News September, 2012

Friday- September 28th, 2012

--The Little Falls Fire Department responded to two grass fires on Wednesday. The first was at 3:51pm at 13571 200th Street of Green Prairie Township. 19 firefighters were on the scene for about an hour. The second occurred at 7:20pm at Highway 371 and County Road 49 near Eagles Landing Golf Course. 21 firefighters battled the blaze for about 20 minutes. Little Falls Fire Chief Mike Nieman urges the public to use extra caution because of the high fire danger in our area and specifically how easy it is to spark a fire with the recent dry conditions. There were no injuries in either case.

--Benton County Court officials have set aside 2-weeks in early November for the trial of a woman accused of killing her ex-husband in his Sauk Rapids Apartment last year. 39-year old Angelina O’Mara was indicted by a grand jury for the shooting death of James O’Mara. Angelina O’Mara was in court Wednesday for a pre-trial hearing. She faces one count of 1st and 2nd degree murder. The trial will start November 5th.

--The St. Cloud Area YMCA announced Wednesday it wants to build a $20 million community and aquatics center at Whitney Park. The YMCA is partnering with the city of St. Cloud to build and operate the facility. The plan will need city council approval which could happen by the end of the year. The facility will include a water park, climbing wall, multiple gyms, and spaces for fitness, family and community programs.

--A Kimball nurse has pleaded guilty to stealing painkilling drugs while working at a St. Cloud hospital. 42-year old Blake Zenner admitted he accessed lock boxes while working as a registered nurse and used syringes to remove the painkilling drug from intravenous bags. In some cases, Zener injected saline into the bags to replace the missing drug. Authorities say as a result, 25 hospital patients were infected with bacteria. The crimes took place from November 2010 to March 2011. Zenner faces up to four years in a federal prison. His sentencing date has not yet been set.

--A Minnesota soldier who suffered a traumatic brain injury serving in Iraq received his Purple Heart award yesterday in St. Paul. Sgt. Eric Phinney of Monticello was deployed with the Minnesota National Guard in 2007 but traumatic brain injuries did not qualify for the Purple Heart at that time. The Department of Defense later changed its policy allowing Phinney to receive the honor he deserves.

--Police say they’ve arrested a suspect for vandalizing a number of churches, citing “his anger with God.” Authorities say the 30-year-old man is suspected of breaking doors and stain glass windows at four churches and leaving inflammatory messages about religion and sexual orientation at two of them and two other church buildings in Buffalo. Police say the suspect told investigators he was angry about personal issues and did not indicate any political motivation. The churches include St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Seventh-day Adventist, Hosanna Lutheran, Buffalo United Methodist, Zion Lutheran and Buffalo Presbyterian.

--A jury has found a 33-year old St. Michael man guilty after a fatal fight outside a bar in northeastern Minnesota. The jury deliberated for three hours before convicting Paul Welle for manslaughter and murder. Prosecutors say Welle punched Duluth native Dale Anderson outside the powerhouse bar in Proctor last November. 60-year old Anderson fell backward, hit his head on concrete and died three days later from a brain hemorrhage. Welle had claimed self defense. His sentencing is set for November 15th.

--An 18-year-old from Little Falls was injured Wednesday night in an accident on Highway 371 north of the Brainerd/Baxter bypass. Around 10pm, Joseph Chase was northbound on 371 when he rear ended another vehicle then turned around the median causing his vehicle to leave the roadway, struck multiple road signs and rolled the vehicle onto its roof. Chase was taken to the Brainerd Hospital reportedly with minor injuries. The other driver was not hurt.

--Hunters and trappers who entered the lottery for licenses in Minnesota’s wolf season can now check to see if they won. The DNR received more than 23,000 applications for the 6,000 available licenses. Winners will also be notified mail within the next few weeks.

--Congressman Collin C. Peterson made the following statement in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  “Each year, thousands of American children are diagnosed with cancer. Fortunately, due to advances in technology and research, childhood cancer survival rates have increased significantly over the past few decades. Although we have come far, there is still work to be done. This month it is important to remember the young lives lost, offer support to children and families battling the disease and continue efforts to raise awareness and find a cure. I also want to acknowledge the families affected by childhood cancer, especially the good work done by Minnesota Momcologists, more than 125 Minnesota mothers of children with cancer, who provide support and encouragement to other Minnesota families.”

--Parent/Teachers Conferences for the Little Falls Community Middle School will be on Monday October 8th and Thursday October 11th from 4-7pm. Parents and guardians are urged attend either night.

--Reminder the Flyer Tailgate Party is 5-7pm tonight before the game at Little Falls Flyer Field. The proceeds from the hamburgers, brats or pizzas from the Homecoming Tailgate Party go to Flyer Activities.

--Mary Jendro, age 66 of Brainerd formerly of Little Falls
--Christine Jurgens, age 56 of Onamia

TODAY= partly cloudy, unseasonably mild, high around 80. 
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 45. 
SATURDAY= sunny and mild, high 75 to 80, clear night low 50. 
SUNDAY= sunny skies, high 75, partly cloudy night, low 50. 
MONDAY= sunny skies, high around 70.

FB= Mora at Little Falls (homecoming) 7pm on AM960 KLTF
FB= Eden Valley Watkins at Pierz (homecoming) 7pm on FM94. 
FB= LPGE at Upsala vs. USA (homecoming) 3:30pm on Q92. 
TWINS= The Twins are at home for one more series this season when they host Detroit tonight at 7:10, tomorrow 3:05pm and Sunday at 1:10pm. They wrap up the season at Toronto next week. All games can be heard on 92.1 WYRQ.
GOPHERS= 4-0 Gophers @ Iowa 11:00am Saturday on KLTF
NFL= Vikings at Detroit Sunday at noon.
NFL= the official NFL referees will be back on the field Sunday after an agreement reached late Wednesday night. No more replacements.
WNBA= Lynx host Seattle tonight in WNBA playoffs, game 2 Sunday

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Thursday- September 27th, 2012

--A one vehicle accident Tuesday night in Morrison County sent two Upsala women to the hospital. Authorities say just before 10pm, 32-year-old Kimberly Van Heel was south on Balcony Road when the vehicle crossed over the oncoming lane, left the roadway and struck an approach just south of 60th Street in Elmdale Township. Van Heel and her passenger, 29-year-old Michelle Fleischhacker were taken to St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls for treatment of injuries. The Sheriff’s Office stated that the case is still under investigation.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce will hold candidate forums in October leading up to the November elections. From 3-4pm October 5th there will be a candidate forum for Senate District 9 between Senator Paul Gazelka and former Representative Al Doty. October 8th will be a forum with all candidates vying for the 3 Districts up for election for the Morrison County Commissioners, this will be from 3-4:30pm and October 9th from 9-10am there will be a House District 9B forum between Ron Kresha and Adrian Welle. Questions on any of the forums call 632-5155.

--A court date has been set for the 32-year-old Royalton man who led authorities on a chase with speeds up to 80 miles per hour. Court documents stated that Joshua Zoccoli admitted he saw the squad car’s red lights and knew that law enforcement was chasing him. He also allegedly admitted that he was carrying a loaded weapon. The judge set a court date of October 8th for Joshua Zoccoli.

--An Omnibus hearing was set October 26th for 44-year-old Warren Okerman on 3rd-degree murder charges in Morrison County District Court. Okerman is charged in connection with a death of Leslie Peterson on June 2nd in Little Falls Township. Okerman confessed to providing methamphetamines to Peterson on the night that she died.

--Little Falls police Tuesday arrested a 24-year-old man on Riverwood Drive for fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and second-degree driving under the influence. The police report stated that authorities attempted to stop Zachary Barthel but he sped off. Police were able to apprehend him a short time later and take him into custody.

--Retiring Bishop John Kinney spoke Tuesday to a crowd in St. Cloud about his career, upcoming retirement and the challenges facing the Catholic Church. Kinney was ordained an auxiliary bishop in 1977 in Minneapolis, served in North Dakota and then became Bishop of the St. Cloud Diocese in 1995. Kinney said the challenge here is the shortage of priests in the Catholic faith and also the diminishing number of students attending Catholic schools. Kinney was asked about the sex scandal that continues to rock the church, he stated that he chaired a committee on sexual abuse of minors in the church and has sat down with a number of victims who came forward. Kinney feels the major issue is how the church can maintain the care it does now and protecting the young people in today’s society. The 75-year-old Bishop Kinney submitted his letter of resignation June 11th. The letter was accepted by the Catholic Church but they asked Kinney to stay on until a replacement Bishop could be found and this could take up to a year or more before one is announced.

--The Tailgate Party is scheduled for Friday 5-7pm at the entrance of Flyer Field at the Middle School parking lot prior to the Little Falls Flyer Homecoming Game against Mora. Purchase a hamburger or brat, chips and pop for $2.50 or a piece of pizza and a pop for $2.50. All proceeds go to help Flyer Activities.

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--A reminder to the public of two events at the same residence of 209 North Main Street in Upsala. The Morrison County CIRT team will be completing some training today at the home. Area residents should expect emergency personnel and sirens throughout the day. The second event at the same house will begin at 8:00am on Saturday with more training and the burning of the home after. Again the public should not be alarmed of large amounts of smoke and emergency personnel on hand Saturday. Both Upsala and Bowlus Fire Departments will be assisting with the control burn on the Saturday in conjunction with the St. Cloud Technical College.

--A 47-year-old St. Cloud woman who was found unconscious Sunday night on a road in east St. Cloud has died. The woman was identified as 47-year old Linette Brown from St. Cloud. She was found unconscious at about 9:15pm Sunday in the 1200 block of East St. Germain Street. Officers are trying to determine what caused the injuries that led to the woman’s death.

--A 40-year-old Hillman man was injured Saturday around 8:30pm when his vehicle left Crow Wing County Road 8 near Pine Center and rolled. Bryan Schoenecker was taken to the Onamia Hospital then transferred to another facility that was not disclosed.

--An 84-year-old Nisswa woman was injured Tuesday when her vehicle ran off of Highway 371 north of Baxter, striking a camper and a pole at an RV lot. The State Patrol said Luverne Niemi had a medical issue that caused her to leave the road around 2pm that afternoon. She was treated at an area hospital. The State Patrol said there were no other injuries reported from the accident.

--Utility officials say they are investigating an automatic shutdown of the Minnesota Nuclear Plant at Monticello. Xcel Energy says the plant shut down at 11am Tuesday for a few minutes. Xcel says the plant’s safety systems worked as designed and there was no safety risk. The plant was hoping to be back on their regular system Tuesday but as a precaution they ran on another source of electricity produced by the plant until the problem was resolved.

--Legendary singer Andy Williams died Wednesday at age 84. Famed for this TV show from 1959-1971 and his famous song “Moon River”.

--Virginia Ringwelski, age 71 of Little Falls. 
--Stanley A. ‘Stan’ Andersen, age 75 of Little Falls.

TODAY= frost early, then mostly sunny, high near 70.
TONIGHT= mostly clear, low around 40. 
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, high 76, clear skies at night low 44. 
SATURDAY= sunny skies, high 75, low of 46. 
SUNDAY= sunny skies, high near 75, low around 45.

TWINS= Twins fall to the Yankees yesterday 8-2 at Target Field. Twins are off today, host Detroit Friday night.
NFL= Cleveland at Baltimore tonight, Vikings at Detroit Sunday.
CC= Coaches Corner Saturday at 9am on AM960 KLTF
HS= get local sports scores online at

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Wednesday- September 26th, 2012

--The teenager accused of delivering the punch that killed 20-year old Colton Gleason of Greenfield made his first court appearance yesterday in St. Cloud. 17-year old Jesse Smithers of Sauk Rapids was charged with 2nd degree murder, 1st degree manslaughter, and 1st degree assault. After the hearing John Gleason thanked everyone for the outpouring of support since his son’s death. He says they want justice for Colton and hope the system will make Smithers pay for a senseless, cowardice crime. The judge ordered that Smithers remain in custody without bail and the Stearns County Attorney filed a motion to certify the defendant as an adult. The next court date for Smithers is next Tuesday afternoon.

--Last week the state unemployment rate for August was announced at a seasonally adjusted 5.9% up from 5.8% in July. This week the county numbers were released. Morrison County had an unemployment rate of 5.9%, down from 6.2 in July and 6.7 in August of last year. Other area counties unemployment rates included Benton County 5.7, Cass at 7.6, Crow Wing 6.1, Todd 5.6, Sherburne 5.8, Stearns 5.5, Aitkin 6.7, Mille Lacs 8.1, and Wadena 7.2. The city of St. Cloud was at 6% unemployment and Brainerd was at 9.2.

--A training exercise involving law enforcement, first responders and Camp Ripley personnel will take place this afternoon at Camp Ripley. Residents near Camp Ripley should not be alarmed if they hear emergency sirens and also see a civilian air-care helicopter.

--Conditions remain very dry over most of Minnesota and authorities think that could have something to do with a fire which caused some damage near the city of St. Francis in Stearns County, which is 4 miles south of Upsala. Fire crews from several departments responded to a large grass fire near St. Francis which damaged an outbuilding, several vehicles and a bot. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Morrison, Stearns and 20 other counties are currently under fire and burning restrictions due to the very dry conditions and lack of moisture. Meteorologist Steve Wolenhaus stated that dry conditions are expected through next week meaning that September for some will be the driest on record, as some areas of the state has not seen any measurable precipitation for the entire month and Little Falls Radio only .21 rain for the entire month so far.

