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Rental fees may go up for people who want to use the Don Adamson lower property site at the Brainerd High School. The school district's Curriculum Committee met Tuesday and agreed to increase the fee for the site. The committee will make the recommendation Monday to the Brainerd School Board. The committee agreed to the increase after reviewing the district's use of school district facilities and equipment policy. Steve Lund, director of business services, said the district has not changed the fee schedule in the policy since 2007.
Three suspects have been taken into custody following a structure fire that destroyed a rental property Saturday in Little Falls. Little Falls Fire Chief Mike Nieman said the Minnesota State Fire Marshal is investigating the structure fire reported at 9:45 p.m. on the 800 block of Highland Avenue. When firefighters arrived on scene, the older, rental property was completely engulfed in flames, Nieman said. Nineteen firefighters responded and spent several hours on scene. Nieman said the fire appeared to have originated from the back of the house.
Tyler Allan Cronquist, the 23-year-old Brainerd man who was indicted in February in connection with the Jan. 4 shootings of two people at an apartment on the 800 block of Juniper Street in Brainerd, appeared Monday before Judge Richard A. Zimmerman in Crow Wing County District Court. Cronquist, who is being represented by Public Defender Gregory Davis, appeared briefly for an omnibus hearing in courtroom No. 4. Davis asked the judge for a continuance hearing as they were still waiting to hear back from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on a few items.
Carlie Plantenberg Grade: Senior. Age: 17. Art focus: Brainerd High School (BHS) Fifth Street Journal. Adviser nomination: "Carlie served as an editor in my journalism class for two semesters, and she also took my Creative Writing class last semester. I'm repeatedly surprised and constantly impressed with her willingness to think and write outside of the box. Her always vibrant, often thought-provoking and sometimes even poignant writing demonstrates a growing skill level and maturity, and I look forward to seeing how she uses her unique writing to make her world a better place.
The red flag warning in the Brainerd lakes area was no lie Thursday. Low humidity combined with the 38 mph wind gusts kept area firefighters and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) foresters hopping as multiple grass fires broke out. The largest fire was reported at 1:19 p.m. about a fourth-mile east of Highway 371 on Crow Wing County Road 13 in Nisswa.
A Level 3 predatory offender is moving back to Brainerd. Joshua Paul Rinde, 30, who moved from Brainerd to Baxter in October of 2013 will move back to Brainerd on Wednesday. When Rinde moved to Baxter he was that city's first Level 3 predatory offender to reside in the city. The Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) notified the Brainerd Police Department Wednesday of the move. Rinde intends to live on the 900 block of South Seventh Street in Brainerd. A community notification meeting about Rinde will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the police department.
Johnny Holm has come home. Holm, who grew up in a small house on the north side of Brainerd, has traveled throughout the Midwest for the past 40-plus years performing in front of hundreds of thousands of people. The Brainerd native recently moved back to the Brainerd lakes area, living in Breezy Point. Holm left Brainerd when he graduated from Brainerd High School in 1968 to enroll in college and a year later he got his first job playing at a bar in Moorhead. "They paid me $20 a night," Holm said. "I was 19.
Anna Guida Grade: Junior. Age: 16 (turns 17 on April 3.) Art focus: Brainerd High School (BHS) art. Adviser nomination: "I have had the pleasure of having Anna as a student and art aide for the past year. Although I've only known her for one year, she is one of those students whom you feel you've known your whole life. There is a word I would use to describe Anna and it is Meraki. Meraki is doing something with soul, creativity or love; it is the essence of yourself put into your work. Anna has a deep passion and curiosity for art.
BAXTER - A Fergus Falls couple was hospitalized Monday morning after a three-vehicle collision in which their Ford Focus was struck by another car at the intersection of Highway 371 and Highland Scenic Drive in Baxter, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. Keith Lange, 68, and his wife Eileen Lange, 65, were extricated from their vehicle by Brainerd firefighters. The Langes were transported by North Memorial Ambulance to Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd for non-life threatening injuries.
A grass fire took off quickly late Monday morning, burning around 15 acres of property off 50th Avenue south of Brainerd. Motorists traveling near the Highway 371 Bypass could see the smoke in the sky as they drove by the area. The fire was reported at 11:01 a.m. Brainerd firefighters and Minnesota DNR forestry officers were able to contain the fire to the field, stopping it from burning into the woods and saving three houses and an outbuilding, Capt. Kevin Tengwall of the Brainerd Fire Department, said. "It went fast and it could have been really bad," Tengwall said.