News February 2012

Wednesday- February 29th, 2012
NEWS
--Questions and concerns continue to ring in on the FDIC closure of Home Savings of America of Little Falls. The FDIC shut down the bank on Friday after being unable to find another institution to take the bank over. The FDIC has announced that it intends to fulfill its obligation of insuring deposits up to $250,000 and that checks were to be mailed Monday to customers of insured deposits also loan payments should be paid as usual still to the bank. Minnesota State Patrol have been seen working at bank under a private contract and not in response to any security concerns and the troopers are not being paid by any tax dollars. Packets were handed out at the bank telling customers of what they need to do following the sudden closure. Many filed into the bank earlier this week questioning on how they will pay bills, and clean out safety deposit boxes.

--State Senator Paul Gazelka announced Monday that he is seeking re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in Senate District 9.  Gazelka currently serves as State Senator to almost all of Morrison County and the southern half of Crow Wing County.  Senate District 9, per the boundaries released by the courts last week, contains Morrison County, Todd County, most of Wadena County and the East Gull Lake area of Cass County. Gazelka currently resides in Brainerd but plans on moving to the East Gull Lake Pillsbury Forest area which will become part of Senate District 9. Gazelka was not the only legislator announcing candidacy in new districts on Monday. Mark Anderson of Lake Shore announced he will run for state representative in District 9A which will now include parts of Todd, Wadena and Cass Counties. Carrie Ruud of Breezy Point announced her candidacy for Senate District 10 which will be Crow Wing and Aitkin Counties and Joe Radinovich of Crosby announced he will run in District 10B for the State House which consists of most of Crow Wing County and Aitkin County after August redistricting. Princeton DFL candidate for the State House Joe Walsh announced he will seek the House District 15A seat which will in August cover Sherburne, Mille Lacs and Kanabec Counties. District 15A will be the district that Congresswoman Sondra Erickson is expected to seek reelection too.

--Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch is reminding residents that he has received a number of reports in the past week of trucks and other vehicles getting stuck on the ice or falling through on area lakes, with the most reports on Gull Lake and Leech Lake in Cass County. The sheriff says ice heaves and ridges should never be considered safe and should not be crossed by vehicles. Conditions vary greatly in the area where some areas have several inches of good ice and just feet away there are only a few inches of ice. The heavy snow forecasted Tuesday and today will also make the ice difficult because of the weaker ice may not be visible with the snowpack on it. The DNR and county sheriff’s office also state that fish houses must be removed in the southern two-thirds of the state by March 5th.

--Little Falls Police in the past days have arrested a 29-year-old after a traffic stop on 11th Street Northeast, a 28-year-old on two warrants at a west side restaurant, and a 53-year-old on domestic assault. Police also investigated a theft of bicycles on 4th Street Northeast.

--Todd County authorities are investigating furniture stolen from a residence in Osakis over the past weekend. The sheriff’s office stated they have received other theft reports in the same area throughout the same area and remind residents to keep valuables out of sight and homes and outbuildings locked when left unattended.

--The Pierz City Council met Monday night. The council decided to postpone the Safe Route to Schools project and Robert Park Ave project until the spring of 2013. The city had problems getting necessary easements from properties, because of that they had to delay the Safe Route to School project. The council decided it would be more convenient for area residents to delay the Robert Park Ave project too so there is construction at the same time in Pierz instead of two summers in a row. The bidding process will be around this time next year. According to City Administrator Anna Gruber, they are hoping to start the construction work once road restrictions are lifted in 2013. No complications arose with the state after the city decided to delay both projects including the Safe Route to School project. One more detail, the PSA low interest loan the city had previously secured will have to be reapplied for.

--Senator Paul Gazelka and Representative Mike LeMieur will host a Town Hall Meeting this Saturday with the Department of Natural Resources. The meeting will be to discuss delisting the Gray Wolf from the endangered specie list. The meeting is at 9am Saturday at the Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

--A Villard man was killed by an avalanche in Wyoming while snowmobiling.  It happened Monday afternoon when 35-year-old Jack Loxtercamp was buried by an avalanche in three feet of snow while snowmobiling with a group of ten people. Emergency crews were on the scene within 20 minutes, but when they dug Loxtercamp out from underneath the snow he was unresponsive.

WEATHER
Winter Storm Warning in effect through 6pm tonight
TODAY= snow, blowing and drifting, high 30, snow could accumulate another 3-5 inches bringing totals from storm of 8-16 inches by night
TONIGHT= light snow ending early, partial clearing, low 17.
THURSDAY= partial sun early, light snow in afternoon, high 33.
FRIDAY= mostly cloudy, snow showers in morning, high 34.

SPORTS
WRE= State Wrestling Coverage with Little Falls vs. Hasting and Pierz vs. Jackson County Central Thursday at 9am, followed by Foley and Milaca team matches at 11am Thursday on Q92 WYRQ.
BHK= Little Falls vs. Fergus Falls 7pm Thursday on AM960 KLTF the winner advances to the state tournament next week.
GBB= the Little Falls vs. Sartell Girls playoff game was postponed to Thursday night at 7pm. Pierz will travel to Albany Thursday to open girls playoffs, Upsala and Royalton also have girls playoffs Thursday.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 45BC= Roman documents stated this was the first Leap Day, when Emperor Julius Caesar added 1day every 4th year to the Julian calendar upon the advice of astronomers.
IN 1504= Christopher Columbus shows Native Americans a lunar eclipse, the showing of the eclipse helps Columbus get supplies.
IN 1904= overseen by President Theodore Roosevelt, construction began on the Panama Canal.
IN 1940= Hattie McDaniel become first African American to win an Academy Award for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind.
IN 1960= Bill Keane’s “Family Circus” debuted in comic strips.

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Tuesday- February 28th, 2012
NEWS
--The biggest winter storm of the entire winter will hit today and last through tomorrow night. Heavy snow, strong winds, large drifts and poor visibilities will become a factor by this afternoon, with the heaviest bulls-eye over central Minnesota. The National Weather Service has a Winter Storm Warning from noon today to 6pm Wednesday. Snow could be mixed with rain and sleet, also very gusty winds over 30 miles per hour, some areas to the west over 50 miles per hour. Total snow accumulations by late Wednesday night could total 12-22 inches in portions of the state. If this pattern holds true some areas could see more snow in the next 2 days than all winter.

--15 people were involved in a multi-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Highways 371 and 210 in Baxter. A minivan was northbound on Highway 371 just after 4pm when it was struck broadside by a westbound pickup causing the minivan to strike two other vehicles in the southbound lane. The roof of the minivan had to be removed by firefighters to get to the 6 people inside. 32-year-old Jason Cherry of Staples and his 5 passengers were all taken to Brainerd hospital. A 5-month old, Braxton Cherry remains in critical condition at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. One other occupant had serious but non-life threatening injuries, the other 4 were treated and released. There were 9 other people in the other 3 vehicles. None of them were hospitalized.

--Staff from Congressman Chip Cravaack will be at the Little Falls Township town hall on Monday, March 5th, from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Constituents are asked to bring questions or concerns to the staff of the Congressman that evening so they can report back to him.

--A 53-year-old Nisswa woman died Saturday after being found unresponsive in an outdoor hot tub at a Plymouth home. The victim was identified as Kari Dayton who was visiting relatives at the home. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner stated Sunday that accidental drowning has been ruled the cause of death.

--Wreaths for the Fallen will have their annual meeting on March 13th at 6:30pm at the Little Falls VFW. The keynote speaker; will David Swantek from the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery to discuss the cemetery’s past, present and future. The organization each December, place wreaths on the graves at the state cemetery north of Little Falls, in honor of the men and women who have served our country and those who have also given the ultimate sacrifice for it.

--A snowmobiler was killed Saturday night near the town of Orr in northeastern Minnesota. St. Louis County authorities stated the 45-year-old man struck a tree around 6:30pm on the Bill Morgan Trail and died at the scene. The name of the victim was not released.

--Following the redistricting from the courts last week, the Senate Seat in District 12 which currently is Morrison and Crow Wing County will be moved to western Minnesota beginning in August. Because of that, Current District 11A Senator Torrey Westrom announced he will run for the new District 12 seat in November which will after August 14th become parts of Big Stone, Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stearns, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties. Morrison County will become District 9 while Crow Wing County becomes District 10 in August.

--World War II historian Charlie Pautler will present a one hour presentation Thursday night called “The Common Soldier”. The presentation is from 7-8pm at Linden Hill and will describe stories of a common soldier during World War II. For more info 616-5580.

--Get the latest on the winter storm at fallsradio.com then weather.

--A 53-year-old Little Falls man has been charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation and interference with a 911 call in Morrison County District Court from an incident on February 21st. The report stated that Boyd Cummins is accused of hitting and choking a woman during an argument at a Little Falls residence. If convicted he faces 5 years prison and/or $10,000 in fines.

--The Little Falls Fire Department responded to a grease fire on a stove Friday at 5:15pm at 808 Ann Marie Circle Apartment 503. The fire was contained before firefighters arrived. There were no injuries.

--Sartell police have released surveillance video of the suspect in the BP store robbery on Pine Cone Road back on February 17th. The man demanded money, said he had a weapon but none was shown. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sartell police at 320-251-8186. You can view the video at the Sartell police website.
 
BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS
--Aaron Williams and Stacy Kronbeck of Little Falls, a boy on Feb 25th

DEATH NOTICES
--Alois ‘Al’ Lauer, age 85 of St. Cloud.
--Susan ‘Kay’ (Pella) Hoheisel, age 48 of Brainerd.
--Joseph ‘Joe’ Wagner, age 74 of Little Falls.
--Percy Peterson, age 90 of Little Falls.

WEATHER
Winter Storm Warning 12pm today to 6pm Wednesday
TODAY= rain, sleet and snow in afternoon, windy, high 35.
TONIGHT= snow, very heavy, 8-12 inches by morning, low 28.
WEDNESDAY= snow, heavy in morning another 3-5 inches, high 31.
THURSDAY= partly sunny, scattered light snow, high 32.

ENTERTAINMENT
--The Oscars on Sunday belonged to “The Artist”. The silent picture was only the 2nd in the history of the Academy Awards to win the Best Picture honor. The movie also won Best Actor and Best Director. Best Actress went to Meryl Streep for her role as Margaret Thatcher. Supporting Actor/Actress to Christopher Plummer & Octavia Spencer

SPORTS
GBB= Little Falls at Sartell in playoffs tonight 7pm on AM960 KLTF
BBB= Pierz at Eden Valley Watkins tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML
BBB= Swanville at Upsala tonight 7:30pm on Q92 WYRQ.
NBA= Kevin Love won the 3-point competition Saturday night then the Timberwolves star scored 17 to lead the West over the East Sunday in the All Star Game in Orlando 152-149.
NHL= Minnesota Wild traded defensive mainstay Nick Schultz Monday to Edmonton for Minnesota native Tom Gilbert.
TWINS= a tough break for the Twins as relief pitcher Joel Zumaya will have to undergo Tommy John surgery and is done for the year.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1827= The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was incorporated.
IN 1854= The Republican Party was formed in Wisconsin.
IN 1954= color TVs when on sale to the general public.
IN 2009= famous radio announcer Paul Harvey died at the age of 90.

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Monday- February 27th, 2012

NEWS
--Minnesota regulars late Friday shut down Home Savings of America of Little Falls. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) could not find a receiver for the failed bank, which also included one in Georgia and 3 in California. The FDIC estimates the Minnesota bank failure will cost about $38.8 million dollars. Home Savings of America was Minnesota’s 2nd bank failure so far this year. Customers will receive checks in the mail for the amount of their insured deposits. The FDIC could not find another financial institution to take it over. Loan customers are suppose to continue making their payments as usual. Again Minnesota regulars have closed Home Savings of America in Little Falls.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office reported bullet holes in mailboxes on the 7000 block on 170th Avenue in Royalton last week. Little Falls Police investigated an assault where the victim had facial lacerations and also investigated use of a fraudulent credit card.

--The U.S. Postal Service has announced that five Minnesota mail processing operations will be consolidated to save money. The Postal Service announced Thursday that it will consolidate the operations from Duluth and Rochester to St. Paul and the one in St. Cloud, Mankato and Bemidji to Minneapolis. Retail operations at all five facilities will remain open. The Postal Service previously said 252 operations nationwide might be closed as mail volume declines. There was no word on the possible closing of smaller post offices which was another option earlier this year by the U.S. Postal Service. The Postal Service's most recent quarterly loss was $3.3 billion. On the facility consolidating in Duluth, 8th District Congressman Chip Cravaack was quoted “I hope the USPS is correct in its findings, because the Duluth facility is a major part our community.” Employees of the Duluth facility were told Wednesday that the center could close in 120 days.

