Saturday, November 13, 2010

Warriors Take Out Eden Prairie in the Quarterfinals for Football

Prep Football Scores from Friday:
5A Quarterfinals;
Brainerd 13, Eden Prairie 10
--Rosemount vs. Brainerd--Class 5A Semifinals Fri., Nov.19th at the MetroDome

Prep Volleyball Scores from Friday:
State Volleyball Tournament;
3A Semi-Finals;
Wadena Deer Creek 3, Sauk Centre 0

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Grams Chips in to Help Cravaack

Former Minnesota Senator Rod Grams has a temporary job helping fellow Republican Chip Cravaack set up new 8th District congressional offices.

Cravaack has tapped Grams to be his Chief of Staff for now.  The post will be permanently filled by January 3rd. 

Grams lost his Senate seat to Mark Dayton in 2000, then ran an unsuccessful campaign against Jim Oberstar in 2006.  Cravaack upset the 18 term Congressman earlier this month.

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Dr. Henry, Health Provider of the Year

Dr. Peter Henry, the Emergency Department Medical Director at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical and an emergency medicine physician, has been selected as Healthcare Provider of the Year by the Brainerd Jaycees, Brainerd Community Action and the Brainerd Dispatch. He will be recognized at the Jaycees’ Distinguished Service Awards ceremony on Nov. 18 at the Lodge in Baxter.

“Dr. Henry is regarded by his patients and his colleagues as an outstanding clinician. He never compromises his commitment to do what is best for his patients,” Jani Wiebolt, President of Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical, said in the nomination letter.

Dr. Henry, a Park Rapids native, came to the Brainerd Lakes area in 1998 to become the first physician to provide services at St. Joseph’s newly established Crosslake Clinic. In 2004, he left his Crosslake practice to work fulltime in St. Joseph’s Emergency Department. He is also Medical Director for Crow Wing County Public Health.

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Hunting Accident in Lake Shore

A teenaged hunter from Lake Shore was injured in a deer hunting accident Thursday. 

The Lake Shore Police Department says 16-year-old Christopher M. Whitney was shot in the foot shortly after 1:30 p.m., while scoping out hunting areas with a 15-year-old companion near Fritz Loven Park.

Police believe the young man was resting his 20 gauge shotgun on his foot when it discharged.

Whitney was taken to Essentia Health in Brainerd by North Ambulance.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

P.L. Council Talks 371 Bypass

The Pequot Lakes City Council will host a public hearing Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. to receive input on the controversial Highway 371 bypass project east of downtown.

It will be an open house format from 4-8 p.m. with the full council available for conversation and Minnesota Department of Transportation officials available for questions. Anyone can register official comments with the court reporter or by completing a comment card.

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Cass County Recount Reveals No Change

(AP)  The recount is complete, and the next Sheriff of Cass County will be Chief Deputy Tom Burch. 

The recount revealed that Burch defeated Walker Police Chief Wayne Tennis by 47 votes, the same vote total from election night.

There was another recount in the race for Mayor of Pine River.  As in the contest for Cass County Sheriff, there was no change in the vote total.  Incumbent Jim Sabas held on to his post with  128 votes to 121 for challenger Elmay Tulenchik.

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Scammers Busy in the Area

Area Sheriffs are alerting the unsuspecting to be aware of scams floating around the area.   Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel says one involves supposed relatives who are in custody in Canada and needing money.

The Sheriff’s Office has received several reports of county residents being contacted either on the phone or by email from someone claiming to be a child, grandchild, or other relative. During the contact, the person claims they have been arrested in Canada and need bail money or are in some other form of trouble in Canada and need money wired immediately. The scammers are known to have done their homework, and have a substantial amount of information making them seem believable.

The Todd County Sheriff 's office says they are getting complaints about a scam purporting to be from a federal enforcement agency.  The caller claims to have a warrant for their arrest, and person on the other end of the phone needs to send them money to take care of the warrant.

The Sheriff says legitimate law enforcement agencies will never ask to send money.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Deer Success Good in Brainerd Area

The rifle deer hunting season is off to a good start in Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

Pine River area Conservation Officer Nikki Shoutz tells KLKS news, more bucks are being registered.  She says with more lottery areas, hunters have to have a permit to take a deer without antlers. 

Shoutz says the highest number of violations involve hunters who are not tagging their deer properly.

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FBI Searches for Red Lake Shooting Suspect

(AP)  The FBI has charged a 22-year-old man in connection with a shooting that left a Red Lake man dead. 

Donald Leigh Clark is accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The feds continue to search for the man described as 5-10, weighing 225 pounds .  He was last seen driving a black 1988 GMC Yukon with Red Lake license plate 19287.  He is considered armed and dangerous.

A shooting between two groups of men last week left 22-year-old Julian Keith Demarrias dead and two others in his vehicle wounded.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Scharenbroichs, Resorters of the Year

An Ideal Township couple has been named "Resorter of the Year" by the Congress of Minnesota Resorts.

Lynn and Bob Scharenbroich run Black Pine Beach Resort on the shores of the Whitefish Chain.  Lynn tells KLKS news, they were among three finalists of the 500 members association.  She says the award is weighted more to the operation of the resort rather than the property.

The Scharenbroichs have been running Black Pine Beach Resort for more than 30 years.

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Wadena Fundraiser Sunday

The tornado stricken town of Wadena will benefit from a fundraiser at the Medina Entertainment Center in the western Twins Cities Suburb this weekend.

The Wadena Relief Benefit will be held Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m.  Music will come from the White Iron Band and Backseat Boogie Band.

A silent auction will be held featuring a football signed by Vikings defensive end Jared Allen and a hockey stick signed by the Minnesota Wild team.  Tickets are $40 at the door.

All proceeds will benefit the town which was devastated by a June 17th tornado.  The twister destroyed more than 260 structures including the high school.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Dahl Hopes Klang Stays

Following a reelection win last week, Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl says his department will have to do things differently in the future.  He says the poor economy is dictating more efficiencies.  But, He wants to maintain proactive patrols, so that deputies are seen in both good times and bad.

Dahl tells KLKS news, he hopes his election opponent, Erick Klang, remains on the force.  He says Klang is a member of the team, and describes his as his friend before the election and his friend after the election.

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Howes Says The Next Session Wil Be About Jobs

State House Republicans meeting in St. Paul over the weekend have chosed Kurt Zellers of Maple Grove as Speaker-Designate and Matt Dean of Stillwater as Majority leader.  The job of Speaker may have fallen to Marty Siefert, the previous minority leader.  However, he lost the party's endorsement to Tom Emmer. 

State Representative Larry Howes of Walker says the Republicans will all be about job creation.

The Republicans gained a majority in the House after picking up 25 seats in the House last Tuesday.  Pending any recounts, the margin stands at 72 Republicans and 62 Democrats.

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The Governor's Party Bags a Buck

The final Governor's Deer Hunting Opener was a success for Tim Pawlenty.  The state's Chief Executive's hunting party bagged a small buck Saturday morning.  The Governor is pictured with Minnesota National Guard Captain Chris Staples and his 13-year-old daughter, Erin.

Governor's Deer Hunting Opener was north of Little Falls, in the Camp Ripley area.

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