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I’ve been in Fergus Falls with Lakes Radio since 2000, before that I’ve worked in The Fargo and Detroit Lakes markets. I’m originally from the East coast but have pretty much been accepted into the Sensible Midwestern Lifestyle. I am a functioning workaholic, and can usually be found at our studios, or helping engineers resolve some technical difficulty at 2am or at a live action remote broadcast soaking up some local community flavor.
I have been with Lakes radio since May of 1982. That was my start in the radio business and now it's "in my blood!" I actually answered an ad on the radio for a copywriter. For some reason, they hired me and I began working my way through the ranks! While seated at my typewriter (I know, that dates me!) the manager came to me and said, "Today's the day you're going on the air!" He took me in the studio and told me to "start pushing buttons until I figured it out!" True story: baptism by fire! I've been enjoying my career in radio ever since! Our morning talk show, "Morning Talk Magazine," is as much fun as I've ever had in the business. It's a pleasure to work with Greg Brady and be the token girl on the show! Every day, they make me laugh until I have to re-apply my make up! I've always said if laughter were aerobic exercise, I'd be a stick! My midday shift on Z103 is a fun part of what I do, too! I love the music, and it sure doesn't feel like work! (Hope the general manager doesn't take away my paycheck, though!) My passions outside of radio are my grandchildren Maddox, Griffin & Claire, who I adore and spoil at every opportunity! Other loves include living half the year at Lake Lida, my favorite place in the whole world!
I hope they let old people work in radio because I intend to keep at it for a long time!
Dave Bishop was born and raised right here in Fergus Falls. Graduated from FFHS in the mid nineties. Got into radio when his former boss told him to jot some stuff down and head to the radio station and record a couple ads. Thought it was kinda fun thought it would be a cool part time job for a few months. (that was back in 1998) Dave has done just about every job on the on air side here at Lakes Radio, with the exception of sports play by play.
Hobbies Muskie fishing out on West Battle, Flying R/C Airplanes and Helicopters, hunting, Loves Video Games. Movie Recommendations Major League, Layer Cake, Usual Suspects, Iron Man, Snatch, and the Fifth Element. TV Recommendations Chuck, Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, How I met your mother, Favorite Motto that should be a house hold phrase, "Help control the pest population have your politicians spayed or neutered."
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"The Community Hour" features Elbow Lake News to news from the John Morrell Markets. On Tuesday it's An Apple A Day at 10:15, Health Matters with the Ottertail County Health Department every Thursday at 10:40, and on the first Tuesday of every month it's "Good Morning Fergus Falls" featuring Lisa Workman, Executive Director of The FF Area Chamber of Commerce and her guests. Plus, exciting guests from around town and around the region with helpful information concerning health and human interest matters and public service items and events coming to the area.
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Gate City Issues Warning about Scam Calls
Area phone numbers are ringing again with a “phishing” scam. The calls state that your credit card has been suspended or deactivated and they need personal information to reactivate the account. Some of calls claim to be from Gate City Bank. These are scam calls where they are looking for the personal information and are not from the bank. The caller ID has “unavailable” or a strange number like 001. If you get such a call, hang up and do not give them any information. If you have given information out on one of these calls you need to call your bank. Gate City has a warning about these calls on their website.
Every phone line at one of the care facilities in Fergus Falls was ringing Saturday with this scam.
From Gate City Bank’s website: To avoid becoming a victim of a phishing scam: Do not respond to phone calls, emails, faxes, or text messages warning you of dire consequences if you don’t provide sensitive information immediately. Do not provide personal financial information such as account numbers, debit or credit card numbers, or passwords in response to an unsolicited phone call, email, fax, or text message, no matter how legitimate it seems. Do contact us immediately if you have responded to what you believe may have been a phishing attempt. Do contact Gate City Bank at your local Phone Banking number if you are unsure about the legitimacy of any phone calls. Do review your account transactions regularly and contact us if you find any unauthorized transactions.
Council Meeting Today to Discuss RTC Project
Historic Properties Developer, Ray Willey (WILL-ee) is on the city of Fergus Falls Council agenda for tonight. He is expected to provide a project update on the Regional Treatment Center. The council plans to close the meeting to discuss the sale of the property. Meeting is 5:30 pm in the city council chambers. The golf course budget request is also on the agenda.
Ahead of the meeting at 5 pm is city service awards, at 5:15 is a Port Authority meeting.