--The Department of Natural Resources are receiving numerous reports of littering on Minnesota roadways, trails and in the water and are asking Minnesotans to respect the environment and keep it clean. The DNR are also reminding ice anglers that fish house removal in the southern half of the state, which includes Morrison County is on March 5th, the deadline in the northern part of the state is March 19th which is the area north of Highway 200 by Walker.

--Three area counties have ranked among the highest for children in poverty for Minnesota. Aitkin, Wadena and Cass Counties were 3 of the 8 with the highest percentage of kids in poverty ranging from 21% to 35%. Beltrami County had the highest rate followed by Blue Earth, Ramsey then Cass and Aitkin. A survey showed that over 11% of the nation is below the poverty level meaning that the entire household of family makes less than $22,000 a year. Higher than average rates were also reported in Morrison, Crow Wing, Todd and Mille Lacs County where the percentage was between 15 to 21% of the children live in residences below the poverty line.

--Two people were arrested after Waite Park police uncovered drugs and a grenade during execution of a search warrant Wednesday by the Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force. 29-year-old Jeremy Bentler and 26-year-old Tonya Bentler were arrested and face controlled substance crime charges. A 25-year-old was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for an unrelated crime. Besides finding meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, the St. Paul Bomb Squad was called in after an old hand grenade was also found in the home.

--The Little Falls School Board meets tonight at 5:30 at the Morrison County Government Center. Agenda items include presentations on the Upward Board Grant and the Project REAL, give recognition to the State Nordic Ski team and coach Terry Waslund and get the latest report from Superintendent Curt Tryggestad. Also the Pillager School Board is scheduled to meet tonight at 7pm at the high school.

--An Avon man was sentenced Thursday to more than 11 years in prison for trying to kill another teen. 18-year old Aaron Schwanke previously pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder and admitted trying to kill a then 17-year-old boy at a graduation party July 3, 2010. The victim suffered a stab wound to the hip area and a larger cut to his chest that came within inches of his heart. Stearns County District Court Judge Mary Mahler sentenced Schwanke to 11 years, seven months in prison. He was charged as a juvenile in this case and was certified to stand trial as an adult.

--A 22-year-old St. Cloud man was found unresponsive in the Stearns County Jail. Jerome Harrell was taken to St. Cloud Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Harrell was being held on an arrest warrant from Hennepin County. The incident is under investigation.

--A 64-year-old Otter Tail County man died from an apparent farm accident. Authorities were called to a farm north of Perham on Wednesday and found Danny Schroeer on the ground with a skid loader lodged against a nearby fence post, wheels spinning and engine still running. An autopsy revealed that the skid loader had rolled over Schroeer causing the fatal injuries.

DEATH NOTICES
--Hildegard Bujalski, age 98 of Pierz.
--Robert Kroll, age 76 of Little Falls.
--Ronald ‘Ron’ Thommes, age 65 of Royalton.
--Daniel Altrichter, of Randall
--Virginia Lowery, resident of Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= clouds decreasing, afternoon sun, high 20.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, snow starts late, low 15.
WINTER STORM WATCH STARTS AT NOON TUESDAY
TUESDAY= snow, heavy at times by afternoon, windy, high 30
WEDNESDAY= snow, heavy in morning high 30.

SPORTS
TWINS= Justin Morneau is healthy and ready to go for the Minnesota Twins. But he knows there are no guarantees that the concussion issues of the last two seasons are over. The former AL MVP has missed 174 games the last two seasons, mostly because of concussions. He's also had surgeries on his neck and wrist, but says those injuries shouldn't be an issue going forward. The former first baseman says he's eager to get back on the field and resume a leadership role with the Twins. Listen to the Twins on Q92 WYRQ.
GYM= Little Falls Gymnast Rachelle LeBlanc finished 9th at the State Tournament Saturday in the State All Around competition.
BHK= Little Falls beat Sartell 8-1 Saturday. The Flyers are one win away from the state tournament and will play Thursday night.
WRE= Listen to State Wrestling coverage for Pierz, Little Falls, Foley and Milaca starting Thursday at 9am on Q92 WYRQ.

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Friday- February 24th, 2012
NEWS
--The St. Francis Music Center located in the St. Francis Convent in Little Falls recently awarded scholarships. The first Samuel Vorderbruggen Scholarship was awarded to Anthony Westerberg, son of Michelle Westerberg of Little Falls. Anthony studied drums under Samuel Vorderbruggen, who died suddenly in June, 2011. His current teacher, Greg Langlois nominated Anthony for the scholarship. St. Francis Music Center and the Convent also announced that Quinn Rick and Colin Welch are recipients of the 2012 Sister Justina Bieganek Music Scholarships. This was established in 2004 to honor those with the same passion in music as Sister Justina who began working in the music center when it was established in 1979 and still at 100 year old, Sister Justina, continues to be in the music center every day. Quinn is the son of Bob and Tammy Rick of Browerville and Colin is the son of Teresa and Chris Welch of Holdingford.

--Holdingford Elementary Principal Mark Messman has been picked to become the new superintendent of Eden Valley Watkins School District. Messman has been the principal at Holdingford Elementary since 2005, been with the school district since 1991 where he has been the head football coach and athletic director. This week the Eden Valley Watkins school board selected Messman over 2 other candidates. The board put together a salary package and delivered it to Messman, if all is passed then Messman will take over July 1st in Eden Valley Watkins, which houses about 900 students a year.

--Todd County reported a hit and run collision Monday night in Browerville. Tom Blashack of rural Browerville was on Main Street making a left turn when a second vehicle slid into Blashack’s vehicle due to slushy conditions. The second vehicle struck the ditch but was able to get out and then drove off. Blashack was able to get a description to authorities who later found the vehicle and the driver, Dennis Steinmetz. Neither driver was seriously injured but authorities are investigating if alcohol played a factor besides the wintry conditions. They are awaiting alcohol test results in the collision.

--A Big Lake man was arrested Wednesday on sexual assault charges after a report from preteen girl. 41-year-old Rodney Barfknect was arrested after the girl reported that he had sexually assault her more than once. Barfknect faces first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges through the Sherburne County Attorney’s Office.

--Staples police arrested a 31-year-old woman for fleeing police in a motor vehicle last Saturday morning after the woman was reportedly breaking into cars. She was caught and taken into custody. Police also investigated a burglary at the Stapleton Apartment garages on 4th Street Northeast, unclear if anything was stolen.

--Just a day after the courts announced redistricting for Minnesota House and Senate seats, 2 men have entered races which will affect the new lines in central Minnesota. Kurt Martin, a Brainerd business owner announced he is running for District 10A with the new redistricting starting in August, will represent western Crow Wing County. Also Wednesday, David A. Pundt of rural Deerwood announced he will run for District 10B in the State House which will now represent eastern Crow Wing County and Aitkin County. Morrison County starting in August will be represented in District 9B and for the first time, Crow Wing and Morrison will have two different senators and representatives. 9B will consist of Morrison County and southeastern Todd County. The rest of Todd County will join with Wadena and a portion of Cass County in District 9A.

--The 2nd annual Little Falls Day of Caring event is planned for May 2nd with 900 students and staff taking part in the Day of Caring event which will be that Wednesday from 9am to noon. The hope is to help even more people this year than last. Project request forms will be available at churches, civic organizations and also in the Morrison County Record in mid March. That will also be the time when information will be released on how you can volunteer to help with the effort. This will be a rain or shine event and they have received the OK to hold it the first Wednesday in May every year which this year will be May 2nd. The city of Little Falls will hold one of their city clean-up days in conjunction with the Day of Caring to pick up the leaves that are raked that morning.

--The Pierz City Council meets Monday at 7pm at Pierz City Hall. At the recent meeting it was announced that there was a snag in the Safe Route to Schools project and that may cause that project and the Robert Street/Park Avenue project to be moved to 2013, the council will discuss their recent findings on both projects Monday night. They will discuss the Out of State Travel Policy and the Credit Account Policy. The Pierz council will also work on finding a date for the Pierz clean-up day for later this spring.

--Several of the Central Minnesota City’s Police Officers have asked for the Big Lake City Council to fire their police chief. The council this past week said no to the groups wanting Sean Rifenberick removed from his post. The city said they recently settled a harassment and misconduct suit worth several hundred-thousand dollars on the chief’s behalf. The council did agree to review Rifenberick’s performance record and report their findings at their next meeting.

--Due to budget cuts the U.S. Department of Defense is looking to close two of its Aerospace Defense Command Sites and one of them is in Duluth. The Minnesota Air National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing’s NORAD site in Duluth is prepared to be used to intercept any air threats at a moment’s notice. If the NORAD site closes in Duluth, then 71 full times jobs would be eliminated.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Kevin and Kim Johnson of Swanville, a boy born February 22nd

DEATH NOTICES
--Aileen Prokott, age 74 of Browerville.
--R. Kenneth Severson, age 89 of Little Falls.
--Leroy A. Winkler, age 85 of Holdingford.

WEATHER
TODAY= chance of light snow in afternoon, windy, high 25.
TONIGHT= clearing skies, low 7 above, wind chills below zero.
SATURDAY= sunny and breezy, high 25, snow after midnight low 19.
SUNDAY= snow likely 2-5 inches, cloudy, high 32, low around 15.
MONDAY= mostly cloudy, high 25.

SPORTS
HS GBB= Little Falls at St. Cloud Cathedral tonight 7:30 on Q92.
HS GBB= Pierz at Kimball tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML
HS BHK= Little Falls vs. Sartell from the MAC in St. Cloud in the 2nd round of the playoffs, Saturday 6pm on Q92 WYRQ.
COL BB= Indiana at Gophers Sunday 11:30am on AM960 KLTF.

“In the Fields” tonight, “Smokin’ Guns” Saturday at the West Side Bar

Thursday- February 23rd, 2012

NEWS
--The Foley City Council Tuesday voted to reestablish the city police department. The council also voted to appoint an interim police chief to put the department back into place. Hal Henning was selected to work 20 hours a week beginning March 2nd to begin the process. Foley has been without police services for two months after negotiations for patrols by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office failed late last year and a contract with a private security company fell through in January. City Council members had considered proposals from private security firms and from consultants that proposed to start a new police department in the city. The city disbanded its department in 2003. The city’s residents will continue to receive emergency services from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office until the police department is established. The city will put together a committee of council members and community members to recommend details on the department to the full council.

--The Brainerd Police Department stated Tuesday that 79-year-old Richard Paquin of Sebeka died as result of freshwater drowning. That was the ruling from provisional autopsy results from Ramsey County. Paquin’s body was found Saturday on the west bank of the Mississippi River near the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Bridge on Washington Street in 12-18 inches of water. The autopsy report also stated that hypothermia did play a role in causing the drowning death. Paquin went missing on February 15th in the afternoon hours after leaving the Essentia Health Medical Center located at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Brainerd.

--A firefighter was injured last Saturday responding to a kitchen fire on Norwood Street in Brainerd. The renter saw an orange flame coming from the ceiling of the kitchen, he along with another 2 other adults and a 12-year-old were able to leave the home without injury. The fire was contained to the ceiling area of the kitchen but the home sustained heavy smoke damage valued over $7,500. The cause was undetermined. One firefighter sustained a head injury and was treated and later released at the Brainerd hospital.

--Administrators and counseling staff were at North Dakota State University and across the state of Minnesota on Tuesday to help those dealing with the deaths of four college freshmen who died Monday night near Alexandria in a head-on collision. Laura Peterson of Prior Lake, Megan Sample of Rogers, Danielle Renniger of Excelsior, all 18, and 19-year-old Jordan Playle of Elk River all died in the crash. The other in 2 other vehicles were not seriously injured. There were two fatal accidents also reported in the same vicinity on Monday night. A 13-year-old was killed as a passenger in a vehicle on a Douglas County Road and a 26-year-old was killed near Glenwood.

--A Redwood Falls native died suddenly in his dorm room at MIT in Massachusetts Tuesday. Officials did a check on 21-year-old Brain Anderson when his parents and other could not locate him. Anderson was a management major and part of the wrestling team. The state medical examiner in Massachusetts is investigating the cause of death. Anderson graduated Redwood Valley High School in 2009.

--Fire destroyed a barn north of Paynesville Tuesday morning that killed $60,000 worth of rabbits. Around 1:45am firefighters were called to Zion Township but were unable to save the structure owned by Scott Klehr. Also destroyed was over $8,000 worth of saddles and harnesses for horses. No people were injured. The cause is unknown.

--See the new Voter districts map at www.fallsradio.com, then news.

