News June, 2013

Friday- June 28th, 2013

--The 51st Swanville Mid-Summer Carnival is today through Sunday. The event is considered the granddaddy of summer festivals in Morrison County. Chicken barbecue begins at 5pm, Loss For Words plays tonight, American Cancer Society motorcycle ride Saturday, Fabulous Armadillos Saturday night, more music on Sunday, the parade is 11:30am Sunday followed by music, food the carnival of rides and much more that afternoon. The Swanville Lions started the tradition back in 1962 and it continues this weekend in Swanville.

--Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding boaters booze is bad news. Impaired boating is one of the leading factors for boating accidents and injuries in Minnesota and across the nation. In 2012, alcohol was a contributing factor in 33 percent of the deadly boating accidents in the state. The DNR and agencies around the state are stepping up patrols for impaired boaters as part of Operation Dry Water, a national weekend of boating while intoxicated (BWI) education and enforcement directed toward reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities. This will take place on many Minnesota waterways this weekend. The weekend is designed to prevent boaters to operate while intoxicated and done just before what will be a busy boating week for the 4th of July next week.

--Following recent studies showing the walleye population in Mille Lacs Lake is at an all time low, DNR researchers had tagged fish by using trap nets just before the fishing opener last month. They recently returned to the lake tossing nets into the water to catch the tagged fish as the population study continues. The DNR had hoped to tag around 20,000 fish before the opener but only got 7,000 done due to the cold and snowy conditions in April and May. In upcoming weeks the DNR will begin to analyze data and work on figuring out why the population level in Mille Lacs is low.

--The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office responded to a car versus pedestrian accident at Lake Sylvia County Park in Melrose Township.  The investigation revealed that Trent Tschida was lying by Lake Sylvia. Santiago Cantu drove into the park and did not see Trent lying on the ground. Santiago struck Trent in the head and shoulder region with the passenger side front tire of his vehicle. Trent was taken to Melrose Hospital and treated for non life threatening injuries.

--As part of the July “Speed Weeks” project, Minnesota State Patrol troopers will partner with local police officers and deputies on the Saturdays in July to help promote motorcycle safety in Minnesota through special enforcement. Motorcyclists and other motorists have to work together to help keep motorcyclists safe. All motorists have responsibilities that need to be taken seriously in order for motorcyclists to be safe. According to Sgt. Curt Mowers, State Patrol Regional Public Information Officer, “Speeding is a concern on the part of motorcyclists as well as other vehicles, and will be a focus during this Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) enforcement project. So far this year, we have seen at least 15 motorcyclist deaths in Minnesota and we are really watching this.” For motorcyclists, protect yourself and be seen — wear all the protective gear, including DOT-approved helmet, “high-visibility” clothing, riding jacket/pants, boots, gloves and eye protection. Also, riders should ride sober and get trained.  For info on rider training courses, visit A reminder from the State Patrol to watch for motorcycles when traveling this summer.

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--Cold Spring-Richmond Police Chief Phil Jones will serve his last day on the force on July 12th. His retirement was announced Wednesday at a Cold Spring City Council meeting; Jones did not attend. Sgt. Chris Boucher was named interim chief and Officer Jason Blum will serve as sergeant on a temporary basis. Both will be compensated for their new duties. Jones submitted his resignation to the city June 17th. He has been with the department 24 years, with 21 as chief. The city will have an open house from 3:00-6:00pm on July 11th at City Hall as a celebration of Jones’ service to the city.

--Motorists may encounter delays, work crews, slow moving equipment and intermittent lane closures on Highway 23, Highway 25 and Highway 95 within a 10-mile radius of Foley beginning Monday, July 1.The closures will occur from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Tuesday, July 2 as maintenance crews remove debris, leaning trees and other potential hazards along each roadway.For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit

--Tactical officers arrested an armed man at a home near Bemidji following a standoff that lasted more than four hours.  Police say the man was taken to an area hospital by helicopter. His condition wasn't released. Officers were called to the home in Liberty Township about 5:00pm Wednesday. Authorities say the man was armed with a rifle and threatened to shoot officers if they entered the home.  The Bemidji Pioneer says Highway 89 was closed for more than two hours as Beltrami County sheriff's deputies tried coaxing the man out of the home. Deputies moved family members and media farther away from the scene after a shot was fired. SWAT team members finally entered the home about 9 p.m. and arrested the man.

--Two juveniles were injured Wednesday afternoon when the sport utility vehicle they were in rolled as it was traveling on a Todd County road. The crash happened at about 12:10pm on 210th Street, about one mile west of Minnesota Highway 287, south of Long Prairie. The vehicle left the road, entered a ditch and rolled. The sheriff’s office didn’t release the names of the juvenile driver or juvenile passenger. It said the two were taken to Long Prairie Hospital for treatment.

--Nathan and Larissa LeBlanc of Randall, boy born June 26th

--Gladys Spath, age 66 of Brainerd

TODAY= scattered showers and T-storms afternoon, breezy, high 73
TONIGHT= showers and storms likely, mostly cloudy, low 58.
SATURDAY= morning showers & storms, then partly cloudy, high 74.
SUNDAY= sunny, high 78, clear at night low 55.
MONDAY= mostly sunny, high 81, low around 60.

TWINS= Twins win 3-1 Thursday. Twins and Royals continue their series tonight at Target Field with pregame at 6:40pm, Saturday at 2:40pm and Sunday at 12:40pm all games live on Q92 WYRQ.
VL= Victory League games tonight, Saturday and Sunday as the regular season is winding down. Get details on games and results at then click on Victory League.

Redneck Radio tonight and Saturday at West Side Bar in Little Falls

Thursday- June 27th, 2013

--An 84-year-old Bowlus woman died from a two-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on Highway 27 and 370th Avenue. The State Patrol, Morrison County Sheriff’s Office and Pierz Police responded just before 2pm to the intersection. 56-year-old John H. Butler of New Brighton attempted to cross Highway 27 and collided with an eastbound vehicle driven by 88-year-old Sylvester Warzecha of Sauk Rapids. Both drivers reportedly had non-life threatening injuries. A passenger in Sylvester’s vehicle, 84-year-old Ione Warzecha of Bowlus was pronounced dead at the scene.

--The Pierz city council met on Monday night. At the meeting the council approved an ordinance for establishing and collecting fees for Emergency Fire Protection Services. The council also accepted the resignation of firefighter Mary Schmidt. A budget meeting is scheduled for July 15th at 5:30pm at Pierz City Hall.

--The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development reports 42 business expansion projects in the first quarter of 2013 which will create more than 1,300 jobs in the state.

--A tip from the public has led to the arrest of a suspect in the hit-and-run crash that occurred in Hinckley on June 17th. The crash took the life of Trevor Langlois of Wyoming, Minn. 31-year old Derek Anthony Sanders also of Wyoming, Minnesota was taken into custody by Minnesota State Patrol Troopers without incident at his parents’ residence Wednesday morning. The State Patrol was assisted in the arrest by the Anoka County Sherriff’s Office. Sanders is currently being held at the Pine County Sherriff’s Office on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide and hit-and-run.

--Minnesota state health and agriculture officials reported that routine disease surveillance has detected at least six illnesses linked to consumption of raw dairy products from the Dennis Jaloszyski dairy farm, near Cambridge. According to epidemiologists with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the illnesses include three people with laboratory confirmation of a bacterium called Campylobacter jejuni. The illnesses were reported by health care providers as required under Minnesota law. When MDH contacted the individuals to inquire about potential causes of their illnesses, the ill people reported that they had consumed raw milk from the Jaloszynski Farm. Minnesota Department of Agriculture inspectors visited the farm to determine how many customers were purchasing the milk to notify them of the outbreak. Because the owner did not have a customer list, a consumer advisory is being issued. Anyone who may have purchased or received raw milk from this farm should not drink it but should throw it away.

--Following a groundswell of support for Stewart Mills’ candidacy in Minnesota’s 8th District, Mills announced he plans to file the necessary paperwork to explore a Congressional bid in 2014. “I’m humbled by the overwhelming grassroots support I’ve received from across the district,” stated Mills. “I look forward to further exploring how I can best represent the people of Minnesota and ensure that America is home to big ideas, cutting edge solutions and the freedom to fulfill the American Dream for generations to come.” Many 8th District community leaders, entrepreneurs and voters have already come forward to publicly support Mills’ campaign. To learn more about Stewart Mills, or to contribute, please visit:

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--Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl is 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 and 175 pounds with brown hair. Larson was with the black lab that answers to the name of Annie. Larson was last seen last Thursday afternoon near Crosby. Larson’s family are unsure of his whereabouts and have been unable to locate or have contact with him. The sheriff’s office continues to take tips from the public. Ariel searches have been planned in the Crosby area but no ground searches are planned at this time. Anyone with information please call 218-829-4749.

--A driver and two passengers were hospitalized late Tuesday after the vehicle they were in left a Todd County road, hit multiple trees and rolled. The vehicle ended up back on 470th Street in Stowe Prairie Township west of Minnesota Highway 71. The crash happened at about 8:25pm. The three people in the vehicle, all from Wadena, were taken to Tri-County Hospital and then airlifted to other medical facilities for treatment. The sheriff’s office identified the occupants of the vehicle as Travis Petro, Adam Johnson and Lisa Rudrud. The sheriff’s office didn’t say who was driving, but it said that alcohol and excessive speed are believed to be factors in the crash.

--The Sartell-St. Stephen school board approved a one-year contract Wednesday morning for interim Superintendent Michael Spanier. Spanier has worked in the district as a principal and is presently employed as the director of learning services. Spanier will be paid a salary of $595 per day for a four-day work week. The contract is from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, pending the hiring of a permanent superintendent. The school board hired search firm School Exec Connect to assist with finding a new superintendent. School Exec Connect was also used in St. Cloud school district’s superintendent search that took place earlier this year. Superintendent Joseph Hill’s final day will be Sunday.

--The Foley Police Department announced they have cancelled the community notification meeting for July 9th as the level three predatory offender is no longer employed in Foley.

--Chad and Jill Tomala of Pierz, a girl born June 25th.
--Jonathon and Lisa Sharon of Little Falls, a boy born June 25th.

--Maureen A. Watercott, age 54 of Pierz.

TODAY= mostly sunny and breezy, high 83.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 60.
FRIDAY= sunny early, afternoon showers develop, high near 80.
SATURDAY= storms at times, partly sunny, high 75, low 58.
SUNDAY= sunny skies, high 78 low around 60.

TWINS= Twins lose 5-3 Wednesday to Miami and swept in the 2 game series. Twins host Kansas City starting tonight for 4 games at Target Field pregame begins at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
NBA= The NBA Draft is tonight- St. Cloud Tech graduate Nate Wolters is expected to be a high draft pick tonight.

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Wednesday- June 26th, 2013

--The omnibus hearing for Byron Smith of Little Falls has been tentatively rescheduled from Monday, July 1st to Friday, August 30th. The decision was made Monday during a conference call hearing. Smith was indicted by a Morrison County Grand Jury in April on two counts first-degree premeditated murder in the 2012 Thanksgiving Day shooting deaths of teen cousins Haile Kifer and Nicholas Brady. Each count carries a penalty of life in prison without parole. An initial Rule 8 appearance will be held in Morrison County District Court Monday, July 1st at 10:00am before Morrison County Judge Douglas Anderson.

--On Sunday at 4:33pm the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single car crash fatality on Goldenstein Road, north of CR 1 in Manhattan Beach. The crash, which was difficult to see from the roadway due to trees and brush, appeared to have occurred during the late night/early morning hours. The crash had been found by a passing motorist who noticed tire tracks leaving the roadway and entering into a farm field which led to the car crash being found. The name of the victim is 34-year old Carl Stromberg from Pine River. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office continue to investigate the incident.

--What was preliminarily considered a murder/suicide in Little Falls Township this past February has now been confirmed as such by the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office. On February 23rd Morrison County Deputies found the bodies of Cynthia Lakeman and Richard Lakeman deceased in a Little Falls Township home. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner found Cynthia Lakeman was the victim of homicide after being shot in the head. The manner of death for Richard Lakeman was more difficult to determine. The medical examiner’s office recently notified Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel that although the manner of death for Mr. Lakeman will be considered undetermined, gunshot residue present on both hands strongly suggests suicide. The sheriff’s office has concluded the investigation and classified it as a murder/suicide.

--The 30-year-old Little Falls man who led authorities on a high speed chase that started in Randall and ended south of Staples on June 19th was charged with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. Terry Lee Bryant was stopped by Randall Police for traveling at a high rate of speed when he gave the officer a false name. The female passenger in the vehicle informed the officer of Bryant’s name and that she was fearful of him. There were also two young passengers in the vehicle. A warrant was out for Bryant in Georgia. When assistance arrived Bryant fled the scene leading authorities on a chase that exceeded 130 miles per hour. The chase ended south of Staples when Bryant’s vehicle lost its left front tire. He was then taken into custody. The three passengers in the vehicle were not harmed. Authorities from Morrison, Todd and Wadena County Sheriff’s Offices, The Minnesota State Patrol and police departments from Randall, Long Prairie, Staples and Little Falls all assisted in the capture of Bryant.

--A juvenile ATV operator was injured Friday night near Bertha in Todd County. The driver was in reverse when the wheels turned into some weeds causing the ATV to roll. The juvenile male, whose name was not released, was treated at the Wadena Hospital for a broken arm. A juvenile passenger on the ATV was not injured.

--The area unemployment rates for May of 2013 have been released. Morrison County registered at 6.1% unemployment down from 8.2% in April but up from 6% in May of last year. Here is how central Minnesota’s other counties fared: Aitken 7.6%; Benton 5.6%; Cass 7.8%; Crow Wing 6.1%; Mille Lacs 7.5%; Sherburne 5%; Stearns 4.9%; Todd 5.1%; and Wadena 6.5%. Brainerd was at 9.7% and St. Cloud at 5.4%. The state unemployment rate in May was 4.9 percent, 5.3 percent when seasonally adjusted. The national rate was 7.3 percent, 7.6 when seasonally adjusted. Local unemployment numbers are not seasonally adjusted.

