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When Lakes Jam owner Jerry Braam came up with the idea of having a music fest at Brainerd International Raceway, he knew it would become a success. Lakes Jam made its debut in 2013 and Braam worked hard to promote the event, which grew to a three-day music fest featuring country and rock 'n' roll. Now, with a few years of getting Lakes Jam started, Braam has brought in people as investors to help the event grow even more.
The Crow Wing County's Most Wanted list for June has all new faces for the third month in a row. There were an estimated 947 total active warrants in the county last week. On the Most Wanted list are Sarah Lynn Bruder, Sunny Rae-Lynn Deyhle, Evan James Fasthorse, Benjamin Franklin Fenzel, Travis Jude Fulton, David Lee Hendershot, Brandon Michael Laborde, Toni Laroy Peterson, Joslyn Rae Sam and Rustie Blaine Ryan.
What better place for Whiskey Myers—a rock and roll and country mix band— to perform than at Lakes Jam in the Brainerd lakes area—a music fest that unites the two music genres. With hits such as "Early Morning Shakes," "Anne Marie" and "Where the Sun Don't Shine"—Bassist Gary Brown of Whiskey Myers, said the high energy band will get Lakes Jam fans moving when they perform at 4 p.m. June 24 on the Lakes Jam stage at Brainerd International Raceway on country night.
Brainerd High School graduate Todd Axtell on Monday was named as St. Paul's new police chief. "It's an incredible honor to serve as the St. Paul Police chief," Axtell, who is a 27-year veteran of the St. Paul Police Department, said in a telephone interview. Axtell graduated from BHS in 1988. His parents are Bill and Elaine Axtell. Bill worked as a draftsman and his mother worked as a hairdresser. His parents, who live on South Long Lake, are proud of their son.
CAMP RIPLEY—I am petrified of heights—but when I was asked if I wanted to be plucked from the ground and flown in a harness above the trees to a safe location—I couldn't say no. And it's all for a good cause—to help students who are becoming firefighters/emergency responders—so what's a gal to do? Sign me up.
CAMP RIPLEY—It was an action-packed week filled with a rescue mission and a structure fire. It was the job of 31 students of the Central Lakes College Fire Academy in Brainerd to take the cognitive online skills they've learned and apply them to hands-on emergency responder and firefighting skills. The students are expected to graduate Saturday, June 11, at the Camp Ripley Hanger Conference Center.
38 Special, known for their classic hits of "Hold On Loosely," "Rockin' Into the Night" or "Caught Up in You," will bring their all to the Brainerd lakes area when they hit the Lakes Jam stage. 38 Special will perform at 8 p.m. June 25 for classic rock night during the three-day music fest at Brainerd International Raceway, located off Highway 371 north of Baxter. Lakes Jam, founded in 2012, is a music fest that unites country and classic rock.
There are two new faces on the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office Top 10 Most Wanted list for June. Trevor Lee Friel and Curtis Lee Hiltbrunner join the list with Carla Maxine Cain, Steven James Iverson, Chris David Kujawa, Kevin Robert Lawrence, Gary George Powers, Terry Thomas Olson, Kenneth Walker Jr. and Clarissa Renee Wilson. Powers and Kujawa have been wanted by Aitkin County since 1998 and others on the list have been wanted since the early 2000s.
The horrors of being a parent in today's technology world are far more scary than Jason Voorhess or Freddy Kruger were in their classic horror films. The more I learn about how our children can be manipulated or tricked into becoming victims of a predator or scam to the softer side of having them constantly on their mobile device, the more I worry.
Pine River resident Edward "Ed" R. Nelson is throwing his name in the ring and running for the commissioner seat for District 2 in Cass County. Nelson is running against incumbent Robert Kangas and John W. Warren, who also filed. Nelson, 60, has lived in Pine River since 1966. He graduated from Pine River High School in 1975 and earned an associates of fine arts degree from what is known today as Central Lakes College in Brainerd. This will be Nelson's third attempt to become the county commissioner.