--Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard reports that his office received a call of a stranded boater yelling for help on Clearwater Lake in Nokay Lake Township at 12:59pm Thursday. Deputies responded along with members of the Deerwood Fire Department and Crosby Ambulance to assist. Citizens on shore were able to launch a Jet Ski and aided in the recovery of an uninjured adult male. The small, 8 foot watercraft he was operating with a trolling motor became unable to navigate back to shore due to windy conditions. Sheriff Goddard expresses his appreciation to those citizens and responders who acted quickly to a boater in distress. Sheriff Goddard reminds all boaters to wear proper life jackets and have all necessary safety equipment onboard their watercraft. Sheriff Goddard continued, “We are entering the busy boating season, and I want to emphasize that boating safety needs to be in the forefront of everyone’s mind who take to the water.” Goddard said to visit the DNR website for full details on water safety regulations.
--Police in Nevada say an Albany, Minnesota man trying to move his motor home was killed when he was run over by the slowly moving vehicle after he fell out and was knocked unconscious. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said 67-year old Bob Bruner didn't move after he landed on his head in a parking lot in Laughlin on Monday. Police said Bruner was attempting to straighten a trailer behind the vehicle when he fell out of the driver's side door. Bruner landed in the path of the slowly moving vehicle's rear wheels.
--The Small Business Administration is providing funds to restaurants, bars and similar businesses, nationwide and throughout the state of Minnesota. The Restaurant Revitalization Fund provides $28.6 billion in emergency assistance to qualifying businesses affected by COVID-19. Eligible businesses include restaurants, food trucks, caterers, bars, bakeries, breweries and wineries, among others. Eligible businesses can apply for tax-free federal grants equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million and no more than $5 million per physical location. Funding will not need to be repaid if used on eligible expenses before March 11, 2023. Funds are distributed on a first-come, first served basis. Grant details are available on the SBA website, sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/restaurant-revitalization-fund.
--A five-year-old boy is dead after falling into an abandoned mine pit in northern Minnesota's Iron Range. Police and first responders from the city of Virginia were sent to the Rouchleau pit late Wednesday. Authorities said the boy fell nearly 70 feet. The Virginia Police Department says the incident does appear to be an accident.
--The death of a young child in southern Minnesota has been ruled a homicide. A news release issued today by the City of Mankato says the determination by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office led to the arrest of a teenage boy. The 16-year-old was taken into custody on Wednesday and now faces a second-degree murder charge stemming from the death of a two-year-old boy on April 16th. The teenage suspect is currently being held in a secured juvenile facility. An earlier news release from the Mankato Department of Public Safety indicated police and emergency responders were sent to a Mankato residence in the late afternoon of April 16th after receiving a report of a medical incident. The two-year-old child was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
--The Little Falls City Council meets Monday at 7:30pm at City Hall.
--The 2021 Morrison County Child Care Provider of the Year has been selected. Joelle Lucking of Pierz and has been doing daycare for 27 years. The parents of the children that she cares for wrote “loving person, and very understanding” “She goes over and above in her care” “she has a heart of gold” Joelle will be honored at the Annual Sourcewell training in September. Due to COVID they will not be hosting the annual Childcare Provider Banquet this year.
--Next Wednesday is the 10th Day of Caring in Little Falls from the Little Falls Community Schools from 8:30am-12pm. High School Principal Tim Bjorge will give an update on Day of Caring what is being and what might not be done this year on the KLTF Community Program at 8:30am Monday morning.
--Some Midwestern farmers are suing the federal government alleging they're ineligible for a COVID-19 stimulus loan forgiveness program because they're white. The group of farmers hails from Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Illinois and Ohio. They filed the lawsuit in Milwaukee on Thursday. They argue that the Biden administration's stimulus plan provides loan forgiveness to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, defined as as Black, American Indian, Hispanic or Pacific Islander. The lawsuit alleges that violates white farmers' constitutional rights.
--Emma Ahlin of Little Falls Community High School stated on KLTF Thursday that "The Theory of Relativity" will be performed on May 6-8 at 7pm and May 9th at 2pm at the Charles D. Martin Auditorium inside the high school. The Thursday night performance is for parents and invited guests from the cast and crew of the play only. Friday and Saturday night and Sunday afternoon are open to the public. No tickets will be sold at the school office or at the show times you must get them in advance. Tickets must be purchased in advance through Vanco Events there is a link on the school website and Facebook page $10 adults and $8 students.
--Many events in the area for this weekend including a number of clean up days in area Townships including Little Falls, Elmdale, Swan River, Swanville, Two Rivers Township and others and also City clean up days for Bowlus and possibly other cities in the area Saturday, Faith Lutheran Church Garage Sale Saturday, Zoo Clean Up Day Saturday at the Pine Grove Zoo, City of Swanville is reportedly have their area garage sales on Saturday, Breakfast at the Little Falls Senior Center Sunday, Breakfast take out style at the St. Francis of Assisi Church south of Upsala on Sunday, St. John's in Lastrup will have their raffle drawing following the 10:45am Mass on Sunday.
TODAY= increasing clouds, high near 60 not as windy.
TONIGHT= cloudy skies, but mild, low near 50.
SATURDAY= partly sunny, hazy and warm, high near 80, low 51.
SUNDAY= showers early then cloudy, high 66, more showers late.
MONDAY= becoming sunny and windy, cooler, high 55, low 35.
TWINS= After a day off, the Twins start a series with Kansas City tonight at Target Field, pregame tonight at 6:30pm, Saturday 12:30 and Sunday Inside Twins at noon on Q92 WYRQ.
NFL= The Vikings traded their #14 pick to the New York Jets for the 23rd overall pick and two third round picks in last night's NFL Draft. The Vikings picked Offensive Tackle Christian Darrisaw of Virginia Tech in the first round. Second and Third Round selected tonight.
VL= Ft. Ripley at Royalton Sunday at 1:30pm on AM960 KLTF.