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The 24-year-old man arrested Monday for allegedly stabbing an 18-year-old Brainerd man in the back with a knife was arraigned Wednesday in Crow Wing District Court on a misdemeanor fifth-degree assault charge. Jeffrey Jordan Lauer, formerly of Lake Shore, whose current address is unknown, pleaded not guilty in front of Judge Earl E. Maus. Maus set unconditional bail at $6,000 or Lauer could be released without bond or bail by following certain conditions.
A 48-year-old Brainerd man is facing prison time for allegedly threatening to kill a woman with a steak knife if she attempted to leave him, court documents said. Jeffry Wayne Johnson was charged Monday in Crow Wing District Court on three felony charges: second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and making terroristic threats. Johnson could face up to seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine on the second-degree assault charge alone. Judge Kristine R. DeMay set Johnson's bail at $50,000 without conditions or $25,000 with conditions.
Brainerd resident Ron Anderson's first book titled "Quack The Lucky Duckling," is based on a true story inspired by his dog, Bud. Anderson, who goes by Capt. Ron Anderson, wrote the book, published by Beaver's Pond Press of Edina this past spring. "Quack The Lucky Duckling" is about a dog, a duck and a hunter, who come together in a story of discovery and friendship. Anderson said he never thought he would ever write a book, but one night he began writing some ideas down and thought "This isn't bad," he said. "I got the idea from my dog," said Anderson.
Brainerd High School's (BHS) music program was selected as a semifinalist as a GRAMMY Signature School for 2015 by the GRAMMY Foundation. BHS and Underwood High School, the only other Minnesota school, made the list of 120 schools in the nation named semifinalists. Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year. Christopher Brandt, BHS associate director of bands, said the music department submitted an extensive application in September for the award.
BAXTER - Baxter homeowners will see a slight increase on their property taxes for 2015. The Baxter City Council Tuesday approved the 2015 budget and levy. Council members Jim Klein and Mark Cross were absent from the meeting. The 2015 levy was set at $5.6 million, which represents a $93,700 increase from 2014 or an increase of 1.68 percent. The 2015 budget includes $7.8 million of expenditures over revenue, with total expenditures at $21,374,600.
BAXTER - The Isle Drive extension project in Baxter is a go. The Baxter City Council Tuesday unanimously approved the extension project and approved a professional services agreement with WSB and Associates of St. Cloud to design and do construction services for the project. The council also agreed that some services would be subcontracted to WSN. The project needed four of the five council members' votes in order to pass. At the beginning of the meeting, council members Jim Klein and Mark Cross were absent.
There are no new mugs on the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office's Top 10 Most Wanted for November. Authorities continue to look for Steven James Iverson, Michael Bude Fondurulia, Paul Arthur Heimark, Chris David Kujawa, Taft Lee Johnson, David Leroy Morseth, Kevin Robert Lawrence, Terry Thomas Olson, Gary George Powers and Kenneth Walker Jr. Some people on the Most Wanted in Aitkin County have been wanted by authorities for more than a year and others dating back as far at 1998. If you have seen any of the suspects, the sheriff's office asks you to call them at 218-927-7435.
Jessie Ernster Grade: Sophomore. Age: 16. Art focus: Brainerd High School (BHS) visual arts. Adviser nomination: "Jessie is a very focused and detailed artist. She has a strong understanding of composition and design. Jessie is always willing to help with the extra duties such as creating pottery bowls for the empty bowls event, working on painting the set for theater and making posters for the blood drive. Jessie does all this with enthusiasm and a smile." Memorable fine arts achievement: "Winning the T-shirt design contest for Key Club.
A semitrailer pulling a full load of propane crashed early Monday morning, resulting a portion of Highway 25 being shut down at Thompson Road in Brainerd for most of the day. The crash, reported at 2:32 a.m., sent emergency crews to the scene for more than 12 hours. The Minnesota State Patrol said Mark Liebeg, 45, Brainerd, was traveling southbound on Highway 25 in a 2007 Freightliner semitrailer, pulling a propane tanker that was 95 percent full.
Jacob Fort Grade: Sophomore. Age: 15. Art focus: Brainerd High School (BHS) Theater. Adviser nomination: "Jacob has improved immensely since the beginning of rehearsals. He has never been in a play before this production. Jacob gave three excellent performances getting lots of laughs from the audience. I know he will continue to shine for the upcoming performances this weekend." Memorable fine arts achievement: "Joining the cast of 'Noises Off.'" Tell me about the role you played: "I play Seldon, a drunken Scotsman, who has to play a burglar because the play is a play within a play.