News April, 2013

Tuesday- April 30th, 2013

--The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Mississippi River at Fort Ripley in portions of Morrison and Crow Wing Counties and also at Aitkin and the Long Prairie River at Long Prairie in Todd County. At Fort Ripley the river is expected to reach past the 10 feet flood stage today and get to 11.7 feet by Friday causing flood to the rural areas of Fort Ripley. In Long Prairie flooding started to occur in areas last night where the flood stage of 6 feet was surpassed at 6.4 feet by last night and expected to be at 7.5 feet by Saturday causing flooding of some roads in Long Prairie including 1st Avenue Southwest. In addition to the snowmelt from recent warm temperatures, rain and even thunderstorms are forecasted today which could bring up to a half inch of more moisture to the swollen rivers and streams already. Cold temperatures Wednesday and Thursday is expected to ease the rising waters, but forecasters say the receding may not occur until later this weekend.

--The Minnesota Safety Council has awarded a Governor’s Safety Award to Morrison County for superior performance in workplace safety and health. Morrison County is one of 227 employers who will be recognized at the Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon at the Minneapolis Convention Center on May 16th. County Administrator Deb Gruber said “Through safety policies, safety related programs and safety awareness; we intend to be safety­minded at all times. Everyone has a part in job­site safety. We can only meet our objective of a safe work place IF we have the full support and cooperation of every employee”. Since 1934, the annual Governor’s Safety Awards program has honored Minnesota employers with exceptional safety performance. Applicants are judged on several years of injury data as it compares with their industry’s national statistics, and on their progress in implementing a comprehensive safety program. Winners are recognized at three levels: Meritorious Achievement, Outstanding Achievement and Award of Honor. Morrison County received the Meritorious Achievement Award.

--A rural Motley man was injured Sunday morning when the truck he was driving went off a Todd County road and rolled. Dustin Gerving was driving on Starlight Road in Villard Township when he lost control of his pickup truck and went off the road where the truck landed on its driver’s side. Gerving received minor injuries in the crash. A passenger was not injured.

--Todd County deputies responded to a burglary call on Ermine Drive in Birchdale Township. Suspects made entry through a lower-level door. The residence owner stated that it appeared nothing was taken. The incident is still under investigation. Todd County also received word on Friday of a sign taken from DKS Tree and Landscaping in Birchdale Township. Anyone with information on either of the incidents is urged to contact the sheriff’s office.

--Two Sauk Rapid-Rice High School students won top honors last week at the DECA 67th annual International Career Development Conference, in Anaheim, California. Ellie Henkemeyer and Rachel Paulsen, both seniors, placed first in the buying and merchandising operations research event. The students worked a Sartell drug store, to evaluate the company’s website, gather customer feedback and make a strategic plan to improve the website and improve the customer base. Henkemeyer and Paulsen wrote a 30-page research paper and created a presentation for event judges. This was the first time since 2003 that Sauk Rapids has brought home a win from the conference. There were 160-180 students competing in the event.

--A 15-year-old was injured in an ATV accident last night on Haven Road in Ripley Township. Around 9:45pm, deputies received word that 19-year-old Julian Phengsaksy of Little Falls was driving behind an ATV that he was pushing as the first ATV had broken down. That ATV was being operated by 20-year-old Dakota Vanhercke. A front tire from Dakota’s ATV fell off causing the ATV to flip and eject the driver and passenger from it. No injury information was available on Dakota, her passenger 15-year-old Haley Schumacher of Little Falls was taken to the Emergency Room of St. Gabriel’s Hospital. No other information on the accident or her condition was made available.

--8th District Congressman Rick Nolan will be at Horizon Health in Pierz today from 3-4pm speaking on Social Security and Medicare. He will take questions and comments from those in attendance. Everyone is welcome.

--Motorists travelling eastbound Interstate 94 between St. Cloud and Clearwater should plan alternate routes and additional travel time as the single open eastbound lane temporarily closes tonight at 7pm. This unplanned closure is needed for crews to make emergency repairs to orange traffic cones, posts and other safety devices that were damaged during recent late-spring snow storms. A 10-mile detour will direct motorist along Exit 171 to eastbound County Road 75 in St. Augusta, to southbound Highway 24 in Clearwater and back to eastbound I-94. The work will be completed by late tonight.

--The Department of Natural Resources are reminding motorists and outdoor enthusiasts that grass fires have been sparking quickly in areas. The Brainerd Fire Department responded to six grass fires since last Thursday night, no structures damaged or injuries. The largest swath of fires have been from North Branch down Andover and over to Wyoming. Some fire were though to be intentionally set but that is now not the case. The DNR is urging outdoor caution.

--Edythe M. Lindgren, age 81 of Little Falls.

TODAY= partly sunny, isolated showers/T-storms, breezy, high 65.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, windy, few showers, colder, low 35.
WEDNESDAY= mostly cloudy, rain/snow shower at times, high 40.
THURSDAY= mostly cloudy, windy, high 43, low around 30.

TWINS= Prince Fielder hit a 3-run homer and the Tigers beat the Twins 4-3 last night. Twins at Detroit 5:35pm tonight on Q92 WYRQ
NHL= Wild open the playoffs tonight at Chicago with 7pm faceoff.
HS BAB= Holdingford at Pierz double header in baseball today, first game at 4pm, 2nd game at 6pm, both heard live on FM94 KFML.

IN 1789= on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City, George Washington took the oath of office to be First U.S. President.
IN 1803= President Thomas Jefferson signs the Louisiana Purchase with France for $15-million nearly doubling the size of the country.
IN 1900= famous engineer Casey Jones was killed a train wreck while operating the Cannonball Express in Vaughn, Mississippi.
IN 1938= Happy Rabbit, later Bug Bunny, debuted in Porky cartoon.

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Monday- April 29th, 2013

--On Thursday shortly after 6:30pm area law enforcement responded to the Little Falls Morrison County Airport to a report of a private aircraft that had crashed. The aircraft struck a fixed object while on its approach to Little Falls Airport. The pilot, 61-year old Wayne Brutger of Little Falls and his passenger, 45-year old Todd Eich of St.
Cloud received minor injuries. The accident remains under investigation by the Little Falls Police Department, Morrison County Sheriff’s Office and the FAA.

--Stearns County reported a one-vehicle accident west of Freeport on Thursday afternoon at 3:15. 43-year-old Amr Hanagy of Sauk Centre approached a slow curve, drove off the shoulder and rolled two to three times in the south ditch. Hanafy was taken to the Melrose Hospital for treatment of injuries.

--A 21-year-old Randall man was arrested last week on charges of assault. The Randall Police Department was informed of an assault that occurred within the city and upon further investigation learned that Keith Ritchie-Heyer of Randall went to an address to collect a debt. The victim told police he was unable to pay off the debt.  Ritchie-Heyer allegedly tackled and struck him repeatedly in the forehead with his fists. According to the criminal complaint, injuries sustained during the altercation were a deep cut to the forehead and bruising around both eye sockets. The Morrison County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the arrest of Ritchie-Heyer. Formal charges are through the attorney’s office.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office took a report last week of 25 hay bales stolen from a farm in Pierz. Anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity near the farm should call 632-9233. Brainerd Police are reminding residents to keep car doors locked and windows rolled up when vehicles are left unattended after a number of reports of cell phones and other electronics stolen from vehicles around Central Lakes College and some of the Lakeview Road areas of the city in the past week. Anyone with information should call police.

--Dozens of firefighters and emergency workers battled an explosion and fire at the biomass plant in Shakopee Thursday. No injuries were reported and no hazardous materials were released. The Koda Energy LLC produces energy from oat hulls and wood chips, byproducts of malting and the explosion happened in one of its towers. Seven Koda workers got out safely after the explosion happened that shook and rattled area residences around the plant but again no report of any other structures damaged or any injuries.

--Car deer accidents are on the rise again. Todd County reported a number of car/deer accidents including one with a Browerville ambulance. In all cases there were no injuries. With the warmer temperatures and vegetation beginning to dry out from the long winter, the deer are out. Motorists are asked to be alert for deer.

--A man was pulled from a pond after spending more than an hour in the water in Maple Grove. A 911 call was made around 8p.m. Friday, saying a man walked into the water near Main St and Arbor Lakes Pkwy near The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes. Crews pulled the man out of the water around 9:30p.m. Officials with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office say the man was unconscious. He was taken to Maple Grove Hospital in unknown condition. This comes one day after a man jumped off the Laurel Street Bridge in Brainerd. The 71-year-old from Brainerd was pronounced dead at the area hospital.

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--Recent rapid temperature increases have contributed to acceleration in the snow melt runoff. This runoff is making its way through streams and smaller tributaries and into the main stem of the Mississippi River. With water levels rising, confidence in river levels passing the threshold where impacts would occur is increasing, prompting the issuance of flood watches and warnings. Temperatures are expected to remain above freezing until Wednesday night with a sudden blast of colder air. In addition to the snowmelt from the warm temperatures, a storm system approaching late tonight will bring increased moisture into the area through Wednesday sending additional water into the riverbeds increasing flood threats. A flood watch has been issued until further notice for the Mississippi River near Fort Ripley where the river was at 8.6 feet Sunday night. Minor flooding is possible as the river reaches flood stage by tomorrow.

--legendary country singer George Jones died Friday at age 81. Jones recorded songs for over 50 years including #1 hits like White Lightning and He Stopped Loving Her Today. Jones was also known for his battles with alcohol and troubled marriages.

--Jim Porter, age 96 of Little Falls.
--Cheryl Michels, age 57 of Zimmerman formerly Swanville.
--Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Gross, age 87 of Lastrup.
--Wayne J. Dagen, age 66 of International Falls.
--Margaret E. Spande, age 84 of Little Falls.

TODAY= sunny, high 66.
TONIGHT= showers and T-storms after midnight, low 51.
TUESDAY= showers and storms at times, breezy, high 62, low 35.
WEDNESDAY= cloudy, rain showers, much colder, high 42.

NBA--According to a report by, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations David Kahn is expected to be fired and former head coach Flip Saunders is expected to replace him. The reports go on to say that Saunders is expected to return to the Timberwolves as the next president.  The report surfaced Friday and the move could happen as early as today. Kahn was with the Timberwolves for four years with an 89-223 record. Saunders is currently an NBA analyst with ESPN.  He had previously been a head coach in Minnesota, Detroit and Washington.
TWINS= Twins lost 4-3 to Texas Friday night. Josh Willingham homered and Pedro Hernandez shut down Texas on Saturday for the Twins to win 7-2. Twins shut down Texas Sunday 5-0 due to strong pitching from Kevin Correia and a Justin Morneau 2 run homer, Twins at Detroit tonight 5:35pm on Q92 WYRQ.
WILD= Wild lost Friday 6-1 to Edmonton but beat Colorado Saturday 3-1 to gain the 8th playoff position in the Western Conference. Wild will take on top seed Chicago later this week.
VL= The Victory League opened play with 3 games Sunday, get results at then click on Victory League.
SPR= after a long winter- spring sports are getting in full swing now.

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Friday- April 26th, 2013

--At 1:45pm Thursday Morrison County Judge Douglas Anderson unsealed a grand jury indictment charging Byron Smith with 2 counts of 1st degree premeditated murder. Each charge carries with it the penalty of life in prison without parole. In Minnesota, 1st degree murder charges can only be brought up by a grand jury. Smith is accused of fatally shooting 17-year old Nicholas Brady and 18-year old Haile Kifer, both of Little Falls at his home on Thanksgiving last year. He was originally charged with two counts of 2nd degree murder, but those charges have been changed to 1st degree premeditated murder charges. Smith had an omnibus hearing rescheduled. The hearing originally scheduled for May 6th, has been pushed back to 10:00am on July 1st. All previous conditions set for Smith remain intact with one more condition that was added on Thursday. The court stated Smith must keep the court advised of his current address. No changes were made to the bail set December 17th. Smith already paid his $50,000 cash bail with conditions.

--Around 1pm Thursday, police, deputies and fire rescue personnel responded to a report that a man had just jumped off the Laurel Street Bridge into the Mississippi River in Brainerd. Witnesses reported seeing the man climb over the railing on the south side of the street and jump to the river below. He was then observe floating downstream. Responders went to the bridge and river bank south of Laurel Street and observed the man floating downstream and unconscious. A sheriff’s deputy was able to recover the man, brought him to shore, CPR was initiated, the man was taken to the Brainerd hospital where he was pronounced dead. The male party was estimated to be in the river almost 10 minutes. The man was later identified as a 71-year-old Brainerd resident. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

--Several cities and counties, including Morrison, are defendants in a lawsuit filed by a former labor attorney who is alleging that her driver’s license data was accessed illegally. The lawsuit by Brooke Nicole Bass accuses more than 300 Minnesota law enforcement officers from more than 100 departments of accessing, using or disclosing her private information more than 750 times from 2005 to 2013. Area counties include Morrison, Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright counties. Cities named are Becker, Big Lake, Sartell, St. Cloud and St. Joseph. Also the Stearns County Attorney Office is named as a defendant. The Department of Public Safety reviewed the claim and found that 110 different departments and agencies had reviewed her private data since 2005, and that those searches were done by using her name, not her license plate number.

--Benton County Attorney Robert Raupp has been chosen to be Benton County’s next judge, replacing James Hoolihan who retired in December. Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment Thursday. Raupp has been the Benton County attorney for nearly 13 years after serving as the top assistant to former Benton County Attorney Michael Jesse. The other finalists for the job were Assistant Stearns County Attorney Shan Wang and Assistant Morrison County Attorney Todd Kosovich.

--Authorities in northern Minnesota have identified the man and woman found dead Monday at a home in Bagley. Police say they are the bodies of 64-year-old Darlene Gerbracht and her 41-year-old son Jack Gerbracht both of Bagley. A preliminary autopsy shows causes of death are gunshot wounds and it appears to be a murder-suicide.

--Congratulations to Debbie Johnson of Swanville who was the winner of the KFML’S Ladies Night Out Grand Prize of a diamond ring. Photos of the event will be posted online today at and on the Little Falls Radio Facebook page. Thank you to all who attended and congratulations to our many winners.

--A former St. Cloud area resident believes his daughter was the victim of a gruesome killing in Arizona. Dan Kasper who now lives in Northfield with his wife Sheryl, spoke at a news conference Wednesday to talk about the death of an Arizona State University student whose body was found handcuffed and beaten in a Tempe apartment of her boyfriend. Police say 22-year-old Luis Soltero turned himself him to authorities Tuesday and remains jailed in lieu of one-million dollars bond. While the medical examiner has yet to identify the woman found dead in the apartment, a driver license was presented to police by Soltero of Rebecca Dawn Kasper and Soltero’s drove a vehicle to the police station registered to Kasper’s parents. Rebecca was a student at the W.P. Carey School of Business. The 19-year-old was born in St. Cloud but her family moved to Arizona in the early 2000s, Dan moved back to Northfield in 2005. Kasper’s 20 year old sister is currently attending St. Cloud State University. The investigation continues into the death of the student in Arizona.

