Oliver Knudson Grade: Senior. Age: 18. Art focus: Brainerd High School A Cappella Choir Adviser nomination: "Oliver is in All State Choir, A Cappella, Windfall, section leader and choir co-manager. Oliver is an incredible musician who leads his peers through his service to others and consistently high performance. His high standards are an inspiration to us all." Memorable fine arts achievement: Making the 2018-19 Minnesota All-State Tenor Bass Choir. Artist most admired: Ola Gjeilo, a Norwegian composer.
The hard reality is child sexual exploitation and human trafficking happens across Minnesota and in our own backyard in the Brainerd lakes area. Education is one of the first steps in addressing the issue and is the main message of an organization called Cherish All Children—a ministry that equips church congregations with the tools to prevent child sexual exploitation.
A Fort Ripley man was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation late Sunday night, Oct. 14, after he escaped his home as it quickly filled with flames and smoke. The fire was reported just after 11 p.m. at a mobile home on the 600 block of Ripley Street in Fort Ripley. The home is situated between Little Falls and Brainerd, about a 15-mile drive for both Little Falls and Brainerd firefighters.
Emma Tautges Grade: Freshman Age: 14. Art focus: Brainerd High School Brainonion. Adviser nomination: "Already, Emma is proving to be a motivated, goal-oriented staff member of the yearbook. It's great to see this level or dedication, especially from one of our younger students." Memorable fine arts achievement: Being published in two poetry books, once in 2016 and another this year. One of the poetry books was the "America's Library of Poetry." Artist most admired: Halsey, an American singer.
The Aitkin County Sheriff's Office released its most up to date Top 10 Most Wanted list for the month of October. Six of the faces on the list—Samuel David Berg, Paul Arthur Heimark, Steven James Iverson, Chris David Kujawa, Terry Thomas Olson and Kenneth Walker Jr.—have been on the Most Wanted list for quite some time; Anthony Munson Jolls and Reid Robert Nelson joined the list in 2017; and Zachery Scott Brown and Terrah Ann Jensen are new to the list.
Little did 71-year-old John J. Pufahl know when he woke up the morning of Friday, Oct. 12, he would be called a hero. But that is exactly what the Garrison man is—a hero—after rescuing three hunters and their black and yellow Labradors after their hunting boat capsized on Camp Lake, a lake southwest of Garrison and northeast of Pine Center in southeastern Crow Wing County.
Guitarist Dick Wilt of Brainerd was named for the Minnesota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 and this past month joined the Legends of Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame. The 78-year-old Brainerd musician, who has performed since age 12, said he feels good about being inducted into the Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame ceremony was Sept. 30 at the Moose Lodge in Rapid City, S.D., and honored 17 music legends.
Brainerd residents may see about an inch of snow when they wake up Thursday, Oct. 11. Though this expected snow will fall well before Halloween, people might as well get out their masks—ski masks that is. The first snowfall indicates winter is soon coming to the lakes area—so those who love snow should be happy. Last year, Brainerd saw snow for the first time on Oct. 26, with 2 inches falling, the National Weather Service in Duluth reported. On average the first measurable snowfall is Nov. 11.
Adviser nomination: "EB Archer is a very creative and gifted artist. She has taken every art class available at BHS. Collectively as a staff we agree she possesses a mature style and authentic artfulness in each of the mediums in which she works. EB's subject matter has a somewhat dark side, which often causes the viewer to take a second look. EB has a clear understanding of design, composition and art techniques. She is talented in the mediums of clay, drawing and painting. It is always a delight to see what EB will do with an assignment as she has a way of turning it into a detailed masterpiece." Memorable fine arts achievement: "Winning Best Realistic Portrait of a portrait I did of Gerard Way. It was in last year's BHS art show."
Case disputes involving driving while intoxicated, property access and a traveling restriction for a man convicted of hiring a 14-year-old for sex were heard Thursday, Oct. 4, in front of a three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals in Brainerd. Minnesota Court of Appeals Presiding Judge Lucinda Jesson and Judges James Florey and Denise Reilly traveled to Brainerd to hear oral arguments on two Crow Wing County and two Cass County cases. They gathered in Courtroom No. 1 at the Crow Wing County Judicial Center.