The Pine Tree District of Central Minnesota Council, Boy Scouts of America, will host an informational meeting 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Salvation Army Chapel, 208 S. Fifth St., Brainerd, to discuss family Scouting and how girls will be welcomed into all programs. "We welcome any person who is interested in learning more about the changes the national organization has made to include girls in the programs," Loren Meinke, a member of the district leadership team, stated in a news release. "We especially encourage young ladies between 11 and 17 years old."
The Wadena-Deer Creek High School Athletic Department announced the retirement of head football coach Howie Kangas Thursday, Nov. 1. Kangas was the Wolverines' head coach since 2012 and posted a 16-48 record. He led the Wolverines to their first playoff win since 1998 when WDC downed Staples-Motley 42-20 in the 2017 playoffs.
LITTLE FALLS—Alyssa Semmler and Gabby Rainwater combined for 29 kills as the North B No. 1 Pine River-Backus Tigers defeated North A No. 1 Rush City 3-1 in the North Subsection 5-1A championship match Thursday, Nov. 1. Semmler drilled 15 kills and Rainwater 14 as PRB improved to 28-2. Rylie Hirschey posted 49 set assists and Jaime Johnson 24 digs for PRB.
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced two judgeship vacancies occurring in Minnesota's 9th Judicial District. These vacancies will occur upon the retirements of the Honorable David F. Harrington, who is chambered in Walker in Cass County and the Honorable David J. Ten Eyck, who is chambered in Brainerd in Crow Wing County.
Central Lakes College Community Band will host its fall concert at 8:01 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, after the polls close, in the Chalberg Theatre at CLC. New director Jonathan LaFlamme will direct; he took over for Steve Anderson who retired after the spring concert.
NISSWA—The Lakes Area Music Festival will kick off its 2018-19 Winter Series with a concert titled "Beethoven + Brahms" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. This concert is the first of a four-concert series and will feature members of the LAMF roster: clarinetist Jonathan Cohen; pianist Mary Jo Gothmann; and artistic director, cellist Scott Lykins. The concert is open to the public. No tickets are required, but donations to the festival are encouraged.
Crow Wing County and the cities of Brainerd and Jenkins were recently selected to receive $1.4 million dollars through the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Local Road Improvement Program. The local agencies are among 52 locations around the state chosen through a competitive process to distribute state bonding dollars authorized by the Minnesota Legislature. The program is intended primarily to improve local roadways having regional significance.
The Crow Wing County Land Services Department wants to remind off-highway vehicle users that recreational riding on forest trails passing through county-administered public lands is prohibited during the 2018 Minnesota firearms deer hunting season. The restriction does not preclude the deer hunter, with a valid deer hunting license, to operate an off-highway vehicle before legal shooting time, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., or after legal shooting hours.
A Brainerd man was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison after failing to register as a sex offender. Scott C. Blader, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced Nicholas Edwards, 38 of Brainerd, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Oct. 16 by Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 27 months in federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender. The prison term will be followed by 10 years of supervised release.
Wondering what to do to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year? The following is a list of upcoming Halloween activities for the Brainerd lakes area. Wednesday, Oct. 31 • Indoor trick or treating, 5-6:30 p.m., Good Samaritan Society, Woodland Campus; and from 6:30-8 p.m., Bethany Campus. • Trunk or treat at Red Ruby Art Gallery, in cooperation with Legacy Church in Pequot Lakes, 4 to 9 p.m. on Government Drive in Pequot Lakes. • Trunk or treat, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, Pequot Lakes.