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A 2014 Brainerd High School graduate who was a three-sport athlete is recovering at his Fargo home after a brutal attack in this North Dakota city. Twenty-one-year-old Isaiah Smith—who was in football, basketball and track at BHS—"was outnumbered and brutally beat up Friday," Smith's sister posted on a YouCaring site that was set up to help Smith in his recovery. "I do not want to share the full details of the attack, in worries that it will hinder the police investigation," his sister stated in the post. "I will share his injuries, so you may have an idea.
BAXTER—Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics, a Baxter-based business employing only seven women, may be small but it has made an impact across the globe. Cherrywood owner/colorist Karla Overland has taken the hand-dyeing business from Brainerd to New York City and Houston to overseas to Dubai. Soon, Overland will be adding France and Australia to the list of places that showcase work by Cherrywood.
Matt Porwall, who was in art club and a few "little bands" before graduating from Brainerd High School in 1991, never imagined he would be a victim of a shooting. Porwall, an innocent bystander, was shot the night of Aug. 22 while waiting for a bus in downtown Minneapolis. Porwall, who just got off work as a sous chef at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center, was minding his own business waiting for the 7:20 p.m. bus near Hennepin Avenue and Sixth Street. There was no one else waiting for the bus.
In case you haven't heard about it yet—people in the United States are in for a rare, scientific astronomical treat. A total solar eclipse will make its way through our entire country Monday for the first time in almost a century. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible in the U.S.—from coast to coast—was in 1918, according to NASA. There was a total solar eclipse in 1979, but its path only clipped the northwestern region of the U.S.
Brainerd Veteran Ray Lindberg and Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity staff will always have a special place in their hearts for one another. Habitat for Humanity began construction Tuesday on a home for Lindberg, who was chosen to be the first veteran to have a Habitat home built through the Veteran Build program.
What Karen Kinney didn't need was another fire at The Barn—the venerable family restaurant located on Washington Street in Brainerd for the past 70 years. The Barn had a small electrical fire on Feb. 8, which shut down for 10 weeks the small restaurant known for its breakfast, Maid-Rites and pies. Tuesday, Brainerd firefighters were called to The Barn for another fire, which ended up being a small grease fire.
Brainerd police are asking for the public's help in locating a red mountain bike belonging to John A. Greenwaldt, the 29-year-old man who went missing on the Fourth of July in downtown Brainerd when he got into an unknown vehicle. Brainerd Police Chief Corky McQuiston on Wednesday said authorities continue to search for Greenwaldt and have been looking for his mountain bike. Police do not have make or model of the bike or where it was last located, but if anyone finds a red mountain bike they are asked to call police at 218-829-2805.
It wasn't even two hours of searching before the medallion was found Tuesday at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds. Brainerd couple Eric Ott and Aimee Hintzke—who also found the medallion last year—found the medallion under the wooden deck stairway on the side of Building No. 6. Building No. 6 contains the Civil Air Patrol booth selling elephant ears and has the Focal Point Photography Club photo exhibit, on the south side of the fairgrounds.
Fourteen-year-old Jenna Caughey and her four-year-old Jersey cow Deena have done it again. Jenna, the daughter of Aric and Jennifer Caughey of rural Brainerd, and Deena won the Top Overall Dairy Cow championship Tuesday for the third year in a row at the Crow Wing County Fair in Brainerd. Jenna, who is a Daggett Brook Township 4-H Club member, said she didn't grow up on a dairy farm, but got into showing cows after her godfather, Dan Caughey, bought her and her sister two heifers. She said she started showing cows when she was in second grade.
The Crow Wing County Fair officially opens its gates at 10 a.m. today, Aug. 1, and people will see a few changes around the fairgrounds in Brainerd. Changes include new offerings at the fair, which should make people happy; and one change may make people sad.