Friday- August 31st, 2012
--Labor Day weekend campers are urged to use caution as wildfire dangers in Minnesota have increased with the hot dry conditions this week. The DNR reported the extreme fire dangers are in northwestern Minnesota and a fire weather watch went into affect today across most of northern and central Minnesota through next week until cooler conditions are forecasted. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the Twin Cities and portions of southern Minnesota where temps were in the 90s yesterday and will remain close to 90 through Saturday. The DNR will be out with support resources including firefighting aircrafts watching for wildfires that spark.
--A Little Falls native has returned home to begin his family medicine practice at St. Gabriel’s Hospital and Family Medical Center. Dr. Christopher Bell graduated from Little Falls Community High School in 2001. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from St. John’s University in Collegeville and his medical degree from the University of Minnesota, School of Medicine. Dr. Bell will begin his practice on Tuesday. His wife Heather is also a physician and is planning on opening her practice in October. Appointments can be made by calling the Family Medical Center at (320) 631-7000.
--The Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2012 is now open. The Minnesota Sheriff’s Association (MSA) will be awarding of up to 15 - $600 scholarships for this year. These scholarships are due to the coordinated efforts of the 87 Sheriffs of the State of Minnesota. The members of the MSA give special recognition to the financial needs of students attending the peace officer skills course, or one of the two or four year law enforcement degree colleges, therefore the scholarships are only available to students currently enrolled in one of the following three categories: 1. Mandated POST Skills Programs, 2. in their second year of a two year law enforcement program or 3. in their third or fourth year of a four year college criminal justice program. The Scholarship Committee, in making its selection of awards, intends on achieving representation from all geographical areas of the state. Applications are available on-line at www.mnsheriffs.org. Applications must be completed by October 15th. Winners will be announced by December 31st.
--The Minnesota National Guard will be hosting a Health and Wellness Fair for the soldiers and civilians who work on/at Camp Ripley on October 3rd from 10:30-1:30pm. Vendor space is available for those that would like to participate in the event. For more information on the event as a vendor, please contact Andrea Foote at
(320) 616-3175 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
--A number of road projects continue this weekend even with the holiday Monday. Highway 371 has road work around the Brainerd area and near Crow Wing State Park, road work continues on Highway 23 east of St. Cloud, Highway 29 near Alexandria and Highway 10 in Stearns, Sherburne and Anoka counties. More road work is scheduled in September for Highway 238 and Highway 27 in Morrison County. Details are at www.511mn.org for road construction work and other traffic details in your area and around the state.
--The Minnesota State Fair continues through Monday, Saturday is FFA day, Sunday Minnesota History Day and Monday last chance day also Kids Day. Get full details on events at www.mnstatefair.org.
--Weekend events include the Holy Cross Church Bazaar in Harding Sunday with dinner, music, raffle and more and also events in Sobieski including foods, music and a parade Sunday at 1pm.
--Monday is Labor Day, a federal holiday in the United States. Due to the holiday, all federal and state office are closed, many county and city offices are closed including city halls and the government center. Post Offices are closed and there is no regular mail delivery. Many banks and financial institutions are closed. Some businesses are closed while others are open it is best to call ahead. The offices of LF Radio are closed today and reopen 8am on Tuesday.
--A reminder that school buses will be out in force Tuesday morning with the start of another school year. Motorists be watchful for buses and remember that you MUST stop when the flag is drawn and red lights are flashing from a school bus that will be picking up and dropping off students. Students are also reminded to watch for vehicles at intersections when crossing to and from school.
--The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe donated $58,880 in monetary and in-kind contributions to a variety of nonprofit organizations and other charitable causes in July. Each month the Band and its businesses make contributions to community organizations including schools, hospitals, law enforcement agencies, food shelves, and others in Minnesota and nationwide.
--Motorists are now able to drive on Highway 23/Division Street between Lincoln Avenue and Wilson Avenue. The road was closed since July 26th as part of a project to reconstruct the pedestrian bridge spanning Highway 23/Division Street. It opened during the overnight hours. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or you can call 511 from your phone.
--Kevin and Annette Brown of Little Falls, boy born on August 29th
--Norm and Sarah Pollock of Little Falls, a girl born August 29th
TODAY= mostly sunny, less humid, high 82.
TONIGHT= clear skies, comfortable, low 53.
SATURDAY= sunny, high 85, partly cloudy at night, low 63.
SUNDAY= sun early then PM storms, high 87, storms likely at night.
LABOR DAY= mostly sunny, high 83, low around 60.
TUESDAY= sunny early, high 82, storms late day and evening.
TWINS= Twins lose 5-4 to Seattle Thursday. Scott Diamond will miss his start Sunday as he dropped his appeal for a 6 game suspension. Twins travel to Kansas City tonight with pregame at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ. Twins at KC Saturday at 5:40pm and Sunday at 12:40pm then Monday they travel to Chicago to take on the White Sox with a 5:40pm pregame all games on Q92 WYRQ.
NFL= Houston beat Vikings 26-24 in preseason football.
COL FB= Gophers survive UNLV 30-27 in 3 overtimes to go 1-0.
HS FB= Hutchinson at Little Falls tonight 7pm on AM960 KLTF.
HS FB= Pierz at Melrose tonight 7pm on FM94 KFML.
BAB= Avon, Lastrup and Sobieski play Saturday on AM960 KLTF.
A reminder that the offices of Little Falls Radio will be closed for Labor Day/Monday, and there will be no newsletter on Monday. Little Falls Radio hopes all have a safe Labor Day.
“Hot Hits” tonight and Saturday at West Side Bar
Thursday- August 30th, 2012
--Crow Wing County is still waiting to hear if low interest loans to help property owners affected by the June flooding will start up following the special session last week where a flood relief package for many parts of the state was passed and signed by the legislature and the governor. Emergency Management in Brainerd stated there will be an option to apply for losses and the county will get the official word out when they get the go ahead which hopefully will be very soon. Crow Wing County was added to the first list of federal disaster monies back in June but then not added to the second list later that month from storms in June and early July because they didn’t make the criteria of having at least 25 homes destroyed by storms. Crow Wing County reported that 3 homes were considered losses from storms and flooding. The county is hoping to hear from the Governor’s office later this week with more info.
--The Minnesota State Patrol reported one person was injured last Friday in a motorcycle accident on Crow Wing County Road 127. 61-year-old Scott Cleveland of Rogers swerved to avoid a fox around 11:15pm and crashed into the ditch. Cleveland was taken to the Brainerd hospital where he was treated and released.
--Minnesota law enforcement officers have arrested 605 drunk drivers two weekends into a statewide DWI enforcement campaign, according to Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety preliminary reports. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign runs through Labor Day. State officials are urging Minnesotans to plan ahead for a sober ride to avoid the dangers and harsh consequences of a DWI.
--Todd County is urging residents to be aware of an asphalt company going door to door soliciting work in the rural Osakis area. Todd County reminds homeowners to make sure any contractor is licensed and bonded for work they are doing, as in some cases the workers do substandard work or none at all and make you pay in advance and then are not heard from again.
--To commemorate the tragic events of September 11, 2001, a very exceptional film will be shown at Lindbergh Historic Site this September 11th. The 2003 documentary, Brothers On Holy Ground, is the only documentary in existence made by a New York Firefighter and spans the time period before, during and after 9-11. The movie features interviews with a fireman that perished on 9-11 as well as fellow survivors and family members during and after 9-11. The film also includes unique footage from ground zero. This historic film about the most tragic event of our times will leave no one untouched. The film will be shown in the site visitor center theater. A discussion will follow each showing which starts at 7pm on Tuesday, September at the Lindbergh site. Admission is free. Call 616-5421 or info.
--Commissioner Bud Selig Wednesday announced that the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held at Target Field in Minneapolis. The Twins made the major announcement yesterday at Target Field with Jim Pohlad, team President Dave St. Peter, Hall of Famers Rod Carew, Paul Molitor and Bert Blyleven, Twins legend Tony Olivia and other Twins players and dignitaries along with Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak. The Twins hosted the All Star Game in 1985 at the Dome and in 1965 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. The game will bring a marketing boost to Twin Cities.
--Get weekend events at www.fallsradio.com also check out scores, recipes and the KLTF Memory Game which returns September 4th.
--The Pierz Police Department is investigating several cases of fake American Express travelers’ checks being passed in businesses around the Pierz area. Pierz Police Chief Eric Hanneken stated the fake checks are hard to spot with the naked eye and that if a business owner comes across one in question to please ask for identification of the person requesting to cash it and get a vehicle description that subjects are traveling in. Those with questions or concerns may call Hanneken at (320) 468-0299.
--The Morrison County Area Foundation unanimously elected three new members recently. They include Jeff Kruschek, Jenifer Odette and Sheryl Johnson. They join Robin Klosowski, Tom Seelen, Rob Ronning, Mary Gritzmacher and Chris Grams on the Board.
--St. Francis Convent in Little Falls will host the 52nd Annual Midwest Orphan Train Riders and Friends Gathering. Keynote speaker Clark Kidder is an author from Wisconsin whose paternal grandmother was on the orphan train and in her words recollects her brave journey. Another author Christina Baker-Kline will share her new book out next year on the Train Ride of unexpected friendships and second chances. From 1854-1929, an estimated 250,000+ children born in New York rode the Orphan Trains to find new homes throughout the United States. The event is October 6th with registration starting at 9am at the convent. The day is filled with other speakers, activities and stories. A lunch and silent auction will also take place. For more information on the annual gathering, or to pre-register by September 7, contact Joan at (763)389-4892 or email: email@example.com.
--The St. Cloud School Board in a special meeting Wednesday morning ratified a contract of $2.7-million dollars for the 2011-2013 school years for the district’s teachers. Negotiations broke off earlier this year and a mediator was brought in last May to work on the negotiations. The deal has no increases for teachers for the school year that just ended but has a 2 step increase in salary and health benefits for the coming school year which begins September 4th.
--Theodore ‘Ted’ Weber, age 85 of Pierz.
TODAY= isolated showers and T-storms today, partial sun, high 88.
TONIGHT= isolated showers early then clearing, cooler, low 55.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, high 84, clear at night low around 60.
SATURDAY= mostly sunny, high 84, partly cloudy night, low 65.
SUNDAY= afternoon storms, some strong, high around 80.
TWINS= Twins shutout Mariners 10-0 last night as Josh Willingham and Trevor Plouffe go deep. Sam Deduno gets the shutout win. Twins wrap up series today with pregame at 11:40am on Q92.
COL FB= Gophers open the college football season tonight with a late night game at UNLV in Las Vegas. Pregame 9pm on KLTF.
NFL= Vikings at Houston for final preseason game at 6pm tonight.
HS FB= Royalton at Long Prairie/Grey Eagle 7pm tonight on Q92.
BAB= Class C State Baseball rolls into its final weekend in St. Cloud, Avon vs. Cannon Falls Saturday 11am, Lastrup vs. Waconia at 5pm and Sobieski vs. Winsted at 8pm all Saturday and all on KLTF. If the teams win Saturday they move to Sunday’s action.
“Hot Hits” Friday and Saturday, grab a great lunch today at WS Bar
Wednesday- August 29th, 2012
--Four people were injured Tuesday afternoon in a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 371 and County Road 48 north of Little Falls. Around 1:30pm, a box-delivery truck driven by 60-year-old Richard Denny of Wadena attempted to cross Highway 371 and failed to yield to a mini-van driven by 54-year-old Tracey Greene of Faribault. Denny was not hurt. Greene was taken to an area hospital reportedly with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Greene’s 3 passengers, 74-year-old Marion Greene, 33-year-old Anna Amundson and 52-year-old Renee Perron reportedly all of Faribault had minor injuries and were all treated and released at a hospital.
--Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel spoke on Little Falls Radio this week about the recent scams affecting residents in the county and surrounding area. The Sheriff stated that whenever you receive any sort of call asking for identification, social security number, bank account, credit card numbers or any type of information of a personal matter, be leery of this and the best thing you can do is to hang up. The longer you spend on the phone with a scammer, the better chance you could give up something they could use against you. Wetzel says you are always welcome to call their office at 632-9233 to report scams or strange phone calls as they keep a record of all calls received and can use them to warn others of scams going around the area. Wetzel also reminds Verizon customers of the survey scam going around and if you receive a call such as this hang up and call your Verizon provider to see if it was legit. If you receive a call about a loved one or grandchild arrested in another country, don’t give out your information, tell the caller you will verify this with your local law enforcement, Sheriff Wetzel states that if the call is not legitimate the caller usually will become irritated or hang up. Wetzel also spoke briefly on Labor Day safety and also with the big events in Little Falls next month and remember to watch your valuables, don’t leave items left unattended, be mindful and watch children and lock vehicles when they are parked and never leave children alone in a parked or locked vehicles during the hot days ahead.
--Camp Ripley Post Commander, Colonel Scott St. Sauver stated that the demonstrations done outside the main gates Monday were in a way peaceful with many residents voicing their opinions either being from the Little Falls Partners for Peace and Occupy Little Falls urging an immediate withdrawal of U.S. Troops from Afghanistan and an end to drone bombing in Pakistan while across Highway 115 were a number of people counter protesting the group of many Veterans who served in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Col. St. Sauver stated to the media that the reason the soldiers and Camp Ripley is there is so Democracy can continue in the United States and both sides were in their absolute rights to exercise their voice from whichever side they chose to be for or against. He also said that the rights channels were exercised by both groups where about 10-15 people were on the Peace protest and about 20 with the soldiers counter-protest.
--The Department of Natural Resources says Minnesota’s pheasant harvest was down in 2011 but the duck and grouse harvests remained steady. Officials blame the drop in pheasant harvest on two moderately-severe winters in a row, plus last year’s cold wet spring. An estimated 204,000 pheasants were taken in 2011, a 43% drop from the year before. Meanwhile the DNR says regulation changes and an earlier opening day likely contributed to an 18% increase in the duck harvest. Officials add the 2011 ruffed grouse harvest, at 401,000 birds, was one of the three highest in the last 10 years.
--A former Wadena County social worker was sentenced to 12 months in jail on sex charges Tuesday morning in Wadena County District Court. 29-year old Todd Anderson of Verndale has been sentenced after being convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 3rd and 4th degree. Anderson was accused of criminal sexual relations with two young men, one 18 and the other 19 during June of last year. The complaint alleges that Anderson told one of the young men to keep their encounter quiet or “I can pull strings and [mess] up your life.” The other reported feeling threatened by the power Anderson had over him. Anderson admitted having sexual contact with both victims during his guilty plea hearing in May. Anderson was sentenced to 48 months in prison, stayed for 15 years on the condition he serve 364 days in jail, have no contact with the victims, comply with sexual offender evaluation recommendations, and abstain from alcohol and illegal drugs. Anderson was ordered to register as a predatory offender.
--A Sartell man was killed Monday when his car and a pickup collided. 25-year-old Timothy Schwieger of Sartell was driving a car going east on Heritage Drive when it collided with the pickup that Nathan Winter was driving. Schwieger was taken to St. Cloud Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Winter was treated for his injuries at St. Cloud Hospital and later released. The accident is still being investigated.
--In an effort to emphasize the importance of grocery stores especially in rural areas, the Initiative Foundation is hosting the Save Your Hometown Grocery Store workshop from 9:00am-2:00pm on Wednesday, September 12th in Little Falls. Participants will hear from industry experts as they present information about organizing and financing food cooperatives and other ownership models. A panel of rural grocers will also share their experiences and lessons learned. Community and business leaders who are interested in establishing or sustaining grocery and food retail in rural areas are encouraged to attend. Registration is $25 and includes lunch and materials. To register, visit: www.ifound.org or contact Sharon Gottwalt at (320) 632-9255. Deadline to register is Friday, September 7th.
--Michael and Hope Platz of Royalton, a boy born August 27th.
--Lee W. Betts, age 66 of Eagan, graduate from Little Falls HS.
TODAY= mostly sunny and warm, high near 90.
TONIGHT= chance of storms after midnight, low around 65.
THURSDAY= an early storm, then partly sunny, hazy, high 85.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, high near 90 low around 60.
TWINS= A 2-run double and a 3-run homer gave Seattle a 5-2 win over the Twins on Tuesday. Twins and Mariners continue series tonight with pregame at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
COL FB= Gophers at UNLV Thursday at 9pm on AM960 KLTF.