--A 77-year-old Crosslake woman was injured Wednesday just after noon, when her vehicle collided with a semi-truck on at the intersection of County Roads 3 and 11 south of Crosslake in Crow Wing County. Mryne Holmen was taken to the Brainerd hospital treated then airlifted to St. Cloud and last reported in serious condition. The semi driver, 42-year-old Michael Ermel of Michigan was not injured. The accident remains under investigation.

--Motorists traveling Interstate 94 to Clearwater will encounter delays this weekend. The eastbound ramp is closed so that resurfacing and repairs are completed by MN DOT. The ramp is scheduled to reopen Tuesday around noon. For real time travel information across the state of Minnesota log on to

TODAY= mostly sunny, high 58.
TONIGHT= fog forms overnight, clear skies, low 36.
SATURDAY= areas of fog early, then sunny, high near 70, low 45.
SUNDAY= mostly sunny start, high 72, PM storms develop into night.
MONDAY= chance of showers and T-storms, partial sun, high 66.

NFL DRAFT=The Minnesota Vikings selected three players in the 1st round. The Vikings picked DT Sharrif Floyd of Florida at 23; CB Xavier Rhodes of Florida State University at pick 25; and WR Cordarrelle Patterson at pick 29 after trading away a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 7th round picks to New England for that last pick.
TWINS= The Twins lost to Texas 2-1 last night. Twins and Texas continue their 4 game series tonight 6:40pm pregame on Q92, Saturday pregame at 2:40pm and Sunday at 12:40pm from Target Field, both of those games also live on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BAB= Pierz at St. Cloud Cathedral Saturday 1:30 FM94 KFML
VL= The Victory League is scheduled to start up Sunday, listen to the KLTF Victory League Game of the Week Sunday at 1:30pm then the roundup at 6:30pm Sunday on KLTF and

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Thursday- April 25th, 2013

--Today is KFML’s Ladies Night Out/Little Falls Style. From noon to 7pm stop into participating sponsors, the full list at, get the back of the brochure stamped which is available at all sponsors and also at Little Falls Radio today. After getting all sponsors stamped, head to Cabin Fever for drawings beginning at 8pm tonight. Numerous prizes will be given away including a $1,595 one of a kind diamond ring. Good luck to all!

--A former Browerville student has admitted he was among athletes who sexually assaulted teammates. 19-year-old Seth Kellen pleaded guilty Monday in Todd County to felony fourth degree criminal sexual conduct. Kellen is expected to be given a 30 day jail term and be put on probation for 10 years. The judge stated if Kellen doesn’t violate his probation then the felony case will be dismissed. In November, co-defendant Connor Burns entered a plea agreement that would have charges dismissed against him if he doesn’t violate his 5 year probation that was handed down. Attorney’s for both men stated in court that the incidents were not sexual but part of a culture of hazing at the Browerville School.

--The Pierz City Council met on Monday night. The council approved a conditional use permit application for 109 3rd Avenue NE for a bed and breakfast. It is currently a residential property but it will be a bed and breakfast in the future. The council also approved a mutual aid agreement with Onamia and Isle for the fire department. The council approved the sale of 2 Industrial Park lots for Chris Hoheisel who will run an auto body and mechanic shop. The council agreed to move forward on the Robert Park Avenue project with C and L out of St. Joseph who was the low bidder. C and L was also in charge of the Highway 25 project. A public information meeting for the Master Trails plan was set for May 13 at 6:15pm to get public input on getting that study completed. That was for a connection to the Soo Line. One final note, the May 27th city council meeting was moved to the 28th because of Memorial Day.

--A reminder that Upsala schools are having a mock car crash this morning at 8:30 with sirens and emergency vehicles around the school. This drill is to remind students of the consequences of not wearing a seat belt or underage drinking and driving during prom and graduation seasons.

--Staples Police state a 28-year-old woman was injured after a gas can exploded on April 17th. Whitney Pipkin was at her home east of Staples, putting gas on a fire when the can exploded on her. Pipkin was taken to the Staples Hospital then transported to a burn unit in Minneapolis. She was listed Tuesday in satisfactory condition.

--A Zimmerman man and three juveniles have been arrested after an armed robbery late Tuesday of a cab driver in St. Cloud. The cab driver was robbed about 9:50pm in the 2100 block of Eighth Street North after he picked up two of the suspects and one pointed a gun at him, demanding money. The suspects ran from the scene, and police were unable to find them. The investigation led to an address in Sartell, where investigators made contact with the suspects. Investigators arrested 19-year old Treyvon Romeo Dudley, from Zimmerman, a 14-year-old girl from Sartell and a 17-year-old boy and 15-year-old boy from St. Cloud. Dudley is being held at the Stearns County Jail awaiting expected charges of aggravated robbery. The three juveniles were taken to a secure juvenile facility to await possible charges of aggravated robbery. No injuries.

--Motorists and residents on Highway 28 west of Sauk Centre will encounter intermittent lane closures, flaggers, pilot cars and possible delays between Highway 71 and Westport beginning Monday. The lane closures will occur from sunrise to sunset Mondays through Saturdays. Different segments of the road will close each day. The lane closures are needed as crews resurface, replace or repair guardrails and improve drainage. The project and lane closures are scheduled to be completed by June 7th.

--The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a resident around 4pm Tuesday that they found 34-year-old Patrick Watrin laying in a ditch along County Road 47 near St. Augusta. Watrin was unresponsive and apparently had crashed his ATV while attempting to cross over a driveway approach. Watrin was taken to St. Cloud Hospital. Watrin reportedly was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and deputies reported that alcohol consumption is a believed factor in the crash. Watrin’s condition was not released.

--Area legislators are weighing in on recent bills in the House and Senate. Republican Representative Ron Kresha of Little Falls said the Minnesota House-approved the Omnibus Health Bill that passed Monday on a 70-64 vote. It plans to cut $26-million dollars next biennium from senior living and that has rural nursing homes very concerned. Kresha says nursing homes have been forced to do more with less in recent years. House Democrats claim an increase in nursing home funding is in their budget, but Kresha says actual amounts will be a net cut in the 2014-2015 biennium which will be needed to maintain elderly care. On the Senate side- Senator Paul Gazelka- Republican for District 12 of Morrison, Cass, Wadena and Todd Counties voiced his criticism of the tax plan announced by the DFL controlled Minnesota Senate on Tuesday. Overall the bill raises $1.86-billion in new taxes to close a $657-million dollar state budget deficit. The largest tax increase is to individuals making more than $79,730 as a single person or a married couple that makes over $140,960. For these individuals rates will increase by more than 20%. The bill also adds new sales taxes to everyday items such as clothing, auto repairs, over the counter medications and more. Gazelka says Minnesotans can’t afford the Senate tax plan.

James Stache and Kadyn Tillman, boy born April 23rd

--Loren Gunderson, age 89 of Upsala.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high 47.
TONIGHT= cloudy, few showers late, low 37.
FRIDAY= sunny and warmer, high 64, low around 40.
SATURDAY= sunny and warm, high near 70, breezy southwest winds
SUNDAY= partly sunny, high 72, late day storms develops.

TWINS= after yesterday off, Twins open a 4 game series with Texas tonight. Pregame coverage begins at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
NFL= The First Round of the NFL Draft is tonight. The Vikings have 2 picks in Round 1- at #23 and #25 tonight. Rounds 2 & 3 tomorrow  

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Wednesday- April 24th, 2013

--Congratulations to Alexis Roy of Little Falls who recently placed third in Serious Interpretation-Poetry at the Class AA Speech Tournament which she competed in last Friday.

--Crow Wing County deputies and the State Patrol have released information on 6 people injured in a three-vehicle crash just after 4pm last Thursday in Nisswa. The accident happened on Highway 371 and Crow Wing County Roads 77 and 13. 60-year-old David Virnig of Pierz was southbound on 371 when he entered the intersection at County Roads 77 and 13 causing his vehicle to strike another vehicle broadside driven by 27-year-old Jesse Nelson of Pine River. That caused Nelson’s vehicle to accelerate into the intersection where he was struck by a third vehicle driven by 48-year-old Kurt B. Nelson of Lake Shore. Virnig and Jesse Nelson were taken to the Brainerd hospital. Virnig was treated and released. Nelson was transferred to St. Cloud Hospital where he was listed in fair condition earlier this week. Four passengers in Virnig’s vehicle, 60-year-old Lowell Huston of Rice, 59-year-old Diana Vaverek of Cushing, 61-year-old Mary Colombe of Little Falls and 53-year-old Danette M. Ringwelski of Little Falls were all taken to the hospital with minor injuries and have all been released. The state patrol says blowing snow and slushy spots played a factor in the accident.

--Little Falls Police reported that they arrested a 32-year-old Friday for disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process with force after a report of domestic assault at the Little Falls movie theater. Formal charges are pending through the county attorney’s office.

--The weather may be awful for planting, but it's great for fighting a drought. Minnesota farmers report that topsoil is now in the best shape it's been since last June, with only one-sixth of the state's topsoil short of moisture. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that a spring season of snow, rain and cold has made a big dent in the drought. The picture isn't as sunny for spring planting. The USDA has reported no corn, no wheat, no barley and no sugar beets have yet been planted in Minnesota. Even oats, an early season crop, has been planted on just 1% of its expected acres compared to 80% one year ago. In Minnesota, 17% of farmers say the topsoil is short of moisture, 59% say there's adequate moisture, and 24% say there's surplus topsoil moisture.

--The Rocori School District is getting a new device that officials hope adds another layer of defense should a gunman enter school grounds: bulletproof whiteboards. The Rocori School District of Rockville, Richmond and Cold Spring, plans to equip each classroom and common areas with whiteboards made out of Dyneema, a material that the manufacturer said is 2½ times stronger than the material used in police-issue bulletproof vests. The boards can hang on a classroom wall like any other marker board, but in event of a shooting, a teacher could use it as a shield. The manufacturer, Maryland-based Hardwire LLC, has been working on armor protection devices for military vehicles and personnel for years. But after the Connecticut elementary school shootings in December that killed 20 children and six educators, the company decided to expand to school security. The whiteboards are 18 inches by 20 inches, weigh less than 4 pounds, have handles on the back, and are said to absorb rounds from handguns or shotguns without ricochet. The bulletproof boards are being put in select schools and Rocori was selected after two students were shot and killed in the school back in 2003.

--Green Prairie Township will be holding a cleanup day for residents within the Township this Saturday from 8:00-11:00am at the Green Prairie Town Hall. Items accepted at the event include appliances and electronics for $5 each, car tires for $2, truck tires for $10 and tractor tires for $15 each. The tire price is double if the rims are left on the tire. No ammonia filled refrigerators (camper style) will be accepted. The township is paying $24 per household toward the cost of disposal. Questions call Lois Peterschick at (320) 360-9121.

--The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help finding a Rockford man who hasn’t been heard from since early Sunday. 26-year old Samuel Adam Schernau Gustafson was last seen at about 3:00am Sunday at 214 Beach Drive in Rockford. Gustafson is described as a white male, 6 feet tall and 190 pounds with green eyes, brown hair and a beard. Gustafson may be wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and brown pants. Anyone with information about Gustafson is asked to call the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

--Democrats in the Minnesota Senate unveiled a plan Tuesday to raise the top income tax rate by 1.55 percentage points. That would fetch an estimated $1.2 billion more in revenue that would cover a projected budget deficit and planned spending increases. The Senate’s proposal would go further than competing plans put forth by Governor Mark Dayton and House Democrats. It would hoist the higher tax burden only on the top 2 percent of earners. It would also raise the state’s top rate from the current 7.85 percent to 9.4 percent on taxable income of more than $140,960 for married couples and $79,730 for individuals. The new rate, which would be applied to 2013 income, would affect about 6 percent of Minnesota filers. The Governor has proposed a new 9.85 percent tax rate on income above $250,000 for married couples and $150,000 for single filers. In the Democratic led House, the income tax wouldn’t be imposed on incomes so low and the permanent tax rate is lower than the governor’s recommendation.

--Kenneth Allen, age 49 of Brainerd.
--Marie Barthel, age 98 of Swanville.
--Jeneane Mayberry, age 69 of Motley.

TODAY= rain and snow showers likely, partial sun, high 43.
TONIGHT= rain and snow early, blustery, low 26.
THURSDAY= mostly sunny, high 43, low 34.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, warmer, high 63, low 40

TWINS= Twins split a double-header with the Marlins yesterday winning the day game 4-3 then dropping the nightcap 8-5. Twins are off today before opening a 4-game series with Texas tomorrow night.

IN 1800= President John Adams established the Library of Congress.
IN 1885= Annie Oakley was hired to be part of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show- Oakely for her sharpshooting became the star attraction.
IN 2005= Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was announced as the next Pope succeeding the late Pope John Paul II, becoming Pope Benedict XVI.

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Tuesday- April 23rd, 2013

--The area unemployment rates for March have been released. Morrison County was at 9.2% unemployment in March. Here is how our other area counties registered: Aitkin 9.2%; Benton 7.2%; Cass 11.1%; Crow Wing 8.6%; Mille Lacs 10.3%; Sherburne 6.9%; Stearns 5.9%; Todd 7.1%; Wadena 9%. The city of Brainerd had 13.4% unemployment in March and St. Cloud registered at 5.6%. Statewide unemployment was 5.8% and nationally 7.6% in March.

--The man accused of shooting Jeffrey Schutz in Rockville back in October plans on arguing a defense of voluntary intoxication. 28-year-old Marcus Barshaw is charged with 1st-degree murder for shooting Schutz multiple times following an argument. Then Barshaw emerged from a building where he had an altercation with a deputy who continually told Barshaw to drop his weapon before the deputy shot Barshaw. Last Thursday, results of a mental evaluation determined that Barshaw was not suffering from a mental defect at the time of the shooting that prevented him from knowing the nature of his act and that it was wrong. The first-degree charge was asked for by Stearns County because Barshaw is accused of bringing two guns with him to Rockville for an altercation with Schutz.

--A Sartell man has been charged with four misdemeanors related to a fatal crash involving his vehicle and a motorcyclist in August in Waite Park. 52-year old Paul Hiltner was killed in the crash. He died after a vehicle ran a stop sign at 28th Avenue in Waite Park and hit him, throwing him off his motorcycle. The driver of the vehicle that ran the stop sign was identified as 32-year old Erick Curtis Dean Bardeaux of Sartell. Bardeaux has been charged in Stearns County District Court with two misdemeanors that allege careless driving and failing to stop at a stop sign. He also is charged with two gross misdemeanors that accuse him of driving without insurance. Bardeaux’s first court appearance is scheduled for May 20th.

--Records were shattered for snowfall last week with the heavy snow that fell Thursday and Friday. 11 inches at Little Falls Radio, nearly 14 inches in northeastern Morrison County and over 16 inches up toward Hinckley. With a foot in Duluth the city has now received over 120 inches of snow this year, over 80 in St Cloud and Morrison County and Little Falls has recorded between 75 and 90 inches of snow since November 1st. After more snow fell in areas Monday and another rain/snow mix forecasted for mid-week there is hope of 60s by Saturday and Sunday and even thunderstorms by next week.