--The Brainerd Police Department has been notified of a Level 3 Predatory Sex Offender relocating from the 600 Block of Laurel Street to a new location on the 800 Block of Walnut Street in Brainerd. 42-year-old Jerry Lee Ferrier has a history of sexual contact with female victims between the ages of 9 and 11. A community notification was held in April at the Brainerd Police Department when Ferrier was released from prison after serving his full sentence. A release is mandatory when a Level 3 Offender relocates his residence though another notification meeting is not needed when it is the same city.

--More names have come forward announcing a run for Governor next year as Kurt Zellers announced Sunday his running for the GOP endorsement, State Senator Dave Thompson of Lakeville announced his candidacy. Thompson is an attorney and former radio talk show host. He is a favorite of fiscal conservatives and tea party activists. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson and businessman Scott Honour have also announced their running for governor next year. Current Governor Mark Dayton stated he plans on running for reelection in November, 2014.

--St. Cloud police are investigating two incidents in which shots were fired at vehicles late Sunday and early Monday at two locations. The victims were the same in both incidents. Nobody was hit by the gunfire, and nobody has been arrested in the shootings. The first report was of shots fired at about 11:00pm Sunday in the 1000 block of Ninth Street South. Police received several calls about shots being fired in that area. Police also received a call at about 12:53am Monday that shots had been fired on Rivercrest Drive in west St. Cloud. Officers confirmed that, in both cases, shot had been fired. The victims were the same in both incidents. The cases have been turned over to the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force.

--Dominic P. Marsolek, age 88 of North Prairie.

TODAY= partly sunny, afternoon storms, high 85.
TONIGHT= evening storm, then partly cloudy, low 63.
THURSDAY= sunny, high 84, clear at night low 61.
FRIDAY= sunny and breezy, isolated T-storm, high near 80.

TWINS= Miami beat the Twins 4-2 last night. Twins and Marlins wrap up series early today 11:10am pregame on Q92 WYRQ.
BAB= UCLA won the College World Series Tuesday night.

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Tuesday- June 25th, 2013

--35-year old Christian Thomas Dahm of Brainerd pled guilty to Burglary in the Third Degree Monday in Morrison County District Court in Little Falls. Dahm was sentenced to 21 months in prison.  The case stems from a June, 2012 burglary at the Lakeview Community Church in Hillman. Assistant County Attorney Todd Kosovich said this was the first Morrison County case he could recall that was solved by DNA evidence. Morrison County Deputy Schmidt noted a smear of blood on a door at the church and collected a sample. An analysis of the blood by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension matched a profile of Dahm’s DNA in a state database.

--Crow Wing County authorities are investigating a fatal accident. A report of a vehicle off of Goldenstein Road in the Manhattan Beach area was called in Sunday around 4:30pm though it appeared the accident happened sometime Saturday night and due to trees and brush the vehicle was not visible from the roadway. The caller told authorities they saw tire tracks entering a farm field off the roadway which led authorities to the vehicle and the victim a 34-year-old from Pine River who was deceased at the scene. The body was taken to Ramsey County for proper identification. The crash remains under investigation and the name of the victim has not been released.

--Heavy rains from recent days has washed out a number of roads including a large section of Crow Wing County 22 in Long Lake Township where the culverts washed away and some residents were reported stranded. There was no way to get to the other side of the large washout of the roads. That was one of four reports of large washouts of county roads in Crow Wing County Friday and Saturday. Many township roads were reported under water Friday in Morrison County due to heavy rains where Little Falls Radio received 3.39 inches of rain Thursday night through Sunday morning. Some portions of the state received between 9 to 12 inches of rain in the same time period. There were also structure damages, uprooted trees and hundreds of thousands of power outages that were still being worked on as of Monday. Some homeowners have been without power in sections of Minnesota since last Thursday.

--Little Falls High School Activities Office would like to provide information on a policy change for athletic physicals starting for fall activities 2013. Little Falls Activities office will start to follow the recommendation of the MSHSL on athletic physicals.  Physicals will now be good for three years, rather than two years.  If you have an athletic physical on file it is now valid for three years. Incoming 9th grade athletes will need to have an athletic physical prior to the start of the fall season if they do not have a physical on file in the activities office. 7th & 8th grade athletes will now be required to receive an athletic physical prior to starting any athletic season. These physicals will also be valid for three years.

--Foley police have scheduled a community meeting about a Level 3 predatory sex offender who recently began working in the city. Joshua David Ross began employment in Foley on June 10th, according to Foley police. He has a history of engaging in sexual contact with boys and girls ages 4 to 10. He currently lives in Foreston. The community meeting is scheduled for 6:30pm July 9th at Foley City Hall. As a Level 3 sex offender, Ross is judged to be at a high risk to reoffend under Minnesota law and he has served the sentence that was imposed on him by the court.

--51st Annual Swanville Mid-Summer Carnival this Fri through Sun.

--Friday night police responded to a residence in the 300 block of North 7th Street in Brainerd for a report of a male that had been stabbed. Arriving officers found a 21-year old who lived at the residence that appeared to be suffering from multiple stab wounds to the abdomen area. The suspect, 19-year old Brandon Richard Von Ruden of Brainerd was located and taken into custody. Von Ruden was charged Monday with second degree assault with a dangerous weapon and making terroristic threats. Bail was set at $150,000 without conditions. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries and has since been released.

--Around 1:00pm on Friday the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Carl Larson Family regarding concern for their son. 27-year old Jesse Larson was last seen leaving in his vehicle the night before. Parents became concerned when he failed to return the following day. A search of their property on Prushek Road resulted in locating the vehicle and one of the two dogs he took with him.
The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office assisted by the MN State Patrol conducted an aerial search with no success. Additional ground searches are currently underway with the assistance of Central Lakes Search and Rescue. Anyone who knows the location of Jesse Larson or has seen him, please contact the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office at 218-829-4749.

--There will be a fundraiser for Relay for Life on Wednesday from 11:00am-1:30pm at the courtyard of St. Gabriel’s Hospital. A brat lunch will be served, along with a dunk tank. The Relay for Life event in Little Falls is July 19th at the High School Track. For more information contact Therese at 631-7202.

--Two St. Cloud Rox players were injured Sunday in a two-vehicle crash in Carver County. Kasey C. Ralston, an 18-year-old pitcher from Chaska and Dalton J. Sawyer, a 19-year-old pitcher from Waconia were involved in the crash around 1:45pm at Minnesota Highway 7 and Carver County Road 33. According to the State Patrol James E. Strom, 44, of Lester Prairie was driving east on Minnesota Highway 7. He was struck by a car that Sawyer was driving trying to cross Highway 7 at Carver County Road 33. Four people were riding in the truck. Strom was not injured. His 3 passengers including 2 children were taken to an area hospital and treated for injuries. Sawyer sustained a concussion and was listed in good condition at a hospital in Waconia. Ralston was listed in critical condition with a broken jaw and pelvis at HCMC in Minneapolis.

--Wanda J. Wright, age 52 of Little Falls.

TODAY= partly sunny, afternoon storms some strong, high 84.
TONIGHT= storms likely, heavy rains, damaging winds, low 65.
WEDNESDAY= storms early and late in day, some sun, high 80.
THURSDAY= sunny, less humid, high 84, low around 60.

TWINS= after Monday off the Twins are in Miami tonight against Marlins, pregame starts at 5:35pm on Q92 WYRQ.
NHL= Chicago scored twice in final 2 minutes of the 3rd period last night to beat Boston 3-2 and win the Stanley Cup 4 games to 2.

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Monday- June 24th, 2013

--A 17-year-old from Swanville was hurt Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle accident. Around 4:00pm Nicole Primus was north on 10th Avenue north of Swanvlle when she ran off the road while negotiating a left turn and rolled the vehicle. Primus was taken to an area hospital with undisclosed injuries.

--The Randall City Council met on Wednesday night. The council approved the cities annual $450 pledge to the Initiative Foundation. The council passed a dance permit for the Randall Presbyterian Church’s annual Hoe Down at Bingo Park on July 28th. They approved the updated Electric Service Agreement with MN Power that states they are passing the flow through production tax on to their utility customers. They accepted 3 donations totaling $4,450 towards different projects. Randall accepted a bid for repairing the gravel portion of River Road (from the funeral home to Pacific Ave.). Randall will accept cover letters and resumes for the Administrative Assistant position until 5:00pm on June 28th. The Mayor called for a special meeting at 9:00am on July 1st to review and screen all applications. A MedReturn station is now at City Hall for anyone wanting to discard of old or unused medications. The Randall Police Department also purchased the Little Falls Police Department K-9. Little Falls is disbanding their K-9 program and Randall Police Chief Strack felt this would be a great asset for the Randall Police Department.

--A Wednesday evening traffic stop led to the arrest of a 22-year-old St. Paul man and the discovery of more than 90 grams of a controlled substance by St. Cloud police. Officers stopped a vehicle about 1:30pm at the intersection of Second Street South and 25th Avenue South because they believed the driver had a suspended license. Officers arrested a man believed to be Eduardo Cruz Carrizales of St. Paul. While he was being booked at the Stearns County Jail, officers found more than 90 grams of what officers believe to be methamphetamine in his possession. He could be charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. Federal immigration officials are assisting in positively identifying the man.

--The U.S. House rejected a five-year, half-trillion dollar farm bill that would have cut $2-billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them. The vote was 234-195 against the bill with 62-Republicans also voting against it. 24 Democrats voted in favor of the bill stating that the food stamp cuts could remove as many as 2-million needy recipients from the rolls. The addition of optional state work requirements by Republicans just before the final passage of the Bill in the Senate turned away many Democratic Votes in the House.

--Minnesota’s unemployment rate was unchanged in May at 5.3% the same as April as employers added 8,400 jobs. The state also lost 1,200 fewer jobs in April than originally estimated. The National Jobless Rate for May was 7.6% and the Department of Employment and Economic Development stated that Minnesota has now regained just over 93% of the jobs lost during the recession.

--Former Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers announced Sunday he is seeking the Republican nomination for Governor in 2014. Zellers was House Speaker from 2011-2013 after being Minority Leader from 2009-2011. He began as an aide for U.S. Senator Rod Grams.

--Relay for Life of Morrison County is having a Glow in the Dark 5K Friday, July 12th starting at the High School Track. Registration is 25 dollars by June 28th- questions

--Storms tore through Minnesota Thursday through Sunday causing trees to uproot in some cases onto homes, fences, and sheds. Other structures were destroyed by wind damage, roads flooded over, downed power lines causing hundreds of thousands to lose power for days. Heavy rains dropped over 11 inches in parts of the state and as of this morning 3.39 inches of rain fell since Thursday. The high water on Pierz Fish Lake has Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel asking watercraft operators to go at lower than normal speeds for safety reasons. High water has also prompted flood warnings on the Mississippi River at Fort Ripley and the Long Prairie River in Todd County until further notice.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office last week reported the theft of a car hauler trailer from a residence on Caroline Lane; a vehicle fire just past the Mississippi River Bridge in Little Falls; a report of cabins being broken into near Hillman; and a report of a stolen bicycle, tools and other items taken from a garage in Little Falls.

--A request to have bail reduced for the Crosslake man accused of shooting another on June 3rd at a lakeshore home was denied Thursday in Crow Wing County District Court. The judge denied the bail reduction for 59-year-old Larry Joe Bolton. He is charged with 2nd-degree attempted murder and numerous others charges from an altercation where Bolton shot Robbie Lee Bjerkness in the leg at Bolton’s home. Bjerkness has also had charges filed in Crow Wing County and has a number of prior convictions for drug charges and assault. The recent charges are not affiliated with the shooting case. Bolton’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 1st.

--A Douglas County grand jury has indicted an Alexandria man on two counts of 2nd-degree murder and one count of 3rd degree murder in the stabbing death of 28-year-old Phillip Alstadt after an altercation. Kody Lee Klimek was arrested June 1st and remains in jail on an unconditional bail of 1-million dollars.

--The Commission on Judicial Selection is accepting applications to fill a judgeship in Sherburne County that opened with the death of Judge Robert Varco. 68-year old Varco died on May 27th from cancer. He had been a Sherburne County District Court judge since 2000 when he was appointed by then Governor Jesse Ventura. The judgeship will continue to be chambered at Elk River. Applications are due by July 12th, and interviews are scheduled to be held July 26th at the Sherburne County Government Center in Elk River.

--Jerry Kifer, age 63 of Little Falls.

TODAY= mostly sunny, chance of T-storm after 5pm, high 85.
TONIGHT= evening and overnight storms possible, low 65.
TUESDAY= showers and storms likely, some strong, high 82, low 64
WEDNESDAY= showers and storms early, partial sun, high 83.

TWINS= Cleveland beat the Twins 5-1 Friday then Indians wins 8-7 Saturday though the Twins hit 4 homeruns. Twins salvage one game of the series winning 5-3 Sunday. Twins have today off.
VL= get Victory League results at then click on Victory Leagues, for scores summaries and standings for the league.