HS FB= Royalton vs. Long Prairie/Grey Eagle- Thurs 7pm on Q92
HS FB= Hutchinson at Little Falls Friday 7pm on AM960 KLTF
HS FB= Pierz at Melrose Friday 7pm on FM94 KFML.
“Hot Hits” Friday and Saturday, free sober cab Fri/Sat at WS Bar
Tuesday- August 28th, 2012
--Backers of the proposed constitutional amendments on marriage and photo voter ID won two legal battles yesterday when the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in their favor. The high court refused a request to throw out the voter photo ID ballot question. The League of Women Voters and American Civil Liberties Union contend it’s misleading because it doesn’t tell voters that if passed, same day voter registration and absentee ballots could be affected. The Court says its role “Is not to second guess the wisdom of policy decisions that the constitution commits to one of the political branches”. The Supreme Court also ruled in favor of a group of Republicans in the Legislature who challenged the titles that Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie planned to print above each question on the ballot. The justices said that Ritchie “Exceeded his authority when he provided titles different from those passed by the Legislature”.
--At a recent Little Falls School Board meeting Activities Director Aaron Sinclair showed the board drafts of a possible Community Recreation Center and that a task force had been assembled to investigate the idea of putting the center north of Little Falls. The land is currently owned by Mike Corrow and Jerry Thomas and would need to be purchased by the School District. Little Falls School Superintendent Stephen Jones said the recreation center would be a great part of the community for years to come and encourages local residents to come to a meeting on the subject Wednesday at 3pm at Little Falls City Hall. For more information contact Aaron Sinclair at the Little Falls Community High School at 616-2200.
--Leonard Weiler who is the managing attorney for the public defender’s office that serves the St. Cloud area, was named Friday to be a judge in Mille Lacs County. Weiler, who lives in Sartell, replaces Skipper Pearson, who retired earlier this year. Pearson was a Stearns County judge, but his seat was transferred to Milaca after his retirement. Weiler’s work in the public defender’s office includes managing public defender operations in Stearns County while maintaining a criminal caseload. He previously managed 25 assistant public defenders in Stearns, Morrison, Benton, Mille Lacs and Douglas counties. Weiler also has served as an assistant district public defender and was the head law clerk and investigator for the Ramsey County Public Defender’s office.
--Earlier this summer, 11-year-old Gage VanRisseghem of Swanville started a fundraising effort to bring a zebra to Pine Grove Zoo in Little Falls. Gage and a number of family and friends raised over 2-thousand dollars during a fundraiser garage sale at Pine Grove Park back in July and donations continue to come in on the goal of bringing a zebra to the zoo. To donate call the Zoo at 616-5595.
--Six people were injured, one seriously in a 3 vehicle accident Sunday on Highway 25 in Crow Wing County. Around 1pm, 65-year-old Gregory Skoog of Brainerd had stopped on the highway to turn left into his driveway when his vehicle was struck from behind causing it to spin into the ditch then overcorrect and strike a third vehicle in the opposite lane. Skoog was airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital and reported Sunday in critical condition. His passenger, 63-year-old Nancy Skoog suffered what the state patrol called serious-but non-life threatening injuries and remains hospitalized also in the Twin Cities. 32-year-old Isaiah Schuety and his 10 year old son were treated and released for minor injuries. The 3rd vehicle involved was driven by 78-year-old Leroy Hamann of Wadena, he and his 75-year-old passenger Lois Hamann had non-life threatening injuries.
--A fire caused $50,000 in damage at a St. Cloud business Saturday night. Shortly after 8:00pm about 10 bags of dirty laundry caught fire in a laundry room at AmeriPride in St. Cloud. No one was injured. The fire was controlled by the sprinklers. Spontaneous combustion is believed to be the cause of the fire.
--Police were called to the 300 block of Third Avenue South in St. Cloud where two residents reported that more than $1,000 worth of electronics were taken from their residence. The burglary happened between 8:00am Saturday and 6:00pm Sunday and according to police the residence was unlocked. There are no suspects at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call St. Cloud police.
--A Grand Rapids couple was hurt Sunday afternoon north of Crosby when the driver had pulled the vehicle to the shoulder of Highway 6 in Crow Wing County but crept to close to the hill and rolled down, ejected the driver and passenger from the tricycle type vehicle. 68-year-old Donald and 65-year old Donnell Boyer were treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries at an area hospital.
--The Upsala Area High School Band will sponsor their annual Brat Supper Wednesday from 4:30 to 7pm at the High School Cafeteria. Tickets are available for the dinner at the door as this is a fundraiser for the band. The Upsala Elementary School will also host their open house from 4:30 to 6:30pm where students can come and view the schools and meet their teachers. There will also be a special meeting for fifth and sixth grade students and parents to discuss the schedule for the upcoming school year. For more information call 573-2175.
--Motorists may encounter overnight delays on Highway 15 near Stearns County Road 120 in St. Cloud as the road is reduced to a single lane in each direction beginning at 7:00pm and all lanes on Highway 15 will reopen by 6:30am tomorrow. The lane closures are needed as crews drive pile as part of the Highway 15/County Road 120 Diverging Diamond Interchange project.
--The Morrison County Board of Commissioners are set to meet this morning at 9:00am in the Morrison County Government Center.
--It is Military Day at the Minnesota State Fair today. The fair continues through Labor Day.
--James Kingery and Kelly Hawkins of Randall, boy born August 25th
--Mark H. Blaska, age 34 of Princeton formally of Burnsville.
TODAY= slight chance of a storm, mostly sunny, high 85.
TONIGHT= slight chance of a storm, partly cloudy, low 62.
WEDNESDAY= sunny and hot, high 91, clear at night, low 70.
THURSDAY= sunny and hotter, high 95, low around 65.
TWINS= Eric Thames 8th inning homer was the only run last night as Seattle beat Minnesota 1-0 in a pitchers duel between Felix Hernandez and Liam Hendricks. Twins and Seattle 7:10pm on Q92.
MLB= Major League Baseball has suspended Scott Diamond 6 games for what the league calls retaliation from Joe Mauer being hit by a pitch Thursday night vs. Texas. The Twins are appealing it.
Happy Hour specials each day with lots of fun at West Side Bar
Monday- August 27th, 2012
--Fires were reported to a number of law enforcement agencies last week. Wednesday afternoon a vehicle fire was reported on East Horseshoe Lake Road in Crosby, Tuesday morning a power pole started on fire causing a grassy area to also start on fire in the Fifty Lakes area, Crow Wing County Deputies helped extinguished these fires. Morrison County Deputies received a call Tuesday afternoon of a large field with several round bales on fire. Bowlus Fire Department and the DNR were dispatched to the scene, no injuries reported. Morrison County also received a call of a structure fire on the 18th in the late evening hours in Little Falls, no other info was released. Brainerd firefighters also responded to a power line down last Thursday afternoon in St. Mathias, the power company was called and helped repaired the power line which knocked out power to area.
--The State Legislature held their special session Friday afternoon. The House on a vote of 125-3 and the Senate 60-7 passed the flood relief package of $167.5-million dollars then the bill was signed by Governor Dayton late Friday. This allowed a number of relief projects for northeastern and southeastern Minnesota to continue from the May and June storms that flooded a number of communities including the Duluth area where many residential areas continue to cleanup and try to get back to normal. Both political parties agreed that the package was needed but needed to negotiate for days on the price.
--There will be an open house for new students, their parents and guardians Wednesday starting at 6:30pm at the Little Falls Community Middle School. There will also be a time to see classrooms, advisors and get their school schedules during the open house which starts in commons area. Lindbergh Elementary School will hold an open house for the parents and students on Tuesday, September 4th for students to visit classrooms and meet their teachers from 9:30am to 1pm and also 2pm to 5:30pm. Parents of students entering Kindergarten this fall have already been sent a special letter to come September 4th during the times listed.
--40-year-old Chad M. Pulju was charged Friday with 2nd-degree murder in the death of his 68-year-old mother Thursday in St. Cloud. Authorities stated that Geraldine Bennett was stabbed up to 47 times in the neck, face and arm and pronounced dead at St. Cloud Hospital before 1am Thursday. Pulju was found standing over his mother and was taken into custody. Bennett’s husband and Pulju’s step-father said he was unaware of the incident and only awaken when he heard the police arrive. Attorneys stated that Pulju was dangerous and a major flight risk and therefore bail was set at $3-million dollars by the Stearns County Judge on Friday. Authorities are trying to piece together what occurred in the home since Pulju as almost no criminal record and never charged with any sort of violent crime.
--A news conference Thursday announced that Allegiant Air is coming to St. Cloud as their new commercial airline service. The Las Vegas based travel company will begin nonstop jet service to Phoenix beginning December 15th. The new service is to generate $18-million dollars in revenue to the city of St. Cloud and officials believe the airport will also bring in new businesses.
--Todd County is investigating a hit and run incident Friday morning in Browerville. Just after 10am, someone struck a Haulin’ trailer owned by Joshua Crider of Clarissa and then left the scene. The trailer sustained moderate damage. Anyone with information or may have seen the accident happen should contact law enforcement.
--Over 100 people attended “Responding to the Victim: A Community Response to Domestic Violence” last Tuesday at the Morrison County Government Center in Little Falls. The workshop, which was hosted by the Violence Prevention Council of Morrison County focused on such domestic violence prevention topics as different approaches to addressing domestic violence, domestic violence and chemical dependency, a domestic violence victim’s story and the community’s response to domestic violence. For more information about the Violence Prevention Council of Morrison County and the ways it is addressing partner violence in Morrison County through its Violence Prevention Initiative, please contact Julie Kapsch at Hands of Hope Resource Center in Little Falls at 320-632-1657.
--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday 9am at the government center in Little Falls. Agenda items include agency reports from social services, sheriff, public health, public works, the extension office and the Boys and Girls Club.
--The Minnesota State Fair continues through Labor Day. Today is senior and kids day with reduced prices on admission for those over 65 and under 12, it is all State Patrol Day with members of the State Patrol showing off their older and current vehicles. Tuesday is Military Day with a number of items showed at the fairgrounds on the military and also reduced prices for all military with proper identification. More details are at www.mnstatefair.org.
--The first American to walk on the moon has died. Reports state that Neil Armstrong died Saturday, he was 82.
--Isaac pounded parts of Florida Sunday and postponed the Republican National Convention events scheduled for today until Tuesday. State of Emergencies were also declared Sunday in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama where the storm is hitting today.
--Marie Cielinski, age 84 of Pierz.
--Richard L. Ciminski, age 73 of Little Falls.
--Dorothy (Barthel) Billmeyer, age 85 of Little Falls.
--George Marsolek, age 78 of Little Falls.
--Roy J. Gosiak, age 53 of North Prairie.
TODAY= mostly sunny skies, highs in the 80s.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low in the 50s.
TUESDAY= mostly sunny, high 85, low around 60.
WEDNESDAY= sunny and hot, high 90 to 95.
TWINS= Twins rocked 8-0 by Texas Friday then rocked again 9-3 on Saturday. Ben Revere had a 4 hit game Sunday as Twins win 6-5 over Rangers to take 1 of the 4 games. Twins are home against Seattle tonight with pregame starting at 6:40 on Q92 WYRQ.
CLASS C= Lastrup eliminated Jordan 5-1 Saturday. Sobieski beat Lake Henry 5-1 Saturday. Avon 11-2 over Lamberton and Green Isle downed Nisswa 7-3 over the weekend. Lastrup, Sobieski and Avon will continue play at state this Saturday on AM960 KLTF.
VIKINGS= San Diego beat Vikings 12-10 Friday night.
Lunch, Happy Hour, Entertainment, it’s all at the West Side Bar
Friday- August 24th, 2012
--The Pierz Oktoberfest celebration is this weekend with most of the events Sunday. This includes a fun run at 8am, parade at 11am with the Grand Marshall the 2011 Princess Kay of the Milky Way Mary Zahurones, then a whole bunch of events at Pierz Park after the parade and the raffle drawing at 5pm. Get full details at www.fallsradio.com then community calendar.
--Back on August 14th, filings for city council, mayor, school board or township official that were up for election ended. Last week it was reported on who was running for Little Falls City Council. It has now been reported that those that have filed for Little Falls School Board were incumbents Jay Spillum and Cathy Adamek, also filing were Gerald Knafla, Todd Kosovich, Mike LeMieur, Lisa Lintner, Dan Noss and Sandi Stalmer. There are 3 seats up for election this November. In most area cities and school boards the incumbent candidates have filed and are running unopposed. The exceptions are in Motley, where five candidates have filed for the 2 city council seats, in Pierz both Brittany Wurzer and Matt Bell have filed for the four year clerk position. Incumbent Mayor Toby Egen filed again for Mayor with no one filling as a challenger. Don Bujarski filed for city council and there will be 2 open seats as Adrian Welle and Mary Korf did not file again. In Royalton, Scott Walberg and Brandy Blais will seek the 2 year vacated council seat. In Upsala, incumbent Mayor Rollie Johnson is being challenged by Joan Olson. The general election is November 6th. To find out where you go to vote contact the Morrison County Auditor’s office or go to the secretary of state’s website.
--Governor Mark Dayton and Legislative leaders have signed an agreement outlining the terms of a special session to address the disastrous flooding in Northeast Minnesota. The Governor has signed a proclamation calling the Minnesota Legislature into a special session beginning at 2pm this afternoon at the Capitol. Republicans stated Wednesday that the agreement calls for $167-million dollars in flood relief which is less than the 190-million asked for by the Governor.
--As mentioned Thursday, Christine Reitsma, an 18-year-old college student from Sauk Centre, was crowned the 59th Princess Kay of the Milky Way in an evening ceremony at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds August 22 when 2011 Princess Kay Mary Zahurones of Pierz passed her crown to Reitsma who is the first Princess Kay to hail from Stearns County. Christine is the daughter of Paul and Carolyn Reitsma of Sauk Centre, and will attend the University of Minnesota Twin Cities this fall studying applied economics. Victoria Haler of Waconia, representing Carver County, and Kelsey Mussman of Claremont, representing Steele County, were selected as runners-up. Mussman was also named Miss Congeniality. The new Princess Kay spent Thursday for over 6 hours sitting in a rotating cooler on the opening day of the Minnesota State Fair to have her likeness sculpted in a 90-pound block of butter.
--A stabbing early Thursday left a 68-year-old St. Cloud woman dead. Police were called to the 2700 block of Atwood Drive around 12:30 a.m. Thursday for a disturbance call. When they got there, they found a woman with life-threatening injures. She was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital where she was pronounced dead. A 40-year-old man at the scene, who is the woman's son, was arrested and charged with second degree homicide. The woman has been identified as Geraldine Delores Bennett, and the suspect has been identified as Chad Matthew Pulju of Rosemount. The incident is still under investigation.
--21 Morrison County 4-Hers are at the Minnesota State Fair showing their animals at the fair that received ribbons at the Morrison County Fair earlier this month. Also the Livestock Encampment project is in its first year giving 4-Hers a chance to report back to local media on the projects going on at the fair. Yesterday four members from Swanville spoke on KLTF about being at the fair showing mainly sheep through Sunday, though other livestock and animal events continue through next weekend at the fairgrounds, and are working on being a state champion in their particular level. The project is to promote the 4-H program for Minnesota.
--A New York Mills man has been sentenced to four years in prison for a 114-mile per hour crash that killed one of his passengers and seriously injured another. 22-year-old Daniel Resch’s blood alcohol level measured .13 and he told officers he did not remember the accident. Ty Bell was dead at the scene and a juvenile female had a broken pelvic bone and traumatic brain injury.
--A 47-year-old Nisswa man involved in a domestic assault case back in March near Lake Hubert pleaded guilty Tuesday and has been sentenced to a lesser charge. Mark Mundem was charged with 2nd-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and 3rd-degree assault to cause bodily harm from an incident where Mundem caused head, jaw, arms and rib injuries to his wife at their residence in Lake Edward Township. Mundem accepted a plea bargain and pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor obstruction of the legal process and interfering with peace officers having all other charges dismissed. Mundem was sentenced to 30 days jail and 2 years probation with a number of release conditions to follow after his release which if violated would have Mundem facing over a year in prison.
