News March 2012

Friday- March 30th, 2012

NEWS
--The Little Falls Radio Home Garden and Leisure Show starts at 3pm today at the Exchange Arena behind the Little Falls High School. The event is 3-9pm today and 9am to 3pm on Saturday and is free admission and free parking. See numerous vendors; register for free stuff like Minnesota Twins tickets and think spring today and Saturday at the exchange arena. More info at
www.fallsradio.com.

--In a statement from Morrison County Administrator Deb Gruber, in an effort to reduce costs, beginning in 2012, Morrison County will mail property Tax Statements and Valuations notices in the same envelope. Depending on how many parcels you own, you may receive multiple envelopes; watch your mailboxes for the communication in early April.  The notices are time sensitive, it is important to read the information promptly and carefully. Included in the envelope will be your 2012 tax statement including the property tax amount you owe for 2012. First half payment for property taxes is due May 15th. There will also be your 2012 Valuation and Classification notice reflecting the proposed value that will be used to calculate your 2013 property taxes. Any questions can be contacted to the Morrison County Assessors office at the government center.

--The Morrison County Farm Service Agency reminds area landowners that this coming week is the last week for the current CRP general sign up. Offers must be completed and entered into the FSA system by close of business on April 6th. For more information contact your local FSA office, in Little Falls call (320) 632-5477.

--Brian Patrick Callahan was sentenced to 39 months in prison following his conviction for Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Second Degree in Morrison County District Court. The 44-year-old Callahan of Mora was sentenced after he had pleaded guilty in February. Assistant Morrison County Attorney Todd Kosovich stated that Callahan was also ordered to register as a Predatory Offender and will serve a ten year period of conditional release under the jurisdiction of the Commissioner of Corrections.  That ten year period will not begin until the day he is released from prison. The case began in 2011 when Mille Lacs County Social Services learned of a 2006 assault on a then 11 year old child.  Investigation revealed that the sexual assault occurred in Morrison County.

--The mild weather and warm spring have moved up the calendar for wood ticks and deer ticks. The pest have arrived 2 months early and if you are in tall grass, shrubs, leaf litter and the border of wooded areas make sure to check yourself thoroughly for ticks. Also the warm weather has a number of home gardeners asking about planting this early. State Climatologist Pete Boulay says people should wait until sometime in May before they really get serious about planting things outside. State records show the final frost occurring late April or early May, no matter how warm March has been it would be a first if we do not see another frost this spring.

--Spring truck weight restrictions on state highways in Minnesota's south and central frost zones will end April 3rd. Spring load restrictions are still in effect in the north-central and north frost zones; restrictions have already ended in the southeast and Twin Cities Metro frost zones. Ending dates for spring load restrictions are established by monitoring roadway strength as weather conditions change. Travelers in Minnesota can get up-to-date information on road conditions, construction and weather reports from MnDOT's 511 traveler information service. Dial 5-1-1 or visit www.511mn.org.

--The owner of a central Minnesota trucking company is accused of swindling dozens of his employees of their legal wages. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman alleges that 64-year-old Gary Francis Bauerly of Rice used several schemes to avoid paying the full prevailing wages his workers had earned. Freeman alleges that Bauerly pocketed about $52,000. The contracts that Bauerly allegedly skimmed were public road construction projects that involved the state, four counties and three cities. Bauerly owns WATAB, a trucking firm based in Rice and St. Cloud. He was charged Thursday with theft by swindle over $35,000.

--The homecoming for the Brainerd-based soldiers of the 1st Combined Arms Battalion 194th Armory will likely be coming home a bit early. Captain Rob Grutsch, rear detachment commander for the battalion said Wednesday many of the soldiers who have been a part of Operation New Dawn are expected to return to Brainerd in mid to late April though an exact date has not been set. This would be approximately one month ahead of schedule for the Brainerd Company which is one of six battalions of Bloomington’s First Brigade Combat Team known commonly as the Red Bulls.

--Despite a strengthening economy, one Minnesota company is cutting back due to slow sales. Richfield based Best Buy is reportedly closing 50 stores nationwide and laying off around 400 employees. Most of the job losses will be at Best Buy’s corporate offices. The electronic giant recently posted a 1.7 billion dollar loss compared to a $650 million dollar profit a year earlier. There is no word yet on what stores will be closed as Best Buy aims to cut costs by $800 million dollars within the next three years.

--Next Friday, April 6th has been designated as Prisoners of War (POW) Recognition Day throughout the St. Cloud VA Health Care System.  A ceremony honoring Minnesota’s former Prisoners of War will be conducted at 10 a.m. in the Auditorium (Building 8), on the St. Cloud VA campus.  More than thirty former POWs will be recognized for their dedication and service to our country.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Stanley and Tonia Dobosenki of Fort Ripley, girl born March 27th
--Ryan Wessel and Miranda Harnack of LF, girl born March 28th

DEATH NOTICES
--Merl R. Fletcher, age 64 of Randall

WEATHER
TODAY= partly cloudy to sunny skies, high near 55.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 40.
SATURDAY= mostly sunny, high near 70, low 45.
SUNDAY= sunny skies, high 75, storms Sunday night.
MONDAY= showers and storms at times, cloudy, high 55.

SPORTS
COL BB= Stanford wins NIT with a 75-51 win over Gophers Thurs.
COL BB= The Final Four semi-finals are Saturday with Louisville, Ohio State, Kentucky and Kansas battling for the championship.
TWINS= catch Twins baseball all season long on Q92 WYRQ with spring training games Saturday and Sunday at noon and the regular season opener on Friday, April 6th at Baltimore.

“Switch” tonight, “DJ Jesse” Saturday at the West Side Bar.

 

 

 

Thursday- March 29th, 2012

NEWS
--Less than a week ago it was announced that Curt Tryggestad will be the next superintendant for Eden Prairie Schools. He will continue to serve as superintendant for the Little Falls School District until June 30th when his current contract expires. On Tuesday’s school board meeting the next steps of finding a new superintendant for Little Falls was discussed. The school board referred it to the personnel committee to make a recommendation of whether to search for a new superintendant internally or hire a search firm. Their recommendation will be given during a special meeting on Thursday, April 5th at 7:30am at the Little Falls High School. After that there will be regular updates at Little Falls school board meetings.

--Wind gusts over 40 miles per hour Tuesday made for a busy day for area firefighters and the DNR with grass fires spreading rapidly across the area. A fire started in the afternoon 1 mile west of Pierz. Firefighters and the DNR used helicopters and trucks to douse the fire. There was no report of any structures damaged or injuries at this time. Brainerd firefighters were called around 4:30 to the Crow Wing County Landfill east of Brainerd on Highway 210 where a fire sparked that threatened a building. Firefighters were able to contain the fire with the use of 2 tankers. Fires were also reported in portions of Otter Tail, Douglas and Anoka County on Tuesday. Firefighters and the DNR are reminding residents and motorists that the smallest of spark from an ATV or lit cigarette or even a car backfire can cause a wildfire that can spread quickly so please use caution. Outdoor burning restrictions are in effect for the area until the dry vegetation is met with adequate moisture.

--Little Falls Police is investigating the theft Sunday of a washer and dryer from a sober house on 2nd Street Northeast. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 616-5570.

--District 12 Senator Paul Gazelka of Brainerd has two bills he chief authored - one requiring longer residency before collecting welfare benefits and one ensuring the ability to be able to buy a hunting or fishing license in the event of a government shutdown passed the senate on Tuesday. The bills are still to be voted on in the House and then will be sent to Governor Dayton’s desk for approval.

--A 28-year-old Cass Lake man pleaded guilty Monday to 2nd degree intentional murder in the death of his ex-girlfriend. Ross Littlewolf pleaded guilty to killing 22-year-old Kandace Blaine-Dunn with a gunshot would to the head after forcing his way into her residence last June 26th. Littlewolf faces 45 years in prison. Sentencing is set for 9am on April 30th in Cass County District Court.

--The jobless rate for central Minnesota ticked up again for a 2nd straight month. February jobless rates show Morrison County was 9.6% up from 9.4% in January, Crow Wing County was at 9.7% though the city of Brainerd was at 14.4%. Aitkin 10%, Cass 11.5%, Todd 8%, Wadena 10.5%, Benton 7.7%, Stearns County 6.6%, and Sherburne 8.3%. February showed a 1-2 tenths of a percent increase in central Minnesota in the jobless rate from January to February though the percentages are much less than at this time a year ago where percentages ranged from 11-16% in these areas.

--A former St. Cloud state lawmaker, Stearns County Commissioner and parks advocate has died. Larry Haws died Tuesday afternoon at the age of 72 after battling brain cancer. He served on the Stearns County board from 1999-2006. In 2005, he won a special election to become a representative in the State House where he won election again in 2006 and 2008 before retiring in 2010.

--On Tuesday the Kinship Soup and Chili Cookoff was held in Little Falls. There were 8 soups and 7 chilis entered in for judging. The 1st place soup was Leblanc Rice Creek Pheasant Soup, 2nd Place to Grannys Café vegetable beef soup, 3rd place went to St. Gabriels Hospital Taco Soup. The people’s choice award went to the creamy chicken artichoke soup from Cabin Fever. For the Chilis category according to the judges 1st place went to Loriileas Family Chile from Morrison County HRA, 2nd place went to Anne Rush’s “What a Rush Chili”, and 3rd place went to Lake Beauty Bible Camp Better than yours” Chili. The Lake Beauty Bible Camp also got the People’s Choice award for best chili. Kinship is still working on the totals of who attended the event and how much money was raised.

--Students in Swanville are hoping to accomplish creating a super mileage car for a competition in May that gets up to 300 miles per gallon. Students at the high school have been working 2-3 hours a day on the car for the competition in Brainerd on May 14th-15th in a competition to average the most miles per gallon. The vehicle will have to go through a rigorous inspection even before it can take laps and measure and calculate the gas mileage. Many other schools will also be competing in Brainerd during the event with their vehicles to see which has the best gas mileage of any of them.

--Charges have been filed against a Richmond man from Stearns County for road rage. 32-year-old Ryan Storms faces assault charges with a dangerous weapon after an incident on Highway 23 Sunday. Storms allegedly used a gun to threaten the three people in a car which he said wouldn’t let him pass. Storms is being held in the Stearns County Jail awaiting his next court appearance.
DEATH NOTICES
--John Nieken, age 60 of Hillman

WEATHER
TODAY= showers likely with possible T-storms, breezy, high 55.
TONIGHT= showers and isolated storms, low around 40.
FRIDAY= partly sunny, high 55, clear at night low around 40.
SATURDAY= sunny and warmer, high 70, low around 50.
SUNDAY= sunny and warm, high 75, storms develop Sunday night.

SPORTS
COL BB= Gophers vs. Stanford tonight at 6pm for the NIT Basketball Championship in New York City. The Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament begins Saturday with title game on Monday.
TWINS= Twins baseball from Florida continues at noon today, and right through the weekend, with all games live on Q92 WYRQ. The regular season open is April 6th at Baltimore.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1848= first time on record an ice jam stopped Niagara Falls.
IN 1882= The Knights of Columbus became a chartered organization.
IN 1951= The King and I starring Yul Brynner opened on Broadway.
IN 1982= the soap opera “Search for Tomorrow” was dropped by CBS and later picked up NBC and returned in the summer.
IN 1987= 93,173 people watch at the Pontiac Silverdome in the largest indoor arena attendance for an event at its time as Hulk Hogan bodyslammed Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania III.

“Hot Hits” tonight, “Switch” Friday, “DJ Jesse” Saturday at WS Bar

Wednesday- March 28th, 2012

NEWS
--The city of Pierz had a public hearing for utility management ordinance in regards utility rates. The council did approve a 6% increase for utility rates. This was in response to Minnesota Power passing down a 6-8% increase so the city needed to do the same. Also at Monday night’s city council meeting the audit report came out and everything appears to be on track. The Initiative Foundation presented a plaque to the city of Pierz for thanks of partnering together with them to build a better community.

--On Monday night the Little Falls City Council, Planning Commission, and Historic Preservation Committee (HPC) held a joint meeting to discuss the sign ordinance issue. The three joint bodies worked together to try to make progress on a “defendable, equitable, and fair” sign ordinance within Little Falls. The plan is for the planning commission and HPC to adopt a recommendation of the ordinance for the council and send that to the League of Minnesota Cities for review. After the review, there will be a public hearing and then it would ultimately be decided on by a vote from the city council.

--The 2nd annual Day of Caring in Little Falls is Wednesday, May 2nd. The event each year will be planned on the first Wednesday in May. The goal is to help as many elderly and disabled with yard work including raking within the city limits of Little Falls and Randall. Last year 135 residential homes were cleaned up and also several community spots and parks. If you need help with your spring cleanup and would like to see if you can register to have the volunteers help you this year, sign up by Wednesday, April 11th. Registration forms are available here at the radio station, at several area businesses and in last week’s edition of the Morrison County Record. Though this project is mostly high school student volunteers, other volunteers are still needed and encouraged. To volunteer, call (320) 631-5677 by Friday, April 13th.

--A bill that would simplify the process for school districts seeking to purchase food service equipment was passed through the Senate Monday and sent to Governor Dayton for his signature. House File 2376 was carried in the House by Representative Mike LeMieur (R-Little Falls) and in the Senate by Senator Paul Gazelka (R-Brainerd). Currently in state statute, capital expenditures for the purchase of food service equipment must first be approved by the Minnesota Department of Education to be made from the food service fund. This bill simplifies the food service equipment process by removing the requirement for department approval. House File 2376 was passed with unanimous support from both the House and Senate.

--A Battle Lake man has pleaded not guilty to federal charges he tried to extort $50 million from various federal and state agencies, and threatened to kidnap politicians. Brian Jacobson faces two counts of transmitting threatening communications. Investigators say Jacobson left threatening voice mail messages with the U.S. Marshals Service office in Fargo, demanding to be paid $50 million for an alleged contract with the city of Fargo. Jacobson allegedly said he could legally take U.S. Senator John Hoeven, former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schaefer and U.S. Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp into custody and put them on trial. Jacobson faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison. His next court appearance is on May 29th.

--The Little Falls Radio Home Garden and Leisure Show is Friday from 3-9pm and Saturday from 9am to 3pm at the Exchange Arena in Little Falls. The event is free to all to come and attend.

--The Pierz Area Coalition is sponsoring a presentation Monday night focusing on the risks and protective factors of substance abuse. The event from 7-8pm at the Pierz High School Media Center will have speaker Nathan Sindt a Drug and Alcohol prevention coordinator from east central Minnesota. Students involved in the coalition will also speak on the efforts they are doing to not have students drinking alcohol or doing drugs during their high school years. The event is free to all to attend. For more information call 468-2362.

--Stearns County is asking businesses around the Collegeville area to contact them if they have had a theft of catalytic converters in the past 2 weeks. Back on the 15th, Stearns County deputies were called to a residence on County Road 51 in Collegeville Township on a unrelated matter but while there found 5 converters that appeared to have been freshly removed from larger type trucks. The sheriff’s office has been unable to pair up the converters to recent thefts in the area. Anyone with information is asked to call 320-259-3700.

--After a slower than average flu season, it has peaked considerably in prior weeks. 325 Minnesotans have had to be hospitalized for influenza this year and 12 have died. Many nurses and doctors report that the flu strain usually peaks in early February but with mild than average temperatures and no snowfall, the peak didn’t start until the middle of March mainly due to a dry and warm spell which caused more people to be outside and more germs to spread. They remind you to cover your cough into your elbow, if you cough or sneeze, wash your hands thoroughly in warm water, and use hand sanitizer if possible if you are around a number a people each day. Physicians also remind those that flu shots are still available around the state.

