Saturday, November 14, 2009

Patriot's Trip To State Ends

The Pequot Lakes Patriots' Football season came to an end on Saturday when they were defeated by the Mora Mustangs in a game played at the Public School Stadium in Duluth. The final score had Mora with 31 and Pequot Lakes with 14. Mora now advances to the State Finals in the Twin Cities next weekend.

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Red Wing Shoes Facing Lay-offs

(AP) Boot-maker, Red Wing Shoes--a Minnesota-based company, says it will be laying off about 200 workers in Minnesota and Kentucky. The company will be closing a manufacturing facility in Kentucky, and will shut down the second shift at it's Red Wing Plant. There will be sixty lay-offs in Minnesota, and the remainder will be at their Danville, Kentucky plant.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

More H1N1 Vaccine Arrive in Crow Wing County

Crow Wing County has seen a significant increase in H1N1 flu vaccine in the last week, according to Dr. Peter Henry, St. Joseph's Emergency Room Director. He says the illness has peaked. However, new cases are still being reported.

Dr. Henry tells KLKS News, it is still important to get the vaccine, even if you have already been ill. He says there are a number of colds and other viruses making the rounds, that may not be H1N1. And, he says the illness could have a second peak.

Recent vaccine clinics have been for children 6 months to 9 years of age, adolescents with chronic health problems, pregnant women and caregivers for children under the age of 6 years.

Dr. Henry expects adequate supplies of vaccine for the rest of the population in several weeks.

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Patriots vs Mustangs at State

The Pequot Lakes football team is preparing for its first appearance in the state tournament, Saturday. The Patriots, with their 10 and 1 record, travel to Duluth to take on the Mora Mustangs, who are 9-2.

KLKS play-by-play announcer Steve Heslop says they are both running teams. So, the team with the best run defense will move on to the semifinals. Heslop says the Patriots have been tough against the run this season.

Heslop is predicting a 21-14 win for the Patriots.

The kick-off will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, the pregame show on KLKS begins at 2:50.

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A Wadena Area Resident Dies From H1N1

A Wadena County resident is among the six latest deaths from swine flu reported in Minnesota by the State Department of Health. Little is known about the case, other than the victim was not a child.

The total number of confirmed deaths in Minnesota from the H1N1 virus is 21.

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Phone Troubles at Crosby Medical Campus

The medical campus in Crosby was experiencing problems with their telephone system as of 8 a.m. today. For those who are trying to call the Central Lakes Medical Center or the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center are asked to try again.

Emergency calls should be placed through 911.

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Flu Clinic At Pequot Lakes

An H1N1 flu clinic will be held at the Pequot Lakes Middle School Gym from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, November 13. The vaccine will be given to all children 6 months to 9 years, adolescents ages 10 through 18 with high risk medical conditions, pregnant women and caregivers of infants under 6 months.

This is a walk-in clinic. There is no charge for the vaccine.

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State Volleyball Quarter-Finals


3-0 Marshall def Wadena-Deer Creek
3-2 Meadow Creek Christian def Nevis

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

The State may have to do some Borrowing

(AP) The budget team of Governor Pawlenty has told a Legislative Panel that the State may have to borrow money early next year to cover it's bills. That would be the first time the State has had to take such action in 25 years.

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CLC Goes to a Football Bowl

The Central Lakes College football team from Brainerd will play Ellsworth Community College of Iowa Falls, Iowa, in the Graphic Edge Bowl on Sunday, Nov. 22.

The game will be at 3 p.m. in the UNI Dome on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa. Ellsworth is 7-3 and a Division I athletic scholarship school. The first game of the day pits North Dakota State College of Science (Wahpeton) against Joliet, Ill.

The Raiders (10-1), who are coming off the best football season in school history, were also offered opportunities to play in bowl games in Rochester and Hutchinson, Kan.

CLC on Sunday, Nov. 8 captured its first Minnesota College Athletic Conference championship, 20-14, in overtime over Rochester Community and Technical College.

The team will travel to Cedar Falls on Sat., Nov. 21 and attend an evening banquet honoring the athletes.

In 1988 Central Lakes College lost to Iowa Central (Fort Dodge), 28-7, in the UNI Dome Royal Crown Bowl. That is the only other bowl appearance in school history.