--Best of Luck to the 2012 Morrison County Outstanding Senior Citizens Jeanette Ploof and Jack Pack as they move on to the state level. The State Award is presented August 30th at state fairgrounds.
--Zacharia and Elizabeth Baert of Pierz, girl born August 23rd
--Josh and Amanda Senart of Burtrum, a boy born August 21st.
TODAY= mostly sunny, high around 90.
TONIGHT= showers and storms after midnight, low 65.
SATURDAY= storms in morning, then again late day, high near 80.
SUNDAY= sunny, high in the 80s, clear at night, low in the 50s.
MONDAY= mostly sunny, high near 85, clear at night low near 60.
TWINS= A 6 run 8th capped off a 10-6 win for Texas over the Twins last night. Twins in Texas for 3 more games; pregame tonight is at 6:35pm, Saturday at 2:35pm and Sunday at 1:35pm all on Q92.
VIKINGS= Vikings host San Diego in preseason football tonight 7pm
BAN= Lance Armstrong banned from professional cycling and being stripped of his 7 Tour De France titles for using performance drugs.
STATE BB= Four Region 8C teams continue in the state tournament this weekend- Lastrup vs. Jordan Saturday 11am, Sobieski vs. Lake Henry 8pm Saturday, Avon vs. Lamberton Sunday at 11:30am and Nisswa vs. Green Isle Sunday at 5pm. All games will be at Dick Putz or Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud and all heard on AM960 KLTF.
“Hot Hits” tonight, “DJ Lodi” Saturday at West Side Bar in LF
Thursday- August 23rd, 2012
--Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel is warning county residents with Verizon phones of a scam. Within the past few days at least two Verizon customers have reported the scam to Wetzel’s Office and the local Verizon vendor has reported at least ten customers have fallen victim as well. The scam involves Verizon customers receiving a call from a number that actually belongs to the Verizon Customer Service Department. The caller then states that you are eligible for a credit to your account and in some cases the amount is $45. Other callers have asked you to participate in a short 4 question survey in order to qualify for the credit. At some point after this you are asked for your account information so the credit can be applied to your account. Once the scammer receives that account information they are able to lock up your phone and use your account to place expensive overseas calls. As with banking or other sensitive information, Sheriff Wetzel reminds all residents to never give their account numbers or personal information over the phone, especially in cases where they haven’t initiated the contact. Verizon has confirmed that they never call a customer and ask them for their account numbers.
--Lane closures needed to resurface segments of five area highways have been rescheduled or postponed. The closures were originally scheduled to begin Monday. The new schedule is now through the 28th – Both directions of Highway 371 between Crow Wing County Road 27 (the entrance to Crow Wing State Park) and Highway 210 in Baxter will be reduced intermittently to a single lane as crews resurface shoulders. Starting August 30th, Highway 238 between Walnut Avenue and 3rd Avenue in Upsala will reduce intermittently to a single lane with flaggers controlling traffic. Starting September 4th, both directions of Highway 10 between Long Prairie River and Sunset Road in Motley will intermittently reduce to a single lane. Now starting September 10th through the 13th- Highway 27 between 127th Avenue and 9th Street Northeast in Little Falls intermittently will reduce to a single lane with flaggers controlling traffic for nighttime work starting at 7pm. All lanes will reopen by 6 a.m. the following day. Starting September 13th, segments of Highway 210 will intermittently reduce to a single lane with flaggers controlling traffic as motorists near the east junction of Cass County Road 36, and the west junction of Cass County 36 and starting September 13th both directions of Highway 371 between Crow Wing County Road 27 (the entrance to Crow Wing State Park) and Highway 210 in Baxter will be reduced intermittently to a single lane as crews resurface shoulders. For road construction information, log onto www.511mn.org.
--Todd County Deputies have had a busy week. They reported Monday an advertisement sign was stolen from the city of Browerville that was placed on Main Street North and County Road 21, a call to a Little Sauk resident that a grandson was arrested in Bolivia and needed nearly $2,000 to bail him out before he could return to the United States, Todd County said no money was sent and the incident is being looked into, deputies responded to mailbox vandalism in Grey Eagle Township that occurred over the last weekend, and a theft of items in Burnhamville Township including a battery. Anyone with information on any of these cases should call Todd County.
--An Outing man was arrested Saturday in Cass County after 120 marijuana plants were seized on his property in Beulah Township. The man was charged Tuesday with 3rd degree drug possession and posted bail. The suspect’s name is not being released by the court at this time due to the ongoing investigation into the drugs.
--Christine Reitsma, an 18-year-old college student from Sauk Centre, was crowned the 59th Princess Kay of the Milky Way last night at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Reitsma is the first Princess Kay to hail from Stearns County and the daughter of Paul and Carolyn Reitsma.
--Even with six-tenths of rain from a strong thunderstorm Thursday that did have some 30 mile per hour winds and small hail, John Korzeniowski of the DNR Forestry Office in Little Falls is reminding residences that August has been very dry and reminds farmers who are baling to have a water source and fire extinguisher handy when baling as grass-fires could ignite quickly from the littlest of sparks. Korzniowski says prevention with these handy tools could make a large difference in the case of a fire.
--The Minnesota DNR Forestry Division announced Tuesday that they will keep the Pillager Gravel Pit in Cass County closed to unauthorized shooting and target practice. The site is located in the Pillsbury State Forest northwest of Brainerd. The site was originally closed during a recent crushing and pit rehabilitation project. Alternative managed shooting ranges exist in the area. Additional information is available at DNR website by clicking on shooting ranges.
--The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSDC), the City of St. Cloud and the St. Cloud Regional Airport (STC) will host a news conference at the airport today at 2pm. At the event, they will announce a confirmed airline partner. Chair of GSDC Air Service Corps Al Kremers, City of St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis, air service representatives, other partners and community leaders will speak. Questions will be taken following their announcement.
--The Benton County Board of Commissioner voted Tuesday on a five year plan for road repairs and construction including the new Highway 10 interchange project in Rice next year and also reconstruction of Benton County Road 3 in Sauk Rapids in 2014.
--Wyatt and Abby Rose Carr of Baxter, a girl born August 21st.
--Brandon and Lynn Gunderson of Sauk Rapids, a boy born Aug 21st.
--Margaret Carver, age 89 of Washington State, formerly Little Falls
--Elaine ‘McDuffee’ Hagstrom, age 90 of Little Falls formerly Brainerd.
TODAY= scattered showers and storms, partial sun, high 82.
TONIGHT= showers and storms before midnight, low around 60
FRIDAY= sunny and warm, high near 90, storms after midnight.
SATURDAY= showers and storms in morning, then partly cloudy with showers and storms at night, high 79, low around 60.
SUNDAY= mostly sunny, less humid, high 80, low 55.
TWINS= Coco Crisp gets 3 hits, homerun and 2 RBIs to help Oakland beat the Twins 5-1 Wednesday afternoon. Twins (51-72) travel to Texas tonight to open up a 4 game series with Rangers, pregame tonight at 6:35pm on Q92 WYRQ.
NFL= The Vikings announced this week that Adrian Peterson will not play Friday against San Diego or at Houston next week in the final 2 preseason games. He is expected to go September 9th in opener.
“Hot Hits” Friday night, grab a great lunch today at West Side Bar
Wednesday- August 22nd, 2012
--The Little Falls City Council voted unanimously Monday night to hire Dan Vogt as the interim city administrator. Vogt had been the city administrator in Brainerd for over 23 years before retiring earlier this year. Vogt will work on a limited time basis for the City of Little Falls evaluating staffing needs and policies. It was reported that Vogt will work on a basis of 20 hours a week for an unknown period of time.
--Two Browerville men were in Todd County District Court Monday on sexual assault charges from incidents at Browerville High School. 18-year-old Seth Kellen has been charged with 20 counts of criminal sexual acts against students including groping, sexual penetration, lewd conduct and exposure. 18-year-old Connor Burns is charged with six counts including helping Kellen sexually assault a teammate. Burn’s defense attorney informed the judge they are challenging the state on probable cause issues and later Monday announced they plan on pleading not guilty to the charges. Burns next court date was scheduled for November 2nd. Kellen and his attorney deferred his plea until a November court date. Detectives began interviewing athletes at Browerville High School about possible sexual misconduct incidents and Kellen in general and found that incidents surfaced from football practice at Horseshoe Lake in Todd County in August, 2011 up through the State Basketball Tournament this past March.
--Jury selection began Monday in the civil trial against Stearns County Commissioner Mark Bromenschenkel for an incident that occurred when he was a Sartell police officer. Brian Paul Manion is suing the City of Sartell for an unlawful chase that caused his vehicle to strike another vehicle causing injuries to the occupants. Bromenschenkel’s attorney stated that Manion was part of a drug investigation and that his client was going to his residence to notify Manion of forfeiture of a vehicle but Manion fled the house which ensued the chase. The court case is expected to take about a week to complete.
--A horse owner in rural Aitkin is cautioning area residents after her horse was attacked by what is believed to be a large cat, possibly a mountain lion or cougar. Lori Hart said her horse was mauled by a large animal last Friday night giving the horse heavy wounds to her hindquarters. A Pierz Veterinarian confirmed that the bites were that of a large cat and that the veterinarians office reported that a similar attack took place on a calf about a month ago not far from the Hart’s residence on near Highways 169 and 210 near Aitkin. If you have noticed a large cat in the area, you are urged to contact police.
--A 21-year-old Cokato man has been charged with 3 counts of criminal vehicular homicide in the death of a grandmother, her daughter and granddaughter near Willmar last Friday. Paul Wickerhauser’s pickup crossed the centerline and struck a minivan, killing 3 of the four occupants. A 5-year-old boy remains in critical condition. The State Patrol stated that Wickerhauser admitted drinking alcohol before driving that night and his blood alcohol level was at .07 at the hospital were he was treated for minor injuries. He remains jailed in Willmar awaiting his next court date.
--A 12-year-old Seattle, Washington boy was injured August 12th in a water ski crash that occurred near Backus in Cass County. The sheriff’s office said that Dylon Amadeck was in the water putting on his skis when he was struck by the boat that was going to pull him. The boy suffered serious injuries and was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. He was listed in fair condition Friday.
--Pierz Oktoberfest this Sunday, parade begins at 11am in Pierz.
--The Pierz Oktoberfest Medallion was found Tuesday afternoon around 12:30pm by 9-year old Dustin and 6-year old Braden Przybilla. They are the sons of Chad and Terri Przybilla of Pierz. The medallion was found in Billig Park next to the Fire Hall in a shrub.
--Princess Kay of the Milky Way Mary Zahurones of Pierz will do one of the last duties of her reign tonight when she gives a farewell address and then crowns the 2012 Princess Kay of the Milky Way at the banquet and coronation tonight in the Twin Cities. The coronation will take place at the band shell inside the State Fairgrounds at 8pm. The new Princess Kay, just like Mary did, will then spend Thursday inside a 40 degree enclosure getting her likeness carved in butter. The other 11 candidates will then each get a day at the fair to have their likenesses carved in butter. The Fair officially opens Thursday at 6am and run through Labor Day. Details at www.mnstatefair.org
--Governor Dayton and Legislative leaders continue to iron out an agreement before Friday’s special session on flood relief. The governor has proposed $190-million dollars in a flood aid package, but Republican leaders have said they want a fuller accounting on how the money would be spent. Talks continue today and Thursday.
--An elderly patient from Stevens County in western Minnesota is the first West Nile Virus death of the season. State Health Officials say the man became ill and died in early August. Epidemiologist Dave Neitzel says the risk for West Nile continues into September and advises people to use mosquito repellent if they go outside at dusk and dawn. Neitzel says mosquito feeding has gone down over the past few days because of cooler weather but it will warm up again. The state health department has confirmed 30 human cases of West Nile infection this summer which is the most since 2007.
--The Minnesota Department of Health also announced Monday the first cases of a new influenza strain H3N2 which was originally called the swine flu. The two cases were reported in a young child and an older sibling after their family visited a live animal market in Dakota County earlier this month. Officials say neither child required hospitalization, and both are recovering at home.
--Kevin Maslowski and Lucia Ismil of Little Falls, a girl on August 20th
--Dwayne D. Johnson, age 69 of Randall.
TODAY= mainly sunny, slight chance of PM storms, high near 85.
TONIGHT= showers and storms likely, mostly cloudy, low 63.
THURSDAY= showers and storms early and late in day, high near 85.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, warm and humid, high 85 to 90, low 65-70.
TWINS= Oakland beat Twins last night 4-1. Twins wrap up series with Oakland today. Pregame starts at 2:05pm on Q92 WYRQ.
TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1770= Captain James Cook discovered Australia for British Crown
IN 1932= the BBC experimented with first TV coverage in Britain.
IN 1984= the last Volkswagen Rabbit rolled off the assembly line.
Cocaine Energy Drink Party and DJ Lodi Saturday at West Side Bar
Tuesday- August 21st, 2012
--The Hillman woman injured August 8th from an accident in Hillman Township has died from her injuries. Back on the 8th, 67-year-old Jeanette ‘Jet’ Hoheisel was at the intersection of Partridge Road and 113th Street just before midnight when the vehicle left the roadway and struck several trees. Hoheisel was thrown into the backseat of the vehicle from the impact. Pierz police and rescue along with Morrison County deputies used life-saving efforts on Hoheisel and she was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital where she died last Saturday.
--Authorities identified a 9-year-old Wisconsin boy who was killed after the sailboat he was in was struck by lightning on Lake Superior Saturday night. Luke Voight of Iron River was in the boat with seven others, including his grandparents, Frank and Mary Voight of Pierz, when a thunderstorm rapidly approached dropping hail on the boat. Before its occupants could get off, the boat was struck by lightning. Luke Voight was flown to a hospital in Duluth where he was pronounced dead. Four others were taken to Duluth hospitals with serious but non-life threatening injuries, including Frank Voight who was reported in good condition at a Duluth Hospital on Monday. His wife Mary was not hospitalized.
--Fire damaged the office of Blow Molded Specialties in Foley Saturday. Five fire departments battled the fire for over 4 hours at the plastics company on Bronder Drive. The fire call came in around 11:30am. Despite sprinklers in the building the fire spread through the company and did serious damage to the facility. The cause of the fire is under investigation and there were no injuries. Foley was aided by Sauk Rapids, Clear Lake, Foreston and Becker fire departments.
--Road work begins this week on Highway 27 through Little Falls from 9th Avenue Northeast to Highway 238. Road work is expected to begin or has begun on a number of projects throughout central Minnesota which will last into September. Please use caution in work zones. If you need information construction in your area, call 511 or log on to www.511mn.org for details.
--The Small Business Administration has granted Governor Mark Dayton's request for disaster declaration in Carlton, Pine and St. Louis counties, as well as the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, following June's floods. Through the declaration, low-interest SBA loans of up to $200,000 are available for homeowners, renters, businesses and not-for-profit organizations. According to the state Department of Public Safety, the loans apply to those in the declared area as well as the surrounding counties of: Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Koochiching and Lake and some Wisconsin counties.
--The Little Falls School Board announced that Larry Edgerton has been hired to take the place of retiring Dr. Maxine Strege in the Little Falls School District. He becomes principal of Lincoln and Dr. S.G. Knight Elementary schools. He was the former principals at the two elementary schools for the Hinckley/Finlayson School District.
--Three generations of a family were killed Friday night near Willmar. The head-on collision killed 68-year-old Marta Stoffers of Atwater, her daughter, 40-year-ld Michelle Hoffman of Eden Prairie and Hoffman’s 8-year-old daughter Julia. Her 5-year-old son Jason is in critical condition at HCMC in Minneapolis. The State Patrol said that a pickup driven by a 21-year-old from Norwood crossed the center-line and struck the minivan the family was in head-on. The 21-year-old’s name was not released in the police report only that he was treated for minor injuries and then arrested by law enforcement.
--The Little Falls Fire Department responded to a house fire at 9:40am Monday at the Jennifer Dedell residence located at 604 Florence Ave SE. There was a report of smoke coming out of the back window. There were 4 children in the house at the time of the fire but because the smoke alarms were working properly everyone was able to get out of the home safely. 23 Fireman were on the scene for about 2 hours. The cause is under investigation and the fire was mainly contained to the bathroom area though the house did sustain some smoke damage.
