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PINE RIVER — Level 3 Predatory Offender Robert Arthur Litzau was released from prison Monday and is moving to rural Pine River. Litzau, 70, was convicted April 5, 1999, for felony fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct with a 15-year-old male victim in Crow Wing County. He has served his prison time and plans to reside on 24th Avenue Southwest in rural Pine River. The Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) and Cass County Sheriff’s Office staff held a community notification meeting Monday for Litzau at the Pine River-Backus Media Center.
BAXTER — A portion of the basic black leotards with a double-breasted jacket seen on the dancers during the halftime show of Super Bowl XLVII held in New Orleans — were designed and made right here in Baxter. This is the second Super Bowl in the past three years where Just For Kix (JFK) in Baxter made the costumes. JFK made the costumes in 2011, which were the lighted, silver hooded unitard costumes.
Sweetgrass — or “Wiingashk” in the Ojibwe language — is used in ceremonies and signifies the hair of Mother Nature or “Ogashiinan.” According to the Ojibwe culture, sweetgrass purifies the negative with the positive. You could say that sweetgrass is Brainerd resident Darlene Stone’s life. “All of my life I have walked close to earth,” said Stone. “I have never felt that anyone is better than the other. “Sweetgrass is endangered ... Sweetgrass truly is a gift from God.”
Two Brainerd High School (BHS) graduates will take the stage with Beyonce Knowles Sunday dancing during the halftime show of Super Bowl XLVII to held in New Orleans. Alexandra Clough, a 2007 BHS graduate, and Brittney Schubert, a 2010 BHS graduate, are in New Orleans for dance rehearsals. Beyonce Thursday released a video on her website at www.beyonce.com of rehearsal footage.
The Paul Bunyan Educational Cooperative offices will be getting a new home and Riverside Elementary School will get more parking spaces and a safer parent pick-up/drop-off. These were two of the Brainerd School District’s capital improvement projects that are part of the docket to be completed before the start of the 2013-14 school year.
An older motor home and a storage shed were lost to fire Wednesday night, but Pillager Area firefighters were able to save the home that was just three feet away. Pillager Area Fire Chief Randy Lee said firefighters were called at 7:56 p.m. to a fire at a residence owned by Ron Hiller on 1494 Highway 210, just west of the Gull River and about six miles east of Pillager in Sylvan Township in Cass County. No one was hurt in the fire, said Lee.
MERRIFIELD — Nisswa firefighters not only had to battle a house fire Wednesday, where flames and smoke were flowing out of the attic, but they also had to battle the frigid temperatures with a 4 below wind chill. The Nisswa Fire Department was called 4:07 p.m. to a small rambler home on 21892 Crow Wing County Road 3 in Merrifield. Nisswa called for mutual aid from Mission Township and Brainerd fire departments, and Mission also brought their Rapid Intervention Team.
A Crosby police officer was terminated by the Crosby City Council during a closed meeting Monday. The name of the officer terminated remains confidential, Pat Krueger, city attorney for Crosby, said Wednesday. “The time for filing a grievance on the decision has not yet expired and therefore, the matter remains confidential until that time expires,” Krueger said. “If the officer files a grievance, the matter remains confidential until the grievance has been determined.”
A Fort Ripley home was saved Monday when a fire started in its attic, burning the wood rafters and insulation of a home on Sebie Lake. Brainerd firefighters were called at 1:51 p.m. to Daniel Bona’s home on 3373 Sebie Lake Road in Fort Ripley, which is 17 miles south of Brainerd.
Brainerd musician Seth Doud may be seen on an upcoming episode of NBC’s reality music show “The Voice.” But to know for sure — if Doud made it past the second round of tryouts Wednesday night — his fans will have to watch the show to find out. Season 4 of “The Voice” will premiere March 25.