The Minnesota House passed a bill to increase the state’s minimum wage to $9.50 by 2016. The minimum wage will also be increased to inflation starting in 2018 to ensure the value of the minimum wage does not fall over time. The bill, which passed the Senate yesterday, now goes to the governor to be signed into law. State Representatives John Ward, DFL – Baxter, and Joe Radinovich, DFL – Crosby, supported the bill.
The Minnesota Senate Thursday passed a bipartisan tax bill which provides approximately $100 million worth of tax relief for Minnesotans. The bill, according to a news release issued by Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Cass County, and Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, contains provisions which will directly benefit taxpayers, such as an education/tutoring tax credit, a volunteer first responders’ tax credit, increases in active military and veteran tax credits, and federal income tax conformity.
Mystery photo needs identification
When a photo album made it to The Center in Brainerd to be part of a fundraising sale, no one noticed the photos were still inside.
DeAnn Barry, executive director at The Center, said the person who bought the photo album brought it back. By then no one knew who the album — titled Grandma’s Little Princess — may have belonged to but the family and baby photos seemed as though they’d be precious to someone.
Tennis, a sport that can keep people active from children on though the golden years, could be getting a boost in north Brainerd.
The Gregory Park tennis courts are cracked and deteriorating with water puddling after rain events in little hollows on the court surface.
Tony Sailer, Brainerd parks and recreation director, submitted grant applications to the United States Tennis Association (USTA). The goal is to upgrade the courts and make them more conducive to helping children be successful at tennis so they can develop and stay with the sport for a lifetime.
WALKER — Cass County Attorney Christopher J. Strandlie announced on Friday he will seek re-election as Cass County Attorney. Strandlie has been the Cass County attorney since March of 2008.
Strandlie joined the Cass County Attorney’s Office in 2001 and served as the first assistant from 2003 until becoming county attorney. Before becoming the county attorney, Strandlie primarily focused on the prosecution of violent and controlled substance crimes and he continues to make them a priority. He also is the chief legal adviser for all county departments.
Time is running out for Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport to come up with a solution for its aging septic and water system.
The city of Brainerd, the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation (BLAEDC) and the Brainerd Lakes Chamber have joined with the airport in support of the $850 million state bonding measure that would provide $6.5 million to help extend the city of Brainerd’s water and sewer connection to the airport.
When Brainerd’s police chief arrived at the front door unexpectedly, the teenager on the other side started to wonder about the long arm of the law.
After all, he might have exceeded the speed limit on the Pine Beach Road. But that was months ago.
Instead Chief Corky McQuiston had an invitation. And that was just the beginning of the surprises in store for Wyatt Newby on a recent Sunday.
WHERE IT STARTED
Two years ago, Wyatt, a Brainerd High School senior, was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis or FSGS, a kidney disease.
Brainerd High School prom planned for April 26
Brainerd High School students will attend prom on April 26. The theme is “Great Gatsby.”
Grand March will begin at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Admission is $2 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Doors for seating will open at 6 p.m. Parents are encouraged to park in the south lots and students in the north lot.
The dance will begin immediately following Grand March until midnight and is open to juniors and seniors and their registered guests.
Ripley retirement breakfast is April 24
Camp Ripley will be the site of a semi-annual retirement breakfast and seminar at 8:30 a.m. April 24, starting with pourable coffee and followed by breakfast at 9 a.m.
This event will be held at the “Old Hangar” located near the chapel on the north end of camp.
There is no fee for this seminar, but there is a $6.75 cost for breakfast. This event is billed by organizers as a great get-together, sharing concerns for retired folks of Camp Ripley.
This event should last until about 11 a.m.
Clever chimps at Kansas City Zoo make brief break to freedom
KANSAS CITY (Reuters) - Seven chimpanzees used an improvised ladder from a tree to scale a wall and briefly escape their enclosure at the Kansas City Zoo on Thursday, a zoo official said. One of the chimps apparently pulled a log or a branch and leaned it against the wall of the enclosure, giving the primates a leg-up to the top, zoo director Randy Wisthoff said.
