News December, 2013

Tuesday- December 31st, 2013

--On Monday Morrison County District Court Judge Conrad Freeberg sentenced Keon “Bird” Mangun to serve 134 months in prison for his role in causing the death of nineteen year old Miranda Gosiak of Little Falls. Gosiak died of a heroin overdose on the afternoon of February 28th, 2012 in Little Falls. Judge Freeberg denied Mangun’s motion for a new trial on December 16th. A Morrison County Jury found Mangun guilty of Murder in the Third Degree (Heroin) on October 30th.  Mangun sold heroin to Brandon Bedford in North Minneapolis on Feb 27th, 2012. In his order of December 16, Judge Freeberg found there was “sufficient evidence for the jury to conclude that on the day Gosiak died, Bedford gave her heroin purchased from the Defendant and she died as a result.” The remaining defendant, Brandon Bedford, has a pretrial hearing set for January 15th before Judge Freeberg. Bedford is being held in the Morrison County Jail with unconditional bail set at $1,000,000.

--As 2013 draws to a close, a look back to a number of stories from this past year that affected Minnesota and the Little Falls Radio listening area. Around the state, same sex marriage became legal on August 1st. Catholic Priests continue to make the news headlines in sexual allegations against them. This year a new Pope was named as Francis I and a new Bishop was selected in the St. Cloud Diocese, Donald Kettler. Murder stories continued to be an issue this year with first degree murder indictments against Byron Smith for killing two teenagers who broke into his home in November, 2012 and Keon Mangun was convicted in the murder case and sentenced yesterday to 134 months in prison. The Ethanol Plant was sold this year and Gold-n-Plump in Sartell was sold this fall. Benton County Dairy Princess Katie Schmitt was one of the final three candidates for Princess Kay of the Milky Way this past August. She had her likeness in butter carved at the state fair that broke all time attendance records for the final Sunday and Monday of the fair. This was largely caused by the hottest weather of the year coming the first full week of the state fair in August. The various weather conditions this year included a mild March, cold and snowy April and May and then snow and cold to finish the year with below average temperatures. In October, former Senator and Little Falls Radio Owner Rod Grams died from cancer at age 65. His legacy lives on from the work he has done including receiving an award next month from the FBI for his work on the Amber Alert System. Sports headlines in 2013 included success this past winter from Upsala where both the boys and the girls basketball teams went to the State Tournament. The Victory League this year saw Lastrup, Sobieski and Avon advance to the final weekend of the Class C State Tournament. In football Upsala/Swanville, Pierz and Holdingford all made it to the state quarterfinals while Brainerd got to the Prep Bowl before falling the state championship. Also there were central Minnesota graduates making professional debuts like Little Falls native Ben Hanowski in the NHL with Calgary. Hanowski scored a goal against the Minnesota Wild in his first game. Nate Wolters of St. Cloud Tech was drafted by the NBA and now plays with the Milwaukee Bucks. Overall there were triumphs, tragedies and the hope for better things to come in 2014.

--Tomorrow is New Year’s Day a national holiday. This means as like other holidays, most federal, state, county and city businesses are closed, post offices, schools and libraries are closed. Most banks and financial institutions are closed. Some may be open so best to call ahead. The offices of Little Falls Radio are closed on Wednesday.

--Unemployment rates rose in our immediate area. In Morrison County unemployment rose to 5.8% in November, up from 4.7% in October, but down from 6.2% when compared to November 2012. Here is how the rest of Central Minnesota counties fared with unemployment rates in November of 2013: Aitken 6.5%, Benton 4.5%, Cass 7.5% Crow Wing 6.7%, Mille Lacs 6.6%, Sherburne 4.5%, Stearns 3.9%, Todd 4.6%, and Wadena 6%. The state unemployment rate for November was 4.1%, seasonally adjusted to 4.6%. The figures haven’t been lower since 2007. The national unemployment rate for November was 6.6%, seasonally adjusted to 7.0%. Those figures are at their lowest points since November of 2008. Local unemployment statistics are not seasonally adjusted.

--Congratulations to Trevor Killeaney of Royalton, who was one of the awardees of the Minnesota Sherriffs Association Scholarship Program for 2013. The association awards scholarships each year to individuals planning to become Minnesota Peace Officers. The qualifications and academic excellence shown by each winner reflects the dedication and pride of the young people in Minnesota who will enter the difficult but rewarding profession of law enforcement and public service.

--A vehicle stolen Sunday morning after a carjacking was found in East St. Cloud. At 2:15am the St. Cloud Police Department responded to a report of a carjacking in a parking lot at Fifth Avenue and First Street South. Investigation revealed that a man demanded the victim to get out of the vehicle and then stole the vehicle. The vehicle was found on the St. Cloud east side. No arrests have been made and no additional information was immediately available. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the St. Cloud Police.

--Micah Tanner and Kristina Veldkamp of Swanville, girl on Dec. 25th

--Alexander “Alex” Kotzer, age 81 of Bowlus
--Mary Rose, age 86 of Royalton.

TODAY= mostly sunny, cold, high -7, wind chills near -25
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, cold, low -20, wind chills -35.
NEW YEARS= cloudy, high near 0, wind chills near -20.
THURSDAY= mostly sunny and cold, high -2, low around -20.

VIKINGS= Leslie Frazier was fired Monday as the Vikings head coach after 3+ seasons. The Vikings stated they needed a change for the team to move forward. The Vikings finished 5-10-1 this year under Frazier and also played their final game at the Metrdome Sunday. They will play the next 2 years at TCF Bank Stadium.
NFL= Other NFL head coach firings included Mike Shanahan in Washington, Rob Chudzinski in Cleveland, Greg Schiano in Tampa Bay, and Jim Schwartz in Detroit.

New Year’s Eve Party with Redneck Radio tonight at West Side Bar

Monday- December 30th, 2013

--A 65 degree difference from Friday afternoon to Sunday night in weather for many across Minnesota made for a difficult final weekend of 2013. Friday afternoon the temperature got to 40 degrees in Little Falls, Saturday temps were in the 30s in the morning than fell down below zero in the evening and Sunday morning the low was -17, then this morning the low was -25 with very cold wind chills persisting. The cold will hang around through Thursday of this week. Roadways that became slushy Friday and Saturday turned to ice and snow over the weekend causing a number of accidents in central Minnesota.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office reported someone tried to steal gas from a vehicle by puncturing a hole in the tank late Tuesday on White Oak Drive in Randall. They also reported a theft of a truck that was later returned in Swanville. The truck when found was missing a GPS, buddy heater, lumber and many other items. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office. Little Falls Police reported that a 24-year-old man was arrested for domestic assault which occurred last Wednesday morning on Buck Lane.

--The Royalton Fire Department was called out Tuesday around 3:00pm to the Jim and Janel Sczublewski residence after a 911 call stated their chimney was beginning to smoke. Firefighters were able to take care of the issue before a fire started as they worked to unplug the chimney and ventilate the house removing the smoke. No structure damage was reported and firefighters remind residents with chimneys to do preventative measures so they don’t plug up and cause smoke and then a fire.

--Becker police arrested one suspect and are still looking for another after a report of a burglary early Friday morning at a local business. A Becker police officer saw a girl and a man walking and carrying tobacco products on First Street around 1:00am in Becker. After investigating, police learned tobacco items had been stolen from a local business. The damage to the business and stolen items were estimated at $3,500. The girl was arrested after a short pursuit and taken to the Sherburne County Jail pending charges. The man remains at large. Anyone with information can call the Becker Police Department at 763-200-4267.

--The Upsala School Board approved the final 2013 levy at their recent meeting. The decrease will be 1.39% from last year which comes $12,044.53. This will keep taxes lowers in 2014.

--The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in solving a series of burglaries and thefts in Fort Ripley Township on Crow Wing Lake during Christmas time. There were several reports of theft from fish houses on the lake. Anyone with information is asked contact authorities at 218-829-4749. Sheriff Todd Dahl reminds anglers to remove items from fish houses when they are not being used to prevent these kinds of thefts.

--It was a good year to be a homebuilding company in Minnesota in 2013. A year-end report from the Builders Association which shows the state permitted more than 10,000 residential units in 2013. That is the most since 2006 and a 14% increase of last year. About half were multi-family dwellings and single family construction permits were up 26% from a year ago.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9:00am in the government center. Items include the end of the year budget.

--The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite all to their Prayer for Peace Virgil Tuesday night at 7pm at the Sacred Heart Chapel.

--The sonic boom that shook the Brainerd lakes area was likely a meteor on Friday night. Reports of flashes of light and building shaking booms started around 9:30pm. The National Weather Service has not confirmed it was a meteor but stated that all accounts point in that direction. Also a meteor sighting was confirmed in southern Minnesota the night before. Many residents were shaken by the event but there has been no report of any major damage to any homes. If it was a sonic boom from a meteor that means the object was traveling faster than 761 mph or the speed of sound.

--Governor Mark Dayton in an exclusive interview last week said he would sign a Sunday liquor bill if it reaches his desk. He says his reasons are that no neighboring states have similar booze bans. Dayton also stated he would urge supporters of allowing marijuana for medical purposes to work together in getting a law passed and he said he would work with opponents from law enforcement on legalizing medical marijuana. Dayton says he believes progress is being made on the MnSURE Health Insurance Exchange and also says he prefers tying future increases to inflation and to include an automatic escalator clause to the states minimum wage as the state is at $6.15 while the federal minimum wage is now at $7.25. Dayton is preparing for his re-election campaign for governor in 2014.

--Gregory ‘Greg’ Larson, age 65 of Little Falls.

TODAY= chance of light snow, cold, high near 0, wind chills -30.
TONIGHT= clearing skies and cold, low -25, wind chills near -40.
TUESDAY= mostly sunny, cold, high -6, wind chills near -30.
WEDNESDAY= light snow early, then cloudy, high near 0.

NFL= a wild final weekend of NFL football. Vikings beat Detroit Sunday 14-13 at their final game in the Metrodome and finish the year at 5-10-1. Green Bay wins NFC North with Aaron Rodgers last minute fashion 33-28 over the Bears. San Diego clinched a playoff spot in OT over KC, New Orleans also clinched a playoff spot and Philadelphia held off Dallas last night 24-22 to win the NFC East. The Wild Card Rounds for the NFL Playoffs begin Saturday and you can hear all the playoffs through the Super Bowl on AM960 KLTF.
COL FB= Syracuse scored late on the Gophers to win 21-17 Friday in the Texas Bowl in Houston. Gophers finish season at 8-5. Jerry Kill did go on the sideline for the first time in months for the team leaving the press box for the second half of the game for support.
AP= Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is the lone Pro Bowl selection for the Vikings this year to represent the NFC in Hawaii. Some other players may make the team due to injuries. Peterson is also hampering from injuries but says it is an honor to be selected.
TOUR= Upsala boys basketball won the Little Falls boys basketball tournament while Little Falls took 3rd, the girls of Little Falls were 3rd in their tournament with North Branch taking 1st. Pierz girls took 4th and the boys 8th in the tournaments they were in. Little Falls boys hockey lost 2 and tied one in their tournament last week. The winter season starts up again on Thursday with games on Little Falls Radio resuming this week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

New Year’s Eve Party with Redneck Radio Tuesday at West Side Bar

Friday- December 27th, 2013

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office responded to a car vs. snowmobile accident Christmas Day around 12:40pm. The accident happened on Nature Road in Morrill Township. 10-year-old Tanner Fleck from Royalton was operating a snowmobile when he turned directly in front of a vehicle driven by 71-year-old Robert Long of St. Cloud who broadsided the snowmobile. Fleck was airlifted from the scene by North Air Care to North Memorial Medical Center with unknown injuries. Long was not injured.

--Smoke and fire caused $25,000 damage to an apartment building on the southeast side Wednesday.  The fire was reported at 12:03 p.m. according to battalion chief Jerry Raymond. One person was treated for smoke inhalation.  The fire started in a plastic garbage can in the laundry room of the first floor of the three-story building.  It is unclear what caused the fire.

--A St. Cloud woman was injured in a two-car crash Wednesday near St. Joseph, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office reported. The crash happened at 11:51 a.m. at Stearns County Road 75 and County Road 134 in St. Joseph Township.  A car driven by Scott Alan Mattson, 23, of St. Joseph was traveling east on County Road 75 when it began to spin and and lost control. It struck a car driven by Jacquelyn McInnis Rodinis, 72, of St. Cloud. Her vehicle was stopped in the left turn lane. Rodinis was transported to St. Cloud Hospital and released.

--Two people were taken to a hospital from a house fire near Alexandria in western Minnesota. Douglas County sheriff’s authorities say dispatchers received the call at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Two victims were taken from the burning house with burns and smoke inhalation. They were taken to Douglas County Hospital.  The house is a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

--The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported a number of accidents and spinouts on Interstate Highway 94 between St. Cloud and Sauk Centre by midmorning Wednesday. Spinouts also were reported on U.S. Highway 10 near Sartell and Big Lake.  MnDOT said at 11 a.m. that driving conditions were fair, but motorists should watch for drifting snow, packed snow patches and icy patches.  Accidents were reported near Sauk Centre, Melrose, Avon, St. Joseph and elsewhere on Interstate 94.  

-- On December 20th a two car collision on Highway 10 in Royalton caused the death of Lucas A. Johnson of Nisswa.  Johnson was a passenger in a 2000 Chevrolet Impala driven by Cody Husemoller of Duluth.  Husemoller swerved to avoid stopped traffic and slid into the westbound lane and into oncoming traffic. The Impala’s passenger side was broad-sided by a 2003 Ford cutaway van was traveling west on Highway 10 driven by Scott Geiger of Sartell.  Geiger suffered no apparent injuries and Husemoller suffered non serious injuries.

--The 19th annual Ice Fest in Breezy Point will be January 3rd and 4th on Pelican Lake. The festivities kick off with a bonfire followed by music starting at 7:00pm on January 3rd. All day events on January 4th include a pancake breakfast, 4 on 4 pond hockey tournament, craft fair, horse drawn trolley rides, snow golf, figure skating exhibitions, fireworks and more. For more information call Jenna Crawford at (218) 568-8911.

--A reminder that Kendra Sobania will be performing Sunday at 2pm at the St. Francis Convent in Little Falls. Sobania will be playing her violin with Celo Veck and family members.

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--The Foley Police Department has updated the description of one of the tattoos of a 31-year-old man missing since December 15th.  Jamie Robert Wylie was last heard when he made a cellphone call from a friend’s house in St. Cloud on the 9th. Wylie is 5 feet 8 inches and about 160 pounds. The name “Dana” is tattooed on his left wrist and the name “Jace” is tattooed on his right forearm. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Wylie, call the Foley Police Department at 320-968-0800 or 320-968-7201.