East Otter Tail County Horticulture Day March 15
The 27th annual East Otter Tail County Horticulture Day will be held on Saturday, March 15th in Perham. Registration begins at 8:00 p.m. Keynote speaker, Meleah Maynard, the Everyday Gardner, will speak at 9:00 a.m. on "Decoding Garden Advice". The day long event includes a selection of classes with 25 different speakers talking about everything from Bird Feeding, Frugal Gardening, Attracting Wildlife While Maintaining Your Garden, Tomatoes, Perennials and Annuals, to Growing Vegetables, Straw Bale Gardening and Adding Whimsy to your Garden. Classes start at 10:30 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m. No pre-registration is required. The cost is $25 which includes the keynote speaker, all classroom sessions and lunch. For more information, contact Vicki Schwanke at the University of Minnesota Extension Office, New York Mills: firstname.lastname@example.org The Horticulture Day is sponsored and hosted by the East Otter Tail County Master Gardeners, Lady Slipper Garden Club and the University of Minnesota Extension Office.
Wallet Taken From Apartment
An apartment resident on the 300 block of South Cascade reported that her wallet is missing. She had left it on the kitchen table. The door was unlocked and she believed that someone could see the wallet through her window. Police are investigating but do have suspects at this time.
Minnesota now has 43 licensed wineries, enough to promote California-style tours. The Minnesota Grape Growers Association is holding the annual Cold Climate Conference this weekend in St. Paul. Members are touching on ways to draw more tours to the area. Neighboring wineries in the Taylors Falls area are teaming up to launch the St. Croix Valley Wine Trail hoping to lure day-trippers and wine lovers to visit select locations. Wineries are working with hotels, restaurants and limousine companies creating a larger tourist destination.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from the St. Paul district will send a survey team collecting snow surveys throughout Minnesota March 3 through the seventh. The annual survey assists the Corp’s water management team determining how much water is in the snow pack. The corps then shares the data with the National Weather Service and U.S. Geological Survey. The snow survey team will begin in Minneapolis and work counterclockwise around the state. Teams collect snow samples through a tube then measured for weight. The teams then determine water content with a mathematical formula.
Empire Builder Resumes Normal Operations
Amtrak expects to resume normal operations through Grand Forks, Devil’s Lake and Rugby in North Dakota this week. U.S. Senator John Hoeven announces the change will go into effect today. He says the reliable rail service is essential in the state because of growing economy and population. BNSF rerouted the westbound Empire Builder line due to rail traffic increases and severe winter weather. Passengers had to take a bus from Fargo to Minot. BNSF Railway agrees to invest in locomotives and crews in North Dakota to improve Amtrak and freight services.
Ice House Removal
The Minnesota DNR seeks cooperation from anglers needing to act now in removing fishing shelters in the southern two –thirds of the state by midnight, Monday March 3. The deadline for the northern one-third of Minnesota, shelters must be off the ice by midnight, Monday March 17. Conservation officers will enforce these deadlines except where shelter owners have made reasonable attempt but not successful due to inaccessible travel conditions. Failure to remove ice houses may result in a $125 fine plus court costs.
Mahnomen Fire Update
Old electrical wiring and space heaters are the likely cause for an apartment building fire on Main Street in Mahnomen early Friday morning. Sheriff Doug Krier says the tenants were using space heaters after they had run out of fuel oil. There is nothing left of the building. Deputies rescued three people living in the two apartments. Ten fire departments battled the blaze for several hours during 20 below zero wind chills.
Theft reports for a snowmobile came in around 10:30AM Thursday in Underwood. The value for the all black, 2005 Arctic Cat M7 ranges from $3,500 to $4,000. Anyone with information is to call the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office.
Firefighters are working on mop-up of smoldering remains of a fire destroying an apartment building in Mahnomen. Ten fire departments fought the fire on Main Street with wind chills of 20 below. Reports came in just after two this morning of the fire two blocks south of the First National Bank and next to a Napa Auto parts store. Sheriff Doug Krier says the three occupants got out safely. The building was a former barbershop and now apartments on the first and second levels. Fire crews poured lots of water on nearby buildings to prevent flames from spreading. Krier says that side of the street is “one big block of ice.” A backhoe from Detroit Lakes was there to knock parts of the structure down for crews to gain access.
