Saturday, January 31, 2009

Burglary at the Stampede Bar and Grill in Hewitt

The Todd County Sheriff's Office said that they were notified on Friday of a burglary that took place Thursday night at the Stampede Bar and Grill in Hewitt. Sometime in the over-night, Thursday to Friday, some party entered the bar and money was stolen. The incident is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the TCSO.

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Night, January 30, Sports Scores

Boys High School Basketball
Bertha-Hewitt 68, Henning 52
Cass Lake-Bena 133, Lake Of The Woods 22
Cromwell 75, McGregor 54
Crosby-Ironton 68, Warroad 59
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 61, Perham 50
Hill City 83, Lakeview Christian Academy 64
Pillager 58, Menahga 55
Pine River-Backus 63, Northome/Kelliher 53
Sauk Rapids-Rice 76, Brainerd 74
Underwood 50, Battle Lake 42
Verndale 59, New York Mills 48
West Central 69, Frazee 56

Girls High School Basketball
Aitkin 74, Ogilvie 33
Braham 63, Pine City 40
Detroit Lakes 58, Wadena-Deer Creek 46
Grand Rapids 61, Duluth East 53
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 50, Milaca 32
Pierz 50, Kimball 43
Sauk Centre 55, Mora 45

High School Wrestling
Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 39, New York Mills 38
Detroit Lakes 41, Park Rapids 29
Henning Triangular:
Parkers Prairie 38, Ottertail Central 33
Wadena-Deer Creek 42, Parkers Prairie 37
Wadena-Deer Creek 54, Ottertail Central 19
Kimball Triangular:
St. Cloud Tech 41, Kimball 32
Willmar Triangular:
Brainerd/Pillager 43, Willmar 26
Buffalo 42, Willmar 14

Boys High School Hockey
Brainerd/Pierz/Pillager 5, Willmar 2
Red Lake County Central/Red Lake Falls 9, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Cass Lake-Bena 1

Girls High School Hockey
Brainerd/Little Falls 2, Willmar 1
Buffalo Bison 2, Cambridge-Isanti/Moral/Pine City 0

LA Lakers 132, Minnesota Timberwolves 119

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Staples Police Issue "Scam" Warning

Police in Staples are receiving reports of phone scams in the area. The caller claims to be from local Staples banks such as Unity Bank and First International, asking for credit card information and numbers to verify banking information. They are also asking for this information for the purpose of lowering interest rates. Police warn that this is a scam and no information should be given to them. If you have given out any information to these callers already, be sure to notify your banking institution immediately. Law enforcement reminds everyone to never give personal banking information over the phone and report any suspicious calls to your local police or sheriff's office.

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Breezy Point Crooner Donates to CLC

Big Band-era orchestra leader-singer Russ Carlyle has donated $20 thousand worth of arrangements to the Central Lakes College Instrumental Music Department in Brainerd.
Carlyle, who makes his summer home in Breezy Point, said he wants the music to be used in teaching college students "an appreciation and understanding of music when, back in the early days of Big Band, style and showmanship played a big part of the success of some of the biggest names in the business.
Carlyle's music has been performed from coast to coast in dance halls, night clubs, and theaters. He had a national radio show and was enjoyed by audiences at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas and the Blackhawk Restaurant and Aragon, and Trianon ballrooms in Chicago.
Before becoming a professional band leader, Carlyle performed as half of a comedy team with Joey Bishop. In 1972, when Bishop guest-hosted The Tonight Show for Johnny Carson, Russ Carlyle and wife Patty Clayton landed a coveted TV appearance. It had been nearly 20 years since Carlyle's other network appearance on the Jack Parr Show.
Frank Sinatra recorded several Carlyle numbers during his career.
He and Patty, whom he hired to be lead vocalist in the 1960s, winter in Scottsdale, Az.

