The Morrison County Record Covering community news, sports, current events and provides advertising and information for the Morrison County, Minnesota. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:40:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Boser/Wacker Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:03:49 +0000 Wed-Wacker-formatted

Laura A. Boser and Rick B. Wacker were married Aug. 16, 2014, at St. Josephs Church in Pierz with Father Popp officiating at the ceremony.
Parents of the couple are Jeff and Carolyn Boser of Pierz; Brian and Carol Wacker of Pierz and Louie and Debra Stumpf of Little Falls.
Attending as maid of honor was Josi Hoefler. Bridesmaids were: Brenda Brobjorg, Heather Boser, Crystal Boser, Tiffany Boser and Kayla Wacker, with Ellie Wacker as flowergirl.
Grooms attendants were Mitch Thomas, best man; Al Hoheisel, Brandon Wacker, Andy Schlicting, Joe Stangl and Scott Boser. Ushers were Andy Wiherski and Jared Wiherski. Ringbearer was Jacob Oldakowski.
The reception, dinner and dance were held at the Pierz Ballroom.

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Anna Hyatt Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:03:33 +0000 Anna Marie Hyatt was born to Amanda and Joe Hyatt of Pierz, Aug. 18, 2014, at 8:43 a.m. at the St. Gabriels Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 7.5 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.
Grandparents are Wayne and Jackie Kroll of Little Falls and Greg and Kathy Hyatt of Pierz. Great-grandparents are Darlene Kroll of Little Falls, Agnes Golombiecki of Little Falls and Vera Hyatt of Aberdeen, S.D.

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Ethan Stohlmann Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:03:28 +0000 Ethan Christian Stohlmann was born to Kristy and Seth Stohlmann of Stavanger, Norway, Aug. 14, 2014, at 9:15 p.m. at the Stavanger University Hospital. He weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 inches long.
Grandparents are Dayle and Linda Tenney of Sauk Rapids and Rev. Dr. Stephen and Jeanette Stohlmann of Mahtomedi. Great-grandparent is Elizabeth (Betty) Benoit of Sauk Rapids.

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Alyce Muncy Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:02:42 +0000 Obit-Muncy-formatted

Alyce Muncy, 76-year-old resident of Little Falls, formerly of the Pierz/Buckman area, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 at St. Gabriels Hospital in Little Falls.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Buckman, with Father David Maciej officiating. Burial was held in the parish cemetery.
Alyce M. Zilkoski was born Oct. 28, 1937 in Flensburg, to the late Cyril and Francis (Zorn) Zilkoski. She attended rural country school in Flensburg and the Little Falls Community High School. Alyce was united in marriage to Clifford Muncy Oct. 9, 1956, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flensburg. Alyce and Clifford owned and operated Cliffs Bar and she worked at Munsingwear in Little Falls. Alyce also cooked at the Rich Prairie Livestock in Pierz for a few years. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and family especially the trip to Alaska. Alyce was a fantastic cook, baker and enjoyed hosting family and friends. She enjoyed trips to the casino, fishing, deer hunting and playing cards with her family, especially Smear, 31 and Whist. Alyces favorite holiday was Halloween. She was known to overload the children with pop and treats. She was a member of St. Michaels Catholic Church and the Christian Women in Buckman.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Duane (Jody) Muncy of Little Falls, Roxann (Dale) Slimmer of Little Falls; siblings, Laverne Schneider of Little Falls, Betty Gibson of Sioux Falls, S.D., Joannie (Eddie) Zilka of St. Louis Park and Shari (Dave) Kirchner of Minnetonka; grandchildren, Kristina VanHove, Sean Flahave, Jocelyn LeBlanc, Jonathon Slimmer, Cody Muncy, Brady Muncy and Kyle Muncy; great-grandchildren, Taylor VanHove, Carter VanHove, Alexis Anderson, Ryleigh LeBlanc and Avery Flahave.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Cyril and Francis Zilkoski; husband, Clifford Muncy; siblings, Violet Schneider, Lorraine Miller, Bernie Lyon-Gruber, Carol Theis and John Zilkoski.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. Michaels Church Cemetery or Building Fund.

