News July, 2013

Wednesday- July 31st, 2013

--The Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force and Morrison County Sheriff’s Office found marijuana plants growing in a trailer on property owned by Sobieski Body Shop. A search warrant was executed Monday at the business where 58-year-old Thomas T. Kliber of Swanville was found in possession of the marijuana. Also located were several individually-packaged baggies of suspected marijuana. Deputies executed the search warrant after a tip was called in to the Sheriff’s Office. Kliber was cooperative with deputies and the case will be forwarded to the Morrison County Attorney’s Office for appropriate charges.

--Vehicle owners in Morrison, Benton, Sherburne, and now also Stearns County will pay a $10 tax next year to help pay for local road projects. The wheelage tax will begin January 1st. The tax applies to all vehicles registered in the county except certain exempt types, including motorcycles, scooters and trailers. In the past, only Twin Cities counties have been authorized to levy a $5 wheelage tax. This year, the Legislature increased the amount to $10 and expanded the option to all 87 Minnesota counties.

--The local National Night Out Open House will be held from 4:30-7:30pm on Tuesday, August 13th at the Little Falls Fire Department. The event features an extrication demo, face painting, free cookout, bicycle clinics, fire trucks, SWAT Team, Dive Team and displays.

--Brainerd and Nisswa firefighters responded Monday to Stewart’s Forest Products Inc. on Sleepy Hollow Road in Fort Ripley. Firefighters learned just after 10:30am one of the company’s dust collection systems located next to its mill building caught fire. The fire did around $10,000 in damage as firefighters worked until after 3:00pm on the blaze. The 8 day shift employees were sent home and all employees inside the mill were evacuated as a precaution. There were no injuries. Fire officials said the fire was difficult to get to due to black heavy smoke but they were able to extinguish it and keep it contained to the one building. The second shift workers were told they would have a regular shift Monday.

--A downed transmission line left more than 6,000 customers in Stearns County and some Morrison County Townships without power for about an hour Tuesday morning. The downed line was reported around 6:30am and representatives from both companies said power was restored to all customers by about 7:45am. Affected areas included Albany, Avon, Collegeville, St. Joseph, St. Cloud, St. Wendel and the townships of Brockway and Holding in Stearns County and two townships in Morrison County, Two Rivers and Elmdale.

--A 33-year-old Brainerd man was critically injured Saturday when his bicycle was struck by a vehicle on Highway 371 and Novotny Road in Baxter. The crash happened around 11:30pm when Scott D. Reynolds came across the highway and was struck by 22-year-old Ryan Elyea of Brainerd. Elyea was not hurt and police said no charges will be filed in the case. Reynolds was taken to Brainerd hospital then airlifted to Minneapolis with critical injuries.

--Preliminary reports of five traffic deaths this weekend has pushed Minnesota’s death count over the 200-mark for the year, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. By comparison, the state didn’t reach 200 traffic deaths last year until Aug. 21. The 2013 preliminary count of 202 road deaths represents the loss of 27 more lives compared to the 175 deaths reported at this time last year.

--The teenager accused of causing a man’s death last year after one punch in a St. Cloud alley has had his trial moved from August to November. 18-year old Jesse Jean Smithers is charged with second degree murder and first degree manslaughter and has been certified to stand trial as an adult. He was 17 when the incident happened that led to the death of Colton Gleason. Smithers has denied having anything to do with the incident that led to Gleason’s death and has said he didn’t know who did. His trial will now be November 12th.

--The 50-year-old Robbinsdale woman injured Friday in an accident north of Motley has been upgraded to fair condition at St. Cloud Hospital. Dee Ann Trowbridge was injured when her vehicle left Highway 64, came back on the highway and rolled over.

--A 60-year-old Pine River woman is facing nine criminal complaint charges of animal cruelty in Cass County District Court when deputies seized 102 dogs from her home on July 16th. Deborah Rowell arraignment hearing will be on August 19th. The dogs were found to be living in a residence without proper ventilation due to hot conditions also dirty water and large amounts of waste from the dogs were found inside when deputies arrived to the Pine River site.

--A 51-year-old Forest Lake man involved in a motorcycle crash on Highway 18 east of Brainerd back on July 1st has died. The State Patrol ruled that Lee Dufresne died Monday morning from his injuries. Dufresne and 44-year-old Christine Ross were riding on Highway 18 when the cycle collided with a deer. Ross had non-life threatening injuries and treated in Brainerd. Dufresne was taken to North Memorial Medical Center again where he died Monday.

--Area residents, business owners and motorists are invited to attend an open house August 7th to learn more about a Highway 23/ Highway 65 construction project in Mora. The project is scheduled to begin August 12.The open house will be held from 5–7 p.m. at Mora City Hall. The project will resurface and repair Highway 23 and Highway 65 between the Fish Lake/Ann River bridge and Mora Lake in Mora. When complete the project will result in a smoother ride, improved drainage, and better access to the roadway.

--The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site will host a children’s day on Saturday from 10am to 5pm. The event is free for children 17 and under to come and see the machinery, Lindbergh’s days of life at the Little Falls home and also enjoy children’s activities and games that Lindbergh would have played in the turn of the 20th Century.

TODAY= a morning storm, then becoming sunny, high 75.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 53.
THURSDAY= sunny skies high 76, clear at night low 55.
FRIDAY= sunny skies, high around 75.

TWINS= Royals beat Twins 7-2 last night. Twins and Kansas City play again tonight 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.

IN 1809= first practical railroad in U.S. started service.
IN 1932= George Washington quarter goes into circulation.
IN 1989= the Minnesota Twins traded 1988 Cy Young winner Frank Viola to the New York Mets for four pitchers including Rick Aguilera.

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Tuesday- July 30th, 2013

--At 7:00pm on Sunday the Little Falls Fire Department responded to a fire at the Key Row Apartments. Joan Heidelberger in unit 101 had left town and apparently left the stove on. By the time firefighters arrived there was a lot of smoke but the fire was contained to that unit. 24 firefighters were on the scene for about 90 minutes. The entire building was evacuated while firefighters battled the blaze but everyone was allowed to return Sunday night. There were no injuries but the apartment did sustain some smoke damage inside according to Fire Chief Mike Nieman. The fire department also responded Saturday morning to a gas spill at a car accident on 1st Street NE and a grass fire at Highway 371 and 233rd Street Sunday afternoon. No injuries from those incidents.

--This past weekend felt more like April or October instead of late July. Northern Minnesota around Ely and the Boundary Waters had frost advisories Sunday night. The record low temperature in St. Cloud was broken Sunday morning when the temp reached 43 degrees breaking a record set in 1981. The high Saturday at LF Radio was 63 degrees, 20 degrees below normal though many parts of central and northern Minnesota on Saturday didn’t even reach 60 degrees. Temps will rebound near 80 today then more 70s for highs and staying below average into early August.

--Stearns County deputies responded to a one-vehicle accident Sunday around 3:30pm on County Road 11 near Freeport. 27-year-old Benjamin Gaebe of Melrose left the east side of the roadway crossed over several yards before striking and coming to a rest inside a house. Gaebel was alone in the vehicle and told deputies he had fallen asleep prior to leaving the roadway. No one was in the home at the time of the accident. The home sustained moderate damage. Gaebel was treated for injuries at the Melrose Hospital.

--A central Minnesota mother is suing the Environmental Protection Agency to force it to reevaluate potential harms of pesticide drift from farm fields and then act accordingly. Bonnie Wirtz of Melrose was treated for pesticides that entered her home from a nearby field that was just sprayed and suffered a severe reaction. She wants the EPA to approve no-spray buffers around home, schools, parks and day care centers for the most dangerous and drift-prone pesticides.

--Eleven members of the St. Cloud Police Department’s Swat Team are heading overseas for a world competition. The team will head to Belfast, Ireland where the competition will take place. The team won the gold medal last year at the Can-Am Police-Fire Games in St. Cloud. The world competition begins Friday.

--A reminder that the Soo Line Trail Bridge at the dam west of Highway 10 over the Mississippi River will be closed for inspections starting today and running through August 2nd.  Also the bridge over Daggett Brook on Crow Wing County State Aid Highway 23, approximately two miles north of the Morrison County Line, will be closed beginning Thursday for replacement. During the construction, CSAH 23 will not be passable. Northbound traffic will be detoured to the west on County Road 139, then north on State Highway 25, then east on CSAH 2, back to CSAH 23 and the reverse for southbound traffic. The construction work is scheduled to take place throughout most of the month of August with hopes to be reopened, weather permitting before Labor Day weekend.

--Platte River Day is Saturday in Royalton, parade at 10:30 with many events through the day- get details at

--The state Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Minneapolis man for the October 2010 beating death of a former Farming man. The high court upheld the convictions of 26-year old Adam Sterling for first- and second-degree murder in the death of 22-year old Leo “Lee” Kohorst. A Hennepin County jury convicted Sterling in October 2011 of killing Kohorst as he slept on a couch at the home where Sterling was a tenant. Kohorst, an Albany High School graduate, was a senior at the University of Minnesota and was studying electrical engineering. He had been remodeling the house at the time of his killing and had rented out rooms to other tenants who lived there. Sterling was convicted of using a claw hammer to beat Kohorst to death. He was a tenant at the house and was facing eviction for breaking house rules. Sterling appealed his conviction, arguing that there was not enough evidence that tied him to the killing and that investigators violated his rights when they were questioning him. The state Supreme Court disagreed, and affirmed the conviction that carries a life sentence.

--Minnesota wildlife officials have cut the quota for the state’s second wolf season by almost half. The target for hunting and trapping this fall and winter is 220, down 180 from last year. The Department of Natural Resources will also grant far fewer licenses, a little more than half as many. The changes come after an annual DNR survey found the wolf population had dipped to an estimated 2,211 wolves. The DNR seeks to keep the wolf population from dipping below 1,600. Last year’s wolf hunt was the first since the animal came off the endangered species list in the region.

--A Sauk Centre man is being held in Stearns County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail after being accused of sexually assaulting a four-year-old. 41-year old Justin Wayne Hannine, is charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was arrested July 25th, one day after police received a report that the child might have been sexually assaulted. Hannine made his first court appearance on the charges July 26. The complaint filed against him accuses Hannine of abusing the child July 22. Hannine denied abusing the child, when he was interviewed by investigators. The court complaint charging Hannine mentions that the child told a close relative about the abuse.

--Adam and Kelly Laubach of Little Falls, a boy born July 28th.

--Rita Leidenfrost Streasick, formerly of Pierz
--Steve Haste, age 51 of Staples.
--Irene Armstrong, age 95 of Little Falls.

TODAY= mostly cloudy, slight chance of showers, high 78,
TONIGHT= showers and storms likely overnight, low 61.
WEDNESDAY= morning storms then gradual sunshine, high 75.
THURSDAY= sunny, high 77 low around 55.

TWINS= after Monday off Twins host Kansas City tonight and will have Joe Mauer back after last week his wife gave birth to twin girls. Pregame tonight starts at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.

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Monday- July 29th, 2013

--A line of strong thunderstorms rolled across the area Thursday night. High winds, heavy rains and large hail was reported form the storms that affected northern and eastern Morrison County between 7:00 and 8:30pm. Before that storms crossed the Cass, Crow Wing and Aitkin county areas dropping trees, causing power outages and even snapping power poles from high winds.

--Jeff and Leah Schilling were recently named the Morrison County Farm Family of the Year. They learned the Extension Committee had chosen them in June. The Schillings’ 30-foot by 72-foot high tunnel, next to a 17-foot by 25-foot tunnel, was erected with a four-year grant from the High Tower Project through the United States Department of Agriculture. This is the third year of production from the high tunnel for the Schillings. They have embraced the idea of teaching the next generation about where food comes from. Fourth and seventh grade students from Mary of Lourdes Schools come to the Schillings’ Farm in the spring and the fall on field trips, to harvest the food to bring back to the schools for their school lunches.

--Fire has caused extensive damage to a lumber mill in northern Minnesota. The fire at Remer Cut-Stock Lumber was reported to the Cass County sheriff’s office around 8:45pm Tuesday. Firefighters arrived to find the mill engulfed in flames. No one was hurt. 25 people worked at the business. Though not a total loss the structural support of the building was severely damaged and ruled unworkable inside until it is fixed. The cause is still under investigation.

--A St. Cloud woman was taken to St. Cloud Hospital Thursday after a one-vehicle accident. Deanna Lee Matson, 39, was making a left turn from St. Germain Street to 33rd Avenue South when she drove into a street light stationed on the median. The accident happened shortly before 9:00am. Matson suffered minor injuries and was taken to St. Cloud Hospital. Matson did not have any passengers in the vehicle and no one else was injured in the crash.

--A 34-year-old Brainerd man had his first court appearance in Crow Wing County on multiple charges from an accident Tuesday where Justin Peterson reportedly climbed a tree and jumped to a rooftop in an attempt to flee police. The accident report was called in around 1:30pm on First Avenue Northeast in Brainerd where witnesses saw a man running from the scene. Officers observed the man identified as Peterson climbing a tree to a rooftop of a residence. There police surrounded the residence and took Peterson into custody without incident. He was treated for minor injuries at a hospital before being taken into custody. Peterson’s blood alcohol level was .108. The other driver in the accident was not hurt. Peterson was not only charged with DWI and fleeing police from the Tuesday incident, he was also charged from an incident July 8th for child neglect due to watching three children who were outside late at night unsupervised while Peterson was sleeping inside the house. Officers also found synthetic marijuana on Peterson on that occasion.

--Morrison County Deputies recently received word of a theft from a garage sale in the county though no address was given, items from a number of vehicles stolen at the Blanchard Dam, a burglary report in Royalton and Camp Ripley reported an envelope with white powder in it, which turned out to be Ritalin and non hazardous.

--A Robbinsdale woman was seriously hurt Friday afternoon in a one vehicle accident on Highway 64 north of Motley. The accident happened around 2:30pm when 50-year-old Dee Ann Trowbridge went off the right side of the road, came back up on the highway and rolled. Trowbridge was taken to an area hospital then transferred to the Twin Cities for treatment of serious injuries.

--Camp Ripley Major Donovan appeared on KLTF’s Partyline on Friday. He spoke about several upcoming events through Camp Ripley. They include the Gold Star Family Retreat August 23-25; Warrior’s 5K and 10K Run September 14; Camp Ripley Open House September 15; Camp Ripley Golf Tournament Sept 23; Disabled American Veterans Deer Hunt Sept 30 – Oct 2; Camp Ripley Memorialization Oct 6th; Youth Archery Deer Hunt Oct 11-13; Public Archery Deer Hunt Oct 26-27 and again Nov 2-3; Deployed Soldier Muzzleloader Deer Hunt Dec 2-4.

