Those hoping for a white Christmas in the Brainerd lakes area may have to start wishing upon a star for snow. With Christmas Day 12 days away and not much snow on the ground, it doesn't look promising for residents to see a white Christmas in 2018. Meteorologist Joshua Sandstrom with the National Weather Service in Duluth said the odds are not in Brainerd's favor, even though snow is expected to fall during the early morning hours of Thursday, Dec. 13.
A family of five with three children—5-month-old Ebon, 4-year-old Dixon and 12-year-old Makenzie—are thankful to be alive after fire destroyed an apartment building they lived in last month in Crosby. It could have been a much more tragic story for the family as the fire started in a master bedroom where the 5-month-old was napping in his playpen. Ebon's mother Teresa Wells said the mesh and plastic on the playpen was beginning to melt when she first saw the flames.
It is expected to be a high of 25 degrees and sunny Saturday, Dec. 8, when the Brainerd Jaycees presents its third annual Homeless Heroes 5K event.
NISSWA—Firefighters were able to contain a fire Monday, Dec. 3, from doing more extensive damage to a rural Nisswa pole barn, including a house about 40 feet away. Nisswa firefighters were called to a pole barn fire about 2 p.m. on the 6700 block of Cullen Loop, north of Nisswa and east of Lower Cullen Lake. About 20 firefighters from Nisswa and Pequot Lakes extinguished the fire—fast enough to stop the threat of it spreading to the nearby home.
The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office released its most recent Top 10 Most Wanted list for December. As of Saturday, Dec. 1, there were an estimated 936 total active warrants in the county. On the Most Wanted list this month are: Matthew Michael Berger, Eileen Mary Borg, Ricky Lee Hendershot, Elmer Dean Nayquanabe, Jade Joseph Nickels, Roy Louis McCloud, Amber Mae Sikkink, Mari Beth Smedberg, Lance Charles Squires and Angie Lila Wickham.
A 34-year-old Longville man who is a suspect in his mother's homicide in Bena faces criminal charges in a separate incident when he allegedly assaulted two people with a knife at a Bena bar. Thomas Wayne Matthews was charged Friday, Nov. 30, in Cass County District Court in Walker with three felony counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault in an attempt to cause bodily injury. The felony counts each carry a maximum sentence of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.
"Diamonds and Dogs" has nothing to do with being glamorous. It has everything to do with a special bond developed between a dog and its handler. "Diamonds and Dogs" is what a group of women call their gun club. Women from the Brainerd lakes area and surrounding areas joined the club. They traveled every Tuesday this past summer to Pine Shadows in Brainerd to train their dogs. Summer was the time when the women worked with their dogs—training them to flush birds, get used to the sound of a gunshot, as well as teaching obedience skills and knowing commands.
What caused a fire at a two-story apartment building—leaving several residents without a home—Friday, Nov. 16, in Crosby is not known. Crosby Fire Chief Jay DeCent said Tuesday the cause of the fire is not suspicious in nature, but investigating it has been turned over to the Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office.
Crow Wing County residents voted in Capt. Scott Goddard of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office as its next sheriff earlier this month—and now Goddard has announced who will serve as his second in command as chief deputy. Operations Lt. Dave Fischer will be the chief deputy, pending official Crow Wing County Board approval. The sheriff and chief deputy are the top two posts of the sheriff's office. The two positions are currently held by Sheriff Todd Dahl and Chief Deputy Dennis Lasher, who are retiring on Dec. 31.
Capt. Scott Goddard of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office outlasted his opponent Pat Pickar, a Crow Wing County sheriff's deputy, in Tuesday's Nov. 6 general election by more than 2,500 votes, or close to a 9 percent lead. There are 64 precincts in Crow Wing County. Goddard won 39 precincts. Pickar won 24 precincts. They tied in one precinct. Goddard received 16,477 total votes and Pickar received 13,818 votes, according to the unofficial results from the Minnesota Secretary of State.