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PINE RIVER—Her family called her "Buggie." She loved Halloween, loved dressing up. She had a strong love for playing the violin. She was a caring and compassionate teen, who always wanted to help. She was 13-year-old Vienna Peterson—with big brown eyes and long brown hair. And she was struggling with depression. Family members and counselors tried to help Vienna, an eighth-grader in the Pine River School District, but on the night of Oct. 1, 2015, she took her own life.
It isn't a very funny April Fools' Day joke Mother Nature is pulling on us. The National Weather Service in Duluth Friday reported Brainerd area residents could see 8-12 inches of snow by the morning of Saturday, March 31. A few of those inches already made its appearance Friday morning, adding a fresh layer of snow. NWS Meteorologist Joseph Moore, in a weather news conference at 11 a.m. Friday, said the second wave of snowfall was expected to begin Friday night and it would be "very intense once it starts."
The family of the late Bob Albrecht—who served many years on the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District board—asked for a formal apology Tuesday from district supervisors for comments made at a recent Crow Wing County committee of the whole meeting.
A mother and her adult daughter escaped injuries Wednesday, March 21, night when fire quickly filled their mobile home, south of Pillager. The Pillager Fire Department was called just after 9:30 p.m. to a fire on the 1200 block of Crow Drive Southwest in Sylvan Township. The home is owned jointly by Roxanne Bock and her daughter Rebecca Shearer.
The Brainerd High School lost two students this school year to death by suicide, and Forestview Middle School has seen an increase in suicidal concerns among all its students in fifth through eighth grades. "We have had a difficult school year," BHS Principal Andrea Rusk said Monday at a Brainerd School Board meeting. "Two weeks ago we gathered (about 30) people to look at mental health services in the district. ... I feel fortunate that we have a lot of support in place."
The Brainerd School District got the green light from the Minnesota Department of Education on its voter-approved bond referendum. And just in time as the school district's special election set April 10—when voters will be asked to approve a $145.8 million bond referendum.
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.