News, May 2014

Friday- May 30th, 2014

--A St. Paul woman was injured Thursday afternoon in a one vehicle accident on Highway 10 at Azalea Road near Motley. 67-year-old Linda Kelsey was on Highway 10 and struck the center median causing her vehicle to rollover in the ditch just before 12:30pm. Kelsey was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

--The Minnesota State Fair and Minnesota Farm Bureau have announced that 215 farms will be announced as 2014 Century Farms. They include from central Minnesota, The Stangl Family Farm purchased in 1907 in Pierz, the Mickelson’s Chosen Acres farm in Isle purchased in 1915, and the Dale, Denise, Karen and Thomas Pederson farm purchased in 1913 in Staples. Those three along with the other century farms that qualified for the award will be recognized later this year at the State Fair in August.

--Motorists may encounter daytime delays and uneven lanes on both directions of Highway 10 between Motley and Cushing as segments of the roadway are reduced to a single lane beginning on Monday. The closures will occur during daytime hours until July 3rd.  The closures are needed as crews resurface the roadway. When complete, the project will extend the life of the roadway and provide a smoother ride along nearly 16 miles of Highway 10.

--Two Brainerd schools were placed in soft lockdown Wednesday after a potential threat against a student and an adult. The school was notified by police of a potential threat at Garfield Elementary and Forestview Middle School while the investigation was initiated. This incident is being actively investigated and no arrests have yet been made. The Brainerd and Baxter Police continue to provide extra security measurements to the area.

--Drivers may soon be able to drive faster on some Minnesota roads. The legislature has ordered the Minnesota Department of Transportation to review all two-lane state highways with speed limits of 55 miles per hour and consider raising the speed limit to 60. MnDOT has already raised speed limits on 1,724 miles of state highways since 2006, but there are still more than 6,000 miles that need to be studied. The review comes at a cost. MnDOT estimates the study and implementation of speed changes costs $117 per mile and will cost taxpayers an estimated total of $700,000 over 5 years.

--A 65-year-old Brainerd man and a 45-year-old Brainerd woman were injured Monday in an ATV crash in Brainerd. Michael Sullivan and Dana Ramsdell were taken to the Brainerd hospital with injuries that did not appear to be serious. The accident happened around 1:30am on Forest Heights Drive in Brainerd.

--A 22-year-old Brainerd man was injured in an ATV accident on Wetherbee Road south of Brainerd. Brandon Clarken was reportedly jumping a wheelie when the front tires fell down and the man went over the handlebars of the vehicle. Clarken was ambulanced to the Brainerd hospital with a head injury. No other info was available.

--Brainerd police are asking the public for their help in locating a male suspect driving a dirt bike that led officers on a short pursuit Tuesday in Brainerd. Police received a report of a driver driving erratically on Riverside Drive and the suspect did not stop when officers attempted to stop the suspect who sped up. He went down Northwest Fourth Street then onto Washington where police lost sight of the vehicle. Police say the suspect was wearing shorts, a red shirt and a helmet. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

--Graduation for Pierz, Holdingford, Pillager and others are tonight.

--The city of Foley is one step closer to hiring a new city administrator. The City Council decided Tuesday to pursue a working agreement with Robert Barbian for the position. After interviewing Barbian and Angela Schumann Tuesday, the council directed staff to negotiate with Barbian. Staff hopes to have an agreement to present to the council on Tuesday, at 5:30pm at City Hall. Barbian would replace Sarah Brunn, who left in April for another position in Becker. Bruce Watkins has been serving as interim administrator and has helped in the administrator search.

--On Wednesday the Lakes Area Drug Enforcement Division and Crow Wing County Tactical Response Team served a search warrant on Mill Avenue in Brainerd. Two adult males, one adult female and one child were located inside the residence. Investigators did locate a quantity of marijuana and medication listed as schedule 2 under the Controlled Substance Act. One adult male was arrested for various controlled substance crimes. No other information available.

--Governor Mark Dayton signed the Medical Marijuana bill into law. This bill creates a patient registry under the Department of Health relating to the therapeutic use of medical cannabis. It authorizes the use of medical cannabis in limited forms for certain qualifying medical conditions and regulates the distribution and manufacture of medical cannabis. It also creates a task force to conduct an impact assessment on medical cannabis therapeutic research and provides for certain criminal and civil protections for parties involved in the registry program.  This passed the House 89-40 and Senate 46-16.

--The 4th Annual Morrison County Breakfast on the Farm will be Saturday, June 21st from 7:30-11:30am at Pike Hills Dairy owned by Myron and Debbie Czech off of Highway 238 west of Little Falls. $5 breakfast will be served by the Sobieski/Bowlus Lions Club; also a number of fun events for the whole family. Join Little Falls Radio live from the event on June 21st from 7:30-9:00am to take in the fun.

TODAY= sunny, isolated PM storms, high 85.
TONIGHT= T-storms develop after midnight, low 65.
SATURDAY= storms likely, some heavy, high 77, low 65.
SUNDAY= morning storms, heavy storms at night, high 78, low 60.
MONDAY= showers and storms likely, cooler, high near 70.

TWINS= Texas wins 5-4 over Twins Thursday taking 3 of 4 from the series. Twins travel to the Bronx to take on the Yankees this weekend, pregame tonight at 5:35pm, Saturday and Sunday are day games with pregame starting at 11:35am, all live on Q92 WYRQ.
BAB= Little Falls, Royalton, Pierz and Holdingford continue their action Monday in St. Cloud in playoff baseball on Little Falls Radio.
VL= Holdingford at Avon Sunday at 1:30 is the KLTF Game of the
Week with the Victory League Roundup now heard at 7:35am Mondays on AM960 KLTF and online at

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.

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Thursday- May 29th, 2014

--On Wednesday around 10:20am the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a helicopter crash in Ripley Township. Responding deputies discovered that a crop dusting helicopter had crashed on to the roof of a barn located just off Haven Road, north of 233rd Street in Ripley Township. Morrison County Deputies, along with firefighters from the Little Falls Fire Department, and Camp Ripley Fire and Emergency Services were able to observe a single male pilot in the helicopter but were not able to immediately get to him to render aid due to the helicopter being crashed through the roof of the barn but not through the interior ceiling. Firefighters were ultimately able to remove the pilot utilizing an aerial ladder truck from the Little Falls Fire Department. The pilot was then airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital. The pilot has been identified as 71-year old Gary Earl Oleen of St. Cloud. Oleen was listed in critical condition at St. Cloud Hospital. The FAA is assisting in the investigation and a cause of the crash has not yet been determined. According to Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel, “This was an extremely difficult and challenging rescue with the precarious position of the victim and his helicopter. Firefighters and personnel from both Gold Cross and North Memorial Ambulance, along with Morrison County deputies did an outstanding job of quickly and safely removing the victim from the wreckage under extremely dangerous and challenging conditions. The sheriff’s office was also assisted by the MN Dept of Natural Resources and the FAA.

--Eric Johnson was offered the Cold Spring-Richmond police chief job but was never hired, so he has sued the city of Cold Spring. Johnson accuses the city of breach of contract, alleging the city was negligent when it offered him the police chief's job then hired someone else. The lawsuit also alleges breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, intentional infliction of emotional distress and promissory estoppel — essentially reneging on a promise that holds the force of contract. Johnson was offered the job, and the city then waffled on that offer after learning that Johnson might not be current on some required certifications. The city investigated whether Johnson made false or misleading statements on his job application, whether he met the minimum requirements for the job and whether the city was obligated to hire him. The city contends he never was hired. The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $50,000.

--The two men charged in connection with the shooting death of Jamie Wylie were in Benton County District Court Tuesday. The judge set bail for 25-year-old Travis McKinney at 1-million dollars without conditions and $500,000 with several conditions. McKinney is the accused shooter of Wylie. 24-year-old Joshua Smith is the accused driver who drove McKinney, Wylie and another man to the scene of the shooting near Little Rock Lake then helped move the body to where it was found in March in east St. Cloud. Bail was set for Smith at $500,000 without conditions and $200,000 with several conditions if bail is posted.

--Ron Rinkel of Hillman has filed for the Morrison County District 4 commissioner seat. Jim Andres of Pierz also announced he is seeking the District 4 seat this November. Current Commissioner in District 4 Don Meyer announced that he will not seek reelection this fall. Filings for county, state and federal seats are open until June 3rd.

--Little Falls Police reported a burglary on the 600 block of Lindbergh Drive North last Friday.  Anyone with information is to call 616-5570.

--33-year old Kyle Lester Oltz of Sauk Rapids was sentenced to 13 months in prison following his conviction for Receiving Stolen Property. Oltz was stopped by a Morrison County Deputy on November 18th for a traffic violation. The Deputy discovered the car was stolen. Oltz appeared in court on Wednesday and pled guilty as charged admitting that he knew the car was stolen. Oltz was immediately sentenced to prison.

--The Little Falls Fire Department responded to a house fire on Saturday around 6:50 to the John Ploof residence at 16919 Oak Street in Little Falls. 14-firefighters responded. Upon arrival smoke could be seen coming from the three season porch and damage was contained to that area of the house. Little Falls Fire Chief Mike Nieman estimated there was moderate damage. The cause is believed to have been an extension cord running to an electric fireplace. Noone was home at the time of the blaze. No injuries.

--Five people face murder charges in connection with the January death of a 17-year-old Woodbury girl who ingested a synthetic drug. Washington County prosecutors say the girl died after she and a friend took a substance similar to acid or LSD. The criminal complaint says 19-year-old Alexander Claussen of St. Cloud initially sold the drug to 19-year-old Cole Matenaer of Woodbury. It then passed from one person to the next until reaching the victim. Claussen and Matenaer are charged with third-degree murder. Three 17-year-olds who attend Woodbury High School are charged as juveniles. The complaint says authorities found 305 doses of the drug at Claussen's residence and one transaction was made at the high school.

--Joshua and Cherrish Schaefer of Little Falls, girl on May 26th

--Ryan Dancer, age 32 of Clearwater formerly of Royalton.

TODAY= sunny with highs in the 80s.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 57.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, high 86 more humid, storms late, low 63.
SATURDAY= showers & storms likely, some strong, high 80, low 65.
SUNDAY= showers and storms likely, some strong, high 77.

TWINS= Texas beat the Twins 1-0 last night. Twins and Rangers wrap up series today at 11:40am with pregame on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BAB= Osakis beat Pierz, Little Falls rallied in bottom of the 7th to beat Minnewaska, Royalton beat USA and Holdingford defeated LPGE as the baseball playoffs continue today for all of those teams. Pierz vs. Sauk Centre at 5:00pm on FM94 KFML, Little Falls will face Holdingford tonight around 7:00pm on AM960 KLTF.
VL= Holdingford at Avon 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.

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Wednesday- May 28th, 2014

--Those interested in helping the Minnesota Department of Transportation develop a statewide bicycle system plan can provide input through an online interactive map and survey available through June 1st. The information will help MnDOT identify where improvements are most needed on existing facilities in the bike system so that the agency can more effectively address the needs of bicycle riders in Minnesota. The online interactive map and survey are an extension of nine statewide workshops held throughout the state in April and May. These workshops gathered information about bicycling issues and facility preferences from the public, local government officials and transportation supporters. The survey and online interactive map are available at

--A Princeton woman was in critical condition Friday after being hurt in a crash. 80-year-old Ladonna F. Hulett was on Highway 23 heading towards Milaca when she attempted a u-turn and was struck by a pickup driven by 43-year-old Richard Prom of St. Cloud. Hulett was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale and listed late Friday in critical condition. A passenger in the sport utility vehicle she was driving 86-year-old George Hulett of Princeton was injured and treated at the Princeton hospital. Prom was not hurt.

--One suspect has been arrested after a man was robbed while riding a bicycle Wednesday night in St. Cloud. The robbery happened at 8:55pm at 33rd Avenue and Eighth Street North. A 28-year-old man from St. Cloud was knocked off of his bike by three men, assaulted and had property taken from him. A 15-year-old boy was taken into custody and taken to a secure juvenile facility. He could face charges of simple robbery. Police are asking anyone with information about the robbery to contact St. Cloud police or Tri-County Crimestoppers.

--A Sauk Rapids man was arrested and taken to Benton County Jail around 3:00am Saturday after a vehicle struck a parked car and left the scene in St. Cloud. A police officer witnessed the crash and pursued the vehicle until it stopped in Benton County. 42-year-old James Parkos was arrested on charges of first-degree driving under the influence charges based on four prior DUI convictions.

--Two people are injured in a three vehicle accident Saturday afternoon just before 3:00pm on Highway 371 and Highway 210 in Baxter. 85-year-old Richard Ashmun of Baxter was southbound on Highway 371 and traveled through a red light striking two vehicles driven by 51-year-old Kimberly Qunicer and 50-year-old Lisa Drietz both from Baxter. The impact caused Ashmun’s vehicle to roll over several times. He was taken to the hospital with serious but non life threatening injuries. Drietz had minor injuries. Quincer not hurt.

--Susan Klapel was recently appointed commissioner of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Department of Natural Resources. She is the first female commissioner for the department. She will spend upcoming months talking to communities on what programs the DNR has available to them. She also wants to talk to young girls and women in the area to show that the DNR is not just a man’s organization.

--The Washington County Sheriff's Office said dive teams have recovered the body of a 14 year old boy who was presumed to have drowned in the Mississippi River near St. Paul Park on Sunday. The Sheriff's Office announced the boy was reported missing just after 5:00pm Sunday and reported the body found early Monday. Authorities have not identified the teen, pending family notification.

--Graduation ceremonies continue this Friday for area schools. Pierz, Foley, Holdingford, Staples-Motley and Pillager graduate on Friday.

--The public is invited to watch an archaeological dig in progress at Charles A. Lindbergh State Park, at the site of one of Minnesota's earliest American Indian missions. The dig is at Little Elk Heritage Preserve, at the confluence of the Mississippi and Little Elk rivers. It's being conducted by St. Cloud State University archaeologist Rob Mann and his students, who are acting as the field crew. The site was home to an early 19th-century European mission for the local Ojibwe population. It also has produced evidence of human encampment dating back thousands of years. Guided tours to observe the excavation in progress will be offered the following Saturdays: May 31, June 7 and June 14. Registration is required and each tour is limited to the first 25 people, according to a news release from the Minnesota DNR. To register, call Charles A. Lindbergh State Park at 616-2525. Leave your name, preferred tour date and time, and the number of people who will be attending.