--You can dispose of unusable or unwanted herbicides, insecticides, mice and rat poisons, fungicides and other pesticides free of charge in a waste pesticide collection Today from 9:00-11:00am you can drop off those items at the Foley City Garage located at 440 South Broadway. Then tomorrow (Wednesday) from 9:00-11:00am the drop off site is at the Pierz Coop Association. People with quantities of waste pesticides in excess of 300 pounds must call the Department of Agriculture at (651) 201-6562.
--A federal lawsuit against the state of Minnesota and Crow Wing County on voting rights has been dismissed by a federal court judge. The dismissal came Friday as the judge ruled that no federal laws had been broken by the state or the county after a group of individuals contended that ineligible voters cast ballots in 2008 and again in 2010. Following the ruling Friday, the plaintiffs in the case filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.
--Todd County investigated a report of someone being shot with BB gun in Hewitt. The report last Thursday stated a juvenile male accidently pulled the trigger of a loaded BB gun that he thought the safety was on and struck another juvenile male in the forehead. The victim was taken to Tri County Hospital where the BB had to be surgically removed. The juvenile has since been released. The incident report has been forward to the Todd County Attorney’s Office for review of any possible charges.
--Josh and Shari Villeneuve of Little Falls, girl born August 17th
--Lorraine Bergstrom, age 93 of Little Falls.
--Thomas R. Hofmann, age 62 of Alaska formerly Little Falls.
TODAY= sunny skies, high around 80.
TONIGHT= mostly clear, low in the 50s.
WEDNESDAY= mostly sunny, high 85, storms after midnight, low 63.
THURSDAY= storms early and late in day, more humid, high 83.
TWINS= Twins get 15 hits off of Oakland pitching to win 7-2 Monday. Twins and A’s again tonight 8:35pm on Q92 WYRQ.
STATE BB= All 4 teams from Region 8C either start play like Sobieski or continue play this weekend in St. Cloud at the state tournament. Lastrup plays Saturday at 11am, Sobieski plays Saturday at 8pm, Avon plays Sunday at 11:30am and Nisswa Sunday 5pm. Listen to the games on AM960 KLTF and www.fallsradio.com.
Happy hour specials daily at the West Side Bar in Little Falls
Monday- August 20th, 2012
--The Randall City Council met last Wednesday. Dan Noss reported that since the last meeting, there was a charge of $200 for moving the population sign up and installing the City of Veteran’s Memorials signs and also $320 for the purchase of the signs. Dan has received some donations already and has more organizations to approach but did ask the council if the city would like to donate towards the $520 needed for the signs, the council approved a donation of $150 to the project. The city manager was approached by an individual inquiring about the possibility of re-zoning the property where the hardware store is and the land next to it from Commercial to Residential for apartment buildings. The general feeling of the council at this time was to keep the land commercial as there are not very many other commercial land options in the city. The council decided to table The Initiative Foundation annual donation request until September, was informed that work has begun on the Knight Street project and that Minnesota Power has placed detectors around the city but have not found any problems with outages as of yet. The Randall Area Business Group informed the council that they will be having its fall Harvest Fest on the weekend of October 27th. One part of that weekend will be a bike ride and all proceeds from the ride will go towards the purchase of a bike rack for the city.
--Little Falls Artist Charles Kapsner was on KLTF last Thursday and gave an update on his progress for the U.S. Navy portrait he is working on for the State Veteran’s Cemetery north of Little Falls. The project has been going well and he is still taking in stories and information from recent travels to Nevada for the National VFW Convention where he spoke between U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The tentative date will be sometime around next Memorial Day when the Navy portrait is completed. Kapsner stated then he will work on a portrait for the U.S. Coast Guard, followed by U.S. Marines and then the U.S. Air Force. Each portrait Charles stated takes a little over a year to complete. If you wish to help in donation for the State Veterans Cemetery Art Project contact a State Cemetery board member.
--Despite Minnesota employers adding nearly seven-thousand jobs in July, the state’s unemployment rate inched up two-tenths of a point to 5.8% last month. Officials say the slight up-tick was due to downward revisions in June’s job numbers. Over the last two months, employers have added 11,000 jobs. Government led all sectors in July with 3,100 new jobs. Other job growth occurred in trade, transportation and utilities (up 2,100). Job losses were recorded in leisure and hospitality (down 3,200), construction (down 600) other services (down 200) and information (down 100).
--A statewide DWI enforcement campaign began last Friday and runs through Labor Day. The Department of Public Safety says that in 2011, 68 percent of deaths in drunk-driving crashes involved drivers that had alcohol concentrations twice the 0.08 legal limits. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety, and is also being conducted by local law enforcement including county sheriff’s office and city police departments.
--A 23-year-old Madelia man was struck by lightning Wednesday night at Brainerd International Raceway in the camping area of the race track. Sheriff’s Deputies stated that Jamie Harris was taken to North Memorial Medical Center and last listed in critical condition.
--The Little Falls City Council tonight is expected to look more into hiring an interim city administrator. The position has been shared by Finance Officer Lori Kasella and Public Works Director Jerry Lochner for over 2 years, by doing this it was a major savings of finances to the city. Last week the council interviewed Bob Derus who was at one time city administrator in St. Michael for over 15 years and Dan Vogt who was city administrator in Brainerd for more then 23 years before retiring. The council is expected to look into a possible hiring at the regular meeting tonight at 7:30 at City Hall.
--The Little Falls School Board will meet at 5:30pm tonight in the Morrison County Government Center. Agenda items include the approval of mandatory policy list and lower lunch prices, to set the Truth and Taxation meeting date on December 17th and a resolution relating to the election of School Board Members and calling the School District General Election. Reports will also be given by the Board Members and the Superintendent.
--Arson is suspected in 2 fires early Thursday in Baxter. Firefighters were called just before 1am to Excelsior Road to a bus fire. The bus was parked at The Feet People business and was a total loss. There were no injuries. Shortly after that fire was put out firefighters were notified of a hearse on fire in the parking lot of the Halverson Johnson Funeral and Cremation Center in Baxter. The hearse sustained extensive damage but again no injuries. Because the two businesses were only 1 block from each other it is suspected the fires are connected and arson is suspected in both. A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the State Fire Marshall at 800-723-2020.
--Congratulations to William Gunther of Little Falls who won $17,777 from a scratch off ticket purchased at a Little Falls gas station.
--Richard Gall and Kelli Diederich of Pierz, boy born August 16th
--Mike and Heather Luebesmier of Long Prairie, girl born August 16th
--Melvin ‘Mel’ Grams, age 87 of Little Falls.
--Nathan J. DeBolt, age 33 of Cokato formerly of Staples.
--Jeanette ‘Jet’ Hoheisel, age 67 of Hillman.
TODAY= sunny skies, high around 75.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low 45 to 50.
TUESDAY= sunny, high around 80, low around 55.
WEDNESDAY= partly cloudy, warmer, high 85, low around 65.
TWINS= Seattle beat Twins Friday 5-3 then a 9th inning sac fly gave the Mariners a 3-2 win Saturday. Mariners got the sweep winning 5-1 Sunday. Twins travel to Oakland tonight, pregame 8:35pm on Q92.
BAB= Lastrup won Friday 5-0 over Clear Lake. Avon beat Young America 6-2 Saturday and Nisswa needed 15 innings but beat Madison 4-2 on Sunday. All advance to this weekend’s 2nd round play.
NFL= Audie Cole had 2 interceptions for touchdowns as the Vikings rout the Bills Friday 36-14 in preseason football.
WNBA= Lynx rout Washington 98-69 Friday and Tulsa 83-59 Sunday
Lunch, happy hour, entertainment and lots of fun at West Side Bar
Friday- August 17th, 2012
--Todd County responded to a three-wheeler accident Wednesday in Villard Township. The accident was reported around 5:30pm on Morrison Line Road. Steven Dunkley of Hopkins had overturned his vehicle while riding in a private driveway. He was taken to the Staples Hospital and treated for unknown injuries.
--The 32nd Annual Farm Picnic cosponsored by Minnesota COACT and Morrison County Farmers Union will be at 2pm Sunday at Pierz Park. A number of representatives of Minnesota Farmers Union and the Land Stewardship Project will be on hand. State legislative leaders have been invited to speak and a traditional country dinner is being provided by a number of organizations. For tickets contact any COACT board member or call 320-584-5754.
--Little Falls Partners for Peace and Occupy Little Falls will conduct a vigil outside Camp Ripley’s Main Gate on August 27th from 4-5:30pm. The vigil is demanding the immediate withdrawal of U.S. Forces from Afghanistan and an end to drone bombing campaigns in other countries and finding a peaceful resolution to the Syrian civil war. After the vigil a potluck will be conducted at Belle Prairie Park.
--The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development has announced that community-based organizations in Minnesota have been selected to receive funding to help local businesses and leaders build capacity to create jobs and improve rural infrastructure and housing. This includes Region 5 Development Corporation based in Staples and also the Initiative Foundation based in Little Falls. Region 5 will use the $200,000 grant to develop the capacity and ability of community groups to strengthen and sustain selected low-income rural communities in Cass, Wadena, Todd, Crow Wing and Morrison Counties. The Initiative Foundation will use a $200,000 grant to provide technical assistance and training community organizations in central Minnesota to undertake housing, community and economic development programs.
--A 59-year-old Baxter woman was injured in a 4 vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon on Washington Street in Brainerd. Kathleen Kretzman was taken to Brainerd hospital treated and released. None of the other drivers in the accident were injured.
--The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s has released information on a three vehicle crash on Wise Road and Golden Pond Drive north of Baxter that occurred on August 8th. The accident occurred when a vehicle pulled onto the shoulder attempted to turn around, when a 2nd vehicle was passing the first and struck it causing that vehicle to strike a third that was coming in the opposite direction. None of the drivers (30-year-old Angela Cullette of Wyoming, 54-year-old Keith Gore of Outing and 19-year-old Brandon Clarken of Brainerd) were hurt but 5 passengers in the vehicles were injured they included 54-year-old Sherri Gore of Outing, 28-year-old Zach Gore, 31-year-old Caitlin Matera and a female juvenile all from Rochester and in another vehicle, 19-year-old Shawn McQuoid of Brainerd. All were transported to Brainerd Hospital, all have now been released.
--Brainerd firefighters were called to a cut gas line Wednesday on the corner of Highways 18 and 25 southeast of Brainerd. There was no report of any damage to any structures and no injuries reported.
--With 100% of precincts now reported the final tally in District 8 for U.S. House was DFL nominated candidate Rick Nolan getting 38.3% of the vote, Tarryl Clark 32.3% and Jeff Anderson getting $29.4%. Nolan will face Republican Chip Cravaack in November election.
--Four people were injured last Saturday in a three-vehicle crash north of Onamia. The State Patrol and Mille Lacs County deputies stated that 23-year-old Lyndsey Mitchell of Onamia was north on Highway 169 when she stopped to make a left turn and was struck by a vehicle driven by 41-year-old Travis Inwards of Little Falls which pushed her vehicle into the opposite lane striking a 3rd-vehicle driven by 27-year-old Jesse Borders of Brainerd. Borders had non-life threatening injuries and treated at Onamia hospital. Three of Mitchell’s 5 passengers were injured and taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. It was reported late Wednesday that 42-year-old Earl Monchamp of Onamia was in critical condition, 32-year-old Rachel Ridinger of Hopkins was in good condition and 27-year-old Jennifer St. Marks of New Brighton was in fair condition. The report stated that Mitchell, 2 of her passengers including an infant and the 2nd driver Inwards were not hospitalized.
--St. Cloud police are urging business owners to be watchful for counterfeit money and traveler’s checks. Police since July 28th have been receiving a number of calls of counterfeit 20 and 100 dollar bills at local bars and stores and also more recently 4 calls of counterfeit 100 dollar traveler’s checks being passed out at establishments. Merchants are encouraged to check with the issuing company if you receive questionable checks, and if you feel you have received counterfeit bills contact your local authorities.
--The Little Falls City Council meets Monday night 7:30 at City Hall.
--Dr. Ralph T. Holman, age 94 of Albert Lea.
TODAY= mostly sunny, high near 70.
TONIGHT= clear skies, cool, low around 45.
SATURDAY= partly sunny, high 73, possible PM storm, low 50.
SUNDAY= sunny, high 75, low around 55.
MONDAY= sunny, high near 80, low around 60.
TWINS= Twins open series with Seattle tonight with an 8:40pm pregame, 7:40pm Saturday and 2:40pm Sunday on Q92 WYRQ.
LYNX= after nearly a month off for the Olympics, the Lynx return to action tonight against Washington at the Target Center.
VIKINGS= Vikings vs. Buffalo in preseason football tonight at 7pm.
STATE BAB= Lastrup vs. Clear Lake tonight 5pm on KLTF in state tournament baseball from St. Cloud, Avon vs. Young America Saturday at 5:30 on KLTF and Nisswa vs. Madison Sunday at 1pm also on AM960 KLTF. Winners advance to next weekend at state.
TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1786= frontiersman Davy Crockett born in Tennessee.
IN 1807= Robert Fulton made first journey with the Steamboat.
IN 1903= the Pulitzer Prize was created after Joseph Pulitzer had donated $1-million dollars to Columbia University.
IN 1915= Charles Kettering patented the electric-automobile starter, which would see starters in vehicles, instead of the cranks outside.
IN 1939= The Wizard of Oz opened nationwide in theaters.
IN 1984= Ray Parker Jr. hit #1 with ‘Ghostbusters’.
“DJ Jesse” tonight and Saturday, free sober cab Fri/Sat at WS Bar.
Thursday- August 16th, 2012
--Primary Elections Tuesday showed that the top 2 candidates for Morrison County Commissioner District 1 will be Kevin Maurer and Sharon Ballou that will vie for the seat in November. Also for U.S. Senate DFL Senator Amy Klobuchar will face Republican Kurt Bills and Independence Party member Stephen Williams. Morrison County voted the same, with 80% of DFL voters taking Senator Klobuchar, 45% of Republicans voting Bills, and 56% of the vote from Independents voting for Williams. In House District 8- Morrison County voted 1,163 for Republican Chip Cravacak who was unopposed, the top DFL candidate was the declared winner Rick Nolan, in Morrison County received 709 votes, to 563 to Tarryl Clark and 160 to Jeff Anderson. In District 15- most voters voted for Sally Knox for Senate and Brian Johnson for House the two declared DFL winners. The General Election takes place on November 6th.
--Crow Wing County primary elections Tuesday showed that in Senate District 10- Taylor Stevenson defeated Anna Marcotte for the DFL nomination to face Carrie Ruud in November. In House-District 10B- Joe Radinovich defeated David Schaaf to be the DFL candidate this November against Republican Dale Lueck. For Crow Wing County Commissioner District 1- the top two were Incumbent Philip Trusty 433 votes and former State Senator Paul Koering 346 votes. In District 5 for Crow Wing County, the top two were Kris Hasskamp 545 votes and Doug Houge 521 votes to advance on to November. In Todd County for Commissioner District 2 the top 2 were Gary Kneisl and Dean Meiners and in District 3 it was Rodney Erickson and Gerald Ruda receiving the most votes. In the race in Benton County for Commissioner District 5, A. Jake Bauerly and Stephen Simones were the top 2 vote getters.
--In other Primary Election news from Tuesday, Republican Allan Quist bested Mike Parry in House District 1 in southern Minnesota to now take on DFL Incumbent Tim Walz in November. In District 2 Republican incumbent John Kline defeated David Gerson and will now take on DFL candidate Mike Obermueller. Incumbent Erik Paulson won Republican primary in District 3 and takes on Brian Barnes in November. In District 4, incumbent DFL Representative Betty McCollum defeated 2 other candidates to move on to November to take on Republican candidate Tony Hernandez who defeated Ron Seiford in Tuesday’s primary. In District 5, Keith Ellison won over 2 other candidates to remain the DFL candidate and will take on Chris Fields in November. In District 6, Michele Bachmann received over 80% of the Republican vote to defeat 2 others vying for the nomination, Bachmann will face DFL candidate Jim Graves in the general election. And as mentioned Wednesday, Rick Nolan defeated Tarryl Clark and Jeff Anderson to be the DFL nominated candidate in District 8 and will now face Republican Congressman Chip Cravvack. For State Senate District 13- Michelle Fischbach held off Fadumo Yusef to keep the Republican nomination, she will face DFL candidate Peggy Boeck in November. The turnout for the primaries was extremely low, as only about 9% of the state voted on Tuesday.
