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When East Gull Lake resident Bruce Buxton got up Thursday morning, his first order of business was to head to The Center in Brainerd to meet with the city housing inspector on the new roof. Little did Buxton know his meeting was actually a ruse, and Buxton's appointment was actually to surprise him as Brainerd's 2016 Citizen of the Year.
East Gull Lake resident Bruce Buxton was named the 2016 Citizen of the Year Thursday at The Center in Brainerd. Buxton received nomination letters from several people and organizations, including Widseth Smith and Nolting, Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development, East Gull Lake City Administrator Stew Mills, Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Central Lakes College Theatre Department, The Center and Buxton's wife Kathy Buxton.
Chelsey Crawford is a survivor. Not just of a gunshot wound to the head she suffered on Jan. 4, 2015, at her Brainerd apartment but of having to wait nearly two years for justice to be served on the man who pulled the trigger. Crawford now can move on with her life.
There will be no jury trial for Tyler Allan Cronquist. The Brainerd man, charged for the Jan. 4, 2015, double shooting at an apartment on Juniper Street in Brainerd, pleaded guilty to the crimes Monday, admitting he intentionally shot with an intent to kill his victims. Jury selection was expected to begin Monday for Cronquist, 25, in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd. However, a plea agreement was reached instead.
There are four new faces on the Cass County Most Wanted list for September as four people from last month have since been arrested. Cass County deputies arrested Tara Marie Cournoyer, Jimmie Derek Harrison Sr., Thomas Alfred Robinson and Desiree Lynn Thompson so they are no longer on the Most Wanted List. In their place are Missie Lee Camacho, Jennifer Jean Johnson, Hector Villegas Ramirez and Shiloh Sheridan Williams. They join Natalie Mae Beaulieu, Isaiah Andrew Bimberg, Donald Edwin Connors, Anthony Leo Fuller, Matthew Alexander Kline and Renee Marie Norris.
The jury trial is set to begin for a Brainerd man accused of pulling the trigger in the Jan. 4, 2015, double shooting on Juniper Street in Brainerd. The jury selection process is anticipated to begin Monday for Tyler Allan Cronquist, 25, in Crow Wing District Court in Brainerd. A jury of 12-14 may be selected out of the jury pool. The selection has the potential to last all week. Cronquist' trial is slated to begin Oct. 3.
The new restaurant—Northern Cowboy Flame N' Brew—which had plans to be open already is now anticipating a mid-October opening. Northern Cowboy is the restaurant going into the former Iven's on the Bay, which has been a landmark for more than 30 years along Highway 371 on North Long Lake's west bay. The new owners, Brian Burggraff of Brainerd and Dan Lee of Maple Grove, this summer had hopes to have the restaurant open by the end of August, but have been delayed with the remodeling process.
The Crow Wing County 4-H Large Freestyle Drill Team did it again. The team of nine girls and their horses won the 2016 state competition Saturday in the AgStar Arena at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The team has competed at the state level since 2010 and took first place last year. The group's goal was to do it again this year. There were 17 teams competing for the championship. The Crow Wing team earned 127 out of 130 points for the win.
The North Memorial Air Care base in Brainerd plans to be back in service Tuesday after one of its helicopters with a crew of three aboard crashed early Saturday near the edge of Lake Winona in Alexandria, about 86 miles southwest of Brainerd. Three North Memorial crew members—pilot Joshua Jones, 47, flight nurse Scott Scepaniak, 44, and flight paramedic Miles Weske, 34—all remain hospitalized at North Memorial Hospital in the Twin Cities, according to a release from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The crew was based in Brainerd.
There are two new faces on the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office Top 10 Most Wanted list for September. Frederick Duane Fisher and Triston Michael Corwin join Brandon Stuart Bearheart, Carla Maxine Cain, Trevor Lee Friel, Steven James Iverson, Chris David Kujawa, Gary George Powers, Terry Thomas Olson and Kenneth Walker Jr. Powers has been wanted by Aitkin County since 1998 and others on the list have been wanted since the early 2000s.