--A lit candle left unattended is being blamed for a fire Monday in Baxter. Firefighters were called just after 4:30pm to 13521 Kenwood Drive where there was heavy smoke coming from the basement and the main floor was filling up with smoke also. Two adults inside the home were able to escape without injury. The home sustained heavy smoke damage but otherwise was intact. The fire chief stated that the home sustained $10,000 in damages but no one was hurt.

--A two-vehicle crash injured two people Sunday afternoon in Brainerd. 55-year-old Sharon Carlson and 51-year-old John Schrader were taken to Brainerd hospital and treated for injuries. The accident happened at the intersection of Laurel Street and South Sixth Street.

--A Rockville man was hurt Monday afternoon when his vehicle left Cottonwood Street in Rockville and struck a power pole, then ended up in the ditch. After snapping the pole off, the driver, Stephen Benda got back onto Cottonwood Street then veered off glancing off a house before running through a fence and striking a deck of another home before stopping. The 22-year-old Benda was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of injuries. Stearns County deputies are investigating the accident and looking into possible charges of damage to property against the driver.

--The Initiative Foundation based in Little Falls has named two new members to its Board of Trustees. Wayne Wolden will serve a renewable 3 year term. Wolden is the current Mayor of Wadena. They also announced Traci Tapani to a renewable three year term. Tapani is the co-president of Wyoming Machine in Stacy, Minnesota.

--The 21st Annual Physically Disabled Veterans Deer Hunt takes place October 2nd-4th, at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. 58-veterans with disabilities, ages 25-87 from around the state will participate. 18 of these veterans will be hunting from wheelchairs. Participating veterans have served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan.

--The Minnesota Department of Transportation and several partners launched a new statewide pedestrian safety campaign with area crosswalk events held on Tuesday across the state. Share the road ambassadors helped pedestrians cross busy intersections, hold banners and give safety tips at marked crosswalks yesterday and will continue to do so at some places through the end of the week. Each year around 40 pedestrians are killed by motorists on Minnesota highways and as of Tuesday, 23 have died this year which is up from 16 pedestrians killed last year at this time.

--Minnesota’s Roman Catholic bishops are urging churchgoers to donate money for television ads in support of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. A letter will go to more than 400,000 Catholic households in Minnesota. The state’s Catholics dioceses have financially backed the campaign for the amendment, but this is the first direct plea for donations to Minnesota for Marriage. That’s the chief group campaigning for the amendment. Bishops have been encouraging Catholics to vote yes on the amendment on the November ballot. But there is visible dissent among the state’s Catholics. A group called Catholics for Marriage Equality has handed out more than 1,000 yard signs that read, “Another Catholic voting no.”

--Dorothy Rush, age 80 of Little Falls.
--Herbert G. Schmidtbauer, age 78 of Little Falls.

TODAY= sunny, high 60 to 65. 
TONIGHT= clear and cool, low around 35. 
THURSDAY= sunny, high near 70, clear at night low 45. 
FRIDAY= partly cloudy, high 75, low 45.

TWINS= Denard Span hit a 2 run double to help the Twins beat New York 5-4 last night. Twins wrap up series with the Yankees today with an 11:40am pregame on Q92 WYRQ. 
COL FB= 4-0 Gophers at Iowa Saturday 11am on AM960 KLTF.

IN 1957= “West Side Story” opened on Broadway ran for 732 shows.
IN 1962= The Beverly Hillbillies first aired on CBS TV.
IN 1964= Gilligan’s Island debuted on CBS TV.
IN 1986= the infamous shower/dream scene occurred on TV’s Dallas when Bobby was in the shower, after being dead the season before.

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Tuesday- September 25th, 2012

--Camp Ripley was a site of a protest and counter-protest Friday on the International Day of Peace. The Little Falls Partners for Peace and Occupy Little Falls held demonstration outside the main gates stating they were against war and were supporting the troops only that they are supporting finding ways to end disputes peacefully and also stop unmanned aerial system attacks known as drone attacks from the sky. This also comes the same time that Camp Ripley is constructing a new 3.9-million dollar unmanned aerial systems training facility. The U.S. Military says the drones perform tasks that once fell to manned aircrafts saving soldier’s lives and significant expense in the process. However, some rule the means unethical and controversial and feel that this will lead the U.S. into uncharted territory. While one group protested the use of drones, another group of Veterans and others formed on the other side of Highway 115 showing their support for the soldiers playing patriotic songs and instead of signs showing their protest, they were armed with American flags showing their thankfulness for the soldiers who continue to do their jobs for our Nation. Camp Ripley reported that no arrests were made and as in the past the demonstrations were mostly in a peaceful nature.

--On Saturday, Camp Ripley held a ceremony as U.S. Secretary of the Army Joseph Westphal presented congratulations and gratitude to Staff Sgt. Nicholas Purkat, Sgt. Shawn Schmidt and Specialist Christopher Edwards of the National Guard’s 1st Brigade Infantry Division for their heroic actions back on November 11th during a two car accident between civilians in Iraq. The three soldiers helped the hurt people involved and kept the crowd at ease during a large traffic jam that ensued from the accident. The three soldiers on Saturday informed Secretary Westphal they were doing their jobs. The three were awarded the Army Soldier’s Medal, which is the highest noncombat medal awarded for heroism.

--The Royalton School Board gave more information on the operating levy they hope will pass on November 6th during the general election. For the 5th time since 2001, Royalton School District is hoping for voters to OK the levy which has failed the last 4 times it was brought up for a general election including one failing last year. The question will appear on the ballot asking voters to vote for a 4-year levy providing the district an additional 1.2-million dollars which generates $311,000 a year. In the past five years the school district has had to cut over 1-million dollars from their budget and the district due to the past levies not passing. If passed those owning a $100,000 home would see a tax increase of just over $73 and those owning a $200,000 home would see a tax increase of just over $147 a year.

--A 20-year-old man in St. Cloud died from injuries of an assault late Thursday night. Around 11:20pm, authorities reported that Colton Gleason of Greenfield was assaulted by several men on the 600 block between 8th and 9th Avenue South. Gleason was taken to St. Cloud Hospital where he died Friday night. All witnesses stated is that Gleason was walking with friends when a vehicle stopped, a man got out and started punching Gleason. No arrests have been made in the case and police are urging anyone to call with information.

--Reminders again that staff from Congressman Chip Cravaack’s office will be at Scandia Valley Town Hall near Cushing Thursday 9:30 to 11am and the Carnegie Library in Little Falls from 1-2:30pm. Also Senator Paul Gazelka and Ron Kresha will host a town hall meeting on Saturday morning at 10am at the library in Little Falls.

--Congratulations to the Little Falls Homecoming Royalty crowned last night. They are King Nathan Masog and Queen Lexy Zawatske, Little Falls hosts Mora Friday night for Homecoming, game live on AM960. The Swanville Royalty of 2012, Paul Fruechte and Abby Schultz were crowned King and Queen Sunday at the coronation Sunday night in Swanville. Monday night Upsala crowned their royalty for 2012. King is Eric Frieler and Queen Tracy Herzog.  The Upsala/Swanville homecoming game is Friday afternoon at 3:30pm in Upsala against Long Prairie Grey Eagle and heard live on Q92 WYRQ. The Pierz Royalty was crowned yesterday afternoon. The Pioneer King is Jon Fuhrman and their Queen is Sara Schlegel. Pierz plays Eden Valley Watkins Friday at 7pm and the game can be heard on FM94.

--The Todd County Sheriff’s Office stated that one person was hurt Saturday afternoon in Birchdale Township when the motorcycle he was riding lost control and struck the ditch. Aaron Beek of Marshall sustained moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

--An 11-year-old from Sartell has a Morrison County fish story for the ages. Katelyn Hammer was fishing with her cousin Joe on Lake Shamineau near Motley when she first caught a small sunfish but then a 50-inch Muskie jumped up, ate the littler fish then got hooked on Katelyn’s line. With the help of her cousin, they reeled in the giant Muskie, took some photos then released it back into the lake. The girl was using a broken fishing rod that had been glued back together by her father making the story one to tell the family for years to come.

--17-soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard Agribusiness Development Team (ADT) will return today from southern Afghanistan following their one-year deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

--Marcian ‘Marcy’ Broschofsky, age 71 of Pierz.

TODAY=mostly sunny, cooler, high near 65. 
TONIGHT= clear, patchy frost late, low 34. 
WEDNESDAY= sunny skies, high around 60, low near 40.
THURSDAY= mostly sunny, high near 70, low around 45.

TWINS= Yankees beat up the Twins 6-3 last night at Target Field. Yankees at Twins game 2 tonight 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
NFL= a very controversial ending to last night’s Monday night football game as Seattle scored the winning touchdown on the final play though many replays showed that Green Bay intercepted the pass but the receiver grabbed it as the players were coming down to the field, causing a tie that goes to receiver, replay was inconclusive and Seattle was awarded the 14-12 win over the Packers. 
WNBA= Lynx open playoffs at home Friday against Seattle 8pm.

IN 1513= Spanish explorer Balboa discovered Pacific Ocean.
IN 1890= U.S. Congress establishes Sequoia National Park.
IN 1979= Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Evita” opened on Broadway.
IN 1981= Sandra Day O’Connor sworn in as the first female Supreme Court Justice to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Monday- September 24th, 2012

--On Sunday a number of counties including Morrison were added to burning restrictions due to one of the driest Septembers on record. Starting Sunday, Morrison, Todd, Stearns, Benton, Wadena, Mille Lacs, Douglas and Otter Tail were among 22 counties where fire restrictions were added. Under the restrictions campfires will only be allowed in designated fire pits and rings at homes, hotels and staffed campgrounds. No new burning permits will be issued and fireworks will not be allowed at outside municipalities.  Also the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are reminding farmers that with the very dry conditions combustion is at a high risk during harvesting and the simplest of sparks could ignite a large wildfire quickly.

--Pierz firefighters responded to a house fire around 8:00am on Wednesday. The home owned by Greg and Ginny Seelen was located at 35168 Highway 27 near the intersection of County Road 8. The home was totally engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived and was ruled a total loss. No one was at home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. 14 firefighters were on the scene for about three and a half hours and the cause is under investigation.

--A jury in Minneapolis has found a Stearns County farmer NOT guilty of violating food safety laws by distributing raw milk. Alvin Schlangen’s attorney argued his client was operating a private food club, not a business, and no one got sick from the raw milk. Prosecutors contend food safety laws are in place to prevent people from becoming ill. Schlangen is an organic egg farmer and doesn’t produce the milk himself. He picks the products up from an Amish farm and delivers them to members of a private club called Freedom Farms Co-Op who lease the cows. The state allows unpasteurized milk to be sold directly to consumers only on the farm it’s produced.

--The St. Cloud man accused of killing his mother in late August will challenge the evidence against him. 40-year-old Chad Pulju will have his next court hearing in late October on 2nd degree murder charges in the death of Geraldine Bennett who was stabbed multiple times inside her St. Cloud home. Pulju’s attorney stated they plan to challenge how police obtained the evidence at the crime scene. Stearns County Attorney’s are asking for an enhanced sentenced against Pulju due to the “extreme cruelty of the crime”. Pulju remains jailed in St. Cloud on $3-million dollars bail.

--A Bemidji man was killed Thursday when his vehicle collided with a dump truck on Highway 2 east of Cass Lake. The accident happened just before 10am. The driver of the dump truck was not injured. The other driver, later identified as 38-year-old Theodore Bruers was dead at the scene. The accident is still under investigation.

--There’s been a let-up in pump prices around the state in recent days. reports regular unleaded at an average of $3.88 a gallon Friday morning nearly eight-cents lower than a week ago. The price of oil has dropped back but gasoline futures rose overnight because of concerns over supply. That could push prices at the pump higher again in the coming days.

--The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Central Lakes College (CLC) and three institutional partners a $13.1 million grant to expand educational opportunity in advanced manufacturing. The three-year grant award, announced Wednesday by members of Minnesota’s Congressional delegation, will enable CLC, St. Cloud Technical and Community College (SCTCC), Pine Technical College (PTC), and the 360 Degree Center of Excellence at Bemidji State University to train workers for high-wage, high-skill jobs.

--There will be a Social Security briefing this coming Wednesday, September 26th in Class Room 103, at the Camp Ripley Education Center, for all personnel who have retired as a CSRS Federal Technician, from Camp Ripley.  This meeting is from 9 am till 11 am.  There is some new information that is coming down the Pike on your Social Security that may be of interest to you. You need your photo ID to get in the main gate. For more information, contact Tony Wenzel at 320-749-2428 or e-mail at

--A Girl Scout Recruitment night for girls in K-12th grade who live in Little Falls and Randall will be from 6:00-7:30pm on Tuesday at First Lutheran Church in Little Falls. Membership is $12 per child. Then a Girl Scout Recruitment night for girls in K-12th grade who live in Pierz will be from 6:00-7:30pm on Thursday, September 27th at the Pioneer Elementary School of Pierz in the Experience Room. For info, or if you can’t make the meeting in your area, call Mary 616-7075.

--Former Governor Tim Pawlenty announced Thursday he will not run for any political offices in 2014 as many Republican leaders were hoping a possible U.S. Senate run. Pawlenty also announced he was stepping aside from campaign duties to take a new position as Chief Executive of the Financial Services Roundtable, a Wall Street lobbying group. Pawlenty’s new job is mainly lobbying Congress on behalf of Wall Street interests.

