Friday- August 29th, 2014

--Monday is Labor Day a federal holiday meaning that all federal, state, county and city offices will be closed on Monday. Post offices, banks and financial institutions are mostly closed, and there is no regular mail delivery on Monday. It is best to call ahead to see what is open on Labor Day. It is also considered the end of the summer travel season with many schools starting up again on Tuesday. A reminder to motorists to be on the lookout Tuesday morning for school buses picking up and dropping students to and from school.

--On Monday, September 1st, CHI St. Gabriel’s Health will implement a new computerized patient chart, or an electronic health record (EHR), enhancing quality and safety for patients throughout central Minnesota.  Facilities utilizing this new system, called Epic, include: St. Gabriel’s Hospital, Family Medical Center, which includes clinics in Randall and Pierz, and Little Falls Orthopedics in Morrison County as well as Albany Area Hospital, Albany Medical Clinic, and Avon Medical Clinic in Stearns County. The new system is designed to improve patient safety and provide doctors and nurses with more complete,  timely information, all in an effort to provide a better patient experience. Additional computers and other technology, such as bar scanners, have been placed in the hospital units and in clinic exam rooms in anticipation of the implementation of the new system. In addition to all the medical-related benefits previously mentioned, Epic also has a single billing system, which means that all of a patient’s clinic, hospital, and any other account activity will come on one single statement. Pat Rioux spoke on KLTF Thursday and stated that patients with appointments at the medical center or hospital should come at least 15 minutes early as the electronic health records may take a little extra time to complete which is being done to make the patient's documentation more recent and available. For more information about the transition to the Epic electronic health record, please call Pat Rioux at St. Gabriel’s Hospital, 320-632-5441.

--Todd County Deputies are investigating mailbox vandalism near Highway 27 and 181st Avenue in the past days. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's office.

--The St. Cloud teen accused of supplying a lethal dose of synthetic acid that killed a Woodbury girl now faces new charges. The Stearns County Attorney's Office has now charged 19-year old Alexander Lee Claussen with first degree drug possession with intent sell and fourth degree sale of drugs- both felonies. In May, Claussen and four other teens were charged in connection to the death of Tara Fitzgerald by the Washington County Attorney's Office. The first degree drug possession charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years prison and/or $1-million dollars in fines. Investigators found 305 doses of synthetic acid in Claussen's vehicle following a set up drug buy by investigators after tracing the fatal dose of the acid from Fitzgerald's residence to the teens that were charged in the case. Claussen was the one who sold the acid to the undercover investigators.

--St. Cloud State University is facing a budget deficit of as much as $10 million after another year of declining enrollment. St. Cloud State President Earl H. Potter III announced Thursday that the university will implement a "flexible hiring freeze" as part of its response to the deficit. The university is working on a two- to three-year plan to close that budget gap that could include using reserve dollars and holding back 5 percent of all non-personnel budgets.

--A reminder that the Little Falls City Council will hold their next regular meeting Tuesday at 7:30 due to Labor Day on Monday.

--A Hillman man was seriously injured after a one-vehicle crash Thursday. 60-year-old Terry Schleicher was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis after an accident just after 1pm on 233rd Street and 285th Avenue in Pulaski Township north of Lastrup. Schleicher was driving north on 285th Avenue when his vehicle left the roadway at the intersection and rolled.

--District 9B Representative Ron Kresha of Little Falls, is seeking input from local citizens in an attempt to improve area Internet service and broadband access in Greater Minnesota. An estimated $20 million in grants will be appropriated by the state to help boost broadband access. Constituent input is needed to determine where the problem-areas are, and which parts are in the greatest need for expanded broadband access during the grant application process. Constituents can call Kresha at his office at (651) 296-4247.

--A man was believed to be suffering from a medical condition that caused him to crash into a St. Cloud apartment building Tuesday afternoon. The crash happened at 2:43 p.m. in the 4000 block of Clearwater Road. Police stated that 28-year-old Kyle Perkerwicz of St. Cloud crashed into the building and was taken to St Cloud Hospital for treatment. Police described his injuries as not being life-threatening. Officials from the St. Cloud Health Department were called on to the scene because of structural damage to the apartment building to make sure it was safe for tenants to return.

--Jason Lovaas, age 38 of Arlington
--Lois M. Sanderson, age 89 of Little Falls
--Mabel Reidemann, age 99 of Pierz formerly of Little Falls.

TODAY=  scattered showers and T-storms, cloudy, high 74.
TONIGHT= isolated T-storms early then clearing, low 58.
SATURDAY= partly cloudy, high 76, low 60.
SUNDAY= showers & storms likely, some strong, high 81, low 61
LABOR DAY= sunny and windy, high 72, low 55.

COL FB= Gophers rout Eastern Illinois 42-20 to get win #1.
NFL= Vikings beat Tennessee 19-3 to go 4-0 in the preseason.
TWINS RECAP= Twins score 6 in the top of the 10th inning to beat the Royals 11-5 in 10 innings Thursday. Twins open a series this weekend in Baltimore against the first place Orioles of the AL East. Pregame tonight and Saturday at 5:35pm, Sunday at 12:05pm and Labor Day in Baltimore at 12:05pm on live on Q92 WYRQ.
HS FB= Pierz 38, Milaca 21. Little Falls 43, Thief River Falls 40.
CLASS C= all 4 Region 8C teams continue play this week at the Class C Tournament which wraps up Monday. Games Saturday at 1:30 for Ft. Ripley, 5pm for Nisswa and 7:30pm for Sobieski will be on AM960 KLTF and 7:30pm Saturday for Lastrup on FM94 KFML. If they win they could play Sunday twice leading to the title game for the final two games in the tournament on Labor Day at noon.

Reminder that Little Falls Radio will be closed on Monday for Labor Day and there will be no newsletter on Monday.

Check out the Labor Day Weekend Drink Specials- 2 for 1 Friday and Saturday Nights at the West Side Bar in Little Falls.

Thursday- August 28th, 2014

--Minnesota Power and Camp Ripley have plans for a huge solar farm. An agreement signed Wednesday is to build a $25 million dollar  solar farm that will supply Camp Ripley with much of its electrial needs. It will be the largest solar farm on any National Guard base in the nation when completed. The solar farm will also help Minnesota Power meet its state mandated requirement to generate 1.5% of its electricity from solar sources by 2020. If all goes as planned the Camp Ripley project is expected to be on-line by 2016 and on sunny days will reproduce more energy than Camp Ripley would actually need to use. The excess energy will move onto the power grid by Minnesota Power to help break power costs in the area.

--Little Falls School Superintendant Stephen Jones will lead a pair of public meeting to discuss district facilities next week. They are not looking at new schools, but ideas from the public to what local people would like to see updated at the current five buildings in the Little Falls School District. Discussions are scheduled next week on Tuesday at Dr. S.G. Knight Elementary in Randall, and on Thursday at Lindbergh Elementary in Little Falls. Both start at 6:30pm.

--A five hour standoff ended peacefully Saturday in Crow Wing County. The sheriff's office said a welfare check around 10:00am on Tower Road in Irondale Township led authorities to finding a woman laying outside the house. She stated she was pushed to the ground and threatened with a gun by her son. Deputies removed the woman from the scene and set up a perimeter around the house where the man communicated with officers and left the house peacefully shortly before 3:00pm. The man was taken into custody.

--A dog complaint led to two men being arrested Friday. While investigating the report of a loose dog about 6:15 p.m., Todd County deputies found two men with outstanding warrants. Deputies arrested 52-year-old Randolph Jay Cassman and 33-year-old Jason Robert Rogers. Both men were residing in the city of Clarissa.

--Xcel Energy says customers should pay for the overrun costs of a $665 million project to rebuild a power plant in Monticello. Xcel requested a $248 million rate increase over two years. But the state Commerce Department thinks Xcel investors should absorb a large portion of the cost. Company executives are defending their actions in an investigation conducted by utilities regulators. The company spent five years and more than twice the original estimate reinvigorating the 1970s-era plant. Xcel said the project ended up being more expensive because major equipment, including pumps, turbine and electrical systems, had to be replaced. Regulators will ultimately decide if the company's investment was economical. At a public hearing in October, Steve Mihalchick, an administrative law judge, will examine the state's evidence, Xcel's 750-page response and other submitted information. Based on Mihalchick's report, the Public Utilities Commission will decide whether the company's investors or customers will pay for the bulk of the project.

--One person was injured Tuesday just after noon on Highway 28 in Burnhamville Township of Todd County when a vehicle driven by Ruth Nelson of Hoffman was struck by a vehicle driven by Wayne Weick of Graceville. The vehicles were traveling in a group coming over the crest of a hill when Weick was unable to stop in time and struck the Nelson vehicle. Weich was taken to the Long Prairie Hostpial for treatment of injuries. Nelson was not hurt.

--Check out videos and posts at Little Falls Radio's Facebook page.

--Nationwide law enforcement continues enhanced efforts thru Labor Day weekend focusing on speeders and impaired drivers. It is part of the continued “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

--Stearns County annouced that they may have to eliminate their sentence to serve program next year. The move would save the county around $239,000 annually and mainly the issue is over staffing costs to oversee the crew and a van to transport them. The program puts offenders to work cleaning up litter, painting buildings, doing landscape and other manual labor. The Stearns County Board heard recently that the program is the most expensive nonmandated pogram in human services by far so commissioners directed staff to study the programs that are not required by law for possible cuts.

--Minnesota campaign finance regulators on Tuesday distributed $2.4 million in state subsidies to 238 candidates who are running for state constitutional offices or seats in the Minnesota House. The checks go to candidates who agreed to abide by spending limits. Of the 312 candidates who filed to run for those offices, 276, or 88.5%, took the subsidies. Democratic-Farmer-Labor Gov. Mark Dayton received the largest payment, $534,072. His Republican challenger, Jeff Johnson, collected $389,409 from the campaign fund. In exchange for the state money, Dayton must abide by a $3.7 million spending limit. Johnson's limit is $4.4 million. Johnson can spend more because he had a closely contested primary election contest. State House candidates typically received between $3,000 and $8,000 in subsidies. Overall, DFLers collected $1,349,663 in subsidies, while Republicans received $925,911. Independence Party candidates got $100,505. Funds for the subsidies come from taxpayers who check off contributions on state income and property tax forms, plus a $1.02 million appropriation from the state's general fund.

--Dennis D. Wochnick, age 71 of Washington formerly Little Falls.

TODAY= mostly cloudy, storms develop in late afternoon, high 72.
TONIGHT= storms with potential heavy rains, low 58.
FRIDAY= partly sunny, slight chance of a T-storm, high 76, low 58.
SATURDAY= partly sunny, high 75, low 60, storms develop overnight
SUNDAY= showers & storms likely, some strong, high 80, low 60.
LABOR DAY= partly sunny, cooler, high 70, a few showers at times.

HS FB= Little Falls at Thief River Falls tonight at 7pm kickoff, pregame at 6:30pm on AM960 KLTF and
HS FB= Pierz at Milaca, kickoff at 7:30pm on FM94 KFML
TWINS= Royals have a 6 run 8th inning to beat the Twins 6-1 last night in KC. Twins wrap up series with Kansas City tonight with pregame at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ
COL FB= Gophers host Eastern Illinois tonight in season opener pregame at 5pm on KLTF then game tape-delayed and played in its enterity after the Flyer game tonight on KLTF.
NFL= Vikings at Tennessee tonight at 7pm in preseason football.
CC= Coaches Corner returns Saturday in studio this year with coaches interviews and score reviews, 9am Saturday on KLTF.

Check out the Labor Day Weekend Drink Specials- 2 for 1 Friday and Saturday Nights at the West Side Bar in Little Falls. 

Wednesday- August 27th, 2014

--The man convicted this year of two counts of murder in the first degree for killing two teenagers on Thanksgiving 2012 appeared in Morrison County District Court Tuesday on a restitution issue. 66-year old Byron Smith was previously ordered to pay for the funeral expenses for Haile Kifer and Nick Brady. Smith testified in court yesterday arguing he didn't think it was right to have to pay for the funeral expenses given that Brady was suspected of burglarizing his home four previous times. Smith believes Brady stole around $53,000 worth of items. Smith stated he received around $16,000 reimbursement from his insurance company. The  judge asked attorneys to submit written summations of their case by mid-November, and he will decide the issue after that.

--The National Weather Service confirmed Monday that one tornado touched down in Benton County two miles west of Granite Ledge. The tornado was ruled an F0 with wind speeds around 75 miles an hour and dissipating after going over the Benton/Morrison County line around 6:00pm. There was reported tree damage and minor structural damage in the tornado path. The storm produced large hail and heavy rains with 1.75 inch diameter hail near Hillman that continue to pound areas north and east of Brainerd to Hackensack. Though funnel clouds were spotted southeast of Little Falls, Rice and Gilman there were no other reports of tornado touchdowns Sunday night. The Morrison County Sheriff's Office reports several residences in Morrill Township were damaged during Sunday’s storm.  Residents in the area reported trees were damaged as well as a camper, one house, and some out buildings. No one was injured.

--Pierz firefighters responded to three incidents Sunday morning.  Pierz Fire Chief Brian Boser said two calls came in nearly simultaneously at 5:00am. One was an alarm at Pierz Healy High School. At the school the electrical panel was damaged causing the alarm to sound, though there was no actual fire. The other was at a residence on 143rd and 350th Avenue, east of Pierz. Two buildings at that residence were fully engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived. Both those buildings were ruled a total loss. Another call Sunday morning was to a tree that had caught fire on 183rd Street which was extinguished minutes after firefighters arrived. The alarm malfunction at Pierz Healy High and the tree on fire are believed to have been caused by lightning from the storms on Sunday. The two buildings destroyed at the residence on 143rd and 250th Avenue are not believed to be linked to the storms. The cause of those fires are under investigation by the Pierz Fire Department and the State Fire Marshall. There were no injuries.

--A Hillman man was injured Sunday in a motorcycle accident in Crow Wing County. 27-year-old Nicholas Plafcan was on County Road 8 when his motorcycle crashed. He was taken to a hospital by family members and his condition was not known.

--Two men were arrested for their role in a pursuit involving the Todd County Sheriff’s Office Sunday. Just before 1:30pm deputies pursued a vehicle hauling an ATV that had been reported stolen from a potato farm in Long Prairie Township. After driving the vehicle into a corn field and becoming stuck, 43-year old Bryce Everett Boyd of Randall fled on foot. Boyd was found after a citizen reported seeing a person with multiple cuts, bruises and missing clothing. Deputies arrested Boyd. On Monday, 44-year old Norman Harold Gilpin of Browerville was also arrested in connection with the case.

