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After a balmy weekend, Brainerd lakes area residents are in for a mix of rain, sleet, freezing rain and snow. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Duluth on Sunday issued a winter weather advisory through midnight Tuesday for Brainerd, Pine River, Walker, as well as Grand Rapids, Bigfork and International Falls. The NWS also issued a dense fog advisory Sunday, which was in effect until midnight Monday. A potent winter storm will move through the region Monday and Tuesday and will produce a mix of rain, sleet, freezing rain and snow.
A 52-year-old Brainerd man was charged Tuesday with five felony counts in Crow Wing District Count when he allegedly pushed a woman to the ground and punched her with a closed fist twice. Donald Dean Girard, who was seen in front of Judge Richard Zimmerman, faces: • Felony stalking charges in the third or subsequent violation offense where defendant directly or indirectly intended to injure a person by the commission of an unlawful act and the act was within 10 years of the first two or more previous qualified domestic violence convictions; • Stalking by aggravated violation with intent to
Nearly 1,000 boys and girls up to age 15 in Crow Wing County are in need and are hoping for a Christmas gift. Volunteers with the Southern Crow Wing County Toys For Kids program are working on fulfilling their wish. Steve Amerud, chair for Toys For Kids program said so far they have 468 families, where there are 975 children who signed up for the program. Amerud said he is expecting more families to sign up.
Country Star Lee Brice, known for his hits "I Drive Your Truck" and "Drinking Class", will be the country night headliner in the third annual Lakes Jam summer music fest to be held at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR). Lakes Jam officials are still working on the line-up of bands for the fest that runs June 25-27 of 2015, but have announced that Brice will be the headliner for country night. Besides his own material, Brice has co-written singles for Garth Brooks, Adam Gregory, Eli Young Band, Jerrod Niemann and Tim McGraw. He attended Clemson University on a football scholarship.
The life of a Crow Wing County sheriff's deputy is different every day. No two days are the same, which is the way most deputies like it. There are 43 sworn full-time deputies in the county and four part-time deputies who work in the Crow Wing County Judicial Center. Deputies provide law enforcement services to a population of nearly 62,500 residents and even more during the summer tourism season.
Catherine Kleindl Grade: Senior. Age: 17. Art focus: Brainerd High School (BHS) Wind Symphony. Adviser nomination: "Catie is the principal clarinet in our top performing ensemble. She is a member of the 2014-15 Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) All State Band. She is a fantastic musician and leader in the BHS band program.
For the third month in a row, all the faces on the Crow Wing County's Most Wanted list are new. As of Friday, there were an estimated 970 total active warrants in the county. On the list this month are Stephen James Vonruden, Carolee Faye Vanduyn, Justin Edward Rinde, Curtis Arnold Larson Stapleton, Michael Jay Bartkowicz, Joshua Olin McAninch, Christopher Jon Eggers, Jordan Jo Moose, Corrina Lynn Jacobs and Derrek Roy Tilbury. The sheriff's office is searching for the individuals and asks the public if they recognize any of the faces to call the sheriff's office directly at 829-4749.
The 24-year-old man arrested Monday for allegedly stabbing an 18-year-old Brainerd man in the back with a knife was arraigned Wednesday in Crow Wing District Court on a misdemeanor fifth-degree assault charge. Jeffrey Jordan Lauer, formerly of Lake Shore, whose current address is unknown, pleaded not guilty in front of Judge Earl E. Maus. Maus set unconditional bail at $6,000 or Lauer could be released without bond or bail by following certain conditions.
A 48-year-old Brainerd man is facing prison time for allegedly threatening to kill a woman with a steak knife if she attempted to leave him, court documents said. Jeffry Wayne Johnson was charged Monday in Crow Wing District Court on three felony charges: second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and making terroristic threats. Johnson could face up to seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine on the second-degree assault charge alone. Judge Kristine R. DeMay set Johnson's bail at $50,000 without conditions or $25,000 with conditions.
Brainerd resident Ron Anderson's first book titled "Quack The Lucky Duckling," is based on a true story inspired by his dog, Bud. Anderson, who goes by Capt. Ron Anderson, wrote the book, published by Beaver's Pond Press of Edina this past spring. "Quack The Lucky Duckling" is about a dog, a duck and a hunter, who come together in a story of discovery and friendship. Anderson said he never thought he would ever write a book, but one night he began writing some ideas down and thought "This isn't bad," he said. "I got the idea from my dog," said Anderson.