LITTLE FALLS—A 37-year-old woman from Alabama was injured when the Chevy Impala she was driving Dec. 29 struck a Chevy Silverado pulling out of a driveway on Highway 10 in Little Falls Township, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. The state patrol reported Joel F. Trisko, 40, Rice, was pulling out of a driveway to go onto the westbound Highway 10 lane near Iris Road, just south of Little Falls, when struck by the Impala driven by Melissa M. Braun, Clayton, Ala. Braun was traveling west on Highway 10.
A 59-year-old Brainerd man was pronounced dead by medical personnel following a call at 8:14 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27 on the 7000 block of Stone Ridge, just south of Brainerd. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death, but it appears to be death by suicide. The sheriff's office reported a family member located the man in a wooded area and life saving efforts were attempted, but were unsuccessful. The body was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office to determine the cause of death. The case remains open.
PEQUOT LAKES—Olivia Lane recorded 30 points and 17 rebounds for the Pequot Lakes Patriots in a 62-41 Mid-State Conference win over the Staples-Motley Cardinals Friday, Jan. 4. Staples-Motley was led by Tabatha Allen with 12 points and Jenna Dvorak with 11. Staples-Motley 26 15—41 Pequot Lakes 24 38—62 STAPLES-MOTLEY Kaila Erbe 2, Haley Cichos 7, Kaitlyn Smith 9, Jenna Dvorak 11, Tabatha Allen 12. FT 8-14 (57 percent). Conference: 0-4. Overall: 3-6. Next: at Hawley 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8. PEQUOT LAKES
Crow Wing County is launching a photo contest to capture the best of what the area has to offer. Winners will have photographs featured on the county's updated website in 2019. The focus is to update the website with a fresh look, according to a news release. "We thought, what better way to put a local touch on it than with fantastic photos from around our county," Website Administrator Marcus Cadena said in the release. "Whether you live here or are a visitor, it's a wonderful way to share the everyday experiences of Crow Wing County and what makes it so special."
A1 Auto Transport, a car shipping and moving company, is opening up its scholarship award program to eligible students in and near Brainerd. For students to qualify, they must have enrollment at an accredited college, university or trade school. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher also is necessary. To enter, students must complete an essay relevant to the auto transport industry in 1,000 words or more. Each essay will be reviewed by A1's appointed Scholarship Committee. Plagiarized essays or previously published content are not tolerated.
Crow Wing County reduced recording time for deeds and other documents by 81 percent, according to County Recorder Mark Liedl. A year-end report released by the Land Services Department indicates the county reduced recording time from an average 14.4 days in 2014 to 2.7 days in 2018.
Rep. John Poston, R-Lake Shore, Wednesday, Jan. 2, announced his committee assignments for the 2019-2020 legislative sessions. Poston was named to three committees: Agriculture and Food Finance and Policy, Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy, and the Subcommittee on Corrections.
STAPLES—Sourcewell recently announced the addition of nonprofit services to its partners in Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena counties. The expansion of services and opportunities was in response to the growing needs and challenges facing nonprofits, according to Sourcewell nonprofit member specialist Tammy Filippi.
MENAHGA—A building at Blueberry Pines Golf Club in Menahga was deemed a total loss after 11 fire departments battled an hours-long blaze Wednesday, Jan. 2. The Wadena Pioneer Journal identified the building as the golf course lodge. No injuries were reported.
MOUNTAIN IRON—Bailey Wynn tallied 13 points for the Pine River-Backus Tigers in a 62-51 loss to Class 1A's second-ranked Mountain Iron-Buhl Rangers in a non-conference matchup Thursday, Jan. 3. Gabby Rainwater contributed 12 points for the 6-3 Tigers. Mountain Iron-Buhl 28 34—62 Pine River-Backus 24 27—51 MOUNTAIN IRON-BUHL Macy Savela 16, Brooke Niska 6, Miah Gellerstedt 2, Allie Negen 15, Madisen Overbye 21, Mattison Bennett 2. FG 20-58 (34 percent), FT 3-3 (100 percent). 3-point 9-25 (36 percent).