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Brainerd High School Art Teacher Bob Johnson will be remembered for his smile and for touching the lives of many students over the past two decades. The beloved teacher died Saturday at age 55 after battling Stage 4 esophageal cancer. Johnson was hired at BHS in 1999. He taught pottery and photography and he started the decoy carving program.
Brainerd High School students completed a near sweep of junior division awards at the 2017 World's Largest Fish Decoy Show held April 22-23 in Perham. Ribbons and certificates were awarded to the Top 5 places in each class. There are four classes: Class 11, which is any sunfish; Class 12, which is any trout; Class 13, which is any pike; and Class 14, which is any decoy jig stick. Below are the results from students at BHS in 10th through 12th grade.
BAXTER—Four people escaped injuries early Sunday morning and a dog was saved after a fast-moving fire nearly destroyed a Baxter home. The Brainerd Fire Department was called at 2:01 a.m. to a house fire on the 13000 block of Madeline Drive in Baxter. Brainerd Fire Chief Tim Holmes said two people were passing by when they saw the fire and went to alert the occupants by knocking on the door and windows of the bi-level house. The owner of the house is Ken Lacy, but the occupants at the time of the fire were Steve Johnson, Johnson's step-son, Lacy's son and the boys' friend.
It was a warm day in May last year when Mike Jay and his son, Cory Jay, were cutting down trees with a chain saw on property north of Merrifield. The father and son were cutting what Cory thought would be their last tree. Cory wanted to be done for the day, but Mike said one more tree. That one more tree was a life changer. "He was cutting and I was behind him and I felt the tree was coming down the wrong way," Mike said. "I reached out and shoved the tree and he didn't see me and lifted the saw and basically cut my arm off.
Brainerd native Serena Schreifels was named Miss Minnesota International Saturday in the 2017 Miss Minnesota International pageant in St. Paul. Schreifels, 20, entered the competition as Miss Brainerd International. Schreifels, the daughter of Julie and Troy Schreifels of Brainerd, graduated from Brainerd High School in 2015. She currently is a sophomore at Gustavus Adolphus College studying film.
From singing to performing to acting to debating to creating a masterpiece—the arts are plentiful at Brainerd High School. BHS held its annual Fine Arts Celebration Reception Monday in the cafeteria, where more than 150 high school seniors were recognized, among them were about 50 Fine Arts Scholars. Each of the seniors, one by one, had their moment in the spotlight as their awards were mentioned at the reception titled "An Evening with Degas."
Rain, sleet, ice and snow—the Brainerd lakes area is seeing it all—as the month of April is coming to a close. Residents have not only had to get out their winter coats, boots and possibly their shovels, but also their umbrellas, as the weather has changed on a dime.
Whether it's Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week to an investigation, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office plans to share information more prominently via social media. The sheriff's office launched its official Facebook page April 6. The sheriff's office was under the umbrella of the Crow Wing County's Facebook page, but decided after much research to have its own page. Capt. Scott Goddard of the sheriff's office, who is administering the page, said the sheriff's office found a model they like for their Facebook page.
After more than two years without answers, Marc Welzant's family on Monday got the chance to say their goodbyes at his funeral service at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd. Welzant's family spent 29 months searching, praying and hoping Marc would be found. Welzant went missing on the afternoon of Oct. 26, 2014, when he left his group home in Brainerd. His remains were found March 25 south of Brainerd.
All 10 faces on the Crow Wing County's Most Wanted list for February are new. As of Friday, there were an estimated 970 total active warrants in the county, up from 958 in February. On the Most Wanted list this month are: Brittany Ann Beaulieu, Kristine Ann Boser, Nicholas James Cluever, Luke Ryan Doud, Hannah Belle Elgard, Cassandra Marie Fox, Rebecca Leann Nordby, Donald Eugene Pratt, Jeremy Carl Specht and Amanda Michelle Warbonnet.