--A rollover crash Sunday in Morrison County injured two St. Cloud residents, one seriously. The accident occurred just before noon on southbound Highway 10 after a vehicle veered to the right and rolled. The State Patrol had not documented if the driver, 17-year-old Jennifer Montes of St. Cloud, was injured or not from the accident. The driver’s two passengers 16-year-old Dionysos Xayasith of St. Cloud had serious injuries and 14-year-old Timothy Gough of St. Cloud had minor injuries. The accident remains under investigation.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet today at 9am at the government center in Little Falls. They will make a proclamation on Mental Health Month, discuss Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust, get reports from The Boys and Girls Club, Sheriff, Social Services, Public Health and the Extension Office.

--Pillager Schools will host a community celebration behind the school for Arbor Day from 11-1:30pm Friday. It will be at the greenhouses located on the school property. The public is invited to attend.

--A change of command ceremony for U.S. Army Reserve’s 367th Engineer Battalion was held Saturday at the St. Cloud Armory. Lt. Col. Eric Larson accepted a new role with a different family with the 372nd Engineer Brigade at Fort Snelling and Lt. Col. Joseph Dermenjian stepped up to fill the void left by Lt. Col. Larson.

--A house fire in Crosslake Friday destroyed a vacant residence. The fire was called in around 4:15pm on Wolf Trail. Gusty winds aided in spreading the flames quickly and the residence was pretty much a total loss before firefighters arrived. The one-story house had been left vacant by the owner for several months. Investigators feel that the fire was electrical in nature possibly from a power-line spark.

--Brainerd firefighters were called to a power-line fire Friday night at the intersection of Highway 25 and Highway 18 east of town. Power was interrupted for a time as the fire was extinguished and the power company was called in to replace it. Firefighters also battled a garbage truck fire Friday morning on 17th Street in Brainerd- the fire started in the engine and was quickly extinguished.

--An omnibus hearing has been scheduled for May 7th for 29-year-old Leslie Gahbow of Onamia. Gahbow was arrested in January after he and a woman fled a department store after a shoplifting incident. A pursuit with police ensued from Baxter to Onamia until Gahbow stopped in a driveway and was arrested.

--Two people were inured Friday morning on Highway 23 in Kanabec County. 58-year-old Brett Lamphere of Rice was driving when a gust of wind blew his semi-tractor trailer across all lanes of traffic hitting a vehicle driven by 49-year-old David Sovich of Long Prairie. Both drivers were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries.

--Minnesota’s fishing opener is just weeks away and many lake observers are concerned that the ice on many lakes may not be completely iced out by the opener on May 11th. Walleye experts stated that a late ice-out is not the greatest for early season fishing for walleye. Wisconsin officials are more concerned as their fishing opener is a week earlier and they are in the same boat as Minnesotans. With the recent heavy snowfalls, this April is in the top 5 for snowfall for Minnesota and Wisconsin since weather records were kept back in 1880. The hope according to experts is that with above average temperatures by the weekend- ice melt will go faster.

--Charles Schweigert of Fargo.
--Mary Ann Schweigert of Staples
--Daniel Speiner of Staples
--Pauline M. Veeser, age 75 of Little Falls.
--Arvilla Marie Tretter, age 73 of Pierz.

TODAY= sunny skies, high near 40.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low 25.
WEDNESDAY= chance of snow mixed with rain, high around 40.
THURSDAY= mostly sunny, high 45, low around 33.

TWINS= another weather postponement for the Twins last night and they will play a double-header today against the Marlins at Target Field. Pregame 12:40 today then 6:40 tonight on Q92 WYRQ

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Monday- April 22nd, 2013

--Morrison County deputies and Pierz Firefighters battled two separate fires on Wednesday. The first fire occurred at 12:52pm of a house fire on the 32,000 block of 233rd Street in Pierz. The fire started in the chimney and was extinguished by firefighters with no reports of any injuries. Then at 1:26pm deputies and firefighters were called to the 24,000 block of 253rd Street in Pierz where 20 hay bales had caught on fire. There were about 1,000 bales nearby and the wind was causing issues. Firefighters responded and were able to control the fire. No report of any structures damaged or injuries.

--The Randall Police Department reported that the Laundromat in Randall was broken into recently and about $500 was removed from the bill changer. Two suspects were seen on the video surveillance camera. Randall police continue to investigate.

--An Albany man was injured Thursday morning when the vehicle he was driving hit a patch of slush, went off a Stearns County road and rolled. The crash happened at about 9:35am on County Road 10 in Albany Township. 32-year old Ryan Christopher Riggs, was driving a vehicle south when it left the road and rolled several times. Riggs was the only person in the vehicle at the time and was taken to the hospital in Albany. He was later transferred to St. Cloud Hospital with injuries the sheriff’s office said were not life-threatening.

--The Royalton School Board is forming a Facilities Planning Committee to investigate district facility needs. Using information from a recent demographic study and considering repairs which are currently required to both the elementary and secondary school buildings, the committee will be seeking more information regarding the current buildings as well as considering the possibility of new structures. In addition to building integrity, both school safety and space are issues facing the Board. The Board did a walk-around of both school buildings in March, assessing all of these challenges. The Board approved moving forward with the committee, starting with inviting community members to join the committee with current school board members.

--Ray Stumpf of Little Falls was honored earlier this month as he raised the United States flag April 13th, prior to the Twins’ game against the Mets. Twins marketing coordinator Elma Avila contacted Stumpf when she received his name from a Little Falls community member. Stumpf started his naval career in July 1975, as a hospital corpsman. He retired as a First Class Engineers Aide in February 1998. He currently spends his time volunteering for the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery Art Project at Camp Ripley.

--A nearly $2 million safe room that houses up to 1,200 people and is outfitted with massively thick paneling for the Wadena School District was unveiled Thursday during National Tornado Drill Day. The 7,186 square feet facility got its first test Thursday afternoon during the statewide tornado drill where students and faculty were told to go down the stairs, stay along the left side of the cafeteria and then be placed in the special room. Construction on the room began in April and was completed in November of last year. It's part of a brand new school that replaced the original which was destroyed by a tornado nearly three years ago. The federal government paid for the majority of the price tag of the safe room.

--Little Falls Community Middle School will have parent-teachers conferences today from 4-7pm at the middle school commons. The high school will also have conferences today from 3:45 to 6:45pm.

--David Skroch and his 16-year-old daughter Kathryn were attempting to round up cattle which had escaped Friday around 3pm in Rice when the truck David was driving made a sudden movement tossing Kathryn out of the flatbed and striking her head on the pavement. Kathryn was treated by Deputies, Fire and Rescue and transported to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of injuries.

--Court dates were set in Brainerd for 41-year-old Timothy Clark of Brainerd and 23-year-old Kayla Mercado of Randall who are charged with first-degree sale of drugs after 15 ounces of methamphetamine with a street value of around $40,000 were taken from a Brainerd residence back in March. Clark will appear in court on May 8th and Mercado on May 1st on their felony charges.

--The Pierz City Council meets tonight. Agenda items include review of a Conditional Use Permit application, set public hearing date for Industrial Park Conditional Use Permit, discuss a lot request from Chris Hoheisel EDA request, zoning plan approval for Robert/Park Avenue, amend RPSWD agreement, approval of a liquor license to new owners of Old Bank Restaurant, get a trail update, bidding for Robert/Park Avenues, engineer update and approval of any new building minutes will be voted on at meeting tonight at 7pm.

--Joel Klein has accepted an offer to be St. Joseph’s next police chief. It was announced at Thursday night’s City Council meeting. Klein is a patrol officer in the department and was one of three finalists interviewed Tuesday night. The city is replacing Pete Jansky, who announced earlier this year that he was going to retire this summer. Jansky has been police chief with the city since December 2001.

--Police say the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings exchanged gunfire with law enforcement for an hour while holed up in a boat before being captured Friday night. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says the suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was hospitalized late Friday in serious condition. His brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, was killed earlier Friday in a furious attempt to escape police. The brothers are suspects in Monday's marathon bombings, which killed three people and wounded more than 180 others. The men are also suspected of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer in his vehicle late Thursday.

--Alice C. Nelson, age 90 of Darling Township.
--Jean C. Mosier, age 90 of Little Falls.

TODAY= clouds increase, snow after 3pm, breezy, high 36.
TONIGHT= snow likely, 2-4 inches by morning, low 24.
TUESDAY= snow ending by 8am, then sunny, high 41, low 22.
WEDNESDAY= partly sunny, chance of rain/snow mix, high 45.

TWINS= Twins postponed Friday due to wind and cold, Saturday Twins win in 10 over White Sox 2-1 then Twins then beat Chicago Sunday for the 2-game sweep 5-3. The Twins (8-7) now host the Miami Marlins starting tonight 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.

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Friday- April 19th, 2013

--A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 10am this morning. Heavy snow and strong winds will make travel difficult this morning. Snow totals range from 9-13 inches around the area.

--A proposal to raise money to maintain and repair Minnesota highways has advanced in the legislature. The legislation would reduce the gasoline tax six cents per gallon, while putting a five percent tax on wholesalers’ gross receipts, which they say will equal about 18 cents a gallon. Opponents say it’s not a win for drivers, because the distributor will pass the increase onto the consumer and the proposal would make Minnesota’s gas tax the 3rd highest in U.S.

--A 27-year-old man from Buffalo suffered life-threatening injuries when he was hit by a train early Wednesday morning. Buffalo police was notified by Canadian Pacific Railways about a body lying between the railroads tracks. Officers found the victim who appeared to have been struck by a train. The man was taken to Buffalo Hospital and later transferred to the Twin Cities. His name was not released.

--Motorists traveling near the Highway 15/Stearns County Road 120 intersection in Sartell and St. Cloud will encounter delays and detours as the intersection temporarily closes at 7:00pm Monday. The intersection is scheduled to remain closed through May 23rd, and is the first of two planned 30-day closures of the intersection. The second closure is scheduled for October. Highway 15 will remain open during both closures. While the intersection is closed, two signed detours will direct drivers to County Road 120 and businesses on either side of Highway 15. Temporary ramps will open between Highway 15 and County Road 120 in late-May. When complete, the project will increase safety and mobility in the area.

--The State Department of Public Safety is asking FEMA to assess damage from recent ice and snow storms in southwestern Minnesota. The request includes preliminary damage assessments for public assistance in Cottonwood, Jackson, Murray, Nobles and Rock Counties. State Disaster Recovery experts met with local officials and decided there was a need to determine if costs to clean up and recover meet the threshold for federal funding. Freezing rain and ice toppled power poles in the Worthington area leaving many residents without electricity for over a week in some cases.

--Authorities in Otter Tail County helped saved an injured eagle that was found in Battle Lake. The bird had a broken wing and was not able to fly. A DNR officer and two sheriff’s deputies helped capture the eagle. The injured bird is recovering at a raptor center.

--The first Pioneer Walk/Run will be held Saturday with registration beginning at 8:00am. The $20 registration fee will include a T-shirt and refreshments following the event. The 5K walk/run is open to all ages. The Pioneer Walk/Run is an event to raise money for the Pioneer Scholarship Fund. It is the intent of the committee to provide as many scholarships as possible to graduating seniors of Pierz Healy High School. For more information, call Jill Hoheisel at Pierz Healy High School, (320) 468-6458, ext. 1283.

--Check out weekend events including Friends of Carnegie Library Used Book sale today and tomorrow, local comedian Jason Schommer performs a fundraiser for the Little Falls Drama Club Saturday at 7pm at Charles D. Martin Auditorium in Little Falls, St. Francis Community Chorale performs Sunday at 2pm at the Convent and there is a Bingo Party Sunday at Holy Trinity Church in Royalton. Details are available at then community calendar.

--The Randall City Council met Wednesday. The 4th of July Celebration this year will be on July 3rd with a street dance and fireworks. There will be no parade this year in Randall. The 4th of July Committee also asked council to have a banner put up on Main Street hoping it could stay up year round. Jerry Peterschick stated he met with Dr. S.G. Knight Principal Larry Edgerton to discuss possible options for a sidewalk from CR#104 to the school. Jerry will bring more information to a future meeting. The planning and zoning committee made a recommendation to the city council that anyone installing any style of fence on their property must be sure there is sufficient access into the area. Utility meters must be accessible for maintenance and monthly readings and emergency personnel must be able to use that as an entrance if needed. Dan Noss asked if the city could make a donation to the ride which will benefit the building of an education center at the Veteran’s Memorial in Washington D.C. He was informed that the city probably cannot donate to such a cause but the city manager will double check with the auditor.

--The former owner of a Farming Township bar who pleaded guilty to several tax-related felonies will not go to prison. Anthony Joel "Tony" Thelen previously pleaded guilty to nine felonies in a plea agreement that resulted in the dismissal of 15 other felony charges. Thelen was sentenced to an aggregate term of 27 months in prison but stayed the sentence on the condition that Thelen serve 145 days in the Stearns County Jail, complete 480 hours of community service and repay the thousands that he owes the state. Thelen admitted during a previous plea hearing that he intentionally reported less food and alcohol sales to the state than actually occurred at his bar and that he intentionally failed to file personal income tax returns.

--Minnesota’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in March over the previous month, but state officials say that’s largely because more people stopped looking for work. The Department of Employment and Economic Development says Thursday that the unemployment rate in March was 5.4%, compared to 5.5% in February. But the state lost 5,200 jobs in the same period, after adding 9,900 jobs a month earlier. The agency points to a drop in labor force participation to explain it. That number is now 71%. Minnesota’s rate remains below the U.S. unemployment rate of 7.6% in March.

--The Pierz City Council meets Monday night at 7pm at Pierz City Hall.

--Beth Nielsen, age 62 of Little Falls.

TODAY= snow showers tapering in afternoon, windy, high 34.
TONIGHT= clearing skies, fog forms overnight, low 14.
SATURDAY= fog early, then sunny, less windy, high 37.
SUNDAY= snow early then changing to rain, 1-2 inches, high 45.
MONDAY= slight chance of rain or snow, high 43, low 32.

TWINS= Twins are in Chicago against the White Sox, coverage begins tonight at 6:40pm, Saturday at 1:35pm and Sunday at 12:40pm, all games live on Q92 WYRQ. Twins then return home and play Miami of the National League on Monday.

Northstar Entertainment tonight, Contention Saturday at WS Bar

Thursday- April 18th, 2013

--The Little Falls Day of Caring has been pushed back by two weeks. The Day of Caring was originally scheduled on Wednesday, May 1st but it will now be held on Wednesday, May 15th due to the delayed spring like weather. All scheduled times will remain the same, only 2 weeks later. The Day of Caring has 160 homeowners in the area scheduled to be helped out. Those that signed up will each be notified via a postcard of the date change next week. Again, the annual Day of Caring is now Wednesday, May 15th.

--Severe Weather Awareness Week continues and today is National Tornado Drill Day. The Sirens will be activated at 1:45pm and at 6:55pm. The purpose of each of these drills is to have everyone practice their tornado drills and take proper precautions in case a real emergency arises. Today they are only drills.

