Crow Wing County Board: Lake improvement districts give 5-year updates

Based on public comments, administrative personnel costs were reduced from 15 percent of local AIS aid to 9.9 percent. The final amount was $153,108.75, which was $8,349.50 below the original contract amount. A total of 145 properties were assessed $210 per property in 2016.The vegetation includes both invasive and native species of pondweed, Valentine said, which proliferate due to high nutrient content of the lake water. Milfoil can never be completely eradicated from a lake, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources states, although it can be contained.”Now that the lake weed treatment professionals have the funds necessary to implement the complete program, the results of those treatments has demonstrated their effectiveness,” Severson wrote in the report. Sellheim Memorial to the dive team; and $100 from Granite Electronics to TRIAD.Accepted the promotions of Scott Goddard to captain and Tyler Burke to sergeant in the sheriff’s office.Approved the hiring of Jonathan Stainbrook as a technical/administrative specialist in the sheriff’s office; Craig Katzenberger as an investigator in the sheriff’s office; Jordan Larson as a staff engineer in the highway department; and Lori Cronquist as a program specialist in community services.Accepted the departures of Chris Roe, senior engineering technician in the highway department; David Hermerding, chief deputy county attorney; and Lynda Erickson, program supervisor in community services. I just think we should hopefully collaborate and reach answers to those questions.”Land Services Director Mark Liedl said his department should do more research, to determine how grandfathering might apply in the case of the LID policies.In other business, the county board:Approved an agreement with Fieldware LLC for an automated supervision management service, to supervise low-risk offenders on probation.Approved a list of bridges in the county considered high priority for replacement, rehabilitation or removal in the next five years, should federal, state or township funding be available. Funds collected from those assessments are used for improvement and conservation projects.The Ossawinnamakee LID was approved in 2005, about three years after Eurasian milfoil was discovered in the lake. … Both the Ossawinnamakee and Crow Wing LIDs were established before the county drafted its own policies on the districts, and Severson said his interpretation was they were grandfathered in, and not subject to some of the restrictions other LIDs face.”The county board carries a lot of governance over the existing LIDs,” Severson said. Bridges in the following locations were included on the list, in no particular order: Dream Island Road, Little Pine Lake; Hazelwood Drive, Clark Lake outlet; County Highway 23, Nokasippi River; County Highway 31, Rabbit Lake narrows; County Highway 36, Mud Brook; County Highway 45, Nokasippi River; Koering Road, Nokasippi River; County Highway 66, Daggett Brook; County Highway 3, Mississippi River.Approved the aquatic invasive species plan for 2017. “I don’t like open questions. The plan outlines how the county will spend money allocated by the state to stop the spread of AIS. Attorney Mark Severson and Ron Duy Jr. of Central Minnesota Aquatics appeared on behalf of Lake Ossawinnamakee, and Mike Valentine discussed the report for Crow Wing Lake.”Lake Ossawinnamakee … “You can question a number of things, all to the point of deactivating the LID. Revocation of those roads to Deerwood Township was approved last year.Awarded a bid for surfacing on County Highway 23 to Anderson Brothers Construction.Approved a new off-sale liquor license application and a new tobacco license for Mission Liquors in Mission Township.Supported a grant application with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for the federal recreational trail grant program, on behalf of the Sno-Serpents. “The lake weed treatment professionals have advised that each succeeding year, fewer milfoil plants have been identified than were identified in the preceding year.”Duy Jr., who completes the treatment procedures on both Ossawinnamakee and Crow Wing Lake, said he found just one or two milfoil plants in the entire lake.The Crow Wing LID was established in 2006 with the intention of controlling lake vegetation. is an example of how you can successfully not only save a lake, but create a healthy environment for a lake,” Severson said.Lake improvement districts, or LIDs, are local units of government established to allow for greater local involvement in lake management activities. The county board is more of an advisory board, in our opinion.”Commissioner Paul Thiede asked whether Severson’s legal interpretation was the county board did not have the proper authority to govern LIDs. “Since the LID expects to manage and fund this activity going forward, it will be necessary, sometime within the next five-year cycle, to address this emerging funding problem with a new source of funding, an increase in the annual fees or a plan to manage the aquatic weed growth in a significantly more economical way.”As the legal counsel for the Ossawinnamakee LID, Severson addressed his desire for clarity on the relationship between the county board and the LID. Property owners within the districts pay an additional tax assessment, beyond their typical property taxes. The final amount was $1,323,046.73, which was $25,619.11 over the original contract amount.Approved a final payment to Anderson Brothers Construction for work on county roads 101 and 110. In 2016, 365 properties were assessed $200.65 per property, which was used to monitor and treat the milfoil, as well as curly-leaf pondweed that was discovered later. That money was reallocated to the watercraft inspection program. Severson said he was sharing his view more to invite the board to recognize the lack of clarity.”That’s really the purpose of bringing this to light,” Severson said. The plan also offers the ability for lake associations to partner with a local government unit to receive AIS aid directly from the county for watercraft inspection and decontaminations, which would be administered by the local government.Approved a resolution allowing land services to apply for the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board residential redevelopment grant program, to cover costs of demolishing two dilapidated homes within the IRRRB service area.Approved the 2017 stand exam plan, which outlines the species and acreage of trees that will be examined for timber sale.Approved the final plats for garage condominiums at Brainerd International Raceway.Entered an agreement with Hennepin County for implementation and support of the county’s EZ-Info call system.Approved a final payment to Tri-City Paving for resurfacing County Highway 45, the costs of which were split with the city of Brainerd. “We wanted to make sure we had specific programs in mind before we started to raise the fee.”In the LID report, increases to the fees are expected sometime in the next five years, to keep up with rising costs of treatments.”This program nearly completely consumes the annual LID fees and, therefore, the budget,” the report stated. With the lake’s configuration as small and shallow, the thick weeds can have a serious effect on enjoyment of the water, he added.Valentine said the group of property owners along Crow Wing Lake are active and interested in the lake’s future.”For the last couple years, several of the members have been asking to raise the fees, which I thought was a little out of the ordinary,” Valentine said. The application is to purchase snow trail grooming equipment and requires a 50 percent match, which has been secured by the Sno-Serpents.Accepted the following donations: $2,000 from Edward Fox to the sheriff’s office, $5,000 from the Adam R. Kelly Humphrey/Brainerd Dispatch1 / 3Crow Wing Lake2 / 3Lake Ossawinnamakee3 / 3Representatives from two of the oldest lake improvement districts in Crow Wing County offered five-year reports to the county board Tuesday. The board approved replacement staffing for an assistant county attorney. Ducks swim in Rice Lake near Lum Park in Brainerd this past summer.