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Oberstar to Hear About a Brainerd Vets Nursing Home

Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar will hear a proposal to put the Brainerd Regional Treatment Center back to good use. Former Brainerd State Senator Don Samuelson tells KLKS News, he would like to see the facility used as a veterans nursing home, among other things. Samuelson says, despite the tough economic times, this is not the time to run and hide. Instead, this is a time to put people back to work. The meeting with Congressman Oberstar is scheduled for 10:30 Saturday morning in building two of the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center.

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DFL Candidates for Governor At Breezy Point this Weekend

Several candidates for Governor will be in attendance at this weekend's Winter DFL Conference at the Breezy Point Conference Center.
Expected participants include former US Senator, Mark Dayton; Ramsey County Attorney, Susan Gaertner; State Senators Tom Bakk and John Marty and State Representative, Paul Thissen.

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Staples Woman Hits a Train

A Staples woman is hospitalized after plowing into the side of train yesterday. An SUV driven by Virginia Schwichtenberg struck the train west of Staples around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Her vehicle was thrown a short distance from impact. The woman was taken to the Staples Hospital.

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Thursday Night High School Scores

Boys Basketball:
Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 68, Pierz 61
Detroit Lakes 75, Wadena-Deer Creek 65
Pequot Lakes 66, Aitkin 43
Pine River-Backus 61, Frazee 57
Royalton 73, Upsala 54
Sebeka 66, Nevis 44
Staples-Motley 94, Park Rapids 54
Swanville 75, Pillager 63
Verndale 57, LaPorte 51

Girls Basketball:
Albany 68, Pierz 41
Bigfork 67, Northland 32
Brandon/Evansville 82, Browerville 43
Cass Lake-Bena 65, Northome/Kelliher 37
Isle 74, St. John's Prep 30
Menahga 55, Pillager 37
New York Mills 68, Verndale 31
Onamia 50, Royalton 30
Sebeka 69, Nevis 35
St. Cloud Apollo 65, Little Falls 48
Staples-Motley 64, Park Rapids 47
Wadena-Deer Creek 59, Pine River-Backus 40.

Boys Hockey
Litte Falls 8, Fergus Falls 0
Northern Lakes 3, Mora/Hinckley-Finlayson 3

Girls Hockey:
Babbitt-Embarrass 6, Crosby-Ironton/Pequot Lakes/Pine River Backus 0

Royalton/Upsala 51, Belgrade-Brooten-/Elrosa 17

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Gull Lake Frozen Fore Forthcoming

Confidence Learning Center, Ski Gull, and The Blue Line Club are hosting the 4th Annual Gull Lake Frozen Fore coming up on February 28th and March 1st. Event organizer, Cathe Picek, told K-Lakes' News that those two days are going to be packed with a ton of fun events, including tennis-ball golf, snowmobile rides, vintage snowmobile display, food vendors, free shuttle service, and more. To register, call 218-828-2344, or go to for more information.

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Pequot Lakes High School Participating in One-Act Play Competition

"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" is the title of the 30-minute One Act Play that Pequot Lakes is entering in this year's competition slated for this Saturday, January 31st at Park Rapids. By nature, the work is humorous, although Shakespeare's tragedies are included. Actor Mitchell Dahlman told K-Lakes that this is the first one-act he's participated in, but he's really looking forward to it. Director Darren Blank mentioned that, in perfect Shakespearean style, some of the female roles are played by males. Coming up on Friday evening, January 30th is a 7:30 presetation of the one act at Pequot Lakes High School Auditorium. Admission is free, and open to the public.

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Koering Differs with the Governor on Budget Cuts

State Senator Paul Koering of Fort Ripley says he supports most of the Governor's proposals to balance the budget. However, he tells KLKS News, he does not like the idea of holding K-12 eduction funding harmless, while making cuts in health and human services spending. He says when the February forecast is released, we may be looking at a revenue shortfall $2 billion higher than currently predicted. Senator Koering will be looking for input from voters Saturday. Town Hall meetings will be held in Nisswa from 8:30 a.m to 10; Baxter, 10:30 to noon; Brainerd, 12:30 to 2 p.m. and Crosby, 2:30 p.m. to 4.

