Newsletter: Monday, January 23rd, 2023

Newsletter: Monday, January 23rd, 2023

--The Little Falls Fire Department along with Little Falls Police responded to a house fire at 202 Lindbergh Drive NW Saturday afternoon at 3:22pm. Upon arrival they found smoke coming from the residence and flames were shooting from a back window. The fire was primarily in one of the bedrooms which had extensive damage and there was smoke damage through the house. There were no injuries, all inside were able to escape the house. The Red Cross is assisting with residents as they were not allowed to go back into the house due to the damage. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and the State Fire Marshal has been called into aid.

--Following the recent story of a 2 year old dying from fentanyl overdose in St. Cloud that lead to charges against the mother. Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen stated on that fentanyl not only destroys the life of a user, it also destroys the lives of others, to include family members and in this case a toddler. This crisis will not end anytime soon, until stricter penalties are put in place. If you or a loved one suffer from addiction and need help, seek help immediately before it’s too late. Larsen said help is always available if you need assistance reach out to the office at 320-632-9233.

--Sartell police have released more information on the apartment fire Thursday night. Fire and police crews found a man's body inside the apartment. There was also an infant under one year old that was taken to the hospital where it was pronounced dead. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is helping with the investigation. Residents of the adjacent apartments were helped by Metro Bus and the Red Cross. The fire call came in at 8:00pm for the fire in the 300 block of 11th Avenue East. No other information has been released as this is still an active investigation.

--The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect in a burglary from a local storage facility. On Wednesday the Benton County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a burglary that occurred at Pikus Mini Storage in Sauk Rapids. The victim reported that sometime during the overnight hours of January 12th to January 13th suspects broke into his rented storage container at Pikus Mini Storage. The victim reported the suspects took 3
large music speakers, each of which stood about 4 feet tall, a wheelbarrow, and several totes containing miscellaneous property. The burglary was captured on a video that shows the suspects arriving in a white 1998 to 2007 Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra extended cab pickup towing a small cargo trailer. The truck has black fender flares and appears to have some damage to the from bumper in the area of the front license plate. In the video, three suspects are seen breaking into the storage container and stealing the victim’s property. Anyone with information about this crime or the suspects is asked to call the Benton County Sheriff’s Office at (320) 968-7201.

--One person is dead and four others injured in a two vehicle accident Saturday morning in Stearns County. At 8:20am, 50 year old Lana Tibodeau of Windom was westbound on Highway 23 near Paynesville when a cargo truck in the eastbound lane crossed the centerline and struck her vehicle head on. Tibodeau was dead at the scene. Her 15-year-old passenger was taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries. The truck driver, 28-year-old Manual Guardado and his two passengers suffered injuries and also treated at a hospital. The state patrol continues to investigate the accident.

--The Little Falls School Board meets today at 5pm at Middle School.

--The Pierz City Council meets tonight 7pm at Pierz Dining Center.

--In 2020, 6,146 veterans died by suicide, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which is why a new policy announced Friday through the Veterans Comprehensive Prevention, Access to Care, and Treatment (COMPACT) Act of 2020 will allow any veteran dealing with a suicide crisis free access to medical care at all public and private VA clinics. This new policy is part of the COMPACT Act signed into law by former President Donald Trump. This new policy will include up to 30 days of in-patient or crisis residential care, and up to 90 days of follow-up outpatient care. The VA will also reimburse veterans for ambulance rides to hospitals.

--CentraCare and the University of Minnesota are working on creating a new medical school based here in central Minnesota. CentraCare would provide the clinical rotations for the medical students while the University would provide the academic component. The U of M already has medical school programs in the Twin Cities and Duluth and this would be an extension of that program with this being the third campus. This new school would be focused on rural health care. Many physicians are retiring. About one in three rural physicians will be retiring in the next five to 10 years, so the need to recruit physicians for rural America is really important. The program could take up to 20 students per year, and could start by 2025.

--St James Mardi Gras Dinner & Large Cash Raffle on February 17th. Cost is $25 Per Person and includes two bar drinks. St James Large Cash Raffle Cost per Ticket is $100 with a $10,000 Grand Prize and a total of 15 prizes Adding up to $20,000. Only 400 Tickets Will be Sold. Call Bob (320) 630-5546 for Meal and Raffle tickets.

--The Morrison County United Way is working with Coborn’s of Little Falls for this year’s Sweethearts Dinner (at home) fundraiser. Tickets are on sale now and will get you a take and bake steak and lobster tail dinner for two to go. Purchase your “pick up” ticket now either online at or to order with cash or check call 320- 632-5102, then stop by the meat department at Coborn’s in Little Falls to pick up your meal on Monday, February 13th from 4pm to 6pm. Ticket sales end on Sunday, February 5th or order today.

--Margaret “Meg” Miller, age 71 of Little Falls.
--David P. Nordvik, age 69 of Royalton.
--Richard “Rick” Zajac, age 67 of Hillman.

TODAY= flurries, light snow showers, fog, clouds, high 31.
TONIGHT= light snow, flurries and fog, low around 11.
TUESDAY= cloudy skies, high 26, low around 17.
WEDNESDAY= cloudy skies, high 26, snow overnight, low 8.

NFL= Kansas City 27-20 win over Jacksonville Saturday while the Philadelphia Eagles routed New York Giants 38-7 to advance. Cincinnati eliminated Buffalo Sunday 27-10 while San Francisco held off Dallas last night 19-12 to advance to the NFC Championship.
TWINS= The Twins Friday traded American League Batting Champion Luis Arreaz to the Miami Marlins for pitching prospects.
BAKER= Three players on the St. Cloud State University men's hockey team have been nominated for the Hobey Baker Award. Dylan Anhorn, Grant Cruikshank and Jami Krannila are all nominees for the top Division I college hockey player award.
HS GBB= Pierz at Upsala tonight at 7:15pm on 94ROCKS.