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Zack and Brady Houle sprang into action Wednesday afternoon when they heard their neighbor's house was on fire—running to the house, they found their neighbor lying on the driveway crying for help. "We could hear him crying 'Help me, help me,' it was nonstop," Zack Houle said as dozens of firefighters from three fire departments worked on extinguishing the fire at the house south of Merrifield.
Scams come in all shapes and sizes—from scamming people through their credit cards to their banking online accounts to tricking grandparents to send their "grandchild" money to get out of jail. Staff at the Minnesota Attorney General's Office in St. Paul have heard it all. Consumer advocates from Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson's office—Mary Gilbertson and John-Paul Dees—spoke Tuesday at a Crow Wing County TRIAD meeting about consumer issues affecting seniors, including ways to protect their pocketbook and combat fraud and scams.
Brainerd High School Art Teacher Bob Johnson will be remembered for his smile and for touching the lives of many students over the past two decades. The beloved teacher died Saturday at age 55 after battling Stage 4 esophageal cancer. Johnson was hired at BHS in 1999. He taught pottery and photography and he started the decoy carving program.
Brainerd High School students completed a near sweep of junior division awards at the 2017 World's Largest Fish Decoy Show held April 22-23 in Perham. Ribbons and certificates were awarded to the Top 5 places in each class. There are four classes: Class 11, which is any sunfish; Class 12, which is any trout; Class 13, which is any pike; and Class 14, which is any decoy jig stick. Below are the results from students at BHS in 10th through 12th grade.
BAXTER—Four people escaped injuries early Sunday morning and a dog was saved after a fast-moving fire nearly destroyed a Baxter home. The Brainerd Fire Department was called at 2:01 a.m. to a house fire on the 13000 block of Madeline Drive in Baxter. Brainerd Fire Chief Tim Holmes said two people were passing by when they saw the fire and went to alert the occupants by knocking on the door and windows of the bi-level house. The owner of the house is Ken Lacy, but the occupants at the time of the fire were Steve Johnson, Johnson's step-son, Lacy's son and the boys' friend.
It was a warm day in May last year when Mike Jay and his son, Cory Jay, were cutting down trees with a chain saw on property north of Merrifield. The father and son were cutting what Cory thought would be their last tree. Cory wanted to be done for the day, but Mike said one more tree. That one more tree was a life changer. "He was cutting and I was behind him and I felt the tree was coming down the wrong way," Mike said. "I reached out and shoved the tree and he didn't see me and lifted the saw and basically cut my arm off.
Brainerd native Serena Schreifels was named Miss Minnesota International Saturday in the 2017 Miss Minnesota International pageant in St. Paul. Schreifels, 20, entered the competition as Miss Brainerd International. Schreifels, the daughter of Julie and Troy Schreifels of Brainerd, graduated from Brainerd High School in 2015. She currently is a sophomore at Gustavus Adolphus College studying film.
From singing to performing to acting to debating to creating a masterpiece—the arts are plentiful at Brainerd High School. BHS held its annual Fine Arts Celebration Reception Monday in the cafeteria, where more than 150 high school seniors were recognized, among them were about 50 Fine Arts Scholars. Each of the seniors, one by one, had their moment in the spotlight as their awards were mentioned at the reception titled "An Evening with Degas."
Rain, sleet, ice and snow—the Brainerd lakes area is seeing it all—as the month of April is coming to a close. Residents have not only had to get out their winter coats, boots and possibly their shovels, but also their umbrellas, as the weather has changed on a dime.
Whether it's Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week to an investigation, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office plans to share information more prominently via social media. The sheriff's office launched its official Facebook page April 6. The sheriff's office was under the umbrella of the Crow Wing County's Facebook page, but decided after much research to have its own page. Capt. Scott Goddard of the sheriff's office, who is administering the page, said the sheriff's office found a model they like for their Facebook page.