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Alyssa Neistadt Grade: Senior Age: 17. Art focus: Brainerd High School mock trial.
A structure filled with two to three cords of wood, hay and equipment was lost to fire Saturday at a homestead southwest of Garrison. The Garrison Fire Department was called at 5:41 p.m. to a detached garage fire on the 24000 block of Crow Wing County Road 26, which was threatening the home and an outbuilding on the property.
The Brainerd High School mock trial team gave its best shot this past weekend in the state tournament at the Stearns County Courthouse in St. Cloud. Brainerd competed against 12 mock trial teams, where all the teams participated in three separate trials with the top two winning teams competing in the championship trial. BHS Mock Trial Coach Jan Carlson said Monday the team won one trial and lost two, which were close. Carlson said the trials are based on a 300-point scale and Brainerd was within 10 points of its competition.
The case against Byron Smith—who is serving two concurrent life sentences, without the possibility of parole, for killing two teens who broke into his home in Little Falls in 2012—may head to federal court for a new trial.
Mari Kalabegashvili Grade: Senior Age: 17. Art focus: Brainerd High School Art.
STAPLES—"Did I win?" 13-year-old Meryl Tigenoah, a Forestview Middle School eighth-grader, asked Thursday at the end of The Lakes Bee, a regional spelling bee held at the National Joint Powers Alliance in Staples. Lakes Bee officials initially answered "yes," she was the champion. However, there was confusion on whether or not the Baxter teen was the winner or not.
DEERWOOD—A fire—ruled an arson—not only destroyed two structures early Wednesday morning in Deerwood, but destroyed hope in close to 30 families in need. Fire consumed Salem WEST in Deerwood, a donation center established by the Salem Lutheran Church that serves as a storage site for donated clothing and household goods delivered to families in need. The fire also damaged a neighboring detached garage.
DEERWOOD—Arson partially destroyed Salem WEST in Deerwood—a donation site that helps thousands of families each year—early Wednesday morning. The fire was reported at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. Deerwood Fire Chief Mike Bodle said the fire appeared to start in-between a detached garage and the Salem WEST building. The structures both were in flames upon arrival. Firefighters from Deerwood and Crosby were on scene until about 4 a.m. fighting the fire.
Nine students. None whom have worked together. Only one who has competed on a mock trial team. A team that shouldn't be so good—but is. The team—the Brainerd High School mock trial. The Brainerd team beat Pequot Lakes Feb. 16 in the regional finals to advance to the state tournament, which will take place Friday and Saturday at the Stearns County Courthouse in St. Cloud. Twelve mock trial teams will compete at state and are guaranteed to participate in three separate trials and the winning teams will advance to the championship trial.
Travis Jensen Grade: Senior. Age: 18. Art focus: Brainerd High School Wind Symphony. Adviser nomination: "Travis is an outstanding leader in Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble 1. His musicianship and positive attitude are critical to the success of the ensembles in which he plays." Memorable fine arts achievement: "Playing at the Mid-Minnesota Educator's Association mid winter clinic in February of 2016 in Minneapolis." Artist most admired: Saxophonist Gerry Mulligan.