--The Little Falls City Council met Tuesday night. At the meeting the council passed an order for surface and/or utility improvements to the project for 3rd Ave. SE. Several other projects were voted down including 7th Ave SW, 8th Ave SW, 1st St NW and the resolution for Future Heron Road.

--The City of St. Cloud has ruled Lake George unsafe for skaters and due to this announcement, ice skating and public access are not being allowed for the rest of the winter season. The recent snow melt has caused open water and large holes in the ice across the surface of the lake making for dangerous conditions.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS
--Divers have found 8 more bodies in the waters where the Costa Concordia cruise ship capsized off the coast of a Tuscan Island near Italy. One of the bodies was named as a missing 5-year-old Italian girl, there is no word yet if two of the bodies were the couple from White Bear Lake where memorial services were recently held. On Monday it was reported that pictures were found in the wreckage belonging to Jerry and Barbara Heil. Family members are hoping for come closure from this tragic event.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Brandon York and Tiffani Pitman of Little Falls, a boy born Feb. 21st
--Josh and Alissa Erdrich of Royalton, a boy born February 21st.

DEATH NOTICES
--Orville C. Reese, age 86 of Pierz
--Shawn M. Killeaney, age 22 of Bemidji formerly Ft. Ripley and LF.

WEATHER
TODAY= partly cloudy skies, an afternoon snow shower, high 35.
TONIGHT= slight chance of light snow, mostly cloudy, low 20.
FRIDAY= mostly cloudy, spotty snow showers, breezy, high near 30.
SATURDAY= partly cloudy, high around 25, low of 5 above.
SUNDAY= snow likely, especially in afternoon, high around 30.

SPORTS
HS GBB= Upsala at Royalton tonight 7:30pm on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BBB= Kimball at Pierz tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML.
HS WRE= listen to State Wrestling Coverage beginning next Thursday morning (March 1st) from St. Paul on Q92 WYRQ.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1455= according to documents, the first publication of the Gutenberg Bible was finished.
IN 1821= the first college for pharmacists opened in Philadelphia.
IN 1836= the Battle of the Alamo began in San Antonio, Texas.
IN 1886= aluminum was formed and patented by Charles Hall.
IN 1896= Leo Hirschfeld created the famous Tootsie Roll candy.
IN 1927= President Calvin Coolidge created the Federal Radio Commission to bring order to unregulated stations across the U.S. The commission would handle how long, how much power and what frequencies the stations would be on. Later it was named the FCC.
IN 1941= Dr. Glenn Seaborg produced and isolated plutonium.
IN 1965= Laurel and Hardy comedian Stan Laurel died at age 74.

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Wednesday, February 22nd- 2012 (Ash Wednesday)
NEWS
--Morrison County remains in US Congressional District 8; and is in new Senate District 9, House District 9B. The Minnesota Special Redistricting Panel, released new district lines for representatives Tuesday. The new district lines for the 8th Congressional District, didn’t change anything for Morrison County. The US 8th District involves Morrison County and a line east to Mille Lacs, Isanti, and Chisago Counties and to the Northeast corner of the state. As the 8th district line extends north it does include Cass, Wadena, Hubbard, and Koochiching Counties. Most of western Minnesota including Todd County is in the 7th district and the first district is the southern most part of the state. Stearns County is cut in half between the 6th and 7th Districts. The Twin Cities and surrounding urban area makes up most of Districts 2,3,4,5, and 6. Each congressional district now has a population of 662,990 or 662,991. Morrison County residents will find themselves in different Senate and House districts as far as the how the state districts are numbered. Morrison County is now in Senate District 9 and House District 9B, except for the southeastern part of Morrison County, including Lakin and Morrill townships, which are in House District 15B. Senate District 9, with a population of 79,044, includes Morrison County, and parts of Cass and Wadena counties. House District 9B, with a population of 39,536 includes all of Morrison County and portions of Todd and Benton counties. The new district lines will take effect August 14th, in time for the state primary. For a map illustrating the new district lines; look near the top of the news page at
www.fallsradio.com.

--The Minnesota State Patrol kept very busy throughout much of the state as snow and slush accumulated on the highways Monday through yesterday morning. State Troopers responded to a total of 191 crashes. Of those crashes, 44 resulted in injuries and two fatal crashes. The two fatal accidents claimed the lives of five people. Troopers also responded to an additional 224 vehicles that had slid off the highways and required assistance needing many tow trucks. One of the fatal accidents occurred shortly after 3:00pm on interstate 94 five miles west of Alexandria. The crash involved three vehicles and killed four people. The other fatal incident occurred around 3:30pm on Hwy 28 two miles west of Glenwood. One person was killed when they spun out on the highway and struck a semi.

--St. Cloud police are investigating a burglary that happened last Wednesday afternoon in which someone forced their way into an apartment and took a pistol. The burglary happened in the 1500 block of East St. Germain Street in St. Cloud that morning between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The apartment was locked when the suspect forced their way in. Taken was a sliver-and-black Smith & Wesson .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call St. Cloud police or Crime Stoppers.

--St. Cloud police arrested an Indiana man after he tried to flee and was discovered with stolen property and drugs. Police made a traffic stop at 12:35am Friday at 10th Avenue and Minnesota Highway 23. As officers made contact with the driver, he fled in his car for about two-tenths of a mile and then ran until he was arrested. Police say they found stolen property, drugs and the driver did not have a license. The driver 23-year old Armani Handy was arrested. He suffered minor injuries when he jumped from the car.

--Today is Ash Wednesday marking the first day of Lent. Easter Sunday is only 46 days away.

--The Morrison County Board of Commissioners honored several county employees for excellent customer service or unique innovations through its Awards of Excellence Program at its regular meeting yesterday. Engineering Aid D.J. Prom received a Performance Award as lead engineer on the 5th Avenue SW road project. Sheriff Deputy Dan Rocheleau received a Performance Award for finding and detaining a well-known burglary suspect while off duty. County Auditor Russ Nygren received a Performance Award for promoting public awareness of a major tax law change. Social Workers Lynette Gesselle and Karla Nornberg received an Innovation/Leadership Award for developing a Home and Community Based Services Program for children who are returned from residential placements to their home and community. Payroll/Benefit Clerk Diane Tamm and Account Specialist Sheila Stoerzinger received an Innovation/Leadership Award for implementing extensive changes regarding benefit and payroll administration. Congratulations to each of the seven recognized individuals for their excellent work.

--The Brainerd VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic is adding services for Veterans with the addition of X-ray exams and site visits of the Mobile Audiology Clinic. The new x-ray machine was installed in December, and the Mobile Audiology Clinic is scheduled to make its inaugural visit to the Brainerd office today. The Mobile Audiology Clinic will help fill a critical need of Veterans throughout central Minnesota. Staffed with two Audiologists, the mobile clinic will travel to VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Brainerd and other locations, delivering audiology services closer to Veterans’ homes.  Current plans call for the mobile clinic to visit Brainerd at least one week per month.

--St. Cloud police continue to investigate a shooting that happened Sunday night in south St. Cloud and sent two people to the hospital.Police are still seeking witnesses and haven’t yet made any arrests. A 36-year-old Minneapolis man and a 22-year-old St. Cloud man were shot, one in the hip and the other in the shoulder. Both men were taken to the hospital by private parties and were treated and released. The shooting occurred around 6:30pm in the 1100 block of Seventh Avenue South. Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call them at (320) 251-1200.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS
--Tony and Kelly Brinkman of Cushing, boy born February 20th

DEATH NOTICES
--Rita Suess, age 63 of Wahkon
--Arvid Haugen, age 24 of Onamia
--Michael E. Thielbar, age 66 of Hillman formerly of St. Croix Beach

WEATHER
TODAY= partly cloudy, high around 35. 
TONIGHT= snow showers, dusting to an inch in areas, low 24.
THURSDAY= light snow ending, mostly cloudy, high 33.
FRIDAY= mostly cloudy, breezy, stray snow showers, high 28.

SPORTS
BHK= Little Falls defeated Morris/Benson 9-2 Tuesday to open playoffs. LF will face Sartell Saturday at 6pm live on Q92 WYRQ.

“Hot Hits” Wednesday and Thursday at the West Side Bar.

Tuesday- February 21st, 2012

NEWS
--8th District Congressman Chip Cravaack will hold a town hall meeting tonight 7-8pm at the Royalton American Legion. The meeting is open all to come and address concerns and questions.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet at 9am today at the county boardroom inside the Morrison Count Government Center.

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

--St. Cloud Hospital sustained $3,000 in damages due to a fire in the elevator control room Sunday afternoon. Firefighters responded around 3:30 and found smoke coming from the stairwell and elevator shafts. All authorities stated is that some equipment was damaged but no estimate was given. No one was injured in the fire.

--A Clear Lake home was destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon. By the time firefighters arrived, the front portion of the two-story home was almost completely destroyed. Clear Lake, Clearwater and Becker firefighters battled the blaze in southeast Clear Lake. A family of four resided in the home that was a total loss. No one was injured. Firefighters were on the scene for over 3 hours. The cause is still under investigation. Damage was estimated at $100,000.

--A public notification meeting is tonight at 6pm at the Brainerd Police Department to discuss the release of Joshua Rinde. Rinde is a convicted sex offender, who has completed his jail sentence and will be returning to the area. The meeting in Brainerd is mandatory when a registered offender is released to a notified area.

--A Sartell convenience store was robbed Friday night. Police stated the robber entered the BP station on Pinecone Road just after 9pm and demanded money. He suggested to the cashier he had a weapon but none was displayed. Sartell police describe the suspect as a white man, around 5’9 in his late 20s or early 30s wearing a black coat, blue jeans and a stocking cap. The man left the business in an unknown direction. Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call the Sartell Police Department.

--New political district lines are due in from the courts by the end of today and it could drastically change who may represent Minnesotans in Washington. Many analysts feel there will be moving of constituents in key districts with District 6 where currently Congresswoman Michele Bachmann resides getting a major overhaul of around 100,000 voters. On the other side, DFL Congresswoman Betty McCollum could gain some 30,000 voters. The courts have looked over census information and discussions from both parties and their attorneys leading to their decision. The 8th District where Morrison County lies has shown two scenarios, one where Morrison stays in the 8th District with most of northern and northeastern Minnesota, while another has it moving to the 7th Congressional District with most of central Minnesota with the northern third all going to the 8th. Again a decision is expected today by the courts.

--Stearns County officials are seeking input as they update the county’s hazard mitigation plan which spells out how the county responds to a disaster such as tornadoes, train derailments or pandemic disease outbreaks. Residents can attend one of the meetings scheduled in Paynesville, Melrose, Waite Park or Cold Spring between February 27th and March 1st. For more information on a location or the survey that can be filled out online contact the Stearns County Administrator or logon to www.co.stearns.mn.us.

--Today is considered ‘Fat Tuesday’ the day before the Lenten season begins with ‘Ash Wednesday’ which eventually leads to Easter.

--Princess Kay of the Milky Way and current University of Minnesota student Mary Zahurones of Pierz continues to be very busy. Mary recently competed in a national meet of Young Farmers and Ranchers in Grand Rapids, Michigan after winning the state event in Minnesota late last year. She was part of 3 different discussions including how agriculture should play in health and obesity issues, global demand and increase the role of agriculture in social media. Zahurones did make it to the round of Sweet 16 out of 48 candidates at the event. As Princess Kay, Mary has recently visited several schools including Burnsville, Foley, Upsala and Swanville with more planned in the weeks ahead. Mary continues to take classes at the U of M where she is majoring in pre-med. Mary Zahurones will be back in Little Falls on March 24th at the Morrison County Dairy Princess Coronation Banquet to relinquish her Morrison County Dairy Princess title, along with the 3 other princesses to the next batch of princesses that evening. She will continue her role as Princess Kay through June Dairy Month and into August before giving up her crown the night before the Minnesota State Fair.

--District 12B Representative Mike LeMieur is the chief author on a forfeited gun sale bill that will soon be heard on the House floor. The bill passed through the House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee on February 1st. This bill would authorize law enforcement agencies to sell forfeited firearms to federally licensed firearms dealers. Current law requires that, upon summary forfeiture, any contraband weapons must be destroyed, unless they are used by the appropriate agency for law enforcement purposes. Lemieur says, “This is a common sense solution for increasing revenue”.

DEATH NOTICES
--Aloysius ‘Al’ V. Stoltman, age 92 of Little Falls.
--Alvin J. Scherping, age 67 of Swanville.