Tiny Minnesota museum's canoe a 1,000-year-old historic find
Medical, dental, vision checkups offered to eligible children and youths
Crow Wing County’s Department of Community Services encourages families to take advantage of the medical, dental and vision checkups available from local health care providers to qualifying children and youths.
Interstate 94 lane closures in Monticello begin Monday
Motorists traveling Interstate 94 through Monticello will encounter lane closures, work crews, heavy equipment and possible slow traffic as both directions of the road are reduced to a single lane during non-rush hours beginning Monday.
The lane closures will occur overnight seven days per week.
The closures are needed as crews construct temporary crossover lanes and conduct other work as part of the I-94 Monticello reconstruction project.
Highway 10 lane closures, local road closures begin in Rice Monday
Motorists traveling Highway 10 and County Road 2 in Rice may encounter delays as the first in a series of lane closures, road closures and detours on Highway 10 and local roads begin Monday.
The first closures are scheduled as follows.
• Eastbound Highway 10 will be reduced to a single lane. All lanes of eastbound Highway 10 will open by April 30 when all four lanes of Highway 10 are switched to temporary bypass lanes.
Highway 10 lane closures at Sauk Rapids scheduled for April 16–17
Motorists in Sauk Rapids may encounter delays as both directions of Highway 10 are reduced to a single lane near Benton County Road 3/Golden Spike Road Wednesday and Thursday.
The closures will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
The closures are needed as crews begin work on the County Road 3/Golden Spike Road bridge spanning Highway 10.
(Reuters) - A Montana bride who pleaded guilty to pushing her husband off a cliff to his death at Glacier National Park is appealing her prison sentence, arguing the judge improperly denied her request to withdraw her plea after a deal with prosecutors unraveled.
Jordan Graham, 22, was sentenced last month to 30 years in prison by a federal judge after he rejected her move to rescind a guilty plea to second-degree murder that she took to avoid a mandatory life sentence if convicted of first-degree murder.
GEORGETOWN, Delaware (Reuters) - A prominent Delaware pediatrician and best-selling author who punished his 11-year-old stepdaughter using a form of waterboarding was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday.
A jury found Dr. Melvin Morse, who has written about near-death experiences and appeared on "Oprah" and "Good Morning America," guilty of child endangerment charges dating back to July 2012.
Prosecutors in Sussex County Superior Court accused Morse of preventing the girl from bathing, suffocating her with water and denying her access to a bathroom.
BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. team prosecuting accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Friday asked defense attorneys to notify them by next month if they plan to make the 20-year-old defendant's mental abilities an issue at trial.
In a filing in U.S. District Court in Boston, prosecutors asked a judge to require the defense to notify them by May 7 if they plan "to introduce expert evidence relating to a mental disease or defect or any other mental condition of the defendant which bears on either the issue of guilt or the issue of punishment."
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ten people were killed, half of them high school students, when a truck slammed into a tour bus full of college hopefuls heading for a campus tour in northern California on Thursday, police said.
Five students, three chaperones and the drivers of the bus and FedEx truck were killed, according to the California Highway Patrol and Humboldt State University, which was to host the students' visit.
"All of a sudden I heard people screaming," Jonathan Gutierrez, 17, told NBC's "Today" show. He had been asleep before the impact, he said.
AccuWeather Global Weather Center - AccuWeather.com reports the first total eclipse of the moon since December 2011 will be visible in North America, just in time to greet last-minute tax filers in the United States.
However, many Americans may not be in a good place to see the eclipse because of cloudy and rainy conditions.
The total lunar eclipse, resulting from the Earth's position between the moon and sun, will occur mostly early Tuesday morning, CDT.
The eclipse will begin at 11:53 a.m. CDT Monday. It will reach totality at 2:06 a.m. CDT and end at 3:24 a.m. CDT.