Coinciding with the start of early voting Friday, the Brainerd Dispatch presents its 2018 Voter's Guide, a comprehensive look at area township, city, school board, county, legislative and other contested races ahead of the Nov. 6 general election.
The Breezy Point North Stars opened the season by losing to the Alexandria Blizzard 4-2 Friday, Sept. 14, and 5-2 to the New Ulm Steel Saturday, Sept. 15, in a pair of North American 3 Hockey League home games. Against Alexandria, the North Stars trailed 3-1 after two periods despite a goal by Josh Maucieri. Breezy Point's Ben Bergman tallied to cut the deficit to 3-2 early in the third period before the Blizzard iced the win with a late goal. Winning netminder Kyle Hayden stopped 42 shots while the North Stars' Lucas Ehrlich had 33 saves.
A third travel-related case of measles in the state in less than six weeks prompted state health officials to urge Minnesotans to make sure they and their families are up to date on their measles vaccinations before they travel. Large measles outbreaks are occurring in several areas around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and South America. Anyone who travels to these areas who is not fully vaccinated with the measles, mumps and rubella, or MMR, vaccine is at high risk for contracting measles.
Veterans served by the St. Cloud VA Health Care System have multiple options to get a flu shot this year. During flu season, flu shots are available as part of any scheduled VA appointment. Ask the nurse or doctor at a next appointment. In October, numerous walk-in clinics are available at local Department of Veterans Affairs facilities: St Cloud VA Medical Center, 4801 Veterans Drive, St. Cloud • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Oct. 2, 3 and 4; in Building 96. • 4:30-6 p.m.; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 (Tuesdays); in Building 1.
Several mailboxes were damaged this past weekend along the southeastern part of Morrison County. The Morrison County Sheriff's Office reported 36 mailboxes were damaged along Nature Road, Partridge Road and Highway 25 in Buckman, Morrill and Hillman townships. The mailboxes appeared to have been smashed with pumpkins and wood objects. Sheriff Shawn Larsen reported these incidents happened sometime overnight between 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, through 7 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.
Want to know more about woodlands? Want to manage property for wildlife? Interested in lower tax rates, conserving land for the future, or improving soil and water quality on property? Two seminars designed for landowners will offer the chance for them to learn what they can do to better their land; hear about possible funding from local, state and federal sources; and ask natural resource professionals questions about managing property to meet personal goals.
The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Commission's Marketing/PR Committee will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it will waive day-use fees at boat launch ramps and swimming beaches at its recreation areas nationwide in recognition of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 22.
A 29-year-old St. Cloud man suffered injury when he lost control of the mini-bike he was operating and crashed into a wall at Nitro Square gas station at the entrance of Brainerd International Raceway.
GARRISON—A 21-year-old man suffered minor injuries following an all-terrain vehicle crash in Garrison. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office was called at 4:22 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, to an ATV crash on Bluebill Point Road and Oxcart Road in Garrison. It was reported Kyle W. Doucette of Shakopee was operating an ATV when it collided with a wood post. Doucette was thrown from the ATV and received minor abrasions to his knees and head. He was transported to the Mille Lacs Health System in Onamia.