News November, 2013

Friday- November 29th, 2013

--The Santa Parade is tonight in Little Falls. The parade begins at 6:00pm on the west side of Little Falls on Lindbergh Drive South then turns onto Highway 27 east to Bank Square. Traffic will only be stopped on the eastbound lane of 27 therefore it is best to sit on the south side of the highway facing north to get a clear view of parade.

--One person was killed just after midnight Thursday on Highway 10 and Benton County Road 33 after failing to yield at a stop sign. 35-year-old Ahmed Abdulle of Waite Park went through the stop sign and struck a northbound vehicle driven by 20-year-old Eric Shelley of Onamia causing Abdulle’s vehicle to come to a rest in the left lane of northbound traffic where the vehicle was then struck by 55-year-old Hope Morrison of Rice. Shelley and Morrison were taken to St. Cloud Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Abdulle was pronounced dead when authorities arrived. Abdulle’s passenger was not injured.

--A proposal to ban concealed weapons from the State Capitol building suffered a major setback Tuesday when an advisory committee voted it down. It’s always possible it could be resurrected when lawmakers return to St. Paul in late February but some lawmakers feel that would be difficult because the governor does not support banning guns in the Capitol.

--The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce it’s one of 71 projects spanning 42 states to receive support this year through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Program. The program is an effort to better connect school cafeterias and students with local farmer and producers. The MDA will receive a grant of $90,761 to support the school districts interested in participating with the Farm to School Program.

--A 59-year-old Crosslake man has pleaded guilty to second degree assault with a dangerous weapon in Crow Wing County District Court. Larry Bolton had an attempted murder with intent charge along with other charges dismissed because of pleading guilty to the assault charge. Charges stemmed in June when Bolton shot Robbie Lee Bjerkness at Bolton’s home. Bolton told deputies that he wanted Bjerkness out of his home. Bolton during interviews showed no remorse to shooting Bjerkness who was hospitalized and emergency surgery was done to save one of his legs. Bjerkness also was charged in Crow Wing County with two felonies back in May and other crime convictions prior to the altercation in June with Bolton.

--The 41-year-old man and 30-year-old woman arrested last week after drug agents confiscated an estimated 15 grams of methamphetamine were charged with five felony drug charges in Crow Wing County. Eric Pikula and Jessica Gardner both of Brainerd now face up to 30 years in prison if convicted on the first degree drug sale charges. Gardner’s bail was set at $25,000 with and $100,000 without conditions while Pikula had bail set at $75,000 with and $150,000 without conditions.

--The Little Falls City Council meets Monday night at 7:30pm at City Hall with various agenda items.

--Check out all the Christmas and holiday events this weekend around the area that includes Christmas at the Mansions at Linden Hill, Christmas event at the Rosenmeier House now the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Christmas Tree Lane at the Fishing Museum all start today, Saturday Christmas with the Lindbergh’s at the Lindbergh Site and more events to view at

--The Morrison County Commissioners meets Tuesday at 9am.

--The Little Falls Township Board invites the public to attend the Regular Township Meeting on Monday, December 2, 2013 beginning at 5:30pm. In attendance will be State Senator Paul Gazelka, State Representative Ron Kresha, Field Rep Al Doty for U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan and County Commissioner Randy Winscher. All are invited and to come and visit with your local government officials.

--Crow Wing County authorities responded to a two-vehicle accident just after 8am Wednesday north of Merrifield. A car turning into a business parking lot was struck by a minivan on County Road 3. 18-year-old Luther Hoskins II had to be extricated from the car and taken to the Brainerd hospital for his injuries. The minivan driven by 36-year-old Charles Anderson of Merrifield had 4 passengers also in it including three children ages 7, 5 and 18 months. All five were taken to the Brainerd Hospital and treated for minor injuries.

--A St. Cloud man faces charges of making terroristic threats after police said he threatened people with a knife early Wednesday outside a Sartell bar. 33-year old Andrew Robert Golden is due in court Monday in Stearns County. He will remain in jail until then. A court complaint charging Golden accuses him of displaying a knife and threatening people after he got kicked out of a bar early Wednesday. Police were called to the bar in the 100 block of Evergreen Drive at about 2:00am. Golden apparently had gotten kicked out after a fight inside the bar.

--Republican Gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert stopped in Brainerd Tuesday spelling out key issues in his bid to unseat Governor Mark Dayton in 2014. Seifert is a 14 year legislative veteran and is citing leadership as his key overall theme. Some issues he discussed was reducing the tax burden by 7%, eliminating three state departments, (health, labor and industry and corrections), improving transportation, improving public safety and improving education making more direct student/teacher academic contact. Seifert is currently one of four GOP candidates seeking the Republican endorsement for Governor next year.

--A new exhibit at the Little Falls-based Great River Arts will feature the faces of some of those who have shaped Morrison County. “Faces of Morrison County” will be on display through January 4th with a reception 5:00-7:00pm Saturday. The show is a collaboration between local photographers and writers who interviewed and compiled profiles of the people. For more information on the exhibit; contact Great River Arts at 632-0960 or visit

TODAY= partly sunny, high near 30
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, few flurries, low 18.
SATURDAY= sunny skies, high 35, clear at night, low 10.
SUNDAY= snow develops in PM hours, high 30, low 25.
MONDAY= snow likely, 1-3 inches, high near 30.

COL FB= Gophers at Michigan State Saturday 10am on KLTF
NFL= Chicago at Vikings Sunday at noon, Detroit pounded Green Bay Thursday 40-10, Dallas and Baltimore also won yesterday.
PREP=  Prep Bowl for 2013 begins today with 4 games at the Metrodome, Brainerd takes on Owatonna in the final game at the Dome for the 5A title Saturday around 4pm.

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

Wednesday- November 27th, 2013

--The Minnesota State Patrol released the names of the people involved in a three-car crash Monday morning. Two people 25-year-old Candise Zwiling of Rice, and 36-year-old Luke Harakel of Bowlus  were taken from the crash to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after the crash at U.S. Highway 10 and Benton County Road 31 in Rice. Zwiling was attempting to cross Highway 10 at about 6:50am when she was struck by a vehicle driven by Harakel. A third vehicle driven by 25-year-old Brandon Worthley of Chaska struck the Harakel vehicle. Worthley was not hurt.

--A southeast Brainerd home was damaged by fire Monday morning. Firefighters were called around 5:20am to the residence on Maple Street owned by Garry Schwartz. The fire started in the bedroom and went up through a wall to the attic. The cause is believed to be an electrical malfunction. Firefighters contained the fire to the bedroom and attic which did around $30,000 in damage. No one was injured.

--Thanksgiving Week got underway Monday at the State Capitol when Governor Mark Dayton was joined by Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association President John Zimmerman, and Colleen Moriarty of Hunger Solutions Minnesota to bring in the week’s festivities. A Minnesota-grown turkey was also on-hand for the occasion. Minnesota is the largest producer of turkeys in the United States. The state’s 250 turkey farmers raise an estimated 47 million birds annually, generating $800 million in economic activity and supporting 26,000 Minnesota jobs. Turkeys grown in Minnesota also consume $163 million of corn and $169 million of soybean meal – adding approximately $251 million to the value of corn and soybeans in Minnesota.

--Motorists planning to drink before getting behind the wheel this Thanksgiving should think twice, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. Law enforcement agencies around the state are adding extra DWI patrols this holiday season in an effort to combat drunk driving-related crashes. The enforcement effort begins today with extra DWI patrols running through December. The Minnesota State Patrol has provided several tips to avoid drunk driving- Plan for a safe ride — designate a sober driver, use a cab/public transportation or stay at the location of the celebration. Offer to be a designated driver, or be available to pick up a loved one anytime, anywhere. Buckle up, this is often the best defense against a drunk driver. Report drunk driving — call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior. Officers also are encouraging seat belt use during the campaign. Each year, 75 percent of drunk drivers killed are not belted. Minnesota’s primary seat belt law requires drivers and passengers in all seating positions — including the back seat — to be buckled up or in the correct child restraint. Law enforcement will stop and ticket unbelted drivers and passengers.

--The tradition of the Fish House Parade continues in Aitkin this Friday afternoon. The parade starts at 1pm and is held every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving. As many as 60 entries have lined the parade celebrating ice fishing and the frigid winters in Minnesota. This year the grand marshal is Miss Minnesota Rebecca Yeh a Nisswa native who finished in the top 5 at the Miss America pageant. The first Fish House Parade in Aitkin started in 1991.

--The Santa Parade is Friday night at 6pm in Little Falls.

--The last tower was erected this week for the CapX 2020 power line between St. Cloud and Alexandria. Crews had been working from Alexandria eastward to install the structures, which are 140-170 feet tall. The final one was completed Monday near the new substation west of St. Cloud. Crews are using helicopters to string the wire on the structures for 78-mile second phase of the CapX high-voltage transmission line. The project is on schedule to be completed in 2015. CapX is a joint initiative of 11 utilities in Minnesota and the surrounding region to expand the electric transmission grid. The first phase from Monticello to St. Cloud was energized in December 2011. Crews are building foundations and erecting structures for the final phase from Alexandria to Fargo.

--Thursday is Thanksgiving a federal holiday. All federal, state, county and city offices are closed Thursday and many are also closed on Friday. It is best to call ahead before heading out the next 2 days. Banks are closed Thursday but will reopen Friday. The post office will be open Friday but there is no mail delivery on Thursday.

--All are welcome to attend the annual Community Thanksgiving Meal Thursday from 11am to 1pm at the Little Falls Community High School. The event is free and open to all. No more volunteers are needed for the event but eaters are encouraged to enjoy the food. Any questions contact Tim at 630-6260.

--Little Falls Community Middle School will have parent teacher conferences on Monday December 9th and Monday December 16th from 4-7pm in the middle school commons.


--Scott and Elyse Garro, boy born November 21st

--Annie Bjornson, age 96 of Wahkon

TODAY= afternoon snow showers, up to ½ inch, high 20.
TONIGHT= light snow early then clearing, low 10.
THANKSGIVING= sunny skies, high 23, clear night, low 7 above.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, high near 30, clouds at night low 20.
SATURDAY= partly cloudy, high 32, low 18 some late night snow
SUNDAY= snow showers at times, cloudy with high of 23.

COL FB= Gophers at Michigan State Saturday 10am on KLTF.
NFL= Vikings host Chicago Sunday. Before that there are 3 games Thanksgiving starting with Green Bay at Detroit, Oakland at Dallas and Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh, Hear the action Thursday on KLTF.

IN 1895= Alfred Nobel established the Nobel Prize.
IN 1961= Gordie Howe plays in 1,000th NHL Game.
IN 1967= Beatles release Magical Mystery Tour album.

Loss For Words tonight, Redneck Radio Thurs and Fri at WS Bar

Tuesday- November 26th, 2013

--A Morrison County judge has denied a motion to dismiss first-degree murder charges against the Little Falls area man accused of shooting two teenagers who broke into his house a year ago. Morrison County District Court Judge Douglas Anderson also denied a motion to suppress certain evidence gathered during the investigation of the shooting deaths of Nicholas Brady and Haile Kifer. 65-year old Byron Smith is accused of shooting 17-year old Nicholas Brady and 18-year old Haile Kifer on Thanksgiving Day at his house north of Little Falls. Smith’s lawyers argued that prosecutors made errors during the grand jury proceedings that led to the first-degree murder indictments against Smith. They also argued that there wasn't sufficient evidence to support the indictment and that there were other flaws that required the indictment to be dismissed. Smith has been free since posting $50,000 conditional bail after he was initially charged with second-degree murder. A grand jury later indicted him on first-degree murder charges. Court records accuse Smith of shooting Kifer and Brady several minutes apart after the teens broke into his house.

--Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl reports that on Saturday, November 23, at 12:22pm, deer hunters located human remains in a wooded area located in Perry Lake Township. Crow Wing County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene. Based on evidence at the scene, the remains are believed to be that of 27 year old Jesse James Larson of Crosby, who had been reported missing by family members on June 21st, 2013. At this time, there is no foul play suspected in this death. The remains were transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for positive identification. Sheriff Todd Dahl thanks all the volunteers and agencies who assisted during the numerous search efforts to try and locate Jesse Larson. Sheriff Dahl states, “This is a very tough situation for not only the family, but the many people involved. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all who knew Jesse Larson and the entire Larson family”.

--The names involved in a fatal crash Friday night have been released. Around 11:15pm a vehicle rolled on Todd County Road 66 near the intersection of County Road 7 in Fawn Lake Township. The driver, 32-year old David Kobliska of rural Staples, was ejected and died at the scene. His father 56-year old Duane Kobliska of rural Staples was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. Seat belts were not worn by either individual.

--Jobless rates fell in area counties for October. Morrison County was at 4.7%, Todd 3.9%, Crow Wing 5.4%, Cass 5.9% and Mille Lacs was at 5.9% for October. At 9% Brainerd has the highest unemployment of cities with populations of 10,000 people or more.

--The Verndale Fire Department was called to a house fire Thursday afternoon around 1pm. The home owner was able to make it out of the house without injuries and call 911. The blaze was quickly put under control and there was heavy smoke damage and power had to be disconnected to the home for safety reasons but the house as a whole was saved. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

--This year’s Thanksgiving meal on Thursday will actually cost you a bit less then last year in Minnesota. The American Farm Bureau Federation stated that a meal to feed a group of 10 for Thanksgiving will cost just over $49 which is 44 cents lower than 2012. The cost of the turkey, rolls, vegetables and cranberries are down a bit, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie ingredients and milk are up a few cents.