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Friday- June 21st, 2013

--A 30-year-old Little Falls man was arrested after a high speed chase with authorities in Todd County Wednesday night. The Randall Police department attempted to stop Terry Lee Bryant on Highway 14 one mile west of Randall. Bryant apparently gave authorities a false name. Bryant was in the vehicle with a woman and 2 small children. The female passenger told the officer Bryant’s real name. It was learned he had arrest warrants from the state of Georgia and was considered armed and dangerous. When the other agencies arrived, an attempt was made to get Bryant out of the vehicle. He resisted and fled from the scene with the woman and children still in the vehicle. An attempt to stop Bryant’s vehicle with stop sticks failed when he drove around them and into a ditch. Officers followed the vehicle west on County Road 14 with speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour. To ensure the safety of the passengers, law enforcement backed off to allow Bryant to slow down. Bryant continued into Browerville, turned onto County Road 21 heading toward Staples. Assistance was requested from Todd County deputies and the Long Prairie and Staples Police and again, stop sticks were used with no results. When Bryant crossed Highway 210, south of Staples, his tire ruptured but he continued to Highway 10 where he turned west. Contact was made with the woman in the vehicle via cellphone and Bryant then issued demands to the police to end the pursuit. Officers told him for that to happen he needed to stop the vehicle and surrender. Bryant complied and he was taken into custody without further incident. The Randall officer then transported Bryant to the Morrison County Jail where he awaits charges of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

--School Exec Connect has been selected as the search firm to find a replacement for Sartell-St. Stephen’s Superintendent Joseph Hill, whose resignation is effective June 30th. Hill announced his resignation May 3rd citing differences with the school board over the future of the district. Mike Spanier, director of learning services for the district, is in contract negotiations with the board to become the interim superintendent. There will be a special meeting June 26th to finalize Spanier’s contract until the new superintendent is found.

--A single-vehicle crash on Interstate Highway 94 on Tuesday night sent one man to the hospital. The Minnesota State Patrol says 32-year-old Reid Kuschel of Ironton was traveling west near Monticello when he left the roadway, collided with a road sign and rolled the vehicle. Kuschel was taken to North Memorial Medical Center for treatment of reportedly non-life-threatening injuries. says it will drop its Minnesota-based affiliate websites before the state’s online sales tax becomes law July 1st. The websites receive a fee for referring shoppers to Amazon’s online store. The new law requires certain online businesses with a physical presence or affiliates in Minnesota to charge a sales tax on items it sells to state residents. In an email to affiliates, Amazon said it’s not opposed to collecting an online sales tax, but not on a state-by-state basis. Amazon says federal legislation is the only way to create a simplified framework for an interstate sales tax.

--A juvenile male was injured when he ran into the street and was struck by a vehicle on Highway 169 near Garrison Friday afternoon. Just after 4:00pm authorities stated that the driver attempted to stop fast and swerved to try and miss the boy but struck him on the passenger side of the vehicle. The boy was taken to the Aitkin Hospital and last listed in good condition.

--On Thursday, June 20, Morrison County District Court Judge Douglas P. Anderson sentenced Joshua Hillsheimer to 92 months in prison following his conviction for Controlled Substance Crime in the Second Degree (Sale of Methamphetamine). The Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force monitored a controlled buy of Methamphetamine in Randall on July 2nd, 2012. 34-year old Hillsheimer, of Shakopee, pled guilty on August 12, 2012.  Hillsheimer missed his original November 14th sentencing due to his being in jail in another county.

--The Melrose boy injured Monday in Bellevue Township is improving. 11-year-old Sean McClanahan was run over by a rock wagon on a farm and taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. On Wednesday, McClanahan was upgraded to good condition.

--The Pierz City Council meets Monday starting with a special meeting at 6:00pm on Ordinance Chapter 4 Part 9 Approval establishing fees for emergency protection fire services. The Ordinance will then be approved at their 7:00pm regular meeting. Other agenda items include a dog licensing reminder, PERA Resolution, set dates for a budget meeting and employee reviews. They council will also hear reports from city agencies including police and fire departments.

--The Sears Hometown Store of Little Falls, has been named a 2013 2nd Quarter recipient of the honor of “Sears Hometown Premier Store”. This award recognizes Sears Hometown Stores across the country that consistently offers the highest levels of customer service, outstanding store performance and standards. For the 2nd Quarter, the Little Falls store was one of only 463 locations throughout the U.S. to receive this national recognition. “To be honored as a Premier Store is a great achievement not only for our store, but also for the community we strive to serve every day,” said Dan Drilling, owner and operator of the Sears Hometown Store in Little Falls. Dan adds, “We could not have earned this without the support of our community, and we want to thank our customers for shopping with us throughout the year.”

--Actor James Gandolfini has died. The HBO Soprano’s lead actor died in Italy Wednesday of an apparent heart attack. He was 51.

TODAY= showers and storms with heavy rainfall, high lower 80s.
TONIGHT= showers and storms again heavy rainfall, low 68.
SATURDAY= morning strong storms, then partly cloudy with later in the day storms lasting through the night, high 86, low 67.
SUNDAY= mostly cloudy with T-storms likely during the day, skies will start to clear away at night, high 82, low 63.

TWINS= The Twins offense produces 4 homeruns in an 8-4 win over the White Sox to complete the 3 game sweep. Twins (33-36) travel to Cleveland for a series with pregame coverage at 5:35pm tonight, 5:45pm Saturday and 11:35am on Sunday. Catch all the action live on Q92 WYRQ.
VL= a double header of Victory League action Sunday with Upsala at Lastrup at noon, followed by Upsala at Sobieski at 4pm then the roundup to follow the second game. Both live on AM960 KLTF.
NBA= Miami wins NBA Finals beating San Antonio last night.

Northstar Entertainment tonight and Saturday at the West Side Bar

Thursday- June 20th, 2013

--Morrison County District Court Judge Conrad I. Freeberg has dismissed Third Degree Murder charges against Tonya Ashby. Ashby had been charged with aiding and abetting Christian Dahn and Brandon Bedford in activities that resulted in the heroin overdose death of Miranda Gosiak on February 28th, 2012 in Little Falls. The case against Ashby will continue on charges of Controlled Substance Crimes in the Third and Fifth Degree. Charges of Third Degree Murder still stand against Brandon Bedford, who is accused of directly providing the Heroin to Gosiak and Keon  “Bird” Mangun, the man who sold the heroin to Ashby, Christian Dahn and  Brandon Bedford. A two week jury trial is set for Bedford beginning September 9th.  Mangun’s jury trial is scheduled to start on October 28th.

--59-year old Richard Raymond Chauvin of Little Falls, has been ordered to serve 21 months in prison for Theft by Swindle. Chauvin had plead guilty and been sentenced in 2011 with his prison sentence being stayed on the condition he pay $2,385 restitution to an area priest. Chauvin had only paid $1,050 as of Wednesday’s court hearing. Assistant County Attorney Todd Kosovich and Judge Conrad Freeberg had warned Chauvin repeatedly that if Chauvin did not pay, he would go to prison. Chauvin missed a payment in May and Judge Freeberg executed the prison sentence on Wednesday, in Morrison County District Court in Little Falls. Kosovich stated that “Defendants need to understand that if they fail to pay back victims, they face consequences including, ultimately, prison.”

--On Wednesday, June 19th, Morrison County District Court Judge Douglas P. Anderson sentenced 41-year old Shannon David Virnig of Little Falls to serve 42 months in prison after being convicted of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Virnig, was found hunting on November 3, 2012 in Buh Township by a conservation officer.  Virnig had been convicted of a Controlled Substance Crime in the 5th Degree in October, 2011 and was still on probation for that crime. That felony conviction deprived Virnig of the right to possess a firearm. Virnig pled guilty to the firearm possession charge on April 17th.

--The United Way of Central Minnesota will give out more than $2 million to community organizations, including $115,000 to the development of a homeless youth shelter. The funding decisions were announced Monday, with funding starting July 1st. Catholic Charities is exploring the possibility of opening the youth shelter in St. Cloud. It will take six months of planning, with hopes of opening Jan. 1st, 2014. The youth shelter falls into one of the five core areas that the United Way named of concern — homelessness, hunger, financial stability, child literacy and early education. Almost $4 million in United Way funding were requested by organizations in the area. The about $2 million of distributed funds is similar to what was awarded last year. The United Way funded 16 new programs.

--A mild winter, a slight increase in miles traveled and a spike in motorcyclist deaths in 2012 are a few of the reasons Minnesota had its first increase in traffic deaths since 2007. The 395 traffic deaths in 2012 is a 7 percent increase from 2011 (368), yet represents a 40 percent decrease in deaths from a decade ago. The 2012 deaths include 116 unbelted motorist deaths, 104 drunk driving crash victims and 55 motorcyclist deaths. The 2012 fatality count is the second lowest annual death figure (behind 2011) since 1944 when 356 were killed. To-date in 2013, there has been 134 road deaths compared to 125 deaths at this time in 2012.

--Crow Wing County authorities are investigating a horse that was shot late last week. Trista Pankratz told deputies that she was awaken by a phone call that her horse was with foal but that was not the case. She found the mother horse had been shot while it was in a pasture on Crow Wing County Road 9 sometime last Thursday night or early Friday morning. The horse had to be put down as the injuries were too severe. Pankratz told deputies that in the past 2 years other animals in the surrounding areas had been shot or shot at. She believes it is being done by one particular person. Crow Wing County is investigating the case and there is a reward being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

--8th District Congressman Rick Nolan and 7th District Congressman Collin Peterson have scheduled a Farm and Community Day from 10:00-11:30am on July 1st at the Historic Courthouse in Little Falls. Both Congressmen will join area farmers and other producers, small business owners and others for a meeting to discuss the farm bill and listen to issues related to the rural economy.

--Little Falls Police continue to receive a number of theft reports around the city. A reminder to residents to report suspicious activity to police, leave garages, houses, vehicles and sheds locked if left unattended and do not leave valued items out on the lawns or places where thieves can see them for an easy grab. If you do notice something suspicious then contact police at 616-5570.

--Disc golf, once proposed as a turn-key operation with Baxter taking on a complete course, is coming with a price tag. Tuesday, city staff asked if the Baxter City Council was willing to put in between $5,000 and $10,000 from the park dedication funds to create the course. Course proponents reported they’ll be willing to design and work on the project to paint posts and install them but they want the city to supply paint, posts and tee-boxes. Public Works Director Trevor Walter, asked for a barometer of council support before any more staff time is devoted to the project. The disc golf course will also need city equipment. Walter said they could look at doing the disc golf in phases some this year and more next spring. The council was less clear on an exact course of action. They wanted a better estimate for costs before the project would be approved. There is also a disc golf course being added in Randall this summer. For that project the supplies are in but they are waiting for the river level to subside so they can drill the holes and install the course. The course will be next to Bingo Park along the river in Randall.

TODAY= showers and storms likely, some strong, some sun, high 82.
TONIGHT= thunderstorms likely, some severe possible, low 65.
FRIDAY= storms early and late in day, humid, high 86, low 70.
SATURDAY= cloudy, scattered strong storms, high 85, low 67.
SUNDAY= partly sunny, 40% chance of storms at times, high 85.

TWINS= Justin Morneau ended nearly a 2 month drought without a homerun last night and Brian Dozier hit a 3 run shot to help the Twins win 7-4 over the White Sox. Twins and White Sox wrap up their series with pregame starting at 11:40am on Q92 WYRQ.
NHL= Chicago tied series with Boston winning 6-5 in OT- series 2-2.
NBA= decisive Game 7 of NBA Finals tonight with Heat and Spurs.

Northstar Entertainment tonight, great lunches daily at West Side Bar

Wednesday- June 19th, 2013

--The state Court of Appeals on Monday upheld the conviction of a man who was drunk when he drove a Hummer more than 90 mph in August 2009 that crashed into a second vehicle, killing an Opole man. 45-year old Eugene Edward Rivetts had appealed his conviction for two counts of criminal vehicular homicide, arguing there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prove he caused the death of Ryan DeZurik. Rivetts argued to the appellate court that DeZurik was texting right before the crash and the texting caused DeZurik to cross over into the path of the oncoming Hummer. A Stearns County jury and now the Court of Appeals both rejected that theory when they convicted Rivetts of criminal vehicular homicide. A jury found Rivetts guilty of two counts of criminal vehicular homicide. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, the maximum sentence possible.

--A Melrose boy was airlifted to the hospital Monday night after he was run over by a wagon while picking rocks at a Morrison County farm. The accident happened at about 7:43pm at a farm between Royalton and Buckman in Bellevue Township. The sheriff’s office identified the boy as 11-year old Sean McClanahan. He was picking rocks when he was run over by the rock wagon. McClanahan was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center, and the sheriff’s office didn’t have an update on his condition. The tractor was being driven by another juvenile at the time of the incident.

--A man who was released from prison four weeks ago, after serving a sentence for aggravated robbery, is charged with several felonies after being accused of kidnapping an employee of a Foley grocery store. 39-year old Brandon Emord Stark is charged in Benton County District Court with three counts of kidnapping and one count each of second-degree assault and terroristic threats. It’s unclear when Stark will make his first court appearance on the Benton County charges.

--Residents, business owners and area motorists are invited to learn more about the new Highway 10/County Road 2 interchange project at an open house in Rice. The project begins July 8th. The open house will be 5:00-7:00pm on Tuesday, June 25th at Rice City Hall.

--Minnesota has one of the fastest-growing economies in the country, according to a study by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The U.S. Commerce Department bureau said Minnesota tied California for fifth place in growth of gross domestic product (GDP) last year, based on data for durable-goods manufacturing, construction, mining, agriculture, wholesale trade, and finance and insurance. GDP for Minnesota and California climbed 3.5 percent in 2012, compared with a national average of 2.5 percent. The total value of Minnesota's GDP was $253 billion, which ranked 17th nationally. Minnesota also has one of the country's lowest unemployment rates, ranking 11th nationally in April at 5.3 percent. Oil-rich North Dakota had the fastest-growing economy in 2012, with a GDP growth of 13.4 percent followed by Texas, Oregon and Washington.

--Fifty-two soldiers of Company C, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion of St. Cloud returned to Minnesota Tuesday. The company flew more than 3,200 hours and covered an area of approximately 62,000 square miles in western Afghanistan. They provided training on joint medical evacuation to Italian, Spanish, Lithuanian, Slovenian and Polish military personnel.

