After a case involving a cat shot in the eye with a BB gun in the city of Emily appeared on the television show “The People’s Court” earlier this month, the Emily Police Department issued a statement explaining its involvement with the incident on the city’s Facebook page.

According to the statement signed by Chief Josh Herold, the police department investigated the incident in May 2019 and determined the act was intentional and met the definition of animal cruelty.

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Posted by The People's Court on Thursday, February 4, 2021

“After doing a complete investigation including statements from all parties, obtaining reports from the vet and images of the cat and its injuries the Emily Police Department submitted the case to the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office for prosecution,” the post stated.

The Crow Wing County Attorney’s Office declined prosecution in the case on Sept. 17, 2019, according to Herold, citing prosecutorial discretion.

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Garrison

Organizers of the Mille Lacs Kite Crossing announced the event is permanently discontinued, the Mille Lacs Messenger reported Wednesday, Feb. 17.

The kite crossing event, which for 16 years took place on a frozen Mille Lacs Lake, drew windsurfers from all over to Garrison. 2020’s event took place in February, just before the pandemic began forcing event cancellations. A representative of the event told the Messenger the director of Fleet 8, which put on the event, decided not to move forward with events in the future.

Kite surfers take to the ice Sunday, March 3, 2013, during the ninth annual Kite Crossing event on Mille Lacs Lake in Garrison, Minn. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
Kite surfers take to the ice Sunday, March 3, 2013, during the ninth annual Kite Crossing event on Mille Lacs Lake in Garrison, Minn. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Wadena

Five abandoned kittens were the inspiration for a generous donation from a Wadena area couple, the Wadena Pioneer Journal reported Thursday, Feb. 18.

Armand and Mary Brachman said trying to rehome the kittens found on their property gave them a new appreciation for the work done by animal shelters. When they learned the Wadena County Humane Society was raising funds for expansion with a particular emphasis on addressing unwanted or abandoned cats, they contributed $300,000 toward the campaign.



— Compiled by Chelsey Perkins, community editor. Perkins may be reached at 218-855-5874 or chelsey.perkins@brainerddispatch.com. Follow her on Twitter @DispatchChelsey or on Facebook at facebook.com/dispatchchelsey.