--The Morrison County Department of Public Works will be conducting limited spraying of road rights of way beginning in June. The area that will be the focus of this year’s work will be east of the Mississippi River and north of State Highway 27. The herbicides applied to Morrison County roadside rights of way are formulated and designed to control noxious weeds and unwanted brush along rights of way. These herbicides are not the same herbicides as are used in agricultural type weed control. Residents are asked to keep in mind that the county includes in the combination of materials, a drift retardant to minimize drift and an activator to break down the surface tension on the leaf of the plant to assist with better absorption and better plant intake of the materials being applied. Materials must be applied when plants are actively growing. Property owners who have questions about the spraying should contact the public works department at 632-0121.

--David and Sara Lester of Fergus Falls, a girl born May 23rd.
--Steven Johnson and Nicole Schafer of Little Falls, a girl on 5-23

TODAY= sunny, high near 80.
TONIGHT= clear skies. low around 55.
THURSDAY= sunny skies, high 82, clear night low around 58.
FRIDAY= sunny high 85, storms late low around 60.

TWINS= a wild bottom of the 9th lifted the Twins to a 4-3 win over Texas. Twins and Rangers have game 3 tonight at 6:40 on Q92
HS BAB= Little Falls and Pierz won Tuesday and continue playoff action tonight. Little Falls vs. Minnewaska 7pm on KLTF, Pierz vs. Osakis at 7pm on FM94 both games are in St. Cloud. Win or lose Little Falls and Pierz would play again on Thursday. Holdingford, Upsala-Swanville and Royalton all advanced with wins yesterday and USA and Royalton play each other at 7pm tonight in Cold Spring.

Congratulations to the May Beef Month Promotions winners from the participating sponsors and Little Falls Radio. Winners were $125 in beef to Evelyn Repp, $75 in beef to Marla Horejsi and $50 in beef to Rosie Stiller.

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Tuesday- May 27th, 2014

--Two men were charged Friday in connection with the shooting death of Jamie Wylie of Foley. 25-year-old Travis Michael McKinney is charged with one count of second-degree murder. He is accused of shooting Wylie twice with a shotgun along a rural Benton County road south of Little Rock Lake and 24-year-old Joshua Lee Smith is charged with one count of aiding and abetting second-degree murder. He is accused of driving the vehicle that took Wylie, McKinney and a fourth man to the area where the shooting occurred. Court Documents stated that Wylie was living with the two charged men when Smith reportedly became upset after Wylie became interested in a female acquaintance. A witness went on to say that Wylie was in a vehicle with three others and taken to Little Rock Lake area where McKinney shot him once in the hip and another time in the head/neck area. Reportedly McKinney informed Smith and the witness to take the body and dump it to where it was later found.

--Two people were hurt Saturday around 1:40pm in a car vs. motorcycle accident on 153rd and 370th Avenue in Morrison County. Deputies stated that both vehicles were eastbound on 153rd and collided causing both the driver and passenger to be ejected from the motorcycle. The driver, 57-year-old Terry Lassle of Moorhead did not seek medical attention. His passenger 50-year-old Helen Lawinger of Sauk Centre was taken to the Onamia hospital. The driver of the car, 33-year-old Brandon York of Little Falls had no apparent injury. His passenger 28-year-old Tiffany Quio of Blaine was taken to the hospital in Little Falls for unknown injuries.

--Burning restrictions were lifted Friday in all Minnesota counties due to the decreased fire danger because of the wet conditions we received in May and green up which has now moved northward to the Canadian border. The DNR reminds those who wish to burn that at any time they see fit this summer the DNR can turn off individual permits in any county or area if conditions warrant them to do so. For more details check the fire restrictions page on the DNR website.

--The former owner of Pine Ridge Golf Course in Motley was sentenced in federal court last week to 1 year and 1 day in prison on charges of tax evasion for not paying taxes from 2006 to 2009. 71-year-old Roger Pedley of Motley told an IRS agent that he received money from his mother and it was not income but later revealed that a banker advised him on how to slip income under the reported requirements on ways to evade income taxes. Pedley pleaded guilty to the charges last year and was ordered to pay $486.623 in restitution and fined $60,000 for evading taxes. The golf club in Motley was sold in July, 2013 after Pedley had pleaded guilty.

--Due to the Monday holiday the Pierz City Council meets Tuesday night at 7 at City Hall. Agenda items include hearing from candidate for sheriff, Dan ‘Scoop’ Rocheleau, a golf course shelter donation, gambling license to St. Joseph’s Church, discuss the upcoming Rick Nolan mobile office on the 29th, discuss 50th anniversary of Pierz Lions, donation request to Pierz Oktoberfest, an energy insights rebate proposal, liquor license approvals and the Minnesota Power Service Agreement. They will also hear department reports.

--Greg Zylka who is currently on the Little Falls City Council has announced he will run for Little Falls Mayor this November. Zylka stated that after the community gathering held last week he wants to try and make the city move forward and this was something he had wanted to do for a while and felt the time was right to move ahead.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office last week responded to a vehicle fire Wednesday night around 10:35pm on 150th Avenue. Little Falls and Royalton firefighters were called in to help extinguish the fire with no injuries reported. Deputies also responded to a fire on May 17th at 160th Avenue and 133rd Street in Little Falls Township. The fire was spreading into some pine trees and firefighters and deputies were able to extinguish it before any structures were damaged. Also in the past week there were a number of theft reports around the county and two burglary reports both in the Cushing area where items taken included a heater, groceries and a propane tank.

--Brainerd police responded to a call just after noon on Thursday of a woman who stated she was intentionally struck by a vehicle. According to witness accounts an altercation between the victim and a male acquaintance occurred on Pine Street in Southeast Brainerd. At one point another female involved driving a vehicle appears to have intentionally driven towards the victim, striking her with the vehicle. The suspect female driver and male then fled the area. Officers were unable to locate the suspect vehicle. The victim was transported by ambulance to the Brainerd hospital for treatment of a broken arm. The investigation of this incident continues and Brainerd police are looking for a dark blue 2001 Ford Focus with license plate 268DRN. Persons with information about the incident should call Brainerd police at 218-829-2805.

--Michael Brown and Amber Terhaar of Clarissa, a boy born 5-22

--John Paul Adamietz, age 56 of Staples.
--Emmy Lorimer, age 99 of Little Falls.
--James Zimmerman, age 66 of Little Falls.
--Janet E. Ridlon, age 70 of Little Falls.
--Lorraine Boser, age 95 of Pierz.
--Louis T. Chock, age 85 of Sobieski formerly of Opole.
--Diane F. Hendrickson, age 72 of Little Falls.
--Louis Smith, age 95 of Little Falls formerly of Emily.
--Irmina ‘Min’ Meyer of Pierz

TODAY= scattered T-storms then partly sunny, high 78.
TONIGHT= mostly clear skies, low 55.
WEDNESDAY= sunny, high 82, clear skies at night 56.
THURSDAY= sunny, high 83, clear at night low 58.

TWINS= Giants sweep Twins over the weekend winning 6-2 Friday then 2-1 Saturday and 8-1 on Sunday. Texas beat the Twins Monday 7-2. Twins and Rangers continue series 6:40pm tonight on Q92
LYNX= a productive weekend for the Lynx beating Tulsa on Friday, New York on Saturday and Chicago on Monday to go to 5-0 on the year. Maya Moore had 30 points or more in her first four games before scoring 14 Monday while Lindsey Whalen had 22 yesterday.
HS BAB= playoff action today Milaca at Little Falls 5pm on KLTF, Pierz at Foley 5pm on FM94. Upsala/Swanville, Royalton, Holdingford, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle and Browerville all play today.   

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Friday- May 23rd, 2014

--A suspect has been arrested in the killing of Jamie Wylie, whose body was found March 25th behind a business east of St. Cloud. Wylie had been missing for months and had been shot to death. 25-year old Travis Michael McKinney has been booked at the Benton County Jail for investigation of second-degree murder. McKinney was arrested Thursday. Wylie was reported missing in December after family hadn't heard from him since December 10th. A passer-by spotted his body behind Luther Honda. Some members of Wylie's family said in December they were concerned about his safety when they hadn't heard from him. Friends and family conducted searches without success.

--The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office is investigating whether two men in prison for murder may have been involved with the abduction of Jacob Wetterling. Delbert and Tim Huber of Paynesville – who are father and son – murdered Albertville teacher Tim Larson in a dispute over $50 in 2011. Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner stated they have received leads about the Hubers after WCCO-TV aired stories last week about a series of at least a half-dozen unsolved sexual assaults in Paynesville two years before Jacob Wetterling was abducted. Before being sentenced for murdering Tim Larson, Delbert Huber said in court he had shot Larson in part because he had accused him of being involved in the Wetterling case. Sanner says Delbert Huber was one of many people investigated after Wetterling was kidnapped.  In the Paynesville cases, the Wetterling case and in the case of another young boy kidnapped nine months before Wetterling – the suspect was described as having a low, gruff voice similar to a description of Delbert’s voice. Sheriff John Sanner says investigators are looking in to all tips, including ones involving Delbert Huber. If you have any information about this case, contact Sheriff Sanner at 320-259-3700.

--Monday is the observance of Memorial Day. It is a day to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice serving the United States of America. There are a number of services, programs and masses with members of Veterans Organizations and military personnel. Monday is also a federal holiday meaning that all federal, state, county and city offices will be closed and there will be no regular mail delivery. Banks, financial institutions, public libraries, schools and some offices are closed, some maybe open so best to call ahead. The offices of Little Falls Radio are closed Monday for Memorial Day and reopen Tuesday at 8:00am. Also due to the holiday there will be no newsletter Monday and the bargain show on AM960 KLTF will be heard Tuesday at 8:15am.

--The Minnesota legislature adjourned last weekend and are getting mixed grades from the state. Minnesota farmers seemed happy with lawmakers on lowering some farm property taxes but small businesses addressed their concerns and some disappointment with the higher minimum wage and a bill giving them more legal exposure. Rural Minnesota heard from lawmakers across the state Wednesday and showed mixed feeling in the two bills passed late including the water pipeline funding in southwestern Minnesota and the medical marijuana bill that was passed.

--Graduation ceremonies are tonight at 8pm for Royalton and Swanville High Schools, Upsala graduates at 1:30 Saturday and Little Falls at 2pm on Sunday. Congratulations to the Class of 2014.

--Memorial Day observance service Sunday 1:30 at the State Veterans Cemetery and a number of programs on Monday in area.

--Most St. Cloud-area cities saw modest growth last year, according to new population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The estimates show that most area cities grew by less than 2 percent from July 2012 to July 2013. The St. Cloud metro area, including St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Sartell, St. Augusta and Waite Park, added an estimated 695 people, bringing the area's population to 105,992. The Census Bureau released the estimates Thursday for all local government units, including cities and townships. The numbers reflect births, deaths and migration. They show that the St. Cloud area cities continued on the same pace of very gradual growth they've been on since the crash of the housing market. Sauk Rapids saw the biggest jump of the metro area cities from 2012 to 2013, adding 291 people. St. Cloud grew by about 250 people in the same year. Sartell grew by an estimated 100 people, which City Administrator Mary Degiovanni said is in line with the number of building permits for new homes being issued. While St. Cloud saw growth some cities around there like Little Falls, Long Prairie, Holdingford and Foley saw a minor decrease in population less than 1%. Nationally, all 15 of the fastest-growing cities from 2012 to 2013 were in the South and West, including seven cities in Texas.

--Stearns County was called to a report of domestic assault on Wednesday around 9:30am in Lynden Township near Clearwater. The victim in this matter was reporting that she had been involved in a verbal argument with a male, the previous evening which became physical. During the physical altercation it was reported that 25-year-old Michael Melbie grabbed a large knife in a sheath and pressed it against the victim’s thigh. During this time the knife penetrated the sheath and cut the victim. Melbie was located inside the residence and arrested on charges of second degree assault in Stearns County.

--Terri L. Bjornoos, age 65 of Sauk Rapids formerly Little Falls.
--AnneMarie Locke, age 85 of Little Falls.

TODAY= sunny skies, high near 75.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy, low around 50.
SATURDAY= mostly sunny, high near 80, storms after midnight
SUNDAY= early and late day storms, partial sun, high 80, low 60.
MEMORIAL DAY= hazy sunshine, isolated T-storms, high 81, low 61
TUESDAY= mostly sunny, isolated T-storms, high 77, low 57.

TWINS= Twins open series in San Francisco tonight with a 8:45pm pregame tonight, 8:35pm on Saturday and 2:35pm on Sunday. Monday they return home for a day game against Texas with a 12:40pm pregame. All games heard live on Q92 WYRQ.
HS BAB= Pierz at Little Falls today at 4:30pm on AM960 KLTF.
VL= Victory League Baseball will be on Monday with St. Mathias at Royalton 1:30pm and roundup Tuesday at 7:35am on AM960.

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Thursday- May 22nd, 2014

--Many turned out to see the unveiling and dedication of the 2nd of five portraits of the U.S. military done by local artist Charles Kapsner. The U.S. Navy Portrait was unveiled Tuesday at the Minnesota State Veteran Cemetery north of Little Falls in the committal hall. The portrait will remain on display with the U.S. Army portrait already in place there for the public to view. The Cemetery is preparing for their Memorial Day Observance Service this Sunday with music starting at 1:30pm and the parade of flags around 2pm before the program starts. All are invited and encouraged to bring a lawn chair as seating is limited. Those who attend will be able to view the portrait of the Navy in the hall and refreshments will be served following the program. The State Veterans Cemetery currently has over 5,000 veterans and their families buried at the site north of Little Falls.

--A St. Joseph man is accused of holding a woman against her will for three days, assaulting her and threatening to kill her. 35-year old Troy Allan Eich was expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday on charges of second-degree assault and terroristic threats. He was arrested Saturday evening after the woman called police and said she was too afraid of what Eich would do to her if she had called earlier. The complaint charging Eich indicates that he and the woman argued Thursday in their residence, and that Eich punched her and pointed a firearm at her and threatened to kill her. The victim told investigators that Eich wouldn't let her leave and smashed her phone. He is accused of trying to rape her on Saturday. He told her that he was going to have sex with her whether she liked it or not because it was his birthday. He also was accused of threatening to kill a man whom he believed was romantically involved with her.

--Lightning is being blamed for a gas leak Monday night south of Brainerd. Around 10:30pm firefighters were called to Stone Ridge Road to a strong gas smell. While there another call came in from Lone Oak Road for a small basement fire. In the gas call they noticed that gas was leaking into the home and two small fires were found around the home which is believed to been caused by a lightning strike. There were no injuries in either case. Homes around the one with the gas leak were checked out on Lone Oak, Stone Ridge and St. Mathias Road to make sure gas lines were secure. CenterPoint Energy was called in to help take care of the problem.

