News, June 2014

Monday-June 30th, 2014

--A tree trimmer from Little Falls died after being shocked and left hanging unconscious in Minnetonka on Wednesday after a small branch he was cutting came into contact with a power line. The person who died in the incident was 21-year old Travis Sutherland of Little Falls. The incident was reported around 1:00pm Wednesday. Sutherland was cutting a tree near a power line when one of the branches made contact with the power line and electrocuted him. He was dangling in his safety equipment for about an hour until specialized equipment arrived with responding officers. Sutherland died from his injuries on Wednesday.

--The Royalton Splash Pad is now open. It opened for the first time yesterday but there is a grand opening at 10:00am on Saturday, July 12th. The Royalton Splash Pad is located at 1014 Platte Wood Drive. No city tax dollars went into the construction of the park. The total cost of the project is $275,000. The entire Splash Park includes not only the splash pad but a restroom building, a shelter with kitchen and a playground. An in-ground sprinkler system will keep the park looking good. Sod has been laid around the splash pad and restroom building, while the rest of the park has been seeded. Once the grass has been established, the Lions Club will be putting up a tether ball, swings, and a merry-go-round. The Lions Club hopes to add picnic tables and barbecue grills in the future. Donations are still being accepted for the project. The Royalton Splash Park will be open seven days a week from 11:00am–8:00pm. The shelter building can be reserved through the city. For info call City Hall at 584-5900.

--Morrison County Deputies in the past week responded to reports of stolen car batteries from a home on Wooddale Drive, a 1,800 pound black bull with a nose ring stolen from 73rd Street in Pierz, a burglary to a shed on 30th Avenue in Swanville and authorities arrested a 20-year-old man for damage to property and possession of metal knuckles. Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to call the Morrison County Sheriff's Office at 632-9233.

--A Sartell man drowned on Clearwater Lake Thursday afternoon. Shortly after 1:30pm Thursday, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an adult male, later identified as 44-year old Gary Thomas Steichen of Sartell, missing on Clearwater Lake. Steichen was with a group of people on the lake on a pontoon. The group went swimming and Steichen did not surface. Shortly after 5:00pm the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office Dive Team located his body in 20 feet of water. Steichen's body was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiners Office. Foul play was not suspected.

--A 27-year-old St. Cloud woman and a nine-month-old boy were taken to St. Cloud Hospital Friday morning after a two-vehicle crash in north St. Cloud. The crash happened at 6:20am at 12th Street North and 33rd Avenue when a vehicle driven by 30-year old Kyle Seamans of Waite Park ran a red light. Seamans was reaching for his dropped cell phone and went through the red light. The woman and child who were in the vehicle that Seamans hit were taken to St. Cloud Hospital by ambulance. Seamans was cited for a violation.

--The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office reported the drowning of a man on Long Lake north of Fergus Falls on Wednesday afternoon. A fishing boat capsized causing 72-year-old Robert Schatschneider of Longville to hit the water. He was unable to swim to shore. Authorities say another man in the boat did get to shore and called for help. Deputies found the body of Schatschneider in the water shortly after they arrived but were able to revive him.

--A St. Cloud man is charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, accused of raping a young girl. 45-year old Tetyang Puok Juate-Yout made his first court appearance Friday in Stearns County District Court. The judge ordered Juate-Yout held in lieu of $600,000 unconditional bail and $200,000 bail with conditions. A court complaint indicates that the girl told a relative about the abuse, saying it had happened in 2006, stopped when Juate-Yout moved away and started again in 2013, when he returned to St. Cloud.

--A Willmar man was arrested after stabbing a woman at a home Thursday. 19-year-old Exsavor Rene Cruz was taken into custody on second degree assault with a weapon. The victim was airlifted to a hospital where his condition was not released by law enforcement. Officers found the woman around 8:00am with multiple stab wounds where before she was taken to a hospital identified Cruz as her assailant. He was found later that day after a search warrant was issued at another residence in Willmar. Cruz and Garcia are related through marriage but reasons for the stabbing are still unclear.

--A St. Cloud man is charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, accused of raping a young girl. 45-year old Tetyang Puok Juate-Yout made his first court appearance Friday in Stearns County District Court. The judge ordered Juate-Yout held in lieu of $600,000 unconditional bail and $200,000 bail with conditions. A court complaint indicates that the girl told a relative about the abuse, saying it had happened in 2006, stopped when Juate-Yout moved away and started again in 2013, when he returned to St. Cloud.

--Barney and Becca Czech of Little Falls, girl on June 20th

--Travis Sutherland, age 21 of Little Falls.
--LeRoy E. Kilanowski, age 69 of Little Falls.
--Marvin D. Johnson, age 76 of Anoka formerly of Cushing
--Lorraine E. Oelrich, age 94 of Royalton
–Lewis Boser, age 71 of Pierz.

TODAY= mostly sunny, breezy, high near 80.
TONIGHT= scattered showers, low 58.
TUESDAY= showers likely, isolated T-storms, breezy, high 68, low 50
WEDNESDAY= partly sunny and cool, high near 70.

TWINS= Texas held off a 9th inning run by the Twins Friday night winning 5-4. Twins scored all 4 runs in 9th inning. Yu Darvish pitched a 4 hit shutout Saturday as Texas won 5-0. Twins salvage one game beating Texas 3-2 on Sunday. Twins host Kansas City tonight at Target Field with 6:40pm pregame on Q92 WYRQ.

IN 1906= Food and Drug Act passed- all meat must be inspected.
IN 1936= Margaret Mitchell publishes Gone with the Wind.
IN 1953= the first Corvette from Chevrolet goes on the market.

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Friday- June 27th, 2014

--Tuesday around 9:00pm the Todd County Sheriff's office responded to a report of a motorcycle accident on County Road 7 west of Highway 10 in Fawn Lake Township. The driver identified as Roddy Sams received minor injuries. His passanger, Janet Sams received extensive injuries and was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital.  Both Janet and Roddy were wearing helmets at the time accident.

--A vehicle was damaged by gunshots early Tuesday on St. Cloud's south side. The incident was reported around 4:00am in the 1500 block of 24th Avenue South. No one was injured. Anyone with information about the case should contact the St. Cloud Police.

--A Princeton man has pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography. 32-year old William C.E. Strobel was indicted in February 2010 and made his plea before a federal judge Tuesday. In his plea agreement, Strobel admitted he accessed file-sharing programs and traded images and videos of sexual exploitation of children. Strobel could get up to 40 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank is scheduled to sentence him at a later date.

--A Menagha man has withdrawn his guilty plea Monday in Hubbard County District Court in the killing death of a Park Rapids teen. Harley Leritz is charged with second degree murder in the death of Keila Knowles. Leritz remains jailed on $1.5-million dollars conditional bail in Park Rapids. Leritz has been convicted on a number of traffic, liquor and sexual contact charges in the past 10 years. No reason was given by the defense attorney on why Leritz changed his plea Monday prior to the hearing which was then canceled. A trial will now be set when the two sides meet again next week.

--The iconic statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox ranked fourth among the greatest “quirky” landmarks in the United States from a recent USA Today poll. The two that stand in Bemidji beat out  a list of oddities across the United States. Topping the honors was a giant corporate sponsored cowboy at the Dallas Texas Fairgrounds, the second and third place honors went to a giant basket shaped office building in Newark, Ohio and a replica of Stonehenge made out of cars in Alliance, Nebraska.

--A 'no barking' ordinance in a Minnesota community has riled some dog owners. City leaders in Wadena have passed a local law which prohibits dogs in some parts of the community from barking or making noise from 4:00pm to 9:00am. The 'no barking' ordinance applies to commercial zones and includes the Humane Society and surrounding neighborhood. The City Council is asking the Humane Society to construct a higher fence around its property so dogs would be less likely to bark at their surroundings.

--A St. Cloud man was arrested Wednesday in an investigation into a possible sexual assault reported at 1:00am Monday. Tetyang Puok Juante-Yout was arrested shortly before 5:00pm at a residence in the 1500 block of Sixth Avenue South. He is in Stearns County Jail facing a possible charge of first-degree sexual conduct. Police believe he knew the victim.

--All Minnesota voters can cast their ballots early for the August 12th Primary Election by voting absentee starting today. Minnesota voters can now request an absentee ballot online at Voters may request an absentee ballot for both the August 12 Primary Election and November 4 General Election. Ballots for the General Election will not be available until September 19. Upon requesting an absentee ballot, voters may use “Absentee Ballot Lookup” to find the status of their ballot.

--A man drowned Thursday afternoon while swimming on Clearwater Lake in eastern Crow Wing County. The man was first reported missing about 1:40pm. The man was with other people on a pontoon. Several people went swimming off the pontoon in the lake. Everybody else was trying to get back on the boat, they turned around and he didn't come back. The name of the victim, as well as further information on the drowning and emergency response, is expected to be released Friday. The drowning was the first of the year in Crow Wing County.

--The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report into the airplane crash Friday in Sauk Rapids that killed the pilot and passenger. The brief report contains information already released publicly. A final report that is expected to reveal the cause of the crash could take months. The report indicates that a Brumwell RV-6 plane took off from St. Cloud Regional Airport at about 8:10pm Friday and crashed into a house about 24 minutes later. The house at 731 Garden Place in Sauk Rapids was destroyed; a man who was inside the home at the time jumped from a second-floor window to safety. The NTSB report doesn't identify the people in the plane, but they were pilot Scott A. Olson, 60, of St. Cloud, and Alexander Voigt, 16, a German foreign exchange student whose host in the United States was St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis. The NTSB report indicates that the flight was not operating on a flight plan, which is common for flights of the type Olson was taking. Kleis said that Olson was taking Voigt on a sightseeing trip so Voigt could take photographs of the area before he went back to Germany.

--Another busy weekend of events including Lakes Jam in Brainerd with Bret Michaels and Uncle Cracker playing on Saturday. There is a retirement celebration for Father Nick Landsberger Sunday after a special 10:30am Mass at St. Mary's in Little Falls, parish festival in Browerville and other events that can be checked at then click on Community Calendar. Next week get ready for 4th of July events in Brainerd, Hillman, and Randall.

--Lecia Irene Simon, age 57 of Randall.

TODAY= showers and T-storms, mostly cloudy, high near 80.
TONIGHT= late night storms, some heavy, low 68.
SATURDAY= showers and T-storms, heavy rains, windy, high 77.
SUNDAY= morning and late day storms, some strong, high 84.
MONDAY= mostly sunny and breezy, high 78, low 57.

TWINS= Angels sweep Twins with a 6-4 win Thursday afternoon. The Twins (36-41) are at Texas tonight to open a series with the Rangers, pregame tonight at 6:35pm, Saturday at 2:35pm and Sunday at 1:35pm, all games live on Q92 WYRQ.
WORLD CUP= Germany defeated United States 1-0 on Thursday but the U.S. advanced to the knockout round Tuesday vs. Belgium.

IN 1929= first demonstration of color TV done in New York City.
IN 1973= Roger Moore debuts as James Bond in Live and Let Die

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Thursday- June 26th, 2014

--On Tuesday around 5:40pm the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a car vs. tractor accident on Haven Road, south of Highway 115, in Little Falls. 42-year-old Paula Kruschke of Little Falls was driving northbound on Haven Road when she looked down to grab something. Upon looking up she saw a tractor and baler in front of her. She swerved to avoid hitting the baler but contact was made with the passenger side of her car. The driver of the tractor, 59-year-old Scott Meyer of Little Falls, was not injured. Paula Kruschke was taken to St. Gabriel’s Hospital with non life threatening injuries.

--Recently, the Commissioner of Natural Resources approved that local units of government, including counties, may enact a 30 day temporary no wake zone. The Morrison County Board of Commissioners met recently to discuss the DNR approval and address the concerns of lake shore owners in Morrison County relating to the unusually high lake levels. Currently, Morrison County does not have the expertise and/or resources available to establish and monitor lake levels. Even if staff could be trained or the work contracted with an outside entity, this would be a substantial unplanned use of taxpayer money for a short term problem. Another issue would be enforcement. If a rule was enacted, enforcement would prove difficult at best, due to the limited number of hours available for water patrol activities. Morrison County Sheriff’s Office will continue to deploy water patrol as much as possible in an effort to help deter dangerous and inappropriate behavior on the water. In the end, it was decided that lakes are high right now but at some point in the not too distant future it will return to normal or even lower than normal levels. Adhering to the current no wake advisory already issued by the county, along with the tenants of common sense and courtesy, seem to be a better option than establishing a rule that may not be properly administered and likely not be strictly enforced.

--Motorists travelling in Rice may encounter delays as County Road 2 between County Road 21/25th Avenue Northeast and westbound Highway 10 closes beginning at 7:00pm on Tuesday, July 1st. All lanes of County Road 2 will open by 6:00am on Wednesday, July 2.
Signed detours will direct motorists to access Highway 10 and businesses in Rice. All lanes of Highway 10 in Rice will remain open and shifted to their narrowed, temporary lanes with a reduced 55 mph speed limit. The closures are needed while crews place beams for the future Highway 10 bridges spanning County Road 2. The bridges are part of the Highway 10/County Road 2 interchange project in Rice.

--The Pillager School District announced Monday they have taken action in using the Minnesota School Board Association in finding their next school superintendent. Chuck Arns announced he is retiring after 41 years in education but stated he would stay on as superintendent until a replacement was put in place. The school board hopes with the help from the Board Association that a new superintendent can be found and in place by September 1st.

--A memorial service will be held Friday for former 8th District US Congressman Jim Oberstar who died May 3rd. Current 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan, Chairwoman of Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Melanie Benjamin, Governor Mark Dayton, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Al Franken and retired congressman Martin Sabo will all speak during the service in Duluth at the Entertainment and Convention Center at 1:00pm. Oberstar served in the 8th District from 1975-2011 becoming the longest serving congressman in the state.

--The unemployment rate in Morrison County dropped in May to 5.4% according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. That rate was 7.4% in April and 5.9% in May of last year. Here is how our other area counties fared with May 2014 unemployment rates: Benton 4.4%, Mille Lacs 6.6%, Sherburne 4.4%, Stearns 3.9%, Todd 4.1% and Wright County 4.1%.

--Nineteen young women will compete for a total of seven Miss Brainerd and Miss Baxter queen titles at the Miss Brainerd United States Pageant at 7:00pm Saturday at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. Winners will be selected in the categories of Junior Teens, Teens, Miss, and Ms.

--The MN Military Museum needs your Help for its 50th Anniversary Vietnam Exhibit opening in July of 2015. The Minnesota Military Museum is seeking photos, stories, and artifacts used and worn by Minnesota veterans in Vietnam, from all branches of the service along with Viet Cong and North and South Vietnamese items. For more information call curator Doug Bekke at (612) 729-7651.

