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Half of these faces have been seen before and the other half are new to the Cass County’s Most Wanted Top 10 list. For the month of December, there are 447 active warrants out for people’s arrest, which include 231 for misdemeanor crimes; 116 for gross misdemeanors; and 100 for felonies. New to the warrant list are Sheldon Thomas Brown, Renee Evelyn Defoe, Russell Conrad Erdman, Ira James Lussier and Darron Joseph Wilson. Authorities continue to search for Jessica Lynn Ahlgrim, Bradley Michael Geyen, Thomas Lee Held, Eddie Lee Washington and Marilyn Lois Young.
Two families lost their homes Wednesday night when the southeast Brainerd duplex apartment they were living in caught fire. The American Red Cross assisted the two families — consisting of five adults and two children and an infant — on the 500 block of 13th Street Southeast in Brainerd with disaster relief for immediate recovery needs, such as shelter, clothing, food and emotional support. No one was injured in the fire reported at 9:51 p.m.
Paul Kampa of Brainerd has been painting since he was 9. His mother, Mary Ellen Kampa, was a reverse painter and he remembers the prominent smells of the linseed oil she used in her drawings. “I was always drawing in school,” said Kampa, who started art seriously in oils and watercolors at age 14. “I often drew people in class.” Paul Kampa said his main art medium is oil paintings. “I love the brilliance of the oil paintings,” said Kampa. “But ... I enjoy watercolors because of the instant gratification they give if everything goes right.
It was a light turnout Monday for Brainerd City Council’s public hearing on its budget and levy but most of the residents and business owners in attendance spoke their peace about the city’s budget.
Nine of the 10 faces on the Crow Wing County’s Most Wanted list for December are new and authorities needs your help in locating them. As of Friday, there were an estimated 1,000 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.
Out with the snow, in with the arctic cold. That’s the story Thursday in the Brainerd lakes area and the northeastern part of the state.
Brainerd lakes area residents saw a slight break in the heavy snowfall Tuesday, but it was short-lived as the National Weather Service (NWS) in Duluth anticipated another 6-10 inches possible to fall in the area Wednesday. The NWS anticipates the storm total snowfall will range from 12-18 inches by the time the winter storm is finished in the cities of Brainerd, Pine River, Walker and Aitkin and surrounding areas. Crow Wing County, Cass and Aitkin counties continue to be in a winter storm warning through 6 p.m. Wednesday.
BAXTER — After two years of no increase Baxter residents will see an increase in their 2014 property taxes, as the Baxter City Council Tuesday approved its final budget and levy. The final levy for 2014 property taxes will be $5,508,200, representing a $58,000 or 1.06 percent increase compared to 2013. The final 2014 levy remaines below the 2009 final levy of $5,513,700. Of the total 2014 levy, $1,126,000 of it will be the debt service levy.
BAXTER — Widseth Smith and Nolting will do the professional engineering and land surveying services for the Woida, Wildflower and Franklin street improvements in Baxter. The Baxter City Council awarded the contract Tuesday to the engineering firm for the services, not to exceed $309,920. The vote comes after the council held a public hearing in November, voting 4-1 in favor of the construction in 2014.
Brainerd lakes area residents — who saw 2-3 inches of snow before 5 p.m. Monday — may be digging themselves out to get to work as the area is expected to see between 10-15 inches of snow by Wednesday night.