--A federal appeals court has restored Minnesota’s restrictions on fundraising and endorsements by judicial candidates. The full Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today reversed a three-judge appeals panel ruling in 2010 that declared the state’s restrictions unconstitutional on free-speech grounds. In a split decision, a plurality of the appeals judges concluded that the rules are constitutional. In two separate dissents, other judges maintain that the rules do violate First Amendment freedoms.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Jeremy and Courtney Huehn of Little Falls, a boy born March 23rd
--Shane Hoskins and Careena Jacobs of Ft. Ripley, a girl born 3-25-12

DEATH NOTICES
--Betty J. Nieman, age 81 of Little Falls.
--Antoinette M. Bednar, age 68 of Genola.

WEATHER
TODAY= becoming mostly sunny, high around 50.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, some scattered frost, low near 32.
THURSDAY= showers and T-storms likely, high 51, low 34.
FRIDAY= partly sunny high 56, temps in the 70s for weekend.

SPORTS
COL BB= The Gopher men’s basketball team is in the NIT championship Thursday against Stanford. Gophers held off Washington last night 68-67 in OT to advance to finals tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

“Hot Hits” tonight and Thursday, grab lunch today at WS Bar

 

 

 

Tuesday- March 27th, 2012
NEWS
--The Morrison County Commissioners will meet at 9am today at the government center. Agenda items include a presentation of the Initiative Foundation, reports from Social Services, Public Health, Extension Office and Public Works. A public hearing is also scheduled.

--The Little Falls School Board meets tonight at 6pm at the government center. The board is expected to hear from Superintendent Curt Tryggestad, following Friday’s announcement that he began negotiations with Eden Prairie Schools to become their new superintendent on July 1st. The board will give recognition to State Gymnast Rachelle LeBlanc and the Little Falls DECA team on their accomplishments and receive a number of donations.

--Holdingford Schools has named Jim Stang their new principal of Holdingford Elementary School. Stang replaces Mark Messman who was named the new superintendent of Eden Valley Watkins School District effective July 1st. Stang currently serves as principal of Minnewaska Area Elementary School in Glenwood. Stang lives in Avon and is part of the Avon volunteer fire department.

--17-year-old Elias Budreau was critically injured when he was struck by a vehicle while walking across a Cass County Road last Wednesday. The State Patrol reported the Cass Lake teen was struck around 9:15 that night by Sharon Northbird, age 43 of Cass Lake, who was not hurt. Budreau remains at a Fargo hospital.

--Two people were hurt when their vehicle struck the ditch and a field approach a week ago north of Remer. The accident around 5:20pm Tuesday occurred when 37-year-old Mary Townley of Remer sustained a medical condition which caused her to leave the roadway. Townley refused hospitalization, while her two passengers sustained injuries and were treated and released at a Grand Rapids hospital. Townley’s medical condition was not disclosed by patrol.

--Taylor Stevenson received 60% of the vote Saturday to become the DFL endorsed candidate for State Senate District 10 which starting in August will be Crow Wing and Aitkin County. Stevenson, who is currently a substitute teacher in Baxter defeated Terry Sluss and Steve Barrows, also from Baxter on the first ballot. Both men after the vote pledged their support to Stevenson. John Ward got the endorsement in House District 10A and Joe Radinovich in District 10B, both men ran without any party opposition. District 12 Senator Paul Gazelka announced earlier this year he is seeking the GOP endorsement in District 9 for Morrison County and parts of Cass, Wadena and Todd Counties. Former State Senator Carrie Ruud of Breezy Point is currently the only announced candidate seeking the GOP endorsement in District 10.

--State lawmakers have less than two week before their Passover and Easter break. They’re trying to finish the legislative session by then, but it’s questionable whether they’ll make it. Among the items that are on the table to try and complete a Vikings stadium, bonding bill and a jobs package. Republicans have proposed a bonding bill for state public works project that’s much smaller than the nearly 800-million dollar package that Governor Dayton has proposed.

--Todd County reported a trailer stolen with a large amount of steel on it sometime early Saturday. It was taken from a residence on County Road 28 near Philbrook. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact the Todd County Sheriff’s Office.

--The Kinship Soup and Chili Cookoff for Kids is 5-7pm tonight at the Falls Ballroom. The event helps the mentoring programs for Kinship.

--Little Falls Police are investigating a string of thefts from March 17th through the 24th in the city and are looking into if they are connected in anyway. Cases include a blue harvest Harley Davidson stolen on Lindbergh Drive, a ornament of a “grim reaper’ stolen from a motorcycle on 2nd Avenue NE, two stop signs stolen from 8th Street Northwest and 3rd Avenue Northwest, A metallic blue bicycle stolen from 1st Street Northeast and there was also a number of damage to property reports over the past week including tires slashed on 7th Street NE, taillights smashed on a parked vehicle on 9th Street Northeast, a sign at St. Francis Convent vandalized by spray paint, a headlight damaged on 6th Avenue Northeast and other items reported damaged by vandals. Anyone with information on any of these cases is asked to contact the police department at 616-5570.

--The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety is coordinating extra seat belt enforcement in 10 Minnesota counties in Greater Minnesota with the highest combined totals of unbelted deaths and serious, life-altering injuries during 2007–2009. These counties include Morrison, Cass, Itasca, Mille Lacs, Olmsted, St. Louis, Stearns, Renville, Rice and Winona. Combined, there were 854 unbelted deaths and serious injuries in these counties during 2007–2009 with 80% of unbelted occurring outside the Twin Cities Metro.

--With recent bank closings around the nation and locally such as Home Savings of America in Little Falls, St. Cloud Stearns Bank is buying banks from other states to help them from closing. It was reported last Friday that Stearns Bank has bought two Georgia banks to keep business going for them. Stearns Bank took on the financial assets back in 2009, of the failed Horizon Bank in Pine City.

--A reminder that even with the colder wetter weather yesterday and today, the DNR has issued burning restrictions for a number of counties effective yesterday which includes Morrison, Crow Wing, Benton, Cass, Douglas, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Otter Tail, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena and Wright and many more until adequate moisture helps the dry vegetation across most of Minnesota. Some northeastern Minnesota counties will encounter burning restrictions beginning next Monday (April 2nd).

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS
--Joshua Stassen and Suzanne Iwainat of LF, boy born March 25th
--Paul Wilczek Jr. and Amber Volbert of LF, boy born March 24th

DEATH NOTICES
--Robert Schlegel, age 66 of rural Harding.
--Beth A. Johnson, age 51 of rural Upsala.
--Nina Gaines, age 82 of Alexandria.
--Ethel M. LaDage, age 84 of St. Cloud.

WEATHER
TODAY= Wind Advisory today, rain early then partial sun, high 60.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, windy, low 35, wind gusts over 35mph.
WEDNESDAY= party cloudy, high near 50, low around 35.
THURSDAY= partial sun early, PM showers & storms, high 52.

SPORTS
COL BB= The Minnesota Gopher men’s basketball team continues in the NIT semi-finals tonight against Washington in New York City.

“Hot Hits” Wed and Thurs. “Switch” Friday at the West Side Bar

Monday- March 26th 2012

NEWS
--The Eden Prairie School District announced Friday morning that they have approved a motion to begin contract negotiations with current Little Falls Superintendent Curt Tryggestad to become their new superintendent effective July 1st. Tryggestad had been the superintendent in Little Falls since 2006 and brought a number of items into the district during his stay here. The Little Falls School Board meets tomorrow night at 6pm at the government center, though not on the agenda, it is expected the board will discuss Tryggestad’s appointment in Eden Prairie and what action will be taken to begin a search for a new superintendent in Little Falls by next school year. The board will also have other items on the agenda Tuesday night including recognitions and donations.

--The Little Falls Heritage Preservation Committee and the Planning and Zoning Commission will be holding a special meeting tonight at 6:30pm at Little Falls City Hall. The committee will be discussing the proposed changes to city ordinances including dealing with business signage. There will also be discussion on residential ordinance changes. If you live or own a business in the Little Falls city limits you are encouraged to attend the meeting tonight. There will be time to ask questions and give opinions before both committees make their recommendations to give to the Little Falls City Council for a vote.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office in the past week responded to a number of grass fires with the DNR and area firefighters. Including a swamp fire in Hillman last Wednesday which threatened a small structure, a fire that got out of control on 183rd Street in Little Falls, the owner had a burning permit but the fire jumped the road due to high winds, and another report of a grass fire on 95th Avenue near Little Falls. No injuries were reported in any of the incidents.

--A 20-year-old Red Lake man has been charged with 2nd degree murder in Cass County for the stabbing death of a 22-year-old Walker man. Sheldon Smith appeared in court Thursday where bail was set at $750,000 without conditions. Smith is accused of stabbing the victim last Wednesday during an encounter with a group of individuals. Smith is in court again on April 2nd.

--Three Democrats have announced they will seek the DFL endorsement in the 6th District Congressional Seat currently held by GOP Congresswoman of Michele Bachmann. Stillwater businessman Brian McGoldrick, Minneapolis hotelier Jim Graves and St. Cloud attorney Anne Nolan have all announced they are seeking the seat that Bachmann stated she will seek reelection for again in November. Each of the Democrats announced they would end their bid if they do not get the DFL endorsement on April 14th at their district convention which will be held in Blaine.

--A 19-year-old Rockville man was injured Friday when his ATV left Lena Lane near Rockville and overturned in the ditch. Zachary Hartung was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of injuries.

--The Morrison County Disabled American Veterans Clothing Collection Program begins again April 6th. On Fridays from April 6th through September 28th from 9am to 12pm numerous items will be collected to help disabled veterans residing in the area. The collection site is located at 609 4th Avenue Northeast in Little Falls. For information on the program contact Al Mrozek at 218-831-3996.

--Just days after the Minnesota House passed a Voter ID Bill; the State Senate has also passed a bill 36-30. The 2 branches will work out differences to put the Bill up for a Vote on the November ballot.

--The Morrison County Dairy Princess Coronation Banquet was Saturday Night in Little Falls. The 2012 Dairy Princesses are Emily Boser of Pierz, Kylee Hoheisel of Hillman, Ingrid Floersheim of Little Falls and Cassie Stangl of Pierz, who was also named Miss Congeniality. The 4 Dairy Princesses will compete at regions for vie for the final 12 candidates for Princess Kay of the Milky Way in August. Outgoing Morrison County Dairy Princess Mary Zahurones of Pierz is the current Princess Kay until the State Fair in August.

--More than 14,000 brave Plungers raised a record $2.85 million this winter for Special Olympics Minnesota by jumping into frozen water in one of 16 Polar Bear Plunge events around the state. Coordinated by law enforcement, the events offered fun-loving adrenaline junkies an opportunity to be “freezin’ for a reason” — and to have a blast in the process. In St. Cloud 650 plungers raised $108,087. 336 plungers in Alexandria raised $64,222. In Brainerd 379 plungers raised $73,573. The average plunger raised approximately $200 and this was the largest amount raised by the events in one year.

--The GOP has endorsed Representative Paul Anderson of Starbuck for reelection in the newly redistricted House District 12B. On August 14th, Morrison County which was District 12B will become District 9B and Crow Wing County goes from 12B to District 10A and 10B. The new House District 12B will include western Stearns County and a portion of Douglas and Pope Counties.

--The record breaking warm weather is ushering in an early spring and also an early pest season. There have already been reports of mosquitoes, ticks, and carpenter ants. You can also expect to start seeing box-elder bugs, lady beetles, cluster flies, wasps, bees and especially sweat bees, and ants, if you have not seen them already.
A hot and wet summer will result in more mosquitoes and ticks.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS
--Adam and Kimberly Pickar of Fort Ripley, boy born March 22nd

DEATH NOTICES
--Ruth Bruske, age 89 of Isle
--Ella Nelson, age 95 of Little Falls.
--Beth Johnson, age 51 of Upsala.

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly cloudy, windy, showers and T-storms, high 45.
TONIGHT= windy, cloudy, showers and T-storms, low 40.
TUESDAY= slight chance of showers, partly cloudy, high 60.
WEDNESDAY= mostly sunny, windy, high near 50.

SPORTS
HS BBB= Belgrade Brooten Elrosa, Plainview Elgin Millville, DeLaSalle and Osseo won State Boys Basketball titles.
COL BB= Ohio State, Louisville, Kentucky and Kansas advanced over the weekend to the final four in men’s basketball.
COL HK= the Minnesota Gophers are the only WCHA team heading to the Frozen Four. Gophers beat Boston U 7-3 Saturday and North Dakota 5-2 Sunday to win the regional and head to the Frozen Four. UMD won Saturday but lost Sunday 4-0 to Boston College and Denver lost their opening round game on Friday.
COL BB= Gopher women win WBI title over Northern Iowa Sunday.

Lunches served daily and happy hour specials at West Side Bar


Friday- March 23rd, 2012

NEWS
--Little Falls Police Chief Greg Schirmers spoke on KLTF Party Line Wednesday morning and discussed a number of topics involving the city. He spoke about the rise in heroin use in Morrison County and he and Sheriff Michel Wetzel are working on ways to ease out the dealers and are asking residences to be watchful for suspicious activity in the area. Schirmers discussed bullying which can still be a problem in schools and also cyber-bullying on the internet, if you know of or you are a victim of bullying, contact parents, friends, school officials or the police department for help. Schirmers talked about the prescription drug drop-off site where you can drop off unused prescription drugs free of charge at the Little Falls Police Department lobby from 8am to 4:30pm weekdays, no questions asked. He also praised the use of the Boys and Girls Club in Little Falls and other organizations that give youth a better choice in the community, and wants residents to still be mindful of scams on the internet, phone and by mail and never give out personal information.

--The Camp Ripley Fire Department will be conducting its spring range burns beginning today. Range burning should be completed within one month unless weather conditions require additional time. During this time period the surrounding areas of Camp Ripley can expect to see smoke and smell the fires.  The staff at Camp Ripley apologizes for this; however conducting the burns greatly reduces the chances for uncontrollable wildfires. The burns are completed every spring before Camp Ripley begins its summer annual training season for Soldiers, Airmen, and Marines of the Armed Forces. The fires are started, monitored and controlled in accordance with the Department of Natural Resources and the Camp Ripley Fire Department.

--The Randall City Council met on Wednesday. At the January meeting the council approved the decertification of TIF District 1-1. The state requires a resolution be passed pertaining to the decertification and it was passed on Wednesday. Other news from the meeting the Randall Community Building is the new designated polling place for the City of Randall. The Randall Fire Department Randall First Response is requesting that all homes in the area have their house number located on their home and clearly visible from the street. The council also voted to order seven 8 ft tables, four 6 ft tables and 50 chairs for a cost not to exceed $2,000.00 for the fire hall. Many of the tables in the room now are in poor condition and city staff stated that new furniture would help make the meeting room look a bit more professional.  The trailer and table and chairs purchases approved were not in the budget but that money will be moved from the snow plow budget as this account will be way below budget for the year.

--Another Republican candidate has entered the race for State House 10B which after August 14th will consist of eastern Crow Wing County and most of Aitkin County. The latest to join the race is Tom Nixon of Deerwood who is a current city council member. Nixon joins David Pundt of rural Deerwood and Dale Lueck of Aitkin to seek the GOP endorsement which will be decided at the March 31st convention.

