News September, 2013

Monday- September 30th, 2013

--A town hall meeting will take place Friday, October 4th in Little Falls to discuss Veterans issues. The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs leadership will travel to Little Falls and seven other Minnesota communities. The meeting will update local officials, community leaders and veteran’s organizations about recent changes recently passed. Those include improvements to the Minnesota GI Bill to enhance access to education, services and training. Residents will also be able to bring new ideas to the officials about how to better serve veterans and their families. The Little Falls meeting will be from 2:00-3:00pm on Friday, October 4th at the Morrison County Government Center.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office reported two crashes and a fire in the past 2 weeks. On September 22nd authorities reported a motorcycle crash north of Buckman where the driver was taken to St. Gabriel’s Hospital. A motorcycle crash was also reported on the 21st on Great River Road where the driver was taken to St. Cloud Hospital. A report of a recreational vehicle fire occurred September 19th at Augers RV in Motley. The fire was extinguished on site. There were no injuries reported.

--DNA tests have confirmed that the male gray wolf trapped and killed in August at a campground on Lake Winnibigoshish is the wolf that bit a 16-year-old boy on August 24th. The test done by forensic experts showed identical matches from the DNA of the wolf trapped and items taken from the boy. The boy sustained multiple puncture wounds and a laceration to his head. The boy was treated and has since been released from the hospital. The Department of Health stated the wolf did not have rabies.

--Brainerd firefighters Wednesday night responded to a one-vehicle accident where the driver struck a power pole knocking it down thus starting it on fire. The accident happened on Ojibwa Park Road around 8pm. The driver was not hurt. Firefighters extinguished the fire and called the power company to work on the downed pole. Power was interrupted for a time in that area.

--Motorists traveling on Minnesota highways this fall need to be aware of large farm equipment transporting crops to markets, grain elevators and processing plants, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. During 2010-2012, 377 traffic crashes took place on Minnesota roads involving at least one farm vehicle, resulting in 13 fatalities and 211 injuries. Of the 13 fatalities, six were farm vehicle riders; of the 211 injuries, 53 were farm vehicle riders. Motorists should: Watch for debris dropped by trucks hauling sugar beets and other crops. It is safer to brake or drive through debris than to veer into oncoming cars or off the road; Wait for a safe place to pass; Wear seatbelts; Drive with headlights on at all times. Farm equipment operators should: Use lights and flashers to make equipment more visible; Use slow-moving vehicle emblems on equipment traveling less than 30 mph and they should consider using a follow vehicle when moving equipment, especially at night.

--A GOP commissioner from Duluth is the latest to enter the race for U.S. Senate in 2014. Chris Dahlberg announced Thursday his campaign to vie for the Republican endorsement next year. Other Republicans in the race include Senator Julianne Ortman, State Representative Jim Abeler and businessman Mike McFadden. DFL Senator Al Franken is expected to run for reelection next year.

--A woman who died Thursday afternoon after a crash in a Waite Park parking lot likely suffered from a medical condition that caused her to lose control of the vehicle she was driving. The vehicle hit a parked vehicle in a parking lot at about 1:20 p.m. at 119-24th Ave. S. Officers found an older woman driver unconscious in the vehicle and tried CPR and a defibrillator to revive her. Those efforts were not successful. There were no other injuries in the crash. The police department hasn’t released the name of the women pending notification of her family.

--St. Cloud police are investigating a chase that ended in a crash Friday morning in Waite Park. Officers were called just before 6:30am of a driving complaint. A vehicle was weaving on Highway 23 on the eastside of St. Cloud. Officers pursued the vehicle and it eventually crashed in Waite Park near 15th Avenue. Police are investigating whether the vehicle was stolen. No information was given about the driver or if the driver was injured, only that charges are pending at this time against the driver.

--The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office is releasing information to the community regarding a Level 3 Predatory Offender. Michael Shawn Klappenbach will be moving into Eden Lake Township of Stearns County on October 14th.  He has a history of engaging in sexual contact with a female(s) age 15. Klappenbach is not wanted by the police and has served the sentence imposed on him by the court. A community notification meeting has been scheduled for 6:00pm on Thursday, October 10th at Paynesville City Hall.

--Josephine ‘Fussy’ Walz, age 93 of Sauk Rapids formerly Royalton
--Richard Mead, age 61 of Buckman.
--Sister Jeane Winter, age 93 of Little Falls.
--Mike Fussy, age 93 of Bowlus.
--Theresa A. Wollak, age 82 of Little Falls.
--BriAnna Rose Kruzel, age 18 of Sartell.

TODAY= sunny skies, high near 80.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low near 55.
TUESDAY= sunny and breezy, high 72, clear night low 44.
WEDNESDAY= sunny early, rain at night, high near 70.

VIKINGS= Adrian Peterson rushed for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns and Matt Cassel tossed two touchdowns to Greg Jennings as the Vikings win 34-27 over Pittsburgh in London.
TWINS= Cleveland gets a 4 game sweep on the Twins winning Friday 12-6, 5-1 Saturday and 5-1 on Sunday. Twins finish for the second year in a row at 66-96.
MLB= there is a game 163 for Texas and Tampa Bay tonight to decide the final wild card team in the American League playoffs. The winner will play Cleveland Wednesday. The National League Wild Card game Tuesday is Cincinnati at Pittsburgh.
COL FB= Iowa beat Gophers 23-7 Saturday at TCF Bank.
LYNX= Lynx win 72-65 Sunday to win series 2-0 over Phoenix. Lynx advance to third straight WNBA Finals and will host Atlanta on Sunday at 7:30 in game 1 of the best of 3.

The coolest and cheapest drinks in town are at West Side Bar.

Friday- September 27th, 2013

--23 year old Tamra Jo Schmolke of Saint Cloud was sentenced to 41 months in prison following her conviction for Controlled Substance Crime in the 2nd Degree Wednesday morning in Morrison County District Court in Little Falls. Schmolke pled guilty on July 24th in a case which stems from a 2012 investigation where drug task force officers monitored three sales of methamphetamine by Schmolke during June through August, 2012. Schmolke was ordered to pay the task force $2,060 to reimburse the task force for the money spent on the undercover buys.

--Crow Wing County deputies have seen a rash in vehicle thefts and break-ins in the past four to six weeks. Police Departments from Baxter, Crosby, Crosslake and Nisswa have also reported an increase in incidents involving theft from vehicles. Sheriff Todd Dahl is encouraging those to remove all valuables from vehicles or conceal them if they need to leave something in their vehicle. Make sure the vehicle is completely locked up when left unattended as they suspects are targeting unlocked vehicles where valuables or items can been seen. There have been a few incidents where windows have been busted in to get items but these are much fewer than the others where vehicles were unlocked. Anyone who notices suspicious activity by vehicles should contact police.

--Four of the five people arrested in connection with stolen property in Longville in Cass County have recently been charged in district court. 25-year-old Cole Crandell of Akeley, 27-year-old Jamie Addison of Minneapolis, 27-year-old Jennifer Delp of Akeley and 27-year-old Rachel Reeves of Minneapolis were charged with felony possession of stolen property and felony counts of aiding and abetting the possession of property. It is from an incident September 18th where an ATV was stolen. A cabin in Cass County was forced entry into and many items including 2 ATVs were stolen. The items were found in a parking lot the next day. Items related to the crime were found along with other items that were reported stolen from other incidents around the Akeley area. Court reports stated that Crandell and Addison have criminal records for control substance crimes. A fifth person is yet to be charged.--A 20-year-old Sauk Rapids man was taken to the hospital Wednesday after his motorcycle struck a construction zone warning barrel. Alexander M. Johnson was driving south on 10th Avenue South just after 7am when he switched lanes to pass a vehicle then saw the orange construction barrels, attempted to merge back into the left lane and struck a barrel. Johnson was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of injuries.

--St. Cloud-area criminal defense lawyer Andrew Pearson has been chosen by Governor Mark Dayton to be a new judge for Stearns County District Court. Pearson will fill the position vacated by Thomas Knapp who retired.

--The band Big Sweet Life will perform tonight at Great River Arts Center in Little Falls. They will perform a tribute to the music of Bob Dylan and songs from band that worked with Dylan. The show starts at 7:30 tickets are $12 at the door. For info 632-0960.

--Weekend events include Kids Day Saturday 9-11:30am at the Morrison County fairgrounds, Blessing of the Animals Sunday at noon at Washington Playground in Little Falls and Sobieski Cancer Walk with registration at 11am on Sunday and the walk at 1:00pm starting from the Sobieski Community Center.

--Miller Army Airfield located on Camp Ripley will receive several flights of C-17 cargo planes over the next three weeks.  “The C-17 is one of the most widely used and versatile cargo aircraft in the US Military,” said Major Nathan Foster, Miller Army Airfield Commander. The C-17 Globemaster III is a high-wing, 4-engine, T-tailed military-transport aircraft. The multi-service C-17 can carry large equipment, supplies and troops directly to small airfields in harsh terrain anywhere in the world day or night. The massive, sturdy, long-haul aircraft tackles distance, destination and heavy, oversized payloads with great flexibility. It has delivered cargo in every worldwide operation since the 1990s. “The abilities of the C-17 and the possibility of their usage on Camp Ripley, will make a great addition to providing a well equip and ready force for military, humanitarian and peacekeeping missions,” said Col. Scott St. Sauver, Camp Ripley Post Commander.

--Motorists travelling eastbound Interstate 94 in St. Augusta will encounter work crews, equipment and possible delays as the road is reduced to a single lane at County Road 75 at 7:00am. on Tuesday, October 1. All lanes of eastbound I-94 will open by 3 p.m. the same day. The closures are needed as crews repair a concrete panel near the ramp from County Road 75 to eastbound I-94. Drivers should slow down and be aware of crews, heavy equipment and other vehicles as they navigate the work zone. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit

--Jaime Hebler and Claire Kunesh of Hillman, a boy on Sept. 25th

TODAY= showers and T-storms at times, partial sun, high 79.
TONIGHT= showers and T-storms, some heavy overnight, low 60.
SATURDAY= showers and T-storms before 1pm, turning breezy with temps falling from the 60s into the 40s by late in the day.
SAT NITE= clearing skies, low around 40.
SUNDAY= sunny skies, high 71, clear at night low 50.
MONDAY= sunny skies, high 74, clear at night low 53.

HS FB= Zimmerman at Little Falls tonight 7pm on AM960 KLTF also the Tackle Cancer event will take place tonight at the game.
HS FB= Pierz at Eden Valley Watkins tonight at 7pm, due to recent power issues on KFML the game will now be heard on Q92 WYRQ
TWINS= Indians held on to a 6-5 win last night over Twins.  Twins wrap up their series with Cleveland and the 2013 season at home against Cleveland with games tonight at 7:10pm, Saturday at 12:05pm and Sunday at 1:10pm you can hear Saturday and Sundays game live on Q92 WYRQ.
COL FB= Gophers host Iowa Saturday 1:30 pregame on KLTF.
NFL= Vikings take on Pittsburgh Sunday at noon from London. Last night San Francisco routed the Rams 35-11.
LYNX= Lindsey Whalen and Maya Moore score 20 each and Seimone Augustus added 18 as the Lynx rout Phoenix in game 1 of the Western Conference Finals 85-62. Game 2 at Phoenix Sunday
CC= Coaches Corner will be live in Pierz at the MAC Saturday during the Pierz Volleyball tournament starting at 9am on KLTF.

Whiskey Tango tonight, Cocaine Energy Drink Party Sat at WS Bar

Thursday- September 26th, 2013

--Minnesota Power customers are asked to be aware of a telephone scam where the caller poses as a Minnesota Power employee and instructs the home or business owner to make a wire or cash payment or their power will be disconnected. Please disregard any calls such as this and if you receive a call such as this, hang up and call Minnesota Power at 800-228-4966 to report this illegal activity. This such scam is nearly the same as what Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel reported last week when a business received a call from an alleged gas company asking for the same type of info or service would be cut off. Again, this is a scam. If you receive a call like this you should hang up and notify authorities.

--Motorists will encounter delays on several central Minnesota highways as seal crack work began Wednesday on Highways 71, 210 and Highway 10. Closures and delays are expected on Highway 71 between Menagha and Wadena, Highway 210 between Staples and Hewitt and Highway 10 between Rice and Cushing. The Highway 10 work will have the highway reduced to a single lane at times. The Minnesota Department of Transportation stated that the Highway 210 project will begin when the Highway 71 one is completed and the Highway 10 project begins when the 210 project is completed. This is all weather permitting. For travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit

--Upsala City Clerk and Pierz native Adrian Welle announced Tuesday via Twitter that he is suspending his campaign for the District 9B House seat currently held by Republican Ron Kresha. Welle cited that he has accepted a job recently in Florida. In March, the Senate District 9 DFL Central Committee voted unanimously to endorse Welle for the House 9B seat which he failed to get in 2012 losing to Kresha. The DFL allows for provisional endorsement in non-election years as long as the candidate receives 90% of the vote from the central committee.

--A 24-year-old Crosby woman was arrested Tuesday after allegedly kidnapping her 9-month old son who was in foster care. Police stated the woman picked up her son at the Foster Care and left on foot. The child was reported missing around 12:40 and found with the woman about 2 hours later. The woman’s name is not being released. Court documents stated she is not allowed to have contact with the child. She is awaiting formal charges currently from the Crow Wing County attorney’s office.

--A 35-year-old Cass Lake man is in custody after authorities seized 130 large marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $80,000 and four guns Saturday in Wilkinson Township. Cass County was assisted by the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force and Tribal Police from Leech Lake for executing a warrant at a rural Cass Lake residence where the items were seized. The man was taken into custody and is awaiting charges in Cass County.

--Upsala Area Schools will have an early-out day on Friday for grades K-12. Busses will leave at 12:05pm.

