News February, 2013

Thursday- February 28th, 2013

--The court date for an Avon man was reset to March 11th during a hearing Monday in Morrison County District Court. The judge reset the court date to March 11th for 32-year-old Jesse Kirschman of Avon. Kirschman is charged with felony first-degree possession of drugs, felony fleeing a peace officer and possession of an assault weapon along with other gross-misdemeanor charges from a pursuit with authorities on January 6th where speeds reached 100 miles per hour ending when Kirschman’s vehicle crashed into a fence.

--On Monday, Representative Ron Kresha of Little Falls introduced a bill with bipartisan support that would promote existing tax credits to businesses in outstate Minnesota. Kresha stated that too few small businesses in Greater Minnesota are taking advantage of these investment tax credits. In 2010 and 2011 only 10% of Greater Minnesota received the tax credits. These credits were designed to boost businesses in all of Minnesota not just the Twins Cities Metro Area. The bill was referred to the Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy Committee where it awaits further action. Senator Paul Gazelka of Nisswa is expected to introduce the same type of bill in the State Senate before weeks’ end.

--Staples Firefighters were called to a house fire Saturday morning on 6th Street Northeast. The homeowner Beverly Shea told firefighters that the fire was in the basement. The main floor had smoke coming from it when firefighters arrived. A chair in the basement was on fire which was put out by one bucket of water. The house sustained some smoke damage but there were no injuries.

--17-year-old Karsen Bryce King of Ironton appeared in Crow Wing County Court Monday. King is charged with 2nd-degree intentional murder in the death of his father Stanley King back in 2011. After a short hearing the judge declared that the next contested omnibus hearing is set for May 29th. According to court records- Karsen King shot his father two times with a shotgun then told his father’s significant other that it was because he never let him do anything. Though no record shows it being brought up at the hearing there had been negotiations about King being charged as an adult in the case.

--Fire destroyed a shed that smokers use at a Sauk Rapids care center Wednesday morning. The fire was reported around 5:30am at Cummings Care Center. The fire caused about $8,000 damage to the shed and a nearby garage. The vinyl siding on the garage melted. The shed is about 20 feet from the care center. It is believed that unattended cigarettes that were not extinguished properly caused the fire. Cummings Care Center is a residential care center.

--At a rally with volunteers from across Minnesota in the Capitol Rotunda Tuesday Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon announced that six local service organizations are receiving over $700,000 in new grants to support volunteer opportunities for nearly 4,000 older Minnesotans. The grants funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) support ongoing efforts to empower and connect senior citizens with opportunities to improve their communities through service. Counties in central Minnesota that will receive funding include Todd, Wadena and Mille Lacs County.

--The National Biathlon being held at Camp Ripley north of Little Falls wraps up today with the finals competition. The event is free and open to the public today to see. You will need a valid driver’s license or ID card to get into the Military Base then transportation is being provided from there to the site where the biathlon is taking place.

--State fisheries officials met with Mille Lacs Lake area residents and business owners near Garrison on Wednesday to discuss how to cut the walleye harvest this year. State and tribal officials agreed last month to slash the maximum catch in half because of data suggesting that walleye numbers in the popular lake have dropped to a 40-year low. The Department of Natural Resources presented the Mille Lacs stakeholders group with options for how to reduce the take by hook-and-line sport anglers. DNR officials have said changes could include some combination of reduced bag limits, changes in size restrictions and ways to reduce hooking mortality. The Ojibwe bands that exercise treaty rights to net walleyes from the lake will consider separately how to stay within their lower quota.

--An open forum on the Army Compatible Use Buffer program will be at 7:00pm on March 14th in the Training and Community Center at Camp Ripley. The ACUB program compensates landowners for not encroaching on property within three miles of the camp. It is voluntary. The Minnesota DNR and the Board of Water and Soil Resources will help institute land protection measures including acquisition and conservation easements. The ACUB program already includes 93 land transactions totaling more than 12,500 acres.

--Today marks a historic day in the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict announced two weeks ago that he will step down as pope becoming the first pontiff to leave the job alive in 598 years. He will officially resign at 8:00pm Vatican time which is 1:00pm central time.

--Justin and Ashley Green, girl born February 26th

--Shirley Ann ‘Sowada’ Heidecker, age 67 of East Gull Lake.

TODAY= partly sunny to cloudy, high 33.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low around 12.
FRIDAY= partly sunny, high near 30, partly cloudy night low +5.
SATURDAY= light snow showers afternoon, high 28, low 12.
SUNDAY= partly sunny, high 31, low around 18- snow late PM.

WRE= The State Wrestling Tournament starts today- Foley wrestles at 9am in Class AA team competition, Pierz wrestles at 11am in Class A team competition- hear live coverage of their matches throughout the day on Q92 WYRQ. Friday and Saturday is individual action.
HS BHK= Little Falls faces St. Cloud Apollo tonight at the MAC for the right to go to the State Tournament next week in boys hockey, pre-game at 6pm, faceoff at 7pm live on AM960 KLTF which means you can stream the game online tonight at Also tickets will be sold at the MAC in St. Cloud for the game today from 9am to 4pm and from 5:45pm to game time tonight.
HS GBB= Pierz opens playoffs tonight at Albany in girls basketball, the game at 7pm live on FM94 KFML.
HS GBB= Royalton, Upsala, Pillager, Holdingford and Foley are also in girls basketball playoff action tonight around the state.

North Star Entertainment tonight and Friday at West Side Bar in LF

Wednesday- February 27th, 2013

--The Pierz City Council met Monday night. The council approved a rebate contract with Energy Insights Inc. offering a residential and commercial rebate program for electric users in Pierz. In years past the city had offered rebates for residents thru a different program but this will allow rebates for commercial users too. The city approved the hiring of a part-time public works helper. The city was informed that cleanup day will be April 27th at the school from 9:00-11:00am.

--The Todd County American Dairy Association crowned their dairy princesses and ambassadors February 23rd in Browerville. Crowned 2013 Todd County Dairy Princesses were Sarah Paskewitz; daughter of Bruce and Sandy Paskewitz of Browerville, and Deandra Lunemann; daughter of Pat and Jody Lunemann of Clarissa, who are now eligible to compete for Princess Kay finalists at the statewide competition in May. Also crowned were five 2013 Todd County Dairy Ambassadors, including Elizabeth Mellgren, daughter of Larry and Janice Mellgren of Long Prairie; Erin Rausch, daughter of Tom and the late Deb Rausch of Randall; Karina Perish, daughter of Roy and Teresa Perish of Long Prairie; Rebekka Paskewitz, daughter of Alan and Vicki Paskewitz of Browerville; and Megan Hollermann, daughter of Shawn and Debbie Hollermann of Burtrum. The 2013 Todd County Dairy Princesses and Dairy Ambassadors will cover Todd County to promote the dairy industry for the next year. The Morrison County Dairy Princess Coronation Banquet is March 23rd in Little Falls.

--One person was killed in a two-vehicle crash north of Glenwood in Pope County Tuesday morning. The State Patrol says 19-year-old Haley Klimek of Lowry went through an intersection on a county road and collided with another vehicle. Klimek had minor injuries. The name of the person killed in the crash has not been released.

--Two drivers and a 12-year-old from Wadena were hurt in a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon on the southeast end of Staples. 66-year-old Judith Borg and 42-year-old Paul Perry both of Staples were the drivers that collided at an intersection in the city of Staples. Those two along with Borg’s passenger 12-year-ld Cody Christy of Wadena were all treated at the Staples hospital and released.

--The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that cell phones and electronic devices will not be allowed in the Judicial Center Building effective March 4, 2013. This is in addition to the existing ban on all prohibited items. Prohibited items include: cell phones, electronic devices, weapons of any type, food, liquids, wallet chains and other items deemed to be a security hazard. The public will need to take necessary steps to secure all prohibited items before entering the Judicial Center Building. There is no storage area for public use at the Judicial Center Building.

--There were no serious injuries Tuesday after a semi hauling a tanker trailer rear-ended a school bus carrying students in Renville County. Officials say it was foggy at the time of the accident. It appears the school bus driver missed a turn and the bus was stopped or backing up when it was struck by the semi. A few students and the bus driver were treated at the scene but not hospitalized.

--There are Parent-Teacher Conferences today (Wednesday) 3:30 to 7:30pm at Pierz High School.

--Sgt. Curt Mowers of the State Patrol and special guest Lt. Tom Nelson from the Commercial Vehicle Section of the State Patrol will appear on KLTF’s Party Line today just after 10am. You can listen to the program also online at

--Mayor Brad Gunderson of Sauk Rapids made his first public appearance since being arrested for DWI earlier this month. Gunderson made a public apology Monday at the Sauk Rapids City Council meeting. Gunderson expressed his embarrassment for the arrest and offered sincerest apologies to the city of Sauk Rapids. Six people then addressed the council Monday stating that Gunderson had endangered the city by driving drunk and that he should resign as Mayor. The City Council informed the audience that the council has no authorization to force Gunderson to resign but did ask staff to write up a resolution stating their disapproval of Gunderson’s actions. Gunderson was arrested February 18th after a one-vehicle crash. Because Gunderson had a blood alcohol level over .25 he was taken home as Benton County stated that the jail won’t accept an inmate over that blood alcohol level due to safety concerns. Gunderson has two prior drinking and driving convictions but they were more than 20 years ago. Gunderson is hoping that the residents and members of the city council can “move forward” with city business.

--The owner of a well-known bar in Farming Township pleaded guilty Tuesday to under reporting the bar’s food and alcohol sales to the state and failing to file personal income taxes. Anthony Joel “Tony” Thelen, 42, pleaded guilty to nine felonies in a plea agreement that will result in the dismissal of 15 other felony charges. Thelen owns Goatropers Bar and Grill and admitted during a plea hearing Tuesday that he intentionally reported less food and alcohol sales to the state than actually occurred at his bar and that he intentionally failed to file personal income tax returns. He admitted that he did those things to lessen his tax burden. Sentencing has been scheduled for April 18th.

--A state program administered by the Minnesota Department of Public (DPS) Safety Office of Traffic Safety has provided 4,591 car seats during the last two years to families in need. The Child Passenger Restraint and Education Account address the needs of low-income families to transport children safely. Child passenger safety seat violations fund the account to pay for the car seats. Families that meet low-income guidelines may be eligible to receive car seats. There are more than 100 locations statewide where car seats are distributed which are listed at

--Irene Knutson, age 89 of Isle.

TODAY= partly cloudy, high 35.
TONIGHT= clouds increase, fog forms late, low 20.
THURSDAY= fog early then mostly cloudy, high 30, low 15.
FRIDAY= partly sunny and cooler, high 23, low 5 above.

COL BAB= The Gophers knocked off #1 ranked Indiana last night 77-73. Trevor Mbakwe had 21 points. The is the 7th time this season that the #1 ranked team has been defeated since the season started.
TWINS= Twins baseball exhibition game today at noon on Q92.
HS WRE= State Wrestling coverage begins Thursday on Q92.
HS BHK= Little Falls vs. St. Cloud Apollo in the section championship will be Thursday 7pm from the MAC- hear the action starting just after 6pm Thursday on AM960 KLTF and at

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Tuesday- February 26th, 2013

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office Monday released the names of the two individuals found dead Saturday in their Little Falls Township home. According to Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel, 75-year-old Richard Clarence Lakeman and his 45-year-old wife Cynthia Ann Lakeman each died from gunshot wounds. A .38 cal revolver was recovered in the home. The case remains under investigation with the sheriff reiterating that his investigators are not actively seeking a suspect, nor is the public in danger.

--At the recent Morrison County Commissioners meeting the county recognized Morrison County employees for the years of service. 35 year certificates were awarded to Glen Erickson, Shirley Rutz and Karen Szczodroski. 25-year certificates were awarded to Jayme Johnson, Michael Kasella, Jileen Killeaney, Ross Norgren, Russell Nygren, Shayla Strack, Gloria Stumpf, Carolyn Suska and Anita Zak. 20 year certificates were given to Jeffrey Guith, Paula Hurni, John Kostreba, Liz Lawrence, Kevin Sowada and Stacie Stoner. There were also 15, 10 and 5 years of service awards given at the Board meeting. Each of the award winners received gift certificates for their years of service and appreciation from the County Board.

--A 32-year-old Avon man and a 32-year-old Menagha man have been charged in Morrison County following a pursuit with officers in January where speeds reached 100 miles per hour. Jesse Kirschman of Avon was charged with first-degree possession of drugs, possession of 25 grams or more of cocaine, heroin or meth, fleeing a peace officer and possessing an assault weapon. His omnibus court hearing was yesterday in District Court. Eric Makela of Menagha was charged with the same two drug possession charges. He will make his court appearance on March 11th.

--Sentencing has been scheduled for March 14th for Randy Reed of Sebeka. The 53-year-old was found guilty of first degree arson last year for intentionally starting his own residence on fire to collect the insurance money. The judge had taken some recent matters in the case under advisement back in January but announced last week that Reed will be sentenced March 14th in Morrison County.

--Todd County reported Sunday a burglary in north Browerville where a large number of tools were stolen. Deputies also responded Friday to a snowmobile accident near Osakis. The operator of the snowmobile was thrown from his vehicle an after striking something in the ditch he was riding in. The driver, Martin Rademacher of Hamburg was treated at an area hospital.

--A 19-year-old man was injured Thursday in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 25 south of Brainerd. Authorities stated that one of the drivers Gary Skoog was taken to the Brainerd hospital for injuries. The other driver was not hurt.

--A 24-year-old Longville man has pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court to second-degree murder. Frank LaRose was accused of stabbing and killing James Elmberg in Walker during the early morning hours of February 5th. Sentencing for LaRose is scheduled for April 4th in Cass County Court in Walker.

