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It's been two months since 47-year-old Marc Welzant of Brainerd walked away from a group home he lives at on Beech Street in Brainerd and his family continues to ask the public to keep their eyes out for their loved one. Staff at the group home Welzant lives at on the 1100 block of Beech Street in Brainerd say he was last seen about 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 26.
Amanda Bentley and Rachel Dallman Grade: Seniors. Art focus: Brainerd High School (BHS) Debate. Adviser nomination: "Rachel and Amanda have competed in Public Forum Debate as a team for the past three years. Last year they represented the school at the state tournament and the National Forensic League qualifying event. We have come to rely on them to not only write cases for our novice debaters but to 'follow from the front' as leaders on the team.
There are two new mugs on the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office's Top 10 Most Wanted for December. Dean Douglas Inman and Jason Christopher Schroder join Steven James Iverson, Chris David Kujawa, Taft Lee Johnson, David Leroy Morseth, Kevin Robert Lawrence, Terry Thomas Olson, Gary George Powers and Kenneth Walker Jr. on the Most Wanted list. Some people on the Most Wanted in Aitkin County have been wanted by authorities for more than a year and others dating back as far at 1998. If you have seen any of the suspects, the sheriff's office asks you to call them at 218-927-7435.
Christmas Day is less than a week away and Marc Welzant's family continues to struggle with the fact that their loved one is still missing. Welzant was last seen about 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 by staff at the group home he lives at on the 1100 block of Beech Street in Brainerd. Store security video showed Welzant was at the Holiday Stationstore, 424 S. Sixth St., Brainerd about 2:50 p.m. on the day he went missing. "The holidays will be very difficult," said Welzant's sister, Mary Peterson, of Brainerd. "Christmas is very important to him.
An unattached garage containing a boat, car and lawn equipment were destroyed by fire Tuesday night at a home southeast of Brainerd. The Brainerd Fire Department was called at 7:12 p.m. to the home of Lindsey Raddatz, 19310 Crow Wing County Road 132, about 15 miles southeast of Brainerd. Brainerd Fire Chief Kevin Stunek said the homeowners were in their home when they saw flames coming out of the windows of the garage. When firefighters arrived on scene, the garage was fully engulfed. Stunek said the cause of the fire appears to be from a cooker that was smoking venison.
Keaton Riley Grade: Senior. Age: 17. Art focus: Brainerd High School (BHS) A Capella Choir and Windfall. Adviser nomination: "Keaton is a bass in A Cappella and Windfall. He recently played the part of king at our madrigal dinners. Keaton gives the pitches for all of our songs during performance.
Three new people joined the Cass County's Most Wanted list for the month of December. Brooke Michelle Alexander, Cassandra Rae Brunelle and David Allen Newago join Jessica Lynn Ahlgrim, Sheldon Thomas Brown, Bradley Michael Geyen, Jeremy Jay Martin, Kevin Michael McGuinness, Shannon Marie Neilan and Desiree Lynn Thompson. As of Friday, there were 466 active arrest warrants which include 251 misdemeanors, 106 gross misdemeanors and 109 felonies in Cass County.
After a balmy weekend, Brainerd lakes area residents are in for a mix of rain, sleet, freezing rain and snow. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Duluth on Sunday issued a winter weather advisory through midnight Tuesday for Brainerd, Pine River, Walker, as well as Grand Rapids, Bigfork and International Falls. The NWS also issued a dense fog advisory Sunday, which was in effect until midnight Monday. A potent winter storm will move through the region Monday and Tuesday and will produce a mix of rain, sleet, freezing rain and snow.
A 52-year-old Brainerd man was charged Tuesday with five felony counts in Crow Wing District Count when he allegedly pushed a woman to the ground and punched her with a closed fist twice. Donald Dean Girard, who was seen in front of Judge Richard Zimmerman, faces: • Felony stalking charges in the third or subsequent violation offense where defendant directly or indirectly intended to injure a person by the commission of an unlawful act and the act was within 10 years of the first two or more previous qualified domestic violence convictions; • Stalking by aggravated violation with intent to
Nearly 1,000 boys and girls up to age 15 in Crow Wing County are in need and are hoping for a Christmas gift. Volunteers with the Southern Crow Wing County Toys For Kids program are working on fulfilling their wish. Steve Amerud, chair for Toys For Kids program said so far they have 468 families, where there are 975 children who signed up for the program. Amerud said he is expecting more families to sign up.