News January, 2013

Thursday- January 31st, 2013

--Verso Paper Corporation announced Tuesday that they plan to sell their fire damaged paper mill in Sartell. Verso said it is selling the mill to AIM Development (USA) LLC though terms were not disclosed. No other information was released on the deal reached or what AIM plans on doing with the mill. The mill was damaged in an explosion on Memorial Day last year. The explosion killed Jon Maus of Albany and injured four others. Nearly 260 workers lost their job at the plant when it decided last August that it would not reopen.

--Former DFL U.S. Congressman Jim Oberstar stated Tuesday that he is very interested in succeeding Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. LaHood was the final Republican from President Barack’s Obama’s first cabinet and announced that he is leaving the administration. Oberstar stated he would be interested in talking with the administration if they would like to talk to him. Oberstar served the 8th Congressional District and led the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Oberstar was defeated by Republican Chip Cravaack in 2010 after first being elected to office in 1974.

--Little Falls Police in the past week investigated a theft of a handgun on 11th Street Southwest. The gun in question was a Witness 45 Auto 1911 inside a locked ammo case with two clips and a box of shells. Police also received a report of locks cuts from storage sheds at JT’s Storage Center on Heron Road there was no report though if anything inside the sheds were stolen. They also responded to a chimney fire on 2nd Street Southeast Saturday where police reported that the fire department had already handled the call.

--Todd County is investigating a phone scam where a person who introduces himself as Gerald White with a foreign accents which appeared to be Jamaican calls residences telling them to go to Wal-Mart and place money on a credit card at which time this person will then call their residence back and tell them that they are a contest winner for Publishers Clearing House $1 Million Dollars Sweepstakes or they have won a trip to Jamaica. The Todd County Sheriffs Office is wanting to make everyone aware in the area of this type of incident and to NEVER provide any personal information about themselves and to not acknowledge this type of scam and going to area stores and giving out information on a credit card purchase or receipt from a store in question to the caller. If you receive a call such as this, contact Todd County at 320-732-2157.

--The Little Falls High School will have parent-teacher conferences on Monday, February 4th and Monday, February 11th from 3:45 to 6:45pm at the High School Commons. There will also be a parent meeting at 5:30pm both of those evenings regarding the 2013-2014 student class registration.

--A 33-year-old from Eau Claire, Wisconsin was critically injured Monday morning on Interstate 94 near Freeport in Stearns County. Authorities say a semi-truck slid on some ice slowing down and struck a car. The semi-driver, 31-year-old Scott VonWagner of Wyoming, Minnesota was not injured. The State Patrol said JJ Bertrang is in critical condition as of Tuesday at St. Cloud Hospital. Bertrang was driving east on Interstate Highway 94 in icy road conditions when a semi struck him from behind. The patrol said he was either going slow or stopped at the time.

--Listen to Party Line live today from Mary of Lourdes Middle School in Little Falls as they continue their events for Catholic Schools Week, today at 10am on AM960 KLTF and

--Former State Representative Al Doty has joined 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan’s staff. Doty, a native of Royalton, served as District 12-B State Representative from 2007-2010. Doty is a former Royalton City Council member, and teacher/head wresting coach at Pierz Healy High School. In his new capacity, Doty will work closely with Nolan on a wide range of issues and projects throughout Crow Wing, Wadena, Hubbard, Cass and Morrison Counties.

--The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a snowmobile theft from a location in Holdingford Wednesday afternoon. The owner reported that he drove through St. Anna and saw his now damaged snowmobile parked near a residence. Deputies gathered enough information until they had probable cause to arrest 24-year old Gregory Glenn for felony possession of stolen property. Glenn was arrested and booked into the Stearns County Jail and later released.

--Staples Police responded to a diesel spill at Ernie’s parking lot on the Highway north of Motley Sunday. Officers learned a Pierz individual had been attempting to load a semi-trailer, which was having brake issues onto a flatbed trailer. While loading the disabled semi, the fuel tanks were damaged and diesel had spilled onto the parking lot. Staples firefighters helped with the cleanup of the fuel. No injuries were reported from the incident.

--Todd County is investigating a hit and run accident that occurred last week in Hewitt. Susan White told authorities that she parked her GMC truck in her driveway off of 490th Street when a vehicle slid off the roadway at night and struck her vehicle, damaging a headlight and the metal bumper. Another headlight was found at the scene from what is believed to be the other vehicle and a number of plastic parts also from the vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Todd County Sheriff’s Office.

--The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting a significant rise in melanoma skin cancer rates. From 2005-2009 melanoma rates increased 35% for males and 38% for females. Minnesota Department of Health spokeswoman Michelle Strangis says for people age 20-49, melanoma is much more common in women and research suggests it’s likely the result of tanning, both indoor and outdoor. Strangis adds men 55 and older have higher rates of melanoma due to outdoor sports and outdoor occupations. The best protection against skin cancer is reduced exposure to ultra violet light.

--Charles Thomas of Randall and Katie Kimball of Pillager, boy 1-29
--Mike and Eugenia Roach of Little Falls, a boy born January 27th.

TODAY= snow showers, windy and cold, temps near 0.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, very cold, low -20, wind chills -35.
FRIDAY= increasing clouds, high 2 above, wind chills of -20.
FRI NITE= light snow, low -7
SATURDAY= snow likely, high near 20, low around 5 above.
SUNDAY= partly sunny, high 22, low 12.

HS GBB= Foley at Little Falls tonight 7:30pm on Q92 WYRQ
HS BBB= Holdingford at Pierz tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML.

“Whiskey Tango” Friday, great lunches daily at West Side Bar

Wednesday- January 30th, 2012

--A 34-year-old Little Falls man was seriously injured after being struck by a white van while walking east on Highway 115 just east of the Camp Ripley Main Gate early Sunday morning. Just after 2am, Zebulon Retka was found by acquaintances and taken home. Several hours later Retka was taken to St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls and then transferred to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and last reported in serious condition. The State Patrol was not informed until 9:30 Sunday morning of the incident and is investigating. If anyone knows of the owner of the white van in question or noticed the incident just after 2am on Sunday you are asked to contact Sgt. Doug Brown at 218-316-3026.

--A Fort Ripley home was saved by firefighters Monday when the attic started on fire. The fire did burn the rafters and insulation of the home located on Sebie Lake Road in Fort Ripley. The fire was reported around 2:00pm and caused by the chimney getting too hot and starting the wood rafters on fire. Brainerd firefighters stated there was a lot of smoke but the flames were limited. There was approximately $5,000 in damages but the home was not a total loss and no injuries were reported from the fire.

--On Monday after a public hearing the Pierz City Council voted to approve an 8% increase in electrical rates. This increase was caused in large part by the CT error in measuring the costs for energy consumption. Average residential properties should expect a raise of roughly $6.50 for 1000 kilowatt hours and for a commercial building based on 4000 kilowatt hours it is a raise of roughly $25.

--At a recent Royalton City Council meeting they authorized an increase of some of the fees charged for garbage and recycling services, water and sewer service in the city. The following increases were made to garbage and recycling services: green bag service increased from $11.83 to $11.87; 32-gallon cart from $18.72 to $18.86; 64-gallon cart from $19.87 to $20.03 and 96-gallon cart from $21.74 to $21.97. The base fee for monthly water service, up to 2,500 gallons, has increased one dollar per month to $19.50. The base sewer fee has also increased one dollar per month to $31.50. Hooking up water service for new residential construction is now $1,750, an increase of $250 over 2012. Sewer service for new construction is $3,400, $100 more than last year. If you have questions about the recent increases made from the Royalton City Council, contact Royalton City Hall.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to a legislative dialogue with District 9B State Representative Ron Kresha and District 9 State Senator Paul Gazelka on Friday. The session will run from 9:00am-10:30am at Little Falls City Hall in the Council Chamber. Attendees will have the opportunity to direct questions and comments on issues that will impact the 2013 legislative session.

--The Minnesota Department of Transportation received a National Planning Achievement Award for Transportation Planning from the American Planning Association for its Mississippi River Trail bikeway. The 800-mile route closely follows the Mississippi River from the headwaters at Itasca State Park near Bemidji to the Iowa border. Minnesota is the first state to develop a comprehensive plan for bicycling along the Mississippi River. The MRT passes through about 70 cities, 20 counties, 90 townships and two reservation and tribal lands. The trail extends 3,000 miles to the Gulf of Mexico.

--The Mississippi Valley Cattleman’s Association will hold its seventh annual meeting Friday, February 8th, at the Pierz Ballroom in Pierz starting with social gathering at 7pm. Speakers include John Moon with the Minnesota Beef Check-off and Josh Hanson, Natural Resources Conservation Service Equip Program. The Mississippi Valley Cattleman’s Association Beef Princess will also be crowned and the Cattle Family of the Year will be recognized. Anyone interested in more information regarding the Mississippi Valley Cattleman’s Association, is asked to contact Darv Keehr, (320) 745-2431.

--A Detroit Lakes man has been charged with murder and attempted murder in a weekend shooting at a mobile home park. 38-year old Ronald Quiceno is accused of fatally shooting 23-year old Travis Buckanaga and wounding 26-year old Barris Guy. Deputies say an argument broke out and Quiceno grabbed a handgun from his car and shot the two victims. He made his first court appearance Tuesday and remains in Becker County Jail.

--State and tribal officials have agreed to slash the maximum walleye harvest from Lake Mille Lacs by half this year. Fisheries officials agreed to cut the total quota to 250,000 pounds, down from 500,000 pounds last year. The quota will be cut in half for both sport and tribal anglers. Sport anglers will be allocated to 178,750 pounds and Ojibwe Bands with treaty rights will get 72,250 pounds. Reasons behind this were recent studies that showed that the lake’s walleye population has been declining and recent numbers in the fall showed that the population of walleye in Mille Lacs was at a 40 year low.

--A Crosby husband and wife were injured Monday when the pickup they were in left Highway 210 east of Crow Wing County Road 25 Monday then struck a guide wire and a tree. 79-year-olds Jerome and Sandra Olson were both taken to the Brainerd Hospital where they were treated and released for injuries.

--The Morrison County Animal Humane Society's Open House will be held from 12:00-4:00pm on Saturday. Enjoy tours, door prizes, mini massages, meet staff and adoptable pets. All are welcome. The public may also bring gently used hardcover and paperback books for a future used book sale. For information call (320) 632-0703. This is one of many events scheduled for Saturday where details can be viewed on the Community Calendar page at

--Jeremy Nuehring and Nicole Boser of Little Falls, girl born 1/28/13

--Leonard M. Plante, age 85 of Little Falls.

TODAY= cloudy, flurries, windy, falling temps near 0 by 5pm.
TONIGHT= flurries, cold, low -10, wind chills near -25.
THURSDAY= light snow likely, cold and windy, high near 0.
FRIDAY= clearing overnight, low -21, high Friday 4 above.

IN 1933= “The Lone Ranger” debuted on radio- George Seaton was the first voice of the Lone Ranger on radio- others would follow.
IN 1948= India’s spiritual leader Mahatma Ghandi was murdered by a Hindu extremist in New Delhi.

Whiskey Tango Friday, Northstar Entertainment Saturday at WS Bar

Tuesday- January 29th, 2013

--A Stearns County deputy who shot a suspect during a standoff in October in Rockville was justified in using deadly force, according to the Stearns County Attorney’s Office. The county attorney’s office has formally declined to file criminal charges against Deputy Chad Meemken for the October 21st incident. The incident began when deputies were called to the 300 block of Broadway Street in Rockville to investigate the shooting death of Jeffrey Jerome Schutz. Marcus Michael Barshaw was the primary suspect in the killing and had fled the scene with at least one firearm, according to a news release. Several hours after the initial shooting, Barshaw was found in a nearby apartment building. Meemken shot and injured Barshaw when Barshaw left the apartment building and pointed a firearm in Meemken’s direction. Review of the evidence in the case demonstrated that Meemken’s use of deadly force was justified to protect himself and other officers and to prevent Barshaw from escaping. Barshaw was subsequently indicted by a Stearns County Grand Jury for first-degree murder in the killing of Schutz. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension did the investigation.

--The Super Bowl weekend can be a dangerous one on Minnesota roads. According to Minnesota Department of Public Safety records it is noted that during Super Bowl weekends 2008–2012, there were at least nine traffic deaths and at least 1,101 motorists arrested for DWI. The annual fatal numbers for traffic deaths have been dropping for several years now. A decade ago, there were 655 traffic deaths. Last year preliminary numbers show there were 380, only the second time under 400 deaths since 1944. The lowest was in 2011, when there were 368 traffic deaths. Sgt. Curt Mowers of the Minnesota State Patrol said this drastic reduction in deaths demonstrates what happens when more people buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention and stop driving impaired.

--Part of State Highway 23 could be renamed for fallen Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker. A bill was introduced last week to rename the stretch of highway from Cold Spring to Richmond the “Officer Tom Decker Memorial Highway”. Officer Decker was shot and killed in Cold Spring on November 29th while responding to a call. His murder remains unsolved.

--Police used pepper spray to break up a crowd at 2:12am Sunday outside McRudy's Bar in St. Cloud. A police officer separated two fighting men, 22-year old Marvin Glen Matthews and 22-year old Jeffrey Fitzgerald Bias II both from St. Cloud. Matthews then started pushing and grabbing the officer, and both fell to the ground, according to Sgt. Jason Burke of the St. Cloud Police Department. A crowd of 40-50 people surrounded Matthews and the officer. Some people pulled at the officer’s jacket. The officer used pepper spray to break up the crowd. Other officers helped with Matthews’ arrest and the crowd. The officer was not injured. Matthews could be charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing legal process, and Bias could be charged with disorderly conduct. Both were taken to Stearns County Jail.

--St. Cloud police are investigating a home burglary in the 900 block of Ninth Avenue South. Police responded around 1:00am Monday to a report of a burglary in progress. A person entered the home, and was confronted by a resident. The person left without incident, according to Sgt. Jason Burke of the St. Cloud Police Department. The investigation is ongoing and more details will be released later.

--On Sunday the U.S. Postal Service implemented a postage rate increase for all mail classes including First Class Mail, Priority Mail and Express Mail along with many special services. Amongst the changes first class letters (1 oz.) increased by one cent to $0.46 from $0.45. Each additional ounce will cost an extra $0.20 (no change).

--A Sartell man was not injured Saturday after his vehicle went through the ice in Todd County. The incident was occurred around 7:45am Saturday on Big Birch Lake. Roger Kirchner, of Sartell, was driving on the ice when his Dodge pickup went through the ice north of the island on the lake. Kirchner told deputies that he was staying overnight in his fish house on the east side of the island when he tried to drive through the rock bar. The front end of his pickup went through ice into 4 to 5 feet of water. He was not injured. There are presently no environmental hazards associated with the vehicle going through the ice. The vehicle has been removed from the ice.

--A western Minnesota man is suspected of opening fire after arguing with two men, killing one and wounding the other. The 38-year-old man was arrested Saturday at his home in Detroit Lakes. A Forum of Fargo-Moorhead report says the three men were arguing at a home Saturday about 1:00am when the suspect was asked to leave. Authorities say he retrieved a .22-caliber handgun from his vehicle, returned to the home and shot the two victims. 23-year old Travis Dwayne Buckanaga died at a hospital. 26-year old Barris Duane Guy was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Both men are from Detroit Lakes. Authorities haven't said what the men were arguing about.