--The State Fire Marshal is investigating an apartment fire last weekend in Brainerd. Around 7:20am Saturday firefighters found smoke in a hallway of the building on 2nd Avenue Northeast. The fire was contained to a bedroom on the second floor. The cause of the fire was unknown. Brainerd police reported they arrested a 29 year old man at the residence for domestic assault and asked for the state fire marshal to investigate if the fire had been intentionally set.

--St. Cloud firefighters were called out recently to a car fire Monday around 3:00pm on 713 Anderson Avenue. The car was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. No one was injured and the damage was valued at $25,000. The cause is under investigation. St. Cloud was also called to a shed fire Tuesday night around 11:30pm on Field Court. Firefighters stated the fire started with children playing with matches. The valued around $750 shed could not be saved. Again no injuries reported with the fire.

--Kyle and Brianna Rodewald of Little Falls, girl on June 23rd

--Michael Johnson, age 53 of Onamia.

TODAY=partly cloudy, warmer, high near 80.
TONIGHT= storms likely after dark, low 66
FRIDAY= storms at times, some sun and breezy, high 85.
SATURDAY= storms likely with heavy rainfall, high 80, low 70.
SUNDAY= scattered T-storms, some strong, humid, high 84.

TWINS= Another rough pitching start led to a 6-2 loss last night in Anaheim for the Twins. Twins and Angels wrap up their series today with pregame beginning at 2:05pm on Q92 WYRQ.
SOC= World Cup action U.S. vs. Germany 11am today from Brazil
VL= join Paul Froncak this Sunday for Victory League baseball when Upsala travels to Sobieski 1:30pm on AM960 KLTF.

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Wednesday- June 25th, 2014

--The Pierz City Council met Monday night. The Pierz council passed a motion to raise electric rates by 10% after hearing an update from the Electric Committee at the prior Public Hearing. Minnesota Power is increasing their rates for the City and there has been an increased cost for the Rebate Program in recent years. City Administrator Scott Saehr updated the council on the Business Assistance/Development Agreement that would be used for new businesses in the Industrial Park. A discussion about a one-time storm water utility availability charge, per city ordinance, was tabled until it could be further discussed at the City Council Workshop on Thursday. A motion was made to approve a proposal to purchase new video camera equipment to be used for City Council meetings and the Cable Access Channel. It was decided to discuss the proposal in more detail at the City Council Workshop. Fire Chief Brian Boser spoke to the Council about re-posting for the Fire Chief position. The position will be posted for an additional three weeks. Jason Boser was reappointed as the Fire Captain.

--The City of Brainerd is now owner of the hydro dam formerly operated by Wausau Paper. The purchase price was 2.6-million dollars which is a major drop to the over 4-million originally asked by the paper company for the 37 acres of land and the dam substation. The dam needs major upgrades and equipment improvements which will cost in the $600,000 range to complete over a five year period. The city council is calling it a golden investment that the dam could generate $20-million dollars worth of energy in 15 years when all the upgrades and improvements are completed.

--The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Minnesota, made its way through our area Tuesday morning. The final leg is the major awareness component of the Law Enforcement Torch Run and involves Law Enforcement from across Minnesota, running the Special Olympics Torch, the “Flame of Hope” throughout the state, culminating at the Summer Games celebration ceremonies on Friday. The Morrison County portion of the event was Tuesday morning. Participants began near Fort Ripley, went through Little Falls and proceeded on to Royalton.

--A Little Falls man was arrested in April in Anoka County and charged with first and second-degree criminal sexual conduct for having sexual contact with a child under the age of 13. 70-year old James Cloutier pleaded guilty to the second-degree charges for sexual contact with an 8-year-old relative. Cloutier allegedly admitted the sexual contact to the mother, saying it happened over three years and that it had happened four or five times. Cloutier is being held in the Anoka County Jail. He is expected to be sentenced July 8th. The maximum penalty for second-degree criminal sexual conduct is 90 months to 25 years, plus a conditional release term and/or a $10,500 to $35,000 fine.

--A domestic complaint in southeast St. Cloud turned into a high-speed chase. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle around 10:00pm Friday but the driver sped off. Officers pursued the vehicle at speeds up to 70 mph before ending the chase as the vehicle entered Waite Park. Officers later found the vehicle in the 700 block of 25th Avenue North. The driver, 49-year old Gregory Todd Ballauf was arrested and taken to Benton County Jail. He could be charged with fleeing police in a motor vehicle and second-degree DUI. There were no injures.

--Better with Age Wine and Beer Tasting Event from 5:30-10:30pm on Thursday at Linden Hill. For information call (320) 616-5580.

--Gold’n Plump Farms, a division of GNP Company, on Tuesday was hit with a $10,000 fine by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The violation was for not having a proper air emissions permit to install and operate a new boiler and pelletizing equipment at a Sauk Rapids facility. According to Steve Mikkelson, a Brainerd-based spokesman for the MPCA, Gold’n Plump Farms self-reported the violation after shutting down the equipment. Two times they sent a permit application in and both times they were informed it was incomplete. They had started the equipment before the second notice, at which point they realized they were in violation and shut it down. When calculating penalties, the MPCA takes into account how seriously the violation affected the environment, whether it is a first-time or repeat violation, and how promptly it was reported. It also attempts to recover the calculated economic benefit gained by failure to comply with environmental laws in a timely manner.

--A memorial service is Wednesday for the Technical High School student killed in the Sauk Rapids plane crash. German exchange student 16-year old Alexander Voigt and 60-year old Scott A. Olson were sightseeing when their plane hit a home in Sauk Rapids. Both died. A memorial service will be 3:00-8:00pm Wednesday at River's Edge Convention Center. Counselors from Tech will be at the memorial service.

--A 26-year-old Coon Rapids man was critically injured Friday when he fell off a pickup truck at Brainerd International Raceway. Brian O'Connor was on the back of a moving pickup when he fell off the tailgate striking his head. O'Connor was taken to St. Cloud Hospital and listed in critical condition on Monday. The driver of the pickup, 28-year-old Joshua Hill of Fridley was arrested for driving while intoxicated and criminal vehicular operation.

--The Rocori school board unanimously approved a new three-year employment agreement with longtime Superintendent Scott Staska on Monday night. The new contract begins July 1st and expires June 30th, 2017. Staska's salary for 2014-15 will be $140,824. It will rise to $145,049 in 2015-16 and $149,400 in 2016-17. He also has the opportunity to earn up to 3% of his salary in incentive pay each year.

--Delores Booth, age 77 of Royalton.

TODAY= mainly cloudy, cool, high 67
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 50.
THURSDAY= sunny, chance of late day storms, high 76, low 65.
FRIDAY= mostly cloudy, storms early and late in day, high 81.

TWINS= Kyle Gibson gets rocked for 7 runs in 2 innings last night and though the Twins scored 5 in the 2nd it was not enough as the Angels win 8-6. Twins and Angels again tonight 8:35 on Q92 WYRQ
SOC= U.S. vs. Germany Thursday in Brazil in World Cup play.

IN 1638= first lunar eclipse is recorded in the U.S. Colonies.
IN 1876= General George Custer and his entire 7th Calvary is wiped out and killed by the Sioux led by Crazy Horse at Little Big Horn.

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Tuesday- June 24th, 2014

--A St. Cloud commercial pilot and a German foreign exchange student who was hosted by St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis were the two occupants of a small plane that crashed Friday night into a Sauk Rapids home. Kleis stated that 60-year old Scott Olson and 16-year old Alexander Voigt were sightseeing when the plane they were in hit a home located at 731 Garden Place owned by Jeff Hille, a teacher and baseball coach at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School. Hille was not home at the time, but his brother-in-law, Kole Heckendorf, was in the house but escaped out of a second-floor window. Hille, Heckendorf and Hille's sister, Kristen, had been living in the home and have since been staying with family in the area. Both Olson and Voigt died as a result of the crash.

--Morrison County last week agreed to a plan to build a solar farm east of Little Falls. The 10-megawatt project is one of several solar farms to be built in upcoming years in Central Minnesota. The solar farm will consist of 70 acres off of Highway 27 in Little Falls Township. Geronimo Energy is behind the Morrison County project. There are already solar farms in Stearns and Benton Counties.

--The Pierz Commercial Club invites everyone to the first “Rock, Roll, and Stroll” this Thursday. The custom and classic car show (and more) event will be on the 4th Thursday of June, July, August, and September. From 6:00-9:00pm on Thursday custom and classic cars will line Main Street while guests enjoy music, a nice stroll and food. Owners of custom or vintage vehicles can register at 5:30pm on the grassy area of the St. Joseph Church parking lot. Guests will vote for their favorites in the car show to become the “Car of the Month”.

--Brainerd firefighters took part in a fire instruction rescue education drill Sunday where they burned the former Integra building located in west Baxter. There were several calls but the public should not be alarmed as this was a planned drill.

--Around 10:15pm Saturday authorities responded to a one vehicle rollover with injuries on Stearns County Road 54, about 1 mile west of Avon in Avon Township. 21-year old Kathryn Lemke of Melrose was eastbound on County Road 54 when her car left the roadway, hit a field approach and rolled. 22-year old Niki Tickerhof of Melrose was a passenger in the vehicle. Both were taken to the St Cloud Hospital and treated for minor injuries. Both Lemke and Tickerhof were wearing their seatbelts. Inattentive driving was believed to be a factor in the crash.

--An Onamia man was injured Saturday after he was struck by a vehicle while walking on Highway 169. Authorities say 26-year-old Eric Kimmons was walking down the middle road just before 11:30pm Saturday night when he was struck by a vehicle driven by a 74-year-old from Aitkin. Kimmons was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The State Patrol stated that Kimmons was intoxicated when he was struck by the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

--Congratulations to Grant Smude, son of Jim and Cara Smude of Pierz, for winning the Minnesota Farmers Union's (MFU) FFA essay contest. Grant was awarded $1,000 for the Pierz FFA Chapter, and a trip to Washington, D.C. in September. A parent or his adviser will be accompanying him to Washington, D.C. Congratulations also goes out to the Pierz FFA adviser, Pat Tax, for her guidance. MFU asked FFA students statewide to write a 500- to 750-word essay in response to this question, "What is the farmer's role in conservation, and why is it important to the future of agriculture in Minnesota?"

--On Monday the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a 5-year-old boy that was struck by a vehicle at the Green Prairie Fish Lake access, located outside the city of Little Falls in Green Prairie Township. On arrival, deputies noted lacerations to 5-year-old Logan Ohman’s legs. He was taken by ambulance to St. Gabriel’s Hospital with non life threatening injuries. The accident appears to have occurred when Joshua Ohman got out of his truck to secure the boat as it was being backed into the lake. Ohman’s truck continued rolling and the driver’s door knocked Logan into the lake and under the boat trailer. Ohman was able to remove Joshua from the lake and tend to his injuries until deputies arrived.

--Around 1:25pm Monday the Stearns County Sheriff received multiple 911 calls regarding an individual in the Mississippi River, Le Sauk Township, who was hanging onto a tree after capsizing her kayak. Sheriff’s Deputies, along with personnel from the St. Cloud Police and Fire Departments, responded to the scene and found 21-year old Anita Henningsgaard holding onto a downed tree in the river north of the 9th Avenue Bridge that separates St. Cloud from Sauk Rapids. Henningsgaard was brought to the west bank of the river. She was not injured.

--A pilot from Clear Lake and two passengers escaped serious injuries Friday evening when the plane they were in crashed on takeoff. 48-year old Todd Eich was the pilot of a plane that took off at about 4:04pm in Clear Lake Township and had its engine stall. The plane crashed into Pickeral Lake in Clear Lake Township. Eich told deputies that the engine stalled and the aircraft overturned and sank in the lake. The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified.

--Todd County Parks and Trails will be holding an open house from 12-3pm on Saturday at Battle Point Park located on Lake Osakis. The public is invited to attend the event and tour the park. The park board is providing a meal for this event. You are encouraged to come and meet the board members and check out the updates to the park.

--George Gammon, age 76 of Motley formerly of Little Falls
--Kenneth E. Holst, age 66 of Shoreview.
--Mrs. Louis Philomena 'Phyliss' Kurowski age 98 of Little Falls
--Rebecca Joy Martinson, age 56 of Staples.

TODAY= scattered showers and possible T-storms, high 75.
TONIGHT= showers and T-storms at times, low 52.
WEDNESDAY= partly sunny and cooler, high 68, low 50.
THURSDAY= mostly sunny, high 77 nighttime T-storms develop

TWINS= Twins are out west in Anaheim to take on the Angels tonight with pregame at 8:35pm on Q92 WYRQ.

IN 1949= Hopalong Cassidy moved from radio to TV and is considered the first TV western on primetime.
IN 1955= Harmon Killebrew hit first major league homerun for the Washington Senators- he would hit another 572 in his career.
IN 1987= “The Great One” Jackie Gleason died at age 71.

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Monday- June 23rd, 2014

--On Thursday Morrison County Deputies and Little Falls Police Officers arrested 34 year old Michael Arndt in Pike Creek Township just west of Little Falls. Arndt had been sought for his suspected connection to several burglaries in the Little Falls, Pierz, and Randall area. About 5:35pm a Little Falls Police Officer spotted Arndt on the northwest side of Little Falls. After attempting to stop the vehicle a high speed chase ensued, leading officers throughout the northwest side of Little Falls and Pike Creek Township. Arndt eventually drove his vehicle into a swamp and ran from the vehicle into a swampy area south of Highway 27. Officers from the Sheriff’s Office and Little Falls Police Department, along with officers assisting from the Royalton, Pierz Police Departments, State Patrol, DNR, and Todd County Sheriff’s Office all assisted in establishing a perimeter. A Morrison County canine unit tracked Arndt through the swampy area for nearly a half hour. During the course of this track Arndt emerged from the swamp and gave himself up to officers on the perimeter. In addition to the earlier burglary charges, Arndt now faces charges for felony fleeing police in a motor vehicle. Arndt was transported to the Morrison County Jail where he is being held pending the preparation of formal charges.

--Two people were arrested Wednesday after deputies found stolen property from four counties while executing a search warrant. Thomas Mikeal Penman and Melinda Annette Walters, both of rural Motley, were arrested after deputies searched their home. Stolen property and methamphetamine were found. Penman faces possible charges of second-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of a short-barrel shotgun and possession of stolen property. Walters faces possible charges of second-degree possession of a controlled substance. The investigation is ongoing.