--A former Stearns County building facilities employee has been charged with criminal sexual conduct, accused of molesting a young child. 39-year old Russell Gerard Pallansch is charged in Stearns County District Court with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. A judge set bail at $250,000 during a court hearing last week. Pallansch, who is being held at the Crow Wing County Jail, tendered his resignation effective Tuesday. Pallansch had been employed in that department since 1999. The allegations of abuse came to light when the child discussed them with a medical provider, triggering an investigation from county human services and eventually St. Cloud police. The court complaint charging Pallansch indicates that he admitted touching the child inappropriately but that he didn’t believe the touching was sexual in nature. He characterized the touching as “just a touch” and a “compulsive error,” according to the complaint.

--The cause of a fire at a St. Cloud thrift shop is under investigation. The blaze started about 5 p.m. Saturday at 100 Roosevelt Road. The building’s name is listed as Barker’s More for Less. The location was formerly the Restaurant Supply Store. The fire started in the merchandise storage area, said Greg Newinski, battalion chief at the St. Cloud Fire Department. The sprinkler system put it out. The damage to the store is estimated to be about $10,000; the merchandise, about $5,000, although that number could be significantly higher. Barker’s moved to that location earlier this year from its old spot on 33rd Avenue and Division Street.

--The second annual “Turkey Trot” will be held Thursday morning, before Thanksgiving dinner has begun. The motto for the fundraiser that will benefit special needs athletes in Pierz is “Run now … gobble later.” Participants will receive a T-shirt. Register for $20 from 7:15-8:15am at Pierz Healy High School near the Memorial Athletic Center. The 5K run starts at 8:30am, with the kiddie run ($3) starting at 8:15am. Medals are awarded to the first thru third place winners in each age group in the 5K run. Child care will be available for a nominal fee. Thanksgiving projects, music and games will be offered for children as well. For more information, visit and click on the Turkey Trot link.

--Christopher and Rachel Young of Pierz, boy born November 22nd

--John H. Tiemann, age 84 of Sauk Rapids

TODAY= scattered snow showers, blustery and cold, high 18.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 0.
WEDNESDAY= partly cloudy, PM flurries, high 23, low around 12.
THANKSGIVING= sunny, high 27, clear night, low 10.
FRIDAY= sunny, high near 30, few night flurries, low around 20.

HS SPORTS= Listen to boys hockey tonight when Little Falls travels to Alexandria to take on the Cardinals. Puck drop at 7:15pm on 92.1 WYRQ. Catch boys basketball coverage as Little Falls opens the season at home against Sartell. Tip-off scheduled for 7:30pm. Hear the basketball game on AM960 KLTF and

Grab a great lunch today and enjoy happy hour too at West Side Bar.

Monday- November 25th, 2013

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office and Pierz Fire Department were called out twice last week to outdoor boilers starting on fire. The first was at 9:19am Monday to a boiler on fire in Hillman. A wood pile was too close to the stove causing it to ignite. The second fire was around 10:30am Tuesday on 213th Street in Pierz. The boiler there was under a stand along with five cords of dry wood. The boiler and wood shed was engulfed in flames when authorities arrived and could not be saved. No injuries were reported in either fire call.

--A 52-year-old who is a level 3 predatory offender is scheduled to be released from prison in early December and move to the 4th Avenue Northeast of Brainerd. A community notification meeting will be held on Tuesday at 6pm at the Brainerd police department. Terrance Lindmark has a history of sexual contact with children between the ages of 4 and 10 by using force for them to comply. The public will be provided with information on the offender at Tuesday’s meeting.

--Brainerd firefighters were able to save a house on 50th Avenue Thursday after a fire started in the attic. The call around 9:15am brought two dozen firefighters out from Brainerd and Nisswa. They did have to pull the ceiling out of all the rooms to get to the attic fire and that though there was some smoke damage to some rooms and the attic will have to be repaired the home itself was not severely damaged. The cause of the fire is not determined, no injuries.

--Friday marked the 10th anniversary of the day that Dru Sjodin of Pequot Lakes, who was a college student in Grand Forks, disappeared from a Grand Forks mall. Her body was found in April, 2004 near Crookston. Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. was convicted in the kidnapping and murder of Sjodin. Rodriguez has continued to appeal his death sentence and remains on death row in Indiana.

--The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Thursday announced the walleye bag and slot limits for Mille Lacs Lake in effect since May will remain in place this winter. The decision follows this fall’s fish population assessments. The regulation allows anglers to take walleye between 18-20 inches, except the two-walleye possession limit may include one longer than 28 inches. The walleye fishing season runs through Feb. 23. Regulations for the open-water season, which starts May 10, will be announced in late winter after a harvest-data evaluation, according to a DNR news release.

--The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary and a theft that happened in separate incidents at businesses just east of St. Cloud. One of the burglaries occurred at Luther Honda on November 16th and involved the theft of 60 wheels and tires from 15 different vehicles in the parking lot. All of the vehicles were Hondas, and all of the wheels were five-hole, five-spoke or alloy or steel wheels with the Honda symbol in the middle. The tires were a mix of brands but mostly were 17- and 18-inch sizes. The other believed to be related burglary happened during the early morning hours October 13th when burglars took a snowmobile trailer, pull-behind lawn vacuum and a pull-behind lawn mower from the outdoor fenced area. Investigators believe at least two men arrived in a dark-colored, newer model pickup. The pickup had a matching topper, chrome running boards, lighter-colored fender flares along its wheel wells and a thin pinstripe running along the length of the truck. The suspects cut the lock on a gate to get in. Anyone with information about the incidents or the suspects is asked to contact the Benton County Sheriff’s Office at 320-968-7201.

--A Little Falls man was injured Friday night around 11:00pm on 90th Avenue in Swan River Township of Morrison County. 29-year-old Jason Oldakowski was north on 90th avenue when he left the roadway and rolled. Oldakowski was taken to St. Gabriel’s Hospital with a head injury and other possible injuries.

--A one vehicle rollover Friday night around 11:15pm killed one man and seriously injured another in Todd County. Deputies say that one male party was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Another was taken to Staples Hospital for his injuries. No other details have been released.

--The Maschoffs LLC and GNP Company announced Friday that they have signed a definitive agreement where as The Maschoffs will acquire GNP Company and its subsidiaries. The companies’ production operations will remain separate business units following the transaction. GNP’s headquarters will remain in St. Cloud as well as retaining its 1,700 employees and 350 family farm partners. The Maschoffs, LLC is based in Carlyle, Illinois.

--Governor Mark Dayton has appointed to a judgeship a woman who was an attorney for the city of St. Cloud and a prosecutor for Stearns, Benton and Sherburne counties. Suzanne Bollman will fill a judgeship in Chisago County and will be chambered in Center City. She fills one of two judgeships that were open in the Tenth Judicial District, where two judges retired earlier this year. Amy R. Brosnahan will fill the other spot and will be chambered in Cambridge in Isanti County. Brosnahan is the Kanabec County Attorney. Dayton announced the appointments Thursday.

--On Thursday agents of the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force along with members of the Todd County Sheriff’s Office arrested three individuals for sales of prescription medication. The three individuals arrested were Michele Wolf of Eagle Bend and Joshua Hayes and Jane Mudder both of Browerville. They are each being held at Todd County Detention Center facing multiple charges. This was the result of a four month investigation.

--Aaron and Elizabeth Meier of Little Falls, a girl born November 19th

--Charles “Dick” Colbenson Sr., age 88 of Onamia

TODAY= partly sunny high of 33
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy with a low of 14
TUESDAY= scattered snow showers, high of 15 and a low of 4
WEDNESDAY= sunny high 22, then cloudy low of 14
THANKSGIVING= sunny with a high of 27, low of 12

VIKINGS= The Vikings and Green Bay border battle ended in a tie. Regulation ended tied at 23 and overtime ended tied at 26. Green Bay plays at Detroit on Thanksgiving. The Vikings host Chicago on Sunday. Bears and Lions lost and are tied for 1st in the division.
GOPHERS= Wisconsin held off Minnesota Saturday 20-7 to hold on to Paul Bunyan’s Axe for the 10th straight year. Gophers wrap up the regular season at Division winner Michigan State on Saturday.

Grab a great lunch today and enjoy happy hour too at West Side Bar.

Friday- November 22nd, 2013

--Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Historians over the years have had many opinions on what happened November 22nd, 1963. Some believing that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in shooting the president while many others feel a conspiracy to assassinate the president occurred and questions still haven’t been answered to this date. Assistant Morrison County Attorney Todd Kosovich has researched the assassination for years with radio clips and newspaper headings. Kosovich will be a guest on KLTF Party Line today to talk about the day 50 years ago. Minnesota Matters from the Minnesota News Network will also address the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination during their program Saturday at 12:30pm on AM960 KLTF.

--Per capita personal income in Morrison County grew in 2012 when compared to 2011. According to data released Thursday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis the per capita personal income in Morrison County was $35,874 in 2012 compared to $33,914 in 2011. That number equals total personal income for the area divided by the population which was 33,052 people in Morrison County in 2012.

--A semitrailer and car collision about 9:10am Thursday morning west of St. Joseph has left one person dead. 90-year old Marcella Cheeley of Cold Spring was pronounced dead at the scene. Cheeley was attempting to turn left onto County Road 2 when her car was struck on the driver’s side and pushed into the west ditch by a semitrailer driven by 58-year old Aaron Birr of Eden Valley. Birr was taken to St. Cloud Hospital and later released.

--A Benton County sheriff’s deputy and a Rice police officer had some assistance Wednesday night arresting a man suspected of stealing a vehicle from Rice, but the help didn’t come from anyone wearing a badge. It came from the person whose truck was stolen. A man drove U.S. Highway 10 in search of his stolen truck and he later helped investigators in a foot chase to arrest the suspect. Arrested and being investigated on charges of motor vehicle theft, fleeing police in a motor vehicle, fleeing police on foot, criminal damage to property and tampering with a motor vehicle was 26-year old Daniel Boggs Jr. of St. Cloud. Although sheriff’s officials are grateful for the help, they would like to advise citizens to use caution when taking action to interrupt a crime in progress. These situations are inherently dangerous and could lead to personal injury to the intervening citizen.

--The next Pierz City Council meeting is Monday at 7pm at Pierz City Hall. Agenda items include Grell Street being vacated, a resolution on vacating a portion of streets, city Christmas party and committee reports from police, fire department and public works.

--Two people were arrested as a result of a drug investigation conducted by the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division. On Wednesday a search warrant was executed at a residence located at 8483 Wise Road in Brainerd. As a result of the search warrant, a significant amount of methamphetamine was found along with cash. Arrested were 41-year old Eric Pikula and 30-year old Jessica Gardner both of Brainerd. Assisting the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office and LADID were members of the Crow Wing County Tactical Team, and a Baxter K9 Officer.

--St. Mary’s Church in Little Falls has a Christmas Bazaar Saturday and Sunday get details on that and other weekend events like bingos and a fall fling in Hillman at

--State officials are cutting the unemployment insurance taxes for businesses as a result of an improving economy and healthy trust fund balance. The U-I tax cuts will go into effect January 1st, 2014. Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben says its great news for Minnesota businesses because 346 million dollars in unemployment insurance savings can be reinvested in their operations. Sieben says during the great recession the state had to raise the unemployment insurance tax rate on businesses so it could continue paying unemployment benefits to Minnesotans who have lost their jobs.

--One of two suspects arrested last week in Leader for receiving stolen property has been charged in Cass County. 43-year-old Carl Raba was charged with possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony for a crime of violence. Raba faces 15 years in prison and/or $30,000 in fines. Cass County said that the charges stem from an incident November 13th in Leader where Raba and a 31-year-old woman were arrested for being in possession of stolen property. Both Raba and the woman, who had active warrants for her arrests but has not been formally charged in the recent case, were arrested. Raba was found to have a warrant out for him in Crow Wing County also for a possession of a firearm violation. The official investigation into the incident in Leader continues.

--A Foley teacher was one of 36 teachers to receive the National Education Association Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence and recently as named one of the five teachers across the nation to receive the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence for 2014. Kathi Sims has been an early childhood special education teacher at Foley Elementary School for the past 25 years. The award is designed to recognize and promote teaching and advocacy for the profession, as well as to honor members of the NEA. The award will be presented in February at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala, also known as the Academy Awards of public education, in Washington, D.C.

--Stearns County reported Wednesday that a worker at a Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Melrose has tested positive for tuberculosis. The spokesman for the plant says Austin-based Hormel has identified nine people who work in the same department as the worker who tested positive. Jennie-O will continue working with the health department. Hormel stated that tuberculosis is a health issue spread mainly in the air by sneezing and is not a risk to food safety.

TODAY= morning sun, occasional flurries in afternoon, high 25.
TONIGHT= flurries early, then clearing and windy, low 4 above.
SATURDAY= sunny and cold, high 15, low 0- wind chills below zero
SUNDAY= sunny and windy, high 28, low around 20.
MONDAY= sunny, high near 35, low around 20.

HS BHK= Hibbing at Little Falls tonight 7:15pm on Q92 WYRQ
COL FB= Gophers host Wisconsin Saturday 1:30pm on KLTF
NFL= Vikings at Green Bay Sunday at noon.
WRE= longtime pro wrestler Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon died this week in Omaha, Nebraska. Vachon was 84 years old. Vachon was a mainstay for Verne Gagne and the AWA in Minnesota for decades.