--A woman was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of a St. Cloud pharmacy Wednesday evening but was unharmed. The incident occurred at about 5:40 p.m. on Christmas Day at CVS Pharmacy at Division St. The suspect was a white man, between 25 and 30 years old, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a thin build and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. The suspect demanded her belongings than ran on foot. The purse was recovered nearby a short lime later but many belongings from inside of it were missing. Anyone with information about the incident should call police at 251-1200 or the anonymous tip line at Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-255-1301.

--A Minnesota band took home the top prize Monday night on NBC’s “The Sing-Off.”  Home Free, an a capella band, will receive a recording contract and $100,000.  The seven-episode NBC show began Dec. 9. Nick Lachey hosted the competition alongside judges Ben Folds of Ben Folds Five fame, Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men and Jewel.  The group topped 10 competing on the show for the title and was one of the top three that also included Ten, a group of background singers who mostly hail from Dallas, an d Vocal Rush, a group of high school students out of California.  

--Duane R. Erickson, age 98 of Little Falls formerly Twin Cities.
--Darrell Fluke, resident of Ft. Ripley.

TODAY= partly sunny, high near 35
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low 17.
SATURDAY= increasing clouds, freezing drizzle & snow late, high 30
SAT/NITE/SUNDAY= snow, blowing, low -12, high -3 wind chills -30.
SUN/NITE/MONDAY= very cold, -25, sunny and cold Mon -5.

NFL= Detroit at Minnesota for final game at the Metrodome Sunday at noon, there are many games with playoff implications Sunday but this is not one of them as both teams are eliminated from playoffs. Green Bay at Chicago where the winner will get the NFC North title will also mark the return of Aaron Rodgers who reported Thursday will start for Green Bay Sunday. That game can be heard live at 3:25pm on Sunday on AM960 KLTF. You can also hear all the playoff games all the away to the Super Bowl on AM960 KLTF.
COL FB= Gophers vs. Syracuse in the Texas Bowl catch all the action live today kickoff at 5pm, pregame at 4 on AM960 KLTF.
COL BB= Gophers vs. Texas A&M Saturday 7pm on AM960 KLTF.
HS= more holiday tournaments continue or start today in Pierz, St. Cloud and Little Falls for boys and girls basketball and hockey. Get more details at local sports scores at

Loss for Words tonight, Redneck Radio Saturday at West Side Bar

Thursday- December 26th, 2013

--It’s a Nashville Country Christmas tonight at the Falls Ballroom with Kenny and Diana Jansen, Sherwin Linton and many others. Doors open at 5:30pm, dinner to follow and then the show. Proceeds go to help the Mary of Lourdes Schools technology programs. Tickets for just the show tonight can be purchased at the door.

--Nominations for the Little Falls Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year and Chamber Volunteer of the Year are now being accepted. In an effort to celebrate their members and the numerous individual volunteers who dedicate their time and talents to the Chamber, the Outstanding Service Committee is now accepting nominations for Volunteer of the Year, Small and Large Business of the Year. Each award has specific criteria to assist you in the nomination process. Nomination forms are due in the Little Falls Chamber office by Friday, January 17th. Awards will be bestowed at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 27th. Recipients will receive public recognition and a plaque noting their honor. The names will also be displayed on permanent plaques in the Chamber office. Nomination forms are available on the Chamber’s website. For more information or to submit a nomination contact the Chamber by calling (320) 632-5155.

--Thrivent Financial is offering an interactive, money management workshop series based on a stewardship foundation. During the six 90-minute sessions participants will learn: how to identify what is important in their lives, set goals, make sharing, saving and spending decisions that align with their values. The class is offered by Tara Hemsing of Thrivent Lutheran Financial through Royalton Community Education at the Elementary school’s media center. The fee is $15 per family and will be held Thursdays, Jan. 2nd through Feb. 6, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Deadline to register online or by calling (320) 584-4253 is Monday, Dec. 30th.

--A Purple Heart medal has finally been delivered to its rightful owner after 44 years.  Fred Jenness was a Navy Seabee when he was wounded in Vietnam in 1969. Even though the Golden Valley veteran’s family and friends encouraged him to pursue the Purple Heart, Jenness never sought the medal until 2004. The classified nature of his work compounded the delay, but an archivist in the National Museum of the Navy in Washington found logs and records confirming the account. He received it Monday during a ceremony at Golden Valley City Hall. Jenness says the award is an important reminder to his grandchildren of the sacrifices of our military.

--Violinist Kendra Sobania will play Sunday at 2pm at the Sacred Heart Chapel at St. Francis Convent. The program is a celebration for Sobania of her violin playing in Little Falls before she goes to college. Kendra is a student at Interlochen Arts Academy, a nine-month boarding school in Michigan, where she is spending her high school senior year taking academic classes and training in violin to prepare for attending a college music conservatory. She will be joined by her advisor Celo V’ec and members of her family during the concert Sunday. More information will be on KLTF Party Line Friday morning at 10am when Kendra and Celo will be in studio to talk about the event Sunday.

--Motorists planning to drink before getting behind the wheel this weekend or on New Year’s Eve should think twice. Law enforcement agencies around the state are adding extra DWI patrols this holiday season in an effort to combat drunk driving-related crashes.

--The 2014 Winter Olympics are in Russia next February and a former St. Cloud Cathedral graduate and University of Minnesota women’s hockey player can’t wait to be part of it. 23-year-old Anne Schleper has a degree in marketing and management from the University of Minnesota but has put that aside for now while she plays Team USA. Team USA is practicing in Boston right now as they prepare for the Olympics.  She is staying with a host family as is most of the Team USA Women’s Hockey team. Unlike the Men’s team who are made up of mostly professional hockey players the women’s team is made up mostly former and current college players. The women have had success in recent years winning gold in 2011 and 2013 and silver in 2012 in the world championships.

--The debate over whether to lift Minnesota’s ban on Sunday liquor sales is bubbling up again. This time, activists plan to enlist craft-beer drinkers to their cause. Minnesota Beer Activists is launching a public awareness campaign for Sunday liquor sales in the coming weeks. The campaign includes a website that lets constituents directly contact their representatives at the state Capitol. But they face an uphill battle against influential business associations, a strong union and legislators wary of alienating local liquor stores.
--Christmas is over and now businesses get ready for the bombardment of exchanges that will start today. Business owners are asking consumers to use patience when returning gifts today.

TODAY= snow showers, up to 1 inch, high 21.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low 7 above.
FRIDAY= partly sunny, mild, high 35, low around 20.
SATURDAY= PM freezing drizzle and snow, high 30 then falling.
SAT NITE/SUN= windy, cold, blowing snow at night, low -10 high -2.

HS= a number of high school tournaments begin today and last through Saturday. The Little Falls boys hockey team hosts their tournament beginning today at the Exchange Arena. Little Falls boys and girls basketball tournaments will begin on Friday. Pierz boys travel to St. Cloud for the Crusader Classic starting today, Royalton boys are at Pillager’s tournament starting today. Pierz and Upsala girls basketball teams host tournaments starting on Friday.
COL FB= Gophers vs. Syracuse Friday at 5pm in the Texas Bowl from Houston, kickoff at 5pm pregame at 4pm on AM960 KLTF.

Today is Boxing Day in England- a day when servants or tradesmen would receive gifts from their bosses. In 1994 many countries changed Boxing Day to a Day of Goodwill.
IN 1825= Erie Canal opens
IN 1862= first Navy hospital ship starts service.
IN 1919= Boston and New York complete the deal for the transfer of Babe Ruth from Red Sox to Yankees- curse of Bambino would begin.
IN 1944= “Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams premiered.
IN 1963= The Beatles released I want to hold your hand and I saw her standing there. These two songs would hit #1 in 1964 in the United States and bring Beatlemania to the United States.
IN 1973= The Exorcist premiered in theaters starring Linda Blair.
Loss for Words Friday, Redneck Radio Saturday at West Side Bar

Tuesday- December 24th, 2013 “Christmas Eve”

--A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect until noon today with temps 20-30 below zero and wind chills near -40. After that expires then a Winter Weather Advisory takes effect this afternoon as snow starts and will accumulate 2-5 inches by late tonight and another inch on Christmas Day. The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds motorists heading out today that roadways could have black ice on bridges, ramps and intersections from the very cold conditions. Use caution when stopping and slowing down and to watch for slower traffic so that you don’t have to stop fast. The cold this morning will turn into snow this afternoon where 2-4 inches is forecasted by late tonight.

--A free community dinner will be held from 11:30am-3:00pm on Christmas Day at Charlie’s Pizza in Little Falls. The community meal is open to everyone. Last year the event drew around 400 people. This year they expect about 500 in attendance including Santa Claus. Of course, the day is not possible without the help of volunteers. Amongst the volunteers are the owner of the restaurant Charlie Peterka with his seven siblings and his parents. They already have enough volunteers. The restaurant has also received some nice donations from area businesses so there will be toys for children. Charlie Peterka said the family affair is also a great way to honor his daughter, who passed away a few years ago. He added the volunteerism is reflective of his entire family’s generous spirit and he’s happy to help put it on for both the visitors and volunteers.

--Tomorrow is Christmas Day and therefore many businesses will be closing early today due to Christmas Eve. Some city and county offices are closed today including Little Falls City Hall and the Morrison County Government Center. It is best to call ahead to see when certain businesses are closing today. The offices of Little Falls Radio will be closing at noon today and reopen Thursday at 8:00am.

--St. Cloud police are investigating how a juvenile male ended up with a gunshot wound to his lower body. Police say they were called to St. Cloud Hospital around 1:40am and found the boy with the wound and learned he had been shot on 6th Avenue South. No additional information has been released.

--One man was taken to Sherburne County Jail after an attack on a Becker police officer during an arrest Saturday. Just after 11:30pm police were sent to Gardner Street in Becker on a fight report. While attempting to arrest 23-year-old Devyn Fitzgerald Kurtz of Greeley, Colorado, the officer was kicked in the chest and pushed to the ground. The officer was treated at the Monticello Hospital and released. Kurtz faces charges of disorderly conduct and assault on a police officer.

--A talent search for the “finest and funnest” from the Upsala area is now under way to fill the program for the Upsala Community Variety Show VI set for Sunday, February 23rd. A wide variety of acts are being sought, including musical numbers, skits, stunts, lip syncs and dances. Applications for the Community Variety Show V can be obtained at the Upsala Area School offices or by contacting Bill Abeler by email at

--Congratulations to Carolyn Freuchte who won the $500 in Little Falls Business Association Bucks from the drawing on Monday on KLTF. Also congratulations to Laura Lodermeier, Janie Frie and Terri Gottwalt who were the Dairy Recipe Contest winners of a $50 Dairy Basket from the Morrison County ADA and LF Radio.

--Search and like Little Falls Radio on Facebook today.

--The Christmas Eve Tradition of masses on Little Falls Radio’s Q92 WYRQ continue later today with the mass from St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 4:00pm, St. Francis Convent at 7:00pm with music and mass at 7:30pm followed by Our Lady of Lourdes Midnight Mass with music at 11:30pm followed by mass at midnight all live on Q92.

--Stearns County responded to a snowmobile crash in Rockville Saturday just after 4:00pm. The crash occurred when 24-year-old Ashley Albertson of Rockville was operating a snowmobile in a yard when she lost control and the snowmobile crashed into a wooden fence. Albertson and her 4 year old passenger, Aubree Ramirez of Milaca were both taken to St. Cloud Hospital and treated for injuries.

--All the snow that has fallen on Minnesota this month has created perfect conditions for skiers and snowmobilers in central Minnesota. The National Weather Service says snow depth shows 4-10 inches of snow across central Minnesota and 10-20 inches in north-central to northern Minnesota. The DNR says that trails are in excellent shape in many areas for those wishing to bear the elements and head outdoors during holidays. The DNR is reminding those who venture into southern Minnesota in the upcoming days that their trails are in poor conditions due to lack of snow and some mixed precipitation that made the trails muddy. Details on grooming and snow conditions can be found at

--Morrison County has been chosen to receive $4,515 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Deb Gruber at (320) 632-0293. The deadline for applications to be received is Jan. 15th.

--Christopher Misbe & Jennifer Doble-Misbe of Little Falls, a girl 12-19
--Matt and Aja Burgardt of Sauk Rapids, a girl born December 20th

TODAY= increasing clouds, snow likely after 3pm, high 7 above
TONIGHT= snow likely, 2-5 inches total by midnight, low 3 above
CHRISTMAS DAY= snow, another inch, windy, high near 20, low -10
THURSDAY= partly sunny, few snow showers, high 14, low 0.
FRIDAY= mostly cloudy, high near 25.

COL FB= Gophers vs. Syracuse in Texas Bowl Friday with a pregame starting at 4pm and kickoff at 5pm on AM960 KLTF.

IN 1818= Silent Night composed by Franz Gruber first sung in public
IN 1893= Henry Ford completes first useful gas motor.
IN 1943= President Franklin Roosevelt appointed General Dwight Eisenhower supreme commander of allied forces.
IN 1970= Walt Disney released “Aristocats” in movie theaters.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all at the West Side Bar

Monday- December 23rd, 2013

--One person was killed, another injured in a two vehicle accident Friday just before 11:00am on Highway 10 in Royalton. 36-year-old Scott Geiger of Sartell was traveling north on Highway 10 when a vehicle driven by 20-year-old Cody Husemoller of Duluth swerved to avoid stopped traffic and slid into the north lane and was broadsided by the Geiger vehicle on the passenger side. Husemoller sustained injuries ruled non-life threatening by the State Patrol. A passenger in Husemoller’s vehicle, 23-year-old Lucas Johnson of Nisswa was dead at the scene when authorities arrived.

--50-year old Ricky White of Upsala has been sentenced to two concurrent 21 month prison sentences after being convicted of a Controlled Substance Crime in the 5th Degree and Felony Theft.  White was sentenced on Thursday morning by Morrison County District Court Judge Douglas P. Anderson. On August 30th, 2011 White was found in possession of an air-conditioning unit that had been stolen from a property owned by a bank in Swanville. Three weeks later, on September 23rd, 2011 a routine traffic stop revealed White possessing Hydrocodone and Vicodin. White pled guilty to both charges on August 29th, 2012. White was scheduled to be sentenced on December 19th, 2012 but failed to show for his sentencing and a Warrant was issued for his arrest.  Exactly one year later, he was brought into court and sentenced. The State Sentencing Guidelines require concurrent sentences for these two offenses.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office last week reported a theft of checking account information from a Motley woman. The county treasurer’s office reported receiving a counterfeit $100 bill and arrested a 48-year-old man after he fled police on December 13th during a traffic stop and was found to have possession of drugs.

