor is nominated to become the first female Justice to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Cheapest drinks and coldest beer in central MN is at West Side Bar

Thursday- July 3rd, 2014

--Tomorrow is the 4th of July, Independence Day in America and time to remember the birth of our nation. Around the area tomorrow, the City of Randall will hold its Fourth of July festivities with a parade that starts at 11:00am. The day also includes duck races at 1:00pm; bed frame races at 2:00pm; bingo at 3:00pm at Randall VFW; and a street dance starting at 8:30pm featuring Cherry Gun. A community parade will be held at 11:00am in Hillman. Following the parade there will be other events ongoing in Hillman like a ball tournament, horseshoe tournament, food, beverages and children's games. Brainerd Community Action is holding their 4th of July events with a corn on the cob feed at 12pm tomorrow, the grand parade begins at 4pm around the Brainerd High School, music and events to follow near the football field with the fireworks at 10:15pm. The fireworks music will be simulcasted and provided by FM94 KFML. More events are scheduled for the 4th and 5th of July and then on Sunday, Bowlus Fun Day, Polka Mass at 10:00am at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church; Parade following at 11:15am starting at the ball field, music, food and games throughout the day; grand raffle drawing at 9:00pm; fireworks at dusk Sunday in Bowlus. Get more details on events by logging on to and community calendar.

--33-year old Christopher Lee Forcier of Little Falls was sentenced to 18 months in prison for failing to register as a predatory offender.  A November 4th, 2013 spot check of registered offenders by the Morrison County Sheriff’s Department discovered that Forcier had moved from his registered address in early October.  Forcier plead guilty on May 14th and was sentenced Wednesday.

--A fatal work incident occurred shortly after 4:00pm on Tuesday at Protech Repair in St. Joseph. 45-year old Christopher Clavin of St. Cloud was a tow truck driver at Collins Brothers Towing and was sent to Protech Repair to retrieve a disabled tow truck. Workers at Protech reported they saw Clavin in the process of connecting both tow trucks and they continued with their own work. At one point they heard a shout and went out to find the disabled tow truck was no longer near the towing vehicle. It apparently rolled over Clavin. Workers attempted CPR and called 911 but Clavin was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident remains under investigation.

--Pierz is looking for individuals interested in becoming certified to be an election judge. To qualify, residents must be eligible to vote in Minnesota, able to read and speak English and be trained and certified to be an election judge. Training consists of a two-hour class offered through the Morrison County Auditor/Treasurer’s office. Anyone who has served as a judge in previous elections and wants to be a judge this year is still required to take the mandated certification course. Training sessions will be at the Morrison County Government Center in Little Falls at 6:30pm on July 21st; at 2:00pm and another session at 6:30pm on July 29th; and at 2:00pm on July 30th. For information or to sign up, contact Pierz City Clerk Matt Bell at (320) 468-7114 before Friday, July 11th.

--Stearns County Deputies have been regularly monitoring the lake levels throughout the county. Deputies have noticed that the lake levels, while still a bit high, have decreased to levels more consistent with pleasure boating. The Sheriff’s Office has decided to lift the “NO WAKE” restrictions on all Stearns County Lakes effective immediately. Marked “NO WAKE” zones will still be enforced.

--Tomorrow is a federal holiday. All federal, state, county and city offices are closed. Little Falls Radio Office is closed on Friday.

--A Willmar teen has pleaded guilty in a plot to burglarize and kill his grandmother last summer. 18-year old Robert Warwick pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree murder while committing a felony. Another count of first-degree premeditated murder was dismissed.

--The Minnesota Supreme Court won't hear the appeal of a man who killed his mother in August 2012 at her south St. Cloud home. Chad Pulju had asked the state's highest court to consider whether the judge who sentenced him incorrectly denied his motion for a sentence less than what was called for in state sentencing guidelines. The state Court of Appeals previously upheld the sentence.

--The Wright County Sheriff's Office was alerted to a black bear in Albertville Tuesday night only to have a deputy arrive and hear a single gunshot that killed the animal. About 7:45pm the county's communication center received a call that a black bear had been seen in a yard on the 10000 block of 64th Street Northeast in Albertville. The arriving deputy heard a single gunshot and saw the bear run towards the woods before collapsing. The bear was found dead from a single gunshot. The homeowner who shot the bear said he saw the animal walk out of the woods towards his residence as his daughter had been playing outside. He shot the bear with a hunting rifle because he feared for his family's safety. The Minnesota DNR and sheriff's office have closed the incident.