--A Silver Lake man died when his snowmobile collided with a freight train in Dassel. Meeker County Sheriff’s deputies say two snowmobiles were traveling along a railroad track when an eastbound train passed. The lead snowmobile, driven by 31-year-old Paul Fenske, went out of control and slid into the side of the train. Fenske and his sled were then dragged a distance down the tracks by the moving train. Fenske died at the scene.

--The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a Stearns County case in which a Little Falls man had criminal sexual conduct charges against him dismissed when his lawyer pointed out an error after a jury had been picked. Stearns County had filed a petition asking the country’s highest court to review the case against Michael William Sahr, who had been accused of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The error that was found caused a Stearns County judge to dismiss the complaint against Sahr. Stearns County had appealed that ruling but their appeal was denied. The State Court of Appeals stated the “double jeopardy” issue and refused to change the judge’s decision. Stearns County had then asked the Supreme Court to look over the case but they stated Monday that they will not. Sahr, 34, has been convicted previously of criminal sexual conduct in Morrison and Mille Lacs counties. In the Stearns County case, he was charged in August 2008 with having sexual contact more than two years earlier with a person younger than 13.

--The DNR is reminding Minnesotans that next week Monday, March 4th, is the deadline to remove ice houses from lakes in the southern two-thirds of the state. That includes waters south of a line from Duluth to Moorhead and includes Morrison County, St. Cloud and the Brainerd Lakes area. The DNR says anglers must remove everything from the ice including shelter blocks and debris. The removal deadline in the state’s northern zone is March 18th.

--Motorists may encounter slow traffic on Highway 15 in Sartell as intermittent lane and shoulder closures occur between County Road 120 and County Road 1 beginning today. The closures will occur from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays as crews resume work on a temporary signal system at the Highway 15/23rd Street intersection.  

--Richard C. Lakeman, age 75 of Little Falls

TODAY= areas of fog in morning then mostly cloudy, high 32.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, some fog late, low 18.
WEDNESDAY= fog early, then partly sunny and breezy, high 36.
THURSDAY= mostly cloudy, high near 30, low around 15.

TWINS= catch Twins spring training baseball today at noon on Q92
HS GBB= Little Falls opens the girls basketball playoffs tonight at Alexandria, game at 7pm tonight on Q92 WYRQ.
WRE= State Wrestling Coverage begins at 9am Thursday for Foley, and 11am for Pierz in team action- then Friday and Saturday it is individuals for area teams. All Wrestling Action live on Q92 WYRQ.
HS SPORTS= follow your high school sports team with scores and upcoming games at then local sports scores.

IN 1917= the first reported jazz record was recorded in Dixieland.
IN 1919= the Grand Canyon was declared a National Park.
IN 1930= first traffic lights installed with red and green lights in NYC
IN 1935= New Yankees released Babe Ruth after 15 seasons- Ruth finished his career with the Boston Braves for 2 more years.
IN 1977= first flight of Space Shuttle- atop a Boeing 747.

North Star Entertainment Thursday and Friday at West Side Bar

Monday- February 25th, 2013

--Just after 6pm Saturday, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a call that two people were deceased in their home in Little Falls Township. Investigators are not searching for any suspects and Sheriff Michel Wetzel stated that the public is not in danger. Both bodies were taken to Ramsey County for exact cause of death.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has announced their Small and Large Business of the Year and their Volunteer of the Year. The 2012 Small Business of the Year is Silkers Studio. The Large Business of the Year is Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union (MMFCU).  The Volunteer of the Year is Jeff Tschida. At the age of 15, Jeff started volunteering at St. Gabriel’s Hospital. For the past 40 years, he has given generously of his time and talents to not only the Chamber of Commerce, but also the Little Falls Lindbergh Lions, West Side Improvement Association, City of Little Falls through the Park, Recreation & Tree Board, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Council, Pheasants Forever, Eastern Morrison County 4-Wheeler Club and the Little Falls Rifle & Pistol Club. All 2012 honorees will be recognized at the Chamber’s annual meeting this Thursday, at the Falls Ballroom. For more information call (320) 632-5155.

--Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel reports that on 2-22-13 a search warrant was executed at 310 3rd Avenue NW, Lot #26, in the City of Pierz. The warrant was a result of a 6-month investigation conducted by the Central MN Violent Offender Task Force. The investigation was initiated after nearby citizens had complained of extremely high traffic at all hours of the day, in and out of the trailer. Long term surveillance of the residence revealed that the primary occupant, 44-year-old Daniel Dickman had sold methamphetamine from the residence. Entry to the residence this morning was made by the Morrison County CIRT Team. Investigators located approximately 10 grams of a substance that field tested positive for meth. 38-year old Jennifer Lyn Coleman of St. Anthony was also arrested at the scene for outstanding burglary warrants. 20-year old Jessica Marie Weizenegger of Oak Grove was arrested for obstructing legal process. All three were transported to the Morrison County Jail where they are currently in custody. Formal charges are anticipated against Dickman for possession of controlled substances.

--In a statement Thursday afternoon, Wausau Paper in Brainerd announced they will be closing this spring with production expected to cease in April. Wausau Paper stated they had explored a range of alternatives after deciding to stop producing paper and focusing more on its tissue business due to today’s technology. How long the mill will remain open this spring will depend on the current customer orders it continues to receive. Around 50 employees will lose jobs.

--Brainerd firefighters were called Thursday afternoon to the home of Charlotte Wolf near South Long Lake on County Road 22. The fire was contained to one room of the home though the house sustained smoke damage throughout. The residence had a number of dogs and cats kenneled inside. Four of the animals died in the fire. The cause is believed to have been a wood burning stove in the living room. The fire sustained $30,000 in damages. No people were injured.

--Pillager firefighters were called to a chimney fire Wednesday night in Sylvan Township. About 13 firefighters responded to the fire which was contained within a half hour. The chimney was dirty and firefighters stated that it can no longer be used for the rest of the winter season. The home only sustained some minor smoke damage.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office last week reported the theft of a license plate in Foley, pipe stolen from AOK Engine Parts in Motley and a trailer and snowmobile were stolen from Hillman. Anyone with information on the recent thefts or notices suspicious activity in their area should contact the sheriff’s office or local police.

--Camp Ripley will host the 29th Annual Chief of the National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championships from February 23rd to the 28th on the Camp Ripley Biathlon Range. The biathlon is an Olympic sport that combines cross-country skiing with marksmanship. Skiers use a technique known as speed skiing to propel around a loop which leads to a firing range. At the firing range they engage targets with a .22- caliber rifle and are awarded for accuracy or penalized with extra loops when they miss a target. Ultimately, the skier with the
fastest time and best accuracy wins the race. The public is invited to Camp Ripley February 27-28 to view the final series of races. Admission is free and drivers entering Camp Ripley need only show a valid driver's license at the front gate. Transportation will be provided from the range control parking lot to the biathlon races.

--Although the flu season peaked last month, people are still dying from this year’s outbreak. The Minnesota Department of Health says there were 12 more flu related deaths last week, which brings total deaths for the flu season to 148. A total of 2,784 people were hospitalized. Flu season peaked in Minnesota in late December and January and state health officials say the outbreak was severe this year, but they suspected it might be.

--Argo won the Best Picture Oscar last night at the 85th Academy Awards- Daniel Day Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence were also winners.

--Gail Marie Virnig, age 55 of Little Falls.
--Erna Schmidtbauer, age 77 of Little Falls.
--Charles ‘Chuck’ Plantenberg, age 85 of Royalton.
--Edgar Christopher of Pierz.

TODAY= some freeze fog early, then mostly cloudy, high 31.
TONIGHT= areas of fog late, partly cloudy, low 10.
TUESDAY= fog early then partly sunny, high 32, low around 20.
WEDNESDAY= partly sunny, high 35, low 18.

GYM= Congratulations to Rachelle LeBlanc of Little Falls High School as she finished 3rd in the overall competition at the State Gymnastics Tournament on Saturday. LeBlanc finished with a total of 37.425.
BHK= Little Falls defeated Alexandria Saturday 3-2 to advance to the Section finals Thursday night in St. Cloud against Apollo. Game time at 7pm and can be heard live Little Falls Radio.
WRE= Pierz not only will compete as a team Thursday at state but also they will send 7 for the individual competition that starts Friday in St. Paul. Little Falls is sending 4 individuals to state. Listen to State Wrestling Coverage starting Thursday at 9am on Q92 WYRQ.
TWINS= Twins spring training baseball is underway from Florida, catch the action live today at noon on Q92 WYRQ.

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Friday- February 22nd, 2013

--The Little Falls School Board met Tuesday at the Government Center. They heard reports on the Daily Five program which has been implemented at the three elementary schools. The program has students reading to themselves, reading to someone else, working on writing skills, listening to reading and working on spelling and vocabulary. Principal of Community Middle School Nate Swenson spoke about shaving minutes off each school period and using the extra 32 minutes at the end of the school day as a “skinny period” to provide both remediation and gifted opportunities for students. The school board learned that because of the Little Falls sign ordinance, the block of three Little Falls school buildings may be rezoned from a Residential-3 zone to a Business-3 zone or possibly change the signage used by the district. The board named Dave Girtz as LFCMS media specialist. The board also voted to accept a number of donations at their recent meeting.

--The Minnesota State Patrol announced that with consolidation of all of its dispatch centers in the state to two locations one in Roseville and one in Rochester the dispatch center in Brainerd will be closing. The change takes effect March 18th and then emergency calls coming from the Brainerd District will go through the dispatch center in Roseville which will take all calls north of Twin Cities Metro Area. Calls in the southern third of the state will be given to Rochester. The change will not effect response time by the state troopers as they will still respond to the calls just as fast as they do now. The trooper will just get the information from the Roseville dispatch center instead of Brainerd. Also the state patrol says there will be no reductions to staff as the dispatchers are being given the option to transfer to one of the open dispatch centers. Currently there are 5 dispatchers and one supervisor at the center in Brainerd that will stop taking calls in the nighttime hours of March 17th then turn it over to Roseville.

--A 48-year-old Nisswa woman was critically injured Sunday in a snowmobile crash in Breezy Point. Deborah Krekelberg was operating a snowmobile with her husband as a passenger when other snowmobiles came from the other direction. Krekelberg pulled to the side, which caused her to hit a bump and leave the trail striking a tree and causing her and her passenger to be thrown from the vehicle. David was treated at the scene and not hospitalized. Deborah had to be airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center and was reported late Wednesday still in critical condition.

--The pilot of a small plane has died in a crash in western Minnesota. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office says it got a call about 6:30pm Wednesday that a plane had gone down north of Parkers Prairie. A man who lives along county Minnesota Highway 40 heard the crash and found the damaged single-engine plane on his property. Initial reports claim the pilot 41-year-old Adam Menze of Ottertail was alone in the plane and did not survive the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the cause of the crash.

--The Randall Fire Department received a retired ambulance from Gold Cross in Little Falls. The retired 2003 vehicle given to Randall is no longer licensed as an ambulance, but can be used as a primary First Response supply truck and support rig for the Randall Fire Department. The Randall Fire Chief stated the 2003 vehicle will replace a 1992 support they have which has over 400,000 miles on it.

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--A Little Falls police officer on Tuesday observed a suspicious vehicle driving in Little Falls. The vehicle and its two male occupants, 23-year-old Edward Miller and 24-year-old Willis Jackson both from Ponsford, Minnesota were stopped by police in Randall where neither man had a valid drivers’ license and there was an odor of marijuana inside the vehicle. Officers then observed paraphernalia consistent with cocaine. The two men were arrested for possession of control substances. A further search of the vehicle found cocaine and methamphetamine with a street value of $2,000. Both men are in the Morrison County Jail awaiting charges.

--The Pierz City Council meets Monday at 7pm. Agenda items include: A Board of Equalization Update a request for a Pierz Community Ed Donation; updating the University of Minnesota Grant; a Master Trail plan update; donation acceptance for the Lions Club and Pierz Relief Ski; approval of the EMS Rebate Program Contract; TFI 1-1 Settlement receipt and receiving a memo from the City Attorney regarding exempt and no-exempt employees.

--Check out community events such as the Kiwanis Club of Little Falls Fish Fry 4-7pm today at the Little Falls VFW, Quilt Bingo Sunday in Sobieski, Share Sunday this Sunday at Mary of Lourdes Middle School at 1:30 proceeds going to area food shelves and the Boys and Girls Club and another quilt bingo this Sunday in Hillman. Details on all of these can be found at then community calendar.

TODAY= snow likely, 1-2 inches, high 25.
TONIGHT= snow, up to another inch, low 13.  
SATURDAY= mostly cloudy, scattered flurries, high 28, low 7.
SUNDAY= partly sunny, high 30, low 15.
MONDAY= snow showers through day, high 31, low 20.

TWINS= Twins open exhibition play on Saturday at noon. Listen to the Twins all season and pre-season long on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BHK= Little Falls vs. Alexandria from the MAC in St. Cloud has a start time of 5:30pm on Saturday for their playoff match. Hear the action live with James Hershey Saturday on Q92 WYRQ.
CC= Coaches Corners wraps up its season at Coborn’s and moves to the KLTF studios starting March 2nd, join Al tomorrow at Coborn’s for the final time this winter sports season at 9am live on AM960 KLTF.

IN 1630= first records of popcorn being tried on what is now the United States. Native Americans brought English colonists in now a day Massachusetts heated up corn to try during a feast.
IN 1956= Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” debuted on pop charts.
IN 1980= the event called “the Miracle on Ice” happened as the United States defeated Russia in men’s hockey at the Winter Olympics- the U.S. would beat Finland 2 days later for the Gold.

Congratulations to LuAnn Hoheisel, the winner of Ladies Night Out, Pierz Style Thursday night, LuAnn wins $300 in gift cards and certificates from Pierz businesses. Thank you to all who attended the event and congratulation to all the winners last night from participating sponsors and FM94.