--Minnesota’s deer harvest declined in 2012 but officials say it was a safe season for people who took to the woods. Final numbers released Monday show that Minnesota hunters killed almost 185,000 deer, down 4 percent from 2011. Leslie McInenly, the big game program leader at the DNR says the decline was expected because the DNR issued fewer permits to take antlerless deer in a move to build up the deer population. The archery harvest was up 5 percent and the muzzleloader harvest increased 1 percent, but the firearms harvest was down 5 percent from last year. The DNR says there was only one hunter fatality and 19 injuries were reported.

--Mike and Eugenia Roach of Little Falls, boy born 1/27/13

--Beverly Benjamin, age 66 of Isle
--Donald D. Axel, age 75 of Burtrum.

TODAY= snow showers until noon 1-2 inches, high 32.
TONIGHT= scattered flurries, colder, low 6 above.
WEDNESDAY= scattered flurries, colder, high 10 very windy.
THURSDAY= party sunny, cold, high near 0.

HS BHK= St. Cloud Cathedral at Little Falls tonight 7:15 on Q92.
HS BBB= Howard Lake Waverly @ Pierz 7:30pm on FM94 KFML.
HS BBB= Zimmerman at Little Falls tonight 7:30pm on AM960.
SCORES= get local sports scores at

Stop in to the West Side Bar in Little Falls today for happy hour

Monday- January 28th, 2013

--A man wanted on a murder warrant from Alabama was arrested Wednesday in St. Cloud by the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force and U.S. Marshals. 39-year old Laron Lamont Lukes was wanted in connection with a drive-by shooting in which he is accused of firing several shots at a victim November 12th in Huntsville. The person accused of driving the vehicle used in that incident was identified as 31-year old Eleana Marie Ghant. Ghant’s mother lives in St. Cloud, and investigators from the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Minneapolis determined that Ghant and Lukes might have come to St. Cloud from Alabama. Agents watched the apartment for several days and on Wednesday saw a man they believed to be Lukes inside. They later confirmed Ghant was also in the apartment at 421 Eighth Avenue North in St. Cloud. Investigators got a search warrant and served it at the apartment with help from the St. Cloud Police Department’s Tactical Response Team. They arrested Ghant and Lukes inside the apartment without incident. Ghant also had warrants for her arrest from Benton and Stearns counties.

--A tip led to the arrest of an Arizona man who was found with 33 pounds of marijuana when he got off an Amtrak train in St. Cloud. 38-year old Jason Alan Folland, was arrested Thursday after he got off the 5:15am train pulling a rolling duffel bag behind him. Officers knew that Folland had warrants for his arrest for a driving offense and for felony theft. They also had gotten an anonymous tip that Folland was coming to St. Cloud on the train and that he had an active warrant from Hennepin County. They also learned that Folland might have drugs with him on his trip from Oregon to St. Cloud. Investigators found 33 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $130,000 in the duffel bag. Folland could face charges of third-degree possession of a controlled substance.

--The Pierz City Council meets tonight 7pm at Pierz City Hall. Agenda items include 2013 annual designations and appointments, approval for part of an ordinance to the city, proposal from EMS on the Conservation Improvement Program, Pierz public library annual report, negotiations of the solid waste contract, a reminder on Safety Committee Inspections and on a weed inspection workshop, update on the master trail plan and hear reports from Pierz Police and Fire departments, Parks department and Public works.

--A conservation officer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently netted an angler with nearly 250 fish more than the legal limit. Shane Osborne of Evansville was asked to check on an angler and a portable fish house on West Spitzer Lake in Otter Tail County. Osborne and another conservation officer later visited the home of 69-year-old of Ronald Johnson, the owner of the fish house in question, inside they found 22 frozen half-gallon cardboard containers, six plastic bags and several loose fish and fish filets which totaled 228 sunfish, seven bass and six northern pike valued is $1,560. Thanks to an overlimit law that took effect in March 2003, Johnson, if convicted, forfeits his fishing license for three years and also faces up to $3,000 in fines and one year in jail. Johnson is scheduled to appear in Douglas County Court in February. Anyone witnessing a fishing or wildlife violation is encouraged to contact the Turn In Poacher (TIP) hotline at 800-652-9093.

--Join AM960 KLTF’s Party Line live at Holy Trinity School in Pierz Wednesday and Mary of Lourdes Middle School in Little Falls on Thursday during Catholic Schools Week both days at 10am.

--A man and a passenger in his vehicle are alright after he drove onto thin ice Thursday evening and the vehicle fell into about 3 feet of water. 22-year old Chayse Barrett said he was unfamiliar with the poor ice conditions in a channel between Rush Lake and Briggs Lake in Palmer Township. The vehicle broke through the ice about 5:30pm and required a tow for removal.

--Sherburne County has eliminated the deputy administrator position. The county board voted unanimously to cut Luci Botzek’s job as part of a reshuffling of the administrator’s office. Botzek’s last day is February 1st. Botzek, who worked for the county for seven years, has returned to her previous job as a lobbyist with Capitol Connections.

--A Motley man faces three charges in connection with last Monday’s police pursuit that stretched from Crosby to Brainerd. 19-year old Zachary Bennett, was charged Wednesday in Crow Wing County with theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing a police officer, both felony counts, and a misdemeanor of driving after revocation.

--Theresa Goble accepted the full-fledged position of Brainerd city administrator. Goble took the interim post with the intention of likely stepping down in the fall of 2013. Later, the city removed the interim title. The council committed funds to continue to search for a city administrator. Expectations are Goble will want to retire at the end of 2014 or beginning of 2015 and the city will still have to search for a new administrator.

--Felony charges recently resulted after a January 18th police chase. Baxter Police officers responded to a call around 8:15pm January 18th for two uncooperative shoplifters. When police arrived the suspects fled and a pursuit involving at least 10 officers ensued. The vehicle matched a description of a stolen car from Mille Lacs County. The pursuit ended at an Onamia address as the suspects stopped at the end of a driveway. Both a man and a woman were apprehended. No one was injured and there was no damage reported. The owners were able to recover their vehicle. The suspects were involved in several shoplifting cases over the last month. 29-year old Leslie James Gahbow was charged with a felony for theft of a motor vehicle and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, along with a misdemeanor for driving after revocation.

--Sandra ‘Sandy’ Parent, age 71 of Fort Ripley.
--Gery Czech, age 60 of Little Falls.

TODAY= areas of fog, freezing rain and sleet in afternoon, high 33.
TONIGHT= snow likely, 2-4 inches, low 24.
TUESDAY= snow before noon, cloudy, high near 30.
TUES NIGHT= windy, light snow and colder, low 5 above
WEDNESDAY= mostly cloudy, cold, high 7 above- sub zero wind chills

COL BASK= a 4th straight Gopher Big 10 loss when Wisconsin scored with 2 seconds left to win 45-44 on Saturday.
NFL= Vikings Kyle Rudolph had 122 yards receiving and a touchdown, Jerome Felton had a touchdown and Blair Walsh was busy too as the NFC trounced the AFC 62-35 in the Pro Bowl. The Super Bowl is this Sunday, kickoff at 5:30pm on AM960 KLTF.

Stop in to the West Side Bar in Little Falls today for happy hour.

Friday- January 25th, 2013

--The National Guard Midwest regional biathlon competition is Saturday at Camp Ripley. The event is from 9 a.m. to noon and is open to the public. The biathlon is a cross-country ski and shooting competition in which competitors ski for several kilometers with a .22 caliber rifle on their backs. They shoot at several small targets at designated shooting areas. Skiers are awarded for the fastest times and accurate shooting. Visitors may park at the Range Control parking lot. Bus transportation from the lot is free. Visitors must show a photo identification. Camp Ripley will also be busy in February with a dog sled competition and the returning of the Norwegian Home Guard on their 40th anniversary of the Norwegian Exchange Program with soldiers from Norway coming to Camp Ripley as soldiers from Camp Ripley go to Norway each February. More information on the biathlon will be on KLTF’s Party Line program today at 10am while members of the Norwegian Home Guard will be on KLTF’s Party Line on February 12th at 10am. The program can also be heard online at

--The State Patrol has released information on a one vehicle rollover accident in Todd County. The driver, 16-year-old Wade Reece of Grey Eagle was on Highway 287 when he left the roadway crossing over and into the northbound ditch, hitting a tree. Reece and one of the passengers, 45-year-old Christine Rohde received serious but non-life threatening injuries. Two other passengers, 6-year-old James Reece and 5-year-old Isaiah Reece both from Bowlus were treated and released for injuries received in the accident.

--Todd County deputies responded to a one-vehicle rollover accident on Todd County Road 10 and Eagle View Drive in Clarissa Monday night. Ariana Moyer of rural Clarissa was on the county road when her car slid sideways into the ditch and rolled onto its top. Moyer was treated by first responders for a shoulder injury.

--Reports released Wednesday night stated that former Senate Aide Michael Brodkorb was critically injured in an accident Wednesday on I-35E.  The report lists Brodkorb in critical condition at Regions Hospital, after hitting the wall on the interstate in his Subaru Forester. The State Patrol reports alcohol was detected in the crash, and Brodkorb was not wearing a seatbelt.

--A Missouri man has pleaded guilty in a Minnesota construction crash site that killed two electricians including a St. Joseph man. 23-year-old Kirk Edward Deamos pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of careless driving, a misdemeanor. The complaint says Deamos was driving on Interstate Highway 35W through Burnsville in October, 2011 when he struck 47-year-old Craig Carlson of Ramsey and 44-year-old Ronald Rajkowski of St. Joseph, killing them both. The judge sentenced Deamos to 30 days in jail, 200 hours of community service and a $100 fine. The prosecutor says under current Minnesota law, felony charges were not possible in this case. That’s because no drugs or alcohol were involved, gross negligence could not be proved and Deamos didn’t flee the scene of the crash.

--The Minnesota State Fair announced their plans to limit open air smoking on its property beginning this August. Smoking has already been prohibited in fair buildings and its entertainment seating areas. Starting this year, smoking will only be allowed at specially marked outdoor designated areas on the fairgrounds. A new policy was decided upon after an incident last year where a 2-year-old girl was poked in the eye and injured by a burning cigarette.

--Local politicians are reacting to Governor Mark Dayton’s proposed biennial budget for the fiscal years of 2014-15. District 9 State Senator Paul Gazelka commented, "Everyone is going to pay more taxes now. Under the Governor's budget, get ready for more taxes. Governor Dayton expects $2.1 billion more in taxes from Minnesotans, and primarily by the middle-class”. He later adds, “We cannot continue to operate under the illusion that we have a revenue problem in Minnesota. Our state has more than enough money.  What Minnesotans deserve is responsible budgeting solutions that look at where we are spending money that doesn't need to be spent, and then stop spending it." District 9B Representative Ron Kresha notes “I was disappointed that the Governor did not seriously address the reforms presented by the Education Funding Task force. The disparity between rural and metro education funding continues to be a problem that plagues rural school districts. The Governor provides additional funding, but the proposal lacks needed structural reform that would bring balance to education funding in this state. In addition, the Governor’s budget delays payback of the remaining school shift dollars owed to school districts until 2017.

--The jury trial of a rural Paynesville man charged with first-degree murder is scheduled to begin April 22nd in Kandiyohi County District Court. 46-yeaar old Timothy John Huber was indicted on first and second degree murder charges for the October 2011 shooting death of Timothy Richard Larson in northern Kandiyohi County. The 43-year-old Larson of Albertville was killed on his father’s rural Belgrade property after a confrontation with Huber and his father Delbert that apparently stemmed in part from the Hubers’ farm equipment being parked at the Larson farm. During the court hearings, the Hubers have contended that Larson stole money from Timothy Huber’s wallet and then vandalized their tractors. 82-year old Delbert Huber was sentenced in September to 367 months in prison, the maximum allowed sentence for second-degree murder. Timothy Huber faces the possibility of spending life in prison, if he is convicted of first-degree murder. He has been held in the Kandiyohi County Jail on $1 million bail since the day of the shooting.

--Deborah Stoltman, age 56 of Downey, California
--Brad Hermsen age 56 of Minneapolis formerly of Randall.
--Edwin Stumpf, age 94 of Little Falls.
--Duane Lemmerman, age 80 of Little Falls.

TODAY= partly sunny, falling temps and windy conditions.
TONIGHT= mostly clear, low -12, wind chills down to -25.
SATURDAY= partly sunny, high 15, low around 10 with clouds.
SUNDAY= mostly cloudy, snow in PM hours, high 28, low near 20.
MONDAY= snow and sleet possible, high 32.

HS BBB= Pierz at Eden Valley Watkins tonight 7:30 on FM94 KFML
HS BBB= Upsala at Royalton tonight 7:30pm on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BHK= Little Falls at Fergus Falls Saturday 7:15pm Q92 WYRQ
COL BASK= Gophers at Wisconsin Saturday 12:30pm on KLTF.
NFL= AFC/NFC Pro Bowl Sunday 6pm from Hawaii live on AM960.

Northstar Entertainment tonight, “Kings Ransom” Saturday at WS Bar

Thursday- January 24th, 2013

--On Wednesday Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, spokesman for the Minnesota National Guard was quoted- "I can confirm media reports that the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs are expected to announce the lifting of the direct combat exclusion rule for women in the military. This policy change will initiate a process whereby the services will develop plans to implement this decision, which was made by the Secretary of Defense upon the recommendation of the Joint Chiefs of Staff implementation. After the Department of Defense provides more information during a media conference Thursday, the Minnesota National Guard will respond”.

--A shop addition on the south side of Auction Barn, four miles south of Little Falls off Highway 10 in Bellevue Township caught fire around 1:45p.m Saturday afternoon. The homeowner fired up a wood stove and when he came back 10 minutes later saw fire coming through the wall behind the stove. The fire went up the wall and into the attic. There was moderate damage. Both Little Falls and Royalton firefighters were on the scene for about 90 minutes. Royalton had 10 firefighters, a pumper truck and a tanker. Little Falls brought 14 firefighters, two tankers and a pumper to help battle the blaze.

--The Little Falls City Council met on Tuesday night because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday. The mayor had several appointments approved though not unanimously to various boards, authorities, bureaus, commissions, and committees. The council set their wage for 2013 effective January 1st. Several reports were given including by the planning commission, heritage preservation committee, and public works.

--Morrison County Deputies, Little Falls Police Officers, and agents of the Central Minnesota Violent Offenders Task Force executed a search warrant Wednesday at 822 6th Street NE in Little Falls. Officers arrested 25-year old Christopher James Schuman and 28-year old Katie Lynn Wolf, both of Little Falls, for possession of methamphetamine and outstanding warrants. Further charges are anticipated against Schuman for sale of methamphetamine. Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel said both are currently in custody at the Morrison County Jail pending formal charges.

--The baby trapped underwater in an SUV when it fell through the ice on Lake Minnetonka has died. 8-month old Tabitha Markle was under water for more than 15 minutes when the family vehicle went through the ice on a channel and died three days later. Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said the girl’s father, Jonathon Markle did give authorities a blood alcohol test, but results have not been released. Markle, his wife Amanda and 2 year old daughter Isabelle did manage to get out of the submerged vehicle and make it to shore and are now recovering at home. Sheriff Stanek is warning drivers that Lake Minnetonka is dangerous and people should not drive on it. Seven vehicles reportedly broke through ice on area lakes last week.