--On Sunday around 5:45pm the Stearns County Jail Correction staff responded to a medical incident in the secure portion of the jail. Stearns County Deputies and Gold Cross Ambulance also responded to the call. A Stearns County inmate, identified as 22-year old Jerod Jakel of Sauk Rapids was found unresponsive. He was treated in the jail by correctional staff and Gold Cross Ambulance personnel. Jakel was pronounced dead on scene as a result of the incident. An investigation into the incident is being conducted by Stearns County Sheriff’s Office investigators. An autopsy was conducted by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office. The cause of death was determined to be asphyxia due to hanging. Jakel was being held at the Stearns County Jail on charges of First Degree Assault, Second Degree Assault and Possession of a Firearm.

--A house fire left a woman with severe burns and destroyed a home Monday. When Sherburne County deputies arrived just after 3:30pm at the address of 16098 57th Street SE in Santiago Township, flames were exiting the roof of the residence. 61-year old Linda Bentley and her husband 62-year old Terry Bentley escaped the residence but Linda suffered severe burns across her body. She and her husband were treated at the scene by CentraCare ambulance and Linda Bentley was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center. At last word she remained in the intensive care burn unit. Terry Bentley was treated and released at the scene. The residence was ruled a total loss. The fire remains under investigation by the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshall.

--North Branch police say an 11-year-old boy has died after being hit by a car last week. The police department said Monday that Dallas Kasper of North Branch died from his injuries Saturday. It says Kasper was walking along a road with his father on August 21st when a 46-year-old female driver drifted across the road and hit him. Police say the woman stopped and tried to help. Kasper was flown to an area hospital in critical condition. Police say the investigation is ongoing while they wait for accident reconstruction and toxicology reports. They haven't identified the woman.

--Pauline L. Nash, age 90 of Pierz formerly of Lastrup.
--Earl E. Armstrong, age 96 of Little Falls.

TODAY= sunny skies, high 73.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy skies, low 56.
THURSDAY= showers and storms at times, high 72, low 58.
FRIDAY= partly sunny, warmer, high near 80.

TWINS= Alex Gordon's hits a 2 run walk off homerun for Kansas City to beat the Twins 2-1 last night off of closer Glen Perkins. Twins and Kansas City in game 2 tonight 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
COL FB= Gophers open season with Eastern Illinois Thursday night at TCF Bank Stadium- pregame at 5pm at AM960 KLTF the game will be interrupted for the Flyer game at Thief River Falls then resumed in enterity after the Flyer game on KLTF.
NFL= Vikings at Tennessee final preseason game Thursday night.

Check out the Labor Day Weekend Drink Specials- 2 for 1 Friday and Saturday Nights at the West Side Bar in Little Falls. 

Tuesday- August 26th, 2014

--Due to construction, water will be shut off in Little Falls tomorrow from approximately 8:00am until 1:00pm on 9th Avenue Southeast from Hilton Road to Call Place; and on Call Place from 9th Avenue to 11th Avenue Southeast.

--Strong and severe storms moved through central Minnesota Sunday. The National Weather Service was investigating Monday a line of storms between Gillman to Hillman to Onamia for possible tornado touchdowns Sunday evening. Heavy rains, large hail, strong winds and lots of lightning moved through Sunday morning dropping over an inch of rain in Little Falls and nearly 2 inches of rain in eastern Morrison County. In the southeastern part of Morrison County uprooted trees, damage to roofs and siding along with an overturned camper was reported. The eastern part of the county was hit again late Sunday with heavy rain and strong storms.

--The body of an Albany man was recovered Saturday night from a Sherburne County lake in which police believe he drowned. 23-year old Joshua Roepke had been swimming and boating with friends Saturday on Lake Freemont in Zimmerman. Roepke's friends called law enforcement shortly after 6:00pm after losing sight of him during a swim. Divers recovered Roepke shortly after 8:00pm in about seven feet of water.The suspected drowning remains under investigation.

--On Saturday morning around 5:50am the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle fatality on CR 1 west of Fifty Lakes in Northern Crow Wing County. The driver, 52-year old John Pribyl of Fifty Lakes was pronounced dead at the scene. Pribyl, who wasn’t wearing his seatbelt, was the only occupant at the time of the crash. Pribyl’s body has been sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner to determine a cause of death. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the MN State Patrol.

--Motorists may encounter delays as eastbound Highway 23 between Second Avenue South and Chapel Street in Cold Spring has been reduced to a single lane. All lanes of eastbound Highway 23 in Cold Spring are expected to open by 6:00pm Thursday. The lane closure is needed while crews repair drainage infrastructure beneath the roadway. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit

--A 51-year-old man was taken to St. Cloud Hospital Friday night after sustaining a gunshot wound to his foot. The man is believed to have sustained the injury near 12th Avenue and St. Germain Street. The victim was unable to provide detailed information about a suspect, and the case is considered an active investigation. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the St. Cloud police department at (320) 251-1200.

--There were 30 people booked at the Stearns County Jail last weekend on a variety of charges related to St. Cloud State University's move-in day. St. Cloud police and Stearns County sheriff's deputies teamed up to increase staffing and enforcement efforts, and the result was more citations. 223 people were issued citations during move-in weekend. 45% of those people are currently enrolled at SCSU. Last year there were 59 people issued citations. The bulk of the citations were for underage alcohol consumption, having open alcohol containers in the street and for noise violations. The police department is planning to continue the increased police presence and enforcement details during the school year.

--Shortly after 9:00am Monday the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a motor vehicle crash with injuries. The crash was located on County Road 10 and Royal River Road 10 miles south of Albany in Farming township. A car driven by 54-year old Steven Espelien of Benson was travelling north on County Road 10 near Royal River road. When the car approached the intersection a garbage truck driven by 33-year old Chad Robertson of Willmar went through a stop sign into the intersection. Espelien made evasive maneuvers to avoid colliding with the garbage truck. The car left the roadway and went air born landing approximately 30 feet from the road in a soy bean field. Espelien was taken to the Paynesville hospital for his injuries.

--The Pierz City council met last night.  At the meeting the council approved the budget and levy at $280,515. The final levy will be approved at the council's December 8th meeting.  The council also heard from Police Chief Eric Hanneken regarding his monthly report. The council approved the sale of a city lot to Premium Properties LLC with site work beginning this fall.

--Breaking Bad and Modern Family were the winners of best drama and best comedy last night at the Emmy Awards.

--Susan Ruby, age 60 of Motley.
--Ernest S. Holtzclaw, age 83 of Sebeka.

TODAY= partly cloudy, cool, high 68.
TONIGHT= slight chance of overnight showers, low 50.
WEDNESDAY= mostly sunny, high 75, storms after midnight, low 56.
THURSDAY= morning storms, then partial sun, high 73, low 56.

VIKINGS=Head Coach Mike Zimmer has named Matt Cassel the opening day starting quarterback. 1St round pick Teddy Bridgewater and former starting quarterback Christian Ponder are back-ups currently on the roster.
TWINS= Twins open up a three same series with first place Kansas City tonight at Target Field, pregame at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
WNBA= Lynx at Phoenix Friday in WNBA Western Finals Game 1.
HS FB= high school football returns to KLTF and KFML Thursday night for Little Falls and Pierz. Also Gopher Football opens play Thursday night at 5pm on AM960 KLTF with tape delay of the rest of the game to be heard after the Flyer Football game.

IN 580AD= The Chinese are credited with inventing toilet paper.
IN 1873= first public school kindergarten authorized in the U.S.
IN 1920= The 19th Amendment to the Consitution was ceritifed by the U.S. Secretary of State giving women the right to vote.
IN 1929= first U.S. roller coaster built in Coney Island, New York
IN 1946= George Orwell published Animal Farm.
IN 1957= Ford had the first Edsel roll off the assembly line.

Labor Day Weekend Drink Specials- 2 for 1 Friday and Saturday Nights at the West Side Bar 

Monday- August 25th, 2014

--In time for their August wedding, Cole Frey and his fiancé, a Minnesota same-sex couple, have settled their case against a Little Falls wedding venue that had refused to rent to them a few months earlier. On Tuesday, the Minnesota Human Rights Department announced a settlement agreement between Frey and LeBlanc’s Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation, that requires the venue to pay the costs associated with the couple’s wedding ceremony and reception. In addition, the venue’s owners apologized to the couple and agreed to comply with the Minnesota Human Rights Act in their future business dealings. This is Minnesota Department of Human Rights’ first same-sex wedding case involving discrimination in public accommodation based on sexual orientation since same-sex marriage was legalized on August 1st, 2013. While the same-sex law passed by the Legislature in 2013 provides specific exemptions for religious entities from taking part in the solemnization of same-sex marriages, it does not exempt individuals, businesses, nonprofits, or the secular business activities of religious entities from non-discrimination laws based on religious beliefs regarding same-sex marriage.

--Three people were arrested Thursday evening after a sting by the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force. About 9:15pm the Task Force conducted a search at 1001 Washington Memorial Drive in St. Cloud. A main floor apartment and an upstairs apartment were searched as part of an investigation by authorities into the the sale of controlled substances at the residence. During the search cocaine and crack cocaine were found on both floors. Task force members also found a handgun and ammunition. Several people who were present at the time of the search were detained and later released. Three people were arrested: 20-year-old Justin Tony Smithers, 24-year-old Jasmine Latara-Lynn Shelton and 24-year-old Gerry Carter. Smithers was arrested for having outstanding misdemeanor warrants. Shelton could face a charge of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and Carter could face a charge of third-degree possession of a controlled substance. The search was carried out by the St. Cloud Police Department SWAT team. The task force is made up of officers from Little Falls, St. Cloud, and Sartell Police departments, along with deputies from Morrison, Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, and Todd counties.

--A St. Cloud man was seriously injured Friday morning in a rollover in Anoka County. The crash occurred around 4:15am on the eastbound ramp from Interstate Highway 694 leading to East River Road. The conditions were foggy. 42-year old Charles Ginyard Jr was one of four passengers in the SUV. All five people were taken to the hospital. Ginyard was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. His son Charles Ginyard III was the driver. He suffered non life threatening injuries and was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. 18-year old Charisse Cash of Pine River suffered serious injuries. She was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. 18-year old Correna M. Harwell of Woodbury, and 21-year old Victoria E. Harwell of St. Paul were both taken to North Memorial Medical Center. The patrol said the SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed when it left the ramp and rolled several times.

--Minnesota State Fair continues today with senior, kids and State Patrol day at the fairgrounds. The fair runs through Labor Day.

--Watch Steve Van Slooten of Little Falls take the ALS Ice Bucket challenge at and on our Facebook page.

--Motorists will encounter a detour and delays as the Highway 210/Lake Avenue intersection in Deerwood closes beginning today. The signed detour will direct Highway 210 motorists around Serpent Lake using County Road 12, County Road 28 and back to Highway 210. All lanes of Highway 210 and Lake Avenue will re-open by Friday afternoon. The closure is needed while crews remove and replace a culvert. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit

--A man with a valid permit to carry a handgun turned back a threat Thursday morning about 11:25am. A man riding a bike with a child trailer approached another man in the 300 block of 33rd Avenue North in St. Cloud, opened a folding knife and said, “I’ll slit your throat.” The second man retreated, then pulled a handgun out of his backpack and pointed it at the ground. The suspect rode off on the bike and was not found. No one was arrested.

--A Princeton man died Friday afternoon in a four vehicle collision in Ramsey County. 24-year-old Nicholas Anderson of Brainerd was on Highway 10 at County Road 36 when he failed to stop in time around 4:40pm and struck a stopped vehicle on the highway causing a chain reacation with two other vehicles that were also stopped on the roadway at the time. 64-year-old David Eisen of Princeton was the first vehicle struck in the accident and Eisen died at the scene. No other drivers nor passengers in their vehicles were seriously hurt.

--Donna I. Nelson, age 83 of Little Falls
--Charles M. Whitmore Jr., age 90 of Pierz.
--Alyce Muncy of Little Falls

TODAY= sunny skies and breezy, high 72.
TONIGHT= clear and cool, less humid, low 47.
TUESDAY= sunny and cool, brief PM shower, high 68, low 50.
WEDNESDAY= sunny and warmer, high 75.

TWINS= Twins rout Detroit 20-6 Friday- getting 4 homeruns and Santana, Dozier, Mauer, Arcia and Plouffe combine for 15 rbis. Twins split a double header Saturday- Kennys Vargas had 5 rbis to lead Twins to a 12-4 win in the early game, Detroit battled back to win the nightcap Saturday 8-6. Detroit then beat up the Twins 13-4 on Sunday to split the 4 game series. Twins (58-72) have today off.
VIKING= Vikings defense had 3 interceptions and Teddy Brigewater tossed 2 touchdowns as the Vikings beat Kansas City 30-12 Saturday. The Vikings wrap up preseason Thursday at Tennessee.
LYNX= Lindsey Whalen had 31 points to lead Minnesota to a 94-89 win over San Antonio to win the playoff series 2-0.
CLASS C= All the region 8C team advanced to the final weekend of the Class C State Tournament. Ft. Ripley needed a 9th inning comeback to beat Blue Earth 9-6, Sobieski defeated Maple Lake 3-1, Nisswa downed Waseca 4-2 and Lastrup needed 12 innings Saturday to beat Owatonna 6-5. All 4 teams will play this Saturday, Ft. Ripley at 1:30pm, Nisswa at 5pm, Lastrup and Sobieski in different games Saturday night at 7:30pm in the round of 16 at the state tournament hear the coverage on AM960 KLTF and FM94 KFML on Saturday.  

For the coolest and cheapest drinks in town- stop in at WS Bar

Friday- August 22nd, 2014

--Congratulations to Tracy Voigt of Pierz for finding the Pierz Oktoberfest Medallion Thursday morning. The medallion was found between Sue's Drive In and Litke's Vetrenary Clinic off of Highway 25 in a metal transformer box which had arrows pointed around it just before 8:00am. Voigt wins $500 in Pierz Area Commercial Club Bucks and will be in the parade Sunday. The Pierz Oktoberfest celebration is this weekend. Today Wacky Hacker Golf Tournament by Horizon Health with a noon start at the golf course. Saturday there is a golf tournament for Holy Trinity School, concert by the Kingery Family in the evening and fireworks around 10:00pm by the football field. Sunday, fun run at 8:00am, parade at 11:00am and lots of fun at Pierz Park to follow. No parking in the park Sunday. Use the shuttle buses around town during that afternoon on Sunday for Pierz Oktoberfest. Get details on that event and many others at then communty calendar.

--The Pierz Police Department wants to inform the public of a computer related and caller ID scams that have been seen in the Pierz area. The first scam is phone related. The scammer provides a false ID to be displayed on the telephone they will be calling. This false caller identification is usually the name of a banking franchise. However, the Pierz Police Department has also investigated the same scam where people’s names, usually of local people have been used as the caller ID. The second scam  is a computer related scam. This occurs when a computer hacker gains access to your emails. They in return send an email out to all your contacts stating you are out of the country, have been attacked, all your travel documentation along with your cash and credit cards have been stolen, and  that you need money sent to you immediately. Both these scams are an attempt to gain access to  your financial assets and are extremely difficult to track back to a suspect. If you are involved in one of these scams please notify your local law enforcement agency. Questions or concerns involving this matter please call Chief Eric Hanneken with the Pierz Police Department at 320-468-0299.

