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Megan Hensel Grade: Senior Age: 17. Art focus: Brainerd High School orchestra. Adviser nomination: "Megan is a senior and viola section leader in our top orchestra at BHS. She is a highly motivated, bright and mature student. Megan has been involved in tennis, Interact Club, Music Listening Contest and works at Common Goods. She is reliable and extremely successful; we look forward to hearing of Megan's major achievements in the future."
A Level 3 predatory offender—who has lived in Brainerd in the past and is known by Minnesota Department of Corrections probation agents—is moving to Baxter. The Baxter Police Department reported Joshua Chad Tromblay is moving Monday to Bur Oak Drive in Baxter. He has a history of sexual contact with juvenile female victims ages 3-4 and adult victims. Contact has included penetration and the offender was known to his victims.
Brainerd lakes area residents who didn't like the recent snowfall will be pleased to hear the rest of the week appears to be mainly snow-free. Snowfall began late Sunday night and didn't stop until early Tuesday morning, dropping over a foot in some cities in the lakes area. Residents Tuesday were still digging themselves out of their driveways and snowplow drivers continued to clean up the roadways after Mother Nature pounded most of the state with snow.
David Nibbe Grade: Senior Age: 17. Art focus: Brainerd High School theater.
A 27-year-old Coon Rapids man on Friday admitted to killing 5-year-old Alayna Jeanne Ertl of Watkins in the summer of 2016. Zachary Todd Anderson was scheduled to appear in a Cass County District Courtroom in Walker for a pre-trial hearing Friday morning in front of Judge Jana M. Austad. Instead, he entered a plea of guilt for first-degree murder involving first-degree criminal sexual conduct with sexual penetration.
WALKER—A 27-year-old Coon Rapids man on Friday admitted to killing 5-year-old Alayna Jeanne Ertl of Watkins in the summer of 2016. Zachary Todd Anderson was scheduled to appear Friday in a Cass County District Courtroom in Walker for a pre-trial hearing in front of Judge Jana M. Austad. Instead he entered a plea of guilt to first-degree murder involving first-degree criminal sexual conduct with sexual penetration.
Another year has passed and the mystery of who killed Rachel Anthony still lingers among her family, the Pine River community and the law enforcement officials who investigated her disappearance and death. Anthony, 50, disappeared the night of Feb. 27, 2001, at the end of her shift at Ultimate Liquors in Pine River. Her body was found six weeks later in a ravine near Breezy Point, about 15 miles away on an infrequently traveled road.
Brainerd Public Schools has three options to consider on its traffic study relating to the future plans of how to access the Brainerd High School. The Brainerd School Board Monday heard the findings of the traffic study from Tim Houle of Widseth Smith Nolting. The traffic study is one part of the district's final comprehensive facilities plan. The district is proposing to build a new Baxter Elementary School, repurposing all six elementary schools and spending about $79 million to remodel the Brainerd High School north campus.
Madi Aberle Grade: Sophomore Age: 16. Art focus: Brainerd High School painting. Adviser nomination: "From the first day of class, I could tell that Madi had an incredible talent for painting. She has been using advanced techniques and she goes above and beyond in her work. She does very high quality work and when she finishes a project, she immediately proceeds to make something else amazing. She has a great work ethic and is very passionate about art."
Brainerd area residents can put away their shovels and snow plows and take a breather as no more inclement weather is expected for the lakes area—for this coming week anyway. After two impactful snowfalls, people may still be digging their way out of their driveways and walkways. However, they have time to clean it up as there is only a slight chance of snow during the overnight Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Duluth.