Saturday, March 17, 2012

Ironton Woman With Three Kids In the Car Arrested

The Minnesota State Patrol says an Ironton woman who led troopers on a high-speed chase with three young kids in her pickup truck has been arrested. No one was injured.

The chase began in Benton County on Thursday evening and ended in Sherburne County.

Authorities say troopers tried to stop the 31-year-old woman for speeding but she refused to pull over. She allegedly got onto a highway and fled 20 miles to Clear Lake.

Troopers eventually used stop sticks to deflate at least one tire, and the woman was taken into custody.
The children were ages 7, 3 and 2. The driver's name has not been released. 

Three squad cars sustained minor to moderate damage while attempting blocking maneuvers during the chase.

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Saturday Girls Basketball

New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva  71
Pequot Lakes  61

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Welcome Home Ceremony Sunday for Brainerd Soldiers

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar will be in Brainerd on Sunday to  welcome home 131 members of the Army Reserve’s 309th Engineer Company, who are returning home from their deployment in Afghanistan.

The Company was stationed for one year with Marines at Camp Leatherneck located north of Kandahar in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan, where their mission was route clearance to ensure the safe travel of convoys.  During their deployment, they cleared nearly 200 roadside bombs (IED’s or Improvised Explosive Devices) and responded to more than 100 enemy attacks.

The welcome home ceremony will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

The unit will receive Welcome Home Warrior Citizen Awards  There will also be presentations of 5 Bronze Star Medals, 4 Purple Hearts, 1 Combat Action Badge and 6 Army Commendation Medals.

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Girls Basketball - Friday

Providence  61,  Pequot Lakes  32

Pequot Lakes Girls Play New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva at 12:00pm.
The game will be heard on KLKS-FM, 104.3 and on-line at

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Sheriff Dahl and St. Pat's Day

Temperatures in the 70's are sure to bring out lot of revellers for St. Patrick's Day Saturday.

Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl is encouraging people to enjoy the Parade and other St. Patrick's day.  But, if downing a pint or two is in your plans, the Sheriff has a suggestion, get a designated sober driver.

Sheriff also says bikers, joggers and walkers are out early this year, and is asking motorists to look out for them.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Klobuchar Focusing on Oil Speculators

As gasoline prices at the pump have gone up, President Obama's popularity has gone down. 

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar says speculators have been driving the price far more than public policy or supply side economics.  The DFL Senior Senator tells KLKS News, she wants to put rules in place restricting the influence of speculators.

Senator Klobuchar says there is one speculator who controls more than 5 percent of the oil market. 

The Senator also is promoting bio fuels, domestic oil production, natural gas and fuel efficient vehicles.

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Sen. Carlson Does Not Support Right To Work Amendment

State Senator John Carlson of Bemidji has been targeted by the AFL-CIO in an effort to stop the so-called Right-to-Work legislation, which would allow workers who benefit from union benefits to opt-out of paying union dues. 

There is an effort to place this legislation on the November ballot as a constitutional amendment. 

The Republican Senator tells KLKS News, he does not know why he is being singled out, because he does not favor placing the question on the ballot.  He says maybe the lobbyists were too lazy to ask him his position on issue.

Senator Carlson says those in a union shop should pay their fair share.

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Festival of the Arts Tonight in P.L.

The 30th Annual Festival of the Arts will be held at the Pequot Lakes High School from 5:30pm - 8:00pm this evening. 

Art Instructor and Festival coordinator, Dave Guenther says Student and community artists will have visual arts displays in the High School Gym. 

Performing artists will be on stage in the High School Theatre.  There will also be food concessions. Admission is a Festival of the Arts Button which can be purchased at any of the school offices for just $1.00.

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Burning Restrictions March 26th

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will put burning restrictions in place on March 26th.

Jean Goad of the Inter Agency Fire Center tells KLKS News, 96 percent of the state is in some form of drought. 

Goad says permits will be issued by Fire Wardens up to March 26th.  She suggests recycling, chipping or composting when ever possible.

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High School State Tournament Scores

Girls Basketball:
Pequot Lakes 57, Zumbrota-Mazeppa 46
Providence Academy 60, Minnehaha Academy 33

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tuesday High School Sectional Scores

Boys Basketball:
Bagley 70, Crosby-Ironton 50
Barnum 69, Royalton 53 
Browerville 62, Upsala 51
Fosston 62, Cass Lake-Bena 59
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 50, Pierz 39

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Drug Bust in Pequot Lakes

Four adults and four minors from Pequot Lakes and Breezy Point have been arrested in connection with the sale and distribution of marijuana and prescription drugs in the Pequot Lakes Area.

The Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division completed a four month investigation Friday with the arrests.

The adults arrested include: 20-year-old Jonathan Matthew Ward, 21-year-old Bradley Eugene Huesmann and 18-year-old Cassandra May Hilgers; all of Pequot Lakes and 18-year-old Matthew Ryan Peterson of Breezy Point.

Several of the charges involved alleged illegal sales on the grounds of the Pequot Lakes High School.

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Copper Thefts Up in Crow Wing County

Thefts of scrap, particularly copper, are on the rise in Crow Wing County, according to Sheriff Todd Dahl. Thieves have been targeting both businesses and private homes looking for anything that may be of value for recycling.

Recently, a rash of thefts has been happening at seasonal R.V. campgrounds around Crow Wing County. The thieves are cutting the power feed cords for the campers to recycle the copper found inside the electrical cords. They are also cutting the copper tubing off of propane cylinders.

Sheriff Dahl would like to remind citizens that if they see anything suspicious to call 911 and report the activity. Information that would be beneficial for the investigation would include a vehicle description and possible license plate, number of persons and any clothing/physical descriptions.

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Hubbard Co. Pastor in Jail

(AP)  A former pastor of a small church in Lake George in Hubbard County has been charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor girl. 

70-year-old Reverend Darwin Frederick Shauer is in jail on $750 thousand bond.  He faces 15 counts.

Police say the girl said he had sex with her twice a week from the spring of 2009 until last month.  She told investigators she was afraid to say anything fearing he might harm her.

Shauer was pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church of Lake George from 1998 until about 2006.

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Breezy Point Man Convicted in Hunting Incident

A 53-year-old Breezy Point man has been found guilty of second degree manslaughter in the death of a 64-year-old Florida man during the 2010 deer hunting season.

A Clearwater County jury convicted Kevin McCormick Friday in the death of Tom Benedict.

McCormick was accused of pulling down Benedict's deer stand in November of 2010 causing him broken ribs, a separated shoulder and spinal injuries. He later died of those injuries.

McCormick will be held in the Clearwater County jail until a pre-sentencing hearing April 11th.

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