--State Senator Paul Gazelka has been named to the Senate's newly created Rural Task Force. The eight-member task force includes four DFLers and four Republicans and will study the needs of Minnesota's rural communities, including nursing home and health care access, education, transportation, economic development and property taxes. Senator Gazelka represents Senate District 9, which covers Morrison and Todd counties and parts of Cass and Wadena counties.

--At the Morrison County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, the Board voted to rectify the permit issued to Ralph and Ron Rinkel for Mudfest on September 1st in Hillman. The original permit had no conditions in it.  Added stipulations include flags must be present on all ATV's and only two passengers on each ATV at one time, every operator must sign a waiver permitting a portable breath test by deputies whenever in or on their vehicle, mud trucks must be restricted to the staging area and allowed to and from the camping areas if escorted by staff or owners. The event must provide adequate fire protection, truck windshields must be washed after leaving the pit, no person may enter or exit the mud truck while in the mud pit and a 10 mile per hour speed limit will be enforced around the area as a safety precaution to pedestrians.

--The St. Francis of Assisi 59th Fall Festival is Sunday south of Upsala, with homemade dinner, raffle, auction, old time music, bingo and much more. Details at

--As summer draws to a close, back to school season is in full effect. Safety should be a priority for every family as children return to classrooms this fall. The start of a new school year is an exciting and busy time for families. It is up to all of us to be safe and watch out for kids. Pierz Police Chief Eric Hanneken is urging drivers and kids to follow these safety tips. 1) Watch for kids in school zones and nearby streets. 2) Teach children to catch the eye of drivers when walking in front of a school bus or crossing a street. 3) All states have a law making it illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. 4) School buses use yellow flashing lights to alert motorists that they are preparing to stop to load or unload children. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign arm signals to motorists that the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off the bus. 5) When possible, walk with friends as there is strength in numbers. 6) Discuss what your child should do if an unknown adult tries to get them to come to their car, in their house, or grabs them. This might be the first time some students are walking or riding bikes to school, so drivers can never allow distractions to take their eyes off the road. In school zones, current fines are very high. There is a mandatory court appearance for driving 30 miles per hour or more over the speed limit or passing a school bus on the exit side. The greatest risk is not to your wallet but to the life and safety of a child, so please slow down and pay closer attention when driving before and after school. I wish everyone a safe return to school.

--The Pierz City Council meets Monday night at 7pm. Agenda items include setting the date for final levy approval, Rural Emergency Response grant, voting on a resolution for the 2015 preliminary budget and the council will hear from city department reports.

TODAY= morning fog, then turning sunny, high near 80.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, fog forms toward morning, low 62.
SATURDAY= mostly cloudy, showers and storms likely, high near 80.
SAT NITE= showers and storms likely, heavy rain likely after dark, with 1-3 inch amounts possible, low 66.
SUNDAY= showers and storms early, some heavy, then turning hazy and humid through the day, high 84, PM storms may develop.
MONDAY= sunny skies, cooler and less humid, high 72, low 55.

TWINS= Twins beat Cleveland 4-1 Thursday to take one of the games against the tribe. Twins have a four game series with Detroit at Target Field this weekend, tonight 6:40 pregame, Saturday a day/night double header with pregame at 11:40am and 6:40pm and Sunday the pregame at 12:40pm all live on Q92 WYRQ.
CLASS C= Ft. Ripley vs. Blue Earth tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML, Sobieski vs. Maple Lake tonight 7:30pm on AM960 KLTF both games streamed online through the MSBN sport site through Nisswa plays Saturday at 11am, Lastrup Saturday at 5pm both on AM960 KLTF. If any or all of the teams win than they would play on Saturday August 30th.
WNBA= 2014 MVP Maya Moore, which was announced before last nights playoff game, scored 26 as the Lynx beat San Antonio 88-84 in game 1 of best of 3 playoff series. Game 2 is Saturday night at 6pm in San Antonio- game 3 if necessary would be Monday night.

Northstar Entertainment tonight and Saturday at West Side Bar.

Thursday- August 21st, 2014

--A Royalton man's conviction in a trapping case will stand according to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. 36-year-old Royce Teague appealed his conviction of aiding and assisting in setting a wildlife trap without identification which is a petty misdemeanor and a $135 fine. Teague argued that the charge is not permissable under state law and that he should have received a jury trial and that the district court erred by amending the original charge to include aiding and assisting. The State Court Appeals stated that they ruled that Teague was correct that he could not be convicted of aiding and abetting, a petty misdemeanor. However the state court agrees that despite the district court's wording, Teague's conduct does fall under the state statute of taking which includes setting a trap and that the district court did not err by convicting of the charge. The Cout of Appeals ruled that Teague's argument does not require a jury trail as the petty misedemeanor fell under a fine of $300. The State Court sided with the District Court that they had the right to amend a charge at any time before the verdict or finding if no additional or different offense is charged and if the defendant's substantial rights are not prejudiced. Teague may appeal to the State Supreme Court but the Supreme Court also decides which cases they will hear.

--Motley Staples Middle School announced that students will have a new playground when they return to school on September 2nd. An outdoor basketball court with six hoops and a 300 yard walking trail will be surfaced prior to the first day of school. Also a new ball court, music and art enrichment centers, and picnic table seating is expected to be constructed with the assistance of the returning students by mid-September. The project was initiated by Cardinal Builders, the Youth Involvment Team of Staples Motley Beyond Poverty as a way to increase positive relationships between students and the overall school environment. The district was awarded $1,000 from the Motley Lions and a $50,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation to create the courts and trail. They receieved other funds from grants to help with the future additions to the playground.

--Staff Seargant Phillip E. Mielke, a combat engineer with C Company of the 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 34th Infantry Division was awarded the Bronze Star Medal during a ceremony August 14th at the Camp Ripley Training Center. Mielke, a local police officer for the city of Hutchinson, was given the honor before the two week annual training period began at Camp Ripley. Mielke received the prestigious medal for meritorious service as a combat escort team leader while serving his Squadron in support of Operation New Dawn in Iraq from May, 2011 to May, 2012 where he trained convoy security teams.

--Cass County reported a Duluth man was injured early Tuesday shortly after midnight in a head-on collision on Highway 210 west of Brainerd. 43-year-old William O. Johnson was taken to the Brainerd hospital and listed in fair condition late Tuesday. The other driver in the two-vehicle accident, 44-year-old Gina D. Stelck of Pillager was not injured. Authorities stated that a blood alcohol test  showed that Johnson was under the influence at the time of the accident.

--Todd County is investigating the theft of a water pump from a home in Browerville. The sand point water pump was stolen sometime between August 13th and Sunday. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Todd County Sheriff’s Office.

--The Randall Business Group and Vision Randall presents Music in the Park tonight from 7-8:30pm at Randall Bingo Park. Enjoy a family night of games, fun and bluegrass music in Randall.

--Congratulations to Minnesota's 61st Princess Kay of the Milky Way, Jeni Haler from Carver County.  Haler was crowned from 12 finalists at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds band shell last night.  Haler is from Norwood Young America and a sophomore at the University of Minnesota. Each of the finalists will have their likeness carved into a block of butter during the fair. Locally, two Stearns county dairy princesses vied for the crown, Sabrina Ley of Belgrade and Leah Middendorf of Sauk Centre both representing Stearns County. The Minnesota State Fair opens today and runs through Labor Day with new foods, and Toby Keith is at the grandstand tonight.

--A Level 3 sex offender who was planning to move to northern Stearns County has changed his mind and is moving to Hennepin County, causing the sheriff’s department to cancel a community notification meeting that was scheduled for Monday. Cyrus Eby Kulp, 73, has a history of engaging in sexual contact with girls from 4-7 years old. He was planning to move to Raymond Township.

--A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by St. Cloud State University's former associate vice president for enrollment management that accused the university and its president of discrimination. Mahmoud Saffari had sued the university and President Earl H. Potter III, alleging civil rights violations, discrimination, defamation and violations of the state Data Practices Act after he was fired in 2011. The university filed a motion asking U.S. District Court Chief Judge Michael J. Davis to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing Saffari was fired because he repeatedly failed to produce a comprehensive enrollment management plan that would have better predicted enrollment numbers. In a 49-page ruling filed last week, Davis dismissed the claims made by Saffari, essentially justifying Saffari's firing and the comments that Potter and other university officials made to and about Saffari before and after his dismissal.

--Motorists traveling both directions of Highway 23 between County Road 1 and Highway 95 east of St. Cloud will encounter daytime delays as the road is reduced to a single lane from sunrise to sunset beginning Monday. The lane closures will be complete by Friday, September 12th, weather permitting. No lane closures will occur Friday, August 29th through Monday, September 1st for Labor Day holiday travelers. The closures are needed as crews resurface the road. When complete, the project will create a smoother ride along more than three miles of Highway 23. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit

--Joe and Amanda Hyatt of Pierz, girl on August 18th

TODAY= showers and storms, some heavy in morning, then hazy sun with afternoon storms redeveloping- high around 85.
TONIGHT= storms early, then partly cloudy, low 63.
FRIDAY= partly sunny, high 81, cloudy at night, low 60.  
SATURDAY= storms likely, some heavy in PM hours, high 75, low 63
SUNDAY= storms early and late in day, cloudy, high near 80, low 58

TWINS= Cleveland shut out the Twins last night 5-0. Twins and Indians wrap up series today at 11:40am on Q92 WYRQ.

Northstar Entertainment Friday and Saturday at the West Side Bar

Wednesday- August 20th, 2014

--Morrison County had 5.1% unemployment in July. Here are other central Minnesota counties unemployment rates in July 2014: Aitken 5.7%; Benton 4.4%; Cass 6.2%; Crow Wing 4.7%; Sherburne 4.3%; Stearns 4.1%; Todd 4.3%; Wadena 5.4%. The city of Brainerd at 7.8% while St. Cloud registered at 4.4%.

--The Wausau Paper Mill Site in Brainerd officially has a new owner. The new name will be the Brainerd Industrial Center. Mike Higgins made the announcement Monday and closed the sale for the paper mill site. There will be very little demolition at the site. The only demolition will consist of a couple buildings for aesthetic reasons. The building will eventually be leased out to tenants for light industrial and commerical uses. Reports state that local residents will be hired to help with the prepurposing process bringing in jobs to the area.

--Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl is asking the public for their help in locating a vehicle involved in an early morning burglary of a storage garage in Ross Lake Township located southeast of Emily. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 1:30am on Monday from a citizen who had noticed a mid-1990’s, dark green Chevy or GMC pickup parked in the driveway of a storage garage.  As the citizen pulled into the driveway, the suspect vehicle backed up and crashed through a gate causing damage to the rear passenger side of the tailgate of the suspect vehicle. A security camera on site captured a photo of a suspect on the property earlier in the day who attempted to break through the door of the garage. The male is described as a heavier set man who was wearing khaki pants, a blue wind breaker jacket and a tan floppy hat. Anyone with information on possible suspects or suspect vehicles is asked to contact the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office.  Callers can remain anonymous.

--The City of Brainerd will be adding two questions to the general election ballot in November. Both have to do with local option sales tax and capital improvement bonds. The first ballot question will ask voters if they support issuing bonds to finance the following improvements, heating, ventilating and air conditioning to city hall, police and fire stations, a salt and sand storage building for the public works building, emergency preparedness upgrades to the public safety facility and repair to the entry stairs at Brainerd City Hall. The exact price tag for the bonds are still being tallied as project estimates come in to the city. The second ballot questions will ask voters if they support extending one half of one percent local option sales tax and if approved the extra funds would go to an upgrade at the sewer treatment plant. The tax is an extension to an original tax approved in 2006 and is set to expire in 2019.

--Todd County is investigating the theft of a riding lawn mower from a residence in Browerville on Monday. Anyone with infromation on the theft to Mary Jane Kahlert should contact authorities.

--Police and fire officials are investigating the origin of a fire early Monday that significantly damaged a historic mansion on Superior Street in Duluth. Authorities are investigating an apparent molotov cocktail found across the street of the mansion in another building. The Oliver G. Traphagen House was the site of the fire, which is considered one of the many historic homes along the Superior shore. Authorities would not elaborate if the cocktail found was involved in the fire. Their investigation into the blaze is ongoing.

--The Pierz Oktoberfest Celebration is this weekend with parade Sunday at 11am, fireworks Saturday at 10pm and much more.

–Certified results from last week's Minnesota primary show just more than 10 percent of the state's eligible voters cast ballots. The turnout figure was announced at Tuesday's meeting of the state canvassing board. Turnout was slightly better than 2012, but below 2010 when the state last had a competitive gubernatorial primary, that one on the Democratic side. This year's top race was a five-way race among Republicans for their nomination for governor. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson won the nod. In all, nearly 402,000 voted in the Democratic, Republican and Independence Party primaries. This was the first year that voters could submit absentee ballots without a valid excuse for being gone on Election Day. About 33,000 people voted by in-person absentee or by mail ballot.

--St. Cloud police are looking for a man who fired several shots Saturday night in a southeast St. Cloud neighborhood. Nobody was injured during the incident, and no damage was found. No arrests have been made. Police went at about 10:00pm to the 400 block of 15th Avenue Southeast after receiving reports that as many as four shots had been fired. Police were looking for a lone male suspect and believed he was still at a residence in the area. Police were at the scene for about 90 minutes while they searched for the suspect. They eventually determined he had left the area. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call St. Cloud police.

--Wilhelm and Thao Stamm of Pierz, girl on August 18th

--Dennis M. Banick, age 70 of Belle Prairie Township.

TODAY= partly cloudy, high 82.
TONIGHT= storms develop, heavy overnight, low 65.
THURSDAY= morning storms with heavy rains, high 85, isolated afternoon storms may redevelop into evening, low 66.
FRIDAY= scattered T-storms at times, partly sunny, high 82.

TWINS= Twins get a 5 run first inning including a 3run homer by Oswaldo Arcia only to watch Cleveland come back to win 7-5 last night. Twins and Cleveland play game 2 tonight 6:40pm on Q92
WNBA= Lynx open playoffs with San Antonio Thursday night.
CLASS  C= Sobieski vs. Maple Lake Friday at 7:30pm on AM960 and Ft. Ripley vs. Blue Earth Friday at 7:30pm on FM94 KFML. Nisswa plays Saturday 11am and Lastrup is at 5pm Saturday both of those games Saturday are on AM960 KLTF.

