Brainerd Public Schools educator June Dahlgren was nominated for 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Other area teachers nominated for the honor include Mandy Gallant of Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools, Katie Lieser of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Public Schools and Briana Novak of Isle Public Schools.
AITKIN A more secure entrance to Aitkin High School will be constructed, thanks to a $495,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Education, the Aitkin Independent Age reported. The district, already in the process of planning and finalizing a second phase of construction on the high school building, incorporated the secure entry into its plans due to the grant support. The new entrance would be placed on the northwest corner of the building, and the high school office will be moved there as well.
STAPLES—Broadband expansion and exploration into the rural areas of Todd and Wadena counties continues this year with a multi-year, multi-million dollar project aimed at bringing high-speed internet access to all residents in Region Five. The project is a cooperative effort involving regional telecommunications companies Consolidated Telecommunications Co. and West Central Telephone Association, with assistance from the Region Five Development Commission and Sourcewell.
LAKE PARK—Junior Keenan Dahl picked up his 50th career win in the 182-pound title match and was one of four first-place finishers for the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew who won the 10-team Terry Teiken Invitational Friday, Jan. 18. Jake Poehler picked up his third tournament title this season placing first at 160 while improving to 28-6. Also finishing first for the Road Crew were Caleb Ruhl at 113 and Harley Large at 145. Connor Tulenchik finished second at 138.
Pool < Women's Country League Jan. 16 O'Neary's Chicks 8, Jr's Junction 8 Oak Lawn Tavern 8, Green Lantern I 8 St Mathias Bar 10, Pit Stop 6 O'Neary's Cue T's 10, Green Lantern II 0 Standings 1-St Mathias Bar 132 2-Oak Lawn 130 3-O'Neary's Cue T's 130 4-Pit Stop 109 5-Green Lantern I 94 6-O'Neary's Chicks 91 7-Green Lantern II 73 8-Jr's Junction 67 Men's Country League Jan. 17 Paradise I 8, Jr's Junction I 8
Luke Schramm's 28 points and eight rebounds and Matt Ingman's 21 points and nine boards helped Justin, Clasen and Company defeat The Wolves 85-32 and remain unbeaten in the YMCA Men's League standings. Brandon Burton led The Wolves with 14 points and Gabe Chips added 11 points and seven rebounds. Lakewood Health System and Lakes Chiropractic are tied for second with matching 4-0 records. Lakewood defeated Kurilla Real Estate 84-53. Jordan Riewer posted 25 points and 10 rebounds while Joe Webster added 24 points and five rebounds.
The Crow Wing County Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life March for Life will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, to commemorate the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. It begins at the corner of Sixth and Oak streets in Brainerd and ends at the Crow Wing County Historic Courthouse. Signs and banners will be provided to participants. A short program will be presented in the courthouse when the walkers arrive there. Activists gather every year on this date to speak out publicly against abortion.
Snowmobile riders throughout the state would welcome a fresh round of snowfall, but despite less-than-ideal conditions in some areas, they're hitting lakes and trails with a fervor. In advance of Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week—Jan. 19-27—the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds snowmobilers of the importance of safe and responsible riding.
Bowling Jack's House Tues 4:15 Ladies: 1-8 Good Sam Health Care/ 5-3, Essentia Health/ 5-3, Abe LLC/ 4-4, Acorn Millwork/ 4-4, A New You/ 4-4, Jacks House/ 2-6 HIGHS: Caralee Bjerkness 213/529, Belinda Abrahamson 193/492, Ruth Tiedeman 187/502 Twilite Classic: Goochey Construction/ 132-78, Applebees/ 114-96, Greenheck AutoGlass/ 107.5-102.5, Canvas Tech/ 107.5-102.5, Hilmerson Sports/ 104-106, Mikes Pro Shop/ 95.5-114.5, VFW Post 1647/ 93.5-116.5, Triangle Drive Inn/ 86-124
The Crow Wing County Farm Bureau will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at The Center in Brainerd, 803 Kingwood St.