News of the Region

Little Falls prepares to celebrate 90 years since Lindbergh flight
Groups around Little Falls are preparing for the 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic. Instead of one big event being held, organizers say everybody is bringing their own specialties to the weekend, May 20-21.
“It is not the 75th anniversary and it is not led by an outside organization. It’s the people in town who said, ‘Let’s celebrate Lindbergh’s 90th,’” Kristina VonBerge said.
She’s been working to bring people in to celebrate with Little Falls, Little Falls’ way, VonBerge said.
VonBerge said there will be souvenirs for people to purchase during the event. Specially made 90th anniversary coins will be available to be purchased for $2 for participants of events, and any remaining coins will be available for purchase at the Shoppes of Little Falls for $5.
– Morrison County Record

Royalton Council votes down K-9 unit
It would cost approximately $81,000 to set up a K-9 unit within the Royalton Police Department. This would include the cost of the dog, a patrol car, training, equipment and supplies. Royalton Police Chief Adam Gunderson projected after the initial $81,000, it would cost approximately $5,380 a year to maintain the program.
Gunderson said the money for the K-9 program would be raised through donations. The entire process (raising funds, purchasing the dog, and training) would take approximately eight years, he said.
– Morrison County Record

Man accused of raping wedding party guest
A 22-year-old Canadian male has been charged with raping a fellow wedding party guest at a Rogers hotel.
Zehyd Philosophy Buerstatte is currently in jail on $100,000 bail after having been charged with third-degree felony criminal sex conduct, with force/coercion.
Charges allege that Buerstatte “engaged in sexual penetration with the victim, using force or coercion.”
The charges say the victim reported a rape to Rogers Police. She said she had been at a wedding, and after the wedding, numerous guests had gone to the Hampton Inn to continue to celebrate and were talking and drinking alcohol.
The victim said she had gone with another wedding guest, Buerstatte, to his hotel room so he could get something. The victim said that when they reached the defendant’s room, he shut the door and locked it, and the victim told him that she wanted to go and asked to be let out.
— Elk River Star News

Council approves $30,000 loan for improvements to Cambridge Bar and Grill
During the Cambridge City Council meeting May 1, the council approved a $30,000 loan from the city’s downtown revolving loan fund to Sean and Jody Okerlund, owners of S & J Properties LLC, for improvements to the Cambridge Bar and Grill.
Economic Development Director Stan Gustafson explained the City Council has previously approved the guidelines for the downtown revolving loan fund. The funds provide several different loan amounts, interest rates and terms to allow for a variety of projects. The minimum loan amount established was $1,500 and the maximum amount is $30,000
– Isanti County News

Local responders train for disaster
Local nursing students, first responders and knowledgeable community members may be the first line of defense in the event of a natural or chemical disaster hitting Isanti County, and they are doing their best to prepare.
People from a variety of community roles participated in the fourth annual Spring In2 Preparedness training event on April 29 at Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s Cambridge campus.
Volunteer victims helped with the disaster response exercise.
– Isanti County News