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Local briefs- Nov. 22

Crow Wing County survey resources available online

The Crow Wing County Land Services Department and GIS Department collaborated to improve the ability to search for survey resources and section corner information within the web based GIS application “WebFusion.”

Crow Wing County has about 4,400 public land survey monuments that comprise section, quarter and meander corners that form sections and townships which comprise all the sections in the county. During the last three decades, significant efforts have been made in the field toward recovery and perpetuation of these public land survey corners which are the foundation for all private and public land boundaries in the county.

Continuing efforts are being made to complete the re-monumentation of all public land survey corners in the county. Survey records and other related information that is currently only available by coming to the county for viewing is being assembled for dissemination to the public through tools that will be added in the “WebFusion” application.

For more information, contact the Environmental Services Office at 824-1125 or to discuss survey or land use questions.

Information about the web-based GIS application “WebFusion” may be found at

Brooks pleads guilty to second-degree murder in Todd Co.

OSAKIS — Jeffrey Allan Brooks on Friday pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder of Diane Fortenberry on May 20, reported the Todd County Sheriff’s Department.

Brooks was committing a burglary at the Fortenberry residence on Whitetail Trail in Gordon Township near Osakis, when the murder occurred.

The maximum sentence for second-degree murder is 480 months.

Brooks will be sentenced in January.

CAP cadets take first in mile-run event

The Crow Wing Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol Cadet Color Guard recently competed in the Minnesota State Wing Cadet Competition held Nov. 5 at Camp Ripley.

The team members took first place in the mile-run event.

Team members Jessica Holmes, Nathan Olson, Matt O’Reilly, Tim O’Reilly and Kyle Unzeitig were among nine color guard teams competing in six judged events including Indoor Practical Drill, Outdoor Practical Drill, Standard Drill, In-Ranks Inspection, and Quiz Bowl. The competitive events test cadets’ performance in areas of military-style drill, appropriate appearance and uniform wear, correct handling and display of the American flag, as well as their knowledge of aerospace history and current events.

Cadets of the Color Guard and Drill team were honored with medals and certificates at a recent meeting for their participation in the America’s Finest Festival Parade of Tribute and Honor in Minneapolis in September. Christian Rom, Emmett Richardson, John Stout, Tim O’Reilly, Matt O’Reilly, Dominic O’Reilly, Nathan Olson, and Jessica Holmes were among 150 Civil Air Patrol members from throughout the state who participated in the parade to honor firefighters, police officers, and members of the military for their service, dedication, and sacrifice to community, state, and nation. They marched alongside nearly 10,000 participants from nine states, including the 34th Infantry Division Army “Red Bull” Band, U.S. Army Reserve Band and a Joint Armed Forces Honor Guard.

Cadets are 12- to 18-year old members of the Crow Wing Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, a civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. They represent the communities of Brainerd, Baxter, Aitkin, Crosby, Ironton, and Fifty Lakes. The squadron is open to senior members ages 19 and over as well. More information about Civil Air Patrol or the squadron may be obtained by calling Commander Marcel Kobberdahl, (218) 534-5418.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.