--On official first day of filing for elections in Minnesota, Representative Ron Kresha of District 9B filed for reelection as did Representative John Ward in District 10A, Representative Joe Radinovich in House District 10B, Dale Lueck of rural Aitkin also filed Tuesday to run for the House District 10B seat in November. Filing for election seats continues through June 3rd.

--Little Falls Police in the past few days reported Sunday that a pickup pulling a trailer rolled over near the Highway 371/10 interchange north of Little Falls. The driver was treated for minor injuries. A call at the Rose Stone Apartments stated that shots were being fired Saturday at the apartment on Fifth Street Northeast. Police stated three male subjects were playing with cap guns outside the apartments and lectured. Police responded to a burglary report on the 400 block of Sixth Street Southeast where two lawn mowers, a fiberglass folding ladder and other items were taken from inside the residence. Theft reports of jewelry from Seventh Street Northwest, an item from an apartment were taken on the 600 block of 11th Street Northeast and police arrested a 58-year-old after striking a parked car on Sixth Avenue Northeast for driving while intoxicated.

--Minnesota surpassed 100 traffic fatalities for 2014 following a motorcycle crash that killed two people and a single vehicle rollover last weekend, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. Of the 102 traffic deaths this year, three were motorcycle fatalities. Of the 89 motor vehicle occupant deaths, 31 were not belted. Nine traffic fatalities include incidents with snowmobiles, an ATV, a bicycle and pedestrians. Last year at this time, there were 99 traffic fatalities, eight of which were motorcycle riders. A click it or ticket campaign focusing on seatbelt violations is underway and also safe and sober mobilizations will be in effect through the Memorial Day Weekend. For more information on the mobilization you can go to the Minnesota State Patrol and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety websites.

--Minnesota’s Poet Laureate, Joyce Sutphen, will read selections from her books at the Royalton Public Library on May 29th at 7pm. People of all ages are welcome to attend. Sutphen was raised on a family farm in Central Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and currently teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College. Her first book of poetry, “Straight Out Of View,” published in 1995, won the Barnard New Women’s Poets Prize. Her third, “Naming The Stars,” from 2004, won the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry. She was named Minnesota’s Poet Laureate by Governor Mark Dayton. For more information, please visit or call the library at 320-584-8151.

--The Office of the Minnesota Secretary State Wednesday informed legislators that it will no longer print or distribute the legislative privilege cards. The Secretary of State also informed the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and law enforcement organizations that the office will no longer issue the cards.

TODAY= sunny skies, high near 70.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low around 43.
FRIDAY= sunny skies, high 75, partly cloudy night low near 50.
SATURDAY= sunny, high 76, storms after midnight low 57.
SUNDAY= storms early and late in day, high 75, low 60.

TWINS= Phil Hughes shut down Padres 2-0 last night to sweep the 2 game series. Twins are off today in San Francisco on Friday.
HS SB= Flyers lose Wednesday and will try to avoid elimination today as Little Falls is back in action vs. Milaca at 5pm on KLTF.
VL= Victory League Game of the Week will be Monday on KLTF.

IN 1967= Mr. Rogers Neighborhood made debut on what now is PBS.
IN 1990= Newhart ran final episode on CBS- the ending is considered one of the best in TV history with Bob Newhart returning to his TV show in the 1970s finding that his new series was only a dream.
IN 1992= millions tuned in to see Johnny Carson bid farewell as host of the Tonight Show, 30 years from when he started as the host.

Northstar Entertainment Friday and Saturday at West Side Bar

May is beef month. Listen to Little Falls Radio to see how you can win beef. Register at Central Minnesota Credit Union, Pierz Foods, McDonalds, Little Fiesta, Simonson Lumber, Coborn’s Superstore, and Farmers and Merchants State Bank.

Wednesday- May 21st, 2014

--The local unemployment rates have been released. In Morrison County, the unemployment rate in April was 7.4%, compared to 9.4% in March and 9% in April of last year. Here is how other area counties unemployment rates in April fared: Aitken 7.7%; Benton 5.2%; Cass 8.1%; Crow Wing 6.5%; Kanabec 9.9%; Mille Lacs 8.5%; Sherburne 5.3%; Stearns 4.4%; Todd 5.4%; and Wadena 7.1%. The Brainerd city area was 11.4% unemployment and St. Cloud area at 4.3%. The state unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, seasonally adjusted to 4.7 percent. The national rate for April was 5.9 percent, seasonally adjusted to 6.3 percent. Local unemployment statistics are not seasonally adjusted.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office recently participated in Law Enforcement Memorial Week on the grounds of the state capital. On May 14th Sergeants Shawn Larsen and Jason Worlie represented the sheriff’s office in a wreath laying ceremony for all law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Morrison County Sheriff John Stack and Chief Deputy Andrew Herlitz were killed in the line of duty in October of 1965. Two of Sheriff Stack’s daughters, Kathy Stack Dwyer and Jean Stack were present to participate in the wreath laying ceremonies for their father and Herlitz. According to Sheriff Wetzel, “it is imperative that we recognize and never forget the sacrifices made by Sheriff Stack and Chief Deputy Herlitz, along with the sacrifices made each day by those who are sworn to protect”.

--Minnesota lawmakers adjourned the 2014 legislative session late on Friday, May 16th. 9th District Senator Paul Gazelka of Nisswa stated “As session ended this year, House and Senate Democrats, along with Governor Dayton ignored quarterly budget warnings indicating unsustainable tax and spending increases will result in budget deficits. This quarter was no exception, for the third consecutive quarter Minnesota’s Office of Management and Budget has indicated that, despite more spending and taxing, we continue to see budget deficits. To me this proves that liberal tax and spend policies do not work. It’s proving that the Democrats priorities are wrong for Minnesota. Minnesotans deserve better. We need legislators who are willing to work across party lines to develop solutions that work for our rural communities, not just our metro area.”

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 25th annual Golf Outing, Monday, July 14th at Pine Ridge Golf Club in Motley. Register your team by Monday, June 2nd and save $40 per team. Teams of 4 can register together. Any individual that would like to participate can register and will be placed on a team. For registration information or to sign up for the dinner contact Gina at the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, by calling (320) 632-5155.

--In spite of the continued cool and wet conditions, more than 20 percent of Minnesota’s corn crop was planted during the week ending May 18th, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, and 69 percent adequate, and 31 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 0 percent very short, 6 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 18 percent surplus. Corn planted stands at 53 percent complete, soybean planting was 16 percent complete, potato planting was 33 percent complete, spring wheat planting was 20 percent complete, barley had 25% progress.

--A reminder to send in your Memorial Day service or program information to or fax to 320-632-2571 so that the items can be added the Little Falls Radio and at

--Be on the lookout for cases of tick-borne disease, especially during the next ten weeks. Tick-borne disease cases returned to record levels in 2013 and the peak risk season is just beginning for 2014. Last year there was a record high number of Lyme disease cases at 1,431 in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Public Health is urging anyone who spends time in wooded or brushy parts of Minnesota to begin taking precautions against ticks. They recommend the use of tick repellents and daily body checks for ticks. If you find a tick on your body remove it immediately. For information on tick-borne diseases, refer to the Minnesota Department of Public Health’s website.

--The Brainerd City Council voted to approve the permit of Renu Recycling to begin the demolishing process of the Wausau Paper site as long as it followed city conditions that were voted into the permit process. Specifics include that all asphalt surfaces be removed except those on city rented easements and all foundation from the site below ground level also be removed. The permit is for one year with the right to extend six months more if they see fit. All buildings and structures on the site are to be removed during that time frame. Before any work begins on the demolition a town hall meeting must be held. The city can inspect at any time.

--Congratulations to Hannah Ausland of Brainerd who was crowned Miss Pre-Teen Minnesota on May 18th in Bloomington. Ausland will represent Minnesota in the National event in Washington D.C. in July.

--Bo and Jennifer Duffee of Pierz, a girl born May 16th.

--Art Kroll, age 82 of Little Falls.
--Carol Schwendinger, age 68 of Little Falls.

TODAY= partly to mostly cloudy, breezy, high 62.
TONIGHT= clear skies, cool, low near 40.
THURSDAY= sunny, high 66, clear at night low 45.
FRIDAY= sunny skies, high 72, low around 50.

SB= Little Falls won 4-2 yesterday at Albany to advance to the double elimination portion of the playoffs. Flyers face St. Cloud Cathedral at 4:00pm at Miller Field in Waite Park. Listen to the game on AM960 KLTF. Pierz, Foley, Swanville and Holdingford were eliminated in playoff action. Staples Motley won and Royalton beat Upsala to advance in the playoffs which continue for many today.
TWINS= Chris Parmalee homered and Kurt Suzuki had an inside the park homerun as Twins win 5-3 over Padres Tuesday. Twins at San Diego tonight 7:40pm pregame on Q92 WYRQ,
VIKINGS= Minnesota will host Super Bowl 52 in 2018 at their new stadium which is scheduled to open in 2016.

Northstar Entertainment Friday and Saturday at West Side Bar

May is beef month. Listen to Little Falls Radio to see how you can win beef. Register at Central Minnesota Credit Union, Pierz Foods, McDonalds, Little Fiesta, Simonson Lumber, Coborn’s Superstore, and Farmers and Merchants State Bank.

Tuesday- May 20th, 2014

--Flood warnings remain in effect through Thursday for a number of lakes and rivers including the Mississippi at Fort Ripley and Brainerd. Recent thunderstorms have increased the water levels and rose the river levels past flood stage at Fort Ripley to near 11-12 feet. That is over the flood stage of 10 feet at Fort Ripley and causing minor flooding in some areas the past week. The river level at Brainerd subsided a bit last week but is still near the 14 foot flood stage. Flood warnings were recently issued for the rivers in St. Cloud to the Twin Cities. In most cases warnings will remain in effect through late this week. With drier conditions forecasted for the remainder of the week and warmer temps by the weekend the river should start to go down.

--Graduation ceremonies are later this week for a number of schools. Swanville and Royalton graduate the Class of 2014 Friday night at 8:00pm while Upsala is Saturday at 1:30pm. Little Falls graduates the Class of 2014 Sunday at 2:00pm. Pierz and Holdingford have their graduation ceremonies on May 30th.

--The selection of the 12 finalists who will compete for Princess Kay of the Milky Way were announced Sunday in St. Cloud. The newest and 61st Princess Kay will be named just before the opening of the Minnesota State Fair in August, and each of the 12 finalists for the title will be sculpted in butter throughout the Fair.  The finalists were named at the conclusion of a three-day workshop attended by more than 70 county dairy princesses. They include: Meghan Connelly of Rochester, representing Olmsted County, daughter of Kevin and Kathy Connelly; Annie Culbertson, Pine Island, representing Olmsted  County, daughter of Scott and Tina Culbertson; Jeni Haler, Norwood Young America, representing Carver County, daughter of Rick Haler and Connie Haasken; Nicole Krumrie, Litchfield, representing Meeker County, daughter of Dan and Beth Krumrie;  Audrey Lane, Prior Lake, representing Scott and LeSueur Counties, daughter of Burel and Norleen Lane; Christine Leonard, Norwood Young America, representing Carver County, daughter of Tim and Amy Leonard; Sabrina Ley, Belgrade, representing Stearns County, daughter of Kenny and Cheryl Ley; Leah Middendorf, Sauk Centre, representing Stearns County, daughter of Steve and Julie Middendorf; Sarah Post, Chandler, representing Murray County, daughter of Bill and Merri Post; Chelsea Schossow, Houston, representing Winona County, daughter of Keith Schossow and Cindy Terrill; Gabriella Sorg, Hastings, representing Dakota County, daughter of William and Juanita Sorg; and McCayla Thoe, Hayfield, representing Dodge County, daughter of Jeff and Susie Thoe. On behalf of Minnesota’s dairy farmers, Princess Kay makes appearances to help explain their commitment to taking care of the animals and resources while providing wholesome, nutritious and affordable dairy products.  Midwest Dairy Association manages the program.

--Todd County investigated a horse drawn buggy accident on County Road 11 in Iona Township Sunday afternoon around 3:00pm. The buggy entered the ditch after the horse was spooked by a passing motorist and the buggy rolled which was occupied by the driver and six other occupants. Two juvenile occupants were taken to the Long Prairie Hospital and treated for what deputies called minor injuries.

--The unveiling of the Navy Portrait by Charles Kapsner will be this afternoon during a short ceremony at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls beginning around 4:30pm.

--Get info on Little Falls Dam Festival at logo at

--A reminder that the gathering of community members and others will take place at 5:30pm today at the Little Falls Community High School to discuss the vision for Little Falls. You are asked to RSVP beforehand so they know how many to serve food to by calling the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 616-4959.

--Alexandria police responded to a motorcycle crash over the weekend where both the driver and passenger died. The crash was reported Saturday. No other vehicles were involved. Police identified the driver Sunday as 59-year-old Howard Ogaard, and the passenger as 56-year-old Beverly Palmer both from Alexandria, and neither was wearing a helmet. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

--A fire in a detached garage caused an estimated $41,000 in damage early Monday morning. The St. Cloud Fire Department responded at 1:02 a.m. Monday to 1112-12th Ave. SE. The garage and contents, including a car and a motorcycle, were a total loss.
A shed adjacent to the garage was heavily damaged and four garages on adjacent properties received minor damage, according to a report from the fire department. A neighbor reported the fire. The fire originated in a yard waste bag that was placed against the garage wall. There were no injuries in the fire.

--The City of Little Falls announced that the water shut off on Prairie Drive that was originally scheduled for Monday will now be today from approximately 8:00 a.m. until approximately 1:00 p.m.

--Phyllis E. Hoskins, age 80 of Richardson Township.

TODAY= dense fog in morning then sunny, high 76.
TONIGHT= clear skies, cooler, low 45.
WEDNESDAY= sunny, breezy, high near 60, low near 40.
THURSDAY= sunny skies, high near 70, low around 45.

SB= Little Falls at Albany playoff softball has been moved to today and will be at 4:30pm on AM960 KLTF.
SB= Pierz at Rocori today at 4:30 on FM94 postponed from Monday
TWINS= Twins at San Diego tonight pregame at 8:40pm on Q92.
VL= get info on Victory League through

IN 1874= Levis Strauss markets blue jeans with copper rivets.
IN 1916= Saturday Evening Post started using Norman Rockwell paintings on their covers.
IN 1926= inventor Thomas Edison announced that he preferred silent movies to the new invention of talkies in the theaters.
IN 1932= Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland and becomes the first woman to fly solo over the Atlantic Ocean.
IN 1986= tough the show aired on ABC TV, it was CBS on this date that aired the 25th Anniversary of the Flintstones TV cartoon.