--Due to the heavy rains and area flooding Governor Mark Dayton has released an emergency declaration for 35 counties for disaster relief funds. Morrison and Todd counties are both included. They are the only two counties in our listenening area included. Details are still being finalized. More on this as it becomes available.

--Due to utility construction, roads in Little Falls will be closed on Monday, June 23rd from approximately 8:00am-5:00pm on 13th Avenue NE between 8th Street and 11th Street AND on 11th Street NE north of 10th Avenue NE. For information call city hall at 616-5500.

--Unity Family Healthcare—the multi-facility health organization comprised of St. Gabriel’s Hospital and its affiliates—has a new name and logo. It’s now called CHI St. Gabriel’s Health, adopted by its board of directors on June 3rd. The change is part of a system-wide branding strategy by parent organization Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health systems. CHI’s new symbol is the image of a guiding star and cross – four shapes that come together to create a visual representation of the organization’s passion around its common mission to create healthier communities.

–A woman from Richmond and a man from Cold Spring were injured Friday morning during a crash west of Cold Spring. The collision happened at 8:00am at Minnesota Highway 23 and Stearns County Road 158. A vehicle heading south on County Road 158 driven by 28-year old Katelyn M. Christenson of Richmond was trying to cross Minnesota Highway 23 when it was hit by a vehicle traveling west on Highway 23. That vehicle was driven by 41-year old Jeffrey L. Slinden of Cold Spring. Slinden and Christenson both sustained non life-threatening injuries.

--Authorities are investigating a plane that crashed into a house starting it on fire Friday around 8:30pm in Sauk Rapids. The homeowner was not home at the time but his brother-in-law was upstairs when the crash occurred. He was able to get out safely. Eyewitnesses said they saw the white plane really low. Officials believe the two inside the plane were sightseeing at the time when something happened to cause their plane to crash into the home causing a burst of flames and smoke. The home sustained extensive damage. The pilot and passenger in the plane both died. The names have not yet been released.

--Lanes will be restricted today on Minnesota Highway 15. The northbound and southbound lanes of the highway will be reduced to one lane of traffic near 33rd Street South. A bridge is being constructed as part of a new interchange. The northbound lane closure will last until the end of July. The southbound lane closure will last two weeks.

--Little Falls Community High School took 2nd place in the David Ricardo Division of the National Economics Challenge. Hunter College High School from New York City was named the winner of the David Ricardo Division (Single semester general economics students) beating Little Falls by one point. The national runner-up team consisted of Little Falls students Jessica Durfee, Vanessa Meschke, Jack Schulte and Blake Toso. Their coach was Tom Stockard. The finals were held May 18th and 19th in New York City and included written exams and a critical thinking round, culminating in a “quiz-bowl”. The team from Little Falls qualified for the National Economics Challenge after winning the Minnesota Economics Challenge.

--Kraft Foods is recalling 260 cases of Velveeta cheese sold to a number of big box stores in 12 states including Minnesota. The consumer package code for the recalled batch is 021000611614. The packages also have a date stamp that reads "17 DEC 2014," and the time frame is between 10:54 and 14:35. The cheese is being voluntarily recalled because it did not contain "appropriate levels of sorbic acid" needed for preserving the product, according to a Kraft statement. Consumers who purchased a recalled product should return it to where they bought it for an exchange or full refund.

--Judges picked three catagories Saturday at the Little Falls Dam Festival Parade. Crowd Pleaser- Sartell St. Stephen Marching Band, Most Creative- Mary of Lourdes School, Best Little Falls Representation- the Little Falls Community High School Marching Band- there was also honorable mention to the Camp Ripley Fire and Rescue for hosing off the crowd, keeping them cool from the sun.

--Bernice C. Tieso, age 93 of Eagan formerly of Swanville.

TODAY= sunny, high 77, partly cloudy tonight low 58.
TUESDAY= scattered showers, some T-storms in afternoon, high 73
WEDNESDAY= partly sunny, cooler and less humid, high 68.

TWINS= Twins win 3 straight 1 run games over the weekend to sweep the 4 game series with Chicago. Twins have today off.
SOC= Portugal and U.S. tied 2-2 Sunday. U.S. vs. Germany Thurs.

Happy hour specials and daily lunches served at West Side Bar

Friday- June 20th, 2014

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office and the Randall Police Department are currently asking the public for information on the whereabouts of 34 year old Michael Arndt, formally of Green Prairie Township. Arndt is being sought in connection with several burglaries in Little Falls, Pierz, and Randall. The Randall Police Department investigated a burglary on June 15th in which batteries believed to be stolen from Pierz and Little Falls were recovered. Sheriff Wetzel and Randall Chief Charles Strack are asking the public to notify either department if they are aware of Arndt’s whereabouts. Arndt is believed to be driving a white Jeep Cherokee at this time.
The above suspect Michael Arndt has been apprehended and is in Morrison County Jail awaiting formal charges. More on this story on our upcoming local newscasts.

--Recently retired Morrison County Veterans Service Officer Paul Froncak along with Kathy Marshik who took over the position Francak retired from earlier this month, will be the Grand Marshall's of the “2014 Dam Festival Parade” on Saturday in Little Falls. Froncak officially retired on June 6th after 28 years of serving our area's veterans. The parade begins at 11:00am near City Hall and heads south on first street towards St. Gabriel's Hospital.

--After an incident involving a youth and fire the Pierz Police Department would like to send out this friendly reminder. All of us look forward to summer as a chance to enjoy the outdoors, vacation, grilling, and celebrate all the special activities and events that our local communities offer during the summer months. However, the summer also introduces a unique set of hazards that can lead to fires and fire-related injuries. Fireworks jeopardize both users and bystanders, along with the surrounding property and homes. “Public fireworks displays, conducted by professionals, are the best and safest way to view fireworks.” Children are vulnerable to fire-related injuries; always keep matches and lighters away from them. Teach children to report, as well to never touch, any loose matches, lighters, and fireworks to an adult immediately. The Pierz Police Department wishes everybody a safe and injury-free summer.

--The Pierz Police Department would like to advise members of its community that there have been numerous motor vehicles broken into while parked on city streets or within unlocked garages. All citizens are urged to lock their doors on both their vehicles and dwellings. The safety of our community does not have borders. Please help by being the eyes and ears of your police department. It is the goal of every law enforcement agency to protect the citizens that they serve. Together we can make a difference in our community. Anyone with information regarding this suspect or incident is asked to contact the Pierz Police Department, Chief Eric Hanneken at (320) 468-0299.

--As of Thursday the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office has added several more area lakes to the “No Wake Advisory”. Those lakes are Carnelian Lake in Maine Prairie Township, Beaver Lake off of Hwy 15 in Fairhaven Township and the Caroline/ Maria chain of lakes in Southern Fairhaven Township. Water levels remain very high and reports continue to come in regarding shore erosion, float debris and lost docks or boats. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone for their cooperation with this advisory.

--Father Nick Lansberger, pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Little Falls is retiring after more than 50 years of being a priest. Father Nick has been pastor at St. Mary’s in Little Falls for the past 19 years. A retirement party for Father Nick will be held on June 29th after a special 10:30am Mass at St. Mary’s followed by a potluck picnic. All are invited but are asked to bring a dish to share.

--Before the end of the summer, Quad/Graphics will close its commercial printing operation in St. Cloud. The decision, announced Wednesday, leaves the future uncertain for 280 workers in the largest single employment upheaval in the St. Cloud area in more than 12 years. Employees were informed Wednesday morning of the plans, which have grown out of a recent $100 million acquisition of Waseca-based Brown Printing Co. The last day of production in the facility in St. Cloud will be in late August, according to Claire Ho, director of corporate communications for Quad/Graphics. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development received a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act letter on Wednesday from Quad/Graphics. It states layoffs are expected to occur beginning August 17th and for two weeks after.

--Sheriff Todd Dahl is asking for the public’s help and cooperation when venturing out on our area lakes. Crow Wing County has received historic rainfall and our lakes and rivers are at very high levels. In the last few weeks, the Sheriff’s Office has received numerous complaints of docks and boats that have floated free from shore and lake homeowners have reported portions of their front yards are underwater. Extensive wave action in these areas can cause a great deal of damage. Please use caution when boating and be respectful of the boat waves washing into shore. Sheriff Dahl says “It is vitally important that we work together in an effort to ensure that our lakes and resources are used safely”

--Minnesota employers added 10,300 jobs in May, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The agency said the state has added 45,617 jobs in the past year, a growth rate of 1.6%, compared to a U.S. growth rate of 1.8% during that period. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.6%. The U.S. unemployment rate in May was 6.3%.

--A long, cool spring may delay the strawberry season up to two weeks this year. However, Minnesota strawberry producers are forecasting a large, healthy crop. Some pick-your-own and pre-picked strawberry farms in southern Minnesota and the metro area expect to open around June 20th, with peak picking around the Fourth of July weekend. The average growing season wraps up near the Fourth of July in the metro area. The Minnesota berry season progresses from south to north, and strawberry farms in northern Minnesota typically trail the Twin Cities harvest between one and two weeks.

--AM960 KLTF will broadcast live tomorrow from 7:00-9:00am at the 4th Annual Breakfast on the Farm at Pike Hills Dairy.

TODAY= morning fog, mostly sunny, late day storms, high 84.
TONIGHT= shower/storm early, partly cloudy, low 60.
SATURDAY= mostly sunny, warm, high 84, low 55.
SUNDAY= morning and late day storms, high 81, low 57.
MONDAY= mostly sunny, isolated T-storms, high 78.

TWINS= Twins win 4-2 last night over White Sox. Twins continue series with White Sox tonight, pregame tonight at 6:40 the pregame at 12:40 for Saturday and Sunday on Q92 WYRQ
VL= Freeport at St. Stephen Sunday 1:30 on KLTF reminder the Victory League Roundup is heard 7:35am Mondays on KLTF.

Double Trouble tonight, Redneck Radio Saturday at West Side Bar

Thursday- June 19th, 2014

--Cindy Olson of Little Falls along with her husband Jim and daughter Alexia found the 2014 Dam Festival Medallion before 11:00am on Wednesday. The medallion was found in Riverside Park across from City Hall in a hole at the base of a tree. The Olson’s will receive a $500 prize on Friday at the Dam Festival.

--The Little Falls Fire Department responded to a fire at Anderson Custom Processing in Little Falls on Tuesday around 2:50pm. The fire was started as a construction company was working at the site when a wood piece fell off the roof onto power lines. The fire was contained to the rooftop. 24-Little Falls firefighters were on the scene for around an hour. There were no injuries.

--The Minnesota National Guard and The Norwegian Home Guard are conducting their 41st year of soldier exchanges from Norway and Camp Ripley. The event usually held in February, for the first time is being held in the summer from June 18th through July 2nd. The warmer weather will give both sets of soldier’s time to learn the summer-type cultures between the two. While here the Norwegians will take part in many summertime events around the area, canoeing and fishing along with their military activities at Camp Ripley. The Norwegian Home Guard will talk more about their visit Monday at 10:00am on KLTF Partyline.

--The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed legislation naming the Cold Spring post office after fallen police officer Tom "Tommy" Decker. The bill, introduced by Representative Michele Bachmann in January 2013 and co-sponsored by seven other members of Minnesota's House delegation, passed unanimously. Decker was shot and killed in 2012 while responding to a report of a potentially suicidal man. The bill still must pass the Senate and be signed by the president, but Bachmann said she is optimistic that will happen. The post office is in the center of town, roughly a block from the seven-member Cold Spring-Richmond Police Department where Decker served for six years before his death. The investigation into Decker's death remains open, according to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office. The chief suspect, Eric Joseph Thomes, hanged himself in January 2013 when investigators showed up at his Cold Spring residence to question him.

--Cass County will have a sheriff’s race in November as it was reported that Wayne Tennis current Walker Police Chief announced he is running for Cass County Sheriff and filed on the final day for county filings this month to be on the ballot. Current Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch also filed and announced he is running for reelection. Tennis had been with the Walker Police Department for the past 24 years and the last 8 as police chief.

--Sherburne County deputies arrested a Sauk Rapids man Tuesday after a stolen van led deputies on a chase reaching speeds over 90mph. Deputies tried to stop 48-year-old Barton Roberts around 5:20am in Zimmerman but he sped off. The pursuit ended at Highway 10 in Lake Township after a deputy used his squad car to push the van out of control and forced it to stop. Roberts was arrested for fleeing police, drug possession and possession of stolen property and taken to Sherburne County Jail.

--The 4th annual Morrison County Breakfast on the Farm will be from 7:30-11:30am on Saturday, June 21st at Pike Hills Dairy located at 12662 125th Street in Little Falls. A $5 breakfast will be served by the Sobieski/Bowlus Lions Club. Kids 12 and under eat free.

--The St. Cloud Police Department has scheduled an information session on burglar-proofing tonight for area residents. Police will provide information on burglary prevention, including inexpensive or no-cost efforts residents can take to help prevent burglary. The session begins at 7:00pm and is expected to last one hour and 15 minutes. The session will be in the public training room at the St. Cloud Police Department. Registration is not required but seating capacity is limited to 80 individuals per session.

--A 25-year-old man was arrested early Wednesday morning after an assault at a St. Cloud hotel. Police were called shortly before 2:00am to the Le St. Germain hotel. A 34-year-old man had jaw injuries. The victim was taken to St. Cloud Hospital. Adan Ibrahim Abdllahi was arrested and taken to Stearns County Jail.

--Little Falls Police have received a number of theft reports, assisted other agencies in a high risk stop last Thursday on Highway 10 after a woman with multiple warrants for her arrest gave officers a false name. Police also made arrests for disorderly conduct and investigating someone putting a torch in the coin return slot of a pop machine at Coborns Liquor.

--The 2014 Little Falls Dam Festival will be held on Friday, June 20th and Saturday, June 21st. Friday night will feature a street dance from 8:00pm-12:00am. Saturday will have a Pancake breakfast from 7:00-10:00am at the Little Falls Airport ($6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under); free airplane rides for kids ages 8-17 from 9:00am-1:00pm (parent or guardian signed slip required); parade at 11:00am (Starts at 7th Ave. NE by City Hall and will travel south and end at 7th Ave. SE by St. Gabriel's Hospital); Bingo at 2:00pm; Hip-Hop Dance Show at 6:00pm; street dance from 8:00pm-12:00am; and fireworks at 10:05pm. Full details on the Little Falls Dam Festival can be found at and click on Dam Festival logo.

--Summer officially starts at 5:51am Saturday morning.

