News May 2012

Thursday- May 31st, 2012

--The wet conditions from the past 2 weeks have made flooding a major concern in central Minnesota. In the past days we have mentioned the flood warning on the Mississippi River at Fort Ripley that remains in effect through Saturday, though now forecasted a bit lower around 12.2 feet. On Wednesday the flood stage was 11.5 feet still above the 10 foot flood stage. In Brainerd the Mississippi River is at 14.19 feet which is over the flood stage and causing minor flooding in low lying areas. In Aitkin the Mississippi is over flood stage at 14.82 feet which is nearly 3 feet from the 12 foot flood stage and has caused flooding of roadways, some low lying bridges and public accesses from the rising water. The Gull Lake Dam is being monitored closely due to high water levels and the Army Corp of Engineers has been called in around the state to help in monitoring water levels and aid with sandbagging where needed. Cass County reported Tuesday that a number of roads are under water and there have been reports of docks, floating bogs and other items being swept away from high tides due to the high water levels. Hail was also a problem in eastern Crow Wing and Aitkin County Monday, some parts of Morrison saw hail and strong winds with thunderstorms which moved mostly south and east of Little Falls. Some area of central Minnesota reported 8-12 inches of rain in the past 2 weekends and over 20 inches for the month of May. On average it should be just a bit over 3 inches for the month.

--Five Minnesotans are taking part in the 85th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee outside of Washington D.C. Representing Minnesota are 7th Graders Emma Greenlee of Mesabi East High School in Aurora, Elise Stahl, a home school student from Greenfield, Antony Joseph of Fairmont Junior High, and 8th Graders Roshini Asirvatham of Friedell Middle School in Rochester and Mathew Majerle of Forestview Middle School in Baxter. On Tuesday, they took a computerized test, those results will be combined with the on-stage competition that started on Wednesday with the finals and champion being done tonight.

--Stearns County deputies responded to a fatal farm accident Tuesday around 6pm in Melrose Township. The man was working on a rock wagon when he became pinned between the frame and box. The man was identified as 74-year-old Albert J. Meyer of Sauk Centre. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

--A $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest of an arson suspect in Isanti. The man is accused of entering St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church through a construction site early Monday and trying to light the building on fire. The church’s sprinkler system kept the flames from spreading until firefighters arrived. The suspect fled on foot. Anyone with information should call the Crime Stopper Tip line at 800-723-2020.

--Investigators in Isanti County are looking into 200 bronze star grave markers stolen from cemeteries on graves of the heroes that have served our country and gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. Isanti County believes the thieves wanted the bronze to sell for some quick cash. Anyone with information on the crime should call police.

--Another has filed in the race for Crow Wing Commissioner District 1 which means a primary election will be held on August 14th to decide the top 2 to move on to the November Election. Montgomery ‘Monty’ Jensen filed late Friday for the seat in District 1. He joins incumbent Commissioner in the district Phil Trusty and former state senator Paul Koering for the District which covers areas south of Brainerd/Baxter.

--The Vision Randall is pleased to announce that the community has been selected for a visit by the Minnesota Design Team (MDT).  A group of about 20 architects, engineers and designers from the MDT will be in Randall today through Saturday. The MDT members will stay in the community over the three days stay, getting tours of the area, having community meetings to learn about the area and visiting Camp Ripley and the surrounding lakes area.  At the end of the weekend there will be a community meeting and ice cream social where the MDT will unveil some of its ideas and designs. AM960 KLTF’s Party Line will be live from Randall on Friday at 10am.

--Standing water still covers much of the Minnesota landscape, meaning potential losses of cash crops. University of Minnesota Extension Specialist Dave Nicolai says corn and soybeans that are submerged can survive up to 3-or-4 days. However, other problems like mold can develop as a result. In some cases, Nicolai says farmers will have to either replant crops or give up on the acreage this season and take a crop insurance payment. The recent rains have boosted soil moisture around the state. However, drought conditions still exist over Northwestern Minnesota, along with small areas of southern Minnesota and the Arrowhead region.

--Keeping the proposed voter photo-identification constitutional amendment off the ballot this fall is the goal of a lawsuit announced Wednesday morning by the American Civil Liberties Union, League of Women Voters, Jewish Community Action and Common Cause. The groups contend the change if the amendment passes. Specifically, new provisional ballots, plus new requirements they warn could disenfranchise some Minnesotans. Analysts say for the lawsuit to be successful, the court would have to rule hat those issues are so important they have to be in the ballot language, which would make a very long ballot question. Most state with Photo ID laws saw their courts not side with opponents for the constitutional amendment.

--Eric and Jennifer Smude of Little Falls, a girl born May 25th

--Mildred L. Kraywinkle, age 92 of Little Falls.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high 65 to 70.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 40.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, high 70, chance of storms at night, low 50.
SATURDAY= mainly sunny, isolated storms, high 75, low 55
SUNDAY= mainly sunny, isolated storms, high 80, low 60

TWINS= Twins shut out Oakland 4-0 for the 3 game sweep Wednesday. Twins are off today and in Cleveland Friday night.
HS SB= Little Falls vs. Albany for section championship. Flyers need to win twice to go to state. First game is at 5pm on AM960 KLTF.

IN 1941= ‘Parade’ the weekly picture newspaper first went on sale.
IN 1943= “The Adventures of Archie Andrews” debuted on NBC radio
IN 1990= Seinfeld made its debut on NBC as a summer replacement.

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Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

--The flood warning for the Mississippi River continues through the week. Tuesday afternoon the river was at 11-feet already above flood stage. Minor flooding is occurring and moderate flooding is forecasted through Saturday morning until the river crests near 13 feet. At 12 feet the boat landing and parking lot at the public access will be under water. Motorists and spectators are asked to avoid the area near Fort Ripley and residents are to watch water levels closely.

--A 17-year-old Eagan girl was hurt Monday afternoon on Highway 371 north of Barbeau Road in Baxter. Around 12:15, 53-year-old Ralph Michels of Apple Valley struck a utility trailer on the back of a van causing the vehicle to spin out and strike the ditch. Both drivers Michels, and 34-year-old Tyler Tanner of Idaho were not hurt. A passenger in Michel’s vehicle Elizabeth Prokop was taken to the Brainerd hospital with what the state patrol ruled were serious but non-life threatening injuries.

--A public hearing has been set for 7pm, July 2nd at Rice City Hall to discuss the proposed interchange at the junction of U.S. Highway 10 and Benton County Road 2 in Rice. Construction is planned for 2013 and may continue into 2014. Public comments are welcome.

--Authorities say one person was hospitalized in a two-vehicle Monday afternoon in Brainerd. Around 3:30pm, firefighters and police were called to the intersection of Red Pine and Highway 25. Police only reported that one occupant was transported to the hospital.

--A Garrison woman has been found guilty of murdering her estranged husband in Cass County. A jury Friday night found 62-year-old Helene Teresa Mitchell-Abraham guilty on intentional murder in the 2nd-degree and interference with a dead body. Mitchell-Abraham was convicted of intentionally striking and killing Wendall Abraham with her vehicle in September, 2010 and then trying to hide the body. Minnesota sentencing guidelines state that a 2nd-degree murder with premeditation is a maximum 40 year prison sentence and interference with a dead body is a 1 year jail sentence and $3,000 fine. Sentencing for Mitchell-Abraham is set for July 9th.

--President Barack Obama Friday signed legislation that helps more than 2,000 Minnesota soldiers recoup paid time-off benefits promised before they were shipped overseas on deployment last year. It also provides benefits to more than 49,000 Guard members nationwide. It exempts soldiers who were deployed before the Pentagon issued new restrictions last October that limits paid time-off. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Congressman John Kline were two politicians that worked vigorously on getting this legislation passed through Congress and Friday it was signed by the President.

--More than 120 soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard left Monday for a yearlong deployment that includes a training mission in Afghanistan. The 257th Military Police Company shipped out Monday to Texas and will be there a few weeks before heading overseas. The deployment will be the first for about two-thirds of the soldiers in the company. They are not due back in the U.S. until late next spring.

--The Todd County Sheriff’s investigated a watercraft accident Sunday around 6pm on Lake Osakis. Ray Schwenzfeier reported his pontoon was struck by a jet-ski, while the pontoon was parked on the lift. A juvenile male was operating the jet-ski when he lost control and struck the boat. The juvenile was treated at scene for minor injuries and not hospitalized.

--Family Fun Day is Sunday in Little Falls, more info call 616-4959.

--Authorities in Sartell Tuesday morning identified the man killed in the paper mill explosion Monday as 50-year-old Jon Maus of Albany. The number of injured people was reduced by one because one person refused treatment and the other four were treated and released from St. Cloud Hospital. A portion of the plant reopened to about 100 people on Tuesday while firefighters worked on what they call a massive challenge. The investigation on the cause is ongoing, but the Sartell Fire Chief said there are “possible indications” of an air compressor explosion. While the warehouse had substantial damage, though the rest of the plant seems not to have any major damage. Another update was reportedly to be given last night at the Sartell City Council Meeting. Over a dozen fire agencies assisted Sartell firefighters in the fire, including Wright County firefighters which did the overnight work Monday into Tuesday for many to get a break.

--The Morrison, Todd, Stearns and Benton County Sheriff’s Office reported a number of incidents over the weekend due to the heavy rains and stormy conditions. Morrison County reported an accident Sunday on 233rd Street where the driver hydroplaned and lost control leaving the roadway. The driver was not seriously hurt. Another accident involving a bike occurred Monday around 8am on 125th Street. The bicyclist sustained road rash from the incident but was not hospitalized. Stearns County reported a number of windshields and windows damaged from large hail near St. Joseph and Waite Park Monday afternoon. Benton County reported an accident northeast of Gilman where the driver hydroplaned into ditch again the driver was not seriously hurt.

--Emma Miller, age 88 of Staples.
--Virginia ‘Ginny’ Cameron, age 87 of Little Falls.
--Sister Eileen Theis, age 84 of Little Falls.

TODAY= partly cloudy, high around 60.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 40.
THURSDAY= partly cloudy, high around 65, low around 45.
FRIDAY= partly cloudy, chance of showers, high near 70.

TWINS= Josh Willingham hit a walk-off 3-run homer last night as the Twins beat Oakland 3-2. Twins try for the sweep of the A’s today with pregame at 11:40am on Q92 WYRQ.
HS SCORES= The Little Falls Flyer Baseball team was stunned by Albany 3-2 in 8 innings Tuesday night at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud. The Flyers were the #1 ranked team in the state and last night was only their second loss of the year eliminating them from the playoffs. As for the Little Falls softball team they picked up two victories. The Flyer softball team beat Otter Tail Central 4-3 and then beat Staples Motley 5-3. Little Falls will face Albany Thursday and will need to beat them twice in a row to advance to the state tournament.

IN 1848= W.G. Young of Baltimore patented the ice-cream freezer.
IN 1868= Memorial Day was first observed in the United States.
IN 1922= the Lincoln Memorial is dedicated in Washington D.C.

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Tuesday- May 29th, 2012

--One person is dead and 5 others were hospitalized Monday when a large explosion occurred at the Verso Paper Corporation Mill in Sartell. The explosion happened just after 11:15am. An initial report stated that an air compressor exploded causing a large fire. Firefighters were on the scene all through the afternoon and evening putting out the fire. Another early report stated there were hazardous chemicals but authorities later reported that NO hazardous materials were exposed to the fire. The name of the person killed or conditions of the injured were not released. The State Fire Marshal has been called in to determine the exact cause of the fire.

--A flood warning is in effect through the week for the Mississippi River near Fort Ripley. Due to the heavy rains over the weekend, the river reached flood stage Monday and will continue to rise over 2.5 feet above flood stage by the weekend. The National Weather Service stated that the boat landing and parking lot access will become flooded at 12 feet which will be reached later this week. The crest is expected around 14 feet well above flood stage to that area.

--Members of the Little Falls Economics team brought home the national championship at the 2012 National Economics Challenge in New York City. The event was held May 18-20th and the team of Derek Toso, Caleb Hardekopf, Adam Grams and Michael Borders took first place. The team is coached by Tom Stockard.

--An 8-year veteran of the Minnesota Senate has decided to make a return to politics as Paul Koering announced Thursday that he has filed for Crow Wing County Commission in District 1. Koering will face incumbent Phil Trusty who has filed for reelection in that district. District 1 of Crow Wing County consists of areas south of Brainerd including St. Mathias where Koering resides and Fort Ripley where Trusty lives. Koering also stated if elected he would like to be appointed to the Crow Wing County Fair Board, a panel which he served on several years ago.

--The board for Oakland Cemetery in Little Falls is asking residents not to place mementos or other items on grave markers or at gravesites. This is due to the rash of vandalism and thefts being done at cemeteries statewide. Last year, Oakland Cemetery was vandalized and precautions are being made to prevent this from happening again in the future. They are also asking residences who already have items such as flowers or any personal mementos on markers or gravesites to please retrieve them by October 1st.

--Last week, the Swanville Lions announced that the Swanville Park Building will now be named the Lion Ray Loven Park Building. Loven is the only surviving charter member of the Lions started in 1952. He was also a co-founder of the Swanville Mid-Summer Carnival 10-years later. The carnival will celebrate its 50th year in Swanville on July 6th thorough the 8th this year.

--A reminder that the public is invited at 5:15 today, tomorrow and Thursday to meet the 3 candidates vying for the Little Falls School Superintendent. The 3 candidates, Mary Klamm today, Stephen Jones Wednesday and Lee Westrum Thursday will have community input sessions from 5:15 to 6pm at Lindbergh Elementary School. Thursday night the board will meet to select their candidate then from the 3.

--The Pierz City Council meets tonight at 7pm at Pierz City Hall. On the agenda are liquor license approvals, MN Dot Highway 25 Final Invoice, Oak Street vacate discussion and building permits approval.

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--A very wet weekend as rain started Friday night and lasted through Monday. The heaviest rain fell in the nighttime hours dropping 1-4 inches of rainfall in areas of the county and surrounding areas over the 3 days. Little Falls Radio recorded .33 Saturday, 1 inch exactly Sunday and .15 on Monday for the 3 day totals. Some areas of eastern Morrison County reported 1-2 inches of rain alone on Sunday and more heavy rains into Monday. Flash flooding occurred in areas also over the weekend making for slow travel at times on roads.

--Little Falls Community High School has named its Top 10 students for 2012. They are Michael Borders, Ingrid Floersheim, Hannah Harkin, Alayna Kabunuk, Alexa Kapsner, Katelyn Koval, Maggie Moe, Annie Ploof, Derek Toso and Marie Veillette. Little Falls Community High School held their graduation ceremony last Sunday afternoon.

--Federal records indicate Minnesota ranks a dubious fourth out of all states when it comes to food stamp fraud. The biggest problem these days is that people sell their benefits cards online or person-to-person, in order to get replacement cards from the government. The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed regulations last week to reduce such schemes, allowing states to demand formal explanations by individuals requesting a new card more than 3-times a year.

--Sean Elias and Jamie Cross of Upsala, boy born May 24th
--Travis Meyer and Courtney Warner of Pierz, boy born May 24th

--LaVerne Hagenson, age 79 of Staples.

TODAY= mostly cloudy, isolated showers, cool, high 55
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, colder, low around 38.
WEDNESDAY= partly cloudy, high 60, low around 40.
THURSDAY= partly cloudy, high 65, low around 45.