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Earl Armstrong Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:02:22 +0000 Earl Armstrong

Earl E. Armstrong, age 96, of Little Falls, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at St. Ottos Care Center in Little Falls.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls, with Fr. Joseph Herzing officiating. Interment will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls, with military honors by the Little Falls American Legion Post #46.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at church.
Earl Edward Armstrong was born May 19, 1918 in Royalton, the son of George and Mary (Schwientek) Armstrong. He grew up in Royalton where he attended school graduating with the Class of 1936. Following his schooling, he worked in a Machine Shop in Minneapolis. He was united in marriage to Irene Petron on July 4, 1941 in Minneapolis. On Feb. 5, 1942, Earl enlisted in the United States Army and was honorably discharged Dec. 4, 1945. Following his military service he worked for a time in construction in South Dakota. The couple purchased the Darling Store in 1953 and owned and operated it until 1975. Earl then worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a rural mail carrier until his retirement in 1989. Earl was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls where he faithfully served as a Mass server for many funerals. He was also a member of the Little Falls American Legion Post #46. In his leisure time, Earl enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.
Left to cherish his memory are his children, John Armstrong of Little Falls and Mary Whalen of Brainerd; five grandchildren, Hannah Whalen, Claire Whalen, Beth Armstrong, Christine Hagman and John Armstrong and three great-grandchildren, Natalie Hagman, Mackenzie Armstrong and Abigail Armstrong.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary (Schwientek) Armstrong; wife, Irene (Petron) Armstrong (July 30, 2013); brothers, LeRoy, Norbert and Jenner and sister, Cordelia Wilcox.

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Charles “Chuck” Whitmore Jr. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:02:08 +0000 Obit-WhitmoreC-formatted

Charles Chuck M. Whitmore Jr., 90-year-old resident of Pierz, passed away Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at the Pierz Villa in Pierz. A Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Pierz, with Father David Maciej officiating. Burial was held at the Riverside Cemetery in Wabasha.
Chuck was born to Charles Sr. and Marguerite Whitmore Dec. 28, 1923 in Wabasha, where he grew up on the Mississippi River. He entered the Navy after high school to serve in World War II and served primarily in the Philippines. He was a lifetime member of the Wabasha VFW Post #4086. After the war, he married Rosemary Rahm of Foley and they raised four children in Richfield. Chuck worked in the outdoor advertising industry until he retired to the Central Minnesota area, in order to be close to the cabin where he loved to fish and relax. He loved music and dancing, particularly polka music, and often played as a DJ for the residents in several nursing homes in the Pierz and Little Falls area.
Chuck is survived by his sister, Marge (Bob) Lore of Embarrass; children, Charles (Kelly) Whitmore of Cook, Cheryl (Tom) Schreader of Lakeville, Joel (Terri) Whitmore of Arden Hills and Jeff (Machel) Whitmore of Mound; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his special friend, Marie Howard of Pierz. Chuck was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary; parents; brother, Bud and infant sister. Pallbearers were Stephen Schreader, David Schreader, Matthew Whitmore, Drew Whitmore, Raymond Bissonnette and Kyle Bissonnette.

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Mary Jane Gapinski Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:01:21 +0000 Obit-Gapinski-formatted

Mary Jane Gapinski died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at the age of 75 at her home of natural causes.
She was born to Frank and Rose Pekarek May 5, 1939. She was one of 12 children. Mary Jane married Norbert Gapinski June 6, 1960. Mary Jane loved to play cards, especially 500, baked and decorated cakes for many years, gardened, cooked and canned and loved watching the Twins with a highlight of going to one of the World Series games in 1987. She also loved going to the casino with her friends. Mary Jane retired from Foley High School as the head cook in 1999 after over 25 years of service. She was an active member of St. Elizabeths Catholic Church.
She will be missed by her children, Julie, Carolyn and Jim, Rick, Chad and Pat; her grandchildren, Alisha, Lauren, Beth, Katie and Kyle; her first great-grandchild Marianna and her very special friend, Glen. She also leaves behind her six sisters, one brother, brothers and sisters-in- law, many nieces and nephews and friends.
Her broken heart never fully healed when her daughter Pam and husband died in 1981. Other family members that left before her are both her parents and four siblings.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at St. Elizabeths Catholic Church, Brennyville where she was a member for most of her life.

