News May, 2013

Friday- May 31st, 2013

NEWS
--The Pine Grove Zoo will celebrate 100 years Saturday, June 8th with an event starting at noon. The event from noon to 4 will cost $1 or 100 pennies for all to come and see 2 grey horned owls from the Minnesota Rapture Center. Grey Horned owls were the first to grace the Pine Grove Zoo back in 1913. There will be a reenactment from the Friends of the Lindbergh House talking about what Mrs. Lindbergh would have seen in the early days of the zoo. Pictures of the zoo from 1913 to present day will be on display also with other items of history of the zoo and the area over the past 100 years. There will be antique fire trucks, classic cars, live music and much more at the event. Also Zookeeper Marnita Van Hoecke announced that they are getting their first of two baby zebras and the baby will be placed at the zoo if all goes well by this weekend. For more information on the zoo event contact Pine Grove at 616-5595.

--A 30-year-old from Ironton has been charged with having a stand off with Crow Wing County authorities last Sunday near Aitkin. David Decent reportedly told officers he was going to shoot them if they came up to the house after they arrived for a domestic disturbance around 6:30pm. Authorities responded after a woman said her son had a weapon and alcohol which were not allowed from his recent probation. Decent after a long process with Aitkin and Crow Wing County and other local authorities was taken into custody. Decent attempted several times to point and fire a 20 gauge shotgun but the shotgun never went off. He was charged Wednesday with 2nd-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and his next court appearance is next Wednesday in Crow Wing County.

--Little Falls Police in the past week arrested a 29-year-old in northeast Little Falls for possession of a controlled substance and arrested a 31 year-old woman on a Dakota County warrant and while she was in custody she was found to have a baggie of marijuana.

--Minnesota businessman and Republican Mike McFadden announced Wednesday he will challenge DFL Senator Al Franken in 2014. McFadden is the first Republican to announce he is running against the first term Senator. McFadden Wednesday filed formal paperwork to form a campaign fundraising committee. Senator Franken stated recently he intends to seek another term as Senator. Franken was in a heated court battle with former Senator Norm Coleman before the courts declared him the winner in 2009.

--Automatic budget cuts at the Department of Defense will result in a 20% pay cut for some members of the Minnesota National Guard this summer. Captain John Hobot says they’ve started notifying technicians about upcoming furloughs. He says about 2,100 full time military personnel support the Minnesota Guard’s activities and of those, 1,118 are technicians that are subject to the furloughs. He says they’ll be required to take one day off unpaid each week for 11 weeks. Hobot says those furloughs are scheduled July 15th through September 30th. U.S. Senator Al Franken says the painful news is an example of why he wants to replace the entire sequester with a mix of new revenues and smarter, targeted budget cuts.

--Central Minnesota rain totals in May are doubled the average for the month according to the National Weather Service. In May Little Falls Radio has received 5 inches of rain, where some including St. Cloud have received nearly 9 inches of rainfall this month. Showers and storms continue to be forecasted still today. The average rainfall for central Minnesota in May usually averages 2.75 inches.

--Barbara Muckenhirn who has served in Little Falls as the director of 21st Century Teaching and Learning for nearly two years, has been offered the principal position at Princeton High School. Muckenhirn resides in Princeton and worked for that district as its director of teaching and learning before coming to Little Falls. Little Falls Superintendent Stephen Jones said replacement strategies will be discussed over the next few weeks. Muckenhirn’s duties in Princeton will begin on July 1st.

--Little Falls and Morrison County Deputies will be participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics again this year. Everyone is invited to join in on the event. Runners, walkers, bicyclists, and rollerbladers are welcome. The event will be held on the morning of June 18th. Participants will start near Fort Ripley and continue down Hwy 10 South to finish in Royalton. This is a relay style event, so participants will not be expected to complete the entire route. Interested participants may contact: Officer Andrea, at josh.andrea@littlefallspolicedepartment.com

--Crow Wing County Community Services released a reminder of state guidelines regarding the ages of children who may be left at home alone. Minnesota Child Maltreatment Screening Guidelines are used by child protection agencies to determine if a report regarding lack of supervision needs to be assessed by a social worker. Reports alleging inadequate child care arrangements may be screened for a child protection response according to these guidelines:
• Children age 7 and younger who are left alone for any time.
• Children ages 8 to 10 who are left alone for more than three hours.
• Children ages 11 to 13 who are left alone for more than 12 hours.
• Children ages 14 to 15 who are left alone for more than 24 hours.
• Children ages 16 to 17 may be left home alone for more than 24 hours with a plan in place concerning how to handle an emergency.
Some modifying factors affecting screening decisions include:
• The accessibility of the parent, guardian or designated caregiver to child by phone and/or in person.
• The existence of physical problems or disabilities.
• The behavioral history of a child.
• The establishment of a well understood escape plan that has been worked out by the parent(s) or a fire drill practice that has been rehearsed with the child and the presence of a working fire or smoke detector in the home.

WEATHER
TODAY= partly sunny, afternoon T-storms, breezy, high 71.
TONIGHT= showers and T-storms in evening, low 52.
SATURDAY= showers likely, cooler and breezy in the PM, high 60.
SUNDAY= sunny skies, high 65, clear at night low 45.
MONDAY= sunny skies, high near 70, storms develop late night.

SPORTS
HS BAB= Little Falls and Pierz had their playoff game postponed to today in St. Cloud at 2pm, coverage live on FM94 KFML.
TWINS= Twins blast 4 homers and hold on for an 8-6 win over Milwaukee to sweep the 4 game home and home series. Twins host Seattle this weekend at Target Field. Pregame coverage tonight at 6:40pm, Saturday at 11:40am and Sunday at 12:40pm on WYRQ
VL= Randall at Royalton 1:30pm Sunday Game of Week of KLTF.

“Loss for Words” tonight, Redneck Radio Saturday at West Side Bar





Thursday- May 30th, 2013

NEWS
--At the Pierz City Council meeting on Tuesday night the council reviewed the bids for the Safe Route to School Project. The lowest of the three bids was from C & L Excavating but that was still roughly $100,000 more than the city had budgeted which is all grant funded. The council decided to kick in roughly $23,000 of city money as MNDOT agreed to cover the remaining over $70,000. This does not become official until the county commissioners approve the project which they are expected to do during their June 11th meeting. The next Pierz City Council meeting is June 10th.

--The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that landowners who lost portions of their property to the CapX 2020 high-voltage transmission line are entitled to relocation costs and minimum compensation. The decision by the state’s highest court overturns a Court of Appeals decision and affirms a decision by a Stearns County District Court Judge that had been overturned by the Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court ruling hinged on whether property owners who chose to require Xcel to condemn their property would receive that compensation or whether those property owners had chosen to move from their property and therefore weren’t entitled to the compensation. The case involves landowners who invoked the "Buy the Farm" statute, which allows homeowners and farmers to force a utility to purchase their entire property at fair market value rather than selling an easement to the utility.

--6th District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann announced early Wednesday that she will not run for reelection in 2014. Bachmann stated that "After a great deal of thought and deliberation, I have decided next year, I will not seek a fifth Congressional term, after serious consideration, I am confident that this is the right decision.” Bachmann said she's leaving after eight years in Congress, much like the constitutional limits placed on a President to two four-year elected terms. She also stated "Be assured, my decision was not in any way influenced by any concerns about my being re-elected to Congress”. The comments were based at the recent announcement of DFL candidate Jim Graves announcing he was seeking the 6th District seat in 2014.

--The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources lifted restrictions on open burning Tuesday morning. A statewide green up, combined with the recent precipitation have eased the critical fire danger. Permits for open burning will generally be available throughout the state. However, a few areas in the extreme northern parts of the state plan to continue local restrictions until more moisture is received. The DNR reminds everyone that, although the statewide restrictions are now lifted, local areas, counties or municipalities may have specific regulations or restrictions that affect burning operations. Check with local authorities to obtain proper permits before any open burning.

--A juvenile was taken into custody Tuesday after leading authorities on a chase on Interstate Highway 94 that ended in a rollover near St. Michael. Officers received several complaints out of Willmar about the stolen jeep. Officers began pursuing the vehicle as it traveled east on I-94. There were no major collisions with other vehicles. The chase ended around 10am with the Jeep Liberty rolling over near Minnesota Highway 241 and the St. Michael exit. The juvenile was not injured and was taken into custody where formal charges are pending.

--Additional progress has been made in corn planting in Minnesota and most other states after a very slow start caused by late season cold followed by significant rains. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says most farmers had a good window of opportunity right before the holiday weekend with an additional 15% of the corn crop planted bringing the total to 86%. That’s only four points behind the five year average. Rippey adds that some growers are foregoing corn planting to plant their soybeans early. Soybean planting progress is at 44%.

--The Sartell City Council decided Tuesday that Finance Director Mary Degiovanni will serve as the interim city administrator. The council unanimously voted for Degiovanni to fill the position left vacant by Patti Gartland, whose last day is Friday. Gartland has been named president of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corp. Degiovanni will be paid an additional $1,200 a month while she serves as interim city administrator. She will start June 1st.

--Since the start of a statewide Click or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign on May 20th, 4,316 motorists have been cited for seat belt violations as of Memorial Day. Extra belt patrols are on the roads through June 2nd. Drivers and all passengers, including in the back, must be belted. Children must be in the correct child restraint or booster seat. Also the State Patrol reported that approximately 360 people were arrested for DWI during the Memorial Day weekend.

--The Department of Natural Resources announced that Colonel Jim Konrad will retire as director of DNR’s Enforcement Division, effective June 4th, ending 30 years of state service. Under Konrad’s leadership DNR Enforcement issued new firearms and tasers to conservation officers, added a new aircraft and new K-9 teams, strengthened budget oversight and management, completed two conservation officer academies, implemented an improved hiring process, uncovered a number of high-profile poaching cases, successfully responded to several floods and disasters, introduced an online hunter education course, improved staff leadership training, and improved communications and operational accountability. Since its inception in 1887, all pictures of former chief conservation officers line the walls of the fireplace room in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at Camp Ripley north of Little Falls.

DEATH NOTICES
--Delores Mueller, age 80 of Long Prairie
--Gerald Hendrickson, age 80 of Grey Eagle.
--Jerome J. Stumpf, age 85 of Pierz.

WEATHER
TODAY= showers and T-storms likely, breezy, high 75.
TONIGHT= showers and storms likely, breezy, low 60.
FRIDAY= scattered storms likely, some sun, high 72.
SATURDAY= showers likely, cooler and breezy, high 63, low 45.
SUNDAY= mainly sunny, high around 65.

SPORTS
TWINS= Ryan Doumit and Aaron Hicks aided in the Twins 4-1 win over Milwaukee. Twins try for a 4 game sweep as the Twins wrap up home and home series with Brewers tonight 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BAB= Pierz and Little Falls both win Wednesday and will play each other tonight at 7pm in playoffs. Hear it live on FM94 KFML.

 “Loss for Words” tomorrow, Redneck Radio Sat at West Side Bar





Wednesday- May 29th, 2013

NEWS
--One person was killed in a two-vehicle accident north of Little Falls. 81-year old Jacqueline Losen of Little Falls was traveling northbound on Highway 10 attempting to make a left a turn on 190th Street when she was struck by a 2nd vehicle driven by 48-year old James Fisher of Minneapolis traveling southbound on Highway 10. The accident happened around 4:45pm on Monday. James Fisher and two other passengers in his vehicle, 75-year old Marilyn Fisher of Minneapolis and 21-year old Jacqueline Fisher of Cedar Rapids, Iowa all suffered non-life threatening injuries. Losen died at the scene.

--On Sunday at approximately 2:12 p.m., the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a capsized canoe and 2 people in the water on the Gull River near Barbeau Road. Nearby residents located 4-year old Thadeus Strader of Gilbert, AZ in the water and assisted him to shore. Strader was transported to the hospital and later released. The second occupant of the canoe, 64-year old Peter Johnson of Brainerd, was pulled from the river further downstream. Johnson was found unresponsive and attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. Johnson was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office. Both parties were wearing life jackets at the time of the incident. The cause of the canoe capsizing remains under investigation.

--The Department of Minnesota Veterans of Foreign Wars has put together a “Ride for Healing” to raise funds to erect a 35,000 square foot Education Center near the Vietnam War Memorial. The “Ride for Healing” started from several areas of Minnesota on Memorial Day. Caravans of classic cars and motorcycles will ride to the four corners of the state, then to their final destination in Brainerd, stopping at various rallying points along the way. The Team Charlie caravan will be stopping in Randall, Friday, May 31st. At about 10:30am traffic will be stopped on Highway 10 to allow the caravan easy access into town. The riders will stop at the VFW Curtis Olson Post 9073 for lunch and the public is welcome to join them. Lunch will be a choice of a pulled pork sandwich or sloppy Joes. The group welcomes all who want to support the event. The group will ask for a free will donation for the meal and the money raised will go toward the Education Center. The caravan is expected to get back on the road at about 11:30am and head to Camp Ripley, where it will meet the other three caravans. From there, they will go to Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd. On Saturday, June 1st the four caravans head to the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds in Brainerd. The Traveling Wall will arrive at the fairgrounds Thursday, May 30th and a commemoration event is planned for Saturday, June 1st. A military flyover will be viewed at 1:00pm with official programs and ceremonies to follow.

--As we head into the summer the American Red Cross of Minnesota is reminding people the need for blood donations is always there. Spokeswoman Sue Gonsior says blood donations always fall in June, July, and August. She adds that each day the Red Cross needs 17,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients at approximately 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. She says every time you give blood you can help save up to three people’s lives and give them more time with their loved ones. To make a donation appointment you can call 1-800-RED-CROSS or online at www.redcross.org.

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--On Monday, more than 200 people gathered in remembrance at Veterans Park in Sartell for The All Sartell Mill Memorial Event and Picnic which was created also to allow former mill employees to stay in touch. The Memorial Day explosion at the Verso Paper mill in Sartell took the life of Jon Maus, injured several others and shut down the factory that was older than the city itself. Former employees spoke about the years at the mill and memories of better times. Family members of Jon Maus also spoke at the event which organizers hope will become a yearly tradition to remember a site that employed numerous people over the past century.

--Cushing, Darling and Parker Townships will hold a clean-up day residents living in the respected townships on June 8th at the Darling Town Hall from 8-11am, details contact Mary at 749-2790. Belle Prairie Township will also hold a clean-up day on June 8th from 8am to 1pm at the Belle Prairie Town Hall, details call Ginny at 745-2290.

--State officials are trying to protect the health of several lakes by reminding residents with waterfront property not to clear aquatic vegetation unless they have a permit. Last year, 14 citations were issued as homeowners were clearing vegetation for swimming areas leaving shoreline vulnerable for erosion. The DNR is enforcing the rules that outline how much lake vegetation can be removed. Instead of issuing warnings to people who remove aquatic growth the agency will assess $285 tickets. Homeowners that have a $35 permit are allowed to clear half their frontage up to a maximum 100 feet.

--A pair of groups that challenged Minnesota rules for a state wolf hunting and trapping season has been dealt another blow in court. Minnesota’s Court of Appeals on Tuesday dismissed a petition aiming to undo rules that allowed for a wolf hunting season, the first of which was held starting in November. The appeals judges decided that the Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves lacked sufficient legal standing to challenge the Department of Natural Resources rules. Minnesota resumed sport hunting and trapping after the region’s wolves came off the endangered list early last year.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Jesse and Holly Kliber of Little Falls, a girl born on May 23rd
--Joshua and Christy Zyvoloski of Little Falls, a girl born on May 25th

DEATH NOTICES
--Gerald L. Mohler, age 88 of Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= partly sunny, storms after 4pm, high 77.
TONIGHT= showers and storms likely, some strong, low 62.
THURSDAY= showers and strong T-storms likely, high 75, low 59
FRIDAY= mostly cloudy, scattered T-storms, high 73, low 53.