--College enrollments are down 2.7% this year when compared to 2013 and down over 5% since 2009. St. Cloud State was down 1.3% this year while the largest decrease was over 4% at MSU-Moorhead. St. John’s University and St. Benedict’s College reported a decline in numbers that were less than 1 percentage point.

--A propane heater is believed to have started a fire at a construction site Thursday. St. Cloud firefighters were called to a fire near Cooper Avenue and University Drive. The fire was reported at 11:21pm in a storage container at a construction site owned by Lametti & Sons. The container was full of gaskets and tools. The fire was an accident. Damage is estimated at $12,000.

--Former Minnesota Twins catcher and current Fox Sports broadcaster Tim Laudner is considering a run for U.S. Senate against Al Franken next year. Laudner stated if the public feels he is the best candidate for the GOP nomination next year he will gladly make a run for the Senate. Laudner stated that he plans on seeking the public input before making any final decision. Laudner was part of the 1987 Minnesota Twins World Series Championship team. He is the 2nd former Minnesota athlete making waves in the political form. Former Vikings and Ravens Center Matt Birk has also shown interest in running for office next year, though he said that is in the very early stages of his decision.

--The Rice compost site will be open from 10am-2pm January 4th through the 11th for Christmas Tree disposal. There will be pickup from the Rice Firefighters Association on the mornings of January 4th  and 11th, tree should be at end of driveways by 8am.

--Listen to KLTF Party Line at 10am to see who wins dairy baskets.

--A couple from Little Falls was injured Friday night shortly after 6:00pm on Highway 27 at Pine Ridge Road in Morrison County. 76-year-old Alcuin Faust of Pierz was attempting a turn left off of Highway 27 and collided with 65-year-old Mary Geise. Geise and her passenger 71-year-old Elmer Geise both sustained non-life threatening injuries and were taken to a hospital. Faust was not hurt.

--140 soldiers from the Cambridge-based 850th Horizontal Engineer Company returned Sunday after an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan. The welcome home celebration took place at the Cambridge-Isanti High School on Sunday.

--Kevin Flansburg of Little Falls recently contributed to a documentary titled “Battlefield to the Homefront” while deployed to Afghanistan with the Minnesota National Guard in 2011-2012. The documentary won a regional Emmy award. Flansburg and his wife, Penny, were honored to be able to attend the gala awards ceremony in October. Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) has followed the deployments of Minnesota Guard units to Iraq and Afghanistan, producing five documentaries. Two others also won awards. “Battlefield to the Home Front” shows the effects of a decade of deployments on military units and the people back home. The documentary received the Governors Emmy® Award, which honors visionary, long-standing relationships that showcase the power of broadcasting to advance a mission or message. The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences was established in 2000, and currently includes Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Northwestern Wisconsin and a portion of Iowa. Since 2000, there have been 893 entries, 408 nominations and 119 award winners. The ceremony took place at the State Theater in Minneapolis.

--Rose Schreiber, age 88 of Little Falls.
--Raymond R. Romig, age 86 of Motley.
--Debra Kay Anderson, age 59 of Onamia.
--Irene Vennie, age 91 of Little Falls.
--Joan Schuman, age 69 of Little Falls.
--Beatrice, ‘Bea’ M. Nelson, age 89 of Little Falls.

TODAY= morning snow, then cold and windy, high -5, wind chills -25
TONIGHT= cold, low of -22, wind chills down to -35.
TUESDAY= snow in afternoon, 1- 3 inches, high 10, low near 5 above
CHRISTMAS DAY= morning snow, then breezy, high 22.

NFL= Cincinnati routs the Vikings Sunday 42-14. The Bengals win the AFC North with the victory. It was rough day for the NFC North as Pittsburgh beat Green Bay 38-31, Philadelphia 54-11 over Chicago and the Giants beat Detroit in OT 23-20. This means that Green Bay and Chicago will play Sunday for the NFC North title while Detroit was eliminated from the playoffs.
HS= a number of high school teams will compete later this week in holiday tournaments including Little Falls hosting a boys hockey tournament starting Thursday and both boys and girls basketball tournaments beginning on Friday. More info at

Merry Christmas from all at the West Side Bar in Little Falls

Friday- December 20th, 2013

--48-year old Michael John Morgan of St Cloud has been sentenced to 36 months in prison after being convicted of First Degree Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Morgan pled guilty and was sentenced on Wednesday afternoon by Morrison County District Court Judge Douglas Anderson. On September 27th, Motley Police received a report of a person “driving all over the road” and that the vehicle had just stopped at a gas station. The driver parked between the pumps and slumped over in the vehicle. An officer responded and found the driver slumped over with a beer can between his legs.  The motor was still running. The officer turned off the vehicle and woke up the driver, Morgan. Morgan was arrested and a BCA test revealed a blood alcohol level of .19, more than twice the legal limit of .08.  Morgan had three prior DWI related convictions in the last ten years. Morgan is also facing 48 months in Clay County for First Degree DWI and has a hearing scheduled for today. The Clay County and Morrison County sentences would be served consecutively.

--This year marked the third “Shop with a Cop” event at the Little Falls Walmart. Nearly four dozen community members took time to help 47 children purchase gifts for their families. Funding for this holiday event was received in part from Bernick’s Pepsi ($2,500) and through a Walmart Foundation grant to the Little Falls Police Department ($2,500). Each child received a $100 gift card to spend how they wished. Members of the Little Falls, Randall, Motley, Royalton and Pierz Police Departments; Camp Ripley, Randall, Pierz and Little Falls Fire Departments; the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office, the Little Falls City Council and the Little Falls Schools met Tuesday to partner with a child for the afternoon of shopping.

--The holiday shopping season is winding down and this final weekend before Christmas stores are hoping for a big boost in sales. Sparse crowds and many discount signs are a major clue that sales have been down this holiday season and many are calling 2013 holiday shopping could be the most disappointing in years. This comes as a bit of a shocker after sales were up 2% from last year during the Thanksgiving weekend which included ‘Black Friday’. Many stores are doing sales against this weekend to try and make up for the slower than normal December. The Little Falls Business Association will have their Scrooge Day on Monday at area businesses around Little Falls for those final day shoppers.

--The Brainerd firefighters were called out multiple times on Wednesday but in most cases they were cancelled on route due to false alarms but did responded to a two-vehicle personal injury accident on Oak Street around 9:45am. One of the drivers was taken to the hospital. Also Little Falls police continue to take calls of theft including a theft of jewelry and checks from a residence.

--The Pierz City Council meets Monday night at 7:00pm at Pierz City Hall. Agenda items include a resolution involving the vacating a portion of streets, setting an ordinance hearing date for lot split ordinance, and reports from several department heads.

--Students at Maple Lake Schools were evacuated after a bomb threat was called in just after 11:00am Wednesday. All students, kindergarten through 12th grade were sent home. The nature and creditability of the threat remains under investigation but authorities stated they found no items that would have been a threat to students or faculty in the Maple Lake School District.

--Reiny Hanneken of Pierz was recently honored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). He was honored with appreciation and recognition for partnering with the Division of Enforcement since 1993 with the coordination and purchase of snowmobiles for the Pierz DNR conservation officer. A snowmobile club project was first proposed in 1993 as a way to provide a quality snowmboile for the local DNR conservation officer. Hanneken was the first to suggest the partnership between the clubs and the local conservation officer when a confiscated snowmobile came up for sale. Over a 20-year period, the Buckman Trailblazers Snowmobile Club and Hanneken have sponsored the fundraising and purchase of four snowmobiles for use by the local conservation officer. The program allows the upgrade to a new sled every four years.

--The Minnesota unemployment rate dropped 0.2 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted 4.6 percent, according to data released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Minnesota has gained 39,800 jobs over the past year, a growth rate of 1.4 percent, compared with a U.S. growth rate of 1.7 percent. US unemployment rate was 7% in November.

--If you took a red tag for the Holiday Gift Giving Program to buy a gift please return the tags by today or call Judy at 630-8497.

--Target says that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach on customers who made purchases by swiping their cards at terminals in its U.S. stores between Black Friday on November 27th and December 15th. The stolen data includes customer names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the three-digit security codes located on the backs of cards. The data breach did not affect online purchases. Those who see suspicious charges on the cards should report it to their credit card companies. A thorough investigation is ongoing.

--Jesse Witucki and Cassaundra Holenko of Browerville, a girl 12-16

--Rose A. Puchalla, age 89 of Bowlus.
--Jack Daniel Smith Jr. from Onamia
--Evangeline ‘Vangie’ Gwost, age 99 of Little Falls.
--Don Nelson, age 72 of Little Falls
--Alfred ‘Allie’ W. Vogtlin, age 85 of Hillman

TODAY= sunny skies, high 15.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low around 0
SATURDAY= partly sunny, high near 15, snow after dark, low 0.
SUNDAY= snow showers, cloudy and windy, high 9, low -18.
MONDAY= mostly sunny and cold, high barely above zero.

TWINS= Twins traded Ryan Doumit to Atlanta for triple A pitcher
HS BBB= Howard Lake Waverly at Pierz tonight 7:30 on FM94.
NFL= Vikings at Cincinnati Sunday at noon. Vikings announced that both Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart should play on Sunday.

Northstar Entertainment tonight and Saturday at West Side Bar

Thursday- December 19th, 2013

--Forestview Middle School in Baxter was locked down for a time Monday after a student reportedly brought a knife to the school after having a fight with another student. The 12-year-old boy was detained and no one was injured. Charges are pending against the boy through the Crow Wing County Attorney’s Office.

--The Little Falls School Board voted Monday night to certify the levy for 2014. The $3.273 million is a $242,324 decrease from the proposed levy amount and a $471,245 (12.59 %) decrease from the 2013 levy. The 2014 general fund budget decreased $69,362 from 2013, or 0.28 percent. Expenditures are expected to drop by 1.71% or $434,125. Revenue to the food service fund is expected to decrease by $18,253 or 1.63% during the 2013-14 school year. Its expenditures are predicted to increase by $76,159, or 6.8%. The community service fund revenue is expected to increase by $51,893 from $788,903 in 2013 or 6.58%. Its expenditures are expected to decrease by $190, 0.02% from $811,577. For more information concerning the certified levy, contact Little Falls Community Schools Business Manager Nancy Henderson at (320) 632-2021.

--In July of 2013, the State of Minnesota revised a statute which exempts City governments from the general sales tax of 6.875% on certain goods and services.  This goes in to affect for all purchases made on or after January 1st, 2014. Therefore, any invoices dated January 1, 2014 or later should have exempt sales tax status for the City of Pierz. There are some exceptions: Sales made to the Pierz Golf Course, Pierz Campground, Pierz City Electric Utility, or anything involving sanitation in the City will continue to be subject to sales and use tax.  If you are a vendor selling products for one of these entities of the City of Pierz, you will be required to continue to charge sales tax.  If you have any questions regarding the change in sales tax exemption, call Pierz City Administrator Anna Gruber at (320) 468-6471.  If you have questions regarding the collection of the state general sales tax, please contact the Minnesota Department of Revenue at 1-800-657-3777.

--A Cokato woman was injured Monday when her car collided with a train. Around 3:15pm, 23-year-old Janna Jo Larson-Stigen was driving north on Highway 12 in Wright County and slid on some ice colliding with the train. Larson-Stigen was taken to the Hutchinson hospital with injuries reportedly non-life threatening.

--For the fourth year in a row, Crow Wing County has reduced the amount of property tax resources required for county operations. Since 2010, Crow Wing County has reduced local property taxes by $1.5 million, through an ongoing focus on operational efficiencies. The Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners approved a 2014 final property tax levy of $34.661 million which is down a little over $76,000 from last year.

--Sherburne County is the latest to send out a warning of thin ice on area lakes after two vehicles broke through the ice on Big Elk Lake. One was a snowmobile on December 7th and sank in shallow water on the north end. The second was this past Monday when an all-terrain vehicle sank in about 8 feet of water. In both cases the operator sustained no injuries. Law enforcement urges individuals to inquire about conditions before venturing out on the ice.

--Habitat for Humanity of Morrison County will be hosting an open house Friday from 10-12pm at their office at 65 East Broadway in Little Falls. AM960 KLTF will be broadcasting live from Friday from 10-11am during the event at Habitat for Humanity.

--The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has penalized Cass County and Tri-City Paving, for stormwater violations during a culvert replacement project, about four miles west of Pequot Lakes. A lack of sufficient sediment control structures and improper dewatering allowed sediment-laden stormwater to enter area wetlands and nearby Mayo Creek during the project. In addition to paying a 38-thousand dollar penalty, the site was brought into compliance with stormwater rules before the project was completed. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has also penalized Crow Wing County and Anderson Brothers Construction, for stormwater violations during a road realignment and roundabout project near Nisswa. A lack of sufficient sediment control structures allowed sediment-laden stormwater to enter area wetlands during the project. In addition to paying a 12-thousand dollar penalty, the site was brought into compliance with stormwater rules before the project was completed. A complete list of penalties issued by the M-P-C-A is available on their website at

--The Foley Police Department is searching for a 31-year-old man who was reported missing Sunday. Jamie Robert Wylie has not been in contact with his family since December 9th when he made a cellphone call from a friend’s house in St. Cloud. Wylie left the residence upset, according to his wife, Dana. Wylie is 5-foot-8 and about 160 pounds. He has multiple tattoos, including “Dana” on his left wrist and “Jason” on his right forearm. Anyone with information about Wylie’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Foley Police Department at 968-0800.

--After 25 years of service, Tony Hommerding is retiring from the Sauk Rapids Fire Department and as its chief. Hommerding has been fire chief for seven years. Jason Fleming will serve as fire chief in the interim until the department elects a new chief.

--The executive director of Minnesota’s healthcare exchange stepped down Tuesday amid controversy over the rocky rollout of the state insurance marketplace. April Todd-Malmlov has faced criticism as well for taking a trip to Costa Rica last month while MNSure was still experiencing delays and technical problems. She’ll be replaced temporarily by State Assistant Commissioner of Healthcare Scott Leitz. Minnesota’s state exchange has had similar problems to the national healthcare website causing anxiety among consumers who have to find insurance by the end of this month.

--Harry ‘Joe’ Mosier, age 90 of Royalton.

TODAY= snow likely after 3pm, cloudy, falling temps down to 0.
TONIGHT= snow likely, 1-3 inches, low -5.
FRIDAY= becoming sunny, high 9 above, cloudy night low 0.
SATURDAY= cloudy with flurries, high 14, low 0.
SUNDAY= partial sun, windy and cold, high 6, low near -20.

