The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Big Pine Lake, just northwest of Mille Lacs Lake in Aitkin County. A lake property owner contacted the DNR after finding four adult zebra mussels on docks and boat lifts being removed from the lake for the season. The DNR confirmed zebra mussels at that location and about a half-mile west of the original location. No zebra mussels were found during searches of the nearest public access and near an island on the lake.
Bemidji State University forward Allyson Smith has been named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Offensive Player of the Week ending Sunday, Sept. 23. This marks the first weekly individual award in the sophomore's career and the third straight week the Beavers have had an individual recognized by the league.
STAPLES—Tabetha Allen drilled 17 kills and Mackenna Bjerga collected 34 set assists as the Staples-Motley Cardinals defeated the Crosby-Ironton Rangers 3-1 Monday, Sept. 24. Michaela Stangel powered 19 kills for the Rangers while Caitlyn Gutzman recorded 50 digs in the Mid-State Conference match. Staples-Motley 25 27 21 25 Crosby-Ironton 22 25 25 21 Crosby-Ironton statistics Bailey Potter 11 kills, 3 digs, 6 blocks Jacey Rydberg 3 kills, 20 set assists,1 ace serve, 9 digs Jordan Papenfuss 15 set assists, 2 ace serves, 7 digs
WILLMAR --The Brainerd Warriors were rained out 45 minutes into their scheduled dual meet against the Willmar Cardinals Monday, Sept 24. The meet between these Central Lakes Conference teams will not be rescheduled as they have already played once this season which fulfills the conference requirement. Brainerd, 5-1 in the CLC, 17-1 overall, is scheduled to host Foley at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept 27.
WAITE PARK—Shelain Lewis won in straight sets at No.1 singles to help the Crosby-Ironton Rangers to a 6-1 victory over the St. John's Prep Johnnies Monday, Sept. 24. At No. 1 doubles, Kalina Spalj-Jordyan Millsop of C-I also won in straight sets in the non-conference meet. Crosby-Ironton 6, St. John's Prep 1 Singles No. 1: Shelain Lewis (C) def. Adrianna Gefre 6-0, 6-3 No. 2: Loren Sablan (C) def. Hitomi Sasaki 6-4, 6-3 No. 3: Emma Stokman (C) def. Olivia Bauerly 6-3, 6-3 No. 4: Katie Miller (SJP) def. Teresa Goodwin 6-2, 6-1
BAXTER—Cypress Drive in Baxter closed to through traffic Monday, Sept. 24, between Greenwood Road and Industrial Park Road and will be closed for up to two consecutive weeks for construction of underground utilities. Property access along Cypress Drive will be maintained during construction. Motorists are asked to monitor the construction signage and drive with caution in the work zone area.
The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport will conduct a Triennial Full-scale Emergency Exercise as mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24.
How do summers go by so fast? It seems one day we are soaking up sunshine and blue skies, and the next we are watching the school buses rolling around town. New teachers, classes and schedules are beginning. Work goals are revisited and visions cast. And in all this refocusing, do you remember wanting to mentor a child someday? Is it stirring in your heart as you begin this new season? There is a child at Kinship Partners, waiting for you.
Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, encourages high school juniors to take an opportunity to spend a week working behind the scenes at the Capitol as a legislative page.
U.S. Attorney Erica H. MacDonald and the Department of Justice last week more than $113 million in grant awards to improve public safety, serve victims of crime, combat violence against women, and support youth programs in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Six tribes within the District of Minnesota have received grants totaling more than $8.6 million.