SPORTS
TWINS= Doumit, Willingham and Hicks homered but still the Twins needed to win in 14 last night 6-5 over Milwaukee. Twins now host the Brewers for 2 games starting tonight 6:40pm on WYRQ.
BAB= Little Falls, Pierz, Royalton and Upsala/Swanville all win in baseball playoffs Tuesday. All of the teams are back in action later today. Catch the Pierz game with Ottertail Central at 5pm and then Little Falls vs. Minnewaska at 7pm both on FM94 KFML.

“Loss for Words” Friday, Redneck Radio Saturday at West Side Bar





Tuesday- May 28th, 2013

NEWS
--A flood warning that was issued Saturday for the Mississippi River at Fort Ripley was cancelled Monday as river levels have receded.

--Motorists will encounter delays and a detour on Highway 27/Broadway Avenue in Little Falls as the road closes at the BNSF railroad crossing, just west of the Mississippi River. The closing started at 7am this morning. The road is scheduled to open by 7:00pm Thursday, May 30th. A detour will direct motorists along Paul Larson Memorial Drive, 9th Avenue Northwest and Lindbergh Drive/2nd Street Northwest. The closure is needed as crews repair the railroad crossing. For travel details go to www.511mn.org.

--Officials say they have found the body of a child fitting the description of 2-year-old Daisy Jo Holland who went missing from an Elk River campground on Friday. Police say dive teams found the body around 2:30pm Sunday in the Elk River several hundred yards downstream from the campsite. Crews spent Sunday searching the water after an extensive ground search on Saturday. Dogs brought in to help in the search had indicated Daisy's scent near the riverbank.

--Two burglaries were reported recently in the Little Falls Area. The first occurred on Monday, May 19th at a home on 150th Avenue in Little Falls. The second occurred Thursday on the 300 block of 11th Street SE. Anyone with information should call local authorities.

--The driver of a vehicle involved in a crash April 15th in Sauk Centre that killed a passenger in her vehicle has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide and other charges. The crash killed 18-year old Anne Marie Chronister, of Lake Benton, when the vehicle she was in ran a stop sign and collided with a truck pulling a horse trailer. A criminal complaint accuses 21-year old Talia Rae Hoffman, of Alexandria, of having methamphetamine and amphetamine in her system when she was driving. Hoffman has been charged with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide for Chronister’s death. Hoffman also has been charged with three counts of criminal vehicular operation for injuries suffered by a second passenger, 33-year old Lazaro Diaz of Willmar. Hoffman is in the Morrison County Jail on a drug charge and also faces burglary charges in Douglas County.

--Around 12:30am Thursday authorities responded to a suspicious vehicle fire at the 500 block of 8th street in Brainerd. Shortly afterwards another suspicious vehicle fire was reported at the 1300 block of Pine Street. The Brainerd Police Department and the State Fire Marshall’s Office are currently investigating 5 other suspicious vehicle fires within the last year and are requesting the public’s assistance. The State Fire Marshall’s Office is offering an award of up to $2,500 for the arrest and conviction of suspect/suspects involved. Anyone with information should call the Brainerd Police Department.

--The man who killed his mother in August in her south St. Cloud home was sentenced Friday to almost 22 years in prison. 40-year old Chad Matthew Pulju previously pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder for causing the death of Geraldine Bennett. Pulju was sentenced to 21 years, eight months in prison after hearing half a day of testimony that ended with all sides agreeing that there appeared to be no motive for the killing. Pulju testified at his plea hearing that he was too drunk to remember everything that happened August 23rd at 2711 Atwood Drive. Bennett was found with 47 stab wounds sitting in a chair and Pulju found nearby with a knife.

--It was reported to LF Radio that there will be no Rural School Picnic this year for Morrison County. Again no picnic scheduled this year.

--Sunday afternoon, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a capsized canoe and 2 people in the water on the Gull River near Baxter. A 4-year-old Arizona boy was pulled from the river and taken to the Brainerd Hospital for treatment. A 64-year-old man was then pulled from the river. The man was unresponsive and first responders attempted CPR but were unsuccessful. The man was then pronounced dead and his body was transported to Ramsey County to determine the exact cause of death. Both were wearing life jackets at the time of the incident. Names are being withheld at this time pending notification of family.

--After ramps and all lanes were opened for the holiday weekend on Interstate 94 between Clearwater and St. Cloud single lanes and delays are expected today as road work resumes at 9am. Two other work zones with reduced speed limits, lane shifts and narrowed lanes resume work today on Highway 15 near County Road 120 in St. Cloud and Sartell, and on Highway 371 in Nisswa. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.

--A 19-year-old from Carlos died early Saturday after the pickup he was in sideswiped another vehicle as it attempted to pass on Interstate Highway 94 in Douglas County. According to the State Patrol, Landon D. Lien died at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria. The other occupant of the pickup, 18-year-old Jacob J. Dale of Alexandria was taken to St. Cloud Hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. The State Patrol stated they are still investigating who was the driver of the pickup in the accident.

--A 17-year-old grandson of state Senator Mary Kiffmeyer was taken into custody Thursday evening after authorities were called to her Big Lake home on a report of the teen threatening himself and family with a shotgun. The 911 call about a juvenile stated he had a 12-gauge shotgun and was threatening to harm himself and his mother. The boy was taken into custody without shots being fired or anyone being injured. Formal charges are pending.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Jeff and Heidi Lohse of Waite Park, girl born May 23rd
--Amanda Hines of Little Falls, mother of a baby girl on May 24th

DEATH NOTICE
--Owen Haeg, age 82 of Onamia
--Walter Gorgoschlitz, age 82 of St. Paul.

WEATHER
TODAY= mist/fog and drizzle, cloudy, high 68.
TONIGHT= areas of fog and drizzle, mostly cloudy, low 54.
WEDNESDAY= partly sunny, afternoon storms, some strong, high 77
THURSDAY= shower and storms likely, some strong, high 77, low 60.

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins lost 6-0 Friday and avoided a no-hitter by 2 outs in the 9th inning. Saturday Twins win 3-2 ending their 10 game losing streak. Tigers defeated the Twins Sunday 6-1. Twins Monday beat the Brewers 6-3 to start their home and home series. Twins continue series at Milwaukee tonight 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BAB= Milaca at Little Falls today at 5pm on AM960 KLTF
HS BAB= Pierz at Foley today at 5pm on FM94 KFML.

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Friday- May 24th, 2013

NEWS
--Motorists will encounter delays and a detour on Highway 27/Broadway Avenue in Little Falls as the road closes at the BNSF railroad crossing, just west of the Mississippi River, at 7:00am this coming Tuesday, May 28th. The road is scheduled to open by 7:00pm Thursday, May 30th. A detour will direct motorists along Paul Larson Memorial Drive, 9th Avenue Northwest and 2nd Street Northwest. The closure is needed as crews repair the railroad crossing. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.

--New population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau released yesterday show most area cities saw little or no growth from July 2011 to July 2012. The population in Little Falls declined to 8,288 in 2012 down from 8,323 people in 2011 and 8,354 people in 2010. Thanks to last year’s slow economic recovery, most residents stayed put, with cities such as St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, St. Joseph and Waite Park adding a couple dozen residents at most. Sartell grew the most, adding an estimated 108 people. The population estimates reflect births, deaths and net migration. Nationally, cities in the South and West saw the biggest population gains. Eight of the 15 fastest-growing large U.S. cities from 2011-2012 were in Texas, including Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas.

--The Little Falls City Council met this past Monday night. At the meeting the Mayor gave several employees who reached milestones in years of service toward the city recognition awards. The Sister City Committee recommended bylaws were passed by the council. Also passed was the parade permit and special events application for the Dam Festival next month. The donation request for the Darling Green Prairie Township request was voted down.

--The Pierz City Council meets next week at 7:00pm on Tuesday at City Hall due to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday. Agenda items include several liquor license approvals, Oktoberfest donation request, and reports from several agencies.

--Health officials say Minnesota topped 200 influenza-related deaths this flu season. In its final weekly report until next fall, the Minnesota Department of Health said Thursday there were 201 flu-related deaths during the 2012-13 influenza season. The health department says 3,088 people were hospitalized with influenza in Minnesota this season. That’s the highest annual total in the five years that health officials have collected statewide numbers. While the flu season was severe, Kris Ehresmann, the health department’s director of infectious disease, says it might have seemed particularly bad because the previous four seasonal flu bugs had been mild.

--Stearns County is asking for help finding a vehicle that has been used in numerous gas drive-offs, including one Tuesday in Rockville where the driver stole more than $150 worth of gas. The suspect in the Rockville incident was described as being a man in his early 20s. The vehicle that sheriff’s officials are looking for is a mid-1990s black Dodge Ram, single cab with a large sticker on the back window. The vehicle has chrome bars and bed rails and the bottom portion of the body panels have been spray-painted gray. Sheriff’s officials are asking for the public to keep an eye out for the vehicle and to get a license plate, more thorough vehicle description and driver description in case it leaves without paying at another gas station. The vehicle is similar to one that has been used in numerous other drive-offs in the area. Anyone with information about the vehicle is asked to call the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.

--Monday is Memorial Day. A federal holiday meaning that Federal, State, County and City Offices will be closed; this includes the post offices, no regular mail delivery Monday, banks, financial institutions, schools and some businesses. It is best to call ahead before venturing out. The offices of Little Falls Radio are closed Monday.

--The Heirloom Arts Exhibit grand opening will be celebrated with Heirloom Arts Day on Saturday, June 8th at the Charles Weyerhaeuser museum. Heirloom Arts Day, which runs from 10:00am-6:00pm, will feature more than the exhibit. There will be informal demonstrations of some heirloom arts, refreshments, and live music starting at 2:00pm from Len Sharon’s band. Jan Warner will lead two discussions at 11:00am and 1:00pm about heirloom arts. Following Jan’s presentations, Ann Marie Johnson, the museum’s curator of collections, will explain how to properly care for heirloom arts pieces. The Heirloom Arts Exhibit will run through the end of the year. Heirloom Arts Day and the exhibit are free and open to the public. For more information, call 320-632-4007.

--The Minnesota State Patrol graduated 42 cadets Thursday at a ceremony in Minneapolis that is the culmination of 15 weeks of training and course work at Camp Ripley. The graduating cadets will be partnered with veteran troopers for 16 weeks of field training before they begin their solo patrols. Three of the graduates are from our extended area. David Borden, who lives in St. Cloud will be assigned to the Park Rapids area. He is a St. Cloud State University graduate. Brent Egan grew up in Sauk Centre and graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. He will be assigned to the Hastings area. Kali Kleinschmidt grew up in Long Prairie and lives in Waite Park. She will be assigned to the Sauk Centre area.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Walker and Andrea Wearne of Little Falls, girl born May 22nd
--Mark and Sharon Brixius of Rice, a girl born May 21st.

DEATH NOTICE
--Dorothy White, age 100 of Randall

WEATHER
TODAY= sun early then increasing clouds, high 65.
TONIGHT= showers likely, few thunderstorms, low 50.
SATURDAY= morning showers and storms, cloudy, high 60.
SAT NITE= mainly cloudy, isolated T-storms, low 48.
SUNDAY= cloudy, scattered showers and T-storms, high 61.
SUN NITE/MON= better chance of storms, low 51, high 68.
TUESDAY= showers and storms likely, high 72.

SPORTS
TWINS= after a 1 hour rain delay, Tigers score 4 runs late to beat the Twins 7-6 last night. Twins continue series tonight 5:35pm, Saturday at 2:35pm and Sunday at 11:35am on Q92 WYRQ.
VL= a busy Victory League schedule this weekend, the KLTF Game of the Week will be Monday, Sobieski at Harding at 1:30pm with the Victory League Roundup Monday at 6:30 with all the weekend scores.

A reminder due to Memorial Day Monday there will be no newsletter on Monday due to offices at LF Radio closed.

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Thursday- May 23rd, 2013

NEWS
--The Hole in the Day Players upcoming play Barefoot in the Park which is scheduled to run tonight, tomorrow, Saturday and next week on Thursday and Friday has been forced to cancel two of these dates. The performances this Friday and Saturday have been cancelled. If you have tickets for this event they can be changed to any of the other three nights. If these dates do not work for you please contact the store you purchased your tickets from for a full refund. The Hole in the Day Players are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

--One man is dead after a head-on crash in Howard Lake Tuesday afternoon. 66-year old Keith R. Hardel of Howard Lake died after the cruiser he was driving crossed the center line of U.S. Highway 12 and crashed into a jeep. Hardel was traveling east on Highway 12 near 12th Avenue when the crash occurred. Karrie A. Taylor of Hutchinson was the other driver. Taylor was not injured.

--A narrow band of Minnesotans will pay a higher income tax under the new state budget. Officials say the average cost of the new tax for 54,400 filers is just shy of $7,200 per filer. But that figure can be misleading because the super-rich will pay dramatically more than those barely touched by the new rate. The median tab for those affected is $1,904. That means half of the people will pay more than that and half will pay less. The 9.85 percent rate applies to taxable income above $250,000 for married filers and $150,000 for singles. It takes effect for this tax year. The new top tax rate will put Minnesota’s upper bracket in the nation’s top five.

--Wet conditions have lowered the fire danger and prompted the Department of Natural Resources to lift burning restrictions in all or parts of 32 Minnesota counties. Restrictions were lifted at 9:30am on Tuesday. The following counties have been removed from burning restrictions: Morrison, Aitkin, Becker, Benton, Cass, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, and Wright counties. The DNR advises to keep burn piles small, have a water supply nearby, and stay with the fire until it is completely out. If the fire escapes, homeowner is responsible for the damage and suppression costs.

--Legislation that would allow a new form of absentee voting in Minnesota is awaiting Governor Dayton’s signature. Current law requires voters to explain why they are unable to cast a ballot on election day and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says the change in law means voters will no longer have to check one of the boxes and offer up some excuse. Ritchie says in person absentee voting currently starts 45 days to an election. Another measure in the bill gives rural Minnesotans the option of choosing to vote by mail.

--The parents of a Minnesota woman kidnapped and murdered almost 10 years ago spent the day Tuesday in a federal courtroom in North Dakota hearing lawyers argue the fate of Alfonso Rodgiguez Jr. Rodriguez is on death row at a federal prison in Indiana after being found guilty of abducting and killing 22-year old University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin of Pequot Lakes on Thanksgiving weekend of 2003. Her body was later found near Rodriguez’s hometown of Crookston and prosecutors say she was raped, beaten, and stabbed. He was convicted in 2005 and sentenced to death in 2006. A judge is hearing the last step in the appeals process, and the federal Habeus Corpus motion claim that Rodriguez is mentally disabled and his lawyers did a poor job of defending him.

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

--An event is being planned for this Monday to observe the one year anniversary of the explosion and fire at the Verso Paper Mill in Sartell. Dennis Molitor worked at the plant for 38 years and is organizing the event. He says they will pause at the moment the explosion happened ringing bells at 11:17am. Molitor says anyone who has ever worked at the paper mill is invited to attend.