--You can add Rocori School District to the number of districts asking voters this November for a renewal of their levy to generate $800,000 a year for the district. The board approved a resolution this past Monday to ask for the levy to be renewed and put on the ballot. Royalton and Sauk-Rapids Rice schools are also putting operating levy referendum votes on ballots in November to aid in their schools.
--The filing deadline has passed and here is the list of people who have filed for the Little Falls City Council. In Ward 1 Loren Boyum, Brent Wittwer, and Robin Hensel have each filed. Filing in Ward 2 was Urban Otremba, Theresa Skorseth, and Greg Zylka. Finally, those who filed in Ward 3 include Frank Gosiak, Kathy Woitalla, Audreen “Ozzie” Wilczek Schwegman, and Richard Berg.
--Little Falls Community Middle School will be hosting an open house August 29th, 6:30-8pm. The evening will begin in the commons area with an introduction to the school for all new students coming to the middle school. Afterwards parents/guardians and students will get a chance to meet their advisor and obtain their class schedule.
--A St. Cloud man considered a career criminal pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Minneapolis for being a felon for possession of a firearm. 24-year-old Shawn Roering was indicted April 3rd and entered his plea yesterday morning. Roering is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms for prior convictions of robbery in Wright County, fleeing a peace officer in Morrison County, fourth degree sale of a controlled substance in Benton County and he has been charged with other drug crimes and crimes of violence in central Minnesota. The federal judge will determine sentencing at a future hearing to be set, there is a mandate stating that Roering will receive a minimum 15 years in prison and could face the maximum penalty for the charges which is life in prison due to prior crimes.
--Army General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, is scheduled to visit with Minnesota National Guard soldiers and
Airmen and present awards to a Minnesota National Guard officer at a ceremony today in Rosemount. The general will present awards to Army Lt. Col. Mark Weber who is the Director of Strategic Communication. The ceremony to honor Lt. Col. Weber is scheduled to begin 5:30pm. More details at National Guard website.
--Joseph Purdes, age 77 of Champlin.
TODAY= sunny early, then clouds increase, breezy, high in the 60s.
TONIGHT= clouds early, few sprinkles then clearing, low 43.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, high near 70, low around 45.
SATURDAY= mostly sunny, high 72, low around 50.
SUNDAY= mostly sunny, high 75, low around 55.
TWINS= Miguel Cabrera and Delmon Young both homered to give the Tigers a 5-1 win over the Twins Wednesday afternoon. The Twins are off today and travel to Seattle Friday night.
CLASS C= Lastrup vs. Clear Lake Friday at 5pm, Avon vs. Young America Saturday 5:30pm and Nisswa vs. Madison Sunday at 1pm all from St. Cloud in the Class C State Amateur Baseball Tournament. Sobieski plays on August 25th. Catch the games live on AM960 KLTF
TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1896= Gold discovered on the Klondike River in Alaska.
IN 1954= the first issue of Sports Illustrated was published.
IN 1977= Elvis Presley pronounced dead at a Memphis hospital.
“DJ Jesse” Friday and Saturday, great lunches daily at West Side Bar
Wednesday- August 15th, 2012
--Late last month, the Central Minnesota Ethanol Co-op located north of Little Falls idled operations, which in part was due to the high cost of corn and the low availability of corn locally. The hope is to have the Ethanol Plant going again by September or October when corn prices begin to ease off or when the new corn crop comes in. With the plant idle, most of the 30 employees are currently laid off.
--Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad will be working on the rail heading through Little Falls toward Camp Ripley this week. Starting today at 8:00am the crossing at 9th Ave NE between 5th and 6th Street will be closed. It should be open again sometime on Friday. Other nearby crossings may be closed intermittently with flaggers controlling traffic. Motorists should be advised and plan ahead.
--The deadline for filing for local offices was yesterday at 5:00pm. Before the deadline Audreen “Ozzie” Wilczek Schwegman and Richard Berg filed for City Council in Ward 3, while Greg Zylka filed in Ward 2.
--U.S. Senator Al Franken remains hopeful his colleagues in the House will get the Farm Bill passed when they return from recess in September. Franken says the current bill expires September 30th and has a lot of key elements needed to help Minnesota farmers including a provision that retroactively reinstates disaster relief. The senate passed the Farm Bill back in June.
--A 46-year-old Brainerd man was injured Sunday at the intersections of Washington and Kingwood Streets in Brainerd. William Trombley was taken to the Brainerd hospital treated and released. The crash is still under investigation and happened around 9am.
--The Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal investigator completed the Verso Paper Mill investigation and ruled that the Memorial Day explosion and fire was caused by overheating in one of the mill's air compressors. Deputy State Fire Marshal John Steinbach wrote in a report released Monday that not enough cool water was reaching the air compressor, which failed to shut down when it overheated. The report states that heat ignited oil vapors that caused a receiver tank to explode, blowing out concrete walls and igniting rolls of paper. About an hour before the explosion, two air compressors shut off due to overheating. But a third compressor kept running, past protection devices, which is believed to cause a mechanical failure. The explosion killed Jon Maus of Albany and injured four others. Verso Paper Corp. announced recently that it has closed the plant and about 260 workers were out of a job. Governor Dayton, Senator Klobuchar and other officials are assembling a task force to examine other uses for the site.
--Motorists travelling Highway 22 south of Richmond will encounter delays as the road closes between Highway 23 and Stearns County Road 43 Thursday, Aug. 16. A signed detour will direct motorists along Stearns County Road 43 and Highway 23.
--Buses, limousines and other passenger-carrying vehicles will be the focus during statewide saturation patrols which started Monday and lasts through the 27th. Saturation activities will range from traffic enforcement, driver/vehicle inspections, compliance reviews and educational outreach. The nationwide effort will take place along high-volume routes and at destination locations throughout the state.
--A Blaine man was arrested Sunday after a pursuit with police on U.S. Highway 10 in Stearns and Sherburne Counties. Authorities attempted to stop 32-year-old David Risvold but he sped off, police tried a pursuit intervention technique to stop the vehicle near Becker where a short time later Risvold was taken into custody.
MORRISON COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 1
-Kevin Maurer 234 votes (23.5% of vote)
-Sharon Ballou 200 votes (20% of vote)
-Robert Masog 188 votes (19% of vote)
-Bob Harmsen 186 votes (18.5% of vote)
-Clint Kathrein 109 votes (11% of vote)
-Chuck Forss 77 votes (8% of vote)
*top 2 advance to be on November election ballot*
US SENATE= DFL Amy Klobuchar 91% of vote, Republican Kurt Bills defeated David Carlson 51% to 35% to get Republican nod for Senate in November. Steven Williams received Ind. Party nod.
US HOUSE DISTRICT 8= With 97% of precincts reporting this morning, Rick Nolan has been declared the DFL winner to face Republican Chip Cravvack this November. In a close race, Nolan received 39% of the vote over Tarryl Clark who received 31.5% and Jeff Anderson received 29% of the vote for the DFL seat. Cravaack was the lone Republican candidate on the ballot.
DISTRCT 15= Senate- Sally Knox defeated Ron Thiessen by getting 62% of the vote to face Dave Brown in November.
HOUST DIST 15B= Brian Johnson defeated Bruno Gad 78% to 22% to receive the DFL nod and faces Republican Jim Newberger in the general election this November.
--The Morrison County Area Foundation (MCAF) awarded $500 to Hands of Hope Resource Center for a community awareness project. This to help Hands of Hope continues to bring awareness to domestic violence and also ways to help prevent it from happening.
--Justin Hopp and Lisa Kimmons of Onamia baby girl August 12th
--Karen Wills, age 51 of Isle.
--Joseph J. Popp, age 87 of Royalton.
TODAY= afternoon showers and storms develop, high 83.
TONIGHT= showers and storms likely, some strong, windy, low 53.
THURSDAY= breezy, cooler, mostly sunny, high 67, low 45.
FRIDAY= sunny skies, high near 70
TWINS= Josh Willingham hit homerun #30 of the season but the Tigers got to Brian Duensing early and held on to win 8-4. The Twins (50-66) and Tigers (62-55) wrap up series today, pregame at 11:40am on Q92 WYRQ. Twins have Thursday off.
VIKINGS= Vikings host Buffalo in preseason football Friday night with kickoff at 7pm. Adrian Peterson is still not expected to play in the game this Friday with hopes of playing before the season opener.
TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1877= Thomas Edison wrote to the President stating that the word Hello would be a better greeting when answering the newly invented telephone than Ahoy, the greeting which was suggested by the telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell.
“DJ Jesse” Friday and Saturday, free sober cab Fri/Sat at WS Bar
Tuesday- August 14th, 2012
--Primary Elections are today in the state with many polling places opening at 7am and staying open until 8pm tonight. Races for Morrison County include Commissioner in District 1 where 6 candidates will be narrowed to 2, the 6 include, Sharon Ballou, Chuck Forss, Bob Harmsen, Clint Kathrein, Robert Masog and Kevin Maurer. There are primaries for candidates in the U.S. Senate Race for the seat currently held by DFL Senator Amy Klobuchar and for the DFL candidate for District 8 in the U.S. House of Representatives. Incumbent Republican Chip Cravaack is running unopposed in the primary but there are 3 names on the DFL side of the ballot, they include DFL endorsed candidate Rick Nolan, Tarryl Clark and Jeff Anderson. In District 15 which includes southeastern Morrison County, there are two DFL candidates Ron Thiessen and Sally Knox vying for the seat, the Republican candidate is Dave Brown. In House District 15B, Republican candidate is Jim Newberger but the 2 Democrats running are Bruno Gad and Brian Johnson. For polling places near you check the Secretary of State’s website or contact your city hall, township official or the government center.
--Filings for city, township and school board positions up for election this November ends at 5pm today. On Monday it was reported that Brent Wittwer has filed for Ward 1 City Council in Little Falls and Kathy Woitalla has filed for Little Falls in Ward 3. For information where to file contact your city hall, township official or area school.
--A 49-year-old Emily man was injured in an ATV accident Friday in Crow Wing County. Around 11:15am, Shawn Groat was on County Road 3 near Crosslake when the ATV flipped over pinning Groat underneath. Groat was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital for his injuries.
--The pilot of a float plant that crashed August 5th on North Long Lake has been identified. Authorities say that 55-year-old John Spalj of Deerwood was not seriously injured in the crash. Witnesses say the plane was under control just before the landing when the plane flipped over. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
--Crow Wing County Deputies and Crosby police arrested 40-year-old Michael Lundgren last Thursday night following a domestic situation where Lundgren had a woman padlocked inside her residence and kept against her will. Authorities were able to arrest Lundgren without physical incident. The woman was treated at Crosby hospital and told officers that she was assaulted by Lundgren. It was unclear how long she had been padlocked in the residence and how police learned of the situation. Lundgren has been charged with domestic assault and false imprisonment charges in Crow Wing County.
--The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has denied the appeal by Governor Mark Dayton for flood assistance aid for individuals and businesses in northeastern Minnesota. Governor Dayton in a statement Saturday stated he is disappointed by the decision and will now ask the state legislature to include the assistance estimated at 7.4-million dollars in the upcoming special session on flood relief slated for August 24th. FEMA did earlier this year approve assistance to repair publically owned buildings, roads and structures in portions of the state damaged by flooding.
--Authorities say a 21-year-old pedestrian was killed by a train in Meeker County Saturday morning. Meeker County authorities say the incident occurred around 3:30am at railroad tracks near Eden Valley when the man tried to cross the train tracks and beat the oncoming train but failed. The man was dead at the scene. His name has not been released. No one on the train or anyone else was injured.
--A National Night Out open house is scheduled 4:30pm to 7:30pm at the Little Falls Fire Hall. Events include a kitchen fire demo, K-9 demo also meet the CIRT Team and Dive Team, medical helicopter, area firefighters and police officers. There will be free food, face painting and items for kids and adults alike to get together and meet their local officials. More details today at 8:45am on AM960 KLTF.
--A Little Falls man was injured early Monday morning in Todd County. Deputies responded to State Aid Highway 19 shortly after 5am when Jonathon R. Kemper was southbound drove off the road and struck a field approach and overturned. Kemper was alone at the time and was trapped inside the vehicle. Kemper was taken to the Melrose Hospital reportedly with non-life threatening injuries.
--On Saturday a fatal accident involving a motorcycle occurred in Fairfield Township of Crow Wing County. At 4:54pm the motorcyclist 67-year old Bernie Nieters of Texas was heading westbound on County Road 36, failed to navigate a curve, entered the oncoming lane of traffic and was hit head on by another vehicle. Nieters was pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol did not appear to be a factor of the crash under investigation. No other details were released.
--A statewide speed enforcement campaign in July pulled over 23,285 motorists for driving at illegal and unsafe speeds, according to preliminary reports from 273 law enforcement agencies. The campaign was coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. During the campaign, the State Patrol cited 23 motorists for traveling over 100 mph. An average speeding citation for 10 mph over the limit is typically more than $120. Motorists stopped at 20 mph over the speed limit face double the fine, and those ticketed traveling more than 100 mph can lose their license for six months.
--Stearns County arrested an Alexandria man Saturday afternoon after receiving a complaint of a driver swerving all over the road on Interstate 94 in Oak Township. Deputies stopped the vehicle near Melrose and found over 5 grams of methamphetamine, a loaded semi-automatic pistol, a 12-gauge shotgun and several edged weapons to be used as knives. 27-year-old Seth Luchau was arrested and is being held in Stearns County awaiting felony charges.
--Jason and Bethany Malisheske of Upsala, a girl born August 10th
--Kyle and Janine Johnson of Little Falls, a boy born August 11th
--Joshua Schreder and Avree Lyon of Sauk Rapids, a boy born 8-11
--Raymond G. Piekarski, age 96 of Maplewood formerly Little Falls.
TODAY= mostly sunny, high around 75.
TONIGHT= showers and storms after midnight, low near 60.
WEDNESDAY= storms early and late in the day, some strong, high 84
THURSDAY= breezy, showers early, much cooler, high 67.
TWINS= Twins outslug Tigers 9-3 last night for their 50th win of the season. Twins continues series with Detroit tonight at Target Field, pregame begins at 6:40 on Q92 WYRQ.
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Monday- August 13th, 2012
--Princess Kay of the Milky Way Mary Zahurones of Pierz is inviting everyone to her Butterhead Meltdown today from 3-7pm at the Pierz Park. The event is free to all to come and enjoy corn on the cob using the butter from her likeness that was carved the day at the Minnesota State Fair last year. There will also be other food and a chance to see Princess Kay before she gives up her crown on August 22nd at the State Fair to the next Princess Kay of the Milky Way.
--The Pierz City Council meets tonight at 7pm at Pierz City Hall. Agenda items include Veteran Preference Policy Approvals for fire and city; appoint election judges for 2013 elections, SCDP Homeowner report and meeting reminders to the council. They will also hear reports from city agencies and also recent financial reports.
--An illegal gambling operation in St. Cloud was shut down Thursday after law enforcement officers served a search warrant at Triple Crown Sweepstakes in St. Cloud. Illegal gambling devices, similar to video slot machines, were confiscated during the raid. The action is a result of an investigation into Triple Crown Sweepstakes (AKA Minnesota Sweeps) by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division (AGED) and the St. Cloud Police Department. The case has been referred to the Stearns County Attorney’s Office for possible criminal charges.
--One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident Thursday near St. Wendel in Stearns County. 20-year-old Scott Pueringer of Freeport was on County Road 3 was struck from behind by 18-year-old Aaron Vowles of Avon after failing to slow down when Pueringer had slowed to make a turn. Vowles was taken to St. Cloud Hospital and treated for his injuries. Pueringer and his passenger were not hurt.
--A Richmond man died Thursday afternoon after his motorcycle was struck by a passenger vehicle in Waite Park causing the cyclist to veer into the path of an oncoming semi-truck. The accident happened on 28th Avenue and 2nd Street around 1:30pm. The cyclist, 52-year-old Paul Hiltner was pronounced dead at the scene. Both the driver of the other vehicle and the semi-truck were not injured.
