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Twenty-one vigil candles—each one representing a victim killed in a domestic violence incident in 2016 in Minnesota—were lit Tuesday night and released into the Mississippi River at Kiwanis Park in Brainerd. Of the 21 victims killed, 18 were women, two were children and one was a man. Victims were as young as 10-year-old Nahily Ronquillo to as old as 85-year-old Beverly Miller.
Christopher Strandlie—who spent years prosecuting criminal cases as the Cass County attorney—will now dress in a black robe and sit on the bench to face the prosecution and defense lawyers. Strandlie was sworn in Friday by Judge Earl Maus in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd as the 24th judge to serve the Ninth Judicial District. Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Strandlie to fill the position for a retiring Judge Richard A. Zimmerman. That judgeship will be chambered in Brainerd in Crow Wing County.
AITKIN—Three generations—81 years—selling "everything on earth." Put these things together and you have Bob Janzen Auction and Appraisal in Aitkin, with Bob Janzen and his son Jeremy Janzen leading the helm.
Even if one doesn't do so personally, more than likely they know someone who sells products— Pampered Chef, Plexus Products or Tastefully Simple—out of their homes. The number of products out there are plentiful in the direct selling world. According to the Direct Selling Association, the direct selling industry was at an estimated $35 billion in 2015 and it continues to grow.
BAXTER—Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics, a Baxter-based business employing only seven women, may be small but it has made an impact across the globe. Cherrywood owner/colorist Karla Overland has taken the hand-dyeing business from Brainerd to New York City and Houston to overseas to Dubai. Soon, Overland will be adding France and Australia to the list of places that showcase work by Cherrywood.
In case you haven't heard about it yet—people in the United States are in for a rare, scientific astronomical treat. A total solar eclipse will make its way through our entire country Monday for the first time in almost a century. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible in the U.S.—from coast to coast—was in 1918, according to NASA. There was a total solar eclipse in 1979, but its path only clipped the northwestern region of the U.S.
The Cass County Sheriff's Office has some new and some old faces on its Top 10 Most Wanted list for August. On the Most Wanted list are Anita Rose Beaulieu, Robbie James Cournoyer, Anthony Leo Fuller, Shanielle Kay Jackson, Terri Lynn Krumm, Teena Charlene Lapointe, Daniel Paez Orozco, David Taylor Puckett, Timothy Dayle Tiessen and Kyle Edward Tysver. As of Friday, there were 475 total active warrants, which includes 224 misdemeanors, 115 gross misdemeanors and 136 felonies.
It's not a bird, nor Superman. It's bright blue with yellow, green and sky blue stripes and Brainerd lakes area residents may have seen it in the sky in the past 10-12 weeks. It is a medical aircraft belonging to Life Link III, an air medical transport service consortium.
The first case of the canine influenza—a highly contagious disease that can be fatal—has been confirmed in the Brainerd lakes area. Testing for canine influenza came back positive for a dog named Bella, believed to be a 2-year-old Landseer, after being seen July 18 at Lakeland Veterinary Hospital in Baxter.
The Crosslake Co-op Art Gallery in the Crosslake Town Square has been in existence for seven years and is going strong—in the summer months. Mary Wolke of Crosslake started the art co-op store when she saw a need for a gallery/store in the lakes area tourist city. The co-op features locally made artwork from about 14 artists.