--The Pierz City Council meets Monday night at 7 at Pierz City Hall. Agenda items include an audit presentation by Mary Backlund, ordinances for utility management, a review on a bid for a tractor to public works and work on a resolution on the Small Cities Development Program for Local Government.

--The 59th annual Morrison County Dairy Princess Coronation Banquet is at 8:00pm Saturday at the Falls Ballroom in Little Falls.

--Eden Prairie High School is expected today to announce their selection for school superintendent. Interviews were conducted earlier this week with public input on the candidates last night at a special open meeting. Curt Tryggestad, the current superintendent of Little Falls Schools is one of the 3 up for the Eden Prairie position along with 2 superintendents from Illinois. Tryggestad is in his final year of his contract with the Little Falls School District.

--Relatives say three family members on their way to Colorado to watch a high school play died when their small plane crashed near Glencoe. Stuart Dahlberg, his wife Ivelisse, both from Brooklyn Center and his mother, Mae Dahlberg of St. Cloud died when their single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza went down in a farm field in McLeod County Wednesday. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the exact cause of the crash.

--On Wednesday, shortly before 2:30am the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call reporting a physical domestic at a residence located on Crow Wing County Road 13 in Lake Edward Township. Deputies from the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded and were assisted by officers from the Crosslake Police Department. Upon arrival, the responding officers heard a male and female arguing from the confines of the residence. Officers observed the male individual to be in possession of a weapon and they were able to remove the female from the residence. The female was transported by North Ambulance to Essentia Hospital. The Crow Wing County Tactical Team was called to the scene to assist. Negotiators made contact with the male individual and were able to successfully talk the suspect into surrendering. 46-year old Mark Mundem of Nisswa was booked into the Crow Wing County Jail on charges of assault, assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct.

--Share Sunday to help Oasis-Central Minnesota is Sunday at 1:30 at Mary of Lourdes Middle School with talent show and raffle.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Aaron and Dawn Raff of Little Falls, girl born March 20th

DEATH NOTICES
--Arnette Gau, age 78 of Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= chance of showers, clouds and fog, high 65.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low around 45.
SATURDAY= decreasing clouds through day, high 70, low 35.
SUNDAY= partly cloudy, cooler, high 53, low around 40.
MONDAY= showers and T-storms, high around 50.

SPORTS
NFL= The NFL has suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton for the entire 2012 season because of knowledge he had of bounties on players, which included Brett Favre.
NFL= just a day after Peyton Manning signed a deal with the Denver Broncos, the Broncos have dealt Tim Tebow to the New York Jets.
BASK= lots of B-Ball as the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Tournament resumes this weekend plus the State High School Boys Basketball Tournament will crown 4 champions on Saturday in Minneapolis.
COL HK= Gophers vs. Boston U Saturday in NCAA tourney action.

“Northern Charm” tonight, “Hot Hits” Saturday at West Side Bar

Thursday- March 22nd, 2012

NEWS
--The Foley City Council Tuesday continued to make progress on the creation of a new city police department. The council voted unanimously to appoint a public safety committee made up of two council members and seven community members. The committee will make decisions on the needs and criteria of the department and report back to the council. The council also voted to simultaneously search for a police chief and two licensed peace officers with applications accepted starting yesterday at Foley City Hall. The postings were asked to start immediately from interim police chief Hal Henning. It was again announced that until the full time department is in place, day-to-day police coverage will be handled by temporary, interim, part-time peace officers for 12 hours a day when Henning is not in town and all emergencies are still being dispatched to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. The hope is the new police department will be in place by June 1st.

--Extra DWI patrols on St. Patrick’s Day resulted in the arrest of 246 motorists for DWI, according to preliminary results from 155 reporting Minnesota law enforcement agencies. Officials with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety say the arrest count will rise as additional DWI arrest information is submitted to the agency. The last time the holiday was on a Saturday, 527 motorists were arrested for DWI and all three traffic deaths were alcohol-related. In a typical weekend in Minnesota, 170 motorists are arrested for DWI. Officials say the lower 2012 preliminary St. Patrick’s Day DWI count may reflect that Minnesotans celebrating the holiday received the message and made safe plans to avoid drinking and driving. To-date in 2012, there has been 66 traffic deaths, up 47 percent from the 45 deaths at this time 2011.

--A bicyclist collided with a vehicle Tuesday evening in Albany Township. Stearns County stated the accident happened just before 9pm on County Road 10 when 27-year-old Christopher Hawk of St. Joseph was north on County Road 2, lost control of his bicycle in an intersection and collided with a vehicle driven by 16-year-old Kelsey Young of St. Joseph. Young and her passenger were not hurt. Hawk was airlifted to Metro Area hospital and last listed in critical condition.

--25-year-old William Kassulker of Pillager was formerly charged Tuesday in Cass County on 1st and 3rd degree assault from an incident Sunday in Lake Shore. Kassaulker is accused of assaulting 22-year-old Adam Stonacek of Pine River in a parking lot early Sunday morning. Stonacek sustained a serious skull injury and was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital. He has since been released. Kassaulker paid his bond to be released from jail Tuesday and his next court hearing is scheduled for next Monday at 1pm.

--The DNR is again urging outdoor enthusiasts to be mindful of fire dangers in the state. Even with the wetter weather as of late, much more is needed to moisten vegetation before the fire danger can be lowered. Burning restrictions go into effect for most of the state including Little Falls, Brainerd, St. Cloud and many others this Monday. The DNR and area fire departments continued to be busy with wildfire and grass fire calls over the past week multiple times in Aitkin and Deerwood, Pequot Lakes, Fifty Lakes and Emily.

--The Kinship of Morrison County Soup and Chili and Cookoff for Kids is next Tuesday at the Falls Ballroom. For more information on the event contact Aaron Olson at 632-8806.

--Get Donna Hilmerson’s latest recipes at www.fallsradio.com.

--The F-0 tornado reported in southern Minnesota Monday night was the 2nd earliest tornado ever reported in the state. The National Weather Service reports the twister touched down near Elysian in Le Sueur County and ran about 7 miles, damaging homes and toppling trees. Officials say only one other tornado occurred earlier in the year than Monday’s tornado, by one day on the calendar.

--The State House Tuesday passed the Voter I-D Bill that would go before Minnesota voters this fall. The measure went through after long hours of debate and along strict party lines. The State Senate is expected to take up the proposal next. If passed then a Photo I-D Constitutional amendment will be put on the ballot in November.

--Reports continue to come in of ice outs on Minnesota lakes but the DNR is warning Minnesotans that the water is still extremely cold. Tim Smalley says the flowing water on Minnesota lakes and rivers is at average 40 degrees which can quickly cause hypothermia and shock. Smalley says the water temperature has to be at least 60 degrees before docks and boat lifts should be put in. Smalley stated he can’t remember when people were asking about swimming in mid-March on the same lake where others could still be ice-fishing on. Of course with the ice-outs Smalley reminds ice-anglers that the lakes are not safe anymore for any vehicles to drive on.

--A departure ceremony is scheduled Friday for 12 soldiers of the Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team at the St. Paul Armory. The soldiers are deploying to northern Afghanistan and will provide training and mentoring to the Afghan National Army. This is the sixth Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team to depart from Minnesota. The ceremony is at 1pm Friday in St. Paul.

DEATH NOTICES
--Tyler Kulus, age 25 of Fort Ripley
--Lois V. Donat, age 90 of Little Falls

WEATHER
TODAY= showers likely, cloudy, high near 65.
TONIGHT= showers likely, cloudy, low around 50.
FRIDAY= 40% chance of showers early then clearing, high 65.
SATURDAY= partly sunny, high near 70, low around 45.
SUNDAY= sunny, high 62, low around 43.

SPORTS
GOPHER BB= Gophers advanced to Madison Square Garden in New York by beating Middle Tennessee State 78-72 last night in the NIT quarterfinals. Gophers vs. Washington Tuesday in NIT semi-finals
HS BBB= longtime Rocori Boys Basketball coach Bob Brink has coached his final game as Washburn beat Rocori 52-49 Wednesday in the Class AAA quarterfinals at the state tournament. Brink announced earlier this season that it would be his last at the helm.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1630= Boston prohibited any sort of gambling in town limits.
IN 1894= Montreal defeated Ottawa in the first hockey championship for the coveted award of Lord Stanley’s Cup.
IN 1948= “The Voice of Firestone” was the first aired commercial to be ran simultaneously on AM and FM radio stations.
IN 1980= Pink Floyd hit #1 with “Another Brick in the Wall”.

“Hot Hits” tonight, “Northern Charm” Friday at West Side Bar

 

 

Wednesday- March 21st, 2012

NEWS
--The 2012 Morrison County Dairy Princess Coronation Banquet will be Saturday at 8pm at the Falls Ballroom. This year contestants vying for the 4 Dairy Princesses are Emily Boser of Pierz, daughter of Collin Boser and Joan Sanoski, Ingrid Floersheim of Little Falls, daughter of Marv Miller and Teresa Floersheim-Miller, Kylee Hoheisel of Hillman, daughter of Brad and Jill Hoheisel, Sara Jelinski of Little Falls, daughter of Cliff and Carol Jelinski, Cassie Stangl of Pierz, daughter of Gregg and Valora Stangl and Kaitlyn Wuebkers of Burtrum, daughter of Robert and Gail Wuebkers. The chosen princesses will move to regions in May for a chance at Princess Kay in August. Last year the Dairy Princesses crowned were Kaitlynn Bollig, Carolyn Kokett, Jessica Zehowski and the reigning Princess Kay of the Milky Way for Minnesota, Mary Zahurones.

--The grass and wildfire season has come very early even with the over 1 inch of rain Monday night to the area. The DNR reported Monday that spring burning restrictions begin next Monday (March 26th) until vegetation has proper moisture which could take longer than prior years with the warmer temperatures and lack of snowfall this year. In the past days, wildfires have sparked in Brainerd, Pine River, Backus, Hackensack and other areas of Cass and Crow Wing County, also Wadena and Otter Tail Counties reported two campfires that got out of hand and burned over 100 acres of total land. The restrictions that go into effect Monday will prohibit open burning over most of the state. Traditionally 95% of wildfires occur from early April to early May but again this winter has been warmer and drier than most and that has moved up restrictions in the state. For more information; go to www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry.

--Minnesota elementary and middle schools and their partners are invited to apply for Safe Routes to School grant funds for projects that will help more children safely walk and bicycle to school.  Applications are due Friday, April 27, at noon and are available at www.mndot.gov/saferoutes. Kindergarten through eighth-grade schools in Minnesota may apply for grants in two categories: Planning assistance and Implementation grants. Minnesota has $1.2 million available in these categories for 2012-13. All non-profit organizations and government entities in Minnesota may be eligible partners, including schools, school districts, cities, counties and regional planning organizations. Since 2005, MnDOT has awarded $10.8 million in federal funds to communities to support SRTS. The majority of funding $9.9 million was awarded for infrastructure projects. The remainder is allocated for non-infrastructure items and activities, such as SRTS planning, education, encouragement and enforcement.

--Todd County deputies recovered a stolen BMW at a residence in Reynolds Township last Thursday. The vehicle was reported stolen from Wright County. A short time later 30-year-old David Szczrodroski was arrested at a residence on Holly Drive and is being held on possession of stolen property and drug charges.

--Two unoccupied vehicles went through the ice Saturday on Norway Lake in Pine River. It was reported that the drivers were safe and found away from the vehicles. Area law enforcement is advising no travel on area lakes, because the ice has rapidly deteriorated from the warmer temperatures and lack of snowpack.

--A Pine River man was injured and became trapped when his ATV rolled on Highway 84 early Saturday. Just before 1am, 51-year-old Steven Foran was found and taken to Crosby Hospital for injuries.

--At the special Morrison County Commissioners Meeting Tuesday they approved a large assembly permit and the application for Mud-fest but there were several conditions and variances for the event in eastern Morrison County planned on Memorial and Labor Day weekends. One condition is they will have to apply calcium chloride on the road from 300 feet to two neighboring driveways. They will eliminate all ATV’s from the site. They will restrict Mud Trucks to the pit or a adjacent parking area next to the pit and no mud trucks will be allowed in the camping area. All mud truck operators must sign a waiver permitting a portable breathalyzer test by deputies whenever in a truck. A fencing requirement and lighting requirement were granted variances due to logistics. One important note is that the sheriff approved the security plan because of these conditions.

--Benton County received a report of a motor vehicle theft in progress Monday morning at Mid-State Homes Inc. near Rice. The victim reported the man tried to break-in to the business and after being unsuccessful proceeded to steal a vehicle parked there. Witness information led deputies to search for the stolen vehicle which was found about an hour later in the city of Rice. The suspect, 33-year-old Kevin Wolden of Hector was arrested without incident and faces charges through the Benton County Attorney’s Office.

--Little Falls Police Chief Greg Schirmers will be the scheduled guest on AM960 KLTF Party Line today at 10am. You can call in questions for Greg at 320-632-2306. Police Chief Schirmers and Sheriff Michel Wetzel recently announced a rise in heroin use in the county and are working together along with asking residents to report illegal drug use and suspicious activity in your area.

DEATH NOTICES
--Ruth W. Nelson, of Little Falls.
--Lyle Bednarek, age 68 of rural Hillman.

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly cloudy, showers early, then some sun, high 65.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, late night showers, low 45.
THURSDAY= showers likely, high 60, low around 48.
FRIDAY= mostly cloudy, occasional showers, breezy, high 60.

SPORTS
COL BB= Gophers vs. Middle Tennessee State tonight in NIT.
HS BBB= The final winter tournament begins today with quarter-finals in the state boys basketball tournament. Title games Saturday.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1928= Charles A. Lindbergh presented the Medal of Honor for the first solo trans-Atlantic flight from New York to Paris.
IN 1939= a song written about a successful immigrant giving praise to his adopted country was recorded on this day. The song debuted on Armistice Day in 1938 sung by Kate Smith and written by Irving Berlin called “God Bless America”. Berlin announced that all royalties from the song would go to the Boys Scouts of America.
IN 1970= The Beatles hit the charts with “Let it Be”, by April 11th the song was #1, the group announced months earlier their breakup.
IN 1970= the first Earth Day proclamation was made in San Francisco. Now Earth Day finds a home on April 22nd.

“Hot Hits” tonight and Thursday, meat raffle Friday at West Side Bar

Tuesday- March 20th, 2012

NEWS
--Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel and Little Falls Police Chief Greg Schirmers are warning area residents about the upswing in heroin use across Central Minnesota. For many people, heroin is something they associate with large cities and sunken eyed bone skinny addicts. And for the most part rural Minnesota has seen little in the way of heroin use. Recently though, both the Sheriff and the Chief report that their officers are hearing more and more about it in Morrison County. The reasons for it are not certain, but the efforts local officers have put into combating other drugs may be part of it. According to Sheriff Wetzel, officers put tremendous pressure on meth dealers over the past 8 years and saw a marked reduction in the availability of that drug. Next, the illegal sale and use of prescription drugs became prevalent so a coordinated effort between law enforcement and the medical community was launched. That effort has resulted in a system where illegal prescription drug crimes are more difficult to commit. Heroin might be replacing illegal prescription drug use to some degree. In addition, heroin is relatively cheap now with a street price of approximately $70 per gram. Whatever the cause, heroin is an extremely dangerous drug to use. Overdoses and deaths are common, mainly when a user gets a purer than expected batch, or mixes it with other drugs or alcohol use. Chief Schirmers states that everyone in our community suffers when heroin takes its deadly grip on one of our youth. Most often an addict WILL DO ANYTHING to supply their habit. These drug users can get involved with crimes including theft, prostitution, robbery, or become heroin dealers themselves to support their habit as their life spirals out of control. Citizens are encouraged to contact the sheriff's office or police department if they have any information concerning heroin or other illegal drug use. You can remain anonymous.