Northstar Entertainment Friday and Saturday at West Side Bar

May is beef month. Listen to Little Falls Radio to see how you can win beef. Register at Central Minnesota Credit Union, Pierz Foods, McDonalds, Little Fiesta, Simonson Lumber, Coborn’s Superstore, and Farmers and Merchants State Bank.

Monday- May 19th, 2014

--American flags will again be flying in Little Falls this summer and fall. The city crew will begin placing over 90 flags on the streets that serve the main entrance into the city prior to the Memorial Day weekend. The flags will remain up until September 11th Patriot Day and weather permitting up again before Veterans Day on November 11th. This year’s flag theme is "Land of the Free Because of the Brave". The city flag project is sponsored by the Son's of The American Legion Squadron#46 of Little Falls.

--The Minnesota House adjourned for the 2014 session late Friday after passing a $283 million budget bill. Also in a flurry of action earlier in the day, the House and Senate passed major public works and tax bills in addition to passing the medical marijuana bill. Governor Mark Dayton said he will sign the House-Senate compromise medical marijuana measure. Proponents championed it as a key step forward, though many advocates say it doesn't make medical marijuana available to nearly enough sick Minnesotans. Medical marijuana critics said the FDA should study the drug before state lawmakers think of legalizing it. The bill passed the House on Friday night with bipartisan support, 89-40. The measure passed the Senate on Friday on a 46-16 vote. The bill that passed Friday would legalize medical marijuana for Minnesotans with at least one of a list of very serious or terminal illnesses, and who qualify for and enroll in a state research study. Smoking medical marijuana is explicitly banned in the bill. It also prohibits patient access to plant material. Instead, the drug would be available in oil, pill and vapor form. Following a marathon floor session that lasted until 3AM Friday, the Minnesota House approved a Capital Investment. The bills consisted of borrowing $846 million dollars and spending another $200 million in cash on public improvement projects around the state. District 9B Representative Ron Kresha supported the bills because they will fund some key improvement projects in Central Minnesota.

--Police say a woman arrested Thursday was making threatening remarks at St. Cloud's Social Security Office. 29-year old Bayyinah Jameelah Shelton was arrested after St. Cloud police investigated a complaint stating she made comments about how she was going to start killing "white people" because the office was starting a war with her. Shelton is being held at the Stearns County Jail and could face a charge of making terroristic threats for her role in the incident.

--27-year old Michael Stangel of Cass Lake, was charged in Cass County Court with eight counts of criminal vehicle homicide for allegedly killing two people on May 3rd. Court documents stated that Stangel was driving intoxicated near Cass Lake on County Road 75 around 10:00pm without headlights on and interfering with other traffic when he crashed head-on with a vehicle driven by 45-year-old Lisa Collins of Cass Lake. Collins and her passenger 46-year-old Timothy Collins both died in the accident. Stangel and his passenger smelled strongly of alcohol when officers arrived and a warrant was obtained for blood drawn at the hospital on Stangel showing his blood alcohol level was at .33 over 4 times the legal limit. Bail was set Friday at $750,000 without conditions and Stangel’s next court hearing is scheduled for 1:00pm on May 27th.

--Three people were injured Thursday when two vehicles collided in St. Cloud on Highway 23. Investigators stated that 23-year-old Amanda Trutwin ran a red light and struck a vehicle driven by 54-year-old Michael Nichelson of St. Cloud. Both drivers and Trutwin’s child passenger were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

--A vehicle was fully engulfed in flames and smoke Thursday night when Nisswa firefighters arrived on scene, along Highway 371, just south of Nisswa. The woman driver pulled her car over when another motorist told her it was on fire. The vehicle’s brakes were not working and she had to use her emergency brake to stop. The cause is not known. The car was a total loss. Around 10 firefighters responded to the fire reported at approximately 6:45pm.

--The filing period for persons interested in running for most public office in Minnesota in 2014 opens Tuesday, May 20; the filing period ends Tuesday, June 3. Candidates for federal, state, county and some local offices must file for office during this period for their names to appear on the ballot. Candidate filing requirements vary depending on the office, whether the candidate is a member of a major or minor political party or an independent, and whether the office is partisan or nonpartisan. Candidates must file with the appropriate office: U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress must file with the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. Candidates for State House of Representatives, constitutional offices or judicial offices may file either with the secretary of state or in their county of residence. Candidates for county office must file with their county auditor. Municipal candidates must file with their municipal clerk. School district candidates must file with their school district clerk. This election year, Minnesota voters will head to the polls to decide a U.S. Senate seat, all U.S. House seats, as well as governor and other state constitutional officers, and all Minnesota House seats. The 2014 election will also include many county commissioners, county sheriffs, county attorneys, auditors, treasurers and recorders. Primary Election Day is August 12, and General Election Day is November 4th.

--The Morrison County Board of Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9:00am at the government center. There will be a proclamation of Vulnerable Adult Abuse Prevention Month and county agency reports.  

--longtime newswoman and talk show host Barbara Walters ended her 50+ years on television retiring Friday at age 84.

--Judith “Judy” Rahn, age 65 of Bowlus.

TODAY= showers and storms likely-windy, high near 60, low near 50.
TUESDAY= sunny and breezy, high 75, low around 45.
WEDNESDAY= sunny and cooler, high near 60, low around 35.

TWINS= Twins win 5-4 Friday and 4-3 Saturday over Seattle thanks to Brian Dozier’s homeruns. Twins lose 6-2 Sunday and off today.
HORSE= California Chrome won the Preakness Saturday meaning the horse has the chance to win the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes June 14th- the last Triple Crown winner Affirmed in 1978.

Enjoy lunch and happy hour today at West Side Bar

May is beef month. Listen to Little Falls Radio to see how you can win beef. Register at Central Minnesota Credit Union, Pierz Foods, McDonalds, Little Fiesta, Simonson Lumber, Coborn’s Superstore, and Farmers and Merchants State Bank.

Friday- May 16th, 2014

--Brian Michael Chavez pled guilty to Felony Terrorist Threats Thursday Morning in Morrison County District Court and was sentenced to 21 months in prison. The Defendant admitted that in March, 2012, he sent four threatening texts to his ex-girlfriend that said he was going to kill her and mentioned he would use a gun to do it. Chavez failed to show up for his Jury Trial on September 21, 2012 and has been on warrant status until a few weeks ago, when he was arrested in Nicollet County. Chavez is also serving a 33 month prison sentence from a Nicollet County Burglary.

--Railroad officials announced Wednesday that the train tracks west of Pillager have reopened following a derailment of 45 cars off the tracks late Sunday night in Sylvan Township. The cars were hauling coal. There was not any hazardous materials on board and no injuries from the derailment. Crews stated Thursday that all cars have been removed and repairs to the tracks have been completed. Coal removal still has to be done and will start next week but they are not sure how long that will take. Most of Hazel Avenue around the tracks will remained blocked off to traffic while the work is completed in that area. The investigation into how the derailment happened is being conducted by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and they will then submit a report to the Federal Railroad Administration.

--Saturday is the 6th annual Healthy Communities Collaborative Rock 'n Run is a family-friendly, fund-raising event which supports the vision of the HCC. The day includes a bike rodeo, a 5K and 10K run/walk, a kids 1K & 3K race, concessions, a health expo, and more activities for kids including inflatable’s. There will be medals awarded for top finishers in all the races. For more information and registration, visit or call Kate at 320-631-5675.

--The Little Falls City Council meets Monday at 7:30pm at City Hall. The council will also be attending the Town 101 gathering meeting at the High School on the vision of Little Falls Tuesday at 5:30pm.

--Over fifty teams on Tuesday and Wednesday competed in the Super Mileage competition at the Brainerd International Raceway. Locally, Pierz, Royalton, and Swanville competed. Royalton won the electric car division against many other larger schools including Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, and Chisago Lakes. Royalton team members were Wyatt Anderson, Sawyer Anderson, Brandi Kloss, Brooke Tschida, Alicia Tresco and David Wimer. The teams coach was Marty Bratsch. The team built the winning car over two years. Their car had the highest overall mileage rating of any cars there. Royalton students also recently competed and won the YES competition (Youth, Energy, Summit) by building a full size enclosed trailer. That competition was last week over Skype. You can look for the winning car and trailer at numerous parades this summer.

--Minnesota employers shed 4,200 jobs in April, according to figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. March figures were revised downward from 2,600 jobs gained to 700 jobs gained. The unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 4.7 percent in April. The state has added nearly 42,000 jobs in the past year, a growth rate of 1.5 percent, compared with a U.S. growth rate of 1.7 percent during that period. The US unemployment rate in April was 6.3%.

--Weather permitting, water will be shut off on Prairie Drive in Little Falls on Monday, May 19th from approximately 8:00am-1:00pm in order to extend the water main.

--The program “Dateline” on NBC tonight will be airing a one hour show focused on the Byron Smith case and trial. The show starts at 7:00pm.

--A body found Sunday in a wooded area on the north side of Whitney Park has been identified through fingerprints, it was announced Thursday. The deceased is 30-year old Matt David Persons of St. Cloud. His identity was confirmed through fingerprints on file with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The investigation continues into his death while police wait for the final report from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office. It is believed that there is no danger to public safety from this incident.

--Minnesota lawmakers struck a deal Thursday to legalize medical marijuana, handing a major victory to severely ill children and adults whose emotional appeals for help propelled a major policy change that once appeared dead for the session. Governor Mark Dayton said he would sign the legislation, which was closer to the House's more restrictive bill than the Senate's. The following is a statement from Governor Dayton. “This bill is citizen government at its best. It has been led by parents, who deeply love their children, are anguished by their pain, and insist their government try to help them. As a father and grandfather, I both understand and admire their devotion.  Governor Dayton goes on to say  “I look forward to signing this bill into law. And I pledge that my administration, led by Dr. Ehlinger, will do everything possible to implement it as swiftly and successfully, as is possible.” Twenty one other states and the District of Columbia allow medical marijuana.

--The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy recently announced the winners of the third annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards, which recognizes dairy farms, businesses and collaborative partnerships that are committed to stewardship and sustainability, delivering exceptional results that are good for business, good for the environment and good for the community. Marshik Dairy in Pierz, was recognized for its Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency. Dairy farmers Dean Marshik and his wife Clare Palmquist have made sustainability and a good quality of life a top priority by focusing on their cows, their employees and the community. In 2010, Marshik Dairy, a fifth-generation 155-cow family farm, implemented a new, technologically advanced and energy efficient barn in design that included robotic milking facilities, energy efficient lighting and ventilation, and renewable wind and solar power.

TODAY= mostly sunny, high 53.
TONIGHT= clear skies, patchy frost late, low 33.
SATURDAY= sunny and calm, high near 60, low near 40.
SUNDAY= sunny and mild, high near 70, storms late night low 50.
MONDAY= storms likely through day and very windy, high 60.

TWINS= after a blown save in the 9th the Twins rebounded to win it in the 10th 4-3 over Boston to take 2 out of 3 of the series. Twins open a series with Seattle tonight at 6:40pm, Saturday at 5:40pm and Sunday at 12:40pm all games live on Q92 WYRQ.
VL= Buckman at Fort Ripley Sunday 1:30pm on AM960 KLTF.
SB= Little Falls at Albany playoff action Monday 4:30 on AM960
SB= Pierz at Rocori playoff action Monday 4:30pm on FM94 KFML

Redneck Radio tonight and Saturday at the West Side Bar

Thursday- May 15th, 2014

--The Morrison County FSA reminds farmers that while planting has been delayed due to the cooler and wetter spring, eventually farmers will be done planting and will need to report your acreage to your county FSA office. As soon as farmers complete planting they should schedule an appointment with their FSA office as the FSA Acreage reporting deadline is July 15th. Late fees apply after the deadline. Filing your reports at FSA before you file with your crop insurance agent will reduce the risk of errors as most agents prefer to have a copy of the FSA acreage report when you file your acres with them. Planted crop acres cannot be reported to FSA until planting is completed. The final planting date for corn is May 31st and the final planting date for soybeans in June 10th. FSA will be unable to accept a prevent plant report until the final planting ate for that crop has passed. For more information contact your local FSA office, in Morrison County it is 632-5477 and

--The Initiative Foundation based in Little Falls along with the Central Minnesota Community Foundation is now accepting applications for a joint Rural Poverty Grants Program. Areas served are the 14 counties of central Minnesota including Morrison, Benton, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena and Wright. Applications must be 501c3 nonprofits and local units of government. The online application deadline is June 30th. Applications are encouraged to pursue grants of $1,000 to $5,000. For more information on the grants contact Jeanne at 320-257-9715.

--Crow Wing County deputies extinguished a leaf pile fire and another small fire both on Monday in Garrison. A reminder to residents that burning restrictions are still in effect for many counties even through the cooler and wet conditions have not sparked many wildfires this spring. Todd County responded to a theft of a tiller from a residence in rural Staples and Little Falls police responded to a number of theft reports. Citizens are encouraged to call in suspicious activity.

--Investigators still looking for Jacob Wetterling nearly 25 years after he was abducted are taking a new look at the similarities between Jacob's disappearance in 1989 and the abductions of several other children a couple years earlier. Wetterling, then just 11-years-old, was abducted on October 22nd, 1989 in St. Joseph. The case remains open. Earlier that year a 12-year-old Cold Spring boy named Jared was also abducted and assaulted not far from where Jacob was taken. Jared was released by his attacker. Investigators in Stearns County are now taking a closer look at several stranger assaults that took place in Paynesville in 1986 and 1987. There were at least five assaults and the victims were all teenage boys. Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says investigators have always known about the Paynesville cases and looked into them years ago. They are now actively investigating possible similarities to Jacob's disappearance and Jared's abduction again. The new development in the investigation of Wetterling's disappearance follows a call by Jared for anyone with information about the assaults to come forward.

--After nearly a year long process to find a Cold Spring Police Chief the city council voted 4-1 Tuesday night to hire interim chief Chris Boucher to succeed Phil Jones who retired from the position July 1st of last year. Boucher had been in the interim position since mid-July of last year and is a 20 year veteran of the department. The choice comes after a long process that involved legal issues and applicant questions. Jones had spent 24 years in Cold Spring, 21 as chief.

