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Tuesday, August 22nd 2017


--The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the body discovered by police on Thursday was 29-year old John Greenwaldt. Greenwaldt was reported missing July 14th after not being heard from since July 4th. Greenwaldt's body was found in a wooded area near the 300 block of Hattie Street in Brainerd. Investigators had developed search areas based on information received. His bicycle was found in the same area. The Medical Examiner is reporting the cause and manner of death as undetermined at this time. The matter remains under investigation.

--Around 7:20am Sunday the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a one vehicle accident on Quest Road, east of Harding in Pulaski Township. According to the Sheriff’s Office, 29-year old Gregory Niemi of Pierz was traveling east on Quest Road when he said he fell asleep. Niemi’s vehicle went into the ditch on the south side of the road, hit a driveway approach and rolled several times. Niemi suffered injuries but declined medical attention at the scene. Niemi was taken to Onamia Hospital by personal vehicle.

--Two Stearns County attorneys were appointed as district court judges in Minnesota's Seventh Judicial District. Matthew Quinn, currently chief deputy Stearns County attorney, is replacing Judge Vicki Landwehr, and will work in Milaca in Mille Lacs County. Shan Wang, currently the assistant chief of the criminal division in the Stearns County Attorney's Office, will fill a newly created judge position in the Seventh Judicial District by the Minnesota Supreme Court. He will serve in St. Cloud. The two were chosen from four total candidates. Governor Dayton made this announcement last week.

--Randall residents will see increases on their utility bills next cycle, as the Council approved rate increases. City Manager Matt Pantzke told the Council that due to Minnesota Power increasing how much it’s charging the city, expenses are piling up for the electric fund. The Council approved a rate increase for electricity rates, both in base fees and price per kilowatt. The base fee increased from $14.50 to $20. The rates then depend on how much electricity is used. The total average increase per meter, per month, would be about $9.10. The increase is only to get the electricity fund back to where it was previously, and does not increase the city’s profit margins.

--A 9-year old boy operating a recreational utility vehicle crashed it on western Minnesota farmland and was killed. The rollover late Thursday afternoon in a Millerville Township hay field behind a home also injured the boy’s 10-year old sister, who was his passenger. The boy was identified as Jon T. Dingwall Jr. of Brandon. Neither Jon nor his sister, Taylor Dingwall, was wearing a helmet while on the Polaris Ranger XP side by side utility vehicle. Captain Jon Paurus, education coordinator for the state Department of Natural Resources, said Monday it is illegal for a boy that young to be operating such a vehicle and also too young to have a passenger along. Jon Jr. was pinned under the machine when emergency responders arrived, the sheriff’s office said. His sister had gotten out from under the vehicle. A sheriff’s deputy freed the boy and began resuscitation efforts along with other first responders. An air ambulance took the boy to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead early that evening. The medical examiner’s office in Hennepin County said Sunday that the weight of the machine prevented the boy from breathing. The sheriff’s office continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.

--A 9-year-old Rockville girl was injured when she attempted to cross traffic on a bike while she had a red light. Lori Balderaz-Licona received injuries not believed to be life threatening after she was struck by a car on Minnesota Highway 23 at Stearns County Road 71 in Richmond. She was not wearing a helmet. 25-year old Mohamed Omar Mohamed of Willmar, was driving west on Highway 23 and had a green light for traffic going east and west. Mohamed was unable to stop before colliding with Balderaz-Licona. The incident happened at about 3:30pm Friday. Balderaz-Licona was transported to St. Cloud Hospital, treated and released. Mohamed, and his 31-year old passenger were not hurt.

--Sprout is looking for folks who live in Morrison, Cass, Crow Wing, Todd and Wadena counties to help design four new t-shirts. All ages are encouraged to enter the contest. The winner will receive $200 cash, $50 in market bucks, and a free t-shirt with their winning design. The contest begins Wednesday. The t-shirt designs are meant to intrigue interest in local food, local art, cultural diversity, and place making. Designs will be printed on Sprout wear to help spread the word about Sprout’s mission and attract guests to the food and art facility in Little Falls. Preference will be given to designs which embody the variety of cultures in our region, specifically Amish, Latino, Somali, Tribal, Growers and Youth, which could also include the use of multi languages. The winning designs and the four new t-shirts will be unveiled this fall. Official rules are on their website

--Baxter, Princeton and Grand Rapids residents generated a total of $32,332 for Second Harvest North Central Food Bank to help fight hunger in north-central Minnesota. Walmart's "Fight Hunger. Spark Change." campaign encouraged people across the nation to take action against hunger and help families in need through simple acts of support online, in-store purchases and donations. Nationwide, the campaign raised more than $19.8 million to support Feeding America and its nationwide network of food banks. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one in eight Americans, including 13 million children, currently struggle with hunger.

--Carroll W. Hunnel, age 90 of Little Falls

TODAY= sunny skies, breezy afternoon, high 72.
TONIGHT= clear skies, cooler, low 48.
WEDNESDAY= sunny skies, high near 70, storms overnight, low 52
THURSDAY= early shower, then partly sunny- high 70, low near 50.

TWINS= White Sox hold off Twins 7-6 in game 1 of a double header Monday- Twins trailed 7-1 but tried for the comeback. In the 2nd game, Twins go long ball with Buxton, Polanco, Dozier and Castro to beat the White Sox 10-2 to split the double header. Twins (64-60) and White Sox again tonight 6:30pm on Q92 WYRQ.
WNBA= Phoenix at Lynx tonight at 7pm.
CLASS C= Buckman takes on Raymond Saturday at 11am from Hamburg on FM94 KFML while at the same time Sobieski takes on Plato from Green Isle at 11am Saturday on AM960 KLTF. Winners advance to Labor Day Weekend, final weekend of the tournament.


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