--About $2,000 in damage was reported a fire Tuesday night at a mobile home in St. Cloud. The fire at 555 U.S. Highway 10 started around 7:30pm. The owner was trying to thaw frozen pipes with an electric heater when the siding caught fire. Damage included a hole in the interior wall which caused the mobile home to fill with smoke. No one was injured from the fire Tuesday night.

--The Upsala Upstage Players present “Death by Chocolate” Friday through Sunday at Upsala High School Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door, more details at

--The Cass County Sheriff’s Office and emergency responders will be conducting water rescue exercises on Saturday on Cass Lake. The annual multi-agency event will bring rescuers together for training from 8am to 4pm. Last year 25 agencies participated with more than 100 participants involved in the exercise. Organizers say that the exercise allows department relationships to grow, share resources that are used and work on the skills needed to save lives for water rescues in the future. A reminder that a number of emergency vehicles and items will be see on Cass Lake Saturday for the exercise.

--The Taxpayers League of Minnesota is warning of dire consequences if Governor Mark Dayton’s budget proposal is approved by the state legislature. President Phil Krinkie says the governor’s two billion dollars in tax increases will reverse the economic recovery. Krinkie predicts businesses will cut back and close, and business owners will say they’ve had enough and move out. Krinkie say everyone will pay more under the governor’s plan for services like auto repair, clothing over 100 dollars and goods such as cigarettes. Dayton claims that 98% of Minnesotans will not pay higher taxes under his budget plan that he unveiled on Tuesday.

--The Benton County Board of Commissioners has appointed Deb Rieland as their interim human services director replacing Tim Martin who is retiring. Rieland is currently a supervisor in the county’s adult services unit. The county is currently conducting interviews on three finalists for a full-time position with hopes of having a new full-time director for Human Services in place by March or April.

--The State Health Department is encouraging expectant mothers to make healthy lifestyle choices during pregnancy. January is Birth Defects Prevention Month and the health departments says there are small steps women can take to support a healthy pregnancy, such as taking a multi-vitamin with folic acid every day, seeing their health provider on a regular basis for check-ups and she says expectant mothers should also stop smoking and drinking alcohol. Daily consumption of folic acid has been shown to prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spine. Birth defects affect more than 2,000 babies in Minnesota each year.

--Kurtis and Rebekah Stone of Little Falls, a boy born January 22nd.

--Betty Rutz, age 89 of Little Falls.

TODAY= mostly cloudy, scattered flurries, high 7 above.
TONIGHT= snow likely, low 5 above, 1-3 inches possible in areas.
FRIDAY= light snow early then partly sunny and windy, high 13.
FRI NITE= clear and cold, low -15, wind chills down to -30.
SATURDAY= sunny skies, high 15, snow at night, low 8 above.
SUNDAY= cloudy, warmer, some light snow high 28.

HS BHK= Princeton at Little Falls tonight 7pm on Q92 WYRQ.
HS GBB= Pierz at Kimball tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML
CC= Coaches Corner live from Pierz Saturday at 9am on KLTF.

Northstar Entertainment tonight and Friday at West Side Bar

Wednesday- January 23rd, 2013

--Area Unemployment rates are in for December of 2012. Morrison County saw higher jobless numbers in December with an 8.4% unemployment rate up from 6.3% in November and up slightly from December a year earlier at 8.2%. The rest of central Minnesota saw higher unemployment rates when compared to November but all down when compared to December in 2011. County unemployment rates for December 2012 included Aitken 8.1%, Benton 6.5%, Cass 9.6%, Crow Wing 8.2%, Mille Lacs 9.5%, Sherburne 6.5%, Stearns 5.4%, Todd 6.4%, Wadena 7.6% and Wright 6.2%. Brainerd was at 12.4% and St. Cloud 5.4% unemployment for December.

--Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton Tuesday proposed $2.1 billion more in state taxes, partly by subjecting more items to the sales tax in a tradeoff for a lowered rate. The Democrat’s proposal increases the amount owed on income above $150,000 for single filers, subjects high-end clothing to the sales tax and raises cigarette taxes by 94 cents per pack. But he also wants to cut the corporate tax and provide property tax rebates of up to $500. Dayton said his plan would drop Minnesota’s sales tax rate from 6.875 percent to 5.5 percent — a cut that would bring the rate to a level not seen since 1981. But people would pay for a range of services that aren’t taxed now and clothing above $100 would be taxed, marking the first time Minnesota applied its sales tax to apparel. It’s all contained in a two-year plan that would fuel about $38 billion in state spending, which is about $1 billion more than the state was due to shell out. Included is a promise to schools of $52 more per student.

--Firefighters battled a barn fire in frigid temperatures Monday in Cass County south of Pine River. Around 12:30 firefighters were called to a property in Maple Township owned by Bill Tulenchik. The fire reportedly destroyed a 50 foot by 80 foot barn and numerous items stored in it, including skid steers, welders and other pieces of large equipment. Firefighters were able to save a structure nearby that was under construction at the time on the property. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Firefighters were on scene for 4 hours.

--Pro-Life Activists held their March For Life event at the State Capitol Tuesday at noon, this time marking the 40th Anniversary of the Supreme Court Decision legalizing abortion. Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life says they’ve gathered at the capitol every anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision, commemorating lives lost and calling on lawmakers to protect human life from the moment of conception. 578,000 unborn babies in Minnesota have died since the decision to legalize abortion 40 years ago. The Morrison County Chapter of MCCL will hold their pro-life dinner Sunday with social at noon and dinner 1pm, program at 2pm at the Falls Ballroom. For tickets or more information, contact Jim or Arlene at 584-5235.

--A small Minnesota bank has been shut down by federal regulators making it the second failure of a U.S. bank this year. The FDIC seized 1st Regents Bank in Andover which had around 50.2 million in assets and 49.1 million in deposits at the end of the third quarter last year. First Minnesota Bank in Minnetonka has agreed to assume all of the deposits of the failed lender and will also buy all of 1st Regents assets. There were 51 bank closures nationwide last year and 157 banks went under at the height of the recession in 2010. Four or five are the norm in an average economic year. The FDIC expects bank failures from 2012-2016 to cost ten billion dollars.

--A teen from Motley is jailed in Crow Wing County after stealing an S-U-V Monday night and leading authorities on a chase. Police learned that a Ford Explorer had been stolen from a Subway restaurant in Crosby and the suspect was headed towards Brainerd. Officers attempted to stop the stolen vehicle before it sped away and drove onto Rice Lake. The S-U-V was located unoccupied and the suspect was found nearby a short time later and taken into custody. 19-year old Zachary Bennett of Motley is being held in the Crow Wing County Jail pending charges of Motor Vehicle Theft, Fleeing a Peace Officer in a Motor Vehicle, and Driving after Revocation.

--A broadside crash near Brainerd Saturday morning critically injured a Walker man. The accident just after 7am occurred on Highway 18 when 47-year-old Ronald Demo of Walker failed to yield at a stop sign and was struck broadside by 40-year-old Jack Fitzwater of Hutchinson. Fitzwater and his passenger 35-year-old Jess Olson of Hutchinson were treated at the Brainerd hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Demo, who was not wearing a seatbelt, had to be airlifted to a hospital listed Monday in critical condition.

--A new report suggests Minnesota’s public high school graduation rate is on the rise. The 2010 data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that 88.2% of Minnesota students graduated in four years. That’s a one percent increase from the 2008-2009 school year. Vermont had the highest graduation rate of 91.4% and Nevada the lowest at 57.8%.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high near 10, then falling temps and windy
TONIGHT= very cold, clear skies, low -25, wind chills down to -35.
THURSDAY= increasing clouds, snow in afternoon high 5 above.
THURS NITE= snow likely, 1-2 inches, low around 0.
FRIDAY= light snow before noon, then clearing and windy, high 8.

GOPHERS= Goldy Gopher won the 2013 UCA/UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship in Orlando. Goldy has won this 2 out of the last 3 year to be the top mascot in college sports. Wisconsin’s Bucky Badger finished 3rd, mascots for Michigan State 6th, Ohio State 7th and Iowa finished 8th.  The Gopher men’s basketball team has Northwestern tonight, then a big challenge with Wisconsin Saturday at 12:30pm live on AM960 KLTF.
NHL= Nashville handed the Wild their first loss last night 3-1.

IN 1971= the coldest recorded temperature in the United States was today in Prospect Creek, Alaska, the temperature was 80-below zero.
IN 1975= Barney Miller debuted on ABC TV, show lasted 8 seasons.
IN 1983= the A Team with Mr. T debuted on NBC- it lasted 3 seasons
IN 1986= the first inductees to the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame were inducted. Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley were the inductees first added to the Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.  
IN 1991= The Seinfeld Chronicles debuted on NBC TV- the 9 episodes rated high enough to make it a full time lineup show in the fall with the name being changed to just Seinfeld.

Northstar Entertainment Thursday and Friday at West Side Bar

Tuesday- January 22nd, 2013

--The Little Falls High School One Act team has begun their competition season with festival participation in the Granite Ridge Conference. This year’s play is titled interCONTROLency, and is written by play director Anjanette Kraus and the senior cast members. It examines the idea of control from the perspective of childhood and moves through the various age groups of adulthood. On Friday, a public performance will be held at the Charles D. Martin Auditorium at 7:30pm. Ticket prices are $1 for students and $3 for adults. Students involved in the one-act play are Alexis Roy, Annie Wilger, Monica Kosovich, Phoenix Weiss, Ahn Do, Josh Drong, Lexi Zawatske, Malenamarie Philips, Ian Norwood, Owen Justin, Mitchell Burr, Casey Walquist, Sam Gottwalt, Brennan Norwood, Emily Dunaisky and Nicole Andres.

--The Todd County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a stolen vehicle Saturday afternoon next to the Junction Gas Station in Grey Eagle. Arthur Shroyer Jr. called to report that he started his vehicle to warm it up when it was stolen and seen leaving Grey Eagle on Highway 28 heading towards Ward Springs. About a half hour later the sheriff’s office got a call that a vehicle had rolled over on Highway 28 south of Grey Eagle near County Road 2, the caller said that no one was in the vehicle when they arrived. During the investigation Todd County stated that a witness or passer by to the crash might have talked to the occupant in the stolen car. The incident is under investigation. Anyone with information on the theft or accident is asked to contact Todd County at 800-794-5733.

--Over 10,000 people braved the cold Saturday at the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza. A 4.41-pound northern pike caught by Bror Linnerooth of Brainerd was the largest fish caught and Linnerooth wins the new truck as the top prize. Right behind Linnerooth was Dustin Heins of Rogers with a 4.18-pound walleye and Andrew Berg of Arden Hills with a 4.05-pound pike.

--DFL delegates endorsed Joanne Dorsher for the Minnesota House District 14A special election on February 12th. The DFL held a closed-door convention Saturday which the DFL organizers stated was because they were worried about Republican trackers who may have been following candidates with recording devices. Dorsher was the only candidate who had filed for the DFL party for the seat being vacated by Republican Steve Gottwalt. The Republican party endorsed Tama Theis for their candidate in the special election and the Independence Party endorsed Todd McKee for District 14A.

--Todd County is investigating fish houses damaged over the past week. Sunday afternoon they received a call from Birchdale Township that a fish house on Long Lake had been damaged. The door was damaged but the owner said nothing was taken inside of it. Another caller Sunday stated that a number of fish house on Maple Lake in Little Sauk Township had been attempted to be broken into. At least one was missing items from inside. The thefts occurred between Thursday and Saturday last week. Anyone with information or who has seen suspicious activity should contact the sheriff’s office.

--The advisory board of the Staples Motley Area Community Foundation is accepting grant applications from organizations within the Staples Motley School District boundaries. A limited number of grants are available and applications need to be submitted to the Staples Motley Area Community Foundation by March 15th. Applications can be mailed, or e-mailed to the foundation.

--Minnesota cities could see dramatic changes in the amount of Local Government Aid (LGA) they get from the state next year. The Minnesota Department of Revenue has released estimates for 2014 LGA amounts. Those estimates could change depending on the outcome of budget discussions between Governor Mark Dayton and the Legislature this session. The shift is another change in a funding source that has been unreliable for cities. Local Government Aid is based on a number of factors, including how many traffic crashes occur in a city, how old housing is and whether the city is a regional center. The state projects handing out about $426 million, about $1 million less than 2013. The 2014 numbers should be certified by July.

--St. Cloud police have released more information on an early Saturday morning robbery where a gun was discharged. The robbery occurred around 2am near St. Cloud State University when two men approached three men then one showed a handgun and demanded property from the trio. The suspect then fired the handgun, but no one was shot. One of the victims was pushed to the ground and physically assaulted that required hospitalization. The suspects then fled the scene in a vehicle. Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact the St. Cloud Police Department.

--St. John’s School of Theology Seminary recently received one million dollars to help its youth theology program. The grant from the Lilly Foundation will be used for the school’s Theological programs for High School Youth Initiative. Jeffrey Kaster has directed the St. John’s Youth in Theology and Ministry program since 2000 and they have hosted 390 students in its summer programs which aims to build excitement about theological learning and encourages Christian youths to consider ministry vocations.

TODAY= increasing clouds, winds calm, high near 0.
TONIGHT= scattered flurries, cloudy, low -10.
WEDNESDAY= mostly sunny, high of 6 above, cold night low -20
THURSDAY= mostly cloudy, snow likely, high 10 above.

HS BHK= Little Falls at Alexandria tonight 7pm on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BBB= BBE at Pierz tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML.
MLB= you know its cold when the bronze statues at Target Field need sweaters. The Twins Active Knitting Community made hats, scarves and sweaters for some of the statues of former players outside Target Field and placed them on Sunday. The actual reason, was in support of Twinsfest which starts this Friday at the Dome and catch the Twins all season long on Q92 WYRQ.

IN 1879= James Shields was sworn in as a Senator for the state of Missouri, Shields had been Senator for the Illinois and Minnesota prior making him the only Senator to be elected in 3 different states.
IN 1968= NBC TV added a replacement program to their Sunday lineup- Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In would become the number 1 show on the network for over 2 years and won 4 Emmys.
IN 1973- the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state laws restricting abortions, the case Roe vs. Wade sparks controversy still today.

Northstar Entertainment Thursday and Friday at West Side Bar

Monday- January 21st, 2013

--Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday to observe the birthday and works of Dr. King. Federal, State, County and City Offices are closed today. There is no regular mail delivery due to Post Offices being closed. Most banks, financial institutions and schools are closed, however some may be open. It’s best to call ahead. Many supporters and followers of the late Dr. King asked that the holiday be observed as a day of service to churches and to your community.

--Central Minnesota will be in the deep freeze for the next few days as temperatures dropped into the teens and twenties below zero last night and most of the northern two/thirds of the state will not get above zero today and only to 5 above on Tuesday. Temps warm into the 20s by Thursday with a chance this coming weekend of significant snow to the area. Bundle up if heading out today.

--The Little Falls City Council will meet Tuesday night at Little Falls City Hall at 7:30pm. The meeting is Tuesday due to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday with city offices closed.