TWINS= Detroit swept the Twins with winning 10-6 Friday, 6-3 Saturday and 4-3 on Sunday. Justin Morneau homered in 2 of the games, Denard Span and Ben Revere also had big games but Prince Fielder had 4 hits Saturday and a big game Friday to lift the Tigers to 3 wins. Twins battled for a win on Monday winning 5-4 over Oakland Monday. Twins continue series with Oakland tonight 6:40 on Q92.
HS BAB= Little Falls vs. Albany in playoff action tonight 7:30 from Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud on AM960 KLTF.
HS SB= Little Falls vs. Ottertail Central at 5pm today in St. Cloud on AM960 KLTF, if Little Falls wins they play again later tonight in St. Cloud and we would have live updates during the baseball game.
VL= get Victory League scores from the entire weekend by logging onto then click on Victory League.

IN 1848= Wisconsin was admitted to the Union as the 30th State
IN 1942= Bing Crosby records “White Christmas” for the movie Holiday Inn. The Irving Berlin classic would become the highest selling record of all time and the most played holiday song ever.
IN 1953= Sir Edmund Hillary begins quest to climb Mt. Everest.

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Friday- May 25th, 2012

--Monday is Memorial Day, meaning that all federal, state, county and city offices will be closed. Most banks and financial institutions are closed, post offices are closed and there is no regular mail delivery. Most schools are off and many businesses will be closed on Monday. Little Falls Radio is closed Monday for Memorial Day and there will be no newsletter on Monday.

--Memorial Day weekend is here and motorists are encouraged to buckle as the click-it or ticket enforcement effort is ongoing. Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel stated that 80% of unbelted traffic deaths occur outside the Metro Area and many are on rural roads. Wetzel says his department, along with Little Falls Police, the Minnesota State Patrol and many other law enforcement agencies will be out enforcing the seatbelt law this weekend. Another reminder from MN Dot that though many constructions projects will cease for the holiday weekend, cones, barricades and other items may stay in place and cause traffic hazards, a reminder still to slow down in work zones and follow traffic safety laws to make this a safe weekend.

--A number of Memorial Day services and observances will be held Sunday and Monday. Most on Monday will be at local churches, schools and cemeteries. A list of those is available at then community calendar. On Sunday, the program at the State Veterans Cemetery will start at 1:30 with music followed by the parade of flags and program shortly before 2pm. Any Veterans Organizations wishing to take part in the parade of flags should be at the cemetery around 1:15 Sunday afternoon. Adjutant General of Minnesota Rick Nash will be the guest speaker for the event which includes placing of wreaths for military branches, music and a chance to view the committal hall where Little Falls artist Charles Kapsner continues work on the paintings of the branches of the Military inside the committal hall at the cemetery.

--8th District Congressman Chip Cravaack announced he will be the guest speaker Monday at the Memorial Day event in Brainerd. The ceremony begins at 8:30 at the Laurel Street Bridge then will go to the All Veterans Memorial next to the Crow Wing County Historic Courthouse for a ceremony. Following the ceremony there will be a parade beginning around 10am proceeding to Evergreen Cemetery in north Brainerd. Former State Representative and Little Falls resident Steve Wenzel will give the Memorial Day address at Backus and Ponto Lake Cemeteries at their ceremonies on Monday.

--The Sons of the American Legion Squadron #46 in Little Falls would like to remind everyone that this weekend is not only Memorial Day but a National Moment of Remembrance. Passed by Congress, the resolution asks all Americans to stop what they’re doing at 3pm on Monday, Memorial Day, and observe a moment of silence and time of remembrance for those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

--Brainerd and Nisswa firefighters battled two structure fires on Wednesday. The fires around 3:15pm on Johnson Road north of Baxter, the fire started from a possible lightning strike. The home was nearly a total loss. No one was home at the time of the fire. The second fire was reported 10 minutes later on Brandon Way south of Brainerd. The home and attached garage was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived and the homeowner was scrambling to get vehicles away from the home. The home sustained over $80,000 in damage with complete loss of the roof, ceiling and garage. No injuries were reported in either fire.

--The Little Falls School Board is in the process of selecting a new superintendent for the district.  The three finalists are Mary Klamm who has been the superintendant for Menagha for 3 years, Stephen Jones who was the superintendant for Sibley High School for three years, and Lee Westrum who has been the superintendant for Benson schools for 5 years. The Board would like community input during the selection process. Community members are invited to attend open sessions next Tuesday through Thursday with each of the superintendent finalists. The community session will be held at Lindbergh Elementary School in Little Falls, from 5:15 to 6pm each of the evenings. Mary Klamm will be interviewed Tuesday, Stephen Jones Wednesday, and Lee Westrum on Thursday. Community members will be able to ask questions of their own choosing and will be able to fill out an anonymous feedback form with their opinion of how the candidates meet the criteria of skills and characteristics posted on the district’s Web site. The School Board will review community input before a special board meeting scheduled at 8:45pm on Thursday, May 31st where the board is expected to decide on which of the three candidates to enter into negotiations with. That announcement is expected on Friday, June 1st.

--Clint Kathrein of Darling Township has officially announced his candidacy for Morrison County Commissioner in District 1. Previously both Sharon Ballou of rural Randall and Chuck Forss of Little Falls announced they are running for the open seat this November. Current County Commissioner Tom Wenzel announced he does not plan for running for reelection. District one consists of the west side of Little Falls, Randall, Cushing, and Motley and the townships of Rosing, Darling, Green Prairie and Scandia Valley.

--The Pierz City Council will meet on Tuesday, May 29th at 7:00pm at Pierz City Hall because of the holiday Monday.

--Graduation ceremonies will be held Saturday afternoon at 1:30 for the Upsala High School Class of 2012, and Little Falls Community High School will graduate their seniors Sunday at 2pm in the gym.

--Brad and Desiree Bednar of Pierz, boy born May 22nd

--Dallas Raab, age 90 of Little Falls.

TODAY= partly cloudy, high near 70.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, chance of showers. Low around 50.
SATURDAY= showers and T-storms likely, high 65, low 55.
SUNDAY= hazy sun, warmer, high 84, storms early and late in day
MEMRORIAL DAY= partly cloudy, cooler, few showers, high 70.
TUESDAY= partly cloudy, few showers, high 60, low 50.

TWINS= White Sox hit 5 homeruns to the Twins 3, (Mauer 1, Morneau 2) last night to outslug the Twins 11-8 to take 2 of 3 from series. Twins open series with Detroit this weekend. Pregame begins at 6:40 tonight, then 12:40pm Saturday and Sunday. The Twins host Oakland Memorial Day with pregame at 12:40pm. All games are live this weekend on Q92 WYRQ.

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Thursday- May 24th, 2012

--Flash flooding is expected in central and southern Minnesota through the day with heavy rains reaching over 2 inches in areas.

--The unemployment rate for area counties continue to see a decline and some a large decline from earlier this year. Morrison County in April, reported a 6.5% unemployment rate compared to 9.1 in March and 8.7 in April of last year. Mille Lacs County dropped to 8.8% the first time that county has been under 9% since 2010, Mille Lacs was at 11.8% in March. Benton County dropped from 7.6% in March to 5.5% in April, also dropping were the counties of Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright. The city of St. Cloud reported a 5.1% rate compared to 6.7% in March. The 5.1% unemployment rate in St. Cloud is the lowest since October, 2008.

--A District Court judge denied the temporary injunction sought by Crow Wing County employees this week. The judge ruled that an injunction should only be granted prior to a complete trial on the merits when it is clear that one party is being harmed and the judge could not find merit of irreparable harm. The unions argued that the county used unfair practices to freeze the annual step wage increases and the lawsuit was brought by some of the employees. The lawyer for the unions intends to continue the litigation over the county’s elimination of the step increases. Another hearing date on that matter is set for July 2nd.

--Horizon Health in Pierz has extended the deadline for applications as they continue to seek nominations for the Outstanding Senior Citizen of Morrison County. Those selected for the award will receive special certificates of commendation from the Governor, and their names will be submitted for the state selected outstanding award at Senior Day at the State Fair on August 30th. The deadline for nominations is July 1st. Questions on the award, or to nominate someone can be directed to Horizon Health at 468-6451.

--Another pedestrian vs. train death occurred this week in the state. Police say a pedestrian was killed Tuesday in Plymouth after being struck by a freight train. The incident occurred shortly before 8am. No other information has been released. It was reported earlier this week that a teenage male was killed in St. Louis County when he was struck by a train and died at the scene. That incident is also still under investigation by the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office.

--The State Patrol has identified the woman who died in an accident Monday off of Highway 65 in northern Minnesota. 72-year-old Carol Blomberg of Nashwauk was a passenger in the vehicle driven by her husband Clement. Clement Blomberg lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree. He remains still in critical condition in Duluth.

--The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office received several complaints of thefts from boats and pontoons which occurred over past days. Taken were mainly gas cans and batteries. The thefts occurred on Watab Lake and Rassier Lake in St. Wendel Township. Anyone with information or noticed suspicious activity is asked to call deputies.

--Members of the Morrison County Board will meet with Railroad officials prior to the meeting regarding comment on closing a Scandia Valley Railroad crossing. The meeting is tonight at 6:30pm.

--Emmy Award winning comedian Louie Anderson and Little Falls native Jason Schommer are coming back for a show in Little Falls next month. The show will be at the VFW in Little Falls on June 24th.

--Graduation ceremonies will be held Friday night for Swanville, Royalton, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Staples-Motley and Pillager.

--A 38-year old Buffalo resident has been found guilty of causing the deaths of two persons and an unborn child in a 2010 highway crash in Dakota County. Prosecutors say Jason Styrbicky was driving a semi in a criminally negligent manner when he plowed into other vehicles on a Lakeville road. The collision killed 50-year old Pamela Brinkhaus of Elko New Market, 24-year old Kari Rasmussen of St. Anthony and Rasmussen’s unborn child. A judge Wednesday found Styrbicky guilty of criminal vehicular homicide and careless driving. The sentencing for Styrbicky will be held in July.

--The city of New Ulm is moving forward with plans to construct a permanent flood levy along the Minnesota River. City Council members say all the landowners are ready to sign off on easements so the city can acquire property on the south side of town. Cost of the easements is nearly $169,000. The total levy project is estimated at more than two million dollars. A date for receiving bids will be set once the last homeowner agrees to grant easement rights to the city.

--Family Fun Day in Little Falls is Sunday June 3rd. Family Fun Day is an event which encourages Little Falls residents to visit the many attractions in the Little Falls area by offering free admission that day. Yesterday it was announced the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum will be open that afternoon from 1:00-4:00pm. Staff will provide each family with a copy of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution in a convenient booklet form.

--The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota is sounding the alert on rental property scams. Spokesman Dan Hendrickson says swindlers are posing as landlords or rental agents and using Craigs List and other websites to hook you. He adds they are taking legitimate pictures of properties and creating new ads but they don’t own anything and are trying to steal your money or identity. Hendrickson recommends being wary of rental property deals that sound too good to be true and don’t wire money until checking out the landlord.

--Raymond and Leah Ley of Freeport, boy born May 22nd.

--Norris S. Mattson, age 84 of Motley.
--Joseph M. Hayden, age 48 of Waite Park formerly Little Falls.

TODAY= showers and T-storms, some heavy, high 65.
TONIGHT= showers early, then mostly cloudy, low 50.
FRIDAY= partly sunny, high near 70, storms at night, low 50.
SATURDAY= showers likely-possible T-storm, high 62, low 54.
SUNDAY= 40% chance of showers-T-storms, high 81. low 57.
MEMORIAL DAY= mostly sunny, an isolated T-storm, high 70.

TWINS= Scott Diamond suffered his first lost as the White Sox shut out the Twins 6-0 last night. Twins wrap up series with the White Sox tonight with pregame at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
HS SPORTS= playoff baseball and softball scheduled today for Little Falls, Pierz and other teams, listen to Little Falls Radio today for times and locations of the games, which are weather permitting.
VL= Pierz Brewers at Harding, Monday at 1:30pm on AM960 KLTF

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Wednesday- May 23rd, 2012

--A manhunt is over and a suspect accused of kidnapping his former girlfriend has been located by authorities in Anoka County. 39-year old Dennis Aasen of Mounds View had been on the run since last week. Aasen allegedly kidnapped 30-year old Jenna Lee Forslin from her home in Pope County. Forslin was found with her vehicle south of Little Falls where she had been severely beaten and taken to the hospital. There is no word yet on where Aasen is being held.

--One person was injured Monday night in an ATV accident north of Long Prairie. Around 8:15pm, Ricky Marx was on the right of way of County Road 5 and tipped the ATV. He was taken to an area hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

--Breakfast on the Farm will be held on June 16th at the Chuck and Pat Tax farm northwest of Pierz. The event is a way for the public to see a family farm operations, it’s animals and enjoy breakfast. Chuck and Pat are also the parents of Princess Kay of the Milky Way Mary Zahurones, who will be there with the current Dairy Princesses of Morrison County and the 12 finalists for this year’s Princes Kay of the Milky Way, who is crowned in late August. The breakfast will be from 7:30 to 11am and being made possible by the Pierz Lions Club.

--Filings opened Tuesday, for citizens who plan to run for public office in Minnesota. The Secretary of State’s office expects thousands of Minnesotans to put in the paperwork to seek elected positions throughout the state, including all the seats in the state legislature. Filings are being accepted through June 5th. Forms and a list of those who enter will have their names updated on the secretary of state’s website at

--A popular Minnesota bike trail has become the first U.S. bicycle route in the state. Nearly 150 miles of the Mississippi River Trail from Hastings to the Iowa border are now designated as U.S. Bicycle Route 45. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is in the process of turning the entire Mississippi River trail into U.S. Bicycle Route 45, once that is finished it will connect the Headwaters of the Mississippi River to New Orleans.

--The Brainerd City Council took the first steps this week to find a new city administrator. The City Council Monday voted to hire consultants to help assist in replacing longtime Administrator Dan Vogt who announced his retirement affective June 30th. Applications are being accepted at Brainerd City Hall through this week. Interviews are expected to begin next week with a special meeting scheduled on May 31st with hopes by then to have a finalist in place.

--Pillager public schools will be offering free breakfast and lunch to all area children ages infant to 18years old from June 5th through August 24th, minus the 4th of the July. Meals will be served in the school cafeteria from 8-9am and 11am to 12pm each of days mentioned. They asked that you use the elementary school door ‘A’, for access to the cafeteria in the schools for the free meals starting June 5th.

--A 55-year-old Deerwood man was injured in a motorcycle accident in Crow Wing County last Saturday on County Road 10. Gregory Wafensmith was injured and treated at the Crosby Hospital. A passenger on the cycle was not injured. The crash happened around 3:30pm. The state patrol stated that high speed was a factor.

--An 85-year-old Remer man was injured in a rollover accident on Highway 210 east of Crosby Tuesday. Paul Englert was taken to an area hospital, treated and released. Reports stated that the crash happened around 8:30am and Englert fell asleep behind the wheel.

--Heavy rains are expected again today and Thursday in Minnesota with some areas by tomorrow night seeing over 2 inches of moisture. Storms could also produce damaging winds and hail as temps drop from the 80s in areas today into the 50s and 60s for highs on Thursday. Friday is the one dry day, than another round of storms develops throughout the Memorial Day weekend.

