Monday, August 29, 2016

DNR Confirms Starry Stonewort Infestation


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed Minnesota’s third and fourth cases of the invasive algae, Starry Stonewort, found this time in Upper Red Lake and in Cass Lake within the Leech Lake Reservation.

On Upper Red Lake, DNR staff confirmed a heavy growth of Starry Stonewort in a private harbor at eastern edge of the lake and are working with the property owner, local government and tribal officials to determine treatment options.

The invasive algae had previously been found in Turtle Lake, near Bemidji after first being discovered last summer in Lake Koronis near Paynesville, where the Koronis Lake Association began treatment last week, with a machine used to remove the largest growth of Starry Stonewart.

Here in the listening area, the DNR is asking boaters to take every precaution to keep the infestation from spreading. That includes cleaning aquatic plants and matter from watercraft, removing drain plugs to rid the craft of all water and keeping plugs out while transporting, and finally, disposing of unwanted bait in the trash, not in state lakes or other waterways

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Severe Weather Targets North-West Minnesota


Lightening, hail, high winds, tornadoes and heavy rain, but no injuries reported, in severe weather that slowly rolled through the southern listening area Sunday Night.

Property damage is being reported in Norman and Polk Counties, including the tiny Norman County Community of Gary, where Meteorologist recorded radar indicated straight-line winds of as much as 113 miles per hour just 7 miles northwest of the community Sunday night. It was July 5th 1978, that 4 people were killed, 38 injured, when a twister struck the city in the middle of the night; at 1:56am. Thankfully this time no injuries were reported.

Confirmed tornadoes were also sighted near Beltrami, in Polk County.

The event capped a weekend of intermittent severe weather,with the National Weather Service issuing advisories for Polk, Marshall, Red Lake, Pennington, Kittson and Roseau Counties over portions of Saturday and Sunday.

For area farmers the rain is just more bad news during a challenging season.

Marshall and Pennington County Extension Agent Bill Craig says producers struggled through the small grain harvest, many leaving heavy ruts in land now too wet to work back. Craig says what they couldn’t get is now breaking down, lodging in flooded fields, with test weight and other quality variables dropping. Craig says late season crops are sucking up standing water, but are also now prone to disease from excess moisture, and he says several hundred acres of sugar beets in western Marshall County have been “zeroed out” as a total crop loss.

Meanwhile, Sheriff’s Departments in Pennington, Red Lake and Marshall Counties report no property damage locally in weekend weather; with weekend rain accumulations in the immediate listening area of just over an inch.

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Brian Allen Torkelson convicted of felony first degree burglary


A Thief River Falls man was convicted Friday, Aug. 19 of burglarizing McDonald’s last December. Judge Kurt Marben convicted Brian Allen Torkelson, 25, of felony first degree burglary and felony ineligible person possessing a firearm, according to online court documents. The trial was held Aug. 3 and 4. Marben’s order was filed Aug. 19. Sentencing

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TRF Mosquito Count


The Thief River Falls Street and Sanitation Mosquito Count from Entomology Technician Brian Bennet.

Monday’s count from 3 city quadrants, 43, 1 of which the dangerous culex tarsalus variety known to carry West Nile Virus.

Even as the city keeps an eye on the count and control efforts, Brian encourages the use of protective repellent and avoiding outdoor activity at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most common.

Control efforts locally remain focused on the threat from West Nile Virus. Health officials say the listening area is too far north to be directly exposed to Aedes Aegypti, (eye-ay-dees ah-gip-tie) the mosquito species that carries the Zika Virus.

