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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.
With less than eight weeks on the job in a new town—the new 4-H program coordinator for Crow Wing County with the University of Minnesota Extension office—is diving into the organization's biggest event—the Crow Wing County Fair. Sarah Ukkelberg of Battle Lake is getting her feet wet quickly as she's busy getting ready for the county fair, which opens 10 a.m. Tuesday at the county fairgrounds off 13th Street Southeast in Brainerd. The fair runs through Saturday.
Have you seen any of these 10 people on the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office Top 10 Most Wanted list? These people—Samuel David Berg, Matthew Vern Barnhart, Carla Maxine Cain, Paul Arthur Heimark, Samuel Steven Herrera, Steven James Iverson, Chris David Kujawa, Gary George Powers, Terry Thomas Olson and Kenneth Walker Jr.—are on the county's Most Wanted list in July. Several of these faces have been on the Most Wanted list for months; which includes Kujawa and Powers, who have been wanted by Aitkin County since 1998.
It's not a bird, nor Superman. It's bright blue with yellow, green and sky blue stripes and Brainerd lakes area residents may have seen it in the sky in the past 10-12 weeks. It is a medical aircraft belonging to Life Link III, an air medical transport service consortium.
Authorities continue to search for 29-year-old John A. Greenwaldt, who was was last seen on the Fourth of July in downtown Brainerd when he got into an unknown vehicle. Greenwaldt's family reported him missing to the Brainerd Police Department July 14 after becoming concerned no one had heard from him for nearly two weeks. Brainerd Police Chief Corky McQuiston Thursday said police have followed up on several tips since the investigation started. However, none of the tips helped police determine where Greenwaldt might be or what happened to him.
Crosby Police Officer Jesse Smith—who got his job back two times through arbitration—has resigned his position. Marylee Abrams, a White Bear Lake attorney representing the city of Crosby, confirmed the news Thursday by email. "I can confirm Jesse Smith has voluntarily resigned from the Crosby Police Department. His attorney Tim Andrew sent me an email (Wednesday) morning notifying me he was resigning effective immediately," Abrams stated. Smith was scheduled to start work Wednesday, but instead he handed in his resignation.
The first case of the canine influenza—a highly contagious disease that can be fatal—has been confirmed in the Brainerd lakes area. Testing for canine influenza came back positive for a dog named Bella, believed to be a 2-year-old Landseer, after being seen July 18 at Lakeland Veterinary Hospital in Baxter.
It's been going on annually for the past 15 years—a community event filling a portion of downtown Brainerd with family, ribs and music. And it'll be back again—Brainerd Street Fest, sponsored by the Brainerd Jaycees—for the 16th year on July 28-29. The two-day event includes music, a beanbag tournament, children's games and don't forget the main event, the Cub Foods Rib Fest.
"A Doll's House," a three-act play written by Henrik Ibsen, will come to life on the Little Theatre stage at Brainerd High School next weekend. The BHS Theater Department is presenting the play to be performed 7 p.m. July 27-29 and 2 p.m. July 30. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults and will be available an hour before the show.