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A $36.65 million building bond referendum for the Little Falls School District was voted down Tuesday. Vote results were 1,471 yes and 2,197 no. Before the election, there were 9,751 registered voters in the school district. "It's evident that the plan didn't resonate with enough of the voters," Little Falls Superintendent Stephen Jones said.
Eight finalists - four from the Brainerd lakes area - will be interviewed for the full-time Brainerd Fire Chief position. The Brainerd Police and Fire Civil Service Commission met Monday to go over the final stages of the hiring process for the full-time fire chief position and agreed interview eight candidates for the position, starting May 27.
After an extremely dry spring, Mother Nature decided to get most of the state wet this past weekend. Rain was off and on Saturday in the Brainerd lakes area, with the heaviest rain starting Saturday night and ending before noon Sunday. A report of 2.9 inches of rain was tracked one mile north of Brainerd in a 24-hour period, ending at 11:26 a.m. Sunday, said Kevin Kraujalis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service of Duluth. The NWS also reported from 7 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday, Brainerd had 1.54 inches.
The 10 faces on the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office's 10 Most Wanted list for April have not been captured and continue to be wanted by authorities. The Most Wanted list for May includes Curtis Richard Hanson, Steven James Iverson, Taft Lee Johnson, Chris David Kujawa, Kevin Robert Lawrence, Gene Russell Lindman, Terry Thomas Olson, Gary George Powers, Kenneth Walker Jr. and Adam Levert Williams. Some people on the list in Aitkin County have been wanted by authorities for more than a year and others date back as far at 1998.
Want to have coffee with a Brainerd police officer? Now is your chance. Brainerd Police officer Paul Rosier, a night patrolman for the city the past two years, is kicking off a program called Coffee with Cops. The first event will be at 6:30 a.m. Monday at The Barn in Brainerd. Rosier, joined by Sgt. Joy Larson, will have coffee, maybe even breakfast and will be available for anyone to join them.
Brainerd police officers were thanked for their service Friday, as National Police Week came to an end. Liz Gerads, a wife of a Wright County deputy, has been busy in the past weeks distributing thank-you notes and cards to law enforcement officers throughout Minnesota.
It was a mock training drill. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office was called Thursday to locate an autistic 7-year-old boy, who went missing in an area near South Sixth Street in Brainerd. Sgt. Chad Paulson set up the perimeter of a 2-square-mile area of where the boy could be. The perimeter was between South Sixth Street, Wright Street, 13th Street Southeast and Thiesse Road. Once the perimeter was set, Sgt.
It looks like the 2015 Brainerd High School (BHS) graduation commencement ceremony may be indoors. This time it's not the weather, but rather the chairs the seniors would use on the field. Chairs, or sharp objects, such as spiked heel shoes, are not recommended on the new artificial surface on Don Adamson Field because it would damage the artificial turf. The school district installed the new artificial surface on the stadium field last year. It was a $3.1 million project and the first game was played Aug.
The Brainerd School District will see a 5 percent hike in health insurance premiums for 2015-16. The Brainerd School Board Monday approved the health insurance premium increase and agreed to keep Medica as the district's health insurance provider. The health insurance Plan B approved is as follows: • District paid $593 on the single plan in 2014-15 and $1,274 on the family plan per month. • Employee paid $31 on the single plan in 2014-15 and $243 on the family plan per month. • District will pay $622 on the single plan in 2015-16 and $1,338 on the family plan per month. • Employee will p
The Brainerd School District is moving the special education programming to Riverside Elementary School for next school year and this didn't sit well with some parents. Laura Paulson of Baxter spoke against moving the special education programming to Riverside. Paulson spoke Monday during community forum at the Brainerd School Board meeting. Paulson's son Wyatt is a second grader at Garfield Elementary School and she wants him to stay at Garfield. "I feel the best learning environment for my son is to stay at Garfield for his last two years of elementary school," Paulson said.