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All the faces are on the Morrison County's Most Wanted list for the month of October are new. On the list are Gordon Lee Coffelt, Sr., Kendra Ann Englehart, Vincent Reanell Harris, Michael Allen Henry, Jesse Daniel Kriesel, Derrick John Mostad, Willis John Jackson, Aimee Jo Jackman, Anthony Scott Schmolke and Bryant Clayton Stanifer. If anyone recognizes or sees any of these people, they are asked to call the Morrison County Sheriff's Office at 320-632-9233. People do not have to identify themselves to authorities when turning in a Most Wanted person.
Meet George Jetson ... Jane his wife. I remember watching this classic animated Hanna-Barbera futuristic show "The Jetsons," who lived in Orbit City. I always wondered when our society would be at that point? When would we get rid of all the vehicles and start flying space crafts? Or pressing a button and an entire meal will plop down on a plate or pressing a button and you would automatically be dressed for the day.
From healthcare and renewable energy to which presidential candidate they support—incumbent Sen. Carrie Ruud R-Breezy Point and her DFL challenger Tiffany Stenglein of northeast Brainerd Friday stated their views on various issues in a televised debate at Lakeland Public Television in Brainerd. The debate between the Senate District 10A candidates was sponsored by Lakeland News and was moderated by Heidi Holtan of KAXE radio-Northern Community Radio; Zach Kayser, Brainerd Dispatch staff writer; and Dennis Weimann, Lakeland Public Television.
BAXTER—Election opponents for Senate District 10—Republican incumbent Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, and DFL challenger Tiffany Stenglein, who grew up in Crow Wing County's Unorganized Territory—sat side-by-side Wednesday in a candidate forum at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in Baxter that focused on affordable housing, disability policy and other community issues.
Jason Wickham was sound asleep late afternoon Tuesday when he was startled awake by the sounds of the smoke alarms going off and the cupboards and dishes falling to the ground in his southeast Brainerd home. He opened his eyes and was shocked to see a black cloud of smoke in front of his face. Wickham, who was sleeping in his back bedroom, jumped out of bed and retrieved his two small dogs—Tucker and Baby --- and "threw them out the window" and then jumped out the window himself to safety.
An Oct. 31 jury trial was set for the remaining defendant facing charges in an alleged rape case involving two victims the night of the 2014 Brainerd High School prom. Twenty-year-old Ryan Mark Hall of Nisswa appeared before Judge Kristine DeMay Monday in Crow Wing County District Court. The hearing for Hall, who is being represented by Public Defender Gregory Brooks Davis, was brief and no motions were made. The date for the jury trial was scheduled Oct. 31 and was agreed upon by both attorneys. The Crow Wing County Attorney's Office is prosecuting the case.
A 74-year-old man sentenced in 2013 for sexually abusing young boys over several decades at his Nisswa home is getting out of prison. Thomas Richard Erickson, a Level 3 predatory offender, is set to be released from prison Oct. 31 and will move to a residence in rural Nisswa, Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl stated in a news release. Erickson has served the sentence imposed on him by the court, and is transitioning into the community.
FORT RIPLEY—The Camp Ripley Veterans State Trail will not just be another trail. Once completed, it will be Minnesota's first motorized and non-motorized multi-use recreational trail. The state trail will connect six existing Minnesota state trails—Central Lakes, Lake Wobegon, Soo Line, Paul Bunyan, Heartland and the Mi-Gi-Zi—offering one continuous recreational route up to 400 miles across the state.
There are two new faces on the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office Top 10 Most Wanted list for October. Frederick Duane Fisher and Trevor Lee Friel have been taken off the list and Paul Authur Heimark and Christian James Benjamin have been added. They join Brandon Stuart Bearheart, Carla Maxine Cain, Triston Michael Corwin, Steven James Iverson, Chris David Kujawa, Gary George Powers, Terry Thomas Olson and Kenneth Walker Jr. Powers has been wanted by Aitkin County since 1998 and others on the list have been wanted since the early 2000s.
Potential clown threats have been spreading across the country, and the Brainerd lakes area is not immune. There have been police calls this week of potential clown threats in Baxter, Brainerd and Crosby. The Crosby School District dealt with a potential threat Wednesday and Friday morning. The Brainerd School District also received word of a potential "clown threat" in the school district. Superintendent Laine D. Larson sent out a mass email and the district's phone system to all the parents in the district to clarify the issue.