--The Heartland Symphony Orchestra presents their fall concert series “Americana” on October 12th at 7:30 in Little Falls and October 13th 2:30pm in Brainerd. Tickets are available for the first time online at and at many vendor locations including Little Falls Radio.

--The annual Kids Day event is Saturday from 9-11:30am at the Morrison County Fairgrounds- for info call Aaron at 632-8806.

--The Pierz City Council met on Monday night. The council set a public hearing October 28th at 6:30pm for the vacation of Oak Street. The council also approved employee steps for all full time employees and a $1 an hour increase for part time police officers. The council approved new Pierz signs being placed at the Senior Center and Old Bank directing people to Pierz Park.

--Sauk Rapids police are investigating the death of a 3-month-old who drowned at Journey Home Halfway House, a residential treatment facility. The baby died Sunday after police were called to Journey Home. Staff at the facility had already started CPR on the baby when officers arrived at about 7:30am Sunday. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy on the baby and made a preliminary determination that the baby died from accidental drowning. The investigation is ongoing.

--A 69-year-old Greenwald man working on a farm near Paynesville died Wednesday after being hit by a front-end loader. John Schoenberg was walking on the farm in Zion Township of Stearns County when a front-end loader drove over him. 39-year old Victor Rojas of Albany was driving the front-end loader. The incident happened at 8:18am Wednesday. Schoenberg was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to a news release, investigators learned Schoenberg was walking near a silage pit in an area that normally was not used by pedestrians, and Rojas was unable to see the victim. The incident remains under investigation.

--A 50-year-old northern Minnesota man was injured when his vehicle ran off of Highway 64 south of Leader Tuesday just after 11am. Mark Syljuberget had to be extricated from the vehicle and was taken to the Brainerd hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

--Gas prices have fallen more than 20 cents in September and the statewide average is now a dime below the national average. Officials with Triple A say Minnesotans were paying 52 cents more for gas last year, the state is seeing gas as low as $3.15 a gallon.

--Staples-Motley Schools will be holding their annual practice evacuation drill at 2:45pm Friday in all buildings in the district. All students and staff will be exiting the building and going to designated areas off school grounds. Parents picking up students in Staples-Motley on Friday are asked to wait until the drill is done. This is a practice drill and the public should not be alarmed.

--Nicholas and Jessica Seward of Little Falls, boy September 24th
--Cory Vukelich and Alicia Bruns of Little Falls, girl September 24th

TODAY= sunny and breezy, high 80, partly cloudy night, low 62.
FRIDAY= showers and T-storms day and night, high 74, low 58.
SATURDAY= morning showers and storms, high 62, low 43.
SUNDAY= sunny, high near 70, low around 50.

TWINS= Detroit tripped up Twins 1-0 last night. Twins host Cleveland tonight for final series of season 6:40pm on Q92.
VIKINGS= Christian Ponder reported a rib injury early Wednesday and is questionable for Sunday’s game in London vs. Pittsburgh.

Redneck Radio tonight, Whiskey Tango Friday at West Side Bar

Wednesday- September 25th, 2013

--Crow Wing County authorities were kept busy this past weekend with a number of injury accidents. Sunday afternoon a 16-year-old was treated for injuries for an accident on Edgewood Drive in Baxter; a 64-year-old Emily woman was hurt Saturday night in Fifty Lakes and taken to St. Cloud Hospital with serious injuries; two people were treated for injuries Saturday for a two vehicle accident on Laurel Street in Brainerd; a 19-year-old Brainerd man was hurt in a motorcycle accident Sunday night near Moody Lake. And in a related story the 59-year-old motorcyclist injured in Morrison County Saturday is improving. Ronald Peterson was reportedly in fair condition late Monday at St. Cloud Hospital.

--Motorists may encounter non-rush hour delays on Highway 210 between Baxter and Pillager as segments of the road are reduced to a single lane beginning at 9am next Monday. The closures will occur daily until Thursday weather permitting. The closures are needed as crews complete pavement repairs begun earlier this year. When complete, the project will result in a smoother ride and extended road life along seven miles of on Highway 210 between Baxter and Pillager.

--Brainerd police are investigating a string of tires being slashed Sunday on the south side of the city. Police said the tires were slashed between 12:00am and 7:00am Sunday morning from the 400 to the 700 block of Seventh Street South and the 100 to 500 block of 8th Street South with some also slashed on Oak and Norwood Streets. It is believed that one set of people are being looked for from these incidents. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Brainerd police at 829-2805.

--The Cass County Sheriffs office is investigating after a duck hunter was accidentally shot Sunday by a dog. Apparently the victim, a 19-year old man was hit in the lower right leg after a hunting dog jumped into the victim’s boat on the Leech River and bumped the trigger on a shotgun. The man sustained non life threatening injuries.

--A man who was cleaning windows Sunday at the Kelly Inn in downtown St. Cloud fell 70 feet to his death in what police are saying was probably an accident. Firefighters responded to the scene about 5:08pm Sunday. Police were called about 15 minutes later and learned that the man had been cleaning windows and fell approximately 70 feet. Family members informed the media that the man is 56-year old Lee Teske. He was self-employed and had experience working as a window washer in downtown Minneapolis and in St. Cloud. He worked alone and didn’t have any employees.

--A St. Cloud man has been charged with first-degree aggravated robbery and being a felon in possession of a weapon after a 20-year-old man was robbed early September 16th in St. Cloud. The suspect in the robbery pointed a sawed-off shotgun at the victim and took the man’s wallet before fleeing. 20-year old Alonzo D. Adams made his first court appearance Monday on the charges and was ordered held in lieu of $300,000 unconditional bail.

--The ROCORI School District held a short moment of silence yesterday on the 10th Anniversary of the school shooting that killed two students. The shooter is serving life in prison. Family members of the victims asked the school to make the ceremony brief and not to have any ceremony of remembrance. On September 24th, 2003- freshmen John Jason McLaughlin shot and killed Seth Bathell and Aaron Rollins.

--Area unemployment rates are in. Morrison County had a 5.3% unemployment rate in August down from 5.6% in July and also down from 5.8% in August last year. Here is how the rest of central Minnesota counties unemployment rates fared- Aitkin 5.9%, Benton 5%, Cass 6.7%, Crow Wing 5.5%, Mille Lacs 6.6%, Stearns 4.6%, Todd 4.7%, and Wadena county 5.9%. The city of Brainerd registered at 9.2% and St. Cloud was at 5%. The statewide unemployment rate for August was 4.8% and the national rate was 7.3%.

--The students at Pierz Healy High School have chosen their candidates for homecoming king and queen. Queen candidates are Paige Reardon, Alex Pohlkamp, Lynn Funk, Brittany Smeija and Kailey Egan. King candidates are Tyler Milner, Evan Woitalla, Chris Ortman, Andy Kapsner and Nathan Athman. The king and queen will be crowned during a ceremony next Monday at 2:30pm at the MAC in Pierz. The Pioneers have a week of activities planned, with a homecoming theme of “Put ‘em in their place… Outerspace!” Monday is blackout day; Tuesday is Duck Dynasty/Camo Day; Wednesday is Nerd Day; Thursday is Color Wars Day and Friday, October 4th is Spirit Day. The Pierz Pioneers football team will host the Rockford Rockets at 7pm a week from Friday on FM94 with a dance to follow until midnight.

--The Sherburne County board has chosen a Carver County official as the new county administrator. The county board unanimously voted Tuesday to offer a contract to Steve Taylor, assistant county administrator in Carver County, where he has been employed for the past eight years. Taylor will replace Brian Bensen, who retired August 1st after 14 years as Sherburne County administrator. Taylor was one of five finalists interviewed for the position, who were chosen from 35 applicants. Current Crow Wing County administrator and former Morrison County administrator Tim Houle was one of the finalists. If Taylor accepts the position, he is expected to start in late October or early November.

--Todd County Sheriff’s office is investigating the theft of batteries from three semitrailers that were parked for sale along U.S. Highway 71 south of Long Prairie. The theft of the seven batteries was reported Monday. Anyone with information is asked to call the Todd County sheriff’s office at 320-732-2157.

--A bus carrying St. Cloud school district students was involved in a collision Tuesday. A car rear-ended a school bus on the southeast side near Second Street. There were no injuries reported. Students were moved to a different bus to take them to school.

Jed LaValle and Kim Marshall of Little Falls, boy on September 23rd

TODAY= fog early, then sunny skies, high 75.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 50.
THURSDAY= sunny and breezy, high near 80 low around 60.
FRIDAY= storms develop afternoon and evening, high 75.

TWINS= Twins (66-91) lose 4-2 Tuesday to Tigers wrap up series with Detroit tonight at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.

Redneck Radio Thurs, cool drinks and happy hour too at WS Bar

Tuesday- September 24th, 2013

--A 59-year-old from South Dakota was injured Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle accident on Great River Road in Swan River Township of Morrison County. Ronald Peterson was northbound on the road around 12:20pm when he failed to negotiate the corner at 95th Street and crashed the cycle. Peterson was thrown from the cycle and taken to St. Cloud Hospital for injuries sustained. His condition was not released.

--Two-year union contracts providing Minnesota state workers 3 percent annual raises are up for review by a panel of legislators. The Subcommittee on Employee Relations is deciding whether to ratify the deals, which would put them into force pending a vote by the full Legislature next year. A portion of the raises and some other provisions are retroactive to July 1.

--It has been nearly 100 days since 27-year-old Jesse Larson of Crow Wing County disappeared. Authorities say that family and friends have not heard from Larson. He did not have a cell phone on him when he disappeared June 20th. On that date he was seen taking his father’s labs out back for a swim on the family farm nine miles north of Crosby. The black lab dogs returned home and the truck was found near the site reported but Larson was not. Search crews have checked the area but still no sign of Larson. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office.

--A two-vehicle Saturday afternoon on Laurel Street in Brainerd left one vehicle on its side and two people taken to the hospital. The accident happened around 12:30pm. No other information has been released only that two were hospitalized from it.

--Brainerd firefighters responded to a boat fire Friday night around 6:30. The boat was on Johnson Road on a trailer and reportedly was being put away for winter storage. The boat was a total loss. There were no injuries. The cause was undetermined.

--Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle invites the public to attend a town hall on transportation issues on Wednesday from 2-3:30pm at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. Commissioner Zelle will lead a discussion about transportation, how it affects quality of life, its strong ties to Minnesota’s economy and the importance of continuing to invest in this significant asset. The event is open to the public, and includes a question and answer session where the commissioner will take feedback and answer questions about Minnesota’s transportation system. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet this morning at 9am at the Morrison County Government Center in Little Falls.

--It has been a very quiet summer for severe weather across Minnesota this year. The National Weather Service reports that from June 21st through September 22nd there were 14 confirmed tornadoes in Minnesota and 14 also confirmed in North Dakota. In 2010, 85 tornadoes were confirmed in the state from just the summer months. That excluded the nearly 40 tornadoes that occurred on June 17th that year including the large one that struck Wadena. Strong storms in early June did cause the state to approve legislation for storm relief from the heavy rains and winds from earlier this year. Overall, this year saw far fewer severe storms than past years especially for tornadoes in Minnesota.

--The Little Falls Fire Department responded to a car fire in the southbound lane of Highway 371 around 4:00am Monday. The car was fully engulfed in flames when 18 firefighters arrived on the scene. The car was abandoned. It was totaled by the damage suffered. There were no injuries.

--Congressman Collin Peterson says the Republican plan approved by the House to cut $40 billion from the food stamp program sets up a major clash with the Senate. The Minnesota Democrat says it likely killed any hope for passage of a new five year Farm Bill and spells big trouble for producers—and says the possibility of extending the current bill is highly unlikely. North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer disagrees, and believes lawmakers will find compromise. He also says the purpose of the bill is to restore to an out of control Food Stamp Program. The House vote was largely along party lines 217 to 210 with 15 Republicans joining all House Democrats saying no.

--Separate farming accidents in Wright County have left one man dead and another injured. The sheriff’s office Monday identified the Hutchinson man who died Friday as 54-year old Craig Wanous. He died after becoming entangled in the cutter head of a self-propelled field chopper. That accident was at 6:40pm Friday at a farm in Stockholm Township. Wanous was pronounced dead at the scene. Another man was injured Saturday when his hands and arms became trapped and crushed in a corn-husking bed. That accident happened at 3:15pm at Terning Seeds also in Stockholm Township. It resulted in 57-year old Jose Molinr of Long Beach, California being airlifted to HCMC for treatment of injuries.

--A boy was taken into custody Sunday night after he threatened a woman with a knife in St. Cloud. A 38-year-old woman told police that the boy threatened to kill her Sunday night. The boy is being held in a secure detention facility and is facing possible charges of second-degree assault and terroristic threats. No injuries.

--The 2nd Annual Sobieski Lions Cancer Walk will be Sunday at the Sobieski Community Center. $10-donation per person or $25 donation per family with children under 16, registration starts at 11am. Info call Audrey at 632-5101 or Sarah at 630-7934.

--Clay and Adrielle Smith of Little Falls, boy on September 22nd
--Howard Pollard Jr. and Cassandra Szcodroski of LF, girl Sept 22nd

--Benedict “Ben” R. Skajewski, age 87 of Sauk Rapids

TODAY= sunny skies, high 72.
TONIGHT= clear skies, fog late, low 49.
WEDNESDAY= fog early then mostly sunny, high 73, low 55.
THURSDAY= sunny and breezy, high 78, rain late, low 60.

TWINS= Twins battle back from 3 down to beat Detroit 4-3 in 11 innings last night. Tigers at Twins tonight 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ
COL FB= Gophers host Iowa Saturday 1:30pm pregame on KLTF.
ACES= Flying Aces have their home opener Saturday night in LF.

Redneck Radio Thursday- great lunches cool drinks at WS Bar.

