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The Cass County Sheriff's Office continues to pursue tips in an attempt to locate the suspect involved in the Sept. 16 home invasion case in which a homeowner shot at the intruder who fled the scene in rural Backus. The sheriff's office, along with Backus firefighters, conducted a search Thursday after receiving a tip, but they turned up nothing, Sheriff Tom Burch said. Burch said the sheriff's office will continue to follow up on all leads into the home invasion case and anyone with information is encouraged to call the sheriff's office at 218-547-1424 or 800-450-2677.
A Crow Wing County District Court judge didn't give any sympathy to a 41-year-old Merrifield man who said he didn't fulfill his community services hours due to medical issues. "You think you have pain ... think of them," Judge Dale A. Wolf said to Vaughn Charles Gentry during a probation violation hearing Friday afternoon in Courtroom 3.
BAXTER—From searching buildings to tracking mock suspects, the new Baxter Police K-9 team was on Day 8 of official K-9 police training Wednesday.
A wrongful death lawsuit was settled between Pinnacle Recovery Services and its doctor in a case involving a 26-year-old man, who died in 2014 from an accidental overdose of prescribed methadone.
Two new elementary schools could be built in the Brainerd School District and the public could see major renovations done to all the school buildings. But nothing is set in stone and, ultimately, it will be up to district voters to decide what will be done. The Brainerd School Board met in an all-day meeting Wednesday with district administrators, principals and consultants hired to assist the district in implementing its comprehensive facilities plan geared to meet future needs.
When should Brainerd Public Schools turn to its voters to seek referendum approval of its facilities plan geared to meet the district's future needs of its students, staff and community? That is the question the Brainerd School Board faced Wednesday during a special all-day school board meeting at Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. After spending a good portion of the meeting going over a proposed facilities plan still subject to change on all the school's buildings, the board discussed when it should have a referendum.
The Brainerd School Board Wednesday set the district's 2018 preliminary levy at the maximum amount allowed by state statute. The preliminary tax levy is proposed to be $19,504,672, an increase of $538,321, or 2.8 percent, over the 2017 tax levy.
The State Fire Marshal's office Monday investigated a house fire on Pine Street in Brainerd. The Brainerd Fire Department was called at 3:37 p.m. Sunday to the structure fire on the 1600 block of Pine Street.
BAXTER—Gator, Baxter Sgt. Matt Maier's K-9 partner in crime, worked his last shift Monday night and now has the freedom to chase sticks, sleep or do whatever dogs like to do. Gator, a Belgian malinois, and Maier have worked diligently side by side in the trenches, from tracking suspects in the woods to finding missing people to locating narcotics, since 2008.
It was a victory day for Little Falls resident Robin Hensel after a four-year battle fighting for her rights for free speech. The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday to toss out a disorderly conduct law aimed at citizens who disrupt public meetings. Hensel took her free speech rights case all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court after she was convicted of disorderly conduct for disturbing a Little Falls City Council meeting in June 2013. "I finally feel vindicated," Hensel said of the supreme court ruling. "I knew in my heart that I didn't do anything wrong."