--The Little Falls City Council met on Tuesday. At the meeting the council approved to hire Contegrity Group for the concept design and design services of a potential future community center. The city of Little Falls is exploring the option of implementing a potential sales tax increase to pay for this project but all that was voted on Tuesday night was to hire Contegrity Group to help with the potential concepts and design. Before this type of project could be approved it would still need approval from the legislature at the state level and need to pass in a general election before the Little Falls voters. The next general election is November 2020. The council also approved an application for the Lucky Lindy 5.5 Trail Run and to vacate an alley and approve a variance in the Rothwells addition. They did this because Overland Group is interested in putting in a commercial building at the land just east of the Pine Grove Zoo. The council also approved to have Rich Kilber be hired to move the Little Falls Police Department Storage Shed formerly owned by the Morrison County Sheriffs Office. The Little Falls City Council meets next at 7:30pm on Monday, September 16th.
--More information has been released on the House Capital Investment Committee visit later this week in Morrison and Todd County. State Representatives John Poston, R-Lake Shore, and Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls will join the members of the House Capital Investment Committee when they stop in Browerville at the Todd County CAP at 10:30am Friday and then when they visit the Minnesota Military Museum at noon on Friday inside Camp Ripley. During that stop at the Military Museum there will be a presentation regarding the museum and the Minnesota Fishing Museum in Little Falls regarding the bonding request for a new facility outside the boundaries of Camp Ripley.
--A 54-year old Kimball woman suffered serious injuries when she lost control of her all-terrain vehicle and crashed in rural Backus, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. The office received a report of a crash involving a 2019 Suzuki ATV at about 1:10pm Saturday in the Spider Lake Recreational Area in the Foot Hills State Forest. The woman was treated on scene and transported to a Twin Cities hospital. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers, the Backus Fire Department and North Memorial Health Ambulance also assisted at the crash site.
--Around 2:35am Sunday the Stearns County Sheriffs Office responded to a crash with injuries. 21-year old Alexander Holb of Eden Prairie was traveling eastbound on County Road 44 when it left the roadway and traveled approximately 200 yards before hitting a field approach. The vehicle became airborne for about 25 yards and came to a rest in a cornfield parallel to the ditch causing damage to several rows of corn. It doesn’t appear Holb attempted to brake after leaving the roadway. Holb was taken via ambulance to the St. Cloud Hospital. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.
--A Litchfield man escaped serious injury after his vehicle hit a cow early Tuesday morning. The Meeker County Sheriff's Office says 21-year old Alexandro Jackson was driving on County Road 28 south of Litchfield around 5:00am when he struck the animal in the roadway. Jackson suffered minor injuries but refused treatment at the scene. --Tonight is the final Rock Roll and Stroll classic car show in Pierz for the year. From 5-8pm see the cars, check out the poker walk and enjoy the music and entertainment this evening in Pierz.
--The City of Little Falls would like to invite the community to come out and celebrate the re-opening of the east side of Highway 27. Members of the Loan Eagle Auto Club, MNDOT and Mayor Greg Zylka will all be present at the ribbon cutting ceremony. This will be from 10:00-10:30am today at Bank Square on the east side of Little Falls.
--Thefts and related calls were on the rise last week in Little Falls. The Little Falls Police Department responded to more than average incidents last week including a high number of theft, fraud or burglary related calls. They responded to a total of 14 of those incidents ranging from counterfeit $100 bills to personal or business thefts. With the Arts and Crafts Fair upcoming this weekend and more visitors than normal in our area, earlier this week Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen reminded the public to keep valuables out of sight, locked up and secure so they don't get stolen.
--At 2:57pm Wednesday the Minnesota State Patrol responded to a two vehicle accident in Royalton. 31-year old Matthew Hagen of Nevis was traveling west on 3rd Avenue South when he failed to yield to a westbound car on Highway 10 driven by 59-year old Robin Barber of Menagha and the two vehicles collided in the intersection. Neither Barber nor her passenger were injured but the other driver Matthew Hagen was taken via ambulance to St. Gabriels Hospital in Little Falls for treatment of non life threatening injuries.
--At 7:53am Tuesday the Stearns County Sheriffs Office responded to a fatal car vs. ATV crash in Lake George Township. 76-year old Daniel Schwieters of Belgrade was driving a side-by-side southbound on County Road 175. As Schwieters was negotiating a left-hand turn onto 265th Street, he was struck from behind by 27-year old Juan Hernandez Martinez of Melrose. Daniel Schwieters was ejected from the ATV and sustained a severe head injury. Life Link airlifted Mr. Schwieters to the St. Cloud Hospital where he later died. Hernandez was evaluated at the scene and released.
--A south-central Minnesota man is charged with raping a woman at a St. Cloud hotel Sunday. 37-year-old Kyle Kirsch of Gaylord is charged with felony 3rd-degree criminal sexual conduct. The victim reported she woke up to the man raping her in a hotel room where the suspect and girlfriends were staying with her and another man. The reports indicate she began screaming at Hirsch and that caused the other man to wake up. Police interviewed that man who said he woke up to the victim screaming that Hirsch had raped her. Police interviewed Hirsch who admitted being in the same bed with the woman but denied intercourse took place.
--Michael Ewertsen and Ashley Siegler of Little Falls, boy on Sept. 2nd
--Jacob and Alexis Lintner of Little Falls, a girl born on September 3rd.
TODAY= isolated showers at times, partial sun, high 78.
TONIGHT= clouds early, clearing late, low 48.
FRIDAY= sunny skies, pleasant day, high 73, low near 50.
SATURDAY= showers likely, high 63, low around 45.
SUNDAY= AM showers, then clearing, cool, high 60, low 43.
TWINS= Boston took an early lead last night to beat Twins 6-2. The Twins finish up with Boston tonight at 5:30pm on Q92 WYRQ.
NFL= Green Bay and Chicago kickoff NFL season tonight 6:30 KLTF.