IN 1741= Vitus Bering discovers Alaska.
IN 1866= President Andrew Johnson announced the insurection had ended in Texas and that the U.S. Civil War was officially over.
IN 1896= dial telephones were first installed in some businesses.
IN 1960= first Xerox copiers are sold- the original copy machine is now in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.
IN 1965= The Rolling Stones release their song Satisfaction, the song would become their first #1 song in the United States.

Northstar Entertainment Friday and Saturday at West Side Bar LF.

Tuesday- August 19th, 2014

--The Morrison County board of commissioners has requested Governor Mark Dayton to petition President Barack Obama to declare the county a major disaster area because of spring flooding. The county suffered severe losses from storms about June 1. The National Weather Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency set the dates as June 11 through July 11 for when some counties in Minnesota have received disaster money. During the first week of June, Morrison County was hit with storms totaling 11 inches of rain in a period of four days. Morrison County has totaled about $300,000 in damage to roads and infrastructure surpassing the $116,000 threshold to seek state and federal funding. The primary damages from the storms, which included 7 inches of rain in one day, were washouts of Morrison County roads 236 and 234. Both have since been repaired but the county is seeking relief from the expenses. Buckman, Scandia Valley, Morrill and Little Falls townships all experienced thousands of dollars in losses. Buckman and Scandia Valley were hit hardest estimated in excess of $50,000 and $20,000, respectively. The county now awaits action by Dayton.

--Monday morning in Morrison County District Court, 20-year old Robert Ray Holmberg of Anoka pled guilty to Receiving/ Possessing Stolen Property.  On July 21st an off duty police officer from the city of Anoka spotted a Ford Truck near Royalton on Highway 10. The officer knew the vehicle to be stolen and recognized the driver. Acting on the information, Holmberg was stopped by Little Falls Police a short time later. In court, Holmberg admitted he knew the truck he was driving was stolen. Holmberg then asked Judge Anderson to execute a 15 months prison sentence.  Assistant County Attorney Todd Kosovich admitted he was surprised by Holmberg’s request. “The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines called for five years probation,” Kosovich explained, “but a defendant always has the right to demand that his prison sentence be executed.”

--Wright County deputies found a man dead after trying to make contact with him for hours Sunday. Dispatch received a call at 1:30am Sunday to check the welfare of a man in the 10,000 block of 64th Street Northeast in Albertville. The man's vehicle was in front of the residence. He did not live at the home but was known to the homeowners, who were out of town. Efforts to contact the man were unsuccessful. At 5:20pm, members of the Wright County Sheriff's Office Emergency Response Team assisted on a search. The man was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  The name of the deceased is not being released until family members are notified.

--The Minnesota Military Museum recently received a 1962 United States Air force Aircraft Tow Tractor, or “Tug” as they are affectionately known. The Tug was donated by Art Wolch of Little Falls after it was retrieved from a scrap pile in Wyoming. Wolch spent over a year restoring it to original condition. The Minnesota Military Museum estimates 90% of their artifacts are donated by the public.

--A Sherburne County foster care provider's license has been revoked after she was found responsible for abusing a foster child last year. The Minnesota Department of Human Services on July 17th ordered that the license of 48-year old Sheila Noelle Scharber also known as Sheila Bower, of Big Lake, be revoked. Scharber has appealed. A hearing is scheduled for later this month.

--The 61st Princess Kay of the Milky Way will be crowned tomorrow night. 19-year old Sabrina Ley of Belgrade and 21-year old Leah Middendorf of Sauk Centre are among the 12 finalists.

–The Little Falls City Council met last night. The council approved various agenda items including several resolutions and a notice of intent to consider issuance of cable franchise. The next council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 2nd due to the September 1st being Labor Day.

--The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office is alerting the community regarding a Level 3 Predatory Offender moving to the area. This offender is not wanted by the police and has served the sentence imposed on him by the court. 73-year old Cyrus Kulp will be moving into Lake George Township (Stearns County) on August 26th. Kulp has a history of engaging in sexual contact with a female(s) ages 4-7. Contact included touching, fondling and attempted penetration. The offender was known to the victims. A community notification meeting has been scheduled for next Monday beginning at 6:00pm at the Padua Pub-reception hall.

--St. Cloud police are looking for a man who fired several shots Saturday night in a southeast St. Cloud neighborhood. Nobody was injured during the incident, and no damage was found. No arrests have been made. Police went at about 10:00pm to the 400 block of 15th Avenue Southeast after receiving reports that as many as four shots had been fired. Police were looking for a lone man suspect and believed he was still at a residence in the area. Police were at the scene for about 90 minutes while they searched for the suspect. They eventually determined that he had left the area. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call St. Cloud police.

--Late last week a foreclosed property on County Road 24 west of Bertha sustained damage. Someone shattered the storm door glass sometime between midday Thursday and Saturday morning. Also on Friday a mailbox owned by Michelle Lemke had been damaged on County Road 1 near Eagle Bend. Anyone with information on either incident please call the Todd County Sheriff's Office.

--Charles “Chuck” F. Ringold Sr., age 74 of Hillman
--Doris E. Haag, age 91 of Staples

TODAY=  partly sunny, isolated T-storms, high 76.
TONIGHT= fog forms, partly cloudy, low 56.
WEDNESDAY= fog early then mostly sunny, high 81, low 64.
THURSDAY= morning and evening T-storms, high 82, low 65.

TWINS= Kansas City beat the Twins 6-4 last night to take three of the four games in the series. Twins host Cleveland tonight at Target Field with a 6:40 pregame on Q92 WYRQ.
CLASS C= Sobieski and Ft. Ripley will both play Friday night in the Class C State Tournament at 7:30pm. Hear the Sobieski game on AM960 KLTF and the Fort Ripley game on FM94 KFML. Lastrup and Nisswa play on Saturday with both games on AM960 KLTF.
IN 1848= reports of gold being found in California start gold rush
IN 1909= first race ran at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
IN 1981= the last first-run episode of Charlie's Angels aired on TV

The coolest and cheapest drinks in town are at West Side Bar.

Monday- August 18th, 2014

--The Pierz City Council agreed last week in principal to a 0 percent increase in the city’s levy. It will remain flat at $280,515. The city showed a $104,000 surplus last year and after a budget meeting, the city estimates an $83,000 surplus for 2015. The city does anticipate slightly over a $15,000 increase in its local government aid in 2015. The Pierz City Council is expected to formally approve the levy and budget by resolution at their next meeting August 25th. The levy must be certified to the county by September 15th. Once certified, it can be reduced, but not increased.

--The Todd County Sheriff's Office was notified of a structure fire a Highway 27 Auto Salvage south of Long Prairie Friday shortly before 11:00am. Employees were working on a vehicle when fuel caught fire and the building caught fire. One employee sustained second degree burns and was taken to the Long Prairie Hospital. Five fire departments worked on the fire over nearly an hour. The tin building was isolated in the salvage lot and is considered a total loss.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9:00am at the government center. Agenda items include the Minnesota Farm Families of the Year, sheriff's, public health and veterans reports.

--The Central Minnesota Community Foundation will disburse $94,000 to charities that empower girls and women. The proceeds were raised at the one-day Women on Stage event this summer. Meals on Wheels, the St. Cloud Children’s Home and the Starfish Program each received $15,000 grants. Other organizations receiving funds include Casa Guadalupe Multicultural Community, Central Minnesota Sustainability Project, Hands Across The World, Whitney Senior Center, St. Cloud Hospital, American Red Cross Central Minnesota Chapter, Girl Scouts, Friendship Ventures, and Boys & Girls Club.

--Motorists driving through Rice will find unimpeded travel on the new westbound Highway 10 bridge spanning County Road 2, which opened Friday around 7:40am. All permanent lanes and ramps of westbound Highway 10 in Rice are also now open. Motorists on eastbound Highway 10 will continue to encounter narrow, temporary bypass lanes and temporary signals at County Road 2 and County Road 31/N Division Street until Oct. 25. The new bridge, lanes and temporary height restriction are part of the Highway 10/County Road 2 interchange project. When complete later this year, the project will increase safety and mobility by replacing the current signalized intersection with a full interchange, create flow-through traffic for all four lanes of Highway 10 through Rice, extend acceleration lanes and improve local roads and utilities.

--Pope County authorities say an apparent victim of domestic violence shot and killed a man who allegedly assaulted her for more than five hours and repeatedly threatened to kill her. The medical examiner's office in Anoka County says 25-year-old Anthony Ray Tullis died Wednesday from a gunshot wound. Pope County deputies responded to a 911 call late Wednesday from the home in Gilchrist Township. Ivy Winter Reutzel-Morrell told investigators she'd shot Tullis, who was found dead inside. A preliminary investigation says Tullis had assaulted her in a bedroom for hours, until she gained control of his rifle and shot him. She has not been arrested or charged. Authorities said Friday they're continuing their investigation and plan to forward their findings to prosecutors for review.

--The Minnesota State Fair begins Thursday and the crowning of the 61st Princess Kay of the Milky Way is Wednesday night.

--A 35 year old North Mankato man was injured Thursday when he fell from a trailer pulled by a golf cart at the Brainerd International Raceway. Matthew James was taken to the Brainerd hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The 38-year-old man who was driving the golf cart was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

--A 26-year-old Baxter man was injured when his motorcycle collided with a car on Clearwater Road in Baxter Thursday around 4:00pm. Benjamin Anderson was treated and released for his injuries. The driver of the car, Samantha Zierke of Fort Ripley was not hurt.

--A 39-year-old Brainerd woman was convicted Wednesday for third degree sale of methamphetamine. Jodi Imgrund was found guilty by a jury last week of selling meth to an informant and a search warrant at her residence found a number of items consistent to the sale of the drug. Imgrund will be sentenced on October 23rd.

--The motorcyclist killed last week in Wright County has been identified as 21-year-old Robert Brau of Willmar. The accident happened on Highway 12 near Montrose when car driven by a 17-year old girl crossed the center line and struck Brau head-on. Wright County said the the case has been turned over to the county attorney's office for any potentional charges against the girl.

--A Milaca man died after being involved in a head-on collision on Friday west of Cambridge. The accident occurred just before noon, when 75-year old Herman J. Bakke of Milaca was traveling south on Minnesota Highway 47 and veered into the northbound lane striking a  tractor trailer driven by 32-year old Ryan N. Hoffman of Avon. Herman died as a result of injuries suffered in the accident. Hoffman did not suffer any apparent injuries.

--Michael and Sheila Kinder of Randall, a girl born August 14th.

--Robert Eugene Resch, age 65 of Niwot, Colorado formerly Staples.

TODAY= showers and T-storms likely, some heavy, high 78.     
TONIGHT= storms in evening, then cloudy, low 59.
TUESDAY= partly sunny, breezy, less humid, high 75, low 55.
WEDNESDAY= sunny skies, high 82, storms at night low 65.

CLASS C= Nisswa beat Cannon Falls 4-3 Saturday, Ft. Ripley needed 12 innings to beat Spring Hill 2-1 Sunday and Sobieski beat Hanska 2-0 late Sunday night. Nisswa, Ft. Ripley, Sobieski and Lastrup will all be in action again at the state tournament on Little Falls Radio.
TWINS= Josh Willingham had 3 RBIs against his former team as the Royals beat the Twins 6-5 Friday. Kurt Suzuki homered and Phil Hughes shut down the Royals Saturday as Twins win 4-1. Royals beat the Twins Sunday 12-6. Twins and Royals tonight 6:40 on WYRQ.
VIKINGS=Teddy Bridgewater tossed two touchdowns including the game winner with 18 seconds left to Rodney Smith as the Vikings beat Arizona 30-28 in preseason play. Vikings at KC Saturday.
LYNX= San Antonio beat the Lynx Friday. Lynx open the playoffs on Thursday night at Target Center. Lynx finish the regular season Saturday with an 80-63 win over Tulsa. Maya Moore 19 points.

The coolest and cheapest drinks in town are at West Side Bar.

Friday- August 15th, 2014

--Rock the Park Five will take place Saturday from 6:00-10:00pm at Maple Island Park. The free event is brought to you by Great River Arts Association in Little Falls. Music food and more Saturday night at the park. Questions call Jill at GRAA at 632-0960.

--This Sunday is the 34th Farm Picnic in Pierz at 2:00pm. Corporate farming will be addressed. Also a discussion on Medicare for all and health care in Minnesota along with many other issues facing todays farming industry. A number of speakers, politicians and others will be on hand to meet with the public. Free tickets are available at a number of local Pierz businesses and also will be available Sunday at the picnic at Pierz park.

--A man who has lived in a Minneapolis suburb for years has been indicted and charged with intentional murder in a slaying that happened more than 30 years ago. 53-year old Robert A. Otteson was arrested Tuesday in Lakeville by local authorities and Texas investigators. Authorities say Otteson was wanted in connection with the death of 42-year old Francisco Narvaez of San Antonio who was found stabbed to death in a Denton motel room in 1983. His bond has been set at $300,000. He was jailed as an out-of-state fugitive in Minnesota's Dakota County, ahead of a court appearance today.

--The Detroit Lakes woman found dead in Menagha back on July 12th died from strangulation according to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner. Family members found 32-year-old Kelly Lund on her brother's lawn after she had returned from the midsummer festival in Menagha. The death certificate filed by the sheriff's office stated the medical examiner noted that a ligature wrapped around her neck multiple times caused asphyxia and her death. Wadena County is investigating the death of Lund and stated Tuesday that at this time they have not sent the case for review of any possible charges. The investigation into her death is ongoing.

--A 57-year-old Brainerd woman was hurt Tuesday around 2:00pm in a two -vehicle accident on Washington and 7th Street Northwest in Brainerd. Cristy Kintop was treated at Brainerd hospital for minor injuires. The other driver in the accident was not injured.

--Todd County reported that a dirt bike was stolen from a home in Browerville. On Monday, someone came onto the property with a pickup truck and stole the bike, blue in color with multiple stickers on it. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office.

--A nationwide effort to keep drunk drivers off the road begins today. Law enforcement agencies in Minnesota and across the country are launching the "drive sober or get pulled over" campaign. The campaign runs today through the Labor Day weekend.

--Minnesota has experienced a loss of 4,200 jobs in July but it's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains at 4.5%. State officials provided the figures Thursday. They also say 3,600 fewer jobs were added in June than previously reported. Minnesota's unemployment rate remains below the national average of 6.2%.

--The Little Falls City Council holds their next regular council meeting Monday night at 7:30 at City Hall council chambers.

--Online registration is now available for the Brainerd Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) Warrior River Run at Camp Ripley with races starting at 9:00am on Saturday, September 13th. A 1k kids fun run starts the day, followed by a 10K run and 5K run/walk. Online registration is at  All proceeds benefit the Brainerd Public Schools Foundation.