HS BBB= Pequot Lakes at Pierz tonight 7:30 on FM94 KFML
NFL= Vikings at Cincinnati Sunday at noon. Coach Leslie Frazier announced Wednesday that Matt Cassel will finish the season as the Vikings starting quarterback for this Sunday and the 29th vs. Detroit.

Northstar Entertainment tonight through Saturday at West Side Bar

Wednesday- December 18th, 2013

--Former U.S. Senator Rod Grams, who died in October of cancer, will be awarded the FBI Director's Community Service Award. The award is being given for Senator Grams’ work on the Amber Alert program which Rod was instrumental in getting passed in the legislature. He was nominated by people who work for the Jacob Wetterling Foundation. The ceremony will be held in Anoka on January 8th. Another ceremony is being scheduled in April of next year with the FBI director and will be held in Washington D.C.

--On Monday Morrison County District Court Judge Conrad Freeberg denied Keon Mangun’s motions for a new trial and for judgment of acquittal. Judge Freeberg found there was “sufficient evidence for the jury to conclude that that on the day Gosiak died, Bedford gave her heroin purchased from the Defendant and she died as a result.” 19-year old Miranda Gosiak of Little Falls died of a heroin overdose on the afternoon of February 28th, 2012 in Little Falls. On October 30th, a Morrison County District Court Jury returned a verdict of guilty against Keon Mangun on a charge of Murder in the Third Degree (Heroin). 30-year old Mangun of Minneapolis sold heroin to Brandon Bedford in North Minneapolis on February 27th, 2012. Sentencing has been set for December 30th at 2:00pm before Judge Conrad Freeberg. The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines call for a 134 month prison sentence. The remaining defendant, Brandon Bedford, failed to show up for his September jury trial. Bedford appeared in Morrison County District Court on December 2nd after being arrested in the Twin Cities area the week before. Judge Leonard Weiler set unconditional bail at $1,000,000. A pretrial for Bedford is set for January 15th, 2014 before Judge Freeberg in Little Falls.

--A Wadena man was injured just after midnight Sunday on Highway 10 in Motley. The State Patrol said that 39-year-old Jerome Feela was eastbound on the highway when he turned onto Highway 210 striking a westbound semi-truck driven by 55-year-old Sherrie Bratlien of Florida. Bratlien was not hurt. Feela was taken to Staples Hospital with non-specific injuries. Authorities reported that alcohol may have been a factor in the accident and charges are pending against Feela.

--Todd County deputies are warning residents of a scam going around where a residence is called from someone stating they have a prepaid medical alert system ready for them and wanted to know where to deliver. The woman who received the call said she did not order one and hung up the phone. She told authorities that that man spoke English well, then all of a sudden it changed to a woman’s voice with a foreign accent. The concerned citizen asked Todd County to make the public aware of this type of scam and to never give out personal information over the phone or by computer.

--It’s not often charges of creating a weapon of mass destruction are filed against someone, let alone 27 counts. That is what 45-year-old Johnnie Long of Pine County faces after allegedly sending envelopes filled with white powder to two judges, a county attorney, the sheriff and multiple deputies in the county. Police raided Long’s property and found evidence that Long was making explosives and had pure forms of two different harmful bacteria. He faces up to 200 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

--It is the final days of the KLTF Holiday Dairy Recipe Contest with the final recipe entry read on Friday. Get those recipes into the radio station by Thursday at noon to qualify for the 3 dairy baskets to be given away next Monday at 10am on AM960 KLTF.

--The Foley City Council was considering whether it can ban guns at City Hall but found they are unable to do so. The issue was raised by a council member at a recent meeting after learning that an audience member at a meeting may have had a concealed weapon. City staff did some research and received a League of Minnesota Cities memo advising cities on risk management and the possession of firearms. Minnesota law states that a person with a carry permit can lawfully carry a pistol or long gun in a public place. There is work being done to amend this with the possibility of not allowing guns in city buildings, parks and other facilities but that has not been voted on.  City Administrator Sarah Brunn said it was possible they could require people to identify that they are carrying, but she was not certain of what action the council would take. The council was informed that by state statute they cannot ban guns at the Foley City Hall.

--One person is dead and another is injured after a crash about 9:00am Tuesday near Forest City in Meeker County. 62-year-old Barbara Root of Kimball was killed after her vehicle struck another head-on. 50-year-old Douglas Hughes of Litchfield was driving the car Root struck. He received non-life threatening injuries. A driver of a third vehicle had no apparent injury. According to the State Patrol icy road conditions were a factor at the time.

--A Coborns’ store in Sartell was closed Tuesday after a fire that generated a lot of smoke. Contractors were working on a heat exchange on the roof at the store when something caught fire in the ducts. The fire was reported before noon. No one was injured. There was no structural damage but many products in the store were damaged. The store stated they should be back open today.

--The American Red Cross urges residents to take extra precautions with cooking and decorating around the holidays. Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and Thanksgiving are the top three days for cooking fires, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. Nationally, the Red Cross responds to a disaster on average every eight minutes, and the vast majority of them are home fires. One key step to take is to test your smoke alarms before the entertaining just in case something gets left unattended in the kitchen. Another key to keep children out of areas where flammable items and make sure you have a fire extinguisher handy to make this a Merry Christmas.

--Eleanor Biniek, age 94 of Onamia.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high near 30.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low around 0.
THURSDAY= mostly cloudy, windy, high 11, wind chills near -15.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, high 10 low around 0.

IN 1796= Baltimore Monitor 1st Newspaper to print a Sunday edition
IN 1865= 13th Amendment ratified abolishing slavery in the U.S.A.
IN 1936= first giant panda imported into the United States.
IN 1956= To Tell the Truth debuted on CBS TV.
IN 1964= first Pink Panther cartoon aired on television.
IN 1966= Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas first airs on TV
IN 1976= Wonder Woman debuted on ABC starring Linda Carter.

Northstar Entertainment Thursday through Saturday at West Side Bar

Tuesday- December 17th, 2013

--Thousands of wreaths and hundreds of volunteers braved the cold Saturday to place wreaths on the graves at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls. Wreaths for the Fallen was in charge of working on the nearly 3,500 wreaths for the event and also received donations from the public to keep the program going and expanding each year to fill the large capacity of graves now at the cemetery. John Thomas stated that the wreaths are expected to be at the cemetery until February. For more information on the organization you can log on to

--Cass County announced Friday that 29-year-old Dane Riley was convicted by a jury of second-degree intentional murder, interference with a dead body and ineligible person in possession of a firearm. Riley was found guilty of killing Mark Huesmann in July, 2012. Police stated the two got into an altercation and Huesmann was killed. Then Riley attempted to hide the body by burning it and burying it near a burn pit on Huesmann’s residence in Pine River. Prosecutors are asking for the maximum sentence of 40 years in prison which the judge will take under advisement before making sentencing.

--Several area counties including Morrison County are among those that will be a primary focus for increased law enforcement for DWI this month. They were listed among the top 25 most dangerous counties for those charged with drunk driving. Hennepin County was number one followed by Anoka, Ramsey, St. Louis and Dakota counties. Central Minnesota counties listed included Otter Tail 8th, Stearns 9th, Wright 10th, Cass 12th, Sherburne 14th, Crow Wing 16th, Mille Lacs 18th, Aitkin 22nd and Morrison County was 24th. Law Enforcement will have extra efforts ongoing through next September at different times in those 25 counties. The State Patrol started this effort back on November 27th.

--A three vehicle crash on Highway 25 south of Brainerd Sunday morning closed the highway for a time as emergency crews were called in to clear the scene. The accident was reported around 11:00am. All the State Patrol reported is that at least one person was treated by ambulance but as of late Sunday no other information on names and conditions were released.

--A 31-year-old woman was arrested following a hit and run accident Friday on Highway 23 in St. Cloud. Police stated that JoAnn Hinojosa struck another vehicle and left the scene. Police located Hinojosa and she was taken to Benton County Jail where she faces charges of criminal vehicular operation, reckless driving and driving with no proof of insurance. The driver of the other vehicle informed police that they were knocked unconscious for a brief time and required multiple stitches at a local hospital. An investigation continues.

--A Cold Spring woman was hospitalized in fair condition Monday after she and two others were hurt in a rollover crash early Sunday. 19-year-old Desiree Ruprecht was found trapped by first responders in a vehicle that was on its roof in a ditch off Stearns County Road 12 just after 2:30am Sunday. Two others in the vehicle 21-year-old Trevor Spanier of Paynesville and 20-year-old Lindsay Spanier of Sartell were also injured and taken to a hospital and released. There was an initial report of a fire so firefighters were called to the scene but no fire could be located. The cause of the crash is still under investigation by Stearns County deputies.

--At least one person is dead after a snowmobile crash on Sunday afternoon near the town of Rutledge in Pine County. The crash occurred around 4:30 but no other information has been released.

--The Minnesota State Patrol is stepping up patrols and enforcement efforts on central Minnesota highways today, Dec. 17th as part of Maroon Day. Every Trooper, investigator and supervisor scheduled to work tomorrow in the State Patrol’s central Minnesota district will be on the road in an effort to crack down on offenses that contribute to fatal crashes, including: Distracted driving; Seat belt use; Speeding; Failure to yield. The central Minnesota district includes Benton, Big Stone, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Pope, Sherburne, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse and Wright counties.

--A man driving an all-terrain vehicle has been pulled from the icy water of a Kandiyohi County lake. Sheriff’s officials say the 74-year-old man from Spicer went through the ice on Green Lake near the Old Mill Inn Sunday night. The man was rescued and taken to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar with hypothermia. A reminder from law enforcement that many lakes are just beginning to freeze up even with the cold conditions but there are many soft spots from the snow that causes insulation to the waterway. That insulation could cause cracks in the ice so you are advised to use caution while on the ice.

--If anyone has taken tags off the tree for the Holiday Gift Giving Program in Little Falls, please return them as soon as possible. If anyone still wants to make a cash donation they can bring it to Pine Country Bank. For information or to make other arrangements for a cash donation, call Judy at (320) 630-8497.

--Chad and Theresa Sweeney of Little Falls, a girl born December 15th

--James ‘Jim’ Paggen, age 72 of Holdingford

TODAY= falling temps, partial sun- temps drop into teens by dark.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 5 above.
WEDNESDAY= mostly sunny, high near 30, cloudy night low 10.
THURSDAY= snow showers, 1-3 inches, colder high 14.

NFL= Justin Tucker hit 6 field goals including the 61 yard game winner as Baltimore beat Detroit 18-16 last night. The Lions now fall to 7-7 while the Bears take over first place at 8-6 and The Packers are at 7-6-1 going into the final 2 weeks of the NFL Season.
NBA= Boston beat the Timberwolves 101-97 Monday- Wolves 12-13
HS BBB= Little Falls at Alexandria tonight 7:30pm on Q92 WYRQ
HS GBB= Rockford at Pierz tonight 730pm on FM94 KFML.

IN 1843= A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was published.
IN 1936= Edger Bergen and Charlie McCarthy made NBC radio debut.
IN 1955= Carl Perkins recorded Blue Suede Shoes.
IN 1962= The Beatles made their first TV appearance together on the program People and Places in Britain.
IN 1969= 50 million people tuned in to see Tiny Tim marry Miss Vicky on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
IN 1971= The James Bond movie “Diamonds are Forever” debuted in theaters, the movie was a return as 007 by Sean Connery.

Happy Holidays and all the best in 2014 from the West Side Bar

Monday- December 16th, 2013

--A judge in Morrison County Friday morning refused to put on hold the case against Byron Smith of Little Falls who is accused of murdering two teens who broke into his house on Thanksgiving in 2012. 65-year-old Byron Smith's lawyers say prosecutors made errors during grand jury proceedings that resulted in first-degree murder indictments. They're asking a higher court to toss out the indictments and want preparations for trial halted until there's a decision. The judge said no. The judge did go onto state that if the appellate court reviews the case they will halt the local case at that time. Prosecutors allege the defendant Smith shot 17-year-old Nicholas Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer several minutes apart after they broke into his house. Next in this case is a plea hearing at 11:00am on January 23rd in Morrison County Distric Court in Little Falls.

--Unity Family Home Care and Hospice a department of St. Gabriel’s Hospital has earned national recognition as one of the Top 500 home care agencies in the nation, as identified in the 2013 list of the best Medicare-certified home health care providers in the United States. The ranking puts Unity Family Home Care and Hospice in the top 5% of home care agencies in the country. They are one of only seven home health agencies in Minnesota to achieve the Top 500 ranking from among the 36 Minnesota organizations to make the top 25% list. The award is sponsored by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation and DecisionHealth. The 2013 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home health community. Their success is a tribute that managing healthcare data and utilizing it for improvement initiatives lead to high quality care, and we recognize them for their outstanding achievements,” said Mary Oakes, senior vice president of post-acute at National Research.

--A 68-year-old Cokato woman died Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle collision north of Howard Lake in Middleville Township. Barbara Cochran was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 59-year old Warren Gammel of Becker. Cochran was pronounced dead at Allina Hospital, Buffalo. The two-vehicle collision was reported at 3:10 p.m. at the intersection of Wright County Road 35 West and Wright County Road 6 Southwest. 40-year old Paul Urwin, of Montrose, was driving a pickup south on County Road 6 when he collided with Gammel‘s vehicle. Cochran was wearing her seat belt. Urwin and Gammel were treated for minor injuries at the hospital. The Wright County Sheriff's Office is investigating the accident.

--The Little Falls School Board meets tonight at 5:00pm at the Morrison County Government Center. Agenda items include presentations from County Commissioner Communication, RTI and Teaching and Learning, receiving of the MSHSL Foundation Grant then at 6pm will be the Truth and Taxation Presentation at 6pm. After the presentation the board will certify the tax levy, EMLF Seniority list, set January 6th for next board meeting, approval of 2014 board meeting schedule, designate Chris Grams as LEA Representative as provided under NCLB for the next school year. The board will also discuss fundraisers for the next year and take action on an agriculture education letter of support.

--The Little Falls and Pierz Christmas Concerts are being held tonight at their respected schools. Little Falls Radio is also planning on rebroadcasting both of these concerts around Christmas on our radio stations. Continue to listen to Little Falls Radio for details.

