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Happy Joe’s Cafe may be the perfect name for Central Lakes College (CLC) cafeteria. The cafeteria was recently named when the college awarded its three-year food service bid to Prairie Bay Grill & Catering in Baxter that started this academic year of 2013-14. Nick Miller, general manager of Prairie Bay, said the cafeteria was named after Joe Plut, who retired from CLC as the English and humanities instructor, and who is known as “the mad hugger.”
A jury trial has been set for the 60-year-old Pine River woman who is facing nine criminal complaint charges of animal cruelty in Cass County District Court for a July 16 incident where Cass County Sheriff’s deputies seized 102 dogs, including 29 puppies from her home. Deborah Beatrice Rowell was charged for seven misdemeanor and two petty misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. Rowell plead not guilty to all charges on Aug. 16.
Karsen King — who was 15 when he shot and killed his father Stanley Bryan King on Sept. 15, 2011, at their Riverton home — pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree unintentional murder. In his navy blue jail attire, Karsen King, now 17-year-old, sat in shackles next to his two attorneys from the state public defender’s office in Crow Wing District Court, where he admitted to shooting his father two times.
A 27-year-old man — a Level 3 predatory offender — will be released from prison Wednesday and will move to a home on the 10000 block of Wise Road in rural Brainerd, Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl reports. Joshua Chad Tromblay has a history of sexual contact with male and female victims ages 3 to adult. His contact included penetration and he was known to his victims. Tromblay will be released from the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) on Wednesday and will live at the rural Brainerd address.
A Brainerd woman is keeping her late husband’s name alive. Faye Abrahamson helped establish a scholarship fund for her late husband, Pat Abrahamson, at Central Lakes College (CLC).
A 24-year-old Motley woman who took her 9-month-old son from foster care Tuesday and was arrested about two hours later by Crosby police was charged Thursday on two felony counts in Crow Wing District Court. Jamie Marie Kreiner was charged with kidnapping and deprivation of custody rights — a violation of her court order and taking a minor. Kreiner was held in jail Thursday overnight on a county warrant. She appeared again in court Friday for breaking the conditions of her release on fourth-degree drug sale charges for not being law abiding when she took her child from custody.
Level three predatory offender Robert Arthur Litzau is moving back to Pine River. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch said Litzau, 71, is scheduled to be released from custody on Thursday and has disclosed his plans to live on the 24th Avenue Southwest in rural Pine River. Burch reports that there will not be a community meeting as the offender’s information and appearance has not changed since Litzau’s last release in January.
Brainerd School District taxpayers will see a slight decrease in their property tax levy in 2014. The Brainerd School Board voted Thursday in a special board meeting to set its 2014 preliminary tax levy at $16,633,647, a decrease of $51,057 or a .31 percent decrease compared to 2013. The board may decrease its levy before a final budget is adopted in December, but it cannot go up. Steve Lund, director of business services, said there were significant changes in the district’s 2014 levy and revenue because of the education bill signed into law this year.
A 35-year-old rural Cass Lake man was charged Tuesday after being arrested over the weekend after drug agents and law enforcement officials seized 130 large marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $80,000. Gregory John Benson was charged with fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance in Cass County District Court. Judge David Harrington set bond and Benson’s next court appearance will be Monday. According to the criminal complaint filed against Benson:
Crow Wing County has seen a rash of vehicle theft/break-ins in the past four to six weeks, law enforcement officials report. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Baxter, Crosslake, Crosby and Nisswa police departments have responded to numerous incidents where suspects have smashed the windows of vehicles and taken purses and other personal, valuable belongings. “Law enforcement believes that the individuals involved in many of these incidents are probably the same group traveling around the Crow Wing County area,” Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted said.