--An equipment failure was to blame for a large power outage in Sartell and St. Cloud Tuesday morning. The outage occurred around 6:45am and was restored to all areas affected just after 9am.

--An overturned boat was the cause of traffic being stopped and rerouted by authorities for a time north of Little Falls Monday around 5pm. The overturned boat caused the closure Highway 10 eastbound near First Lutheran Church. No injuries from the incident.

--The Little Falls City Council met Monday night. At the meeting the council agreed to rezone the Little Falls School District Property from R-3 to a B-3. A mission statement was brought before the council but sent back to the committee to review a couple possible changes. It will be brought up again in the near future. The council also accepted a bike rack as a donation to the city. Centerpoint Energy presented a $400 check through a grant to the Little Falls Fire Department. The Little Falls Fire Chief and Mayor accepted the check. The council approved the seeking of a proposal for automatic meter readings to be upgraded or replaced.

--The Crow Wing County Land Services Department is asking for help from the public in locating the person or persons responsible for the theft and vandalism of recently installed Grant-in-Aid ATV signs and sign posts. The Ft. Ripley ATV club has recently installed the trail signs on County Roads 2, 45 and 139 in Ft. Ripley, St. Mathias and Daggett Brook Townships. Volunteers from the ATV club noted the signs were removed and others damaged during this past weekend. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s office at (218) 829-4749.

--A 73-year-old from Richmond was injured when her minivan collided with a farm RoGator in Rockville Township. Lucille Gerken was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for injuries. The other driver was not hurt. The accident occurred around 8:15am Monday morning.

--Minnesota farmers who still have wet fields are creeping ahead with their remaining spring planting. In its weekly crops and weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that a statewide average of 3.6 days were suitable for fieldwork last week, a slight improvement from recent weeks. So corn planting moved ahead 4 percentage points last week to 94 percent complete, while soybean planting advanced 12 percentage points to 84 percent complete. Minnesota farmers normally have planted all their corn and nearly all their soybeans by now. The first cutting of alfalfa hay advanced 31 percentage points to 38 percent complete, well behind the five-year average of 67 percent.

TODAY= sunny early, afternoon storms develop, high near 80.
TONIGHT= chance of storms, mostly cloudy, low 62.
THURSDAY= storms likely, some strong, high 82, low 65.
FRIDAY= storms likely early and late in day, high 85, low 67.

TWINS= Ryan Doumit doubled in 2 runs in the 8th to give the Twins a 7-5 win over White Sox. Game 2 of 3 tonight 6:40pm on WYRQ
NBA= Heat win 103-100 in OT to force Game 7 of NBA Finals with San Antonio on Thursday night in Miami.

IN 1910= first Father’s Day celebrated in Spokane, Washington
IN 1941= General Mills first packaged Cheerio’s Cereal.
IN 1978= Garfield first appeared in selected Sunday comics.

“Northstar Entertainment” Thurs through Sat, lunch daily WS Bar.

Tuesday- June 18th. 2013

--More information has been released on Brandon Stark, the man accused of kidnapping and carjacking an employee at the Coborn’s in Foley last week. Police say Stark is a convicted bank robber who was just released last month from prison. The 39-year-old made the worker in Foley take him to Minneapolis. Within hours he had threatened two other women taking their vehicles until he was chased by police and crashed in St. Paul. Stark was wanted at the time on a parole violation and was charged with aggravated first-degree robbery, second degree assault and fleeing an officer. Stark served six years in prison on the previous robbery conviction.

--Members of the Randall City Council voted last Thursday to unanimously place Dan Noss on the City Council replacing Jerry Carter. Noss will remain on the council until the 2014 general election. He is currently a member of the Randall-Cushing Lions, the Yellow Ribbon Network of Morrison County and Vision Randall. Noss will be sworn in during the city council meeting on Wednesday.

--The Little Falls School Board approved an agreement with American Tower Corporation for a perpetual lease of the communications tower sitting near the fairgrounds but on school property. The original lease was for 30 years and was made between the Morrison County Fair Board and the communications company. Now that the district owns the acreage, it was asked to renew the original lease for another $20,000 or sign a perpetual lease for $120,000. The Board also held a closed meeting recently to evaluate the first year of Superintendent Stephen Jones. The board rated Jones on a number of areas and stated in a summary after the closed meeting that Jones received a positive grade and showed strong achievements in each of the areas.

--Two people died from an apparent domestic dispute and a police standoff near Becker on Friday. Sherburne County says 47-year-old Christopher Norrbom shot and killed his wife Janelle Norrbom before taking his own life. A woman called police around 1:30pm and said a man told her he shot his wife and threatened to shoot himself. Authorities spoke with Christopher Norrbom for house before talks broke down and police entered the home around 6:30pm where they found Janelle’s body in an attached garage and minutes later found Christopher’s inside the residence. No other suspects are being sought in this case.

--A 34-year-old St. Cloud woman was arrested Saturday after cutting another woman’s face with a kitchen knife. Police say the 31-year-old victim refused medical attention for a wound near her left eye. The victim told police she had to use a barbecue fork to defend herself from the suspect who was taken to the St. Cloud Jail and is awaiting charges of second-degree assault.

--A former Miss Brainerd Lakes was crowned Miss Minnesota. Rebecca Yeh was awarded the title last weekend. She will now move on to compete for Miss America this September.

--A recent grant of $25,000 from the Otto Bremer Foundation will help in the completion of the Royalton Splash Park before the Platte River Days celebration in early August. The grant combined with the money already received for construction and a mechanical/restroom building have pushed the park’s progress. If all goes as planned the building will be done by about mid-July, and the park will be operational by August 3rd during Platte River Day in Royalton.

--The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site will host a living history day on Saturday starting at 10am. For info call 616-5421.

--Fifteen cities, two counties and two companies will receive recognition Wednesday as new members of the Yellow Ribbon network at a ceremony at Camp Ripley. The entities have completed a 16-step process that helps them identify and develop resources for service members, veterans and military families and will be recognized at a Yellow Ribbon Proclamation Ceremony at Camp Ripley's Emergency Management Training Center in Little Falls. The towns being recognized are Little Falls, Pierz, Royalton, Upsala, Swanville, Sobieski, Randall, Bowlus, Elmdale, Buckman, Harding, Lastrup, Motley, Monticello and Buffalo. Morrison County and Crow Wing County have earned the designation as Yellow Ribbon Counties. Hiway Federal Credit Union and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be proclaimed the newest Yellow Ribbon Companies. The ceremony is scheduled for 3:00pm at Camp Ripley. Lieutenant Governor Solon and other dignitaries are expected in attendance.

--Two people sustained injuries when the motorcycle they were on got struck by a pickup truck north of Little Falls on Highway 371 Friday just after 2pm. The truck turned in front of an oncoming cycle operated by 31-year-old Danny Herbote of Brainerd and his 39-year-old passenger Joanna Herbote of Brainerd causing them to leave the motorcycle striking the pavement. Both were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Brainerd for their injuries which were not considered life-threatening. The truck’s driver 37-year-old Kelly Knable of Pillager was not hurt in the accident.

--The Swanville School Board recently started discussing a possible four-day school week. The decision on whether the school will pursue this will be determined by this fall. The current 4-day plan would involve longer school days Tuesday through Friday with Mondays off and will not extend into the summer. Mondays off were decided over Fridays due to sporting events at the school. The school board will host three public meetings in the future where the community can ask questions about the four-day week.

--Motorists may encounter delays as both directions of Highway 23 between Highway 95 in St. Cloud and Highway 25 in Foley are intermittently reduced to a single lane today and tomorrow. The closures are needed as crews work on the road’s shoulders, slopes and ditches. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit

--John and Alicia Czech of Little Falls, girl born on June 14th
--Jesse and Teresa Doroff of Little Falls, a girl born June 14th


TWINS= The Twins (30-36) host The White Sox tonight in a AL Central Division Series, pregame at 6:40 on Q92 WYRQ.  
HS BASEBALL STATE TOURNAMENT= Bold defeats Osakis 3-0 to win Class A title. Kasson Mantorville 8-1 over Perham for Class AA title. Mounds View defeats Rocori 2-0 for Class AAA championship.

“Northstar Entertainment” Thurs through Saturday at West Side Bar

Monday- June 17th, 2013

--The Foley Police Department stated Friday that the suspect involved in a kidnapping at Coborn’s in Foley on Wednesday is in custody. The suspect identified as Brandon Stark forced a female employee into the employee’s own vehicle at knifepoint and made the driver take him to the Twin Cities. In the Twin Cities the employee was able to escape uninjured. Stark was a reported fugitive by the Minnesota Department of Corrections in connection with several violent carjackings and kidnapping, threatening two other women and taking their vehicles in recent days. Stark was taken into custody Thursday night and remains in the Hennepin County Jail after first being treated for injuries at HCMC from a chase that ensued Thursday between Minneapolis and St. Paul. Bail was denied against Stark.

--A judge set bail at $300,000 this week for the driver of a vehicle involved in a collision April 15 in Sauk Centre that killed a passenger in her vehicle. Talia Rae Hoffman of Alexandria has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide. The collision killed Anne Marie Chronister, 18, of Lake Benton, when the vehicle she was in ran a stop sign and struck a truck pulling a horse trailer. That collision happened at the intersection of Beltline Road and Second Street South. A criminal complaint filed in Stearns County District Court accuses Hoffman of having methamphetamine and amphetamine in her system when she was driving. Hoffman also has been charged with three counts of criminal vehicular operation for injuries suffered by a second passenger, Lazaro Diaz, 33, of Willmar. Hoffman is in Morrison County Jail on a drug charge and also faces burglary charges in Douglas County. Her next court hearing in Stearns County is set for June 24.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office last week responded to a car vs. bear accident in Fort Ripley. The bear was deceased and no people were injured. Reported a large sinkhole on 183rd Street west of 175th Avenue; the hole was 6 feet by 6 feet large and 8-feet deep. Authorities contacted work crews to work on it and flagged the area. Deputies responded to a burglary report at a cabin in Ripley Township and a theft report on 4th Avenue Southeast in Little Falls of two solar globe shaped law lights on the 600 block.

--Stearns County responded to the Waite Park Quarry Park Thursday afternoon around 2:30 where a woman fell 15 feet to the bottom of the quarry. Sara Jane Dusbabek of Ramsey had to be lifted out of the quarry by St. Cloud and Waite Park Firefighters. Dusbabek was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for her injuries. The report stated that Sara had previous climbing experience and was climbing with her daughter.

--Four people were hurt in a two-vehicle accident Friday just before noon on Highway 18 west of Brainerd. 29-year-old Mason Shingobe of Onamia crossed the center-line and collided head-on with 73-year-old Deanna Dawson of North Mankato. Dawson’s vehicle ended up in a swamp rolled onto its side. Railroad workers from Omaha, Nebraska helped get the driver and 2 passengers out of vehicle. Both drivers and Dawson’s passenger Virginia Damewood of North Mankato had serious but non-life threatening injuries. Another passenger 67-year-old Nancy Hillman of Iowa sustained serious injuries. Dawson, Damewood and Hillman were all transported to North Memorial Medical Center in the Metro Area.

--Dam Festival Parade Winners Saturday were The BMX Megajump Team-crowd pleaser, Frieze Lake Ranch-patriotic and St. Cloud All City Marching Band as the most entertaining.

--A settlement has been reached in the dispute over donated funds for slain police office Tom Decker. A judge was going to hear testimony Monday from people who organized the fundraisers for Decker and decide on how much money should go to Decker’s first wife and their four children and Decker’s 2nd wife. The court docket said the hearing Monday was cancelled and the court was waiting a stipulation of dismissal to close the case. No information was given on how the case was settled and what funding is going to whom.

--A proclamation ceremony for the Morrison County Yellow Ribbon Network will be Wednesday at 3pm at the Camp Ripley Emergency Operations Center. All are welcome to attend from across the county.

--The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved a two-year tuition freeze Friday. University President Eric Kaler told the Board to freeze, along with an attempt to hold down fees to bring the combined cost for resident undergraduates to the lowest levels in recent history. The concerns were raised that the recent budget does not address graduate school issues.

--A jury trial scheduled for Thomas Erickson of Nisswa was pushed back last week in Crow Wing County District Court. The trial was to start Thursday but will now start today due to a personal conflict. Erickson was charged with 2-counts of 1st degree criminal sexual conduct and five counts of 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly sexually abusing young boys between 6 and 14 years old.

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

--Paul Ashfeld and Kayla Erickson of Cold Spring, a girl on June 13th

--Sister Mary Baptista Schik, age 83 of Little Falls.
--Collette G. Braun, age 93 of Pierz.
--Cheryl M. Sprandel, age 66 of Princeton.

TODAY= showers and T-storms in afternoon, partial sun, high 74.
TONIGHT= isolated evening thunderstorms, clearing late, low 50.
TUESDAY= mainly sunny, high 75, partly cloudy, low around 57.
WEDNESDAY= PM thunderstorms develop, high around 80.

TWINS= Prince Fielder helped Detroit beat the Twins Friday 4-0. Trevor Plouffe had 3 hits including a homerun and 3 RBIs to beat Detroit 6-3 on Saturday. Tigers take the rubber game Sunday winning 5-2 at Target Field. Twins have today off.
BAB= The final state tournament of the school year ends today with the 3 championships for baseball at Target Field beginning at 10am.
NBA= San Antonio wins 114-104 over Miami- up 3-2 in series now.

IN 1775= the Battle of Bunker Hill took place- the battle was actually on Breed’s Hill near Boston- but a turning point in Revolutionary War.
IN 1837= Charles Goodyear received patent for rubber.
IN 1994= O.J. Simpson charged with the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman- the infamous police chase with the white Ford Bronco ensued on television until Simpson was captured.