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Susan Ruby Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:01:13 +0000 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Susan Ruby, age 60, of Motley passed away early Sunday morning, Aug. 24, 2014 with her family by her side. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Motley with Father Joe Korf officiating.
Susan was born Feb. 15, 1954, in St. Charles, Mo., the daughter of William and Barbara (Henson) Hlavaty. She graduated from Fort Zumwalt High School and went on to college. On Feb. 2, 1974, she was united in marriage to John Ruby in St. Charles. Together they raised three children, John, Brian and Emily. In 1990, the family moved to Fishtrap Lake near Lincoln and later to their home north of Motley. Susan was a devoted Catholic, passionate about Jesus and living her faith to the utmost. She cherished her time as a homemaker and loved looking after her husband, children and grandchildren. Nothing made her happier than cooking, baking, working in her garden and raising homegrown food and flowers for her family. Susans whole world revolved around her husband, children and grandchildren. Susan still found time, however, to work for Morrison County Social Services as a long-term care financial worker for nearly 15 years. Susan enjoyed her work there as well as the many friendships she developed with her coworkers. With her family by her side and her passionate faith she fought her illness for seven years.
Susan was preceded in death by her father, Bill; and sister, Kelly. She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by her husband, John of Motley, children, John (Becky) Ruby of Little Falls, Brian (Maggie) Ruby of Little Falls and Emily (James) Sutton of Bemidji; and her five grandsons, and one granddaughter. Also left to cherish her memory is her mother, Barb; siblings, Bill (Cheri) Hlavaty, Lonnie (Tina) Hlavaty, Tammy (Thomas) Macher, and Rudy (Elizabeth) Hlavaty; many nieces and nephews and many wonderful friends.

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Donna Nelson Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:01:04 +0000 Obit-Nelson-D-formatted

Donna I. Nelson, 83-year-old resident of Little Falls, passed away Aug. 22, 2014, at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Little Falls. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at Zion Lutheran Church in Little Falls. Burial took place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery.
Donna was born Dec. 29, 1930, to the late Vern and Betty Bundy. She grew up on the family farm by Swanville. She graduated from Swanville High School. Donna was united in marriage to Ronald J. Nelson June 27, 1949, in Swanville. They resided in Little Falls, where they raised their four children. Donna enjoyed sewing, cooking, doing crafts and most of all, being around her friends and family. She was a great mom, grandma and great-grandma. She will be dearly missed by all.
Left to cherish her memories are her daughters, Cheryl Budnick of Little Falls; Debora (Gary) Anderson of Clear Lake; son, David (Jody) Nelson of Palmyra, Mo.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Donna is preceded in death by her parents; sister; husband, Ronnie; son, Stephen; son-in-law, John Budnick; and grandson, Steven Patrick Nelson.
Memorials preferred to Unity Family Hospice in Little Falls.

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Smith takes the stand in restitution hearing Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:37:51 +0000 Byron Smith

Byron Smith

The Little Falls man convicted of first-degree premeditated murder for killing teen cousins Nicholas Brady, 17, and his cousin, Haile Kifer, as they were burglarizing his home in November 2012, took the stand for the first time in Morrison County.

Byron David Smith, now 66, was sentenced in April to life in prison without possibility of parole. His attorney, Steve Meshbesher has filed an appeal.

Tuesday morning, during a restitution hearing, Smith, wearing handcuffs and dressed in the orange garb of inmates of Stillwater Prison, broke down briefly during his  testimony when speaking of his family home.

The home in Belle Prairie, just north of Little Falls, was built in 1965 – 1966 by his family for his parents as their retirement home, he said.