Contention tonight, North Star Entertainment Saturday at WS Bar

Thursday- February 21st, 2013

--Today is Ladies Night Out ‘Pierz Style’ from participating sponsors and FM94 KFML. From 12pm to 6pm stop into participating sponsors and get the back of the Ladies Night brochure stamped, these brochures are available at all 10 sponsors and also at the offices of Little Falls Radio. Then 7pm head to the Red Rooster in Genola for prize drawings valued at over $1000. Full details are at or by calling the office 8-5 today at 632-2992.

--Another winter storm will affect Minnesota tonight through Friday bringing in some areas nearly a foot a snow. The heaviest snow will actually be in Kansas, South Dakota and Iowa where up to 24 inches could fall by Friday afternoon. Southern Minnesota is expecting 5-10 inches of snow, the Twin Cities 4-8 inches, St. Cloud around 5 inches and Little Falls and the surrounding area could see 3-5 inches late tonight into Friday afternoon. Most of the heavy snow won’t reach central Minnesota until late tonight, possibly even after midnight and last into the afternoon on Friday. Then another round of measureable snow is forecasted for Sunday night into Monday.

--The Little Falls City Council met on Tuesday night because of Presidents Day on Monday. The council gave their blessing but did not vote any issue regarding a potential National Monument in Little Falls. 21-year old Adam Sackowitz is a Park Service Ranger at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in New York. He is attempting to work with legislators and other groups to establish a national monument of Charles Lindbergh for his non stop transatlantic flight from New York to Paris. He proposed a life size statue of Charles A. Lindbergh and a small visitor center and wants the monument placed in Little Falls which was the famous aviator’s hometown as a boy. In other news from Tuesday’s meeting, the Oakland Cemetery was rezoned to B-3. In the future, citizen appeals and petitions will be moved to the work session instead of at the end of the council meeting. The council approved a 5-year contract Master Partnership Agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Police, fire, and many other department reports were also given.

--A 19-year-old from Motley has been sentenced in Crow Wing County District Court this week for fleeing a police officer, theft of a motor vehicle and driving after revocation. The judge sentenced Zachary Bennett to 90 days in jail with credit of 23 served, and nine years of supervised probation on the felony counts of theft and fleeing an officer. Bennett stole a vehicle from in front of the Subway in Crosby and led police from Crosby and later Brainerd to Rice Lake in Brainerd where the vehicle stalled and Bennett was arrested.

--The Little Falls High School has rescheduled their Parent/Teacher Conferences from 3:45-6:45pm on Monday, February 25th in the commons. The Parent’s Meeting regarding the 2013-14 registration process will not be rescheduled. Parents are asked to call the high school guidance office if they have registration questions.

--A 29-year-old Onamia man charged with felony theft and fleeing a police officer in a vehicle will have his next court hearing on April 8th in Crow Wing County. Leslie Gahbow is accused of stealing items from a Brainerd Wal-Mart with a 24-year-old woman and fleeing the store at a high rate of speed. Officers followed the vehicle and pulled it over on Highway 371. When the officer asked the driver Gahbow, to pull down the window the vehicle sped off at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. Mille Lacs County was called in to assist and the driver and passenger were apprehended in Onamia. The 24-year-old Onamia woman in the car has yet to be charged.

--A Pillager School District art teacher testified Tuesday before the Senate Education Committee that due to a disability, he cannot pass a writing test required in a law that was passed last year by the state legislature. Senator Carrie Ruud of Breezy Point has asked for the repeal of the state law that requires all Minnesota teachers pass a reading, writing and math test to get a teaching license. Dan Devine told the committee that a learning disability found back when he was in high school prevents from the writing portion of the state test. Pillager High School Principal Scott Doss called Devine an excellent teacher and that with the small rural district Pillager is in it becomes very difficult to fill teaching positions. Devine was just one of the teachers that testified Tuesday in repealing the state law that was signed by Governor Mark Dayton last year after winning unanimous support from state lawmakers. The committee after hearing from the teachers said they are reviewing the recent repeal recommendation.

--Another Pillager teacher in the news, as Pillager biology and forestry teacher Karl Kaufmann is the only lakes area educator to move on to the next round for this years Minnesota Teacher of the Year award. Kaufmann is now one of 39 finalists from the initial field of 135 for the award to be handed out May 5th in Brooklyn Park. The panel will meet again in mid March and cut the finalists down to ten.

--It’s been a tragic winter on the ice across Minnesota, according to the DNR. So far five people have died after falling thru the ice, with a sixth person missing and presumed drowned. The DNR says more deaths could be that there are more people out on the ice because we have had a cooler winter and more snow. But the bottom line is it‘s crucial that people do not let their guard down and know ice is never 100-percent safe. For more information on ice safety log on to the DNR’s website at

--A March 18th sentencing hearing has been scheduled in federal court for a St. Cloud Hospital former nurse who admitted siphoning pain medication from patient IV bags. Blake Zenner pleaded guilty in September to obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Federal guidelines state that Zenner faces a prison term up to 1 year though prosecutors want that extended to up to 4 years due to the patients having to endure medical procedures and also they contracted infections from the IV bags being tapped out by Zenner.

--Pierz Schools will be closed on Thursday, February 28th because the Pioneer wrestling team is competing at the State Tournament.

--Shawn and Darci Borwege, boy born February 19th

--Douglas McGuire, age 69 of Bowlus.
--Thomas A. Adams, age 59 of Swanville.

TODAY= partly sunny early, snow after midnight, high 20, low 15.
FRIDAY= snow 2-4 by midnight, high 26, low around 10.
SATURDAY= mostly cloudy, high 27, clearing at night low 5 above.
SUNDAY= partly cloudy, high near 30, snow at night low 17.

HS BBB= ROCORI at Little Falls tonight 7:30pm on Q92 WYRQ

“Contention” Friday, North Star Entertainment Sat at West Side Bar

Wednesday- February 20th, 2013

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office responded to two separate accidents on Monday. The first occurred around 4:20pm on 355th Avenue near Nature Road. 28-year-old Lisa Yeager of Pierz was on 355th slid on an icy patch and rolled in the ditch. Yeager was taken to a hospital for her injuries by personal vehicle. The second accident happened just after 9pm on 83rd Street and 260th Avenue when 46-year-old Steven Block of Pierz had a flat tire that caused the lights to go out on his vehicle and was in the middle of 260th Avenue when a second vehicle came along and started to assist Block’s vehicle off the road. While this was happening a 3rd vehicle, driven by 19-year-old Cassidy Giambrone of Royalton came from the south and struck the back of Block’s vehicle causing her to strike the 2nd vehicle driven by 48-year-old Ralph Gerads of Albany. Block and Gerads were not hurt. Giambrone sustained injuries and according to the deputy’s report was taken by personal vehicle to the hospital for her injuries.

--A rural Swanville woman was injured in a rollover accident in Todd County Sunday night. Around 7:45pm, Nicole Bartkowicz was traveling on County Road 12 in Bruce Township when she swerved to miss a deer and rolled the vehicle down a steep ditch. Nicole was treated for her injuries at the scene of the accident.

--Todd County responded to a one-vehicle rollover Monday night in Reynolds Township. Around 6pm, Josh Pesta of rural Long Prairie was traveling on County Road 10 when he hit a snow drift causing his vehicle to overturn on its side. Pesta was able to get out of the vehicle through the top of the vehicle which had the open-type sun-roof and sustained minor injuries. He was treated at the scene.

--Icy roads were a problem all over the state on Monday as the State Patrol reported a fatal accident where 2 people were killed and one critically injured near Barnesville in northwestern Minnesota. The wreck happened due to visibility near zero due to blizzard conditions in the area. No names have been released. One person is dead from a head-on crash Monday in Yellow Medicine County due to icy conditions. A pickup slid across Highway 23 near Granite Falls and collided head-on with a car. The cars’ driver died at the scene. That persons’ name has not been released. The pickup driver had minor injuries and was treated at an area hospital. Snowplows had to be pulled from state roads Monday afternoon due to high winds and blowing snow causing whiteout conditions. Another round of snow for central and southern Minnesota will come in Thursday night and Friday that could dump 6+ inches of snow in areas.

--The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office along with fire departments of Avon and Cold Spring battled a house fire in Collegeville Township Monday night. The homeowner, Joseph Opatz, was home when the fire started and he said it started in the chimney of the house. The fire was under control within an hour with moderate damage to the chimney and roof of the house but it was not a total loss. No injuries.

--Gas prices are up this month with the National Average at around three-dollars and 73 cents a gallon and Minnesota is two cents more than that. Gail Weinholzer with Triple-A Minnesota says gasoline prices have gone up in Minnesota about 65 cents over the past month. Weinholzer says it’s due to crude oil going up and because the switchover from winter to summer grade fuels is constraining supply in the upper Midwest. Weinholzer doesn’t anticipate that gas will go $4 a gallon in Minnesota but predicts we’ll get pretty close.

--Ladies Night in Pierz with FM94 Thursday- details

--A fire destroyed a dairy barn Monday night causing about $30,000 in damage in Watab Township near Rice. Sauk Rapids Fire Chief Tony Hommerding said the fire was reported just before 8pm at the David Johnson farm. Firefighters from Sauk Rapids, Rice and Sartell battled the fire in the large barn for seven hours working to keep it from spreading to nearby buildings and silos. No animals were harmed and the fire is believed to have started in a workshop attached to the barn. One person was inside the barn at the time of the fire but managed to escape without injuries.

--Governor Mark Dayton signed legislation that will provide access to quality health care coverage for an additional 35,000 low-income adults. The bill takes advantage of a key component of the federal Affordable Care Act, which allows states to expand Medical Assistance (MA) eligibility. One of Governor Dayton’s first acts in office was signing an executive order expanding access to Medical Assistance for 83,000 low-income Minnesotans. In doing so, the governor provided access to quality health care for those who need it most – reducing the burden of uncompensated care on hospitals and saving an estimated 20,000 health care sector jobs. The bill signed into law builds on that important progress by covering more uninsured Minnesotans, maximizing federal funding for public health care programs, and simplifying the enrollment process.

--The new mayor of Sauk Rapids faces drunk-driving charges. Mayor Brad Gunderson crashed his vehicle then failed a preliminary breath test by officers. Gunderson was not taken to jail. Instead he was taken home by the officer. Gunderson hasn’t officially been charged as investigators stated that they are waiting on lab test results.

--Two new state representatives were sworn in Tuesday at the State Capitol in St. Paul. Clark Johnson (DFL) of North Mankato won the District 19-A election last week while Tama Theis (GOP) of St. Cloud won the House District 14-A race, both filling vacancies from Representative who resigned. A former swearing-in ceremony was held yesterday morning where they took the oath of office.

--Chisago County authorities are looking for a man who robbed a bank Tuesday in Rush City. Deputies say a white male about 5’7, 220-pounds told the teller at the Northwoods Bank that he had a gun and demanded cash. The suspect made off with a plastic grocery bag with an undisclosed amount of money. The getaway vehicle is described as a black two door compact passenger car. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office.

--Marilyn Neal, age 76 of Little Falls.
--James Piekarski, age 61 of Swanville.
--Michael ‘Bud’ Zyvoloski, age 87 of St. Cloud, Long Prairie and LF.

TODAY= mainly sunny, high 15
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 0.
THURSDAY= partly sunny, high 21, snow starts up late night.
FRIDAY= snow likely, 2-4 inches possible by noon, high 24.

BHK= Little Falls beat Morris/Benson 5-1 last night to open playoffs the Flyers now play Alexandria Saturday 6pm in St. Cloud on Q92.

Need a great lunch today, stop in to the West Side Bar in Little Falls

Tuesday- February 19th, 2013

--Two workers were hospitalized early Saturday after an equipment malfunction at the Wausau Paper mill in Brainerd. Around 3am, Brainerd firefighters were called to a fire in the steam plant of the paper mill site. The fire was contained to the equipment and only minor structure damage was reported. Two employees were injured trying to put out the fire and were taken to the Brainerd hospital. Reports on Monday stated that the 2 employees had been released.

--A one vehicle rollover in Stearns County Saturday sent two people to the hospital. Deputies received a call from two teenagers around 2pm that a vehicle was rolled over on County Road 13 in Getty Township and the occupants were trapped inside. Reports stated that 88-year-old Raymond Zenzen of Melrose was on the county road when his vehicle caught some slush or ice and left the roadway striking the ditch and landing on its roof. Zenzen and his passenger 76-year-old Laura Zenzen had to be extricated from the vehicle by Melrose Fire and Rescue. They were taken to Sauk Centre hospital reportedly with non-serious injuries due to wearing their seatbelts.

--On Saturday, the Wadena Deer-Creek School Board named Lee Westrum as its new superintendent of schools. The school board chose Westrum from three strong candidates for the position. The board hopes to have a contract ratified and in place by early March for Westrum who will replace Virginia “Ginny” Dahlstrom who is stepping down on June 30th and has been superintendent since 2008. Westrum officially takes the helm on July 1st.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet at 9am today at the Morrison County Government Center where they will hear a number of agency reports from county offices. The Little Falls City Council and Little Falls School Board will also hold their regular meetings later today due to the Presidents’ Day holiday on Monday. The School Board meets at 5pm at the government center while the City Council of Little Falls will meet at City Hall at 7:30pm.

--Brainerd firefighters responded to a garage fire Friday night and also a vehicle fire Sunday afternoon. The garage fire was reported at 7:30pm Friday on Clearwater Road at the Ronald and Lynda Staples residence. Firefighters stated the attached garage was engulfed in flames when they arrived and a total loss. Part of the home also sustained smoke and fire damage but was not a loss. No injuries were reported. The cause was undetermined but firefighters stated it took about 4 hours to put the fire out. Then Sunday around 3pm, a vehicle was reported on fire on Poplar Drive in Brainerd. The vehicle was ruled a total loss. The driver was not injured.

