Saturday, January 8, 2011

Prep Scores from Friday

Brainerd 55, Alexandria 19
Cambridge-Isanti 44, Bemidji 39
Crookston 36, Badger-Greenbush-Middle River 34

Little Falls Quadrangular;
Litchfield 58, Parkers Prairie 21
Little Falls 48, Litchfield 34
Little Falls 67, Parkers Prairie 9
Pierz, 41, Little Falls 30
Pierz 44, Litchfield 19
Pierz 79, Parkers Prairie 0

Girls' Basketball:
Alexandria 63, St. Cloud Apollo 34
Brainerd 48, Rocori 35
Pequot Lakes 63, Perham 37
Pierz 68, Aitkin 42
Pillager 51, Henning 43
Roseau 88, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 62
Sartell 66, Little Falls 54
Sebeka 58, Verndale 33
Pelican Rapids vs. Crosby-Ironton to Jan. 8
Fergus Falls vs. Sauk Rapids-Rice to Jan 25
Hillcrest Lutheran vs. Parkers Prairie to Feb. 22

Boys' Basketball:
Bemidji 83, Brainerd 64
Blackduck 63, Pine River-Backus 59
Cass Lake-Bena 78, Northome/Kelliher 66
Henning 53, Verndale 41
Isle 58, Aitkin 45
Pequot Lakes 73, Staples-Motley 51
Roseau 80, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 50
Wadena-Deer Creek 56, Crosby-Ironton 50
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton vs. Pelican Rapids to Jan. 8

Girls' Hockey:
Crookston Pirates 5, Park Rapids Area 1
International Falls 9, Princeton 1
Thief River Falls 4, Moorhead 3
Willmar vs. Fergus Falls TBA

Boys Hockey:
Grand Rapids 5, Duluth Marshall 2
Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 6, Wadena-Deer Creek 4
St. Cloud Cathedral4, Delano/Rockford 3
Warroad 2, St. Cloud Tech 1
Postponements Fergus Falls vs. Willmar to Jan 15

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Patt E. Krantz Dies At 89.

Patricia (Patt) E. Krantz, age 89, died on January 3.  Patt was born in 1921, the only child of former Minnesota Governor, Floyd B. Olson and his wife Ada.  After graduating from High School in Minneapolis, she trained in Chicago to become an aircraft communicator for the Civil Aeronautics Administration during World War II.  Krantz was a copy editor and on-the-air personality at Brainerd radio stations and was very active in the Sweet Adelines, Geritol Frolics and many community theatre productions.  She was also a member of the Senior Class Advisory Board for the Brainerd Senior Center.  She was preceded in death by her Husband, former Brainerd police officer  Albert R. Krantz and three children.  Services will be held, beginning with a 3:00pm visitation on Thursday, January 13th at the Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to the donor's choice are preferred. 

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Man Charged In Fatal Shooting Of Quarterback

A 20-year old man has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Brainerd Community College Quarterback Dominique Corder in front of his grandmother's house in Indianapolis early on New Year's Day. 

The charges were filed Friday against Mark Price, Jr. of Indianapolis and he was jailed without bond.  As he was led from the court, he denied shooting Corder and said he was "completely innocent."

Police say a witness identified him as the shooter.  He is due back in court on Monday. 

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Alarm Chases P.L. Students from Class

Classes were disrupted at the Pequot Lakes High School building this morning. 

A fire alarm went off in the middle school/high school building and students were evacuated. The school administration says that the alarm went off in the high school boys bathroom. The sprinkler system was triggered, causing water to spill out into the hallways.

The students were not in danger and the water has been cleaned up. Classes are now back in session.

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P.L. Students Nominated for Triple "A" Award

Two Pequot Lakes High School seniors will represent the school in the Academics, Arts and Athletics Award program.

They are Kimberly Narveson and Jordan Anderson.  The award goes to seniors who have a "B" or better grade point average.

Narveson participates in band, theater, volleyball and the Revolution Dance team, where she serves as captain.  She carries a 3.4 grade point average.  Kim is the daughter of Shelly and Neal Narveson.

Anderson is a three sport athlete, participating in cross country, basketball and track.  He has been an all-conference selection in both cross country and track.  He holds a 3.9 grade point average.  Jordan is the son of Shelly Reindle and Scott Anderson.