WEATHER
TODAY= Cloudy, chance of light snow, high of 35
TONIGHT= Partly cloudy skies clearing late, low 20
WEDNESDAY= Variable clouds, 30% chance of snow, high 35
THURSDAY= Cloudy, 30% chance of snow, high of 33

SPORTS
BHK= Morris/Benson at Little Falls tonight at 7pm in section quarterfinal playoff action on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BBB= Pierz at Maple Lake tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML.
TWINS= Pitchers and catchers reported to camp last weekend though many Twins players reported to camp right after Twinsfest last month to get prepared for the season. Spring games begin already next week. Manager Ron Gardenhire did not hesitate to announce that Carl Pavano will be his opening day starter when the regular season begins in early April. Catch Twins Baseball throughout the 2012 season live on Q92 WYRQ.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1878= first telephone directories were issued in the U.S.
IN 1885= The Washington Monument was dedicated.
IN 1981= Dolly Parton had the #1 song and #1 movie with 9 to 5.

“Hot Hits” Wednesday and Thursday at the West Side Bar.

 

 

 

Monday- February 20th, 2012 “Presidents Day”
NEWS
--University of Minnesota Student, current Princess Kay of the Milky Way and winner of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Mary Zahurones of Pierz competed in the National Young Farmers and Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet last Saturday. The attendees will attend tour farms and agriculture businesses, vineyards, an ethanol plant and greenhouses. Princess Kay Mary Zahurones will tell AM960 KLTF about her weekend events around 8:40am today, also listen online to
www.fallsradio.com.

--This is National FFA Week. With nearly a half-million members the organization has shown that the thousands of students in FFA have gone on to show great leadership skills beyond their school years. FFA has been going strong for over 80 years and this year the theme is “I Believe”. Numerous FFA groups around Morrison County will be holding special events during the week at their area schools.

--8th District Congressman Chip Cravaack will host a town hall meeting at the Royalton American Legion Tuesday night at 7pm. The meeting is open to the public and is a great opportunity to hear directly from the constituents in the 8th District about the issues that matter to them. Congressman Cravaack is looking forward to hear from the public in Royalton on Tuesday night from 7-8pm.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office reported they made 3 arrests between February 10th and February 15th, two from traffic stops and another from an outstanding warrant. They investigated thefts of scrap metal and machinery, a lawn mower and an old tractor bucket from the Keith Nelson residence in Cushing. Deputies also checked into mailboxes damages in the Pierz area and an ATV fire in Hillman.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9am in the county boardroom. Agenda items include reports from social services, public health, extension and auditor’s report. The board will also give out the awards of excellence.

--The State Senate last week passed the first hurdle to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to make photo ID a requirement at voting ballot places beginning in 2014. There is lots of debate on the matter. Republicans feel it is the will of the people to make the decision on safer voting trends. DFL candidates feel that older and disabled Minnesotans will not go to the polls because of not having or finding a photo ID and that the amendment will confuse many as they would be voting on a property tax increase. City Official’s stated they would have to bring in more election judges to handle the photo ID process. Republicans also stated that this would not take effect until 2 years after this November election and that should give many people time to get them prepared if the amendment is put on the ballot. It still is working through the Senate and has more committees to get through before it is put up to vote.

--A rescheduled public notification meeting for Joshua Rinde will be Tuesday at 6pm at the Brainerd police department. Rinde will be released on Wednesday from the Crow Wing County Jail and will be living on 4th Avenue Northeast in Brainerd. Rinde has a sexual contact history with female children between 11 and 15. The offender was known to his victims. The meeting on Tuesday is open to the public.

--Last week, the Royalton School Board made it clear that Royalton schools are still using open enrollment and at their kindergarten registration 19 of the 67 students were open enrolled. The school had received calls and questions recently if they were still using the open enrollment policy. They reported that they are.

--Brainerd police Saturday retrieved the body of 79-year-old Richard Paquin of Sebeka. Authorities stated Saturday afternoon that the body was found in the Mississippi River and transported to Ramsey County for an autopsy. Paquin disappeared last Wednesday afternoon after an appointment at the Brainerd hospital.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce announced their large business, small business and volunteer of the year awards last week. Large Business of the Year for 2011 is Perkin’s Family Restaurant and Bakery, Small Business of the Year for 2011 went to Central Minnesota Electric and the Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year award is going to Ashley Posterick, who is employed at Schlenner Wenner and Company in Little Falls. The three will be recognized during the annual Chamber Dinner this Thursday at the Falls Ballroom.

--Due to today being President’s Day, all federal, state, county and city offices are closed. The Little Falls City Council will have their regular meeting on Tuesday night at 7:30pm at City Hall. There is no regular mail delivery and many banks and schools are closed today.

DEATH NOTICES
--Conrad Stangl, age 96 of Pierz.
--Roger Prange, age 71 of Onamia.
--Adeline (Jarosh) Miller, age 81 of Little Falls.
 
WEATHER
TODAY= snow likely by afternoon, turning windy, high 40.
TONIGHT= snow likely 1-2 inches, low around 30.
TUESDAY= snow ending in morning then clearing skies, high 35.
WEDNESDAY= partly cloudy, high 35, low around 20.

SPORTS
WRE= congratulations to 5 area wrestling teams advancing to the state tournament on March 1st. Pierz in Section 7A, Foley in Section 6AA, Kimball in Section 5A and Milaca in Section 7AA all advanced on Friday while Little Falls won the Section 8AAA title on Saturday. Sections for individual wrestlers are this week for the state tournament which begins on March 1st for all teams and March 2nd and 3rd for individuals at the XCEL Energy Center in St. Paul. 
GYM= Rachelle LeBlanc of the Little Falls Gymnastic team finished 1st in the all around Saturday at the Section 8A meet in Fergus Falls. She now advances to state tournament. LeBlanc also placed 2nd in the beam, vault and floor exercise Saturday. She will compete this Saturday at the University of Minnesota pavilion.  
BHK= Little Falls opens hockey playoffs at home Tuesday night.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1792= President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act which established postal service and postage rates for the states.
IN 1816= Rossini’s ‘The Barber of Seville’ opened in Rome.
IN 1933= Congress proposed a 21st Amendment to the Constitution ending prohibition in the United States, it would be ratified in December, 1933 making it legal to get alcohol once again.
IN 1952= “The African Queen” with Bogart and Hepburn debuted.
IN 1962= John Glenn, first U.S. man to orbit the earth, did it 3 times.
IN 1992= ‘Bewitched’ actor Dick York died at age 63.
IN 1999= American film critic, Gene Siskel died at age 53.

“Hot Hits” Wed and Thurs, “In the Fields” Friday at West Side Bar

Friday- February 17th, 2012

NEWS
--Monday is President’s Day, a federal holiday. All Federal and state offices will be closed as will many county and city offices. Post offices are closed Monday and there will be no regular mail delivery, many banks and financial institutions are closed Monday and many schools do not have classes today or Monday. Some businesses are closed while most are open Monday. It is best to call ahead.

--A rural Burtrum man was injured Wednesday afternoon when his vehicle went off a Todd County road in Burnhamville Township and struck two street signs followed by multiple trees. Bruce Rohde received minor injuries in the accident.

--Benton County deputies responded to a burglary in progress Wednesday morning just before 2am on Mayhew Lake Road in Sauk Rapids Township. The caller stated they arrived at a storage facility and observed a man cutting locks off the storage lockers. Deputies needed backup to help pry open one of the storage lockers doors where the suspect was hiding. 38-year-old Lenny Bissell of St. Cloud was arrested and charged with 2nd-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools. He remains in the Benton County Jail.

--Nisswa firefighters battled an unattached garage fire Wednesday morning on Lower Roy Road. The fire started around 1:30am in the garage that is rented by Tom Spadino and contained snowmobiles, a generator, lawn mowers and other items that were severely damaged. A truck parked by the garage was also burned. The garage was a total loss. A generator running in the garage is being blamed.

--The mild winter has some positives including natural gas bills which are much lower this year than last due to lack of snowfall and bitterly cold temperatures. Centerpoint Energy says their customers are saving over 25% more this winter than last, because of temperatures at this time last year 14% colder than we have had. January was the 4th warmest on record for most of the state and with abundant supplies of Natural Gas in place Centerpoint Energy feels that natural gas prices could continue to stay low the remainder of this winter and possibly into next winter if the weather stays where it has been.

--A 38-year-old St. Paul man accused of stabbing a man 3 times while the two were parked on Highway 371 in Nisswa in January of last year will have his day in court on May 7th. Documents stated that Jon Johnson is charged with 2nd degree assault with a dangerous weapon and will appear in Crow Wing County Court. Johnson allegedly stabbed Timothy Porter over an argument in the vehicle.

--A Cass County Judge has sentenced 26-year-old Elijah Knowles of Akeley to 56 months in prison and six years probation for assaulting a female State Trooper in October of last year during a traffic stop. Knowles at one time during the assault on the officer managed to get her TASER, put it to her head, and pulled the trigger but the safety was on. Knowles also attempted to take her sidearm. Knowles then led authorities on a pursuit with speeds over 110mph where he was stopped after ramming into 2 squad cars. The State Trooper assaulted Darcy Gagnon has since recovered and back on duty.

--The Brainerd Lakes Area announced Wednesday that they have been chosen for the United Snowmobilers Association’s Winter Rendezvous in February 2013. The event, that will be held at Cragun’s Resort will bring 400 snowmobilers from clubs around the nation and will also feature the Governor’s Ride during the event. The hope is that there will be a lot more snow than this winter when the event gets underway February 7th through 10th of next year.

--The Randall City Council met on Wednesday night. At the meeting the city Clean-up day was set for May 12th from 8:00-10:00am. The Clean-up day location will be moved to the empty lot across from the fire hall. Jerry Carter reported at the meeting that approximately $20,000 was raised for the siren project. The base cost is around $19,000 and he is waiting on a price for connecting the existing siren to the county system. The council voted to proceed with the purchase and installation of the siren system with Granite Electronics.

--The Brainerd Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 79-year old Richard Ernest Paquin who was reported missing Wednesday. Paquin is described as a 5’11 white male, 210 pounds with short silver/gray hair and last seen wearing dark colored “Wrangler” cargo style pants, brown boots, gray stocking hat, and a gray hooded sweatshirt. He was last seen leaving Essentia Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Brainerd. Paquin does suffer from a medical condition requiring medication. Family members and authorities are concerned that Paquin becomes easily confused and disoriented. Anyone with information should call the Brainerd Police Department.

--Governor Mark Dayton gave his State of the State Address Wednesday. He criticized Republicans for rejecting an income tax increase on wealthy Minnesotans and predicted it will be an issue in the fall election. The governor said if the legislature would have raised taxes on the wealthiest 2% then the budget would have been balanced without borrowing. Also during his speech Governor Dayton asked lawmakers to please pass a Vikings Stadium Bill this session. He says some reportedly want to avoid voting on it until after the fall elections, which he considers is very unfair. Republican Representative Mike LeMieur of Little Falls stated that the address was short on substance on some of the items that needed to be address like jobs, but did like the addressing of the No Child Left Behind in education and the success that the 2 sides were able to work out. District 12 Senator Paul Gazelka of Brainerd stated he saw positives in the address if the Governor holds true to his address and wants to work with legislators on budget reform.

DEATH NOTICE
Capt. James Henry Schwinghammer, age 69 of Lake Nebagamon, WI

WEATHER
TODAY= snow showers before noon, then partly sunny, high 33.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, colder, low 5-10 above.
SATURDAY= sunny, high near 30, clear at night, low around 15.
SUNDAY= sunny, high 35-40, partly cloudy at night, low 25.
MONDAY= rain changes to snow showers, high around 40.

SPORTS
BBB= Foley at Little Falls tonight 7:30pm on Q92 WYRQ.
BBB= Rockford at Pierz tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1933= the comic strip ‘Blondie’ created by Chic Young debuted.
IN 1934= first report of a driver’s education course being introduced for students started at Penn State University.
IN 1962= the Beach Boys first hit the charts with ‘Surfin’ on this date.
IN 1972= the Volkswagen Beetle recorded more sales than Model T.

“Switch” tonight, Red Solo Cup party with Hot Hits Sat at WS Bar.

 

 

 

Thursday- February 16th, 2012
NEWS
--Slick roads and fog caused several accidents yesterday morning including two involving area school busses. According to the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office, one of these accidents happened at 7:14am in Two Rivers Township when 21-year old Jordan Wentland of Royalton hit a patch of ice on Nature Road and drove underneath a Holdingford School Bus driven by 65-year old Kenneth Abrahamson of Albany. Wentland was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries, no other injuries were reported. The other crash occurred at 8:02am when according to the Minnesota State Patrol a school bus stopped on Highway 25 near 173rd Street North of Pierz to pick-up children. Reports state there were as many as 56 children either on the bus or getting on the bus when a vehicle following behind did not see the bus stopping right away due to the foggy conditions and spun out when the brakes were applied and hit the side of the bus which was driven by 69-year-old Karolyn Waninger of Pierz. She nor any of the students on the bus were hurt. The other driver, 18-year-old Krista Tretter of Hillman was treated for minor injuries.