--The Minnesota Tree Farm Program and the American Tree Farm System have named John Wallin of Pequot Lakes as the 2013 Minnesota Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year. This award recognizes outstanding sustainable forest management on family-owned woodlands. The John Wallin and Family Tree Farm is a family-owned tree farm in Crow Wing County. As the Minnesota winner, John Wallin and family are contenders for the 2013 National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Award which will be given July 27th in Minneapolis at the Annual National Tree Farmer Convention. He is one of eight finalists for that spot. The retired teacher, who was named Pequot Lakes Teacher of the Year in 1983, said he harvests more than 1,000 cords of aspen each year.

--Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has signed an education package that boosts spending on schools and scales back high-stakes testing. Dayton and Democratic legislators on Wednesday celebrated the $15.7 billion bill, which is about $485 million more than the state spends now. A centerpiece is a state commitment to pay for all-day kindergarten programs, eliminating the practice of fee-based programs by the 2014-15 school year. The new law also adds to the per-pupil formula that determines the amount of state aid schools get. In signing the bill, Dayton said “more money for education doesn’t absolutely guarantee success but less money for education absolutely guarantees failure.” The legislation also reduces the emphasis on graduation exams for high school students, giving them more options to prove their aptitude.

DEATH NOTICES
--Frances Craft.
--Larry Pierce, age 51 of Motley formerly of Oklahoma City

WEATHER
--TODAY= mostly sunny, high 65.
--TONIGHT= mostly clear, cool, low 37.
--FRIDAY= mostly sunny, high 65, storms late night, low 50.
--SATURDAY= showers and storms likely, high 65, low 48.
--SUNDAY= mostly cloudy, slight chance of storms, high 65
--MEMORIAL DAY= chance of storms, warmer, high 72.

SPORTS
TWINS—The Minnesota Twins are on a season high 8 game losing streak after falling to the Braves yesterday 8-3 in Atlanta. The Twins are in Detroit for a 4-game series starting tonight on WYRQ.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1876= Joe Borton of Boston pitched the first no-hitter in the newly formed National League of Professional Baseball.
IN 1945= Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of Britain.
IN 1969= The Who releases their rock opera Tommy.
IN 1994= Star Trek “The Next Generation” airs series finale.

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Wednesday- May 22nd, 2013

NEWS
--County unemployment rates were released yesterday for April. Morrison County had an 8.3% unemployment rate up from April of last year when it was 6.9% but down from March this year which registered at 9.2%. Here is how central Minnesota’s other area counties registered for April unemployment rates: Aitken 8.4%; Cass 9.6%; Crow Wing 7.6%; Mille Lacs 9.3%; Sherburne 6%; Stearns 5.5%; Todd 6.4%; Wadena 7.9%. The state unemployment rate was 5.3%. The city of St. Cloud was 5.2% and Brainerd was at 12%.

--In the past days, Little Falls police responded to an oven fire at 10:30am Saturday on 7th Street Northeast, they assisted the fire department with ventilation. No injuries. Police also responded Saturday around 7am to 6th Avenue Northeast after a call of a loud noise coming from the power transformer. An officer observed smoke coming from out of the ground about 10 feet from the power box and heard sparks. The power company was advised and handled the issue. Brainerd firefighters Saturday responded to a house fire Saturday just after 10am on Sebie Lake. The smoke needed to be ventilated but no injuries. Brainerd firefighters also assisted police in two personal injury accidents on Saturday. In either case the injuries were not serious. A 56-year-old Brainerd man was hurt Saturday when his vehicle left Highway 210 west of Brainerd and struck a tree. Scott D. Brown was treated at the Brainerd hospital. A 35-year-old Brainerd woman was injured Saturday when her vehicle struck a gravel patch and crashed in a parking lot on Mill Avenue. Brandy Felix was taken to Brainerd hospital for injuries. A 68-year-old Aitkin woman was hurt in a two vehicle last Thursday on Highway 210 in Aitkin County. Nancy Quale was taken to the Aitkin hospital by private vehicle and treated for injuries.

--The Todd County Sheriff’s Office reported a hit and run accident on Monday around 2:20pm at the Evonne Johnson residence on Angler Drive in Grey Eagle. A vehicle reportedly drove off the roadway, struck a post, mailbox and telephone junction box first at the Bernette Finken residence then continued north across the lawn to Johnson’s residence where it struck a mailbox and the 911 marker post and retaining wall of her steps. Vehicle parts were found at the scene but the driver fled the scene shortly after the incident occurred. The incident is under investigation. The Grey Eagle phone service was disrupted for a time due to the vehicle striking the phone box. Anyone with information is asked to call Todd County deputies.

--The Five Wings Arts Council announced that nominations are now being accepted for its 2013-2014 Master Artist Award. The Five Wings Arts Council Master Artist Award is given biannually to recognize an individual Minnesota artist, living in Region Five, who has achieved creative excellence, a superior mastery and proficiency in their art form, has accrued a reputable body of work and is recognized to have made important contributions to the arts in Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd or Wadena counties of Central Minnesota. Nominations will be accepted for artists working in any artistic discipline, including but not limited to: visual arts (two and three dimensional), music, dance, writing, theater, film and media. Anyone can nominate an artist for this distinction, which provides a $10,000 award, an original, handcrafted medallion and livery collar of distinction created by a Region Five artist, public recognition through video and online promotional presence, professional assistance with marketing materials and more.

--Motorists travelling west of Foley will encounter work crews and possible delays as a short segment of Highway 23 between 95th Avenue and 85th Avenue is reduced to a single lane starting this morning. All lanes will open by 7pm tonight.

--The Minnesota Legislature finished the 2013 session late Monday night. The DFL controlled Senate approved a top bracket income tax increase, a hike in the cigarette tax, all-day kindergarten, property tax relief and freezing tuition at state-run colleges and universities. State Capitol renovation is the biggest dollar project at 109-million dollars in a scaled back bonding bill that legislature passed before adjournment. The House also voted to send Governor Dayton a bill to allow union organizing drives among two groups of workers, in home daycare providers and personal care attendants to the elderly and disabled. The Vote was 68-66 in favor of this bill moving on.

--Gas prices in Minnesota will go down again according to Triple A’s Gail Weinholzer but not until after the Memorial Day Weekend. Peak pricing should take place this week between $4.25 and $4.75 a gallon before prices start to slowly ease down but gas will probably be near the four-dollar mark until the middle of next month.

--Small portions of Minnesota are no longer considered in drought. More than a dozen counties are still considered in severe drought but that is getting better with the recent rains this past week. Those counties are in southwestern and western Minnesota. The worst drought in the nation remains in the southwest region and along the plains states in central region of the United States.

--Bellevue Township will be holding a cleanup day on June 1st from 8am to noon at the Bellevue Town Hall. Questions call 584-8200.

NATIONAL NEWS
--51 are confirmed dead from a monstrous tornado that was at least a half-mile wide that roared through the suburbs near Oklahoma City Monday. The tornado destroyed an elementary school as children and teachers huddled against winds of over 200 miles per hour. The National Weather Service is surveying damage. They ruled it was likely an EF4 tornado that affected thousands, injured hundreds including over 50 children. Search and rescue efforts continued through the night and into Tuesday looking for the missing people.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Ben and Leslie Burgraff of Little Falls, boy on May 20th
--Daniel and Amy Gadacz of Royalton, a boy born May 20th.

DEATH NOTICES
--Duane Roy Carlson, age 80 of Upsala.

WEATHER
TODAY= showers likely into afternoon, breezy, high 62.
TONIGHT= clearing skies, low around 43.
THURSDAY= sunny skies, high 64, clear at night low 45.
FRIDAY= sunny skies, high 67, late night storms develop.

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins blew a 9th inning lead and the braves had a walkoff hit in the 10th inning. Atlanta won last night 5-4. Twins and Braves wrap up series 10:40am today on Q92

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Tuesday- May 21st, 2013

NEWS
--Congratulations to the Little Falls Economics Team for finishing first at the 13th annual National Economics Challenge this past weekend in New York City. Little Falls defeated Carmel, Indiana in a rematch from last years final. The Little Falls team consisted of Brian McNamara, Aaron Nilsen, Travis Spillum and Eric Schmitt. Their advisor is Tom Stockard. This is the second year in a row Little Falls won the title in the David Ricardo Division.

--Rain and lots of it fell since Friday night. Rain should continue today and Wednesday though more scattered than the heavy downpours over recent days. Little Falls Radio received over 3 inches of rain from late Friday through Monday morning. Totals varied over the weekend but most were in the 2-4 inch ratio. Flash flooding occurred around streams, lakes, rivers and some roadways near waterways. The rain will ease off Wednesday and sunshine returns for later in the week. The extended forecast for Memorial Day weekend shows a chance of storms Saturday, Sunday and Monday with highs around 70 to 75.

--A reminder that area law enforcement has increased patrols for the click-it or ticket campaign. This includes the Morrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Little Falls Police Department. The campaign runs now through June 2nd. The campaign is also putting the focus on younger drivers as 41% of motorists involved in fatal accidents in the past three years have been between the ages of 16 and 29.

--Little Falls School Superintendent Steven Jones appeared on AM960 KLTF Monday and commended all who took part in the 3rd Annual Day of Caring last week. Jones stated that Baccalaureate is Wednesday night, graduation practice Friday and the graduation ceremony is at 2pm Sunday at the Little Falls High School Gym. The School Board did put a resolution in place last Saturday for the possibility of a referendum election later this year. The meeting Saturday was only to put the resolution in place to bring discussion on the topic in June. A resolution to keep this option open had to be in place for a possible referendum before the Minnesota Legislative Session ended on Monday at the State Capitol. Superintendent Jones stated he has had a lot more ups than downs and looks forward to continuing on as the school superintendent the next school year.

--The Motley Public Cemetery reported their maintenance building was broken into last week between the 14th and the 16th. Four full OSHA approved red steel gas cans had been stolen. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Todd County Sheriffs Office.

--Todd County reported that Friday morning around 10:45 a truck lost a wheel traveling on Highway 71 causing the vehicle to strike a house damaging the outside siding. The driver was not hurt.

--The Little Falls Police Department reported a burglary on the 300 block of 2nd Street Southeast and theft of a quilt at a Laundromat on First Street Northeast. Info on either incident call 616-5570.

--As the ice comes off more Minnesota lakes finally after the long winter months, National Safe Boating Week is underway. The Memorial Day weekend is considered the kickoff to the summer travel season. The U.S. Coast Guard says that 4,515 recreational boating accidents last year resulted in 651 deaths nationwide. You are asked to wear a lifejacket and never drink alcohol when operating a boat.

--The Memorial Day Observance Service at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls will be Sunday afternoon. The program begins with music at 1:30, then the parade of flags by a number of Veterans Organizations followed by the program. All are invited to attend the event this Sunday north of Little Falls.

--The 12 finalists for Princess Kay of the Milky Way were selected this past weekend in St. Joseph. Though none of the current Morrison County Dairy Princesses were selected, Benton County Dairy Princess, Katie Schmitt, a 2012 graduate from Royalton High School and daughter of Mark and Natalie Schmitt of Rice was selected. Also selected were Sarah Paskewitz daughter of Bruce and Sandy Paskewitz of Browerville representing Todd County. Stearns County will be represented with Ashley Overman of Freeport. Her parents are Keith and Lucy Overman. Each of the 12 will be sculpted in butter during the 2013 Minnesota State Fair. Princess Kay is crowned each year the night before the State Fair opens. Other candidates are Katelyn Blackwelder representing Big Stone County, Katie Buckentine of Chaska representing Carver County, Nicole Jax, representing Mower County, Johanna Knorr representing Ottertail County, Alydia Lee, representing Wabasha County, MarJenna McWilliam representing Polk County, both Libby Mills and Rachel Rostad representing Goodhue County, and Eryn Orth representing Winona County. The current Princess Kay is Christine Reitsma from Sauk Centre.

--Police in St. Cloud are investigating a report of gunshots fired late Saturday night near the Short Stop Restaurant. Investigators confirmed that a firearm had been discharged at the scene. No injuries were reported. Officers say the suspects fled the area in a red or maroon PT Cruiser with a sunroof and tinted windows.  Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to contact the St. Cloud Police Department.

--All are invited to a post-legislative dialog with Representative Ron Kresha and Senator Paul Gazelka on Monday, June 3rd from 9:00-10:30am at Little Falls City Hall. This is an opportunity to hear a recap of the 2013 legislative session and a preview of the 2014 session. Questions and comments from the audience are welcome. For information call (320) 632-5155.

--Minnesota traffic deaths in 2013 have topped the 100-death milestone, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. Officials are urging motorists to buckle up as a statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign starts today, leading into the historically deadly summer driving season. The 2013 preliminary count of 102 is slightly above the 96 deaths reported at this time in 2012. At this rate, DPS projects around 400 deaths for 2013. In 2012, the 100-death mark was reached near the end of May. The final 2012 count will be announced in June.

DEATH NOTICES
--Larry Pierce, age 51 of Motley.
--Alma E. Wurzer, age 88 of Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= showers likely, cool, high 57.
TONIGHT= showers likely, cloudy, low 46.
WEDNESDAY= showers likely in morning, clearing late day, high 62. THURSDAY= sunny, high 65, low around 40.

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins continue their downward slide with a 5-1 loss last night to Braves. Twins at Atlanta game 2, 5:40pm tonight on Q92.
HS= get playoffs scores at www.fallsradio.com then sports scores.

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Monday- May 20th, 2013

NEWS
--American Flags will again be flying in Little Falls this summer and fall. The city crew will begin placing over 90 flags on the streets that serve the main entrance into the city, prior to the Memorial Day weekend. The flags will remain up until September 11th (Patriot Day) and weather permitting up again before Veterans Day on November 11th. This year’s flag theme is “Honoring all who Served and are Serving”. The City Flag project is sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion, Squadron #46 of Little Falls.

--The Little Falls School Board meets tonight at 5pm at the Morrison County Government Center. Agenda items include a presentation from Camilla Larson, vocal music instructor and Nate Swenson the Middle School principal; take action on the International Club Field Trip request, make final snow day recommendations, set activity fees, food service prices, community services participation fees, salary recommendations for community services for the next school year. Take action on lease agreements with the Franciscan Sisters, St. Francis Health and Recreation Center, tower easement agreement and discuss the next board meeting date.

--St. Cloud Police released the identity of the man found inside a burning garage last Tuesday. 24-year-old Torrey Wiebke of St. Cloud was discovered by firefighters and pronounced dead. The medical examiner has completed the preliminary autopsy on Wiebke but did not release the official cause of death. Wiebke did not live at the home where the fire was and fire investigators are still investigating what started the blaze.

--Stearns County responded to a shed fire in St. Martin Township Thursday afternoon around 12:30. Authorities were called to the Jerald Wilwerding residence where a 30 x 30 shed containing ground straw was on fire. The fire department was able to quickly extinguish the fire but the shed and its contents were lost. The cause is believed to be an overheated motor that ignited the straw. No injuries were reported in the fire.

--Two men recently pled guilty to felony weapons charges in federal court in Minneapolis. 32-year-old Zachari Kozar of Crosby pleaded guilty to a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of intent to distribute methamphetamine. Kozar faces a potential life in prison sentence on the gun charges due to a number of felony convictions dating back to 1999. His sentence will be determined at a later date. 25-year-old Anthony Howard of Cass Lake pleaded guilty in federal court to being a felon in possession of a .357 revolver. Howard was convicted of assault in 2003 and 2011. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. His sentence will be determined at a future hearing which has yet to be scheduled.

