A small passenger plane crashed Friday night near the Pine River airport in Cass County. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch confirmed the crash but said he could not release more information about the crash or the fate of the people the plane was carrying. More information will be available on the Dispatch website Saturday, March 28.
CAREER Soukup presents at Tucson Festival of Books Krista Rolfzen Soukup, owner of Blue Cottage Agency, a business that represents and promotes literary arts, was a featured presenter at The 2015 Tucson Festival of Books at the University of Arizona. The Tucson Festival of Book began in 2009 and is now one of the nation's largest and most vibrant literary festivals. Offered free-of-charge, the festival exists to improve literacy rates among children and adults. Over 350 authors participate in presentations and workshops attracting diverse audiences.
One of central Minnesota's leading dealers in outdoor power equipment announced the opening of a store in Brainerd. When the Brainerd location opens on April 1 it will be the fourth location for M&M Express Sales & Service, all located in Minnesota.
The start of spring and the promise of warmer weather to come kindles enthusiasm in many people to create more organized living and work spaces. But when it comes time to actually do the work, we realize organization takes more patience than some of us have and a professional organizer might be helpful.
The Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department will host a meeting for all Mustang, Bronco and Pony league baseball coaches at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the Brainerd Public Utilities conference room. The meeting will include discussion of league and draft rules, background checks for coaches, NYAS certification and a presentation by Select Therapy. Volunteer coaches are needed for Mustang and Bronco leagues. Contact Tony Sailer at 218-828-2320 if you are interested in coaching. The deadline to register for competitive baseball leagues is April 17.
DNR urges state forest and off-highway vehicle trail users to check for temporary closures With warm weather on the way, many off-highway vehicle (OHV) riders may be eager to hit the trails, but state forest roads and trails are typically wet during the spring, so the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will need to close some areas temporarily. "The spring thaw leads to soft soils, which may be susceptible to damage," said Scott Kelling, northeast regional manager for the DNR's Parks and Trails Division.
The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame recently inducted 17 individuals and one organization into The Hall.
Jeff Higgins from Pillager is the grand prize winner from the 2015 Catholic United Financial Catholic Schools Raffle. Higgins' ticket was one of more than 200,000 tickets sold in Minnesota, North and South Dakota. All of the raffle proceeds will stay with the schools. Catholic United Financial provides the prizes, tickets and fundraising material at no cost to the 87 Catholic schools in the three state region, including St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School.
Morrison sheriff SUSPICIOUS - A report at 11:10 p.m. Tuesday of seeing trucks at the tower on Dove Road and HIghway 27 in Little Falls. Officers met with workers at the tower who were replacing batteries at the tower and said they would be working until 5 a.m. A report at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday of a vehicle that pulled into complainant's driveway with the lights off and then backed out on the 300 block of Peter Avenue, Pierz. Unknown if someone got out.
Youth Volunteer of the Month for April is Shayla Metz. Family: Parents Dr. Christopher Metz and Kristi Metz; siblings Braedon, 10 grade, Gavin eighth grade, Aubri sixth grade. Volunteer Activities: Essentia Health. I like to volunteer because: "I am interested in the medical field and hope to pursue that as a career." My most memorable experience volunteering: "At the hospital was when I talked with an elderly patient for an extended period of time and we talked about family and history.