--Authorities in southern Minnesota have exhumed the remains of a woman killed more than three decades ago, hoping to finally identify the victim. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Faribault County sheriff's investigators are hoping new DNA samples from the remains will lead to the identity of a woman known only as Jane Doe. The woman was killed after she was picked up hitchhiking in May of 1980. Her body was dumped in a ravine in Faribault County and later discovered by a farmer. Sheriff's Chief Deputy Scott Adams says eight or nine years later, a retired state trooper admitted killing the woman and was sent to prison. The woman's body was exhumed Tuesday at Riverside Cemetery in Blue Earth. Adams says the woman deserves to be named and have her family located.

--One person has died in a collision involving a motorcycle in Wright County Thursday morning. The incident is under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol. The crash happened at 9:43am on U.S. Highway 12 and Zephyr Avenue in Montrose. A car driven by a 17-year-old girl crossed the center line and struck the motorcycle. The patrol is not releasing her name at this time because of possible charges. The car and a motorcycle collided in the intersection. No other information available.

--Jim Carlson of Duluth was sentenced to 17 ½ years in prison Thursday for selling synthetic drugs in U.S. District Court. Carlson was convicted earlier of 51 counts related to selling synthetics from his now closed head shop in Duluth last summer. Carlson gave a 20-minute statement saying he felt unfairly singled out for prosecution. He argued that dozens of other stores and countless Internet sites sell synthetics. The judge David Doty rejected an argument that Carlson believed what he was selling was legal. Doty said the jury in the case decided it was not.

--Maris Robert Snyder, age 90 longtime resident of Staples.

TODAY= partly sunny, high 82, isolated storm overnight, low 62.
SATURDAY= chance of T-storms, hazy and humid, high 83, low 58
SUNDAY= partly cloudy, isolated T-storm possible, high 75
MONDAY= storms likely, some heavy, high 77, low 65.

CLASS C= The Class C State Amateur Baseball Tournament begins today with games in Chaska and Belle Plaine. For the Region 8C teams: Nisswa vs. Cannon Falls Saturday at 11am, Ft. Ripley vs. Spring Hill at 2:30pm Sunday followed by Hanska vs. Sobieski around 5pm Sunday, all games at Belle Plaine this weekend and also can be heard live on AM960 KLTF and online at
TWINS= Twins open a 4 game series with Kansas City tonight with pregame at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ. Saturday pregame at 5:40pm, Sunday at 12:40 and Monday at 6:40pm all again on Q92 WYRQ.

IN 1911= Proctor and Gamble unveils Crisco shortening to the public
IN 1939= The premiere of The Wizard Of Oz happened in L.A.
IN 1969= The Woodstock Music and Arts Fair opened in New York.
Double Trouble tonight, new music with Pick It Pete and the Skeet, Skeet Skeets play Saturday night at West Side Bar, Little Falls.

Thursday- August 14th, 2014

--The Todd County Sheriff's office arrested two individuals Tuesday night for being in possession of a stolen generator. A generator valued at $1,000 was reported stolen earlier Tuesday by Busker Construction at a construction site at Clasemann Dairy in Long Prairie. 29-year old Adam Eischens and a juvinile male, both from Long Prairie were taken into custody and are being held at the Todd County Detention Center until they can be arraigned in court.

--Benton County Deputies are investigating a string of vehicle thefts the first weekend in August during a wedding ceremony at the Lakeview Center on Little Rock Lake. A number of vehicles were rummaged through with items taken. Then overnight someone broke into the center and took computer equipment, gift cards and at least one of the wedding gifts for the couple. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office asks if anyone has information on the thefts to contact them.

--A fire destroyed the Underdogs bar in Jenkins Sunday night. Firefighters were called out around 11pm when a passerby noticed smoke coming from the bar. Firefighters battled the blaze through the overnight hours but were able to save the bar. The owner stated the bar closed at 10pm and no one was inside when the fire started. The fire originated in the kitchen was likely electrical in origin according to fire offical but a specific cause was not known. The bar opened 10 years ago but the building had been there in Jenkins for well over a century and was originally the Jenkins post office, then a church and before the bar opened it was the municpal liquor store.

--An 88-year-old Grand Rapids man was injured Tuesday when a deer struck the windshield of his vehicle while he was driving near the intersection of Highways 210 and 25 in Brainerd. Richard Korte was treated for injuries at the Brainerd hopsital and released.

--The federal government predicts Minnesota farmers will produce 1.34 billion bushels of corn this year, up 40 million bushels from last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s production outlook for Minnesota also predicts corn yields averaging 168 bushels per acre, up eight bushels from 2013. Minnesota soybean production is forecast at 312 million bushels, up 15 percent from last year. The average yield is expected to be 42 bushels per acre, one bushel more than 2013. Tuesday’s data is part of a national forecast for a record-breaking corn harvest of 14 billion bushels, surpassing earlier expectations. The USDA also says soybean production nationwide also will set a new record of 3.8 billion bushels. The resulting lower prices won’t immediately cut grocery costs, though livestock producers will pay less for feed.

--Filing for city offices has closed. There are contested races on the ballot in November in Pierz. There are two council seats available and four have filed. Incumbent Mike Menden, incumbent Steph Fyten, Mark Dzieweczynski, and Rick Sczublewski. There is a contested race for Mayor as incumbent Toby Egan will be challenged by Dennis Kahlhamer. Linda Sczublewski is running uncontested as Treasurer.

--Little Falls Community School Board has three seats up for election. All three incumbents Sharon Ballou, Brad Laager, and Mark Gerbi all filed for reelection. Sandi Stalmer has also filed.

Results 7th District Court 27 Tuesday Primary
Steven J. Cahill- 13,593 votes -Advanced- (40.25%)
Kenneth J. Kohler- 8,347 votes -Advanced- (24.71%)
Cheryl R. Duysen- 7,478 votes -Eliminated- (22.14%)
Terry Graff- 4,356 votes -Eliminated- (12.90%)

--Motorists travelling both directions of Highway 15 between Interstate 94 and Highway 23 in St. Cloud may encounter stopped traffic and delays as the road intermittently closes overnight next week Monday thru Wednesday. The closures will occur on Highway 15 one mile north of I-94, near 33rd Street, for up to 30 minutes at a time from 7:00pm to 5:30am each night. Motorists travelling Highway 15 after 7:00pm should be prepared to stop and seek alternate routes if possible. The closures are needed as crews place beams as part of the new Highway 15/33rd Street S interchange in south St. Cloud. The interchange is part of a larger project that will expand 33rd Street S, span the roadway across Highway 15 and construct four roundabouts between Graniteview Road and County Road 74.

--This year’s Todd County Farm Family award was presented to Kim Harff and Mike Motl of Browerville due to their years of dedication to agriculturally centered programs in their community. The couple has spent nearly 50 years promoting an understanding and respect for agriculture in their area’s youth.

--In Swanville, incumbent Mayor Sandy Peterson and incumbent Council Member Jim Molitor have filed for re-election and Jay Bartkowicz filed for a Council seat.

--In Royalton, incumbent Mayor Andrea Lauer has filed for re-election, as has Council Member Scott Walberg. Kelly Warzecha has filed for a Council seat too.

--Royalton has four school board seats open. Royalton incumbents Jeff Swenson, Dale Lenz and Jim Block have filed for re-election. Randy Hackett and Heather Harren have also filed. Royalton has three for four-year terms and one for two years. Jeff Swenson was appointed by the board for a two-year term.

--Sultry actress Lauren Bacall died Tuesday at age 89. Bacall starred in over 30 movies from the 1940s through the 1970s and starred and married one of her leading men, Humphery Bogart in 1945.

--Danny and Josie Kimman of Pierz, twin girls on August 11th
--Josh Walcheski and Mindy Bednar of Pierz, boy on August 12th

--Adam Uecker, age 79 of Grey Eagle.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high near 80, clear night low around 60.
FRIDAY= partly sunny, PM T-storms develop, high 83, low 62.
SATURDAY= early or late day storms, partly sunny, high 82, low 60
SUNDAY= mostly sunny, isolated storms possible, high 77, low 60.

TWINS= Twins beat Houston 3-1 Wednesday. Twins are off today before hosting Kansas City Friday night at Target Field.
LYNX= The Lynx lost to Los Angeles Tuesday, have San Antonio tonight and Tulsa on Saturday to wrap up the regular season. The Lynx will be the #2 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs which begin on August 21st. Phoenix got the top seed this year in the West.
NFL= Vikings host Arizona at TCF Bank Saturday at 7:30pm.

Double Trouble Fri, Pick it Pete & Skeet Skeet Skeets Sat at WS Bar

Wednesday- August 13th, 2014

Results Morrison County Sheriff Race
Shawn Larsen- 4,058 votes -Advanced- (55.53%)
Dan 'Scoop' Rocheleau- 1,526 votes - Advanced- (20.88%)
Tom Justin- 972 -Eliminated- (13.3%)
Charles 'Chuck' Strack- 752 -Eliminated- (10.29%)

Results Morrison County Commissioner District 4
Mike Wilson- 746 votes -Advanced- (47.85%)
Jim Andres- 488 votes -Advanced- (31.30%)
Ronald Rinkel- 325 votes -Eliminated- (20.85%)

Results Morrison County Auditor/Treasurer
Debora Lowe- 2,567 votes -Advanced- (42.07%)
Tammy Giuliani- 2,311 votes -Advanced- (37.87%)
Ashley Storck- 1,224 votes -Eliminated- (20.06%)

Results Todd County Sheriff
Don Asmus- 1,555 votes -Advanced- (52.84%)
Lonnie K. Marcyes- 440 votes -Advanced- (14.95%)
Kevin L. Langer- 398 votes -Eliminated- (13.52%)
Steve Och- 366 votes -Eliminated- (12.44%)
Jon Barber- 184 votes -Eliminated- (6.25%)

Results Stearns County Sheriff
John Sanner- 4,897 votes -Advanced- (57.77%)
Mark Bromenschenkel- 2,548 votes -Advanced- (30.06%)
Tim Kantos- 1,032 votes -Eliminated- (12.17%)

Results Wright County Sheriff
Joe Hagerty- 4,727 votes -Advanced- (73.34%)
Stacy Braun- 937 votes -Advanced- (14.54%)
Bruce Doney- 781 votes -Eliminated- (12.12%)

--Morrison County had 7,308 voters cast a ballot in the Morrison County Sheriff race. The Secretary of State's website had a total of 17,892 voters registered in the county. Using those numbers Little Falls Radio estimates a 40.84% voter turnout for yesterdays primary.

Other news
--The deadline to file for city seats was yesterday. On the final day of filing Incumbent At Large Little Falls City Council member Brian Paul Crowder filed for reelection. Brad Hircock also filed Tuesday for the At Large seat. Tim Schmidt and Urban Otremba filed previously for the At Large seat in Little Falls. Up for the seat of Mayor in Little Falls is incumbent Cathy Van Risseghem, current council member Greg Zylka, and Robin Hensel. Vying for Ward One Little Falls City Council seat are incumbent LeeAnn Doucette and Leif Hanson. Three candidates for Ward Two in Little Falls are incumbent Don Klinker, Wayne Liljegren and Theresa Skoseth. Incumbent Jeremy Hanfler is running uncontested in Ward Three.

--A 20-year-old Brainerd woman was injured on 8th Avenue Northeast in Brainerd last Friday before noon when she struck a vehicle at an intersection. Shayla Kelps was taken by private vehicle to a hospital for treatment of injuries. The other driver in the accident wasn't hurt.

--Join FM94 tonight from 6-8 live at the classic car show at the Falls Ballroom in Little Falls. Vintage cars, food and back to the 50s music.

--Jeff Johnson was declared the Minnesota primary winner last night for the GOP candidate to run against DFL Governor Mark Dayton in November. GOP candidate Mike McFadden was declared the winner in his race to run against DFL Senator Al Franken this November. Tom Emmer was declared the winner in U.S. Congressional District 6 race for the GOP endorsement to vie for the seat in November.

--Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel and the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association announced Tuesday the commencement of the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2014. The MSA board of directors has established a scholarship fund for awarding up to fifteen $600 scholarships for this coming year. The scholarships are due to the coordinated efforts of all 87 Sheriff’s in the state of Minnesota. The scholarship committee, in making its selections of awards, intends on achieving representation from all geographical areas of the state. Scholarship awards will be announced at the 2014 MSA Winter Conference. Application forms and a statement of procedures are available at the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office. It is important to note that scholarships are only available to students who are currently enrolled in one of the 3 following categories: A mandated POST skills program; In the second year of a 2 year law enforcement program; or in the third or fourth year of a 4-year college criminal justice program. The deadline for applications is October 15th.

--Two men were injured Saturday when the ATV they were on lost control on a curved road near Garrison. 61-year old Bradley Audette of Garrison and his passenger 35-year old Jonathon Gowin of Rochester were both thrown from the vehicle after missing a curve, leaving the Wilderness Point Road and striking two trees. Audette was treated for injuries at the Brainerd hospital and listed Tuesday in good condition. Gowin sustained severe head trauma and was air lifted to Hennepin County Medical Center  and last listed in satisfactory condition. Neither man was wearing a helmet. Alcohol was detected in the driver Audette's system.

--The Todd County Fair begins tomorrow in Long Prairie and runs through Sunday. The Minnesota State Fair begins on August 21st and runs through Labor Day. Next Wednesday will be the coronation of the next Princess Kay of Milky Way for the state of Minnesota.

--Melvin Eagle, age 82 of Onamia.

TODAY= sunny skies, high near 80.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 55.
THURSDAY= mostly sunny, high near 80, partly cloudy night, low 60.
FRIDAY= isolated storms early then sunny, more humid, high 85.

TWINS= Oswaldo Arcia homered twice for the Twins but Houston still won the game 10-4 last night. Twins wrap up series with Houston today with a 12:40pm pregame on Q92 WYRQ.

IN 1914= Greyhound bus line started by Carl Wickman in Minnesota.
IN 1944= Jackie Gleason made his radio debut, soon to go to TV.
IN 1961= construction of the Berlin Wall begins in Germany.

Double Trouble Fri, Pick it Pete & Skeet, Skeet, Skeets Sat at WS Bar

Tuesday- August 12th, 2014

--Today is Primary day in Minnesota with a number of contested races being narrowed to two candidates or one candidate in each political party. There is a primary for Governor and U.S. Senate in Minnesota, some congressional seats, State Auditor and some judgeships. Locally there is a primary for Morrison County Sheriff narrowing the field from 4 to 2 candidates, Morrison County Auditor/Treasurer narrowing from 3 to 2 candidates and Morrison County Commissioner in District 4 allow narrowing from 3 to 2 candidates. A reminder today to do your part and get out to vote. AM960 KLTF will have a primary report special beginning tonight shortly after 9pm and can also be heard online at

--The Morrison County Senior Citizens of the year were announced Sunday at the Morrison County Fair. There were three males and two females nominated. Winners are Alice Kahlhammer of Pierz and Tony Wenzel of Randall. Other nominees were Margaret Johnson of Little Falls, Harvey Britz of Pierz, and Jerome Haaland of Little Falls. Both winners will go to the Minnesota State Fair on Thursday, August 28th to compete for the State Fair's Outsanding Senior Citizen Award.

