WALKER—Cass County will host a 9/11 observance beginning 9 a.m. Sept. 11 on the courthouse lawn in Walker. The public is invited to attend. Spencer-Ross American Legion Post No. 134, the Cass County Sheriff's Office and the Walker Area Joint Fire Department will participate in the posting of colors and flag ceremony. Chaplain Nancy Wagner of the American Legion will deliver the opening remarks and prayer.
Before prematurely celebrating construction season winding down in the Brainerd lakes area, next year has another big project in store for the region and there are more projects slated to start in late summer. 2019: Highway 210
Brainerd Public Schools presented 2018 Above and Beyond Awards to three employees Monday, Aug. 27: Connie Christensen, Nicole Harmer and Sandy Loney. The Above and Beyond Awards annually recognize employees who demonstrate a positive attitude that inspires others and consistently goes above and beyond what is expected so students can be successful. Christensen has worked for Brainerd Public Schools for 20 years, most recently as the building secretary at Brainerd Learning Center.
The schematic designs for Brainerd High School North Campus, Harrison Elementary School, Nisswa Elementary School and the new elementary school in Baxter are nearly finished, and the public is invited to give its feedback. There will be an open house 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, in the boardroom at Washington Educational Services Building, Room 208, 804 Oak St. For those unable to attend, the designs are available at www.blueprint181.org , along with a link to provide feedback.
Freedom Flight Inc. will host a Prisoners of War/Missing in Action event Sept. 8 at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds in Brainerd, weather permitting. Balloons will be tethered 7-9:30 a.m. Parking is free.
PILLAGER—Emergency responders extricated a 17-year-old Pillager boy from a flipped pickup truck Wednesday, Aug. 29, after he crashed in Pillager. The Cass County Sheriff's Office reported the crash occurred at 5:18 p.m. on 11th Avenue Southwest, also known as Cass County Highway 36. Responders found the truck on its roof. The teen, who was driving the truck when it crashed and suffered injury, was transported by North Memorial Ambulance to Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
PERHAM—Megan Muller of Pequot Lakes went 2-0 at No.1 singles to help the Patriots to a 7-0 win over Roseau and a 6-1 win over East Grand Forks Thursday, Aug. 30. Muller is now 13-1 overall. Teammates Morgan Lueck-Afton Crocker are currently 15-0 at No. 3 doubles. Pequot Lakes 7, Roseau 0 Pequot Lakes 6, East Grand Forks 1 Singles No. 1: Megan Muller 2-0 No. 2: Morgan Mudgett 2-0 No. 3: Courtney Boller 2-0 No. 4: Madeline Pluimer 2-0 Doubles No. 1: Alexa Fyle-Elli Saxerud 1-1
STAPLES—Dylin Ackerman scored three touchdowns in the first half to lead Pequot Lakes to a 50-26 win over Staples-Motley in a Midwest District game Thursday, Aug. 30. Ackerman picked up a fumble in the end zone for his first score. His second score came on a 45-yard interception return and his last one was on a 15-yard scoring pass from Caie Wolf. Nick Pataska also scampered on a 55-yard scoring run for the Patriots. The Cardinals got a second quarter touchdown on a 15-yard pass from Josh Lombard to Chase Davis. Cade Schmidt scored two TDs for S-M.
NORTHFIELD—Emmet Anderson and Hunter Klimek of Staples-Motley ran the top area times in the 38-team, 1,400 athlete, St. Olaf College invite Thursday, August 30. Anders finished in 12th place with a time of 16:29.1 and Klimek was 25th with a 16:51.3 to lead Staples-Motley to 14th. Ethan Johnson finished with the top time for Pequot Lakes at 18:37.1 which was good for 144th place as Pequot placed 31st.
Minnesota Alliance With Youth announced Aaron Sopelle of Baxter was selected to serve on the Minnesota Youth Council, representing Minnesota Congressional District 8. The Minnesota Youth Council is a collaboration of youths and adults working together to empower and mobilize young people across the state to exercise their voices, opinions and ideas and take action on issues affecting youths, a news release stated.