News April, 2014

Wednesday- April 30th, 2014

NEWS
--The jury in the Byron Smith trial deliberated for about three hours Tuesday afternoon before finding Smith guilty on four counts of murder; two counts of first degree premeditated murder and two counts of second degree murder. Shortly after the verdicts were read Seventh District Judge Douglas Anderson sentenced Smith to two concurrent life terms in prison and Smith was taken into custody. Prosecutors asked for consecutive terms on behalf of the families of Haile Kifer and Nick Brady, saying each of the families deserved a sentence for their children that were killed. Smith shot the two teens as they burglarized his home on Thanksgiving Day 2012. Jurors received the case at noon after Prosecutor Peter Orput and Defense Attorney Steven Meshbesher made their closing statements. For an hour a packed court room heard closing arguments from Prosecutor Peter Orput. Audio recordings of the shootings of Haile Kifer and Nick Brady were again played for jurors, along with excerpts from Smith’s interview with investigators after he was taken into custody the following day. Orput told jurors, “You know what happened.” “Bring back just verdicts.” Defense Attorney Steven Meshbesher summarized Smith’s defense in an hour and 15-minutes. Meshbesher said, “We would not be here today if not for the choices made by Brady and Kifer…They would be alive.” Meshbesher said we need to stop blaming the victim…He, Smith “Is the victim.” Meshbesher stressed the two teens were committing a felony burglary at the times of their deaths and Minnesota law gives the right to homeowners to defend themselves, and their property, with lethal force if a person reasonably believes it to be necessary. At a press conference following the verdict, Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel stated, “This isn’t a case about whether you have the right to protect yourself in your home, you very clearly do, that’s a given, rather this was a case about where the limits are before and after a threat to you or your home occurs. In this case a jury has decided there are limits and they have decided where they are”. Again, 65-year old Byron Smith of Little Falls was found guilty of four counts of murder, two in the first degree and two in the second degree.

--Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl reports an increase in reported burglaries in the City of Emily along with Ross Lake and Little Pine Township areas. Information gathered through investigations indicates that some have been daytime burglaries. Sheriff Dahl is requesting the public’s help and is asking them to report any and all suspicious activity. Information provided by the public regarding suspect or vehicle descriptions could prove to be invaluable in this investigation. Reports can be given to the sheriff’s office any time of the day. Please contact the sheriff’s office at (218) 829-4749 and ask for an investigator.

--A Flood Warning remains for the Mississippi River near Fort Ripley and also for the river in Aitkin lasting through the week due to the heavy rain and high winds. Minor flooding in those areas could last through the upcoming weekend and into next week with the wet and windy conditions in the forecast into Friday. The Mississippi River in Aitkin, Brainerd and Fort Ripley was above the flood stage with some reports of minor flooding and the Crow Wing River was over its banks in the outskirts of Brainerd and near flood stage in Pillager. The water is expected to remain high through the upcoming weekend.

--The Pierz City Council met on Monday night. For the second year in a row a $2,000 donation was approved to Pierz Oktoberfest to help cover the costs.

--The 21st annual Morrison County Sheriff's Department Sandbox Fill will be held on Thursday, May 15th for anyone living within a three mile radius of bank square in Little Falls. All that is required is a donation to the food shelf. Donations can be given at the time of the sandbox fill or left by the sandbox if you are not home. To place your name on the list call (320) 632-0199 by noon on Tuesday, May 13th and leave your name, address, phone number, and where the sandbox is located on the answering machine.

--Motorists traveling Highway 169 around Lake Mille Lacs are urged to slow down and expect delays as crews will intermittently be closing lanes due to ice flows off the lake that overrun the highway. This is due to the heavy rains and wind that started Saturday night and is forecasted to continue through Wednesday night. MNDOT will monitor the site around the clock for now and close the highway when they see fit to remove the runoff of ice and water flow.

--A fallen tree caused a power outage Monday in Brainerd. The incident occurred around 7:30am and knocked out power to many in south Brainerd for about 45 minutes. Traffic was stopped for a time and rerouted around Fourth Street Southwest and Washington Street while crews worked on the downed tree and power lines. Power was restored to the area by 8:15am Monday.

--The Minnesota Court of Appeals affirms the tax fraud conviction of Ronald Beattie who appealed his 35 counts of felony failure to file returns or pay income, business withholding and sales taxes. He argued insufficient evidence to support his convictions. Beattie remains jailed in Stillwater with a scheduled release in late July. Then Beattie will be on parole until February of next year.

--Little Falls Police responded last Thursday to a burglary report at a home for sale on the 200 block of Northwest 7th Street where they said a number of items from a kitchen were stolen. Anyone who may have noticed suspicious activity around the residence in question during the day last Thursday is asked to contact police 616-5570.

--Todd County responded to a number of theft reports in the Hewitt area in the past week. Two vehicles were reported stolen; in one case the vehicle was found the next day in Staples; the other a pickup was found in a ditch about a quarter mile away from the reported residence it was taken from. There was also a report of a stolen bicycle. Deputies recovered the bike later that day in Hewitt. If anyone has information on the thefts please call sheriff’s office.

WEATHER
TODAY= occasional rain showers, breezy, high 44.
TONIGHT= light rain and drizzle, low around 40.
THURSDAY= light rain and drizzle early, windy, high 47, low 35.
FRIDAY= mostly cloudy, rain showers at times, warmer, high 56.

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins got rained out Tuesday and will play a day/night double header Thursday. Twins and Dodgers scheduled for game 2 tonight with a 6:40pm pregame on Q92 WYRQ.
WILD= tonight is game 7 of the Colorado/Wild series with the winner moving on to face Chicago in the next round. The game tonight begins at 8:30pm in Denver.
NFL= NFL Draft first round is May 8th- Vikings have 8th overall pick.
VL= Opole at Upsala Sunday at 1:30pm on AM960 KLTF.

Loss for Word Friday and Saturday play at the West Side Bar






Tuesday- April 29th, 2014

NEWS
--Jurors will hear closing arguments in the Byron Smith murder trial when they return to a Morrison County court room Tuesday. The defense rested its case Monday morning. Prosecutors rested their case last Thursday. Smith faces four charges including two first degree premeditated murder charges in the shooting deaths of two Little Falls teenagers, Haile Kifer and Nick Brady. Smith also faces two counts of second degree murder. A defensive investigator testified Monday about what Smith would have seen as intruders descended stairs into his basement. The two teens broke into Smith’s home about 10 minutes apart on Thanksgiving 2012 and were shot multiple times as they entered Smith’s basement. Also testifying Monday were Smith’s brother Bruce, and Smith’s neighbors Kathleen Lange and her son Dillon. They were called as character witnesses and testified Smith was trustworthy and honest. Smith did not testify, retaining his right to remain silent. The 14-member jury of seven men and seven women will be sequestered after receiving the case from District Court judge Douglas Anderson.

--The Little Falls Fire Department responded to the John and Marv Allerman residence located at 7 Cherry Avenue in Little Falls for a detached garage fire at 6:49pm Sunday night. 21 firefighters were on the scene for around an 1 hour. Damage was contained to the detached garage. Some contents inside were destroyed but damage estimates are still being calculated. Homeowners were at home at the time of the fire. There were no injuries. The cause of the fire is believed to have been a wood stove.

--A fire occurred about 10:15am on Sunday at Cedar Square Apartment Complex in east St. Cloud. The fire is believed to have been accidental in nature and is still under investigation. Damage is estimated at $50,000. No one was injured in the fire, which was put out quickly and ventilated by firefighters who broke out windows in the apartment. Residents of the building were alerted by fire alarms.

--On Tuesday, May 20th Little Falls internationally-known artist Charles Kapsner will unveil the second of five 8’ x 10’ Veterans paintings on display in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Administration Building for Veterans Art Project Association and Committee members as well as any Navy Veterans interested in seeing the Navy painting as it is permanently installed on a wall inside the Committal Hall where the first painting honoring Army veterans is displayed. Other interested veterans are also invited to attend. The event will be from 4:30-5:30pm with refreshments. Artist Kapsner will begin the third painting honoring the Coast Guard/Merchant Marines later this year. It is requested that anyone attending the event not arrive before 4:00pm in the event of any burial service that day. The Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery is located 7 miles north of Little Falls on Highway 115, adjacent to the Camp Ripley Military Base. Anyone with questions can call the Vets Cemetery office at 320-616-2527.

--Benton County Road 79 will be closed starting yesterday for three weeks for construction of a railroad crossing quiet zone, although officials caution construction may be slow to start because of the rainy weather. The rail crossing lies in a segment of County Road 79 running from U.S. Highway 10 to Benton County Road 55 in Watab Township. Motorists can still access Jasmine Loop just east of the rail crossing, while access to Watab Town Hall will also remain open during the construction. For more information about the project, call the Benton County Public Works Department at 968-5051.

--The annual Memorial Day Service at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls will be held Sunday, May 25th. The service is held the day before Memorial Day so that veterans can attend their local Memorial Day events. The service starts at 1:30pm with instrumental music provided by the Richfield Symphonic Band. The Memorial Day program will begin at 2:00pm with State VFW Commander. Everyone is invited to attend. In the event of extended parking outside the main gate there will be drivers available to bring people up to the main Committal Hall Building. People are encouraged to bring their favorite lawn chair to relax in and enjoy the service. Refreshments will be served. The Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery is located 7 miles north of Little Falls, adjacent to Camp Ripley Military Base. Anyone with questions can contact the State Vets Cemetery office at 320-616-2527. The Parade of Flags will be displayed at 1:55pm.

--A militia member indicted in what the FBI once characterized as a terror plot to blow up a Minnesota police station is facing sentencing. Twenty-five-year-old Buford Rogers is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to one count of possessing a firearm illegally and one count of possessing an unregistered destructive device. Authorities say Rogers and some family members belonged to a small anti-government militia called the Black Snake Militia. They say Rogers was plotting to blow up the Montevideo police station, raid a National Guard Armory and cut off communications to the city, which is about 95 miles west of Minneapolis. Prosecutors say they're seeking an at least five-year prison sentence. Defense plans to ask for less than the lowest guideline of 41 months.

DEATH NOTICES
--Caroline Bieniek, age 86 of St. Paul formerly of Flensburg.
--Sadie M. Tramm, age 96 of Staples.
--Father Leo Otto, age 89 of Little Falls.
--Joseph F. Podraza Jr., age 70 of Little Falls.
--Fern Green, age 82 of Little Falls.
--Araloene Ada Marie Tody, age 77 of Randall.

WEATHER
TODAY= rain and snow early, then all rain, windy, high 42.
TONIGHT= rain likely changing to snow late, low 34.
WEDNESDAY= snow early then rain likely, breezy, high 43.
THURSDAY= rain early, overcast in afternoon, high near 50.

SPORTS
WILD= Zach Parise scored twice to lead the Wild to a 5-2 win over Colorado to even the series at 3 games a piece last night in St. Paul.  The decisive Game 7 is Wednesday Night at 8:30pm in Colorado.
TWINS= Twins are scheduled to open a series at Target Field tonight against the Los Angeles Dodgers if the weather cooperates tonight’s pregame is set for 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BAB= Holdingford at Pierz scheduled for 4pm today on FM94.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1429= Joan of Arc at age 14, leads France to victory over England
IN 1961= ABC’s Wide World of Sports debuts.

Loss for Words Fri/Sat with meat raffles on Friday at West Side Bar





Monday- April 28th, 2014

NEWS
--Friday was the 5th day of testimony in the Byron Smith murder trial. Friday morning a packed Morrison County Courtroom heard continuing testimony from Morrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Jamie Luberts. Luberts was investigating an October 27th, 2012 break-in at Smith’s home. Luberts was asked if attempts were made to locate items taken from Smith’s home at Little Falls and St. Cloud Pawn Shops. Luberts was not aware of such attempts and he said he personally had not retrieved any items. Morrison County sheriff Michel Wetzel was also called to testify. Sheriff Wetzel was asked about the recovery of one of smith’s stolen shotguns, a 12-gauge Remington model 50. Wetzel acknowledged that a Bellevue Township man had come into possession of a stolen shotgun owned by Smith. Court was recessed for a time Friday after the judge ruled that a witness could not testify and defense needed time to get the next witness ready. A neighbor of Smith’s stated his fear that he had because of the break-ins at his home. The day ended with the defense hearing from a private investigator who was working the case and that is where the trial will resume on Monday. Jurors were informed that they would not be sequestered and could go home during the weekend but not to watch or listen to any media reports of the case or discuss the proceedings with anyone. The trial resumes Monday morning. Smith is charged with two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of teenagers Haile Kifer and Nick Brady.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office have received a bullet and stab protective vest for K-9 Benny thanks to efforts of Vested Interest in K-9’s Inc, a Massachusetts based non profit organization. Each vest costs $950 and comes with a 5-year warranty. K-9 Benny and his handler Deputy Dan Rocheleau have already received their vest; while K-9 Rocky and his handler Deputy Dave Scherping currently have their application submitted, and are waiting to hear back from Vested Interest in K-9’s Inc.

--The Benton County Sheriff’s Office arrested 32-year old Jesse Knopik of Fort Ripley for driving under the influence and possession of heroin. Thursday around 9:30pm a caller reported a vehicle failed to stop or even slow down for two stop signs. The caller indicated the driver also crashed into trees on Highway 10. The vehicle returned to the road and began traveling east on County Road 13. A deputy located the vehicle that matched the description and noted it was driving erratically and had substantial damage. The driver failed a field sobriety test and was placed under arrest for driving under the influence. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of drug paraphernalia and a substance that field tested positive for heroin. Knopik is currently being held in the Benton County jail awaiting his first court appearance.

--Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl announced Friday that he will seek a third term as Crow Wing County Sheriff. Dahl began his career with the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office in the Water Patrol Division while in college, conducted his internship there and was hired full time in 1987.  Dahl is a graduate of Brainerd High School, Bemidji State University, FBI National Academy and the National Sheriff’s Institute. Dahl is married to wife Sue and has two children.

--Governor Mark Dayton announced the re-appointment of Paul Hanowski, a livestock producer from Swanville, to the state Board of Animal Health. Hanowski’s term runs April 30th until January 1st.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office in the past week responded to a woman who fell from a 6-foot scaffold onto a cement floor in Pillager and treated her for injuries. They received a report Wednesday around 3am of a possible fire near Pierz but found it to be a brush fire in the middle of a field that was not spreading, they also responded to a semi on fire in a yard in Burtrum. A theft of wire was reported in Cushing and a burglary report in Pierz.

--Todd County continues to get calls of grandson type scams of someone calling an older couple reporting a grandson was injured in an accident and needs help. The caller said money is needed to get the grandson out of trouble. They advised the resident to buy money pack cards and give their pin numbers of the cards over the telephone. This is a scam and you should never give out information over the phone unless you initiated contact. Todd County says if you receive a call such as this tell the caller that you will notify local law enforcement to check on accident records and then call them back. This should get the scammer to backtrack or hang up on you.

--Reports Thursday that many lakes in the Twin Cities area have had their ice-out including Lake Minnetonka. However, the snow and cold in northern Minnesota has caused more issues this year of possible ice-out in time for the fishing opener. The hope is with temperatures above freezing, though barely, in most of the state this week the ice may be out in lakes south of Highway 200 by May 7th still about a week later than usual, however, lakes north of Highway 200 will likely still have ice on the lakes by the opener due to heavier snow pack and areas around Duluth are looking at later ice-out on area lakes than possibly even last year where it was very late in May.

