--It's St. Nick Night in Pierz with horse drawn sleigh rides starting at the Catholic Church parking lot, reindeer at Hartmann's Store, and Santa will be at the Brickyard Bar. Many businesses will have special deals and extended shopping hours. A craft event for kids today at the Pierz library. There is also a bonfire by Father Pierz School of Religion. Most events start around 4pm in Pierz tonight.
--A Hillman woman was recently presented the 2018 “Heart of Minnesota Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award” by the Minnesota Association of Healthcare Volunteers (MAHV). The award to 91-year old Marian Veaasen of Hillman was a recognition of the countless hours she has volunteered at the Mille Lacs Health System (MLHS) Auxiliary over the last 12 years. The ceremony was held in Minneapolis on September 13th.
--18 individuals have completed training and will become DNR officers starting Wednesday. The trainees recently completed 15 weeks of training at the Conservation Officer Academy in Camp Ripley. The training was this past spring into summer and the new DNR officers have since been working throughout the state with experienced officers. There are 55 field stations across the state, each covering about 650 square miles. While this year’s conservation officer class will cut down on the number of vacancies, there still will be 22 field stations without full-time, dedicated coverage. The DNR plans to hold another academy in the spring of 2019. Amongst the new officers, Annette Kyllo will be the DNR officer stationed in Pierz.
--St. Cloud police responded to their third robbery call in under a week. Just after 1:00pm Monday police were called to Cash Wise East in the 1000 Block of 4th Street Southwest. Authorities say a lone suspect entered the store, claimed he had a gun and demanded money from the clerk. The suspect then left the store on foot heading east with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was hurt and the victim says a gun was never shown. Police searched the area but were not able to find the suspect. He's described as a black man in his early 20's, about 5'7" with a thin build wearing a black jacket over a red hooded sweatshirt with dark pants and shoes. The investigation remains active and police say due to the similarities between this case and the previous Kwik Trip robberies, the suspect may be the same man.
--Firefighters were able to contain a fire Monday from doing more extensive damage to a rural Nisswa pole barn, including a house about 40 feet away. Nisswa firefighters were called to a pole barn fire about 2pm Monday on the 6700 block of Cullen Loop, north of Nisswa and east of Lower Cullen Lake. About 20 firefighters from Nisswa and Pequot Lakes extinguished the fire fast enough to stop the threat of it spreading to the nearby home. They found it was a truck that was on fire inside the pole shed and extingushed. Though no one was home at the time, through tax recorded, it was informed that the homeowners are Richard and Joan Krantz and were notified.
--St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls wants to thank both Barb Copley and Eunice Lorenz for their vocation of compassion to the care center as they have been at the center since 1970. Also the Care Center announced they received the National Balridge Silver Award for quality in healthcare, which was the next step of validation to continue their motto of “striving for excellence”. St. Otto's also announced a partnership with the Little Falls Community High School to provide health occupation classes.
--Join Kenny and Diana Jansen, their son Zack, local artist Levi Pelzer, Steve Hall and Shotgun Red on Wednesday, December 26th at the Falls Ballroom for their Nashville Country Christmas to support Mary of Lourdes Schools in Little Falls. Doors open at 5pm, dinner at 5:30 with concert to follow. Tickets are available at Mary of Lourdes Schools, Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Mary's Church offices, Design Electronics and Little Falls Radio.
--Around 2:00am on Monday authorities responded to a house fire in Stearns County at the home of 32-year old Robert Power at 206343 307th Street in Farming Township. According to Sheriff Don Gudmundson, the fire started in a child’s bedroom. It is believed blankets caught on fire from a heater. The fire was contained to that bedroom and extinguished. Both parents and all three children made it out of the house. A 2 ½ year old toddler was in the bedroom where the fire started and was treated for smoke inhalation. The toddler was later released to their parents. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
--A Richmond man was hurt in a distracted driving crash at County Road 43 and 217th Street near Richmond Tuesday. The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says around 2:30am. Twenty-six-year-old Raymundo Villavieencio-Quijas was driving on 43 when he "became distracted by his phone," went into the ditch and rolled his vehicle several times. Authorities say he went to a nearby home to call for help. He was taken to St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Deputies cited him for driving after suspension, texting and driving, and careless driving.
--President Donald J. Trump has proclaimed Wednesday, December 5, 2018 as a National Day of Mourning in remembrance of former President George H.W. Bush. Out of respect for the 41st President of the United States and to honor his vast contributions to our country during his lifetime, and consistent with the Presidential Proclamation, the United States Postal Service will suspend regular mail deliveries, retail services and administrative office activity on December 5th. The national funeral for former President George H. W. Bush will be today in Washington DC at 10:00am local time. There will be a private family funeral on Thursday in Houston, Texas.
--Arthur Popoff, age 93 of Little Falls.
TODAY= cloudy, flurries and snow showers at times, high 29.
TONIGHT= snow early, ½ inch, then partial clearing, low 7.
THURSDAY= sunny and cold, high 12, low near 0.
FRIDAY= clouds early, then PM sun, high 20, low near 0.
PIERZ= Pierz Healy High School announced Monday that Danny Saehr will become the new high school football coach in 2019 replacing longtime coach Leo Pohlkamp.
TWINS= Twins Hot Stove tonight 6pm on Q92 WYRQ.
COL BB= Gophers vs. Nebraska tonight 7:30pm on KLTF.
GHK= Brainerd/Little Falls Warriors rolls to a big 13-0 win last night over Moorhead in girls hockey.