--The 20th annual Morrison County Relay for Life was held on July 19th. This year, the people of Morrison County raised more than $110,000 to support the fight against cancer. Top fundraising teams included fifth place – Unity Family Healthcare Family Medical Center, for raising $4,327.34; fourth – Bookin’ It with Kathy, $4,355.05; third – Pat’s Patriots, $5,496.56; second – Jim’s Farmhands, $6,397.96 and in first place – Spirit Lifters, with $7,702.70. Each member of the first-place team received a medal. The top five individual fundraisers included fifth – Kathleen Huebner, Bookin’ It with Kathy – $1,658.75; fourth – Lynnae Gilder, Spirit Lifters – $2,020.65; third – Therese Waddell, St. Gabriel’s Hospital – $2,105.38; second – Mary Ellen Barnes, Jim’s Farmhands – $3,134.12 and first place – Jeri Betts, Pat’s Patriots – $3,386.56.

--Ryan Schneider and Jennifer Mitchell of Little Falls, a girl July 25th
--Brian and Jodi Otremba of Little Falls, a girl born July 25th.
--William H. “Bill” Okerman, age 83 of Hopkins formerly Little Falls.
--Dennis F. Witucki of St. Cloud formerly of Wisconsin
--Reinhart Gerwing, age 95 of Pierz.
--Roy E. Eblen, age 75 of Staples.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high 76.
TONIGHT= partly to mostly cloudy, low 57.
TUESDAY= partly sunny high 80, storms develop in evening.
WEDNESDAY= showers and T-storms in morning, high 77.  

TWINS= Twins go late Friday into Saturday and beat the Mariners 3-2 in 13 innings thanks to first homerun by Twins Chris Colabello. Brian Dozier and Justin Morneau homered Saturday and Sam Deduno shut down Mariners 4-0.  Seattle bounced back to beat Twins Sunday 6-4 to split 4 game series. Twins are off today host KC Tuesday.
REGION= Sobieski and Avon qualified for State already after first weekend of Region 8C tournament. Buckman and Freeport were eliminated. The tournament moves to Avon starting Saturday at 11am on KLTF, full details at
LEGION= St. Cloud beat Little Falls Legion twice to go to state.

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Friday- July 26th, 2013

--24-year old Allen Joe Brodeson of Little Falls, was sentenced to 45 days in jail and five years probation following his Burglary in the Third Degree conviction Wednesday in Morrison County District Court in Little Falls. Brodeson plead guilty as charged on June 16th in a case which stems from an April, 2013 burglary at the Busy Bee Laundry in Randall. Two other individuals also participated in the burglary. Their cases are pending. Police Chief Strack learned that the suspects had gone to a nearby casino with a large amount of change. They were identified via security video. Co-defendants Sara Ballou and Dustin Quirk will be sentenced on July 31st and August 14th respectively. All three defendants will be ordered to pay restitution for the amount of money stolen and for damage done during the burglary. Also on Wednesday, 19-year-old Brandon Plante was sentenced to 45 days in jail and five years probation for felony aiding and abetting criminal damage to property in the 1st degree. 51-year-old Patricia Workman was sentenced to 30 days house arrest with electronic monitoring and five years probation for felony theft of controlled substances and 22-year-old Talia Hoffman was sentenced to 70 days in jail after pleading guilty to giving a false name to a police officer. Hoffman has a case pending on a Criminal Vehicular Homicide charge in Stearns County and has Felony Warrants from Todd and Douglas Counties.

--State Health Officials have cited the Assumption Home in Cold Spring for neglect. The Minnesota Health Department says their investigation found that neglect played a role in a resident’s death in January. The woman died of asphyxiation after her neck became lodged between the beds mattress and bed rail. The health department says the nursing home should be cited because there was no evidence that is assessed risks versus benefits of using a bed rail. The resident suffered from dementia and impaired mobility and had a history of falls out of wheel chairs and her bed. Assumption Home is back in compliance now with a corrective plan to avoid similar incidents such as this in the future.

--Motorists may encounter delays on Highway 71 in Sauk Centre as the road is reduced to a single lane with flaggers controlling traffic starting next Tuesday morning at 7:30. The closures are needed as crews repair the storm sewer beneath the roadway. The closures and work will be completed by August 2nd. For information on the project you can contact the city of Sauk Centre or check

--Stearns County reported a watercraft crash in Paynesville Township Tuesday morning. Around 10:15 deputies responded to Lake Koronis where a watercraft operated by Donald Manion of Coon Rapids was pulling a water skier when the boat collided with a kayak with two juvenile males on board. One of the juveniles, a five year old male from Edina, received non-life threatening injures and was taken to the Paynesville Area Hospital by ambulance. Stearns County stated that no one else involved in the accident needed hospitalization.

--A massive drug raid that included more than 100 law enforcement officers seized a huge crop of marijuana plants Wednesday afternoon, following a multi-million dollar bust near Hinckley. Federal agents seized over 5,500 marijuana plants, with an estimated street value of $4,125,000. The plants were loaded into dump trucks and taken to an undisclosed location to be incinerated. No information about the arrests was released by the Drug Enforcement Administration, which is leading the investigation.

--Law enforcement is reminding motorists of excess traffic near Royalton this weekend on Highway 10 due to Halfway Jam.

--Governor Dayton secured a major disaster declaration following strong storms and flooding June 20th-26th. President Obama declared a major disaster for 18 Minnesota counties including locally Morrison, Benton, and Stearns counties. Preliminary damage assessments determined the storms caused $17.8 million in damage to public infrastructure across the state. Communities in the affected counties are now eligible for federal assistance. The major disaster declaration is for Public Assistance which covers uninsured eligible projects submitted by counties, cities, townships and certain private, not-for-profit organizations. FEMA will reimburse 75 percent of approved costs. The 25 percent non-federal share is the responsibility of state and local governments. When Governor Dayton made the request, Morrison County was estimated to be eligible $133,000. The amounts were $551,583 for Stearns County and $298,075 for Benton County.

--U.S. Highway 10 in Rice will have a number of lane, road and ramp closures next week during construction. Drivers should plan for three major traffic changes starting Tuesday. The ramp from Highway 10 west to the east junction of Benton County Road 31/South Division Street will close permanently beginning Tuesday. Motorists traveling west on Highway 10 can access County Road 31/South Division Street using westbound Benton County Road 2/East Main Street, one mile west on Highway 10. Westbound Highway 10 between 115th Street and the west junction of County Road 31/South Division Street will be intermittently reduced to a single lane from sunrise to sunset during non-rush hours. On July 31st, Benton County Road 21/25th Avenue Northwest near County Road 2 will be reduced to a single lane with flaggers controlling traffic. The road will be temporarily closed later in the week. A signed detour will follow Highway 10 and Benton County Road 40/155th Street. County Road 21/25th Street Northwest will reopen by mid-September. Those driving on Highway 10 and local roads in Rice should slow down, watch for slow moving heavy equipment and prepare to stop as they approach the Highway 10/County Road 2 work zones.

--Get details on Morrison County Fair at

--The baby born to Prince William and Kate Middleton in England has been named George Alexander Louis- now 3rd in line to the crown.

TODAY= few scattered showers, cool and breezy, high 65.
TONIGHT= clearing skies, cool and breezy, low 45.
SATURDAY= sunny, high 68, clear and cool at night low around 40.
SUNDAY= sunny and a bit warmer, high 72, low around 50.
MONDAY= sunny, high 76 storms develop Monday night.

TWINS= Seattle beat Twins last night 8-2. The Twins (43-56) are in Seattle this weekend, pregame tonight 8:40pm, Saturday at 2:40pm and Sunday at 2:40pm all on Q92 WYRQ.
REGION 8C= The Region 8C tournament kicks off Saturday at Pierz Legion Park. 11am Buckman vs. Avon, 1:30pm Lastrup vs. St. Stephen, 5pm Upsala vs. Ft. Ripley and 7:30pm Sobieski vs. Freeport then 4 more games on Sunday. All games can be heard this weekend live on AM960 KLTF and streamed online at

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Thursday- July 25th, 2013

--On Tuesday the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a 5 month old child that had been bitten by a dog and was currently at St. Gabriel’s Hospital. On arrival at the hospital, deputies discovered that the child had in fact been bitten in the face by a skunk. Deputies then proceeded to a residence on 153rd Street near Little Falls where the child had been at the time it was bitten. Deputies learned that the child had been outside with several other children in a child seat when a skunk approached and bit the child several times in the face. The home owner was able to retrieve a gun and shoot the skunk, killing it. The skunk has tested positive for rabies. According to Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel, the family has been advised and will be taking appropriate steps with their medical provider. Wetzel went on to state that “although a positive test for rabies is concerning to members of the general public, it should certainly not cause any form of panic.” Rabies occurs naturally throughout the state each year, most times without going recognized. Residents should be particularly aware though when a case has been confirmed and make certain their pets have been inoculated for the disease at a veterinary clinic. Wetzel reminds people that any time a wild animal approaches you, especially during the daytime hours, you should exercise extreme caution, keep your distance, and report the incident to law enforcement.

--The Soo Line Trail Bridge over the Mississippi River will be closed from July 30th-August 1st. The Morrison County Department of Public Works will be conducting a detailed inspection of structural elements associated with the Soo Line Traii Bridge over the Mississippi River. Access to the various Components requires specialized equipment to be on the bridge during the inspection. This requires that the bridge be closed while the inspection is conducted. The work is not anticipated to take longer than three days to complete. The bridge will be reopened once the inspection is complete. Soo Line Trail users are encouraged to access the trail with Park and Ride in Bowlus.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office reported that a python found on the highway outside Camp Ripley was shot and killed earlier this month. The incident was on July 7th just before 10pm. The python was found on Minnesota Highway 115 near Camp Ripley. Deputies contacted the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, who told them that the snake is not common in Minnesota and is a threat to the natural wildlife in the area. So the snake was shot. The sheriff’s office believes the snake was likely a pet that had been released.

--A DNR truck was stolen last weekend from the Little Falls Area Fisheries Office. A 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 was taken between Friday and Sunday, according to Morrison Sheriff Michel Wetzel. The truck is silver and has a two-way radio antenna. It has a Minnesota license plate EN-4190 and DNR stickers on the door. The truck is valued at $25,000. The truck had two outboard motors, a 6-horsepower and a 25-horsepower tiller jet drive, a generator and a couple of battery chargers. Anyone with information is asked to call the Morrison County sheriff's office at 632-9233.

--A 16-year-old girl was killed Tuesday after her vehicle collided with a dump truck on Wright County Road 35 in Chatham Township. Emma Rodelius of Maple Lake reportedly pulled out in front of and collided with a dump truck. The accident happened just after 5:30pm. The impact caused Rodelius to then collide with another vehicle. Rodelius was dead at the scene. The 3rd vehicle’s driver was treated at the Buffalo Hospital. The dump truck driver wasn’t hurt.

--The Pierz City Council met Monday night. The council is accepting applications for the City Treasurer until August 12th. For information call City Hall at 468-6471. An OSHA grant was accepted to be used towards training purposes and safety equipment. The grant was for approximately $4,200. The city will match those funds. One final note, a community Picnic will be held from 5:00-7:00pm on Wednesday, August 7th at Pierz Park. This is a free picnic for anybody in the Pierz School District Area. People who attend are encouraged to bring a donation to the food shelf.

--On Tuesday morning Todd County received a call of a one vehicle accident around 4:45am that occurred in a field area of Staples Township. The pickup driven by 27-year-old Dale Czechowicz of Motley rolled in a hayfield. A passenger, 23-year old Mark Jordan Michel of Browerville was ejected and died as a result of injuries sustained. Michel was not wearing a seatbelt. Czechowicz and two other passengers 21-year old Theresa Goltz of Marshall and 21-year old Brianne Hove of Staples each received minor injuries. Alcohol appeared to be a factor in the accident.

--A 19-year-old man is in critical condition at St. Cloud Hospital after a motorcycle and minivan collided Monday. Scott Patrick Henry of Foley was on a motorcycle and traveling west on Golden Spike Road when he struck the side of a minivan, driven by 49-year old Pamela Sue Maurus of Sauk Rapids. Maurus was not injured.

--A Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Deputy is accused of inappropriately touching four boys between the ages of 8 and 10 years old during a June fishing trip. 29-year-old Aaron Heuer was charged with four counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct and four counts of second degree criminal conduct in Otter Tail County District Court on Tuesday. According to the criminal complaint, the incident occurred in June when Heuer was volunteering as a fishing guide at Lutheran Island Camp in Henning. Additional incidents are alleged to have taken place with two of the victims on a separate fishing trip in Aitkin County that was unrelated to the camp. Investigators believe Heuer knew all of the victims prior to the incidents. Heuer has been placed on administrative leave and is currently being held at the Otter Tail County Jail. Heuer has been with Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office for 6 years. The BCA is conducting the investigation.

--Darryl Smith Jr., age 20 of Onamia.
--Alma M. Randall, age 104 of Little Falls.

TODAY= partly cloudy, afternoon storms develop, high 76.
TONIGHT= an evening storm then clearing, low 53.
FRIDAY= showers in midday, breezy and cool, high 66, low 47.
SATURDAY= mostly sunny, breezy, high 68, low around 45.
SUNDAY= sunny and a bit warmer, high 73, low around 54.

TWINS= A pitchers duel Wednesday as Angels top Twins 1-0. Twins now travel to Seattle tonight 8:40 pregame on Q92 WYRQ.
MAUER= Joe Mauer is not with the team as his wife Maddie gave birth to of course Twins- both girls on Wednesday morning.
LYNX= Lynx win again beating Phoenix yesterday 81-69.

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Wednesday- July 24th, 2013

--A reminder of the All Sports Meeting to all Parents and athletes in grades 7-12 interested in an activity during the 2013-2014 Little Falls School Year will be August 8th at 7pm in the high school auditorium. Parents are asked to complete the Minnesota State High School League eligibility form online at under the activities link and computers will be available to do this also in the high school commons prior to the all sports meeting. All fees for high school athletics this year is $75 per activity. Middle School fees are $50 and scholarships are available upon requests. All fall activities begin August 12th and required paper work must be in before they can practice. Students must have a current physical before they can begin practice. For info call 616-2206.

--Wednesday (today) marks the 4th anniversary of the disappearance of Peter Achermann. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reported this week that the investigation into Achermann’s disappearance continues and the reward of $20,000 for information has been extended. Achermann was last seen on July 24th, 2009 leaving his home to run errands on Warner Road by the Crow Wing River Bridge. His vehicle was found the next day at the end of a minimum maintenance road. Despite extensive searches of the area there has been no trace of Achermann. While several leads have come in the past 4 years none have helped resolve the case or find the whereabouts of Achermann. Anyone with tips or information on the case should contact Sheriff Burch at the Cass County Sheriff’s Office at 800-450-2677.

--An unattended backyard fire caused a fire that destroyed an unattached garage Monday afternoon in St. Cloud. No one was hurt in the blaze at 224 15th Ave. North. St. Cloud firefighters responded at 1:38pm to find the garage engulfed; the fire was out before 2:00pm. Damage was estimated to be at least $15,000. A tenant of the house on the property was burning pallets about 10 feet from the garage. The tenant believed the fire had been extinguished and left it unattended before it spread to the garage. The house on the same property with the garage was not damaged. But siding was melted on a neighboring garage.

