Friday, January 9, 2009

Friday Night, January 9, High School Sports

Boys Basketball
Browerville 63, Verndale 52
Cass Lake-Bena 104, Nevis 89
Cotton 79, Hill City 73
Isle 63, Aitkin 59
Northland 74, Menahga 59
Pierz 75, Holdingford 47
Pine River-Backus 62, Laporte 26
Red Lake 79, Blackduck 62
Roseau 67, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 50
Wadena-Deer Creek 88, Crosby-Ironton 72
Warroad 52, Park Rapids 40

Girls Basketball
Albany 74, Mora 55
Bertha-Hewitt 67, Nevis 23
Brainerd 52, Sartell 42
Cass Lake-Bena 75, Indus 10
Detroit Lakes 56, Pequot Lakes 46
Minnewaska 55, Staples-Motley 37
New York Mills 65, Menahga 50
Park Rapids 57, Warroad 51
Perham 71, Frazee 49
Pine River-Backus 68, Laporte 45
Roseau 61, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 41
Sauk Centre 71, Milaca 43
Sebeka 57, Henning 41
Verndale 61, Pillager 45
Wadena-Deer Creek 80, Crosby-Ironton 72

The Pequot Boys take on Pine River on Tuesday night. That game will be heard on K-LAKES, 104.3 and on-line at KLKS.COM.

Boys Hockey
Brainerd/Pierz/Pillager 4, Cloquet/Esko/Carlton 2

Girls Hockey
Brainerd/Little Falls 2, River Lakes 2 OT (Tie)
Elk River/Zimmerman 4, Bemidji 0
Grand Rapids/Greenway 6, St. Louis Park 3
Grand Rapids/Greenway 4, St. Louis Park 1

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Klobuchar Calls for a DTV Extension

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is calling for an extension of the DTV deadline.
The government has run out of $40 coupons to be used to buy converter boxes, which would allow older analog TVs to receive digital signals after February 17th.
Klobuchar says more than 21 percent of Minnesota households depend exclusively on free over-the-air broadcast TV, and that number could rise as cable and satellite services become too expensive during the economic downturn. Unless done right, millions could be without television on February 18th.
Tony WilHelm, of the National Telecommunications Information Administration is encouraging consumers to get on a waiting list and apply for the coupon. He tells KLKS News, when getting a converter box, make sure it has the analog pass-through feature.
Wilhelm says cable and satellite companies are pressuring consumers to subscribe to their service to solve the digital issue. He says with an inexpensive converter box, that extra cost become unnecessary.

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Ice Fest is Back At Breezy Point

It looks like three is the charm for the annual Breezy Point Ice Fest this weekend. It has been that many years since the ice has been suitable for the winter celebration on the ice outside Breezy Point Resort. Organizer Dave Guenther says the ice is 16 to 18 inches thick, perfect for the snowmobile radar runs. He says there will be 30 divisions of sleds. The speed record is 183 miles an hour.
Guenther says it will be good to see the The World Champion Ice Auger contest back again too. There will be seven divisions featuring hand augers, powered stock, modified and antique equipment for kids, men and women. For a $10 entry fee, the winner gets a trophy and jacket, and there will be other drawings.
The Radar Runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. The Ice Auger contest from 2 to 4. Registration will be from noon until 2.
The event concludes with fireworks at 7 p.m.

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Thursday Night Scores

Boys Hockey:
Park Rapids/Menahga/Nevis 4, Northern Lakes 3.
Red Lake County Central/Red Lakes Falls 8,
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Cass Lake Bena 2.

Girls Hockey:
Crookston 6, Park Rapids/Menahga/Nevis/Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 1.
Morris/Benson 6, Pequot Lakes 3.

Boys Basketball:
Albany 55, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle54.
Bemidji 72, Brainerd 63.
Bertha-Hewitt 58, Menahga 51.
Henning 69, Pillager 40.
Northome/Kelliher 71, Bug-o-Nay-Ge-Shig 38.
Pequot Lakes 72, Detroit Lakes 62.
Sebeka 93, Verndale 37.
Willmar 52, Little Falls 50.

Girls Basketball:
Aitkin 65, Onamia 25.
Bigfork 69, Northland 55.
Cass Lake-Bena 65, Clearbrook-Gonvick 60.
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 56, Pierz 25.
Moose Lake/Willow river 44, McGregor 25.
Pine River-Backus 52, Blackduck 46.
Upsala 53, Royalton 44.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Olson Does Not Want to Sell State Land

State Senator Mary Olson says the idea of selling state assets, to solve Minnesota's financial crisis, is going over like a lead balloon in her district. The DFL-er from Bemidji tells KLKS News, she has serious concerns over the Governor's idea of selling the airport and state parks. She says asset sales in the past have actually cost the state more in the long run. Senator Olson says they must think about the long term financial health of the state.

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It's Just a Good Old Winter

It's just a good old Brainerd winter, according to the Area DNR Trails and Waterways Supervisor. Lowell Jaeger tells KLKS News, this is the kind of winter we used to see decades ago, when people could ski and snowmobile from December through march. He reminds cross country skiers they need a trail pass that can be purchased from any DNR license vendor. He says the money is passed along to area clubs to maintain the trails.

