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Evelyn Matthies—a well-known painter and college instructor who taught thousands of students over her teaching career—died Tuesday at age 81 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Matthies, remembered as always having a smile on her face, was a well-known local painter, an active member of The Crossing Arts Alliance and played a role in converting the former Franklin Middle School into the Franklin Arts Center. She also was a retired teacher who taught art to more than 9,000 students for 32 years at Central Lakes College.
The Cass County Sheriff's Office has some new and old faces on its Top 10 Most Wanted list for December. On the Most Wanted list are Robbie James Cournoyer, Scott Lee Gerber, Marian Lenore Hardy, Alexander Jay Howe, Derek Daniel Kingbird Jr., Daniel Paez Orozco, David Taylor Puckett, Blaze Frances Thunder, Timothy Dayle Tiessen and Danielle Raye Wind. As of Friday, there were 454 total active warrants in Cass County, which included 214 misdemeanors, 114 gross misdemeanors and 126 felonies.
Isaiah Spofford Grade: Sophomore. Age: 15. Art focus: Brainerd High School game design Adviser nomination: "Isaiah has done a great job in game design class this year. He understands the material well and is ahead of most students in the class. He goes above and beyond on his projects, adding advanced code and techniques in his games. He is not afraid to try new things and learn new concepts on his own. Isaiah has been a great help to other students in the class. He goes out of his way to help them understand when I am busy helping other students."
'Tis the season of giving—but beware, not everyone asking for money has people's best interests at heart. It has been reported people have been approached this week by solicitors at businesses in Baxter and Brainerd possibly selling merchandise or asking for money to help with a church mission trip, or other charities. This may or may not be a scam, law enforcement officials said.
All 10 faces are new on the Crow Wing County's Most Wanted list for December. As of Friday, there were an estimated 941 total active warrants in the county. On the Most Wanted list this month are: Nicholas Theodore Balsimo, Daniel Dean Beach, Theresa Mae Bunker, Hannah Belle Elgard, Cody Andrew Nelson, Samantha Renee Schoutens, James Robert Schroeder II, Stephanie Ellen Teel-Tilbury, Noel James Wacker and Jeffery William Windorski.
CROSBY—A 34-year-old Ironton man lost his life Monday after the snowmobile he was operating fell through the ice on Serpent Lake in Crosby. Authorities received a call about 5:30 a.m. after a Crosby police officer walked out of the police station and heard someone screaming for help, Sgt. D.J. Downie of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office's Boat and Water Division said. The officer looked across the lake, saw something shimmering and thought someone could be in water. Crosby Fire Chief Jay DeCent was called and he also could hear the screaming for help.
Taxpayers in the Brainerd School District won't see much change in their school district taxes for next year. The Brainerd School Board Monday approved its final certified tax levy for taxes payable in 2018. The board approved the final tax levy at $19,537,144.25, a 3 percent increase over the 2017 tax levy—the same amount as the preliminary levy set in September.
The Brainerd School District now has a plan to take to its voters. The Brainerd School Board Monday unanimously approved the final comprehensive facilities plan, which proposes building a new Baxter Elementary School, repurposing all six elementary schools and spending about $79 million to remodel the Brainerd High School north campus.
Murphy Hill Grade: Sophomore Age: 16. Art focus: Brainerd High School pottery.
Typically our Tech Savvy columns are about reviews on a cool application or about how a new digital device works. You will not see that in this column. This column is about recruiting more women to be interested in working in the high-demand technology world. Let's face it, women have not been properly represented in the technology/computer field. Stereotypically, the field was dubbed a "boys' club" and the slang for male programmers is "brogrammer."