From July – October 2012, Smith said he had been experienced four violent break-ins, five burglaries in addition to the sixth attempted burglary that resulted in the shootings. He estimated his losses  at $53,000, $42,000 of that in the October burglary alone.

Smith said his insurance company reimbursed him for $16,000.

Brady’s family was asking for $20,242.76 in restitution to pay for out-of-pocket funeral and burial expenses.

Judge Douglas Anderson had ordered Smith to pay $21,859.70 in restitution to Kifer’s family earlier this year.

During the hearing, Meshbesher called several witnesses, including Brady’s parents Kimberly and Jason, and Kifer’s mother, Jennie, as well as as Brady’s best friend, Cody Kasper, now 18.

Anderson granted Meshbesher’s request for 30 days upon receipt of a transcript of the day’s testimony to prepare an argument. The transcript is to be delivered to Meshbesher by Sept. 26. He’ll have until Oct. 24 to prepare a memorandum and the state will have until Nov. 7 to respond. Meshbesher will then have until Nov. 14 to respond to the state.

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Youth ATV safety course to be offered Sept. 6 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:19:43 +0000 The Eastern Morrison County Four-Wheeler Club will host a youth ATV class Sept. 6, at the Buckman Parish Center and Genola Memorial Park in Genola. This is a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) certified course and is required by statute for youths to operate ATVs.

Participants must preregister for the class (see information below). Registration will be between 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Class will start promptly at 9 a.m.

Students must be between the ages of 11-17. They must complete the ATV safety training course CD and return the computer printed certificate of completion signed by a parent or guardian on the day of the training. The CD is available free of charge and may be obtained from the DNR Enforcement Safety Training office by calling 1 (800) 366-8917.

The class is hosted by volunteer instructors and is limited to 35 participants. Following registration, classroom training begins at 9 a.m. at the Buckman Parish Center and runs until noon. Lunch is provided. After lunch, participants and instructors will proceed to the Genola Memorial Park for one hour of field training.

Participants should bring their birth certificate (example: birth certificate, snowmobile certificate or firearms certificate) and course completion certificate from CD. They should also bring a helmet, googles, gloves and boots — no sandals or tennis shoes. Students should test on the machine they are going to ride. It is recommended that a parent or guardian attend the training with them.

To preregister or for more information, contact Nancy Lanners at or (320) 360-6112.


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Bellefuille/Schraut Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:58:44 +0000 Wed-Schraut-formatted

Kayla Bellefeuille and Kyle Schraut were married July 12, 2014, in an outside ceremony in Lastrup with Rev. Leroy Kieke officiating at the ceremony.
Parents of the couple are Clyde and Mary Bellefeuille of Fort Ripley and Duane and Linda Schraut of Lastrup.
The reception, dinner and dance were held at the Pierz Ballroom.
The groom is employed at Kyles Repair in Lastrup and the bride is employed at Divine Home Care, Inc. in Little Falls.
The couple is at home in Fort Ripley.

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Morrill Township endures damage due to Sunday’s storms Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:14:48 +0000 Several residents in Morrill Township were damaged during the storm Sunday, Aug. 24. The Morrison County Sheriff’s Department said a resident calling stating they believed a tornado touched down behind their home on 370th Avenue.

A deputy checked the area and surveyed the damage. Upon speaking to witnesses in the area, it was learned that a funnel cloud had been spotted between 360th and 370th avenues moving northeast from the Benton County line.

The Sheriff’s Department said it is unknown whether the funnel cloud touched down, but residents in the area reported trees were damaged, as well as a camper, house and outbuildings.

No one was injured.


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Fussy Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:23:53 +0000 Fussy

Fussys celebrate 50th anniversary
Frank and Karen (Welle) Fussy of Cushing will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary during a private celebration with their family on Aug. 31, 2014. Their children gave them a trip to the East Coast to celebrate.
Frank chased Karen and she didnt want to date him. However Leona wanted her to and now look, 50 years later, goes to show Leona knew best.
Frank and Karen were married Aug. 31, 1964 at St. John Nepomik Parish in Lastrup.