--Pierz Police Chief Eric Hanneken has announced a new crime tip line for his department. Citizens can call the tip line and pass on any information regarding current cases, crimes or criminal activities. Callers will remain anonymous unless specified by the caller. The Pierz Police Department welcomes the partnership with the citizens of Pierz and local communities. The tip line number is (320) 733-0145.

--The St. Joseph City Council has made a conditional offer to Joel Klein to become the city’s next police chief. Klein is a patrol officer in the department and was one of three finalists interviewed Tuesday night by the council. Those interviews came after a selection committee early Tuesday afternoon narrowed five candidates to three, and after the three met community members at a late afternoon informal gathering. The city is replacing Pete Jansky who announced earlier this year that he was going to retire this summer. Jansky has been police chief with the city since December 2001. The other finalists for the job were St. Joseph police Sgt. Dwight Pfannenstein and Sgt. Erik Lee, of the Crosslake Police Department.

--On Tuesday, Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill designating a segment of Highway 23 in Stearns County as the “Officer Tom Decker Memorial Highway”. The Governor was joined by family members including Decker’s widow who wore his police jacket. The signing means an eleven-mile stretch of road between Richmond and the eastern border of Wakefield Township will be named for Decker who was killed in action on November 29th. Decker was 31 when he died.

--A jury on Tuesday rejected an insanity defense by a Wisconsin father who admitted killing his three young daughters last July, ruling that the man had a mental defect but still understood what he was doing was wrong. Aaron Schaffhausen had earlier pleaded guilty in St. Croix County Circuit Court to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of attempted arson. But he had maintained he was not responsible for killing 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie, and 5-year-old Cecilia because of a mental illness. Jurors deliberated for about 3½ hours before reaching their verdict. The verdict means that Schaffhausen will spend the rest of his life in prison for the 3 killings.

--The Minnesota State Patrol reported that 219 DWI arrests were made last weekend in the state. This shows that drinking and driving is still a very serous public safety issue. With the more than 200 arrested for DWI this weekend many will need ignition interlock to regain driving privileges or face at least 1 year with no license. The State Patrol is again urging all motorists to never drink and drive and if you notice a suspicious driver on Minnesota roadways do not hesitate to call law enforcement.

--Sauk Centre authorities have released the name of an 18-year-old woman killed in a two-vehicle crash. Police identified the dead woman as Anne Marie Chronister of Lake Benton. She was a passenger in a car that 21-year-old Talia Hoffman was driving. Police say the car Hoffman was driving ran a stop sign and went into the path of a Ford truck pulling a horse trailer south on Beltline Road. 39-year-old Christopher Barrows of Parkers Prairie was the driver. He was not injured. A back seat passenger in the Barrows vehicle and Hoffman were taken to Sauk Centre hospital then airlifted to St. Cloud for treatment of injuries.

--Morrill Township is holding a cleanup day Saturday from 8am to 10:30am at Morrill Town Hall. Questions call 320-355-2166.

--The Little Falls Community High School will have parent-teachers conferences on Tuesday, April 22nd from 3:45-6:45pm in commons.

--St. Cloud State University announced its hockey arena has been renamed Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. The arena had been known as the National Hockey and Event Center. The building has been renamed in honor of Herb Brooks, a former college, professional and U.S. Olympic hockey coach who helped spearhead the St. Cloud State men’s hockey team’s move up to the NCAA Division I level. Brooks spent one season as the Huskies’ head coach (1986-87), helping the team to a third-place finish in the NCAA Division III tournament. He then helped get state funding for the arena, which opened in 1989. Brooks is best remembered as the coach of the 1980 Miracle on Ice Olympic team.

--Investigators have pinpointed two men as "possible suspects" who were seen in images near the finish line of this week's Boston Marathon-- moments before twin bombs there exploded, killing three and injuring about 180 others -- a law enforcement official said. A circular sent out Wednesday to federal and state agencies features the photos "in an attempt to identify the individuals," who were described as being of "high interest" to investigators. One of the men is seen carrying a black backpack. An FBI official earlier said that authorities believe the bombs were placed inside a black nylon backpack or bag. The source said that authorities had not yet identified the two men by name and that the photographs were not being released to the public for fear of impeding the investigation.

--Florence Seelen, age 81 of Little Falls.

TODAY= snow, 2-4 inches, blustery, high near 35.
TONIGHT= snow, another 2-4 inches, windy, low around 27.
FRIDAY= snow ends early, then cloudy and windy, high 36, low 15.
SATURDAY= sunny, high near 40, snow develops after dark.
SUNDAY= rain and snow mix, high 44, low around 30.

TWINS= Twins and Angels postponed last night due to the weather. No make up date has been announced yet. Twins are off today.
NBA= Wolves beat San Antonio last night finish the year at 31-51.

Northstar Entertainment Thurs and Fri. Contention Sat at WS Bar

Wednesday- April 17th, 2013

--Students at Little Falls Community High School retained their state champion title in the large school division of the statewide Economics Challenge on April 8th in Minneapolis. Cloquet High School took second place. Little Falls Community High School also took first place in 2012. Students on this year’s team include Brian McNamara, Aaron Nilsen, Eric Schmidt and Travis Spillum. Eric Schmidt and Travis Spillum also received 1st and 2nd place individual awards. Tom Stockard is the coach. The team competed in the national semi-finals on Tuesday with the top four national teams in the large school division invited to the national competition in New York City in May. Last year Little Falls took 1st place at the national competitions. The competition provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their economic knowledge. Over 70 teams from across Minnesota competed in 2013’s competition.

--Impact from the bombings in Boston had hit close to home after a number of Minnesotans including many locally have discussed what they saw at the Boston Marathon Monday when two explosive IED devices went off killing 3 and injuring over 150 others. The FBI continues their investigation into suspects. Runners such as Tim Wright and Liz Watland of Sauk Rapids had completed the race just minutes before the explosions and said they heard a humongous explosion then a large plume of smoke. Brainerd’s Melissa Goble also ran in the marathon and has finished around 20 minutes before the explosions. Her husband Andy was standing just feet from the first explosion site but had left to find his wife just minutes before. Even KLTF’s Corey Fink’s brother Chris was at the event stating he heard the explosions. Corey got in contact with his brother Monday night to know he was safe. Of the three killed and those critically injured so far there has been no report that any were from Minnesota. Some of the injured that were less critical were reportedly Minnesotans but no names had been given to the media.

--Registration is open and preparations are underway for Grandma’s Marathon from Two Harbors to Duluth in June. The staff and board of directors say they are saddened by the tragedy at the Boston Marathon but say the safety of the runners, volunteers and spectators of the 37-year-event in Duluth has always been their number one priority. In light of events in Boston, they will be reviewing and examining security measures and protocols with the appropriate agencies in the coming weeks.

--Little Falls Police reported an arrest Saturday night of a 27-year-old woman who had multiple failures to appear for court on unpaid fines. This was due to two different traffic stops where she was the driver and after the second stop was taken into custody. Police also investigated a burglary report of 8th Street Southeast of multiple items taken from a home on Saturday afternoon.

--Nominations are being sought for the 2013 Outstanding Senior Citizen Award for Morrison County. The award recognizes outstanding senior citizens who have contributed their time and talent to benefit the community. All nominees must be 70 years old by June 1st, 2013 or older to qualify. For more information contact Jean at Horizon Health 320-468-6451 or call toll free 800-224-6451. Nomination forms can be picked up at Horizon Health and many area senior centers in Morrison County. Winners will be announced at the Morrison County Fair later this summer.

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--Low interest (3%) loans are available to landowners in Region Five to repair their existing failing or non-conforming septic systems. New construction does not qualify. Seasonal and year-round landowners are encouraged to apply. The primary goal of the program is to improve the environment by replacing non-compliant systems. This cooperative program is supported by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Region Five. For a limited time Region Five is also administering Legacy Grant funds which were awarded to the counties. This is a cost sharing program for low to very low income landowners. R5DC will provide a loan at 3% for 5 years to qualifying applicants; grant funds will be used to lower the overall cost and make the project more affordable. Grant funds offered will vary depending on the cost of the system, yearly income and size of household. This grant program will be discontinued when all funds have been expended. More information and applications are available on the Region Five website forms & resources or by stopping into your county planning and zoning departments. Region 5 works for Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena Counties.

--A woman is dead after a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon in Sauk Centre. The crash involving a car and a pickup pulling a horse trailer was reported at about 3:00pm at 1701 Beltline Road. Three people were in the car; two were taken to the hospital and a female passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck escaped serious injury. That driver was alone in the truck, and there were two horses in the trailer.

--Flood forecasters are gathering information on what impact the moisture from the weekend storm will have on the spring flood outlook. Mark Ewens with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks says while it will have some effect, the question is how much. Some reports coming in from observers show liquid amounts ranging just over an inch in Fargo to nearly 2 inches in the Sabin area. Wilkin County measured one inch to 1.4 inches of liquid and forecasters have already reported that western Minnesota is the most likely to feel the impacts of flooding this spring.

--Diane I. Smieja, age 66 of Burtrum.

TODAY= snow in afternoon, around 1 inch, high 38.
TONIGHT= snow likely, 2-4 inches, low around 30.
THURSDAY= snow likely, windy, 1-3 inches, high 35, snow likely Thursday night, breezy, low 27, another 2-4 inches possible.
FRIDAY= partly sunny, breezy and colder, high 34, low 21.

TWINS= Twins hold on to beat Angels last night 8-6. They wrap up their series tonight at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
NFL= longtime NFL and College Football announcer Pat Summerall has died at age 82. Summerall for over four decades called games for CBS and FOX and many with longtime partner John Madden.
NHL= The Minnesota Wild win 5-3 over Edmonton last night, the Wild continue to hold on to a playoff spot late in the short season.

Northstar Entertainment Thursday and Friday at West Side Bar

Tuesday- April 16th, 2013

--Tragedy at the Boston Marathon yesterday as two explosions rocked the finish of the famous race. Around 1:50pm central time the first explosion occurred with a second one moments later just blocks from the first one. As of last night, 3 people had died, including an 8-year-old boy, and over 140 were injured, nearly 20 of those critical. The FBI has taken over the investigation from local authorities ruling the explosions were from backpacks near the finish line of the race. Investigators are calling this a criminal matter that is also a potential terrorist investigation. One of the injured is being detained as a person of interest in the case. More details are expected today.

--Last night Ben Hanowski became the first Little Falls native to play in an NHL game. Hanowski is a 2009 graduate from Little Falls High School and was drafted out of high school by the Pittsburg Penguins. After playing 4-years at St. Cloud State University Hanowski was part of a trade that sent his player rights from Pittsburgh to Calgary. He signed a two year contract with the Calgary Flames this past weekend and after competing in St. Cloud State’s first ever Frozen Four he flew out to Calgary to join the team. He was told Monday morning that he would be playing that night against his favorite team growing up, the Minnesota Wild. Hanowski was the game’s #2 star with a goal on 2 shots. The Wild beat the Flames 4-3. Minnesota hosts Hanowski and Calgary this Sunday at the XCEL Energy Center.

--St. Cloud police say they’ve found a vulnerable adult who went missing Monday morning. 23-year old Joseph Karnik of St. Cloud was found shortly before 11am Monday at Crossroads Center. Police had launched a public plea for information after Karnik went missing. He had been last seen at 7:15 a.m. Monday at Century Bank. The release says Karnik lives in a group home and is vulnerable because of mental instability.

--Slushy and sloppy roads made for a number of accidents and cars leaving roadways on Sunday. Interstate 94 was closed near Barnesville after a semi-truck full of pigs overturned. There was no report of serious injuries just a lot of pigs on the roads. A driver was injured Sunday when his vehicle left the roadway near Elk River and drove into a motel. No one inside the motel was reported injured. Todd County reported a number of accidents Sunday due to slush and ice including two with injuries around Long Prairie and Browerville, but neither were reported to be serious. More snow and ice is forecasted for Wednesday and Monday of this week before a bit of a warm-up by the weekend.

--In spite of the weather, spring construction season is upon us and Work Zone Awareness Week began Monday. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to slow down and pay attention in work zones. In 2012, there were more than 1,900 crashes in Minnesota work zones and three people were killed. Officials are urging drivers to obey posted speed limits, stay alert especially at night as many projects will be done in nighttime hours and also to avoid distracted driving and cell phone use. Construction projects start or have started this week on, Highway 23 in Benton County, Interstate 94 for portions of Sherburne and Wright Counties and Highway 169 around Lake Mille Lacs. The start of construction on Highway 238 near Albany was delayed to Monday, April 22nd. For construction and traffic information log on to

--At a recent Morrison County Commissioners meeting the Board learned that Employment Enterprises Inc. of Little Falls is investigating a plan of merger with WACOSA, a non-profit started in 1963 in Waite Park, Cold Spring and Sauk Centre to provide employment for disabled adults. EEI and WACOSA are both non-profit organizations which coordinate employment opportunities for disabled adults in their communities. New regulations go into effect in the next year which would add expenses to the organization in the long run. The topic will be discussed at the County Board’s May planning meeting. That meeting is on Tuesday, May 14th at 8:30am in the board room of the Morrison County Government Center.

--Minnesota wildlife officials say 21 more people face fish poaching charges in the biggest such case in the last 20 years. State and federal officials have been working with the Red Lake Band of Chippewa and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe on a three-year investigation called Operation Squarehook. They say the cases announced Monday involve illegal purchase and sale of game fish, mostly walleye, taken from popular fishing lakes such as Cass, Leech, Red and Winnibigoshish lakes on the Red Lake or Leech Lake reservations. Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr says the investigation shows poaching won’t be tolerated in Minnesota. Ten men were indicted last week on federal charges from the same investigation.

--People in Nobles County are likely to spend the rest of the week without power. Many have already been without power for over a week due to a vicious ice storm that knocked out power lines, trees and snapped power-poles from the weight of ice. It was reported that the city of Worthington probably lost over 25% of trees in the town from the heavy ice. Crews are working to restore power and sparing generator use is being done throughout the city. Right now the hope if the weather cooperates is to have power back for most of the county by Friday. Nobles County put the shout out for volunteers to help with the storm cleanup this week.

--A 42-year-old Clearwater man was injured Saturday night around 9:30pm in Lynden Township. Troy Chevalier was heading east on County Road 145 when his vehicle off left the road and struck a tree. The driver was taken to St. Cloud hospital for treatment of injuries. The crash remains under investigation as alcohol is a believed factor.

--Ladies Night Out April 25th in Little Falls- details at

TODAY= partly sunny, high near 40.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low around 30.
WEDNESDAY= snow by noon- heavy at night 2-4 inches, high 39.
THURSDAY= 40% chance of snow early then cloudy, high 35.

--Sylvia Rose Grittner, age 78 of St. Michael.
--Jeremy D. Westholder, age 36 of Hillman.

TWINS= Twins win 8-2 over Angels last night at Target Field due to homeruns from Joe Mauer and Trevor Plouffe to end losing streak- Twins/Angels again tonight 6:40pm pregame on Q92.

