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NISSWA — When Lydia Gazelka spotted a flyer for a missing dog at Schaefer’s in Nisswa Memorial Day weekend she had no idea she would be the one to find the pup. But she prayed she would be. Five years ago, Gazelka’s dog Luka went missing. “She never came back,” Gazelka said. “I remember how sad I was. I thought about that when I saw the flyer.” Three weeks before Gazelka, 12, read the flyer, Anne Gustafson of Merrifield got a call from a friend who was serving as her dog sitter. Her dog, Banjo, was missing.
Peter Johnson was known for his voice. When he walked into a room his deep voice caught the attention of anyone within its sound. “He had this amazing booming voice,” said Bill Satre, Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota manger and one of Johnson’s friends. “What a loss.” Johnson died Sunday afternoon while canoeing with his 4-year-old grandson, Thadeus Strader of Gilbert, Ariz. Johnson’s daughter, Chris Strader, confirmed Tuesday Johnson was in the canoe with her son when the boat capsized sending both into the Gull River.
There were no broken windows. No masked man. Not even a broken safe. But someone stole money from Dr. Kurt Waters’ business in Baxter, and it looks like they are going to get away with it. “Everything we were doing seemed right,” Waters said of the heist. “It seemed like we had all of our bases covered.”
Dawn Marker and Kim Jensen have a well-kept secret they want everyone to know about. For the past two years, Marker, of the Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Cloud and Jensen of Crow Wing County’s Veteran’s Service office have been working to coordinate a multi-agency effort to help Brainerd lakes area veterans with adequate transportation to medical appointments. “This is our way of giving back to the veterans,” Marker said.
Emma Palm is not the kind of person to let a little unexpected life-change get her down. She’s tough. And she can prove it. Palm, 22, just completed her third year at North Dakota State University (NDSU) while carrying a full load of classes as a dietician major with a minor in psychology. She also a captain for the university’s competitive dance team — a commitment that comes with practice six days a week, seven months out of the year. “Yeah, I guess I’m pretty busy,” Palm said. Oh, and Palm also has multiple sclerosis.
CAMP RIPLEY — The idea of unmanned aircraft flying overhead might make some Minnesotans a little uneasy, but Capt. Eric Lewanski said there is nothing to worry about when it comes to Camp Ripley’s new Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations Facility. “They don’t leave Camp Ripley,” Lewanski said. “We have a lot of area to fly around.” Camp Ripley opened its newest facility to the public Friday to show off its $3.9 million, 53,000-acre training facility. “We are very eager to share our skills,” Lewanski told military staff, media and public in attendance.
The conversation about a possible bonding bill that would fund a multi-million dollar sewage and water extension to the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport continued Thursday at the Airport’s monthly commission meeting. Commissioners Jeff Czeczok, Rachel Reabe Nystrom, Beth Pfingsten and Vice Chair Don Jacobson were present at the meeting. Chair Andy Larson and Commissioner Gary Scheeler were absent.
How can we prevent this from ever happening again? That’s the question plaguing the minds and breaking the hearts of Americans who were at a loss for answers following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The December shooting that took the lives of 20 first-graders, six adults all at the hands of a barely of legal age shooter. The incident sparked a heated debate about mental health concerns, gun control, mandatory rights guaranteed by the Constitution. The conversation has further polarized an already deeply divided nation.
It doesn’t take much. Just one drink at any stage of pregnancy can affect a woman’s unborn child. And unlike other hazardous consumption during pregnancy, the damage caused by alcohol doesn’t go away over time. It’s permanent. That’s the message Brainerd resident Peter Johnson and his longtime friend and colleague Jody Allen Crowe of Eagan want to get across to women before they consume alcohol during a pregnancy — that one decision could change everything.
Less than one-percent of the world’s population will run a marathon in their lifetime. Of those, 10-percent will qualify to run the most prestigous marathon in the world. Boston. Cuyuna Regional Medican Center labor and delivery nurse Melissa Goble has done both. Oh yeah, she’s also a wife and mom to three kids. Goble, 29, insists that while she has always been an athlete, she wasn’t much a runner until she started college. “It was a huge stress relief for me,” Goble said.