Northstar Entertainment Fri/Sat Cocaine Energy party Sat at WS Bar

Thursday- November 21st, 2013

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office will provide emergency alerts for county residents. Everbridge, the leading provider of critical communication solutions, Wednesday announced that Morrison County will begin using Everbridge for mass notification to citizens, fire departments, and first responders. Morrison County, home to more than 32,000 residents, plans to use Everbridge for storms, missing persons, fugitive alerts, utility failures, and other emergencies. Previously, Morrison County used a pager system only to notify fire departments and first responders during emergencies. With the Everbridge solution, Morrison County can send broad alerts to these responders, as well as all area residents based on location or other criteria. Everbridge’s reporting features will allow Morrison County to confirm receipt of notifications, insuring that residents are reached during an emergency. In addition to emergency information, Morrison County may also use Everbridge to notify residents about snow removal, traffic, and other incidents in their area. Residents will be able to sign up for alerts through the counties opt in portal and choose which types of notifications they would like to receive. They can also select preferred delivery paths for messages, including land lines, mobile phones, text messages, and email. Everbridge contact preferences can be updated at any time, enabling residents to change their preferences as their needs change. County residents can read more about the program, and sign up for the alerts, on the county’s website at Click on the “Morrison County Citizen Alert Signup” tab located on the top left of the home page. Sheriff Michel Wetzel is encouraging all residents to sign up so they don’t miss important public safety information. For those without a computer he suggests asking for help from a friend, family member, or neighbor. If they only have a landline phone and are not adding a cell phone or email, it is not necessary to enroll. Your published phone number is already loaded into the system.

--Todd County officials are warning of a possible mail scam after a Grey Eagle woman said she lost $2,000 after being notified by mail that she had won a large sum of money. She was told she could collect it after she paid the taxes on it. Todd County is reminding residents to never give out personal information or mail out money in any form without checking out the agency in question or contact law enforcement for information on possible mail scams in the area.

--The city of Brainerd reportedly will settle a disagreement over an assessment amount on the College Drive Project. The settlement concerns land owned by Roger and Elizabeth Anda and James H. Martin on College Drive who disagreed with the city over the value the city placed on the property during a construction project. This move will avoid both sides going into formal appraisals and hearings in the future. Because the meeting was closed to the public during their vote the actual totals decided upon were not released.

--Steve Notch and Dave Gamradt won Tuesday’s special primary election in western Stearns County for District 5 county commissioner. The two received the most votes of the five candidates vying for the county board seat formerly held by Don Otte, who died of cancer in August. They will face off in a January 28th general election. They defeated Jeff Bertram, Brad Kirckof and Alan Loch. With 3,757 votes cast, the totals were Notch, 879; Gamradt, 843; Kirckof, 771; Bertram, 737; and Loch, 527. Voter turnout was relatively low, with about 25 percent of registered voters casting ballots.

--The three surviving teenagers in an accident that killed their 13 year old sister in Milaca Tuesday remain hospitalized in the Twin Cities. 17-year-old Tristen Maetzold was in fair condition Wednesday at North Memorial, 11-year-old Devon Maetzold is in critical condition and 16-year old Paige Maetzold was originally taken to St. Cloud then to North Memorial and last listed in fair condition. 13-year-old Katrina Maetzold died in the accident. The accident happened when the Maetzold vehicle was coming off of 127th Avenue onto Highway 23 and collided with a semi. The semi driver was not hurt.

--The city of Foley announced that Public Works Director Roger Schotl remains on paid leave while a consultant develops recommendations on human resources and employee conflict resolution strategies. Foley officials call the recent issue a “significant conflict” in the department and that it was spilled over to city operations. A former school superintendent has been brought in to help work with the city administrator and city attorney on the matter and they are to bring their findings and policy info to the December 3rd meeting in Foley. Schotl was hired last year when Jim Moshier retired after many years with the city. The city also replaced their police chief this year when Brant Standridge was dismissed of duties and Katie McMillin (formerly Lang) became the new chief.

--Minnesota hunters harvested 128,814 deer through the second weekend of the 2013 firearms season, according to preliminary numbers announced Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The season ended for most of the state this past Sunday. Firearm harvest to date is down 6 percent from last year at this time. Overall, antlered buck harvest is down 7 percent and antlerless harvest is down 5 percent.

--Oasis Central Minnesota is hosting a free coffee house event with coffee, cider, treats and music on Friday from 5-7pm at the Great Rive Arts Center in Little Falls. The event is to thank all the volunteers for their time and services in helping Oasis strive with their many community events. For more info call Tim at 632-9140.

--Rodney ‘Rod’ Carson, age 78 of Hillman

TODAY= falling temps, light snow and blustery-temps in the 20s
TONIGHT= light snow early then clearing skies, low 17.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, high near 30, partly cloudy night, low 7.
SATURDAY= sunny breezy and cold, high 14, low of -3.
SUNDAY= partly cloudy, less windy, high 28, low 15.

NFL= Head Coach Leslie Frazier announced Wednesday that Christian Ponder will start for the Vikings Sunday at Green Bay.

IN 1871= Barnum and Bailey Circus added the Human Cannonball act
IN 1877= Thomas Edison patents talking machine- later phonograph
IN 1942= Tweety Pie (Bird) debuted on Warner Brothers cartoons.
IN 1944= The Roy Rogers Show debuted on Mutual Radio.
IN 1980= 83 million viewers tuned in to find out that Kristen was the one who shot J.R. Ewing on the TV show Dallas.

Northstar Entertainment tonight and Friday at the West Side Bar

Wednesday- November 20th, 2013

--A Sartell man is out of a coma, after being rescued from Little Rock Lake on Friday. 30-year-old Joshua Johnson was retrieved in 10 feet of water Friday by authorities and taken to St. Cloud then to a Twin Cities hospital. Johnson was in a coma until Monday morning but is now communicating with doctors. Benton County states that Johnson was in the cold water for nearly an hour and at least 5-10 minutes of that he was submerged under the water. Law enforcement is reminding those that the ice is not safe yet to venture out on.

--Republicans are blasting Governor Dayton after he announced Monday that Minnesotans will not be able to keep health insurance policies for another year that are slated to be cancelled despite President Obama’s request. The Governor reversed his decision from a week earlier and unfortunately hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans now have received notice that they’re not able to keep the health plan they want and in many cases, can’t keep the doctor they want either. Governor Dayton says a letter from a group representing major health care providers in Minnesota makes clear that implementing changes offered by the President last week would be unworkable for health insurance providers in the state.

--Former State Representative Marty Seifert launches his campaign for Governor Thursday with stops in Marshall, St. Paul and Mankato. The former House Minority Leader joins a growing field of GOP candidates seeking the governor’s office. Seifert ran for governor in 2010 but did not win the Republican endorsement. Tom Emmer got that endorsement and lost to now Governor Mark Dayton. Emmer is running for 6th district Congressman this time around.

--A purchase agreement was approved unanimously by the Brainerd City Council Monday for the Wausau Dam. With the signing of the agreement the official 90 day diligence period starts. During that time several studies and inspections into the facilities at the dam will be done to make sure it would be a good investment for the city. The city placed a bid for the prices at over $4.1-million dollars for the Wausau Paper’s hydroelectric dam and the adjoining 37 acres of land on the west side of the river. The paper mill closed its doors earlier this year and the building was put up for sale with the city still seeking a potential buyer. The land and the dam were just recently put up for sale for public use which the city agreed to purchase.

--A 27-year-old Cass Lake man was sentenced to 109 months in prison for his participation with two accomplices in eight felony crimes against two separate victims. David LaRose was convicted on all charges of stealing a van, breaking into a residence, held an elderly woman at gunpoint and stole her belongings. LaRose’s two accomplices pleaded guilty to the crime. Gordon Dunn was sentenced to 126 months in prison, and David Joseph will be sentenced on December 3rd in Cass County.

--The Little Falls Police department responded to theft reports on Seventh Avenue Southwest Monday where a propane torch, cordless drill and a gas can were taken from the property and also Monday of several items taken from vehicle but no address was given.

--A new study by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has good and bad news about recycling in the state. The agency said that paper going into landfills has decreased 9% from 2000 while plastics have increased 7%. Most grocery stores are allowing customers to recycle plastic bags, which is a helpful tool in recycling. The study shows 41 million pounds of plastic beverage containers were discarded last year in Minnesota.

--One person was killed in a two vehicle accident Tuesday morning just before 8am near Milaca. The State Patrol says that 51-year-old Thomas Dietz of Milaca was on Highway 23 and 17-year-old Tristen Maetzold of Milaca was on 127th Street and the two vehicles collided at the intersection. Dietz was not hurt. According to the report there were three others in the Maetzold vehicle all under the age of 18. One of the passengers, 13-year old Katrina Maetzold was killed. Tristen and 11-year-old Devon Maetzold were taken to North Memorial Medical Center for their injuries and another passenger 16-year-old Patience Maetzold was taken to St. Cloud Hospital and was later discharged. The State Patrol and Mille Lacs County Sheriffs Office continue to investigate the accident.

--In a continuing effort to advance traffic safety in central Minnesota, the Department of Public Safety is awarding new federal grants totaling more than $1.12 million for area partners to support overtime Toward Zero Deaths traffic safety enforcement and educational efforts through September 2014. TZD is the state’s primary traffic safety initiative that applies four strategic areas; education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response; to reduce deaths and injuries. Central Minnesota Traffic Deaths had 931 killed during the past decade. From 2003–2007, 555 people lost their lives in traffic crashes on central Minnesota roads, compared to 376 deaths from 2008–2012—a 32 percent decline. The Central Minnesota region includes Morrison, Benton, Cass, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, and Wright counties. In Morrison County there were 30 deaths on roads from 2008-2012. Of those 24 were motor vehicle occupants and 11 were unbelted. 11 deaths also had alcohol as a contributing factor in the fatal crashes occurring in Morrison County.

--Jeff and Michelle Stang, boy born on November 16th

TODAY= cloudy, high 46.
TONIGHT= light snow after midnight, low 22.
THURSDAY= cloudy, blustery, light snow at times, high 27, low 17
FRIDAY= sunny skies, high near 30.

--Wolves and Wild both lose last night. Gopher men’s basketball team won over Coastal Carolina to go 4-0 on the year.
NFL= Vikings at Green Bay Sunday at noon. Aaron Rodgers will not play this Sunday for the Packers as he is still injured.
LOCAL= see the local sports schedule at

IN 1789= New Jersey is first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
IN 1914= U.S. State Department begins putting photos on passports
IN 1931= commercial teletype service begins.
IN 1947= Meet the Press airs on NBC TV- the news program is the longest running weekly television program in history.
IN 1967= The U.S. Population surpassed 200 million.
IN 1979= first artificial blood transfusion is performed at the University of Minnesota Hospital.

Happy Hour Specials and lunches served daily at the West Side Bar

Tuesday- November 19th, 2013

--One person was killed Saturday morning after being struck by a vehicle on Highway 10 near Stearns County Road 3 in the Sartell/Sauk Rapids area. Authorities state that 37-year-old Angela Lott was driving on Highway 10 around 5:30am when her car stuck a pedestrian who was walking in the highway. The victim was identified as 23-year-old Robert Schmit of St. Cloud and pronounced dead at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.

--One person was injured Sunday on Highway 169 near Milaca. 80-year-old Caroline Droogsma was on the highway just after noon when she struck a vehicle driven by 32-year-old Ramiro Castillo Jr. of Texas. Castillo’s vehicle struck the ditch and rolled but he was not injured. Droogsma suffered serious injuries and was taken to a hospital in Minneapolis for treatment.

--A Sauk Rapids man sustained injuries in an accident Saturday around 5am in Todd County. James Ziebarth was in Bruce Township when he hit an icy patch and entered the ditch striking a power pole. Ziebarth was taken to Long Prairie Hospital for minor injuries.

--Farmers markets in Minnesota saw a jump in use this year of food stamps. Nearly 60 farmers markets in the state accepted food stamps this year and the USDA says $226,900 in food stamps were redeemed which is three times more than 2012. Still though the state says food stamps at farmers markets represent less than 1-percent of the food stamps usage in the state of Minnesota. The growth is part of a national trend making fresh food more accessible to the millions of people that use some sort of food assistance.

--The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has announced the draft 2014 Impaired Waters List which was released Monday. In recent years, the M-P-C-A has greatly accelerated its efforts to assess lakes and streams, and local organizations around the state have increased efforts to clean up water bodies that are found to be impaired. This year includes thirty-two miles of the Mississippi River have been impaired since 2008 because of the presence of certain PFCs in fish tissue. PFC concentrations have decreased markedly in the impaired sections of the Mississippi, and three out of four sections of the river can now be removed from the Impaired Waters List for this particular problem. Two sections of the Red River of the North near Fargo-Moorhead, which had been impaired since 1994 because of fecal coliform bacteria, have been removed from the draft list. Nine metro-area lakes have been removed from the list as a result of work to correct their impairments. Howard Lake in Anoka County was restored by removing rough fish such as carp that disturbed the lake bed, and installing barriers to keep them out. These actions improved water quality and allowed rooted vegetation to be re-established in the lake. Most of the changes to the list in 2014 are a result of intensive monitoring conducted in 18 watersheds around the state in 2012 and 2013, as well as statewide assessments for bacteria in large rivers and for pesticides and nitrates in drinking water. A series of public meetings will take place throughout the state in December to present the content of the Impaired Waters List in Duluth, St. Paul, Rochester and Detroit Lakes.

--Minnesota’s workplace injury rate for 2012 increased slightly from the all time low a year ago but it is still half the number it was back in 1998. Attributing factors include technological advances and greater attention to safety.

--Another IMC Concert tonight at LFCHS details 616-2207.

--A Waite Park man is in jail following a stabbing in Waite Park last Wednesday. 47-year-old Anthony Scates is charged with second degree assault and bail was set at $200,000. Authorities state they found a 26-year-old victim with stab wounds to his head, chest and stomach and he was taken to the ICU at St. Cloud Hospital with serious injuries. Scates told police the stabbing was in self-defense. The victim told police that he had not been aggressive with Scates.

--Preliminary numbers indicate drowning deaths are declining in Minnesota this year. In 2013 so far 27 people have drowned in non-boating incidents that includes 7 children. Last year at this time there were 40 deaths from drowning. The issue that the DNR wants to have addressed is boating safety where 10 of the 12 boating fatalities in the state last year were not wearing lifejackets.

--A man arrested after being accused of damaging a computer and a television Saturday at St. Cloud Hospital and assaulting a staff member there already was awaiting sentencing for trying to steal a vehicle that was in a fast-food restaurant pickup line. 22-year old Zeppelin Michael Peterson pleaded guilty November 8th to attempted theft in Stearns County. He admitted being the person who picked a vehicle at random at a fast food restaurant September 29th and got into the vehicle. That incident happened about one year after Peterson was arrested twice in two days for breaking windows at two separate St. Cloud locations. He was convicted of criminal damage to property for a Sept. 27, 2012, incident in which he broke several windows at a residential facility near St. Cloud Hospital. A day after that, Peterson broke a window at a restaurant when he threw a chair through the window and convicted of criminal damage to property.

--Dozens of tornadoes and severe storms struck portions of the Midwest Sunday killing 6 people and injuring dozens in Illinois. The storms uprooted trees, flipped over cars and destroyed homes. Illinois was the hardest hit state but strong storms also affected Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Missouri and Ohio. The National Weather Service issued 91 tornado warnings Sunday in just those seven states, 23 tornadoes have been confirmed, 2 were EF4s.

--Irene Alice Goetsch, age 89 of Staples.
--Ray Kowalczyk, age 88 of St. Paul formerly of Harding.

TODAY= mostly sunny, breezy, high 45.
TONIGHT= becoming cloudy, low around 40 and breezy.
WEDNESDAY= mostly cloudy, high 47, light snow at night, low 22.
THURSDAY= snow early, then mostly cloudy, windy, high 27.

IN 1863= President Abraham Lincoln recited the Gettysburg Address at an official dedication ceremony for the National Cemetery of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania which was the site of one of the bloodiest and most decisive battles of the Civil War.
IN 1959= Ford cancels the Edsel- the car was considered the biggest blunder in the Auto Industry through the 20th Century.
IN 1965= Kellogg’s introduced Pop Tart pastries.

Northstar Entertainment Thursday and Friday at West Side Bar

Monday- November 18th, 2013

--Benton County authorities received a report Friday morning around 11:30am of a person who had fallen through thin ice on Little Rock Lake in Watab Township. The caller said the person was near Erdmann’s Point about 150 to 200 yards from shore. By the time police, firefighters and other emergency personnel reached the man he was submerged under water where he was retrieved in about 10 feet of water about one hour after the call came in. 30-year-old Joshua Johnson of Sartell was taken to St. Cloud Hospital where he was listed in critical condition. Investigators found that Johnson was on the lake fishing and the ice was reported less than 2 inches thick. The public is advised to stay off the ice until a string of prolonged cold weather reaches the area as the ice on the area lakes is too thin right now for even walking on the ice let alone any type of vehicle.

--The Minnesota Court of Appeals denied a motion for release for Ronald Beattie Jr. last week. The court order was filing seeking release for Beattie pending an appeal of his convictions for willfully failing to file income tax returns and to pay taxes. The Appeals Court stated that Beattie did not satisfy his burden of proof for remand in the statement given to the state court. Earlier the court of appeals turned the request back to the district court where they denied the release. Beattie was found guilty back in January and the judge then sentenced him to 20 months in jail. Beattie is appealing the ruling.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office last week responded to a cushion and a post on fire on a guard rail near the Highway 10/371 bypass in Little Falls. The items were extinguished by Little Falls firefighters. Deputies reported theft of a laptop on Daly Court in Little Falls and more thefts reported on Great River Road and Haven Boulevard. Deputies also arrested a 24-year-old man for a controlled substance crime, a 32-year-old on a weapons violation and reported a burglary on 95th Avenue in Randall.

--The 52-year-old accused of stabbing his mother to death in a St. Cloud apartment will have his next court hearing in January. Dean Friese faces charges of first and second degree murder in the death of Lois Omeara. Friese has requested transcripts of the grand jury proceedings that led to the murder indictments against him, and his defense team is continuing its investigation of the case.

--A car and bicycle collided Thursday afternoon around 3:45 on Veterans Drive in St. Cloud. A bicyclist attempting to cross Veterans Drive and was hit by a car headed west on the street. The bike rider was taken to St. Cloud Hospital’s emergency room for treatment of what police called substantial injuries. The car’s driver was also taken to the hospital for injuries deemed non-life threatening. No names were released by the State Patrol.

--A Milaca couple has been charged with tax crimes after the Minnesota Department of Revenue said they collected thousands of dollars in sales tax from customers but didn’t pay it to the state. The Kanabec County Attorney’s Office charged 58-year-old Linda Rother and her husband, 59-year-old David Mormann, with three felonies each. Rother is accused of one count of making sales without a permit, one count of failing to file a tax return and one count of failing to pay taxes. Mormann is charged with one count of aiding and abetting sales without a permit, one count of failing to file a return and one count of failing to pay taxes.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9am at the Morrison County Government Center with various agenda items.

--A Sauk Rapids man was arrested late Thursday after a chase that began in Benton County and ended when the fleeing vehicle left a Sherburne County road and stopped in a field. The chase began when a Benton County deputy saw a vehicle near Minnesota Highway 23 and Minnesota Highway 95 that didn’t have working taillights and followed the vehicle and saw it weaving in the roadway. The deputy tried to stop the vehicle, but it sped away on Highway 23 then turned onto a county road and accelerated away from the deputy. During the pursuit the deputy was notified that the vehicle in question was reported stolen in St. Cloud. The chase reached speeds of 65 mph and eventually moved into Sherburne County. Stopsticks were used to deflate the two left-side tires of the vehicle causing the vehicle to spinout into a field where the man, 47-year-old Earnest Carlstrom was apprehended on foot. Carlstrom was taken to the Benton County Jail where he is being held for investigation of fleeing police in a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, driving after cancellation and driving under the influence.

--A 35-year-old Little Falls man was charged in Morrison County District Court with violating a predatory offender registration requirement which in Minnesota is a felony. Christopher Lee Forcier is required to register his current address with law enforcement due to his status as a predatory offender. Since April, he has been registered as living on Superior Avenue in Randall. Earlier this month a compliance check on Forcier when another person answered the door and said they moved in last month to the residence. Forcier was found a few days later and admitted he failed to register a change of address and was arrested. Forcier, if convicted of the felony charge, faces up to 5 years in prison and/or $10,000 in fines.

--IMC Concert tonight in Little Falls. For ticket info call 616-2207.

--Ovid N. Doucette, age 97 of Little Falls.
--Geneva Schreiber, age 93 of Little Falls.
--Martha Nilson, age 90 of Sartell formerly of Upsala.
--Marie Opatz, age 67 of rural Little Falls.

TODAY= partly cloudy to sunny, breezy, high 33.
TONIGHT= clear skies, winds die down, low 24.
TUESDAY= partly cloudy, warmer, high 46, low around 35.
WEDNESDAY= partly cloudy, PM sprinkles to flurries, high 43, low 22

VIKINGS= Vikings lose 41-20 to Seattle Sunday as Marshawn Lynch ran in 2 touchdowns and caught another one. The 2-8 Vikings travel to Green Bay Sunday. Packers lost to New York Giants Sunday, Bears beat Baltimore in OT and Pittsburgh defeated Detroit. Denver won last night 27-17 over Kansas City so no unbeaten teams left in NFL.
PREP BOWL= Brainerd will vie for the Class 5A football title against Owatonna at 4pm on November 30th after a 20-19 win Saturday over Chaska. The Prep Bowl is set for November 29th and 30th at the Metrodome. Next year the Prep Bowl will be at TCF Bank Stadium due to the Dome being demolished for a new stadium.
COL FB= The (8-2) Gophers host Wisconsin at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday pregame starts at 1:30pm on AM960 KLTF.

Warm up today with happy hour and lunch at the West Side Bar

Friday- November 15th, 2013

--On Wednesday the Central MN Violent Offender Task Force arrested 20-year old Christian Lee Lindstrom of Little Falls for 3rd degree controlled substance crimes. According to Sheriff Michel Wetzel, over the last 8 months investigators have purchased a quantity of heroin from Lindstrom in the Little Falls area. Recent reports from the US DEA, along with observations from MN law enforcement officials, show that heroin use has increased substantially over the past two years. According to Sheriff Wetzel, “We need more people to be sent to prison for heroin sales in order for us to realize a drop in its availability on our streets. Far too many people are receiving stayed sentences and local county jail time rather than going to prison. Until we start seeing a change in how those who sell drugs are sentenced, I fear we will continue to see increased availability on our streets.” Lindstrom is currently in custody in the Morrison County Jail awaiting formal charges. Deputies from the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office and Little Falls Police Officers assisted in the investigation and arrest.

--The Todd County Sheriff’s Office has reported that a man was injured Sunday in a hunting-related accident. On November 10th, the sheriff’s office received a call that a man had been admitted to St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls to treat a gunshot wound. Investigation revealed that Bruce Edward Barthel of Burtrum was in his yard near a garage when a group of deer hunters drove past and shot at a deer. Barthel said that he heard the shot ricochet off something before he was struck in the leg by the bullet. Barthel was later treated and released from the hospital.

--A Foley man sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries during a hunting accident with his brother on Wednesday afternoon. He was treated at St. Cloud Hospital and released. Daniel Szcech was struck in the neck by a bullet that ricocheted at about 1:50pm when he was deer hunting with his brother in Alberta Township. Szcech and his brother were walking parallel to each other about 40 yards apart during a deer drive when the brother fired, missed the deer and the bullet ricocheted.

--St. Cloud police are seeking motorists whose vehicles were damaged Tuesday by debris they say was thrown onto a roadway by two teenagers. Several vehicles hit a bicycle and a large tree branch that were thrown onto the roadway in the 2000 block of Stearns County Road 75 about 7:30pm Tuesday. One vehicle sustained about $1,200 in damage after hitting the debris. Police believe two more vehicles hit the debris, and they encourage those drivers to report the incidents. Two juveniles ages 15 and 16, both of St. Cloud, were located during the police investigation and are believed to be responsible for throwing the items into the road. The juveniles were released to their parents and they could be charged with criminal damage to property.

--A stabbing Wednesday night around 10pm in Waite Par sent one man to the hospital and another to jail. A Waite Park police officer was flagged down by pedestrians outside a home on Third Street in Waite Park where the officer discovered a man stabbed multiple times to the chest. The man was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment. Police do have a male suspect in custody though his identity has not been released.

--Westbound I-94 was closed for a short time Thursday morning following a rollover near Melrose. A semitrailer rolled near the Sauk River Bridge near Melrose. The truck was carrying potatoes. The driver sustained minor injuries.

--The Minneapolis Police Department bomb squad was called Wednesday after a report of a suspicious object in the 3800 block of Veterans Drive in St. Cloud. A box-shaped item was found directly underneath the gas tank of a motor vehicle in a parking lot just before 5pm. The item was a box top lid similar to a printer paper box top and removed with no threat to the public.

--A missing hunter was found safely Tuesday night in Crow Wing County. Sheriff’s deputies were called to ask to search for the 55-year-old Becker man who went hunting that afternoon and had not been heard from many hours. Deputies searched the area on Balsam Trail Road with help from fire departments, the DNR and others and found the man within two hours safe and sound. The sheriff’s office had another report of a missing hunter Monday night around 6pm in Ironton. Authorities there said the 54-year-old from Minneapolis was lost and hypothermic, a brother of the man stated he would take him to a medical facility to get checked out.

--Windy weather and standing corn put a lid on the opening of Minnesota's firearms deer season. The Department of Natural Resources says the harvest for the first three days was down 8 percent from 2012. Hunters registered just over 77,000 deer last weekend. The deer harvest was down 19 percent in the northeast, 4 percent in the southeast and 6 percent for the rest of Minnesota. The DNR still expects a final tally similar to 2012 when hunters killed about 185,000 deer.

--One man is dead after being shot while carrying out an apparent home invasion. Deputies in Pine County were dispatched to a residence on Fox Road near Sandstone around 2:30am Thursday. When they arrived the homeowner told deputies that two males had entered the residence in an apparent robbery attempt. The elderly man said at least one of the suspects were armed with a handgun and confronted him. The man said he was able to retrieve a handgun and shot the armed suspect who died at the scene. The second suspect fled from the scene on foot.  Pine County Deputies searched the area for the second suspect with help from the Minnesota State Patrol helicopter but were unable to locate him. Law enforcement believes he fled the home on foot and escaped in a vehicle that was parked nearby. The search for that man is ongoing at this time.

--The 17th annual Holiday Gift Giving Program is going on again in Morrison County. Forms are due today- for info call 630-8497.

--Eileen H. Rekowski, age 77 of St. Cloud.
--Carmen E DeFoe, age 81 of Swanville
--Jerel “Jerry or Bubba” Stenberg, age 43 of Motley.

TODAY= mostly sunny high 50, light rain after midnight, low 37.
SATURDAY= rain likely during day, high 47, cloudy night, low 37.
SUNDAY= rain shower, changing to snow after 5pm, high 44, low 20
MONDAY= blustery and colder, high near 30, low around 15.

NFL= Vikings at Seattle Sunday 3:25pm.
HS FB= State Football semi-finals continue today and tomorrow with Brainerd playing Saturday night against Chaska.

Dirty Bomb tonight, Northstar Entertainment Saturday at WS Bar

Thursday- November 14th, 2013

--A 28-year-old from Randall was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon just after 5pm on Highway 115 just west of Randall. Ryan Peterschick apparently ran off the road on a curve and rolled the vehicle. Peterschick was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital with serious injuries.

--Fire destroyed a home and business in rural Brainerd Monday night. The shop of Krissy and Tom Andrew and the business they owned Northridge Construction and Woodworking was destroyed by the blaze. Firefighters arrived around 10:30pm at the site near the Crow Wing State Park and said the shop was engulfed in flames. Firefighters did try to save the house but the fire ripped through the walls too quickly and the home could not be saved. Some personal items were able to be retrieved from the house for the family. The Andrews and their two small children ages 3 and 2 were able to get out of the house without injuries. The cause of the fire was not determined and the State Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate. The Red Cross is helping the family with their needs.

--A Monticello man is dead after an accident Tuesday afternoon in Wright County where the vehicle he was driving left the county road and struck a tree. The crash killed 81-year-old William Papke from Monticello. Papke was the only occupant in the vehicle.

--Two drivers were injured in a two-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon near Leader in Cass County. 23-year-old Kyle Brotherton and 66-year-old Robert Niehaus collided on the Highway after Brotherton had crossed over the center-line. Both men were taken to the Staples Hospital treated and released for their injuries.

--Crosby firefighters were called to a grass fire last Wednesday at a city residence after receiving a call of kids burning leaves and the fire got out of control. The firefighters put out the fire. Area firefighters are encouraging parents to make sure there is some sort of adult supervision in place when younger children are burning up leaves.

--Preliminary figures released Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Revenue show cities, counties and school districts could reap an additional $152 million dollars next year from property taxes. The data reflects the maximum amount taxes can go up next year but the precise amount won’t be known until next month’s Truth in Taxations hearings at city councils, county board meetings and school districts.

--Some Minnesota commercial licensed drivers, including school bus, semi-tractor trailer and garbage truck drivers could lose their commercial driving privileges by the end of January if they don’t take action to comply with federal and state regulations. Approximately 115,000 of Minnesota’s 250,000 Commercial Driver’s License holders have not provided self-certification of their commercial driving status and in some cases, proper medical documentation. Non-exempt interstate and intrastate drivers must provide a current medical examiner’s certification along with any waivers required to maintain commercial driver status. Exempt interstate and intrastate drivers do not need to provide a medical examiner’s certificate but do need to complete a self-certification form. The deadline to provide all documentation is January 30th, 2014. CDL holders not in compliance by then will be downgraded to a Class D license, leaving most drivers unable to legally engage in inter or intrastate commercial driving. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Division is in the process of sending letters to all CDL holders in Minnesota reminding them to complete their self-certification.

--There will be road construction in Little Falls today and tomorrow in the following locations: on Seventh Avenue Southeast from First to Sixth Street; all of Buck Lane; and on Sixth Street Southeast from Fifth Avenue to Seventh Avenue There will be no parking on these streets, and drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes.

--The Pierz City Council met Tuesday night. Recently City Clerk Matt Bell had passed out surveys for snow removal on sidewalks in Pierz. Residents were given two weeks to respond of whether or not they would like the city to maintain the sidewalks. Results of the survey were 70% of responding residents said the city should not maintain the sidewalks. Because of this Pierz has opted to continue with residents being responsible for their sidewalks. The city ordinance will continue as is which states that residents must have their sidewalks cleared within 24 hours of a snowfall.

--Governor Mark Dayton is directing his human services commissioner to halt provisional releases of Minnesota sex offenders until the Legislature has time to make changes to the state’s legally embattled treatment program. Dayton is also suspending the planned transfer of some sex offenders to a residential facility in Cambridge. State officials are facing pressure from a federal judge to end the practice of unlimited treatment terms for patients in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.

--Anyone who has information from a string of thefts in Morrison County between Hilton Road in Little Falls to Royalton and also on Great River Road Little Falls on the west side is asked to call law enforcement. The thefts have been happening from cars and garages in those areas over recent weeks. The Morrison County Sheriff’s number is 320-632-9233 and Little Falls Police is 320-616-5570.

--Arthur Fussy, age 94 of Pierz.
--Thomas Jacobsen, age 62 of Little Falls.
TODAY= partly sunny, high around 45.
TONIGHT= patchy fog late, partly cloudy, low 25.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, breezy, high 45, low 35.
SATURDAY= rain likely, high 44, low 40.
SUNDAY= rain changing to snow in afternoon-falling temps.

NFL= Vikings at Seattle Sunday 3:25pm
COL FB= the 8-2 Gophers are off this weekend and will take on Wisconsin next Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

IN 1851= Herman Melville published Moby Dick
IN 1908= Albert Einstein presents Quantum Theory of Light.
IN 1943= Leonard Bernstein becomes the acting conductor of New York Philharmonic Orchestra later gets the full time gig
IN 1987= The Dirty Dancing movie soundtrack finished an 18 week run as the top album in the U.S. it was knocked off the following week by the album Tunnel of Love by Bruce Springsteen.
IN 1993= Miami Dolphin Head Coach Don Shula won game #325 in the NFL surpassing George Halas, Shula would finish with 347 wins.

Northstar Entertainment tonight, Dirty Bomb Friday at West Side Bar

Wednesday- November 13th, 2013

--On Tuesday, around 12:25pm, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a male that had his arms stuck in a corn picker. The incident occurred in a field west of the address of 10451 140th Street in Pike Creek Township near Little Falls. The male, 32 year old James Houdek of Little Falls suffered severe injuries to both arms. Upon deputies arrival, Houdek had already been freed from the machinery. Deputies and Gold Cross Ambulance personnel quickly treated Houdek and transported him to St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls where he was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale a short time later.

--The Little Falls Fire Department responded to a 24 x 32 foot detached garage fire at the John Cameron residence located at 18584 Riverwood Drive in Little Falls at 4:30pm Monday. 14 firefighters were on the scene battling the blaze for approximately 2 hours. There was an explosion but luckily no one was yet on the scene. The house nearby suffered a little bit of damage. The detached garage and all its contents inside were a total loss. There were no injuries. The cause is under investigation.

--A 33-year-old from Foley was charged in Morrison County last week with four counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. According to court documents, in April 2013, Morrison County deputies learned that two 10-year-old females had been sexually assaulted by Joseph Baumer in Benton County. One of the victims told officers that they later moved to Morrison County where the assaults allegedly continued. In the criminal complaint the victims mentioned this occurred between five and 20 times. Baumer apparently lived with the children and was considered their caretaker during the time of the alleged assaults. Baumer denied sexually assaulting the children but did acknowledge living with the two in both Benton and Morrison County. If convicted he faces 30 years prison and/or $40,000 in fines.

--November 14th is Give to the Max Day 2013 in Minnesota. The day is to inspire those to give to their schools, charities and non-profit organizations. For the fifth year you can give by going to the website during a 24-hour marathon of giving. In 2012, Give to the Max Day inspired more than 53,000 donors from Minnesota and beyond to give $16.3 million, shattering previous event records. Many nonprofit organizations in Morrison County are listed on the GiveMN website along with schools and other area charities during Give to the Max Day Thursday.

--The Foley City Council Tuesday announced they have enlisted the services of former St. Cloud school superintendent Bruce Watkins in the area of human resources support and employee conflict resolution at a special meeting Tuesday. Earlier this year, St. Cloud school district hired Watkins to act as a consultant for the district and, most recently, as a negotiator for the teachers' contracts. In his work with Foley, Watkins plans meet with the public works, administrative and police departments and the City Council following an issue with Public Works Director Roger Schotl who remains on paid administrative leave for another week and has asked to return to work but the city of Foley feels he stay on leave for a short period of time. Fire Chief Mark Pappenfus remains as the temporary head of the Public Works Department in Schotl’s absence. Watkins began talks with all groups on Tuesday.

--Check out for the latest Donna recipes.

--Congratulations to Little Falls DECA member Tristen Zimmerman on being elected Minnesota high school DECA State President at the state Fall Leadership Conference. She will now lead the state officer team and the approximately 3000 state members through the next twelve months. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

--The Minnesota State Patrol reported a two vehicle accident Tuesday morning around 5:30 has a Sauk Centre man in serious condition. The accident occurred east of Freeport on Interstate 94 in Stearns County when 38-year-old Shane Bussian of Wisconsin was accelerating on the right shoulder of the interstate and a vehicle in the nearby lane driven by 22-year-old Jason Kuennen of Sauk Centre collided with the trailer of Brussian’s truck. Brussian was not hurt. Kuennen was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital with multiple injuries.

--A 20-year-old from Swanville has been charged in Morrison County District Court with one felony count of harassment, violating a restraining order within 10 years for two domestic violence convictions. Aaron Mortensen was arrested in September when the individual that Mortensen was to not have contact with told authorities that he had violated the order of contact from altercation that occurred at a Swanville gas station.

--Minnesota hunters killed about 45 wolves in the opening weekend of its second wolf-hunting season since the animals were removed from the endangered list. Hunters had registered 30 wolves in the northwest zone and 15 wolves in the northeast zone as of Monday morning. No wolves were registered from the east-central zone, where the season ran only Saturday and Sunday. Much of the northeast zone is forest and is considered prime wolf country, so protections there are tighter. The harvest target there is 33 wolves for the early season, which runs concurrently with the firearms deer season. The early-season target is 73 in the northwest zone, which is more agricultural, so the state’s management plan allows more wolves to be taken there. The DNR will close each zone separately if a target is reached or on the verge of being met. The DNR has set a total target for the state’s two-part season at 220 wolves this time. The late hunting-and-trapping seasons open November 20th. Hunters killed at least 50 wolves on the opening weekend last year, when nearly twice as many licenses were available. The combined season target was 400, with the final count reaching 413. This year’s targets were lowered to reflect the lower population.

--Betty Pietrzkowski, age 83 of Little Falls.
--Frank Meagher, age 75 of Burtrum.

TODAY= sunny skies, high around 45.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, few flurries, low 30.
THURSDAY= partly sunny, high 43, low around 30.
FRIDAY= afternoon rain changing to snow at night, high 45, low 32

CC= Coaches Corner in studio in November Saturday morning just after 9am on AM960 KLTF and online at

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Tuesday- November 12th, 2013

--On Saturday just after 5:00pm, Todd County received a report of a firearm related hunting accident approximately four miles north of Long Prairie. The victim was identified as Mike Dreher of Sauk Rapids. Dreher suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken to Long Prairie Hospital then airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in Minneapolis. The incident remains under investigation.

--An organization that places wreaths at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery each December is seeking donations to help cover expenses as it prepares for this year’s ceremony. About 400 new interments took place in the past year at the cemetery, raising the number of wreaths needed when Wreaths For The Fallen honors fallen veterans. Wreaths For The Fallen was able to provide wreaths for every grave last December. This year’s National Remembrance Ceremony is at 11:00am on Saturday, December 14th with a suggested arrival time of 10:00am. Volunteers from the Minnesota Patriot Guard, Minnesota Civil Air Patrol and hundreds of families coming from a wide area place wreaths on the grave sites. Everyone is invited to assist in the wreath distribution. People who would like to make a general donation for the 2013 event or sponsor a wreath for a loved one can contact John Thomas at 218-829-6622 or log onto

--A 36-year-old man was injured Friday when his vehicle ran off a road into a ditch containing around 4 feet of water. The accident occurred around 11:00pm Friday on County Road 134 west of St. Cloud. St. Cloud firefighters stated they found the driver, Joseph Adrian trying to get out of his vehicle. He was floated to shore by use of a raft from area rescue personnel. Adrian was listed in good condition at St. Cloud Hospital. Police believe that alcohol was a factor in the accident and stated that charges are pending.

--Kinship of Morrison County holds their annual Veterans program tonight at 6pm at the Alliance Church behind the old Crestliner building in Little Falls. Speakers include veterans from World War II, Vietnam and the current Operation Enduring Freedom. If you ware planning to attend contact Aaron at 632-8806, the event is free but they would like a head count on how many refreshments to make.

--Join Mary of Lourdes Middle School today at 1:30 for their special Veterans Program at the middle school on the west side of Little Falls. If you cannot attend you can listen to the program live this afternoon on AM960 KLTF and online at

--The public is invited to participate in the Feet of Grace 5K walk/run at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 24th in Little Falls. The course will begin and end in the lower parking lot of Grace Covenant Church in Little Falls. Registration is $20 and is same-day only, beginning at 1:30pm. The first 100 to register will receive an event t-shirt. The first 100 to cross the finish line will receive an event medal. Recognition will be given to the first male and female to finish, oldest and youngest to complete and best costume. Funds from the Feet of Grace 5K walk/run will support a June 2014 youth mission trip to work with the Jamaican and Haitian population in Miami. For more information about the event or mission trip, contact Michael Tuszynski, Director of Youth and Music Ministry, at 320-632-3629 or Heike Dodge, event coordinator at 320-224-5938.

--The Pierz City Council meets tonight. Normally they would have met last night but do to Veterans Day it was moved to Tuesday.

--Send your deer hunting photos to LF Radio’s Facebook page.

--The Minnesota Twins announced Monday that Joe Mauer will move to first base for the 2014 season. Mauer, who won Rawlings Gold Gloves at catcher from 2008-2010, will change positions after consultation with doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and to avoid injuries inherent with being a catcher. Mauer won the 2013 Silver Slugger award batting .324 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 113 games. He was placed on the disabled list August 20th after being struck with a foul tip in a game August 19th.

--Governor Mark Dayton thanked U.S. veterans Monday afternoon at a Veterans Day ceremony on the campus of the St. Cloud VA Health Care System. “Every time you’ve been called to duty, you’ve protected the rest of us, our country and our way of life,” Dayton told veterans on hand for the event. “That spirit — the willingness to do whatever it takes, to endure every hardship, to make any sacrifice —is the source of our nation’s greatness.” Colonel Scott St. Sauver, the Camp Ripley Post Commander, also spoke at the event. The North Junior High School choir provided music, including a medley of the official songs of each branch of the U.S. military, during which each veteran stood up for the song linked to their branch of the service.

--The Todd County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in an investigation of a mailbox explosion. Shortly before 10:00am Sunday, the office was notified that a mailbox had been damaged at a Stowe Prairie Township residence. The damage occurred sometime between Friday night and Sunday morning. Authorities believe a homemade explosive device was used. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-794-5733.

--The Little Falls School Board meets at 5pm tonight at the Morrison County Government Center due to Monday being Veterans Day.

--Brian and Samantha Johnson of Swanville, girl on November 5th
--Travis and Courtney Meyer of Alden, MN girl on November 7th

TODAY= mostly sunny, less windy, high 30.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 18
WEDNESDAY= sunny skies, warmer, high 45, low around 30.
THURSDAY= partly sunny, few sprinkles, high 42, low 28

NFL= there are no more winless teams in the NFL this season as Jacksonville beat Tennessee on Sunday and last night Tampa Bay defeated Miami 22-19. The Vikings at 2-7 will travel to Seattle this Sunday at 3:25pm still questions on who will be quarterback.
NBA= after winning Sunday in LA against the Lakers big, the Timberwolves lose 109-107 last night in LA against the Clippers.

IN 1859= the leotard was created by Jules Leotard- the skintight one piece garment was created for trapeze artists in the circus.
IN 1910= the first considered movie stunt was completed as a man dumped from a burning hot air balloon into the Hudson River.
IN 1946= Walt Disney releases Song of the South in theaters. The movie in later years sparked controversy of the use of Uncle Remus and the South and was not rereleased on DVD in prior years.

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Monday- November 11th, 2013 “Veterans Day”

--Today is a federal holiday Veterans’ Day so many federal, state, county and city offices are closed today. Banks, financial institutions, post offices are closed and there is no regular mail delivery. Some schools and businesses are closed today while some are open and have special programs on this Veterans Day to honor and thank those who have and continue to serve our country. There is a Veterans program at 9:30 this morning at Pierz High School and the USA Community Chorus have their Veterans Day concert tonight at 7:30pm in Swanville. Also Veterans organizations have their ceremony at Bank Square this morning at 11:11. Tuesday Mary of Lourdes Middle School will host their Veterans program at 1:30pm at the school on the west side of Little Falls. The program will also be heard live on AM960 KLTF and online at

--18-year-old Karsen King was sentenced last week to 10 years and 6 months at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility for second degree unintentional murder of his father Stanley back in 2011 when King was only 15. King received credit for the time of 781 days he served in Crow Wing County Jail. The court agreed last year to have King charged as an adult. King pleaded guilty to the second degree charges back in October.  King told officers that he killed his father while he slept because he wouldn’t let him do anything.

--18 year old Jesse Smithers pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder, admitting that he was the person who punched Colton Gleason more than a year ago in a St. Cloud alley and caused Gleason’s death. Smithers is expected to receive a 10-year prison sentence as part of his plea agreement in which a charge of first-degree manslaughter will be dismissed. Smithers was 17 at the time of the incident and was certified to stand trial as an adult. He had previously maintained his innocence, saying through his attorney at his first court appearance that he did not have anything to do with Gleason's death and that he didn’t know who did.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office reported a grain dryer on fire last Tuesday in a farm yard on 113th Street in Pierz, no injuries and a report of a lawn mower on fire on 123rd Street in Little Falls. Both the sheriff’s office and Little Falls police received reports of theft including items taken from a garage in Bellevue Township, First Street Southeast in Little Falls, Second Street Northeast in Little Falls where in that case two gallons of gas was taken from a garage.

--Stearns County Deputies responded Friday morning to an accident in St. Joseph Township. Around 6:45am, 43-year-old Douglas Rausch of Richmond crossed the center line and went off the road into the ditch then struck two trees and rolled. Rausch was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

--Three duck hunters in central Minnesota had to be rescued by a conservation officer last week from freezing water. Conservation Officer Rick Reller was doing license checking on Swartout Lake in Wright County. He noticed that a boat that three hunters were using was swamped and they were in the water trying to get the boat out. None of them were wearing a life jacket. Reller and a lakeshore owner rushed out on a boat and brought them to shore. The three were treated for hypothermia at a local hospital and later released.

--The Little Falls Community High School Band will perform their Indoor Marching Band Concert on the 18th and 19th at Charles D. Martin Auditorium. Monday's show is reserved seating get tickets at the Little Falls activities office or by calling 616-2207.

--Snow and sleet made for a number of accidents on Friday. 23-year-old Vincent Raisch of Hinckley was serious injured around 10pm on Highway 169 near Garrison when he left the roadway at a high rate of speed and rolled multiple times into Lake Mille Lacs. Raisch was ejected from the vehicle and taken to the Onamia hospital where authorities say he was paralyzed as a result of the accident. Three people were hurt in a Cass County accident Friday around 9:20pm on Highway 371 south of Walker. 42-year-old Steven Merritt of Hackensack had serious injuries when his vehicle slid on an icy patch of road and collided with 47-year-old Kara Widman of Walker. Widman was not hurt and her two teenage passengers were taken to the Park Rapids hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Merritt was airlifted to HCMC in the Twin Cities in critical condition. A third accident happened earlier in the day around 2pm in Itasca County and killed an Apple Valley man. 38-year-old Aeron Hammargren crossed the center line on Highway 2 east of Swan River and collided with 67-year-old Alice Lemcke of Bigfork. Hammargren went off the road and struck the ditch. Aeron was pronounced dead. His two passengers ages 12 and 13 were taken a Duluth hospital and last listed in serious condition. Lemcke also sustained serious injuries from the accident Friday in Itasca County.

--A septic truck driver was injured after he rolled the vehicle Saturday afternoon in Grove Township near Melrose. Stearns County said just before one Gerald Boecker was on Riverview Lane when the vehicle overcorrected and rolled onto the passenger side. Boecker was partially pinned and had to be freed by rescue personnel and taken to the Melrose hospital for his injuries.

--Jonathan and Julie LaFlamme of Little Falls, a boy November 7th

--Zebulon Osborne, age 33 of Pierz.
--Lorraine C. Vilinski, age 91 of Little Falls.
--Harold F. Neuman Jr., age 77 of Long Prairie
--Donald Walz, age 75 of Renville formerly of Pierz

TODAY= mostly sunny, cold and windy, high 21 wind chills near 0.
TONIGHT= clear skies, cold temps low around 5 above.
TUESDAY= mostly sunny, high near 30, low around 20.
WEDNESDAY= partly sunny, warmer, high near 40 and breezy.

HS FB= Proctor beat Pierz Friday 19-6, Hawley scored late to beat Holdingford 29-22 Saturday while Mahnomen downed Upsala/Swanville 28-12 Saturday ending many area teams’ season. Brainerd did win Friday to advance to the state semis at the Dome.
COL FB= Gophers beat Penn State for the Governor’s Bell trophy Saturday 24-10. The Gophers are 8-2 and play Wisconsin Nov. 23rd.

IN 1918= Germany signed an armistice stating that fighting of World War I would cease at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. This would be the precursor for what now is Veterans Day in the USA

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Friday- November 8th, 2013

--A reminder that the Veterans program for Little Falls Community Middle School at 8:15am, Community High School at 9am, Lindbergh Elementary at 10am and Lincoln Elementary School at 2pm will all be held today. All area veterans are welcome to attend the programs.

--The 9th Bishop of the St. Cloud Diocese was officially installed yesterday with a mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary’s in St. Cloud. Back on Wednesday night Bishop Donald Kettler was welcomed into the cathedral by many religious leaders and community members for solemn vespers. Bishop Kettler takes over for Bishop John Kinney who officially retired as the Bishop of the St. Cloud Diocese yesterday afternoon after Kettler was installed as the next bishop.

--The Upsala/Swanville Area (USA) Community Chorus will present its 13th annual Veterans Day show next Monday at 7:30pm in the Swanville School auditorium. The 2013 show, in addition to continuing the Chorus’ commemoration of the 70th anniversary of World War II, which this year will feature some of the battles of 1943, will also include a salute to the USO. Admission for the show and dance is $5. All current and former military personnel in uniform as well as members of the American Legion, the VFW and their auxiliaries wearing their organization hats, are admitted without charge. All profits from the show are given to the music programs in the Swanville and Upsala Schools.

--Minnesota’s firearms deer season begins Saturday morning and Department of Natural Resources wildlife officials say it should be a good one. There are about 500-thousand deer hunters in the state and the DNR’s Big game program leader Leslie McInenly says safety must be the top priority for each hunter. “We’ve got about 500-thousand folks out in the field during the season and have a good hunter safety record, it’s improving, but one accident is too many so folks need to remember to wear blaze orange, practice their tree stand safety, three points of contact, wear your safety harnesses and be aware of what’s out there in the field, who’s out there and what’s behind the deer.” McInenly added that Minnesota’s white tail deer population is at about one million. Hunters are expected to harvest about 185-thousand deer this season.

--A Rockford man died Monday evening when the all-terrain vehicle he was driving crashed and threw him off. 74-year old Virgil Wagner apparently drove the ATV into a large hole which caused him to be thrown from the vehicle. The crash happened at 5:53pm Monday near Minnesota Highway 55 in Rockford Township. Wagner was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident remains under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff's Office and the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office.

--Governor Mark Dayton Wednesday announced by an executive order that he has extended a state of emergency in Minnesota due to the late maturing of the corn crop across the upper Midwest. Under the Executive Order, motor carriers and drivers transporting propane and anhydrous ammonia to affected areas of the state and providing direct assistance for emergency relief efforts, are exempted from regulations pertaining to hours of service. The Executive Order in its entirety can be found at the governor’s website. The Governor will be spending today and tomorrow in Fergus Falls for the 11th Annual Governor’s Deer Hunting opener.

--Take part in the Little Falls Pub Crawl later today and the Art Crawl on Saturday get details by calling the CVB at 616-4959.

--The Little Falls School Board will meet Tuesday at 5pm at the Morrison County Government Center. The meeting is Tuesday due to Veterans Day on Monday. Agenda items include Representative Ron Kresha informing the board on Lindbergh Elementary being a Reward School, an amendment to 125 Flexible Benefits Plan and a Resolution canvassing returns of votes from the school district special election held back on Tuesday where voters approved a referendum renewal.

--A reminder to the public that the city of Little Falls will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 3:30pm today at the future Taylor Chebet Twitchell Playground located behind the Living Hope Assembly of God Church in Little Falls. The Twitchell’s along with many community members and organizers will be on hand to show the site where the new playground will go. Everyone is welcome.

--The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service continue to receive a number of e-scam reports and are warning internet users to be aware of scams using the IRS and FBI namesakes and another e-mail stating they are DHS and need to track down suspects in your area is a vicious malware that will corrupt files in your computer. Do NOT open any e-mails stating there from the FBI or DHS delete them completely from your computer. The IRS says they have still gotten reports of residents being called and stating they owe money are face arrest or if they are immigrants deportation from the country. Do not give out personal information over the phone to anyone unless you initiated contact. The IRS says they would not call you on a tax question and that if you receive a call saying they are from the IRS hang up. The IRS says for tax questions they would likely mail out information.

TODAY= light snow early, rain showers in afternoon, breezy, high 40.
TONIGHT= rain likely, some wet snow late, low around 32.
SATURDAY= partly sunny, windy, high near 40, low around 25.
SUNDAY= partly sunny, high near 40, clouds increase late, low 23.
MONDAY= mostly cloudy, some light snow showers, high near 30.

Class AAA= Pierz vs. Proctor tonight 7pm on FM94 KFML.
Class AA= Holdingford vs. Hawley Saturday 1pm on FM94 KFML
Class A= Upsala/Swanville vs. Mahnomen Saturday 3pm on Q92
Class 5A= Brainerd vs. Henry Sibley tonight 7pm at St. Johns.
Class 5A= St. Michael Albertville beat Sartell last night 52-28.
COL FB= Gophers host Penn State Saturday 10am on AM960 KLTF
VIKINGS= Vikings battle back to get win #2 on the season by beating Washington last night 34-27 at the Metrodome. Vikings trailed 27-14 in the 3rd but John Carlson had a TD and Adrian Peterson scored twice. Christian Ponder had to leave the game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. Vikings at Seattle on Nov. 17th.

