Thursday- September 18th, 2014

--One person was injured Tuesday afternoon when his motorcycle crashed on 50th Avenue Southwest off of Highway 371 in Baxter. The Sheriff's Office said the accident happened around 6:00pm. The man was taken to an area hospital for injuries. His name not released.

--A 17-year-old was hurt when the teen was struck by a vehicle while walking on the 100 block of East River Road in Brainerd. The accident happened Tuesday around 8:00am. Elijah Van Natter was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. The driver wasn't hurt.

--Brainerd firefighters were called to a house fire Tuesday morning around 6:30am on 8th Avenue Northeast. The fire was contained to the attic and kitchen area of the house with estimated damage around $12,000. The one resident in the home and a pet were not injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

--Two people were involved in an accident on Highway 25 Tuesday afternoon around 4:15pm at Butternut Road. 26-year-old Joseph Aamodt and 83-year-old Gerald Niesen both of Brainerd collided at the intersection. Both drivers sustained injuries that the state patrol stated were not life threatening from the accident.

--Central Minnesota farmers are getting ready for harvest in spite of recent wet weather. Unlike last fall when hot, dry conditions stunted the harvest for some, heavy rains in the past two weeks have left Minnesota topsoil moisture to a surplus level on 9 percent of cropland. Moisture is rated adequate for 85 percent, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Almost three-quarters of the state's corn was in good or excellent condition early this week. The outlook for soybeans was similar. Entering last week, the St. Cloud area had received about 3 ¼ inches of rain in a seven-day span, and more than 4 inches above normal in the previous month. As a result, last Thursday, the St. Paul-based Minnesota Field Office forecast this year's corn production at 1.36 billion bushels — or about 170 per acre. That's 4 percent higher than last year and a 1 percent increase since August. Dan Martens, an agricultural specialist with the University of Minnesota Extension office in Foley, said an area from Todd County through Swanville and Little Falls suffered varying degrees of damage. "I saw an alfalfa field that was 20 inches high and ready to harvest that was hammered down to the ground," Martens said. "The corn in that area was pounded pretty good as well. Some fields have got bruised ears and stalks, and on others you can see the kernels exposed and crushed. In that case, you have to worry about mold." The late planting season in the spring might be a bonus, however. A stalk that is at the dough stage in corn growing could lose most of its leaves and still maintain three-quarters of its grain. Through last week, 94 percent of Minnesota's corn was in or past the dough stage. On Monday, according to the USDA, 81 percent of the corn crop was in or past the dent stage and the first fields — 9 percent — were mature. That's actually ahead of last year, when 4 percent of fields were mature on the same date. Some scattered frost was detected last weekend with minimal damage to crops. Temperatures are to remain above freezing this weekend but more rain is forecast starting late tonight.

--Business Insights 2014 is September 24th at the Falls Ballroom. The seminar features Dave Anderson of Famous Dave's Barbeque, Ertugrul Tuzcu of University of St. Thomas and a panel from Atomic Learning in Little Falls. The seminar is free but registration is required by today (September 18th) by calling 632-5155 or faxing 632-2122.

--Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel reports that on Tuesday a search warrant was executed at 207 9th Street Northeast in Little Falls. Investigators located approximately 10 grams of a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. Arrested during this investigation were 47-year old Patricia Barrios, 30-year old Thomas Klassen, and 19-year old Logan Atkinson. All three are currently in the Morrison County Jail. Formal charges are anticipated against Barrios, Klassen, and Atkinson for possession of controlled substances. A tip by a local resident led authorities to get the search warrant for the residence.

--More than 90 snowplow operators are currently participating in an intensive training program to prepare them for the worst road conditions a typical Minnesota winter has to offer. The training session began Monday and runs through September 26th at the Camp Ripley training facility.

--Sheriff’s officials in eastern Minnesota say they’re looking for a father who failed to appear at a custody hearing and his two minor children. A crime alert issued by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says authorities are looking for 12-year-old Joshua Kunze and 16-year-old Sean Emily Hanson. The Pine County Sheriff’s Department says the father and two juveniles may be traveling with Peter Kunze’s adult children, ages 20 and 22, and three dogs. Officials say they may be driving a 1991 Ford Explorer with the license plate 952-MUM.

--The Morrison County Government Center voice mail system is down. They are working on resolving the issue in a timely manner. They appreciate the public's patience in this matter.

--Howard Doucette, age 85 of Fort Ripley.

TODAY= sunny skies, high 67, clouds increase tonight, low 57.
FRIDAY= showers and T-storms early and late in day, high 74.
SATURDAY= early morning T-storms, then sunny, high near 75.
SUNDAY= sunny and breezy, high 65, low 46.

TWINS= Twins score 8 runs in 3 innings to beat Detroit 8-4 Wednesday. Twins have their final day off of the season today and host Cleveland for Fan Appreciation Weekend starting Friday night.
NFL= at a press conference Wednesday Vikings officials stated they made a mistake in putting Adrian Peterson back on the active roster Sunday night. Peterson was placed on the exempt commissioners play list and deactivated Wednesday by the Vikings until all of his legal issues are resolved. Peterson was indicted last Friday inTexas for striking his 4-year old son with a wooden switch. The mother of the boys is arguing invasion of privacy after media outlets showed pictures without her knowledge of the boys' injuries from the switch used by Peterson. The Vikings would not put a time frame if Peterson would be back this year as his court hearing has been pushed back into October. A number of corporate sponsors have severed ties with Peterson and some sporting goods announced Wednesday they were pulling his jerseys off the shelves. The Vikings stated that the sponsors were not the reason that Peterson will not be playing.
NFL= Atlanta at Tampa Bay tonight 7pm on AM960 KLTF

Meat Raffle Friday 6pm at the West Side Bar in Little Falls. 

Wednesday- September 17th, 2014

--A Holdingford man has been charged with attempted murder and assault after a shooting early Saturday. 67-year old Edwin D. Vail was ordered held in lieu of $2 million unconditional bail during a hearing Tuesday in Stearns County District Court. Vail is accused of shooting a man "point blank" multiple times in the early hours Saturday then calling 911 to report the incident. He told dispatchers that he shot the victim, whose name hasn't been released by investigators, twice in the stomach and once in the head. The complaint indicates that Vail told dispatchers that the victim was on the ground outside Vail's residence and that Vail wasn't going to do anything to help the man who had been shot. The victim was airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital, where he underwent multiple surgeries for gunshot wounds to his hand, chest, abdomen and face.

--The man who supplied a synthetic drug that killed Woodbury teenager Tara Fitzgerald last winter pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree murder. 19-year old Alexander L. Claussen of St. Cloud answered a series of questions from the defense attorney in court Monday that established how he had sold a drug through a chain of dealers that killed 17-year old Fitzgerald in January. Claussen acknowledged in court he sold synthetic drugs, marijuana and cocaine. Claussen said he specifically sold the drug, known as 25i-NBOMe, that killed Fitzgerald in an overdose at her house. Claussen said he sold the drug to another defendant in the Fitzgerald case, Cole Matenaer, who pleaded guilty in August to third-degree murder. Sentencing date has been set for January 23rd. State guidelines recommend a range of 74 to 102 months in prison for third-degree murder. Claussen was one of five, including 3 teenagers who were charged in May in connection with Fitzgerald's death.

--Little Falls police and firefighters were called to a gas leak Sunday morning around 11:40am on 6th Avenue and 10th Street Southwest. The leak was due to a line being cut during a digging operation. Firefighters arrived and pinched the gas line until gas crews arrived and fixed the problems. No damage or injuries were reported.

–A preliminary levy increase of 10 percent was approved by the Brainerd City Council. The council made the move with the goal to reduce it more before year's end. The preliminary tax levy approved is $4,898,845, with $116,550 for the Housing and Redevelopment Authority. The final levy adopted in December can be lower than the preliminary 10 percent increase, but it cannot be higher. The 2014 levy increase was 12.7 percent. The council also  stated that Columbus Day will stay on for another year in Brainerd. The City Council had discussed changing the day to “Native People's Day” which some other cities had already done because of history reports of what Columbus may have done to Native Americans back in the late 1400's when arriving in what is now North America. The Federal Holiday is not being changed. The Brainerd City Council stated they will table the discussion on Columbus Day until sometime next year.

--The property that once housed Wal-Mart in St. Cloud now has an owner. Tom Miller and Miller Real Estate Holdings closed on a deal to buy the 12-acre property and the 119,000-square-foot building that is adjacent to the Miller Auto Plaza at 2930 Second Street South. The property sold for about $2.265 million. The asking price for the property was reduced a couple of times during the four years. Last spring it was listed at $3.1 million. The addition of the former Wal-Mart property will effectively double the size of the Miller Auto Plaza.

--The general election is Tuesday, November 4th. The first day to cast absentee ballots is this Friday. AM960 KLTF has a scheduled debate today for State House District 9B with incumbent Ron Kresha and challenger Al Doty. The debate will be during the Up Front program from 9:05-10:00am. Email questions to

--A man died in a Clear Lake farm accident Monday evening. The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office reported that 61-year-old Brad Braun was pinned underneath a tractor after it flipped when he was moving large round hay bales. The accident happened around 5:15pm at 8523 State St. Braun was pronounced dead at the scene.