--Jason and Andrea Allord of Little Falls, boy on June 16th
--Bennie and Brittany Holtz of Flensburg, girl on June 17th
--Joel and Carrie Youngberg of Little Falls, a boy born June 17th

--Rosalie Beam, age 66 of Royalton
--Josephine Copa, age 98 of Little Falls.
--Hazel Lindborg, age 88 of Little Falls.
--Wesley Hatlestad, age 73 of Hillman.

TODAY= showers and storms likely, some heavy rainfall, high 75
TONIGHT= showers and storms early, then clearing late, low 60.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, high 82, partly cloudy night, low 60.
SATURDAY= early morning storms, then sunny, high 85, low 61.
SUNDAY= sunny skies, slight chance of storms, high 81, low 55.

TWINS= The Boston Red Sox beat the Twins 2-1 in 10 innings on Wednesday to complete the sweep. Twins host Chicago White Sox tonight with pregame starting at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
VL= Freeport at St. Stephen Sunday 1:30pm on AM960 KLTF

Double Trouble Friday, Redneck Radio Saturday at West Side Bar

Wednesday- June 18th, 2014

--Due to utility construction, roads in Little Falls will be closed on Monday, June 23rd from approximately 8:00am until approximately 5:00pm on 13th Avenue Northeast between 8th Street and 11th Street AND on 11th Street Northeast north of 10th Avenue Northeast. If you have any questions, please call city hall at 616-5500.

--Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl reports that his office received a call of a kayaker who had overturned while kayaking in the Pine River just down from the Corp of Engineer dam in Crosslake. It was reported that the kayaker was pinned to a tree because of the extremely strong current. Rescuers were unable to free the kayaker from the tree due to the current at which time the Army Corps of Engineer shut down the dam in order for the water level to subside. The kayaker, identified as 53-year old Ann Weissman from New Jersey was rescued by members of the Crosslake Fire Department who were the first to respond to the incident. Weissman was checked over by medical personnel but was not transported as she was uninjured. Weissman was wearing her life jacket and a helmet. Sheriff Dahl reminds that with all the rain that Crow Wing County and surrounding areas have received, that water levels are extremely high and river and streams have very strong currents. Boaters are reminded to wear their life jackets.

--Now in its 22nd year, the Habitat 500 Bike Ride will embark on a 500-mile journey with 135 bikers and 40 volunteers from July 13th – 19th across central-Minnesota, all in order to raise funds and awareness to provide low-income families with safe, decent, and affordable homes. The Habitat 500, an annual fundraising bike ride organized by Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota, gives riders the chance to build a cycle of hope for families across the world from the seat of their bicycle. Participants will bike 50 to 100 miles each day on the ride, making six overnight stops around Minnesota. This year’s route kicks off in St. Joseph, and then travels through Osakis, Menahga, Bemidji, Pine River, and Little Falls before circling back to St. Joseph. Each participant is required to raise a minimum of $1,000 to participate in the ride, but typically raises much more, averaging $2,700 per person. This year’s 22nd Anniversary fundraising goal is to raise $400,000 to help create additional affordable housing opportunities in partnership with low-income families. Since its inception in 1993, $5.19 million dollars have been raised through the Habitat 500 Bike Ride, in support of Habitat for Humanity home construction, contributing to the 2,200 homes built by Minnesota affiliates. For more information on how to get involved, please visit

--Small houses will be allowed in Brainerd, but with a few very specific regulations. At the Brainerd City Council meeting Monday, the group held the final reading of the ordinance that will allow 500-square-foot houses on non-conforming lots in the city. The houses have an 18 foot width minimum. The minimum square foot area is 500 square feet. Houses less than 750 square feet are permitted by conditional use permit (CUP) only on non-conforming lots. Houses less than 750 square feet are permitted only on non-conforming lots established prior to 1989, which would limit the area where the small houses can be constructed. Interested builders can submit a CUP application and have a Planning Commission hearing, a recommendation and City Council action in July. If approved, a building permit could be approved shortly after. The ordinance should go into affect next week. Changes still might be made to the new ordinance in the future by the council.

--Bail was set at $500,000 Tuesday for a Grand Rapids man who is accused of breaking into a stranger's house early Saturday in St. Cloud and beating and sexually assaulting a man for two hours. 21-year old Corey William Becker has been charged with one count each of first-degree burglary, kidnapping and third-degree assault and two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. The victim suffered "multiple facial fractures" during the incident and was treated at St. Cloud Hospital.

--Motorists in Albany may encounter delays as Highway 238 between Railroad Avenue and County Road 10 is reduced to a single lane with flaggers allowing one-way, alternating traffic from 7:00am-7:00pm today and tomorrow. Shoulder closures and lane shifts will also occur on three of the four ramps at Highway 238 and Interstate 94. Motorists should slow down, be prepared to stop, and must obey flaggers and signs as they approach and navigate each daily work zone. The closures are needed as crews resurface the roadway and repair the ramps. When complete, the project will help maintain efficient local transportation with a smoother ride and extended road life on Highway 238. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit

--Stearns County area lakes are currently experiencing unusually high water levels. In particular the Chain of Lakes and Sauk River area around Cold Spring and Richmond along with Two Rivers Lake in the St. Anna area are especially high. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of placing “No Wake” signs in these areas. In these lakes and rivers and in all Stearns County Waters the Sheriff’s Office is asking boaters to exercise restraint, good judgment and common sense. Boat operators should reduce their speed to create no wake or waves from their boat. Water patrol officers will be out on area lakes over the weekend, weather permitting, reminding boaters to follow these recommendations. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office thanks all boaters for their cooperation in this matter. The following lakes have been added to the “No Wake Advisory” as of 6-17-2014. Koronis Lake in Paynesville Township, Rice Lake in Eden Lake and Paynesville Township and Big Lake in Munson Township. This is in addition to the lakes that had advisory no wakes already in place. The Stearns County area continues may have more lakes added with more rain.

--Craig and Rachel Noska of Browerville, girl on June 16th

--Emil Richard Stiller, age 83 of Swanville
--Robert A. Pruitt, age 78 of Motley

TODAY= overcast skies, chance of PM T-storms, high 77.
TONIGHT= showers and storms with heavy rains, low 63.
THURSDAY= showers and storms, heavy rains likely, high 75.
THURSDAY NIGHT= storms likely early then clearing, low 60.
FRIDAY= sunny skies, more humid, high 85, late day storms.

TWINS= Boston beat Twins 2-1 Tuesday. Twins and Red Sox wrap up series today with pregame at 12:05pm on Q92 WYRQ.

Double Trouble Friday, Redneck Radio Saturday at West Side Bar

Tuesday- June 17th, 2014

--On Sunday the Star Tribune published its Top Workplaces 2014 in Minnesota. Based on the number of high quality workplaces that participated, 100 top workplaces were recognized and also a list of an additional 55 organizations that met the national standards to be designated a Top Workplace but were not ranked in the Top 100. Little Falls Community Schools has earned recognition as one of the 55 National Standard Top Workplaces. The evaluation of the Top Workplace program is based upon feedback from a survey many staff members completed earlier this spring. Over 2,000 organizations were invited to participate in the survey and nearly 60,000 employees shared their views on their specific workplaces. Here is a sample of a couple quotes from Little Falls Community School Employees in the survey: “I have a wonderful team, excellent administration support, and fabulous students.” Another quote stated “I have great leadership and am respected by those I work with. I feel that I am valued and I have the same work ethics and philosophy as others at the high school.” Names were not provided on those quotes.

--Savannah Cole of Brainerd was crowned Miss Minnesota for 2014 this past weekend. Cole follows Rebecca Yeh of Nisswa who was the reigning Miss Minnesota. Cole is currently studying physical therapy at North Dakota State University.

--The Roosevelt Early Education Center was destroyed by fire Saturday night in St. Cloud. The fire kept firefighters on scene well into Sunday in a rain-soaked battle with flames concealed in unreachable crevices of the historical school. The state fire marshal was called in to investigate but early indications are that lightning is to blame for the fire. The school had a century long history in the St. Cloud area. School officials will now work on finding a replacement site for summer school and the upcoming school year as the district decides on rebuilding of the site.

--A Walker teenager was seriously injured after he was ejected from his vehicle Sunday morning in Kanabec County. 18-year-old Zachary Berglund was northbound on Highway 107 north of Braham when he hydroplaned and rolled into the east ditch coming to rest on its roof. Berglund was alone in the vehicle and taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment of injuries. The State Patrol reported that speed and alcohol were possible factors in the accident.

--A Mora man suffered injuries Saturday when his vehicle left the roadway striking a tree. 69-year-old Jerry Haroldson was south on Highway 65 in Kanabec County around 3:50pm when the accident occurred. Haroldson reportedly had non-life threatening injuries and was taken to North Memorial Medical Center for treatment.

--Stearns County reported a barn fire Saturday around 8:00pm at the Stanley Peglow residence in Eden Valley Township. The barn reportedly was struck by lightning and fully engulfed when firefighters from Eden Lake, Chain of Lakes and Paynesville arrived. No animals were in the barn which was a total loss. No injuries.

--Stearns County reported a house fire at Campos residence on 295th Avenue in St. Joseph Saturday around 9:00pm. The fire reportedly started in the attached garage and spread to the house. People were inside the house at the time when the fire started, but everyone got out of the house safely and no one was injured. It is believed the garage was struck by lightning and may have started the fire. The fire was put out by the St. Joseph and Waite Park fire departments. A damage estimate was not released but the garage sustained extensive damage while the house had moderate smoke damage.

--The Little Falls City Council met last night.  The council approved various agenda items including posting for a position at the water plant, numerous street projects and approval of a mural at the Boys and Girls Club.

--Todd County Sheriff’s Office is requesting boaters in the county to operate their watercraft at slow or no wake speeds until further notice. Extremely high water levels combined with wakes created by boat traffic are causing shoreline erosion on all lakes in the area.

--School is out, summer is here, and speed limit enforcement in Minnesota is heating up. During the summer, there are typically more than 900 crashes involving teen drivers each month, and illegal and unsafe speed has been one of the top three contributing factors in these crashes. Nearly 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will increase patrols thru Friday to combat traffic crashes, deaths and serious injuries caused by speeding, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety/Office of Traffic Safety. Speed was a factor in 213 fatal crashes in the last three years, causing 235 fatalities and 666 serious injuries. In addition to putting other motorists at risk, speeding: Increases the potential for loss of vehicle control; Requires greater stopping distance (it takes more than the length of a football field to stop when traveling 60 mph); Decreases the time available for driver response and crash avoidance; Increases crash severity – the faster the speed, the more violent the crash. A similar enhanced enforcement and education campaign for speed also will run statewide July 10th-27th. If confronted by a speeding or aggressive driver: Get out of their way; Avoid eye contact; Ignore gestures and don’t return them; Find a safe place to call 911 to report aggressive driving. Be prepared to offer the vehicle description, license number and location. In addition, motorists should keep a three-second following distance to allow for safe stopping and reaction to other vehicles.

--Longtime radio host and voice talent Casey Kasem died Sunday at the age of 82. Kasem hosted his Weekly Top 40 program from 1970-2009 and his syndicated 80s and 70s can still be heard on radio stations today including KLTF and KFML each weekend. Kasem was also the voice of Shaggy on the cartoon Scooby Doo and used as a voice talent on a number of animated series in 70s and 80s.

TODAY= partly sunny, chance of afternoon storms, high 82.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, evening thunderstorms, low 60.
WEDNESDAY= partly sunny, late day storms, breezy, high near 80.
WED NITE= showers and storms likely, some strong low 65.
THURSDAY= showers and storms likely, some heavy rains, high 76.

TWINS= Boston beat the Twins 1-0 Monday. Twins and Boston again tonight with a 5:40pm pregame on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BAB= New Life Academy beat New York Mills 5-4 Monday in the Class A title game. St. Cloud Cathedral scored 4 in the 7th inning to defeat Fairmont 5-4 to repeat as Class AA champions and the 3A title game was postponed to 4pm today at Target Field by weather.
SOCCER= U.S. beat Ghana 2-1 in World Cup Soccer Monday.

Double Trouble Friday, Redneck Radio Saturday at West Side Bar

Monday- June 16th, 2014

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office is requesting boaters in the Lincoln Lakes area of northwestern Morrison County to operate their watercraft at slow or no wake speeds until further notice. Extremely high water levels combined with wakes created by boat traffic are causing shoreline erosion on all lakes in this area.

--An early-morning freight train derailment between Elk River and Ramsey has canceled Northstar commuter rail service. Metro Transit, which operates the 40-mile commuter rail line, canceled service early Friday because the derailed BNSF Railway train is blocking the tracks. The train carrying 16 empty rail cars derailed near Alpine Drive about 2:15am. There were no injuries. Crews are working to clear the cars and repair the tracks, which are out of service for all train traffic.

--A flood warning is in effect for the Mississippi River in Aitkin until 1:00pm this Thursday. The river was at 13.3 feet on Friday morning. Flood stage in Aitkin is 13 feet.

--Several items including power tools, cash and two handguns were taken from multiple vehicles in thefts earlier this week. The vehicles were all unlocked at the time of the thefts. Money and paperwork for a bank account were stolen on Stearns County Road 1 in Brockway Township on Wednesday. There were also thefts from three vehicles in the area of Fifth Avenue in St. Stephen overnight on Friday. Included in those thefts were two iPods, several power tools, cash and two handguns. Several other vehicles were also gone through with nothing reported missing. The sheriff’s office would like to remind people that vehicles left outside overnight should have valuables removed or hidden and the doors locked. The only suspect description available was a male wearing blue jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt.

--The TRIAD of Crow Wing County will present a Fraud and Scam Event from 3:30-5:30pm on Thursday, June 26th at the Brainerd Senior Center. This event is aimed towards senior citizens to come and learn valuable information and ways to protect themselves from scammers. Register by calling the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office at (218) 829-4749.

--The federal health overhaul has helped cut the ranks of uninsured people in Minnesota by about 40 percent, University of Minnesota researchers reported Wednesday in the first major assessment of the law's effect in the state. The study estimated that the number of uninsured Minnesotans fell by 180,500 from September 30th to May 1st from about 445,000 people to about 264,500. That represents a decrease from 8 percent of the state's population to 5%. The biggest driver of Minnesota's reduction was higher enrollment in the publicly run Medicaid and MinnesotaCare programs, which jumped by 155,000 people combined. Enrollment by individuals in private insurance plans showed a net gain of almost 36,000 Minnesotans. That includes policies sold through MNsure and by insurance carriers directly. The number of people enrolled in group plans, primarily through employers, held relatively steady at around 3 million with an estimated decline of about 6,000, or 0.2%.

--The Little Falls School Board meets tonight at 5pm at the government center boardroom in Little Falls. Agenda items include a teacher evaluation plan, the budget for next ear, lease agreements with the St. Francis Convent and a number of at will work agreements. The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9am also at the government center with many agency reports.

