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Local news briefs- Aug. 10

One non-compliant predatory offender found in Cass County 

Cass County Sheriff’s Office deputies and agents from the U.S. Marshall Fugitive Task Force conducted compliance checks last week on registered predatory offenders living in Cass County. Deputies and agents did compliance checks on several registered offenders. Of these, only one was found to be non-compliant with registration requirements, as he moved out of state without registering.  

This is a cooperative effort with state, local and federal law enforcement agencies to ensure compliance and public safety. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office will continue to conduct compliance checks on Registered Offenders in Cass County. The frequency of those checks, which could be weekly or up to bi-monthly, will depend on the level of the offender.

Labor laws, business subject of LAHRA meeting 

The Lakes Area Human Resources Association is hosting a meeting Thursday with Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd and Rep. John Ward, DFL-Brainerd.  

Gazelka and Ward will speak on employment-related labor issues/laws, business initiatives and sponsored bills. A question and answer session is planned with LAHRA membership. 

The session is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Prairie Bay. Cost for non-members is $15 to attend the meeting which includes lunch.  RSVPs are needed to Becky Wohl at no later than Wednesday so lunches may be arranged. 

Brainerd zoning map listening session planned

The Brainerd City Council will conduct a listening session on proposed changes to the city’s zoning map during its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Brainerd City Hall.

For the past year and-a-half the Brainerd Planning Commission has reviewed zoning of the entire city and recently submitted its recommendations to the city council for final review and decision. 

Before the council begins its formal approval process, council President Mary Koep suggested a listening session to give the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed Map. 

The current zoning map and the proposed zoning map are available for viewing on the city’s website at The zoning maps are also available for viewing at the Planning Department at city hall.

Questions about the listening session, the current and proposed zoning maps, and about the zoning map approval process may be directed to the Planning Department at 828-2309.