As winter weather threatens to arrive in earnest in the region, one major area construction project in Baxter is nearly complete and another is preparing to shut down for the winter.
ONAMIA—A driver and three passengers were injured, one seriously, in a two-vehicle crash Friday, Nov. 2, at the intersection of Highways 169 and 27 in Onamia. The Minnesota State Patrol responded to the crash at 4:10 p.m., where a Chevy Equinox was traveling east on Highway 27 and a Chevy Silverado was southbound on Highway 169. The state patrol reported the Equinox stopped at the stop sign and proceeded to cross Highway 169 when it was struck by the Silverado at the intersection.
CROSBY—A master bird-bander will discuss "Old Forests and the Wildlife that Depend on Them" at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Heartwood Senior Living in Crosby. Mike North with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource office will discuss the interdependence between old-growth forests and woodpeckers. Research in the area has revealed other wildlife also depends on old-growth forests, a news release stated.
Winter's first brush, which painted a winter storm warning on the weather map for the state's Arrowhead, passed the lakes area by—this time. Sunday's storm was expected to drop 2-6 inches of snow on the North Shore. Wind gusts of 30-40 mph near Lake Superior were anticipated to create blowing snow and reduced visibility for travelers. Snowfall of 6-8 inches was possible in eastern Cook County.
Baxter City Council Meets 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 Baxter City Hall The Baxter City Council will conduct a work session 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Baxter City Hall to discuss 2019 Memorywood Drive Improvement Project and the 2019 South Interceptor, North Forestview and Forestview Stormwater Outlet Improvements. 1. Call Meeting to Order 2. Roll Call 3. Pledge of Allegiance 4. Additions or Changes to the Agenda 5. Public Comments
Voters in Crow Wing County precincts that vote exclusively by mail must return their ballot to the elections office by 8 p.m. on Election Day, which is Tuesday, Nov. 6, to have their ballot counted. Voters who need to register, or who have lost or spoiled their ballot, may come in person to the elections office at the Historic Courthouse at 326 Laurel St. in Brainerd to complete an application and vote in person.
CASS LAKE A new member now sits on the Cass Lake City Council after his application to fill an open seat was approved, the Cass Lake Times reported. Mike Hanson took the oath of office following his selection in the wake of the resignation of council member Barb Sproul, but not before some back-and-forth discussion among council members on whether to delay the appointment or implement a special election instead. A lengthy discussion with the city attorney by speakerphone led council members to continue with the appointment.
Baxter Bass Snatchers 2018 final standings The winner in the 2018 year-end points standings for Baxter Bass Snatchers was Keith Tuma, who scored 194 out of 200 possible points during bass tournaments held this past year. Coming in second was Dennis Lothspeich, who scored 190 out of 200 possible points, and in third place was Nate Steinbauer, who scored 189 out of a possible points. The Lunker of the Year went to Dave Branum, who caught a 5 pound, 6 ounce bass on Bay Lake. Archers take 237 deer at Camp Ripley
PEQUOT LAKES—Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association invites boys and girls ages 4-9 to try hockey for free Saturday, Nov. 10. Two sessions are planned with the first from 10 a.m. to noon at the Breezy Point Ice Arena and the second from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hallett Community Center in Crosby. Participants are asked to arrive about 45 minutes prior to the scheduled time to get fitted for equipment. NLYHA will provide all necessary equipment for the sessions which are free of charge with no commitments.
"Worm Composting (Vermicomposting)" will be presented by Master Gardener Jackie Burkey at noon Nov. 13 at the Brainerd Public Library. "Compost year-round indoors by setting up a worm bin and turn your kitchen scraps into gardener's gold," a news release stated. "Learn how to set up your bin, what to feed the worms and how to harvest the compost: a great project for everyone from preschoolers to senior citizens." Register for this free program by calling the library at 218-829-5574 or registering online at tinyurl.com/CWCgarden.