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Newsletter: Wednesday, June 19th, 2024

--A reminder that today is “Juneteenth” a federal holiday commemorating the abolition of slavery on June 19th, 1865. The day was recognized as a federal holiday in 2021 by President Joe Biden. As a federal holiday all government agencies are closed today, courthouses, government centers, city halls, banks, financial institutions, post offices, no regular mail delivery, and some other businesses may be closed today. Best to call ahead before heading out to see what is open or not on “Juneteenth”.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office reports that Monday at 1:46pm their office received a report of a motor vehicle crash with injuries on 90th Avenue, approximately two and a half miles northeast of Elmdale in Swan River Township. According to the Sheriff’s Office, a 16-year-old male from Little Falls was driving southbound on 90th Avenue when he swerved to miss a deer that ran out of the west side ditch. The driver then hit the edge of the road on the northbound lane of traffic and went into the ditch where he struck a power pole. The driver was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.

--Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Friday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $50 million to 141 awardees in 40 states and Puerto Rico, through the Farm Labor Stabilization and Protection Pilot Program (FLSP Program), reaching 177 unique agricultural operations and over 11,000 workers. The awards will help improve the resiliency of the U.S. food supply chain by addressing agriculture labor challenges and instability, strengthen protections for farmworkers, and expand legal pathways for labor migration. This program delivers on a commitment made as part of the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection and furthers the Administration’s commitment to a regional approach to migration in the hemisphere. “These awards will largely support small and mid-sized farms to ensure they can hire and retain the workers they need to be competitive in the market, while also lifting up rural communities across the country,” said Whitney Place, USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director for Minnesota. “Farmworkers make an incredibly important contribution to food and agriculture and ensure we have food on our tables every day. Improving working conditions and quality of life for farmworkers, both U.S. based workers and those that come to our country to work, is one key step in building a stronger, more resilient food supply chain. The Farm Labor Stabilization and Protection Pilot Program demonstrates the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to supporting employers and farmworkers alike.” If you want more information on the awards and if you need assistance from the USDA contact your local county Farm Service Agency, in Morrison County tomorrow 320-632-5477.

--The next big phase of the Highway 169 redefine project in Elk River is set to get underway. Massive bridge beams are arriving this week in preparation for the Main Street Bridge construction. The beams are 112 tons of pre-casted concrete that are seven feet tall and 192 feet long. Once the beams are placed, then the decking work will begin. Starting on Sunday night and continuing through mid-August, access at the intersection of Main Street/181st Avenue will close and Zane Street/Line Avenue will close east of Highway 169 in Elk River. The Minnesota Department of Transportation says work will include sanitary sewer, storm sewer, curb work, new sidewalks, and paving.

--Another night of heavy rains. Totals vary from 2-6 inches of rainfall since Sunday night. The airport had 1.04 Sunday into Monday and then another 2.61 inches Tuesday. Dry today, more rain by Friday.

--The Morrison County Sheriff's Office stated that they were saddened to hear that Retired Sartell Police Chief Bob Ringstrom was killed while riding his bicycle over the weekend. Bob was a respected leader to his staff and the community. He remained connected with much of our staff after retirement and he will be missed. Sartell Chief Ringstrom is credited with creating officer assignments inside the Sartell Schools and leading the area through an era where professional standards were enhanced and turned the job of policing into a profession. He will greatly be missed by the sheriff's office.

--The St. Cloud Fire Department was called out to a house fire in North St. Cloud Monday night. The call came in just after 10pm when neighbors noticed smoke coming from the house at 116 21st Avenue North. Fire crews arrived to find the smoke coming from the second level of the home. Crews were able to contain the fire to the second floor and extinguish the flames. A search of the house determined no one was home at the time of the fire. The cause is under investigation by the Office of the Fire Marshal.

--Sister Julien Dierkes wanted to thank everyone who came in to donate blood this week, they had 60 units on Monday which finished ahead of their goal. Today is the final day 8:30am-2:30pm at the Convent please help give blood appointments 320-632-0663.

--The VFW State Safety Committee chose Danny Fisher, a Strack's Bus Service, Inc. bus driver, as Bus Driver of the Year! Fisher was presented his award down in Rochester. The school district wanted to thank Danny, for getting children to school safely for 53 years.

--The DAV responded to a caller on KLTF yesterday that their clothing drop off site is open 9am-12pm on Friday's now through the summer at 609 4th Avenue Northeast in Little Falls. This for to drop off clothing items that can be given to Veterans in need.

--Dale John Leikvoll, age 69 of Pierz.

TODAY= partly sunny, high 70, clear night, low 53.
THURSDAY= AM shower, cloudy, high 74, PM showers likely.
FRIDAY= more heavy rains during day, high 78, low near 61.

TWINS= Twins battle the rains and come back with a walk off win over the Rays 7-6 last night. Twins and Tampa Bay have game 2 tonight, pregame coverage starts at 6pm on Q92 WYRQ.
MAYS= Hall of Fame Baseball Player Willie Mays has died at 93.
NHL= Edmonton wins 5-3 over Florida last night, Panthers lead 3-2.
TOWN= Pierz is featured tonight on the FOX9 Town Ball night. The day is set to have VFW games and some youth baseball games in Pierz and Genola today then the Town Ball feature will begin around 4pm with free ice cream from the FOX9 ice cream truck, ceremonial first pitch, some amateur baseball hall of famers in attendance then two Victory League games will take center stage that evening. There is no admission for the baseball games at Pierz Legion Park.

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