--Three Republican congressional hopefuls Saturday said they were critical of a budget compromise that recently passed the GOP-controlled U.S. House. Tom Emmer, the Minnesota GOP’s 2010 gubernatorial nominee, state Sen. John Pederson and Anoka County Board chairwoman Rhonda Sivarajah were the candidates speaking at a forum sponsored by the 6th Congressional District Republicans. The candidates are running to succeed Rep. Michele Bachmann, who isn’t seeking a fifth term. The other announced Republican candidate in the district, former state Rep. Phil Krinkie, chose not to attend. All three candidates spoke disapprovingly of the federal budget compromise, which passed the House on Thursday with bipartisan support. The deal, which lays out a two-year budget outline, erases some of the most broadly disliked spending cuts from sequestration and reduces the federal deficit over the next decade, appears likely to pass the Democratic Senate on its way to a supportive President Barack Obama. Bachmann was among a minority of House Republicans to vote against the deal.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9am at the government center. Most of the agenda is reports from county agencies such as the sheriff, public works and planning and zoning.

--Rose Ann Kurowski Blackledge, age 67 of Little Falls.
--Verdel D. Pont, age 67 of Little Falls.
--Sister Mary Corrine Millner OSF, age 99 of St. Francis Convent.
--Victoria “Vicki” Dobis, age 86 of Little Falls
--Frederick “Fred” Proper, age 82 of Little Falls.

TODAY= snow likely, up to 1 inch, cloudy, high 25.
TONIGHT= light snow showers, cloudy, low 15.
TUESDAY= mostly sunny, windy, high 22, clear night low 5 above.
WEDNESDAY= mostly sunny, high near 30.

NFL= No Adrian Peterson, no Toby Gerhart and a beat up secondary but still the Vikings pound the Philadelphia Eagles 48-30 Sunday at the Metrodrome. Matt Asiata was the backup running back and rushed for three touchdowns. Matt Cassel tossed two touchdowns and ran another in the victory. Vikings are at Cincinnati this Sunday. Green Bay battled back from a 26-3 deficit to beat Dallas in the closing minutes 37-36 while Chicago held off Cleveland 38-31. Detroit takes on Baltimore tonight in Monday Night Football.
COL FB= The Gophers are getting ready for their bowl game in Texas against Syracuse. The game December 27th in Houston will kickoff at 5pm, pregame at 4pm live on AM960 KLTF.
HEISMAN= 19-year-old Jameis Winston of Florida State became the youngest man ever to win the Heisman Trophy Saturday night.

IN 1969= John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded Happy Xmas, War is Over as a protest to the war in Vietnam. Album released in 1971.
IN 1971= Don McLean released American Pie, the song was 8:43 in length and cut to 2 parts on the record and on radio stations.
IN 1975= One Day at a Time debuted on CBS TV.

Northstar Entertainment 19th through 21st at the West Side Bar LF

Friday- December 13th, 2013

--The Farm Service Agency reminds producers who plan to apply for Commodity Credit Corporation Market Assistance Loans for 2013 grain and want the loan proceeds in the 2013 calendar year should make their applications no later than Wednesday, December 18th.  The MAL program remains an option for those producers who wish to store their grain and delay the sale of the commodity until more favorable marketing conditions emerge.  For more information contact the Morrison County FSA office at 632-5477.

--Applications are being accepted for the 10th annual Physically Disabled Veterans Turkey Hunt at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. The event will take place from May 6-8 and is intended for physically disabled veterans who are receiving outpatient care or are eligible to receive health care from the VA and cannot hunt during the regular firearms season. Veterans interested in participating should contact Dennis Erie at (320) 255-6365.

--The victims of a Hubbard County house fire are a mother and her adult son. Relatives say 79-year-old Phyllis Kleeb and her 56-year-old son, Frank Kleeb, died in the fire in Helga Township Tuesday night. Firefighters were on the scene for about eight hours. The cause of the fire which destroyed the house is under investigation.

--One person is dead after a car/train accident in western Minnesota. Authorities say the crash in Morris happened around 2:00pm Wednesday and the lone occupant in the vehicle was dead on arrival to the Stevens County Hospital. No one on the train was hurt. The investigation is ongoing and the victim’s name was not released.

--The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire Wednesday morning just before 8:00am on Gilbert Trail in Brainerd. The vehicle was a total loss. Firefighters worked on keeping the fire from spreading to the home which was only feet away. No injuries.

--A man was seriously hurt Thursday morning after he was hit by a school bus in St. Cloud. At about 7:00am the St. Cloud school district bus ran into the man who was walking east on Roosevelt Road. The school bus did not have any passengers at that time. The man was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of substantial injuries. The incident is under investigation.

--A 25-year-old man was arrested after his wife was assaulted on Thursday in the 1000 block of East St. Germain Street in St. Cloud. The report of domestic assault occurred at about 1:00am and involved a 19-year-old woman from St. Cloud. 25-year old Christopher Lee Martin was transported to the Benton County Jail. The victim was treated at St. Cloud Hospital for minor injuries.

--Three people will be interviewed for the Brainerd city administrator position. Current administrator Theresa Goble is planning to retire February 7th. There were 38 applicants initially for the position. That has been whittled down to the final three. The three candidates are: Patrick Wussow, the current county administrator in Aitkin County; Joel Dhein the current city administrator in Mora; and Joel Peck the current city administrator in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. The interviews will be conducted on Dec. 30. At the earliest, the final decision by the Brainerd City Council will come at its January 6th meeting.

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

--Earlier this week KLTF News Director Corey Fink interview 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan on many the issues facing the 8th District and central Minnesota. Listen to the entire interview with the congressman following the noon news Saturday on AM960 KLTF.

--A community notification meeting is scheduled for 6:00pm this Monday, December 16th at the Lindbergh School Performing Arts Center to inform the public of a level 3 predatory offender living in Little Falls. Jerry Ferrier moved into Little Falls on December 9th. Ferrier has a history of sexual contact with victims (females, age 9-11). Contact included penetration. Ferrier was known to his victims. Ferrier is not wanted by the police and has served the sentence imposed on him by the court. Representatives from the Department of Corrections and the Little Falls Police Department will be available to provide you with useful information on public safety.

--Two families lost their homes Wednesday night when the duplex apartment on the 500 block of 13th Street Southeast in Brainerd they were living in caught fire. The American Red Cross assisted the two families with disaster relief for immediate recovery needs, such as shelter, clothing, food and emotional support. No one was injured in the fire reported around 9:50pm Wedensday. Brainerd fire had 17-20 firefighters battling the fire in the extreme cold weather conditions.

--The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Little Falls fisheries office is making a proposal meant to produce larger sunfish by cutting the 20-fish bag limit in half on a handful of lakes. Some lakes in Morrison, Todd, Benton and Mille Lacs counties have the potential to produce 9- or 10-inch sunfish where an 8 inch fish is considered a large fish. The earliest any change could take effect is 2015. An informational meeting to gauge interest and discuss options is set for 7:00pm January 8th at Long Prairie City Hall. If accepted, the DNR would test the change on three to six lakes in Morrison and Todd counties. Among those that might be considered: Buck, Green, Prairie Fish, Lady, Lily, Little Swan, Long, Maple, Mary and Moose lakes. The proposal is based on spring panfish surveys on about 30 lakes conducted since 1999. Fisheries staff measures age and length.

--Numbers released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health suggest that the flu season is ramping up in the state. 13 people were hospitalized with influenza during the week that ended December 7th, nearly triple the total from the week before. For the season, 41 hospitalizations have been reported. Fortunately no deaths have been attributed to the flu this season so far this year.

--Time Magazine announced that Pope Francis I is the Time Magazine Person of the Year for 2013.

TODAY= light snow in afternoon, falling temps to about-5 by 5pm.
TONIGHT= snow showers, up to 1 inch, low -6 steadying off.
SATURDAY= snow showers 1-2 inches, high +11, clear night low -15.
SUNDAY= mostly cloudy, colder, high 3 above, light snow late.
MONDAY= partly sunny, warmer high 26.

HS BBB= Kimball at Pierz tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML
HS BBB= Little Falls at Rocori Saturday 3:00pm on Q92 WYRQ
COL FB= Army Navy Game Saturday 1pm on AM960 KLTF
NFL= Philadelphia at Vikings Sunday at noon. Adrian Peterson is still questionable if he will play Vikings should know more later today.
CC= Coaches Corner Saturday just after 9am on AM960 KLTF.

Whiskey Tango tonight, Redneck Radio Saturday at West Side Bar

Thursday- December 12th, 2013

--A lawsuit pending in federal court alleges improper access of driver license information of a Baxter attorney. According to the complaint personnel from 20 agencies viewed Brook Mallak’s information 189 times between the years of 2003-2012. Among those accused were the cities of Little Falls, Brainerd, Baxter, Crosslake, Pine River and Staples and counties in the lawsuit are Morrison, Crow Wing, Aitkin and Cass. Attorneys for Mallak said she committed no crimes nor did she engage in any criminal activity that would warrant her information to be viewed in a way as done by these agencies. The complaint was filed in August. There is a motion to dismiss but that decision has not been reached. No announcement is expected on this until at least January. Mallak is asking for $500,000 in damages.

--A 16-year-old from Willmar has pleaded guilty to unintentional second degree murder for his role in the killing of 79-year-old Lila Warwick during a robbery at her home in July. The 16-year-old will get an extended juvenile sentence that will run until he is 21 and had a 15-year adult sentence stayed for in case he violates his juvenile sentence. A 19-year-old and an 18-year-old who is the grandson of the slain woman are indicted on first-degree murder charges and court dates are being scheduled next year for those two.

--A Foley woman was injured Monday morning in Baxter in a two-vehicle accident. Around 10:30, 42-year-old Pamela Chmielewski sustained minor injured and refused hospitalization. The other driver 60-year-old Robert Gallagher of Brainerd was not hurt.

--Two people are dead following a fatal house fire in northern Minnesota Tuesday night. Firefighters went to Beltrami Lane Road in Helga Township in Hubbard County and found the structure engulfed in flames. After the flames was extinguished authorities located the remains of two deceased individuals inside the home. The victims are believed to be a 79-year-old female and a 56-year-old male. The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office says the victims' names are not being released until family is notified. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. Three are fire departments, two county sheriff’s departments and many others helped in extinguishing the fire but the structure could not be saved.

--It was announced that three candidates will be interviewed to be Brainerd’s new city administrator. The current city administrator Theresa Goble is planning to retire on February 7th.

--The Minnesota Department of Transportation warns motorists that current and forecasted temperatures create conditions for black ice, an invisible hazard that catches drivers off-guard and causes crashes. Black ice creates the appearance of a wet surface, but it is actually a thin, clear layer of ice on roads and bridges. Black ice forms when melting snow refreezes or when rain, drizzle, mist or fog freezes. It is most common at night and very early morning when it is dark and temperatures are lowest. Black ice and refreezing often occur on overpasses and bridges and near lakes and rivers, and in shaded areas. The hazards can also form when snow temporarily melts from auto exhaust emissions or tire heat as well as from moisture vapors given off by industries located close to the highway.

--The 10th Annual Cookies with Santa is Saturday from 9am to 1pm sponsored by the West Side Improvement Association. The event will be held at the west side warming house by the skating rink.

--Keep sending in your dairy recipes to KLTF Dairy Recipe Contest to win a $50 Dairy Basket on KLTF Party Line. Contest ends Dec. 20th.

--Josh Kapsner and Kendra Pohlman are the Little Falls High school nominees for the MSHSL EXCEL award. Each member school nominates one high school junior boy and girl. The award goes to students who are active in school activities, show leadership qualities and volunteer in their community. Earlier this week Pierz High School announced their representatives are Kyle Becker and Arre Langer.

--Police say a college student found unconscious outside a neighbor's house in Duluth had been outdoors for more than nine hours in subzero temperatures and suffered severe hypothermia. Authorities say 19-year-old Alyssa Lommel is hospitalized in critical condition with severe frostbite and hypothermia. She had been out with friends last Friday night and was dropped off at her house around midnight. A passer-by found her on the front stoop of the house next door about 9:30am Saturday. Reports state that Lommel had keys to her house but ended up at a house next door. Alcohol was a factor in causing her confusion. Lommel is a student at UMD.

--The American Red Cross is helping four people after a house fire in Zimmerman. The fire was reported at 9:30am Wednesday at 26380 4th St. W in Zimmerman. The fire is believed to have started in a bedroom. Firefighters extinguished the flames. The fire damaged the bedroom and caused heavy smoke damage in the rambler-style home. The four occupants made it out safely. The State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause. The Red Cross helps provide emergency aid, such as shelter, clothing, food and medical services.

--The Motley City Council voted unanimously to certify its levy payable in 2014 at $326,079 for both Cass and Morrison counties. That is a slight decrease from the 2013 levy. The total cost of running the city of Motley in 2014 comes to $1,710,000. Total 2014 revenues for the city of Motley are estimated at $1,933,000.

--Sister Mary Goretti Lampert, age 90 of St. Francis Convent LF
--Lawrence C. Brau, age 74 of Brainerd
--June Persons of Brainerd

TODAY= mostly cloudy, few flurries, high 17.
TONIGHT= light snow showers after dark, low 0.
FRIDAY= partly to mostly cloudy, few snow showers, high 10.
SATURDAY= snow showers, high 8 above, low -15
SUNDAY= partly sunny and cold, high near 0.

HS GBB= St. Cloud Cathedral at Little Falls tonight 7:30 on Q92.
NFL= San Diego at Denver tonight, Philadelphia at Vikings Sunday.
CC= Coaches Corner Saturday 9am at Coborn’s on AM960 KLTF.

IN 1858= first Canadian coins are issued 1, 5, 10 and 20 cents.
IN 1901= Marconi received first Transatlantic radio signal.
IN 1913= police find the famous painting “Mona Lisa” and return it to the Lourve in Paris where it was stolen over two years earlier.
IN 1930= Major League Baseball changed the rule that a ball that bounces into the stands is not a homerun but now a double.
IN 1946= Tide Detergent is introduced to general public.

Whiskey Tango Friday, Redneck Radio Saturday at West Side Bar.

Wednesday- December 11th, 2013

--Kyle Becker and Arre Langer are Pierz Healy High School’s MSHSL ExCel representatives for 2013-2014 school year. ExCel is the Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership award. It is recognized by the Minnesota State High School League to Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, show leadership qualities and volunteer in their community. Every member school is to nominate one girl and one boy for the award.

--Deer hunter didn’t fair as well as expected for the 2013 firearms deer season. The numbers were down according to the Department of Natural Resources. Around 148,400 deer were taken around the state which is down 6% from last year. Overall Minnesota registered over 164,500 deer when you add in the archery and muzzleloader seasons to which is still down from the 185,000 taken in 2012. The DNR feels the weather was the factor in the lower population taken.

