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DEERWOOD—Arson partially destroyed Salem WEST in Deerwood—a donation site that helps thousands of families each year—early Wednesday morning. The fire was reported at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. Deerwood Fire Chief Mike Bodle said the fire appeared to start in-between a detached garage and the Salem WEST building. The structures both were in flames upon arrival. Firefighters from Deerwood and Crosby were on scene until about 4 a.m. fighting the fire.
Nine students. None whom have worked together. Only one who has competed on a mock trial team. A team that shouldn't be so good—but is. The team—the Brainerd High School mock trial. The Brainerd team beat Pequot Lakes Feb. 16 in the regional finals to advance to the state tournament, which will take place Friday and Saturday at the Stearns County Courthouse in St. Cloud. Twelve mock trial teams will compete at state and are guaranteed to participate in three separate trials and the winning teams will advance to the championship trial.
Travis Jensen Grade: Senior. Age: 18. Art focus: Brainerd High School Wind Symphony. Adviser nomination: "Travis is an outstanding leader in Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble 1. His musicianship and positive attitude are critical to the success of the ensembles in which he plays." Memorable fine arts achievement: "Playing at the Mid-Minnesota Educator's Association mid winter clinic in February of 2016 in Minneapolis." Artist most admired: Saxophonist Gerry Mulligan.
A Level 3 predatory offender is moving from prison to Brainerd and a second Level 3 offender is relocating from one Brainerd address to another, police reported. The Brainerd Police Department received notification from the Minnesota Department of Corrections regarding two Level 3 predatory offenders in the city. • Level 3 offender Joshua Chad Tromblay, 33, is relocating from the area of Gillis Avenue to the 200 block of Fourth Avenue Northeast in Brainerd.
One person is off the Cass County's Most Wanted list for February and a new person has been added. Donald Connors's warrant was quashed on Jan. 25, resulting in him being taken off the list. He is being replaced by Derek Daniel Kingbird Jr. Kingbird joins Anita Rose Beaulieu, Kevin Jay Bruce, Anthony Leo Fuller, Sheila Renae Garbow, Lorraine Jean Hulett, Renee Marie Norris, Daniel Paez Orozco, Keegan Duane Osborn and Hector Villegas Ramirez.
From sparkling crowns to the sparkles in the contestant's' eyes, more than 40 women of all ages—including many from the Brainerd lakes area—competed this past weekend in the Minnesota United States Pageant held at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. The Minnesota United States Pageant crowned eight winners in eight different categories, which are divided among age and other pageant rules. This was the first year the Minnesota United States Pageant was held in Brainerd.
Jimmy Lin Grade: Sophomore Age: 16. Art focus: Brainerd High School orchestra. Adviser nomination: "Jimmy is a member of the BHS Chamber Orchestra and is in the violin section. He is an incredibly reliable student who asks questions, is extremely organized and reacts calmly and professionally to challenging situations. Like many orchestra students, Jimmy is highly involved and has a full schedule, but is a master at prioritizing. He is an extremely valuable member of our orchestra."
It's been more than 30 years since former Crow Wing County Sheriff Frank Ball sought out the public's help in organizing a mounted patrol for the county. In 1985, 24 experienced men and women, along with their horses, answered that call and formed Crow Wing County's first mounted patrol. Now, 32 years later, there are around 20 volunteers and more are needed.
PEQUOT LAKES—One of the most horrendous crash scenes area law enforcement officers said they have ever seen in their career occurred Thursday when a semitrailer and Ford truck crashed head-on, ignited into flames, and killed a driver. A 60-year-old Pequot Lakes man was killed in the crash, which was reported at 6:31 a.m. on Highway 371, south of Pequot Lakes in Sibley Township in Crow Wing County.
All 10 faces on the Crow Wing County's Most Wanted list for February are new. As of Friday, there were an estimated 958 total active warrants in the county. On the Most Wanted list this month are: Bradley Ray Auer, Daniel Patrick Benz, Louann Dana Boyd, Richard James Bragonier, Todd Michael Cosky, Brittany Rae Erickson, Mitchell James Erlacher, David Alan Jacobs, Vanessa Stephanie Martinez and Jamie Paul Pikula.