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Lonie Dargon


Lonie Dargon, St. Hilaire, MN, age 97, died Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center, Erskine, MN Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Father Rick Lambert presiding. Burial will follow at the Community Cemetery in St. Hilaire, MN. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM service on Monday, August 29, 2016 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN. Visitation will also be held from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM on Tuesday at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Lonie Marie Gaber was born July 23, 1919 at Leaf Mountain, MN the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Prodahl) Gaber. She was baptized at Millerville, MN and confirmed at Euclid, MN. She attended country school at Euclid and Dorothy, MN. On February 5, 1937, Lonie was united in marriage to Rayton Duane Dargon Sr. in the Parish House in Dorothy, MN. They resided in the Dorothy and Wylie, MN area for many years and in 1964 made their home in St. Hilaire, MN. She worked at the Lefse Shop in St. Hilaire; then the couple purchased the Standard Station in St. Hilaire which they operated for a few years; Lonie cooked at El Ceritos and her last job was working for the Green Thumb Program. She was a homemaker, loved flower gardening, birds, visiting with people, raising her children and helping with the grandkids. She always had baked goods (Grandma bars) for her family and visitors, and Lonie could make a meal out of nothing. Lonie is survived by her loving children, Janet Vasek and Rayton Dargon Jr. of East Grand Forks, Duane (Vicki) Dargon formerly of Red Lake Falls, Gary Dargon, Beatrice (Larry) Kruse, Karen (Allan) Young and Kathy Sorrels all of St. Hilaire, Brenda (Richard) Schmitz of Red Lake Falls; 19 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Shirley Gaber; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by husband, Rayton Dargon, Sr; son, John Dargon; grandsons, Rayton “Bubs” Dargon III, Michael Gervais and Jon Jenson; great-grandsons, Matthew and Nathanial Kruse; son-in-law, Albert Vasek; brothers, Adam (Rose), Joseph, Edward (Teresa “Tre”), Louis, Victor (Agnes), Raymond, Dominic (Gertrude), David “Jack” and George; and Gary’s fiancé, Sharon Gilbertson.

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Carol Benke


Carol Benke of Middle River, MN, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 26, 2016 at her home, surrounded by her family, at the age of 73.

 Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Middle River, MN, with Father Luis Buitron presiding.  Interment will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Middle River, MN.

 Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Monday, August 29, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Middle River, MN.  Visitation will also take place one hour prior to Mass on Tuesday at the church.

Carol Ann (Banaszewski) Benke was born on May 16, 1943 in Nelson Park Township, Marshall County, MN, the daughter of Frank and Florence (Nowacki) Banaszewski.  She was raised in the Florian area and baptized and confirmed at Assumption Catholic Church  Carol attended Englund Country School  until 8th grade.  She graduated in 1961 from Strandquist High School.

Following high school she worked at the Karlstad State Bank in Karlstad, MN, which is currently Prime Security Bank.  Prior to retirement in 2009 she worked for Wells Fargo Bank in Thief River Falls for 7 ½ years.  Following retirement Carol assisted on the family farm as she always had with cattle and the farm operation.

 On November 26, 1966 Carol was united in marriage to Raymond Benke at Assumption Catholic Church in Florian.  They were blessed with five children:  Bradley, Rayette, Jeffrey, Michael, and Patrick.  For the last 49 years they have made their home near Middle River in Spruce Valley Township, Marshall County, MN. 

 Carol enjoyed reading, puzzles, playing cards, canning, gardening, baking and cooking for her family, and attending her grandchildren’s activities.

 She was a wonderful wife, mom, grandmother, mother-in-law, and friend.

 Carol is survived by her husband, Raymond of Middle River, MN; children, Bradley (Joey) Benke of Middle River, MN, Rayette (Michael) Schramm of Willmar, MN, Jeffrey (Dawn) Benke of Newfolden, MN, Michael (Jennifer) Benke of Middle River, MN, and Patrick (Debbie) Benke of Greenbush, MN; 14 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister, Janice (Robert) Blazejewski of Strandquist, MN; sister-in-law, Barbara Banaszewski of Roseau, MN; brother-in-law, Ronnie (Barbara) Benke of Newfolden, MN; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

 She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Janet Gostanczik on July 12, 2012; brother, Dewayne Banaszewski Sr. on October 6, 2014; and brother-in-law, Leonard Benke on December 28, 2004.


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Local Sports Podcast, Tuesday, August 29, 2016


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