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Local news briefs- May 20

Pequot Lakes to host car show June 4

PEQUOT LAKES — The Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point Lion’s Club will host the fourth annual Cherry Car Show from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on June 4 at Trailside Park at Highway 371 and Crow Wing County Road 11 in Pequot Lakes. 

The show is free to spectators and this year a craft show has been added. 

For those wishing to enter a car in the show, registration $10 and will open at 7 a.m. Pre-registration is available by calling (218) 820-1215 or send an email to

Presentation on cons and scams set for Tuesday

Crow Wing County TRIAD invites the public to attend a presentation on “Cons and Scams and Security at Home” from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center, 803 Kingwood St. in Brainerd.

Speakers will include Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Investigator D.J. Downie, Sheriff Todd Dahl and Mary Marana, director of Crisis Line.

Information and resources will be provided on how to avoid being a victim or target of fraudulent activity. Individuals need to know the danger signs that alert us to these common scams. Some are subtle and some are easier to recognize. Always watch for the red flags, officials advised.

For more information call the sheriff’s department at 829-4749, the Brainerd Police Department at 829-2805 or visit the Crow Wing County website at

Comments being accepted on Baxter’s water plant permit

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is accepting comments on an application for a major modify state disposal system permit for Baxter’s water treatment plant at 6070 Mapleton Road. 

Comments will be accepted through June 13 and can be submitted to Robin Novotny, MPCA’s Municipal Division, 7678 College Road, Suite 105, Baxter, MN, 56425.

Baxter’s current permit expires June 30, 2012. The draft permit is available at

For more information contact Novotny at (218) 316-3851.

Historical Society display at Brainerd Public Library

“From Many Backgrounds” is the current Crow Wing County Historical Society display at the Brainerd Public Library.

The display’s purpose is to remind people of their past and journeys that many families made from Europe to the United States. There are photographs of immigrants from many countries, ships they traveled on, the countries they left and people who settled in Crow Wing County. The display also has information on Ellis Island, the immigration processing station after 1892.

The treasures that immigrants brought from their homelands are represented by actual items such as a family bible, accordion, wooden shoes and other objects.  

This exhibit is of European roots that many area residents have. 

State Patrol urges caution during Memorial Day weekend

Baxter — The Minnesota State Patrol is urging caution to motorists who will be traveling during the Memorial Day weekend.

According to Department of Public Safety statistics, from 2004-2009 there were at least 2,736 motor vehicle crashes in Minnesota killing at least 42 motorists and injuring at least 1605 more.

In a news release, State Patrol Sgt. Curt Mowers, regional public information officer, said crashes can be prevented because the vast majority of them are driver-error related.

“If you want a better chance of surviving when driving, you need to slow down, buckle up, driver sober and pay attention,” Mowers said in the release.

Crow Wing County, WAPOA get grant to combat invasive species

Crow Wing County, in partnership with the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association, received a $7,750 Watercraft Inspection Grant from the DNR to inspect watercraft at public landings for Aquatic Invasive Species on the Whitefish Chain of lakes.  

Aquatic Invasive Species are plants or animals that have been introduced into a body of water where they do not naturally occur. Those invasive species are able to reproduce rapidly and out compete native species, which can alter the ecological balance of the lake.  

Examples include Eurasian water milfoil, curly leaf pondweed, spiny water fleas and zebra mussels.   

“It is virtually impossible to eradicate aquatic invasive species in a lake or stream once they are introduced,” said Mitch Brinks, county water protection specialist. “That is why it is so important to be proactive by inspecting watercraft before they enter our lakes.”