--The city of St. Joseph will soon be seeking a new police chief.  St. Joseph Police Chief Pete Jansky announced he plans to retire in August. He wanted to give the City Council ample time to plan for his replacement. Jansky started as a police chief with the city in December 2001. Jansky was awarded the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association’s highest award in April. He’s been in law enforcement for 34 years. He was previously the chief in Albany. Before working in Albany, Jansky served as the chief in Lakefield. From 1981 to 1987, he was a patrol officer in St. Joseph. The city will decide on a chief-hiring process in the future.

--Two Minnesota Air National Guard units are receiving national accolades. The Duluth based 133rd airlift wing and St. Paul based 148th fighter wing both earned 2012 air force outstanding unit awards. The award recognizes the top ten percent of Air Force units which have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service. The 133rd deployed 541 airmen to 11 countries transporting more than 22,000 personnel and 7,000 tons of cargo in southwest Asia. The 148th sent 387 airmen to 12 countries including a major deployment to Afghanistan where they flew 503 combat sorties.

--The Little Falls School Board meets Tuesday night do to the holiday today, with the business meeting at 5pm in the Morrison County Government Center boardroom. Agenda items include presentations from the District Business Manager, Special Education Coordinator and the Principal at Lincoln and Dr. S.G. Knight Elementary Schools. They will accept donations, take action 2013-14 budget assumptions, assign board members to committees, approve the 2013-14 school calendar and also the GASB 45 Valuation Report.

--The St. Cloud Police Department is investigating a south side robbery that resulted in a gun being fired early Saturday morning. Just after 2:00am, police officers were sent to the 600 block of Seventh Avenue South after a robbery complaint. At some point during the robbery a weapon was discharged. The police department is withholding a suspect description and other details while the incident is being investigated.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9am at the government center boardroom. Agenda items include the sheriff’s, public health, extension and auditor’s reports. They will also hear from public works and the county administrator’s report.

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--A Swanville man has been charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct in Morrison County District Court for engaging in sexual contact with a 6-year-old. 32-year-old Jason Kirk was arrested after social services reported an incident on January 5th between Kirk and the child.  The criminal complaint said Kirk admitted he showed the child a pornographic movie on his computer and then had sexual contact with the child. If found guilty; Kirk faces a maximum penalty of 30 years imprisonment and/or a $40,000 fine.

--An infant is hospitalized in critical condition after being pulled to safety from a car that went through a channel of ice on Lake Minnetonka.  Emergency crews responded to a report of a car in a pond with a child trapped inside just after 5:00pm Friday on the County Road 44 Bridge in Minnetrista. A mother, father and a 2-year-old child escaped from the car but an infant was still in the car. Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek says the young child is a 9-month-old girl. Orono police say the infant was transported to a hospital in an ambulance. Stanek said the girl is in critical condition. The investigation into how the accident happened continues.

--The Todd County Sheriff’s Office reported a one vehicle accident on 281st Avenue near Staples Friday afternoon around 3:45pm. The driver Deanna Page of Staples left the roadway in her pickup truck and struck the ditch rolling the vehicle. Page was taken to the Staples Hospital for treatment of injuries.
--Richard Arnold Jones Jr. age 47 of Onamia.
--Raymond R. Krebs, age 62 of Little Falls.
--Lorraine Ippolito, age 96 of Little Falls.

TODAY= sunny and cold, high -7, wind chills -20 to -35.
TONIGHT= clear, very cold, low -22, wind chills -30 to -40.
TUESDAY= sunny and cold, high 0, wind chills -15 to -35 early.
WEDNESDAY= scattered flurries, high 5 above, low -10.

NFL= two brothers will coach against each other in Super Bowl 47 in New Orleans on February 3rd.  San Francisco came from 17 down in the 2nd quarter to defeat Atlanta 28-24 on the road Sunday for the NFC title while Baltimore defeated New England also on the road Sunday 28-13 for the AFC title. Both winning teams shut out their opponents in the second half of their games. Baltimore coached by John Harbaugh will now face San Francisco coached by Jim Harbaugh in the Super Bowl in 13 days. The NFC/AFC Pro Bowl is played this Sunday in Hawaii game time at 6pm on AM960 KLTF.
NHL= The shortened NHL season started Saturday as the Wild win their first two games defeating Colorado 4-2 Saturday and Dallas 1-0 on Sunday both at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

IN 1915= the first Kiwanis Club was formed in Detroit, Michigan.
IN 1927= first opera broadcasted over the radio, “Faust” in Chicago
IN 1959= The Kingston Trio received a gold record for “Tom Dooley”
IN 1970= The Johnny Cash Show got a full time slot on ABC TV.

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Friday- January 18th, 2013

--Thursday evening, a Morrison County Jury returned a verdict of guilty against Jason Ray Dominguez, on four counts of Murder in the First Degree, two counts of Murder in the 2nd Degree and one count of Felon in Possession of a fire arm. Dominguez of Hutchinson was found guilty after a seven day trial. The Morrison County jury deliberated for two and one-half hours before returning their verdict. Dominguez was convicted of shooting and killing Dustin Brown in his Little Falls trailer house in the early morning hours of October 3rd, 2011.  Before sentencing, Dominguez told Judge Anderson that he first went over to Browns trailer “to burn it down.”  When the trailer failed to catch fire, he broke in and shot Brown to “prevent retaliation”. Dominguez said that “this was never just about money” and “it is what it is.” First Degree Premeditated Murder carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment.  Dustin Brown’s relatives watched as Judge Anderson sentenced Jason Dominguez to live in prison without possibility of parole.

--Charles Lindbergh State Park Manager Ty Gangelhoff stated that due to recent shortfalls in the budget several changes had to be made. One of those changes included that they will no longer groom winter trails at the park in Little Falls. Ganglehoff does ask that if there is a groomed ski trail already try not to walk directly on it. Another change is the water at the park will only be on in mid May thru mid September. Camping will still run earlier and later in the year but only during that time span will the water be an available option at the park. If you need information on ski tracks and other items at Lindbergh State Park, contact Ty at 616-2525.

--Alyssa Boser of Pierz was selected as the District 19 AAA winner Wednesday night. She will advance to compete against three others at the Region 5A banquet in St. Cloud on Wednesday, January 30th. Congratulations to Alyssa Boser, daughter of Steve and Cheri Boser.

--The Randall City Council met Wednesday night. They received an update on the Yellow Ribbon Network from Dan Noss. Noss stated that at the end of January an official proclamation should be announced that Morrison County will become an official Yellow Ribbon County. A local ceremony will be held at the Morrison County Fair later this year. The Quality of Life Task Force is moving forward with their disc golf project. There will be a raffle to raise funds for the project. They also informed the council the 2nd Treasure Day will be Saturday May 4th and the Randall Clean Up Day will be May 11th. Other agenda items included some changes to Mayor’s appointments, discussion on a contract with Greater Mn Gas on a lease payment, before the contract could be signed some addendums were added for site plan and certificate of insurance. They received an update on the Camp Ripley Veteran’s Trail which is moving forward well.

--District 9 State Senator Paul Gazelka introduced his first bill in the 88th Legislative Session on Monday, January 14th. Senate File 32 is a bill to exempt military pension recipients from income taxes. This bill will be a great help to military veterans and is expected to be heard next week in the Senate Tax Reform Division, a committee on which Gazelka serves. SF 32 has gained bipartisan support and is expected to reach the Senate floor for a full vote. Representative Ron Kresha is expected to introduce the House version within the week. 30 other states already offer a similar bill.

--Senator Paul Gazelka and Representative Ron Kresha will be at the Little Falls City Hall on Friday, February 1st from 9am to 10:30am to give a legislative update on doings at the State Capitol.

--Minnesota’s unemployment rate has stayed on its downward trend, falling to 5.5 percent in December. The Department of Employment and Economic Development officials released statistics today while describing job gains and losses in various sectors. The state made a net gain of 9,100 jobs that month. Job gains for November were also revised upward to reflect a net addition of 12,300 jobs. Morrison County was at 6.3% in November which was up a bit from October.

--A bill at the Minnesota legislature would prohibit banks from so-called “double tracking” when they’re negotiating with homeowners during foreclosure. Some banks tell homeowners they’re working with them to modify the mortgage while at the same time the bank is beginning the foreclosure process. The bill would require mediation during foreclosure proceedings if the homeowners request it.

--A 44-year-old Baxter woman has been charged with assaulting a Baxter police officer and other charges from an altercation earlier this month. Jennifer Burnos was charged January 10th and her next court hearing is February 13th. Court documents stated that officers went to Burnos residence on a welfare check, later finding she had a warrant for her arrest from Hubbard County. Officers stated the woman was extremely intoxicated became belligerent, started swearing and yelling at officers. Officers attempted to handcuff Burnos when she started kicking the officers, where one officer sustained a broken ankle. Another individual in the home helped officers apprehend the woman and take her into custody.

--Slick roads are being blamed for a fatal crash Wednesday near Big Lake. Around 5:30am, Sherburne County says that 39-year-old Steven Baragar of Big Lake was on a county road, left the roadway and struck a tree. Baragar was dead at the scene.

--An inmate at St. Cloud prison made his first court appearance Wednesday on charges of severely beating another inmate in September. Leonard Fisherman Jr. is charged with first-degree assault from an altercation that left the other inmate with a severe brain injury. Fisherman is already serving a 30 year sentence for raping a young girl back in April of last year. The victim in the jail beating had to be rushed to a hospital where emergency surgery was done, he continues to recover. The victim was serving a 1 year sentence on probation violations.

--Merle T. Dowell, age 94 of Long Prairie.

TODAY= cloudy early then sunshine, mild, high 35.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low near 20.
SATURDAY= partial sun early high 26, then falling temps and turning very blustery with wind gusts over 40 mph, some light snow too.
SUNDAY= mostly cloudy, flurries, cold, low -12, high of 3 above.
SUN NITE/MON= clear, very cold, low -22, sunny, cold high -6.

HS GBB= Little Falls at Sauk Rapids tonight 7:30pm on Q92 WYRQ
NFL= San Francisco at Atlanta in the NFC title game Sunday followed by Baltimore at New England for AFC Championship with the winners going to the Super Bowl. Coverage starts at 12:30pm Sunday with NFL Preview live on AM960 KLTF.

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Thursday- January 17th, 2013

--The Minnesota Court of Appeals has affirmed a decision from a District Court Judge to commit a former Little Falls resident. James Irvin Rigenhagen pleaded guilty to four counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct back in 2006 and recently had an attorney challenge his civil commitment. James Irvin Rigenhagen challenged his indeterminate commitment as a sexually dangerous person and sexual psychopathic personality due to errors in the facts given by the District Court. Rigenhagen pleaded guilty to the charges stemming from two occasions in 2006 where he sexually abused four girls between the ages of 7 and 12. Two offenses were in Hennepin County and another two in Crow Wing County. The court of appeals stated that the record contained evidence to support the district court’s finding of fact and there was no merit to Rigenhagen’s additional arguments. Rigenhagen was sentenced to two separate sentences which included 25 years of probation and 1 year at a treatment facility which was cancelled after Rigenhagen violated the conditions of his parole in 2009. The judge then ordered him to be on civil commitment following his release from jail on those charges.

--Sentencing for a Sebeka man last week on arson charges in Morrison County District Court was cancelled and a motion hearing for January 24th was also cancelled. According to the criminal complaint Randy Reed, age 53 of Sebeka, is accused of setting his own residence on fire August 24, 2010 after reports stated he was behind in paying the mortgage and recently had put a large amount of insurance coverage on the home only 7-10 days before the fire. No apparent reason was given on why the sentencing was cancelled.

--The American Dairy Association of Crow Wing County is seeking candidates to participate in this year’s dairy princess and dairy ambassador program. The Crow Wing County contest will be held on March 16th at the Pierz Ballroom. A candidate for senior dairy princess must be a high school graduate by July 1st of this year and not yet 24 years old and her parents must be actively engaged in the production of milk for sale to a licensed plant during the past year. A junior dairy princess must meet the same criteria except that she must be between the ages of 13 and a junior in high school. For a complete brochure and application contact Rosanne at 218-828-1998.

--The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is investigating why a 3-year-old boy was left on a bus for about three hours in freezing temperatures. Brooklyn Wait says her son, Ty Stiffarm, was treated at a hospital in Cloquet after he was found on the Fond du Lac Head Start bus Monday. The tribe says the driver of the bus did not check to see if all children had left the bus when they were dropped off at Head Start near Cloquet. Someone passing by the bus about 11 a.m. heard the boy screaming and called for help.

--The Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza is Saturday in Nisswa, a reminder that there will be a lot of traffic in that area and the Minnesota State Patrol will have extra patrols out on Highway 371 this weekend due to the excess traffic in the area.

--After being cancelled in 2012 the St. Paul Winter Carnival is back with events, parades and other items this year. The events start on January 25th and runs through February 3rd.

--Organizers have postponed the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon until March 10th due to poor snow conditions. The races takes place on Minnesota’s North Shore and was to be January 27th but organizers say the trail is in terrible condition.

--Little Falls police received a report last Thursday of a pickup stolen in Little Falls. The pickup in question was spotted, though with different license plates, in Rice Friday evening reportedly pulling a snowmobile trailer and four snowmobiles which were reported stolen in Polk County, Wisconsin. Rice police reported that 30-year-old Daryl Breden of Randall was loading bags into the truck. Breden told the officer he was asked by a friend to drive the vehicle from a gas station to the parking lot, then later allegedly admitted to the officer that he knew the vehicle and snowmobiles were stolen and wouldn’t give any other names to those involved if any. Breden was arrested and charged Tuesday morning with felony counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and receiving/possession of stolen property. The investigation into the stolen items is ongoing.

--Newly elected 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan is co-sponsoring a bill that would end the war in Afghanistan and bring soldiers home sooner than the 2014 target date. Nolan says young men and women will die and be injured as long as combat operations continue. He adds it’s time to stop building infrastructure in places like Afghanistan and start rebuilding America. Nolan says no one has to tell Minnesotans that bridges are falling down. The bill would limit war funding to what sponsors call “safe and orderly withdrawal” of all Armed Forces and military contractors in Afghanistan.

--Dorothy G. Newcomb, age 82 of Princeton formerly of Randall.
--W.T. “Bill” Stoll, age 88 of Pierz.
--Irene Koll, age 91 of Little Falls.
--Jerome E. Pasela, age 73 of Little Falls.
--Rita A. Winscher, age 86 of Pierz.

TODAY= partly cloudy skies, colder, high 13, wind chills near 0.
TONIGHT= cloudy, snow showers, low 7 then rising overnight
FRIDAY= partly sunny, breezy, high 34, low of 17.
SATURDAY= light snow early then blustery high 27 then falling throughout the day with wind chills getting bitterly cold.
SAT NITE/SUN= cold, low of -11, high Sunday of 1 above.

HS BHK= Little Falls vs. Apollo from the MAC 7:15 tonight on Q92
HS BBB= Kimball at Pierz tonight at 7:30 on FM94 KFML
COL BB= The #9 ranked Gophers try to rebound in basketball tonight against #5 Michigan after a tough loss Saturday in Indiana.
NFL= catch the NFL Championship games Sunday 1pm on KLTF.
CC= Coaches Corner Saturday just after 9 at Coborns live on KLTF.