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Thursday Night High School Scores

Boys Basketball:
Bertha-Hewitt 60, Henning 32
Brainerd 50, Sauk Rapids-Rice 49
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 83, St. Cloud Cathedral 57
Menahga 80, Pillager 52
New York Mills 68, Verndale 43
Sebeka 68, Nevis 44
St. Cloud Apollo 55, Little Falls 46

Girls Basketball:
Aitkin 43, Onamia 32
Clearbrook-Gonvick 80, Cass Lake-Bena 55
Legacy Christian 46, Milaca 29
Pierz 71, Holdingford 48
Pine River-Backus 66, Blackduck 27
Royalton 61, St. John's Prep 17
Upsala 76, Eagle Valley 40
Wadena-Deer Creek 79, New York Mills 16

Boys Hockey:
Brainerd/Pierz/Pillager 7, River Lakes 2
Detroit Lakes/Perham 7, Wadena-Deer Creek 3
Little Falls 8, St. Cloud Apollo 1
Park Rapids/Menahga/Nevis 8, Bagley/Fosston/Clearbrook-Gonvick 2

Girls Hockey:
River Lakes 10. LPGE/WDC 10

Wadena-Deer Creek 56, Bertha-Hewitt Verndale 15
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 70, Royalton/Upsala 0
Royalton/Upsala 40, Windom/M-L-B-O 27
Park Rapids 37, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus 26
Staples-Motley 46, Park Rapids 19
Staples-Motley 51, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus 21

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

State Patrol Winter Driving Tips

Minnesota State Patrol Sergent Curt Mowers says road crews are doing the best they can dealing with challenging road conditions.  However, he says in too many cases, drivers are not doing their part. 

When roads become challenging, it's important to slow down.  And, during these cold weather months, the car needs to be maintained.

On a positive note, Sergent Mowers says traffic fatalities may be at an all-time low for 2010.  The final tally is not in yet.  He says buckled seat belts and safer vehicles are primary reasons. 

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MNDOT Wants to Hear From You

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for advise from the public on future needs and priorities for transit in Greater Minnesota.

The public hearing will take place from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Wednesday, January 19th, via videoconference at various Mn/DOT locations, including Baxter, 7694 Industrial Park Road.

The Greater Minnesota Transit Investment Plan quantifies future transit need in Greater Minnesota, estimates the cost of providing additional transit service to meet future need and sets priorities for future transit investment.

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Suspect In Custody in Corder's Death

Indianapolis police have collared a suspect in the shooting death of star Central Lakes College quarterback Dominique Corder.

Police spokesman Paul Thompson says they brought in 20-year-old Mark Price Jr. of Indianapolis for questioning.  A witness has identified him as the shooter.

Corder was gunned down in front of his grandmother's house early New Year's day when he was talking with someone in an SUV. 

Corder led CLC of Brainerd to a 10-2 record this past season and a bowl game in Arizona.  He was a National Junior College Junior College All-American.

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Area State High School Rankings

Girls Basketball:
Class 2A
1.  Braham
9. Pequot Lakes
Class 1A
1.  Barnum
8.  Sebeka
9.  Upsala

Boys Basketball:
Class 1A
1.  Minnesota Transitions
2.  Sebeka

Boys Hockey:
1.   St. Thomas Academy
13. Little Falls

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Snowmobile Weather is Here

With ice covered choppy roads facing lakes area motorists, some are switching to snowmobiles, according to DNR Conservation Officer Nikki Shoutz.   She says there are some roads where the snow machines are not allowed, including state and county roads.  Operators need to check with local officials about restrictions on city streets.

Shoutz says snowmobilers born after after December 31st, 1976, need to have a snowmobile safety certificate to operate a sled.

Operators are also reminded to yield the right of way to vehicular traffic.

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Bumpy Ice Covered Roads Around Brainerd

Brainerd area motorists have been contending with choppy ice covered roads since the New Years Eve rain and snow storm. 

KLKS Meteorologist Tony Schumacher says the January weather will not be improving the situation anytime soon.  He says it will remain cold through next week, with the coldest air so far possible the end of next week.

State highways have been slowly improving with constant treatment.  However, county and state budgets are not big enough to afford much more than sand at intersections, curves and hills.

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MPCA Fines Race Track

Ogilvie Raceway and the Brainerd office of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency recently reached an agreement that requires the company to pay more than $11 thousand for alleged stormwater violations during the 2009 construction of the auto race track.

According to MPCA inspection reports, the company failed to install proper silt fencing and stabilize exposed soils and ditches to prevent erosion and runoff. They also failed to use infiltration methods rather than discharging from an on-site stormwater pond directly to the nearby Groundhouse River, which is on the state’s impaired waters list. In addition to paying the civil penalty, the company is required to complete a series of corrective actions.