--A 3-vehicle accident Sunday night in Crow Wing County sent a 17-year-old to the hospital. The State Patrol stated that around 6:30, 18-year-old Levi Horner of Princeton rear-ended a vehicle on Highway 18 that was waiting to turn onto Oak Hollow Road, causing that vehicle driven by Maeley Glasby to get pushed out into traffic and striking a 3rd vehicle driven by 23-year-old Taylor Gilb of Merrifield. Glasby was taken to the Brainerd hospital with neck and stomach injuries. No other information was released by the state patrol.

--Lightning is to blame for a fire that destroyed the Napa Auto Parts store in Parkers Prairie. It happened around midnight, firefighters stated that flames could be seen shooting from the roof when they arrived. It only took only four hours for the building to collapse. The owner stated that his ’66 Oldsmobile Convertible was also destroyed in the fire. The owner hopes he will be able to rebuild the station which has been a staple along Highway 29 for many years.

--A 48-year-old Big Lake man has been sentenced to prison for producing child pornography. U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard-Nelson sentenced Joel Zigler to 25 years in a federal prison. Zigler admitted in January he induced minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct and recorded it with a digital camcorder.

--Three vehicles collided in St. Cloud Monday sending two drivers to the hospital. Around 4:20pm, two southbound vehicles collided with a vehicle making a left turn from 12th Street North onto Highway 15. 28-year-old Rachel Mercer of Roseville and 58-year-old Lonnie Albrecht of St. Cloud were taken to an area hospital for treatment of injuries. The 3rd driver, Christine Seitz of Sartell was not hurt. All 3 drivers stated they had the green light when the accident occurred.

--Theophil Fussy, age 94 of Little Falls formerly of Bowlus.
--Norlin ‘Nick’ Yatckoske, age 72 of Phoenix originally from Morrill.
--Roman J. Bonczek Jr., age 87 of Little Falls.

TODAY= showers and T-storms likely, some heavy, high 75.
TONIGHT= showers and storms, some heavy rainfall, low 58.
THURSDAY= showers and storms likely, cooler, high 65, low 50.
FRIDAY= partly sunny, isolated PM storm, high 68.

TWINS= Justin Morneau homered as Twins beat up White Sox 9-2 Tuesday. Twins at White Sox game 2 tonight 6:40 on Q92 WYRQ

IN 1829= the accordion was patented in Vienna, Austria.
IN 1879= first veterinary school opened in Ames, Iowa.
IN 1934= American bank robbers, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are ambushed and killed in Black Lake, Louisiana.
IN 1994= Star Trek-the Next Generation airs its final first-run show.

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Tuesday- May 22nd 2012

--This year’s finalists for the title of Princess Kay of the Milky Way have been named.  The 12 young women from dairy farm backgrounds were selected at the conclusion of a three-day event for county dairy princesses held in St. Joseph.  Each of the 12 will be sculpted in butter during the 2012 Minnesota State Fair.  Princess Kay is crowned each year the night before the State Fair opens. The finalists this year are Kelsey Buss of Hutchinson, Valerie Grimm of Waconia, Victoria Haler of Waconia, Meg Hintzen of Carlos in Douglas County, Kirsten Meier of Watkins, representing Stearns County, Laura Mesenburg of Byron, Kelsey Mussman representing Steele County, Elizabeth Nix representing McLeod County, Christine Reitsma of Sauk Centre, representing Stearns County, Laura Rosenhammer representing Brown County, Aly Schwartau of Red Wing, and Maggie Stiles representing Dakota County. Princess Kay serves as the official goodwill ambassador for the state’s dairy farmers, and makes appearances to help explain their commitment to taking care of the animals and resources while providing wholesome, nutritious and affordable dairy products. Midwest Dairy Association manages the program, which is in its 59th year. The current Princess Kay is Mary Zahurones of Pierz.

--A meet and greet the candidates will be held Thursday at 1:30 at Mikey’s Restaurant in Long Prairie. Those with questions for the candidates should attend the meet and greet. Senator Paul Gazelka and House District 9B candidate Ron Kresha are just two that will be in attendance. Others include Lee Byberg who is running for U.S. Congress and Mark Anderson running for the House in District 9A.

--Officers, deputies and troopers from over 400 law enforcement agencies in the state, including Morrison County, are working together along with over 10,000 officers nationwide during their Click It or Ticket seat belt and child passenger seat enforcement blitz now through June 3rd. During this event, officers will be stopping and citing drivers and passengers who are not buckled up correctly, including the back seat passengers and children. In Minnesota, persons age 15 and older will receive their own citation for the violation, while drivers will be held responsible for those under age 15. In the event of a crash, unbelted motorists often slam into their passengers, causing serious injuries and even death. Minnesota currently ranks one of the highest in the nation for seatbelt use at 93% of those reportedly buckled up.

--A departure ceremony is scheduled Wednesday for more than 120 soldiers of the 257th Military Police Company in Monticello. The 257th Military Police Company will partner with the Afghan National Army to support operations in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. The ceremony is at Monticello High School tomorrow at 7pm.

--A Minnesota company is recalling about 450 pounds of steakhouse burgers because of misbranding and because they contain allergens that aren't on the label. The recalls by J&B Group of Pipestone were announced Saturday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The products include 27-ounce packages that contain six 4.5 ounce "No Name, Roasted Peppers, Onions and Mozzarella Cheese Steakhouse Burgers" with a date of March 3, 2012. The USDA alert says the product contains a seasoning mix with hydrolyzed soy and wheat proteins, which isn't listed on the label. The products were distributed to stores in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

--Get info on LF Dam Festival at click on link.

--A 41-year-old Brainerd man was injured Monday after crashing his motorcycle on Riverside Drive just after 2pm. Chad Gould was airlifted from the scene to St. Cloud Hospital and listed in fair condition. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

--The annual Memorial Day Observance Service at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery will be Sunday afternoon north of Little Falls. Music begins at 1:30 and the program will start at 2pm with the Parade of Flags from a number of Veterans Organizations.

--The Disabled American Veterans Mobile Service Office will be in Little Falls next month to personally provide the best counseling and claim filing assistance available.  Like all D-A-V services, help from the Mobile Service Office is free to all veterans and members of their families. The mobile offices will be in Detroit Lakes on June 6th, Park Rapids June 7th and at the Morrison County Government Center from 8:30am to 4:00pm on June 8th.  For further information regarding these events, please contact NSO Jon Retzer at (612) 970-5665.

--Staff from Congressman Chip Cravaack will be at the Pillager City Hall on Thursday at 10am. Anyone with questions for the congressman is encouraged to attend and address his staff.

--For the second time in about a month, authorities in the northeastern Minnesota community have responded to a fatal train crash. Officials say traffic was rerouted on Main Street in Aurora Monday morning because of the accident. All law enforcement stated is that the medical examiner was called to the scene of the accident. No other details were immediately available. In April, 64-year-old Lynn Lewis Nagy was killed when he rode his bike into a train.

--Steven D. Bartle, age 62 of Motley.

TODAY= partly cloudy, breezy, high near 80.
TONIGHT= showers and storms develop, mostly late, low 60.
WEDNESDAY= showers and T-storms likely, some heavy, high 75.
THURSDAY= showers and T-storms likely, cooler, high of 64.

TWINS= Twins at White Sox tonight, pregame 6:40 on Q92 WYRQ
NBA= Oklahoma City ended the Lakers run in the 2012 playoffs with a 106-90 win last night. Thunder wins the series 4 games to 1.
HS SB= Paynesville at Little Falls in softball playoffs today at 4:30pm live on AM960 KLTF and online at

IN 1761= first recorded life insurance policy issued in United States.
IN 1849= Abraham Lincoln received a patent for floating dry dock.
IN 1868= the great train robbery occurred in Marshfield, Indiana, when the Reno Gang made off with nearly $100,000 in loot.
IN 1955= Jack Benny was heard on the radio for the final time, announcing he was devoting all his time to his TV show.
IN 1961= Ernie K. Doe hit #1 on charts with ‘Mother-in-Law’.
IN 1965= The Beatles had their 8th straight #1 hit with Ticket to Ride
IN 1967= Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood debuted on PBS Television.
IN 1992= millions stayed up late to witness Johnny Carson sign off as host of the Tonight Show after 30 years with the NBC show.

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Monday- May 21st, 2012

--Many schools around the area this week will hold graduation for the class of 2012. Foley High School graduates their seniors tomorrow night. The High Schools of Royalton, Swanville, Pillager, Staples-Motley and Long Prairie-Grey Eagle will hold graduation this Friday night. Upsala’s is on Saturday afternoon at 1:30. Little Falls High School holds graduations Sunday afternoon at 2pm. Pierz and Holdingford schools have graduation on June 1st.

--The Kiwanis Honors and Scholarship reception program was held Wednesday night in Little Falls. 41 Little Falls High School Seniors received the Gordon Larson Scholarship for $3,000 each. The $5,000 Bull Dog Scholarship was awarded to Stephanie Koll and the Ride Against Cancer in memory of Pat Copa $2,000 scholarship was received by Anthony Arnold, Alyssa Zirbes, Ashley Strom and Alishia Olson. There were a total of 94 scholarships given.

--The Randall City Council met Wednesday. Derek Lindberg of Camp Ripley showed a slide show on upcoming Camp events, work on the Veterans memorial has begun and should be near completion by this coming weekend. A dedication ceremony will be June 16th at 11am. The POST board conducted an audit of Randall police. The department passed but was given some recommendations for updates to the manual. The city received a plaque from the Initiative Foundation for their partnership with the city. They also announced that the clean up day in Randall earlier this month went well and here was less garbage, tires and appliances than past years.

--The Little Falls School Board will meet at 6pm Tuesday at the Little Falls Community High School, with the only agenda item being a review and the selection of superintendent candidates on who will be interviewed by the Board. Following the selection process the interviews are expected to be conducted on Wednesday, May 23rd starting at 8am at Lindbergh Elementary School. Then that afternoon at 5pm, the board will meet to select superintendent finalists from that day’s interviews. The board is hoping to have a new superintendent selected by June 1st.

--The Morrison County Farm Service Agency reminds producers that the deadline is approaching for Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments, the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program and the Average Crop Revenue Election Program all on June 1st. For more information on any of these programs for your farm contact the FSA office in Little Falls at 320-632-5477 or go online to

--Authorities are looking for a woman who robbed a north St. Cloud bank Thursday. St. Cloud police say it happened when a woman walked into the U.S. Bank in the 10 block of 33rd Avenue North at around 1:45 p.m. and handed the teller a note indicating she had a weapon. The teller gave the woman an undisclosed amount of cash and she left the bank and walked northbound on 33rd Avenue. The suspect is described as 5’5″ to 5’8″, about 150 pounds with baggy clothes. If you have information about this robbery, you are asked to contact the St. Cloud Police Department or St. Cloud FBI Office.

--The Benton County Courts Facility and the county’s Government Center were evacuated Thursday afternoon after a bomb threat. A caller informed the Government Center’s main switchboard of a bomb threat that affected both buildings. Both buildings were evacuated, and the sheriff’s office and Foley Fire Department searched for suspicious packages and didn’t find any. Employees returned to work about an hour later.

--On Thursday, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a request from the Pope County Sheriff’s Office asking that deputies check Highway 10 near Little Falls for a woman who had been abducted earlier in the day from Pope County. At approximately 7:40pm a Morrison County Deputy located the woman and her vehicle south of the 4th Street overpass on Highway 10. The woman appeared to have been severely beaten and stated her ex-boyfriend 39-year old Dennis Aasen from Mounds View had abducted her and left walking southbound after their vehicle broke down. The victim was transported to St. Gabriel’s Hospital while a search of the area began. Officers from the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office, Little Falls, Pierz, Royalton and Baxter police departments, Minnesota State Patrol and Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, searched the area with a canine and helicopter until approximately 10:00 p.m. without locating the suspect. Officers continued patrolling the areas south of Little Falls until approximately 3:30am when the search was terminated. The Department of Public Safety stated that Assen likely has stolen a vehicle with possible license plate 303 CDX. The suspect was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans. The suspect is described as having very short or no hair and a goatee. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Dennis Aasen should call police.

--State Representative Kurt Bills was endorsed Friday as the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate this November. Bills secured the endorsement on the 2nd ballot with 64% of the vote. Dan Severson was 2nd and Pete Hegseth was 3rd. Bills will run against DFL Senator Amy Klobuchar in the November general elections.

--The Morrison County Board of Commissioners has their meeting Tuesday at 9:00am at the government center. They will make a proclamation for EMS Week. There will also be a number of county agency reports at the meeting on Tuesday.

--Joseph and Kayla Bates of Flensburg, a boy born May 17th

--Gordon J. Schenian, age 74 of Cushing also Inver Grove Heights.
--Dorothy Adams, age 91 of Little Falls.
--Charlene Lampbert, age 86 of Bowlus.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high in the 70s.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, an isolated T-storm late, low 54.
TUESDAY= isolated early storm, then sunny, windy, high near 80.
WEDNESDAY= showers and storms likely, high 76, low 55.
THURS-SAT= chance of thunderstorms remains in the forecast.

TWINS= Twins rout Brewers 11-3 Friday with an all around hitting effort. Twins go 11 innings Saturday and win 5-4 over Brewers thanks to a Trevor Plouffe homerun. Brewers rout the Twins Sunday 16-4.  Twins have today off. At Chicago White Sox Tuesday night
VL= check out Victory League games for over the weekend by going to then click on Victory League.
HS- check out local sports from softball playoffs last week, and other spring sports like baseball, track and golf at

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Friday- May 18th, 2012

--On Tuesday, the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office took custody of Kimberley Burkett as a result of an investigation conducted with the Todd County Sheriff’s Office and the Long Prairie Police Department. Probable Cause arrest was made on the basis of bank records indicating that Kimberly Burkett had misused funds belonging to the Long Prairie Chamber of Commerce, where Kimberly Burkett was the Director. The misuse of funds took place from mid 2011 to April 2012. The investigation is ongoing.

--Two new police officers have been sworn in to serve on the reestablished Foley Police Department. Officers Katie Lang of Foley and Brian Murphy of Ramsey were selected from a large pool of candidates. Both began their duties with the department this week. The City Council earlier this week announced they have selected Brant Standridge to become the city’s first police chief since 2003 when the department was disbanded. Negotiations continue with Standridge and the city is still waiting on background check information and results from a physical conducted on Standridge.

--42-year old Norman Maass of Little Falls was sentenced to 24 months in prison for failure to abide by the predatory offender registration law. Maass plead guilty and was sentenced by Judge Conrad Freeberg on Wednesday in Morrison County District Court. Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf stated that Maass has been required to register since a 1995, following his conviction of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 3rd Degree in Scott County. Last October authorities in Iowa discovered they could not locate Maass at his registered address in Dunlop, Iowa. On January 23rd, the U.S. Marshall’s Service informed the Little Falls Police Department that Maass was believed to be living in Little Falls. Maass was arrested that day. The investigation revealed that Maass had lived in Little Falls since October.

--A tentative contract agreement has been reached with the Sartell-St. Stephen School District and their teachers. The agreement gives a 1.75% salary increase for this year school year and a 1 percent increase for the next school year. The District agreed to pay a total of 17.7-million for the first year and 18.1-million for the second year. Sartell teachers have worked without a contract since July of 2011.

