February 28th and March 1st are the dates slated for the 4th Annual Gull Lake Frozen Fore. Nisswa Chamber Executive, Ann Warling, tells K-Lakes' News the it will be a fun weekend, with nine separate holes that participants can play around the Lakes Area, with free shuttle service available. Other activites include a Digital Scavenger Hunt and Antique Snowmobile Ride and Show. Procees benefit Confidence Learning Center, Ski Gull, and Blue Line Hockey. For more information, you can contact the Nisswa Chamber at 218-963-2620, or go on-line to www.nisswa.com
Friday, February 20 Sports Scores
Boys High School Basketball
Blackduck 61, Nevis 56
Buffalo 62, Brainerd 46
Cass Lake-Bena 93, Clearbrook-Gonvick 84
East Grand Forks 65, Park Rapids 44
Hill City 70, Northome Kelliher 68
McGregor 83, Carlton 78
Pequot Lakes 73, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 72
Moose Lake-Willow River 76, Cromwell 50
Pierz 59, Holdingford 52
Underwood 51, Verndale 38
Red Lake 97, Pine River-Backus 72
Wadena-Deer Creek 78, Perham 48
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 81, Laporte 37
Girls High School Basketball
Bertha-Hewitt 48, Verndale 33
Blackduck 57, Nevis 46
Detroit Lakes 58, Wadena-Deer Creek 32
East Central 70, McGregor 36
Frazee 39, Breckenridge 20
Mora 53, Milaca 43
New York Mills 55, Henning 48
Pequot Lakes 63, Crosby-Ironton 52
Perham 69, Lake Park-Audubon 54
Pine City 65, Isle 46
High School Wrestling
2A Section 7
Milaca/Faith Christian 55, Grand Rapids 7
Mora 32, Milaca/Faith Christian 27
2A Section 8
Perham 60, Roseau 15
Thief River Falls/Goodridge 52, Little Falls 21
Perham 35, Thief River Falls/Goodridge 29
Boys High School Hockey
Roseau 4, Grand Rapids 2
Indiana 110, Minnesota 105
Aitkin Friends of the Arts to Host a Cabaret-Style Show
Coming up this Saturday night, the Annual Midwinter Night's Dinner is being hosted by the Aitkin Friends of the Arts. Organizer Katherine Ella tells K-Lakes' News that its going to be a fun-filled evening, with a dinner prepared by Ruttger's Chef Terry Dox starting at 6:30 in the evening followed by a 7:45 p.m. show. The cabaret-style review is being presented by the The Classics, and includes the music of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, and other selections by the Rat Pack. For more information, or ticket reservations, call 218-549-3221.
Walker Eel Pout Festival
This is the weekend Walker goes bonkers over the slimy eel pout. Chamber Spokesperson Char Moore tells KLKS News, 10 thousand are expected for the 30th annual Eel Pout Festival. She says someone could get rich. A trout has been tagged and released. If it's caught this weekend, the lucky angler will net $25 thousand. Moore says the event begins Friday at noon with the lighting of the torch, sky diving and hot air balloons. Saturday, folks can sample eel pout nuggets at the city park. Moore says an eel pout has the head of a catfish, and the body of an eel.
Olson Says Their Pay Should Considered for Cuts
State Senator Mary Olson of Bemidji says everything must be on to table as lawmakers consider a Republican proposal to cut the salaries of legislators and constitutional officers. Senator Olson tells KLKS News there are many misconceptions about their pay. She says lawmakers put varying levels of effort into it, others treat it as a full time job. Senator Olson says another misconception surrounds their pensions. She says they have the opportunity to contribute to a 401K, but there is no other defined pension plan.