--Benton County Authorities want to thank an alert Rice resident in helping them find a 13-year-old runaway on Saturday. Joshua Staebler was reported missing around 1:30 Saturday afternoon by his family and a friend of Staebler told authorities he was trying to get a ride to Minneapolis and last talked to him around 3pm near St. Cloud.  Air crews and ground crews helped in the search. Around 10:30pm a teen matching Joshua’s description was found by a Rice resident who called police and Joshua was returned to his parents.

--Two men were charged Friday after members of the West Central Narcotics Task Force found drugs, guns and cash in an Osakis garage Wednesday. 27-year-old John Hinderschied of Alexandria, and 46-year-old Craig Cowdery were arrested as a result of the sting operation. In the sting the task force recovered 18 guns, 43 marijuana plants, $34,224 and 223.9 grams of methamphetamine worth about $44,780. Both Hinderschied and Cowdery face 1st Degree drug sale and possession charges.

--A 22-year-old Pine River man sustained a fractured skull after an assault early Sunday in a Lake Shore parking lot. Police say 25-year-old William Kassulker of Pillager was arrested on charges of assaulting the man outside an establishment on Gull Lake. The victim, whose name was not released, was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital where he was listed in serious but stable condition.

--A 40-year-old Clearwater man was injured when his vehicle rolled in Lynden Township of Stearns County around 4am Sunday. Dale Ellis lost control, skidded along the shoulder of the road before entering the ditch and struck a tree causing the vehicle to come to a rest on its roof. Ellis was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of injuries.

--Congratulations to 6 members of the Pierz Business Professionals of America (BPA) team heading to the national competition next month in Chicago. They are Tyler Kieffer in human resource management, Derek Spaulding in fundamentals of web design, Elias Schomer in banking and finance, Olivia Zajac in administrative support concepts, Abby Cyr and Kirsten Henagin both received the Statesmen Torch Award. Nationals will be April 24th through the 28th.

--A fast warm up means a faster finish for construction on the Wadena-Deer Creek High School. After a tornado ripped through the old school nearly two years ago, the town has been working to build a new one ever since. As of last Friday, the frame work is nearly completed, classrooms are being put together, and the only thing missing in the new library is the books. The building is well on track to be completed for the start of school this fall.

--An Ironton woman led authorities on a chase through Benton and Sherburne Counties Thursday night. The state patrol attempted to pull over 31-year-old Rebecca Lueck for speeding but she refused to pull over and got onto a highway where she fled police for 20 miles into Clear Lake where stop sticks were put down and deflated her tires. Lueck was taken into custody. The children, ages 7, 3 and 2 were picked up by other family members. No one was injured.

--Stearns County responded to a house fire in St. Wendel Township early Sunday. Around 3:30am authorities were called to the Michael Roering residence on County Road 4 and found smoke coming from the first floor. The owner was able to get out without being injured. The fire was contained to the first floor of the home which did sustainable damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Zachary King and Sarah Hight of Little Falls, boy born March 16th

DEATH NOTICES
--Wilfrid S. Gall, age 78 of St. Louis Park

WEATHER
TODAY= a chance of showers and T-Storms, high near 60.
TONIGHT= showers likely before midnight, cloudy, low 45.
WEDNESDAY= partly sunny, high 65, low around 45.
THURSDAY= showers early then partly sunny, high 65 to 70.

SPORTS
COL BB= Gophers advanced in NIT with a 78-60 win over Miami last night. The Gophers will take on Middle Tennessee State Wednesday with the winner advancing to the NIT semi-finals in New York City.
SCSU= St. Cloud State University has named Heather Weems their new athletic director for the college. Weems was the assistant athletic director at Drake University in Iowa.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1852= Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”.
IN 1916= Albert Einstein published his “Theory of Relativity”.
IN 1969= just 8 days after Paul and Linda McCartney were married, John Lennon married Yoko Ono at the Rock of Gibraltar.
IN 1982= Buckner N Garcia performed “Pac-Man Fever” on American Bandstand, the song became a cult favorite for the arcade game.

Lunches, happy hour specials, entertainment all at West Side Bar

Monday- March 19th, 2012

NEWS
--A Stearns County jury convicted Eugene Rivetts on both counts of criminal vehicular homicide for driving drunk when his vehicle crashed into 19-year-old Ryan Dezurik of Holdingford near Opole in 2009. Rivetts was taken into custody immediately after the verdict was read Thursday. On Friday, jurors stated that there were seven aggravating factors involved in the crash and allowed the judge to make a tougher sentence for Rivetts, who initially told officers that Timothy Rausch of Cushing was driving the vehicle, but blood samples on the steering wheel did not match Rausch who then admitted he was sleeping in the back and Rivetts was the driver. Both men had been drinking heavily before the crash. Rivetts previously pleaded guilty but changed his plea after reports of Dezurik possibly texting right before the crash was introduced to his attorney prior to trial. Because of the plea change, prosecutors asked for the stiffer sentence guidelines to be added to the case which the judge stated would come after a conviction. The sentencing for Rivetts will be decided by the Stearns County judge in charge of the case. Rausch had pleaded guilty to aiding an offender and testified against Rivetts at the trial last week in St. Cloud.

--A domestic situation according to Crow Wing County led to a chase, accident and arrest in Pillager back on March 11th. The suspect identified as Codey McDonald, allegedly rammed his girlfriend’s vehicle into a ditch on Highway 210 after chasing her in his pickup with speeds over 90mph. Deputies say that the pickup was near the intersection of Highway 210 and Crow Wing County Road 48, when McDonald allegedly caused the woman’s vehicle to hit the ditch where it struck a fiber optics utility box causing damage in excess of $100,000. The woman was able to get her vehicle out of the ditch and informed a state trooper that McDonald had assaulted her at their Pillager home and then she fled which started the chase. Authorities later found McDonald hiding in the attic of their Pillager residence and he was arrested. McDonald was charged with assault and damage to property and faces jail time and hefty fines.

--Dry conditions continue to spark wildfires across central Minnesota. Brainerd firefighters responded Thursday to a fire behind the Brainerd Human Services Center, where 16 firefighters, members from the DNR, Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office and others battled the blaze which carried high above the treetops. Because of the boggy conditions firefighters were only able to contain the fire so that other structures were not threatened but they couldn’t get to where the fire was. The fire burned out with the dryness and lack of wind. Another fire was reported Wednesday on Sleepy Hollow Road near Fort Ripley, no injuries and no structures were damaged.

--Former North Dakota State standout and Buffalo Bill defensive linemen Phil Hansen announced last week that he is entering the political field. Hansen announced he will seek the GOP endorsement for his newly created State Senate Seat in Clay, Norman and Becker County. Hansen currently lives in Detroit Lakes.

--Minnesota has four of the top 10 health care systems in the nation according to the latest report from the Commonwealth Fund. St. Paul ranked top on the list, followed by Rochester at number 3, Minneapolis at number 4 and St. Cloud at number 7. In ranking the cities, the New York based foundation looked at 43 measures, including access to care, cost and quality.

--Get news, weather, sports and more at www.fallsradio.com.

--The Little Falls City Council meets tonight at 7:30 at city hall. Agenda items include authorizing the Morrison County Chaplaincy Agreement, reestablish unchanged Wards and polling places, establish number of vendors and other items for the Arts and Crafts Fair in September with the Chamber of Commerce and then the same for the Antiques and Collectibles Fair with Westside Improvement Association. They will also establish the 2012 golf fees at the golf course and receive petitions from the public.

--The Morrison County Commissioners will hold a meeting Tuesday at 9am at the government center. The only item currently on the agenda is the Large Assembly Ordinance Application.

--The Royalton School Board announced they are making close to $348,000 in budget cuts for the upcoming school year mainly in part to the referendum last November not passing. Most of the cuts will be administrative in nature but there is talk of eliminating pep band, a science elective and one fourth grade section, but each has the possibility of being revisited at a later meeting. There was also talk about an increase in many event fees throughout the year and the possibility of charging for driver’s education, concerts and prom. The board at their recent meeting also appointed Joel Swenson as High School Principal. He was the interim principal in Royalton for nearly 2 years. The school board will hold their next meeting on April 9th.

--Fire caused minor damage at a turkey barn near Melrose Friday. Firefighters were on the scene for about an hour at the residence on Stearns County Road 12. No injuries, cause under investigation.

--An entrepreneur from Perham has been selected as the state’s small businessperson of the year. Darrin Swanson is the owner of Kit Masters Inc. Honorees are selected based on a number of factors including increase in sales, financial performance, innovativeness of the product, and how the business contributes to community oriented projects. Kit Masters started as a small family business and now employs more than 50 people.

DEATH NOTICES
--Nancy J. Fregin, age77 of Randall.
--Elizabeth ‘Beth’ Deppa, age 53 of Foley.
 
WEATHER
TODAY= partly cloudy with afternoon showers and storms, high 70.
TONIGHT= showers and T-storms likely, low around 55.
TUESDAY= isolated storms early, then partly cloudy, high 63, low 40.
WEDNESDAY= partly cloudy, high around 60

SPORTS
GBB= Maranatha Christian Academy, Providence Academy, DeLaSalle and Hopkins won state girls basketball titles Saturday. Sauk Centre finished 2nd in Class AA and Pequot Lakes finished 4th. Fergus Falls was 3rd in Class AAA.
BBB= Browerville competes in Boys Basketball state tournament on Thursday in Class A. The other 3 classes have quarters Wednesday.
WCHA= Denver upended UMD in double-overtime, and North Dakota stunned Minnesota Friday 6-3 scoring 5 goals in the 3rd period to advance to Saturday’s WCHA Championship. North Dakota would win their 3rd straight title on Saturday beating Denver 4-0.
TWINS= Twins vs. Boston today in spring play 12:30 on Q92.

“Hot Hits” and “Northern Charm” are at the WS Bar later this week.

 

 

Friday- March 16th, 2012

NEWS
--A 15-year resident of Little Falls has announced his candidacy for the GOP endorsement in Senate District 9 which will become Morrison County and portions of Todd, Wadena and Cass starting in August. Ron Kresha announced Wednesday that he is seeking the GOP endorsement for the new redistricted State Senate Seat in District 9. Earlier this year District 12 Senator Paul Gazelka announced he will move into the newly formed District 9 and seek the GOP endorsement also for that senate seat. Last weekend, former State Representative Al Doty announced he is seeking the DFL endorsement for the senate seat in District 9.

--Earlier this week MN DOT was inspecting some sidewalks that were part of the Highway 25 project in Pierz. After inspecting several problem spots MN DOT has agreed to fix the sidewalks as long as it is in the right of way and it is MN DOT property. There are some spots that were privately contracted that MN DOT will not fix because it was not part of the MN DOT project. You may notice surveyors in the next few weeks but because this isn’t a high priority project it will not be completed until likely in the second half of summer.

--Staples-Motley Superintendent Mark Schmitz stated that the teacher who was terminated by the school-district at a special meeting this week does have until March 23rd to appeal the district’s decision and ask for arbitration after receiving a certified letter from the school district from their previous closed session. All Schmitz stated about the termination of Kevin Coughlin, a social studies teacher and tennis coach is that a complaint was received in February and put Coughlin on administrative leave on February 6th. Schmitz said that all complaints against a faculty member are taken seriously and lead to an investigation, when that is completed than action is taken as in this case. The District did contact legal consultation where they decided at this time not to release the reasons in the complaint.

--A St. Cloud man was arrested for assaulting six people at St. Cloud Hospital and was subdued with a TASER by police. 28-year-old Matthew Sanders was held by security officers until officers arrived around 8am Tuesday morning. Two of the people Sanders assaulted received injuries such as cracked teeth and cuts that needed stitches.

--A fire in Garfield destroyed the Reprocessed Plastics Inc. production area early Wednesday morning. Firefighters were called just after 4am where they found RPI in Garfield engulfed in flames. 6 fire departments and 2 sheriff’s offices from Douglas and Otter Tail assisted in the fire. The building was a total loss, no injuries the cause has not been determined.

--Clay County authorities reported that fire destroyed an egg carton production plant in Moorhead. Firefighters were called around 3:30pm to the building and by 4:30 the intense heat had forced firefighters to retreat. The origin of the fire is unclear according to the fire chief. All 45 workers were evacuated without injury.

--St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday means a lot of green around the state and with temps in the 70s it is expected that many will be out and about for events and festivities. Parades are scheduled in St. Paul at noon, Minneapolis at 6:30pm. The 38th annual Crosslake parade begins at 2pm with events throughout the day, and Brainerd will host a parade on Laurel Street with a kids costume contest at 1pm. All events are on Saturday and also the State Patrol is reminding those that partake in St. Patrick’s Day parties to not drink and drive as law enforcement will be out in force through the holiday weekend.

--Little Falls School Superintendant Curt Tryggestad is one of three finalists for the superintendant position in Eden Prairie. The other two candidates are from Illinois. Another round of interviews will be conducted on Wednesday, March 21st with the final decision expected during a board meeting a week from today March 23rd. Tryggestad is in the final year of a three year contract for Little Falls schools.

--6th District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will hold a meet-and-greet with constituents Saturday in Sartell. The event is at 8:30am at Liquid Assets on 2nd Street in Sartell. Bachmann’s office is calling this an informal opportunity to meet with the Congresswoman and discuss concerns. The event runs until 9:15am and for more information on the event you can call 320-253-5931.

--Todd County was notified by a Long Prairie resident of a mail scam where the recipient was told they had won a large sum of money and needed to contact the company for payment arrangements. The letter was a scam and Todd County is notifying residents to use caution with mailings such of this, which are shown not to be legit.

--A welcome home is planned Sunday for the 309th MAC, based in Brainerd who are returning from deployment in Afghanistan. The welcome home starts at 11:30am at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. The 309 were tasked with clearing routes during their deployment and given many military accolades.

--Governor Mark Dayton has appointed Mille Lacs Band Commissioner of Education Dennis Olson to the Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation (MAEF) board. MAEF is a nonprofit organization that promotes academic excellence in Minnesota schools through partnerships between the public and private sectors. Olson, who was appointed Mille Lacs Band Commissioner of Education in 2009, oversees the Band’s educational programs and services, including early and higher education.

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly sunny, warm, high 75.
TONIGHT= patchy fog late, partly cloudy, low around 50.
SATURDAY= mostly sunny, warm, high 75.
SAT NITE= mostly cloudy, a stray T-storm overnight, low 55.
SUNDAY= mostly sunny, windy and warm, high 75.
MONDAY= showers and storms likely, some strong, high 70.

SPORTS
GBB= four state champions in girls basketball will be crowned Saturday at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
COL HK= Denver won in OT over Michigan Tech while North Dakota downed St. Cloud State 4-1 in the quarterfinals of the Final 5. Gophers have North Dakota tonight at 6:30 on AM960 KLTF, if the Gophers win they play Saturday at 6:30 also on AM960 KLTF.
TWINS= catch Twins baseball this weekend on Q92 WYRQ.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1802= The Army Corps of Engineers founded and established the United States Military Academy at West Point.
IN 1850=”The Scarlett Letter” was published by N. Hawthorne.
IN 1942= “The Jitterbug Waltz” was recorded by Fats Waller.
IN 1963= Peter Paul and Mary released “Puff the Magic Dragon”
IN 1985= ‘A Chorus Line’ became longest running Broadway show.

