Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sebeka Tops Ellsworth in Semi-Finals of 1A

The Trojans scored 26 points off turnovers and went on to defeat the Panthers of Ellsworth 61-60 in the second Class A semifinal of the day. Sebeka also forced the Panthers into 19 turnovers, 11 of which came in the first half.

Ellsworth’s Casey Schilling put the Panthers lead up 60-59 with 31 seconds left in regulation, but Sebeka’s Alex Brockpahler gave the Trojans the lead for good when he drained a jumper with 12 seconds left on the clock.

Four of Sebeka’s players scored in double digits, including Brockpahler who led the Trojans with 16 points, John Clark 14, Joey Cuperus 12, and Cody Pulju 11. Clark also had 5 rebounds and three blocks in the victory.

For Ellsworth, Casey Schilling led all scorers with 31 points and had 14 rebounds for the Panthers. Trevor Gruis added had a double-double for Ellsworth with 14 points and 16 rebounds.

Sebeka faces Minnesota Transitions for the 1A Championship at noon today at the T.

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Crosby Tops Plainview-Elgin-Millville 58-41 in O/T

The Bulldogs of Plainview-Elgin-Millville were not able to gain a lead in last night's semi-final game, but did tie it twice--the first time with eight seconds to play in the second half that ultimately led to overtime. An unusual series of events allowed the Bulldogs to erase a five-point deficit and achieve the tie. Senior Clay Olstad made a three-pointer, then was fouled, and missed the free throw, but the Bulldogs retained possession with the reboun-and senior Michael Pick tied it with a layup. The second tie with the Rangers of Crosby-Ironton came in the extra period, but a decisive turnover soon thereafter that led to a good three-pointer by senior Brock Tesdahl turned out be the final margin in the 51-48 victory. The Bulldogs shot a percentage point better than the Rangers and had the leading scorer, Olstad, with 24 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Senior Mark Hoge and Tesdahl paced the Rangers with 19 and 11 points, respectively. Crosby-Ironton has been a runner-up four times at the tourneys, but never has won a championship. Another opportunity now presents itself when they face New-London Spicer for the Championship at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the T.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Missing Fergus Falls Man Found Dead Near Nevis

The body of a missing 39-year old Fergus Falls man has been found near Nevis. Tony Kjaglien was found Friday near his truck in a semi-wooded area about four miles southeast of Nevis. Volunteers and law enforcement officers on the ground and in the air searched a large area around Park Rapids, where Kjaglien was last seen on Tuesday. His body was discovered after a tip from a trapper who saw his truck and surmised that it had been there for a couple of days. Captain Steve Adams of the Fergus Falls Police Department says an investigation is still ungoing and an autopsy is planed, but no foul plays is suspected.

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Highway 10 Bridge Near Little Falls Open To Traffic

BAXTER, Minn. The Highway 10 bridge over the Mississippi River at the Little Falls bypass opened to eastbound traffic, Friday, March 5:00 p.m. today. Crews are working to open the roadway to westbound motorists by 6:00 p.m. today. Traffic is restricted to a single lane in each direction on the westbound lanes over the bridge. Eastbound lanes over the bridge will remain closed. The westbound ramp from Morrison County Road 76 to westbound Highway 10 will remain closed. The eastbound off ramp to Morrison County Road 76 will also remain closed due to safety concerns. Motorists should watch for signed exits. The bridge was closed to traffic on Wednesday, March 17, due to damage from an ice jam in the main channel and erosion to the overflow bridge. Crews maintained an aggressive schedule to build temporary traffic crossovers on each end of the bridge and stabilize the westbound lanes to allow motorists on the westbound lanes of the bridge.

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Lawmakers Work Deficit Reduction

State Representative Larry Howes says legislators have paired a third of the spending required to eliminate the $900 state deficit. He tells KLKS News, nine state agencies will sustain a 3 percent cut.

The Walker Republican also says cuts to the sentence to serve program will be softened, and the cuts to local aid will be reduced from $250 million to $105 million.

Representative Howes says Brainerd should be able to restore the six fire fighter positions that were eliminated.

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Koering Withdraws Anti Musky Bill

State Senator Paul Koering says he will back off on his bill to ban the introduction of muskies in South Long Lake. He told KLKS News, there has been a lot of heated emotion from those who oppose the introduction of Minnesota top fresh water predator, and heat from those opposed Koering's bill to ban them from the waters.

