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Crosby Police Officer Jesse Smith—who got his job back two times through arbitration—has resigned his position. Marylee Abrams, a White Bear Lake attorney representing the city of Crosby, confirmed the news Thursday by email. "I can confirm Jesse Smith has voluntarily resigned from the Crosby Police Department. His attorney Tim Andrew sent me an email (Wednesday) morning notifying me he was resigning effective immediately," Abrams stated. Smith was scheduled to start work Wednesday, but instead he handed in his resignation.
The first case of the canine influenza—a highly contagious disease that can be fatal—has been confirmed in the Brainerd lakes area. Testing for canine influenza came back positive for a dog named Bella, believed to be a 2-year-old Landseer, after being seen July 18 at Lakeland Veterinary Hospital in Baxter.
It's been going on annually for the past 15 years—a community event filling a portion of downtown Brainerd with family, ribs and music. And it'll be back again—Brainerd Street Fest, sponsored by the Brainerd Jaycees—for the 16th year on July 28-29. The two-day event includes music, a beanbag tournament, children's games and don't forget the main event, the Cub Foods Rib Fest.
"A Doll's House," a three-act play written by Henrik Ibsen, will come to life on the Little Theatre stage at Brainerd High School next weekend. The BHS Theater Department is presenting the play to be performed 7 p.m. July 27-29 and 2 p.m. July 30. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults and will be available an hour before the show.
Tooling around on a four-wheeler, side-by-side or another all-terrain vehicle is a fun activity for many. At the same time, it can be dangerous.
There is less methamphetamine and other drugs on the streets in Crow Wing County after drug agents with the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division were able to build cases against 28 people for drug sales.
Authorities are asking for the public's help in locating 29-year-old John A. Greenwaldt, who was was last seen around the Fourth of July in downtown Brainerd. Greenwaldt's family reported him missing to the Brainerd Police Department Friday when they became concerned no one had heard from him for nearly two weeks.
A powerful line of thunderstorms ripped across the Brainerd lakes area late Monday afternoon, knocking down trees and power lines in its wake. There were reports of numerous trees down throughout southern Cass and Crow Wing counties. The peak wind speed measured at Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport was 52 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Duluth.
The Crosslake Co-op Art Gallery in the Crosslake Town Square has been in existence for seven years and is going strong—in the summer months. Mary Wolke of Crosslake started the art co-op store when she saw a need for a gallery/store in the lakes area tourist city. The co-op features locally made artwork from about 14 artists.
A Cass County judge will take the matter of how the body of 5-year-old Alayna Jeanne Ertl was discovered under advisement in a case when a Coon Rapids man faces murder, kidnapping, sexual assault and other charges. An omnibus hearing Wednesday in Cass County District Court in Walker was for Zachary Todd Anderson, 26, Coon Rapids, who was indicted by a grand jury on 19 criminal counts in October 2016 for the death of the Watkins girl. An omnibus hearing in Minnesota is when additional evidence is discussed, when probable cause may be determined and pretrial challenges may be heard.