--Authorities arrested four people Monday after a drug investigation by the Central Minnesota Violent Offenders Task Force. Investigators twice arranged to meet people for drug buys at planned locations. The suspected sellers and the driver of a car were arrested and taken to Stearns County Jail. 37-year old Rebecca Vangrevenhof of St. Cloud was arrested after she agreed to sell methamphetamine to undercover officers. 32-year old Ryan Swartley of St. Cloud was also arrested and taken to Stearns County Jail. Additional investigation led to the arrest of 36-year-old Brian Jernberg of St. Joseph, who authorities say agreed to sell drugs to an undercover officer. A search found methamphetamine. 23-year old Kristin Kolbe of St. Cloud was arrested after officers discovered outstanding warrants. Jernberg and Kolbe are in Stearns County Jail.

--Minnesota drivers will face a 1 in 88 chance of hitting a deer on the state's highway this fall according to auto insurance companies. They   offer some tips for deer season driving including use high beams at night when no other vehicles are oncoming, avoid swerving when you see a deer to stay on the road, scan the road and ditches well ahead for deer and other danger signs, do not rely on devices such as deer whistles and always wear your seat belt.

--Mobile Flu Shot Clinics will be held at a couple area spots next month. There will be a clinic in Little Falls from 10:00am-1:00pm on Thursday, October 23rd in Meeting Room One of the Morrison County Government Center. Another clinic will be from 1:30-3:30pm on Thursday, October 16th at the Long Prairie VFW.

--Upsala will have there homecoming royalty coronation Sunday afternoon at 3pm in the Upsala High School Auditorium. The homecoming game in Upsala will pit the USA Patriots vs. Royalton on September 26th at 3:30pm and can be heard live on Q92 WYRQ.

--Wilfred B. Virnig, age 89 of Hillman.

TODAY= sunny and pleasant, high around 70.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 45.
THURSDAY= partly cloudy, breezy, high 66, rain overnight, low 50.
FRIDAY= showers and thunderstorms at times, high around 75.

TWINS= Twins win 4-3 Tuesday over Tigers.
NFL= The Minnesota Vikings announced early Wednesday that due to Adrian Peterson put on the “Exempt Commissioners Permission List” he will not take part in any team activities until his legal matters are resolved. This reverses their earlier decision to let him play.  

Meat Raffle every Friday at 6pm at the West Side Bar.

Tuesday- September 16th, 2014

--Four men robbed a Sauk Rapids Holiday gas station Saturday morning. The men entered the gas station at 1715 2nd Avenue North at 6:20am and displayed what appeared to be a handgun. The men made off with an undisclosed amount of money and cigarettes. St. Cloud police stopped the suspect vehicle and arrested three men. The driver fled the scene on foot. Police arrested 20-year old Abdijamal Kaydsane Mohamed, 30-year old Wali Mahad Ahmed, and 26-year old Ilyes Omar Ibrahim, all three of St. Cloud. Sauk Rapids police are searching for the driver.

--Two people were killed in a head-on collision Sunday evening in Wright County. About 5:15pm, a car collided with a pickup pulling a horse trailer. The driver of the car, 37-year old Christopher Hazel and his passenger 65-year old Donna Swenson, both of Annandale, were dead at the scene. The driver of the truck, 48-year old Andra Olson, of Monticello was extricated from her vehicle and airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale in critical condition. The accident occurred on Wright County Road 39 Northeast and 107th Street Northeast in Monticello Township. The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of the accident.

--Two boys were arrested after a fight in St. Cloud left three boys with stab wounds. Police say a 14-year-old and 12-year-old are being held in a juvenile detention facility and are facing charges of 2nd degree assault and possible other charges. Authorities say the stabbings happened when a large fight involving 10-20 people broke out in the 500 block of 15th Avenue SE around 5:30pm Saturday. Officers were able to track down the injured boys who all received injuries believed to be non life threatening. The incident is under investigation.

--Police arrested two people in St. Cloud after an assault complaint. Authorities were called late Saturday to the 1400 block of 5th Avenue South. The caller 36-year old Tywan Allen Gill of St. Cloud told a dispatcher that his girlfriend had stabbed him in the cheek with a screwdriver. 32-year old Johnetta Marie Williams from St. Cloud was arrested. Gill also was arrested and is facing charges of domestic assault by strangulation and domestic assault. Both were taken to Stearns County Jail. Gill received treatment at St. Cloud Hospital for minor injuries before being taken to jail.

--Authorities took a man to St. Cloud Hospital for an evaluation after a standoff Sunday afternoon shut down several roads. Sartell police responded just before 2:00pm to the 1900 block of 3rd Street North for a welfare check on a man who was having suicidal thoughts. Officers were unsuccessful in establishing communication with him. Roads were temporarily shut down to keep the scene and public safe. Authorities were eventually able to get the man to leave the house without injuries. His name was not released.

--The Todd County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about a theft reported Thursday. Les Levin of rural Long Prairie reported someone went onto his property located at 21587 243rd Avenue Long Prairie and stole cash and two knives from his pickup.  Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office.

--Kinship of Morrison County will be hosting their annual Kids Day event at the Morrison County Fairgrounds Saturday from 9:00-11:30am. The morning is filled with events, treats and prizes and is sponsored by a number of county groups, churches and organizations. The event is free and open to all.

--The Little Falls City council met last night. At the meeting the council held a public hearing regarding a request to establish a community garden at Gamradt Park on the west side. At the hearing, several concerns were shared regarding insurance, access, funding and the possibility of considering other sites within the city. The council directed the public works director and city staff to investigate the concerns by October 2nd. City administrator Dan Vogt introduced an ordinance amending city code addressing the diseased trees on city property and private property within the city. Vogt also introduced an ordinance amending city code to delete sections three and four of the sister city committee eliminating the committee's ability to solicit funds. There was much discussion as the city attorney recommends the elimination of the committee to comply with state statute. The council also approved its proposed 2015 levy at a 13.74 percent increase. Property tax rates as a whole will not increase. After an initial vote of 4-3 approving the levy, it was determined that an additional vote was required due to the fact that councilman Zylka was not present thus creating a 4-4 tie vote; after the second vote of 6-1 the 2015 levy was set at 10 percent. The city public budget meeting was set for Monday, December 1st.

--Due to construction, water will be shut off today from 9:00am-4:00pm on 3rd Street Northeast from 1st Avenue Northeast to 6th Avenue Northeast and on 4th Avenue Northeast from 2nd Street Northeast to 3rd Street Northeast.

--Motorists may encounter slow or stopped traffic today on Highway 10 east of County Road 4/Watab Road near Sartell as the highway is reduced to a single lane in each direction, and the speed limit is reduced. Westbound Highway 10 will remain a single lane through mid-October. All lanes of eastbound Highway 10 will open by 8:00pm tonight, before the road is again reduced to a single lane after noon on Wednesday through mid-October. The closures are needed while crews resurface a one-mile segment of eastbound Highway 10 just east of County Road 4/Watab Road.

--John Cummins and Christina Manthie of Long Prairie had twins, a boy and a girl on September 10th.

--Wewinabi, Winston Davis, age 27 of Onamia.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high 65, clear night, fog late, low 45.
WEDNESDAY= fog early then sunny, high 68, clear night, low 43.
THURSDAY= sunny, high 65, showers develop late night, low 55.

TWINS= Detroit beat the Twins last night 8-6 at Target Field. Twins host Detroit in game 2 tonight 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
NFL= Philadelphia beat Indianapolis with late field gold 30-27.
NFL= The Minnesota Vikings have reinstated Adrian Peterson late Sunday and announced Monday that Peterson will play on Sunday at New Orleans. Peterson was indicted on child abuse charges in Texas and the Vikings said he will play as the investigation into the indictment continues to work through the courts and attorneys.

Meat Raffle Fridays at 6pm at West Side Bar in Little Falls.

Monday- September 15th, 2014

--Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted in Montgomery County Texas for reckless or negligent injury of a child, a person with knowledge of the case confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Friday. The incident in question involves Peterson using a switch to spank his son, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the fluidity of the case. Peterson reportedly turned himself in to authorities early Saturday in Texas and shortly after posted bond. He was deactivated but not suspended by the Vikings and did not play Sunday against New England.

--Stearns County deputies responded to a man being shot at a residence in Holdingford early Saturday morning. Around 2:20am, authorities say they found an adult male with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The victim was flown to North Memorial Medical Center with serious injuries. A suspect, 67-year-old Edwin Vail was on the scene and taken into custody by deputies. He was booked in Stearns County Jail with first-degree assault with a deadly weapon. The incident and cause of the shooting remains under investigation.

--Another week of road construction and delays in the Rice area as the Highway 10 project continues. Beginning today, closures are needed while crews construct the new ramps at eastbound Highway 10 and Benton County Road 2. More work will continue through mid-October which include work beneath the Highway 10 bridges to Benton County Road 2, signals at Highway 10 and County Road 31 and height restrictions of 15 feet on County Road 2 beneath the new highway 10 bridges. The hopes are still have all projects there were in the 2014 budget to be completed by October 25th before winter arrives.