--Rosalie Wahl, the first woman to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court, has died. She was 88. Wahl died Monday morning at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. A cause of death was not released. Wahl was appointed by then Governor Rudy Perpich in 1977 and served on the state’s highest court for 17 years. The court created gender fairness and racial bias task forces while she served.

--An informational meeting will be held Thursday at 6:30pm at Baxter City Hall to bring the public up to date on the current state of the Camp Ripley Veterans State Trail. This will be an informal question and answer meeting to explain what has been done by the Veteran’s Trail Committee and what needs to be done to make the multi-use trail a reality.

--A man convicted of cutting a dog’s throat in 2010 is back in jail following a probation violation. Benjamin Stavaas was on two years probation from the incident that occurred in Otter Tail County on animal abuse charges. The dog did recover. He was charged with burglary in Grand Forks, North Dakota and alcohol was found on his person which was in violation of his probation. Stavaas remains in jail until his hearing on Friday. It was reported he will be seen by the same judge that handled the dog abuse case back in 2010.

--Morrison, Benton, and Mille Lacs counties each saw their unemployment rates continue to decline for a sixth consecutive month in June. Morrison and Mille Lacs each edged down 0.1 percentage points. Morrison County checked in at 6.0 percent. Mille Lacs’ unemployment rate was 7.4 percent – highest in the area. Benton County’s figure dropped by two tenths of a percentage points to 5.4 percent. Sherburne County held steady at 5.0 percent Stearns, Todd and Wright counties all experienced increases. Stearns County reflective of the increase in the St. Cloud MSA, rose 0.6 percentage points to 5.5 percent. Todd County was up 0.1 percentage point to 5.2 percent, and Wright County rose 0.2 percentage points to 4.9 percent. The state unemployment rate in June was 5.2 percent while the national rate of unemployment is at 7.8%.

--A Perham man is charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct. Prosecutors say 30-year-old Dwayne Morris committed multiple acts over an extended period of time with a female victim under the age of 13. Morris had first court appearance Tuesday.

--Two people were seriously injured Monday evening after a broadside accident involving a car traveling in the wrong direction on a city street in Monticello. A Minnesota State Patrol report says 47-year-old Kevin P. Greene of Monticello was identified as a suspect vehicle from an armed robbery in Big Lake. After Big Lake police attempted to stop Greene’s vehicle, the vehicle fled, and a pursuit began. Greene’s vehicle collided with a car on Wright County Road 39 driven by 38-year-old Travis C. Kolles of Monticello. He and his son, Layton C. Kolles age 1, of Monticello, were taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale and both listed in critical condition. Greene was taken to New River Hospital in Monticello with injuries that were not considered life-threatening then he was taken into custody on multiple charges.

--A 36-year-old man was arrested Sunday night following a pursuit with Staples police on Highway 10. The man did not pull over for police when an attempt to stop him happened around 8pm near Staples, the man fled and was eventually stopped in Aldrich with help from Wadena County deputies. The man was arrested for fleeing in a motor vehicle. There were no injuries.

--Jeremy and Cassandra Johnson of Randall, a boy born July 20th

TODAY= partly cloudy, high 77.
TONIGHT= slight chance of T-storms late, low around 60.
THURSDAY= afternoon storms likely, partial sun, high near 80.
THURS NITE= T-storms early then clearing late, low around 55.
FRIDAY= partly cloudy, few showers, cooler, high near 70.

TWINS= Twins score 7 runs in the 10th inning including a grand slam from Chris Hermann and 2 run homer from Pedro Florimon to beat the Angels 10-3 last night. The Twins attempt to sweep the Angels as they wrap up their series in Los Angeles today with a pregame at 2:05pm on Q92 WYRQ.
REGION= catch all the Region 8C Baseball games this weekend from Pierz starting 11am Saturday on KLTF and

Redneck Radio Thurs through Saturday at West Side Bar

Tuesday- July 23rd, 2013

--A 56-year-old from Little Falls was seriously hurt Saturday when his motorcycle was struck by a car on Highway 371 in Crow Wing County. Timothy J. Cash was near Oak Drive North when his cycle was rear-ended by 19-year-old Myriah J. Hansen of Blaine. Hansen was not hurt. Cash was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center.

--Sauk Rapids Mayor Brad Gunderson reportedly pleaded with the officer not to arrest him and at one time told the officer that he was the boss and that he needed to bring him home following a drunk driving incident on February 17th. This information was recently released in a public report after investigative data received from the squad-car video of Sauk Rapids Officer Jeremy Walsh was given. Gunderson’s blood alcohol level was at .296 after a breath sample was given to officers. Gunderson was given a ride home and not arrested on the 17th, he would later plead guilty to driving while impaired and received a 15 day jail sentence. Gunderson responded to the recent reports that he has dealt with the incident on the public level and the legal system has already made and rendered their decision and judgments in this matter. The report also stated that the Benton County Jail refused to accept Gunderson because of his blood alcohol level higher than .25 where they would have had to require medical clearance, Welsh’s report says rather than waiting for clearance he opted to take Gunderson home but Gunderson could not get into his home and he was taken to his ex-wife’s house instead.

--The public is invited to attend an open house at the Morrison County Drop In Center at 120 East Broadway, Little Falls tomorrow from 10-3. This is an opportunity for the community to come and tour the facility, enjoy a picnic meal and see what is offered daily. The Drop In Center is part of the Mental Health Consumer Survivor Network of Minnesota. It offers a variety of activities including support groups, daily check-in groups, men’s groups, crafts and opportunities to attend fishing trips, Minnesota Twins games and other outings. If you have questions call the support coordinator Jan Weidenbach at (320) 267-3790 or email:

--This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Paint-A-Thon in Morrison County. This annual event, coordinated by Oasis Central Minnesota, brings together nearly 200 volunteers the first Saturday of August to paint the exteriors of homes owned by low-income residents of Morrison County. To celebrate the 20th anniversary, Oasis Central Minnesota will sponsor a barbecue Thursday, July 25th at 6:00pm at Lions Park on Fourth Street Southeast, behind St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls. All paint team volunteers, past and present, as well as anyone who has had their house painted through the Paint-A-Thon are invited to attend. Food, games and beverages will be provided. This celebration barbecue will take the place of the usual paint day breakfast. For more information on either event contact Oasis Central Minnesota at (320) 632-9140.

--Minnesota will conduct its first August Canada goose season from August 10th through the 25th. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved the hunt as a management option for states dealing with overabundant populations of resident Canada geese. Additional details are on the DNR website at fowl. The DNR will announce details of fall waterfowl seasons, including the September Canada goose hunt, in early August.

--Motorists may encounter delays on Highway 71 at 8th Street in Sauk Centre as the road is reduced to a single lane with flaggers controlling traffic from 7:30am-3:30pm daily beginning Tuesday, July 30th. The closures are needed as crews repair the storm sewer beneath the roadway. The closures and work will be completed by Friday, August 2nd. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit

--A man was injured in northern Todd County Friday after getting his hand caught in a farm implement. Thomas Pickar of rural Verndale was transported to Tri-County Hospital in Wadena after getting his hand caught in a Gehl chopper. Pickar’s condition was not known. Authorities were dispatched at 6:59pm Friday to the accident scene at 17596 Palomino Road in Germania Township.

--A 23-year-old from St. Cloud was fatally shot in Minneapolis Friday night. Authorities have identified the victim as DeShaun Guilmant who was shot multiple times in the chest and died at the scene. The Minneapolis Police Department said they are still investigating the crime as a homicide.

--The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Saint Cloud has announced it will distribute $195,000 this month to 96 parishes and 29 Catholic schools in the diocese. The schools and parishes will receive funds for books, technology, curriculum materials and other expenses. The grants are made possible by the Diocesan Living the Promise Capital Campaign, which began in 2001. Contributions are still being accepted by The Catholic Foundation.

--The Minnesota Department of Public Safety and other state and county agencies will conduct a drill today at the Monticello nuclear plant. The exercise will test the capabilities of federal, state and local agencies in an emergency. Residents should not be alarmed by emergency responders carrying out their duties during the day.

--Prince William and Kate Middleton are parents of a baby boy born on Monday at the same hospital where William was born to Prince Charles and Princess Diana in June of 1982. The baby is now third in line for the crown of England and makes the first time since Queen Victoria that 4 generations to the crown remain alive.

--Jeremy and Ashley Kajewski of Bowlus, boy born July 20th

--Rosella M. Hoemberg, age 97 of Lakewood Healthcare Center.
--John Weishalla, age 96 of Staples.
--Howard W. Wegner, age 89 of Waconia formerly of Little Falls

TODAY= sunny and pleasant, high 75.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 53.
WEDNESDAY= partly sunny, PM storms develop, high 76, low 58
THURSDAY= storms early, then sunny, high 77, low around 55.

TWINS= Twins hold on to a 4-3 win over Angels Monday night. Twins and Angels play again tonight 8:35pm on Q92 WYRQ.

Redneck Radio July 25th through the 27th at West Side Bar

Monday- July 22nd, 2013

--More than 130 dogs have been seized from a commercial dog breeder in Pine River which is 30 miles north of Brainerd. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office, the Pine River Police Department, the Animal Humane Society and the Heartland Animal Rescue Team stated there were 102 dogs and 29 puppies seized. The sheriff’s office would not describe the condition of the dogs and stated that no one was at the residence when the seizure took place. Authorities have yet to offer details about what brought them to the property or who owns it.

--The Randall City Council met Wednesday night. The council is looking at possible mosquito control for 2014. Mayor Bob Ritters said he learned the cost for fogging the city would come to approximately $650 per application and could be done every two weeks. Council discussed the pending retirement of Water and Sewer Supervisor Dan Thilquist’s, voting to spend up to $200 to erect a wrought iron sign at the city cemetery that reads “Randall City Cemetery”. They presented certificates of appreciation to Jerry Carter for his seven years on the Council and to Angie Magee for her 10 years as the administrative assistant. Council learned that the drug disposal unit at City Hall has been used by residents and that approximately 45 prescriptions have been dropped off. The council heard that the layout for the disc golf course at Bingo Park has been finished and the equipment will be installed Tuesday. They discussed the soil erosion by the walk bridge on the Little Elk River and possibly adding cloth and rip rap to the area at a cost of $3,000. They also introduced Jody Lausen as the new city assistant administrator. She begins on August 6th.

--A 57-year-old Becker man was arrested Thursday after another man was threatened with a knife. Becker police arrested Ruben Henry Ross and he was booked into the Sherburne County Jail. He could be charged with second-degree assault involving the use of a weapon. The incident happened at 2:06am in the 12000 Block of Meadowlark Blvd. The second man, who was not identified in the police report, sustained a minor injury on his neck.

--A fare cut and a new station in Ramsey have helped boost ridership on the Northstar commuter rail line this year. In the first half of 2013, the number of rides aboard Northstar was up more than 50,000 or about 15 percent compared with the same period last year. In May, Metro Transit made permanent a fare reduction that lowered most Northstar tickets by $1. Also helping increase ridership was the opening of the new station at Ramsey in November.

--Former state Rep. Phil Krinkie says he’s joining the field of Republicans vying to succeed U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District. He joins 2010 GOP gubernatorial nominee Tom Emmer, St. Cloud state Sen. John Pederson and Anoka County board chair Rhonda Sivarajah as announced Republican candidates in the 6th District. Krinkie served in the Minnesota House from 1991 to 2006 and served as chair of the powerful House Taxes Committee. He now is president of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota and serves on the board of trustees for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Krinkie first ran for Congress in the 6th District in 2006, the year Bachmann was elected, but bowed out of the race after Bachmann got the Republican endorsement. Bachmann is not seeking a 5th term.

--Halfway Jam is this Thursday through Saturday near Royalton with 20 bands over the three days. You could go to Halfway Jam with free tickets by listening this week to FM94 KFML.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9am at the government center. The commissioners will discuss a request from multiple organizations to make a grant application request for a drug court in Morrison County. More on the issue will be brought up on Tuesday. They will also hear reports from Social Services, Public Health, Public Works, planning and zoning and Extension Office.

--A St. Cloud woman was injured Saturday after falling off the back of a motorcycle. At about 11:30am the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an accident on Stearns County Road 8 north of Minnesota Highway 23. 27-year-old Derek Anderson of St. Cloud was operating his motorcycle when his passenger 23-year-old Brittany Czaplewski fell off the back. Czaplewski was treated at the scene for her injuries then was later taken to St. Cloud Hospital. The injuries according to officers were not life threatening.

--Plans are moving forward for the 2013 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener in the south-central city of Madelia. The governor's opener and its public events will be held October 11th and 12th. This will be the third annual Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener since Dayton held the first in 2011. Previous host communities were Montevideo and Marshall.  There are 8,600 acres of public hunting land within 20 miles of Madelia. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources bases its pheasant research in the city. Madelia is 20 minutes west of Mankato and about an hour and a half southwest of Minneapolis.

--Clint and Latasha Notsch of Rice, a girl born on July 17th

--Sister Ruth Nistler, age 81 of Little Falls.

TODAY= morning T-storms, then sunny, breezy, high near 80.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, cooler, low 56.
TUESDAY= sunny and less humid, high 76, low around 57.
WEDNESDAY= slight chance of storms, sunny, high 75.

TWINS= Joe Mauer comes through with a 2 run single in the 8th to lift the Twins to a 3-2 win over Cleveland Friday night. Twins do it again with a 3-2 win Saturday over Indians. Indians beat Twins 7-1 on Sunday. Twins at Angels tonight pregame 8:35pm on WYRQ
REGION 8C= the 8 Victory Leagues teams are in for the Region 8C tournament in Pierz this weekend. From the East it is Lastrup and Buckman, North Fort Ripley and Freeport, South St. Stephen and Avon and in the west Sobieski and Upsala. The games start at 11am Saturday at Pierz Legion Park. Hear all games on AM960 KLTF.

IN 1926= in a publicity stunt, Babe Ruth actually caught a baseball dropped from an airplane around 250 feet above Yankee Stadium. Reports state the ball reached speeds over 100 miles per hour.
IN 1933= Wiley Post ended his round the world flight, took 7+ days
IN 1975= Confederate General Robert E. Lee after over 100 years from the end of the Civil War had his U.S. Citizenship restored.

Stop into the West Side Bar today for happy hour specials.

Friday- July 19th, 2013

--Governor Mark Dayton has included Morrison, Stearns, and Benton counties in a disaster declaration request to President Barack Obama for aid to recover from storms June 20-26. Dayton sent the letter to President Obama on Wednesday and asked that 18 Minnesota counties be included in a disaster declaration after preliminary damage assessments revealed $17.8 million in costs and damage. If granted the disaster declaration would provide financial assistance to townships, cities, counties, schools and other organizations for uninsured and eligible storm-related damage to public infrastructure. Dayton’s letter doesn’t give total damage in each county for public and private entities, but it does estimate the amount of “eligible public assistance” for each county. Those estimates are $551,583 in Stearns, $298,075 in Benton and $133,000 for Morrison County.

