The Heartland Animal Rescue Team is contracted with one fewer city for dog control, after the Deerwood City Council voted to end its agreement with the animal nonprofit, the Crosby-Ironton Courier reported. Deerwood Police Chief Mark Taylor told the council Monday, Jan. 7, the city has paid HART about $800 each year. In the last year, it did not take a single dog to HART or to the Babinski Foundation. The city also did not use animal control services, for which it was paying $54 each month. Taylor said officers are usually able to determine where an at-large dog belongs and returns them home.


A series of water main breaks caused headaches as the calendar rolled into 2019 in the city of Isle, the Mille Lacs Messenger reported. Three breaks occurred over a one-week period, and officials placed blame squarely on the weather. Temperatures plummeted into subzero territory between Dec. 30 and Jan. 1, and the barometric pressure dropped significantly during that time. Isle City Clerk Jamie Hubbell told the Messenger these factors combined with a lack of early season snowfall and deep frost was too much for the city's water system. The first break was repaired within six hours, while the second and third took crews 13 hours to fix.


A plan to suppress oak wilt along the northern edge of the disease's reaches was recommended for state funding by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources, the Mille Lacs Messenger reported. If funding is approved by the Legislature, the Morrison Soil and Water Conservation District project would begin this summer and could extend into neighboring Mille Lacs and Crow Wing counties.

Oak wilt is a deadly tree disease caused by a non-native invasive fungus, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reports. It's spread by infected roots growing together with uninfected roots, and also by sap beetles. A majority of Mille Lacs and Morrison counties and a small portion of southwestern Crow Wing County are located within the high-risk zone for oak wilt, according to the DNR.


A new microbrewery will open soon in Wadena, the Wadena Pioneer Journal reported. Drastic Measures Brewing owner Brett Doebbeling plans to open his business in late February, after completing a remodel of a downtown Wadena building once housing a hardware store. The former head brewer of Disgruntled Brewing in Perham told the Pioneer Journal the operation would be big enough to sell his beer wholesale to liquor stores.

-- Compiled by Chelsey Perkins, community editor. Perkins may be reached at 218-855-5874 or Follow her on Twitter @DispatchChelsey or on Facebook at