--The two day Ice Fest is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Green Prairie Fish Lake north of Little Falls. Chuck Zwilling mentioned on Little Falls Radio last week that folks from Finland and Maine are planning to come see if Zwilling can capture the title of largest ice carousel once again. Since he did this last year, Finland and then Maine (who now has the record) broke it. Last year, nearly 500 people attended the event. This year, the event is two days and there will be warming tents. They added plenty of activities for folks of all ages. Nordic skiing lessons by the Little Falls ski team from 11:00am-noon on Saturday; curling from Vikingland Curling Club from noon to 4:00pm both days; a speedskating demonstration from Greater Minnesota Speedskating Association from 1-3pm Saturday; fat tire bike rides provided by Touright Bicycle Shop at 5:00pm Saturday; a figure skating program from noon-2:00pm on Sunday; children's bike rides with skis provided by Touright Bicycle Shop at 2:00pm Sunday; hockey games and open skating, mini four-wheel rides provided by Power Lodge, and an igloo-building contest. This year, Zwilling's son-in-law created a new machine to carve the ice. It is made from a snowblower, steel skis and a saw that slides up and down. After Christmas, they scored the ice to create an outline of the ice carousel. On Friday, they plan to begin cutting the ice carousel. The idea for the event started two years ago when Zwilling and his family made a 20-meter ice carousel at the annual sibling get-together. Last year, the siblings invited the public to an event named after their father Sunny, who owned a logging company in Sauk Rapids for many years. The event also helps the Flyer Pride Pack backpacks from the school to help with hungry children. The event is free to attend, but the beach area will only have handicap and limited parking, so you are encouraged to take the shuttle from the Main Gate and a few other locations to get there. More details can be found at fallsradio.com on our community calendar and there are brochures of the two day event available at Little Falls Radio Office.
--A Sauk Centre man faces a felony charge of making terroristic threats after an incident at a woman's home Friday. According to the criminal complaint filed in Stearns County District Court, a woman called police to report 28-year-old Damon Jackson had become angry with her, took her phone, threatened to hurt her and threatened to burn her house down with the victim locked inside. Officers arrived to learn Jackson and another woman had been living at the home for several months. The victim said when Jackson got angry and began making threats she became fearful and went to a neighbor's house to call police. When officers arrived at the scene, they say Jackson was extremely drunk and they had to use physical force to make the arrest. Jackson's next court appearance is January 24th.
--Two people were hurt Monday after a 17-year old Cold Spring driver pulled in front of another vehicle on Minnesota Highway 23. Jonathan Alexis Avalos tried to turn left onto Highway 23 from Bel Clare Drive about 5:45pm. When Avalos pulled out to cross the eastbound lanes, he was hit by a car driven by 70-year old Fatah S. Jama of Waite Park. Avalos was taken to St. Cloud Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening. Jama suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening but was not taken to a health care facility. Three of Avalos's passengers, two male 17-year olds and one male 16-year-old were not injured in the crash.
--Stand Up 4 U in Little Falls and the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force are hosting a Naloxone Training on Thursday night from 5:30-7pm at CHI St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls. The training includes talking about the drug, prevention of opiod abuse and how to help if someone is having an overdose of the narcotic. This is not a CPR class. Following the training there will be an opportunity to purchase an OD kit if desired. Refreshments will be provided. RSVPs are encouraged but not required by calling Kathleen Lange at CHI St. Gabriel's Health at 631-5624. It was also announced on Little Falls Radio that Stand Up For You and CHI are partnering together to take over the Rock N Run event (originally done by Live Better Live Longer that ended at the end of 2018). The Rock N Run will be Saturday, May 18th at the Belle Prairie Athletic Complex located in the northeast end of Little Falls.
--A woman who reported being robbed at a Waite Park Subway on December 28th admitted to police the robbery did not happen. The woman, who was not identified in the updated press release from Waite Park police, has pending charges for falsely reporting a crime and theft. About 7:45am December 28th, Waite Park police were dispatched to reports of a robbery at the Subway at 1301 Second Street South. Waite Park Police say 41-year-old Stacy Rymer of Rice later told police the crime didn't happen and that she took $700 from the restaurant to cover some personal debt. The case will be sent to the Stearns County Attorney's Office for possible charges of falsely reporting a crime and gross misdemeanor theft.
--A Sauk Rapids man faces criminal charges after allegedly leading police a short chase through Sartell early Saturday morning. According to the criminal complaint, a Sartell Police officer noticed a car with its high beams on and speeding on 2nd Street South just before 2:30am. During the traffic stop, the driver was identified as 43-year-old James Isaacs. After approaching Issacs, he put the car in gear and sped away. Police gave chase with the car reaching speeds of 84 miles-per-hour over the Sartell Bridge and onto Benton Drive. The driver pulled into a driveway in the 500 block of Fieldcrest Court and fled on foot. Officers located Isaacs nearby and placed him under arrest. A search warrant of the vehicle uncovered a bottle of those prescription drugs which were prescribed to someone other than Isaacs. Isaacs is currently charged with fleeing police and driving after cancellation danger to public safety. Additional charges could be added depending on the results of the blood test.
--Nathan and Nicole Przybilla of Little Falls, baby girl on January 6th
--Joe Block, age 87 of Pierz
TODAY= sunny and cold, high 9 above, wind chills around -15.
TONIGHT= clouds increase, low near 0, wind chills around -10.
THURSDAY= cloudy skies, high near 16, low around 11.
FRIDAY= cloudy skies, few snow showers, high 26, low near 15.
TWINS= Twins Hot Stove tonight at 6pm on Q92 WYRQ.
COL BB= Maryland beat Gopher men 82-67 last night in b-ball.