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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.
Brainerd High School's (BHS) music program was selected as a semifinalist as a GRAMMY Signature School for 2015 by the GRAMMY Foundation. BHS and Underwood High School, the only other Minnesota school, made the list of 120 schools in the nation named semifinalists. Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year. Christopher Brandt, BHS associate director of bands, said the music department submitted an extensive application in September for the award.
BAXTER - Baxter homeowners will see a slight increase on their property taxes for 2015. The Baxter City Council Tuesday approved the 2015 budget and levy. Council members Jim Klein and Mark Cross were absent from the meeting. The 2015 levy was set at $5.6 million, which represents a $93,700 increase from 2014 or an increase of 1.68 percent. The 2015 budget includes $7.8 million of expenditures over revenue, with total expenditures at $21,374,600.