--Little Falls Police and firefighters were called Saturday around 6pm to a possible fire on 11th Street Southeast. A hot water heater pipe was smoking. Officers observed a small combination of smoke and steam from the pipe and were able to stop the problem quickly.

--St. John’s Abbey released a list Monday of 18 monks and priests who it believes “likely have offended against minors.” The list includes several names that previously have been released by the abbey; some are deceased and some are living at the abbey under “supervised safety plans.” The abbey said Monday that it was voluntarily releasing the names after inquiries from a lawsuit filed against the abbey demanded the release of a list as a condition of the lawsuit. Those listed are Michael Bik, Andre Bennett (deceased), Robert Blumeyer, Cosmas Dahlheimer, Richard Eckroth., Thomas Gillespie, Francis Hoefgen, Othmar Hohmann, Dominic Keller, John Kelly, Brennan Maiers, Finian McDonald, Dunstan Moorse, James Phillips, Francisco Schulte, Allen Tarlton, Pirmin Wendt and Bruce Wollmering. The Diocese of St. Cloud said last week that new Bishop Donald Kettler was reviewing the diocese’s history of response to sexual abuse allegations before he decided whether to release a list.

--The Church of St. Joseph in St. Joseph wants your help to find figurines that church officials say were stolen from a nativity scene on the church’s front lawn. Pastor Jerome Tupa says figurines of Mary, Joseph and three sheep were stolen last Thursday night. A week earlier, on Thanksgiving Day, a shepherd figurine was stolen. The thefts have been reported to St. Joseph police and to authorities at College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. Anyone with information should contact St. Joseph police at 320-363-8250.

--A U.S. District Judge Friday said that FBI agents did go too far in questioning an alleged bomb maker from Minnesota and that prosecutor’s can’t use some of his statements at an upcoming trial. Buford ‘Bucky’ Rogers from Montevideo is set to go on trial January 13th, on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing homemade bombs after two Molotov cocktails and a pipe bomb were found after a raid of his home back on May 3rd. The judge stated that agents questioned Rogers before advising him of his right to remain silent using a public safety exemption to the Miranda rule and they asked questions to him that didn’t involve immediate threats to the public. One other item the judge stated was the weapons were seized from the residence before authorities learned of a prior felony conviction that barred him from possession.

--See Holiday Greetings of Steve and Donna at

--A Wind Chill Warning is in effect through 6am Thursday morning as temperatures will not reach zero today and wind chills are expected to be -25 to -35 until late this afternoon. Snow is forecasted tonight which will rise the temps into the teens Thursday.

--The Pierz City Council met on Monday night. The council finalized their levy at a 0% increase for the 2014 budget year. They approved hiring Scott Saehr as the deputy clerk. Saerh officially starts on January 1st. The council reviewed the mosquito spraying and agreed that the city needs to continue this service in the future. The council decided to do this process internally and buy the equipment themselves. To pay for the process a $1.50 charge will be added on resident’s monthly utility bill starting in January. That monthly charge equates to an annual cost of $18 per household in Pierz to continue the mosquito spraying. The spraying will be done in Pierz as necessary from around Memorial Day to Labor Day. Pierz Police Chief Eric Hanneken reported that the prescription drug drop box available to the public has been a success so far. He disposed of roughly 5 pounds of narcotics already. 2 public notices: in the next few weeks both Christmas and New Years land on a Wednesday so for those two weeks garbage pickup in Pierz will be on Thursdays; and Pierz Freedomfest planning has begun and the date has been set for Saturday, July 12th. More details on this event to come.

--The Minnesota State Patrol has released the name of a driver found dead in his truck along Highway 47 near Aitken Monday morning as 68-year old Gerald Emery of Aitken. The preliminary investigation indicates that the death of Emery was a result of a medical condition and not a fatal crash.

--Stearns County Deputies and Avon Firefighters battled a house fire Tuesday morning around 3:00am in Avon Township. The home and most of the belonging were lost. The cause is believed to be electrical but an investigation continues. The home was owned by Kayla Lukaswicz and David Ratcliff. The American Red Cross is providing emergency relief. There were no injuries due to the fire.

--There are Parent-Teacher Conferences at the Pierz High School today from 3:30-7:30pm at the PAC in Pierz.

--Dolores M. Stanek, age 92 of Little Falls.
--Sister Mary Emily Donnay OSF, age 86 of Little Falls.

TODAY= sunny and cold, high -5, wind chills near -25
TONIGHT= flurries late, low -12 early then rising to 0 by morning
THURSDAY= mostly cloudy, flurries, high 15, wind chills near 0.
FRIDAY= light snow showers, high near 20.

NFL= Though Vikings running back Adrian Peterson did not need surgery from a sprained foot he sustained Sunday in Baltimore sources are stating he is likely to sit out Sunday’s game against Philadelphia. This could get very interesting as Toby Gerhart is ailing from a hamstring injury he sustained in the final minutes of the wild ending in Baltimore on his long touchdown run though Coach Leslie Frazier Tuesday stated that Gerhart will play this Sunday if no AP.  

Grab a hot lunch and stick around for happy hour today at WS Bar

Tuesday- December 10th, 2013

--The lawyer representing a Little Falls-area man accused of killing two teenagers who broke into his house on Thanksgiving Day 2012 is asking the state Court of Appeals to get involved in the murder case against his client. The lawyer for Byron Smith is asking the appellate court to review a Morrison County judge’s decision to not dismiss a first-degree murder indictment against Smith. Attorney Stephen Meshbesher also will ask Morrison County District Court Judge Douglas Anderson on Friday to put on hold the criminal case against Smith until the Court of Appeals decides whether it will hear his appeal. The next scheduled hearing is this Friday.

--The Heritage Preservation Class at St. Cloud State University (SCSU) chose Little Falls as its final class project. Wednesday, the students will showcase the ideas they have generated and the areas of the city they would like to develop and preserve. Their project included submitting a proposal for a citywide enhancement campaign called, “Branding Little Falls.” Using planning and design, the students are to highlight “the story of Little Falls.” The public is invited to see the students’ ideas and presentation at the Little Falls City Hall Wednesday, at 2:30pm in Council Chambers. The city is not obligated to use the ideas presented. Community input is desired. For more information, contact the Little Falls CVB, at (320) 616-4959.

--On Sunday around 2pm, Todd County was called to a snowmobile accident on County Road 33. 15-year-old Hunter Cavallero of Long Prairie was jumping an embankment, lost control while driving out of a ditch and slid onto the roadway colliding with a semi-truck driven by Daniel Farrow. Cavallero was taken to the Long Prairie Hospital where he was treated and released. Farrow was not hurt.

--A 25-year-old from Little Falls has been charged with third degree sale of narcotics in Morrison County. The complaint filed in Morrison County District Court said in June, an investigator of the Central Minnesota Violent Offenders Task Force had contact with an informant who stated he had contact with Dustin Bartkowitz who was prepared to sell him methamphetamine. Following the purchase, the informant and investigator allegedly met and a small plastic baggie containing a white crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine was turned over. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine. Bartkowitz was arrested and faces up to 20 years prison and/or a $250,000 fine.

--Baxter Police have identified the 12-year-old Grand Rapids boy who died Thursday during a basketball game at Forestview Middle School as Breck R. Liestman. Baxter police were called to the school around 4:30pm on report of a 12-year-old boy who collapsed during a seventh-grade boys basketball game because of cardiac arrest. Medical staff in attendance at the game administered CPR, as well as emergency responders. The boy was transported to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center, where he died a short time later. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office is conducting an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

--The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating the death of a male driver who was found dead in his truck along Highway 47 near Aitkin shortly before at 7:30am Monday. The preliminary investigation indicates that the death is a result of a medical condition and not a fatality crash. The name of the victim was not released Monday.

--The Wreaths for the Fallen program is this Saturday beginning at 11:00am at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. If you wish to help place the wreaths you are asked to be there by 10:00am.

--The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a woman they say robbed a man at gunpoint at a hotel in Monticello Sunday. A 28-year-old man told police a woman had pointed a small automatic-style pistol at him and taken cash from him in a hotel room. The Wright County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate.

--A 19-year-old from Burtrum has been charged with felony drug possession in Morrison County District Court. Tiffany Marie Barthel was stopped by the state patrol on November 23rd on Highway 27. According to the criminal complaint, the trooper allegedly observed a vehicle that did not have an illuminated rear license plate light and was traveling 35 miles an hour in a posted 30 mile per hour zone. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Barthel. Though Barthel denied drinking she did allegedly admit to the use of heroin within the previous six hours after being questioned by the officer for looking under the influence. She was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of heroin. A search of Barthel’s purse revealed a foil bindle inside that tested positive for heroin. Other drug paraphernalia was located inside her vehicle. If convicted, Barthel faces up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

--Brainerd firefighters were called to an ice rescue Friday afternoon off Mogensen Shores Road when two fishermen had fallen through the ice. The two men had reached shore before authorities arrived and were checked out at the scene without being hospitalized. A reminder from law enforcement that even with the bitterly cold conditions recently many lakes and rivers still have some open spots and you are urged to use caution if heading out frozen area lakes.

--Gregory and Laura Adamek of Randall, a girl born December 6th
--Troy Jones and Sashine Chmelar of Little Falls, girl on December 7th

--Edmund J. Krych, age 94 of Holdingford.
--Marcia M. ‘Marcie’ Weber, age 84 of Albany.
--John Smieja, age 73 of Burtrum

TODAY= sunny and cold, high +5 wind chills near -20.
TONIGHT= clear and very cold, low -20, wind chills near -35.
WEDNESDAY= sunny and cold, high -3, low -13 snow late night
THURSDAY= snow early then cloudy, high 15.

MLB= Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox have been unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the expansion era committee. Each of the inductees won more than 2,000 games in managerial careers that spanned more than four decades. The three former managers will be inducted July 27th in Cooperstown along with any players chosen by the Baseball Writers' Association of America which will be announced on January 8th.
HS WRE= Pierz at Royalton tonight 7pm on FM94 KFML
HS BHK= St. Cloud Cathedral at Little Falls tonight 7:15pm on Q92
HEISMAN FINALISTS-Jameis Winston, Tre Mason, Andre Williams, Johnny Lynch, A J McCarron, and Johnny Manziel

Whiskey Tango Friday, Redneck Radio Saturday at West Side Bar

Monday- December 9th, 2013

--A 12-year-old boy collapsed during a basketball game at a Baxter school and later died. Police were called to Forestview Middle School about 4:30pm Thursday where the boy from Grand Rapids was playing in a 7th grade basketball game and collapsed because of cardiac arrest. Medical staff in attendance at the game performed CPR and the boy was taken to Essential Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center where he died a short time later. The Ramsey County medical examiner will conduct an autopsy. Police did not release the name of the boy, only that he was from Grand Rapids.

--One person is dead and several others injured after a flatbed semitruck collided with an Amtrack passenger train in Todd County. The crash happened just before 2:30pm Friday on Red Rock Road in Fawn Lake Township near Motley. The sheriff’s office reports 57-year-old Donald Ray Hedlund Sr. of Bemidji was traveling northwest on Red Rock Road when he failed to stop at the crossing. Hedlund was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies say two passengers on the Amtrack were taken to Lake Wood Hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries. Several other train passengers also reported minor injuries, but were not taken to the hospital.

--A fire alarm sent people out of the Capital One building and Centre Square in downtown St. Cloud Friday afternoon. An acid smell was noticeable downtown. People gathered in the city parking lot across the street in temperatures barely above zero and wind chills in the teens below zero. St. Cloud Fire Department arrived and searched the building at 600 St. Germain St. and did not find fire as it turned out to be a generator malfunctioned and spilled oil onto a hot manifold and generated some smoke. No damage or injuries.

--The Little Falls Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire just before 11:00pm Thursday at the Brad Erickson residence on Highway 27 West in Little Falls. A vehicle inside an attached garage was on fire. The vehicle was totaled and the garage suffered some smoke damage. 20 firefighters were on the scene for 1 ½ hours. There were no injuries reported from the incident.

--Little Falls police responded to a personal injury accident Wednesday morning just after 7:00am at the Highway 10 ramp by Riverview Drive. It appeared the vehicle came off of the highway and went into he ditch hitting a road sign. The driver state she has some neck pain and she was pregnant. She was transported to St. Gabriel’s Hospital to get check for injuries.

--Three suspects in the fatal stabbing of former St. Cloud resident Douglas Allen Anderson-Jordet were arrested late Tuesday and early Wednesday. 24-year old Sophie Buttercup Rocheleau and 28-year old Nicholas Benjamin Stoiber turned themselves in Tuesday night. A third suspect 35-year old Juan Joseph Ferrer was arrested at his residence around 3:00am Wednesday. All three suspects are Arcata, California residents where the incident took place. Anderson-Jordet, originally from Minnesota, was beaten and then stabbed once in the heart during an early morning altercation November 25th. Police received a call at approximately 1:25am and found Anderson-Jordet lying unresponsive in the street. He was taken by ambulance to a community hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A tip helped police identify the three suspects. Police also obtained video footage from a business that identified the suspects.

--Parent Teacher Conferences at both the Little Falls Community Middle School 4-7, and High School 3:45-6:45pm today.

--The Morrison County Sheriffs Office responded to a fire on a roof of a garage in Cushing just after noon last Monday. The garage was not attached to the house and Scandia Valley Firefighters responded to the scene. No word on how much damage was done to the garage.

--Around 9:30am Saturday Foley police responded to an accident that included a vehicle driving into a building. 88-year old Jerome Wagner of Foley was parked outside John’s Barber Shop in Foley and while he was backing out of the parking spot he turned too soon and hit another parked car. Wagner then put the vehicle in drive and drove up onto the sidewalk and into the front of the barber shop. There were people inside the building but no one was injured. Wagner did not suffer any injuries either. The accident is still under investigation.

--Kevin and Annette Brown of Little Falls, a girl born December 5th

--Donald “Donnie” Pohlkamp, age 55 of Hillman
--Leo E. Plumski, age 82 of Little Falls.
--Janmarie ‘Jan’ Weidenbach, age 53 of Little Falls.

TODAY= sunny and cold, blowing snow, high -3.
TONIGHT= snow showers overnight, up to 1 inch, low -10
TUESDAY= partly sunny, high 5 above, low around -20 clear night
WEDNESDAY= sunny and cold with a high only of -5.

