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Local News Briefs - March 13

Increased DWI patrols on St. Patrick’s Day

Looking ahead to St. Patrick’s Day, law enforcement around Minnesota recognizes that it is historically a dangerous drinking and driving party period. This year the holiday falls on a Saturday. The last time that occurred (2007), 527 motorists were arrested for DWI and all three traffic deaths were alcohol-related.

Considering this information, troopers, deputies and officers from around Minnesota will be working Towards Zero Deaths (TZD) DWI shifts on March 17 to be worked in conjunction with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. State Patrol Lt. Joe Dwyer said in a press release, “We would rather have drivers plan ahead not to drink and drive instead of having to make arrests or have needless tragedies occur.” Drivers are encouraged to support this project by planning ahead not to drink and drive and to report those who do. Brainerd Police Chief Corky McQuiston said in the same press release, “For more success on projects like this on, every motorist needs to be on the lookout for drivers who appear to be impaired, and report them as soon as possible.”

Law enforcement agencies in the Crow Wing County area working this project will be Minnesota State Patrol troopers, Crow Wing County Deputies, and officers from the police departments of Brainerd, Baxter, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Deerwood, Emily, Crosby, Cuyuna, Crosslake and Breezy Point. The Crow Wing County Passenger Safety Coalition supports all of these enforcement efforts.

Rash of copper thefts reported in Crow Wing County

Crow Wing County has been seeing a rash of thefts of scrap, particularly copper, reported Crow Wing Sheriff Todd Dahl.

Dahl said thieves have been targeting businesses and private homes looking for anything that may be of value for recycling. Dahl said recently the rash of thefts have been happening at seasonal recreational vehicle campgrounds around the county. The thieves are cutting the power feed cords for the campers to recycle the copper found inside the electrical cords. They also are cutting the copper tubing off of propane cylinders.

Dahl would like to remind citizens that if they see anything suspicious to call 911 and report the activity. Information that would be beneficial for the investigation would include a vehicle description and possible license plate, number of persons and any clothing/physical descriptions.

Dahl would like to emphasize the importance of personal safety and that any suspicious activities should be called into law enforcement instead of confronting the suspects on your own.

Cravaack mobile office to be conducted in Motley

Representatives of Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., will conduct a mobile office from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Motley City Hall at 316 Highway 10 S.

Above and beyond

As students, we are often taught to go above and beyond and truly strive to surpass your goals. Forestview Middle School students defined that attitude during Water Week, March 5-9, raising just short of $10,000 to be donated to schools in Nicaragua — nearly $8,000 more than their targeted goal of $1,750.

“With this money we are now able to help four schools instead of just one,” said Sandy Loney, teacher at Forestview. “I am just so excited with all that these kids and this community did to help raise this money for such a good cause.”

Culminating with a Water Walk last Thursday, more than 300 people turned out to walk around the Forestview gym carrying milk jugs full of water to emulate what people in Nicaragua go through to get clean water. Loney said that the water that filled the jugs for the walk will be used in the cleaning machines, with the plastic milk jugs being recycled.

Cass County Republicans

elect delegates

HACKENSACK — The Cass County Republican Convention was conducted March 3 at the Hackensack Community Center. The convention was made up of delegates and alternates elected at the precinct caucuses in February, 2012. There were about 150 people in attendance including 99 delegates and 31 alternates.

Sen. John Carlson, R-Bemidji, addressed the crowd. Fifteen delegates and 23 alternates were elected to represent the county at the district and state conventions. There were 22 resolutions passed that will be presented to the district resolutions committee for review.

The elected delegates are Jan Schultz, Paul Ritter, Tom Lund, Larry & Myrna Howes, Ken LaPorte, Jan and Mark Skjolsvik, Kevin Castiglione, Steve Moline, Mary Tiedeman, Aaron Ready, Mike Pappenfus, Candace Ihrke and Rachel Ready.

The 8th Congressional District convention will be in Park Rapids on April 21, 2012 and the state convention will be in St Cloud on May 18-19, 2012.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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