--Effective immediately, Little Falls Community Schools is entering Distance Learning. At 6pm last night Superintendent Stephen Jones announced that today will be a Transition Day for staff at all the schools except Lindbergh Elementary which will start their distance learning today. No school for students in the public school district on Tuesday except for Lindbergh which again has distance learning. Again, Little Falls Community Schools is entering Distance Learning immediately across the entire district on Wednesday, November 18, all students in the district will have Distance Learning. There will be Distance Learning on Friday for the entire district; this was previously announced as a "no school" day but there will now be distance learning across the whole district on Friday. Kids Korner for Tier I workers will be available contact Community Services at 632-7900 for information on Kids Korner. On November 23 Kids Korner for Tier I families enrolled in our Preschool program will be available. Hours are 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Contact Heather at 616-6247 to register your child. The district will launch its Distance Learning Food Service program on Wednesday. For questions about the Distance Learning Food Service program, please contact Food Service at 632-2030 or Transportation at 632-2029. Jones said this has been a difficult time for families full of constant change. However, we are living in a world of coronavirus that has presented incredible challenges to you as families and us as a school district. Please let us know how we can be of assistance to you. Thank you. This again starts effective today.
--Pierz Police Chief Eric Hanneken advised that on Sunday at 11:36pm Morrison County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a fire located at Pierz Post Office. Morrison County Deputies arrived along with the Pierz Fire Department. The fire was quickly extinguished with minimal damage to the facility. It was immediately determined that the fire was the result of Arson and the State Fire Marshal was requested to investigate. Surveillance cameras in the area were utilized by the Pierz Police Department with the suspect being identified as 19-year old Alexander Wiggers. He was transported to the Morrison County Jail and booked in on 2nd Degree Arson. Pierz Police Department was assisted by the Morrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Pierz Fire Department.
--The latest COVID-19 numbers Monday on the Morrison County website are 1,446 cases since testing began, 404 active cases and 89 cases required hospitalization of total cases. Pierz has 113 cases, Little Falls spiked back up to 111, Royalton 44, Motley 34, Hillman 20, Swanville and Bowlus 16 cases and Cushing had 13 cases Monday. On the state level, 7,444 cases Monday of COVID-19 and 12 new deaths. Morrison County had 49 new cases on Monday's state report.
--Senate Majority Leader Republican Paul Gazelka of Nisswa reported Sunday he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is quarantined. Senator Gazelka said he was not at special session last Thursday in St. Paul in person as he worked from his home via online use.
--Coborn’s Inc. will offer the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge to customers once it becomes publicly available. The St. Cloud-based company Monday announced it has partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to distribute the approved vaccination at all Coborn’s, Cash Wise and Marketplace pharmacy locations, free of charge. Again this will happen after the vaccine becomes available to the immediate public, no timelime on it yet.
--KLTF Dairy Recipe Contest returns on Dec. 3rd, listen for details.
--As weather permits, maintenance employees for Morrison County will be working on trimming trees in the southwest part of the county, continue to mow roadside ditches and will be patching potholes in both the southeast and northwest parts of Morrison County. Please use caution around work crews and flashing lights.
--The Salvation Army has announced they are in need of bell ringers to man kettles in Morrison County this Christmas season. These kettles are intended to help boost holiday fundraising amid concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic could actually reduce kettle giving — primarily due to fewer overall kettle locations and reduced foot traffic. Funds raised at the Morrison County kettle locations will be used in Morrison County, to support Salvation Army programs year round. This year, strict safety protocols such as masks, gloves, distancing and sanitizing will be followed to protect both volunteers and donors. Donations can be made online or dropped off at Wal-Mart and Coborn's in Little Falls. Register today at (320) 360-2098.
--The CDC Friday handed out updated guidelines for Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season. The CDC following new guidelines from various states recommend sticking to just your immediate family. They even advise sharing a virtual meal with others. If you do choose to gather, the CDC recommends bringing your own disposable cups, utensils and condiments, and avoid having a lot of traffic around where food is being prepared. If you're hosting, consider having one person serve the food, and make sure surfaces are cleaned often. When it comes to traveling this holiday season you should start to quarantine or limit contact as much as possible at least two weeks prior ot the event. The CDC is also urging you to get a flu shot, and continue to wash your hands, stay six feet apart, and always wear your mask.
--Another free grocery giveaway today 2-4pm at Living Hope Church on Haven Road north of Little Falls city limits. These free grocery giveaways will continue Tuesdays through December 22nd.
--Cameron Voight and Samantha Hensley of Pierz, a boy Nov 14th.
--Loretta “Lori” Gustafson, age 87 of Little Falls.
--Michael Spaulding, age 43 of Little Falls.
--Roland “Skip” Norwood, age 55 of Swanville & Browerville.
TODAY= sunny skies, high 33, clouds increase tonight, low 25.
WEDNESDAY= partly sunny and windy, high 45, freeze fog late, 28.
THURSDAY= freeze fog early, then sunny, high 48, low near 23.
FRIDAY= mostly cloudy skies, high near 40, low near 20
High School Football section playoffs begin for area teams, some teams don't play, others on Saturday- no state tournament this year.
HS FB= St. Cloud Cathedral at Pierz tonight 6pm on FM94 KFML.
HS FB= Little Falls at Willmar tonight 7pm on Q92 WYRQ.
NFL= Vikings QB Kirk Cousins tosses two touchdowns to Adam Thielen as the Vikings hold off Chicago 19-13 to win on Monday Night Football. The Vikings 4-5 host Dallas on Sunday 3:25pm on KLTF.
CLC= on Monday Central Lakes College announced there will be no basketball season for this winter. Hope for spring sports in 2021