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It will be more than "Five More Minutes"—closer to more than 10,000 minutes—when country artist Scotty McCreery will "See You Tonight" as he makes his debut June 28 at Lakes Jam, a three-day music fest at Brainerd International Raceway, north of Brainerd and Baxter. McCreery, who won Season 10 of the American Idol competition, will perform at 8 p.m. during country night, before country headliner Justin Moore, who is releasing his fifth studio album "Late Nights And Longnecks" July 26.
LITTLE FALLS—Morrison County Board of Commissioners are happy to be back home. Back home to their county board room at the Morrison County Government Center in Little Falls. Morrison County hosted an open house Tuesday, June 18, to celebrate the first two phases of a five-phase remodeling project being completed—which includes a new and improved county board room.
Father's Day was established in the early 20th century in America—and whom a father is and what he means to each person is different. Some people have one father, others have two or more and a father is not always one's biological dad. There also are many people who no longer have their father, as they passed away. Father's Day is a reminder of the important role dad plays in children's lives.
Crow Wing County Sheriff's Deputy Pat Pickar—defeated by Scott Goddard as sheriff in the November 2018 election—was placed on paid administrative leave. According to an email from Crow Wing County Human Resource Director Melanie Fontaine-Laska, a complaint made against Pickar on June 7 was the reason for his placement on paid administrative leave. The email stated the county initiated an employment investigation into the complaint. The employment investigation is not yet complete.
When Collective Soul released its early 1990s song "Shine"—with lyrics starting out as "Give me a word/Give me a sign"—the song did just that. The song put the American alternative rock band originally from Stockbridge, Ga., on the map—and was a "sign" of a successful musical career to come. Fast forward 25 years from 1993, when "Shine" was released on Collective Soul's debut album "Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid," the group has continued to perform to sold-out audiences and will release its newest album "Blood" June 21.
He grew up in a small town of 300 people and never dreamed he would become a multi-platinum selling country artist. Now, with several hit songs under his belt, country star Justin Moore will be a headliner at Lakes Jam 2019 in Brainerd. Moore—known for his hits like "Kinda Don't Care," "Bait A Hook," "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" and his more recent hits "The Ones That Didn't Make It Back Home" and "Jesus And Jack Daniels"—is scheduled to perform at 10 p.m. June 28 on the main stage at Brainerd International Raceway, north of Brainerd off Highway 371.
"It will never happen to me" or "It will never happen here" are thoughts that often go through a person's mind when it comes to mass shootings.
Karla Milinovich shouldn't be alive. She shouldn't be able to breathe. She shouldn't be able to walk. She shouldn't be able to do anything she loves or hates to do. Milinovich should be dead. In fact, she died about four times nearly a year ago on July 25. She doesn't remember a thing, but her family and friends who love her dearly remember. They remember every single detail. Every single emotion. Every single second of that afternoon and the seconds, minutes and days that what would follow.
Forestview Middle School seventh-grader Hannah Moddes gave it her best shot this week—making it through Round 3 in the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., before being eliminated.
Twenty years ago, Paul Wilson's wife Mary Abendroth thought he was crazy. Wilson wanted to start a Scandinavian music festival in the lakes area. One day, he and Abendroth drove past the Nisswa Pioneer Village and Wilson knew at that moment this would be where the festival would take place—in the majestic, towering Norway pines of Nisswa.