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.
The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office released its most recent Top 10 Most Wanted list for December. As of Saturday, Dec. 1, there were an estimated 936 total active warrants in the county. On the Most Wanted list this month are: Matthew Michael Berger, Eileen Mary Borg, Ricky Lee Hendershot, Elmer Dean Nayquanabe, Jade Joseph Nickels, Roy Louis McCloud, Amber Mae Sikkink, Mari Beth Smedberg, Lance Charles Squires and Angie Lila Wickham.
A 34-year-old Longville man who is a suspect in his mother's homicide in Bena faces criminal charges in a separate incident when he allegedly assaulted two people with a knife at a Bena bar. Thomas Wayne Matthews was charged Friday, Nov. 30, in Cass County District Court in Walker with three felony counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault in an attempt to cause bodily injury. The felony counts each carry a maximum sentence of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.