Sanford Health Instant Tracking
Dakotas-based Sanford Health is spending $30 million on a system to track every patient, employee and piece of hospital equipment in its system. Patient wristbands, employee badges and all varieties of equipment will include a chip communicating with the tracking system by sensors mounted on the walls in rooms and hallways. Intelligent InSites from Fargo designs the software, already used by 70 customers in 150 locations. Sanford Health will phase in the technology over five years starting at in clinic in Moorhead. Eventually, the system will cover Sanford’s 126-city, nine-state network. Sanford Health bases out of Fargo and Sioux Falls, billing itself as the nation’s largest not-for-profit rural health care provider.
Emergency Heating Aid Bill to Dayton
The Minnesota Legislature has sent Gov. Mark Dayton a bill containing $20 million in emergency heating aid for low-income people. The House passed the bill unanimously Thursday; the legislature unanimously approved the bill earlier that day. Spokespersons are saying Dayton will sign the bill immediately. The bill replenishes a fast eroding account for the low-income heating assistance program, stressed by the bone-chilling winter and high costs for propane. Minnesota Department of Commerce estimates that for each $1 million the program can serve 3,375 people.
Bemidji Child Death Investigation
Bemidji police are investigating how long a 6-year-old girl was outdoors in subzero temperatures before she died. Police say the girl’s mother and neighbor reported a medical emergency just before 6:30am Thursday. Authorities found the girl inside an apartment building’s front entrance,dead at the scene with signs of exposure to the frigid cold. Police are determining when the girl was seen last and how long she was outside. Early morning temperatures in Bemidji were 27 degrees below zero with 40-below wind chills. The body is now at the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s office.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is testing the CodeRED Emergency Notification System today by calling the entire community. The calls will begin at 10am and continue to run through the entire database. Douglas County Sheriff’s office says CodeRED allows quick and efficient public notification of potentially life threatening hazards and weather warning service. The system is also able to request public assistance for such instances as locating missing persons. Contact information must be in the database in order to receive a call. Signing up for service makes the system successful and you can do so by visiting Douglas County’s website: co.douglas.mn.us
NYM Shed Fire
Reports of a shed fire in New York Mills came in just before 2pm Thursday afternoon. A commercial shed on the 600 block of west Centennial Drive was full of smoke by the time fire crews arrived. They were unable to control the fire by the time the entire shed was engulfed by flames. The shed was a total loss along with many pieces of construction equipment, vehicles and tools. The cause of fire is undetermined and under investigation. New York Mills Fire Department was on the scene with requested assistance of Perham and Bluffton Fire Departments.
6-year-old Death Investigation
Bemidji Police are investigating the death of a 6-year-old child found dead early this (Thursday) morning. Paramedics and police responded to a call just before 6:30 am. Police say she showed signs of exposure to the cold. An autopsy is part of the investigation.
Murder Suicide involves Custody Dispute
The father of a man involved in a murder suicide says the motivation may have come from a child custody dispute. Jeff Blowers, father of Devin Blowers, says his son may have been distraught because child welfare officials in Fargo would not let his son and girlfriend, Katie Christopherson, have custody of their baby girl. Blowers says his son has a history of drug problems and met Christopherson at a Fargo rehabilitation center last year. Devin and Katie’s daughter was born three months prematurely in January and remains in a Fargo Hospital. Authorities say 24-year-old Devin Blowers shot Douglas County Sherriff’s Deputy Dustin Alexander at a farm in west-central Minnesota on Monday. Deputy Alexander was wearing a bullet-resistant vest. Officials say Blowers then fatally shot Christopherson and himself.
Park Rapids Murder
21-year-old Harley Leritz of Menagha is charged with 2nd degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Kiela Knowles. Knowles father found her unresponsive and unclothed in her apartment Monday. Surveillance video from Park Rapids Middle School shows Leritz coming in and out of the apartment Sunday. He returned to the apartments Monday and asked to come to the police station. There Leritz admitted to having sex with Knowles then choking her to death. The two have been corresponding on-line and met in person for the first time over the weekend. Police say Leritz violated his probation from a 2012 criminal sexual conduct charge. His next hearing is set for March 17.
Grant Writing Workshop Rescheduled
Lake Region Arts Council is rescheduling last night’s Grant Writing Workshop due to the winter weather advisory. The workshop will now be next Tuesday, March 4 at 6pm. Folks who have registered will not need to do so again. If you have not registered, you can find more information by searching Lake Region Arts Council Online.