--U.S. 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan announced the locations of several “Congress Comes to You” meetings conducted by his staff. Locally, they will be on Thursday, May 29th at 9:30am at Little Falls City Hall; 11:00am at Pierz City Hall; 1:00pm at Royalton City Hall; and 2:30pm at the Upsala Community Center. “Congress Comes to You meetings are an opportunity to meet with members of my staff and discuss matters of interest and importance to you.” said Nolan.

--The Pierz City Council met Monday night. Public Works Administrator Robert Otremba informed the council as to what was discussed at the Electric Committee meeting; he stated that Minnesota Power would do a pole inspection and GPS mapping of the City before taking over service. The Electric Committee also found that the cost to buy the Park Avenue customers from Minnesota Power would be $94,256. Motions carried to accept the purchase agreement for two separate Industrial Park Lots. An Administrative Committee Meeting was set for June 9th. Also approved Monday were several permits and a job posting for a 2-day per week assistant to Public Works Administrator Robert Otremba.

--William Lehrke III and Hailey Wysocki of Little Falls, a girl 5-13
--Melissa Keeley of Little Falls had a baby girl on May 13th.
--Randy and Angela Bartkowicz of Bowlus, a girl born May 13th

--Genevieve ‘Gen’ Gertrude Kloss, age 90 of Royalton.

TODAY= mostly cloudy, isolated PM shower, high near 50.
TONIGHT= patchy frost late, clearing, low 33.
FRIDAY= sunny skies, high 55, clear at night low around 35.
SATURDAY= mostly sunny, high near 60, low around 40.
SUNDAY=sunny and warmer, high near 70, low around 45.

TWINS= Red Sox beat the Twins 9-4 Wednesday and the two teams will play the rubber game today 11:40am pregame on Q92 WYRQ.
HS= listen to high school playoff softball action on Monday as Little Falls will travel to Albany at 4:30pm on KLTF and Pierz playoff softball will be broadcasted Monday on FM94 KFML.

IN 1862= the Department of Agriculture is created.
IN 1905= Las Vegas, Nevada is founded and organized into a city.
IN 1928= Mickey Mouse made his debut in movie theaters with short cartoons that played before the major motion pictures. The first films Mickey had no name- until Steamboat Willie later that year by Disney
IN 1963= Peter, Paul and Mary release If I had a Hammer.
IN 1981= the fourth and final Gilligan’s Island movie aired on NBC, the show featuring The Harlem Globetrotters was a network flop. The movies came to light after the 1964-1966 CBS TV Series never had an ending. In 1977 NBC aired Rescue from Gilligan’s Island which had some success followed by Return to the Island and Castaways at Gilligan’s Island which had limited success each year after the first.

Redneck Radio Friday and Saturday at West Side Bar

Wednesday- May 14th, 2014

--The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced that prescribed burns will be taking place the rest of May along Highway 55 between Paynesville and Brooten, near Highway 10 at the St. Cloud Travel Information Center and along the Lake Wobegon Trail near Sauk Centre. Traffic should not be affected by the prescribed fires but motorists should expect to see smoke and workers in those areas while this is being done. The fires are needed to help improve the native vegetation and weed control along roadways.

--A 27-year-old Backus man was arrested following an ongoing drug investigation in Cass County. Authorities executed a search warrant at a residence to find a quantity of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The man, whose name was not released, is awaiting formal charges in Cass County.

--Three adults and three children were injured Saturday when their vehicle crashed into trees along Cass County Road 125 in Kego Township. The 32-year-old male driver was airlifted to the Fargo hospital and a juvenile girl was taken to a hospital in Minneapolis with serious injuries. The four other occupants were treated at the scene for injuries. The accident remains under investigation.

--A 13-year-old boy was injured Sunday afternoon in Crow Wing County when the ATV he was operating flipped over. Nathan Winter was attempting to climb a steep embankment when the vehicle flipped backwards onto him. Winter was taken to the Brainerd Hospital with reported non-life threatening injuries.

--Morrison Soil and Water Conservation District is offering free nitrate testing of well water to residents of Morrison County and surrounding areas. The week-long clinic will be offered now through Friday. Testing hours will be from 8:00am - 4:30pm through Thursday and 8:00am - 4:00pm on Friday. Landowners may bring in as many samples as they wish, and will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire. Samples should be placed in clean jars or Ziploc bags and should be taken after running the tap for several minutes and before any filtering is done. Only three – four ounces is needed. The test takes a matter of minutes and can be conducted while they wait. In the past number of years, approximately 15 – 17 percent of wells tested in Morrison County exceeded the acceptable nitrate standard. For more information, call (320) 616-2479.

--Motorists traveling Highway 169 in Aitkin will experience unimpeded travel as a closure of the roadway has been postponed. A short segment of Highway 169 just south of First Street NE were originally scheduled to close May 14 for work on the railroad crossing south of First Street NE. The lane closures and project have been postponed until further notice. Updated information on the closure will be issued as details become available. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit

--One driver was taken to the hospital and another was cited after a two-vehicle collision in St. Cloud Monday. Just after 5:00pm, St. Cloud police officers responded to an accident at 14th Avenue and St. Germain Street. 23-year old Eric Nieme of Sauk Rapids failed to yield the right of way to 32-year old Khadro Mohamud of St. Cloud who was traveling east on St. Germain Street. Nieme struck Mohamud's vehicle and Mohamud was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of injuries that are not life-threatening. Nieme was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

--A St. Cloud man was arrested Tuesday morning after an early morning to damaged property in a St. Cloud neighborhood. At about 2:30am, St. Cloud police officers were called to the 1700 block of Cherry Lane after a report of a vehicle striking vehicles, mailboxes and street signs as it drove through the neighborhood. The driver, 22-year old Eric Mattson of St Cloud, was arrested and could face multiple charges including third-degree DWI, reckless driving and three counts of hit and run. Mattson is being held for court at the Benton County Jail.

--Seat belt and child restraint violations will be the target May 19 – June 1, as troopers, deputies and city police officers work together to save lives and prevent needless tragedies on Minnesota roadways during the annual May Click-It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign. Since many of our crash injuries and fatalities involving the non-use of seat belts occur at night, about half of the enforcement hours can be expected to be held during the time period between 4:00pm and 1:00am. Minnesota’s seat belt law is a primary offense, meaning you can get stopped for not being appropriately restrained. Memorial Day will be a main focus time period, as it is in the top six dangerous holidays on our state roadways. Looking back from 2009 – 2013, the Memorial Day holiday weekend was the deadliest of the holidays, with at least 31 deaths and more than 2,060 reported crashes.

--Wesley Small and Shantell Oleson of Little Falls, boy on May 12th

TODAY= mostly sunny, scattered late day showers, high near 50.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, patchy frost late, low 33.
THURSDAY= partly sunny, late day rain, high 48, low 33 with frost.
FRIDAY= mostly sunny, high 52, clear at night low around 35.

TWINS= Chris Parmalee hit a walk off 2 run homer in the bottom of the 9th to lift the Twins to a 8-6 win over Red Sox Tuesday. Twins and Red Sox play game 2 tonight 6:40pm on Q92 WYRQ.
WILD= Chicago ended the Wild’s season with a 2-1 overtime win Tuesday night in St. Paul to win the best of 7 series 4 games to 2. Also in the NHL the New York Rangers beat Pittsburgh also by the score of 2-1 to win their series 4 games to 3 over the Penguins.

IN 1607= three ships from England landed in the new world and called their settlement Jamestown considered the first English settlement in what is now the United States of America.
IN 1804= Lewis and Clark began their expedition to the west coast to survey the land purchased in the Louisiana Purchase by Jefferson.
IN 1878= petroleum jelly was trademarked with name Vaseline.
IN 1904= first Olympic Games in the U.S. opened in St. Louis.
IN 1960= first prescribed use of contraception, “The Pill” or birth control pills was given by doctors which sparked controversy.
IN 1966= Minnesota native Bob Dylan hit #1 on the charts with the song Rainy Day Women #12 and 35, he stayed there only 1 week.
IN 1989= TV Shows Family Ties and Moonlighting aired final shows.

Redneck Radio Friday/Saturday, meat raffle Friday at West Side Bar

Tuesday- May 13th, 2014

--Coal and crushed metal scattered the train tracks early Monday as crews worked to clear the scene of a massive train derailment near Pillager. Fifty train cars carrying coal derailed at around 11:45pm Sunday in Sylvan Township, west of Pillager near County Road 101. No one was hurt and the incident did not involve any hazardous material or pose a threat to public safety. About 9:00am Monday morning, several cleanup crews were still on scene working to clear the mess. Several nearby intersections are closed while cleanup efforts are ongoing. Sheriff Burch requested that residents stay out of the affected area while crews continue with cleanup efforts for the next several days. The investigation continues with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and BNSF officials.

--Todd County Thursday responded to a barn fire in Browerville. The call came in around 3:00am at 22720 Ladybug Drive. A turkey barn owned by Toddco Turkeys Inc. was engulfed in smoke when authorities arrived. Due to chemicals inside the barn, two Browerville firefighters had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. The barn was empty and housed no animals at the time of the fire. The barn was ruled a total loss. The cause is currently under investigation.

--The Little Falls City Council recently voted to hire Greg Kimman as the new public works director/engineer for the city of Little Falls. He will replace current Public Works Director, Jerry Lochner, who will retire May 31st. The city received nine applicants for the position. Five were interviewed and the council voted 7-1 to hire Kimman.

--Morrison County Recorder Eileen Holtberg announced that she will seek the position of county recorder. Holtberg has been employed in the recorder’s office for 24 years, with 13 years experience as chief deputy recorder. Holtberg was appointed to complete the term of retiring recorder, Bunny Johnston on January 1st, 2013.

--A reminder from county auditor/treasurers that the first half of real estate property taxes is due May 15th. Payments can be paid at your local county offices or paid online through your county website. Resort property has a payment deadline of May 31st. Seasonal business properties may file an affidavit to the effect that at least 60 percent of business is done during the five months of summer and can also have until May 31st to pay the first half tax.

--The Minnesota DNR Little Falls fisheries office would like to encourage anglers to help reduce the abundant pike population in Big Swan Lake in Todd County. The lake has a 24-36-inch protected slot and daily bag limit of six pike, with only one over 36 inches allowed. After reviewing more than 15 years of extensive data on Big Swan Lake, the DNR fisheries staff increased the bag limit to six fish in 2013. The intent was to encourage anglers to harvest pike less than 24 inches. The larger pike over 36 inches are important for population balance and are better off released. The DNR’s most recent sampling showed pike numbers near 20 per net, which is considered over-abundant. While central Minnesota has many lakes with abundant, small northern pike, Big Swan Lake has a rare increased bag limit for pike to try to alleviate the problems associated with too many smaller pike. Excessive small pike can cause issues with population balance, particularly in perch populations and with walleye stocking efforts. The current regulation will be in place through 2016, after which changes could be considered for the 2017 fishing season. For more information call 616-2450.

--Minnesota lawmakers still face many items as they head for the end of the session on May 19th. Votes on a construction finance package, tax relief, medical marijuana and some new spending on priority programs remain and some pending items include the state lottery; impose regulations on electronic cigarettes and ban tanning bed use by minors. Lawmakers are hoping to not have to burn the midnight oil like in the past to get the items complete before adjourning.

--A St. Cloud woman was injured Saturday after being struck by a car while walking across Washington Memorial Drive and Highway 23. Police reported that the 25-year-old woman was running across the highway outside the crosswalk when she was struck by an oncoming vehicle. The woman was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of injuries and in good condition Sunday. The driver was not cited.

--An Annandale woman died Sunday when two vehicles collided in Maple Lake. Around 12:30pm 45-year-old Ronda Vincent of Big Lake was pulling out of a gas station when she struck a vehicle that was traveling on Highway 55 driven by 71-year-old Robert Bowman of Annandale. Bowman’s passenger 71-year-old Janice Bowman was dead at the scene when authorities arrived. The two drivers were taken to St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

--A St. Cloud man was taken to Benton County Jail on charges of first-degree burglary, felony property damage and felony domestic assault. Authorities stated that 24-year-old Corey Stanell was arrested around 4:30pm following a report from a woman who told police of an incident with Stanell. Formal charges are pending.

--No fish for Governor Mark Dayton at the fishing opener on Saturday morning. Reports from Gull Lake stated that the governor was skunked early that morning while Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon caught two walleye including one on her second cast of the morning Saturday. Governor Dayton was joined on his boat Saturday morning by Miss Minnesota Rebecca Yeh who is a Nisswa native. There was no word on if Yeh out fished the Governor.

--St. Cloud police are investigating a death after officers recovered a body Sunday evening from a wooded area accessible by a footbridge just north of Whitney Park. Police officers and Stearns County Sheriff's Office deputies were on the scene around 7:00pm and focused their investigation on a wooded area off-trail. Police said there is no public safety risk in relation to the incident. Police believe it was a suicide but the investigation into the death is ongoing.

--Eric and Stephanie Andres of Little Falls, a boy born May 10th.

TODAY= mostly cloudy, breezy, few showers, high near 50.
TONIGHT= clearing skies, scattered frost, low 34.
WEDNESDAY= mostly sunny, a PM shower or storm, high 54.
THURSDAY= partly sunny, spotty showers, high near 50.

HS BAB= Holdingford at Pierz a doubleheader at 4pm today FM94
HS SB= Little Falls at Albany at 5pm today on AM960 KLTF
TWINS= Twins host Red Sox pregame tonight at 6:40 on Q92.
WILD= Wild host Chicago in game 6 at 8pm tonight in St. Paul. Blackhawks lead 3-2 and Wild need to win to avoid elimination.

Redneck Radio Friday and Saturday at West Side Bar in Little Falls.

Monday- May 12th, 2014

--The City of Little Falls, in collaboration with the Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Initiative Foundation and a grant from MN Power has been working to move the community forward in a positive way. As a result, a core team of people have been exploring strengths and potential opportunities within the community to develop a vision for Little Falls. A Community Gathering will be held from 5:30-8:00pm on Tuesday, May 20th at the Little Falls High School Commons. Everyone is invited to contribute to developing the vision. A meal will be provided and child care will be available. RSVP by calling the Convention and Visitors Bureau at (320) 616-4959.

--An Albertville woman has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide in the death of 19-year old Phillip Lavallee. The crash occurred shortly after noon on August 8th in the 8000 block of Wright County Road 19 in Otsego. 68-year old Linda Gullickson is charged with one count of criminal vehicular homicide. The court complaint charging her says she swerved out of her lane, across the other lane and hit Lavallee from behind while he was running alongside the road. The complaint indicates that Gullickson's vehicle was traveling 63 mph in a 55 mph zone and showed no signs of braking or measures to avoid hitting Lavallee. Phone records indicate that her cellphone received a call from her husband at about the same time as the crash. The call went unanswered and went to her voice mail. The complaint accuses Gullickson of "driving conduct and the level of inattentiveness" that was "so extreme as to amount to gross negligence because she failed to exercise even scant or slight care."

