Rep. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, will host in-district office hours 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the westside McDonald's in Brainerd, 521 W. Washington St. Heintzeman encourages area residents to stop by and share their thoughts and priorities for the 2019 legislative session.
Having cancer is often one of the most stressful experiences in a person's life. But support groups help many people cope with the emotional aspects of cancer by providing a safe place to share and work through feelings and challenges. Any woman with a cancer diagnosis is invited to a group facilitated by professionals, which meets 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. the second Friday of the month at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. The next meeting is Feb. 8.
Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, introduced S.F. 63 last week, which prohibits using the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund for the payment of debt service on bonds. The use of the fund came into question at the end of the 2018 session when, for the first time in the trust fund's 30-year history, the funds were allocated for construction projects by the Legislature. Those concerns grew into a swell over the fall when several Minnesota environmental and conservation groups filed a lawsuit contesting the Legislature violated state law with its actions.
Sourcewell's 2019 Innovation Funding application process is open now through May 8. This year will mark the sixth consecutive year city and county entities within Region Five—Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena—have the opportunity to partner with Sourcewell and make special projects and initiatives come to life.
AITKIN—Jack Gravelle, Luke Pelarski and Carter Endrizzi went 3-0 for the Aitkin Gobblers as they defeated the Mille Lacs Raiders 47-33 and the Royalton-Upsala Royals 36-30, but fell 37-30 to the Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena Bears at the Aitkin Triangular Thursday, Jan. 17. Aitkin 47, Mille Lacs 33 Blackduck/CL-B 37, Aitkin 30 Aitkin 36, Royalton 30 106: Marshall Larson 1-2 113: Walker Jones 2-1 120: Carson Kullhem 2-1 126: Nathan Rom 2-1 132: Jack Gravelle 3-0 138: Luke Pelarski 3-0 145: Carter Endrizzi 3-0
LITTLE FALLS—Atlie Danielson went 2-0 at 120 pounds with a major decision and fall for the Brainerd Warriors who split their two matches at the Little Falls Triangular Thursday, Jan. 17. Brainerd lost 39-28 to Becker and came back to defeat Little Falls 42-29 improving their dual meet record to 15-6. Also going 2-0 for the Warriors were Kyle Patnode with a decision and fall and Gabe Wagner with a decision and win by forfeit. Becker defeated Little Falls 54-25 in a Granite Ridge Conference match.
WALKER—Arianna LeMieuer, Caitlyn Gutzman and Ella Peterson each scored a goal for the Northern Lakes Lightning who assured themselves of at least a share of the Mid-State Conference title with a 3-0 conference win over the Park Rapids Panthers Thursday, Jan. 17. The Lightning finish 5-1 in the conference, while 4-1 Prairie Centre wraps up its conference play Tuesday, Jan. 22 against Park Rapids (0-17). The Lightning put 75 shots on goal while Northern Lakes goalie Maddie Wahoske blocked all six shots she faced for the shutout.
STAPLES—Torry Hirschey pumped in 21 points for the Pine River-Backus Tigers as they defeated the Staples-Motley Cardinals 62-47 in a non-conference matchup Thursday, Jan. 17. Izaiah DeMars tallied 14 points to lead the Cardinals. Louis Beckers knocked in 14 points and Nathaniel Wosmek added 11 points as the Tigers improved to 10-2 overall. Pine River-Backus 27 35-- 62 Staples-Motley 25 22—47 PINE RIVER-BACKUS
KIMBALL—Brandon Neifert and both Brainerd Warrior teams finished second Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Annandale Invite at Powder Ridge. Neifert posted a runner-up time of 42.22. Max Darkow was seventh followed by Cal Madison in eighth and Gavin Hoelzel in ninth. Emma Hiebert's fourth-place 47.75 led the Warrior girls to their second-place finish. Alli Krantz finished sixth followed by Erin Hoelzel in seventh and Maddie Kalenberg in 10th. Boys team scores: 1-St. Cloud 258, 2-Brainerd 246, 3-Westonka 206, 4-Annadale 200
PILLAGER—Ramsey Moe registered 28 points for the Aitkin Gobblers in a 63-31 win over the Pillager Huskies in a Section 7-2A matchup Thursday, Jan. 17. Aitkin was ranked third in the South Subsection 7-2A standings prior to Thursday's game with the Huskies sitting seventh. Kaija Davies contributed nine points and nine rebounds for Aitkin. The Huskies were led by Emma Schmit's seven points Aitkin 27 36—63 Pillager 13 18—31 PILLAGER