--Little Falls Police this week responded to a fire on the 14000 block of Elm Street Tuesday night no other details given, a report from a caller that there was a fire in his garage on 5th Street Southwest Monday night but the fire was out before authorities arrived.

--Farmers and landowners have an additional 18 calendar days to submit their annual report of acreage to their local FSA county office with the deadline extended from July 15th to August 2nd. Only the FSA reporting deadline has been extended. The acreage reporting requirement for crop insurance has not changed and remained July 15th. Producers should visit their USDA Service Center to complete acreage reports for FSA. In Little Falls contact 320-632-5477.

--Authorities are still working on how 2-year-old Isaiah Theis ended up in a trunk of a vehicle parked on the family property. A deputy found the body of Isaiah in the trunk of a car at his parents' home near Centuria Wednesday night. The father repairs cars there and the car belonged to a customer. Volunteers and family members searched the area Tuesday night and Wednesday but unfortunately never thought to check the cars that were on the property.

--The Pierz sports meeting for parents, athletes, and coaches will be on Monday, August 5th at Pierz Healy High School. Registration starts at 6:30pm with the meeting to follow. The meeting is for all 7-12 graders involved in any sports. Parents are asked to bring the necessary forms and fees. For information call the Activities Director David Rocheleau at 468-6458 (ext 1214).

--The Pierz City Council meets Monday night at 7pm at city hall. Agenda items include the posting of a position for city treasurer, RPSWD Mutual Aid Agreement, cancel the Highway 25 interfund loan to Electric Fund, set preliminary levy hearing date and hear from city department heads. Meeting again is at 7pm Monday at City Hall.

--Minnesota unemployment rate dropped to 5.2% statewide on Thursday. A tenth of a percent lower than it was in May.

--A fire destroyed a garage early Thursday morning in west St. Cloud creating an estimated $30,000 in damages. Two individuals discovered the fire and forced their way into the home to alert the homeowner, Angeline Nierenhausen, and brought her to safety. The garage on 37th Ave. N was engulfed in flames through the roof when units arrived at 12:45am and quickly ruled a total loss. There was fire damage to the exterior of the house and connecting breezeway. Heat also damaged a vehicle and boat parked in the driveway. Cause for the fire is under investigation, but arson is not suspected.

--A Melrose man was hospitalized Thursday morning after the tractor he was operating rolled at a Stearns County dairy farm. 59-year old Randy Pieper was at Vogt Dairy on Queensfield Road in Getty Township at about 8:25am when the accident happened. The tractor was on an incline of a large pile of haylage when it rolled. Pieper was inside the enclosed cab, which had roll bars in place. He was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries.

--A Family Readiness Group volunteer with the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Combat Aviation Brigade will receive the Region 5 Volunteer of the Year Award Saturday at the Minnesota National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility. Melissa Gregory will be the first Family Readiness Group Leader from the 34th CAB to be recognized nationally. Additionally, she is one of only three FRG Leaders from Minnesota that have been recognized in the last six years at the national level. Gregory was the FRG Leader for A Company, 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 34th Combat Aviation Brigade during their latest deployment to Kuwait in 2012. Gregory will receive the award Saturday, July 20 at 1:00pm in Room 260 of the Army Aviation Support Facility in St. Paul.

--Get information on weekend events including church festivals in Rice and Bulldog Lake, Relay for Life tonight in Little Falls and another at the Motley Fairgrounds this evening, and a living history event Saturday at the Lindbergh Historic Site by going to then click on community calendar.

TODAY= mainly sunny, high 82 becoming less humid.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 55.
SATURDAY= mostly sunny, high 75, thunderstorms late, low 55.
SUNDAY= storms early, then partly sunny high 75, low around 60.
MONDAY= partly sunny, chance of T-storms, high near 85.

TWINS= Twins host Cleveland for the first series after the All Star Break tonight. Pregame tonight at 6:40pm, Saturday at 5:40pm and Sunday at 12:40pm all live on Q92 WYRQ.
WNBA= Lynx at San Antonio tonight.
VL= makeup game for Nisswa and Ft. Ripley tonight 8pm in Pierz.
VL= Randall at Upsala Saturday 1:30pom on AM960 KLTF.

IN 1848= first women’s rights convention held in New York.
IN 1877= Spencer Gore won first Wimbledon men’s tennis title.
IN 1966= 50 year old Frank Sinatra married 21-year-old Mia Farrow.
IN 1969= Apollo 11 goes into Moon Orbit landing on July 20th.

Northstar Entertainment tonight, Open Jukebox Saturday at WS Bar.

Thursday- July 18th, 2013

--The 20th annual Morrison County Relay for Life event will be held Friday night into Saturday morning. The event is to raise funds to the American Cancer Society in hopes to find a cure for cancer. The event kicks off at 4:30pm with a silent auction at the Little Falls Community Middle School. The survivors’ dinner is at 5:30pm, then the event at the track behind the middle school begins at 7pm. There will be 2 speakers during the evening, a survivors lap around the track, the luminary ceremony at 10pm and 20 teams walking the track through overnight hours until 5am Saturday. To donate to the event contact Mary Kline at 632-2772.

--A Litchfield woman died Tuesday after a two-vehicle collision between Kimball and Litchfield which also involved a Royalton man. Around 2:30pm, 34-year-old Jesse Albright of Royalton was driving north on Highway 24 when 72-year-old Gloria Nething of Litchfield ran a stop sign and collided with the Albright vehicle. Nething died at the scene. Albright had no apparent injuries.

--The Northwest Area Foundation, University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, Otto Bremer Foundation and Initiative Foundation recently granted the Region Five Development Commission a combined total of $227,500.00 in grant funds. In addition to the previously listed grants, Arlene Jones of SPROUT received a Fellowship from the Bush Foundation in the amount of $75,000.00. The money will be used to move forward the local foods initiative in the Region 5 area which includes Morrison, Cass, Crow Wing, Todd and Wadena counties. Region Five Development Commission will partner with local and statewide agencies to develop the local value-added foods system in Central Minnesota. This initiative has been supported and implemented by the Initiative Foundation, USDA and many other partners and agencies.

--A fire caused about $3,000 damage to an aircraft Tuesday at St. Cloud Regional Airport. The fire was reported at 1:46 p.m. The Cessna 421C, a 10-seat twin-engine plane, was on the apron of the runway when the fire started. Mechanics were balancing the fuel mixing system when the fire started in the right wing engine. No passengers were on the plane and the mechanics were able to get the fire out before firefighters arrived.

--The roommate of a missing Minnesota woman whose body was found recently in Colorado faces charges of second degree murder. 54-year-old Melissa Miller was arrested Monday for suspicion of murder of Leeann “Annie” Meyer whose remains were found near a Park County cabin on July 4th. Miller was the last person to see Meyer according to court documents. Miller is currently being held at the Park County Detention Facility.

--Motorists traveling on Highway 210 may encounter lane closures and delays as crews resurface two short segments of road in Pillager and west of Baxter during the next two weekends. Resurfacing will occur: July 19-20 on Highway 210 at east junction County Road 1 in Pillager and July 26-27 on Highway 210 at County Road 18 just west of Baxter. Work will begin about 7:00pm on Friday and continue until completed on Saturday evening. Motorists should expect lane closures with reduced speeds, stops and flaggers directing traffic through the work zone. In case of inclement weather, work will be rescheduled for the following weekend. This is part of a larger improvement project to repair and smooth seven miles of concrete road surface between Pillager and Baxter going through August.

--Both directions of Highway 371 traffic in Nisswa will be shifted onto the newly constructed southbound lanes on Monday, July 22nd to allow crews to reconstruct the northbound lanes. Once complete, the project will improve motorist and pedestrian safety and mobility, reconstruct four lanes of Highway 371, improve turn lanes and provide a new Crow Wing County Road 18 connection and traffic signal. The project also adds a new pedestrian tunnel, improves local roads and utilities and creates better access to the Paul Bunyan Trail. The entire $7.6 million project is to be completed by November 2013.

--Minnesota resident veterans with 100 percent service connected permanent disability can apply for a free permanent card that allows them to receive a free small game and either-sex deer hunting license each year. Minnesota lawmakers passed the permanent card legislation during the 2013 session. It was signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton. Disabled veterans will no longer have to bring their paperwork to the license agent every year. They’ll need their paperwork to apply one time. The DNR has mailed letters and applications to 2,294 disabled veterans who have previously obtained a free small game or either-sex deer license. Other Minnesota resident military veterans with 100 percent service connected permanent disability, as defined by the U.S. Veterans Administration, may obtain an application online at or call toll-free at 877-348-0498.

--A harmful new fruit pest has emerged in Minnesota which may cause significant damage to locally grown berries, grapes and cherries. A small fruit-fly known as the wing drosphila was discovered recently in Dakota and Rice counties feeds on healthy fruit leaving maggots which will destroy its commercial value. The pest also makes the fruit vulnerable to other insects, fungi and bacteria. Officials urge berry and grape growers to check for the pests and take action but the issue now is that the insect is so new to Minnesota that there isn’t much that state officials know about it.

--Rosella Hoemberg, age 96 of Staples.
--Loretta Gocken Jensen of St. Paul formerly of Royalton
--Irene Maciey, age 97 of Little Falls formerly of Elmdale.

TODAY= partly sunny, high 92, storms develop late day.
TONIGHT= storms evening and overnight, some strong, low 70
FRIDAY= storm early then mostly sunny, high 82, low 57 at night
SATURDAY= sunny, less humid, slight chance of shower, high 75.
SUNDAY= chance of showers, partial sun, high near 80.

VL= Victory League playoffs continue this weekend with a makeup game Friday night between Nisswa and Fort Ripley 8pm in Pierz. More games on Saturday including Randall at Upsala for a Region 8C bid will be the game of the week Saturday at 1:30 on AM960 KLTF.
TWINS= Twins off until Friday when they play Cleveland.
WNBA= Lynx at San Antonio on Friday night.
FAVRE= The Green Bay Packers will not retire Brett Favre's No. 4 this season but the Packers CEO said they will sometime in the future but not this year. Favre played 16 seasons with Green Bay.

Northstar Entertainment tonight and Friday at West Side Bar

Wednesday- July 17th, 2013

--A 37-year-old Randall woman was injured around 1:30 Monday afternoon on Crow Wing County Road 3 just past the northeast Brainerd Bridge. Jody Lausen was taken to the Brainerd hospital where she was treated and released.

--The death of a 59-year-old Sartell man found on June 8th in Little Rock Lake was consistent with freshwater drowning, according to autopsy results released Monday by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. Thomas John Theisen was a passenger in a vehicle that hit a guardrail late June 7th on the U.S. Highway 10 bridge that crosses part of the lake. He apparently fled the scene and was found by the Sauk Rapids Fire Department and Stearns County Water Patrol in the lake the next day. Theisen’s body was in the Harris Channel, which goes under the bridge. 49-year old Mary Margaret Stein, was the driver that hit the guardrail. The vehicle came to a stop on the highway and Stein and a witness called 911. Theisen could not be found despite search efforts of a State Patrol helicopter and a Benton County K-9 unit. According to investigation by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, witnesses described Theisen as showing signs of alcohol consumption.

--Brainerd Police investigated a one-vehicle crash Saturday where the driver later died. Around 8:40am, police responded to North 5th and Ivy Streets and found 58-year-old Patrick Lies had collided with a residence. Lies was found unconscious and taken to an area hospital where he later died. Police later learned that Lies died from a medical condition he sustained before the collision occurred. The residence suffered moderate damage from the crash.

--The Wisconsin man who killed his three children to get back at his ex-wife was sentenced Monday to life in prison with no chance of parole. 35-year-old Aaron Schaffhausen was ruled he was sane when he killed 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia at their River Falls Home in July of last year. The jury rejected his insanity defense finding Schaffhausen sane to stand trial and expect the extreme penalty for the crimes.

--A Minnesota National Guard unit is headed to Afghanistan where members will be tasked with clearing improvised explosive devices. The nearly 100 members of the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company based in Litchfield will train for months in Texas before being deployed overseas. The soldiers come from 28 communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota and many will be making their first deployment overseas in their military careers.

--A 20-year-old man was injured Sunday in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 371 at St. Columbo Road. The State Patrol says Jeffrey D. Grimsley of Brainerd was taken to the Brainerd Hospital where he was treated and released for his injuries.

--A 41-year-old Brainerd man was injured Friday afternoon after his vehicle struck a garbage truck on Highway 18 east of Brainerd. Stewart Wylie was taken to the hospital complaining of head pain but he was released earlier this week. The garbage truck driver, 41-year-old Dewayne Collins of Brainerd was not injured.

--Republican Tom Emmer reportedly has the early lead in the fundraising aspect for the contested 6th District Congress seat next year. Reports say Emmer has collected $225,000 since entering the race where others who have entered the race each have less than $35,000 so far in fundraising. Emmer would have to win the Republican nomination before accessing any of the money raised.

--The Little Falls City Council met on Monday night. At the meeting the council approved a temporary fill in dispatcher to the Police Department. They approved an agreement with sentence to serve to clean up the county road 76 exit off Highway 10 leading into Little Falls. There is no cost to the city associated with this project. A temporary variance to the noise ordinance was approved by the council for the softball games being played at the West Side Diamonds. The noise laws go into affect at 10:00pm in Little Falls and some games were going later, but because they are only three weeks from the end of the season the ballgames will be allowed to continue as originally scheduled. The schedule next year will abide by the noise ordinance. A road maintenance agreement for Pike Creek Township was also approved.

--The financial services firm Edward Jones recently was named the No. 1 large company on the Top Workplaces in Minnesota ranking. The Star Tribune and WorkplaceDynamics of Exton, Pa. ranked the state's best employers. One hundred companies were named Top Workplaces in Minnesota for 2013, divided into 30 large companies, 30 mid-size companies and 40 small-sized companies by the number of people they employ in Minnesota. The ranking was based on employee opinions about company leadership, compensation and training, diversity / inclusion, career development, family-friendly flexibility, and values and ethics. For two consecutive years, Edward Jones has ranked in the top two Top Workplaces in Minnesota, this year topping the list. Edward Jones has 300 branches in Minnesota including 3 in Little Falls.

--The Royalton Fire Department was called to a house fire on Glacier Lane last Thursday. Fire Chief Duane Bursey said it was a deck fire and the fire didn’t penetrate the wall into the house. A candle is apparently the cause of the fire, although the exact method has not been determined. The home was ventilated before the family was allowed to return home. No injuries.

--Gas prices are going up again in Minnesota. Triple-A Minnesota’s Gail Wienholzer says there’s been about a 21-cent increase at the pump over the last week, with the statewide average now $3.61 a gallon. Weinholzer says high crude oil prices are to blame. She says gas prices will likely rise another dime in Minnesota but does not expect record high prices we were paying in late May.

--Chris Ginter and Jennifer Stiernagle of Little Falls, a boy on 7-14
--Tyler Shequen and Lhonda Wells of Little Falls, a girl on July 15th

--Emil P. Frank, age 91 of Brainerd.