--Another candidate has filed for Little Falls Mayor. Robin Hensel filed Monday as the third candidate in the race. Current Mayor Cathy VanRisseghem and current council member Greg Zylka previously filed for Mayor. Theresa Skorseth filed for Little Falls City Council Ward 2. Incumbent Don Klinker and Wayne Liljegren also filed for that same seat. The filing period for city seats concludes today.

--55-year-old Daniel Snively of St. Cloud drowned Sunday afternoon while swimming in the Sauk River. The St. Cloud Police Department received a call shortly before 1:00pm that a man had been found in the river near Rivercrest Drive. The man later identified as Daniel Snively had been pulled onto the shore but was unresponsive. Efforts to resuscitate him failed. Snively was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers learned Snively had been with friends in a nearby apartment complex. He had been seen swimming and diving in the shallow water. When his friends hadn't seen him for a while, they went looking for him. The body has been sent to Ramsey County Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy and official cause of death. Alcohol may have been a contributing factor. Foul play was not suspected.

--Benton County authorities stated a man hit the Benton County Courts Facility in Foley with his vehicle Sunday around 4:00pm. The police report stated that the man in his 70s was found unresposive in the driver's seat of the truck that hit the building. The man was taken to St. Cloud Hospital where he reportedly was still unconscious Sunday night but in stable condition. The court facility building reportedly only had minor damage. The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the Benton County Sheriff's Office.

--Chisago County authorities say that one man is dead after trying to swim across the St. Croix River near Rush City. Deputies say they arrived at 6pm Saturday and found the man had been underwater for at least 7 minutes. Witnesses told authorities the man swam across the river and on his way back starting having trouble and went under. Rescuers found the body around 9pm. The man's name has not been released. Foul play is not suspected.

--A National Night Out Open House will be held from 4:30-7:30pm tonight at the Little Falls Fire Department. At the event  there will be a free cookout, face painting, bicycle safety clinics, fire trucks, SWAT team, Dive team and displays. It is free and open to everyone.

--The Benton County deputy who exchanged gunfire with a man July 31st outside a storage facility was justified in his use of deadly force after a review by the Sherburne County Attorney's Office. Deputy Steven Reese fired his weapon to protect himself or others from death or great bodily harm. Reese has returned to regular duty. Reese fired his weapon after 43-year old Christopher Knyphausen of Litchfield brandished what appeared to be a handgun and fired it at Reese. No one was injured. Knyphausen fled and was later captured. He has been charged with 1st and 2nd degree assault. Knyphausen is being held at the Benton County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

--St. Francis Music Center in Little Falls has been awarded a $91,450 grant to support URock Against Violence, a new mentorship program at St. Francis Music Center that pairs local youth with caring adult and provides activities focusing on music and the arts, including music lessons. The grant is provided by the Mission and Ministry Fund of Catholic Health Initiatives. Since it was established in 1996, the Mission and Ministry Fund has awarded 409 grants totaling more than $50 million to programs across the globe. For information on the program, call Robyn Gray at (320) 632-0655.

--Authorities say the body of a 56-year old Twin Cities man was recovered by search teams Saturday evening on Mille Lacs Lake near Isle. According to the Mille Lacs County Sheriff, the man's boat was anchored when another boat collided with it around 10:00pm Friday near the lake's east shore. Family reported to media Sunday the man who died was Tony Centeno of Cottage Grove. A husband and wife were in the oncoming boat, and police say they were not seriously injured. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

--Academy Award winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his California home Monday of an apparenet suicide. Williams appeared in several films including Mrs. Doubtfire, Patch Adams, Genie in Disney's Aladdin and Good Morning Vietnam and starred on the TV series Mork and Mindy. Williams was 63 years old.

TODAY= sunny skies, high 76, clear at night low 56.
WEDNESDAY= sunny, warmer, high 81, low around 60.
THURSDAY= sunny skies, high 78, low around 60.

TWINS= Joe Mauer returned with a 2 run single in the 9th to help Twins beat Astros 4-2 Monday night. TheTwins are at Houston again tonight 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
LYNX= Lynx host Los Angeles tonight at 7pm at the Target Center.
DEALS= Twins traded Kevin Correia to the Dodgers Sunday then yesterday traded Josh Willingham to the Kansas City Royals.
CLASS C= The Class C State Tournament begins this Friday in Belle Plaine and Jordan. Out of Region 8C- Nisswa vs. Cannon Falls Saturday at 11am, Spring Hill vs. Fort Ripley Sunday at 2:30pm, Hanska vs. Sobieski Sunday at 5pm. Sobieski announed they will have a fan bus to their game, sign up at 360-3153 by Saturday at noon. For Lastrup they get a first round bye for winning the Region tournament last weekend and won't play until Saturday, August 23rd at 5pm. Catch the games live on AM960 KLTF

Double Trouble on Friday night at West Side Bar, Little Falls.

Monday- August 11th, 2014

--Friday morning shortly before 10:30am the Morrison County Sheriff's Office responded to a two vehicle accident at the intersection of 213th Street and 275th Avenue in Buh Township. A milk truck driven by 58-year-old Joseph Arnzen of Grey Eagle collided with a car driven by 82-year-old Alice Stangl of Pierz. Stangl's passenger, 88-year-old Raymond Stangl died at the scene. Alice Stangl was first taken to Little Falls then to the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of injuries. Arnzen was not injuried.The accident is under investigation by the sheriff's office and the Minnesota State Patrol.

--A Morrison County District Court judge has ruled that Warren Okerman will stand trial for murder in the 3rd Degree. An order was filed by Judge Freeberg on August 5th denying Defendant Warren Okerman’s Motion to Dismiss a charge of Murder in the Third Degree.  Okerman is accused of providing methamphetamine to Leslie Peterson that contributed to her death on June 2, 2012. A plea hearing for Okerman has been set for 9:00am on Wednesday October 8th. The Court may set a jury trial date at that time, or order that a settlement conference be scheduled before the trial.

--A Melrose man was arrested Thursday night after a report of shots fired. 20-year old Daniel James Paulson was taken to Stearns County Jail. Police were called around 9:15pm by a resident who reported hearing five or six shots. A pellet gun was used in the shooting. Siding on some houses, vehicles and a child's swimming pool were damaged. No injuries were reported. Paulson could be charged with drive-by shooting, criminal damage to property and failing to transfer a vehicle's title.

--A 22-year-old man was injured early Friday after a shooting on the south side of St. Cloud. Officers were called shortly after midnight to the 700 block of 13th Street South. A man was shot in the leg and taken to St. Cloud Hospital. Police have not located the suspects and no other injuries were reported. Police do not believe there is a danger to the general public. Police are investigating and they do not know if it is related to any of the previous shootings.

--The Pierz City Council meets tonight. Agenda items include a Centra Care Presentation on E-Cigarettes, Energy Insights Report, an e-mail tablet and printer/copier approval, Golf Course Dedicated Fund Transfer and committee and department reports. The meeting starts at 7:00pm at Pierz City Hall.

--Motorists may encounter delays on Highway 64 between Highway 210 in Motley and 60th Street SW in Poplar as segments of the road are reduced to a single lane beginning Tuesday. The closures will occur from sunrise to sunset Mondays through Thursdays and mornings on Friday through mid-September. Flaggers and a pilot car will allow one-way, alternating traffic through the daily work zone. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop as they approach each work zone, and must obey flaggers and use caution as they follow the pilot car through the daily work zone.

--A reminder that tomorrow is Primary Day in Minnesota. Contested county, state, and federal races with more than two candidates have primary elections. Voters will vote for one candidate only in each race. Then the top two vote getters will advance to the general election in November. Remember to do your part and get out in vote.    If you have questions on where to vote in your city or township contact your local city hall or township offical for information.

--Heavy rains moved through Little Falls and central Minnesota on Sunday causing street flooding and hydroplaning of vehicles on many roadways. Little Falls Radio reported 3.5 to 4 inches of rain Sunday with some areas northwest of Little Falls reporting up to 6 inches of rainfall. A drier and less humid week is forecasted starting today.

--The Morrison County Historical Society will revive the memory of its ghost towns, paper towns, and postal drops at its annual dinner and history program on Sunday, September 14th. The program, titled “This Old Haunt: Ghost Towns of Morrison County,” will be at the Falls Ballroom in Little Falls. Social time starts at 6:00pm with dinner served at 6:30pm. Jan Warner, Executive Director of the Historical Society, will present an introduction on how towns developed in Morrison County. Guest speaker, Rhonda Fochs, author of “Lost Towns of Minnesota,” will discuss the county’s various ghost towns. This event is open to the public. The cost is $17 per person. Reservations are required by September 5th by calling 632-4007.

--Raymond “Ray” Stangl, age 88 of Pierz.
--Larry Nerison Jr., age 32 of Onamia.

TODAY= sunny and less humid, high 74 strong northwest winds.
TONIGHT= clear and cool, low near 50.
TUESDAY= sunny, high 76, clear at night low 55.
WEDNESDAY= mostly sunny with highs near 80.

NFL= Vikings beat Oakland 10-6 Friday in preseason opener and will host Arizona Saturday in preseason game number 2.
TWINS= Oakland beat the Twins 6-5 Friday and Oakland won 9-4 over the Twins on Saturday. Twins beat the A's 6-1 Sunday to avoid the 4 game sweep. Twins (52-64) travel to Houston tonight to open a series with the Astros, pregame at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
8C= Lastrup is the Region 8C Champion this year after first losing to Nisswa 14-5 in game 1 Saturday, Lastrup needed 14 innings to beat Nisswa in game 2 for the championship 8-7. Lastrup will get a bye in the first round of the Class C tournament while Nisswa, Ft. Ripley and Sobieski will all be in action this coming weekend on AM960 KLTF.

IN 1929= Yankee slugger Babe Ruth hit career homerun #500, he was the first major league player to reach that milestone.
IN 1956= Elvis Presley double-single Hound Dog and Don't Be Cruel released for sale- both songs went to #1 on the Billboard Charts.
IN 1962= The Beach Boys release Surfin' Safari the song would be there first top 10 hit, their first #1 would not come for 2 years.
IN 1971= Minnesota Twins Harmon Killebew hit homerun #500.
IN 1992= The Mall of America opened in Bloomington, Minnesota ironically on the same location where Killebrew played his home games, Metropolitan Stadium which was demolished for the Mall.
IN 2003= Hockey Coach of the 1980 Olympic team Herb Brooks is killed in a car accident in Minnesota at age 66. Brooks was also a longtime college coach for the Gophers and St. Cloud State Huskies and head coach for the Minnesota North Stars in 1986.

The coolest and chepest drinks in town are at the West Side Bar LF

Friday- August 8th, 2014

--Next Tuesday, August 12th is Primary Day in Minnesota. Contested county, state, and federal races with more than two candidates have primary elections. Voters will vote for one candidate only in each race. Then the top two vote getters will advance to the general election in November. Voters will only be allowed to vote for one political parties primaries. In Morrison County, voters can expect on the back side of the ballot to vote for all county races and one local judgeship. Again voters should know their top choice as you only get one name to vote for on each race in the primary.

--A reminder to voters in mail ballot precints to return ballots in time to get counted by Tuesday for the primary election. In order to be counted, ballots must arrive at the courthouse by Tuesday.

--A St. Cloud man was seriously injured Wednesday after he was hit by a train. The incident happened around 5:00pm at 1945 North Benton Drive. 55-year-old Kevin Olson of St. Cloud followed another man across the railroad tracks after the crossing arm was down and the train was near. A BNSF Railway train going north struck Olson. The incident stopped the train for some time and backed up traffic. Olson was taken to St. Cloud Hospital.

--Seven fire departments spent more than five hours putting out a fire at the former Sartell paper mill around 8:00pm Wednesday. The mill, which closed in 2012, is being demolished. Parts of the roof, including insulation, tar and rocks, that had been removed were on the ground caught fire and burned. Nothing of value burned. Five demolition workers were at the site when the fire started. They were not injured. Two Sartell firefightere were injured. It is suspected demolition workers created sparks that ignited the fire.

--First degree attempted murder charges have been dropped against a 20-year-old Brainerd man who allegedly left a woman unconscious and not breathing on the ground near a Brainerd residence last year. A judge sentenced Hunter Vidmar to a lessar charge of first-degree assault to cause bodily harm with a sentence of 8 years and 7 months in prison but the sentence was stayed for 20 years. That  means Vidmar is out on probation and a number of conditions that if violated would cause the prison sentence to be enforced.

--The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources named Captain Todd Kanieski their Region 3 Enforcement manager effective next Wednesday. Region 3 stretches from Camp Ripley and St. Cloud in central Minnesota through the metro area to portions of southeast Minnesota. Kanieski has served in areas of increasing responsibility since joining the DNR in 2001, including field officer, district supervisor, and administrative manager. Prior to joining DNR, Kanieski spent eight years as a police officer and detective with the Brooklyn Park Police Department. Kanieski replaces Greg Salo, who was promoted to major and named the Enforcement Division’s operations manager.

--Two people were injured Wedneday around 2:00pm on Wise Road in Brainerd when their vehicles collided at the intersection with Blakeman Road. The two were taken to the Brainerd hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The names of the two injured have not been released. The acident is still under investigation.

--A dozen firefighters from Brainerd responded to an unattached garage fire Tuesday around 3:30pm on Kermit Lane. The 10 by 20 foot garage was a total loss. The cause of the fire was not determined and remains under investigation. There were no injuries.

--The Grand Opening of the Taylor Chebet Twichell playground north of Little Falls will take place with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5pm today. The playground is located behind the Living Hope Church north of the radio station. The Twichell's donated $100,000 in the building of the playground in memory of their daughter.

--The Morrison County Fair continues thru Sunday. Events today on Motoring Day include a classic car show, Midway starts at 3pm with rides $1 each until closing, Demolition Derby tonight at 7pm. Saturday is Kids Day, with U Rock bands at 1pm, Little Falls Police Bike Rodeo at 1pm, card tournaments today and tomorrow at 12:30pm, bingo all three days, Loss 4 Words at 9pm Saturday, Tractor and Truck Pull at 3pm then Sunday it is Senior Day with polka mass at 10am, outstanding senior citizen awards to follow, live music, demonstations, food, midway, exhibits, animals, 4H Fashion Show Sunday at 1pm, chocolate baking contest Saturday, ag learning center and so much more at the Morrison County Fair. Get full details at and click on the fair icon. KLTF Party Line is live at the fair at 10am today, Q92 live with Al from 11-1 today and FM94 with Corey is live at the fair from 4-6pm today.

--AM960 KLTF will rebroadcast the Gubernatorial Debate from Farmfest today at 9:05am and the U.S. Senate Debate from Farmfest this past week on Saturday at 9:05am on AM960 KLTF.