--A Clearwater barn was destroyed after catching fire Sunday morning. At about 9:40am, the Clearwater Fire Department responded to a fire call near 208th Street East and Ninth Avenue East near Warner Lake Park. When firefighters arrived, a barn at the location was fully engulfed. The structure did not contain any animals and was being remodeled at the time of the blaze. The building was deemed a total loss, but no one was hurt. The cause of the fire is under investigation. A truck and trailer were in the building at the time of the fire. Because of high winds there was little chance of saving the structure. More than 50 firefighters helped at the scene.

--Members of the Norwegian Home Guard will appear on the KLTF Party Line program this morning at 10am. This is the 40th Anniversary of the Home Guard and National Guard of Camp Ripley conducting this exchange program. Hear the program live this morning on A960 KLTF and streamed online at

--After 140 years, Brainerd has a new city seal. Used since the city was founded in 1873, the old seal has always been the same as the state’s design, just with the Brainerd lettering. The iconic American Indian riding a horse behind a farmer in the field just didn’t fit what Brainerd represents, said Mayor James Wallin. So he designed a new one. On the new seal, the trademark Brainerd water tower stands over two train cars, which played a key role in building the city, two trees are next to the tower, representing the logging industry and vast number of trees still in the area, and finally a stream of water on the bottom because of the Mississippi River.

--A Gull Lake man is suing Central Lakes College in Brainerd after he claims he was kicked out of college over facebook posts. Craig Keefe’s federal lawsuit asks that he be reinstated to the nursing program and for a financial award for damages from the defendants including the school’s President Larry Lundblad. Keefe’s lawyer says school officials never gave him a specific reason for his expulsion in December and the move violated the college’s rules by denying him an appeal. The lawsuit also claims that school officials confronted Keefe over two facebook posts, one they say used a derogatory term and the other saying there was “not enough whiskey for anger management”.

--Joshua Kranz and Caroline Rowan of Little Falls, girl on Feb. 15th
--Leonard Tenold and Kayla Earl of Randall, boy born February 15th

--Norman Foeller, age 89 of Little Falls formerly Lake Alexander.
--Monica Stodolka, age 78 of Bowlus
--Delroy “Barney” Kowalzek, age 67 of Lastrup

TODAY= mostly sunny, cold, high 5 above, wind chills near -30
TONIGHT= clear and cold, low -15, wind chills near -30.
WEDNESDAY= mostly sunny, high 14 above, low around 0.
THURSDAY= clouds increase- snow by evening, high near 20.

HS BHK= Morris/Benson at Little Falls in section quarter-final tournament play tonight at 7pm on Q92 WYRQ.
HS GBB= Pine City at Pierz tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML.
TWINS= Twins spring training continues- first exhibition radio game is this Saturday at noon on Q92 WYRQ your Twins Baseball home.

IN 1856= first items used for retail photography started in Ohio.
IN 1878= Thomas Edison first used his patented device which was later called the phonograph- speaking Mary had a Little Lamb.
IN 1958= Smokey Robinson and the Miracles signed their first record contract as they joined the newly formed Motown label.
IN 1985= Mickey Mouse was allowed for the first time in China- as Disneyland celebrated their 30th anniversary in California.
IN 1985= Coca Cola- introduced Cherry Coke- this came from 50s soda vendors that added cherry flavor to the Coca Cola drinks.

Enjoy the music of Contention on Friday night at the West Side Bar

Monday- February 18th, 2013 “President’s Day”

--Today is President’s Day. A federal holiday meaning that most federal, state, county and city agencies are closed which includes the government center, city halls, banks, financial institutions, post offices and most schools. Some may be open so it is always best to call ahead. There will be no regular mail delivery today. Upsala area schools announced last week that they will have classes today due to the snow day last Monday, so today will be a makeup day for classes in Upsala. Meetings for the Little Falls City Council and the Little Falls School Board have been moved to Tuesday due to the holiday. Little Falls Radio offices are open today from 8-5.

--The Little Falls School Board will hold their business meeting Tuesday at 5pm at the government center. Agenda items include a presentation on rezoning from Jerry Lochner from Little Falls City Hall, other presentations on Daily Five from Collette Cameron, Jill Griffith- McRaith Principal of Lindbergh Elementary, Christina Bemboom Special Education Director, Nate Swenson Principal at the community middle school and Technology Coordinator Mark Diehl. They will discuss SHIP Grants, approve fees and facility use for the upcoming grad bash, approval the 2013-2014 school calendar, and have a designation of Thoma Family Endowment Trustees.

--At a recent Morrison County Commissioners planning meeting, questions regarding Mud Fest safety requirements were given to the county board. Concerns surfaced last year on the event near Hillman and last week members of the Rinkel family and others associated with the event met with Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel to discuss requirements for events on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. The subject was an agenda topic last Tuesday but no action could be taken because the safety plan for the event application had not been approved by the sheriff’s office.

--The Department of Natural Resources has some concern for drought again this year if the recent snows when melted are not met with steady spring rains. The DNR is also concerned with a heavy wildfire season that could kick off early if March turns out to be a drier than average month like 2012. Officials say that non-traditional fire areas sparked more than average last year and could do the same again this spring. There biggest concerns are croplands and vegetation in western, west-central and southwestern Minnesota where below average precipitation is being forecasted for the upcoming spring months. Last year over 60,000 acres was scorched by wildfires which is more than double the annual average.

--U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is calling for swift action to pass a strong, long-term Farm Bill. In a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing Thursday, Klobuchar underscored the importance of passing a five-year Farm Bill in the new Congress to give farmers and ranchers the support they need, especially in the face of drought and natural disasters. Klobuchar also discussed the importance of reliable transportation infrastructure to help farmers get their goods to market and export overseas.

--At the recent Upsala City Council meeting it was announced that the painting project on the water treatment plant was completed on January 31st. The work was required due to the high amount of corrosion on parts of the plant. Council also approved the one-year appointment of new Fire Department officers as recommended. They are: Jay Baggenstoss, chief; Frank Koopmeiners, assistant chief; Brian Lange, secretary; captains Mikel Nelson, Jeff Czech and Nick Johnson and training officers Steve Hansen and Joe Trettel.

--In a proclamation Sunday night, Governor Mark Dayton stated that for 40 years, members of the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard have participated in an exchange program that promotes good will, improves cultural understanding, and sharpens military readiness between our two nations. Governor Dayton hosted the Ambassador of Norway to the United States His Excellency Wegger Christian Strømmen and the Norwegian Chief of Defense; General Harald Sunde at a banquet attended by military guests and members of Minnesota's Norwegian-American community. The Home Guard are training at Camp Ripley north of Little Falls and have been since an agreement between the two military branches started in 1973. The Governor will also fly to Oslo, Norway where another event to commemorate the 40 years will be held this coming Saturday. Dignitaries of Norway were at Camp Ripley Saturday to unveil a monument near the Minnesota Military Museum stating their 40 years of working together with the Minnesota National Guard. Members of the Norwegian Home Guard will appear on KLTF’s Party Line Tuesday morning at 10am on AM960 KLTF.

--A 14-year-old from Holdingford was hospitalized Friday around 2pm when the snowmobile he was on pulled out in front of on oncoming vehicle and struck in Holding Township. The boys name was not released and the driver of the vehicle was not injured.

--Todd County reported an injury accident north of Browerville on Wednesday afternoon. Kendra Buchta was north on County Road 21 when she had mechanical problems with her vehicle and went off the roadway hitting a tree. Kendra and her passenger were taken to the Long Prairie Hospital treated and released. The vehicle did also start on fire for a time and Browerville firefighters took care of that.
--The Russian Academy of Sciences says the meteor that exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs has injured more than 1,200 people about 900 miles east of Moscow, Friday morning. Scientists say the fireball was dramatic and a dangerous sight smashing windows, damaging structures and spreading panic to an area that had over 1-million people around it. The meteor in size weighed around 7,000 tons and exploded about 30 miles north of atmosphere.  

--Stephen J. Simonett, age 66 of Arizona formerly of Little Falls.
--Emil B. Okroi, age 89 of Pierz.
--Esther R. Doroff-Sobiech, age 95 of Little Falls.

TODAY= breezy, snow blowing and drifting in afternoon, high 30.
TONIGHT= snow likely, blowing and drifting, low-2- snow 1-2 inches
TUESDAY= becoming sunny, much colder, high 5, wind chills -25.
WEDNESDAY= sunny skies, high around 10 above.

WRE= Pierz beat Aitkin and Holdingford Friday to head back for the 3rd straight year to the State Tournament as Section 7A champions. Foley is also heading back to state. Little Falls fell one match short.
--Minneapolis-Based Mortenson Construction was chosen to build the new $975-million Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis by 2016.  

Enjoy lunch daily and happy hour specials too at West Side Bar.

Friday- February 15th, 2013

--Congratulations to the Little Falls Flyer Girls Nordic Ski team who finished 5th at the State Tournament in Biwabik on Thursday. Both Maria Hauer (who finished 15th) and Mattia Hendrickson (24th place) earned All State Honors. Team finishers were: Wayzata 1st, Duluth East 2nd, Roseville 3rd, Stillwater 4th, Little Falls 5th, and Hopkins 6th. Other individual finishers for Little Falls included Chelsea Rutz 61st, Kaitlin Geisenhoff 82nd, Kendal Hendrickson 91st, Claire Gammon-Deering 114th, and Emily Kresha 115th. Matthew Massman competed for the Little Falls boys and he finished 103rd. Great showing Flyers!

--The Charles Lindbergh State Park Candlelight Trails night will be held from 6:00-9:00pm tonight. Participants can ski, snowshoe, or hike 1.4 miles of candlelit trails. A Minnesota State Parks vehicle permit is required to enter the park but no additional charges for the event. In the case of bad weather a message will be left on the office answering machine at (320) 616-2525 stating if it is cancelled or not.

--St. Cloud State University announced they plan to spend $4.8 million in broadcasting upgrades. The upgrades will improve journalism, production and strategic communications offerings, expand student learning and improve brand promotion. The investment will include a complete overhaul of TV cable and broadcast delivery systems to allow high definition broadcast from many areas on campus. St. Cloud State’s student-run TV station will expand its production and distribution of high-quality digital signals. The station, UTVS, also broadcasts St. Cloud State hockey games on Charter cable channel 87. The Department of Mass Communications will revise its curriculum to reflect current journalism practices that include more digital journalism. Student journalists will be taught to communicate in multiple platforms using multiple tools.

--Supporters of legalizing same-sex marriage brought their campaign to the state capitol yesterday afternoon. Minnesotans United said thousands attended the Freedom to Marry Day rally. They called on legislators to ensure that Minnesota law reflects their shared beliefs that no one should be told it is illegal to marry the person they love. Governor Mark Dayton announced his support for same-sex marriage in his state of the state speech last week.

--Anoka County deputies and local police are investigating the deaths of a couple in Ramsey. Authorities believe the deaths of a 67-year-old woman and 65-year-old man is that of a murder-suicide. A relative called the police asking officers to check on the couple on Tuesday. Deputies found the bodies in a bedroom with gunshot wounds to the head. Police say indications at the scene show the woman identified as Caron Fine died before the man Mitchell Fine. Also nine cats were found dead from apparent gunshot wounds inside the home. Authorities stated that the couple had recently received an eviction notice and the relative that called police stated she had received an email from her father indicating that they were being evicted and that they planned to kill themselves.

--A reminder that due to President’s Day on Monday, the Little Falls City Council will hold their next regular meeting on Tuesday night at the Little Falls City Hall starting at 7:30pm.

--The Pierz Fire Relief Association Ball is this Saturday, February 16th at the Pierz Ballroom. A spaghetti dinner starts at 3:00pm. The day features a silent auction and a dance begins at 7:30pm. That is just one of the many events scheduled this weekend. Get more details on weekend events at then community calendar.

--The 20-year-old Brainerd man, who was charged last year in June for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman and attempting to strangle her at their Brainerd home, was found not guilty last month by a jury. The verdict was read January 18th for Joseph Alan Clark in Crow Wing County District Court. Clark was acquitted on all three charges of third-degree felony criminal sexual conduct, felony domestic assault by strangulation and a misdemeanor domestic assault with the intention to inflict bodily harm on another.

--Thousands of state employees will soon get a 2 percent raise. The House Thursday approved a new contract for state workers, which includes the first raise in more than three years. It passed the Democratic-controlled House by an 83-44 vote. It now heads to Governor Mark Dayton, who is expected to sign it. The Senate, also controlled by Democrats, ratified the contract last week. The contract covers about 35,000 people. Dayton says he will push to include same-sex domestic partnership benefits in the next contract.

--The number of homes lost to foreclosure in Minnesota has fallen to the lowest level since 2006. Ed Nelson with the Minnesota Homeownership Center says they have rebounded nicely since the foreclosure peak in 2010 and that the state saw a 16-percent drop in foreclosures last year. Last year there were nearly 18-thousand foreclosures across the state. Nelson feels that is still a step in the right direction even though that is 3-times more foreclosures in the state that were occurring before the recession.

--Chaz and Emily Bloom of Randall, boy born February 12th

TODAY= chance of flurries, partial sun, high around 15.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low -5, wind chills near -20 early.
SATURDAY= mostly sunny, light winds, high 18, low 10.
SUNDAY= mostly cloudy, warmer, high 26, snow at night, low 20.
MONDAY= snow early then clearing and windy, high 28, low -1.

HS WRE= Section Team Semi-Final and Championships tonight, with Royalton-Upsala vs. Holdingford and also Aitkin vs. Pierz starting at 6pm then the winning teams will battle for a chance to go the state tournament around 8pm. All matches heard live on FM94 KFML.
HS BBB= Little Falls at St. Cloud Cathedral tonight 7:30 on Q92.
HS WRE= Section team quarter-semi-and championship rounds for teams in Little Falls on Saturday, hear the Little Falls match from the tournament Saturday afternoon on Q92 WYRQ.
HS HK= Little Falls got the #1 seed in the 6A Boys Hockey Tournament. They host the winner of Morris Benson vs. Breckinridge on Tuesday at 7:00pm. Listen to the game on Q92 WYRQ
COL HK= Gophers have an outdoor game with Wisconsin Sunday live from Soldier Field in Chicago. Hear the action live on Sunday afternoon starting at 3pm on AM960 KLTF.

