Friday Night Sports
Boys High School Basketball
Bemidji 49, East Grand Forks 47
Blackduck 72, Northome/Kelliher 66
Crosby-Ironton 74, Aitkin 33
Hill City 73, Menahga 65
Isle 79, St. John's Prep 61
Little Falls 64, Detroit Lakes 53
Pequot Lakes 80, Pillager 14
Sebeka 72, Swanville 31
Staples-Motley 61, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 48
Girls High School Baskeball
Aitkin 59, Greenway 37
Blackduck 67, Northome/Kelliher 40
Braham 85, Ogilvie 33
Detroit Lakes 61, Crosby-Ironton 42
East Central 78, Isle 45
Frazee 48, Barnesville 41
Little Falls 74, St. Cloud Apollo 69 (OT)
Menahga 74, Hill City 34
New York Mills 50, Wadena-Deer Creek 46
Pequot Lakes 57, Pierz 44
Perham 65, Ulen-Hitterdal 16
Staples-Motley 63, Holdingford 61
Bemidji 6, Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake 2
Brainerd/Pierz/Pillager 3, Crookston 1
Little Falls 1, Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl 0
Stillwater 4, Grand Rapids 3
Wadena-Deer Creek 5, Eveleth-Gilbert/Mesabi East 2
Bemidji 4, Moorhead 3
Crookson 5, Detroit Lakes/Perham 0
New Jersey 113, Minnesota 84
Vancouver 2, Minnesota 1
Unoccupied House Burns In Merrifield
Authorities are trying to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed an unoccupied house on County Road 127 near Merrifield.
A passing motorist reported the fire to the Crow Wing County Sheriff's office at about 1:00pm on Friday. The home was
totally engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Neighboring emergency crews responsed to the blaze.
Operation Safe and Sober is Underway
Every law enforcement agency in Crow Wing County is involved in the "Safe and Sober" project for the month of December. Minnesota State Patrol Sergent Curt Mowers tells KLKS News, there are 40 thousand alcohol related arrests each year in the state. He says they will also be looking for seat belt and child restraint violations. Sergent Mowers says Minnesota typically sees 150 to 200 alcohol related fatalities each year.
Howes Says the Shortfall Could Get Worse
State Representative Larry Howes says the $5.2-Billion revenue shortfall might get worse, if the stock market continues to struggle. He tells KLKS News, it will be difficult to balance the budget for the next biennium, but he likes the Speaker's suggestion of approaching it with "Zero Based Budgeting." That is a process in which the budget process starts from scratch, and they fund only needed programs. Howes is also suggesting that financial experts from past administrations be engaged to offer a fix, rather than rely on lawmakers who don't possess those skills.
Detour Lifted in Motley
The Burlington Northern-Sante Fe railroad has completed the emergency repairs in Motley and the westbound lanes of Highway 10 are open to traffic.
Detour in Motley
The west bound lanes of Highway 10 at the intersection of Highway 210 in Motley have been closed to allow Burlington Northern-Sante Fe Railroad to conduction emergency repairs to the tracks. The Westbound traffic will be detoured during this closure. Motorists are asked to follow the signed detour down Main Street in Motley. The work is expected to be completed by noon today.
Thursday Night High School Scores
- Brainerd/Little Falls 10, Morris/Benson 2
- Aitkin 65, Moose Lake/Willow River 39
- Menahga 54, Park Rapids 43
- Northland 72, Hill City 26
- Sebeka 79, Eagle Valley 46
- Verndale 64, Swanville 26
Toys for Kids Program is in Full Swing!
The Heartland Detachment of the Marine Corps League is in the middle of their Toys for Kids Program, with toy drop-off's running through next Friday, the 12th. Organizer and former Marine Infantry Officer, Jim Schubert, told K-Lakes' News that there are a number drop points throughout southern Crow Wing County, including Garrison, Crosby, Ironton, Baxter and Brainerd. Additionally, there will be a fund-raising event--"The Green Lantern Family Christmas Party"--happening this Saturday, the 6th. This Toys for Kids Program is run in coordination with the Brainerd Salvation Army. For more information, or to make a cash donation, call 218-831-4219.