Koering says he has spoken with musky fishermen and the DNR. The Fort Ripley Republican says he is comfortable with their process in listening to public concerns, and so has withdrawn his bill.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hecker Pleads Not Guilty To New Charges

(AP) Former auto magnate Denny Hecker and a former executive will go on trial on fraud charges on October 18. The trial date was set as Hecker and Steven Leach were arraigned Thursday in U.S. District Court on new counts stemming from a March indictment. They both pleaded not guilty. The indictment charges both men with eight counts of wire fraud and it charges Hecker with ten counts of bankrupcy fraud for allegedly concealing boats, cars, jewelery and other assets from the court. Both men have already pleaded not guilty to charges in a previous indictment that accuses them of scheming to defraud Chrysler Financial and other lenders out of millions.

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Silver Tsunami Approaches

The President of Aging Services of Minnesota says we are about to get hit with a "Silver Tsunami." Gayle Kvenvold tells KLKS News, over the next 25 years, the number of those over 65 will double, and the number of those over 85 will triple.

Kvenvold tells KLKS News they want the legislature to provide an incentive to encourage those approaching their senior years to get long-term insurance.

Kvenvold says the next Governor needs to establish a cabinet position that focuses on aging. She says there needs to be investment in service options, how we do business and there needs to be more efficiencies in the system.

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Letter Scam in Todd County

The bag of tricks of scam artists isn't getting any smaller.

The Todd County Sheriff's Office has gotten complaints from citizens who have received a letter with a check enclosed. They are urged to cash the check, and then send a large portion by Western Union to those named in the letter. The recpient was to keep what was left over.

The Todd County Sheriff says it is a scam.

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Hecker's legal Troubles Grow

(AP) More woes for fallen auto mogul Denny Hecker. His attorney, Bill Skolnick, told the Federal Bankruptcy Court that he plans to withdraw from the case. He has already told the Hennepin County Family Court that he will withdraw as Hecker's divorce attorney.

Earlier, Marsh Halberg quit the criminal case over a pay dispute, leaving Bill Mauzy as Hecker's lone defense lawyer.

The 57-year-old Hecker once owned auto dealerships all over the state, including two in Brainerd. They are now under new ownership.

Hecker also owns a lake home on the Whitefish Chain. However, the courts have not allowed him to use it.

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The Rangers Advance at State Tourney

The Crosby-Ironton Rangers will play Plainview-Elgin-Millville in the semi finals of the Class double A basketball tournament following a 72-67 victory over Minnehaha Academy Wednesday.

The Rangers trailed the Redhawks by as much as 13 in the first half, and led by as much as 12 in the second half before winning 72-67.

The game was close in all facits of the game. The Rangers shot an even 50 percent for the game and the Redhawks shot 49 percent. C-I went to the free throw line more often and converted 18 of 26 attempts.

The Difference came on turnovers. The Rangers converted them into 26 points.

Senior forward Mark Hoge led the Rangers with 35 points, complemented by fellow seniors Sam Baker and Tyler Dickie who added 12 and 11 points, respectively.

The tip-off for the Semi final against Plainview-Elgin-Millville will be 6 p.m., Friday at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mosquito Contest Won!

Congratulations to "Buzz" Johnson of Nisswa! He was the first Happy K-Lakes' Listener to report to our station here in Breezy Point with a "live" mosquito! K-Lakes' "Blenda" confirmed the fact that the little critter was alive, then released him outside their door. "I just couldn't bear to kill the little guy, at this time of year," said Blenda. "All the better for us!", was the response from Better Living Concepts' Julie Kletcher, "maybe it's release will spell more business for us later this year!" Julie reported that Buzz had already appeared at their showroom on 210 East in Brainerd to claim his $100 cash prize. Kletcher reported that Mr. Johnson even took a brochure, stating that he and his wife had been considering a sunroom. There's part of your down-payment, Buzz! Thanks for choosing K-Lakes!

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Area Burning Restrictions

Its spring clean-up time both in and outside of the house. Which means, folks will be outside raking and possibly burning the debris. Because their is no snow cover, burning permits are required, according to Brainerd DNR Forester Mark Mortensen.

Permits will be issued by Fire Wardens until Monday. At that time burning restrictions will go into effect. Any permits will only be issued by area foresters and only on a case-by case basis.

Mortensen recommends mulching and composting as much a possible

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Forest Trails Restricted

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is closing trails in several state forests during the mud season.

Vehicles weighing less than 1,500 pounds are being restricted because of the wet sloppy conditions.

The forests affected are Pine Island, Smokey Bear, Koochiching and Kebetogama.

The trails will be reopened as soon as ground conditions improve.

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Browerville Man Dies in Drainage Pipe

(AP) Todd County Authorities are trying to figure out why a 52-year-old Browerville man died earlier this week. Charles John Cline was found inside a drainage pipe, along County Road 79 north of Browerville, Monday afternoon.