--An Eden Prairie man was seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon near St. Joseph. A group of cycles was on a Stearns County road when the cycle operated by 62-year-old James Dau left the road wand Dau was thrown from the motorcycle. He was taken to St. Cloud Hospital with reported life-threatening injuries.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Rebecca Jo Schlegel of Brainerd, girl born on April 24th
--Tyler and Chelsey Robinson of Little Falls, a boy born April 22nd.

DEATH NOTICES
--Roy F. Kranz Sr., age 58 of Hillman.
--Lucille C. Hokanson, age 96 of Little Falls
--William M. Greene, age 84 of Little Falls.
--Carl F. VonderHaar, age 100 of Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= showers and windy, high 42 could be 1-2 inches of rain.
TONIGHT= showers and windy, low 36, around half inch of rain.
TUESDAY= snow early then back to rain, windy, high near 40.
WEDNESDAY= snow likely 1-2 inches early, then rain, high 42.

SPORTS
TWINS= Tigers beat Twins 10-6 Friday, Twins rebound to win 5-3 on Saturday then Twins/Tigers rained out Sunday. Twins off today
WILD= a late goal by Colorado sent it into overtime and then the Avalanche won it 4-3 in OT Saturday to go up 3-2 in series. Game 6 is tonight in St. Paul. Wild need to win to take series to a Game 7

Daily lunches, meat raffle Friday, Loss For Words Fri at WS Bar






Saturday- April 26th, 2014

NEWS

--Friday was the 5th day of testimony in the Byron Smith murder trial. Friday morning a packed Morrison County Courtroom heard continuing testimony from Morrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Jamie Luberts. Luberts was investigating an October 27th, 2012 break-in at Smith’s home. Luberts was asked if attempts were made to locate items taken from Smith’s home at Little Falls and St. Cloud Pawn Shops. Luberts was not aware of such attempts and he said he personally had not retrieved any items. Morrison County sheriff Michel Wetzel was also called to testify.  Sheriff Wetzel was asked about the recovery of one of smith’s stolen shotguns, a 12-gauge Remington model 50.  Wetzel acknowledged that a Bellevue Township man had come into possession of a stolen shotgun owned by Smith. Court was recessed for a time Friday after the judge ruled that a witness could not testify and defense needed to time to get the next witness ready. A neighbor of Smith’s stated his fear that he had because of the break-ins at this home. The day ended with defense hearing from a private investigator who was working the case and that is where the trial will resume on Monday. Jurors were informed that they would not be sequestered and could go home during the weekend but not to watch or listen to any media reports of the case or discuss the proceedings with anyone. The trial resumes Monday morning.  Smith is charged with two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of teenagers Haile Kifer and Nick Brady.




Friday- April 25th, 2014

NEWS

--Thursday was the fourth day of testimony in the Byron Smith murder trial in Morrison County District Court. Jurors in the Smith trial saw autopsy results on 18-year old Haile Kifer and 17-year old Nick Brady. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner who conducted the autopsies guided jurors through a series of graphic pictures of bullet wounds that the two teenagers sustained in the shootings. Kifer was shot a total of six times and Brady was shot three times as they descended the stairs into Smith’s basement. Testimony was offered that described the wounds, their location, and the firearms that would have been used to cause them. Conclusions as to which shots were fatal were offered. The prosecution rested its case at 3:10pm. The defense then began its portion of the trial. Defense Attorney Steven Meshbesher used the last hour of the day to begin questioning Morrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Jamie Luberts. Smith is facing first degree murder charges following Kifer’s and Brady’s death. The trial resumes Friday morning.

--FM94’s “Ladies Night Out Little Falls Style” was held last night. Around 125 people attended. Congratulations to our grand prize winner Anna Stout. Stout won a 14-Karat White Gold and Diamond pendant valued at $975. Also congratulations to everyone who won prizes as over $2,000 worth of numerous prizes were given away last night. Thank you to everyone who participated. Another Ladies Night Out Little Falls Style is being scheduled in the fall. Exact date and other details will be released as the date approaches. Plans are also in the works for one in Pierz next winter.

--Thursday around 4:35am the Morrison County Sheriffs Office received a call from a Golden Plump grain truck driver that he had struck a power line with an auger. The incident occurred about 20 minutes earlier. Significant damage to several poles and lines were discovered near the intersection of 183rd Street and 205th Avenue. According to Crow Wing Power 419 people were affected by the power outage. The majority of customers had power restored by 7:05am but there were 16 customers who were without power until Thursday afternoon. The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Little Falls Police Department.

--Stearns County responded to a house fire Wednesday around 7:40am in Avon Township. Upon arrival at the home on County Road 155 smoke was coming from the roof. Avon, Holdingford and Albany firefighters helped deputies extinguish the fire. There was no one at home at the time of the fire and the home and its contents sustained extensive damage. The cause is currently under investigation.

--Governor Mark Dayton says he's willing to devote another $100 million of a budget surplus to spending on pressing needs above his previous proposal. Dayton said Thursday he made the offer to top lawmakers "in the spirit of accommodation." Earlier, Dayton had proposed $165 million in spending from Minnesota's $1.2 billion projected surplus. The governor's move puts him closer to levels in bills approved by the Democratic-led Legislature. Dayton says he wants some of the extra allocations spent on broadband infrastructure expansion, additional prison staffing and court-ordered psychological examinations of sex offenders. Some would also compensate for cost-of-living raises to personal caregivers and for propane price relief adopted earlier this session.

--The 9th annual Heartland Symphony Orchestra Symphony of Spring Fashions starts at 11:00am on Saturday at First United Church in LF.

--Individuals interested in running for most public offices in Minnesota in 2014 have less than a month before the start of the official candidate filing period which runs May 20–June 3. Candidates for federal, state, county and some local offices must file for office during this period for their name to appear on the ballot. Candidates can find guides for filing for office on the Secretary of State website, along with information on campaign finance, fair campaign practices and more: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=635. Candidates for local offices should contact their county auditor, municipal clerk, or school clerk for additional information. Some municipal and school district candidates will file for office July 29–August 12. Candidate filing requirements vary depending on the office, whether the candidate is a member of a major or minor political party or an independent, and whether the office is partisan or nonpartisan. This election year, Minnesota voters will head to the polls to decide a U.S. Senate seat, all U.S. House seats, along with governor and other state constitutional officers, and all Minnesota House seats. The 2014 election will also include many county commissioners, county sheriffs, county attorneys, auditors, treasurers and recorders. Also mayoral, city council and school board races.

--The next Pierz City Council meeting will be Monday at 7pm at the Pierz City Hall. Agenda items include a Pierz Oktoberfest donation, board of appeal and equalization meeting and setting up a workshop meeting. They will also discuss available industrial park lots.

--Each year, on April 28, the Minnesota Department of Transportation observes Worker Memorial Day to honor those killed or injured while working on the state’s transportation system. For more information about Worker Memorial Day go to the website www.mndot.gov site.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Tyler and Chelsey Robinson of Little Falls, boy on April 22nd

DEATH NOTICES
--Verna Wolthuizen, age 91 of Pierz.

WEATHER
TODAY= fog early then sunny, high 55.
TONIGHT= clear skies, frosty areas, low 32.
SATURDAY= sunny and breezy, high 52, low 37 late night rain
SUNDAY= rain likely, windy, high 48, rain and wind at night, low 35
MONDAY= rain likely, breezy, high 50, changing to snow at night.

SPORTS
TWINS= Aaron Hicks hit a 3 run homer to lift the Twins to a 9-7 win over the Rays on Thursday. Twins return home tonight for a series with Detroit, pregame tonight at 6:40 and Saturday and Sunday at 12:40pm and all games heard live on Q92 WYRQ.
WILD= The Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 to tie Western Conference Quarterfinals at 2. Game 5 is Saturday in Colorado.
NFL= The Minnesota Vikings kick off their season in St. Louis, but then face the Patriots, Saints, Falcons and Packers. The team's first home game at TCF Bank Stadium will be against New England and only one primetime game right now October 2nd vs. Green Bay.
HS SB= Pierz vs. Kimball double header starts at 4pm on FM94.
VL= Lastrup at Pierz Brewers Sunday 1:30 on AM960 KLTF.

Rock Godz play tonight and Saturday at the West Side Bar





Thursday- April 24th, 2014

NEWS
--Yesterday was day three of the Byron Smith murder trial. Jurors were again played audio recordings. Wednesday’s recordings included Smith’s voice after the shootings. Smith could be heard asking himself, “Did I go to far?” and “I didn’t see them as human, I see them as vermin”. Smith also spoke of his frustration with the criminal justice system, at one point relating that even if people breaking into his home are caught, they would soon be released and would return. Smith said he can’t live a life like that. A mid-morning motion by Smith’s defense attorney’s to declare a mistrial was denied. The trial resumes today in Morrison County District Court.

--On Wednesday Deputy Dan “Scoop” Rocheleau announced his candidacy for Morrison County Sheriff. Rocheleau was born and raised in Morrison County on a family farm in Platte Township. He graduated from Pierz Healy High School in 1993. He and his wife Kim along with their three children live on a farm near Pierz. Rocheleau has worked with the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office for 12 years and worked with the Pierz Police Department prior to that. Rocheleau currently serves on both the Pierz Fire Department and Pierz Area First Response Team. Rocheleau stated he would like to continue the great work that has been done with narcotics in our county. Seeing the high use of narcotics in our youth, he believes we need to be more proactive at the school level by our officers having more presence in the schools. Current Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel previously announced he would not run for re-election this fall. Rocheleau joins Randall Police Chief and Little Falls Police Detective Charles Strack, Morrison County Sgt. Shawn Larsen, and St. Cloud Police Lt. Tom Justin as candidates who have previously announced bids for Morrison County Sheriff.

--Due to the inclement weather expected today, the mock car crash at Little Falls High School scheduled for this morning has been postponed. They hope to reschedule the event in May prior to the Little Falls High School graduation ceremonies.

--March jobless rates show central Minnesota still near the highest percentages of job loss in the state. Morrison County reported that 17,675 are in the labor force with 9.3% unemployment rate. Other area counties unemployment rates are Crow Wing County at 8.4%, Mille Lacs at 10.5%, Todd at 6.6%, Wadena is at 8.8% and Cass at 10.2%. The State Of Minnesota reported that 2.8 million plus were on the labor force with the state unemployment rate at 4.8%. The national rate is at 6.7%.

--Two 17-year-olds from North Branch were injured Tuesday when their vehicle rolled on Highway 65 near McGrath in Aitkin County. Around 6:40am, Kaitlyn B. Johnson was driving southbound when the SUV went off the road and struck a tree. Johnson and her passenger Cody Pokela were both taken to an area hospital for injuries.

--The cities of Little Falls and Pierz have proclaimed May 9th at Poppy Day and the month of May as Poppy Month. On May 9th members of the Pierz American Legion Auxiliary will be out on the streets offering poppies in remembrance of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in service to the United States. Also many businesses have been given poppies and cards for donations from the military organizations across the city of Little Falls. Donations received will be used for disabled veterans and their families. The annual distribution of poppies and poppy cards to businesses and the community by the American Legion Family and the Veterans of Foreign Wars has been officially recognized since 1922.

--Today is the Day for FM94’s Ladies Night Out Little Falls Style starting at 12:00. From noon to 7pm stop into participating sponsors and get the back of your brochure stamped. Each businesses participating will have specials, treats, giveaways and other items during the event. After all businesses have stamped your brochure go to Cabin Fever for drawings starting at 7:30pm. The grand prize is a pendant valued at $975. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate and must be present to win the prizes tonight. Full details and sponsor list at www.fallsradio.com or contact 320-632-2992. Brochures are available at all sponsors and at Little Falls Radio.

--Two men involved in a fatal crash near Pillager Saturday have been transferred to St. Cloud Hospital, according to hospital officials. The men — Jeffrey R. Grose, 43, of Shoreview and Michael F. Boulton, 35, of Watkins — were involved in a three-vehicle crash in Cass County that killed 38-year-old Jackie Boulton of Watkins. Both are listed as being in serious condition. Boulton and Grose were initially taken to Staples before being transferred to St. Cloud Hospital.

--Staples and Wadena police have reported an increase of theft activity in the area now with warmer weather. Law enforcement received reports of vehicles broken into and one being stolen at a Wadena business, theft of money from local businesses, gym lockers and other items stolen from gyms and also a burglary report at the Staples library. Police are urging residents and business owners to call in any suspicious activity and it is best to keep cars, lockers, homes and other valuable items locked out or out of reach of others when you leave them for any amount of time.

--Five people were injured after a rollover near 25th Avenue South and Roosevelt Road Monday in St. Cloud. A vehicle driven by 83-year-old Flora Shinkle of St. Cloud was turning left from southbound 25th Avenue South to eastbound Roosevelt Road. When she made the turn, Shinkle struck a vehicle driven by 34-year-old Jean Miller of Clearwater. The impact caused Miller's vehicle to roll and strike city property. Both drivers and three children from Miller's vehicle were taken to St. Cloud Hospital and treated for injuries deemed not life-threatening. Miller was cited in connection with running a stop light.

WEATHER
TODAY= rain and snow showers, no accumulation, high 45.
TONIGHT= rain showers early then clearing, low 35.
FRIDAY= sunny skies, breezy, high near 60, low around 35.
SATURDAY= partly sunny, breezy, high near 55, low 35.
SUNDAY= rain and snow showers, breezy, high near 45.

SPORTS
TWINS= The Minnesota Twins defeated the Tampa Rays in extra innings last night winning 6-4 in 12 innings. Twins and Rays wrap up their three game series 11:40am today on Q92 WYRQ.
WILD= Wild host Avalanche in Game 4 of Stanley Cup playoffs tonight in St. Paul. Faceoff scheduled at 8:30pm. Av’s lead 2-1
VL= Victory League Sunday on KLTF scheduled to be Lastrup at the Pierz Brewers at 1:30pm weather permitting on AM960 KLTF.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1833= first soda fountain in the United States goes into service.
IN 1888= the first Kodak camera goes on the market.

Meat raffle and Rock Godz on Friday night at the West Side Bar





Wednesday- April 23rd, 2014

NEWS
--On Monday shortly before 6:30pm, the Wadena County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of ATV rollover accident at the intersection of Apache Ave and Cree St. in Wadena Township. When Officers and Emergency Personnel arrived, they found a side by side that rolled onto the driver's side. The driver, 16-year old Christine Kaye Alberts from Wadena, sustained severe head trauma and was transported to Tri County Hospital by ambulance where she later died as a result from her injuries. The only other occupant was a 15 year old girl from Wadena who was transported to Tri County and was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Sheriff Michael Carr stated that the OHV was traveling south bound on Apache Ave approximately 20 mph when the driver Alberts swerved towards the ditch, she then overcorrected the vehicle causing it to roll. The driver and passenger were ejected from the vehicle. The vehicle came to a rest on its side on the roadway. Neither the driver, nor the passenger were wearing helmets or seatbelts at the time of the crash. The crash is currently under investigation by the Wadena County Sheriff's Office.

--A 53-year-old Level 3 Predatory sex offender is scheduled for released on April 28th and moving to the Backus area. Oscar Rono has a history of sexual contact with male victims under age 15. A community notification meeting is scheduled for April 28th at the Backus Land Development Office. Law enforcement will be on had to provide information and answer questions.