--Motorists will encounter a detour on Highway 238 south of Upsala as the road is closed between County Road 17 and County Road 9 starting on Tuesday. A signed five mile detour will direct motorists along County Road 17 and County Road 9 through Holdingford. While the closed segment of Highway 238 will remain accessible to local traffic, the road will be impassable one-quarter mile south County Road 230/Barrel Road. All lanes of Highway 238 will reopen by September 30th. The closure is needed while crews remove and replace a culvert. The project will improve drainage in the area and help ensure a local transportation system.

--Two people have been arrested in the disappearance of a Wright County man, and authorities say more arrests are anticipated. Christopher Rossing has been missing for 22 days after last being seen at Troubles Bar in downtown Howard Lake early the morning of August 23rd. His car was found just down the street with the windows down and his keys still inside. Rossing's family has been searching for the 25-year-old Rossing in the weeks since, and have publicly feared the worst. The confirmation of arrests in connection with his disappearance seems to support that fear. Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty says a 28-year-old Hutchinson man was arrested Wednesday on probable cause kidnapping. Hagerty says witnesses report that the suspect and Rossing were involved in a fight along the side of Highway 12 early the morning Rossing disappeared. A 32-year-old Hutchinson woman was arrested Friday on felony obstruction charges involving Rossing's disappearance. Witnesses also indicate that a full sized SUV may be involved in the case. Investigators ask anyone who may have witnesses the fight or knows about the whereabouts of Christopher Rossing to call the Wright County Sheriff's Office.

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

--Another project beginning today is on the Stearns County Road 120 bridge spanning Highway 15 in Sartell. The road will be reduced to a single lane in both directions until mid to late afternoon today as bridge work is being conducted.

--Great River Energy and Crow Wing Power will host a public information meeting on September 23rd at the Motley United Methodist Church to share information about the 14 mile, 115-kV transmission line being proposed to the area. The public and all interested about the process of the line are asked to attend between 4:00-7:00pm on the 23rd to learn about the project which will ensure continued transmission system reliability and economic growth and development to the areas. The process would be to connect the Minnesota Power 115-kV transmission line to Cass County Road 35 north of Highway 210 and install a three-way structure for the new overhead transmission line to swerve the new Crow Wing Power, Fish Trap Lake distribution substation on Minnesota Pipeline Company's pumping station property at U.S. Highway 10 and Holt Road.

--Zebra mussels have been confirmed in Cass Lake located in Cass County, according to the DNR. A citizen discovered the zebra mussels earlier in the week while collecting shells on the beach on the southeast corner of Cedar Island. Following the identification, DNR staff conducted a search on Cass Lake around the northwest and southeast points of Cedar Island. The crew inspected more than 200 items along 565 feet of shoreline and 2,500 square feet of lake habitat and found zebra mussels in a variety of sizes.

--Miss New York Kira Kazantsev won the 2015 Miss America Pageant last night in Atlantic City. Miss Minnesota Savannah Cole of Brainerd was not picked as of the 16 semi-finalists.
--Norm and Sarah Pollock of Little Falls, girl on September 11th
--Nicholas and Lisa Smeby of Swanville, girl on September 11th

--Grayson James Waddell, 10 month old son of James & Katrina (Dahl) Wadell of Royalton.
--Keith Wiersgalla, age 60 of Onamia.
--Hilarion Nelson, age 82 of Little Falls.
--Ione Booth, age 83 of Little Falls formerly of Bowlus

TODAY= mostly sunny, high near 60, clear night low 38.
TUESDAY= mostly sunny, warmer, high 66, low 45.
WEDNESDAY= mostly sunny, high near 70, low 45.

TWINS= Twins rained out with Chicago on Friday and played two games on Saturday. Twins lose 5-1 Saturday in game 1 then Glen Perkins blows the 9th inning save in game 2 as White Sox win 7-6. Twins salvage one game winning 6-4 Sunday over White Sox.
GOPHERS= TCU routs Gophers 30-7 on Saturday.
VIKINGS= New England beat Vikings 30-7 Sunday at TCF Bank.
HS FB= Little Falls beat Milaca Friday 22-17, Pierz defeated Holdingford 26-7, USA wins 41-12 over New York Mills and Royalton defeated KMS 48-6. Pierz, Royalton & USA are now 3-0 on year.

Meat Raffle every Friday at 6pm at the West Side Bar in LF.

Friday- September 12th, 2014

--On Wednesday 34-year old Jason Kirk of Swanville was sentenced to 144 months in prison by Judge Freeberg in Morrison County District Court. On July 24th, a Morrison County Jury found Kirk guilty of sexually assaulting a six year old girl in Swanville in January, 2013. Kirk was ordered to provide a DNA Sample for BCA storage and comparison.  He was also ordered to register as a predatory offender.  After his prison time Kirk will be on 10-years conditional release.  Violation of the conditional release could result in up to an additional 120 months in prison.

--Police say the man suspected of killing a Boston Scientific executive has been arrested without incident in Shakopee.  Shakopee Police confirmed Lyle "Ty" Hoffman was arrested around 10:20am Thursday after a suspicious male was seen near a restaurant in a shopping center. Shakopee Police Chief Jeff Tate said Hoffman was alone and not armed at the time of his arrest. Police are continuing to search the area for any evidence of where he has been. The investigation will continue into whether anyone assisted Hoffman while he was on the run. Hoffman has been charged in the murder of Kelly Phillips at an Arden Hills gas station on August 11th.

--Police closed a portion of Benton Drive late Wednesday night after an SUV ran off the road into a utility pole around 10:30pm in the 600 block of Benton Drive North. Police stopped a vehicle near the fire hall downtown because it was traveling south in the northbound lanes. An officer used a Taser on the driver "due to the driver's actions". That was not effective, and the driver drove away and crashed into a utility pole. The driver, 46-year old Dan Matthew Kipka was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for an evaluation and then taken to Benton County Jail. Alcohol use was not a factor. The front end of the vehicle involved was heavily damaged as was the pole.

--Minnesota may start voting September 19th under a new state law that allows voters who will be away from home on Election Day to vote early. The old law required an excuse such as being out of one's precinct on election day. Campaigns are pushing the early voting as a way to lock in their supporters early. Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie reports that Minnesotans may vote by mail, in person at a local election office or have a person deliver the ballot. Military and overseas voters use a different process. More information on absentee voting is at

--Another scam alert is being issued by the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office. Recently the office was informed by a woman that she received a call stating that it was a European police agency and that her credit cards had been used in Europe. The person on the line asked her to give her credit card info to verify if this was her cards. She hung up. Crow Wing County says if you receive such a call, you should not give out personal information but contact your bank or credit card office and see if your card had been used or contact law enforcement and they can help check into the situation. In these cases, police would not ask for your personal information. They would already know if the card is being used illegally from your bank.

--The next regular Little Falls City Council meeting will be Monday night at 7:30 at City Hall. Work session begins at 6:30pm.

--A busy weekend of events include a rodeo at Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday, Albany Pioneer Days today through Sunday, U Rock bands at GRAA Saturday, fundraiser for Humane Society Sunday in Bowlus, breakfasts and other events can be viewed at then click on community calendar.

--On Thursday the Kiwanis Club of Little Falls elected the following officers: Brian Bernander, President; Dan Hawley, Past President; Kris VonBerge, President Elect; Aaron Olson, Secretary; Jerome Haaland, Treasurer. The Club also elected Chuck Forss, Larry Mitberg, Jeanne Lee, Jon Vetter, Kyle Hoggarth, and Chris Grams as board members. If you would like to join, contact any club member.

--A Milaca man has died and three passengers injured in a crash while heading to a Nebraska farm show. 74 year old Warren Kamstra was killed Tuesday morning on his way to the opening of Husker Harvest Days. He was also visiting for his grandson's birthday. Kamstra's truck collided with another truck whose driver failed to yield at an intersection without stop signs. The vehicle flipped upside down. Two men and a 14-year-old girl were hospitalized and released. A 10-year-old boy wasn't injured. The driver of the other truck wasn't injured. No charges have been filed.

--CHI St. Gabriel’s Health’s spiritual services department and Unity Family Home Care and Hospice are teaming up to offer two special educational programs, each with three sessions, focused on issues related to advance care planning. The free education includes one series (September 16, October 21 and November 18) offered from 10:00-11:45am at the Little Falls Senior Center and the second (October 15,  November 12 and December 10) from 2:00-4:00pm at the Initiative Foundation (IF) in Little  Falls. The sessions are free although registration is requested. To register call 320-631-5575.

--Good luck to Miss Minnesota Savannah Cole of Brainerd who will be competing in the Miss America Pageant this weekend in Atlantic City. Cole is among the 53 candidates vying for the crown which wil be presented Sunday night at 8:00pm on ABC TV. Cole is 19 and the daughter of Rick and Deb Cole of Brainerd.

--Bryan and Amanda Flahave of Little Falls, girl on September 9th
--Chad and Amy Kerfeld of Burtrum, a boy born September 9th.