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Area Teams at State Tournaments

State High School Quarter-Finals Tournament Schedule:


Class 5A
Centennial (10-1) vs Brainerd (7-3)
Friday, 8 p.m. at St. Cloud State University

Class 3A
Mora (9-2) vs Pequot Lakes (10-1)
Saturday, 3 p.m. at Duluth Public School stadium

Class 2A
Eden Valley-Watkins (11-0) vs Pierz (10-1)
Friday, 5 p.m. at St. Cloud State University

Nine Man
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (11-0) vs Verndale (11-0)
Friday, 7 p.m. Big Cat Stadium, Morris


Class A
Nevis (25-5) vs Medow Creek Christian (26-6)
Thursday, 1 p.m. Excel Energy Center, St. Paul

Class AA
Marshall (28-3) vs Wadena-Deer Creek (28-4)
Thursday, 5 p.m. Excel Energy Center, St. Paul

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pawlenty Slated as a Speaker in New Hampshire

(AP) The Keynote Speaker next month in New Hampshire is Minnesota Governor, Tim Pawlenty. Pawlenty is widely thought to be considering a run for President in 2012--and New Hampshire has one of the first primaries for President.

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Fish House Parade Time Here Again

Thanksgiving is a great time to plan a family gathering! Come to the bustling little town of Aitkin, Minnesota (pop. 2,003) to attend the World Famous Fish House! Aitkin is only a comfortable two-hour drive north of Minneapolis-St. Paul in northeastern Minnesota.

The Fish House Parade happens the day after Thanksgiving. It causes imaginations to run wild and is enjoyed by thousands of enthusiastic parade goers!

Fish houses and floats are decorated in various themes ranging from Grumpy Old Women to the movie Jaws, complete with a shark swimming around a wobbling fish house, or anything else the creative parade entrants can dream up.

The day begins as you check out the deals while you shop-all the stores are open early at 7 a.m! Then go for a pancake breakfast and an Arts & Crafts Fair at the Westside Church building from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. You can get lunch there too or you can go to the Methodist Church at noon, where they are serving lasagna, or walk over to the American Legion for The Kinship Soup & Chili Cook-off. Be sure to be downtown precisely at noon for the Fish House Five-K (almost), where 3-person teams will run a relay in full Minnesota winter gear, just for the fun of it and a trophy fish! The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. There is more food on the street, shopping, (with discounts), and Santa! Immediately after the parade, join us for the Awards Ceremony for entry winners-examples include Overwhelmingly Noisiest or Outlandishly Humorous, judged by folks that have never seen our parade before. The day winds down with great music, and of course Fish Stew for supper at 5 p.m. The entire family will love this event! Please come and join us for a few laughs!

A parade of this caliber only comes around once a year. The Aitkin 19th Annual World-Famous Fish House takes place annually on the Friday following Thanksgiving Day at 1 p.m. on the main street of Minnesota Ave, downtown Aitkin. For information contact the Aitkin Area Chamber of Commerce 800-526-8342.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tax Collections in Minnesota Lag (again) in October

(AP) Tax collections in Minnesota continued to lag in October--2.7 percent below projections. The State took in $29 million less than anticipated, due to the falling off of individual income taxes. The latest up-date only provides a half-picture of the State's budget. The full-view will become clear when Finance Officials release a budget forecast next month that factors in spending patterns.

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Fan Bus Planned For Patriot's Game in Duluth

The Pequot Lakes Patriot Athletic Club is sponsoring a fan bus to Duluth for the Patriot's football game on Saturday, November 14. Cost is $15.00 per person. Sign up by calling or stopping by the Pequot Lakes High School Office. The bus will leave the high school parking lot at 11:30am. Deadline to sign up is Thursday, November 12 at 3:00pm.

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More H1N1 Clinics in Crow Wing County

The Crow Wing County Health Division is getting ready for another round of H1N1 Sine Flu vaccinations. The first will be held Tuesday at the Hallett Library in Crosby for pregnant women. The hours are from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The next will be held Thursday at the Division offices 204 Laurel Street in Brainerd. That clinic is also for pregnant women from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The final will be held Friday for children 2 to 9 years of age at the Pequot Lakes Middle School Gymnasium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The vaccine may be available to more people depending on supplies.

All three are walk-in clinics, and there is no charge for the vaccine.

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Oberstar Votes for Health Overhaul

Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar was among those casting a vote in favor on the Health Care Reform bill that passed the house Saturday night. He says it will achieve what he is looking for: fixing regional disparities in medicare reimbursement that penalize Minnesota health care providers, and ensuring tax dollars are not used for abortion services.

The bill's future is uncertain in the Senate where Republicans and Conservative Democrats promise to oppose it.

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