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Jimmy Lin Grade: Sophomore Age: 16. Art focus: Brainerd High School orchestra. Adviser nomination: "Jimmy is a member of the BHS Chamber Orchestra and is in the violin section. He is an incredibly reliable student who asks questions, is extremely organized and reacts calmly and professionally to challenging situations. Like many orchestra students, Jimmy is highly involved and has a full schedule, but is a master at prioritizing. He is an extremely valuable member of our orchestra."
It's been more than 30 years since former Crow Wing County Sheriff Frank Ball sought out the public's help in organizing a mounted patrol for the county. In 1985, 24 experienced men and women, along with their horses, answered that call and formed Crow Wing County's first mounted patrol. Now, 32 years later, there are around 20 volunteers and more are needed.
PEQUOT LAKES—One of the most horrendous crash scenes area law enforcement officers said they have ever seen in their career occurred Thursday when a semitrailer and Ford truck crashed head-on, ignited into flames, and killed a driver. A 60-year-old Pequot Lakes man was killed in the crash, which was reported at 6:31 a.m. on Highway 371, south of Pequot Lakes in Sibley Township in Crow Wing County.
All 10 faces on the Crow Wing County's Most Wanted list for February are new. As of Friday, there were an estimated 958 total active warrants in the county. On the Most Wanted list this month are: Bradley Ray Auer, Daniel Patrick Benz, Louann Dana Boyd, Richard James Bragonier, Todd Michael Cosky, Brittany Rae Erickson, Mitchell James Erlacher, David Alan Jacobs, Vanessa Stephanie Martinez and Jamie Paul Pikula.
Emily-Rose Severson Grade: Freshman. Age: 15. Art focus: Brainerd High School One-Act Play. Adviser nomination: "Emily Severson, a ninth-grade student at BHS, acted in the competitive One Act play titled "I Don't Want to Talk About It." Emily did a remarkable job portraying one of her characters, Brenna, which was an extremely difficult role to act out in the play. Emily continually has a positive attitude during rehearsals, and has extraordinary work ethic."
There's a new captain in town. A new captain in the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office—that is, Capt. Scott Goddard. Goddard of Breezy Point is not new to the sheriff's office, housed in the Law Enforcement Center in Brainerd. He has been with the sheriff's office for 22 years. "This is incredible," Goddard said after a pinning ceremony Wednesday at the LEC where Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl promoted Goddard from lieutenant to captain. Dahl also promoted Deputy Tyler Burke to patrol sergeant.
The 25-year-old Coon Rapids man—who is facing the possibility of life in prison in connection with the August death of 5-year-old Alayna Jeanne Ertl—appeared Wednesday in Cass County District Court in Walker. Zachary Todd Anderson appeared with his public defender Corey Allen Harbott for an omnibus hearing in front of Judge Jana M. Austad. An omnibus hearing is to determine the evidence of the case, which includes testimony and to discuss any issues relating to a fair and expeditious trial, as stated under the Minnesota Court Rules.
The Barn—a family restaurant on Washington Street in Brainerd for the past 70 years—closed until further notice Wednesday morning after a small fire. Brainerd firefighters were called to The Barn at 5:46 a.m. to a report of a fire in the wall. Upon arrival, firefighters observed smoke coming from an interior wall near the dishwasher in the kitchen. Designed to look like a red barn, the restaurant is situated between North Seventh and Eighth Street. Owners are Karen and Gary Kinney.
The Little Falls Fire Department didn't know what to expect when they were called to a structure fire Monday night in Fort Ripley.
Mikaela Maki Grade: Junior. Age: 17. Art focus: Brainerd High School art.