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BACKUS—Don't let Bigfoot dragging a guitar scare you off while driving on Minnesota Highway 84 east of Backus. Bigfoot, a black cut-out figurine that looks as if it's walking in front of green pine trees, makes a statement as it stands in front of a new musical theater called Big Foot Musical Theatre. The statement is to let motorists and anyone who will listen know about the new family-friendly musical theater.
NISSWA—Devastation was seen Thursday throughout Nashway Road that wraps around the north side of Round Lake, just south of Nisswa. Towering pines that once stood in the heavily wooded area were down everywhere and water crafts and boat lifts on the lake had either turned on their side or flew a few houses down. The hard part for homeowners on Nashway faced with the storm aftermath was the fact this is the second time a severe storm has destroyed their homes and landscapes. A supercell storm hit the same area, about a year ago on July 12, 2015.
Dan Koppy and his girlfriend, Heidi Mouch, were out cruising Cross Lake Saturday afternoon on their 1996 Sea Ray boat to meet some friends when they heard a loud, sudden noise. Koppy said Monday he didn't know what the noise was. He opened the cover to the engine and saw flames. He attempted to put it out with a fire extinguisher, but realized the fire was too big to do it on his own. "I knew we couldn't stay there," Koppy said. "The smoke was so heavy." Koppy and Mouch began waving to other boaters around them for help, as they were beginning to panic.
It's that time again, where Brainerd lakes area residents will be able to smell those delicious corn dogs, the sweet cotton candy, the fried cheese curds and of course all the scents of the animals as the Crow Wing County Fair opens Tuesday. The county fair runs Tuesday through Saturday on the county fairgrounds located on 2000 13th St. SE, Brainerd. The fair opens at 8 a.m. Tuesday, but Kids Kountry, Butterfly House and the exhibits open at 10 a.m. each day. The Midway opens at 3 p.m. Tuesday and at noon the remaining days.
There are two new faces on the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office Top 10 Most Wanted list for August. Brandon Stuart Bearheart and Destiny Rose Marks join Carla Maxine Cain, Trevor Lee Friel, Curtis Lee Hiltbrunner, Steven James Iverson, Chris David Kujawa, Gary George Powers, Terry Thomas Olson and Kenneth Walker Jr. Powers has been wanted by Aitkin County since 1998 and others on the list have been wanted since the early 2000s.
Three of The Journey North Community Church Pastor Mark Bjorlo's children escaped injuries Saturday when their East Gull Lake home burst into flames. The single family, walkout home with an attached garage on Maplewood Drive was fully engulfed when Pillager Area Fire and Rescue arrived on scene, when the call came in at 11 a.m.
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Stacy Folger was watching "Little House on the Prairie" on TV Monday early afternoon when she heard someone knocking on the door loudly of her apartment located above the Last Turn Saloon in downtown Brainerd. It was the building's maintenance man/apartment resident Kevin Christensen warning her to get out of the apartment as there was smoke coming down the hallway. Christensen had just arrived back home when he saw the smoke. He said he called the owner, who called 911, and then he knocked on all 10 apartment unit doors to tell residents to evacuate.
Two months after being found not guilty of aiding and abetting in a murder, Nathan David Becker is back in the Crow Wing County Jail. Becker, 28, was arrested Saturday morning by the Brainerd Police Department following a report of a disturbance on the 1000 block of 13th Avenue Northeast. Becker had his first appearance Tuesday in Crow Wing County District Court facing felony fifth-degree drug possession and five misdemeanor counts of fifth-degree assault, possession hypodermic needles, obstructing the legal process, fleeing a peace officer and disorderly conduct.
All new faces are on the Morrison County's Most Wanted list for the month of July. This month's Top 10 include Zachary Michle Bennet, Patrick Ryan Case, Cody Allyn Demo, Anngena Kay Renee English, Dean Arnold Gangl, Jonathon Avery King, Derrick John Lange, Derrick John Mostad, Kyle Gary Schneider and Gerrey Wayne Stevenson. If anyone recognizes or sees any of these people, they are asked to call the Morrison County Sheriff's Office at 320-632-9233. People do not have to identify themselves to authorities when turning in a Most Wanted person.