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Supper club owner, charged with arson, makes first court appearance

The owner of the Carlsona Beach Supper Club on Mills Lacs Lake, charged Thursday with felony first-degree arson of the supper club that was burned to the ground more than a year ago, made his first appearance Monday in Aitkin County District Court.

Ronald Wise, 47, Brainerd, was seen Monday by Judge John R. Solien. Wise’s next court appearance was scheduled for 2:30 p.m. July  11. 

Wise, who in addition to arson was also charged with four counts of felony fraud in obtaining credit and four counts of felony filing a false tax return regarding the operation of the supper club under the name of R & J Enterprises, was released from jail on his own recognizance. However, his release came with a long list of conditions that include no alcohol or controlled substance use, no mood-altering chemicals, can’t enter any bars or liquor stores, can’t possess firearms or dangerous weapons and can’t leave the state without written court approval.

The fire that destroyed the Carlsona Beach Supper Club, on Highway 18 west of Malmo, was reported to the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Department at 12:41 a.m. on April 26, 2010. Firefighters from Aitkin, Garrison and Isle fought the flames for about five hours but were unable to save the building. All that was left standing of the log building following the fire were a few charred walls. No one was inside when the fire was reported and there were no injuries.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at or 855-5851.