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LAKE SHORE—Flames were shooting out of windows of a Lake Shore home Friday morning, as firefighters arrived on scene in frigid, 31 below zero temperatures. The Nisswa Fire Department was called just before 8 a.m. to a house fire on the 1100 block of Shaefers Point Road in Lake Shore. Nisswa called the Pequot Lakes, Brainerd and Mission fire departments for mutual aid and the Lake Shore Police Department also provided assistance on scene.
Members of the Lakes Area Gear Head group in Brainerd—who call Devin Shawn Alexander a great friend who will be deeply missed—plan to honor the 18-year-old Pillager High School student who was killed recently in a two-vehicle collision. Alexander died Tuesday night in a crash on Highway 210 west of Brainerd.
A 38-year-old Onamia man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing two girls under age 13. Bradley Allen Weyaus was sentenced Jan. 5 by Judge Erik J. Askegaard in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd for two felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct using penetration on juvenile females who he had a significant relationship with.
An 18-year-old Pillager High School student was killed in a two-vehicle collision Tuesday night on Highway 210 west of Brainerd. The crash that took Devin Shawn Alexander's life was reported at 6:36 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 210, 1 mile west of Cass County Road 1 in Sylvan Township.
The weather outside is frightful and those wandering Brainerd streets without a hat or scarf could struggle to stay warm. People who don't have the means to purchase the necessary winter items to fight the brutal cold in Minnesota are in luck. There is a "Giving Tree" full of knitted hats and scarves hanging on a tree in front of the Brainerd Police Department on East River Road for free to those in need. Each item includes a tag stating "I am NOT lost! If you are cold please take me to keep you warm."
There are two new faces on the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office Top 10 Most Wanted list for the first month of 2017 Rachele Lynn Schroeder and Thomas James Vigness have been added to the list. They join Brandon Stuart Bearheart, Carla Maxine Cain, Paul Arthur Heimark, Steven James Iverson, Chris David Kujawa, Gary George Powers, Terry Thomas Olson and Kenneth Walker Jr. Kujawa and Powers have been wanted by Aitkin County since 1998 and others on the list have been wanted since the early 2000s.
A bit earlier than expected, Raelynn Christine Johnson decided to ring in the new year in grand fashion as the first baby born in Crow Wing County in 2017. Shakyra Johnson gave birth to Raelynn at 2:34 p.m. Sunday—New Year's Day—at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd—a week ahead of her Jan, 8 due date. Raelynn, who was born with a full head of dark hair, was 7 pounds, 10 ounces and 21-inches long.
A murder and an attempted murder in north Brainerd in first days of 2015 culminated in a conviction and an acquittal for two suspects in the case. The crime and the subsequent manhunt for the two suspects had the city following social media and watching homes next door being searched on a cold January night. The two suspects were then identified as 23-year-old Tyler Allan Cronquist and 26-year-old Nathan David Becker, both of the Brainerd area.
The search for a missing 5-year-old Watkins girl involving several county sheriff's offices on Aug. 20—starting in Meeker County and ending in Cass County—received statewide attention as an AMBER Alert was issued and people followed the news on the whereabouts of the girl.
It was a story one would think they'd never read in the Brainerd Dispatch. Two baby alligators were found in the Brainerd lakes area within 10 days of each other this past July. Baxter resident Dan Fundingsland found the first 3-foot alligator on July 9 while biking on a paved Paul Bunyan Trail near Brandon Way in Barrows. The second alligator was located July 19 near the shoreline of Hardy Lake in rural Pillager.