--The deadline to apply for the 2014 regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley is Friday, August 15th. A total of 4,000 permits — 2,000 per two-day hunt — will be available through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Seasons will be Oct. 15-16 and Oct. 25-26. Applications are available on the DNR website.

--The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State reports that 26,457 absentee ballots have been distributed to voters to-date for the August 12 Primary Election. Of those, 15,883 absentee ballots have been returned and accepted compared to 8,418 at this in time in 2012 and 20,919 in 2010. Absentee ballots must be returned no later than Primary Election Day.

--Get details on weekend events including Upsala Heritage Days with parade at 10:30am Saturday and fireworks at 10pm and the St. James Augustfest in Randall on Sunday at

TODAY= mostly sunny, high near 80.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, sprinkles overnight, low 57.
SATURDAY= partly sunny, humid, high 84, low 63.
SUNDAY= AM and PM storms possible, high 81, low 56.
MONDAY= AM and PM storms possible, high 75, low 53.

TWINS= newly acquired Jon Lester shut out the Twins 3-0 last night for an Oakland win.Twins (51-62) continue series out west in Oakland tonight with pregame at 8:35pm, Saturday at 7:35pm and Sunday at 2:35pm with all games live on Q92 WYRQ.
WNBA= Lynx (24-6) continue to win as they beat Chicago 74-64 last night with Maya Moore with 17 and Lindsay Whalen with 14.
NFL= Vikings host Oakland at TCF Bank Stadium to open the 2014 preseason. Matt Cassel to start at QB for Vikings. AP will not play.
REGION 8C= The Region Tournament concludes Saturday with Lastrup vs. Nisswa at 1pm Saturday in Upsala on AM960 KLTF.

Redneck Radio tonight and Saturday at the West Side Bar in LF

Thursday- August 7th, 2014

--The Little Falls Fire Department responded to a car fire around 4:00pm on Monday. It occurred in the northbound lane of Highway 371 Mile Marker 1. 23-firefighters were on the scene for approximately 45 minutes. The car was a total loss. No injuries.

--Fire damaged an oven and exhaust system at the Pan-O-Gold Baking Company Wednesday morning in St. Cloud. The fire started just before 4:00am at 444 East St. Germain Street. Damage was limited to the oven and exhaust system. A cost estimate was not available. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

--The 24-year-old Denver man who allegedly ran over a 21-year-old Greenwood woman Saturday when she fell off the boat he was driving on Whitefish Lake faces criminal vehicular operation charges. Thomas Ryan was charged Tuesday in Crow Wing District Court with two felony counts of criminal vehicle operation to cause great bodily harm while under the influence and two misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated (DWI). A judge set bail at $50,000 without conditions and $25,000 with conditions. Ryan's next court appearance is Tuesday, October 21st at 9:00am.

--A Zimmerman man was injured Tuesday in a two-car crash near Mora. The crash occurred shortly before 5:30pm at Minnesota Highway 65 and Minnesota Highway 27. A car driven by 50-year old Paul J. Bonin of Zimmerman went through a stop sign and was hit broadside by a van driven by 30-year old Wyatt W. Norberg of Mora. Bonin suffered non life-threatening injuries. Norberg was not injured.

--A Cold Spring woman is facing a charge of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon after attacking her father earlier this week. Monday afternoon, Cold Spring police officers were sent to a residence at the 2100 block of Flagstone Court. Upon arrival officers found a man subduing 21-year-old Michaela Jane Nordstrom of Cold Spring. Investigation revealed the man was Nordstrom's father and he was forced to restrain his daughter after she attacked him with a knife. Nordstrom admitted to police that she had attacked her father with the knife. Second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon is a felony charge that carries a maximum prison sentence of seven years and up to a $14,000 fine.

--Hubbard County authorities say a 61-year-old man was found in Fish Hook River last Satruday south of Park Rapids. The man was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis where he later died. The man's name has not been released but Hubbard County reported that foul play was not suspected.

--Today is the first day of the Morrison County Fair east of Little Falls.  Opening ceremonies at noon with national anthem and rising of the flag and opening speech by Camp Ripley as it is Military Day with a number of military type themes at the Fair. The century farm presentations for farms in Morrison County being honored for 100 years of family owned operation will follow the opening ceremonies. The midway opens at 5:00pm with the 3/3/3 deal. Bring 3 canned goods for the food shelf and get three armbands for $30 at the Midway from 6:00-9:00pm. Tuff Truck at the grandstand at 7:00pm. Also a number of animal shows, machinery hill, live music, bingo, exhibits and more at the Morrison County Fair. A sheriff's candidate forum today at 1:00pm; check out the Ag Learning Center and rural school house. KLTF Party Line live at 10:00am, then join Corey from FM94 who will be live at the fair from 5:00-7:00pm. Morrison County Fair information available at

--Morrison County will receive a dividend from the Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust (MCIT) of $134,600 for 2014. This breaks out to $70,352 for workers compensation and $64,248 for property casualty. MCIT was created by counties in 1985, when insurance was not cost effective or unavailable. MCIT is an organization that allows counties to self-insure workers compensation and property/ liability insurance, through a pooling arrangement. As a non-profit entity, MCIT has been successful in stabilizing insurance costs for counties. 81 counties participate in MCIT. The dividend is a reflection of the county’s long-term commitment to reducing losses. Since counties are self-insuring these risks, there is greater sensitivity to controlling losses. Morrison County believes progress is being made towards reducing the cost of claims, which becomes a direct savings to the taxpayer. MCIT declared a total dividend of $13 million to its member counties for 2014.

--In Pierz Incumbent Mayor Toby Egan has filed for reelection. Incumbent City Council member Mike Menden has filed for reelection. Previously reported, incumbent Stephanie Fyten and Mark Dzieweczynski filed for open council seats. In Pierz there are two council seat openings and the Mayor position up for election.

--A Candidate Debate for the three vying for Morrison County Commissioner in District 4 will be today on KLTF'S Up Front program at 9:05am. The three are Mike Wilson, Ron Rinkel and James 'Jim' Andres. Send questions to the candidates by email at before the program this morning at 9:00am. There will also be rebroadcasts of the gubernatorial and U.S. Senate debates held at Farmfest this week Friday and Saturday morning at 9:05 on AM960 KLTF. The debate for candidates vying for Governor of Minnesota on Friday and U.S. Senate candidates Saturday at 9:05.

--Motorists travling in the Detroit Lakes area this weekend should expect heavy traffic volumes through Sunday due to the We Fest Country Music Festival. The Department of Transportation and State Patrol are asking motorists to be patient, expect delays and sudden stops and also a bridge replacement east of Moorhead will impact traffic from the Fargo-Moorhead area heading to Detroit Lakes. There is also road work on Highway 10 around Wadena and Highway 59 around Pelican Rapids which could be factors this weekend.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high near 80.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low 57.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, high near 80, cloudy at night, low 55.
SATURDAY= partly sunny, slight chance of storms, high 80, low 60.
SUNDAY= hazy sun, AM and PM T-storms possible, high in the 80s.

TWINS= A blown save by Glen Perkins in the 9th and a homerun in the 10th gave San Diego a 5-4 win in extra innings Wednesday over the Twins. Twins are at Oakland tonight 8:35pm on Q92 WYRQ.

IN 1782= General George Washington established the Badge of Military merit to the men who died during battle of the American Revolution, in 1932 it was renamed “The Purple Heart”.
IN 1959= first picture of Earth from space transmitted on television

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Wednesday- August 6th, 2014

--A Morrison County Sheriff Debate will be held this morning on the Up Front program at 9:05am on AM960 KLTF. All four candidates for Morrison County Sheriff will participate. The four candidates include Shawn Larsen, Charles Strack, Dan “Scoop” Rocheleau, and Tom Justin. The debate is expected to last one hour. Another forum with all four Morrison County Sheriff candidates is being put on by the Little Falls Chamber of Commerce from 1:00-2:30pm on Thursday in the pavillion at the Morrison County Fair.

--Around 7:30pm on Friday an Ultra Light Aircraft crashed into Agate Lake by Deerwood. The pilot, Richard Northburg from Deerwood, and his passenger Justin Odle, from Aitken, were pulled from the water by a citizen who witnessed the crash. Northburg reported to deputies they were flying over Agate Lake when the engine on the Ultra Light aircraft stalled causing them to land in the lake. Neither Northburg or Odle suffered any injuries. Inspectors from the FAA were contacted and are investigating the crash.

--A second person has filed for Councilman At Large in Little Falls. Urban Otremba filed on Tuesday officially adding his name on the ballot. Tim Schmidt previously filed for the same position. Filing for city offices continues thru next Tuesday, August 12th.

--A resolution was approved by Brainerd relating to the authority to impose local option sales tax. At Monday's Brainerd City Council meeting, the group unanimously approved adopting the resolution. The move gives the city's seal of approval on the law. The next step is for the council to approve the ballot question before it goes before voters. The local option sales tax was first approved by residents in 2006 and it is set to expire in 2019. The ballot question will be brought to the council for approval at its August 18th meeting. It will go before voters at the November 4th general election asking if they would like to extend the existing one-half of one percent local option sales tax. Should voters approve the extention, an ordinance will be adopted to extend it and sent to the secretary of state.

--A 21 year-old Akeley man was stabbed several times, had his hands tied with a yellow strap and then was unloaded in the middle of the road, where two men allegedly attempted to run him over in Cass Lake. 22-year old Sheldon James Armstrong III of Cass Lake and 18-year old Travis Richard Paquette of Bemidji were arraigned Monday in Cass County District Court for first-degree attempted murder, kidnapping, second-degree assault and theft of a motor vehicle. The incident happened early Friday near a residence northwest of Cass Lake. A Cass County District Court judge set conditions of release for both men. Unconditional bail was set at $100,000 or $75,000 with conditions. The next court appearance for the men is August 11th. The maximum penalty for 1st-degree attempted murder is no more than 20 years in prison; maximum penalty for kidnapping is 40 years; and 10 years for the 2nd-degree assault charge.

--Around 12:30pm Monday a female homeowner at the address of 33326 112th Avenue of St. Wendel Township in Stearns County returned to her home and saw a man in her home. She heard him yell out (possibly to another person) and then ran off. The homeowner called 911 and authorities began the search for the suspect/s. Ground searches and even air searches with a helicopter and airplane were conducted. Deputies also used bloodhounds to try and track the suspects. Items were missing from the home. Deputies are continuing the investigation at this time.

--The Morrison County Fair begins tomorrow though the grandstand events start tonight with Motocross at 7pm. Tomorrow is Military Day and join KLTF Party Line live at the Fair from 10-11am and listen to live broadcasts from the Fair later that day on Q92 and FM94. Get full details on the Fair at then click on the Morrison County Fair Icon for details on events this weekend.

--A Paynesville man died Monday when his motorcycle was struck by an SUV. The crash occurred around 6:40am on Minnesota Highway 40 east of Milan in Chippewa County. The SUV was going west on Highway 40 when it left the road and hit the motorcycle. The motorcyclist, 58-year old Larry Bollman of Paynesville was killed. The 24-year-old driver of the SUV was not injured.

--The Litchfield man accused of exchanging gunfire with a Benton County Deputy last Thursday, has been charged with two counts of assault by the Benton County Attorney's Office. Christopher Allen Knyphausen faces a charge of first-degree assault and a charge of second-degree assault. A first-degree assault charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. A second-degree assault charge has a maximum prison sentence of seven years. Bail was set Monday at $100,000 without conditions, or $50,000 with conditions.

--St. Cloud State University has received two grants totaling more than $400,000 from a Wisconsin nonprofit. MNSCU, of which St. Cloud State is part, announced the grant Monday. It's part of more than $1 million given to four MNSCU campuses by Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp of Wisconsin.

--Over the past several weeks, a 52-member crew from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been feverishly battling the clock and Mother Nature to clear the Mississippi River of silt deposited by this year's relentless floodwaters. That buildup has caused one of the worst barge traffic stoppages in memory, one that could have far-ranging economic effects. As of Monday, there was a glimmer of hope that the river could be cleared for commercial river traffic by this weekend. But for now, the Corps said, 17 towboats with more than 150 barges — most of them loaded with cargo — sit moored to the shore along the Mississippi. There are other means of transport, but barges are economical, efficient and readily available. Ten barges can carry the same tonnage as 150 rail cars or 600 semitrailer trucks.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high near 80.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low 57.
THURSDAY= fog early, then partly cloudy, highs near 80
THURSDAY NIGHT= T-storms develop overnight, low 60,.
FRIDAY= morning storms, then partial sun, humid, high 82.

TWINS=Kennys Vargas hit a 3 run homer and Phil Hughes shut down the Padres as Twins win 3-1. Twins and San Diego wrap up their 2 game series today with pregame at 11:40am on Q92 WYRQ
LYNX= Lynx hold on to a 66-64 win over Indiana last night on the road. Seimone Augustus 18 and Maya Moore 15 in the win.
NFL= Vikings open preseason play Friday vs. Oakland at 7pm.
8C= Lastrup vs. Nisswa Saturday 1pm in Upsala for the Region 8C championship- Nisswa would need to win twice on Saturday, Lastrup only once for the title- hear the action live on AM960 KLTF.

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Tuesday- August 5th, 2014

--A teenager has died in a kayaking accident on a Douglas County lake. Sheriff's deputies say the mother of the 15-year-old boy called authorities from Wild Ridge Campground near Alexandria Sunday shortly before 5:00pm after her son failed to return from kayaking after four hours had passed. Deputies, a conservation officer and volunteers began searching for Brennon Johnson. The boy was found in his capsized kayak on the northwest side of the lake about an hour later. Authorities say he was still wearing his life jacket and apparently couldn't make it out of the capsized kayak.

--A Minnesota driver is dead after his car crossed the center line and collided head-on with another vehicle. A 10-year-old is in critical condition. The Monroe County Sheriff's Department dentified the driver Sunday as 77-year-old Roger L. Beyer from Buffalo. Beyer was driving around 3:30pm Saturday when his vehicle crossed the center line in the Town of Byron, Wisconsin. One driver swerved to avoid him and ended up in a ditch. Beyer then collided with another vehicle. Beyer was pronounced dead at the scene. The 10-year-old in his car was taken to a hospital.

--The State Patrol is investigating a rollover accident that killed one person Saturday east of Willmar. The crash around 3:30 occurred on Highway 12 in Kandiyohi County. The driver was the lone occupant in the vehicle and died from injuries sustained in the accident. The State Patrol stated the name would not be released until family members of the victim were notified.