--The Swanville City Council met last week. Ned Johnson is interested in purchasing a lot on Forest Lane from the city of Swanville. He is also interested in having a road put in to access property he owns behind the lot. On Tuesday, the Swanville City Council discussed the issue with the city attorney. The attorney stated that if they sell the lot they should have a written agreement with the purchaser as to what development would take place, what the road specifications would be and how the costs are allocated. After further discussion the council decided to offer to sell the lot to Johnson at the cost of $5,000 which includes cost of land and assessments. Council took no action on the issue of camping at the Lake Pepin Access, Approved a $600 contribution to the Initiative Foundation for 2013; Heard there is money still available for one commercial property through the Small Cities DEED project; Heard the Swanville Lions will donate $1,000 for the park building doors; Approved a land use permit for Carol Dold to construct a seven-foot by 16-foot well cover. The permit was approved contingent on all set-backs being met; Heard the Council will meet with the Fire Association at 8:00pm August 28th. Council Members will meet prior to the meeting at 7:30 at city hall. The next regular meeting of the Swanville City Council will be held Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
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--Morrison County has experienced a brain gain in the last 40 years, joining the rest of the country in what has been a massive increase in the number of adults who have earned college degrees. In 1970, 5.4% of those over 25 had college degrees in Morrison County. By 2010, 14.5% of adults here had completed college. The percentage of adults with college degrees in Morrison County was less than the national average of 27.9% in 2010. The college-educated rate here was less than the Minnesota average of 31.4%. The number of adults in the United States with college degrees has nearly tripled since 1970, when only 10.7 percent of adults had graduated from college. But the percentage of adults with degrees in rural counties, such as Morrison County, while increasing, has generally fallen behind the proportion of college-educated residents in urban counties. In 1970, 7.8% of adults in rural counties had some education after high school, but less than a college degree. By 2010, 27.4% of rural adults had attained some post high school education without earning a college diploma. That level of education was close to the national average of 28.1%. In Morrison County, 7.7 percent of adults had some college in 1970, rising to 32.4% in 2010. The Minnesota average in 2010 was 32.1 percent. Morrison County had 13,751 adults over 25 in 1970 and 22,231 adults in 2010. Only 13.4% of the adult population in Morrison County had failed to graduate from high school in 2010. Nationally 15% of adults had not completed high school; in Minnesota, the rate was 8.7%.
--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9am at the government center. Agenda items are mainly county agency reports.
--Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney introduced Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his vice presidential running mate on Saturday, turning to the architect of a deeply conservative and intensely controversial long-term budget plan to remake Medicare and cut trillions in federal spending.
--Donna DeLane, age 88 of Little Falls.
--Margaret ‘Marge’ Meuller, age 68 of Randall.
TODAY= mostly sunny, high 75.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 55.
TUESDAY= mostly sunny, high 76, storms in late night hours,
WEDNESDAY= storms early then partly sunny, high 80.
REGION 8C= Sobieski is the 2012 Region 8C Champions beating Avon Saturday 9-0. Sobieski is the #1 seed out of Region 8C. Avon, Nisswa and Lastrup will play later this week at State Tournament.
TWINS= Rays beat Twins 12-6 Friday, 4-2 Saturday and 7-3 in 10 innings Sunday for the weekend sweep. Twins (49-65) host Detroit tonight with pregame at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
VIKINGS= San Francisco beat Vikings 17-6 in preseason opener.
OLYMPICS= U.S. Women’s basketball team won gold Saturday while the men took gold Sunday. U.S. women’s volleyball took silver, U.S. finished with 104 medals more than any country.
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Friday-August 10th, 2012
--The Morrison County Fair is in full swing. Today is Senior Day, a Dine and Discover program with Horizon Health will be from noon to 2 today, during which the Morrison County Outstanding Senior Citizens will be named. Sawing logs demonstration today at Machinery Hill, bingo, donkey races at 6pm, Sue Kliber at the Pavilion with the 10th Annual Talent Show beginning at 7pm winner eligible for the state fair, Demolition Derby tonight at 7 at the grandstand, midway, food, exhibits and so much more at the Morrison County Fair today. The fair runs through Sunday. Saturday is Kids Day, with a Home Depot workshop at noon, CT pedal pull at 1pm, ice cream demo at 2pm, Lone Eagle Auto Club Car show starting at 2pm, cloggers and music throughout the afternoon and evening, 4X4 Truck and Tractor Pull Saturday at 1pm at the Grandstand, Demolition Derby again at 2pm Sunday, open class rabbit show Saturday 2pm, 4-H Fashion Review show 1pm Sunday, and so much more. Check out the details on all the fair events at www.fallsradio.com then click on the Morrison County Fair icon. AM960 KLTF will be live at the fair starting at 4pm today.
--Motorists will encounter delays and intermittent lane closures on five area highways beginning August 20th while crews resurface segments of each roadway. Aug. 20-23 – Highway 27 between 127th Avenue and 9th Street Northeast in Little Falls intermittently will reduce to a single lane with flaggers controlling traffic beginning at 7 p.m. daily. All lanes will reopen by 6:00am the following day. From Aug. 20-24 – Both directions of Highway 371 between Crow Wing County Road 27 (the entrance to Crow Wing State Park) and Highway 210 in Baxter will be reduced intermittently to a single lane as crews resurface shoulders. The same segment of Highway 371 again will be reduced intermittently to a single lane Sept. 6-14 when crews resurface the driving lanes. Aug. 24th-28th Highway 238 between Walnut Avenue and 3rd Avenue in Upsala will reduce intermittently to a single lane with flaggers controlling traffic. Aug. 28th-31st Highway 10 between Long Prairie River and Sunset Road in Motley will reduce intermittently to a single lane with flaggers controlling traffic. Sept. 4th-5th segments of Highway 210 will intermittently reduce to a single lane with flaggers controlling traffic as motorists near the east junction of Cass County Road 36, and the west junction of Cass County 36. The schedule is weather dependent. For real-time travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.
--Region 5 Development of Morrison, Crow Wing, Cass, Todd and Wadena counties have partnered with the Initiative Foundation based in Little Falls and many other organizations for the planning process of projects to be worked on in the coming year to make central Minnesota and the state as a whole move forward for years to come. Over the last 2 years a Resilient Region Plan from an HUD grant received in 2010 has been worked on to craft a plan for a balanced economic, environmental and quality of place vision and ways for implementation to be completed. The plan will be presented at a celebration of its completion on Tuesday from 4-7pm at the Lodge in Baxter. There will be entertainment from the Theater of Public Policy and refreshments, a time to mingle and network as part of the event and view the policy that the groups have decided upon. If you wish to attend please contact Dan Frank by the end of today either call 320-631-2056 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
--Check out weekend events and recipes at www.fallsradio.com.
--A traffic stop Sunday in St. Cloud led to the arrest of a man wanted on a Morrison County warrant. He was also found with drugs and a gun in his vehicle. Members of the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force arrested 35-year-old Donald Eugene Watson after the traffic stop. Investigators found 16.6 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle he was driving and also a .22-caliber handgun. Watson was booked at the Stearns County Jail for investigation of second-degree possession of a controlled substance.
--More local filings continue to come in. Robin Hensel has filed for Little Falls City Council in Ward 1 and Theresa Skorseth has filed for the Little Falls City Council Ward 2 seat.
--A Sauk Rapids man was arrested Tuesday after a chase with police through Stearns and Benton County. Around 11pm, a St. Cloud police officer attempted to stop a vehicle on St. Germain Street but the vehicle sped off. Officers were able to stop the vehicle a short time later in Benton County and arrest 53-year-old William Diederich who was taken to jail after being treated for minor injuries. He was charged with fleeing a peace officer, driving under the influence and driving after cancellation of license and driving without license plates.
--Upsala Heritage Days run this weekend with a parade Saturday at 10:30am, party in the park in Upsala to follow, fireworks Saturday night and a waffle breakfast Sunday in Upsala. In other events this weekend, Scandia Valley Lions having a golf tournament Saturday at the golf course in Staples, St. James Church in Randall has their Augustfest on Sunday, and Arts in the Park through Great River Arts Association is Sunday 12-3pm at Maple Island Park.
--Primary Elections will be held Tuesday across the state. Primaries are being held for Morrison County Commissioner in District 1 where 6 candidates have filed, the top 2 will advance to November. Also there were 3 names on the ballot for the DFL Party in U.S. Congress District 8 currently held by Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack. For your voting poll place contact your city hall or township official.
--Robert T. Brown, age 94 of Little Falls.
--LyAnn Boser Girtz, age 73 of Brooklyn Park.
--Bridget A. Retka, age 92 of Little Falls.
TODAY= patchy fog early, then mostly sunny, high 75.
TONIGHT= clear and cool, low 45 to 50.
SATURDAY= sunny, high 75 to 80, isolated overnight storms.
SUNDAY= isolated morning storms then sunny, high near 75.
MONDAY= partly cloudy, high near 80, low around 60.
TWINS= Twins open series with Tampa Bay Rays tonight at Target Field, pregame tonight at 6:40pm, Saturday at 5:40pm and Sunday at 12:40pm, all games live on Q92 WYRQ.
OLY= U.S. women’s soccer wins gold Thursday over Japan and the U.S. women’s basketball advance to Gold medal game Saturday and U.S. women’s water polo team got first ever gold medal. The medal count going into today, U.S. has 90, China 80, Russia 56.
REGION 8C= Sobieski vs. Avon for Region 8C title Saturday at 1pm if Avon wins then a second game would follow on AM960 KLTF.
1972 Reunion tonight, Northstar Entertainment Sat at West Side Bar
Thursday- August 9th, 2012
--A 67-year-old Pierz woman was injured in a one vehicle accident Tuesday night just before midnight on Partridge Road in Hillman Township. Jeanette Hoheisel according to the sheriff’s report went through a stop sign at the intersection of 113th Street causing her to leave the roadway into some trees. Hoheisel was thrown into the backseat of the vehicle and Pierz police and firefighters assisted in using life saving techniques on Hoheisel. Hoheisel was airlifted from the scene to St. Cloud and in critical condition Wednesday night.
--The Baxter police department is asking for the public’s help with information related to a hit and run bicycle crash on July 31st. Authorities stated that the accident happened around 9:30pm on Highway 371 and Excelsior Road. Police Chief Jim Exsted said the victim on the bike is a 45-year-old from Baxter, white male, blonde hair and average build. The man suffered serous injuries including head trauma. The bicycle was found on August 3rd where the victim told police it was after the accident occurred. The victim was unable to give information to police until that time. Anyone with information on the accident is asked to contact police at 218-454-5090.
--A 22-year-old Pillager man has pleaded guilty to assault charges relating to a domestic dispute this past March. Codey McDonald pleaded guilty to an incident that involved road rage when McDonald rammed his girlfriend’s vehicle following a chase that ended in a ditch along Highway 210 causing the woman to hit a fiber-optics box causing up to $100,000 in damage. McDonald accepted a plea agreement to plea guilty to 2nd degree charges and also asked for a stay of execution of 21 months and seven years supervised probation. Sentencing is set for September 7th in Cass County Court.
--Bail was increased for 69-year-old Thomas Erickson of Nisswa for a violation of one of the conditions in his earlier release. Erickson is expected in court August 21st on charges of first and second degree criminal sexual conduct for having sexual contact with minor over a decade in his Nisswa residence. Last Saturday Erickson, who had posted bail, was arrested after having contact with a minor that was in violation of his release conditions. The judge raised the original bail an additional $750,000 to 1.25-million without conditions and $450,000 with conditions. Erickson claimed in a statement to local media last year that he was sexually attracted to young boys and also had relations with at least 10 boys in the past 11 years.
--Union leaders started meeting Wednesday with management at the now-closed Verso Paper Mill in Sartell about severance packages. Lyle Fleck, President of United Steelworkers Local 274, says local organizations will assist workers applying for jobs. Fleck says a special task force is not only trying to get another firm into that facility, but also working on training and job assistance for displaced workers. Nearly 260 people lost their jobs when Verso decided not to reopen the Sartell plant after an explosion and fire on Memorial Day.
--Hands of Hope Resource Center in Morrison and Todd counties will offer a free workshop August 21st, to help critical personnel with understanding victims of domestic violence. There will be a morning and an afternoon workshop, both at the Morrison County Government Center’s Meeting Room 1. Preregistration is required by calling 632-1657 or email email@example.com
--South Dakota officials are urging caution during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this week after 4 people have died in accidents in South Dakota since Sunday including one from Minnesota.
--The Morrison County Fair begins today at noon. There will be an opening ceremony with the National Anthem sung by Lynn Wenzel then raising of the flag at noon followed by the presentation of Century Farm plaques for those in Morrison County for 2012. A cribbage tournament; machinery hill, Minnesota National Guard band at 6pm, Tuff Truck and Car Competition tonight at 7 at the Grandstand along with much more. Get full details at www.fallsradio.com and click on the fair icon and also listen to Al Windsperger who will be live from the fair starting at 4pm today on Q92 WYRQ. KLTF will be live at the fair Friday at 4.
--The National Weather Service in Minnesota is getting new Radar technology that should help them more accurately issue warnings. Spokesman Dan Luna says the new Radar will help them distinguish large hail from large rain drops. Drizzle versus regular rain and snow versus rain mixed with snow. The National Weather Service is spending about 50-million dollars nationwide to make the upgrade. Luna says it will also help them identify tornadoes at night through the Radar’s ability to pick up debris from a twister.
--Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney is coming to Minnesota later this month. Romney will attend a high-profile fundraiser west of the Twin Cities, date and time still to be released. Former Governor Tim Pawlenty and former Senators Norm Coleman and Rudy Boschwitz are expected to be in attendance for the event.
--Joseph ‘Joe’ Hayden of Little Falls
TODAY= a chance of showers into afternoon, high around 75.
TONIGHT= clear and cool, low near 50, patchy fog late.
FRIDAY= sunny skies, high 75, clear at night low around 50.
SATURDAY= sunny, high 77, possible late night storm, low 60.
SUNDAY= partly cloudy, an isolated T-storm possible, high 75.
TWINS= The Twins failed to complete the sweep over the tribe yesterday losing 6-2. Twins off today, host Tampa Bay Friday night.
OLY= The Olympics wrap up Sunday in London with closing ceremonies. The United States took the lead in the medal count over China on Wednesday with 81 total medals to China’s 77.
REGION 8C= Sobieski and Avon will battle in the Region championship in Avon Saturday. Game at 1pm, if Avon wins they would play again at 4pm Saturday on AM960 KLTF. Next week the State Tournament begins Friday, August 17th with Lastrup, there will also be games on the 18th and 19th from St. Cloud on AM960 KLTF.
TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1831= first steam locomotive began inaugural run.
IN 1945= a 2nd atomic bomb was dropped, 3 days after Hiroshima the bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Japan shortly after would announce their surrender and end World War II.
IN 1969= actress Sharon Tate and 4 others were murdered by cult leader Charles Manson and his members. Manson remains in prison.
IN 1975= The Superdome opened in New Orleans, Louisiana.
IN 1995= Grateful Dead co-founder Jerry Garcia died at age 53.
Northstar Entertainment tonight, Class of 1972 reunion Fri at WS Bar
Wednesday- August 8th, 2012
--Legislative leaders say they’ve agreed with Governor Dayton on Friday, August 24th as the tentative date for a special session for flood relief. A working group started meeting yesterday at the state capitol to begin preparations for the session however they still have not received final damage numbers. Top lawmakers have indicated the special session will deal with assistance to local governments for repairing flood-damaged infrastructure but probably not individual assistance for homeowners and businesses. The Federal Government denied a request for that assistance but Governor Dayton appealed the decision in homes for FEMA and the President reconsider.
--A 10-year-old girl is in critical condition after a two vehicle crash last Wednesday in Crow Wing County. Breezy Point police released the information Monday that around 11pm Wednesday night 31-year-old Dana Roen was County Road 11 and Cedar Street when she was struck broadside by 17-year-old Carissa Maher of Pequot Lakes. Roen was not hurt. Maher was treated for minor injuries. Roen’s passenger 10-year-old Breigh Brogle was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale with significant injuries.