--Mike Carr announced Monday that he will seek a third term as Wadena County Sheriff. Carr was first elected to the post in 2006 and worked for the Wadena County Sheriffs Office since 1995.

--Three people were hurt Monday afternoon on Highway 23 in Kanabec County. Around 2:30pm, 22-year-old Joseph Greene of Mora was eastbound on 23 when he crossed the centerline and collided with 65-year-old George Carlberg of Aitkin. Greene was treated for non-life threatening injuries in Mora. Carlberg and his 63-year-old wife Deborah Carlberg sustained serious but ruled non-life threatening injuries by the state patrol and was taken to the hospital.

--Minnesota law enforcement agencies cited 550 drivers for texting as part of an enhanced enforcement and education campaign for distracted driving from April 11th-20th. According to preliminary information from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety, the 10-day event also included 1,394 citations for not wearing seat belts, 25 citations for not using child restraints, 417 actions (378 citations and 39 arrests) taken against driving after revocation, driving after suspension, or driving after cancellation and 15 DWI arrests.

--Tuesday, the League of American Bicyclists recognized the Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Business award. The Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau joins a group of more than 650 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the United States with the distinction. Last year the Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau played a key role in a helmet giveaway for children, initiated the design and installation of artistic bike racks in Morrison County and organized a successful Traffic Skills 101 class. The bureau encourages everyone in the community to use bicycling as an easy option for transportation and recreation. In the future the Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau will have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the league to become more bicycle-friendly.

--Yesterday was day two of the Byron Smith Murder Trial. Jurors in the Morrison County District courtroom listened to an audio recording of the shootings of Nick Brady and Haile Kifer. Tuesday also focused on testimony provided by agents of Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. They related to the jury photos including those of the deceased, diagrams, and other evidence collected. Smith is charged with two counts of first degree murder. The trial resumes today.

--On Friday around 5:15pm the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence in Fifty Lakes for a report of a prowler. The caller indicated that there may be an intruder in the basement of the residence. While officers were responding to the residence, additional information was received that the reporting party later identified as 61-year old James Brustad of Fifty Lakes had suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen area. Entry to the residence was made by the responding officers and Brustad was found inside with a gunshot wound. Brustad was treated on scene and later flown by air ambulance to Saint Cloud Hospital. Officers on scene were unable to locate any sign of a prowler. The investigation revealed the gunshot wound was the result of an accidental discharge of the firearm by Brustad. His current medical condition is unknown at this time.

--A Motley woman was injured Friday in a 2 vehicle accident in Brainerd. Around 11:00am, 59-year-old Debra Wonders collided with 67-year-old Caren Bedard of Brainerd at a Brainerd intersection. Wonders was treated at an area hospital. Bedard was not hurt.

ENTERTAINMENT
--On July 15, Target Field in Minneapolis will host the Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. The next month, on August 2, the site will host Sir Paul McCartney in concert. McCartney’s visit will be 49 years after he played at the Twins original site Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. That time he was with the Beatles on August 21, 1965.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Sean and Ashley Flahave of Royalton, girl on April 21st

WEATHER
TODAY= showers with possible thunderstorms, breezy, high near 50
TONIGHT= showers and T-storms likely, breezy, low near 40.
THURSDAY= showers and T-storms likely, high 55, low 34.
FRIDAY= light rain/snow early then cloudy, high 48 and breezy.

SPORTS
TWINS= Rays beat the Twins yesterday 7-3. Twins (9-10) continue series tonight with Rays, pregame at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
NFL= The Minnesota Vikings released their 2014 preseason schedule on Tuesday morning. The Vikings two-year stint at TCF Bank Stadium begins with two games versus the Oakland Raiders August 8th and the Arizona Cardinals August 16th before finishing off the preseason with two games on the road in Kansas City and Tennessee.

Tomorrow is FM94’s Ladies Night Out. Stop into participating businesses between 12-7pm and get the back of your brochure stamped then head to Cabin Fever for prize drawings beginning at 7:30pm. Official rules and sponsor list are available at www.fallradio.com then click on FM94 page.

Rock Godz Fri and Sat, meat raffles Fridays at West Side Bar.





Tuesday- April 22, 2014

NEWS
--Yesterday the murder trial of Byron Smith of Little Falls began in Morrison County District Court. A packed courtroom listened to opening statements by both the prosecution and the defense. The defense admits that Smith fatally shot both Nick Brady and Haile Kifer. The prosecution says Smith went too far beyond what a reasonable person would do in his situation. The first two responding officers Jeremy Luberts and David Scherping appeared on the witness stand along with the two victim’s mothers. The jury listened to an approximately one hour interview recording between Luberts and the defendant Smith recounting his version of the events. The trial resumes today.

--Cass County has released the names of those involved in a fatal accident Saturday afternoon near Motley. Around 2:00pm, 43-year-old Jeffrey Grose of Shoreview was southbound on Highway 64 when he crossed the centerline and side struck 48-year-old Daron Butzlaff of St. Cloud which then caused the Grose vehicle to collide head on with 35-year-old Michael Boutlon of Watkins. Boulton and Grose were reported in serious condition on Sunday. Boulton’s passenger 38-year-old Jackie Boulton of Watkins was pronounced dead at the scene. Butzlaff and his passenger had no apparent injuries.

--A 23-year-old Randall man was injured early Sunday when his vehicle rolled over in Parker Township of Morrison County. The accident happened around 5:00am on Coral Road when Grant Dalquist did not notice a sharp curve in time, left the road and rolled the pickup a number of times coming to rest on its roof. Dalquist was taken to the hospital by private party for unknown injuries.

--Firefighters and police extinguished a mobile home fire Saturday afternoon in Sartell. The fire around 1:00pm occurred on Autumn Drive in a mobile home park. Three people were at home at the time of the fire and one had to be treated for smoke inhalation. The cause of the blaze is unknown but it was determined the fire started in the kitchen. The mobile home sustained enough damage that firefighters ruled the residence a total loss.

--A new art project is set to put the Verso paper mill back into the community of Sartell. The mill, which opened in 1905 and predated the formation of the city by two years, was put out of commission by a 2012 fire. Now, parts from the building will be repurposed to make sculptures that also serve as bike racks around the town. Local artist Heidi Jeub and Sartell High School technology education teacher Joe Schulte will head the project after receiving a $1,800 research and development grant from the city of Sartell. The city received the money from the Central Minnesota Arts Board, which distributes state funds. Schulte will be in charge of cutting the materials. Schulte and Jeub plan to start sculpting this summer.

--Central Minnesota's dairy farmers have seen the price of milk go up previous months as the price per 100 pounds was $26.40. That's more than $7 higher than last July. Emily Krekelberg, a livestock educator with the Stearns County Extension Office stated that it reminds you of how everything can change and evolve. Corn was around $7 a bushel and that's been creeping down. Krekelberg said it's impossible to forecast what will happen, but she doesn't expect milk prices to fall soon. The increase this year from last year's average price so far has been about 25 percent. That's similar to what the industry experienced in 2010 and 2011. Prices fell almost 4 percent in 2012 and didn't recover that margin through 2013.

--The Department of Defense announced the winners of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards and the Minnesota National Guard was recognized for cross-functional expertise in resource protection and conservation.

--A 5K walk/run will be held in Pierz to raise money for the Pioneer Scholarship Fund this Saturday with registration starting at 8:00am and run at 8:30am. People of all ages are invited and should meet at the Pierz Healy High School commons area. The cost is $20 for same-day registration, which includes a T-shirt and refreshments following the event. It is the intent of the committee to provide as many scholarships as possible to graduating seniors of Pierz Healy High School. Scholarships will be awarded to individuals who participate in this event, fill out the application and be part of the program.

--Severe Weather Awareness Week began yesterday and culminates with a statewide Tornado Drill on Thursday unless severe weather is persistent. The National Weather Service will hold a test watch at 1:00pm followed by an alert of a tornado warning issued by all six weather offices that serve Minnesota Weather Radios. The end of test warning will come at 2:00pm on Thursday. This first test is for schools and daytime businesses to have a plan in place for a possible tornado. There will also be a warning sounder at 6:55pm with an end warning sounder at 7:10pm Thursday night. The second drill is for families to plan for their loved ones in their house and also for evening shift works to have a plan for a possible tornado. All three Little Falls Radio stations will participate in the tornado drill tests this Thursday afternoon and evening.

--Crow Wing County deputies and area firefighters have been busy with wildfires over the past days. From Friday through early Monday firefighters in Crow Wing County battled around a half dozen fires in wooded areas, ditches, and a bonfire that out of control from strong winds on Saturday. Crow Wing County and the DNR reminder residences to use caution with outdoor burning and that burning restrictions went into effect Monday for north-central Minnesota.

--Stearns County Deputies responded to an ATV accident Saturday around 6:20pm on 270th Avenue in St. Joseph Township. When deputies arrived on scene they were informed that a 1 year old child was run over by a 4-wheeler operated by his 4-year old brother. The victim was transported to the St Cloud Hospital for injuries and has since been released from the hospital. The 4-year was not injured.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Jonathon and Rebecca Myrum of St. Cloud, a boy born April 18th.

WEATHER
TODAY= sunny skies, high 58.
TONIGHT= showers after midnight, low around 40.
WEDNESDAY= showers, windy, high near 50, low near 40.
THURSDAY= showers & t-storms, breezy, high near 55.

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins at Rays tonight 5:40pm pregame on Q92 WYRQ
WILD= Wild win in overtime 1-0 last night over Colorado. The Avalanche still leads series 2-1 with game 4 Thursday in St. Paul.
HS BAB= Little Falls vs. Albany from Avon today at 5pm, listen to the game live on AM960 KLTF and online at www.fallsradio.com.

Rock Godz Friday and Saturday at the West Side Bar, Little Falls.





Monday- April 21st, 2014

NEWS
--Little Falls Community High School won the Minnesota State Personal Finance Decathlon Championship April 14th in Minneapolis. The school also took second place. The Personal Finance Decathlon is designed to test student knowledge of personal finance in the areas of earning income, paying taxes, budgeting, saving, financial planning, investing, borrowing, banking and financial institutions, insuring and thinking economically. Little Falls last won the state title in 2012. Little Falls students Jessica Durfee, Vanessa Meschke, Jack Schulte and Blake Toso won the championship. Tom Stockard is the team’s coach. The Little Falls championship team next will compete in the national competition on May 2nd in St. Louis.

--A crash involving two Brainerd men occurred on Thursday evening. Around 5:15pm 63-year old Raymond Lindberg of Brainerd was heading west on his motorcycle on Oak Street when a vehicle turned in front of Lindberg. The other vehicle was driven by 23-year old Brandon Mutz of Brainerd. Lindberg suffered serious injuries to his head. It appeared Lindberg was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Mutz was not injured but was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant for obstructing legal process. The crash remains under investigation.

--Congresswoman Michele Bachmann recently honored local high school seniors that got the Congressional Certificate of Merit Awards or if the student was nominated to U.S. Military Service Academies. The award is given each year to high school seniors who have demonstrated academic achievement and exemplary citizenship during their high school careers. One of the 13 recipients was Austin Schmitt of Royalton High School who received the Merit Award.

--St. Gabriel’s Hospital and Family Medical Center (FMC) are teaming up to help improve the health of area residents, thanks to the successful recruitment of a new internal medicine provider to Morrison County. Janine Johnson is a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato. Johnson returns to the Little Falls health campus where she served as a critical care nurse at St. Gabriel’s Hospital from 2007-2013. Most recently, she worked as a family nurse practitioner at CentraCare Obstetrics and Women’s Clinic in St. Cloud. Johnson began seeing patients on April 7th.

--Those that attend the 4th of July celebration in Brainerd/Baxter will notice a few site changes this year due to construction of the Brainerd athletic field where the music and fireworks have been done in the past. This year the parade route will remain the same but the stage will move to the Brainerd High School senior paring lot on South Fifth Street. The back of the stage will face Brainerd High School. Plans are to close 5th Street and East River Road to vehicle traffic to create a pedestrian friendly environment during the events that night. The fireworks will be set off from the field and people will want to sit on the sledding hill to view the fireworks. People can see the fireworks around the field area.

--Morrison County Deputies assisted in three fire calls last week. On April 14th they were called to the 15000 Block of 225th Avenue in Pierz and assisted the Pierz Fire Department. On the 13th they assisted Pierz firefighters with a chimney fire on 193rd Street in Pierz and also on 13th they assisted with a grass fire on 67th Avenue Southwest in Motley. No other details on the fires were released.

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

--Little Falls Area Health Fair today 10-5 at LF Middle School- free.

--The murder trial of 65-year-old Byron Smith of Little Falls begins this morning at 9am at the Morrison County Courthouse.

--A Freedhem woman died in a 2 vehicle accident Saturday in Pierz. Just after 10:00am, 81-year-old Wilma Johnson collided broadside with 25-year-old Jerry Schlag of Hillman at Highway 25 and 4th Avenue Northeast in Pierz. Johnson died at the scene. Schlag and his passenger were not hurt. Two young children in the Schlag vehicle, ages 5 and 1 were taken to St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls. A passenger in the Johnson vehicle, Eli Miller had minor injuries.

--Little Falls School Board meets Tuesday at 5:00pm at the Morrison County Government Center due to no school on Monday in Little Falls. Agenda items include an extended field trip request, safe routes to schools planning grant, teacher evaluation plan, approval of the 2014-2015 Capital Expenditures Budget, food service pricing for next school year, a 2014 school finance award and there will be a superintendent evaluation and a legislative update.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9am at government center then will meet with Township officials and members of the Little Falls City Council at a meeting Tuesday night at 7:00pm at the government center meeting room 1.

--Wildfire Prevention Week raises awareness of outdoor fire hazards. Governor Mark Dayton has declared April 20–26 as Wildfire Prevention Week in Minnesota to increase awareness of outdoor wildfire hazards. Each spring wild land firefighters and rural fire department volunteers spend countless hours battling wildfires that could have been easily prevented. In the past 18 months, wildfires burned 21 homes and three commercial buildings and threatened more than 500 other structures. These fires were caused by people misjudging the weather and danger of fires escaping their control. A major cause of wildfires is burning yard waste. If burning is necessary, landowners should check fire burning restrictions in their area, get a burning permit, be careful with their debris fires and remember small-piled debris can hold hot coals for several days to months for large ones.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS
--Jerron and Katie Boser of Pierz, a boy born on April 16th
--Kevin and Amanda Marshik of Hillman, a boy born April 17th

DEATH NOTICES
--Frances C. Robinson, age 89 of Little Falls.
--Wilma Johnson, age 81 of Freedhem
--Genevieve A. Muehlbauer, age 84 of Little Rock.

WEATHER
TODAY= sunny and windy, high 62.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 35.
TUESDAY= sunny, high 57, partly cloudy night, low 40.
WEDNESDAY= showers & t-storms likely, breezy, high near 50.

