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A 50-year-old Crosby man was charged Thursday in Crow Wing District Court with two counts of fifth-degree sale of marijuana after law enforcement confiscated the drugs with a street value of $10,000 to $20,000. Both counts carry a maximum of five years in prison and/or $100,000 fine or both. Judge David Ten Eyck set Jerry Dean Erickson’s next omnibus hearing for 9 a.m. Oct. 22 and set bond at $25,000 without conditions.
Felony assault and kidnapping charges against a 36-year-old Brainerd man who was arrested after a disturbance that involved an altercation between himself, a woman and a 7-year-old boy have been dismissed. Lemuel Graham Rosier was charged June 6 in Crow Wing District Court with kidnapping to commit great bodily harm, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, fifth-degree drug possession and making terroristic threats. Rosier pleaded not guilty to all four charges on June 26 and all the charges were dismissed on Aug. 12.
The Brainerd lakes area is blessed with many resorts, but with economic hardships over the past years some of the smaller mom and pop resorts were unable to survive. So how did the smaller resorts that are still in business survive the economic hardships, as they compete with so many others? For one mom and pop resort, Sullivan’s Resort and Campground on North Long Lake, the answer was change.
BAXTER — As the cooler temperatures begin to pour into the Brainerd lakes area — people who flocked to the lakes will have to find indoor waters to play in. Driving along Highway 371 in Baxter, one will find three hotels with indoor water parks to choose from: The Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes, Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Brainerd-Baxter and Comfort Suites Rapid River Lodge.
The Brainerd City Council has given the Brainerd Fire Department approval the go ahead to form a committee to look into becoming a fire service district. A fire service district would mean having the fire department enter into a joint powers agreement with the contracted areas that the fire department already covers, to form its own entity where firefighters would work together in providing more efficient fire protection, rescue and medical services.
American Roadhouse and The Killer Hayseeds will perform during the first Central Minnesota VetFest — an all-day family-oriented musical festival — starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds in Brainerd. The VetFest includes children’s activities and live entertainment throughout the day to include Noah Stewart who will perform from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and Rhythm Sections from 4-5 p.m. on the Mills Free Stage. American Roadhouse will perform from 7-9 p.m. and The Killer Hayseeds from 9:30 to midnight in the curling building.
Brainerd School officials are gearing up for school to start Sept. 3 — less than two weeks away — and a big question is always how many students will the district have. Steve Lund, Brainerd director of business and personnel services, on Monday presented August enrollment numbers for the past three years to the Brainerd School Board. The numbers have stayed relatively the same at the elementary schools with this August being about 20 students short compared to 2011 and 2012.
A 19-year-old Brainerd man who allegedly left a woman unconscious and not breathing on the ground near the stairs of a Brainerd residence on Saturday was charged Tuesday in Crow Wing District Court with first-degree attempted murder while committing domestic assault and felony domestic assault by strangulation. The suspect, Hunter James Scott Vidmar, also was charged with gross misdemeanor domestic assault, disorderly conduct and underage consumption.
Brainerd School District taxpayers will save money on their 2014 school portion of their taxes after an education bill was signed into law as part of the 2013 legislative session. The Brainerd School Board Monday passed a resolution to accept the location equity revenue conversion of the local levy and not to convert the district’s current voter approved referendum levy and to add $78.85 of board created authority. The school-related tax would reduce the school portion of taxes by $1 on a $100,000 value home.
More than a thousand caring volunteers who have given their time and dedication to students in the Brainerd School District last school year has resulted in saving taxpayers an estimated $320,000. Jennifer Rushin, the district’s enrichment coordinator, Monday updated the Brainerd School Board on the district’s year-end volunteer report, in which 1,330 volunteers put in 14,691 hours. Rushin said the number of hours the volunteers have dedicated to the students is a huge deal for the school district. At a rate of $21.79, Rushin said the district has saved $320,106.01.