Old friends helped lure top reliever to Twins

He showed those qualities again last season with the Nationals, for whom he continued to travel during a seven-week rehab after suffering a calf injury during the first half.”It was a good thing for me to gain perspective and stay mentally strong and stay ready,” he said, “and help with my mind in the clubhouse if I couldn’t help with the physical.”Hearing that story relayed, Hawkins grinned.”Who does that?” he said. It wasn’t just the way he handled matters on the mound; it was everything else the failed former starter brought to a role he mastered in mid-career.Preparation is vital to Belisle, who has never had overpowering stuff or glitzy strikeout rates but always seems to find a way to miss the barrel when it matters most.”He knows where he’s going, and he always has a plan how he’s going to get there,” Hawkins said. “That’s Matt Belisle. I think our ideals and values and visions probably paralleled each other. He said, ‘I’ll let you know, Hawk.’ Now he’s sitting over there in the corner with a Twins uniform on.” I didn’t have to ask any questions. Just as important, however, was the trust he had in two of his former teammates.”If Cuddy and LaTroy believed in it, I know I would too,” Belisle said. We know you’re doing your thing.’ “Coming off a season in which he posted a 1.76 earned-run average in 40 outings for the division-winning Washington Nationals, Belisle had multiple suitors on the free-agent market. He’s a pro’s pro, the ultimate professional. I just needed to make sure this was right for me.”Able to handle a variety of roles and challenges, Belisle is looking forward to getting to know his new teammates and ease his way into an expected mentoring role. Belisle, who closed out a six-year run with the Colorado Rockies in 2014, was humbled to receive such treatment from two of his favorite former Rockies teammates.”After things got serious with the talks, there was a period where I was weighing options,” Belisle said. “I still look up to those guys. — LaTroy Hawkins didn’t want to force the issue. Washington Nationals pitcher Matt Belisle against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field last summer. Mark J. He’s so cerebral like that. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsFORT MYERS, Fla. He just does everything the right way.”Chalk one up for Hawkins and Cuddyer in their first round of free-agent recruiting.”I just told him it would be great to have him over here,” Hawkins said. You want him around the young guys. Neither did Michael Cuddyer.In their own ways, however, they made sure Matt Belisle knew how much they hoped the veteran reliever would join them in their new venture with the Twins. “Love him, man,” Hawkins, now a Twins special assistant, said Thursday morning. He was making sure it was the right decision for him. “Hawk and Cuddy reached out in a supportive way. I’m honored to have been their teammates. You’ll see.”Cuddyer, who also returned to his original organization as a special assistant this winter, made sure to let Belisle, 36, know he was available to answer any questions he might have. They’re so closely removed from the game, it’s almost like they’re my teammates still.”An Austin, Texas, native who likes to spend his winter weekends “off the grid” as he tends to his ranching and hunting, Belisle appreciated the soft-sell approach.”That was really an interesting and fun thing to experience,” he said. He was leaning this way, anyway. “I told him what we were looking for and what we needed. “They messaged me, but they know I’m a little hard to get in that time period. What he has rubs off on guys.”A calming influence with a slight drawl and a firm gaze, Belisle impressed Hawkins while serving as his setup man in 2014. They knew me well enough to say, ‘Hey, reach out to us if you have any questions at all. “You’ll never catch Matt Belisle not being prepared. “I only texted him about two or three times because I know how he thinks. He signed with the Twins on a one-year, $2.05 million deal.Hearing the right things from chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine was vital.