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Oberstar Says Minnesota Will Benefit From Recovery Bill

The Congress has approved an economic recovery bill that is expected to create or save over 91,000 jobs in Minnesota.
Congressman Jim Oberstar is one of the authors of the legislation. He says one of the key provision of the bill is his 90 day "use it or lose it" clause which requires states to begin investing money from the legislation on public infrastructure projects within three months of receiving the funds. If those dollars are not obligated to specific projects, they will be returned to the treasury and then distributed to other states that are ready to put those dollars to work.
Minnesota has 200 road and bridge projects that could qualify for the $477 million the state will receive from the economic recovery bill. Oberstar says if the president signs the bill before the middle of February, there could be a million people at work on construction jobs by the first week of June.

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Senior Advocate Fears State Cuts

The President of Aging Services of Minnesota is troubled by the Governor's proposal to limit funding of senior services. Gayle Kvenvold tells KLKS News, if the cuts are sustained, nursing homes could be closed, and seniors who currently are staying in their homes could be forced into nursing homes, which would cost the state even more. Kvenvold says most seniors can be cared for in their homes. Kvenvold says by the year 2020, there will be more seniors in Minnesota than school children.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Deerwood Lions Award Scholarships

The Deerwood Lakes Lions have awarded three $500.00 scholarships for the Non-Traditional student attending school in the Spring semester of 2009. The recipients for the scholarships are Tammy L. Danielson of Deerwood,who is studying for a nursing degree, Krisann M. Gray of Crosby, who is looking forward to becoming a social worker and Jesse O. Omberg of Aitkin who is planning a career in law enforcement.The Deerwood Lakes Lions have provided Non-Traditional and Traditional Scholarships for many years and hopes to continue this program that is so beneficial to local students.

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Howes Calls the Governor's Proposed Budget Cuts "A Start"

State Representative Larry Howes of Walker describes the Governor's budget proposal as a start, and not as bad as he expected. Wadena Mayor Wayne Walden, President of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, is predicting thousands of layoffs, huge cuts in core services and big property tax increases. Howes tells KLKS News, that's not what he's hearing. While Local Government Aid will be cut by 25%, Howes says city officials have told him they thought it was going to be a lot worse. Howes says a third of the cuts to cities and counties will happen this year, two thirds in 2010.

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The Cold Is No Barrier to Snowmobilers

Despite a bitterly cold January, snowmobilers have been enjoying the trails around the Brainerd lakes in good numbers, according to Crosslake DNR Conservation Officer Nikki Shoutz. She said violations in December were high, but have backed off this month. Shoutz reminds operators that anyone born after 1976 must have a snowmobile safety certificate. And, she reminds owners that they share joint responsibility with young operators who break the law.

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Deer Hunting Success Down

Minnesota deer hunters harvested nearly 222,000 deer in 2008. This is a
decline of 38,000, or about 19 percent, from 2007, but the ninth
consecutive year the harvest has exceeded 200,000.
DNR Wildlife Section Chief Dennis Simon says, bad weather opening weekend, lower deer populations in many permit areas and more lottery areas all had a role in the lower harvest. Still, hunters found success and we were able to lower deer populations in some areas.
Overall, the statewide firearm harvest was down 15 percent from last
year. The archery harvest was down 7 percent and the muzzleloader
harvest down 25 percent.

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Tuesday Night High School Scores

Boys Basketball:
Blackduck 75, LaPorte 41
Brainerd 51, Alexandria 49
Crosby-Ironton 76, Detroit Lakes 47
Henning 68, Verndale 51
Hill City 80, McGregor 70
Hinckley-Finlayson 62, Aitkin 46
Isle 77, East Central 39
Little Falls 78, Fergus Falls 73
Pine River-Bachus 66, Menahga 61
Sebeka 78, Pillager 30
Wadena-Deer Creek 74, Park Rapids 38

