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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.
BAXTER—An incident that could have quickly turned into a tragedy had a happy ending Wednesday as emergency responders pulled an 18-year-old—dangerously stuck in the mud—to safety. A 911 call was made at 11:16 a.m. to the Crow Wing County Sheriff Dispatch Center of a report of a construction worker stuck in the mud at a residence on the 7200 block of Fox Place in Baxter, a residential road off Clearwater Road North.
Lakes Jam is here and those attending will be in for a treat this year—not only is the line-up "strong and different" but there are new events planned to please the crowds.
MISSION TOWNSHIP—Mission Township Supervisor Dave Hauser held his ground Monday night. Hauser told a packed township hall that he stands by the letter he sent to Crosslake about having the Crosslake Fire Department provide the township with fire and emergency medical services. Hauser, who also is the township's fire department liaison, sent a letter dated April 9 to Crosslake City Administrator Dan Vogt stating residents at an annual meeting want the city to provide emergency services to assist the township with daytime coverage that would also save the township money.
MISSION—A letter to the city of Crosslake from a Mission Township Supervisor Dave Hauser, stating Mission residents expressed their desire for Crosslake to provide fire and emergency medical service, caused a bit of a stir. Mission Fire Chief Randy Roach—who has been on the department for 25 years—was never approached about the issue and doesn't support the claims in the letter; and one of the three township supervisors also stated on record he doesn't support it.
Zack and Brady Houle sprang into action Wednesday afternoon when they heard their neighbor's house was on fire—running to the house, they found their neighbor lying on the driveway crying for help. "We could hear him crying 'Help me, help me,' it was nonstop," Zack Houle said as dozens of firefighters from three fire departments worked on extinguishing the fire at the house south of Merrifield.