Saturday, November 7, 2009

Pequot Lakes - Section Champions

The Pequot Lakes Patriots Football team are the AAA, Section 8 Football champions after their win Friday night against the Perham Yellowjackets. Final score had Pequot Lakes at 48 and Perham at 16. Next game for the Patriots will be against Mora on Saturday, November 14 at 3:00pm at the Public School Stadium in Duluth. Mora is the AAA, Section 7 Champ. This game will be broadcast with play-by-play announcer, Steve Heslop on KLKS-FM, 104.3 and streamed at

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Judge Quam Calls Hecker's Disclosures "Woeful"

(AP) According to Hennepin County Judge, Jay Quam, fallen auto mogul Denny Hecker's financial disclosures are "woefully short" in his divorce trial. The Judge is trying to determine whether to require Hecker to pay $7,500 per month to the mother of their two children, ages 8 and 14. According to Quam, Hecker now must submit sworn and detailed testimony about his financial status.

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Property Taxes Due By November 15

Crow Wing County Treasurer, Laureen Borden, reminds county property owners that the second half of Agricultural and Mobile Home/Personal Property taxes are due November 15. If mailed, timeliness is determined by the postmark. Payments may be made by mail or in person at the Treasurer's Office on the second floor of the historic courthouse. The payment date without penalty is extended to November 16 as there is no mail on Sundays. You may pay electronically by going to or call 800-272-9829.

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Corps Of Engineers Waives Day-Use Fees

The U.S.Army Corps of Engineers is waiving day use fees for veterans, active and reserve and National Guard Members and their families at its recreation areas on Veterans Day, November 11. The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services for fees for specialized facilities. The Corps is the largest federal provider of outdoor and water-based recreation in the nation and hosts more than 350 million visits each year.

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H1N1 Clinics for the week of November 9th

Crow Wing County Community Services Health Division will be holding Walk- In H1N1 Flu Clinics for the week of November 9th as follows:

Pregnant Women
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Jesse Hallett Library 101 1st Street SE Crosby, MN

Pregnant Women
Thursday, November 12 , 2009
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Crow Wing County Community Services Health Division,
204 Laurel Street, Suite 12,
Brainerd MN

Children ages 2-9
(criteria may expand
if more vaccine arrives-
call 822-7022 for updates)

Friday, November 13, 2009
10:00AM- 4:00PM
Pequot Lakes High School
Middle Gymnasium
30805 Olson Street
Pequot Lakes MN

There is no charge for this vaccine. This is a walk in clinic -no appointments will be made.

Guidelines for clinics may change so please call the Crow Wing County 24 hour Flu Hotline at (218) 822-7022 before attending and also for more information about future flu clinics.

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Slick Road Causes Morning Crash

Frosty roads this morning resulted in a head-on crash on County Road 1, 6 miles east of Pine River.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff's office says two truck were involved in the accident just after 8 a.m.

The crash involved a Crow Wing Power pickup truck driven by 36-year-old Scott Seeling of Breezy Point, and another pickup truck driven by 58-year-old Thomas Bebeau of Crosslake. The Sheriff's office says Bebeau crossed into the on-coming lane because of frosty road conditions.

Injuries to both drivers appeared to be minor. Seeling was treated and released at the scene by North Ambulance while Bebeau was transported by North Ambulance to Brainerd for treatment of his injuries.

Assisting the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office at the scene were the Crosslake and Pequot Lakes Police departments, Ideal F.D., North Memorial Ambulance, and DG Towing of Pequot Lakes.

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Deer Population Sound

The Minnesota DNR has had great success in managing deer numbers recently. DNR Fish and Wildlife Director Dave Schad tells KLKS News, he has experienced the low points. In the the late 1970's, the hope was they could maintain a harvest of 100,000 per year. Now, the annual harvest is more than double that. The high point came in 2003, when hunters bagged almost 300,000 whitetails.

Schad is in Thief River Falls this weekend for the Governor opener. He expects their results will be spotty. He says they had to eliminate part of the deer herd in that area to stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis.

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Mild Conditions for Hunters

Fields and woods around the Brainerd Lakes Area will turn to shade of blaze orange this weekend, for the start of the rifle deer hunting season. Meteorologist Tony Schumacher says hunters will find mild conditions. Temperatures around daybreak should be about 40, with highs in the upper 50's.

Schumacher suggests hunters dress in layers. He says dragging a deer any distance could become a steamy experience.

Temperatures will stay in the 50's Sunday, and cooling into the upper 40's for the beginning of the new work week, still above average for this time of year.

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Deer Opener Saturday

Some half million hunters will venture out into the fields and forests of Minnesota this weekend in pursuit of the elusive whitetail.

DNR Brainerd Area Wildlife Supervisor Gary Drotts tells KLKS News, hunters in the area ought to have pretty good success. He says 2003 was the peak year when 24 thousand deer were harvested in Crow Wing and Lower Cass counties. Only half that number is expected this season. Still that would rank as the 8th best on record.

Drotts says the mild weekend weather ought to help success, allowing hunters to stay in the field longer. He is urging safety. Rifles should be unloaded while climbing into and out of deer stands.

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Thusday High School Sectional Play

Girls Volleyball:
3-1 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa def Bertha-Hewitt
3-0 Nevis def Barnum

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Patrol Urges Gun Safety this Weekend

Last week a Buffalo woman was injured when a round from a high power rifle pierced her car, as she drove into town.

Minnesota State Patrol Sergent Curt Mowers tells KLKS News, hunters need to think about where a round could go, as they head off for the deer opener this weekend. He says most rounds from a tree stand will hit the ground. However, those fired from the ground could travel miles before they stop.

