--The Morrison County Fair kicks off officially today east of Little Falls. Events include Ultimate Inflatables all day from 12-9pm with $15 armband, Historical Society exhibit, Deer Hunters daily exhibit, White Tiger exhibit, horse show by 4-H, antique tractors on display by Greater Minnesota 2 Cylinder Club, Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel performs at 6pm and 8pm, pig races at 7pm, twisted chick balloon twisting and airbrush tattoo, poultry show, rabbit show, Sailor Jerri performs at 3pm, bingo begins at 6pm, Sue's Variety Band at 6pm, the 4-H Ag Olympics at 8pm and Tuff Truck and Car Competition at the Grandstand tonight at 7pm. Many more things to take in today, Friday and Saturday at the Morrison County Fair east of Little Falls off of Highway 27 on County Road 43. $3 for parking at the fair, $5 for a three day pass, and all Military and Seniors (over 60 according to Cling Kathrein) are free with proper ID a the gates for today only. Join AM960 KLTF Party Line live at the Morrison County Fair starting around 10:05am on KLTF and online at fallsradio.com.
--It was an expensive winter for the Minnesota Department of Transportation last season. The MnDOT winter maintenance report shows the state agency spent nearly $133-million to clear roads and included more than 198,000 hours of overtime. The report compiles data like costs, winter severity, snow totals and other factors to create a winter severity index score. The score of 154 ended up nearly 40 points higher than the previous season and resulted in the worst conditions for road maintenance crews in a decade. In addition to 31 snow events and an average snow total of more than 97 inches statewide, hours of freezing rain were up and road and air temperatures were down. It's the most severe weather since MnDOT began using this tracking system.
--There was a heavy police presence at the Sauk Rapids Middle School last night and will be again next Wednesday night. The Sauk Rapids Police and Fire Departments will be holding an Active Threat training session. Sauk Rapids Police Chief Perry Beise says the training is vital to prepare law enforcement, fire personnel and school officials in responding to these critical situations should they ever occur. The training was 5-10pm last night and they will be doing it again 5-10pm on August 14th. Residents and others are not to be alarm from the events.
--The 72-year old Brainerd woman who was struck when she walked in the crosswalk earlier this summer on Excelsior Road near Fleet Farm in Baxter continues to be hospitalized. On June 1st, a vehicle struck two women 72-year old Patricia Mae Sweet and 60-year old Colleen Wanda Britz, both of Brainerd. Sweet and Britz were transported to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd and then transported to the St. Cloud Hospital. A hospital spokesperson reported Sweet was in fair condition and Britz was in good condition shortly after the accident. Sweet remains hospitalized as of August 6th getting rehabilitation from the accident. Britz was no longer a patient.
--Join Al Windsperger from 4-6pm today on Q92 WYRQ at the Auto Max 20th Anniversary customer appreciation, free food, many games and fun events and prizes to be won at the event later today located south of the hospital in Little falls for the Auto Max celebration.
--Join Corey Fink starting at 6pm tonight from downtown Little Falls during the block party tonight. Music by Kings Ransom, former Viking Chuck Foreman at the Rustic, live on FM94 KFML & Q92 WYRQ.
--”Save Our Shorelines”, a local group that has been started is interested in protecting our Mississippi River shoreline from erosion and they are holding an informational meeting at 7:00pm on Monday, August 12th at First United Church in Little Falls. Various agencies including members of the DNR, Morrison County Soil and Water and others will be available to address issues related to erosion along the riverbanks. All are encouraged to attend. As this project of Save Our Shorelines is starting, the group will focus on an area of the Mississippi River between Blanchard Dam and the Little Falls Dam.
--Belle Prairie Township is having a discussion on Monday at the 7:00pm meeting regarding the Morrison County Land Use permitting. All residents are encouraged to come out and have their views heard so supervisors can make a proper decision with what Morrison County should do with Belle Prairie Township Land Use.
--A St. Cloud man charged with assaulting his girlfriend has pleaded guilty. Forty-year-old Rodrick Singleton has pleaded guilty to a felony count of domestic assault with intent to cause fear or immediate bodily harm. A second domestic assault charge will be dismissed at his sentencing in September. Stearns County prosecutors will be asking a judge for a prison sentence of one year and nine months and it's expected Singleton will ask for probation and participation in the domestic violence court.
--Holy Trinity Catholic School in Pierz will be hosting a preschool orientation and open house night on August 20th from 6-7pm at the school in Pierz. Then on August 27th there will be an open house and picnic for all incoming students and families to meet one another, teachers and staff from the school. The picnic/open house will be on Tuesday, August 27th from 5-7pm at the school, free of charge.
--Pierz Healy High School and Pioneer Elementary are scheduled to hold an open house prior to the opening football game on August 30th at the high school football field to show up the upgrades and the recent construction around the school done this summer.
--Deacon Jerome Roth, age 93 of St. Cloud formerly of Bowlus
TODAY= sunny skies, high 75.
TONIGHT= clear skies, low 50.
FRIDAY= sunny skies, high near 80, shower t-storm late, low 60.
SATURDAY= storms likely morning and night high 77, low around 55.
SUNDAY= sunny skies, high 77, clear night, low 56.
TWINS= Twins for second time this season turn a triple play in a game yesterday, it was the first time since 1988 that the Twins had two triple plays in the same season, however, the outcome was not as good as the Braves beat the Twins 11-7 to take the 3 game series. Twins open a big series at home tonight with the Cleveland Indians, who won 2 games yesterday and now trail the Twins by 2 games in the AL Central Division. Pregame at 6:30pm on Q92 WYRQ.
TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1815= Napoleon Bonaparte exiled to the island of St. Helena.
IN 1900= the first Davis Cup tennis competition is held, U.S. won.
IN 1960= Verne Gagne started AWA Wrestling in Minneapolis, MN.
IN 1974= President Richard Nixon said he is resigning office next day.