--Audio interviews of the man convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing Dru Sjodin back in 2003 were released by a court order in the U.S. District Court of North Dakota in Fargo on Tuesday. Only the crime scene videos remain sealed, after prosecutors and defense attorneys objected to their release Monday afternoon. The transcripts of the Rodriguez interviews had previously been made available and portions of the audio had been played during Rodriguez's death penalty trial in 2006. But this is the first time the actual recordings have been released publicly. Rodriguez was arrested four days after these interviews were taken. The interview mainly asked what Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., who had recently then been released from prison after a 23-year sentence for stabbing a woman, where he was and what he was doing on the day at Sjodin disappeared.

--District 12 Senator Paul Gazelka announced Tuesday that he is putting his bill to double the waiting period to qualify for welfare benefits in Minnesota on hold. The bill would have required a debit-style benefit card to include the recipient’s photograph. There were conflicting reports, according to Senator Gazelka, on how Wisconsin handles their state law on welfare benefits with their waiting period, which is currently 60 days. The Senator feels a longer waiting period is necessary, but recently received reports from courts stating that a longer than 6 month waiting period is very problematic. Senator Gazelka felt a bill needed to be introduced as up to 13% of welfare applicants in Minnesota are moving here from another state because of only a 30 waiting day period of benefits. He has decided to gather all the facts from the recent findings before introducing legislation. 

--No one was seriously hurt when a car collided with a school bus Tuesday morning in Fairhaven Township. Authorities stated that 61-year-old Henry Wessling of South Haven was stopped at an intersection and 17-year-old Rachael Arnold of Kimball could not stop in time and collided in the rear of the bus.

--An event is planned in Little Falls to help the student who was partially paralyzed on the ice during a hockey game back in December. A skate and donate event will be held for Jack Jablonski from 1-4pm this Saturday at the Little Falls Exchange Arena. For more information on the event, you can contact 630-3596. Numerous hockey organizations and fundraisers have been done for Jablonski and his family to encourage his recovery.

--Staples police reported in the last week that they have arrested a 55-year-old man on a probation violation, a 49-year-old woman for disorderly conduct, a 40-year-old man who fled police on a pursuit last Friday afternoon, then when officers stopped the vehicle the suspect fled on foot and was later apprehended. Police investigated a burglary at a storage unit, and a number of reports recently of phone scams of either someone stating a loved one needed money or that the victim had won money and needed to return a fee to receive the prize, gift-card or money. One case asked the caller to wire $2,200 to Western Union in Peru. Police ask residents to be mindful of these types of scams and for further info to go to www.mnscams.org.

--A reminder that 8th District Congressman Chip Cravaack will have staff members conducting a mobile office on Friday from 9:30 to 11 at the Royalton Senior Center and from 11:30 to 1pm on Friday at the Little Falls Senior Center. The offices are open to the public.

--Bumping the statewide legal speed limit from 55 to 60 miles an hour has support from both sides of the political aisle but some say it will lead to more crashes and deaths on our roadways. A bill is now making its way through the state legislature. MN Dot estimates a speed limit increase would affect at least 40,000 miles of county roads and 60,000 miles of township roads.

--Three of five defendants arrested in Sherburne County during a drug seizure have been sentenced to prison time. All of the men are from Texas and were convicted of first-degree drug crimes. Over 300 pounds of marijuana was seized from a Big Lake Township residence nearly a year ago. John Wisdom was given 7 years 10 months in prison. Martin Garza was given a stayed sentence for 1 year in jail. Israel Benavidez was sentenced to 4 years in prison. 2 other suspects from the drug raid are still to be sentenced in Sherburne County. One of those men, Felix Martinez-Garza has a number of outstanding warrants from other areas that are still being worked in the courts.

DEATH NOTICES
--Lois Gammon, age 72 of Lake Shamineau formerly Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= partly sunny, high around 35.
TONIGHT= scattered flurries overnight, mainly cloudy, low 20.
FRIDAY= snow showers early, then cloudy, high around 30, low 10.
SATURDAY= sunny, cooler, high 25-30, low around 15.
SUNDAY= sunny, warmer, high 35-40, low around 25.

SPORTS
HS GBB= Maple Lake at Pierz tonight 7:30 on FM94 KFML.
COL HK= Gophers vs. Bemidji State Saturday 6:30pm on KLTF.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1852= Studebaker Brothers Wagon Company opened.
IN 1923= Howard Carter unearths the tomb of King Tut.
IN 1937= nylon was patented by Walter Carothers of DuPont.
IN 1950= the game show ‘What’s My Line’ debuted on CBS TV.
IN 1959= Fidel Castro became the new leader in Cuba.
IN 1968= Elvis Presley received a Gold Record for ‘How Great Thou Art’; this made Elvis the 1st to get a Gold Record for a Rock song, Country song and Gospel Song. He is in all 3 of their Hall of Fames.

“Hot Hits” tonight, “Switch” Fri, Red Solo Cup Party Sat at WS Bar

Wednesday, February 15th- 2012

NEWS
--Little Falls Radio wishes to thank all who donated to the Thanks for Our Freedom Fund to help military families in Morrison County through the Camp Ripley Family Assistance Center. Including the recent Twins Caravan and donations to area financial institutions the fund raised over $15,000 to help the families of deployed soldiers. Little Falls Radio is thankful and grateful to all to the soldiers who continue to serve this nation here at home and overseas thank their families that the soldiers leave for long periods of time during deployment. Thank you again to all who donated to the recent Thanks for Our Freedom Fund efforts from Little Falls Radio.

--A hunting accident involving a 16-year old occurred Sunday afternoon. Around 3:15pm the Benton County Sheriffs Office received a caller who stated his step son had accidentally shot himself in the foot while pheasant hunting at a hunting preserve. Deputies responded to the scene near the intersection of Benton County Road 9 and Highway 95 in Glendorado Township. Investigators learned that 16-year old Brandon Rischmiller of Elk River had his gun caught on the loop on his hunting vest causing the shotgun to accidentally discharge into Rischmiller’s foot. He was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

--Little Falls Police reported the theft of money from visiting hockey players following a game last Friday night, investigated property damage complaints from a window broken out of a garage on 3rd Street Southwest and an orange colored vehicle spinning its tires on 11th Street Southwest Saturday afternoon causing damage to lawns. Police also investigated an attempted break-in at the Flower Dell where someone attempted to pry open the rear entry door, and a burglary report on First Avenue Northeast from last Saturday.

--A 24-year-old man was arrested in North Dakota in connection with a January 25th robbery at the Staples Self Serve Station. Joshua McKenna is currently in the Wadena County Jail awaiting his first court appearance. Staples officers acted on a tip concerning the robbery that occurred when a man entered the self serve and brandished a handgun, demanding money. The vehicle seen leaving the scene of the robbery had North Dakota plates, which were tracked to Crookston and then to Grafton, North Dakota. Numerous agencies helped in the arrest of McKenna.

--A Pine River House was damaged by fire Monday morning. Firefighters from Pine River, Backus and Pequot Lakes had to battle heavy smoke from inside the home but firefighters stated the home was never fully engulfed in flames. They were on the scene for nearly 4 hours on 48th Avenue Southwest. The home was unoccupied and no one was injured. The cause of the fire is not known.

--Todd County is investigating a hit and run accident Saturday around 5pm on Todd County Road 3 at the Double Eagle Golf Course. A blue, full size pickup struck a van driven by Hope Hinzmann of Eagle Bend. The pickup then left the scene. Anyone with information regarding the accident should call police.

--Another phone scam was reported to law enforcement over this past weekend. Todd County stated a Browerville resident was advised that she had won a gift-card but had to mail around $5 for processing and handling fee. The Sheriff’s Office has received several reports such as this and they have turned out to be scams. Residents are encouraged to be aware of these types of scams.

--Search and like Little Falls Radio on our Facebook page.

--The Pierz City Council met Monday night. At the meeting they set up a public hearing March 26th at 6:00pm at Pierz City Hall for electrical rate increases. Minnesota Power has proposed to increase the rate the city pays by 6 or 7% so the city is proposing to raise resident’s rate by 6% to cover the increase. Also at the meeting the Safe Route to School project hit a snag. The city needs to get easements to several properties including a property which is currently foreclosed. The city was unable to attain a contact from the bank which foreclosed the property and the city may have to use an eminent domain process. This process can take between 90 days and up to 6 months. The city was planning on doing the Safe Route to School project the same time as the Robert Park Ave. project to limit the inconvenience caused by area construction. Currently the city is contacting several different sources to make sure that federal funds will still be available if there is a delay. It appears both projects originally scheduled this summer, may be delayed until the summer of 2013. A decision on the timeline is expected to be made by the next Pierz city council meeting.

--While ice fishing tournaments in Baxter and Alexandria went off fine this past weekend some other parts of the state are still dealing with dangerous ice conditions. Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott has declared Big Lake, Lake Mitchell and some parts of Elk River unsafe. Those lakes in questions have only 7-14 inches of ice thickness compared to over 20 inches recently reported prior to the Brainerd ice fishing event last Saturday. Hennepin County has announced no ice traffic on any of their county lakes following 2 ATVs going through the ice this past weekend. Deputies starting on Thursday will start writing citations to anyone using motorized vehicles on any of the lakes in questions that are declared unsafe by law enforcement.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Jason Bellamy and Brittany Waldvogel of Royalton, girl on Feb 12th

DEATH NOTICES
--Shirley Yasgar, age 77 of Little Falls formerly Casper, Wyoming.
--Gene W. Peterson, age 83 of the Burtrum area.
--Lawrence M. Houle, age 89 of Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly cloudy, light snow at times, high 36.
TONIGHT= clearing skies, some early snow, low around 15.
THURSDAY= partly cloudy and breezy, high 35, low around 15.
FRIDAY= partly cloudy, high around 30, clear at night low 5.

SPORTS
SKI= Good Luck to the Little Falls Girls Nordic Ski Team and from the boys team, Preston Zimney, who will compete in the State Nordic Ski Tournament Thursday in Biwabik.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1758= mustard was advertised for the 1st time in the U.S colonies.
IN 1898= The USS Maine exploded in Cuba, killing 266 crewman, the explosion would mark the beginning of the Spanish/American War.
IN 1965= singer Nat King Cole died. He was only 45.
IN 1998= after 20 attempts Dale Earnhardt won the Daytona 500.

“Hot Hits” tonight and Thurs; join in the meat raffle Friday at WS Bar.

 

 

 

Tuesday- February 14, 2012 “Valentine’s Day”
NEWS
--An 18-year-old man died Saturday in a silo accident in Millwood Township near Freeport. Stearns County authorities arrived around 4pm and found the man pinned inside a silo. Freeport Fire and Rescue attempted CPR but the man was pronounced dead. Family members stated that Craig Weichmann of rural Freeport was a senior at Melrose High School. The cause of the accident is not known.

--A Pierz man has been charged with 2 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for having sexual contact with 2 young girls. The report states that 25-year-old Matthew Berry, who is a registered sex offender, had a sexual relationship with a girl under 16, and has also been charged with sexual contact with a 4-year-old girl. If convicted, Berry faces 30 years prison and/or $40,000 in fines.

--A number of sheriff’s offices are reporting an upswing in copper thefts again in the area. Copper wire was reported stolen from residences in Morrison, Benton and Stearns County all in the past 10 days including a report of copper wire taken from an irrigation system earlier this month in Royalton. A reminder to homeowners to keep items locked and out of sight when left unattended and to report any suspicious activity to their local law enforcement.

--A large grass fire sparked Saturday morning just south of Brainerd near the bypass of Highway 371. Around 11:15 firefighters were called to the fire which is believed to have started from a lit cigarette being thrown in the ditch. Authorities were able to contain the fire after 2 hours and there were no injuries. They are reminding motorists and residents that the dry vegetation and warmer than average temperatures this winter are making the wildfire danger very high in the area. The DNR reported over a half-dozen fires this past weekend in the state mostly occurring in southern Minnesota.

--Todd County received a report of a phone scam on Saturday afternoon. It was reported the caller ID at a residence on Colorado Avenue showed it originated in Jamaica and that the resident was told to have been awarded a large sum of money and they had to pay $229.05 transaction fee. The Todd County Sheriff’s Office in the past month have received a number of calls like this one of someone calling asking for money after announcing the caller had received a prize or money. These are scams and residents are urged to be aware of these scams and never give out personal or financial information over the phone and by e-mail. For more information on these types of scams you can go to www.mnscams.org.