TODAY= sunny and hot, slight chance of storms, high 93.
TONIGHT= slight chance of storms, cloudy, low around 70.
THURSDAY= T-storms early then partly sunny, high 90.
THURS NITE/FRIDAY= storms likely, some severe, low 69, high 81.

ALL STAR= American League beat National League 3-0 last night. Mariano Rivera pitched the 8th inning and won All Star MVP.

Northstar Entertainment Thurs and Fri at West Side Bar

Tuesday- July 16th, 2013

--A 20-year-old from Avon was injured Saturday in an ATV accident in Albany Township. Around 4:30pm Nathan Klaphake was on private property when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. He was not wearing a helmet. Klaphake was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

--A major upgrade to Minnesota’s oldest nuclear power plant is finally finished, and way over budget. Xcel Energy expects to restart its Monticello Nuclear Power Plant this week after a four-month shutdown that allowed workers to replace aging pumps and other equipment to keep the 43-year-old reactor running another two decades and to boost electric output by 12 percent. The cost of the work surged $267 million, or 83 percent, over its 2008 budget of $320 million. The Minneapolis-based electric and gas utility says the final costs will be even higher, but hasn’t publicly disclosed the amount. In the meantime, Xcel’s 1.2 million electric customers in Minnesota are being asked to pay for the cost overruns. This sort of nuclear-related expense is one of the major drivers behind Xcel’s requested rate hike that an administrative judge recently recommended slashing to 4.7 percent. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will decide, probably this fall, how much more ratepayers will pay.

--State wildlife officials say adult zebra mussels have been found in Cross Lake and Lower Hay Lake — two of the 14 lakes in the Whitefish chain based around the Brainerd area. Zebra mussels are an invasive mollusk that arrived in the Great Lakes in the 1980s, apparently by hitching a ride on ocean-going ships. The agency has put up signs at public and private access points on the Whitefish chain to raise awareness. Other Brainerd-area waters infested with zebra mussels include Ossawinnamakee Lake, Rice Lake, Gull Lake and Pelican Lake. The DNR also discovered the invasive species in Lake Winnibigoshish this year and in Round Lake last year.

--Stearns County reported a two vehicle crash in St. Joseph Township Sunday afternoon on County Road 75 and County Road 3. A vehicle driven by 68-year old Virgene Molden of St. Cloud collided with a vehicle driven by 19-year old Cayson Hiivala of Waite Park. Molden washeading east on County Road 75 and attempting to turn on County Road 3 when the two collided causing both vehicles to enter the ditch. One of the drivers Hiivala and a passenger in the other vehicle 65-year old Linda Molden were each taken to the hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

--Starting this week safe driving reminders will appear on 150 digital message boards above freeways throughout the state. MNDOT and Public Safety are working together to get the word out about seat belt use, driving sober, and driving at safe speeds. The messages are being displayed in conjunction with the state’s “Towards Zero Deaths” initiative. In 2012 395 people were killed on Minnesota roads. So far this year there have been 166 traffic deaths up from 149 at this time last year.

--Police are searching for a man who disappeared while swimming with a friend in a river west of International Falls. Ontario Provincial Police say two men were swimming in the Rainy River west of International Falls Sunday night when a 27-year-old man went under water and disappeared. OPP's Underwater Search and Recovery unit has been deployed. They're getting help from the Koochiching County Sheriff's Department.

--A reminder that the ice cream social and book sale will take place tonight from 5-9 at the Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley. The event features the boy scouts grilling brats, tanks and helicopters to view and tours of the museum. Cost is $5 for tours.

--On Sunday, the Todd County Sheriff’s Office received theft complaints in regard to items stolen from vehicles in the city of Browerville. Missing items include a black briefcase, GPS system, cutting supplies, gym bags, phone chargers and other items. Anyone with information should call Todd County on this.

--Farm workers from Minnesota and around the nation are in the nation’s capital to urge Congress to pass stronger legislation to reduce what one estimate says are 10-20,000 acute pesticide poisonings yearly in the agriculture industry. Workers say pesticides drift over them while being applied to adjacent fields or even right where they’re working. Protecting farm workers from pesticides is the responsibility of the Environmental Protection Agency. Critics say its standards have not been updated in more than 20 years but the EPA responds their worker protection standard manual for employers was updated in 2005.

--A two-vehicle collision Sunday afternoon in Sauk Rapids led to a power outage. A vehicle driven by Dirk Holler and a vehicle driven by Austin Tenter, both of Sauk Rapids, collided about 2:30pm at First Street and Sixth Avenue South. The vehicles hit an electrical utility pole, causing damage to the pole and a power outage in the area. The outage was not listed on Xcel Energy’s power outage map Sunday evening. Xcel is working to restore power, according to the news release. Gold Cross Ambulance took one driver to St. Cloud Hospital. A nursing supervisor said Sunday evening that Holler was listed in fair condition.

--Trent and Carrie Schmidgall of Little Falls, a girl born July 12th

--Roger Luberts, age 55 of Little Falls.
--Margaret ‘Peggy’ Trettel, age 65 of Sauk Rapids.
--Eleanor J. Tretter, age 75 of the Pierz area.
--Judith J. Herman, age 64 of Little Falls.

TODAY= sunny and humid, high around 90.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, muggy, low around 70.
WEDNESDAY= sunny and humid, late day storms, high 93, low 71
THURSDAY= storms early and late some strong, high near 90

MLB= Twins Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins play in the Major League Baseball All Star Game tonight in New York. The winning league tonight gets home field advantage in the World Series this year.

IN 1429= 14 year old Joan of Arc leads France in battle of Orleans
IN 1439= due to the plague- kissing is banned in England.
IN 1935= first parking meter installed in U.S. it was in Oklahoma.
IN 1936= first X-ray photos used by a medical facility in New York.

Northsar Entertainment Thursday, lunches daily at West Side Bar

Monday- July 15th, 2013

--Timothy Huber was sentenced Friday to 25 and half years in prison on a second-degree murder charge for his role in killing Timothy Larson in October 2011. Huber’s sentence was at the low end of the 306- to 367-month range allowed by state sentencing guidelines for the charge. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and $44,323.61 in restitution, jointly with his father. He was given credit for 642 days already served in custody. Huber, and his father Delbert, were indicted on the charges for killing Larson, 43, of Albertville. Delbert Huber shot and killed Larson after a confrontation on the Norman Larson property in rural Belgrade. Norman is Timothy Larson’s father. 83-year old Delbert Huber is already serving the maximum sentence of 367 months in prison for second-degree intentional murder to which he pleaded guilty in August 2012.

--The driver of a stolen sport utility vehicle led police on a brief chase through Sartell Friday morning, reaching speeds up to 100 mph. The incident began at Riverside Avenue South when a Sartell police officer tried to stop a vehicle that was being driven poorly. The driver fled west on Second Street South, continued beyond Pinecone Road and turned into a residential development. When the SUV came out on Second Street South, police discontinued the chase, because of the speed and the amount of traffic. The chase lasted about two minutes. One squad car was in the chase, but three officers were involved.

--The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for two or three firearms safety instructors in the Upsala area. Minnesota DNR Firearms Safety/Hunter Education is taught strictly by volunteer Instructors. Commitment by these volunteer instructors to teach one class can run upwards to 20 hours per class. Anyone interested in becoming a DNR firearms safety instructor is asked to contact Conservation Officer Joyce Kuske at (320) 745-2046 or email her at

--The Habitat 500 bike ride was in Pierz on Sunday during a week-long trek through northeastern Minnesota with 130 cyclists and 40 volunteers. The cause was to raise funds and awareness to build safe, decent and affordable homes in partnership with low-income families. The Habitat 500, an annual fundraising bike ride organized by Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota, gives riders the chance to build a cycle of hope for families across the world from the seat of their bicycle. Participants will bike 50 – 100 miles each day on the ride, making six overnight stops in cities in northeastern Minnesota. This year’s route kicks off in Becker; then travels through Pierz, Aitkin, Grand Rapids, Cromwell and Mora before circling back into Becker. Each participant is required to raise a minimum of $950 to take part in the ride, but typically raises much more, averaging $2,700 per person. This year’s 21st anniversary fundraising goal is to raise $350,000 to help create additional affordable housing opportunities in partnership with low-income families. Since its inception in 1993, $4.86 million dollars have been raised through the Habitat 500 for Habitat for Humanity home construction, contributing to the 2,100 homes built by Minnesota affiliates. For more information on how to get involved, visit

--Storms ripped through Minnesota Friday and Saturday bringing heavy rains of over 7 to 8 inches to southern Minnesota. Flood warnings were issued through this morning for many areas south of St. Cloud. Hot conditions were expected through the end of week.

--A Waite Park woman was taken to St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a vehicle collision at 9:29am Friday. 81-year old Marcella Curtis was crossing Third Street North at Eighth Avenue North when she collided with a vehicle driven by 32-year old Clayton Ramos. Ramos, a Sartell resident, was taken for medical care by a private party.

--A shed was destroyed by fire Friday on Woodrow Road east of Brainerd. The shed was about 10 feet from a garage that was attached to a house. The house was not damaged by the fire. The damage was estimated at $12,000 and there were no injuries.

--A 63-year-old LaPorte man died Thursday when his vehicle left a Hubbard County road and rolled. The driver identified as Ronald Muller was ejected from the vehicle around 11pm Thursday and pronounced dead when the state patrol arrived to the scene.

--Brainerd police reported a stabbing Thursday at Easy Riders on Washington Street. No other details were released. They also investigated a prowler report on Graydon Avenue, reported arrested a 27 year old man for domestic assault and reported the arrest of a 14-year-old girl who threatened an adult female with a knife. Little Falls Police reported a number of thefts Wednesday and Thursday occurring on Broadway East and in the northeast part of Little Falls. Anyone who may have seen suspicious activity around that area should call police at 616-5570.

--The Little Falls City Council meets tonight at City Hall. The work session time was changed to 6pm. The regular meeting is at 7:30.

--George Zimmerman was found not-guilty by a jury of 6 women late Saturday in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The Florida case unleashed a debate across the U.S. over racial profiling and self-defense and equal justice.

--Jeremy Sand and Sue Grzybek of Little Falls, a boy born July 9th
--Justin and Mary LeBlanc of Pierz, a girl born July 11th.
--Kyle and Margit LeMieur of Little Falls, a boy born July 11th.
--Jamie and Jessica Holm of Little Falls, a girl born on July 12th

--John G. Kummet, age 72 of Pierz.
--Gerald P. Thomalla, age 86 of North Prairie.

TODAY= isolated AM rain, then partly sunny, high 86.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, humid, low 68
TUESDAY= sunny, high near 90, partly cloudy night, low 70.  
WEDNESDAY= sunny, isolated t-storms develop, high near 90.

TWINS= Twins lose in rainy New York Friday 2-0. Twins end 6 game skid with a 4-1 win Saturday thanks to 3 homeruns. Twins win series Sunday 10-4 over Yankees. Twins (39-53) are off until Friday for the All Star Break. The All Star Game is Tuesday night.
VL= get Victory League playoff information and the rundown of next weeks games at then Victory League.

The West Side Bar has lunches and happy hour specials daily.

Friday- July 12th, 2013

--Twenty-four soldiers from the 147th Financial Management Support Company are scheduled to return today to Minnesota after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The 147th Financial Management Support Company serviced more than 18,000 soldiers, Marines, sailors, airmen and Department of Defense civilians with finance and pay support at 28 locations of which 26 were in austere conditions. The soldiers covered locations throughout four provinces in the eastern half of Afghanistan. They conducted a flawless mission and were recognized as one of the best finance companies in Afghanistan.

--Searches still continue for 27-year-old Jesse Larson of Crosby last seen June 20th. Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl stated that 35 law enforcement officers along with family, friends and volunteers searched most of Tuesday and Wednesday around the family’s home in Crosby with no luck. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jesse Larson is urged to contact the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office at 218-829-4749.

--The Motley City Council voted Tuesday night to not give a penalty to someone for writing one bad check, if that check is made good. After a second bad check by the same person within a year, the check writer will not be able to write a personal check to the city for one year. To pay their bills, that person would have to bring in cash, a money order or a certified check for a year’s time.

--The Minnesota Military Museum and the Little Falls Dairy Queen invite the public to an “ice cream social and book sale” at the Minnesota Military Museum, Tuesday, July 16, from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. The event will be packed with activities for both kids and adults with numerous period re-enactors on hand to help interpret events of military significance. Tanks will be available for kids to explore, helicopters will be opened for pictures of young pilots, and Civil War re-enactors will be firing muskets so cameras are recommended. Volunteers will be on hand to provide tours and answer questions about the museum. Boy Scout Troop 51 will be grilling brats and hot dogs and the Little Falls Dairy Queen will provide free root beer floats for everyone attending.

--A deadly virus that affects newborn pigs has made its way to Minnesota. Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) is deadly to almost 100% of infected piglets. PED has been a problem for Europe and China, but now it has been detected in 15 states in the U.S. It was confirmed in some farms in Minnesota in June. The virus is not a food-borne illness and so far no people have been affected by it. Two farms in southern Minnesota have shown early signs of the virus in recently born piglets. Among the institutions seeking a solution to the PED outbreaks is the University of Minnesota Veterinary laboratory. The major issue from the virus is if it spreads through the state it will affect the price of pork item in the Midwest.

--48-year-old David Ragains of Brainerd was arrested Wednesday for intentionally starting an artificial Christmas Tree on fire that led to the apartment fire last Friday at the North Star Apartments in Brainerd. Ragains was charged with first degree arson in Crow Wing County District Court Thursday. He faces up to a 20 year prison sentence. The fire did around $100,000 in damages to the apartment building.

--State Senator John Pederson officially announced Thursday he is running for U.S. Congress in the 6th District for the seat currently filled by Michele Bachmann. Bachmann is not seeking reelection.

--The US House on Thursday narrowly passed a farm bill that makes no changes to the federal food stamp program avoiding a fight on that hot button issue. Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson, lead democrat on the agriculture committee urged his colleagues to vote no. Peterson said splitting the farm bill jeopardizes the chances of it ever becoming law and predicted Congress would never consider another farm bill. The US Senate overwhelmingly passed its version of the legislation last month which has a much smaller cut to food stamps than house leaders originally proposed. Analysts predict the Senate will be reluctant to go along with the split bill the house has passed.

--Smoke from wildfires in central Canada has been blowing into Minnesota causing hazy skies and some problems with air pollution. Now with winds shifting back to the south today and picking up more smoke may trickle into central Minnesota from the central plains states where fires have broken out. People who suffer from asthma and other breathing conditions, the elderly and young children probably should remain indoors and reduce activity levels at times if a smoky smell or hazy conditions occur outside. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is monitoring the situation.

--The St. Cloud School Board Wednesday approved a settlement with former elementary principal Paula Foley. She will receive wages and benefits for the next 2 years totaling $271,497. The settlement will also end Foley’s tenure with the district. Foley was put on leave in April after complaints surfaced around her leadership. She was in her 19th year as a principal for the St. Cloud School District but only her first year as principal at Westwood Elementary School. Under the settlement Foley will be placed on two-year paid absence where she will receive full salary and benefits.