Monday- September 23rd, 2013

--Pope Francis has appointed Donald J. Kettler of the Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska, to be the ninth Bishop of St. Cloud. The announcement was made by the Vatican Friday morning. He succeeds Bishop John F. Kinney who is retiring at the age of 76. On May 9, 1995 Bishop Kinney was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud, and was installed as Bishop on July 6, 1995. The Mass of Installation for Bishop Kettler will be held November 7th.

--Drug activity has been picking up in Morrison County, Sheriff Michel Wetzel told the County Board last week. According to Wetzel over the last year we’ve seen an increase in drug use first being prescription drugs, then heroin, now there has been a resurgence of methamphetamine and a lot of marijuana. Wetzel points to the recent directive made by United States Attorney General Eric Holder that assistant U.S. attorneys in certain drug cases are not to list in the criminal complaints the weights of seized controlled substances. Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf stated at the county board meeting that his office has filed 263 cases so far this year compared to 187 cases at this time last year which is nearly a 40 percent increase.

--The Minnesota Fishing Museum and Education Center (Little Falls) and the Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota (Baxter) are pleased to announce the completion of the merger of the two organizations into one entity. The new combined organization will be The Minnesota Fishing Museum-Hall of Fame and Education Center. The Fishing Museum will be the contact point for conducting business. The visitor displays for each will remain in their present locations while plans are developed for a new facility. President of the Fishing Museum Jeff Doty says, “This merger will enable us to more fully carry out our mission to preserve Minnesota’s fishing heritage and pass it on to the next generation. We are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead of us.”

--The Royalton School District voted recently to approve a resolution for a tax increase, beginning with taxes payable in 2014 as the school does not have an operating levy referendum.  The approval would mean an increase of approximately $40 per $100,000 of home value per year. The referendum authority resolution was approved by a vote of 4-1. During the most recent legislative session, the state of Minnesota gave local school boards the authority to convert up to $300 per adjusted pupil unit from a voter-approved referendum authority to a Board-approved referendum authority. The tax increase could cover five years.

--A fatal accident occurred at 5:25am Friday. A gas transport truck owned by Jacks Oil Distributing Inc of Eden Prairie was going north on Todd County Road 21 when the driver lost control and drove off the roadway and overturned. The semi tractor trailer was full of fuel and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was identified as 25-year-old Kyle P. Becker of Eden Valley.

--Todd County is investigating a pedestrian struck by a motorist back on August 24th. The incident occurred on Highway 71 at the Stearns/Todd County Line. Eric Raisanen was a passenger on a motorcycle when he fell off the bike and was then struck by an oncoming vehicle. The vehicle that struck Raisanen then fled the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office or Crimestoppers. There have been some leads but none have led to the finding of the vehicle in question.

--19-year-old Brok Junkermeier and 17-year-old Robert Warwick have been indicted on first-degree murder charges, accused of playing roles in the July 29th strangulation and stabbing death of Warwick’s 79-year-old grandmother Lila Warwick at her home in Willmar. A grand jury Wednesday made the first-degree indictment which is needed in Minnesota. Court documents allege Junkermeier entered Warwick’s residence, waited in her garage then cut her with a small sword. Junkermeier forced Warwick to write him a check from her bank account, then stabbed and strangled her before putting her body in the basement of her home. The indictment against Robert Warwick has been changed so he will be tried as an adult claiming him to be the mastermind of the plan to rob and kill Lila Warwick believing his grandmother had a safe in the home containing in excess of $40,000. A 16-year-old who is believed to be the driver has yet to be charged. Warwick and Jenkins have been held at Prairie Lakes Detention Center since they were apprehended after the murder. Both are being held on two million dollars unconditional bail.

--Nisswa Police Department reported Friday that three Nor-Son Inc. employees were injured at 7:30am Friday when trusses collapsed at Timberwood Church in Nisswa. The workers, described by a police spokesman as “walking, talking, alert and conscious,” were taken to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center. It is undetermined what caused the trusses to collapse. All three injured were in fair condition Saturday. No names were released.

--The 23rd Annual Physically Disabled Veterans Deer Hunt will be October 1st and 2nd at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. Sixty Veterans with disabilities, ages 22-90, from around the state, will participate. Sixteen of these Veterans will be hunting from wheelchairs. Participating Veterans have served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan.

--Dana Smith and Jolleen Schneider, a boy and girl born Sept. 19th

--Nancy K. Posch, age 54 of Royalton.
--Henry ‘Hank’ Boeddeker, age 81 of Little Falls.
--Theresa Wollak, age 82 of Little Falls.
--Marcella ‘Marcy’ Boros, age 80 of Little Falls.
--Deborah ‘Debbie’ Pfeiffer, age 61 of Sauk Rapids and Swanville
--Raymond ‘Ray’ Brown, age 92 of Royalton.

TODAY= sunny and breezy, high 73, clear tonight low around 50.
TUESDAY= mostly cloudy- few PM showers, high 69, low 48.
WEDNESDAY= morning fog then sunny skies, high 75.

VIKINGS= another heart breaker as Cleveland scores with less than a minute to beat the Vikings 31-27 Sunday. Vikings 0-3
TWINS= Oakland takes all 4 games sweeping the Twins. Twins host Detroit tonight 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
COL FB= Gophers beat San Jose State 43-24 to go to 4-0.
LYNX= Lynx win Friday and Sunday to take series 2-0 over Seattle

The coolest and cheapest drinks in town are at West Side Bar.

Friday- September 20th, 2013

--Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel warns area residents of another scam. On Thursday a business owner in Pierz was contacted by someone claiming to be from Centerpoint Gas Service. The caller claimed the business owner did not pay their bill and a technician would be on their way to cut off the gas unless they gave their credit card information to pay the supposed bill. The owner recognized this as a scam and reported it. Sheriff Wetzel reminds everyone if you receive a call like this the best thing to do is hang up and call the company yourself. You should never give out personal information over the phone unless you initiated the contact. The business owner did not fall for the scam.

--Four fire departments were on scene Thursday morning for a fire in an office at the former Verso Paper mill. The fire was reported at 6:40am Thursday. Units from Sauk Rapids, Waite Park and St. Cloud were called to help Sartell firefighters at the scene. The fire was in one of the original buildings that had been vacant since the explosion in 2012 that ended up shutting down operations permanently at the plant. The room and contents burned up and the fire spread into the walls which affected some second floor offices. The cause of the fire is under investigation. AIM now owns the mill site and that company is working to demolish buildings, vertical concrete structures and metal. The company has said that more than 530,000 square feet of buildings and 104,000 square feet of tanks and other items will be removed. Up to 95% of materials will be recycled. There were no injuries in the fire.

--Little Falls Schools’ vision is to be the “District of Choice” by providing educational opportunities to meet the career needs of all students in a safe and comfortable environment. Its mission is to prepare students for academic and community success by providing a broad range of quality educational and cocurricular opportunities in a safe, collaborative environment through fiscal integrity. Part of meeting these goals is learning from the students’ test scores. The Little Falls School District released its annual report on Curriculum, Instruction and Student Achievement this past week. While the report was due by October 1st, and needed to be voted on during Monday’s meeting, the 2013 numbers from the state have not been received. The Board approved the report before knowing the exact numbers from the Minnesota Department of Education. When the report is finalized, it will be placed on the district’s website. Teachers, administrators and parents participated in a system-wide analysis during 2011-12. The analysis identified barriers to student improvement and consolidated them into three primary areas which were causing the most difficulty.

--A fire destroyed a Lynden Township house Wednesday afternoon. The home located at 232 Englewood Road owned by Robert and Janet Moeller was fully engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived. Firefighters from Clearwater, St. Augusta and Clear Lake battled the blaze. The Clearwater Fire Department is investigating the cause which may have been a wood burning appliance.

--A Sartell teen was arrested Wednesday afternoon after St. Cloud police responded to a fight in which a knife was involved. 18-year-old Malcolm Cooper and a 17-year-old were in a fight when Cooper brandished a knife. No serious injuries in the altercation. Cooper faces second-degree assault charges in Stearns County.

--News, weather, and community calendar at

--It’s Homecoming for Little Falls tonight with the game at 7pm. Before that it’s the Tailgate Party from 5-7pm in the parking lot by the Middle School. Purchase a hamburger, brat or piece of pizza and a pop for $2.50 with proceeds going to Flyer Athletics. Before the tailgate event it’s the Homecoming Parade today at 2pm. This years’ royalty is King Alex Fellbaum and Queen Kaitlyn Yorek.

--A St. Cloud man was arrested Tuesday after a man was stabbed in the south side. 23-year old Traid Lee Mason was arrested after the incident was reported at 2:48am Tuesday in the 500 block of 13th Street South. The 26-year-old victim from Sartell had a large cut from a sharp-edged weapon. The victim was taken to St. Cloud Hospital. Mason was arrested and taken to Stearns County Jail. He faces possible second-degree assault charges.

--The Little Falls Sister City Committee invites the Little Falls community to come to an informal gathering at the Historic Depot to see photographs and hear stories from the recent exchange to Le Bourget, France. Both committee members and exchange delegates will be on hand to share their experience, answer questions about the exchange and the work of the committee in general. Snacks will be provided. There is no charge for the event from 6:30-8:30pm on Wednesday. Questions call 616-5500.

--Minnesota has rebuilt the employment level it saw prior to the last recession and then some. A report Thursday from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development shows 12,200 jobs were gained in August. That means Minnesota has recouped the more than 150,000 jobs that were shed in the Great Recession toward the end of the last decade. Minnesota has 5,100 more jobs in its economy than it had in February 2008. The recession hit soon after. The same report shows the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 5.1 percent and Minnesota’s lowest jobless rate since April 2008.

--Jesse Wolfe and Jennifer of Little Falls, a boy on September 19th
--Brent and Kayla Barthel of Royalton, a boy born September 18th

--Luella M. Roettger, age 94 of rural Pierz.
--Robert ‘Bob’ Holmen, age 89 of Upsala.

TODAY= isolated showers, cloudy and breezy, high near 60.
TONIGHT= clearing skies, low near 40.
SATURDAY= sunny skies, high 62, clear at night low 40.
SUNDAY= sunny and breezy, high 73, clear night, low 51.
MONDAY= sunny, chance of thunderstorms, high near 70.

HS FB= St. Cloud Cathedral at Little Falls tonight 7pm on KLTF
HS FB= Kimball Area at Pierz tonight 7pm on FM94 KFML.
TWINS= Oakland beat Twins 8-6 last night. Twins are at Oakland tonight 8:35 pregame, Saturday and Sunday pregame starts at 2:35pm. All games can be heard live on Q92 WYRQ.
COL FB= Gophers host San Jose State 11am Saturday on KLTF
NFL= Vikings host Cleveland Sunday at noon.

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

Thursday- September 19th, 2013

--Three large road projects are hoping to wrap up before the colder months ahead. Projects in downtown Albany, around Richmond and the large project in Rice continue this month. Albany and Richmond’s projects are expected ‘weather permitting’ to be completed no later than October. The Rice project is only in the early stages of the work on the 4-way interchange project and will stop work by mid-October unless warmer weather arises. That could keep it going longer. The project will begin the next phase of work by the first week of April if the weather cooperates. Many projects got delayed this year with the cold and wet May and June. The warm and dry August helped make up many project times.

--A Nisswa home was lost to fire Tuesday afternoon. A passer by called 911 just after 3:00pm Tuesday to report the house on Upper Lake Road was fully engulfed in flames. No one was inside the home at the time of the fire. The home is owned by Mark Jenni who currently doesn’t reside there and had the home on the market. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries.

--St. Cloud Regional Airport has received a $1.3 million federal grant to make runway improvements. The money will be used to reconstruct the crosswind runway and to begin designs of an extension of the main runway. The grant is from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The runway improvements will enhance safety. The crosswind runway requires major structural work and when done, it will allow aircraft to safely use the runway during crosswind conditions. The airport is limited to the type of aircraft that can use the crosswind runway because of pavement conditions. The grant will also pay for the design of an extension to the main runway that will allow larger aircraft to use the airport. The airport received the funding through the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program.

--A driver and passenger from Merrifield were injured Friday night in a two vehicle accident north of Merrifield in Crow Wing County Friday night. 40-year-old Lorri Jensen-Smith and her passenger Broquett Smith were both taken to an area hospital with non-serious injuries. The other driver and his two passengers were not hurt. In another accident Saturday a 27-year-old Inver Grove Heights man was hurt when he crashed his scooter around 10:30pm near the International Raceway north of Baxter. Michael Teagarden was taken to the area hospital and treated for injuries.

--The Pierz City Council meets Monday night at 7pm. Agenda items include employee step approvals, new Pierz signs approval, amend annual appointments, right of way permit proposal and city reports.

--The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls and the Episcopal Church of Our Savior in Little Falls, invite all animal lovers and their pets to attend the 18th Annual Blessing of the Animals event on Sunday, September 29th at noon at Washington Park across from the Episcopal Church on 4th Street Northeast. For more information, please call (320) 632-0668 or email

--The annual Kids Day event is scheduled for September 28th at Morrison County Fairgrounds. For more details contact Kinship of Morrison County at 632-8806.

--The Little Falls Carnegie Library will be closed Monday, September 30th and Tuesday October 1st for the installation of new carpets. Staff expects the Library open again normal hours October 2nd. For more information you can contact 632-9676.

--Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel recently announced that his office, in cooperation with the police departments in Little Falls, Pierz, and Randall, will be sponsoring a prescription drug take back program throughout the month of October. According to Wetzel, citizens of the county can drop off unused prescription medications at the drop boxes located at the Little Falls Police Department, the Randall City Hall, or the Pierz City Hall. Receptacles are in place at each of these locations. Although residents can drop their unused prescription medications at these locations at any time, a cooperative agreement with the drug enforcement administration will permit the sheriff’s office to dispose of the collected medications without incurring the normal and expensive costs. Wetzel went on to state that, “Although we all pay the cost for disposal through our tax contributions to the federal government, it is a significantly lighter burden compared to having only the local tax payers in Morrison County fund this effort.” All prescriptions collected prior to October 26, 2013, will qualify for disposal through the DEA’s funded take back program.

