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Teen dies, 2 injured in crash outside Little Falls, Minn.
GREEN PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP, Minn. (FOX 9) - A 15-year-old boy has died after a crash Saturday evening outside Little Falls, Minnesota. According to the Morrison County sheriff's office, shortly before 8 p.m., authorities received a report of a crash involving three juveniles on Forest Road in Green Prai
15-year-old driver killed after car crashes into tree near Little Falls
A 15-year-old boy was killed and two other teenagers injured when their car crashed into a tree near Little Falls. Riley Ballou, of Randall, Minnesota, was driving the car that left the road and crashed in Morrison County just before 8 p.m. Saturday.
Leaving a 'big hole': No meal at Charlie's Pizza in Little Falls on Christmas this year
LITTLE FALLS — For the first time since 2011, Charlie's Pizza will be silent on Christmas Day. No pizza, no soup, no Santa and no gifts. Charlie Peterka, owner of the Little Falls restaurant, has had serious health problems this year, and he didn't think he was up to prepping and putting on the annu
Little Falls crash sends Burtrum woman to hospital
LITTLE FALLS—A 63-year-old Burtrum woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries during a three-vehicle crash Saturday, Dec. 15, on Highway 27 in Little Falls. The Minnesota State Patrol reported Robin Lee Meldaus was stopped in eastbound traffic on Highway 27 just after 11 a.m. when the foot of a dr
Pickup Truck Hits Horse and Buggy in Minnesota, Killing 2
A pickup truck smashed into a horse and buggy near Avon, Minnesota, on Dec. 16, killing two. The single horse-drawn buggy had a 72-year-old male and a 66-year-old female inside when the crash occurred, and their identities were not revealed by the sheriff’s department, Fox9 reported.
Felony domestic assault charge against Gerdes dismissed
A felony domestic assault by strangulation charge against Ernest Henry Gerdes, 31, Little Falls, was dismissed in Morrison County District Court Dec. 3. The charge was dismissed after Gerdes pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge as part of a plea agreement.
Bielejeski faces multiple felony charges
Zachary Mason Bielejeski, 21, Little Falls, is facing three felony second degree assault and a felony threats of violence charges in Morrison County District Court. The charges stem from a Dec. 4 incident, when law enforcement responded to a report of an intoxicated individual making threats at a lo
Morrison County boxers reunite in Little Falls
Off and on from the 1950s to the 1980s, Morrison County was home to amateur boxing programs, with some boxers even going on to national and international fights. On Dec. 8, close to 50 former boxers, coaches and individuals associated with the program met at the Little Falls American Legion to reuni
Area Boys Hockey: Flyers shutout
ST. PAUL—Dana Couture recorded 18 saves as the Little Falls Flyers fell 1-0 to the St. Paul Johnson Governors Friday, Dec 14. Second period: SPJ- Luke Moberg (Thomas Heesch, Blayde Pogreba) 4:45.
Sheriff: 2 Dead After Pickup Truck Strikes Horse-Drawn Buggy
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Two people were killed Sunday after a pickup truck hit their horse-drawn buggy from behind on County Road 9 just south of Queens Road in Stearns County. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, a pickup truck driven by a 23-year-old Avon man was traveling northbound on
Boy, 15, Killed In Crash Near Little Falls
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 15-year-old boy died after he crashed his vehicle into a tree Saturday evening. The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office says Riley Ballou of Randall was driving on Forest Road just before 8 p.m. when his vehicle left the roadway and hit a tree. Emergency personnel attempted lifes
Debate over Byron Smith’s trial continues
Attorneys for Byron Smith have filed another appeal to the federal courts after the Eighth District Federal Court denied his appeal. Smith was convicted by a jury in Morrison County District Court of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Haile Kifer and Nick Brady, who broke into his home in
'I'm in!' Garth Brooks responds to Gov. Dayton's call for a second Minnesota show
Minnesota loves Garth Brooks. He famously sold out 11 shows at Target Center in 2014, and he delighted fans by announcing he'll return to the Twin Cities with a May 4 show at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Lehmann charged with helping individual avoid arrest
John James Lehmann, 31, Cushing, is facing a felony charge in Morrison County District Court for allegedly aiding an offender to avoid arrest. He is also facing a misdemeanor charge for allegedly obstructing the legal process.
Morrison: De-listing gray wolves may save Minnesota's moose
Depending on who you talk to, Minnesota's most iconic mammal is either the moose or the gray wolf. Getting folks of either persuasion together for a discussion on the topic can sometimes get downright heated.
Litke earns win No. 100 at Paul Bunyan in Brainerd
Little Falls senior Grant Litke earned his 100th win as the Flyers took part in the Paul Bunyan Wrestling Tournament in Brainerd, Dec. 7-8. Litke finished in third place, while sophomore teammate Gabe Nagel was a tournament Champion at 160 pounds with a 4-0 day, including two pins and two wins by de
Entertainment Briefs - Dec. 13
LITTLE FALLS—Harper's Chord will present its annual Harper's Chord Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Great River Arts in Little Falls, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.
Reader Opinion: Religious displays
What could be more un-American than repeatedly violating our Constitution?. Little Falls Mayor Greg Zylka received a second warning letter from a legal group on Oct. 18, 2018. It reads in part: "We have received a response from City Administrator Jon Radermacher to our April 13, 2018 letter, which r
Ice conditions around state called tricky by conservation officers
A sustained period of freezing temperatures jump-started Minnesota’s ice fishing season this year, but the weekend deaths of two fishermen northwest of Little Falls underscored observations from around the state that ice conditions are tricky.
1 dead after camper fire Friday morning in Rice
RICE — One person died in a camper fire Friday morning, according to a news release issued by Rice Chief of Police Ross Hamann. The Rice police and fire departments responded to a fire reported at 9 a.m. Friday at the Janski Garage, 50 Division St. N, in Rice.