Newsletter: Monday, July 27th 2020

Newsletter: Monday, July 27th 2020

--A reminder that a mask mandate for indoor businesses with gathering spaces such as bars, restaurants, all inside stores, gas stations, schools announced that as now with daycare and other distribution items must have masks that is for all students, workers, faculty, staff to wear masks when inside. There are some exceptions which was addressed that those with specific health concerns or reason or allergies to the masks are exempt, children under the age of 5 are also exempt from mask wearing. For the entire list of items go to the governor website and look at his executive orders. The order started Saturday morning. Little Falls Radio is also asking as part of the mandate if you come to the radio station for prizes or other items you are asked to wear a mask as will the employees giving you those items. Thanks for your understanding.

--At 11:42am Thursday the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a report from a resident in Swan River Township, south of Little Falls, that they had just interrupted a burglary in progress. The resident drove by his property and noticed an unfamiliar vehicle parked there. The resident contacted the sheriff’s office and deputies responded. Deputies made contact with 34-year old Cory Sund of Avon, 33-year old Christopher Dempsey of St. Cloud, and 47-year old Michael Spry of St. Cloud. Through the course of the investigation, deputies learned that items were removed from one of the buildings on the property and located in the suspect vehicle. Deputies arrested the three adult males and transported them to the Morrison County Jail where they are awaiting formal charges.

--The Benton County Board of Commissioners will hold a public comment period regarding the Benton County Sheriff’s Office use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) on August 4th during the regular board meeting. During the 2020 regular legislative session, the legislature created a statute, which takes effect August 1st requires the Benton County Board to provide an opportunity for public comment prior to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office purchase or use of a UAV. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office purchased two UAVs for law enforcement use in January of 2020, prior to the enactment of this law. These UAVs have been used on several occasions since their purchase in law enforcement missions and in service to other county departments. Select Benton County deputies have completed training on the operational and legal requirements related to the usage of these UAVs. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of updating its UAV policy to reflect the new requirements of the statute. UAVs are a critical tool for law enforcement in search and rescue operations, in locating wanted persons, in documenting crime scenes, and in discovering and monitoring threats to public safety. Individuals wishing to comment on the use of UAVs by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office may appear at the regular meeting of the Benton County Board at 9:00am on August 4th.

--Authorities in Sherburne County say they're investigating a homicide. Officers responded to a home in Big Lake Thursday morning following a 9-1-1 call. The Sheriff's Office says the caller said his adult son was home and that the son said he had just killed his mother. The victim was a City Council member Rosaline Johnson, 62 of Big Lake. Officers arrived at the home, where a woman's body was found. Authorities say 20-year-old Eric Jordahl was arrested at the scene. The woman's name has not been released pending confirmation from the medical examiner's office.

--Congratulations to Megan Herold winning the $500 Pierz Foods/Pierz Floral gift card which was the Grand Prize from Ladies Night Out Pierz Style last Thursday. The drawing was held Friday morning on FM94 KFML. See all the winners from the event on our webpage at right on the home page. Thanks to all that turned out for the event and all the participating sponsors.

--On Friday morning the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an armed robbery in progress at the Deerwood Bank, Garrison Branch. The lone suspect is described as a white male, with grey to white hair wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans and a hat. The suspect is believed to have been picked up by another individual driving a white sedan type vehicle. The vehicle was last seen headed south of Garrison on Highway 169. The suspect left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money and is believed to be armed. Anyone who can identify the suspect or has information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office at 218-829-4749. This remains an active and ongoing investigation by the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office working jointly with the FBI.

--The Minnesota Department of Health stated Sunday there were 871 new cases and 3 new deaths in Minnesota of COVID-19. There was one new case in Morrison County now 75 cases and 1 death.

--At 9:54am Friday the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office received a call of an ATV crash with injuries occurring on a trail through a forest area east of MN State Highway 6, south of Outing. The vehicle was a 4-seat, side by side model carrying a driver and three passengers. The driver, a 46-year old male from Omaha, Nebraska, struck a tree off of the trail. The front passenger was a 46-year old male, and the rear seats were occupied by a 9-year old male and an 11-year old female, all from Omaha, Nebraska. All parties were wearing seatbelts and helmets. All parties sustained non life threatening injuries. Three of the occupants, including the two juveniles, were airlifted to unknown hospitals. There is no further information at this time during the investigation of the incident.

--35-year-old Sonya Tykwinski of Alexandria was injured early Saturday morning around 1:25pm on Interstate 94 in Melrose Township when hit the guardrail. She was treated at the Sauk Centre Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

--The Pierz City Council meets tonight 7pm at Pierz City Hall.

--Brandon and Jennifer Freudenrich of Little Falls, a boy on July 22nd

--Dorothy M. Strassburg, age 85 of Burtrum
--Lucille D. Posterick, age 93 of Little Falls.
--Marjorie Ann Kujawa, age 79 of Ham Lake formerly of Buckman

TODAY= sunny skies, comfortable, high 77, clear night low 55.
TUESDAY= sunny and not as windy, high 80, low near 54.
WEDNESDAY= sunny skies and pleasant, high near 80, low near 55.

TWINS= Max Kepler homered twice Twins win opener 10-5 over White Sox. White Sox out slugged Twins Saturday to win 10-3. Nelson Cruz homered twice, Jake Cave a grand slam and the Twins rout the White Sox Sunday 14-2 to take the series. Twins are off today.