BRAINERD, Minn. — It's an oft-repeated anecdote: people always seem ready to offer an opinion of the most dangerous curves or intersections. A study examining every mile of county roadways in the state seeks to identify those areas most at risk for crashes causing serious injury or death using science—before they happen.
CROSBY, Minn.—Jim Hunter is out as Crosby's mayor. The Crosby City Council accepted Hunter's resignation Monday via a letter sent by Ed Shaw, Hunter's lawyer, council member Ron Prushek confirmed late Monday night. Hunter was elected in November 2016 for a two-year term and was arrested in March, charged with felony theft by swindle, assault and several other charges. Hunter had denied calls for him to step down prior to Monday's meeting.
BRAINERD, Minn.—Mark Munson is dying, but he knows now his dream will live. The inaugural finale concert of the Mark Munson Memorial School of Rock brought a capacity crowd to its feet Thursday while a mile away, Munson lay in a hospital bed recovering from major surgery. Although his health prevented him from feeling the vibrations of the bass solo in Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" in person, Munson viewed the performance via livestream to a waiting room at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
LONG PRAIRIE, Minn. — For 61 years, the towering screen at the Long Drive-In Theatre brought double features to life for generations of Minnesotans. The stalwart steel structure met its match Monday, July 17, however, when a dangerous thunderstorm accompanied by strong winds marched across the region and left destruction in its wake. Now, it's unclear whether the local business considered a cornerstone of the Long Prairie economy can afford the repairs necessary to reopen.
BRAINERD —- A Trans Am racecar driver is dead after crashing head-on with a concrete wall at high speed Sunday afternoon at Brainerd International Raceway. The driver was identified by track officials as Mel Shaw, 70, of New Jersey. Several online sources describe Shaw as a veteran of the racing industry who began racing nearly 50 years ago.
BRAINERD, Minn. — Nature inspires, and so do kind words. Those who gathered for the first time last week as a local branch of The Kindness Rocks Project are combining those inspirations in hopes of a positive community impact. Fifteen women, many of whom had never met, decorated painted rocks Tuesday night on the patio at Roundhouse Brewery. Once adorned with such words as "Dare to Dream," "Be Joyful" and "Look for Rainbows," the rocks will appear at Brainerd and Baxter parks for others to stumble across.
BRAINERD — Pontoon cruises along one of the wildest stretches of the Mississippi River are a pastime of Lawrence and Marian Severt. Homeowners for 15 years on a lake connected to the river—Rice—the couple makes a habit of meandering to the northeast against the gentle current of the iconic waterway. They've come to know the arrival and departure times of migrating birds, the wild rice beds preferred by harvesters and the best spots to view bald eagle families in their nests.
BRAINERD — A large crowd filled the cafeteria at Central Lakes College Thursday night to share views on a proposed oil pipeline replacement project. Several of the commenters voiced concerns with Canadian energy company Enbridge's plans to decommission its aging Line 3 without removing it, addressed the environmental impacts of potential spills and questioned the conflicting interests of contractors associated with the environmental review.
PEQUOT LAKES, Minn. -- Officials determined the fire forcing the evacuation of more than 30 elderly assisted living residents -- some in wheelchairs and with walkers -- Thursday night in Pequot Lakes was arson. Pequot Lakes Fire Chief Tom Nelson said Friday evidence showed the Thursday night fire at Heritage House of Pequot Lakes was intentionally set. No arrests were made by midday Friday as the Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office conducted interviews.
It was September when a fellow Brainerd High School student asked 15-year-old Camryn what she thought of President Donald Trump.