Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday, March 13, Sports Scores

Girls High School Basketball
Braham 68, Aitkin 63 OT
Barnum 63, Bertha-Hewitt 24

New York 102, Minnesota 94

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The Arb Seeks Electric Golf Cart

The Northland Arboretum in Brainerd-Baxter is seeking the donation of an electric golf cart. The cart is to be used to transport physically challenged visitors throughout the Arboretum. With over 26-thousand people visiting the arb each year, this has become a very necessary item. For more information, 218-829-8770. The arb is a non-profit organization.

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High School Basketball Scores from Thursday Night

Boys' Basketball

Class 4a, Section 8
Elk River 76, Bemidji 74
St. Cloud Tech 79, Brainerd 56

Class 3A, Section 8
Little Falls 60, Thief River Falls 45
Rocori 68,Detroit Lakes 45
Sauk Rapids-Rice 75, Fergus Falls 74
St. Cloud Apollo 68, Sartell 61

Class 2A Section 5
First Round
Pierz 61, maple Lake 24
St. Cloud Cathedral 80, Zimmerman 73
Rogers 76, Princeton 47

Class 2A Section 6
First Round
Morris 51, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 46 OT
Staples-Motley 90, Osakis 50

Class 2A Section 7
First Round
Braham 90, Aitkin 41
Moose Lake/Willow River 83, Hinckley-Finlayson 52

Class 2A Section 8
First Round
Crosby-Ironton 85, Bagley 55
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 67, Perham 60
Hawley 84, Wadena-Deer Creek 75
Pelcian Rapids 101, Frazee 39
Pequot Lakes 73, Park Rapids 37
Roseau 73, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 70
Warroad 69, Pine River-Backus 42

Class 1A Section 5

Play In
Browerville 67, Menahga 60
Eagle Valley 67, Pillager 47
Swanville 68, Verndale 55

First Round
Barnum 88, Hill City 56
Isle 71, Ogilvie 41
Northland 90, McGregor 53

Class 1A Section 6
First Round
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 68, Parkers Prairie 47

Class 1A Section 7
First Round
Cook County 91, Carlton 61

Class 1A Section 8
First Round
Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 77, Goodridge 40
Blackduck 70, Fosston 68 OT
Cass Lake-Bena 74, Win-e-mac 37
Clearbrook-Gonvick 54, Northome/Kelliher 49

Girls' Basketball

Class 3A Section 2
Worthington 54, Willmar 31

Class 3A Section 7
Grand Rapids 52, Hibbing 36

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Record Cold Hits the Brainerd Lakes

Looks like we are setting over-night low records around the Brainerd Lakes Area this morning. The record low for Brainerd set back in 1956 of 17 below was easily eclipsed this morning when the mercury plunged to 25 below. Longville was coldest in the state and lower 48 states at 33 below.
All this is on top of the snow from late winter storm that dropped around a half foot of snow Tuesday and promoted the radiational cooling that resulted in the drastic temperatures.
Relief is on the way. Meteorologist Tony Schumacher says temperatures are expected to crack into the 40's this weekend.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wednesday, March 11 Sports Scores

Boy's High School Basketball:
Grand Rapids 79, Milaca 33
New York Mills 64, Rothsay 58

Girls High School Basketball:
Aitkin 58, Two Harbors 48
Crosby-Ironton 57, Pine River-Backus 47
Bertha-Hewitt 65, Sebeka 56

Minnesota 104, Memphis 79

MLB Grapefruit League:
Minnesota 4, Baltimore 3.

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Howes Not Alarmed 2006 Tax Numbers

The Department of Revenue says taxes in Minnesota became more regressive in 2006. State Representative Larry Howes tells KLKS News, while that's true, it's also deceptive. He says some had a good year in the stock market. While their income tax would have been higher, because they had more money, the impact of all other taxes would have been less.
Howes says he's not particularly alarmed by the numbers. He says millionaires will always pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes than the rest of us even in boom years, and hopes the stock market rebounds soon.

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Fatal Accident in Todd County

Speed, ice and alcohol may have combined for a fatal accident in Todd County Tuesday morning. Scott Allen Denny of Gaylord, Minnesota was killed in a roll-over accident in Bartlett Township around 1:30 a.m. He lost control of the vehicle he was driving, causing it to slide sideways into a ditch. He was thrown from the vehicle when it rolled, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Joshua Richard Denny of Verndale and Justin Allen Denny of Atwater were treated for injuries at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena.