--Stearns County reported a multiple vehicle crash Tuesday night just after 8pm in Sauk Centre Township. 70-year-old Jack Petrillo of Alexandria was westbound on County Road 17 when he struck a tractor pulling a wagon. The tractor was being driven by 14-year-old Jacob Gamradt of Sauk Centre. The impact caused Petrillo to enter the eastbound lane and collide with a car driven by 53-year-old Larry Feldt of Long Prairie. Petrillo was taken to an area hospital and treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries. The other two drivers refused medical treatment at the scene.

--Todd County deputies are looking for information about hunting equipment stolen from a vehicle. Deputies were called at 11:51 a.m. Monday to a home on Okla Circle in Browerville. A resident reported that the items were stolen from a vehicle parked in her yard overnight. About $900 in hunting equipment, including a bow and arrows, a cell phone and an iPod were stolen.

--A St. Cloud man faces possible charges of second-degree assault and terroristic threats after a man and woman told police he threatened to kill them. 23-year old James Fredrick Tresco was arrested Tuesday afternoon after police received a report of a man who was not welcome at a residence in the 1300 block of 15th Street North. Tresco threatened to kill a 27-year-old woman and a 51-year-old man according to police. Tresco produced a knife and displayed it towards the man. Tresco was arrested and taken to Stearns County Jail, where he was booked for investigation of second-degree assault and terroristic threats.

TODAY= morning showers and storms, then cloudy, high 73.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, isolated showers, low 50.
FRIDAY= cloudy, sprinkles, breezy, high 61, low 36 some frost.
SATURDAY= sunny, high 63, clear at night low 42.
SUNDAY= sunny, high 71, clear at night low 52.

TWINS= Twins score 4 early and hold on to a 4-3 win over White Sox to avoid sweep Wednesday. Twins are in Oakland for a 4-game series starting tonight with pregame at 8:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.

Coolest Drinks in Town are found at the West Side Bar Little Falls

Wednesday- September 18th, 2013

--The Little Falls City Council met Monday night. The city entered into a supplemental agreement with Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) for cost estimates and design plans for playground equipment at the site next to the Splash Pad Skate Park in Little Falls. The proposed designs and plans will be available within 30 days. The council in the near future will also pursue a couple of grants. One will be for resurfacing the Little Falls Tennis Courts north of Pine Grove Park and another grant towards work at the airport. A snow removal contract was signed with Robert LeMieur Snow Services Inc. for this winter.

--It is homecoming week in Little Falls and the Coronation was held Monday night at the High School. The Little Falls Homecoming King and Queen are Alex Fellbaum and Katelyn Yorek. The other finalists included Rachelle LeBlanc, Jennifer Ronning, Laura Moe, Danielle Moran, Michael Fregin, Daniel Mushel, Trysten Ross, and Jalen Wuchko. The younger grades got involved with their coronation in the 9th grade: Chelsea Moran & Hunter Swanson 10th grade: Laura Fregin & Daniel Marod and 11th grade: Emily Marlette & Kyle Kabanuk. The Little Falls Homecoming motto is Crush the Crusaders. The Flyers host St. Cloud Cathedral this Friday night. Friday also includes a pep fest at 8:50am at the high school, a parade that starts at 2:00pm, a Tailgating Party beginning at 5:00pm in front of the football field, game at 7:00pm and a dance Friday after the game.

--An 18-year-old Princeton woman was killed Monday in a two car crash near Princeton. The crash occurred at 5:50pm at Minnesota Highway 95 and Mille Lacs County Road 7. 18-year old Hannah R. Middleton was killed. A pickup driven by 33-year old Jerad Peterson of Ogilvie was going north on County Road 7, when he ran a stop sign and broadsided a car that going east on Highway 95. 18-year old Nathan D. Beehler of St. Cloud was driving the car that got hit. Middleton was a passenger in his car. Peterson and Beehler suffered non-life threatening injuries.

--Booster seats are the law in Minnesota, yet crash data reveals many parents are not using the safety seats that help seat belts fit children correctly and safely. In Minnesota it is the law for children to ride in a booster seat upon outgrowing a forward-facing harnessed restraint. It is safest for children to ride in a booster until they are 4’9” tall, or at least age 8. Child Passenger Safety Week continues through Sept. 21st. 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 are encouraged to visit for instructional videos for installing and using various car seats, and to find a local car seat check location.

--The 53rd Annual Orphan Train Conference will be held Saturday, October 5th at St. Francis Center in Little Falls. A silent auction, meeting, entertainment, lunch and orations by orphan train rider descendants will fill the day at the 53rd Annual Orphan Train Riders celebration from 9:00-3:00 PM on October 5th.

--The U.S. reached a milestone Tuesday as it was the 1,000th consecutive day that the national average for a gallon of unleaded gasoline was over $3. In Minnesota though it has only been 243 days of gas over $3 a gallon. Back in January gasoline dropped below $2.80 a gallon in Minnesota. The national average has only dropped to as low as $3.03 a gallon through all of this year.

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

--A Stearns County judge set bail Tuesday at $3 million for the man accused of killing his mother early Saturday in St. Cloud. 52-year-old Dean A. Friese was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder in the death of Lois Arlene Omeara. He is accused of stabbing her as many as eight times with a large knife at the apartment complex where both lived in separate units. Friese was in a wheelchair when he made his first court appearance on the charges Tuesday. He didn’t object when Assistant Stearns County Attorney Josh Kannegieter requested the $3 million bail. Court records show that Friese has been violent toward family members before, has feared that the occult was out to get him and has an extensive history of admissions to mental health facilities after having thoughts of assaulting or killing family members or doing harm to other people or himself.

--September is National Preparedness Month. The American Red Cross encourages all households to get ready for the next emergency or disaster. Every family should have an emergency kit and a disaster plan. The plan should include ways to contact one another and two predetermined places to meet- one near the home and one outside in the neighborhood in case circumstances arise from a disaster.

--Tera Kowalczyk, manager of Patrick’s Bar and Grill in Pierz, will be featured on Food Network’s new program, “Heartland Table,” at 9:30am this Saturday, September 21st. The program was filmed on June 22nd. The program is hosted by Amy Thielen, who has ties from Little Falls and Pierz and currently resides in Park Rapids. The program is based on the foods of the Midwest such as bologna days that are held at a number of establishments in and around Morrison County.

--The Friends of the Upsala Public Library will have a used book sale during library hours today thru Saturday, September 28th. The public is invited to stop in to peruse the vast array of books and take a few home. They can donate what they want for the books they choose. The donations will be used to maintain the Little Free Library, bring authors and other opportunities to the community and to support other Friends projects. The Upsala Public Library is open Mondays, from 10:00am–3:00pm; Wednesday and Friday, from 2:00pm–8:00pm and Saturday, from 10:00am–1:00pm.

--Stetson Snyder and Gabbrielle Holt, a girl born September 16th
--Justin and Erin Lee of Long Prairie, a girl born September 16th

--Richard Stuffy” Stauffeneker, age 74 of Hillman
--John Strait, age 69 of Hillman

TODAY= shower and storms then PM sunshine, high 75.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, a storm late night, low 65.
THURSDAY= showers and storms likely, high 73, low 48.
FRIDAY= sunny, breezy and cooler, high 62, low near 40.

TWINS= White Sox win 4-3 Tuesday. Twins and White Sox wrap up series in Chicago today starting at 12:40 on Q92 WYRQ.

Loss For Words Friday, Redneck Radio Saturday at West Side Bar.

Tuesday- September 17th, 2013

--Nisswa native and Miss Minnesota Rebecca Yeh finished in the top 5 for Miss America on Sunday night. The title of Miss America 2013 was captured by 24-year old Miss New York Nina Davuluri. Miss Minnesota Rebecca Yeh was named 4th runner up on Sunday night in Atlantic City. Davuluri is the second consecutive Miss New York to win.

--Minnesota troopers have identified the two Deer Creek residents killed in a head-on crash last week that left four others seriously injured. The Minnesota State Patrol says Sean Campbell was driving on Highway 108 in Otter Tail County on Wednesday night. Troopers say he was driving southbound in the northbound lane when his car collided head-on with an SUV. 34-year old Sean Campbell and 26-year old Pamella Whyte Campbell were killed. Two children in their car, ages 8 and 5, were seriously injured. Grant and Lisa Smith of Henning were in the SUV. They both suffered serious injuries.

--A residential fire early Monday morning destroyed a garage and damaged two vehicles inside but didn’t cause injuries. The fire around 1:10am started in an attached garage and spread to the residence located at 1020 Sixth Avenue SE in St. Stephen. Authorities estimated the damage at more than $400,000.

--Hunters in central Minnesota are being asked to be on the lookout for any signs of Mandy Matula. The 24-year old Eden Prairie woman was last seen on May 1st with her estranged boyfriend, David Roe the primary suspect in the case. Before authorities could question him, Roe killed himself in the Eden Prairie police parking lot. Evidence in the case indicated a span along the Mississippi River from the Sartell dam northward to the Mississippi River County Park as a strong area of interest. Multiple searches have been conducted in the area by land, air, and water. Anyone with information is asked to call the Eden Prairie police department.

--St. Cloud’s 23rd annual Take Back the Night event will be held next week at Barden Park. Take Back the Night is a national event to honor victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and raise awareness about the issue. St. Cloud’s event will be Thursday, September 26th at Barden Park in St. Cloud. Social hour will start at 5:30pm, followed by speakers at 6:30pm, a march at 8:00pm and a closing ceremony at 9:00pm. Visit the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center website at for more details.

--The ninth annual “Hammerin’ the Highway for Habitat” ride will be held this Saturday, September 21st starting and ending at the Red Rooster Bar and Grill in Genola. Registration begins at 10:00am and the ride begins promptly at 11:30am. Riders will return at approximately 5:30pm, where a pig roast meal, silent and live auction, raffle drawing, and live music round out the evening’s activities. Visit the website at www.Greater for additional information and to register. All proceeds will go directly to Habitat for Humanity of Morrison County to help build more homes.

--The man accused of killing his mother early Saturday in St. Cloud has a history of mental illness that has led to several commitments and the court-ordered administration of medication to combat it. 52-year old Dean A. Friese could make his first court appearance as early as Tuesday on charges that he stabbed to death his mother in an apartment at 401-33rd Ave. N. 72-year old Lois Arlene Omeara was found dead of apparent stab wounds in the apartment building where Friese also lived, in a separate unit. Friese was arrested at the scene after calling 911 to report the stabbing. He has been in Stearns County Jail since, booked for investigation of second-degree murder.

--Rocori Public Schools were under lockdown Monday afternoon after district officials were told an armed individual might be coming to one or more of the district’s schools. The lockdown began just before 3:00pm Monday at Cold Spring Elementary, Rocori Middle School and Rocori High School. Buses at the district’s other elementary schools, Richmond and Rockville, already had departed at that time. Those buses were diverted and the children at Cold Spring Elementary were held under lockdown. District officials initiated the lockdown after being told by an individual and by law enforcement that there was a family situation involving several students in the district, and that an armed individual might be coming to Cold Spring Elementary or to the middle school and high school facility. At about 3:15pm, school officials got word from law enforcement that the potential threat had been neutralized. At that point the lockdown ended and students were dismissed.

--A lone gunman Monday was responsible for the Navy Yard shooting rampage that left 13 people dead, including the gunman and 8 others wounded in Washington D.C. The FBI says the man accused in a shooting rampage has been identified as Aaron Alexis. The FBI says the gunman used a valid pass to get on to the Navy Yard Monday before opening fire and that he had worked at the Naval Yard at one time. 11 people were killed on scene and one at the hospital before he was killed by authorities. A prayer candlelight vigil was held last night at Freedom Plaza and last nights’ Nationals baseball game was postponed due to the incident. A full scale investigation continues.

--Troy Spoower and Kelly McHugh of Sartell, girl born September 13th
--Jennifer Kelso of Little Falls, girl born September 13th

--Michele Garry, age 58 of Fort Meyers FL formerly of Little Falls
--Joyce Gorka, age 64 of Sobieski.

TODAY= increasing clouds, high 68.
TONIGHT= a late night thunderstorm, cloudy, 57.
WEDNESDAY= early storms and late night storms, high 78, low 63.
THURSDAY= storms likely, partly sunny, high 72, low 45.

TWINS= White Sox score 7 in the first inning to roll over the Twins last night 12-1. Twins and Chicago again tonight 6:40 on WYRQ
COL FB= Gopher football coach got solid backing from the University of Minnesota Monday. The Athletic Director says that the University supports Coach Kill as he continues to deal with seizures like the one that occurred Saturday. The team and the University back him in all team decisions. The 3-0 Gophers host San Jose State Saturday at 11am at TCF Bank Stadium in a final non-conference game then look ahead to open Big 10 schedule with Iowa. All games live on KLTF.

IN 1787= U.S. Constitution signed in Philadelphia.

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Monday- September 16th, 2013

--The Little Falls School Board meets tonight at 5:00pm at the Morrison County Government Center. Agenda items include changing a November board meeting date, a resolution appointing election judges for the November 5th school district special election, material modifications as per a resolution, annual report on curriculum, instruction and student achievement, certify maximum 2014 property tax levy and authorize signage of the levy, transportation contract changes and a report from Community Services.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office reported on September 9th that someone cut and broke into a money box at the Pow Wow Grounds in Royalton taking about $300-$400. Also in the last 10 days, several bags were taken from a vehicle on Great River Road in Little Falls estimated around $2,000; an emergency kit was taken from a vehicle by smashing a window in on Great River Road; and a thrift store in Genola reported items stolen from it. Deputies responded to Swanville where a hunting shack was burglarized with hundreds of dollars of items being taken. Deputies also reported a hay fire near Pierz on September 6th that firefighters had extinguished before they arrived on the scene.

