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It’s not a bad idea to pack a rain coats this Memorial Day weekend Rain started Wednesday in the Brainerd lakes area and it looks like residents and tourists are in for even more rain in the days to come.
Brainerd and Nisswa firefighters fought back-to-back structure fires — with one home fully engulfed upon arrival — in the off and on pouring rain and thunderstorms Wednesday. Brainerd Fire Chief Kevin Stunek said both structures were a total loss but no one was injured in either fire. The Nisswa Fire Department was called for mutual aid for both fires. The first structure fire, at a 14 foot by 40 foot manufactured home, was reported at 3:15 p.m. to 18472 Johnson Road, north of Baxter.
WALKER — The 31-year-old Cass Lake man who was found guilty of felony terroristic threats against a Cass County Sheriff’s deputy was sentenced Monday. Judge David Harrington sentenced Robert Joseph Jones to 29 months in prison, with credit for time served. Jones, who was found guilty by a jury in April, will serve his time at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud. According to Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines, the presumptive sentence for his terroristic threats conviction is 29 to 39 months in prison.
When Cathy Nault was a little girl she loved to play school and she has continued to “play school” for the past 40 years.
Grab your cowboy boots and hats and get ready for some good old-fashioned, yet competitive — bull riding, barrel racing and steer wrestling to name a few of the traditional rodeo events — to be held right here this weekend in Brainerd. The Minnesota High School Rodeo Association (MNHSRA) will host its Region 1 high school rodeo Friday, May 18 through Sunday at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds in Brainerd.
BAXTER — The 24-year-old woman — who was arrested in connection with the burglary and property damage that occurred at Heartland Animal Rescue Team (HART) in Baxter — was charged Thursday with third-degree burglary in Crow Wing County District Court. Samantha Jo Martin of Pillager was arrested Tuesday at a Brainerd home, and the missing dog that had been impounded at HART also was located at the same home. Judge David J. Ten Eyck set Martin’s next omnibus hearing for July 2. According to the criminal complaint filed against Martin:
M ost men worry about losing their hair, but four men who work at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd have some to spare. The men — Jack Barry, David Watson and Les Beto, maintenance engineers, and JD Berns, staffing clerk at the hospital — plan to have their beards shaved and hair either trimmed or shaved Friday as a fundraiser for co-worker Dorinda Hamilton, who was recently diagnosed with Stage Four Cancer.
B AXTER — A 24-year-old Brainerd woman was arrested Tuesday in connection with the burglary and property damage that occurred at Heartland Animal Rescue Team (HART), Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted said. Exsted said Samantha Martin was arrested at a Brainerd home, and the missing dog that had been impounded at HART also was located at the same home. Martin is being housed in Crow Wing County Jail and charges of third-degree burglary and first-degree property damage are pending in Crow Wing County District Court.
BAXTER — Heartland Animal Rescue Team (HART) was vandalized early Tuesday morning with the words “Killers” and “U Kill” spray-painted on the building. Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted said someone broke into the HART building and did extensive property damage. Exsted said the suspect also released all the dogs that were in the impound area of the animal rescue shelter. Fortunately, with the help of one of the impound dogs — a pit bull named “Angel” — all the dogs, but one were rescued and brought back to HART.
A Little Falls grandmother who has taken issue with Little Falls regarding the city forcing her to take down political signs on her property will now take the city to court. Robin Hensel filed a lawsuit Monday against the city in U.S. District Court of Minnesota maintaining the city violated her free speech, First Amendment rights.