SPORTS
TWINS= Royals beat Twins 5-0 Friday and 5-4 Saturday, Twins avoid sweep winning Sunday 8-3. Twins (9-9) are off today.
WILD= Colorado beat Wild 4-2 Saturday to lead 2-0 in playoffs. Game 3 is tonight at 6pm at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

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





Friday- April 18th, 2014

NEWS
--The Live Better, Live Longer Little Falls Area Health Fair is Monday from 10:00am-5:00pm at the Little Falls Middle School Commons. The event features over 50 booths, educational presentations, free blood pressure checks, low-cost diabetes and cholesterol screening, advice for healthy living, discussion on immunizations, healthy soils, plants, animals, food, biking and walking. The event is free admission though you are encouraged to bring a non-perishable item for the food shelf. For more information call Pat Rioux at 631-5608.

--The foot of snow on Wednesday gave Little Falls a total of more than 80 inches since November 1st. A foot fell in Little Falls on Wednesday. Some areas of the state have received over 100 inches of snow including Duluth which is the 2nd straight year.

--The Minnesota State Patrol stated Wednesday there were numerous accidents including three with injuries on the snow covered roads. Dozens of vehicles were reported off the road by Wednesday afternoon. One vehicle was completely overturned in a ditch on Highway 371 toward Nisswa.

--Nine Minnesota Army National Guard soldiers competed in the 2014 Minnesota National Guard Best Warrior Competition April 8th-12th. Command Sergeant Major Kallberg awarded Rochester native Staff Sgt. Michael Walker of the 134th Brigade Support Battalion, 34th Infantry Division the honor of Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. The Soldier of the Year winner was East Grand Forks native Spc. Corbin Routier of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division. Camp Ripley will host the Region IV Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition May 12th-16th. These two Soldiers will represent Minnesota at the regional competition. They will compete against the top noncommissioned officers and soldiers from the Army National Guard in six other states.

--A broadside accident outside Rockford left one motorist dead. The crash happened around 5:45pm Wednesday on Minnesota Highway 55 about 3 miles west of Rockford near Sheridan Lake. A vehicle was on Highway 55 lost control and slid sideways into the westbound lane, where it collided with another vehicle driven by 28-year-old Brett Riske of Maple Grove. Riske was taken to Buffalo Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The State Patrol says the driver of the other vehicle was killed and identified Thursday at 65-year-old Karen Tibbets of Aitkin. A third vehicle was involved in the accident from flying debris but that driver from Buffalo was not hurt.

--Stearns County Deputies and Avon firefighters battled a barn fire Tuesday around 8:00pm in Collegeville Township. When authorities arrived at the barn on County Road 9 they found the fire was contained to the hay loft of the barn. The fire caused minimal damage to the hay loft area of the barn. All animals had escaped the barn and were not injured in the fire. The fire is still under investigation but is believed to have started from a neighbor burning a brush pile. Deputies and the DNR remind residents to check with their local DNR to make sure which counties have burning restrictions in place as Stearns went into effect on April 14th. Morrison County has burning restrictions going into effect this Monday, April 21st.

--A vehicle hit a pole in Freeport and caused a power outage affecting several hundreds of area residents Thursday morning. Xcel Energy customers in Cold Spring and Richmond were also affected for a total of 786 residents according to the company. Power was out for over 2 hours in some areas until the problem was fixed.

--The Todd County Sheriff's Office received complaints this month of people attempting to e-file their income taxes unsuccessfully. The complainants report that when they attempted to file, they learned someone had already filed using their social security number, which is a form of identity theft and fraud. Victims should contact law enforcement to get an investigation started, and file the proper IRS forms to rectify the situation and contact their major credit bureaus.

--A truck rolled Wednesday morning in Todd County resulting in minor injuries. Austin Chyba of Browerville was going south on Todd County Road 16 north of County Road 14 about 8:00am when his truck rolled. He was treated at CentraCare Health-Long Prairie after the crash; snow and ice were a factor, according to the report.

--Motorists in Sauk Rapids may encounter delays as both directions of Highway 10 are reduced to a single lane near Benton County Road 3/Golden Spike Road from 9:00am-3:00pm today. The closures were originally scheduled to occur earlier this week, but were postponed due a spring snowstorm. The closures are needed as part of a project to improve County Road 3/Golden Spike Road between Highway 10 and County Road 1/Mayhew Lake Road. When complete, the project will reconstruct the road, add four roundabouts, reconstruct ramps at the Highway 10/County Road 3 interchange and improve mobility and safety in the area. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.

--Spring cleanup days are scheduled for area townships. Morrill Township will have one on April 26th at Morrill Town Hal from 8-10:30am. Ripley Township on May 3rd at the Ripley Town Hall from 8-12pm. Little Falls Township will have one May 3rd from 8-12pm at the township hall (this is for those living outside the Little Falls city limits but within Little Falls Township). There is a cleanup day this Saturday for a number of eastern Morrison County Townships at the livestock exchange in Pierz for information contact Loren Meyer at 468-6503.

Due to Good Friday today the offices of Little Falls Radio will be closing at noon and reopen at 8am on Monday. Also AM960 KLTF will carry live today the Good Friday Service from Faith Lutheran Church at noon today. Little Falls Radio hopes you and yours have a Happy Easter.

DEATH NOTICE
--Leo J. Krippner, age 75 of St. Augusta

WEATHER
TODAY= rain/snow early then rain showers, high 47
TONIGHT= rain showers and breezy overnight, low around 40.
SATURDAY= showers and T-storms with late day sun, high 60.
EASTER= sunny skies, high near 70, low around 40.
MONDAY= mostly sunny and breezy, high of 65.

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins win both games of a double header Thursday first a Kyle Gibson shutout helped Twins win 7-0 then the nightcap had the Twins getting 6 in the 8th to win 9-5 over Blue Jays. Twins are in Kansas City this weekend with pregame at 6:40pm tonight and 12:40pm Saturday and Sunday on Q92 WYRQ.
NHL= Wild lose 5-4 in overtime to Colorado. Game 2 Saturday night

Redneck Radio tonight/Saturday at West Side Bar in Little Falls





Thursday- April 17th, 2014

NEWS
--The jury selection concluded around 2:00pm Wednesday in Morrison County District Court. Four more jurors were selected to fill out the 12 person jury and two alternates. The jury is comprised of seven men and seven women. 65-year old Byron Smith is charged with two counts of 1st degree murder in the deaths of Haile Kifer and Nick Brady who allegedly broke into Smith’s home on Thanksgiving 2012. The trial will start at 9:00am Monday in Morrison County District Court with Judge Douglas Anderson presiding.

--On Saturday, April 26th the Drug Enforcement Administration will coordinate another collaborative effort with the Long Prairie Police Department, the Staples Police Department and the Todd County Sheriff’s Office focused on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. A national take back day will provide a unified opportunity for the people to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction. This one day effort will bring national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse. The program provides an opportunity for law enforcement prevention, treatment and the business community to collaborate and establish a safe collection site for all Americans, regardless of where they live. Sites on April 26th include at Centracare Health Systems in Long Prairie from 10:00am-12:00pm and Lakewood Health Systems in Staples from 10:00am-2:00pm. Permanent drop off sites in Morrison County are located inside both the Little Falls and Pierz Police Departments along with inside Randall city hall during normal office hours.

--Spring fieldwork is getting off to a late start because of winter's stubborn grip on Minnesota, but farmers say their yields shouldn't be hurt as long as they can get into their fields soon after Easter. Spring fieldwork has barely begun across the region. Yesterday significant snowfall fell in the Little Falls and surrounding areas to delay spring work a bit more. Yet southern Minnesota is rapidly approaching the traditional start of its ideal period for planting corn. In its weekly crops progress and condition report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that a statewide average of less than half a day was suitable for fieldwork last week, but much of the state saw a decrease in snow cover, and the amount of ground frost fell rapidly in some areas. In some ways, it's a replay of 2013, which also got off to a slow start. A cold, wet spring followed by drought led to below-average yields.

--A passer-by pulled a driver to safety after she lost control of her car and crashed into a pond in Rogers. Police say the 46-year-old St. Paul woman went about 150 yards down an embankment before landing in the pond Monday afternoon. An unidentified man who saw the crash ran down to the pond, swam about 30 yards to the vehicle, got the woman out of the car and helped her to shore. The car was in the water for 6 hours, the woman didn't suffer any serious injuries.

--Little Falls Police responded to a kitchen fire Saturday around 7:30pm on 14th Street Southeast in the 700 block. The fire was out upon arrival. The resident and a neighbor put the fire out with an extinguisher. The fire department was called out to ventilate the home. The cause was a pan with oil that started on fire on the stove and then splattered. No major damage was done to the home. The neighbor sustained a burn to her hand and was checked on site.

--Heavy snow fell Wednesday dropping a foot in Little Falls and totals of 8-17 inches in areas. The heaviest reported from Cambridge 17 inches, Monticello 15 inches, Little Falls 12 inches, the St. Cloud to Foley areas 10-13 inches of snow. More rain/snow starts Friday.

--Former Sauk Rapids Mayor Mark Campbell has been named the Sauk Rapids Citizen of the Year. The Sauk Rapids Citizen of the Year Committee, which is compromised of city staff, local business representatives and past recipients, made the selection. Campbell will be recognized at a reception on April 28th at the Sauk Rapids Government Center. The open house starts at 4:30pm with a 5:15pm program. After the reception, Campbell will be recognized during the 6:00pm City Council meeting.

--A Sherburne County jury has convicted a prison inmate of assaulting a fellow inmate in an attack on September 22nd, 2012 that left the victim with facial fractures and bleeding on the brain. The incident required emergency surgery that included removing a portion of the victim's skull to operate on his brain. 32-year old Leonard James Fisherman Jr. was convicted Tuesday of first- and third-degree assault, and the jury found that aggravating circumstances existed in the crime that allow prosecutors to seek a sentence above what's called for in state sentencing guidelines.

--A traffic stop in northwestern Minnesota turned violent Tuesday morning. A Norman County deputy stopped a man around 8:30am as the owner of the vehicle had an outstanding warrant. When the deputy identified 18-year-old William Henderson and was taking him into custody the other person in the vehicle 19-year-old Steven Henderson shot the deputy in the back. The deputy was wearing a bullet-proof vest and received injuries that were ruled non-life threatening. Steven Henderson then fled in the pickup prompting a manhunt with more then 70 officers. Later that day the suspect was found in a wooded area after aid from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter and taken into custody.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS
--Brandon and Rebecca Hallberg of St. Cloud, girl on April 14th
--Herbert and Amanda Kaping, boy on April 15th

DEATH NOTICES
--Lorraine Kallis, age 79 of Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly sunny, high 38.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low 25.
FRIDAY= clouds increase, afternoon rain showers, high 43
FRI NITE= rain changing to snow showers, windy, low 33.
SATURDAY= snow early then rain through day, high near 60.
EASTER SUNDAY= sunny, high 63, low around 40.

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins and Toronto postponed yesterday due to the weather and will be made up in a day/night double header today with first game at 12:10, pregame at 11:40am and second game at 6:10 with pregame at 5:40pm, both games heard live on Q92 WYRQ.
NHL= Wild at Colorado to open up the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs tonight. Faceoff time is at 8:30pm.

Meat raffles Friday night, Redneck Radio Fri/Sat nite at WS Bar





Wednesday- April 16th, 2014

NEWS
--The Byron Smith murder trial jury selection continues. Yesterday four more jurors were added to the panel bringing the total to 10 jurors so far. Jury selection will continue until a panel of 12 jurors and two alternates are seated. The trial is expected to start Monday, April 21st in Morrison County District Court.

--Today is the final day to register for the 4th annual Little Falls Day of Caring on Wednesday, May 7th. The goal of this project is to help seniors, homebound or disabled individuals and individuals living within the city limits of Little Falls and Randall who need assistance completing outdoor household projects. Projects must be able to be completed within a three hour time frame of 9:00am-12:00pm. Projects may include window washing (outdoor and ground floor windows only), raking yard, clean up gardens and or flower beds. Registration forms are available at several area locations including at our Little Falls Radio Station main office. You may also register over the phone by calling Mary at Healthy Communities Collaborative at (320) 631-5677. If there is no answer, leave a message.

--The City of Little Falls announced that it is no longer necessary for Little Falls property owners to continually run water to avoid frozen water lines.  The ground has warmed up enough that freezing water pipes should no longer be a problem.

--Highway 15 overnight lane closures in south St. Cloud originally scheduled to occur April 14–18 have been postponed until further notice. The new closure times will be announced as details become available.  The closures are needed as part of a city of St. Cloud project that will expand 33rd Street South and construct a new interchange at Highway 15 and 33rd Street S.

--Even though snow is forecasted with colder temps a flood warning has been issued for the Mississippi River in Crow Wing and Aitkin Counties. Monday the river stage in Aitkin was at 12.8 feet and flood stage is 12 feet for certain areas to encounter minor flooding. The river is expected to continue falling to below flood stage by the weekend. At 13 feet some area roads may be covered with water. The river in Brainerd has risen to nearly 12 feet and minor flooding begins at 13 feet. At Fort Ripley the river is currently below flood stage reportedly at 9.6 feet Monday night. Flood stage is 10 feet for minor flooding but projections in Fort Ripley have the river to continue to fall under flood stage by April 20th.

--Preliminary numbers show 131 citations have been issued for texting while driving during the first three days of a statewide distracted driving enforcement and education campaign. Law enforcement officers also cited 448 people for seat belt violations and arrested 10 people for DWI. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety is coordinating with 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies that are adding extra patrols thru April 20th. -----Todd County was informed of a phone scam. The citizen reported that their home phone caller ID showed a place called ALERT. When answered an automated recording offered $3,000 worth of grocery certificates and a $400 home alert system. Then the automated message asked for information from the caller who hung up. Todd County believes this to be a scam and asked if you get a similar phone call to be cautious on giving out any information.

--A reminder from Upsala Area Schools that there will be an early out day tomorrow for all grades with busses leaving school at 12:05pm.

--The Pierz Police Department wants to inform the public of different computer related phone scams that have been seen in the Pierz area. The first scam is phone based where someone calls a victim, questions the victim about ‘fake’ issues/problems with his/her computer, then gives guidance in resolving the problem. The scammers provide ‘fake’ advice by first obtaining banking information to wire money payments. The second scam is computer-based and resembles a phishing scam whereby a victim clicks on a pop up screen’s button and is routed to a chat with a suspect, who then obtains the banking information needed to wire money payments to fix ‘fake’ ‘issues/problems with the victim’s computer. It should be noted that: Microsoft does not call at home to verify on someone’s computer status; Microsoft will not offer solutions over the phone to improve computer performance; Microsoft does not need your banking information to do anything; and Never trust a pop-up from your computer. The grandparent scam tugs at the heartstrings of seniors who have grandchildren. The caller identifies himself as your grandchild and states they have been arrested in another country and needs money wired immediately and they advise the grandparent please don’t call mom or dad as this will upset them. If you are a victim of one of theses scams here are a few recommended actions- Close fraudulent account; request credit bureaus to place a fraud alert on the account; review regular bills; and contact banks and creditors to set up all new accounts. If you have questions or concerns regarding these scams in the Pierz area call the Pierz Police Department at (320) 468-0299.

--The Pierz city council met on Monday night. At the meeting the council approved moving forward with the process of looking for another fire truck. The council approved two separate variances brought forth by Richard Tallberg and Fred Underhill. The council also approved agreements for these deals in Industrial Park; Sell lot 3 to Midwest Sales and Construction for $1 and no city assessments; lot 4 first right of refusal to Midwest Sales and Construction; lot 6 to Jack and Lori Hoheisel for $1 and no city assessments; and lot 8 to Premium Concrete for $1 and no city assessments.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Scott Radloff and Angela Helgeson of Little Falls, a boy 4-14-14

DEATH NOTICES
--Patricia M. Borash, age 76 of Little Falls
--Eugene A. Feucht, age 82 of Brooklyn Center and Grey Eagle.

