News February, 2014

Friday- February 28th, 2014

--On Saturday the Pierz Police Department along with the Morrison County Sheriff’s Department began their investigation into a 2nd degree assault that occurred at 310 3rd Avenue NW Lot 12 in Pierz. 5 suspects were detained Saturday and the other victim/suspect was located on Sunday. All individuals detained have been turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to start the process of being deported back to Guatemala.

--Coborn’s granted $2,000 to five Morrison County Schools to promote healthy food and life choices by students. The schools benefiting from the grants include three schools in Little Falls Lindbergh Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Little Falls Community Middle School; Dr. S.G. Knight Elementary School in Randall; and Holy Trinity Catholic School in Pierz. The student-run program promotes changes using the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, available to all schools across the United States. The program is available through a joint partnership with Coborn’s, Midwest Dairy and the Minnesota Vikings. It empowers youth to take action to improve nutrition and physical activity at their school and for their own health.

--Since Tuesday Little Falls Police have responded to dozens of accidents in the city due to the icy conditions, blowing snow, poor visibilities and high snow banks that make it difficult to view oncoming traffic. A reminder to watch your speeds during this cold stretch that continues through this weekend with temperatures well below zero through Sunday black ice will form on bridges, ramps and intersections. At intersections with tall snow banks you are asked to creep out slowly so that oncoming traffic can see you. From the numerous accidents reported to Little Falls Police over the past days none had serious injuries.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office is investigating gas drive offs in the area, one occurred at a gas station on 320th Street in Cushing and another reported at a station on Grouse Road in Little Falls. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

--The Morrison County Republicans held their annual convention at the Little Falls Middle School Commons this past Saturday. Of the 80 delegates and 15 alternates that were elected on caucus night, there were 51 delegates and 3 alternates that attended the County Convention. The next step for the county level delegates is the House District Endorsing Convention that will be held on March 15th at the Verndale High School.

--A 24-year-old Brainerd woman was sentenced Tuesday to 50 months in prison for striking with her car and killing a bicyclist this past October on a county road in East Gull Lake. Kerri Marie Zelinske pleaded guilty on January 27th to felony criminal vehicular homicide in Cass County District Court. Zelinske admitted in court that on October 10th she was driving a car southbound on Cass County Road 70 in East Gull Lake, after consuming alcohol on a friend’s boat. She subsequently crossed the center line striking and killing a bicyclist traveling in the northbound lane of County Road 70. The bicyclist, 57-year old Leonard Grabowski of Brainerd, was pronounced dead at the scene. Zelinske was given a court sentence that was at the low end of the guideline range. The Minnesota sentencing guidelines call for a presumptive prison sentence of 58 months in prison with the district court judge having the option to sentence anywhere within a range of 50-69 months, without the sentence being considered a departure.

--Commissioner Don Meyer of Pierz announced he will not seek re-election to the Morrison County Board of Commissioners. Meyer has represented District 4 for 24 years.

--A 6-year-old girl is dead after being found outside early Thursday. Bemidji Police were dispatched to an address on the 900 block of Carter Circle Southeast just before 6:30am on a medical call. When officers and medical first responders arrived they found the girl dead on the scene. The child's body showed signs of exposure, but an autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death. The National Weather Service says the temperature in Bemidji at 6:30am was around -27. At this point police aren't releasing any additional information on why the 6-year-old was outside or how she got there. They say the investigation is continuing.

--Republican gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert picked state Representative Pam Myhra as his running mate, the Seifert campaign confirmed. Myhra is a low profile two-term state representative from Burnsville. The pick will give Seifert, of Marshall, a second in command as the campaign stumps across the state for delegates and votes. He is the third gubernatorial candidate to announce a pick for lieutenant governor. DFL Governor Mark Dayton announced his chief of staff Tina Smith as his running mate and GOP Senator Dave Thompson picked fellow Republican Senator Michelle Benson as his running mate.

--Gordon Otto Forer, age 78 of Hibbing

TODAY= clouds increase, light snow showers, high 13.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low -12, wind chills near -30.
SATURDAY= partly sunny and cold, high -3, low -25.
SUNDAY= sunny and cold, high 2 above, low -21.
MONDAY= partly sunny, high 6 above, snow likely at night.

WRE= Pierz lost to Chatfield 40-18, then beat Bertha-Hewitt Verndale 39-27 and Sibley East 35-26 for 5th place at State. Foley defeated Pequot Lakes/Pine River Backus 35-27 then lost to Scott West in semis 30-23 before beating Kasson Mantorville 38-20 for third place at State. Individual action begins at the state wrestling tournament today with action starting at 9am live on Q92 WYRQ. The State Tournament concludes on Saturday.
BBB= Swanville and Upsala won Thursday in playoff action while Pierz, Royalton, Holdingford and Foley all lost. Staples Motley, Sartell, Browerville, Swanville and Upsala are all back in action Saturday. Swanville vs. BBE and Upsala vs. Kimball from Little Falls High School can be heard starting just before 6pm on FM94 KFML.
COL BB= Gophers at Michigan Saturday 4:30pm on AM960 KLTF
TWINS= Twins are back on the radio Sunday for spring training game with Tampa Bay beginning at noon on Q92 WYRQ.

IN 1943= Porgy and Bess opened on Broadway.
IN 1983= 125-million viewers tuned in to watch the final episode of the TV series M.A.S.H. on CBS TV.

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Thursday- February 27th, 2014

--Another example of people in Central Minnesota supporting one another is in the spotlight in Royalton. The story begins by first telling you of a Royalton girl, now a senior in Royalton Alexis Martinez who in the 4th grade was diagnosed with ALL leukemia at the age of 9. After years of battling the disease Alexis who goes by the nickname “Lulu”, was told she beat cancer when she was in the 8th grade. Unfortunately, during the 2nd semester of her senior year she was feeling sick and two weeks ago was diagnosed with AML leukemia. Lulu at that time was in low spirits as she knew she had a tough fight in front of her again. Fellow senior classmates at Royalton High School got together and have established a “Luv for Lulu” group on facebook and other efforts. Lulu is a big Miley Cyrus fan who purchased her tickets for a concert in March, and presently her classmates are doing everything they can to get Miley to come to see her or for her to get back stage passes to meet her idol. In another effort of support, classmates had a Jam the Gym for Lulu during the girls basketball game this past Tuesday night in Royalton.

--Jim Andres of Pierz has announced he will seek election to the Morrison County Board of Commissioners representing District 4. Andres is a lifelong resident of Morrison County. For the past 12 years he has owned Design Electronics Radioshack in Little Falls which he now runs in partnership with his son, Steven. Prior to purchasing that business, he was a dairy farmer in the Buckman area for 20 years. Andres said he is running for the office because he has a desire to serve Eastern Morrison County, using his strong agriculture and business background and common sense approach.

--A body was found at approximately 8:45am Tuesday morning on the grounds of the Country Terrace Apartments in Motley. The woman, later identified as 36-year old Anna Eakle of Staples was found laying in a depression in the snow outside the apartments. According to Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel, there was no immediate indication of foul play nor is there to be any reason for the residents of Motley to be fearful. Eakle’s body was taken to Ramsey County for an autopsy to discover the exact cause of death. The official investigation continues.

--Military families make great sacrifices for our country, regularly moving to new states and often raising children alone during their loved ones’ deployments. To ensure recent veterans and military spouses are not forced to sacrifice their careers as well, Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon is joining forces with several state lawmakers this session to make it easier for military families to obtain the occupational licenses they need to qualify for certain jobs in Minnesota.  The “Joining Forces for Jobs” initiative, authored by Rep. Mary Murphy (DFL – Hermantown) and Sen. Tom Saxhaug (DFL – Grand Rapids) would simplify and speed up the process for military spouses and recent veterans who have earned an occupational license in another state, to qualify for licensure in Minnesota. The push for these reforms is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s nationwide Joining Forces initiative to support and improve the lives of American military families. This effort also squarely aligns with Governor Dayton’s focus on making state government faster, simpler, and more efficient during the 2014 “Unsession.”

--Join the Winter Wonderland Skating Club for their Magical Moments on Ice show Saturday at 2 and 7pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets available at the door of the Exchange Arena in Little Falls.

--A 34-year-old Brainerd man faces first-degree attempted murder charges for allegedly choking a woman until she passed out and causing about a dozen cigarette burns and significant bruises to her body. Patrick Aleman was charged with three felonies and faces 20 years and/or $100,000 in fines in the first degree charge alone.

--The suspect in a massive mail theft case that was discovered during a January traffic stop in Waite Park has been charged in Sherburne County with identity theft. 24-year-old Reece Elliot Murphy has not been charged yet with stealing any of the mail that was found in the vehicle he was driving during the traffic stop in Waite Park. But a court complaint filed in Sherburne County accuses him of charging more than $1,700 to a credit card that was taken from a mailbox in Clear Lake Township. Waite Park found a large amount of U.S. mail taken from mailboxes around the three-county area during the stop. Murphy was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, and the mail was found after a search of the vehicle.  Investigators have linked Murphy to purchases made with two stolen credit cards for merchandise worth more than $1,800.

--A Menagha man has been arrested in the death of a 19-year-old from Park Rapids. 21-year-old Harley Leritz was arrested Monday on charges relating to the death of Kiela Knowles at the Park Rapids Middle School Apartments. He was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Wednesday in Hubbard County District Court. Leritz has a prior criminal record for sex crimes back in 2012.

--On the first day of the 2014 legislative session, the House voted 133-0 to approve $20 million in additional funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program which was scheduled to run out of funding on Saturday. The program has been under strain this winter due to unusually cold conditions and a propane shortage that caused a dramatic price spike. The propane shortage was caused by a combination of an unusually wet grain harvest season, severe winter weather and temperatures, and a pipeline change that reduced the volume of propane shipments.

--The Empty Bowl Fundraiser this Sunday has changed sites. Originally it was at the First United Church but the location has been changed. It will now be at First Lutheran Church in Little Falls. The time will remain the same from 11:00am-2:00pm on Sunday. For more information call Tim at (320) 632-9140.

--David George Horak, age 69 of Brainerd
--Janet E. Ridlon, age 70 of Little Falls

TODAY= sunny and cold, high near 0, wind die down
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low -15, wind chills around -25.
FRIDAY= light snow during day, mostly cloudy 10 above, low -14
SAT/SUN= sunny skies and cold, high near 0, low around -20.

BBB PLAYOFF= Pierz at Staples/Motley tonight 7pm on FM94
WRE= State Wrestling begins today for team competition, Pierz at 9am, Foley at 11am- win or lose they would get at least one more after their first match, listen to all their matches live on Q92 WYRQ

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Wednesday- February 26th, 2014

--There are now five applicants who have filed for the vacant Brainerd City Council position. On Monday Joshua Berns, former student president at Central Lakes College and Matthew Taylor business owner and member of the parks and recreation board and the city’s charter commission have filed. On Tuesday is was reported that 3 more have now filed for the seat they are Dirk VanDerwerker, Amanda Monnier and Susan Hilgart. Applicants have until the end of the day today to file for the vacant seat that was held by Bonnie Cumberland who died unexpectedly earlier this month. The council will hold a special meeting March 10th to interview the candidates and then will decide on who to appoint to the seat for remainder of year.

--The City of Brainerd announced that some companies have expressed interest in the former Wausau Paper facility but all indications have shown that the purchaser would not return the facility back to paper production and likely would demolish the site to begin fresh with another type of business. Wausau Paper closed in April of last year. Since then only one company was close to buying the site, but plans fell through. The city planner announced to the council that they are contacting interested buyers but that was all they would say on the matter at this time.

--A Milaca band teacher and a Pequot Lakes native are among the 33 semi-finalists in the Teacher of the Year award for Minnesota. Andrew Nelson is the band teacher in Milaca and Andrew Schwen is a teacher in the Anoka-Hennepin school district but gradated from Pequot Lakes back in 1998. A panel of community leaders will narrow the field down to 10 before the May 4th banquet in Bloomington.

--The 73-year-old Little Falls woman injured last Thursday in an accident on Highway 27 at Game Farm road has been upgraded to fair condition at St. Cloud Hospital. Mary Nelson was seriously injured in the accident around 4:30pm Thursday due to the snow and icy conditions. The driver of the vehicle Karen Hagen was injured and treated at an area hospital. The other driver, Richard Henry was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries and was not on their patient list on Monday. Henry’s passenger Derek Van Zee was treated and released from a hospital.

--A 33-year-old Blaine woman was injured in a snowmobile accident around 2pm Saturday near Merrifield. Candice Martin-Riley was taken to the Brainerd Hospital for treatment of injuries.

--A 65-year-old Brainerd man was injured in a two-vehicle accident Friday morning in Brainerd. Rollin Buck was taken to Brainerd hospital for treatment of injuries. The other driver was not hurt.

--Alexandria police are investigating an armed robbery and assault Sunday night at a Subway restaurant. Around 8:30pm a man entered the back of the business and brandished a handgun, told the employee to empty the register and then took the one employee into the back of the store and bound their ankles and hands. The victim did suffer injuries from being assaulted and tied up by the suspect. Police continue to investigate the robbery.

--The Sartell-St. Stephen School Board approved a three-year contract Monday with new superintendent Jeff Schwiebert. Schwiebert was the superintendent in Eldridge, Iowa. He will start on July 1st. Schwiebert will take over Mike Spainer who was an interim after the unexpected resignation of Joe Hill in the spring, 2013.

--Pierz High School will be holding parent-teachers conferences today from 3:30-7:30pm in the PAC at Pierz High School.

