News November, 2012

Friday- November 30th, 2012

--Steve J. Meshbesher of Meshbesher and Associates in Minneapolis confirmed Thursday afternoon that his law firm has been retained to represent Byron David Smith of Little Falls. Smith is charged with second degree murder in the death of Haile Kifer and Nicholas Brady, when he shot them during an alleged burglary attempt Thanksgiving Day. Smith’s next court appearance is December 17th.

--A fire early Saturday in a rental house near St. Cloud State University that killed a Comfrey man was caused when two burners on a kitchen stove were left on, according to a report from St. Cloud Fire Marshal Mike Post. Post ruled the fire an accident and has closed his investigation. 23-year old Kyle Kopischke died in the fire at 520 Eighth Ave. South. The report also stated that the smoke alarm in Kopischke’s second-floor bedroom had been removed from the wall and was found on a shelf with the battery removed. The fire was traced to the kitchen and to the electric stove. One rear burner was found on the high position and the other rear burner was in the medium-high position. Kopischke and 22-year old Kevin Murphy were home at the time of the fire and two other roommates were not. Murphy was able to escape from the house and survived. Alcohol is believed to have been a contributing factor in the fire. The fatal fire early Saturday required 40 area firefighters to battle the blaze.

--Motley and Scandia Valley firefighters battled a fire Thanksgiving morning at the building once called “The Stop“ located on Fishtrap Lake in Lincoln. Around 1:30am, passing train noticed the fire and called in the alarm. Both fire departments and more than 2 dozen firefighters reached the location in 15 minutes but the building was beyond saving by that time. The Stop, which had been a bait shop and convenience store, had been closed up for more than a year. Firefighters believed the fire was due to an electrical malfunction but the official cause of the fire is still under investigation.

--A man from Crow Wing County is charged with 2nd degree murder and assault in a July 6th robbery and fatal shooting in St. Paul. 35-year old Andre Johnson of Ironton is accused of shooting Roy Burgess and a friend twice as they were leaving Burgess’ home. Burgess died at the scene and the other victim was treated at Regions hospital. Prosecutors say Johnson plotted with his mother to rob Burgess because he needed money and Burgess was known to carry large sums of cash. Police found shell casings that matched the shooting at Johnson’s residence in Ironton.

--The recount is over in House District 8-B near the Alexandria area and unofficial results show republican Mary Franson holding onto her seat in the Minnesota House. The initial count after the November 6th election showed Franson beating democratic challenger Bob Cunniff by only one vote but after the recount Franson has a 12 vote lead. Last week a Douglas County Judge at Franson’s request ordered that 35 ballots be discarded because some voters in a neighboring district were mistakenly given ballots for the District 8B race instead.

--Beware of “Ransomware” which is the latest virus causing headaches for unsuspecting computer users. Victims receive a pop-up message which appears to be from the FBI, threatening to lock up the computer unless a fine is paid. The Better Business Bureau has scammers are behind the virus and it’s a nasty one, they are advising people to watch out for questionable links, avoid questionable websites and if the virus does get into your computer, don’t panic and talk to an expert. The virus can be transmitted through social media networks and computer users so make sure you’re secure.

--A Central Minnesota dairy operation has been selected Producer of the Year by the Minnesota Milk Producers Association. Blue Diamond Dairy in Melrose received the honor during the Midwest Dairy Expo this week in St. Cloud. Each year, Minnesota Milk recognizes one outstanding dairy operation for its commitment to the industry, managing its farm for future generations and being active in the local community. Blue Diamond Dairy is operated by the husband-and-wife team of Glen and Sadie Frericks. They started farming seven years ago and bought Blue Diamond five years ago.

--The Pierz City Council met on Monday night. At the council meeting the liquor license to Brickyard Bar had to be revoked and reissued because of a change in ownership. On Tuesday there was a public hearing for area residents for several projects. There was a recap of the Safe Route to Schools Project reviewing information of where infrastructure would be added and how it could affect area homeowners. Next the Minnesota Power back billing issue was discussed. In the past a CTC was not working properly and that caused a difference into the power the city was being charged vs. what they were consuming. The original discrepancy was around $62,000 but right now the city is negotiating a price that the city of Pierz is responsible for. That caused the city to review the electric rates. Since the city was not billed for the correct amount they will need to raise future rates to continue the rate of consumption. After reviewing several months of data, the city is proposing an 8% increase. That increase may not take effect until the early portion of next year. Homeowners may not even notice a difference in their bill until early spring. The purpose of Tuesday’s meeting was to inform the public of what the city is trying to accomplish.

--Authorities in central Minnesota say a 73-year-old man who was found unconscious near his tractor has died. Douglas County deputies responded to an emergency call Tuesday evening to an address near Osakis. A family member found Douglas Rutten unconscious and injured on the ground. Deputies say it's not clear whether Rutten fell off the tractor and was injured, or if he had a medical issue that caused him to fall before getting on the tractor.

--The Seventh annual Holy Trinity Parent Teachers Organization’s (PTO) Tour of Homes is scheduled for Sunday from 1:30-4pm. The event benefits Holy Trinity School’s PTO, its projects, activities and events for students, teachers and parents. Tickets are $10. For more information contact Holy Trinity School at 468-6446.

--Joanne B. Houle, age 85 of Little Falls.

TODAY= chance of freezing drizzle, cloudy, high 35.
TONIGHT= patchy fog, mostly cloudy, low around 30.
SATURDAY= rain showers, fog, cloudy, high of 42, low around 30.
SUNDAY= sunny and mild, high 45, low around 35.
MONDAY= rain showers early, then partly sunny, high near 50.

NFL= Minnesota at Green Bay Sunday at noon.
CC= Coaches Corner is back at the deli in Coborn’s Saturday morning at 9am, players and coaches talk to Al live on AM960 KLTF.

“Smokin’ Guns” tonight, “Contention” Saturday night at West Side Bar

Thursday- November 29th, 2012

--Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel has confirmed that a search of the red Mitsubishi Eclipse seized after the shooting of Haile Kifer and Nicholas Brady contained items reported stolen in a separate burglary south of Little Falls in Little Falls Township. According to Wetzel, Morrison County Deputy’s had contact with Nicholas Brady on 11-21-12 at approximately 9:25 p.m. after a homeowner in Little Falls Township reported a car parked suspiciously near the end of his driveway on Hilton Road. Brady told deputies that he and Haile Kifer had been in the vehicle driving around when it ran out of gas. Brady said Kifer had left to go get more gas. Deputies then gave Brady a ride into the City of Little Falls. The car was left at its location on Hilton Road, which is close to the Richard Johnson residence on Arden Blvd. On Sunday the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary at the Johnson home. Johnson had been out of town for over a week and an acquaintance had discovered the break-in after checking on the home. Johnson reported numerous items were missing from the home including several bottles of prescription medication. During the search of the red Mitsubishi Eclipse, deputies discovered six bottles of prescription medication bearing the name Richard Johnson. According to Sheriff Wetzel the investigation into the shooting as well as other burglaries that may be connected is ongoing and no further information is available at this time. 64-year old Byron Smith has been charged with two counts of 2nd degree murder of the two teens. His next court date is at 1:00pm on December 17th at the Morrison County Courthouse.

--This past election was the highest voter turnout in state history. There were a total of 2,950,780 voters in Minnesota for this past election. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said 76.1% of eligible voters voted. That was more than 30,000 more than in the record breaking 2008 turnout. It appears that will be number one in the nation for a second straight presidential election.

--Federal prosecutors will get to see most of the confidential materials they’ve been seeking from the defense in the Alfonso Rodriguez case. Defense attorneys have agreed to turn over all but five of 51 files being sought. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the materials will help them respond to claims that defense attorneys failed to introduce evidence about Rodriguez’s mental capacity and life history. Rodriguez remains on death row for the kidnapping and murder of Dru Sjodin from Pequot Lakes. Sjodin was taken from a Grand Forks, North Dakota mall and her body was found months later in a ditch near Crookston, Minnesota.

--Two Brainerd residents who allegedly were involved in a methamphetamine lab bust in October have turned themselves in to law enforcement and were charged Tuesday with first-degree manufacturing of methamphetamine in Crow Wing County District Court. 22-year-old Daniel Hoffman and 19-year-old Jade Christian are scheduled back in court on December 19th. Law enforcement on October 15th responded to a fire at a residence on South Seventh Street, the fire was in a couch and put out when firefighters noticed precursors for manufacturing methamphetamine. There was no one inside the residence when authorities arrived and the fire was mainly put out already by a fire extinguisher. The owners were identified as Hoffman and Christian who turned themselves in just recently to the Brainerd Police Department. If convicted of the first degree charges, both could face up to 30 years in prison and/or 1-million dollars fines.

--Two people are much richer today. Powerball officials stated late last night that 2 tickets matched all the numbers in the $550 million dollars jackpot. Tickets were sold in Arizona and Missouri.

--Farmers across Minnesota were in St. Cloud that last 2 days for the annual Midwest Dairy Expo. Bob Lefebvre of the Minnesota Milk Producers Association says their biggest challenge is education consumers, and the starts with the state legislature. He says they have their work cut out in the Minnesota House where 21 of the 28 committee chairs are from the Metro Area. Lefebvre says high feed costs are one of the biggest problems facing dairy producers. He adds that while milk sales continue to decline in the United States, cheese sales are keeping the dairy industry strong.

--Courthouses is several west-central Minnesota counties are making security changes, prompted by shootings at other facilities including those in Grand Marais nearly a year ago. Grant and Clay Counties already have one entrance point, and Wilkin County will be putting up signs instructing members of t public to use one entrance. The Otter Tail County Courthouse is being remodeled and security will be moving down to the main floor when that’s finished. A recent report from the state security forces stated that one entrance point allows security staff to screen everyone coming into the courthouse.

--The Minnesota Historical Society announced the recipients of Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants across the state. Area places included were the Great River Regional Library in Benton County of $410, Cuyuna Iron Range Heritage Network in Crow Wing County of $4,900, The Mile Lacs County Historical Society received $6,895 and the Great River Regional Library of Stearns County received $6,485.

--Area attractions such as Christmas at the Mansions at Linden Hill and Christmas Tree Lane at the Minnesota Fishing Museum continue through Sunday in Little Falls. Also AM960 KLTF Party Line will be live from the Fishing Museum in Little Falls today at 10am.

--Derrick and Krista Paulson of Little Falls, boy born November 27th
--Jason Carney and Phylicia Linn of Little Falls, boy on November 27th

TODAY= partly sunny, high near 30.
TONIGHT= freezing drizzle and dense fog overnight, low 24.
FRIDAY= freezing drizzle and dense fog, cloudy, high 34, low 30.
SATURDAY= rain showers likely, mostly cloudy, high near 40, low 29.
SUNDAY= mostly sunny, high 42, low 35 with rain after midnight

HS GBB= Pierz at Little Falls tonight 7:30pm on Q92 WYRQ.
NFL= Atlanta vs. New Orleans tonight in Thursday Night Football

IN 1890= first Army/Navy game played at West Point/Navy won 24-0
IN 1959= The Grammy Awards were first shown on network TV, in started a year earlier but not on TV, record of year “Mack the Knife”
IN 1963= The Beatles released “I Want to Hold Your Hand” the song would be a major reason for Beatlemania in American months later.
IN 1964= Roman Catholic Church replaces Latin script with English.
IN 1986= actor Cary Grant died at age 82.

“Smokin’ Guns” Friday, “Contention” Saturday at West Side Bar.

Wednesday- November 28th, 2012

--Little Falls Schools Superintendent Stephen Jones spoke with Little Falls Radio Tuesday and stated that no one really knows what effects the recent deaths of two teenagers with strong Little Falls and area ties has on any one person, therefore not only Little Falls High School but also the Middle School and Elementary Schools are working on being proactive with grief counselors, social workers, community members who work with teenagers to be available just to talk in multiple areas of the schools to help students cope, talk and have someone to listen to at the schools. Jones stated that the faculty is also affected who knew 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady who were killed last Thursday afternoon, and counselors are also working with adults as well as students. Jones is grateful that a number of area schools including Pierz, Royalton and Sartell, were willing to send support teams to Little Falls. Jones stated they have not asked those schools yet for help but is glad that the option is out there. Jones also said that social media has played a big role as social media was the whole reason that a vigil was set up Sunday night at the high school football field. 64-year-old Byron Smith of Belle Prairie Township was charged with two counts of 2nd-degree murder in the deaths of Kifer and Brady Monday in Morrison County District Court prior to a press conference where Sheriff Michel Wetzel addressed the information gathered in the case for the defendant and his deputies. County Attorney Brian Middendorf addressed the charges against Smith and the BCA stated that they are assisting in the ongoing investigation. The next court date was set for Byron Smith at 1:00pm on December 17th in the Morrison County Courthouse.

--Camp Ripley will be hosting a grand opening Thursday morning of a Minnesota State Patrol track facility at the military base. Lt. Adam Fulton of Camp Ripley stated that the need was to find a site for a secure training track for fire departments, police department, the state patrol and others. Lt. Fulton said the current track sits on a 185 acre site which allows them to break up the track a bit to keep trees and other obstacles in use to make the track look like a highway in central Minnesota where they can encounter certain obstacles. Camp Ripley was selected for their size and also the maintenance work that they were able to supply on keeping up with the track and its usage. If any agency from federal, state, county or city would be interested in using the Minnesota State Patrol Track Facility in the future for training, you can contact Lt. Adam Fulton at 616-2521.

--Cass County is reporting a serious injury accident on Highway 84 last Saturday night where 60-year-old Gerald Wivoda left the highway after striking a deer, then struck several trees. Wivoda sustained serious injuries and was taken to the Grand Rapids hospital. His passenger 58-year-old Susan Wivoda was treated at the scene.

--Todd County reported a truck driver sustained injuries when his vehicle was struck by a deer, after the deer was struck by a vehicle in the other lane. Around 6pm on November 20th, a car was travelling west on County Road 16 when the vehicle struck a deer. The deer was then sent into the air and landed in the path of an eastbound delivery truck striking the fender and windshield. The car’s driver was not hurt. The truck driver sustained glass in the face and eyes and was treated at a nearby hospital. No names were given by police.

