Cuyuna Range Elementary School in Crosby will get a security upgrade this summer.
Construction will start in June to relocate the main office to an existing kindergarten room. That way, office staff will have more control of who enters the building.
Visitors will have more restricted access, while the staff and students inside will have more freedom to move around the building than they do now.
It will be more “user friendly,” according to school officials.
Bellevue University, Bellevue, Neb., announced the following graduates: Catherine Mitchell and Dan Mitchell, both of Backus.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls fall semester dean’s list includes the following students: Sydney Zoller, Brainerd, Kiana Dusek, Deerwood, Emily Stark, Little Falls, and Amanda Burk, Pine River.
MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded and won his parliament's approval on Saturday to invade Ukraine, where the new government warned of war, put its troops on high alert and appealed to NATO for help.
Putin's open assertion of the right to send troops to a country of 46 million people on the ramparts of central Europe creates the biggest confrontation between Russia and the West since the Cold War.
LEXINGTON, Mississippi (Reuters) - A funeral director and coroner in Mississippi got the shock of their lives this week when a man put in a body bag because he was believed to be dead kicked to get out just before they began the embalming process.
"He was not dead, long story short," funeral director Byron Porter told local TV station WAPT.
The man, 78-year-old Walter Williams, had been pronounced dead on Wednesday after the coroner arrived at his home in Lexington and found no pulse. Williams was then taken to the funeral home.
BEMIDJI - A 6-year-old Bemidji girl found dead Thursday morning died of hypothermia due to exposure to frigid conditions, according to a provisional report issued Friday by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office in St. Paul.
Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin said the family has requested that the girl's name not be released at this time. Mastin said he expected the investigation to run into late next week.
The girl was a first-grader at Horace May Elementary School. Grief counseling was available to students Friday at the school.
DULUTH - Lake Superior hit its normal level in February for the first time in nine years, according to the International Lake Superior Board of Control.
The big lake dropped just 0.4 of an inch in February, a month it usually declines about 2 inches, bringing the lake level in line with its long-term average for March 1.
Lake Superior now sits 13 inches above the level of March 1, 2013, and appears to be continuing an upward trend that started about a year ago. The lake has now pulled far away from its lowest points, when it hit monthly record lows in August and September 2007.
MORRIS – A 29-year-old Hancock man has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree after allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl from Alexandria.
Adan Moreno-Villarreal pleaded not guilty to both counts this week.
The girl told Morris police that she came to Morris on Feb. 7 to stay with a friend for the weekend. About 10:30 p.m. that night, the girl began texting with Moreno-Villarreal, who she said she had met on Facebook but had not met in person, the complaint states.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota's health insurance exchange website will be down for maintenance this weekend.
MNsure announced that it will not be available from 5 p.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Monday for applying for insurance, account creation, enrollment, payment and shopping for plans.
ST. PAUL - Three out of 10 Minnesotans under the age of 65 struggled with the cost of health care last year, the Minnesota Department of Health reports.
In a release Friday of a survey conducted every two years, the department reported its estimate that 445,000 Minnesotans — 8.2 percent — were without health insurance in 2013. The number included about 80,000 children, the Health Department said.
Those numbers were down from the 2011 survey, when an estimated 490,000 Minnesota residents were without health insurance. That was 9.1 percent of the state’s population.
BEMIDJI - The Humane Society is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information on the alleged stabbing of a pit bull somewhere near Red Lake.
The pit bull was found Feb. 16, alive but having suffered considerable blood loss from what appeared to be four wounds from some form of blade, a news release said. The animal was treated by a veterinarian.
The release did not specify where on the Red Lake Indian Reservation the dog was found. Anyone with information is asked to call Kendall Kingbird of the Red Lake Tribal Police at (218) 679-3313.
6:00 pm; 03.02.14: Obama, allies say Russia's Ukraine threat to peace, security
WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and the leaders of Britain, Germany and Poland expressed "grave concern" on Sunday over Russia's intrusion into Ukraine, which they called a breach of international law and a threat to international peace and security.
Obama spoke to each leader in a separate phone call, the White House said.
NORTHFIELD - Three Carleton College students died on an icy road near Northfield on Friday after the SUV they were riding in spun out of control and crashed into an oncoming semi truck, the Minnesota State Patrol said.
James Adams, 20, of St. Paul; Michael Goodgame, 20, of Westport, Conn.; and Paxton Harvieux, 21, of Stillwater, all died in the collision about a mile north of Northfield on Minnesota 3.
The name of the late Brainerd City Council President Bonnie Cumberland will live on through the Miracle League Field.
The handicapped-accessible baseball field in Bane Park is now named “Bonnie Cumberland Memorial Field.”
It’s a perfect fit for the woman who “was so incredibly involved with the community, with kids,” said Parks and Recreation Department Director Tony Sailer.
The idea for the name change was brought forward when a former student of Cumberland emailed a city council member suggesting a park be named after her.
NISSWA — The youngsters of Brea O’Brien’s Nisswa Elementary School classroom were just about to gather on the rug for Friday’s meeting.
Instead, the group was surprised with flashing cameras, flowers and a big announcement: O’Brien was named Teacher of the Year for the Brainerd School District.
Of 28 teachers nominated, four were interviewed by the selection committee of four community members. O’Brien was chosen for the high honor.
Shaking and wiping away tears, O’Brien said she was humbled by the award.
BRAINERD LAKES AREA EARLY CHILDHOOD COALITION – Shannon 218-251-4234 shannon.wheeler@ISD181.org
Office Assistant - Help with secretarial tasks. This may include updating computer database and organizing files and binders. Various days and hours available.
BRAINERD PUBLIC LIBRARY 218-829-5574
Library Assistant- Volunteers needed to help with shelving books. Flexible hours are available.
BRAINERD SCHOOL DISTRICT/K-12 Jennifer Rushin 218-454-6929, email@example.com
Volunteer Activities: Mid-Minnesota Women’s Center, Jan brings tons of creative fun during kids group and is a role model for women and children.
I volunteer because: I get as much out of volunteering as I receive. It makes me feel good.
My most rewarding volunteer experience is or has been: Just seeing the faces of the children when they have a feeling of accomplishment and are excited and when I make them laugh.
Family: Parents – Shelley and Dan, 1 Brother and 1 Sister
Volunteer activities: Essentia Health where I fill ice water and visit with patients and whatever is needed. I also help with the Mission Tip to Guatemala and El Salvador with the Heritage Assembly of God and I work in the nursery at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church.
I volunteer because: I feel a sense of accomplishment and I give back to the community. I also find it very humbling.
Safety and Public Works Committee
Meets 6:45 p.m. Monday
City Council Chambers
1. Downtown Landscape Request
2. Improvement 13-06 – 28th Street Construction – Adoption of a resolution receiving report and calling for a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. April 7
3. Special Committee Meeting ( March 11, 2014) Agenda
4. Frozen Sewer Services – Discussion of
Baxter City Council
Meets 7 p.m. Tuesday
Baxter City Hall
13190 Memorywood Drive, Baxter
The Baxter City Council will conduct a work session beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Baxter City Hall, 13190 Memorywood Dr., Baxter, for the purposes of discussing the proposal for Isle Drive assessment/property acquisition services, update on Woida Project, USPCA Region 12 K-9 Recertification Trials, council chamber improvements, and report on special legislation.
1. Call meeting to order
2. Roll call
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Public comments