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Students who attend Brainerd Public Schools who live three-tenths of a mile from their school will have the option to take the bus next school year. The Brainerd School Board Monday, in a special school board meeting, voted to change the district's transportation walking boundary from one mile to three-tenths of a mile, meaning students who live within three-tenths of a mile from school are eligible for transportation to and from school.
Brainerd Public Schools slightly shrunk its deficit for the 2017 fiscal year budget—but the district is still left with more than a million dollars of operating in the red.
The Brainerd School Board Monday voted against the administration's recommendation to hire a consultant aimed at helping the district possibly obtain additional funding for the school's comprehensive long-range facilities plan.
Theo Knudson Grade: Senior. Age: 18. Art focus: Brainerd High School choir. Adviser nomination: "Theo is in All State Choir, A Cappella, Windfall, Bards and a Solo Ensemble superior section leader. Theo does it all. His work is always strong and his leadership make us all better. Theo is a big reason for the success of this year's choirs." Memorable fine arts achievement: "Getting into All-State Choir this year. I had to audition last spring and this past fall was the camp." Other fine arts activities: Knowledge Bowl.
BAXTER—Meet Rossi. This four-legged Belgian Malinois has big paws to fill as he is in training to be the top dog on the Baxter Police Department's K-9 team. Rossi will succeed K-9 Gator, who plans to retire at the end of this year.
Fire danger is upon us and with Wildfire Prevention Week beginning Sunday—it is a perfect time to remind residents to be on alert and careful with their fire activities. Close to 400 wildfires have already ignited this spring in Minnesota—including several in the Brainerd lakes area that burned just over 1,000 acres, reported the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center. The fire center is part of the Minnesota Incident Command System, which is an interagency group with state and federal partners that cooperate in management of wildfire and all risk incidents.
The man accused of the murder of 5-year-old Alayna Jeanne Ertl on Wednesday asked a judge to dismiss the charge. Zachary Todd Anderson, 26, Coon Rapids, appeared in Cass County District Court in Walker with his public defender for a contested omnibus hearing in front of Judge Jana M. Austad. A contested omnibus hearing is a pretrial hearing dealing with admissibility of evidence where the judge decides whether the case proceeds to trial, as stated under the Minnesota Court Rules.
Anna Commerell Grade: Senior. Age: 16. Art focus: Brainerd High School Digital Photography Adviser nomination: "Anna has done an amazing job in photography this semester. Every photo she turns in is of high quality and are taken with great thought and care. Her photos are not just about completing an assignment, they have meaning and spur emotion. She has performed above and beyond in every way." Other fine arts activities: Concert Chorale.
A few new faces join the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office Top 10 Most Wanted list for the month of April. Samuel Steven Herrera, Samuel David Berg and Richard Donald Allen join Carla Maxine Cain, Paul Arthur Heimark, Steven James Iverson, Chris David Kujawa, Gary George Powers, Terry Thomas Olson and Kenneth Walker Jr. Kujawa and Powers have been wanted by Aitkin County since 1998 and others on the list have been wanted since the early 2000s.
Marc Welzant's memory will live on in many ways—including when 12-year-old Sierra Hartung of Brainerd rides her new three-wheeled bicycle around. The bright royal blue Schwinn was owned by Welzant, a Brainerd man who went missing over two years ago. His remains were recently located in a wooded area off Business Highway 371 south of Brainerd. The Welzant family decided to donate Marc's bicycle and chose Sierra as she also has a developmental disability like Marc did. Sierra is deaf and has cerebral palsy.