--Due to the high amount of tickets sold Powerball jumped their prize to over $500-million dollars for tonight’s drawing only eight months after a trio of ticket buyers split a $656-million Mega Millions jackpot to set a world lottery record.

--Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota Flags be flown at half-staff today in honor and remembrance of Marine Lance Corporal Dale W. Means. Lance Corporal Dale W. Means was a 2007 graduate of New Prague High School and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in January, 2011. Means gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and died a hero on Sunday, November 18th 2012, when the convoy in which he was riding struck an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan.

--A judge has refused to delay construction of a major new power line in southeastern North Dakota while an appeal is pending. The line is part of the CapX2020 project, which is intended to bolster the reliability of the electric transmission network that serves many of Minnesota's largest cities. It will run from Cass County in eastern North Dakota through the St. Cloud area and then on to Monticello. The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved the route in September. The city of Oxbow and 82 people who believe the power line might harm them or their property are appealing the PSC order. They asked the judge to put the project on hold while an appeal is pending, but the judge refused.

--Parent/teacher conferences will be held at Little Falls Community High School on Monday, December 3rd from 3:45 to 6:45pm in the High School Commons, and Little Falls Community Middle School will hold parent teacher conferences on Monday, December 3rd and Monday, December 10th at the middle school commons. Parents are encouraged to attend and learn about your student’s progress.

--Matthew and Aimmee Yorek of Little Falls, a boy born Nov. 23rd

--Nicholas “Nick” Brady, age 17 of Randall
--Haile Kifer, age 18 of Little Falls
--Everett M. Regnell, age 88 of Lutheran Care Center in LF
--Florence Happke, age 97 of Pierz.
--Diane Marshik, age 62 of Lust WY formally Little Falls & Hillman

TODAY= partly sunny, high around 30.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low around 18.
THURSDAY= partly sunny, high 30- freezing drizzle at night-
FRIDAY= freezing drizzle before noon, fog and clouds, high 35.

COL BB= Gopher’s men basketball beat Florida State last night in the ACC/Big 10 challenge 77-68 and cracked the top 25 in the recent AP Poll. The Gophers at 7-1 are #21 in the recent poll. The Gopher’s only loss was to Duke last week in the Bahamas.
NFL= Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers Sunday at noon.

IN 1895= the first considered professional automobile race was held between 6 drivers from Chicago to Waukegan, Illinois.
IN 1963= President Lyndon Johnson renamed Cape Canaveral in Florida- Cape Kennedy, ten years later it was changed back to Cape Canaveral but the John F. Kennedy Space Center at NASA remains.

“Smokin’ Guns” Friday, “Contention” Saturday at West Side Bar.

Tuesday- November 27th, 2012

--Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf announced Monday that 64-year-old Byron David Smith of Belle Prairie Township has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder in shooting deaths of 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nicholas Brady. At a press conference Monday, Sheriff Michel Wetzel stated that Smith told investigators that Thanksgiving around noon he heard someone breaking into his home; Smith went down into his basement and armed himself with two loaded weapons. During questioning, Smith admitted to deputies that he shot 17-year-old Nicholas Brady and then minutes later his cousin, 18-year-old Haile Kifer several times even reportedly telling authorities it was "more shots than I needed to," Smith took the bodies into his workshop where they were found Friday afternoon by deputies. Smith acknowledged that the teens were unarmed, although he maintains that he was fearful the entire time. Smith informed police he left the bodies overnight and didn’t call police right away and that he tried to get a neighbor to call a lawyer for him Friday and it was the neighbor that called police. Smith's bail was set at a $2 million unconditional bond or $200,000 cash; or a $1 million bond with the condition he cannot leave the state, and would have to surrender his passport and guns or $100,000 cash. Each count of 2nd degree murder carries with it a possible 40 years in prison. His next court date has not been set yet. Middendorf has asked the Attorney General’s Office to assist the case while they review the matter. The investigation is ongoing with assistance from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Today is the first day that classes will take place in Little Falls for the first time since the deaths of Kifer and Brady took place. Superintendent Stephen Jones said, “Little Falls Community Schools is extending its heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of Haile Kifer and Nick Brady. Counselors and support professionals will be available at both the High School and CEC beginning Monday morning, November 26th, and throughout the week. We urge students and friends to please seek individual and small group grief support, share memories and stories, and discuss thoughts and feelings”. Stephen Jones will be live on AM960 KLTF today around 8:00am. Hundreds of friends, family and others attended a candlelight vigil at the football field near Little Falls Community High School Sunday night to remember the teens.

--One person died and another was injured in a house fire early Saturday on 8th Avenue South. St. Cloud Fire Department responded around 3:30am where they found the first floor of the story-and-a-half structure was engulfed in flames. It took some time for firefighters to get inside the structure due to the intense flames, but when they did they found one person inside who had died. The man was identified Monday as Kyle Kopichke of Comfrey. One person was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for injuries and later released. The house was completely destroyed. The cause is under investigation.

--Six people were arrested following raids at three locations last Wednesday from the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force that yielded drugs, guns and stolen property. Search warrants were issued at homes in Waite Park and St. Cloud was in one location 19 stolen guns and stolen property was seized. In a second location methamphetamine and stolen property was found and more meth was found in a third location. In all 6 people were taken to the Stearns County Jail facing a number of charges from the warrants.

--In December, the Minnesota State Patrol will be participating in the annual December drunk driving enforcement wave along with officers and deputies from approximately 400 other Minnesota law enforcement agencies in an effort to identify and arrest impaired drivers and encourage motorists to make safe decisions.  Sgt. Curt S. Mowers says, “We all need to work together to make a strong traffic safety culture in Minnesota.  One way to do that is to make impaired driving socially unacceptable.” Holiday parties and special local events in regions around the state will be targeted.  Specific dates and times for the project will be ongoing the whole month of December.

--The Pierz City Council will hold a special meeting to discuss Safe Routes to School, Minnesota Power billing and other items. The meeting begins at 5:30pm at the Pierz City Hall today.

--Todd County reported a one vehicle accident on 300th Street in Iona Township Sunday night. Reports stated that Holly Schad of rural Osakis was westbound when she left the roadway and struck the ditch causing the car to rollover. Holly and a backseat passenger were treated for injuries and released. A third passenger wasn’t hurt. The sheriff’s office also received a report of damage to property early Monday. Just after 3am, they responded to Highway 71 in Browerville where a property owner stated that a vehicle drove through a closed entrance gate and did damage inside the gate entrance. The incident occurred sometime over the past weekend. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Todd County Sheriff’s Office.

--A man was taken to St. Cloud Hospital after being rescued from the Mississippi River early Sunday. Just before 1am, the St. Cloud Fire Department was called to assist St. Cloud police in a search for a missing person. The fire department’s boat crew discovered the man in the river near its west bank just south of the fishing pier near the dam. Fire crews moved the man up the riverbank. He was taken to St. Cloud Hospital. There was no report on the man’s condition.

--James Storkamp, age 64 of Little Falls.

TODAY= partly sunny, high around 30.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low of 10.
WEDNESDAY= partly sunny, high near 30, low 15.
THURSDAY= partly sunny, high around 30.

GBB= Little Falls at Alexandria tonight 7:30pm on Q92 WYRQ
GBB= Pequot Lakes at Pierz tonight 7:30pm on FM94 KFML.

IN 1926= Louis Armstrong made first recordings for Okeh Records
IN 1948= Honda opens first automobile plant in America.
IN 1967= The Beatles released “Magical Mystery Tour”.
IN 1973= The U.S. Senate voted 92-3 in favor of making Gerald Ford Vice-President of the United States replacing Spiro T. Agnew who resigned from that position earlier that year.
IN 1977= Saturday Night Fever starring John Travolta hit theaters.
IN 1986= Lou Holtz announced he was leaving the University of Minnesota to be football coach at Notre Dame.

“Smokin’ Gunns” Friday night, lunch daily at West Side Bar

Monday- November 26th, 2012

--On Friday afternoon the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a call of suspicious activity at a residence near Riverwood Drive north of Little Falls. Responding officers met with 64-year old Byron David Smith at his home on Elm Street and Smith immediately told the deputies that he had shot and killed two people breaking into his home the day prior approximately around noon. Deputies then located the bodies of 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nicholas Brady, who family members stated were cousins, in the basement of Smith’s home. Kifer’s a student at Little Falls Community High School and Brady, was a former Little Falls student who transferred to Pillager High School this year.  The bodies were transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office where autopsies were performed. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension responded to assist in processing the crime scene. During the investigation deputies and agents of the BCA discovered information that led to Smith’s arrest for 2nd degree murder. Formal charges are pending with the Morrison County Attorney’s Office. Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel said that “a person has every right to defend themselves and their homes, even employing deadly force if necessary”. Circumstances of this case however, led deputies to believe that Smith went beyond that point. Smith is to appear in Morrison County District Court today and Sheriff Michel Wetzel is to have a press conference to release more information on the investigation this afternoon. Though students have the day off from school in Little Falls today Superintendent Stephen Jones stated that staff will be on hand today and that grief counselors will be at the school when students return on Tuesday. A vigil service was held last night at the High School to remember Kifer and Brady. Again more information should be released today.

--The Morrison County Board at a recent planning meeting discussed the annual process of reviewing salaries for the four elected county officials: recorder, auditor/treasurer, sheriff and attorney. County Recorder Bunny Johnston will retire December 31st. Johnston has recommended that current Chief Deputy Recorder Eileen Holtberg be appointed as the interim recorder. In the event of that appointment a request was made to rework the salary for Holtberg. Others who addressed the Board on salaries for next year was Auditor/Treasurer Russ Nygren, who has been with the county since January 1987, County Attorney Brian Middendorf, who next year will be his 15th year in the Morrison County Attorney’s office, and would be his seventh year as county attorney and Sheriff Michel Wetzel has been with the county for 29 years, longer than any other department head. Administrator Deb Gruber stated that the issue will be discussed again at their December 11th planning meeting and then the Board will take action on it at the December 18th meeting.

--The Royalton school district and its teachers still have not agreed upon a contract for the 2011-2013 school years after a year and a half of negotiations. The Royalton Educators Minnesota members and the district have been through two mediation sessions, but have yet to reach an agreement both sides will approve, leaving 57 teachers working without contracts. Recently it was reported that the contract voted on November 13th would give teachers a 2% increase totaling $194,000 to the district which the School says they don’t have from recent budget cuts. The district has worked $139,000 of the total cost into the budget right now. Another mediation session is being put together but the date of the session has not been officially set.

--A Little Falls man was arrested Friday night after fleeing police in Staples. Todd County authorities stated they spotted a car in a ditch around 6:30pm west of Staples and a vehicle leaving the scene. Officers activated their emergency lights but the Jeep collided with the squad car then fled the scene. Officers pursued and spotted the vehicle a short time later and took Troy Platz of Little Falls into custody on charges of fleeing police and hit and run criminal charges. No one including Platz’s 3 passengers were injured in the incident.

--The Randall City Council met Wednesday night. Vision Randall asked the Council for use of Bingo Park and the ice-skating rink for their-Quality of Life-9-hole Disc Golf Course. They introduced the task forces for the project and said that the course would be virtually maintained free and all baskets would be for removed for the winter to allow for the ice rink to be utilized. The price of the project is between $5500 - $7000 and the Quality of Life task force plan to fundraise to help with the cost. A special meeting will be held on November 30th from 9am-noon to further discuss the 2013 budget, wages, step program, police benefits, personnel handbook and any other items necessary. Jerry Petershick recently inspected the riverbank in the Little Elk Development and told the council he does not feel there is a problem at this time.

--A Minnesota State Patrol trooper was among the dozens of drivers Friday involved in crashes on slippery Central Minnesota roads on Thanksgiving and the day after. The trooper was assisting with vehicles that went off U.S. Highway 10, north of Sauk Rapids, when his vehicle was hit at about 9:50am Friday. The trooper received minor injuries in the crash.

--The Department of Natural Resources says that Minnesota hunters took seven-percent fewer deer this firearms season that last year totaling 151,000 deer. The agency says the drop was expected because they increased the number of lottery areas where hunters must have antlerless permits. The DNR says those restrictions are designed to let the state’s deer population increase.
--Dana Smith and Jolleen Schneider of Little Falls, a boy born 11-21

--JoAnn M. Valley, age 80 of Mounds View.
--Edward Denio, age 61 of Lincoln, Scandia Valley
--Stephanie Schubert, age 89 of Pierz.
--Clarence E. Zellner, age 91 of Burtrum

TODAY= sunny and cold, high 17, wind chills near or below zero.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low 10, wind chills near 0.
TUESDAY= partly sunny, high 30, partly cloudy at night, low 8.
WEDNESDAY= mostly sunny, high 25 to 30.

NFL= Chicago beat up Vikings Sunday 28-10 in the Windy City.
NHL=The NHL announced Friday they have cancelled games through December 14th and also the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend.
COL FB= Michigan State beat Gophers 26-10 Saturday. Gophers end the regular season at 6-6 and now see if they get a Bowl invite.

Join the West Side Bar for lunch then stick around for Happy Hour.

Friday- November 23rd, 2012
--Santa Claus returns to Little Falls tonight for the annual Santa Parade at 6pm. The parade begins on the west side of Little Falls on Lindbergh Drive South then turns onto Highway 27 East and travels down to Bank Square in the downtown Little Falls area. It is best to sit on the south-side of Highway 27 to see the parade as only Highway 27 East will be blocked off for the parade tonight.

--Area jobless rates per county and city were released this week. October jobless rates showed Morrison County at 5.8% rising from 5.7% in September. Crow Wing County saw a jump from 6% to 6.2% in October. Cass and Mille Lacs County also saw a small rise in jobless numbers. Todd and Wadena counties stayed nearly the same as last month. The State of Minnesota remained at 5.8% from September to October. The United States had a national average of 7.9% for the month of October based on numbers from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

--A man was taken downstairs to jail after a fight Monday afternoon on the roof of the Stearns County Law Enforcement Center in St. Cloud. A re-roofing project is underway and two of the workers got into an argument. Authorities say 43-year-old Warren Smith of St. Cloud man hit a 23-year-old in the face with a rake and knocked out a tooth. Neither are employees of the contractor and were hired through a temp agency. Smith was booked downstairs in the jail. The victim refused medical treatment.

