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How much money Crow Wing County should spend on indigent burials was a question posed Monday during the county’s Committee of the Whole meeting. The county provides burials for indigent persons when they are unable to pay the cost of a funeral and disposition of their remains.
There are three new faces on the Cass County’s Most Wanted list for the month of July. As of Friday, there were 436 total active warrants, which include 93 felonies, 112 gross misdemeanors and 231 misdemeanors. The three new faces are Teresa April Engelke, Thomas Lee Held and Darrell Neal Lovejoy. The other seven on the Top 10 Most Wanted list include Stephanie Lynn Arnold, Alana Lee Brown, Barry Merle Day, Ernest Wayne Declusin, Bradley Michael Geyen, Ricky Lee Laduke and Donald Michael Roy.
Les Franz of Brainerd and Brenda Johnson of Baxter didn’t see it coming prior to their arrival at The Center’s annual picnic Thursday at Lum Park in Brainerd. Franz and Johnson were selected as the male and female honorees of the 2013 Outstanding Senior Citizen Award sponsored by The Minnesota State Fair, the Minnesota State Fair Foundation and the Minnesota Federation of County Fairs. Franz and Johnson will each represent Crow Wing County at the fair.
Eighteen-year-old Hannah Gaalswyk of Pillager is expecting to be a little lighter by Friday night. Gaalswyk plans to have 22 inches off her long, thick, blonde hair cut off to donate it to the Wigs For Kids. Gaalswyk, the daughter of Don and Beverly Gaalswyk of Pillager, plans to have her hair cut during the Relay For Life of Crow Wing County event scheduled to run from 5 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds in Brainerd.
There are all new faces on Crow Wing County’s Most Wanted list. As of Friday, there was an estimated 1,100 total active warrants in the county. The sheriff’s office is looking for these people and if anyone recognizes them they should contact authorities by calling 829-4749. The current Most Wanted list in Crow Wing County consists of Russell Jay Barber Jr., Justin James Cronquist, Anthony Michael Szyperski, Jack Daniel Smith, Larry Benjamin Berg Jr., Joseph Allen Ferrian, Michael Steven Running, Lucas Tyler Nickaboine, Paul Mark Elliott and Christopher Bradley Sharp.
An 8- by 12-foot shed went up in flames and smoke Friday when Brainerd firefighters arrived at a residence on the 15000 block of Woodrow Road, east of Brainerd, but they were able to save the house. The shed was about 5-10 feet away from the garage that was attached to the house owned by Sean and Amber Racelo. They were not home at the time of the fire that was reported at 1:33 p.m. Brainerd Fire Chief Kevin Stunek said the side of the garage next to the shed was damaged and the soffits on the northeast corner of the home also were damaged.
A 48-year-old Brainerd man, accused of starting an artificial tree on fire in the lobby of the 12th floor at the North Star Apartments in Brainerd and then walking away from it, lived in the apartments. David Scott Ragains was arraigned Thursday in Crow Wing District Court. He was charged with first-degree arson which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.
Searches for 27-year-old Jesse Larson of Crosby, who has been missing since June 20, continued Wednesday with no luck. Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl said about 35 law enforcement officers, firefighters, friends and family, with the help of Northstar Search and Rescue dogs searched most the day Wednesday around the area of the family’s property, north of Crosby. “We searched the area pretty well and covered the areas we wanted to cover, but we didn’t find much,” said Dahl. “We had a good crew. Thanks goes out to everyone involved in the search.
Brainerd police are investigating Friday’s fire at the North Star Apartments as arson. Brainerd Police Chief Corky McQuiston said they have reasons to believe that the fire was set intentionally on the 12th floor lobby. McQuiston said police have identified a suspect in the incident and intend to obtain an arrest warrant. As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, no arrests were made.
PEQUOT LAKES — There is a lot of history within the walls of Scandia North, located on old Highway 371 in Pequot Lakes. The building, which today holds 20 privately owned condominiums, used to be the old country school and then the old Pequot Lakes High School.