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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.
Firefighters Wednesday morning responded to a report of smoke inside Bob and Fran's Factory Direct in downtown Brainerd. The smoke was reported at 7:14 a.m. The Brainerd Police Department arrived first on scene and confirmed there was smoke inside the building. Police assisted in blocking traffic to give firefighters enough room to work, while traffic was busy as people were heading to work.
Luke Norquist Grade: Senior Age: 18. Art focus: Brainerd High School mock trial. Adviser nomination: "Luke is the lead lawyer of four lawyers on this year's Mock Trial Team. He also gives the closing argument. Luke is masterful in the courtroom. Some members of the last team we faced, and defeated, said he intimidated them because he was so polished and well-spoken. Luke is new to mock trial this year, and in his first trial his closing argument earned him a score of 10 out of 10."
The Morrison County's Most Wanted list for the month of January is out and more than half of the people on the list are wanted for drugs. On the list are, Ardana Jo Beaulieu, Patrick Ryan Case, Ashley Ann Dahl, Fredrick Dean Derosier, Kendra Ann Englehart, Zachary James Laird, Kevin Herbert Schenian, Alicia Ann Storms, Jason Lee White and Jesse James Witucki.
A motorist found out the hard way Monday night that no ice is safe. Ben Olmscheid of Breezy Point was driving his full-size Ford pickup on the ice in the channel of Halverson Bay, on the north end of Pelican Lake in Pelican Township near Breezy Point, when the ice gave way and the truck dropped into the water. Olmscheid and a passenger in the truck escaped uninjured through the sunroof of the truck. Olmscheid called his father's friend, who was fishing on Pelican Lake at the time, to come help them.
Garrison firefighters were able to save a rambler home from being destroyed by fire during the early morning hours on Saturday. The Garrison Fire Department was called at 3:32 a.m. to a structure fire on the 25000 block of Highway 18 in Bay Lake Township, located about 4 miles west of Garrison. Garrison Fire Assistant Chief Bruce Breun said six Garrison firefighters were able to respond quickly to fight the fire on their own with no mutual aid from other area fire agencies.
Mari McGraw Grade: Senior Age: 17. Art focus: Brainerd High School Brainonian. Adviser nomination: "Mari does a great job as a yearbook editor. She has a great attitude and is always willing to help others. Her pages are very organized, informational and always done before deadline. She provides leadership support to students who need assistance with their pages and helps with other tasks when asked." Artist most admired: Monet. Memorable fine arts achievement: "Getting a poetry about my dad published in seventh grade."
Freezing rain in January in Minnesota is typically a rare sight. But that's exactly what happened during the Friday morning commute in the Brainerd lakes area, with the most slippery roads to the north of Brainerd. The icy roads caused three school buses—from Brainerd, Pequot Lakes and Crosby—to slide off the road and a semitrailer to also slide blocking a Crow Wing County road in Nisswa.