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Victory League: How sweet it is, as all four Region 8C teams reach final 16 at state Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:19:01 +0000 Sobieski rushed to Tyler Jendro's side after Jendro closed out the complete game in the Skis' 3-1 win over Maple Lake in the second round of the state tournament in Jordan, Friday.

Sobieski rushed to Tyler Jendro’s side after Jendro closed out the complete game in the Skis’ 3-1 win over Maple Lake in the second round of the state tournament in Jordan, Friday.

The Class C state amateur baseball field has dwindled from 48 to 32 to 16 teams the past two weekends.

At the same time, Region 8C’s total of four participants has remained the same.

A wild 24-hour sequence of action featured a walk-off homer, seven-run rally in the ninth and an upset of the pre-tournament favorite to win it all.

Now, Lastrup, Sobieski, Fort Ripley and Nisswa all stand four wins away from a state title as the tournament concludes Saturday – Monday.


Sobieski 3, Maple Lake 1

Runs, and hits, figured to be tough to come by as Sobieski and Maple Lake took the field in Jordan, Friday.

Both teams sent out starting pitchers with ERAs south of 2.00 and unblemished records.

Trailing 1-0 after six innings, Sobieski ultimately uncovered the winning formula: drop down a bunt, wait for Maple Lake’s defense to self-destruct … and let Tyler Jendro do the rest.

Taking full advantage of three errors and a pair of wild pitches, the Skis tallied a run in each of the final three frames to upset top-ranked Maple Lake 3-1.

Maple Lake struck for the game’s first, and its only, run in the bottom of the third, but would spend the rest of the night lamenting the fact it didn’t score more.

After back-to-back one-out singles, the Lakers had the lead runner caught stealing at third base for the second out.

Maple Lake’s next two batters would run the string to four singles in a row, giving it a 1-0 lead.

The inning nearly ended when the trailing baserunner attempted to reach third on the final hit, but the ball was not cleanly handled. The next batter proceeded to strike out, but reached on a bizarre wild pitch that struck and knocked down the home plate umpire to fill the bases.

Jendro fell behind the following batter 3-0, but came back to get him on the next three pitches for a strikeout to end the frame.

Maple Lake would hold its lead until the seventh, when leadoff batter Nate Olson reached on a sharp grounder mishandled at third base.

Collin Eckman followed by laying down a sacrifice bunt, which was thrown past the first baseman for an error to place runners at the corner.

Beau Hanowski, who had reached in his first three plate appearances, lofted a deep sacrifice fly to center to tie the score.

The eighth inning started with Joey Hanowski drawing a walk, advancing to second on a sacrifice fly by Jon Czech and moving to third on a wild pitch by an incoming relief pitcher.

That forced Maple Lake to pull its infield in with Jendro at the plate.

Jendro hit a sharp grounder that the Maple Lake second baseman knocked down, but was unable to field cleanly. With Hanowski off on contact, there was no chance for a play at the plate and the Skis grabbed a 2-1 lead.

It was a similar script in the top of the ninth, with Olson reaching on a hit by pitch and advancing to third on a sacrifice by Eckman that was once again thrown into right field.

Beau Hanowski smacked the first pitch he saw up the middle for an RBI single and the Skis took a 3-1 advantage into the bottom of the ninth.

That insurance run proved helpful as the Lakers’ leadoff batter reached on a hit by pitch, only for Jendro to set the next three down to seal his second complete-game win of the tournament.


Lastrup 6, Owatonna 5

After being held off the board for five innings, Lastrup needed to once again reach into the well for some postseason magic in Jordan, Saturday.

The Lakers found some, then some, in a thrilling 6-5 victory in 12 innings over Owatonna to advance past the second round after receiving a first-round bye as Region 8 champs.

Lastrup fell behind 3-0 after five and a half inning, but came alive with four runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Paul Herman reached with a one-out infield single, Rick Schlieman took a walk and Reggie Litke produced a run-scoring hit to make it 3-1.