--Two people were seriously hurt early Saturday when their vehicle left the road and vaulted off a field approach on Highway 65 south of McGregor. 33-year-old Justin Kafer of McGregor and his passenger 32-year-old Helen Hallstrom of Brook Park were injured. Kafer was taken to a Duluth Hospital with serious and life threatening injuries. Hallstrom was treated at a Aitkin Hospital and released. Alcohol was a factor in the accident and Kafer was not wearing a seatbelt.

--A Northern Minnesota man has died from what authorities are calling exposure to the elements. Deer River police say the body of 44-year-old Eric Nyberg was found near his home in Itasca County last Friday. He was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

--To help stop the spread of zebra mussels, milfoil and any other evasive species, the DNR will be operating a number of mandatory roadside checkpoints around the state throughout the year.

--Members of the Morrison County Board of Commissioners will attend a Social Event at Camp Ripley Recreational Center today at 4.

--The Little Falls Fire Department responded to a house fire of a home owned by Raymond Demarre located at 202 3rd Ave SE Little Falls. The call came in around 3:30am Monday and 21 firefighters were on the scene around 2 hours. There were no injuries. According to Little Falls Fire Chief Mike Nieman the home sustained moderate damage. The cause is currently under investigation.

--Three people were injured in a 2-vehicle accident Saturday in Stearns County. 38-year-old Jacob Weber of Sauk Rapids pulled out in front of Meghan Groover of Sartell causing the accident around 10am on County Road 74. Groover, her 7 year old daughter and Weber were taken to the hospital with reported minor injuries.

--A Foley man was arrested on drug charges after police stopped a vehicle Saturday in St. Cloud. Officers said they found 4.7 grams of methamphetamine on the front passenger seat, also found was prescription pills, drug paraphernalia, small amounts of marijuana and items related to the sale of drugs. 22-year-old Kip Zniewski was arrested and taken to the Stearns County Jail. The driver of the vehicle was cited for possession of paraphernalia and released.

NATIONAL NEWS
--With the sudden death of Whitney Houston on Saturday, CD sales have skyrocketed for the now late pop singer. Many stores cannot keep the CDs on the shelves fast enough. Internet sites are also seeing in a rise on hits for Houston, with the most downloaded song being the National Anthem she sang at the Super Bowl in 1991.

DEATH NOTICES
--Louis “Louie” Filippi, age 91 of Little Falls
--Verna Gruber, age 92 of Pierz.
--William ‘Bill’ Hall Sr., age 83 of Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= partly sunny, high 35.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low around 20.
WEDNESDAY= partly cloudy, high 36, low around 20.
THURSDAY= mostly sunny, breezy, high 38, low around 20.

SPORTS
FISH= A 6.37 pound walleye turned out to be the winner at the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza Saturday Gull Lakes’ Hole in the Day Bay. Luke Botzek of Foley won the event handily to take the first prize of a new 2012 pickup.
HS GBB= Little Falls at Sartell tonight 7:30 on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BBB= Albany at Pierz tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1778= The U.S. Flag was first recognized by a foreign vessel, it was a French vessel, who saluted the vessel of John Paul Jones.
IN 1849= President James Polk first to have photograph taken.
IN 1876= Alexander Graham Bell puts in patent for the telephone.
IN 1929= seven people were killed in Chicago, six of them were rivals of Al Capone’s gang, this was known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. No evidence was formed to link Capone to the killings.
IN 1962= millions tuned in to see First Lady Jacqueline Kenney give a live TV tour of the White House.
 
“Hot Hits” Wednesday and Thursday, “Switch” Friday at WS Bar

Monday- February 13th, 2012

NEWS
--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office in the past week, assisted Crow Wing County on a fire call after a report of a large fire was called in Wednesday night on 245th Avenue and County Road 48 north of Pierz, deputies stated that the property owner was burning along his fence line without the proper permit, deputies also assisted with a grass fire Wednesday afternoon near Cushing. Morrison County Pubic Works reported that the flashing lights on 30th Street and 120th Avenue had been shot out sometime last week causing around $1,000 in damage, a burglary was reported at a cabin and shed in Cushing, a burglary was also reported last week at a cabin in Hillman where a shotgun was taken. Authorities also responded to a number of theft calls and arrested a 30-year-old woman for assault after reports stated the woman allegedly pointed a handgun at a man and struck him twice with the butt of the gun during an argument back on February 4th in Randall.

--The Little Falls School Board meets tonight at 5:30pm at the Morrison County Government Center. Agenda items include a number of donations, approvals of fees and facility use for the Grad Bash, budget assumptions for 2012-13, discussion on the land lease agreement and the Lincoln roof snow removal procedure.

--100 members of the Norwegian Home Guard are training at Camp Ripley now through February 22nd. This is the 39th year that the exchange of soldiers between Norway and Camp Ripley has occurred. Major John Donovan stated that this is the oldest known exchange program of its type with the National Guard and that Camp Ripley is proud to host the program. While soldiers of Norway are training at Camp Ripley other members of Camp Ripley are over in Norway. Some of the members of the Norwegian Home Guard will be guests on KLTF Party Line Tuesday morning at 10am.

--The Todd County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will present Lifesaving Awards to Mercedes Eke and Kali Arnzen this afternoon at 1:45 during a ceremony at Sauk Centre High School. The two were skating on Fairy Lake in Todd County back on December 29th when they observed an ATV go through the ice. The driver, Travis Ritter of rural Sauk Centre and his young son were on the ATV. Ritter was able to hoist his son onto the ice but was unable to remove himself from the water. Eke and Arnzen were able to successfully get Ritter out of the water. Ritter and his son were treated at the scene and were not hospitalized.

--Todd County investigated a call that a juvenile male was threatening another with a firearm at a Birchdale Township residence on last Tuesday afternoon. The Sheriff’s Office responded and took the individual into custody without incident. No one was injured.

--27 enforcement cases were concluded recently by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and of those 3 area cases were included. Long Prairie Packing Company was fined $52,000 for water and air-quality violations, KBI Inc. of Eden Valley was fined $8,225 for water-quality violations and the Carly Winscher Farm of Royalton was fined $6,900 for feedlot violations. In all of the 2011, MCPA concluded that 159 cases were conducted for violations around the state.

--Staff of the 8th District Congressman Chip Cravaack will be available to meet with constituents on Friday from 9:30am-11:00am at the Royalton Senior Center and later that day from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Little Falls Senior Center.

--HGL Show is March 30th and 31st, reserve spots now at 632-2992.

--A Pierz woman is one of the 111 candidates up for Minnesota Teacher of the Year through Education Minnesota. Mary Jo Schaefer is one of the candidates, along with Denise Heubsch of St. Cloud, Carolyn Becher of Eden Valley Watkins and Kim Bowen of Big Lake. The award is presented on May 6th in Brooklyn Center.

--Larson and Triumph Boats announced an expanded joint venture agreement has been reached with their parent company J&D Acquisitions and a Chinese company, Poly Technologies Inc. The agreement will open the market for boat sales for Larson and Triumph which are both manufactured in Little Falls.

--The Upsala City Council continues to search for a city resident to sit on the city council for the remainder of this year. At a recent meeting, City Clerk Adrian Welle stated that no inquiries have been made for the seat that was vacated by Lynn Depa at the end of the last year for personal reasons. The seat is up for election in November. Applications for the vacant seat are at Upsala City Hall.

--A hog barn was destroyed by fire Friday north of Sauk Rapids. Sartell and Sauk Rapids firefighters battled the blaze at 6166 Town Hall Road for over 5 hours. 70 pigs died in the fire and over 2,000 bales of hay were burned. One firefighter sustained an elbow fracture and possible concussion from a fall and was treated at St. Cloud Hospital. The loss was estimated at over $100,000.

--Authorities are investigating a bank robbery in Princeton Friday at the People’s Bank of Commerce on Rum River Drive. Just before noon, video surveillance shows a female suspect entered the bank and handed the cashier a note, then the suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police did not say if she had a weapon only that she fled on foot. A search by Mille Lacs County deputies, Princeton and Milaca police were unable to find the suspect. The FBI has been called to assist in the case.

--A community notification meeting will be tonight at 6pm at the Brainerd police department to discuss the release of 27-year-old Joshua Rinde from the Crow Wing County Detention Center. Rinde will be returning to his home on 7th Street in Brainerd. Rinde has a history of sexual contact with female minors who Rinde knew. The meeting is open to the pubic tonight at 6pm.

--Belle Prairie Park is closed today through February 17th due to tree removal and pickup taking place.

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
--Singer and actress Whitney Houston was found dead Saturday at a Beverly Hills Hotel. The death is under investigation. She was 48.

--Adele swept the Grammy Awards Sunday night, earning 6 awards including album (21) and record and song with Rolling in the Deep.

DEATH NOTICES
--Rev. John W. Eccleston, age 83 of St. Cloud formerly of Little Falls.
--Gertrude Boser, age 92 of Onamia.
--Bryan Anderson, age 64, passed away at the St. Cloud VA.

WEATHER
TODAY= partly sunny, high around 30
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 15.
TUESDAY= sunny, high 34, partly cloudy at night, low 20
WEDNESDAY= sunny, high 35, partly cloudy low around 20.

Meat raffle on Friday, great lunches served daily at West Side Bar.

 

 

 

Friday- February 10th, 2012
NEWS
--Belle Prairie Park will be closed next week, February 13th through the 17th for tree removal and cleanup.

--A portion of the Mississippi river that runs through Camp Ripley will be shown on an upcoming special on the National Geographic channel Sunday night at 7pm. The show entitled Wild Mississippi is a three hour miniseries which will discuss how the river nurtures, destroys and how animals interact and struggle with each other. The Mississippi River runs through 18 miles of the Camp Ripley base.

--The United States Department of Agriculture recently announced that Smude Sunflower Oil is the recipient of a $289,000 Value Added Producer Grant. Owner Tom Smude stated the grant will allow the business, based in Pierz to continue to market the product which can already be found in businesses across the nation and ordered online.

--Little Falls Police in the past week reported a theft on First Street Northwest, tires and a rental vehicle damaged on 7th Street Northeast and a complaint of someone shooting a .22 caliber gun at a parked vehicle on the 300 Block of 11th Street Southeast.

--The Royalton City Council met on Wednesday night. At the meeting they set a date for the Royalton City Cleanup on Saturday, April 28th. It is usually from 8:00am-12:00pm. There was also an update on the Royalton Splash Park. There will be a Spaghetti Dinner benefit for the project on February 25th at the Royalton American Legion. Tickets are available from Royalton City Hall or Splash Pad members. They also reported they received a $5,000 check from Burlington Northern Railroad along with a $3,000 contribution from Brandl Motors in three $1,000 payments the next three years for the Splash Park. The city is still looking for a spot for the test well and the council has approved two more appraisals if they need it.

--For the second consecutive month, lack of seat belt use factored in a majority of Minnesota traffic deaths. In January, 13 of the 18 motorists killed were not buckled up, according to preliminary Department of Public Safety; Office of Traffic Safety crash data. In December, only five of the 23 motorists killed were belted. Most of the January unbelted deaths occurred in Greater Minnesota counties where belt compliance is historically low: Benton, Cass, Crow Wing, Faribault, Goodhue, Kandiyohi, Otter Tail, Rock, St. Louis, Wadena and Winona. One unbelted fatality occurred in the Twin Cities area. Four of the unbelted deaths were under the age of 30.

--Fire safety officials are casting a nervous eye toward spring as Minnesota’s drought continues. Minimal snowfall is keeping vegetation dangerously dry across the state and that elevates the spring fire risk. Ground vegetation is usually matted on the ground during this time of year but with no snow, grasses are still standing, dried out by the wind and sun. That means they would burn faster and hotter in a wildfire if they occur this spring.

--A State House Committee has taken a first step for a bike friendly trail along the Mississippi River Trail and some legislators are trying to make it the first state bikeway. The trail goes along the Mississippi River beginning at Lake Itasca down through Brainerd, Camp Ripley, Little Falls and St. Cloud to the Iowa border. The designation of the bikeway would help cities and counties along the trail compete for state or federal funds. The trail mainly uses road shoulders, little used roads and some sections go off road with the department behind the trail hoping that most of the trail will eventually go off-road and away from many major traffic congested areas.

--Another Arctic blast is hitting the state after warm temps for the past week, temps today will barely reach 10 above, and overnight lows this morning and tomorrow morning are below zero. The cold and wind will stick around through Saturday before temps rise again into next week. Use caution over the next 2 days as wind chills of -20 unprotected skin can encounter frostbite in less than 10 minutes.