Thursday February 19 Sports Scores
Boys High School Basketball:
Aitkin 73, Onamia 36
Blackduck 73, Pine River-Backus 65
Little Falls 56, Willmar 52
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 47, St. Cloud Cathedral 33
Minahga 79, Verndale 75 (OT)
Superior, Wi 57, Grand Rapids 54
Girls High School Basketball:
Aitkin 50, Crosby-Ironton 42
Browerville 41, Royalton 34
Cass Lake-Bena 74, Indus 16
Clearbrook-Gonvick 89, LaPorte 60
Frazee 47, Park Rapids 34
Greenway 49, Hill City 37
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 80, Pierz 42
Nevis 63, Verndale 43
New York Mills 78, Ulen-Hitterdahl 46
Northland 60, Pillager 40
Osakis 63, Staples-Motley 40
Pine River-Backus 49, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 33
Duluth East 6, Brainerd/Pierz/Pillager 1
Kittson County Central 3, Park Rapids/Menahga/Nevis 2
Little Falls 9, St. Cloud Apollo 1
Big Ten Conference:
Michigan 74, Minnesota 62
Ohio State 73, Minnesota 62
Calgary Flames 3, Minnesota Wild 2 OT
Staples Man Dies In Logging Accident
A 35-year old Staples man has died in a logging accident near leader. The Cass County Sheriff's Department says Jeffrey Fonteyn died Wednesday night. Sheriff's officials say Fonteyn had apparently gotten tangled in the conveyor belt of a horizontal grinding machine. He was dead at the scene. An autopsy is planned.
March 7th is the date that's slated for the "7th Annual Ice Tee Open" at Moonlight Bay in Crosslake. There will be two 9-hole courses prepared by Golden Eagle Golf Club, and a day filled with fun--including a Silent Auction. The proceeds of the day go to Camp Knutson--a camp for seriously ill/disabled children and their families. Camp Director, Rob Larson, tells K-Lakes that its a great get-together for a wonderful cause. Moonlight Bay will be having food and drink specials, and there'll be a Costume Contest for Most Original. For registration and tee-times, call 218-692-3575. For information on Camp Knutson, go to www.campknutson.org
School Bus Arm Violations
This is the time of year school bus stop arm violations increase, according to State Patrol Sergent Curt Mowers. He tells KLKS News, charges can range all the way to a felony.
Mowers says for some reason the violations increase with the warmer weather. He also says there is a misconception they can't be charged if more than four hours pass. Mowers says that is false.
Lawmakers Prepare To Hear From The Public
A group called the The Minnesota Majority is describing legislative listening sessions as a sham. Spokesman Jeff Davis tells KLKS News, they are designed to give political cover to lawmakers who want to raise taxes. He says lawmakers are unwilling to make reasonable cuts in favor of keeping workers on the government dole. Davis suggests cuts in K-12 education and health and human services, as a means to balance the budget which could be facing a $7 billion revenue shortfall.
State Senator Mary Olson of Bemidji finds it hard to understand how getting public input could be construed as a sham. She says if they were to remove everyone from welfare type programs, it wouldn't make a blip in the size of the hole they have to fill.
There will be three listening sessions in the area Friday. The Brainerd session will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Washington Education Services building. The Little Falls gathering will be at 9:30 a.m. at the Morrison County Government Center. And, the Bemidji meeting will be held at Bemidji State University at 3:30 p.m.
Dru's Law Takes Effect
(AP) A law inspired by the death of Dru Sjodin has being applied in the case of a Robinsdale man. 28-year-old Gari Lamont Stewart faces life in prison with out parole for the 2007 attack on a woman and her boy friend in St. Paul. He was convicted of rape, arson, attempted murder and kidnapping.
A 2005 law was passed after the abduction and murder of University of North Dakota Student Dru Sjodin of Pequot Lakes. Both Minnesota and North Dakota set harsher penalties following the 2003 case.
