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Taxpayers in Brainerd Public Schools will see a tax increase in 2017 compared to their 2016 property taxes—but it will be slightly less than what the district proposed in September. The Brainerd School Board Monday unanimously approved a final, 1.3 percent increase for the 2017 levy, compared to the 1.6 percent preliminary levy increase set in mid-September.
Maren Pelowski Grade: Senior Age: 18. Art focus: Brainerd High School A Cappella Choir. Adviser nomination: "Maren is in A Cappella Choir, Windfall and the All State Lutheran Choir. She organized all the costumes for our recent Madrigal Dinner, putting 73 people in Renaissance clothing. Her behind the scene work helped everyone pull off a great project."
Four new faces join the Cass County Most Wanted list for December, replacing four who have since been arrested on their outstanding warrants. Cass County deputies arrested Natalie Beaulieu, Ashley Brown, Spencer Fairbanks and Matthew Resch. In their place, Cass County added Kevin Jay Bruce, Sheila Renae Garbow, Daniel Paez Orozco and Keegan Duane Osborn to the Most Wanted list. They join Anita Rose Beaulieu, Donald Edwin Connors, Anthony Leo Fuller, Renee Marie Norris, Hector Villegas Ramirez and Shiloh Sheridan Williams.
Brainerd Community Action has chosen its new executive director. Holly Holm, who has been employed by the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce for the past eight-and-a-half years, accepted the top post of the nonprofit organization. Holm, who moved to Brainerd in the fall of 2006, will succeed Nancy Cross, who has been the Brainerd Community Action executive director for the past 25 years. Cross announced her retirement in September. Her last day with the nonprofit is Jan. 4, 2017, and then Holm will take over.
BAXTER—The opening of Bette Mae's and Sweet Beans Coffee Company in Westgate Mall in Baxter completes the mid-north wing of the mall, lending that area a new vibrance. Cathy Hughes, owner of the specialty store and coffee shop, said she has had a wonderful response from people in the mall, who have told her the two businesses is just what the mall needed and completes that portion of the mall, located down the hall from Dairy Queen.
Marissa Rahn Grade: Senior Age: 17. Art focus: Brainerd High School Wind Symphony. Adviser nomination: "Marissa is the principal flute of the BHS Wind Symphony. She is an exceptional musician and a wonderful leader in that ensemble." Memorable fine arts achievement: "Getting into Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Band."
All faces in the Crow Wing County's Most Wanted list for December are new. As of Friday, there were an estimated 962 total active warrants in the county. On the Most Wanted list this month are: John Michael Beens, Dustin James Cavin, Raymond Lee Ellis, Larry Donnell Griffin, Julian Alexander Koslowski, Eric William Laborde, Kayle Arthur Peterson, Dena Rae Staples, Roberta Ann Strong and Amanda Michelle Warbonnet.
For the first time in Minnesota United States Pageant history, the location of the state pageant is moving from St. Paul to Brainerd. State Pageant Directors Vicki Randall and Bill Musel, who live in Baxter, are bringing the state pageant to Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd after seeing a growth in the pageant system. They said the state pageant was getting too big for the Twin Cities theaters to host and they've always wanted to bring the state pageant to their hometown to Tornstrom Auditorium.
A 64-year-old Brainerd man was found guilty on two of eight criminal charges in a 2015 case that started with a dog killing chickens and ended in a brief stand-off between the suspect and law enforcement authorities. Larry Walter Prahm was given credit for time served of 44 days in Crow Wing County Jail and will be on unsupervised probation for three years.
Kyle Hensel Grade: Senior. Age: 18. Art focus: Brainerd High School orchestra. Adviser nomination: "Kyle is a senior cellist in the Brainerd High School Chamber Orchestra. He is a dependable leader in and outside of the music classroom; he is a captain on the Debate team, spokesperson for his Knowledge Bowl team, a leader within the Spanish Club, a photographer for the school newspaper and is involved in Key Club and is on the tennis team. Kyle has taken private lessons on a variety of instruments. He is a dedicated and talented student."