Adviser nomination: "Congratulations to Emily Kassulker as our visual fine arts student of the week! Emily can be seen working in the art studio every free minute she gets. If she isn't working on a painting or an artist book, she is helping to organize or straighten up the room. Emily's dedication and curiosity makes her artwork always a pleasure to view. Emily is especially good at layering unusual textures and adding her own image and word for a strong composition in her artist book creations. Way to go Emily, you are so deserving."
Those hoping for a white Christmas in the Brainerd lakes area may have to start wishing upon a star for snow. With Christmas Day 12 days away and not much snow on the ground, it doesn't look promising for residents to see a white Christmas in 2018. Meteorologist Joshua Sandstrom with the National Weather Service in Duluth said the odds are not in Brainerd's favor, even though snow is expected to fall during the early morning hours of Thursday, Dec. 13.
Sage Martinson Grade: Junior Age: 16. Art focus: Brainerd High School Creative Writing. Adviser nomination: "Sage is a wonderful writer whose style and description brings characters to life. In addition, she offers assistance to other students in class which is helpful to all given her natural writing talent." Memorable fine arts achievement: "Drawings and random stories I've done and collected over the years.". Artist most admired: Vincent van Gogh Other fine arts activities: Graphic design and theater.
A family of five with three children—5-month-old Ebon, 4-year-old Dixon and 12-year-old Makenzie—are thankful to be alive after fire destroyed an apartment building they lived in last month in Crosby. It could have been a much more tragic story for the family as the fire started in a master bedroom where the 5-month-old was napping in his playpen. Ebon's mother Teresa Wells said the mesh and plastic on the playpen was beginning to melt when she first saw the flames.
A 41-year-old Brainerd man was hospitalized for evaluation following a 3 1/2-hour stand-off with law enforcement the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 7, at a residence near St. Mathias Road and Business Highway 371, south of Brainerd. Capt. Scott Goddard of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office said authorities were called about 11:30 a.m. to a residence south of Brainerd for a person they believed wanted to harm themselves. Authorities were able to safely escort five people out of the residence. The people and the Brainerd man are known to each other, Goddard said.
A large number of law enforcement and emergency personnel on Friday afternoon converged on a residence near St. Mathias Road and Business Highway 371 during an apparent standoff with an individual at the home. Capt. Scott Goddard with the sheriff's office said authorities were called to respond to an incident about 12:15 p.m. for an individual who they believe may want to harm themselves. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office Tactical Team was called to negotiate with the person and the area involved has been contained by law enforcement.
It is expected to be a high of 25 degrees and sunny Saturday, Dec. 8, when the Brainerd Jaycees presents its third annual Homeless Heroes 5K event.
NISSWA—Firefighters were able to contain a fire Monday, Dec. 3, from doing more extensive damage to a rural Nisswa pole barn, including a house about 40 feet away. Nisswa firefighters were called to a pole barn fire about 2 p.m. on the 6700 block of Cullen Loop, north of Nisswa and east of Lower Cullen Lake. About 20 firefighters from Nisswa and Pequot Lakes extinguished the fire—fast enough to stop the threat of it spreading to the nearby home.
Nisswa firefighters were called to a pole barn fire about 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, on the 6700 block of Cullen Loop, north of Nisswa. Firefighters from Pequot Lakes assisted at the scene. Check back at www.brainerddispatch.com for updates.
Adviser nomination: Band Director Christopher Fogderud stated: "Danny is an outstanding percussionist and guitarist. He is the only guitar player in Brainerd who was selected for the Minnesota All-State Jazz Band since I have been at BHS. Danny's musicianship is inspiring to his peers and teachers alike." Memorable fine arts achievement: Being selected for the Minnesota All-State Jazz Band in 2018-19. Artist most admired: American musician Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins.