News October, 2013

Thursday- October 31st, 2013 “Halloween”

--Halloween is here and that means many trick or treaters out this afternoon and tonight. Motorists be on the lookout for the youngsters in the downtown area of Little Falls from 3:30-5pm today as many Chamber businesses are taking part in the trick or treat event. Also in the city of Pierz businesses are doing a trick or treat event shortly after school dismisses today. After that many will embark tonight through the residential areas looking for tricks and treats. A reminder from the Department of Public Safety to have the children wear brighter colors, nothing over their eyes to hamper vision and if under the 12 the should be accompanied by an older family member. The Minnesota Poison Control System also have reminders for parents to check all treats thoroughly before have kids eat them and that Glow Sticks are safe to wear tonight but not safe to eat. Last year some regional hospitals reported that kids got sick by eating the glow stick. The sticks are not poisonous but still can make kids sick if eaten. Any questions contact the poison control center which is 24-hours a day at 800-222-1222. The adults are also reminded to not drink and drive as law enforcement will have added patrols on tonight watching for impaired drivers. Let’s make this a safe and happy Halloween for all.

--A 13-year-old girl from Brainerd was injured in an accident Tuesday morning. Just before 8am, 19-year-old Domanic Pierce of Brainerd and 39-year-old Deanne Ehlert of Baxter collided at an intersection in the Highland Scenic Road area. Both drivers were not hurt. Domanic’s passenger Teala Pierce was taken to the Brainerd hospital and treated for her injuries.

--A 55-year-old Nisswa woman was hurt Monday afternoon when her vehicle collided with another in the Mils Fleet Farm parking lot. Lorie Kodiak reported injuries but was not hospitalized. No one else involved in the accidents were injured.

--A daycare provider from Pine City has pleaded guilty to child neglect after a toddler in her care wandered onto a nearby highway. Carrie Richardson of Sandstone entered the plea this week in the Pine County Courthouse. She will be sentenced at a later date. The report states that Richardson was intoxicated and watching 10 children where a 2-year-old wandered out onto Highway 23 where vehicles had to swerve to miss the child before she was rescued by nearby residents. Richardson’s daycare license has been suspended.

--Theft reports continue to come into the Little Falls Police Department. In the past days police responded to theft reports on 18th Street Northeast, Oak Ridge Drive and St. Gabriel’s Hospital.

--The Minnesota State Fair is making some changes already for next year. Construction began Wednesday for a new area on the northwest end of the fairgrounds to replace Heritage Square. Officials will unveil plans to name the new hub that will be home for artisans, craftspeople, specialty merchants and more food and beverage options. Many of the Heritage Square buildings have been removed.

--A Browerville resident reported Tuesday that the door of his skid loader was stolen. The door was on the cab of a S185 Melroe skid loader and is worth $1,300. The loader was parked for sale along U.S. Highway 71 between Browerville and Clarissa. Anyone with information should call Todd County at 320-732-2157.

--Little Falls Community Middle School will hold their Veterans Day program on Friday November 8th at 8:15am. All are welcome. If your school has a Vets Day Program send it to

--Stop by Little Falls Radio 3:30-5pm today for trick or treating.

--The Pierz City council met Monday night. Oak Street and Bergerhausen streets were vacated and will go from public to private land. The council approved a pool study by SHE for a potential indoor or outdoor pool in Pierz. A committee will draw up potential plans and drafts for the pool in the next 6-8 weeks and then decide if it is affordable. The council approved changing the Assistant Parks Superintendant position from a full time seasonal position to a regular full time status position. The job is currently held by Zach Baert. The council meets again on Tuesday, November 12th due to Veterans Day landing on Monday, November 11th.

--The pilot who was killed Monday in a crash near the Princeton airport has been identified as 50-year-old Kevin Covlin who co-owned FLR Sanders, a gymnasium floor installing and refinishing company in Princeton. A dog was also in the airplane and survived. The dog was taken to a veterinary clinic to be evaluated and returned to the family. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate the cause.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the small business, large business and volunteer of the year for their annual chamber dinner in February. For more information on how to nominate someone call 320-632-5155.

--A 30-year-old Elk River man was sentenced last week to 30 years in prison for criminal sexual conduct. Wayne Leistico was sentenced to the statutory maximum for first-degree criminal sexual conduct and second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Leistico pleaded guilty to the charges in August. Leistico awaits possible charges in Federal Court for possession and manufacturing of child pornography.

--Joann Maag, age 71 of Isle.
--Ashley Marie Cannon-Isom, age 26 of Little Falls area.
--Martha Kominek, age 90 of Browerville formerly of Cushing.

TODAY= morning drizzle and rain then cloudy, high 45.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low 33.
FRIDAY= scattered midday showers, high 47, low near 30.
SATURDAY= sunny, high 46, low around 30.
SUNDAY= sunny and windy, high 50, low 37.

WS= Boston wins World Series over St. Louis 4 games to 2.

--Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain which celebrates the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops. The festival would frequently involve bonfires. It is believed that the fires attracted insects to the area which attracted bats to the area. Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or appease them. Trick or Treating started in the 1800s in Europe.

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Wednesday- October 30th, 2013

--Due to the Upsala Swanville Area football team in the section championship there will be no school in Upsala this Friday. Swanville announced no school this Friday earlier this week. There is also a fan bus for the game, call Upsala school for information.

--Thirty firefighters from five departments battled a fire at a cabinet shop in Crosslake Monday. The fire was called in just after noon. When Pequot Lakes firefighters arrived on the scene the roof had already collapsed into the building. The Wurdeman Cabinet Company was eventually destroyed from the fire. No one was inside the building when firefighters arrived. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation but foul play is not suspected.

--Area schools are beginning to get ready for their Veterans Day programs next month. This year, Veterans Day, November 11th falls on a Monday and some schools are off so some date changes had to be made. Little Falls Community High School will host their Veterans Day program at 9am on Friday November 8th at the gym. Pierz schools will have their Veterans Day program on Veterans Day Monday, November 11th at 9:30am at the MAC in the High School. Mary of Lourdes Middle School in Little Falls hosts their Veterans Day program on Tuesday, November 12th at 1:30pm.

--The posted speed is the speed limit and troopers, deputies and city officers are emphasizing the need to drive at safe speeds through accelerated speed patrols, November 4th through the 8th. This enforcement and education effort is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.  In Minnesota, an average speeding citation for 10 mph over the limit is $130. Motorists stopped at 20 mph over the speed limit face double the fine and those ticketed traveling more than 100 mph can lose their license for six months.

--Fire heavily damaged an Albany apartment complex late Monday night. Fire Departments from Albany and Melrose, police and deputies worked for over four hours extinguishing the flames. The cause of the fire is under investigation and all residents made it out safely and were taken to an area church while the Red Cross was called in to help assist those who lost their dwelling. The building, in the 300 block of Seventh Street, had visible flames rising from the building’s roof and through multiple windows.

--The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a rash of thefts from vehicles that occurred in Watab Township near Rice in the overnight hours last Saturday. Thirteen thefts were reported in residential areas, the Oak Hill Golf Course and Little Rock Lake. Most were unlocked vehicles and money, electronics, purses and other personal property was taken. Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to call Benton County 320-968-7201. Benton County is urging citizens to keep vehicles locked and remove all valuables from inside the vehicle each night if you leave it outside unattended.

--Authorities say a Princeton-area man was embarking on a hunting trip when his small plane went down Monday. Mille Lacs County Sheriff Brett Lindgren says the victim, a 50-year-old man whose name has not been released, was killed when his 1956 Piper Pacer crashed just west of a runway at the Princeton Airport. The man and his dog, which survived the crash, were headed for North Dakota to hunt. First responders found the aircraft on fire. The identity of the pilot will be released as soon as an autopsy is done on his remains. FAA investigators have been called to help in the investigation.

--Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl reported a burglary report Monday around 12:35pm on County Road 26 near Garrison. While investigating the incident a Crow Wing County Deputy located a suspicious vehicle in the area and a pursuit with the vehicle ensued. The vehicle crashed in the yard a short time later and 45-year-old Peter Miller then fled into the woods. A K9 unit and deputies tracked the suspect that fled by swimming across open water, and running through swamp and woods. Then around 6pm deputies were dispatched to a prowler attempting to break into a residence on Highway 169 south of Garrison.  A K9 unit and deputies again tracked the suspect who was located and arrested in a swamp near the residence. The suspect, Miller, was later transported to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment of Hypothermia like symptoms, and other exposure issues. Pending charges include burglary, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, fleeing a peace officer on foot, possession of stolen property and damage to property.

--The State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding households, businesses and schools that with daylight saving time ending this weekend this is the best time to change the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure that they are working properly. Central Standard Time returns Sunday at 2am meaning that we need to “Fall Back”- turn the clocks one hour back Saturday night before bed or before 2am Sunday morning.

--Hubert R. Ley, age 53 of Little Falls.
--Arnie Lucken, age 92 of Royalton.
--Lolly Hoheisel, age 80 of Pierz.

TODAY= areas of drizzle and fog, afternoon rain, high 45.
TONIGHT= rain likely, heavier overnight, low around 40.
THURSDAY= rain in the morning, then cloudy, high 48, low 33.
FRIDAY= scattered PM showers, high 47, low around 35.

HS FB= Pierz vs. St. Cloud Cathedral Friday 5:45pm on FM94
HS FB= Upsala/Swanville vs. Browerville in Fargo, Fri 3pm on Q92
HS FB= Holdingford vs. Ottertail Central 5:30pm Friday on Q92.
COL FB= Gophers at Indiana Saturday 1:30pm pregame on KLTF.
CC= Coaches Corner will now be in studio at KLTF for all Saturdays in November then back to Coborn’s in December. Saturday at 9am

IN 1768= first Methodist church is built in the U.S. in New York City
IN 1862= the machine gun is patented by Richard Gatling.
IN 1866= first reports of a bank robbery by the Jesse James gang goes in print, the gang would rob banks and trains in the 1880s.
IN 1894= the time clock patented by Daniel Cooper.
IN 1938= Orson Welles sends the radio listening world into a panic with his rendition of H.G. Wells “War of the Worlds”.
IN 1952= Clarence Birdseye begins selling frozen vegetables.
IN 2012= George Lucas sells all rights of Lucasfilm LTD to The Walt Disney Corporation including the Star Wars and Indiana Jones series’ for Disney to create new films in the series at cost of 4.05 billion.

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Tuesday- October 29th, 2013

--A Little Falls woman was killed Sunday when she fell out of a moving recreational vehicle. The incident happened at 2:45am on Eagle Drive in Randall. 26-year old Ashley Marie Cannon was a passenger in an RV that 29-year-old Michael Schwientek of Little Falls was driving. As the RV began to move, Cannon fell against the interior door and fell outside onto the pavement. She struck her head. She was taken to St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls and was pronounced dead at St. Cloud Hospital. While there were no signs of impairment obvious in the driver, the investigation continues.

--One person was killed in a plane crash at Princeton Municipal Airport Monday afternoon. A small private plane crashed on airport property at about 12:45pm Monday, between 100 and 150 yards west of the airport’s lone runway. The plane was engulfed in flames when emergency crews responded to the scene. The cause of the crash, as well as whether the pilot was attempting to land or take off when the crash occurred, was not immediately clear. A name and information on the deceased victim has not been released. Emergency crews still were working to control the fire Monday afternoon. The airport was closed Monday to allow FAA crews time to investigate the accident.

--On Friday around 2:45pm authorities responded to a report of an ATV accident with injuries on 90th Ave. south of Highway 238 in Elmdale Township, near Bowlus, in Morrison County. The driver was identified as 41-year old Jeffrey Scott Czech of Upsala. Czech was southbound on 90th Ave. when he lost control of his ATV, rolling it. Czech was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital with head injuries.

--Windy and colder than normal conditions greeted participants this past Saturday and Sunday at the first 2-day Camp Ripley archery hunt. There were 2,500 permits issued for the hunt with 2,193 hunters participating. Archers harvested 181 deer over the two days which is similar to the long term average of 182 deer for the first hunt. Nicholas Witte of St. Peter took the largest buck weighing 223 pounds. The largest doe weighed 138 pounds and was taken by Michael Haubenschild of Austin. The second 2-day hunt is this weekend November 2nd and 3rd.

--Security measures were recently brought up in Royalton by the school board following an incident which led to an arrest of a 23-year-old. On October 14th authorities stated that Ronald Clark was inside the school where he became offensive with students and reportedly threatened to beat up the students in the front of the school. Clark was also in possession of alcohol on school property. He was found by police a short time later and taken to jail. His court hearing is scheduled for November 4th in Little Falls. The Royalton principal said calls were made to parents of student’s grades 6-12 to notify them. The board will discuss more on the incident and if any other security measures are needed. More information is expected at the November 4th meeting at 6pm at the Royalton high school.

--Due to the USA Patriots football team playing in the section championship game at the Fargo Dome there will be no school in Swanville this Friday. It was scheduled to be an early release day for students. Instead, Swanville students will have a half day on Friday November 8th which was a scheduled day off. You can hear the playoff football game for Upsala/Swanville vs. Browerville Friday afternoon starting just before 3pm on Q92 WYRQ.

--Minnesota's health insurance exchange is receiving another $41 million from the federal government to fund operations. With the award announced Thursday, total federal funding for development of the state's exchange is about $155 million. Called MNsure, the health exchange is meant to be a new government-run marketplace where individuals and small businesses can buy coverage from private health insurance companies.

--A 19-year-old from St. Cloud has been charged for driving under the influence and striking South Junior High School with his vehicle Saturday morning. Zachary Johnson ran off the road around 4am and struck the school which needed to be boarded up that afternoon for some exterior damage. Johnson was cited for underage consumption, underage drinking and driving, and third-degree DWI. No injuries occurred from the accident.

--The Upsala School Board announced last week that there was a miscalculation on the Upsala levy for next year and it will be nearly 1.4 percent less than originally reported.

--The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in finding 23-year-old Daniel Rossberg of Monticello. Rossberg was going to be detained after violating his parole and transported Thursday to Wright County Jail but could not be located. A friend of Rossberg said he was leaving the area. Rossberg is a convicted sex offender. If you know where Rossberg is, you should call police.

--A Clear Lake man was injured Saturday after the vehicle he was driving crashed head-on with a combine. The crash happened about 1:30pm on Sherburne County Road 8, just east of Minnesota Highway 24 in Clear Lake Township. 87-year old John Podany was driving his minivan east on County Road 8 when his vehicle was hit by a combine traveling west on County Road 8. 37-year old Nathan Tesmer of Clear Lake was driving the combine on the shoulder and partially in the traffic lane when the two vehicles met and hit partially head on. Podany was taken by air ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition. Tesmer was not injured in the crash. There were no arrests made, and the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

--The Brainerd Police Department will host the 10th Annual Halloween Safety Event Thursday from 3:30-6:30pm. Meet McGruff the Crime Dog and receive safety information and get treats at the event at the Brainerd Police Station.

--David and Julie Mrosla of Bowlus, girl born October 27th

--Kari Kvamme, age 49 of Verndale

TODAY= snow likely changing to rain by afternoon, high 37.
TONIGHT= rain changing back to snow- around 1 inch, low 32.
WEDNESDAY= snow showers early then cloudy, light rain, high 45.
THURSDAY= rain likely, high 45, low around 35.

WS= Boston beat St. Louis 3-1 last night- Red Sox lead 3-2.
HS VB= Pierz at Sauk Centre tonight 7pm on FM94 KFML

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Monday- October 28th, 2013

--Saturday afternoon Stearns County reported that a hiker found remains of a body in the Mississippi River Park north of Sartell. The Eden Prairie Police Department confirmed Sunday that the remains found are those of 24 year old Mandy Matula. Eden Prairie police revealed Sunday night that the Ramsey County Medical Examiner indicated the cause of death was likely a single gunshot wound to the head. Matula’s ex-boyfriend is the lone suspect in the case. Matula went missing on May 1st.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office in the past week reported a theft on Quest Road near Pierz, a shot fired and a man screaming in Motley but deputies were unable to find any evidence of the incident. Deputies also responded to two reported fires in the Randall area; one on Highway 115 and another of a vehicle on fire on Highway 10. Little Falls Police received a report Tuesday of a fire on Buck Lane but when they arrived no fire was observed; police arrested a 20-year-old on a controlled substance crime and a theft on Broadway West.

--The teenager accused of causing the death of a man after one punch in a St. Cloud alley last year will return to court Tuesday for another pretrial hearing. 18-year-old Jesse Smithers is scheduled to stand trail November 12th in Stearns County District Court. He is charged with 2nd degree murder and first degree manslaughter in the death of Colton Gleason. Smithers was 17 at the time of the incident but has been certified by the courts to stand trial as an adult.

--Unpredictable weather from spring through summer has led to an unpredictable harvest this fall. As of Oct. 20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture was reporting 95 percent of Minnesota’s corn crops had reached maturity but just 19 percent had been harvested. Last year, 95 percent of corn crops had been harvested by this time, and the five-year average shows about 49 percent of crops harvested by now. The harvest of soybeans, potatoes and sugar beets are also behind the five-year averages, according to the USDA. “The main theme is that there’s a wide range of conditions from field to field and farm to farm,” said Dan Martens of the University of Minnesota Extension program. “We had a really late start to the spring, probably about three weeks later than normal. We had some people planting silage up until the first week of July. We have some people that are all done harvesting corn and soybeans and some who are not.” Martens said that so much variation creates challenges for farmers because the less uniform the conditions, the more complicated the harvesting and storage processes become.

--Four men recently pled guilty and paid fines of about $740 each following an investigation of sunfish over-limits by conservation officers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Following a search of freezers at various locations during the investigation, the officers found bags of mostly frozen sunfish from numerous laves that have a 10 sunfish per person daily limit. The sunfish were seized and counted and the men were charged with 84 sunfish over the legal limit. Among the sunfish were 18 black crappie, 11 northern pike and nine bass. Those each charged with 21 sunfish over the legal limit included George Stavish, 60, and Roland Mammenga, 62, both of Randall; Curt Atkisson, 52, Staples; and Rae Mammenga 54, Conesville, Iowa. The DNR reminders residence to Turn In Poachers at the TIP hotline 800-652-9093.

--Trick or Treating will be 3:30pm to 5pm Thursday at many Little Falls area chamber businesses including Little Falls Radio.

--25-year old Harry Joseph Kettle, of Ponsford, was sentenced to 60 months in prison following his guilty plea and conviction for Controlled Substance Crime in the 2nd Degree Thursday afternoon in Morrison County District Court in Little Falls. Kettle was a passenger in a motor vehicle stopped for a traffic violation on September 29th, 2012. A pat-down search revealed a substance later confirmed by the BCA Forensic Laboratory to be Methamphetamine.

--Bishop Donald Kettler will be installed as Bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud at 7:30pm on November 6th in St. Mary’s Cathedral. Kettler was named September 21st to head the diocese taking over for Bishop John Kinney who is retiring. Bishop Kettler will serve the 131 parishes and nearly 145,000 Catholics in the diocese that stretches north and west of St. Cloud to the North and South Dakota borders. The solemn vespars ceremony is open to the public and will begin with Bishop Kettler knocking at the door of St. Mary’s and being welcomed into the church by a group of representatives from the diocese. Then a hymn and a reading and the homily given by Bishop John Kinney and praying of psalms. Sister Nancy Bauer will read a letter of appointment from Pope Francis. The official installation Mass is November 7th and by invitation only. Following that Bishop Kettler will deliver the blessing of the city from the steps of St. Mary’s Cathedral.

--A South Dakota man was one of three motorists involved in a head-on collision a few miles east of Willmar. According to the State Patrol, 26-year old Jordan T. Volkenant of Milbank, S.D., was driving west on U.S. Highway 12 when he veered into the eastbound lanes and crashed into an oncoming truck. Volkenant had to be extricated from the car and was flown to Hennepin County Medical Center with serious injuries. Two people were riding in the truck. The State Patrol did not release their conditions.

--Jason Mick and Emily Bednar of Royalton, girl born October 24th

--Sister Mary Sylvia (Emily) Schik, age 92 of St. Francis Convent
--Barbara Gustafson, age 56 of Herman formerly Little Falls.
--Sister Mary Judine Cassidy, age 87 of St. Francis Convent.
--Donald Kuklok, age 60 of Lake Alexander.
--Sandra K. Kliber, age 63 of Little Falls

TODAY= mostly sunny, high near 40.
TONIGHT= increasing clouds, low 27.
TUESDAY= snow early, rain and snow in afternoon, high 36.
WEDNESDAY= rain likely, some heavy, high near 45.

HS FB= Pierz, Holdingford, Upsala-Swanville, Browerville, Sartell, Brainerd and St. Cloud Cathedral all advanced Saturday in playoffs.
COL FB= Gophers defeated Nebraska for the first time Saturday since 1960 winning 34-23. Gophers also bowl eligible at 6-2.
WS= St. Louis wins 5-4 Saturday in bottom of 9th due to an obstruction call. Boston wins Sunday 4-2. Series tied at 2.
NFL= Green Bay beats Vikings Sunday 44-31 at the Dome.

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Friday- October 25th, 2013

--FM94’s Ladies Night Out Little Falls Style was held last night. The grand prize winner of a 14-Karat White Gold band with ½ Karat total weight diamonds was Carrie Lindbergh. Congratulations Carrie and all the rest of our winners claiming prizes worth more than $2,500 Thursday night. A Ladies Night Out in Pierz will be held on February 20th and we are in the works of planning another Ladies Night Out Little Falls Style next spring.

--The Little Falls Leaf and Brush collection for one and two unit residential properties inside the city limits is Saturday. Residents should have their leaves in untied bags at the curb by 6:00am Saturday. Resident can put out as many untied bags as needed. Please leave a rock or brick nearby in case of a windy day as the collector will leave the bags at the residence. It is a rain or shine event. Brush may be no longer than 4 feet in length and one inch in diameter. The brush must be bundled together in a manageable fashion. For information call city hall at (320) 616-5500.

--Not only Little Falls is asking yes for a referendum in November Staples Motley is asking two questions on the ballot. The first is to maintain the current offerings in the district without asking for more money through local property taxes. The renewal of the 10-year-old referendum levy will be payable in 2014 and will help pay for student technology needs, school buses, classroom supplies, smaller class sizes and textbooks. It will remain at $285.25 per pupil. If both questions fail then the school district is looking at a cut of $376,000 a year and the career and vocational education classes being cut.

--Minnesota Republican candidates for governor and U.S. senator will get their first test of strength Saturday in Blaine. The 349 delegates to the 2013 GOP state convention at the National Sports Center will vote in straw polls for the two top-of-the-ticket offices next year. The party activists will have a lot of sorting out to do. Ten candidates -- five for governor and five for senator -- have qualified to be on the ballot, and more could join the race as write-in candidates. The announced GOP candidates seeking to unseat DFL Gov. Mark Dayton are Hibbing teacher Rob Farnsworth, Orono businessman Scott Honour, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, state Sen. Dave Thompson of Lakeville and state Rep. Kurt Zellers of Maple Grove. Those running for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Al Franken are state Rep. Jim Abeler of Anoka, St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg, Sunfish Lake businessman Mike McFadden, Marine on St. Croix bison farmer Monti Moreno and state Sen. Julianne Ortman of Chanhassen.

--The Pierz City Council meets Monday 7pm at Pierz City Hall.  Agenda items include a resolution on vacating a portion of streets, changes to personnel policies, approval of a pool study, Schlenner Wenner audit contract, classification of assistant parks superintendent position, a donation request for Freedom Fest and a liability waiver.

--Little Falls police arrested a 29-year-old man Monday for driving under the influence, received a theft report of a space heater on Fourth Street Southeast and smoke from an apartment was reported on 11th Street NE. It was from burned food on a stove.

--Get weekend events like a breakfast in Flensburg Sunday and bowling fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity on Saturday along with many other items at then community calendar.

--A 17-year-old girl was injured last Friday when she was struck by a vehicle on Highway 371 in Pequot Lakes. The girl was taken to the Brainerd hospital treated and released. The vehicle’s driver was not injured. Police did not state if citations were issued.

--A former St. Cloud man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in April 2012. 36-year old Antionee Mixon previously was convicted of one count each of first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct. His criminal record and the fact that he used force and coercion to achieve the assault were factors cited in seeking the lengthy prison sentence.

--Governor Mark Dayton issued an Emergency Executive Order Wednesday declaring a state of emergency in Minnesota due to the late maturing of the corn crop across the upper Midwest. Effective immediately, 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 on the Governor’s website.

--A community notification meeting will be held November 6th at Baxter City Hall at 6pm to discuss the release of 28-year-old Joshua Rinde moving into the Baxter area. Rinde is a level 3 predatory sex offender with a history of sexual contact with juvenile girls between the ages of 12-15. Rinde has served his sentence and the meeting is mandatory when a level three offender is to reside in that city.

--The Five Wings Art Council recently selected Little Falls artist Charles Kapsner as its Master Artist for 2013-2014. The Master Artist Award is bestowed upon one highly distinguished artist living in one of the following counties: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena.

--The President of the College of St. Benedict says she is stepping down next year. Mary Ann Baenninger told the College’s Board of Trustees she will step down next June 30th. The Board of Trustees will search for a new President immediately.

--11th Annual Zoo Boo is Saturday 3-7pm at the Pine Grove Zoo.

TODAY= mostly sunny, breezy, high 51.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, breezy, low 33.
SATURDAY= partly sunny, breezy and colder, high 43, low 29.
SUNDAY= sunny, less windy, high 48, low around 30.
MONDAY= partly sunny, snow at night, high 40, low 29.

HS VB= Little Falls at Pierz in playoffs tonight 7pm on FM94.
HS FB= Pierz at Foley football playoffs Saturday 7pm on FM94.
HS FB= Pine River-Backus at Upsala/Swanville Saturday at 6pm-action will be live on Q92 WYRQ.
COL FB= Gophers vs. Nebraska 10am Saturday on AM960 KLTF.
NFL= Vikings host Green Bay Sunday night 7:20pm at the Dome. As reported this week Christian Ponder will start at QB for Vikings.

IN 1870= Postcards first used in United States.
IN 1881= Wyatt Earp his brothers and Doc Holliday and Clantons engage in the considered famous Shootout at the OK Corral

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Thursday- October 24, 2013

--Winter parking regulations will be in effect November 1st thru April 1st in Pierz. The purpose of these regulations is to assure that the Department of Public Works can properly maintain the streets of Pierz for the safety and convenience of everyone. During the time period, vehicles cannot be parked on any city street from 2:00-6:00am. Residential property owners must have snow and ice removed from sidewalks abutting their property by 24-hours following the snowfall. The Pierz Police Department asks for your voluntary compliance to these ordinances to allow safe foot and vehicle traffic throughout the city. Questions call Police Chief Eric Hanneken at (320) 630-1510.

--The administration of Pierz will be restructured beginning January 1st, 2014. The Council voted to eliminate its utility billing clerk position and hire a deputy clerk. City Administrator Anna Gruber said she had included money for the position in her budget, which would be 30 hours of work or less per week, with no benefits offered. Gruber will add utility billing to her own duties, as well as some accounting duties former treasurer Maureen Watercott had done that were over and above what a city treasurer was required to do. The new position in assisting Gruber, calls for a person who can perform accounting duties, public relations, grant writing, marketing, website maintenance, project coordination and community planning, with knowledge of a lengthy list of items. The position will begin January 1st. Current utility billing clerk, Wanda Lundblad will be able to apply for the deputy clerk position if she so desires.

--The Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners this week denied a petition to take jurisdiction and thus maintenance of the Outback Trail because it wasn’t paved. The trail is located north of Brainerd on Legionville Road and back in 2011 the board stated they established a jurisdiction only for paved roads and this did not fall into that category. The developer stated that the road was constructed years before the jurisdiction was put into place and back in 2007 met the specifications for the county to take over that jurisdiction which included maintenance of the road. Following discussion between the commissioners and the developer again the petition was denied. The board was informed that the Brainerd City County had recently voted to amend their city zoning ordinance adding a definition of a community centers be allowed a conditional use permit in residential zoning districts and was informed that the winter hours for the Crow Wing County Landfill were announced that starting in November the site will be closed Saturday and Sunday until March and will re-open for summer hours in April. The landfill will still be open weekdays during the winter months from 8am to 5pm.

--A report from the state Fire Marshal Division shows the number of fatalities caused by fire has decreased over the past 40 years. State Fire Marshal Jerry Rosendahl says officials are proud of the progress Minnesota has made. According to the report announced this week, Minnesota has the 10th-lowest rate of fire deaths per capita in the United States, at .93 deaths per 100,000 people. State officials say devices such as smoke alarms and sprinkler systems have helped lower the number of deaths. Inspection and code enforcement programs targeting hotels, schools and other facilities have also helped. The report says a total of 50 people died in Minnesota fires in 2012, compared with 56 a year earlier. Cooking continues to be the No. 1 cause of structure fires.

--Ladies Night Out is today full details at

--Two more criminal charges have been filed against a Sartell man suspected of committing several armed robberies between Maple Grove and the St. Cloud area. 33-year old Douglas Wayne Gravelle Jr. has been charged in Wright County with first-degree aggravated robbery and attempted first-degree aggravated robbery. Those charges relate to two incidents September 19th that happened a few hours apart in Clearwater and Monticello. He previously was charged in Wright County with first-degree aggravated robbery, accused of robbing a store October 5th in Monticello. Gravelle is also a suspect in the September 7th armed robbery in Sauk Rapids, September 14th armed robbery in Big Lake, September 26th armed robbery in St. Cloud, and the October 16th armed robbery in Maple Grove. Gravelle remains in the Wright County Jail, held there in lieu of $500,000 bail.

--The former Clearwater city attorney and co-owner of a former St. Cloud business that was the target of a gambling investigation was suspended Thursday from practicing law for at least two years. The reasons for the indefinite suspension of Richard Petty aren’t related to the misdemeanor gambling charges he still faces in Stearns County. The Supreme Court issued its suspension Tuesday; it allows Petty the chance to apply for reinstatement to the practice of law. The order, signed by Justice Alan Page, says Petty agreed to the findings of a referee appointed to hear a petition filed by the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility. That petition accused Petty of failing to diligently represent a client, submitting false or fraudulent evidence to the court in two instances and offering monetary settlements to two clients to get them to drop their disciplinary complaints.

--Police are investigating a robbery that was reported to have happened Tuesday night in downtown St. Cloud. The robbery was reported shortly after 8:00pm in the 10 block of Fifth Avenue South. A man told police that two men robbed him at gunpoint and took property from him. The victim was not injured, and police have not made an arrest in the case. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call St. Cloud police.

--Upsala schools have parent/teachers conferences 3:30-7:30 today.

--Nate and Desi Rae Cary of Baxter, a boy born October 22nd
--Marty and Lacy Hines of Randall, a girl born October 22nd.

--Janet Olson, age 66 of Swanville.

TODAY= flurries early, PM sprinkles, breezy, high 40.
TONIGHT= clearing skies, low near 25.
FRIDAY= sunny and warmer but very windy, high near 50.
SATURDAY= partly sunny and windy, high 43, flurries in PM, low 26.
SUNDAY= partly sunny, less windy, high 45, low 30.

WS= Boston takes game1 of World Series 8-1 over Cardinals.
VIKINGS= another quarterback switch, reported Wednesday that Josh Freeman may have suffered a concussion Monday in the game against the Giants and is undergoing tests. Leslie Frazier stated if Freeman cannot go then Christian Ponder will start vs. Green Bay.

Kings Ransom Friday, Redneck Radio Saturday at West Side Bar.

Wednesday- October 23rd, 2013

--Tomorrow is FM94’s Ladies Night Out Little Falls Style. Stop by all the participating sponsors from Noon-7:00pm on Thursday and get your card stamped for a chance to win prizes. The grand prize is a 14-karat white gold band with half karat total weight diamonds valued at $1,414. Cards are available at the radio station and each of the sponsors. For information, log onto the website or call (320) 632-2992.

--The Little Falls City Council met on Monday night. At the meeting both Mary Kenna and Adam Fjeld were presented with the Mayor’s PRIDE Awards for their work benefitting the city. The council approved a rehabilitation project at the west side Fire Hall. The council agreed to install an alleyway in block 67 original plat. The council agreed to allow Taco Bell to be built on the site of the Pizza Hut building in Little Falls. Pizza Hut closed earlier this year and a Taco Bell will be built on that site early next year. Little Falls School Superintendant Stephen Jones also made a presentation on the operating referendum up for renewal at a special election on Tuesday, November 5th. Absentee ballots for that election may be cast weekdays now through November 4th at the Morrison County Auditor/Treasurer’s office. Combined polling places on Tuesday, November 5th will be at the Little Falls Community Middle School, Lincoln Elementary School, and Dr. S.G. Knight Elementary School. The Little Falls City Council meets again on Monday, November 4th.

--The Minnesota State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Section is stepping up traffic enforcement activity statewide this week through Saturday as part of a nationwide effort to increase commercial and passenger vehicle driver awareness. During Operation Safe Driver Week, commercial vehicle drivers can expect an increase in seat belt enforcement, driver roadside inspections and regulatory compliance. Motorists can expect stepped up traffic enforcement aimed at driving conduct near commercial vehicles. The campaign serves as an opportunity to increase awareness to the motoring public, especially teenage and younger drivers, about safe driving practices around large trucks and buses. In addition, the State Patrol is using the week to increase awareness to commercial drivers and motorists of the dangers of distracted driving. Last year, 395 died as the result of traffic crashes in Minnesota. 56 of the 395 deaths were the result of crashes involving commercial trucks. There were 3,789 crashes last year involving commercial trucks, resulting in 1,178 injuries.

--The Todd County sheriff’s office is investigating the theft of some items near Staples. A Moultrie game camera, Moultrie solar panel and a Big Dog two-person ladder deer stand had been stolen Friday afternoon. Anyone with information should contact Todd County.

--A man accused of second-degree murder in the death of his cousin last year is in Otter Tail County after being extradited to Minnesota from Arizona. Michael Kyle Burris made his first court appearance Monday and bail was set at 1-million dollars. Prosecutors say Burris is cooperating with authorities but his father, Michael Alan Burris remains jailed in Arizona and refuses to be returned to Minnesota.

--Little Falls based ed tech training leader Atomic Learning is hosting an open house event on November 7th from 3:00pm-6:00pm. Presentations and tours of the facility will be provided to guests at 3:15pm, 4:15pm, and 5:15pm. Atomic Learning is located in the North Bluff Business Park, across the railroad tracks from the Little Falls Radio. Community members are invited to attend.

--Join Pierz High School for the 50th anniversary of the dedication to the school named for Dr. R.T. Healy tonight 6-8:30pm.

--A state arbitrator has ruled that the city of Pequot Lakes did have just cause to place Police Officer Josh Gartner on a 15-day suspension last January. The suspension came after a number of complaints against him were referred to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Police Chief Eric Klang conducted an internal investigation and determined on the 15 day suspension. The State Arbitrator that handled the case ruled that though Gartner had received a number of commendations for his work, there were also a number of reprimands that warranted the 15 day suspension. The results of their findings are posted at the Minnesota Bureau of Mediations Services website in a public file to view.

--Hope for the Holidays is for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one and wish to join in a supportive and caring group to help them through the holidays. By long tradition, the holiday season is the best of times. But when a loved one is missing from these traditions it can be the worst of times, casting a harsh spotlight on pain and loss. The Hope for the Holidays Presentation, facilitated by professionals, will provide an opportunity for honest dialogue and tools for coping with the upcoming weeks. A Hope for the Holidays presentation will be held at Essentia Health - St. Joseph's Medical Center from 4:00-6:00pm on Thursday, November 7th. To register for Hope for the Holidays please call (218) 828-7442.

--Volunteers are needed to carve pumpkins Thursday at 5pm at the shelter near the Pine Grove Zoo for the upcoming Zoo Boo which is this Saturday from 3-7pm. Questions on the carving call 616-5595.

--There is a scheduled water shut off today from 9am-3pm on 8th Avenue Southeast from 3rd to 4th Street Southeast.

--Jack and Kristie Berendt of Fort Ripley, a boy born October 21st.
--Jason and Amanda Elias of Fort Ripley, a boy born October 21st.
--Lance Alderman and Crystal McGrath of Little Falls, a girl on 10-22

--Sylvia Gabourey, age 95 of Little Falls.
--Peter C. Bruske, age 87 of Isle.

TODAY= scattered flurries, cloudy, high 37.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, flurries, low 25.
THURSDAY= mostly cloudy, rain showers after 2pm, high near 40.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, breezy, high 47, clear, windy low around 35.

WS= Game 1 of the World Series is tonight between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. Same two teams meant in 2004 where the Red Sox won their first World Series since 1918.

IN 1824= the steam locomotive is introduced.
IN 1921= The Green Bay Packers played their first NFL game. They beat The Minneapolis Millers 7-6.
IN 1941= Walt Disney pictures releases Dumbo in theaters.

Kings Ransom Friday, Redneck Radio Saturday at West Side Bar

Tuesday- October 22nd, 2013

--Reminder that there will be a Community Notification Meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Little Falls High School Auditorium. Representatives from the Department of Corrections and Little Falls Police Department will be available to provide you with useful information on public safety.

--The City of Little Falls announced there is a water shut off scheduled for Wednesday from 9:00am-3:00pm. The affected area will be on 8th Ave Southeast from 3rd to 4th Street Southeast.

--Stearns County has been working for years to make its license centers a one-stop shop that can handle everything from a passport application to a birth certificate. But federal regulations are requiring the counties to separate the employees who process key documents to prevent fraud. The county has had to add partitions in its License Center West to segregate staff who handle birth records, passport applications and driver’s licenses. Locally, Morrison County has already been operating under these guidelines for a couple years. Morrison County did not have to hire any new staff when the changes were made, but employees were no longer cross trained to handle birth certificates and passport applications. Drivers Licenses in Morrison County are handled in a separate office.

--The Brainerd Police Department is investigating two vehicles that left a Washington Street curve around midnight Friday morning. One vehicle fled the scene. Police believe the two vehicles were racing and overcorrected on a curve causing one vehicle to slam into wooden pilings in front of a power pole and rolling over onto its roof. The second vehicle struck the light pole, breaking it just above its base. A 23-year-old Baxter man was arrested on a probation violation, careless driving and open bottle. The man who was arrested told police that the vehicle that left the scene had run him off the road and collided with the pole doing visible damage to its vehicle though the man could not identify what type of vehicle it was. Authorities checked the area but found no traces of anyone else in question with the case. Anyone with information on the 2nd vehicle in question is asked to contact Brainerd Police.

--A teenager was taken to the hospital Sunday after being accidentally shot by another teen in his hunting party in Getty Township near Sauk Centre. The party was duck hunting on the Sauk River when a 15-year-old boy from Sauk Centre accidentally shot another 15-year-old boy from Sauk Centre. Their names were not released by the sheriff’s office. The victim was taken by family to the Sauk Centre hospital for non-life threatening injuries to his back.

--Xcel Energy says the final cost of upgrading the Monticello nuclear plant was $665 million, more than double original estimates. Xcel filed a report Friday with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission as part of the commission’s investigation into why the cost of the upgrades was higher than anticipated. In a news release, Xcel stated that the project was a “highly complex undertaking,” in many ways more complicated than the original plant’s construction. It involved replacing hundreds of pieces of equipment, required thousands of workers over five years and resulted in a largely rebuilt plant. The upgrades increased the plant’s output 12 percent, from 600 megawatts to 671 megawatts. In 2008, Xcel estimated the project would cost $320 million.

--Area residents, property owners, business owners and managers are invited to an open house to review and comment on the landscape plan for the Highway 371 reconstruction project in Nisswa. The open house is scheduled from 4:00pm-6:00pm on Tuesday, October 29th at Nisswa City Hall. Attendees will be able to view the landscape plan and submit written or oral comments. Representatives from MnDOT and the city of Nisswa will be on hand to answer questions and take comments.

--The Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner for 2013 will be held Thursday, November 28th at the Little Falls Community High School commons. The free of charge meal will be served from 11am to 1pm. Volunteers are needed to assist with meal preparation, serving and clean-up following the dinner, and to provide transportation to those who do not drive. Pies or other desserts can be delivered to the Little Falls Community High School Commons area starting at 8:00am Thanksgiving. Volunteers can contact Tim Sumner at (320) 630-6260. Monetary donations are currently being accepted to help offset costs of the meal through Faith Lutheran Church.

--A 74-year-old Wright County man was arrested Sunday night for investigation of attempted murder after his wife reported that he fired a gunshot at her. Wright County investigators were called around 7:30pm to the 3300 block of Edmonson Avenue Northeast in Buffalo Township. The victim said that 74-year old Roger Lloyd Freeberg had fired a shot from a handgun at her inside their residence. She was not injured. Sheriff’s deputies had assistance from the Minnesota State Patrol in setting up a perimeter around the residence. Freeberg eventually surrendered. He was booked at the Wright County jail for investigation of second-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault and terroristic threats. The Wright County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the shooting.

--An 18-year-old Cass Lake man was killed Monday when the vehicle he was driving left the roadway, over-corrected to the left and rolled over coming to a rest on Highway 200, just south of Laporte. The crash was reported at 2:00am. Anthony W. Hare, Jr., was taken to a Bemidji hospital, where he died. The state patrol reported that Hare did have alcohol detected in his system. Hare had two passengers in his vehicle, Johnathan C. White, 22, Waubun and Darnell J. Cloud, 15, Cass Lake, who also had alcohol detected in their systems. Cloud also was taken to the Bemidji hospital for non-life threatening injuries. It was reported that White also had non-life threatening injuries, but the hospital was not recorded in the state patrol’s report. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office assisted the state patrol at the scene.

--Brandon Gaffke and Mindy Severtson of Randall, boy born Oct. 19th

--Francis ‘Fran’ J. Millner, age 61 of Sauk Rapids.
--Mable Houle, age 93 of Little Falls.
--Gerald W. Heath, age 76 of Swanville.

TODAY= mostly cloudy, partial sun, less windy, high 40.
TNTE/WED= frosty night, low 25, partly cloudy Wednesday high 38.

NFL= Vikings have an ugly game offensively with new QB Josh Freeman and The Giants get win #1 Monday 23-7. Vikings 1-5.
HS FB= Rocori at Little Falls tonight 7pm on AM960 KLTF
HS FB= Pine City at Pierz tonight 7pm on FM94 KFML
HS FB= West Central Area at Upsala/Swanville in Swanville tonight with special kickoff time at 6pm on Q92 WYRQ.

Kings Ransom Friday night, get great food and drink at WS Bar.

Monday- October 21st, 2013

--St. Gabriel’s Hospital is among 12 rural Minnesota and North Dakota Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI)- that collaborated on a grant project placing 220 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in rural locations in the two states. The initiative, funded by a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) for $595,920, will increase access to the emergency devices in Morrison County. An AED is a portable device used on individuals experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, helping to restore their normal heart rhythm and increasing their survival rate. The project impacts 30 counties, 18,200 square miles, 181,000 residents, and 128 local partners in the two states. The Morrison County locations for the new AEDs include Lutheran Care Center, St. Otto’s Care Center, Buckman Apartments, Bridgeway Estates, Little Falls Senior Center, Morrison County Fairgrounds and the Swanville Senior Center. St. Gabriel’s Healthcare Foundation is scheduled to receive its funding for the seven AEDs in year one of the three-year initiative.

--A suspect believed to be involved in a string of robberies from the north metro area to St. Cloud has been arrested. One of the robberies happened early Wednesday at a Burger King in Maple Grove. Booked at the Wright County Jail for investigation of armed robbery was 34-year old Douglas Wayne Gravelle. He was arrested in connection with the recent string of robberies after Maple Grove police released surveillance photos Wednesday of the suspect and a Dodge Durango he used to drive away from the Maple Grove robbery. Help from the public and the media played a pertinent role in identifying the suspect. Other robberies that investigators believe could have been committed by the same suspect were reported in Clearwater, Monticello, Big Lake and St. Cloud.

--Two people were taken to the hospital after a collision Friday morning in Sartell. The crash occurred at about 7:45am at the intersection of Pinecone Road and Second Street South. A vehicle heading south on Pinecone Road turned left onto Second Street South and didn’t yield to a vehicle traveling north. The driver of the northbound vehicle, 37-year old Kristina Thompson and her 13-year old daughter were injured and taken to St. Cloud Hospital. A second daughter was not injured. The other driver, 51-year old Sherri Reischl was not taken to the hospital. No citations were issued. Both of the vehicles were totaled.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office in the past week reported an arrest of a 37-year-old man for domestic abuse, two men cited in Little Falls after officers found marijuana and drug paraphernalia on them, theft reports on Great River Road, 50th Avenue and a Morrison County deputy also responded to a theft report in Foley.

--The Little Falls School Board meets today at 5pm at the government center boardroom. Agenda items include grant application resolution for Minnesota State High School League Foundation, awards for District Fitness Challenge, October 1st enrollment, take action on Doroff land lease and Smude land lease, and the 2012-2013 Fiscal Audit.

--Brainerd firefighters contained a fire Thursday at the Women’s Center in southeast Brainerd. The fire reported at 3:30pm was contained to one room of the center. It was reported the fire was intentionally set by a juvenile. An investigating is ongoing. A damage estimate was not released and there were no injuries.

--Stearns County have released the names of the suspects in a shooting Wednesday in St. Augusta. Court documents state Erik Magnuson and Jerod Jakel drove to the residence to collect money owed to them. Jakel entered the home armed with a handgun and wearing a bandanna over his face, while Magnuson waited in the vehicle. While in the residence Jakel encountered the victim and a struggle ensued over the handgun. The gun discharged striking the victim in the abdomen. Jakel admitted to taking two bags containing methamphetamine before leaving the residence. The victim was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Approximately 15 minutes after finding the victim and talking to witnesses, deputies spotted a vehicle in question in St. Joseph Township that matched the description of the suspect vehicle. Both Jakel and Magnuson admitted to their involvement to investigators. Evidence linking them to the crime was found in the car, which included an empty holster, a sawed-off shotgun, suspected methamphetamine and a bandanna. Jakel and Magnuson were booked into the Stearns County Jail on 1st Degree Assault charges and formerly charged on Friday.

--A 33-year-old Emily man was charged in Crow Wing County with having more than $10,000 in stolen property in his possession. Authorities confiscated the property from Charles Weber’s residence and the judge set bail at $40,000 without conditions. Emily Police and Crow Wing County deputies are looking into who the property belongs as there have been a number of reports of burglaries and thefts in that area in prior weeks. Weber will make his next court appearance on December 16th.

--Morrison County Commissioners meet tomorrow at 9am.

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

--Brent and Sarah Smieja of Little Falls, boy born October 17th

--Delilah ‘Lila’ Fussy, age 84 of Bowlus.
--Clarence Pomplun, age 85 of Minneapolis formerly Hillman.
--Harry Wilkes, age 88 of Onamia.
--Joseph Schlichting, age 80 of Little Falls.
--Ruth Frie, age 61 of Swanville.

TODAY= partly sunny, isolated sprinkles, breezy, high 36.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, few flurries, low 23.
TUESDAY= partly cloudy, high near 40, low around 25.
WEDNESDAY= partly sunny, less windy, high near 40.

NFL= Vikings are at the Giants tonight on Monday Night Football
COL FB= Gophers hold on to get a big road win Saturday at Northwestern beating the Wildcats 20-17. Gophers are now 5-2.
WORLD SERIES= The World Series is set as the St. Louis Cardinals eliminated the Dodgers in six games and Boston got a late grand slam Saturday to eliminate the Tigers in six games.
HS= A reminder to listen to playoff football tomorrow night for Little Falls on KLTF, Pierz on FM94 and USA on Q92.

Daily lunches and happy hour specials are at the West Side Bar LF.

Friday- October 18th, 2013

--45-year-old Daniel Dickman of Pierz was sentenced to serve 41 months prison Wednesday in Morrison County District Court. Dickman plead guilty to a Controlled Substance Crime in the 2nd Degree on August 28th. On February 22nd, 2013 the Morrison County Critical Incident Response Team executed a Search Warrant at Dickman’s residence in Pierz. Officers found over 10 grams of methamphetamine during the search.

--A Stearns County grand jury Wednesday indicted a St. Cloud man on first-degree murder charges for the stabbing death of his mother. 52-year-old Dean Friese had previously been charged by the Stearns County Attorney’s Office with second-degree murder in the death of Lois Arlene Omeara. A grand jury indictment is required to proceed in court with first-degree murder charges in Minnesota. Friese was expected to make his first court appearance Thursday on the new charges. The grand jury also indicted Friese on one count of second-degree murder. Omeara was found stabbed to death on September 14th in her apartment. Court documents state that Friese had been thinking of killing his mother and told them of plans he devised in killing her. Friese remains in Stearns County Jail on $3 million bail.

--An armed robbery early Wednesday in Maple Grove is similar to several robberies reported in Central Minnesota in recent weeks, and investigators suspect the same man could be committing them all. The robbery Wednesday at Burger King in Maple Grove happened just after 6am when a masked man approached employees as they were opening the store. The man had a handgun and was wearing a gray zip-up jacket, black ski mask and gloves. He demanded money and ordered the store employees into the store’s cooler. He left in a dark-colored SUV, possibly a Dodge Durango. The robbery Wednesday is similar to others that have been reported in Wright County, Big Lake and in St. Cloud. Similar stores were targeted in Big Lake, St. Cloud, Monticello and Clearwater. Wright County is investigating a robbery September 19th at the Monticello Burger King and an attempted robbery the same day at a Burger King in Clearwater. Sheriff’s officials also are investigating an armed robbery that happened October 5th at the Game Stop store in Monticello. In all of those cases, the suspect was described as being dressed in dark-colored clothing, wearing a mask and having an average build. Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Wright County authorities.

--Healy High School Celebrates its 50 Year Anniversary on Wednesday, October 23rd from 6-8:30pm. This year marks the 50th year of the existence of the Healy Schools in Pierz.  Back in 1963 Healy Junior High opened in the town of Pierz.  The dedication of the school to Dr. Healy was held in a special event on October 23rd, 1963.  In honor of this important event they will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary and ask community members to join them for a brief program and refreshments. Superintendent George Weber will discuss more on this Monday at 10am on KLTF Party Line.

--Meteorologists are reporting that a hard freeze is being forecasted for this weekend Saturday night into Sunday where temperatures are expected to drop as low as 20 degrees in northern Minnesota and 25 degrees is some parts of central Minnesota. There has been some scattered frost in the area last weekend when temps dropped to near 30 degrees but the first official hard frost is over two weeks late.

--Little Falls Police reported the arrest of a 32-year-old man Tuesday morning at a hotel on charges of second-degree assault. The case has been forwarded to the Morrison County Attorney’s Office.

--Fatal and serious crashes have increased this year and the trajectory continues. In an effort to reverse the trend, the Minnesota State Patrol is implementing enhanced enforcement plans in every district from now through December. The goal is to halt the increase in fatal crashes. State Patrol districts will devise their own specific responses to this statewide call for action. District supervisors will be selecting appropriate and effective enforcement responses to the particular issues and causes of fatal and serious injury crashes within each district. These efforts will be based on the available statistics and crash facts. This effort will result in targeted intersection-related saturation patrols in that district. The effect will show increased visibility as troopers are assigned specific posts at or near various intersections. Troopers will monitor for violations such as seatbelts, speeding, texting, distracted driving, complete stops, fail to yield and a host of other intersection-related violations.

--Minnesota County Information Technology Leadership Association is providing cybersecurity training to county employees on the importance of security in the workplace. The training is being held in conjunction with President Obama’s proclamation that declared October 2013 as “National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.” Internet users and information infrastructure face an increasing threat of malicious cyber-attack. Training sessions will equip county employees with the information necessary to recognize threats and secure county data from attacks. Over 30 counties including Morrison County are participating in this collaborative training effort, with some assistance from the State of Minnesota saving over $80,000 compared to if each county would have provided their own training. This MNCITLA initiative demonstrates the benefits of working together in collaborative ways across community boundaries. Since 2005, MNCITLA has supported Minnesota county IT leaders through information sharing and technology collaborations.

--Rita Kroll, age 79 of Little Falls formerly of Royalton.
--Randy A. Strom, age 50 of Brainerd.

TODAY= partly sunny, afternoon showers, high 47.
TONIGHT= rain in evening, snow after midnight, low 30.
SATURDAY= rain/snow in morning then rain afternoon, high 44.
SUNDAY= snow, up to 1 inch of slush, some rain, high 38.
MONDAY= partly sunny, chance of rain/snow, high 38.

COL FB= Gophers at Northwestern Saturday 10am on KLTF.
ACES= The Breast Cancer Awareness night is being held tonight at Exchange Arena during the Flying Aces game. The players, refs and others will be wearing pink in honor of Breast Cancer Month. The pink puck drops tonight at 7:05pm.
NFL= Vikings at Giants Monday night at 7:30pm.
CC= Coaches Corner Saturday morning at 9 at Coborn’s deli for this week and next, in November the program will be at KLTF studio.

Loss For Words tonight and Saturday, great lunches at West Side Bar

Thursday- October 17th, 2013

--280th Street in Cushing Township will be closed Thursday and Friday due to culvert installation. The road is expected to be open again by Saturday.

--Wednesday morning at approximately 11:30am Deputies from the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence in St. Augusta to investigate a reported shooting. Upon arrival deputies determined that a 33 year old male had been shot at least once and was in need of medical attention. Witnesses at the scene provided an accurate description of the shooting suspects and the suspect vehicle which deputies located a short time later in St. Joseph Township, Stearns County. Two males matching the suspect’s description were taken into custody. The Sheriff’s Office does not believe any other persons were involved in the shooting and are not looking for any other suspects at this time. Deputies indicated that robbery was the motive and an ensuing struggle occurred in which the firearm was discharged. It is not believed the injuries suffered by the victim are life threatening as he was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital. The investigation continues. Suspect and victim identities will be released at a later date. No further information is available at this time.

--A potential buyer for a Wausau Paper mill in north-central Minnesota has withdrawn, citing environmental concerns. Liberty Diversified International’s chairman and CEO informed the city of Brainerd Tuesday the company was no longer interested in possibly buying the plant. The Wausau plant stopped paper production in April. City and economic development officials had been seeking a new owner since then. 130 jobs were lost by the closure.

--To build breast cancer awareness for all women, the Minnesota National Guard launched their third Pink Tank Project video for National Breast Cancer. Last Sunday during the Vikings game in Minneapolis the daughter of Sgt. Brenda Geise who lost her fight with breast cancer 2011 accepted the Hometown Hero award from the Minnesota Vikings. Sgt. Brenda Geise was diagnosed with cancer after she had returned from deployment in Iraq during the years of 2004 and 2005. Brenda’s daughter Korleen and Brenda’s brother Mike Geise accepted the posthumous award on Sunday. The Pink Tank Project is to build breast cancer awareness for all women whether they wear the uniform or not. All women should conduct monthly self-breast exams, and have mammograms as recommended by their health care providers. Another breast cancer awareness note: The Minnesota Flying Aces and St. Gabriel’s Hospital are having a breast cancer awareness night during Friday night’s hockey game in Little Falls at 7:05pm.

--More zebra mussels turned up last week in a follow-up inspection of Watab Lake north of St. Joseph. This is the first confirmed infestation in Stearns County. As of Tuesday, crews throughout the state had uploaded 160,888 inspection reports. Those reports must be analyzed. Initial discussions will begin in December. St. Paul staff decides how to allocate resources. The DNR budgeted more than $8.6 million combating aquatic invasive species in the fiscal year that started July 1st, 2012. Because they’re connected, Rossier and Lower Watab lakes and the Watab River are all deemed infested. The Watab River flows into the Mississippi River, which already was infested. This infestation won’t affect any previously uninfested downstream waters. The zebra mussels appeared to be 1 year old, which indicates the infestation occurred last year.

--In order to make repairs to the water main, water will be shut off on Monday, October 21st from approximately 8:30am until approximately 5:00pm on First Avenue Southwest from Fourth Street to Sixth Street.

--The Pierz city council Monday approved special assessments for Robert Park Avenue project at 16% of the cost of the project to the property owners in that area. Owners have the option to pay it off in the next 30 days or over the next 10 years it will be added to their property taxes. Later Monday night, a portion of Edward Street was dedicated as Maureen Watercott Memorial Drive.

--The Brainerd Police Department is investigating a report of injuries to a 4-month old child on the 500 block of Fourth Avenue Northeast. No other information is being released on the condition of the child. Only that police are investigating and asking the residences in that area to call their office if they noticed any suspicious activity recently.

--Nisswa police and fire departments from Ideal, Nisswa and Pequot Lakes worked on a power line that started on fire when a tree fell on it last Friday night during a lightning storm. Crow Wing Power was called to the scene. Power was out in some areas for a time but there was no report of any injuries.

--Seatbelt use is at a record high 94.8% in Minnesota according to the survey completed by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The reports indicate that the state can still do better and that over half of the traffic fatalities in the state are people who are unbelted and 80% of traffic crashes with fatalities in rural Minnesota have unbelted drivers or passengers. The survey showed that Minnesotans between ages 16 to 29 are the most likely to not buckle up.

--After a 16-day Federal Government Shutdown- The House and The Senate both passed legislation Wednesday that ends the shutdown and avoid a threatened default. The President signed it early this morning meaning that many federal employees are back at work.

--Daniel Curtis Shimek, age 65 of Apple Valley formerly Little Falls.

TODAY= rain by afternoon, high around 50.
TONIGHT= rain showers tonight, few snow flakes, low 32.
FRIDAY= partly sunny, few isolated showers, high 47, low 32.
SATURDAY= rain/snow showers at times, breezy, high 44, low 29.
SUNDAY= frost and sun early then late day rain, high 44, low 32.

FB= Upsala/Swanville held of Royalton 24-21, Pierz wins 23-6 over Maple Lake, Becker downed Little Falls 18-3, Holdingford goes 8-0.
NFL= Josh Freeman named starting QB for Vikings Monday night.

IN 1781= British General Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown to U.S.
IN 1933= Albert Einstein flees Nazi Germany to the United States.
IN 1979= Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
IN 1987= the first indoor World Series game was played as the Minnesota Twins won Game 1 over St. Louis 10-1 at the Metrodome.

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Wednesday- October 16th, 2013

--18 year old Jonathan Allen Klein of Little Falls was charged October 8th in Morrison County District Court with one felony count theft. On October 5th it was reported that two large steel beams were missing from a property on Gordon Circle, south of Little Falls. The beams were worth several thousand dollars. Based on the investigation Klein was one of the suspects. An officer spoke with Klein and at first, Klein allegedly said he had permission to take the beams. Eventually, according to the criminal complaint, Klein admitted he was being dishonest and that he took the beams without permission. If convicted, Klein faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

--Blustery, cool and wet weather made hunting a challenge Saturday for the 137 youth hunter-mentor pairs at the 12th Annual Camp Ripley Youth Archery Hunt and for also 17 pairs at the 10th Annual Lake Alexander TNC Preserve Archery Hunt. Five deer were caught at Camp Ripley with the first by Samson Sjogren of Sauk Centre and the largest deer a 131 doe taken by Aiden Ginter of Glenwood. Only two deer were taken at the Lake Alexander hunt. The first by Anthony Lenz of Elk River and the largest deer was around a 100 pound doe taken by Josh Novicky of St. Michael. The two were in the same group. All youth are assisted by an adult mentor who cannot hunt.

--The number of hunting fatalities in Minnesota has dropped substantially in the past few decades, a trend that state officials attribute to effective firearm safety programs. 30 years ago there was an average of 55 shooting incidents and 8 fatalities during the hunting season. Now there are half as many shooting incidents and the average of deaths has dropped to around 2 per season.

--Stearns County deputies responded to a golf cart accident Sunday afternoon around 3:15pm on Colfax Road in Crow Lake Township south of Paynesville. 36-year-old Timothy Schoumaker was driving a homemade golf cart when it malfunctioned causing it to hit the ditch and roll over. A passenger, 30-year-old Krista Schroendeman and the driver, Schoumaker, were both ejected from the cart and transported to the Paynesville Hospital for treatment of injuries.

--A 60-year-old Pine River woman pleaded guilty Monday to one count of failure to provide dogs with adequate shade in violation of a state statute. Deborah Rowell made the guilty plea just before her criminal case was to start on Monday in district court. Rowell was charged with nine violations but the others were dismissed for pleading guilty Monday to the one charge. She was sentenced to 90 days jail and $135 in fines. All the jail time was suspended for one year provided Rowell complies with the conditions handed down by the court regarding care of her animals and inspections by law enforcement of the facilities throughout the next year.

--Gas prices have dropped to the lowest point in almost a year. Gas Prices in Minnesota were as low as $3.09 a gallon due to the high demand of oil overseas seeing prices at more than $101 a barrel. The price of oil should continue to go down which should mean even more drops at the pump but any sudden movement in the market could change that outcome rapidly in the days ahead.

--Influenza has arrived in Minnesota but state health officials are not ready to call it flu season yet. The Department of Health says they no longer report the first laboratory confirmed case of the fall, but instead wait to see an uptick in flu activity from schools, long term care facilities and doctor’s offices. They also stated there is an abundant supply of flu vaccine available in the state.

--32-year-old Terry Lee Bryant of DeKalb, Georgia, was sentenced to serve 12 months and 1 day in prison Tuesday afternoon in Morrison County District Court in Little Falls. Bryant pleaded guilty to two felonies: Fleeing a Peace Officer in a Motor Vehicle and Criminal Damage to Property in the 1st degree. As part of the agreement, Bryant waived extradition and will return to Georgia after his Minnesota prison sentences are complete. March of last year Georgia authorities issued a warrant for Bryant for failure to register as a sex offender. In June Randall Police stopped Bryant for speeding. Bryant gave police a false name but the criminal data base revealed that it was a known alias for Terry Bryant.  When Bryant overheard a call for backup he realized that officers had figured out who he was and suddenly sped away leading officers on a chase at speeds up to 120 miles per hour. After being arrested it was reported on July 7th that Bryant committed criminal damage in the Morrison County Jail, causing over a thousand dollars in damage.

--DFLers now have an entrant in the race to succeed Rep. Michele Bachmann: Avon college professor Jim Read. Read, a political science professor at College of St. Benedict and St. John's University said Tuesday that he’s running for Congress in Minnesota’s 6th District. Read ran for a state House seat in 1992 and lost narrowly. He hasn’t run for or held other elected offices.

--An economist who received his PH.D from the University of Minnesota in 1978 is one of three American Professors sharing the Nobel Prize for Economics this year. Lars Peter Hansen teaches in Chicago and developed a statistical method to test theories of asset pricing. Last year, Little Falls native and University of Minnesota Duluth graduate Brian Kobilka received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry with his colleague Robert Lefkowitz for their work on protein receptors that let body cells sense and respond to outside signals.

--David and Nichole Bueckers of Pierz, a girl born October 11th
--Matthew and Lee Ann Nelson of Bowlus, a boy born October 11th
--Wade and Kayla Sandbakken of Randall, a boy born October 7th
--Joshua and Kristi Brenny of Foley, a boy born October 14th

--William ‘Bill’ J., Rodgers, age 70 of Randall.
--Louise Matlock, age 79 of Little Falls.

TODAY= gradually becoming sunny, high 54.
TONIGHT= frost late, partly cloudy, low 34.
THURSDAY= mostly cloudy afternoon showers, high 50.
THURS NITE= rain showers mixed with some snow, low 30.
FRIDAY= areas of frost early then partly sunny, high 48.

HS FB= Little Falls at Becker tonight at 7pm on AM960 KLTF
HS FB= Pierz at Maple Lake tonight at 7pm on FM94 KFML.
HS FB= Upsala/Swanville at Royalton tonight 7pm on Q92 WYRQ
MLB= Cardinals and Red Sox win Tuesday- Cards up on Dodgers now 3 games to 1 while Red Sox take a 2-1 lead over Detroit.
COL FB= Gophers at Northwestern Saturday 10am on KLTF.

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Monday- October 14, 2013 “Columbus Day”

--Wadena Deer Creek High School last Wednesday had the rare opportunity to observe the Minnesota Supreme Court in action as a way for students to understand what the supreme court systems does for Minnesota. The high court heard arguments in an actual case brought forth to them that was originated in Olmstead County District Court. 450 students from Wadena, Bertha-Hewitt, Staples-Motley, Verndale, New York Mills and Henning listened in the auditorium that turned into a courtroom. Following the event in the auditorium many of the justices than went to classrooms in Wadena and talked to younger students of education and their career which led them to the Supreme Court. This included Justice Christopher Dietzen, Justice Alan Page, Justice Wilhelmina Wright and Chief Justice Lorie Gildea.

--A bicyclist was killed about 3:30pm Thursday on Gull Lake Drive in Cass County after the bicycle and a vehicle collided. The Minnesota State Patrol identified the bicyclist as 57-year old Leonard Grabowski of Brainerd. The vehicle was driven by 24-year old Kerri Zelinske of Brainerd. Zelinske suffered no apparent injuries. Zelinske was traveling south on Gull Lake Drive and Grabowski was heading north on the same road on his bike. On Friday, Zelinske appeared in court to face three felony charges of criminal vehicular homicide. Prosecutors allege Zelinske was driving negligently and was under the influence of alcohol.  She is also charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence. A judge set bail at $150,000 without conditions or $100,000 with conditions. She is due to appear in court again on October 21st.

--Stewart Mills III of Nisswa on Thursday kicked off his formal candidacy for the 8th Congressional House District seat in 2014. Mills had kick off rallies last week in Cloquet and Rush City. Mills announced back in June his ideas for a run for Congress mainly bringing jobs to the area. Mills is currently the Vice President of Mills Fleet Farm which is headquartered in the Brainerd/Baxter area.

--The task force compiled by the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to review policies and procedures concerning sexual abuse by priests has been finalized. It was formed by Reverend Reginald Whitt after one priest pled guilty to sexual misconduct last year and another has been accused of possessing child pornography.  The group is made up of Catholics and n on-Catholics and includes a lawyer and a former police officer.  They will work together to compile a report on the problem and make recommendations for church officials to follow.  Critics say the archdiocese’s policies are not the problem, the behavior and actions of church officials are, and the task force is simply window dressing.

--A Willmar man has been sentenced to six years in prison for committing two random attack robberies in St. Cloud within a ten day period last December. 25-year old Justin Gomez previously pled guilty to two counts of first-degree aggravated robbery and one count of second-degree assault. Gomez also agreed to pay restitution to the victims in both incidents.

--Parent Teacher Conferences 3:45pm to 6:45pm today at the Little Falls Community High School. Call 616-2200 for more information.

--The Upsala City Council hired new interim City Clerk/Treasurer Reva Mische last week. Mische will serve as an interim clerk until next May. After completing her probationary period, the position will be posted and Mische will have the opportunity to apply for a permanent position. The position opened recently when Adrian Welle the current clerk in Upsala took a position in Florida.

--Liberty Paper Company of Becker has been identified by the Brainerd City Council as the firm that’s interested in purchasing Wausau Paper Co. in Brainerd. Brainerd Mayor James Wallin traveled to Becker to meet with Liberty Paper officials on a possible buying of the Brainerd paper plant. Reports indicate that a presentation will be made on the potential buy Thursday at 4pm at Brainerd City Hall.

--Sartell has been named by a consumer advocacy website as one of the best towns in Minnesota for families. Sartell ranked 3rd after assessing the city’s cost of living, education, economic growth and affordable home prices.

--Three people were arrested and transported to Benton County Jail after the St. Cloud Police Department SWAT Team, along with the Central Minnesota Violent Offender’s Task Force, executed a search warrant Friday morning at the address of 62 12th Avenue NE. Officers found a small amount of methamphetamine, an undisclosed amount of crack cocaine, prescription pills and a 10-gauge pistol grip shotgun inside the home. The search discovered 10 people. The house is owned by 52-year-old David Roll. Bruce Canady, 45, and Macenzie Olson, 27, are facing fifth degree possession of a controlled substance charge, and Joseph Bernhardt, 27, is facing an outstanding warrant for felony controlled substance. Canady, Olson and Bernhardt were booked and released from jail. The remaining parties were released and additional charges may be added after further investigation. The search came after a number of phone calls regarding weapons, shots fired, threat complaints, along with information regarding the use and sales of drugs.

--Michael and Hannah Van Heel of Randall, a boy born October 10th

--George F. Stavish, age 60 of Randall
--Donna Nadeau of Philbrook
--Frank R. Buesseler, age 83 of Wilmington, North Carolina.
--Darlene Smude, age 80 of Onamia.
--Ruth Theis, age 79 of Sartell.

TODAY= rain likely by afternoon, cloudy, high near 50.
TONIGHT= rain, heavy tonight 1-2 inches possible, low 43.
TUESDAY= rain and windy ending tonight, high 48, low 35.
WEDNESDAY= sunny, high 54 with a clear night low 35.

VIKINGS= Carolina routs the Vikings 35-10 on Sunday. Vikes 1-4.
MLB= Cards lead 2-0, Red Sox and Tigers tied at 1 in playoffs.
HS= Little Falls, Upsala/Swanville. Foley, Royalton and Holdingford win in football over the weekend. Little Falls boys and girls soccer teams both lose to Sartell Saturday and eliminated in the playoffs.

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Friday- October 11th, 2013

--The 60-year-old Randall man who was injured in an ATV accident Wednesday afternoon in Morrison County has died. George Stavish appeared to have been traveling west on 230th Street in Parker Township when he lost control and rolled. He was found next to the ATV with severe injuries and was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital. Stavish died Thursday from injuries he received in the crash.

--The city of Royalton became the owner of the old “antique building” on the corner of Highway 10 and Centre Street at its council meeting, Tuesday. The City Council voted to approve the purchase of the tax-forfeited property from Morrison County for $5,000 plus closing costs. The Council then voted to approve the advertisement of the sale of the property. Bids are due to the city by Tuesday, November 26th for a decision when the Council meets in December. Proposals should include a design and a letter of intent for the property along with a timeline for demolition of the building or its refurbishment.

--A five-month investigation by the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force has led to the arrests of 15 people in the last week in the St. Cloud area. The arrests came after the task force started buying small amounts of crack cocaine from suspects living in the St. Cloud area. The purchases led to several more in the last week, and those led to arrests and a search of a south St. Cloud residence by the St. Cloud SWAT team. All the people arrested are facing charges and were either booked and released from Stearns County Jail or have made their first court appearances and are still being held. Investigators seized about $1,600 that could be forfeited. The SWAT team raided a residence at 1017 Eighth Ave. S on October 1st and found about 3.5 grams of crack cocaine. The house was in such bad condition that investigators contacted St. Cloud health inspectors, who have condemned it. Arrested during the investigation and charged with selling crack cocaine or aiding and abetting those sales are: Bridget Wilson, 51; Lamont Wilson, 52; Henry Lee Moore, 23;, Michael Brown, 35; Guice Harbor, 41; Anthony Reese, 27; Kenosha Bates, 38; Antoine Jones, 44; Eddie Brown Jr., 34; Sharon Norwood, 47; Jermaine Maxwell, 37; Ladonna McClure, 43; Katie Rockymore, 24; and Marshall Pack, 36. Moore is from Minneapolis. Lamont Wilson is in prison, and Reese is in Benton County Jail. The others are listed as being from St. Cloud. 37-year old Carla Thomas faces a charge of possessing crack cocaine. Additional charges and arrests are expected.

--Minnesota’s cold weather rule takes effect Tuesday, meaning utility companies can’t disconnect service to customers who are having trouble paying their bills. Under the rule, residential customers are protected from disconnection from October 15th through April 15th if it would affect their primary source of heat. To be eligible, customers must commit to a monthly payment that doesn’t exceed 10 percent of their household income. To avoid disconnection, customers who receive a disconnection notice must immediately contact the utility and commit to a payment plan.

--Funeral Services have been set for former Senator Rod Grams. Service will be Tuesday at 11am at Zion Lutheran Church in Crown with visitation Monday from 4-7 also at the church. Former Senator Grams is survived by his wife Christine, four children, six grandchildren and one-great grandchild. Rod and Chris Grams have owned Little Falls Radio since 2004.

--The jury trial scheduled for the 60-year-old Pine River woman, who is facing nine criminal complaint charges of animal cruelty in Cass County District Court for a July 16th incident where Cass County Sheriff’s deputies seized 102 dogs has been rescheduled. A jury trial for Deborah Beatrice Rowell, who was charged for seven misdemeanor and two petty misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, was scheduled to be held Oct. 8, but was reset to be held Monday. Rowell pleaded not guilty to all charges on August 16th.

--The Motley City Council voted Tuesday to look for water that offers better quality and quantity than the city is getting now. Currently, Motley’s water contains far more manganese and iron than it should. The vote included a cap of $40,000 to bore for another well plus drill for a well if the borings provide conducive for quality water. The Council would like a new well in place for the proposed new water treatment plant which is expected to begin construction in the spring of 2014. Wayne Barros, the maintenance supervisor for the city, said the cost to locate the water would be $30,000 – $40,000.

