Newsletter: Friday, November 30th 2018

Newsletter: Friday, November 30th 2018

--Snow on Wednesday raised havoc on Minnesota roadways. According to the State Patrol from noon to 9:45pm on Wednesday nearly 400 accidents, 95 spin outs and 7 semi-trucks jackknived on Minnesota highways. Of those 33 people in the accidents sustained injuries, luckily none of the accidents proved fatal.

--Thursday on facebook the Morrison County Sheriffs Office stated it's that time of the year when their agency starts seeing motor vehicle accidents because people are driving too fast on the icy/snow packed roads. Please SLOW DOWN! You are not only putting yourself at risk, but others on the roadway when you travel faster than the conditions permit. Be safe and prepared for the road conditions.

--A St. Cloud man was hurt when his pickup rolled on Highway 10 just south of Rice in Watab Township. The Minnesota State Patrol says the rollover happened on Highway 10 and Little Rock Road around 4:45pm Wednesday. 62-year-old Daniel Knowlen was heading east on 10 at Little Rock Road when his pickup spun out, went into the ditch and rolled. Knowlen was brought to St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, his 14 year old passenger was not hurt. The same two were also in a story earlier that day where prosecutors have charged Knowlen with a gross misdemeanor but not a hate crime for allegedly having his teenage son dump bloody deer carcasses on the hoods of two cars owned by Somali-American men. The Stearns County Attorney's office on Wednesday charged 62-year-old Daniel Knowlen of St. Cloud with contributing to the delinquency of a child. The charge carries a maximum sentence of a year in jail and a $3,000 fine. The complaint alleges that Knowlen watched as his 14-year-old dumped the skinned carcasses on the cars parked outside a YMCA back on November 14th.

--A 35-year old Brainerd man was struck by a vehicle and injured last Friday on Edgewood Drive in Baxter. 66-year old David P. Holte of Brainerd was the driver of the vehicle. Holte struck Craig D. Maas, who was transported to a hospital in Brainerd with unknown injuries. The injuries appeared not to be serious.

--A 45-year old man allegedly threatened to kill Baxter Police officers while he was being arrested for domestic assault at a hotel. Paul Darrel Siegel of Grand Rapids was charged Tuesday, Nov. 27, in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd with two felonies, stalking and making terroristic threats; four gross misdemeanors—domestic assault, endangering a child or person, fourth-degree assault on a peace officer and obstructing the legal process; and petty misdemeanors of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Judge Erik Askegaard set unconditional bond at $20,000 and bond with conditions at $5,000. Siegel's next court hearing is scheduled Dec. 11. According to the probable cause court document filed against Siegel from an incident Saturday at a Baxter hotel. He has previous convictions of domestic abuse dating back to 2011.

--A 39-year old man and his four passengers were injured Wednesday just before 7:00am when two trucks collided on Highway 371 at Gull Lake Dam Road, north of Brainerd. The driver 40-year old Jeremy R. Brotherton of Utica was not injured. Arnoldo Flores, and his passengers 19-year old Uriel Mendoza Cortes, 35-year old Federico Flores Flores, 25-year old Cruz Modesto Martinez, and 23-year old Fernando Timom Sipriano, all of Sauk Rapids were taken to Brainerd Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

--Help Little Falls Radio and the Holiday Gift Giving Program fill the truck Saturday in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Listen to Little Falls Radio Saturday starting at 10am for full details and online at Judy Buckingham will discuss more about the event Saturday and the program today around 10:30am on Party Line on AM960 KLTF.

--A Stearns County District Court judge has awarded Jared Scheierl over $17 million in a civil lawsuit against Danny Heinrich. In a ruling on Tuesday, the Judge ordered Heinrich to pay over $17 million in damages to Jared Scheierl, who he assaulted when Scheierl was 12 years old. Heinrich later went on to assault and kill Jacob Wetterling. Heinrich was never charged with the kidnapping and assault of Scheierl because the statute of limitations for the crimes had run out by the time of his confession in 2016. Scheierl filed the civil lawsuit against Heinrich in 2016. The lawsuit sought more than $50,000 in damages. Scheierl testified during a court trial Oct. 19. The court ruling said Heinrich "got away with kidnapping, sexual assault, and murder" and that the judgment in this case is "the only punishment Mr. Heinrich will ever receive for assaulting Mr. Scheierl." Heinrich is currently in prison on child pornography charges.

--A fire gutted a garage and left one person injured late Wednesday afternoon in Barrows. First responders were notified of a fully engulfed garage fire before 4:30pm at the 10,000 block of Depot Street, just off Business Highway 371 south of Brainerd. One person was in the garage and suffered injuries and was taken to the hospital. A representative from the sheriff's office identified the victim as a 42-year old man who rents the home on Depot Street and reportedly was airlifted to the Hennepin County Burn Unit for treatment. The fire remains under investigation.

--There are plenty of events this weekend including bingo Sunday in Morrill, Christmas on the Platte and breakfast with Santa Saturday in Royalton, Horse'n Around Parade Saturday at 5:00pm in Harding, Santa's Workshop Saturday north of Hillman, St. James Christmas Bazaar Saturday and Sunday in Randall, Madrigal Dinner Sunday in Little Falls, Heartland Symphony Winter Concert at 7:30pm Saturday in Little Falls and 2:30pm Sunday in Brainerd, Senior Center Breakfast and boutique and bake sale Sunday in Little Falls and many more events to view on the community calendar at

--Marcia “Marcy” Athman, age 82 of Pierz.

TODAY= fog and haze at times, cloudy, high 33.
TONIGHT= mostly cloudy, low 25.
SATURDAY= mostly cloudy, high 33, snow after 8pm low 21.
SUNDAY= light snow early, then clearing/windy, high 27, low 14.
MONDAY= sunny and colder, high 19, low near 8.

NFL= Vikings at New England Sunday at 3:25pm, get updates from the NFL coverage Sunday starting at 11:30am on AM960 KLTF.
COL FB= SEC Championship Saturday 2:30 and Big 10 Championship Saturday 6:45pm Saturday on KLTF after the games Saturday then bowl selections will be made and the Gophers will find out late Sunday where they will be bowling.
HS GBB= St. Cloud Tech at Little Falls Monday 7pm on Q92 WYRQ