--Residents near Sauk Centre have reported concerns about some door to door sales people selling cleaning products. The residents claim that the sellers demonstrate a cleaning product, but the item they then purchase is not the same as the demonstrated product. The checks were cashed immediately and the seller has not returned to reconnect with the purchasers as promised. Sheriff’s Officials have not determined if a crime has occurred, but urge residents to be cautious before making any purchases from vendors that they are not familiar with.

--Robert “Bob” Sowada, age 69 of Little Falls.
--Judy Cantleberry, age 77 of Scandia Valley Township.
--Kathyrn “Kathy” A. Muller, age 50 of Little Falls.

TODAY= sunny skies, high 75, clear tonight low 53.
4th of JULY= mostly sunny, high 77, storms after midnight, low 63
SATURDAY= early and late day storms, sunny, high 82, low 68.
SUNDAY= hot and humid, strong T-storms at times, high near 90.
SUN NITE/MON= scattered T-storms, low 62, high near 80.

TWINS= KC beat the Twins 4-0 Wednesday. Twins open series with the Yankees tonight, pregame at 6:40 tonight, 1:40 Friday and 12:40 Saturday and Sunday then at Seattle Monday 8:35 all on Q92 WYRQ
VL= a double header of Victory League this weekend on KLTF. Saturday St. Mathias at Fort Ripley at 1:30 then Sunday the play in game in the East as Royalton is at the Pierz Bulldogs at 1:30. Then liseten to the Roundup Monday at 7:35am for results on AM960.


Happy 4th of July from the West Side Bar in Little Falls, stop in today

Wednesday- July 2nd, 2014

--The Morrison County Drug Court will hold its first session today beginning a new program that will provide supervision and treatment of chemically-dependent adults in Morrison County who have been charged with non-violent, drug-related offenses. Drug courts are specialized, problem-solving court programs that target non-violent criminal offenders who suffer from addiction to alcohol or other drugs. Nationwide, for every dollar invested in drug court programs, studies have shown taxpayers save as much as $3.36 in avoided criminal justice costs alone. When considering other cost offsets such as savings from reduced victimization and healthcare service utilization, studies have shown benefits range up to $27 for every $1 invested. These proven and cost-effective programs involve close collaboration between judges, prosecutors, defense counsel, treatment providers, probation officers, law enforcement, educational and vocational experts, and community leaders. The mission of the Morrison County Drug Court is to protect public safety, rebuild and reclaim participants’ lives, restore and strengthen families and communities, and promote and encourage responsibility, accountability, and personal growth through a program of evidence-based practices, treatment, and accountability monitored by a multi-disciplinary team. It will take a Drug Court participant a minimum of 14 months to complete the entire program.

--A 25-year-old rural Motley man was killed Sunday in an accident in Lyons Township of Wadena County. The Wadena County Sheriff's Office stated that around 1:30am a vehicle had gone off a township road and into the ditch. It took deputies some time to find the vehicle. Upon arrival authorities found that one of the occupants Michael DeWald was pronounced dead. Another occupant Karl Kliber of Villard Township was injured and taken to the Staples Hospital for treatment. Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the crash.

--Todd County deputies responded Friday to a home in Barlett Township in the northern part of the county. Bertha and Clarissa firefighters also responded and found the home almost completely destroyed by fire when they arrived. The home was owned by Connie and Richard Runston. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

--The MN Military Museum is proud to honor Minnesota Veteran Lt. Colonel Reul Pietz of St Cloud as the featured Veteran of the Month. Reul Pietz was born and raised in Westbrook, Minnesota, joined the Marine Corps in 1942 and began an extensive tenure of service in the USMC. During WW II he served as a fighter pilot with the VMF-111, also known as the 'Devil Dogs,' in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific flying F4U Corsairs. During the Korean War, Pietz served as a Photo Reconnaissance pilot and later as the Commanding Officer for Headquarters Squadron 33 in Korea. He retired in 1964 as a Lieutenant Colonel after 23 years of service to the Marine Corp.  Reul Pietz passed away in 2008, but not before celebrating 63 years of marriage with his wife Mary. The public is invited to view the entire exhibit on Pietz at the Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley.

--A marketing manager for St. Cloud-based ProcessPro Karly Peters earned a gold Stevie Award as marketer of the year in the 12th annual American Business Awards in Chicago. Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 240 executives worldwide who judged.

