--A devastating fire was reported around 1:15am Wednesday morning at the West Side Bar in Little Falls. 20-Little Falls Firefighters were assisted by (Camp Ripley, Brainerd, Randall, and Pierz Fire Departments, MN State Patrol, Little Falls Police and Morrison County Sheriffs Department) were on the scene for more than seven hours to put out the fire and stop any hot spots. The fire is believed to have started in one of the apartment units in the southwest corner. The official cause is still under investigation. One apartment unit in the west side of the building was saved but four other apartment units and the West Side Bar are a total loss. The West Side Cafe was able to be saved. All tenants were able to escape safely without injury. One firefighter suffered a minor injury that did not require treatment. Law enforcement helped by detouring traffic around the area until around 9:30am around the scene of the fire. Pictures of the fire can be seen at the Little Falls Radio facebook page.
--22-Little Falls firefighters also responded to an apartment building fire in an oven at 415 6th Street SE Monday around 5:50pm. The fire was quickly contained and the fire department assisted with ventilation. The apartment sustained some smoke damage.
--There will be legislative update-post session today at the Little Falls City Hall Council Chambers with Senator Majority Leader Senator Paul Gazelka and Representative Ron Kresha. They will be hand to hear your issues and provide some insight to the outcomes from the 2019 Legislative Session and look ahead to the 2020 Session. The update will be from 10-11:30am, questions call Deb at 632-5155.
--The Benton County Sheriff's Office arrested a Rice man on a number of alleged assault charges following a standoff in Rockwood Estates Mobile Home Park. At about 3:30pm Tuesday the Benton County Sheriff’s Office received a call indicating that a man at a home at 1460 115th Street Northwest in Rockwood Estates in Rice threatened to kill a woman at the home. The caller indicated that the woman had managed to escape but the man was still inside the residence. The caller said the man, 49-year-old Jeffrey Martin of Rice had a gun and made threats to kill the woman. Deputies responded to the scene and established a perimeter around Martin’s home with the help of the Minnesota DNR, Rice Police Department, and the Stearns-Benton SWAT team. Deputies and Rice Firefighters set up traffic control points to keep the public a safe distance away and evacuated nearby residents. Investigating deputies learned that Martin had pointed a handgun at the victim, physically assaulted her, and made threats to kill her. Deputies worked to establish contact with the man, in an attempt to convince him to exit the residence and surrender. As deputies were attempting to negotiate his surrender, Martin made outgoing phone calls during which he made threats to harm law enforcement and other individuals. After about 2 ½ hours of negotiating, Martin exited the residence and was taken into custody without incident. Martin was taken to the Benton County Jail where he was booked on charges of 2nd Degree Assault, Threats of Violence, Domestic Assault, and Criminal Damage to Property.
--A strong line of thunderstorms swept through the St. Cloud Metro Area Tuesday afternoon. Wind gusts over 60 miles per hour went from Pope, Stevens, Douglas, Stearns, Benton and Mille Lacs County. Some areas saw large hail and lots of lightning. Morrison County saw some rain and lightning but no severe storms on Tuesday.
--Today marks the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion of Allied Troops on the shores of Normandy, France. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history. 4,414 Allied forces members (many American) died, anywhere from 5-9,000 Germans were killed and there nearly 20,000 casualties in the battle. Join Todd Kosovich on Little Falls Radio today during the Up Front and Party Line as we look back to the D-Day invasion on this 75th Anniversary, that is today from 9-11am on AM960 KLTF and online at fallsradio.com. Also locally there will be a D-Day Remeberance on Saturday from 11am-3pm at the Minnesota Military Museum inside the gates of Camp Ripley. Guests can view a special display of related collection items and learn of Minnesotan experiences from this decisive day. You can also get a preview of At War and At Home; the World War II Experience coming to the Stearns History Museum, June 14th-15th. You will need a photo ID to enter Camp Ripley for the event.
--Two people were injured at about 11:45am on Monday in a rear end collision west of Rochester on U.S. Highway 14. 63-year old Brian Royce Rundquist of Rochester was driving west on Highway 14 when he braked for a deer and was rear-ended by a car driven by 59-year old Elizabeth Caradine of Byron. 54-year old Larry Donald Gwynn of St. Cloud was a passenger in the 2nd vehicle. Caradine and Gwynn were taken to St. Marys Hospital with non life threatening injuries.
--Events tonight include the Rock Roll and Stroll in Pierz starting at 5pm with the classic car show. Also tonight is the first block party in Little Falls with Johnny Holm Band at 5:30pm at Kiwanis Park. Also the Little Falls Radio Cash Cube will be out behind the post office in Little Falls from 4-6pm stop by and try to win prizes from Little Falls Radio and our participating sponsors.
--Brandon and Jamie Lapos of Flensburg, a girl born June 4th.
TODAY= sunny skies, high 85, storms develop between 5-7pm.
TONIGHT= storm early, then clearing, low around 60.
FRIDAY= sunny and humid, high 88, low around 63.
SATURDAY= sunny and warm high 87, storms develop in afternoon.
SUNDAY= showers early, then partly cloudy, cooler, high near 70.
HS BAB= Congratulations to the Little Falls Flyers with a 3-2 win over Bemidji they win the Section 8AAA Championship and will now head to the State Tournament next Thursday in Minneapolis. The Flyers will know this weekend who and when they play. All Flyers state tournament games will likely be on AM960 KLTF.
HS BAB= Pierz will try to advance to the state tournament today in their section championship with Foley, where Foley would need to beat Pierz twice to win the title, Pierz one win and they go to state, listen to the action at 5pm today on FM94 KFML.
HS BAB= Upsala/Swanville won their first game Wednesday over Brandon-Evansville, then lost to Parkers Prairie and eliminated.
TWINS= Twins blew a 5-1 lead and lost 9-7 last night to the Indians battling the weather and giving up 4 runs in the late innings. Twins finish up series at Cleveland today 5:30pm on Q92 WYRQ.
HELLIE= The 7th Annual John Hellie Youth Baseball Tournament is this weekend Games Friday through Sunday in Pierz and Genola.