FEDERAL DAM—The Soo Line bridge crossing the Leech Lake River in Federal Dam was damaged by fire Thursday, Sept. 6, and is closed. The Cass County Sheriff's Office received a call at 1:01 a.m. of a fire in the city of Federal Dam. Deputies and the Federal Dam Fire Department responded and found the Soo Line bridge crossing the Leech Lake River fully engulfed in fire. The bridge sustained significant damage. The incident remains under investigation with the assistance of the Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office.
Homeless and Wounded Warriors-MN, a Crosslake-based charity, hosted their 14th Anniversary Motorcycle Ride for Homeless and Wounded Warriors on Aug. 25. A total of 122 motorcycles and 170 riders gathered at the Log Cabin Bar in Emily to participate in the 140-mile ride through Palisade, Aitkin, Isle and Garrison before concluding at the Crosslake Legion Post 500 for a rib dinner with trimmings. A large silent auction occurred and all items sold.
The Crow Wing County Land Services Department will conduct a business electronics collection event 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Crow Wing County Landfill.
Nathan Olson had a rare trifecta win and Rick Schmidt broke the five-second mark to cap off a crazy weekend of drag racing for 450 cars entered in the 30th annual GSTA Muscle Car Shootout at Brainerd International Raceway. Olson, who only has two Muscle Car Series wins in the five years he's been racing, was unbeatable in 15 races, finishing the weekend with an armload of hardware for winning the Strip Eliminator 2 (SE2) class, the 12.50 Index class and the Index Class Championship.
The National Council on Aging designates the month of September to focus on falls prevention. Falls are not a normal part of aging, but they are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Many falls can be prevented by making changes in the environment, like removing floor rugs and being aware of the risk for falling.
AITKIN—Phoebe Glenn served eight aces and recorded 18 set assists for the Pequot Lakes Patriots in a 3-0 Mid-State Conference victory over the Aitkin Gobblers Thursday, Sept. 6. Britt Kratochvil smashed 13 kills and Lydia Hubbard added 10 more for the Patriots. Pequot Lakes 25 25 25 Aitkin 9 19 13 Pequot Lakes statistics Chloe Seeling 3 kills, 2 blocks, 1 dig Mirjana Ganley 1 kill, 11 digs, 2 blocks, 1 set assist Britt Kratochvil 13 kills, 6 digs, 1 ace serve, 1 set assist
NISSWA—The 2018 fall schedule for the Grassroots Concerts Series has been announced. There will be five Friday shows, all performed in the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar at Nisswa. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult. At all shows, seating is first-come, first-served. At each concert, the non-profit welcomes nonperishable food or cash donations to a local food shelf. The fall schedule:
Author to appear for BWA event Brainerd Writers Alliance presents Beth Hautala, local author of "Waiting for Unicorns and The Ostrich and Other Lost Things" in an event set from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Sage on Laurel in Brainerd. Hautala will talk about writing fiction and the power of literature in daily life. Hautala loves encouraging writers of all ages. The event is free and open to the public and children are welcome. She will have books available for purchase at the event.
"The Elephant Man"—based on the true-life story of a horribly disfigured man who overcame personal adversity and became a celebrated part of Victorian London society—is first up on the Brainerd Community Theatre 2018 season. Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 2-4 in the Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
And there was two. Von Hanson's Meats, which defeated Reichert Bus 23.5-20.5 Aug. 30, will face .925 Silver, which defeated Big Wood 25.5-18.5, for the championship of the men's league at Cragun's Legacy Courses. Big Wood will face Reichert for third place. Giovanni's Pizza topped select Therapy for fifth place with Start Farm Insurance finishing seventh and Shep's on 6th taking ninth. Results from Aug. 30 Team results Von Hanson's Meats 23.5, Reichert Bus 20.5 .925 Silver 25.5, Big Wood 18.5 Giovanni's Pizza 25, Select Therapy 19