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The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office for the first time in years is seeing multiple changes in its leadership under Sheriff Todd Dahl. Chief Deputy Debi Backdahl and Lt. Dave Larson are retiring after being with the sheriff’s office for more than 30 years. Larson left July 31 and Backdahl’s last day was Thursday. Dahl conducted the official pinning promotion ceremony Thursday at the Crow Wing County Judicial Building, as well as saying goodbye to Backdahl and wishing her luck in retirement.
A mother of four young children is happy she is not one of the 33 Minnesotans who were murdered this year as a result of domestic violence. The woman, who left her home in Illinois in April and sought help at the Mid-Minnesota Women’s Shelter in Brainerd, was able to escape her abuser of 2 1/2 years. The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said not only was she abused, but her oldest child, a 3-year-old, also was physically and sexually abused. “The violence kept escalating,” said the woman. “He was physically and verbally abusive.”
CROSSLAKE — Fire and smoke filled the Wurdeman Cabinet Company in Crosslake Monday, eventually destroying the one-story building. Pequot Lakes Fire Capt. Mike Schwankl said when firefighters arrived on scene, half of the roof had already collapsed. Schwankl said no one was inside the building at the time of the fire. “The cause of the fire is under investigation,” Schwankl said. “At this time we can’t tell where the fire started. We’re still working on it. The state fire marshal has been called in to investigate.”
BAXTER — What should the future of Baxter look like? That is what Baxter officials were looking for Monday during a community forum hosted by the city’s Long Range Planning Commission at Baxter City Hall. The planning commission is finishing the first phase of the planning process and is seeking input from the public on what they would like to see for the city’s future.
Central Lakes College (CLC) is expected to file an incident report against Minnesota West Community and Technical College, following an altercation after Saturday’s game. The Raiders won 55-26 in the state quarterfinal game against the Minnesota West Blue Jays of Worthington. CLC Dean of Students Beth Adams said the college plans to file a report with the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) alleging Minnesota West’s unsportsmanlike conduct at Saturday’s game.
AITKIN — All the faces on the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office Top 10 Most Wanted list for the month of October should look familiar. All 10 people — Ann Marie Mirabel, Juan Rafael Carrasco, Scott Allen Pearson, Kevin Robert Lawrence, Lester Eddy Bell, Jr., Andrew John Bradish, Gary George Powers, Terry Thomas Olson, Adam Levert Williams and David George Laughton — were on the list last month or have been on the list in previous months as they have yet to be captured.
Having the Brainerd Fire Department become a fire service district is in the hands of the Brainerd City Council. The Fire Advisory Board met Thursday to discuss whether they should continue to explore the options on being a fire service district. The city council in August gave the fire department approval to form a committee to look into becoming a fire service district.
Not everyone buckles up when they get into their vehicle and you know who you are. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office (DPS) of Traffic Safety reports that Minnesota has a record high of people wearing their seat belts at 94.8 percent, but Sgt. Curt Mowers of the Minnesota State Patrol would like to see that number at 100 percent. “Each year more than half of the motorists killed in crashes aren’t belted,” said Mowers. “This translates to more than 150 deaths and more than 400 serious injuries annually.
It had just started to rain. Doreen Stocke had finished her shopping at Target in Baxter and was ready to head home to Walker. It was late afternoon on Oct. 2. The 52-year-old placed her bags into the car, got in the driver’s seat, put her seat belt on — a habit she has maintained for more than 30 years — then turned on the ignition and was ready to go. Her trip home would be one that Stocke would never forget and one that easily could have turned into her last trip.
Level 3 predatory offender Joshua Paul Rinde, 28, will move Nov. 7 from Brainerd to Baxter, being Baxter’s first Level 3 predatory offender to live in the city. Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted said Rinde will move to a residence on Greenwood Road South. Rinde, who currently is living on Fourth Avenue Northeast in Brainerd, is not wanted by the police and has served the sentence imposed on him by the court.