--There are serious concerns of a walleye shortage on Lake Mille Lacs right now. The DNR has put some heavy restrictions on anglers and tribal netters after discovering the population is at a 40 year low. The DNR is trying to get a handle on the situation. The DNR had hoped to have tagged 20,000 fish by this point of the season but thanks to the late ice-out, researchers say they'll be lucky to be at 5,000 so far. Around 71,000 pounds can be caught this year by a consortium of tribal bands, which net and spear walleye during the spring spawning season. Tribal leaders and the DNR continue to look into the findings of the less spawning being done on Lake Mille Lacs.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9am at the government center. A number of agency reports are on the agenda.

--A St. Cloud man likely experienced a medical emergency that caused him to drive his vehicle into a parked semi Thursday afternoon in a Waite Park parking lot. Officers were unable to revive the vehicle’s driver, who died at the scene. He is identified as 86-year old Jerome Bechtold. The crash happened about 4:34 p.m. in the parking lot of Kohl’s, at First Avenue and Second Street South. Witnesses reported seeing Bechtold driving erratically and appearing to be unconscious and unable to control the vehicle he was driving. Bechtold’s vehicle hit a semi that was unoccupied and parked legally. There were no other injuries reported in the incident.

--A dozen homes were destroyed in the Green Valley Fire near Menahga and more remain at risk. The fire was 25 percent contained as of early Thursday with an estimated 7,100 acres burned. Among the buildings lost to the fire are two commercial properties and 41 outbuildings. The fire started Tuesday on private land northwest of Menahga. As of Thursday the fire still had 2 to 3 foot flames and was still occasionally torching single conifer trees. The fire threatened 158 structures, including 50 homes and eight commercial properties and 100 outbuildings. The Minnesota Incident Command System (MNICS) reported numerous homes and commercial buildings are still at risk. Firefighters are continuing to work to protect buildings and improve containment lines.

--One local resident has received a special thank you for her contribution to the community. Shawn Olesch of Pierz, was selected to receive free fuel from Tanks of Thanks, a program that rewards people who do good deeds to help make their community a little bit better. Olesch was nominated for cooking and hosting a weekly dinner for her neighbors. Anyone can nominate or be nominated for any act of kindness. To make a nomination, visit TanksofThanks.com and briefly describe why someone deserves a Tank of Thanks.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Scott and Nicole Poster of Pierz, a boy born May 16th.

DEATH NOTICES
--Helen Sczublewski, age 95 of Little Falls.
--Norman Loidolt, age 84 of Little Falls.
--Lee Liebel, age 34 of Orange County FL formerly Little Falls.

WEATHER
FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH TONIGHT
TODAY= showers and storms likely afternoon, high near 70.
TONIGHT= showers and storms likely, low near 50.
TUESDAY= showers likely, cooler, high 63, low 46.
WEDNESDAY= showers likely ending by late day, cool, high 55.

SPORTS
TWINS= Boston beats Twins 3-2 in 10 innings Friday, Red Sox rout the Twins 12-5 on Saturday. After a long rain delay during the game Sunday the Red Sox sweep the Twins winning 5-1. The Twins are in Atlanta tonight for Inter-league play- pregame 5:40pm Q92 WYRQ.
VL= get Victory League scores and highlights at www.fallsradio.com then click on the Victory League site for information.
HS SB= Little Falls host Albany in playoff action 4:30 today on KLTF
HS SB= Pierz at Paynesville in playoffs at 4:30 on FM94 KFML.

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Friday- May 17th, 2013

NEWS
--Wadena County officials informed the public that firefighters have gotten the upper hand on the Green Valley fire that has scorched over 7,000 acres, destroyed homes, sheds and other structures. The fire started on private land Tuesday due to the hot windy conditions about two miles northwest of Menagha. Crews built a bulldozer line around most of the fire perimeter to attack hot spots and used water dropping helicopters but the fire spread too quickly. Over 1,300 people were affected by the fire and many were evacuated to safe havens including nursing homes and assisted living centers. 47 fire departments have helped assist in the Wadena County fire. Reports as of Wednesday night stated that no one was seriously injured.

--The Minnesota Department of Transportation invites the public and transportation stakeholders to learn about the upcoming draft of the Minnesota 20-year State Highway Investment Plan. MnSHIP connects the Minnesota GO 50-year Vision and policies established in the Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan to capital improvements on the state highway system. The plan establishes spending priorities for projected capital revenue. These priorities influence the selection of projects throughout the state. MnDOT will conduct in-person meetings around the state in late May and early June. At the meetings, MnDOT will share what was heard at fall outreach, discuss how investment priorities were set, and share information and facilitate discussion related to the upcoming draft plan. The most local of those meetings will be at 1:30pm on May 29th at MNDOT District 3B Headquarters in St. Cloud.

--Camp Ripley reported two fires Tuesday that started in the training area north of the cantonment area. Range Control personnel reported one off post and moved into the northern training area and another started in the training area impact zone. Camp Ripley stated that both fires were quickly brought under control. Controlled burns continue to be scheduled at Camp Ripley during the month of May to make things ready for the summer training season. However, both fires Tuesday were not during a controlled session at the base.

--An angler bowfishing on the Mississippi River north of Sartell last week shot a 25-pound grass carp, an exotic species that previously has been found only much further south in Minnesota, including lower portions of the Mississippi. Because DNR fisheries biologists believe the fish could not have gotten past the dams at Coon Rapids, St. Cloud and Sartell, it likely escaped via flood waters from a private pond, or was released intentionally. Possession of grass carp is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. It is legal for reporting purposes to possess specimens, as the angler did. There are state regulations in place to prevent the importation of these species and transfers between lakes. As a result, the DNR has not seen a lot of invasive fish spread though overland transfer compared to other animals and plants.

--Volunteers are being sought as are parade entries for the upcoming Little Falls Dam Festival June 14th through the 16th. The parade is at 11am on the 15th and starts north of City Hall and goes south past the hospital. There will be a number of events on Friday night, Saturday and a water ski show on Sunday this year, details to come at www.fallsradio.com. If you can volunteer or want to be part of the parade contact the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 616-4959.

--A groundbreaking ceremony for the next Habitat for Humanity of Morrison County home is 10am Saturday at 1202 3rd Ave SW in LF.

--The Randall city council met on Wednesday. Several donations were accepted for the Disc Golf Course. Police Chief Strack asked the council for the purchase of a MedReturn. The council agreed to cover the cost of the container. In the future citizens can bring unwanted or unused prescription drugs to their office for safe disposal free of charge. Councilmember Jerry Carter announced his resignation as of May 31st. Carter was on the council for seven years. He stated it was for personal reasons as he plans on retiring and doing some travel.

--Minnesota’s unemployment rate fell to 5.3% in April. State employers shed over 11,000 jobs in April while March figures were revised from 5,200 jobs lost to 3,300 jobs lost. The biggest job losses occurred in Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (down 5,700) Government (down 2,000), Leisure and Hospitality (down 1,900) and Manufacturing (down 1,100). Minnesota’s unemployment rate remains well below the national average of 7.5%.

--Gail Weinholzer of AAA stated Wednesday that the reduced capacity from two large refineries in Chicago closing is the main culprit for the four-dollar plus gas prices in the area. The last time gas was this expensive in Minnesota was June, 2008. Weinholzer said she doesn’t have great news for summer travelers as the high gas prices could hang around until July. While gas prices average 3.99 as of Wednesday in Minnesota the national average has dropped in recent days down to $3.58 adding more questions to the recent spike.

--The Morrison County townships of Platte, Pulaski and Richardson will hold a cleanup day for residents living outside city limits but within the three townships this Saturday from 8:30-10:30am at the Pulaski Town Hall. Questions about the clean up day should call Bonnie at 320-277-3290 or Judy at 320-468-2328.

--Road work continues in central Minnesota as motorists encounter delays, flaggers and pilot cars. Highway 95 from Sauk Rapids to Princeton, Highway 24 from Clearwater to Annandale and Highway 15 between Kimball and St. Augusta continue to have work done with single lane closures and delays expected through mid-June weather permitting. Mn Dot is reminding motorists that no closures will take place on these roadways between May 24th to May 27th due to the Memorial Day Weekend traffic. For updated travel information go to www.511.mn.org or call 511 for information.

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly cloudy, chance of showers and storms, high 66.
TONIGHT= showers and storms likely, low around 55.
SATURDAY= storms early then mostly cloudy, storms late, high 80
SAT NITE= showers and storms likely, some heavy rain, low 60.
SUNDAY= showers and storms likely, some strong, high 75.
SUN NITE= showers and storms likely, some strong, low 60.
MONDAY= showers and T-storms, cooler, breezy, high 66, low 50.

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins host Boston this weekend at Target Field. Coverage begins at 6:40pm tonight, 5:40pm Saturday and 12:40pm Sunday. All games live on Q92 WYRQ.  
CC= Coaches Corner gives you a rundown of the high school sports in the past week, Saturday just after 9am on AM960 KLTF
VL= Nisswa at Fort Ripley Sunday at 1:30 is the Game of the Week with the Victory League Roundup at 6:30 Sunday on AM960 KLTF.

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Thursday- May 16th, 2013

NEWS
--A man wanted after a vehicle was found abandoned Monday in Mayhew Lake Township was arrested Tuesday in Morrison County. Benton County sheriff’s officials were looking for 26-year old Nicholas Kopf of Glencoe since a vehicle registered to Kopf was found unoccupied in a swampy area off a roadway in Mayhew Lake Township. There was an active warrant out for Kopf’s arrest from a felony child neglect case in McLeod County. Kopf had made anti-law enforcement and anti-government statements that caused the Glencoe Police Department to issue an informational alert to law enforcement about Kopf. Benton County put out a description of Kopf and the clothing he was last seen wearing. Someone in Morrison County near Pierz noticed a man matching that description Tuesday night on Minnesota Highway 25 and called the sheriff’s office. Morrison County Deputies located Kopf and took him into custody without incident. Kopf is being held in the Morrison County Jail.

--Burlington Northern Santa Fe officials announced that the city of Little Falls will encounter railroad closures. The schedule for work on the BNSF railroad crossing at Broadway Avenue West has moved a week later than originally scheduled. The crossing at Broadway West is expected to be closed from May 28th through 30th. The BNSF rail crossing at 123rd Street will be blocked off for one day only – Wednesday, May 29th. The BNSF rail crossing at Eighth Avenue Southeast (Hilton Road) will tentatively be blocked off Wednesday, June 5th. Work will also be done on 9th Avenue Northwest railroad crossing but a work date has yet to be set. It was to be May 28th through 30th but with the Broadway work now a week later on those dates it will likely be later than originally scheduled.

--Morrison County will hold its 20th annual “Take Back the Night” event tonight at Maple Island Park beginning at 5:30pm. The event is sponsored by Hands of Hope Resource Center in Little Falls. Frank Weber is the scheduled speaker for the event. Weber is the clinical director of CORE Professional Services, a licensed psychologist and a professor of psychology and sociology who has developed treatment programs and provides services for victims of any ages of domestic or sexual abuse in 52 Minnesota counties. There will also be crafts, fingerprinting from the Little Falls Police Department and other items for children. Following the speaker a 12-block march to end domestic violence will conclude the event. For more information contact Hands of Hope at 632-1657. If by chance inclement weather would happen (though not forecasted) the event would be moved to the St. Francis Convent inside the gym.

--The Little Falls School Board will hold a meeting Saturday at 10am at the community high school. The only agenda item will be a resolution relating to conducting a Referendum Revenue Authorization Election in 2013.

--The Camp Ripley Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations Facility grand opening will take place on Friday, May 17th at 10:00 a.m.
The Friday morning program includes remarks, a ribbon cutting, site tour and an aircraft demonstration. The nearly 13,000 square foot building includes a hanger for the Shadow System - a 475 pound Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System and the Raven - a four pound, Small Unmanned Aircraft System, with a four-foot wing span. If there is inclement weather, the demonstration will be postponed to avoid risking damage to the aircrafts. The facility has a simulation training room, a mission planning and coordination room, as well as a library, conference room and additional office space.

--Another ouch in the wallet as gas prices have soared over four dollars across the area. Gas is as high as $4.19 in Little Falls.

--Morrison County District Court Judge Conrad Freeberg has scheduled a contested omnibus hearing for July 26th for Warren John Okerman. The 45-year-old Little Falls is charged with third-degree murder in connection with the death of a woman that Okerman confessed to providing methamphetamine to the night she died.

--One person was found dead after a garage fire Tuesday evening. St. Cloud firefighters were called just after 7pm to a house on 36th Avenue North. A garage was on fire and one person was found inside. The cause of the fire and the cause of death are under investigation. The damage to the garage, its contents and the vehicle inside is estimated at $15,000. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of relatives.

--Around 5:00pm Tuesday the Little Falls Fire Department assisted Randall and Camp Ripley Fire Departments at a grass fire located at 23448 105th Avenue in Darling Township. Little Falls Fire Fighters also responded around 6:20pm to 2135 Grouse Road to the Brian Pederson residence. A grass fire was reported by the neighbors as the homeowner was not home at the time. A canvass type shed was a loss in the second fire and there was machinery including lawn equipment, boats, and a 4-wheeler all damaged. No injuries reported.

--Governor Mark Dayton has signed an emergency order to help the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center fight wildfires around the state.  Dayton's office said Tuesday that 25 wildfires have broken out due to the hot, dry weather. Wadena County Fire said that there were mandatory evacuations of residents in a four-mile stretch from north of Menagha to the Hubbard County line Tuesday due to a large wildfire. There were no reports of houses damaged but a nursing home and an assisted living facility moved residents to the Sebeka Middle School while the fire was being worked on. Two fires near Red Lake burned actively throughout Tuesday, but the small amount of rain earlier in the day kept the Buffalo Ranch Fire from spreading. The two Red Lake Fires burned around 4,900 acres. The National Guard provided support on the River Road Fire with a Blackhawk helicopter and a Chinook helicopter. Temperatures will be in the 70s again today with rain forecasted for the next 4 days. That should help ease some of the high fire danger in the state.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--James Runyan and Sarah Wendland of Randall, a girl May 14th
--Paul and Shawna Sachs of Little Falls, a girl born May 14th

DEATH NOTICES
--Ann LaVonne Popp, age 66 of St. Cloud.

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly sunny, high 76.
TONIGHT= showers and storms after midnight, low 51.
FRIDAY= morning storms, clouds, then evening storms, high 66.
SATURDAY= mostly cloudy, scattered storms, high 75, low 60.
SUNDAY= storms likely, some strong, high 75, low 58.

SPORTS
TWINS= White Sox beat the Twins 9-4 Wednesday, off today.

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Wednesday- May 15th, 2013

NEWS
--A reminder from Morrison County Auditor/Treasurer Russ Nygren that the first half of Real Estate Taxes is due today. Minnesota Statue required that a penalty be applied to all late payments. Be sure to include the payment stub attached to the bottom of your tax statement whether you are coming in person or mailing to ensure accurate and timely processing of your payment. Any questions should be directed to the Treasurer’s office at the Morrison County Government Center or go to the website www.co.morrison.mn.us.

--The Pierz City Council met on Monday night. During the council meeting EDA (Economic Development Authority) funding was approved along with a conditional use permit for a new automotive business run by Chris Hoheisel. They expect to be breaking ground on the new building at 501 Industrial Park Road of Pierz in the very near future. There was also a Master Trails Plan public information meeting for an update on the study within the city.