“Whiskey Tango” tonight, “Chaser” green beer party Sat at WS Bar.

Thursday- March 15th, 2012

NEWS
Tuesday Township Elections received at LF Radio.
Agram- Dave Janson- supervisor, Dan Tschida, clerk.
Belle Prairie- Greg Colombe, supervisor, Virginia Tembreull, clerk
Bue- Duane Schraut- supervisor, Heidi Pryzbilla, clerk
Culdrum- Rod Bleeker- supervisor, Jeannie Carlson, clerk
Darling- Duane Ballou- supervisor, Mary Mammenga clerk
Green Prairie- Dan Maslowski, supervisor, Lois Petershick, clerk
Lakin- Jamie Reuckert- supervisor, Jerry Streuffert, clerk
Leigh- Dan Meyer- supervisor, Wendy Tretter write-in for clerk
Little Falls- Charles Parins- supervisor, Teresa Sweeney, clerk
Parker- Randy Rutz-supervisor, Sharon Keeton, clerk 
Pike Creek- Eric Hanfler- supervisor, Darlene Kroll, clerk
Platte- Robert Keehr- supervisor, Judy Boser, clerk
Ripley- Darv Keehr- supervisor, Norma Bjornson, clerk
Swanville- Darrell Peterson- supervisor, Dan Primus, clerk

Other News
--The Staples Motley School Board terminated their social-studies teacher and tennis coach Tuesday night during a special meeting on Tuesday. The board announced that Kevin Coughlin’s employment with the school district has been terminated. The School Board stated in their open meeting that the reasons for the termination were discussed in a closed meeting and at this time details were not being given on the decision until all items behind the firing is completed. Coughlin had worked at the school since 1991.

--Taylor Stevenson of Brainerd announced Tuesday he plans on running for the Minnesota Senate seat in District 10. Stevenson was the DFL candidate for Senate in District 12 in 2010 but lost election to current Senator Paul Gazelka. Gazelka announced he is running for the District 9 Senate Seat in November after redistricting in August moves Crow Wing and Morrison County to different districts. District 9 will be Morrison and portions of Todd, Wadena and Cass Counties, while District 10 will be Crow Wing and Aitkin Counties.

--The trial is underway for the man accused of driving drunk and killing Jason Dezurik of Holdingford in an accident near Opole in August, 2010. 44-year-old Eugene Rivetts had originally pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide but then changed his plea to go to trial when new information on the accident was released of the possibility of the victim texting prior to the accident. Rivetts originally had his passenger Timothy Rausch of Cushing state he was the driver. Rausch had a blood alcohol level of .346 after the crash, but after DNA and skin samples were taken it was ruled that Rivetts was the driver, which Rausch then stated he was, and pleaded guilty to lying to police and being an accomplice and was told to give evidence in court during the trial against Rivetts for a jail sentence of 35 days and a fine. Rausch took the stand on Tuesday and informed the court that the two had been drinking heavily prior to the crash and that both men had no idea that Dezurik had died from the crash and that his death would be added to the charges against the driver.

--Local fire departments have been busy putting out grass and other wildfires due to the warm dry air that is expected to continue into the weekend with daytime highs expected in the 70s and in southern Minnesota a shot of 80 by Saturday. Fire officials are asking residents to be mindful of brush and grass piles that could ignite with the slightest of sparks due to the very dry vegetation and conditions.

--Todd and Wadena County Sheriff’s offices are investigating burglaries that occurred over the past weekend and Monday. Todd County stated items were taken from a Stowe Prairie Township residence which included alcohol, firearms and electronics sometime Sunday or early Monday. Wadena County has received calls of break-ins in outbuildings north of Hewitt and also north of Verndale toward Wadena. Anyone with information on any of these incidents or notices suspicious activity should contact their local law enforcement.

--Military deployments continue across Minnesota with servicemen and women heading overseas mainly to Afghanistan. During the previous week, the Minnesota National Guard's St. Paul-based 133rd Airlift Wing launched three C-130 H3 "Hercules" cargo aircraft carrying 98 members and cargo to Afghanistan. Many local military members are still on deployment to Kuwait and Afghanistan and other parts of the world. The Family Assistance Center at Camp Ripley continues to help families of deployed soldiers her in central Minnesota with necessities during the time their loved one our serving our country. For more information on the Assistance Center contact Yvonne at 616-3119.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Gregg and Lisa Kapsner of Little Falls, boy born March 12th

DEATH NOTICES
--Lloyd W. Johnson, age 79 of Upsala.

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly sunny, high near 60.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 40.
FRIDAY= sunny, high near 70, partly cloudy at night, low 50.
SATURDAY= mostly sunny high 75, a storm in overnight, low 53.
SUNDAY= shower or storm early then partial sun, high 72, low 55.

SPORTS
NCAA= The 64 teams in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament are set and the round of 64 begins at 11am this morning. By Sunday night the tournament will already be down to 16 teams.
WCHA= Colorado College vs. Michigan Tech followed by North Dakota and St. Cloud State in the Final 5 first games today, the winners play UMD and the Gophers in semi-action on Friday.
TWINS= catch Twins spring-training action today at noon and then a special night game Friday at 6pm, both games live on Q92 WYRQ.

TODAY IN HISTORY
44BC= Julius Caesar is stabbed to death by Marcus Brutus, with the saying heed the “Ides of March” which fell on the 15th of March stated by the Roman Calendar to depict the divide in each month. The ides were considered a bad day for leaders, not only Caesar but other Kings, Popes and dignitaries have died on March 15th.
IN 1493= Christopher Columbus returned to Spain after his first voyage to the new world in 1492.
IN 1906= Rolls Royce Limited began operations of the famous car.
IN 1956= ‘My Fair Lady’ debuted on Broadway.
IN 1985= first internet domain name established, symbolics.com.
IN 1990= Mikhail Gorbachev wins first election for leader in USSR.

“Hot Hits” tonight, “Whiskey Tango” Fri, St. Pat’s party Sat at WS Bar

 

 

Wednesday- March 14th, 2012

NEWS
--An explosion east of Nisswa Monday destroyed a home in Lake Edward Township. Around 11am, a manufactured double-wide home on Sunset Valley Road a neighbor reported hearing a loud explosion and saw large plumes of smoke coming from the home owned by Richard Laflex. 15 firefighters battled the blaze but the home could not be saved. Nisswa Fire Chief Richard Geike stated no one was in the home at the time of the fire and no one was injured. He also stated that the explosions came from two sources, a muzzle loader and containers of black powder along with propane torches that were inside the home but the initial cause of the fire is under investigation.

--Thefts of scrap, particularly copper, are on the rise in Crow Wing County. Thieves have been targeting both businesses and private homes looking for anything that may be of value for recycling. Recently, a rash of thefts has been happening at seasonal R.V. campgrounds around Crow Wing County. The thieves are cutting the power feed cords for the campers to recycle the copper found inside the electrical cords. They are also cutting the copper tubing off of propane cylinders. Sheriff Dahl would like to remind citizens that if they see anything suspicious to call 911 and report the activity.  Information that would be beneficial for the investigation would include a vehicle description and possible license plate, number of persons and any clothing/physical descriptions. Sheriff Dahl would like to emphasize the importance of personal safety and that any suspicious activities should be called into law enforcement instead of confronting the suspects on your own.

--Motorists traveling on Highway 23 from Highway 95 east of St. Cloud to Highway 25 in Foley will encounter a detour beginning Monday, March 19. Construction will resume in expanding the highway to a four lane road. Motorists traveling on Highway 23 will use a detour via Highway 95 and Highway 25. Local businesses and residents will maintain access during the detour.

--A 53-year-old Breezy Point man was found guilty of 2nd degree manslaughter in Clearwater County District Court last Friday. According to court reports, Kevin McCormick pulled down a tree stand following an argument in November, 2010 where the man inside the tree stand Jerry Benedict sustained multiple injuries in the fall and later died November 24th at a Fargo hospital. In a statement to the jury, McCormick stated that anger had gotten the best of him. A sentencing date for McCormick still has to be set.

--A house was damaged Sunday by fire near Sauk Rapids. The fire was reported around 11pm on 65th Street. The fire started in the basement and caused enough damage that the house will probably be considered a total loss with an estimated $150,000 in damages. 4 people in the house escaped without injury. The cause is still officially under investigation but foul play has been ruled out.

--The man charged in the murder of his wife in Fargo remains jailed in St. Cloud. According to court reports, bail for 49-year-old Henry Deniger Sr. had been set at 1-million dollars after being charged in the death of his 52-year-old wife. Deniger was found in St. Cloud by checking credit card charges. Deniger will remains in the Stearns County Jail until a warrant is received from North Dakota. The process of extraditing Deniger could take up to 60 days.

--Staff from Congressman Chip Cravaack will be in Motley on Thursday from 9 to 10:30am at the Motley City Hall. Those with questions for the Congressman should address the staff Thursday.

--Area Township Election results will be on Thursday’s newsletter.

--Little Falls School Superintendent Curt Tryggestad is one of the 5 candidates in the running for the Superintendent position at Eden Prairie High School. The school announced Monday their 5 selections with interviews being conducted today starting at 9am. Following the interviews the School Board will meet to narrow the selection down to two or three that will then be brought back to for another interview, where the board will then make their final decision on their selection by their March 23rd meeting. The other candidates work for the Bloomington and Waconia School Districts in Minnesota and two others are from school districts in Illinois.

--The Pierz City council met briefly on Monday night. City Administrator Anna Gruber mentioned that on Tuesday MN DOT was going to take a look at some of the sidewalks along Highway 25 the city has been having problems with. The sidewalks have been up heaving with some trouble spots against different buildings that are pushing up the siding of the buildings. The city hopes MN DOT will be able to remedy this issue as it was a part of the Highway 25 project.

--Crow Wing County reported a fire on County Road 113 and Imm Drive in rural Brainerd Sunday night where the Pierz Fire Department was called in to extinguish. They also reported an electrical fire last Friday on Amber Lane in Merrifield there were no injuries. The Sheriff’s Office also investigated a string of fish house break-ins in Garrison over the past 2 weeks, theft of items from camping trailers from recreational vehicle parks and rest stops and made a number of arrests for assault or domestic situations.

--First Lady Michelle Obama will be in the Twin Cities Friday to meet with National Guard families and local community leaders. The trip is part of the First Lady's Joining Forces Community Challenge. The effort is designed to recognize citizens and community groups that are committed to improving the lives of military families and veterans. During her trip she will participate in a roundtable discussion about Minnesota's best practices. She will also speak at an event being held at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

DEATH NOTICES
--Virginia M. Paradeis, age 84 of Rice.
--Clarence J. Leshinski, age 87 of Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly sunny, high of 65.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 35.
THURSDAY= mostly sunny, high near 60, clear night, low 40.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, high near 70, low around 50.

SPORTS
BBB= Pierz, Upsala and Royalton all lost last night in playoff action.
GBB= State Girls Tournament begins today in Minneapolis.
NFL= after a year away Randy Moss has a new home in the NFL the wide receiver agreed to a 1-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers. The Vikings do host the 49ers during the next NFL season.
COL BB= Gophers vs. La Salle in NIT action later today.
WCHA= Final Five tournament begins on Thursday with Denver taking on Michigan Tech and North Dakota vs. St. Cloud State. Minnesota and UMD would play winners Friday in St. Paul.

“Hot Hits” tonight and Thurs. “Whiskey Tango” Friday at WS Bar

Tuesday- March 13th, 2012

NEWS
--The attorney representing Avon State Bank asked a Stearns County judge Friday for a new trial after a jury’s decision resulted in an award of more than $600,000 to two men for losses they incurred in an international money scam. A jury in January found that a former bank vice president had committed fraud when soliciting money from the two men. The money was supposedly going to an African country where it was to be used to free up a $9 million estate that was to be transferred to the bank. The scam traces back to the 1980s, when a Freeport man sold almost $1 million worth of construction equipment to a Nigerian man, presumably to be used in mining. Nigerian criminals in 2007 contacted the local man and conned him into believing they were the children of the now-deceased Nigerian miner with whom he’d previously done business. The judge now has 90 days to look over the possibility of a new trial and report back.

--State Representative John Ward announced Friday he will seek the DFL nomination for the newly redistrict House District 10A. Ward had thought about a run in State Senate District 10 but opted to run again for the State House. District 10A after August 14th will consist of only half of Crow Wing County and Cass County. Former Crow Wing County Commissioner Terry Sluss also announced Friday that he is seeking the DFL endorsement for the District 10 Senate Seat of Crow Wing and Aitkin Counties.

--Dry conditions and warm temperatures have sparked fire danger warnings over the state. Fire warnings were posted for southern Minnesota starting late Friday and now include most of western and central Minnesota as temperatures are expected to reach the 60s and even 70s for some parts of the state today through Friday. The next mention of rain is on Saturday night. A reminder to be mindful of the dry vegetation even if many areas are still showing snow in spots, there are others that don’t and can spark wildfires very quickly.

--Eight people were arrested in a drug bust close to the Pequot Lakes High School. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office stated that 4 adults and 4 juveniles were arrested after a four-month investigation of the Lakes Area Drug Investigation Division. 20-year-old Jonathon Ward of Pequot Lakes was charged with fourth-degree sale of drugs, 18-year-old Cassandra Hilgers of Pequot Lake was charged with 4th degree sale of marijuana at a school, Bradley Huesmann, age 21 of Pequot Lakes was charged with fourth degree sale of drugs and 18-year-old Matthew Peterson of Breezy Point was charged with 4th degree sale of marijuana at a school. Charges are also expected against the 4 juveniles in Crow Wing County District Court.

--15 firefighters from the Verndale department battled a house fire Friday morning on South Farwell Street in Verndale. The home was gutted and a total loss and it is believed to have started due to a dryer. The 2 adults and 6 children inside the home were not hurt.

--A 42-year-old Battle Lake woman was hurt Thursday in a one vehicle accident on Highway 10 west of Wadena. Sheri Siira was taken to the Wadena hospital with reported non-life threatening injuries. The crash around 5pm was due to icy conditions in the area.

--The Minnesota State Patrol is reporting that extra enforcement will be out Friday through Sunday for the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Each year hundreds of DWI and DUI incidents are reported due to impaired driving after St. Patrick’s Day parties. A reminder to plan ahead with a designated driver and to never Drink and Drive.

--Get info on the HGL Show March 30th and 31st by calling 632-2992.

--Little Falls Police Chief Greg Schirmers and Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel would like to announce that the Little Falls Police Department has partnered with the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office to establish an ongoing program to collect and destroy unused prescription medications. The goal is to give all Morrison County residents a safe way to remove expired, unwanted, or unused medicines from the home and reduce the chance that others may accidentally take the medicine. The collection point for all Morrison County residents will be located in the lobby at the Little Falls Police Department which is opened Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm.

--Former State Representative Al Doty of Royalton announced he is seeking the DFL endorsement for the State Senate seat in District 9 which starting in August will represent Morrison County along with a portion of Todd, Cass and Wadena County. Doty served in the state house from 2007 to 2010. Republican Senator Paul Gazelka of District 12 announced he will seek the GOP nomination in District 9.

--Pierz City Council member Adrian Welle announced Saturday that he is seeking the DFL endorsement for State House Seat 9B which will be Morrison and a portion of Todd County after redistricting in August. Welle also serves as the city clerk in Upsala.