--The city of Little Falls will be replacing the Historic Street Lights on 1st Street. Therefore, parking will be restricted on 1st Street from 1st Avenue Northeast to 1st Avenue Southeast this week from 7:00am-6:00pm. Motorists are advised to watch for the posted “No Parking” signs in those areas.

--Drivers in Sauk Rapids may encounter delays in both directions of U.S. Highway 10 this week. The highway will be restricted to a single lane in each direction on Tuesday and Wednesday near Benton County Road 3. The closures will be from 7:00am-5:00pm both days. The closures are needed as crews work on the County Road 3 bridge spanning the highway. It is part of a larger project to reconstruct the road, add four roundabouts, reconstruct ramps at the Highway 10 and County Road 3 interchange and improve mobility and safety. Motorists may also encounter slow traffic and delays as westbound I-94 at the Sauk River bridge west of Melrose is reduced to a single lane beginning at 8:00am today. All lanes of westbound I-94 in Melrose will open by 4:00pm on Thursday. The lane closure is needed as crews perform maintenance and repairs on the westbound I-94 bridge spanning the Sauk River.

--The Little Falls Dam Festival week kicks off today with the Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union Dam Festival Medallion Hunt. Hear the clues live at 8:25am on Little Falls Radio today then check the website after 9am. The one who finds the medallion in Little Falls this week wins $500 cash at events Friday night.

--Irene A. Gottwalt, age 93 of St. Cloud formerly of Pierz
--Linda M. Smith, age 59 of Golden Valley.
--James S. Newcomb, age 88 of Zimmerman formerly of Randall

TODAY= sunny early, chance of afternoon storms, high 82.
TONIGHT= storms likely, some strong, low around 60.
TUESDAY= early/late day storms, hazy sun, high 85, low 65.
WEDNESDAY= partly sunny, early storms, high near 80.

TWINS= Kyle Gibson shut down Tigers Friday winning 2-0. Tigers outslugged Twins Saturday winning 12-9. Tigers took series Sunday winning in the 9th inning 4-3. Twins are in Boston tonight with pregame at 5:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
NBA/NHL= San Antonio won NBA title, LA Kings won Stanley Cup
STATE BASEBALL= The Royalton Royals lost on Friday 3-0 to Ely Friday ending their run at the state tournament. Brainerd lost to Elk River 5-3 and also went 0-2 at the tournament. The title games will be today due to the weather Saturday the games were moved to today in all 3 classes starting with Class A at noon. St. Cloud Cathedral plays for AA title today at Target Field.

IN 1880= The Salvation Army formed in London.
IN 1884= first roller coaster opened in U.S. at Coney Island NY
IN 1903= Pepsi Cola is introduced and Pepsi Company formed.
IN 1960= Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” opens in theaters.
IN 1980= The Blues Brothers opened in theaters.

For the best drinks in town, stop in today to the West Side Bar

Friday- June 13th, 2014

--34-year old Jason Schultz of Little Falls is charged with second degree assault after the tree trimmer got into an on the job confrontation that escalated into a chainsaw wielding confrontation. The incident occurred in Lakeville on June 4th. According to the charges, Schultz had been up in a tree, cutting branches and throwing them down toward his coworker. The coworker asked Schultz to stop throwing branches in his direction, when Schultz got angry and started shouting at him using racial slurs. The two continued to yell at each other as Schultz got down from the tree and went to another yard. Schultz returned with a chainsaw, started it up and walked toward his coworker, yelling “I’m going to kill you!” Witnesses told police that Schultz continued to shout racial slurs during the confrontation. As Schultz moved within a couple feet of him, with the chainsaw in an upright position, his coworker grabbed a shovel to defend himself. According to the charges, no physical contact was ever made before police arrived. When officers spoke with Schultz, he said he was “hot and upset” because his coworker was yelling at him while he was trying to work in the tree. He declined to giv e a statement following his arrest.

--50-year old Brian Paul Klein Crowder of Little Falls has been charged with three criminal charges stemming from a May 24th incident at the Oakland Cemetery. In the complaint, Crowder is accused of confronting an 84-year old man who was driving through the cemetery, frightening the man, jumping on his car and breaking the man’s sunglasses. The Criminal Complaint was filed by the Morrison County Attorney’s Office and signed by District Court Judge Conrad Freeberg June 12th. County Attorney Brian Middendorf commented, “The decision whether or not to file criminal charges against a person is the most important and serious decision a prosecutor has to make. It is a duty that I never take lightly.  Accordingly, I took a hard look at all the evidence provided to me by the Little Falls Police Department regarding the altercation that occurred in the Oakland cemetery on May 24, 2014. Following that review, I am convinced that Brian Paul Klein Crowder committed several crimes against an innocent, elderly victim.” Crowder is charged with three misdemeanors: Assault in the 5th Degree, Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Damage to Property in the 4th Degree. His first appearance in Morrison County District Court will be scheduled in the weeks ahead.

--83-year old Delbert Huber, who was recently re-interviewed by investigators about the abduction of Jacob Wetterling died in prison on Wednesday. Huber was serving a sentence at the state prison in Faribault for the 2011 murder of Albertville teacher Tim Larson. Huber was interviewed about Wetterling's disappearance at the time of the 1989 abduction. Investigators recently interviewed him again after a blogger speculated about a link between the Wetterling case and several assaults on young boys in the Paynesville area that happened before Wetterling was taken. Huber was imprisoned in the geriatric unit at the medium-security Minnesota Correctional Facility-Faribault prison, which houses inmates who are older and in poor health. There is no suspicion of foul play in Huber's death. An autopsy was being done to determine Huber's cause of death. Huber and his son, Tim, were convicted of shooting Larson at Larson's farm in Belgrade. Delbert Huber lived in the Paynesville area for decades. Anyone with information about the Wetterling abduction can call the Stearns County Sheriff's Office at 320-251-4240.

--US 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan will be in Little Falls today for a Veteran Roundtable from 10:00-11:30am in Meeting Room One of the Morrison County Government Center.

--The Benton County Sheriff’s Office has learned that a group of transient asphalt sealing contractors has been in the area recently. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a rural Foley resident was contacted on June 6th by a group of men claiming they were in the area after having completed an asphalt sealing job at a local Chevrolet Dealership. It was later learned that these men had not performed work there. These men claimed they had leftover sealant product they wanted to use up and offered to seal the residents driveway at what they claimed was a reduced price. After the men sealed the driveway they initially demanded cash but eventually settled for a check. The resident later learned that the price he paid to these men for the work they performed was 5 to 6 times what a reputable local contractor would charge for the same work. Residents are urged to use caution when dealing with transient contractors offering what they purport to be a good deal on their services. Usually, these contractors are overcharging unsuspecting victims or are applying vastly inferior products that may look nice initially but do not last. Residents should be cautious when dealing with contractors that are overly aggressive when seeking work.

--The Falls Festival on Foot an Open Streets Event will be from this Sunday from noon to 5pm in downtown Little Falls. A reminder that no motorized vehicles will be permitted on Highway 27/Broadway from 4th Street SE to 1st Street NE – post office running East to West and 1st Street SE from Maple Island Park running north to south up to 5th Avenue NE in Little Falls during the event Sunday. Events every hour including: group walks, runs, bike tours, bike rodeo, chalk art, live music, dancing, yoga/zumba, street games and a food area. This will be free and open to the public. For more information call Kate Bjorge at (320) 631-5675.

--A clean-up day for residents of Platte, Pulaski, and Richardson Townships is scheduled from 8:30-10:30am on Saturday, June 14th at the Pulaski Town Hall. For information call (320) 277-3290.

--Geraldine E. Larson, age 92 of Nevada formerly of Royalton.

TODAY= sunny, warmer, high 75.
TONIGHT= storms develop, heavy rains overnight, low 55.
SATURDAY= showers and storms likely, some strong, high 67, low 59
SUNDAY= showers and storms until noon, then cloudy, high near 70.
MONDAY= sunny and warmer, high 77, low 63.

ROYALTON RECAP= Royalton lost to Chatfield 6-3 in the Baseball Class A State Quarterfinals. Royalton plays again at 12:30pm today and if they win play for the Consolation Championship right after today at 3:00pm. Hear the Royalton Baseball Game/s on 94.1 KFML.
TWINS= Twins (31-33) return to action tonight at Detroit against the Tigers. Pregame tonight at 5:35pm, Saturday at 2:35pm and Sunday is at 11:35am all live on Q92 WYRQ.
VL= Opole at Flensburg Sunday 1:30pm on AM960 KLTF.

Loss 4 Words tonight at West Side Bar in Little Falls

Thursday- June 12th, 2014

--A significant step has been taken toward protecting the Upper Mississippi River above the Twin Cities from invasive carp. President Barack Obama signed legislation Tuesday that will close the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock to boat traffic. Located in downtown Minneapolis, the lock is the northern-most navigational structure on the Mississippi River. Closure will help keep invasive carp, such as bighead and silver carp, from reaching Mille Lacs Lake and other important waters north of the Twin Cities. The DNR anticipates the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and city of Minneapolis will work with affected parties to ensure timely and efficient closure. Under the new law, the Corps has up to one year to close the lock. While lock closure will prevent carp from swimming upstream, there still exists the risk of humans introducing carp into the Upper Mississippi River watershed, despite the fact it is illegal to transport invasive carp. The DNR will continue its education and enforcement efforts to minimize this risk.

--Social Security retirement benefits currently provide Morrison County residents about $66,744,000 annually – 5.6% of the counties total personal income. Morrison County has 4,588 residents who are between the ages of 55-64. Morrison County residents who are nearing retirement age can increase their lifetime income if they can wait a bit to start drawing Social Security benefits. Workers can start taking Social Security at age 62, but for those who can wait, the benefits go up. Payments increase by 5 to 7 percent for each year of delay between ages 62 and 66, and by 8 percent for each year of delay between ages 66 and 70. The increases stop at age 70. For someone who can wait until age 70 to take Social Security, the reward is a lifetime monthly benefit that is 76 percent higher than if taken at age 62. The higher benefit would also be the basis for future inflation adjustments. Around Minnesota, only about one in five residents who are currently receiving Social Security retirement benefits waited until full retirement age to start their payments, according to the Social Security Administration. In Morrison County, 5,270 residents received retirement benefits from the federal system, according to 2012 figures. The average recipient of Social Security retirement benefits in Morrison County received $1,055 a month in December of that year. Nationally, a woman who is 65 years old today can expect to live until she is 86. For men, it’s 84 years. Retirees are encouraged to learn more from direct sources to make educated financial decisions.

--Authorities recently interviewed a convicted killer and his son about the Jacob Wetterling case and several assaults on young boys that took place near the time Jacob was abducted. 83-year old Delbert Huber is behind bars in Faribault, serving time for the 2011 murder of Albertville teacher Tim Larson. At his sentencing for Larson's murder, Huber told the court he shot Larson, in part, because Larson accused Huber and his son, Tim, of being involved in Jacob's disappearance. Delbert Huber has lived in the Paynesville area for decades. Jacob was abducted in St. Joseph, which is not far from Paynesville. The Hubers were first questioned right after the abduction. In a jailhouse interview recently Delbert said he owned a van authorities thought might be of interest. Nothing came of that and he said neither he nor his son know anything about Jacob or the Paynesville assaults.

--The lane closures from a project on Highway 210 between Baxter and Pillager earlier this week are now complete. Log onto

--The first Falls Festival on Foot is this Sunday 12-5 in Little Falls.

--A prosecutor has cleared a Douglas County sheriff's deputy involved in a February shootout with two suspects who later died in a murder-suicide. Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson said Wednesday that Deputy Dustin Alexander's use of force was clearly justified. Alexander was shot in the chest while checking a suspicious vehicle near Alexandria on February 24th. The deputy was wearing a bullet-resistant vest and returned fire. The man who shot the deputy, 24-year-old Devin Blowers, and Blowers' 29-year-old girlfriend, Katie Christopherson, both of Fargo, North Dakota., were later found dead. Authorities concluded Blowers shot and killed Christopherson, then shot himself. The county attorney says there's no evidence the deputy injured either suspect. Toxicology tests found both suspects were under the influence of methamphetamine. Alexander returned to full duty in March.

--Three elderly people have died in two separate traffic crashes in Minnesota. The Minnesota State Patrol says an 89-year-old man and 87-year-old woman died in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 71 near Bemidji Tuesday afternoon. The patrol says the couple's southbound car was struck by a northbound vehicle. No information was available on the driver of the northbound vehicle. Also Tuesday afternoon, a 93-year-old passenger in a transport van died northwest of Alexandria when the vehicle collided with a truck trying to make a turn off county Douglas Road 8. The truck driver and two others in the transport van suffered non-life threatening injuries.

--A two person team from Brainerd finished 3rd in the Minnesota State High School Fishing Championship last weekend on Lake Waconia. Isaac Johnson and Ryan Hooper of Brainerd caught a five bass limit weighing a total of 15 pounds and 4 ounces. The state champions were Nick Montilino and Ross Kellermeier of Edina High School catching five bass weighing 18 pounds 4 ounces.

--Tony Civilla and Kayla Welinski of Little Falls, a girl born June 10th

--Brian Krause, age 41 of Browerville

TODAY= cool and breezy, sunny, high 65.
TONIGHT= clear skies, breezy early, low 45.
FRIDAY= sunny, high 72, storms after midnight low 55.
SATURDAY= showers and storms likely, high 68, low 58.
SUNDAY= showers and storms likely, high 75, low 58.

BAB= Royalton vs. Chatfield today at 3pm at the Class A State Baseball Tournament in Chaska. Win or lose, Royalton would play again on Friday. Hear the Royals games on FM94 KFML.
TWINS= Twins win 7-2 Wednesday on great pitching by Phil Hughes take 2 of 3 from Toronto. The Twins have today off.

IN 1917= the Secret Service started protecting the U.S. President
IN 1954= Bill Haley and the Comets release Rock around the Clock
IN 1981= Raiders of the Lost Ark debuted in theaters.

Loss 4 Words Friday and Saturday at West Side Bar in Little Falls

Wednesday- June 11th, 2014

--A 30-year-old Brainerd man was killed Monday after the motorcycle he was driving crashed with an SUV in west Brainerd. John D. Helstrom was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash around 2:40pm Monday. Helstrom was taken by North Memorial Air Care to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where he died. Helstrom was traveling east on Highway 210 in Brainerd on his motorcycle when it struck an SUV driven by 56-year old David J. Dale of Hillman who was not injured. The SUV was traveling west and making a left turn near the intersection of Washington Street and Fourth Street Northwest. The incident is currently under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol.