--Around 6:30pm Sunday, Crow Wing County water patrol was dispatched to Whitefish Lake for a female who was injured after falling from the boat she was riding in. 21-year old Maria Nerness, of Greenwood fell off the front of an inboard wakeboard boat driven by 24-year old Thomas Ryan of Denver, Colorado. Nerness suffered severe lacerations to her leg after the boat ran her over. She was transported from the scene to North Memorial Medical Center. Ryan was arrested on suspicion of boating under the influence. The incident is still under investigation.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet this morning at 9:00am at the Government Center. The commissioners will receive a mudfest report, an MCCC report, reports from emergency management, public health and social services and the a budget report.

--A 31-year-old Hewitt man was injured Saturday around 1:00am on Highway 71 north of Hewitt in Todd County. Christopher Bostic was taken to the Wadena hospital for injuries. The sheriff's office reported that Bostic apparantly fell asleep left the roadway and struck a power pole causing his vehicle to rollover. His injuries were not serious.

--The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that the enrollment deadline for the 2012 and 2013 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) has been extended to August 15th. Originally, program sign-up was scheduled to end this past Friday. The new deadline gives livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers who experienced losses because of disease, adverse weather, wildfires or colony collapse disorder between October 1st, 2011 and September 30th, 2013 an additional two weeks to enroll in ELAP. Producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA service for additional information regarding ELAP.

--Friday through Sunday is Upsala Heritage Days. Events include parade 10:30am Saturday with lots of music and fireworks at dusk.

--The Little Falls City Council met last night.  At the meeting the council discussed deleting the Golf Board as it has not met for some time.  It was decided that it would be put on the next planning sessions agenda.  The council also approved, on a 6-2 vote, to approve the language clarification on the Hensel vs City of Little Falls lawsuit, which effectively settles the suit.  The council also approved several items in Public Works.  The next council meeting is Monday, August 18th at 7:30pm in the council chambers.

--Wayne Liljegren has filed for the Little Falls City Council seat in Ward Two. Incumbent Don Klinker has filed for re-election for that seat. Klinker and Liljegren are the only two candidates so far. Filing continues through Tuesday, August 12th.

--The Cold Spring and Richmond fire and police departments are staging a mock crash Thursday to educate the public about distracted driving. The groups will serve a free sloppy joe dinner to the first 500 people at 6:00pm with the crash starting at 7:00pm at Rocori High School. The mock crash will reconstruct a fatal crash scene with use of emergency personnel, an area funeral home and area students.
--After the largest spike in more than two years, milk prices for area producers have started to slide in recent months.The price per 100 pounds peaked at $26.60 in April, according to the latest data from the National Agricultural Statistics Service. In May, it was $24.80, in June it was down to $23.60, the lowest price of the year. After annual gains of 20 and 25 percent respectively in average annual price during 2010 and 2011, milk prices held relatively flat the past two years. A year ago, the price was $19.10, but since then took off. The price of a baled ton of alfalfa also declined in June to $170, its lowest figure since last August. Dry conditions in other parts of the country helped contribute to price increases of up to 40 percent. Through the first half of 2014, half of last year's rise has evaporated. The price of oats showed a decline in the year-over-year price every month during the second quarter. The average annual price this year has been $3.80 per bushel, almost identical to 2013. Potato prices have not been available the past two months in order to protect proprietary data. The most recent price for 100 pounds was $10.40, up a few cents from last year.

--Loren “Lefty” Cameron, age 87 of Staples

TODAY= mostly sunny, high 77
TONIGHT= clear skies, low 55.
WEDNESDAY= mostly sunny, high 78, clear night low 58.

TWINS= Twins (50-60) open a two game series tonight at home against San Diego at Target Field, pregame 6:40pm on WYRQ.
--Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame and have his jersey retired next year.
Favre thanks the former general manager Ron Wolf for getting this completed. It's been six years since Favre 'retired' from the Packers, tried to return, then went on to play for the New York Jets and rival Minnesota Vikings. That move outraged some Packers fans that questioned his Packer Hall of Fame recognition.

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Monday- August 4th, 2014

--On Friday afternoon at 3:20pm the Morrison County Sheriffs Office responded to a fatal accident in Two Rivers Township at the intersection of County Highway 26 and Highway 238 near Bowlus. Authorities stated that 44-year-old Troy Thomsen of Royalton was dead at the scene when deputies arrived. The other driver, 21-year-old Gary Wells of Louisiana and his passenger had minor injuries. The cause of the accident is still under investigation by Morrison County and the Minnesota State Patrol.

--39-year old Bob Jaschke of Little Falls was sentenced in Morrison County District Court to 90 months in prison Thursday. Jaschke pled guilty to criminal sexual conduct in the second degree back in May. Jaschke admitted that he had sexual contact with a child approximately five to eight times several years ago at his residence in Little Falls. Jaschke was immediately taken into custody after the hearing. He was also ordered to provide a DNA sample for storage and comparison by the BCA. Jaschke will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

--Todd County is among 24 counties and two tribal governments that were added to a federal disaster declaration for recent flooding. The new counties and tribal governments are joining a list of eight counties in the original disaster declaration for floods that followed severe storms beginning June 11th. The counties included in the declaration are eligible for federal and state funds for public assistance and hazard mitigation.

--Benton County reported that Thursday around 6:00pm the sheriffs office responded to shots fired at a storage facility in the St. Cloud area. A search of the local storage facility found a man who when approached by deputies displayed a handgun and discharged it at the deputy. The deputy returned fire but the suspect was able to flee the facility. The vehicle the suspect was in was located a short time later. Officers set up a perimeter around the area and around 8:40pm they located the suspect in a wooded area and took him into custody. 43-year-old Christopher Knyphausen of Litchfield faces formal charges of 2nd degree assault among other charges. No one was injured.

--Two men were in the Benton County Jail Friday after a copper wire theft at a gravel pit. 37-year old Billy Quirk of Sauk Rapids and 25-year old Nicholas Dougherty of St. Cloud were arrested. They were jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail. The copper theft was reported Sunday at a gravel pit east of St. Cloud. Surveillance photos of suspects and their vehicle from the site aided the investigation.

--Motorists may encounter overnight delays on Highway 23 and Highway 10 in St. Cloud as segments of both roads are intermittently reduced to a single lane near the Highway 23/Highway 10 interchange beginning at 8:00pm tonight. The lane closures will occur from 8:00pm-6:00am on Highway 23 between Lincoln Avenue NE and County Road 1/Mayhew Lake Road NE, and on Highway 10 between E St. Germain St. and 15th Avenue SE. The closures are needed as crews resurface each roadway. When complete by mid-September the project will preserve the roadway result in a smoother ride and improve accessibility. The lane closures are not part of the $18 million Highway 15/Highway 10 reconstruction and resurfacing project that began last Monday. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, check

--The Swanville Post Office will be changing its hours of operation by the end of the year. Due to profit losses and the need to downsize, Swanville is one of the post offices that is part of the Post Plan Program. This program has selected post offices throughout the country to cut back hours of operation or close branches entirely. Surveys were sent to the residents that use the Swanville Post Office with a majority of them saying they wanted the office to remain open. Window hours will be cut to six hours a day from 8:00am–2:00pm on weekdays, and from 8:30am–10:00am on Saturdays. Residents within city limits receive their mail in a mailbox in the post office lobby. Due to the shorter hours of operation, the lobby will remain open 24 hours daily so residents may check their mail at their convenience. To help with delivering packages that are too large to fit inside mailboxes, parcel lockers are an option. The cut-back in hours may mean staff will be unable to process packages and get them sent the same day. Changes take effect January in Swanville.

--Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl reports that the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division executed a search warrant early Thursday morning at 630 Michigan Ave. in Crosby. As a result of the search warrant, methamphetamine, 6 firearms, and over $14,000 cash was seized. Agents arrested 52-year old Albert Hester III of Crosby for multiple charges including 1st degree sale of controlled substance, 2nd degree sale of controlled substance. Additional arrests are anticipated in this case.

--The Morrison County Sheriff's Office in the past week reported the theft of gas tanks off of rented pontoons at Augers Resort in Motley, a theft report at the Sobieski Creamery, a grass fire report on July 26th north of 139th Avenue and 273rd Street near Little Falls, a a report that same day of a garage fire on Gold Lane in Motley.

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

--Troy Thomsen, age 44 of Buckman

TODAY= mostly sunny, slight chance of PM shower, high 80.
TONIGHT= clearing skies, less humid, low 50.
TUESDAY= sunny skies, and pleasant, high 77, low 52.
WEDNESDAY= mostly sunny skies, breezy, high 75.

8C= Nisswa and Sobieski joined Lastrup and Fort Ripley as the four teams from Region 8C that will compete in the Class C State Amateur Baseball Tournament. Nisswa eliminated Freeport 8-1 Saturday while Sobieski beat Upsala 10-0. Lastrup beat Fort Ripley 9-7 to advance to the title game on Saturday in Upsala. Nisswa defeated Sobieski and Ft. Ripley Sunday to advance into the Region Championship Saturday with Lastrup at 1pm in Upsala. Nisswa would need to win twice to get the the Region title. Catch the action live on AM960 KLTF.
TWINS= White Sox outslug Twins Friday winning 10-8. Twins rallied late Saturday to win 8-6 over White Sox, Trevor Plouffe had 4 hits.
Twins rout White Sox 16-3 on Sunday with back to back to back homeruns in the 9th inning to take the series in Chicago. Twins have today off and will host San Diego on Tuesday.
LYNX= Maya Moore scores 40 as Lynx beat Tulsa Saturday 84-75.

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Friday- August 1st, 2014

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce their August Employee of the Month is Eunice Lorenz of St. Otto’s Care Center. Eunice has been a Ward Clerk for the past 44 years. Congratulations Eunice Lorenz, August Employee of the Month.

--The Minnesota Military Museum is proud to honor Minnesota Veteran Norman A. Sterrie as their featured Veteran of the Month during August. Norman A. Sterrie was born in St. James. He went on to achieve a BA from Carleton College in Northfield and enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly afterwards, earning his Naval Aviator wings in June 1940 at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. He began his service in WWII flying TBM Devastator dive bombers. Lieutenant Sterrie earned three Navy Crosses, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and three Air Medals for campaigns in the Pacific. During the battle of the Coral Sea his own ship, the USS Lexington was badly damaged, and he was forced to abandon ship with the rest of the crew shortly after landing. The public is invited to view the entire exhibit on Norman Sterrie at the Minnesota Military Museum located at Camp Ripley.

--St. Cloud police have identified a person of interest in Wednesday's shooting near Clark Field. A group of juveniles on Seventh Street and Ninth Avenue South argued before the suspect fired multiple shots into the ground around 7:00pm and then fled the scene. Officers recovered a handgun and other evidence. While the investigation continues, police are not releasing other details. There were no injuries and police stated there is no danger to the public. The department is asking anyone who witnessed the shooting or has any information regarding the incident to call 320-251-1200.

--A 21-year-old Backus woman was killed in a two-vehicle broadside crash reported at 6:30am Thursday on 24th Street and 16th Avenue Southwest in Pine River. 30-year old Ryan M. Kline of Pine River, was heading east on 24th Street Southwest and 50-year old Sandre K. Strausser of Backus, was driving south on 16th Avenue Southwest. The woman killed, 21-year old Caitlyn Daudt was a passenger in Strausser's vehicle. Kline's vehicle struck Strausser's vehicle broadside, as Strausser failed to yield in the right of way. Strausser was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where she was listed in serious condition. Kline was transported to Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd for non-life threatening injuries.

--A two-vehicle collision in Millwood Township of Steans County sent both drivers to St. Cloud Hospital on Wednesday morning. 43-year old Jerry John Toeben of Sartell was driving a pickup north on 260th Avenue when he went through the stop sign at County Road 39 and was struck by a car driven by 20-year old Brittany Ann Wolbeck of Albany. The collision at 9:21am sent both vehicles into the ditch. The car landed on its roof. Both drivers were treated at the scene and transported to Melrose Hospital. Toeben, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was ejected out the passenger door and later flown to St. Cloud. Wolbeck was taken there by ambulance.

--Former Brainerd Police Chief John Bolduc has been appointed the acting Chief Executive Officer of the Port of San Diego. Bolduc served as Brainerd Police Chief from 2001 to 2010 before moving to San Diego as chief of the Harbor Police Department. In 2011 he was also named vice president of Public Safety for the Port of San Diego.

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

--Another candidate has filed for Little Falls City Council. Leif Hanson has filed for Ward one in Little Falls. Previously ward one incumbent LeeAnn Doucette filed for reelection, so that will be a contested race this November. Filing remains open thru August 12th.

--The Minnesota Historical Society announced 68 recipients of Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants (up to $10,000 each) totaling $420,777 in 35 counties. The grants are awarded quarterly to help non-profit and educational organizations, government units and tribal organizations preserve and share Minnesota history. Closest to home St. Cloud State University was awarded $9,996; Todd County Historical Society $2,045 and the city of St. Cloud received $575 for varying purposes.

--A 43-year-old Brainerd man was injured in a motorcycle accident on Highway 25 at Thompson Road south of Brainerd Wednesday around 10:15pm. Shayne Pankranz was taken to the Brainerd hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

--Another weekend of events including Platte River Day on Saturday in Royalton with parade at 10:30 and many events to follow, St. Joseph Church Bazaar Sunday in Pierz with mass at 10:30 and Grand Raffle at 4:30pm- more on these and other events at then community calendar.

--Jess and Erin Clothier

--Joseph Crary, age 76 of Coon Rapids formerly Little Falls & Pierz.

TODAY= 30% chance of afternoon storms, sunny, high 80.
TONIGHT= 20% chance of storms early, clearing low 57.
SATURDAY= sunny, high 82, storms after midnight low 60.
SUNDAY= morning storms, sunny, late night storms, high 80, low 58
MONDAY= early and late day storms, partial sun, high 75, low 60.

TWINS= Kansas City beats Twins 6-3 Thursday. The Twins (48-59) travel to Chicago for a 3 game series with the White Sox starting tonight. Pregame tonight 6:40pm, Saturday at 5:40pm and Sunday at 12:40pm, all games live on Q92 WYRQ.
TRADE= The Major Leage Baseball Trade Deadline saw pitcher David Price traded to Detroit, pitcher John Lester traded to Oakland which sent Home Run Derby champ Yoenis Cespedes to Boston. The Twins traded Sam Fuld to Oakland for pitcher Tommy Milone. Twins announed they have given catcher Kurt Suzuki a contract extension.  
LYNX= The Lynx beat the Phoenix Mercury 75-67 Thursday night. Maya Moore 20 points, Seimone Augustus had 19. The Lynx (21-6) have won eight straight and head to Tulsa on Saturday night.
8C= The Region 8C Tournament moves to Upsala this weekend with three games Saturday and 2 on Sunday. State qualifying/elimination games Saturday as Nisswa vs. Freeport at 11am and Upsala vs. Sobieski around 1:30pm then a winners bracket game between Fort Ripley and Lastrup around 4pm. All games on AM960 KLTF this weekend and also at the site at

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