--There’s a new push to make testing for HIV/Aids as common as a routine cholesterol check. An independent panel that gets screening guidelines is proposing all Americans ages 15 to 64 get an HIV test at least once, not just people considered high risk. Charles Hempeck of the Rural Aids Action Network in St. Cloud says there are a couple of different ways to get tested for HIV/Aids. You can go to your local clinic for a blood test and there is a rapid test also with an oral swab or finger stick with results coming in 15 minutes. Hempeck says the Rural Aids Action Network offers the tests for free and they are confidential. The Centers for Disease Control says less than half of all adults under age 65 have been tested for HIV/Aids.

--A Douglas County Judge has ordered that 35 ballots be discarded in the race for the House District where State Representative Mary Franson won by one vote over DFL challenger Bob Cunniff, because voters in several precincts in a neighboring legislative district were mistakenly given ballots for the House District 8B Race instead. Cunniff’s attorneys warned that removing ballots will disenfranchise dozens of voters. Because of the 1 vote victory an automatic recount is scheduled to begin for the race on November 28th.

--The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office and officials in Becker and Cass Counties are investigating a mail and ID theft ring. An Underwood man is one of the victims. Credit cards and checks were apparently taken from his mailbox some time ago but he only recently discovered that the checks were used on his account. A male and a female suspect are sought. Investigators say they took credit card related items from the mail to use in identity theft.

--Benton County has announced the hiring of Miles Seppelt as the new development director for the county. Seppelt currently serves as the development director in Hutchinson and has done so for 10 years. Seppelt will replace Nancy Hoffman who left the position last July and the county decided not to replace her position. The terms of the contract, after background checks are done, would still have to be completed hours and pay and then approved by Benton County.

--Sleet, wind and snow hit the area for Thanksgiving with 1-3 inches in areas, lots of blowing snow and slippery spots on many roadways this morning. Use caution if traveling out. A charter bus left the road around 10pm last night near Rice, one person was hospitalized with non-serious injuries. A number of accidents received emergency personnel attention yesterday but as of late last night no fatalities were reported by the Minnesota State Patrol in central Minnesota.

--A number of attractions have special events going on as Christmas at the Mansions begin today. This annual fundraiser is sponsored by the Friends of Linden Hill. The self-guided tour will allow people to tour all four floors of both mansions. Tours run from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. daily today through December 2nd. The cost is $10 per adult, $5 for those ages 12 – 17 and free for children 11 and younger. For more information call the Friends of Linden Hill at (320) 616-5580. Christmas Tree Lane begins today and runs through December 2nd from 12-6pm at the Minnesota Fishing Museum. There are a number of trees to view and buy. Also a silent auction will be held on a number of specially created wreaths at the Fishing Museum during the event. For more information call 616-2011. Then on Saturday and also next Saturday (30th) there will be Christmas with the Lindbergh’s at the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site and Interruptive Center from 10am to 4pm. The historic home of Charles Lindbergh takes you back to 1918 with characters portraying the Lindbergh family. For more details contact Melissa at 616-5421. The cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children 6-17 and those under 5 are free.

--The Pierz City Council will meet Monday at 7pm at Pierz City Hall and hold a special meeting Tuesday at 5:30pm at Pierz City Hall. Monday the council will discuss easement approvals, cable access agreement, liquor license approvals, and the upcoming toy drive on December 13th. Agenda items at Tuesday’s meeting include a Safe Routes to Schools update, Minnesota Power billing update, discussion of Pierz city electric rates and a TIF discussion on a city settlement.

--Lloyd C. Keehr, age 85 of Fort Ripley
--Sister Mary Alice (Genevieve) Rudnicki, age 97 of the St. Francis Convent in Little Falls

TODAY= light snow ending, then sunny, windy and cold, high 23.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, cold, low 5-10 above.
SATURDAY= partly sunny, high near 30, flurries and 20 at night.
SUNDAY= partly cloudy, breezy, high 28 wind chills near 0.
MONDAY= partly sunny, high 25, low around 12.

NBA= Kevin Love is back with Wolves, they are in Portland tonight.
COL FB= Gophers host Michigan State Saturday to wrap up the regular season at 1:30 pregame on AM960 KLTF
NFL= Houston beat Detroit in overtime, Washington holds on to beat Dallas and New England routs the Jets on Thanksgiving games.
NFL= Vikings travel to Chicago Sunday at noon.
COL BB= Gopher men and women lose in tournaments Thursday.
HS FB= the best in the state do battle today and tomorrow with the Prep Bowl 2012 with 4 games today and 3 games on Saturday.

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Wednesday- November 21st, 2012

--Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. The national holiday means Federal, State, County and City Offices are closed. Banks, financial institutions, post offices meaning no regular mail delivery, libraries and other offices are closed tomorrow and many reopen on Friday. However, some offices and government centers may also be closed Friday. It is best to call ahead before heading out to those places.

--The Region Five Development Commission announced that Little Falls Radio has been selected as their annual NCEDA Business Partner of the Year. The award is given to a borrower of one of the North Central Economic Development Association lending programs for being innovative, a regional job creator and a contributor to improve the regional quality of life.  In 2013 Region Five Development Commission celebrates 40 years of regional service. During an awards ceremony in Baxter awards will also be presented to Syvantis Technology, the Initiative Foundation, Consolidated Telephone Company and commission members for their terms of service. The awards ceremony will be on December 13th at 6pm at the Gull Lake Yacht Club. Little Falls Radio would like to thank the Region 5 Development Commission which represents Morrison, Crow Wing, Cass, Todd and Wadena Counties for this prestigious honor.

--The family of a Minnesota soldier informed the media Monday that their son had died while on his first tour of duty of Afghanistan. 23-year-old Lane Corporal Dale Means was killed by an explosion on Sunday. Means, who leaves behind a wife, was a 2007 graduate of New Prague High School and was stationed in North Carolina.

--Just a few months after the closing of the Verso Paper Mill in Sartell, more jobs are being lost at another Central Minnesota Paper Plant. The Wausau Paper Corporation is spending 35-million dollars, but is also cutting 55 jobs at its plant in Brainerd which is about a third of its local workforce. Most of the workers are hourly and will be done by the end of this year. The change comes as many Americans pick up their Ipad’s and tablets and go paper-free. Wausau is converting its operations to go paper-free. Wausau is converting its operations to manufacture less printing and writing paper and make more tape and food grade paper.

--Former State Representative Steve Wenzel from Little Falls received a special gift while visiting the State Capitol recently. Wenzel received an Official State coffee mug signed by five former attorney generals for the state of Minnesota, one of the attorney generals is 93 years old. Current Attorney General Lori Swanson stated that Wenzel received the gift for his hard work and continued dedication to the state of Minnesota and the students of Central Lakes College. Wenzel accompanied CLC International Students to the Capital as part of their effort to better understand American democracy. The students were from India, Pakistan and Indonesia.

--One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon on Highway 371 north of Baxter. Authorities stated the accident happened around 3pm and one person was treated at the scene but not hospitalized. It was also reported that Cass and Crow Wing deputies are also investigating break-ins at St. Alice Catholic Church in Pequot Lakes and St. Edwards Catholic Church in Longville sometime between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. It was unclear what was taken. Brainerd firefighters battled a car fire Monday afternoon on Crow Wing County Road 8 in rural Brainerd. The vehicle fire turned into a grass fire that burned an acre of land.

--The Little Falls City Council met on Monday night. Several reports were received. The council approved all recommendations from the planning commission for rezoning 7 different portions of properties including two from Holy Family Parish. A variance was approved for Pine Grove Zoo. A public hearing was set for 7:30pm on December 17th for the 5th Street NE project from 7th Ave to the railroad tracks. Both agreements between the city and Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau was extended another year. One agreement was the Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau lease the Rosenmeier building; the other was they do the tours of marketing for the city.

--The Community Thanksgiving Meal will be tomorrow at the Little Falls Community High School from 11am to 1pm. The event is free. Tim Sumner announced on Little Falls Radio Tuesday that if you want a ride to the event call him today at 630-6260. Also if you wish to donate Thanksgiving decorations or a dessert for the event on Thursday you can drop them off at the High School later today and ask for Tina Wheeler. The event is free and open to everyone.

--Rice City Council lifted a stop-work order on the Roach townhome project at their council meeting Monday night. The council announced that construction can begin once the final paperwork is approved. The council allowed developers to pour footings last year for the townhomes but the plan was never approved and that move upset the residents and therefore the city had to order stop-work order until plans and specs could be approved by the council.

--Charles Matthew Judd, age 81 of Cushing.
--Kimberly (Witte) Reynolds, age 44 of Little Falls.

TODAY= mostly sunny, highs around 60
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, mild, low around 40.
THANKSGIVING= turning cloudy with PM rain showers changing to snow at night, high 49 early then falling temps and very blustery.
FRIDAY= partly sunny, cold and breezy, high 26, low 10.
SATURDAY= partly sunny, high near 30, few flurries late, low 22.
SUNDAY= partly sunny, breezy, high 33, low around 16.

NFL= a triple-header of NFL action Thursday for Thanksgiving, Houston at Detroit, Washington at Dallas and the Jets at New England will play. Coverage begins at 11am on AM960 KLTF.
COL FB= Gophers vs. Michigan State 2:30pm Saturday on KLTF.

IN 1783= first hot air balloon flight completed in Paris, France.
IN 1878= Thomas Edison received a patent for the phonograph.
IN 1938= first school operated radio station started in Cleveland
IN 1944= Roy Rogers and Dale Evans recorded “Happy Trails”


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Tuesday- November 20th, 2012

--At the recent Royalton School Board meeting the board rejected the 2011-2013 teachers’ contract, on a vote of 4-2. The entire contract would cost $194,000. With the recent budget cuts of $200 to $300-thousand dollars and the failing of a referendum earlier this month, the board stated that the teacher’s contract needs to be reworked. Following their meeting last week the board went into a closed session from the public to discuss negotiation strategy.

--Grass fires were a problem over the past weekend due to the warm temperatures and dry vegetation. Kimball fire department was called out twice on Saturday to grass fires. Both were extinguished around an hour after authorities arrived. A larger fire was reported in St. Augusta that consisted of hay bales, grassed and a wooded area near the city. Firefighters battled the fire for over 3 hours Saturday afternoon. There were no injuries in any of fire reports. The DNR is reminding residents that with warm temperatures through Thanksgiving and lack of moisture many parts of the state will have moderate to high fire danger and be mindful of outdoor burning.

--The special meeting of the Randall City Council was called last Thursday morning. The meeting was convened for the purpose of evaluating/discussing department heads’ performance, future plans and budget requirements. All department heads met with the council on an individual basis and discussed job performance, future plans and budget issues. Budget requirements will be reflected in future budgets. The police chief had an immediate need of a replacement computer for his office. He was directed to bring this requirement to the next regular council meeting with specifics.

--Benton County announced a new program aiming to collect old medications. The Take it to the Box program provides a safe and secure place to dispose of their unused and unwanted prescription or over the counter drugs year around for no charge. They can be left in one of two locked boxes at the Benton County Sheriff’s Office in Foley and at the Sauk Rapids Police Department. The Little Falls Police Department already has a drop off site inside their main lobby between 8:00am and 4:30pm weekdays to drop off unused or unwanted prescription drugs. For information on the Little Falls site contact Little Falls Police Chief Greg Schirmers at 616-5570.

--There are lots of stories behind the numbers when a state raises 40-million turkeys a year. Minnesota Turkey Growers say modern turkey farms are able to raise bigger birds and use less feed. He says they used to raise birds to about 21-weeks of age of 21 pounds and now they’re bringing those birds up to 45-pounds with half the feed. Olson adds that they raise the birds inside, keeping them comfortable and away from disease and predators. Minnesota remains the country’s leading turkey producer- and about 30% of all Minnesota turkeys will be eaten between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

--The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was called to a missing child report in St. Stephen Sunday. Just before noon, deputies were called to a residence on the report and searched the area. Deputies did not release any names in the report. The child was found safe about an hour later. She had fallen between two hay bales in a barn near the home and needed help to get out. She was not seriously hurt.

--Christmas Tree Lane at the Minnesota Fishing Museum begins this Friday and runs through December 2nd. Christmas at the Mansions at Linden Hills also begins Friday and lasts through December 2nd. The Santa Parade is Friday at 6pm in Little Falls.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office reported last week that someone stole a leaf blower, cordless drill/charger, two batteries and others items from a chicken barn on 123rd Street in Pierz and another report on 173rd Street in Pierz of a chicken barn having the lock broken off but nothing appeared to be stolen. The Sheriff’s Office also reported damage to property in Fort Ripley, theft from an establishment on 296th Avenue in Pierz, a gas station drive-off in Motley and a vehicle striking a power-pole causing damage to a yard light on Nature Road toward Foley.

--A former St. Cloud fire station will be sold for $125,000 to a local architecture firm. The St. Cloud City Council approved the sale Monday night to Negen Architects. The former Fire Station 2, at 700-41st Ave. N, was left vacant after a new fire station opened in 2008 at 727 Anderson Ave. Negen Architects has an office in Cold Spring. It has proposed to acquire the building to relocate its professional offices. The council approved the sale with a 5-2 vote.

--The early season for Minnesota’s first regulated wolf hunt has closed with nearly 150 wolves killed. The state DNR numbers show that by the Sunday 10pm deadline for registering the last day’s wolf kills, hunters reported 147 animals taken in the state’s three zones. The DNR had set a limit of 200 wolves for the early season. The number that weren’t taken to reach the limit will be added to the second season, which is open to both hunters and trappers. That season runs from November 24th to January 31st. The limit for both seasons is 400. The DNR issued 3,600 permits for the early wolf-hunting season and 2,400 for the late season. The region’s wolves were taken off the endangered list last January.

--A 22-year old St. Cloud man was arrested Friday, after a search warrant in an apartment resulted in the recovery of evidence in an armed robbery and burglary case in the south side. Juvaro Goodman could be charged with first-degree burglary, felony terroristic threats and a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the St. Cloud Police Department. Controlled substances were also found in the residence. The St. Cloud Police Department Tactical Response Team executed the search warrant at 10 a.m. in the 1400 block of Fifth Avenue South. The evidence located during the search could result in more arrests, police said.