IN 1758= Benjamin Franklin is credited for bringing the first batch of mustard to the United States for commercial use on items.
IN 1932= George Burns and Gracie Allen given own CBS radio show.

Redneck Radio tonight, “BLT” Saturday at the West Side Bar

Thursday- February 14th, 2013 “Valentine’s Day”

--On Tuesday at approximately 6:00pm the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary in progress with gunshots possibly being fired. Deputies responded to a residence in Elmdale Township and learned the suspect(s) had fled the scene. It was later determined that no gun shots were fired. The suspect gained entry into the residence by kicking in the front door, while carrying a machete. The suspect, 23-year old Corey Troy Pirttila of Albany, was located at a residence in Albany and taken into custody. He was transported to the Morrison County Jail and is being held pending the filing of formal charges.

--Republican Tama Theis defeated DFLer Joanne Dorsher and the Independence Party’s Todd McKee Tuesday to win the special-election in Minnesota House District 14A. With unofficial results in from all 16 precincts, Theis had 2,670 votes to 2,091 votes for Dorsher, 130 for McKee and 7 write-in votes. House District 14A covers most of western and southern St. Cloud and all of Waite Park and St. Augusta. The special election was to fill the vacancy created by last month’s resignation of former representative Steve Gottwalt, who stepped down after taking a new job.

--At the recent Royalton City Council meeting they approved the hiring of Water Conservation Services Inc. of Lino Lakes to complete a water system survey of Royalton water lines. It was reported recently to the council that thirty-four point eight million gallons of water were pumped out to city mains, but only 27 million made it to city water meters. The assumption is that the leak is between the pumping station and city residences. The surveys are generally conducted to help find water main leaks which have not surfaced. Royalton water lines include 74 hydrants. The cost of the survey is $1,100 and it will be done in the spring after the snow melts.

--A house in Crow River Township is pretty much totaled after a fire Tuesday. Stearns County and area firefighters were called around 3:30pm to a house off of Stearns County Road 32. Smoke was coming out of the roof when they arrived and the source of the fire looked to be a dryer. No injuries were reported.

--A 9-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl were hospitalized after a three vehicle accident Sunday on Highway 371 and Novotny Road in Baxter. Around 10am, 39-year-old Dale Swift of Cass Lake was on 371 when he collided with a vehicle that had slowed to turn left off the highway driven by 55-year-old Robert Pavik of Pine River. A third vehicle then tried to avoid the accident and ended up striking an embankment and a sign before ending up in the median. The third-vehicle was driven by 33-year-old Sarah Rubel of Pequot Lakes. Pavik and Rubel were not hurt. Swift was taken to an area hospital, treated and released. Swift’s two passengers, Gabe Swift and Grace Moberg were taken to the Brainerd hospital and treated for more serious but non-life threatening injuries. The State Patrol reported that the two children were not belted in at the time of the accident.

--The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office Saturday morning assisted firefighters in putting out a snowmobile fire in Garrison. The snowmobile sustained extensive damage. There were no injuries.

--A 50-year-old Brainerd woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident Monday morning on Thiesse Road and County Road 45 in Crow Wing County. Diana Lodermeier was transported to an area hospital and treated for injuries. The other driver was not injured.

--The city of Albany is seeking applicants for police chief, after Chief Jason Falconer announced plans to leave earlier this year. Falconer is the second Central Minnesota chief to announce plans to leave in 2013. St. Joseph Police Chief Pete Jansky announced his retirement plans earlier this year. Falconer gave notice in early January and his last day of full-time work was January 23rd. He’s been working part-time since then. The city will accept applications through 3:00pm, February 25th and hopes to have a new chief in place in April. The city hired Falconer as chief in December 2011. He had been acting chief for six months prior. He took over for Jim Stueve when he retired for medical reasons after serving in Albany for more than three decades. Stueve died in July. The department has two full-time officers, four part-time officers and an administrative support and records person.

--Democrats and Republicans from Minnesota gave their response to the President’s State of the Union Address from Tuesday night. DFL Senator Al Franken said the focus on jobs and the economy in the proper way to move the country forward. Franken agrees also that workforce development is the key to increasing employment. Central Lakes College President Larry Lundblad was Franken’s guest for the speech and he believes higher education can play a huge role in the economic recovery of the country. Republicans however felt that the President missed the mark. Congressman John Kline said he was disappointed with the address stating President Obama outlined a case for bigger government and repeated the same broken promises that have hampered economic growth and has kept unemployment nationwide hovering around 8 percent. Kline felt that Minnesotans wanted to hear how the President will reduce the nation’s debt and increase employment without raising taxes.

--Eric and Stephanie Beuning of Little Falls, girl born February 11th
--Todd and Ashley Willert of Long Prairie, boy born February 12th

TODAY= mostly cloudy, high near 26 then temps fall in PM hours.
TONIGHT= scattered flurries, breezy, low 0, wind chills -15.
FRIDAY= scattered flurries, mostly cloudy, high 14, low -6.
SATURDAY= partly sunny, high 15, low around 10 above.
SUNDAY= mostly cloudy, warmer, PM snow showers, high near 30.

HS GBB= Albany at Little Falls tonight 7:30pm on Q92 WYRQ.
VIKINGS= after leading the Vikings to a 10-6 record and into the playoffs last season, Head Coach Leslie Frazier has agreed to a multi-year contract to keep him as the Vikings top man. Official terms of the contract at this time have not been released.

--Today is Valentine’s Day originally called Saint Valentine's Day though the Catholic Church has dropped the Feast Day from the Church Calendar. St. Valentine was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. The day now is known for gifts to express love.

Take your sweetheart out for Valentine’s Day to the West Side Bar

Wednesday- February 13th, 2013

--The Chief of Defense for Norway General Harald Sunde will visit Camp Ripley on Saturday to honor the 40th Anniversary of the United States / Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange program. According to Post Commander Colonel Scott St. Sauver, "The Chief of Defense is the highest ranking military officer in the Norwegian military and
his presence here this Saturday is testimony to how important this 40th Anniversary is”. General Sunde will help dedicate a monument that was gifted from the Norwegian Home Guard to the Minnesota National Guard. The monument ceremony will be at 11:15am this Saturday at the Minnesota Military Museum inside Camp Ripley.

--Two people were hospitalized on Sunday following a collision on Highway 10 at 190th Street in Morrison County. The crash occurred around 11:45am when 58-year old Patricia Altrichter of Randall was attempting to cross Highway 10 when she drove into the path of 19-year old Ethan Reinart of South Haven. Reinert’s passenger 69-year old Elizabeth Reinert of South Haven complained of pain. Altrichter and one of her 2 passengers 12-year old Tricia Sharon were transported to St. Gabriel’s hospital in Little Falls with minor cuts.

--A 33-year-old Onamia public school employee was arrested for allegedly having criminal sexual relations with a 17-year-old female student. The Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into the allegations last week and found the 17-year-old in question. She informed deputies of the relationship that occurred between her and the employee. The suspect was questioned and taken into custody. His name is not being released until the filing of formal charges in Mille Lacs County.

--A former Fridley man was sentenced Monday to nearly four years in prison for convictions of kidnapping and two separate drug charges. 41-year old Jason James Gilliver, previously pleaded guilty to using a dangerous weapon to commit a kidnapping. He also pleaded guilty to separate charges of selling methamphetamine and of selling a substance he claimed to be meth but wasn’t.  A Stearns County Judge sentenced Gilliver to a total of three years, nine months in prison, a sentence that was agreed to in a plea agreement between Gilliver’s attorney and prosecutors. Gilliver pleaded guilty to the kidnapping charge that accused him of assaulting a woman in a vehicle in a St. Cloud restaurant parking lot, then driving her away in a car that ran out of gas on Interstate Highway 94. A court complaint charging Gilliver accuses him of poking at the woman with a screwdriver as they drove. She was taken to the hospital with cuts and scrapes to her face and lip.

--A number of ducks, geese and chickens were saved from a burning barn Sunday night. Firefighters responded to the barn fire around 7:45pm on Highway 18 and County Road 144 southeast of Brainerd. The barn sustained minor damage and started from a small heater that was plugged in with an extension cord inside the barn. The two homeowners worked on getting the animals out of the barn and sustained smoke inhalation. They were treated by ambulance personnel at the scene but not hospitalized.

--After eight years of monitoring and aggressive management, there is no sign of bovine tuberculosis in northwestern Minnesota’s deer herd. The Department of Natural Resources stated that they are at a point where hopefully the disease is eliminated so they can begin to increase deer densities instead of keeping them low. None of the 325 deer harvested during the 2012 firearms season tested positive for the Bovine TB. This also ends sampling of that harvested area.

--A the Pierz City Council meeting Monday the Fire Relief Association of Pierz asked for and was approved a $9,100 donation. That amounts to $350 per firefighter for 26 members. It is the same amount per firefighter for the third year in a row. There was a reminder of the Pierz Fire Relief Association Ball at the Pierz Ballroom this Saturday, February 16th. A spaghetti dinner starts at 3:00pm. There will be a silent auction and then also a dance starting at 7:30pm. US 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan will be stopping at Pierz City Hall with his Mobile Office on February 26th at 9:00am. Many department reports were given at the meeting and Pierz entered into a Mutual Aid Fire Agreement with Camp Ripley.

--Todd County received information that certain individuals accessing the internet from the home computer have been receiving a pop up message claiming the federal government needs their help by going to a large name department or drug store to purchase money orders or gift certificates by paying $300 to the store for a gift card to that particular store. Than the pop up reads they have two hours to complete this task and they will be contacted at a later date to access the gift card information to be downloaded onto their software. The Sheriffs Office is warning that this is a scam and not to comply with the directions and or information that may pop up on your screen.

--Three men escaped injury early Tuesday when the SUV they were in broke through the ice of Lake Koronis. The truck went through the ice about 5:30am in about 3-4 feet of water between First Island and Alexander Point. The men were able to walk to shore. They were identified as Wong Thao, 27, of St. Paul, David Thao, 29, of Oakdale, and Allen Thao, 24, of Maplewood. The sheriff said Tuesday that ice is never 100 percent safe and that great care should be taken when driving any vehicle on the ice. Ice conditions can change rapidly, regardless of whether you are familiar with the lake.

--Two Central Lakes College instructors are nominated for Outstanding Educator awards bestowed each year by the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Darci Goeden, Nursing, and Leon Dahlvang, Communication Art and Design, are now eligible for the Educator the Year award. The award is intended to recognize superior teaching. The pair was nominated by CLC President Larry Lundblad and will be among about two dozen MnSCU instructors recognized this spring at an award luncheon.

--Due to the inclement weather and closing of school on Monday, February 11th Upsala Area Schools will be in session on Presidents Day on Monday, February 18th.

--George Schommer Jr., age 61 of Little Falls

TODAY= snow by mid afternoon, high around 33.
TONIGHT= snow likely, 1-2 inches, turning wind late, low 23.
THURSDAY= snow showers early, falling temps and blustery.
FRIDAY= mostly cloudy, few flurries, high 14, low -5.

SKI= best of luck to the Little Falls Nordic Skiers competing at the state tournament in Biwabik on Thursday at Giants Ridge. This includes the entire girls team and Matt Massman of the boys team.
Enjoy a great lunch today, Redneck Radio Friday at West Side Bar

Tuesday- February 12th, 2013

--Prosecutors in the case of a Little Falls man accused of killing two teens who broke into his home are asking a judge to order that evidence be kept private. Sixty-four-year-old Byron Smith is accused of killing 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer on Thanksgiving Day. In court documents made public Monday, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput says the nature of the case has led to extensive media interest, and prosecutors are concerned that inadvertent release of private data, or release of just some of the evidence, might impede the case. Orput is asking a judge for a protective order that would bar the defense from releasing evidence publicly. Prosecutors say they have already given more than 500 pages of evidence to Smith’s defense attorneys.

--Heavy snow and strong winds made for rough traveling Monday across the state. Western Minnesota is digging out after a storm dumped a 12-18 inches of snow on the region and stranded motorists Sunday into Monday. Roadways in western and west-central were reopened throughout the day Monday after being closed due to high winds and snow.  Interstate 94 was reopened around 2pm yesterday in Alexandria but roads were still in poor condition in northwestern Minnesota last night. MN Dot reported that I-94 through the St. Cloud area had reports of spinouts still yesterday afternoon.  It was also reported that traveling was difficult on Highway 10 from Wadena through Staples, Motley and down to Randall. Windy conditions Monday still made for tricky traveling in parts of the state. The National Weather Service says a line from Fergus Falls north and east received the most snow with nearly 18 inches in areas. Glenwood in Pope County got 12 inches of snow Sunday. Walker has about 11 inches and many areas in Morrison County reported 9-13 inches of snow including Little Falls and Hillman at 10 inches. The State Patrol handled 326 crashes on Sunday and many more Monday, of the Sundays’ totals that included 42 that involved injuries. Also 623 vehicles reportedly left the road Sunday and 5 semi-trucks jackknifed.

--The North Star Sled Dog Club is putting on the Spirit of the North Winter Warrior sled dog races this weekend at Camp Ripley. This event which got help from the excess snow over the weekend will be a first of its kind for Morrison County with a diverse range of participants in action. The youngest entrant is just 7 years old and racers are from as far away as Vermont and New Hampshire. Many styles will also be on display, including sprint races of four, six and 10 miles and a mid-distance race of 40 miles among others. Spectators will be able to see the start and finish of each race. Races will run from 9:00am–4:00pm both days of the event. Directions to the course will be given at the gates of Camp Ripley. Representatives from the Humane Society will be there to accept goodwill donations and concessions will be put on by Morrison County Hoofbeats. Major John Donovan will be on KLTF Community Events Wednesday at 8:45am to talk about the event this weekend at Camp Ripley.

