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Volunteers with The Center will again use the greenhouse at the Brainerd High School Farm property off Highway 25 in Brainerd. The Brainerd School Board Monday approved the annual lease for $1 to allow the senior center to use the greenhouse from mid-March through the end of May. Kathy Tusa and Glenna Falk, The Center volunteers, spoke on behalf of the senior center on using the greenhouse again. Tusa said the senior center has about 36 volunteers who put in many hours on the annual plant sale in May at The Center on Kingwood Street in Brainerd.
Fire crews from three agencies battled a grass fire Sunday night, fighting in the dark, against strong winds and up a steep hill. "This one was a difficult fire to fight," Pillager Fire Chief Randy Lee said Monday of the grass fire that burned four acres of property south of Pillager near Rosing Hill. "It was dark and the spot of the fire went straight up a steep hill, it went up to the top fast.
Blake Lee Stevens is wanted for receiving stolen property and theft and is wanted by the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office. Stevens joins the Top 10 Most Wanted list this month and he joins Dean Douglas Inman, Steven James Iverson, Chris David Kujawa, Kevin Robert Lawrence, Gene Russell Lindman, Gary George Powers, Terry Thomas Olson, Kenneth Walker Jr.
Alex Toensing Grade: Sophomore. Age: 15. Art focus: Brainerd High School Brainonian. Adviser nomination: "Alex is doing a great job as an editor in yearbook. She has already shown excellent leadership skills and a willingness to go above and beyond to make yearbook better. If I need a volunteer to go to an event, she is usually the first one to raise her hand.
There are no new faces on the Cass County's Most Wanted list for October. The Most Wanted list continues to be Jessica Lynn Ahlgrim, Jamaal Reuben Baird, Renee Evelyn Defoe, Patrick Anthony Dunn, Bradley Michael Geyen, Joseph Anthony Kangas, Michael Edward Larose, Nia Joyce May, Sage Lee Seelye and Rozelle Marie Wilson. There are 462 active arrest warrants in Cass County. Warrants this month include 225 misdemeanors, 100 gross misdemeanors and 137 felonies. If anyone recognizes or sees any of these people, they are asked to call the Cass County Sheriff's Office at 218-547-1424.
Gemma Hollen Grade: Sophomore. Age: 15. Art focus: Brainerd High School (BHS) Painting 1 and next semester will be in Drawing I. Adviser nomination: "Gemma's current watercolor project has a unique style which grabs the viewers' attention and stands out with the use of word and image in the composition. She also has a sharp eye for form, color and layout.
Lord of Life Church in Baxter fell victim to identity theft and lost $24,000, but has since recovered $10,000 of the money, Sarah Speer, church council president, said Friday. Speer said she was notified almost immediately after bank and church staff made the discovery on Sept. 24 that the church had been scammed. "It was a normal day at the office for staff at Lord of Life church. The phones were ringing, several different groups were coming to meet, emails were being sent all through the building," Speer said.
Vala Marie Eagle is off Aitkin's Most Wanted list and Dean Douglas Inman is on the list for the month of September. Inman joins the list, along with Steven James Iverson, Coty Allen Kremer, Chris David Kujawa, Kevin Robert Lawrence, Gene Russell Lindman, Gary George Powers, Terry Thomas Olson, Kenneth Walker Jr. and Dallon Wayne White. Some people on the list in Aitkin County have been wanted by authorities as far back as 1998. Several of Aitkin's Most Wanted have been on the list for months. If people see any of the suspects, they can call the sheriff's office at 218-927-7435.
Nicole O'Day, who lost her home to a suspicious fire earlier this month, has been picking up the pieces and is ready to open up her business - A MAZE-N-PUMPKINS - on Saturday. O'Day's home on Middle Cullen Road off Crow Wing County Road 18, two miles east of Nisswa, was destroyed by fire Sept. 2. Her business is located on her property, adjacent to her home.
Garrison firefighters saved a garage Wednesday that started on fire on the 23000 block of Mail Route Road, about 15 miles east of Brainerd. Garrison Assistant Fire Chief Bruce Breun said firefighters were called at 1:34 p.m. to a detached garage fire that was located between Brainerd and Garrison off Highway 18. He said the fire started in the wall of the garage and moved up into the attic.