State Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, accepted an appointment to serve as the Republican lead on the House's Environment and Natural Resources Policy Division when the 2019 legislative session begins Jan. 8 in St. Paul. Lueck, entering his third term in office, has been a member of the House Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee this biennium. He said House District 10B is a diverse area with numerous issues, which fit squarely within the environment and natural resources realm, making him a good fit for a leadership position on the policy panel.
The Kitchigami Regional Library's Outreach Mobile Library schedule from now through June has been announced. On the second and fourth Tuesday of every month the mobile library will stop: • Remer, from 9-11:30 a.m. at the city library building, • Hackensack, from 1-2 p.m. on the corner of First Street and Whipple Avenue. On the second and fourth Thursday of every month, the mobile library will stop at: • Backus, from 9:30-11 a.m. at Backus School, • Leader, from 12:45-1:45 p.m. in the parking lot of the Amoco gas station.
Minnesota has an array of resources to keep in mind when gathering with family and friends during the holidays. "As we spend more time together during this season, we may see changes in our loved ones we haven't noticed before," stated Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper in a news release. "This can be a good time to ask our friends and family members who are older or have disabilities about loneliness, struggles with daily tasks and safety. Fortunately, we have resources that can help address concerns."
Two Staples men were arrested Friday, Dec. 14, for their involvement in a theft at the Stanchfield Lake access, in Scandia Valley Township in Morrison County. The Morrison County Sheriff's Office reported in a news release a 22-year-old man and a 25-year-old man were taken to the Morrison County Jail where they are awaiting formal charges.
It's an art form that is as old as man has been in existence. From the remains of Otzi the Ice Man and Egyptian mummies dating back to between 4000 and 3100 B.C. to today, people have been inking their bodies with designs since the beginning. Those with tattoos tend to have stories behind their ink, no matter how large or small of an area it covers, and the Morrison County Historical Society would like to learn more about them.
The Brainerd Public Library is offering free classes to area residents who are new to computers, haven't used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable or need a refresher. All of the classes are taught using computers equipped with Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 2013, unless otherwise noted. Class size is limited to 10 students and those interested can register by calling 218-829-5574.
A 31-year-old Brainerd man is accused of punching a woman with a closed fist multiple times and throwing an empty sippy cup that hit a 1-year-old child while the woman was feeding the child. Tyler James Switajewski was charged Thursday, Dec. 13, in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd with felony terroristic threats, gross misdemeanor of endangering a child in a situation that could cause harm and two misdemeanors of domestic assault. Bond was set at $30,000 with no conditions or $10,000 with conditions. His next court hearing was set at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 7, 2019.
Minnesota Community Measurement's first report on depression care in the state highlights progress in identifying and caring for adults and adolescents diagnosed with depression. In 2016, more than 16 million adults in the U.S. experienced at least one episode of major depression in the previous 12 months, and more than 3 million adolescents age 12 to 17 had at least one major depressive episode.
BAXTER—A 67-year-old Crosslake woman was injured Saturday, Dec. 15, when the vehicle she was driving left the roadway and struck a tree on the 14000 block of Forest Drive in Baxter. The Baxter Police Department reported the crash may have been caused after the woman—Mary K. Blexrud—had a medical issue. Blexrud was transported by North Memorial Ambulance to a hospital, where she later died. The crash, reported at 11:49 a.m., is under investigation.
CASS LAKE—Staples-Motley's Owen Bjerga captured the area's lone individual championship at the 39-team Big Bear Tournament Saturday, Dec. 15. After a first-round bye, Bjerga won his next four matches with two pins, a technical fall and a decision on his way to the title at 160 pounds. His teammate, Spencer Miller, placed second at 152 helping the Cardinals to a 22nd-place finish in the 39-team tournament. Pierz's Jake Andres also placed second at 126 pounds to lead the Pioneers to ninth.