Emergency Heating Assistance
The $20 million emergency heating assistance plan will have a vote by Minnesota Senate on Monday. A slight change in the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday will likely force another House vote on the measure too. The House voted unanimously on Tuesday to put more money in the low income heating assistance program. The Senate committee amended the bill to limit the amount of money spent to administer the fund. Approval by the full senate would require a new House vote before sending it to Gov. Mark Dayton. The Minnesota Department of Commerce says the brutally cold winter and high propane costs have taken a toll on the program’s budget, which could run dry in early March.
Two brothers pleaded not guilty to charges of intentionally spoiling potatoes after the 2006 harvest in order to collect disaster payments. Federal court is charging operators of Johnson Potato, Aaron Johnson and Derek Johnson, along with the company with conspiracy and making false statements. They were arraigned in Fargo on Wednesday. The brothers allegedly received more than $800,000 in disaster payments. Both men were released on a promise to appear. Prosecutors argued that Derek Johnson, who lives in British Colombia, should have been forced to stay in the U.S. until the matter is resolved.
Suspects Murder Suicide
Authorities say the North Dakota residents accused of shooting a Minnesota sheriff’s deputy died in a murder-suicide. Investigators believe 24-year-old Devin Blowers shot and killed 29-year-old Katie Christopherson, then killed himself. Douglas County Deputy Dustin Alexander was shot in the chest Monday night while he was checking a suspicious vehicle near Alexandria. Deputy Alexander wore a bullet-resistant vest. He returned fire. The suspects began to flee in their car, eventually were stuck in the snow and ran away on foot. The bodies were found about four hours later with a handgun and shotgun nearby. Deputy Alexander is on standard administrative leave. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.
Battle Lake Council Approves Natural Project
The city of Battle Lake will be getting natural gas. Mike Henkenius is the Director of Economic Development in the South Central Otter Tail Region:
“The city council approved the natural gas project by a vote of 4 to 1. Their approval moves the project forward into the design and bidding phases so it’s moving forward.”
Only 60 % of the homes and businesses wanting natural gas are within the Battle Lake city limits. Henkenius says that other areas wanting the service may be able to get it also.
Pebble Lake Golf Course Asks City for Money
The Pebble Lake Golf Course is asking the Fergus Falls City Council for more money. Vice President Aaron Sletten presented the financial information to a committee meeting Wednesday morning. He said they need more thirty-three thousand dollars ($33750) before their Frozen Fairway fundraiser to make payroll and pay other start up expenses.
Council member Anthony Hicks:
“My problem is… it’s like a black hole….if this was a commercial enterprise we’d be declaring it bankrupt or putting it in some sort of receiver to look at how to manage this asset better. I appreciate kind of what you are trying to do to get this asset better, get this back on an even keel.”
He went on to say it needs more than a “band-aid” approach.
Sletten said he agreed and said 93% of golf courses lost money last year.
The request will be discussed by the full council on Monday.
Delivery Driver Bit by Two Dogs
A delivery driver was bit by two dogs Tuesday. The driver for Spee Dee Delivery was on some property on Brandborg Creek Road. Three German Sheppard dogs live on the property. Two of the three dogs bit the driver. She had a bleeding wound on the right arm and upper thigh. The sheriff’s office says the dogs are up to date on rabies vaccines and a bite report was filled out.
Coal Train Derails in Eastern Montana
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - More than two dozen cars of a BNSF Railway Co. freight train hauling coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming to Minnesota have derailed in eastern Montana, spilling some of the load.
BNSF spokesman Matt Jones says 29 cars toward the end of the 115-car train derailed just east of Terry at about 9 p.m. Monday. The rail line remained blocked at mid-day Tuesday.
Jones did not know how much coal was spilled, but said all 29 derailed cars tipped over and spilled some of their load. The cars hold an average of about 120 tons of coal each.
The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.
Otter Tail Power gets coal from Montana. Some of this coal may have been headed for Fergus Falls.
Officer Involved Shooting in Douglas Co; Both Suspects Dead
A Douglas County Officer was shot while trying to talk to two people in a vehicle Monday night. The call came in as “a suspicious vehicle in a driveway.” As the officer approached the vehicle, he was shot in the chest. He turned fire. He was wearing a bullet resistant vest and was treated and released from the hospital. The two suspects fled after the shooting but after the vehicle got stuck in snow, the suspects fled on foot. The Douglas County Sherriff’s Office says the area was searched for the suspects and they found both of them dead in some deep snow. A firearm was found nearby. Both bodies have been sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause and manner of death. The SWAT Team was called in to assist in the search. Otter Tail County officers were called at 11:30 pm and finished around 3 am.