Northstar Entertainment Thursday and Friday at West Side Bar

Monday- April 15th, 2013

--Two 19-year-old rural Swanville men have been arrested on suspicion of burglary after a joint investigation by the sheriff’s offices of Todd and Morrison counties. The Todd County Sheriff’s Office received a residential burglary report on Wednesday morning from Burnhamville Township. The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office also got reports of a residential and two business burglaries in the Swanville area. Deputies arrested Adam Mortenson and Christopher Wessman. As of Friday morning they were being held in the Todd County Detention Center pending formal charges.

--The Little Falls School Board meets at 5pm today at the government center in Little Falls. They get a spring sports update from Jay DeCann along with presentations on Stand Up for U, Digital Me and Flyer Jams. They will also discuss a petition to change the R3 Zoning District and a snow day recommendation for next year’s school calendar. They also will hear a request from the International Club for a field trip and get the recent budget update.

--Morrill Township is holding a clean-up day for residents living outside city limits but within the township on Saturday (April 20th) at the Morrill Town Hall from 8:00-10:30am. Questions can be directed to Bob Stuckmayer at 320-355-2166.

--The Morrison and Todd County Chaplaincy is hosting a spring fling at Lake Beauty Bible Camp at 7pm on Sunday, April 28th. Music will be provided by former Major League Baseball player and Atwater native Mike Kingery and his family. It features the 10 member family with a number of different instruments. Ice cream sundaes will be served following the program on the 28th. There will be free will offering taken to support the two chaplaincy programs.

--Motorists traveling Highway 238 through Albany will encounter a detour and possible delays as Highway 238/Railroad Drive closes from First Street to Fifth Street at 9:00am on Wednesday. The segment of road will remain closed through late-July. A signed detour will direct drivers along Sixth Street and Soo Line Avenue. Both directions of Highway 238/Railroad Avenue will remain open north of First Street throughout the closure. After this first segment of the road reopens, Highway 238/Railroad Avenue will also close from Eighth Street and Fifth Street from late-July/early-August through mid-October. Fifth Street itself will remain open throughout this closure. The closures are needed as crews reconstruct and improve Highway 238/Railroad Avenue through downtown Albany. Other project will have motorists traveling Highway 169 along the west shore of Mille Lacs Lake encountering delays as the road is intermittently reduced to single lane, one way traffic beginning today. The lane closures will occur sunrise to sunset Monday through Thursdays and sunrise to noon on Fridays. Drivers are encouraged to get traffic and construction information at

--Authorities have identified the woman killed Wednesday in Detroit Lakes during an apparent argument. The Medical Examiner determined that 69-year-old Geraldine Kading of rural Dent died of arrow injuries to the chest. The suspect in the case, who lived at the residence where the argument ensued, sustained injuries and remains hospitalized in Detroit Lakes but his condition is unknown and his named is not being released until formal charges are brought forward. The incident is still under investigation.

--April 15th is here, tax day for many, reminder to get your income taxes in and postmarked before 11:59pm tonight.

--The Upsala Area School student council is sponsoring a mock car crash on Thursday, April 25th with help from community agencies, firefighters, EMS and area law enforcement agencies. The students will get a first hand account of a crash and the ramifications that come from not wearing seatbelt and underage drinking. The mock crash will be at 8:30am starting at the school and going two blocks to the bus garage. Sirens, ambulances, fire trucks will be heard through the area on the 25th so please be aware that this is only a drill.

--An armed robbery reported last Monday in the town of Cyrus in Pope County that then led to a vehicle chase with police that ended near Albany supposedly never happened. The robbery was reported by a third party but deputies could not find the victim in question. The robbery turned out to be a case in which two people went to a Cyrus residence to retrieve property that had been taken from them. Authorities spotted the vehicle in Sauk Centre where the driver then fled with speeds reaching 90 miles per hour, stop sticks were put out and the tires of the vehicle deflated but still managed to drive a distance before a squad car was used to strike the vehicle stopping it near Albany. The driver fled on foot and was later apprehended for fleeing police and driving while intoxicated. The Pope County Attorney’s Office said there are no robbery charges against the two in the vehicle and the alleged victim is not cooperating with deputies.

--Lana Betts, age 68 of Little Falls.
--Alvin John Stangl, age 75 of Pierz.
--Richard A. Petrin, age 72 of Pierz.
--Dorothy Burgardt, age 87 of Little Falls.
--Wayne Waytashek, age 52 of Cambridge formerly of Pierz.

TODAY= snow showers, mix at time, cloudy, breezy, high 37.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, breezy, low 28.
TUESDAY= partly sunny, high near 40, cloudy at night, low 26.
WEDNESDAY= snow likely 2-5 inches by Thursday- high near 40.

TWINS= Mets rout the Twins Friday 16-5 then win 4-2 Saturday. Twins/Mets postponed Sunday will be made up August 19th. Twins host Angels tonight 6:40pm pregame on WYRQ.
SCSU= St. Cloud State has their first Hobey Baker Award winner as Drew LeBlanc was given the honor Friday night in Pittsburgh. LeBlanc is from Hermantown and is the senior center for SCSU that advanced to the Frozen Four for the first time in team history. LeBlanc is a math education major and has already been student teaching at St. Cloud Apollo High School.
HANOWSKI= Ben Hanowski has even an better chance to become the first Little Falls graduate to play in the NHL. Hanowski signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Calgary Flames Friday which includes a $90,000 signing bonus. The deal means that Hanowski will play with the Flames or be assigned to their American Hockey League affiliate in British Columbia. Hanowski and his St. Cloud State teammates flew back from Pittsburgh over the weekend after competing in the NCAA Frozen Four. Hanowski did state that he plans to continue working toward his degree of a business major.

Lunch today, stop into the West Side Bar in Little Falls.

Friday- April 12th, 2013

--Sgt. Curt Mowers appeared on Little Falls Radio Thursday morning and reminds drivers that they need to slow down after the heavy wet snow Thursday. Snow continues to be in the forecast today before things lighten up tonight. Mowers stated that many pick-up truck and SUV drivers are driving way too fast. Mowers said to drive with headlights on at all times, BUCKLE UP, and allow plenty of time to get to your destinations. Mowers added you should always stay back from snow plows. Mowers stated there were numerous crashes and vehicles leaving the roadways Thursday from the heavy wet snow, sleet, strong winds and poor visibilities. Snow is likely into the afternoon today before letting up. A dry day Saturday then rain and snow returns for Sunday and Monday. Get full weather details 24/7 at the weatherology page at then weather.

--The Little Falls Police Department is investigating a burglary Tuesday morning on Haven Road where the complaint stated a break-in had occurred but no report if anything was stolen. Police also received information Monday that a person was charged an excess amount of money from a transaction at a store that they did not authorize. Authorities are looking into the call. Authorities remind all residents to be careful when using credit cards or other money transactions so that your information does not end up in the wrong hands. Also never give out personal or financial information over the phone or by e-mail if you did not initiate the contact. In nearly all cases if they call you and request this information, it is likely a scam.

--St. Cloud School District is expected to vote on the contract for new Superintendent Willie L. Jett II at their April 25th meeting. The proposed contract presented this week will start Jett at a salary of $170,000 for year one with a raise to $173,950 and then a raise to $178,200 in the third year of the contract. Jett was selected and approved to be the school’s next superintendent on February 27th after candidates were interviewed beginning this summer.

--St. Cloud’s school board has approved the resignation of coach Nik Peterson, who had been suspended from his duties while an investigation by the school district takes place. Nik Peterson, who coaches baseball, basketball, football and is a special education teacher, was suspended after a complaint was filed to the school district. The district only stated the district received a complaint via e-mail and are currently investigating it. That is why Peterson was suspended. Peterson has no prior history of disciplinary actions.

--The Staples-Motley Early Childhood Coalition will host its Move, Drop (everything) and Read event at 6pm Tuesday at Motley Elementary. The event is open to all children from birth to 5 years old and their families. This is a fun-filled safe environment where children may explore the wonders of reading. Another goal is to discover how important it is to feed to the brain with activity and movement.

--Ten men have been indicted in federal court for allegedly poaching walleye and other protected fish from the Red Lake and Leech Lake Reservations and selling them on the black market. Authorities estimated the value of the fish to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Each man faces five years in prison if convicted of the charges against them which included the sale, transportation and purchasing of fish in violation of federal law.

--Jim Graves announced Thursday that he will run for the DFL endorsement in the 6th District Congressional Seat in 2014. Graves lost to Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann by 4,300 votes in 2012.

--Minnesota State Patrol Public Information officer Eric Roeske is reporting that statewide, troopers handled 187 crashes Thursday morning alone. There were injuries in 18 of those incidents, although nothing serious or fatal. Also reports of hundreds of vehicles off the roadways from sliding into ditches. A semi-truck jackknifed north of Highway 115 near the Camp Ripley exit, no injuries, a semi-truck incident also occurred on East St. Germain Street north of St. Cloud blocking traffic for a while Thursday. The St. Cloud Police Department had to close westbound Minnesota Highway 23 at Lincoln Avenue because of several accidents. A reminder again to slow down and pay attention today as snow continues to be an issue today and again with mixed precipitation on Sunday.

--The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office reports the public access on Pine Lake, commonly referred to as Big Pine Lake, in the City of Crosslake has been closed. A portion of the rock dam on the outlet side of the lake has washed out, affecting the water level of the lake. Ice conditions on Big Pine are considered unsafe and no one should venture out on the ice. The closure will remain in effect until the lake is clear of ice. The county highway department is working with the Minnesota DNR to repair the damage.

--The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill to rename a portion of State Highway 23 after slain Cold Spring-Richmond Police Officer Tom Decker. The bill passed unanimously by the Senate on Thursday is meant to honor Decker, who was shot and killed on a call in downtown Cold Spring last November. A man police described as a “person of interest” committed suicide about a month later after investigators pursued him. The bill renames Highway 23 for Decker from Richmond to Wakefield Township. Signs will mark that stretch of road. An identical bill awaits a vote in that House.

--The 33rd Annual High School Art Show Closing Reception will be held 2:00-4:00pm on April 20th at the Great River Regional Library in St. Cloud. The awards will be announced online and during the reception, which is free and open to the public. This exhibition features artwork from area high schools, including Little Falls, Upsala, Foley, Cathedral, Tech, Sartell, Rocori, Elk River, Annandale, and St. Johns Prep. 125 pieces were submitted and there will be $1200 in prizes awarded. The Ellingson Award provided by the American Association of University Women is awarded to a senior.

--Tyler and Jennifer Gangelhoff of Little Falls, girl born April 10th

TODAY= snow likely until noon, mostly cloudy, high 35.
TONIGHT= occasional snow showers, low 21.
SATURDAY= partly sunny, high 38, snow and sleet very late- low 29.
SUNDAY= rain, sleet and snow, up to 3 inches, high near 40, low 28.
MONDAY= mostly cloudy, few snow showers, high 40, low 28.

SCSU= Quinnipiac defeated St. Cloud State 4-1 in Frozen Four semi-finals and will face Yale Saturday for the NCAA Hockey Title.
TWINS= Twins open a inter-league series with the Mets tonight at Target Field. Pregame is tonight at 6:40, Saturday at 2:40pm and Sunday at 12:40pm. All games live on Q92 WYRQ.

“Loss for Words” tonight, “Suite 1A” Saturday at West Side Bar

Thursday- April 11th, 2013

--Travel will be very tricky today as Winter Storm Warnings and Weather advisories continue into Friday. Morrison, Mille Lacs, Todd, Stearns, Benton and many other counties are in a Winter Storm Warning until 7pm tonight then those same counties are put in a winter weather advisory through Friday afternoon. Many areas in the southern two-thirds of the state are looking for 4-10 inches of snow with the heaviest in west-central Minnesota from Redwood Falls, Willmar to St. Cloud and south of Little Falls. The snow will be heavy and wet causing travel difficulties today and into Friday.

--Motley firefighters are investigating a vehicle fire that has been ruled arson. Just after 6am Tuesday a car fire was reported on Highway 10 West. Police and firefighters were able to extinguish the fire. They found out later that there was a child sleeping in the home just 20 feet from the burning vehicle. The fire began in the back of the vehicle and it was a total loss. The State Fire Marshal told firefighters it is believed the fire was started intentionally but their investigation is ongoing.

--Even though the weather outside doesn’t make us think of severe weather, for more than 25 years the state of Minnesota has conducted a Severe Weather Awareness Week in partnership with the National Weather Service and local governments. Severe Weather Awareness Week will be next week April 15th through 19th. The information campaign is designed to teach and remind Minnesotans about weather hazards and provides resources to minimize the risks associated with severe weather. Next Thursday (18th) there will be two statewide tornado drills at 1:45pm and 6:55pm. At those times sirens, weather radios and radio stations will sound with emergency alert messages in a simulated tornado warning. The first drill is intended for businesses, schools and institutions to work on tornado safety measures. The second one is for 2nd shift workers and also families at home to create a safety measure in tornado warning alerts. Each day will have a certain topic- Monday Alerts and Warnings, Tuesday Severe Weather, Lightning and Hail, Wednesday Floods, Thursday Tornadoes and Friday Extreme Heat. For specific information about these topics, including factsheets, checklists, data and other resources go to the department of public safety websites at

--Mayor Joe Perske of Sartell gave a State of the City address Tuesday and talked about the loss of jobs and the ending of an era of the Verso Paper Mill that closed late last year following an explosion on Memorial Day. The explosion killed 1 and injured 4 others. It stopped all activity at the mill. The mill likely will be demolished eventually now that AIM Development, will be scrapping much of the metal from the building, and the equipment inside will be sold or auctioned. Eventually the rest of the structures likely will be demolished and the site will be redeveloped. Mayor Perske did talk about the real estate market the bad being a number of foreclosures in the area in 2012 and the good with the commercial growth of residential construction and the recent road work projects.

--A small fire at Midway Iron in St. Cloud had resulted in blocked traffic along Lincoln Avenue. Around 9am Wednesday the St. Cloud Fire Department was dispatched to Lincoln Avenue for a fire call. The fire was contained to a dust collection system. Efforts to put out the fire meant police had to block traffic along Lincoln Avenue from East St. Germain Street to Benton Drive. No one was injured in the fire.

--Sauk Rapids-Rice school district has chosen Christina Bemboom as principal of Rice Elementary School. Bemboom is director of special education in Little Falls and has more than 10 years of administrative experience. She has worked as a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing. She has worked at all levels of education and has extensive experience at the elementary level. She completed her doctorate in 2011 at the University of Minnesota and has been involved statewide in the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports program. Bemboom replaces Nate Rudolph who was selected to replace Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School Principal Larry Stracke. The school board will be asked to approve the choice April 22.

--A vehicle chase that started Wednesday morning after a report of an armed robbery in Pope County ended when a state trooper ran a disabled vehicle off the road near Albany. The robbery was reported about 8:15am near Cyrus, and a suspect vehicle was reported to be heading east on Minnesota Highway 28. About 30 minutes later, a trooper spotted a vehicle near Sauk Centre. Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled east on Interstate 94, reaching speeds of nearly 90 mph. Troopers used “stop sticks” to flatten the vehicle’s tires near Freeport. The fleeing vehicle continued on, even though multiple tires had been deflated. A trooper then ran the disabled vehicle off the road and through a freeway fence near Albany. Two men and a woman inside the vehicle were taken into custody without further resistance. Formal charges are pending from the robbery.