Northstar Entertainment Thursday Friday and Saturday at WS Bar

Friday- June 14th, 2013 “Flag Day”

--The Little Falls Dam Festival celebrates 10 years this weekend. Events kickoff today at 9am with the Dam Side Walk Sale from the Little Falls Business Association. Then at 5pm, events move to Maple Island Park with music at 6pm from Power Plant and 8pm by the Roosters. On Saturday, there is a Bike Ride, 5K run and kids fun run, free airplane rides for ages 8-17, pancake breakfast at the airport by Kinship, Minnesota Power tours, the parade at 11am beginning near Little Falls City Hall goes down 1st Street to St. Gabriel’s Hospital, viewers can sit on either side of 1st Street to see the parade on Saturday. After that head to Maple Island Park to see Mega Action Sports Experience of BMX bike riders where a bike will also be given away during the afternoon, food, arts and crafts, petting zoo, bingo at 2pm, turtle races at 2:45pm, Dam Talent Contest at 6pm, street dance at 8pm and fireworks at 10:05pm. Sunday there will be chainsaw sculpturing and the Bald Eagle Water Ski team with 2 shows starting around 12:30pm at LeBourget Park in Little Falls. There is more to view by going to then click on the Little Falls Dam Festival logo to take in the weekend fun.  

--Following a number of rescues on area lakes and the recent tragedy of a 3-year-old boy the Crow Wing County Dive Rescue Team trained Tuesday on North Long Lake near Brainerd. They used a small watercraft in a rescue and a recovery situation by using a test dummy that was attached to a jet ski. The team is honing their skills for the busy summer season with warming temperatures and a large numbers of vacationers coming into the Lakes Area. The hope is that this type of training will help in many scenarios to save lives.

--The City of Foley celebrates the 50th year of Foley Fun Days starting today and going through the 19th. It begins with the annual Benton County Relay for Life for Cancer starting at 5pm tonight at the Foley High School Field House and goes into Saturday morning. Saturday is the city wide garage sales, bicycle safety rodeo, book sale at Foley City Hall and the coronation of Little Miss and Junior Miss Foley. Next Monday through Wednesday there is a midway of rides, medallion hunt, Foley Fun Days Car Show on Monday at 4pm, Kiddie Parade and Family Fun Night Tuesday starting at 5:45pm then Wednesday it ends with the “Biggest Little Parade in Central Minnesota” which goes through Foley at 6:30pm on Wednesday the 19th. For more information on the Foley Fun Days go to the city of Foley website.

--If you buy books, music or other digital products online, take note that you’ll soon be paying a little extra on those purchases. A new sales tax for digital goods and products goes into effect July 1st. State Revenue Commissioner Myron Franz says video games and electronic greeting cards are also subject to the new tax. The change is a result of the tax bill Governor Mark Dayton signed into law after Minnesota’s recently ended legislative session. For more information on the digital sales tax and other changes that go into effect July 1 visit the Minnesota Department of Revenue website.

--The Little Falls City Council will hold their regular meeting on Monday night at 7:30 at City Hall’s Council Chambers.

--The 3rd Annual Morrison County Breakfast on the Farm is Saturday from 8-12pm at the Gunderson brothers’ farm located between Elmdale and Upsala on Highway 238. The cost for Breakfast is $5. Meet the Morrison County Dairy Princesses, get barn tours, egg toss games, petting zoo and more on Saturday. Join Al Windsperger live on AM960 KLTF Saturday morning from Breakfast on the Farm.

--An Art in the Park event sponsored by the Royalton Woman’s Study Club is scheduled for Saturday from 10am to 3pm at the Royalton Memorial Park. Photographers, artists and art enthusiasts are all invited to view and show off their wares at the free event Saturday in Royalton. Questions can be directed to 584-5726.

--A St. Cloud man was arrested Wednesday after a lengthy investigation led to the seizure of more than 44 pounds of marijuana. 32-year old Samlith Khongloth, was arrested after he was seen leaving a residence at 2904 15th Street North that investigators from the Central Minnesota Violent Offenders Task Force had been watching. Investigators found one pound of marijuana and about $6,000 in cash in the vehicle that Khongloth was driving. That led to a search warrant being executed at that residence, where investigators found an additional 44 pounds of marijuana and a handgun. Officers then searched Khongloth’s residence at 1944 Knollwood Circle in St. Cloud. Investigators found more marijuana there and more than $52,000 of cash. Khongloth is expected to be charged with a second-degree controlled substance crime, under a law that addresses drug sales within a school zone. The task force spent eight months investigating before the arrest.

--Over the past several months, the Health Center of Little Falls has been undergoing significant construction, expanding patient care areas on the second floor and renovating areas throughout the first floor. The new construction and renovations are part of an ongoing effort to serve the health care needs of the people of Morrison County and the surrounding area of central Minnesota. The appointment line for all Family Medical Center providers remains at 631-7000. Patients scheduled with physicians and services scheduled on the second floor, should present for their appointment and register within the suite on the second floor. Family Medical Center physicians and other services relocating to the second floor will begin seeing patients on Monday, June 17. An open house is being planned to celebrate the renovations of the Health Center building in July.  

James Jr. and Brittney Benson, of Little Falls, girl on June 12th

TODAY= afternoon showers & storms develop, high 75.
TONIGHT= storms likely, isolated strong ones, cloudy, low near 60.
SATURDAY= an early storm, then partly sunny, high near 80.
SAT NITE/SUN= clear Saturday night, low 55, sunny Sunday high 81.
SUN NITE/MON= a storm at night low 53, sunny cooler Mon high 71.

TWINS= Phillies beat the Twins 3-2 last night. Twins host Detroit this weekend at Target Field. Pregame starts tonight at 6:40pm, 5:45pm Saturday and 12:40pm on Sunday, all games on WYRQ.

IN 1775= the U.S. Army was established by Congressional Resolution
IN 1777= Resolved that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation was stated by John Adams which June 14th became Flag Day in the U.S.

Redneck Radio tonight and Saturday at West Side Bar, Little Falls

Thursday- June 13th, 2013

--Congratulations to Peggy and Lukas Rekstad who found the Dam Festival medallion Wednesday afternoon. They found the medallion in a wooden fence next to the Little Falls High School. By finding the medallion Lukas and Peggy Rekstad will receive the $500 prize from Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union.

--The Morrison County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday morning. At the meeting the board awarded the contract for the Safe Route to Schools Project in Pierz to C & L Excavating. Last week the Pierz council agreed to kick in roughly $23,000 for the project that was a bit more expensive than previously thought. That was the only local money toward the project as the rest was covered by grants and MNDOT. Before that agreement could become official it had to be passed by the County Board which it was this week. The Board also thanked the American Legion of Little Falls Post #46 for donating an American flag that will replace the one getting worn down outside the Morrison County Government Center. Remember, tomorrow is Flag Day.

--Police are looking for a suspect who kidnapped an employee at the Coborn’s in Foley around 2:50am Wednesday and forced the employee to drive him to the Twin Cities. Police would not elaborate on the suspect. The only information authorities released is as of Wednesday afternoon no one was in custody and Foley and Twin Cities authorities are working in cooperation on the case.

--Water temperatures on central Minnesota lakes are about a month behind average. Little Falls Area DNR Fisheries Manager Eric Altena says temps are averaging between 58 and 62 degrees. He says that can be dangerous for swimming because hypothermia is possible. On the other hand, he says fishing has been pretty good with crappies that are spawning or haven’t even spawned yet. He says it’s the same with bass which makes both species very accessible. Altena says if we get some warm sunshine, lake temperatures should rise quickly. He adds to always wear a lifejacket when out on the lakes and if you are swimming, take breaks from the cold water.

--A second Republican has entered the race to succeed Rep. Michele Bachmann: Anoka County board chair Rhonda Sivarajah. Sivarajah announced her candidacy Wednesday morning, pledging to bring conservative results, and not just talk, to the residents of Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District. The other official GOP candidate in the race is the party’s 2010 gubernatorial nominee, Tom Emmer. Bachmann said last month she won’t seek a fifth term. A Circle Pines environmental activist, Judy Adams, is the only DFLer so far to announce a run in the 6th District.

--A St. Cloud man was indicted in federal court Tuesday on charges of robbing the TCF Bank in the Cash Wise store in east St. Cloud. 36-year old Fehd El Mehdi Kourima is charged with one count of bank robbery in conjunction with the May 5th robbery. Police say Kourima entered the TCF Bank location and gave a teller a note that stated, “Put as many $100 bills as you can into this envelope in fifteen seconds and no one gets hurt.” Kourima is accused of calling St. Cloud police three hours after the robbery and telling them that he had done something bad and that he had a large amount of money. Police went to Kourima’s residence and found him with $580 of the $1,000 he is accused of taking from the bank. If convicted, Kourima faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. The case was investigated by St. Cloud police and the FBI.

--The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the 3-year old who drowned on Monday night in Edna Lake. 3-year old Linden Halverson of Nisswa was located near the shoreline by family members and attempts to revive the child were unsuccessful. At this time it is unknown how the child ended up in the water. Foul play is not suspected and the investigation continues.

--Stearns County will try to sell almost 400 tax-forfeited properties, including prime residential lots in south St. Cloud and Sartell, at a public auction today. Lots were set up for development but never sold. In many cases, developers went bankrupt or failed to pay the property taxes. A record-breaking 397 Stearns County properties went into forfeiture for nonpayment of taxes in 2012. Some of the lots have been grouped together, so there are about 279 properties for sale at the auction. A list of the properties for sale along with the minimum bid price is online at

--The Cold Spring City Council has reached a tentative agreement with Cold Spring-Richmond Police Chief Phil Jones over payment and other employment issues which came from several complaints to the council last month. This includes paid time off, payments for uniforms and meals and how other issues were handled. The council agreed to pay $12,075 to Jones in return of Jones not to raise awareness of these same issues again to city officials.

--The Foley City Council agreed to move forward with renewing their water system and renewed their waste water permit with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency with the condition that it figures how to divert clean water from the system. Foley officials knew that the water system needed fixing of some minor pipe leaks. The recent moves are to help the city save money for the taxpayers in the long run. Officials are also crafting a new city ordinance to regulate storm water disposal to allow the city to inspect sump pumps, flood drains and service lines. Doing the upgrades now to the water system will cost thousands of dollars to the city but if they wait and major problems do occur, the cost would be much higher.

--Otter Tail County authorities are investigating possible assault charges against a 15-year-old who threatened another person with a shotgun in rural Hewitt. Deputies say two juveniles were having a verbal altercation and one reportedly pointed a shotgun at the other. No one was injured in the altercation as the investigation continues.

--Arvid C. Warner, age 90 of Clarissa formerly Fawn Lake Township.

TODAY= sunny, high around 75.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 53.
FRIDAY= sun early, afternoon storms develop, high 75.
SATURDAY= an early storm, then mostly sunny, humid, high 81.
SUNDAY= sunny and mild, high around 80, low around 60.

TWINS= Clete Thomas returned to the Twins lineup with 4 hits 2 RBIs and scored the winning run on a wild pitch for a 4-3 Twins win. Twins and Phillies wrap up series tonight at 6:40 on Q92 WYRQ.
NHL= 3 Overtimes before Chicago beat Boston 4-3 in Finals Game 1.
VL= Freeport at St. Mathias Sunday at 1:30 on AM960 KLTF.

Redneck Radio Thursday through Saturday- lunch daily at WS Bar

Wednesday- June 12th, 2013

--Crow Wing County Deputies along with Nisswa and Pequot Lakes Police Departments and other agencies responded to an unresponsive 3-year-old child found on a shoreline of Edna Lake in Nisswa Monday evening. Attempts to revive the child failed and he was pronounced dead. Authorities were informed the child was found near the shoreline around 6:25pm. The boy’s body was taken to Ramsey County where it was confirmed the boy drowned. Area law enforcement has ruled out foul play. The boy’s name has not been released pending notification of relatives.

--A 36-year-old Brainerd man arrested Thursday was charged in Crow Wing County District Court for kidnapping to commit bodily harm along with assault with a dangerous weapon, drug possession and making terroristic threats. Lemuel G. Rosier was arrested after police were notified of a disturbance between Rosier, a woman and a 7-year-old boy. A neighbor told police that a woman was yelling for help and they saw her get pushed to the ground by Rosier in the front yard. Rosier was standing over the woman with a knife. Rosier fled the home as police arrived. He was found hiding behind a boat a short time later and taken into custody. Statements taken by the woman said she and the boy were being kept against their will at the home. The woman told police she was told by Rosier if she left she would never see her son again. The judge set bail for Rosier at $500,000 without conditions or $250,000 with conditions. His next court date was not immediately released.

--Little Falls police reported an arrest of a 37-year-old man Monday for third-degree drug sale when an officer found 20 empty bottles of methadone, syringes and needles inside a vehicle. Police also arrested a 38-year-old Sunday for burglary and trespassing on 12th Street Southwest. Both cases have been turned over to the Morrison County Attorney’s Office.

--A Parker’s Prairie man died Saturday after becoming trapped underneath a tractor. 53-year old Steven Ferdelman told his son he was going to use a tractor to pull out another tractor that was stuck in the mud. The tractor flipped completely over and trapped Ferdelman. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

--A Circle Pines woman and lead-abatement activist has become the first DFLer to announce a run for the 6th District Congressional seat now held by Rep. Michele Bachmann. Judy Adams said Monday she will seek the DFL endorsement in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District.

--A St. Cloud police officer escaped serious injury early Thursday when the squad car he was driving was broadsided by a driver who ran a stop sign. The crash happened at 1:15am at the intersection of Ninth Avenue and 11th Street South. A vehicle being driven by 21-year old Earnest Collins Gardner of West St. Paul was traveling west on 11th Street and ran the stop sign at Ninth Avenue. The vehicle he was driving hit a squad car being driven by Officer Nick Tylutki. He was treated at the hospital for minor injuries. Gardner was not injured in the crash. Stearns County investigated the crash and took a blood sample from Gardner. Investigators are waiting on those tests results; no charges have been filed yet on Gardner.