--Two people are dead and a deputy is shot and wounded in Douglas County. Douglas County sheriff’s officials say a deputy was dispatched about 9:20pm Monday on a report of a suspicious vehicle in the driveway of a residence in Hudson Township. Authorities say one of two people in the vehicle shot the responding deputy in the chest. The deputy was wearing a bullet resistant vest and was injured. The deputy returned fire and the suspects fled. After their vehicle got stuck in the snow, the suspects fled on foot. Sheriff’s deputies searched the area and found both suspects dead in the snow with a firearm nearby. Both bodies have been sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsies. The deputy was treated at a hospital and released.

--District 9 State Senator Paul Gazelka has rejoined the leadership ranks of Minnesota Senate Republicans. Gazelka has been elected one of six assistant Republican leaders by his GOP Senate colleagues. Gazelka was an assistant Senate majority leader when Republicans last controlled the chamber in 2012. He represents state Senate District 9, which covers Morrison and Todd counties and parts of Wadena and Cass counties.

--Two Brainerd titleholders were crowned on Saturday at the 2014 Miss/Mrs. Minnesota United States Pageant in St Paul. Miss Teen Brainerd Rebecca Schreurs, was named Miss Teen Minnesota United States 2014. She is the daughter of Michele Schreurs and Scott Hornby. Schreurs also was the overall evening gown winner. Miss Jr. Teen Brainerd Hannah Northburg was named Miss Jr. Teen Minnesota United States 2014. Northburg is the daughter of Jennifer Northburg-Schwartz. Schreurs and Northburg will now begin preparations to compete at the Miss United States Pageant to be held July 1st-6th, in Washington D.C.

--An Empty Bowls event is tonight in Pierz for the food shelf, for more information contact Sara Underhill at Pierz High School today 468-6458. Oasis Central Minnesota will have an Empty Bowl event Sunday at First United Church in Little Falls for details contact 632-9140.

--Judy I. Shinabarger, age 70 of Little Falls.

TODAY= partly cloudy, very blustery in afternoon, high 14
TONIGHT= cold and windy, blowing snow, low -20, wind chills -40
THURSDAY= cold, winds die down in morning, high near 0.
THURS NITE= clear and very cold, low -22, wind chills -35.
FRIDAY= mostly cloudy, light snow in afternoon, high 6 above.

TWINS= Twins continue spring training in Florida and have their first exhibition game on Friday. Twins will Tampa Bay in a radio game on Sunday at 12:05pm- hear Twins baseball throughout the spring training games and regular season live on Q92 WYRQ.
WRE= State Wrestling begins Thursday in St. Paul with team competition. Pierz has Chatfield in a first round match Thursday at 9am. Foley has Pequot Lakes-Pine River Backus at 11am Thursday. Win or lose both would have another game on Thursday. Hear the Pierz and Foley matches live on Q92 WYRQ.

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Tuesday- February 25th, 2014

--The Camp Ripley Fire Department in cooperation with the staff at the Arden Hills Army Training Site will perform controlled burns today thru Thursday throughout the days and nights. During this time period, the surrounding areas of Arden Hills Army Training Site can expect to see and smell smoke. All burn piles are controlled and are within the safety requirements to burn due to the amount of snow that is on the ground. The fires are started, monitored and controlled in accordance with the Department of Natural Resources and Camp Ripley Fire Department regulations.

--A vehicle collision injured one of the passengers on Monday morning. Around 11:20am 27-year old Ashly C. Johnson of Fort Ripley was travelling east on Lawson Road and 46-year old Phillip Trusty of Brainerd was heading north on Legend Lane when the two vehicles collided at the intersection. A passenger in Johnson’s vehicle identified by the Minnesota State Patrol as 6-year old Riley Wiersgalla of Fort Ripley suffered non life threatening injuries. According to the state patrol, no one else was hurt.

--Anglers and trappers are advised that 2014 licenses are required beginning this Saturday, March 1st. Fish shelter owners are reminded to remove all garbage from their fish shelter location. Get your snowmobiles registered before taking them out on the trails; it’s too late once stopped by a conservation officer.

--With Minnesota still in the throes of the coldest winter in 35 years, state lawmakers are seeking solutions for a propane shortage affecting residents who use the fuel for heating. A House commerce committee was considering a proposal on Monday to put $20 million into a heating-assistance program for low-income Minnesotans. It could be fast-tracked when the Legislature convenes on Tuesday. An estimated 250,000 Minnesota households use propane to heat their homes, mostly in rural areas. Shortages have spiked propane prices. Minnesota Commerce spokeswoman Anne O’Connor says that the average cost of a gallon of propane has fallen to $3.27 a gallon. That’s down from a peak of $4.67 gallon at the end of January, but still much higher than the $1.63 average per gallon a year ago.

--Authorities responded to snowmobile crash around 1:15pm on Saturday. Jacob Fyle of Clearwater was riding along in the south ditch of Stearns County Road 145 when his foot slipped off the running board. When his foot contacted the snow it caused him to be pulled off the snowmobile. Fyle was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident and was taken to a local hospital with severe leg pain.

--On Monday Governor Mark Dayton announced appointments to the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, the Clean Water Council, Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation, and the Minnesota Racing Commission. Among the appointees was Patrick Shea of St. Cloud who was placed on the Clean Water Council. Shea’s term runs from March 1st thru January 5th, 2015.

--Residents and business owners are invited to learn about traffic changes, construction plans and other details for a project that will reconstruct Interstate 94 between Wright County Road 18 and Highway 25 in Monticello. Two open houses will be held at the Monticello Community Center. Business owners and managers are invited to a presentation and open house next Monday, March 3rd from 3:30-5:30pm. A public open house will follow the business meeting from 6:00-8:30pm in the same location.

--The hiring of a new Cold Spring police chief is on hold after the City Council earlier this month voted “no confidence” in Eric Johnson. Johnson, who was the police chief in Minneota, was offered the Cold Spring police chief job and accepted. No paperwork has been signed to officially hire Johnson. The council had hoped to make his hiring official, but it received information on February 11th that it later discussed in a closed session the same night. The council voted 3-0 that night that it had no confidence for Johnson to be hired as the new chief. At this time it is unknown what information the council learned that led to the no confidence vote. It does not appear to be criminal in nature but it has postponed Johnson’s official hiring. Johnson might still be the next police chief. The council hopes to learn more after a closed meeting with their city attorney Wednesday night. The city of Cold Spring is looking to hire a replacement for Phil Jones, who retired last year.

--The man known as the alchemist of comedy- Harold Ramis died Monday at age 69. Ramis was instrumental in producing and writing hits like Animal House, Caddyshack and wrote and appeared in many Bill Murray films such as Stripes, Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters.

--Justin S. Richner, age 20 of Little Falls
--Avrie Benjamin, age 4 of McGregor, MN

TODAY= mostly sunny, windy with blowing snow, high 6 above
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, cold and windy, low -14, wind chills -30
WEDNESDAY= sunny, blowing snow, windy high 15, wind chills -30
WED NIGHT= clear and cold, windy, low -20, wind chills near -40.
THURSDAY= sunny and very cold, low -2 less windy.

PLAYOFF BBB= Little Falls at Alexandria tonight 7pm on WYRQ
KILL= The University of Minnesota announced they have extended the contract of head football coach Jerry Kill through the 2018 season. Kill will also be paid around $2.1 million dollars for the next season which is an increase from $1.2-million dollars from last season where Kill is coming off an 8 win season for the Gophers.

IN 1751= first performing monkey show exhibited in the new colonies- this was in New York and cost 1-cent to see.
IN 1836= Samuel Colt patents first multi-shot firearm.
IN 1837= Thomas Davenport patents first electric printing press
IN 1901= U.S. Steel Corporation organized by J.P. Morgan
IN 1930= check photographing device is patented.
IN 1933= NFL adds new rules, 10 yard hash marks are added to fields and goal posts are put in end zones.
IN 1950= Your Shows of Shows premieres on NBC TV starring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca- the show would be written by the likes of Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Woody Allen.
IN 1957= Buddy Holly recorded only #1 hit- That’ll be the Day.

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Monday- February 24th, 2014

--The Minnesota State Patrol responded to a serious injury accident Thursday around 4:40pm on Highway 27 and Game Farm Road east of Little Falls due to the wintry conditions. 24-year-old Richard Henry of Pierz was westbound on 27 when he spun out and crossed the center line striking head on with 65-year-old Karen Hagen of Little Falls. Hagen, Henry and his passenger 21-year-old Derek Van Zee of Hillman were treated for injuries ruled non-life threatening. Hagen’s passenger 73-year-old Mary Nelson of Little Falls sustained serious injuries in the accident.

--Benton County deputies conducted a vehicle stop on Highway 23 east of Foley on Tuesday due to a speeding vehicle. 18-year-old Benjamin Bemboom of Foley and two male juveniles were in the vehicle. After an investigation the two passengers were found to have marijuana and drug paraphernalia. A K9 unit later found methamphetamine concealed in the vehicle. Bemboom was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was arrested. The two juveniles were cited for the possession of marijuana and released into custody of their parents. Charges against Bemboom were forwarded to the county attorney’s office.

--Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl reports that 33 year old Charles Alvin Weber from Emily has once again been arrested by Crow Wing County Investigators. Weber had previously been arrested on February 13th. On Tuesday, Crow Wing County Investigators had contact with Charles Weber at his residence in Emily. Weber was given a drug test as required by his Probation Officer. Weber tested positive for methamphetamine and was placed under arrest. Weber appeared in Crow Wing County Court on Thursday where he was held on $100,000 bail and $50,000 bond on the new charges. Weber was previously arrested related to numerous burglaries in Emily.

--Minnesota-based wolf advocacy group Howling For Wolves will hold “Wolf Day” at the Minnesota State Capitol on this week on Thursday to advocate for protecting Minnesota wolves. The all-day event will include meetings with legislators and a rally inside the Capitol Rotunda. Howling For Wolves advocates for improved data collection and full implementation of the MN DNR’s Wolf Management Plan. The DNR has held two wolf hunting seasons in Minnesota: the fall/winter of 2012 and 2013. In total there have been 1,086 wolves legally killed in the last 18 months.

--The Pierz Business Professionals of America chapter attended the Region Contest on January 31st at Alexandria Technical and Community College. The students will advance to the State Conference in Minneapolis on March 6-8. Pierz students who placed at regions include Arre Langer, Austin Leikvoll, Kyle Becker, Kalven Schraut, Tanner Gangl, Dan Tautges, Kacy Broschofsky, Derek Spaulding, Paige Jutz, Beth Oldakowski, Andy Schmidtbauer, Noelle Reuck, Ethan Lochner Devin Lashinski, Alysia Przybilla, Alex Lucken, Lily Guck, Taryn Becker, Raelin Reuck Jake Lanners, Chris Ortman, and Tyler Millner.

--“40 Years- A Commitment to Traffic Safety” is the theme for the 40th Traffic Safety Conference to be held April 23-25 in St. Cloud. MATSA was founded in 1974 by a group of professionals with the purpose of promoting high standards and uniformity in alcohol and traffic safety education programs. They facilitate communication between individuals or groups operating alcohol and traffic safety programs. Many dignitaries will speak during the 3 day event.

--A 62-year-old Little Falls man was seriously injured around 4:30pm Friday afternoon after he was ejected from his vehicle when he ran off of Highway 10 and rolled into the median. Joseph F. Lamb was driving north on the highway when he ran off the left side and rolled. Lamb was ejected from the front passenger window. He was last listed in stable condition at St. Cloud Hospital.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce announced that LF Machine is the Large Business of the Year, Public Access Video LLC owned by Jerry Abraham as Small Business of the Year, and Julie Zupko was named Volunteer of the Year.

--Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Albany and Avon Firefighters were called to a fire in Albany Township Thursday. The fire was in a large machine shed on the property. When responders arrived there were flames visible outside of the structure. The structure contained several pieces of farm equipment and a pickup truck. The fire appeared to have started around the area of a skid steer inside of the shed. There were no injuries during the incident. All the equipment inside the shed had heat damage but the shed was still standing.

--The Upsala School District wants to thank all who attended their bi-annual elementary carnival. The total funds raised far exceeded their goals as the community raised over $9,000. That money will go into elementary classrooms to purchase books, rewards and incentives.

--The DNR is reminding area ice anglers that fish houses need to be off of the lakes in the southern two-thirds of Minnesota by 11:59pm on March 3rd. This includes all areas south of Highway 200 which would be all of the Brainerd Lakes and Morrison County areas.

--Aaron and Dawn Raff of Sauk Rapids, a boy born February 20th

--Esther Pauline Pfaff, age 84 of Grey Eagle.
--Iris M. Disney, age 89 of Sartell.
--Barbara Breth, age 91 of St. Francis.

TODAY= partly sunny, high 11, wind chills near -25.
TONIGHT= light snow early, then cold, low -13, wind chills -31.
TUESDAY= sunny and cold, high 2 above, low -16.
WEDNESDAY= mostly sunny, windy, high 11, winds up to 30mph.