--The Mayor of Sauk Rapids has pleaded guilty to driving drunk following a February crash and failed breath test. 48-year-old Brad Gunderson pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence and was immediately sentenced to a year in jail with all but 15 days stayed, a $3,000 fine with all but $900 stayed and will be on probation for up to six years. Gunderson must also abstain from alcohol, pay for damage to a street sign and trash container from the crash and attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving Victim Impact meeting. The State Patrol says Gunderson’s blood alcohol level was .26 more than three times the legal limit. Even after the guilty plea, Gunderson stated he has no plans of stepping down as mayor.

--Nathan Cheeseman and Rosemary Ritchie-Stabno of LF, girl 4-9

--Eleanor Jabas, age 94 of Little Falls.
--Yvonne Mead, age 76 of Sartell.

TODAY= snow, heavy at times, 4-8 inches, breezy, high near 30.
TONIGHT= snow likely another 1-2 inches, low 25.
FRIDAY= snow likely early, then light snow, up to 1 inch, high 35
SATURDAY= partly sunny, high 38, snow likely at night, low 27.
SUNDAY= rain likely, mixed with ice and snow, high 39, low 28.

SCSU= The St. Cloud State Husky Men’s Hockey team takes on Quinnipiac tonight in the NCAA Frozen Four in Pittsburgh.
TWINS= Twins lose 3-0 Wednesday to KC, Twins are off today.

“Loss For Words” Friday, “Suite 1A” Saturday at West Side Bar.

Wednesday- April 10th, 2013

--The Pierz City Council met Monday night. At the meeting the council approved a new three year contract with Pierz Sanitation for garbage services. That agreement runs from November 1st, 2013 thru October 31st, 2016. The council accepted Pierz Sanitation’s request for a 3% rate increase due to fuel changes. For residents between garbage and recycling that will cause a total 50 cents increase. The council did change their dog licensing program to have everyone renew on July 1st of every year. For residents if they renew by July 1st the fee will only be $10 but if it is after the fee will be $20. The city believes this will help them manage it and make it easier to send out reminders.

--The Morrison County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday morning. The large assembly permit application for Pierz Freedom Fest was approved. The board heard several reports including from South Country Health Alliance, Camp Ripley and others.

--A Pequot Lakes man suffered second-degree burns to his hands when a fire ignited in a rental unit he was in Monday morning. Firefighters from Pequot Lakes, Nisswa, Ideal and Crosslake responded around 2:30am to Rae Avenue where two units of a four plex were on fire. It was reported the fire started from unattended cooking in the kitchen of a unit then spread into the attic area and the roof of the building. One other unit received damage from the fire. Richard Aase was in one of the units and tried to extinguish the fire but ended up with burns to his hands and forearms and was taken to the Brainerd Hospital. No other injuries were reported. The unit that Aase was in was a total loss and the other unit had significant smoke damage but should still be livable in time.

--District 9 Senator Paul Gazelka has introduced a bill in the Senate to exempt military retirement income from income taxes. The bill was brought to the Senate Tax Reform Division Committee last week for their consideration to possibly be added to the Senate Tax Committee’s Omnibus Tax Bill. The aim of this legislation is to attract retired military members to move back to Minnesota once they’re finished with their career in the military. Senator Gazelka hopes that the item will be placed in the large bill before the 2013 legislature adjourns on May 20th.

--Little Falls police in the past week investigated several mailboxes being damaged on Lowery Drive. There were also reports of other mailboxes on other streets in the area also damaged. Police were informed of a burglary on 8th Street Northeast where $300 of change was taken. Crow Wing County Sheriff’s deputies had received a report Saturday morning of a burglary from a shed north of Hillman. The reports only stated that the shed had been broken into the night before but the report did not state if anything was taken.

--The Brainerd School Board Monday announced the starting of cutting a projected $944,000 from the budget deficit they will have next year. The Superintendent suggested the process to reduce $600,000. That will include a large number of staff that is retiring at the end of the school year and stated Monday his hope still is not to lay anyone off. About 35 retirements and resignations are expected before the next school year begins in September. Other cuts were mostly administrative in nature but the superintendent and the School Board still have a ways to go to cut around $350,000 from the budget through the next year from the deficit.

--Camp Ripley will be hosting their semi-annual Retirement Seminar and Breakfast on April 18th at 8:30am coffee with breakfast and meeting to follow. For info call 749-2428.

--Nisswa firefighters responded to a structure fire Sunday afternoon on Garden View Road in Nisswa. The fire was called in around 4pm. The home owned by Jamie Burnard had extensive smoke damage but firefighters stated that the home was not a total loss. The cause appeared to be from a water line attached to the refrigerator which is believed to have actually helped contain the fire. No injuries.

--The Minnesota State Patrol, Todd County Deputies and Staples firefighters helped contain a vehicle fire on Highway 10 in Staples Friday night around 11pm. No injuries. The vehicle was a total loss.

--The last parent/teacher conferences for the Little Falls Community Middle School this school year will be Monday, April 22nd from 4-7pm. We encourage parents/guardians to attend if at all possible to help to plan for student’s academic success.

--A St. Paul man who used the Internet to solicit a 13-year-old Stearns County girl for sex was sentenced Monday to probation and an undetermined amount of time at an adult foster care facility. Stearns County prosecutors argued that 60 year old William Freeman of St. Paul, should go to prison for 5 ½ years after pleading guilty to seven felonies relating to the solicitation, which happened in January 2012. Freeman and the girl never came into contact, but Freeman was accused of sending the girl a lewd picture of himself. Freeman’s attorney argued that Freeman, who only has a few speeding tickets on his record, should be sentenced to probation rather than prison. Two psychologists who examined Freeman said that he was a low risk to re-offend. Freeman was sentenced to 66 months, but the sentence was stayed with conditions.

--Longtime Mouseketeer, singer and actress, Annette Funicello died Monday at the age of 70. Funicello started on the Mickey Mouse Club in 1955 at the age of 12. She would later star in a number of the Beach Party movies with Frankie Avalon. Funicello announced in 1992 that she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

--LaVerne Carson Preimesberger, age 94 of Minneapolis and Hillman.

TODAY= cloudy, high 37.
TONIGHT= snow, heavy overnight, 1-3 inches, low 26.
THURSDAY= snow likely, 3-5 inches, windy, high 32.
FRIDAY= occasional snow showers, less windy, high 37.

TWINS= Royals score 5 runs in 1st inning to go onto beat the Twins 7-4 Tuesday. Twins and Royals wrap up series tonight in Kansas City with pregame at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ. Twins are off Thursday then host the New York Mets for a weekend series at Target Field.

IN 1970= Paul McCartney announced that the Beatles had disbanded as a group and he was starting a new band called Wings.

“Loss for Words” Friday, “Suite 1A” Saturday at West Side Bar

Tuesday- April 9th, 2013

--The Minnesota Fishing Museum in Little Falls, and The Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota in Brainerd, have agreed in principal to a merger of the two institutions. Both organizations share a rich history of celebrating the traditions of sport fishing, and supporting further education of the sport with the youth of Minnesota. According to Scott Mitchell who serves as the director of the Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota, the vision is to soon share physical space in the Little Falls area, creating a premier destination for families to visit as part of their outdoor Lakes Area experience. Together, this facility will be one of the best freshwater fishing education experiences in the country for both youth and adults. Since both organizations are non-profits, the merger process will be approached and completed in full compliance with all non-profit regulations, and be officially called The Minnesota Fishing Museum and Hall of Fame Education Center.

--The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for portions of southern, western and central Minnesota including Stearns and Wright County until Thursday. Morrison County is in a winter weather advisory through Thursday with potential of 3-5 inches of snow by Thursday. Areas south and west will see rain to sleet and heavy snow of over 6 inches by Thursday.

--The 3rd annual Day of Caring in Little Falls is Wednesday, May 1st but the deadline for signup is tomorrow. Registration forms are available at several area locations including here at the radio station. You can also get more information or register by calling Healthy Communities Collaborative at (320) 631-5677.

--The 9th annual Physically Disabled Veterans Turkey Hunt will be held April 23rd-25th at Camp Ripley. 40 veterans between the ages of 26 and 91 will participate. Of those hunting 12 will be hunting from wheel chairs. Participating veterans have served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

--Eight people were killed on Minnesota roads this past weekend making it the deadliest weekend of the year according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The eight deaths include five on Sunday, the deadliest day of the year. State Patrol Lieutenant Eric Roeske says there are four things drivers can do to protect themselves and others: wear their seat belt, drive at safe speeds, pay attention, and don’t drink and drive. Roeske says those four factors or a combination are common in just about every fatal crash they investigate. Roeske says four people ejected from a van on Interstate 94 Sunday in Minneapolis were not buckled up and three were killed. The motorcyclist who died after running a red light in Brooklyn Park Sunday night was going 130 mph before crashing into an S-U-V.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet today at 9am at the government center in Little Falls. Agenda items include making proclamations for National Crime Victim’s Rights week, Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Distracted Driving Free Day. The Board will hear from the South Country Health Alliance, Camp Ripley with their annual report, social services, public health, planning and zoning and other county agency reports. The Board will discuss and vote on a Large Assembly Permit application for the Pierz Freedom Fest which will take place at the Genola campgrounds July 4th weekend.

--The Benton County Sheriff’s Office recently completed a check of its 32 “predatory offenders” and found that all were in compliance with their registration requirements. The checks are done twice a year. The checks are done in person and are to ensure that offenders are in compliance with the state predatory offender registration law.

--Two men were arrested Thursday after agents of the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division received information of a meth lab on Walnut Street in Brainerd. Deputies and police officers were able to secure the apartment and arrest 2 male individuals. 30-year-old Kyle Johnson of Baxter and 30-year-old Curtis Larson-Stapleton of Nisswa were arrested and are awaiting charges through the Crow Wing County Attorney’s Office. Johnson has previous arrests for operating meth lab in the Brainerd area back in 2010.

--A 20-year-old Baxter man was injured in a one vehicle crash Thursday night on Highway 210 in Baxter. The vehicle also started on fire following the crash and the driver of the vehicle fled on foot before authorities arrived. Officers located Brandon Lund and took him to the area hospital. Lund was treated and released and cited for leaving an accident scene. Brainerd firefighters assisted at the scene.

--Governor Mark Dayton Monday rolled out his 750-million dollar bonding proposal for state public works projects. It includes 109 million dollars to continue renovations at the state capitol, 85 million for a new high tech lab at the U of M, 58 million to expand the Minneapolis Veterans Home and other facilities, plus 47 million for improvements at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter and 32 million to the St. Cloud Men’s prison. There’s also money for the repair of roads, bridges, and higher education buildings plus a variety of other projects. As promised, Dayton also included funding in his bonding proposal for convention center upgrades in St. Cloud, Mankato, and Rochester. Noticeably absent but still being handled separately by the legislature is Mayo Clinic’s request for nearly 600 million dollars in infrastructure improvements around its planned expansion in downtown Rochester. Lawmakers are still wrangling with how to fund it, but the governor contends the “Destination Medical Center” project is critical and he says Mayo moving elsewhere would be catastrophic for this state. Some key lawmakers want Rochester to kick in a larger share of infrastructure costs.

--Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died Monday at age 87. Baroness Thatcher was known as the “Iron Lady” during her tenure as Prime Minister from 1979-1990.

--Viola Breitling, age 86 of Verndale

TODAY= cloudy, chance of mixed precipitation, breezy, high 35.
TONIGHT= snow likely- up to 1 inch, low 28.
WEDNESDAY= snow likely, mixed with sleet, high 37, low 24
WED NITE/THURS= snow likely, totals of 3-7 inches, high 33.

COL BB= Louisville is national champions for men’s basketball defeating Michigan in the title game last night 82-76. Louisville will try and win the women’s championship in basketball tonight against women’s powerhouse Connecticut, tipoff is at 7:30pm.
TWINS= Kansas City scored 3 in the bottom of the 8th yesterday to beat the Twins 3-1. Twins and Royals tonight 6:40pm on Q92

“Loss for Words” Friday, happy hour specials daily at West Side Bar

Monday- April 8th, 2013

--Upsala Schools Superintendent Gery Arndt presented a proposal to the School Board recently to make up school days missed by snow and also for the girls and boys basketball teams at the state tournament. Upsala Schools will be in session both May 28 and 29 for teachers and students to make up two of the four days missed. With students in school those two days, the teacher inservice day will be pushed back to May 30, with May 31 being an optional teacher workshop day. In order to meet teachers’ contractual obligations, they are required to make up all four days. Teachers will be able to make up one of the days by putting in eight hours on their own before the end of the current school year by obtaining pre-approval from Dean of Students Vern Capelle. The fourth day to be made up will become the first day of the 2013-2014 school calendar, as a faculty work day on August 26th. Also at the Upsala School Board meeting the board congratulated the Girls and Boys Basketball teams for making it to state. The Boys finished 4th in the state tournament. The board approved a number of donations and also approved the purchase of a 2013 van to replace the old van which must be removed from service after failing a recent bus inspection.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fire in Pierz on Pine View Road on Easter Sunday. After arriving they noticed it was a wood pile on fire and that the Pierz Fire Department had extinguished it. The Brainerd Fire Department responded Thursday to Westport Mall around noon. A construction crew had broken the sprinkler system causing the alarms to go off in the building. The water to the building was shut off so that the sprinklers would not malfunction. There were no injuries and no evacuations were needed.

--Researchers studying water samples from the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers for fragments of Asian carp DNA say they found little evidence of bighead and silver carp in Minnesota. The study released Thursday concludes that while the invasive fish are present in Minnesota, their numbers are likely relatively low.

--25-year-old Frank LaRose of Longville was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison on charges of second degree murder in Cass County District Court. LaRose pleaded guilty to stabbing James Elmberg of rural Walker on February 5th, 2012. LaRose stated that he and Elmberg were drinking alcohol with others at a Walker residence and an argument started between LaRose and another person, when Elmberg intervened. LaRose perceived that Elmberg was lunging at him and struck him in the chest with a knife. He continually stated during his hearing that he did not intend to kill Elmbeg. LaRose’s sentence is consistent with Minnesota sentencing guidelines.

--The Pierz City Council meets tonight at 7pm. Agenda items include sidewalk maintenance, solid waste contract approval and solid waste rate changes. There will also be a donation for the May 10th Poppy Day and reports from various city departments.