--Todd County is investigating a burglary in Bruce Township on Friday. Items taken were two boat motors, a trolling motor, fishing tackle, numerous tools, a weed eater and push lawn mower. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

--A former student athlete at Browerville High School was sentenced to jail following a series of sexual attacks on his teammates beginning in 2011. Seth Kellen was originally charged with 20 separate criminal counts involving acts of unwanted sexual contact, lewd conduct and exposure. A judge sentenced Kellen to 30 days in jail, fined $500, follow recommendations of a psychological evaluator, and serve 10 years probation. He also cannot have any unsupervised contact with individuals under 18. Kellen’s lawyer argued the alleged assaults were “horseplay” and a culture of hazing that has been going on for years at Browerville High School and were not intended to be of a sexual manner.

--A statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, May 20th - June 2nd resulted in 10,342 motorists cited for not wearing seat belts, according to preliminary results from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. Campaign results were reported by 323 agencies. Included in the citation count were 256 child passenger safety seat and booster seat violations. The Click It or Ticket campaign encourages motorists to make safe, smart decisions to prevent deaths and injuries. In a similar campaign last May, 12,639 motorists were cited.

--The latest Manpower employment outlook report finds 20% of Minnesota employers that were surveyed plan to increase staff levels in the third quarter, 3% plan to cut and 75% say there will be no changes. The numbers are relatively unchanged and Minnesota is the middle of the pack compared to other states on new hiring. Manpower says for the coming quarter, job prospects appear best in construction, manufacturing, transportation, utilities, and wholesale and retail trade. Employers in education and health services plan to reduce staffing levels.

--A Children's Safety Camp to be held in Pierz on Thursday starting with a picnic lunch at 11:30am. Groups involved with the camp include: the Pierz Fire Department, Pierz Police Department, Little Falls Police Department, Morrison County CIRT, and the Pierz National Honor Society students. Topics to be covered include: Fire Safety, Bike Safety, a Bike Rodeo and a demonstration from a member of the CIRT team which includes the use of special equipment and training to provide safely and successfully resolve high risk situations. Children ages 5 and older are welcome to attend. Be sure to bring your bicycle and helmet to participate in the Bike Rodeo. More info on this will be heard today at 8:45am on KLTF.

--Geraldine James, age 76 of Little Falls.

TODAY= partly sunny, high around 75.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 52.
THURSDAY= sunny, high near 76, clear at night low 54.
FRIDAY= isolated T-storms early and late, some sun, high 75.

TWINS= Justin Morneau delivers two big hits last night to beat the Phillies 3-2. Twins and Phillies again tonight 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ
NBA= San Antonio routs Miami 113-77 to take a 2-1 lead in finals.
NHL= NHL Finals begin tonight between Chicago and Boston.

Redneck Radio Thurs, Fri and Sat, lunch daily at West Side Bar.

Tuesday- June 11th, 2013

--A man found dead Saturday night in Little Rock Lake was a passenger in a vehicle that hit a guard rail late Friday night on the U.S. Highway 10 bridge that spans the lake. 59-year old Thomas John Theisen, apparently fled the scene of the crash late Friday before being found Saturday in the lake. The crash happened at 11:30pm when an Explorer that was traveling south on Highway 10 hit the concrete guard rail. The driver of the Explorer was identified as 49-year old Mary Margaret Stein. Before law enforcement could get to the scene, a passenger in the vehicle had fled the scene. The State Patrol helicopter, along with assistance from Benton County Sheriff’s Office and Benton County K-9, assisted in searching the area. The passenger initially could not be found. The next day, Benton County Water Patrol, Stearns County Water Patrol and the Sauk Rapids Fire Department searched the area again. Theisen’s body was found at about 8:30 p.m. in Little Rock Lake.

--Six units of an apartment building had to be evacuated Sunday night after a vehicle crashed into the building in north St. Cloud.
The crash happened at 9:25pm at 1485 12th Ave. North. The crash damaged the structural components of the building. The city’s fire marshal surveyed the damage and determined that six units had to be vacated for the night. The crash led to a citation for 18-year old Violet Hopkins from St. Cloud. Hopkins took a corner too fast, lost control of her vehicle and struck the building. Hopkins fled the scene after the crash, but was later found by police. Hopkins was cited and released for reckless driving, hit-and-run accident and not having a valid driver's license. There were no injuries.

--The Brainerd Fire Department worked on a natural gas leak Saturday that closed some roadways around the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds. The call around 11:40am was to a residence on Beach Street. The natural gas leak was located at a substation nearby with a strong odor. Centerpoint Energy was called in to work on the issue and everything was clear by 5:30pm. The gas leak never caught on fire but firefighters stayed at the scene for precautions. Another gas leak was reported Sunday afternoon at a home in Cass County. Brainerd firefighters were the closest in the area to reach the residence in question where the home was ventilated.

--A fire ripped through several condominium units at a popular resort in northern Minnesota Saturday afternoon. The Cook County Sheriff's Office says the blaze broke out around 12:30pm at the Bluefin Bay Resort in Tofte and impacted five units.  It took firefighters from 10 departments most of the afternoon to bring it under control. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. Five condos were ruled unlivable.

--As the weather gets warmer the Minnesota Department of Transportation is warning motorists and bicyclists to be aware of each other and share the road. The agency says between 2008 and 2012, 44 bicyclists died on Minnesota roads while almost 4,600 were injured. More than half the deaths and injuries occurred between June and September. Bicycle crashes most frequently occur during afternoon rush hours and most often in cities bigger than 50,000 people. Three-fourths of bicyclists killed or injured are men, and one-third between the ages of 15 and 24.

--Motorists watch for bicyclists riding today in Little Falls, over 30 riders will be traveling in a bike tour around the city today.

--The U.S. Senate Monday passed a five-year half-trillion dollar farm bill that expands government subsidies for crop insurance, rice and peanuts while making cuts to food stamps. The Bill passed on the vote of 66-27. The legislation costs almost $100-billion dollars annually would eliminate subsidies that are paid to farmers whether they farm or not. This is to save 2.4-billion a year on the farm and nutrition programs across the board.

--The Swanville City Council continues to seek a resident who would be interested in filling the Council seat left vacant with the death, earlier this year, of longtime Council Member Jim Pierkarski. The Council will seek names of interested residents of the city to fill the position for two years. Those interested must live within the city and be at least 18 years of age. The Council will appoint, from the applicants, someone to fill the position until the next regular election. At that time, if the appointee is interested in remaining on the Council, they file to have their name on the ballot. Those interested should contact the city clerk, mayor or council members for more information.

--Sunday's end to the Multiple Sclerosis 150-bike ride was an emotional one. Riders crossed the finish line of the two-day race in White Bear Lake on Sunday, but concern still remained for three bikers who were hurt in a crash on the trail north of Hinckley. Race officials say a rider fell, causing two other riders to crash into the back of him. Officials are not releasing the names or condition of the injured riders due to privacy concerns. An estimated $3 million was raised to help fight the disease.

--Stillwater came to a standstill Saturday after a man walked into a bank and left something behind. There was no getting through parts of downtown Stillwater on Saturday morning after a man robbed the U.S. Bank around 9:30am with a note and a device. The suspect left that device in the bank and then left but was apprehended about two blocks away by Stillwater officers. Five to ten businesses around the bank were closed. A 2-3 block radius was evacuated including two hotels, one where the suspect was staying at. Investigators searched the suspect's room, his vehicle and removed the device from the bank. It took until about 5:30pm before things were settling back to normal in the town. There were no injuries. The suspect’s name was not released. The only information released was that he was not from Minnesota.

--Get info on the Dam Festival at

--Leo Furnstahl, age 79 of Pine River.
--Marie Block, age 87 of rural Hillman.
--Melvin J. Loidolt, age 84 of Indianapolis formerly of Pierz.

TODAY= slight chance of T-storm afternoon, sunny, high 77.
TONIGHT= an overnight storm possible, some fog, low 57.
WEDNESDAY= partly sunny, high 75, clear at night low 52.
THURSDAY= sunny and mild, high near 80.

TWINS= Twins open series with Philadelphia tonight at Target Field. Pregame begins at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.

Redneck Radio at the West Side Bar Thursday through Saturday.

Monday- June 10th, 2013

--A 27-year-old Pierz man has been sentenced to 54 months in prison for being convicted for Criminal Sexual Conduct following his conviction for having sexual contact with a then 4-year-old girl. Matthew Berry pleaded guilty in April and a post plea series had the sentencing date from last October to last week. Deputies started investigating accusations against Berry in January, 2012. Berry will have to register as predatory offender and will be on conditional release for ten years after his sentence ends.

--The Little Falls School Board meets tonight at 5pm at the Morrison County Government Center boardroom. Agenda items include summer session for students under 16, an agreement to the Tower Easement, approval of a vocal music field trip and a public hearing for rezoning district property. The board will also hold a closed session before adjourning to give their superintendent evaluation.

--Todd County is investigating a possible phone scam advising Todd County citizens that they had won $500,000. The caller advised that the party needed to go to Wal-Mart and apply for some sort of card to claim the winnings. Todd County is warning residents to not give out personal information over the phone. The caller told the Sheriffs Office they did not give any personal information out and wanted the public and law enforcement to be aware of this type of scam.

--Morrison County will be hosting a kick-off meeting to begin the process of updating its hazard mitigation plan.  A multi-hazard mitigation plan is a plan, prepared at the county level that seeks to reduce or eliminate risks to people and property from natural hazards. Morrison County is committed to identifying, mitigating, and protecting residents from natural hazards. The Region Five Development Commission has successfully completed six hazard mitigation plans since 2003, and is currently in the process of updating these plans in accordance with FEMA regulations. These plans are available for review on the Region Five Development Commission’s website. The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 20th at the Morrison County Government Center. Contact Tad Erickson with any questions at or call (218) 894-3233 Ext. 5. The Region Five Development Commission serves the counties of Morrison, Cass, Crow Wing, Todd and Wadena.

--The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds citizens that placing unauthorized signs and other objects on state highway rights of way is illegal and can be dangerous. Mn DOT reports with warm weather arriving, there is a significant increase in advertising signs and items for sale placed illegally along state roadways. Placing signs or objects in highway rights of way is a misdemeanor violation with a maximum $1,000 fine and/or 90 days in jail. Highway rights of way include driving lanes, shoulders, ditches, clear zones and sight corners at intersections. State law also says that items may not be placed on private property outside of the right of way limits but in proximity to a roadway without consent of the landowner. Mn/DOT crews will remove all signs within the right of way without notice.

--The 3rd Annual Morrison County Breakfast on the Farm will be this Saturday from 8am to noon hosted by the Gunderson brothers who live on Highway 238 between Elmdale and Upsala. For $5 there will be a sausage and egg breakfast, those under 6 are free. There will also a petting zoo, coloring sheet, egg toss games and farm tours. Meet the Morrison County Dairy Princesses and a whole lot more. AM960 KLTF will be broadcasting live Saturday from the event.

--The Little Falls City Council Friday held their emergency meeting to pay the bills and also to vote to accept signs for the Zoo event last Saturday and an upcoming tournament at the golf course. The meeting lasted under 5 minutes. But before the meeting could begin, city resident Robin Hensel had pushed her audience chair to the middle of the council chambers and was repeatedly asked to push it back or she would be cited for disorderly conduct. Minutes later after being asked again by Attorney Toni Wetzel to return to the audience area, Hensel refused and was cited with disorderly conduct. She was removed from the council chambers by Little Falls Police. The council had to open and close a meeting a week ago due to a disruption caused by the same individual.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office intercepted two letters from female inmates that indicated a planned escape from the jail. One woman wrote a letter to her husband asking him to help her escape and another woman to a friend to help her escape. Deputies are investigating. Sheriff’s deputies also reported a fire on Saturday, June 1st of a boat on Highway 10 in Motley. Gas was spilling from the drain plug. When the boat owner removed the cover on the boat, the battery was on its side which caused a spark. That led to the fire that was extinguished by deputies and Motley firefighters.

--An evidentiary hearing has been scheduled for June 17th in the ongoing dispute between Tom Decker’s first wife and his widow about the money raised after the Cold Spring-Richmond police officer was killed on duty November 29th. A Stearns County judge will hear testimony from people who planned and advertised various fundraisers after Decker was killed. Barring settlement of the dispute a judge will decide how to divide the money among Decker’s first wife Rebecca, their four kids and his second wife Alicia.

--Shortly before 6:00pm Thursday the Brainerd Police Department responded to a report of a disturbance in Brainerd. Witnesses there reported an altercation involving a man, woman, and a young child and that a knife was involved. A K-9 unit helped to track the suspect, 36-year old Lemuel Rosier of Brainerd in a nearby yard. Rosier and the victim do reside together however the victim told police that she and her seven year old son had been being threatened and held captive in their residence by Rosier. Rosier is currently being held in the Crow Wing County Jail awaiting formal charges.

--Sr. Mary Wentland OSF, age 67 of Little Falls.
--Edward Sowada, age 79 of Sobieski
--Marvin Venske, age 79 of Randall.

TODAY= morning fog, then gradual sunshine, high 75.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 57.
TUESDAY= partly sunny, high near 77, late night storm, low 55.
WEDNESDAY= partly sunny, high 76, low around 50.

TWINS= Twins got rained out Friday night with Washington. Twins win 4-3 in 11 innings Saturday. Twins lose 2 Sunday to Nationals, 7-0 in Game 1 and 5-4 in Game 2. Twins have today off.
HS BAB= Cathedral eliminated Little Falls 7-2 Friday from playoffs.