High School Rankings
1. Pelican Rapids (20-0)
8. Crosby-Ironton (20-2)
1. Granada-Huntley-East Chain (18-0)
5. Bertha-Hewitt (20-0)
8. Sebeka (15-2)
Boys Hockey:Class 1A
1. St. Thomas Academy
2. Little Falls
Wednesday, February 18 Sports Scores
Minnesota Timberwolves 111, Miami Heat 104
Tuesday Night, February 17, Sports Scores
Boys High School Basketball:
Blackduck 73, Lake of The Woods 39
Braham 87, Aitkin 54
Cass Lake-Bena 110, Red Lake County 76
Crosby-Ironton 73, Pequot Lakes 51
Park Rapids 50, Nevis 47
Pine River-Backus 70, LaPorte 32
Red Lake 73, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 61
Royalton 62, Browerville 45
Upsala 72, Eagle Valley 64
Girls High School Basketball:
Aitkin 69, East Central 60
Bertha-Hewitt 56, Sebeka 42
Braham 74, Isle 31
Cass Lake-Bena 64, Menahga 55
Detroit lakes 68, Park Rapids 43
Little Falls 54, Sauk Rapids-Rice 35
New York Mills 73, Pillager 46
Pine River-Backus 73, LaPorte 52
St. John's Prep 39, Lake Region Christian 38
Wadena-Deer Creek 51, Crosby-Ironton 39
High School Hockey:
Little Falls 8, Willmar 2
Northern Lightning 4, Prairie Center 2
Sartell 4, Brainerd/Pierz/Pillager 2
Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena 34, Walker-Hackensack-Ackeley/Nevis 26
Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus 38, Fergus Falls 36
Little Falls 43, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus 30
Theif river Falls/Goodridge 69, Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena 6
Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 43, Wadena-Deer Creek 25
Staples-Motley 57, Ottertail Central 21
Crosby-Ironton 37, Rush City 36
Aitkin 62, St. Croix Lutheran 12
Mille Lacs 44, Pierz 25
Royalton/Upsala 65, Crosby-Ironton 11
Washington Wizards 111, Minnesota Timberwolves 103
Ward Says the DFL Will Have A Plan to Balance the Budget
DFL-ers in the legislature have been criticised for not having a plan yet to fix the budget deficit facing the state. Hearings will be held Friday in Brainerd, Little Falls and Bemidji on the Governor's plan to balance the budget while facing a $4.8 billion revenue shortfall. State Representative John Ward tells KLKS News, he expects the March revenue forecast to show the deficit has grown another $2 billion. He says that will make the Governor's plan null and void, and that would be the proper time for the legislature to re-do it.
Sheriff says the Ice Is Not Safe
Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl says he has pulled his fish house off the ice.
He tells KLKS News, the ice is no longer safe.
Dahl says open water is being reported in the channels around Crosslake. He says the ice is poor now, and he only expects it to get worse. The Sheriff says he does not want to send recovery divers into the water to pull people and equipment out from under the ice.
Monday Night High School Scores
Brainerd 70, Little Falls 59
Ogilvie 60, McGregor 34
Northern Lakes 11, North Branch 1
Taxpayers Have a Say
This Friday, taxpayers will get a chance to tell lawmakers what's wrong with current proposals to fix the state's huge budget deficit and suggest a better way.
State Representatives and Senators will be holding a series of Town Hall Meetings around the state, according to Bemidji State Senator Mary Olson.
The deficit is now pegged at $4.8 billion. However, that could rise to $7 billion with the March projections. The Brainerd meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Washington Education Services building. The Little Falls gathering will be at 9:30 a.m. at the Morrison County Government Center. And, the Bemidji meeting will be held at Bemidji State University at 3:30 p.m.
Monday, February 16, Sports
Boys High School Hockey
Lightning 11, North Branch 1
The lightning will play their last game of the season tomorrow night
against Prairie Center at the Breezy Point Arena....
Sheriff Braces for 2010
Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl says his department should be fine in 2009. He tells KLKS News, it's 2010 he's worried about. Department heads have said they will ask for no pay raises, and are looking at contracts to determine what they can afford.
Sheriff Dahl says he is committed to maintaining services. Savings will have to come from somewhere else. As an example, he says cruisers will see more miles before they trade up for new.
Recovery Rebate Credit
Some taxpayers may file for the Recovery Rebate Credit for 2008. St. Paul IRS Spokeswoman Carrie Resch says most will not qualify, but those who had a change in their job situation last year, and did not receive the maximum $600 rebate, may be able to file for it now on form 1040. Resch says if there was a birth or an adoption in the family, there may be an additional $300 credit. She says there has been a high rate of error in filing for the credit. Taxpayers must use the worksheet before entering the figure on the tax form.
Last year's rebate is not taxable.
Area High Schools Dance to State Competition
The Aitkin High School Dance team finished second in High Kick competition at the State Dance Team Tournament over the weekend. The Gobblers finished behind champion Cannon Falls in Class A. The Revolution team from Pequot Lakes qualified for state in Class A, and traveled to the Target Center, but did not make the final round of competition.
The Brainerd Dance Team finished fifth in Class Three A.
The dance teams from Crosby Ironton, Aitkin and Brainerd qualified for state in the Jazz Division, but did not make the finals.