--Authorities have apprehended two prisoners who fled the Duluth Federal Prison Camp late Saturday. The U.S. Marshals Service Northstar Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Gerald James Greenfield and Michael Joseph Krzyzaniak at about 1am Friday morning in Burnsville. Greenfield and Krzyzaniak were imprisoned at the facility after being convicted of defrauding investors of millions of dollars. Both were discovered missing at about 10:00pm Saturday from the minimum-security camp near the Duluth International Airport, according to officials from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

--Thirty-six Little Falls Community High School wind ensemble members took part in the 2013 Music Festivals band tour March 21-26. While there, three students saved a couple lives. On the last night of the cruise Megan Koenig, Kaitlin Hanson and Emily Leisenheimer were talking with one of the crew members on the 4th deck. The students saw a boat in the water with just one light. When the boat got closer, they heard them yelling for help. They were waving a white cloth and flashing their light. They told the crew member to get help. Officers arrived and asked the students many questions. By then, the boat was far off, but the one light was still visible. The crew contacted the captain of the cruise ship who turned it around and went after the people in the boat. It took another 10 minutes to reach the boat. A ladder was dropped from the cruise ship and the men were brought on board. The people on the boat were severely sunburned, blistered and dehydrated. The students think they were Cuban fishermen in distress since the ship was just 80 miles from Cuba. The group was later told that without their keen eyes, the two men in the boat would not have lasted another day.

--Victims have filed suit in federal court against a former Stearns County Sheriff’s Office sergeant who pleaded guilty last May to criminal sexual conduct and providing alcohol to a minor. The suit, which demands a jury trial, names Phillip Jerome Meemken of St. Augusta as well as Boy Scouts of America, Central Minnesota Council Boy Scouts of America and Stearns County. The county and Boy Scout organizations operated the Stearns County Sheriff Explorer Scout program, and the suit claims Meemken’s role as an Explorer Scout adviser allowed him to develop relationships with the teen victims. The lawsuit accuses Meemken of sexual abuse and violating federal civil rights in his actions as a law enforcement officer.

--Cody Post and Ashley Mann of Little Falls, boy on April 4th
--Joshua and Toni Kraska of Swanville, a boy born April 4th.

--Harvey Vosen, age 80 of Little Falls
--John Poliseno, age 88 of Little Falls.
--Veronica ‘Vern’ Otremba, age 81 of Pierz.

TODAY= 40% chance of rain, cloudy, high 42.
TONIGHT= a chance of rain/snow mix, low around 29.
TUESDAY= mostly cloudy, chance of snow in morning, high 37.
TUE NITE/WED= snow likely 2-4 inches, breezy, high 35, low 30.

TWINS= Twins lose Friday 9-5 to Baltimore. Twins win Saturday 6-5 due to key kits from Aaron Hicks and Justin Morneau. Twins win 4-3 Sunday to take the series over Orioles. Twins open a series at Kansas City against the Royals today at 2:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
SCSU= a send off will be held for the St. Cloud State Husky men’s hockey team Tuesday at 9am in St. Cloud. The event is open to the public. St. Cloud will take on Quinnipiac Thursday night in the Frozen Four semi-finals in Pittsburgh.
COL BB= Louisville vs. Michigan tonight for national championship.

Great lunches and happy hour specials daily at the West Side Bar

Friday- April 5th, 2013

--The WAIT is over as the 25th Annual AM960 KLTF Home Garden and Leisure Show begins today at 3pm. Admission & parking is free, see vendors and check out promotions going on through Little Falls Radio. The show runs 3pm to 9pm today and Saturday from 9am to 3pm. Details at or call 320-632-2992.

--Assistant Morrison County Attorney Todd Kosovich is one of three candidates that the Commission of Judicial Selection has recommended to Governor Mark Dayton for consideration to fill a vacancy in the state’s Seventh Judicial District. The vacancy occurred with the retirement of Judge James W. Hoolihan. The seat will be chambered in Foley within the 7th district. The other two candidates include Benton County Attorney Robert Raupp and Shan Wang, who is the assistant chief of the Criminal Division in the Stearns County Attorney’s office. Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District consists of Becker, Benton, Clay, Douglas, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Stearns, Todd and Wadena Counties. An announcement of the appointment will be made following an interview process over the next few weeks.

--Camp Ripley reminds those that today from 10:00am-3:00pm the Camp Ripley Conference Center will hold a Veterans College Fair with over 30 institutions of higher learning in attendance. The College Fair, organized by the Veterans' Center of Central Lakes College, is aimed at Soldiers or veterans who are thinking about starting a degree program, going back to school, or gifting G.I. Bill benefits to a son or daughter. The college fair is open to civilians, Soldiers and college bound students.  Visitors to Camp Ripley need only show a valid driver's license when driving on to the post.

--Around 50 residents turned out Tuesday for a special meeting on the future of the Cushing Post Office. Little Falls Postmaster John Korf and Holdingford Postmaster Sue Trocke said retail hours for the Cushing Post Office would more than likely be reduced to four hours a day, Monday through Friday. Saturday’s hours would remain 8-9:30am. Residents with a Cushing address were sent a survey which contained options on the future of the Cushing Post Office. Of the 745 surveys sent nearly 72% of those surveyed wanted a realignment of hours, 11% wanted expanded delivery and 10% wanted to change to a nearby post office. A final decision on hours is expected in the next few weeks. Lobby hours would not be affected, nor would the access to post office boxes.

--This coming Monday, the annual District Jazz Night concert will take place in the Charles D. Martin Auditorium. 6 jazz ensembles from Mary of Lourdes and the Community Middle and High School wil perform. This year they will be joined by guest soloist Robert Baca who has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra and worked with ensembles with Garrison Keilor’s Prairie Home Companion, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Buddy Rich and Mel Torme. The event is $3 for adults and $1 for children. That is Monday night at 7pm.

--The 3rd annual Day of Caring in Little Falls is Wednesday, May 1st. They are looking for homebound individuals and individuals in the Little Falls and Randall areas who need assistance completing outdoor household projects. Projects must be able to be completed within three hours. Registration forms are available at several locations including the Little Falls Radio Station Office. You must register by this Wednesday, April 10th. For information call 631-5677. More details on KLTF Party Line Monday just after 10am.

--Todd County continues to receive calls of scams occurring in the county. The most recent was in Clarissa when a resident received a call from a company called YHG who called them to verify checking account information from a reporting party. The sheriff’s office stated that they gave no personal information or banking info to the caller. However, a few days later, the reporting parties bank called and stated that a fake check had come through the bank and had the reporting parties name and bank account information. The bank in Eagle Bend told the caller they did not authorize payment of the fake check. Todd County is reminding residents if you receive calls or e-mails of this nature to hang up and contact law enforcement and to never give out any personal information over the phone as even the slightest information could have major repercussions.

--A 32-year-old Menagha man involved in a pursuit January in Morrison County was in District Court this week. The judge ruled that the next court date for Eric Makela will be May 13th. Makela was the passenger in the vehicle and charged with felony first-degree possession of drugs of 25 grams of more.

--NBC confirmed Wednesday that Jay Leno, longtime host of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," will wrap up what will be 22 years of headlining the iconic late-night show in Spring 2014. He will be replaced by Jimmy Fallon, now host of NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."  As part of the transition, "The Tonight Show" will be returning to its original home in 30 Rock in New York and will be executive-produced by Emmy Award winner Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live fame.

--The Pierz City Council meets Monday at 7pm at Pierz City Hall.

--John and Michelle Rueckert of Foley, a boy born April 2nd.
--Robert and Nicole Veldkamp of Burtrum, a boy born April 2nd.
--Jesse and Amy Oothoudt of Little Falls, a boy born April 2nd.

--Tony A. Achmann, age 62 of Upsala.
--Gladys Lanners, age 79 of Little Rock.

TODAY= rain and snow by afternoon, about 1 inch, high 37.
TONIGHT= rain and snow low 33 slushy amounts in areas.
SATURDAY= rain likely, ½ inch possible, high 45, low 29.
SAT NITE/SUN- rain/snow into early Sunday then clouds, high 45.
MONDAY= chance of rain/snow mix, high 46, low 33.

TWINS= Twins beat Detroit 8-2 Thursday to take their opening series, thanks to homeruns from Josh Willingham and Trevor Plouffe. Twins open series at Baltimore today, pregame at 1:35pm this afternoon on Q92 WYRQ, Saturday at 5:35pm and Sunday at 12:05pm. Also catch Inside Twins Saturday just after 9am and the Ron Gardenhire Show Sunday at 9:30am all on Q92 WYRQ.
CC= Coaches Corner Saturday just after 9am on AM960 KLTF. Ben Hanowski joins Al for an interview on the show tomorrow morning.

Northstar Entertainment tonight and Saturday at the West Side Bar

Thursday- April 4th, 2013

--Camp Ripley expects a lighter year this summer with June being the big month for unit training at Camp Ripley. The Camp expects next month to begin spring items which last year were well underway but the snow and cold this year has caused a later start. Beginning in May nearly 8,000 military personnel with four engineering battalions will be coming to the base. More than 9,000 will be there by June. Units will include combat arms and air assault battalions and a combat aviation brigade among air traffic, medical support, military police, engineering, transportation and infantry units. Tanks are expected to roll in by July. So there will be loud noises again at Camp Ripley, but not until July. Also Fire Coordinator at Camp Ripley Pat Boone stated last week on Little Falls Radio that control burns will start up again but not until late this month or early May due to the snowpack and hard ground. But when the melting is complete control burns will be going again at Camp Ripley. They will notify the pubic before doing so.

--Mobile food vendors will be allowed in the city of Brainerd for a trial period, but the specifics have yet to be spelled out. Council members unanimously agreed at Monday’s meeting to allow the mobile food vendors but to have the details like permit cost, dates of the trial period and just where the mobile food vendors should be allowed to be hashed out by city staff and a few council members. Those recommendations will be brought back to the whole council at its next meeting. Councilwoman Mary Koep suggested the cost of the permit should be $750, while other council members agreed $200 would be better.

--The National Average price of gasoline dropped during March for the first time in ten years and gas prices now average nearly 30-cents a gallon less than one year ago. Gail Weinholzer with Triple-A Minnesota says gas prices this year spiked in February, something the state typically doesn’t see until spring. She says Minnesotans could se prices increase slightly over the next month or two as the switchover from the winter-to summer grade fuels is completed. The average price in Minnesota today is $3.60 for a gallon for gas.

--Ripley Township will be holding a clean-up day for residents living outside the city limits but within Ripley Township on April 13th at the Ripley Town Hall from 8am to noon. This collection is intended for residentially generated items only. Persons with questions many call Norma Bjornson at 745-2512.

--Wadena police were searching for a 31-year-old man who went missing last week after leaving a hospital in Fargo, North Dakota but he has been found safe. Police stated that James Henry Lange, who is a diabetic, left in a four-door blue Dodge Neon en route to Wadena. He was following a family member from Fargo but never arrived at the Wadena residence. Lange was reported missing on Saturday but Tuesday night all Wadena police stated is that Lange was found safe and is OK and thanked all who helped in the search for Lange but again he was founds safe Tuesday.

--Brainerd firefighters aided in helping a snowmobiler from North Long Lake. Monday around 9:30pm a male driver was found along the shore of the lake where his snowmobile had stalled, the driver attempted to make it to shore but fell in the lake where open water was. The driver was reportedly treated at the scene for possible hypothermia then was given a ride home.

--More than 120 soldiers from the 257th Military Police Company are scheduled to return today (Thurs) to Minnesota after a year-long deployment to Afghanistan. The initial reunion with families is slated at 2pm at the Monticello Armory.

--The Foley City Council decided Tuesday to wait to add another full-time police officer for its recently formed police department. Foley’s Public Safety Committee recommended the city hire a full-time officer about mid-year at the cost of about $29,000. Some of that cost could have been defrayed by other entities. The committee made the recommendation as part of an effort to bring the department closer to the goal of 24-hour police coverage. The department provides about 17-hours of coverage a day. While many council members say they support 24-hour coverage, they want to consider the change as part of budgeting, which begins in September. That way it can be considered alongside other issues facing Foley. Last year, City Council members discussed adding an officer to raise coverage from 17 to 22 hours a day through an increase to the 2013 levy. They decided against it in September. The city resurrected the Foley police department in 2012 after disbanding it in 2003.

--The Minnesota State Patrol says March has been a particularly dangerous month for troopers.  Four squad cars have been hit as troopers assisted motorists along Minnesota interstates and highways, including the last crash on Saturday when a trooper was rear-ended by a passing vehicle on Interstate 694.  The patrol says 10 squads have been struck this year. And, since 2010, 79 trooper squads have been hit.  State Patrol officials are reminding motorists of Minnesota's "move over" law that requires drivers to move to the next lane on multi-lane roadways to give troopers room to work safely. The Ted Foss "move over" law is named for the trooper who was killed in 2000 by a passing vehicle at a crash site near Winona.

--Jennie Weyaus, age 98 of Onamia.
--Dorothy Winzenberg, age 81 of Little Falls.

TODAY= mostly sunny, breezy, high 42.
TONIGHT= clear skies, colder, low 17.
FRIDAY= clouds increase- chance of rain and snow, high 38.
FRI NITE= rain likely changing to snow 1-2 inches, low 30.
SATURDAY= rain/snow early then mostly cloudy, high 43, low 27
SUNDAY= partly sunny, chance of rain/snow mix, high 43.

TWINS= The Twins won on a walk off double in the 9th inning 3-2 over Detroit. Twins and Tigers wrap up the 3-game series 11:40am pregame with first pitch at 12:10 today on Q92 WYRQ.
COL BB= Minnesota has picked Richard Pitino, the son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, to take over for Tubby Smith. In his lone season at Florida International, Pitino led the Panthers to an 18-14 record, the school’s first winning season in 13 years. He will turn 31 in September, fitting the profile of the young, up-and-comer that Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague has preferred to hire in the past. Smith was fired last week after six seasons at Minnesota. He was hired at Texas Tech on Monday.

Northstar Entertainment Thurs Fri and Sat at West Side Bar in LF

Wednesday- April 3rd, 2013

--The Little Falls City Council met on Monday night. At the meeting there was a vote on how late minors can be at local bar and grills. Currently the city ordinance says that a minor as long as they are with a parent or guardian can be at a licensed establishment until 7:00pm. The council on a 5-2 vote decided to change that to 9:00pm. One member of the council Greg Zilka did not vote on this issue. This will take affect on April 14th, one week after being published in the weekend edition of the Morrison County Record. City officials say the reason for the change is the food aspect of the affected businesses. At the work session Monday: the council hit a snag with the donation to Darling and Green Prairie Townships for the permanent restrooms at the beach area. The council has learned they cannot legally give a donation. However, they could enter into a contract if it was for a specific public interest. The council began to look at the possibility of creating a mission statement. During the regular meeting, The Phoenix Plastics waiver of obligation passed, as did the funding request from the Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau. 3 improvements at Pine Grove Zoo passed including a remodel of a deer building, stonewall rehabilitation, and pavilion construction. The Little Falls City council meets again April 15th.

--A Stearns County judge will appoint a receiver to begin determining how much money has been donated to the family of slain Cold Spring-Richmond Police Officer Tom Decker and who should get what. Decker’s first wife, Rebecca, and his widow, Alicia, are at odds over the money that has been donated through the fund-raisers that have been held since Tom Decker was shot to death Nov. 29 outside Winner’s Bar & Grill in downtown Cold Spring. At a court hearing Monday, a Stearns County District Court Judge told both sides that a receiver will determine how much money is in at least four accounts that have been established since Decker was killed. That’s the first step in what could lead to a trial to determine how much of the donated money goes to Alicia Decker and to Rebecca Decker and the four children that she and Tom Decker had together.