--12 soldiers returned to Minnesota Saturday after spending nearly a year overseas. The soldiers were part of the Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team While in northern Afghanistan they provided training and mentoring to the Afghan National Army.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday morning at 9am at the Morrison County Government Center boardroom.

--Lorraine A. Molitor, age 86 of Sauk Rapids.

TODAY= sunny and warmer, high around 75. 
TONIGHT= clear skies, cool, low around 35. 
TUESDAY= sunny skies, high 65, low around 35. 
WEDNESDAY=partly cloudy, high near 60, low around 40.

TWINS= Twins rained out Friday with Tigers, moved to a double-header Sunday. Tigers shut out Twins on Saturday 8-0. Twins win both games of a double-header Sunday, 10-4 in game 1 then 2-1 in 10 innings in the nightcap. Twins host The New York Yankees starting tonight at Target Field, pregame at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
GOPHERS= Gophers wins 17-10 Saturday to go to 4-0 on the season, the first time starting with 4 wins since 2008. Gophers open Big 10 play Saturday at Iowa, 11am kickoff live on AM960 KLTF. 
VIKINGS= Christian Ponder threw 2 touchdowns to Kyle Rudolph and ran another in himself as the Vikings defeated San Francisco Sunday 24-13 at the Dome. The 2-1 Vikings at Detroit this Sunday 
LYNX= The Lynx wrapped up the WNBA season with a loss to L.A. Thursday, a win Friday at Phoenix then losing yesterday to San Antonio all on the road. The Lynx finished the season 27-7 and will open the playoffs at home Friday night against Seattle at 8pm.
HS= get local scores from weekend at

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Friday- September 21st, 2012

--A St. Cloud man was killed Wednesday night in an accident north of Sauk Rapids on Highway 10. Around 8:30pm, 45-year-old John Mihlbauer was on his motorcycle just south of Little Rock Lake when he struck a tractor’s rear mower blade causing the cycle to spin out and leave the road. Mihlbauer was dead at the scene when the Minnesota State Patrol, Benton County deputies and Sauk Rapids police arrived. The tractor driver, 56-year-old Charles Ertl of St. Joseph was not injured. The State Patrol stated that Ertl was traveling at about 20 miles per hour and did have two flashing lights and a rotating amber light going on his tractor at the time.

--Motorists travelling between the Twin Cities Metro Area and St. Cloud will encounter delays beginning this Monday, September 24th, when both directions of Interstate 94 are reduced to a single lane between Highway 24 in Clearwater and County Road 75 in St. Cloud. The lane closures will occur intermittently from sunrise to sunset Mondays through Saturdays through December 1st. No closures are currently planned for Sundays. The closures are needed as crews begin preparatory work for a major project to resurface 7.5 miles of I-94 between Clearwater and St. Cloud next spring and summer. Delays are expected so motorists are advised to plan travel carefully. For real-time travel information in Minnesota, visit

--The Randall City Council met Wednesday night. At the meeting the 2013 preliminary tax levy was set at $140,040.00 which is a 4% increase from 2012. The Randall Truth in Taxation meeting to set the final levy was scheduled for December 19th. The finalized tax levy can still be decreased but cannot be increased. The council approved the purchase of 2 20-mph speed limit signs to install in front of the school. Brought up at the meeting was a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning to rezone property on Pacific Avenue from Commercial 1 to Residential 2. A community member Dan Noss stated that Randall needs more businesses and rezoning property on Main Street would be a step backwards. The measure failed on a 3-2 vote. Finally the council agreed to stop the monthly payment for a squad car which currently has $30,000 in the account and devote the monthly $625 to the purchase of another zero turn mower that will be necessary in a couple of years.

--The Pierz City Council will meet at 7:00pm on Monday, September 24th. Items on the agenda include Ronald Avenue Interfund Loan Closure, Building Permit Approvals, and a Dog Licensing Proposal.

--Todd County is investigating an accident on the 15th where a vehicle went off of Highway 287 into Dairy Ridge’s Property and damaged two signs. The vehicle is believed to have sustained front end damage. Anyone with information on the accident should contact Todd County. Deputies also are investigating wooden posts stolen from the Lion’s Club Park at Fairy Lake. The posts were painted white with red tops on them. Again if you have info call Todd County.

--The Minnesota Department of Health has verified a claim of abuse at Centra Care Health Systems in Melrose. The investigation substantiated that a lap tray was used to restrain a resident in the nursing home facility. The facility stated that the woman was left for 2 hours in the restraint position but did not suffer any injuries. The individual in question behind the incident is no longer working there.

--Saturday is Kids Day at the Morrison County Fairgrounds. The event is free from 9-11:30am with a number of items for the kids. More weekend events are available at then calendar.

--A Minnesota Court of Appeals judge has affirmed the decision to try a Riverton teenager as an adult for the murder of his father. Karsen King was 15 when he was charged just over a year ago, with second degree intentional murder of his 57-year-old father at their Riverton home in Crow Wing County. Crow Wing County Attorney ordered that Karsen be certified as an adult and for his detention to be maintained in an adult facility. In January, the District Court announced King would stand trial as an adult, King’s attorney asked the judge to reconsider. When he didn’t the attorney appealed the ruling and the Court of Appeals this week agreed with the judge’s ruling for now 16-year-old Karsen King to stand trial as an adult in the murder case.

--The Minnesota Supreme Court denied a Crow Wing County man a new trial in a court case. Steven Radke, who was convicted of first-degree murder in Crow Wing County for the shooting and killing of his father in law Darrell Buesgens, is not eligible for a new trial. The Minnesota Supreme Court concluded each of Radke’s claims to be either without merit or that they didn’t result in prejudice to Radke and thus it affirmed both Radke’s conviction and the post-conviction court’s denial of post-conviction relief. Because Radke could not show the trial outcome would have been different, the court ruled his ineffective assistance of counsel claim also failed.

--Staff from the office of 8th District Congressman Chip Cravaack will be at both the Scandia Valley Town Hall in Cushing from 9:30-11:00am and at the Little Falls Carnegie Library from 1:00-2:30pm on Thursday, September 27th to meet with area constituents.

--The Under Secretary of the Army Dr. Joseph W. Westphal will visit Camp Ripley Regional Training Center this Saturday. The Under Secretary of the Army is the second-highest ranking official of the United States Department of the Army, serving directly under the United States Secretary of the Army.

--Another fall Friday night means more high school football games. Tonight Little Falls hosts Princeton and it is “Tackle Cancer” night at Flyer field. Donations will be accepted this evening and all funds will benefit the Randy Shaver Cancer Research Fund. Brainerd is also hosting “Tackle Cancer” night at their home football game.

--Mathilda “Tillie” M. Lampert, age 91 of Pierz

TODAY= sunshine early, then a chance of PM showers, high 60. 
TONIGHT= showers likely, cool and breezy, low near 35. 
SATURDAY= a shower early then mostly sunny, breezy, high 52. 
SUNDAY= frost early then mostly sunny, low 30, high near 60. 
MONDAY= sunny and warmer, high 71, low around 40.

TWINS= The Twins lost in 10 innings yesterday afternoon to Cleveland 4-3. Twins are in Detroit this weekend, pregame tonight at 5:35pm, Saturday at 2:35pm and Sunday at 11:35am on WYRQ.
COL FB= Gophers host Syracuse Saturday 6pm on AM960 KLTF
NFL= Vikings host San Francisco Sunday at noon.
HS FB= Princeton at Little Falls tonight 7pm on AM960 KLTF
HS FB= Pierz at Kimball tonight at 7pm on FM94 KFML.
CC= Coaches Corners Saturday 9am on AM960 KLTF.

“Class Act” tonight, Saturday “Contention” at the West Side Bar

Thursday- September 20th, 2012

--An explosion injured two boys in Deerwood last Friday. Crow Wing County officials released the information Tuesday that around 6:22pm the Crow Wing County Bomb Squad was called to city property on Broadway in Deerwood where two explosive devices were found, one had exploded and the other one was intact and removed for storage with the bomb squad. Deerwood and Crosby police were first called to the situation after hearing of two juveniles in the city property with the explosive items. A police report stated both were taken to the Crosby Hospital and then on to the Twin Cities with chemical burns from the explosion. The incident is still under investigation by the local police departments.

--The general election is November 6th but in-person absentee ballot voting begins Friday in Minnesota. You will need to check with your local government center or the Secretary of State’s website to see if the in-person voting booths will be in your area. In Minnesota, a voter qualifies for voting by absentee if: they are not going to be in their precinct on Election Day; are sick or disabled; serving as an election judge or have a religious reason.

--Foreclosures continue to be a problem in central Minnesota. Crow Wing County alone saw 33 foreclosures in August and 194 in the county to date this year, with 290 pending foreclosures. Last year there were 369 total foreclosures just down from 388 in 2010. August was the second highest number of foreclosures this year, as there were 41 foreclosures reported back in April.

--The Minnesota Military Museum inside Camp Ripley now has the 2013 Minnesota Fallen Heroes Remembered Calendar available to the public. This is the fourth year the calendar has been published. It honors and remembers 12 Minnesota service members each year who have been killed in the global war on terrorism, with photos and stories provided by their families. Cost of the calendar is $10 and all proceeds from the calendar go to the Bryan McDonough Military Heroes Foundation. For more information on the museum or volunteering there go to

--One person was injured Tuesday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident at Charles Street and Northwest Fourth Street. Authorities say both drivers were not hurt. A passenger in one of the vehicles, 18-year-old Karen Moses of Brainerd was treated for injuries at the Brainerd hospital. Brainerd firefighters had to use their equipment to help the injured passenger get out of the vehicle.

--More reminders to be mindful of scams in the area. In the past week, Crosby police were alerted of a construction scam of someone calling and asking to do construction work in the area for a small fee, information would be sent to them with pricing, this is a scam. Also reports of a man calling residents saying he had a large amount of money and new car for the caller if they would help them, he used the name ‘Rusty Love’ to one of the callers, again a scam, the man asked for the caller to send a money order to get the items. Also a large number of ‘romance’ scams are being reported through the internet where mainly college students are tricked to help a man who is very flirtatious with the women to send them money to help him with a sick loved one. Again when you are called or given an e-mail that asked for any personal information, money or items to be sent to them, this is a SCAM and best to contact your local law enforcement to investigate the calls or e-mails before you do anything with them.

--One final opportunity tonight for auditions for the renewed Hole In the Day Players in Little Falls. The theatrical group has been resurrected after not having a performance since 1993. Many members of the community have requested the return of the group and they will perform “Lie, Cheat, and Genuflect” on consecutive Fridays and Saturdays (November 23rd-24th and November 30th-December 1st) at the Falls Ballroom. The cast includes four males and four females of various ages. Rehearsals will take place 3 times a week for five weeks and actors are requested to bring their personal schedules to coordinate rehearsal schedules. Besides actors more volunteers are always needed for these ventures, find out how you can help by calling Jill at (320) 632-0960. There was an open audition back on Tuesday and one more audition tonight from 7:00-9:00pm at the Great River Arts Building in Little Falls.

--Around 5:30pm Tuesday authorities responded to a fatal accident on County Road 1, near the address 21492 County Road 1, Emily. Emergency personnel arrived at the scene and found a single vehicle rolled over. Evidence at the scene indicates the vehicle was traveling eastbound on Crow Wing County Road 1 pulling a trailer. The vehicle failed to navigate a curve in the roadway, entered the right side ditch, and rolled over. The driver, 38-year old Brent Owen LeBlanc of Emily appeared to have been ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the crash is being investigated by the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota State Patrol, and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

--Eric Lindstrom and Jennifer Warner of Little Falls, a boy on 9-18
--David M. Lindner, age 70 of Spicer.
--Joseph R. (Pete) Stiegel, age 86 of Pierz. 
--Doris A. Harrison, age 86 of Little Falls.
--John E. Hynes, age 59 of Little Falls.

TODAY= mostly sunny, breezy, high 63. 
TONIGHT= showers develop, mostly cloudy, low 38. 
FRIDAY= showers early, sunny, late day showers, high 57, low 34.  
SATURDAY= mostly sunny, cool, high 52, low 29 frost late night.
SUNDAY= sunny, high near 60, low around 40.

TWINS= Josh Willingham became first Twin to hit 35 homeruns in a season since Harmon Killebrew last night, Josh also had 4 RBIs as the Twins beat Cleveland 6-4. Twins wrap up with Cleveland with an early game today, pregame at 10:35am on Q92 WYRQ.
NFL= New York Giants vs. Carolina tonight. Vikings/49ers Sunday

IN 1973= Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in 3 straight sets to win the Battle of the Sexes event at the Houston Astrodome.
IN 1973= singer Jim Croce and 5 others were killed in a plane crash when their plane crashed into a tree in Louisiana. 
IN 1984= The Cosby Show debuted on NBC TV.

“Hot Hits” tonight, “Class Act” Fri, “Contention” Saturday at WS Bar

Wednesday- September 19th, 2012

--North Memorial Medical Center reported Monday that the 35-year-old Randall man ran over by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train remains hospitalized at the Robbinsdale facility. Lance L. Lacroix was found lying on the tracks back on September 11th by Morrison County deputies and airlifted to North Memorial. He was initially reported in critical condition but upgraded Monday to serious condition.