Ogilvie is located midway between Milaca and Mora in Kanabec County.

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Gun Fire at a Bemidji Newspaper

Newspapers generally like to write the headlines, not make them.  That was not the case on New Years day.

Three employees of the Bemidji Pioneer were in the building Saturday morning when bullets broke through a window and lodged into a wall.  A second round passed through a window in the entry, but did not make it through a door. 

Police say it looks like a drive-by shooting. 

No arrests have been reported.

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Tuesday High School Scores

Boys Basketball:
Bagley 91, Park Rapids 57
Browerville 54, Royalton 44
Hill City 53, Cromwell 47
McGregor 87, Two Harbors 50
Moorhead 74, Brainerd 60
Mora 64, Milaca 56
Nevis 53, Menahga 42
Northome/Kelliher 74, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 29
Perham 64, Pequot Lakes 60
Pierz 72, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 60
Rush City 45, Onamia 40
Upsala 73, St. John's Prep 57

Girls Basketball:
Braham 65, Aitkin 24
Brainerd 43, St. Cloud Apollo 37
Detroit Lakes 62, Park Rapids 18
Menahga 64, Henning 50
Pequot Lakes 65, Staples-Motley 53
Pine River-Backus 56, Northland 36
Rocori 44, Little Falls 43
Sebeka 64, New York Mills 21
Verndale 57, Browerville 50
Wadena-Deer Creek 62, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 38
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 58, Northome/Kelliher 39

Boys Hockey:
Brainerd/Pierz/Pillager 5, Alexandria 3
Northern Lakes 2, Park Rapids/Menahga/Nevis 2 OT (Tie)

Girls Hockey:
Brainered/Little Falls 4, Alexandria 2
Moose Lake 2, C.I./P.L./P.R.-B 0
Morris.Benson 5, Park Rapids 1

Brainerd/Pillager 51, St. Cloud Tech 21
Park Rapids 34, East Grand Forks/Sacred Heart 24
Thief River Falls/Goodridge 42, Park Rapids 21

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ward Hopes for Compromise

State Representative John Ward of Brainerd says Democrats and Republicans will have to reach across the aisle to get things done.   He says he will push to protect education, the disabled and seniors.

Ward says job creation is the top goal of Governor Dayton and the DFL minority.

The Legislature gavelled into session at noon today, and faces the daunting task of solving a $6.2-billion revenue shortfall.

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Bird Numbers Good Despite the Cold

Some lakes area bird lovers are reporting less activity at the feeders recently.  DNR Non Game Specialist Pam Perry says the recent harsh weather has been tough on less hardy species.  But, northern varieties adapted to these conditions are OK.

Perry says they recently conducted a bird count in the Pillager area, and the numbers are still good.

Perry told KLKS News, the death of thousands of birds in Arkansas appears to be man made.  She says black birds died from trauma, possibly frightened by fireworks or a noise canon at night.  The affected birds are not good night fliers, and may have died from striking unseen objects in the dark.

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Brainerd Families Take Solace in Presidential Signing

President Barack Obama Tuesday signed legislation that will help avoid the kind of salmonella outbreak that killed two Brainerd nursing home residents in December of 2008.

72-year-old Shirley Mae Almer died at Bethany Good Samaritan and 78-year-old Clifford Tousignant died at Woodland Good Samaritan as the result of contaminated peanut butter.   The peanuts came from a Georgia plant, which has since shut down.

Obama joined millions of parents who wanted the government to do a better job of keeping peanut butter and other foods safe for kids and adults. 

Congress passed the bill  to respond to several outbreaks of E. coli and salmonella poisonings.

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Hecker Wants Out

(AP)  Prosecutors want fallen auto dealer Denny Hecker to stay in lock-up until his sentencing.

Hecker, who owned dealerships across Minnesota, including two in Baxter, filed a motion to be released until final judgement.  However, prosecutors say Hecker has no impulse control, is a flight risk, and is an economic threat to the community.  The hearing on his requested release will be held next week.

Prosecutors say they will ask for a maximum 10 year sentence.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Little Falls Man Shot By Police Identified

Authorities say the Little Falls man killed by law officers after a standoff last week has been indentified as 37-year old Patrick Jeske.  Two Little Falls Police Officers and two Morrison County Sheriff's Deputies are on paid leave while the shooting is investigated.  Officers say they fired after Jeske pulled out a shotgun and refused to drop it.

