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A third Nisswa City Council member on Thursday resigned, marking the third council resignation in eight months. Council member Tina Foster handed in her resignation letter Thursday. In Foster’s letter she stated the reason for her stepping down was to focus on family and business. Foster is the fourth to resign since October of 2011, when Harold Kraus, longtime mayor and council member, resigned. Kraus resigned, stating the city’s current direction was not the best for the future of Nisswa. Kraus was the sole council member to oppose a street plan and bonds.
Marshall Public Schools Superintendent Klint Willert was selected Wednesday to be Brainerd’s next superintendent. The Brainerd School Board voted unanimously to enter into contract negotiations with Willert to replace Brainerd School Superintendent Steve Razidlo. Razidlo announced his resignation effective at the end of the school year. He accepted a three-year contract as superintendent at The American International School in Vienna, Austria.
A painting of the late World War II Brainerd veteran Roy Schellin — whose right arm was severely wounded during a 1943 air battle over France — hangs at the Pentagon. Schellin’s daughter, Caralee Bjerkness of Brainerd, Tuesday said the family knew there was a professional portrait of her father, painted in 1944 to honor his service but they never knew where it was located. She said they had a copy of the painting but that was it.
Even though some St. Francis Catholic Church choir members say they can’t sing, when they’re all together, their voices blend in harmoniously and fill the congregation with spiritual sound. Around 20 choir members sing every Sunday, at the 9 a.m. St. Francis Mass, and on holy days. So this week they’ll sing on Holy Thursday (April 17), Good Friday (April 18), Holy Saturday (April 19) and Easter Sunday (April 20).
There are six new faces on the Crow Wing County’s Most Wanted list for April. Joining the Most Wanted list are John Edward Borg, Orion Allen Olson, Melissa Sue Jacobson, Manette Faye Nelson-Johnson, Joshua Dean Thurman and Joseph Eugene Roberts. They join Angela Marie Raper, Michael Gregory Olson, Denise Lynn Day and Cesar Otoniel Vargas Sauceda. All warrants for April were issued in 2014. As of Friday, there were an estimated 1,028 total active warrants in the county.
After two long nights of interviews with seven candidates to fill Brainerd Public Schools Superintendent Steve Razidlo’s shoes, the Brainerd School Board narrowed the list down to three. The finalists for the superintendent position are: Klint Willert, superintendent at Marshall Public Schools; Deidre Wells, superintendent of Inver Grove Heights Community Schools; and Ron Wilke, superintendent at La Crescent-Hokah Public Schools. The three finalists made the cut by a 4-2 vote. Board members Reed Campbell and Sue Kern did not vote in favor.
The Brainerd School District is one step closer in making improvements to its lower athletic site — which includes the football field, track field and tennis courts located behind the Brainerd High School. However, its going to cost about $140,000 more than estimated, bringing the total estimated cost of the project to $3.15 million.
A 24-year-old Brainerd man faces second-degree attempted murder for allegedly strangling a woman two times — once with a long wooden stick to the point where she couldn’t breathe in her Brainerd apartment. Steven James Machell was charged Monday in Crow Wing District Court with second-degree attempted murder, which carries a 40-year maximum prison sentence; and two felonies of domestic assault by strangulation and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
A 34-year-old Brainerd woman and a 38-year-old Aitkin man Friday were charged in Crow Wing District Court in connection with a break-in of a cabin in Cass County, reported Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl. Dustin Adam Cummings was charged with felony of receiving stolen property; gross misdemeanors of possessing a pistol/assault weapon, driving after revocation, no insurance; and open bottle. Tina Louise Hathaway was charged with felony of receiving stolen property; and gross misdemeanors of possessing a pistol/assault weapon.
Seven people were arraigned Friday on methamphetamine and/or firearm charges in Crow Wing District Court. Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl said the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division executed a search warrant Wednesday at a residence located on the 1500 block of Eighth Avenue Northeast in Brainerd. The search warrant was in connection with an ongoing investigation into the sale and distribution of meth in the Crow Wing County area. As a result of the search warrant, methamphetamine and firearms were recovered, including a sawed-off firearm with the serial number removed.