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Local Real Estate Showing Increased Activity

A local realtor says he is seeing an increase in buyer interest. Jim Fogerty of Lakes and Leisure Realty of Breezy Point says the first of the year has brought lower interest rates and added excitement. He tells KLKS News, borrowers don't necessarily have to have 20 percent down. He says the most important asset is an income ability to repay the loan. Fogerty suggests doing business with local banks.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Plenty of Snow Around Brainerd

The recent heavy snow has created slushy conditions on area lakes, as water seeps through cracks in the ice. Lowell Jaeger, Brainerd Area Trails and Waterways Supervisor, tells KLKS News, the slush was over his boots while ice fishing on Gull Lake Sunday. Despite those conditions, he does not expect any problems with the Ice Fishing Extravaganza coming up January 24th on Hole in the Day Bay.
The snow has created excellent snowmobiling and cross country skiing conditions around Brainerd. Skiers are reminded to purchase a trail pass at any DNR license vendor.

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Breezy Point Ice Fest

The ice on Big Pelican Lake will come alive with winter fun this weekend. The last couple of years, Breezy Point Ice Fest had to be canceled because of thin ice. This year, the ice is thick. Jim Fogerty, of the Pelican Conservation Club, says Saturday events will begin with breakfast featuring french toast.
Other highlights, include a radar run from 10 a.m to 4 p.m., and the Power Ice Auger Championships 2 to 4 p.m. Registration will be noon to 2 p.m. Fireworks cap the night at 7 p.m.

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Tuesday Night High School Scores

Mille Lacs 40, Cloquet-Esko 35.
Wadena-Deer Creek 40, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 39.
Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 51, Pierz 30.
Park Rapids 46, East Grand Forks/Sacred Heart 15.
Thief River Falls/Goodridge 49, Park Rapids 24.

Boys Hockey:
Little Falls 5, Brainerd/Pierz.Pillager 3.
Northern Lakes 7, Moose Lake Area 1.
Park Rapids/Menahga/Nevis 9, Bagley/Fosston/Clearbrook-Gonvick 1.
Wadena-Deer Creek 4, Prairie Centre Area 3.

Girls Hockey:
Brainerd/Little Falls 9, LPGE/WDC 2.

Boys Basketball:
Aitkin 59, Ogilvie 34.
Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 65, Pierz 59.
Bertha-Hewitt 64, Wadena-Deer Creek 61.
Blackduck 53, Pine River-Backus 50.
Crosby-Ironton 63, Deer River 49.
Fergus Falls 82, Brainerd 76, OT.
Isle 96, Hill City 83.
Little Falls 61, Sartell 51.
Nevis 55, Menahga 30.
Northome/Kelliher 51, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 48.
Royalton 64, St. John's Prep 43.
Staples-Motley 74, Fargo Shanley 60.

Girls Basketball:
Aitkin 74, Braham 73.
Bertha-Hewitt 78, Menahga 34.
Fergus Falls 71, Brainerd 48.
Northland 85, LaPorte 40.
Pequot Lakes 70, Crosby-Ironton 64.
Sebeka 60, Verndale 42.
Thief River Falls 51, Park Rapids 42.
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 74, Northome/Kelliher 36.
Willmar 53, Little Falls 52.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Too Much Snow Cancels Dogsled Race

It's been cancelled twice before due to a lack of snow, but this year, the annual dogsled race near Frazee is being cancelled for the opposite reason - too much snow. Eddy Streeper, organizer of the event, said there is so much snow that officials can't groom the tracks and that poses a danger to the dogs. The race, The Third Crossing Sled Dog Rendezvous, was scheduled for January 23-24.

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Ward Predicts a Challenging Session

State Representative John Ward of Brainerd says this legislative session will be a challenge. Lawmakers must fix a $500 million revenue shortfall through the end of June, and a $5 billion shortfall for the next biennium. Ward tells KLKS News, cities, counties and townships will feel the pain. He says they must prepare for the worst, and propose revenue raising ideas for the legislature to consider.
Ward says everything they do must be designed to keep jobs or create jobs.

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Oberstar Says the Recount is Clean

Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar is confident the recount process in the Minnesota Senate race has been clean and fair. The 8th District lawmaker tells KLKS News, he has spoken to a Washington Attorney, who has represented 200 Republican candidates in recounts, and says this is the cleanest he has ever seen. Oberstar says Senator Coleman ought to exhaust all legal remedies available. But, when it's all said and done, he expects that Al Franken will be the next Senator from Minnesota.
Oberstar says the 1962 recount in the race for Governor between Karl Rovaag and Elmer Anderson lasted from November to March, when Rovaag won by 92 votes.

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Bertha Barn Burns

A barn in Bartlett Township near Bertha was lost to fire Saturday. Gary Johnson had left his property at about 10 am. When he returned around 1:30. the structure was fully engulfed. The building and contents were considered a total loss. Law enforcement is asking for public help on information leading to the blaze.

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Franken Has Been Certified

A Minnesota Board has certified results showing Democrat Al Franken winning the state's U.S. Senate recount over Republican Norm Coleman, but a legal challenge could keep the race in limbo. The Canvassing Board's declaration Monday starts a seven day clock for Coleman to file a lawsuit protesting the result. If he doesn't, Franken will get the election certificate he needs to take the seat in Washington. The former "Saturday Night Live" personality ended the recount up by 225 votes. Franken trailed Coleman by a little less than that heading into the recount. A lawsuit would extend the fight over the seat for months.

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