--The Pierz City Council meets Monday 7pm at City Hall. Agenda items include approval of Certification to County Auditor, approving assessments, resolution on dedicating Maureen Watercott Driver, city cleaning contract, Pierz Community Gardens and right of way permit and policy, creation of Deputy Clerk Position and a gambling permit approval along with employee insurance increase approval.

--More than 140 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 114th Transportation Company are scheduled to attend a departure ceremony Saturday in Chisholm, in preparation for a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. "The 114th Transportation Company is returning to Afghanistan three and a half years after a support mission from 2009 to 2010," said Army Captain Ryan R. Koester, 114th Transportation Company Commander.

--St. Mary’s Church in Upsala has changed their mass time for Sunday to 8am and St. Edward’s Church in Elmdale will have mass Sunday at 10am and the Sacred Heart Chapel at St. Francis Convent will have a mass change to 11am this Sunday.

TODAY= showers and T-storms likely by afternoon, breezy, high 72
TONIGHT= showers and T-storms before midnight, breezy, low 50
SATURDAY= morning showers then partial sun, high 55 and windy
SUNDAY= sunny, high 57, low around 35 some scattered frost.
MONDAY= showers likely by afternoon, high 50, low around 40.

LYNX= The Minnesota Lynx are WNBA Champions for the 2nd time in 3 years. The Lynx beat Atlanta 86-77 last night in Duluth, Georgia to sweep the best of 5 series 3-0. Maya Moore was MVP.
HS FB= Mora at Little Falls tonight 7pm on AM960 KLTF.
HS FB= Pierz at Belgrade-Brooten Elrosa tonight 7pm on FM94.
HS FB= It is Homecoming tonight for the Morrison County teams of Upsala/Swanville game in Swanville and also in Royalton tonight.
NFL= Carolina at Minnesota Sunday at noon.
COL FB= Gophers are idle this weekend, Head Coach Jerry Kill announced that he is taking a leave of absence from the team at this time to focus on his epilepsy following illness and a seizure last week which kept him from traveling with the team to Michigan.

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Thursday- October 10th, 2013

--Former U.S. Senator Rod Grams died late Tuesday at age 65 following a battle with cancer. Grams had a lucrative career in radio and television before turning to a political career in 1992 winning the U.S. House 6th District seat. He then won the U.S. Senate seat in 1994 and served from January 1995 to January 2001. Following that Senator Grams and his wife Christine bought Little Falls Radio Corporation in 2004. In 2007 Rod Grams began hosting his informative talk show Up Front at 9:05 on AM960 KLTF where he continued to host that program up until this past August.

--Wednesday afternoon at 2:07pm, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an ATV accident on 230th Street near 50th Avenue in Parker Township west of Randall. The driver of the ATV 60-year old George Stavish of Randall appeared to have been traveling westbound on 230th Street. Apparently Stavish lost control of the ATV, rolled it, and was found lying next to the ATV. George Stavish was airlifted to the St. Cloud Hospital with severe injuries.

--Camp Ripley will be hosting their Semi-Annual Retirement Seminar/Breakfast on Thursday, October 17th starting at 8:30 with coffee and breakfast and meeting to start at 9:30.This meeting will be held at the Old Hanger on the north end of cantonment, near the Chapel. Personnel from St. Paul will be speaking on a variety of topics, including Tri-Care. Dave Swantek with the Veterans State Cemetery will give updates and share concerns. There is no cost for this seminar, but breakfast is $6.50. For more information call Tony Wenzel at 749-2428 or email

--The Chain of Lakes Fire Department responded to a call for a barn fire in Munson Township near Richmond in Stearns County on Tuesday. The fire turned out to be a small electrical fire, which did not cause much damage. No injuries were reported.

--The Minnesota Department of Transportation on Tuesday announced about $13 million in grants available for local transportation alternative projects in outstate Minnesota. The program intends to fund projects for pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation, Safe Routes to School and more. Applicants in outstate Minnesota must submit a letter of intent by November 15th and the full application by next February with recipients announced in April. The new Transportation Alternatives Program provides funding for a variety of projects, including many that were previously financed under separate programs, such as Transportation Enhancements and Scenic Byways.

--Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle invites the public to attend a town hall event on transportation issues next Tuesday in Pine River. The event is scheduled from 2-4pm is at the Pine River Depot. Commissioner Zelle will lead a discussion about transportation, how it affects quality of life, its strong ties to Minnesota’s economy and the importance of continuing to invest in this significant asset. The event is open to the public, and includes an “open microphone” question and answer session where the commissioner will take feedback and answer questions.

--Little Falls Police on Tuesday reported a theft of items taken from a residence on Fourth Street Northwest mainly Halloween decorations, a theft of items also reported Monday night on Sixth Street Southwest and Police arrested a 29-year-old man Tuesday morning on third-degree domestic assault.

--Each year Kinship holds a Veterans Program as a way to honor our Veterans by asking 3 people who served in our armed forces to get up in front of the audience and share some of their experiences. This year the program is on November 12th. Some chose to simply tell stories, others use pictures, videos or items.  The point of it is, that by them sharing, the folks in the audience get a better understanding about the sacrifices and experiences our Veterans went through. Speakers are still needed for this year.  Ideally, they would like at least one speaker who served in WWII / Korea; to hear their stories before they fade to history books. To offer to be a speaker, call Aaron at (320) 632-8806.

--A 27-year-old Brainerd man was injured Sunday in a one vehicle accident on Highway 25 south of Thompson Road when his vehicle left the road and struck the ditch. Charles Ruppert suffered a head injury and shoulder pain and was taken to the Brained hospital. He has since been released.

--What choices are farmers making to raise pork today? How is it impacting animal care, our food and the environment? Those questions will be answered on Wednesday, October 16th, at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Rice Chamber of Commerce. Nathan Winkelman, DVM, of Swine Services Unlimited Inc., in Rice will address the group at 12:00pm. at the Rice City Hall.

--The Heartland Symphony Orchestra presents “Americana” Saturday night at 7:30 at Charles D. Martin Auditorium and also at 2:30pm Sunday at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. For ticket information log on to or get ticket information by calling Little Falls Radio at 632-2992.

--Raymond and Dana Mattern of Brainerd, girl born October 8th
--Michael Day and Brittany Schmitz of Swanville, boy on October 8th

--Rod Grams, age 65 of Crown MN
--Jeannette U. Eckman, age 83 of Little Falls.
--Maynard A. Zimmerman, age 94 of Little Falls.
--Joyce S. Berger, age 85 of Little Falls.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high around 75.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 55.
FRIDAY= showers develop, partial sun and windy, high 73, low 50
SATURDAY= morning showers then clearing and cool, high 57
SUNDAY= sunny and cool, high 55, low around 37.

NFL= Minneapolis is one of the three finalists, including New Orleans and Indianapolis, to host Super Bowl 52 on February 4th, 2018. The location for the Super Bowl 52 will be announced in May of 2014. The new Vikings stadium is slated to open in 2016.
MLB= St. Louis eliminated Pittsburgh 6-1 last night to win the NLDS series 3-2 and advance to take on the Dodgers in NLCS. LYNX= Lynx could wrap up the WNBA finals tonight in game 3 in Atlanta at 7:30. Lynx won the first 2 games by 25 points each.

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Wednesday- October 9th, 2013

--A Minnesota Army Ranger was critically injured when a bomb exploded in a house in Afghanistan during a fight between insurgents and Nato-led coalition forces. Reports state there was a suicide bomber inside the house that caused a second explosion when coalition forces arrived to help the injured. 27-year-old Tom Block of Waseca lost his right eye, injuries to his left eye and had a collapsed lung. Late yesterday Block was alert and responsive.

--A 30-year old Brainerd man was charged Monday in Crow Wing County District Court with two counts of sales of narcotics. Bail for David Theien was set at $50,000 on the charges and his next hearing is November 20th. Charges stem from an informant who purchased meth from Theien and another man back in August. If convicted on all counts he faces up to 20 years in prison.

--In a surprise move Monday night after nearly three hours of discussion, the Islamic Center of St. Cloud withdrew its application for a mosque development on the city’s south side. The Islamic Center of St. Cloud had requested an amendment to a planned unit development for a property at 1850 Clearwater Road. The organization wanted to build two two-unit residential dwellings, a mosque, a religious school and a community building. Reconsidering Abdulrashid Salad of the Islamic Center said he wanted to withdraw the application and reconsider what they are requesting. After the request was made, Salad said he wanted to consider eliminating some of the design concepts. He thought he had done enough to address the neighbors’ concerns but now sees there is more that could be done. He did not state specifically what would be changed.

--Hubbard County is reporting a duck hunting accident has claimed the life of a young newlywed. 23-year-old Adam Poole and a friend were hunting in a boat on a channel when officials say they both stood up in the boat at the same time, Poole’s hunting partner lost his balance, his gun discharged shooting Poole in the head. Poole was taken to an area hospital but died from his injuries.

--Little Falls Police responded last Thursday to a telephone pole on fire on Haven Road. Minnesota Power was called and taken care of it. Pequot Lakes firefighters battled a vehicle fire on Government Drive last Friday. In both cases no injuries were reported.

--With Minnesota’s small game hunting season underway and the firearm deer season set to begin November 9th the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says making a blaze orange fashion statement this fall might not get you on the best-dressed list, but it just might save your life. Laws include for Small Game Seasons: At least one visible article of clothing above the waist must be blaze orange when taking small game, except when hunting wild turkeys, migratory birds, raccoons, predators, when hunting by falconry, trapping or while hunting deer by archery while stationary. For Deer Season: The visible portion of a cap and outer clothing above the waist, excluding sleeves and gloves, must be blaze orange when hunting or trapping during any open season where deer may be taken by firearms (including special hunts, early antlerless, youth seasons and muzzleloader). Blaze orange includes a camouflage pattern of at least 50 percent blaze orange within each square foot. This restriction does not apply to migratory bird hunters on waters or in stationary shooting locations or to trappers on waters.

--The Little Falls Police Department is releasing information to the community regarding a Level 3 Predatory Offender. This offender is not wanted by the police and has served the sentence imposed on him by the court. Shannon Michael Miller moved into the 200 block of Lindbergh Dr. South. He has a history of engaging in sexual contact with female victim’s age 10-15. Contact included penetration. A Community Notification Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 22nd at 5:30pm at the Little Falls High School Auditorium. Representatives from the Department of Corrections and Little Falls Police Department will be available to provide you with useful information on public safety.

--Wright County authorities and St. Cloud police are seeking the public’s help is finding the last suspect being sought in connection with the shooting death of an Annandale man. They are searching for 18-year-old Preston Saengchanthalath who was last reported to be in St. Cloud. He has been charged with second-degree murder and first degree aggravated robbery from an early morning homicide September 28th that killed 42-year-old Kyle Greene. Five suspects have been arrested in the case and charged. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Saengchanthalath is asked to contact the Wright County Sheriff’s Office or St. Cloud police.

--A St. Cloud store owner was arrested Monday and could face several drug charges and a criminal sexual conduct charge. Investigators for the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force had received information that prescription pills were being sold out of The iPod Guy store on St. Germain Street. 44-year old Andrew Frederick was identified as the owner. Over the past four months, investigators conducted two controlled purchases of prescription pills from Frederick while the store was open for business. Investigators executed a search warrant in July, which lead to the seizure of OxyContin and Percocet. A handgun also was seized. A 17-year-old girl and a 1½-year-old child were present at the time of the search. The girl identified herself as Frederick’s girlfriend and the child as hers. Police believed Frederick to be the father and later confirmed that with a DNA test. Investigators determined the child would have been conceived when the girl was 15 years old and launched a criminal sexual conduct investigation. Frederick was booked into the Stearns County Jail and is being held with possible charges including the sale and possession of controlled substances, child endangerment and criminal sexual conduct.

--There will be Parent-Teacher Conferences at the Pierz High School on today from 3:30-7:30pm at the PAC.

--Wade and Kayla Sandbakken of Randall, a boy born October 7th.

TODAY= sunny skies, high 73, partly cloudy night low around 50.
THURSDAY= mostly sunny, high 73, clouds increase at night 53.
FRIDAY= showers and possible T-storms, breezy, high near 70.

LYNX= another 25 point win for the Lynx last night over Atlanta in game 2 of WNBA finals 88-63 Tuesday. Game 3 Thursday in Atlanta
MLB= Boston wins series over Tampa, Detroit ties theirs with A’s.

Top Notch Friday night, grab the coolest drinks in town at WS Bar.

Tuesday- October 8th, 2013

--The USA Patriots homecoming game is this Friday night in Swanville against United North Central. Swanville crowned Andrew Vodak and Ashley Maciej homecoming king and queen on Sunday. In the Upsala coronation on Sunday Mitch Lange and Katie Ripplinger were crowned king and queen. The Royalton coronation was also Sunday. They crowned Jessie Popp and Emily Fussy king and queen. The Royals host Browerville this Friday.

--A new interpretation of federal law has spurred the Minnesota National Guard to recall almost all of the 1,207 civilian technicians who were furloughed last week because of the federal government shutdown. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered almost 350,000 furloughed federal workers back on the job, basing his decision on a Pentagon interpretation of a law called the Pay Our Military Act. Of the 1,207 furloughed Minnesota National Guard technicians, about 350 work at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. The technicians are federal civilian employees and members of the Minnesota National Guard who do tasks such as mechanical work, administrative and logistical support. All but four of those technicians are being recalled to work following Hagel’s orders. The furloughed workers will all be back at work by today.

--Applications for Minnesota wolf hunting and trapping licenses have dropped by almost half this year. Last year was Minnesota’s first wolf hunt since the animals came off the endangered list. About 23,500 hunters and trappers applied for licenses. That number dropped to about 13,000 this year. A total of 3,300 licenses were available this year, down from 6,000 last year. The target harvest is 220 wolves, down from 400 last year when 413 wolves were taken.

--Wright County sheriff’s investigators are investigating an armed robbery that happened Saturday night at a business in Monticello. The sheriff’s office received a call at about 10:00pm roughly 30 minutes after the robbery happened. Employees told investigators that a man with a gun approached while they were closing the computer game store. The suspect ordered the employees back into the store. The suspect took an undetermined amount of cash and property from inside the store before fleeing. Investigators searched the area around the store for the suspect but didn’t find him. The incident remains under investigation.

--Due to the government shutdown, the disabled deer hunt at Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge scheduled today and tomorrow has been cancelled.

--Little Falls School Superintendant Stephen Jones is scheduled to appear on Wednesday’s Up Front program at 9:05am on KLTF. Topics will include an update on the Little Falls Schools with a focus on the referendum up for renewal on ballots next month.