--Breezy Point police also released information on a 2-vehicle accident Friday afternoon on County Road 11 and Ski Chalet Drive. Around 4:30, 16-year-old Jace Wirada of Duluth and 54-year-old Joseph Klucas of Aitkin collided at the intersection. Klucas had minor injuries. Wirada and his passenger 18-year-old Karyn Horvath of Proctor were both airlifted to St Luke’s Hospital in Duluth with what reports stated were serious injuries but no conditions were released.
--A 69-year-old Nisswa man accused of sexually abusing young boys for decades at his Nisswa home was arrested Saturday for violating the conditions of his release. Thomas Erickson was arrested outside the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds after a report of suspicious activity was given to a police officer. Police would not elaborate on what condition was violated only that Erickson was arrested and was to appear in court Tuesday in Brainerd. Back in August of last year, Erickson was charged with 1 count of 1st degree criminal sexual conduct and 3 counts of 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct and was to appear in court on those charges August 21st. He posted $150,000 bail with conditions to have no contact with persons under age 18, no contact with prior victims, no alcohol or controlled substances, not to enter any bars or liquor stores and to remain law-abiding.
--Welcome rain helped topsoil moisture supplies across Minnesota last week despite drought conditions that have strengthened over the country. In the weekly crop report the USDA said rainfall ranged from 1.6 inches in southwest Minnesota to .71 in central Minnesota in the past week. Producers made significant progress on the small-grain harvest despite the rain. The spring wheat harvest is at 80% as of Monday while corn and soybean conditions have held steady. Corn was at 76% good condition and soybeans at 80% fair to good.
--The DNR is now taking applications through September 6th for Minnesota first-ever wolf hunting and trapping season. 3,600 hunting licenses will be awarded by lottery for the early wolf hunting season which begins November 3rd and 2,400 licenses will be awarded for the late season which begins November 24th and also includes trapping. The statewide target is 400 wolves. To get your application go to your DNR license agent to visit the Minnesota DNR website.
--The Morrison County Fair begins tomorrow, but grandstand events start tonight at 7pm with Motocross at the Fairgrounds.
--The Little Falls City Council met Monday night. At the meeting there was an adoption of a Data Practice for the city and a change to modernize the language used in Public Hearings. During the planning session before the meeting the Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel and Administrator Deb Gruber made a presentation on the 800 MHz system. There is presently an in building coverage issue in the city of Little Falls which was expected. There were a few other issues across Morrison County and Wetzel and Gruber approached the State of Minnesota with the option to best improve the overall system. The original idea was to use vehicle repeaters to fix the in building coverage issue in Little Falls but since more possible problems are there for other services and areas in Morrison County, the state agreed to come forward with a site at the Little Falls Water Tower for a simulcast system. The state of Minnesota, Camp Ripley, and Morrison County would help fund it and the proposal would be to have Little Falls also help. The city council will look at the issue at their next meeting August 20th. This idea should vastly improve the coverage and help with the in building coverage in Little Falls.
--Little Falls Police are investigating vandalism to a sign put up by the Little Falls Knight of Columbus regarding the marriage amendment on the November election ballot. The sign was ripped down by St. Mary’s Elementary School last Sunday, then when the sign was put up again it was ripped off again and this time taken. The sign was ruled political by the City of Little Falls and allowed to be there along with 6 others that the KC’s had put up in favor of the amendment. Anyone with information on the vandalism and theft of the sign is asked to contact the police department at 616-5570.
--Farmfest continues in Redwood Falls through Thursday. Yesterday six candidates for the U.S. House including 7th District Congressman Collin Peterson held a candidate forum. Today a U.S. Senate candidate forum will be held with Senator Amy Klobuchar and Republican candidate Kurt Bills. The 3 day event stresses the agriculture industry in Minnesota with over 500 exhibitors on hand.
--James W. Reardon, age 51 of rural Pierz
TODAY= scattered showers and storms, then partly cloudy, high 75
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, chance of showers and storms, low 55.
THURSDAY= partly cloudy, chance of showers & storms, high 70.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, high 75, low around 50.
TWINS= Twins battled back from a 5-1 deficit to win 7-5 with 3 runs in the 9th inning. Twins wrap up with Cleveland this morning, pregame begins at 10:35am on Q92 WYRQ.
TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1863= General Robert E. Lee attempted to resign from the Confederate Army after the battle of Gettysburg but Confederate President Jefferson Davis refused the request on the spot.
IN 1876= Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine, it was used to create stencils for printing.
IN 1934= Decca Records started up their first singer Bing Crosby.
North Star Entertainment Thursday and Saturday at West Side Bar
Tuesday- August 7th, 2012
--An early morning accident Saturday killed a Burtrum man. Around 2am, officers responded to a rollover on County Road 104 near Epic Drive northwest of Long Lake. The driver, 65-year-old Dennis “Pete” Kircher was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Dennis was the lone occupant in the vehicle. Todd County reported that Kircher was not wearing a seatbelt and alcohol was detected at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.
--An 82-year-old rural Paynesville man pled guilty Friday to 2nd degree murder in a fatal shooting at a rural Belgrade farm. Delbert Huber admitted in a Willmar courtroom that he pointed a loaded rifle at 43-year-old Timothy Larson of Albertville and pulled the trigger. Huber and his son 45-year-old Timothy Huber were both charged with a 1st degree murder indictment in the case but 1st degree charges against Delbert were dismissed for pleading guilty to 2nd degree. A sentencing date has yet to be set. Timothy Huber is still awaiting trial on the first degree murder indictment against him.
--A float plane crashed on North Long Lake near Brainerd about 1pm Sunday. According to witnesses, the pilot and lone occupant had the plane under control while coming in for a landing on the lake before the plane flipped onto its nose after striking the water. The pilot escaped with only a few scrapes and was not hospitalized.
--One person was injured Sunday when a vehicle struck a tree south on 341st Avenue near Grey Eagle. Michael Duane Popp was traveling south just after 11am, when he left the roadway, overturned and struck a tree. Popp was trapped inside his vehicle. A passing motorist attempted to help Popp until Grey Eagle Fire and Rescue arrived. Popp was taken to Long Prairie Hospital and treated for his injuries.
--St. Cloud police are searching for the person responsible for using counterfeit $20 bills at a downtown bar last Thursday. The counterfeit bill did not have the proper markings in the right place of the bill. Two were issued at a bar on St. Germain Street in St. Cloud Thursday between opening and closing of the facility. Anyone with may have also received a phony $20 bill recently should contact the police department at 320-251-1200.
--Lightning is to blame for causing severe damage to a Rockville building early Saturday. Around 1am firefighters from Rockville, Cold Spring, Richmond and St. Augusta were called to a fire at a building on Highway 23 and Prairie Road. It took about 3 hours to get the fire under control and the building sustained a lot of smoke damage. The building houses tapestry and embroidery for a business. Damage estimates were over $100,000. There were no injuries.
--A man who died at the Mall of America Friday night has been identified as 52-year-old Raheem Aaron Waheed. Waheed was driving a U-Haul truck that collided with a concrete support beam in the west parking ramp. The truck was three-feet higher than the clearance of the ramp. The falling concrete crushed the cab of the vehicle killing Waheed. His wife and 12-year-old daughter were taken to an area hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.
--A Rochester Company has recalled about 16,000 pounds of meat products. The USDA says Reichel Foods pulled its Armour Active Packs turkey and cheese wrap, and also the Armour Active Packs ham and cheese wrap over concerns of listera contamination. There have been no reports of illnesses so far.
--Get information on the Morrison County Fair, Thursday through Sunday by going to www.fallsradio.com click on the fair logo.
--A man is in custody after an overnight fatal stabbing of a former Little Falls man Brandon Vasilauskas Thursday at an apartment in North Carolina. Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department investigators charged 22-year old Clayton Jordan, with manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon. The men had been attending a party when there was an altercation. A 911 call was placed around 3:00am. Responders found Vasilauskas at the scene and transported him to Mission Hospital, where he died. The Sheriff's Office also said a 22-year-old woman, Lauren Farmer, suffered nonlife threatening injuries to her hand in the altercation. Jordan made his first court appearance Friday and could face up to 24 years in prison if convicted. His next court date is scheduled for August 30th.
--A central Minnesota man died over the weekend in an Otter Tail County Lake. 51-year old James Reardon of Pierz was reported missing by a friend Saturday afternoon. They were diving on Lake Seven near Vergas. The body of Reardon an experienced diver was found about 20 minutes after deputies and the water patrol arrived.
--Upsala Heritage Days are this weekend. The medallion hunt started and finished yesterday. It was found approximately 4:00pm Monday by Riley Morrison. The treasure was hidden in a tennis ball under a shrub at the city limits sign on the east side of town. Live music Friday night, parade Saturday at 10:30am, party in the park following the parade, fabulous car show, petting zoo, bean bag tournament, water fights with fire departments, DJ music at night and fireworks at 10pm. Sunday a waffle feed at the High School followed by a community worship service. More details again at cityofupsala.com.
--Little Falls Police in the past week has seen an upswing in garage thefts from residences. Police are reminding residents to lock up garages and outbuildings when left unattended and to report suspicious activity to the police department at 616-5570.
--Two farm buildings were destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon near Watkins. Firefighters arrived around 4:45 to the home of John and Louise Schultz on Stearns County Road 21. The buildings could not be saved. A passerby helped the owners release the livestock from one of the barns so that no animals would be lost. The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no injuries.
TODAY= sunny, high 80 to 85.
TONIGHT= showers and storms, especially overnight, low 60.
WEDNESDAY= showers and storms likely, AM and PM hours, high 75.
THURSDAY= partly cloudy, isolated PM storm, high around 70.
TWINS= Twins rout the Indians 14-3 last night. Justin Morneau homered twice, Willingham and Doumit also homered and Scott Diamond picked up his 10th win. Twins continue the series with Cleveland tonight, pregame begins at 5:35pm on Q92 WYRQ.
OLY= The U.S. Women’s Soccer won an instant classic over Canada 4-3 in double overtime with a goal by Alex Morgan with seconds remaining in extra time. U.S. will play Japan for Gold Thursday.
BSK= U.S. men defeated Argentina begin medal play Wednesday, the women start medal play today against Canada.
MEDAL= China leads the medal count into today with 64, 31 of them gold over the U.S. who has 63 medals as 29 of them are gold.
Great lunches, cool refreshments, hot entertainment all at WS Bar.
Monday- August 6th, 2012
--The Morrison County Fair begins Thursday east of Little Falls on County Road 43. Thursday is Military Day, where the national anthem will be sung during an opening ceremony at noon, followed by the Century Farm presentations The Minnesota Guard Band will play that night. Friday is Senior Citizen Day with events sponsors by Horizon Health including the Outstanding Senior Citizen’s award to be presented that afternoon. Donkey Races Friday at 6pm and the 10th Annual Talent Show starting at 6pm. Saturday is Kids Day, Baxter Home Depot Workshop, CT pedal pull, Lone Eagle Auto Club Car Show, Granite City Cloggers and more entertainment throughout the day. Machinery Hill, Grandstand events, Open Class Rabbit Show at 2pm Saturday, lots of other animals, Morrison County Feud, 4-H Fashion Review on Saturday and so much more. There is a $3 daily fee for parking or $5 gets you a weekend pass. To get more information about the Fair or sign up for any of the events mentioned contact the Morrison County Fair Manager at 632-1040.
--A man named last year as a person of interest in the abduction case of Jacob Wetterling back in 1989 has filed a complaint to 14 state officials about how he was treated during the investigation. The letter written by Dan Rassier, an elementary school music teacher, stated that his civil rights and family rights were violated and that authorities abused their privileges of their power. Jacob was 11 when he was abducted by a masked gunman in 1989 near his St. Joseph home. Authorities have examined thousands of leads but there was never an arrest in the case. Rassier has been questioned a number of times as he lived alone and his residence is near Wetterling home. But his name was never publically released until 2010 when forensic tests were done and items were taken and now 2 years later investigators are still testing some items. Rassier also in the letter stated that his property has not been returned and was never listened to on what he witnessed the night Jacob was taken. Rassier says he is innocent but has not been cleared in the case.
--A 26-year-old Ridgeway, Iowa, man was killed during the early morning hours Friday when the vehicle he was driving hit an approach and rolled over along Highway 371 and South Road, one mile south of Nisswa. The driver, Rocky P. Lund was traveling north on Highway 371 around 2:15am when the Chevrolet pick-up he was driving went off the right side of the road, hit the approach and rolled. Lund was dead at the scene. The State Patrol stated that alcohol may have played a factor in crash.
--Melrose native Amanda Theischafer-Smock finished her Olympic experience Friday with a 27th place finish in the Triple Jump. She was the lone American woman in the event. The top 12 from Friday advanced to Sunday’s finals.
--A 31-year-old Bertha man was killed Thursday afternoon on Highway 200 in Cass County near Leech Lake. The state patrol reported the crash around 1:45 when Lance Mein was traveling east on 200 crossed the westbound lane and struck the ditch in his semi-truck. Mein was pronounced dead when authorities arrived.
--An abandoned house in the middle of the woods off Beaver Dam Road near Brainerd was lost to fire early Thursday. Firefighters got the call just after midnight but because of darkness and no driveway to the house it was hard to locate. By the time firefighters arrived the house could not be saved. The cause is under investigation.
--Search and like Little Falls Radio on Facebook today.
--A day after Verso Paper announced it would close the longtime paper mill in Sartell, state and federal officials pledged to help. Governor Mark Dayton and Senator Amy Klobuchar met with a newly formed task force of local and state officials Friday afternoon. The group is charged with figuring out what to do with the Verso Paper mill. State officials say training on how to find and retain a job is available. And they believe with severance pay and unemployment benefits, laid off workers will have about a year of an economic cushion. Dayton indicated he may propose some type of aid to repair the facility where the mill sits during the Legislature's special session which is tentatively scheduled for later this month.
--Police are searching for a woman who robbed a Bremer Bank in Princeton around 11:00 a.m. Friday. Witnesses say she got away on a light blue men's mountain bike. She was wearing a red and white meshed baseball cap, red t-shirt, neon green vest and blue jeans. She is described as 5'5" to 5'8" in height with a medium build. Police searched the area with the assistance of Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit but the suspect was not found. Surveillance video and photos have been posted at the FBI and Princeton Police Department website. Anyone with information can call 763-389-4879.
--One person was killed and two others injured when the driver of a U-Haul truck struck a concrete support beam in a parking ramp at Mall of America Friday night. The incident occurred at about 8pm. Emergency crews responded to a report of a piece of concrete that landed on a truck at a parking ramp at the Mall of America. Police said that the driver likely misjudged the height of the vehicle causing the driver to strike the concrete beam. The victim was a man in his early 50s but the name has not been released. An adult female and teenage girl were both treated for non-life threatening injuries.
--Chuck and Tammy Zwilling of Little Falls, a boy born August 2nd
--John and Sarah Lindholm of Little Falls, a girl born August 2nd
--Elvera Mae Kienbaum, age 78 of Upsala.
--Roi ‘Gene’ Knapp, age 80 of Bemidji formerly of Burtrum.
--Dennis V. Kircher, age 65 of Burtrum.
--Brenda J. Strempke, age 64 of Little Falls.
--James W. Reardon, age 51 of rural Pierz.
TODAY= sunny and warmer, high 85.
TONIGHT= mostly clear, low around 60.
TUESDAY= sun early then clouds increase, night storms, high 80.
WEDNESDAY= isolated storms early, then partial sun, high 76.
TWINS= Twins win in 10 innings Friday night 6-5 thanks to a Jamey Carroll base hit in the 10th. Joe Mauer homered in the 9th to lift the Twins to a 6-4 win over Boston Saturday. Red Sox avoided the sweep Sunday by winning 6-4. Twins are in Cleveland tonight, 5:35 on Q92.
REGION 8C STUFF= Lastrup and Nisswa won state qualifying games over the weekend eliminating St. Stephen and Buckman. The tournament championship is Saturday between Sobieski and Avon.
