Another year and another floating bog for North Long Lake.
If Brainerd residents thought it was especially hot for a September day—Sunday, Sept. 16—they would be correct. Brainerd hit 86 degrees Sunday, breaking the daily record of 82 degrees set in 2015, the National Weather Service in Duluth reported. The NWS reported International Falls also broke its daily record Sunday when it hit 87 degrees, besting the previous high of 85 degrees set in 1922.
A Fair Campaign Practices Act complaint filed against Crow Wing County sheriff candidate Pat Pickar was dismissed. Baxter resident Michael Murphy filed a complaint Sept. 7 with the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings, alleging Pickar violated state law when he announced he would appoint Troy Schreifels as his chief deputy if elected. In Murphy's complaint, he provided multiple examples of social media posts and other campaign advertisements describing Schreifels as Pickar's running mate and how Pickar and Schreifels are described as "Team Pickar."
A 27-year-old Brainerd woman, who is a vulnerable adult, was reported missing. Britani Wilson's family reported her missing Thursday, Sept. 6, to Brainerd police. Wilson's mother, Sheila Black, said her daughter's boyfriend said he last saw her about 10 p.m. Wednesday. Wilson was reportedly going to step out for a moment and never returned. Wilson lives in an upstairs apartment on the 700 block of South Ninth Street in Brainerd, which is across Pine Street from the Washington Educational Services Building.
It is now up to 9th Judicial District Judge Jana M. Austad to decide whether a 50-year-old Cloquet man charged with illegally setting a gill net in Gull Lake is protected under the treaty rights drawn up between tribes and the U.S. Government in 1855. Austad, a judge based in Cass County, took over the case in August 2017 after four 9th Judicial District judges in Crow Wing County recused themselves.
They jump amazing lengths. They scurry through collapsible tunnels. They bark when they are excited. They listen to their handlers' commands. They are the dogs—such as border collies Gig, Faye and Spot—who have gone through Full Tilt Agility Training. Full Tilt Agility Training was started by Loretta Mueller in 2007 out of her home in Buckman. Mueller, who has been involved with animals all her life, trains dogs and their handlers for agility, among other skills.
DEERWOOD—Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge is a community in and of itself. It is believed to be the longest, continuously owned family resort in Minnesota—started 120 years ago by Joseph and Josephine Ruttger. Today their great-grandson, Chris Ruttger, runs the resort and his parents, Jack and Ann Ruttger, continue to live on the property. Jack Ruttger, 88, isn't quite fully retired from the business—he can be seen driving around the resort in the golf cart working on smaller projects.
LITTLE FALLS—Falls Fabricating spent $2.3 million in equipment upgrades the past five years—and continues to make an investment to keep the metal manufacturing company viable in the historic town of Little Falls in central Minnesota.
NISSWA—After shooting the independent feature "Seed of Doubt" featuring actors Sarah Utterback of "Grey's Anatomy" and Paul James of "Greek" and "The Last Ship"—actor and producer Brandon Van Vliet has come back to his hometown of Nisswa to shoot his next film.
It was a close Crow Wing County sheriff's race between the top two vote-getters in the primary election, Tuesday, Aug. 14—candidates Scott Goddard and Pat Pickar. Results are still unofficial and have changed slightly since vote totals were reported after midnight Tuesday—but the change doesn't affect the outcome. Pickar and Goddard each garnered more than 4,000 votes in the 2018 primary election to stay in the sheriff's race. Candidate Eric Klang had the least amount of votes and is out of the race.