--A Sartell woman was seriously injured Thursday morning when she was struck by a vehicle while walking. Police stated that 38-year-old Karla Pallansch was found lying on the First Street in Sartell just after 6:30 and taken to St. Cloud Hospital and listed in critical condition.  The 59-year-old driver of the vehicle was not hurt. The accident is currently under investigation by Sartell and Sauk Rapids police.

--The Pierz City Council meets Monday at 7pm at Pierz City Hall. Agenda items include recommendation of the Pierz EDA loan for new business Amp Fitness, an update on Safe Route for Schools and reports from the Police Chief Eric Hanneken, Fire Chief Brian Boser, Robert Otremba of Public Works and Daniel Baert of Parks Dept. 

--The 59th Annual Morrison County Dairy Princess Contest is March 24th. Candidates are being sought now for the upcoming contest. A candidate must be a high school graduate by this July or not yet 24 years old, and she must be actively engaged in production of milk for sale or have parents or guardians employed on a dairy farm. For a brochure contact Cindy at 745-2615.

DEATH NOTICES
--Beatrice ‘Bea’ Mitchell, age 70 of Onamia.

WEATHER
TODAY= partly cloudy, much colder, high 7, wind chills -15 to -25
TONIGHT= clear and cold, low -10, wind chills -15 to -30.
SATURDAY= sunny, high 15, wind chills near 0, clear at night low 0.
SUNDAY= sunny, high 25, clear at night warmer, low 10.
MONDAY= light snow showers, high near 30.

SPORTS
HS GBB= Pierz at Holdingford tonight 7:30 on FM94 KFML.
HS BBB= Little Falls vs. Becker live at the Target Center in Minneapolis Saturday at 3pm on Q92 WYRQ/AM960 KLTF.
HS BBB= Pierz at Braham Saturday 7:30pm on FM94 KFML.
ND= The University of North Dakota will resume using its contentious Fighting Sioux nickname. A state law was repealed last year that required the university to use the nickname and a logo that shows the profile of an American Indian warrior. But supporters of the name filed petitions late Tuesday demanding that the issue be put to a statewide vote sometime later this year.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1863= the fire extinguisher was patented by Alanson Crane.
IN 1933= the Postal Telegraph Company started singing telegrams.
IN 1945= Bing Crosby and The Andrew Sisters took over the #1 spot on the charts with “Don’t Fence Me In”. The song would return to #1 a few years later on country charts but recorded then by Roy Rogers.
IN 1965= A quote, often used later by others, was first stated by Minnesota Senator Hubert H. Humphrey “The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.”

“Northern Charm” tonight and Sat, Meat Raffle tonight at WS Bar

Thursday- February 9th, 2012

NEWS
--During the Morrison County Commissioners Meeting Tuesday the years of service awards were handed out. They included 15 Year Certificates of Appreciation to David Hayes and Michael Wochnick. 20 Year Certificates went to Tim Brummer, Geraldine Hoose, Linda LeBlanc, Donald Meyer, Joan Mushel, Heather Ray, Anne Marie Roach, Mary Venske, Pearl Wilson, and Peggy Zimny. 25 Year Certificates were presented to Paul Froncak, Elda Mae (Bunny) Johnston, Connie Seelen, Julia Weisz, and Louise Welle. 30 Year Certificates went to Marlene Rutz and Shari Kris. 35 Year Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Linda Alvar, Terry Deming, and Tara Selinski. 19 other individuals received awards for either 5 or 10 years of service. Each received either a gift or gift certificate to accompany the Certificate of Appreciation Awards.

--GOP Candidate for President Rick Santorum was the clear winner in the Minnesota Republican Caucus Tuesday night. He was also the definite winner in Morrison County. Of the 309 total votes from the 5 locations for precinct caucuses…Santorum received 198 total votes, Ron Paul was second with 73 votes, Mitt Romney 22 and Newt Gingrich 16. Of the 5 locations, Little Falls High School 103 total votes, 59 for Santorum, Pierz Senior Center 55 votes, 41 to Santorum, Royalton High School 40 votes, 31 to Santorum, Upsala High School 42 votes, 32 to Santorum and Scandia Valley Town Hall 69 votes, 35 to Santorum.  Santorum also did well in Crow Wing County finishing first and before the caucuses in Crow Wing Township, Senator Paul Gazelka of District 12 announced his support to Rick Santorum. The Morrison County Convention is March 3rd at the Little Falls VFW. The Crow Wing County Convention is February 25th at Central Lakes College.

--The DFL Party also held their caucus Tuesday night across the state. As President Barack Obama is the only DFL candidate for the White House in November most of their caucuses dealt with House and Senate seats. In Morrison and Crow Wing County a straw poll for the 8th Congressional District gave the nod to Rick Nolan of Crosby followed by Jeff Anderson and Tarryl Clark was third. Those 3 are vying for the DFL endorsement for the 8th Congressional District which is currently held by Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack who is running for reelection in November.

--Crow Wing County authorities were back out on Gull Lake Tuesday checking the ice for the upcoming ice fishing extravaganza this weekend. The event is still a go according to Sheriff Todd Dahl even with the warmer temperatures over the weekend. The thickness still showed over 18 inches in the area of the event on Hole in the Day Bay. With colder temperatures forecasted for Friday and Saturday and even below zero lows Thursday and Friday night the hope is no problems should arise for the event on Saturday which benefits many lakes area charities. Vehicles will be restricted on the lake and traffic will be heavy on Saturday around the event area so the State Patrol is asking motorists to be cautious, expect delays on Highway 371 and if possible to find an alternate route around it on Saturday.

--A 23-year-old Longville man has been charged with 2nd-degree intentional murder for the stabbing death of 31-year-old James Elmberg just after midnight Sunday in Cass County. Frank LaRose faces up to 40 years in prison and/or $500,000 in fines if convicted. His next court appearance is scheduled for next Monday.

--Recipes, community calendar and sports scores at fallsradio.com.

--Foley City Council members voted down a proposal to enlist the services of a security company on a month-to-month basis for the policing of the city Tuesday at their meeting. Foley continues to be without police services in the city since talks broke off with Benton County and also a proposed plan with a private security company fell through. The city council stated they are considering proposals from a different security firm and consultants in starting a new police department in the city. The proposal voted down 3-2 was to hire a company in Blaine to police the city on a temporary basis on a monthly payment plan. Benton County has offered an invite to the city for a meeting to try and reopen negotiations between the two but there was not word if one was set up yet. The city did state they are not in crisis mode on this and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office is still handing all emergency services for the city at this time.

--Todd County is investigating a scam. A company called United Benefit Advantage called a Todd County resident recently and attempted to sell a subscription of magazines at $50. They advised the person they would get a gift valued at $250 in return for the purchase. That person never received any magazines or the gift and then found other charges applied to their bank account from the company in question that were not approved by the resident. Todd County is reminding residents to not give personal info over phone.

--The Mississippi Valley Cattleman’s Association Annual Meeting will be this Saturday at the Little Falls Ballroom. Social starts at 7:30pm and the dinner begins at 8:00pm. The cost of the meal is $10 and the annual dues are $25. If you pay your dues you receive one free meal. For information call Darv Keehr at (320) 745-2431.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Christopher Strom and Lisa Miller of Little Falls, boy born 2/7/12

DEATH NOTICES
--Sylvester ‘Syl’ Wotzka, age 89 of Little Falls.
--David H. Brown, age 78 of Foley.
--Marilyn D. Schmidt, age 72 of Swanville.

WEATHER
TODAY= sun early, increasing clouds in PM, high 35.
TONIGHT= flurries, turning blustery and cold, low 0.
FRIDAY= sunny and windy, high 10, wind chills near -20.
FRI NITE/SAT= clear and cold, low -10, sunny and 15.
SAT NITE/SUN= clear and 0, sunny, warmer high 26.

SPORTS
HS BHK= Little Falls at Princeton tonight 7pm on Q92/AM960
HS BBB= Howard Lake Waverly at Pierz tonight 7:30 on FM94
NORD= The Little Falls Flyer Girls Nordic Ski Team goes to the state tournament for the 7th straight year. The girls finished first in the section meet Tuesday to advance to state in Biwabik on February 16th. The Flyer boys finished 4th but Preston Zimney finished 8th overall and advances to the state tournament next Thursday.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1870= U.S. Weather Bureau organized by Congress.
IN 1964= 70 million plus people watched The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

“Hot Hits” tonight, “Northern Charm” Fri and Sat at West Side Bar

 

 

 

Wednesday- February 8th, 2012
NEWS
--A 61-year-old Garrison woman has been indicted by a grand jury on first degree premeditated murder charges in Cass County. Helene Mitchell-Abraham is accused of intentionally striking and killing her estranged husband with her motor vehicle on September 23rd, 2010. The 64-year-old Wendell Abraham was killed and then reports stated that Helene checked to see if he was dead and then hid the body. She then allegedly told her sister that she took the opportunity to kill or harm him when he walked behind her vehicle. Mitchell-Abraham was charged with 2nd-degree murder in Cass County but in Minnesota a grand jury indictment is needed for first-degree murder charges and that occurred earlier this week. Her next court appearance is March 19th and a jury trial is tentatively set for May 7th. A first-degree murder conviction in Minnesota has a life in prison without parole sentence to it. 2nd-degree carries a maximum penalty of 40 years.

--The public is invited to attend a meeting on Thursday, February 16, to discuss a transportation study and comprehensive planning project currently under way in Wadena. The meeting begins at 5:30pm at Minnesota State Community and Technical College, in Wadena. The meeting is an opportunity to gather input and discuss future community growth and area transportation system development. It also will help project partners gain a greater understanding of issues, needs and opportunities that could affect the Wadena area. This planning project will prepare a 20-year comprehensive plan and transportation plan. This meeting is the first of three public meetings that will be conducted during the study. Project representatives from the city of Wadena, Wadena and Otter Tail counties, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation will be available to respond to comments and questions. For more information about the meeting or study, contact the city of Wadena at 218-631-7707.

--Cass County has released the name of the Walker man stabbed Sunday in Cass County near Longville. 31-year-old James Elmberg was found with stab wounds just after midnight and taken to a hospital in Crosby where he died. 23-year-old Frank Larose of Longville was arrested a short time later. He is currently in the Cass County Jail awaiting formal charges.

--The Minnesota Department of Transportation encourages motorists traveling northbound and southbound on Highway 371 during daylight hours this Saturday to be alert of lane closures near Gull Lake Hole-in-the-Day Bay and the Brainerd International Raceway.  Motorists are urged to slow down and drive with caution through the area. Drivers should watch for signs and be prepared for sudden stops. Law enforcement will be patrolling the area. Highway 371 traffic will be a single lane at Gull Lake to allow for a shuttle bus/vehicle drop off site during the Jaycees Fishing Extravaganza.  Contest participants and spectators are encouraged to use the shuttle service.  For updated statewide traffic, construction, weather and travel information, visit www.511mn.org.

--Rice firefighters battled a shed fire Monday in Langola Township. The call came in around 5pm of a fire about a mile off Highway 10 just outside the Rice city limits. The shed could not be saved. Firefighters were at the scene on 125th Street NW for about 3 hours. No one was injured. The cause is under investigation.

--A free tax service is provided by AARP tax-aide volunteers every Thursday from 1-4pm at the Little Falls Senior Center. Call 632-8009 for information or to set up an appointment.

--The Little Falls City Council met Monday night. At the meeting there was an approval of the hiring of two part-time officers, Jennifer Callahan and Joshua Andrea for the Little Falls Police Department. Little Falls Police had been a member of the Central Minnesota Drug and Gang Task Force but that task force combined with another in the area and the Little Falls Police Department is now a member of the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force. The matter of the sign ordinance in Little Falls has been referred to planning and zoning for review after a complaint about a sign in the downtown area.

--Stearns County Deputies, St. Joseph and Waite Park police are investigating a robbery at the Coborn’s Pharmacy in St. Joseph. A man entered the facility around 8pm Monday night, wearing all black including a black ski-mask over his face, gave the cashier a threatening note demanding drugs, then left on foot. No weapon was displayed. There is no report of what the suspect took. The cashier was not injured. Surveillance video is being checked by authorities.

--A Fort Ripley woman was named the Mid-Minnesota Holstein Club’s Outstanding Dairy Woman at its meeting last weekend. Becky Joerger was presented the award by Art Stumpf of Pierz.