IN 1789= first reports of bourbon whiskey distilled in Bourbon KY.
IN 1793= The Louvre Museum opens in Paris.
IN 1965= “Days of Our Lives” debuted on NBC TV.

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Thursday- November 7th, 2013

--A reminder that all Little Falls schools will be dismissing at noon today so that faculty and staff can attend the funeral of Ray Stumpf.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 33-year old man from rural Pierz. According to Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel, his office received a call at approximately 8:04am Wednesday from an individual reporting that she found her boyfriend, 33-year old Zebulon Emerson Osborne deceased in their shed. Upon arrival deputies discovered Osborne’s body underneath a truck that he had been working on in his shed. According to Wetzel, Osborne had placed the vehicle on jack stands, yet the stands somehow tipped over allowing the vehicle to fall onto Osborne. Osborne’s body was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. Wetzel stated that while the investigation is continuing, initial appearances suggest the death was the result of a tragic accident.

--Kinship of Morrison County will be holding their annual Veterans Program next Tuesday starting at 6pm at the Alliance Church behind the old Crestliner building in Little Falls. This year the speakers are Chief Petty Officer Howard Warnberg who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Lieutenant Colonel Calvin Brembaugh who served in the U.S. Army and the National Guard and was in Vietnam in 1969, and Lieutenant Colonel Chad Sackett who currently serves as Deputy Post Commander for Camp Ripley and has been deployed during the Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Little Falls American Legion will collect worn flags at no charge and will also have a special presentation. Folks of all ages are encouraged to attend to hear the experiences shared at this program of first-hand accounts from these veterans. Light refreshments will be provided. Guests are asked to preregister by calling (320) 632-8806, so that Kinship staff can make arrangements for refreshments.

--November 9th's deer hunting opener will mark 142 days since 27-year-old Jesse Larson of rural Crosby was last heard from. He was last seen on his family’s ranch, 12 miles north of Crosby in Perry Lake Township, heading out back on the family property to swim with his father's black Labrador retrievers. Jesse's truck was found stuck in the mud, in a four wheeler search of the family's property the following day, near a water hole, when Larson failed to return home.  The dogs returned home on days two and eight of Larson's disappearance. Many searches by air, foot, four wheelers, horses, dogs and volunteer firefighters have left family and authorities with no clues. With the number of hunters out this weekend, you are asked to be watchful in the area where Larson went missing and report anything that may help authorities locate the whereabouts of Larson. If you have information on Larson, please contact the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office.

--St. Cloud police are investigating a burglary that happened Monday on the city’s southeast side. Someone entered an apartment building between 4:30-8:45pm at 429 15th Ave. SE and took two laptops, a PlayStation and games from two of the residences. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call St. Cloud police.

--Two people were injured in Crow Wing County Tuesday morning just before 8am in a two vehicle accident. Initial reports state that Petra Johnson of Crosby turned in front of 59-year-old Sally Eckman of Pequot Lakes colliding with her vehicle. Both drivers were taken to the Crosby hospital for their injuries.

--Another school district in the area approved a referendum vote Tuesday. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle voted to increase money at a vote of 289-207 and will provide the district with an additional $100,000 a year for the next nine years. Long Prairie-Eagle also has a voter-approved tax increase passed in 2011 that provides about $600,000 a year. The new levy will help stabilize the budget.

--A rollover accident Wednesday morning that occurred just after 4 sent 10 people who were riding in a van to the hospital. The one-vehicle crash happened on Stearns County Road 75 at the Sauk River. The van was carrying 13 people, went off the road and rolled over in the ditch. The roadway over the bridge was covered with ice and is believed to be the cause of the crash. None of the injuries in the accident were reported to be life threatening.

--A 25-year-old East Gull Lake man was arraigned Monday on second and third degree burglary felony charges in Cass County. Tyler Pavlacky was pulled over by police officers during a traffic stop for a high rate of speed. During their investigation officers found numerous construction related tools and power tools. Officers had learned of a home being burglarized in Lake Shore shortly before the stopping of the vehicle and the tools matched items taken from the residence that were stolen. While Pavlacky was being arrested a 22-year-old from Pine River who was a passenger fled the scene and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. The next court date Pavlecky is scheduled for November 12th in Cass County Court.

--The Baxter Police Department was called Friday to a rural Pillager residence where they found a 52-year-old man deceased. Based on their investigation foul play is not suspected in the death.

--The new Bishop for the St. Cloud Diocese will have his installation mass today by invitation only. Bishop Donald Kettler will then give his blessing of the city on the steps of St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud.

--Send your deer photos from this weekend to our Facebook page.

TODAY= scattered flurries, mix of clouds and sun, high 37.
TONIGHT= clear, low around 20.
FRIDAY= snow early changing to rain by afternoon, high 38.
SATURDAY= breezy, partly sunny, few flurries, high near 40, low 25
SUNDAY= sunny, less windy, high 40, low around 25.

NFL= Vikings host Washington tonight in a Thursday night match from NFL Network. Kickoff slated just after 7pm.
NFL= Green Bay announced that quarterback Aaron Rodgers sustained a broken collar bone on Monday night and will miss at least the next 3 weeks of the season for the Packers.

IN 1805= Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific Ocean ending their famous expedition of the Louisiana Purchase land from France.
IN 1874= first cartoon depicting an elephant as the Republican Party symbol put in a newspaper by Thomas Nast.
IN 1932= Buck Rogers in the 25th Century debuted on CBS radio.
IN 1976= NBC got the rights for 1-million dollars to televise for the first time Gone with the Wind. The program aired for 2 nights and 65% of television audiences tuned in to see the 1939 movie.
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Wednesday- November 6th, 2013

--The Little Falls School District voted in favor of renewing the referendum that would have expired in 2014. By voting in favor of this 1,246 to 505, it will keep the $948.11 per adjusted pupil unit and continue to finance school operations. Also by voting yes taxpayers will save money compared to previous years due to changes by the state legislature on how monies are dispersed to schools. For instance, the effect on a taxpayer in the 2013-14 year with a $100,000 home would be an estimated decrease of $53, beginning in 2015 when the proposed referendum would take effect. There will be no changes in taxes payable between 2014-15.

--Staples Motley schools announced that both questions on their ballot Tuesday passed. The first for a renewal of the current referendum passed 872 to 389. The second question passed for the additional money to the district 792 to 466.

--Sauk Centre school district’s renewed its existing referendum of $1,310.76 per pupil for 6 years on a 615-241 vote.

--In the Holdingford school district Tuesday 5 people were running for three open seats on the school board. Residents elected Benjamin A. Christensen, Alisha Kruger, and Patrick Meier.

--The city of Little Falls, in conjunction with the Youth Task Force Committee, will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 3:30pm on Friday, for the “Taylor Chebet Twitchell Playground.” The playground will be located on the property donated to the city by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, just off Edmund Street, northeast of Little Falls (behind the Living Hope Assembly of God Church). The city of Little Falls received a $100,000 donation from Paul and Emily Twitchell to go toward playground equipment at the proposed splash pad and all wheel skate park site. The donation was made by the couple in memory of their infant daughter, Taylor Chebet Twitchell, who passed away at birth. The Twitchells will be in Little Falls for the groundbreaking ceremony. The Mayor’s Youth Task Force will also unveil the playground design at that time. All area residents are invited to come to the groundbreaking ceremony.

--Many road projects are winding down for the year. Major bridge construction, new interchanges and road resurfacing were a big part of the 2013 construction season, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. This year’s program included more than 300 projects around the state with a construction cost of more than $1.1 billion. The 2013 construction program included work on 87 highway and bridge projects in the Twin Cities and 193 highway and bridge projects in Greater Minnesota. An additional 57 projects statewide focused on improving safety at railroad crossings, repairing seawalls and docks, improving runways and terminals at regional airports, and improving transit centers. Projects in the area included Highway 15 in Sartell and St. Cloud, Interstate 94 Clearwater and St. Cloud and the I-94 cable median barrier installation from Moorhead to Alexandria. For a complete list of 2013 projects and their status go to and for current traffic information.

--The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence in Unorganized Township Monday morning and located a man dead inside an unattached garage on the property. The name of the victim is not being released at this time. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office stated that the death appears to be suicide.

--A Fort Ripley man won a $13,000 prize by playing the lottery’s Northstar Cash game. Steven Wagner purchased the winning ticket at a grocery store in Little Falls. Congratulations.

--Minnesota’s corn harvest is now ahead of the five year average for the first time this season. The USDA says farmers were able to harvest 25% of their corn for grain this week. As of last Friday 73% of corn has been harvested and 96% of soybeans are harvested. Sugar Beets are 99% completed while Sunflowers are 65% done.

--The firearms deer hunting opener is Saturday and that means big business to Minnesota. It is expected that nearly a half a million hunters will be out in the state this weekend for the opener. Sheriff Michel Wetzel is reminding Morrison County hunters to use caution and put safety first when out this weekend and throughout the season. Many businesses strive on the season for venison producing where some meat markets handle over 5,000 pounds of deer meat a week during the hunting season in Minnesota.

--The Little Falls Police Department responded to a vehicle fire Saturday night in the Wal-Mart parking lot. They learned a passer-by with a fire extinguisher had put out the fire before they arrived. Police also reported that a 27-year-old was arrested for gross-misdemeanor theft following a shoplifting incident in Little Falls.

--Brainerd Police reported a 13-year-old on her bicycle was struck by a car last Friday afternoon on West Washington. Alex Sample was taken to the Brainerd hospital treated and released. The driver of the vehicle was a 73-year-old from Brainerd and not injured.

--A 54-year-old from Staples was injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon on Washington Street in Brainerd. Marsha Putnam was taken to the Brainerd hospital treated and released. The other driver 21-year-old Dominique Salvog of Brainerd was not injured.

--There will be a reception for the bishop of Homa Bay, Kenya from 11am to 2pm today at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Upsala with a potluck at noon. All are welcome.

--The Staples police department responded to a fire at a chicken coop on 3rd Avenue Northwest on October 29th. The fire was extinguished with only minor damage to the coop.

--Carol D. (Nieman) Theno, age 77 of Little Falls.
--Calvin ‘Cal’ James White, age 70 of Merrifield.

TODAY= partly cloudy to sunny skies, high 40.
TONIGHT= clear and frosty, low 25.
THURSDAY= mostly sunny high near 40, low 26.
FRIDAY= snow early then rain and snow, high 40, low 32.
HUNTING OPENER= light snow early then windy, high near 40.

HS FB= Pierz vs. Proctor Friday 7pm on FM94 KFML.
HS FB= Holdingford vs. Hawley Saturday 1pm on FM94 KFML
HS FB= Upsala/Swanville vs. Mahnomen Saturday 3pm on Q92.
NFL= Vikings host Washington Thursday night at the Dome.

IN 1860= Abraham Lincoln elected 16th President of United States following the election South Carolina is the first of many southern states to secede from the Union- one year to the date- Jefferson Davis is elected the president of the Confederacy during Civil War.

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Tuesday- November 5th, 2013

--Little Falls Superintendent Stephen Jones announced Monday that all Little Falls Schools will be dismissed at noon on Thursday so faculty and students can attend the funeral of Ray Stumpf.

--Today is Election Day but an off year for many political races until 2014. The Little Falls School District is asking for a renewal of the 2004 referendum authority, payable beginning in 2015, to maintain the operations it has offered for the past nine years. If passed, the district will continue receiving the $2.5 million annually it has for the past nine years. Because the state will be paying a higher percentage of district’s referendum revenues, Little Falls residents will pay less on the school district portion of their property taxes than they have been since 2004. Yet, the district will receive the same amount of money. Property with a market value of $150,000 would see a decrease of $79 on the school levy portion of its property taxes. There are also 2 questions for a levy referendum for Staples Motley School District. For more information contact the schools today to get details like where to vote on the items.

--Todd County Deputies and Swanville Fire Rescue were called Sunday to an ATV accident on 341st Avenue in Swanville. Deputies were called at 2:12pm and found 10-year-old Gavin Emmit Sutton was operating an ATV in the wooded area behind the residence when he lost control and overturned. Gavin Sutton was taken to an area hospital then airlifted to North Memorial where Todd County reported Gavin died Monday from his injuries.

--Authorities have released the names of the two injured teenagers from an accident in Pierz Township last Friday afternoon. The two 17-year-old Matthew Athman and 14-year-old Abby Athman were seriously injured when their vehicle collided with 25-year-old Shawn Hoheisel of Pierz. Hoheisel was not hurt. Matthew was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital while Abby was ambulanced to St. Gabriel’s Hospital and then airlifted to HCMC.

--This is Minnesota Winter Hazard Awareness Week as the state prepares for cold temperatures, snow and ice. The National Weather Service says that the recent forecast calls for snow today and Wednesday and that this week to set out reminders of winter hazards that arise in the house like fireplaces, carbon monoxide poisoning and candles, weather watches and winters for cold weather and heavy snow and driving hazards like black ice and following snow plows too close. For more information on each of the days and tips on winter survival you are encouraged to log on to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety website.

--A Long Prairie woman was injured Friday when her car rolled in Todd County. The crash happened on Todd County Road 86 near 221st Avenue in Reynolds Township. Lacy Gray was taken to the Long Prairie Hospital for treatment of injuries.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office reported a dozen residents stated their vehicles were broken into in the morning hours of October 25th in Bowlus, some vehicles were missing minor items. Theft reports included a tiller in Hillman, a cellphone charger from a car in Bowlus, copper wire from Royalton and two reports of assault that occurred one in Little Falls and another in Morrill.