IN 1795= first official curling society started in Scotland.
IN 1806= James Madison Randolph, grandson to Thomas Jefferson was first baby born in the White House. Jefferson President at time.
IN 1929= Popeye the Sailor man debuted in a Thimble Theater Comic Strip, the character would become then make his way to the movies appearing before major motion pictures in the 30s and 40s.
IN 1982= today was known as “Cold Sunday” in the United as hundreds of cities broke records for coldest temperatures ever.

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Wednesday- January 16th, 2013

--The next court appearance for a Little Falls man accused of fatally shooting two teenage intruders at his home on Thanksgiving has been moved to May. Morrison County Judge Douglas Anderson on Tuesday rescheduled Byron Smith’s January 22nd hearing for May 6th. Smith’s attorney, Steven Meshbesher, requested the delay. Meshbesher noted in a letter to the judge that DNA and toxicology lab work in the case won’t be complete until early spring. He also said that the defense must gather and review “a significant volume” of information and evidence that prosecutors plan to introduce in the case. Smith faces two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady. Smith was released from custody in December after posting bond.

--Pierz firefighters responded Tuesday morning around 2:15am to a home in Morrill Township that had filled with smoke. When 15 firefighters arrived, the homeowner realized they had left a pot on the stove which caused the smoke. No one was injured and no damage was reported to the structure.

--The Jason Dominguez trial continues in Morrison County District Court. Dominguez is charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Dustin Brown in Little Falls back on October 3, 2011. The first days saw a number of witnesses for the prosecution including a Morrison County Sheriff’s deputy, a Forensics pathologist from Ramsey County who discussed the 7 bullet wounds that killed Dustin Brown. Another witness was an AT&T records keeper to discuss phone calls and texts that were done between the two men prior to Brown’s death. Other witnesses included 2 motel managers, a neighbor from Little Falls Cottages where Brown was found shot, and a member from the BCA. More prosecution witnesses were expected still yesterday with the defense to begin their case before week’s end. The judge stated before the case began that the jury was expected to have the verdict in about 9 days after it started.

--The Pierz City Council met briefly on Monday. The new city clerk Matt Bell was sworn in along with a new city council member Don Bujalski. The council also thanked Mary Korf and Adrian Welle who previously held those two positions for their years of service. The Pierz city council meets again on January 28th.

--The flu vaccine remains available in central Minnesota despite other parts of the country reporting a state of emergency due to lack of it. More than 400 people have been hospitalized statewide with some sort of string of influenza during the first week of January. The Minnesota Department of Health stated that flu vaccines are still available in most locations that have advertised the vaccine so contact your local clinic for any restrictions that they may have.

--The Morrison County Area Foundation (MCAF) announced the availability of grant funding to support worthwhile projects in Morrison County that provide a benefit to the County’s citizens and represent a broad public interest. The Foundation’s advisory board will select five projects for awards of up to $1,000 each through a competitive review process. Grant applications are now being accepted through February 28th from nonprofits, school districts, local units of government and organizations that are funded through these entities and serve Morrison County. View the full grant guidelines and online application at The Board will review applications and make grant determinations by May 1st.

--The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is sending out 5,000 letters to Minnesotans who may have had their motor-vehicle information accessed without authorization. A former DNR employee accessed driver and vehicle service records that contained information such as full name, date of birth, driver’s license number, address, license status and photo. State officials say there is no proof the data was sold, disclosed to others or used for criminal purposes. The DNR is recommending however that those who receive a notification letter monitor their credit reports. All three main credit reporting agencies have been notified, as required by state law.

--A firearms safety training course will be held starting Thursday, January 31st at 7 p.m. at the Holy Cross Church basement in Harding. A parent or guardian must be present at the first class and pay a $5 fee. All individuals born after Dec. 31, 1979, must complete this course to hunt. Participants must be 11 years of age by the first class. Adults are also welcome. For more information, contact Gary Hebler at (320) 745-2565.

--A Sauk Centre man accused of threatening an acquaintance Friday with a gun has been ordered held in lieu of $300,000 bail. Brent Lee Rutten, 39, is charged in Stearns County District Court with second-degree assault and making terroristic threats. He made his first court appearance on the charges Tuesday. Rutten was accused of threatening a 33-year-old Sauk Centre man with a handgun.

--Tony Weous Sr., age 82 of Onamia.

TODAY= light snow in afternoon, mostly cloudy, temps falling
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, cold, low -8 wind chills near -20
THURSDAY= partly sunny, high 13, wind chills below zero.
FRIDAY= light snow early, then partly sunny, warmer, high 30.

--The Victory League’s first meeting of 2013 will be held at Zylka’s Red Bull Bar in Little Falls, Friday at 7 p.m. All teams must have a representative at the meeting. For questions or more information, contact Al Windsperger mornings at Q92 WYRQ at 320-632-2992.
--Catch the NFC/AFC Championship games on AM960 KLTF. San Francisco is at Atlanta followed by Baltimore at New England where winner head to the Super Bowl. Coverage begins at 1pm Sunday.
--Join Corey Fink Saturday morning just after 9am for Coaches Corner live from the deli in Coborn’s and live on AM960 KLTF.

IN 1921= Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid” opened in theaters, the movie starred an unknown child star Jackie Coogan, later he would play Uncle Fester on TV’s The Addams Family in the 1960s.
IN 1964= Hello Dolly opened in New York starring Carol Channing
IN 1972= actor and singer David Seville died at age 52. Though he appeared in several films he is best remembered for creating Alvin and the Chipmunks, with #1 songs like Witch Doctor and the Christmas favorite “The Chipmunk Song” in 1958.
IN 1976= Peter Frampton released “Frampton comes Alive”.
IN 1976= Barry Manilow hit #1 with “I Write the Songs”.

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Tuesday- January 15th, 2012

--The man arrested and later released in the shooting death of Cold Spring Officer Tom Decker is jailed again in Buffalo on felony stalking charges. 34-year old Ryan Larson turned himself into the Wright County sheriff’s office Sunday. A criminal complaint filed last Thursday accuses Larson of violating a restraining order, stalking and harassing his ex-girlfriend. It alleges that Larson made threatening online posts about his ex-girlfriends company and called her employer in an attempt to get her fired. Larson had his first court date yesterday and bail was set at $50,000.

--Little Falls police are reminding residents to keep valuables locked up and out of sight of thieves when leaving vehicles unattended. A number of thefts have been reports since just before Christmas and continued to be called into the police department. The recent thefts included a GPS, cell phone and other items taken from a vehicle parked and unlocked on the 300 block of 6th Street Northeast.

--A 28-year-old Cold Spring woman was injured in a two-car crash Sunday. The crash occurred at 5:19pm at Minnesota Highway 23 near Stearns County Road 140 when one car swerved to avoid an animal in the road. Allison Wolf, 28, of Cold Spring was taken to St. Cloud Hospital with minor injuries. Dylan Van Ort, 18, of Cold Spring was going west on Highway 23 when he moved to miss the animal and struck Wolf, who was also going west.

--Three members of a Mississippi family died and one was critically injured on an icy highway in northern Minnesota. The one-vehicle rollover happed about 5:40 p.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 2, about nine miles east of Cass Lake. A pickup driven by Jeremiah Statham, 28, of Foxworth, Miss., was eastbound when it lost control on the icy highway, left the road, hit some trees and a stump, and came to rest on its roof. Statham’s wife, Catherine Statham, 27; son Jeremiah, 3; and daughter Emma, 1, died from their injuries. The father was taken to the hospital in Duluth and was listed in critical condition on Saturday but upgraded to fair condition Monday. All four of them wore seat belts or other safety restraints and no alcohol was detected in the driver’s system. There was an ice storm warning for that part of the state on Friday due to freezing rain.

--Towards Zero Deaths (TZD) overtime shifts for DWI enforcement are scheduled for January 19, targeting Minnesota Highway 371 from Baxter to Walker during the Ice Fishing Extravaganza held on Gull Lake in Nisswa. The Minnesota State Patrol is urging motorists to buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention and plan in advance for a sober ride. Motorists are encouraged to be very careful driving through the Nisswa area near Gull Lake during the event.  The busiest times for traffic will be in the morning until noon, and again at 3 p.m. through the early evening. Troopers will be working with several other local agencies to direct traffic in several locations near the event as well as providing additional support of extra troopers looking for impaired drivers and other violations.

--Kurt Hunstiger was selected Monday to fill the vacant seat on the Sauk Rapids City Council. Hunstiger took the oath of office after being selected by the council. Newly elected Mayor Brad Gunderson and council members Nick Sauer and Steve Heinen also were sworn in Monday. Hunstiger was selected to fill the seat left open by Gunderson when he became mayor. He was one of 15 residents who submitted letters of interest in the position. One of the main reasons Hunstiger was selected on the council was because he comes with six years of previous experience on the council.

--Stuart Shelstad USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Farm Loan Chief, reminds landowners that the Land Contract Guarantee Program is available to landowners who wish to transfer farm real estate to the next generation of farmers and ranchers. The Land Contract Guarantee Program provides a new approach for landowners willing to sell their land to beginning or socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers because it reduces the seller's financial risk if the buyer defaults on the contract payments. The buyer must provide a minimum down payment of five percent of the purchase price, plan to operate the farm, and demonstrate the ability to make the land contract payments. FSA credit programs are designed to provide credit to eligible producers when conventional or commercial credit is not available or does not meet their credit needs. To get more information contact the Morrison County Farm Service Agency in Little Falls at 320-632-5477.

--A woman from Central Minnesota on Monday was named Deputy Commissioner of Workforce Development for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Cynthia Bauerly, who has been serving since May of 2008 as a federal election regulator in Washington, grew up in Benton County and worked for her family’s road construction business during and after college. She was appointed by DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. Bauerly will return to Minnesota next month after resigning her seat on the Federal Elections Commission. She was nominated for the position by former President George W. Bush and was chair of the agency in 2011, but will leave that job on February 1st and start her duties with DEED on February 25th.

--Luella Jane Waller, age 80 of Little Falls

TODAY= partly cloudy, high the 20s
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, snow after 10pm, low around 15.
WEDNESDAY= mostly cloudy, flurries in the morning, snow showers in afternoon, high near 25 early then temps falling in PM hours.
THURSDAY= partly cloudy, windy and colder, high 12, low -5.

HS BBB= St. Cloud Cathedral at Little Falls tonight 7:30 on Q92
HS GBB= BBE at Pierz tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML

IN 1870= Thomas Nast used the donkey to represent the Democratic Party in Harper’s Weekly. The symbol has stuck with the party since.
IN 1892= Dr. James Naismith’s game he created using peach baskets and a ball was put into writing with some rules of how he plays the game at a local YMCA in Massachusetts. The game called basketball.
IN 1943= the U.S. Pentagon building was completed in Washington D.C. the building spanned 34 acres of land and 17 miles of corridors.
IN 1953= first farewell address by a U.S. President heard both on radio and television by President Harry S. Truman.
IN 1967= The first Super Bowl was played in Los Angeles as Bart Starr and Green Bay defeated The Kansas City Chiefs 35-10. The surprising fact is that tickets for the game were 10 dollars.

“Switch” Friday, great lunches and happy hour daily at WS Bar

Monday- January 14th, 2013

--The Todd County Sheriff’s Office received a request from the Indiana State Police to assist in the investigation into an abduction case that was reported in Indiana back in 1994. A 5-year-old boy, Richard Landers Jr. was believed to have been abducted by his paternal grandparents. During the years following the abduction, several detectives worked with the parents of Richard W. Landers in continuing efforts to locate their missing son. In September, 2012, the boy’s stepfather contacted Indiana police and provided them with the young boy’s social security card. Authorities found that a man from Long Prairie was using the same social security number and date of birth as the missing boy. As a result of an investigation, it was determined that the young adult was in fact Richard Wayne Landers Jr. and now living under the name of Michael Jeff Landers in rural Browerville. The grandparents are now living under the names Raymond Michael Iddings and Susan Kay Iddings in rural Browerville. The grandparents indicated to authorities after being approached of their true identities and verified that the young man was Richard Wayne Landers Jr. The investigation is an ongoing matter and once completed it will be forwarded to the United States Attorney General’s Office for review of possible charges.

--In the past week, Morrison County deputies responded to a personal injury accident Tuesday afternoon on 183rd Street. The report stated that Roger and Arlyce Olson had pulled over to get their mail when their vehicle was hit by Janet Bauerly. The impact caused Bauerly’s vehicle to slide sideways off the road and roll over. Bauerly was taken to St. Gabriel’s Hospital for injuries. Neither of the Olson’s were hurt. Deputies also responded to a vehicle that struck a horse on 153rd Street in Pierz, the driver was not hurt. Theft of propane tanks from a fish house on Sullivan Lake and theft of 40 pound LP tanks also from a fish house on Sullivan Lake. Anyone with information on either theft is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

--Nisswa firefighters battled a fish house fire Wednesday night around 6:30pm on Clark Lake. Firefighters used all-terrain vehicles with tracks that carried 90 gallons of water to extinguish the fire but the fish house was a total loss. The fish house was owned by Marv Koep who is a well known fishing guide in the Brainerd lakes area. There was no one in the fish house at the time of the fire, no injuries and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

--Cold temperatures early this winter with the remaining snow pack has strengthened the ice in the Brainerd Lake areas where Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl reported Thursday that Hole in the Day Bay is reporting 15-16 inches of ice which means it is good to go for the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza on January 19th. Dahl stated even with the rain and warmer temperatures last week it didn’t change much on the ice strength on the lakes and with cold temperatures forecasted this week the ice will only get stronger.

--The 23 influenza deaths in the first week of the year indicate the flu season is severe in Minnesota. The death toll is 27 so far and between 30 and 50 people will die from the flu in a normal season. Kris Ehresmann with the State Health Department says most of the victims have been older patients. She says there was one death of someone under 18 and two more under the age of 50. Ehresmann says it’s too early to say if we’ve reached the peak of the flu season because there’s data and reports still coming in. Last year, the peak came in early March.

--Kyle and Margit LeMieur recently announced they have purchased Shelley Funeral Chapel from Steve and Gwen Shelley effective January 1st 2013. The four locations include one in Little Falls, Pierz, Onamia and Swanville. Both Kyle and Margit are graduates from Little Falls Community High School and Kyle has worked for the Shelley Funeral Chapels since 2004, Margit started there last May. Prior to the sale the funeral home had been in the Shelley family for 54 years and because of the heritage Kyle and Margit announced that there will be no name change it will remain the Shelley Funeral Chapels.

--The Morrison County Commissioners will hold a planning meeting Tuesday at 8:30 at the county boardroom. Agenda items include a number of county agency reports including social services, assessor, airport report, public health and administrator’s report.

--St. Cloud business owner Tama Theis won the Republican endorsement for next month’s House District 14A special election on the seventh round of balloting Saturday. Theis and St. Cloud City Council member John Severson were on the final ballot for the seat that Steve Gottwalt resigned earlier this month. The special election is on February 12th. Only one candidate has filed on the DFL side so far that is school teacher Joanne Dorsher. If a primary is needed in the DFL race it would be held on January 29th.