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Friday- August 3rd, 2012
--In less than 3 weeks, Princess Kay of the Milky Way Mary Zahurones of Pierz will be giving her crown up to the next Princess Kay the night before the Minnesota State Fair. Zahurones spoke to Little Falls Radio this week and wanted to give a hearty thank you to all of her sponsors that supported her in the county dairy princess coronation last year even before becoming Princess Kay then all the organizations, businesses and people that have supported her in the past year with events like her family’s breakfast on the farm and the current butter meltdown event in Pierz on August 13th. Zahurones will be in her sophomore year at the University of Minnesota and her dream is to be in pediatric nursing because of her love of helping children. Zahurones will be in Mankato with the Vikings at their training camp facility next Monday to work out with the team and also to help with Fuel Up for Play 60 which she has been a major supporter of in the past year. Zahurones will host the Butter Head Meltdown during a community picnic on August 13th from 3-7pm at the Pierz Park. All are invited to attend the event.
--The Verso Paper Corp. announced Thursday afternoon that it will not reopen its paper mill in Sartell, leaving about 250 people without jobs. This decision comes after a Memorial Day explosion and fire killed one worker, Jon Maus, and injured four others. The mill has not been in operation since the fire. According to Verso Paper Corp. its decision to keep the mill closed is based on the length of time it would take to rebuild mill structures and systems that were destroyed in the fire and explosion. Verso Paper Corp. has also been billed $350,000 by fire departments who responded to the explosion and fire. Nearly 60 of 93 fire departments that responded to the fire have billed the company for reimbursement for time and equipment. The cause of the explosion and fire is still under investigation by the state fire marshal’s office though Sartell Police announced last month data released by employees and witnesses leading to the explosion stating a compressor was the believed cause.
--Stearns County has updated information on a robbery in Meier Grove from Tuesday. Authorities say around 3:30pm a man entered the Quality Plus Gas Station and demanded money. On Wednesday, authorities after checking the video surveillance of the store and description of a vehicle outside a time, located and arrested 21-year-old Matthew Dehncke of Paynesville for aiding and abetting a robbery. They are still searching for a 2nd suspect who is believed to have fled the state. Authorities are also looking for a hooded sweatshirt that was thrown from the vehicle after it fled the scene. It is believed to be fluorescent green/yellow with a construction logo on the upper left side, if you saw a sweatshirt such as this on the roadway Tuesday afternoon near Meier Grove please contact the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office at 320-251-4240.
--DFL candidates for the 8th District Congressional Seat in Minnesota will participate in a debate Monday night at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. Debate Minnesota is sponsoring the debate between Jeff Anderson, Tarryl Clark and Rick Nolan at 7pm. All are welcome. The DFL Primary later this month will nominate one of the 3 to vie for the seat currently held by Republican Chip Cravaack who has announced he is running for reelection for his party this November.
--Staff from Congressman Chip Cravaack will be at the Randall Fire Hall next Friday-August 10th from 10 to 11:30am. Anyone with questions or concerns for the Congressman should attend next week.
--Platte River Day in Royalton is Saturday. The day kicks off with a 5K run in the morning then the big parade starting at 10:30am. After the parade, unique auction, turtle races, duck races, food, bingo, more fun and a dance at night in Royalton. Then Sunday “the Gathering” will take place for people to come and learn the history of Royalton and also find out about family trees of many Royalton families. The event is 11-4 at the Royalton American Legion and commemorates the city of Royalton’s 125th year of existence and also the 100th anniversary of Holy Trinity Church and the Royalton Library.
--Great River Arts Association is presenting the 3rd Rock the Park event Saturday night from 7-10pm at Maple Island Park in Little Falls. Rock the Park features a number of local talents performing a number of rock genre songs. The event is free to attend with the hopes of those giving donations to the GRAA to keep events like this going GRAA is also having an Art in the Park kids event on August 12th from 12-3pm. For more info call 632-0960.
--Listen to the Bigger Better Bargain Program Saturday at 8:15am for a chance to purchase armbands for the Morrison County Fair at a reduced price. The program is Saturday 8:15am, on AM960 KLTF and online at www.fallsradio.com. Also get details on events at the Fair August 9th through 12th at fallsadio.com click on fair icon.
--Ruth M. Wenner, age 80 of Waite Park.
TODAY= partly cloudy, isolated T-storm in PM, high near 90.
TONIGHT= showers and storms, some severe late, low 65.
SATURDAY= storms early, then partly cloudy, breezy, high 75, low 55
SUNDAY= sunny and comfortable, high 75, low near 60.
MONDAY= sunny and warmer, high around 85.
TWINS= Brian Dozier had a homer and 3 hits to lift Twins to a 5-0 shutout over Boston last night. Twins continue series in Boston this weekend, pregame starts tonight and Saturday at 5:40pm and Sunday at 12:05pm on Q92 WYRQ.
OLY= more Gold for USA from Michael Phelps in swimming and Gabby Douglas in Gymnastics as the USA takes over the lead in medals as of Friday morning 37 total, to China’s 34. The Olympics continue through August 12th with track and field starting today.
REGION 8C= 3 Games Saturday and 2 Games Sunday as the tournament is in Avon this weekend. St. Stephen vs. Lastrup at 11am followed by Nisswa and Buckman; where the winners advance to state and the losers are eliminated and the third game is a winners’ bracket game for Region 8C between Sobieski an Avon, both of those team have advanced to state already. Tune in to AM960 KLTF.
TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1492= Christopher Columbus set sail on the Santa Maria to show that the world was round, he thought he would reach India but instead landed in what is today the Bahamas on October 12th.
IN 1933= Disney introduced the Mickey Mouse Watch, it cost $2.75.
IN 1949= The National Basketball Association was established.
IN 1963= Alan Sherman hit #1 with Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh.
“Hot Hits” tonight and Saturday at West Side Bar in Little Falls
Thursday- August 2nd, 2012
--A 32-year-old Royalton man who had a gun and led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase Saturday has been charged with felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle in Morrison District Court. Officers were alerted to find a vehicle. It was reported that Joshua Zoccoli had a gun. Officers located and then followed the vehicle down an exit ramp, just north of Little Falls. When a deputy attempted to stop the vehicle the suspect turned east onto 183rd Street and did not pull over. The deputy turned on his sirens and pursued Zoccoli who turned south on 160th Avenue then east on 173rd Street. The deputy set down stop strips. Zoccoli stopped short of the stop strips and got out of the vehicle with a long gun. Two deputies and two Little Falls police officers arrived on scene. Officers yelled at Zoccoli to drop his gun and he finally threw his gun down. Zoccoli was arrested, but physically resisted being handcuffed and refused to cooperate.
--A 51-year old man from Baxter, formerly of Little Falls is dead after being struck on his bike by a pickup Tuesday night in Baxter. Gregory Marsolek was eastbound on Excelsior on his bike when he collided with a pickup driven by 53-year old Neal Rearick of Bemidji. Marsolek died as a result of the accident. Rearick was not injured. Crow Wing County and the State Patrol are investigating the accident.
--Governor Mark Dayton endorsed Rick Nolan Tuesday for the 8th District Congressional Seat in Minnesota. The seat is currently held by Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack who is seeking reelection in November. The endorsement of Nolan by Governor Dayton came just days after former President Bill Clinton endorsed former State Senator Tarryl Clark in District 8. The DFL primary is August 14th, where Nolan, Clark and Jeff Anderson will be on the ballot for the DFL party to become the candidate to vie against Cravaack.
--Firefighters from Pequot Lakes, Nisswa and Ideal battled a cooking fire Monday in Jenkins Township. The fire did damage to the basement of the residence and minor damage to the main floor but the house was not a total loss but will need some major cleanup. The fire started from a stove in the basement that was not turned off after cooking. There were no injuries.
--St. Cloud State University has gone completely smoke-free as of yesterday. The policy has been two years in the making and University leaders say the tobacco ban will provide a cleaner, healthier campus. The policy prohibits all forms of tobacco use and sales. However, tobacco will still be allowed in traditional Native American ceremonies, scientific studies and theatrical productions. St. Cloud State is the sixth of seven universities in the MN-SCU system to implement a tobacco free policy.
--The pallet of hollow boards with nearly $700,000 pounds of cocaine inside of it is still being investigated in Stearns County. The pallet was found at the Schmitz Pallet Service in Watkins last month after the pallet was accidently damaged and the drugs were found inside. The pallet was sent from Gold-n-Plump in Cold Spring to a pallet restoration service in Watkins. It is still believed that Gold-n-Plump or the pallet service in Watkins had no knowledge the drugs were in the pallet and the Violent Offender Task Force used dogs to check other pallets from Gold-n-Plump and the service place in Watkins but nothing else suspicious was found. The investigation continues into who put the 16 pounds of cocaine in the wooden pallet.
--Platte River Day Saturday in Royalton, parade at 10:30am.
--A gas station robbery on Tuesday in Meire Grove of Stearns County is under investigation. The store clerk reported the lone male entered the store and demanded cash. The suspect did not display a weapon or threaten the employee. He left with an undisclosed amount of cash. Sheriff’s Deputies are following up on possible leads into the suspect or suspects that may be involved in the robbery.
--Three airlines have submitted bids to serve the Brainerd Regional Airport. According to interim manager Rick Adair, Great Lakes Airlines, Sky West Airlines and Sovereign Air Inc. have all submitted a bid in recent days to the U.S. Department of Transportation and now the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Commission will have 30 days to look over the proposal and return to the Brainerd City Council with a recommendation to be sent for U.S. DOT for approval of a bid.
--On August 1st a number of new state laws took effect. They include small businesses that sell gasoline will see a collection of monies from gas drive-offs, there are new rules for sump pump installations, electric utilities will be given more options when building high voltage transmission lines, state lands can be swapped for federal lands located on the Boundary Waters around Minnesota/Canada borders, doctors will be allowed to give prescriptions electronically in certain instances, more options will be offered for parents of children who are deaf, blind or in need of mental health treatment, late fees on renters can be legally adjusted as seen fit, members of military honor guard will receive larger stipends for their performance, selling firearms that were confiscated to licensed firearms dealers, harsher penalties to adults that mistreat a child, a law banning synthetic drugs or designer drugs from storefront and street markets to stop the spreading of these drugs getting in the wrong hands, and starting January 1, 2013 that all school buses be equipped with a crossing arm on the right bumper of the bus that expands when stopped and when the lights are flashing and also to provide cameras to all buses in use for surveillance and safety for the driver and passengers.
--The 30th Anniversary of We Fest begins later today in Detroit Lakes. Jason Aldean is the main artist tonight. Toby Keith is the headliner on Friday and Alabama headlines the concert on Saturday night.
--Gregory Marsolek, age 51 of Baxter, formerly of Little Falls
--Captain Clifford D. Moran of St. Cloud originally Morrison County
TODAY= mainly sunny, high of 85.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 60.
FRIDAY= thunderstorms become likely in PM hours, high 83.
SATURDAY= showers and storms early then clearing, windy, high 75
TWINS= The Minnesota Twins lost to the Chicago Whit Sox yesterday afternoon 3-2. Twins (44-60) open a 4 game series in Boston tonight, pregame begins at 5:35pm on Q92 WYRQ.
REGION 8C= The Region 8C Tournament moves to Avon this weekend with state qualifying elimination games Saturday, St. Stephen vs. Lastrup at 11am, Nisswa vs. Buckman at 1:30pm then a winners bracket game at 4pm with Avon and Sobieski. All games Saturday and Sunday will be live on AM960 KLTF.
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Wednesday- August 1st, 2012
--On July 2nd the Little Falls City Council unanimously adopted Ordinance No. 42, Sixth Series. This ordinance regulates all signs within the City of Little Falls. The following are a few highlights from the new sign ordinance. Garage sales signs can only be placed on the property in which the sale is being conducted. Only 2 signs are allowed on residential property. Total size of the 2 signs cannot exceed 8 square feet and cannot be more than 4 feet in height measured from the ground. Signs cannot be placed in the street, avenue or alley rights-of-way. Construction and real estate signs do not need a permit but they need to meet the same size, number, and height requirements as mentioned above on residential property. Campaign signs are allowed, however they cannot be placed in City, County or State road rights-of-way. By order of the city council, city staff will begin enforcing this ordinance immediately. A copy of the entire ordinance is available on the city’s website or you can call Little Falls City Hall at (320) 616-5500 if you have any questions.
--A suspect is in custody in the murder case of a Pine River man. 28-year old Dane Joseph Riley faces 2nd degree intentional murder charges and also charges of interference with a dead body in Cass County District Court. According to the criminal complaint, Riley had picked up Mark Huesman early on the morning July 14th. A female who lived with Riley says she awoke to the sound of two gunshots and went outside and observed Riley striking him in the chest area. She could also hear Huesman plead for Riley to stop. She returned inside to where Riley later came in and warned her not to say anything about what she saw. Police were notified of a burn pit near the residence where they discovered charred clothing and further search of the area led authorities to the remains of Huesman. Riley’s next court date is August 13th. Riley has been in custody on unrelated charges since July 20th. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating.
--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce announced Samantha Olson-Murray has been selected as the August Employee of the Month. Samantha has been a Nursing Assistant and in the Medical Records at St. Otto’s Care Center since 1999. Samantha enjoys watching demolition derbies, reading and spending time with family and friends. Congratulations Samantha Olson-Murray.
--Yesterday was the first day for the filing period which continues through August 14th for council seats, mayor, township and school board officials up for re-election. In Little Falls three separate current city council members filed for reelection. In Ward 1 Loren Boyum filed, Ward 2 Urban Otremba filed, and in Ward 3 Frank Gosiak filed.
--A northern Minnesota man has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in federal prison for stealing another man’s identity. 57-year old Frank Brown of Deer Creek admitted to using someone else’s name, social security number, and birth place, when he applied for a passport. He told investigators he had been using the identity of someone he knew without their knowledge since 1993. Authorities became suspicious of Brown’s application after the victim applied for a passport in May 2010. Brown fled police and was arrested last fall in Alabama where he remains in custody.
--The Morrison County Fair is August 9th through the 12th, armband days will be that Thursday night, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. This Saturday purchase armbands at a reduced price on the Bigger Better Bargain Program, Saturday 8:15am on AM960 KLTF.
--In honor and remembrance of the lives lost in the Interstate 35W bridge collapse five years ago, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in Minnesota from sunrise until sunset today. Today, August 1st at 6:05pm marks the fifth anniversary of the I-35W bridge collapse over the Mississippi River on Wednesday, August 1, 2007, which took the lives of 13 people and injured 145 others. Governor Dayton has set aside this day to honor and remember the victims; to offer continued sympathy and support to affected families and communities; and to thank and recognize the police officers, fire and rescue personnel, and other first responders.
--With construction season in full swing state officials are seeing more cases of aggressive driving in Minnesota. That includes tailgating, unsafe passing and running red lights. State Patrol Sgt. Curt Mowers advises motorists to get out of the way of aggressive drivers, try to stay calm, don’t challenge them, and avoid eye contact. Officials reported last year aggressive driving resulted in 61 deaths and 68 hundred injuries on Minnesota roads.
--U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Representatives Collin Peterson and Tim Walz announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking new action to help Minnesota’s livestock producers cope with the ongoing drought. The USDA will begin opening up more land for haying and grazing on Wetland Reserve Program acres, helping provide relief for high feed costs caused by declining crop yields. In addition to increasing opportunities for haying and grazing, the Minnesota Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will hold an emergency sign up under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program August 6th – August 10th for payments for producers to plant forage crops this fall. Planting additional forage crops could make a difference this fall for livestock producers by helping to increase the supply of animal feed for livestock producers struggling with the drought.
--Jeanette Elbers, age 87 of Little Falls
TODAY= sunny and hot, high 92, slight chance of T-storms.
TONIGHT= isolated storm early then partly cloudy, low 66.
THURSDAY= mostly sunny, high 85, clear at night, low 64.
FRIDAY= showers and storms in PM, partly sunny, high 83.
TWINS= Francisco Liriano kept the Twins in check starting for Chicago after last weeks trade but he got no decision. It was former Twin A.J. Pierzinski’s 9th inning homerun that gave White Sox a 4-3 win. Twins and Sox wrap up series 11:40am today on Q92.
TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1873= first cable streetcars began in San Francisco.
IN 1893= shredded wheat cereal patented Henry Perky and Will Ford
IN 1958= U.S. postage stamps raised a penny, to 4-cents.
IN 1981= MTV debuted on cable television, the programming at the time as all music videos, to help promote the music industry. The first video- Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles.
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