--A former Mille Lacs County deputy received a 33-year prison sentence Thursday for sexually assaulting children on fishing trips in Otter Tail County. 30-year old Aaron Heuer of Isle must serve 22 years before he is eligible for supervised and conditional release. He also must register as a predatory offender. Heuer pleaded guilty in March to four counts of felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct and a charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Heuer also was convicted Thursday on one count of first-degree sexual conduct in Mille Lacs County and his sentence on that conviction will run concurrently. According to a criminal complaint, Heuer sexually assaulted children while volunteering as a fishing guide at Lutheran Island Camp in Henning, inappropriately touching four boys ages 8 to 10. Other incidents allegedly occurred with two of the boys on a separate trip in Aitkin County.

--The Pierz City Council meets tonight at 7:00pm at Pierz City Hall. Agenda items include electric committee report, draft of purchase agreement for existing industrial lot businesses. Council is expected to set an administrative committee meeting and hear from city officials such as the public works administrator, police chief, fire chief and parks supervisor.

--Motorists traveling both directions of Highway 169 in Aitkin will encounter a detour and delays as the road closes at the railroad crossing south of First Street NE and north of First Street SE beginning Wednesday morning with all lanes expected to be open again by evening of that day. A short signed detour will direct motorists along Highway 47/Fourth Street SE and County Road 12, a distance of 1.5 miles. The closures are needed as crews repair the railroad crossing. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit

--Preschool registration 5-6:30pm tonight for Swanville preschool.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office in the past week responded to fire calls May 4th on Grouse Road of a golf cart in flames. The grass around the cart was also on fire and extinguished by firefighters. May 3rd a report of a fire at a structure on 143rd Street in Pierz. No one was home at the time and Pierz firefighters were dispatched to the scene. Deputies are investigating with the State Fire Marshal a structure fire in Randall and two camper fires in Scandia Valley that have been ruled arson. Deputies were called May 3rd around 4:00pm to Fish Trap Lake in Cushing as two men were in the cold water of the lake trying to get to shore. The men were helped by neighbors before deputies arrived and the two refused medical treatment. Sheriff’s deputies also responded to theft reports in Little Falls, Pierz and Randall and burglary reports in Little Falls and Cushing. They remind residents to call in suspicious activity at 632-9233.

--Firefighters were busy in Crow Wing County due to lightning strikes Wednesday and Thursday. Cross Lake firefighters were called 6:00pm Wednesday to a home on Boulder Road near Manhattan Beach where lightning hit the house and blew the door frame off. There was no fire but wires to the home were burned a bit. Minutes later another call came in that the Presbyterian Church in Crosslake was struck by lightning. Lightning hit behind the church and started the grass and a tree on fire. The rain extinguished most of the fire before firefighters arrived. In both cases there were no injuries. Ideal and Mission fire departments also responded to a lightning fire call with minimal damage done to a structure.

--Former pro wrestler and promoter Eugene ‘Buck’ Zumhofe has been sentenced to 25 years in prison on two first-degree and two third degree criminal sexual conduct counts in Kandiyohi County District Court. He was also charged with felony escape of custody for attempting to run out of the courtroom after the verdict was read on March 5th. According to complaints the 63-year-old Zumhofe repeatedly molested a close female relative over a period of 12 years starting when she was 15 years old. Zumhoffe was also ordered to serve 10 years conditional release and register as a sex offender.

--John Wesley Gallagher, age 65 of Little Falls
--Arthur P. Rudek, age 80 of Little Falls.
--David Lyle Holtz, age 69 of Wyoming MN.
--Jean “Kane” Eckstrom, age 80 former resident of Pierz.

TODAY= showers likely, high around 50.
TONIGHT= showers likely, breezy, low around 40.
TUESDAY= partly sunny, high 52 and breezy, clear 35 at night.
WEDNESDAY= sunny, isolated morning shower, high 55.

WILD= Wild win 4-2 Friday to even series with Chicago then Blackhawks beat Wild 2-1 in Chicago on Sunday to go up 3-2. Game 6 is Tuesday night in Minnesota. If a game 7 it would be Thursday.
TWINS= Twins beat Justin Verlander Friday 2-1 on a Kurt Suzuki two run single and great pitching from Phil Hughes. Detroit blasted the Twins 9-3 on Saturday. Minnesota comes from behind Sunday scoring 4 unanswered to beat the Tigers 4-3. Twins off today

Lunches daily, happy hour specials and meat raffle Friday at WS Bar

Friday- May 9th, 2014

--A senior at the Little Falls Community High School Maria Hauer was invited by the US Olympic Ski Team to go skiing with them over the Memorial Day weekend. Maria Hauer is the daughter of Chuck and Jane Hauer. Hauer was invited on her 19th birthday which was April 12th to ski with the US Olympic team at Mount Bachelor in Bend, Oregon. Hauer met the US coach Dan Simoneau at a camp her sophomore year. This honor is by invite only and Hauer is the only Midwest kid invited. Maria Hauer will sign a letter of intent to participate in Nordic Skiing at St. Cloud State University at 7:45am next Wednesday in the Little Falls High School Media Center.

--The state court office on Wednesday posted the video that was recorded by four surveillance cameras at Byron Smith's house the day two teenagers broke in and were killed by Smith. The video can be viewed at and is titled “Surveillance Video 2”. 65-year old Byron Smith was convicted April 29th of two counts each of first- and second-degree murder for the shooting deaths of Haile Kifer and Nick Brady. The teenage cousins were shot on Thanksgiving Day 2012 by Smith. Smith was sentenced to life in prison without the chance for parole. Smith will appeal. The surveillance video shows Kifer and Brady looking in windows at Smith's house and trying to get in through the front door. At one point Brady spots one of the cameras and turns it so it won't record him as he tries to get into the house. The tape doesn't show the teenagers breaking into the house. A video posted last week by the state court office to the same website shows hours of what the cameras recorded earlier in the day, including Smith moving his pickup truck away from his house. Audio from the incident including the audio of the shooting, and audio of Smith’s conversation with Morrison County Deputy Luberts the day after the shooting is available for the public to watch and or listen to on that site.

--Sauk Rapids police captured a man Thursday morning after a caller reported seeing suspicious activity in an area where several unsolved burglaries have occurred, and the man ran from police. The caller told police that a man on a bicycle approached a residence in the 1200 block of Seventh Avenue North. The caller knew the people who lived at the home were not there and that the man on the bicycle was unfamiliar to the neighborhood. Police responded and tried to stop the man, but he fled. Officers from Sartell, the Minnesota State Patrol and Benton County assisted in tracking the man to an area near U.S. Highway 10 and Benton County Road 29, where he was captured while lying in a ditch. Investigators will try to determine if he had any connection to the burglaries that have been reported recently in that area.

--Two 9-year-old boys accidentally started a grass fire Tuesday in Brainerd when they were playing with a lighter. The fire was located behind the baseball fields at Central Lakes College around 6:00pm. The grass fire was around 30-40 feet in size. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control within an hour.

--The Boys and Girls Club New 2 You Store earlier this week announced they were in need of volunteers to help finish the floor of the new store in Little Falls. They will be working today from 3:00-5:00pm, and Saturday from 8:00am-12:00pm. Volunteers will be helping to clean the floor with electric scrubbers, and general inside cleanup. Volunteers should be at least 16 years old.  Please call Bernie at (320) 249-5632 with questions.

--If plans go as expected by the Wausau Task Force the Wausau Paper Mill factory in Brainerd could be completely leveled within the next year. An investment recovery, recycling and demolition company from Michigan has applied for a permit from the city to begin the tear down process of some of the buildings at the site. The application will be considered and voted on by the Brainerd Planning Commission and the city council at their next meeting on Tuesday. Plans are only preliminary at this stage and could change depending on the terms of the city of Brainerd.

--Letter carriers in more than 10,000 communities across America will join forces to help stamp out hunger. Tomorrow postal employees will collect non-perishable food items and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters across the country. Customers are asked to place bags of non-perishable food items, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before their letter carrier delivers the mail tomorrow. The letter carrier will do the rest, taking the food to the post office where it is sorted and delivered to an area food bank or pantry.

--The top 10 honor graduates at Upsala High School for 2014 are: Rachel Schlumpberger of Bowlus who is the valedictorian of her class. Dylan Zimmerman of Elmdale; Savanna Johnson of Upsala; Ruthie Flaa of Grey Eagle; Kaelin Smieja of Burtrum; Mitchell Lange of Burtrum; Christian Pekarek of Little Falls; Shawn Pohlmann of Upsala; Katie Ripplinger of Bowlus; Jennifer Wuebkers of Burtrum.

--Royalton Middle School students will soon be out collecting pledges for their first Ramblin Royals Walk-A-Thon fundraiser. The primary goal of the fundraiser is to help pay for field trips, technology and teacher requests for educational purposes for middle school students. Students will start to take pledges today through the event coming up on May 19th. All money raised go toward school projects.

--Louise M. Grams, age 88 of Little Falls

TODAY= showers likely, cloudy and breezy, high 55.
TONIGHT= clearing skies, low 37.
SATURDAY= increasing clouds, afternoon showers & storms, high 64
SATURDAY NIGHT= showers likely, low 45.
SUNDAY= showers in morning, some PM sun, high 66, low 48.
MONDAY= showers likely, breezy, high 56.

NFL= Vikings draft Anthony Barr a linebacker from UCLA with the 9th pick after swapping the 8th pick to Cleveland for the 9th pick and a 5th round pick. Then the Vikings traded their 2nd round and 4th round picks to Seattle for the last pick in the first round where they drafted quarterback Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville. Jadeveon Clowney a defensive end from South Carolina was the first overall pick taken by Houston while Johnny Manziel was taken by Cleveland at #22. The 2nd and 3rd rounds of the draft are tonight in New York.
WILD= Game 4 tonight with Wild and Chicago starting at 8:30pm.
TWINS= Cleveland beats Twins 9-4 Thursday to take 3 of 4 from the series. Twins are in Detroit tonight 5:35pm pregame Saturday and Sunday pregame begins at 11:35am and all on Q92 WYRQ.

Smoking Guns tonight, Kings Ransom Saturday at West Side Bar

Thursday- May 8th, 2014

--Three structures in two days were burned beyond repair and officials believe the fires were intentionally set. As stated earlier this week, the Randall Fire Department and Flensburg Fire Department responded to a house in Parker Township that was unoccupied. When the fire departments arrived, the entire roof was gone. If it hadn’t been for the stucco exterior, the entire house would have been engulfed in flames. There were no injuries. The house, unoccupied for several years, is situated on a dirt, 1.5-mile-long road with little traffic. Tire tracks were found leading to the house, but it is unknown if they came from the alleged perpetrators or from the person who called 911. Nothing has been confirmed as of yet. The second incident occurred early Saturday. About 16 firefighters from the Scandia Valley Fire Department responded. The fire, at 2278 White Pine Lane in the Lincoln Lakes Area totaled two camper trailers. The campers, on separate areas of the lot, were unoccupied and were situated in an area with not many close neighbors. The cause of both incidents is unknown, but the State Fire Marshal and the Morrison County Sheriff’s Department are investigating both as possible arson. If anyone has information concerning these fires or other suspected arsons, call the Arson Hot Line at 1 (800) 723-2020.

--On Wednesday, around 10:15am police officers were contacted by St. Gabriel's Hospital and asked to secure the helipad for an incoming helicopter. Officers arrived on scene and observed a car with several large flags attached to its roof. They had received earlier complaints that these flags, due to their close proximity to the helipad could pose a risk to the helicopter's rotors. Officers asked the registered owner to move the vehicle but she claimed to be unable to move it before the helicopter could land. This subject later moved her car before the helicopter left the scene. The police report did not release the name of the vehicles owner.

--Two St. Cloud men were arrested in Alexandria after an investigation into the sale of the drug ecstasy. Investigators of the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force and West Central Minnesota Drug Task Force received information of a large marijuana transaction to take place in Alexandria last Friday. Investigators learned that 22-year-old Derek Glynn was transporting a large amount of the drug along with amounts of the drug MDMA otherwise known as ecstasy. Investigators observed a drug transaction between Glynn and 22-year-old Aaron Christensen of St. Cloud and both were arrested and taken to the Douglas County Jail where they were booked on control substance crimes. Investigators also searched Glynn’s residence and found 20 pounds of marijuana and other substances thought to be methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine. A safe was also confiscated with over $13,000 in cash found inside.

--On April 26th, Harry Sieben, the Secretary of the Civilian Marksmanship Program, presented a plaque of appreciation to the Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, Major General Richard Nash. The plaque was presented to General Nash for his support of the Civilian Marksmanship Program. The citation read in part "President Teddy Roosevelt created a relationship between the Civilian Marksmanship Program and the National Guard that has flourished for more than a century. The Minnesota National Guard, through the leadership of Major General Richard Nash, has strengthened the bond." According to Sieben the Civilian Marksmanship Program was started by Teddy Roosevelt to increase marksmanship skills throughout the United States.

--Adam Kempenich, a 2011 Little Falls Community High School graduate, was selected as the 2014 North Dakota State University (NDSU) Student Leader of the Year.  He was presented the award at the annual Bison Leader Awards Program on April 14th. NDSU has more than 14,000 students. One student is selected for this award annually. The Bison Leader Awards are to recognize some of the most impressive student leaders, organizations, events and advisers, to show that all of their hard work and contributions to campus are appreciated. Faculty adviser, Rich Lodewyk, nominated Kempenich for the award. “He has worked extremely hard all year long to move the Bison Information Network forward and provide new and exciting broadcasting opportunities for NDSU Students. Furthermore he has succeeded in collaborative efforts with both the Spectrum and Thunder Radio” said Lodewyk.

--The Minnesota Senate has voted to pass a bill allowing use, but not smoking, of medical marijuana for people with debilitating ailments. The Senate bill would allow use of medical marijuana by inhaling vapors or in pill or oil form. It passed the Senate on 48-18 yes vote which is a large enough majority to override a governor’s veto.