--A 52-year-old Brainerd man was injured Saturday in a rollover accident on Harmony Lane in Crow Wing County. The accident happened around 5pm when Richard Sullivan left the roadway and struck the ditch. He had to be extricated by area firefighters from the vehicle and taken to the Brainerd hospital for what deputies states were non-life threatening injuries.

MN CAUCUS/NATIONAL NEWS
--GOP Candidate for President Rick Santorum got a big boost to his campaign with wins in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado that held primaries or caucuses on Tuesday. In Minnesota, Ron Paul finished 2nd with Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich a distant 3rd and 4th.

DEATH NOTICES
--Lorraine M. Rosty, age 80 of Long Prairie formerly of Swanville.

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly sunny, high near 30.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 14.
THURSDAY= sunny early then increasing clouds, high 35, low 0.
FRIDAY= sunny and cold, high barely reaching 10 above.

SPORTS
NBA= Timberwolves win 86-84 Tuesday over Sacramento.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1910= William Boyce incorporated The Boy Scouts of America.
IN 1936= the first NFL draft was held. Eagles took Jay Berwanger #1
IN 1963= Lamar Hunt moved his American Football League team the Dallas Texas to Kansas City where they became the Chiefs.
IN 1985= The Dukes of Hazzard aired for the final time on CBS, the show had a behind the scenes episode beforehand and stated the show had to use up to 8 cars an episode because of crash scenes.
IN 1990= singer of “Runaway” Del Shannon died at age 50.
IN 1996= Art Model announced he was moving his Cleveland Browns NFL franchise to Baltimore and renaming them the Ravens.

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Tuesday, February 7th- 2012

NEWS
--It is a caucus night in Minnesota. Precinct caucuses start at 7pm tonight. For the DFL Party in Morrison County their caucus is at Little Falls Community Middle School with registration beginning at 6:30pm. Republicans will hold caucuses at four locations and residents attend the caucus location chosen for the precinct in which they live. Little Falls Community High School will be for residents who live in the township of Belle Prairie, Green Prairie, Pike Creek and Ripley and also all 3 wards in the city of Little Falls. Scandia Valley Town Hall is for the townships of Cushing, Darling, Motley, Parker, Rosing and Scandia Valley plus the cities of Motley and Randall. Upsala High School is for those who live in Culdrum, Elmdale and Swanville Township and city residents of Elmdale, Flensburg, Sobieski, Swanville and Upsala.  At the Pierz Senior Center, residents of Agram, Buckman, Buh, Granite, Hillman, Lakin, Leigh, Morrill, Mt. Morris, Pierz, Platte, Pulaski and Richardson townships will join with residents of the cities of Buckman, Genola, Harding, Hillman, Lastrup and Pierz, to caucus.  Residents of Bellevue, Swan River and Two Rivers townships and city residents of Bowlus and Royalton will caucus at the Royalton High School in the media center. Participants at precinct caucuses select presidential candidates and vote on their party’s platform issues. At each precinct caucus, a chairperson of the caucus is elected as well as delegates who will represent the area at the next level of the party’s convention.

--The Minneapolis based 934th Airlift Wing will lose eight of its C-130 Hercules Aircrafts in 2013 due to the National paring-down of the defense budget spending. Air Force officials announced that 83 Air Force Reserve Command aircraft at bases across the nation will be retired during the 2013 fiscal year. Bases in 13 states also will see changes in connection with the budget cuts. Recently Camp Ripley announced on KLTF’s Party Line that they expect no changes in their National Guard units or at the base and are getting ready to welcome the Norwegian Home Guard later this week. The Home Guard will appear on KLTF next Tuesday, February 14th at 10am.

--A number of fire departments in Crow Wing County received a grant for a new radio system. Departments in Brainerd, Crosby, Crosslake, Cuyuna, Deerwood, Emily, Fifty Lakes, Garrison, Ideal, Ironton, Mission, Nisswa and Pequot Lakes received a grant of $761,000 which the federal government will pay 80% of to work on having a new 800-megahertz radio system in place to allow them to serve and protect citizens in a more efficient fashion. The departments would have to pay 20% or $152,000 of it.

--A Walker man died after being stabbed in Cass County early Sunday. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch stated around midnight they were called to the Longville Area and found a stabbing victim who later died at the medical center in Crosby. A short time later, 23-year-old Frank Larose of Longville was taken into custody. He is awaiting charges in the Cass County Jail. The name of the victim has not been released and Bursch stated the investigation is ongoing.

--40 people were evacuated from Valleyview Assisted Living and Memory Care in Northfield on Sunday night. Rice County authorities stated one person had to be assisted out of the building but all others were able to get out on their own. Investigators believe the fire started in one enclosed unit. The unit where the fire started sustained extensive damage, some of the facility had smoke damage.

--Recipes, community calendar and more at www.fallsradio.com.

--The Royalton City Council meets Wednesday night at 7pm at the Royalton City Complex. Some agenda items include the council setting a city cleanup date; they will receive a test well update, review the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency test well for EZ stop and get an update on the Royalton Splash Park. The meeting was moved to Wednesday do to caucuses tonight in Royalton.

--The Motley man arrested last week by Morrison County deputies has been formally charged with burglary in district court. 29-year-old David Clairmont was charged with felony third degree burglary for an incident on East River Road in Motley Township. Clairmont faces a maximum penalty of 5 years prison and/or $10,000 in fines.

--Two Missouri men were sentenced in Otter Tail County Friday for stabbing a Perham woman outside of a Perham motel in October. 20-year-old James Manning and 26-year-old Robert McCane of Hillsboro were charged with assaulting a woman on October 6th after she had given a ride to the two men to a Motel Room where she was assaulted with a knife and stabbed 7 times which led to a punctured lung and other injuries. The victim has since recovered from the assault and stabbing. McCane pleaded guilty to 2nd degree assault and given 6 months prison, 10 years probation and fined $17,000. Manning pleaded guilty to aiding an offender and sentenced to three months in jail, four years of probation and must pay a $1,085 fine.

NATIONAL NEWS
--NBC is announcing that 111-million people watched the Super Bowl Sunday night. That number is about the same as last year. Big Winners for Commercials included Clint Eastwood for Chrysler, Matthew Broderick for Honda and Jerry Seinfeld for Acura. Some misses went to Elton John for Pepsi and many dot-com ads. The halftime show again brought controversy after reports one of musicians on stage flipping the middle finger at the cameras.
 
DEATH NOTICES
--Mary Rose (Zimmerman) Brooks, age 73 of Park Rapids formerly LF

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly sunny, colder, high around 20.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around zero, wind chills around -15.
WEDNESDAY= sunny, breezy, high 25, low around 12.
THURSDAY= sunny, continued breezy, high of 25 to 30.

SPORTS
NBA= Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love was suspended 2 games following an incident Saturday night where he stepped on the face of a Houston Rocket player. Love said it was not intentional.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1935= Parker Brothers introduced the game Monopoly.
IN 1936= A U.S. Vice President’s flag was made by executive order.
IN 1940= Walt Disney’s “Pinocchio” opened in movie theaters.
IN 1964= thousands flocked JFK Airport in New York as The Beatles arrived in America, they would perform on Ed Sullivan the next night.
IN 1982= The J. Geils Band hit #1 with Centerfold on the pop charts.
IN 1985= the first swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated was released, the magazine was 218 pages and became their best seller.

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Monday- February 6th, 2012
NEWS
--The Morrison County Area Foundation announced that grant applications are now being accepted through the end of the month from nonprofits, school districts and local units of government and organizations that are funded through these entities serving Morrison County. The grants are to support worthwhile projects in the county that provide a benefit to the county residents and public interest. The Foundation’s advisory board will select five projects for awards of up to $1,000 each through a competitive review process. The board will review applications and make grant determinations by May 1st. Please see full grant guidelines and online applications at
http://www.ifound.org/

--14 members of the Little Falls DECA chapter competed at the District competition on Wednesday in St. Cloud. 13 students from the District competition advanced to the State Career Development Conference in Minneapolis on March 4-6. The national competition will be held in Salt Lake City, UT. Advancing to state competition this year in various categories include Whitney Evans, Darik Anderson, Lacey Schmidt, Ingrid Floersheim, Marie Veillette, Emma Keehr, Amanda Evans, Emily Stark, Tristen Zimmerman, Nick Anderson, Mark Anez, Jacob Freitag, and Tasha Schaffer. Congratulations to each of these competitors on qualifying for state.

--The Morrison County Farm Service Agency reminds dairy farmers who participate in the Milk Income Loss Contract program that the payment is very close to being triggered for February milk. Producers with the start month of October, 2011 through February 2012 are locked in with the recent price while those with a start month of March have until February 14th to change their start month. Producers are reminded that the Adjusted Gross Income form for 2012 must be completed and signed at the FSA office prior to any payments being issued. Producers are also encouraged to keep their milk records current at FSA so benefits are not held up if the program should be triggered. For more info call 320-632-5477.

--Senator Paul Gazelka of Brainerd joined Senator Dave Thompson of Lakeville Thursday to announce their introduction of a constitutional amendment that would give Minnesotans the opportunity to vote on whether or not Minnesota workers should have the freedom to join a union or not.  Currently, if someone is hired by a company with a collective bargaining agreement in place, that person is required to join the union or pay fair share dues. If Minnesotans vote in favor of this amendment, every Minnesota worker would still have the right to join or support a labor union, only now it would be his or her own decision.  Union employees would still be able to collectively bargain the same as under current law. The bill still has to work its way through committee and be passed by the legislature. 

--Congressman Chip Cravaack announced that staff from his office will be at the Cottage House Café in Menagha on Friday at 9:30 and at the Wadena City Hall at noon Friday. Anyone with questions or concern for the Congressman should attend one of the mobile offices and meet with his staff so they can return the issues to Cravaack.

--The Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza, which helps many lakes area charities, is on for this Saturday at Hole in the Day Bay on Gull Lake. The ice thickness on the lake continues to be checked by sheriff’s officials because of the warmer temperatures recently. Large vehicles will not be allowed on the ice this weekend and ATVs and snowmobiles will be used but operators are urged to use caution.

--GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul will be in St. Cloud this afternoon for a town-hall meeting.  The return to St. Cloud is one more chance to gain support before the state’s caucuses Tuesday. The Paul campaign, which organized a rally in St. Cloud in November, stated the meeting will be at 4pm at the River’s Edge Convention Center. Paul started a statewide tour Saturday with stops in Rochester, Chanhassen, Arden Hills and concludes today with stops in Minneapolis and then the one in St. Cloud. Another hopeful Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum was in Minnesota Sunday. Santorum was north of Bemidji touring a clothing manufacturing plant that makes his signature sweater vests. Santorum also made stops in Eden Prairie and Lake Waconia.

--A Cass County jury found an Akeley man guilty for an assault of a state trooper back in October. Authorities stated that Trooper Darcy Gagnon stopped 26-year-old Elijah Knowles on Highway 34 for suspicion of D.W.I. She tried to handcuff him but he hit her on the head with the trooper's Taser. The complaint said suspect Knowles put the stun gun to Gagnon's head and pulled the trigger, but the safety was on. Knowles then tried to take the trooper's sidearm, but was unable to get her gun. When deputies arrived, Knowles fled at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. He was arrested after trying to ram two squad cars and crashing his car. Knowles registered his blood alcohol content at .143 and he was charged with 13 crimes. His sentencing has been set for February 15th where he faces up to ten years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

--Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, a non-profit organization serving veterans statewide, will be holding an “Open House” at the new Outreach office in Little Falls from 10:30am-12:30pm on Tuesday. The Open House will be in the Garden Level Meeting Room of the Morrison County Government Center.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9am at the Morrison County Government Center with mostly agency reports. The Board will also hand out the years of service awards.

--Congratulations to Josh Groshong of Little Falls who won $50,000 from a Minnesota State Lottery Scratch Off game. He purchased the ticket in Little Falls last Tuesday.

DEATH NOTICES
--Delmar ‘Del’ Bauers, age 80 of Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly sunny skies, turning breezy, high 35.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, scattered flurries, low of 5 above.
TUESDAY= partly cloudy, colder, high 15, low around 0.
WEDNESDAY= sunny skies, high around 25.

SPORTS
SUPER BOWL= New York Giants score in the final minute to beat New England 21-17 to win the Super Bowl. Eli Manning game MVP.
HALL= former Viking Chris Doleman along with other players, Curtis Martin, Cortez Kennedy, Willie Roaf, Dermontti Dawson, and senior selection Jack Butler were named to the Hall of Fame Saturday. Jerome Bettis, Cris Carter and Bill Parcells are among those who failed to be elected Saturday. The inductions will be in early August.
HS GBB= Eden Valley Watkins at Pierz tonight 7:30 on FM94 KFML

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