HS BBB= Rockford at Pierz tonight, this is a makeup game from last Thursday and Pack the MAC night for Matt Athmann will also be going on tonight. Hear the game live at 7:30 on FM94 KFML.
WRE= Pierz sends 8, Little Falls 5, Royalton/Upsala 4 and Holdingford 2 to the state wrestling tournament as individuals this Friday/Saturday in St. Paul. Pierz and Foley are also going as a team which begins Thursday morning on Q92 WYRQ.
GYM= Rochelle LeBlanc finished 8th in the All Around Competition Saturday, 5th in uneven bars and 4th in balance beam at the Class A State Gymnastics meet in Minneapolis.
OLY= Canada beat the U.S. in men’s hockey Friday 1-0 and Finland won Bronze Medal game 5-0 on Saturday. Canada won gold medal game 3-0 over Sweden Sunday. U.S. had 28 total medals- Russia 33

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Friday- February 21st, 2014

--The Minnesota Court of Appeals denied a petition from Jason Matakis who was convicted of criminal sexual conduct nearly 3 years ago, who sought to withdraw his guilty plea. The appeals court agreed with the lower court’s decision to dismiss that petition and that the petition failed to allege facts to provide grounds for relief. Matakis stated he made the petition with legal counsel and promised to provide facts in a forthcoming affidavit. Matakis was charged in Crow Wing County on six counts of criminal sexual conduct for sexually abusing a family member from age 9 to 11. On May 12, 2011 Matakis was sentenced to 144 months in prison, a mandatory minimum of the six counts. He did not appeal until May 8, 2013, three days before the statutory period to file would have expired. The Appeals Court on Tuesday announced they have denied that petition.

--City of Waite Park leaders reiterated Tuesday that the city will not help pay for a major road project that is billed as opening the southern portion of the city to development. Work is starting on the new intersection at Minnesota Highway 15 and 33rd Street South between St. Cloud and Waite Park. Throughout the discussions about the project, Waite Park has said it could not afford to participate in the project financially. Estimates have put the entire project is expected to cost $16.5 million. St. Cloud received an $8.4 million grant from the state to cover some project costs. But construction bids came in lower than expected and the state will only cover a percentage of those costs, bringing that grant total to $6.3 million. And the cost of buying right of way was higher than expected, bringing local costs to about $7 million. Waite Park City Council members repeated their desire to not financially participate. There is no development immediately planned in Waite Park near the intersection. St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis said Waite Park’s decision won’t impact the project and it will still move forward. The project will help economic development in both cities that will benefit the entire region, he said. St. Cloud and Stearns County will have to make up the additional costs. St. Cloud is using local option sales tax dollars to cover their portion. Next week the Stearns County Board of Commissioners are expected to discuss whether to increase how much they are contributing.

--The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls will celebrate their founding on March 1 and honor all women religious a week later. Bishop Donald Kettler of the St. Cloud Diocese will join the Franciscan Sisters on March 1, the 123rd anniversary of the congregation’s establishment. On this day, they honor the vision of the 16 women who left their homes to minister in rural Minnesota. March 8-14 marks the first National Catholic Sisters Week created by St. Catherine University in St. Paul to coincide with Women’s History Month. Activities will highlight women religious, their ministries and women’s potential call to enter religious life.

--North Central Minnesota firefighters were busy over the past weekend. Pequot Lakes battled a chimney fire Sunday afternoon, Nisswa and Mission firefighters were called to a structure fire Sunday night around 11pm in Deerwood, the report only stated that all in the structure got out without injury, no report of damage. Crosby fire was called to smoke in a Heartwood Drive residence which authorities stated the problem was taken care of before they arrived.

--Listen to Little Falls Radio today for school delays and cancellations on Q92 WYRQ, FM94 KFML and AM960 KLTF.

--Congratulations to Edith Lowe who was the grand prize winner of $500 worth of Pierz Ladies Night Out Bucks at last nights event. Devon Przybilla was the 2nd major winner of a jewelry armoire. See photos of the top 2 winners at Also, Ladies Night Out Little Falls Style has been set for Thursday, April 24th.

--Todd County this week was contacted by the U.S. Marshall’s office in St. Paul about a person known as Matthew Marseo currently residing in the city of Burtrum. Todd County with the Marshall’s Office arrested Marseo at his residence on outstanding warrants from Wisconsin for failing to register and other crimes.

--Brainerd police received word of an assault on Tuesday on Oak Street. They arrived to learn that a 34-year old Brainerd woman was injured from what appeared to be an assault. The victim informed police that she was choked by the suspect and smothered with a pillow to the point where she lost consciousness. Police located and arrested 34-year old Patrick Michael Aleman of Brainerd. The case has been forwarded to the Crow Wing County Attorney’s Office for review. The victim was treated and released at the hospital.

--A 12-year-old Zimmerman-area boy whose name was not released was taken to the hospital Tuesday after being found unresponsive after a snow tunnel he was digging collapsed on him. The incident happened in Baldwin Township. The boy’s father had dug the boy out of the snow bank by the time Sherburne County sheriff’s deputies arrived. He was buried up to his waist when his father found him. The boy was breathing but was not responsive to parents and emergency responders. His extremities were cold to the touch. He was taken by helicopter to North Memorial Medical Center. He was treated there and released a few hours later.

--Aaron and Laura Hennes of Little Falls, boy born February 19th
--Brock and Christine Weber of Upsala, a girl born February 19th

--Dorothy Sanoski, age 63 of Darling Township.
--Williams Hawkins, age 82 of Pierz.
--Duane D. Miller, age 100 of Long Prairie.

TODAY= partly sunny, windy blowing snow, high 12.
TONIGHT= blowing snow, low -3, wind chills -22.
SATURDAY= partly sunny, high 13, low -7 and windy.
SUNDAY= mostly sunny, still breezy, high 12, low -10.
MONDAY= partly sunny, colder, high 5 above, low -15.

HS GBB= Albany at Little Falls tonight 7:30pm on Q92 WYRQ.
OLY= a heartbreaking defeat for the American women on Thursday as Canada came from 2-0 down in the final period to tie the game and win the gold medal 3-2 in overtime- United States get the silver.
STATE= Good Luck to Rochelle LeBlanc of Little Falls competing Saturday at the State Gymnastic Tournament in Minneapolis.
COL BB= Gophers vs. Ohio State Saturday 4:30pm on AM960 KLTF

Redneck Radio tonight, Cocaine Energy Drink Party Sat at WS Bar

Thursday- February 20th, 2014

--A roof collapsed on a Little Falls business on Tuesday around 11:45am. The roof at Bob Lemieur Roll-Offs Refuse and Recycling came crashing down Tuesday and it is believed to have been caused by the heavy snow on the roof. No one was hurt in the incident. The insurance company is in the process of calculating the damage. Trucks were removed from under the heavy snow on Tuesday and Wednesday. As the last truck left, the roof collapsed taking part of another building down with it. Linda Lemieur wanted to express her gratitude for the support of the community and numerous individuals and businesses that have helped in this process. Bob Lemieur Roll Offs Refuse and Recycling will continue to run as normal. Calls and the main office for the time being have been moved to a home office. They are already working to obtain permits from the city to rebuild.

--Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel is urging all county residents to exercise caution when attempting to shovel snow off their roofs. According to Wetzel, “Each year we see injuries or worse as a result of people falling off or through roofs while attempting to remove snow”. Extra caution is warranted on pole shed style buildings where the likelihood of a collapse is even greater than on a house. Of special concern are buildings with fiberglass skylights that lie hidden under the snow. Skylights are not designed to support the weight of a person and pose a significant risk to anybody walking over them. According to Wetzel, if residents are not certain they can accomplish snow removal safely themselves they are encouraged to contact a snow removal company.

--Kyle Becker of Pierz Healy High School was chosen as a recipient of the Minnesota State High School League’s 2014 ExCEL award winner. ExCEL stands for excellence in community, education, and leadership. The program recognizes Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, who show leadership qualities and who volunteer in their communities. Becker will be honored March 22nd at the State girls basketball tournament. There were 32 total winners. Other local winners were Lindsey Martens of Sartell and Dawn Swartz of Pillager.

--Due to the extreme cold temperatures and lowered frost depth across the state, many communities are experiencing frozen water service lines. The city of Little Falls recommends customers periodically take the temperature of the cold water from the tap. If the water temperature is below 40 degrees, let the water run continuously at a pencil sized stream. You may have to continue this around the clock until mid April when the temperature raises and the frost has lifted. Adjustments may be made for the increased water and sewer usage. Other steps that will help are leaving cabinet doors open under sinks, flushing all the toilets and keeping thermostats at the same temperature day and night even if you are not going to be home. For information call Little Falls City Hall at 616-5500.

--Dale Parks was voted in Tuesday night as the new Brainerd City Council president on a unanimous vote. Parks replaces Bonnie Cumberland who died recently leaving the post vacant. Parks was the council vice-chair, and that position now goes to Dale Pritschet. The council then announced that applications for Cumberland’s at large council seat are now being sought at City Hall and online, and that person would fill Cumberland’s position until the end of the year when her term would have ended. Applications are due to Brainerd City Hall on February 26th. A special meeting on March 10th will have council meet with applicants and choose the position after that.

--FM94 Ladies’ Night Out Pierz Style is today. Stop into participating businesses between 12-6 to get your brochure stamped and then head to the Red Rooster tonight at 7pm for the drawings. Officials rules, prize details and more info can be found at also brochures to get stamped are available at all participating sponsors and also at the Little Falls Radio offices today from 8-5.

--The St. Cloud fire and police departments are investigating after an arson was reported at an apartment building for a second straight morning. This time, the fire did about $10,000 damage at Edjwood Estates on Maine Prairie Road. The fire was reported at 3:55am. Residents of the 18-unit building had to leave their homes for about an hour while firefighters put out the fire and cleared smoke. One person was treated for smoke inhalation. Wednesday’s fire followed one Tuesday that was reported after 3:00am and was started in a window frame. About $500 damage was done. That fire went out on its own. The fire Wednesday started on the carpet on the top two steps leading to the second floor of the three-level building. The fire burned enough that the carpet will have to be replaced. The person who was treated for smoke inhalation lives in an apartment near where the fire started. Anyone with information is asked to call the Arson Hotline at 800-723-2020.

--An old camper in the Enchanted Lakes area burned to the ground on Friday. It was located at 6509 Lake Camille Drive. The case has been deemed suspicious, a possible arson case and has been sent to the Minnesota Fire Marshall. The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office is trying to contact the owners, who do not live in the area. There is no electrical or heat to the trailer. The driveway had not been plowed and there were just footprints to the unit. When about a dozen fire fighters from the Randall Fire Department arrived at the scene, the trailer was already burned to the ground. A witness said it had been burning all day. Just the frame and part of the roof was left. The frame was bent and warped from the heat. There was some tree damage. No other homes were in danger of catching fire.

TODAY= snow afternoon, windy with falling temps, 2-4 inches.
TONIGHT= snow, blowing around- another 1-2 inches, low 3 above.
FRIDAY= cold and windy, morning snow, partial sun, high 13, low -5
SATURDAY= partly sunny, windy, high 12, low -5.
SUNDAY= partly sunny, cold and windy, high 10, low around -10.

HS BBB= Rockford at Pierz tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML
CC= this Saturday will be the final Coaches Corner at Coborn’s for the season at 9am. Following this weekend Coaches Corner will move in studio for March and through the spring sports season on KLTF.
OLY= The U.S. Women’s Hockey team go for gold today against Canada- game time around 11am. The men are in the semi-finals for hockey with a 5-2 win over Czech Republic yesterday. Finland, Canada and Sweden also advanced into Friday semi-finals. The U.S. took the lead in the medal count this morning at 23, Russia and the Netherlands are at 22 and Norway has 20. The Olympics wrap up with the closing ceremonies on Sunday in Sochi, Russia.

Redneck Radio Friday, Cocaine Energy Drink Party Sat at WS Bar

Wednesday- February 19th, 2014

--Sauk Rapids police arrested a couple on charges with storing methamphetamine which was ingested by one of their children. Authorities first investigated the two nearly a year ago when one of the couple’s children had died. The death was later ruled an accident. 26-year-old Nicole McKay of Foley and 34-year-old Matthew Dennis of Sauk Rapids have been charged in Benton County on felony drug charges after Benton County Human Services stated the living conditions for their 21 month old child was found to be unsafe due to drug paraphernalia in the couple’s bedroom after their last check. The child after the arrest of the two later tested positive for meth and his hair tested positive for traces of heroin and oxycodone. Both parents also tested positive for illegal drugs in their system. The child was put in foster care after being released from the medical facility.

--Brainerd firefighters responded Saturday night before midnight to a snowmobile rescue on Highway 371 near the Welcome Center. All that was reported is that the vehicle started on fire and was quickly extinguished upon their arrival. Firefighters also reported a gas leak from a meter box on 10th Avenue in Brainerd Monday morning. The meter box had been severely damaged and the power company was called in to fix it and investigate the matter.

--St. Cloud Police are investigating possible arson at an apartment building where on at least two occasions a fire looked intentionally started. The latest was 3:00am Tuesday at one of the buildings at the Edjwood Estates on Maine Prairie Road. It appears someone used a lighter to start a window sill and trim on fire on the second floor near a utility door. The fire burned itself out and smoke forced residents out of the building briefly. A previous attempt focused on a carpet of one of the apartments which was called in last Friday and again was put out quickly before firefighters arrived. The fire Tuesday did about $500 damage to the window frame and trim. The concern is that this person is trying to set fires that yet have not set off something flammable but this could change and therefore the suspect needs to be caught. Those who have information about this incident are asked to call the Arson Hotline at 800-723-2020.

--Metro Transit officials say no one was injured when a Northstar train struck a car with a baby boy inside Monday morning at an Elk River crossing. The train was northbound when it struck the car at Proctor Avenue northwest of Elk River around 7am. Apparently the car slid onto the tracks after a collision with another vehicle at or near the intersection. The driver couldn’t move the car and left the vehicle. She was unable to rescue the boy, who was in a car seat. After the collision with the train, the mother immediately retrieved the child and went to a nearby business for help. The boy was taken to a nearby hospital to be checked out but had no apparent injuries.

