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Anglers have been spotted out on the ice of lakes in the Brainerd lakes area, but with unseasonably warm weather ice conditions have deteriorated and there still is a lot of open water. For that reason, area law enforcement officials are urging those venturing out on the ice to be safe. Crow Wing and Cass county authorities have not been needed for any major ice rescues in the past month with anglers falling through the ice, only a few minor incidents of people partially falling in and getting themselves out.
MERRIFIELD—For the time being, the monstrous floating bog on North Long Lake will remain in place. The bog broke off the shoreline in October in Merrifield Bay on North Long Lake just outside Brainerd. It found its permanent resting place in front of Legionville School Safety Patrol Training Center, and camp officials Tuesday said it will remain there for the winter.
Those who live in the Brainerd School District should mark April 10, 2018, on the calendar. That is the date for when the school district will go to its voters to seek bond referendum approval. The Brainerd School Board approved the date Monday in a special school board meeting. School officials have been busy finalizing the comprehensive facilities plan geared to meet the district's future needs of its students, staff and community. The plan is proposed to impact all the school buildings, which could be part of the referendum.
Preston Owen Grade: Senior Age: 18. Art focus: Brainerd High School Wind Symphony Adviser nomination: "Preston is a strong musical leader in Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble I. His dedication to excellence is noticed by his teachers and peers. He is accomplished as both a classical and jazz musician." Memorable fine arts achievement: Getting into Wind Symphony as a sophomore. Artist most admired: Walt Disney. Other fine arts activities: Wind Symphony, Jazz I and TV Productions.
PILLAGER—A fire destroyed Swede's Auto Repair in Sylvan Township in Pillager late Wednesday night. Pillager Area Fire and Rescue responded to the structure fire at 11:10 p.m. at the auto repair business on 4281 Highway 210, Pillager. A passer-by called 911 after seeing the fire at the business owned by Ronnie Arneson.
Brainerd lakes area residents may now take part in #MeToo, a national movement that took off on social media in October when women came forward to share their experiences of sexual assault and harassment. The #MeToo hashtag was born from the slew of sexual misconduct accusations leveled first at Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and then a number of other powerful men that followed, according to a Washington Post story. Advocates are seeing the movement as an opportunity to renew their push for constitutional protections against sexual discrimination.
Annika Christiansen Grade: Senior Age: 17. Art focus: Brainerd High School Chamber Orchestra
It was either run for another four-year term as the Crow Wing County Sheriff or retire. Sheriff Todd Dahl chose the latter, and Chief Deputy Denny Lasher, the office's second in command, is following his lead. Dahl and Lasher announced their plans to retire from the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office to be effective at the end of 2018. Between the two of them they will have put in nearly 60 years of service to county residents. They chose to retire from their law enforcement career at the same time.
Dick Ross, who dedicated 42 years of his life to law enforcement, including 12 as the Crow Wing County sheriff, died Wednesday night at St. Cloud Hospital. The 78-year-old leaves behind his wife of 41 years, Renee; four adult children; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Ross suffered from Parkinson's disease for 16 years and his health declined over the years. Renee Ross said her husband went into cardiac arrest Sunday night and was flown to St. Cloud Hospital but never regained consciousness.
How many questions, how much money and what is the success rate of a school building bond? These are some of the questions the Brainerd School Board will have to decide when it turns to its voters to seek referendum approval after it develops its final facilities plan geared to meet the district's future needs of its students, staff and community. Todd Rapp, one of the consultants involved in the referendum discussions with the school district, Monday gave the school board an update on November's school referendum election results in Minnesota.