A strong storm blew in Friday with heavy rain, fog and hail in parts of the lakes area. In Brainerd, heavy rain added to a sodden few days. The National Weather Service in Duluth issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Crow Wing County Friday afternoon, expiring about 4:15 p.m. with strong winds.
You can't see them when you step out of the water after a swim, but boy can you feel them later. Swimmer's itch (cercarial dermatitis)—also known as "duck itch" or "lake itch"—is microscopic parasites lurking in lake water, capable of causing a skin rash that's itchy, scratchy and uncomfortable. Symptoms of swimmer's itch include burning, tingling and itching of the infected skin. Small reddish pimples appear within 12 hours of exposure and, while some of the pimples may develop into small blisters.
PINE RIVER—The 12th annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival will be Aug. 25-27 at the Cass County Fairgrounds in Pine River. The festival will include some of the nation's best bluegrass artists who will perform, including the Kevin Prater Band and the High Plains Tradition.
Since 2013, Jennifer Smith has served as executive director of the local United Way. Under Smith's leadership, United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties has increased its impact on the communities it serves. Next month, Smith will lead the organization into its 48th campaign season with the Invest Boldly 2017-2018 fundraising campaign for United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties. Smith said her board came up with the slogan after discussing the impact an entire community can have when rallying together for a common cause.
The 2017 Crow Wing County Fair winners include youth and adult entries from those taking home the sweepstakes awards to individual champions. Youth Arts Sweepstakes Winner, Clare Schaefbauer, Pre-school Grand Champion, Jude Erickson, Reserve Champion, Maxwell Avery, Kindergarten Grand Champion, Lance Chayton Black, Reserve Champion, Lance Chayton Black, First grade Grand Champion, Abigail Blair, Reserve Champion, Carson Malloy, Second grade Grand Champion, Cora Carlson,
PEQUOT LAKES—Two people were injured Aug. 5 when the all-terrain vehicle they were on crashed into a power pole on the south side of Forest Knolls Road, just west of the Clear Lake access near Pequot Lakes. A DNR conservation officer was near the crash and responded. When the officer approached the scene he observed both subjects were conscious and bystanders and first responders were providing comfort.
Sen. Carrie Ruud, R- Breezy Point, received an Arts All Star Award from Minnesota Citizens for the Arts during a performance Wednesday of "L'Exotique" at the Lakes Area Music Festival. The award was in recognition of Senator Ruud's support of the arts in the 2017 legislative session.
PEQUOT LAKES—The driver of a Honda CRV was injured at 2:28 p.m. Monday when her sports-utility vehicle rolled over at the intersection of Highway 371 and Crow Wing County Road 107 in Sibley Township, south of Pequot Lakes. The Minnesota State Patrol reported the driver, Season M. Clay, 38, Crystal, over corrected the SUV on a curve and it rolled. She was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The state patrol reported alcohol played a role in the crash.
Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd Levi Orth and Amanda Holmes, Brainerd, a boy, Zane Roger Orth, 6 pounds, 14 ounces, June 21, 2017. Grandparents are Dawn and Jeff Thomas, Montgomery, the late Roger Holmes, Pete and Fayette Locnikar, Pillager, and Shane Orth, Backus. Erik and Sarah Westin, Lake Shore, a girl, Alaina Kay, 6 pounds, 14 ounces, June 21, 2017. Grandparents are Gerry and Debby Mcmillan, Mayor, and Gary and Terri Westin, Bemidji.
Cru Restaurant and Wine Bar in Nisswa is being highlighted as one of the best restaurants around the world that offers the best wine selections. The Nisswa restaurant was honored in Wine Spectator's 2017 Restaurant Awards and it will be featured in Wine Spectator's August issue. Cru is housed at Grand View Lodge and features a vast cellar of more than 2,000 bottles of worldly wines and offers more than 25 wines by the glass, it states on its website.