--The Todd County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a family disturbance Monday evening where one of the people involved was in possession of a rifle and threatening another female in the house. The call was placed from a rural Grey Eagle residence around 7:30pm. When deputies arrived the situation had escalated and moved outside the residence. Deputies were able to secure the unarmed woman 44-year old Christine Rohde of rural Grey Eagle and she was taken to safety. Two other deputies continued to talk to the other suspect 55-year old Brenda Baker of Rural Grey Eagle diverting her attention from Rohde and also for other deputies to subdue her and take her into custody. No one was injured in the incident and formal charges are pending against both through Todd County.

--The Cass County Sheriff’s Office has released information on a fatal motorcycle crash near East Gull Lake last Friday. Authorities say 42-year-old Clayton Houff of Lakeshore was on Cass County Road 70 when the motorcycle left the roadway. Cass County said they received a call of a motorcycle off the roadway around 7:30pm Friday night and when they arrived at the scene, Houff was pronounced dead. Cass County stated it is unclear what caused Houff to leave the roadway and how long the cycle was in the ditch before it was found.

--Congressman Collin Peterson says it’s doubtful the House will take up the Farm Bill before the session ends next week. He says Republicans led by fellow Agriculture Committee member Frank Lucas of Oklahoma are pushing an extension through the House which Congressman Peterson says isn’t necessary since the Farm and Nutrition programs won’t be affected until January 1st. That’s when federal law requires price supports to begin rolling back to 1949 levels. Peterson predicts that could mean significant food price hikes. He adds the extension would also leave farmers in limbo as far as planning is concerned. The current Farm Bill expires September 30th.

--Upsala Fire Chief Jay Baggenstoss would like to inform the public of two events next week at the same residence. The address is 209 North Main Street in Upsala. The Morrison County CIRT team will be completing some training on Thursday, September 27th. Area residents should expect to see some emergency personnel and sirens on that day/evening. For more information on this event, call the Morrison County Sheriffs Office at (320) 632-9233. The second event at the same house will begin at 8:00am on Saturday, September 29th with more training and the burning of the home after the training. Again the public should not be alarmed of large amounts of smoke and emergency personnel on hand that Saturday. Both Upsala and Bowlus Fire Departments will be assisting with the control burn on the 29th. The training on the 29th will be in conjunction with the St. Cloud Technical College.

--Congratulations to Jack Nelsen of Staples who received the Future Farmers of America award from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources during a ceremony last month at the state fair. .The DNR Commissioner’s Youth Award is given annually to a FFA student who has demonstrated initiative, leadership, creativity and achievement in the conservation and wise use of natural and agricultural resources.

--The Healthy Communities Collaborative (HCC) of Morrison County was recently awarded a Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) Mission and Ministry fund project grant in the amount of $114,526. The award will support a three-year project as part of the “Live Better! Live Longer!” initiative. The project, called “Start Strong,” aims to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates and build awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child. The goal of the LBLL Start Strong project is to implement interventions that encourage and support breastfeeding throughout Morrison County by a) incorporating breastfeeding-friendly policies in the medical community b) providing breastfeeding training to physicians, nurses and home visitors who work with pre- and post-natal mothers and babies c) increasing the number of worksites in Morrison County that support breastfeeding employees and d) conducting a social marketing campaign to promote the benefits of breastfeeding.
The purpose of the initiative is to inspire Morrison County residents to live better and live longer through healthy eating, moving and belonging. To learn more about the project, contact Kate Bjorge at the HCC office (320) 631-5675. The HCC is a community outreach program of St. Gabriel’s Hospital.

--Senator Paul Gazelka and 9B House Candidate Ron Kresha will hold a town hall meeting to discuss the upcoming legislative session and hear from residents in Senate District 9 which includes Morrison, Todd, Wadena and Cass Counties. The townhall meeting will be at 10:00am on Saturday, September 29th at the Little Falls City Library.

--Mary Hanson, age 93 of Little Falls
--John Hynes, age 59 of Little Falls.

TODAY= mostly cloudy, windy, scattered showers, high 65. 
TONIGHT= clearing skies, breezy, low around 40. 
THURSDAY= partly cloudy, high in the 60s, showers in late night. 
FRIDAY= showers early and late, partly cloudy, high near 55.

WNBA= The 2011 WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx were welcomed and saluted by President Barack Obama Tuesday in Washington D.C. The President told team members they are great ambassadors for the game and strong role models for his own daughters. Lynx Coach Cheryl Reeve thanked President Obama for his support of the WNBA and told him the selflessness of her players along with leadership are behind their success. The Lynx currently hold the best record this year in the WNBA at 25-5 with only a few games left in the regular season before the playoffs begin where Lynx have the #1 seed. 
TWINS= Twins win 6-5 in 12 innings last night over Indians. Twins at Cleveland again tonight at 5:35pm on Q92 WYRQ

IN 1819= John Keats inked his poem “Ode to Autumn”.
IN 1876= Melvin Bissell patented the carpet sweeper. 
IN 1970= The Mary Tyler Moore Show debuted on CBS TV.
IN 1974= Eric Clapton hit #1 with “I Shot the Sheriff”
IN 1988= Olympic diver Greg Louganis strikes head on diving board.

“Hot Hits” Thurs, “Class Act” Fri, “Contention” Sat at WS Bar.

Tuesday- September 18th, 2012

--The Morrison County Commissioners last week approved the 2013 preliminary levy and budget with a 2.89% levy increase. The county board wanted to remind residents that this is only the preliminary budget and more work will be done before it is finalized in December. County Administrator Deb Gruber stated that now there is net-zero for the taxpayers. The Regional Rail Authority levy is now included in the general county levy but county taxpayers will not see the Regional Rail Authority on their tax statement. Gruber also stated there is net-zero for the taxpayer under the preliminary county levy but that could change when the levy is finalized in December.

--A free business seminar called Business Insights 2012 will be held at the Initiative Foundation in Little Falls from 8am to 12pm on Wednesday, October 3rd sponsored by the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Little Falls Business Association, Morrison County Record and Little Falls Radio. The three speakers will be David Horsager, author of “The Trust Edge” who will talk about trust being the single uniqueness of the greatest leaders in business. Jason Bernick from Bernick’s in Waite Park will discuss being part of the fourth generation of a family owned business in Waite Park. Tom Smude, a Pierz High School graduate will discuss his sunflower oil company and how diversifying his farm and business investments pushed his company forward. There will also be a free luncheon that day provided by the Initiative Foundation. For more information or to register call 632-5155, the registration deadline is September 26th.

--The Minnesota State Patrol stated one person was killed in a rollover accident Sunday night in Cass County. Authorities say the vehicle driven by 32-year-old Robert King of Hilly City ran off Highway 200 east of Remer just after 10:30pm. King died at scene.

--An Army Sergeant who previously attended Minnesota State-Mankato died last week on duty in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense reports 26-year-old Kyle Osborne of Lafayette, Indiana was killed when his unit was attacked. Osborne was based in Italy with the First Battalion, 503rd Regiment. He attended college in Mankato and still has a number of family members in Minnesota. Osborne’s funeral will be held in Indiana.

--The trial of a Freeport farmer accused of distributing raw milk started yesterday in Minneapolis. Alvin Schlangen faces four charges of violating the food safety code of being in possession of unpasteurized milk products and selling them. Schlangen does not have a dairy farm but signed a contract with a private Freedom Farms Co-op, whose members purchase the farm products from farms that provide them raw milk and delivers them to consumers mainly in the Twin Cities. The jury trial is expected to last 3 days. Raw Milk Advocates plan on protesting at the trial to show that raw milk is easier to digest and contains beneficial enzymes that pasteurization destroys but public heath officials dispute that claim.

--A 13-year-old Winthrop boy died after being struck by a semi while riding his bike. Jacob Weber and several other children attempted to cross Highway 15 in Sibley County Saturday when Weber was struck.

--The annual Kids Day Event is Saturday at the Morrison County Fairgrounds. Families with children ages preschool through middle school are invited to come out to the fairgrounds from 9-11:30am. A variety of groups, programs, businesses and organizations will have booths, games and activities for the kids. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Aaron at 632-8806.

--State Senator Paul Gazelka and District 9B Republican candidate Ron Kresha will be at the Grey Eagle City Hall for a town hall meeting on Saturday, September 29th at 1pm. Senator Gazelka and Ron Kresha will also be hosting town meetings on October 13th in Little Falls and Pierz, though site and time has yet to be determined.

--This is Child Passenger Safety Week and The Department of Public Safety is emphasizing the importance of correct child safety restraint and booster seat use to keep children safe while riding in a vehicle. In Minnesota, three out of four child restraints are used incorrectly — meaning children are riding in the wrong restraint or it is not properly secured. Parents and caregivers may for instructional videos for installing and using various car seats, and to find a local car seat check location. Sgt. Curt Mowers of the Minnesota State Patrol will discuss more on this topic at 8:45am this morning on AM960 KLTF Community Events.

--Around 6:00am Monday a fatal fire was reported at 19503 293rd Avenue in Paynesville Township. When authorities arrived the mobile home was fully engulfed in flames. When the fire was extinguished a body was found inside. It was determined the deceased was homeowner 47-year old Scott Vogelpohl of Paynesville. The incident is currently under investigation.

--The Morrison County Animal Humane Society is hosting their 5th Annual Bark-a-Thon event Saturday from 10am-12pm at Belle Prairie Park north of Little Falls. The event is open to anyone who wants to walk their canine friends and even if you don’t have a dog, you can pledge one or make donations to the Humane Society. For more information on the event, log on to

--Two men were injured in a rollover accident Saturday morning on Highway 169 south of Milaca. 59-year-old John Necklace of Brooklyn Park and his passenger 65-year-old Perry Necklace of Minneapolis crashed their vehicle just before 3am. Both were taken to an area hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

--Anoka County deputies are reconstructing a fatal accident Sunday that killed two and has an SUV driver in jail. The accident happened around 8pm in East Bethel when an SUV collided with a motorcycle. A 48-year-old from St. Francis and 46 year-old from Big Lake were killed in the crash. The 42-year-old female driver of the SUV was found to be intoxicated and taken into custody. The names of the victims are being withheld pending notification of relatives.

--Bruce Baker and Sara Rush of Little Falls, a girl born Sept. 14th
--Richard and Monique Sobania of Little Falls, a girl born Sept. 14th

TODAY= mostly sunny, some frost early, high near 60. 
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, not as cold, low 48. 
WEDNESDAY= partly cloudy, breezy, chance of showers, high 70. 
THURSDAY= partly cloudy, breezy, cooler, high 63, low near 40.

TWINS= After being swept by the White Sox over the weekend and having Monday off, the Twins travel to Cleveland tonight to open up a 3 game series. It’s a 5:35pm pregame on WYRQ.
MNF= Atlanta defeated Denver last night 27-21 in Georgia.

“Hot Hits” Thurs. “Class Act” Friday, lunch daily at West Side Bar

Monday- September 17th, 2012

--On Friday, Little Falls Police and the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force conducted an investigation in Little Falls on a male subject known to investigators for being on probation for controlled substances. A traffic stop was performed and a large amount of methamphetamine was found inside the vehicle. The vehicle was impounded and male subject, who police have not released the name of, was arrested on 1st degree possession of a controlled substance. Packaging and paraphernalia found during the stop lead agents to believe that the subject was selling the drug within the city of Little Falls. The investigation continues. Little Falls Police are asking residents to be aware of issues surrounding the possession sale and consumption of controlled substances which have been increasing at alarming rates around the area. Residents are urged to call police when they suspect criminal activity.

--Little Falls Fire Chief Mike Nieman reported that 22 firefighters were called to Highland Assisted Living Wednesday around 5:30pm for a cooking stove fire. Nieman stated that the stove fire did some smoke damage to the area but not much other damage and there were no injuries. Firefighters had cleared the scene 20 minutes after arriving.

--Fire destroyed about 75 hay bales in Iona Township near Clarissa Thursday night. Firefighters reported the hay bales were on fire on Todd County Road 84 around 8pm. There were no injuries. Firefighters were at the scene for 6 hours. The cause is unknown.

--US Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood was in St. Cloud on Friday announced Granite City will receive $3.3 million dollars in federal funds to help the Transit Commission renovate its Bus Operations Center. The facility will house a fleet fueled by compressed natural gas and a fueling station. The project is one of 27 across the country selected to receive $59.3 million dollars through the Clean Fuels Grant Program that is ran through the Transportation Department.

--The Little Falls City Council meets tonight at 7:30 at City Hall. Agenda items include receive police and fire department reports, fireworks license for the Lions Club, a public hearing on final resolutions assessments for public improvements, the council will hear recommendations from the Airport Commission on the environmental assessment at the airport and a number of rezoning recommendations from the Little Falls planning commission. 

--Stearns County deputies and St. Cloud Police were involved in a vehicle pursuit Friday afternoon in St. Augusta. Deputies were assisting police in finding 41-year-old Jason Abel of St. Cloud for a violation of order of protection. He was identified near the St. Augusta Fire Hall but fled in a vehicle after officers attempted to make contact. Abel went into a residential area of St. Augusta and deputies halted their pursuit due to safety reasons. Moments later St. Cloud Police spotted Abel and followed him to an area near South Junior High School in St. Cloud where Abel fled on foot and was found hiding under a deck and taken into custody. Formal charges are pending through the Stearns County Attorney’s Office.

--Al and Linda Larson of Pillager were awarded the John Peck Volunteer Award by the Minnesota Land Trust at the organizations celebration earlier this month in Duluth. The Larson’s have volunteered for the nonprofit conservation organization for more than 10 years as conservation easements monitors. For more information on the organization and the award go to

--Little Falls School Board meets tonight at 5:30 at the Morrison County Government Center’s boardroom.