TODAY= slight chance of a shower, mostly sunny, high 54.
TONIGHT= patchy frost overnight, clear and cool, low 32.
SATURDAY= frost early, then sunny, breezy, high 61, low 44.
SUNDAY= partly sunny, stray PM shower, high 63, low 39.
MONDAY= partly cloudy, breezy, high around 60.

HS FB= Milaca at Little Falls for tackle cancer night at 7pm on KLTF
HS FB= Pierz at Holdingford tonight at 7pm on FM94 KFML also listen to the Flyer & Pierz game at MSBN site at
TWINS= Cleveland beat the Twins in both games Thursday of a double header 8-2 and 2-0. Twins (62-84) at Chicago White Sox for 3 games this weekend pregame tonight 6:40pm, Saturday at 5:40pm and Sunday at 12:40pm all games on Q92 WYRQ.
FLYING ACES= The Minnesota Flying Aces season opener is Saturday 7:05pm in Sauk Rapids against Granite City. The home opener is September 27th at the Exchange Arena in Little Falls.
COL FB= Gophers at TCU Saturday 2pm pregame on AM960 KLTF
NFL= Vikings host New England at TCF Bank Sunday at noon.
NFL= Baltimore defeated Pittsburgh last night in NFL 26-6.

Meat Raffle tonight and every Friday at 6pm at the West Side Bar

Thursday- September 11th, 2014

--Current Little Falls At Large Council member Brian Paul Klein Crowder had a pre trial hearing Wednesday in Morrison County District Court. Crowder is facing three misdemeanors, assault in the 5th degree, disorderly conduct, and criminal damage to property in the 4th degree. These charges stem from an alleged incident on May 24th at Oakland Cemetery in Little Falls. No settlement was reached so the case will go to trial beginning on Monday, September 22nd at 9:00am in front of Morrison County District Court Judge Conrad Freeberg. The state estimated the case will take two days to complete. Crowder's seat on the city council is up for election this November. Crowder has filed for re-election. Brad Hircock, Tim Schmidt, and Urban Otremba each also filed for the same seat.

--Today marks the 13th Anniversary of the 9-11 Attacks in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania where two planes hijacked by terrorists smashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in D.C. and after passengers overtook the hijackers on the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. The attacks killed over 3,000 people and did over $10-billion dollars in damage to structures.  A moment of silence will be commenced at 7:46am central time in honor of those who died 13 years ago on September 11th, 2001 and ceremonies are held at the sites of the attacks from the four planes. On this Patriot's Day, a Patriotic Rosary will be prayed today at 12:45pm at St. Joseph's Church in Pierz, organizations, students and others will pray the rosary for the leaders and all of the 50 states.

--The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) in conjunction with Morrison County (MC) will conduct a collection of Waste Pesticides, September 24th at the Solid Waste Management Facility (SWMF), located at 17502 Iris Road, Little Falls. The event is scheduled from 12:00-3:00pm on that Wednesday. Dispose of your waste weed killers/herbicides, insecticides, mice and rat poisons, fungicides and other pesticides. The MDA and your County encourage you to clean your shelves of unwanted pesticides. Farmers, business owners, and homeowners can bring their waste pesticides to this event and dispose of their waste pesticides free of charge. Paints, fuels and other household hazardous wastes should NOT be brought to this collection - only waste pesticides! However, the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility located at the SWMF is open to collect residential HHW items until September 30th during regular business hours. People with quantities of waste pesticides in excess of 300 lbs must call the MDA first.  For information, call the MDA at 651-201-6562, or MC at 320-631-2862.

--Police believe a shooting Tuesday afternoon at a north St. Cloud residence was a suicide. A man was found dead at about 1:30pm in the back of a residence in the 200 block of 23rd Avenue N. Rescue personnel could be seen putting up tarps to prevent the man’s body from being visible from the street. Several police vehicles flooded the area, traffic was stopped on part of 23rd Avenue North and police tape prevented anyone but law enforcement from getting near a house on that block. Police are waiting for a final determination from a medical examiner, but investigators believe it was a suicide.

--The 40th Annual Albany Pioneer Days and Threshing Show is Friday through Sunday in Albany. Parade of tractors daily, High Crop and Orchard Tractors shown along with Polaris Snowmobiles celebrating their 60th year, music, food and many things to see this weekend in Albany. KLTF's Party Line is live in Albany Friday at 10:00am.

--The state Supreme Court has upheld the rulings of a Stearns County judge in a case involving a shipment of drugs from Phoenix to Avon. The package was intercepted at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after a police drug dog gave its handler an indication that drugs were inside. The package was opened by a narcotics officer who found almost 8 ounces of cocaine and an ounce of methamphetamine inside. The drugs were put back into the package and sent to Avon, where 23-year old Corey Joel Eichers accepted shipment of the package. Eichers was charged with two counts of first-degree controlled substance crime. He was convicted at trial and sentenced to seven years, six months in prison. Eichers argued that the removal of the package from an airport conveyor belt so that the drug dog could sniff it was a seizure of the package. He also argued that if the removal of the package from the conveyor belt by the officer was not a seizure, it was a search that required "reasonable, articulable suspicion." The Supreme Court decision said that the removal of the package from the conveyor belt was not a seizure and the sniff by the dog was not a search. Because there was no seizure or search at the airport, there was no violation of the Fourth Amendment. The Supreme Court also ruled the high court didn't need to address whether the officer had reasonable suspicion to justify the drug dog sniff.

--President Obama said Wednesday he is prepared to order airstrikes on Syrian territory as part of an expanded counter-terrorism plan to confront the Islamic State that is operating in both Syria and Iraq. Obama, who began ordering airstrikes in Iraq last month, also told a national television audience he is urging Congress to approve money for training rebel forces in Syria. The president's counter-terrorism strategy also includes: more airstrikes in Iraq; the deployment of 475 more U.S. military troops to assist the Iraq military, bringing the total number of American advisers to around 1,600; help from other countries; and an emphasis on having local ground forces battle the insurgent group that is also known as ISIL or ISIS.

--Richard 'Rich' Stangl, age 85 of Little Falls.

TODAY= mostly cloudy, high 55.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low 38.
FRIDAY= partly cloudy, high 55, low 34, scattered frost late.
SATURDAY= mostly sunny, high 61,  clouds at night, low 45.
SUNDAY= partly cloudy, high 65, low around 40.

TWINS= Twins and Indians postponed by weather last night. Twins at Cleveland will try and play two games today with first game this morning at 10:35am with second game to follow this afternoon. Both games heard live today on Q92 WYRQ.
NFL= Pittsburgh at Baltimore tonight 7pm on AM960 KLTF
HS FB= Milaca at Little Falls Friday 7pm on AM960 KLTF
HS FB= Pierz at Holdingford Friday 7pm on FM94 KFML
CC= Coaches Corner in studio, Saturday 9am on AM960 KLTF

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Wednesday- September 10th, 2014

--A memo sent to the Governor Tuesday from Commissioner of Minnesota Management and Budget Jim Schowalter and Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Kris Eide revealed the strategy to address the needs created by this summer's severe storms and flooding. FEMA's preliminary damage assessments are complete and 37 Minnesota counties and three tribal governments qualify under the President's Disaster Declaration. Morrison County sustained storm damages; however FEMA determined they occurred outside of the incident period. Morrison County does qualify for assistance under Minnesota's new disaster fund law as they met the state threshold of $1.75 per capita. Damage total in Morrison County is $206,000. According to the formula written in the statute, the state's share of Morrison County damages is $155,600. The remaining costs would have to be covered locally. Minnesota is utilizing its $3 million Disaster Contingency Fund to cover payments in the short term. A comprehensive disaster budget will be presented to the Legislature when it returns in January.

--A Stearns County grand jury on Tuesday indicted the suspect in the March shooting outside the Sartell Sprint store on charges of first-degree murder. 23-year old Demetreus Anthony McGinnis previously was charged by the county attorney's office with second-degree murder after the March 21st shooting. He is accused of shooting 20-year old Maurice Galvin Jr. in what prosecutors have said was a fight during a drug deal. McGinnis remains in custody in lieu of $2 million unconditional bail. He has said through his lawyer that he was defending himself during a robbery when a scuffle over a gun led to the shooting. McGinnis was scheduled to stand trial in early October on the second-degree murder charge. That probably will be delayed given the new charge. Galvin was shot at least once and then dropped off at CentraCare Health Plaza in St. Cloud, where an ambulance took him to St. Cloud Hospital, where Galvin died.

--The Pierz City council met Monday night. At the meeting the council approved allowing the city administrator to move forward with preparing the paperwork for a new business, Four Seasons Shrimp to purchase lots 1 and 2 in block 2 of the Pierz Industrial Park. The paperwork will be on the council's next regular meeting. In other business the council approved three gambling permits for Holy Trinity school to host several raffles. It also approved a building permit for Pierz Healy High to construct a greenhouse. The council heard various department reports including one from public works and the parks department. It was discussed that there are homes missing visible house numbers and that the city may send out reminders regarding it. The next regular Pierz city council meeting will be Monday, September 22nd at 7:00pm at city hall.

