Brainerd High School students and the community at large sat down Friday to hear how Bob Uppgaard helped make sure U.S. troops had enough supplies with which to kill Nazis. Uppgaard, 94, was the featured speaker at the annual Veterans Day ceremony inside the high school gymnasium. At age 19, Uppgaard joined the U.S. Navy Construction Battalions, more commonly known as the Seabees. His experience during World War II was extremely rare: he served in both the European and Pacific theaters of the conflict.
Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka commented Friday he didn't think it likely new sexual harassment allegations against more state senators would surface. Gazelka, a Republican from Fairview Township, was reacting to the sexual harassment allegations against Sen. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, which came to light Wednesday. Sexual harassment at the Capitol was something all lawmakers should fight against, regardless of political party, he said.
Janet Baril knows a lot about her brother Donald Baer's time in the U.S. Army before and during the Korean War. She knows what unit he was in: K Company, 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. She knows his prewar assignment: guarding the ammunition dump at Camp Mower, Sasebo, Japan. She knows what day he went to Korea: July 2, 1950.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources boosted its call center hours for curious Minnesotans spending time in the outdoors. The agency timed the expansion announcement just before the opening of the firearms deer season Saturday, when an estimated 500,000 people will load up and head out to hunt down a trophy whitetail deer. DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr joined other DNR officials Tuesday to promote the expanded hours via a news conference.
Although local officials were the headliners at a roundtable on the opioid crisis Monday, they weren't the only ones present who had seen the ravages of the drugs firsthand. "Opioid" generally refers to painkilling prescription medications that have similar effects as opium, such as hydrocodone, codeine and morphine. Brand-name opioids include Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet.
BRAINERD, Minn. — Beneath the resort atmosphere of the Brainerd area, the poor, the mentally ill and the marginalized suffer. Local police, Crow Wing County officials and hospital staff gathered Monday at the behest of Sen. Amy Klobuchar's office to tell their stories about fighting the opioid crisis.
A Breezy Point couple ran from the rear section of the audience of 22,000 at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas during the worst shooting in modern American history. Mandi Hinson, 36, and her husband Tom went to the last night of the festival on a lark, since they both love country music. Hinson was taking time off from her home-based Etsy crafts business, and Tom took a break from his heating and air conditioning business to go with her on vacation to Las Vegas.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources lists 1,400 Wildlife Management Areas, a cumulative 1.3 million acres of land set aside for the public to use. A study released Thursday showed Minnesota hunters want even more. A survey of WMA users during the 2015-16 hunting season found 86 percent of those surveyed support the state obtaining more land. The University of Minnesota's Minnesota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit conducted the scientific survey, which asked more than 900 hunters for their views regarding the wildlife management area program.
STAPLES—Lakewood Health System doctors and nurses moved into their new Emergency Department in Staples last Wednesday, with expanded capacity for all patients and new technology to help keep mental health patients safe. Emergency Department Manager Connie Wells was tapped to give local media outlets a tour of the new space, which began the construction phase in March.
A business that used to run out of a man's home is now moving to an industrial park site he hopes will become Brainerd's tech mecca. Co-owners Chris Schucker and Scott Johannes were working for a tech company in Brainerd when they decided to strike out on their own in 2013. Taking out a "considerable amount of money" from their retirement accounts, the pair began a business that ran out of Schucker's house.