--The Minnesota National Guard conducted a change of responsibility for the position of Camp Ripley Post Command Sgt. Major between Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Smith and Incoming Sgt. Maj. Michael Worden Saturday afternoon at Camp Ripley.

--A 50-year-old Outing man was sentenced to 5 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct in Cass County District Court. The judge committed Roger Knode to the Commissioner of Corrections immediately and ordered him to pay over $10,000 in fines. Knode will be on a supervised program for 10 years and must register as a predatory offender. Knode pleaded guilty to have sexual contact with a child under the age of 13, he was also convicted of two prior sexual conduct charges and was ruled to be a sexually dangerous person with a psychopathic personality.

--Crow Wing County Republicans will hold an open house Sunday, September 23rd in Baxter at 14039 Edgewood just west of Highway 371 and Excelsior Road. The open house will be from 4-7 pm, area candidates will attend, and everyone is welcome.

--Minnesota TV personality Jason Davis, host of “On the Road” for KSTP TV in St. Paul will be the grand marshal for the 22nd Annual Fish House Parade on November 23rd in Aitkin. The unconventional parade takes place the day after Thanksgiving in Aitkin’s downtown area and consists of ice fishing houses loaded on trailers, in pickup trucks or by any means of conveyance and then paraded down main street. Aitkin has nearly 365 lakes in their surrounding area and has been a huge attraction for tourists and community members each year. The parade starts at 1pm again on November 23rd.

--A 38-year-old Brainerd man was injured Thursday when the four-wheeler he was on rolled at the intersection of 110th Street and Bear Path Road in Crow Wing Township. Brian M. Doucette was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital and listed Friday in good condition.

--Jerome ‘Jerry’ Lentner, age 80 of Little Falls formerly Gilman. 
--Clayton Houff, age 42 of Lakeshore.
--Howard Strahl, age 90 of Little Falls. 
--Laura Pankratz of Staples

TODAY= partly cloudy, cooler, high 55 to 60. 
TONIGHT= mostly clear, frost likely, low 30 to 35. 
TUESDAY= partly cloudy, patchy frost early, high near 60. 
WEDNESDAY= occasional showers, a bit warmer, high 65 to 70.

TWINS= White Sox shut out Twins Friday 6-0. Francisco Liriano no hit the Twins for over 6 innings Saturday as the White Sox won 5-3. White Sox get the sweep Sunday winning 9-2. Twins are off today. 
GOPHERS= Gophers go to 3-0 on Saturday with a 28-23 win over Western Michigan. Marquis Gray suffered a high ankle sprain and could miss 2-4 weeks. Gophers host Syracuse Saturday night.
VIKINGS= Indianapolis got a last second field-goal to beat the Vikings 23-20 Sunday. Vikings battled back down 20-6 to tie the game in the 4th. Vikings host San Francisco Sunday at Dome.
HS FB= check out the local sports scores page at for last Friday’s football scores.

“Hot Hits” Thurs. “Class Act” Friday at West Side Bar.

Friday- September 14th, 2012

--Arts and Craft goers may have noticed the controversial “We Support Our Troops” sign is back up again in Little Falls. The banner was removed as the result of a complaint made by Robin Hensel, who said the sign was hanging illegally. She was right. Hensel had been asked to remove signs in her yard in Little Falls because they did not comply with the city’s sign ordinance. She filed a lawsuit against the city citing the unconstitutionality of the ordinance, among other things. The suit is still pending. Once the banner was removed, Marvin Hoheisel and Tom Scherling who own the former National Bank building where the banner was hung began working with the American Legion Post 46 to put the sign back into place. The Legion voted on September 5th at a general meeting to sponsor the banner, paying the $30 lifetime permit fee as well as the $80 fee for the city to hang the banner. The sign was put back up at the same location on Friday, September 7th and this time legally.

--Road closures begin Monday on Highway 371 in Nisswa. The closure will be on Main Street and Merrill Avenue as crews will relocate underground utilities as part of the Highway 371 Improvement Project. The project is to take motorist and pedestrian traffic safer and more mobile by reconstructing four lanes of highway and creating new county road connections. The closure in Nisswa will last through September 21st. MN Dot stated that local roads and alleys will be used as alternate routes to get to local businesses affected by the closure on Main Street and Merrill Avenue.

--A jury trail date has been set for 65-year-old Judith Mae Johnson of Brainerd. Johnson is accused of leading a half-dozen law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase March 30th after fleeing a domestic dispute when she rammed her estranged husband’s car. Johnson recently pleaded not-guilty to the charges against her and a jury trial is scheduled of November 13th in Brainerd. Johnson is charged with felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, felony fleeing a peace officer and misdemeanor domestic assault charges.

--The drought and dry conditions are expanding across Minnesota. Yesterday’s update from the US Drought Monitor shows that 83.5 percent of Minnesota is now rated abnormally dry. It also shows an area of moderate drought now extending into east-central Minnesota including the northern Twin Cities metro area. The only part of the state the Drought Monitor doesn’t rate as abnormally dry or worse is northeastern Minnesota, which has not been going unscathed. The Forest Service says it sent water-dropping aircraft and a ground crew to the new 75-acre Parley Lake Fire in the Boundary Waters north of Ely on Wednesday, while smoke from a couple fires across the border in Canada is blowing into Minnesota and causing some worries for residents east of Ely and along the Gunflint Trail.

--The Little Falls School Board meets Monday at 5:30 at the Morrison County Government Center boardroom. Agenda items include donations, reschedule the school board retreat, discussion on Little Falls Community Recreation Area and school board candidate forums, annual reports will be given on curriculum, instruction and student achievement, the board will certify the 2013 Maximum Property Tax Levy, have a budget addendum, a supplemental amendment for HEART and WRERA plans. Discuss reports from community services and MASA reports, announce an early release day for Wednesday, September 26th and make tentative dates for Meet and Confers.

--Search and like Little Falls Radio on Facebook.

--A Meet the Candidates event will be held on Thursday, September 20th at 8:30am at the Little Falls Senior Center. All are invited to meet the candidates running in the area and ask them questions.

--A statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DWI enforcement campaign ran August 17th-September 3rd and resulted in the arrest of 1,842 impaired drivers, according to Department of Public Safety. A similar DWI crackdown to close out summer in 2011 resulted in 1,787 DWI arrests. Each year, around 30,000 motorists are arrested for DWI in Minnesota. In Greater Minnesota, where 77 percent of the drunken driving deaths occur annually, agencies with the most arrests include Rochester Police-27 and St. Cloud Police-26. In the area Little Falls Police reported 2 DWI arrests, Morrison County Sheriffs Office 8, Todd County Sheriffs 3, Sherburne County 13 and in Crow Wing County there were 3.

--The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced yesterday $47.5 million in competitive business development grants that will fund nine economic development projects statewide. These targeted investments will put an estimated 2,000 Minnesotans to work on projects of regional and statewide significance. The grant winners were chosen from 90 applications, with requests totaling $288 million. The agency reviewed applications based on five criteria, including: project readiness, job creation, investment and leverage, regional impact, and public benefit. Projects were organized into three regions to achieve geographic balance, including: metro, north, and south. One of the projects is for a Wellness Center in Wadena. They requested funds to design, construct and furnish a 50,000 square foot public health and wellness facility to replace facilities destroyed in the June 2010 tornado. The project will create approximately 100 construction jobs and ten other fulltime jobs.

--Albany Pioneer Days is going on today through Sunday in Albany. Party Line will be live from Albany today at 10am on AM960 KLTF.

--Denise Dzieweczynski-Niedzielski, age 52 of St. Cloud & Swanville.
--Sister Mary Claudia Boras, age 95 of St. Francis Convent LF.
--Glinda Kieffer, age 69 of Pierz.
--Norris S. Anderson, age 85 of Little Falls. 
--Rose Schaffer, age 98 of New Hope formerly of Little Falls.

TODAY= sunny skies, high 75, clear at night low around 45. 
SATURDAY= sunny, high 80 to 85, clear at night low 55. 
SUNDAY= partly cloudy, PM showers develop, high 80, low 45. 
MONDAY= showers, breezy, much cooler, high 55, low near 30.

TWINS= Twins battled back to beat KC 4-3 in 10 inning last night. The Twins (60-84) host White Sox in a 3-game set starting tonight, pregame at 6:40 tonight, 11:40am Saturday and 12:40pm Sunday. Catch all the games live on Q92 WYRQ.
COL FB= Gophers host Western Michigan Saturday 11am on KLTF
NFL= Packers beat Bears 23-10 last night. Vikings at Colts Sunday
HS FB= Little Falls at Becker tonight 7pm on AM960 KLTF
  Howard Lake Waverly at Pierz tonight 7pm on FM94 KFML

“North Star Entertainment” tonight and Saturday at West Side Bar

Thursday- September 13th, 2012

--Sherburne County Attorney, Kathleen Heaney, issued a letter Tuesday concluding the investigation of the allegations that Morrison County Commissioner Donald Meyer collected per diem payments that he was not entitled to receive. The investigation was conducted to determine whether charges were warranted for the theft of public funds or unauthorized compensation of a public officer. Heaney stated that there was a thorough and prompt investigation.  She concluded after reviewing the reports of the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office and the State Auditor that the evidence was not sufficient to proceed with any criminal prosecution. The case was investigated by Sherburne County to avoid a conflict of interest. Morrison County Administrator Deb Gruber stated “Now that the Sherburne County Attorney has issued her decision and declined criminal charges, the County Board can begin the process of reviewing the recommendations made by the State Auditor in her letter dated, July 13th”. The County Board has retained the services of an independent counsel to assist with this review and intends to address the issue at the October 2nd Planning Session.

--The USA Honor Squad, a military drill of students in the Upsala and Swanville Elementary Schools have commenced their eighth annual project to assist U.S. military personnel deployed in combat areas. This year, the focus is aiding U.S. military personnel who have been wounded and are recovering from those wounds in military hospitals in Afghanistan. The project has two parts—“Operation Bear a Hand for Wounded Warriors” and “Operation Sneaker.” Operation Bear a Hand will collect black, wrap-around sunglasses as it is so dusty in Afghanistan that it is not wise to step outside the hospital without some sort of eye protection. “Operation Sneaker” is a repeat project from two years ago which provided footwear for the wounded who frequently arrive at the medical facilities with all of their clothing and boots removed and all of their gear left behind at their forward operating base. As they recover from their wounds, they are not permitted outside the hospital without having something more than the flip-flops they're issued in the hospital on their feet because there are a lot of dangerous critters on the ground in Afghanistan. Sneakers needed for this project must be new or VERY GENTLY used. If they are dirty, worn or grubby, they're not suitable for this project. They mainly need men's sizes because the majority of the wounded are men but a few women's sizes are also needed because the improvised explosive devices are equal opportunity killers. Collection boxes for the project are available in the main offices of both schools as well as the Bible Church, St. John’s Catholic Church and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Swanville, the Community Covenant Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Gethsemane Lutheran Church and the Senior Center in Upsala, First Baptist Church and Zion Lutheran Church in Little Falls, and St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Bowlus.

--The Pierz City Council met Monday night. At the meeting a building permit was denied to Barb Tretter for Hillbilly Haven Motel for an addition due to the south-side setback. She is expected to file for a variance at a future council meeting. The 2012 preliminary tax levy was approved with a 0% increase for a total of $280,515. Both the Truth and Taxation meeting and the final levy approval will be December 10th. A joint park board and city council meeting will be held at 6:00pm on Monday at Pierz City Hall.

--Brainerd Police were contacted Wednesday afternoon by concerned relatives to check the welfare of a man who resides on Merri Lane in SE Brainerd. Relatives were unable to contact him since Sunday. Officers arrived and were unable to get a response from anyone inside the home. Officers forcibly entered the residence and found the man deceased. He was identified as 55-year old Roy Berg. Berg appeared to have a self-inflicted gun shot wound. The case remains under investigation. Berg’s body was sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for examination.

--Two people were taken to St. Cloud Hospital Tuesday after their vehicles collided, St. Cloud police said. The crash happened at noon at the intersection of Ninth Avenue North and Northway Drive. Police said 48-year old Abdinasir Abib of St. Cloud did not yield the right of way while making a left turn. He collided with 22-year old Hannah Dornbusch of St. Cloud. Both were taken to St. Cloud Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Abib received a ticket. Northbound Ninth Avenue in St. Cloud was shut down briefly.

--It’s been a long summer and an even longer season for the West Nile Virus in Minnesota. With more reports in the past week, West Nile Virus cases now total 52 overall statewide. The Minnesota Department of Health says 29 counties have reported the mosquito borne illness. One person died from the virus in early August. Health officials say 52 is the highest total in 5 years, noting the West Nile Virus is usually over by now.

--The US Forest Service has reopened lakes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness that were closed because of wildfires. On Monday a fire covering a tenth of an acre was discovered in the far northwestern cornr of the Boundary Waters Canoe Are and crews have been responding with bucket drops from the air. Campfire restrictions remain in effect and are only allowed between 7:00pm and midnight. Gas stoves can be used at any time.

--Gene R. Hedin, age 77 of Swanville.

TODAY= partly cloudy, slight chance of showers, high near 70. 
TONIGHT= clear and cool, patchy frost in areas, low 35.
FRIDAY= sunny, high 75, clear at night low 40. 
SATURDAY= sunny and warmer, high near 80, low around 55. 
SUNDAY= partly cloudy, high 80, evening T-storms develop.

