A 20-year-old Brainerd man was arrested Monday, Feb. 11, after allegedly attacking a Brainerd High School staff member in a girls' locker room. The Brainerd Police Department was dispatched about 6:48 a.m. to investigate the attack. In a news release, Brainerd Police Chief Corky McQuiston stated the suspect approached a 36-year-old woman from behind and attempted to grab and restrain her in the girls' locker room in the lower level of the north campus at BHS by the gymnasium. The woman was able to break free from the attacker and the suspect fled from the school.
NISSWA—Mark Germain spent many nights sleeping in his vehicle, about half his life in ashes and has seen more tragedies than anyone would want to endure. Germain, hired as the Brainerd area deputy with the Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office in 1989 after already having close to 10 years of fire service experience under his belt, has retired.
Organized, practical and serving the people are words used to describe newly elected judge Patricia A. Aanes. Aanes, who practiced law in Brainerd for nearly 20 years and focused on family law litigation and mediation—was sworn in Friday, Feb. 8, by retired Judge Richard Zimmerman in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd. Former Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Aanes to fill the position for a retiring Judge David Ten Eyck. That judgeship will be chambered in Brainerd in Crow Wing County.
Oops, Mother Nature did it again. Just as Brainerd lakes area residents shoveled out their driveways and sidewalks and began feeling some relief from subzero temperatures—residents will now have to get back into winter survival mode.
People may not have heard about any sex stings in the Brainerd lakes area for some time—but that doesn't mean the issue has disappeared. It just means traffickers have to figure out a different way of advertising to solicit customers, after a new law went into effect last year making websites accountable, including Backpage and Craigslist, for knowingly hosting ads for paid sex. The Brainerd Lakes Area Sex Trafficking Team meets monthly and had a short panel discussion Jan. 25—part of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month.
Attorney Chuck D. Halverson, who has worked in a legal capacity for 30 years in Brainerd, closed down his law firm to start his next career path as a Minnesota 9th Judicial District judge. Halverson was appointed by former Gov. Mark Dayton to replace retiring Judge David F. Harrington in Cass County in Walker. Halverson was sworn in Jan. 25 by retiring Judge David Ten Eyck.
When the weather forecaster says, "It's going to be really bad"—it means it's going to be really bad. National Weather Service Meteorologist Geoffrey Grochocinski stationed in Duluth said to see it this cold during the day hours is almost unheard of. "This is an unusual cold air mass coming from Canada that we don't see very often, maybe every 10 years," Grochocinski said. "This is a serious situation. "I've never experienced a 50-60 below zero wind chill."
PILLAGER—Hearing what sounded like a cat scratching noise alerted a Pillager woman asleep in her bedroom her house was on fire, Pillager Fire Capt. Sandy Youngblom said. The Pillager Fire Department responded at 2:36 a.m, Saturday, Jan. 27, to the house fire on the 9100 block of 386th Street, just south of Pillager in Morrison County. Upon arrival, firefighters saw flames rising from the roof. Youngblom said the homeowner didn't go to bed until 12:30 a.m. and woke up because she heard a scratching noise from her cat.
Just when you thought it couldn't get any colder, temperatures in the Brainerd lakes area are about to get downright brutal. Residents in the Brainerd lakes area could see a 71-degree difference from Wednesday night through Saturday, Feb. 2—temperatures that do not include wind chill values.
Fire destroyed a five-bedroom single-family home and killed the family's two cats and a dog Wednesday, Jan. 23, north of Crosby. The fire was reported 1:51 p.m. at the house on the 17000 block of Crow Wing County Highway 11 north of Crosby. Eric Makowski-Budrow, interim fire chief for Mission Fire and Rescue, said the family, who was not home at the time of the fire, lost everything. Makowski-Budrow said there is some structure left, but all the contents were heavily damaged by smoke.