--The 2012 Morrison County Child Care Provider of the Year has been selected.  She is Jan Naber of Little Falls and has been licensed for many years. Jan will be honored at the Morrison County Provider of the Year Banquet being held on Friday, May 11th at Cabin Fever.  Invitations will be mailed to all Morrison County Child Care Providers.

--The former pastor of a Hubbard County church has been charged with sexually abusing a teenage girl. 70-year-old Rev. Darwin Schauer of Lake George was charged with 15 counts of felony criminal sexual conduct with a minor. The report claims that Schauer had sexual relations with the girl starting back in 2009 and this continued off and on until earlier this year. Schauer remains jailed on $750,000 conditional bail.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Will Ewertsen and Debbie Reynolds of Long Prairie a girl, March 9th
--Jonathon and Julie Laflamme of Little Falls, a girl born March 11th.

WEATHER
TODAY= sunny skies, high around 60.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 45.
WEDNESDAY= sunny and very mild, high 66, clear at night, low 40.
THURSDAY= partly cloudy, high near 60.

SPORTS
HS BBB= Long Prairie-Grey Eagle vs. Pierz from St. John’s University in playoff action tonight at 7:45pm on FM94 KFML.  Also tonight Upsala takes on Browerville at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle High School at 8pm on Q92 WYRQ. Also in boys basketball playoffs tonight is Royalton vs. Barnum at Mora High School.
WOLVES= a devastating blow to the Timberwolves Friday night as Ricky Rubio tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season.
COL BB= The NCAA tournament begins tonight with 2 play-in games also the Gopher men will play in the NIT tournament on Wednesday against La Salle, the game will be in Philadelphia.
GBB= State Girls Basketball Tournament begins Wednesday.

Red solo cup and Green Beer party for St. Pat’s Saturday at WS Bar

 

 

Monday- March 12th, 2012

NEWS
--Tuesday is Township Elections day across the state including Morrison County with a number of elections for supervisor, clerk, treasurer and also annual operating levies to be paid in 2013. Elections are planned in Agram, Belle Prairie, Bellevue, Buckman, Buh, Culdrum, Cushing, Darling, Elmdale, Granite, Green Prairie, Lakin, Leigh, Little Falls, Motley, Parker, Pike Creek, Platte, Ripley, Swan River, Swanville and Two Rivers. There are other Morrison County Townships that will hold meetings on Tuesday night but have moved their township elections to November. For the polling time in your township contact your local township official.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office in the past week responded to a vehicle striking the Red’s Auto building in Pierz, no injuries. Tampering with mailboxes reported twice in the week by Alan Czech of Little Falls and a report of a woman stating that her mail had been messed with and a bank statement was found with muddy fingerprints on it. There was a report of a structure fire on the 19000 block of 195th Avenue in Little Falls where the subject stated that he had pushed the brush into the building that burned down. Also on the property was a barn and a grain bin that appeared to have been burned down by the owner who was cited for illegal burning.

--Teams from Elk River and Sauk Rapids-Rice high schools took first place honors in the culinary competition and management competition respectively at the sixth annual HMEF Sysco ProStart Invitational held March 1st in St. Paul. A team from Elk River won the culinary competition and a team from Sauk Rapids including team members Lexi Johnson, Desirae Menden, Candyce Thompson and Beth Zwilling coached by teacher Mary Levinksi won the management competition. Both winning teams now advance to the National ProStart Invitational, scheduled for April 27-29 in Baltimore, Maryland. This marks the fifth year in a row a team from Sauk Rapids Rice has taken top management honors.

--Quick thinking from a 9 year old boy got residents out of a burning home Thursday in north Brainerd. Firefighters arrived at 214 North Seventh Street around 2pm and the fire was contained to a bedroom on the main floor of the four-plex. The 9-year-old hollered to his father that there was a fire and all were able to get out of the residence without injury. The fire did $30,000 in heat and smoke damage and was mostly contained to the main floor of the home.

--The Little Falls School Board meets at 5:30 tonight at the Morrison County Government Center. Agenda items include donations, a change to their June meeting date, final approval of the school calendar for 2012-13 and a tentative calendar approval for 2013-14, approval of May 29th for the Retiree Reception and Awards presentation and a snow day makeup recommendation.

--Another prestigious award for Preston Weber of Pierz. Weber and Greta Danielson of St. Cloud Cathedral were named Wednesday as the Mn1AAA male and female distinguished athletes of the year. Also congratulations were given to both their athletic directors, Dave Rocheleau of Pierz and Emmett Keenan of St. Cloud Cathedral. There was a four person committee that met to review, discuss, deliberate, and select two winners. Weber and Danielson will be honored March 29th at a banquet in St. Paul.

--After 1 day of reporting that gas prices were falling, they shot back up and on Friday the average went from $3.54 to $3.65 a gallon, showing the highest average for gas since last fall.

--Details of the planned Centre Street Bridge repair project were announced last week at the Royalton City Council meeting. County Highway Engineer Steve Backowski stated the project will begin June 4th, with a projected 20-day completion time frame. The bridge is over 40 years old and needs some repairs to the rebar that has cracks from aging. They will also work on the concrete deck. The cost of the project is $93,968 and is expected to be completely covered through the state aid highway system, with revenue from gas taxes and license tab fees. There will be detouring around the road construction, onto Highway 10 and past the high school. There will likely be some restricted access to the skate park for vehicles, but access will be available for people walking.

--The Fargo man found in St. Cloud has officially been charged with the murder of his wife. 49-year-old Henry Deniger Sr. was charged in Cass County, North Dakota Court Thursday for the death of his wife Kathy who had not been heard from in days and found dead in their apartment last Tuesday. A search started for Deniger and he was found by the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force and St. Cloud Police last week due to credit card charges in St. Cloud. The task force and police kept an eye on Deniger until Fargo investigators arrived and took him into custody. He was taken to Stearns County Jail and then extradited to North Dakota to stand trial.

--A high speed chase occurred Thursday night in Todd County. Deputies attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding, but the suspect did not stop. Eventually Todd County deputies performed the pursuit intervention technique spinning the suspect’s vehicle into the ditch. The suspect 18-year old Leighton Mindach of Alexandria fled on foot but was apprehended nearby by authorities. After Mindach was captured, deputies learned the vehicle he was driving was reported stolen in Bemidji. Mindach is being held at the Todd County Detention Center and charges are pending.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9am at the government center. Agenda items include application of a large assembly ordinance, numerous county agency reports, a report from Region 5, and a look at the county board warrants.

DEATH NOTICES
--Bernadine M. Motsko, age 84 of Little Falls.
--Margaret E. Borgheiinck, age 89 of Randall.

WEATHER
TODAY= showers likely, high around 50.
TONIGHT= clouds early then clearing, low 30, some icy spots.
TUESDAY= sunny skies, high 62, low around 45. 
WEDNESDAY= sunny skies, high 66, low around 40.

SPORTS
BHK= Little Falls wins 5-4 Saturday on a hat trick from Joey Hanowski to win the Consolation Championship in Class A over Rochester Lourdes. St. Thomas Academy won Class A title while Benilde St. Margaret’s took the Class 2A Crown Saturday.
GBB= Isle beat Upsala in section title game Friday 78-61.
BBB= Pierz, Upsala and Royalton all win Saturday in playoff action.
COL BB= Michigan beat Minnesota in OT Friday at Big 10 Tourney.
TWINS= catch Twins baseball today at noon on Q92 WYRQ.

Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day this Saturday at the West Side Bar.

 

 

 

Friday- March 9th, 2012

NEWS
--St. Cloud police have arrested a Fargo man wanted for the stabbing death of his wife. 49-year-old, Henry Deniger Sr. was the target of a nationwide search after 52-year-old Kathy Deniger’s body was found in the couple’s Fargo apartment Tuesday afternoon.  She may have been dead since last week. Police tracked Deniger by his credit card charges to a restaurant in St. Cloud where he was taken into custody in the parking lot of the establishment Wednesday night without incident. He faces a murder charge and is being held in the Stearns County Jail, pending extradition to North Dakota.

--The Mississippi Valley Cattlemen’s Association recently announced that Bruce and Rae Ann Ohmann along with their children were named the Association’s Family of the Year. Clint Kathrein of the Association stated that the Ohmann’s were selected on their participation with the group and the multiple uses they have established on their ranch outside of Hillman which they bought in 2000. The Ohmann’s have been a member of the Mississippi Valley Cattlemen’s Association for around 3 years.

--Little Falls Police in the past days investigated a theft report at the Lutheran Care Center, an assault report on 3rd Street Southeast, a report of a suspicious vehicle at St. Mary’s Elementary School, a hit and run accident on 11th Street Northeast along with a number of damage to property, assault and theft complaints.

--Benton County officials announced plans to study the feasibility of an industrial-rail park near Rice in hopes it could ultimately lead to lower taxes and jobs. The study is on 1,500 acres north of the city which came to light recently after a similar project fell through in St. Joseph Township in Stearns County. The county stated they are in talks with Burlington-Northern Santa Fe and the Rice City Council to designate the area and work out a timeline. The Initiative Foundation, based in Little Falls, has announced they have pledged $10,000 for the studies though according to Nancy Hoffman from Benton County Economic Development around $75,000-95,000 will be needed to complete the studies on the possible rail park.

--Brainerd police stated a woman was hurt in a car/pedestrian accident Monday morning on Laurel Street. 38-year old Laura Barhorst of Brainerd was treated and released at the Brainerd hospital. The incident is being investigated as a hit and run. No other information was given on the accident.

--Otter Tail County authorities say a Henning man was restrained by witnesses for a burglary in progress Monday night. 22-year-old Jon Nafstad was found tampering with vehicles in Henning and restrained until deputies arrived and took him into custody. They found tools and items in his possession that were reported stolen from residences in Battle Lake. Nafstad remains in the Otter Tail County Jail on theft and vehicle tampering charges.

--A woman died in a house fire Wednesday near Lindstrom in east-central Minnesota. Authorities say the woman found in an upstairs room. The victim’s name was not released. The fire has been ruled accidental in nature though the official cause was not released. 

--Remember to spring ahead this weekend, Daylight Saving Time returns Sunday at 2am. So turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night before bed or before 2am Sunday morning.

--Get weekend events at www.fallsadio.com then community calendar, including a number of fish fry’s on Friday and the Holy Trinity School Carnival on Sunday from 11am to 3pm in Pierz.

--The area unemployment rates were released yesterday. In January, Morrison County had a 9.4% unemployment rate. The highest rate in our area was 11.7% in both Cass and Mille Lacs Counties. The lowest rate was 6.4% in Stearns County. Other rates included 7.8% in both Todd and Benton counties, 9.8% in Aitken and Wadena counties, and 9.4% in Crow Wing County. The city of Brainerd had a 14.9% unemployment rate and St. Cloud registered at 6.2% unemployment.

--The Pierz City Council meets Monday night 7pm at Pierz City Hall. Agenda items include the city lights contract, consumption and display permit approval for the golf course and ballroom, set a date for the council work session and council will hear a number of reports from city officials and the recent treasurer’s report.

--The Minnesota State Patrol wants to remind everyone seat belt use is required in the back seat in Minnesota. Many teens and young adults aren’t buckling up in the back seat, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. Only three of the 30 back-seat passenger’s ages 13-24 killed during 2008-2010 were buckled up. Front-seat occupants in this age group are four-to-five times more likely to be belted than those in the back. While teens and young adults have the worst rear-seat belt compliance, back seat belt use is an issue across age sets. Only 26 percent of the 87 back seat motorists killed in the state during 2008-2010 were belted, compared to nearly 49 percent of the 818 front seat passenger fatalities. In Minnesota, it’s the law for drivers and passengers in every seat to be belted — unbelted drivers and passengers can be ticketed. In a crash, unbelted motorists will often slam into and injure or kill others in the vehicle. Each year, more than half of the motorists killed in Minnesota crashes aren’t belted translating to more than 150 deaths and 400 serious injuries annually. Eighty percent of the unbelted deaths occur on Greater Minnesota roads.

DEATH NOTICES
--Emma M. Hoffman, age 93 of Pierz.

WEATHER
TODAY= partly cloudy, high around 35.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 25.
SATURDAY= sunny and warmer, high 55, breezy south winds.
SUNDAY= sun early, clouds in afternoon with rain, high 50, low 35.
MONDAY= rain showers early then partly cloudy, high 50, low 40.

SPORTS
BHK=Little Falls erased an early deficit with a second period comeback and scored in the final minutes against Duluth Marshall to win 5-4 at Mariucci Arena in the consolation round at State Tournament.  The Flyers will face Rochester Lourdes on Saturday in the consolation championship; catch it live at 10am on AM960 KLTF
GBB= Upsala vs. Isle tonight for the right to go the girls state tournament next week. The game is at Crosby-Ironton High School and can be heard live tonight at 7pm on Q92 WYRQ.
BBB= Pierz defeated Staples-Motley to advance to Saturday night against Melrose scheduled for 7pm at St. John’s. Hear the game live on FM94 KFML. Upsala and Royalton also won in boys hoops.
TWINS= catch Twins baseball today, Saturday and Sunday from spring training in Florida, each day at noon on Q92 WYRQ.

“Hot Hits” and meat raffle tonight, “Northern Charm” Sat at WS Bar

 

 

 

Thursday- March 8th, 2012
NEWS
--The Morrison County Commissioners will meet in a closed meeting Friday to discuss the recent appeal made by Sheriff Michel Wetzel in district court about his salary for 2012 set by the County Board. According to the document, the county board awarded a 4% pay increase for the Auditor/Treasurer and County Recorder but put a pay freeze on the sheriff and county attorney. The report also stated that Sheriff Wetzel did receive a 4% pay increase in 2011. The County Board will also hold a public planning meeting starting at 8:30am Friday at the county boardroom where they will hear from public works, public health, planning and zoning and social services.

--The 59th Annual Morrison County Dairy Princess Coronation Banquet will be March 24th at 8pm at the Falls Ballroom. For tickets to the event; contact Dairy Princess Coordinator Cindy Welle 745-2615, or any Morrison County Dairy Association member. The reigning Princess Kay of the Milky Way Mary Zahurones of Pierz was crowned a Morrison County Dairy Princess at last years’ coronation.

--Governor Mark Dayton Monday signed a bill authorizing law enforcement agencies to sell forfeited firearms to federally licensed firearms dealers.  Current law requires agencies to destroy the forfeited firearms unless the agency decides to use the weapons for law enforcement purposes. Senator Paul Gazelka and Representative Mike LeMieur were chief authors of the bills, Gazelka in the Senate and LeMieur in the House.

--Wadena City Council member Don Niles announced his candidacy for the House Seat in District 9A. With new redistricting, there is no incumbent for the District which will now include portions of Cass, Wadena, Douglas and Todd County. Niles is vying for the DFL endorsement, while last week Mark Anderson of Lake Shore announced he will seek the Republican endorsement in District 9A.

--A 64-year-old Edina man was injured Tuesday around 1:30pm, in a one-vehicle accident in Cass County. Timothy Moran was on Highway 6 when he went off the road and struck a tree north of Outing. Moran was treated and later released at the Crosby Hospital.