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January Turns Nippy

Meteorologist Tony Schumacher says January should live up to it's chilly reputation.  He expects we will be in the deep freeze for the next two weeks. 

Schumacher does not think we will have any big snow storms anytime soon.   He says when it gets this cold the snow usually stays to our south. 

Last year, 10 of the 12 months were warmer and wetter than average.  Although, December was cold.

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Sheriff Dahl Urges Care on icy Roads.

County Road 3 near Merrifield was the site of two vehicle accidents last Thursday. 

55-year-old Deborah Pangburn of Merrifield was killed in Center Township shortly after noon in a head-on collision in which one vehicle crossed the center line.

The other was a multi-vehicle accident.  Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl tells KLKS News, a driver made a "U" turn to help another motorist who went into the ditch.  A string of cars braked when they spotted the maneuver.   That resulted in a pile-up. 

Sheriff Dahl says it is always best to stop to lend assistance.  But, with care.

Sheriff Dahl says there was a lot of damage to the vehicles, but no injuries. 

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Safe and Sober in C.W. Co.

Lawmen in Crow Wing County stopped over 250 vehicles and arrested at least eight persons for DWI, all part of the Safe and Sober campaign during the holidays.

At least two other persons were taken into custody. Reports show that other activity included at least four seat belt tickets and at least 14 other tickets and charges. Some of the other charges were for Driving After Suspension/Cancellation/Revocation; speeding; and zero tolerance. Several warnings were also issued for speeding, equipment and seat belt. There were also at least six vehicles towed related to non-custodial circumstances.

During the month of December, officers in the Brainerd Lakes area joined officers statewide and enforced the DWI laws and seat belt laws with main emphasis on weekends and nights as part of the December Mobilization.

Area departments who worked together during the December Mobilization enforcement project included State Patrol troopers, Crow Wing County deputies, and officers from the police departments of Brainerd, Baxter, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Deerwood, Cross Lake, Cuyuna; Emily, Crosby and Breezy Point.

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Authorities Identify Hubbard Co Drowning Victim

(AP)  Hubbard County authorities have idenfied the young man who drown when he and a friend cracked through the ice on Third Crow Wing Lake late last week. 

18-year-old Lukas Neubarth of Brownton was towing a fish house when they broke through the ice near the mouth of the Crow Wing  River about 7 p.m. Thursday. 

Neubarth's friend Thomas Plendl was able to climb onto an ice shelf.  He then went back into the water looking for Neubarth, but was unable to locate him.  The search for him was suspended because of darkness and blizzard conditions. 

Neubarth's body was recovered Friday shortly afternoon noon. 

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CLC Grieves the Death of Dominque Corder

(AP)  Authorities continue their search for suspects in the shooting death of star CLC Quarterback Dominique Corder. 

The 20-year-old was talking to someone in an SUV early New Year's day when he was shot outside his  grandmother's home in Indianapolis.  He died from a wound to the abdomen. 

Sergent Linda Jacson said no tip is too small to phone in. 

Corder led the Central Lakes College Raiders to a 10-2 record and to the Valley of the Sun Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.  He was a Junior College All-American and MVP of the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference

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Little Falls Man Shot by Police

A stand-off with lawmen in Morrison County late last week has ended in a death. 

County deputies and Little Falls Police officers responded to report of a suicidal man.  They caught up with him as he was driving away from an acquaintance home in north east Little Falls early Thursday morning.  He pulled into a neighboring driveway and got out of his car brandishing a shotgun.  He was ordered to drop the weapon.  When he didn't they opened fire. 

The 37-year-old man was declared dead at the scene.  His name has not been released.

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CLC Student Up for Scholarship

Stacy O’Connell, a Central Lakes College student, has been nominated for one of three $1,000 Minnesota Trio Association scholarships.

The scholarships are the Ronald McKinley, the Bruce Vento Memorial, and the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Memorial.

She was selected for the competition from 180 CLC Trio participants. Trio is a U.S. Department of Education federally-funded student support services program.

O’Connell is an honors graduate from CLC 14 years ago, when she earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in accounting. The Crosby native, now a single parent living in Brainerd, worked for 13 years in accounting.

She returned to CLC when her youngest child was diagnosed with a learning disability requiring O’Connell to educate herself about the extra support she would need.

She is in her second year and planning on graduating this May with her Associate in Science degree in Young Child Education. She intends to transfer to St. Cloud State University and work toward a Bachelor of Science degree.

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