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BAXTER—"Gesticulations," "silhouetted" and "inconceivable" were the final three words Brainerd eighth-grader Meryl Tigenoah spelled correctly for the win in the Brainerd Public Schools sixth through eighth grade oral spelling bee Wednesday at Forestview Middle School in Baxter. Thirteen-year-old Meryl outlasted 13 students for the championship in a 20-round spelling bee and will move on to the regional spelling bee called The Lakes Bee in March.
BAXTER—Thirteen-year-old Meryl Tigenoah of Baxter Wednesday claimed the championship in the Brainerd Public Schools sixth through eighth grade oral spelling bee at Forestview Middle School in Baxter. The Forestview eighth-grader outlasted 13 students for the win in a 20-round spelling bee and will move on the regional spelling bee called The Lakes Bee, scheduled March 2 to be held for the first time at the National Joint Powers Alliance building in Staples..
One person is off the Cass County's Most Wanted list for the new year, but a new person has been added. Shiloh Williams was arrested on Dec. 13, 2016—getting off the list and being replaced by Lorraine Hulett for January. She joins Anita Rose Beaulieu, Kevin Jay Bruce, Donald Edwin Connors, Anthony Leo Fuller, Sheila Renae Garbow, Renee Marie Norris,Daniel Paez Orozco, Keegan Duane Osborn and Hector Villegas Ramirez.
Kyle Hensel and Michael Bauer Grade: Seniors. Art focus: Brainerd High School Fifth Street Journal. Adviser nomination: "Kyle and Michael have done a great job this semester as first-time photo editors. They're prompt and creative in filling our paper with images that compliment the stories and the staff has always been able to count on them. Both Kyle and Michael also write unique, solid, relevant news articles each issue."
LAKE SHORE—Flames were shooting out of windows of a Lake Shore home Friday morning, as firefighters arrived on scene in frigid, 31 below zero temperatures. The Nisswa Fire Department was called just before 8 a.m. to a house fire on the 1100 block of Shaefers Point Road in Lake Shore. Nisswa called the Pequot Lakes, Brainerd and Mission fire departments for mutual aid and the Lake Shore Police Department also provided assistance on scene.
Members of the Lakes Area Gear Head group in Brainerd—who call Devin Shawn Alexander a great friend who will be deeply missed—plan to honor the 18-year-old Pillager High School student who was killed recently in a two-vehicle collision. Alexander died Tuesday night in a crash on Highway 210 west of Brainerd.
A 38-year-old Onamia man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing two girls under age 13. Bradley Allen Weyaus was sentenced Jan. 5 by Judge Erik J. Askegaard in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd for two felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct using penetration on juvenile females who he had a significant relationship with.
An 18-year-old Pillager High School student was killed in a two-vehicle collision Tuesday night on Highway 210 west of Brainerd. The crash that took Devin Shawn Alexander's life was reported at 6:36 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 210, 1 mile west of Cass County Road 1 in Sylvan Township.
The weather outside is frightful and those wandering Brainerd streets without a hat or scarf could struggle to stay warm. People who don't have the means to purchase the necessary winter items to fight the brutal cold in Minnesota are in luck. There is a "Giving Tree" full of knitted hats and scarves hanging on a tree in front of the Brainerd Police Department on East River Road for free to those in need. Each item includes a tag stating "I am NOT lost! If you are cold please take me to keep you warm."
There are two new faces on the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office Top 10 Most Wanted list for the first month of 2017 Rachele Lynn Schroeder and Thomas James Vigness have been added to the list. They join Brandon Stuart Bearheart, 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.