Brainerd native Walt Straka, a 99-year-old World War II veteran, a prisoner of war, and the only surviving Minnesotan from the Bataan Death March, was honored during the Minnesota Vikings home game against Detroit at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis Sunday, Nov. 4. Straka was among a group of 64 soldiers who made up Brainerd's A Company, 194th Tank Battalion. As a POW, Straka labored at a steel mill in Kokura, Japan, and narrowly avoided being hit by an atomic bomb before the target was switched to Nagasaki, Japan, because of heavy cloud cover.
As temperatures fall in Minnesota, the number of people who become seriously ill from carbon monoxide poisoning goes up, according to data from the Minnesota Department of Health. Illness and deaths from CO poisoning can be prevented when people take certain steps to prepare for heating season, say state health and public safety officials.
The Breezy Point North Stars snapped a 1-1 deadlock with three third-period goals to down the Rochester Grizzlies 4-1 in North American3 Hockey League action Saturday, Nov. 3, at Breezy Point Arena. Lukas Brockman scored to give the Stars a 1-0 lead in the second period. Rochester tied it but Carson Simon, Brockman and Dylan Borseth all tallied in the final session for the win. Dan Fielding stopped 45 shots to earn the goaltending victory while losing netminder Maxim Closer had 29 saves.
For week of Nov. 8-14 with bands performing 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted. BAXTER Jack Pine Brewery 15593 Edgewood Drive N Flat Top Junction, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 BRAINERD Eagles Club 124 Front St. Don Turcotte & DuChane Bros, 7-11 p.m. Friday; $5 for all dances for non-Eagle members. Roundhouse Brewery 1551 Northern Pacific Road Acoustic Jam, 6-8:30 p.m. every third Tuesday. Tim Fast, 6:30 p.m. Friday Wheelhouse Duo, 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday Shep's on 6th
WALKER—Cass County Board and Leech Lake Tribal Council have set a special joint meeting for 10 a.m. Nov. 26 at Northern Lights Event Center, at the junction of highways 371 and 200 south of Walker. The county board's first meeting in December will begin at 4 p.m. rather than 9 a.m. Dec. 6 at the courthouse in Walker. That meeting will be followed at 6 p.m. by the board's annual public hearing on the proposed 2019 budget and levy.
Generally speaking, the state of Minnesota swung blue in the 2018 midterms, backing DFL candidates for governor, both U.S. senate seats, all three constitutional offices and in the Minnesota House of Representatives—with Republicans maintaining a narrow edge in the Minnesota Senate. In terms of the U.S. House, it was something of a trade-off where Republicans took seats in the First and Eighth districts from the Democrats, while surrendering the Second and the Third.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to an alarm at 10:28 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, on the 900 block of South Eighth Street, Brainerd South Apartments. Upon investigation, the alarm was determined to be caused by a dryer vent.
BAXTER Chameleon Café 18196 Highway 371 Crosby artist Nora Novotny's work is on display at the Baxter cafe and the Holy Yoga studio in Crosby. BRAINERD The Crossing Arts Alliance 711 Laurel St. Kringle Market, runs Nov. 10 through Dec. 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. TCAA is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. LITTLE FALLS Morrison County Govt. Center Gallery 213 First Ave. SE. Local artists, weekdays, ongoing.
The Brainerd Sports Boosters Club will meet Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Blue Room, 219 S. Ninth St., Brainerd. Lunch begins at noon and the program at 12:20 p.m. Football player Ben Staehling is the Warrior Athlete of the Week. Central Lakes College football is the program. You may purchase a $100 lunch card at Thursday's luncheon or the weekly fee of $12 includes meal, beverage and tip or attend the program only at no cost. For more information about the boosters and their upcoming events, visit www.brainerdsportsboosters.org .
Keeper Molly Rudolph was named the most valuable player of the Brainerd Warrior girls soccer team this season. Other varsity awards: All-Central Lakes Conference: Molly Rudolph, Abby Pohlkamp, Josie Kramer, Gabbie Smith, Gina Wasniewski Honorable mention All-CLC: Alexis Menghini, Ariana Jensen, Taylor Larson Most improved player: Josie Kramer Most valuable attacking player: Gabbie Smith Most valuable midfielder: Gina Wasniewski Most valuable defensive player: Ariana Jensen Season game ball: Taylor Larson