--Darrel Noyes, age 79 of Big Lake formerly of Little Falls.

TODAY= areas of freeze fog early, then mostly sunny, high near 50.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low of 33.
WEDNESDAY= sunny, mild, high 55 to 60, low around 40.
THANKSGIVING= partly sunny, light rain in afternoon, windy, high 50
FRIDAY= blustery and much colder with a high of 31.

St. Johns= the winningest coach in college football has decided to retire. John Gagliardi announced Monday that he retiring after 64 years of coaching, the last 60 years as head coach of the St. John’s University Football team. Gagliardi racked up 489 wins in his career.
NFL= San Francisco routs Chicago 32-7 on Monday night football. The Vikings travel to Chicago this Sunday at noon.

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Monday- November 19th, 2012

--The Allegheny County Medical Examiner ruled that 48-year-old Kenneth Rodeski of Little Falls died from drug use and not from any form of violence. Rodeski was found dead in a bathtub around 2am last Wednesday morning in Pennsylvania. Services are later today.

--St. Louis County authorities are investigating the death of a 49-year-old Hillman man who was found unconscious in a wooded area. The sheriff's office received a 911 call Friday about 12:45 p.m. from someone who found the man near Myrtle Lake in Portage Township. Authorities say the man appeared to be suffering from exposure and wasn't responsive. Rescue officials rushed him to a hospital but he died in the ambulance. Authorities identified him Saturday as James Joseph Hoheisel of Hillman. An investigation into the death continues.

--A Stearns County grand jury Friday indicted a Walker man on first-degree murder charges for the Oct. 21 shooting death of a Rockville man. 28-year old Marcus Michael Barshaw is accused of shooting 30-year old Jeffrey Schutz, several times after the two got into an argument at Schutz’s residence. Schutz died after being shot six times, and Barshaw fled to a nearby apartment building. He later emerged from the building holding weapons and was ordered by a Stearns County deputy to drop them. He refused repeated commands to drop the weapons and was shot when he raised a weapon to a deputy. Barshaw already was charged with second-degree murder. Minnesota law requires a grand jury indictment before proceeding with first-degree murder charges. The grand jury also indicted Barshaw on charges of second-degree murder, second-degree assault and use of deadly force against a peace officer.

--A two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon in St. Wendel Township knocked out power to the area and sent a Bowlus woman to the hospital. The crash occurred at 4:30 p.m. at Stearns County Road 3 and Norway Road. A vehicle being driven by 17-year old Niles Corrieri of St. Joseph pulled out from Norway Road onto County Road 3 in front of a vehicle driven by 38-year old Julie Mrosla of Bowlus. Mrosla was unable to stop in time and hit Corrieri’s vehicle broadside. The collision caused a power pole guide wire to be hit, causing a power outage in the area. Mrosla was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of her injuries. No one else was hurt.

--Climate experts from the National Weather Service have updated their predictions for the months ahead by suggesting Minnesota residents bundle up for winter. The Climate Prediction Center is expecting colder than normal temperatures for December, January and February in Minnesota, especially across the upper two-thirds of Minnesota with the latest computer models also showing near normal precipitation ahead. The near-normal snowfall is hopefully going to put some relief from the recent Minnesota drought conditions.

--Todd County Authorities responded to a semi and trailer in a ditch on State Highway 71 in Clarissa Thursday night. Just after 7:45pm authorities say that Terry Dolven of Montevideo was driving a freightliner semi when he turned into a truck stop, cut the corner too tight and sent the rear tires into the ditch. A neighbor nearby helped Terry from the semi and helped get the vehicle mostly out of the ditch before deputies arrived. Dolven sustained minor injuries.

--The Little Falls Indoor Marching Band Concert is tonight and tomorrow night at Little Falls Community High School at 7pm. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students. For more information contact the activities office at the high school at 616-2207.

--The Little Falls School Board meets tonight 5:30pm at the Morrison County Government Center. Agenda items include information on the curriculum development process, receive a number of donations and also take action on the 2011-2012 Fiscal Audit.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9am at the government center boardroom. Agenda items include the sheriff’s report, reports from public works, public health, social services and the Fish Trap Improvement District.

--Unofficially, a total of more than 16-million dollars is in after this year’s “Give to the Max Day” across Minnesota last Thursday. The annual fundraising including over 53,000 donors with nearly 4,400 non-profits receiving proceeds which included a number of non-profits and schools in Morrison County. Cretin-Derham Hall School in St. Paul received the highest amount of $377,000 while the top food shelf was Second Harvest Heartland raising nearly $315,000.

--The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is phasing out a federally-funded program that tests produce for contaminants. Heidi Kassenborg with MDA says they will continue to test food but produce won’t get the scrutiny it did under the federal program. Congress opted not to fund the program next year and eleven states will be affected, including Minnesota. Kassenborg says the program recently found salmonella contamination in grape tomatoes.

--St. Cloud police stopped a vehicle Thursday night after noticing some strange driving behavior. The officer ran the license plate the found the vehicle to be stolen. The driver was a 14-year-old girl who did not have a drivers’ license. An 18-year-old passenger was found to be in possession of marijuana and the girl allegedly told police that he had taken the car. Both face charges in Stearns County Court.

--Randy and Kathy DeRosier of Fort Ripley, a girl born on 11-15.

--Gerald “Nick” Rivetts Sr., age 77 of Brainerd
--Rita J. Paulsen, age 90 of Pierz.
--Sister Mary Giles Weyandt, age 84 of Little Falls.
--James ‘Jamie’ J. Hoheisel, age 49 of Hillman.
--Arthur Preimesberger, age 80 of Pierz.

TODAY= partly cloudy to sunny skies, high 55.
TONIGHT= clear to partly cloudy, cooler, low around 25.
TUESDAY= mostly sunny, high near 50, low around 30.
WEDNESDAY= mostly sunny, mild with highs near 60
THANKSGIVING= partly cloudy, breezy, high 45.

COL FB= Nebraska trounced the Gophers Saturday 38-14. Gophers at 6-5 host Michigan State in regular season finale this Saturday.
NFL= Green Bay beat Detroit 24-20 to go to 7-3 on the year, one game ahead of the Vikings who were off yesterday. Chicago has San Francisco tonight. The Vikings are at Chicago this Sunday at noon.
STATE SWIMMING= Jaelin Beechy of Staples-Motley finished fifth in 100-yard breaststroke Saturday and received All-State Honors.

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Friday- November 16th, 2012

--Pennsylvania authorities are investigating a death of a Little Falls man found dead in a bathtub in Allegheny County. 48-year-old Kenneth Rodeski was found dead around 2am Wednesday morning. The death has been ruled suspicious in nature. His body was taken to the county medical examiner for cause of death. A full investigation is being conducted with local and state authorities.

--The Sauk Rapids city council Tuesday voted to start the process of appointing a new city council member following Brad Gunderson, who was on the council elected Mayor of Sauk Rapids last week. The council formed a committee to select a council member from interested residents who can submit letters of interest to the city. The committee will review the letters and set up interview with candidates. City Administrator Ross Olson said the city hopes to have a new council member in place by January and would serve the remaining 2 years of Gunderson’s city council term. For more information contact Sauk Rapids City Hall and the position will be posted on the city’s website by early next week. Olson stated at the meeting Tuesday that they did discuss holding a special election but the cost associated with would be quite high.

--The superintendent of Pequot Lakes Schools has handed in his resignation effective at the end of this school year. Rick Linnell has been with the school district since 2006 and informed in his letter of resignation it was time for him to move on and find a new challenge. During his tenure he helped Pequot Lakes Schools pass a referendum which resulted in a $33-million dollar building project that is to be completed next year. The school board still has to accept Linnell’s resignation effective June 30th.

--A Pine County Deputy has been placed on administrative leave facing seven counts of criminal conduct after allegations of prescription theft while on duty. Prosecutors leveled the charges saying that Justin Stoddard stole more than 40 oxycondone pills from a home where he had responded to a domestic dispute. The criminal complaint also says Stoddard stole oxycondone and Percocet from a car after telling a resident that he wanted a photograph of the medications to guard against potential theft. A preliminary hearing for Stoddard was held Thursday in Pine City.

--The struggling U.S. Postal Service is reporting a record annual loss of $15.9 billion. The financial losses for the fiscal year which ended September 30th were nearly $11 billion more than the previous year. The mail agency for months has been urging Congress to pass an overhaul bill to let it trim letter delivery to five days a week and reduce annual payments for future retiree health care. The mail agency forecasts billions in additional losses next year as it awaits financial relief from Congress. The Post Office in January is expected to look into again the possible closing of more post offices in the United States and also the possibility of ending Saturday mail service.

--The Thanksgiving meal this year will cost you a few more cents than 2011- the recent findings conducted showed that that a 16 pound turkey with all the fixings, potatoes, cranberries, stuffing etc. will cost about $49.48 which is 28 cents more than last year.

--A very busy weekend of events, St. Mary’s in Little Falls Church Bazaar Saturday and Sunday, Legacy Chorale concerts in Pierz Saturday and Brainerd Sunday, bingo in Belle Prairie and also in Flensburg on Sunday- story readings, breakfasts and more- get details on these all at then community calendar.

--Three people were injured in a rollover accident Tuesday on Highway 64 south of Leader. 23-year-old Autumn Littlewolf of Cass Lake was south on 64 when her vehicle struck the shoulder of the highway, she overcorrected and rolled into the ditch. Littlewolf and her 2 passengers, 18-year-old Leda Guernsey and 19-year-old Kylie Lindgren both also from Cass Lake were all transported to St. Cloud Hospital where all were in fair condition on Wednesday.

--Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl announced an upcoming Community Notification Meeting for a Level 3 Predatory Offender moving to a residence in Crow Wing County. Eugene Allen Wgeishofski, age 57, will be residing in rural Trommald effective November 18, 2012. There is a Community Notification Meeting scheduled for November 27, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will
take place at the Trommald City Hall.

--Two Pierz high school seniors, Megan Hoheisel and Tarynn Kapsner, have organized a Turkey Trot run for their National Honor Society project to be held on Thanksgiving Day and will raise funds for the Special Olympics swim team in Pierz. Registration starts at 7:30am next Thursday in the MAC at Pierz Healy High School with a $15 registration fee. There will also be a $3 kiddie walk/run starting at 8:15am next Thursday. Child care is being provided for the event complete with Thanksgiving projects for the kids inside the MAC.

--Minnesota’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.8% in October. Last month employers cut over 8,000 jobs. Those job losses however were partially offset by improvements in the September figures which were revised from 5,900 jobs gained to 11,000. Construction led all sectors last month gaining 1,200 jobs, followed by information, trade, transportation, utilities, and logging and mining. Minnesota’s jobless rate remains well below the national average of 7.9% in October.

--The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site Film Series Presents “We Shall Remain: After the Mayflower” on Tuesday night from 7-9pm. The PBS Documentary tells of the story of the first Thanksgiving and then an agreement made with a Native American Chief and the English settlers in the year following the first Thanksgiving feast. The movie is free to all to attend. For more info call 616-5421.

--Joshua and Heather Wiegand of Motley, girl born November 14th

--Kenneth “Kenny” Rodeski, age 48 of Little Falls
--Lucy I. Horn, age 90 of Staples formerly of Cushing.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high around 40.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 30.
SATURDAY= partly sunny, high 47, clouds and mist late- low 37
SUNDAY= mostly sunny, high 53, rain late, low around 40.
MONDAY= mostly cloudy, light rain, high near 50.

MLB= former Twin and Angel, Torii Hunter has reportedly agreed with a 2 year contract with the Detroit Tigers pending a physical.
COL FB= Gophers at Nebraska Saturday 1:30 on AM960 KLTF

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Thursday- November 15th, 2012

--A reminder from the Morrison County Auditor Treasurer that the second half of agricultural taxes, are due today. Minnesota Statutes requires that a penalty be applied to all late payments. Be sure to include the payment stub from the bottom of your tax statement. Payments may be mailed but they must be postmarked by today to avoid the penalty.

--Tuesday night there was a public assessment hearing for the Robert and Park Avenue project in Pierz. This is a complete infrastructure project. It was presented that 18% of the project will be specially assessed to the property owners. That would be around $4,000-$6,000 per property owner but they will not finalize costs until after the project is completed. According to Pierz City Administrator Anna Gruber they will not go higher than 18% but it is possible that could be a lower rate. The hope is to start this project in the spring or very early summer with the goal of completing the project before winter next year. During the regular council meeting the order of specs and plans for that project was approved. Special assessments were certified for the county for 2013 and tobacco license approvals for several area businesses. The recent election results were also canvassed at the Pierz Council meeting. Finally there were updates from different departments.

--A minor crash involving three semi’s occurred Wednesday morning that backed up traffic on Highway 10. It occurred on Division Street, the southbound exit that crosses Highway 10 North on the south side of Rice. One semi sideswiped another and then rear ended a third. Only the one semi that struck the others sustained significant damage. The state patrol did close one lane of Highway 10 while they inspected the semis and that caused the traffic jam. There were no injuries and no other information was released.

--Prosecutors in Houston, Texas have dropped charges against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Authorities had accused Peterson of resisting arrest during an argument with police and security at a Houston nightclub in July, but no charges were filed against Peterson from the incident. Peterson said he’s been treated unfairly with police tackling and punching him and said at his first court appearance in July that he was “200 percent innocent”.

--A 65-year-old Brainerd woman has pleaded guilty in Crow Wing County District Court on charges of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle for an incident in March where she led law enforcement on a chase after fleeing a domestic dispute where she rammed her estranged husband’s vehicle. Judith Mae Johnson agreed to a plea agreement on the fleeing charge so that two misdemeanor charges and an assault charge would be dropped. Johnson will be sentenced in Crow Wing County District Court on December 20th.

--The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of an ATM from Wadena State Bank in Bluffton. Authorities say a vehicle was used to pull the machine from its foundation Monday morning and then it was loaded into the vehicle. Investigators are reviewing bank surveillance video and other evidence.

