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Fans of Minnesota Public Radio in Brainerd who have grown accustomed to listening to classical music and tuning in for news were met recently with something unusual: silence. Callers to MPR stations KBPN-FM 88.3 News and KBPR-FM 90.7 Classical were greeted Friday with a recorded message about what was simply billed as "an unfortunate circumstance." The Brainerd stations' tower was damaged because of lightning—which was not mentioned in the recording—so the stations are off the air, according to MPR Regional Director Kristi Booth.
The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office released the name of the deputy injured at the Judicial Center by a man attempting to escape custody Wednesday. Deputy Tony Brunhuber was injured when he was struck by a car. The suspect, Brandon Dupree Morris of Baxter, was at the Judicial Center on Laurel Street in Brainerd about 4 p.m. for a meeting with his probation officer when he drove off in his car with law enforcement in pursuit.
No snow? No problem. Snowplow drivers for the Crow Wing County Highway Department pretended to plow snow Tuesday in snowplow simulators provided by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. "We finally had the capability to come out to places like Crow Wing County when they want the training ... and they can practice their skills in here. Before they'd have to come to us—maybe travel two, three hours," said MnDOT driving simulator program manager Andrew Kubista.
East Gull Lake City Administrator Rob Mason wants motorists to know the crack along Gull Lake Dam Road is no fault of the city's although the gap resembles an earthquake's aftermath. Gull Lake Dam Road is a city road, but the bank of the Gull River that is slipping near the dam, due to heavy rainfall this past weekend, is federal property, according to Mason.
Mark Holbrook's grief turned to rage when no law enforcement officer visited his property to investigate when he reported he believed his beloved dogs were fatally poisoned. It's a startling claim that can be hard to prove, but for the many dog owners in the area who love their pets like family members, the senseless crime—if it happened—is reprehensible. "I had two boxers—that I got as puppies—and their health has always been absolutely wonderful, and all of the sudden one of them quits eating," Holbrook said.
No one objected at the public meeting Tuesday before the Crow Wing County Board about the county's proposal on how to handle county-administered tax-forfeited land. The "stand exam plan," formerly known as the "harvest plan," outlines the number of acres of tax-forfeited land that will be examined for sale potential. "Stand exam" is a forestry term and involves the collection of data on the composition of a given forest.