--Stearns County has reported that the man who died Saturday night after a one-vehicle crash near St. Martin has been identified as 45-year-old Darrin Schaefer of Paynesville. Schaefer was driving a pickup south on Stearns County Road 195 when the vehicle left the road, rolled and landed in a drainage ditch around 11:30pm. The sheriff’s office said that he wasn’t wearing a seat belt. Schaefer was taken to Paynesville Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

--Ladies Night Out in Pierz is February 21st-info at

--The Little Falls Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire on 9th Street and 10th Avenue NE around 8:05pm Sunday. The vehicle owned by Amber Okerman was fully engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived. 18 firefighters were on the scene for about 45 minutes. No injuries were reported.

--It’s a special Election Day for some Minnesotans. Voters in 2 House Districts 19A and 14A will make their way to the polls. There is a three-way race in 14A for the seat vacated by Steve Gottwalt who resigned after winning reelection last November. Republican Tama Theis, Democrat Joanne Dorsher and Independence Party candidate Todd McKee are the three vying for the seat. In House District 19A, Republican Allen Quist, Democrat Clark Johnson and Independence Party’s Tim Gieseke are vying for the seat given up by Terry Morrow.

--Stearns County deputies and firefighters from Melrose battled a garage fire Friday night around midnight. The fire reported in Grove Township at the Thomas Schweiters residence was reported as a garage fire and the garage was engulfed in flames when they arrived. The items inside the garage were heavily damaged including 2 vehicles, ATVs, skid loader and snowmobile. The cause is under investigation and there were no injuries.

--The Vatican said on Monday in an unexpected announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will resign his office on February 28.  The Italian news agency ANSA first reported the news, which it said was made in Latin during a meeting of cardinals in Rome.  The announcement comes as a surprise to millions of Catholics around the world. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became Pope in 2005 after the death of John Paul II. Pope Benedict XVI is 85 years old.  He will be the first pontiff to resign in 600 years. Many Minnesota Catholics were surprised by the resignation of Pope Benedict but Catholics Studies directors stated that the Pope himself had hinted over the past year that given his age and increasing fragility that his resignation would have to be an option to consider. Vatican Officials hope a new Pope will be named by Easter next month.

--Joshua and Lacey Burgardt, boy born February 8th
--Brandon and Jennifer Freudenrich, girl born February 3rd

--Vernilda ‘Vernie’ A. Mohr, age 95 of Little Falls formerly Cushing.
--George A. Schommer, age 61 of Little Falls.

TODAY= partly cloudy, high near 30.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low around 15.
WEDNESDAY= snow likely afternoon, around 1 inch, high 31, low 21
THURSDAY= scattered flurries, high 25 then falling in afternoon.

HS BHK= Little Falls at Sartell tonight 7:15pm on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BBB= Pierz at Staples-Motley tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML
NHL= Wild win last night on the road 2-1 in a shootout over Calgary.
NBA= Wolves end losing streak 100-92 win Monday over Cleveland

Redneck Radio Friday, BLT Saturday at West Side Bar

Monday- February 11th, 2013

--The heaviest snowstorm of the winter struck Sunday over central Minnesota with many areas picking up 8-13 inches of snow. Morrison and Todd County sheriff’s departments put a no travel advisory in effect for Sunday, due to the snow and very poor visibility. Snowplows are working on removing the snow but this will take time especially on side streets, alleys and parking lots. Schools such as Little Falls and Pierz are closed today. Listen to Little Falls Radio for the latest in weather related announcements today.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office and the Little Falls Police Department in the past week have been investigating possible scams in the area. Back on February 3rd, a Bowlus resident called the sheriff’s office stating they received a text from an unknown person stating “I hid the body…now what”. The Deputy advised the resident that it could possibly be an attempt for some type of advertisement or a scam and to call authorities again if the same text message arrives. Then Wednesday deputies received a call from a Little Falls woman looking at her e-mail and received one from a friend who said she is being held with a knife to her throat and needs $2,000 sent to save her. The officer told the woman to not reply to the e-mail as it likely was a scam. The woman later was able to contact her friend and found out her computer was recently hacked and that she was fine. Police Chief Greg Schirmers and Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel have stated before on Little Falls Radio to never give out personal information of any kind over the phone or on the computer unless you initiated the contact. If you ever question an item such as these two incidents from the past week contact law enforcement.

--Last Wednesday, members of the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force concluded an investigation into the sale of methamphetamine in the city of Brooten in western Stearns County. Investigators purchased meth during a 2 month investigation from 44-year-old Kelly Grundseth. Grundseth was arrested last week for those sales and during his arrest he was also found to have over 7 grams of meth in his possession and proceeds from the sales of the controlled substances. He is awaiting formal charges in the Stearns County Jail. The Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force is comprised of officers from Little Falls, Sartell and St. Cloud police departments and deputies from sheriff’s offices in Stearns Benton, Todd, Sherburne and Morrison Counties.

--A Northfield man was charged Tuesday with two counts of felony burglary and fleeing a police officer in Cass County. The defendant Logan Ayotte was arrested Sunday after allegedly breaking into a home outside of Remer after a resident nearby called police about someone suspicious at the neighboring cabin. Authorities arrived and saw a man walking away from the area when the deputy identified himself the man fled on foot where he was apprehended a short time later. Ayotte was found with stolen items on his possession including a military parka he was wearing that a man in Remer told police was stolen from his vehicle recently. Ayotte’s next court hearing on the charges will be this afternoon in Cass County.

--Elevated carbon monoxide levels at a St. Cloud State University sorority house sent nine people to the hospital Wednesday. The house on 8th Avenue South was evacuated around 1am that morning after one tenant was taken to the emergency room at St. Cloud Hospital. Levels of Carbon Monoxide in the sorority house were found to be dangerous with long enough exposure to it inside the house.

--At the Mississippi Valley Cattlemen’s Association meeting Friday night in Pierz it was announced that Alicia Moe, a sophomore at Brainerd High School, is the 2013 Beef Princess. Darv and Beady Keehr were named the 2013 Farm Family of the Year.

--After a close race last November against Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Jim Graves announced Thursday that he plans to make a decision about running for the 6th District Congressional Seat by this April. Graves lost to Bachmann by only 4,300 votes last year. Graves also stated that his decision will be mainly on the actions that Bachmann makes in Congress in the upcoming months. A formal announcement by Graves is expected by April 1st.

--Angelina O’Mara, the woman convicted of killing her ex-husband in his Sauk Rapids apartment will be tried in Wisconsin for the death of her boyfriend Michael Pies. O’Mara has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide by Ashland County and is set to make her initial court appearance Monday. In December, O’Mara was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder of her ex-husband, James O’Mara. Her previous guilty plea means O’Mara is set to spend the rest of her life in a Minnesota prison even if she is convicted in Wisconsin.

--The ex DNR employee accused of illegally accessing driving license records of thousands of Minnesotans is now facing criminal charges. John Hunt of Woodbury is charged with 6 counts including misconduct of a public employee, unlawful use of private data and encrypting data to conceal a crime. The complaint says Hunt kept an encrypted file on his work computer with the license photos of more than 170 women. The DNR sent about 5,000 letters to victims of the data breach last month. Hunt is the former administrative manager of the DNR’s enforcement division.

--Edward Lapenotiere and Kelsey Carlson, girl born February 6th
--Robert Jansen and Becky Schyma of Pierz, boy born February 7th
--Robert and Tiffany Schmidt of Little Falls, a boy February 7th.

--Betty E. Niemann, age 88 of Coon Rapids formerly of Little Falls.
--Raymond K. Loven, age 95 of Swanville.

TODAY= snow likely until noon, up to 1 inch, high 25 and blustery.
TONIGHT= light snow early then clearing late, low 0, wind chills -15.
TUESDAY= mostly sunny, high near 30, cloudy at night low 15.
WEDNESDAY= light snow in PM hours, high 32 low 20.

COL HK= Gophers and Huskies split the weekend series in St. Cloud. Gophers win Friday 4-2. Huskies took Saturdays’ game 4-3.
HS SPORTS= Brainerd/Little Falls girls hockey team season ended Saturday with a playoff loss to North Wright County, state Nordic Skiing is Thursday for Little Falls. Section wrestling starts this week for areas schools with section coverage on LF Radio Friday/Saturday.
WEEKEND= over the weekend, the Wild won in overtime on Saturday, while Timberwolves lost Friday and Sunday and the Gopher men’s basketball team lost to Illinois on Sunday.

Lunches and Happy Hour Specials daily- stop in to West Side Bar.

Friday- February 8th, 2013

--There hasn’t been a lot of heavy snow yet this year but that is expected to change this weekend. The latest forecast models show a winter storm watch late Saturday night thru late Sunday night. Snow totals are still being estimated but early indications show 6-12 inches is expected by Monday afternoon. Some areas may see even more than that, meaning that winter isn’t over yet.

--Morrison County Court Documents state that 17-year-old Nick Brady had broken into Byron Smith’s home months before the shooting deaths of Brady and Haile Kifer on Thanksgiving last year. The documents state that Brady broke into Smith’s garage stealing cash, a video recorder and a chain saw and details revealed that 17-year-old Cody Kasper was with Brady and aided him in the burglaries. Kasper was charged with two counts of burglary theft Tuesday in Morrison County District Court. Kasper in a statement to law enforcement stated he was the lookout for Brady on two occasions in the summer and fall of last year and used a cell phone to inform him if someone was coming. The report also stated that Brady had bought Kasper gifts for his help. The two worked odd jobs for Smith at the time. Smith is charged with two counts of 2nd degree murder in the shooting deaths of Brady and his cousin 18-year-old Haile Kifer after the two had broken into his home. Smith’s attorney said that Smith’s home had been broken into at least 6 times in the past year and that the two cousins had been linked to a prior burglary of prescription drugs the day before they were killed. Smith’s next court date is scheduled for May. Prosecutors are stating that Smith is using the prior burglaries as an excuse for the murders.

--Governor Mark Dayton said in his State of the State speech Wednesday night, that past state income tax cuts are partly to blame for chronic budget problems in Minnesota and that political leaders cannot afford to keep delaying difficult tax and spending decisions. The Governor also said in advance excerpts provided by his office that income tax cuts in the late '90s were followed by a decade where Minnesota's economy fared worse than the nation as a whole and most other states. The speech was largely a pitch for Dayton's proposal to hike income taxes on the wealthy and expand the state sales tax to more purchases. Dayton also endorsed same-sex marriage in his speech which lawmakers may tackle later this session.

--Rescue personnel from Sauk Rapids, St. Cloud and the Minnesota State Patrol responded to a rollover accident Wednesday afternoon on Highway 10 near Benton Drive in Sauk Rapids. The driver and lone occupant was treated for injuries that were not serious. The accident rerouted traffic around the Benton Drive exit while patrol members and other law enforcement cleared the scene.

--The Pierz City Council meets Monday at 7pm at Pierz City Hall. Agenda items include a Fire Relief Association request, set a meeting date for the Robert/Park Avenue Finance Committee meeting, get an audit update, reminder of the firemen’s ball, and hear from the public works, police, parks and fire departments with their reports.

--The 2nd annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser will be held from 11:00am-2:00pm on Sunday, February 10th at First United Church in Little Falls. Bread, dessert, and beverage included. Cost is $10 per meal (you keep the bowl) and kids 5 and under are free. Proceeds benefit Oasis Central Minnesota. For information call (320) 632-9140.

--Find out other events this weekend, like quilt bingo in Sobieski on Sunday at community calendar through

--Local legislators will co-host a series of town-hall meetings in three District 9 cities Saturday, February 23rd. District 9 Senator Paul Gazelka and Representatives Mark Anderson of Lake Shore in District 9A and Ron Kresha of Little Falls in District 9B will be in Wadena at the Pizza Ranch at 10:30am, Long Prairie City Hall at 1pm and the Carnegie Library in Little Falls at 3pm all on the 23rd of this month. Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss a wide variety of legislative issues. The legislators will recap what has transpired so far in the 2013 session and provide a look at what remains.

--Several Central Minnesota teachers are among the candidates for 2013 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. The teacher of the year will be chosen from 134 candidates, who have accepted their nominations and completed the required materials to be eligible. It’s the most candidates since 2005. Area candidates include: Sara Edgar, Forrest Horton and Gwen Toppe, Big Lake; Lenora Fredman and Karl Kaufmann, Pillager; Charles Kruger, Sauk Rapids-Rice; and Karlyn Doyle, St. Cloud. Candidates include pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers from public or private schools. The 2013 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced May 5th.

--A Stearns County judge has ruled that a Freeport farmer must face all six charges that were filed against him after an investigation into his sales of raw milk and other food products. Alvin Schlangen had asked a judge to dismiss three of the six charges that Schlangen faces. Schlangen argued that the three charges are based on the same allegations that formed the basis for three charges Schlangen faced in Hennepin County. A Hennepin County jury in October found Schlangen not guilty of those charges. Schlangen argued to prosecute him in Stearns County for similar offenses to the Hennepin County ones would be serial prosecution. The judge disagreed. No trial date has been set.

--Thousands of state employees may soon get a raise. State Senators Thursday approved a new contract that includes a 2 percent pay hike. The House, which is also controlled by Democrats, is expected to vote on the contract sometime next week.

--Aaron and Kala Sowers of Little Falls, a girl born February 2nd.

--John Mullen Sr. age 95 of Randall.
--John P. Rudolph, age 88 of Fort Ripley.

TODAY= sunny skies, high 25, clouds tonight low 16.
SATURDAY= clouds early, snow likely after 4pm, high 35, low 24.
SUNDAY= snow, heavy at times 5-10 inches, high 31, low 25.
MONDAY= snow ending- very windy, high 30 then falling temps.

