Brainerd Public Library meeting
The Brainerd Public Library Board will meet at the Brainerd Public Library at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, and the Finance Committee will meet prior to the board meeting at 5:15 p.m.
Road sweeping under way in Crow Wing County
The Crow Wing County Highway Department has begun the process of sweeping county state aid, county roads and roads in First Assessment in Unorganized Territory.
Motorists should be aware of slow moving sweepers and the possibility of dusty conditions on various roads throughout the county during the next few weeks. Driving with your headlights on, reducing your speed near the sweepers and not driving distracted will help enhance everyone’s roadway safety, the county reported.
PIERZ – The Pierz Police Department is cautioning residents about several scams.
One of the computer scams is where someone calls a victim, claiming that they have computer problems and that they can resolve the problem if the person wires money to the caller.
The second scam involves online phishing, in which a computer user will see a pop-up screen with a button to click on, where they then would be routed to chat with a suspect, who then would obtain the victim’s banking information needed to wire money payments to fix the computer issue.
Area students place in state speech tournament
Several area students have placed in the 2014 Minnesota State High School League Class A State Speech Tournament.
There were 96 Class A teams represented at the tournament, conducted at Blaine High School on Saturday. There were 187 Class A teams that competed in speech statewide this year.
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (WHA) still tops the Class A list with 40 state champions between 1969 and 2014, which is good for a third-place tie on the list of Most State Champions-All Classes.
BPSF seeks Hall of Fame nominations
The Brainerd Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame.
Anyone can nominate a Brainerd graduate. The deadline is May 1.
For a nomination form, visit www.bpsf.org.
LONDON (Reuters) - North Korea failed to see the joke when a London hair salon used a picture of its leader Kim Jong Un to try to attract more customers and has written to Britain's Foreign Office asking it to stop what it calls a "provocation".
A hair salon in west London put up a giant poster of the North Korean leader in its window after reading unconfirmed media reports that men in the reclusive Asian state had been ordered to have the same hairdo.
The promotional poster read: "Bad Hair Day? 15 percent off all gent cuts through the month of April."
WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) - You can forget about the birds and the bees. If you really want to learn how babies are made, you need to know about Juno and Izumo.
Fertilization takes place when an egg cell and a sperm cell recognize one another and fuse to form an embryo. But how they recognize each other in order to hook up had remained a mystery.
Researchers said on Wednesday they have identified a protein on the egg cell's surface that interacts with another protein on the surface of a sperm cell, allowing the two cells to join.
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday permanently blocked North Dakota from enforcing the country's most restrictive abortion law, a ban on ending a pregnancy once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks after conception.
North Dakota's only abortion clinic had challenged the law approved by the state legislature in 2013, and U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland last July had temporarily blocked it from taking effect.
A new report from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) shows significant increases in the rates of some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) from 2012 to 2013. While the state's overall STD rate increased 10 percent, the increases were much higher for syphilis (up 64 percent) and gonorrhea (up 26 percent).
AccuWeather Global Weather Center - AccuWeather.com reports a mid-April snowstorm will focus on the northern Plains and Upper Midwest through Thursday, spreading snow from the Dakotas to Ontario.
The biggest impacts from this system will be felt on Wednesday evening and into Thursday morning when snow will have the greatest chance of accumulating under the cover of darkness.
This could lead to slick, slushy roadways for the Wednesday evening and Thursday morning commutes along portions of I-94 and I-35, as well as around the Twin Cities.
FARGO – A Dairy Queen employee at a Fargo shopping mall faces felony drug distribution charges after police allegedly found cocaine and drug-dealing paraphernalia in her purse following a report that she had been dealing drugs there.
Alyssa Kathleen Weisbeck, 21, of Fargo, was charged in Cass County District Court with one count of Class A felony possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, and one count each of possession of hydrocodone and possession of drug paraphernalia, both Class C felonies.
FARGO – Chadd was frustrated and angry. He needed to vent.
So he logged on to an online forum for diabetes sufferers like himself, and he shared what was on his mind.
In a 600-word post, he told of how two Fargo police officers pulled him over the night before, suspecting he had drugs on him. He wrote that they searched his car with a police dog, broke two vials of his insulin and ripped out an insulin pump that was connected to his body. His blood-sugar levels shot up, and he needed medical attention.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prospective college students on Wednesday got a peek at new sample questions on the SAT, a widely used college entrance exam that will undergo a redesign over the next two years.
The College Board, which oversees the exam required by most colleges and universities for admission, said it was releasing the draft test specifications on its website "to illustrate the shifts in the redesigned SAT."
A 66-year-old Emily woman was injured when the Chevrolet Silverado truck she was driving rolled over at 7:22 a.m. Wednesday on Highway 210, one mile east of Brainerd, reported the Minnesota State Patrol.
Peggy Tutch, who had a cut on her head and a sore shoulder, was transported by North Memorial Ambulance to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd.
MIDWAY TOWNSHIP - One man was killed and another injured Tuesday morning in a head-on collision between a pickup truck and a semi in Midway Township.
Emergency responders were dispatched to the intersection of Midway and North Cloquet roads just before 7:30 a.m. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported that witnesses said a black Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by a 25-year-old man from Wrenshall was southbound on Midway Road when it crossed into the opposite lane, striking a semi with a crane attachment head-on.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ramped up his efforts to fight gun violence on Wednesday with a plan to spend $50 million on a grassroots network to organize voters on gun control.
The initiative's political target is the powerful pro-gun lobby, including the National Rifle Association, that spends millions of dollars each year to back gun-rights supporters.
DULUTH - An Allegiant Air flight destined for Duluth from Las Vegas late Monday afternoon had to return to Las Vegas shortly after takeoff because of a swarm of bees.
Allegiant spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler said the flight crew reported at 5:30 p.m. Duluth time that shortly after takeoff, a swarm of bees was clouding the windshield and bees were being ingested into the plane’s engines.
The crew decided to abort the flight, landing safely back in Las Vegas. More than 160 passengers were put on a new plane and got to Duluth at about 10:30 p.m., an hour and 40 minutes later than scheduled.
PINE CITY - A minister who led a cult-like religious sect in northern Pine County sexually abused numerous girls and young women who lived apart from their families in a “Maidens Group,” according to charges filed in State District Court.
Victor Arden Barnard, 52, was charged last week in State District Court with 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct. The charges pertain to two young women who reported being abused during a period of several years while living on the congregation’s compound in Finlayson. But authorities said there probably are more victims.
DULUTH - Duluth police are investigating after human remains were found Tuesday afternoon in the city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.
Officers got a call just after 2 p.m. about a dead body. A witness saw a decomposed body 100 yards from an intersection along a fence and brush line.
Investigators were trying to identify the body, which was taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office to rule on the cause and manner of death.
BAXTER — The Baxter City Council approved a conditional use permit for two, six-unit rental townhomes on Cypress Drive.
The townhomes are going up instead of a planned 50-unit apartment building with underground parking. The council heard there wasn’t demand with the economy for another larger apartment building in the complex. In place of that apartment building, the townhomes will be built in front of the other three-story apartment buildings. Kuepers requested the conditional use permit for the town.