NFL= Four touchdowns in the final 2+ minutes of the game Sunday including one with four seconds left lifted Baltimore to a 29-26 win over the Vikings. Both teams scored twice with 2:16 to go including a kickoff return for TD and 2 long scores by the Vikings Patterson and Gerhart. The Vikings were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs with the loss and host Philadelphia Sunday. Green Bay won while Detroit lost Sunday and Dallas is at Chicago tonight.
GOPHER= The 8-4 Gopher Football team will be heading to Houston as most sources speculated they would. As the bowl games were selected last night it will be Minnesota vs. Syracuse at the Texas Bowl on Friday, December 27th at 5pm central time. You can hear the game starting with a 4pm pregame that day on AM960 KLTF.
COL FB= Michigan State beat Ohio State 34-24 for Big 10 Title meaning that Auburn and Florida State will play for the National Championship on January 6th.
DII= Northwest Missouri State eliminated St. Cloud State in D-2 football Saturday 59-21 in the national quarter-finals.

IN 1793= Noah Webster established first daily newspaper in U.S.
IN 1854= Lord Tennyson published “Charge of the Light Brigade”.
IN 1902= New York was given an American League team after a team in Baltimore folded. The team was the New York Highlanders and in 1913 would rename themselves the New York Yankees.
IN 1907= first Christmas seals were sold in Delaware.
IN 1941= Bruce Smith of Minnesota wins the Heisman Trophy.

Whiskey Tango plays this Friday night at the West Side Bar

Friday- December 6th, 2013

--A wind chill advisory in effect until noon Saturday. Highs today and tomorrow will be only around zero with bitterly cold wind chills.

--A correction from a story earlier this week. At the Little Falls City council meeting Monday night the council did adopt the levy after the open public discussion. The finalized 2014 levy is $3,218,000. It is $130,000 less than last years levy and $100,000 less than the proposed levy that was adopted in September.

--A member of the Minnesota National Guard who received his commission in 1987 through St. Cloud State University’s ROTC program will become the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division’s new division commander during a ceremony Saturday at the Rosemount National Guard Armory. Brigadier General Neal Loidolt will take command from Major General David Elicerio. Loidolt joined the Minnesota National Guard in 1984. He served in senior staff positions and commanded troops at the company, battalion and brigade levels. Loidolt deployed to Iraq in 2006 as the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office’s deputy director of operations and in 2009 as the U.S. Division-South chief of staff.

--Minnesota finance officials are predicting a state budget surplus of more than $1 billion. That estimate released Thursday means the state can fully pay the remaining IOUs to public schools that piled up during tougher budget times. It also leaves $825 million for lawmakers to work with during their election-year session. The Department of Minnesota Management and Budget’s comprehensive review of tax-and-spending patterns will help set expectations for the session that starts in February. The report has an immediate impact for schools, which will receive $246 million in payments that had been previously deferred. The state is also replenishing an airport account from which lawmakers diverted $15 million five years ago.

--The Blue Angels have apparently announced they will return July 4th weekend in 2015 to St. Cloud after a member of their precision jet team announced they will be in St. Cloud for a fly over of the air show. The Central Minnesota Council of Boy Scouts organizes the show. However there is some confusion as the Executive for the Boy Scouts said that the Blue Angels had turned down their offer for that weekend initially. The City announced they heard that it was on. The Boys Scouts are working to clear up the confusion.

--A 32-year-old Waite Park man was ambulanced to St. Cloud Hospital after he was struck by a car Wednesday on 2nd Avenue in St. Cloud. Police said the vehicle had the green light and the pedestrian ran in front of it. The pedestrian Eric Gale was treated and released. The driver of the car was not injured.

--Enrollment for health coverage through Minnesota’s insurance exchange program more than doubled from its first month to its second. MNsure said 24,586 individual Minnesotans have completed the enrollment process that translates to insurance for an estimated 71,500 people since the sign up period started. Under the federal health law going into effect January 1st is it is expected that sign ups will remain high. 55% of those signed up are women and the average age of those signing up are around 50 years of age.

--This is the final weekend to see Christmas at the Mansions at Linden Hill, Christmas Tree Lane at Minnesota Fishing Museum, Christmas at the Rosenmeier House now Convention and Visitors Bureau and also Carousel of Crafts Saturday at Little Falls Community Middle School for more details got to

--Two motorists were arrested late Wednesday after they were found in a vehicle reported stolen in Little Falls. St. Cloud police say they arrested 23-year-old Kodie Kelash of Rice, and 24-year-old Nicholas Dougherty of St. Cloud, after a traffic stop on a vehicle that had a headlight out. Police say the license plates on the vehicle also had been stolen. Kelash, the driver, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and for possible charges of possession of stolen property and possession of hypodermic needles. Dougherty was arrested on outstanding warrants. Both were taken to Stearns County Jail.

--A St. Cloud man was arrested early Wednesday after a woman reported that someone tried to kidnap her. 26-year-old Cody Parson was taken to Sherburne County Jail. A 25-year-old woman said that Parson had taken a rifle and threatened her. Officers found the woman unharmed at a St. Cloud business. Parson faces possible charges of domestic assault, terroristic threats, second-degree assault, felon in possession of a firearm and first-degree DWI. The investigation is ongoing.

--The Pierz City Council meets Monday night at 7pm at Pierz City Hall. There will be a public hearing Truth and Taxation hearing and final levy approval. Council will decide on hiring of a deputy clerk, an amendment on a zoning ordinance, mosquito spraying update and committee reports. They will also hear from public works, police, fire, and parks departments along with a financial report.

--A St. Cloud State student has been named Miss Minnesota USA 2014. Haley O’Brien, who is from Excelsior, was crowned Sunday evening in Burnsville. She also was named most photogenic. O’Brien will compete for the national title in a televised event next year.

--Nelson Mandela, the revered South African anti-apartheid icon who spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became its first black president, died Thursday at home. He was 95 years old.

--Lucille A. Lemke, age 78 of Sauk Rapids formerly of Albany.

TODAY= sunny and cold, highs around 0.
TONIGHT= clear and very cold, low -18, wind chills near -30.
SATURDAY= sunny and cold, high -2, cold night, low -15.
SUNDAY= light snow at times, high 7 above, low -5 Sunday night.
MONDAY= sunny and cold, high 1 above wind chills near -20.

HS BHK= Little Falls at Fergus Falls tonight 7:15pm on Q92 WYRQ
HS GBB= Little Falls at Sartell tonight 7:30pm on AM960 KLTF
HS GBB= Pierz at Pine City tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML
COL FB= The Gophers will learn where they will be playing for a bowl game Sunday night as the bowls are announced. It is likely the Gophers will be playing in the Texas Bowl in Houston December 26th.
NFL= Vikings at Baltimore Sunday at noon. Matt Cassel will start at quarterback as Christian Ponder suffered a concussion vs. the Bears.
CC= Coaches Corner is back at the deli in Coborn’s Saturday morning just after 9am on AM960 KLTF. Join Al and talk high school sports.

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Thursday- December 5th, 2013

--Heavy snow around the state caused hundreds of accidents Wednesday. Many cars veered into ditches and some rollovers were reported by the state patrol. In the morning hours alone around 200 vehicles were reported going off the roadways and 175 accidents were reported. One serious accident was reported in Otter Tail but a number of serious accidents with one reported fatality in southern Minnesota where ice fell before the snow. After 5-10 inches of snow in areas now the cold sets in with wind chills from -10 to -30 today through Friday afternoon. The cold will stick around through next week with more snow by Sunday.

--The city of Foley and its public works director have worked out a separation agreement and will part ways. In his draft report presented Tuesday to the City Council the agreement was accepted by Public Works Director Roger Schotl and the city to end his at-will employment. He had been on paid leave since early November. A second public works employee involved in the conflict, Tim Kampa, who has been on 30-day leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act since early November, should have an employee review when he returns to work. The findings also recommend the city establish or activate a Personnel Committee to meet monthly about personnel issues, staff development and training, employee reviews, policy recommendations and assurances of a respectful workplace.

--The state Court of Appeals has upheld the rulings of a Stearns County judge in a case involving a shipment of drugs from Phoenix to Avon. The case involved a shipment of cocaine and methamphetamine that was sent to an Avon address. The package was intercepted at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after a police drug dog gave its handler an indication that drugs were inside. The package was opened by a narcotics officer who found nearly 8 ounces of cocaine and an ounce of methamphetamine inside. The drugs were put back into the package and sent to Avon, where 23-year old Corey Joel Eichers accepted shipment of the package. Eichers was charged with two counts of first-degree controlled substance crime, was convicted at trial and was sentenced to seven years, six months in prison. He appealed arguing about the actions of the narcotics officer. He also argued that if the removal of the package from the conveyor belt by the officer was not a seizure, it was a search that required reasonable suspicion. The Court of Appeals agreed with the Stearns County Judge on the ruling.

--The names of five candidates for the two judicial vacancies in the Seventh Judicial District have been submitted to Governor Mark Dayton by the Commission on Judicial Selection. The judges chosen will replace Peter M. Irvine and Lisa N. Borgen. Irvine retired and Borgen resigned. The judges will be chambered in Long Prairie and Moorhead. The district includes Morrison, Becker, Benton, Clay, Douglas, Mille Lacs, Otter Tail, Stearns, Todd and Wadena counties. The nominees are Daniel Benson, a criminal defense attorney who was a former assistant Stearns County Attorney and part-time assistant public defender for the Seventh District; Heather Brandborg, an assistant Otter Tail County Attorney; Michelle Clark, an assistant Douglas County Attorney; Michael Fritz, Becker County Attorney; and Brian Melton, Clay County Attorney.

--Join AM960 KLTF Partyline today at Coborn’s at 10am for the kickoff of the Dairy Recipe Contest for chance to a win a dairy basket. Also join Q92 today 1-3 for Safe and Sober program from Coborn’s.

--Little Falls Police in the past days have received a number of theft reports including pills taken from the 400 block of Third Street Northeast, other reports of wallets, gift cards and pills taken from stores and residences have also been reported to the police department. A reminder to residents again to watch their belongings and leave homes and vehicles locked when left unattended. Also if you wish to dispose of medications no longer being used there is a drop off site at the Little Falls Police Station during business hours.

--A Little Falls woman was involved Monday afternoon in a two vehicle accident just after 2pm on Highway 371 near the Brainerd/Baxter bypass. The report states that 61-year-old Jane Cacich of St. Paul was taken to Brainerd hospital with injuries sustained in the accident. It was not known if 47-year-old Robyn Young of Little Falls was injured or not. Cacich was northbound on 371 when she crossed the median striking Young’s vehicle.

--On Tuesday the Minnesota Milk Producers Association named Krause Holsteins of Buffalo Minnesota’s 2013 Producer of the Year at the Midwest Dairy Expo in Saint Cloud. Each year Minnesota Milk recognizes one outstanding dairy operation as the Producer of the Year for having a proven commitment to the dairy industry, managing its farm for future generations and for being active in their local community. Owned and managed by Charles Krause, Krause Holsteins is the 13th producer to receive this annual honor. Krause, who today oversees the 475-acre farm with 165 milking cows, is a 4th generation farmer with focused efforts to make the farm environmentally sustainable.

--A St. Paul man was injured in a rollover crash Monday night around 8pm near St. Cloud. The State Patrol says 53-year-old Mohamud Igal was west on I94 when he lost control on the ramp going to Highway 15 and rolled the vehicle. Igal was taken to St. Cloud Hospital with reported non-life threatening injuries and since has been released.

--The 3rd Annual Randall Holly-Day is today with events starting at 3pm, Santa at the VFW, trolley rides and many great specials happening from 3-7 today in Randall.

--Adam Gardner and Jennifer Ratcliff of Sebeka, a girl born Nov. 29th

--Leo Woitalla, age 74 of Harding.

TODAY= blowing and drifting snow, high 7 above, wind chills to -25
TONIGHT= cloudy, cold and windy, low -10, wind chills near -30.
FRIDAY= partly cloudy, high 0, low -16 wind chills down to -30.
SATURDAY= sunny and cold, high 0, less windy, low -12 snow late

MLB= former Twin and Pirate Justin Morneau has found a new team for 2014 as the Colorado Rockies reported Morneau has agreed to a 2 year contract with the Rockies. Morneau rejoins forces with former teammate Michael Cuddyer who was NL batting champion in 2013.
NFL= Vikings at Baltimore Sunday at noon. The Vikings announced Wednesday that Matt Cassel will start at quarterback for the Vikings.

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Wednesday- December 4th, 2013

--A Winter Storm Warning is in effect now through 6am Thursday. Snow heavy at times today will accumulate 4-8 inches by tonight and winds will pick up this afternoon from the northwest causing blowing and drifting snow. Snow will linger tonight into Thursday morning with another 1-3 inches before done. Temps drop to near 0 tonight with wind chills tonight of -15 to -25. Cold temps will then be around with daytime highs barely above zero Thursday through Saturday.

--The Little Falls City Council met Monday night. At the meeting the 2014 budget and levies were discussed. The council is going to try not to raise levies next year, but Monday night’s meeting was just an open discussion for the public on the topic. The winter parking restrictions topic was tabled until the next meeting when it will be brought up again. Nothing on the potential parking restrictions was passed this week. The council was also informed that Public Works Director Jerry Lochner is planning to retire in May.

--Stearns County reported that an Upsala woman was injured Monday around 4:00pm on Highway 238 in Krain Township. 27-year-old Crystal Dietrich Benson was southbound on 238 when she lost control on a snowy patch and left the roadway striking a mailbox and support cable to a power pole. Benson was taken to Albany Hospital for treatment of injuries. This was one of nearly 50 motor vehicle crashes or reports of vehicles in ditches that deputies responded to during the day and nighttime hours of Monday.

--Westbound lanes of Interstate 94 were closed following a fatal accident near St. Cloud Monday afternoon. The accident around 3pm occurred when a tractor driven by 67-year-old James Hall of Northfield jack knifed coming to rest in the left lane where a vehicle driven by 52-year-old Terrence Cusick of Fargo struck the tractor on the drivers side of the his vehicle. Cusick was pronounced dead when the state patrol arrived. His passenger, 43-year-old Toby Cusick of Fargo was taken to St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The tractor driver, Hall was not injured. The interstate was closed for several hours until the accident scene was cleared. The State Patrol as of Monday night reported three people had been killed from the icy and snowy conditions. More of this is forecasted through today with some parts of central Minnesota receiving another 4-9 inches of snow before the cold and wind expected by Thursday.