WEATHER
WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT THRU 4AM THURSDAY
TODAY= snow, heavy at times 5-10 inches, windy, high 32.
TONIGHT= snow, heavy before 10pm, 1-3 more inches, low 20.
THURSDAY= becoming mostly sunny, breezy, high near 40, low 20.
FRIDAY= sunny skies, high 45, low around 30.
WEEKEND= rain/snow mix Saturday 47, sunny Sunday high 55.

SPORTS
TWINS= Toronto pounds the Twins Tuesday 9-3 at Target Field. Twins and Toronto play game 2 of the 3 game set tonight at Target Field pregame at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.

Meat raffles Fridays, great lunches daily at West Side Bar Little Falls





Tuesday- April 15th, 2014

NEWS
--Today is Tax Day, remember to pay your taxes. All personal income taxes must be postmarked by 11:59pm tonight or the taxpayer successfully filed for an extension to avoid penalties.

--Thousands of Minnesota workers have raises coming their way. Governor Mark Dayton signed a new minimum wage law Monday that provides annual pay bumps for those earning the least. For some workers, it'll translate into a couple of dollars more per hour in a matter of years. The raises start this summer. For large employers, mandatory hourly pay climbs to $8 in August, $9 a year later and $9.50 in 2016. Smaller employers will also have to pay more, reaching $7.75 per hour by 2016. The law authorizes automatic raises in the years to come that will compensate for inflation. Unless state officials take steps to suspend the raises, minimum wage pay could rise by up to 2.5 percent annually beginning in 2018.

--Lee Boyles, an experienced health care administrator will be joining Unity Family Healthcare in Little Falls as market president effective June 9th. Boyles comes to Little Falls after serving over four years as president of CHI’s Oakes Community Hospital. Before coming to CHI, he served as vice president of strategic development for Glendive Medical Center. Boyles along with his wife Kayla and daughters 6-year old Kage and 3-year old Haidyn will be relocating to Little Falls. Boyles will be providing leadership to all of Unity Family Healthcare facilities in Morrison County and north-central Stearns County.

--A group of 8th Congressional District Republicans Saturday unanimously endorsed 42-year old Stewart Mills III as its candidate for Congress. That seat is currently held by DFL Representative Rick Nolan who was elected in 2012.

--Republicans gave Tom Emmer the GOP endorsement Saturday in the 6th Congressional District on the first ballot by 76% of the vote. Emmer is seeking the seat currently held by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann who announced she will not run for reelection this November. Bachmann was not on hand Saturday. As for the other candidates, Rhonda Sivarajah announced that she will continue her campaign up to the primary this summer. Another GOP candidate Phil Krinkie did not attend the convention Saturday stating that he would wait until the primary.

--Sauk Rapids police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Sunday afternoon in which a teenager was punched and had money taken from him at gunpoint. A 16-year-old boy was walking around 6:00pm on 7th Street when two vehicles pulled up and two men got out. One of the men had a gun, while the other suspect punched the victim and took money from the victim's wallet. The victim told police that he didn't know the suspects. He described the suspects as being in their 20s and that they arrived in a late-90s model red Ford Taurus and a late-90s model tan Pontiac Bonneville. Anyone with information should call Sauk Rapids police at 251-9451.

--Military families and supporters are gathering at the State Capitol Rotunda in St. Paul Tuesday morning in recognition of military youth on national "Purple Up!" day. The program, which begins at 9:00am will include: recognition from The Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Richard Nash; a presentation of the Governor's letter to a child whose parent is deployed; and a ground breaking announcement from the Minnesota Military Family Tribute. In addition to Tuesday's event, many activities for military youth are scheduled throughout the month. Find a complete list at www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org and click on the Month of the Military special feature.


MORE NEWS
--Jury Selection began yesterday in the Byron Smith case- 130 prospective jurors were called for this case. Fifteen were questioned in the courtroom on Monday of which four women and two men were chosen to serve on the 14-person jury. Fifteen jurors will be called each morning and each afternoon until the entire 14-person jury has been selected.

--The Region Five Development Commission currently offers low interest loans (3% for 60 months) to landowners that can show repayment ability to repair or replace an existing septic system.  There are no income limits.  Seasonal owners and contract for deed buyers are also eligible. In addition, limited Legacy Grant funds remains available to assist low income landowners in all Region Five counties served.  Applicants applying for grant funding must meet USDA adjusted income guidelines.  Homesteaded single-family homes or duplexes can access grant funding to partially offset the cost of the system, making the improvement more affordable.  A low interest loan will be issued for the remainder of the cost. The purpose of the funding is to improve the water quality (environment) by financially assisting very low income residents. The amount of the grant issued will depend on the cost of the system, family size and annual gross income of the applicant.  To qualify a notice of noncompliance must be issued by the county and certain Clean Water criteria met.  The program will sunset when grant funds have been expended. Limited funding is also available to repair or replace household water wells assisting landowners that meet USDA income guidelines.  Terms for water well funding are 1% for up to 20 years. For information in Morrison County contact (320) 632-0171. The program is also available in Cass, Crow Wing, Todd and Wadena counties.

--Motorists in Sauk Rapids may encounter delays as both directions of Highway 10 are reduced to a single lane near Benton County Road 3/Golden Spike Road tomorrow and Thursday. The closures will occur from 9:00am-3:00pm each day. The closures are needed as crews begin work on the County Road 3/Golden Spike Road bridge spanning Highway 10. For information visit www.511mn.org.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Greg and Cindy Pohlkamp of Pierz, boy on April 11th
--Wayne Kludt and Sarah Molnau of Randall, girl on April 12th
--Jeremiah and Bobbie Francis of Little Falls, boy on April 12th

DEATH NOTICES
--Peter K. Erickson, age 60 of Little Falls.

WEATHER
WINTER STORM WATCH STARTS 4AM WEDNESDAY
TODAY= sunny skies, high near 40, less windy
TONIGHT= snow after midnight 1-2 inches, low 27.
WEDNESDAY= snow likely, 3-5 inches, windy, high 33.
THURSDAY= partly sunny, windy, high near 40.

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins host Toronto tonight at Target Field with cold conditions forecasted, pregame at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BAB= due to the cold Monday Pierz and Holdingford will try to get their game in at 4:30 today on FM94 KFML.

Redneck Radio Fri/Sat and meat raffles Friday at West Side Bar





Monday- April 14th, 2014

NEWS
--The jury selection is scheduled to start today in the trial of the State of Minnesota versus Byron Smith. 65-year old Byron Smith of Little Falls is accused of first degree murder in the deaths of Haile Kifer and Nick Brady who allegedly broke into Smith’s home on Thanksgiving 2012. Each juror will fill out a questionnaire; then the courts will interview each potential juror separately starting with 20 today and 30 each day through the end of the week until the final jury is seated. The trial is expected to start next Monday, April 21st in Morrison County District Court.

--A larger reward is now being offered for information in the Jamie Wylie homicide case. Tri-County Crime Stoppers is now offering up to $5,000 to anyone who provides information which leads to an arrest and formal charging of a suspect. Jamie Wylie of Foley was reported missing in December. His body was discovered in the snow in March. Wylie died as a result of a gunshot wound. The Benton County Sheriff’s office continues to investigate the homicide with the assistance of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Anyone with information related to the Jamie Wylie homicide is urged to contact Tri County Crime Stoppers at (800) 255-1301.

--On April 21st burning restrictions will begin for northern and parts of central Minnesota including the counties of Morrison, Mile Lacs, Crow Wing, Aitkin, Kanabec and Wadena. The restrictions by the DNR mean the state will not give out burning permits for burning brush or yard waste. The spring restrictions are used to help vegetation and grass green up for the warmer days ahead. The warmer and drier conditions of April and May bring a very high danger during this time period. Burning restrictions for southern and south-central Minnesota begin today (April 14) for Anoka, Benton, Douglas, Otter Tail, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties.

--Cass County Attorney Christopher J. Strandlie announced on Friday that he will be seeking re-election as Cass County Attorney.

--District 9 Senator Paul Gazelka stated that he is in support of a plan to raise Minnesota’s minimum wage from $6.15 to $7.25 an hour matching the federal minimum wage and putting the state in line with neighboring states. The proposal that Senator Gazelka was in favor of was rejected recently by Senate Democrats. Gazelka is not in favor of the 54% increase of the minimum wage that was voted in favor by the Senate and Governor Dayton stated he would sign that bill when it reaches his desk. Gazelka noted that this large of an increase would hurt small businesses, grocers, gas stations and smaller retailers that would have to increase their prices to pay minimum wage employees.

--Morrison County Deputies last week responded to a theft of clothes left on a clothesline at a farm on 205th Avenue Little Falls including the three wire lines that were taken. There was a report of theft of rental trailers on 130th Avenue Little Falls, a burglary report Wednesday of tools taken from a garage in Royalton, items worth $2,200 which included a Honda 3500 Watt Generator. Deputies also were dispatched to a burglary report on 90th Street in Little Falls, a residential fire alarm on 2nd Avenue Northwest in Pierz and arrested a 34-year-old man on Twin Lakes Road for 4th degree DWI.

--April 13th-19th is National Library Week a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers. Contact your local library to see what events are planned for National Library Week.

--Todd County deputies responded to an animal welfare call on Wednesday where they arrested a man suspected of neglecting horses. The man also is suspected of owning numerous horses found dead on a property in Eagle Bend. Deputies executed a search warrant assisted by members from the Animal Humane Society of Golden Valley and found that 14 horses were found neglected and moved from the property near Verndale. The live horses were taken away to receive treatment. A female at the residence involved in the warrant was found to be the owner of the some of the horses but she was not arrested at the time. Formal charges are still pending as the case remains under a criminal investigation and more information will be released as the case develops.

--Motorists in St. Cloud may encounter overnight lane closures and work crews as both directions of Highway 15 are intermittently reduced to a single lane at the site of the future Highway 15/33rd Street S interchange. The future interchange site is located on Highway 15 about one mile north of Interstate 94. The lane closures will begin at 8:00pm tonight through Wednesday, April 17th. All lanes of Highway 15 will open by 6 a.m. the following day. The closures are needed as crews begin preparatory work for the new Highway 15/33rd Street S interchange in south St. Cloud. The interchange is part of a larger project that will expand 33rd Street S, span the roadway across Highway 15 and construct four roundabouts between Graniteview Road and County Road 74. When complete, the project will improve mobility and access between the city of St. Cloud, Highway 15, I-94 and future development in south St. Cloud.

ENTERTAINMENT
--49-year-old Stephen Colbert had been named by CBS to replace Late Show host David Letterman next year when Letterman retires.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Jesse and Sarah Schuchard of Sauk Rapids, girl on April 10th

DEATH NOTICES
--Marie Curtis, age 78 of Rapid City SD, formerly of Cushing
--Florence Viele, age 85 of Royalton.
--Ron Smude, age 70 of Lastrup.
--Ella Miller, age 84 former resident of Royalton.
--Dennis Kegg, age 54 of Onamia.
--Bryan Linnerud, age 54 of Rice.

WEATHER
TODAY=sunny, breezy and cold, high 34, wind chills near 0.
TONIGHT= clear, breezy and cold, low 15, wind chills near 0 early.
TUESDAY= sunny, high near 40, snow develops at night low 26.
WEDNESDAY= snow likely 2-5 inches, high 33.

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins sweep the Royals winning 10-1 Friday then 7-1 Saturday when Joe Mauer hit a 3 run homer then Twins battled back to win 4-3 Sunday for the sweep. Twins are off today.
HK= Union beat Gophers 7-4 Saturday in NCAA Title Game.
HS BAB= Pierz vs. Holdingford is scheduled today at 4:30 weather permitting if they play hear the game on FM94 KFML

Meat raffles Friday night at the West Side Bar in Little Falls.





Friday- April 11th, 2014

NEWS
--Motorists travelling Highway 10 and County Road 2 in Rice may encounter delays as the first in a series of lane closures, road closures and detours on Highway 10 and local roads begin Monday, April 14th. The first closures are scheduled as follows: Eastbound Highway 10 will be reduced to a single lane. All lanes of eastbound Highway 10 will open by April 30 when all four lanes of Highway 10 are switched to temporary bypass lanes; A short segment of County Road 2/West Main Street will close just west of Highway 10. A signed detour will direct motorists between Highway 10 and downtown Rice using County Road 31/North Division Street. This segment of County Road 2 will reopen by April 30. Motorists travelling through Rice should plan their travel in advance, allow additional time for travel and should slow down and be prepared to stop as they approach the work zone. The closures are needed as part of the new Highway 10/County Road 2 interchange project. When complete, the project will increase safety and mobility by replacing the current signalized intersection with a full interchange, extend acceleration lanes and improve local roads and utilities. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org.

--Little Falls artist Charles Kapsner is nearing completion of his military painting featuring the U.S. Navy. The 8-by-10-foot oil-on-canvas painting is the second of five paintings that will hang in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery committal hall near Camp Ripley with the portrait of the U.S. Army he finished years earlier. Kapsner was commissioned by the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Memorial Association to depict each branch's history and to commemorate the men and women who served and the sacrifices they made. Kapsner uses live models and period-correct clothing for his sketches as he builds the elements for each painting. Kapsner's next painting will focus on the Coast Guard. The painting will be installed in May and unveiled during the Memorial Day Ceremony on May 25th at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. Kapsner will be live on AM960 KLTF Monday at 8:45am during Community Events.

--The Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrested 22-year-old Jorge Gonzalez-Escobar Tuesday night in the city of Long Prairie on multiple counts of first-degree sale of a controlled substance. At the time of the arrest Gonzalez-Escobar was in possession of 56 grams or 2 ounces of methamphetamine. The arrest was a culmination of an 11 month investigation conducted by the task force and BCA during which over 185 grams of meth was purchased by an undercover agent. In February, as part of the investigation, agents arrested a Sauk Centre man and additional seizures of meth and arrests in the Twin Cities Metro Area have been made recently by members of the Minneapolis DEA Office and other law enforcement agencies. Gonzalez-Escobar is currently held in Long Prairie and is awaiting formal charges by the Todd County Attorney.

--The Brainerd School Board voted unanimously to enter into contract negotiations with Klint Willert as their next school superintendent. Willert had been the superintendent at Marshall Public Schools. Willert will replace outgoing superintendent Steve Razidlo who announced his resignation at the end of the school year to take a position at the American International School in Vienna, Austria.

--The Heartland Symphony Orchestra will perform concerts this weekend in Little Falls and Brainerd; details at www.fallsradio.com

--St. Cloud police are investigating a man who suffered a gunshot wound to his hand. Police took the victim’s report Tuesday night at an area hospital and said their investigating the situation. He did not suffer life threatening injuries. Police would not elaborate on how the man was shot only that there is no threat to the public.