HS BBB= Maple Lake at Pierz tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML
HS BHK= Little Falls at St. Cloud Cathedral at MAC in St. Cloud will be on Saturday at 2:45pm on Q92 WYRQ.
COL HK= Gopher Hockey at St. Cloud State tonight 7pm and Saturday at 6:30pm both games live on AM960 KLTF.

Cocaine Energy Drink party tonight, Loss For Words Sat at WS Bar

Thursday- February 7th, 2013

--A Little Falls teenager who once worked odd jobs for Byron Smith has been charged with breaking into Smith’s home last summer and fall, months before the homeowner shot and killed two other teens that later broke into the house. 17-year old Cody Kasper worked for Smith alongside 17-year old Nick Brady, one of the teens killed in the Thanksgiving shooting. 64-year old Byron Smith is charged with 2nd degree murder in the shooting deaths of Brady and Brady’s 18-year old cousin Haile Kifer. Smith’s lawyer says fears over these earlier break-ins led Smith to fire several shots at the teens as they entered his basement. Smith did not report the shooting and police were not aware of what happened until a neighbor called the next day. Assistant Morrison County Attorney Todd Chantry says a search of several homes and properties connected to Kasper turned up several stolen items including a shotgun that belongs to Smith. Kasper is facing two felony burglary charges.

--A two vehicle crash on Highway 371 south of Pequot Lakes Tuesday critically injured a baby and also sent the driver to a hospital. Around 8:45am, 26-year-old Jessica Haataja of Brainerd lost control on a curve and hit a northbound vehicle head-on driven by 39-year-old Jason Parks of Big Lake. Parks was not hurt. Haataja was taken to the Brainerd hospital and last listed in fair condition. Her infant child was taken to the Brainerd hospital and reported in critical condition. The head-on crash backed up traffic for quite some time Tuesday on Highway 371. It may have been responsible for two other accidents on the highway that morning. No injures reported in those accidents.

--The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about two-billion dollars. In an announcement Wednesday morning, the service says that the Saturday mail cutback would begin in August. The move accentuates one of the agency’s strong points as package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010 while the delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet use. Under the new plan, mail would still be delivered to post office boxes on Saturdays. Post offices now open on Saturdays would remain open on Saturdays. There was some speculation that the Postal Service could not do this without congressional approval but the agency clearly thinks it has a majority of the American public on its side regarding the change.

--A mother and daughter who lost their home to fire last week in Merrifield now face drug charges in Crow Wing County District Court. Documents state that 42-year-old Kellie Rae Townley and her 23-year-old daughter Latisha Marie Townley were charged with possession of marijuana and storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child. The home they were renting was destroyed by fire back on January 30th. The Nisswa fire chief stated there was no reason to believe the fire was set intentionally, as it started in a furnace room above the kitchen. The Red Cross helped the family find shelter. Both women were charged separately this week in District Court. Kellie will be in court on February 12th while Latisha will appear in court today again, this time on a probation violation.

--A 46-year-old Farmington woman was hurt in a snowmobile accident this past weekend in Crow Wing County. The Sheriff’s Office said that Wendy Mae Rowe was traveling on Whitefish Lake when she observed warning signs to alert others of an area established for use for radar runs. In avoiding the area, the snowmobile rolled over onto Rowe. She was taken to the Brainerd hospital for treatment.

--The State Patrol continues to investigate a hit and run accident on Highway 115 near Camp Ripley. In the early morning hours of January 27th, acquaintances of 34-year-old, Zebulon Retka found him lying on the road near the main gates of Camp Ripley and took him home. Hours later he was taken to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Retka has since been released. According to a statement from Sgt. Doug Brown “The white van we were looking for has been located.  It is no longer a vehicle of interest in this case. We are seeking a vehicle which might be older rather than newer, possible right front damage, possible right side mirror or windshield damage”. Anyone with information about this case please contact Sgt. Doug Brown at 218-316-3026.  Brown stated that none of the occupants found with the van are suspects or were witnesses to the hit and run incident. The investigation is ongoing.

--Foley firefighters battled a chimney fire Tuesday afternoon near Ronneby. The crew was called out at 4:15pm and the fire was contained to a wall of the home. The fire was put out in an hour and no injures were reported. A damage estimate was not released but firefighters said besides the wall sustaining moderate damage, no other parts of the home were affected.

--Minnesota officials are canceling the state’s moose hunting season because of a sharp decline in the moose population. Officials from the DNR say their annual aerial survey to estimate the moose population was “extremely disappointing,” at about 2,760 animals.

--Justin Bird and Jennie Jendro of Little Falls, boy born February 5th
--Erin Karnowski of Brainerd, mother of a boy born on February 5th

--Nancy Pfeffer, age 56 of Randall formerly of Swanville.

TODAY= cloudy, high 25.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low 5 above.
FRIDAY= partly sunny, breezy, high 25, windy at night, low 15.
SATURDAY= sun early then PM show, high 33, snow at night 24,
SUNDAY= snow will be heavy at times, high 32.

--For the 8th straight year the Little Falls Girls Nordic Ski team is heading to the state tournament in Biwabik. The girls Tuesday finished first at the section meet at Camp Ripley with the Flyers Maria Hauer 1st and Mattia Hendrickson 2nd in the girls’ run. The girls will also be joined by Flyer boy skier Matt Massman who finished 10th in the boys race and qualified for state. The State Tournament will be held next Thursday, February 14th at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.
HS BBB= Foley at Little Falls tonight 7:30pm on Q92 WYRQ.
HS GBB= Holdingford at Pierz tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML.

IN 1935= Charles Darrow is credited for creating the symbol character Rich Uncle Pennybags for the board game Monopoly.
IN 1940= Walt Disney’s “Pinocchio” debuted in theaters.
IN 1974= “Blazing Saddles” with Mel Brooks opened in theaters.

Northstar Entertainment tonight & Fri. Loss for Words Sat at WS Bar

Wednesday- February 6th, 2013

--The 60th annual Morrison County Dairy Princess Contest has been set for March 23rd at the Falls Ballroom. A candidate must be a high school graduate by July 1st, 2013 and not yet 24 years old. She or her parents (or legal guardian) must be actively engaged in production of milk for sale to a licensed plant during the current year. A candidate also qualifies if she, or her parents/legal guardian, is employed on a dairy farm in a dairy related capacity. The newly crowned Morrison County Dairy Princess will go to a training seminar May 17-19th in St. Joseph. In addition to learning skills they will also compete to become one of 12 finalists to be crowned Princess Kay of the Milky Way the night before the state fair opens in August. At all levels of competition, contestants are judged on their communication skills, personality, enthusiasm for the dairy promotion and general knowledge of the dairy industry. Candidates should sign up by Monday, March 4th. For information or an application call Laura Fellbaum at (320) 630-4039.

--The Little Falls City Council met on Monday night. Many from the county were at the meeting seeking the approval of the council to move forward with the progress of bringing a “Splash Pad/Skate Park” to Little Falls. The council unanimously gave their support to search for grants for the project as long as it does not entangle the city financially or legally at this time. The council was informed “Bookin’ It” is going out of business. There was a grant agreement for improvements to the airport, a lighting upgrade in the Hangar and Maintenance building was passed. It was also announced the planning commission will hold a public hearing at 6:30pm on Monday, February 11th in the council chambers.

--The State Patrol reported that one person was seriously injured Tuesday morning in a one vehicle accident in Crow Wing County. 76-year-old Jerry Allenspach of Deerwood was westbound on Highway 18 and he left the roadway and rolled over into a ditch. Allenspach was treated at the scene. His wife 78-year-old Noreen Allenspach was taken to the Brainerd hospital with reportedly serious but non-life threatening injuries. Snow on the roadway was the cause.

--Four former St. Cloud Hospital patients have sued the hospital and a former nurse who admitted siphoning pain medication from patient IV bags for personal use. The lawsuits against the hospital and former nurse Blake Zenner accuse them of negligence. The lawsuits, filed in Stearns County District Court, indicate the four patients developed bloodstream infections because of Zenner’s drug diversion that led to high fevers and severe pain. The diversion of pain medication happened in late 2010 and early 2011 and led to 24 patients being treated for symptoms. The hospital suspended Zenner in March 2011, and he was charged with and pleaded guilty in federal court to a felony of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

--Sartell police are investigating a possible prowler. Officers are investigating reports of suspicious activity Monday night and Tuesday morning. A number of calls between 9:50pm and 12:30am stated a man looking into a home or through windows in portions of the city. Tire tracks were found in some of the driveways and footprints in some areas around the home that the homeowners stated were not theirs. Sartell police are urging residents to keep doors and windows locked at night and not to hesitate if you spot suspicious activity in the area to their department at 320-251-8186.

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--A Minnesota police officer killed in the line of duty could soon be remembered with a stretch of highway named in his honor. A state House committee planned Tuesday to consider a bill to designate portions of Minnesota Highway 23 in central Minnesota the “Officer Tom Decker Memorial Highway.” Signs would be put along the part of the highway leading from Wakefield Township to the city of Richmond. Decker was the Cold Spring police officer gunned down while responding to a call in November. The investigation into the shooting has yet to conclude. It’s but one legislative tribute to Decker in the works. In Congress, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann is pushing a bill to name a post office after Decker.

--Motorists may encounter slow traffic and delays on Highway 15 in Sartell as lane and shoulder closures occur between County Road 120 and County Road 1 beginning today. The closures will occur during non-rush hours as crews install a temporary signal system at the Highway 15/23rd Street intersection. The work and lane closures will be completed by April 16. The signal system will provide safe access from Highway 15 to 23rd Street, westbound County Road 120, the Sartell medical park and other local businesses when ramps temporarily close later this year between Highway 15 and County Road 120. The closures and work are needed as part of the Highway 15/Stearns County Road 120 Diverging Diamond Interchange project. Motorists should slow down and watch for work crews and equipment as they navigate the work zones. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit

--The growing debate over gun control is taking center stage at Minnesota's Capitol this week as lawmakers take up a handful of proposals that would limit access to guns for some individuals. The House Public Safety Committee planned 3-days of hearings starting Tuesday on various proposed gun laws. Measures include a ban on certain assault weapons, background checks for all pistol and assault weapon purchases, mental health screening for firearm permits and other proposals. The hearings come a day after President Obama visited Minneapolis to tout his own federal gun control proposals.

--Bradley and Kimberly Hilmerson of Little Falls, girl born February 4th
--Matthew Dauer and Amber Kleinschmidt of Little Falls, boy Feb. 3rd

TODAY= snow likely, up to 1 inch, high 26.
TONIGHT= light freezing drizzle and snow, then fog, low 17.
THURSDAY= mostly cloudy, high 25, low around 10.
FRIDAY= partly sunny, high 27, light snow late, low around 20.

--The Gopher men are at Michigan State tonight in basketball.
--American skiing star and Minnesota native Lindsey Vonn is hospitalized after suffering a serious crash during the opening race of the world championships in Austria Tuesday. The 28-year-old two-time world champion and Olympic gold-medallist landed on the side of her ski after a jump during the opening super-G race and flipped over before crashing into a gate. Vonn received medical treatment on the slope for 12 minutes before being airlifted off the mountain by helicopter. No further word was given on her condition.

Cocaine Energy Drink Party with Northstar this Friday at WS Bar

Tuesday- February 5th, 2013

--Foley and Rice firefighters battled a house fire Friday afternoon on Nature Road north of Gilman in Morrison County. The blaze was reported at 2:30pm. When firefighters arrived, they found the home engulfed and rounds of ammunition in the home popping causing the situation to be very nerve-wracking. No one was home at time of the fire. The house was a total loss. The cause is under investigation.

--More than four months after Colton Gleason died from a punch knocking him to the ground in St. Cloud, the process to return the body to his family will happen. The lawyer recently hired to represent Jesse Smithers the man accused in the death of Gleason stated Friday that Ramsey County can release the body to Gleason’s family so they can have a proper burial. Gleason’s body had been held because public defenders wanted to conduct testing for their case in the trial but the new attorney stated that is no longer necessary.

--At the January Upsala School Board meeting the board approved a resolution signing a new contract for the Upsala teachers after 18 months of negotiation. The board agreed on the new contract that will run through the 2015 school year, with additional pay steps completed by the school board and teachers’ agreement.

--A Crow Wing County jury found 45-year-old Ronald Beattie Jr. guilty of 35 counts of evading state taxes. The jury returned the verdict last Thursday in Brainerd. Beattie owns Risky Business Novelties and Gifts in Brainerd and according to reports failed to pay any individual state income tax returns and sales tax and withholding taxes from the time the business opened in 2005 through 2011. Beattie was arrested once in both 2011 and 2012, for selling synthetic marijuana after a new law in 2011 went into effect prohibiting the sale of synthetic drugs in Minnesota. That case is still pending. Sentencing for Beattie has been set for a later date.

--A dogsledder was struck by a vehicle Friday afternoon east of Brainerd. Authorities say around 3pm the dogsled collided with a pickup on Nokay Hall Road. The dogsledder’s name was not released. He was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. The driver of the pickup was not hurt. Deputies did have to chase down one of the dogs that got away but none of the dogs on the dogsled were injured in the accident.

--Two Brainerd High School graduates took the stage with pop star Beyonce Knowles Sunday at halftime of the Super Bowl in New Orleans. Alexandra Clough is a 2007 graduate from Brainerd High School and Brittany Schubert is a 2010 graduate from Brainerd. They performed with a number of dancers during Sunday’s halftime show. Clough also performed at the Super Bowl in 2011 when the Black Eyed Peas were the halftime act for the big game.

--Will the Super Bowl come back to Minnesota? A group known as Meet Minneapolis has partnered with the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to submit an application to host the Super Bowl in 2018.  This is because of the new Vikings Stadium that will be built in the coming years. In fact, the last two Super Bowl games, which were in Indianapolis and Dallas, both had new stadiums and both were designed by architect firm HKS Sports & Entertainment Group, the same group that the Vikings have chosen for their new stadium. The last time Minneapolis hosted the Super Bowl was in 1992 at the Metrodome where Washington routed Buffalo.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet today at 9am at the Government Center. The years of service awards will be presented.