--A 25-year-old Brainerd man was injured after being struck by a vehicle while walking in the intersection of 6th Street South and Laurel Street Wednesday around 5:15pm. Allan Bunting was taken to the Brainerd hospital where he was treated and released. Authorities ruled that the driver of the vehicle was not at fault.

--Five people were injured in a two vehicle accident reported September 6th on Highway 371 near Jenkins. Dallas Moorhouse of Pequot Lakes was making a turn onto Hay Creek Trail when he was struck by 63-year-old Michael Stommes of Brooklyn Park. Stommes was treated at the scene for injuries. The 26-year-old Moorhouse and his three children ages 5, 3 and 1 were all taken to the Brainerd Hospital and were treated and released for their injuries.

--Motorists travelling through Nisswa will encounter flaggers, stop and go traffic and delays as Highway 371 and Nisswa Avenue are intermittently reduced to a single lane beginning at 7:00am today. The closures will be complete by tonight at 8:00pm. Flaggers will allow one-way, alternating traffic through the work zone and will control traffic on Highway 371 and Nisswa Avenue. More road work in Crow Wing County also starts today on County Road 128, County Road 45 and County Road 26 that will affect traffic flow until projects are completed. For information on the county projects call 218-824-1110 or on the state projects go to

--The St. Cloud fire marshal is looking for the public’s help for information about a car fire on St. Cloud’s south side Friday morning that was intentionally set. The fire destroyed one car and damaged a pickup and another car nearby. It also damaged overhead power and cable lines. The fire was reported at 6:32am at 515 Sixth Avenue South. The damage estimate is expected to be in the thousands of dollars. Investigators are looking into whether this arson is related to a series of dumpster fires that have been started in recent months. A $2,500 reward is being offered in this case. People with information are asked to call the Arson Hotline at 800-723-2020.

--The Pierz Schools Special Olympics program has been named the 2013 Special Olympics Minnesota Outstanding Delegation. While Pierz has only participated in the program for three years, it’s being honored for its focus on creating an inclusive environment for all the athletes plus the surrounding community.

--A 52-year-old St. Cloud man was arrested Saturday morning in the stabbing death of an elderly woman, who turned out to be his mother in a St. Cloud apartment. Dean Friese was arrested around 4am after 72-year-old Lois Omeara was found dead at a 33rd Avenue North residence. Friese was booked in St. Cloud and faces second-degree murder charges. Both lived in the same apartment complex but different apartments. Friese was the one who called 911 to inform police of the woman’s death. The investigation into the death continues by police and the BCA.

--The state’s most recent effort to stop drunk drivers resulted in 1,556 arrests. The campaign began August 16th and ran through Labor Day. In greater Minnesota where more than three quarters of the states driving deaths occur annually St. Cloud Police Department had the most arrests with 23. Locally, the Morrison County Sheriffs Office made 7 arrests, Little Falls Police 1 and Pierz Police 0. Each year around 30,000 motorists are arrested for drunk driving in Minnesota and led to over 580 deaths on roads in last 5 years.

--Benton County will shrink its tax levy by 2 percent next year despite spending more, thanks to an increase in state aid, tax changes and the use of reserves. The county board adopted a preliminary 2014 tax levy of $19.8 million at a special meeting Friday. Next year’s budget includes $48.8 million in expenses, about 21 percent more than this year.

--A rural Grey Eagle man is in stable condition after colliding with a deer with his motorcycle Friday morning. The Todd County Sheriff’s Office says 30-year-old Tony Rohde was riding on Todd County Road 6 about a mile east of U.S. Highway 71 when he struck a deer in the traffic lane just after 6:30am. Rohde was taken to Long Prairie Hospital and was later transported to St. Cloud Hospital.

--Agnes Bridget (Fussy) Smieja, age 94 of Hopkins formerly Royalton.
--Betty Jane (Wuellner) Flicker, age 79 of Pierz.
--Sister Mary Kathleen Kelly, age 94 of Little Falls.
--Norbert ‘Bert’ Toenyan, age 80 of Long Prairie.
--Leone Hagstrom- resident of Upsala.
--Brother Roman Fleishhacker, age 90 of Onamia.
--Irene Leners, age 89 of Little Falls formerly of Bowlus.

TODAY= sunny, high near 65.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 40.
TUESDAY= partly cloudy, PM storms develop, high 70, low 55.
WEDNESDAY= partly sunny, AM and PM storms possible, high 77.

NFL= Chicago scored with 10 seconds left Sunday to upend the Vikings 31-30 in a wild game. Vikings (0-2) host Cleveland Sunday.
TWINS= Tampa Bay shut out Twins 3-0 Friday and 7-0 Saturday. Twins rally with a 4 run 8th including 3 run homer by Josmil Pinto to win 6-4 over Rays Sunday. Twins at Chicago tonight 6:40 on Q92
COL FB= Gophers rally in 2nd half to beat Western Illinois 29-12, Gophers are 3-0. Coach Jerry Kill suffered seizure and hospitalized.
HS FB= get high school football scores for area teams by logging onto then local sports scores.

The cheapest and coolest drinks in town are found at West Side Bar

Friday- September 13th, 2013

--A 32-year-old from Upsala was injured Thursday morning around 4am when his vehicle struck a horse on Basswood Road off of Highway 238 in Upsala. Brock Weber was taken to St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls with non-life threatening injuries.

--The Morrison County Commissioners will hold a meeting this morning at 10am at the government center. The only agenda item currently on the agenda is a report from Public Works.

--The Minnesota State Patrol initiative continues at area high school football games with the goal of encouraging teens to make the right play by buckling their seat belts. Troopers will use t-shirt blasters at high school football games this season to pass an important message intended for high school students to catch. The loud, neon-green t-shirts are emblazoned with “Everyday I’m Buckling.” The Brainerd district of the state patrol will be doing this at the Little Falls Homecoming Game September 20th at Little Falls High School when they take on St. Cloud Cathedral.

--The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office is investigating campers being broken into at a campsite in Merrifield, report of a storage shed broken into in Emily, and deputies had to stop a vehicle that was being driven by a 12-year-old boy Monday afternoon on Wilson School Avenue. There was no mention on how or why the boy was found driving the vehicle. Little Falls Police responded to theft reports recently on Ninth Street Northeast, First Avenue Northeast and Second Street Northeast. Police remind residents to report suspicious activity to their office at 616-5570.

--Current Miss Minnesota Rebecca Yeh was chosen the winner of Wednesday's preliminary Miss Minnesota talent competition for playing the violin. Yeh joins Miss New Hampshire Samantha Russo as a preliminary talent winner. A new Miss America will be chosen on Sunday. The final evening of competition and the crowning of a new Miss America will be broadcast live from Atlantic City on the ABC television network, beginning 8pm. Yeh earned a $2,000 scholarship by winning the preliminary. Yeh is currently a student in the doctor of pharmacy program at Ohio Northern University. Yeh is from Nisswa where her parents Tim and Kathy reside, Yeh won Miss Brainerd Lakes in 2011 and Miss Northwest in 2012 and Minnesota in June.

--For over four decades, Craig and LaDonna Smith and The Smith Family ministry team have been bringing the hope of Christ to people all across America. In June 2009, the Smiths were involved in a near fatal auto accident in northern New Mexico. LaDonna suffered a C-1 neck facture and Craig was in a coma for 2 months and has had 21 surgeries since the accident. The two are walking miracles and have now continued their ministry with special thanks to First Responders for the lives they save everyday. The two will be part of a special program at Little Falls Alliance Church Sunday at 9:30am. There will be breakfast after the event and First Responders are encouraged to come in uniform or bring an ID card to receive a special gift. The Church is located on 13th Avenue NE across from Minnesota Power.

--Plenty of weekend events with events Sunday including an open house at Camp Ripley from 10-3 with a special “Heroes of the Homefront” Ceremony at 1:00pm. Also on Sunday a Church bazaar in Buckman with polka mass at 10:00am, dinner and events to follow and many more events at community calendar.

--Join Party Line live from the 39th Annual Albany Pioneer Days at 10am today from Albany. Party Line at 10am today on KLTF

--A counterfeit $100 bill was discovered at Unity Bank in Motley Monday. It was found when the machine that counts the day’s receipts kicked it out as suspect. The bill was tested and deemed counterfeit under an ultraviolet and watermark detection systems. The bill originated in Pillager at a business which banks in Motley. It did not check the bill when it was used to purchase goods. Motley Police are encouraging businesses to test every $20 bill and larger when it’s offered for payment. Large bills are tested with what bank employees refer to as a counterfeit money detector pen to double-check its authenticity. If the color on the bill was yellow, the bill is good. If the mark was black then the bill is deemed counterfeit.

--A 19-year-old St. Cloud man was treated at St. Cloud Hospital after a one-vehicle rollover late Thursday morning in St. Wendel Township. Dylan Mendel was distracted by a bee inside a Jeep when he lost control and rolled the vehicle off Stearns County Road 133 northeast of 322nd Street. The accident was reported just before 11:30am. The hospital listed Mendel in good condition late Thursday afternoon.

--Fire destroyed Krick’s Shoe and Leather Repair, a repair shop shaped like a small barn tucked in a Waite Park residential neighborhood Thursday morning. A damage estimate was not available but everything in the shop was destroyed. The Kricks live next door and were awakened by their Sheltie. The Krick’s house suffered some roof and window damage and they are without power and phone service to their house Thursday morning. No injuries.

--The city of Brainerd voted to increase its levy by $500,000. That’s a 12.6 percent increase over the 2013 levy. The Brainerd City Council held a special session Wednesday to adopt a preliminary tax levy. The final levy and budget will be adopted in December, at which time the levy can be lowered, but it cannot be raised above the recently voted amount. The proposed 2014 levy is $4,453,486. Of that, $1.9 million is for debt.

--Adam McDougall and Heather Bauer of Randall, girl September 10th

--Gordon ‘Gordy’ M. Olson, age 75 of Upsala.
--Betty Flicker, age 79 of Pierz.
--Florence Courteau, age 88 of Onamia.

TODAY= sunny, high near 70.
TONIGHT= clear, low in the 40s.
SATURDAY= clouds increase PM showers likely, high 70, low 50.
SUNDAY= mostly sunny, cooler, breezy, high 65, low 40.
MONDAY= sunny, high near 70, low around 50.

HS FB= Little Falls at Milaca tonight 7pm on AM960 KLTF
HS FB= Pierz at Howard Lake Waverly tonight 7pm on FM94.
TWINS= Oakland beat Twins 8-2 Thursday. Twins host Tampa Bay for 3 games this weekend, tonight pregame at 6:40pm, Saturday at 5:40pm and Sunday at 12:40pm. All games live on Q92 WYRQ.
COL FB= Gophers host Western Illinois Saturday 11am on KLTF.
NFL= Vikings at Chicago Sunday at noon.

Northstar Entertainment tonight, Open Juke Box Saturday at WS Bar

Thursday- September 12th, 2013

--The Central Minnesota Ethanol Co-op north of Little Falls announced on Wednesday they have entered into a letter of agreement to allow Green Biologics Inc. to acquire substantially all of their assets. Green Biologics, a technology developer that is branching into bio-based chemicals based in Ohio and is a subsidiary of Green Biologics Ltd., a 10-year-old company that is based in England. Central Minnesota Ethanol Co-op was established in 1995. While both parties have reached preliminary agreement on key terms of the transaction, a final Asset Purchase Agreement remains to be negotiated. Timing of the potential closing is expected in 2014. Central Minnesota Ethanol Coop did state that while negotiations continue; corn purchases, ethanol and co-product production efforts will continue in full force for Central Minnesota Ethanol Co-op.

--Two Little Falls residents were seriously injured Tuesday when the vehicle they were in lost control on the interstate in Steele County and rolled. The crash happened at about 3:45pm on Interstate Highway 35, south of Owatonna. 21-year-old Tesa Reno was driving north on the interstate, left the roadway and rolled in a ditch. Reno and her passenger 24-year-old Paul Strom were both seriously injured and taken to a hospital in Rochester.

--Several Central Minnesota students are among the 16,000 semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. The 11 will have an opportunity to compete for one of 8,000 National Merit Scholarships that will be offered next spring. Students took the 2012 Preliminary SAT as juniors. Semifinalists are those with the highest scores; the number in each state is proportional to the state’s share of the nation’s graduating seniors. Local semifinalists are Robert Hare of Albany, Troy Berg and John Wallace of Big Lake, Grace Lee and Alivia Tacheny of St. John’s Preparatory, Heather Cornelius of Paynesville, Miriam Pritschet of Brainerd, Brandon Voigt of St. Cloud Cathedral and Abbey Benning, Matthew Damhof and Elena Hafner all from St. Cloud Technical High School.

--A Mille Lacs County sheriff’s deputy is facing another criminal sexual conduct case in Otter Tail County. 29-year-old Aaron Heuer of Isle is charged with two more felony counts in connection with a June 2009 incident at the same camp where prosecutors say he molested boys that summer. Bail was set in the latest case Tuesday at $300,000. However, Heuer would also need to make bail in separate case before he could be released from jail. The accusations came from when Heuer was a volunteer on a kids camping trip to the Henning area of Otter Tail County.

--A new report says Minnesota farmers are consistently among the biggest users of a major federal conservation program. The analysis by the Minneapolis-based Land Stewardship Project looks at the Conservation Stewardship Program, which rewards producers for good conservation practices on working farmland. Over 50 million acres are enrolled nationwide. The group says contract data show that Minnesota farmers have been the biggest users of the program every year it’s been offered since 2009. The report shows how Minnesota farmers are taking advantage of the program to protect water, soil and wildlife habitat.

--On Tuesday, Bill Musel was named 2013 Brainerd Citizen of the Year. Musel was awarded the honor during a surprise visit to Brainerd High School’s south campus, where he works as an engineer. Musel and his wife will co-direct the Miss Minnesota United States Pageant.

