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"Loud, inspiring, uplifting and bringing the community together" are a few words used to describe live shows by the American Christian rock band Skillet. Formed in 1996 in Memphis, Tenn., band members have seen marriage proposals during their shows and have heard from many people that their music for the past 20 years has made them feel better about their life.
All aboard for the 2017 BNSF Railway Special. Close to 600 people were afforded the chance Thursday for one of two memorable train rides from Brainerd to Staples and back again. The opportunity for BNSF employees, their families and other special guests to board BNSF's vintage passenger rail cars comes around only every eight years.
Montgomery Gentry, who describe themselves as blue collar workers living the songs they sing, will give Brainerd lakes area country fans an "energy packed show" when they hit the Lakes Jam stage. Montgomery Gentry—the country duo of Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry—will perform on country night at 6 p.m. June 24 at Lakes Jam, a three-day outdoor music fest which features a rock and roll and country night at Brainerd International Raceway grounds, off Highway 371 north of Baxter.
MISSION TOWNSHIP—Mission Township Supervisor Dave Hauser held his ground Monday night. Hauser told a packed township hall that he stands by the letter he sent to Crosslake about having the Crosslake Fire Department provide the township with fire and emergency medical services. Hauser, who also is the township's fire department liaison, sent a letter dated April 9 to Crosslake City Administrator Dan Vogt stating residents at an annual meeting want the city to provide emergency services to assist the township with daytime coverage that would also save the township money.
MISSION—A letter to the city of Crosslake from a Mission Township Supervisor Dave Hauser, stating Mission residents expressed their desire for Crosslake to provide fire and emergency medical service, caused a bit of a stir. Mission Fire Chief Randy Roach—who has been on the department for 25 years—was never approached about the issue and doesn't support the claims in the letter; and one of the three township supervisors also stated on record he doesn't support it.
Crosby Police Officer Jesse Smith got his job back—for a second time. Smith was placed on paid administrative leave for alleged officer misconduct in August of 2012 and terminated on Jan. 28, 2013. Smith got his job back in 2014 when an arbitrator through the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services ruled in his favor.
Nashville country artist Chris Janson sang his No. 1 Platinum single "Buy Me A Boat" when he performed at Lakes Jam two years ago. Janson hopes his newly released single "Fix a Drink," released May 5, also will be a hit that he plans to sing to the Lakes Jam crowd this summer. Janson is the headliner for the first night of Lakes Jam, a three-day outdoor music fest which features a rock and roll and country night performing at 10 p.m. June 22 on the Brainerd International Raceway grounds, off Highway 371 north of Baxter.
CROSBY—It was learned Tuesday that a 35-year-old predatory offender, who is moving to the Crosby-Ironton area, does not follow the typical characteristics of a Level 3 case. Dagan Michael Lasart, who will move Thursday to a residence near Crow Wing County Road 28 and Lake Road in Irondale Township in Crow Wing County, did not know his victim, who was an adult.
Memorial Day weekend is almost here and families will be packing up, hitting Minnesota roads and heading to their destination—and the Brainerd lakes area is one destination that sees heavy traffic each year. Part of getting to a Minnesota destination during the summertime is road construction.
The Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office and the Brainerd Fire Department continue to investigate a suspicious fire that caused significant damage to a two-apartment duplex Tuesday afternoon in northeast Brainerd.