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'Tis the season of giving—but beware, not everyone asking for money has people's best interests at heart. It has been reported people have been approached this week by solicitors at businesses in Baxter and Brainerd possibly selling merchandise or asking for money to help with a church mission trip, or other charities. This may or may not be a scam, law enforcement officials said.
All 10 faces are new on the Crow Wing County's Most Wanted list for December. As of Friday, there were an estimated 941 total active warrants in the county. On the Most Wanted list this month are: Nicholas Theodore Balsimo, Daniel Dean Beach, Theresa Mae Bunker, Hannah Belle Elgard, Cody Andrew Nelson, Samantha Renee Schoutens, James Robert Schroeder II, Stephanie Ellen Teel-Tilbury, Noel James Wacker and Jeffery William Windorski.
CROSBY—A 34-year-old Ironton man lost his life Monday after the snowmobile he was operating fell through the ice on Serpent Lake in Crosby. Authorities received a call about 5:30 a.m. after a Crosby police officer walked out of the police station and heard someone screaming for help, Sgt. D.J. Downie of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office's Boat and Water Division said. The officer looked across the lake, saw something shimmering and thought someone could be in water. Crosby Fire Chief Jay DeCent was called and he also could hear the screaming for help.
Taxpayers in the Brainerd School District won't see much change in their school district taxes for next year. The Brainerd School Board Monday approved its final certified tax levy for taxes payable in 2018. The board approved the final tax levy at $19,537,144.25, a 3 percent increase over the 2017 tax levy—the same amount as the preliminary levy set in September.
The Brainerd School District now has a plan to take to its voters. The Brainerd School Board Monday unanimously approved the final comprehensive facilities plan, which proposes building a new Baxter Elementary School, repurposing all six elementary schools and spending about $79 million to remodel the Brainerd High School north campus.
Murphy Hill Grade: Sophomore Age: 16. Art focus: Brainerd High School pottery.
Typically our Tech Savvy columns are about reviews on a cool application or about how a new digital device works. You will not see that in this column. This column is about recruiting more women to be interested in working in the high-demand technology world. Let's face it, women have not been properly represented in the technology/computer field. Stereotypically, the field was dubbed a "boys' club" and the slang for male programmers is "brogrammer."
The gray stucco Law Enforcement Center along Laurel Street since it was built in 1979 in Brainerd is undergoing major renovation. Renovating the LEC—which consists of 26,400 square feet of space and hosts the operations of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office, including the 911 dispatch center—is undergoing four phases over a five-year period at an estimated $4.45 million cost.
Eight deer ventured out onto the ice of South Long Lake Saturday morning. Three fell through the ice and died and four were able to walk off the lake on their own. The eighth deer, too, fell through the ice, but was rescued by lake residents. It was the second time this unseasonably warm fall the Dispatch received a report of lakeshore owners seeing deer falling through the ice, struggling to survive. The first report was Nov. 9 on Gull River. A conservation officer with the Department of Natural Resources helped rescue the deer.
Though snow was in the forecast, with as much as 4 inches possible in Brainerd by Tuesday morning, it appeared the initial storm surge bypassed the lakes area Monday night. The storm began with light rain Monday morning, which turned to a downpour at times. The rain was expected to turn to snow by 6 p.m. Monday with the possibility of near-blizzard conditions by midnight. On cue, the rain switched to snow around 6 p.m. but didn’t accumulate outside of a little slush on grass and vehicles. By 8 p.m. the snow had stopped and was replaced by strong winds. National Weather Service radar images showed the bulk of the storm skirting to the south and east of the Brainerd area.