The following area schools are closing early or canceling activities for Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. Check back for updates. Aitkin Schools - ISD 1: Closing at 2:00 PM. Evening activities canceled. Bertha-Hewitt School District: Closing at 12:30 PM. Evening activities canceled. Brainerd Public Schools ISD 181: Will remain open, but after school practices and classes are canceled. Fun and Friends will be open Laporte School - ISD 306: Closing at 12:30 PM.
Morning commuters were challenged Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Brainerd lakes area with snow-covered and icy roadways. Snow totals reported at 8 a.m. to the National Weather Service in Duluth included 8 inches near Federal Dam, 7.5 inches in Baxter and 5.7 inches near Crosslake and East Gull Lake. Brainerd city staff will plow streets throughout the day Thursday and the city declared a snow emergency effective, Friday.
BAXTER Chameleon Café 18196 Highway 371 Crosby artist Nora Novotny's work is on display at the Baxter cafe and the Holy Yoga studio in Crosby. BRAINERD The Crossing Arts Alliance 711 Laurel St. Photography by Brainerd Dispatch photographer Steve Kohls on display through Feb. 23, with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. TCAA is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. LITTLE FALLS Morrison County Government Center Gallery 213 First Ave. SE.
WALKER—The Mississippi Headwaters Board will meet 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the Cass County Courthouse in Walker.
Melissa Barrick talks about the upcoming native tree and plant sale hosted by the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District, and Frank Lee shares some of his recent interview with Bob Nelson, who plans to retire from the Crow Wing County Veterans Service Office this May.
BACKUS — Anyone interested in knowing more about Cass County soils can attend a University of Minnesota Geological Survey two-hour seminar starting at 9:30 a.m. March 6 at the land department building in Backus. The focus will be on the county's soils as documented in the new county geological atlas. Earth moving contractors, septic professionals, landscapers and other soil professionals are especially encouraged to attend. The Cass County Board and Soil and Water Conservation District supervisors also plan to attend.
WALKER—The Cass County Board on Tuesday, Feb. 5, adopted the board's summer schedule for its 6 p.m. meetings at city and town halls throughout the county. The meetings will be at the following: • May 21, Turtle Lake Town Hall, 4196 72nd St. NW., Walker. • June 18, Leader Community Hall, 7430 State Highway 64 SW., Motley. • July 16, East Gull Lake City Hall, 10790 Squaw Point Road, East Gull Lake. • Aug. 20, Leech Lake Town Hall, 10010 Rifle Range Drive NW., Walker. • Sept. 17, Hackensack City Hall, 208 First St. N., Hackensack.
CROSBY—Just 15 minutes more and the men in the depths of the Milford Mine would have been at the end of their shift, but that kind of luck wasn't on their side 95 years ago—Feb. 5, 1924, the date of Minnesota's worst mining disaster near Crosby. When disaster swiftly struck, 48 miners were working on the 165-foot and 175-foot levels of the Milford Mine. The mine was 200 feet deep.
A fresh dusting of snow could be the first glimpse of what may be a snowy week. While the lakes region wasn't expected to get much more than an inch Tuesday, Feb. 5, a long period of snowfall—arriving late Wednesday afternoon through the day Thursday—could drop an additional 4-7 inches with the potential for up to 9 inches.
NISSWA—A 57-year-old man was injured when the snowmobile he was operating crashed at 10:05 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, on Edna Lake in Nisswa. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office reported Roger James Ohotto of Sartell suffered minor injuries. He was assessed on scene by ambulance staff and released.