--A St. Joseph woman has won a $50,000 fellowship from a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching peacemaking skills. 22-year old Danielle Liebl is one of 10 winners who get a two-year, $50,000 fellowship from Peace First. As a sophomore at the College of St. Benedict, Liebl created a club called “Students for the Advancement of People with Differabilities” to educate students on campus about how to treat and interact with people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

--An opening reception for the Charles Kapsner annual salon is Saturday 6-9pm at Great River Arts Center in Little Falls.

--35-year-old Shane Martin Kristiansen of Foley was sentenced to 21 months in prison Monday morning in Morrison County District Court in Little Falls.  Kristiansen plead guilty to Felony Check Forgery. The case stems from a February 27, 2013 incident when Kristiansen cashed a check at the Farmers and Merchants State Bank in Pierz.  Kristiansen admitted he stole a check from a mailbox. Kristiansen admitted altering the check and replacing with a phony name. Kristiansen was ordered to pay the bank restitution in the amount of $321.15.

--A rural Pine River family lost its home and two dogs Monday when a fire destroyed the one-story structure. The Ideal Fire Department was called around 11:00am to a report of a one-story rambler home that was fully engulfed on the 39000 block of West Arrowhead Drive, located in Timothy Township, east of Pine River. Ideal Fire called Crosslake, Pequot Lakes and Pine River fire departments for mutual aid. About 30 firefighters were on scene fighting the fire until around 1:30 p.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the state fire marshal.

--Thousands of Minnesota students will attend the We Day celebration today in St. Paul. Minnesota is the second state to host We Day, a daylong celebration designed to empower young adults to become involved in social change, such as volunteering and fundraising. The celebration is in conjunction with the We Act program, which supports families and schools to take part in local service learning and global change.

--Sandra L. Strempke, age 59 of Little Falls
--Roberta Mae Fox, age 70 of Hinckley formerly of Minneapolis
--Frank Shingobay, age 66 of Onamia

TODAY= sunny and breezy, high 77, wind gusts up to 35mph.
TONIGHT= mostly clear, low around 52.
WEDNESDAY= sunny, high 72, low around 50.
THURSDAY= mostly sunny high near 70, low near 55.

MLB= Dodgers win 4-3 late last night to win series 3-1 over Atlanta, St. Louis ties their series with Pittsburgh at 2 games each, Oakland goes up on Detroit 2-1 and Tampa Bay wins 5-4 to avoid elimination though Boston leads series 2 games to 1.
VIKINGS= Coach Leslie Frazier said newly acquired quarterback Josh Freeman will sit this Sunday when the Vikings host Carolina and that either Christian Ponder or Matt Cassel will be his starting QB, though Freeman will get a chance to seek the #1 quarterback with the team when Frazier said he is up to speed on the offense.

IN 1862= Otto Von Bismarck become chancellor of Germany.
IN 1934= Bruno Hauptmann indicted on Lindbergh baby murder.
IN 1944= The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriett debuted on radio.
IN 1971= considered his greatest solo hit after the Beatles, John Lennon releases his #1 song Imagine.
IN 1981= first episode of Cagney and Lacey aired on TV.

Top Notch performed Friday and Saturday at the West Side Bar.

Monday- October 7th, 2013

--Pierz school officials are planning two special events celebrating the completion of separate construction projects. The first will be Wednesday in observance of National Walk to School Day and the culmination of the Safe Routes to Schools sidewalk improvement project. On that morning, buses will be unloading students from Holy Trinity, Pioneer Elementary and Healy High School at the Pierz Fire Hall with kids walking to their respective schools. Morrison County Public Health is asking that community residents join them in the trek for fun and wellness. Buses will be unloading between 7:45am and 8:10am in front of the fire station and exit onto Kapsner Street. Pierz police and firefighters will be on hand to direct traffic, keeping it safe for everybody. The second event is set for Wednesday, October 23rd highlighting the completion of the newly-configured front entry at the high school making it more secure for students and staff. It also marks to the day the 50th anniversary of Pierz Healy High School and its dedication to Dr. R.T. Healy. The public is welcome to an informal open house from 6:30pm–8:00pm to share memories of the legendary physician who served the area for more than 55 years.

--17-year old Karsen King, who shot and killed his father Stanley King on September 15th, 2011 at their Riverton home pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree unintentional murder. Sentencing for King will be at 1:30pm on November 4th. When King was charged in 2011, he was charged with second-degree intentional murder. In January of 2012, the courts agreed to have King charged as an adult. King faces 125-180 months in prison. The judge will decide what term King will be sentenced to in November.

--A St. Michael man is accused of being the gunman in a drug-deal-turned-homicide that took the life of an Annandale man early Saturday. 22-year old Gray David Soltis is charged in Wright County District Court with two counts of murder, one count of first-degree aggravated robbery and one count of fleeing police in a motor vehicle. He is accused of shooting 42-year old Kyle Greene during a robbery at Greene’s Annandale house early Saturday. Soltis is one of at least six people who investigators believe were involved in the planning of the robbery, the killing and hiding evidence afterward.

--Two people were injured Thursday in a crash on St. Cloud’s north side. 18-year old Kadar Mohamud of St. Cloud lost control of his vehicle at about 6:15pm in the 1300 block of Northway Drive and struck a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old from Waite Park. Mohamud’s vehicle then left the road and struck several trees. The other vehicle also left the road, struck a tree, a fence and the corner of an occupied house. No one inside the house was injured. Both drivers were taken to St. Cloud Hospital. Mohamud is facing charges. The crash is still under investigation.

--United Way of Morrison County has a new director, County Commissioner Duane Johnson. He is simply taking on a different job with United Way. He has been involved with them for 25 years.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9am at the Government Center in Little Falls. Agenda items include a proclamation for Manufacturer’s Week, reports from Community Development, Rich Prairie Sewer and Water District, Social Services, Public Health, Planning and Zoning and Assessor’s report.

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

--Two Morrison County elementary schools have just earned an important state award. Brenda Cassellius, Minnesota commissioner of education, released information showing that Lindbergh Elementary in Little Falls and Royalton Elementary are among the state’s top 15 percent of the 853 Minnesota public schools receiving federal funds to help students from low-income families. These awards were part of a Minnesota Department of Education announcement showing that many of Minnesota’s schools are making progress on statewide tests.

--A 42-year-old Backus man was arrested Wednesday in connection with indecent exposure from a Wal-Mart in Baxter where he allegedly exposed himself to a six year girl. Michael Henson was charged with 5th degree criminal sexual conduct which has a 3-year maximum prison sentence if convicted. Henson was also charged with other gross misdemeanors from the same incident.

--Gladys Sneesby, age 85 of Little Falls.
--Wesley Garrison, age 59 of Little Falls.

TODAY= sunny skies, high 63.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 45.
TUESDAY= sunny and breezy, wind gusts 35mph, high 77.
WEDNESDAY= sunny skies, high 73, low around 50.

LYNX= Maya Moore had 23 points, Monica Wright 20 and Seimone Augustus 19 as the Minnesota Lynx routed Atlanta 84-59 in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals Sunday. Game 2 is Tuesday in Minneapolis.
COL FB= Michigan routs the Gophers 42-13 Saturday in Ann Arbor
VIKINGS= though the Vikings didn’t play this weekend they made headlines last night when the agent for released Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman announced on a Tweet that his client was heading to the Vikings. ESPN reported that a deal for three-million dollars for 1 year is being negotiated between Freeman and the team. The Vikings host Carolina Sunday. Christian Ponder missed the game in London with a rib injury and was replaced by Matt Cassel who led the Vikings to win #1 of season.
NFL= Denver 51-48 over Dallas, Kansas City 26-17 over Titans, New Orleans beat Chicago 26-18- Broncos, Chiefs and Saints 5-0. New England and Seattle lost first games of year, Giants 0-5 while Green Bay and San Francisco also win Sunday.
ACES= Aces win 2-1 Saturday over Breezy Point in Little Falls, there next home game is Saturday night against Twin City Steel.

IN 1806= Carbon paper patented in London.
IN 1816= first double-decked Steamboat arrives in New Orleans.
IN 1913= Henry Ford introduces moving assembly line.
IN 1957= after nearly 5 years on a Philadelphia local TV station, Dick Clark and American Bandstand moved national to ABC TV.
IN 1968= Motion Picture Association started the movie rating system with ratings, G, PG, R and X.
IN 1982= ‘Cats’ opened in New York lasted over 5,000 shows.

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Friday- October 4th, 2013

--October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. The Live Violence Free flag campaign, an initiative of the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women launched October 1st. Domestic and sexual violence programs across the state are flying the Live Violence Free flags for the first week of October as the public awareness campaign begins. The flag will fly at the Hands of Hope Resource Center in the Government Center in Little Falls through Monday.

--The Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley has switched to their winter hours. They are not impacted by the federal government shutdown. Now thru April 30th the museum is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 9am to 4pm or for prearranged tours and groups. The museum is located just inside the main gate of Camp Ripley and visitors will be directed at the gate.

--Drivers and passengers, including in the back seat are reminded to buckle up as extra Click It or Ticket seat belt patrols take to the roads statewide today thru October 19th. To launch the campaign, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety rolled out a new video that focuses on teenage unbelted traffic deaths. The 30-second video, “Yearbook,” debuted on Twitter Oct. 3 and features the faces of real Minnesota teenagers whose yearbook photos are marked up by the pen of a peer. Each year in Minnesota, more than half of the teenagers killed in crashes were not buckled up. There were 102 teen vehicle occupant deaths in Minnesota during 2010–2012 and only 42 were belted.

--Two more suspects have been arrested in connection with the death of an Annandale man who was shot to death early Saturday during a robbery. That brings the total to five people who have been arrested during the investigation into the death of 42-year old Kyle L. Greene. Investigators are looking for one more suspect. Investigators continue to ask for the public’s help with the case. Anyone with information about the death is asked to call the Annandale Police Department or the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

--State fire officials are urging Minnesotans to clear countertop clutter and cook with caution following a fire Saturday that injured an elderly woman and a St. Paul firefighter. The 85-year-old woman was cooking breakfast when a plastic appliance near the stove caught fire. Observation of Fire Prevention Month in Minnesota is built around Fire Prevention Week October 6-12th. This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.”  Cooking continues to be the leading cause of Minnesota structure fires, accounting last year for 46 percent of blazes and $292 million in property damage. Cooking fires killed one person and injured 42 last year in Minnesota.

--27-year old Joshua Tromblay who is a Level 3 Predatory Offender will be released into Crow Wing County. Tromblay is being released from custody on October 9th. He will be residing at a residence on the 10000 block of Wise Road in Brainerd. There is a community notification meeting set for Wednesday at 6:00pm at the Brainerd Police Department.

--The Little Falls Chamber of Commerce Business Trick or Treating will be 3:30pm to 5pm on October 31st. There is no fee to participate. If your business wishes to be involved in the program on Halloween contact the Chamber at 632-5155.

--A man attempted to rob a St. Cloud TCF Bank location. The incident occurred at about 3:45pm on Thursday. Officers are investigating the complaint and are being assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. No injuries have been reported and the amount of money taken, if any, has yet to be released by St. Cloud Police Department. Anyone with information should call the St. Cloud Police Department or Tri-County Crimestoppers.

--Rescue workers were called about 6:00pm Thursday after a collision in St. Cloud. Both vehicles were heading eastbound in the 2000 block of 14th Street North, about to turn onto Northway Drive, when one vehicle lost control and hit the other, which then clipped a home before coming to rest against a tree. Two people were sent to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

--Two suspects have been arrested following a burglary Wednesday afternoon. Officers responded to the residence at 12:40pm Wednesday after the homeowner reported the burglary. The homeowner was able to get a picture of the suspect’s vehicle and then call 911. Officers determined that the two men, 22-year old Joseph Crawford of Deerwood and 21-year old Jeremiah Kramer of Brainerd stole a flat screen TV and a lap top computer. Both are being held in Crow Wing County Jail on charges of 1st degree burglary while the matter is under review by the Crow Wing County Attorney’s Office.

--Multiple charges are pending against a juvenile following an incident Thursday morning in Branerd. Around 8:10am officers located a juvenile smoking from a pipe. The juvenile in question admitted to smoking K2 spice, a synthetic drug. When officers attempted to direct the juvenile to their police car the 16-year old male became combative with the officers. He began to punch and kick officers. One of the officers received lacerations to their face. A police car was also damaged. The suspect was taken to a juvenile center in Bemidji. Charges of 5th degree controlled substance crime, 4th degree assault on a Peace Officer, felony damage to property, obstructing legal process with force, and possession of drug paraphernalia are expected to be filed.

--Bret and Jill Butterfass of Little Falls, boy on October 2nd

TODAY= chance of rain all day, cloudy high of 57
TONIGHT= showers, temps fall to 48 by 8pm, then up to 53
SATURDAY= showers, high of 53, low of 39
SUNDAY= chance of showers, at times partly sunny, high 50
MONDAY= sunshine, high 63, low 44

HS FOOTBALL- 3 local games at 7:00pm tonight on Little Falls Radio. Little Falls @ Foley on KLTF; homecoming for Pierz hosting Rockford on FM94; and USA @ Barnesville on WYRQ.
WILD- The Minnesota Wild opened up the season last night at home against LA. The Kings had won in a shootout.
COL FB= Gophers at Michigan Saturday 1:30 on KLTF.
LYNX- The Minnesota Lynx host game one of the best of 5 WNBA finals vs. Atlanta Sunday at 7:30pm. Game 2 is Tuesday at 7pm.

Rock Gods Friday and Saturday, happy hour today at Wet Side Bar

Thursday- October 3rd, 2013

--A Foley man working at a gravel pit east of Sauk Rapids was injured Tuesday afternoon when he was hit on the head by a backhoe bucket and fell 20 feet to the ground. Sheriff’s officials and medical personnel were called at about 1:55 p.m. to 5258 Fifth Ave. NE in Foley. They found 22-year old David Fradette who was accidentally struck by the bucket of a backhoe being operated by another employee. Fradette was wearing a hard hat when he was hit on the head, and he fell about 20 feet to the bottom of the gravel pit. Fradette suffered serious injuries.

--A 42-year-old Backus man was arrested Wednesday at a workplace in Pine River in connection with last week’s reported indecent exposure incident. The man was taken to Crow Wing County jail and formal charges of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct, which is a gross misdemeanor, are pending through Crow Wing County District Court.

--The Foley school district has posted a health update on its website regarding cases of viral meningitis among students. Superintendent Darrin Strosahl said three students have been affected. He noted there is a difference between viral and bacterial meningitis, which is far more serious. Viral meningitis is usually less severe and normally clears up without specific treatments. Common symptoms in adults include high fever, severe headache, a stiff neck, sensitivity to bright light, sleepiness, nausea and lack of appetite. The symptoms of viral meningitis usually last 7-10 days and people with normal immune systems usually recover completely. Strosahl said district officials have been in contact with the state epidemiologist to be sure they are following correct procedures. There is no requirement to notify parents or exclude students because of the low risk for an outbreak. However, it is a good reminder to use good hand-washing procedures, cover coughs with an elbow and not share cups or drinking bottles.