--David and Diane Bobick of Little Falls, a boy born July 9th

--Betty Brever of Browerville
--John Scharver, age 50 of St. Cloud formerly of Staples.

TODAY= mostly sunny, warm, humid, high near 90.
TONIGHT= storms with heavy rain overnight, low 68.
SATURDAY= showers and storms before noon, cloudy, high 84.
SAT NITE/SUNDAY= storms likely 8pm to 10am, low 68, high 85.
SUN NITE/MONDAY= storms at night, warm, low 71, high 88.

TWINS= Twins get swept in Tampa Bay losing 4-3 on Thursday. Twins travel to New York to battle the Yankees this weekend. Pregame coverage starts at 5:35pm tonight, 11:35am Saturday and Sunday with all games on Q92 WYRQ then All Star Break.
WNBA= Lynx beat Indiana Thursday 69-62, Whalen had 23 points
VL= The Victory Leagues playoff are this weekend with 8 games on Saturday and another 8 scheduled for Sunday. Weather permitting the Victory League game of the week Sunday at 1:30 will be the elimination game in the east Sunday at 1:30 with the roundup Sunday at 6:30pm on AM960 KLTF and at

Redneck Radio today and Saturday at West Side Bar

Thursday- July 11th, 2013

--Reminder again that railroad crossing work begins today at the Highway 27 crossing. A detour will remain in effect using Lindbergh Drive North and Paul Larson Memorial Drive until Friday evening as the approach to the railroad crossings are being worked on.

--The Little Falls School Board recently voted to approve the work agreements for the Education Minnesota Little Falls teachers for two years through June 2015. The total came to just more than $10.54 million. For the 2013-14 school year, the new contract shows an increase of $282,193, or 2.7 percent. For the 2014-15 school year, wages will increase another $489,723, or 4.5 percent. The one-year contract for at-will employees, which include the assistant business manager, Early Childhood and Family Education coordinator and teacher; network administrator; lead network-desktop technician; high school office manager; human resource generalist; special education program assistant; mental health behavioral aide, transportation coordinator and driver; and digital learning specialist was also approved. After negotiations for the 2013-14 school year, the package decreased from last year to $934,242, resulting in a savings of $278,268. The decrease is due to fewer at-will personnel employed by the district. The average increase for both salary and benefits came to 1.28 percent.

--Brainerd police are investigating a fire Friday at the North Star Apartments as possible arson. Police Chief Corky McQuiston said they have reasons to believe that the fire was set intentionally on the 12th floor lobby. Firefighters were called out around 5:20am to the buildings on East River Road. The fire burned an artificial tree and there was heavy smoke through the 12th floor. A damage estimate was set around $100,000 due to water and smoke damage. Police are asking residents of the apartment building to call if they noticed any suspicious activity early Friday morning. As of Tuesday afternoon no suspects were in custody from this case.

--A 62-year-old man was hurt Tuesday on Highway 371 north of Walker when his Jeep Cherokee left the roadway and rolled multiple times. Gordon Wright was taken to the Park Rapids hospital with multiple but considered non-life threatening injuries. The State Patrol reported that alcohol was detected in Wright’s system and that he was not wearing a seatbelt.

--Former State Representative Jeremy Kalin announced Tuesday that he is running for Minnesota Secretary of State next year. The two-term Democrat from Chisago County is the latest to join a list of those announced or planning to announce a run for the seat currently held by Democrat Mark Ritchie. Ritchie announced this spring that he would not seek reelection next year. Others who have announced their candidacy for Secretary of State includes Rachel Bohman a former elections director for Anoka County and Debra Hilstrom a representative from Brooklyn Center.

--A woman and an infant are staying with family after their St. Cloud apartment caught fire Tuesday night. The fire started about 10:30pm at the Northway Apartments on 14th St. N. The woman and child were home at the time of the fire and had to flee the apartment. Both escaped unharmed. The apartment took significant fire damage, estimated at $40,000. The blaze did not spread. Residents of the apartment building were forced to evacuate as firefighters did their work. The fire has been ruled accidental.

--Search and like Little Falls Radio on Facebook.

--The Pierz City Council met this past Monday night. At the meeting the council agreed to do 4 treatments of mosquito spraying city wide. The council will use Clark Environmental out of Clearwater. They are the same company used by both Royalton and Bowlus. The process involves a truck that will go around town with a cold mist that should help control the mosquito population. It is expected to be done every other week starting this Monday night during the hours of 9:00pm and midnight. The spray only works if it comes in direct contact with the mosquitoes hence the late night hours when they are out in greater force. This fall the council will reevaluate and decide if they wish to go with this service from Memorial Day through Labor Day next year. The council has been reassured that there are no health risks. Also a reminder there is a budget meting this Monday at 5:30pm at City Hall.

--At the recent Swanville City Council meeting they approved the low bid from Larson Excavating Contractors Inc. from Holdingford to construct the water system improvement designated by the Council. The project will include water main and sidewalk installation, replacement and restoration on Rhoda Street from First Street to Sixth Street; Fifth Street from Highway 38 to Berkey and Third Street from Berkey to the water tower. This is major update to the system constructed back in 1930/1931.

--Younger drivers feel the need to speed, and as a result accounted for nearly 60 percent of the speed-related deaths over the past three years, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. In comparison, drivers 65 and older were involved in just 5 percent of the speed-related fatalities. DPS is stepping-up speed enforcement through July 21st to prevent speed-related crashes. Driving at unsafe and illegal speeds is a leading crash death factor and accounts for around 80 traffic deaths annually, 243 deaths in the last three years.

--The Morrison County Drop In Center will hold their open house and cookout on Wednesday, July 24th from 10am to 3pm. The center is part of the Mental Health Consumer Survivor Network of Minnesota. The event is an opportunity for the community to come and tour the facility. The drop in center is located at 120 East Broadway in Little Falls.

--The Sacred Heart Church Bazaar will be Sunday with polka mass at 10:30, meal from 11-1 for $9, parade at 11:30, auction at 1:30pm and large raffle with first prize of $10,000 following auction, food and music all day. Details at

--Patricia L. Seelen, age 66 of Pierz.
--Kevin C. Maciej, age 47 of Waite Park.

TODAY= sunny skies, high 82.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 60.
FRIDAY= sunny, more humid, breezy, high 87, storms late.
SAT/SUN= storms likely both days- high 85, low near 70.

TWINS= Twins lose a 3-1 lead and fall to Tampa Bay 4-3 in 13 innings last night. Twins wrap up series 10:40am today on Q92.

Happy Hour specials daily, Redneck Radio tonight at WS Bar

Wednesday- July 10th, 2013

--Motorists travelling Highway 27/Broadway Avenue in Little Falls will encounter a detour as the road is closed at the BNSF railroad crossing after 8:00am on Thursday, July 11th. The railroad crossing is located just west of the Mississippi River. A detour will direct motorists along Paul Larson Memorial Drive, 9th Avenue Northwest and 2nd Street Northwest. The road is scheduled to open by 8:00pm Friday, July 12th. The closure is needed as crews repair the approach to the railroad crossing.

--Plans to demolish the paper mill that has stood along the Mississippi River longer than Sartell has been a city have been put on hold. The Sartell City Council unanimously decided Monday to hold off on issuing an interim use permit for demolition of the mill, which is owned by AIM Development. The city is waiting to get technical consultant and agency approvals for the demolition before issuing a permit. A portion of the mill was destroyed in an explosion and fire last year. The demolition will take about 15 months to complete and will be done in two phases. The company will demolish buildings, vertical concrete structures and metal. The company says that more than 530,000 square feet of buildings and 104,000 of tanks and other items will be removed. The only buildings that will remain are the office building, hydroelectric operations and a warehouse building. Concrete foundations and footings will also remain. AIM Development says that the buildings are not historically designated or eligible to be. The yellow brick from the original mill structure will be saved for reuse. AIM and the city will inspect the properties before demolition to see how extensive the redevelopment costs will be and if tax-increment financing can be used to help pay for some of those costs. The city will also help the company look into state and federal grants that could offset costs. The noise during demolition won’t be louder than mill operation or the current train activity at the site. Work will be done from 7:00am-8:00pm. Truck traffic will be limited to 8:00am-8:00pm. Truck traffic will be significantly less than what occurred during mill operations. Work will occur 7 days a week with about 25 trucks.

--More than 1,100 Minnesota National Guard technicians, including 355 at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, face unpaid furloughs starting next week due to the automatic federal budget cuts known as sequestration. The Minnesota National Guard released the figures in a statement Monday. It says the 1,118 furloughed personnel will have to take one unpaid day off each week for 11 weeks, beginning July 15. The affected technicians are uniformed military personnel who do tasks such as mechanical work, administrative and logistical support. Nationwide, more than 650,000 civilian Defense Department workers will be subject to sequestration furloughs. Military officials have warned the sequestration cuts could have far greater effects if allowed to continue into 2014.

--Aitkin County deputies are investigating a robbery at the Aitkin VFW Saturday night. Around 11:30pm two men entered the VFW and demanded money then left on foot and possibly got into a vehicle a short distance away. The men were described as being 5’10 to 6 feet tall, wearing dark colored hooded sweatshirts and larger “girl style” sunglasses. No injuries were reported from the robbery. Anyone with information is asked to call 218-927-7400.

--The names of the motorcycle driver and passenger who were killed Monday in a head-on collision with a truck in Crow Wing County were released Tuesday. The names were identified as 52-year old David Dittes and his spouse 53-year old Tammy Dittes both of Coon Rapids. The crash around 2:30pm Monday occurred on Highway 6 north of Crow Wing County Road 11, near the Bridge Tavern in Crosby. The motorcycle was traveling south on Highway 6 when it crossed the center line and struck a northbound pickup truck head-on in the northbound lane. The truck was driven by 60-year old Scott H. Nelson, of Crosby, who was taken to Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby for non-life threatening injuries.

--Minnesota Commissioner of Health, Ed Ehlinger will be visiting a number of communities this summer to discuss key public health issues. Ehlinger will invite local officials, community leaders and Minnesotans interested in the health of their community to join him in a game of horseshoes- it is the 2nd year of the “Pitch the Commissioner” event. An event is scheduled in Little Falls with the commissioner on August 7th. The time and venue are not yet set.

--On Monday, Wadena police reported a stolen vehicle which was later spotted by Todd County Deputies north of Browerville on Highway 71 around 11:15am. The vehicle was stopped by police and deputies north of Long Prairie. The lone occupant was arrested without incident. Criminal charges are pending in Wadena County.

--Little Falls Police in the past days responded to theft reports of solar lights on Riverview Drive, a mountain bike on 2nd Avenue Northeast and a Ozark Trail tent on 16th Street Northeast. Report of an assault in front of the movie theater, two cars reportedly drag racing on a city street and vandalism done by spray paint to an apartment laundry room on 11th Street.

--One person was injured Monday morning in an accident near Pirates Cove on Highway 371 north of Baxter. 69-year-old Glen Tuma of Pine River was attempting a U-turn when he rear-ended a vehicle driven by 63-year-old James Nix of Brainerd. Nix complained of back pain but denied any medical attention or an ambulance. The other driver, Tuma was not hurt.

--Todd County is investigating mailbox vandalism on July 4th near the city of Little Sauk. Someone placed exploding fireworks in one of the mailboxes causing it to explode damaging the mailbox. Anyone with information is asked to contact Todd County deputies.

--Todd R. Jutz, age 44 of Little Falls
--Ann Garrison, age 83 of Little Falls.

TODAY= sunny skies, less humid, high 78.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 55.
THURSDAY= sunny skies, high 82, clear at night, low 62.
FRIDAY= sunny and breezy, late night storms, high 86.

TWINS= Twins lose 4-1 to Tampa Tuesday. Twins and Tampa Bay continue series tonight at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ
WNBA= Lynx roll over Atlanta last night 94-72 at Target Center. Monica Wright 22 points, Lindsey Whalen 20, Maya Moore had 19.

Redneck Radio Thursday, great lunches daily at West Side Bar

Tuesday- July 9th, 2013

--A special thank you to all whole who took in the first Pierz Freedom Fest last Saturday which included country music star Josh Thompson. Around 3,000 people attended the event. The hopes are to make the event an annual one due to its first year success.

--Construction on an interchange at U.S. Highway 10 and Benton County Road 2 in Rice started Monday. The $11.3 million project will replace the existing intersection and traffic signal and increase safety. A bridge will be built over Benton County Road 2 and ramps will provide access to local roads. The plan is to complete the following work this year: Construct temporary bypass lanes, install a westbound off ramp, realign the frontage road, replace the storm sewer under Benton County Road 2 and move utilities. Highway 10 will be open to four lanes with occasional single-lane closures at non-peak times.

--A Big Lake man died a day after being shocked while charging a boat battery on a Sherburne County lake. The incident happened Thursday afternoon while 46-year old Daniel Peterson was standing in about 20 inches of water on Eagle Lake while trying to charge a boat battery. He lost his footing and fell into the water while holding the battery charger, which was plugged into a socket. Peterson’s sister saw the incident and ran into the water to help. 49-year old Kris Biser was also shocked. She and Peterson were unresponsive and floating in the lake when they were discovered by neighbors. Those neighbors pulled the electrical cord from the socket and then pulled Peterson and Biser from the water. Neighbors rendered first aid and called 911. Peterson was taken by air ambulance to the Hennepin County Medical Center but died Friday. Biser was taken to St Cloud Hospital by ambulance and is expected to recover.

--A woman was injured operating a jet ski Friday in Aitkin County. Sherriff Scott Turner stated the woman sustained serious injuries when her jet ski struck the dock at her Cedar Lake residence starting it on fire. Firefighters stated the dock and canopy were completely destroyed. The woman, whose name was not released, was taken to an area hospital for treatment of her injuries.

--Authorities in Otter Tail County say a man has lost two fingers after the firework he was holding exploded in his hand. Deputies say 25-year-old Jason Holweger of Dilworth was lighting fireworks late Friday. He was holding a 2-inch-wide cannon-style firework in his hand as he loaded the charge and lit the fuse. The charge exploded in his right hand. Authorities say he lost two fingers.

--Five people were hurt in an accident Thursday in Crow Wing County. Around 3:30pm. 49-year-old Brian Koslofsky of Pequot Lakes collided with 33-year-old Jessica Waytashek of Nisswa at county roads 137 and 13. Waytashek had a passenger and three children in her vehicle. Both drivers and the three children were taken to Brainerd hospital where Jessica and the children were treated and released. Koslofsky was kept for observation.

--Area firefighters have been busy over the past days with the warm weather. Brainerd firefighters since last week responded to four grass fires, a vehicle fire from an accident Friday on Highways 371 and 210, a gas spill at a gas station and an outbuilding fire on Laurel Street late Friday night. There were no injuries reported in any incident. Since last Wednesday, Crosby, Mission Township, Nisswa and Pine River fire departments have been called out to grass or other types of fires, again no injuries in any of the case.