--A Stearns County judge denied a request from Avon State Bank for a new trial after a jury found a former bank president committed fraud in an international money scam. The jury ordered the bank to pay two men $600,000 for losses they incurred in the scam. The lawyer for the bank stated that the former president was acting on his own and that the bank was not liable for the men’s losses. The Stearns County judge denied the bank’s motion for a new trial and also dismissed a request from the lawyer representing the two men for a separate trial on punitive damages.

--This weekend 12 of approximately 75 dairy princesses will take a step towards becoming Princess Kay of the Milky Way. Sunday afternoon 12 finalists will be announced following a weekend judging event. The new Princess Kay will be selected the night before the Minnesota State Fair in August. The current Princess Kay is Mary Zahrones of Pierz. The current Morrison County Dairy Princesses are Emily Boser, Cassie Stangl, Kylee Hoheisel and Ingrid Floersheim.

--Bemidji State University recently awarded over 100 incoming students with $1,000 scholarships for academic achievements. Of those was Mariah Burns of Little Falls.

--Jeffrey J. Jelinski announced his candidacy for Morrison County Commissioner in District 2 which covers Belle Prairie, Buh, Platte and Ripley Townships including the city of Harding. Jelinski is the current Communications Supervisor for the Morrison County Sheriff’s Department and has been involved in public service and safety for over 30 years. Current Morrison County Commissioner in District 2, Jeff Schilling, has announced he is reeking reelection later this year.

--The man convicted of driving the vehicle that killed Ryan Dezurik of Holdingford back in 2009 has been sentenced to 10 years prison in Stearns County District Court. Eugene Rivetts was sentenced Wednesday to the maximum sentence possible. Rivetts first lied to authorities that his passenger Timothy Rausch of Cushing was driving the vehicle but DNA on the steering wheel matched Rivetts and he then acknowledged he was the driver. He first pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide then changed his plea due to evidence of the other driver possibly texting at the time. Rivetts was found guilty and received a tougher sentence because of his plea change earlier.

--A 24-year-old Brainerd woman was arrested in connection with the burglary and vandalism at the Heartland Animal Rescue Team in Baxter this week. Police stated that Samantha Martin was arrested at her home where one of the missing dogs that had been impounded at the facility was located. Martin was charged with third-degree burglary and first degree property damage. The Baxter Police Department stated the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

--A two-vehicle accident Wednesday morning north of Isle sent two men to the hospital. Around 9:30, 52-year-old John Nordquist of Aitkin and 58-year-old Michael Decoursey of Isle collided at the intersection of Highway 47 and Mile Lacs County Road 28. Nordquist and Decoursey were both treated at hospitals for minor injuries.

--St. Cloud will host the state Republican convention today and tomorrow at the convention center. Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will speak at the convention following an endorsement of a U.S. Senate candidate to oppose DFL Senator Amy Klobuchar in this November’s general election.

--Daniel ‘Danny’ Scepurek, age 39 of Randall.
--Donna Hartman, age 84 of Little Falls.
--Elaine Kummet, age 89 of Pierz.

TODAY= mostly sunny, warm and windy, high near 90.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, breezy and warm, low 68.
SATURDAY= showers and storms in PM hours, high 77, low 50.
SUNDAY= partly sunny, showers and storms early, high 65.
MONDAY= sunny skies, high 72, low around 50.

TWINS= Justin Morneau homered and added 3 RBIs as the Twins win 4-3 over Detroit Thursday and get their first sweep of season. Twins (12-26) are at Milwaukee this weekend to open inter-league play. Twins/Brewers tonight 7:10pm, Saturday 3:10pm and Sunday at 1:10pm, all live on Q92 WYRQ.
HS SB= Pierz at Little Falls to open the playoffs in softball at 4:30 today live on AM960 KLTF and online at

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Thursday- May 17th, 2012

--The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday they are investigating a fatal fire in Lake Edward Township now as a murder-suicide. On April 30th, firefighters and law enforcement responded to the house fire on Tranquil Road where the bodies of Kenneth and Kathleen Ponsness were found inside. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner ruled that Kathleen Ponsness died as result of homicide while Kenneth Ponsness’s death was ruled a suicide. Investigators are still continuing to investigate details relating to the case.

--A 20-year-old Red Lake man charged with 2nd Degree Murder for the stabbing death of a 22-year-old Walker man appeared Monday in Cass County Court. Sheldon Smith is charged in stabbing the victim during an encounter between two groups of individuals. The victim died from stab wounds to the chest on route to a hospital. The judge reportedly is taking a motion from the attorneys under advisement and will report back when another court date is to be set.

--Three central-Minnesota High Schools won medals of excellence for ranking among the nation’s best high schools from a US News and World Report. The rankings have a 3-step criteria including overall performance of state test scores and advanced placement exams. Of the nearly 2,900 schools awarded medals, St. Cloud Tech High School finished 35th in Minnesota and 1,357th nationally and received a silver medal. Sartell and Rocori High Schools received bronze medals for passing the criteria needed for the large list of schools. To find out more information on how the state schools ranked, you can go to the website of

--Officers, deputies and troopers around Minnesota will be working together along with over 10,000 officers nationwide during the now annual Click It or Ticket seat belt and child passenger seat enforcement blitz from May 21st-June 3rd. State Patrol Regional Public Information Officer, Sgt. Curt Mowers says, “We would rather meet you on the shoulder of the road now than down the road at a violent crash scene later.” During this event, officers will be stopping and citing drivers and passengers who are not buckled up correctly, including the back seat passengers and children. In Minnesota, persons age 15 and older will receive their own citation for the violation, while drivers will be held responsible for those under 15.

--Baxter police are investigating vandalism at the Heartland Animal Rescue Team building that occurred late Monday or early Tuesday. Words of ‘killers’ and others were spray painted along the building, which was also broken into and extensive property damage was done to the interior. That person also released all the dogs that were in the impound area of the shelter. Rescue officials stated that all the dogs but one were found and brought back to the shelter. The act is being investigating as not random and that the suspect had a specific intent behind it. Anyone with information on the vandalism incident is encouraged to contact the Baxter police department.

--Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty once again announced this week that he has no intention of being a running mate for Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney. Pawlenty also stated that a cabinet position if Romney wins in November doesn’t sound that appealing at this time. Pawlenty since dropping out of the Presidential Race has been out campaigning for Romney and remains on several corporate boards. He did state in a recent interview that he is not closing the door on any future political plans. Many feel that Pawlenty may be eyeing the U.S. Senate in 2014.

--Road work continues across the area and the Minnesota Department of Transportation is urging motorists to slow down in work zones. A number of resurfacing projects with single lane closures and delays continue in central Minnesota. These include projects on Highway 10 south of Little Falls, Highway 210 in Baxter, Highway 25 in Wright County, Interstate 94 in Stearns County and Highway 24 in Sherburne County. These projects will continue through mid-June. Other projects will begin later this summer on Highway 115 in Randall, Highway 371 from Brainerd to Little Falls, Highways 27, 25 and 238 also in Morrison County will have road work beginning later this year. For traffic info go to

--Another name has entered the race for Morrison County Commissioner in District 1. Sharon Ballou of rural Randall announced she is running for the seat this November. The seat is currently held by Commissioner Tom Wenzel who has announced he plans not to run for reelection this year. District 1 consists of the west-side of Little Falls, Randall, Cushing and Motley and townships of Rosing, Darling, Green Prairie and Scandia Valley. Last month, Chuck Forss of Little Falls announced he is also running for the District 1 seat.

--More questions were asked Tuesday night to the Baxter City Council on the upcoming 4th of July events that were recently moved from around Brainerd High School to the new site in Baxter around the golf course. Most of the questions were mowing and parking related due to the golf course and some property around it is private property and requests and permission is needed for people to use it on the 4th of July, right of ways may need to be mowed more than then they usually are, parking will be an issue as many businesses along Highway 371 are open the 4th of July regular business hours and some until the late evening, unlike many Brainerd businesses that closed for the holiday. This could cause some parking headaches for the events and parade on the 4th of July. Baxter council took no action at the meeting only taking the items under advisement.

--Minnesota farmers continue to make progress on planting corn and soybeans thanks to the warm dry weather last week. The USDA weekly crop report shows corn planting is at 88% with already 45% emerging, soybeans are 44% planted, compared to only 7% at this time last year due to the snowier winter and spring and cooler temperatures last May and June.

--John Zilkoski, age 76 of Little Falls.
--Darlene J. Olson, age 76 of Motley.

TODAY= isolated showers and storms, partial sun, windy, high 80.
TONIGHT= isolated storms in evening, then partly cloudy, low 60.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, warm humid and breezy, high 86, low 66.
SATURDAY= strong afternoon and evening storms, high 80, low 55.
SUNDAY= showers and storms likely, cooler, high 66, low 45.

TWINS= Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe homered and the Twins outslugged Tigers 11-7 Wednesday. Twins have their 2nd day game in 3 days today at Detroit 11:35am pregame on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BAB= Upsala/Swanville at Eagle Valley 5pm on Q92 WYRQ.

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Wednesday- May 16th, 2012

--On Monday, Robin Hensel filed a lawsuit in Minnesota US District Court against the City of Little Falls, and co-city administrator Gerald Lochner, co-city administrator Lori Kasella, Little Falls Police Chief Greg Schirmers, and John Does 1-12, in their individual capacities. According to the complaint, Hensel is seeking damages and other appropriate relief for violations of the Free Speech Clause of the first amendment and of violations of 42 U.S.C. 1983. This issue began several months ago when the city informed Hensel that she must take down some signs on her property but Hensel claims that she was treated differently because of the content of her signs. The city has been working on trying to adopt a new sign ordinance which is currently being reviewed by the League of Minnesota Cities. Again, the latest development is the lawsuit has now been filed.

--A 39-year-old Randall man was killed Monday night in a fatal accident on Highway 10 west of County Road 13 west of Little Falls. Daniel Scepurek was westbound when he struck a deer around 9:45pm causing him to lose control of his cycle and strike the road.  Two oncoming westbound vehicles were unable to avoid Scepurek as he lay on the roadway. Scepurek died at the scene. The other drivers, 42-year-old Theresa Hutton-Walsh of Randall was not hurt, and 25-year-old Ashley Zimmerman of Randall had minor injuries.

--Last Thursday the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency call requesting medical assistance for a four month old child having a seizure at a rural Brainerd residence. The child was transported to the emergency room at Essentia Hospital in Brainerd then to St. Paul Children’s Hospital. On Friday the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office received a report from St. Paul Children’s Hospital that the child suffered injury to the head and abuse was suspected. The child is currently being treated and remains at the Children’s Hospital. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office and Crow Wing County Social Services are investigating the matter.

--Tuesday around 9:30am 18-year old Chelsea Gerads of Albany pulled into the Holdingford Gas and Grocery Parking Lot and attempted to stop. She inadvertently pressed the accelerator and crashed into the side of the building. The building sustained substantial damage to the wall and block work. Also both restrooms inside the store were damaged significantly. No one was injured.

--Two Henning residents were injured Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in Brainerd. Police stated that 83-year-old Curtis Anderson collided with 56-year-old Debby Martz of Brainerd on West Washington Street around 3:30pm. Anderson and his passenger 77-year-old Mary Anderson, both of Henning, were treated at the Brainerd hospital for their injuries. Martz was not hurt.

--The warm and dry conditions in the past days have sparked wildfires over the north-central part of the state. Brainerd firefighters and the Department of Natural Resources were kept busy last Saturday and Sunday with multiple calls of grass fires including near Acorn Nursery on 371 north of Baxter, two grass fires near the Business and Highway 371 bypass south of Baxter, one near the Old Stone Bridge, another on Lone Oak Road and an electrical power pole that caught fire near Cragun’s Golf Resort on Sunday afternoon. The DNR was called to dozens of grass and wildfires last weekend mostly in the northern third of the state where a Red Flag Warning is in effect this week until adequate moistures reach the area.

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--The Pierz City Council met Monday night. At the meeting it was decided that City Hall in Pierz will remain open Monday-Friday. There were some discussions at previous meetings to close City Hall on Fridays as a cost savings measure but after looking at the matter closely the council decided it was in the best interest to keep city hall open every weekday from 8:30am-4:30pm. A property question was also brought up that was tabled for a future meeting. The next Pierz City Council meeting is Tuesday, May 29th because of Memorial Day.

--A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle while trying to cross Highway 23 in St. Cloud Monday night around 10pm. The State Patrol says the incident happened at the intersection with 7th Avenue. The driver of the vehicle was not hurt. The name of the pedestrian has not been released only that the pedestrian sustained serious injuries.

--An accident Monday in Stearns County resulted in one person sustaining injuries and another in jail. Around 8:15pm Monday 39-year old Brooks Gunderson of Paynesville was eastbound on County Road 34 when he attempted to make a left turn onto highland drive and was struck by a vehicle traveling the other way driven by 36 year old Shawn Klaphake of Belgrade. Klaphake was transported to Paynesville and later St. Cloud hospital for treatment of his injuries. Gunderson fled the scene but was identified by witnesses and was apprehended by authorities nearby at his residence shortly later. Gunderson was booked on several charges including criminal vehicular operation resulting in injury and DWI.

--Three individuals are candidates to represent the low-income residents of Western Morrison County and the City of Little Falls on the Tri-County Community Action, Inc. (TCC) Board of Directors.  Low-income residents will be able to vote for the candidate of their choice during May. Candidates are Jan Marie Weidenbach and Stan Wielinski, both from the City of Little Falls, and Pam Bellamy of Randall. Only one will be elected. Ballots were mailed to many low-income residents this week.  Anyone who did not receive a ballot should call TCC at (320) 632-3691 to request a ballot and information about process.  Deadline for voting is May 31st.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high near 70.
TONIGHT= storms develop overnight, low 53.
THURSDAY= showers and thunderstorms then partly sunny, high 79.
FRIDAY= sunny and warm, high 85, low around 65.

TWINS= Cleveland’s Derek Lowe shut down the Twins 5-0 on Tuesday. Twins got some good news yesterday that Justin Morneau has come off the DL and should be in the lineup tonight when the Twins take on Detroit, 5:35pm pregame on Q92 WYRQ.

IN 1866= the U.S Mint introduced the nickel. The 5-cent piece was originally a shield on one side and the number 5 on the backside.
IN 1929= the first Academy Awards were presented in Los Angeles.
IN 1986= the famous shower scene on Dallas took place where Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) was found in the shower by his character wife Pam after dying a year ago. It was all a dream.
IN 1990= singer and actor Sammy Davis Jr. died at age 64.

“Hot Hits” Friday and Saturday, meat raffle Friday at 5:30 at WS Bar

Tuesday- May 15th, 2012

--U.S. Representative Chip Cravaack announced Saturday he will introduce The Mille Lacs Lake Freedom to Fish Act.  Specifically, this legislation regards Minnesota’s state sovereignty, job creation, cutting federal red tape, and strengthening Minnesota’s outdoor fishing tradition. Citing a 30-year old analysis, the U.S. Coast Guard has assumed federal authority over certain activities on Mille Lacs Lake.  Currently, the U.S. Coast Guard is forcing all fishing guides, mostly college students, to spend time and money to obtain a federal boating license to bring fishermen out on Mille Lacs Lake.  This license and associated costs put fishing guides on the hook for over $2,000. “This new Coast Guard regulation, being funded at taxpayer expense, is taking a toll on the Mille Lacs Lake resort-based economy and is making fishing more expensive. Congressman Cravaack says his legislation will stop fishing guides from being forced to spend over $2000 to obtain a license they don’t need and end the Coast Guard’s intrusive overreach into Minnesota’s great fishing tradition.