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Friday- June 7th, 2013

--On Wednesday, agents from the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force, Brainerd Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division along with Staples Police, Todd and Wadena County Deputies executed three search warrants, 2 in the city of Staples and one in Villard Township of Todd County. The warrants were part of a nine month investigation into the sale of methamphetamine in the area. Based on the information gathered, law enforcement received seven arrest warrants from Todd and Wadena County Attorney’s Office. Also during the search warrant execution, law enforcement arrested an additional two individuals for probable cause and a third for felony possession. A total of six individuals were arrested on Wednesday, 42-year-old Thomas Brown, 28-year-old Jennifer Paul, 40-year-old Raymond Weekley, 48-year-old Stewart Weekley, 26-year-old Alexander Miller and 22-year-old Clinton McNamara. Deputies are still seeking out three others with warrants for their arrests.

--A 59-year-old Crosslake man was charged with second-degree attempted murder-with intent but not premeditated Wednesday in Crow Wing County District Court for shooting a man Monday at a Crosslake residence. Larry Bolton was also charged with first-degree assault to cause great bodily harm and two counts of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon. Bolton was taken into custody without incident Monday night after a woman called police saying that a man had been shot. The victim was taken to an area hospital with what court documents stated was a severe gunshot wound to the leg. The victim’s recent condition was not released in the document. Bolton told authorities he was trying to get the victim out of the residence when an altercation ensued. Bolton’s statements given after the shooting showed no remorse for why he did what he did or any remorse to the victim’s condition. Bolton faces over 50 years in prison if convicted of all charges against him. The judge Wednesday set bond at $750,000 without conditions. Bolton’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 19th.

--A woman near McGregor was injured after being attacked by a black bear that went after her dog. The incident happened Monday night around 7pm. Darlene Baglio said her dog startled the adult female bear and three yearlings that were hanging around her bird feeder. The 72-year-old Baglio was clawed on her left arm and side and bitten on her right arm and leg. She was hospitalized overnight Monday and released on Tuesday. A conservation officer had to kill the 190 pound mother bear after it charged the officer. The three yearlings were left alone. According to the DNR this only the 5th bear attack with injuries in Minnesota since 1987.

--Motorists travelling Highway 210 between Baxter and Pillager may encounter delays as segments of the road are reduced to a single lane overnight with flaggers and pilot car controlling traffic starting Monday night at 7pm. This will continue Sunday through Thursday nights through mid-August for surface repairs to the road. Motorists may temporarily encounter a rough ride as concrete patches will be slightly higher than the surrounding pavement until all repairs are complete and all concrete surfaces can be ground to their final specifications. For traffic information log on to

--The Pine Grove Zoo celebrates 100 years Saturday from 12-4pm. Admission is $1. There will a number of items and attractions commemorating the 100 years. FM94 KFML will be broadcasting live from the Pine Grove Zoo for the event Saturday from noon to 3pm.

--A Minnesota man has died after becoming trapped under the front of a concrete grinder he was operating on a northeastern North Dakota highway. The Highway Patrol did not immediately identify the 58-year-old man from Clear Lake. Authorities say he was working in a construction zone on Interstate Highway 29 near Manvel when the incident happened shortly before 8:00am Thursday. He died at the scene. OSHA has been called in to investigate the death.

--The Platte River clean-up day scheduled Saturday, June 8th has been cancelled due to high waters. There are still clean up days scheduled at Belle Prairie Town Hall and another for Cushing, Darling, and Parker Townships at the Darling Town Hall Saturday.

--The Little Falls City Council will hold an emergency meeting this morning at 9:30am to finish some items from Monday’s meeting that was opened and closed minutes later due to a disruption in the council chambers. Some of other non-emergency items that were on the docket last Monday will be brought up again on June 17th.

--The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is celebrating “National Get Outdoors Day” on Saturday by offering free admission to all state parks and recreation areas. For more information on state parks take the virtual tour at the DNR’s website.

--Republican Tom Emmer announced he is running for the 6th District Congressional Seat. Emmer who lost to Governor Mark Dayton narrowly back in 2010 launched his campaign Wednesday in Delano stating he wishes to follow in the footsteps of 6th District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann who announced last week she will not seek reelection. A number of others GOP candidates have peeked interest in the seat including Senator John Pederson of St. Cloud along with other GOP state representatives. No official DFL candidates have entered their names in the race following Jim Graves announcement last week to suspend his campaign for 2014.

--The 2-Day June Dairy Celebration continues today with Coborn’s and Little Falls Radio. From 10-6 get a cheeseburger, milk and ice-cream from $2.50. Meet Dairy Princesses and others including the KLTF Party Line crew as the program is live today from 10-12.

--Barbara Waddell, age 45 of Little Falls
--Wilmar “Bill” Henrickson, age 91 of Staples

TODAY= partly cloudy, 30% chance of PM showers, high 66.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low around 50.
SATURDAY= partly sunny, high 72, storms likely in PM hours low 52.
SUNDAY= showers and storms likely day and night, high 64.
MONDAY= early shower, then mostly sunny, high 75.

HS BAB= Little Falls beat Sauk Centre 3-1 last night. Little Falls has to beat St. Cloud Cathedral twice today for the section title and a bid to the state tournament. Coverage at noon today on FM94 KFML
TWINS= A 4 run 8th inning helped KC beat the Twins 7-3 last night. Twins are in Washington D.C. to take on the Nationals in inter-league play this weekend. Coverage is tonight at 5:35pm, Saturday at 2:35pm and Sunday at 12:05pm all live on Q92 WYRQ.
VL= St. Wendel at St. Stephen 1:30 Sunday on AM960 KLTF.

Northstar Entertainment tonight, enjoy lunch today at West Side Bar

Thursday- June 6th, 2013

--One tradition of June Dairy Month is the first baby born in June at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls receives several “Got Milk” items from the Morrison County ADA. This year the first June baby is the daughter of Victoria Fulda of Little Falls. A’Rianna Rose Fulda was born at 7:03am Monday. This year gifts for them include a tote bag, two outfits, sweatshirt, bottle, and a Jr. cup. The mom got a shirt, bib, Frisbee and a $20 gift card to Dairy Queen. Join AM960 KLTF Party Line today and tomorrow for the 2 day Dairy Event from Coborn’s Superstore and Little Falls Radio. Meet Dairy Princesses and see Steve Van Slooten and Donna Hilmerson for Party Line 10-12pm today and tomorrow live at Coborn’s. Also today and tomorrow get a cheeseburger, milk and ice cream for $2.50.

--When the Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility opens this fall at St. Cloud State University, students will be able to travel between five campus buildings without stepping outdoors. University officials have added a skyway to connect ISELF to the system that includes Atwood Memorial Center, Centennial Hall, Brown Hall and Wick Science Building. Construction of the skyway went on last week and this week. The skyway, which will cost less than $1 million and connect ISELF to Wick, was added after construction bids for the 100,000-square-foot building came in lower than the $4.8 million estimated for the project that is paid for with state dollars. The Legislature approved the money for the ISELF building, which had long been a St. Cloud State priority, in 2011. Construction started in 2012 and is expected to be completed by late July. Staff will move in during August and students will get a look when school opens the third week of August.

--Little Falls Police reported a garage was broken into sometime over the past weekend where a large toolbox with tools inside was stolen. An estimated value of the objects is over $700. Anyone with information on the burglary should contact Little Falls Police.

--The Minnesota DNR reported Tuesday that fishing license sales are at the lowest level in at least 13 years, and sales of vehicle passes to state parks are also down. Much of that has to do with the cold and wet May. Ice lingered on the state's prime fishing waters for days after the May 11 walleye opener. Several weekends since including Memorial Day weekend have featured conditions that were unseasonably cold, windy or rainy or some combination of each. Fishing license sales appear to be off historical averages by about 25 percent, according to DNR data dating back to 2000. The DNR had sold 470,000 fishing licenses as of June 1st, compared with 596,000 last year at this time. Sales of parks passes might be on pace to end a trend of increasing attendance since 2008. Through May, sales of annual vehicle parks permits were down 15 percent from last year, and sales of daily vehicle parks passes were down 35 percent. As a result, revenue is down nearly $219,000 from a year ago.

--Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced Tuesday that he will not run for another term in 2014 and that he plans on leaving office when his current term expires at the end of 2014.

--A Fairmont man was hospitalized Sunday after the all-terrain vehicle he was driving rolled in Todd County. The crash happened at 4:15pm at the intersection of 490th Street and 133rd Avenue, just north of Hewitt. Gerald Bartels was trying to take a turn at the intersection and rolled the ATV. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

--Carol Anderson, executive director of Community Development of Morrison County who lives in Foley, was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to the Minnesota Rural Finance Authority (RFA). The Rural Finance Authority (RFA) partners with local lenders to provide affordable credit to eligible farmers. The Community Development of Morrison County office is located in Little Falls.

--The demolition of the iconic paper mill along the Mississippi River in Sartell won’t start until at least next month, but the dismantling of one of the area’s biggest employers for more than a century has begun. On Tuesday, a couple of hundred bidders and watchers viewed the start of a two-day auction of equipment, shop tools, materials, cranes and myriad other items that remained in the 1 million-square-foot manufacturing facility. On Thursday, winning bidders will begin to haul away their purchases. Items that can be moved without a forklift will be gone by Saturday. Bigger equipment will be removed by riggers in the next two weeks, with the most difficult pieces scheduled for late June.

--The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) named Paul Kuske, Pierz, as the Conservation Officer of the Year. He was presented with his award during in-service training held at Camp Ripley in Little Falls on May 2nd. The state of Minnesota has 182 conservation officers and the annual award is given for accumulative lifetime career achievements. Kuske has been with the Conservation Division of the DNR for 25 years.

--Bob Dylan is coming home for a concert this summer. The City of Duluth announced Monday that Dylan will perform July 9th at the Bayfront Festival Park with his band and a number of others. The mayor calls the event a historic day that will be remembered for decades to come in the city of Duluth.

--Collin Strempke, age 13 of Little Falls

TODAY= cloudy skies, scattered showers, high 60.
TONIGHT= isolated evening shower, then cloudy, low 42.
FRIDAY= partly cloudy, high near 70, an isolated evening shower
SATURDAY= showers and storms likely afternoon, high 68, low 55.
SUNDAY= showers and storms early then partial sun, high 65.

TWINS= Kansas City held off the Twins last night 4-1. Twins and KC wrap up the 3 game series tonight 6:40pm pregame on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BASEBALL= For the 2nd day in a row the Little Falls Flyers playoff baseball match-up was postponed. The Flyers play the winner of Sauk Centre vs. Minnewaska tonight at 7:00pm at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud. Listen to the game live on 94.1 KFML. A Flyer win would put them in the Section title game/s now on Friday at noon.

IN 1816= nearly a foot of snow fell on the New England area, it is considered the latest snowfall of over 1 inch in New England history.
IN 1833= President Andrew Jackson 1st President to ride the railroad.
IN 1932= first federal gas tax enacted it was one-cent.
IN 1944= Allied Troops invaded Normandy, France known as D-Day.

Northstar Entertainment tonight and Friday at West Side Bar

Wednesday- June 5th, 2013

--The Little Falls City Council opened its meeting Monday night and closed it with a unanimous vote. Resident Robin Hensel had posted a sign in Council Chambers stating “Free Speech Restricted Here” on the side facing the audience; but on the other side facing the Council and city staff, images of babies with serious birth defects was displayed. The one and only vote of the Council after the Pledge of Allegiance was recited, was to unanimously close the meeting and call for a later meeting. The city of Little Falls has scheduled an emergency council meeting this Friday at 9:30am at City Hall with a limited agenda. The main purpose of the meeting Friday is to authorize city bills. Individual payrolls will not be affected as they are done ahead of time. There are a couple timely items such as permits and sign requests. The rest of Monday nights planned agenda has been moved to the next regular meeting on Monday, June 17th.

--On Monday Wayne Brian Christensen was sentenced to 36 months in prison following his conviction for Assault in the Second Degree (Dangerous Weapon). The 46-year-old Christensen pled guilty last October. Little Falls Police were called by Christensen’s neighbors a year ago in May reporting that Christensen was in his yard at his residence in Little Falls appeared to be intoxicated and had armed himself with a firearm. Christensen was swearing loudly and threatening to kill children. During the incident, a neighbor drove into her driveway when Christensen pointed a gun directly at her. The victim reported that Christensen continued to point the handgun at her and so she crawled out of her car and was able to call 9-1-1. Christensen initially ignored officers’ demand to drop the weapon, but surrendered. A chambered round was found jammed in the gun. The gun had a 20 round magazine with another 20 round magazine on a nearby picnic table.

--One man was airlifted to a hospital Monday night after a shooting in Crosslake. Crosslake police and Crow Wing County authorities received word of a shooting around 6:30pm at the Lakeshore home of Larry and Susan Bolton. A woman reported a man was shot inside their barn and that the shooter was still there. All police stated is that the alleged shooter was taken into custody pending formal charges and the victim sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and was taken to the hospital. No names have been released at this time.

--Little Falls Police in the past week responded to a burglary call on Saturday night on 7th Avenue Northeast where a man allegedly had forced entry into an occupied apartment. Police arrested two people on charges of DWI and responded to a domestic altercation.

--Staples Police are warning residents of a suspicious person coming door to door in the area asking for money to give to hospitals, schools and other organizations. On at least one occasion a resident gave the man some money. The police department received word from the school and the hospital that they do not have any fundraising efforts which would have someone going door to door. Police are advising caution of giving money if the person does not show authorization of an organization he is working for.

--The state fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of a fire early Monday that destroyed a house in Becker. The fire was reported at about 3:00am at a house on Forrest Drive in Becker. The house is listed as a total loss. The occupants of the house were able to get out, and no injuries were reported in the incident.