--A Minnesota man questioned but never charged in the killing of a Cold Spring police officer says he is suing a Twin Cities Television and radio network for news and social media reports that identified him as the killer. Cold Spring officer Thomas Decker was shot in November, 2012. Ryan Larson, who lived above the bar where Decker was shot behind, was arrested and jailed for five days in connection with the officer's death. But he was never charged, and another man named as a person of interest in the shooting later committed suicide. Larson, who now lives in Long Prairie, contends two tweets by a radio reporter and separate news reports wrongfully pointed to him as the cop's killer and said he was expected to be charged. The lawsuit says the statements in the tweets were false, misrepresented statements by law enforcement officials and were defamatory. He also says he was implicated and defamed in television news reports that included his photo. Larson's suit in U.S. District Court seeks more than $75,000.

--A St. Cloud man accused of robbing a bank and gas station in Waite Park is in custody. 48-year-old Michael Simpson was arrested when Waite Park officers and local FBI agents served a search warrant at a home in the 1400 block of Westwind Road in St. Cloud. Simpson faces two counts of aggravated robbery. One is in connection to the robbery of the MidCountry Bank branch inside Cash Wise in Waite Park on July 8th, 2012. The second charge stems from the robbery of the SuperAmerica gas station on Third Street North in Waite Park late last month. He is currently being held in Stearns County Jail.

DEATH NOTICE
--Rose M. Binstock, age 94 of Little Falls

WEATHER
TODAY= showers ending, sunny afternoon, high 63.
TONIGHT= showers after midnight, low 47.
SATURDAY= rain showers likely, high 56, cloudy at night, low 30.
SUNDAY= cloudy, breezy, flurries, high 40, clear/cool night low 23.
MONDAY= snow showers early then sunny, high 37 low near 20.

SPORTS
TWINS= Oakland sweeps the Twins winning 6-1 on Thursday. Twins host Kansas City this weekend at Target Field, games at 7:10 tonight and 1:10pm Saturday and Sunday. Pregame starts 30 minutes before first pitch- listen to the Twins on Q92 WYRQ.
HS SB= St. Cloud Cathedral at Pierz 4:30 today on FM94 KFML

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1900= the United States unveiled their first submarine.
IN 1906= Albert Einstein introduces Theory of Relativity.
IN 1947= Jackie Robinson makes Brooklyn Dodger debut in the major leagues breaking the color barrier in professional baseball.
IN 1986= last spotting of Halley’s Comet near Earth- the comet is not expected to be near Earth again until 2061.

Kings Ransom tonight, Cocaine Energy Drink Party Sat at WS Bar





Thursday- April 10th, 2014

NEWS
--A Mock Car Crash will be held on Thursday, April 24th at the Little Falls Community High School Student Parking Lot. All sophomores, juniors, and seniors will attend the program organized by the Target Leadership Team. Sirens, lights, and helicopters will be used during the event. A reminder the mock car crash on April 24th is only an emergency drill for several local medical services.

--Little Falls Community High School retained its state champion title in the David Ricardo, or large school division, of the statewide Economics Challenge held Monday at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Mounds View High School took second place.  This is Little Falls’ eighth straight Minnesota Economics Challenge title. Students Jessica Durfee, Vanessa Meschke, Jack Schulte and Blake Toso won the championship. Jack Schulte tied for the first place individual award with Jacob Weightman of Mounds View. Jessica Durfee and Vanessa Meschke tied for the 2nd place individual award. Tom Stockard is the team’s coach. The team will compete in the national semi-finals on Tuesday, April 15th, where the top four teams in the large school division will be invited to the national competition in New York City in May.

--An anti-bullying law that replaces one some found too weak is now in place. Governor Mark Dayton Wednesday signed the Safe and Supportive Schools Act. Supporters say it will provide a safer learning environment for children. Critics argue it will subject more kids to punishment for expressing their religious beliefs or engaging in other youthful behavior. The bill requires school districts to track and investigate cases of bullying and directs schools to better train staff and teachers on how to prevent it. Current law requires school districts to have a bullying policy but doesn't include details on what the policy should contain.

--Little Falls Police arrested a 23-year-old man Sunday after an altercation at St. Gabriel’s Hospital. Around 3:30am, the suspect called police saying that people were following him and he did not feel safe. The man was picked up and taken to the hospital where he became combative with staff and police and then taken into custody on possible fourth degree assault charges which are pending.

--On April 1st, the Todd County Sheriff’s Office was informed of a truck frame on wheels with a motor on it in a ditch off of county road 36. It was found the truck frame was attached to a two wheel car dolly and looked as if it came unhooked from a tow vehicle. The frame had been left there for a few days and no one came forward so the sheriff’s office had it towed and put in impound. If anyone knows who the truck frame or dolly belongs to they are asked to contact the Todd County Sheriff’s Office.

--A painting of a World War II Brainerd Veteran was recently told to his family that is hangs in the Pentagon in Washington D.C. Roy Schellin was severely wounded during a 1943 air battle over France. Schellin’s daughter, Caralee Bjerkness, said the family knew there was a portrait of her father painted in 1944 but never knew where it was located until now. A call in mid-March from Senator Al Franken’s office informed the family that the portrait was part of the U.S. Air Force Art Collection hung in the Pentagon. Schellin’s daughter and members of the family plan on going to Washington this summer to view with the portrait. Bjerkness stated that she wishes they would have research earlier before her father died back in 2012.

--The Little Falls High School has parent-teacher conferences on Monday from 3:45-6:45pm in the High School Commons. All parents of high school students are encouraged to attend conferences.

--Veterans Bridge in St. Cloud has been closed for a water main break. The bridge is closed between Fifth Avenue North and Riverside Drive. The closure will last three days.

--With Tom Emmer the odds-on favorite to be endorsed by Republicans Saturday in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District, the other two Republicans in the race are looking ahead to an August primary. Anoka County Board chair Rhonda Sivarajah will take her campaign to a GOP primary election, she confirmed Wednesday in an interview with the Times. The 6th District seat is being vacated by Rep. Michele Bachmann, who isn't seeking a fifth term. Republicans are set to endorse a successor at a convention Saturday in Monticello. The other 6th District GOP candidate, former state Rep. Phil Krinkie, said Wednesday that he won't attend Saturday's convention or seek the party's endorsement. Krinkie also said for the first time that he's mulling a third-party run for Congress, but said he still sees a Republican primary run as his most likely path forward. Both Sivarajah and Krinkie have left open the possibility of running in a primary. Only Emmer has said he'll abide by the GOP endorsement.

--A teenager has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for robbing and killing his friend's grandmother in Kandiyohi County. Nineteen-year-old Brok Junkermeier entered a surprise guilty plea to the charges in the midst of his trial last week. He took the stand and admitted he and the victim's grandson, Robert Warwick, plotted to rob and kill 79-year-old Lila Warwick, at her home near Willmar last summer. Robert Warwick's trial has not been scheduled.

--The Hennepin County Medical Examiner identified the body of a woman found in Hastings over the weekend, as missing Carrie Elaine Olson of Davenport, Iowa. Officials say the cause and manner of death are still pending further investigation. 29-year-old Olson was last seen December 28, 2013 at a 7 Eleven in Rock Island, Ill.  Olson's body was found in a vacant lot in Hastings on Saturday.

--The 9th Annual Heartland Symphony Orchestra benefit fundraiser Symphony of Fashions Luncheon and Style Show will be held on April 26th at the First United Church in Little Falls. Social hour at 11:00am with a luncheon at noon. There will be baskets for a silent auction and door prizes. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Echo and 632-4462 or go to heartlandsymphony.org.

WEATHER
TODAY= sunny and breezy, high 58.
TONIGHT= showers after midnight, low around 40.
FRIDAY= early showers, then sunny, high 62, low around 41.
SATURDAY= showers likely, mostly cloudy, high near 60.
SAT NITE= light rain, could mix with wet snow overnight, low 30.
SUNDAY= flurries early, then partly sunny, cooler high near 40.

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins lose 7-4 in 11 innings Wednesday after coming back from 2 down in the 9th to tie the game. Twins wrap up series with Oakland today at 11:40am on Q92 WYRQ.
COL HK= Frozen Four is today in Philadelphia with Minnesota taking on North Dakota the winner plays Saturday in the championship.

Kings Ransom Friday, Cocaine Energy Drink Party Sat at WS Bar





Wednesday- April 9th, 2014

NEWS
--A settlement was reached with Robin Hensel in the Hensel v. City of Little Falls lawsuit. The city of Little Falls agreed to pay $39,500. The settlement states there is no admission of liability by any party. Robin Hensel will receive the right to rent a bench on Little Falls City Hall property. Additionally, Robin Hensel will enter into a contact for the bench advertising. Hensel will be able to renew the contract as often as she likes as long as she fulfills her contractual and monetary duties under the contract for the bench advertising.

--Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel has announced that the investigation into the death of 36-year-old Anna Eakle, initiated last February in the city of Motley, has been completed. According to Wetzel, the Ramsey County Medical Examiners Officer has concluded that the probable cause of death was an overdose of prescription medication. Eakle was found deceased in a snow bank in the city of Motley on February 25, 2014. Earlier suspicions by many that Eakle had died of exposure to the cold were proven to be incorrect. Wetzel stated that “It is precisely for this reason that we wait until an investigation is completed before determining an exact cause of death and whether foul play may have been a factor. In this particular case, no foul play is suspected, and the cause of death was prescription drug overdose”.

--On March 28th the city of Little Falls was informed in a letter of a local plant closing. Meyer Associates closed three plants including one in Little Falls, another in St. Cloud and the final one in Eveleth. Each of the plants closed on March 31st and a total of 174 employees were permanently laid off.

--The Minnesota Department of Transportation on Monday announced the recipients of $4.8 million in federal grants for Safe Routes to School. Safe Routes to School is a program that encourages kids to walk or bike to school and funding for the infrastructure to make sure kids can do so safely. The grants will support Safe Routes to School at 138 schools in 50 communities. Five Little Falls schools were approved for 2014 Planning for the Safe Route to Schools Project. The Little Falls schools approved for the planning stage is Little Falls Community Middle School, Mary of Lourdes Middle School, Lindbergh, Lincoln, and Mary of Lourdes Elementary. The approval for the Planning grant is Funding to complete a Safe Routes to School plan to help analyze existing conditions, gather public input and identify potential infrastructure and non-infrastructure solutions at K-8 schools. Locally, plans will be completed by the Regional Five Development Commission and a committee of interested participants to be gathered later.

--Household well owners with questions about their water well system, water quality or well construction can contact a new information hotline operated by the National Ground Water Association at 855-420-9355. The hotline is part of a package of new information resources being offered by the organization with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The purpose of the Private Well Owner Hotline is to answer basic water well-related questions. When it comes to specific issues regarding a person’s well system or water quality, the hotline can help guide well owners to the assistance they need. The Private Well Owner Hotline operating hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time, except national holidays. Among the other information resources being offered through the NGWA website, www.NGWA.org, are free online well owner lessons and webinars.

--A Sartell man is jailed in lieu of $200,000 bail after he was charged with sexually abusing a child intermittently during a span of almost six years. 40-year old Kevin Hyung Adams is charged in Stearns County District Court with two counts each of first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct. He is accused of abusing the child in late 2008, continuing through last month.

--The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) will provide payments to eligible producers for livestock deaths and grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock disaster assistance programs in 2011, and including calendar years 2012, 2013, and 2014. Enrollment also begins on April 15 for producers with losses covered by the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP). To expedite applications, all producers who experienced losses are encouraged to collect records documenting these losses in preparation for the enrollment in these disaster assistance programs. Information on the types of records necessary can be provided by local FSA county offices. Producers also are encouraged to contact their county office ahead of time to schedule an appointment.
For more information, producers may review the 2014 Farm Bill Fact Sheet, ELAP and TAP fact sheets online, or visit any local FSA office or USDA Service Center.

--Former Republican State Representative Steve Smith of Mound Minnesota has died. Smith was 64 and had served two decades in the Legislature before losing in a 2012 primary. Smith was living alone in Hennepin County where his body was found Monday.  The attorney was a moderate Republican who represented a west suburban district from 1991 to 2013. He formerly chaired House committees on public safety, judiciary and ethics.

DEATH NOTICES
--Leonard Meyer, age 58 of Sauk Rapids formerly Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= sunny and very mild, breezy, high 75.
TONIGHT= showers and T-storms after 8pm, low around 40.
THURSDAY= a morning shower, then sunny and windy, high 57.
FRIDAY= partly sunny, isolated showers, high 60, low 40.

SPORTS
TWINS= after Tuesday off, the Twins and Oakland continue their series today with pregame at 11:40am on Q92 WYRQ.
NHL= Wild win in a shootout last night over Boston and also clinched a playoff spot in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1865= General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia ending U.S. Civil War.
IN 1970= Paul McCartney announced the Beatles officially broken up
IN 1986= after being killed a year earlier, Bobby Ewing was found alive in shower on Dallas- the entire past season was Pam’s dream.  

Meat raffles Fridays, Kings Ransom Friday night at West Side Bar.





Tuesday- April 8th, 2014

NEWS
--Nine Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers will report to Camp Ripley Training Center, April 8th-12th to compete in the 2014 Minnesota National Guard Best Warrior Competition. During the three-day competition, these elite competitors will test their Army aptitude, conquering urban warfare simulations, board interviews, physical fitness tests, written exams, and Warrior tasks and battle drills relevant to today's operating environment. The Minnesota National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor, Command Sergeant Major Cynthia Kallberg will oversee the annual competition which names the Minnesota Army National Guard Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. Warriors for Soldier of the Year include the ranks of private through specialist, and warriors for Noncommissioned Officer of the Year include ranks corporal through sergeant first class. Described as the "State Championship" for Minnesota Army National Guard warrior competitions, the Minnesota Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition will celebrate its thirteenth anniversary this year.

--Four people were injured Saturday morning in a two vehicle accident on Highway 10 in Ottertail County. 44-year-old Ruth Wagner of Colorado was south in the crossover of Highway 10 and Highway 106 turning east when she was struck on the passenger side by 56-year-old Virginia Wilken of Miltona. Both of the drivers and two passengers, ages 15 and 12 in the Wagner vehicle sustained injuries that the Minnesota state patrol ruled were non-life threatening.

--Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan announced his candidacy last week for a 6th term as county attorney. Ryan has been the county attorney since 1994. Ryan said his reason for running is that he loves his job and will continue to work hard to be as effective and efficient as he can be for the citizens of Crow Wing County.

--The state Department of Natural Resources is trying to figure out whether current levels of groundwater use are sustainable and whether action is needed to protect water availability in the future. Residents of central Minnesota and elsewhere have been pumping water from the ground for generations, but the rate of use is rising and there are some indications that water supplies and quality are at risk. Mark Hauck is a project manager in the DNR's Bonanza Valley. He says people think water is abundant in the land of 10,000 lakes, but areas including southwestern Minnesota are experiencing a scarcity of groundwater. He says there's not a crisis yet, but current trends might not be sustainable.

--The search for two Minnesotans who never returned from a day hike in a popular Colorado park area resumed at daylight Monday. 51-year-old Damian McManus and his 18-year-old son Evan both from St. Louis Park were last heard from on Wednesday. They never returned to their car or hotel after hiking at Echo Lake in Clear Creek County, Colorado around two hours west of Denver. According to Bill Barwick with the Alpine Rescue Team, the search is resuming in an area just south of Echo Lake Lodge off Highway 103. Barwick said there is no cell service in that area. He said the altitude is around 10,000 feet and it's very cold and windy. The area has had a number of snowstorms between Monday and Sunday.

