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Mailbox explosions spark grass fires

Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl reports that on Monday, March 29, at approximately 11:01 a.m., the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office, Brainerd Fire Department and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources were dispatched to a grass fire in...

Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl reports that on Monday, March 29, at approximately 11:01 a.m., the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, Brainerd Fire Department and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources were dispatched to a grass fire in the 9000 block of 50th Avenue in Brainerd.

It was determined that the fire was started by an explosion in a mailbox. A second fire was located on the 5000 block of Sweet Road. An exploded mailbox was also located at this location. Damage to a third mailbox was reported earlier in the morning on Norway Drive on the western edge of Baxter. All three incidents are believed to be the result of fireworks type explosions purposely placed in the mailboxes.

A short time later, a Crow Wing County deputy made contact with a vehicle on Crow Wing Heights Drive. A juvenile suspect was identified as a suspect in this investigation and arrested. The investigation is continuing and other suspects are expected to be identified.

The sheriff’s office is seeking information regarding other mailbox damage or suspicious activity in this area and encourage everyone to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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