--Pierz City Administrator Anna Gruber informed Little Falls Radio yesterday that the Maureen Watercott Memorial Drive dedication ceremony will take place on October 14th at 6pm not the 15th as originally reported. Again that will be on October 14th in Pierz.

--Todd County is investigating vandalism that was found at the Fairy Lake beach area. The vandalism was reported Tuesday night and included damage to bathrooms and barricades at the park and the cutting of a cable barrier that is around the beach area. Anyone with information about the damage is asked to call the sheriff’s office.

--The National Weather Service stated that a trained spotter reported a tornado touching down Wednesday just before 3:30pm near Williams in Lake of the Woods County in far northern Minnesota. A strong thunderstorm dropped 1.5 inch hail in parts of the county. The Lake of the Woods Sheriff Daryl Fish reported Wednesday night that no damage or injuries had been notified to his office but his deputies and others will be out in the Williams area today to check damage.

--Governor Mark Dayton met Tuesday with Brainerd area organizers to discuss the 2014 Governor’s Fishing Opener at Grand View Lodge. The lodge will serve as event headquarters for the event next May 8th through the 11th in the Greater Brainerd Area.

--Adam and Kari Judd of Little Falls, a girl born September 10th.

--Verona Quinn, age 97 of Hopkins formerly of Morrill.

TODAY= sunny and cooler, breezy, high near 70.
TONIGHT= clear skies and cool, low near 40.
FRIDAY= sunny, less windy, high near 70, low around 45.
SATURDAY= PM storms possible, sunny, high 71, low near 50.
SUNDAY= sunny, breezy and cool, high near 65.

TWINS= Oakland tore up the Twins last night 18-3 at Target Field. Twins and A’s wrap up series today starting with an 11:40am pregame on Q92 WYRQ. Twins then host Tampa Bay on Friday.
WNBA= With their win Tuesday in Seattle the Minnesota Lynx clinched the top spot in the Western Conference for the third straight year. The Lynx will see Seattle again as the Storm clinched the 4th spot in the Western Conference. Playoffs start next week.
COL FB= Gophers host Western Illinois Saturday 11am on KLTF.
NFL= Vikings at Chicago Sunday at noon.

IN 1624= first submarine is tested in London.
IN 1953= Senator John Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier.
IN 1959= Bonanza debuted on NBC TV starring Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker and Michael Landon.
IN 1966= The Monkees premiered on NBC TV.
IN 1978= “Taxi” debuted on ABC TV starring Judd Hirsch and Danny Devito- the show also starred Christopher Lloyd and Andy Kaufmann
IN 1986= Minnesota Twins fire Ray Miller and name 3rd base coach Tom Kelly as the new skipper- Kelly and Twins win 87 World Series.

Northstar Entertainment tonight and Friday at the West Side Bar LF

Wednesday- September 11th, 2013

--A Patriotic Rosary will be prayed today at 12:45pm at St. Joseph’s Church in Pierz. The rosary is prayed for all government leaders, the military, business leaders, farmers, all religious leaders and denominations. The 50 Hail Mary’s will commemorate each of the 50 states. Many organizations will take part in the Patriotic Rosary and all are invited to take part this afternoon in Pierz.

--A 39-year-old rural Long Prairie woman has been charged with 2nd-degree assault and domestic assault for assaulting a man last Wednesday at a campground in Todd County. Deputies responded around 10pm to the site located north of Long Prairie on Highway 71. The victim, 43-year-old Dennis Poynter of rural Long Prairie has stab wounds and was treated and released at a nearby hospital. Christine Nauer was taken to the Todd County Detention Center.

--Brainerd police are seeking the public’s help in trying to locate a vehicle that left the scene of an accident last Friday on Business Highway 371 south of Brainerd. 18-year-old Erika Riesner of Brainerd was southbound near Greenwood Street when a northbound vehicle veered into her lane, side-swiping her vehicle and causing her to run off the roadway. Reisner was taken to the Brainerd hospital treated and released for her injuries. The suspect’s vehicle is reportedly a maroon or red colored 1998-2001 Ford Expedition or F-150 style truck and should have extensive damage to the driver’s side. Anyone with information should contact Brainerd police at 218-829-2805.

--Preliminary crash reports indicate at least eight people were killed on Minnesota roads from last Friday afternoon through early Monday morning making it the among the top three deadliest weekends of the year.  The weekend fatalities raised the state’s current death total to 250 up from 238 at this time last year. DPS projects around 415 deaths for the year. There were 395 deaths in 2012.

--The Initiative Foundation will honor an outstanding business, nonprofit organization, community and philanthropist at its regional Initiative Awards on Friday, October 11th at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. The event recognizes outstanding leadership, innovation and community impact in central Minnesota. The foundation selected Braham to receive its Outstanding Community Award. Microbiologics will receive the foundation’s Outstanding Enterprise Award. Locally owned and founded in 1971, the company manufactures quality-control microorganisms to prevent contamination of food, water and the environment around the globe. Jim and Linnea Anderson of Brainerd will be the recipients of the foundation’s Outstanding Generosity Award. Owners of Anderson Brothers Construction, the couple has anonymously supported a number of charitable organizations, with a special focus on children and families, economic development and environmental preservation. The foundation selected Bridges Workplace Connection for its Outstanding Nonprofit Award, sponsored by Clow Stamping. The organization creates a link between schools and businesses to expose students to local career opportunities, pathways and skills for high-wage, high-demand jobs. Each award recipient will receive an original glass sculpture by artist, Michael Tonder, and $1,000 for the charity of their choice. The foundation’s themed awards event, “Let’s Glow”, is scheduled for 5:30pm, October 11th at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. More information is available online at or by contacting Katie Riitters at, 877-632-9255.

--The Pierz council met on Monday night. The council approved two signs being placed on Edwards Street where Maureen Watercott lived. Maureen was the city treasurer and passed away in July from cancer. A dedication ceremony of the memorial will be held at 6:00pm on October 14th. The street name will remain the same. The Robert Park Avenue project is mostly done. All that remains is one more layer of asphalt being installed next spring. A public hearing will be held at 5:00pm on October 14th for any residents that will be specially assessed because of the project. Each affected resident will receive notice within the next couple weeks. Now that the Safe Route to School Project is complete a walk to school day is being planned on October 9th. This project is being coordinated by the city, school and public health. Details are still being finalized.

--Police are asking the public for information as they investigate an armed robbery that happened Saturday morning at a Sauk Rapids Burger King. A male suspect waited for employees to empty the garbage after closing the restaurant before approaching them and displayed a handgun. The suspect and employees went back into the restaurant, where he demanded the employees turn over available money. No one was injured, and the man left after receiving the money. The robbery happened around 12:20am. Anyone with information can call the Sauk Rapids Police Department at 251-9451.

--Little Falls Police responded to an assault call Monday morning around 10am where the complainant told authorities that he was assaulted by a friend and sustained a jaw injury. Formal charges are pending. Police also responded to theft reports over the weekend including items taken from vehicles on Broadway East.

--The 39th Annual Albany Pioneer Days featuring Year of the Tracks, construction equipment and snowmobiles will be this Friday through Sunday in Albany. Events include a Garden Tractor pull Friday night, Sunday at 11:30 the All American Wild West Show, sewing circle in the parlor, free parking, raffle, silent auction, flea market music, church service and more. Gates open at 7am each day. Friday evening the Pioneer Queen and Pioneer Princess coronation will take place and AM960 KLTF’s Party Line live in Albany Friday at 10am.

TODAY= sunny, high around 80.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 50.
THURSDAY= sunny, breezy and cooler, high near 70, low of 42.
FRIDAY= sunny, high near 70, clear night, low around 45.

TWINS= Josh Willingham homered twice to lift Twins to a 4-3 win over Oakland Tuesday. Twins/Oakland again tonight 6:40 on Q92
HS= local High School scores can be found at

IN 2001= Two passenger planes hijacked by terrorists crashes into New York's World Trade Towers causing the collapse of both & death of 2,752 people. Terrorists hijack a passenger plane and crash it into the Pentagon causing the death of 125 people. Attempt by passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 to retake control of their hijacked plane from terrorists causes plane to crash in Pennsylvania field killing all 64 people onboard.

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Tuesday- September 10th, 2013

--Monday the Minnesota legislature held a special session to address disaster relief for communities across the state impacted by severe storms, high winds, and flooding from June 20th - 26th. The relief package, passed by the State Legislature, was for $4.5 million that will add to the $13.4 million in federal disaster aid.  Included in the relief package was $133,000 in disaster relief for Morrison County.

--The most rain in over 2 months fell Sunday and Monday across the area. Rain started Sunday morning dropping 2.52 inches at Little Falls Radio, 3-6 inch totals were reported from Swanville to Flensburg then northern parts of the county got hit with rain, wind and hail early Monday. The heaviest storms Monday affected Douglas, Otter Tail, Cass, Crow Wing, Todd and Wadena counties. One wind gust was reported at nearly 80 miles per hour by Verndale and another around 75 miles per hour near Leader north of Motley Monday morning. July and August rain totals combined were less than 2 inches.

--The Little Falls Fire Department responded to a grass fire around 1:20pm Saturday at 12624 160th Avenue in Little Falls Township. 16 firefighters were on the scene for about an hour. No injuries.

--The public is invited to visit Camp Ripley during an open house this Sunday, from 10:00am–3:00pm. The open house will feature a classic car show, inflatables, obstacle course, a rock climbing wall, a State Patrol display, and a display from Camp Ripley’s Environmental Department. The Military Museum will be open and an HMMV, tank and helicopter display will be open. At 1:00pm, a special “Heroes of the Homefront” ceremony will be held in Area 1, just north of the Military Museum. All veterans are asked to register in Building 1-2, from 12:00-12:30pm. For information call (320) 616-2714.

--Part of Interstate Highway 94 in Wright County was closed Monday morning so an air ambulance could land to assist a person injured in a crash. The Minnesota State Patrol is reporting that 47-year-old Ronald Steen of Norwood had his semi roll over near Clearwater and was taken to St. Cloud Hospital. His condition was not released. Lanes of I-94 were closed and delays ensued for nearly 3 hours.

--Motorists travelling near the Highway 15/County Road 120 junction in St. Cloud and Sartell will encounter delays and detours still today from road work that started yesterday. Northbound and southbound lanes Highway 15 will be reduced to a single lane from 6:30am to 8pm today. The Highway 15/23rd Street South temporary intersection will close at 6:30pm this evening and reopen by 8:00pm, Thursday. Signed detours will be in place. More work is scheduled on Highway 15 Wednesday through Friday with all lanes expected to be reopened by Friday afternoon. Motorists are advised to plan additional travel time, seek alternate routes to local destinations and to watch for slow-moving or stop-and-go traffic as they approach and navigate daily work zones.

--Brainerd authorities responded to several incidents over the weekend. A crash with injuries was reported at 11:02am Saturday at Highway 371 and Novotny Road in Baxter. Brainerd firefighters had to peel back a sign post in order to get a vehicle door open to let the occupant out. At 8:04am Saturday, the Brainerd Fire Department responded to a gas leak inside Olive Garden and ventilated the Baxter restaurant. At 7:05pm Saturday firefighters were called to a cut gas line on Flintwood Drive in Baxter and remained on scene until the gas company took care of the incident. At 4:35am Sunday firefighters responded to a report of an odd smell at the convenience store by Lum Park. The culprit was a malfunctioning air compressor.

--Camp Ripley will have an emergency response exercise on and off post focusing on force protection and individual safety on Friday. This exercise will include law enforcement and emergency services from surrounding communities as well as military and security personnel. Officials said the exercise will provide a realistic estimate of response time and how quickly law enforcement can react to an emergency at Camp Ripley. Local residents may see emergency vehicles respond to Camp Ripley this Friday. The response is part of the training exercise that is scheduled to last about three hours.

--Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner announced that the investigation into the shooting death of Cold Spring/Richmond Police Officer Tom Decker is still considered open. Recently the Bureau of Criminal Investigation announced there had been probable cause to arrest a man who killed himself back in January. Sanner stated because the investigation is open specifics could not be discussed but Sanner said there are two questions still being asked. Did the person that killed Officer Decker act alone? What was the motive behind the killing? Decker was killed November 29th behind a bar in Cold Spring. Eric Thomes was considered a person interest in the death of Decker and was questioned multiple times before investigators returned to question him in January where Thomes ran into an outbuilding and killed himself. A 20-gauge shotgun that was found on a separate property that Thomes had access to was determined by the BCA to be the weapon used to kill Decker.

--National American Legion Auxiliary President Nancy Brown-Park will visit the Brainerd area on October 1st. Social hour at 5:30pm with dinner at 6:30pm at the Brainerd Legion. RSVP by September 25th.

--James and Chelsey Evans of Little Falls, girl born September 5th
--Jason Rose and Ashley Demo of Little Falls, a girl on September 6th.

--George “Orson” Kowitz, age 92 of Shakopee formerly of Royalton

TODAY= a morning shower then partly sunny, high near 80.
TONIGHT= mostly clear, low around 55.
WEDNESDAY= sunny, high 81, clear at night, low around 50.
THURSDAY= sunny, cooler, breezy, high near 70.

TWINS= Twins win 6-3 Monday over the Angels in a makeup game from April. Twins (62-80) will now host Oakland starting tonight with a 6:40pm pregame on Q92 WYRQ.
LYNX= Lynx won in Seattle Saturday and will play there again tonight against the Storm at 9pm. The Lynx after tonight have 2 more games this week before starting up the WNBA playoffs.