--Media sources are reporting that two men have been arrested in the 2011 overdose death of former Minnesota Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard. Fox 5 in New York reports that the son of a former New York Islanders legend was arrested by DEA agents Tuesday morning. A law enforcement source tells Fox 5 that the suspect was supplying Boogaard, then with the New York Rangers, with prescription painkillers that were involved in his death. Boogaard was found dead in his Minneapolis Apartment in May of 2011 of an overdose of alcohol and painkillers. The source says that a physicians assistant in Utah was also arrested for writing prescriptions for Percocet for the dealer who sold them to Boogaard.

--The boil water order has been lifted in the city of Brainerd as of 8:15pm last night. On Monday another round of tests on the city water supply in Brainerd were ordered by the city and all 40 test came back negative for bacteria. They are reminding residents that the city did order the water to be chlorinated for purification and the water may still have an odor or taste of chlorine for a couple of days. The level of chlorine was reported normal so there is no danger to the public, pets or others using the water supply. Bacteria was found back on September 5th after tests were taken due to a broken water line near Kiwanis Park that prevented water at the site from filling into the water tower. Again the boil water order was lifted last night.

--The name of the man fishing off a dock at a Wright County lake that fell into the water Saturday evening and drowned has been released. The drowning victim was identified Tuesday as 53-year old Dennis Venske from Winsted. The drowning occurred at the public access to Dog Lake, south of Waverly.

--A 42-year-old Brainerd man was injured last weekend on Crow Wing County Road 128 when his motorcycle left the roadway and struck the ditch. The accident happened around 5:30pm Saturday. Ralph Nordick was taken to the Crosby Hospital for his injuries.

--Minnesotans will soon be seeing red, orange, yellow and other shades of autumn as leaves and prairies grasses put on their annual show. The Department of Natural Resources fall color finder map has gone live for the season. Staff at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas will update it every Thursday. The online trip-planning tool includes a map showing where to find peak colors across the state, a link to fall color programs and special events, a slide show, and a photo upload that provides an easy way for people to share their favorite fall color images.

--Matthew Hein, age 46 of Onamia.
--Bonnie Toppings, age 71 of Conroe, Texas formerly of Wahkon
--Clara Zimny, age 90 of Royalton
--Erin Cash, age 36 of Onamia.

TODAY= rain likely, windy and colder, high 53.
TONIGHT= gradual clearing, cool and breezy, low 38.
THURSDAY= partly sunny and breezy, high 55, low 35.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, less windy, high 56, low 35.

TWINS= Oswaldo Arcia hit a 2 run homer to lift Twins to a 4-3 win over Indians. Twins and Cleveland game 2 tonight 5:35pm on Q92
COL FB= Gophers at TCU Saturday 3pm on AM960 KLTF

IN 1913= first coast to coast paved highway completed in the United States, the Lincoln Highway opened to motorized traffic.
IN 1935= Popeye was heard on radio for the first time with NBC.
IN 1953= Swanson's begins selling TV Dinners.
IN 1955= John Wayne introduced the first episode of Gunsmoke, the show would be a staple of the CBS TV lineup for 20 years.
IN 1966= Neil Diamond had first top 40 hit with Cherry Cherry

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Tuesday- September 9th, 2014

--A woman was injured after an accident Saturday near Camp Ripley. 36-year old Tiffany Ann Linhardt of Fort Ripley, was injured in an accident north of 243rd Street west of Minnesota Highway 371. A deputy observed a vehicle in a field about 5:40am and saw the vehicle smoking as he approached. Linhardt was lying partially ejected from the vehicle. She was taken to St. Gabriel's Hospital and later transferred to St. Cloud Hospital with unknown injuries.

--Brainerd firefighters contained a house fire Sunday to one room. The department was called out around 5:30am to the 900 block of Mill Avenue. The fire was contained under 90 minutes with the one room sustaining extensive damage. The cause is under investigation. There were no injuries.

--The Morrison County Sheriff's Office reported last Wednesday night they were called to the Pierz Campground and found two campers stranded near the bathrooms due to the flooding and surrounded by several feet of water. A deputy used a wet suit to gain access to the campers and help them to a dry area. Deputies also were called Wednesday to the Little Falls Golf Course to a man laying in the water. Authorities state the situation was a medical response and the man was taken to the hospital. Deputies also reported that over Labor Day weekend they received some complaints of break-ins in the Hillman area to some cabins and are investigating.

--A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train struck and killed a teen in Anoka Sunday night. According to the Anoka County Sheriff's Department, a juvenile girl was walking on the tracks on Ferry Street around 8:30pm when witnesses say it seems the girl intentionally walked in front of an oncoming train. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim's name has not been released pending notification of relatives.

--A man was killed when he tried to move from one hay rack to another during a birthday party hayride in western Minnesota. According to the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office it happened about 7:45pm in Woods Township near Montevideo. A group of people were on two hayracks being pulled by a tractor when one person tried to make it from the first hayrack to the second. Authorities say the man fell and was run over. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident. The name of the man was not released.

--More than 140 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's Chisholm-based 114th Transportation Company are scheduled to return next week to Minnesota after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The 114th Transportation Company worked over the last three years and used that experience to successfully draw down International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) in Afghanistan. The division moved equipment over a combined 85,000 miles to close down five forward operating bases in the most dangerous region of Afghanistan with no combat casualties. For more information on the Minnesota National Guard, visit

--A man fishing off a dock at a Wright County lake fell into the water Saturday evening and drowned. The man’s identity has not been released. The drowning happened at the public access to Dog Lake, south of Waverly. A caller told sheriff’s officials that a man in his mid-50's was fishing off the dock at the access around 6:00pm when he apparently fell into the water. Authorities searched for the man whose body was found about 2 hours later. The name of the man is being withheld until family members can be contacted.

--A Long Prairie man was injured in a crash Sunday night. About 8:20pm, the sheriff's office responded to a rollover on Todd County Road 36 west of Long Prairie. 28-year old Travis Marcyes was driving east when he rolled his minivan into the ditch. Marcyes was taken to an area hospital for his injuries and has since been released.

--Law enforcement officials seized more than one ounce of suspected methamphetamine and $720 in cash after serving a warrant Saturday in Little Falls. The Morrison County Sheriff's Office attempted to serve an arrest warrant about 9:45pm for Mandy Marie Okerman at a residence off 4th Street NW. Deputies seized 30.2 grams of methamphetamine from 44-year-old Lealand Neal Siegel while serving the warrant for Okerman. Siegel was arrested on suspicion of controlled substance charges. A search warrant was obtained and executed at his residence where additional paraphernalia and suspected methamphetamine was found. No other details were immediately available.

--No one was injured after a plane made an emergency landing in Langola Township Sunday. About 1:45pm a small plane was forced to make an emergency landing after experiencing mechanical problems. The plane was unable to make it to St. Cloud Regional Airport. Deputies found that a Cirrus four-seat, single-engine plane landed on 15th Avenue NE, stopping at the intersection of 160th Street NE in Langola Township. The pilot 52-year old Craig Bureind of Chanhassen and his three passengers were uninjured. They were flying from the Mankato area to Breezy Point. The plane had to divert to the road ditch when landing to avoid a vehicle. The plane had some minor damage after striking a telephone pole support wire. The FAA is investigating the cause of the emergency landing.

--The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Williams and Kate Middleton announced over the weekend that the Duchess is pregnant with their second child. Their first, Prince George, was born in July of last year. No expected delivery date was given for the new child.

--Jeremy and Lisa Culbertson of Little Falls, a boy born Sept 5th.

--Bradley Scott Poissant, age 51 of Cambridge.
--Christian Tveit, age 75 of Champlin.
--Frank Kammermeyer, age 92 of Little Falls.

TODAY= mostly cloudy, afternoon showers & storms, high 72.
TONIGHT= showers and storms, some heavy rains, low 48.
WEDNESDAY= showers, breezy and cooler, high 51-falling temps
WED NITE= showers ending, cloudy, cool, low 38.
THURSDAY=  breezy, partly sunny, high near 50.

TWINS= Twins at Cleveland tonight 5:35pm pregame on Q92.
NFL= Ray Rice was cut by the Baltimore Ravens Monday after video showing him striking his then fiancee' surfaced, he was also suspended indefinitely by the National Football League.  

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Monday- September 8th, 2014

--Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel is again reminding area boaters to operate their watercraft at slow no-wake speeds whenever possible on area lakes. According to Wetzel, high water levels have plagued the lakes in northwestern Morrison County throughout the summer. With the recent rainfalls the high water levels have extended to Pierz Fish Lake and northeastern Morrison County lakes. The sheriff’s water patrol, along with local conservation officers have been asking boaters throughout the summer to operate at no wake speeds anytime they are within 300 feet of a shoreline. “We are asking boaters to continue using extra caution in adhering to this advisory until lake levels return to normal, which may not occur until next spring” stated Wetzel.

--An Albany man was charged Friday with second-degree murder, accused in Stearns County of killing his 2-month-old son by shaking him. 32-year old Robert John Kaiser was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail at a hearing in Stearns County District Court. Kaiser is accused of causing the death of the boy, who died Wednesday after being airlifted from St. Cloud Hospital to Children's Hospital in the Twin Cities. The court complaint charging Kaiser accused him of shaking the boy August 27th, the same day he sent a text message to the boy's mother saying that the child was not allowing him to sleep.