Wild roll on with win over Dallas

PAUL, Minn.—Darcy Kuemper made 34 saves, and Erik Haula had a goal and assist as the Minnesota Wild beat the sliding Dallas Stars 3-1 on Thursday. The Wild (38-13-6) are now 14-3-2 following a loss this season, including eight straight wins. … They’ve lost back-to-back games in regulation just once this season.Minnesota was 1-for-2 on the power play on Tuesday after going 0-for-5 in a 1-0 loss against Anaheim on Tuesday.Cody Eakin scored his second goal of the season and Kari Lehtonen made 23 saves for Dallas, which has lost seven of its past eight games and slipped to the third-worst points total in the NHL.The Stars outshot the Wild 35-26, but Kuemper was strong in net in giving No. Coach Bruce Boudreau said it’s likely Dumba won’t return until at least Feb. Dubnyk leads the league in wins, goals-against average and save percentage this season, leading to Thursday being just Kuemper’s 13th game of the season.Kuemper wasn’t beaten until Eakin scored 5:19 into the third period.Antoine Roussel wristed the puck toward the net, and the puck deflected off Wild defenseman Christian Folin’s skate right to Eakin. TheWild also scratched rookie F Zack Mitchell. Dallas’ Curtis McKenzie was called for goaltender interference with 40 seconds left in the period and Suter cashed in on the power play in the final second to tie his career high with his eighth goal of the season.It’s the fourth time in Suter’s career he’s reached eight goals and the third time in five seasons with the Wild. Paul on Thursday night. Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper (35) makes a save on Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn (14) during the second period at Xcel Energy Center in St. … The tally was also his career-best fourth power-play goal of the season.Haula scored his 12th of the season 4:51 into the second. … 1 starter Devan Dubnyk a night off. Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon also scored, and Mikko Koivu had two assists for Minnesota, which has won five of its past six games and again recovered quickly from a loss. … Boudreau still didn’t know when Brodin might return. The Stars return home on Saturday to face the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Wild’s franchise-record, eight-game homestand continues Saturday against Nashvill Dallas scratched D Stephen Johns (illness) along with F Jiri Hudler and F Lauri Korpikoski. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY SportsST. Haula was standing in front of Lehtonen as Jordan Schroeder went behind the goal and sent a centering pass to Haula, who quickly snapped the puck in the net.Spurgeon finished the scoring 13:04 into the third with his eighth of the season.NOTES: Minnesota D Matt Dumba missed his third straight game with a lower-body injury. Minnesota challenged goaltender interference on the play as Patrick Eaves tried to slide between Folin and Kuemper and made contact with the goaltender as Eakin was shooting.A video review upheld the call on the ice of a goal to snap Kuemper’s shutout bid.Suter started the scoring with his first goal in 12 games with just 0.8 seconds left in the first. 27 because he hasn’t skated and the Wild have a five-day break next week. Minnesota D Jonas Brodin has been skating on his own and Boudreau said Brodin, on injured reserve with a fractured finger, started taking slap shots.

Party animal? Deer tries to get into Minn. watering hole

– A party animal showed up a little early for happy hour Thursday in Hallock.An Eagles Club employee spotted a deer trying to get in the front door. The employee wanted to see if it was okay so he went in the back door. 1 / 22 / 2HALLOCK, Minn. When he got to the front, the deer was trying to get through the glass.The deer wandered away after a few minutes.