--The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is trying to lure some new anglers to the state and the sport in the process by launching a new website. The DNR has packaged state fishing regulations and other helpful information on their easy-to-use website, which features rewritten and reorganized open water fishing regulations laid out in a user-friendly question and answer format. The website is part of Governor Dayton's Plain Language Executive Order that directs state agencies to make information easier to access and easier to understand. DNR officials have also made enhancements for anglers who access fishing information from desktop computers or mobile devices using the agency's popular LakeFinder site. The rewrite began with open water regulations in time for the Minnesota fishing opener. Ice fishing and fish spearing regulations will soon follow. The new site includes fishing terminology and locations of fishing piers, boat landings, and family-friendly fishing spots where fishing licenses can be bought and also the site has a link where licenses can be bought online.

--Liberty candidate Keegan Iversen has announced his candidacy for Minnesota State Auditor.

--Andrew and Carey Burgraff of Little Falls, boy on May 6th

TWINS= Cleveland beat the Twins last night in the bottom of the 9th to win 4-3. Twins (15-17) wrap up series with Cleveland early today with pregame starting at 10:35am on Q92 WYRQ.
WILD= Chicago at Wild in game 4 is Friday night at 8:30pm.
NFL= The NFL Draft begins tonight with first round selections many sources feel that Houston may trade their #1 pick prior to their selection tonight. The Vikings right now choose 8th in Round one.

IN 1792= first U.S. Military draft established.
IN 1794= the U.S. Post Office is established by act of Congress.
IN 1963= Sean Connery debuts as James Bond in Dr. No in theaters

Smoking Guns Friday, Kings Ransom Saturday at West Side Bar

Wednesday- May 7th, 2014

--Today is the 4th Annual Day of Caring in Little Falls. From 9:00am-12:00pm motorists are asked to watch for extra community members and students out participating in the Day of Caring. Around 1,000 volunteers will help about 160 residences in Little Falls and Randall that signed up this year. Volunteers will also clean area parks with any extra time. Pedestrians should also be mindful to watch for motorists when getting to their destinations. Tonight there will be a number of celebrations at areas churches and schools intended for anyone to come, bring a snack and enjoy getting together with all from the day’s events.

--MN Dot is reminding motorists to slow down in work zones. Road work continues on Highway 371 and Highway 210 in the Baxter area where closures and delays are expected through the end of the week. The Highway 10 bypass project in Rice is in full swing where lane shifts and delays will occur intermittently at times while the project continues through the summer. More work on the project will also take place in 2015 before it is completed. There are over 40 road work projects that are underway in the state with over 100 more expected over the summer. For travel information, visit

--Crow Wing County Auditor/Treasurer Laureen Borden announced that she will retire in December at the end of her current term. Borden was elected county treasurer in 1986 and the only Auditor-Treasurer for the county since the two offices merged in 2010.

--Minnesota is on the verge of restricting gun possession rights for people convicted of domestic abuse and those subject to restraining orders. The Senate voted 60-4 on Monday to require people convicted of child or domestic abuse to give up their firearms permanently. A person subject to an order of protection could regain right of possession when an order expires unless a judge extends the order. The House passed the same bill last week. The legislation now goes to Governor Mark Dayton, who said on Monday that he supports the measure.

--Bicyclists are back on the road. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and Minnesota Department of Transportation from 2011 to 2013, 18 bicyclists died on Minnesota roads and 2,634 were injured. Of those injuries, 155 or 6 percent were serious injuries. This is a decline from the previous three-year period. From 2008-2010, 32 bicyclists were killed and 2,836 bicyclists were injured. In 2013, 45 percent of the seven fatalities and 822 serious injuries were in the 15 to 29-year-old age group. Five to 14-year-olds made up another 15 percent of fatalities and serious injuries. “Reducing bicycle crashes is important to Minnesota's vision of eliminating all fatalities and serious injuries on our roadways,” said Sue Groth, MnDOT state traffic engineer. “Bicyclists on the road must act like vehicles - meaning obeying traffic signals, signaling their turns and of course, being visible. Motorists must treat bicyclists like they treat other vehicles and providing ample space for the bicyclist when passing.” Crash statistics show that cyclists and motorists are nearly equally at fault in crashes between motor vehicles and bicycles. The primary reasons bike crashes occur are failure to yield right of way, non-motorist error and disregarding a traffic control device. These three are among the five top contributing factors every year. Most crashes occur during afternoon commuting time between 3:00 and 6:59pm. The 5:00 to 5:50pm time period has the highest incident of crashes.

--The man who shot and killed an Annandale man during a robbery in September has pleaded guilty and is expected to be sentenced to 30 years in prison. 23-year old Gray Soltis of St. Michael pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree intentional murder, admitting that he shot 42-year old Kyle L. Greene on September 28th as he and others tried to rob Greene of drugs and money. Soltis is scheduled to be sentenced in Wright County District Court on June 18. Soltis was one of six suspects charged in adult and juvenile court with participating in part or the entire plan to rob Greene or cover up the killing. Four have pleaded guilty, and two are due in court again in the next week.

--The Boys and Girls Club New 2 You Store is in need of volunteers to help finish the floor of the new store. They will be working on Friday from 3:00-5:00pm, and Saturday from 8:00am-12:00pm. The new location is at 508 W. Broadway in Little Falls.  Volunteers will be helping to clean the floor with electric scrubbers, and general inside cleanup. Volunteers should be at least 16 years old.  Please call Bernie at (320) 249-5632 with questions.

--The annual gathering of Minnesota’s county dairy princesses to select the 12 finalists for Princess Kay of the Milky Way will be May 16th-18th at St. Cloud State University.

--Due to time conflicts specifically regarding the students on the National Economics Team, the Little Falls Community High School band and choir concerts have been rescheduled to Monday, May 12, for the band concert and Monday, May 19, for the choir concert.

--Fredrick L. Weddel, age 70 of Little Falls.

TODAY= cloudy, afternoon showers & storms develop, high 60.
TONIGHT= storms likely some heavy rain, low 47.
THURSDAY= showers and T-storms, some strong in afternoon hours which could have damaging winds, high near 70.
THURS NITE= storms likely, possible strong ones early, low 45.
FRIDAY= morning showers then clearing, windy, high 55.

WILD= Mikael Granland scored twice, Zach Parise and Erik Haula scored once all in the 3rd period last night in a 4-0 win for the Wild over Chicago. The Wild still trail the 7 game series 2-1 with game 4 Friday night at 8:30pm in St. Paul.
TWINS= Indians score 4 runs in the first 2 innings and hold to beat the Twins 4-2 last night. Twins continue the 4 game series with Cleveland tonight with 5:35pm pregame on Q92 WYRQ.
VL= St. Stephen at Randall Sunday at 1:30pm on AM960 KLTF.

IN 1888= George Eastman patented the box camera.
IN 1915= The British ocean liner, "Lusitania", was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland. The "Lusitania" was carrying a cargo of ammunition from the U.S. to Great Britain. This was Germany’s reason for the attack even though the ship was carrying over 2,000 civilian men, women and children. 1,198 lives were lost.
IN 1940= Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister of Britain.
IN 1941= Glenn Miller records “Chattanooga Choo Choo” for RCA

Smoking Guns Friday night along with a meat raffle at West Side Bar

Tuesday- May 6th, 2014

--The Little Falls Community High School Activities/ Fine Arts Banquet was held Monday night at the Falls Ballroom. Award winners included: Male Athlete of the Year-Trysten Ross; Female Athlete of the Year-Rachelle LeBlanc; Fine Arts Students of the Year-Cameron Smith and Emily Dunaisky; Fred Waring Director’s Award-Hayden Robbins; National School Choral Award-Emily Dunaisky and Cameron Smith; Semper Fidelis Musical Excellence Award-Mallory Kenna; Louis Armstrong Award-Vanessa Meschke; John Phillip Sousa Award-Hannah Harakel; US Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Awards-Maria Hauer and Sebastian Sowada; US Marine Corp Distinguish Athlete Awards-Sierra Virnig and Matthew Massman; Vern and Bunny Zehren Awards-Brooke Finch and Cameron Smith; Flyer Swimming Memorial Award-Janey Walquist and nine individuals were awarded with the three sport athlete award.

--A motorcycle accident near Holdingford sent a 57-year-old Avon man to the hospital. The accident occurred Saturday around 7:00pm on Stearns County Road 3 in Holding Township. Kenneth Richter was traveling on the county road when he lost control and spun out on the road. He was not wearing a helmet and sustained several lacerations and abrasions to his body. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.

--Stearns County authorities received a call of a barn fire Saturday around 7:30pm on Highway 237 near New Munich right off the I-94 exit. Freeport and Melrose firefighters also responded to the scene and saw flames coming out of the roof. The 42 dairy cows in the barn were safely removed. The barn is being rented by Kevin Bauer of Melrose though the homestead is owned by Luverne Hinnenkamp. The barn was ruled a total loss due to extensive damage to the exterior and the roof falling in. The falling debris from the roof injured one firefighter. That firefighter was treated at the Melrose Hospital. Due to the proximity of I-94 the State Patrol was called in to help control the flow of traffic at the scene of the blaze. Firefighters were on the scene for 4 hours. The cause is under investigation.

--The fishing opener weekend of May 10-11 will be a busy traffic period, especially in northern Minnesota. According to Regional Public Information Officer, Sgt. Curt S. Mowers, “Some of the main concerns are drivers who are not paying attention, following too closely and speeding, especially around the lakes areas. Drivers are strongly encouraged to buckle up, take your time and pay strict attention to your driving.” Drivers are also asked to keep an eye on their following distance and stay back far enough to prevent a crash with the vehicle ahead.  Sgt. Mowers says, “Normally, the three-second following distance rule is taught, but many northbound travelers during the fishing opener and all summer are pulling trailers with boats or ATV’s, campers, and the like – all of which would require following at a distance of at least 500 feet, which would be farther back than the three-second rule.” Motorists should be aware of all the safety rules for trailers, trailer equipment and for all special mobile equipment they are transporting to the area for recreation.  Safe operation begins with the driver taking personal responsibility for their own actions behind the wheel as well as making sure that all vehicle loads are secure. Sgt. Mowers adds, “Just slow down, buckle up, drive sober and pay attention, and we can all be a lot safer this fishing opener.”

--4th Annual Day of Caring tomorrow in Little Falls from 9am-12pm.

--Supporters of defining electronic cigarettes in the same light as traditional tobacco products won a key round Monday in the Minnesota Legislature. By an 11-8 vote, lawmakers pushing for tough regulations on the fast-spreading devices defeated an effort to pare back their bill. The Senate Finance Committee sent a bill putting the e-cigarette devices under the indoor air act to the floor for a vote. If it became law, it would mean e-cigarettes would be barred wherever standard smokes aren't allowed. E-cigarettes are thin, cylindrical devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution that users inhale. Unlike regular cigarettes, they don't emit smoke or tar, but there is debate over whether the vapor is clean or laden with chemicals on the way out. The Food and Drug Administration is conducting studies on e-cigarettes but has given no indication of when the findings will be ready. The vote to preserve wider use restrictions split more along geographic lines than party lines. Another showdown is expected when the bill hits the floor, which could be this week. Opponents of the strict regulations said lawmakers shouldn't get so far ahead of the science. Governor Mark Dayton has said he would sign a bill to restrict children's ability to buy e-cigarettes and to keep them out of schools, but he has said plans to make them subject to the indoor air law could go too far. The House e-cigarettes bill is confined to provisions meant to prevent access by minors. A vote on that measure could come at any time.

--Xcel Energy announced it is inspecting transmission lines by helicopter. The project, which started Sunday, is scheduled to last three to four weeks and will reach the St. Cloud area. The helicopter flights allow crews to find defects or loose fittings. It will help Xcel Energy prevent equipment-related outages.

--Daniel and Stephanie Kliber of Little Falls, boy on May 4th
--Joshua Utz and Elana Noel-Utz of Little Falls, girl on May 2nd

--Howard M. Richner, age 72 of Little Falls
--Kathleen Boreen, a resident from Randall

TODAY= mostly cloudy, breezy, high near 60
TONIGHT= showers and T-storms after dark, breezy, low 48.
WEDNESDAY= morning and evening showers/storms, high 60.
WED NITE= storms likely some strong, low 47.
THURSDAY= storms likely, some strong, high near 70.

TWINS= Eduardo Escobar off the bench Monday homered for the only run in a 1-0 Twins win over Cleveland in 10 innings. Twins and Indians have game 2 tonight in Cleveland 5:35pm on Q92 WYRQ.
WILD= Wild host Chicago tonight 8pm- Blackhawks lead series 2-0

IN 1833= John Deere created his first steel plow.
IN 1904= American Lung Association forms.
IN 1957= I Love Lucy aired final new episode on CBS TV- about three years later in 1960- The Lucy Show would debut on CBS.

Smoking Guns Friday, Kings Ransom Saturday at West Side Bar

Monday- May 5th, 2014

--The Randall and Flensburg Fire Departments battled a structure fire Thursday at an unoccupied home. The fire is being investigated as a possible arson. When firefighters arrived on 18th Avenue in Parker Township the roof was gone and the stucco exterior was the only remaining parts of the structure intact. No one was injured in the blaze that destroyed the structure. Firefighters stated the home has not been occupied in several years. The State Marshall was called into investigate tire tracks that were seen leading to the house and it is unknown of if they belong to someone who called the fire in or to an alleged person of interest in the case.  If anyone has information concerning this fire or any other suspected arsons, call the Arson Hot Line at 1 (800) 723-2020.

--A Mason City, Iowa man has been charged in Morrison County with first degree felony burglary. 35-year-old Justin Craig Venard was arrested on April 22nd by Little Falls Police who received a report of a man yelling about someone coming after him. He then began throwing wood chunks at a small storage shed. When someone tried to talk with the man, he took off running, yelling at someone that he was going to kill them. Later, the same man was found in a garage holding a metal pipe. The owner of the home was upset because there was direct access to his home from the garage and the doors were unlocked. Officers arrived and arrested the man, later identified as Venard. If convicted, Venard faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and/or a $35,000 fine.

--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the final 2012 Census of Agriculture results sharing a wide-range of information about what agricultural products were raised in the United States in 2012, and where, how and by whom they were grown. The data, which is reported at the national, state and county level, will help farmers, ranchers, local officials, agribusiness and others make decisions for the future. The 2012 Census of Agriculture data show the following key trends for Minnesota. Number of farms in Minnesota, at 74,542, fell 8 percent from 2007. This reversed a short term trend where farm numbers increased slightly in 1997, 2002 and 2007. Although the count of farm operations with harvested cropland was relatively unchanged, declines in the count of operations with other types of land and livestock enterprises contributed to the overall decline in farms. A farm is defined as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the Census year. Land in farms in Minnesota totaled 26.0 million acres, down 3 percent from 2007. Declines in pasture, other cropland, and wood land acres off-set an increase in cropland harvested acres. Market value of agricultural products sold increased 61 percent over 2007 while total production expenses increased 50 percent. This resulted in an increase of net cash farm income which averaged $94,345 per farm. Average age of the principal operator in 2012 was 56.6 years, continuing the steady long term increasing trend. Beginning farmers, those who have operated a farm for less than 10 years, account for 17 percent of all principle operators.  Women are principal operators for 6,370 farms in Minnesota, down from 7,361 in 2007. These operations make up 9 percent of all farms, 4 percent of land in farms and sold 398 million dollars worth of agricultural products in 2012.