--The national commander of the American Legion is in Minnesota this week visiting dozens of posts across the state. Commander Jim Koutz says he enjoys meeting local members and listening to their concerns and then taking them back to Washington D.C. Koutz was in Moorhead, Detroit Lakes and Bemidji Monday; today he will be in Walker, Grand Rapids and Duluth; Wednesday in Pine City, Fridley and Richfield; and Thursday at Apple Valley, Willmar and Hutchinson.

--Pierz firefighters were called to a car fire near the Schoenes Apartments across the street from the Pierz Fire Hall on Friday about 10:30am. Sixteen firefighters found the vehicle fully engulfed by flames. The flames had started on the exterior of the apartment building. The firefighters were able to put the fire out before any significant damage was done to the apartments. No one was hurt. The damage on the apartment building occurred on the apartment of the vehicle owner.

--Little Falls Radio’s Al Windsperger has been chosen as the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce March Employee of the Month. The announcement was made by Tammy Jopp, whose a member of the outstanding service committee, live on WYRQ Monday morning.

--Jeremy and Sarah Jurek of Little Falls, a boy born February 1st.

--Kenneth Bollig, age 75 of Cushing
--Judy “Scholl” Terhaar, age 67 of Milaca formerly of Buckman.
--Charles Stavish of Randall.
--Emery Bourgeois, age 87 of Silver Bay formerly Baudette.

TODAY= snow early then sunshine and windy, high 25.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 0.
WEDNESDAY= light snow at times, cloudy, high near 30.
THURSDAY= mostly cloudy, high 30, low 15.

GBB= Pierz at Staples-Motley tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML.
NFL= Back on Saturday, Adrian Peterson received the NFL Most Valuable Player award for his over 2,000 yards rushing in the past season. Also Saturday, the 2013 Class of the NFL Hall of Fame were announced and former Vikings Wide Receiver Cris Carter made the list as did Warren Sapp, Larry Allen and coach Bill Parcells. The entire Class of 2013 will be inducted in Canton, Ohio on August 3rd.

IN 1922= first edition of Reader’s Digest went on newsstands.
IN 1937= Charlie Chaplin appeared in the movie Modern Times, this was the movie where the silent film star, sang and his voice heard.
IN 1940= The Glenn Miller Orchestra recorded Tuxedo Junction.
IN 1953= Walt Disney premiered Peter Pan in theaters.
IN 1967= The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour debuted on CBS TV
IN 1974= reports surfaced that heiress Patty Hearst was kidnapped.
IN 1994= the popular computer game, “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego” debuted on Fox TV- the showed was later picked up by PBS to run as a game show for kids to find the famous lady.

Northstar Entertainment Thursday, lunch today at West Side Bar

Monday- February 4th, 2013

--Kevin Stuckmayer of Pierz was sentenced Friday to 90 months in prison for the attempted murder of his wife Natalie. 60 of those months will be in custody, 30 in supervised release if he remains a model prisoner. Stuckmayer was given credit for 112 days for time already spent in the Morrison County Jail. The recommended sentence for attempted murder is 180 months.

--The Little Falls High School One-Act team is heading to state competition after successful winning the 8AA section level held in Alexandria on Thursday, January 31st. They now move on to the State One Act Play Festival held at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul on Thursday, February 7th at 10:00am. This year’s play, titled interCONTROLency, was written by play director Anjanette Kraus and the senior cast members.  It examines the idea of control from the perspective of childhood and moves through the various age groups of adulthood. One-act cast and crewmembers include Alexis Roy, Annie Wilger, Monica Kosovich, Phoenix Weiss, Anh Do, Joshua Drong, Lexi Zawatzke, Malenamarie Philips, Ian Norwood, Owen Justin, Mitchell Burr, Casey Walquist, Samantha Gottwalt, Brennan Norwood, Maria Kosovich, Emily Dunaisky, and Nicole Andres.

--Members from the Pierz Business Professionals of America competed at the Region Contest last month in Alexandria. Anyone that placed in these contests will advance to the State Conference in Minneapolis March 7th through 9th. Many Pierz students will be moving on they include, Elias Schomer, Kaitlyn Hanlon, Sara Schlegal, Tanner Gangl, Daniel Tautges, Ethan Lochner, Andy Schmidtbauer, Austin Leikvoll, Kalven Schraut, Derek Spaulding, Kyle Becker, Devin Lashinski, Jake Lanners, Chris Ortman, Tyler Millner, Paige Jutz, Beth Broschofsky, Ben Boser, Trisha Welle and Alex Lucken all either placed in one or more events or received an award for community service at the regional competition. This past weekend on the KLTF noon news all the names and what they placed in were announced.

--A 23-year-old Onamia man and a 21-year-old Onamia woman are in custody in Mille Lacs County Jail, pending charges that stem from a drive-by shooting Thursday in the Grand Casino Hotel parking lot in Onamia. The Mille Lacs Sheriff received a call around 4pm of someone being shot in the parking lot in front of the Grand Casino. The victim was later identified as 19-year old Dale Clinton White Jr. of Isle, who had been shot in the back. The victim was treated for the injury at a hospital in Onamia. Mille Lacs Grand Casino surveillance was able to assist law enforcement with identifying the suspect vehicle as a truck through video footage. The description of the suspects was given out to all area law enforcement and a short time later the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s office located the possible suspect vehicle at a gas station in Garrison. When a Crow Wing County Sheriff deputy attempted to stop the suspect vehicle in Garrison the truck fled onto Lake Mille Lacs and headed in a southeasterly direction. The squad car was unable to pursue the suspect’s vehicle. A number of agencies assisted in the search for the two. Through surveillance video, vehicle information and other info, a person of interest was developed and surveillance of several homes in the area led the North Central Drug Task Force Agents to locate two persons of interests from checks at homes in the area and a traffic stop. The two in questions are still awaiting formal charges in Mille Lacs County.

--News, weathers, sports & recipes at

--Minnesota native Nicholas David is expected to call in today on the KLTF Party Line program just after 10am. David finished 3rd in the recent season of the Voice on NBC and has many ties to the Little Falls area. Again listen in on KLTF and online at

--The Pillager Fire Department has released more information on a motor home and shed fire at a home in Sylvan Township six miles east of Pillager Wednesday night. The call came in around 8pm, due to the cold and wind it took some time to get the fire out in an enclosed attic of a storage shed. The shed and motor home inside of it were destroyed by the fire but the home 3 feet away was saved with only some minor exterior smoke damage. Firefighters believed the fire started from electric heaters that were running with an extension cord that went from a power pole to the motor home where a spark could have ignited the blaze. No one was injured.

--Central Lakes College (CLC) in Staples invites the public to “power up” as it hosts the third Ag and Energy Expo on Saturday, February 9th. This free event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., is a chance to hear about and witness demonstrations of the latest innovations and research fostered on behalf of renewable energy. The day offers a showcase of energy industry products and services of interest to building and other property owners, contractors, property managers, engineers, government energy specialists, and anyone interested in the future of energy. For more information, contact 218-640-0193.

--A Stearns County judge Friday ordered a mental competency examination for the suspect accused of killing a Rockville man in October to determine whether Marcus Barshaw was competent at the time of the shooting. The 28-year old is accused of shooting Rockville resident Jeffrey Schutz six times after the two got into an argument October 21st at Schutz’s residence. Barshaw fled to a nearby apartment building and was shot by a Stearns County deputy after he emerged from the building holding weapons and refusing to drop them. A Stearns County grand jury indicted Barshaw on charges of first-degree murder. He also was charged with 2nd-degree murder.

--Robert and Amy Tater of Randall, boy born on January 31st
--David and Melissa Wolbeck of Albany, girl born on January 31s

--Ryan A. Lippert, age 22 of Grand Forks formerly of Royalton.
--Lucille C. Bolster, age 98 of Pierz.
--Darwin Risting, age 80 of Little Falls.

TODAY= increasing clouds, high around 12.
TONIGHT= snow likely, 1-3 inches, low 5 above then rising temps.
TUESDAY= snow ends early, then partial sunshine, high 26, low +5.
WEDNESDAY= mostly cloudy, few snow showers, high near 30.

SUPER BOWL= Baltimore defeated San Francisco 34-31 in the Super Bowl last night. Ravens led 28-6 at half. Then there was a 34 minute power outage at the stadium, after that, 49ers made it a close game but came up short in the battle of the Harbaugh brothers.

Enjoy Happy Hour specials daily at West Side Bar in Little Falls.

Friday- February 1st, 2013

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce announced their February Employee of the Month is Mary Beth Bontjes, who is public health nurse with Morrison County Public Health. Bontjes has been with Morrison County for 14 years also as a long-term-care consultant in both her clients’ homes and in long-term facilities. She lives in Randall with husband Joe and they have seven children ranging in ages from 4 to 22 years old.

--On Monday at a public hearing Larson Boats requested an extension of another year to meet their jobs creation growth goals. The Little Falls City Council approved the request and has sent that onto the state for approval. Originally Larson Boats had until January 31st, 2012 to meet their goals, but last year they were approved for a year extension until January 31st, 2013. Now they are requesting another year until January 31st, 2014. It was approximately a month and a half last year before the state approved the extension.

--The officer who was working with Officer Thomas Decker when he was killed has resigned from the Cold Spring-Richmond Police Department. Greg Reiter submitted his resignation January 10th. Reiter had been on paid leave since the shooting in late November and had been with the department for about 18 months. The investigation into Decker's death is ongoing. The city recently hired two new full-time officers and is looking to fill part-time positions.

--More information on the company that purchased the Verso Paper Mill in Sartell stated Wednesday that though they are still undetermined on what development will be done at the site- they will not be using it as a paper mill. American Iron and Metal Co. (AIM) Development announced the purchasing of the mill that closed in Sartell after an explosion rocked the facility and killed one of its workers on Memorial Day last year. AIM’s CEO Herbert Black said there is no market to operate a paper mill and that he hopes to get a better idea of site development during a planned February visit.

--A Merrifield home was lost to fire Wednesday. Nisswa firefighters were called around 4pm to 21892 Crow Wing County Road 3 where they saw the flames and smoke flowing out of the attic. Two other departments from Mission Township and their Rapid Intervention Team were called in to assist. The exact cause is unknown but firefighters stated that the fire started in the attic and moved its way into the main floor. The home was ruled a total loss. The home was being rented by three family members, who all got out of the home without injury. The Red Cross is helping the family.

--Pillager firefighters battled a fire Wednesday night at a residence in Sylvan Township west of Baxter in Cass County. All authorities have stated is that the fire was in a garage being used as a workshop and was ruled a total loss. An adjacent home did sustain damage but no estimate on how much was released by the fire department.

--A Paynesville man was hospitalized early Wednesday after the semi he was driving left the road in Renville County and rolled. 41-year old Scott Klehr was driving the semi north on Minnesota Highway 4 at about 5:20am when the vehicle left the road, went into the ditch and traveled 50 yards before hitting a field approach. The semi rolled and Klehr was sent to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

--A reminder the Little Falls Chamber of Commerce is hosting a legislative dialog with Senator Paul Gazelka and Representative Ron Kresha from 9:00-10:30am this morning at Little Falls City Hall in the Council Chambers. All are invited to attend.

--The Internal Revenue Service Wednesday opened the 2013 filing season by announcing a variety of enhanced products and services to help taxpayers prepare and file their tax returns by the April 15th deadline. The IRS began accepting and processing most individual tax returns Wednesday after updating forms and completing programming and testing of its processing systems to reflect the American Taxpayer Relief Act that Congress enacted on January 2nd. The vast majority of taxpayers can file now, but the IRS is continuing to update its systems for some tax filers. The IRS will begin accepting tax returns from people claiming education credits in mid-February while taxpayers claiming depreciation deductions, energy credits and many business credits will be able to file in late February or early March. A full list of the affected forms is available on

--The man accused of killing his mother in August in her south St. Cloud home has told a Stearns County judge that he plans to argue the defense of voluntary intoxication to murder charges. 40-year old Chad Matthew Pulju made a brief court appearance Thursday in Stearns County District Court. His attorney told the judge that Pulju has retained an expert witness who is examining the voluntary intoxication defense. Pulju is accused of inflicting at least 47 sharp-force injuries to his mother in late August at her home. Pulju is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Geraldine Bennett. Another court hearing has been scheduled for late March, and Pulju’s trial is scheduled for April.

--Erich Martens was named the 2013 Minnesota High School Principal of the Year at the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals Winter Conference. Martens who is the principal of Sauk Rapids-Rice High School, was recognized by his colleagues for not only his service to his school and the district but also to the state of Minnesota. Martens, has been a school administrator for the past 13 years and has spent eight years in the Sauk Rapids-Rice school district. He was named Central Minnesota’s Principal of the Year in May. There were eight principals who were nominated for the award.

--Craig and Sarah Roerick of Holdingford, girl born January 29th

--Avis McDaniel, age 98 of Little Falls.

TODAY= increasing clouds, less windy, cold, high 2 above.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low -5.
SATURDAY= snow likely, 1-2 inches in PM hours high 15, low 6.
SAT NITE/SUN= windy, snow showers, low 0, Sunday high 15.
MONDAY= cloudy, high 19, low of 5 above.

HS WRE= Holdingford at Pierz tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML.
NFL= the two weeks of talking is almost over as the Super Bowl is played Sunday at 5:30pm in New Orleans as Baltimore Ravens with Ray Lewis takes on San Francisco 49ers and Randy Moss. The two teams are coached by the Harbaugh brothers. Catch the inside stories and the game live Sunday on A960 KLTF starting at 1pm.
CC= Coaches Corner Saturday 9am from Coborns live on KLTF.

“Whiskey Tango” tonight, Northstar Entertainment Sat at WS Bar