--A Backus man is in the hospital after apparently being stabbed in the stomach in Cass County. Sheriff’s deputies responded Sunday night to a residence in Powers Township and located the victim, 55-year-old Richard Knutson. A 49-year-old Pine River resident has been arrested. Formal charges are still pending with the Cass County Attorney’s Office. Knutson was listed in good condition on Monday afternoon and expected to fully recover from his injuries.

--The Little Falls Police Department is investigating a burglary report from a storage unit on Mary Ann Avenue and a license plate stolen from a pickup on 1st Avenue Southwest. Police remind residents to call in reports of suspicious activity in your area to 616-5570.

--The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a truck that hit a power box on McKay Road Saturday around 1:30am. Power was knocked out in the area for over an hour and one line had come loose but did not hit the ground. Firefighters waited until the power company arrived. No injuries to the truck driver. Firefighters battled a vehicle fire on Brentwood Drive in Baxter due to a vehicle malfunction and also helped police with two property damage crashes early Monday involving a school bus on Pine Street in Brainerd and a moped on College Drive in Baxter. In both cases firefighters reported that no serious injuries occurred from the accidents.

--The Home, Garden and Leisure Show is Friday 3-9pm and Saturday 9am-3pm at the Exchange Arena in Little Falls. Free admission.

--The Sherburne County Sheriff has released preliminary causes of the deaths of a mother and her two children in Zimmerman. According to the medical examiner’s report, the death of 35-year old Stephanie Shields is a probable suicide. Her children, 7-year old Nolan, and 6-year old Josephine drowned. Their deaths are ruled as homicides. Deputies responded at 10:03am Sunday to the family’s home at 13309 Fifth Ave. S., after a neighbor discovered the bodies inside the home. The investigation is ongoing. There is no threat to the public, according to the sheriff’s department.

--On April 27th, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Todd County authorities will give another opportunity to drop off unwanted, expired or unused prescription drugs at three drop-off locations. The three sites will be at the health clinics in Staples, Long Prairie and Eagle Bend. No needles or syringes will be accepted. For more information contact the Todd County Sheriff’s Office or one of the three health clinics in Todd County. Little Falls police remind Morrison County residents that they have a drop-off in their main lobby from 8-4:30 Monday through Friday for you to drop off unused or expired prescription drugs. For more info there call 616-5570.

--Crews from Canadian Pacific Railway have completed clean-up of around 15,000 gallons of oil that spilled near Parkers Prairie in Otter Tail County when a train derailed last week. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says they are confident that there has not been any significant impact to the surface or ground-water from the spill. The oil was trucked to a landfill in Glencoe. Fourteen train cars carrying crude oil derailed and three of the tankers leaked from the derailment. The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.

--During the month of April, military-connected youth throughout the state will be recognized for the sacrifices they make while a parent serves in the Armed Forces. Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed April as Month of the Military Child encouraging support for organizations that provide direct support to military children and families. Month of the Military Child was first celebrated in April 1986 under former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. Communities can also do their part to recognize military-connected youth during Month of the Military Child by wearing purple on Purple Up Day, which will take place April 15 to show support of military youth and families.

--This summer’s St. Cloud Air Show has been canceled. The Central Minnesota Council of Boy Scouts decided to cancel the air show Tuesday as a result of the federal sequestration, which resulted in budget cuts that included the Blue Angels.

--Jerry Blasky, age 71 of Motley.

TODAY= mostly sunny and breezy, high near 50.
TONIGHT= rain after midnight, low around 35.
THURSDAY= becoming mostly sunny, breezy, high near 40, low 25.
FRIDAY= rain and snow by afternoon, high near 40.

TWINS= Twins and Detroit play game 2 today of their 3 game series at Target Field, pregame 2:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
CC= Ben Hanowski joins Al for an interview Saturday at 9 on KLTF

“Northstar Entertainment” Thurs and Fri, lunch today at WS Bar.

Tuesday- April 2nd, 2013

--The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office Monday morning identified the three people found dead Sunday at a Zimmerman home as a woman and her two young children. Investigators are not looking for any suspects in the deaths of 35-year old Stephanie Shields, and her children 7-year old Nolan and 6-year old Josephine Shields. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has assisted in the investigation along with the Sherburne County Criminal Investigation Division. They continue to gather information to try to determine what happened at the residence. All three victims were transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office. Preliminary autopsy results are not yet available. More information is expected to be released as the investigation proceeds.

--A 29-year-old St. Cloud man and a 26-year-old St. Cloud woman were arrested by St. Cloud police Thursday evening during an investigation of a gunshot report. . The arrests were made at 6:00pm Thursday in the 600 block of 12th Avenue North in St. Cloud. A witness reported one gunshot being discharged at 1:28pm in the 400 block of 31st Avenue North. Officers discovered evidence at the scene confirming the witness report and located the suspect vehicle at an apartment building in the 600 block of 12th Avenue North. The vehicle had a hole in the floor, consistent with a gunshot. Officers located a shotgun and additional ammunition in a snowbank near the vehicle. Matthew Geurts and Kara Petschen are both facing possible charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. No injuries were reported.

--Authorities say two men convicted for fraud have escaped from a low security prison camp near Duluth. U.S. Marshals are searching for 64-year-old Michael Krzyzaniak and 67-year-old Gerald Greenfield who were reported missing from the facility Saturday night. The prison camp is on an honor system and does not have locked cells or fences around the prison. Anyone with information on their whereabouts should contact area police.

--The deadline is approaching for essays in the 21st annual Great American Think-Off. The 2013 question for the Minnesota-based philosophy contest is “Which is more ethical: sticking to your principles or being willing to compromise?” Essays can be submitted by mail to Think Off PO Box 246, New York Mills MN 56567, there is no fee. Finalists will be decided in May for the event June 8th.

--Two suspects were arrested Saturday night after a failed attempt to steal thousands of dollars worth of copper wire from a local business. Just before 10:00pm police were called to Design Electric in St. Cloud for a burglary in progress. A worker found two men inside the building without permission. 30-year-old Nathan Johnson of Robbinsdale and 38-year-old Todd Fryman of Coon Rapids were attempting to steal approximately $3,000-$4,000 worth of copper wire. Both men had fled the building when officers arrived and with help from a K-9 unit and a State Patrol helicopter both suspects were located and taken to the Stearns County Jail.

--One person was taken to St. Cloud Hospital, treated and released after a rear-end crash Thursday. Thursday around 2:30pm a vehicle driven by 27-year old Kyle Patrick Reese, was rear-ended while stopped in the left turn lane while waiting to turn from 25th Avenue to Veterans Drive. A passenger in his vehicle 25-year old Kortney Kipka was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The other driver involved in the crash was cited for inattentive driving.

--Warmer temperatures back on Friday and Saturday topping near 50 degrees caused a lot of street-flooding around Morrison County and the surrounding area. Signs in warning areas were put up on 6th Street Northeast in Little Falls due to high water across portion of the street. There were also reports of high water in eastern and northern parts of Morrison County and a number of roadways with high water in Crow Wing County as of Saturday. Colder conditions Sunday and Monday helped many areas see a subsiding of the water flow as melting ceased for a bit but temps near 50 again by Wednesday will continue to cause flooding along roads until the snowpack becomes smaller. In southern Minnesota many roadways were closed over the weekend with heavy water in areas from the snow-melt from the warming temperatures. Meteorologists report that March was one the coldest on average and April is expected to continue with below average temperatures through the 15th. Rain and or snow is forecasted late this week and early next week.

--Governor Mark Dayton stated this past weekend he plans, as of now, to run for reelection in 2014. The governor had come under some scrutiny after spending only 1 term at State Auditor and also 1 term in the U.S. Senate where he refused to run for reelection after 6 years in Washington D.C. Dayton says he has all but decided to run again for Governor but will not make an official statement on his 2nd term request until later this year.

--A new bridge to replace the existing Minnesota Highway 24 bridge over the Mississippi River in Clearwater will be built just east of the current structure. A public open house on the project will be from 5:00-7:00pm on April 8th at Clearwater City Hall. Information about the project, including the preliminary layout, will be on display, and MnDOT staff will be there to answer questions. Construction of the bridge is expected to start in July 2015 with completion in fall 2016. The existing bridge will be open while the new bridge is constructed.

--Lori (Mitchell) Benjamin, age 46 of Wahkon
--Irene E. Holz, age 82 of Brainerd.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high of 35.
TONIGHT= mostly clear, low around 15.
WEDNESDAY= mostly sunny, high near 50, rain/snow late low 30.
THURSDAY= rain/snow early then partly sunny, breezy, high 45.

TWINS= Justin Verlander shut down the Twins in the home opener as the Tigers win 4-2 Monday. The Twins are off today and resume play with Detroit Wednesday afternoon at 3:10 on Q92 WYRQ.

IN 1792= first U.S. Mint authorized by Congress put in Philadelphia
IN 1889= Charles Hall patented aluminum.
IN 1956= “The Edge and Night” and “As the World Turns” debuted on CBS television, Edge ran until 1984 and World ran until 2010.
IN 1978= Dallas debuted on CBS TV with J.R. Ewing.
IN 1987= many U.S. States got the OK to raise the speed limit on many major interstates and highways to 65 miles per hour.

Northstar Entertainment Thursday and Friday at West Side Bar

Monday- April 1st, 2013

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has announced Chelsey Robinson is their April Employee of the month. Chelsey has been a personal banker at US Bank for the past 5 ½ years. Congratulations Chelsey Robinson, the April Employee of the month.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office has released information on a number of items they investigated last month. On March 24th deputies arrested a 21-year-old man for driving a snowmobile while intoxicated, the man was found passed out on the sled near Camp Ripley. Two men were arrested March 23rd on Marie Lane due to a fight that ensued. Deputies stated that alcohol was involved in the altercation. Deputies responded to a fire March 22nd around 3:30pm at a well house on 230th Street in Randall. The structure was completely engulfed and destroyed by the fire by the time authorities arrived. The Randall Fire Department was at scene and ruled the fire electrical in nature. The Sheriff’s Office also responded to a number of theft reports, one domestic situation and reports of mailboxes being vandalized on Gayle Drive in Little Falls.

--The Royalton School Board at their recent meeting terminated the School District Payroll and Superintendant Assistant Jennifer Peters. The board ruled the termination with just cause but declined to give any other comments on it. Other items at the meeting included presenting Paul Zimny with a Standing Ovation Award, learning about the proposed outdoor memorial classroom, to be located in the school forest where a handcrafted wood bench will be dedicated to the late Linda Martin in a ceremony this spring. Accepting donations of $1,000 from the Royalton Fire and Rescue Department for the purchase of a rock climbing wall, $1,700 from the Royalton Fire Department for the purchase of a basketball Shootaway for the basketball program and $1,825 from Tom and Linda Lippert and family for the purchase of a new mascot costume and the board tabled discussion on the new school calendar. The next regularly scheduled meeting for Royalton School Board will be Monday, April 15 at 6 p.m. at the high school.

--The Little Falls City Council meets tonight at 7:30 at Little Falls City Hall. A work session will be held at 6:30pm before their meeting.

--The Brainerd Police Department has been notified by the Minnesota Department of Corrections of the anticipated release of three Level 3 Predatory Offenders that will be moving into the city limits. 39-year-old Christopher Wheeler, and 49-year-old Robert Roehl will be released from prison on April 4th and intend to live on Laurel Street, then April 11th 42-year-old Jerry Ferrier will be released and he to is planning to live in the same area of the 600 block of Laurel Street in the east side of Brainerd. Wheeler has a history of sexual contact with female victims under the age of 15, Roehl has a history of sexual contact with male victims between ages of 9 and 12 and Ferrier has a history of sexual contact with female victims between ages of 9 and 11. In all 3 cases the convicted men were known to their victims. A public notification meeting will be held on Tuesday night at 6pm at the Brainerd Police Department. The meeting is open to the public where corrections staff will be on hand to provide information regarding all 3 men and also answer any questions.

--The flu continues to circulate around the state. During the latest reporting period, four people died from flu-related complications and 18 people were hospitalized. Since the start of the flu season, 184 deaths have been confirmed. The good news, no schools or nursing homes reported outbreaks leading into the Easter break.

--As of today (April 1st) all snowmobile trails in Morrison County are closed. Again all snowmobile trails in the county closed as of today.

--46-year-old Keith Rossberg of Annandale, was found guilty by a jury Wednesday of first degree murder for killing 63-year old DeVan Hawkinson. The report says Rossberg had entered Hawkinson’s home  in Annandale, sometime between March 25th or 26th 2011. Rossberg then shot Hawkinson six times in the back of the head with his pistol as Hawkinson sat in his chair in his living room. Rossberg then lit Hawkinson on fire in an attempt to destroy the crime scene. Hawkinson’s body was found March 27, 2011. Hawkinson was 63. The jury returned its verdict after a half-week long trial.

--The man accused of killing his mother in August in her south St. Cloud home pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder in an agreement that calls for him to spend no more than 25½ years in prison. 40-year old Chad Pulju, testified Friday that he can’t recall the specifics of his mother’s death because he was drunk, but he admitted that he was the one who killed her. He is scheduled to be sentenced in early June.

--The Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division along with drug agents from the North Central Drug Task Force confiscated 15 ounces of methamphetamine with a street value of around $40,000-$50,000 Wednesday at a rural Brainerd home and a 41-year-old Brainerd man and a 23-year-old Randall woman have been charged with the crime. Timothy Clark and Kayla Mercado were charged Friday with first-degree sale of drugs in Crow Wing District Court. Clark, who has a prior felony conviction for a controlled substance, also was charged with first-degree possession of drugs. Court documents state that Clark and Mercado did on one or more occasions within a 90-day period unlawfully sell one or more mixture of a total weight of 10 grams or more containing cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine.

--Tim Taylor and Kelly Meyer of Pierz, girl born on March 26th
--Donald Jr. and Gloria Henry of Royalton, girl on March 27th

--Sister Mary Doris Goldammer, age 96 of Little Falls.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high near 30.
TONIGHT= mostly clear, low around 10 above.
TUESDAY= mostly sunny, high 34, low near 13.
WEDNESDAY= sunny and warmer, high 45- rain showers late.

TWINS= The Minnesota Twins open the regular season at a cold Target Field today. The pregame scheduled for 2:40pm with first pitch at 3:10pm. Today is expected to be the coldest opener ever. Hear today’s game and all 2013 Twins Games live on Q92 WYRQ.
HOCKEY= Yale eliminated the Gophers 3-2 in overtime Friday. St. Cloud State advanced Saturday with a 5-1 win over Notre Dame. SCSU then defeated Miami (Ohio) 4-1 on Sunday to advance to the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh on April 11th.
NCAA BAB= Wichita State, Syracuse, Michigan and Louisville are the Final Four teams for basketball by winning games over weekend.

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