--The 3rd Annual Day of Caring is today- motorists are asked to watch for the volunteers out this morning in Little Falls and Randall.

--Benton County responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint Monday afternoon in Mayhew Lake Township. The vehicle was found unoccupied in a swampy area of a field off of the roadway and registered to 26-year-old Nicholas Kopf of Glencoe. After contacting Glencoe police it was learned that an informational alert was issued for Kopf due to emotional issues and recent beliefs against law enforcement and the government and Kopf reported to acquaintances he was in possession of weapons. A search of the area where the vehicle was located turned up nothing. It is believed that Kopf was trying to get to Brainerd. Kopf is described as 5’9 around 165 pounds, blonde hair with reddish facial hair, wearing a dark colored jacket and carrying a green military style backpack. Kopf does have an outstanding warrant out of him in McLeod County. Anyone who encounters Kopf is urged to use caution and contact their local law enforcement agency immediately.

--Staples police reported an airplane went off the runway about 200 yards from the Central Lakes College field on Airport Road May 6th. The plane was upright when authorities arrived and the pilot checked out at the scene but was not hospitalized. The FAA is investigating.

--Two 19-year-old Cass Lake men were found stabbed Saturday morning following a reported disturbance. Cass County deputies say that Dominic Cloud and Tristan Cloud were both victims of the stabbing and taken to the Bemidji Hospital for treatment of their serious but non-life threatening injuries. No suspects at this time are in custody and the investigation into the stabbings continues.

--It has been nearly four years since Peter Achermann of rural Staples was last seen. May 21st would be his 86th birthday. Achermann was last seen July 24, 2009 running errands in Staples. His vehicle was found the next day on a minimum maintenance road about 10 miles east of Staples with no trace of Peter. Cass County continues to gather leads in the case but none have resulted in the finding of Achermann. There is a $20,000 reward that remains for information leading to the whereabouts of Achermann or if foul play was detected an arrest and conviction in the case by calling Cass County at 800-450-2677 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

--A 63-year-old Brainerd man injured Friday in a two-vehicle accident involving a motorcycle and a car. Leslie Peck was treated at the Brainerd hospital for minor injuries. The accident happened around 4:30pm on Highway 18. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

--Governor Mark Dayton signed the same-sex marriage bill yesterday on the steps of the State Capitol. Same sex marriages will become legal as of August 1st. Minnesota is the 12th state to legalize this.

--Fire destroyed a single-story house Tuesday morning on St. Cloud’s north side. St. Cloud firefighters were called before 6 a.m. to 1742 Second St. N. The fire caused about $70,000 in damage and the house was a total loss. The fire believed to be accidental apparently started in the kitchen area. The blaze was extinguished shortly after 6:30am. The homeowner Elenor Reh was saved from the fire by a neighbor and taken to the hospital. Reh was listed in good condition Tuesday. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Streets within a few blocks of the fire were temporarily closed to traffic.

--Today is Law Enforcement Memorial Day in Minnesota. Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed the day to honor police officers who were killed or injured in the line of duty. All flags at state and federal buildings will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset. Families of Tom Decker and Josh Lynaugh are attending the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C. Decker was the Cold Spring-Richmond police officer who was killed November 29th. Lynaugh died in the line of duty February 16th in St. Paul. Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel asked residents to remember current and past members of area law enforcement who serve and patrol on a state, county or city level in their respected communities.

--Crow Wing County continues to battle grass fires. Saturday and Sunday alone grass fires were reported near Aitkin, Ironton and Garrison, two in Pequot Lakes and a vehicle fire in Emily.

--A 19-year-old Sauk Centre man was injured Monday afternoon when the fertilizer truck he was driving left a county road in Crow Lake Township and struck a field approach coming to rest in a field. Thomas Janson was taken to Sauk Centre Hospital and treated for injuries. No other vehicles were involved in the incident.

--Property damage is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars after a fire destroyed a cattle barn Friday night in Perham. Firefighters battled a lot of intense heat to protect a neighboring barn. The farmer reportedly lost 47 head of cattle and a number of farm machinery in the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

DEATH NOTICES
--Rose Marie DeLaHunt, age 88 of Little Falls.
--Vernon Hines, age 91 of Randall.

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly sunny, high 75.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 48.
THURSDAY= mostly sunny, high 75, storms after midnight, low 52.
FRIDAY= showers and storms likely, high near 70.

SPORTS
TWINS= White Sox beat the Twins 4-2 last night. White Sox wrap up the series at Twins 11:40am today on Q92 WYRQ.
VIKINGS=The designer of the new Vikings Stadium presented images of the $975 million project to a crowd of fans, public officials and members of the Vikings organization Monday night. The stadium will be built on the current Metrodome site. The Dome will be demolished in 2014 with the new stadium completed by 2016.

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Tuesday- May 14th, 2013

NEWS
--The Minnesota Senate passed the same sex marriage bill Monday afternoon on a 37-30 vote. The bill now goes to Governor Mark Dayton’s desk. He is expected to sign it into law as early as today. If and when he does, Minnesota would become the 12th state to legalize gay marriage. The new law would go into affect August 1st.

--Governor Mark Dayton Sunday announced he and top DFL legislators have reached an agreement on a two-year budget deal which includes raising taxes for wealthier residents and on cigarette sales. The deal plans on spending more on public schools and colleges but there are a number of details that still have to be worked out. House Speaker Paul Thissen says alcohol and gas tax increases are still possible and that a controversial plan to increase pay to legislators is still in play. The governor said the proposal to raise the state sales tax on clothing and services is off the table completely but it’s still possible that some taxes paid by businesses could go up. Many decisions have yet to be addressed by the House and Senate which are expected to adjourn on May 20th.

--The National Weather Service reported consistent strong winds and loose ice caused huge ice sheets to creep up the Lake Mille Lacs shore in Northern Minnesota. Reports say the ice crawled into doors and windows at Izaty’s Resort Saturday. 30 to 40 mile-per hour winds pushed the water into ice and up shores into houses on Saturday. The DNR says about 10 miles of shoreline was covered by ice peaks with some as tall as 30 feet. The warmer weather this week is expected to melt the ice away from the shoreline.

--The name of slain Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on Wednesday. Decker was killed November 29th responding to a call in Cold Spring. Local officers from Cold Spring and around the state along with members of Decker’s family will attend the events slated during National Police Week in Washington D.C.

--Cass County reminds anglers that some waterways still have ice on them even with warming temperatures. On Sunday deputies had two incidents where a boat became trapped on ice on Leech Lake. In both cases the anglers were assisted from the water uninjured.

--Firefighters from Albany, St. Martin and The Chain of Lakes responded to a structure fire Saturday night around 10pm in Farming Township. Firefighters battled the blaze that was mainly in the attached garage area of the residence owned by Christopher Harrum of rural Albany. Several animals nearby the residence were removed without harm. No one was injured the fire that destroyed the garage area and did extensive damage to the attic and living area of the home. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

--A 16-year-old was injured Saturday night in an ATV accident in St. Martin Township of Stearns County. Mitchell Funk of Melrose was operating an ATV around 7:30pm when an ATV in front of him stopped causing Funk to collide with it. Funk rolled his ATV multiple times and he was thrown from the machine. Funk was taken to the Melrose Hospital and treated for injuries. The other driver, 15-year-old Benjamin Blonigen of Freeport was not hurt.

--A reminder that signup is underway for the Morrison County Sheriff’s Department Sandbox Fill May 23rd. Call today or May 21st from 8:30am to noon at 632-2673 or call 632-0199 and leave information on the answering machine.

--Search and like Little Falls Radio on Facebook Today.

--The St. Cloud Fire Department is asking city residents to refrain from recreational burning now thru Wednesday morning. Anticipated high temperatures and high winds are forecast for today, prompting the fire department to issue the burning announcement. The department is not banning recreational fires but they are concerned that properties next to swamps, fields and woodland areas could easily have a fire get out of control. The National Weather Service previously put Central Minnesota counties in a fire watch from this afternoon through tonight.

--Spring truck weight restrictions on state highways in the central Minnesota frost zone ended yesterday. Spring load restrictions are still in effect in the north-central and north frost zones which is the line north of Highway 200. Road restriction maps indicating the locations of weight-restricted routes and state highways open to maximum 10-ton axle weights are listed on the MnDOT website at www.mrr.dot.state.mn.us. Click on “Seasonal Load Limits,” then click on “Spring Load Restrictions” for the most up-to-date information. Travelers in Minnesota can get up-to-date information on road conditions, construction and weather reports at www.511mn.org.

--The driver of a semi that collided with a freight train in western Minnesota last week has died. Eric Westin of Pine City died early Monday morning. Westin was hauling a load of anhydrous ammonia when his tanker was hit by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train near Murdock in Swift County last Tuesday. The train's engine pushed the semi off the road and caused a rupture and leak which led to a temporary evacuation of the area. Three train crew members were injured, treated at a hospital and released.

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
--longtime newswoman Barbara Walters announced Monday that she plans to retire from television all together in one year. Walters, age 83, currently is one of the hosts of The View on ABC. Walters began her career on The Today Show in 1961.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Dewayne and Joni Rone, girl on May 9th
--David Gilroy and Crystal Chambers of Little Falls, a girl May 10th
--Greg and Stacy Kimman of Little Falls, a boy born May 11th
--Jesse and Shannon Peterson of Little Falls, a girl born May 11th

DEATH NOTICE
--Sister Mary Ida Regina Bursch, age 89 of Little Falls-Correction

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly sunny, warm and breezy, high 88.
TONIGHT= clear and breezy, low around 50.
WEDNESDAY= sunny, high 75, partly cloudy night low 50.
THURSDAY= mostly sunny, high 75, storms develop at night.

SPORTS
TWINS= Aaron Hicks homered twice and Justin Morneau brought in 4 RBIs as Twins rout Chicago 10-3 last night. Twins/White Sox game 2 tonight at 6:40pm tonight on Q92 WYRQ
HS SB= Maple Lake at Pierz-double header softball action today starting at 4pm on FM94 KFML.

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Monday- May 13th, 2013

NEWS
--This Wednesday, May 15th the Little Falls Community High School students and staff will hold its 3rd annual Day of Caring. All of the high school students and staff along with some community businesses and individual members will provide over 3,000 hours of outdoor, spring cleanup service to seniors, disabled and homebound individuals in Little Falls and Randall. Almost 1,000 volunteers including about 800 students will help more than 155 individual homeowners who have signed up for assistance during the event. In addition, the volunteers will work on outdoor clean-up projects at city parks and community areas. The public is reminded to drive cautiously on Wednesday morning between 9:00am and noon, because teams of students will be walking between work locations and crossing streets carrying rakes and other cleanup equipment. For more information call Mary Kenna at (320) 631-5677.

--Three area businesses, including Cragun’s Resort, were among the complainants whose action led to a Better Business Bureau (BBB) alert being issued concerning a Twin Cities media group they claim did not live up to its promises. Six complainants told the BBB that Minnesota Media Group failed to advertise or produce a promised brochure for a trade show/expo that took place in April at the Mall of America. The BBB then issued an alert regarding the business. The three Brainerd lakes area businesses who were among the complainants were Hyde-A-Way Bay Resort of rural Hackensack, Tuck-A-Way Resort of rural Backus and Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake.

--The Randall Fire Department responded to a fire on in Parker Township early Wednesday morning. The fire was discovered by the homeowner inside a dryer unit. The cause of the fire is unknown and was contained to the dryer. The houses had some smoke damage.

--The Little Falls Police Department was presented a radar unit capable of tracking up to four vehicles. The Little Falls Police Department was named as one of the top three agencies in Northeast Minnesota for outstanding performance in the Toward Zero Deaths Campaign formerly known as Safe and Sober.

--Little Falls Police responded to a report Wednesday that someone had been struck by a train south of the Broadway railroad crossing. When someone reported a man had been struck by a train Wednesday traffic was stopped and backed up for about 45 minutes east and west of the railroad. When Little Falls police arrived, they learned the man had not been hit by a train, but was highly intoxicated. The man was taken to the hospital to be evaluated and taken into custody.

--A Clear Lake woman was arrested after a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 10 in Becker Thursday. At about 6:30pm the Becker Police Department initiated a traffic stop on the highway just west of Minnesota Highway 25 after observing what police deemed suspicious driving. Officers suspected the driver of using methamphetamine and of attempting to hide drug paraphernalia during the stop. 34-year old Macy Ann Goldspring of Clear Lake was arrested and taken to Sherburne County Jail. A search of Goldspring’s vehicle yielded several plastic bags containing a white powdery substance and a container of narcotics and prescription drugs. A field test confirmed that the substance found in the vehicle was just more than 10 grams of methamphetamine. Goldspring could be charged with second-degree possession of a controlled substance, driving after revocation and possession of drug paraphernalia.

--Due to warming temperatures, strong winds and low humidity in upcoming days, a fire weather watch is in effect for central and southern Minnesota until Tuesday night. Firefighters have been on alert since late last week due to a large number of grass fires.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce turns 125 this week. According to current Chamber President Deb Boelz, articles of incorporation for the Chamber was filed on May 15th 1888 and forty-two names are listed on the original documents, virtually all of them men who wanted to advance the commercial, mercantile and manufacturing interests of Little Falls and the surrounding country. The chamber offices reside at the Cass Gilbert Depot which was built in 1899. Another milestone will take place in June when the Pine Grove Zoo celebrates 100 years to the Little Falls community.

--Minnesota legislators appear poised to make the biggest changes in a decade to the state’s program of aid to cities, putting many in line for more money. Support has coalesced behind a proposal to supply an additional $80 million a year in state aid to cities. The proposal, negotiated by the Dayton administration, key lawmakers and advocacy groups for cities, also would simplify and change how the aid is distributed. Supporters of the plan say it will reduce local property taxes by alleviating budget pressure on cities.

--Wright County has indentified the man found the in the Crow River as  26-year-old Samuel Gustafson of Rockford who disappeared April 21st. Foul play is not suspected in Gustafson’s death. Police confirmed Thursday that the body recovered from the Mississippi River near St. Paul is that of Kura Trevino, the 30 year old Wisconsin native reported missing back in February. Her husband has been charged with 2nd-degree murder and goes on trial May 28th. A Third body was recovered from state waters Friday this time in Chisago County where the body of Danielle Jelinek was recovered. She was last seen in December. That case remains under investigation into her death.

--The 2014 Governors Fishing Opener in Minnesota will be in the Brainerd Lakes Area. The announcement came following this past weekends’ opener in Park Rapids. The Grand View Lodge will serve as the host site next year May 8th through 11th on Gull Lake.

DEATH NOTICES
--Char Kay Czech, age 53 of Brainerd.
--Sarah Lovaas, age 62 of Onamia.
--Marilyn Jones, age 79 of Brainerd.
--Sister Mary Ida Regina Rausch, age 89 of Little Falls

WEATHER
FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL TUESDAY NIGHT.
TODAY= partly sunny, chance of midday showers, breezy, high 72.
TONIGHT= clear skies, mild, low around 50.
TUESDAY= sunny and warm, breezy, high 85, low around 55.
WEDNESDAY= sunny, breezy, high 75.

SPORTS
TWINS= Baltimore came back from 6-0 deficit to beat the Twins Friday 9-6 in 10 innings. Twins rebound and win 8-5 on Saturday due to a Ryan Doumit 3 hit night including a homerun. Baltimore shut out the Twins on Sunday 6-0 to take 2 of 3 in the weekend series. Twins host Chicago White Sox tonight 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.

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Friday- May 10th, 2013

NEWS
--Motorists and passengers are reminded to buckle up this spring as extra ‘click it or ticket’ seat belt patrols take to the roads statewide May 20th through June 2nd. The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office is among nearly 400 Minnesota agencies increasing patrols to encourage motorists to buckle up. In the last three years on Minnesota roads there were 864 traffic deaths, of which 352 were not buckled up. Of those 352 killed, 41% were motorists ages 16-29. “Statistics show that teens and young adults continue to represent a large percentage of unbuckled traffic deaths, which indicates there is still a major issue with seatbelt usage among that group”, said Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel. “For whatever reason, be it comfort, restriction, or philosophy, some motorists and passengers still refuse to wear their seatbelts. We ask them to remember that their minor inconvenience could turn out to be a major life saver”. In Minnesota, drivers and passengers in all seating positions including the back seat are required to be buckled up or be seated in a correct child restraint. Officers will stop and ticket unbelted drivers or passengers. In rollover crashes, unbelted motorists are usually ejected from the vehicle. In most cases the vehicle will roll over them causing serious injury or death. Even in less severe accidents, unbelted motorists will often crack teeth out on the steering wheel or break their nose. Wetzel concluded by telling citizens of the county “save yourself from injury, death, or at the very least an expensive ticket, and just buckle your seatbelt”.

--The Foley City Council terminated the employment of Police Chief Brant Standridge at a special meeting Thursday. Standridge was hired in June to help resurrect a police department that had been disbanded in 2003. A summary of a closed council session to conduct a performance evaluation of Standridge reads: “The council discussed concerns regarding personality conflicts and procedural concerns related to vehicle usage, scheduling and documentation of time and hiring. After the closed session an open meeting of 15 minutes took place where Council Member Russ Hackett made a motion to terminate Standridge’s employment. That motion passed with a 3-2 vote. The council will meet at 6:00pm Monday to discuss the hiring of an interim chief and how to proceed. The council appointed senior Officer Katie Lang as interim chief, if she accepts.

--May 15th has been declared National Law Enforcement Day. President John F. Kennedy first signed into law a declaration setting aside May 15th of each year as a day for the public to remember the sacrifices made by currently serving, or retired, law enforcement officers and pay tribute to those who gave their lives in the line of duty. According to Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel, this day has special significance in Morrison County due to having lost Sheriff John Stack and Chief Deputy Andrew Herlitz in October of 1965. “Both Sheriff Stack and Chief Deputy Herlitz died protecting all of us, and it is incumbent upon us to remember the sacrifice made by them and their families”. Please take a moment on this important day to remember and reflect upon the men and women who have sworn to serve and protect the citizens of Morrison County.

--The 20th annual Morrison County Take Back the Night event starts at 5:30pm on Thursday, May 16th at Maple Island Park in Little Falls. In the case of inclement weather it will be at St. Francis Gym. Kids fingerprinting will be sponsored by the Little Falls Police Department. For information call (320) 632-1657.

--The Minnesota House approved the gay marriage bill on a 75-59 vote. The Senate will vote on Monday where it is expected to pass and move to the Governor for signing into law.

--A 22-year-old man pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in the beating death of his girlfriend, an Arizona State University student from Northfield. Luis Soltero is charged with murder, kidnapping and sexual assault in the killing of 19-year-old Rebecca Dawn Kasper, whose body was found in Soltero’s Tempe apartment. Tempe police have said Soltero went to a police station to report Kasper’s death and gave officers her Minnesota driver’s license. Kasper was born in St. Cloud in 1993. she returned to Arizona as a marketing student at the state university in Tempe. Officers went to the apartment and found Kasper’s body in the bathtub and covered with blankets and a rubber mat with a plastic bag over her head. Police said Kasper had blunt force trauma to the head and face. A dumbbell with blood on it was found near the bathtub.

--Minnesota no longer leads the nation in turning out to vote. The North Star State fell behind Mississippi and Wisconsin in the 2012 presidential election after having the highest voter turnout in 2008. About 71 percent of Minnesota's eligible voters cast ballots last November, the same rate as in 2008, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released Wednesday. Mississippi boosted its turnout rate from 68 percent to 73 percent, while Wisconsin's rate increased from 69 percent to 72 percent. Nationwide, 62 percent of eligible Americans voted, down from 64 percent in 2008.

--Cash Wise Foods is recalling frozen chicken quesadillas, mini meals and snack items from a New York wholesaler that might be contaminated with E. Coli. The recall is concerning 196,222 pounds of frozen chicken quesadilla and various other heat-treated but not fully cooked frozen mini meals and snack items from Rich Products Corporation in New York. Consumers with questions regarding the recall can call the consumer line at 888-220-5955 or go online to www.farmrich.com. The recall involves 67 stores in Minnesota including the ones in St. Cloud, also stores in North Dakota.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Jeffrey Scepurek and Carol Strom of Little Falls, a girl on May 7th

WEATHER
TODAY= sunny, high 62.
TONIGHT= rain after sunset-then breezy, low around 37.
SATURDAY= sunny, wind gusts to 40mph, cool, high 49, low 28
SUNDAY= frost early, then sunny, high 54, low 38.
MONDAY= sunny and warmer, high 72.

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins win 5-3 Thursday taking 3 of 4 from Boston. Twins host Baltimore starting tonight. Coverage begins tonight at 6:40pm, Saturday at 5:40pm and Sunday at 12:40pm all live on Q92 WYRQ.
WILD RECAP= The Wild season ended last night with a 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago wins best of seven series 4-1.
SI= St. Cloud State Hockey player and Hobey Baker Award winner Drew LeBlanc has been named one of the 5 finalists for the Sports Illustrated College Athlete of the Year. Winner named on May 22nd.
VL= St. Mathias at Avon Sunday 1:30pm on AM960 KLTF

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Thursday- May 9th, 2013

NEWS
--The 20th Annual Morrison County Sheriff’s Department Sandbox Fill will be May 23rd. Anyone within a three mile radius of Bank Square in downtown Little Falls may have their sandbox filled. All that is required is a donation to the Morrison County Food Shelf. Donations can be given at the time of the sandbox fill or left by the sandbox if you are not home. To place your name on list, call 632-2673 next Tuesday (14th), Wednesday (15th) or the following Tuesday (21st) between the hours of 8:30am and noon or call 632-0199 and leave your name, address, phone number and where the sandbox is located on the answering machine.

--Burning restrictions are in effect for central and north-central Minnesota as of Monday including Morrison, Crow Wing, Todd, Benton, Stearns and southern Cass but that hasn’t stopped firefighters and the DNR from battled a number of grass fires due to the warmer temperatures. Since Monday morning, firefighters battled an 18-acre wildfire west of Pequot Lakes, a grass fire west of Jenkins, two in Wadena County, and at least one fire reported in Otter Tail, Pope, Stearns, Benton, Douglas and Kanabec Counties. A reminder from the DNR to use caution with outdoor activities until adequate moisture moves in to help dry vegetation.

--Firefighters from Kimball and Watkins helped put out a blaze Tuesday afternoon on Balkan Road that took down a barn and a shed. Both buildings had collapsed before firefighters arrived just after 4pm.  It’s still unclear what may have started the fire. No injuries were reported.

--Little Falls Police arrested a 38-year-old man Tuesday morning at a gas station after the man was found unconscious inside his vehicle at the gas pumps. The driver was taken to jail after failing field sobriety tests. Police also responded to a theft of a boat motor on the 300 Block of Fifth Street Southwest. Crow Wing County Deputies assisted Monday to four fires, a large grass fire east of Ironton, one in Cuyuna, a ditch fire near Emily and a vehicle fire in Merrifield in all cases no injuries were reported.

--A jury in Kandiyohi County has convicted a man of second-degree murder but acquitted him of first-degree murder in a fatal farm confrontation. Jurors Tuesday found 47-year-old Timothy Huber guilty of two counts of second-degree murder, but not guilty of first-degree premeditated murder. Huber was on trial for the death of Timothy Larson at the victim’s family’s farm in rural Belgrade in 2011. Larson had ordered Huber and his father to remove their farm equipment from the Larson property before he was fatally shot. Huber’s father, Delbert, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and admitted he shot and killed Larson. The elder Huber was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison. Prosecutors are asking for the same sentence for the son.

--Authorities have recovered the body of an adult male from the Crow River in Wright County. Sheriff’s officials say the body was found during a search of the river north of Minnesota Highway 55 Tuesday night. The body has been taken to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. Authorities have been searching for 26-year-old Samuel Gustafson who was last seen leaving a friend’s home in Rockford on April 21st. His family says Gustafson did not have his medication for paranoid schizophrenia when he disappeared. There is no word yet if the body pulled from the river is Gustafson.

--Hear Al Friday from the Governor’s Fishing Opener on Q92 WYRQ

--Democratic Leaders in the Minnesota House of Representatives have scheduled a vote they expect will lead to Minnesota joining a growing list of states to authorize marriage between same-sex couples. House Speaker Paul Thissen said the Democrats have the majority needed to send the Bill on to the Senate and that a debate and vote on the bill would take place today. If the House passes the bill it will go to the Senate, where passage reportedly is more secure to pass and make its way to the Governor’s desk. Governor Mark Dayton stated he will sign the bill into legislation that would allow gay marriage in Minnesota starting August 1st.

--There’s still time to register to run or walk in the 5th annual Rock ‘n Run event at the Morrison County Fairgrounds on Friday, May 17. Registration and all events open at 5:00 p.m.  Events include: a bike rodeo and kinship train rides for kids, a health expo and silent auction, concessions and live music. The kids’ 1K race starts at 6:00pm followed by the 5K & 10K races at 6:30. To register online, go to: www.mocohcc.org and find Rock ‘n Run. For details, call Kate at the HCC office: 320-631-5675. The Rock ‘n Run is a fundraiser for the Healthy Communities Collaborative.

DEATH NOTICES
--Dorothy Kennedy, age 85 of Staples.
 
WEATHER
TODAY= isolated morning showers, then partly cloudy, high 60.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, cooler, low 35.
FRIDAY= sunny, high 63, showers after 6pm then breezy, low 37.
SATURDAY= sunny and cool, very windy, high 48, low 28.
SUNDAY= frost early, then sunny, less windy, high 56, low 38.

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins beat Boston 15-8 last night in a wild hit parade. Ryan Doumit 4 hits, including a homerun, Arcia 4 hits, Morneau, Florimon and Plouffe had 3 RBIs each. The Twins try to take 3 of 4 from the series with Boston tonight 5:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
WILD= do or die for the Wild tonight down 3-1 to the Blackhawks, Wild need to win tonight in Chicago to bring the series back to Minnesota on Saturday. Faceoff tonight is at 8:30pm.
HS SB= Little Falls at Albany double-header action today, first game starts at 4pm with second to follow on AM960 KLTF.

TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1899= the lawn mower was patented.
IN 1937= Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy started radio show.
IN 1960= the first birth control pill approved by the FDA.
IN 1962= The Beatles signed their first record contract with EMI
IN 1992= “The Golden Girls” ended their run on NBC TV.
IN 2010= singer and actress Lena Horne died at age 92.

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--Over ten years ago on November 10th 2002 Joshua Guimond was reported missing from St. John’s University in Stearns County. All attempts to locate Joshua have been unsuccessful. An age enhanced photo has been created by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at the request of the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office in hopes of bringing renewed awareness to Joshua’s case. The photos are shown above.




Wednesday- May 8th, 2013

NEWS
--On Monday night the Little Falls Flyer Activities and Fine Arts Banquet was held. Award winners included Male Athlete of the Year Collin Eckman. Jamie Jenks and Mattia Hendrickson were co-winners for the Female Athlete of the Year. The Fine Arts Student of the Year was Alexis Roy. The Distinguished Athlete Award was given to both Chelsea Rutz and Austin Bjorge. The John Phillip Sousa Award went to Chantelle Anderson. The Louis Armstrong winner was Samantha Gottwalt. The Semper Fidelis Musical Excellence Award was given to Aaron Nilsen. The National School Choral Award went to both Lexi Zawatzke and Brennan Norwood. Amy Maslowski won the Fred Waring Directors Award. Little Falls Triple A Award winners are Travis Spillum and Mattia Hendrickson. The US Army Reserve Scholar Athlete Award went to both Emily Stark and Travis Spillum. The Vern and Bunny Zehren Awards were given to Isaiah Korver and Diana Kempenich. Ashley Klein was honored with the Flyer Swimming Memorial Award. Jake Loukinen and Laura Moe were previously named EXCEL Award winners but were honored Monday night. 14 senior athletes were recognized with the Three Sport Athlete Award. Congratulations to each of the many impressive winners.

--The Department of Natural Resources stated Monday that Minnesota anglers who have traditionally headed north for the first weekend of the fishing season should check ice conditions and the availability of public water accesses and also roads leading to them. The Fishing Opener will go on this weekend in Minnesota as planned even though many lakes still have heavy ice in areas and as of Sunday some were still ice fishing on northern lakes. Even portable fish houses and some vehicles were still able to ride on lakes. The DNR did state that even if the ice is out, some waters may be closed to protect fish spawning. Information on seasonal closures are available at www.mndnr.gov/fishing. Water temperatures will be a lot colder than this time last year and the DNR is also reminding boaters that falling in the frigid water can have dangerous and even fatal impacts so please exercise extreme caution. You can also get information on the opener, limits, the governor’s opener and more for this weekend at www.mndnr.gov/opener/fishing.

--Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch stated Monday that most area lakes in the county are not free of ice for the opener this weekend and many lakes have well over a foot of ice thickness in spots. In the past week Cass County has responded to over a half-dozen reports of ATVs, snowmobiles and utility vehicles falling through the ice on Cass County lakes. Luckily no injuries reported. Burch is also informing boaters that boat landings are deteriorating from plowing, traffic and road salt from the recent snow and ice storms to the area. This will cause issues when using the accesses for your boats this weekend.

--St. Cloud police on Monday identified an explosive device found Saturday between Division Street and First Street North near 29th Avenue North was a “cricket” bomb made from an empty CO2 cartridge. The device contained no shrapnel and had a non-timer type fuse. The object was reported late Saturday morning, and a Crow Wing County bomb squad destroyed it late Saturday afternoon. Police blocked off an area and monitored it for much of the day. Police continue to look for information about the incident and released a photo of a similar device at their website. Anyone with information is urged to contact the police department.

--Search and like Little Falls Radio on Facebook today.

--A bank robber dubbed the “Man in Black” for the attire he wore while robbing several Minnesota banks has admitted to robbing a Clear Lake bank in June 2011. 49-year old Mark Wetsch pleaded guilty Monday to robbing five banks or credit unions between March 9th, 2011, and January 3rd, 2012. He also admitted responsibility to 25 additional bank robberies, including the June 3rd, 2011 robbery of Sherburne State Bank in Clear Lake. Wetsch on Monday admitted stealing more than $110,000 in 31 bank robberies across Minnesota. His guilty pleas were to robberies in Hastings, St. Peter, Albertville, Hampton and Eden Prairie. Wetsch also pleaded guilty in April to holding up the Rolling Hills Bank in Brewster in 2012 — the robbery that led to his capture. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that it intends to seek a prison sentence of 14 years for Wetsch. A sentencing date is not set yet.

--Some minor flooding is still occurring at the Mississippi River at Fort Ripley as the river remains near flood stage. Tuesday night the river was at 9.9 feet just under the 10 foot flood stage. The Flood Warning remains in effect with the showers and thunderstorms forecasted today that could cause the river levels to rise above the flood stage. The river reached 10.5 feet last weekend before slowing dropping which caused flooding to areas around the river in Fort Ripley.

--Brainerd business owners sent a letter to their city council recently asking to have the July 4th parade rerouted to go through downtown Brainerd. Community Action hosts the parade and maps the route. 45 businesses are in support of rerouting the parade in 2014. Council accepted the letter and will send it on to Community Action. The Council and Community Action both stated recently that safety concerns would have to be addressed before any changes are made.

--For the 2nd day in a row, St. Cloud firefighters doused a grass fire that apparently was intentionally set. The latest was Monday around 6pm on Northway Circle. A grass fire spread to a fence and a shed. The shed was destroyed. The damage was about $4,000. On Sunday a grass fire destroyed 10 acres on Serenity Drive where 2 juveniles were allegedly spotted running from the scene before the fire started. Anyone with information on either fire is asked to contact police.

--The Little Falls High School Spring Band Concert will take place next Monday at 7:30pm in the Charles D. Martin Auditorium. This concert will feature a variety of sounds, styles and genres of the finest band literature. Tickets are $3 for adults, $1 for students, passes accepted.

DEATH NOTICES
--Mildred “Millie” O. Terhaar, age 90 of Pierz.

WEATHER
TODAY= showers and thunderstorms likely, high 68.
TONIGHT= showers and thunderstorms likely, low 49
THURSDAY= early showers, then mostly sunny, breezy, high 61.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, high 63, showers and T-storms at night.

SPORTS
TWINS= Scott Diamond shut down the Red Sox last night as Twins win 6-1. Twins and Red Sox continue tonight 5:40pm on WYRQ.
WILD RECAP= Chicago shut out the Wild last night 3-0 in Game 4 of Western Conference Quarter-finals. Blackhawks lead 3 games to 1 and can wrap it up with a win Thursday night in Chicago at 8:30pm.

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Tuesday- May 7th, 2013

NEWS
--The Morrison County Commissioners meet today at 9am at the government center. Agenda items include proclamations for EMS Week and Foster Care Month, reports from social services, public health, HRA, planning and zoning and community development.

--The Minnesota State Patrol Friday reported a 2 vehicle accident in Wadena County where 26-year-old Nathan Wierimaa of Sebeka was seriously hurt. The accident happened Friday afternoon on Highway 71 when 70-year-old Robert Fulton of Avon collided with Wierimaa. Fulton and his passenger 72-year-old Jacquelyn Fulton had non-life threatening injuries. Wierimaa had serious injuries. The State Patrol also stated an accident occurred on Interstate 94 at Highway 24 in Stearns County Friday around 2pm. Though no details or names were released, Stearns County stated there were no serious injuries.

--Motorists and residents on Highway 71 between Bertha and Long Prairie will encounter intermittent lane and shoulder closures, flaggers, pilot cars and possible delays as crews begin a major road project on Monday, May 13th. The closures will occur from sunrise to sunset, Mondays through Saturdays, along different segments of the road. No lane closures will occur from noon Wednesday, July 3rd through 9 am Monday, July 8th. The project will be completed by mid-August. Crews will resurface the road, install or upgrade guardrail, replace two culverts, construct 12 new turn or bypass lanes, fill and seal five cattle pass tunnels and complete other work as needed. A short segment of Highway 71 in Browerville will not be resurfaced as part of this project. A separate project is planned for that segment of road. For travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.

--More fires reported over the weekend by the Brainerd fire department. Sunday evening firefighters battled a chimney fire on Linden Lane. The fire was quickly under control and poor maintenance was to blame for the fire. The house sustained minor smoke damage. Saturday night around 11pm, firefighters extinguished a fire in a wooded area of Miles Circle. No injuries or structures were damaged. Sunday around noon firefighters were called to a vehicle fire at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The fire was contained to the engine compartment, again no injuries reported.

--A bill that could eventually give Minnesota the nation’s highest minimum wage cleared the House on Friday, though it could be throttled back a bit before becoming law. By a 68-62 vote, the House advanced the bill to push up the current $6.15 floor rate in three steps until it hits $9.50 in 2015. Other states are weighing minimum wage bills, so it’s difficult to tell if Minnesota will lead the pack. With few exceptions, Minnesota workers now earn at least the federal hourly minimum of $7.25.

--The Brainerd Jaycees are sponsoring the Minnesota High School Rodeo on May 11th at 7pm and May 12th at 2pm at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds. For more information on the event which includes bull riding and steer wrestling go to www.mnhsrodeo.com.

--A St. Paul science teacher has been named Minnesota's Teacher of the Year for 2013.  Megan Olivia Hall teaches grades 7-12 at the Open World Learning Community in St. Paul. She was presented with the award Sunday. Hall has taught at Open World Learning Community since 2006 and has been teaching in the St. Paul public schools since 2002. The Minnesota Teacher of the Year is selected by a panel of 25 community leaders. The program is organized by Education Minnesota, the statewide teacher's union.

--The National Association of Letter Carriers will be collecting food donations this Saturday to provide assistance to the millions of Americans who are struggling with hunger. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is in its 21st year. They have collected more than 1-billion pounds of food since its inception in 1993. On Saturday mail carriers locally and around the nation will collect the non-perishable food items that are left by your mailbox. Items can include peanut butter, canned soup, canned meats and fish, canned vegetables, canned fruit and juices, boxed goods that are sealed such as cereal, pasta and rice. For more information on the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive contact your local letter carrier. In Little Falls that number is 320-632-8836 or log on to www.helpstampouthunger.com.

--The FBI says it believes authorities thwarted a terror attack in a search of a western Minnesota home. The FBI arrested 24-year-old Buford Rogers on Friday, after a search of his home in Montevideo turned up Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and firearms.
The FBI said Monday it believes the search and arrest potentially saved the lives of several local residents. The FBI says a terror plot was discovered through analysis of intelligence gathered by local, state and federal authorities. Rogers is in federal custody. He was arrested Friday on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. It’s not clear if he has an attorney.

--St. Cloud firefighters and four other departments battled a 10-acre wildfire Sunday that is being investigated as being a potential arson. The fire on Serenity Drive was reported just before 5:30pm. A witness reported two juveniles running from the fire area. No property damage was reported and there were no injuries. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the arson hotline at 800-723-2020. A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

--Starting yesterday, the Morrison County Public Works Department’s Engineering and Maintenance staff have gone to summer hours working Monday through Thursday. If you have business with the public works department you are asked to call ahead to the department to ensure a member of the staff is available.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Daniel and Sara Sobania of Bowlus, girl on May 2nd

WEATHER
TODAY= isolated T-storm late day, sunny and mild, high 75.
TONIGHT= isolated evening storm, partly cloudy, low 50.
WEDNESDAY= showers and T-storms likely, high 66, low 48.
THURSDAY= partly sunny, breezy and cooler, high near 60.

SPORTS
WILD= Game 4 of the Western Conference quarterfinals tonight as Chicago leads Minnesota 2-1 in their best of 7 series. Game 4 is at 8:30pm in St. Paul. Game 5 is Thursday in Chicago. If necessary Game 6 Saturday is in St. Paul and Game 7 is Sunday in Chicago.
TWINS= Twins blew an early lead to Boston losing 6-5 in 11 innings last night. Twins and Boston game 2 tonight 5:40pm on Q92 WYRQ
HS BAB= St. Cloud Cathedral at Little Falls for double-header baseball today, first game starts at 4:30pm with second game to follow on AM960 KLTF and streamed at www.fallsradio.com.  

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Monday- May 6th, 2013

NEWS
--A Crow Wing County bomb squad destroyed a suspicious object Saturday in St. Cloud after a section of 29th Avenue North had been blocked off for hours. St. Cloud police monitored the area that was from Division Street and First Street for much of the day after the item was reported that morning. Police confirmed about 5:30pm that the item, which was destroyed around 4:45pm did contain explosives. No other details about the object were being released and the investigation is continuing. There were no injuries.

--Two people were injured after a three-vehicle accident Friday near Round Prairie. At about 5:00pm the State Patrol responded to an accident with injuries on U.S. Highway 71, near Round Prairie. 20-year-old Justin Pohlmann of Long Prairie was traveling north when he crossed the center line and collided with 21-year-old Crystal Van Havermaet, of Sauk Centre. A third vehicle driven by 52-year-old John V. Janssen of St. Joseph was behind Van Havermaet’s vehicle striking it. Van Havermaet was taken to a hospital in Long Prairie to be treated for injuries that were not life threatening. Pohlmann suffered serious injuries and was taken to St. Cloud Hospital. He was last listed in critical condition. The third driver was not hurt.

--A Motley business owner has been charged with tax evasion in federal court. Roger Pedley, owner of Pine Ridge Golf Club and a steak house in Motley was indicted for evading taxes from 2000-2009 and for knowingly structuring his financial transactions to evade federal reporting requirements. He was charged with four counts of tax evasion, six counts of structuring cash transactions and two counts of making false statements to a federal agent. The criminal complaint in addressing the structuring of financial transactions said Pedley had accounts at eight financial institutions. That included institutions in Randall, Staples, Little Falls, Wadena, Nisswa, Litchfield, all in Minnesota and a bank in Omaha, Nebraska. Court documents stated that Pedley attempted to evade a large part of the income tax due by making false statements to the IRS regarding cash given to him by a relative and by destroying source financial documents in more than one occasion to hide his tax evasion. The case will be prosecuted in federal court in Minneapolis.

--Crow Wing County deputies responded to a woman clinging to a kayak near the Wausau Paper Dam Friday afternoon. Around 3:30pm, 56-year-old Cheryl Pagel of rural Brainerd was kayaking with a group on the water when when her kayak capsized. Another member of the kayaking group, 63 year old Jeffrey Kidder of Baxter jumped into the river and was able to pull Pagel to the shoreline. Pagel was treated at the scene by paramedics and then transported by ambulance to the hospital for hypothermia. Kidder was checked at the scene but not hospitalized.

--On Friday, the Sartell School at a special meeting accepted the resignation of Superintendent Joseph Hill effective June 30th. Hill recently was approved for a 3-year contract extension last October. Hill cited differences with the school board over the future of the district. The School Board unanimously accepted the resignation and announced a work session this week to begin looking for Hill’s replacement.

--A 37-year-old from Little Falls was injured Thursday morning on Todd County Road 14 near Browerville. The sheriff’s office stated that Joel Jager left the roadway and rolled the vehicle. Jager was taken to Long Prairie Hospital for treatment of injuries.

--The problem with grass fires continued for area firefighters over the past several days. 13 counties including Morrison, Stearns, Benton, Todd and Douglas Counties have burning restrictions enforced starting today. The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office reported assisting with a fire in a swamp near Morrill on Wednesday morning before 1:00am, Pierz firefighters and the DNR assisted. A grass fire Tuesday afternoon on White Plain Lane in Motley, a grass fire in Randall Monday night were the owner was in violation of his burning permit. Another grass fire Monday afternoon on the 15000 block of 83rd Street in Little Falls; another Monday afternoon in Fort Ripley and yet another on the 26th near the railroad track south of town off of Highway 10. Brainerd firefighters battled a large grass fire that burned over 6 acres Thursday afternoon north of Baxter off of County Road 77, the fire was contained to a wooded area and no structures were harmed. Firefighters also battled a grass fire on County Road 45 Wednesday night that burned about an acre south of Brainerd and another behind Menards in Baxter that burned about 2 acres of wooded area. Cass County reported a number of grass fires where in 2 cases structures were threatened last week. The fire danger has been listed as moderate in fire risk across the lakes area of Crow Wing, southern Cass and Wadena counties who also all officially have burning restrictions in place as of this morning.

--The Foley Fire Department responded to a grass fire Thursday afternoon that destroyed an old chicken coop and burned the corner of a barn owned by Randy Sorenson. The fire started about 1:35pm when a campfire got out of control in Alberta Township north of Foley. The fire was controlled within 90 minutes without any injuries.

--The Todd County Sheriff’s Office received a report of stolen copper wire from a gravel pit equipment site in Birchdale Township last Thursday. Central Specialties reported the large amount of copper wire cut and stolen from the equipment in the gravel pit located at 22507 110th Street. Anyone with information should contact the Todd County Sheriff’s Office toll free at 800-794-5733.

--The Little Falls City Council meets tonight at 7:30 at City Hall. Agenda items include a recommendation from the Airport Commission on work being done there and appointments of an equipment operator and a new member to the planning commission.

DEATH NOTICES
--Geraldine ‘Geri” Simon, age 83 of Staples.
--Joe J. Medek, age 64 of Pierz.
--Joan Hodel, age 64 of Little Falls.

WEATHER
TODAY= partly cloudy, isolated PM showers, high 68.
TONIGHT= isolated evening showers, partly cloudy, low 46.
TUESDAY= sunny and mild, high 72, late night storms, low 50.
WEDNESDAY= thunderstorms likely, some strong, high 67.

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins lose 7-6 in 10 innings to Indians Friday night. Indians beat the Twins 7-3 on Saturday before Twins salvage one game winning 4-2 Sunday.  Twins at Boston tonight on Q92 WYRQ
WILD= Wild lose 5-2 to Chicago Friday before beating Chicago Sunday 3-2 in overtime. Chicago leads best of 7 series 2-1.

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Friday- May 3rd, 2013

NEWS
--Two men face burglary charges after entering an occupied residence in Little Falls and taking property. Little Falls Police stated the burglary happened Tuesday about 1:20pm on 2nd Street Northeast. Officers arrived at the residence just after the suspects left, but the residents gave them a description of the burglars. The suspects left on foot and were arrested nearby a short time later. According to Police Chief Greg Schirmers the men arrested were 31-year old Christian Dahn of Little Falls and 30-year old Joshua Byker, of Pierz. The case has been turned over to the Morison County Attorney’s Office for filing of formal charges.

--The Camp Ripley Fire Department will conduct controlled burns starting Monday and last through next week. During this time period the surrounding areas of Camp Ripley can expect to see and smell smoke. Conducting these burns greatly reduces the chances for uncontrollable wildfires. The burns are completed every spring before Camp Ripley begins its summer annual training season. The fires are started, monitored and controlled in accordance with Camp Ripley Fire Department and the DNR.

--Local residents and motorists traveling near St. Cloud, Cambridge, Isanti, Belgrade and other areas in mid-Minnesota may see smoke from roadside prescribed burns this fall and next spring until mid-May. The burns are planned for MNDOT rights of way in the following areas; Highway 65 in Cambridge, Highway 55 between Brooten and Belgade, portions of the Lake Wobegon Trail and Highway 10 near the St. Cloud Travel Information Center. The burns are scheduled during optimal weather conditions to ensure safety and effectiveness. Traffic should not be affected and all roadways will remain open during the burns.

--A reminder to motorists using I-94 in St. Cloud this weekend that delays are expected at the ramp to Opportunity Drive. The ramp was to close Thursday afternoon but that was postponed until today at noon. A signed detour will direct motorists to exit two miles earlier at exit 171 to eastbound Stearns County Road 75 and back to Opportunity Drive. The ramp is now expected to be reopened by next Wednesday weather permitting. The closure is needed as part of the I-94 Clearwater to St. Cloud resurfacing project. When complete, the project will result in a smoother ride and improved safety.

--A 31-year-old Crosslake man was charged Wednesday for allegedly firing shots out of his car at a residence in Crow Wing County. Robbie Lee Bjerkness was charged with felony possession of an assault weapon following a court conviction and making terroristic threats which carries 20 years in prison and fines over $40,000 if found guilty on both counts. According to court documents Bjerkness on Monday morning went to a home on Woodrow Road where the woman in the residence told him to leave. Then Bjerkness pulled out a weapon and fired one round out of the window, and fired again into a wooded area. Bjerkness claims it was not a gunshot but his vehicle backfiring on two occasions following an argument. The woman was not hurt.

--A Brainerd man was found guilty for growing marijuana. Bradley Fordyce will be sentenced on May 30th. He was found guilty of growing marijuana in the woods near TCBX. Investigators found a growing operation and a search warrant at Fordyce’s residence found 15 marijuana plants and over 100 grams of processed marijuana. Fordyce had a previous drug conviction in 2002 when he was found guilty of growing a marijuana operation on Potlatch and near Crosby.

--The calendar has turned to May and that means it is almost graduation time for area high schools. The Class of 2013 will be graduated within the next month from the area. Graduation ceremonies are Friday, May 24th for Swanville, Royalton and Pillager schools; Saturday May 25th at 1:30 for Upsala, Sunday May 26th at 2pm for Little Falls; Friday May 31st for Pierz and Holdingford and Saturday June 1st for Foley. Best of luck to the Class of 2013!

--The Morrison County Food Shelves would like to thank all who donated recently including back in March during the food share month. Cash donations to the Morrison County Food Shelf in Little Falls this year came to $49,180 and 16,644 pounds of food also came in. Cash donations dropped by 13.8 percent from 2012 when the food shelf received $57,022. The actual food donated remained about the same. April of this year saw 370 families coming in for food, an average count. The Motley Food Shelf had cash donations totaling $20,848 and food donations of 90 pounds. The cash increased this year by $1,646 from $18,160 in 2012, or 9 percent. The food donated decreased by 2,283 pounds or 96 percent from last year. During the 2013 March FoodShare Drive, the Pierz Food Shelf brought in 1,516 pounds of food, a 914 pound decrease from 2012. It also saw donations of $5,917, an increase of $3,148 from last year, or 113 percent more. Nearly $8.4 million and almost 4 million pounds of food was collected across the state. With the food collected and the combined buying power of the donations, more than 37 million pounds of food will be distributed by local food shelves. You can always donate to your area food shelves with locations in Morrison County again in Little Falls, Motley and Pierz.

--Even more problems Wednesday with grass fires, even with the colder temperatures. A bush fire swept through a farm yard about eight miles south of Brainerd on County Road 45 Wednesday. The DNR and Brainerd firefighters battled the fire and were able to get it under control with no structure damaged and no injuries.

--The Friends of Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge are hosting a spring bird walk May 11th at 8am, questions call 632-1575.

DEATH NOTICES
--Leroy Johnson, age 70 of Onamia.
--Cecelia Kempenich of Randall

WEATHER
TODAY= partly cloudy, breezy, high 47.
TONIGHT= rain likely after midnight, some wet snow, low 34.
SATURDAY= rain likely, cloudy, high 46, low 40.
SUNDAY= partly cloudy, some brief showers, high 58, low 41.
MONDAY= sunny and warmer, high 66, low around 45.

SPORTS
TWINS= Twins in Cleveland for 3 games this weekend. Pregame tonight at 5:35pm, Saturday at 11:35am and Sunday at 11:35am, all three games live on Q92 WYRQ.
CC= join area coaches this Saturday for Coaches Corner after the first busy week of the spring sports season. The program airs just after 9am Saturday on AM960 KLTF and at www.fallsradio.com.
VL= Upsala at Flensburg is the Victory League Game of the Week Sunday at 1:30, roundup at 6:30pm Sunday on AM960 KLTF.

“BLT” tonight, “Whiskey Tango” Saturday at West Side Bar





Thursday- May 2nd, 2013

NEWS
--The Little Falls High School Economics Challenge team figured out last week that they qualified for the National Championship later this month in New York City. Over 10,000 students participated this year from schools in each of the 50 states. There were already several rounds of competition to get to this point. Little Falls Team members this year include seniors Travis Spillum, Aaron Nilsen, Brian McNamara, and Eric Schmidt. Tom Stockard is the coach. The team will fly out on Wednesday May 15th after the Day of Caring and return on Monday, May 20th. The actual competition is Saturday and Sunday May 18th-19th. The trip for the students is completely paid for including flights, food and activities. In addition each student of the 1st place team receives an additional $1000. The tests are broken down into three subdivisions including microeconomics, macroeconomics and international economics. While there each student will take three individual written tests and then one oral round as a team. Little Falls is in the semester division. There were two years that division was not offered but Little Falls has qualified four times in a row when it was offered. Last year they won the National Championship.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has named Tom Tabatt the May Employee of the Month. Tom is a certified nursing assistant at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls where he has been employed for nearly 34 years. Tabatt’s job consists of working with the patients and doing for them what they cannot do for themselves. He helps them get dressed, feed themselves, transfer and more. His job is to work closely with the nurses. As employee of the month Tom receives a number of certificates from chamber businesses.

--The Little Falls Fire Department responded to a couple incidents Wednesday morning. Shortly after 8:00am they responded to an electrical oven fire at Casey’s on the West Side of Little Falls. Firefighters were on the scene for approximately 20 minutes and the fire was contained to the oven. Then about 8:40am Little Falls Firefighters responded to 407 11th Avenue NE to a lawnmower fire. The owners pulled the lawnmower out of the garage so the fire did not spread. No injuries in either incident.

--Little Falls artist Charles Kapsner gave an update on Little Falls Radio Wednesday on the art project for the committal hall at the State Veteran’s Cemetery north of Little Falls. Kapsner said the Navy Portrait will be on display May 26th during the Memorial Day Observance Service at the cemetery. That Sunday afternoon music starts at 1:30 and a program to follow at 2pm. Afterwards meet and greet with people in the committal hall. The portrait is not completely finished yet. It is expected to be raised at the hall by later this summer. Charles stated that though the images are there, an essay is in progress on the Navy portrait. The essay is being worked on by Ray Stumpf of Little Falls who sat down with Charles recently and Navy veteran and Chief Howard Warnberg of Little Falls. Kapsner stated that donations for the project can still be given by calling the Initiative Foundation in Little Falls at 320-632-9255.

--The Sartell School Board will hold a special meeting Friday following the sudden resignation of Superintendent Joseph Hill. Hill had just received a 3-year extension to his contract in 2012 which some people in the district voiced mixed opinions on the contract. The School Board announced that as of Wednesday morning they have received a resignation letter from Hill but Hill informed school officials recently of his actions. Hill became superintendent in Sartell in 2010.

--A Cold Spring man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 10 years in prison for possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it and for being an immigrant possessing a firearm while living in the country illegally. 37-year old Tomas Marquez previously pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced Tuesday. Investigators in September 2012 found several packages of meth weighing about 900 grams in his mobile home in Cold Spring while officers were executing a search warrant. Police also found a .22-caliber revolver, ammunition, a digital scale, packaging materials and $4,615 in cash. Marquez admitted that he was intending to distribute the meth, that he possessed the gun in connection with his drug trafficking activities and that he was living in the country illegally.

--Grass fires were an issue Monday and Tuesday around the area due to the warmer temperatures. Nisswa firefighters battled a grass fire Tuesday afternoon that burned 3 acres just north of Nisswa Marine on Highway 371. Property owners were burning debris outside when the wind spread the fire quickly. Pequot Lakes firefighters and the DNR assisted at the scene. A small grass fire ignited in a Baxter backyard Tuesday around 1pm, it was extinguished and the cause was ruled as a recreational fire that got out of hand due to high winds. On Monday firefighters responded to three small fires around some construction areas and one near a school but in all cases no structures were damaged. The fires were extinguished quickly and without injury. Fires were also reported in Crosby and Emily on Monday again without any significant damage and without any injuries. A grass fire closed Interstate 94 for a time Tuesday between Highway 15 and Stearns County Road 75. Firefighters were on the scene from 3-7pm to keep the fire from spreading to houses. The fire scorched around 10 acres of land but no structures were damaged and no injuries. Another fire was contained at a farm at Riverbluff Tree Farm on 255th Street in St. Cloud. Firefighters were able to extinguish that fire quickly without structure damage and injuries. The DNR is reminding residents in Morrison, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, Benton, Aitkin and Stearns counties that burning restrictions start in those counties and others this coming Monday, May 6th.

--Little Falls police Monday morning investigated a report of a vehicle that may have been stolen on the 30 Block of Broadway East and also a report of a physical dispute Sunday morning on 16th Street Northeast which the report stated started from a broken cell phone.

DEATH NOTICES
--Victor Hiemenz, age 92 of Pierz
--Helen G. Christenson, age 92 of New Hope formerly of Little Falls

WEATHER
TODAY= mostly cloudy, high 46, breezy.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 30.
FRIDAY= partly sunny, breezy, high near 50, rain overnight low 35.
SATURDAY= rain likely, breezy, high near 50 low around 38.
SUNDAY= showers ending, partly sunny, high near 60.

SPORTS
TWINS= The Twins beat the Tigers 6-2 Wednesday in Detroit. Scott Diamond carried a no hitter into the 5th inning and allowed only 2 runs to earn the victory. Twins are off today, Friday in Cleveland.

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Wednesday- May 1st, 2013

NEWS
--A 13-year-old, 7th grader from St. Cloud Cathedral High School, is dead after the SUV she was traveling in went airborne on Highway 10 in Watab Township near Rice and crashed into a tree. The crash happened at 7:26pm on south U.S. Highway 10 and 85th Street Northwest. The State Patrol stated that Ellie C. Sovada of St. Cloud was killed in the accident. The driver 59-year-old Phillip Boyle of St. Cloud and his 12-year-old daughter Sophia Boyle were seriously hurt and taken to St. Cloud Hospital. The three were returning from a middle school track meet in Little Falls Monday night.  Counseling services have been made available to all Cathedral students as needed. The State Patrol stated the SUV left the road, struck a road approach, went in the air, lost control, turned slightly to its left and struck the tree on the passenger side.

--More details and some corrected information is available from an ATV accident that occurred Sunday night in Ripley Township. The sheriff’s office reported that Julian Phengsaksy of Little Falls was pushing another ATV that had broken down. The ATV that had broken down was operated by Dakota Vanhercke. The front tire of Dakota’s ATV fell off causing Phengsaksys machine to climb onto the first ATV which knocked Julian and his passenger 16-year-old Haley Schumacher off the machine. Schumacher of Little Falls was taken to St. Gabriel’s Hospital. She was treated and released for injuries.

--Burning restrictions begin Monday for 13 counties including Morrison County. Others are Aitkin, Benton, Crow Wing, Douglas, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Otter Tail, Pope, Stearns, Todd, Wadena and southern Cass (the portion south of Minnesota Highway 200). Burning restrictions are already in effect for Sherburne, Anoka, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Pine, Ramsey, Washington and Wright counties. With the return to normal and above normal temperatures, snow is rapidly melting, exposing dry grass and brush and creating a potential for wildfires. While weather patterns this spring have been hard to predict, the DNR anticipates that more counties will be included in the restrictions in the near future.

--The Flood Warning remains in effect for the Mississippi River at Fort Ripley. Tuesday it was reported the river was at 9.7 feet just under the 10 foot flood stage. The river is expected to reach flood stage today. It is expected to reach 10.5 feet by Friday. That is forecasted lower than earlier this week but still above the flood stage where some minor flooding could occur into the weekend.

--A 41-year-old Sauk Rapids woman was taken to St. Cloud Hospital on Monday after her bicycle she was riding and a vehicle collided in Sartell. The name of the woman was not released. The driver of the vehicle 82-year-old Marlin Vos of Sauk Rapids was not hurt.

--Motorists on Interstate 94 in central Minnesota will begin to see low-flying helicopters with a linesman suspended from a tethered line. Utility crews will be working on powerline structures starting today between Alexandria and Sauk Centre. MN DOT is asking motorists to watch the road and not the work being done above. In June, crews will begin stringing conductor wire between the structures. The 78-mile CAPX2020 line is to be in service next spring.

--A man accused of driving two juveniles to the scene of an armed robbery of a cab driver in St. Cloud has been charged with aiding and abetting aggravated robbery. 19-year-old Treyvon Dudley is jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail after the incident April 23rd where Dudley and three juveniles were arrested in Sartell after the robbery.

--Helen McLennan of Morrison County Soil and Water Conversation District is reminding residents that their nitrate testing is being conducted now through the end of next week. Testing times are 8am to 4:30pm Monday through Thursday and 8am to 4pm on Friday. Helen stated that the Department of Agriculture is doing a more comprehensive study due to high nitrates in Morrison County. This winter Culdrum and Buh Townships received a letter, then a packet to give water samples back to the Ag Department. Recently Belle Prairie, Bellevue, Swan River and Agram were also selected to take part in the study. Residents in those townships will receive letters and water sample packets if not already very soon to return to the Department of Agriculture. This is a totally voluntary procedure. Helen also wanted to remind those who have purchased trees that their pickup dates are Thursday 4:30 to 6pm and Friday from 9am to 6pm and extra trees can be purchased Friday. The site for the pickup will be the old Crestliner Building at 11th Avenue and County Road 76. Anyone with questions on any items can call Helen at 616-2479.

--Authorities are seeking the public's help in locating a missing 20-year-old man from Princeton. Cody David Porter was last seen at his home in Princeton Monday night. He left on foot leaving personal items behind. Officials say they are concerned for his safety and welfare, but did not provide any specifics. Cody is described as being 6 feet 1 inches tall weighing 160 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair with highlights. He was possibly wearing a black baseball cap with the green "Monster" energy drink logo on the front and blaze-orange running shoes with zip ties for laces. The only missing item from the home was a black bag containing unknown miscellaneous clothing.  If you see Cody or know of his whereabouts you are asked to contact the Princeton Police Department at 763-389-4879.

--A clean up day for residents living outside the city limits but within Little Falls Township is Saturday at the Little Falls Town Hall from 8am to noon. Questions contact Adrian at 632-5297. The Townships of Elmdale, Swan River, Swanville and Two Rivers will hold a clean up day on Saturday from 7am to 11:30am at the Elmdale Town Hall. Questions on this event call Jerry at 573-216 or Ron at 573-2926.

DEATH NOTICES
--Floyd E. Landeen, age 76 of Little Falls formerly the Twin Cities.
--Louise Logering, age 84 of Staples.

WEATHER
TODAY= chance of rain/snow showers, cloudy and breezy, high 45.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, few flurries, low around 30.
THURSDAY= mostly cloudy, breezy, high 44, low around 30.
FRIDAY= rain and snow showers, partial sun, high 47, low 33.

SPORTS
TWINS= Justin Verlander shut down the Twins last night 6-1. Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder went deep for the Tigers. The Twins wrap up series with Detroit at 11:35am today on Q92.
NHL= Bryan Bickell scored late in overtime to lift Chicago to a 2-1 win over the Wild in game 1 of the playoffs. Game 2 is Friday night.
SPRING= the spring sports season for baseball, softball, tennis, track and golf is finally in full swing, Results at www.fallsradio.com.
VL= Upsala at Flensburg Sunday 1:30pm on AM960 KLTF.

Redneck Radio Thursday, “BLT” Friday, lunch today at West Side Bar