Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday Night H.S. Football Scores

Alexandria 31, Little Falls 21
Breckenridge 41, East Grand Forks 0
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 38, Underwood 6
Cromwell 34, Hill City 0
Duluth Central 26, Grand Rapids 0
Fergus Falls 31, Brainerd 29
Fertile-Beltrami 66, Cass Lake-Bena 24
Frazee 28, Pine River-Backus 0
Hinckley-Finlayson 34, Aitkin 13
Hawley 72, Blackduck 0
Lake Of The Woods 20, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 0
Moorhead 27, Bemidji 7
McGregor 40, Isle 20
Mora 48, Milaca 8
Northland 52, Nevis 14
Pelican Rapids 61, Wadena-Deer Creek 0
Pequot Lakes 27, Roseau 14
Perham 19, Park Rapids 14
Pillager 30, Parkers Prairie 7
Pine City 35, Crosby-Ironton 20
Thief River Falls 39, Duluth Denfeld 6
Verndale 66, Hancock 21
Wahpenton, ND 22, Detroit Lakes 13
Warroad 17, Staples-Motley

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Geritol Frolics Season is Here!

The very popular Geritol Frolics have announced their Fall performances to be held at Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd. There will be 7 pm performances on October 16th, 18th, and 25th. 2:30 pm matinees are slated for October 17th, 19th, 23rd, 24th, and 26th. Publicity Coordinator, Betty Alderman, tell KLKS' News that part of the draw of the shows containing singing, dancing, and comedy is the enjoyment that is had by all--both the audience members and the cast. Reserved Tickets are $10.--Premium are $12. For more information or reservations, call 218-825-4993.

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Pequot-Breezy Candidates Forum

The Chamber of Commerce will host a Candidates Forum for city council candidates in Pequot Lakes and Breezy Point.
The event will be held Thursday, October 23rd, at the Gathering Room in Pequot Lakes High School.
There will be an opportunity to submit written questions. Breezy Point candidates will answer questions from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Pequot Lakes candidates will answer questions from 7:45-8:30 p.m. All candidates have been invited to attend. The moderator will be Chamber Executive Director Lisa Paxton.

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Ronald Mann Sentenced to Over 15 years

A 51-year-old Cass County man has been sentenced to 15 and half years in prison for the slaying of his father in August of 2007. Ronald David Mann pleaded guilty to second degree murder September 9th in the death of 74-year-old Ivan Mann. The Cass Lake man was sentenced by Judge John P. Smith.

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Charges Against Benjamin Revealed

Melanie Benjamin was sacked as Chief Executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe for allegedly using tribal money to remodel her home. The band's Solicitor General, Rjay Brunkow, says an investigation revealed she had spent $21-thousand for the work. Also, Benjamin is accused of giving herself at a High-Roller card that she used for $52-thousand in comps at the tribe's casinos. Benjamin, who began her third term in July, denies any wrongdoing.

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Thursday High School Scores

Girls Volleyball

  • Onamia 3, Isle 0.
  • Rocori 3, Little Falls 0.
  • St. Cloud Tech 3, Brainerd 0.
  • Upsala 3, Royalton 0.
  • Verndale 3, Menahga 1.
  • Cook County 3, McGregor 1.
  • Deer River 3, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 1.
  • Nevis 3, Pine River-Backus 1.
  • Ogilvie 3, Aitkin 1.
  • Pierz 3, Holdingford 2.
  • Sebeka 3, Bertha-Hewitt 2.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Volunteers Needed for LARJP

The Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project is currently looking for volunteers. Spokesperson Stephanie Haider exlained to KLKS' News that LARJP is a local non-profit working with youth who are referred by law enforeement and schools. They provide a forum for juvenile wrongdoers and their families, those victimized, and community supporters to meet in a safe, respectful environment to discuss the harm--and hold the youth accountable. Free Volunteer Facilitator training is coming up October 24th-26th at CLC in Brainerd, Expenses will be reimbursed. For more information, or to sign up, call 218-562-4926.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Need Some Medicare Answers?

There is much to learn in order to understand Medicare Part A, B & C and the newest option, Part D. The Pequot Lakes Community Education Program is offering a one time workshop on Wednesday, October 15 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm to help those who are new to Medicare. The session is also applicable for folks who may want to gain some knowledge abou the Medicare program of services. Kathie Phillips from the Senior LinkAge will be the instructor. There is a fee of $5.00 for the session which will be held in the Pequot Lakes Middle Level room #113. For more information, call Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200.

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Mille Lacs Band Removes Benjamin From Office

Following a joint session of elected officials Wednesday on the Mille Lacs Reservation, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe has removed Melanie Benjamin as Chief Exective. Herbert Weyaus, Sr. was appointed to serve as the Band's interim Chief Executive; Sandra Blake was appointed to serve as the interim Secretary-Treasurer. The move follows a process established by the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (MCT) Constitution. On September 29, a petition with 361 signatures was submitted to the Mille Lacs Band Assembly asking for the removal of Benjamin, citing ethical charges. The MCT requires signatures from at least 20-percent of the Band's eligible voters, or a minimum of 241 signers. "A change in leadership is always difficult for a community," said Weyaus. "I hope we can come together during this time to move the Band forward in a positive direction." This tribal government action does not impact Grand Casino MIlle Lacs or Grand Casino Hinckley. Benjami was first elected Chief Exective in 2000 and began her third four-year term in July of this year.