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

--Former 8th District Congressman Jim Oberstar, who represented northeastern Minnesota in the U.S. House for decades, has died. Reports say that Oberstar died at his Maryland home. He was 79. Oberstar was first elected from Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District in 1974 and his 18 terms made him the longest residing Congressman in Minnesota history. He served until he was defeated at the polls by Republican Chip Cravaack in 2010. The seat is now held by Representative Rick Nolan who won the seat in 2012.

--Two people are dead and two others have critical injuries from an accident Saturday night in Cass County. The State Patrol says that 47-year-old Lisa Collins of Cass Lake was on County Road 75 when an oncoming vehicle was traveling in the wrong lane and hit head on with her vehicle. Collins and her passenger 46-year-old Timothy Collins of Cass Lake were both dead when authorities arrived. The other vehicle was later found facing the wrong way on a nearly 100 foot embankment off of a ditch. The driver, 27-year-old Michael Spangel of Cass Lake and his passenger 47-year-old Stacy Stangel of Longville were taken to a hospital with serious injuries. The entire accident remains under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9:00am at the Government Center. Agenda items include proclamations for Emergency Medical Services Week and Foster Care Month. The Board will hear many reports from county agencies including Pubic Health, Social Services, Planning and Zoning and Public Works.

--Nicole Bue of Little Falls, mother of a girl born April 30th

--Marguerite “Marge” A. Dahmen, age 92 of Pierz.
--Kathryn Dora (Roskam) Tabbert, age 91 of Onamia.

TODAY= showers early, cloudy, high near 60, cloudy night, low 41
TUESDAY= mostly cloudy, showers, possible T-storm high 60, low 47
WEDNESDAY= showers and storms likely, breezy, high 60 low 48.

WILD= Blackhawks beat Wild 5-2 Friday and Sunday 4-1. Chicago leads the series 2-0 as it now comes to Minnesota for Game 3 which will be Tuesday night at 8:00pm.
TWINS= Orioles shutout Twins 3-0 Friday. Joe Mauer 3 hits, a homer and 4 RBIs Saturday as Twins beat Baltimore 6-1. Twins win 5-2 Sunday to take the series with a 3 hit 3 RBI game from Kurt Suzuki though Joe Mauer left the game early Sunday due to back spasms. Twins are in Detroit tonight 5:35pm on Q92 WYRQ.
HORSE= California Chrome wins the Kentucky Derby Saturday.
HS SB= Eden Valley Watkins at Pierz for a double-header this afternoon, first game at 2:00pm today on FM94 KFML.

IN 1862= General Ignacio Zaragoza's troops were outnumbered three to one as they battled the invading French army but somehow the Mexican forces defeated Napoleon III's army and the Battle for Puebla stood for Mexico marking Cinco De Mayo celebrations.

Meat raffle Friday nights, great lunches daily at West Side Bar

Friday- May 2nd, 2014

--A Sauk Rapids woman has pleaded guilty in Benton County District Court to a child endangerment change related to the death of her 2-month old daughter. 26-year-old Nicole McKay admitted to consuming a controlled substance, getting up during the night to feed the infant then falling asleep with the infant who was found on a pillow on the floor deceased. A medical examiner ruled that the child died from positional asphyxiation or suffocation. McKay also pleaded guilty to another charge of child neglect related to her son for storing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the presence of the child. Sentencing for McKay is scheduled for June 5th. As per a plea agreement by McKay she is to serve 30 days in jail, follow a child protection case plan for her son and other chemical dependency or mental health assessments.

--We are just a week away from the Minnesota Fishing Opener and many are still concerned that the ice on area lakes will not be gone. The Brainerd lakes area is hosting the Governor Fishing Opener next weekend in Nisswa with the hopes of pulling in two-million dollars to the area. Organizers are optimistic that Gull Lake should be clear of ice by next Saturday and after a wet, cold and windy week that warmer temperatures will be forecasted. Temperatures are expected to be back in the 60s and low 70s by late next week. Brainerd Lakes have hosted the fishing opener for the governor four other times with the last one in 2008. Little Falls Radio’s Al Windsperger will be broadcasting live next Friday at the opener site 5-9am on Q92.

--Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has named Scott Staples of Carlton, 2014 Conservation Officer of the Year during a ceremony April 16 at Camp Ripley. Staples has been described as a reliable “field leader” by both his supervisors and field officers who takes pride in his work and brings good common sense and roadside manners when dealing with the public. Over his 17-year career as a conservation officer he has been involved as a use of force instructor, academy instructor and a field training officer. He is also an experienced investigator and K-9 handler.

--Governor Mark Dayton stated at his State of the State Address Wednesday night that the state will needs to invest in jobs and education. He said Minnesota is in good shape but more is needed. He wants the legislature to work on paying more for public works projects and park projects before the session comes to an end.

--On Saturday, May 10th, letter carriers will conduct their Stamp Out Hunger campaign. Last year carriers collected 74 million pounds of food. Your carrier will be picking up donations for the local food shelves when delivering your mail on May 10th. Place a bag containing non-perishable food and place it next to your mailbox. Donations can also be dropped off at the post office. In 2013, Little Falls carriers collected 2,675 pounds of food for the local food shelf.

--Todd County investigated the theft of copper wire in Fawn Lake Township last month. Someone took wire from an irrigation system near Browerville. Anyone with information should call 320-732-2157.

--Mary of Lourdes Schools will be hosting an open house Sunday to commemorate the 20 year celebration of the consolidation of the schools. The open house at the elementary is after the 9:00am Mass at St. Mary’s and the open house at the middle school is after the 10:30am Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes on Sunday. All are welcome.

--2-Cylander Club Field Days and Swap Meet is this weekend at the Morrison County Fairgrounds, auction, pedal pull, parade and more.

--The 4th annual Day of Caring in Little Falls is next Wednesday, May 7th. Teams of volunteers along with Little Falls Community High School staff and students will be performing outdoor projects like raking and washing outdoor ground floor windows. The sign-up period for homeowners to take advantage of this opportunity next Wednesday has already passed. New this year is the Neighborhood Celebrations. “Live Better! Live Longer! Project” invites people of all ages to neighborhoods in Little Falls to a snack social in celebration of the Day of Caring. Bring a snack to one of the following site locations nearest where you live: Rock Family Worship Center, Mary of Lourdes Middle School, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Zion Lutheran Church, First Lutheran Church, Living Hope AG Church, Grace Covenant Church, Faith Lutheran Church, Exchange Arena, Holy Family Catholic Church, First United Church and Bethel Lutheran. For information call (320) 631-5675.

--Nisswa native and Miss Minnesota Rebecca Yeh met Thursday with Governor Mark Dayton in St. Paul. Yeh is pursuing a doctorate of pharmacy degree at Ohio Northern University and is also an accomplished violinist. The two talked mainly about their families and Yeh also showed her strong support speaking to Minnesotans about the public awareness of autism and her work with the Children’s Miracle Network in Minnesota.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office reported in the past week a theft report in Cushing, a theft of a checkbook and belongings at a residence in Royalton and the arrest of three men in their 20s on Haven Road on warrants of possession of methamphetamine.

--Mabel F. Anderson, age 96 of Little Falls formerly North Dakota.  
--Ted Musielewicz, age 92 of Bloomington formerly of Little Falls.

TODAY= a morning shower, then cloudy, high 55.
TONIGHT= late night showers, cloudy, low 36.
SATURDAY= partly sunny, breezy, high 52, low around 30.
SUNDAY= sunny, high 55, low around 38 with rain late.
MONDAY= showers, mostly cloudy, high near 55.

WILD= Wild open 2nd round Stanley Cup playoff series tonight in Chicago against Blackhawks at 8:30pm. Game 2 of the best of 7 series starts at 2:00pm Sunday in Chicago.
TWINS= Dodgers sweep Twins in the double header Thursday as LA wins first game 9-4 and the nightcap 4-3 in 12 innings. The Twins host Baltimore in a weekend series with pregame tonight at 6:40 and Saturday and Sunday at 12:40pm on WYRQ.
HORSE= 2014 Kentucky Derby is raced Saturday at Churchill Downs
HS BAB= Little Falls at Rocori today at 5 on AM960 KLTF.
VL= Opole at Upsala at 1:30pm on AM960 KLTF reminder that the Victory League Roundup is Mondays at 7:35am on AM960 KLTF.

IN 1885= Good Housekeeping magazine first published.
IN 1932= Jack Benny first heard on radio.
IN 1974= “Jaws” began filming at Martha’s Vineyard.

Loss for Words tonight and Saturday at the West Side Bar in LF

Thursday- May 1st, 2014

--The Defense Attorney for Byron Smith, the Little Falls man found guilty by a jury of 2 counts of first degree and 2 counts of 2nd degree murder in the deaths of Haile Kifer and Nick Brady, said Tuesday that they will appeal the guilty verdicts from Tuesday in Morrison County. Steve Meshbesher informed the media that he would appeal the case on what the jury did not get to hear about Kifer and Brady. Meshbesher stated he tried to present evidence to the jury about their involvement in other crimes and photos of Brady holding firearms but that was ruled inadmissible in court by Morrison County District Court Judge Douglas Anderson. Prosecuting attorney in the case Peter Orput stated after the verdict was read that the trial was not about bringing a referendum about protecting your home but in his words “was a senseless, premeditated murder of two young kids”. Smith was taken into custody after the verdict was read and taken to a correctional facility outside of Morrison County where a decision is waiting on where he will serve his two concurrent life sentences that were handed by the judge Tuesday afternoon in Little Falls.

--Motorists travelling Highway 371 through Baxter should plan for delays as both directions of the roadway are closed between South College Road/Glory Road South and Highway 210 beginning Monday, May 5th. All lanes of Highway 371 in Baxter are scheduled to open overnight Wednesday, May 7th. A signed detour will direct Highway 371 through traffic along Highway 371B and Highway 210. The closure is needed as crews rehabilitate the Highway 371 railroad crossing located just south of Highway 210 in Baxter. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit

--Governor Mark Dayton has signed a bill that authorizes a state online voter registration system. The bill also allows citizens to apply for absentee ballots through the Secretary of State’s website. This bill received bipartisan support, passing the House and the Senate.

--Todd County has reported another mail scam from a concerned citizen who called the sheriff’s office about receiving a check from The Tack Trunk for $4,600. The check came with instructions to cash it and send money to a Financial Service to then claim a prize of cash. The reporting party never entered any drawings or sweepstakes such as the one they were told they won to receive the check to cash for a prize. This is a mail scam and Todd County urges citizens to be cautious when receiving such items in the mail.

--Major League Baseball and the Minnesota Twins today announced the launch of the first-ever “All-Star FANS CHOOSE” grant initiative, which will award $500,000 to a non-profit organization in the Upper Midwest region to support a capital project that will benefit the community. Non-profit groups in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and western Wisconsin may apply at now through May 23rd. This initiative, which will complement the efforts to leave a lasting All-Star legacy throughout Twins Territory, is supported by MLB, the Twins, the Twins Community Fund and the Pohlad Family Foundation. MLB All-Star Week at Target Field includes the 85th MLB All-Star Game on July 15th and many other events. For more MLB All-Star Week information, please visit

--Brainerd High School football coach Ron Stolski has been named the Grand Marshal for the Brainerd 4th of July Parade. Stolski last year coached his 52nd season of football and his 355 wins are the most by any high school football coach in Minnesota history.

--The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that Dale Branchaud at the Little Falls Country Club was their May Employee of the Month. Dale has worked at the Little Falls Country Club for the past 35 years.

--More than 220 soldiers from the Minnesota Army National Guard's St. Paul-based 34th Combat Aviation Brigade will begin pre-mobilization training on Friday in preparation for deployment to Kuwait in June in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The deploying Soldiers and families will assemble at the St. Paul National Guard Aviation Support Facility, and then depart for the Camp Ripley Training Center, where they will spend two weeks completing training designed to establish readiness for the unique challenges they will face as members of an aviation task force in a deployed environment. Pre-mobilization training will include battle drills designed to exercise all staff sections of the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade, qualify with weapons, and maintain physical and mental fitness. At the completion of training, leaders will ensure the military unit is ready, trained and equipped to succeed on deployment.

--A St. Cloud man was arrested Tuesday after three staff members at St. Cloud Hospital were assaulted in the emergency room. 50-year-old Richard Kurtzhals was taken to jail early Tuesday and faces charges of assault and disorderly conduct from the incident. No word on the extent of injuries to the staff members.

--Rich Prairie Sewer and Water in Pierz has announced it is safe for residents in Pierz and Genola to stop running continuous water. Previously, a recommendation was made that residents should run water continuously at a pencil sized stream to avoid frozen water pipes. The ground has warmed up enough to allow Pierz and Genola residents to shut off their water without frozen water pipes being a concern. Most of our area, including the city of Little Falls, had already made announcements to stop running continuous water.

--Terry and Sara Wardlaw of Holdingford, a boy born April 29th.
--Scott and Samantha Armstrong of Little Falls, a boy on April 28th

--Beverly Dukowitz, age 71 of Staples.
--Lawrence ‘Larry’ Yasgar, age 71 of Huron SD formerly Sobieski

TODAY= drizzle and light rain through day, high near 50.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy skies develop, low 37.
FRIDAY= partly sunny, scattered rain showers at times, high 54
SATURDAY= partly cloudy and breezy, high 52, low 30.
SUNDAY= sunny and warmer, high near 60, low near 40.

WILD= Nino Niederreiter scored his second goal of the night in overtime as the Wild beat Colorado 5-4 and win the series 4 to 3. The Wild will now take on Chicago in the 2nd round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Friday at 8:30pm in game 1 in Chicago.
TWINS= Dodgers beat Twins 6-4 last night. Twins and Dodgers scheduled to play two today, first game 11:40am pregame, the second has a 5:40pm pregame. Both games on Q92 WYRQ

Loss for Words and a meat raffle Friday at the West Side Bar