WALKER—Speakers from NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will present "Creating Caring Communities" Dec. 1 in Walker. Learn about mental illnesses, the impact of negative attitudes and five things to make Minnesota a better place for people who experience a mental illness. The free program is open to the public and will be presented 9-10 a.m. at Calvary Evangelical Free Church, 5925 Oberly Loop NW, in Walker. For more information, contact the workshop coordinator at 651-645-2948 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Stage North announces 'A Christmas Carol' cast SpaQuest and Stage North Theatre Company presents the cast of its holiday show, "A Christmas Carol" running Dec. 12-16 at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd. Using an original script, adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, the production includes a cast of 47 and lots of traditional Christmas carols along with Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim.
NISSWA—Brianna Lane will close out the fall 2018 Grassroots Concerts series with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Live Well Night Club and Coffee Bar in Nisswa. "A gifted singer/songwriter in true Americana form, she writes and performs on an acoustic guitar and banjo, crafting songs that are clear-eyed and pure," a news release stated. "The Minneapolis artist has the voice of a chain-smoking angel, songs with equal parts hope and despair, and a stage presence of a true friend."
Ross Greene, world renowned child psychologist and author, is sending his colleague Kim Doheny to Brainerd for a free presentation from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at Tornstrom Auditorium. Thanks to a Best Practice Grant, Greene's collaborative and proactive solutions approach will be shared with Brainerd School District staff and community members to help meet the social and emotional needs of children showing challenging behaviors.
Thursday, Nov. 15, is the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout and Essentia Health wants to help smokers quit for good for better health. "We surveyed communities where we have hospitals, and one of the recurring health issues in just about every area was tobacco cessation," Jill Doberstein said in a news release.
The Breezy Point North Stars dropped a pair of one-goal games against the Wisconsin Whalers in North American3 Hockey League road games last weekend. Anthony Fortin's overtime goal lifted Wisconsin to a 5-4 win Friday, Nov. 9. Braeden Zaste, Evan O'Connor, Carson Simon and Nick Eddens scored for Breezy Point. Winning goaltender Caleb Sauer stopped 33 shots while the North Stars' Dan Fielding made 27 saves.
Crow Wing County Land Services Department encourages eligible property owners to apply for homestead status prior to the Dec. 15 deadline. Homestead applications for owner-occupied and relative-occupied properties must be received by Dec. 15 for the 2019 payable tax year. Homestead classification may affect the amount of property taxes payable in 2019, and it may affect property tax refund eligibility.
The Crow Wing County Sheriff Office was notified Level 3 predatory offender Terrance Lee Lindmark is moving to an area near Gregory Way in rural Brainerd. Lindmark, 57, moved Saturday, Nov. 10, from a northeast Brainerd residence to the rural Brainerd address. Sheriff Todd Dahl notified residents who live within the area of Lindmark's residence and provided them with a public information fact sheet, a news release stated.
A 32-year-old Ironton man was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Andrew Mark Donnelly, charged with 35 counts of criminal sexual conduct allegedly taking place at a Brainerd residence involving two minor children between 13 and 18 years old, was sentenced Sept. 11 in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd. Donnelly was sentenced by Judge Erik J. Askegaard on one of 35 felonies and will serve his time in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud. He will be on supervised conditional release after confinement.
A 25-year-old Cass Lake man was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of a 25-year-old Cass Lake woman. Brandon Joseph Roy was sentenced Nov. 2 in Cass County District Court in Walker to seven and-a-half years in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud. Judge David Harrington sentenced Roy for second-degree manslaughter—culpable negligence of creating unreasonable risk.