Sgt. Adam Kronstedt, of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office, received the Medal of Valor from the Minnesota Sheriff's Association Dec. 10, gaining recognition for his efforts to save a drowning victim.
DNR proposes to strengthen bear hunting tooth sample requirement Bear hunters who are successful in 2019 and after would be required to submit a bear tooth sample to be eligible for the upcoming year's bear hunting license lottery under a new rule proposed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Staples-Motley High School is planning to establish a Hall of Fame this spring. All nominations will come from the public.
The Minnesota Historical Society announced the newest recipients of 42 historical and cultural heritage large grants ($10,001 and up) in 27 counties, totaling $4,849,057 in fiscal year 2019. The grants, awarded once each fiscal year, are made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. Grant applications were recommended for funding by the Historic Resources Advisory Committee, a volunteer panel made up of citizens from around the state. The Minnesota Historical Society Executive Council approved the recommendations Oct. 25, 2018.
CROSSLAKE—There will be a special council meeting for the city of Crosslake at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at city hall, for the purpose of considering approval of a union contract and for discussing the use of Skype at council meetings.
PEQUOT LAKES—Alyssa Semmler recorded six points and 15 rebounds for the Pine River-Backus Tigers as they beat the Pequot Lakes Patriots 46-39 Thursday, Dec. 13. Both Gabby Rainwater and Rylie Hirschey added 12 points for the Tigers in the non-conference game. Olivia Lane was the top scorer for the Patriots with 21 points. It's the first time PR-B has beaten Pequot since Jan. 5, 2007 when the Tigers posted an almost identical 43-37 win. Pine River Backus 25 21—46 Pequot Lakes 19 20—39 PINE RIVER-BACKUS
Five Brainerd lakes area boys basketball players have been selected among the top 50 in their respective classes by the Minnesota Basketball News. Brainerd's Joey Sauer made the list in Class 4A. Crosby-Ironton's Jonathan Jacobson and Staples-Motley's Josh Lombard were named in 2A. Brady Raph of Pine River-Backus and Wadena-Deer Creek's Bereket Loer were selected in 1A.
WADENA—Four people were charged with burglary-related offenses by the Wadena County Attorney's Office and appeared in Wadena County District Court last week. Brandon Aanerud, 29, Motley; Zachary Bennett, 25, Motley; Taylor Wellnitz, 21, Staples; and Avery Judd, 19, Jenkins, were charged, according to a news release from the Wadena County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office reported several area burglaries were solved and arrests were made in the cases. Burglaries were reported in the rural Staples areas of Wadena and Todd
Jack Wawro's 21 points paced Nisswa Marine to a 60-44 win over Shep's in YMCA men's basketball league action Dec. 10-11. Jeremy Wiczek added 14 points for Nisswa. Top scorers for Shep's were Jordan Hunstad with 18 points and Cory Maas 10. Justin, Clasen and Co. defeated Holiday Inn Express 75-37 as Joel Schramm supplied 18 points and Luke Schramm 16. Holiday Inn was led by Chris Karels with 17 points.
The Breezy Point North Stars were outshot 43-17, but stayed close until late in the game with the Granite City Lumberjacks in a 4-2 loss Friday, Dec. 7, at Breezy Point Arena. Granite City led 2-0 after the first period before the North Stars' Gunner Bourassa cut the deficit in half in the opening minute of the second period. The Lumberjacks extended the lead to 3-1 heading into the third period, but Lukas Brockman scored for Breezy Point to make it a one-goal game. Granite City sealed the win with an empty net tally.