--Firefighters fought a garage fire Monday afternoon at a St. Joseph house. The fire was in a detached garage and started when the homeowner was working on a snowmobile inside the garage. The snowmobile was destroyed and there was some damage to a truck that was parked in the garage. The back wall of the garage sustained heavy damage and firefighters informed the owner that garage might have to be torn down.

--Little Falls Community High School will have parent-teachers conferences on February 24th for those who did not attend the conferences on February 10th at the High School commons area.

--Ladies Night Out in Pierz tomorrow-details at

--The Little Falls Police Department reminds all of a community notification meeting regarding a Level 3 Predatory Offender who moved into the city of Little Falls back on February 7th. This offender is not wanted by the police and has served the sentence imposed on him by the court. 30-year old Jeremy Douglas Schuman has a history of sexual contact with adult female victims. Contact included penetration. Schuman used force and threats to gain compliance. Schuman was known to the victim. A Community Notification Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, February 20th at 5:00pm at the Little Falls Fire Department. Representatives from the Department of Corrections and the Little Falls Police Department will be available to provide those there with useful information on public safety.

--A Sauk Rapids man who sued the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security after they issued cease-and-desist letters against merchandise he was producing through his Web-based business has settled out of court for what he calls a victory. According to a Maryland District Court settlement agreement executed Tuesday by the United States Attorney’s office, the NSA will formally issue a letter to Dan McCall’s merchandise producer indicating its previous accusation that McCall’s material was in violation of federal law was inaccurate. McCall also will receive $500 to cover his court costs in filing the suit, with the help of Public Citizen, a government watchdog organization based in Washington, D.C. The agreement stipulates that McCall drop his suit and the NSA and DHS admit no liability to him.

--The Pierz Art Club is hosting their 2nd Annual Empty Bowls Soup Supper on Wednesday, February 26th from 4:00-7:00pm at the Pierz High School Cafeteria. Each Soup Supper attendee pays $10 (individual) or $30 (family) and each person receives a handmade bowl, soup, bread, and a beverage. Attendees keep their bowls after the event as a reminder that someone else’s bowl is always empty. Empty Bowls is a special community project and event to build awareness and develop support for fighting hunger in our community. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Pierz Food Shelf and the Pioneer Packs Program at Pierz Elementary School.

--An Eagle Bend man was injured in a two vehicle accident Monday around noon in Wadena County. 22-year-old Jeffrey Rausch was at the Highway 71/294th Intersection and a vehicle was unable to stop in time and collided in the back of Rausch’s vehicle. Rausch was treated at the Wadena Hospital. The other driver and eight passengers mostly children- were not injured in the accident.

--Richard E. Medley, age 81 of Browerville

TODAY= sunny, mild, high near 40.
TONIGHT= snow and sleet after midnight, low near 30.
THURSDAY= sleet than all snow, 1-3 inches, windy, falling temps
FRIDAY= sunny and cold- blowing snow, high 14, low -5.

IN 1878= Thomas Edison demonstrates the first phonograph.
IN 1985= Cherry Coke introduced by Coca Cola Company.
IN 1985= first Mickey Mouse cartoons are shown in China.

Redneck Radio Friday, Cocaine Energy Drink Party Sat at WS Bar

Tuesday- February 18th, 2014

--The Little Falls Fire Department responded to a house fire around 11:45am on Saturday at the address of 501 11th Street NE. The home was owned by Sarah and Eugene Becker. 17-firefighters were on the scene for 3 ½ hours. From the initial investigation, the fire appeared to start in the basement and was electrical in nature. The smoke detectors went off in the house and each of the family of 9 escaped uninjured and no firefighters were injured either. The house and all belongings inside were a total loss. Little Falls Fire Chief Mike Nieman also reminds residents to check their CO alarms. If the batteries inside are five years or older, Nieman recommends to change them.

--The Little Falls School Board meets tonight at 5pm at the government center due to Presidents Day. Agenda items include approval of the 2014-15 school calendar, Thoma fund distribution and safe routes to schools information to be discussed. The Little Falls City Council will also meet tonight 7:30pm at city hall.

--Brainerd police reported a snowmobiler died colliding with a train Sunday afternoon on Highway 25 on the east edge of Brainerd. Around 1:30, an empty coal train was westbound entering Brainerd when the snowmobiler, 30-year old Michael David Flannigan of Brainerd attempted to cross the tracks. Train operators reportedly sounded their train horn but still the snowmobile Flannigan was riding came across and collided with the train. Officers and emergency medical personnel administered first aid to Flannigan at the scene, but he died shortly after personnel arrived. No one on the train was injured. Police are continuing with the investigation.

--Authorities have released the names of two people who died Friday in a camper fire in Wadena. 21-year-olds Anne Carlson and Daniel Suhl died when their camper caught fire and they were unable to escape. The Wadena County Sheriff said the fire was called in around 4:00am Friday and has been ruled accidental.

--A 25-year-old from Melrose was hurt Friday when the vehicle he was driving rear-ended another then rolled over ejecting the driver. Luke Olmsheid was on Highway 23 near Interstate 94 when he struck 61-year-old Annella Mergen of Richmond. Mergen and her passenger were not injured. Olmsheid was treated and released at St. Cloud Hospital. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the collision.

--The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is working to clean up a diesel fuel spill that occurred Saturday at a Schmidty’s service station in St. Cloud. The St. Cloud Fire Department were called just after 10:30am when between 25 and 35 gallons of diesel fuel had leaked from a fuel pump. Crews used absorbent material at the scene to control the spill. About 10 to 15 gallons of the fuel got into a nearby storm drain before it could be sealed. The sewer system flows into the Mississippi River. The pollution control agency and the property owner are working on further cleanup and disposal.

--A man and woman were arrested Sunday in connection with an in-home robbery in St. Cloud. 31-year-old Johnny Johnson of Brooklyn Park and 30-year-old Ashley Gilmore of Duluth were taken to jail on first degree burglary, along with robbery and assault charges. Police say they were dispatched around 2:00am Saturday morning after a suspect forcibly entered the residence and took property from a victim there, during which one of the victims inside was assaulted. Police located Johnson and Gilmore at a downtown St. Cloud hotel Sunday and they were taken into custody.

--Snow piled up in areas Monday causing difficult road conditions and very poor visibility. Snow totals were around 3 inches at Little Falls Radio, 4.5 inches south of Hillman to nearly 6 inches in St. Cloud. The Minnesota State Patrol and Minnesota Department of Transportation reported a number of accidents and cars in ditches due to the snow. Today temps rise into the 40s and the melting process will begin before another cold blast by Friday and Saturday.

--Gary Poser, a native of Pierz and elections director of the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, was sworn in Monday night as the new president of the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) at the organization’s conference in Washington, D.C. In his one-year term as president of NASED, Poser will lead its response to federal election legislation; work with federal organizations such as the Election Assistance Commission and Federal Voting Assistance Program to promote access to elections; and work with state election directors in exchanging ideas for efficient administration of election laws. Poser has served as the state’s elections director for seven years. During that time, he led the development and launch of several online voter tools and oversaw three statewide election recounts. Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary of State, Poser served as elections director in Anoka and Washington counties.

--Josh and Mindy Klosowski of Little Falls, girl on February 15th

--Kenneth LeMieur, age 85 of Little Falls.
--Robert ‘Bob’ M. O’Leary, age 38 of Little Falls formerly Minneapolis
--Wayne Vivant, age 77 of Onamia formerly of Wahkon.

TODAY= mostly sunny and mild, high 41.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low 16.
WEDNESDAY= increasing clouds, high 37, snow late low 28.
THURSDAY= snow early, some drizzle, temps drop from 34 early.

OLY= U.S. Women’s Hockey team are in the gold medal game after defeating Sweden 6-1 on Monday. The Gold Medal Game is Thursday morning against Canada. Men’s hockey team is in the quarterfinals Wednesday as the #2 seed. With a gold medal in ice dancing yesterday the United States and Russia are now tied on top the medal count with 19, the Netherlands have 17, Canada & Norway 15.
HS BHK= Little Falls at St. Cloud Cathedral at the MAC in St. Cloud tonight in playoff action at 7:30pm on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BBB= St. Cloud Cathedral at Little Falls tonight 7:30 on AM960
HS GBB= Maple Lake at Pierz tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML

IN 1735= first opera performed in United States- called ‘Flora’
IN 1885= Mark Twain has Adventures of Huckleberry Finn published
IN 1953= first movie showed in 3-D- Bwana Man with Robert Stack.
IN 1953= Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz signed an 8-million dollar contract extension to create 2 more seasons of I Love Lucy for CBS.
IN 1998= longtime Chicago Cubs announcer Harry Carey died at 83.

Enjoy the warmer weather with food and fun at the West Side Bar

Monday- February 17th, 2014 ‘President’s Day’

--Today is President’s Day a federal holiday. Most federal, state, county and city offices are closed today including many banks, financial institutions, post offices with no regular mail delivery, government centers and some businesses. It is best to call ahead before venturing out. Some schools are off today, others are in classes and some like Little Falls Schools are using today as a makeup day due to the cold/snow days used earlier this year. Community Services is reminding the public that due to classes in session today in Little Falls there will not be open swim at the Community Middle School this afternoon.

--Central Minnesota Credit Union has announced acquisition of the Deposits and Loans of St. Francis Campus Credit Union in Little Falls. Central Minnesota Credit Union Friday announced it has completed the acquisition of St. Francis Campus Credit Union, Little Falls. Central Minnesota Credit Union assumed St. Francis Campus Credit Union’s members, assets, shares and loans. Central Minnesota Credit Union is the 6th largest Minnesota credit union with 16 branch locations across the state including in Little Falls.

--A 30-year-old Little Falls man was charged in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis on conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute the drug. James K. Benson, according to court documents, knowingly conspired with others to distribute 500 grams or more of substances containing methamphetamine during a six month period of 2012-2013. If convicted, Benson faces up to life in prison on the conspiracy count and 20 years on the possession count. The case is a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force.

--An 82-year-old Coon Rapids woman was killed Thursday in a rollover crash on an icy Interstate 35 in Pine County. Shirley Schultz was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 49-year-old Carl Schultz of Coon Rapids that lost control and rolled in the median around 8:30am. Carl was taken the Sandstone hospital for treatment of injuries. Shirley was pronounced dead at the scene.

--Two suspects are in custody after a reported home invasion led to a high-speed police pursuit down I-94. The reports stated it began around 9:00am when Elk River police received a report of a possible home invasion at a residence on Quincy Court. Officers were told that two suspects forced their way into the home and assaulted the couple who lives there. The wife was tied up while the husband was ordered to leave the home with them. Police found the injured man outside the home, and he was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. A description of the suspect vehicle, an older red Cadillac, was sent to surrounding law enforcement agencies. Rogers Police spotted the car getting onto I-94 from Highway 101. The suspects likely realized they were being pursued by an officer because all of a sudden the driver did a U-Turn and started speeding westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-94. Police began pursuit believing the victim of the home invasion and kidnapping was also in the car. At times the chase reached speeds of up to 100 miles-per-hour. Eventually the suspect vehicle struck another vehicle and ended up in a ditch near off of a Hennepin County road. The two suspects fled on foot but were soon captured by police. At this point it is unclear if there is any relationship between the suspects and victim.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9am at the government center. Agenda items include awards of excellence, review of the Airport and Capital Improvement Plan and reports from county agencies including public heath and social services.

--Morrison County Sheriff’s deputies responded Tuesday night to Flensburg for a report of a stolen no parking sign that was mounted on a garage in the city and deputies also responded last Saturday afternoon to a van being stolen in Upsala.

--A collision Thursday in Stearns County resulted in one person being taken to St. Cloud Hospital. 40-year-old Kristen J. Betterman of Waite Park was westbound on Minnesota Highway 23 at Stearns County Road 138 when a vehicle driven by 35-year-old Gary Spychala of St. Joseph crossed the eastbound side of Highway 23 and struck Betterman’s vehicle. Betterman was taken to St. Cloud Hospital with serious injuries. She was listed late Thursday as being in fair condition. There was no report if Spychala was injured.

--Pierz Public Access Channel 10 is now up and running. Programming to start includes a slide show of city information and taped council meetings. In the future programming will be expanded to cover high school sports, church services and more.

--Brainerd firefighters are investigating a garage fire just after midnight Thursday on Oak Street. Firefighters were actually called twice to the same residence first around 8:40pm Wednesday for a snowmobile on fire- the vehicle was taken out of the garage by the time authorities arrived and extinguished. Then the second call at 12:19am Thursday where the garage was on fire. Firefighters worked for nearly two hours but the garage was ruled a total loss. Another fire was reported Friday just after 2am in an wooded area off of County Road 25, Brainerd firefighters said the building had no running water or bathrooms and was ruled a total loss. The 55-year-old man living there was not injured. Cause is under investigation.

--George Kleinschmidt, age 73 of Little Falls.

TODAY= snow likely until noon, then clearing, high 34.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 20.
TUESDAY= sunny and mild, high 42, low around 20.
WEDNESDAY= increasing clouds, late day snow, high 37.

