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Savannah Dixon Grade: Senior. Age: 17. Art focus: Brainerd High School theater.
A 31-year-old Bena man faces three felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide after the passenger car he was driving crashed Oct. 29 near Walker, killing his passenger.
An elderly man escaped injuries Thursday when he drove his vehicle through his second-story garage at Mississippi Terrace Apartments in southwest Brainerd slamming into the pavement below. Brainerd police and firefighters were called at 3 p.m. and upon arrival, they found that the Jeep Grand Cherokee went straight through the back wall of the second-story garage and landed nose first into the pavement, with the back wheels still hanging to the upper level of his garage.
NISSWA—Hanspeter Borgwarth, who was an inspiration and mentor to many in the Brainerd lakes area, passed away peacefully Monday at his rural Nisswa home on Gull Lake. Borgwarth was 84. Borgwarth was born in Cuxhaven, Germany. He grew up in an upper middle class family and experienced World War II first hand when the British bombed Cuxhaven. He was forced into the Deutsches Jungvolk and Hitler Youth. Both were movements in Nazi Germany for boys ages 10-18 to prepare them for military service, The History Learning Site stated.
Five adults and six youths escaped injuries Sunday night when the home they were in was engulfed in flames. About 40 firefighters from Mission, Nisswa and Crosslake responded to the fire reported at 9:35 p.m. at a residence on the 14000 block of Green Forest Circle in Merrifield. Mission Fire Chief Randy Roach said, upon arrival, the rambler home with a basement was in flames and all the occupants were able to evacuate safely. Roach said there were five adults and six youths in the home at the time of the fire and they were all family members.
Lake Shore Mayor John Poston was feeling excited and humbled after capturing nearly 70 percent of the votes to win the Minnesota House District 9A seat. Results for the district, consisting of 71 precincts, came in late, around 3 a.m. Wednesday. Poston, running for the GOP, had 13,293 votes or 68.52 percent of the votes; while his opponent Meg Litts, running for the DFL, had 6,076 votes or 31.32 percent of the votes. There were 31 write-in votes. Poston will replace retiring Rep. Mark Anderson, R-Lake Shore, who decided not to run for re-election.
Lake Shore Mayor John Poston late Tuesday night was in the lead for the Minnesota House District 9A seat. Poston, running for the GOP, had 4,881 votes or 67 percent of the votes with 29 of 71 precincts while his opponent Meg Litts, running for the DFL, had 2,396 votes or 32.89 percent of the votes. Both candidates were patiently waiting for the results to come in, as Wadena and Cass counties and the city of Staples were still not in at midnight.
Luke Norquist Grade: Senior. Age: 18. Art focus: Brainerd High School debate.
The Brainerd American Legion Post No. 255—an organization filled with veterans who often are thanked for their service in the military—turned the tables around Thursday by thanking law enforcement officers and firefighters for their service in the Brainerd lakes area.
A Crosby police officer, who was terminated from the police force, is fighting to get his job back. Crosby Police Officer Jesse Smith was terminated Oct. 6 when the Crosby City Council met in a special meeting to discuss potential disciplinary action against the officer. The council went into a closed session with Smith and his labor union representative with Teamsters Local 346 and then into an open session, where it voted to terminate Smith.