IN 1846= Elias Howe patented the sewing machine.
IN 1935= Popeye The Sailor Man debuted on NBC Radio.
IN 1953= Swanson’s introduced the TV Dinner to the public.
IN 1955= Bert Parks sings Here she is Miss America for first time.
IN 1955= James Arness starred in Gunsmoke as it made it’s TV debut

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Monday- September 9th, 2013

--The demolition of the former Verso Paper mill in Sartell has begun. Workers have started removing the buildings on the north side of the site as of this past Friday morning. Over the next month, the demolition efforts will progress toward the utility plant. A portion of the paper mill was destroyed in an explosion and fire last year. Its former owner decided to cease operations and sold the property. The city of Sartell last month issued an interim use permit that allows the demolition to begin. The company says that more than 530,000 square feet of buildings will be removed. The only buildings that will remain are the office building, hydroelectric operations and a warehouse. Concrete foundations and footings will also remain. According to the city’s website, the work is expected to take 15 months. About 60 percent of the demolition debris will be removed by truck and the rest by rail. All decommissioning activity is limited to the hours of 7:00am-8:00pm.

--Recently Stephen Jones, Superintendent of Little Falls Schools spoke about a garden being used to bring locally grown foods into the school. The garden is at the St. Francis Convent. Three other central Minnesota school districts are participating in Farm to School through a growing partnership with newly formed food hub, SPROUT MN led by Arlene Jones and staff at a farm in St. Mathias. The locally grown foods are being sent to Brainerd, Pierz and Staples schools. SPROUT MN works with farmers from eight counties connecting them with schools in serving healthy meals to cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture and education opportunities along with supporting local and regional farmers. This is the 4th year the program has been in Brainerd, 2nd year in Pierz and the first year for the Staples schools.

--Todd County reported a two-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon in Reynolds Township. Timothy Klassen of rural Little Falls was eastbound proceeded through an intersection and was struck by Anna Bulcher of rural Bertha. Anna was taken to Long Prairie Hospital and treated for injuries. Timothy was not injured in the accident.

--A St. Cloud man was injured in a two-vehicle collision on Wednesday and taken to St. Cloud Hospital. The accident occurred at about 5:30pm near Division Street and Park Avenue South, according to the St. Cloud Fire Department. 88-year old Jerome John Wagner of Foley rear ended a Ford F-150 pickup truck in his Volkswagen. The 34-year old truck driver Wesley Judo Andersen of St. Cloud was taken to the hospital after complaining of neck pains.

--The State Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s review of a fatal Duluth police shooting concludes the amount of force used by officers was justified. Officers Matthew Hendrickson and Jacob Peterson shot and killed 26-year-old Zachary Premo on June 11th after he fled from a car crash and had a handgun. Premo refused orders to comply with officers when they tried to take him into custody. The report stated that Premo did not drop his weapon and officers were forced to fire upon him striking and killing him.

--Sherburne County officials stated a gas leak forced multiple businesses to be evacuated Wednesday. Around 2pm a leak occurred at Third Street East and Fremont Avenue and was reported to the Sheriff’s Office. The investigation revealed that excavating crews working on a road project in town had struck a gas line and ruptured it. About 10 businesses were evacuated because of the leak but stores resumed business about 2 hours later.

--A 59-year-old from Eagan was injured Thursday afternoon on Jewel Road north of 183rd Street in Morrison County. Jerome Meyer was traveling north on Jewel Road (County Road 45) when he attempted to pass a tractor who was turning left and collided with the front tractor tire. Meyer was taken to St. Gabriel’s hospital for his injuries.  The tractor operator 49-year-old Todd Dedomines was not hurt.

--A Long Prairie man is in stable condition after being assaulted with a knife Friday evening. Just after 9:00pm Long Prairie police officers responded to a knife assault at the Oak Estates Apartments. An altercation between two men resulted in the victim suffering knife wounds. He was taken to CentraCare Health System in Long Prairie and eventually flown to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. The other man involved in the altercation was treated for a cut on his arm and then taken to the Todd County Detention Center. The Long Prairie Police Department has not released the identities of the men. The assault remains under investigation.

--Governor Mark Dayton and legislative leaders have agreed on disaster relief legislation to be considered today in a special session. The governor has signed a proclamation calling for the special session to start at 10am this morning in St. Paul.

--The Morrison County Commissioners are scheduled to meet Tuesday at 9:00am at the government center. Agenda items include South Country Health Alliance, Safe Roads Coalition, Saved by the Belt Award, reports from social services, sheriff, assessor, planning and zoning, public health, a budget report, community development, public works and the auditor.

--The Minnesota Department of Transportation will receive a $1.45 million federal grant for the installation of conflict warning systems at 15 rural, stop-controlled intersections across the state. The funding comes from the Transportation Investment Generating Recovery, or TIGER, program, which is part of a federal economic stimulus package administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The warning systems will inform motorists of intersection conflicts ahead to help them to better judge gaps in traffic. This project is the result of an extensive planning effort and is part of Minnesota’s Toward Zero Deaths safety program.

--Marian D. Waldhelm, age 99 of Little Falls
--Lawrence “Larry” Roberts, age 67 of Little Falls formerly of Pierz

TODAY= showers and storms likely before 1pm, high of 92
TONIGHT= cloudy with a 30% chance of rain, low of 60
TUESDAY= sunny high of 80, and clear skies at night, low 57
WEDNESDAY=sunshine, high of 81

VIKINGS= Adrian Peterson had 3 touchdowns but Detroit still beat Minnesota 34-24. Chicago wins Sunday, Green Bay lost.
GOPHERS= Gophers roll over New Mexico State 44-21 Saturday.
TWINS= Twins swept by Toronto this weekend losing 6-5 Friday, then Twins lose 11-2 on Saturday and 2-0 on Sunday.
HS= get Friday high school football scores for our area teams by logging on to then click on local sports scores.

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Friday- September 6th, 2013

--One person died in a scooter versus vehicle accident Wednesday just after 5pm on Highway 371 and Greenwood Street near Brainerd. The scooter driven by 79-year old James Strowbridge of Brainerd was traveling southbound attempting to make a turn when it was struck by a northbound vehicle driven by 52-year old Claudia Lodermeier of Merrifield. Strowbridge was pronounced dead when authorities arrived. Lodermeier was not injured.

--The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office was called to a property in Irondale Township Tuesday on a report of a marijuana growing operation. Deputies located and seized around 100 marijuana plants with a street value of $60,000. 50-year-old Jerry Erickson was arrested at the scene and various charges are pending against him. Crow Wing County was assisted by the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division and Crosby Police.

--Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel appeared on KLTF Party Line Wednesday and wants cattle owners to watch their animals as the sheriff’s office has been getting a number of calls of cattle loose on roadways. Due to the dry vegetation cattle are seeking more green grass and getting out of fenced in farmsteads to find it. This becomes much more dangerous in the fall as darkness sets in earlier causing more possibilities of accidents involving cattle. Wetzel also reminds residents to be mindful of potential scams over the phone, mail and e-mail and never give out personal or financial information unless you initiated contact with your bank or company. The Sheriff’s Office has also dealt with a string of thefts including a number of items taken from a hog barn in Royalton and tools taken from sheds in Little Falls, Royalton and Motley. A reminder to keep valuables, sheds and outbuildings locked up when left unattended. Sheriff Wetzel also reminds residents that there is a drop off for unused prescription drugs inside the lobby of the Little Falls Police Station downtown during their regular hours. Call 616-5570 for information. There is also drop offs in Randall and Pierz by contacting their local police or their city halls.

--Todd County received a call of two boats colliding on Fairy Lake in Kandota Township on Tuesday afternoon around 3:15. Gary Reins of Sauk Centre was on a Alumacraft boat when he struck Stanley Patyk of Sauk Centre who was on a Lund fishing boat. Gary and his three passengers were not injured. Stanley was treated at the scene for minor injuries. Sauk Centre fire and rescue were called in. Gasoline was coming from one of the boats but no fire was ever reported.

--The Brainerd City Council stated at their weekly meeting that the Wausau Paper facility might have a potential buyer. City officials are expected to meet with the potential buyer to discuss options or alternatives to the mill site which was closed in April. No other information is being released at this time, only that a meeting date between the two is being put together.

--Motorists traveling Highway 18 east of Mille Lacs Lake will be detoured beginning Monday and lasting through next week as crews continue work on a major drainage improvement project. For updated travel information go to the website

--To celebrate the central role played by creameries, the Morrison County Historical Society (MCHS) is presenting “Buttered Up! Creameries of Morrison County” will be the theme for its upcoming annual dinner on September 22nd at the Bingo Park Community Building in Randall. For reservations call 632-4007.

--For months a committee made up of Little Falls City Council members has been working on a mission statement for the city. On Tuesday the Council approved the group’s work. Council Member Loren Boyum presented the mission statement, which reads: “The mission of the city of Little Falls is to provide a safe, positive environment through the responsive, efficient and cost-effective delivery of city services, while celebrating and building upon our treasured history.”

--A St. Cloud man pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to charges that he robbed the TCF Bank in the Cash Wise store May 5th in east St. Cloud. 36-year old Fehd El Mehdi Kourima pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery, admitting that he stole approximately $1,000. Kourima could get a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison when he’s sentenced in U.S. District Court.

--New data show the drought is deepening in central Minnesota. Thursday's updated U.S. Drought Monitor map shows that several counties in central Minnesota are now in a severe drought, including the city of St. Cloud. The area makes up nearly 5 percent of the state. It's the first time since June that any part of Minnesota has been rated that dry. Almost all of Morrison County is considered in a moderate drought. The only exception is the northwest corner that is currently rated abnormally dry.

--It will be very busy in Little Falls this weekend with the 41st Annual Little Falls Arts and Craft Fair 8-6 Saturday and 9-4 Sunday. Motorists should expect delays if they are heading through Little Falls due to the number of pedestrians and crafters out and about. Members of Law enforcement will be in the downtown area directing traffic. The weekend also brings the 11th year of the Antiques and Collectibles Fair at LeBourget Park in Little Falls, and the 39th Annual Lone Eagle Auto Club’s Auto Show and Swap Meet is Sunday from 7am to 4pm. There will be a shuttle bus to and from the Morrison County Fairgrounds both days to the downtown area for the weekend events. Parking restrictions will be in place around Little Falls.

TODAY= sunny and warm, high near 90.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, slight chance of late night storm, low 65.
SATURDAY= sunny, high 85, cooler at night, low around 55.
SUNDAY= mostly sunny, cooler, high 75, storms at night, low 60.
MONDAY= showers and storms likely, then sun and humid, high 86.

TWINS= Twins host Toronto for 3 this weekend, 6:40 pregame tonight, 5:40pm Saturday and 12:40 on Sunday all on Q92 WYRQ.
COL FB= Gophers at New Mexico State 7pm kickoff Saturday, pregame begins at 6pm Saturday on AM960 KLTF.
NFL= Vikings open regular season at Detroit Sunday at noon.
HS FB= Little Falls at Albany tonight 7pm on AM960 KLTF
HS FB= Holdingford at Pierz tonight 7pm on FM94 KFML.

IN 1716= first U.S. lighthouse built in Boston.
IN 1899= Carnation begins processing evaporated milk.
IN 1957= Elvis Presley records first Christmas album
IN 1959= the first Barbie Doll was sold by Mattel.

Kings Ransom tonight and Sat, crafters stop in to the West Side Bar.

Thursday- September 5th, 2013

--The Little Falls city council met on Tuesday night. At the meeting the council approved the 2014 preliminary property tax levy at $3,318,000. That would be a 0.9% reduction in the levy between the current year and next year. The hearing to set the finalized 2014 budget will be on December 2nd. The levy can’t be raised after the preliminary levy, but it can still be reduced. City officials credit an increase in received Local Government Aid for the reduction.

--The Baxter City Council members set a preliminary 2014 property tax levy at $5,508,200, representing a $58,000, or 1.06 percent, increase compared to 2013. The finalized levy will come during the December 3rd council meeting.

--Felony assault and kidnapping charges against 36-year-old Lemuel Rosier of Brainerd have been dismissed. Crow Wing County stated that Rosier was charged June 6th in district court and pleaded not guilty June 26th. Rosier was arrested following a domestic call and he was found hiding in a boat and was taken into custody. A neighbor told police that she heard yelling and saw Rosier assault a woman. No official reason was given by the courts on the dismissal of all charges that occurred on August 12th only that all charges against Rosier have been dismissed.

--The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a robbery that happened Monday afternoon in Monticello. A 14-year-old boy told sheriff’s deputies that he was robbed by a man with a knife who took his iPod and headphones, according to the sheriff’s office. The robbery happened at about 1:15pm Monday. The suspect was described as being a white man, 20 to 30 years old who was 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and “scruffy.” The suspect was wearing a black hoodie, dark jeans and “skate board shoes”. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the Wright County Sheriff's Office.

--An economic index compiled from a survey of business leaders in nine Midwest and Plains states rose slightly last month, the first increase since March. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index hit 53.8 in August, compared with 53.5 in July. The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth, while a score below that suggests decline. The survey covers nine states including Minnesota, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

--The Minnesota State Fair reported that Labor Day broke a record for the most attendance on the holiday with over 164,000 people. However the fair as a whole did take a small hit this year due to the warm and humid conditions. They did make up for it Sunday with a record 236,000 people and the 164,000 more on Monday to total 1.73 million plus for the 11 days. The state fair had been averaging between 1.77-1.78 million people in the past 5 years.

--The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the conviction of a St. Cloud man for sexually abusing a boy in October 2011. 49-year old Fitzgerald Stewart was convicted by a Sherburne County jury of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and was sentenced to nine years and one month in prison.

--Staples police and firefighters battled a telephone pole on fire Saturday due to a lightning strike. The fire was quickly put out and telephone service was returned within a few hours.

