The following is a listing of Memorial Day events in the Brainerd lakes area. Brainerd Brainerd Memorial Day ceremonies begin 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Laurel Street bridge, where a wreath honoring those veterans lost at sea will be tossed into the Mississippi River. A prayer will be given by Pastor Tom Wooden, Oak Street Chapel, followed by the firing of a rifle salute and taps.
NISSWA—The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation is sponsoring The State of The Lakes Area 9 a.m.-noon June 11 at Grand View Lodge's new North Boutique Hotel in Nisswa. This event is for seasonal residents to hear from several key organizations firsthand about what's happening in the Brainerd lakes area.
LONGVILLE—An Illinois man found dead in Louise Lake in Wabedo Township, rural Longville was identified as 78-year-old Robert Mindock. The Cass County Sheriff's Office responded at 3:25 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, to a report of a dead man found in the water near a fishing boat on Louise Lake. An autopsy was scheduled with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office and the investigation continues with assistance from a DNR conservation officer.
A 73-year-old Crosby man admitted in a Brainerd courtroom Monday, May 20, to sexually assaulting two girls who had a significant relationship with him at his home. David Homer South originally charged in September 2018 in Crow Wing County District Court with 10 felony counts of first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct. The charges accused him of using force, using his position of authority, causing the victims bodily harm, using penetration and engaging in multiple acts of sexual misconduct.
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center was announced Tuesday, May 21, as the official title sponsor of the 2019 Brainerd Lakes Area Tour Showcase, an effort to bring an official Web.com PGA Tour Event to the Brainerd Lakes in 2020. This year's morning and afternoon pro-am showcase events will feature present and future PGA players along with celebrities is planned for the week of August 19 at Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake. This is the second year of the community undertaking organized by Ron Sanders.
Brainerd International Raceway is ushering in summer Memorial Day weekend the only way it knows how, with a display of huge horsepower and ridiculous speed. The 11th Annual Street Car Showdown, May 24-26, is the first major event of the season at BIR. Featuring drag racing, road racing, live music and camping, the Showdown offers fun and affordable family entertainment.
The University of Minnesota announced a Paul Bunyan Axe Tour with a stop in Brainerd 5-8 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at the Brainerd Welcome Center. The Gopher football team reclaimed the traveling trophy with a 37-15 victory over University of Wisconsin Nov. 24, 2018. It's the first time in 14 years the U of M has held possession of the Axe. The tour will feature giveaways, photo stations with the axe, music and more.
WALKER—The woman found dead in the water at the Woodland Resort on Leech Lake was identified as 69-year-old Sandra Crow of Mora. The Cass County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at 3:04 p.m. Monday, May 20, of a medical emergency at the Woodland Resort, 6930 County Road 38 NW. The resort is on Kabekona Bay of Leech Lake in Shingobee Township, just north of Walker. Deputies and responders arrived and learned Crow was found unresponsive in the water, near a dock.
There will be a plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 25, in the lower level of the Northland Arboretum, 14250 Conservation Drive, Brainerd. There will be perennials, annuals, native plants, shrubs, red wiggler worms and gardening treasures for sale. The sale is sponsored by Brainerd Garden Club, University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Crow Wing County and Arboretum Garden Volunteers.
LONGVILLE—A second possible drowning in two days was reported in Cass County. The Cass County Sheriff's Office responded Tuesday, May 21, to a report of a deceased man in Louise Lake in Wabedo Township, rural Longville. Louise Lake is a small lake just to the north of Wabedo Lake. This came after a possible drowning Monday, May 20, when a woman was found dead in the water on Leech Lake.