Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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Airport Authority to Consider Three Bidders Wednesday

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The Regional Airport Authority is planning for a fresh start and new hope when it comes to Commercial Air Service out of Thief River Falls.

The Regional Airport Authority will meet next Wednesday to consider bids from four regional air carriers, all hoping to acquire the Essential Air Service Contract to serve Thief River Falls.

Bidders include Boutique Air, a growing dot.com business venture out of San Francisco, Air Choice One, a long respected carrier out of St. Louis, regrouping after a recent company shake-up, and current carrier Great Lakes and Community Air, a start-up venture by entrepreneur Robert Karnes.

Hedrick says Great Lakes’ unreliable record has diminished the Thief River Falls market, with the majority of passengers turning to Fargo for air service. Of the 4 bidders, Air Choice One has something of a record for re-establishing confidence after picking up Great Lakes Service at four small market airports, the Thief River Falls terminal would be Boutique Air’s first venture into the Minnesota Market. Karnes has bid before on the Thief River Falls Market, promising a successful start-up if he were to acquire the Federal Funding that goes with the EAS Contract.

Under the Great Lakes Contract, air traffic to and from Thief River Falls has dwindled to only a handful of passengers, although a recent market survey shows a potential of twenty-thousand round trip travelers each year.

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Local Sports Podcast, Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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Local News Podcast, Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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Richard John Rud has charges pending for fifth degree domestic assault

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Fifth degree domestic assault and driving after cancellation – inimical to public safety On Feb. 2 at 5:49 p.m., police received a report of a domestic assault in the 300 block of Merriam Ave. S. Richard John Rud,45, Thief River Falls, has charges pending for fifth degree domestic assault and driving after cancellation – inimical

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Sports Headlines 2.10.16

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(St. Paul, MN) — John Klingberg scored 2:39 into overtime to lift the Stars past the slumping Wild, 4-3, at Xcel Energy Center. Erik Haula, Justin Fontaine and Mikko Koivu scored for the Wild, who have lost six straight and 11 of their last 12 overall. Darcy Kuemper permitted all four goals on 30 shots in the setback. The Wild continue their three-game home-stand tomorrow against Washington.

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Timberwolves host the Toronto Raptors tonight in their final game before the All-Star break. Minnesota will then be off until February 19th. The Wolves sit at 16-and-37 after Monday’s 116-102 home loss to New Orleans. The Raptors have won 14 of their last 15 to improve to 35-and-16.

(Minneapolis, MN) — Spring training is right around the corner. Twins pitchers and catchers report for camp in Fort Myers, Florida, on February 21st. The first workout is the following day. Position players report February 26th, with the first full-squad workout the next day. The Twins begin the exhibition season March 2nd against the Boston Red Sox.

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Golden Gophers are back in action tonight as they host Michigan at Williams Arena. Minnesota has lost 12 in-a-row following last Thursday’s 82-58 setback at Northwestern. The Gophers are now 6-and-17 on the season and 0-and-11 in Big Ten play. The Wolverines sit at 17-and-7 and 7-and-4.

(Cheney, WA) — North Dakota is on the road tomorrow in Big Sky-play against Eastern Washington. UND has won back-to-back games and have won four of their last five games to improve to 12-and-10 overall. The Eagles are 13-and-10. The Fighting Hawks visit Idaho on Saturday.

(Vermillion, SD) — North Dakota State tips a two-game road trip tomorrow night at South Dakota. The Bison have won two in-a-row to improve to 16-and-8 overall. The Coyotes are 11-and-14 on the season. NDSU also visits Omaha on the trek.

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Lester “Tom” Waling

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Lester “Tom” Waling, of rural Grygla, MN, passed away under the care of Hospice at Minnesota Greenleaf Assisted Living in Thief River Falls, MN, on Monday, February 8th, 2016, at the age of 84.

 Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church in Grygla, MN, with Rev. Vicki Saude-Worthington officiating. Interment will follow at Valle Cemetery, Benville Township, Beltrami County, MN.

 Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN, and also one hour prior to the funeral service at church on Thursday.

 Lester “Tom” Waling was born on July 2, 1931 in Kent, Indiana, the son of Lester and Vera (Standish) Waling.  Tom’s childhood was spent in Indiana, Minnesota, and Illinois where he met Evelyn Uhlig. 

 Tom and Evelyn were united in marriage in October of 1949.  The couple raised their six children in Illinois and Minnesota.  They settled in the Fourtown area in 1961where they started farming.  In 1965 the family moved to the Grygla area where they dairy farmed until 1985.  Tom and Evelyn then moved to Alden, Illinois where he worked as the Township Commissioner until 1993.  Upon retirement he moved back to Grygla.  Tom had many other occupations through the years and did volunteer work including the Foster Grandparent Program at the Grygla School and driving for Marshall County Social Services.

 Tom’s interests and hobbies included fishing, hunting, watching the Vikings and the Timberwolves, watching the grandchildren’s sporting events, and attending senior meals and morning coffee at the café in Grygla.  Tom had a heart for helping those recovering from addictions.  He spoke once a month at Glenmore Recovery Centers, attended AA meetings faithfully, helped other addicts by driving them to meetings, and started an AA group in Grygla for a while.

 Tom “Grandpa Tom” will be missed by all of his family and friends.

 Tom is survived by his special friend, Myrna Lane of Thief River Falls, MN; children, Patty (Wayne) Cox of Badger, MN, Dan (Renee) Waling of Pinewood, MN, Ron (Evie) Waling of Grygla, MN, Tina (Jim) Watterson of Cambridge City, IN, Sally (Bill) Helland of Ferndale, WA, Marcy (Ted) Mears of St. Cloud, MN; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; sisters, Arlene “Susie” Wiersma and Marilyn “Happy” Blank, both of Harvard, IL; brother-in-law, Harold Myers of Roscoe, IL; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

 He is preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; infant grandsons; brothers, John and Pete; sisters, Elizabeth Ihrke and June Myers.

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Administrator Candidates to be Considered Saturday

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17 applications will be before the Thief River Falls City Council when they meet Saturday to consider candidates for the job of City Administrator.

The Council began advertising shortly after the departure of Larry Kruse in December, deciding to take on the task without the help of a head hunter or search firm. The deadline for applications closed Friday.

Human Resource Specialist, LeAnn Engelstad will sit down with the council, along with City Attorney DelRay Sparby, to guide the process which will include a full review of each application and the potential selection of finalists based on minimum qualifications and job description.

By law, applicant information is confidential until finalists are named. Final candidates will be made public, with interviews scheduled. In earlier discussion, Aldermen and Mayor Brian Holmer indicated the interview process would also include time with city staff as well as community leaders.

Saturday’s Council Session is an open meeting, beginning at 10am at City Hall, the Historic Soo Line Depot.

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