--Another phone scam has been reported of callers claiming to be from Todd County DAC (Developmental Achievement Center) soliciting donations. The DAC stated they will never ask the public for donations and asked the public not to participate in the scam.

--The Randall `Medallion was found Tuesday around 1:30pm by 7-year old Jacob Stavish. Stavish found the medallion taped to the back of a handicapped parking sign at Randall Bingo Park. Stavish will receive $500 cash this Friday at the street dance.

--A Melrose teen is in stable condition after being run over by a tractor Tuesday. 13-year old Kurt Herdering was operating a tractor at about 2:30pm at a farm a few miles east of St. Rosa off County Road 17. 45-year old Tom Herdering attempted to take over control of the tractor when it rolled backwards. The man and boy fell from the tractor, and Kurt was caught under the front left tire. The tractor continued until it stopped against a nearby shed. Melrose Ambulance took the teen to Albany Hospital, where he remained Tuesday night.

--A new law that went into affect Tuesday prohibits e-cigarette use in schools, requires them to be kept behind the counter in retail stores and ensures penalties for those who sell to minors. Other provisions in the bill passed in the 2014 legislature, bans sales of the products from mall kiosks and requiring child-resistant packaging on e-cigarette liquids, will be enacted later this year and early in 2015. Additional provisions will protect Minnesota’s clean indoor air by prohibiting e-cigarette use in many public places, including: hospitals, health care clinics and doctor’s offices; most government-operated buildings; any facility owned by the University of Minnesota or Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; and licensed daycare facilities, including home day cares during hours of operation.

--According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly crop report, 53% of Minnesota's farm fields have surplus topsoil moisture, and 49% have surplus subsoil moisture. Crop conditions declined during the week due to excess moisture and standing water. Many farmers have been unable to get equipment into their fields. Most crops are in the ground, but 35% of the corn and 41% of soybeans are in very poor, poor or fair condition.

--Noah and Laura Czech of Little Falls, girl on June 30th

--Cecilia (Ceil) Dahmen, age 79 of the Onamia area, born in Poland
--Marjorie 'Margie' Klooster, age 84 of Little Falls.

TODAY= partly cloudy to sunny, cool, high near 70.
TONIGHT= clear and cool, low 48.
THURSDAY= sunny, high 75, clear at night low around 50.
4th OF JULY= sunny, high near 80, storms at night late, low 60.
SAT/SUN= storms early and late in day, highs in the 80s, low 60s.

TWINS= Twins beat Kansas City 10-2 Tuesday night. Twins wrap up series with Kansas City today, 11:40am pregame on Q92 WYRQ.
WORLD CUP RESULTS= USA knocked out by Belgium 2-1. All three goals scored in extra time. Argentina also won Tuesday.
VL= There will be two Victory League games on KLTF this weekend, St. Mathias at Ft. Ripley Saturday at 1:30 and the East play-in game to get the playoffs between Royalton and Pierz Bulldogs Sunday 1:30  then hear all the results in the roundup Monday 7:35am on KLTF.

Celebration the 4th of July with a cold one at the West Side Bar.

Tuesday- July 1st, 2014

--An accident Sunday in Little Falls injured two people. The State Patrol stated around 1:15pm Jerald Wooden of Little Falls was southbound on County Road 76 (Haven Road) turned to go east on 133rd Street and collided with a northbound vehicle driven by 24-year-old Matthew Anez of Little Falls. The 79-year-old Wooden was taken to the hospital with reported non-life threatening injuries. Anez was not injured, his passenger 25-year-old Katherine Stevens of Delano sustained non life threatening injuries in the accident.

--A Fort Ripley man was seriously injured Sunday afternoon when he was struck by a vehicle while walking across Highway 371 north of Highway 210 in Baxter. The pedestrian 64-year-old Lawrence Fisk was crossing the southbound lane of 371 when he was struck by 67-year-old James Rasmussen of Pequot Lakes who was merging into the right turn lane of westbound Highway 210. Rasmussen and his two passengers were not injured. Fisk was taken to an area hospital with reportedly serious injuries.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has announced Jeff Finch of City Sanitary Service is their July Employee of the Month. Jeff has been a Truck Driver at City Sanitary Service – Commercial for the past 2 1⁄2 years. Congratulations Jeff Finch.

--The Little Falls Fire Department responded to two separate gas leaks over the weekend. The first occurred around 7:25pm Saturday at the address of 705 Buck Lane. 10 Firefighters were on the scene for 30 minutes. The gas leak was found in the stove and taken care of. The second gas leak occurred when someone backed over the gas meter around 5:30am Sunday at 711 7th Street NE. 15-firefighters were on the scene for about a half hour. Again, the gas was shut off until the problem was fixed. No injuries in either incident.