Girls Basketball:
Aitkin 59, Rush City 21
Ashby 65, Verndale 51
Blackduck 65, LaPorte 42
Brainerd 69, Moorhead 67
Cass Lake-Bena 62, Northland 57
Detroit Lakes 60, Crosby-Ironton 38
Eden Valley-Watkins 77, Pierz 55
Isle 44, Pine City 41
Pequot Lakes 77, Pillager 37
Pine River-Backus 74, Menahga 39
Royalton 44, Swanville 43
Staples-Motley 61, Perham 58

Boys Hockey
Little Falls 7, Sartell 2
Northern Lakes 3, Prairie Centre Area 3
Park Rapids/Menahga/Nevis 9, Walker-Hackensack-Akely/Cass Lake-Bena 1
St. Cloud Tech 4, Brainerd/Pierz/Pillager 2
Wadena-Deer Creek 6, Detroit Lakes/Perham 2

Girls Hockey:
Brainerd/Little Falls 5, St. Cloud Tech 2
Park Rapids/Menahga/Nevis/Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 4, LPGE/WDC 0

New York Mills 34, Wadena-Deer Creek 33

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Brainerd Salvation Army Meets Its Christmas Goal

The Brainerd Lakes Salvation Army had a merry Christmas after all. While kettle donations fell short of goal, mailed and walk-in donations through January 15th more than made up the difference. The goal had been $218 thousand. The final total was more than $245-thousand. As a result they were able to serve 765 households with food baskets and gifts.

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Protecting Seniors from Fraud

The Crow Wing County Sheriff is holding a seminar protecting seniors from scams, next month. Chief Deputy Debi Backdahl says the event comes up on February 4th at the new Hartwood Senior facility in Crosby. She tells KLKS News, when it's too difficult to tells what is legitimate, and what is fraud, call your local law enforcement agency. Backdahl says the sheriff has partnered with the community at large, and senior community to form Triad.

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Monday Night High School Scores

Boys Basketball:
Cass Lake-Bena 89, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 77
Pequot Lakes 51, Grand Rapids 48
Wadena-Deer Creek 67, Frazee 28
Wrenshall 53, Isle 48

Girls Basketball:
Isle 49, Cromwell 48
Wadena-Deer Creek 68, Pelican Rapids 57

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Baseball Camps at CLC

When they start talking baseball camps, can spring be far behind? Central Lakes College is hosting winter baseball camps for high school athletes February 8th through March 8th on the Brainerd campus.
Head Coach Joel Lofstrom said that pitchers and catchers will meet from 4-5:30 p.m. on Sundays and Thursdays in the campus gym, followed by hitters from 5:30 to 6:30.
Coach Lofstrom says camp participants will get a chance to throw twice a week. The emphasis will be on increasing arm strength and endurance prior to the high school season.
Pitchers will receive instruction on the mechanics of pitching. Catchers also will focus on the mechanics of catching.
Hitters will learn the basics of a short compact swing. Live hitting, tee work, and drill work will be done each week.
The fee for the Pitchers and Catchers Camp is $100 for registrants by Feb. 2 and $110 at the door. The Hitters Camp fee is $75 by Feb. 2 or $85 at the door.
To register or get information, contact Lofstrom at (218) 851-2600, e-mail or make checks payable to CLC Baseball, attention: Joel Lofstrom, Central Lakes College, 501 West College Drive, Brainerd, Minn., 56401.
Information is posted on the CLC Web site,

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Farmers Asked to Vote On Lamb Promotion

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is asking lamb producers, feeders, and first handlers to vote on the future of the Lamb Promotion. The referendum will be held in February.
For Crow Wing and Cass County farmers, the vote will be cast at the USDA Farm office at 7118 Clearwater Road in Baxter.

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Nisswa Man Takes Top Prize in Extravaganza

A Nisswa man hooked a six pound walleye on frigid Hole in the Day Bay Saturday and won a 4X4 pick up truck for his trouble. Zachary Bailey was joined by nearly 9000 other anglers for the annual Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Gull Lake. They had to brave wind-chill readings of 25 below in the attempt to snare one of $150-thousand in prizes.

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