--U.S. Senator Al Franken Saturday honored a World War II Veteran from Princeton for his service in France 70 years ago. Senator Franken presented 91-year-old Chester Hoeft with the Knight of The Legion Honor Medal. It is the highest honor awarded by the President of France to pay tribute to those who fought to protect that country in World War II. Hoeft served as an army technician in France in 1943. He was previously awarded the Silver Star, Purple Heart and other honors for his service.

--Sam Sebasky and Shanelle Wagoner of Pierz, boy born January 8th

--Florian Borash, age 85 of Little Falls

TODAY= partly sunny, high 7 above, wind chills near -20.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low -3, wind chills near -15.
TUESDAY= partly cloudy warmer high 19, snow at night low 12.
WEDNESDAY= snow showers early, partial sun, high 31.

NFL= Baltimore knocked off the #1 seed Denver in the AFC Saturday 38-35 in double-overtime in the 4th longest playoff game in history. San Francisco defeated Green Bay 45-31 to advance to the NFC Championship game. Sunday, Atlanta got a late field goal to hold off Seattle 30-28 while New England outmuscled Houston 41-28. The AFC/NFC Championship games get played on Sunday on KLTF.
COL BB= 5th ranked Indiana beat 8th ranked Gophers Saturday in Bloomington, Indiana 88-81. Gophers face Michigan Thursday.
NHL= The NHL Lockout officially ended Saturday with the Minnesota Wild releasing their schedule of games. The season for the Wild starts Saturday at home against Colorado followed by home games Sunday against Dallas and Tuesday against Nashville.

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Friday- January 11th, 2013

--The jury selection for the Jason Ray Dominguez trial was completed Thursday. Twelve jurors and two alternates have been chosen. The trial begins Friday. Out of the 68 jurors called for duty, 56 appeared and 24 were interviewed. The selection process began with Judge Douglas Anderson talking to potential jury members. He repeated the rules of law, which said the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty, the state must prove guilt, each element of the charges must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt and the defendant does not have to prove his innocence. The judge then asked potential jurors multiple questions including if any pressing business or family issues would prevent them from serving; and if they could set aside prejudices, biases or sympathies while serving. Prosecuting attorneys also asked several questions to the jurors. Dominguez faces a first degree murder charge for the Oct. 3, 2011, shooting death of Dustin J. Brown in Little Falls. Judge Anderson expects the trial to last no more than nine days.

--A 90-year-old Little Falls woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon on South 6th Street in Brainerd. Sally Peterson was traveling north on 6th Street turning east onto Oak Street when a vehicle driven by 48-year-old Mary Stumm of Brainerd apparently ran a red light and struck the Peterson vehicle. Peterson was taken to the Brainerd hospital treated and released. Stumm was not injured.

--At 2:30pm on Tuesday the Waite Park Police Department received a call of a shoplifting incident at a local store. The female suspect was located about 15 minutes later on 7th Street South in Waite Park. As officers attempted to stop her she fled southbound on County road 137 and then west on county road 6 at speeds up to 100 mph. The vehicle eventually stopped in St. Joseph Township. The driver, 27-year old Kayla Nicole Dahl of Spicer was arrested for felony theft and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. Dahl had several warrants out for her arrest in Stearns, Douglas, and Kandiyohi counties. The vehicle contained property that Dahl admitted to shoplifting from the Waite Park store along with other stores in St. Cloud and Sartell. Deputies recovered nearly $4,000 in stolen property and returned it to the businesses. Dahl is currently in the Stearns County Jail.

--A big jump in Minnesota’s minimum wage could be on the horizon. Among the priority bills in the Democratic-controlled Legislature is a proposal to raise the floor wage to $7.50 for most workers at the bottom rung beginning in August. That’s $1.35 more than the current hourly minimum that large employers must pay their employers. Smaller businesses, as defined by their annual sales, pay a lower rate but that would rise as well. The bill introduced in the state Senate goes further by making future increases automatic and linked to inflation. The minimum wage last went up in 2005.

--Police have released the name of the man who died after his vehicle crashed into a St. Cloud School last week. 65-year-old George Banks drove into the St. Katherine/Drexel School on January 4th, causing all students and staff to be evacuated. Banks was taken to St. Cloud Hospital where he later died. Officials believe Banks had a medical episode prior to the crash. No other injuries were reported.

--Governor Mark Dayton has scheduled his State of the State Address for Wednesday, February 6th at 7pm. Dayton is asking legislative leaders to schedule a joint session of the Minnesota House and Senate for that evening so he can deliver the address from the House Chamber in the State Capitol.

--The man who was arrested but not charged in the shooting death of Cold Spring-Richmond Police Officer Tom Decker has been charged with stalking his ex-girlfriend in Wright County. 34-year-old Ryan Larson is accused of a pattern of stalking that included calling his ex-girlfriend’s employer and trying to get her fired. A court complaint filed yesterday in Wright County charged Larson with felony stalking and with violating a restraining order. It accuses him of contacting a health care facility in Buffalo where his ex-girlfriend worked and threatening to post warnings about the company on blogs and web sites that have anything “to do with your company’s interest.” He’s also accused of contacting two of her former employers; one of those incidents caused her to lose her job in June, according to the charges causing the woman to get a restraining order against Larson. Larson was arrested the night of Officer Tom Decker’s shooting behind a Cold Spring bar but later released due to lack of evidence.

--Benton County plans to use $280,000 it received for parks and trails from the Legacy Amendment to improve access to some of the scenic spots at Bend in the River Regional Park. The park will also receive running water, seasonal bathrooms, a new well and septic system. The project will be completed this fall. During that time they will also pave a three-quarter mile length of trail along the bluff top.

--Earlier this week Superintendent of Little Falls Schools Stephen Jones spoke on AM960 KLTF. That interview will be rebroadcast on Saturday morning before the 7am news on AM960 KLTF.

--The Civil War saga “Lincoln” leads the Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture, director for Steven Spielberg and acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. Also among the nine nominees for best picture Thursday: the old-age love story “Amour”; the Iran hostage thriller “Argo”; the independent hit “Beasts of the Southern Wild”; the slave-revenge narrative “Django Unchained”; “Les Miserables”; the shipwreck story “Life of Pi”; the lost-souls romance “Silver Linings Playbook”; and the Osama bin Laden manhunt chronicle “Zero Dark Thirty.”

--Eric Marzofka and Jasmyne Habas of Little Falls, boy on January 9th

--Jay Thomas Heckler, age 56 of Wisconsin
--Patricia Jelinski, age 82 of Little Falls formerly of Swanville.

TODAY= rain/freezing rain early then rain and fog, high 35.
TONIGHT= rain-then snow overnight, very windy and colder, low 13.
SATURDAY= snow showers, blustery, falling temps and wind chills.
SUNDAY= partly sunny, cold, high 5 to 10 above, clear -10 at night.
MONDAY= mostly sunny, high 10 above.

HS WRE= Brainerd at Little Falls tonight 7:30pm on Q92 WYRQ
HS BBB= Pierz vs. Rockford from SCSU tonight 7:30pm on FM94.
HS BHK= Hermantown at Little Falls Saturday 3pm on Q92 WYRQ
NFL= catch NFL playoff action Saturday and Sunday on AM960.

“Contention” tonight, Redneck Radio Saturday at West Side Bar

Thursday- January 10th, 2013

--Effective immediately, St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls is restricting visitors to immediate family only. Children are preferred not to visit anyone at the hospital at this time. This is a precautionary measure to avoid the spreading of the flu bug. This does not restrict anyone from getting treatment at the hospital, but they are limiting visitors. This announcement comes at the same time as we learned a 14-year-old girl is the state’s fifth fatal flu case this season. Since the start of the season, nearly 600 people have been hospitalized for laboratory-confirmed flu. Health officials say the current vaccine is well-matched to the circulating strains of flu. The vaccine is not 100 percent effective for everyone who gets it, but the Health Department says it is the best defense available against the flu.

--Governor Mark Dayton has set February 12th as the date for a special election to fill the seat formerly held by recently resigned state representative Steve Gottwalt. Meanwhile, Gottwalt on Tuesday insisted the time demands of his new job, not pressure from colleagues or mounting scrutiny of what some viewed as potential conflicts with his work outside the Legislature spurred his resignation from the Minnesota House. A special primary, if needed, would be held January 29th for Gottwalt’s former seat in House District 14A, which covers west and south St. Cloud, Waite Park and St. Augusta. The filing period for candidates in the race is open and ends January 15th. The special election for the former Gottwalt seat was set for the same time as another special legislative election in southern Minnesota’s House District 19A, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of former representative Terry Morrow.

--Crews will repair a segment of fence meant to protect motorists and pedestrians on Highway 10 in Sauk Rapids after it was vandalized twice in less than three weeks. The fence is located along the eastbound lanes of Highway 10, approximately a half-mile north of County Road 3. The fence was destroyed earlier this winter and repaired January 21st. That repair cost MnDOT nearly $500. This is the third time in four years that the fence has been torn down. Officials believe this is occurring to allow snowmobiles access to Highway 10. Destruction of state property is a misdemeanor and punishable by up to $1,000 fine and 90 days in jail, plus other associated costs. Anyone with information about the fence and vandalism should call the Sauk Rapids Police Department.

--A 25-year-old man was severely injured Tuesday night when a car struck him as he was trying to cross Minnesota Highway 23. The crash occurred shortly before at 8:00pm at Highway 23 and Lincoln Avenue Southeast. Robert James Baker, whose address police do not know, was taken to St. Cloud Hospital. His injuries are severe but not life-threatening according to police. Police said Baker was crossing the road against a red light. The car had a green light. No charges are pending against the driver of the car.

--Todd County deputies took a theft complaint Tuesday morning from John Eischen in West Union that an unknown person recently took various items of scrap metal from his automotive business. Anyone with information is asked to contact Todd County Sheriff’s Office.

--Childcare provider of the year nominations are being accepted.  If you are using or observing a licensed childcare home in Morrison County and feel that provider is deserving of a nomination, fill out the form found in this next weeks edition of the Morrison County Record. Mail it to 216 1st St SE Little Falls, by January 28th.

--The Midwest Dairy Association hosted a district meeting Wednesday in Little Falls. Topics included the partnerships that the Midwest Dairy Association has made with several national food chains. They spoke on how the partnerships have allowed for an expanded conversation on incorporating dairy into a healthy diet. Other programs that are being used to promote dairy include the Fuel up to Play 60 program, which encourages kids to play at least 60 minutes per day. Another program is From Farm to Store which uses videos that ag, family and consumer science and food safety educators can use to promote including dairy in healthy living. Also at the meeting Morrison County Directors Cindy Welle, Larry Leners and Ben Holtz were re-elected to Princess Coordinator/Director, Secretary and Director respectively.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce invites area home based businesses to an information sharing meeting on January 31st at 9am at Chamber office located at the historic Cass Gilbert Train Depot at 200 1st Street NW in Little Falls. No RSVP is needed. For more information on this free event you contact Deb at 632-5155.

--A Becker man has drawn a five-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to child pornography charges. 29-year-old Gregory Shartle will spend the next 60 months in the St. Cloud Prison. Investigators found numerous child porn photos on Shartle’s computers and server during a search of his residence in May. He pleaded guilty the five separate charges against him in October.

--A 25-year-old Brainerd woman was injured Monday in a rollover accident in Crow Wing County. Just before 2am, Summer Gallagher left Crow Wing County Road 3 and overturned. She was taken to Brainerd hospital and reported in fair condition Tuesday.

--The Minnesota House and Senate convened the 2013 legislative session Tuesday at the Capitol in St. Paul. Following swearing-in ceremonies, House Republicans attempted to correct an important miscue made in committee structure. In setting up the committees, majority Democrats decided to eliminate the Agriculture Finance Committee, and to put the Agriculture Policy Committee under the control of the Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee. The move would require that all ag finance bills be approved by the Environment Finance Committee, which is chaired by a liberal Minneapolis lawmaker.

--Edward P. Bieniek, age 84 of Little Falls.
--Lorraine Revering, age 90 of Little Falls.

Freezing Rain Advisory 6pm tonight to 6am Friday
TODAY= increasing clouds, rain after 3pm, high 36.
TONIGHT= rain to freezing rain, icy overnight, low 31.
FRIDAY= drizzle and fog, poor visibilities, high 34.
FRI NITE= light rain changes to all snow overnight, temps fall
SATURDAY= snow showers up to 1 inch, windy, high 17.
SUNDAY= sunny and cold, high 7 above, low 5 to 10 below zero

HS BBB= Brainerd at Little Falls tonight 7:30pm on Q92 WYRQ
HS GBB= Maple Lake at Pierz tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML.
NBA= Oklahoma City routs T-Wolves last night 106-84.

Northstar Entertainment tonight, “Contention” Friday at WS Bar

Wednesday- January 9th, 2013

--A pursuit on Highway 10 in Little Falls Sunday topped speeds above 100 mph and resulted in the arrest of a two males after their 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicle crossed over the highway median and crashed into a fence. There were no injuries. Little Falls Police and the Morrison County Sherriff’s Office assisted the Minnesota State Patrol in the apprehension of the two male suspects who are believed to have ditched multiple drug-related items while driving through a marshy area. Narcotics and related items were discovered and seized, including a stolen handgun. The driver, Jesse Kirschman, 32 of Avon, had a warrant for felon in possession of handgun and was believed to be under the influence of drugs and later refused to test. Eric E. Makela, 32 of Menahga is also being held on possible charges. The pursuit began after a trooper attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding and a window tint violation. The pursuit started on Highway 10 about five miles south of Little Falls and ended in Little Falls on the west side of Highway 10 near 11th St. NE and 7th Ave. NE. The suspects were arrested for controlled substance-related crimes and other possible charges. They are currently being held pending completed investigation and review by the county attorney’s office.

--CenturyLink announced Monday that 911 service regular landline phone service has been restored to the Swanville area. Phone service was down several days after a fire in the CenturyLink building back on January 2nd. Swanville 911 was up and running by Saturday night. Firemen extinguished the fire in about an hour last Wednesday at the facility. During the phone outages, Swanville firefighters and Morrison County Sheriff’s deputies were on hand at the Swanville Fire Hall to help residents make needed phone calls.

--The National Weather Service is asking Minnesotans to prepare for a sloppy storm over the next days. This is two systems one from the south and another from the northwest. The first moves Thursday bringing rain and freezing rain, freezing fog and mist into Friday then changing to snow Friday afternoon. The second system moves in late Friday into Saturday with strong winds, dropping temperatures and accumulating snow of at least 3-5 inches but that could change before Saturday. After the snow comes the bitter cold once again. Temperatures will be near 40 on Saturday, 35 early Friday, 15 on Saturday and high of 8 above Sunday with overnight lows Saturday and Sunday around 10 below zero not including wind chills. Weather Service officials are reminding those traveling this weekend to expect weather changes, listen to Little Falls Radio for weather reports.

--Todd County is investigating a property damage accident in Little Sauk Township on Sunday night where the driver left the scene. Around 9:20 authorities were notified that a vehicle was northbound on County Road 11 went into the ditch, struck a culvert and damaged a curve sign. Nobody was at the scene when deputies arrived. It was later discovered that the driver was Dennis Bollin of Swanville. His vehicle sustained moderate damage but he was not injured. The accident is still under investigation and the report has been forwarded to the Todd County Attorney’s Office for possible charges.

