What caused a fire at a two-story apartment building—leaving several residents without a home—Friday, Nov. 16, in Crosby is not known. Crosby Fire Chief Jay DeCent said Tuesday the cause of the fire is not suspicious in nature, but investigating it has been turned over to the Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office.
Crow Wing County residents voted in Capt. Scott Goddard of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office as its next sheriff earlier this month—and now Goddard has announced who will serve as his second in command as chief deputy. Operations Lt. Dave Fischer will be the chief deputy, pending official Crow Wing County Board approval. The sheriff and chief deputy are the top two posts of the sheriff's office. The two positions are currently held by Sheriff Todd Dahl and Chief Deputy Dennis Lasher, who are retiring on Dec. 31.
Capt. Scott Goddard of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office outlasted his opponent Pat Pickar, a Crow Wing County sheriff's deputy, in Tuesday's Nov. 6 general election by more than 2,500 votes, or close to a 9 percent lead. There are 64 precincts in Crow Wing County. Goddard won 39 precincts. Pickar won 24 precincts. They tied in one precinct. Goddard received 16,477 total votes and Pickar received 13,818 votes, according to the unofficial results from the Minnesota Secretary of State.
Crow Wing County officials want residents to be informed and prepared for any emergency that comes up. Whether it be a severe winter storm blowing in, a road closure, a burglar, or a missing person with dementia walking around a neighborhood—the county is utilizing technology to reach out to the community.
Wanted: Youths between the ages of 10-25 with a talent. Organizers of the Youth On Stage Open Mic event are looking for young people to share their talents—whether it be singing, poetry, storytelling, comedy, magic, dance, a band or small group—on stage on the fourth Monday of every month at the Eagles Club on Front Street in Brainerd. The Youth on Stage Open Mic event is an extension of Mark Munson's School of Rock, a rock 'n' roll summer camp for Brainerd area youths.
The 50-year-old Cloquet man charged with illegally setting a gill net in Gull Lake was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay a fine.
The hard reality is child sexual exploitation and human trafficking happens across Minnesota and in our own backyard in the Brainerd lakes area. Education is one of the first steps in addressing the issue and is the main message of an organization called Cherish All Children—a ministry that equips church congregations with the tools to prevent child sexual exploitation.
A Fort Ripley man was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation late Sunday night, Oct. 14, after he escaped his home as it quickly filled with flames and smoke. The fire was reported just after 11 p.m. at a mobile home on the 600 block of Ripley Street in Fort Ripley. The home is situated between Little Falls and Brainerd, about a 15-mile drive for both Little Falls and Brainerd firefighters.
Guitarist Dick Wilt of Brainerd was named for the Minnesota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 and this past month joined the Legends of Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame. The 78-year-old Brainerd musician, who has performed since age 12, said he feels good about being inducted into the Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame ceremony was Sept. 30 at the Moose Lodge in Rapid City, S.D., and honored 17 music legends.
Brainerd residents may see about an inch of snow when they wake up Thursday, Oct. 11. Though this expected snow will fall well before Halloween, people might as well get out their masks—ski masks that is. The first snowfall indicates winter is soon coming to the lakes area—so those who love snow should be happy. Last year, Brainerd saw snow for the first time on Oct. 26, with 2 inches falling, the National Weather Service in Duluth reported. On average the first measurable snowfall is Nov. 11.