Newsletter: Friday, February 19th 2021

Newsletter: Friday, February 19th 2021

NEWS
--The Morrison County Sheriff's Office responded to a two-vehicle accident Wednesday at 11:37 at 183rd and 255th Avenue in Buh Township northwest of Pierz. 61-year old Paul Okroi of Pierz was traveling north on 255th Avenue and 57-year old Sheila Oldakowski of Little Falls was traveling east on 183rd Street. Okroi’s vehicle slid through the stop sign and struck Oldakowski’s vehicle in the intersection. Oldakowski’s 61-year old passenger, Thomas Bollig of Little Falls was transported to the hospital for his injuries.

--An educator from Pierz is up for the 2021 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. This year’s program will name the 57th Minnesota Teacher of the Year on May 2nd but right now unclear if in person or vitural due to restrictions. Alice Nevins from Pierz Public School is one of the 75 candidates. Other central Minnesota candidates on the list of 75 include Ann Hutchinson of Pillager Public Schools, Louise Ziegler of Sauk Rapids-Rice Schools and Katherine Green of St. Cloud District.

--Little Falls Police in the past week have assisted other law enforcement with suspicious activity and other incidents. Responded to a number of minor accidents from the snow on Wednesday and icy roads during the recent very cold weather. They have also received calls of scams again surfacing reminding residents to never give out any personal information. Yesterday on KLTF Party Line many callers mentioned scams around the area and telling their stories to what to watch out for and others on how to protect yourself.

--21-year old Thomas Patrick Fountain of Royalton has been charged with four felony-level counts of criminal vehicular operation. The accident happened in Gilmanton Township, near Foley on August 4th when two people were on an ATV traveling west along 115th Street Northeast when Fountain apparently ran into the rear of the ATV. Both ATV riders were ejected. The man is paralyzed from the armpits down and suffered other injuries, including a traumatic brain injury. The woman's arm was fractured and she had a mild concussion. Responders on scene of the accident smelled alcohol on Fountain's breath and observed signs of impairment which he admitted to drinking to law enforcemetn. He was taken to St. Cloud Hospital, and a blood sample obtained showed he had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.273%. The legal limit is 0.08%. Fountain has a settlement conference scheduled for April 28th.

--The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office around 11am Tuesday received a report of demonstrators on the pipeline right-of-way in Huntersville Township, there were approximately 30 individuals demonstrating and some of them were climbing on equipment and pipes located at the work site. Law Enforcement arrived on scene and the demonstrators got off the equipment. Construction workers on scene told Law Enforcement that four individuals from the group of demonstrators climbed into the pipe with cold weather gear and sleeping bags. Dispersal orders were given to the group of demonstrators that were trespassing on pipeline property. Most left the area but three remained inside the pipe. The section of pipe was approximately 2250 feet long and the three individuals were approximately 70 feet inside the east end of the pipe. These individuals refused to disperse the pipe and stayed in the pipe for approximately six hours. Around 5:30pm, the three individuals exited the pipe without incident and arrested . They area 20-year old Trinity Shaw-Stewart of Medford, Oregon, 22-year old Bonnie Hoekstra of St. Paul and 26-year old Jack Keenan of Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

--The Great River Road, the 10-state National Scenic Byway dedicated to the Mississippi River including through Morrison County has received notice that eight of its states’ byways have been designated “All-American Roads” by the Federal Highway Administration. Those that receive that honor are considered roads that are the very best of America’s National Scenic Byways Program. Travelers planning a journey along the road can order a free 10-state Great River Road map can visit experiencemississippiriver.com.

--The Minnesota Senate voted 40-27 Thrusday to strip Governor Tim Walz of his peacetime emergency powers when it comes to public schools across the state asking that school boards have the say on when and if schools go to in person or stay in distance learning. The vote is not expected to pass the DFL controlled House and would not be signed by Governor Walz even if it reached his desk.

--Governor Tim Walz has directed all flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on today February 19, 2021. He has directed flags to fly at half-staff on the 19th of every month to remember, mourn, and honor lives lost due to COVID-19. Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are also encouraged to join in lowering their flags for this today.

--A 17-year-old girl was hurt in a crash on Highway 15 in St. Cloud Thursday morning. The Minnesota State Patrol says a semi was pulled over on the right shoulder assisting with another crash when the teen driver lost control on the icy road and struck the big rig. Get our free mobile app The teenager, whose name and hometown have not been released, went to St. Cloud Hospital with unknown injuries. The 57-year-old driver of the semi and his 30-year-old passenger, both from Ohio, were not hurt in the crash.

--Minnesotans who need to renew their driver’s licenses or ID cards will have more opportunities to do so, starting this weekend. The COVID-19 extension is set to expire on March 31st, but a number of exam stations across the state will be open on Saturdays from February 20th until March 27th from 8:00am-4:30pm. No appointments are required, and it will be first come first served. You can also renew online or at other locations by making appointments.

--Organizers of Foley Fun Days say they’re moving forward with the annual summer event June 21st through 23rd including a parade.

--Events this weekend, many fish fries tonight, Holy Trinity PTO has a free book bingo event Sunday at 1pm at Holy Trinity in Pierz. Little Falls FFA free will breakfast Sunday 8:30-12:30 at the VFW.

WEATHER
TODAY= partly cloudy skies, high 17.
TONIGHT= mainly clear skies, low -6.
SATURDAY= sunny skies, high near 20, low 13 early then rising.
SUNDAY= snow showers likely early, then partial sun, high 30, low 17
MONDAY= sunny and mild, high near 40, low around 26.

SPORTS
HS BBB= Holdingford at Pierz tonight 7:15pm on FM94 KFML.
HS BHK= Little Falls at Sartell Saturday at 8pm on Q92 WYRQ.
COL HK= Gophers vs. Michigan State 6:30pm on AM960 KLTF.
COL BB= Gophers host Illinois Saturday at 2pm on AM960 KLTF.
MLB= former Minnesota Twins Brian Dozier has announced his retirement from Major League Baseball. Dozier played his first seven seasons with the Minnesota Twins, and won a World Series ring in 2019 with the Washington Nationals. Dozier retires age 33.