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Catarina Brambilla Grade: Senior. Age: 18. Art focus: Brainerd High School Fifth Street Journal. Adviser nomination: "This is Catarina's first semester as editor-in-chief, and she's quickly established herself as a leader. Having been in journalism for the past three years, Catarina's
Christian Richards Grade: Junior. Age: 16. Art focus: Brainerd High School One Act Play. Adviser nomination: "Christian played the soldier, which is the main character in the One Act Play "Booby Trap." Not only was it a physically demanding role because he couldn't move on stage for 35 minutes, but it also was emotionally draining because he had to portray the fear for the soldier's life. Christian always gave 110 percent during performances, and did a phenomenal job making the audience emotionally connect to his role. I am extremely proud of Christian."
With temperatures lingering just above freezing and mist in the air, the combination caused slippery roadways and added traffic delays in Tuesday morning's commute in the Brainerd lakes area. The slippery roads were the culprit in two back-to-back personal injury crashes, both on Highway 210 east of Brainerd. The crashes resulted in six people being transported to area hospitals. Sgt. Neil Dickenson, Minnesota State Patrol northeast region public information officer, said
Two new people join the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted list for February. Clarissa Renee Wilson and Sean Patrick Flaherty join Carla Maxine Cain, Steven James Iverson, Chris David Kujawa, Kevin Robert Lawrence, Gary George Powers, Terry Thomas Olson, Blake Lee Stevens and Kenneth Walker Jr. on the sheriff's department's Top 10 list. Powers and Kujawa have been wanted by Aitkin County since 1998 and others on the list have been wanted since the early 2000s.
Last fall, Joe Bommersbach of Grand Rapids—known as "Blind Joe"—performed on national TV for the ninth season of "The Voice" in front of celebrity judges Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton. On Tuesday, Bommersbach performed in front of kindergarten through sixth grade students at Cuyuna Regional Elementary School in Crosby.
A review hearing scheduled Wednesday was continued in Crow Wing County District Court for Nathan David Becker, one of two defendants indicted in the Jan. 4, 2015, double shooting of two people - one fatally - at a north Brainerd residence. The review hearing was scheduled by Judge David Ten Eyck to determine whether Becker is competent to stand trial. A date has not yet been scheduled for when the hearing will be heard.
Work at Keystone Automotive in Brainerd's Industrial Park is anticipated to continue Tuesday, following a fire Monday morning in the company's grinding building. Firefighters from Brainerd and Crosby had to tear apart the metal siding, the insulation and part of the roof to get to the fire itself, as the fire was between the walls, said Brainerd Fire Chief Tim Holmes. Once firefighters opened the northwest corner of "Building Four" firefighters could see the smoke and flames and could work on extinguishing it.
When 24-year-old Spencer Frie stepped into the Brainerd High School orchestra room this past fall, he already knew what he was getting himself into as the school's new orchestra director. Frie said Brainerd has an "incredible" reputation for its high quality music programs and he wanted to be a part of it. So when he heard the school was looking for a new director, he jumped at the opportunity.
The Brainerd Fire Department Monday morning responded to a fire call at Keystone Automotive on 10th Street in Brainerd, battling a fire in one of its welding buildings. Brainerd fire called Crosby Fire Department for mutual aid and Brainerd police and the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office assisted with traffic control. North Memorial Ambulance also was on scene. Firefighters were called about 7:30 a.m. Feb. 15 and were still on scene at 10:30 a.m. Check back to www.brainerddispatch.com for more information on this developing story as it becomes available.
Kealy Johnson Grade: Freshman Age: 15. Art focus: Brainerd High School Brainonian. Adviser nomination: "Kealy is an amazing girl. She began the year missing several months of school due to illness. During that time, she communicated via email and did as much as she could to help. The moment Kealy stepped into the classroom, she instantly became a leader. She does amazing quality work, is always willing to help others, and shows excellent leadership skills. Kealy is already performing like an editor."