--A 68-year-old Shakopee man was injured Sunday morning in an accident on Highway 169 near Milaca. The State Patrol stated that Joseph Schiller was taken to a hospital and treated for injuries. It was reported that a pickup driven by 18-year-old Brandon Kelsay of Foreston pulled out in front of the Schiller vehicle shortly before 11am. Kelsay and his passenger were not hurt.

--The State Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected a request from an Alexandria man to throw out a court order committing him to the State Hospital’s Sex Offender Program. Bryon Anderson was ordered committed for being a sexually psychopathic personality for the abduction and rape of a woman in Freeport in 1992. He was also convicted of a rape in Pope County in 1990. Anderson has filed petitions to be released in 2005 and 2007 in Hennepin County but in both cases they were rejected. The recent appeal was heard by the state Tuesday and also rejecting the request to throw out the order.

--There is no word yet on what caused a fire that badly damaged a church Tuesday night in Verndale. Fire Chief Don Weniger says there is no sign of foul play at the Verndale Family Life Church. Weniger says he believes the building is a total loss but the parsonage next door was not damaged. A prayer gathering was held last night at the church site. No injuries were reported in the blaze.

--Fire did damage to a Sauk Rapids home early Wednesday. Firefighters arrived around 6:30am to the house of Nick and Angela Dilley in the northwest part of town. The fire started from a pop-up toaster in the kitchen. Dilley and her two young children were able to get out of the house without injury. The fire was extinguished quickly but there was an abundance of smoke damage to the kitchen and the walls of the home causing an estimated $30,000 in damage. Dilley was told the home was unsafe until extensive repairs can be done.

--Triple-A Minnesota is expecting a slight increase in travel during this year’s Thanksgiving Holiday period. Spokeswoman Gail Weinholzer says this year’s gain should be about 1% meaning about 43.6 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more. She says the heaviest travel day will be next Wednesday, November 21st, and most people will be coming back on Sunday, November 25th. Weinzholzer says more families will be hitting the road this Thanksgiving due to lower gas prices. As for flying, she says Thanksgiving morning is the best time to catch a flight and if you can wait until the following Monday the cost will be lower to fly back home than over the weekend.

--Check out weekend events, including St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday from 8am to 6:30pm and Sunday from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Food to be served Saturday and Sunday there will be a buffet breakfast during the event. More details on this and many other events at then click on the link of community calendar.

--David Reignier, age 57 of Little Falls.
--George Vogt, age 92 of Green Prairie Township.

TODAY= becoming mostly sunny, cooler, high near 40.
TONIGHT= mostly clear, colder, low 15.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, high near 40, clouds at night, low 27.
SATURDAY= partly sunny, high 47, drizzle at night, low 36.
SUNDAY= partly sunny, a shower early, high around 50.

HS FB= State Semi-Finals begin today at the Metrodome.
COL FB= Gophers at Nebraska Saturday 1:30pm on KLTF.
NBA= Charlotte tipped the Wolves last night 89-87.

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

Wednesday- November 14th, 2012

--Angelina O’Mara of Cold Spring yesterday pleaded guilty to the murder of her ex-husband James O’Mara in Benton County District Court in Foley. Her plea came three days after her trial began. O’Mara informed the judge that she killed James in his Sauk Rapids apartment shooting him once in the head with a .22 caliber handgun on October 28th, 2011. O’Mara also faces charges in Wisconsin in the shooting of her boyfriend, Michael Pies. O’Mara will be sentenced in her ex-husband’s killing in Benton County Court on December 21st.

--At the recent Upsala City Council meeting, the council was informed that a wood boiler on Main Street does meet city code after a number of complaints from residents from the smoke. Council heard discussion on possible streetlights on Hillcrest Street and Basswood Avenue, accepted a bid to paint the water treatment plant starting on December 12th, Mayor Rollie Johnson reported on the possible paving of Tower Road north of Highway 238 and the council was informed that the 2012 lighting contest has been cancelled due to the very small response for the contest last year.

--The Rice Fire Department along with Benton County Deputies and Minnesota State Patrol were called in to rescue a man and 2 boys from Little Rock Lake Monday afternoon. Frank Caruso and two teenage boys were duck hunting and after a period of time Frank’s wife called police stating that they did not return. Caruso stated that he and boys were heading back to a small cabin when their boat starting filling up with water and eventually sank. The teens and Caruso were wearing lifejackets and swam 50 feet to shore where Frank was able to start a fire to keep them warm. Deputies found the three shortly after 4pm that afternoon about an hour after Caruso’s wife made the initial call. The three were cold but not injured.

--Minnesota hunters are heading into the final stretch for the first-ever wolf hunt in the state. The hunt has come under much opposition but the DNR stated that hunters have taken close to 120 wolves so far during the first hunt which ends Sunday and a limit of 200 wolves was available for the first stretch. The East-Central sector filled its quota in the first weekend, and numbers in northeastern Minnesota are getting close to quota. Northwestern Minnesota is the opposite as less than 60 wolves have been taken there and the quota was 133. Minnesota’s 2nd wolf hunting season runs from November 24th through the end of January. More details at the DNR website.

--The Swanville City Council met recently. It was discussed that there are changes to the sewer permit from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency with the city’s classification going to Class B instead of Class C and that the discharge will have to be tested everyday. The issue is that the maintenance supervisor only has a Class C license, the council discussed contracting out the monitoring and also leaving the current supervisor in place if proper contacts were made about the licensing but costs could exceed what the city is willing pay. Council suggested contacting an attorney to look over the matter. Council received word that the road work on Spring Brook Road was completed, a request for funding to the park building for new carpeting and a vacuum cleaner and that the new city hall sign in Swanville will soon have a light on it.

--The community Thanksgiving meal will be served from 11:00am-1:00pm on Thursday, November 22nd at the Little Falls Community High School. It is free to come and eat. There is still a need for volunteers and some food items, for info call Tim Sumner 630-6260.

--Verso Paper Corp. announced it has received about $40 million in an advance insurance settlement from the Memorial Day explosion and fire that injured four people, killed an employee and led to a decision to close its Sartell mill. The company also expects a settlement subsequent to the third-quarter results announced yesterday of another $44 million. The company also has paid out about $16.3 million in severance and benefits to some of the 260 displaced workers through the third quarter, with more yet to come.

--The “Legacy Chorale” will perform the fall concerts called “Choral Classics” Thursday at 7:30pm at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood, Saturday at 7:30pm at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz and Sunday at 3:30pm at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd. Tickets are $10 for adults, and free for those 18 and under.

--Hunters and trappers selected by lottery for Minnesota’s late wolf hunting season must purchase their license by Thursday, Nov. 15, or their license will be made available to others. Any late season licenses not sold by that date will be made available at noon on Monday, Nov. 19, on a first-come, first-served basis to early or late season applicants not selected in the lottery. Any eligible hunter or trapper, regardless of whether he or she entered the wolf season lottery, may purchase a remaining late season license at noon Wednesday, Nov. 21. As of Tuesday, the DNR has sold more than 1,000 of the 1,800 late season hunting license available and more than 500 of the 600 wolf trapping licenses available. The late hunting and trapping season begins Saturday, Nov. 24, and is scheduled to conclude Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. The season in each of Minnesota’s three wolf hunting zones will close earlier if a zone’s target harvest is reached before Jan. 31.

--Brad and Elizabeth Czech of Little Falls, boy born November 11th

TODAY= partly sunny, high around 45.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low around 30.
THURSDAY= partly sunny early, patchy fog then clearing, high 40.
THURS NITE/FRI= clear and cold low 14, Friday sunny high near 40.

SKI= Minnesota native Lindsey Vonn remains hospitalized in Colorado with "severe intestinal pain" that has been affecting her for the past two weeks. Vonn's spokesman says that Lindsey remains in the hospital awaiting results from diagnostic testing for severe intestinal pain and no other details were being released at this time.

IN 1732= first professional librarian in the new land later America is hired in Philadelphia, his name Louis Timothee.
IN 1832= first horse-car a streetcar pulled by horses debuted in NYC
IN 1851= Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” is published.
IN 1908= Albert Einstein presents Quantum Theory of Light.
IN 1943= Leonard Bernstein became conductor of NY Philharmonic.
IN 1967= The Monkee’s released “Daydream Believer”.
IN 1987= The Dirty Dancing Soundtrack was the #1 album in U.S.
IN 1991= Michael Jackson released “Black or White”.

Lunch, Happy Hour, live music plus so much more at West Side Bar

Tuesday- November 13th, 2012
--The National Weather Service has confirmed two tornadoes that swept through the Twin Cities Area Saturday. Both were E-F-0 which knocked down power-lines onto homes, knocked down a number of trees in Burnsville, West St. Paul and Mahtomedi. No injuries were reported but a number of homes were damaged by trees. In Morrison County, thunderstorms Saturday brought lightning, thunder and even small hail to areas with dense fog and temperatures near 50 degrees still at 9pm, temps were in the 70s in southern Minnesota. After the .42 inches of rain fell in Little Falls then the winds shifted and the temps dropped from 46 degrees at 12am Sunday to 18 degrees by 11pm Sunday night and cold temps continued through Monday.

--Kinship of Morrison County will host their Veterans Program tonight from 6-8:30pm at the Alliance Church behind the old Crestliner building in Little Falls. The event will be filled with speakers, stories and refreshments. Veterans from the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and National Guard will be speaking at the free event tonight. If you need more information contact Aaron at 632-8806.

--It has been over 10 years since St. Johns University student Josh Guimond vanished. Nearly 100 people attended a remembrance service Saturday in Maple Lake to hear stories and share memories of Josh. Guimond was last seen at night on November 9th, 2002 leaving a friend’s campus apartment heading back to his dorm room but never arrived. Weeks of searching turned up nothing. Supporters and Josh’s mother still feels that a number of questions are still to be answered in the case which clues have been very few in the past decade. The service Saturday was for the family and friends know that Josh is gone but will never be forgotten.

--St. Cloud Firefighters are calling a fire to a windshield repair business Sunday night arson. Firefighters responded just after 10pm to Tom’s Windshield Repair on Fifth Street North where they saw a semi-truck was parked in front of the business on fire and the fire had spread to the building. The sleeping unit of the semi had been intentionally set on fire. The building sustained $30,000 in damages while the semi-truck was a total loss. No one was injured in the fire. Anyone with information on the fire is asked to call the Arson Hotline at 800-723-2020 as there is a reward for an arrest in the case.

--One city that saw a shakeup in the recent elections last week is the City of Sauk Rapids. Tuesday’s election put in a new mayor and two new City Council members. Brad Gunderson was elected Mayor but he was also on the council and his seat will have to now by appointed by the council. Steve Heinen and Nicholas Sauer were elected as new city council members last week. The council is expected to start the process of filling Gunderson’s seat at their next meeting.

--Not so good news on the farm bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Collin Peterson was urging GOP leaders to bring the bipartisan legislation to the floor for a vote this week. Now he says it looks like that’ not going to happen before Thanksgiving. Peterson says the House is only expected to be back on Capitol Hill for a day or two this week. He hopes they can still get it done and pass a five-year farm bill by the end of the year.

--Food Shelves across the state are gearing up for the holidays. Sara Nelson-Pallmeyer with Minnesota Foodshare says demand is still strong and food shelf usage has nearly doubled in the last five years. She says cash donations are always welcome which adds to the food shelves to purchase more items they may be out of. There are 3 food shelves in Morrison County in Little Falls, Pierz and Motley.

--Blowing snow and windy conditions caused a number of spinouts around the state on Monday morning. The Minnesota State Patrol reported around 50 crashes during yesterday mornings commute. Despite the high number of fender benders no injuries were reported.

--Representatives of the U.S. Navy Blue Angel team will be in St. Cloud this week to meet with officials in preparation for the team’s show here in July. Lt. Ryan Chamberlain and Lt. Cmdr. Michael Cheng are expected to arrive just before 4 p.m. Wednesday at St. Cloud Regional Airport and leave by noon on Thursday. Logistics and layout for the show, which is a fundraiser for the Central Minnesota Boy Scouts, will be part of the planning when team members meet with city and air show officials. The air show weekend will begin with a pilots’ reception on July 18 followed by the air show 20th and 21st.

--The Pillager School Board will hold a special meeting Thursday night at 6:30pm in the superintendent’s office at the high school. The meeting is to canvass election results and authorize a resolution for an issuance of certificates after the election results are canvassed.

--The Minnesota USDA Farm Service Agency announced that some crop acreage reporting dates have been changed if they are covered by the Actual Production History crop insurance policy. If you have planted small grains this fall, you must file an acreage certification by this Thursday, November 15th. Also farmers that have forage crops eligible for an APH crop insurance policy must also file for 2013 acreage certification by November 15th. For more information on the deadlines contact the FSA office in your county. In Morrison County call 320-632-5477 and in Crow Wing County call 218-829-5965.

--Marcellus W. Klier, age 81 of Little Falls.

TODAY= increasing clouds, less windy, high near 40.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low around 25.
WEDNESDAY= partly sunny, high of 45, low around 30.
THURSDAY= mostly sunny, high 43, colder at night, low 15.

NBA= Another win for the Timberwolves and another hurt player. The Wolves win in Dallas last night 90-82 to go to 5-2 on the season. However, Nikola Pekovic joined a number of Wolves on the injured list after leaving the game with an ankle injury last night.

IN 1789= Benjamin Franklin is credited on this date of saying nothing is certain in this world expect for death and taxes. Ironically only a few months later Franklin would die.
IN 1865= first U.S. Gold certificates are issued.
IN 1940= the prototype of a new 4-wheel, covered, all terrain type vehicle was displayed to the U.S. Army. The vehicle was the JEEP.
IN 1940= Walt Disney released “Fantasia” a movie with all music.
IN 1977= last first run comic of Lil’ Abner printed in Newspapers, the strip created by Al Capp began in 1934.
IN 1982= Vietnam War Memorial dedicated in Washington D.C.
IN 1997= the Disney movie “The Lion King” debuted on Broadway as a full length- theater production based on the movie and the music.

