BAXTER—Work continues on Excelsior Road and Cypress Drive in Baxter and motorists have a new roundabout to navigate. Excelsior Road opened to traffic Aug. 10. As yet there is no access to or from Edgewood Drive until the work next to Cub Foods and the strip mall, with Boomer Pizza, is completed.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to two calls Thursday, Aug. 16, beginning at 1:40 p.m. for a garbage bin on fire on the 500 block of Northwest Fifth Street. Upon arrival, the fire was out. At 11:54 p.m., there was a call for a carbon monoxide alarm on the 8000 block of Greenwood Road. Upon investigation, it was determined to be a false alarm.
PIERZ—Val Gall won in straight sets at No. 2 singles for the Pierz Pioneers who opened their season with a 7-0 shutout of the Little Falls Flyers in a Granite Ridge Conference meet Friday, Aug. 17. The Pioneers' No. 2 doubles team of Kamie Athman-Halle Zupan also won by a 6-0, 6-0 score. Pierz 7, Little Falls 0 Singles No. 1: Becky Langer (P) def. Sadie Sue Houdek 6-2, 6-1 No. 2: Val Gall (P) def. Makayla Geise 6-0, 6-0 No. 3: Kalyn Gritzmacher (P) def. Brianna Marshik 6-0, 6-1
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an air quality alert through Sunday, Aug. 19, for northern Minnesota. As a result, the Department of Natural Resources will not issue burning permits for brush or yard waste for all areas north of Alexandria, including Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties. Burn restrictions may expand as smoke from the Canadian fires drifts south. For updates and the air quality forecast, check the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website at https://www.pca.state.mn.us/ .
A 29-year-old Brainerd man faces second-degree assault charges after allegedly using his vehicle to intentionally ram another vehicle on Highway 18. Jose M. Bravo-Jasso was charged Tuesday, Aug. 14 with the felony in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd, where Judge David Ten Eyck set bond for $100,000 without conditions or $50,000 with conditions. Bravo-Jasso's next court appearance will be Wednesday.
CAMP RIPLEY—A Morrison County resident recently found and returned a military unmanned aircraft that malfunctioned during training on Camp Ripley Aug. 11. During scheduled flight, part of an operator's course, an Unmanned Aerial System on Camp Ripley lost signal and drifted out of Camp Ripley Airspace, a news release stated. The RQ-11 Raven Unmanned Aerial System is suspected to have experienced a GPS failure which in turn made the aircraft uncontrollable and did not allow it to recover to the preset lost link point.
Turn in Poachers Inc. Shooters Challenge is Aug. 25 The Turn in Poachers Inc. Shooters Challenge will be held starting at 10 a.m. Aug. 25 at the Lakeshore Conservation Club, 9911 County Road 77 SW in Nisswa; and at Hunts Point Gun Club, 2142 76th St. SW in Pequot Lakes. The challenge will be a two-phase competition. First, teams will join at the Lakeshore Conservation Club for a round of trap. Second, they will move to Hunts Point Gun Club for lunch and a full round of sporting clays.
WHS Class of 1959 to meet Save the date for the Washington High School Class of 1959 luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 5, at the Brainerd Legion. For more information, call Eloise at 218-851-1497. Nisswa Garden Club to meet NISSWA—The Nisswa Garden Club will meet Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, County Road 13, Nisswa. Social hour and check-in will begin at noon.
BAXTER—Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash at 1:07 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, on Highway 371 and Novotny Road in Baxter—the second crash in the same location in two days. The Minnesota State Patrol reported a Ford Taurus, driven by Kaylyn K. Wynn, 26, Brainerd, was south on Highway 371 and a Ford Pickup, driven by Dusten C. Zitek, 24, Minneapolis, was north on Highway 371, about to make a turn left onto Novotny Road, when the two vehicles collided.
The filing period for elected offices ended Monday, Aug. 13—which now means the roster is set and the choices have been submitted to area voters for them to evaluate and determine as they see fit. A list of candidates for area school board follows: Brainerd School District Matthew Avery, Charles Black Lance, Jeff Czeczok, Tom Haglin, Tiffanie Knapp, Ruth Nelson and Sarah Speer, school board. (Elect three.) Crosby-Ironton School District Jilliam Decent, Michael Domin and Barbara A. Neprud, school board. (Elect three.)