Newsletter: Friday, June 17th, 2022

Newsletter: Friday, June 17th, 2022

--Tri-County Crimestoppers have been reporting counterfeit bills being passed around the St. Cloud area. They are seeing counterfeit $100 bills. Authorities suggest to double check those and if you are a business try to get a good photo, description and vehicle identification of the person trying to pass these. If you have information on any unsolved crimes in the Stearns, Benton or Sherburne County area please report information by calling Crimestoppers 1-800-255-1301, online at and click on submit a tip or use the P3 mobile app and submit your information that way.

--Minnesota’s unemployment rates broke another record in May with an unemployment rate of 2.0%, down two tenths from a historical low rate in April. Minnesota gained 6,600 jobs in May and saw an increase in labor force participation at 68.4%. In addition to Minnesota’s low unemployment rate, the state has a historic surplus and has been in a strong economic position to make record investments toward continued economic growth and put money into the hands of Minnesotans. Minnesota Management and Budget released an economic forecast in February showing that Minnesota’s state budget surplus is projected to be a historic $9.25 billion for fiscal year 2022-23. County unemployment rates for May have not yet been released. In April, Morrison County had 3.1% unemployment which was slightly higher than all its surrounding counties.

--Local Law Enforcement are reminding those with elderly parents, grandparents and those that work with the elderly that abuse can happen to any older person, by a loved one or a caregiver, watch for signs of depression, confusion, withdrawal and very isolated around their own family. If you notice these signs contact the facility manager or your local law enforcement to investigate if there has been a crime committed as elderly abuse like any abuse is a crime.

--Twenty-seven years ago this month, a news anchor in north Iowa disappeared and there are still no answers about what happened to Jodi Huisentruit, a Long Prairie native. When Huisentruit didn't show up to work on the morning of June 27, at KIMT in Mason City, her co-worker and producer, Amy Kuns, called and woke her up. But when she still didn't show, Kuns called her again except this time there was no answer. Over the years, Kuns has rarely talked about Huisentruit and has seldom given on-camera interviews. She was the last person to talk to Huisentruit that day and even filled in for her on the anchor desk, breaking the news from police that she had been abducted. Huisentruit lived just a mile from the TV station and police say there were signs of a struggle outside her apartment. Officers maintain she was taken, but have never named any suspects and there are still few clues about what really happened in the close-knit town. Despite backing away from the spotlight, Kuns still carried a heavy burden. Years of therapy are helping the now 51-year-old embrace her trauma. She's writing some of it down for a new memoir she's working on. She also plans to speak publicly at an event on June 27. During the weekend of June 24-26, supporters will also be promoting an online effort to encourage leaving a porch light on for Huisentruit, as was done by Mason City residents in 1995 to express concerns and condolences for the whereabouts of Jodi Huisentruit.

--The Royalton School Board announced a change of venue for their next meeting which will be June 27th at 6pm. The meeting will be in the Early Childhood Center Foyer in the school that night.

--Be prepared for the heat, temps in the 90s Sunday and Monday.

--This weekend is the Little Falls Dam Festival, beginning tonight at Maple Island Park with live music, dunk tank and more then on Saturday include River Rat Race starting at 8am at Belle Prairie Park, Dam 2 Dam Bike Ride, parade at 11am going down 1st Street from City Hall on North end to the Hospital on the south end of town. More events then in the park with music and fireworks Saturday night in Little Falls. Other events include Ride for the Mind Motorcycle ATV/UTV ride for Alzheimer's at 1pm Saturday in Buckman and then next week blood drive at the Convent starting Monday and Teacher's Tea for former rural school teachers will be held on Tuesday for details call Dorothy at 320-632-6082. Details on events can be found at community calendar.

–In the past 3 days, black bear sightings are becoming more common in Benton County. Black bears are generally shy and non-aggressive. Most often, bears come into conflict with people as they access food sources found around homes. Bird feeders and trash containers are favorite sources of food for bears. The MN DNR has some very good resources to help people prepare for bear encounters and co-exist with bears. It was reported on Little Falls Radio of bear sightings around Morrison County in the past week also so again so best to take in hummingbird feeders at night and also make sure all food debris is cleaned up after campfires or evening events, please remember to watch out for bear.

--Ford is recalling over 2.9 million vehicles to fix a transmission problem that can increase the risk of inadvertent roll away crashes. The recall covers certain 2013 to 2019 Escape, 2013 to 2018 C-Max, 2013 to 2016 Fusion, 2013 to 2021 Transit Connect, and 2015 to 2018 Edge vehicles. This is due to a bushing that attaches the shifter cable to the transmission can degrade or detach. That can stop the vehicles from shifting into the intended gear. A vehicle thought to have been shifted into park may actually be in a different gear, allowing it to roll away. Ford says in documents that it knows of four injury reports due to the problem, and another six property damage claims. Dealers will replace the bushing and add a protective cap. Owners will be notified by letter starting June 27. Ford is also recalling over 50,000 four-door 2021-2022 Bronco vehicles with child-safety lock issues. Dealers will inspect the passenger-side rear door for affected child safety locks and latches and replace them, if necessary. Owners will be notified by letter starting July 25.

--Mary Amundson, age 76 of Little Falls.
--Rose Mary Preimesberger, age 91 of Pierz.

TODAY= sunny skies, less windy, high 81.
TONIGHT= clear skies, pleasant night, low 56.
SATURDAY= AM sun, midday rain, then humid, high 83, low 67.
SUNDAY= sunny, hot and humid, high 95, storms late, low 78.
MONDAY= storms early and late, hot and humid, high 96, low 67.

TWINS= Twins are in Arizona tonight, pregame at 8pm, tomorrow night is at 8:30pm and Sunday starts with Inside Twins at 2pm with all the games live this weekend on Q92 WYRQ.
NBA= Golden State beat Boston 4 games to 2 to win NBA Finals.