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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."
Three out of five people were killed in a fire from 2007-2011 because their residence did not have a working smoke alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Association. There's little argument that smoke alarms save lives. Having functional smoke alarms in every household is important and could save lives. People have the choice of buying a regular smoke alarm or a smart smoke alarm with technology advances. Either one—as long as it is functioning correctly—could save a life if there was a fire in a home.
BAXTER—Many families had their Thanksgiving feast Thursday and some headed out the door to begin their Black Friday shopping in the Brainerd lakes area. People were lined up in front of and around the sides at many of Baxter retail stores, waiting for the doors to open. Mother Nature was nice this year as temperatures stayed around 33 degrees, with hardly any wind and no snow or rain, though there was patchy fog.
Have nowhere to go Thanksgiving Day to get a nice home-cooked meal? If the answer is no, there will be oven-roasted turkey, garlic red-skinned potatoes, green bean casserole and all the traditional Thanksgiving trimmings on the table Thursday for the annual community dinner hosted at the American Legion in Brainerd.
Savannah Dixon Grade: Senior. Age: 17. Art focus: Brainerd High School theater.
A 31-year-old Bena man faces three felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide after the passenger car he was driving crashed Oct. 29 near Walker, killing his passenger.
An elderly man escaped injuries Thursday when he drove his vehicle through his second-story garage at Mississippi Terrace Apartments in southwest Brainerd slamming into the pavement below. Brainerd police and firefighters were called at 3 p.m. and upon arrival, they found that the Jeep Grand Cherokee went straight through the back wall of the second-story garage and landed nose first into the pavement, with the back wheels still hanging to the upper level of his garage.
NISSWA—Hanspeter Borgwarth, who was an inspiration and mentor to many in the Brainerd lakes area, passed away peacefully Monday at his rural Nisswa home on Gull Lake. Borgwarth was 84. Borgwarth was born in Cuxhaven, Germany. He grew up in an upper middle class family and experienced World War II first hand when the British bombed Cuxhaven. He was forced into the Deutsches Jungvolk and Hitler Youth. Both were movements in Nazi Germany for boys ages 10-18 to prepare them for military service, The History Learning Site stated.