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A Caution for Deer Hunters

Deer hunters are being warned of potential bullet fragmentation in venison. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says microscopic fragmentation can occur within 18 inches of the exit hole. The kind of bullets and weapons used also make a difference. the DNR study finds rifle bullets are more likely to fragment than those shot from muzzleloaders or shotguns. And, copper bullets were less likely to fragment than those designed to mushroom quickly. Finally, the DNR says washing the carcass appears to spread the lead to other parts of the animal.

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Authorities Looking into Possible Bemidji Kidnapping

Police and the FBI are looking for a kidnapper in the Bemidji area. Two 19-year-old women report they were forced at knife point to drive a man to the Red Lake Reservation Sunday. They say the man appeared in the back seat of their car about 8:30 p.m. The pair say the man got out of the car and walked away once they crossed into the reservation. The women sustained no injuries.

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Tuesday High School Scores

Girls Volleyball:

  • Aitkin 3, Isle 0.
  • Alexandria 3, Little Falls 0.
  • Barnum 3, McGregor 0.
  • Henning 3, Verndale 0.
  • Nevis 3, Northome 0.
  • Sartell 3, Brainerd 0.
  • Wadena-Deer Creek 3, Pequot Lakes 0.
  • Blackduck 3, Cass Lake-Bena 1.
  • Sebeka 3, Browerville 1.
  • Crosby-Ironton 3, Park Rapids 2.
  • Staples-Motley 3, Detroit Lakes 2.

Boys Soccer:

  • Alexandria 2, Brainerd 1.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Oberstar Predicts Six Months to a Year of Tough Times

Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar estimates it will take six months to a year to emerge from the current financial crisis facing the U.S. He tells KLKS News, troubles facing Europe are making matters even worse here at home. Oberstar says European banks are suffering along with U.S. financial institutions, because they were so strongly invested in our economy. He says because it is a world-wide crisis, it will take some the to untangle it. Making matters worse, says the Congressman, is the $2.5-billion dollars a week flowing out of the U.S. Treasury to pay for the war in Iraq, making it harder to redirect finances in this country.

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Economist Says U.S. Headed for Recession

The numbers out of Wall Street will be turbulent for some time to come, according to Economics Professor David Doorn, at the Duluth campus of the U. of M. He tells KLKS News, investors are concerned about the congressionally approved bail-out package and if it would do any good. Professor Doorn says GDP figures for the rest of this year, and the first quarter of 2009 will probably be in negative territory. If they are, that would be the definition of recession. Doorn says recessions historically last less than nine months.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Monday High School Scores

Girls Volleyball

  • Wadena-Deer Creek 3, Frazee 0.
  • Brainerd 3, Pierz 1.
  • Northome-Kelliher 3, Northland 2.

Brainerd 2, Moorhead 1

Junior Varsity
Brainerd 1, Moorhead 3

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Buckman Feed Lot Pays Penalty

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has reached an agreement, with a Morrison County feed lot operator, that requires the company to pay 11,700 dollars for alleged feedlot violations at its facility near Buckman. The violations sited against Silverstreak Dairy included beginning construction and making modifications to storage and runoff areas without receiving approval from the MPCA. In making the modifications, the company did not follow set standards. MPCA staff inspections confirmed that there had also been an unreported discharge that did not reach any water bodies.

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Sun Country Still Operating as Usual

Despite the financial challenges facing Sun Country Airlines, they are operating as usual, according to Kari Robinson of Traveler's Fare of Brainerd. She tells KLKS News, she is reasonably optimistic that they will get through this. Still, Robinson suggests it is always a good idea to buy trip insurance, just in case. Sun Country's parent company, The Petter's Group, is under the gun for alleged financial irregularities. Following that event, Sun Country issued a required filing that stated, they may have to shut-down.

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Lawn Signs Can Pose a Hazard

It's the election season, which means the landscape is becoming populated with lawn signs. Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl tells KLKS News, it's illegal to place them in the right of way. He says it's not only political signs that cause a problem, but also garage sales signs and the like. The Sheriff says it becomes a safety hazard because of the potential obstruction. Sheriff Dahl says folks with complaints should ask the candidates to remove their signs if they are illegally placed. If that proves fruitless, a call should be place to local authorities. Citizens should not remove the signs on their own.

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Absentee Ballots are Ready

Absentee ballots are now available for the November 4th general elections. Crow Wing County Auditor Debora Erickson says they are available at the County Courthouse. She says the ballots are available for voters due to absence, illness, disability, or any other reason. Additionally, there will be a voting booth set up at the County Auditor's Office for folks to cast their ballot on scene.

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Brainerd Man Injured in Stabbing

A knife fight in Brainerd early Saturday morning sent one man to St. Joseph's Medical Center, another to jail. Brainerd police say 27-year-old Jeffrey Ryan Bock of Brainerd sustained numerous wounds. He is listed in stable condition. 23-year-old Dominic DuBois turned himself into to police, where he was arrested for attempted murder and first degree assault. Police say the two knew each other, and the fight appeared to be over a woman. The incident happened on the 1200 block of Rosewood Street just before 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

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ATV Accident Kills Motley Man

The collision of two ATV's southwest of Pine River Saturday evening took the life of a Motley man. 59-year-old Charles H. Brown was killed when his machine struck another driven by 56-year-old Steven J. Tholl, also of Motley. Tholl sustained injuries. The Cass County Sheriff's office says the mishap occurred on Cass County Road 28 about 6 pm Saturday. Cause of the accident is under investigation.

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