--The Little Falls Chapter of Rotary International is aiding again with the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans in collecting personal hygiene products, new or gently used backpacks and white socks for their 9 different Stand Downs events throughout Minnesota. A Stand Down event is volunteers coming together to provide a broad range of necessities and friendship to homeless Veterans and their families. Those wishing to give can drop off items such as small travel size lotion, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, dental floss, non-perishable food items like protein bars at four drop off locations in Little Falls at Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union, US Bank, American Legion and Coborn’s. Stand Down events are held in the Twin Cities, Detroit Lakes, Bemidji, Virginia, Duluth, Grand Rapids, International Falls, Marshall and Mankato. For more information on getting involved, contact Phil or Jeanne Smith of Little Falls at 507-230-1718 or log on to

--The Sartell City Council approved Monday a new ordinance that will allow food trucks to operate in the city. In the past, Sartell only allowed food trucks that were not stationary for any amount of time and sold prepackaged food. The new ordinance allows a self-contained truck or trailer where food is prepared. The truck or trailer should be movable without a lot of disassembling. The trucks can operate 7:00am-11:00pm and must obtain a license. They can park on any city street that allows parking but must be 50 feet from any restaurant. If a truck wants to park on private property, it must have the property owner's permission. The truck operator also must have the city's permission to park on city land such as in parks. The ordinance goes into effect this Friday, June 13th.

--US 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan will be holding a couple local veteran roundtables this week. Both roundtables are this Friday, June 13th. One meeting will be held from 10:00am-11:30am at Meeting Room One of the Morrison County Government Center in Little Falls. The other meeting will be from 2:00-3:30pm at the Crow Wing County Land Service Building in Brainerd. Veterans are urged to join Congressman Rick Nolan to discuss critical issues at the VA.

--One person was hospitalized Tuesday after an accident just before 12:30pm in Mille Lacs County. The State Patrol said that 80-year-old Leroy Bach of Dayton was on Highway 169 near Princeton when he veered into the guardrail and rolled over. Bach was taken to an area hospital for reported non-life threatening injuries.

--The 2014 Heart of Minnesota Fishing Tournament scheduled for Saturday in Richmond has been canceled, because of high water and No Wake Zone restrictions. For refunds or any questions, contact the tournament staff at 320-597-5300.

--Check out info on Dam Festival at

--A statewide “Click It or Ticket” seat belt and car seat enforcement campaign May 19th-June 1st resulted in 10,874 seat belt citations, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. Campaign results were reported by 329 agencies and included 279 child seat citations. A similar campaign in May 2013 cited 10,342 motorists.

--The Pierz City Council met on Monday night. At the meeting Wayne Lease presented a proposal for building in the Industrial Park. His proposed business would make wood shavings for chicken barns. The proposal is on hold until Lease presents a business plan. A public hearing from the Electric Committee will be held on June 23rd at 6:00pm. A report given Monday stated the final paving will start Monday, June 16th for the Park Avenue and Robert Street project.

--New dates are set for scheduled road work in Albany. Motorists in Albany may encounter delays as Highway 238 between Railroad Avenue and County Road 10 is reduced to a single lane with flaggers allowing one-way, alternating traffic from 7:00am-7:00pm Tuesday and Wednesday, June 17th–18th. Shoulder closures and lane shifts will also occur on three of the four ramps at Highway 238 and Interstate 94. The closures are needed as crews resurface the roadway and repair the ramps. When complete, the project will help maintain efficient local transportation with a smoother ride and extended road life on Highway 238. For real time travel information visit

--It has been brought to the attention of USDA’s Farm Service Agency that a phone scam is being perpetrated on FSA customers. The caller, who identifies themselves as a Farm Loan Services representative out of Washington, D.C. states that FSA “owes” you disaster assistance funds and proceeds to request your checking account information or requests a credit card number alleging that funds will be credited to these accounts. Several of our local law enforcement agencies recommend you to never give out personal or financial information over the phone unless you initiated the call.

--Music legend Paul McCartney is being forced to reschedule some dates on his upcoming American tour as he recovers from a significant illness. His Target Field show, set for August 2nd at Target Field, is so far unaffected which tickets are sold out for.

--Virginia Wippler, age 80 formerly of Randall.
--Lorraine Wojciechowski, age 96 of Little Falls.

TODAY= partly sunny, afternoon thunderstorms, high 76.
TONIGHT= showers and storms, some strong, low around 50.
THURSDAY= sunny and breezy, high 65, wind gusts over 30mph
FRIDAY= sunny, high near 70, low around 45.

TWINS= Brian Dozier hit his 14th homer of the season and four Twins pitchers shut out Toronto 4-0 Tuesday. Twins and Blue Jays wrap up series today, 11:05am pregame on Q92 WYRQ.
NBA= Spurs beat Heat 111-92 Tuesday go up 2-1 in NBA Finals
NHL= Game 4 of NHL Finals tonight Kings lead Rangers 3-0.

Loss 4 Words Friday and Saturday at the West Side Bar LF

Tuesday- June 10th, 2014

--The City of Little Falls will be replacing the Historic Street Lights on 1st Street. Therefore, parking will be restricted on 1st Street from 1st Avenue Northeast to 1st Avenue Southeast next week from 7:00am-6:00pm. Motorists are advised to watch for the posted “No Parking” signs in those areas.

--A St. Cloud man was seriously hurt Saturday around 5:00pm when his motorcycle was eastbound on Highway 10 in Sherburne County. It rolled and the driver was thrown from the cycle. 27-year-old Peter Ludwig was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of injuries.

--High water remains a concern this week with more rain forecasted by late Wednesday into the weekend. Stearns and Benton County have no wake alerts on many waterways. In the past week they have had to make four separate rescues from various rivers and lakes. Flood warnings remain in effect for portions of the Mississippi River at Aitkin and near Fort Ripley through Thursday as water levels are near and above flood stage in areas. Some farm lands also remain under water as minor flooding continues in many of the lakes area.

--A local resident has received a special thank you for his contributions to the community. Paul Grittner of Royalton, was selected to receive free fuel from Tanks of Thanks, a program that rewards people who do good deeds to help make their community just a little bit better. The Tanks of Thanks program encourages people to nominate friends, family and neighbors for free fuel as a way to say thank you for doing good in the community. Grittner was nominated for helping his neighbors on their farm unload chickens and assisting whenever he is needed. Earlier this month, Grittner was selected to receive a $50 Tanks of Thanks gift card, redeemable at select locations. To make a nomination, visit

--Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins on Sunday, June 15th. To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area where the person is nominated. Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others. Organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates. To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign the nomination form. Nomination forms for the 2014 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on August 1st. Elections are this fall.

--Todd County reported two separate scams over the weekend. The first was a mail scam complaint from a female that stated she had items for sale on Craigslist. The female said a party from Tarzana, California sent her a check then asked her to cash it, keep $1000 for the items that are on sale and then send the remaining $2,000 to a bank account in California. Todd County asks those selling items on the internet to be mindful of this type of scam. The second scam was a phone scam from a resident from Clarissa. She told deputies she received a voice-mail from someone claiming to be U.S. Law Enforcement that she had three charges pending on her and she needed to call them back as soon as possible or deputies from U.S. Law Enforcement would come to her door and arrest her. Todd County checked for the resident and found she did not have charges against her. They again urge residents to be cautious when taking phone calls like this that are believed to be scams.

--The Minnesota Department of Human Services has fined a home for mothers recovering from chemical dependency and their children and ordered its license to be placed on conditional status after determining it was at fault in the 2011 death of an infant. DHS launched a critical review of Journey Home, a Sauk Rapids residential treatment center operated by CentraCare Health, after a second baby died there in September 2013. In that case, the infant drowned after his mother fell asleep while bathing him. In an order issued last month, DHS did not find any maltreatment in the drowning. But in the first incident, the agency determined Journey Home was responsible for neglect of the mother and her infant, who died in October 2011. DHS issued Journey Home a $1,000 fine and ordered its license to be placed on conditional status for two years. CentraCare has appealed. A contested case hearing will determine the outcome of Journey Home's appeal. If DHS's ruling is affirmed, a conditional license means Journey Home will be subject to closer and more frequent monitoring.

--Motorists in Albany may encounter delays as Highway 238 between Railroad Avenue and County Road 10 is reduced to a single lane with flaggers allowing one-way, alternating traffic during daytime hours starting Thursday. Shoulder closures and lane shifts will also occur on three of the four ramps at Highway 238 and Interstate 94.

--U of M Extension, along with Crop Revenue Management Inc. and Byron Seeds, will be hosting a discussion meeting about “crop insurance issues related to late planting issues and producing forage feed for livestock. The meeting will be held today starting at 10:30am at Henry’s Catering in Foley. Information will be presented about insurance rules and crop options. Time will be allowed for open discussion and questions. The meeting is open to anyone with an interest in the topics. If you have questions about this meeting call the U of M Extension Educator Dan Martens at 968-5077 if a local call to Foley or 1-800-964-4929.

--Joseph and Tara Strack of Randall, girl on June 6th

--Bruce L. Stiller, age 64 of rural Little Falls.
--Mary Jane Dykeman, age 88 of Little Falls.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high around 75.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 55.
WEDNESDAY= afternoon thunderstorms, some strong, high near 80.
WED NITE= storms likely through overnight, some strong, low 51.
THURSDAY= early T-storm, then sunny and windy, high 65.

TWINS= Toronto beat the Twins with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the 9th to win 5-4. Twins and Toronto game 2 tonight 5:35 on Q92.
HS BAB= Royalton vs. Chatfield in state tournament quarterfinal Thursday 3pm in Chaska and live on FM94 KFML.
NHL= L.A. Kings shutout Rangers 3-0 Monday in New York, the Kings lead the series 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Finals.
NBA= Miami and San Antonio game 3 tonight, series tied 1-1.

Loss 4 Words Friday and Saturday at the West Side Bar

Monday- June 9th, 2014

--St. Cloud Hospital reported late last week, that the 71-year-old St. Cloud man involved in a helicopter crash north of Little Falls has died. Gary Earl Oleen was flying a crop-spraying helicopter May 28th when it crashed onto a roof of a barn north of Little Falls. Oleen was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital where he was first listed in critical condition. The hospital stated that Oleen died late Thursday. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

--Two young children were injured Saturday afternoon in Morrison County when the ATV they were passengers on rolled in Pierz Township around 3:20pm. Deputies stated that 49-year-old Kevin Hastings of Pierz was operating the ATV when he took a curve too fast and 6-year-old Cameron Wilson and 9-year-old Jordan Wilson both of St. Cloud were thrown from the vehicle. Jordan was taken to St. Gabriel’s Hospital and Cameron reportedly was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of their injuries. According to the sheriff’s report the driver was arrested for criminal vehicular operation after he was found to be under the influence of alcohol.

--In the past week the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office responded to a four-wheeler crash in Fort Ripley where a young girl rolled the vehicle Tuesday night on 263rd Street. She had minor injuries. A light pole fire was reported May 31st on 290th Avenue in Pierz, no structures were damaged. Deputies also responded to a reported bear sighting where some bird feeders had been destroyed on 133rd Street in Little Falls between May 29th and 30th.

--Three people had to be rescued by deputies and firefighters Thursday after their boat overturned on Sauk River. The Stearns County Sheriff's Offices says it happened around 7:30 p.m. near Heims Milling Co. where the Sauk meets the Mississippi River. 27-year old Jared Stroeing, of Sauk Rapids, 25-year old Lisa Fowler, and 28-year old Scott Nordmann, both of St. Cloud, were in the boat when it overturned. Strong currents forced Nordmann to cling to flooded trees of a nearby island until help arrived. The Sartell Fire Department was able to launch a rescue vessel to retrieve Nordmann. The other two were able to get to shore before authorities arrived without injury. Stearns and Benton County continues to warn residents that high water is a major concern in the area. With the recent rains and strong currents it will cause issues when heading out on area waterways with boats/canoes.

--At the recent Upsala City Council meeting, the city is looking to obtain a grant to help purchase and install new playground equipment that is better suited for younger children for the City Park. The city after hearing from the city clerk decided upon the $3,700 Rainbow system. The new equipment is certified commercial and is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Council also stated they are interested in pouring concrete for a new basketball court if the grant money received abides. The council also voted to have crosswalks assist safe crossings for pedestrians in Upsala. The state of Minnesota has granted the repainting of crosswalks across Main Street/State Highway 238 that cuts through the city. There are at least three places that the City Council is currently concerned with due to high pedestrian traffic. The Council is also interested in having other crosswalks, striping and curbs painted by Sentenced to Serve.

--The Pierz City Council meets tonight at 7:00pm at Pierz City Hall.

--The Little Falls Dam Festival is June 20-21st with parade, fireworks, music and much more, details click on the logo.

--Many turned out Friday for retiring Morrison County Veterans Service Officer Paul Froncak. Froncak is retired after 28 years at the VSO for Morrison County. Friends, co-workers, veterans and other spoke about Froncak, his dedication to Veterans and the service he has provided to Morrison County and beyond. The baseball themed event also made for some light-hearted remarks during the program. Kathy Marshik was named earlier this spring as the new Veteran Service Officer for Morrison County and can be reached at 632-0290.

--Authorities say a girl from Otsego Elementary School was hit by a school bus around 3:15 p.m. on Thursday. The accident happened at her bus stop, near the intersection in Otsego of Wright County. The girl was conscious after being hit and was treated at the scene before being flown to a hospital. Witnesses say the girl was getting off the bus after her last day of kindergarten. She dropped something after getting off the bus and went to pick it up. The driver didn't see her and drove forward hitting her.

--Sauk Rapids firefighters rescued a man from the Mississippi River Thursday after he jumped from the Sauk Rapids Bridge just before noon. 29-year old Lucas Bialke of Sauk Rapids was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for further evaluation, but was believed to have non-life threatening injuries. Firefighters picked him up between the rapids and St. Cloud Hospital; they said the man was trying to swim back upstream. The man was located on shore by Sauk Rapids Fire and Rescue and taken by boat to the east bank.

--Todd County investigators are asking the public for help solving the theft of boat motors, hurricane lamps and antique duck decoys from a residence near Lake Beauty. The thefts were reported May 25 from 26152 Iris Trail in Long Prairie. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 800-794-5733.

--James and Jodie Zellgert of Little Falls, boy on June 5th

--David W. Evans, age 55 of Avon
--Rosemary ‘Rosie’ Girtz, age 85 of Royalton.

TODAY= partly cloudy skies, high near 70.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 50.
TUESDAY= sunny skies, high 75, low around 55.
WEDNESDAY= sun early, late day storms, high near 80.