The Aces picked up a strikeout for the second out of the inning, but Chad Weiss followed with an RBI single to pull Lastrup within one, then Dan Saehr tied it with an RBI single of his own.

Dustin Schmaltz followed with an RBI double to left to put Lastrup ahead, but the Lakers had a runner thrown out at the plate to conclude the at bat.

Lastrup added a run onto its lead in the bottom of the seventh when Schlieman doubled in Nate Janson, but the Aces answered back with two runs in the top of the eighth to level the game at 5-5.

From that point on, Owatonna would not have a batter reach base, as reliever Reggie Litke set down the final 13 batters he faced.

Finally, Herman put an end to the squeaker with an opposite-field home run to keep the Lakers’ season alive.

Herman closed with three hits, with Schlieman, Litke and Weiss each adding a pair.

Avon draftee Kyle Collins started on the mound, holding the Aces to three runs over seven innings while striking out eight.

It was in large part old hat for Lastrup, which in recent years came back from a 6-1 ninth inning deficit in 2010 and by a 4-3 margin in the ninth a year ago.

This postseason alone, the Lakers had to overcome a 2-0 gap in its playoff opener just to help them escape the division playoffs.


Fort Ripley 9, Blue Earth 6

While those two games were captivating, Fort Ripley executed perhaps the win of the tournament thus far, rallying from down 6-0, capped by a stunning seven-run ninth inning to shock Blue Earth 9-6 in Belle Plaine, Friday.

Down to their final two outs with nobody on base in the top of the ninth, the Rebels loaded the bases without the aid of the hit.

Dustin Littlefield followed with a sacrifice fly that cut the score to 6-3, but also left the tying run at the plate with two outs.

Blue Earth had a chance to end it there, but an error allowed the Rebels to reload the bases, then pull within a run after back-to-back hits from Rhett Williamson and Brian Skluzacek.

Brett Kramer then drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the score, then a Blue Earth relieve promptly hit Logan Kalis with a pitch to force in the go-ahead run.

Ray Austin provided some insurance with a two-run single to make it 9-6, and after Logan Kalis secured three outs unscathed in the bottom of the inning, Fort Ripley had advanced.

Kalis earned his second victory in relief of the tournament, turning in 2 2/3 shutout innings.

Skluzacek finished 3-for-5 and Kramer homered and finished with three RBIs.


Nisswa 4, Waseca 2

Nisswa had the calmest trip to the round of 16, but only relative to Region 8’s other three winners.

The Lightning jumped ahead 4-0 by the second inning, which proved to be enough as it topped Waseca 4-2 in Jordan, Saturday.

Drew Boland gave Nisswa a 1-0 lead when he doubled home Aaron Jenkins in the first inning, then Jenkins hit a three-run blast in the second to extend the margin to 4-0.

Waseca threatened to make things interesting in the bottom of the eighth when it cut the lead in half with a two-run homer, only for starting pitcher Jason Roepke, who recorded his second complete-game win of the tournament, to retire the final six batters he faced to end the game.


Round of 16, Saturday, Aug. 30

Fort Ripley vs. Winsted in Belle Plaine at 1:30 p.m.

Nisswa vs. St. Patrick in Jordan at 5 p.m.

Lastrup vs. Faribault in Belle Plaine at 7:30 p.m.

Sobieski vs. New Market in Jordan at 7:30 p.m.

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Pierz firefighters respond to three fires Aug. 24 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:11:19 +0000 Pierz firefighters responded to three fires the morning of Sunday, Aug. 24. Fire Chief Brian Boser said two calls came in nearly simultaneously at 5 a.m. — one at Pierz Healy High School where a fire in an electrical panel was found. The other, at a residence on 143rd and 350th Avenue, east of the city of Pierz. The fire at school was put out, damage estimates were not available.

Fire destroyed two buildings at the residence on 143rd and 350th Avenue. Boser said the buildings were a total loss, and while three individuals were home, no one was hurt.