--A 23-year-old Miltona woman and a 33-year-old Fridley man were identified as the victims of a double-fatal crash early Tuesday in a northern Todd County. Amanda E. Cowan and Daniel R. Waldron died after the crash on Minnesota Highway 210. The van carrying six people was headed west when it left the road, hit a field approach and crashed into trees. The crash happened about 4:47am. Investigators are still trying to determine who was driving the van. In addition to Cowan and Waldron, the van carried 23-year old Loren R. Van Vickle of Motley; 28-year old Renae L. Rautio of Menahga; 8-year old Katie L. Rautio; and infant Bently R. Rautio. Katie and Renae Rautio were both seriously injured. Van Vickle had injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. The infant was not injured.

--The state Court of Appeals on Monday upheld the conviction of a St. Cloud man who was found guilty of sexually abusing four children. 64-year old Donald R. Frey, had appealed his convictions, arguing that the trial judge made a mistake when allowing the jury to review videotaped interviews of the victims during its deliberations. The appellate court upheld the convictions against Frey for 10 counts of criminal sexual conduct involving young children. The abuse happened at various times between 2002 and 2011, and the victims ranged in age from 4 to 10 year old boys and girls.

--State Patrol Lt. Joe Dwyer says, “During the recent May 20-June 2 Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement effort, troopers in our Brainerd State Patrol district alone stopped 338 vehicles, making at least 160 contacts for seat belt violations.  At least 67 of those contacts were actual citations.” Statewide results of the campaign, reflecting enforcement activity of the State Patrol and allied county and municipal agencies, will be issued by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety next week. The State Patrol urges everyone to buckle up, every seat, every ride – a seat belt is your best defense on roads plagued with drunk, distracted and speeding or aggressive drivers.

--Join Coborn’s Superstore and Little Falls Radio for the June Dairy Event Thursday and Friday- AM960 KLTF Party Line will be live from Coborn’s 10am to 12pm Thursday and Friday.

--Victoria Fulda of Little Falls, girl born June 3rd

--Harriet C. Jones, age 89 of Maple Grove formerly of Little Falls

TODAY= showers likely, possible T-storms, cool, high 56.
TONIGHT= brief showers, then patchy fog overnight, low 44.
THURSDAY= partly sunny, isolated PM shower, high 61.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny and warmer, high 72, low around 50.

TWINS= Ryan Doumit homered and Twins win 3-0 over KC last night. Twins at Kansas City game 2 tonight 6:40pm on Q92.
HS BAB= Due to rain Tuesday the Little Falls playoff baseball game has been moved to tonight in St. Cloud. There will be an elimination game at 2pm between Minnewaska and Sauk Centre with the winner playing Little Falls in an elimination game later tonight around 7pm at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud. Hear the Little Falls game on FM94.

“Northstar Entertainment” Thursday and Friday at West Side Bar

Tuesday- June 4th, 2013

--A 50-year-old from Little Falls sustained several injuries around 11am Sunday when the motorcycle he was driving struck a deer north of Little Falls on Haven Road in Belle Prairie Township. Timothy Brummer, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was taken to St. Gabriel’s Hospital for treatment of injuries. His passenger on the motorcycle was not injured. Brummer was listed in stable condition Monday afternoon at St. Gabriel’s Hospital.

--An 83-year-old Randall man sustained minor injuries in a one vehicle accident Sunday in Parker Township. Morrison County deputies responded around 10am and found that Irvin Crosby had left the roadway and hit a driveway approach. Crosby was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and taken to St. Gabriel’s Hospital and listed in stable condition on Monday.

--A 57-year-old Foley woman is dead after a head-on collision with a semi-trailer Friday night near Gilman. Cynthia Zillmer crossed the center-line on Highway 25 around 11:30pm and struck the semi driven by 23-year-old Jesse Roehl of Foley. Roehl was not hurt. The State Patrol said that Zillmer was pronounced dead at the scene.

--A 77-year-old from Maple Lake died Saturday morning in a two-vehicle accident near Maple Lake. 81-year-old Arnold Spike was attempting to turn onto Highway 55 and was struck by 55-year-old Jeffrey Jude of Maple Lake. Jude was not hurt. Spike was taken to St. Cloud Hospital with serious injuries. His passenger, 77-year-old Lila Spike of Maple Lake died at the Buffalo Hospital from her injuries.

--One man is dead and another arrested following a stabbing in Alexandria Saturday afternoon. Police say 28-year-old Phillip Alstadt of Alexandria was apparently stabbed following an altercation with a 25-year-old man. Alstadt was found deceased on the lawn outside the Alexandria residence. Police say the two men knew each other. The 25-year-old was taken into custody and is awaiting formal charges in the case being investigating by local and state officials.

--The Foley City Council doesn’t expect to make any decisions soon about the future of its vacant police chief position. At a meeting in May, the City Council decided to wait 60 days before making any permanent decisions on the job. Former chief Brant Standridge, who was still on probationary status after starting last June, was let go by the city in May. Police Officer Katie Lang has been named interim police chief and will be in that position during Foley Fun Days, which runs June 14-19. The council holds a meeting tonight and will get an update from the public safety committee. The committee advises the council on decisions related to the police department.

--Stearns County authorities responded to a motorcycle accident in Raymond Township Sunday round 5pm. The accident occurred at County Road 18 and 330th Street. 42-year-old Robert Olson of Sunberg was traveling northbound when his cycle hit some gravel in the roadway and lost control. Olson was taken to Sauk Centre Hospital by a private party with non life threatening injuries.

--Two local Catholic Priests are celebrating 50 years of priesthood this month. Rev. Al Stangl was ordained as a Priest 50 years ago and started his vocation at St. Mary’s in Melrose. Stangl, who is a Pierz native, continues to recite Mass and also is seen regularly on the TV mass from the St. Cloud Diocese. Father Loren Virnig who serves as Pastor in Royalton and North Prairie will also commemorate 50 years as a Catholic Priest this month.

--The Disabled American Veterans National Service Mobile Outreach Unit will be in Little Falls on Wednesday from 8am to 4pm at the Morrison County Government Center. The DAV National Service Officers are coming to Little Falls as part of their organization’s annual outreach efforts to veterans around the state. Veterans with questions regarding their individual claims or with general questions about VA benefits are invited to stop by and meet with a DAV Claims Officer. For more information contact the Morrison County Veterans Service Office at 320-632-0290.

--The Randall City Council had a special meeting on Thursday morning. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and decide what process to take to fill the council seat of Jerry Carter. The Mayor gave a general overview of what the council can do when filling a council seat. The city could hold an election and the person elected would carry out the remainder of the term which is 3.5 years or the city could appoint someone to fill the vacancy until the next general election, the second option would not cost the city any additional expense. The consensus of the council was to appoint a resident to hold the office until the November 2014 election. The city will advertise for two weeks, accepting names of interested residents and a short explanation about themselves and why they want to be on the council until 5:00pm on June 11th and will re-convene this meeting at 9:00am on June 13th to make an appointment.

--Motorists traveling Interstate 94 between Alexandria and Freeport this summer may notice a helicopter and crew working near the interstate that started Monday. The CapX2020 utilities will use a helicopter to string conductor wire along several transmission structures that were installed along I-94. The Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota Department of Transportation and the CapX2020 utilities urge motorists to avoid gawking at the helicopter work and keep moving through the work zone. The Alexandria–St. Cloud work is the second phase of the CapX2020 Fargo–St. Cloud 345 kV transmission line project. Transmission line crews will erect structures and string conductor wire between the Quarry Substation west of St. Cloud and the Alexandria Substation west of Alexandria. Crews are expected to have the work completed by May, 2014.

--Michael DeJesus, age 45 of Staples.
--Harriet C. Jones, age 89 of Maple Grove formerly Little Falls.

TODAY= showers and possible thunderstorms, high near 60.
TONIGHT= showers and T-storms likely, low around 50.
WEDNESDAY= showers likely, possible storm before 2pm, high 58.
THURSDAY= partly sunny, few isolated showers, high 65.

TWINS= After a day off on Monday the Twins travel to Kansas City tonight to open a 3 game series with Royals. Pregame starts at 6:40pm tonight on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BAB= Sauk Centre eliminated Pierz in playoffs last night while Cathedral beat Little Falls 1-0. Little Falls will play in an elimination game tonight at 7pm in St. Cloud. The winner of a 5pm elimination game will play Little Falls tonight. Catch the game on FM94 KFML.

Northstar Entertainment Wednesday and Thursday at West Side Bar

Monday- June 3rd, 2013

--Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel reported Friday that a stolen Chevy cargo van taken from a business in Benton County was located and recovered in a rock quarry south of Freedhem along County Road 45 in Belle Prairie Township. An unknown suspect had smashed through a metal gate on the property and drove the van into the quarries. The van was submerged and the Morrison County Sheriff Dive Team had to recover the van. Currently there are no suspects in this matter and the sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information regarding the matter to contact them at 320-632-9233.

--Danielle Skajewski has been named the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Employee of the Month for June. Skajewski has been a High School Special Education teacher with Little Falls Community Schools for 22 years. Skajewski and her husband, Alan, have one son, Lee. In her spare time, Skajewski enjoys reading, gardening, camping, cooking and traveling. Congratulations Danielle.

--Local State Representative Ron Kresha and State Senator Paul Gazelka will be on hand today from 9:00am-10:30am at Little Falls City Hall to recap the recent legislative session and preview the 2014 session. All are invited. Questions from the audience are welcome.

--A lightning strike caused a house fire in St. Cloud early Friday. The house at 152 21st Ave. N was deemed a total loss, valued at $40,200. The house is in foreclosure and was unoccupied at the time of the fire. Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 1:48am Friday. The fire originated in the basement where it caused extensive damage. Smoke and heat damage also to the first and second floors.

--The Morrison County Department of Public Works will be out working on a limited amount of spraying road rights of way for noxious weeds, beginning this month. The focus area is east of the Mississippi River and south of State Highway 27. Minnesota has a statute that requires control of noxious weeds and spraying the rights of way for noxious weeds is to remain in compliance with this statute. An effort will also be made to control brush and unwanted trees within the rights of way. Morrison County Public Works will conduct spot treatment to control the growth. This work will be done by an independent private contractor under the direction of the Morrison County Public Works Department. The herbicides applied to Morrison County roadside rights of way are formulated and designed to control noxious weeds and unwanted brush along rights of way. These herbicides are not the same herbicides as are used in agricultural type weed control, but are formulated specifically for right of ways.

--The Board of Little Falls Employment Enterprises Inc. (EEI) has voted 6-2 against a possible merger with WACOSA. Due to the retirement of Executive Director Byron Quinn effective July 1st, EEI was investigating that option for the future. The EEI Board is now exploring a variety of other options.

--DFLer Jim Graves announced Friday morning he has suspended his congressional campaign indefinitely. The announcement comes two days after his opponent, U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann, indicated she won’t seek re-election in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District. Graves, in an e-mail to supporters appeared to claim credit for influencing Bachmann’s decision not to seek a fifth term. He said Bachmann’s announcement marked the completion of his campaign’s mission to defeat her.

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

--Get info the Little Falls Dam Festival at

--Great River Regional Library leaders will meet Wednesday to authorize hiring an investigator. Spokeswoman Julie Henne said the library system’s Board of Trustees executive committee will discus retaining an outside investigator to investigate an internal matter. She declined to comment further, citing the Minnesota Data Practices Act. The meeting will be at 5:00pm in the Mississippi Room of the St. Cloud Public Library and is open to the public. The Great River Regional Library system, formed in 1969, has a service area with almost 450,000 residents and 32 branch libraries, with the largest in St. Cloud. It serves six counties, including Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright.

--A St. Cloud man who was arrested after several witnesses reported that they saw him mistreat two children while walking them on harness-like tethers was sentenced Thursday to 20 days in jail. Waldamar Joseph Tischner pleaded guilty to felony malicious punishment of a child. The sentence imposed by Stearns County District Court allows Tischner to serve 10 days of the sentence by doing community work service, and it assesses Tischner fines and court fees of $585. Five witnesses reported Tischner was walking with two children from the day care that operated out of his house. The children had harnesses on them, which had a strap that was wrapped around the neck of one of the children. The charges against Tischner led to the revocation of his wife’s day care license.

--The man who was found dead May 14th inside a burning garage in west St. Cloud had barricaded himself inside the garage and started the fire that caused his death, according to a report by the city’s fire marshal. Torrey Niles Wiebke died in the fire in the detached garage. He didn’t live at that residence and had no known connection to the owner of the house or the people renting it, according to police. Wiebke’s cause of death has been listed as smoke and soot inhalation. The manner of his death is pending the results of toxicology tests. There were bags of clothing stacked on the inside of the service door to the garage with a metal bed frame piled on top of that indicated that Wiebke intentionally set the fire.

--Lloyd J. Brattlund, age 89 of Pillager.
--Joan M. Knopik, age 72 of Royalton.
--Eunice M. Longanecker, age 94 of Baxter.
--Ben Pietrowski, age 79 of Little Falls.
--Henry “Junior” Krueger, age 82 of Little Falls.
--Bernard P. Kloss, age 81 of Royalton.

TODAY= increasing clouds, high 67.
TONIGHT= showers likely, few storms late, low 49.
TUESDAY= showers likely, few T-storms, high 61, low 50.
WEDNESDAY= showers likely early, then cloudy in the PM, high 58.

TWINS= Seattle beat the Twins 3-0 Friday ending 4 game winning streak. Twins win on a walk off hit in the 9th 5-4 on Saturday. Twins get 4 homeruns, 16 hits and rout Seattle Sunday 10-0 to take series.
HS BAB= Pierz vs. Sauk Centre today at 5pm on FM94 KFML
HS BAB= Little Falls vs. St. Cloud Cathedral tonight 7pm on FM94.

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