If you live in the Little Falls area and hear explosions on Wednesday, don’t be alarmed. An Air Force Reserve Unit (AFR) from the Twin Cities will be detonating some old munitions at Camp Ripley, located at 15000 Highway 115 in Little Falls. The munitions were confiscated as part of a criminal investigation and were being held in a safe location in Rosemount. Munitions to be destroyed include hand grenades, blasting caps, detonating cords, and fuses.
BAXTER—Local residents and motorists on Highway 25, just south of Highway 210 near the railroad tracks in east Brainerd may see smoke from roadside prescribed fire Tuesday, Dec. 18. Traffic should not be affected and all roadways will remain open, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported. Motorists approaching any prescribed fire work zone should slow down, watch for crews and navigate with caution.
Brainerd police ARRESTS—A 24-year-old man was arrested at 7:03 p.m. Thursday for reckless discharge of a firearm in a school zone (Washington Educational Services Building) and disorderly conduct on the 700 block of South Ninth Street following a report of a shooting complaint. It was reported the man shot multiple times into his own vehicle. A 25-year-old man was arrested at 2:29 p.m. Sunday for domestic assault and disorderly conduct following a report of a physical domestic on the 400 block of C Street Northeast.
It's an art form that is as old as man has been in existence. From the remains of Otzi the Ice Man and Egyptian mummies dating back to between 4000 and 3100 B.C. to today, people have been inking their bodies with designs since the beginning. Those with tattoos tend to have stories behind their ink, no matter how large or small of an area it covers, and the Morrison County Historical Society would like to learn more about them.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to two calls Sunday, Dec. 16. The first call was at 10:43 a.m. on the 700 block of Southwest Fifth Street for a carbon monoxide alarm. Upon investigation, it was determined to be unfounded. At 3:09 p.m., firefighters were called to Edgewood Vista, 14890 Beaver Dam Road, for a fire alarm. Upon investigation, it was determined to be caused from plastic near a cooking appliance.
PALISADE—Long Lake Conservation Center is offering "A Week of Winter Wonders Master Naturalist Class" Jan. 28 through Feb. 1, 2019, featuring the North Woods Great Lake biome. Participants will explore nature in winter by birding, tracking wildlife, learning how the first Minnesotans survived the winter, practicing their own winter resourcefulness, trekking through the forest, identifying trees by their twigs and bark, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and discovering new things about nature.
The Brainerd Public Library is offering free classes to area residents who are new to computers, haven't used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable or need a refresher. All of the classes are taught using computers equipped with Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 2013, unless otherwise noted. Class size is limited to 10 students and those interested can register by calling 218-829-5574.
A 31-year-old Brainerd man is accused of punching a woman with a closed fist multiple times and throwing an empty sippy cup that hit a 1-year-old child while the woman was feeding the child. Tyler James Switajewski was charged Thursday, Dec. 13, in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd with felony terroristic threats, gross misdemeanor of endangering a child in a situation that could cause harm and two misdemeanors of domestic assault. Bond was set at $30,000 with no conditions or $10,000 with conditions. His next court hearing was set at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 7, 2019.
Minnesota Community Measurement's first report on depression care in the state highlights progress in identifying and caring for adults and adolescents diagnosed with depression. In 2016, more than 16 million adults in the U.S. experienced at least one episode of major depression in the previous 12 months, and more than 3 million adolescents age 12 to 17 had at least one major depressive episode.
BAXTER—A 67-year-old Crosslake woman was injured Saturday, Dec. 15, when the vehicle she was driving left the roadway and struck a tree on the 14000 block of Forest Drive in Baxter. The Baxter Police Department reported the crash may have been caused after the woman—Mary K. Blexrud—had a medical issue. Blexrud was transported by North Memorial Ambulance to a hospital, where she later died. The crash, reported at 11:49 a.m., is under investigation.