TWINS= Houston beat Twins 5-4 Friday. Twins rebounded and shut out the Astros Saturday 8-0. Astros belted two grand slams on Sunday to rock the Twins 14-5. Twins travel to Toronto tonight to open up a series with the Blue Jays, 5:35pm on Q92 WYRQ.
TWINS= Twins sign Kendrys Morales and release Jason Kubel.
HORSE= Tonalist wins Belmont Stakes. California Chrome finished 5th meaning still the last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978.
BAB= Royalton faces Chatfield Thursday at 3pm in the Class A State Baseball Tournament in Chaska. Win or lose Royalton would play again on Friday. Hear the Royalton games live on FM94 KFML
VL= Victory League Roundup 7:35am today on AM960 KLTF

Loss for Words Friday and Saturday play the West Side Bar

Friday- June 6th, 2014

--The Defense Attorney for 65-year-old Byron Smith announced Wednesday that he has filed papers to the State Supreme Court appealing the guilty verdicts from April where Smith was found guilty of premeditated murder of Haile Kifer and Nick Brady in 2012. Defense attorney Steve Meshbesher stated that errors were made by the judge overseeing the case and that Smith was not given a fair trial as reasons for the appeal to the state’s highest court. Jurors convicted Smith of premeditated murder last month, and he was immediately sentenced to life without parole.

--A 6-year-old was injured in a garage fire Wednesday in Pierz. When firefighters arrived just before 4pm on 401 Main Street North the fire was already extinguished and located the injured child on scene. The 6-year-old, whose name was not released, was taken to the Hennepin County Burn Unit with 2nd degree burns and last listed in stable condition. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

--Yesterday the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office issued felony arrest warrants for 44 year-old Sean Timothy Kelly and his wife 34 year old Valerie Leigh Kelly, both of rural Upsala for burglary. Investigators have recovered $40,000 worth of identified stolen property from residences and businesses in Morrison, Wright and Stearns counties.  Further charges are possible, the investigation is ongoing.

--Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl is advising the public of a phone scam in the county. Recently the sheriff’s office was notified of someone stating they are from Crow Wing County Court Administration and that the resident had failed to show up to jury duty and there is a warrant out of their arrest. The caller then tells the person that they have to immediately pay a $900 fine and demands a credit card number. Sheriff Dahl assures the public that at no time would the court administrator’s office call and demand money or ask for credit card information over the phone. If you have received such a call or do in the future, never give out personal information, hang up and call law enforcement to report the incident.

--Motorists in the St. Cloud area may encounter delays as the ramp from County Road 3/Golden Spike Road to east bound Highway 10 in Sauk Rapids is closed June 6. The ramp will open by July 6. A signed detour will direct motorists along County Road 3, to westbound Highway 10, to westbound County Road 29/35th Street, and back to eastbound Highway 10.  The closure is part of a project to improve County Road 3/Golden Spike Road between Highway 10 and County Road 1/Mayhew Lake Road. When complete, the project will reconstruct the road, add four roundabouts, add a walkway to the County Road 3 Bridge spanning Highway 10, reconstruct ramps at the Highway 10/County Road 3 interchange and improve mobility and safety in the area.

--Township cleanup days will be held in Bellevue Township from 8-12pm Saturday at the Bellevue Town Hall, Belle Prairie Township on Saturday from 8am to 1pm at the Belle Prairie Town Hall, and for Cushing, Darling and Parker Township Saturday from 8am to 11am a the Darling Town Hall. For more information on the cleanup days and which each entails contact your township supervisor.

--Morrison County Dairy Princesses welcomed Mason Curtis Whitlow as the first baby born in June in honor of Dairy Month. Michael and Andrea Whitlow of Little Falls were given a basket of goodies from the Morrison County American Dairy Association with a dairy theme. Mason was born June 1 at 10:12am and weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

--The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is urging that boaters use caution when on the waters. Due to recent rains local rivers and streams are flowing with high volumes that present dangerous conditions for boaters and others in the water.

--Stearns County reported an accident with injuries in Eden Lake Township northeast of Eden valley when a vehicle driven by 77-year-old Clarence Ek of Kimball attempted to cross County Road 9 and was struck by a southbound vehicle driven by 41-year-old Ben Junkers of Eden Valley. Junkers and his passenger 47-year-old Ernest Junkers of Eden Valley sustained minor injuries and treated at an area hospital.

--Politics will be heating up this summer as a number of filings were announced earlier this week. Incumbent U.S. Senator Democratic Al Franken will rerun for his seat. He will be challenged Independence Party candidates Tom Books, Steve Carlson, Jack Shepard, Kevin Terrell and Stephen Williams; Republicans Jim Abeler, Mike McFaddern, Patrick Munro, Julianne Ortman and O. Savior and Democrat Sandra Henningsgard. Those who will be campaigning against Incumbent Governor Democrat Mark Dayton, include Independence Party candidate Hannah Nicollet; Republicans Merrill Anderson, Scott Honour, Jeff Johnson, Marty Seifert, Kurt Zellers and Democrats Bill Dahn and Leslie Davis. Candidates for Secretary of State are Independence Party candidates Bob Helland and David Singleton; Republicans John Howe and Dan Severson and Democrats Dick Franson, Gregg Iverson and Steve Simon. Patrick Dean (Independence), Randy Gilbert (GOP) and incumbent Rebecca Otto (DFL) have filed for state auditor. For attorney general, Brand Borgos (I), Sharon Anderson and Scott Newman (GOP), incumbent Lori Swanson (DFL) have filed for political office. In another political note Phil Krinkie has dropped out of the 6th District Congressional Seat currently held by Michelle Bachmann who is not seeking reelection. Krinkie made the announcement after Tom Emmer won the GOP endorsement recently at their endorsement convention.
TODAY= morning sun, afternoon storms develop, high 76.
TONIGHT= showers & storms likely, mostly after dark, low 50.
SATURDAY= storms in morning, cloudy, late PM rain high 65, low 45.
SUNDAY= sunny skies, high near 72, low around 52.
MONDAY= isolated thunderstorms, some sun, high near 70.

TWINS= Brewers beat the Twins 8-5 last night to split the 4 game home and home series. Twins host Houston for a weekend series. Pregame tonight 6:40, Saturday & Sunday 12:40 on Q92 WYRQ
HS BAB= Royalton won 13-6 Thursday to advance to the State Baseball Tournament next Thursday while Cathedral eliminated Little Falls last night 6-0 in the playoffs.
NBA= Flip Saunders announced Thursday as T-Wolves new coach.
VL= Buckman at Lastrup Sunday at 1:30 on AM960 KLTF.

Coborns Superstore and Little Falls Radio continue with the 2-day June Dairy Month Event today from 10am-6pm. Enjoy a cheeseburger, ice cream and milk for $3. KLTF Party Line will be live again today from 10am-12pm during event.

The Cruise for a Cause Motorcycle Ride leaves at noon from the West Side Bar in Little Falls Saturday and it will return by 6pm.

Thursday- June 5th, 2014

--The filing period ended Tuesday for county, state, and federal races. In Morrison County Primary elections will be held in County Commissioner District 4, County Auditor/Treasurer, and Morrison County Sheriff races. Primaries are held in any race with more than two candidates. In Morrison County Commissioner District 4, Mike Wilson of Pierz filed on the final day joining Ron Rinkel and Jim Andres who previously filed. All three candidates for Morrison County Auditor Treasurer filed Tuesday. Those candidates are Tammy Giuliani of Pierz, Debra L. Lowe of Little Falls, and Ashley Storck of Little Falls. The four candidates for Morrison County Sheriff replacing the retiring Michel Wetzel are: Tom Justin of Royalton, Shawn D. Larsen of Little Falls, Dan “Scoop” Rocheleau of Pierz and Charles T. Strack of Little Falls. The filing period has ended but officially candidates have until the end of Thursday to drop out. Soil and Water Conservation District 3 has both Claude Dahmen of Pierz and George Sandy III of Little Falls running. The filing period for city races in Morrison County like city mayors and city council positions run from July 29th-August 12th. Other notable races involved with our area include in House District 9B incumbent Representative Ron Kresha vs. DFL candidate Al Doty. In US House 8th District DFL Incumbent Rick Nolan will face Republican Stewart Mills and Independence Party candidate Eric G. Meyer. The Primary Election Date is Tuesday, August 12th and General Elections November 4th.

--The MN Military Museum is proud to honor Minnesota Veteran Norm Arvidson as the June 2014 featured Veteran of the Month. Captain Norman K. Arvidson was born in Parkers Prairie in 1917. In 1942 he enlisted in the Army Air Force. He attended flight training near San Antonio Texas, and became a C-47 pilot.  Assigned to the 87th Squadron of the 438th Troop Carrier Group, he is one of only a handful of pilots to have participated in every major airborne assault and supply operation in the European Theater from D-day, The Battle of the Bulge and continued through the end of World War II. In total he flew 214 missions, towing gliders, dropping paratroopers, delivering supplies, transporting wounded soldiers, and concentration camp survivors. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and four Air Medals. After the war he returned to Minnesota, married Shirley Farrow, settled in Little Falls, where he owned a car dealership and raised three children. Norman Arvidson, passed away in 2002 and is buried at the Minnesota State Veteran's Cemetery.

--Around 11:20pm on Tuesday Stearns County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a motorcycle crash on Island Lake Road near the intersection of County Road 51 in Collegeville Township. 61-year old Daniel Wurzer of Cold Spring was driving when he lost control of the motorcycle. Wurzer sustained serious injuries to his head and facial area but was conscious and talking to deputies. Wurzer was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital. The incident remains under investigation.

--Former State Senator and current Crow Wing County Commissioner Paul Koering announced he is running for Crow Wing County Auditor-Treasurer. Koering still has two years left on his term as a county commissioner. Koering stated that if elected to the auditor-treasurer position he would then resign as county commissioner at the end of the year. Crow Wing County Administrator Tim Houle stated if that does happen than the county would have to hold a special election as there are two years left in Koering’s current term.

--A 56-year-old man from Hawaii had to be rescued from the Platte River following a watercraft accident Tuesday afternoon just before 2pm in Langola Township in northwestern Benton County. Benton County deputies were assisted by Royalton firefighters and police officers, Rice firefighters and the DNR after a call from a woman who stated she and her two brothers were boating on the Platte River when the boat capsized and the strong current pulled Craig Bode down river to where he was found 1000 feet downstream clinging onto a tree about 50 feet from shore. None of the three were wearing lifejackets and authorities first tried to get a life-vest to Bode but that didn’t work and deputies and others entered the water and reached Bode bringing him to shore, applying first aid and he was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Mark Bode (Craig’s brother) told deputies that two trees had fallen on opposite sides of the river bank which blocked the river and the boat became trapped between the strong current and the downed trees.

--Pillager schools will be looking for a new superintendent. This comes after Chuck Arns announced Tuesday that he intends to retire from the position as soon as a successor if found. Arns has worked for 41 years in education and the last 9 as superintendent in Pillager, where he was able to oversee the 64,000 square foot secondary addition and increased enrollment by 3% each of his 9 years.

--The 21st annual Take Back the Night is tonight at Maple Island Park in Little Falls. In case of inclement weather, it will be at St. Francis gym. Events begin at 5:30pm with the program starting at 6:00pm.

--Due to the heavy rains this past weekend, Morrison County reported that part of County Highway 236 near Buckman washed out. The highway has been closed to traffic until further notice.

--Crane Meadows National Wildlife announced that the refuge cleanup on the Platte Rive on Saturday has been cancelled.

--Evelyn A. Lucken, age 94 of Royalton.

TODAY= afternoon storms, high near 70.
TONIGHT= storms likely in evening, then clearing, low 54.
FRIDAY= morning sun, afternoon storms, high 75, low 50.
SATURDAY= storms early then cloudy, high 64, low 45.
SUNDAY= sunny skies, high 68, low around 50.

TWINS= Oswaldo Arcia homered and had 4 RBIs in a 6-4 win for Twins over Brewers. Twins and Brewers wrap up their home and home series tonight at 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
HSBAB= PACT vs. Royalton at 5pm on FM94 KFML, Little Falls vs. Cathedral tonight 5pm on AM960 KLTF. Could be 2 games each

Coborns Superstore and Little Falls Radio are sponsoring the 2-day June Dairy Month Event today and tomorrow at Coborns. Both days enjoy a cheeseburger, ice cream and milk for $3. The event runs 10-6 both days. Today, Princess Kay of the Milky Way, Morrison County Dairy Princess and many other special guests will be on hand. KLTF Party Line will be live both days from 10am-12pm at the 2-day Dairy Event.

Double Trouble Friday, Redneck Radio Saturday at West Side Bar

Wednesday- June 4th, 2014

--Delegates from Morrison, Todd, Cass, and Wadena Counties met in Browerville Monday to endorse DFL candidates. Former State Representative Al Doty was endorsed as the DFL candidate for State Representative in District 9B to vie against Republican incumbent Representative Ron Kresha of Little Falls. Doty was state representative for the District before losing reelection in 2010. Most recently he worked as a member of Congressman Rick Nolan’s staff. In his acceptance speech, Doty talked about moving rural Minnesota forward; forward in education, in jobs, in health care, and in quality of life. Doty went on to say that Minnesota’s economy is slowly returning to pre-recession levels thanks to a DFL-led legislature. “The previous two years of Republican cuts, a 21-day shutdown, borrowing from schools, and increased property taxes were bad years for rural Minnesota,” said Doty, “Under this last session, property taxes will decrease, our schools were paid back, all-day kindergarten was funded and rural broadband received support. The DFL direction is the right direction.”

--A two vehicle accident Monday afternoon on Highway 64 in Cass County northeast of Motley sent three people to the hospital. 23-year-old Julia Rainey of Minneapolis was on Highway 64 when her vehicle overcorrected on the shoulder and ended up going over the center-line striking 35-year-old David Greig of Motley head on. Greig and his passenger 40-year-old Lowell Converse of Motley had no apparent injuries. Rainey and her passengers, 40-year-old Tonya Rainey and 18-year-old Mariah Bosto all of Minneapolis had reported injuries that were ruled non-life threatening by the State Patrol.

--A 76-year-old McGregor man was injured Friday when his vehicle struck a moose on Highway 65 south of Highway 27 in Aitkin County. Raymond Reinhold was taken to a hospital in Garrison with reported non-life threatening injuries. The accident happened around 9:30pm.

