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Blake Lee Stevens has been taken off the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office Top 10 Most Wanted list and Rodney Opperud has been added for the month of May. Opperud joins the following on the Top 10 Most Wanted list: Carla Maxine Cain, Sean Patrick Flaherty, Steven James Iverson, Chris David Kujawa, Kevin Robert Lawrence, Gary George Powers, Terry Thomas Olson, Kenneth Walker Jr. and Clarissa Renee Wilson. Powers and Kujawa have been wanted by Aitkin County since 1998 and others on the list have been wanted since the early 2000s.
The annual fundraiser supporting Brainerd youth hockey and basketball is getting a makeover. The fundraiser, supporting the Brainerd Basketball Association and Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association programs and which had been known to most over the past four years as the Hairball concert, has a new focus and a new name—Warrior Fest.
Forty years and the Brainerd Warrior dance team—the Kixters—are still kicking. The Kixters were founded in 1975 and competed in its first high school dance competition in the 1975-76 school year. The dance team is done with its competitive season this school year, but the dancers are never resting their dance skills. The team will dance in the Just For Kix spring dance show scheduled Saturday at the Brainerd High School. For the high school seniors on the team, it will be their last performance as a Kixter on the team.
PILLAGER—Statistically, three of the 330 eighth- through 12th-graders who attend Pillager High School may not live to see their 30th birthday because of a distracted driving crash.
It will be the first musical in more than 50 years and the biggest production ever put on by the Brainerd High School Theater Department. Students will perform the 1950 classic production of "Guys and Dolls" at 7:30 p.m. April 28-30 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.
Little Falls resident Robin Hensel has taken her first amendment case all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court. Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea filed an order Tuesday on Hensel's petition. The supreme court agreed to review two issues in Hensel's case, which relates to determining the constitutionality of a provision of the disorderly conduct statute. Hensel petitioned the Minnesota Supreme Court after she lost her appeal in January with the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Traffic in the northbound lane of Highway 371 had to be detoured while emergency personnel worked Wednesday morning at a two-vehicle crash that left one of the vehicles on its side. The crash, reported at 8:18 a.m., happened in front of Crow Wing Power, north of Baxter. The Minnesota State Patrol said both drivers were taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Picture this: While sitting in traffic at a stoplight, you glance over at the other driver and they're on their cellphone or smartphone. Texting and driving. Most have probably done it and know it's not the smartest thing to do, aside from the fact that it is against the law. However, there are a large number of people in the Brainerd lakes area, and around the state, who continue to use their electronics while driving, putting themselves and other motorists in danger.
BAXTER—Baxter's five-year plan is to address ongoing maintenance on all of its 85 miles of city streets. The Baxter City Council Monday hosted its first public improvement hearing to listen to concerns of neighbors who live on the first segment of roadways that are on the schedule for mill and overlay improvement work this summer, if approved. The council scheduled the meeting at The Journey North Community Church in Baxter instead of city hall to accommodate a larger crowd, as the work affects several property owners. About 45 people attended the meeting.
Last month there were eight and this month there are 10 people on Morrison County's Most Wanted list. On the list are Corey Daniel Blare, Benjamin Lawrence Breault, Sheila Rae Brown, Leslie Diane Fix, Gabriel Steven Iserman, Jason Michael Johnson, Holly Marie Marsh, Brandon David Plante, Bradley Darwin Posterick and Matthew John Walsh. If anyone recognizes or sees any of these people, they are asked to call the Morrison County Sheriff's Office at 320-632-9233. People do not have to identify themselves to authorities when turning in a Most Wanted person.