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Morrison County will not enact a social host ordinance. The Morrison County Board of Commissioners Tuesday voted the social host ordinance down by a 3-2 vote. Voting in opposition were Duane Johnson, Mike Wilson and Randy Winscher; in favor were Jeffrey Jelinski and Kevin Maurer. The county held a public hearing on April 13 and a second hearing Tuesday. On Tuesday, four people spoke in favor and one was against.
BAXTER - Essentia Health representatives at Monday's Baxter City Council meeting spoke in opposition to the city's proposed Isle Drive extension project, saying the hospital will not get value from the assessment that could come with the project. Chuck Rickart of WSB and Associates went over the details of the proposed project before residents spoke.
A Brainerd High School science teacher was not granted his request for a two-year leave to pursue a teaching position at a military school in the South Pacific. The Brainerd School Board voted 3-3 Monday on a request for a two-year leave of absence for Dan Clabo, a biology/environmental teacher who has been a teacher in the school district for 24 years. A motion must have a majority of the votes in order to pass, so the request was denied.
There are four new faces on the Cass County's Most Wanted list in April. Anitra Beaulieu, Marc Clausen, Joseph Kangas and Kenneth Peterson join Jessica Lynn Ahlgrim, Sheldon Thomas Brown, Marc Joseph Clausen, Bradley Michael Geyen, Lindsay Elaine Hedlund, Shannel Marie Neilan and Sheila Samuel Williams to the list. There are about 450 active arrest warrants, which include 221 misdemeanors, 108 gross misdemeanors and 121 felonies in Cass County. If anyone recognizes or sees any of these people they are asked to call the Cass County Sheriff's Office at 218-547-1424.
A 54-year-old Breezy Point man has pleaded guilty to one count of felony corporate theft in connection with diverting nearly $900,000 from the Blue Water Lodge in Walker. Daniel John Helbling was charged June 13, 2013, in Crow Wing County District Court with 12 felony counts. Four counts of theft by swindle and four counts of theft by transferring movable property with no consent were dismissed on Dec.
Patrick Michael Aleman, the 35-year-old Brainerd man who was found guilty for choking a Brainerd woman until she passed out, burning her with a cigarette and causing significant bruises to her body, maintains his innocence. Aleman spoke Wednesday to the Dispatch at the Crow Wing County Jail during visiting hours.
A 35-year-old Brainerd man, who represented himself in a four-day court trial in February, has been found guilty for choking a Brainerd woman until she passed out, burning her with a cigarette and causing significant bruises to her body. Crow Wing County District Court Judge David Ten Eyck found Patrick Michael Aleman guilty of first-degree assault to cause great bodily harm; third-degree assault to cause substantial bodily harm; and domestic assault by strangulation. The assault was reported to Brainerd police at 2:51 a.m. Feb.
It was a typical Sunday night for Jesse Covington and Devin Lasher at their residence in southeast Brainerd. They were hanging out with friends, minding their own business when three to four males in dark clothing wearing masks entered their residence on the 1100 block of Pine Street brandishing handguns and a police-style baton. The victims shared their story Tuesday with the Dispatch. They said when the suspects charged into the residence, Covington was upstairs with his girlfriend and Lasher was downstairs with a friend.
As the sun shined and the wind blew Monday around the Buffalo Hills Trail in Brainerd, questions of what might lie among the woods would soon be answered. About a dozen Central Lakes College (CLC) criminal justice students, along with their instructor Gae Davis, looked high and low, under leaves and around trees wrapping around the trail in Brainerd looking for Marc Welzant. Welzant was last seen about 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 26, 2014, by staff at the group home where he lived on the 1100 block of Beech Street in Brainerd.
A grass fire, aided by windy and dry conditions, quickly spread Saturday, destroying a house and an outbuilding along Highway 210 in Bartlett Township in Todd County, the Todd County Sheriff's Office reported. Battling the grass fire reported at 6:06 p.m. with the Staples Fire Department were the fire departments in Wadena, Hewitt, Verndale and Sebeka and the DNR fought the fire with their aircrafts and grass units.