--GOP Candidate for Governor Jeff Johnson stopped by Little Falls Radio Monday. Johnson is a Detroit Lakes native and current Hennepin County Commissioner and is looking for Republican Party unity in defeating DFL Governor Mark Dayton in 2014. Johnson feels the jobs climate in the state is a major issue that needs to be addressed in the 2014 election. Other issues are business regulations and licensing, education and fiscal responsibility on the state budget. Johnson is one of four Republican candidates who have announced they are running for the GOP endorsement in 2014.

--An Avon man was taken to St. Cloud Hospital on Friday after a one-vehicle crash north of Avon. 21-year-old Andrew Kunstleben was driving south on 160th Avenue when his vehicle left the pavement, hit a driveway embankment, became airborne and rolled several times. Kunstleben’s injuries were not considered life-threatening.

--A Belgrade man was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital Sunday afternoon after the pickup truck he was driving left a road near a curve, vaulted over a creek, flipped end over end and landed on its tires. 19-year-old Dustin Kalthoff was southbound on Stearns County Road 12 near the intersection with Stearns County Road 31 in Spring Hill Township near New Munich when the accident happened at about 2pm. Kalthoff was extricated from the vehicle and last listed in critical condition Sunday.

--The following preliminary figures are from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety for the July 4th holiday. There were 560 DWI arrests statewide during the holiday period - Wednesday, July 3rd at 5:30pm through Sunday, July 7th. 225 of those arrests occurred from July 3-4. 335 of those arrests occurred from July 5-7. Five people died in four crashes on Minnesota roads. Of the five people who died: Three were  motorcyclists killed in two crashes on July 4th; one person was killed in a rollover crash on July 6th in Clay County; a bicyclist was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Minneapolis around 10:30pm on July 3rd. July 4th is historically the state’s deadliest day of the year on the roads. There were 19 road deaths on July 4th from 2008 to 2012. A major factor for the deaths was drunk driving, which accounted for 13 of the holiday’s deaths (65 percent), a rate higher than Minnesota’s annual percentage of deaths as a result of drunk driving, historically around 30 percent. There were 29 deaths during the official holiday travel period the last five years of which 19 were drunk-driving related.

--Joyce E. Eli, age 86 of Little Falls formerly of Hillman.

TODAY= showers and storms likely, some strong, high 84.
TONIGHT= evening storms then clearing late, low 56.
WEDNESDAY= mostly sunny, cooler, high 77, low 57.
THURSDAY= sunny skies, high 83, low around 60.

TWINS= Twins lose again this time to Tampa Bay 7-4 last night. Twins at Tampa Bay again tonight 5:40pm on Q92 WYRQ

IN 1877= first Wimbledon Tennis Tournament held in England.
IN 1956= Dick Clark became the host of American Bandstand.

Redneck Radio Thurs, Fri and Sat at West Side Bar

Monday- July 8th, 2013

--Reminder that railroad work begins today on Ninth Avenue Northwest, between Paul Larson Memorial Drive and Lindbergh Drive North, the crossing will be closed today through Wednesday. BNSF crews also will be working on railroad crossing at 123rd Street, between County Road 76 and 140th Avenue. The roadway will be closed for five days starting today.

--A Long Prairie man died in a motorcycle accident in South Dakota last week. Police say that 23-year-old Jacob Huggett was traveling around 2:30am Tuesday when the cycle failed to brake and crashed. Huggett hit his head on the curb and was pronounced dead when authorities arrived. His passenger, 20-year-old Tobben Aeschliman suffered non-life threatening injuries. Neither man was wearing a helmet. Huggett was in South Dakota visiting family.

--A 32-year-old man was seriously injured Thursday after a rollover crash south of Nisswa. Kenneth Taylor of Naytahwaush was on Highway 371 at Polks Road when his vehicle left the roadway, hit a mailbox and rolled. Taylor was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries. A passenger, 23-year-old Leslie Wakemup of Naytahwaush received non-life threatening injuries.

--Federal and state officials are investigating a Listeria outbreak linked to cheese. Minnesota officials say an older adult died and another was hospitalized from illnesses linked to Wisconsin producer Crave Brothers Farmstead Classic Cheeses. Three other states have reported related cases. Health officials say consumers who have purchased Les Freres cheese, Petit Frere cheese and Petit Frere with Truffles in the past month should not eat it and stores have been advised to pull the cheeses from shelves.

--On Wednesday Governor Mark Dayton signed an executive order for a state of emergency due to storms that affected the state Thursday, June 20th through Wednesday, June 26th. Severe storms and flash flooding affected a large section of the state resulting in significant debris issues, and extensive damage to public infrastructure and the utility distribution systems. Many areas were without power for days. Counties affected included Aitkin, Benton, Mille Lacs, Stearns, Wright, Big Stone, Carver, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Hennepin, Houston, Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Pine, Pope, Renville, Ramsey, Sibley, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wilkin, and Winona. State agencies shall continue to provide necessary assistance, in cooperation with appropriate federal agencies, to help local units of government recover from this emergency.

--Agenda items for tonight’s Pierz City Council meeting include a GASB Policy, mosquito spraying in the city, mutual aid agreement with RPSWD, reminder of an upcoming budget meeting, the council will also receive reports from public works, police, fire and parks departments. Pierz Council meets at 7pm tonight at city hall.

--Motorists travelling both directions of Highway 169 between Zimmerman and Long Siding may encounter daytime delays as segments of the road are reduced to a single lane beginning today. The closures will occur from sunrise to sunset through mid-October. A reduced posted speed limit of 55mph will be enforced through each day’s work zone. The closures are needed as crews resurface the road, construct or extend six turn lanes, close six crossovers and install or repair guardrail and underground pipes. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9am at the government center. Agenda items include a report from the Little Falls Convention and Visitor Bureau, social services, public health and community development will also have reports at Tuesday’s meeting.

--The Royalton City Council approved Mayor Andrea Lauer’s request to complete a grant application for submission to the Bush Foundation. The grant is the Bush Prize for Community Innovation, awarded to honor and support innovative organizations with a track record of making things happen. Lauer plans to use the Splash Park as the grant project if approved. The grant award would be 25 percent of the total project cost. Communities are encouraged to apply for the grant if they have a culture of innovation — a track record of innovative solutions and a commitment to community powered problem-solving.

--Two people have suffered electrical shocks while trying to charge a boat battery in a lake in Sherburne County. Reports say a man was standing in Eagle Lake on Thursday, trying to charge the battery. He sustained an electrical shock, and a woman who came to help him was also shocked. The man wasn’t conscious or breathing when emergency responders arrived. He was airlifted to a hospital. The woman was conscious and alert. She was taken to a hospital by ambulance. The extent of their injuries wasn’t immediately known.

--Three people are dead after two separate motorcycle crashes in Minnesota. The Minnesota State Patrol says a man and a woman died Thursday after the man lost control of the bike he was driving and crashed on Interstate 35 in Pine County. 57-year-old Terrance Armstrong and 47-year-old Kari Armstrong were airlifted to hospitals in Duluth, where they later died. Also Thursday, a 24-year-old motorcyclist died when he tried to pass a sport utility vehicle in Rice Lake Township. St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says Benjamin Scott Jones of Rice Lake Township was pronounced dead at the scene.

--Myron and Kristy Ripplinger of Bowlus a boy born July 3rd.
--Mike and Michelle Adamietz of Randall, a boy born July 3rd.

--Raymond ‘Ray’ Blonigen, age 80 of St. Martin.
--Richard Golombiecki, age 81 of Flensburg.
--Adelia Neigum, age 97 of Onamia formerly of Isle.
--Donald E. Olsen age 86, of Staples

TODAY= mostly sunny, humid, high 88.
TONIGHT= storms develop late, low 67.
TUESDAY= morning and late day strong storms, high 84.
WEDNESDAY= sunny and cooler, high 79, low 56.

TWINS= Mark Buehrle and Toronto shut out Twins 4-0 Friday. Twins returned the favor Saturday as Mike Pelfrey shut down Jays and Brian Dozier homered in a 6-0 win. Toronto took the series Sunday with an 11-5 win over the Twins. Twins (37-48) are at Tampa Bay tonight 5:40pm pregame on WYRQ.
VL= get scores and highlights of Victory League at

Lunch today, stop into the West Side Bar in Little Falls.

Friday- July 5th, 2013

--The First Pierz Freedom Fest Concert is this Saturday. Gates open at 3pm, music starts at 4pm with Loose Talk, 2 Mile Final and then Josh Thompson around 10pm at the Genola ball-fields south of Pierz on Highway 25. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $20. More information at then click on the logo.

--The Pierz and Royalton Fire Departments responded Tuesday morning to a fire at a hog barn on Nature Road, six miles east of Royalton. The building was a total loss and 175 hogs perished in the blaze. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

--Crow Wing County deputies conducted ground searches with dogs around Crosby looking for Jesse Larson who has been missing since June 20th. Sheriff Todd Dahl stated the search is concentrating around the area of the family’s farm near Crosby. Searches had been made earlier using four-wheelers and a helicopter but the foliage made it difficult to see too much. The sheriff’s department continues to ask homeowners in the Crosby area to check homes, cabins and property for any sign of Larson especially possible cabins and property that may be left unattended at times during the past month. Anyone with information on Larson’s whereabouts is urged to call 218-829-4749.

--Three people received serious, but non life-threatening injuries in a one-vehicle crash about 10:30am Tuesday in St. Cloud. A sport utility vehicle driven by 43-year old Abdulkadir Aden Arab, of St. Cloud left the roadway at 13th Street North and Ninth Avenue North and struck a stop light pole at the southwest corner of the intersection. The vehicle had been traveling east on 13th Street when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle left the road. Two passengers, 45-year-old Abdi K Dahir of St. Cloud and 66-year-old Amina Shire Abdi of St. Cloud were also injured. All three were transported to the St. Cloud Hospital. Arab was cited for careless driving. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to call St. Cloud police at 251-1200.

--Questions recently arose in some central Minnesota cities about golf cart use on city streets. The Foley City Council adopted an ordinance in May that made it legal following a ban on golf carts on streets in the city which was passed years earlier. A state statute allows cities to authorize the use of golf carts, all-terrain vehicles, utility task vehicles and mini trucks on streets. As required by state statute, city ordinances should designate roadways where such vehicles can be used, the application and permit process, insurance requirements, slow-moving vehicle emblems, and other conditions. It also states golf carts have to be equipped with original headlights, taillights and rear-facing brake lights if it’s operated after dark. The Foley ordinance created a three-year permit that costs $50 and must be kept with the golf cart when it’s in operation. Drivers must have a valid drivers’ license, insurance and be at least 18 years old. The police department checks the license and the equipment on the golf cart before issuing the permit.

--The Pierz City Council has their next scheduled regular council meeting Monday at 7pm at the Pierz City Hall.

--Bowlus Fun Day is Sunday. Outdoor polka mass at 10am; followed by the parade around 11:15; then a full afternoon and evening of events in Bowlus including water fights from area firefighters at 2:30, a live auction at 1:15, kids pedal pull at 1pm, pony rides, live music, raffle and fireworks at dusk on Sunday.

--Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel reminds residents to be mindful of scams. Recently a Royalton woman who met a man over the internet and believed he was in the military and needed help cashing a check found the check in question was bad and then noticed that nearly $3,000 was taken from her bank account. Sheriff Wetzel says that scammers can be very tricky and you should never give out any personal information by computer or phone if you did not initiate the contact.

--Around 10:50am on Tuesday authorities responded to a 2 vehicle crash on County Road 133 just south of County Road 4 in St Joseph Township. A vehicle driven by 41-year old Jonathan Dold of Sartell was traveling south on County Road 133, crossed over the centerline sideswiping a van being driven by 42-year old Paul Heun of Sartell. Both vehicles left the roadway and went into the east ditch. Dold was transported to the St Cloud hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The crash is still under investigation.

--The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is offering grants to veterans affected by the June 21st storm that caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to Stearns County and other portions of central Minnesota. Help will come in the form of an Emergency Storm Relief grant of $1,000 or less. Veterans Affairs will accept applications for reimbursement for expenses dated June 21st through September 30th and they must be postmarked by that end date. For more information call 320-656-6176 in St. Cloud.

--The names have been released of two Forest Lake residents injured after hitting a deer. 51-year old Lee C. Dufresne and 44-year old Christine E. Ross were on Highway 18 at County Road 23 when a deer collided with their motorcycle at 11:46am Monday. Ross sustained non life-threatening injuries and was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Brainerd. Dufresne sustained serious injuries and was transported to North Memorial in Robbinsdale.

--Russell Lindstrom, age 85 of Staples.
--John Hagen, age 62 of Menagha.

TODAY= sunny, high near 90, slight chance of T-storms.
TONIGHT= chance of evening T-storms, humid, low 70.
SATURDAY= partly sunny, humid, high 90, storms in PM hours.
SUNDAY= strong storms early, then sunny and warm, high 90.
MONDAY= mostly sunny skies, high 85.

TWINS= Robinson Cano remains a Twin killer helping Yankees beat Twins 3-2 Wednesday. Twins get swept by Yankees losing 9-5 on Thursday though Justin Morneau homered twice for the Twins.  Twins are in Toronto for a weekend series. Pregame coverage tonight at 5:35pm, then Saturday and Sunday pregame begins at 11:35am with all games live on Q92 WYRQ.
VL= final regular season weekend in the Victory League with games tonight through Sunday and some play-in game also scheduled this weekend for the playoffs that begin next weekend. Game of the Week is Saturday at 1:30 as St. Wendel is at Opole. The roundup of all games Sunday at 6:30pm on AM960 KLTF

Northstar Entertainment tonight and Saturday at West Side Bar

Wednesday- July 3rd, 2013

--Byron Smith appeared in Morrison County District Court Monday for only his second appearance since being charged with 2 counts of murder in the death of two teenagers found inside his home on Thanksgiving Day last year. Smith appeared with his lawyers as the District Judge discussed the information on the case that was gathered by the State of Minnesota with both Smith’s attorney Steve Meshbesher and prosecuting attorney from Washington County Pete Orput. Assistant Washington County Attorney Brent Wartner told the judge that court requested juvenile files for both the victims, Haile Kifer and Nicholas Brady including any police reports related to the two have been released to the defense. However, if the defense wanted something further included in regards to Brady and Kifer that would have to be in a motion brought before the court for prosecution to have an opportunity to respond to it. The two sides agreed upon August 7th as a date to have any requests on further juvenile information. That would allow the Washington County Attorney’s Office a week to respond and the court 2 weeks to consider it. Smith was released on bail in December and is due back in court on August 30th for a contested omnibus hearing. Meshbesher told the court Monday that his client wished to delay entering a plea until after his August 30th hearing.

