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There are three new mugs on the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office's Top 10 Most Wanted in September. Paul Arthur Heimark, Derek Anthony Karlstad and Taft Lee Johnson join Chris David Kujawa, Kevin Robert Lawrence, David Leroy Morseth, Terry Thomas Olson, Gary George Powers, Kenneth Walker Jr. and Adam Levert Williams, - some who have been wanted by authorities for more than a year and others dating back as far at 1998. If you have seen any of the suspects, the sheriff's office asks you to call them at 218-927-7435.
Domestic violence cases are making headlines across the nation, and Brainerd has not been immune to the issue. The Brainerd Police Department investigated 164 incidents relating to domestic assault of some kind this year, averaging to about 18 per month. In the last 30 days Brainerd police have responded to 28 such cases, four of which initially led to criminal charges of domestic assault involving strangulation, a felony.
When Nels Simonson, grandfather of Richard Hobbs, owner of Simonson Lumber Companies, was 8 years old in the 1800s, his family moved across the world from Denmark to St. Paul. Nels' father worked on the railroad and when Nels was a child he went to work in the railroad house. The Simonsons' house was heated by gas and one day, while Nels was not at home, there was an explosion.
A 31-year-old Little Falls man, who engaged in sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old, has been sentenced to about eight and a half years in prison. Terry L. Bryant was sentenced Sept. 5 in Crow Wing District Court by Judge Richard A. Zimmerman to 103 months in Minnesota Correctional Facility in St.
BAXTER - A proposed tax levy of an estimated $5.6 million for 2015, representing an increase of $94,000 or 1.7 percent compared to 2014, was approved for Baxter residents. The Baxter City Council approved the preliminary tax levy Tuesday during its regular meeting. Baxter residents have not seen a huge increase on their property taxes for several years. There was no tax hike in the levy in 2011-12 and only slight increases in 2013-14. The $5,601,900 proposed levy - with an estimated $1.13 million in debt service levy - is a slight increase from 2014.
BAXTER - Simonson Lumber moved from Brainerd to Baxter in August of 2013, sharing a building with Brock White, and now the company is planning to build a new warehouse on the property in Baxter. Simonson Lumber asked the Baxter City Council for a variance to allow a 12,000-square-foot warehouse with a 1/12 roof pitch. The council approved the variance Tuesday. Simonson currently has three existing metal warehouse/storage buildings and two of three buildings have the 1/12 roof pitch.
With the Miss America Pageant now behind Savannah Cole, it's time for the reigning Miss Minnesota to get busy back home. Cole, 19, the daughter of Rick and Deb Cole of Brainerd, spent more than a week in Atlantic City preparing for Sunday's Miss America Pageant. Cole was not picked as one of the 16 semifinalists for the pageant. Miss New York Kira Kazantsev was crowned the winner. Rick and Deb Cole, in an email Monday, said, "We are so proud of Savannah and how she represented Minnesota here in Atlantic City.
BREEZY POINT - Breezy Point Resort is more than just a resort. It could be considered its own little community within the city of Breezy Point. Captain Billy Fawcett, publishing giant and owner of Fawcett Publishing, creator of the famous Whiz Bang Magazine, in 1921 purchased 80 acres of property on Pelican Lake to be used as his summer home. Today this property has grown up to 3,500 acres which includes a lot more than just the necessities in life.
Art has a way of bringing people of all walks of life together. For the first time, artists with The Crossing Arts Alliance (TCAA) collaborated with Crow Wing County Jail inmates to put together an art exhibit, titled "Beyond the Bricks." The exhibit, consisting of mixed media art pieces created by inmates and artists in the community, was on display Thursday for the inmates to enjoy. The artwork will be available for public viewing when it goes on display during the Brainerd School District's Homecoming week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 25 through Oct.
There are five new faces on the Cass County's Most Wanted list for September. New to the list this month are Thomas Maurice Johnson, Alexander Jay Howe, Brandon Lee Cloud, Cassandra Rae Brunelle and Glen Alan Johnson. They join Jessica Lynn Ahlgrim, Brian Thomas Berglin, Donald Michael Roy, Bradley Michael Geyen and Marian Lenore Hardy. As of Friday, there were 462 active arrest warrants which include 242 misdemeanors, 106 gross misdemeanors and 114 felonies.