Judge Blocks NFL Suspensions
A Minnesota judge has blocked the NFL's suspension of Vikings stars Kevin and Pat Williams for violating the league's anti-doping policy. Hennepin Country District Judge Gary Larson issued a temporary restraining order at the Players' request on Wednesday, saying he wanted more time to hear the arguments in the case. No further hearing date was immediately set. The Williamses were among six players suspened for four games for testing positive for a diuretic that can be used as a masking agent for steroids. They have argued that the substance containing the diuretic didn't list all the ingredients. The Vikings are 7-5 and in first place in the NFC North, with the Williamses a big part of that success.
Ice Fishing Begins Around Brainerd
The recent cold snap has fishermen on the ice, according to Nikki Shoutz, DNR Conservation Officer. She tells KLKS News, the ice is never considered safe, and she has heard of a few near tragedies already. Shoutz says one thing new for ice fishermen; if fish houses are removed from the lakes and rivers over night, they do not need to be licensed.
A couple other outdoor notes: Hunters wishing to go deer hunting during the muzzleloader season, will have to wait 48 hours if they buy their license during the season, which runs through December 14th.
And, trappers can register bobcat, fisher, pine martin and otter at Backus Forestry Office and Brainerd DNR Office Tuesday, December 9th from noon to 7 p.m.
Senator Klobuchar Encourages Renewable Energy
Senator Amy Klobuchar is touring the Brainerd Lakes Area today and Thursday to promote her plan of stimulating the economy through renewable energy and infrastructure related projects.The Senator says the economy is in deep trouble and the best response is to create jobs on Main Street and provide the middle class with significant relief while also building a solid foundation for long-term prosperity.Her Main Street Jobs Tour will be in Pine River this afternoon at 2:40 at the Hunt Utilities Group Campus promoting residential solar water heaters.Thursday afternoon she will be in Baxter meeting with Silent Power who deals with backup power.
Tuesday Night High School Scores
Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 3, Wadena-Deer Creek 0
Northern Lakes 10, Bagley/Fosston/Clearbrook-Gonvick 0
Detroit Lakes/Perham 4, LPGE/WDC 4
Sartell/Sauk Rapids-Rice 2, Brainerd/Little Falls 1
Aitkin 50, Pine City 49
Albany 65, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 38
Alexandria 79, Brainerd 73
Bagley 73, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 47
Braham 64, Onamia 40
Cass Lake-Bena 47, Pine River-Backus 41
Chisholm 71, Hill City 18
Esko 57, Crosby-Ironton 40
Pillager 64, Swanville 19
Parkers Prairie 60, Bertha-Hewitt 39
Sebeka 77, Browerville 52
Staples-Motley 64, Pequot Lakes 55
Upsala 60, Verndale 43
Wadena-Deer Creek 52, Pierz 50
Hear all "away" Boys and Girls Patriot Basketball Games this season on KLKS, 104.3 or on http://www.klks.com/
Monday Night High School Scores
- Laport 70, Northome-Kelliher 69.
Aitkin Woman Killed In Car Crash
A crash on Interstate 35 near Sandstone on Monday has killed two people, one a 23-year old from Aitkin. The Minnesota State Patrol says the woman from Aitkin lost control of her Volkswagen Golf, which crossed the median into the Interstate's southbound lanes. The Golf struck a Ford truck driven by a 50-year old Duluth man. Both drivers were killed, but there were no other injuries. The crash happened about 7:00am on Monday. Authorities say the road was dry at the time. According to the State Patrol, killed in the crash were 23-year-old Crystal Wilcox, and 51-year-old Gregory Anderson.
Sheriff Dahl Lectures His Deputies
Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl spends a lot of time out in the community encouraging people to remove the keys from their car. So, he's been spending some time telling his deputies, that rule applies to them too. Last week a 20-year-old Brainerd man was released from county jail, only to jump into an undercover county car and speed away. Deputies gave chase immediately. Sheriff Dahl tells KLKS News, they reached some very high speeds. Eventually, the man crashed the car at highway 371 and 48, not far from Forestview Elementary School. Sheriff Dahl says if the young man wanted a quick ride back to jail, he got it.
November Was Close to Average
November was a little warmer and dryer than normal around the Brainerd Lakes, according to K-Lakeas Meteorologist Tony Schumacher. He says all the clouds kept night-time temperatures warmer. As a result, the month was one to two degrees higher than usual. Precipitation was off a little more than a half inch. Schumacher says December should be fairly typical with temperatures about average, and maybe collecting 6-12 inches of snow. He says, if the forecast holds, winter enthusiasts should be able to get their snowmobiles on the trails by the end of the month.