Another morning call was to a tree that had caught fire on 183rd Street. “Crews were spread out,” said Boser.

The fires may have been caused by lightning during early morning storms.

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Water shutoff planned for portions of Little Falls, Aug. 27 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:53:32 +0000 Due to construction, water will be shut off Wednesday, Aug. 27, from approximately 8 a.m. until approximately 1 p.m. on Ninth Avenue Southeast from Hilton Road to Call Place;  and on Call Place from Ninth Avenue to 11th Avenue Southeast.

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Reardon Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:03:53 +0000 STATE OF MINNESOTA
Court File No. 49PR141193
Estate of
James Wesley Reardon,
Notice is given that an application for informal probate of the Decedents Will, dated October 13, 1999, (Will), has been filed with the Registrar. The application has been granted.
Notice is also given that the Registrar has informally appointed Michelle Reardon, whose address is 27288 113th Street, Pierz, MN, 56364, as personal representative of the Estate of the Decedent. Any heir, devisee or other interested person may be entitled to appointment as personal representative or may object to the appointment of the personal representative. Unless objections are filed with the Court (pursuant to Minn. Stat. 524.3-607) and the Court otherwise orders, the personal representative has full power to administer the Estate, including, after 30 days from the date of issuance of letters, the power to sell, encumber, lease or distribute real estate.
Any objections to the probate of the Will or appointment of the Personal Representative must be filed with this Court and will be heard by the Court after the filing of an appropriate petition and proper notice of hearing.
Notice is also given that (subject to Minn. Stat. 524.3-801) all creditors having claims against the Estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court Administrator within four months after the date of this Notice or the claims will be barred.
Dated: August 19, 2014
/s/ Shari Kris
Court Administrator
Attorney for Personal
Thomas S. Seelen
Rosenmeier Law Office
210 2nd Street NE
Little Falls, MN, 56345
Attorney License No: 039 156 1
Telephone: (320) 632-5458
FAX: (320) 632-5496
Email: t.seelen@,

PUBLISH: August 24, 31, 2014

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Notice is hereby given per Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 116, that Golden Oak Dairy, has made application to Minnesota Pollution Control Agency or the County of Morrison for a permit to construct or expand a feedlot with a capacity of 500 animal units or more.
The existing and/ or proposed feedlot will be located in Section 26, Township 40, Range 30, W 1/2 of SW 1/4, Minnesota. The existing facility consists of 145 dairy cows, 45 heifers, 51,000 broiler chickens. A 70 x 210 Hoop Barn, 30 x 128 open face shed, 28 x 72 calf shed, 40 x 152 dry cow facility. 54 x 99 young heifer facility, 56 x 114 heifer facility, a 40 x 466 chicken barn, 24×40 holding pen to house dairy cows, with a 125 x 145 earthen manure storage area. The proposed facility will be the following: 55×132 addition on the dry cow facility and 60×80 dry manure storage area. The total animal unit capacity will be 606 animal units.
This publication shall constitute as notice to each resident and each owner of real property within 5,000 feet of the perimeter of the proposed feedlot as required by Minnesota State Law.

PUBLISH: August 24, 2014 (268108)

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Carner/Kelin Restraining Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:03:37 +0000 STATE OF MINNESOTA
Jennifer Ann Carner
Jonathan Allen Kelin
To Respondent named above:
Notice of Issuance of
Harassment Restraining Order
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a Harassment Restraining Order has been issued in the above matter.
You may request a hearing on this matter if you file a Request For Hearing with the Court within 45 days of issuance of the Harassment Restraining Order. You may obtain a copy of the Harassment Restraining Order from the court administrators office at the following address: 213 1st Ave. SE, Little Falls, MN 56345.
Failure to appear at a scheduled hearing or to obtain a copy of the Harassment Restraining Order will not be a defense to prosecution for violation of the Courts order.
Date: August 15, 2014
Lynne Umlauf
Court Deputy

PUBLISH: August 24, 2014 (266929)

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