--A 21-year-old Cambridge man was killed just before 2am last Tuesday in an ATV accident on Grouse Street in Workman Township north of McGregor in Aitkin County. Kory Poissant was operating his ATV westbound on Grouse Street when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road, left the roadway and struck a tree. Poissant, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene.\

--According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture crop progress and condition report for Minnesota, which was released Monday, showed that central Minnesota was the hardest hit by rain over this past weekend with St. Cloud to Becker to Mora receiving 4+ inches at least of rainfall with some pockets of nearly twice that amount. Heavy rains Saturday came just in time to push corn farmers beyond the deadline for getting their planting done in time to receive full crop insurance. Beginning last Sunday, farmers will take a 1 percent reduction in crop insurance coverage for every day it takes them to get a crop planted. Others will give up on what has been the second-wettest spring on historical record, drier than only the one in 1894, choosing instead to take prevented planting payments. The deadline to plant soybeans without penalty is June 10. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, 93 percent of expected corn acreage in Minnesota has been planted. While that's close to the five-year average, corn emergence is 13 percent behind. Soybean planting was 75 percent complete as of Monday.

--A Living History day is planned this Saturday at the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site- for further details call 616-5421.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a legislative update today from 9:00-10:30am at the Little Falls City Hall. District 9 Senator Paul Gazelka and House District 9B Representative Ron Kresha will be on hand to hear from constituents and address the just finished legislative session.

--Little Falls Police are investigating a report of two bears in the area by the Sunburst Apartments on Fifth Avenue Southeast last Friday. Police took the report but found no bears in the area. They are urging residents to watch when placing out trash or leaving food items unattended which could cause bears to return to that area.

--Motorists may encounter delays as segments of Highway 210 between Baxter and Pillager are reduced to a single lane with flaggers allowing one-way, alternating traffic through the work zone beginning June 9th. The closures are needed to repair the pavement.

--The state Department of Health says preliminary tests show a white powder found in an envelope opened at the Minnesota governor’s residence was not a biological threat or toxin. The department has ruled out agents such as ricin or anthrax but will continue monitoring the sample for about 10 days to try to identify it. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says staff at Governor Mark Dayton’s residence opened the letter Monday morning. While the content of the letter was not threatening, staff detected a small amount of white powder. The governor was not near the room where the letter was opened and no arrests have been made in the case.

--The Little Falls Dam Festival is June 20th-21st with live music, dam2dam bike ride, airplane rides for ages 8-17, parade at 11am on the 21st and many events that afternoon at Maple Island Park. Get details click on the logo.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high 76.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 55.
THURSDAY= showers and T-storms likely in PM hours, high 73.
FRIDAY= afternoon showers & storms, partial sun, high 74, low 53.

TWINS= homeruns from Josh Willingham and Brian Dozier lifted the Twins to a 6-4 win over Milwaukee Tuesday. Twins now host the Brewers the next two days- pregame tonight 6:40 on Q92 WYRQ
HS BAB= Osakis eliminated Pierz last night then Little Falls eliminated Osakis in baseball playoffs. Little Falls and Royalton will both play in different games on Thursday in St. Cloud.

IN 1789= The U.S. Constitution officially went into effect.
IN 1929= first theater movies in color are demonstrated in NY.
IN 1982= the 2nd Star Trek featured movie, Star Trek II “The Wrath of Khan” debuts in theaters doing better than the first one.

Coborns Superstore and Little Falls Radio are sponsoring the 2-day June Dairy Month Event Tomorrow and Friday at Coborns. Both days enjoy a cheeseburger, ice cream and milk for $3. The event runs 10-6 both days. Tomorrow Princess Kay of the Milky Way will be on hand from 10am-2pm. KLTF Party Line will be live both days from 10am-12pm.

Double Trouble Friday, Redneck Radio Saturday at West Side Bar

Tuesday- June 3rd, 2014

--Flash flooding caused power outages, street flooding, hydroplaning vehicles and flooded ditches and fields over the weekend. Over 3 inches fell from early Saturday into late Sunday at Little Falls Radio. Reports stated that 2-7 inches of rain fell in areas of the county with the heaviest in southern and southwestern Morrison County. Stearns and Todd counties were also hit hard with rain causing culverts to give away and roadways to flood over. Some areas received anywhere from 5-9 inches of rain in the past three days alone.

--On Thursday Hands of Hope Resource Center will celebrate the 21st annual Take Back the Night at Maple Island Park in Little Falls. In case of inclement weather, it will be at St. Francis gym. The guest speakers for this year’s event will be Sgts. Shawn Larsen and Jason Worlie from the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office. They will speak about the role that law enforcement plays in sexual assault and domestic violence cases. Displays and children’s fingerprinting by the Little Falls Police Department will begin at 5:30pm with the program starting at 6:00pm. A march for peace will follow the program. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. For info call Karla at 632-1657.

--Cold Spring City Council members unanimously voted in Chris Boucher 4-0 to become the next police chief in Cold Spring. Boucher had served as interim chief since Phil Jones retired June 30th, 2013.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet today at 9am at the government center with agency reports mostly on the agenda.

--8Th District U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan announced the locations of several Veterans Roundtables to be held across the 8th District. Among the items for discussion will include the HEALTHY Vets Act, which would enable veterans in rural areas to visit their local doctors, rather than travel to the nearest big city for VA facilities. Congressman Nolan is a cosponsor of this bill. Locations include Little Falls on June 13th from 10-11:30am at the government center meeting room 1, Brainerd on June 16th from 2-3:30pm at the Crow Wing County Land Services Building. He also has stops in Duluth, Center City and Hibbing.

--A St. Cloud man was arrested after two people say they had a gun pointed at them around noon on Saturday as they were leaving the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota. 38-year old Scott Richard Soyka remains in the Stearns County Jail after a 23-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man, both of St. Cloud, were threatened with a gun pointed at them. Sokya faces a possible charge of second-degree assault even though no one was injured in the incident.

--The Minnesota Historical Society announces 63 recipients of Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants (up to $10,000 each) totaling $320,046 in 39 counties, and five new Heritage Partnership Awards (external partnerships) totaling $212,025 in four counties. The grants are awarded to help non-profit and educational organizations, government units and tribal organizations preserve and share Minnesota history. A number of small grants in this cycle were awarded to support scholarships to attend this fall’s national meeting of the American Association of State and Local History. In central Minnesota grants larger grants were given to the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Mille Lacs County Historical Society, the Wadena County Historical Society and Cokato Historical Society in Wright County. Smaller grants were given to Morrison County Historical Society for $1,361 for 2 staff members, St. Cloud State University and Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict in Stearns County. also for staff related issues.

--In honor of June Dairy Month, Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson released the annual list of top Minnesota dairy herds with low somatic cell counts (SCC). Somatic cell count is a key indicator of milk quality – a lower SCC count is better for cheese production and a longer shelf life. This year, 115 dairy farms are being recognized for superior herd management skills by achieving an average under 100,000 SCC.  For more than a decade Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and University of Minnesota dairy experts have been working with the state’s dairy farmers to lower somatic cell counts. When the initiative began in 2003, the 100 herds honored that year included those with SCC averages as high as 144,000, compared to the goal of obtaining a SCC under 100,000. Although somatic cells occur naturally and are not a food safety concern, dairy farmers monitor them because processors will pay a premium for milk with low counts.  A farmer whose herd has a very low count can receive significantly more per hundredweight compared to a farmer whose herd average is high. The farmers who make the list receive a certificate of congratulations signed by Commissioner Frederickson. The list consists of seven dairy operations in Stearns County and Three in Todd County.

--86 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's, Litchfield based 849th Mobility Augmentation Company return home today after an eleven-month deployment to Afghanistan. The company cleared more than 8,000 kilometers of main supply routes, alternate supply routes while reducing nine improvised explosive devices. The welcome back ceremony is at 2:30pm at Litchfield Civic Center.

--Kody Anderson and Autumn Klemish of Randall, girl on May 31st
--Michael and Andrea Whitlow of Little Falls, boy on June 1st

--Mark Booth, age 53 of Royalton
--Darrel Lavern Dukek, age 46 of Staples.
--Rita Monica Krych, age 92 of Holdingford.

TODAY= sunny and dry, high 75.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 55.
WEDNESDAY= sunny, high 76, clear at night low around 55.
THURSDAY= afternoon storms, high near 76, low around 55.

TWINS= Brewers beat Twins 6-2 Monday. Twins at Milwaukee again tonight with a 6:40pm pregame on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BAB= Pierz and Royalton won Monday while Little Falls lost. Pierz vs. Osakis tonight at 5pm with the winner playing Little Falls later tonight, catch both games live on FM94 KFML.
VL= Buckman at Lastrup Sunday at 1:30pm on AM960 KLTF.

Coborns Superstore and Little Falls Radio are sponsoring the 2-day June Dairy Month Event June 5th and 6th at Coborns. Both days enjoy a cheeseburger, ice cream and milk for $3. The event runs 10-6 both days. KLTF Party Line will be live both days from 10am-12pm with many special guests.

Double Trouble Friday, Redneck Radio Saturday at West Side Bar

Monday- June 2nd, 2014

--A Little Falls woman was seriously injured Friday night around 7:00pm when she was a passenger on a motorcycle that blew a rear tire and went off Highway 10 north of Highway 115 in Randall. 47-year old Donnel Kist of Motley was operating the motorcycle and had no apparent injuries. Theresa Warwas was taken to an area hospital with reported serious but non-life threatening injuries.

--A vehicle struck a pedestrian in Brainerd Thursday night. A 27-year-old Brainerd man was seriously injured Thursday night when he was struck by a car as he walked southbound on the west side of the intersection of Highway 210, also known as Washington Street and Eighth Street in Brainerd. Brandon L. Jones was transported by ambulance to Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. The collision occurred about 10:00pm. 53-year old Lisa M. Bellotti of Little Falls was traveling eastbound in the left lane of Highway 210. She had a green light and as her vehicle approached the Eighth Street intersection it struck Jones. Bellotti was not injured.

--23-year-old Luis Soltero of Arizona was sentenced last week to 30 years in prison in the death of 19-year-old Rebecca Kasper who was born in St. Cloud but moved to Arizona with her family when she was 9 years old. Kasper was found inside Soltero’s apartment in April of last year. Police say Kasper was found dead by blunt force trauma to her head and face. A dumbbell was found with blood near the bathtub where she was found in. Soltero was found guilty of second degree murder and kidnapping and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

--The driver who police say set off a chain reaction of car crashes by rear-ending a vehicle on Thursday morning fled on foot and is wanted on a felony warrant. The four-car crash occurred at the intersection of Veterans Drive and Minnesota Highway 15 blocked rush-hour traffic Thursday morning. The crash happened at 7:15 a.m. in the northbound lane of Highway 15 and caused traffic to back up along Highway 15 and Veterans Drive. The driver of the striking vehicle took off on foot from the scene, so authorities never got his side of the story. He has a felony warrant that is drug-related but unrelated to this accident. 25-year old Timothy Owen Rootes of Waite Park is still at large and faces possible charges related to the crash that injured six people. 42-year old Carrie Ann Fassler of Becker was the driver of the first vehicle that was rear-ended and the only one transported to St. Cloud Hospital for minor injuries. Anyone with information about the accident should call the police.

--A Royalton man was charged with control substance crimes in Morrison County District Court last week. The sheriff’s office received a call of suspicious activity of people using a ladder to crawl in and out of an apartment building window. Officers stated that 27-year-old Lucas Robert Hoheisel was in the apartment and officers found methamphetamine in plain view, drug paraphernalia and other drugs were found in Hoheisel’s possession. He was also found to have a felony warrant for his arrest on drug charges in Todd County.

--Around 5:00pm on Wednesday the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident with injuries near the address of 32173 County Road 1 in Le Sauk Township. Grant Wanner was heading north on County Road 1 attempting to turn into the address listed above. Debra McCarl in a car was driving and did not see Wanner with his turn signal on and could not brake in time to avoid rear ending his vehicle. Wanner was transported to St. Cloud Hospital by ambulance for non-life threatening injuries. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash.

--Firefighters and DNR fought a grass fire Wednesday in the woods south of Brainerd behind a residence on the 8100 block of County Road 123. The fire started from a spark at a permitted burn which started the grass and surrounding area ablaze. An aircraft was called in to help extinguish the fire from the sky as the trees caused problems for firefighters to reach some of the hot spots. About three acres of the grassy area was burned along with some trees. No structures were damaged and there were no injuries. Then on Thursday 10 acres of land was burned from a fire off of Crow Wing County Road 133 between Nisswa and Pequot Lakes. One firefighter suffered minor injuries during the fire but firefighters were able to stop the fire from reaching any houses in the area. Even with the wet conditions in April and early May and burning restrictions lifted firefighters are urging residents who do outdoor burning to be cautious and not to leave the fire unattended due to the recent warm weather and southerly winds that can spread fires quickly. Little Falls Fire Chief Mike Nieman stated Thursday that Morrison County and Little Falls have had a rather quiet spring on grass and wildfires so far but knows that when conditions warm up and dry up they could become a factor in the future to definitely watch out for.

--A fatal motorcycle accident occurred at 7:00pm Thursday on Highway 95 west of Cambridge. The Minnesota State Patrol says a husband and wife on a motorcycle were killed when they were hit by a van trying to make a U-turn on a highway north of the Twin Cities. The patrol says 44-year-old Jayson Ingvall and 43-year-old Melonie Ingvall died at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. Neither was wearing a helmet. The driver of the van was not injured.

--The GOP Party endorsed Jeff Johnson for Governor and Mike McFadden for U.S. Senate Saturday while the DFL endorsed Al Franken and Mark Dayton for reelection. In Congress District 8 for Minnesota incumbent Rick Nolan and Stewart Mills III had filed.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that Pearl Wilson is the June Employee of the Month. Pearl has been a Corrections Officer at the Morrison County Jail for the past 23 years. Congratulations Pearl Wilson, June Employee of the Month.

--James Donald Ring, age 78 of Little Falls.

TODAY= scattered showers and T-storms, breezy high 73.
TONIGHT= isolated T-storms early, then partly cloudy, low 54.
TUESDAY= sunny skies, high around 75.

TWINS= Twins win 6-1 Friday then lost 3-1 Saturday. The Twins battled back to win 7-2 on Sunday to take 2 of 3 over the Yankees.  Twins are at Milwaukee tonight at 5:50pm on Q92 WYRQ.
BAB= Little Falls, Pierz, Holdingford & Royalton in action today.

Coborns Superstore and Little Falls Radio are sponsoring the 2-day June Dairy Month Event June 5th and 6th at Coborns. Both days enjoy a cheeseburger, ice cream and milk for $3. The event runs 10-6 both days. KLTF Party Line will be live both days from 10am-12pm with many special guests.

Stop in to West Side Bar ask about Cruise for the Cause on June 7th