Their job was to lead the way for safe passage in a dangerous landscape.
On a balmy, breezy Sunday afternoon in Brainerd, U.S. Army Reserve soldiers were recognized for their heroism and the uncounted lives saved by their efforts.
Records were shattered Friday as temperatures soared to mid-summer highs four days before spring officially begins.
Brainerd reached a high of 75 degrees, eclipsing the previous record of 62 reached in 2003.
Crow Wing County had 17 foreclosures for February, continuing a welcome trend this year.
So far in 2012, foreclosures have yet to top 20 for a month. The 17 foreclosures in February were the lowest number for that month in five years.
Dry conditions and sparks from a passing train are believed to be the culprits in a fire Thursday that presented a challenge to area firefighters.
A large plume of smoke from the fire carried high above the treetops in east Brainerd.
Crow Wing County commissioners appointed Mark Liedl interim head of community services.
After the idea came up at last month's board meeting, Liedl put together a consulting proposal for a two-phase approach.
Brainerd native Taylor Stevenson, 24, announced plans to run for the Minnesota Senate District 10 seat.
A formal announcement is expected Tuesday.
Stevenson was the DFL-endorsed candidate for Minnesota Senate District 12 in 2010.