--A Crow Wing County Judge has until April 9th to bring charges of failure to pay taxes and criminal sexual conduct against the owner of Risky Business in Brainerd. Ronald Beattie Jr. of Baxter already faces charges of selling synthetic drugs out of his Brainerd store with a hearing on those charges set for May 2nd. Brainerd police arrested Beattie after officers conducted a controlled buy of the suspected illegal synthetic drugs. During the buy, police seized 430 packages of a variety of suspected synthetic drugs labeled under various names.  Reports stated that there are 26 counts of failure to pay state taxes dating back to 2006 and one count of 5th degree criminal sexual conduct which the judge is taking under advisement.

--A reminder again that spring truck weight restrictions begin at 12:01am Friday morning for the central frost zone which includes Morrison County. The load increases and overweight permits remain in place for the north-central and north frost zones. The Minnesota Department of Transportation limits truck weights to prevent damage to roads weakened during the spring thaw.

--MN Dot is reminding motorists who travel Highway 169 in Elk River Friday through Sunday that you will encounter lane closures. Motorists are asked to slow down and drive with caution in the area during the road work which is to be completed by Sunday night.

--For weekend events go to www.fallsradio.com community calendar.

--The city of Foley will have a full time police chief and two full time police officers after the city council this week voted to launch its new police department later this year. Earlier this year, the council voted to hire an interim police chief, Hal Henning to handle police coverage in the city with temporary peace officers until the full time officers are put into place. They gave Henning and City Administrator Sarah Brunn the power to purchase any necessities for the department. A vehicle is still needed by the interim officer and they are searching for one to become available. Henning has also been working with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office who are handling all emergency calls in the city of Foley and working with Foley business leaders and citizens on what will work best for the city. The decision was full time police duties. The hope, according to the council is to have a functioning police department and full time police chief in place by June 1st.

--Minnesota-Gas-Prices.com reports a drop in regular unleaded in the past days. The state as of yesterday was $3.54 a gallon. 6-cents lower than a week ago and a few pennies less than a year ago.

SPACE NEWS
--After hurtling through space for a day and a half, a massive cloud of charged particles was due to arrive today and could disrupt utility grids, airline flights, satellite networks and GPS services, especially in northern areas of the United States. But the same blast could also paint colorful auroras in today’s skyline. Scientists feel that the particles will be moving at 4 million mph.

DEATH NOTICES
--Glorine Raeker of Cottage Grove
--Harold R. ‘Bob’ Hanson, age 74 of Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= blustery, partial sun with snow showers, high 35.
TONIGHT= blustery, partly cloudy, low 5 above, wind chills below 0.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, high around 40, clear at night low 30.
SATURDAY= sunny and mild, high 53, low around 30.
SUNDAY= sunny early, PM rain showers, high 52, low 37.

SPORTS
BHK= The Little Falls Flyers were blanked 7-0 by the defending Class A champions St. Thomas Academy. The Flyers have a matchup against Duluth Marshall in the consolation bracket of the state tournament. Listen to the game today at 10:00am on Q92 WYRQ.
GBB= Upsala will take on Isle in Crosby on Friday night for the right to the state tournament next week. Hear the game on Q92 WYRQ.
BBB= Staples-Motley at Pierz to open playoffs tonight 7pm on FM94
BBB= Swanville at Upsala tonight in playoffs, 7pm on Q92 WYRQ.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1894= the first dog license fees were established by city ordinance in New York City. The cost was $2 a year.
IN 1971= called the richest boxing match at the time, Smokin’ Joe Frazier won by decision of Muhammad Ali. Both boxers were guaranteed $2.5-million dollars just for showing for the fight.
IN 1979= Phillips demonstrated the first compact disc for music.

“Hot Hits” tonight and Friday, “Northern Charm” Sat at West Side Bar

Wednesday- March 7th, 2012

NEWS
--The Up North Bistro and Catering in Crosby was destroyed by fire Saturday morning. The restaurant had been closed for the winter and was in the remodeling process when the fire was reported. The cause of the fire has not been determined and the state fire marshal has been called in to investigate. Crosby, Ironton, Brainerd and Deerwood fire departments were on the scene for over 7 hours Saturday but the building was a total loss. There were no injuries.

--Cass County stated a Norwood man was injured in a snowmobile accident Sunday on Gull Lake. 54-year-old Mark Jungclaus was operating a snowmobile around 5:50pm when it caught an ice heave south of Grassy Point and overturned. Jungclaus was taken to Brainerd hospital then airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale and listed in critical condition.

--Another name has entered the House District 10B race. Dale Lueck of rural Aitkin announced Monday he is seeking the Republican endorsement for House District 10B, which after redistricting in August, will consist of Crow Wing and Aitkin County. Lueck joins David Pundt of Deerwood seeking the GOP endorsement for 10B.

--Two people died Sunday morning in a crash in Otter Tail County. The accident happened around 9:30am on Highway 88 north of Rothsay. Both drivers died at the scene and were later identified as 46-year-old Dale Larson and 48-year-old Debra Jorgenson, both from Rothsay. Deputies stated that neither driver was wearing a seatbelt.

--At least one person is dead after a minivan crashed in Itasca County Monday afternoon. The State Patrol said two people were in the van when it crossed Highway 2 and ran into the ditch and struck several trees. No other information at this time has been released.

--Two people were hurt Sunday in an accident on the west side of St. Cloud. Around 2:30pm, 24-year-old Joshua Lavalle of Rice collided with 28-year-old Cara Cherne of Waite Park on 54th Avenue North and the intersection of Rivercrest Drive. Lavalle was not hurt, but was cited for failure to yield and having an expired registration. Cherne and her passenger were treated with non-life threatening injuries.

--Todd County reported vandalism on 150th Street at Blair Marine where signs were spray painted also a portion of County Road 11 had signs spray painted with graffiti. Anyone with information should contact the Todd County Sheriff’s Office.

--A Sartell-St. Stephen School Board member resigned Monday citing irreconcilable differences between her and other board members on a lack of common vision with regards to the direction of board leadership. Julie Zupfer Anderson’s letter of resignation was read Monday night at a special meeting where the board announced they would start the process of filling her position on the school board.

--Waite Park police are investigating a robbery at a Subway Restaurant Sunday. Officers were called around 8pm to the restaurant on 1301 2nd Street in Waite Park after a report of a man entering and demanding money. The employee gave the man cash, the suspect then told the cashier to go to the back of the store, while the suspect left. A weapon was implied but not displayed and the employee was not hurt. The suspect is described as a black male, 6’2 around 250 pounds, wearing a black sweat shirt, black gloves and a black mask. Anyone with information is asked to contact St. Cloud Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301. 

--Pierz will have High School Parent-Teacher Conferences today from 3:30-7:30pm at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) in Pierz.

--Longtime radio personality ‘Trapper’ John Columbo has died. Trapper John was a popular guest on KLTF Party Line for many years and also had his own radio talk show and was a staple for years at the KLTF Home, Garden and Leisure Show. Columbo died on Saturday of a rare blood disorder at age 76.

--Todd County reports that Kenneth Ashbaugh pled guilty Monday to one count of bank theft. On September 10th of last year, Todd County received information that Mr. Ashbaugh had stolen a substantial amount of money from the Star Bank of Bertha. Ashbaugh was the vice-president and branch manger of the bank at the time. Sentencing for Ashbaugh will be held sometime in June.

--Hubbard County authorities have released the name of an Albany man killed in snowmobile accident near Nevis on Saturday. Deputies stated that 30-year-old Jason Gutzwiller was traveling on a trail around 8:30pm when he hit a tree and was ejected from the snowmobile. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

--In honor and remembrance of Minnesota State Senator Gary Kubly, Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed today, March 7, 2012 “Gary Kubly Day” and has ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset today.

NATIONAL NEWS
--Republican candidates battled on Super Tuesday in 10 primaries or caucuses, Mitt Romney was declared the winner in 6 states, Rick Santorum took 3 states and Newt Gingrich took Georgia. Analysts feel though that Romney did not win big enough in the key states and feel that the race for the White House is far from over.

--Daylight Saving Time returns this Sunday to many parts of the nation including Minnesota. Remember to spring ahead at 2am this Sunday morning so you are not late for services on Sunday.

DEATH NOTICES
--Melvin Litke, age 63 of Fargo formerly of Pierz.

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly cloudy, chance of rain or snow, high 35.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, breezy, low of 15.
THURSDAY= sunny, breezy, high around 35, clear and 15 at night.
FRIDAY= sunny, high around 40. Highs in the 50s on Saturday

SPORTS
BHK= Little Falls vs. St. Thomas Academy in the Class A State Quarterfinals this morning at 11am on Q92 WYRQ.
GBB= Upsala advanced in the playoffs last night over Sebeka and will face Isle Friday night to advance to state tournament next week.
BBB= Sartell eliminated Little Falls in basketball playoffs last night.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1876= Alexander Graham Bell granted patent for telephone.
IN 1912= Roald Amundson announced that his expedition had reached the South Pole.
IN 1985= the song ‘USA for Africa, We are the World’ is released.
IN 1986= divers recover the crew cabin of the Space Shuttle Challenger that exploded after liftoff back in January.

“Hot Hits” tonight through Friday, Meat Raffle Friday at West Side Bar

 

 

 

Tuesday- March 6th, 2012
NEWS
--The Morrison County Department of Public Works has announced the starting date of spring load restrictions on all Morrison County Highways will be Friday, March 9th at 12:01am. Road restriction maps indicating the locations of weight restricted routes and those county highways open to maximum ten ton axle weights are listed on the Morrison County website of
www.co.morrison.mn.us.

--A fatal head on collision occurred Saturday night shortly before 11:00pm five miles north of Crosby. 67-year old Russell Fort of Crosby was heading northbound on Highway 6 when he was hit head on by a vehicle driven by 55-year old Steven Kapaun of Hudson, Wisconsin. Fort was taken to Cuyuna Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The other driver Steven Kapaun and his passenger 52-year old Ronald Kapaun were both taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Fort was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and alcohol was detected in Steven Kapaun’s system. Fort was one of five people killed on Minnesota roads last weekend.

--One of several Polar Plunges across the state occurred last weekend in the Brainerd Lakes Area. On Saturday 370 participated in the 2012 Brainerd Polar Bear Plunge at Breezy Point while many others looked on. The event in Breezy Point alone raised approximately $71,000 for Special Olympics. In total for each of the Polar Plunge’s across the state they are expected to raise well over one million dollars.

--The Salvation Army has announced the start of its annual Minnesota Foodshare Campaign. The statewide campaign is geared toward uniting corporations, communities, schools, and civic groups for one month to focus on hunger while raising cash and food for the state’s food shelves.

--A 2012 National Guard Bureau Award winning radio information program will now be broadcast every Sunday morning from 7am - 8am on WYRQ. The “Minnesota Military Radio Hour” is a weekly radio program that focuses on issues pertaining to military members and their families. The program is hosted by Vietnam Veteran Tom Lyons who remains actively involved in the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program in order to help support our troops and their families.

--The Little Falls High School Kiwanis Key Club elected new officers at their meeting last week. They will be taking over their new positions in April of 2012. The new officers are President Lexi Zawatzke, Vice President Mallory Kenna, Secretary Jessica Durfee, Publicist Rachel Reis, Publicist Kaitlin Hanson, and Treasurer Travis Spillum. Lexi and Travis are juniors this year, Mallory is a sophomore, and Kaitlin, Rachel, and Jessica are freshmen. They are all very excited at taking on the leadership responsibilities of Key Club officers.

--Allen Horn, president of CentraCare Clinic of St. Cloud has announced plans to retire September 14th. Horn, a Family Medicine physician, has led the clinic for the past 10 years. Under his leadership, the clinic has grown from 626 to 788 full-time equivalent employees. The new president will be chosen from interested physicians currently employed by CentraCare Clinic. A nominating committee has been formed to review the applications and make a recommendation that requires approval by employed physicians.

--Yesterday Governor Dayton signed a bill authorizing law enforcement agencies to sell forfeited firearms to federally licensed firearms dealers.

--The Internal Revenue Service offers the following tips to help taxpayers avoid an emerging scheme tempting senior citizens and other taxpayers to file tax returns claiming fraudulent refunds. These schemes promise refunds to people who have little or no income and normally don’t have a tax filing requirement. Promoters claim they can obtain for their victims, often senior citizens, a tax refund or nonexistent stimulus payment based on the American Opportunity Tax Credit, even if the victim was not enrolled in or paying for college. Con artists falsely claim that refunds are available even if the victim went to school decades ago. In many cases, scammers are targeting seniors, people with very low incomes and members of church congregations with bogus promises of free money. A variation of this scheme also falsely claims the college credit is available to compensate people for paying taxes on groceries. These schemes can be quite costly for victims. Promoters may charge exorbitant upfront fees to file these claims and are often long gone when victims discover they’ve been scammed. Taxpayers should be careful of these scams because, regardless of who prepared their tax return, the taxpayer is legally responsible for the accuracy of their tax return and must repay any refunds received in error, plus any penalties and interest. They may even face criminal prosecution. In recent weeks, the IRS has identified and stopped an upsurge of these bogus refund claims coming in from across the United States. The IRS is actively investigating the sources of this scheme. To get the facts on tax benefits related to education, go the Tax Benefits for Education Information Center on www.IRS.gov.

NATIONAL NEWS
--Today is Super Tuesday with ten states holding their primary elections. These states include Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Idaho, North Dakota, Alaska, Virginia, Massachusetts and Vermont. States with caucuses remaining this month include Kansas, Wyoming, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois, and Louisiana.

DEATH NOTICE
--Donald J. Felix, age 88 of Little Falls

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly sunny, high 45.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, fog late, low around 25.
WEDNESDAY= snow early, rain and snow in afternoon, high 35.
THURSDAY= sunny, high 40.

SPORTS
BHK= Little Falls will play St. Thomas Academy tomorrow morning at 11am in the first quarter-final of the Class A State Tournament. Catch the state action live Wednesday morning on Q92 WYRQ.
GBB= Upsala and Staples-Motley advanced in girls playoff action Saturday and will play again tonight.
BBB= Little Falls hosts Sartell tonight at 7pm on Q92 WYRQ and Pierz hosts Staples-Motley Thursday at 7pm on FM94 KFML.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1836= the Alamo was taken by Santa Anna’s Mexican army.
IN 1981= Walter Cronkite signed off as anchor CBS Evening News.

For great lunches and entertainment, stop into the West Side Bar

Monday- March 5th, 2012

NEWS
--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office in the past week investigated a burglary report of locks being cut at storage units in Hillman, mailboxes damaged in Pierz, tires slashed on a vehicle in Royalton and a report of fraud by a Randall couple who received a call from a Little Falls business that they had purchased a number of prescription drugs, the couple reported there was over $1,400 in charges that they did not make. Sheriff Michel Wetzel has continued to state that never give out personal information over the phone and by e-mail and check your accounts regularly to make sure you have been the only one using the accounts.

--The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a string of copper thefts once again. Earlier this year, a number of thefts occurred including copper pipes taken from the new Wadena Deer Creek High School work site. Since February 22nd, the sheriff’s office received calls of copper cable stolen from an irrigation system in Verndale, copper pipes taken from a storage unit in Wadena and of other items taken in the same areas. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office at 218-631-7600.

--Authorities have released the name of the man whose body was found in the rubble of a house explosion last week in west-central Minnesota. The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as 64-year-old Daniel Rustad from Lake Lillian. Firefighters were called to the residence Wednesday afternoon and found the home on the shores of Big Kandiyohi Lake destroyed. Rustad’s body was found in the ruins. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

--The infant injured on February 26th in a multi-vehicle accident in Baxter remains in critical condition. 5-month old Braxton Cherry was critically injured when his father’s minivan was struck broadside by a pickup causing 32-year-old Jason Cherry who collided with two other vehicles. Jason and his 4 other passengers were treated and later released. The State Patrol reported that the other 3 drivers in the accident were not hurt. One of the passengers in another vehicle, 31-year-old Nicole Mollner was hospitalized for what the report stated was serious- but non-life threatening injuries.