--A Sauk Centre man suffered head trauma Saturday night in an ATV accident in the Sauk Lake area. Shannon Johnson was driving an ATV when she lost control and rolled in a field near Todd County Road 15. She sustained minor injuries. The ATV landed on top of Jonathon Hinnenkamp of Sauk Centre. Hinnenkamp was taken to Sauk Centre then to St. Cloud Hospital with serious head injuries. Todd County stated that alcohol was a factor in the crash and charges in the accident are pending through the County Attorney’s office.

--A 47-year-old Dayton, Minnesota woman is in critical condition after a one vehicle accident Saturday around 4:30pm on Highway 10 south of Rice in Benton County. The driver, Lisa Forbes attempted to pass another vehicle when she struck the median, overcorrected and then hit the ditch. She was listed in critical condition Sunday in St. Cloud.

--Todd County is investigating damage to property in Round Prairie Township where a vehicle repeatedly spun deep runts in he grassy yard area near the Round Prairie Township Hall last Friday evening, then on Saturday morning a burglary of  flat screen TV and other items was reported on 450th Street in Todd County. Both incidents are currently under investigation by the sheriff’s office.

--Todd County is investigating 2 burglary reports in the past week. On Saturday afternoon, Kathryn Olander of Bartlett Township reported returning home and finding a female burglar inside her home. The burglar ran out and Olander stated that prescription medicine was taken but nothing else. The suspect fled in a 4-door sedan car with a male passenger. Earlier in the week, Carl Layer of Browerville stated his trailer-home was broken into and copper piping, outboard motors and fishing equipment was taken valued at over $1,100. Both incidents are under investigation.

--The public is invited to attend an open house about the Highway 10 and Benton County Road 2/Rice Interchange project on Thursday, at 4:30pm at Rice City Hall. Participants can view project information and schedules and ask questions to project staff. The Highway 10 and Benton County Road 2/Rice Interchange project is scheduled to begin in spring 2013. The land purchasing for the project has begun.

--Stearns County responded to a motorcycle accident Sunday afternoon in Lynden Township. 47-year-old Gregory Walls of St. Cloud was northbound on County Road 44 when he struck a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Sherri Grewal of Clearwater. Walls was taken to St. Cloud Hospital and treated for injuries. No one else was hurt.

--The Minnesota State Patrol reported that 1 person was killed last night in Morrison County when a motorcycle struck a deer on Highway 10 west of County Road 13 west of Little Falls. Around 9:45pm, the motorcyclist struck the deer causing the driver to strike the pavement. Two other vehicles behind the motorcyclist were unable to avoid the driver and struck him after he hit the pavement. The motorcyclist died at the scene. That person’s name has not been released. The two other drivers were not seriously hurt.

--A reminder that 1st half of real-estate taxes are due today. Any questions contact Morrison County Auditor-Treasurer Russ Nygren.

--Last week, postal officials made the announcement that no post offices will be closing in rural Minnesota. Minnesota postal spokesman Pete Nowacki says instead, officials will be looking at ways to reduce window hours in a number of communities and that the post office plans to hold community meetings to get a better feel of what customers would like to see happen. Officials are also expected to announce this week new changes involving mail processing centers. There are five processing centers in Minnesota, including the one in Waite Park, slated for closing. Last year it was reported that of the rural post offices closing it would include Flensburg, Fort Ripley and Burtrum but again NO post offices are closing in rural Minnesota according to the U.S. Postal Service.

--Saturday at the Governor’s Fishing Opener in Waconia it was announced that the 2013 Governor’s Fishing Opener will be in Park Rapids. The tradition of the Governor’s opener began in 1948.

--As stated yesterday, Governor Mark Dayton has signed the Vikings stadium bill into law although the Minneapolis City Council will still need to approve the project. The Minneapolis City Council has 30 days to act on the plan, and their next meeting is scheduled for May 25th. During the signing there were a mix of supporters and protestors at the Capitol for the bill.

--Roy E. Jurek, age 80 of Pierz.
--Robert ‘Bob’ Young, age 46 of Bowlus.
--Donald C. Hoehn, age 90 of Mesa, AZ formerly Minnesota.
--Diane Newman Koenig, age 70 of Little Falls.
--John R. “Dick” Persson, age 80 of Harding.

TODAY= mostly sunny, cooler, high 70.
TONIGHT= clear and cool, low around 40.
WEDNESDAY= sunny, high 75, overnight storms, low 55.
THURSDAY= partly cloudy, scattered T-storms, high near 80.

TWINS= Ryan Doumit homered in the 8th to tie the game last night but Indians scored off of Matt Capps in the 9th to win 5-4. Twins have a Tuesday day game today to wrap up the series with Cleveland. Pregame starts at 11:40am on Q92 WYRQ.

IN 1817= first hospital for mental illness opened in Philadelphia.
IN 1862= President Lincoln established Department of Agriculture.
IN 1940= nylon pantyhose went on sale in the United States.

Stop into the West Side Bar today and grab an awesome lunch.

Monday- May 14th, 2012

--The Minnesota Department of Transportation Friday, announced the recipients of $768,000 in federal funding for Safe Routes to School. The grants will support Safe Routes to School plans at 70 schools in 35 communities and implementation grants at 22 schools in nine communities. Schools received grants in two categories:  Planning assistance and implementation grants. Planning Assistance grants recipients included 3 schools in Princeton, 4 schools in Perham, and one school in St. Cloud. Implementation Grants were given to schools including Alexandria School District and Detroit Lakes Public Schools.

--Crow Wing County employees are suing the county on unfair labor practices related to their pay increases for 2012. Employees that filed the lawsuit say they are seeking the action placed in the Public Employment Labor Relations Act which the employees feel was violated by the county. The unions contend the negotiated contracts, although expired, continue to be in effect with the Act and that the employees had the right to meet on employment conditions through their representative. Instead last fall, the county notified employees that step increases for payment in Crow Wing County would not continue when their contract expired. The lawsuit went to Crow Wing County District Court May 2nd; then was sent to Itasca County due to conflict of interest being a county situation. The judge in Itasca County was to make a ruling on the civil suit last week but postponed a ruling and did not give a date on when the ruling will take place.

--A Freeport farmer will get his day in court today on delivering raw milk products to consumers who want them. Alvin Schlangen will be in Hennepin County District Court today on charges of violating Minnesota’s food safety code. The case has been heavily watched by raw milk advocates, grassroots groups and government agencies on the consumer’s right to choose what they want to eat or drink. Schlangen is an organic egg farmer in Stearns County, who doesn’t produce milk but operates a private club called Freedom Farms Co-op with 130 members who sign a contract to purchase organic farm products, including raw milk. Schlangen is charged with four counts of selling unpasteurized milk products or possessing them for sale. Each count carries a 90 day jail sentence and a $1,000 fine.

--A South Dakota man faces federal charges for two bank robberies in Minnesota this year. William St. John of Sisseton was indicted on two counts of bank robbery. St. John is accused of stealing $3,800 from a US Bank in Bloomington and then $5,500 from a Wells Fargo Bank in Arden Hills. St. John is also accused of a number of home invasions and auto thefts, ranging from the Metro Area, Monticello, St. Cloud and Clearwater. St. John is also wanted on kidnapping charges in North Dakota and had a federal warrant out for his arrest at the time of the robberies in Minnesota this year.

--The Legislative Session adjourned in the House just after 4am Thursday with a number of lawmakers saying their goodbyes on the House Floor because of either not seeking reelection or they are seeking another Government seat. One lawmaker who gave a farewell speech was District 12B Representative Mike LeMieur who announced recently he will not seek reelection this fall. LeMieur in his comments thanked his fellow legislators and specifically his seat mates. District 16B Representative Mary Kiffmeyer of Big Lake and a native from Pierz is also leaving the House. Kiffmeyer is seeking election in the State Senate District 30 this November.

--The Pierz City Council meets tonight at 7pm at the Pierz City Hall.

--Governor Mark Dayton in a statement late Saturday said he will sign the recent Vikings Stadium plan bill at the capitol today.

--All Morrison County Rural School students, teachers, parents and neighbors are invited to attend the 10th Annual Rural School Reunion on Saturday, June 2nd at noon at the Morrison County Fairgrounds. A change this year is that it will be a POTLUCK meal, so bring your favorite dish to share with the group. There will be a $1 cover charge as plates, cups, silverware and beverages will be provided. Questions contact Dorothy at 632-6082 or June at 745-2280.

--The Swanville School Board continues to make cuts so it can reach its goal of cutting $150,000 from the budget. The board approved cutting holiday pay for part-time paraprofessionals and cooks and in-service days for paraprofessionals. Back in April, the board eliminated a social worker position and positions in speech, English, math, elementary physical education, hours in social studies and science, and a Title I position and paraprofessionals for a savings of over $100,000. The recent cuts this week is saving over $11,000 more. The district will also discontinue its contribution for the family insurance plan for part-time employees, but will contribute toward a single plan. However, the seven employees affected will have the option to carry and pay for the family plan on their own, which comes to over $26,000 is savings.  The board also stated they will not replace a position at the Alternative Learning Center when Charles Reichert, who runs the center, retires later this year.

--At 8:40 Friday morning authorities responded to a one vehicle crash south of St. Stephen. The driver, 71-year old Jeanette Fiedler of Rice was alone in the car heading south on County Road 2 when she went off the roadway striking a field approach and launching the car into the air briefly before coming to rest in the ditch. She was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

--LeRoy T. Weber, age 68 of Little Falls.

TODAY= sunny and warm, high 80 to 85.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 55.
TUESDAY= mostly sunny, a bit cooler, high 70 to 75.
WEDNESDAY= sunny skies, high 75, storms late Wednesday night.

TWINS= after nearly a 2 hour rain delay Friday, the Twins held on to a 7-6 win over Toronto. Twins bats were dormant Saturday as Blue Jays win 2-1. Brian Dozier hit first major league homerun Sunday and the Twins beat Toronto 4-3 to split the 4 game series. Twins host Cleveland tonight 6:40pm tonight Q92 WYRQ
HS BAB= Holdingford at Pierz around 7:30pm tonight on FM94.

IN 1878= Vaseline was first sold by Robert Chesebrough.
IN 1897= John Philip Sousa performs “Stars and Stripes Forever” for the first time publicly in Philadelphia.
IN 1904= first Olympic Games held in the U.S., it was in St Louis.
IN 1982= Willie Nelson hit #1 on charts with ‘Always on my Mind’
IN 1985= the first McDonalds Restaurant was turned into a museum.

West Side Bar Wed and Thurs, the bar will match all jukebox plays.

Friday- May 11th, 2012

--The Minnesota Vikings stadium bill was passed yesterday. The house passed the bill around 3:30am Thursday and the Senate then passed the same bill by a 36-30 vote yesterday in the afternoon. Governor Mark Dayton held a press conference last night with the team owner to make the announcement. The state will cover 348 million of the 975 million dollar stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

--The Little Falls Dam Festival is set for June 15th-17th. Like in years past most of the events will take place at Maple Island Park on Saturday. The parade will follow the same route it did last year, starting on 7th Avenue Northeast by City Hall, then south on 1st Street to St. Gabriel’s Hospital. The parade starts at 11am on June 16th. Friday there will also be a sidewalk sale and street dance, Saturday a bike ride, airplane rides, Minnesota Power tour, professional skateboard team, turtle races, a cash raffle, talent show and fireworks. The medallion hunt will be also be returning this year sponsored by Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union. The clues for the hunt will begin on Monday, June 11th. Full details can be seen at or if you wish to volunteer or make a donation for the event, call the LF Convention and Visitors Bureau 616-4959.

--A one vehicle rollover with injuries was reported Tuesday afternoon around 5pm north of Richmond in Stearns County. Authorities stated the vehicle was on County Road 23, struck a mailbox causing the vehicle to enter the ditch and roll several times. 27-year-old Sandra Brix and her son 3-year-old Corey Brix were taken to St. Cloud Hospital for their injuries. Another 3-year-old Brooklynn Brix was treated at the Paynesville hospital.

--Road construction continues around the state. Highway 10 south of Little Falls to County Road 40 south of Royalton continues with resurfacing, flaggers and lane shifts will occur at times through mid-June. Construction will close road in north St. Cloud beginning Monday, this will be on 9th to 12th Avenue North along venues of 9th to 12th Streets. The closures are expected to last until mid-October.

--The Pierz City Council will meet at 7:00pm on Monday, May 14th at City Hall. Items on the agenda include a Soo Line legacy trail grant update, Pierz campground seasonal agreement, sister city update, department reports, and the community picnic shelter donation.

--Warmer weather has sparked some flood advisories in the state. The Minnesota River continues to swell and is still expected to go above flood stage either today or over the weekend. Forecasters expect the river to dip early next week with dryer and warmer weather predicted. Southwestern Minnesota has flood advisories in effect on a number of rivers near and around Redwood Falls.

--Senator Paul Gazelka will be at the Little Falls VFW Saturday morning at 9am for a town hall meeting. All are invited.

--GOP Presidential Candidate Ron Paul will be back in St. Cloud next week to address the Republican convention. Paul will be in St. Cloud on May 18th at the Rivers Edge Convention Center and will address the crowd following the endorsement of a Republican U.S. Senate Candidate who will oppose DFL Senator Amy Klobuchar in November. Paul has already endorsed Representative Kurt Bills of Rosemount as a candidate for U.S. Senate. Paul finished 2nd to Rick Santorum in the Minnesota caucuses earlier this year.

--The U.S. Post Office is doing their Stamp Out Hunger food-drive on Saturday; place non-perishable food items by your mailbox.

--Check out weekend events and business guide at

--The 19th Annual Take Back the Night event is scheduled for next Thursday in Little Falls. The event will feature speaker Patty Wetterling, director of the Sexual Violence Prevention Program with the Minnesota Department of Health. Wetterling is the mother of Jacob Wetterling who was abducted in St. Joseph back in 1989 and to this date has not been found. The event begins at 5:30pm, Wetterlng will speak at 6pm, Little Falls police will be doing free fingerprinting of children during the event which will end with the March for Peace. For information call Hands of Hope 632-1657.

--A Morrison County Board Planning Session is scheduled at 8:30am on Monday May 14th in the County Board Room of the Government Center. On the agenda are reports from Extension Office, Public Health, and Planning and Zoning.

--Stearns County will be losing one of their district judges to Mille Lacs County later this year. The Supreme Court has finalized what local judges were previously approved and there is more need for a judge in Milaca than St. Cloud right now. The Supreme Court says the judge’s position will be filled by applications which are already available for the spot now in Mille Lacs County. The Stearns County vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge Skipper Pearson.

--As anglers prepare for this weekend’s fishing opener, many are wondering what kind of impact the early spring had on the fish spawn. DNR Fisheries Supervisor Rick Brueseweitz say the ice went out on many lakes weeks earlier than normal, including Lake Mille Lacs, but the cooler temps earlier this month has slowed some spawning activity down. So he explains that walleye activity will differ greatly on lakes that saw the colder temperatures after the early spring thaw. Little Falls Radio wants to wish Good luck to all the area anglers this weekend for the Minnesota fishing opener, and also wants to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to the Moms on Sunday.