--District 6 Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will no longer have an office in St. Cloud. A statement released Thursday stated that Bachmann has relocated offices due to redistricting and that her centralized office will be in Anoka and this is an effort to save taxpayer dollars. An office in Woodbury will also be closing.

--Get Donna Hilmerson’s latest recipes at

--10 8th grade students from Royalton competed at the University of Minnesota Monday in an engineering contest where students had to design and build a fluid power machine. Each team had one month to accomplish the task. There were 5 first place trophies given out for various awards and all three teams from Royalton won in different categories. There were a total of 20 teams from across the state that entered into the contest. The best machine award went to the team of Nathan Psick, Lenae Sieben, Randal Fernelius, and Janeille Schaubhaut. The teamwork trophy went to Brandi Kloss, Alicia Tresco, and Brittny Tiemann. The overall champion group was Alli Moga, Molly Presler, and David Wimer. Congratulations to each team from Royalton with an impressive showing this week.

--A Ham Lake couple was the winner of one of the $1 million New Year’s Day Minnesota Millionaire Raffle. They purchased their ticket in Crow Wing County. Jim and Cathy Murphy claimed their winnings Monday at the Lottery Office in Roseville. The two bought the ticket at a gas station in Garrison. The other $1-million dollar ticket was bought in Pine County but that person has yet to step forward.

--Volunteers make a difference at the Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley. During 2012, volunteers at the Minnesota Military Museum logged over 2500 hours, working in all areas of the museum. The Minnesota Military Museum is the only military museum in Minnesota representing all branches of service and has exhibits from frontier days to the present. If you are interested in volunteering at the museum, call (320) 616-6050 for a volunteer application. If you are veteran, support veterans, or want to support the museum in preserving and telling Minnesota veteran’s stories, there is a volunteer role for you at the Minnesota Military Museum.

--Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has paid off his friendly wager with Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt over Saturday's playoff game between the Vikings and the Packers.  Green Bay beat Minnesota, so Rybak sent Schmitt sausages from a Minneapolis restaurant. Schmitt had wagered Green Bay cheese, root beer and candy if the Packers lost.

--Betty Setterstrom, age 92 of Little Falls.
--Michael A. Kedrowski, age 75 of Cushing,
--Sylvester L. Marthaler, age 86 of Sauk Rapids formerly Little Falls.

TODAY= turning sunny and less windy by afternoon, high 35.
TONIGHT= mostly clear, low 15.
THURSDAY= sun early, rain by afternoon, high near 40
THURS NIGHT= rain, then freezing rain and fog overnight, low 30.
FRIDAY= rain and fog, then freezing rain to snow, falling temps.

HS HK= Hermantown travels to Little Falls Saturday afternoon for a big boys hockey match-up catch it live at 3pm on Q92 WYRQ.
NFL= catch all 4 divisional playoffs this weekend on AM960 KLTF

IN 1903= Baseball’s American and National League make peace with each other and announce at the end of their regular season the two top teams would meet in a championship later coined World Series.

Northstar Entertainment Thursday, lunch served daily at WS Bar.

Tuesday- January 8th, 2013

--Jury selection will begin Wednesday, in the trial of Jason Ray Dominguez, accused of the 2011 shooting death of Dustin J. Brown in Little Falls. Dominguez was indicted in December 2011 on four counts of first degree murder and two counts of second degree murder by a Morrison County Grand Jury. Morrison County District Judge Douglas P. Anderson set bail at $1 million. Dominguez remains in the Morrison County Jail. Brown was found unconscious at his mobile home in Northwest Little Falls with seven gunshot wounds just before 4:00am on October 3rd, 2011. Officers also found a small fire burning under the porch of the trailer. Dominguez and Brown were cellmates in the St. Cloud prison.

--A 17-year-old has certified to stand trial as an adult in a case where a man died after he was punched in St. Cloud. Jesse Smithers of Sauk Rapids has been charged with second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and first-degree assault. On Friday Smithers was certified to stand trial as an adult. Smithers appeared in court Monday and bail was set $1 million unconditional or $500,000 conditional bail. A court complaint charging Smithers accuses him of being a passenger in a vehicle passing through an alley in south St. Cloud late September 20th. Colton Gleason was walking two female friends home when a vehicle passed near the three of them. Smithers told the driver to stop the vehicle, according to the court complaint, then got out and punched Gleason. Gleason fell backward and hit his head. Gleason was unconscious when he was taken to St. Cloud Hospital. He regained consciousness there, but he later died from his injuries. Smithers denied having anything to do with the incident that led to Gleason's death and has said he didn't know who did.

--The Little Falls Exchange Club is seeking nominees for its annual Book of Golden Deeds Award. This year’s banquet and presentation will be held at 7:00pm on Thursday, March 21st at the Falls Ballroom in Little Falls. Names of nominees from the Little Falls area and a narrative of their accomplishments for consideration should be sent to this year’s chairman, Dave McChesney, 17303 160th Ave., Little Falls, MN 56345. Names and accomplishments should be submitted by February 27th.

--Todd County received a call from a bus driver on the 4th at 7:40am of an overturned vehicle in a ditch off of Todd County Road 11. After investigating it was found that Shannon Roering the night before had drove off the roadway after reaching for an item he dropped while driving and overturned in the ditch. Roering was not injured in the accident. The vehicle was a total loss. No reason was given for why Roering left the scene of the accident. Todd County is also informing motorists of a high deer population after receiving multiple reports in the past week of car/deer accidents in the county. There were no injuries reported in any of the accidents.

--The driver of a vehicle that crashed into St. Katharine Drexel School on Friday in St. Cloud has died. Based on the investigation, it is believed the driver had a medical problem before the crash, the report said. The cause of death is unknown. The identity of the driver is being withheld pending notification of relatives.

--St. Cloud Hospital is asking those with a fever or cough to not visit the CentraCare Health System facility to protect its patients and staff. A weekly influenza report from the Minnesota Department of Health says 578 people have been hospitalized since the flu season began in October. There were 226 people hospitalized with confirmed flu cases the last week of December.

--Three fire departments with more than 45 firefighters battled a fire at the Tri-County Livestock Auction building just off Highway 10 one mile west of Motley Sunday night. The building was a complete loss. No one was hurt and there were no livestock in the building at the time of the fire. The fire was reported at 8:48 p.m. by a passer-by as an attic fire. The Staples and Scandia Valley fire departments assisted with the fire. The fire started in the attic above the cafeteria area, but the cause of the fire is unknown. The Minnesota Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

--St. Cloud police are looking for a driver who struck a man Monday morning crossing the street downtown. The incident happened around 2:30am in the 10 block of Fifth Avenue South. A 27-year-old Waite Park man was found lying on ground. He had sustained injuries after being struck by a car. Police say the car was abandoned in the road. They are identifying the car as a 4-door 1994 maroon Ford Taurus. The victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries at St. Cloud Hospital. Anyone with information should call St. Cloud police.

--The Brainerd Jaycees will be holding the 23rd Annual $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza Saturday, January 19th on Gull Lake’s Hole in the Day Bay, north of Brainerd, MN. More than 10,000 anglers are expected to compete for one of 150 prizes valued at more than $200,000.  The Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza is completely volunteer‐run and all event proceeds are donated to area charities. More information and official updates can be found at

--Buddy and Tracy Kjeldergaard of Randall, girl born January 5th

--Clara Doucette, age 83 of Little Falls.

TODAY= flurries and snow showers mostly afternoon, high 34.
TONIGHT= snow, up to 1 inch, windy, low around 20.
WEDNESDAY= sunny and breezy, high 32, clear night low 20.
THURSDAY= partly sunny, mild, high near 40, rain after 4pm.
FRIDAY= rain, freezing drizzle changing to snow in PM, high 33.

COL FB= Alabama rolled over Notre Dame last night 42-14 in the BCS National Championship Game. Bama wins 3rd title in 4 years.
NHL= The NHL lockout is over according to Commissioner Gary Bettman and the Players Association after a tentative agreement was reached early Sunday. The deal still requires some fine tuning and an official vote to ratify it- both sides say that this should start the hockey season soon. The agreement calls for a 50 game season starting on January 15th but it may be shortened to a 48 game season starting January 19th depending if more time is needed to fine tune the agreement between the two sides. The agreement is happy news for St. Paul establishments and the Xcel Energy Center that said they lost nearly half their business and profits due to the lockout.
HS BBB= Little Falls at Foley tonight 7:30pm on Q92 WYRQ.
HS GBB= Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at Pierz tonight 7:30pm on FM94

Northstar Entertainment Thursday, Contention Fri at West Side Bar

Monday- January 7th, 2013

--The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension today announced that the gun likely used to kill Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker has been recovered. On Wednesday, January 2 just after 2 p.m., Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) agents were attempting to conduct a follow-up interview at the home of a Cold Spring resident as a part of the investigation into the shooting death of Officer Decker. The individual they hoped to interview fled the agents, entering an outbuilding on his property. BCA agents and Stearns County Sheriff’s Office investigators tried for several hours to contact the individual. He refused to exit the building. Shortly before 7:00pm agents and investigators entered the building and found the individual deceased. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner has identified the individual as 31-year old Eric Joseph Thomes of Cold Spring. Mr. Thomes died of suicide by hanging. The subsequent investigation of Mr. Thomes led investigators to a 20 gauge shotgun located at a separate property. BCA Laboratory firearms experts have determined that the gun was likely the weapon used to kill Officer Decker on November 29, 2012. As part of the investigation into Officer Decker’s murder, investigators are asking the public to identify any activities or notable actions taken by Mr. Thomes between the week prior to Officer Decker’s killing and Mr. Thomes’ death on Wednesday. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office or the BCA. BCA Superintendent Wade Setter said that while Mr. Thomes is a person of interest in the shooting of Officer Decker, this is very much an active and ongoing investigation. “BCA agents and Stearns County Sheriff’s Office investigators continue to work every lead in a methodical and thorough manner,” Setter said. “We are determined to fully reconstruct the events that led to Officer Decker’s murder.” The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office are conducting the investigation with assistance from the Cold Spring Police Department, the FBI and several other agencies.

--In the past week, Little Falls police responded to a vehicle rollover on Haven Road north of Pine Avenue. The subject had fled the scene on foot, officers located one of the subjects on Circle Drive where he was arrested on an outstanding warrant. The other subject was found on Haven Road and arrested for obstruction then later learned that a warrant was also out for his arrest too. The Little Falls Post Office reported to police that four extension cords were stolen from the rear of their building that were plugged in to the mail trucks. Vehicle thefts were reported on 100 block of 2nd Street Northeast of tools, an acetylene torch and items related with working on oil furnaces. Another theft on the 100 block of First Street Southeast of an iPod, a tool belt and other electrician tools taken from a parked vehicle, and a report of extension cords cut from Christmas lights on the southwest part of Little Falls. Anyone with information or who notices suspicious activity in their area should call police at 616-5570.

--State Representative Steve Gottwalt of St. Cloud says he will resign his seat in the Minnesota House just 2 months after being reelected due to a new position he has accepted. Gottwalt informed the House GOP that he’d accepted a National position with the Center for Diagnostic Imaging, a medical company that lobbies the Minnesota legislature. There is no word yet on how Gottwalt’s seat will be filled as the Minnesota legislature does not convene for 2013 until tomorrow at noon in St. Paul.

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

--High School seniors Mattia Hendrickson and Travis Spillum have been selected to represent Little Falls in the Region 8AA Triple A award program. Seniors Alyssa Boser and Elias Schomer have been selected to represent Pierz in the Academics, Arts, and Athletics program at the District 19 banquet on Jan 16th at the Holiday Inn in St. Cloud. Established in 1988 the Triple "A" Award is sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League. The award goes to high school seniors who have a “B” or better grade point average and who participate in League-sponsored athletic and fine arts activities. Both Canidates are active in their High School. Hendrickson has participated in cross country, Nordic skiing, band, and track and field. Spillum has participated in cross country, basketball, track and field and band. Boser is in volleyball, basketball, track, choir, band, NHS, and the pioneer leadership council. Schomer is in football, cross country, basketball, track, choir, band, BPA, knowledge bowl, musical, spring play, NHS, and the PAC.

--A Stearns County judge has given attorneys three weeks to file written arguments in the case against Freeport farmer Alvin Schlangen on charges related to selling raw milk. In October, a Hennepin County jury found Schlangen not guilty for selling raw milk products, operating without a food handlers license and handling adulterated food. Schlangen faces the same charges in Stearns County. Last week, Schlangen and his attorneys wanted three of the six charges dismissed as they were the charges he was found not guilty of in Hennepin County. In Stearns County the other charges against Schlangen are food safety charges that are misdemeanors. No trial date has been set yet in the Stearns County case.

--For the first time in five years, the number of traffic deaths increased in Minnesota as 378 people were killed in 2012, according to preliminary reports from the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. In 2011, 368 people died on Minnesota roadways.

--Little Falls School Board meets at 5pm today at Government Center.

--Chris and Callie Dobis of Little Falls, girl born January 3rd

--Luverin T. James, age 90 of Little Falls.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high 33.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low of 10 above.
TUESDAY= light snow and sleet PM hours, high 32, low 20.
WEDNESDAY= sunny, breezy, high 32, low 19.  

NFL= Christian Ponder was ruled out before the game Saturday night due to injury and the Green Bay Packers got to Joe Webb. Packers beat Vikings 24-10 to advance in playoffs. Other playoff winners were Houston, Baltimore and Seattle. The playoffs continue this weekend with Divisional play on AM960 KLTF.
COL FB= Notre Dame vs. Alabama tonight for the National Championship in College Football kickoff just after 7:30pm.
COL BB= #9 Gophers score 52 in second half to beat Northwestern Sunday 69-51 to advance to 14-1 on season.

Make your stop in 2013 the West Side Bar in Little Falls.

Friday- January 4th, 2013

--On Wednesday afternoon a fire inside one of the Qwest home buildings near Swanville resulted in a large number of landline phones not functioning in the Swanville area which uses the exchange 547-phone numbers. Also all 911 service to the Swanville area will be interrupted until Qwest restores phone services to the area. Sheriff Michel Wetzel reiterates that all landline usage is out but all cellular phones should work to make contact to others. If you know of someone in the Swanville area who does not have cell service you are encouraged to check on them. Sheriff Wetzel also stated that he would increase patrols to Swanville and the surrounding area while the phone company works on the problem. Qwest informed the sheriff’s office that they are working on the problems but no immediate timeline was given on how long phone services would be interrupted in Swanville. Wetzel said it could be anything from 1 day to 2 or 3 until phone service could be restored.

--Little Falls City Council will hold their reorganizational meeting Monday night at 7:30pm at City Hall. Newly elected City Councilman Greg Zylka along with reelected council members Loren Boyum and Frank Gosiak will be sworn in as council members at the meeting along with a number of items to be reestablished for 2013.

--An 18-year-old from Pierz was injured Wednesday afternoon when her vehicle left Quest Road in Pulaski Township, hit the ditch and rolled over. Kaela Sept was taken to the Onamia Hospital treated and released for injuries. The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office reported that slippery roads were most likely the contributing factor of the accident which occurred just after 4pm.

