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NISSWA—Hanspeter Borgwarth, who was an inspiration and mentor to many in the Brainerd lakes area, passed away peacefully Monday at his rural Nisswa home on Gull Lake. Borgwarth was 84. Borgwarth was born in Cuxhaven, Germany. He grew up in an upper middle class family and experienced World War II first hand when the British bombed Cuxhaven. He was forced into the Deutsches Jungvolk and Hitler Youth. Both were movements in Nazi Germany for boys ages 10-18 to prepare them for military service, The History Learning Site stated.
Five adults and six youths escaped injuries Sunday night when the home they were in was engulfed in flames. About 40 firefighters from Mission, Nisswa and Crosslake responded to the fire reported at 9:35 p.m. at a residence on the 14000 block of Green Forest Circle in Merrifield. Mission Fire Chief Randy Roach said, upon arrival, the rambler home with a basement was in flames and all the occupants were able to evacuate safely. Roach said there were five adults and six youths in the home at the time of the fire and they were all family members.
Lake Shore Mayor John Poston was feeling excited and humbled after capturing nearly 70 percent of the votes to win the Minnesota House District 9A seat. Results for the district, consisting of 71 precincts, came in late, around 3 a.m. Wednesday. Poston, running for the GOP, had 13,293 votes or 68.52 percent of the votes; while his opponent Meg Litts, running for the DFL, had 6,076 votes or 31.32 percent of the votes. There were 31 write-in votes. Poston will replace retiring Rep. Mark Anderson, R-Lake Shore, who decided not to run for re-election.
Lake Shore Mayor John Poston late Tuesday night was in the lead for the Minnesota House District 9A seat. Poston, running for the GOP, had 4,881 votes or 67 percent of the votes with 29 of 71 precincts while his opponent Meg Litts, running for the DFL, had 2,396 votes or 32.89 percent of the votes. Both candidates were patiently waiting for the results to come in, as Wadena and Cass counties and the city of Staples were still not in at midnight.
Luke Norquist Grade: Senior. Age: 18. Art focus: Brainerd High School debate.
The Brainerd American Legion Post No. 255—an organization filled with veterans who often are thanked for their service in the military—turned the tables around Thursday by thanking law enforcement officers and firefighters for their service in the Brainerd lakes area.
A Crosby police officer, who was terminated from the police force, is fighting to get his job back. Crosby Police Officer Jesse Smith was terminated Oct. 6 when the Crosby City Council met in a special meeting to discuss potential disciplinary action against the officer. The council went into a closed session with Smith and his labor union representative with Teamsters Local 346 and then into an open session, where it voted to terminate Smith.
Twenty-one-year-old Ryan Mark Hall admitted Monday in a Brainerd courtroom that he consumed a lot of alcohol and cannot remember everything that happened the night of the 2014 Brainerd High School prom—a night where alleged sexual assaults took place at a party. The Brainerd man also admitted if his case would go to a jury trial in Crow Wing County District Court, he would be found guilty of felony fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim who was mentally impaired or helpless and felony interfering with the privacy of a minor under age 18.
Four new faces replace on the Cass County Most Wanted list for October replace four people from last month who have been arrested on their outstanding warrants. Cass County deputies arrested Isaiah Bimberg, Missie Camacho, Jennifer Johnson and Matthew Kline. In their place, Cass County added Ashley Marie Brown, Spencer George Fairbanks, Matthew Eugene Resch and Anitra Rose Beaulieu to the Most Wanted list. They join Natalie Mae Beaulieu, Donald Edwin Connors, Anthony Leo Fuller, Renee Marie Norris, Hector Villegas Ramirez and Shiloh Sheridan Williams.
Adviser nomination: "Grace is the manager of the A Cappella Choir this year and has already worked hard to help prepare for our upcoming first concert. She also has been active in coordinating for our upcoming madrigal dinners and helping with A Cappella's recent weekend festival at Camp Ripley." Other fine arts activities: Theater. Memorable fine arts achievement: "Making it into A Cappella Choir last year. Ever since first grade, when the A Cappella Choir came to sing to us, I was like I have to be in it. It's been a dream of mine."