--A Sauk Rapids man has been charged with five counts of criminal sexual conduct accusing him of raping a girl on at least three separate occasions. 33-year old Ryan Michael Guckenberg is charged in Benton County with two counts of first- and three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Guckenberg made his first court appearance Friday on the charges. Bail was set for him at $500,000 without conditions or $250,000 with conditions, including having no contact with the victim or her residence. He is accused of raping the girl in the summer of 2012, during the winter months of 2012-2013 and again this summer. The girl was 16 or younger during the rapes.

--One person was injured when a Pillager school bus collided with a car Thursday shortly after 8:00am on Highway 210 east of Pillager. The State Patrol reported that the driver of the car, 29-year-old Shawn Fundline was taken to area hospital and treated for minor injuries. The 17 students and the bus driver were not hurt.

--A bicyclist was taken to St. Cloud Hospital after being hit Thursday morning by a vehicle in north St. Cloud. The crash shortly after 10:00am occurred at 33rd Avenue and Fifth Street North. 19-year-old Hannah Rooney was riding a bike south on 33rd Avenue against vehicle traffic as she tried to cross Fifth Street North when a vehicle driven by an unidentified 31-year-old St. Cloud woman hit Rooney. Rooney was taken to the hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries.

--One person was hurt Friday afternoon in a two vehicle accident east of Crosby in Crow Wing County. Around 3:00pm, 31-year-old Carrie Rudolph of Crosby was turning off Highway 6 onto a county road and was struck by a vehicle passing on the right of a stopped vehicle driven by 28-year-old Jacob Regnier of Clearwater. Rudolph sustained injuries and was taken to the Brainerd hospital. Regnier wasn't hurt.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9:00am at the government center. The Board will hear from South County and also hear from a number of county agency reports.

--The Pierz City Council meets at 7:00pm tonight at Pierz City Hall.

--The Brainerd Public Utilities Department is asking Brainerd residents with city water to boil their water for at least one week or until further notice after bacteria was found in the water supply by the Minnesota Department of Health. The test conducted found after a drop of water pressure from a broken water line in Kiwanis Park prevented the water tower from filling up and bacteria formed in the tower. Again boil the water before using it for drinking and cooking.

--Cleanup continued through the weekend for Brainerd, Staples and other towns affected by nasty storms last Wednesday and Thursday. Students from area schools volunteered Friday and Saturday picking up debris and limbs that had fallen in many parks and playgrounds. Homeowners continued repairs to roofs of churches, businesses and the damage sustained at CLC Campus and the airport in Staples. As of Saturday there were still around 50-75 households without power in the South Long Lake area of Brainerd and others in Staples and Verndale still waiting for power to be restored as nearly 10,000 Crow Wing and Minnesota Power customers lost power from the storms.

--Motorists may encounter delays as both directions of Highway 10 near County Road 4/Watab Road are intermittently reduced to a single lane during non-rush hours beginning Tuesday and lasting through September 22nd. The closures are needed while crews construct temporary crossover lanes as part of the Highway 15/Highway 10 reconstruction project. Also, major traffic changes begin today on Highway 15 between the Mississippi River bridge and Highway 10, about 3 miles east of County Road 4/Watab Road. For more information on those changes and closures got the website of or call 511 for information.

--Comedian Joan Rivers died Thursday at age 81. She first appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1965 and has appeared on television and in movies until the time of her death this month.

--Patricia Jackson, age 73 of Onamia.

TODAY= sunny skies, breezy, high 77.   
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 60.
TUESDAY= early sun, PM storms, heavy rain at night, high 74.
WEDNESDAY= rain likely, dropping temps into the 40s by late day.

VIKINGS= Vikings beat the Rams Sunday 34-6 in regular season opener. Vikings get 5 sacks and 2 interceptions on the defensive side and a 67 yard run from Cordarralle Patterson to seal the victory. Vikings host New England next Sunday.
GOPHERS= Gophers go to 2-0 with a 35-24 win over Middle Tennessee State Saturday. Gophers at TCU this coming Saturday.
TWINS= Twins score 2 in the 9th to tie the game Friday only to fall in the 10th inning 7-6 to the Angels. Angels again score late to beat the Twins Saturday 8-5. Angels complete the four game sweep on Sunday routing the Twins 14-4. Twins have today off.
HS FB= Pierz, Royalton and Upsala Swanville won to go to 2-0 Friday, Little Falls and Foley lost while Holdingford got win #1.

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Friday- September 5th, 2014

--The City of Little Falls will be home to thousands of visitors this weekend for the 42nd Annual Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair, the 12th Annual West Little Falls Antiques and Collectibles Fair in LeBourget Park and the 40th Annual Lone Eagle Auto Club's Auto Show and Swap Meet at the Morrison County Fairgrounds. The Auto Show is Sunday from 7:00am-4:00pm and the other two run 8:00am-6:00pm Saturday and 9:00am-4:00pm on Sunday. Motorists traveling through Little Falls should expect delays at times from heavy flows of people and traffic in the downtown and west side areas of Little Falls. Also a reminder from law enforcement to be cautious with valuables don't leave them unattended, keep vehicles locked up and homeowners are advised to keep houses, garages and outbuildings locked up if left unattended this weekend.

--Another round of heavy rains and storms Thursday morning dropped ping pong ball size hail from Staples to Motley and 80 mile an hour winds around the Staples Airport. The storms damaged roofs, toppled trees, caused power outages and damaged mobile homes across the path of the fast moving severe thunderstorms which were out of the state by 9:00am Thursday morning. Wednesday storms did flooding around Maple Island Park and a large tree down by the old central office building in the downtown area.  Many roads were washed out Wednesday and Thursday due to the heavy rains. Again cooler and drier conditions are forecasted for this weekend around the area.

--The Pequot Lakes City Council fired one of their police officers. After meeting Tuesday the City Council reopened the meeting and fired Josh Gartner. The Council stated in an open letter from Police Chief Eric Klang that Gartner be relieved from duty and discharged for reasons stated by Klang in the letter. The Council stated they were not at liberty to state what was in the letter that led to the termination of Gartner but that Gartner and the Police Officer's Union could appeal the council's decision.

--Little Falls Police reported a bus versus van accident on 2nd Avenue Southwest and 11th Street Wednesday morning just before 8:00am. There were 28 students on the bus and one child in the van. Police stated that no one was injured in the accident.

--The number of arrests and criminal convictions for drunken driving in Minnesota has dropped to the lowest level in 20 years. Authorities credit changing attitudes about driving drunk and improved enforcement for the decline. About 25,700 people were arrested for drunken driving in Minnesota last year. That compares with a 20-year high of nearly 42,000 in 2006. Criminal convictions dropped to about 19,000 in 2013 — also a 20-year low. Morrison County had 168 impaired driving incident arrests, which is the third lowest total in the last 12 years, although it is up from 144 in 2012 which was the lowest for the numbers available. Of the 168 arrested for impaired driving in Morrison County, 130 were convicted. Statistics show that of the state's 4 million licensed motorists, one in seven has a drunken driving conviction.

--A Clear Lake man was injured late Wednesday when the vehicle he was driving left the road in Pine County and hit a tree. Investigators with the State Patrol believe alcohol could have been a factor in the crash. Around 10:30pm 56-year-old Johnny G. Keeling was driving on Highway 48 when his vehicle left the road, went down an embankment and hit a tree. Keeling was taken to the hospital for injuries that the patrol described as not life-threatening.

--Motorists who travel County Road 31 in Rice may encounter delays as the Highway 10/County Road 31 median closes tomorrow from 6:00am to 6:00pm. Signed detours will direct motorists to cross Highway 10 at County Road 2, one mile east of the Highway 10/County Road 31 intersection. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit

--Information that police received from neighbors during National Night Out led to a search warrant being executed Thursday at a north St. Cloud residence and the discovery of methamphetamine and heroin. The search by the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force was at 126 20th Avenue North. Several people were at the residence when the warrant was executed, and two people tried to break basement windows to escape after investigators entered. They were caught and found to have outstanding warrants for their arrest. One of the people arrested had an active domestic abuse no-contact order against him that was supposed to prevent him from being at the residence. Arrested during the search for investigation of fifth-degree drug possession were 60-year old Paul Taylor and 21-year old Daniel Olson. Taylor was violating a no-contact order. 25-year old Sarah Anselment and 33-year old Joshua Meinstad were arrested for having outstanding warrants. All were from St. Cloud.

--Charter Communications has violated its franchise agreement by changing government access channels without approval, according to the city of St. Cloud. St. Cloud and Charter have been in negotiations over extending the franchise agreement that allows the company to use public right of way to provide service. In July the City Council approved a 60-day extension to the agreement while terms could be worked out on a longer agreement. On Monday the council will vote whether to enforce the franchise agreement and demand Charter fix the issue by October 10th. If the company fails to comply, the city will move forward with enforcement procedures outlined in the franchise agreement.

--Tyler G. Baldwin, age 21 of Randall.