Mowers is also cautioning drivers to be on the look-out for deer bolting across the highways this weekend. He says it is often the deer that is chased out of the woods that causes highway accidents.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Petters' Trial Continues

(AP) Minnesota businessman Tom Petters attorneys are trying to turn recordings made by a government witness to Petters' advantage at his fraud trial. They say that other company officers seem to wonder how much Petters knew about what the prosecution is saying was a massive Ponzi Scheme. According to Petters' attorneys, they say that Petters didn't know what others were doing behind his back.

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Deer Opener Saturday

Deer hunters are expected to harvest around 13 thousand deer around the Brainerd Lakes Area during the hunting season this year. The rifle season opens Saturday morning.

Area Wildlife Supervisor Gary Drotts tells KLKS News, they had to change zone 242, also known as the Greater Brainerd zone, from a status of intensive harvest to managed because of some incorrect reporting from last year. He said some hunters were claiming antlerless deer from 242, when they really came from zones 246, 247 or 249.

Drotts says the success of bow hunters has been down this year due in large measure to rainy, cool weather in October.

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High School Sections

Girls Volleyball:
3-0 Wadena-Deer Creek def Perham
3-0 Nevis def Pillager
3-1 Bertha-Hewitt def Sebeka

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Aitkin School Approves Levy

The Aitkin School District easily passed its operating levy referendum Tuesday. The final vote was 860 yes, 163 no. Those in favor approved the levy in all three polling locations; Aitkin High School, Palisade Elementary School and Glen-Kimberly Town Hall.

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Levy Passes in Wadena-Deer Creek

The Wadena-Deer Creek School District reports, both questions of the levy referendum unofficially passed by a close margin Tuesday. The second question by less than 80 votes.

Superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom says "The vote during these times demonstrates Wadena-Deer Creek-Bluffton community members' support and expect an excellent education for their children." She offered her thanks to the voters for pulling together and advocating for the students.

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Brainerd School Board Elections

TOM HAGLIN 1707 22.40
RUTH NELSON 1662 21.81

TODD D. FROEMMING 1318 17.29
NANCY L. CROSS 950 12.47
Write-In 19 0.25

JAMES M. HUNT 1553 54.72
BOB NYSTROM 666 23.47
TOM PETERSON 411 14.48
Write-In 3 0.11

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Petters' Trial Continues

(AP) Businessman Tom Petters' attorneys are trying to establish the legitimacy of some of his business deals. They are defending him against fraud charges in an alleged $3.65 billion Ponzi Scheme. Former Petters Associate, DeAnna Coleman, under cross-examination, acknowledged that Petters did legitimate deals with Dayton's, Polaroid, and other companies.

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Brainerd School Board Elections Today

Several area school boards are holding elections today. Brainerd School District 181 and Staples-Motley will be electing school board members. Aitkin and Wadena-Deer Creek will be be casting ballots on operating levy referendums.

Crow Wing County Deputy Auditor Stella Hegg says voter turn-out in school board elections is only about 8-10 percent.

Hegg says the polls will be open between noon and 8 p.m. today. She says voters can learn where they vote by calling the Auditor's office or on line with the Secretary of State.

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Riverwood Restricts Hospital Vistors

The Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin has Joined Lakewood Health in Staples in restricting visitors to its hospital because of H1N1 swine flu.

Those experiencing flu-like symptoms of a cough, fever, or sore throat, or who have household members sick with the flu, are asked NOT to visit hospital patients.

Hospital visitors will be limited to a patient's immediate family members who are 18 or older, with only 2 visitors per patient.

Compassionate exceptions will apply on a case-by-case basis.

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ATV Record in Silver Bay

(AP) Silver Bay, Minnesota knows how to celebrate. On June 13th, some 16-hundred ATV's paraded through town. The Guinness Book of Records took notice. The gathering eclipsed, by about 500 machines, a similar, but smaller event, in Kentucky in 2006.

The event was staged by the All-Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota which advocates for ATV access to trails.

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No Long Lines for H1N1 Vaccine

A rush to get the swine flu vaccine never materialized at the National Guard Armory in Brainerd Monday. When they closed the doors on the clinic, The Crow Wing County Health Division still had more than half their allotment left.

The clinc was narrowed to those considered most vulnerable to the H1N1 virus: children 6 to 35 months old, their care givers and pregnant women.

Safety concerns over the vaccine may also have kept parents and their children away. Some bloggers have expressed concerns over future reproductive and cancer issues. However, Dr. Peter Henry, Crow Wing County Health Advisor, says those fears are groundless.

Dr. Henry says adequate supplies of the vaccine ought to arrive in the county before the end of the month.

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Monday Sectional High School Scores

Girls Volleyball:
3-2 Melrose def Pierz

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Sheriff Warns Hunters About Trespassing

Every Deer hunting season the Crow Wing County Sheriff's office fields calls about hunters who trespass on private land. Sheriff Todd Dahl says hunters need to scout the areas where they will be hunting before the season begins. He says ignorance is no excuse.

Sheriff Dahl is also urging hunters to use great care while entering deer stands. He says rifles should be empty before climbing into the stand, and stands should be in sound condition.

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November Looks Nicer than October

The month of October was the 5th wettest on record, according to K-Lakes Meteorologist Tony Schumacher. The last weekend of the month produced over an inch and half of rain. It was a cool month too, with temperatures six degrees below normal. Tony says November should be better. He says it should be warmer than normal and less stormy.

Tony says we may be back in the 50's by the weekend.

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