--The Spring Concert Series "Around the World with the Heartland Symphony Orchestra" will be performed Saturday at 7:30pm at the Charles D. Martin Auditorium in Little Falls and at 2:30pm on Sunday at the Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. More details at heartlandsymphony.org.

--Minnesota's minimum wage would rise to $9.50 per hour within a few years and continue going up unless a governor's administration applied the brakes, according to terms of an agreement announced Monday. The outline described by leaders of the House and Senate resolves one of the biggest remaining standoffs in a session on course for an early adjournment. The wage legislation could move through both Democratic-led chambers this week; it was scheduled for a Senate vote on Wednesday. Minnesota's current minimum is $6.15 for large employers, though most workers qualify for a higher federal minimum. Minnesota's base rate hasn't gone up since 2005. If the bill passes, Minnesota would go from having one of the nation's lowest minimum wages to one of the highest. The wage would be indexed for inflation starting in 2018, with an annual cap of 2.5 percent. A decision on whether or not to block an automatic increase would rest with the Department of Labor and Industry.

--The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine will honor Enchanted Dairy of Little Falls as the 2014 Dairy Appreciation Award recipients. Enchanted Dairy previously received the Dairy Producer of the Year by the Minnesota Milk Producers Association.

--This past Friday, at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., they publicly recognized 58 individuals and organizations from communities around the country for giving the FBI the support they need to serve residents. The recipients of their annual Director’s Community Leadership Award made tremendous contributions toward crime and violence prevention, education and awareness programs, and efforts to enhance cooperation between law enforcement and all citizens. Among those honored was the former US Senator from Minnesota, the late Rod Grams. The FBI says that in 2002 Grams was instrumental in making Minnesota the seventh state to implement the Amber Alert system, which helps publicize certain child abduction cases. Since the program’s inception, 28 Amber Alerts have been issued in Minnesota and all 28 children have been located. Grams also involved in many community organizations, including the Center for Victims of Torture and Mission 500, which works to end child hunger. Grams died in October after battling cancer.

ENTERTAINMENT
--Legendary actor Mickey Rooney died Sunday at age 93. Rooney acted for over 80 years starting before the age of 10.

DEATH NOTICES
--Benjamin Lowery, age 18 of Cottage Grove.

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly sunny, high near 50.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low 35.
WEDNESDAY= sunny and breezy, high 72, storms at night, low 40.
THURSDAY= morning showers, then sunny and windy, high 57.

SPORTS
TWINS= Oakland shelled the Twins 8-3 in the Minnesota home opener Monday- Twins off today and resume series on Wednesday.
NCAA= Connecticut wins men’s basketball title 60-54 over Kentucky.
LF= The Little Falls High School Activities Banquet will be May 5th at 6:30pm at the Falls Ballroom. Call activities office for ticket info.

Kings Ransom Friday along with their weekly meat raffle at WS Bar





Monday- April 7th, 2014

NEWS
--A 36-year old from Little Falls has been charged with one felony count of fleeing a peace officer, two DWI misdemeanor counts and one count of driving after revocation. Police responded to a report where a woman wanted her boyfriend removed from a residence on March 31st. When they arrived at the scene, Dana Smith allegedly appeared intoxicated. He was told to leave and did so on foot. One of the officers later received a report that Smith had returned to the scene, got into his a vehicle and drove away. Believing he was intoxicated, the officer located Smith and pulled him over. When the officer asked Smith to step out of the vehicle, Smith allegedly said “No,” and drove away at a high rate of speed onto Highway 10. Traveling at 80 miles per hour, officers used a pit maneuver to stop Smith’s vehicle. He was placed under arrest for fleeing. An examination of Smith’s driving record showed his driving privileges had been revoked. If convicted, Smith faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

--The week of April 7th through 11th is Public Health Awareness Week. Topics include be healthy from the start including school nutrition and eating well at all times, emergency and disaster preparedness, public health starts at home and how to be the healthiest nation in one generation by identifying the needs for health in all communities. You can stop by the Morrison County Public Health offices at the government center to learn more about the topic of day that will be on display through Public Health Awareness Week.

--The search for a new Brainerd Public School Superintendant is down to the final three candidates. Those three finalists are Marshall Public Schools Superintendant Klint Willert, Inver Grove Heights Superintendant Deidre Wells, and La Crescent-Hokah Superintendant Ron Wilke. Current Brainerd Superintendant Steve Razidlo announced his resignation effective at the end of the school year as he took a job elsewhere. School Exec Connect, an Illinois-based firm that specializes in placing school leaders in districts, is heading the search for his replacement.

--A 58-year-old man was arrested after a woman was threatened with a knife on Wednesday afternoon in St. Cloud. Pedro Garcia was taken to Benton County Jail after a 46-year-old woman from St. Cloud was threatened in the 700 block of St. Germain Street. Garcia faces possible charges of second-degree assault, domestic assault and possession of a small amount of marijuana. Christine Rohde was taken to jail and faces possible charges of possessing a hypodermic needle and drug paraphernalia. Ashley Nicole Reece, a 26-year-old, was arrested for an outstanding Todd County warrant and possession of drug paraphernalia.

--A man was been arrested relating to an assault and robbery reported Wednesday that happened on Rivercrest Drive. 24-year old Michael Duane Williams II is in Stearns County Jail. Police believe he assaulted and robbed a 53-year-old St. Cloud man at 5:30pm on Wednesday. The victim was taken to St. Cloud Hospital to be treated for his injuries. No weapons were involved.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9am at the government center. Agenda items include proclamations of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, National Volunteer Week, Child Abuse Awareness and Distraction Free Week. The board will also hear from South Country Health Alliance, Community Development, Sheriff Wetzel, Social Services and Public Health along with many others.

--A 27-year-old from Bowlus was injured early Sunday when his vehicle went off of Highway 238 around 1:30am, overcorrected, veered to the left and rolled over. Jeffrey G. Kalis was taken to an area hospital with injuries ruled non-life threatening.

--Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch announced Friday that he will run for reelection this November. Burch was first elected sheriff in 2010 and has been a member of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office for 28 years. Burch said he is honored to serve the citizens of Cass County and looks forward to the challenges of the next four years.

--The Brainerd Jaycees announced last week that the Ice Fishing Extravaganza held in January on Hole in the Day Bay brought in over $84,000 for the Confidence Learning Center which has been the largest recipient of the annual ice fishing contest since its inception.

--Delegates to a Republican convention in Albert Lea have selected businessman Aaron Miller to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz. Miller defeated Rochester state Rep. Mike Benson and Blue Earth businessman Jim Hagedorn. Benson dropped out after the second ballot, and on the third ballot between Miller and Hagedorn, Miller got 56 percent of the vote. House District 12B Republicans unanimously endorsed Rep. Paul Anderson for re-election as the representative of House District 12B. Anderson did not have any challengers at the convention held Friday night in Sauk Centre.

ENTERTAINMENT
--Another staple of Late Night TV has announced he is retiring. David Letterman announced last week that he plans to hang it up from CBS Late Night in 2015 though an official date was not announced. His bandleader Paul Schaffer who has been with Letterman since he began on NBC back in 1982 and jumped with him to CBS in 1993 announced the when Letterman retires he will as well. The announcement comes just a few months after Jay Leno stepped down as host of the Tonight Show where he hosted since 1992.

DEATH NOTICES
--Eric Oldakowski, age 24 of Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= AM showers, partly sunny afternoon, high 52.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low around 30.
TUESDAY= partly cloudy, breezy high 48, low 35.
WEDNESDAY= sunny and warmer, windy, high near 70.

SPORTS
TWINS= after a long rain delay Friday Cleveland beat the Twins 7-2 the Twins rebounded with a 7-3 win in frigid Cleveland on Saturday. That win gave manager Ron Gardenhire his 1000th victory as the skipper of the Twins. Twins continue winning 10-7 on Sunday to take the series. The Twins have their home opener today at Target Field with temps forecasted in the 50s after morning showers. The Twins take on Oakland with a 2:40pm pregame on Q92 WYRQ.
FINAL FOUR=Connecticut and Kentucky advanced over higher seeds Florida and Wisconsin Saturday to play tonight in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship in Texas.

Meat raffles every Friday at West Side Bar in Little Falls.





Friday- April 4th, 2014

NEWS
--A Rice man was in critical condition Wednesday night after his pickup and a semitrailer collided at an intersection in Stearns County. The two-vehicle collision damaged the pickup and scattered propane tanks from the bed of a semitrailer Wednesday at Minnesota Street West and Stearns County Road 2. The incident caused a portion of both roads to close for hours. The driver of the pickup, 48-year-old Lee Meyer of Rice was going west on Minnesota Street. Meyer was turning south on County Road 2 when his pickup was struck by the semi. Meyer was extricated from the wreckage and taken to St. Cloud Hospital. He was in critical condition on Wednesday evening. The 29-year-old semi driver from Sartell had no apparent injuries. The semitrailer was hauling propane tanks and around 10 scattered along the side of the road. Initial reports indicated propane tanks might be leaking at the scene, but no leaks were found.

--The Flensburg Fire Department responded to a detached garage fire Thursday morning. The fire was reported around 2:00am at the address of 5305 Darling Road. 10-12 firefighters were on the scene for around two hours. The detached garage and all contents inside were destroyed. No injuries and the cause is under investigation.

--Nic Dowd, who recently completed his eligibility with St. Cloud State, was named a Hobey Hat Trick finalist for the men's college hockey player of the year on Wednesday. Boston College junior forward Johnny Gaudreau and St. Lawrence senior forward Greg Carey are the other finalists. The award winner is announced April 11th in Philadelphia, the day before the national championship game.

--Brainerd firefighters scaled a steep river bank off Bluff Street to reach three young men who were walking along the banks of the Mississippi River and became trapped on a floating ice chunk late Wednesday afternoon. The three men are in their late teens or early 20’s. They were found on a chunk of ice which had come to a stop along some tree stumps. Firefighters sent out an inflatable banana boat to the men to retrieve them to shore about 10 minutes after arriving. The men were never submerged in the water and escaped without any injuries.

--Little Falls Police arrested a 37 year old after a short pursuit Monday around 5pm on Highway 10. The suspect was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated and fleeing a peace officer. The case was forwarded to the Morrison County Attorney’s Office.

--The Little Falls City Council will hold their regular meeting Monday night at 7:30pm at City Hall. Also a meeting of the Morrison County Mayors will be held on Wednesday at 12:30pm at Royalton City Hall.

--Tuesday night the St. Martin Fire Department and Stearns County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a barn fire on County Road 12 in St. Martin at the Wilfred and Kathleen Schmitt residence. Reports state the homeowners awoke to find their unattached barn on fire. The barn was filled with mainly wood and machinery. The fire is believed to have been electrical in nature. The barn and its contents were a total loss. There were no injuries.

--The Randall VFW Auxiliary is sponsoring a fundraiser this Sunday for the Randall Scholarship Fund at the Randall VFW from 1:00-4:00pm. Tickets are $20 at the door to partake in craft beer and wine tasting along with a number of vendors showing off their wares. Must be 21 to participate and all proceeds go to the Randall Scholarship Fund. Details on this and many other weekend items including a number of bingos on Sunday can be found at www.fallsradio.com.

--Grab your bike and pedal through downtown Little Falls on Sunday, June 15th between 12:00pm–5:00pm where a section of Broadway and First streets will be closed to cars and open for people of all ages to bike, walk and play during Little Falls’ first Falls Festival on Foot. The Falls Festival on Foot (FFF) is an event which closes roadways to motorized traffic to get people out playing in the streets. The Falls Festival on Foot is part of the “Live Better! Live Longer!”. Their  initiative and purpose is to inspire Morrison County residents to live better and live longer through healthy eating, moving and belonging. For information on the Falls Festival on Foot or the Healthy Communities Collaborative (a community outreach program of St. Gabriel’s Hospital), contact Kate Bjorge at 631-5675.

--A 19-year-old man on trial for killing his friend's grandmother has pleaded guilty Wednesday in Kandiyohi County Court. Brok Junkermeier pleaded guilty to choking and stabbing 79-year-old Lila Warwick inside her Willmar home. Warwick's grandson, Robert is charged with masterminding the murder. He will face first degree murder charges at a later date. Authorities say that Junkermeier and Warwick planned to rob the woman. Sentencing for Junkemeier is scheduled for next Wednesday.

--A man was arrested Thursday after police say he fired a gun near an apartment complex in southeast St. Cloud. At about 12:30am St. Cloud police were called to the 1700 block of 16th Street Southeast after a report of a gunshot. Investigation revealed 18-year old Joseph Morey of Sauk Rapids had fired a shot in the air near the University Village Townhomes. Police say Morey admitted firing a gun; casings from a 9 mm cartridge found at the scene corroborated that information, and he was arrested and taken to Sherburne County Jail. Morey could face multiple charges, including transporting a pistol, altering the serial number on a gun, reckless discharging of a weapon and fifth-degree controlled substance possession. No one was injured in the incident.

--The Rice Area Chamber of Commerce recently raised $1,500 in support of the Rice Area Food Shelf for their March FoodShare Drive. Those funds were matched by the Minnesota FoodShare program.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Kris and Nellie Oothoudt of Little Falls, boy on April 1st
--Lucas and Crystal Jordan of Pierz, boy on March 24th

WEATHER
TODAY= cloudy and breezing with blowing snow, high 36.
TONIGHT= clearing skies, low 18.
SATURDAY= sunny skies, high 43, mostly cloudy night low 30.
SUNDAY= morning flurries, partly sunny high near 50.
SUN NITE= chance of rain changing to snow overnight, low 30.
MONDAY= rain/snow early then afternoon sun, high near 50.

SPORTS
GOPHERS= Gophers win the NIT Tournament last night holding off SMU 65-63. Gophers finish the year at 25-13 under Richard Pitino.
TWINS= Twins win 10-9 in a wild one Thursday to take one of three from White Sox. Twins are in Cleveland for a weekend series with the Indians. Pregame coverage at 1:35pm today and 11:35am Saturday and Sunday, catch all the games live on Q92 WYRQ.

Northstar Entertainment Fri/Sat Meat Raffle today at WS Bar





Thursday- April 3rd, 2014

NEWS
--A Winter Storm Warning goes into effect for central Minnesota today at 1:00pm and lasts until 7:00pm tomorrow. Light snow and sleet early will turn to all snow and become heavy through the afternoon. The snow could mix with freezing rain also throughout the midday hours. Total snow accumulation could reach 4-10 inches with over a foot in areas by tomorrow afternoon. Then 40 mile per hour winds will cause poor visibility Friday throughout the day. The snow system will be out of the state Friday. Temperatures will begin to rise again to near 40 Saturday and mid 40s on Sunday though Sunday calls for another rain/snow mix in the morning.

--For the first time in 41 years the military exchange between Camp Ripley and the Norwegian Home Guard will take place in June and not February. The two groups decided that it would be interesting to visit the other’s camps during the summer to see the difference in exercises that take place. The summer exchange will bring smaller numbers of the youth than the winter one but will bring a larger number of the Norwegian military to the area. Camp Ripley also announced that control burns will begin as soon as possible. It was supposed to begin late last month but winter weather has prolonged that from happening. As more winter weather continues to be in the forecast the burning at Camp Ripley has been put off for now but will start up as soon as the weather abides for it.