HS= Rachelle LeBlanc finished first Saturday in section gymnastics and will go to the state tournament Saturday. Pierz and Foley won their sections in wrestling and both will move to state as a team beginning February 27th. Little Falls came just short of going to state losing to Moorhead Saturday in section finals. Little Falls defeated Northern Lakes Saturday in boys hockey and will now play St. Cloud Cathedral Tuesday in playoffs around 7:30pm on Q92 WYRQ
OLY= Warroad native T.J. Oshie scored the game winner in shootout as U.S.A beat Russia Saturday in men’s hockey. The men beat Slovenia on Sunday to finish pool play 3-0. The women’s hockey team had their semi-final match early today against Sweden. As of this morning the Netherlands had 17 medals, U.S. had 16.

Redneck Radio Friday, lunches and happy hour daily at WS Bar

Friday- February 14th, 2014 “Valentine’s Day”

--A 56-year-old woman was kidnapped in her car late Wednesday in Sartell and later pushed from the vehicle in Sauk Rapids. The woman told officers that at about 9:40pm she had gone inside McDonald’s near Minnesota Highway 15 and Stearns County Road 1. When she got back into her vehicle, a man wearing a ski mask was hidden in the back and told her to keep driving. The woman reported she was later assaulted and choked unconscious. During the abduction they went to a location and met with another man wearing a ski mask at which time both demanded money. The men then drove the woman around the St. Cloud metro area and eventually pushed her from the vehicle near the Coborn’s Superstore in Sauk Rapids, where she called for help. Sauk Rapids police later located the woman’s empty vehicle and found the interior had been set on fire. The victim was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital, treated for injuries and was released. The incident remains under active investigation. Police said they don’t know if the victim was specifically targeted or if it was a random attack. Because of that uncertainty, the Sartell police department is asking people to lock their vehicles when going into a business and to check the back seats before re-entering.

--Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl reports the arrest of 33 year old Charles Weber from Emily in connection with several area burglaries and thefts. On Wednesday, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary to a business located on Sawmill Road in Emily. While investigating this burglary, the responding deputy located another burglary on this road. Information was obtained about a possible suspect, Charles Weber. While following up on these leads, Weber was located on a stolen snowmobile and fled from law enforcement. An intense search was then conducted by numerous law enforcement agencies utilizing snowmobiles to track Weber. After several hours of searching and tracking the suspect through knee deep snow, officers were able to locate and arrest Weber just north of Emily. As a result of this investigation, it was discovered that Weber had burglarized 2 businesses and one garage along with stealing a snowmobile from a business in Outing, MN. Property from these burglaries was recovered by the investigating officers. Charles Weber was previously charged in Crow Wing County with numerous burglaries and thefts in the Emily area in October and was released on conditions.

--The Principal of Motley Elementary and Middle School is asking the Motley City Council for support in building a user-friendly playground for students. Justin Sperling said a survey at the schools asked for a basketball court, a social area, arts area and walking trail. Sperling said he would like to see the students help develop and build the playground area. The Staples Motley Beyond Poverty Coalition has received supporting grants from the Community Development Organization and Blanden Foundation to help erect the playground. Council members weighed pros and cons at their recent meeting mainly liability and safety concerns. The Council did not take a vote to partner with the project but stated they would take it under advisement at a future meeting.

--Due to President’s Day Monday and city offices being closed, the Little Falls City Council will hold their regular council meeting on Tuesday night at 7:30 at the city hall council chambers.

--29-year old Dane J. Riley of Pine River who was convicted of killing an acquaintance and burying the man’s body was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday. Riley got the maximum sentence under state law. In 2012, a jury convicted Riley of second-degree intentional murder, a firearms violation and interfering with a dead body. Mark Huesman’s remains were found in a shallow grave in rural Pine River on July 24th, 2012 after he was reported missing. The complaint says Riley picked up Huesman on July 14 and they went to Riley’s residence. A woman staying at Riley’s trailer house told investigators she woke to the sound of gunshots, went outside and saw Riley hitting Huesman and heard Huesman begging him to stop.

--Brainerd police reported a very close call Wednesday around 10am when a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train stopped within feet of colliding with a semi-truck that had gotten stuck on the railroad tracks on North Eighth Street in Brainerd. Police say that fast action by dispatchers to notify the train engineer of the semi and that the tracks were blocked helped in starting the stopping process of the train. The vehicles did not collide and there were no injuries.

--Aitkin Police released Tuesday that Aitkin Assistant Police Chief Tim Catlin has been named the new police chief for Aitkin effective April 1st when current chief Terry Thompson retires. Catlin was the Aitkin County Sheriff from 1995-1999 and came on within the past few years to assist Thompson and the Aitkin police department.

--The Crow Wing County Law Enforcement Center (LEC) encountered a water problem Thursday morning. A water main broke around 7:45am Thursday and a significant amount of water flowed onto the electrical equipment and the basement floor of the Brainerd building. The water was shut off and Brainerd Public Utilities will fix the problem by calling in an excavating team. There is no water in the building right now but the LEC is still operating.

--Victor Boser, age 91 of Little Falls.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high 14, partly cloudy tonight low -3.
SATURDAY= snow likely, high near 20, low around 2 above.
SUNDAY= partly sunny, high 23, snow at night 1-3 inches- low 18
MONDAY= morning snow- 1 inch, then sunny, high 35.

SKI= The Little Falls Girls Nordic Ski team finished 8th at the state tournament Thursday at Biwabik. Maria Hauer finished 12th and received All-State honors. Kendal Hendrickson was 58th, Claire Gammon Deering 109th, Kaitlyn Giesenhoff 110th, Amelia Kresha 111th, Alice Foote 116th and Catherine Zak 117th. The boys had Matt Massman 30th, Hunter Zupko 66th and John Gottwalt 92nd. Wayzata took the girls state title on Thursday.
HS WRE= section wrestling from Holdingford tonight with semi-final and championship action, Pierz included- at 6pm on FM94 KFML.
HS WRE= section wrestling from Bemidji begins at 1pm Saturday with Little Falls matches live on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BHK= Northern Lakes at Little Falls Saturday 7pm in opening playoff game- pregame at 6:30pm Saturday on AM960 KLTF.
COL HK= Gophers vs. Michigan tonight 7:30pm on AM960 KLTF.

Northstar Entertainment tonight and Saturday at West Side Bar

Thursday- February 13th, 2014

--The second Winter Warrior Sled Dog Race is this weekend at Camp Ripley. Events will begin on Saturday at 9:00am with the 6 or 10 dog mid-distance teams competing on the 25 or 45 mile course. There will also be Sprint team races consisting of 4, 6 and 10 dog teams going on throughout the day. The North Star Sled Dog Club has been organizing races in Minnesota since the 1960s. The Winter Warrior Race is part of North Star’s competition circuit. Visitors wishing to attend the races only need to present a valid driver’s license to the front gate. For more information, go to

--A 55-year-old Crosby woman was injured Monday when the sports utility vehicle she was driving rolled over on Rono Road north of Crosby around 11am. Joan Martin was taken to an area hospital and treated for unknown injuries. No passengers were in the vehicle.

--A driver is hospitalized after his car crashed through a guardrail in Duluth, plunged about 60 feet off a cliff, hit a boulder and landed a few feet from Lake Superior. A passerby found the car off the cliff and said the victim had been there for several hours and battling injuries and hypothermia. The victim, whose name was not given was taken to the Duluth hospital where his condition is not known.

--The Brainerd City Council will elect a new president and vice-president at their next meeting and announce applications for a vacant at-large seat following the death of councilmember Bonnie Cumberland. The council will announced the timeline for applications and the process to follow at their next meeting on February 18th due to the President’s Day holiday on Monday. The City of Brainerd stated that the at-large applicant has to be a current Brainerd resident and at least 18 years of age.

--The Hands of Hope Resource Center is in need of volunteers to provide advocacy services to victims. The center is a non-profit agency that provides free and confidential services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and general crime in Morrison and Todd counties. Hands of Hope relies heavily on volunteers. Without volunteers, the agency would not be able to function to the capacity that it does. There will be a free training starting in March. After training, volunteers will be qualified to answer and respond to the 24-hour hotline from their own home. Volunteer advocates provide support and make referrals for those who have been victimized. For more information, contact Karla at 632-1657.

--The Cold Spring City Council on Tuesday delayed consideration on a contract with the city’s police chief candidate. City Administrator Paul Hetland asked that the item be pulled from the meeting’s agenda because he had a detail in the contract to work out with candidate Eric Johnson before it could be approved. The City Council selected Johnson as chief in January, contingent on him passing physical and psychological examinations and a background investigation, as is typical for law enforcement. Sgt. Chris Boucher has been serving as interim chief after Phil Jones retired last year.

--Lakes Jam in Brainerd recently announced their full lineup the weekend of June 26-28 at the Brainerd International Raceway. This year the lineup includes headliner Bret Michaels, Gretchen Wilson, Uncle Kracker, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Bucky Covington and many regional and local bands to perform at the shows over the three days. For more information got to

--Join FM94 for Ladies’ Night Out Pierz Style next Thursday- get officials rules and details at on the KFML page.

--Minnesota 6th District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is inviting constituents to a “Coffee with your Congresswoman” event in St. Cloud today. The event is where constituents are invited to meet personally with Congresswoman Bachmann and share their ideas and concerns with her. The event is a Culver’s in St. Cloud at 11:30am.

--Former GOP state Representative Jim Knoblach says he’s mulling a bid to return to the Legislature in 2014 for District 14B currently held by DFL Representative Zachary Dorholt.  One other Republican, Paul Brandmire, already said he’s running for the house seat. The district covers east, central and part of north St. Cloud, and Haven and Minden townships. Knoblach, a real estate investor, served in the State House from 1995 until 2006, when he chose not to run again.

--Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can be trapped, but is refusing to recall seven other infant seat models, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall notice. In the seats being recalled, the buckles may not unlatch, making it difficult to remove the child from the seat. That increases the risk of injury in a crash, fire or other emergency when a speedy exit from the vehicle is required. NHTSA's investigation will remain open pending its evaluation of the Graco recall and until the Agency's consideration of the review of the seven remaining seat models is completed. That means the agency and company will continue to negotiate on whether a recall is warranted for the SnugRide infant seats. The company is offering an improved replacement harness buckle to affected consumers at no cost. The child seat recall covers 11 models sold from 2009-2013.
The recalled models include: Cozy Cline; ComfortSport; Classic Ride 50; My Ride 65; My Ride with Safety Surround; My Ride 70; Size4Me 70; Smart Seat; Nautilus; Nautilus Elite; and Argos 70.

--Camren Kordich and Stephanie Bateman, boy born January 31st

--Viola Hoemberg, age 84 of Staples.

TODAY= snow and freezing rain, temps rise to 30 then fall afternoon
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low -4, wind chills near -20.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, high 14, clear night low around -5.
SATURDAY= snow in afternoon 1-3 inches, high 20, low +3.
SUNDAY= mostly cloudy, windy, high 25.

SKI= The State Nordic Ski event is today at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. The Little Falls entire girls’ team and 3 members of the boys’ team are competing today at the state meet which begins at 10am.
OLY= Canada defeated the U.S. Women’s Hockey team 3-2 on Wednesday. The men’s team began play this morning against Slovakia. As of early today, the U.S. had tied Norway for the total medal count with 12 (4 gold, 2 silver and 6 bronze), Canada and the Netherlands had 10 each, Russia 9 and Germany 8 though Germany leads with the most gold medals at Sochi with 6.  
GBB= Foley at Little Falls tonight 7:30pm on Q92 WYRQ.
GBB= Pierz at Holdingford tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML.

Lunch and happy hour daily, entertainment on weekends at WS Bar

Wednesday- February 12th, 2014

--The Little Falls Police Department is releasing information to the community regarding a Level 3 Predatory Offender who moved into the city of Little Falls on February 7th. This offender is not wanted by the police and has served the sentence imposed on him by the court. 30-year old Jeremy Douglas Schuman has a history of sexual contact with adult female victims. Contact included penetration. The offender used force and threats to gain compliance. The offender was known to the victim. A Community Notification Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, February 20th at 5:00pm at the Little Falls Fire Department. Representatives from the Department of Corrections and the Little Falls Police Department will be available to provide you with useful information on public safety.

--The Bernick Family Foundation announced that it awarded more than $150,000 in grants focused on enriching the lives of youths and improving health through its fund at the Central Minnesota Community Foundation. The Boys and Girls Club (BGC) of Morrison County received the largest grant. The $35,000 grant to the local organization will help fund the new facility in Little Falls. This grant will help the Boys and Girls nearly triple its space to a 6,000-square-feet Club with space outside for seasonal activities. The Club currently serves about 570 youths and 82 percent of them qualify for free or reduced lunches at school. Among the grants is a $25,000 grant to build a climbing wall at Clara’s House in St. Cloud, a one-of-a-kind facility that serves children and teens struggling with mental health and addiction. Another grant to the Science Museum of Minnesota supports an engineering outreach tour to schools.

--The Pierz city council met Monday night. At the meeting the council passed an amendment on how to handle future lot splits. The council passed a cable access policy. The local cable access in Pierz should be up and running within the next week on local channel 10 operated out of City Hall. Programming on the local channel will begin with a slideshow of city information and taped city council meetings. In the future, the hope is to expand programming to include high school sporting events, churches and various other items, though that may take some time to set up. The council also accepted the resignation of City Administrator Anna Gruber. Gruber took a position elsewhere. Gruber’s last day on the job will be February 28th. The council wished to promote from within and Deputy Clerk Scott Saehr has the qualifications for the position, so the council offered Saehr the job. If Saehr accepts the position the council would then post for the opening at deputy clerk.

--The Brainerd firefighters responded to a garage fire Monday around 2:30am in Baxter on Ashley Road. No injuries. The garage was a total loss. They also received a number of calls from fire alarms going off early Monday and early Tuesday due to the extreme cold which may have triggered them but no reports of any fires from the alarm calls.