TODAY= sunny and cool, high 64, clear night, low 45.
SATURDAY= sunny, high near 70, clear night, low 47.
SUNDAY= sunny, bit warmer, high 75, low 52.
MONDAY= isolated late day storms, high 72, low 58.

HS FB= Albany at Little Falls tonight 7pm on AM960 KLTF and
Maple Lake at Pierz tonight 7pm on FM94 KFML. Both games can be streamed online- get details at
NFL= Vikings open up with St. Louis on Sunday at noon. Catch NFL action Sunday and Monday on AM960 KLTF.
NFL= Seattle beat Green Bay 36-16 in NFL season opener.
COL FB= Gophers host Middle Tennessee State Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium- pregame 1:30, kick 2:30 live on AM960 KLTF.
TWINS=Angels get a late run to beat Twins 5-4 Thursday. Twins host Angels again tonight 6:40pm pregame on Q92 then Saturday at 5:40pm and Sunday at 12:40pm also on Q92 WYRQ.

West Side Bar welcomes all arts and crafts and antiques and collectible seekers to Little Falls this weekend. Stop in to WS Bar. 

Thursday- September 4th, 2014

--Four individuals have been chosen as new Brainerd High School 2014 Distinguished Acheivement Hall of Fame members. The inductees are Nancy Pedersen (class of 1970), Dennis Borgwarth (class of 1979), Tom Haglin (class of 1981), and Joshua J.P. LaRue (class of 1992). The four will be recognized during an event from 5:00-9:00pm on Friday September 26th at Cragun's Resort.

--The Minnesota Military Museum is proud to honor Minnesota Veteran Jerry Huntington of Richfield MN, as their featured Veteran of the Month during September. Jerry Huntington at age 16 joined the 151st Field Artillery of the Minnesota National Guard. Jerry served for many years. While over seas he served in Korea and Desert Storm. Jerry and his wife Shirley have three children. His son Jerry Jr. has continued the tradition of service in the Minnesota National Guard and has served two tours in Iraq. The public is invited to view the entire exhibit on Jerry Huntington at the Minnesota Military Museum located at Camp Ripley.

--The Albany area now has internet service that's apparently faster than what is generally available in St. Cloud. Albany Mutual Telephone this week introduced its Ultra Gig service, which offers up to 1 gigabit download speed with 50 megabits per second upload speed. The average internet speed in the U.S. is about 10 megabits per second and it's estimated fewer than 1 percent of Minnesotans have gigabit service available.

--The Rice American Legion will host a memorial remembrance of the 13th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on September 11th at 7:00pm at the Rice Memorial Monument. A program will include speakers from local clergy, public safety offiicals, military personnel and music.

--Monday's hail storm in Todd and Crow Wing County made many think that a snowstorm hit the area Tuesday morning. After the strong storms Monday evening and the cooler temps overnight the hail stayed on the grassy areas and looked like the white stuff had returned to Minnesota. Luckily, it melted away on Tuesday morning after the sunrise. Strong storms moved through yesterday again and after a warmer day today then a drastic cool down is forecast this weekend. Temperatures are only forecast in the 60s for highs Friday and Saturday. Overnight lows will be in the 40s in central Minnesota and 30s for the northern parts of the state. Another warm up is forecast for next week.

--A 16-year-old Baxter teen was injured in a two vehicle crash reported around 3:00pm Monday on Highway 210 and Knollwood Drive in Baxter. Sylvia Borash was taken to a hospital and treated for injuries sustained in the accident. The other driver was not injured.

--A man who was sexually abused by a priest in 1976 can move forward with his claim that the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese created a public nuisance by failing to warn the public about a problem priest. In a written order filed Tuesday, a Ramsey County Judge said a reasonable jury could find that the archdiocese and the Diocese of Winona permitted a situation that endangered public safety. The case is scheduled for trial on November 3rd.

--The Pierz American Legion is planning a Veteran's Memorial for Billig Park in Pierz and will host a fundraiser meal from 5-8 on Saturday at the Pierz Ballroom. Donations for the event will be accepted for the meal Saturday and can also be made at Farmers and Merchants State Bank in Pierz for the project.

--Heavy showers and thunderstorms moved across central Minnesota late Wednesday afternoon into the evening. Around 3 ½ inches fell in a short time span in Little Falls. Meanwhile reports came in from listeners in Lastrup who reported over 5 inches of rain. Another listener living on the west end of Flensburg reported over 6 ¼ inches of rain. Hail was also reported from the storms with larger hail reports in Pierz and Onamia. One power outage north of Little Falls was caused by a downed tree on a power line. More storms are expected until noon today with some damaging winds and hail, then cooler and drier conditions are in the forecast for the upcoming weekend. We expect to learn more about damage estimates today.

--The Minnesota State Fair set a new attendance record this year. The Fair reported Tuesday that the total attendance for 2014 was 1,824,830 people that entered the gates breaking the 2009 record of 1,790,497. Two daily attendance records were also set this year, on Tuesday, August 26th with 133,595 visitors, and Saturday, August 30th with 252,092 fair visitors. Eyes are already focused on the 2015 Minnesota State Fair, August 27-September 7, 2015.

--Armed robbers struck the State Fair craft beer exhibit after hours late last week, tying up their victims and fleeing with at least $10,000. The robbery at the Agriculture Horticulture Building’s craft beer exhibit was reported at 11:15pm Friday to State Fair police dispatch. No arrests have been made. This is the first robbery at  the state fair using a weapon, though authorities did not release any more information about the weapon. Several suspects are being pursued, but police have not released any descriptions.

--Earl Hastings, age 78 of Onamia formerly Hillman.

TODAY= showers & storms likely in morning, some strong, high 77
TONIGHT= clearing skies, cooler and breezy, low 50.
FRIDAY= sunny skies and quite cool, high 66, clear night low 45.
SATURDAY= sunny, high near 70, low around 50.
SUNDAY= sunny, high 74, clear night low of 53.

TWINS= Twins pound out 19 hits Wednesday in beating Chicago 11-4 at Target Field. Twins open a four game series with the LA Angels of Anaheim tonight, pregame at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
NFL= The NFL kicks off the 2014 regular season tonight with Seattle vs. Green Bay, hear the game live starting at 6:45pm on KLTF.
CC= Coaches Corner in studio for the 2014 season, listen to coaches interviews Saturday mornings at 9am on AM960 KLTF.

IN 1807= Robert Fulton conducts demonstration of steamboat.
IN 1885= first public school cafeteria opens in New York.
IN 1888= George Eastman patents Kodak first roll film camera.
IN 1961= Carol Burnett makes TV debut on the Richard Hayes show- Burnett would become a staple on TV for her show in the 1970s.
IN 1966= Jerry Lewis holds first Muscular Dystrophy Telethon.
IN 1968= the CBS TV lineup debuted 60 Minutes and Hawaii-Five O

West Side Bar welcomes all arts and crafts and antiques and collectible seekers to Little Falls this weekend. Stop in to WS Bar. 

Wednesday- September 3rd, 2014

--There will be a water shutoff in Little Falls from 4:00am-10:30am today on Trunk Highway 27 from Front to 1st Streets East for repairs.

--The Little Falls City council met last night. At the meeting the council voted down a resolution to delete the sister city committee 6 to 2. A resolution to delete the golf advisory board failed 4 to 4. The council approved an amendment to the heritage preservation commission. There will be public hearings on Monday, September 8th on a rezoning request by Anderson Custom Processing and on Monday September 15th for community gardens at Gamradt Park on the west side. The council awarded a bid to North Star Drilling of Brainerd for the sealing of three wells near city hall and granted an easement by Pine Grove Park to the Minnesota Department of Transportation due to MnDOT conducting repairs in the area.

--The Sauk Rapids Fire Department rescued a kayaker from the Mississippi River Monday at about 1:20pm. The man in a one person kayak was stranded on the rapids about a half-mile south of the Sauk Rapids Bridge. His boat had taken on water. A fire department boat crew pulled the kayak out of the water from Sauk Rapids Lions Sunset Park. The man was checked out at the scene but not hurt.

--A Sunday collision in Mora left a St. Stephen man with a serious injury. 28-year old Joshua Borash struck another vehicle on its passenger side door on Minnesota Highway 65 at about 12:50pm. 40-year old Wyatt Bayerle, of McGrath was crossing Highway 65 onto to Division Street and was struck by Borash. Bayerle had no apparent injuries. Borash was taken to a hospital in the Twin Cities and listed on Monday in serious but stable condition.

--Todd County is investigating a possible phone scam from a resident. The resident stated received a call from a man who said he was from a company called Movado Inc. The caller wanted information and stated there was a settlement case regarding some surgery that the citizen had. This Movado Inc. was trying to get personal information from the reporting citizen. Todd County reminds citizens to be cautious about giving out personal information over the phone. Todd County said they are invesitgating the company in question. Deputies also received a separate call from a person who said they were contacted by someone on Craigslist asking for help on a bank account. The questionable caller needed shipping costs to be paid ahead of time by the seller to get the account functioning. Again, deputies remind residents to be very cautious and to never give bank account information out if you are unaware of the situation or the person asking for the information.