--The new major snowfall to the area brought a number of accidents. Todd County reported that John Rogers was eastbound on County Road 10 when he slid off the roadway and struck a power pole causing a line to cross the county road. John was not hurt but REA Alexandria was called into the work on the downed line. Gene Koeberl of Browerville was south bound on County Road 3 Monday when she slid through the intersection and struck a tree. Gene refused any hospitalization and was treated at the scene. A third accident was reported in Todd County back on Thanksgiving around 2:30am when Lance Chase of Long Prairie was on County Road 12 when he left the road and rolled multiple times. Chase had no reported injuries. His passenger Jeremy Miller of Long Prairie was ejected from the vehicle and taken to Long Prairie Hospital. Crow Wing County reported a one vehicle accident Monday night around 9:00pm on Highway 371 when 48-year-old Lisa Keith of Brainerd went off the roadway and struck a tree and then the embankment. Keith was taken to the Brainerd hospital with reported minor injuries.

--It’s St. Nick Night in Pierz with reindeer, holiday boutique, pictures with Santa, horse drawn trolley rides, bonfire and many more events.

--Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel announced that his office, in cooperation with all local police departments in the county, has recently completed the annual predatory offender registration (POR) verifications for Morrison County. Each year the sheriff’s office organizes a verification check for all predatory offenders who are on the registry and residing within the county. During the most recent round of checks, 103 predatory offenders were checked. Of that number; 30 were Level 1 offenders, 13 were Level 2 and 3 were Level 3. 57 offenders were not assigned a risk level. Level 3 offenders are considered most likely to reoffend. Three individuals were found to be noncompliant with the conditions imposed upon them. 35 year old Christopher Lee Forcier was arrested and charged. 38 year old Howard Alan Pollard and 21 year old Dan Leroy Ferguson both have charges pending with the county attorney’s office.

--One person is dead and another injured as a result of an Aitkin County crash. A Deerwood woman died Monday night after she lost control of her vehicle and slid into oncoming traffic. 82-year old Vera L. Hunt, was driving around 7:00pm on Highway 210 at 445th Avenue when she lost control and slid sideways into a vehicle driven by 43-year old Shawn Westerlund of Aitkin. Both were taken to Riverwood Health Care in Aitkin. Westerlund suffered non-life threatening injuries. Vera Hunt died from her injuries sustained.

--A shed was lost to fire Monday morning in rural Brainerd. Firefighters were called around 8:20am on Division Road where they found the 10 by 12 foot shed on fire. A wood stove inside the shed is believed to have started the fire where all contents inside the shed and the shed itself was lost with a damage estimate over $5,400. The homeowner of the shed Laura Larkin was not injured.

--The Brainerd City Council Monday voted to not waive the one-year waiting period for Fort Ripley Township to terminate its fire contract with the city. The move will eventually be a loss of $20,000 in fees to the city of Brainerd. Fort Ripley Township stated in an attorney’s letter that the move was made because of raising fees and no input to the township board which was to be done as part of their original contract to the city. A fire contract had been in place since 1993.

--Join Q92 WYRQ for the Drive Safe Drive Sober program at Coborn’s Superstore Thursday from 1-3pm. Law enforcement and other dignitaries will be on hand to speak about the dangers and the aftermath of drinking and driving. Again Thursday 1-3pm on Q92.

--Mary Tholen, age 90 of Little Falls.
--Ben Kokett Sr., age 89 of rural Little Falls.

TODAY= snow heavy at times. 4-8 inches by evening, falling temps
TONIGHT= snow, blowing, drifting, strong winds, low 4, wind chills will be well below zero- another 1-2 inches of snow possible.
THURSDAY= morning snow showers then partial sun, windy, high 7
THURS NIGHT= cold and windy, low -11, wind chills near -30.
FRIDAY= partly cloudy, cold high 3 above, low -15 to -20.

COL BB= Gophers beat Florida State in ACC/Big 10 Challenge 71-61

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Tuesday- December 3rd, 2013

--The board of directors announced Monday that the shareholders of Central Minnesota Ethanol Co-Op have voted to approve the Asset Purchase Agreement for the sale of the plant north of Little Falls to Green Biologics Incorporated. CMEC and GBI executed the agreement back in October stating that both companies will continue to play a major role in bringing renewable chemicals to commercial reality. Central Minnesota Ethanol Co-Op was established in 1995 and annually produces 21 million gallons of ethanol per year.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Employee of the Month for December is Becky Majerus. Majerus has worked 13 years for the Little Falls School District as a media paraprofessional and supervisor of the media center at Lincoln Elementary School.

--Fire Friday night destroyed a house south of Brainerd and displaced a family of four. Brainerd firefighters were called around 11:00pm to the home on Travis Trail off of Highway 371. Nisswa and Little Falls firefighters were called in to assist. More than 40 firefighters battled the blaze for two and half hours but could not save the house. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The family of 4 was all able to escape the house without any injuries. They are now being helped by the American Red Cross.

--Brainerd firefighters also responded to a garage fire Saturday afternoon around 5pm on Golden Pond Drive. Firefighters helped control a gas can fire before it got out of control.

--A 30-year-old from Little Falls was sentenced on felony drug possession charges. Thomas Lashinski Jr. was arrested following a hit and run report back in August in Little Falls by the post office. A police officer met with the victim of the accident who said the vehicle barely missed her as she was getting in the vehicle but did strike her car. Later, the officer received a report of a red Dodge pickup driven by a man acting strangely. When the officer located the truck, there was damage on the passenger side consistent with the previous accident. The vehicle was stopped and the driver identified as Lashinski. Lashinski was placed under arrest and taken to the Morrison County jail. Inside the vehicle, officers found a baggie which field-tested positive for traces of methamphetamine. Also found was drug paraphernalia. An examination of Lashinski’s driving record showed he had previously been convicted for driving while under the influence in Stearns County in May 2007. For the felony charge, Lashinski was sentenced to both 17 months in prison, stayed for five years, and 150 days in jail with credit for 45 days already served. He was fined $235 and given five years probation. He was also sentenced on gross misdemeanor to jail time which was stayed for four years, fined $180 and given supervised probation for four years.

--An 18-year-old Avon man was injured Saturday in a one-vehicle rollover. Nicholas Alley was northbound on Highway 225 just north of Highway 238 in Albany Township when he left the roadway and rolled several times having the vehicle come to a rest on its roof just before 4:00pm. Alley was taken to St. Cloud Hospital where he was treated and released for his injuries.

--One person was hurt Saturday in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 169 at 320th Street in Mille Lacs County. Just after 5pm, 31-year-old Shannon Thompson of Crosby told authorities she was distracted momentarily and struck 19-year-old Luanna Pirnie of Onamia whose vehicle went off the road and struck a tree. Thompson was not hurt. Pirnie was taken to the Onamia hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

--Beginning in 2014 the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls, will become Little Falls Health Services, operated by St. Francis Health Services. Little Falls Health Service will also operate Bridgeway Estates. Lutheran Care Center has served the Little Falls community for 49 years. The nursing home is licensed for 55 residents and Bridgeway Estates has 42 one and two bedroom apartments for those age 55 and older. Based in Morris and in operation since 1963, St. Francis Health Services is a faith-based non-profit organization, serving people of all faiths. It runs 11 other facilities in the state. The LFHS mission states: We are committed to express Christ’s message of love and hope by providing for health, residential, community and allied services in a holistic, competent and caring manner that recognizes the value and dignity of every human life, with core values of integrity, commitment, respect, excellence, service and stewardship. Scott Allen will remain as the facility’s administrator. To learn more about Little Falls Health Services call (320) 632-9211.

--On Friday morning the Todd County Sheriffs Office received a call on County Road 71 just north of County Road 38 in Burlene Township. Individuals at the residence were awakened by carbon dioxide detectors and discovered 25-year old Regina Schlosser of rural Carlos in a vehicle running inside an attached garage. Emergency responders were unable to revive Schlosser.

--Catherine ‘Cathy’ (Nesvik) Hoffman, age 61 of Cushing.

TODAY= rain, freezing drizzle and snow, high 33- up to 1 inch
TONIGHT= freezing drizzle changing to all snow, low 18- 1-3 inches
WEDNESDAY= snow, heavy in the morning then windy, falling temperatures through the day- 3-5 inches of new snow.
THURSDAY= mostly cloudy, cold and windy, high 8, low -12.

HS GBB= Little Falls at Pierz tonight 7:30pm on Q92 WYRQ. Check out the local sports schedule online at
MNF= Seattle rolls to a 34-7 win over New Orleans last night on Monday Night Football- Seattle best record in NFL now at 11-1.
COL FB= Michigan State and Ohio State will play for the Big 10 Championship Saturday. The Gophers at 8-4 will get a bowl bid and most believe that the Gophers will head to Texas for the Houston or Heart of Dallas Bowl in the week between Christmas and New Years with an outside shot of getting the Gator Bowl on January 1st.

IN 1621= Galileo invents first telescope.
IN 1775= first U.S. flag raising aboard a Naval vessel takes place.
IN 1923= first Congressional open session broadcasted on radio.
IN 1931= Alka Seltzer first goes on sale.
IN 1950= Paul Harvey has first national radio broadcast.
IN 1964= Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer with Burl Ives as the narrative snowman made its TV debut on CBS.

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Monday- December 2nd, 2013

--An explosion occurred on Thanksgiving at Land O Lakes in Browerville. Around 4:35pm the Todd County Sheriffs Office received the call. A piece of equipment exploded causing a fire that eventually spread to equipment on the roof of the building. The Browerville Fire Department was assisted by Staples, Clarissa and Long Prairie Fire Departments. A Browerville firefighter received minor burns and was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. No one else was injured. Firefighters battled the blaze for about 7 hours.

--Area law enforcement and firefighters responded to a number of calls last week. Morrison County deputies were called out Monday night around 10:30pm to 113th Street in Pierz to a reported barn fire but found it to be a man burning prohibitive materials in a swamp. Pierz firefighters were paged to a wood pile fire Monday around 1am and Little Falls firefighters were called out to Fort Ripley last Monday to corn bales on fire that started in a field close to a wooded area. No reports of damage were released. Stearns County with firefighters from Albany, Holdingford and Freeport were called to a woodshed fire Thursday that burned a shed and a barn on property in Krain Township. No injuries reported. The cause is under investigation. Stearns County also responded Thursday to a fire with the St. Martin and Chain of Lakes Fire Departments to a structure fire in Farming Township. The fire is believed to have started in a utility room which sustained heavy damage. The rest of the residence sustained smoke and water damage but can be repaired. No injuries reported.

--The Brainerd Lakes Chamber has agreed to sell their building next to the iconic water tower in Brainerd to a Cross Lake law office. The Brainerd Chamber has share the building with the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation for nearly 25 years. The Chamber stated Wednesday that they still have to get the OK from the City Council for the purchase agreement with Brad Person of the Breen and Person Law Office. Person stated that the deal should be finalized in the next 60 days and if all is approved then they could begin moving into the building by March. The city of Brainerd will still retain ownership of the historic water tower near the building.

--Last Friday marked one year since the shooting death of Cold Spring/Richmond police officer Tom Decker in the line of duty. A vigil was held last Friday night in Cold Spring for Officer Decker. In the past year, a man whom investigators were prepared to arrest in the killing of Decker took his own life prior to being arrested.

--A Long Prairie man was the driver in a pickup truck involved in a fatal head-on collision Wednesday afternoon on Highway 212 near Olivia in McLeod County. Authorities say that 31-year-old Michael Traxler of Long Prairie collided with 55-year-old Bu Shwe of St. Paul around 1:00pm. Shwe died at North Memorial Medical Center. Traxler and his passenger from Granite Falls were not injured. Another Long Prairie man was injured Wednesday night in a 3-vehicle accident also in McLeod County. 23-year-old Sai Tu was on Highway 22 when he turned onto Highway 212 and collided with 46-year-old Dean Olevson of Carver which caused a third vehicle to collide with them driven by 28-year-old Abby Geraets of Marhsall. Tu and Geraets along with Geraets passenger were taken to Glencoe hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. No one in the Olevson vehicle was hurt.

--The Little Falls City Council is scheduled to meet tonight at 7:30 at City Hall before that Little Falls Township holds their meeting at 5:30pm and Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9am.

--Employees of the St. Cloud Post Office were evacuated after a potential bomb was reported Friday morning. Around 7:30am members of the St. Cloud police and fire departments responded to the call. The suspicious item was a propane tank and it was taken care of in about 10 minutes. The tank was labeled as found property.

--A Monticello man was arrested early Friday after a vehicle chase that started in St. Cloud and ended near Avon. 23-year old Paul Kruse led police on the chase that started when a St. Cloud police officer tried to stop him on Minnesota Highway 15 for speeding. Kruse got onto Interstate Highway 94 and drove west, while officers from Waite Park and deputies from Stearns County joined the pursuit. Officers tried at least twice to use stop sticks to deflate the tires on the vehicle that Kruse was driving, but he evaded the sticks. Officers placed the sticks on both lanes of traffic and deflated his tires near the Avon exit. Kruse eventually stopped the vehicle, but he tried to walk away from the arresting officers, who used a Taser to subdue Kruse. Kruse was booked at the Stearns County Jail for investigation of driving while impaired.

--Actor Paul Walker of the Fast and Furious movies was killed Saturday in an accident in California. Walker was 40 years old.

--Dustin Johnson and Ranae Hayenga of Little Falls, a boy on 11-26
--Brian and Kristina Weyer of Albany, a boy born November 26th

--Glenn H. Cyrus, age 81 of Motley.
--Susan (Anfinson) Hudson, age 73 of Little Falls.
--Greg Fussy, age 51 of rural Pierz.

TODAY= snow likely changing to freezing drizzle, 1-3 inches high 32.
TONIGHT= freezing drizzle and snow showers, low 28.
TUESDAY= snow likely another 1-3 inches, high 32, low 20.
WEDNESDAY= snow showers windy and colder, high 20, low 0.

NFL= a wild game at the Dome Sunday but when over the Vikings come away with a 23-20 overtime win over Chicago. Adrian Peterson rushed for 211 yards. Matt Cassel replaced Christian Ponder who suffered an apparent concussion. Blair Walsh kicked the game winner late in the overtime for the Vikings to improve to 3-8-1.
COL FB= Michigan State held off the Gophers Saturday 14-3. Gophers finish regular season at 8-4 and 4-4 in the Big Ten. They now await a bowl game bid which many believe will be in Houston, Tempe or Jacksonville between December 26th and January 1st.
TWINS= Twins reportedly have reached a 3 year 24 million dollar deal for pitcher Phil Hughes who played last year with the Yankees.
HS FB= Owatonna shut out Brainerd 24-0 Saturday to win the Class 5A Championship at Prep Bowl 2013. Other Champions 9 Man- Grand Meadow, Class A Mahnomen, Class 2A Chatfield, Class 3A St. Croix Lutheran, Class 4A Hutchinson, Class 6A Eden Prairie.

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