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

Monday- November 12th, 2012

--Veterans Day was Sunday, but with the holiday on Sunday, today is the federal observance of Veterans Day which is a federal holiday. This means many federal, state, county and city offices may be closed today for Veterans Day so it is best to call ahead. Banks, financial institutions and post offices are closed today and there is no regular mail delivery. The ceremony at Bank Square for Veterans Day will be performed today at 11:11am in Little Falls. Many schools also have Veterans programs today including the Little Falls Community Middle School at 8:15am, Community High School in Little Falls at 9am, Pierz High School at 9:30am inside the MAC- athletic complex in Pierz, and Mary of Lourdes Middle School at 1:30 this afternoon, the MOL program is live on AM960 KLTF.

--The Pierz City Council will meet Tuesday night due to the holiday for Veterans Day today. Agenda items include recapping the special assessment public hearing, a resolution ordering specs and plans and certifying the 2013 Special Assessments to Morrison County. Also on the agenda is tobacco license renewals, canvassing the recent elections for City of Pierz, a request on cross country skiing, discuss the city Christmas party and hear reports from the Pierz Police Chief, Public Works, Parks department and the fire department.

--Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf reported that charges of felony harassment and violating a restraining order have been filed against 33-year-old Christopher Forcier of Little Falls. The charges are from an incident where Forcier had made contact with a child through Facebook. Back in September a restraining order was put into effect from the mother of the children that Forcier could have no contact with her or any of her children. Forcier was arrested and faces 5 years prison and/or $10,000 in fines.

--The Secretary of State’s Office reported last week that 76% of the state turned out to vote on Tuesday. In Morrison County it was reported that of the 18,000 registered voters, 16,837 voted at the polls (93.5%). Todd County had 11,867 voters at the polls Tuesday out of the 13,164 registered voters. Voter turnout was over 75% also in Mille Lacs, Wadena and Crow Wing County. The counties all mentioned also showed support to the Republican nominees for President and Vice-President as the Romney/Ryan took over 60% of the vote in Morrison and Wadena County and over 55% of the vote in Crow Wing, Todd and Mille Lacs County in last Tuesday’s election.

--St. Cloud firefighters battled a house fire Thursday night on the city’s southeast side. The fire caused about $12,000 in damage to the house on 18th Avenue SE and started in the ceiling above the bathroom. No one was injured and the cause is being investigated. Earlier that night, firefighters responded to St. Cloud State University around 7pm where a room at a residence hall was on fire. Firefighters found the fire on the fourth floor where firefighters say careless use of incense started the fire. No one was home at the time and fire and smoke damage was estimated at $5,000.

--A bit more positive news on the state budget. Preliminary estimates show tax collections again exceeding forecast as in October, 56-million dollars or about 4% more than expected. Officials say for the 2013 fiscal year, tax collections are now about 200-million dollars over forecast. But key lawmakers warn that the state could still face a substantial deficit in the upcoming budget cycle. Lawmakers get the next comprehensive economic forecast in early December and go back into the session one month after that.

--The Royalton School District stated Friday that Janet Held was elected to the School Board Tuesday due to a write in vote. Held received 26 of the 241 write in votes, the most by any one person and elected to the four year term. The two on the ballot for School Board, Michelle Carlson got 1,305 votes and Liz Verley got 1,008.

--Unity Family Home Care and Hospice, (UFHCH) a service of St. Gabriel’s Hospital, has earned national recognition as one of the Top 100 home care agencies in the nation, according to the 2012 list of the best Medicare-certified home health care providers in the United States. The annual review by HomeCare Elite starts by identifying the top 25% of home care agencies in each region of the country, as measured through an analysis of five performance indicators; quality of care, quality improvement, patient experience and process measure implementation, and financial performance. After listing the top 25%, HomeCare Elite then lists the top 500 agencies, followed by the Top 100 home care programs in the county.  UFHCH is one of only three home health agencies in Minnesota to achieve the top 100 ranking from among the 36 Minnesota organizations to make the top 25% list. The other two in the in the top 100 are located in Granite Falls and Fergus Falls. Laura Scherer, director of Unity Family Home Care and Hospice, credits an emphasis on excellence and a highly dedicated staff committed to their patients for their ability to rank as one of the top 100 in the HomeCare Elite.

--President Barack Obama Friday accepted the resignation of CIA Director and retired four-star general David Petraeus. Petraeus led military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan and took the helm at the CIA in September, 2011. Petraeus announced in his resignation statement that he recently had an extra-marital affair.
--Sam and Lisa Sherwood of Little Falls, a boy born November 8th

--Sidney L. Winscher, age 94 of Pierz
--Amelia Super, age 90 of Cloquet, formerly of Flensburg
--Margaret St. Onge, age 90 of Ripley Township
--Delphine Sobiech, age 84 of Royalton
--Mary J. Withers, age 96 of Little Falls.
--Harold D. Nuehring, age 89 of Little Falls.

TODAY= few snow showers, mostly cloudy, cold, high 27.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 15.
TUESDAY= sun early then turning cloudy, high near 40, low 25.
WEDNESDAY= mostly sunny, high 43, low around 30.

NFL= Adrian Peterson ran for 171 yards and a touchdown, Christian Ponder tossed 2 touchdown passes and Vikings beat Detroit 34-24 on Sunday to go to 6-4 into their bye week.
COL FB= Gophers beat Illinois 17-3, Donnell Kirkwood rushed for 152 yards and 2 touchdowns to make the Gophers bowl eligible for the first time since 2009. Gophers are at Nebraska on Saturday.

Lunch today= enjoy a great on at the West Side Bar in Little Falls

Friday- November 9th, 2012

--29-year old Keon Malone “Bird” Mangun of Minneapolis appeared in Morrison County District Court Thursday morning, on a charge of 3rd Degree Murder stemming from the heroin overdose death of Miranda Gosiak on February 28th, 2012 in Little Falls. Mangun surrendered to authorities in Minneapolis on Wednesday. Bail was set at $750,000 unconditional bond or cash, $400,000 conditional bond or $40,000 cash. Assistant County Attorney Todd Kosovich stated that Mangun’s next court appearance will be set in the next few weeks.

--Minnesotans cast a record number of ballots in Tuesday’s election and continue to lead the nation in voter turnout. With 99-percent of the precincts reported Minnesotans cast over 2.94 million ballots in the Presidential race. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says the record number of voters is about 76% of Minnesota’s eligible voters.

--Now that November elections are behind us, remember state law requires the removal of all campaign signs 10 days after the general election. During a statewide election, political signs can go up 46 days before the state primary. The state law states that all political signs would have to be down this year by Friday, November 16th.

--Opening arguments began Wednesday in the Angelina O’Mara murder trial in Foley. The 39-year-old is charged with first and second degree murder in the death of her ex-husband last year in Sauk Rapids. Lead investigator Dan Falk took the stand Thursday morning stating how they found James O’Mara and what they did to lead their investigation to his killer. Angelina O’Mara’s attorney told jurors that Michael Pies, O’Mara’s boyfriend at the time is responsible for the killing of James O’Mara. Pies was found dead by a gunshot wound in a Wisconsin hotel one day after O’Mara was found in a Sauk Rapids motel room. The trial is expected to last into next week.

--Talk about a close vote- incumbent Republican Congresswoman Mary Franson of Alexandria won by one vote over DFL challenger Bob Cunniff. More than 21,000 ballots were cast in the election for Minnesota House District 8B which is parts of Douglas and Ottertail Counties in western Minnesota.

--Three people were injured Monday in an accident south of Brainerd. Around 6:30pm, 51-year-old Brian Allord of Pengilly was on Business District 371 when his vehicle collided with 70-year-old Mary Thurston of Brainerd. Both drivers and Allord’s passenger 50-year-old Linda Allord were taken to the Brainerd Hospital treated and released.

--Authorities in Duluth are investigating what caused high levels of carbon monoxide at the hockey arena which caused the evacuation of the facility on Wednesday night. Firefighters and emergency responders were called to Fryberger Arena after complaints of headaches and nausea in the crowd and among several players. One person was hospitalized while others were checked at the scene. Officials stated a propane powered Zamboni or an aging heating system may have been to blame.

--As projected, it’s looking like this year’s deer harvest is going to be down from last year. The DNR says last year around 192,000 deer was harvested, this year that is expected to be around 180,000 deer. The DNR say that number is lower than the 10 year average but still above the 30 to 40 year average. Last weekend, Minnesota saw an 8.5% increase in buck harvest, but over a 20% drop in the doe harvest for the state.

--Veterans Day is Sunday. Listen to the Veterans Program from Mary of Lourdes Middle School in Little Falls on Monday at 1:30pm on AM960 KLTF and streamed online at

--The Royalton School District will be figuring out ways to rework their budget after the referendum on this week’s ballot failed by a vote of 1023 no to 877 yes. It has been more than 10 years since Royalton has had an operating levy in place and the current budget for the school district is 79-million dollars. While voters in Royalton failed the referendum at nearby Sauk Rapids-Rice School District their operational levy passed with 6,417 yes votes to 5,274 no votes. The Sauk Rapids-Rice levy will provide an additional $1.7-million dollars a year for six years to maintain programs and services in the school and expand their transportation program.

--Jeff Jelinski from the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office spoke on KLTF Thursday about Winter Hazard Awareness Week. He also talked about safety for deer hunting going on now and ice fishing later this winter. Some points were to make sure at least one other person knows your whereabouts in case an emergency arises, check ice thickness before venturing out on the frozen waters, in winter driving watch your speed, give plenty of time to slow down when slushy slippery conditions occur, protect yourself from the elements and inside your home make sure the fireplace or wood stove is cleaned and working properly, burn only dry wood, watch candles especially around young children, and check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to see if they are working properly. More information on Winter Safety can be found on the MN Department of Public Safety website or by calling the sheriff’s office at 632-9233.

--St. Cloud police arrested a man they believe is linked to an October 31st burglary in north St. Cloud. The burglary happened in the 300 block of 22nd Avenue North. Seth Richard Wallin was arrested at 5:05pm Wednesday after being found on an unrelated investigation. Police say Wallin kicked in a door, damaged an item and fled.

--The price of oil going down should mean lower gas prices, but that is not the case as regular unleaded has shot up more than a dime in recent days. Minnesota is showing a statewide average for gas at $3.31 a gallon compared to $3.20 a week ago. Even with the jump in gas, it is still much lower than the national average which was reported this week around $3.50 a gallon.

--Ken and Jessica Woitalla of Sartell, girl born November 7th

--Clarice V. Eidenshink, age 71 of Brainerd

TODAY= mostly cloudy, high around 45.
TONIGHT= areas of drizzle, cloudy, low around 35.
SATURDAY= showers likely, high 50, rain changes to snow overnight
VETERANS DAY= snow showers, less than 1 inch, windy, high 32.
MONDAY= mostly cloudy, cold, high 27, low around 15.

HS FB= BOLD defeated Holdingford in double-overtime 23-20 last night to advance to state semis. Huskers end season at 10-2.
COL FB= Minnesota Gophers try to become bowl eligible Saturday afternoon at Illinois, pregame 1:30, kickoff 2:30 on AM960 KLTF.
NFL= Vikings host Detroit Sunday at noon.

“Whiskey Tango” and meat raffle tonight, “BLT” Sat at WS Bar.

Thursday- November 8th, 2012

Pierz School Board
Mike Wilson 1714, Joanne Broshofsky, 1707, Steven Boser 1624 win.

Royalton School Board
Michelle Carlson 1305, Liz Verly 1080 elected
Royalton Referendum Failed.

Swanville School Board top 3 elected
Chris Kircher 672, Kathleen Beckman 551, Jeff Opelia 496 were top 3, with Tony Johnson 4th at 346.

Upsala School Board
Matthew Rippler 857, Marvin Wensmann 717, Karin Nelson 666 were the 3 running and top 3 elected.

Foley School Board top 4 elected they were:
Lee Olson, Sharon Kipka, Dave Walz and Shannon Schmit,

City of Pierz
Mayor-Toby Egan 549 votes ran unopposed
Council- Don Bujalski 536 votes only one on ballot
Clerk- Matt Bell 425 votes defeats Brittany Wurzer 158 votes.

City of Royalton
Ron Verley 385, Ed Zimny 379 voted in as council only 2 on ballot.
Special council election- Scott Walberg defeated Brandi Blais 271-168

City of Swanville
Mayor- Sandra Peterson ran unopposed and got 137 votes
Council- A.J. Johnson 128, James Piekarski 119 votes both elected.

City of Upsala
Mayor- Rollie Johnson 167 votes defeats Joan Olson with 39 votes.
Council- Robert Maciej got 158 votes, only one on ballot.

City of Bowlus
Council top 2 elected- Joe Larson 87, Paul Rudolph 78

City of Elmdale
Mayor- Ray Kurowski 36 defeats Bill Kulla 21
Council top 2 elected- Eugene Maciej 44, Ron Stewart 39

City of Motley
Council top 2 elected- Steve Johnson and Pat O’Regan.

City of Sobieski
Council top 2 elected- Timothy Opatz 57, Jim Sobiech 42 votes

Crow Wing County
Paul Koering and Doug Houge elected County Commissioners.

State Senate District 10
Carrie Ruud 22,848 defeats Taylor Stevenson 19,490 for Senate.

House District 10A- Crow Wing County
John Ward defeated Chris Kellett to be elected in House 10A.

Todd County
Mark Blessing, Gary Kneisl, Rodney Erickson and Randy Neumann were elected County Commissioner in their districts for Todd.

Benton County
Warren Peschl, Jim McMahon, Spencer Buerkle and A. Jake Bauerly were elected County Commissioners in Benton County.

Pillager School District
Top 3 elected- Scott Mudgett, Scott Eastman and Shawn Hunstad.

Other News
--President Obama and Vice-President Biden won Minnesota and for that matter the national race for re-election. Morrison County felt strongly the other direction with 60% of the county voting Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for the White House at Tuesday’s election. Voter turnout numbers are still coming into the Secretary of States office but expected to be one of if not the highest on record. Also in Morrison County both Constitutional amendments were voted for, however the state as a whole voted NO on both amendments. Over 67% of Morrison County voted for the marriage amendment between one man and one woman, while over 53% of the county voted for the Voter ID amendment but again they were voted down statewide.