--Search and “Like” Little Falls Radio on Facebook

--Katie Paine-Santos an RN coordinator for Lakewood Care Center’s Memory Care Unit in Staples was recently named Nurse – Caregiver of the Year by Care Providers of Minnesota. The Nurse – Caregiver of the Year is awarded to a nurse who displays extraordinary skills in caring for individuals residing in a nursing facility, assisted living establishment, or receiving care at home. Paine-Santos was nominated by Dan Donahue, Lakewood’s Vice President of Senior Services, along with care center and memory care staff and patient family members. Established in 1947, Care Providers of Minnesota represents over 600 proprietary, nonprofit, and government-owned providers of long-term care including nursing facilities, housing with services, assisted living, foster care, home care and hospice.

--A 51-year-old Pequot Lakes man was injured in an accident Saturday night on Highway 371 near College Road in Baxter where the other driver in the accident fled the scene. Jerry Bird was on Highway 371 when a vehicle went around him and as the driver came back into the same lane with Bird clipped his motorcycle causing him to leave the roadway. The driver of the vehicle fled and was later arrested for driving while intoxicated. Authorities only stated he was a 56-year-old from Fort Ripley but his name was not released as formal charges are pending in Crow Wing County. Bird was taken to the Brainerd hospital treated and released.

--Little Falls Police continue to receive a number of theft calls, including several items were taken from trailers that had locks on the Faith Lutheran Church work site on 18th Street. Other reports included medication and cash from a residence on 10th Street Southwest, a bike on Third Avenue Northwest and theft of an air conditioner from Third Street Northeast.

--A man is dead while another escaped serious injury in a crash Monday in Pengilly of Itasca County. 25-year-old Charles Meador was partially ejected and pinned by the vehicle. He died on route to the hospital. A passenger, 22-year-old Loren Cline, was also ejected but received only minor injuries. Investigators say alcohol and speed appeared to have been contributing factors in the crash.

TODAY= sunny, high around 80.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 60.
FRIDAY= sunny and warm, high near 90, late night storm, low 65.
SATURDAY= early storm, then hazy and humid, high 86, low 60.
SUNDAY= isolated T-storms at times, partial sun, high near 80.

TWINS= Twins lose in bottom of 9th 6-5 Wednesday to Houston. The Twins are off today and open series with Toronto Friday.
WNBA= Lynx beat Los Angeles 83-74 last night now 23-7 on year.
COL FB= Gophers at New Mexico State Saturday 6pm on KLTF.

IN 1774= first Continental Congress assembles in Philadelphia.
IN 1882= first Labor Day parade held in New York City.
IN 1885= first gasoline pump installed in Fort Wayne, Indiana,
IN 1966= Jerry Lewis hosts first Muscular Dystrophy Telethon over the Labor Day weekend, the first year they made $15,000.
IN 1995= Cal Ripken plays game 2,130 straight tying Gehrig.

Arts and Crafters stop in for cool drinks this weekend at WS Bar.

Wednesday- September 4th, 2013

--Former US Senator Rod Grams has started comfort care through the hospice program. Grams has been battling cancer for the last 2.5 years. Senator Grams served as a US Senator from Minnesota from 1995-2001 and was a member of the US House of Representatives from Minnesota’s 6th District from 1993-1995. Grams and his wife Christine purchased the 3 Little Falls Radio Stations in 2004. At this time he wishes to thank everyone for their continued support and prayers, especially his employees at Little Falls Radio along with the many wonderful people he has met from the Little Falls and surrounding area. Rod Grams would also like to say a special thank you to his co-host of Up Front Steve Van Slooten and the programs many faithful listeners. Hosting that program was one of Rod’s many joys over the better part of the last decade at Little Falls Radio.

--The Todd County Sheriff’s Office reported someone receiving a call from a lady claiming to be with American Heart Association and wanted the resident to go door to door and get donations for the association then to contact her with the donations for pickup. The Sheriff’s Office stated that in most cases the association in question has people to do this already and residents are urged to use caution when dealing with calls or e-mails that you do not initiate contact for. The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office put out a scam warning recently reminding those to never give out personal or financial information over the phone, through the mail or by e-mail on computers as the littlest of information given could have dire consequences to you.

--Area law enforcement has noticed a rise in the theft of copper wire again. The most recent report was Saturday from a shed in Todd County with a theft of 150 pounds cooper scrap wire. The wire was valued at $300. Anyone with information should contact law enforcement. Law enforcement is urging businesses that deal with copper wire to make sure items are locked up when the buildings, sheds and garages are left unattended.

--The Parks and Trails Legacy Grant program is accepting applications for projects across Minnesota. The program has $3.91 million dollars available for grants in 2014. Projects can include land acquisition, development, improvement and restoration of park and trail related facilities of regional or statewide significance. This is the fifth year of the program. During the last four years, grants totaling more than 22 million dollars have been distributed to projects like Lake Wobegon Regional Trail extensions, Rocori Trail extensions, the Sauk River Park and other central Minnesota trail projects. Program and application information is available at the DNR website.

--A man was injured during a robbery Saturday night in St. Cloud. Just before 9pm, police were called to 12th Avenue North where a suspect had struck a man in the head with a firearm and took property from the victim. The victim was treated for a cut to his ear. Authorities from St. Cloud, Stearns and Sherburne County searched the area but the suspect was not found. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call 320-251-1200.

--One of the accidents reported in Baxter over the weekend sent a Little Falls man and woman to the hospital. 27-year-old Julia Hjokenson was southbound on Highway 371 in the right lane, when 32-year-old David Timm of Baxter, who had been waiting at a red light to make a left turn, proceeded through the red light and struck Hjokenson’s driver’s side door. She and her passenger 35-year-old Michael Bonebrake both of Little Falls were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Brainerd for treatment of injuries.

--Thousands of visitors are expected this weekend to Little Falls for the 41st year of the Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair sponsored by the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. The West Side Improvement Association’s Antiques and Collectibles Fair at Le Bourget Park is in its 11th year and will also be on Saturday and Sunday. The Lone Eagle Auto Club’s Auto Show and Swap Meet will be Sunday starting at 7am at the Morrison County Fairgrounds.

--Little Falls Police responded around 5:40pm Monday to Broadway West and Lindbergh Drive for an accident. Police reported a vehicle driven by 24-year-old Josh Thomas of Long Prairie ended up on its roof after he ran a red light. Another vehicle was also involved, with a driver and passengers. The LFPD reported that no injuries were sustained by either driver or the passengers in their vehicles.

--The Brainerd police and fire departments are investigating a rash of dumpster fires over the Labor Day weekend. The departments responded to nine sporadic locations between Friday and Sunday including Brainerd City Hall, East Brainerd Mall, a gas station on Washington Street and the Franklin Arts Center. The first fire was reported Friday at 2:15pm while the 9th one was reported Sunday around 4:30pm. It is unclear if the same person or group is responsible for the fires. In most cases the fire department believes the fires were intentionally set. No injuries were reported and the Brainerd Police Department is asking anyone who saw suspicious activities near the dumpsters over the past days to report it.

--Motorists travelling Highway 15 near County Road 120 in Sartell will encounter rush hour delays as both directions of the road are reduced to a single lane beginning at 6:30am today. All lanes of Highway 15 are scheduled to open by 2pm this afternoon. Motorists are advised to plan additional travel time and seek alternate routes for their morning commutes. Motorists should also watch for slow moving or stop and go traffic as they approach the work zone. The closures are needed as crews pour concrete for the deck of the new County Road 120 bridge spanning Highway 15.

--A Patriots Day Rosary is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 11th at 12:45pm at St. Joseph’s Church in Pierz.  The members of the Christian Mothers from St. Michael’s in Buckman and St. Joseph’s in Pierz, the American Legion and Auxiliary, the Knights of Columbus, Holy Trinity Grade School and the Hearts of Faith group will be leading the rosary. All are welcome to attend.

--Raymond and Leah Ley of Freeport, boy born August 30th

--Margaret M. Dockendorf, age 81 of Sauk Rapids.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high 77.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 45.
THURSDAY= sunny skies, high around 80, low around 58.
FRIDAY= sunny and warm, high near 90, low around 62.

TWINS= Twins score 3 in the 12th to beat Houston 9-6 last night. Twins try for sweep today with 12:40pm pregame on Q92 WYRQ.

The cheapest and coolest drinks in town are found at West Side Bar

Tuesday- September 3rd, 2013

--An omnibus hearing for Byron Smith was held on Friday in Morrison County District Court. Smith is charged with murdering two teenagers who broke into his Little Falls home on Thanksgiving last year. At the hearing the charges were consolidated. During the hearing that lasted several hours into the afternoon, 2 Morrison County Sheriff’s deputies and a BCA agent took the stand to review potential discrepancies given in reports and testimony at the grand jury indictment. There was items submitted by the prosecution Friday that they would like protected as other previously introduced evidence already is. The judge has not yet ruled on that. Here is what to expect for future important dates in this trial process. A copy of the transcript from Friday’s hearing will be given to the defense by September 16th. The defense was given one month to write a memorandum of what happened on Friday and why it is important. Then the state will have one month to respond. That takes us to November 14th and within 7 days we expect to learn if the 1st degree murder charge indictment will be dismissed by November 21st.

--Gary Hebler of Pierz is the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) 2012 volunteer firearms instructor of the year. Hebler received the award at the recent Game Fair. A certified instructor in Harding since 1987, Hebler remembers a bare-bones operation at the start that now features four lasershot guns, eight .22 rifles, a trap thrower, professional looking shirts and hats for instructors and more. Today 30-40 kids and adults are DNR firearms safety certified each year, many from the surrounding area. An avid hunter and trapper, Hebler loves taking kids along whether in the deer stand, duck blind or target shooting in his backyard. His knowledge of the outdoors and wildlife is great and he’s always willing to share it.

--Two reported tornadoes touched down Thursday night in northern Minnesota. Weather spotters stated a tornado was spotted southeast of Remer in Cass County and then near Hill City north of Highway 200 in Aitkin County. Damage reports were to be tallied on Friday.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has announced their September Employee of the Month is Donna Kapus. Donna is the Head Cook & Clubhouse Supervisor at Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation.  She has worked there for the past 30 plus years. Congratulations Donna Kapus, September employee of the month.

--Morrison County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a burglary report last Tuesday on Twin Lakes Road, a report of items stolen from a house on Highway 115 north of Little Falls, a truck stolen on 140th Street on August 26th, pills stolen from a vehicle on Betty Lane and items stolen recently at Belle Prairie Park. Anyone with information on any of the burglary or theft reports should call 320-632-9233.

--Humorous Toastmasters invites residents to its Fall Speech Contest to watch the club’s Evaluation and Humorous Speech Contest speakers compete to participate in the District 6 Speech Contest. The Area 61 and 62 Falls Speech contest will also be held in Little Falls. The Fall Club Speech Contest is from 6:30 to 8pm Thursday at the Unity Specialty Center of St. Gabriel’s Hospital. The Fall Area 61 and 62 Speech Contest is Saturday at 10am at LeBlanc’s Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation east of Little Falls. For more information email Crystal Anderson at

--Due to the Monday holiday, the Little Falls City Council will hold their regular council meeting tonight at 7:30 at City Hall.

--The Minnesota State Fair wrapped up Monday. Last week showed the poorest attendance in nearly a decade due to the hot and humid conditions. The Fair got a push on attendance Sunday with nearly 230,000 attending the fair due to cooler conditions. The final attendance tallies will be reported around noon today. Back on Thursday the Minnesota Outstanding Senior Citizens were named at the Minnesota State Fair and they are Kelly Christianson Falk of Roseau County and Lloyd Adams of Itasca County.

--Little Falls Police last week responded to a fire call Wednesday at a manufacturing plant on 9th Avenue Northwest, the fire was under control by the time they arrived and they responded to a parking lot accident Thursday and an accident near the Mississippi River Bridge on Highway 27 Friday. In both cases there were no injuries.

--An 18-wheeler caught fire Friday while headed east on U.S. Highway 10 near the Sauk Rapids water tower. Flames engulfed the truck and the driver exited the vehicle and called 911. The driver was not injured. Firefighters had the truck blaze under control within 10 to 15 minutes. Because of the hot and dry conditions, the flames from the truck spread into the ditch and reached the fence near the orange, red and brown Sauk Rapids water tower. Traffic was halted on the eastbound lanes but returned to normal within a short time. The fire was ruled mechanical in nature.

--St Augusta Rescue, Gold Cross and Stearns County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle car crash in front of a residence in St Augusta. 49-year-old Roberta Herold of St. Cloud was Northbound on CR 7 when she experienced a medical situation and passed out. Herold’s car struck a tree. Herold was transported to St Cloud Hospital for treatment of injuries and her medical situation.

--Howard J. Garry, age 94 of Fort Meyers FL, formerly Little Falls.
--Annette F. Ktytor, age 59 of Little Falls.
--Agnes Smieja, age 94 of Hopkins formerly of Royalton.
--Troy Edgington, age 47 of Onamia.
--Elnora A. Virnig, age 82 of Long Prairie.

TODAY= sunny, high near 80.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 55.
WEDNESDAY= mostly sunny, high 77, clear and cool night, low 48
THURSDAY= sunny skies, high near 80.

TWINS= Twins held off Texas Friday for a 3-2 win. Texas gets a walk off win Saturday 2-1 over Twins. Twins on Saturday trade Justin Morneau to Pittsburgh for a minor league outfielder. New Twin Alex Pressley had 3 hits to lift Twins to a 4-2 win over Texas Sunday. Chris Collabello hit a grand slam in the 9th inning, his 2nd homerun of the game for the Twins to beat Houston 10-6 on Labor Day.  Twins at Houston tonight 6:40pm pregame on Q92 WYRQ
CLASS C= Fairmont beat Lastrup 6-2 Saturday then shortly after Belle Plain eliminated Avon 6-3 at Class C tournament.  Sartell held off Sobieski Saturday night 2-1 after a nearly 2 hour rain delay ending all the Region 8C teams at the state tournament. Sartell would win the Class C title Monday 10-0 over Belle Plain.

Kings Ransom Friday and Saturday- great food and drink at WS Bar