--A Milaca man was injured Monday afternoon on a township road off of Highway 169 when his motorcycle struck loose gravel and left the roadway and rolled. 39-year-old Paul Moore was not wearing a helmet and was transported to St. Cloud Hospital for his injuries.

--A St. Cloud man is accused of beating and robbing a man late Saturday in south St. Cloud. The incident happened around 9:30pm at a home in the 700 block of Seventh Avenue North. The victim, described as a 58-year-old man from St. Cloud, told police that he had been assaulted with a cane and had money taken from him. The victim told police that he was hit during an argument with 19-year-old Antoine Dajuan Fair Jr. Fair used an expandable cane to hit the victim over the head several time. Fair and another suspect are accused of taking money from the victim. Fair was located Sunday and arrested and was taken to Stearns County Jail, where he is being held for investigation of assault and robbery charges.

--The Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at the Morrison County Solid Waste Management Facility will be closing for the season on September 30th.  Residents with household hazardous waste that they’d like to dispose of this year should deliver it to the facility prior to the closing date. The rest of the landfill facility is open all year. If you have questions call the Morrison County Solid Waste Office at (320) 631-2862.

--A St. Cloud man could be charged with as many as 25 separate incidents of invasion of privacy after police said he video recorded unsuspecting residents. 33-year old Kevin James Petroske was arrested Tuesday after a month long investigation into numerous window peeking and exposing incidents. Investigators were able to confirm 25 separate incidents of stalking and interfering with privacy. Petroske could be charged with as many as 25 counts each of felony stalking, gross misdemeanor stalking and gross misdemeanor interfering with privacy. Police don't believe that Petroske knew his victims or had contact with them before or after they were taped.

--Law enforcement officers have resumed their search in Blaine for a man accused of killing his former boyfriend. All gates to the Anoka County-Blaine Airport were closed Tuesday as authorities looked for 44-year old Lyle “Ty” Hoffman. Officials inspected each hangar at the airport Monday following a bank robbery at the TCF Bank in Blaine on Sunday. Authorities said the man who robbed the bank looked a lot like Hoffman. Hoffman is wanted for the August 11th shooting death of his former romantic and business partner Kelly Phillips at an Arden Hills gas station. Ramsey County deputies and Blaine police armed with rifles searched airport buildings Monday and later moved to a wooded area near Westwood Elementary School as it grew dark. A car linked to the Phillips’ homicide was found near the airport.

--Kenneth W. Beseman, age 82 of Swanville.

TODAY= showers & storms by afternoon, some severe, high 77.
TONIGHT= storms likely, heavy rains, some strong, low 66.
THURSDAY= early storms, then partly sunny, high near 80, low 45.
FRIDAY= partly cloudy, much cooler and breezy, high 66, low 44.

TWINS= Twins and White Sox remained tied from inning 2 to 10 last night before White Sox win it 6-3 in 10 innings. Twins host White Sox in game 2 of the series tonight 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
LYNX= Phoenix eliminated the Minnesota Lynx from the playoffs last night 96-78 winning the best of 3 series 2-1. Lynx finish year 25-9.
CLASS C= See photos of the Class C State Champion Sobieski Skis and MVP Tyler Jendro of the tournament at

IN 1833= first daily newspaper in U.S. published NY Daily Sun.
IN 1881= Richard Sears wins first U.S. Men's Open tennis title.
IN 1940= first public showing of color television.
IN 1958= ABC TV debuted The Donna Reed Show and The Rifleman starring Chuck Conners to their evening lineup.

The West Side Bar welcomes all crafters and antiquers to town

Tuesday- September 2nd, 2014

--A reminder to motorists that most schools in central Minnesota return to session today. School buses will be out in the morning picking up students and later today dropping them off. Watch for buses and students  and remember to watch for the stop arms of a bus and remember that it is illegal to pass a bus when the flashing red lights are going and the stop arm is extended.

--A hawk is to blame for a power outage Friday afternoon in northeast Little Falls. Power blips were reported and some outages lasting through the evening. A hawk ended up damaging a power grid out on Highway 10 by Minnesota Power which took crews into the late night hours to replace and repair for customers.

--Brainerd police are warning businesses and residents about counterfeit $100 bills being recovered around the city. Investigators state that the department has received eight bills so far mostly from businesses and one woman is in custody for trying to use one for payment. The bills have a smoother texture than the actual $100 bill and can be identified by a counterfeit detector that most companies and banks use. One of the bills stated for motion picture use only and another bill showed a different picture of Benjamin Franklin. If you have found or received such bills recently at your business or on the ground they should be given to area law enforcement.

--A November court hearing has been scheduled for the man accused of stabbing his mother to death in a St. Cloud apartment last September. Attorneys for Dean Friese say the 52 year old has asked for a hearing to challenge evidence during the investigation into the death of Lois Omeara. A Grand Jury indicted Friese on first and second degree murder in the death of his mother. Court records show that Friese has been violent toward family members and has an extensive history of admission to mental health facilities.

--A Garrison woman is dead after being struck by a vehicle while walking in the northbound lane of Highway 169 Friday night. Just before 9:00pm authorities say that 29-year-old Kimberly Johnson of Minneapolis was on Highway 169 when she struck a pedestrian who was walking along the highway. A second vehicle was unable to stop in time and ran over the pedestrian who was later identified as Linda Pettner. She was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else including Johnson, her two passengers, the 2nd driver Larry Welnitz of Milbank, South Dakota and his passenger were injured.

--Motorists will encouter delays on Highway 10 at Benton County Road 3 starting today as the interchange is reduced to a single lane. Work on this project will continue through Friday. Motorists may also encounter detours as the ramps connecting Highway 10 to the county road will remain closed through September 25th.

--A 68-year-old man was arrested Monday in St. Cloud after he punched a Metro Bus driver in the face. Dale Meyer was taken to jail and has been charged with fifth degree assault. Meyer was not reportedly following federal guidelines on the bus and when asked by the driver to move, Meyer punched the driver. In addition to the assault charge Meyer was informed that he was banned from riding any Metro buses for the next year.

--A 24-year-old Milaca man was injured Thursday when his vehicle ran off the road near Princeton. Michael Jola was northbound on 169 when he left the roadway around 5:00pm and struck several trees. Jola was taken to the hospital in Princeton and treated for injuries.

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

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce September Employee of the Month is Sister Christelle Watercott of the Franciscan Sisters. Sister Christelle has been the Hospitality Manager for 10 years prior to becoming a hostess this year.

--A Coon Rapids woman was seriously injured Saturday afternoon in Crow Wing County. 46-year-old Lenora Wellman was southbound on Highway 169 in Garrison when she collided with a northbound vehicle that turned into her lane driven by 30-year-old Kathryn Blazevic of St. Cloud. Wellman was taken to a Twin Cities hospitial with serious injuries. Her passenger and Blazevic were taken to the Onamia hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Blazevic's passenger, 25-year-old Mick Blazevic of St. Cloud also sustained serious injuries in the accident. He was taken to a medical facility for treatment.  The accident also caused two other vehciles to collide with the Wellman vehicle but the state patrol stated neither of those drivers were hurt.

--Little Falls will become very busy later this week with the 42nd Annual Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair 8-6 on Saturday and 9-4 on Sunday. Also the West Little Falls Antiques and Collectibles Fair this weekend at LeBourget Fair and the Lone Eagle Auto Club Auto Show and Swap Meet Sunday from 7-4 at the Morrison County Fairgrounds.

--Mike and Michelle Adamietz of Randall, a girl born 8-27.

--Archie T. Banick, age 81 of Harding
–Regina E. Kalis, age 97 of Little Falls.
--Mark Burris, age 55 of Little Falls.
--Helen M. (Bartkowitz) Slattery, age 67 of Sartell.
--Benjamin “Ben” F. Tepley Jr., age 86 of Staples.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high around 75.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low 56.
WEDNESDAY= showers & storms afternoon, high 81.
THURSDAY= early storms then partly sunny, high 78.

CLASS C= Congratulations to the Sobieski Skis baseball in winning the Class C State Amateur Baseball Championshp. Sobieski defeated New Ulm 2-0 for the title on Monday after beating Faribault 2-1 earlier in the morning after the Sunday night game was suspended by rain. Back on Saturday Tyler Jendro pitched a no hitter as Sobieski advanced 4-0 over New Market then Jon Czech got the go ahead hit as Sobieski beat Fergus Falls 4-1 Sunday in 11 innings.  Also Nisswa won Saturday 14-4 over St. Patrick before losing Sunday to Jordan 6-2. Ft. Ripley lost Saturday 6-2 to Winsted and Lastrup was defeated Saturday night 4-3 to Faribault at the tournament.
TWINS= Baltimore routs Twins Friday 9-1. Kyle Gibson pitched well Saturday but Baltimore scored late to beat the Twins 3-2. Orioles win again Sunday 12-8 over the Twins. Joe Mauer had 3 hits and 4 RBIs to help the Twins win one game 6-4 over Orioles on Monday. The Twins are at Chicago tonight with White Sox at 6:40pm on Q92.
NFL= Vikings open regular season at St. Louis Sunday at noon.

The West Side Bar welcomes all crafters and antiquers to town