--With 100% of House District 6 now reporting Michele Bachman defeated Jim Graves 180,131 to 175,924.

--With 100% of House District 8 now reporting Rick Nolan defeated Chip Cravaack 192,890 to 161,173.

--The Kinship of Morrison County Veterans Program will be next Tuesday from 6-8:30pm at the Alliance Church in Little Falls. Questions on the event, call Aaron Olson at 632-8806.

--Sunday is Veterans Day. Make sure to thank a veteran for their service. The Federal Holiday for Veterans Day will be Monday with a number of school events slated for that day. Also the armistice event by military organizations will be at 11:11am on Monday at Bank Square in Little Falls this year with the holiday on Monday the 12th.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high near 50.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low around 35.
FRIDAY= partly sunny, periods of drizzle at times, high 45.
SATURDAY= rain showers, cloudy, high near 50.
SAT NITE= rain showers likely changing to freezing rain and snow in the overnight hours- low around 30.
SUNDAY= snow and freezing drizzle at times, cold, high around 33.

HS FB= Holdingford vs. BOLD tonight 7pm from St. Cloud in state quarter-final football action. Hear it live tonight on Q92 WYRQ. Browerville, Detroit Lakes and Annandale in quarter-final play tomorrow night. Winners head to the Dome next Friday/Saturday.
COL FB= Gophers at Illinois Saturday 1:30pm on AM960 KLTF
NBA= Wolves win again 90-75 last night over Orlando; the team is already 3-1 on the year without stars Kevin Love and Randy Rubio.
NFL= Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville tonight, the Vikings host Detroit on Sunday at noon, the Vikings 5-4 while Detroit is at 4-4.

“Whiskey Tango” Friday, “BLT” Saturday at the West Side Bar.

Wednesday- November 7th, 2012

--Barack Obama was reelected President of the United States defeating Mitt Romney for his 2nd term in White House. In Minnesota Obama received 52% of vote to Romney’s 45%.

U.S. Senate
--Amy Klobuchar was reelected handily over Kurt Bills. Senator Klobuchar received 65% of the vote in Minnesota.

U.S. House District 8
--With 99% of the precincts reporting, Rick Nolan has been declared the victor in the race for District 8 defeating incumbent Chip Cravaack 54% to 46% of the vote.

U.S. House District 7
--Collin Peterson was reelected handily over Lee Byberg

U.S. House District 6
--With 99% of the precincts reporting Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has been declared the winner in District 6 defeating Jim Graves in a very close race by a margin of around 3,300 votes separating the 2 candidates.

State Senate District 9- with 100% reporting
--*Paul Gazelka elected with 20,527 votes
--Al Doty received 17687 votes.

House District 9B with 100% reporting
--*Ron Kresha won election with 9881 votes
--Adrian Welle received 8751 votes.

Morrison County Commissioner District 1
--*Kevin Maurer won with 1868 votes
--Sharon Ballou received 1655 votes

Morrison County Commissioner District 2
--*Jeffrey J. Jelinski was elected with 1,573 votes to
--Jeff Schilling who received 1,246 votes

Morrison County Commissioner District 3
--*Randy Winscher- 1652 Votes
--Rich Collins- 1380 Votes

Little Falls City Council Ward 1
--*Loren Boyum- 630 Votes
--Brent Wittwer- 293 Votes
--Robin Hensel- 213 Votes

Little Falls City Council Ward 2
--*Greg Zylka- 1130 Votes
--Urban Otremba- 141 Votes
--Theresa Skorseth- 110 Votes

Little Falls City Council Ward 3
--*Frank Gosiak- 560 Votes
--Kathy Woitalla- 211 Votes
--Rich Berg- 203 Votes

Little Falls School Board- Top 3 finishers elected:
1-Mike LeMieur with 4,234 votes
2-Cathy Adamek with 3,563 votes
3-Jay Spillum with 3,389 were the 3 elected.

Royalton School Referendum
YES  877   motion for referendum failed.
NO 1023

With 98% of the Precincts reporting in for the Two Constitutional Amendments on the ballot for Minnesota
--The Marriage Amendment has FAILED with 51% for 1.47 million no votes to 1.37 million yes votes or 48% yes with 3% of the ballots left blank which is over 33,000 no ballots.

--The Voter ID Amendment also has been declared FAILED in Minnesota with 52% of the vote NO, to 46% of the vote YES or 1.51-millon no votes to 1.33-million yes votes and over 42,000 ballots left blank also meaning a no vote.

State Senator District 15
Dave Brown declared the winner over Sally Knox.

House District 15A
Sondra Erickson declared winner 51-48% over Joe Walsh.

**More Local Elections will be added on Thursdays- newsletter.

Other News
--Media sources Tuesday reported that Famous Dave’s Restaurant in Baxter has closed its doors. A sign read Sunday night that the restaurant had closed and thanked the community for years of support since the restaurant first opened in 2005.

--A 16-year-old St. Joseph girl was injured Monday morning when she tried to avoid a deer, went into the median around 10:30am on County Road 75 west of St. Joseph then hit an embankment causing the van to go airborne and land in the eastbound lane. Kara Bohlen was taken to St. Cloud Hospital and treated for injuries.

--The city of Foley, the Foley Area Chamber and the Minnesota Department of Transportation will have a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of a widened Minnesota Highway 23 at 10 a.m. Thursday on Glen Street near the water tower. The project added lanes to about nine miles of highway, completing 37 uninterrupted miles of four-lane travel from Richmond to Foley. City infrastructure was also added or reconstructed. The highway opened Friday evening. The event is open to the public.

--Evelyn P. Morawczynski (Moraski), age 81 of Coon Rapids, born in Little Falls and formerly of Swanville.
--Marie E. Blake, age 98 of Little Falls.

TODAY= cloudy, then gradual clearing, high 43.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low near 32.
THURSDAY= partly sunny, high near 50, clouds and 35 at night.
FRIDAY= cloudy, high 47, rain likely Friday night into Saturday.

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Tuesday- November 6th, 2012

--It is Election Day in the United States. Besides the Presidential Race between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney there are races for U.S. Senate in Minnesota, State House and State Senate seats, Morrison County Commissioner, City Council, School Board, Township and municipal elections also. To find out where you need to vote go to your City Hall, Township Hall or County Auditor’s office today. Polls are open until 8pm tonight. If you live in Little Falls on the northeast side of town you vote at City Hall, southeast side of town at the Initiative Foundation and on the west-side of Little Falls at the Lincoln Elementary School. Do your part and get out and Vote. AM960 KLTF and Q92 WYRQ will have election coverage tonight from 8pm to midnight on many of the political races and up to date information Wednesday morning on Little Falls Radio and also on tomorrow’s newsletter.

--A Cushing woman was hurt Friday when she struck a deer in Turtle Creek Township of Todd County. The accident happened around 11:30am when Dorothy Knapper was on Meadow Lark Lane when she could not avoid the deer which ended up smashing her windshield. Knapper sustained lacerations to the face from the windshield breaking and was treated at an area hospital.

--A mobile home was ruled a total loss to fire Sunday morning in Avon Township. Stearns County got the call just before noon to the Dale Osfalg residence. Osfalg was able to get his family out of the mobile home without injury. It appears the fire started in the front bedroom but the official investigation is ongoing. The mobile home sustained extensive damage and believed to be a total loss.

--A 14-year-old boy was injured Saturday while hunting in Paynesville Township. The boy accidently shot himself in the foot while hunting alone in a deer stand around 5:30pm. The boy was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment. He did have all the correct safety certificates to be hunting alone but Sheriff’s deputies are reminding hunters of all ages to use caution when handling firearms.

--Jury selection began yesterday in the first-degree murder trial of 39-year-old Angelina O’Mara in Benton County District Court in Foley. O’Mara is charged with first and second degree murder of her ex-husband James O’Mara in Sauk Rapids on November 1, 2011 where James was found with a gunshot wound to the head. Angelina was arrested 2 days later in South Dakota. The trial is expected to last about 2 weeks. Angelina O’Mara also faces first-degree murder charges in the death of her ex-boyfriend Michael Pies, who was found dead November 2, 2011 in Ashland, Wisconsin.

--Hunters found the wolves to be a bit elusive during the first weekend of the Wolf Season in Minnesota. A total of 3,600 licenses were issued for the season but just about 50 wolves had been killed in the 3 set zones by Sunday evening. Minnesota has set a quota of 400 wolves for the season which runs another two weeks.

--November 5th through the 9th is Winter Hazard Awareness Week. This week is set aside to educate, inform, remind and reinforce ways on keeping you safe this winter season. Each day this week there is topic, yesterday was winter storms and how warning and reports are given to keep you informed, today is outdoor winter safety, Wednesday is winter fire safety, Thursday is indoor winter safety which includes the dangers of carbon monoxide and candles and on Friday the topic is winter driving. For more information on Winter Hazard Awareness Week; log on to

--Around 6:20pm Sunday a Sartell man accidentally shot himself about five miles north of Clarissa. 26-year old Daniel Hayes was unloading his firearm after deer hunting when the gun discharged striking him in the foot. Hayes was taken to an area hospital with non life threatening injuries. The case remains under investigation.

--Cass and Crow Wing counties recently were awarded Clean Water Legacy funds from the Minnesota Polution Control Agency to upgrade noncompliant septic system. Region Five Development Commission will partner with Cass and Crow Wing counties to administer these funds. The funds are allocated for septic system upgrades only and are an example of how local jurisdictions are working together striving to stretch the limited funding that is available. Region 5 consists of Morrison, Crow Wing, Cass, Todd and Wadena County.

--The DNR reported that the Pillager Gravel Pit Target Shooting area located in Pillsbury State Forest reopened last weekend. For over 40 years the area has been a popular site for area residents to practice firearms safety, but the activities came at a cost to natural resources. During the 5-month closure, DNR Forestry, Parks and Trails and Enforcement divisions collaborated to establish three color-coded areas to improve site safety and protect and preserve the resource.

--Joe and Tara Strack of Randall, girl born November 1st

--Edward Dorr, age 45 of Onamia
--Peter ‘Pete’ Newman, age 86 of Pierz.
--Richard ‘Doc’ Simonson, age 63 of Staples.
--John ‘Jack’ F. Smith, age 76 of Little Falls.
--Thomas ‘Tom’ Oothoudt, age 64 of Little Falls.

TODAY= cloudy, breezy, possible showers, high 43.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low around 30.
WEDNESDAY= partly sunny, high 44, clouds at night, low 30
THURSDAY= partly sunny, high near 50.

HS FB= Holdingford vs. BOLD in the state quarter-finals is Thursday at 7pm on Q92 WYRQ from St. Cloud State University.
NHL= though talks resume for both sides on the lockout, all games have been cancelled through November 30th and the Winter Classic in Michigan has been cancelled for January 1st. More talks today.

IN 1789= Pope Pius VI appointed Rev. John Carroll as the first Roman Catholic Bishop in the United States. He was from Baltimore.
IN 1947= Meet the Press debuted on NBC Television. The program has become the longest running weekly program in TV history. The program actually started on radio 3 years before it came to TV.
IN 1967= Phil Donahue began his talk show in Cincinnati, it would later move to Chicago and be on syndicated TV for over 25 years.
IN 1998= Ted Turner re-released The Wizard of Oz which was digitally restored to brighter colors and better quality of sound. Critics had mixed reactions of Turner restoring an already masterpiece.

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Monday- November 5th, 2012

--Election Day is tomorrow across the nation. Again a number of Federal, State, County and City Offices are up for grabs. Another item is school board elections. In Morrison, there are 3 seats up for Little Falls School Board with 8 candidates running- they are Cathy Adamek, Gerald Knafla, Todd Kosovich, Mike LeMieur, Lisa Lintner, Danny Noss, Jay Spillum and Sandi Stalmer. Pierz has three seats up for grabs, with 3 filed of Steven Boser, Joanne Broschofsky and Mike Wilson. Royalton has 2 filed for School Board with three seats up for election they are Michelle Carlson and Liz Verley. Four are running for Swanville School Board with 3 seats up for grabs, those running are Kathleen Beckman, Tony Johnson, Chris Kircher, and Jeff Opelia. Upsala has 3 running for the three seats up for election, including Karin Nelson, Matthew Ripplinger and Marvin Wensmann. A full list of filed candidates in all state, federal, county, city, township and school district races is available at the Minnesota Secretary of State website. AM960 KLTF and Q92 WYRQ will have Election Night coverage from 8pm until 12am Tuesday with results on races that are finalized in that time and full results on Wednesday morning news.

--Thursday evening, a Morrison County Jury returned a verdict of guilty against Randy Reed on a charge of Arson in the First Degree.  Reed, 63 of Pierz, was found guilty after a four day trial. Sentencing has been set for January 9th, 2013 and faces up to 68 months in prison.  Reed was charged with trying to burn down his own Pierz residence by setting a fire using gasoline.  The fire, on August 24, 2010, was quickly extinguished by the Pierz Fire Department after the fire was discovered by a retired Minneapolis fire fighter who happened to drive past the house.

--Veterans Day is on Sunday, November 11th therefore the federal observance will be next Monday the 12th. A number of schools are putting together Veterans programs. The Little Falls Community Middle School will host a Veterans program on Monday, November 12th at 8:15am at the Middle School Gym. The Little Falls Community High School will hold their Veterans Day Program on Monday, November 12th at the high school gym at 9am. The Pierz High School will host a Veterans Day program with the Pierz American Legion and Auxiliary at 9:30am on Monday, November 12th. AM960 KLTF will broadcast the Veterans Day Program live on Monday, November 12th at 1:30pm from Mary of Lourdes Middle School in Little Falls.

--Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Tactical Response Team took part in a training drill Thursday at a vacant house on Jordan Road in Baxter. The team was comprised of members from a number of police departments and the sheriff’s office to practice emergency measures.

--Organizers have announced the date of a memorial in Washington D.C. to honor Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone and the others killed in a plane crash October 25, 2002. Wellstone Action along with U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken will host the event on November 28th at the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

--The jury trial scheduled last week for a Cass County man has been cancelled. 26-year-old William Kassaulker of Pillager was charged with first and third degree felony assault against a 22-year-old Pine River man after an alternation in a parking lot at an establishment on Gull Lake. The Cass County Attorney’s Office last Thursday stated that Kassulker had accepted a plea agreement cancelling the jury trial and that the judge announced a sentencing date of December 13th.