--Minnesota families who have owned their farms for 100 years or more are invited to apply for the 2014 Century Farms Program. Requirements are the farm must be 100 years old based on authentic land records and have been in continuous family ownership. The farm must also be 50 acres or larger. Century Farms receive a certificate and outdoor sign commemorating their status. Applications are available through or call 651-288-4400. The submission deadline is April 1st. Recipients are announced in May.

--Little Falls police arrested a 32-year-old man last Thursday on drug possession charges and giving a false name to officers. A gas leak was called in to Staples Police Saturday morning that evacuated an area on in Staples in the west part of the city where Minnesota Energy was called in to assist at the scene. Crow Wing County responded to burglary and theft reports and a report of a vehicle going through the ice at Hanks Lake, where no injuries occurred.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce will have their 125th Annual Meeting, on Thursday, February 27th at the Falls Ballroom. The Chamber will bestow the 2013 Small and Large Businesses of the Year as well as the Volunteer of the Year awards. Cost is $30.00 per person with advance reservation required. Confirm your reservation by mailing payment to: The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, 200 1st St NW, Little Falls MN 56345 by Friday, February 21st.

--The value of agriculture land continues to climb in portions of central Minnesota due to high crop prices. County assessors reported Monday that farmland values were going up 20-25 percent in this year’s assessments. The average price for an acre of tillable land in Stearns County alone is now more than $5,000 than last year. The values are based on sales of land in the past year. The higher land values probably mean farmers will be paying more in taxes in 2015 and likely to be a shift o the tax burden from residential and commercial values which have not seen the same increases.

--The Monticello nuclear plant returned to service late last week after a three-week shutdown. Operators shut the plant down January 17th after determining that a heat exchanger in the reactor coolant system needed repairs. Crews repaired the exchanger and completed other maintenance, according to a news release from Xcel Energy, which owns the plant. The plant was returned Thursday morning to its pre-shutdown level of 600 megawatts.

--Actress Shirley Temple Black died Monday at age 85. Temple started her career in the movies in 1932 at the age of 3 with hits like Bright Eyes, Curly Top and Heidi. Not only an actress she later became an Ambassador for the United States in 1970s and 1980s.

--Donald E. Mudick Sr., age 71 of Staples.

TODAY= partly cloudy, temps steady in the teens above zero.
TONIGHT= snow after midnight 1-2 inches, temps rising to mid 20s.
THURSDAY= snow early, high near 30 early then falling and windy.
FRIDAY= sunny, high 15, low around -1.

OLY= The Winter Olympics continue in Russia after Tuesday results the U.S. is currently tied for 4th place with Russia on the medal count with 7, Netherlands 8, Canada had 9 and Norway leads with 11.

IN 1809= President Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky
IN 1878= Frederick Thayer patented the catcher mask for baseball.
IN 1924= Calvin Coolidge gave first Presidential speech live on radio.

Northstar Entertainment Friday and Saturday at the West Side Bar

Tuesday- February 11th, 2014

--A 49-year-old woman from Wahkon is dead after a broadside collision Friday on Highway 169 near Onamia in Mille Lacs County. The State Patrol said Linda Sam was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Autumn Hardy of Bemidji when the vehicle slid on a patch of ice and struck a vehicle driven by 39-year-old Rodney Brown of St. Paul. Brown was treated at the Onamia hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Sam was pronounced dead at the scene. Hardy was taken to North Memorial in Robbinsdale with serious injuries.

--The city of Upsala will host a public hearing regarding improvements to Walnut Avenue and Hillcrest Street on Wednesday, February 19th at Upsala City Hall at 7:00pm. Roach Development has not yet signed an agreement with the city of Upsala regarding the construction of a new townhouse development at the corner of South Main Street and Walnut Avenue, diagonally across from the high school. The city did receive a letter of intent from Terry Roach last month describing his plan to build an unspecified number of townhomes in Upsala. The letter of intent acknowledged that the city of Upsala’s plans for improvements in the area of the proposed development are heavily reliant on Roach Development’s participation in the project. The city’s proposed street and water service improvements include constructing wider streets with curb and gutter within the development, something that has not been done in other Roach projects.

--A man wanted in connection with a sexual assault that happened in downtown St. Cloud in September returned from Illinois to make his first court appearance Monday. 24-year old Xavier Lamar Phillips-Freeman was charged in Stearns County District Court with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. A 33-year-old woman told police she was approached on September 26th near the Stearns County government campus, by a stranger who said he had a gun. The victim didn't see a gun and she was sexually assaulted. The victim took out her cellphone during the attack, and the suspect threw it away from them. Police found the phone and located fingerprints on it that matched Phillips-Freeman's fingerprints.

--A sheriff’s deputy accused of sexually abusing several boys while volunteering as a fishing guide at a church camp in western Minnesota has pleaded not guilty to charges. Aaron Heuer is on leave from the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Department. He was arrested last July and later charged in Otter Tail County with four counts each of first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Prosecutors allege that Heuer had sexual contact with four boys while volunteering at the Lutheran Island Camp near Henning last summer. Investigators said the alleged victims were from 8 to 10 years old. Heuer is due back in court on March 24th.

--The Department of Public Safety is urging Minnesotans who have homes heated by natural gas to clear their meters of ice and snow. The DPS says ice or snow could block the regulator vent and cause a malfunction which could lead to a possible gas leak, fire or explosion or interruption of service. Authorities urge those to brush snow off meters and call their gas company if meters are covered in ice so professionals with the proper tools can open up blocked vents.

--Camp Ripley will begin controlled burns today that will continue days and nights thru March 15th. Area residents can expect to see and smell smoke during this time period. Camp Ripley apologizes for this, but it is necessary to prevent uncontrollable future wildfires.

--Monday WCCO TV’s Mike Binkley, host of the “Finding Minnesota” program was in Morrison County for an upcoming story featuring Bermel’s Shoe Store in Randall. Bermel Shoes employee Lenore Olson and the store owner Tim Koenig early in the day were at the store showing a routine morning. In the afternoon, Lenore and Tim came to the Little Falls Radio station to record the upcoming commercials. One of the reasons for this story was Lenore will be celebrating her 90th birthday this year on March 14th. Tune into WCCO TV on CBS to catch this local story featured during the 10:00pm news on Sunday and around 4:45am next Monday.

--Minnesota residents are now able to apply for an enhanced version of their driver’s license or identification card that will allow re-entry into the United States via land and sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean. In addition to serving as a driver’s license or ID card, the enhanced driver’s license (EDL) and the enhanced identification card (EID) are among the federally-approved border-crossing documents required under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. Minnesota is the fifth state to accept the enhanced cards; the others are Michigan, New York, Vermont and Washington. Only 14 locations in the state can accept applications with the closest being in St. Cloud. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, Minnesota resident and at least 16 years old. Proper documentation, including a Social Security number and proof of residency, must also be provided. Applications will take two to four weeks to process. The first cards will be in use after February 17th. The cost is $15 in addition to the fee charged for a regular driver’s license or ID card. For a list of driver’s license and ID card fees and for more information on the EDL and EID card, visit the DVS Website.

--A Minnesota legislator thinks motorists driving through highway work zones should be banned from using their cell phones. DFL Representative Ron Erhardt has introduced a bill that prohibits cell phone use in designated work zones, whether it's handheld or hands free phones. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says there have been roughly 26,000 work zone crashes in the past five years, causing more than 4,000 injuries and 41 deaths. A second bill will be introduced that would modify driver speeds in work zone.

--The Cat's Pajamas Vocal Band-a high energy male a cappella group from Missouri will perform tonight at7pm at the Little Falls Community High School. For information call (320) 616-2207.

--Andrew and Casey Waltman of Little Falls, a girl born February 9th

--Linda Sam, age 49 of Wahkon

TODAY= increasing clouds, breezy, light snow after 5pm, high 15.
TONIGHT= snow likely, around 1 inch, breezy early, low 6.
WEDNESDAY= sunny, high 13, snow late temps rising at night.
THURSDAY= snow early, high 30 early then falling and turning windy

BBB= Little Falls at Albany tonight 7:30pm on Q92 WYRQ.

Northstar Entertainment Friday and Saturday at the West Side Bar

Monday- February 10th, 2014

--Morrison County Auditor-Treasurer Russ Nygren announced he has decided not to seek re-election to the office of County Auditor-Treasurer. Nygren gave the following statement in a press release on Friday: “I believe it is time for someone else to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of Morrison County. It has been a great opportunity to have worked for the citizens of Morrison County for 28 years. I will continue serving the citizens until they elect my successor this November and is sworn in on January 5th, 2015. I would like to thank all of the citizens that put their trust in me, the great staff and my family that made this possible. I am looking forward to spending more time with my family and friends.”

--Due to the extreme cold temperature, the City of Little Falls has some suggestions for residential and business property owners to avoid freezing of water pipes. Letting both the cold and hot faucets drip, keeping the cabinet doors open under the sinks, and keeping thermostats at the same temperature daytime and nighttime in a good way to prevent frozen pipes.

--Central Minnesota residents may need to be on guard for a new telephone scam. St. Cloud’s Social Security Administration office said that a man is calling homes saying that he is a Social Security employee. He offers to visit the home to help the callers increase benefits. He asks for the person’s Social Security number and bank information. The caller is not a Social Security employee. The Social Security Administration has visited people’s homes in the past, but there are no visits occurring at this time. The local office recommends if a person receives such a call, they should not give out any personal information, including Social Security numbers and bank information. Report any suspicious activity at the Social Security Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271.

--A 6-year-old was injured in a two-vehicle accident near South Long Lake last Friday morning in Crow Wing County. Both drivers were not injured. A 6-year-old in a vehicle driven by 43-year-old Thomas Boser of rural Brainerd was treated for minor injuries.

--A Chatham Township shed west of Buffalo in Wright County is a complete loss after a fire Thursday morning. Around 9:40am, Buffalo and Maple Lake fire departments responded to the fire. The cause remains under investigation. Russell and Jessica Johnson own the building. There were no injuries.

--On December 26th several fish houses located on Crow Wing Lake were reported to have been broken into and numerous items of fishing equipment had been stolen. Several leads had been followed up on and on Thursday, Crow Wing County Investigators along with deputies from Morrison County interviewed a 16-year old juvenile male which resulted in several items of stolen property being recovered. Charges of possession of stolen property are being pursued through the Morrison County Attorney’s Office.

--On January 27th a residential burglary on County Road #139 was reported where a large amount of property was stolen from the house. Some items of property have been recovered from 33-year old Jeffrey Bock of Brainerd who was arrested Friday for possession of stolen property. Crow Wing County investigators are following up on additional leads and are confident the property will be retrieved.

--A Cushing resident recently won $25,000 in the Minnesota State Lottery scratch games. James Crawford purchased the winning ticket at a gas station in Staples and claimed the prize on February 3rd.

--Steve Backowski with the Morrison County Public Works department of highway and bridges was the guest speaker at the Little Falls Thursday noontime Kiwanis club. Steve said that the County has already spent its budget for snow plowing, and for sand and salt. They will be making budget adjustments during the summer to make up for budget short falls. Morrison County operates 19 snow removal routes. Each truck load of the 50/50 sand/salt mix used to melt the snow and ice on roadways, costs the County $1000.

--Two snowmobiles collided Saturday in Holding Township which caused the drivers to be hospitalized. 17-year-old Jesse Dummer of Sartell and 67-year-old Ronald Toenies of Freeport collided on a trail north of St. Anna. Dummer was taken to St. Cloud Hospital with a leg injury. Toenies was treated at the Albany Hospital and released.

--Another snowmobile accident occurred in Maine Prairie Township of Stearns County Saturday this one involved a snowmobile and a pickup truck. The snowmobile operator failed to stop at the road right of way and collided with the pickup. 38-year-old Ron Reitmeier was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. The truck driver was not injured.

--On February 1st a residential burglary on Ash Avenue in Brainerd was reported. A large amount of property was stolen. With the assistance of Cass County investigators, numerous items of property were recovered from a Pillager residence. On Wednesday, Crow Wing County investigators executed a search warrant at a Brainerd residence. As a result the remaining stolen items were recovered. Investigators arrested 28-year old Shane Brian Addison of Brainerd in connection with this burglary. Additional suspects are being sought.

--Sunday February 9th marked the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first appearance on the Ed Sullivan in 1964. The event was considered the start of Beatlemania in the United States and the beginning of the British Invasion in the 60s sparking the coup in the music industry.

--Devin and Tina De Smet of Little Falls, girl born on February 6th
--Matthew and Crystal Wenner of Pierz, boy born on February 6th

--Gary J. Christopherson, age 58 of Little Falls
--James ‘Jim’ Bitzan, age 79 of Onamia.

TODAY= sunny and cold, high 4 above, wind chills -20.
TONIGHT= clear skies, cold, low -20.
TUESDAY= increasing clouds, breezy, high 14, snow after 4pm.
WEDNESDAY= snow showers 1-2 inches, high near 25

BBB= Howard Lake Waverly at Pierz tonight 7:30 on FM94 KFML

IN 1863= Alanson Crane patented the fire extinguisher.
IN 1940= first Tom and Jerry cartoon created by Hanna Barbara

Lunches, meat raffle, happy hour and more at the West Side Bar LF

Friday- February 7th, 2014

--Administration and staff at Pierz Healy High School are contemplating a class schedule reconfiguration for 2014-2015. In a way, it’s a return to the past when classes were all the same length. Superintendent George Weber told the school board recently that he is recommending an 8 period block of 47 minutes long instead of the current six period block that is in place. This would require the school to extend the school day by 20 minutes per day. If implemented, the new format would require English, math, social and science to be yearlong classes in grades 7-10. The present schedule doesn’t allow a full year of the core subjects. Six classes would be taught in a typical day with one period for preparation and one period reserved for professional development programs. The proposed change shouldn’t affect the elementary school significantly, except to rearrange the sequence in which students are dropped off. Bussing details need to be worked out, yet. Although a projected 20 minutes may be added to the school day, not all is instructional. More classes also mean more passage time between rooms. If the recommendation is passed the new schedule would take effect this coming fall.

--Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity received a $212,000 grant to build three homes this year. The Thrivent Financial grant was announced Wednesday. The homes will be in the Elk River area, the Rocori area and in St. Cloud. The grant will fund about half the cost of each project. Community organizations will raise the rest of the funds. Habitat for Humanity of Morrison County is a separate entity, but they continue to plan for one house to be built this year. That home will be built in Little Falls starting in the spring after the snow melts with the hopes of being finished by Christmas.

--A Sherburne County jury on Tuesday convicted a former St. Cloud man of first and third degree assault for beating his roommate with a dumbbell in an assault that left the victim on a ventilator to help him breathe. 51-year old Tyrone Xavier Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced April 4th by a Sherburne County District Court Judge.

--A 42-year-old Brainerd woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday around 3:40 in Brainerd. Lorie Bourassa suffered minor injuries after colliding with another vehicle on 6th Street. Then other driver was not hurt. Another accident was reported in Brainerd just after 9pm Tuesday on College Road. 17-year-old Linda Fober was taken to the Brainerd Hospital for injuries. The other driver involved in the accident was not hurt.

--Vice President Joe Biden is headed to Minnesota for a fundraiser for the national Democratic Party. Biden is due at a Democratic National Committee event February 19th in Minneapolis. The fundraiser will be at the Minneapolis restaurant owned by Governor Mark Dayton’s sons. Biden was last in Minnesota in August 2012 during the re-election campaign.

--The Minnesota State Fair announced Wednesday that they are raising ticket prices by 1 dollar this year. Tickets will cost $13 for adults and $11 for seniors 65 and older and kids 5-12. Children under 5 are still free. Pre-fair discount admission tickets will be $10. Several promotional days with reduced ticket prices will continue to be offered, including Thrifty Thursday, Senior’s and Kids Days, Military Appreciation Day, and Read & Ride Day. The fair runs from August 21st through September 1st which is Labor Day.

--The Little Falls High School has parent-teacher conferences this Monday and also Monday, February 24th from 3:45-6:45pm in the High School Commons. All parents encouraged to attend.

--The Camp Ripley Fire Department will conduct controlled burns February 11th - March 15th throughout the day and night. Vegetation that has collected since the summer has been piled and will be burnt off to reduce any hazards that may occur once the winter season is over. During this time period the surrounding areas of Camp Ripley can expect to see and smell smoke. All burn piles are controlled and are within regulations due to the amount of snow that is on the ground. Camp Ripley Public Affairs Officer Major John Donovan said, “The staff at Camp Ripley apologizes for this; however conducting the burns greatly reduces the chances for uncontrollable wildfires”. Usually the burns are completed every spring before the summer annual training season begins. However, the increase in on-post projects requires preventative burns earlier than usual. The fires are started, monitored and controlled in accordance with the DNR and the Camp Ripley Fire Department. For questions concerning the burns call the Camp Ripley Public Affairs Office at (320) 616-3122.

--18-year old Jesse Smithers was sentenced to 10 years in prison for throwing the punch that caused Colton Gleason to hit his head in a St. Cloud alley, fracturing his skull and causing his death. Smithers pleaded guilty previously to second-degree murder and prosecutors dropped a charge of first-degree manslaughter as part of the plea. If Smithers doesn’t commit any disciplinary offenses in prison, he could be released in slightly more than five years. That’s because he has credit for more than 16 months that he’s been in custody since Gleason died and because Minnesota allows prisoners to be released from custody after serving two-thirds of their sentence if they have no disciplinary problems while in custody. Smithers was 17 at the time of the incident but was certified to stand trial as an adult.

--The Pierz City Council meets Monday at 7pm. Agenda items include the Lot Split Approval, bridge engineering approval, Pierz Access Cable Channel 10 operating policy approval, set a public hearing date for rental ordinance amendment and Anna Gruber will provide the city with the latest administrator’s report.

--Johanna Jendro, age 93 of Little Falls formerly of Bowlus.
--Gwendolyn Boyd-Holmes, age 58 of Onamia.
--Howard E. Blomberg Jr., age 65 of Little Falls.

TODAY= sunny, high 10 above, morning wind chills of -20.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, cold, low -15.
SATURDAY= partly sunny, few flurries late, high 13, low -11.
SUNDAY= sunny, windy, cold, high 4 above, low -23.
MONDAY= sunny and cold, high -3, low around -20.

HS GBB= Little Falls at Milaca tonight 7:30pm on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BBB= Sauk Rapids-Rice vs. Little Falls Saturday 2:30pm on Q92
HS BHK= Alexandria at Little Falls Saturday 7:15pm on Q92 WYRQ
COL HK= Gophers vs. Wisconsin tonight 7:30pm on AM960 KLTF
COL BB= Gophers vs. Indiana Saturday 6:45pm on AM960 KLTF
OLY= Opening ceremonies are tonight in Sochi, Russia- though some events began yesterday and many will have started due to the time difference before the ceremonies are held for TV coverage.

Rock Godz play tonight at the West Side Bar in Little Falls.

Thursday- February 6th, 2014

--The Little Falls Nordic Ski Team qualified for the state meet for the 9th straight year on Tuesday. Maria Hauer was first for the 3rd year in a row. Freshman Kendal Hendrickson was 5th, Senior Kaitlyn Giesenhoff was 8th- those three were also named all-section. The team also includes sophomores Amelia Kresha, Elizabeth Becker Hannah Veillette, Claire Gammon Deering and 8th graders Catherine Zak and Alice Foote. The Boys finished 2nd missing by 1point to St. Cloud Tech but still qualified three individuals for state and they are Seniors Matt Massman, John Gottwalt and 8th grader Hunter Zupko. The state meet is February 13th at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. Al Windsperger will get a chance to talk to Coach Terry Waslund and members of the team this Saturday during Coaches Corner that can be heard at 9am on AM960 KLTF and online at

--The Pierz Fire Department responded to a chicken barn fire around 7:30pm Tuesday. The fire was located on 163rd Street in Buh Township. Upon arrival the barn was filled with smoke and several hot spots. The Little Falls Fire Department was called in for mutual aid to assist with transporting water, however they were cancelled on route as the Pierz firefighters were able to contain the fire. The fire appeared to have started from a piece of equipment inside the barn. That piece of equipment was a total loss but the barn itself was able to be saved and is structurally intact though the barn did sustain damage from the blaze. Approximately 20-firefighters were on the scene. No injuries were reported.

--The straw polls from Tuesday’s caucuses have released numbers of the votes for potential gubernatorial and senatorial candidates. The top vote getters for GOP nominated Governor are Marty Seifert at 29%, Dave Thompson 25%, Jeff Johnson 17%, Scott Honour 9%, Kurt Zellers 8%, Rob Farnsworth 2%, and 10% undecided. The percentage of votes in the Senatorial race are 31% for Julianne Ortman, Mike McFadden 23%, Jim Abeler 15%, Chris Dahlberg 10%, Harold Shudlick 3%, Monti Moreno 2%, and 16% undecided. In the Morrison County caucuses Seifert for Governor and Ortman for Senator received the most votes. At the DFL caucus there were no straw polls taken because no one has announced a run against DFL incumbents Governor Dayton or Senator Franken.

--Governor Mark Dayton and six other Midwestern governors on Tuesday sent a letter to President Barack Obama, asking for the assistance of the federal government to help increase propane supplies by “every means of transport.” A full copy of the letter is available on the Governor of Minnesota website.

--Rachel Frederickson of Stillwater took home the grand prize Tuesday on NBC's finale of the Biggest Loser. 24-year-old Frederickson started the competition weighing 260 pounds, and now weighs 105 pounds, losing more than half her body weight. Frederickson was a three-time state swimming champion in high school, but her life took a few turns, and in six years she gained more than 100 pounds.

--Stearns County was called to a shed fire Tuesday night around 7pm on Daisy Circle in Lynden Township near Clearwater. A father and daughter were inside the shed at the time the fire broke out but escaped without injuries. The fire is believed to have started near the rear of the shed by a wood furnace. The shed and contents were destroyed in the fire. Fire departments from Clearwater, Clear Lake and St. Augusta assisted deputies with extinguishing the fire.

--The Morrison County Board of Commissioners recognized employees for years of service to Morrison County at their meeting Tuesday. The awards are given to recognize the important contribution the employee's provide in serving the public in a courteous and helpful manner in an ongoing basis. Five Year Certificates of Appreciation were presented to 15 individuals; 10 Year Certificates to eight people; 15 Year Certificates to 13 individuals; 20 Year Certificate to one employee; 25 Year Certificates to eight people; 30 Year Certificates to Barb DeZurik, Joyce Kahl and Michel Wetzel; 35 Year Certificates to Rebecca Diebel and Deborah Wippler; and a 40 Year Certificate to Dorothy Lampert.

--The Better Business Bureau is warning people who use cell phones about a "one-ring" scam. Like most scams, it preys on the curious, but in this case, a simple return phone call could cost big bucks. The scam is simple. People receive a call on their cell phone. It usually only rings once and typically the person on the other end hangs up before the call is answered. In this type of scam if you return the call that routes you into either an international chat line or even an adult entertainment line. The one thing people can do to protect themselves is to keep curiosity in check. Don't call back numbers that are not recognizable and check bills to make sure there are no charges. Charges are often as high as $19.95 for the call and an extra $9 to $10 for every minute you stay on the line. The calls are coming in from area codes like 473, which is Grenada, but other Caribbean area countries like Antigua, Dominican Republic and British Virgin Islands are also included in the scam. Caribbean countries are effective because numbers from those countries look just like a long distance call in the United States. The Better Business Bureau said the scam was around about 10 years ago. They said it was effective then, but ideally will not be as effective this time around.

--Osse and Jennifer Stumpf of Pierz, a boy born February 4th.

--Lawrence F. Cooper Sr. age 74, of Motley

TODAY= sunny and cold, high 2 above, wind chills -25 in morning
TONIGHT= clear and cold, low -17, wind chills as low as -35.
FRIDAY= sunny, high 12 above, clear at night low -10.
SATURDAY= mostly cloudy, light snow, high 13, low near -10.
SUNDAY= sunny, windy and cold, high barely above zero.

OLY= The 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies from Sochi, Russia are tomorrow but the Olympics actually begin with a few events today. Opening rounds of figure-skating, freestyle skiing and snowboarding start today. The Olympics run through February 23rd.
HS BBB= Pierz at Holdingford tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML.

IN 1869= Uncle Sam was given chin whiskers to his poster.
IN 1935= Parker Brothers Monopoly first goes on sale.

Rock Godz Friday night at the West Side Bar in Little Falls

Wednesday- February 5th, 2014

--This past Saturday all the wreaths on headstones at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery were removed within 35 minutes from volunteers of Wreaths for the Fallen. The same group of people, were the ones who placed the wreaths on the gravesites back in December. Following the ceremony last Saturday members of the Little Falls American Legion Post 46 held a flag disposal ceremony. This past year the organization was able to place a wreath on all of the headstones at the cemetery and hopes to do it again this December. For more information contact John Thomas at (218) 829-6622 or log onto

--National Guard Athletes from the Upper Midwest will compete in the Regional National Guard Bureau Biathlon Competition at Camp Ripley Feb. 7-8. Soldiers and airmen of the Central Region consisting of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and Ohio will square off at the Minnesota National Guard Biathlon Range on Camp Ripley. Races start at 9:00am both mornings and both days are open to the public. The National Guard Biathlon selects and trains teams to represent the National Guard and the United States Armed Services in national and international competitions like the Biathlon World Cup and Winter Olympic events.

--A longtime Brainerd city council member and Mayor was found dead in her home Monday night. Authorities say after Bonnie Cumberland did not arrive for the council meeting Monday and after not being reached, police were dispatched to her home and found the 67-year-old deceased inside. The investigation into her death continues though foul play is not suspected.

--The body of a missing man has been found in northern Cass County. Police say they received a report that someone had discovered a body near Walker. Authorities say the body belongs to 22-year-old Leondre Adams, who was reported as a missing person on January 18th. The Cass County Sheriff's Office, Leech Lake Tribal Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating the death. At this time no probable cause of death has been released.

--A Monticello man was killed Saturday when his snowmobile was struck by a truck in Wright County. 34-year-old Jeffrey Waldstein was going west on a snowmobile trail when he collided with a truck driven 27-year-old Garhard Hendricks of Long Prairie who was backing out of a driveway in Silver Creek Township. Waldstein was taken to a hospital and later died. The truck driver was not hurt.