--Brainerd firefighters stated that the 39 year old man injured Monday in a welding accident at a transmission business in Brainerd is in satisfactory condition at Hennepin County Medical Center. Dennis Johnson was welding near chemicals when they ignited. A small fire was extinguished by employees. Johnson sustained burns and multiple injuries from the incident. There was minor damage to the area where the fire started on Monday around 1:20pm.

--Initial reports from the Department of Natural Resources are saying that the ice out on area lakes will be later again this year. The hopes are that it will not be as late as last year where many lakes had ice on it until mid May or later. Mille Lacs Lake had the latest ice-out ever of May 16th last year and Gull Lake was May 15th, side note that is where the Governor’s fishing opening is this year on May 11th. Weather reports are calling for a cooler and wetter than average April and May which may cause more issues on the ice being out of lakes by the fishing opener next month.

--St. Cloud police blocked traffic in a north St. Cloud neighborhood for more than two hours Tuesday as they attempted to arrest a man who was wanted by the Department of Corrections. The standoff started when St. Cloud police spotted Juanel Mikulak who was wanted on a warrant for a felony narcotics probation violation. Mikulak did not follow officer directions, instead holding up in the vehicle near Third Street and 23rd Avenue North in St. Cloud around 5:15 p.m. The Department of Corrections warrant noted that Mikulak was known to have access to weapons. Police blocked traffic and advised residents to avoid the area, then positioned the department's armored vehicle next to the suspect's SUV to block its path. Another police vehicle blocked the SUVs tail. St. Cloud SWAT members and negotiators responded. More than 10 police vehicles were on the scene along with a canine unit as police negotiated with the man for 2.5 hours until he and his companion gave themselves up which occurred around 7:30pm. Formal charges against the two are being made with the Stearns County Attorney.

--According to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office Jamie Wylie, whose body was found last week behind a business east of St. Cloud after being reported missing in December, was shot to death. The sheriff’s office had previously said that 31-year old Jaime Wylie was a victim of homicide. The announcement Wednesday that he had been shot was the first specifics released about the cause of Wylie’s death. The sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate Wylie’s death and has yet to make an arrest in the case. Investigators are asking for the public’s help in solving the crime. Anyone with information about Wylie’s death is asked to call either the Benton County Sheriff’s Office or Tri-County Crimestoppers.

--A 24-year-old Brainerd man faces second-degree attempted murder for allegedly choking a woman two times — once with a long wooden stick to the point where she couldn’t breathe in her Brainerd apartment. Steven James Machell was charged Monday in Crow Wing District Court with second-degree attempted murder, which carries a 40-year maximum prison sentence; and two felonies of domestic assault by strangulation and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. A judge set bail at $500,000 without conditions or $150,000 with conditions. Brainerd police were called around 9:45am Friday to a report of a domestic assault involving a knife occurring at a residence on the 600 block of Northwest Fourth Street. The female victim, who had fled the scene to her place of employment in Baxter, reported she and the suspect live together and he was still at the home. Machell is due back in court at 9:00am on Tuesday, April 8th.

--St. Cloud police are investigating a robbery that happened Wednesday morning at the Super 8 motel in west St. Cloud. The robbery was reported around 6:45am at 50 Park Ave. S. Two suspects robbed the business, one of whom had a handgun. A police dog tracked the suspects without success. There were no injuries from the incident, and no arrests had been made as of yesterday morning. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call St. Cloud police or Tri-County Crimestoppers.

DEATH NOTICES
--Calvin D. Glockzin, age 73 of Browerville
--Bernice L. Kulus, age 97 of Little Falls.

WEATHER
WINTER STORM WARNING 1PM TODAY TO 7PM FRIDAY
TODAY= snow and sleet early, heavy snow by late afternoon, high 34
TONIGHT= heavy snow, breezy, low 26 snow totals 6-10 inches.
FRIDAY= snow, gusty winds, high 36, another 2-4 inches by night.
SATURDAY= sunny, high near 40, low around 30 at night.
SUNDAY= snow to rain early then sunny, high 45, low around 30.

SPORTS
TWINS= White Sox beat the Twins in 11 innings Wednesday 7-6 as winning run scored on a wild pitch. Twins wrap up series with Chicago today pregame starts at 12:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1790= The U.S. Coast Guard is created.
IN 1860= The Pony Express began mail service in Missouri.
IN 1953= first issue of TV Guide went on sale.

Northstar Entertainment Friday and Saturday at West Side Bar





Wednesday- April 2nd, 2014

NEWS
--A Fort Ripley man was injured in a two vehicle accident Monday night on Highway 371 at County Road 48 in Morrison County. 56-year-old John Wieczorek was eastbound on 48 when he crossed Highway 371 and collided with an oncoming vehicle driven by 51-year-old John Beckman of Hudson, Wisconsin. Beckman was not hurt. Wieczorek was injured but released from a hospital on Tuesday.

--Brainerd police responded to a domestic assault report Friday morning around 9:30am on 4th Street in Northwest Brainerd. Police stated when they arrived they had found that a female victim had fled the scene. The woman was located and reported to police she and the suspect reside together where he allegedly choked, struck and held down the victim at one point attacked her with a knife lacerating her hand. Officers identified the suspect as 24-year-old Steven Machell of Brainerd who was taken into custody on changes of assault with possible charges of attempted murder to be added. The case remains under investigation.

--Little Falls Police recently responded to a theft report on Broadway East, a burglary report on First Avenue Southwest, and a disorderly conduct report of two men fighting on Third Street Northeast.

--Staples Motley Schools will hold its preschool enrollment fair on April 8th and April 15th from 4:30-6:30pm. For information call (218) 894-5400 extension 3531.

--A 39-year-old man was severely injured Monday while welding at a transmission business in Brainerd. Police and firefighters were called around 1:30pm after a fire report. The fire had already been extinguished but the victim was found to have multiple injuries. How the injuries to Dennis W. Johnson occurred and how the fire started was not released. Johnson was taken to the Brainerd Hospital then transferred to HCMC in Minneapolis.

--A Richmond woman was injured Monday morning after a two vehicle accident west of Cold Spring. The crash happened about 8:00am at Highway 23 and Stearns County Road 158. 60-year-old Jimmy Olson of Cold Spring failed to yield the right of way at a crossing and struck 34-year-old Kristy Griffith. Griffith was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The other driver, Olson was not hurt.

--A rare winter storm tornado struck Yellow Medicine County in western Minnesota Monday afternoon. It was reported around 4:00pm that the tornado damaged at least three farms, damaged some grain bins, outbuildings and toppled some machinery in that area. No injuries were reported. While western Minnesota saw some strong thunderstorms portions of North Dakota and northern Minnesota had to deal with 15-20 inches of new snow and 65 mile per hour winds.

--The MN Disabled American Veterans organization is preparing for THE OLD GLORY RUN scheduled for May 17th in Cold Spring. This is the 7th annual event that has been organized and coordinated by Curt and Pam Karls of Cold Spring. All proceeds go the DAV of MN Foundation designated for projects/programs serving veterans at the St. Cloud VAMC and other disabled veteran programs in the surrounding areas. In addition funds were used to provide for the disabled veterans turkey and deer hunts at Camp Ripley organized by the St. Cloud VAMC. The website with the information is www.theoldgloryrun.com.

--The KLTF Memory Game is back Monday 6:30-9:00am on AM960.

--Unemployment rates in Morrison County dropped nearly a half a percent in February when compared to January. Morrison County had 9.1% unemployment in February. That is down from 9.5% in January and also down from 9.6% in February of last year. The national unemployment rate in February was 6.7% and the state unemployment rate was 5.5%.

--The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 8:00am-2:00pm on Thursday, April 17th at Pierz Healy High School.

--The Office of Minnesota Secretary of State is calling on Minnesotans to serve as election judges on Primary Day, August 12, and Election Day, November 4 — in what is expected to be a heavy voter-turnout election. Each statewide election cycle, about 30,000 Minnesotans serve as election judges in 3,500-plus polling places. Interested persons can apply and learn more about becoming an election judge at mnvotes.org. Poll workers are guaranteed pay and are granted time off from work by law. Potential judges must be eligible to vote in Minnesota; be able to read, write and speak English; and attend a training session provided by local election officials. Students age 16 and 17 can apply to be election judge trainees. Most cities and counties will appoint poll workers in May and June. Judges’ duties include greeting and registering voters, providing ballots, assisting voters as needed, overseeing ballot-counting machines, and compiling precinct voter statistics at the end of Election Day.

--Preliminary event schedules are being put together for the 67th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener on May 8th through 11th on Gull Lake in Brainerd.

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly sunny, high 35, snow late tonight low 27.
THURSDAY= snow in morning and again in afternoon, high 34
THURS NITE= snow heavy at times and windy, low 28
FRIDAY= snow likely and windy high 35.
SNOW TOTALS OF 6-12 INCHES POSSIBLE BY FRIDAY

SPORTS
NIT= The Gopher men advanced to the NIT Championship game Thursday in New York with a 67-64 overtime win over Florida State. Gophers will face SMU in the title game Thursday night.
TWINS= After Tuesday off the Twins are scheduled to play today in Chicago with a 12:40pm pregame though weather could be a factor. If the game is played hear it live today on Q92 WYRQ.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1877= President Rutherford B. Hayes and his first lady Lucy hold the first Easter Egg roll on the White House Lawn.
IN 1917= President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to officially declare on Germany as the U.S. would then enter World War I.
IN 1954= Walt Disney announces that he plans to build a large amusement park in southern California called Disneyland
IN 1964= the top 5 songs on the Billboard Charts on this day were all by the Beatles, Can’t Buy Me Love, She Loves You, Twist and Shout, I Want to Hold Your Hand and I Saw Her Standing There. The Beatles also had songs #8 and #9 in top 10.
IN 1978= CBS airs a 5 night mini-series called Dallas, the mini-series was so popular that in the fall Dallas premiered as a weekly series.

Northstar Entertainment Fri and meat raffle Fridays at West Side Bar.





Tuesday- April 1st, 2014

NEWS
--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that Nancy Monnier is their April Employee of the Month. Nancy has been a cook for the past 16 years at the Little Falls Community High School. Congratulations Nancy Monnier.

--Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty on Monday announced his bid for reelection with a statement on the county website. Hagerty began his service to Wright County in 1985 as a deputy sheriff. He successfully ran for sheriff in 2010 and assumed office on Jan. 3, 2011. He was born and raised in St. Michael, where he lives with his family.

--Seven people were arraigned Friday on firearm charges in Crow Wing County District Court. The Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division executed a search warrant Wednesday in Brainerd where they discovered the distribution and sale of methamphetamine. The seven charged are 30-year-old Derrick Swanson, 18-year-old Jerrad Kingbird, 28-year-old Amber Fielder all of Brainerd, 24-year-old Sherissa Bryan of Walker, 29-year-old Nicholas Simmonds of Merrifield, 21-year-old Kaitlin Litke of Hillman and 41-year-old Raymond Weber of Cold Spring.

--Little Falls Artist Charles Kapsner will be honored Thursday at a Celebration of the Arts event in Little Falls. Kapsner was the 2013-2014 master artist of the year award winner for the Five Wings Arts Council. Kapsner will be honored with other award winners from Morrison, Cass, Crow Wing, Todd and Wadena Counties. The awards program starts at 6:15pm Thursday at the AT Black and White. The program includes other awards for community arts leadership, distinguished art organization of the year, arts advocacy award, master artist gilded feather awards and performances by Five Wings grantee and regional musicians.

--Crow Wing County investigated a theft of aluminum from the Brainerd High School Farm on Thiesse Road east of Brainerd. A deputy responded, took information, then contacted a local scrap yard where the description of the aluminum stolen was given. That led deputies to a man and woman that allegedly confessed to the deputies. They were cited for the crimes and the case was turned over to the county attorney for possible additional charges.

--Five people were hurt when a school bus and a van collided south of Cass Lake early Friday due to icy road conditions. The accident occurred around 7:30am on 144th Street. A bus driven by William Foster of Cass Lake was stopped with red lights flashing when it was rear-ended by a van driven by Alexandra Tanner of Cass Lake who slid on the ice into the bus while slowing down. All five occupants, four children, in the van were injured and taken to the Bemidji hospital where one 11 year old girl was flown to Fargo with more serious injuries. The bus was making its first stop of the morning and no children were on the bus and three children were about get on when the accident happened. The bus driver was not injured.

--The CapX power line between St. Cloud and Alexandria will take longer to complete after some unforeseen issues arose due to the icy and high winds this winter. Over the next four months crews will work on correcting the issues along the transmission line that runs along Interstate 94. Camp X planners didn’t find any damage to the lines in question but the ice has caused a galloping effect between lines that will become a problem in time and better to complete this now. The hope is to have the program back on track by mid-summer.

--The man charged in the Sartell shooting earlier this month was in court Friday and will remain in custody on 2-million dollars bail. Demetreus McGinnis agreed to the request from the Stearns County Attorney to extend the amount of time the county has to seek a first-degree indictment though McGinnis again told the court through his attorney that he was defending himself during a robbery and when a scuffle ensued the gun he and 20-year-old Maurice Galvin Jr. were fighting over went off and shot Galvin who later died. Sartell police question the actions of McGinnis. Sartell Police stated McGinnis’ story changed between the first time they talked to him and then the second time later that same day. Prosecutors informed the court that they believe the fight started over a drug deal gone bad.

--The Minnesota State Patrol announced that from April 11th thru 20th there will be specially targeted dates for distracted drivers in Minnesota. Extra patrols including troopers, deputies and city police officers will rally for ten days to curb the distracted driver and the resulting crashes in an enforcement effort. This project will last several more days than last year’s similar efforts by officers. Distracted driving remains one of the top driving concerns for traffic safety officials in Minnesota. Texting is an issue with drivers of all ages and will be a strong focus during this enforcement project. Current state law prohibits everyone from texting while driving.

--The Minnesota Military Museum would like to recognize volunteers in the local area during National Volunteer Week starting April 6th. The Museum will provide free admission to any Volunteer visiting the museum on Friday, April 11th if they identify where they volunteer when they visit. The week was established to give thanks to all the volunteers for their time in helping organizations across the nation and to encourage more to sign up as volunteers. If you have an interest in volunteering at the museum, please visit the website and check out the volunteer opportunities at www.mnmilitarymuseum.org or call 320-616-6050.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS
--John and Jayme Fuchs of Burtrum, a girl born March 29th
--Jon Paul and Samantha Cofell of Swanville, a boy born March 28th

WEATHER
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN THE MORNING TODAY
TODAY= snow and sleet early then PM sun, windy, temps near 30.
TONIGHT= clearing and colder, low around 10 above.
WEDNESDAY= partly cloudy, high near 40, low around 25.
THURSDAY= rain and snow develops high 40, low 25.

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins lose the opener 5-3 Monday to Chicago. Twins are off today and return to action tomorrow in Chicago on Q92 WYRQ
COL BB= Gophers vs. Florida State tonight in NIT semi-finals

TODAY IN HISTORY
April 1- History states that the hoaxes and April Fools events date back to the 1500s around Feast of Fools March 28th and became big in England in the 1700s after the calendar changed the new year.
IN 1938= Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown, New York
IN 1963= Soap Opera- General Hospital debuted on ABC TV

Northstar Entertainment Fri/Sat, meat raffle Friday at WS Bar