Paperboard Recycle Contest offers Tours & Prizes for School Kids
Paperboard can be recycled in Otter Tail County since the start of the year. Some 4th and 5th grade students will be finding out exactly what paperboard can be recycled by collecting it. Zach Fjestad with Otter Tail County Solid Waste:
“So what the kids are doing, they’re going to collect it from these households or these business and bring it into their classroom and once they have reached a minimum of 50 households or businesses for an entire class they’re gonna win kind of a group of prizes that includes a tour of the recycling center here in Fergus and a tour of the transfer station. But everybody that gets to that 50, they’re going to be entered into the grand prize drawing for a trip to the Mall of America.”
The Mall of America is the Minnesota Recycler of the Year. They hope to tour how the mall recycles.
The contest runs until April 17th. Fjestad says they are still looking for more classrooms to join. He will be speaking at all the classrooms that sign up for the program.
Stolen Vehicle Recovered but Partially Crushed
Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a stolen vehicle that ended up partially crushed. The Perham man told them that he left his 1996 Chevy Silverado pickup at a friend’s house. The pickup was found at Wadena Hide n Fur. It had been sold for scrap and was partially crushed when recovered. The sheriff’s office did not release any names or state if someone will be charged with the theft.
Robbery Witnesses Should Hide
This week there have been two robberies in Fargo and one in Alexandria. Usually the thieves are hoping the stores are empty but what should you do if you are in the store or near it? Fargo Police say the best thing to do is to conceal yourself so they don’t see you. Stay where you are and try to hide. Lt Joel Vettel says follow the robber’s orders –to a point. Give them the money or things they are asking for but if they are ordering you to go with them- fight back. Witnesses should try to remember details of what they were wearing or driving but surviving the incident is more important.
Fargo has five robberies only two months into the year.
In the Alexandria robbery, the man showed a handgun, demanded the worker open the cash register and then tied the worker up in a storage room.
KBRF Programming Guide Monday~Friday
Midnight to 4AM – The Jim Bohannon Show
4 AM to 5 AM – America in the Morning
5 AM to 9 AM the KBRF Morning Show with Dave Bishop
5am – SRN News
5:07 - Little Known Facts
5:09 - Dave Ramsey Daily Money Makeover
5:12 - Successful Farming Radio Magazine
5:18 – Dairy line
5:30 – SRN News
5:35 – In-Fisherman Show
5:38 – Lakes Radio Sports
5:42 - Wired to Fish
5:45 - National Farm Report
5:50 - Lakes Radio Farm News
6 am SRN News
6:06 – Lakes Radio First News
6:13 – Rush Limbaugh Morning Update
6:16 – Lakes Radio Ag Weather Forecast
6:17 – Ag PHD
6:21 – Lakes Radio Farm News and Interviews
6:30 – Red River Farm Networks “Country Morning Show”
7am SRN News
7:06 – Lakes Radio First News
7:20 – Talking Sports
7:35 – Lakes Radio First News
7:50 – Lakes Radio Sports
8am – SRN News
8:06 – Lakes Radio First News
8:17 – Tradio
8:22 – Lakes Radio Sports
8:29 – Ottertail Power Company Weather Spotters
8:30 – Area News
8:35 – Focus on the Family Minute
8:40 – For the Record
8:45 – Morning Watch
9am SRN News
9:10 – Morning Talk Magazine with Greg Brady and Mary Dolan
9:30 – Red River Farm Network Market Update
9:35 – Morning Talk Magazine with Greg Brady and Mary Dolan
10am – SRN News
10:06am – The Community Hour
10:30 – Red River Farm Network Market Update
11am to 2pm - The Rush Limbaugh Show
2pm to 5pm - The Dave Ramsey Show
5pm – SRN News
5:06pm – Lakes Radio First News
5:15pm - For the Record
5:21pm – Lakes Radio Market Min
5:22pm – Successful Farming Magazine
5:24pm – Dave Ramsey Daily Money Makeover
5:32pm – Farm Progress America
5:43pm – MN Travel Weather Forecast
5:45pm – Community Watch
6pm to 9pm – The Lars Larson Show
9pm to Midnight – The Jim Bohannon Show