--Motorists traveling both directions of Interstate 94 near Melrose may encounter intermittent slow traffic and delays as crews of the CapX2020 crews use a helicopter to work over the interstate. State Patrol Troopers will use rolling road blocks to intermittently hold back traffic on I-94 when the helicopters conduct their work over the interstate. The rolling roadblock typically moves at speeds of 15-25 miles per hour.  Motorists travelling County Road 3/South 2nd Avenue East in Melrose may also encounter delays as the ramps from County Road 3/South 2nd Avenue East to I-94 close intermittently for up to 10 minutes when work over the interstate is underway. For more information about the CapX2020 project, call 763-445-5713 or visit

--The Bi-Annual Winter Elementary Carnival for Upsala is Sunday from 2-5pm in the commons and gym at Upsala Elementary School. Get more details on events at

--The murder trial of Marcus Barshaw has been moved to May after a Stearns County judge on Tuesday granted his defense lawyers’ request for a continuance. Testimony was scheduled to begin Thursday; it is scheduled to start May 6th. 29-year old Marcus Barshaw is accused of killing a Rockville man in October 2012 before being shot by a Stearns County deputy. Barshaw is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jeffrey Schutz. A Stearns County grand jury also indicted Barshaw on charges of second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault.

--A 46-year-old Hill City man was killed Saturday in a logging accident in Hill Lake Township. Wesley Catlin was cutting trees when a tree he cut apparently hit another tree which then struck Catlin. Catlin was pronounced dead at the scene. Autopsy results are pending at the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

--Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton introduced his current Chief of Staff Tina Smith as his new running mate at a press conference Tuesday.  Dayton is replacing outgoing Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon, who recently announced she would only serve one term. As part of the re-structuring of his administration, Dayton announced that beginning Tuesday, February 11, Jaime Tincher will serve as his new Chief of Staff.

--Cultural arts activist and former 2nd Lady of the United States, Joan Mondale has died at age 83. Joan was the wife of former Vice-President Walter Mondale who was under President Jimmy Carter from 1977-1981. A number of political figures, friends and acquaintances have passed condolences to Walter Mondale including President Barack Obama and Governor Mark Dayton.

--The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site hosts a free monthly film series. The next film series event is Tuesday, February 11th and the February film is “Birth of Flight: Post WWI Barnstorming,” featuring the first decades of aviation which brought both triumph and tragedy. Film starts at 7p.m. The museum and gift shop are available for a short time before and after the film screening. A short discussion will follow the screening. Admission is free.

--Donald Anthony Maslowski, age 77 of Little Falls
--William Cheeseman, age 95 of Little Falls.

TODAY= cloudy and cold, high 4 above, wind chills -20.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low -16, wind chills near -35.
THURSDAY= mostly sunny and cold, high 2 above, wind chills -32.
FRIDAY= sunny, high 12, low around -10.

IN 1817= first gas company incorporated in the United States- it was coal gas used for street lights in Baltimore.
IN 1870= first motion picture to a theater audience was shown.
IN 1922= Reader’s Digest is first published.
IN 1953= Walt Disney’s Peter Pan opened in theaters.
IN 1973= comic strip Hagar the Horrible debuted.
IN 1988= Nearly 33 million viewers tuned in to Main Event Wrestling on NBC as Andre the Giant pin Hulk Hogan for the WWF title.

Rockgods Friday night at the West Side Bar in Little Falls

Tuesday- February 4th, 2014

--Murder charges against Nancy Leona Meyer of Pierz have been dismissed as she was found incompetent to stand trial. Meyer was charged in April of 2012 with 1st degree premeditated murder after she tried to hire a woman to kill her ex husband. Under Minnesota rules of criminal procedure, a defendant shall not be permitted to enter a plea or be tried or sentenced for any offense if the defendant lacks sufficient ability to consult with a reasonable degree of rational understanding with defense counsel. Defense notified the courts in December this was the case with Meyer. Last Tuesday the Morrison County Attorney’s Office dismissed the charges due to mental illness. Meyer, who had been in jail since her arrest, was released from custody one week ago. Meyer is under a stayed Mental Illness and Chemical Dependency Civil Commitment with numerous conditions. Meyer was placed in a highly structured group home setting.

--Minnesota will hold caucuses for the DFL and GOP Parties tonight across the state. The caucuses are early indications of possible frontrunners from the respected parties for the November elections including Governor and U.S. Senator which is up for grabs later this year. The Morrison County DFL Party will have their caucus tonight at 7:00pm at the Little Falls Community Middle School. The Morrison County Republicans (GOP) Party will have caucuses tonight at Little Falls Community High School, Pierz Senior Center, Scandia Valley Town Hall and Upsala High School all starting at 7:00pm.

--Todd County reported a snowmobile accident on County Road 104 in Burhamville Township of rural Long Prairie Saturday night. Around 9:00pm, Joel Tesch of rural Long Prairie failed to yield to a car driven by Brittany Poegel of Swanville. The car struck the snowmobile. Brittany and her passenger were not injured. Tesch received minor injuries and was released after being examined on site.

--Testimony is scheduled to begin Thursday in the trial of Marcus Barshaw, who is accused of killing a Rockville man in October 2012 before being shot by a Stearns County deputy. Barshaw is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jeffrey Schutz. Schutz reportedly was shot several times October 21st, 2012 by Barshaw after the two got into an argument at Schutz’s residence. Schutz died after being shot six times, and Barshaw fled to a nearby apartment building. He later emerged from the building holding weapons and was ordered by a Stearns County deputy to drop them. He refused repeated commands to drop the weapons and was shot when he raised a weapon to a deputy according to authorities.

--The Minnesota Department of Health has released a legislative report calling for the state to directly address health inequities so that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to be healthy regardless of race, place or income. The report, Advancing Health Equity in Minnesota, notes that Minnesota’s generally positive health rankings hide some of the nation’s worst health inequities. To address the problem, the report by the Minnesota Department of Health is recommending increased statewide reporting and collection of data related to health equity, advancing health promotion in all of Minnesota’s policies, increased hiring of people with expertise working with communities of color and American Indians, and increased engagement with communities of color and American Indians. A key insight of the report is that since health inequities are caused by broad set of societal factors, a comprehensive solution is needed that goes beyond just targeted grants or increased access to the health care system.

--A patrol sergeant with the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office Shawn Larsen announced Monday he will run for Morrison County Sheriff. Larsen and St. Cloud police Lt. Tom Justin are the only candidates so far to replace Michel Wetzel, who announced January 23rd that he will not run for re-election. Larsen, a Little Falls resident, has worked in the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office since 1999, rising through the ranks as a jail correctional officer, dispatcher and bailiff. He also served as a narcotics investigator on the Central Minnesota Drug and Gang Task Force before attaining his current position.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce announced they will be holding a legislative update with Representative Ron Kresha and Senator Paul Gazelka this Friday from 9:30 to 11am at the Little Falls City Council Chambers.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet today at 9:00am at the government center with agenda mostly county agency reports such as Sheriff, Social Services, Public Health and Assessor. The Morrison County Planning Commission meeting that was postponed last week is tonight at 5:00pm in the Morrison County Government Center.

--Sales of Minnesota state park permits increased in 2013, an indication that more people are connecting with the outdoors, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Sales of year-round permits totaled 136,300 in 2013, up 2 percent from 2012 and 21 percent from 2008, when Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. The Parks and Trails Fund receives 14.25 percent of the sales tax revenue and may only be spent to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance.

--Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment Sunday of an apparent drug overdose. Hoffman was 46 years old. He recently appeared in the Hunger Games movies and won an Academy Award for his role of Truman Capote. Police said Hoffman was found on the bathroom floor and pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators found two bags of what is believed to be heroin inside the apartment.

--Betty Bigalke, age 87 of Little Falls.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high around 7, wind chills near -20.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low -12, wind chills near -25.
WEDNESDAY= mostly cloudy, high 2 above, wind chills near -25.
THURSDAY= mostly sunny, high 4 above, low around -15.

HS BHK= Sartell at Little Falls 3:45pm today on Q92 WYRQ

IN 1789= first Electoral College chooses George Washington President and John Adams Vice-President, installed April 30th.
IN 1854= Alvan Bovey names “Republican Party” in Wisconsin.
IN 1932= first winter Olympics opens in U.S. at Lake Placid, NY
IN 1938= Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” premieres on Broadway
IN 1983= singer Karen Carpenter died at age 32.

Lunch and happy hour specials daily, Rockgods Friday at WS Bar

Monday- February 3rd, 2014

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office in the past week dealt with an identity theft call in Little Falls, a theft in Milaca, a chimney fire at a residence on Betty Lane in Little Falls where the fire department was dispatched and the contained the fire to just the chimney. There was a report of a garage fire on Morrison County Road 28 in Motley where Todd County and Motley Fire was dispatched, a burglary report in Hillman and a snowmobiler inured after an accident on Highway 10 in Motley- the deputy stated they stayed until the ambulance arrived.

--Brainerd police arrested a 22-year-old woman Thursday morning after a report that a man was at the Brainerd hospital with stab wounds. The woman was arrested for second-degree assault and other misdemeanor charges. The case has been forward to the attorney’s office. The condition of the victim was not released.

--At the Morrison County Commissioners meeting last week, Public Works Director Steve Backowski announced the schedule of Morrison County road construction projects for the 2014 season. A bridge project on CSAH 1 in Rosing Township going into Cass County is relying on $192,000 of bond money for the project to commence. If the project is funded, the proposed detour will take drivers from CSAH 1 across CSAH 28 to the west to U.S. Highway 10. It would then follow US 10 to Motley and CR 210 to Pillager. Another project is County Road 281 in Ripley Township between CSAH 48 and CSAH 49 will receive tight paving and surface overlay, CR 213 in the city of Little Falls, a one-mile section from Trunk Highway (TH) 27 north to the avenue called Paul Larson Memorial Drive will receive some mill and overlay and curb repair. CSAH 36 in Agram and Buckman Townships from CSAH 34 north to TH 27 will receive tight paving and surface overlay. CSAH 53 in Bellevue Township from the Benton County line north to CSAH 34 will receive new culverts, mill, tight paving and overlay. One half mile of CR 235 in Buckman Township from the Benton County line north to Nature Road will be resurfaced. More projects include CSAH 26 from TH 25 at Little Rock to CSAH 33. Culverts in those 11 miles in Buckman, Morrill and Lakin Townships will be replaced with milling and resurfacing of the road. CSAH 29 and CSAH 30 in Morrill Township from the Benton County line north to CSAH 26 will get new culverts and paving and CR 243 from the Benton County line to CSAH 26 will have just culvert work done. CSAH 32 in Lakin Township from CSAH 33 to Mille Lacs County line will have culvert work done and a road surface overlay. Two projects included in the initial plan will be delayed. Mill and overlay to both County State Aid Highways 26 and 54 in Royalton are being held back waiting on a Safe Routes to Schools application.

--The Democratic-controlled Minnesota House is planning on putting a minimum wage hike to $9.50 a our on their docket this year after the Minnesota Seneate faild short of getting it through in 2013. President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech last week promised to "give Americans a raise". Governor Mark Dayton agrees with House Democrats. Chances of raising the minimum wage may be higher in Minnesota than in Washington as Minnesota, the House, Senate and governor's office are controlled by Democrats, who generally favor a higher wage. The U.S. House is dominated by Republicans, who look on an increase of a lesser amount. The Federal Minimum Wage is currently $7.25 the President proposed a $10.10 wage per hour. Minnesota currently minimum wage is $6.16 but most followed the $7.25 rule.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has announced Linda Meemken is the February Employee of the Month. Linda Meemken has been the Office Manager for Royalton Lumber and Hardware for the past 13 years. Congratulations Linda Meemken.

--Walleye anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will likely see regulations similar to last year when the season opens May 10th, based on the safe harvest level announced Friday by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The 2014 walleye safe harvest level is 60,000 pounds. Of this amount, 42,900 pounds is allocated to the state and 17,100 pounds is allocated to the eight Chippewa bands with 1837 Treaty harvest rights. These allocation amounts were recently agreed upon at a meeting of DNR and tribal natural resource leaders. Under existing regulations, anglers are able to keep walleye only between 18 and 20 inches. All others must be immediately released. The possession limit is two, with only one longer than 28 inches. The Mille Lacs safe harvest level has ranged from a high of 600,000 pounds in 2006 to this year’s low of 60,000 pounds. Actual harvests, however, have been very low in some previous years. In 2003, for example, state anglers took only 66,492 pounds of walleye and similar situations occurred in 2004 and 2008. Final 2014 Mille Lacs open water fishing regulations will be announced in March.

--In observance of the 71st Anniversary of the tragic sinking of the United States Army transport Dorchester off the coast of Greenland, Governor Mark Dayton will order all U.S. Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset today.

--The BCA alert for a Chisago County teenager was cancelled Saturday as authorities state they located Hope Thomas in the northern Metro Area safe and she was taken back to her parents.

--Joseph Balaski and Lynn Booth of Little Falls, a boy on January 30th

--Pauline M. Kluetsch, age 90 of Pierz.

TODAY= partly sunny, high 16.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low -6.
TUESDAY= partly sunny, high 8, wind chills -25 late in the day.
WEDNESDAY= mostly cloudy and cold, high 0, low -15.

NFL= Seattle routed Denver 43-8 in the Super Bowl Sunday from New Jersey. The first play from scrimmage for Denver ended up being a safety and the Seahawks never looked back. Percy Harvin had a big game and the Seattle defense was another big difference. This is the first Super Bowl Title for the Seattle Seahawks. Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith was named the game’s MVP.  
NFL= Peyton Manning named MVP Saturday for the 2014 NFL season. The 2014 Hall of Fame selections were named they include Derrick Brooks, Michael Strahan, Andre Reed and Ray Guy. Guy is the punter elected to the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Those missing the cut this year included Jerome Bettis and Tony Dungy.
HS GBB= Pierz at Melrose tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML.

Rockgods perform Friday night with happy hour daily at WS Bar