--A South Haven man was taken to the hospital Sunday evening after a one-vehicle crash on Minnesota Highway 22 south of Richmond. 43-year-old, Brett D. Anderson was northbound on Highway 22 when failed to negotiate a curve. Anderson was listed in serious condition at St. Cloud Hospital.

--County Farm Services Agencies are currently holding committee elections for Local Administrative Areas. The elections this year for Morrison County is in LAA 2. Nominees for this year are Ron Borash, Ralph Rinkel and Margaret ‘Peg’ Wimmer. They are running for the seat currently held by Calvin Beumer who is ineligible to run. Ballots were mailed out Monday to eligible voters and must be post marked by December 2nd. For more information call 632-5477.

--The Little Falls Community Middle School and Little Falls Community High School will be hosting Veterans Day programs this Friday. The Middle School has their program at 8:15am at the gym. The High School Veterans Day Committee is extending an invitation to all veterans throughout Morrison County to attend one of the programs that starts at 9am. A reception will follow the ceremony at the High School. If you wish to attend the reception you are asked to call Becky at 616-2215. Other Veterans programs are being held in Pierz High School next Monday at 9:30 and at Mary of Lourdes Middle School at 1:30pm on Tuesday, November 12th. The Lourdes program can be heard on KLTF.

--A fire in a corn dryer is to blame for thousands of dollars of damage Saturday at the Gold’n Plump in Sauk Rapids. Firefighters discovered that the blaze started in one of the plant’s corn dryers when they arrived around 6:20pm. While the fire caused some damage, the dryer could still be repaired. There were no injuries reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

--Todd County reported the theft of a snowmobile trailer on Angler Trail near Grey Eagle in the past two weeks. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Todd County Sheriff’s Office.

--Two Minnesota Catholic Priests have taken voluntary leaves of absence after cases from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have received misconduct allegations from years ago. The statement stated that it did not involve a violation of the charter for the protection of children and young people and did not involve members of any parishes the two priests served for. Father David Barrett in at St. Wenceslaus in New Prague since 2009 has undergone counseling while at that assignment and Father Paul Moudry is Pastor of St. Margaret Mary of Golden Valley since 2001. The exact nature of the misconduct was not released.

--Roger and Rebecca Janshen of Little Falls, girl born November 1st
--William Volbert and Lisa Malisheske of Little Falls, girl on Nov. 2nd

--Raymond C. Ebertowski, age 88 of St. Cloud

TODAY= becoming cloudy, rain starts after 3pm, high 40.
TONIGHT= rain and snow, up to 1 inch of slush, low 28.
WEDNESDAY= mostly sunny, breezy, high 40, low 26.
THURSDAY= mostly sunny, high 42, low around 30.

NFL= Chicago beat Green Bay last night 27-20. Bigger news is that Aaron Rodgers injured his shoulder and left the game. The team did not give specifics on the injury only that tests are being done.

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Monday- November 4th, 2013

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office responded Friday afternoon around 2:30 to a two vehicle accident in Pierz Township at the intersection of 270th Avenue and 133rd Street. Authorities state that one vehicle was driven by 25-year-old Shawn Hoheisel of Pierz and he was not injured. The other driver was a 17-year-old from Pierz who had to be flown to St. Cloud Hospital and a 13-year-old passenger who was ambulanced to St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls. Authorities did not release the names of the teenagers. Deputies did state that alcohol was not a factor and that all occupants in the vehicles were wearing seatbelts.

--Investigators continue to seek the cause of a fire last Monday night that badly damaged an Albany apartment building. There were no reported injuries from the fire at 331 Seventh St. The cause remains under investigation. Firefighters from multiple agencies battled the fire for about seven hours late Monday and early Tuesday. The fire caused the roof of the structure to collapse. The Red Cross has been assisting several residents in finding housing, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Albany was helping collect clothing and furniture for those who lost their belongings.

--The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office for the first time in years is seeing multiple changes in its leadership under Sheriff Todd Dahl. Chief Deputy Debi Backdahl and Lt. Dave Larson are retiring after being with the sheriff’s office for more than 30 years. Larson left July 31st and Backdahl’s last day was Thursday. Backdahl served as chief deputy since 2003. The chief deputy is second-in-command to the sheriff. The chief deputy sheriff is an at-will, non-union position appointed by the sheriff who oversees all the divisions in the sheriff’s office, making sure the policies and procedures are developed and followed. Road Lt. Dennis Lasher, who has been with the sheriff’s office for 21 years, succeeds Backdahl as the next chief deputy. Lasher was the lieutenant and commander of the Uniformed Patrol Division and the Tactical Response Team and Training Division. Filling Lasher’s position will be Sgt. Scott Goddard, who coordinates the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Boat and Water Division and the dive team. Adam Kronstedt, a full-time sheriff’s deputy who also is a recreational specialist deputy, will take on Goddard’s position. Sgt. Joe Meyer, who was in charge of Crow Wing County’s Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division (LADID), will fill Larson’s spot as lieutenant. Meyer has been with the sheriff’s office for 25 years. Sgt. Andy Galles will take on Meyer’s responsibilities with LADID. D.J. Downie, who has been involved in investigations for many years, will take on the road patrol sergeant position.

--The Morrison County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9:00am on Tuesday, November 5th in the Morrison County Government Center. Agenda items include reports from Social Services, Public Health, Auditor, and Public Works.

--The driver of a car reported stolen in Fergus Falls is dead after crashing during a police chase in western Minnesota. A Becker County sheriff's officer spotted the car early Friday and started to chase it. The stolen vehicle sped up, lost control and rolled, throwing the driver. The driver, 24-year-old Brandon Boswell of Detroit Lakes, died at the scene. No one else was in the car. Otter Tail County sheriff's authorities had notified Becker County around 12:30am that Pelican Rapids police were chasing the stolen car. The chase reached speeds of more than 100 mph.

--The Military museum is one of many nonprofit organizations throughout the state that will once again ask Minnesotans to display their record-breaking generosity by donating to their favorite charities at during the fifth annual “Give to the Max Day” on November 14th. It is the only Military Museum in the state representing and displaying exhibits from all branches of service, from frontier days to the present. Gifts to the Military Historical Society of Minnesota will be matched dollar for dollar up to $8000.00 from a grant by the St Paul Foundation.

--St. Cloud Technical High School was in containment for about 15 minutes late Friday morning after a report of a possible threat. The incident happened about 11:40am when St. Cloud police were called to the school because a 15-year-old student had a replica handgun in his jacket pocket. The school was put in containment for about 15 minutes. The boy was arrested without incident and taken to Stearns County Jail. He could be charged with making terroristic threats and possession of a replica firearm on school property.

--Four adults and one juvenile have been charged in Aitkin County District Court in connection with the assault of their roommate. The complaints charge that between Oct. 1, 2013 and Oct. 28, 2013 the defendants engaged in a pattern of assaultive behavior toward the 23-year-old male victim that included hitting, kicking, burning with a lighter, and spraying with a flammable liquid and lighting on fire. The victim had multiple burns in his arm and neck areas, a significant burn to the top of his head and significant burns to his back and buttocks area. The victim also suffered a broken jaw. The victim was treated in Brainerd and then transferred to a Minneapolis hospital due to the severity of his injuries. Those facing charges are 19-year old Christopher Terwilliger of Brainerd, 19-year old Scotty Polchow of Baxter, 38-year old Stacaia Murdock, 34-year old Aaron Lind-Pashina, and 17-year old Tyler David Reck all from rural Aitkin. They all face charges of felony first degree assault – great bodily harm and felony criminal sexual conduct – second degree – fear great bodily harm.

--Tracy Niesen, age 48 of the Onamia area
--Ray A. Stumpf, age 57 of Little Falls.
--Donald W. Molde, age 77 of Lake Alexander.

TODAY= rain showers before 3pm, sunshine at times, high 47.
TONIGHT= mostly clear, cooler, low 28.
TUESDAY= rain develops in afternoon, changing to snow, high 40.
WEDNESDAY= mostly sunny, high near 40.

HS FB= Pierz beat St. Cloud Cathedral Friday 32-21, Upsala/Swanville rolled over Browerville 35-8 and Holdingford remains unbeaten 32-14 win over Otter Tail Central. All three teams advance to State quarterfinals later this week.
GOPHERS= Gophers win 42-39 Saturday over Indiana. Gophers seal the deal with a fumble recovery with seconds remaining to go to 7-2.
VIKINGS= Dallas scored in final minute to beat Vikings 27-23 Sunday. The 1-7 Vikings host Washington Thursday night.
NBA/NHL= Both Wolves and Wild win on Sunday night.

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Friday- November 1st, 2013

--A guilty verdict was handed down by a jury in Morrison County District Court Wednesday night against Keon Mangun for murder in the third degree. Mangun sold heroin to Brandon Bedford in North Minneapolis on February 27th, 2012.  Bedford then provided it to 19 year old Miranda Gosiak who died of an overdose February 28th, 2012 in Little Falls. Sentencing has been set for November 27th at 11:00am before Judge Conrad Freeberg. The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines calls for 134 months in prison.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has announced Jodi Wetzel of Morrison County Social Services is the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce November Employee of the Month. Jodi has been an Eligibility Worker for Morrison County Social Services for the past 25 years. Congratulations Jodi Wetzel.

--A reminder there is no school today in Upsala and Swanville which is a change from the regular schedule. The day off is due to the Upsala/Swanville football team playing in Fargo today in the section championships. Swanville will have a half-day of school next Friday.

--The Internal Revenue Service is warning consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling. The IRS also notes that the first IRS contact with taxpayers on a tax issue is likely to occur via mail.

--Farm Bill negotiators continue to work out a number of differences in the bill between the House and Senate including the dispute over food stamp funding. Republicans are asking negotiators to make conservation programs part of the Farm Bill that are both economically smart for producers and also good for the environment.

--The lead prosecutor in Cook County is being charged with sexual misconduct for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl.  Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell was charged Thursday with two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Charges come after a nearly seven-month investigation. The relationship between Scannell and the girl came to light when the girl's family filed a restraining order last year.

--A Richmond man was taken to the hospital Tuesday morning after a rollover crash in Paynesville. 47-year-old Shannon O’Neil was driving west on Minnesota Highway 23 when the vehicle he was driving left the road and rolled in the median. O’Neil was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for his injuries.

--Law enforcement ticketed 8,297 motorists and passengers in just two weeks time for not buckling up as part of a statewide Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign.  Although alarming, the total is actually an improvement from a similar campaign conducted in 2012 where 8,569 motorists and passengers were cited.

--The Little Falls City Council meets Monday night for their regular city council meeting at Little Falls City Hall.

--A reminder to Fall Back this weekend as Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday at 2am. Turn clocks back one hour before 2am Sunday.

--A Clear Lake man has been charged in Sherburne County with kidnapping and assaulting another man because he believed he had been stealing. 51-year old Henry Maybury of Clear Lake was arrested Wednesday, the same day he is accused of kidnapping the victim at gunpoint from a Clear Lake Township residence and taking him to another home a short distance away. There, Maybury is accused of using a metal pipe to break the victim’s hand because he believed the victim was stealing in the area. The victim was taken at gunpoint to an area north of Foley and dropped off. The victim was able to get a ride to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office to report the incident. He then was taken to St. Cloud Hospital. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office, and investigators there executed a search warrant at Maybury’s residence, where they located a steel pipe that matched the one described by the victim and a holster for a handgun similar to that described by the victim.

--The Little Falls Drama Club is performing “The Unusual Suspects” Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm at Little Falls High School. There are many more events this weekend including a breakfast Sunday in Buckman for Pierz Legion Auxiliary, bingos in Pierz, Harding and Little Falls and a Bluegrass concert Sunday at St. Peter’s in Swanville. Details at then click on community calendar.

--Chaunse Murdock and Samantha Carwell had a baby girl.

TODAY= afternoon showers, mostly cloudy, high 46.
TONIGHT= evening shower, then mostly cloudy, low near 30.
SATURDAY= partly sunny, high 47, clear night low 30.
SUNDAY= sunny and breezy, high 55 wind gusts up to 35mph.
MONDAY= rain develops, high around 50.

HS FB= Upsala/Swanville vs. Browerville from Fargo at 3pm on Q92.
HS FB= Holdingford vs. Ottertail Central from Fargo at 5:30 on Q92.
HS FB= Pierz vs. St. Cloud Cathedral at St. Cloud 5:45pm on FM94
ACES= Flying Aces have a Youth Hockey night Saturday 7:05, Sunday is a family fun day game at 3:05 and next Wednesday they host their deer hunting opener game at 7:05pm at Exchange Arena.
COL FB= Gophers at Indiana Saturday 1:30 on KLTF.
NFL= Vikings at Dallas Sunday at noon.

IN 1604= William Shakespeare’s “Othello” performed for 1st time.
IN 1783= The Continental Army dissolved and General George Washington gives his farewell address retiring from the army.
IN 1924= first U.S. team to join National Hockey League is Boston.
IN 1948= President Harry Truman wins reelection over Thomas Dewey through Newspapers reported that Dewey defeated Truman from early straw polls that appeared Dewey would win-they wrong.
IN 1966= on All Saints Day the NFL awarded a pro football to the city of New Orleans which they said will be called the Saints.
IN 1981= U.S. postage stamps went up 2-cents to 20 cents.

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