--Guillermo Soto and Cassandra Sandoval of Pierz, boy born May 9th
--Osse and Jennifer Stumpf of Pierz, boy born May 9th

--Stephanie B. Crawford, age 50 of Cushing
--Ronald R. Peterson, age 65 of rural Royalton
--Melvin Grell, age 81 of Pierz
--Jerome ‘Jerry’ Twomey, age 87 of Little Falls.

TODAY= showers and T-storms likely, breezy, high 62.
TONIGHT= clearing skies, cooler, low 38.
SATURDAY= mostly sunny, high 66, low 40.
SUNDAY= mostly sunny, high 72, low around 50.
MONDAY= sunny skies, high 76, low around 50.

TWINS= Toronto beat the Twins 6-2 last night. The Twins continue series with Toronto tonight, pregame coverage starts at 6:40pm, Saturday at 5:40pm and Sunday at 12:40pm. Then Cleveland comes to town Monday. All games this weekend live on Q92 WYRQ. 
VL= Sobieski at Nisswa Sunday at 1:30pm on AM960 KLTF. Then listen to the Victory League roundup Sunday at 6:30 on KLTF.

“Loss for Words” tonight, DJ Jessie Saturday at the West Side Bar

Thursday- May 10th, 2012

--Wednesday at 4:20am a fatal accident occurred approximately 2 miles east of Highway 10 on 320th street in Scandia Valley Township. The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, 50-year old Stephanie Crawford of Cushing struck a tree in the north ditch and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Crawford was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy. The Morrison County Sheriffs Office is still investigating the cause of the accident.

--The Morrison County Board of Commissioners has reached an agreement with Sheriff Michel Wetzel on his 2012 salary. In a press release Tuesday, Administrator Deb Gruber stated that the board is required to set the salaries for the attorney, auditor-treasurer, recorder and sheriff of the county. The Morrison County Board of Commissioners set the 2012 annual salaries for the Elected Officials on January 10th. Sheriff Michel Wetzel appealed the salary, as allowed for under Minnesota Statutes which resulted in a lawsuit being brought against the County in Minnesota District Court. The attorney representing the County stated that the court case would be expensive and could cause a major rift with the board and sheriff. The County Board felt that it was in the best interests of the public to save taxpayer funds, and to help maintain a good working relationship between the County Board and the County Sheriff. Tuesday the County Board approved a revised 2012 Sheriff’s salary. The Sheriff’s salary for 2012 will now be $98,118 which is an over 3% increase. As part of the agreement, the case brought by the County Sheriff is being dismissed.

--Negotiators for the legislature, Governor Dayton, and the Vikings are now trying to hammer out a final compromise after the Senate passed a Vikings stadium bill late Tuesday night. The Senate bill would require the team to kick in an additional 25 million dollars, but in the house version that figure is $100 million. The question now is are the Vikings willing to kick in more. Team Vice President Lester Bagley says right now the Vikings stand with the previously negotiated number 427-million up front and $13 million per year.

--A reminder that District 12 Senator Paul Gazelka will hold a town hall meeting Saturday a 9am at the Little Falls VFW to discuss the 2012 Legislative Session. Those with questions should attend.

--This Saturday letter carriers are asking you to Stamp Out Hunger. Earlier this week plastic bags were placed in mailboxes, hoping that residences will place non-perishable food items into them and leave them by their mailboxes on Saturday. The bags will be picked up as the mail is being delivered. Campbell Soup Company has join forces with the National Association of Letter Carriers to help Stamp Out Hunger across America which is now in its 20th year.

--Several thousand veterans have returned to Minnesota over the coming weeks. A “Celebrate Veterans Career Exploration” event will be held Wednesday, June 13 from 4-7pm on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College. All veterans and their families are invited to attend the career exploration event.  It will provide an opportunity for them to explore career options while interacting with area businesses, service providers, and CLC instructors and staff. For information contact Kathy Marshik at the Veterans Resource Center at Central Lakes College, 218-855-8279.

--The first half of real-estate taxes are due on or before May 15th. Any questions should be forwarded to the Morrison County Auditor-Treasurer Russ Nygren or his office at the government center.

--The Minnesota Historical Society has announced 12 organizations in 11 counties will preserve and share our state's history with support from Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants, funded by the Legacy Amendment. Funds set aside for the fiscal year of 2012, which ends June 30, are now all granted. For this most recent round of grants, the Society received 86 applications requesting nearly $490,000, when only approximately $74,000 remained. Grant recipients are using Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants to reach new audiences and share history in creative ways--whether it's a walking tour, historical marker, exhibit or podcasts. In central Minnesota two organizations in Crow Wing County received grants. The Crow Wing County Historical Society, Digital Access to Crow Wing County Historical Resources received $7,000 and the Cuyuna Iron Range Heritage Network, Restoration of the Soo Line Depot Museum Windows got $4,250.

--A bonding provision for the Camp Ripley Education Center in Little Falls as part of the larger bonding bill package passed through the Senate on Monday and was adopted by the House the next day. This bill has been sent to Governor Dayton and currently awaits his approval. Originally part of a separate bill authored by Representative Mike LeMieur (House File 2170), the Camp Ripley provision would appropriate $19.5 million from the bond proceeds fund to the adjutant general of the Department of Military Affairs. This money would be used to construct an addition of approximately 49,782 square feet to the Camp Ripley education center consisting of classroom space, lodging facilities, and a cafeteria. “This facility will be used 52 weeks out of the year by local, state, and federal agencies," said LeMieur. "This addition will not only benefit our local community, it will benefit our whole state and nation.”

--8th District Congressman Chip Cravaack will have staff at Jordie’s Trailside Café in Bowlus on Friday, May 18th at 9:30am to conduct a mobile office. Those with questions for the Congressman should address them to his staff on the 18th in Bowlus.

TODAY= sunny and breezy, high around 75.
TONIGHT= clouds increase, showers and storms overnight, low 54.
FRIDAY= showers and storms early, then more showers possible in the afternoon, gradually becoming sunny late in day, high 62.
SATURDAY= sunny high of 66; low of 45
MOTHERS DAY SUNDAY= sunny high 71, low around 50.

TWINS= Twins win on Tuesday 5-0 as Scott Diamond pitches a dandy for the team. Twins fell to the Angels Wednesday 6-2. Twins made a number of roster moves in the last 2 days. Twins open a 4 game series with Toronto tonight, pregame at 6:40 on Q92 WYRQ.

IN 1869= the Golden Spike driven into the railroad in Utah.
IN 1927= radio headsets 1st installed in Hotel rooms in Boston.
IN 1963= The Rolling Stones held their first recording session.
IN 1969= The National Football League and American Football League merged making 2 conferences the NFC and AFC.
IN 1970= The Boston Bruins won their first Stanley Cup since 1930s.

“Loss for Words” Friday, DJ Jessie Saturday at the West Side Bar.

Wednesday- May 9th, 2012

--Last week the Baxter City Council announced they had approved plans to move the 4th of July celebration from Brainerd to Baxter this year. The Brainerd Jaycees Monday night addressed the Brainerd City Council on trying to get the parade back in Brainerd. The City Council voted down the Jaycees proposal on a 3-3 tied vote. The Jaycees stated they have been in conversation with the Department of Transportation, county and city officials on working out a safe route for a parade due to summertime construction. Brainerd Mayor James Wallin had to make the deciding vote and stated that he and the Baxter Mayor have already started talks on this years’ parade and cannot go back on that and that the parade this July will be in Baxter near the golf course and the events in the lot between The Body Works/Mills Ford and the Target store on July 4th in Baxter.

--The Minnesota House approved borrowing $496-million dollars for statewide construction, including work on campus buildings, bridges and roads, flood mitigation and renovations to the State Capitol. The House approved it on a vote of 99-32. The bill’s sponsor Larry Howes of Walker said the bill had support from both parties and in both chambers. The Senate has a similar bill being voted on then it would reach the governor’s desk for possible approval.

--Little Falls Police reported they made 2 arrests recently, both for Driving under the influence. A 28-year-old male and a 42-year-old male were both arrested late last month and await formal charges.

--Brainerd police are investigating dozens of vehicles and houses egged over the past weekend. Police received calls from 1400 to 1800 blocks of Pine Street, 700 block of North Seventh Street, 800 block of 11th Avenue Northeast, three vehicles on the 900 block of 4th Avenue Northeast, the 600 block of North 10th Street, the 1100 and 1200 blocks of Quince Street, 600 block of 2nd Avenue Northeast and the 700 block of Bluff Avenue. Brainerd police stated that no particular person was targeted by these crimes and would not elaborate on if all the crimes were linked to one group or individual. The calls occurred 12:30am to 8am Saturday morning. Anyone with information is asked to contact Brainerd Police at 218-829-2805.

--A motorcycle accident Sunday injured two people in Aitkin County. It was reported that the cycle driven by 21-year-old Shale Korpela of Cromwell apparently stalled in he roadway and was struck by another motorcycle driven by 29-year-old Erick Heikkila also of Cromwell. Korpela was last listed in serious condition at HCMC in Minneapolis. Heikkila was transferred to a Duluth Hospital where it was reported he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

--Sherburne County is investigating a bear attack that killed a dog early Monday east of Zimmerman. Authorities say the resident saw the large bear accompanied by 3 bear cubs just after sunrise eating from a bird feeder when the attack occurred. None of the residents were injured. The DNR has been called in to track the bear and the cubs but as of late Monday, they were unable to locate them. The sheriff’s office says if you notice a bear, you should take your children and pets indoors. Sheriff Joel Brott stated that bear sightings are not uncommon in the county but bear attacks are very rare.

--A court date has been set for August 27th in Brainerd for the St. Paul man accused of stabbing another man in January of last year. Jon Johnson is charged with 2nd-degree assault with a dangerous weapon after allegedly stabbing Timothy Porter 3 times while the 2 were in a vehicle at Highway 371 and Crow Wing CR 13 in Nisswa.

--The Morrison County Board Planning Session scheduled for May 11th has been moved to May 14th at 8:30am at the government center.

--Two people escaped without injury from a burning home in St. Wendel Township Tuesday morning. Stearns County authorities arrived just after midnight to the home on Watab Drive where the fire had started in the kitchen area. Firefighters worked on the scene for about 2 hours. The home sustained moderate damage. The homeowners Dean and Joan Holtz and their dogs were not hurt.

--For the 2nd time this year, a Sartell city council member is stepping down. Patrick Jacobson-Schulte announced Monday he is resigning because he is relocating outside the city limits of Sartell making him ineligible to be on the council. His resignation is effective May 30th. The council will decide at a future meeting on what to do with the vacant seat. Earlier this year, Julie Zupfer Anderson resigned citing irreconcilable differences with board members. The council is still in the application process for that vacant seat. The council is scheduled to meet again next Monday for a work session in Sartell.

--U.S. Postal Service inspectors are cracking down on synthetic drug shipments in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Both states recently passed laws that ban certain chemicals found in synthetic marijuana and other stimulants. Recently postal inspection officers have seized more than two dozen shipments of synthetic drugs from South Carolina, Texas and Nevada coming into Minnesota. Postal services are working cooperatively with law enforcement in every state to work on finding and disposing of synthetic drugs and chemicals related to them and arrest those responsible for sending them.

--Rain and thunderstorms slowed fieldwork in some parts of Minnesota in the past week but soil reports continue to improve. In the weekly crop report, USDA report that only 11% of the state is now short or very short on topsoil moisture compared to 20% a week earlier. But 18% of the state now has a topsoil moisture surplus, compared to 3% the previous week.  Corn planting is 73% complete already, 19% of soybeans has been planted and sugar beet planting is nearly compete at 98%, all percentages are up largely this year from the warm March and early April.

--John and Alicia Czech of Little Falls, a girl born May 7th.

TODAY= mostly sunny, northwest winds, high 64.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 45.
THURSDAY= mostly sunny, warmer, high 76, low around 55.
FRIDAY= scattered showers and storms, high around 65.

TWINS= Twins and Angels wrap up series tonight 6:40 on Q92.

IN 1899= the lawn mower was patented.
IN 1914= President Woodrow Wilson proclaims that the 2nd Sunday in May would be known as Mother’s Day.
IN 1936= first sheet of postage stamps to have variety was sold.
IN 1937= Edger Bergen and Charlie McCarthy debuted on radio.
IN 1962= George Martin signed the Beatles to 1st record contract.

“Loss for Words” Friday, happy hour specials daily at West Side Bar

Tuesday- May 8th, 2012

--The State DFL Party Saturday endorsed Rick Nolan to oppose 8th District Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack in November. Nolan received the nomination over former State Senator Tarryl Clark and Duluth City Councilman Jeff Anderson. Though Anderson has put his endorsement to Nolan, Clark made it clear that she wouldn’t abide by the decision of the endorsing committee and will wait to see what happens at the August primary. After redistricting of Congressional seats in August, District 8 will still include Morrison County and most of north-central and northeastern Minnesota.

--An Edina English teacher is the 2012 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Jackie Roehl teaches 10th-grade English at Edina High School. She is the 48th winner of the award and the first from the Edina School District. One of the runner ups for the 2012 award was David Borash, a social studies teacher from Brainerd. The original 111 candidates selected for the award earlier this year included a number of teachers from central Minnesota including Mary Jo Schaefer of Pierz, 2 from Isle, one from Pequot Lakes and 1 from St. Cloud.  The 2012 Teacher of the Year, Jackie Roehl has taught at Edina High School since 1998. She holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of St. Thomas.

--The Department of Natural Resources has lifted burning restrictions in 13 Minnesota counties thanks to recent rains. Aitkin, Becker, Carlton, Southern Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Pine, Todd and Wadena counties had restrictions officially lifted on Monday. The DNR says to keep burn piles small, have water nearby and stay with the fire until it’s completely out. Many counties in northern Minnesota will remain under burning restrictions until wildfire conditions lessen.

--Two Americans who were detained and accused of spying after hiking near the Iraq-Iran border three years ago have been married in Northern California. Family members reported that Shane Bauer, who is originally from Onamia and Sarah Shourd were married Saturday at an undisclosed location. Bauer, Shourd and Josh Fattal, all University of California, Berkeley graduates, were arrested on July 31, 2009. Shourd was released 14 months later due to health reasons. The two men were released on bail months later.

--A Stearns County Sheriff’s Department deputy reached a plea deal prior to his trial starting Monday in Anoka. Sgt. Phil Meemken was accused of 23 counts of criminal sexual conduct. The plea deal has Meemken losing his job with the sheriff’s office, and will have to live the rest of his life as a registered predatory sex offender. Meemken pleaded guilty to one count of felony 4th degree criminal sexual conduct and 2 gross misdemeanors which will keep him out of jail. 21 felony counts were dismissed by Meemken agreeing to the deal.

--St. Cloud police are investigating a robbery at a Highway 10 business Sunday night. Around 11pm someone entered the business, which police have not named, wearing a black ski masked demanded money and left with undisclosed amount of cash. The cashier stated that no weapon was brandished and no one was injured in the robbery. Police are investigating the incident.

