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Authorities are asking for the public's help in locating 29-year-old John A. Greenwaldt, who was was last seen around the Fourth of July in downtown Brainerd. Greenwaldt's family reported him missing to the Brainerd Police Department Friday when they became concerned no one had heard from him for nearly two weeks.
A powerful line of thunderstorms ripped across the Brainerd lakes area late Monday afternoon, knocking down trees and power lines in its wake. There were reports of numerous trees down throughout southern Cass and Crow Wing counties. The peak wind speed measured at Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport was 52 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Duluth.
The Crosslake Co-op Art Gallery in the Crosslake Town Square has been in existence for seven years and is going strong—in the summer months. Mary Wolke of Crosslake started the art co-op store when she saw a need for a gallery/store in the lakes area tourist city. The co-op features locally made artwork from about 14 artists.
A Cass County judge will take the matter of how the body of 5-year-old Alayna Jeanne Ertl was discovered under advisement in a case when a Coon Rapids man faces murder, kidnapping, sexual assault and other charges. An omnibus hearing Wednesday in Cass County District Court in Walker was for Zachary Todd Anderson, 26, Coon Rapids, who was indicted by a grand jury on 19 criminal counts in October 2016 for the death of the Watkins girl. An omnibus hearing in Minnesota is when additional evidence is discussed, when probable cause may be determined and pretrial challenges may be heard.
Teaching children to driving elders to their destinations to cooking and serving breakfast and dinners at the Elks—two senior citizens were recognized for putting others first. Two Crow Wing County residents were presented the 2017 Outstanding Senior Citizen Awards Wednesday at a picnic event in Lum Park in Brainerd, presented by The Center in Brainerd.
A Brainerd resident's orange tabby cat left home early this week and came back with a BB gunshot wound. Heathyr Kemp, who lives on the 1000 block of Willow Street of Brainerd, called the Brainerd Police Department at 8:45 p.m. Monday to report the incident. In a Facebook post, Kemp stated, "Our cat was shot in the vicinity of our home on Willow Street in south Brainerd. He is an orange tabby who may or may not have left our property .... Any information about who may have done this is appreciated. It would appear we are not the only ones this has happened to in the area."
Country legendary singer Joe Diffie, who has chart-toppers like "Pickup Man," "Third Rock from the Sun" and "John Deere Green," 13 albums and more than 20 Top 10 singles, will take his talent to a rural Brainerd area stage. Diffie is the 9 p.m. headliner July 8 at Iconic Fest at Green Lantern, east of Brainerd. "We basically like having a good time," Diffie said in a telephone interview. "And we always hope that if we are having a good time, everyone will have a good time.
Brainerd and Baxter have new princesses as Shayna Harms was crowned Miss Brainerd and Nicole Harris was crowned Miss Baxter Saturday at the 2017 Brainerd Baxter United States Pageant at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. Harms is the 19-year-old daughter of Diana Charboneau, John Charboneau and Todd Harms and Harris is the 20-year-old daughter of Lawre and Michael Harris. There were 23 contestants competing for one of the nine titles in the Jr Teen, Teen, Miss, Ms Woman and Mrs Divisions. The other winners are:
The fifth year of Lakes Jam, a three-day music festival held this past weekend at Brainerd International Raceway, did not disappoint fans despite temperatures being on the cold side for the end of June. Fans filled the concert bowl all three days and many had to put on sweatshirts and jeans as temperatures lingered in the low to mid 60s under partly cloudy skies. A slight rain shower also treated fans Saturday night when country star Trace Adkins performed.
BAXTER—An incident that could have quickly turned into a tragedy had a happy ending Wednesday as emergency responders pulled an 18-year-old—dangerously stuck in the mud—to safety. A 911 call was made at 11:16 a.m. to the Crow Wing County Sheriff Dispatch Center of a report of a construction worker stuck in the mud at a residence on the 7200 block of Fox Place in Baxter, a residential road off Clearwater Road North.