TWINS= Ryan Doumit committed 3 errors in left field Wednesday and a 4 run ninth put the game out of reach as Kansas City beat the Twins 10-5 at Target Field. Twins and Royals wrap up the series tonight with pregame at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.

IN 1501= Michelangelo began work on the Statue of David. 
IN 1788= The Philadelphia Convention announced that there would an election to decide the first President of the United States.
IN 1898= Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film. This would be the film used to make motion pictures. 
IN 1953= Nikita Khrushchev became Secretary General of USSR.

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Wednesday- September, 12th 2012

--On Tuesday at approximately 8:11 AM, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a call from BNSF Railroad reporting a body was seen on the railroad tracks north of Randall. Responding officers from the Randall Police Department and Morrison County Sheriff’s Office located a male individual with severe injuries lying between the tracks. Officers, along with members of the Randall Fire and Rescue Squad, rendered aide to the man later identified as 35-year old Lance Lloyd Lacroix with no current address. He was transported by Gold Cross Ambulance to St. Gabriel’s Hospital and later to North Memorial. His current condition is unknown. According to Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel, it appears Lacroix was run over by a train. Whether he was trying to get on it, get off it, or fell off it has not yet been determined.

--A German agricultural equipment manufacturer has picked St. Cloud for it’s first USA operation. Geringhoff expects its 20-million dollar plant will employ about 100 people. Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation’s Dave Grunes says the area beat out more than 40 other facilities across the country. Geringhoff CEO Daniel Hansmeier says they made their first visit to St. Cloud in January and knew then they had found their location. Hansmeier says the company sees huge potential for growth in the North American market. The state will provide Geringhoff with a $500,000 loan.

--A Burtrum woman was injured in an accident Monday afternoon south of North Prairie on Great River Road. Around 4:20, 21-year-old Anna Peterson was traveling on Great River Road when she struck a parked pickup along the road causing Peterson’s vehicle to roll over. Peterson was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of injuries. 71-year-old John Zabinski of Bowlus was not in the parked pickup when the crash occurred and not injured in the accident.

--Authorities have released the names of two men whose bodies were recovered from a Cass County lake after their boat capsized in strong wind. The sheriff’s office identifies the victims as 43-year-old William Daley of Minneapolis and 53-year-old Clarence Dickens of Princeton. Sheriff’s officials received a report of a capsized boat on Lake Winnibigoshish near Bena on Saturday about 6:30pm. Deputies found the boat and several items floating nearby. The area was searched by boat and by air until dark. Authorities say the wind was gusting between 30 mph and 40 mph at the time. Searchers found the men’s bodies Sunday. The Lakes Area Dive Team, the state DNR and Leech Lake tribal police helped in the search.

--Join the fight against prostate cancer by participating in the 2nd annual St. Cloud Dash for Dad on Saturday at Whitney Park.  Dash for Dad begins with registration at 7:30am. The 1K kids run begins at 8:30am followed by a 1-mile family walk at 8:45am. The 5K begins at 9:00am. Nordy, the Minnesota Wild mascot, will make an appearance from 8:15-9:15am. Prostate cancer affects one in every six men in the U.S. and a new case is diagnosed approximately every 2 minutes.

--A garbage truck driver was airlifted to Mercy hospital in Coon Rapids yesterday morning after being struck by a train near Buffalo in Wright County. There’s no word on his condition. A spokesman for Canadian Pacific Railroad says the train crew noticed the garbage truck stopped on the tracks but couldn’t stop in time. It’s unclear why the truck was on the tracks. Officials say there are signs posted before and at the crossing.

--OSHA is investigating a workplace accident that claimed the life of a Minnesota man in Bismarck, North Dakota on Sunday. 36-year old Lucas Volker of Sartell was hit by a backhoe bucket while in a trench installing pipe. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Authorities say the man was working on a new water intake project when the accident occurred.

--A St. Cloud man was charged Monday with first-degree assault after a shooting Thursday night in north St. Cloud. 23-year old Ronnie Quartez Snelling was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail. Snelling is accused of being the shooter in an incident that left another man with two gunshot wounds that required surgery. The victim is expected to survive. A court complaint charging Snelling indicates that he and the victim had a dispute in the days before the shooting, according to what the victim told police. The shooting happened in the parking lot of 1425-12th Ave. N. It sent the victim to St. Cloud Hospital, where he had portions of his small intestine and his colon removed. Snelling was arrested Friday. The court complaint indicates that Snelling denied having any involvement in the shooting.

--The 22-year-old Pillager man, charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and first-degree damage to property relating to a domestic dispute March 11, was sentenced Friday to 21 months in prison, with seven years of supervised probation with several conditions in Crow Wing County District Court. Zimmerman dismissed the first-degree damage to property charge. According to the criminal complaint filed against McDonald, he was involved in a domestic dispute March 11 that evolved into a road rage incident stretching from Pillager to Baxter. The incident ended when McDonald’s pick-up rammed his girlfriend’s Honda into a ditch on Highway 210, causing it to leave the roadway and go into the ditch, where it struck a fiber optics utility box causing damage estimated to be in excess of $100,000.

--A federal appeals court says a Brainerd woman owes record companies $222,000 for copyright violations involving free music downloads on the internet. The star tribune reports the three judge panel reversed the decision of a federal judge in Minnesota who reduced the award against Jammie Thomas-Rasset to $54,000. The recording industry is using the case as an example and the R-I-A-A says it’s pleased with the ruling. Thomas-Rasset’s attorney says the award is punitive and they’ll appeal to the US Supreme Court.

--Dion Bruce Pollock, age 37 of Bowlus
--Ambrose A. Gosiak, age 86 of Swan River Township

TODAY= cloudy with early showers, afternoon clears, high 70
TONIGHT= turning clear, low of 43
TOMORROW= slight chance of isolated storms, high 70, low 40
FRIDAY= sunny, high 72, clear at night low of 45 
SATURDAY= clear, high of 75 and a low of 50

TWINS= The Twins were beat 9-1 last night at Target Field against Kansas City. Game 2 of the three game set between the same two teams are tonight. Pregame at 6:40pm on 92.1 WYRQ

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Tuesday- September 11th, 2012 “Patriot Day”

--The Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office has released information on a fatal accident that killed a 14-year-old from Onamia last week. Friday night, 14-year-old Katelin Sawyer-Voshell was walking with a friend on the shoulder of a county road heading to the Onamia football game when she was struck from behind by a vehicle coming over a hill. According to deputies and the driver, the harsh sunlight around 7pm caused the driver to not see the girl until it was too late. A memorial service will be held later this week at her school, where Sawyer-Voshell was a freshman. Deputies called it a tragic accident.

--On Friday morning the Todd County Sheriffs Office received a call of an individual suffering a gunshot wound at a residence on Bridge Street in Clarissa. At 9:13am 25-year old Anders Bagent received wounds to the right side of his face and neck when a shotgun accidentally discharged. Bagent was attempting to remove items from a closet when the accidental discharge occurred. No foul play is suspected. Bagent was taken to Long Prairie hospital for his injuries.

--A Patriotic Rosary will be said today at 12:45pm at St. Joseph’s Church in Pierz. The time was to let students from Holy Trinity School in Pierz take part in the helping the reciting of the rosary. The Rosary will represent prayers to those in need, the government and legislature to continue to help, all of those who continue to serve our country in the U.S. military and also those who serve in law enforcement, firefighters and other who risk their lives to help others when the time of need arises. Also each of the 50 Hail Mary’s will represent one of the 50 states in the Union. The Rosary is open to anyone to come and take part in today in Pierz.

--Critical fire danger remains in effect for central Minnesota and especially the Brainerd Lakes area this week due to warm and windy conditions today then cooler and drier conditions the rest of the week. The only mention of rain is tonight into early Wednesday but that will not be near enough to help the very dry conditions. The National Weather Service says the critical drought conditions start in western Kansas goes through Iowa, South Dakota and into western and central Minnesota and they see no end in sight due to the lack of moisture and the transition for these states from summer into fall.

--Pedestrian deaths throughout Minnesota are on the rise. 23 people have been struck and killed on Minnesota roads this year compared to 14 at the same time in 2011. The increase in deaths has prompted state officials to launch a pedestrian safety campaign this month, stressing the importance of drivers coming to a complete stop at crosswalks and taking a close look before turning.

--The State Health Department and University of Minnesota have been named one of only five regional food safety centers in the United States that will help prevent and respond to food-borne illnesses. It comes with a $200,000 grant and Health officials stated the money will allow for the training of other states in methods and protocols. The state health department will work in partnership with the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health.

--To keep Veterans healthy during the flu season, the St. Cloud VA Health Care System has scheduled several flu shot clinics this fall.  Flu shots for Veterans enrolled with the VA are free and no appointment is necessary.  The flu shots are available at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud or any of the VA's clinics across Central Minnesota including the one in Brainerd, Alexandria, or Montevideo. For information on when the clinics are offered this fall call the VA.

--Brainerd Police are investigating two possibly related suspicious incidents over the weekend. Around 7:30pm Friday a 4-year old girl riding her bicycle in the area of the 1100 block of Norwood Street was approached by a male in a silver colored truck. The man told the girl to put her bike in the back of the truck and to get in. The girl was with other children and left the area immediately telling an adult relative. The next day around noon, a 9-year old boy was riding his bicycle in the area of the 900 block of South 8th Street, when he was approached by a man in a truck that pulled up next to him. The man told that boy to get in. The boy did not get in the vehicle and he went home telling a parent. In both cases the children were not hurt and the male did not attempt to get out of the truck. Descriptions from the children lead police to believe the incidents may be related. The suspect was described as an older white male with a skinny face, short hair with a possible short beard and a deep voice. The vehicle was described as a silver older regular cab full size pick-up truck, may have scratches along the length of the driver’s side and a louder exhaust. Anyone with information should call Brainerd police.

--The city of Little Falls has announced a road closure starting this morning at 7:00am until tomorrow at 5:00pm. The roads closed will be MaryAnn Ave to Lemieur Street and 18th Street SE from the driveway at Tractor Supply to Maryann Ave.

--The Little Falls Fire Department responded to a kitchen fire around 2:00am on Saturday morning at Riverwood Apartments. The apartment #302 of Brittney Waytashek is located at 18795 Riverwood Drive. According to Little Falls Fire Chief Mike Nieman, something was left on the stove, started the microwave above it on fire and that activated the indoor sprinkler system. The sprinklers did extinguish the fire before it spread. This limited the fire damage but the sprinklers did cause more water damage. The fire was out before firefighters arrived and there were no injuries.

--In observance of the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset.

--Derek Hoehle and Kendra Englehart of Little Falls, boy on Sept. 9th
--Cory and Tara Schlagel of Little Falls, boy on September 9th

TODAY= sunny, high of 87 wind gusts up to 25 mph
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low of 53
THURSDAY= sunshine returns high of 73, partly cloudy low 43
FRIDAY= sunny high 69 then clear with a low of 45

TWINS= Twins take series with Cleveland winning 7-2 Monday as Sam Deduno pitched one of his best games since becoming a Twin. With the win the Twins are now tied for 4th in the central with the Indians. Twins open up with Royals tonight, pregame 6:40 on Q92.

IN 2001= the tragic 9/11 attacks occurred on New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania forever changing the United States.

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Monday- September 10th, 2012

--An 82-year-old Randall man was critically injured Thursday afternoon near Cushing. Around 2:40, Leon Siegel of Randall was turning from Morrison County Road 11 onto Highway 10 when he was struck broadside by a vehicle traveling on Highway 10 driven by 67-year-old James Wittenberg of New Ulm. Siegel was taken to an area hospital and reportedly in critical condition Friday morning. Wittenberg and his passenger 65-year-old Kathleen Wittenberg of New Ulm were treated and released for minor injuries.

--Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl stated that a deceased male body was found in a car off a county road outside of Crosby Thursday afternoon. The car was found off County Road 31 north of Highway 210. The dead man was identified Friday as 43-year old Garry Allen Wanless Jr. The Ramsey County Medical Examiners Office is conducting an autopsy. Sheriff Dahl did state there is no indication the public is in any danger and should not be concerned for their safety. Crow Wing County is being assisted by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s mobile crime lab out of Bemidji.

--Police last week released information on search warrants issued in a St. Cloud murder case. Chad Pulju remains jailed on 3-million dollars bail in the death of his mother Geraldine Bennett at her St. Cloud residence on August 23rd. The search warrant says when officers entered the home Pulju was found standing over his mother who had been stabbed multiple times by a sharp object. Pulju informed police he had been drinking heavily and had no memory of the assault on his mother then asked for a lawyer. Officers collected blood and clothing from Pujlu and his step-father Edward Bennett who told police he was sleeping when the incident occurred and awoke when he heard the police trying to get in. The next court hearing for Pulju is on September 20th. Edward Bennett was questioned and released.

--For the first time since 2007, parts of Minnesota are considered to be in extreme drought. Last Friday, it was reported that southern and southwestern Minnesota is now in extreme drought, western and northwestern Minnesota remains in severe drought and central and southeastern Minnesota from the Brainerd Lakes area through the Twin Cities, including Morrison County is in an area ruled considerably dry. According to the DNR only the northeastern part of the state has received adequate moisture since May 1st. Grass fires are very high and the DNR is reminding outdoor enthusiasts to use caution with burning or campfires with the dry conditions.