--The risk of getting sick from E-Coli rises as the weather gets warmer. The USDA reminds those to wash produce thoroughly and also to be mindful of salmonella, which can sicken people who cook meat products incorrectly. The USDA advises people to buy and use simple meat thermometers when cooking.

--The Minnesota House on a vote of 73-58 approved a plan to build a $975-million dollar stadium for the Vikings. The plan though would raise the Vikings share of the project to $532 million dollars or about 55% of construction costs. The team stated that they wouldn’t pay more than $427-million dollars. The Senate will consider its own version of the bill and differences would then be worked out in committee. The question now is if the Vikings will accept the plan passed by the House which has them paying more for the stadium.

--Nominations are being requested by Horizon Health in Pierz for the Morrison County Outstanding Senior Citizen. The award is presented during the Morrison County Fair August 9th through the 12th. If you wish to nominate someone over 65 on their outstanding work in the community, then contact Horizon Health at 468-6451.

--Due to the heavy rains in the St. Cloud area over the weekend, motorists will continue using a detour on Highway 23 in east St. Cloud from Cooper Avenue to Lincoln Avenue through Thursday. Forecasted additional rain during the next three days may add further delays to opening this roadway.  The detour is necessary for the relocations of utilities under the roadway. To view the detour or get info on alternate routes go to the MN Dot website.

--A Virginia man is in custody after he repeatedly rammed a State Patrol squad car with his pickup Saturday evening on US 53 north of Virginia. The State Trooper fired several shots at the driver during the incident; neither the driver of the pickup nor the trooper was injured. The suspect, Kevin Michael Korte, 33, was booked into the St. Louis Co. Jail on multiple charges. He will be formally charged this week. Once the suspect has been formally charged additional information on the incident will be released.

--Actor George “Goober” Lindsay died Sunday at 83. Lindsay became a household name starting in 1964 as Goober Pyle, the cousin of Jim Nabor’s character Gomer Pyle, on the Andy Griffith Show. Lindsay was a regular on “Hee Haw” and appeared in over 30 TV shows.

TODAY= showers likely, possible T-storms in afternoon, high 56.
TONIGHT= showers early then clearing after midnight, low 39.
WEDNESDAY= sunny skies, high 65, low around 45.
THURSDAY= mostly sunny, warm, high 75, low 55.

TWINS= Angels get to Twins pitching early and late to win 8-3 Monday. Twins and Angels game 2 of series tonight 6:40 on Q92.
VL= get information on games and highlights that managed to get in last weekend for the Victory League at

IN 1847= Robert W. Thomson patented the rubber tire.
IN 1886= Dr. John Pemberton of Atlanta, Georgia created and began selling a secret elixir to cure stomach ailments. The green elixir later was changed to a brownish color and would become Coca-Cola.
IN 1945= word came from President Harry Truman that Germany had surrendered, ruling the day V-E (Victory in Europe) Day.
IN 1984= Joanie married Chachi on the final episode of Happy Days.

“Loss for Words” Friday, great lunches daily at the West Side Bar

Monday- May 7th, 2012

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Little Falls Police Department, Central MN Violent Offenders Task Force, and the Minnesota State Patrol executed a search warrant at 5047 330th Avenue in Morrill Township last Thursday. Items consistent with possession and use of controlled substances were recovered at the residence. Also recovered at the residence was a stolen trailer from Benton County and a several other stolen items from the City of St. Cloud. Donald Watson Jr. of St. Cloud, Valyncia Manheimer from Morrill Township and Jason Baumer of Morrill Township were arrested at the scene. All three suspects are being held in the Morrison County Jail pending formal charges.

--Motorists in central Minnesota should plan for minor traffic delays, weekday intermittent lane closures, traffic shifts and reduced speeds beginning today as crews begin resurfacing work on several highways in Morrison, Crow Wing, Stearns, Sherburne and Wright counties. The $2.5 million road preservation project includes work on Highway 10 south of Little Falls to Morrison County Road 40 south of Royalton, Highway 210 from Golf Course Road in Baxter to just east of Third Street NW in Brainerd, Interstate 94 from Sauk River to Stearns County Road 75, Highway 24 from I-94 to State Street in Clear Lake and Highway 25 in Wright County. During paving operations on four-lane roadways, traffic will shift to one lane through the work zone and be directed by flaggers. Pilot cars will be utilized on two-lane roadways. This will also include nighttime work for many of these projects which will last until mid June weather permitting.

--A 26-year-old Brainerd man was convicted last week on felony first-degree arson for a house fire last June in Brainerd. The Crow Wing County Judge set July 17th for sentencing on Ronnie Jackson III for setting the fire on the north side residence in Brainerd in the early morning hours of June 21, 2011. Jackson III faces up to a 20 year prison sentence and/or $20,000 in fines.

--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a plan to improve the water quality of Little Rock Lake in Benton County. The report focuses on pollution caused by nutrients, mainly phosphorus, found in the lake. The lake was added to the Minnesota list of impaired waters back in 2008. The report stated that phosphorus levels need to be reduced by 56% for the lake to meet the water-quality standards in the state. The report says they will be planting buffers around the lake shore, installing rain gardens, planting cover crops, restoring wetlands and other best management practices to improve the lake’s water quality. The report is available to view by logging on the Benton County Soil and Water’s website.

--A jury found Amy Senser guilty of two felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide Thursday. The wife of former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser was charged following the 2011 death of 38-year-old Anousone Phanthavong, who was hit and killed as he stood alongside his car off of I-94 in Minneapolis. Senser faces 48 months in prison and will be sentenced on July 9th. There is civil case as the family of the victim and the Senser’s have reached a financial settlement.

--Governor Mark Dayton has signed into law a game and fish bill that increases the cost of hunting and fishing licenses in Minnesota. The fee increases were generally supported by a broad range of sportspeople’s and environmental groups.

--The Little Falls City Council holds their regular meeting tonight at 7:30pm at the Little Falls City Hall. Work session begins at 6:30.

--More waves of soldiers returned Friday and Sunday. Close to 500 soldiers from the Red Bull Division arrived in Minnesota and were reunited with their families. This makes 12 waves of soldiers that have returned home and the last of the large numbers coming back.

--Republicans endorsed current District 12 Senator Paul Gazelka as their candidate in newly redistricted District 9 Senate seat that includes Morrison County. The party also endorsed Ron Kresha for the District 9B House Seat in the November election.

--Minnesota’s Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen, poet laureate will read her poetry selections at the Royalton Public Library Wednesday at 7pm. Call the library in Royalton to get signed up at 584-8151.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday 9am at the government center. The meeting consists of mainly agency reports. The commissioners will also hold a closed session on Tuesday to discuss the sheriff’s salary issue.

--A long-awaited vote on a nearly $1 billion plan to build a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings is expected today. Republicans, who control the Legislature, scrapped their last-minute proposal that would have slashed the state's share of the $975 million stadium. They then scheduled votes in the House and Senate on an existing plan backed by Democratic Governor Mark Dayton that heavily relies on tax revenue from gambling, which GOP leadership and other critics argue isn't a stable funding source.

--President Barack Obama will be making a stop in Minnesota. Though the time and date of his visit hasn’t been announced, the White House stated that the President will be making a stop in Rochester in June prior to the Minnesota DFL Convention, which is also in Rochester next month.

--Peter and Sara Kozumplik, parents of a boy born May 2nd.

TODAY= mostly sunny, an isolated PM storm, breezy, high 62.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, early evening shower, low 44.
TUESDAY= showers and T-storms likely, breezy and cool, high 54.
WEDNESDAY= mostly sunny, high 63, low 44.

TWINS= Twins win 3-2 Friday but lost 7-0 Saturday to Seattle. Ryan Doumit homered twice Sunday but the Twins still lost 5-2 to Seattle. Twins host Angels tonight 6:40pm pregame on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BAB= The Little Falls Baseball team continues to roll through the season without a loss. Wins against Foley, Princeton and Melrose last week now has the Flyers at 13-0 on the year.

IN 1789= first U.S. Presidential inaugural ball held for President George Washington in New York, New York.
IN 1847= The American Medical Association is founded.
IN 1912= first airplanes equipped with machine guns were unveiled at the University of Maryland.
IN 1941= Glenn Miller recorded “Chattanooga Choo Choo”.
IN 1966= The Mamas and the Papas hit #1 with “Monday, Monday”.
IN 2000= Vladimir Putin is inaugurated President of Russia.

Enjoy lunch today; stick around for Happy Hour at the West Side Bar.

Friday- May 4th, 2012

--The Foley City Council will interview three people for the police chief position sometime in the next two weeks. Joseph Backlund, Brant Standridge and Douglas Pomplun are the three finalists. The candidate field was whittled down through a process based on supervisor and chief experience, education and other factors from their applications. The top 10 were interviewed by city’s department heads, including the city administrator, the fire chief and the public works director, City Council Member Dean Weber and the Milaca Police Chief Todd Quaintance. Interim Chief Hal Henning applied for the position but did not make the top three. The council did, however, vote to extend his interim contract for up to a month through the end of June. The council also voted 4-1 to make conditional job offers to two people for police officer positions. The two could be hired if they pass physical and psychological testing and a thorough background check. Foley had been without police services since last year after negotiations for patrols by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office failed late last year and a contract with a private security company fell through in January.

--The Little Falls School Board earlier this week accepted a summary report from School Exec Connect consultants on how several focus groups perceived the school district and also shows what profile the groups wish to be perceived by the next school superintendent. The summary ranged from clean facilities, good learning environment, early childhood, financial knowledge, supporting curriculum standards and continued involvement with the district and surrounding communities. Applications are still being accepted for the position that later this month will be honed down to three candidates. That is when the interview process will begin. The hope is to have a new superintendent of schools in place by early June.

--Morrison County Commissioner Jeff Schilling has announced he is running for a 4th term in District 2. With redistricting, District 2 will now include the city of Harding along with Ripley, Platte, Belle Prairie and Buh townships.

--District 12 Senator Paul Gazelka will hold a town hall meeting to discuss the end of the 2012 legislative session at the Little Falls VFW next Saturday, May 12th, at 9am. All are welcome to attend.

--28-year old Eric Vosen of Little Falls has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for failure to abide by the Minnesota predatory offender registration law.  Vosen plead guilty and was sentenced Thursday in Morrison County District Court. Assistant Morrison County Attorney Todd Kosovich stated that Vosen was required to register since 2006 following his conviction of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 4th Degree in Morrison County. Count Attorney Brian Middendorf said that this was the third prisoner sent to prison on predatory registration offenses in just the last six months.

--The Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Sauk Rapids Police Department, and Rice Police Department, in cooperation with the DEA conducted a prescription take back program to dispose of unwanted pharmaceuticals in a legal and environmentally friendly manner. A total of 140 pounds was collected and transported for proper disposal. Authorities want to thank all who did their part to ensure these dugs were properly disposed of. A reminder, the Little Falls Police Station office is a drop off site for unwanted prescription drugs to be disposed for free weekdays from 8:00am-4:30pm.

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--More than 220 soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division are scheduled to return today. A bus is scheduled to return at 12:50 this afternoon to the St. Cloud Armory. Last night, it was reported that there will now be a stop at the Brainerd Armory this afternoon at 2:30. Other scheduled drop-off sites today include armories in Brooklyn Park, Anoka, Owatonna, Albert Lea, Austin, Rochester, Winona, Mankato, West St. Paul, and Bloomington. More soldiers are expected back in Minnesota this weekend.

--More severe weather passed through the area on Thursday morning. Just after midnight, Crow Wing, Cass and Aitkin counties were pounded by strong winds, hail and heavy rains. Then around 6:30am Todd County saw 65 mile per hour winds near Long Prairie up to the Bertha Hewitt area, that line of storms brought golf-ball size hail to Bowlus, large hail in Upsala, hail reported from Little Falls to Randall, Flensburg to Swanville. Rain totals varied from barely anything in some areas to nearly 2 inches in others in a short amount of time. More severe weather is forecasted for today and tonight, and rain remains forecasted throughout the first weekend of May.

--Over 100 homes were damaged by hail in Albany when severe storms went through Tuesday. Hail was reported the size of tennis-balls that struck homes, businesses and vehicles. Other areas of Stearns County including St. Stephen, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, St. Cloud, St. Joseph and Freeport also reported widespread hail damage.

--The Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley announced they have switched to their summer hours. From this past Tuesday to September 30th the museum will be open 7 days a week, including all holidays, from 10:00am-5:00 pm. The museum is located just inside the main gate of Camp Ripley.

--Mary Ann Wilson, age 77 of Little Falls.
--Gladys Coenen, age 99 of Little Falls.

TODAY= afternoon showers and thunderstorms, high 66.
TONIGHT= showers and storm, then cloudy, low 48.
SATURDAY= cloudy, showers and storms likely, high 66.
SUNDAY= showers and storms likely, cooler, high 58, low 45.
MONDAY= mostly sunny, high 65, low around 45.

HS BAB= Browerville at Upsala/Swanville 5pm today on Q92.
TWINS= after a day off Thursday, the Twins are in Seattle for a weekend series. Pregame begins at 8:40pm tonight, 7:40pm Saturday and 2:40pm on Sunday. All games live on Q92 WYRQ.
NCAA= a judge has thrown out a federal lawsuit by tribal members trying to save the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname. The judges sided with the NCAA original decision.
VL= Cuyuna Range Minors at St. Mathias Devils is the AM960 KLTF Game of the Week this Sunday at 1:30, roundup at 6:30pm.

IN 1932= Al Capone was jailed on charges of tax evasion.
IN 1970= 4 students killed at Kent State for anti-war demonstration.
IN 1979= Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Minister of the UK.

“Northstar Entertainment” tonight, “Hot Hits” Sat at West Side Bar.

Thursday- May 3rd, 2012

--At a press conference on Tuesday, Todd County Sheriff Peter Mikkelson informed the public that is department is investigating a possible hazing incident Browerville High School. The allegations involved the Browerville High School football team as part of an initiation where inappropriate physical contact was made, and Mikkelson stated that there are several victims. Investigators also stated that other athletic programs may be involved, but didn't say which ones. No further information was released only that the investigation is ongoing and further details will be released when the investigation in Browerville is completed.

--Those that attend the large 4th of July parade in Brainerd each year will notice something different this year that the parade has been moved to Baxter. The Baxter City Council announced Tuesday that they have approved the request to move the 4th of July Festivities to Baxter this year. The new parade route will be along Clearwater Road, Golf Course Drive, south to Excelsior Road and then north on Cypress Drive before cutting back onto Clearwater Road. The course will mainly circle around the golf course in Baxter. Also the big fireworks display in years past by Brainerd High School has also been moved as the entertainment stage will be at the lot between Target and The Body Works and fireworks will be set off from the dead-end of Cypress Drive in Baxter just after 10pm on the 4th of July. City officials have stated they are unsure if this will stay as the official destination for the celebrations in future years but this year is set.

--Brainerd firefighters evacuated an area of Tyrol Drive for a gas line cut Tuesday around 5pm. The gas line was repaired and there were no injuries. Police patrolled the area and rerouted traffic while work was being done. Firefighters from Brainerd also extinguished a bus fire around 10pm Monday at the Reichert Bus Service facility. Again there were no injuries from the fire.