--The Cold Spring woman accused of murdering her ex-husband at his Sauk Rapids apartment wants her trial moved out of central Minnesota. Attorneys for 38-year-old Angelina O’Mara filed a motion in Benton County District Court that the court had violated her constitutional rights. A hearing has been scheduled for April 6th to argue the motion. O’Mara is accused of killing James O’Mara who was found dead in Sauk Rapids on November 1st, she is also accused of killing her boyfriend, who was found dead the next day in Pies, Wisconsin. O’Mara was located and arrested on November 3rd in South Dakota and remains jailed on 3-million dollars bail.

--A Sartell man has been arrested and charged in the BP Store Robbery on February 17th. Authorities say that 32-year-old Douglas Gravelle was charged Thursday in Stearns County with aggravated robbery and bail was set at $100,000. Gravelle was arrested on an outstanding warrant for a different control substance crime in Wright County. He was then picked from a lineup by the store clerk.

--The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds the public that it is unlawful to deposit snow on or next to a public highway or street. Minnesota law and many local ordinances prohibit the plowing, blowing, shoveling or otherwise placing of snow on to public roads. This includes the ditch and right of way area along the roads.

--The public, local government officials and transportation supporters are invited to provide input for Minnesota’s statewide bicycle planning study on Wednesday, March 14th from 4:00-6:00pm at the Whitney Senior Center in St. Cloud. The event will begin with a brief project description followed by a series of group discussions. All feedback will help MnDOT improve and develop consistent policies and practices for including bicycle components such as wide shoulders or bike lanes on future highway and bridge construction projects. It also will help MnDOT develop a new electronic and printable bike trail map.

--Minnesota tied the record for the warmest December, January and February average temperature since 2002. It was the warmest since 1893. State meteorologists reported that Minnesota had an average high of 23.5 degrees between the 3 months, with 34 degrees in December, the average should have been 24, January the average high was 30, the state average should be 14, and February the average high was 25, the state average is 21. Four of the five warmest winters in the state have occurred since 1987.

--Staff from Congressman Chip Cravaack will be at the Little Falls Township town hall tonight from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Constituents should bring questions or concerns to the staff of the Congressman so they can report back to him.

--Little Falls High School has parent-teacher conferences today from 3:45 to 6:45pm in the High School Commons.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Todd and Nicole Robinson of Sauk Rapids, boy born March 1st
--Cory and Tracy Natvig of Cushing, boy born March 1st

DEATH NOTICE
--Robert T. Koehler, age 86 of Little Falls
--Esther Kummet, age 82 of Little Falls.
--Doloria J. Wuellner, age 85 of Pierz.
--Andrew Sufka, age 93 of Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= partly sunny, breezy, high 35 to 40.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 25.
TUESDAY= sunny and mild, high 50, light snow late, low 23.
WEDNESDAY= mostly cloudy, light snow or rain, high 36.

SPORTS
WRE= Congratulations to these wrestlers that got individual medals at the state tournament in St. Paul. 2nd place for Chevy Goble of Foley, 3rd place for Mike Jarnot of Holdingford, Tristan Manderfeld and Taylor Lewondowski of Foley, 4th place for Tyler Jensen of Foley and Jonah Gahm of Milaca, 5th place for Dillon Kifer of Little Falls and Nathan Tomala of Pierz and 6th place for Andy Poster of Royalton-Upsala, Zach Scott of Holdingford and Tyler Funk of Foley.
BHK= Little Falls will play St. Thomas Academy Wednesday morning at 11am in the first quarter-final of the Class A State Tournament. Catch the state action live Wednesday morning on Little Falls Radio.
GBB= Upsala and Staples-Motley advanced in girls playoff action Saturday and will play again Tuesday night. Royalton and Foley lost.
BBB= Little Falls hosts Sartell Tuesday at 7pm on Q92 WYRQ and Pierz hosts Staples-Motley Thursday at 7pm on FM94 KFML.

For great lunches and entertainment, stop into the West Side Bar

 

 

 

 

Friday- March 2nd, 2012
NEWS
--The State Patrol reports that hundreds of accidents and spin outs occurred from the rain, thunder, sleet, freezing rain and heavy snow Tuesday and Wednesday across the state. 4 people were hurt in Aitkin County in a one-vehicle rollover. Some of the worst accidents occurred in northwestern Minnesota with the strong winds and whiteout conditions, and in southern Minnesota where most of the precipitation was rain and ice. MN Dot says a number of plows got stuck from the heavy snow and had to be helped by emergency vehicles. Forecasters say enjoy the snow this weekend as warmer temps are coming next week. Wednesday may reach 50.

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

--Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Scholwater announced Wednesday that the February economic forecast shows a positive budget balance of $323 million for the current biennium (Fiscal Years 2012-13).  In accordance with current law, the $5 million of that positive balance will be used to restore the state’s budget reserve to a total of $653 million and the remainder, $318 million, will be used to buy-down the school shifts. Minnesota schools are still owed $2.4 billion.

--Another person has made a bid for candidacy in the redistricted District 10A which after August 14th will be western Crow Wing County which includes the Brainerd/Baxter area. Chris Kellett of Brainerd announced her run for the office on Wednesday. Kellett joins Kurt Martin of rural Brainerd in vying for the GOP endorsement for District 10A. DFL Representative John Ward has not officially announced if he running for that District which again after redistricting in August would become his House District area.

--Brainerd firefighters responded to a vehicle fire Wednesday morning just after 8am on Highway 25, just south of Crow Wing County Road 2. The vehicle was a total loss. No injuries were reported and how the vehicle started on fire was not released.

--A team of nine civilian employment and education specialists arrived in Kuwait Thursday to provide specialized training thru March 7th for Minnesota National Guard citizen soldiers seeking employment upon their return to Minnesota this summer. An estimated 19 percent of the 2,700 service members from the Minnesota National Guard's deployed 1st Brigade Combat Team in Kuwait will be unemployed, looking for new jobs upon returning home, according to a Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development survey completed in January 2012.

--Governor Mark Dayton, political leaders and the Minnesota Vikings unveiled a proposal Thursday to build a $975 million stadium for the team in downtown Minneapolis and called for quick action on the plan before the Legislature adjourns this spring. The plan would put the new building nearly on top of the current Metrodome site. It calls for $398 million from the state, $150 million from the city and $427 million from the Vikings for upfront construction costs. The state’s share would come from an expansion of pull tab gambling games to add an electronic version, while Minneapolis’ share would come from redirecting existing convention center and hospitality taxes.

--Talk about a Leap Day baby brigade, St. Cloud Hospital announced that 10 bundles of joy were born on February 29th at their facility. An estimated 5 million people celebrate their birthday once every 4 years when Leap Day occurs on February 29th.

--Get weather, sports, news, and recipes at fallsradio.com

--The state’s unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percent in January to 5.6%. Minnesota Employers added 15,500 jobs bringing year over year job gains in the state to 29,000. In the past two months, the private sector has added more than 27,000 jobs. Professional and Business Services led all sectors in January adding 6,000 jobs. Job losses were in government followed by leisure and hospitality. The state’s unemployment rate remains well below the national average of 8.3%.

--At the direction of the city council, the Brainerd Police Department has begun utilizing Revenue Recapture for unpaid parking ticket fines. Under the Revenue Recapture Act, the city of Brainerd will file claims against individuals with the Minnesota Department of Revenue. This claim is filed with the intention to satisfy the debt by utilizing State Income Tax refunds that a person may be entitled to until the debt to the city is paid. A warning letter was sent out to the last known address of the individuals with outstanding parking fines informing them of the new collection process that has already been implemented. The city hopes that this new process will help them collect old debts and also serve as a deterrent for parking violations.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--David and Joani Smude of Pierz, girl born February 29th

DEATH NOTICES
--Miranda Gosiak, age 19 of Little Falls
--Romaine Adamietz, age 84 of Little Falls
--Mark ‘Kleiny’ Kleinschmidt, age 48 of St. Cloud formerly Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= partly cloudy, high 35.
TONIGHT= snow showers, low around 20.
SATURDAY= cloudy, snow showers, high 28, low around 10.
SUNDAY= cloudy, snow showers, high 30, low around 15.
MONDAY= mostly sunny, high around 40.

SPORTS
WRE= Individuals for Little Falls, Pierz, Royalton-Upsala, Holdingford, Foley, Milaca and others begin today at the state tournament in St. Paul. Coverage starts at 9am on Q92 WYRQ. Yesterday Little Falls, Pierz and Milaca lost their first matches as a team while Foley won, Little Falls won their 2nd 39-28 over Champlin Park but fell 35-27 in the consolation championship. Milaca won their 2nd and 3rd match to win the consolation championship. Foley lost their 2nd match to Scott West, came back to win the 3rd place title in Class AA with a win over Kasson Mantorville. Pierz lost their 2nd match on criteria after ending in a tie with Lake Crystal. The state tournament wraps up on Saturday.
BHK= Little Falls is heading back to state next week in St. Paul as the Flyers beat Fergus Falls 6-1 last night to win the Section 6A title.
GBB= Little Falls, Pierz, Pillager and Holdingford lost in playoff action while Upsala, Royalton and Foley won and will play again Saturday.
BBB= St. Cloud Cathedral at Little Falls tonight 7:30 AM960 KLTF
BBB= Pierz at Eden Valley Watkins tonight 7:30 on FM94 KFML.
COL HK= Gophers vs. Wisconsin Saturday 6:30pm on AM960 KLTF
TWINS= Twins exhibition action Sunday at noon on Q92 WYRQ.

“Loss for Words” tonight, “Hot Hits” Saturday at West Side Bar.

Thursday- March 1st, 2012

NEWS
--The deadline to purchase insurance coverage on spring seeded annual crops, vegetables, grain crops and perennial forage pasture is March 15th. For more information on insurance programs and which is best for you, contact your Farm Service Agency. In Little Falls contact Darrell Larson at the FSA office, 632-5477 extension 2.

--District 12B Representative Mike LeMieur of Little Falls recently submitted a bonding request for the Camp Ripley Education Center. The bill would appropriate $19.5-million dollars from the bond proceeds fund to the adjutant general of the Department of Military Affairs to construct an addition of over 49,000 square feet to the Camp Ripley education center consisting of classroom space, lodging facilities and a cafeteria. The bill still has to work its way through committee and then be voted on by the full House.

--A 34-year-old Motley man was injured in a one vehicle accident Monday night in Brainerd. The name of the man was not released only that the accident happened at 9:15pm on Brian Lane and he had minor injuries. Alcohol was ruled a factor in the accident.

--Some Republican lawmakers at the state capitol in St. Paul are mulling a substitute idea for the Voter ID Plan. Republicans say they would consider a technology-driven alternative to a proposed constitutional amendment that would require voters to bring photo IDs to the polls. A bill is working through the House that would create an electronic poll book voter verification system through a new law, rather than altering the state constitution.

--The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation announced Tuesday that U.S. Bank in Little Falls has been designated by the FDIC to receive federal direct deposits, including social security checks that had been destined for accounts at the failed Home Savings of America in Little Falls. Home Savings was closed Friday by state regulators and federal banking authorities.

--Todd County reported a theft at a residence on Todd County Road 94 over the past week, and also reports of mailboxes being shot at on County Road 96 west of Little Sauk. Anyone with information on either incident is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

--Two Republican candidates for U.S. Senate have dropped their bids for the seat currently held by DFL Senator Amy Klobuchar. Anthony Hernandez of St. Paul announced that he has abandoned his run for Senate to run instead for the State House against Democrat Betty McCollum. Joe Arwood of St. Bonifacius also announced he was not running for U.S. Senate. This leaves Representative Dan Severson, Harold Shudlick and Bob Carney as declared GOP candidates.

--Sartell-Stephen School Board announced this week that they will hold true to their decision to cancel spring break. The board heard from students and family members about the decision stating that the week-long break is necessary to schedule college visits and family trips. The board voted to end the weeklong break in favor of a number of longer 3 day weekends throughout the school year.

--Icy roads are to blame for a serious injury accident Wednesday morning north of McGregor in Aitkin County. The accident happened just before 2am. 22-year-old Michael Oberstar of Virginia hit the southbound ditch on Highway 65 and overturned the vehicle. He and his 3 passengers were taken to an area hospital for their injuries.

--Gary Posch announced Tuesday that the St. Cloud Riverbats baseball team will now be known as the St. Cloud Rox. The name is to pay homage to a minor league St. Cloud team from 1946-1971.

--Snow and wind gave a quick reminder to Minnesotans that the calendar says March but it is still winter. Over a foot was reported in Alexandria and portions of Douglas, western Stearns and parts of Morrison County where Bowlus reported a foot of snow Wednesday. Little Falls Radio had about 8 inches of snow between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning with many reports of over a foot across north-central and eastern Minnesota. Travel will still be tricky today as the wet roads have iced up in areas overnight with cooler temps and some more light snow forecasted later today.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that their March Employee of the month is Melody Riddle. Riddle has been an LPN at Diamond Willow for the past four years. She has three daughters and when not working enjoys reading and watching football. Congratulations to employee of the month Melody Riddle.

--Little Falls Fire Chief Mike Nieman is reminding residents to make sure fire hydrants are clear of snow at intersections. You are asked to shovel around fire hydrants to make sure they are accessible in case of any type of emergency that firefighters would be called too.

DEATH NOTICE
--Robert “Bob” Tretter, age 64 of Little Falls
--Della E. Pont, age 89 of Little Falls.
--Elia Jares, age 3 of Lincoln.
--Kenneth D. Niezgoci, age 77 of Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly cloudy, light snow in afternoon, high 33.
TONIGHT= snow likely, 1-2 inches, low around 20.
FRIDAY= scattered snow showers, cloudy, high 33, low 20.
SATURDAY= mostly cloudy, breezy, high 30, low 10.
SUNDAY= partial sunshine, high 25, low around 12.

SPORTS
WRE= State Wrestling begins today with all team matchups, Little Falls vs. Hastings at 9am and Pierz will take on Jackson County Central also at 9am. Foley and Milaca have their team matchups at 11am. Win or lose each team will get at least 2 or even 3 matches during the day and all the coverage will be live on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BHK= Little Falls vs. Fergus Falls in the Section 6A championship tonight with the winner going to the state tournament next week. Faceoff is at 7pm at the Mac in St. Cloud and live on AM960 KLTF.
HS GBB= Pierz in Albany for playoffs tonight 7pm on FM94 KFML.
HS GBB= Little Falls at Sartell for playoffs tonight at 7pm with live updates during the wrestling and hockey coverage on LF Radio.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1565= the city of Rio Janeiro was founded in Brazil.
IN 1873= first practical typewriters were manufactured in New York.
IN 1928= the classic song ‘Ol’ Man River’ was recorded by Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra and sung by Paul Robeson.
IN 1932= reports came from Hopewell, New Jersey at the baby of Charles and Anne Lindbergh had been kidnapped.
IN 1941= first FM Radio station went on air in U.S. in Nashville TN.
IN 1968= Johnny Cash married June Carter.
IN 1969= Mickey Mantle announced his retirement from baseball.

“Hot Hits” tonight and Sat, “Kings Ransom” Friday at West Side Bar