--Todd County responded to a vehicle fire on Highway 287 near Grey Eagle Thursday morning. Around 5:40am, a vehicle driven by Bismar Castellon of Melrose swerved to miss a deer and struck the ditch. Bismar was taken to the Long Prairie Hospital for injuries suffered from the accident. A small fire was extinguished from the ditch.

--A 21-year-old St. Cloud man was injured when his bicycle struck a train in the downtown area Wednesday afternoon. Around 5pm, Devin West was crossing tracks behind the post office when he was struck by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe train. The train was traveling at a very slow rate of speed. West was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for what was reported to be minor injuries.

--Brainerd police reported that a bicyclist was injured Thursday afternoon after colliding with a car on North Sixth Street in Brainerd. Police have not released any other information except that the bicyclist was taken to the Brainerd Hospital for treatment of injuries.

--A free movie will be presented at the Lindbergh Historic Site Tuesday night at 7pm, based on the 9-11 attacks in 2001.

--Motorists in Little Falls will encounter nighttime delays as Highway 27 intermittently reduces to a single lane with flaggers controlling traffic between 127th Avenue and Ninth Street Northeast. The overnight closures will begin at 7:00pm daily beginning tonight through Thursday. All lanes will reopen by 6:00am the following day. The closures are needed as crews resurface Highway 27. Motorists are advised to slow down in work zones. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit

--Little Falls Police have been investigating vandalism in the city throughout the summer. Police Chief Greg Schirmers says the vandalism ranges from snapping tree branches, graffiti on buildings and private property, picnic tables tossed in the river at Maple Island Park, vandalism to St. Mary’s and Calvary cemeteries, banners that the Knights of Columbus put up, ripped down and taken away and recently reports of burning holes in the docks at LeBourget Park. Schirmers says in that case someone used oil to make the hole then jumped up and down on it to damage the framework. Also an electrical box was ripped off at Jay Cee Park earlier this summer. Anyone who notices suspicious activity is urged to call the Little Falls Police Department at 616-5570.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday 9:00am at the government center. Agenda items include reports from the sheriff, public health, social services and community development. A public hearing is planned in the trails ordinance, they will receive improvement reports for Sullivan Lake and Crookneck Lake and the board will receive the budget report and set the preliminary levy.
--Ryan Mead and Britany Dahl of Little Falls, a boy born Sept. 6th

--Duane A. Smude, age 63 of Little Falls.
--Dale H. Melin, age 84 of Sauk Centre.
--Lorraine M. Ciminski, age 89 of Brainerd formerly Little Falls. 
--Alice Tschida, age 83 of Pierz.
--Reinhart Donek, age 92 of Pierz.
--Leo Brezinka, age 88 of Royalton. 
--Katelin M. Sawyer (Voshell), age 14 of Onamia. 
--George Sandy Jr., age 85 of Long Prairie.

TODAY= mostly sunny, breezy, high near 80. 
TONIGHT= clear skies, warmer, low around 60. 
TUESDAY= mostly sunny, warm, high 85 to 90, storms late.
WEDNESDAY= a storm early, then partly sunny, cooler, high 70.

TWINS= Twins blew a 4-0 lead Friday and lost 7-6 to Cleveland. Twins rebound with a shut out win Saturday 3-0 over Tribe. Justin Morneau homered twice Sunday including a walk-off in the 9th to help the Twins win 8-7. Twins wrap up their 4 game series with Cleveland tonight at Target Field, pregame at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
NFL= Vikings win 26-23 in overtime over Jacksonville. Adrian Peterson had 2 touchdowns, Blair Walsh hero with 2 late field goals. 
COL FB= Gophers rout New Hampshire 44-7 to go to 2-0.

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Friday- September 7th, 2012

--The 40th annual Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair is this Saturday and Sunday in downtown Little Falls. Included over 650 vendors and over 100 of those are new vendors, plus a Market Street on the west-side of a number of name brand products, food vendors, Let’s Go Fishing pontoon rides over the Mississippi River and so much more. The 10th Annual west Little Falls Antiques and Collectibles Fair will also take place Saturday and Sunday at LeBourget Park and the Lone Eagle Auto Club’s Auto Show and Swap Meet will start at 7am on Sunday at the Morrison County Fairgrounds. Take the shuttle bus to and from the fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday to save on the parking issues downtown those days. Little Falls Police Chief Greg Schirmers is reminding drivers to use extra caution while driving in downtown and residential areas of the city. Pay extra attention for pedestrians, especially kids. Also, be patient as there will be delays in traffic primarily in the downtown area. Secure your valuables out of sight and write down where you parked your vehicle.

--This Sunday, Holdingford will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of its Soldier’s Shrine which was dedicated September 6, 1942 as the very first shrine in the United States built to honor those who served in the United States Armed Forces. The celebration begins at 2pm Sunday with Mass at the shrine which is across from All Saints-St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church on Cedar Street. All military members and military organizations from throughout the state are invited to participate in the event and help celebrate the Soldier’s Shrine.

--The Pierz City Council meets Monday night 7pm at Pierz City Hall. Agenda items include a public hearing on the Pierz preliminary levy, a dog licensing proposal, library rent increase request, the council will set up future meeting dates and hear from city officials.

--If any one person can be credited for the dominant cultural makeup of central Minnesota, the honor would go to Father Francis Xavier Pierz, an Austrian Catholic priest who came to Minnesota Territory in 1852. He started missions and parishes throughout central Minnesota, including in Belle Prairie, Swan River, Sobieski, Sauk Rapids, St. Cloud, St. Joseph, and St. Augusta, and encouraged German Catholics to immigrate to the area now referred to as Minnesota’s Holy Land. Father Pierz eventually settled in Rich Prairie and served as the resident pastor for the town’s congregation. The town was renamed Pierz in his honor. Tim Hoheisel, a native of Buckman, Executive Director of the Sioux Falls Arts Council, and doctoral candidate in American History at Kansas State University, will be the guest speaker at the Morrison County Historical Society’s annual dinner on September 23rd. In addition to the presentation on Father Pierz, the Morrison County Historical Society will also be showcasing its project and fundraising to preserve the information in its collection of Pierz Journal newspapers. The project, called “Save the Pierz Journals,” involves having the collection digitized by the Minnesota Digital Library and posted online at Minnesota Reflections. To date, newspapers from 1909 through 1913 have been digitized and are available online, but there are many years left to go. The annual dinner will be Sunday, September 23rd, at 5:30 p.m. at the Brickyard Bar & Banquet Hall in Pierz. The cost to attend is $20 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 320-632-4007 before September 18th.

--The City of Rice holds their Arts and Crafts Fair this weekend with 180 juried vendors emphasizing homemade goods, clothing and food.

--Brunswick Corporation and Lund Boat Company have settled a federal complaint over hiring practices at the Lund plant in New York Mills. Lund was accused of discriminating against 200 women who applied for entry level jobs in 2006 and 2007. Brunswick and Lund agreed to pay $295,000 in back wages and interest to 185 female job applicants. The agreement also requires the companies to offer jobs to 27 of the women and seven have already been hired. Neither Lund nor Brunswick admitted any wrongdoing.

--The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office released reports of 3 separate accidents occurring last week. On September 2nd just after 8am, three Woodbury women were injured in an ATV crash near Brainerd International Raceway. All three were treated and released at Brainerd hospital. A 27-year-old Trommald woman was hurt Monday in a 4-wheeler accident on Iverson Road. Melinda LeBlanc was treated at the Crosby Hospital, her passenger was not hospitalized. A 24-year-old Brainerd woman was hurt Tuesday in a two-vehicle accident on Laurel Street in Brainerd. Around 1:20pm, Stephanie Mayo and Dominic Hanson of Baxter collided vehicles. LeBlanc was treated and released at Brainerd hospital.

--A Minnesota nurse is charged with siphoning pain medication from patient’s intravenous bags at a hospital and replacing the drugs with saline solution. The attorney for 42-year-old Blake Zenner of Kimball stated Wednesday that his client is the one in question about 23 incidents at a medical facility, which was not named in the report though St. Cloud media stated it was St. Cloud Hospital. The 23 patients had their IV solution stolen and replaced with saline from November 2010 to March 2011. Zenner has been charged with fraudulently obtaining Hydromorphone Hydrochloride also known as Dilaudid. Zenner’s attorney did state that right now Zenner plans on pleading guilty to the charge against him at their hearing on September 26th. The patients encountered bacterial infections from the medication being removed. All of the patients had to be treated with antibiotics but has since recovered from the infections.

--Congratulations to Thomas Zak of Randall who won $10,000 by playing the Lottery’s Crossword Extra scratch game. The winning ticket was purchased at a Little Falls store.

--Dorothy C. Ficek, age 90 of Pierz.

TODAY= partly cloudy, scattered showers, breezy, high near 65. 
TONIGHT= clear skies, cool, low around 40. 
SATURDAY= mostly sunny, breezy, high near 70, low around 40.  
SUNDAY= sunny skies, high 75, low around 50. 
MONDAY= sunny and warmer, high 82, low 55.

TWINS= Twins host Cleveland tonight, pregame at 6:40pm, 5:40pm on Saturday and 12:40pm on Sunday. All games live on Q92 WYRQ.
COL FB= New Hampshire at Gophers Saturday 10am on KLTF.
NFL= Jacksonville at Vikings Sunday at noon from the Dome.
HS FB= Little Falls vs. Cathedral from SCSU tonight 7pm on KLTF.
HS FB= Pierz at Holdingford tonight at 7 on FM94 KFML.
CC= Coaches Corner from Coborn’s Saturday at 9am on KLTF.

“Kings Ransom” tonight and Sat, free sober cab Fri/Sat at WS Bar.

Thursday- September 6th, 2012

--The Foley City Council met Tuesday night and decided not to add to their budget which would have allowed them to hire another police officer to their recently new police force which was restarted in the city earlier this summer. The council saw two proposals for the budget one with and one without a new officer after discussion voted on the proposal without the new officer included. However, the council failed the first two measures voted on before deciding on the 3rd one. The new officer would have extended police coverage to Foley up to 22 hours a day. Currently it has police coverage with 3 officers at 17 hours with the overnight hours going through the Benton County Sheriff’s Office on an emergency basis only. Also at the meeting the city announced their Truth in Taxation meeting will be December 4th at 6pm following that the council will make their final vote on the budget and levy for next year.

--82-year old Delbert Huber of rural Paynesville was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Tuesday for the death of 43-year old Tim Larson of Albertville. Larson, a special education teacher in the St. Michael Albertville School District was shot to death on his father’s farm near Belgrade last October. Delbert Huber’s son was also present during the confrontation. Prosecutors say Larson told the Huber’s to stay off his father’s property but the Hubers said they had been hired to take care of animals. When Larson found the Hubers on the farm they argued and Delbert Huber shot Larson. The judge said Huber showed no remorse and still blames the victim for the incident. Huber’s 46-year old son Tim is still awaiting trial on a 1st degree murder charge.

--Central Lakes College in Brainerd will host a 2012 Minnesota Education Fair on Friday, September 28th. The event brings in about 800 to 1,000 area high school students coming in to view over 60 public and private colleges and universities and military institutions that will be on hand to show what they have to offer to the students. Nearly 20 high schools in the area have been invited to send students or allow them to independently attend. The event is 9-11am on the 28th at the auditorium inside Central Lakes College.

--The St. Cloud VA Health Care System is hosting a community meeting to review needs and efforts in addressing Veteran homelessness. The Project CHALENG (Community Homeless Assessment Local Education and Networking Groups) meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday from 10:00-11:30am at the Holiday Inn, of St. Cloud. To register call Laura at (320) 255-6480 ext. 6321.

--Health officials have confirmed another nine cases of West Nile virus in Minnesota over the past week. That brings Minnesota's total to 44 for the year, including one death. Nearly 1,600 cases of the mosquito-borne illness have been reported nationwide. Minnesota Department of Health epidemiologist Dave Neitzel says the number of new cases should start to decline later this month. Neitzel says the final 2012 total should be well below peak West Nile years. Minnesota's highest number of West Nile cases came in 2003, when the virus caused 148 illnesses and four deaths.

--The League of Women Voters Brainerd Lakes Chapter and the Center for Life Long Learning will present a discussion on the Minnesota Marriage Amendment next Tuesday, 7pm at the Chalberg Theatre in Central Lakes College, Brainerd Campus. Political, religious and legal officials will be on hand to discuss both sides of the amendment that will be on the November ballot in Minnesota. For more information on the discussion, call 218-562-4748.

--Three teens were charged Tuesday in an expensive act of burglary and vandalism that targeted a church in Big Lake.  Juvenile petitions were signed in Sherburne County Court this week against two 15-year-olds from Big Lake and one 16-year-old from Monticello. On August 1st, Big Lake Police Officers were called to investigate a reported burglary at the Saron Lutheran Church where a person or persons had entered the church, stolen several items that were to be sold in a youth group fundraiser and then sprayed a fire extinguisher, causing extensive damage to areas of the church. The entire church sanctuary and adjacent building were covered with the fire suppressant powder, which is a hazardous substance. Suspects also sprayed contents directly into an organ, piano, and several electronic components. The items donated for the sale had to be disposed of, the estimated clean up cost for this incident is approximately $129,000. Through a series of interviews an investigator from the Big Lake Police Department determined that the suspects entered the church through a door they found unsecured. Prosecutors maintain that the suspects removed three bicycles and several other items from the sale, and then sprayed the contents of three fire extinguishers through the church complex.