--Snow and some sleet made for slippery roads in the Brainerd area on Wednesday. The State Patrol, deputies and police responded to a number of vehicles leaving the roadway and striking the ditch. This included a pickup truck left Highway 371 near North Long Lake and flipped over in a ditch. An SUV slid off College Drive and struck some pine trees on the north side of the road. Initial reports from police did not have any injuries in the accidents though official repots have yet to be released. Law enforcement reminds motorists that the littlest of precipitation can cause slippery and slushy conditions on area roadways so use caution.

--Two people were hurt after a head-on collision Monday in western Stearns County. The crash happened about 12:20 p.m. on Minnesota Highway 55 and Stearns County Road 8 near Belgrade. 41-year-old Debra Fraser of Willmar and her 4 year old passenger Alexander Fraser suffered injuries and were taken to an area hospital. The injuries according to the State Patrol were not life threatening. The other driver 47-year-old Sarah T. Lockwood of Spicer was not hurt.

--Newly elected District 9B Representative Ron Kresha of Little Falls was assigned to four committees when the State Legislature convenes on January 8th in St. Paul. Kresha will be on the Educational Policy, Agriculture Policy, State Government Finance/Veteran’s Affairs and Early Childhood and Youth Intervention committees in his first term as a State Representative.

--Officials say at least 300 people were arrested for DWI on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Minnesota. The number of arrests is right around the average for the last New Year’s holidays. Law enforcement continues getting the message out that if you drink and drive you’ll be arrested and taken off the road.

--The Pierz City Council meets on January 14th at 7pm at City Hall.

--Habitat for Humanity of Morrison County invites the public to participate in the dedication ceremony of their thirteenth home in Morrison County on Thursday, January 10 at 5:30 pm in Little Falls.  The address of the home is 905 13th St. SW. Those welcome include volunteers who helped build the home, contractors, suppliers, neighbors and friends and Habitat supporters to attend and celebrate.  To learn about Habitat for Humanity of Morrison County, or to apply for the next home, please call the office at 320-616-2084.

--The State Patrol is investigating a two vehicle fatal accident in Crow Wing County that happened Thursday morning around 11:30am. The accident was on Crow Wing County Road 12 about 3 miles west of Deerwood and involved two vehicles. A 53 year old Merrifield man who was the driver of a pickup was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is being withheld at this time pending notification to relatives. The driver of the other vehicle a semi-tractor trailer was 47-year old William Hanson of Cloquet. He was treated at the scene and released. The accident remains under investigation.

--A judge in Otter Tail County has awarded custody of an orphaned child to the parents of a teen murderer, who killed the child's mother and then himself. Darrin and Catherine Cox sought custody of the girl after their 17-year-old son, Dylan Cox, shot and killed his 16-year-old girlfriend, Tabitha Belmonte, and then himself.  The teenagers and their baby were living with the Coxes in Amor when the murder-suicide took place in March of 2011. The Coxes were granted temporary custody a short time later. Belmonte's mother, Bobbi Teeple who also wanted custody was given visitation rights. Teeple had filed a wrongful death against the family which is still pending.

--The 21st Annual Great American Think Off question seems relevant given the recent national debate over the so-called "fiscal cliff."  The Minnesota-based philosophy contest says its 2013 question is: "Which is more ethical: sticking to your principles or being willing to compromise?"  Anyone in North America can submit an essay by mail, online or by email. There is no fee, and the deadline for submission is April 1. Finalists are notified by May 1st.  

--Clemente Ramirez of St. Cloud formerly of Little Falls.

TODAY= sunny, high near 30.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low 6 above
SATURDAY= partial sun early, afternoon flurries, high 23, low 5.
SUNDAY= mostly sunny, high 21, low around 10.
MONDAY= mostly sunny, high in the 30s.

HS WRE= Pierz, Litchfield and Albany at a Little Falls quadrangular, listen for updates and the entire Pierz/Little Falls match starting just after 5pm today on Q92 WYRQ, Pierz/Little Falls starts around 8pm.
NFL= Wild Card playoffs are Cincinnati at Houston 3:30pm Saturday followed by Minnesota at Green Bay Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at noon Indianapolis at Baltimore followed by Seattle at Washington at 3:30pm. All playoff games will be live on AM960 KLTF.
CC= Coaches Corner is back at the deli in Coborn’s Saturday morning just after 9am and live on AM960 KLTF and

Redneck Radio tonight, In the Fields Saturday at the West Side Bar

Thursday- January 3rd, 2012

--A 32-year-old from Royalton was sentenced in Morrison County District Court on charges of felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. The judge sentenced Joshua Zoccoli to 4 days in jail which was time served, and three years supervised probation. Zoccoli admitted he saw the red flashing lights but sped off at speeds of 80 miles per hour and once apprehended informed officers he had a 20 gauge combo weapon inside his vehicle.

--Stearns County investigated a fatal snowmobile accident Monday night in Melrose Township. Around 8:15pm, deputies were called to Harnette Lake Road where a 33-year-old from Grey Eagle was operating a snowmobile, lost control and struck a tree. When deputies arrived the male was responsive but was having a hard time breathing, then he stopped breathing and CPR was administered. The man was taken to the Melrose Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His name is being withheld as relatives are being notified. The snowmobile operator was the only occupant on the vehicle and he was wearing a helmet. The accident is still under investigation.

--A 23-year-old from Nisswa was killed Saturday morning in a two vehicle accident in Crow Wing County. Deputies stated that Anthony White was westbound on County Road 77 west of Nisswa when he crossed the center-line and collided head on with 20-year-old Kaitlyn Bach of Jenkins. White died at the scene. Bach was taken to St. Cloud Hospital and listed in fair condition. Her passenger was taken to the Brainerd hospital, treated and released.

--The year 2012 was one of weather extremes in Minnesota. There was very little winter, temperatures reached the 70s in March and it turned out to be the third-warmest year on record. National Weather Service officials say the tornado season came early, on March 19th when a twister hit near Elysian and was on the ground for seven miles. It was the second-earliest in Minnesota on record. It was reported it was one of the longest lasting tornado seasons in the state with four November tornadoes recorded in southeastern Minnesota. Temperatures soared into the triple digits during the months of June and July. Lots of rain came in May and June and then to drought conditions by September for most of the state.

--A Minneapolis woman was hospitalized after a two-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon in St. Wendel Township. 21-year-old Samantha Johnson failed to yield at the intersections of County Road 2 and County Road 4 and was struck by 42-year-old Chad Fouquette of Foley. Johnson was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Fouquette was not injured.

--Initial numbers show Minnesota had its fifth New Year’s Eve in a row with no “alcohol-related” traffic deaths on Minnesota Highways. There was a fatal accident in Itasca County that killed Samuel Deotis when his vehicle struck a semi-truck on Monday but alcohol was ruled not a factor in that crash. There was a number of snowmobile accidents reported Monday including a fatal one in Stearns County. State Patrol arrested 25 motorists on New Year’s Eve for DWI as part of a stepped up enforcement effort.

--Two people are holding a winning ticket worth one million dollars each from the Minnesota State Lottery’s New Year’s drawing. The two Minnesota Millionaire raffle tickets were sold in Crow Wing and Pine County. These tickets are two of 150 winning raffle tickets from the New Year’s Day drawing. A complete list of winning numbers can be found at

--Residents in the Swanville area should be advised that the 911 lines are down caused by a fire in a quest building. If residents need 911 assistance, they are asked to head to the nearby fire hall where authorities will be on hand and can radio for help.

--The Pierz Police Department is currently investigating several incidents involving counterfeit money. Officers have responded to several businesses that have identified counterfeit bills. Businesses should check all bills received, as officers have seen counterfeit bills in all denominations. Not only should businesses check all bills received, but the Pierz Police Department reminds them to get a description of anyone passing the bills, a vehicle description and any other information that might assist in the investigation. Those who have any questions or concerns are asked to contact Pierz Police Chief Eric Hanneken at (320) 630-2846.

--Brainerd firefighters were called out early Tuesday morning to a structure fire at Stewart’s Forest Products Inc. in Fort Ripley. Upon arrival firefighters found heavy smoke and flames from the southeast side of the building on Sleepy Hollow Road. The fire was contained to one building and appeared to have started from an outside wood cutting machine that was on a deck attached to the building. The fire did $125,000 in damages to the building. No one was working at the facility at the time of the fire and no one was injured.

--Aitkin firefighters were called out Tuesday morning to report of a home on Fourth Street in Aitkin filled with smoke. The Aitkin Fire Chief reported that the cause of the smoke was from a furnace malfunction inside the home. There was smoke damage to the basement but no fire ever started and no one was injured.

--A 39-year-old Level 3 Predatory Offender who moved to Lake Edward Township in October was arrested Sunday on a parole violation. A report stated that Christopher E. Wheeler was unable to find a place to live after being told to leave the address that was on his offender registry information. Wheeler has a history of sexual conduct with juvenile female victims that he was known too. He is under supervision from the Department of Corrections until 2021. Wheeler is being held in custody as his living situation is reviewed.

TODAY= partly sunny, high near 15, wind chills below zero.
TONIGHT= mostly clear, low 5 above then rising temps overnight
FRIDAY= sunny, high 30, clear Friday night low around 6 above.
SATURDAY= scattered flurries, high 23, low around 5 above.
SUNDAY= mostly sunny, high 25, partly cloudy night low 14.

HS GBB= St. Cloud Cathedral at Little Falls 7:30 tonight on Q92.
HS BBB= Swanville at Royalton 7:30pm tonight on FM94 KFML.
KC= All Pierz area girls and boys ages 10-14 as of January 1, 2013 are invited to participate at the local level of competition for the 2013 Knights of Columbus Free Throw contest. The contest will be held Saturday, January 12th starting at 8am at the Pierz Healy High School. There is no fee to enter and trophy will go to champions. For more information, contact Dennis Welle at (320) 468-2758.

IN 1972= Don McLean received a gold record for “American Pie”.

Redneck Radio Friday, great lunches daily found at West Side Bar

Wednesday- January 2nd, 2013

--Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf announced that Washington County Attorney Pete Orput would assist with the Thanksgiving Day homicide in which Byron Smith is charged with the second degree murders of Haile Kifer and Nick Brady. Middendorf has appointed Orput and Washington County First Assistant Brent Wartner as Special Assistant Morrison County Attorneys to alleviate the burden on the county attorney‘s office of handling multiple pending homicide related cases. Middendorf stated, “This rash of homicide cases is well beyond anything we could have anticipated.  My staffing level is not sufficient to provide the resources necessary to handle the contentious Smith prosecution. That is why I have accepted the generous offer of assistance extended by Mr. Orput.” Orput, the Washington County Attorney since 2011, is a career prosecutor of over 24 years, having tried in excess of 20 homicide cases to verdict all over the state. Orput stated, “This is what prosecutors in this state do; we help other offices out when they need help. My office and I have the experience and resources to assist Morrison County with this important prosecution.” An omnibus hearing for Smith has been set for January 22nd at 1pm in Morrison County District Court.

--January 1st meant New Years and new state laws that took effect. They include extended warranties on certain electronic devices must be sold separately, not part of a package deal. This applies to warranties covering loss or damage to portable devices such as laptops, tablets and cellular phones. Senator Paul Gazelka who represents Morrison County was the sponsor of the law that he says further clarifies a law enacted in 2010 that exempted people who sell the warranties from having to be a license insurance agent. Another new law is that teen parents who receive state aid for child care will be exempted from a limit on the number of days their children can be absent from care before the provider loses compensation for missed days. The new law creates a conditional exception to the 10-day limit for parents who are still in school. Another is health care providers and businesses that refer patients to them will have new restrictions on how they can advertise to those who’ve been in a car accident. They won’t be able to use third parties to solicit business from those who’ve been in accidents unless they clearly provide their names and the clinics they work at. One other new law is that all school buses used in the state of Minnesota must be equipped with a crossing arm to protect children walking to and from the bus. The control arm has to be attached to the front right bumper of the bus and will automatically expand out whenever the bus is stopped and its flashing red lights are in use.

--County jobless rates ticked up a bit in November. The recent findings show that Morrison County rose from 5.9% to 6.3% in November. Mille Lacs to 8%, Crow Wing 7.2%, Aitkin County 7.2%, Todd County 5.3% and Wadena County 6.8% were all up slightly compared to October. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate for the state in November was 5.7% a decrease of 5.9% in October. Nationally the seasonal adjusted average of unemployment was at 7.7% in November down from 7.9% in October. Central and northeastern Minnesota saw rise in the jobless rate where the southern part of the state and metro saw a decrease.

--Michael Middendorf reported that someone had entered his shop on Todd County Road 15 and stole several tools and other items. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

--Even though 2012 ended with very cold temperatures in the teens below zero Monday night, the year as a whole was the 3rd warmest on record. Pete Boulay from the State Climatology Office said 2012 just missed breaking the record for warmth by two-tenths of a percent behind 1931 and 1987 for warmer years on record.

--A reminder to use caution in fish-houses not only from the ice down below but also with propane furnaces after five people were sent to the Duluth burn unit after their propane furnace exploded in their ice house along the Canadian border. The blast Sunday afternoon could be heard all along Zippel Bay on the shore of Lake of the Woods. Names were released but three of the five are from North Dakota.

--Authorities in northern Minnesota have identified a snowmobiler found dead on the Bigfork River. Itasca County authorities say 38-year-old Daniel Hollinday’s sled hit a large rock on the shore of the river and he was thrown onto some smaller rocks along the shoreline. Deputies found Hollinday after he was reported missing by relatives.

--Legislation to block the "fiscal cliff" is headed to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature. The bill will avoid, for now, the major tax increases and government spending cuts that had been scheduled to take effect with the New Year. Final approval came in the House on New Year's Night. The vote was 257 to 167.  The Senate passed the bill less than 24 hours earlier.  The measure raises tax rates on incomes over $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples, which is considered a victory for President Obama.

--Jane Kilian, age 56 of Pierz.
--Donald Woitalla, age 75 of Harding
--Bernard ‘Bernie’ Kimman, age 100 of Pierz.

TODAY= cloudy with light snow, then turning windy, high 25.
TONIGHT= flurries, cloudy and colder, low 3 above, wind chills to -10
THURSDAY= gradual clearing, colder, high 12, wind chills below zero
FRIDAY= sunny and warmer, high around 30.

COL BB= The 9th Ranked Gopher men’s basketball team beat Michigan State 76-63 in their conference opener on Monday. Gophers go to 13-1 on the season and have Northwestern later this week.
NFL= Black Monday (the day after the NFL regular season ends) was brutal on NFL coaches as seven lost their jobs. Most notable, Andy Reid fired after 14 years with Philadelphia and Lovie Smith was let go after 9 years with Chicago. Others fired were Norv Turner in San Diego, Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona, Romeo Crennel in Kansas City, Chan Gailey in Buffalo and Pat Shurmur in Cleveland. The New York Jets fired their General Manager but stated that Rex Ryan would stay.
NFL= The Wild Card Weekend shapes up with Cincinnati at Houston Saturday at 3:30, followed by Minnesota at Green Bay Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at noon Baltimore hosts Indianapolis followed by Seattle at Washington at 3:30pm, all games live on AM960 KLTF.
COL FB= Stanford won the Rose Bowl over Wisconsin 20-14. Northwestern won, Nebraska, Michigan and Purdue all lost Tuesday.

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