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State Patrol Gets Ready for St. Patrick's Day

The Minnesota State Patrol is encouraging St. Patrick's Day pub-goers and partiers to plan ahead for a sober ride home. Statewide St. Patrick's Day, 2005-2007, alcohol-related crashes accounted for seven of 12 traffic deaths, and another 13 serious injuries. During that same time period 1,575 impaired drivers were arrested for DWI. Each year, alcohol-related crashes account for around 200 deaths and 3000 serious injuries in Minnesota.
Sgt. Curt Mowers, of the Brainerd office of the State Patrol is urging revelers to have a plan for a safe ride home Before bellying up to the bar and ordering that pint of Guinness. He says it could cost more than a pot-o’-gold.
Anyone observing a driver they believe may be impaired is encouraged to report that driver to any police agency.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Todd County Reports Hit and Run

The Todd County Sheriff's Office says that an hit and run accident was reported on Monday that happened in the City of Clarissa on Ann Avenue, near the Heritage Apartments. Damage was done to both driver-sides of the vehicles. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Todd County Sheriff's Office at 320-732-2157.

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Food Share Month

This is Food Share Month in Minnesota.
Don Messick of the Lakes Area Food Shelf in Pequot Lakes tells KLKS News, they served a record number of families last year. Nearly 3,600 families received assistance, up 11 percent from the year before. Most of those families had children under 10. However, his fastest growing segment is seniors.
Messeck says they have been able to keep up with demand, but is asking for contributions. He says they will take food, but prefer money. He says he was able to buy 11,000 pounds worth of food for $3,000.
The Lakes Area Food Shelf is located in the Grace United Methodist parking lot south of Pequot Lakes. Checks may be mailed to: P.O. Box 724, Nisswa.

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Late Winter Storm Targets the Brainerd Lakes

The Brainerd Lakes Area is under a Winter Storm Warning until 7 am Wednesday. Meteorologist Tony Schumacher says the snow could have been deeper. However, part of the storm was side-tracked by another system moving through Iowa. However, he is still expecting a major storm. Five to 9 inches of snow is predicted. Strong winds are expected to cause blowing and drifting and dangerous wind chills in the range of 25 to 35 below.
Tom Wyrk, Maintenance Supervisor for the Brainerd office of MN-Dot, says his crews are planning to work around the clock. He warns motorists that in heavy blowing snow, the plows will be difficult to see.
Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl says we have received fair warning on this storm, and is asking motorists to exercise good judgement.
There have already been numerous accidents around the lakes this morning from light freezing mist. A string of cars spun into the ditch 10 miles north of Little Falls on Highway 371.

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Brainerd Braces for a Blizzard

Our Brainerd Lakes Area is under a Winter Storm Watch Tuesday morning through Wednesday morning. K-Lakes Meteorologist Tony Schumacher says we could see blizzard like conditions. He expects the storm to be particularly powerful by the afternoon hours, which will make the afternoon drive difficult, and could result in the early dismissal of school.
Schumacher is expecting an inch or two of snow per hour with total accumulations of 8 to 11 inches. Combined with north east winds up to 30 miles per hour visibility could be down to zero.

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Tax Refunds are Up

Tax refunds have been averaging $2,870 this year. St. Paul IRS spokesperson Carrie Resch says that's up nine percent or $230 dollars from a year ago. She tells KLKS News, for those who file electronically and use direct deposit, the wait is seven to 10 days. For those who paper file and are looking for a check in the mail, the wait is about six weeks.
Resch ways the deadline for Minnesotans to receive unclaimed refunds from 2005 is fast approaching. She says over 19,000 are owed over $17 million dollars. These are tax payers who did not file a federal income tax return for that year. To collect the money, a return for 2005 must be filed with the IRS no later than Tuesday, April 15.

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Pelican Lake Peppered with Polar Plungers

Some 275 jumpers hit the icy waters of Pelican Lake for the annual Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics Saturday. Sheriff Todd Dahl says many showed up in costume. There was a guy dressed as Dog the Bounty Hunter, and there was a box of crayons with eight jumpers in the box. Miss Nisswa and Little Miss Nisswa also took the plunge in their evening gowns. $47 thousand dollars was raised for the Special Olympics.

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Ice Tee a Success

Sunshine and temperatures in the mid 20's greeted ice golfers at the seventh annual Ice Tee Open at Moonlight Bay in Crosslake Saturday. 180 played in last year's event. Organizers said pre-registrations were running ahead of last year. $16 thousand was raised in 2008.
Conditions on the ice were good for early March, and participants had a good time. There was even a hole-in-one.
K-Lakes afternoon personality Blenda and morning man Bob Bundgaard chose hockey sticks over golf clubs as their weapons of choice.
All proceeds from the event were given to Camp Knutson.

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