--The Crow Wing County Courthouse was busy last Friday and this Tuesday,  Risky Business owner Ronald Beattie Jr. had his omnibus hearing on the sale of synthetic drugs moved to September 18th, A 39-year-old St. Paul man charged with stabbing a man in a vehicle in January, 2011 will make his next appearance December 17th in Brainerd. Jon Johnson is charged with 2nd-degree assault. A 65-year-old Brainerd woman who led law enforcement on a chase March 30th after fleeing a domestic dispute and then ramming her husband’s vehicle accepted a plea from Crow Wing County, the plea agreement was not made public only that Judith Johnson was charged with 2nd-degree assault and a sentencing date will be set later this month. Also 24-year-old Samantha Jo Martin of Pillager appeared in court and pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary in entering The Heartland Animal Rescue Team facility in Brainerd and stealing a dog. She will be sentenced in Crow Wing County court on October 24th.

--Nathan Sievert and Schailis Goff of Little Falls, girl born August 31st

TODAY= mostly sunny, high 77
TONIGHT= showers and T-storms in evening and overnight, low 47. 
FRIDAY= showers early then partly sunny, cool, breezy, high 64. 
SATURDAY= sunny, high near 70, low around 40. 
SUNDAY= sunny, high 72, low around 50.

TWINS= Jake Peavy quieted the Twins Wednesday as the White Sox won 6-2. Twins are off today, host Cleveland this weekend. 
HS FB= Little Falls at St. Cloud Cathedral Friday 7pm on KLTF.
HS FB= Pierz at Holdingford Friday 7pm on FM94 KFML.

IN 1943= Carl Scheib at 16, becomes youngest player in MLB.
IN 1959= first Barbie Doll was sold by Mattel Toy Corp.

“Hot Hits” tonight, “Kings Ransom” Friday and Saturday at WS Bar

Wednesday- September 5th, 2012

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce September Employee of the Month is Trisha Zimmerman who works at the Coborn’s Pharmacy. Also Chamber President Deb Boelz wants to invite all to the Little Falls Arts and Craft Fair Saturday 8am to 6pm and Sunday from 9am to 4pm in the entire downtown area of Little Falls. Over 650 vendors, a market place and over 100 new vendors will be on hand for the two day event. For more information call 632-5155.

--Todd County authorities seized 15 marijuana plants from a Burtrum residence last Friday night. Around 10pm authorities executed a search warrant on Blaine Avenue South where a marijuana growing operation was being operated. Deputies arrested 57-year-old Walter Hoppe at the scene. Hoppe faces a number of felony drug charges.

--Firefighters from Long Prairie and Grey Eagle were called to a shed fire Sunday morning around 11am in Burnhamville Township. Neil Wolbeck told firefighters the fire started when a small pile of wood he was burning caught the grass on fire near his shed. Wind direction and dry conditions were contributing factors of the fire. The shed was a total loss. Nobody was injured.

--The Anoka County Sherriff’s Office stated early Sunday that two people are dead, after being hit by the driver of an SUV in Ramsey while walking across Highway 10.  It happened around 9:30pm Saturday at the intersection of Sunfish Lake Boulevard and Highway 10. Authorities Sunday identified the Texas couple as 78-year-old John Netterfield and 71-year-old Jean Netterfield from San Antonio. Police say that the couple was crossing the two-lane highway when they were struck by the SUV then a second vehicle reportedly struck one of the victims lying on the road. Neither driver was injured.

--Staff members from Congressman Chip Cravaack will conduct a mobile office this Friday from 1-2:30pm at the Pierz City Hall.

--An Ontario couple was hurt in a 2-vehicle accident Monday morning west of New York Mills on Highway 10. Just after 10:30, 70-year-old Inge Pechous was traveling on 10 when 23-year-old Eric Weller of Perham was crossing off of County Road 53 and was struck broadside by the Inge vehicle. Weller was not hurt. Inge and his passenger, 70-year-old Zdenek Pechous were taken by ambulance to a hospital in Perham with non-life threatening injuries.

--Stearns County received word of a fatal ATV crash Sunday around 4pm in Paynesville Township. The ATV operated by 16-year-old Cody Hagen of Paynesville was trying to turn in a pasture on 283rd Avenue when the front drivers’ side tire went flat causing the ATV to roll over pinning Hagen underneath. According to Stearns County another juvenile at the scene lifted the ATV off of Hagen, then contacted his mother who took him to St. Cloud Hospital, where Hagen was pronounced dead a little over an hour from when the accident first took place. A Stearns County Sheriff’s Deputy stated that their office was not informed of the accident until 12:30pm the next day and the accident is currently under investigation.

--A Byron woman was killed in an ATV accident Saturday night in southeastern Minnesota. Olmsted County says 55-year-old Diane Vincent of Byron was a passenger on the ATV that was being operated by her 33-year-old daughter. The vehicle was traveling slowly around 7:30pm when the tire hit a rut flipping the ATV. The driver and 2 other passengers had minor injuries. Vincent was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident is under investigation.

--The Memory Game is back, listen 7:30-9am weekdays on KLTF.

--A former St. Cloud Corporal who died in the Korean War will have his remains buried this weekend after they were properly identified recently in Washington D.C. Francis J. Reimer was 18-years-old when he disappeared while serving in North Korea in December, 1950. Reimer’s remains were found nearly a decade ago but just recently identified by DNA technology earlier this summer. Services for Reimer will take place Saturday in St. Cloud.

--The Minnesota State Fair wrapped up Monday. Brienna Schuette stated Tuesday that the fair’s attendance this year was just over 1.78 million people making it 2nd only to the 2009 fair for the most people attending. It beat 2011 by over 20,000 people and fell less than 2,000 people from being the most attended Minnesota state fair of all time. The heaviest attended days were this past Saturday and Sunday, where over 430,000 attended the fair between the 2 days.

--Now that the school year has started again, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) officials are urging motorists to be ready to stop for school buses and be watchful for children exiting school buses and crossing streets. Last year in Minnesota, there were 615 bus crashes that resulted in one death (no children) and 214 injuries (of which 75 were student bus occupants). In the last five years, crashes involving school buses resulted in 21 traffic deaths of which four were school bus student occupants and three were children who were outside a bus and hit by other vehicles.

--Hungry, how about a 1-ton burger? That’s what a Minnesota casino cooked up to break a world record Sunday. The Black Bear Casino Resort near Carlton created the “Behemoth Burger” which weighed in at 2,014 pounds and was 10-feet in diameter. The burger included 60 pounds of bacon, 50 pounds of lettuce, 50 pounds of sliced onions, 40 pounds of pickles and 40 pounds of cheese. It took over 4 hours to cook the patty and a crane had to be used to flip it over. Guinness Records verified the weight and record on Sunday with a celebration at the Casino to now be the home of the World’s Biggest Burger.

--Jonathan King and Delestine Davis of Little Falls, boy August 31st
--Christopher and Danielle Sobania of Little Falls, girl born Sept. 2nd

--Denis Olden, age 79 of Onamia.
--Eric J. Lindeman, age 29 of Pennsylvania formerly of Little Falls. 
--Leona Knutson, age 96 of Little Falls. 
--Bettyann Ward, age 83 of Little Falls.

TODAY= early showers then clearing afternoon, high 74. 
TONIGHT= clear and cool, low near 45. 
THURSDAY= sunny, high of 75, showers after dark, low 45. 
FRIDAY= sunny skies, cool, high 65, low around 40.

TWINS= Twins outslug White Sox last night to win 18-9 in Chicago. Chris Parmalee hit another homerun since being called up Saturday, Ryan Doumit also homered. Twins wrap up series with a day game in Chicago today, pregame starts at 12:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
NFL= Dallas and NY Giants kickoff 2012 Regular Season tonight.

“Hot Hits” Thursday, “Kings Ransom” Fri and Sat at West Side Bar

Tuesday- September 4th, 2012

--Benton County deputies responded to two motorcycles that collided on County Road 4 in Gilmanton Township. Both motorcyclists were pronounced dead when authorities arrived. Witnesses indicated that one motorcycle driven by 52-year-old Patrick Ogg of Foley was attempting to pass an eastbound vehicle when he struck the other cycle head-on. The other cycle was driven by 61-year-old Larry Sorenson of West Union. The accident remains under investigation.

--The driver of a homemade adult tricycle involved in an accident north of Crosby on August 26th has died from his injuries. 68-year-old Donald Boyer was pulling over to the side of the road when the trike lurked over the side and rolled down the hill and struck a downed tree ejected the driver and passenger. Donald Boyer was taken to an area hospital where he died on Thursday morning reported by the Crow Wing County Coroner. His passenger 65-year-old Donnell Boyer according to the state patrol reportedly was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. No update on her condition has been released.

--Motorists travelling along the north shore of Mille Lacs Lake will encounter a detour as Highway 18 becomes impassable at Seastade Creek, 5.5 miles west of Malmo, beginning September 13th. Highway 18 will close to through traffic between Highway 169 and Highway 47 beginning Sept. 13. A 24-mile signed detour will direct motorists along Highway 169, Aitkin County Road 28, Aitkin County Road 12 and Highway 47. All local businesses and residences will remain accessible throughout the project. To view a map of the detour,  Highway 18 is scheduled to reopen by September 29th weather permitting. The closure is needed as crews replace the Highway 18 Bridge spanning Seastade Creek.

--Republican lawmakers rejected a new union contract for more than 27,000 Minnesota state employees last Thursday. The Subcommittee of Employee Relations voted 6-4 along party lines to disapprove the contracts for the two largest state worker unions. Republicans felt a 2% across the board raise would increase costs by 59-million dollars which the current state budget can’t hold and would become dependents for insurance premiums paid out to displaced workers of the state unions. Lawmakers stated they have been generous with its employees and need to operate more like a private business.

--Authorities in Swift County are investigating the deaths of man and a woman at their home north of Benson. The sheriff’s office said the two were found by family members Wednesday evening. The only information is that he was 53 and she was 45 and an investigation is ongoing. No other details were released in the deaths.

--The Brainerd fire department extinguished a recreational fire that had gotten out of hand last Wednesday morning on Mill Avenue. Also Wednesday morning Garrison firefighters battled a vehicle fire 4 miles of Garrison on County Road 10. No injuries. Vehicle was a total lost.

--An 8-year-old boy is hospitalized at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis after he was hit in the head by a ricocheting bullet. Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin says his department received a 911 call Thursday afternoon about the injury at a residence near Dassel. The caller said the boy had been accidentally hit when a sibling was firing a handgun. The bullet hit the ground then struck the boy.

--Due to Labor Day yesterday, the Little Falls City Council will hold their regular City Council meeting tonight 7:30pm at City Hall.

--Get Donna Hilmerson’s recipes at

--Police say one person is dead after a standoff at a hotel in Woodbury. Officers were called around 1am to the Red Roof Inn. Police say while officers were investigating, someone fired a gunshot and three officers returned fire. One person was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul and later died. That person has not been identified. The three officers who fired their weapons will be placed on administrative leave. Woodbury police say the Washington County SWAT Team took a suspect into custody about 5:00am. One SWAT officer was treated for a minor injury during the incident. The entire incident remains under investigation by the BCA.

--The Minnesota State Patrol announces that this year’s statewide Maroon Day will be on Wednesday, September 5th.  All sworn personnel shall set aside all other business and duties to work road patrol on that date.  Regional Public Information Officer, Sgt. Curt Mowers says that, “The date is selected to coincide with the annual return to school for students. Traffic crashes remain the number one killer of our youth. Impaired driving, speed, lack of seat belt use and aggressive driving remain the top contributing factors of traffic crashes and injury outcome”. The agency focus on maroon Day will be to visibly target those violations and pay particular attention to traffic going to and from school and school-related events.

--Cyclists may encounter delays as short segments of the Paul Bunyan Trail in Nisswa are intermittently closed during daytime hours Wednesday and Thursday, September 5-6. Trail users may have to wait approximately 30 minutes as crews resurface 100-200 foot segments of the trail. Other segments of the trail through Nisswa may be rough as work is completed, and bicyclists may have to walk or carry their bicycles for short distances.

--Clarence H. Brausen, age 95 of Pierz.

TODAY= chance of morning storms, then sunny, high near 85.  
TONIGHT= showers and storms likely mainly after dark, low 54. 
WEDNESDAY= a shower or storm early, then sunny, windy, high 72. 
THURSDAY= mostly sunny, high 75, showers develop at night.

TWINS= Twins rained out with Royals Friday and played 2 Saturday winning both 3-1 and 8-7 over KC. In the 2nd game Chris Parmalee had a 3 run homer and Joe Mauer belted a grand slam for the Twins. Parmalee homered again Sunday but KC battled back with an 8th inning rally to beat the Twins 6-4. White Sox win 4-2 over Twins on Monday. The Twins (55-80) continue series in Chicago tonight 6:40pm pregame on Q92 WYRQ. 
CLASS C= Avon won with a no hitter Saturday, Lastrup won on a 1 hitter and Sobieski on a 3 hitter Saturday to advance to the final 8 teams in action Sunday in St. Cloud. Fairmount eliminated Avon Sunday 3-1. Fergus Falls eliminated Lastrup 3-1 and Maple Lake eliminated Sobieski also by the score of 3-1 ending all the Region 8C teams in the state tournament in St. Cloud but it was a great run. 
COL FB= Gophers vs. New Hampshire Saturday 10am on KLTF.
HS SPORTS= get scores from last week’s high school games including week 1 football scores from the area at

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