--A 28-year-old Cass Lake man was sentenced to 45 years in prison for the murder of the mother of his child. Ross Littlewolf pleaded guilty to 2nd-degree intentional murder and two counts of 2nd-degree assault with a firearm back in March. Littlewolf shot and killed 22-year-old Kandace Blaine Dunn as she slept in a room with her two small children around 3am on June 26, 2011.

--The State Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction and sentence for an Albany man convicted of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and domestic assault by strangulation. 36-year-old Brian Andvik appealed his convictions due to the Stearns County Judge stating she improperly denied a motion to move the trial out of Stearns County and made errors on allowing evidence in the case. The State Court disagreed and ruled with the Judge’s ruling and sentencing of Andvik in those incidents. Andvik was convicted for choking and pointing a gun at his wife on December 31, 2009.

--A St. Cloud man has been charged with raping a woman and threatening her with a knife last week at his apartment. 23-year-old Jerry Gary is charged with two counts of first degree criminal conduct, each charge carries a 12-year prison sentence. Gary is accused of choking a woman and holding a butcher knife to her throat then Gary is accused of sexually assaulting the woman. Gary remains jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.

--Check out community events like the Jose Cole Circus tonight at the Exchange Arena in Little Falls beginning at 7pm and many other events by going to then community calendar.

--The Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau will recognize 144 Minnesota farms as 2012 Century Farms. Qualifying farms have been in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years and are 50 acres or more. Century Farm families receive a commemorative sign, as well as a certificate signed by the State Fair and Minnesota Farm Bureau presidents and Governor Dayton. Since the program began in 1976, over 9,100 Minnesota farms have been recognized as Century Farms. In Morrison County farms include in Royalton the Lawrence and Marjory Guck Sr farm and also in Royalton the Zimny Family Farm. In Stearns County the Bredeck Farm of Albany, the Jesse and Lucy Hagemeier farm in Albany and Koltes Dairy of St. Cloud. In Benton County the Gerald Benson farm of Foley and the Wayne and Alvina Stauffenecker farm of Foley. In Sherburne County the Warren and Mary Jo Johnson Farm in Becker and the Steve, Mary, Bill, Judy, and Erma Beck Farm in Clear Lake. In Todd County the Craig and Kirk Voge farm of Bertha and the Herman, Otto and Marlan Weickert farm of Bertha. In Crow Wing County the Fred Joosten farm of Brainerd. In Mille Lacs County the Curt and Sharon Hanenburg farm of Milaca. Congratulations to each.

--The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office has made a correction to the names released Tuesday from the fatal fire on Monday. The sheriff’s office stated that the 2 bodies found on Tranquil Road in Lake Edward Township is that of Kenneth and Kathleen Ponsness. There investigation into the fire and deaths continue.

--Highway 23 in east St. Cloud will be closed from Cooper Avenue to Lincoln Avenue beginning Friday, May 4th at 10am to approximately Tuesday, May 8th at 6am. Traffic will be detoured via Wilson Avenue, East St. Germain Street and Lincoln Avenue. The closure is necessary to allow crews to relocate utilities underneath the road.  The work is part of the pedestrian bridge replacement project just east of Wilson Avenue that began April 30th. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by the end of August, weather permitting.  MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

--Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has officially dropped out of the race for President after finishing poorly in last 5 primaries.

--Dorothy O Borle, age 90 of Staples.
--Geraldine ‘Gerry’ Laird, age 83 of Little Falls.

TODAY= partly cloudy, an isolated T-storm possible, high 75.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low around 50.
FRIDAY= 30% chance of thunderstorms, cloudy, high 66.
SATURDAY= 30% chance of thunderstorms, partly sunny, high 64.
SUNDAY= showers and storms likely, cooler, high 58, low 45.

TWINS= Jered Weaver pitched the 10th no-hitter in Angels history and the first of his career as the Angels blanked the Twins 9-0 to take the 3 game sweep. Twins are off today, in Seattle Friday.
NFL= linebacker Junior Seau dead at 43 from apparent suicide.

“Hot Hits” Friday and Saturday, happy hour daily at WS Bar

Wednesday- May 2nd, 2012

--It’s the 2nd Annual Day of Caring today in Little Falls and Randall. Motorists are asked to use extra caution today as volunteers (many on foot) will be going from house to house on their list to work on the yards and outdoor chores. The event is expected to get going around 9 and last until noon in Little Falls and Randall.

--Severe thunderstorms pushed through central Minnesota Tuesday afternoon and evening. At least 8 funnel clouds were reported in Stearns County and one tornado touchdown was confirmed in Western Stearns County. The National Weather Service will be out around Albany, Collegeville, Brooten and Sauk Rapids to see if any other tornado touchdowns occurred. Hail the size of golf balls or larger busted windows, damaged structures and cars around Albany and Avon. Some areas of Morrison County reported heavy rains and hail from Upsala, Royalton and Little Rock. More storms tonight.

--On Monday night the Little Falls Community High School held their Activities/Fine Arts Banquet. Winners included for the MSHSL ExCel Award Juniors Mattia Hendrickson and Travis Spillum. All other winners were seniors. Other awards included the Flyer Swimming Memorial Award to Mackenzie Hanson. The Brenda Dickman Award went to Maggie Moe. The MSHSL AAA Award winners were Makayla Jorgensen and Frank Jeffries. There were 7 three sport athletes honored. The Vern and Bunny Zehren Award went to both Maggie Moe and Michael Anderson. The 2-winners of the US Marine Corp Scholastic Excellence Award went to Grant Bell and Makayla Jorgenson. The John Philip Sousa Award winner was Jocelynn Moran and the Louis Armstrong Award was given to Alex Janey. The Semper Fidelis Musical Excellence Award was given to Josh Anderson. The National School Choral Award went to Brittain Conley and Alex Peterschick. The Fred Waring Director’s Award winner was Hannah Harkin. The Fine Arts Students of the Year were Rochelle Herzog and Crystal Posterick. The Marine Corp Distinguished Athlete Award winners were Joey Hanowski and Annie Ploof. The Female Athlete of the Year was Alayna Kabanuk and the Male Athletes of the Year were co-winners Preston Zimney and Matt Valentine.

--Authorities have released the names of the two individuals who died in a structure fire on Monday morning in Lake Edward Township of Crow Wing County. During the investigation 2 bodies yesterday identified as 56-year old Kenneth Alan Ponsness and 57-year old Kathleen Marie Ponsness. Authorities are continuing to investigate the circumstances regarding the fire and these two deaths.

--Shortly after 9:00am Tuesday the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two vehicle accident in Swan River Township. 16-year old Karen Schneider of Little Falls was westbound on 90th St. when she failed to stop at the intersection and was broadsided by Susan Holtz of Little Falls. Schneider’s vehicle rolled in the ditch. Both drivers were checked at the scene but not transported to a hospital.

--The 61st Annual National Day of Prayer is on Thursday. A number of local services will take place across the state. This year the theme is “One Nation Under God” and based on a verse from Psalm 33:12.

--St. Cloud has been chosen as one of the 2012 Legacy Destinations. The tour is part of a statewide collaborative project from a number of arts, tourism and community organizations. A number of events are planned for July 20-22nd in the St. Cloud area for the weekend tour. More information will be released closer to the date of the tour.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s sandbox fill will be Thursday in Little Falls. Leave a donation for the food shelf by the sandbox tomorrow.

--A bailiff had to use a Taser to subdue a man who allegedly punched another man in a Stearns County courtroom yesterday. The 32-year-old man was asking a judge for a court order protecting him against a man he claimed was harassing him. When the judge dismissed the order and adjourned the hearing Tuesday, Sheriff John Sanner says the man who was seeking the order walked over to the man he claimed was harassing him and punched him twice in the face. A court bailiff used a Taser to subdue the alleged attacker. Other deputies arrived and helped arrest him. He was booked into jail pending a court hearing.

--A Rice man was injured Monday evening in Brockway Township. Stearns County deputies responded to County Road 1 around 6pm and found that 26-year-old Zachary Helgerson was northbound on the county road, left the roadway and struck a tree. Helgerson was taken to St. Cloud Hospital. No report on his condition was released.

--A dryer fire did $12,000 in damage to a St. Cloud group home on Sunday. Around 1pm firefighters arrived and learned a staff member noticed the fire and evacuated the residents. Firefighters stated the laundry area and 2 adjacent rooms were damaged. No one was hurt.

--A sentencing date has been set for the man convicted of intentionally setting fire to a home in Cass County back in January with knowledge that there were people inside. A Cass County Judge stated that Brandon Sannan of Akeley will be sentenced on June 11th. This came after Sannan had a plea hearing on Monday accepted the plea bargain of 3rd degree attempted murder and one count of first degree arson from setting the fire in the Chickamaw Beach area of Cass County on January 8th. Sannan is expected to be sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Cass County Judge in June.

--A fire destroyed a garage north of Paynesville Monday night. Firefighters were called to 293rd Street in Zion Township just after 10pm. Stearns County Deputies also assisted at the scene where they stated that the garage was a total loss but no injuries.

--Yvonne Swanson Anderson, age 82 of rural Upsala.

TODAY= mostly sunny, warm, high 76.
TONIGHT= showers and thunderstorms, low around 55.
THURSDAY= isolated storms early, then partly sunny, high near 75.
FRIDAY= partly sunny, isolated storms, high 70, low 49.

TWINS= Torii Hunter beats on his old team again with a homerun and 2 RBIs as Angels shutout Twins 4-0 last night. Twins wrap up series with Angels tonight 8:35pm pregame on Q92 WYRQ.

IN 1611= King James Bible first published in England.
IN 1885= “Good Housekeeping” magazine first went on sale.
IN 1920= first games played in the Negro Baseball League.
IN 1941= the FCC allowed regular scheduling of television broadcast this would be the beginning for network programming.
IN 2011= word came at night by President Barack Obama that Osama Bin Laden had been shot and killed in Pakistan.

“Hot Hits” Friday and Saturday at the West Side Bar.

Tuesday- May 1st, 2012

--More than 500 soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division have returned overnight or will be returning later today. Buses soldiers arrived early this morning at Camp Ripley and in St. Cloud between midnight and 1:30am. More soldiers will be returning to St. Cloud this afternoon at 3:30pm. There are a number of other stops today at sites in Anoka, West St. Paul, St. Peter, Mankato, Owatonna, Austin, Rochester, Winona and Bloomington. Again thanks to all the soldiers for their service and Welcome Home.

--A 49-year-old Burnsville man was injured Sunday when his vehicle left Highway 371 and overturned. The accident happened around 2:15pm on 371 about 4 miles north of Little Falls when Lee Johnson was in the southbound lane, lost control and ran off the left side of the road striking the median and overturning his vehicle. Johnson was ejected from the vehicle on impact. He was taken to an area hospital with serious-but non-life threatening injuries.

--The DFL Party Sunday endorsed former State Representative Al Doty for their candidate in Senate District 9 in November and Pierz City Councilman Adrian Welle as their DFL candidate for House District 9B in November. Both votes were unanimous with about 60 people participating at the endorsing convention in Browerville. After redistricting in August, Senate District 9 will include large portions of Morrison and Todd County and also portions of Cass and Wadena. House District 9B will be all but two southeastern townships of Morrison County and southeastern Todd County including the towns of Long Prairie, Burtrum and Grey Eagle. The Republican endorsement convention is this Saturday. In Senate District 9, current District 12 Senator Paul Gazelka is seeking reelection. In House District 9B, Norm Siekman and Ron Kresha are seeking the endorsement. Current District 12B Representative Mike LeMieur has announced he will not seek reelection later this year.

--It was a busy weekend for Brainerd firefighters. Last week Friday they were called to Travis Trail for car and grass fire, the driver was attempting to put out a grass fire by driving back and forth over it and the car caught fire. The car sustained moderate damage and a couple of acres were burned. No one was injured. Sunday, firefighters were called back to Travis Trail for a grass fire in an unattended area of the woods. Only a small area burned. Also on Sunday, firefighters responded to an illegal burn on 12th Street North, a trash fire at Brainerd High School and a car fire where the brakes overheated on Highway 210. In all cases there were no injuries.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce announced Mary Pfeffer-Friese as their May employee of the month. Pfeffer-Friese has worked over the past 4 years as a VR technician at Vocational Rehabilitation Services for the State of Minnesota. As employee of the month, Mary receives a number of certificates from area businesses.

--A third bank has failed in Minnesota this year. On Friday, Maple Grove’s-based Inter Saving Bank was closed by federal regulators. However, a Missouri-based bank has bought out the Maple Grove facility and opened for business yesterday under the Missouri-Great Southern Bank namesake. Inter-Savings Bank had piled up millions of dollars in losses since the recession hit. Great Southern Bank has branches already in Roseville, Edina and Lakeville. Earlier this year, Home Savings of Little Falls was closed by federal regulators and in there case a bank did not come forward to take over the assets.

--2nd Annual Day of Caring is tomorrow in Little Falls and Randall.

--Shortly after 10:30am on Monday the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call reporting a structure fire at 10526 Tranquil Road located in Lake Edwards Township, Crow Wing County. During the investigation of the fire two unidentified bodies were located inside the residence. A positive identification of the bodies has not been determined and will await the results of further investigation. Autopsies will be performed to determine the cause of death. Authorities are continuing their investigation into the circumstances regarding the fire and the cause of death of these two individuals. Agencies involved with the investigation include the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the MN State Fire Marshal’s Office. Other agencies assisting include Fire Departments from Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Brainerd, Ideal Township, Mission Township and North Memorial Ambulance.

--Crane Meadows Wildlife Refuge will once again host a free guided bird walk for beginners, hobbyists and seasoned bird watchers this Saturday morning. Participants will have a chance to view waterfowl, shore birds, grassland birds and woodland dwellers. Birds of special focus will be sandhill cranes, raptors, swans, warblers, eagles and song birds. Participants will meet at the Platte River trail located south of Little Falls at 8am. For information call 632-1575.

--The Todd County Sheriff’s Office is expected to release more information on a hazing incident being investigated at Browerville High School later today. A press conference is scheduled at 1pm at the Main Street Government Center in Long Prairie.

--Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Lorie Gildea has proclaimed this week Juror Appreciation Week. The Judicial Branch is using the occasion to express thanks for Minnesotans who have answered the call to jury service. Justice Gildea says jurors are an important component to our justice system and she notes that Minnesotan respond to jury summons at a consistently high rate. Prospective jurors this week will receive thank-you notes and given American flags from judicial staff during Juror Appreciation Week.

--Eden Hanson and Emily Stangl-Hanson of Pierz, a boy born 4-29.

--Joseph ‘Joe’ M. Johnson, age 83 of Little Falls.
--Grace E. Bryniarski, age 74 of Pierz.
--Carol Batcha, age 85 of Royalton.

TODAY= showers and T-storms early then cloudy with showers and T-storms late afternoon, some could be strong, high 75.
TONIGHT= showers and T-storms likely, some strong with potential of dangerous winds and hail, low 55.
WEDNESDAY= partly sunny, isolated storms possible, high 75.
THURSDAY= partly sunny, isolated storms, high 73, low 50.

TWINS= Torii Hunter had a homer and 3 RBIs to help the Angels beat his old team the Twins last night 4-3 in California. Twins and Angels game 2 tonight 8:35pm on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BAB= Upsala/Swanville at Eagle Valley today at 5pm on Q92.

Enjoy Happy Hour specials today by stopping into the West Side Bar.