Cline's car was towed from the site Sunday, but his body was not discovered until Monday, when a man out with his dog spotted him. An investigation is underway. However, foul play is not suspected.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Pine River Mourns Loss of School Boy

Cass County authorities have identified a 6 year old boy who was killed by a school bus in Pine River on Monday. Authorities say Evan Lindquist had just gotten off the bus at his rural Pine River home when he was struck by the bus Monday afternoon.

The bus driver was identified as 74-year old Westal Maine of Pequot Lakes. Pine River-Backs Schools Transportation Director, Tom Bristow says that the driver was "devastated." The accident remains under investigation.

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Lakes Area Food Drive Falling Short

March is an important food drive month for the Lakes Area Food Shelf in Pequot Lakes. Unfortunately, the drive is falling short, according to spokesman Don Messick. He tells KLKS News, they would like to receive three months operating funds from the drive. He says they have raised about half what they need, where they should have raised three quarters by now.

Messick says they accept both money and food, but prefer cash. Donations can be made at area churches or at the food shelf located on the property of Grace United Methodist Church. Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 724, Nisswa 56468.

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Tax-Filing Errors

As the tax deadline approaches, the number of errors increases, according to Carrie Resch, spokesperson for the St. Paul Office of the IRS. She says the error rate on paper returns increases from 8 to 12 percent early in the tax-filing season to 20 percent toward the deadline.

Resch tells KLKS News, it is important to make sure the social security numbers are correct, and in the proper boxes.

Resch says another common error is forgetting to sign the return. Error rates on electronically filed returns are only one percent.

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Brainerd Man Dies in Two Vehicle Accident

A Brainerd man died in a two vehicle accident by the East Brainerd Mall last evening. The Minnesota State Patrol identfied him as 56-year-old Larry E. McCulley. His Chevy Tahoe rear-ended a an International 4000 driven by 59-year-old Frank A Terry of Breezy Point just before 6 p.m.

Terry was turning north on a green light on to Highway 25 when he was struck. The Patrol says the McCully vechile was traveling at a high rate of speed, and came to rest in the Mall parking lot after the collision.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Highway 10 in Little Falls scheduled to open to traffic

The Highway 10 bridge over the Mississippi River at the Little Falls bypass is scheduled to open to traffic on or before Saturday, March 27.

Crews are currently building temporary traffic crossovers on each end of the bridge and stabilizing the westbound lanes to allow traffic on the westbound lanes of the bridge. Eastbound lanes will remain closed. Traffic will be restricted to a single lane in each direction on the westbound lanes over the bridge.

The bridge was closed to traffic on Wednesday, March 17, due to damage from an ice jam in the main channel and erosion to the overflow bridge.

Emergency repair work on the bridge began Saturday, March 20, under an Emergency Order issued by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Under the Emergency Order, Mn/DOT officials have directed Lunda Construction Company of Black River Falls, Wis., to complete emergency repairs to the Highway 10 bridge.

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Child Killed in Pine River School Bus Accident on Monday

A child has died in a school bus accident south of Pine River. The Associated Press reports the boy was a Pine River-Backus elementary school student. It says he was struck after exiting the bus Monday afternoon. The age and name of the student were not available. Kristil Mcdonald, the principal at the Pine River-Backus High School said a crisis team was convened and that members had contacted all the families of students who were on the bus at the time of the accident. The crisis team will be available to staff, students and community members on Tuesday at the school.

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Oberstar Applauds Health Care Reform

Minnesota Congressman James Oberstar predicts Americans will quickly see benefits of the health care reform bill passed Sunday night. In remarks on the house floor before passage, the senior member of the Minnesota congressional delegation said the nation enjoys the best, but the most expensive health care in the world. The comprehensive health care legislation will preserve what works best in our health care system and make that system more efficient and affordable.

The 8th District DFL-er says benefits include important consumer protections to reduce the power of health insurance companies. He says consumers will have greater control of their health care decisions. The bill will assure that no one's current health care can be dropped. No one will be forced out of the health care they now hold. No one will be denied coverage because of a previously existing condition. No one’s health insurance will be dropped because of lifetime caps; no one can be denied when they need their health insurance the most. People will be able to retain their health insurance if they change jobs.

For seniors, the legislation closes the doughnut hole that has existed for five years, which will save seniors thousands of dollars in prescription drug costs.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Have an Idea on How to Reduce Our Waistlines?

(AP) If you have an idea on how to reduce the increase in obesity rates among Americans, you can submit your idea on line at Anyone can submit ideas between now and April 9th. After that, a group of judges will narrow the ideas down to a few finalists, then Minnesotans will be asked to vote for the best idea beginning with a kick-off event at the May 6th Twins game.

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