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PEQUOT LAKES—It was love at first sight for 96-year-old Don Hyland of Pequot Lakes. When he met his wife Ada decades ago, he knew, "She's for me." After a blessed life of raising five children and becoming grandparents and great-grandparents, the Hylands celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary today. They were married Sept. 13, 1941. Don was 20 and Ada was 22.
Week two of school has begun and Brainerd Public Schools saw a slight increase in the number of students walking through its doors. Brainerd had 6,813 students in the first week of school in the 2015-16 school year and last week there were 6,860, a .7 percent increase in enrollment.
Before Nancy Cross was orchestrating Brainerd's Fourth of July Celebration—which organizers call "Minnesota's Fourth of July Capital"—she was managing a wheelchair parade at a nursing home. After 24 years of service and dedication as the executive director of Brainerd Community Action, Cross Thursday announced her retirement. Her last day will be Jan. 4, 2017.
One man has taken a plea deal and another is awaiting a jury trial in an alleged rape case involving two victims occurring the night of the 2014 Brainerd High School prom. The men—Travis Michael Thelen and Ryan Mark Hall, both age 20 of Nisswa—were charged in April of 2014 with three criminal sexual conduct counts and two counts relating to sexual pornography. Thelen also faces three charges of criminal sexual conduct in a second case involving a second victim.
Move over Iven's On the Bay and come on in Northern Cowboy Flame N' Brew. Iven's, a seafood fine-dining restaurant, had been a landmark for more than 30 years along Highway 371 on North Long Lake's west bay. Iven's was started by Iven and Marlene Hudalla and sold to Keith Carlson and Sara McCabe in 2004. The fine-dining restaurant sold again in late July and this time it will no longer be known as the Iven's Brainerd lakes area residents have come to know.
LAKE SHORE—Berries of all kind. Nutella, Biscoff spread, peanut butter, caramel, marshmallow fluff, hot fudge, chocolate syrup, apple butter, honey, cream cheese, maple syrup. Nuts, goat cheese, bacon, meat, Oreos to peanut butter cups. The list of toppings a customer can order on their "Iron Waffle" is long, and equally difficult to choose from for customers stopping in at the Iron Waffle Coffee Company.
Arguments on where a jury trial should be held for a Brainerd man accused of murder and attempted murder in a January 2015 double shooting have been officially filed. The decision now rests with Crow Wing County District Court Judge Erik J. Askegaard.
A boat was destroyed by fire Wednesday night in the Gull Lake Narrows in Lake Shore. Nisswa Fire Chief Richard Geike said the runabout boat was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived to the scene. Geike said the boat owner was stopping to get gas when he noticed the fire. The man jumped off the boat and swam to shore about 100 feet away.
Brainerd Public Schools is officially ready for the 2016 elections. The Brainerd School Board met briefly Wednesday in a special meeting to adopt all the required resolutions needed for having a general election.
WALKER—A 25-year-old Coon Rapids man faces criminal charges of kidnapping, sexual assault and murder in connection with the death of 5-year-old Alayna Jeanne Ertl. Zachary Todd Anderson was arraigned Tuesday morning on charges of second-degree murder, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of kidnapping and theft—all felonies.