Brainerd firefighters respond to weekend calls
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a general fire alarm at a residential building at 11:35 a.m. Saturday on the 10000 block of Birch Grove Road in Cass County.
It turned out to be a false alarm.
At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, firefighters were called to a snowmobile on fire at Ernie’s restaurant in East Gull Lake.
Bee Nay She Council Bird Club to meet
The Bee Nay She Council Bird Club will meet 7 p.m. Thursday at the Northland Arboretum, 14259 Conservation Drive in Baxter. Bird ID will be given by Warren Nelson. The program “Lakeshore Wildlife” will be presented by Kevin Woizeschke, wildlife biologist with the DNR Nongame Wildlife Program, who will describe various shoreline habitats and the variety of wildlife species that live there.
Virtual Public School hosts information session in Baxter
A Virtual Public School will host an information session from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn Express, Baxter.
MTS Minnesota Connections Academy, a tuition-free, K-12 virtual public school, will host a free information session for families interested in learning about its online program and individualized approach to education. Families will have the opportunity to meet with Connections Academy faculty, explore the school’s program and curriculum, and learn about the enrollment process.
Rental Property Owners and Managers meeting planned
The Rental Property Owners and Managers meeting will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Brainerd Police Department training/meeting room.
Kevin Tengwall of the Brainerd Fire Department will speak on fire safety. Pat King with Mid-State Credit will talk about collections.
WALKER — Eli Hunt, an elder member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, died Wednesday. He was 60.
Hunt, of Walker, served as tribal chairman for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Cass Lake in the late 1990s and early 2000s before vacating his seat due to a recall in 2002.
Hunt was one of 12 children born to James and Phyllis Hunt in Cass Lake. His sister, Janice, said he went on to raise six foster children of his own.
“He was kind and generous. He served God,” Janice said.
There are four new faces on the Cass County Most Wanted list for March.
New on the list are Jacob Milton Budreau, Andrew Charles Staples, Richard Randal Gillispie and Heather Leann Journigan. They join Jessica Lynn Ahlgrim, Sheldon Thomas Brown, Missie Lee Camacho, Bradley Michael Geyen, Frank Andrew Tuttle and Eddie Lee Washington.
For the month of March there are 451 active arrest warrants, which include 239 misdemeanors, 118 gross misdemeanors and 94 felonies.
The Crow Wing County Highway Department will be performing snow removal operations at various locations throughout the county this week.
On Tuesday, crews will be working in Pequot Lakes along County Highway 11 and in Brainerd along Mill Avenue. On Wednesday and Thursday, crews will be present in Crosslake on County Highway 3 and County Highway 66. Work will begin at 5 a.m. each day.
This schedule is subject to change in the event of additional snowfall. Motorists are advised to watch for heavy equipment and slow moving vehicles as this work takes place.
Looking for an escape from the unrelenting cold of this endless winter?
Sun and warmth is a short flight away and doesn’t require a passport. Relief from this winter is available a short flight from Brainerd where the air is redolent of sweet-smelling alyssum.
Look no further than Palm Springs, Calif., where the open-air airport is small and traffic easy to slip into on the way to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
When Lynn Wangberg’s eight grade English class reads “The Diary of Anne Frank,” their class work goes beyond just reading.
For the last eight years, Wangberg’s class has not only read the play but also produced presentations on the Holocaust time period. Presentations can be on whimsical things such as films and style, or they can be dead serious, focusing on gas chambers and death camps.
“One hundred percent of this is done at home. I don’t give class time for it so I’m never really sure what is going to come up. Every year they absolutely amaze me,” Wangberg said.
Verndale High School juniors Kylee Wright and Barbora Novotna are pretty sure about the job fields they want to join.
But on Friday, they got their first real feel for the health science field.
The Bridges Career Exploration Day was held at Central Lakes College. It pulled in about 2,100 students from 21 high schools in the Brainerd lakes area. There, the students heard from professionals in about 150 career fields, including agriculture, business, manufacturing and technology, communication, human services and health science.
A small plane, attempting a take-off on a makeshift runway on Mille Lacs Lake, crashed Saturday morning injuring the pilot.
Kenneth Olson, 62, of Sartell, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Onamia Hospital. His passenger, Mary Olson, 59, Sartell, was not injured, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department reported.
SLEEPY EYE – Four young men were killed Friday night in a collision near Sleepy Eye in southern Minnesota.
The Minnesota State Patrol identified the men who died as Payton Ryan Adams, 17, of Sleepy Eye; John D. Mangen, 18, of Fairfax; Caleb B. Quesenberry, 17, of St. Peter; and Tyler S. Hadley, 20, of Sleepy Eye.
All four were in a car driven by Kansas Taylor Adams, 19, also of Sleepy Eye, who was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Payton Adams and Kansas Adams are the sons of Rick Adams of Dilworth, lead singer of The Roosters, a popular Fargo-area country band.
EVANSVILLE – A tanker truck carrying de-icing material on Interstate 94 rolled into the ditch near Evansville in west-central Minnesota because of icy road conditions.
The accident happened about noon Friday. Crews were working to transfer the de-icing material, which is used by airlines, from the overturned tanker into another vehicle, said Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol.
“Nothing spilled fortunately, but it’s going to take a special tanker for us to pump it out,” he said.
MAHNOMEN - A Waubun woman has been arrested on three counts of abuse against a 16-month-old child.
Arlene Duncan, 44, faces one count of first-degree assault and two counts of malicious punishment of a child in Mahnomen County District Court.
The Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office responded Feb. 11 to a Waubun residence after a call requesting an ambulance for a toddler in medical distress, according to a news release from Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier.
CROOKSTON - Aryanna Ostgaard, found unconscious Monday in her home near Crookston from the apparent carbon monoxide poisoning that killed her parents, is doing much better.
"She's conscious, she's talking," Polk County Chief Deputy Jim Tadman said Friday. "She's asking for a phone."
Ostgaard, 22, was taken to Mayo Clinic's Methodist Hospital in Rochester in critical condition Monday after she was found unresponsive but breathing in her family's house.
ALEXANDRIA - Authorities believe the Fargo couple involved in a shootout with a Douglas County sheriff's deputy Feb. 24 were also responsible for a burglary at the Douglas County Animal Hospital hours before the shooting.
As part of National Consumer Protection Week, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) turns its attention to the favorite tool of many scammers: the telephone.
Each and every day, shady operators work the phones to defraud consumers and business owners. Though there’s no way — short of disconnecting the phone — to protect completely from phone scams, there are things people may do to reduce the risk of becoming the next victim.
Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners
Meets 9 a.m. Tuesday
County Board Room, Third floor, Historic Courthouse, Brainerd
The agenda has been published as shown below but is subject to change to include such business as may come before the Board.
1. 9 a.m. call to order and Pledge of Allegiance
2. Open Forum
3. Review and Approve Feb. 25 Regular County Board Meeting Minutes
4. Review and Approve March 11 Regular County Board Meeting Agenda
5. Approve Consent Agenda
5.2. Personnel Actions
Brainerd City Council
Meets 6 p.m. Monday
Brainerd City Hall
Special Notice - Alderman Pritschet will be using Skype to participate and vote in this meeting, he will be located at 50 Park Plaza, Arlington Street, Boston MA 20716, room 308 which will be accessible to the public.
1. Call to Order.
2. Roll Call.
3. BPU – Request to approve Second Amendment to Hydrodam Acquisition
4. Election of At-Large Council Seat Replacement