--Congressmen Collin Peterson and Rick Nolan discussed agriculture issues Monday at the Morison County Government Center. Peterson said that the Farm Bill voted down last month in the House means an uncertain time for farmers. He said an effort to separate agriculture provisions from the food stamp part of the bill could prove fatal to the legislation. Nolan said he voted against the bill calling it a “poison bill” due to amendments that were added to the bill that he couldn’t support. Nolan felt though, even with the setback, there will still be a farm bill passed. Other legislators including Representative Ron Kresha and Senator Paul Gazelka also addressed the crowd in Little Falls on Monday as did FSA Director Darrell Larson, Carol Anderson of Morrison County Development Commission and Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson. Larson did tell the audience that his office has received a number of calls of high winds and heavy rains that will result in a poor growing season. Also addressed was that since 1992- Morrison County has declined in the number of dairy farms from 792 in 1992 to 429 in 2002 and down to 289 as of this year.

--The City of Brainerd has adopted a strategic plan which city leaders and staff have been working on for months. Monday night the council announced they brainstormed and their top priorities in the plan are neighborhood investments, stable financial planning, build a river walk, upgrade the city website and create a newsletter. The plan was approved by a unanimous vote.

--Little Falls Police reported that a theft of chemicals and solar top for a pool on Lindbergh Drive occurred Sunday and identity theft regarding a cell phone in northwest Little Falls. Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call police at 616-5570.

--Events for the 4th of July include, street dance and fireworks tonight in Randall more events including bed frame races starting at 10am Thursday, a parade in Hillman is scheduled for 11am tomorrow, Brainerd has events tonight through Sunday including a parade at 4pm Thursday and fireworks just after 10pm. More events this weekend scheduled in Pierz and Bowlus. Get details at then click on community calendar.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office will hold a level 3 sex offender community notification meeting at the Flensburg Community Center at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9th. It will be hosted by the Minnesota Department of Corrections and the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office. Level 3 Sex Offender, Jerry Ferrier Jr., will be moving into a residence off 160th Street in Culdrum Township in Morrison County. Ferrier has been convicted of criminal sexual conduct or another offense that requires registration with law enforcement. He is not wanted by the police at this time and has served the sentence imposed on him by the court. This notification is not intended to increase fear in the community, but rather to raise awareness. The sheriffs’ office believes that an informed public is a safer public.

--A Forest Lake man sustained serious injuries when the motorcycle he was operating struck a deer on Highway 18 east of Brainerd Monday just before noon. 51-year-old Lee Dufresne was seriously injured in the accident. His passenger, 44-year-old Christine Ross of Forest Lake sustained injuries that were not life threatening.

--A passenger in a car that crashed into a townhouse complex in southeast St. Cloud Monday morning was injured. A car driven by 35-year old Christina Neeley crashed into an apartment building at 5:00am at 805 15th Ave. SE. Neeley’s passenger 45-year old Gregory Lee Warne of St. Cloud was taken to St. Cloud Hospital. No person with that name was a patient at the hospital, according to Nursing Supervisor Jennifer Seifert. Seven people were displaced in two townhouse units. The Red Cross is assisting those people with temporary housing. The occupants of the townhouse were not hurt.

--Programs on Minnesota’s Greatest Generation and the Works Project Administration (WPA) will be open to the public Saturday from 10:00am-5:00pm at the Charles Lindbergh Historic Site. Throughout the day, programs will be available for visitors to learn more about the New Deal and its impact at both the historic site and state park. At 1:00pm Minnesota author Paul M. Sailer will speak on his book, “The Oranges Are Sweet” a deeply moving story about Major Don M. Beerbower and the men who served with him in the “Fighting Cobras” 353rd Fighter Squadron during World War II. Call (320) 616-5421 for information.

--Reminder that tomorrow is Independence Day, a federal holiday so all federal, state, city and county offices are closed including post offices, city halls, government centers, banks and many businesses. Offices at Little Falls Radio are closed Thursday and there will be no newsletter.

TODAY= sunny, high near 80.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 55.
4TH OF JULY= sunny, turning breezy, high 83, low 63.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, more humid, high 87, low around 70.

TWINS= Yankees beat Twins 7-3 last night. Twins continue series with Yankees tonight then wrap up it with a day game on Thursday. Pregame coverage tonight at 6:40pm on Q92 then coverage at 12:40pm Thursday on WYRQ
MLB= Homer Bailey of Cincinnati pitches no hitter last night.

Northstar Entertainment Thurs through Saturday at WS Bar

Tuesday- July 2nd, 2013

--In the past week to 10 days, Morrison County Deputies responded to a resident’s yard being torn up by a vehicle in Randall, theft of a vintage gas pump on 73rd Street in Pierz, a report of mail tampering on 3rd Avenue Northwest in Pierz, theft of a wallet at the Blanchard Dam near Royalton. Meanwhile, Little Falls Police received reports of theft of items, a burglary report on Grove Street, theft of a safe on the 200 block of Broadway and a domestic incident in northeast Little Falls. Deputies and officers remind residents to please notify them of suspicious activity and also keep houses and vehicles locked up when left unattended.

--Motorists traveling westbound Interstate 94 between Clearwater and St. Cloud will now find all lanes and ramps open for the 4th of July holiday this week. The Interstate was reduced to a single lane since April as resurfacing was being done on the highway. No closures are planned from now through July 8th then intermittent lane closures and delays will resume July 8th through July 26th. To view construction project info log on to

--The trial of a Freeport farmer charged with selling raw milk has been moved to August. Stearns County prosecutors have dismissed the selling of raw milk products charge against Alvin Schlangen but he still faces five food related charges including failure of having a food handler’s license, holding unbranded food for sale and removal of embargoed food products. Schlangen’s case was to begin last month but it was moved to August 13th following a request from his attorney.

--Secretary of State Mark Ritchie stated last week in Brainerd that he is pleased with the new election laws that took effect July 1st and will be enforced for some minor elections this year and then the entire 2014 general election. With the new laws, all townships are authorized to vote by mail process, no excuse absentee voting, the threshold for a recount was changed from a half of a percentage to one-fourth percent to reduce taxpayer paid recounts. Early processing for absentee votes rather than waiting until after the election. Ritchie also announced earlier this year that he does NOT plan on running for the Secretary of State position in 2014.

--Taxes are a big part of new state laws that took affect Monday in Minnesota. There is a new top bracket for state income taxes that will affect married couples who make over $250,000 if they file jointly or over $125,000 if filing separately. It also affects heads of households making over $200,000 and singles with income over $150,000. The higher rates apply to the entire 2013 tax year and subsequent years. Part of the money raised for the first year will be a backup if electronic pull tabs continue falling short of expected revenue for funding a new Vikings stadium. State sales tax must also be paid if you download ringtones, music, videos, or books and sales tax also applies to those who play online computer games.

--A $1.60 increase in the state’s cigarette tax took effect Monday and prices are going from about $6 to nearly $8 per pack. Anti smoking groups support the tax hike because of the health benefits. The spike in cigarette prices is projected to prevent more than 47,000 Minnesota kids from becoming addicted adult smokers. In addition this also helps save more than 25,000 Minnesotans from premature smoking related deaths. The increase will also help over 36,000 current smokers in Minnesota quit. The American Cancer Society says every state that has increased its cigarette tax has seen a reduction in smoking.

--Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad contacted the City of Little Falls Monday with upcoming roadway closures at two area railroad crossings. Ninth Avenue Northwest, between Paul Larson Memorial Drive and Lindbergh Drive North, will be closed on Monday, July 8th; Tuesday, July 9th; and on Wednesday, July 10th; to allow BNSF crews time to work on the railroad crossing that crosses Ninth Avenue. Burlington Northern Santa Fe crews also will be working on a railroad crossing at 123rd Street, between County Road 76 and 140th Avenue. The roadway will be closed for five days starting on Monday, July 8th lasting through Friday, July 12th.

--54-year old Robert Bruce was injured while driving a motorcycle Friday evening when he hit a vehicle in Ashley Township near Sauk Centre. Bruce was taken to the hospital in Sauk Centre then airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center with critical injuries. The driver of the car 20-year old Becky Wielenberg and passenger 12-year old Jacob Wielenberg were not injured.

--The suspect accused of killing a Rockville man in October before being shot by a Stearns County deputy wants a jury to hear his case. 28-year old Marcus Michael Barshaw is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Rockville resident Jeffrey Schutz. Barshaw was in court Monday for a hearing, where he waived his right to challenge evidence gathered by investigators. Barshaw is due in court next on August 26th. He previously indicated his intention to argue a defense of voluntary intoxication. Barshaw is accused of shooting Schutz, 30, several times after the two got into an argument at Schutz's residence. Schutz died after being shot six times, and Barshaw fled to a nearby apartment building. A mental health evaluation done after Barshaw was shot determined that Barshaw was not suffering from a mental defect at the time of the shooting that prevented him from knowing the nature of his act or that it was wrong.

--Irvin R. Lust, age 72 of Blaine formerly of Morrison County.

TODAY= sunny, isolated shower late in day, high near 80.
TONIGHT= clearing skies, low 57.
WEDNESDAY= sunny skies, high near 80, clear night low 63.
THURSDAY= sunny skies, high near 80 for 4th of July.

TWINS= Robinson Cano homered twice but it was the Twins relief that fell part as Yankees score 7 runs in the final 2 innings to beat Minnesota 10-4. Twins and Yankees again tonight 6:40pm on Q92

IN 1850= BJ Lane patented the gas mask.
IN 1921= first $1 million dollar prize fight heard on radio. Jack Dempsey won by knockout over George Carpentier.
IN 1955= The Lawrence Welk Show debuted on ABC TV.
IN 1964= President Lyndon Johnson signed into the law, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibiting the discrimination on basis of race.
IN 1997= Men in Black opened in theaters starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith the movie grossed 51-million first weekend.

Northstar Entertainment- Thurs thru Sat at the West Side Bar

Monday- July 1st, 2013

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce July Employee of the Month is Nathan Becker. Nathan has been a technician at RadioShack/ Design Electronics for 6 years. Steve Andres, stated "Nathan is an excellent employee.  He is extremely dedicated to our customers, always provides the highest level of quality service we expect.” Congratulations Nathan Becker, July employee of the month.

--Camp Ripley announced that the Norwegian Exchange program next year will be a summer exchange program. Next year is the 41st year of the exchange program and this will be the first time it is conducted in the summer. In 2015 and 2016 it will return to a winter exchange followed by a summer exchange in 2017. The plan is to conduct a summer exchange once every three years with the others remaining in February. The Camp Ripley Biennial open house will be from 10:00am-2:00pm on Sunday, September 15th. The event is free and open to the public. During the open house a special event to honor soldiers who were recently deployed to Iraq is being planned. More information will be released at a later date.

--The public is invited to a meet and greet with Congressman Rick Nolan and Congressman Collin Peterson from 10:00-11:30am on Monday at the Morrison County Government Center.

--St. Cloud firefighters on Thursday night rescued a man who had became ill while camping on Sportsman’s Island in the Mississippi River in south St. Cloud. The search was made more difficult by high and fast-moving waters and the dark. Firefighters were called at 9:44pm and took about two hours to find the man. He was taken to St. Cloud Hospital with minor injuries. The fire department used three engines and two boats. Firefighters had to launch their boats in the river about a mile south of island because of fast-moving water.

--On Thursday the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office along with the Brooten Fire Department and Brooten Ambulance service responded to a house fire at 28259 County Road 201 in North Fork Township approximately 2 miles northeast of Brooten. The caller indicated that the residence was fully engulfed. Upon arrival emergency personnel found that the roof had already collapsed. The residence owned by Bruce Felling of Belgrade was a complete loss. The residence was unoccupied at the time of the fire. The cause is unknown.

--On Friday at 12:23 pm, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was called to the area of County Road 44 and County Road 45, Lynden Township, in regard to an overturned semi, personal injury accident. Upon arrival, the driver, 37-year old Shane Poppen of Little Falls, was out of the vehicle. Poppen was traveling southbound on County Road 44. As County Road 44 curves to the East, Poppen lost control of the vehicle. The semi entered the ditch, struck a fence and over-turned. The load of sunflower seed spilled. Poppen was transported for medical treatment by private party.

--Sheriff Todd Dahl continues asking homeowners in the Crosby and surrounding areas to check their residences, cabins and property for any sign of Jesse Larson, age 27, 5’9” tall, 175 lbs. with brown hair. Larson was with a black lab that answers to the name “Annie”. Larson was last seen the early afternoon of Thursday, June 20, 2013 at his residence near Crosby.  The Sheriff’s Office will continue to investigate any tips from the public and asks that any suspicious type activity or found property be reported to law enforcement. Pictures of Larson can be seen at the Little Falls Radio Facebook page. Anyone with information please call Crow Wing County at 218-829-4749.

--On Thursday the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one car rollover on Quaker Road east of County Road 54 in Albany Township. Skylar Miller was heading eastbound on Quaker Road when his right side tires left the road and caught in the gravel shoulder and began to pull him into the ditch. Miller tried to steer out of the ditch and over corrected his steering. The vehicle then rolled over several times and came to a rest on its roof. Miller was transported by private vehicle to the Albany Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The passengers in the vehicle were uninjured. All occupants were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident that remains under investigation. The Albany Police Department also responded to and assisted at the scene.

--Nate Wolters ended the 2013 NBA draft as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. The St. Cloud Tech graduate turned South Dakota State All-American point guard was traded twice before he finally knew where he would begin his professional career late Thursday night. The 6-foot-5, 196-pound Wolters was originally taken with the 38th overall pick in the second round by the Washington Wizards. Washington then shipped him to Philadelphia, which had already drafted a point guard in Syracuse’s Michael Carter Williams with the No. 11 pick. Before Wolters knew it he was headed to Milwaukee. The Bucks traded Providence guard Ricky Ledo to Philadelphia, who then traded Ledo to Dallas, and Milwaukee finally ended up with Wolters. That’s how crazy it got on this draft night. Wolters is excited to be staying the Midwest and his family is hoping to head across the border soon to watch Nate play.

--Marge Anderson, age 81 of Onamia.

TODAY= sunny skies, high near 80.
TONIGHT= clouds early then clearing, low 52.
TUESDAY= sunny skies, high 81, low around 60.
WEDNESDAY= sunny skies, high near 80, low around 60.

TWINS= Royals beat Twins 9-3 Friday. Kyle Gibson wins first major league game Saturday as Twins beat KC 6-2. Royals outslug Twins on Sunday 9-8 to split the 4 games. Twins/Yankees 6:40 tonight on Q92
LYNX= Five Lynx players get into double figures led by Lindsay Whalen with 20 Friday in an 88-64 win over Los Angeles.
VL= gets scores, highlights and the recent standings from this past weekend in the Victory League on AM960 KLTF.

IN 1847= first adhesive postage stamps went on sale.
IN 1862= Bureau of Internal Revenue later IRS established by President Lincoln to help pay for the U.S. Civil War.
IN 1867= the Confederation of Upper and Lower Canada and Maritime Provinces took place- now known as Canada Day.
IN 1979= first woman commemorated on a coin- the Susan B. Anthony dollar was first issue by the U.S. Government.
IN 1991= The Court TV cable network launched.
IN 1995= Disc Jockey Wolfman Jack died at age 57.

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