--The Crow Wing County Sheriffs Office is investigating the death of a 59-year-old Baxter man who was found deceased apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his vehicle by North Long Lake. The sheriff’s office does not expect foul play but the body was taken to the Medical Examiner for exact cause of death.

--Motorists travelling County Road 2/Main Street through Rice will encounter delays as a segment of the road temporarily closes for two weeks beginning next Tuesday. The closures begin 7am Tuesday and will be 24 hours a day through 8pm on October 22nd. Then overnight closures will begin in the Rice area on October 23rd. The closures are needed as part of the new Highway 10/County Road 2 interchange project. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit

--Motorists and motorcyclists are reminded to be especially cautious of deer this fall as more than one-third of deer-vehicle crashes reported during the last three years took place in October and November in Minnesota. Of the 7,484 deer-vehicle crashes reported during the last three years, 16 people died, including 15 motorcyclists. The crashes also resulted in 69 serious injuries, of which 67 were sustained by motorcyclists. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources estimates there are between 900,000 and one million deer in the state. Autumn is historically a dangerous time on the roads as deer breeding season and crop harvest activity increase deer movement.

--The Little Falls High School has parent/teacher conferences are this Monday and the next Monday, October 14th from 3:45-6:45pm in the High School Commons. All parents are encouraged to attend.

--Charges of aiding and abetting murder have been filed against a man accused of having a role in the shooting death of an Annandale man during a robbery at his home. 19-year-old Tyler Fisher of Annandale was charged with aiding and abetting in the crime. The charges don’t accuse Fisher of shooting 42-year-old, Kyle Lane Greene. The court complaint says Fisher told investigators that three other people went into Greene’s residence early Saturday to rob him of drugs, money or both, and that one of them shot Greene with a shotgun. A woman arrested the same day as Fisher, Samara Juhl age 19, of Otsego, was charged Tuesday with aiding and abetting first-degree aggravated robbery and aiding an offender as an accomplice after the fact. Fisher admitted being the getaway driver during the robbery, and Juhl set up the robbery by sending text messages to Greene who was selling her drugs. A third suspect who is a 22-year old male was booked at the Wright County Jail early Wednesday for investigation of second-degree murder from the same incident.

--Hunger Free Minnesota plans to capture up to a million pounds of newly harvested surplus sweet corn to be delivered fresh to low income families in Minnesota and Food Banks around the nation. “We believe it’s the single largest rescue of agricultural surplus to date” says Ellie Lucas with Hunger Free Minnesota. Lucas says it was a pilot project last year for Feeding America Network,

--The State Management and Budget Department has activated a special contingency team in response to the federal government Shutdown. The group will coordinate with state agencies to determine existing and potential impacts to programs and services. Officials say they expect the list of affected services to grow, depending on how long the federal government shutdown lasts.

--3rd Annual Bouja Feed will be October 13th at Our Lady of Lourdes Church from 10am to 1pm sponsored by Polish Echos of Little Falls.

TODAY= storms with a high of 61
FRIDAY= more storms with a high of 57
SATURDAY= rain showers, high of 51
SUNDAY= partly cloudy, high of 53

MLB= the wild card games are done now Divisional play begins with game 1 of NLDS tonight between Pittsburgh at St. Louis followed by Los Angeles at Atlanta. ALDS series begin on Friday.
COL FB= Gophers at Michigan Saturday 1:30 on KLTF.

IN 1778= Captain Cook reportedly first to anchor in Alaska.
IN 1863= President Lincoln announced that Thanksgiving, a national holiday will be held the 4th Thursday in November.
IN 1920= the National Football League plays first games.
IN 1955= The Mickey Mouse Club debuted on ABC while the same day and year- Captain Kangaroo debuted on CBS TV.
IN 1961= The Dick Van Dyke show debuted on CBS TV.

Rock Gods Friday and Saturday, happy hour today at Wet Side Bar

Wednesday- October 2nd, 2013

--The Little Falls Fire Department along with the Pierz Fire Department responded shortly before 5:00pm Monday to a shed fire. Marnita Vanhoecke was the owner of the residence at 21828 205th Avenue. 16-Little Falls firefighters along with 7-Pierz area firefighters battled the blaze for approximately 4 hours. The 36 by 90 shed with many of the owner’s belongings inside was all destroyed. There were no injuries. Cause is under investigation.

--The website is now up and running. MNsure is a new marketplace where Minnesotans can find, compare, choose, and get quality health care coverage that best fits their needs and budget. The open enrollment period is underway and continues until March 31st, 2014. Coverage begins January 1st, 2014 for those that sign up by December 15th. Seniors with Medicare coverage do not need to use MNsure. If you have questions please call the Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433. Account and application system is available Mondays through Saturdays from 6:00am-10:00pm. You may also call the MNsure toll free contact center line at 1-855-366-7873 (1-855-3MN-SURE).

--More than 1,200 full time personnel with the Minnesota National Guard are being furloughed due to the federal government shutdown. Supervisors informed military technicians Tuesday that they will be laid off until further notice. These are the same employees who were forced to take one unpaid day per week between mid July and September under forced sequestration cuts. NOAA weather and National Weather Service are also closed for the time being due to the shutdown. Voyager’s Park in northern Minnesota is closed too. The Morrison County Farm Service Agency office is currently closed due to the shutdown. The Morrison County Soil and Water Conservation District offices next door remain open.

--The Minnesota National Guard is urging women to do monthly breast self exams as part of their “Pink Tank Project”. The theme of the campaign is “We are strong, but not invincible”. Mammograms and early detection can be life savers. The guard is posting personal stories and awareness messages on the Pink Tank project website and facebook page during national breast cancer awareness month.

--Due to an improving state budget picture Minnesota schools will be getting 636-million dollars from the state to repay part of the aid payments that lawmakers delayed earlier to help balance the budget. Governor Dayton says Democrats and Republicans can both share in the credit for the school payback.

--Brainerd police arrested a 35-year-old man Saturday after reports of the man causing a disturbance. The man fled on foot but was apprehended a short time later by officers and faces multiple charges. Police also arrested two men ages 21 and 18 Friday night after drugs were found on both persons and taken into custody. The police department and sheriff’s department continue to receive a number of theft and burglary reports to their offices.

--Staples police arrested a 40 year old man Friday after a domestic report that turned violent. While the man was being arrested he physically resisted and during the struggle the man was subdued by a TASER. The man faces domestic assault, fleeing an officer and other charges in Todd County District Court.

--Little Falls Police over the weekend arrested a 24-year-old for DWI on Lindbergh Drive and reported a residence broken into on Third Street Northeast. No report if anything was taken.

--Stearns County prosecutors will convene a grand jury and seek a first-degree murder indictment against the man accused of stabbing to death his mother September 14th in St. Cloud. The order to convene the grand jury was signed Tuesday by a Stearns County District Court Judge at a court hearing for 52-year old Dean A. Friese. Friese is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of 72-year old Lois Arlene Omeara. Friese remains in Stearns County Jail in lieu of $3 million bail. Court records show that he has a history of mental illness that includes multiple civil commitments. Prosecutors in Minnesota are required to get an indictment from a grand jury to proceed with first-degree murder charges.

--Upsala’s homecoming week will begin with Coronation Sunday, October 6th at 3:00pm in the school auditorium. Homecoming king candidates include Mitch Lange, Josiah Lojovich, Christian Pekarek, Shawn Urbanski and Dylan Zimmermann. Queen candidates are Savanna Johnson, Katie Ripplinger, Rachel Schlumpberger, Kaelin Smieja and Chelsey Wolbeck. During homecoming week Monday is Flip Flop Day, Tuesday is Stoplight Day, Wednesday has been dubbed Superhero Day, Thursday is Occupation Day and Friday is Spirit Day, with the Dollars for Scholars Walk-a-thon and pep fest. The football game will begin at 7:00pm in Swanville against United North Central. Meanwhile Swanville High School announced its 2013 homecoming royalty. Homecoming queen candidates are Nikki Primus, Amanda Rieffer, Bethany Schmitz, Ashley Maciej and Danielle Sutton. King candidates include Corey Poland, Cody Mollner, Aaron Miller, Travis Lemke and Andrew Vodak. Swanville coronation will be Sunday, October 6th at 7:00pm in the high school auditorium. The week will be celebrated with the dress up days, including: Monday – Tutus and ties, Tuesday – Superhero Day, Wednesday – Class Color Day, Thursday – Fictional Character and Friday – Spirit Day. The week will finish with Friday’s activities, including a dance following the game.

--The candidates for homecoming king and queen in Royalton have been named. Queen candidates are Deserae Hellickson, Emily Fussy, Katelyn Kasella, Lulu Martinez and Ciara Kowalczyk. King candidates are Jesse Popp, Blake Bursch, Caleb Jasmer, Austin Schmitt and Cade Stang. The queen and king will be chosen during the Royalton coronation at 7:00pm this Sunday, October 6th in the Royalton High School gym. The Royals will face Browerville Friday, October 11th during its homecoming football game.

--The State Patrol released more information of a semi versus car accident in Meeker County Monday morning. A car veered into the lane of the semi colliding head on. The driver 23-year-old Kristofer Tanner of Dassel was dead at the scene. The driver of the semi and passenger had no apparent injuries from the accident.

--Tim and Nicole Yorek of Little Falls, girl born September 30th

TODAY= increasing clouds, showers after 5pm, high 72.
TONIGHT= showers and a few thunderstorms, low 52.
THURSDAY= rain likely, high 60 low around 50.
FRIDAY= rain likely, raw and windy, high 54, low 43.
WEEKEND= rain Saturday, sun Sunday- high Sat 47, Sun 52.

Rock Gods Friday and Saturday, great lunches daily at WS Bar

Tuesday- October 1st, 2013

--The homecoming coronation in Pierz was held Monday afternoon. The Pierz homecoming King is Chris Ortman and Alex Pohlkamp is the homecoming queen. Pierz hosts Rockford Friday night on FM94.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has announced James Beale is the October Employee of the Month. James works in the video department Coborn’s Superstore. Congratulations James.

--A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with the death of a man who was found dead early Saturday in an Annandale residence. 42-year old Kyle Greene was found dead inside a residence. His death was ruled a homicide. Two suspects were arrested Sunday in connection with Green’s death. A 19-year old man from Annandale was arrested for investigation of second-degree murder and a 19-year old female from Otsego was arrested for investigation of aggravated robbery. No additional details about how Green died or other specifics about the crime are available at this time. Anyone with information about the death should call the Annandale Police Department or the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

--A 17-year-old from Foreston was killed Friday night when he was struck by a vehicle on Highway 23 near Milaca. Around 9:30pm Tyler Collison was walking across Highway 23 from 145th Avenue and struck by a vehicle driven by 70-year-old Randy Brevitz of Isle. Collison died at the scene. Brevitz and his passenger were not hurt. Mille Lacs County authorities and the State Patrol are investigating.

--Todd County responded to a personal vehicle accident in Browerville Saturday morning around 11am. Patsy Thompson of Clarissa was on 2nd Street West when she drove through a stop sign and struck a vehicle broadside driven by James Motzko of Browerville. Patsy and two young passengers ages 12 and 9 were taken to Long Prairie Hospital and treated for injuries. Motzko and his passenger were not injured in the accident.

--A Level Three Predatory Offender is moving back to Pine River after being released from prison on Thursday. Cass County stated that 71-year-old Robert Litzau is to be released and live in rural Pine River. Litzau was convicted in 1999 for felony criminal sexual conduct with a 15-year-old boy and fondling a juvenile girl. Litzau since 2010 has been arrested for not complying with his release conditions including his recent arrest in August on violations of his release. There will be no meeting about Litzau as one was held earlier this year and he is returning to the same address.

--A Motley woman has been formerly charged for taking her 9-month old son from foster care because 24-year-old Jamie Kreiner did not have custody rights to take her son. Crosby Police stated that Kriener took her son from a Crow Wing County foster residence without permission. She was found hours later and taken into custody. The boy was returned to foster care. Kreiner was arrested earlier this year on drug sale charges and at that time her child was put in foster care and Kreiner was to have no contact with the infant. Kreiner was charged Friday with breaking her conditions of her release on the drug sale charges.

--Baxter police are reminding parents to keep a keen watch on young children. This comes after a 6-year-old girl told her mother that she was approached by a man at a large department store on Thursday night and he allegedly exposed himself to her. Baxter police stated they have not found anyone matching the man’s description in the store but continue to investigate.

--Morrison County Republicans are extending an invitation to Central Minnesotans to join them for a special “Meet the Candidates” reception at LeBlanc’s Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation Center near Little Falls this Friday from 4-6:30pm. All Republican candidates that are seeking the offices of Governor, U.S. Senator, and U.S. Representative in Congressional District 8 have been invited to attend the event to introduce themselves and meet with area residents. Confirmed special guests are candidates for governor, former House Speaker Kurt Zellers and State Senator Dave Thompson; candidate for U.S. Senate State Rep. Jim Abeler; and candidate for U.S. Congressman Stewart Mills. Morrison County legislators Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Cass County and Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, will also be attendance. More details can be found at RSVP’s are to be called in by today by calling Mandy at 320-232-2337 or Perry at 320-493-7235.

--The Minnesota State Patrol has released the name of one of the people involved in a crash between a semitrailer and a car Monday that left at least one person dead in Meeker County. The crash occurred near Dassel just after 7am. A car was traveling west on Highway 12 when it crossed the center line and collided head-on with the semi. A passenger in the semi was identified as 50-year-old Bruce Resch of Royalton. No other information on the drivers of both vehicles have been released only that the driver of the car died at the scene.

--No deal between Republicans and Democrats before the midnight deadline so the Federal Government is shut down this morning. The shutdown means that all federally funded parks and attractions like the Statue of Liberty are closed. Food inspections will cease and what is considered non-essential services will stop. This includes trying to get a passport processed and processing disability applications through social security. Nearly 800,000 federal employees are affected by the shutdown. Mail service will continue as usual and active military personnel are not affected.

--Paul and Ashleigh Ley of Little Falls, boy born September 27th

--Paul Lawson, age 62 of Hillman formerly of Anoka.
--Ronald Deering, age 61 of Cushing.

TODAY= sunny and breezy, high near 70.
TONIGHT= clear skies, cooler, low around 40.
WEDNESDAY= increasing clouds, afternoon showers, high 70.
WED NITE/THURS= showers likely, low near 50, high near 60.

GARDY= At a press conference Monday the Minnesota Twins announced they have retained the services of Ron Gardenhire to remain manager of the team through the 2015 season even though Gardenhire had three seasons in a row with more than 90 losses.
MLB= Tampa Bay gets last playoff spot winning 5-2 over Texas.

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