--Stearns County investigated two motorcycle crashes on Saturday. The first around 6:00pm on County Road 154 in Avon Township. 30-year-old Joshua Richter of St. Cloud reportedly left the roadway. The report from the sheriff's office states that Richter was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries and alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the accident. Richter was treated for his injuries, then taken to Stearns County Jail on charges of 1st Degree DWI and Test refusal. The second motorcycle accident occurred around 9:30pm on County Road 75 in Lynden Township near Clearwater. 53-year-old Dale Bartlett was on the county road when his cycle struck a deer. Bartlett had minor injuries. His passenger 42-year-old Christy Rhodes of St. Cloud was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

--FEMA will begin compiling its preliminary damage assessment of flooding in Minnesota today according to Senator Amy Klobuchar. The agency's assessment will take about a week. That starts the process of bringing federal help to the state and counties with public infrastructure damage. The National Weather Service said 2014 has been the wettest year on record in the Twin Cities, with 25.82 inches of precipitation. That far surpasses the old record of 22.2 inches set in 1965. Rainfall totals measured from nearly 7 inches at Little Falls Radio for June to over 11.3 inches in the Twin Cities for the month. Some areas saw over 25 inches of rain in June alone.

--Minnesota Highway 301 in southeast St. Cloud will be closed for repairs today. The railroad crossing just west of U.S. Highway 10 will be repaired. Motorists should seek alternate routes or follow the signed detour along Sherburne County Road 8/15th Avenue Southeast. The detour will be in effect from 7:00am-5:00pm.

--The Stearns County Sheriff's Office is investigating numerous complaints of vandalism and criminal damage to property. The complaints involved damage to mailboxes and traffic signs located in St. Wendel, St. Joseph and Brockway Townships. Those incidents occurred in the overnight hours of Saturday into Sunday. Then overnight Sunday into Monday the Sheriff's Office received reports of a hay bale and two tires on fire on different roads in Avon Township. These incidents are believed to have been done by the same suspect. The sheriff's office is requesting anyone with information or who noticed suspicious activity in those areas to call 800-255-1301.

--The Stearns County Communications Center received the report of a male who had gone into the Sauk River. The caller originally indicated that the male later identified as Michael Lenarz of St. Cloud had gone in after a dog and that she could still see the dog but had lost sight of Lenarz. When officers arrived they located Lenarz on a small island east of the Co. Rd. 1 bridge over the Sauk River. The dog was on the opposite shore but went into the Sauk River and swam to the Lenarz’s location. Lenarz and the dog were picked up and returned to Heim’s Mill canoe access. Lenarz was not complaining of any injuries and the dog also appeared to be fine.

--29-year old Andrew Dikken of Renville pleaded guilty to premeditated first-degree murder in the death of Kara Monson and to first-degree murder while committing a burglary for the death of Chris Panitzke. Monson was shot in her Granite Falls home. Panitzke of Redwood Falls was shot in the home that night and died about a week later. He identified Dikken as the shooter the night of the shootings. Dikken was arrested about two weeks later after an extensive manhunt in the Minnesota River Valley. In Chippewa County District Court in Montevideo, Dikken told a packed courtroom he was sorry for what he had done and took full responsibility. District Judge Thomas Van Hon sentenced Dikken to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

--Daneen M. Olson, age 76 of Staples.

TODAY=showers likely, possible T-storms, breezy, high 65.
TONIGHT= clearing skies, early showers, cool, low 48.
WEDNESDAY= sunny, high 71, clear at night low around 50.
THURSDAY= sunny, high 75, clear at night low 55.

CUP= The World Cup of Soccer knockout rounds continue today with the U.S. taking on Belgium at 3pm in Brazil.
TWINS= Kansas City defeated the Twins 6-1 last night at Target Field. Twins continue series with Royals tonight 6:40pm on Q92
VL= the Victory League Game of the Week will be on Saturday this week with St. Mathias at Fort Ripley at 1:30 Saturday on KLTF.

IN 1861= first public schoolhouse opens in United States.
IN 1874= first zoo opened to the public begins in Philadelphia.
IN 1967= The Beatles just weeks after releasing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band album, saw the title song hit #1 on this day.

Make the West Side Bar part of of your 4th of July celebration in LF