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Princess Kay of the Milky Way visits KEYL/KXDL


The 65th Princess Kay of the Milky Way, Bekka Paskewitz, paid us a visit on Friday May 10th.

Congratulations to Sandy Wienhold of Long Prairie - winner of Make Your Garden Grow Giveaway!

Sandy wrote this note to KEYL/KXDL: " we would like to thank KEYL/KXDL Radio Station and all of the sponsors of the Make Your Garden Grow Giveaway. I (Don, since he is our gardener) was the lucky winner. I registered at Everybody's Market in Long Prairie and picked up the merchandise at Long Prairie Fleet Supply. Thank you, thank you! "


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Body Found

LONGVILLE, Minn. -- The Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a death on Louise Lake on Tuesday afternoon, just 24 hours after it responded to a similar situation on Leech Lake. At 3:25 p.m. Tuesday, officials received a call of a “possible drowning” of an adult man in rural Longville, in Wabedo Township. Longville is roughly 60 miles southeast of Bemidji. Although there’s also a Louise Lake in Blind Lake Township, Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch clarified that the area they found the man’s body is off of Highway 54 in the area between Little Boy Lake and Wabedo Lake. According to a news release, the deceased man was found in the lake near a fishing boat. First responders declared the man dead at the scene. The man’s identity is being withheld until his family can be notified. His body will be sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The sheriff’s office is investigating the death in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. On Monday, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an unresponsive woman at Woodland Resort on Leech Lake’s Kabekona Bay, roughly 30 miles southeast of Bemidji.


Click It Or Ticket

ST. PAUL - Ten years after Minnesota implemented a primary seat belt law, law enforcement is conducting another “Click It or Ticket” campaign May 20-June 2 to remind motorists that seat belts and child car seats can save lives. The primary seat belt law took effect June 9, 2009 in honor of Meghan Cooper, who attended school at Kenyon-Wanamingo in southeastern Minnesota community of Kenyon. The unbuckled 15-year-old died in 1999 after being ejected in a crash from the rear seat of a car. A year prior to the primary seat belt law, 152 unbelted motorists lost their lives on Minnesota roads. In 2018, preliminary numbers show that number decreased to 92, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said in a news release. In the five years (2004-2008) leading up to the law, 51% of all fatalities (1,008) were known to be unbelted motorists. In the last five years (2014-2018), that number decreased to 34% (446), the DPS said. Minnesota law states that drivers and passengers in all seating positions must be buckled up or seated in the correct child safety seat. According to the 2018 Minnesota Seat Belt Survey, 92% of front seat occupants are wearing their seat belts.



Dressbarns Closing

Dressbarn has become the latest national retailer to run into trouble, announcing it'll be winding down its operations and closing all 650 of its U.S. stores. Parent company Ascena Retail Group said the decision was made to focus its resources "on its most profitable brands" as it positions itself for long-term growth. Ascena's other brands include Ann Taylor, LOFT, and Catherines. t'll mean all 13 Dressbarn stores in Minnesota will be closing down in the near future.In a statement, Dressbarn CFO Steven Taylor says the women's clothing chain has "not been operating at an acceptable level of profitability in today’s retail environment."It's the latest in a growing line of store closures announced by major retailers, with Minnesota in the past year seeing closures from retailers including Herberger's, Payless Shoesource, Gap, Victoria's Secret, and Gymboree, among others. Dressbarn, has been around since 1962 and employs 6,800 people across all of its stores. CNBC reports that the company has struggled to survive amid the shift towards "fast-fashion" women's retailers like H&M and Zara, and off-price chains like TJ Maxx and "even Target."




Little Falls Man Pulls Gun On Motorist

FOLEY -- A Little Falls man faces two felony charges after allegedly pulling a handgun during a road rage incident last Friday afternoon. According to the criminal complaint, 34-year-old Michael Hudson pulled a handgun on a couple and pointed it at them while driving on Highway 10 south of Royalton. The victims told police Hudson had pulled alongside their vehicle and appeared angry that they weren't driving fast enough in the passing lane, pulled out a handgun and pointed it at them. Sauk Rapids Police made a traffic stop near the Highway 15 and Highway 10 split and found a handgun holstered to Hudson's hip. The victims say they had their 5-year-old child in the car with them during the incident. Hudson is now charged with felony 2nd-degree assault and felony threats of violence. He's due in court on June 12th.


Burn Ban

With fire danger rated as moderate, Douglas, Pope, Grant and Todd counties are among 20 Minnesota counties affected by spring burning restrictions issued Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Prompted by warm temperatures and dry conditions, no burning permits for brush or yard waste will be issued in these counties until restrictions are lifted. Moderate fire danger means that fires can start easily and spread at a moderate rate, according to the DNR. The restrictions are for a wide swath of central Minnesota, where as of Tuesday the fire danger was classified as either moderate or low. Other counties where open burning is restricted are Anoka, Benton, Chisago, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Ramsey, Sherburne, Stearns, Stevens, Traverse, Washington and Wright. "Escaped debris burns are the number one cause of wildfires, so that's why we issue these restrictions," Casey McCoy, DNR fire prevention supervisor, said in a statement. "They really work — we've reduced wildfires by nearly a third since we started spring burning restrictions in 2001." Residents who burn debris will be held financially responsible should the fire burn other property. McCoy urges people to use burning alternatives such as composting, chipping or taking brush to a collection site.


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