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--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9am at the government center. Agenda items include a soil and water report from Helen McLennan, reports from social services, public health, planning and zoning and a recent budget report.

--A former Browerville High School athlete accused of sexually assaulting teammates has entered a plea agreement. 18-year-old Connor Burns of Clarissa entered the plea on Friday in Todd County District Court. The plea means that Burns will have the charges dismissed as long as no similar offenses occur in the next 5 years. Attorneys for Burns and 19-year-old Seth Kellen argued that the assault was not sexual but a culture of hazing at the school. Kellen and a 3rd suspect who was charged as a juvenile still have their cases pending through the Todd County Attorney’s Office.

--With more than 4,200 hunters over four days, the Camp Ripley Open Archery Hunt is one of the largest organized hunts in the United States. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Oct. 18-19 and 27-28 they issued 5,003 archery tags that harvested a total of 428 deer over the four-day event at Camp Ripley. An important piece of the hunt is the collection of deer ticks on the 53,000-acre installation. These ticks are collected by organizations such as the University of Minnesota and the U.S. Army Public Health Command who remove the tick from the deer and take them to a lab. The ticks are tested for diseases like Lyme disease. Past testing has shown that more than 50 percent of deer ticks on Camp Ripley carry Lyme disease and other diseases. It normally takes an attached tick more than 24 hours to transfer a disease. Ensuring that military and civilians training downrange spray permethrin on their clothes and check for ticks numerous times per day are simple preventative measures that will vastly reduce the likeliness of contracting tick-borne diseases.

--Motorists will find four new lanes of roadway open on Highway 23 between St. Cloud and Foley. The road opened last Friday night. Highway 23 between Highway 95 near St. Cloud and Highway 25 in Foley was closed March 19th as crews completed a project that converted eight miles of the busy roadway to a four-lane divided highway. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit

--Kathleen M. Gardner, age 76 of Sauk Rapids.
--James Huber, at 70 of Hillman formerly Brooklyn Park
--Janice K. Simrau, age 70 of Little Falls.

TODAY= cloudy, few showers, high 43
TONIGHT= rain likely, cloudy, low 37 turning breezy late.
TUESDAY= partly cloudy, breezy, high 45, clear 30 at night.
WEDNESDAY= sunny skies, high 44 less windy.

NFL= Adrian Peterson ran for 182 yards and 2 touchdowns but Seattle still beat the Vikings Sunday 30-20. Vikings fall to 5-4.
COL FB= Michigan pounded the Gophers Saturday 35-13.
HS FB= Holdingford shut out Upsala/Swanville Friday 34-0 and Browerville beat Pillager 20-7. Both teams advance to state quarters.

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Friday- November 2nd, 2012

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has announced their November Employee of the Month is Kim Johnson. Kim has been the Office Manager at Speer Chiropractic for the past two years. When not at work, Kim enjoys 4-wheeling, camping, being outdoors and spending time with her husband Kevin, and her two sons Alex and Ethan. Congratulations to Kim Johnson, Employee of the month.

--As Election Day draws closer here is a glance of the some of the contested local races. For Morrison County Commissioner District 1- it is Sharon Ballou and Kevin Maurer, District 2- Jeff Schilling and Jeffrey Jelinski and in District 3- Rich Collins and Randy Winscher. For Little Falls City Council in Ward 1, Loren Boyum, Robin Hensel and Brent Wittwer are running, In Ward 2- Urban Otremba, Theresa Skorseth and Greg Zylka are running and in Ward 3 running are Rich Berg, Frank Gosiak and Kathy Woitalla. One candidate that has dropped out of the race in Ward 3 who may still show on the ballot is Audreen (Ozzie) Wilczek Schwegman but again she had decided to not seek the seat. For the City of Pierz, Mayor and City Council only have one filed candidate while City Clerk has 2 running, Matt Bell and Brittany Wurzer. There are also city council elections in Randall, Royalton, Swanville and Upsala for more information contact your local city administrator or clerk. There are number of school board elections which we will into further on Monday’s Newsletter.

--Bail was set at three million dollars Thursday for the Walker man accused in the shooting death of Jeffrey Schutz of Rockville. 28-year old Marcus Barshaw is charged with 2nd degree murder for the shooting incident in the early morning hours of October 21st. Prosecutors say Barshaw shot 30-year old Schutz six times. Barshaw was then shot three times by a Stearns County Deputy after he allegedly refused to drop his guns and surrender. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed. Barshaw’s next court appearance is scheduled for November 15th.

--The Crosby Police Union, Teamsters Local 346, filed a lawsuit earlier this week in Crow Wing County District Court against the city of Crosby and Police Chief Kim Coughlin. The Teamsters Union reported it is asking the court to stop what the union says are “rampant abuses of employees rights”. The Crosby City Attorney in a statement Wednesday said only that the lawsuit was filed and forwarded to the League of Minnesota Cities to determine which one will pick up the legal matter for the city. The issue apparently is due to an incident last August for an alleged misconduct of an officer who was put on administrative leave. The union requested a preliminary injunction, which it expects the court to hear within the next 10 days. The court has asked Mille Lacs Tribal Police Department to conduct the internal affairs investigation for the Crosby Police Department.

--The first wolf hunt in Minnesota begins Saturday. The Department of Natural Resources is reminding hunters that tribal lands are off limits during the hunt. That includes all the Mille Lacs tribal areas. The DNR says that some tribal lands are not posted so anyone hunting wolves need to make sure that they are on public land that is open to hunting. A county by county map of open hunting areas is available at the DNR website.

--The Little Falls City Council meets Monday night 7:30 at City Hall, their special work session begins at 6:30pm on Monday night.

--Check out weekend events like breakfasts, bingos and a harvest supper at the Convent Saturday at

--Election Day is approaching fast and big names are pushing for Yes and No votes in the Marriage Amendment on the ballot in Minnesota and many other states. Reverend Billy Graham has given his blessing to the proposed amendment stating “I pray that the good people of Minnesota will show their support for God’s definition of marriage, between a man and a woman”. That statement was released around the same time that actor Brad Pitt pledged $25,000 to Minnesota and another $75,000 in other states for Minnesota groups to push a NO vote on the marriage amendment. Pitt stated “It’s unbelievable to me that peoples lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a manner of days”. Recent polls show the marriage amendment is a dead heat in Minnesota going into Tuesday’s election.

--Tom Sorel announced he will resign as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to become the President and CEO of AAA Minneapolis. Sorel has served as commissioner since April 2008. He will begin his new role at AAA Minneapolis on December 1st. Governor Dayton has appointed Bernie Arseneau to serve as acting commissioner. Arseneau, MnDOT’s current Deputy Commissioner and Chief Engineer, has served the agency for nearly 30 years.

--It’s about as good a harvest as Minnesota farmers could want. Fall has provided plenty of dry weather for hauling in the crops and nearly all of the state’s corn, sugarbeets and sunflowers. The latest USDA Crop Report shows the pace away ahead of normal but the prolonged dry weather has left many fields much drier than they should be going into winter.

--Wayne Sornberger, age 93 of Onamia.
--Roger Nilson, age 90 of Upsala.
--Mary K. Stiller, age 58 of Little Falls.
--Josephine Hoheisel, age 78 of Pierz.
--Sister Helen Anne Klepaida, age 93 of St. Francis Convent LF

TODAY= mostly cloudy, high 42
TONIGHT= snow showers, up to 1 inch, low around 30.
SATURDAY= snow, mixing with rain early then cloudy, high 39
SAT NITE= cloudy, few flurries, low around 30.
SUNDAY= partly sunny, high 45, few snow showers at night
MONDAY= mostly cloudy, isolated sprinkles, high 45.

HS FB= Upsala/Swanville vs. Holdingford today at 3pm in the Section 6AA Finals at the Fargodome, hear it live on Q92 WYRQ. Pillager takes on Browerville in playoff football at 12:30 today at the Fargo-dome and Foley has Annandale in Football section playoffs Saturday night at Husky Stadium in St. Cloud.
COL FB= Gophers host Michigan Saturday at 10am on AM960 KLTF
HS VB= BBE ended Upsala’s volleyball season last night 3-0 in Pierz.
NFL= Arizona at Green Bay at noon, followed by Seattle hosting the Minnesota Vikings at 3:05pm Sunday on AM960 KLTF
NBA= Timberwolves tonight open regular season vs. Sacramento.
MLB= The Miami Marlins announced that former Marlin and Twins catcher Mike Redmond will become their new manager for next year.

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Thursday- November 1st, 2012

--Election Day is just 5 days away on Tuesday across the nation. Many eyes will be on the Presidential Election between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney. Statewide there are elections for U.S. Senate between Senator Amy Klobuchar and challenger Kurt Bills. All 8 Districts of the U.S. House of Representatives is up for election. In District 8 which includes Morrison County, incumbent Congressman Chip Cravaack and challenger Rick Nolan. In District 7 Congressman Collin Peterson is being challenged by Lee Byberg and in District 6, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is challenged by Jim Graves. Statewide for State House and Senate all seats are up for reelection, many with redistricted areas. Morrison County is now in District 9 where current District 12 Senator Paul Gazelka is running against former State Representative Al Doty and in redistricted House District 9B, Adrian Welle and Ron Kresha are running for the redistricted seat. In Morrison County, 3 Commissioner Seats are up for election in Districts 1, 2 and 3. There are a number of city, municipal, school board and township races across the area. For information on the local elections in your area contact your county auditor. There will also be two amendment questions on your ballot November 6th, one is the Marriage Amendment asking for a constitutional amendment announcing marriage to be binding between one man and one woman. The other is a Voter ID amendment, meaning that all who vote must show a proper picture ID verifying them before then can vote. Information on these amendments is available through the Secretary of State’s Office website. Regardless of who you decide to vote for in the upcoming election, it is important to get out and vote on November 6th. If you need an absentee ballot contact your county auditor’s office before the Election which is already next Tuesday.

--The 7th Annual Greater Minnesota Tour of the Rose Ensemble, which brings a musical journey through Assisi, Florence and Rome will bring their music and special guest Isaaco Columbo from Milan to the Sacred Heart Chapel at St. Francis Convent in Little Falls on November 10th at 7pm. For more information contact the Convent at 632-2981 or go to More info on the concert will be discussed today on KLTF Community Events at 8:45am.

--Little Falls Community Middle School teacher Ray Stumpf will be sharing his story of a long battle with cancer. Ray will share the strength he has found in his faith and the perspective about his cancer diagnosis at Grace Covenant Church next Wednesday at 6:15pm. The church is located on Riverwood Drive in Little Falls.

--A 19-year-old from Sartell was given a Citizen Life Saving Award Tuesday for saving a swimmer’s life earlier this year. Stearns County awarded Kevin Hollingsworth the award for an incident on June 15th when Hollingsworth was leaving Quarry Park and Nature Preserve in Waite Park when he noticed a man drowning. Hollingsworth jumped into the water, dragged the man to shore and revived him. Authorities said that if Hollingsworth had not rescued the man, the victim would have surely died.

--October ended with more rainfall than July, August and September combined for many. However Stearns, Benton, Sherburne and Wright Counties saw less than one inch of moisture in October, compared to 2-5 inches of moisture in Morrison, Todd and Crow Wing County but most of that in one rainfall last month. Weather analysts state Minnesota is 9 inches below average of rain this year.

--As October came to a close, burning restrictions are loosening. Steve Simmer with the DNR says due to recent rains most of the state is allowing burning permits as normal. Simmer notes there are a few counties in the central part of the state where it is dry and they are restricting to variance permits only. Those counties are Stearns, Benton, Dakota, along with a small portion of Pine County. Fire conditions are updated daily and can be found online at the DNR’s website. Morrison County is in a “Low Fire Danger Zone” (which is the lowest level) and burning permits are required at this time.

--The SHARE High School Exchange Program is in need of 7 families to be host families for an exchange student who would arrive in January. Families with or without children in the home may qualify to host an exchange student. The host family provides a bed, meals and a caring home environment. If you would like to become a host family or to get more information; call SHARE at 1-800-314-3738.

--Earlier this week Disney Corp. bought the rights to Lucasfilms from George Lucas for over 4-billion dollars. Disney then announced they will create 3 new Star Wars films Episode VII in 2015, VIII in 2017 and Episode IX in 2019. The stated the plots will continue the lives of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo following the 1983 move Return of the Jedi with all new original stories. George Lucas said his general idea was to have 9 episodes in the classic series and with Disney the chances were greater to complete the franchises’ dream.

TODAY= decreasing clouds, then sunny and breezy, high near 45.
TONIGHT= clear skies, colder, high 20-25.
FRIDAY= mostly cloudy, high 42, rain develops changing to snow
FRI NIGHT= snow likely 1-2 slushy inches, low 30.
SATURDAY= snow early changing to rain, slushy inch, high near 40.
SUNDAY= partly cloudy, high 42, low near 30.

HS FB= Holdingford vs. Upsala/Swanville for Section 6AA Championship, Friday at 3pm from the Fargodome. There are fan buses from all 3 schools going to the game. Also announced is that there will be no school in Swanville, Upsala and Holdingford on Friday. Hear the game live Friday afternoon on Q92 WYRQ.
HS VB= Upsala continues in section playoffs tonight against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at 6pm in Pierz, winner plays Saturday.

IN 1848= Boston opened first medical school for women.
IN 1894= Billboard Advertising started distribution of their periodical, the Billboard industry would later become a staple for U.S. music.
IN 1944= “Harvey” opened on Broadway, the play about a large invisible rabbit, later became a movie starring James Stewart.
IN 1947= Eddy Arnold had first #1 hit with I’ll hold you in my heart.
IN 1968= movie ratings went into effect of G, PG, R and X other ratings such as PG-13 and NC-17 were created later.
IN 1969= “Abbey Road” by the Beatles became the #1 album.
IN 1998= Steve Young and Jerry Rice broke the NFL record for touchdown passes from 1 quarterback to 1 receiver with 80.

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