Crash one of the most tragic scenes authorities have seen

Motorists were rerouted off of the highway to East Twin Lake to Wilderness road, Crow Wing County Road 107 and Olson Road.The stretch of highway reopened to traffic about 1:30 p.m., the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Baxter reported as crews waited for specialists to arrive from St. Jackson, 60, Hackensack was not injured.The state patrol reported the Pequot Lakes man was not wearing a seat belt. Baywest Environmental contractors were expected to arrived about 3 p.m. Jim Baillif examines the logging truck involved in the fatal crash south of Pequot Lakes Thursday. Paul. The driver of the Peterbilt, Daniel T. on Highway 371, south of Pequot Lakes in Sibley Township in Crow Wing County.”This was one of the worse accidents I have seen for awhile,” Pequot Lakes Police Chief Eric Klang said of the fatality. The state department of transportation advised drivers to find alternative routes to avoid congestion through 6 p.m. Thursday to remove and dispose the contaminated sand used to absorb the spilled diesel fuel. The concrete barriers—called jersey barriers—along Highway 371, are used to separate the lanes of traffic and are temporary sections associated with the construction project of the highway.A portion of Highway 371 near the crash site closed as emergency personnel worked the scene to investigate the crash. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to those involved, who witnessed the event and all responders.”The Minnesota State Patrol had a district investigator, a crash reconstruction specialist, a commercial vehicle inspector and two road troopers on scene to investigate the crash.The state patrol reported the Pequot Lakes man was driving a 1998 Ford truck north on Highway 371, when the Ford hit a concrete barrier on the right and went across the highway in the southbound lane, hitting a 1998 Peterbilt semitrailer head-on. Recommended for youUPDATED: Head-on crash kills Pequot Lakes man, closes part of Highway 371 Thursday as traffic moved slowly through the cleanup area while crews worked on the shoulder. Scott Goddard of the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, said the sheriff’s office sent a number of deputies and investigators to assist the state patrol on scene and to assist with traffic control.”I have been to a great number of crashes throughout the years and this was definitely a tragic event,” Goddard said. Steve Kohls/ Brainerd Dispatch Video and Gallery3 / 4Northbound traffic was directed as indicated by the orange arrows at the time of the crash. Baywest equipment included a skid steer, broom attachment and a roll-off dumpster to store and take away the materials. The vehicles hit just right where it caused a fire.”Capt. 1 / 4Minnesota State Patrol officials examine a vehicle involved in a fatal collision Thursday morning on Highway 371 south of Pequot Lakes. Illustration4 / 4PEQUOT LAKES—One of the most horrendous crash scenes area law enforcement officers said they have ever seen in their career occurred Thursday when a semitrailer and Ford truck crashed head-on, ignited into flames, and killed a driver. The crash report noted more information would be available about the identity of the Pequot Lakes man Friday evening.The Pequot Lakes police and fire departments, the Nisswa Fire Department, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office and North Memorial Ambulance assisted the state patrol at the scene.The crash occurred on a portion of the Highway 371 four-lane expansion project. Southbound traffic followed the route indicated by the green arrows. Steve Kohls/Brainerd Dispatch2 / 4Minnesota State Trooper and commercial vehicle inspector Sgt. Recommended for youUPDATED: Head-on crash kills Pequot Lakes man, closes part of Highway 371A 60-year-old Pequot Lakes man was killed in the crash, which was reported at 6:31 a.m. The semitrailer was a logging truck that wasn’t loaded.Upon impact of the two vehicles, a fire ignited causing fire damage to both the Ford and the Peterbilt. The red dot indicates the approximate area of the crash. “Especially on this road.

Victim of fatal collision identified

The victim of a two-vehicle, head-on collision Thursday on Highway 371 in Pequot Lakes has been identified as Dennis Lee Goff. Goff, 60, of Pequot Lakes, was driving a Ford pickup north on Highway 371 when he struck a concrete barrier on the right, went into the southbound lane and collided head-one with a   Peterbilt semitrailer. Motorists were rerouted off of the highway to East Twin Lake to Wilderness road, Crow Wing County Road 107 and Olson Road. Thursday. Goff, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.The driver of the Peterbilt, Daniel T. Jackson, 60, Hackensack was not injured. Upon impact of the two vehicles, a fire ignited causing fire damage to both the Ford and the Peterbilt. The crash happened about 6:30 a.m. The semitrailer was a logging truck that wasn’t loaded.A portion of Highway 371 near the crash site closed for several hours after the crash as emergency personnel investigated the collisioh.

Police Blotter – Feb. 16, 2017

of a male arrested for counterfeit, fifth-degree drug possession and possession of hypodermic needles on Veterans Street in Jenkins.CRASHES: Report on Feb. 8 at 9:11 a.m. 11 at 8:22 p.m. of a theft on Breezy Point Drive.Nisswa Police DepartmentCRASHES: Report on Feb. of a property damage car/deer crash on 48th Avenue in Pine River. 12 at 7:17 p.m. of a driver arrested for second-degree DWI on State Highway 371 and West Lake Street.Cass County Sheriff’s DepartmentCRASH: Report on Feb. of a property damage crash on State Highway 371 and Pillsbury Street.Report on Feb. of a property damage crash on Main Street.Pequot Lakes Police DepartmentCOUNTERFEIT: Report on Feb. THEFT: Report on Feb. of a property damage snowmobile crash on Clark Lake Road.Report on Feb. 10 at 10:07 a.m. of a property damage crash on State Highway 371 and County Road 29.THEFTS: Report on Feb. Crow Wing County Sheriff’s DepartmentBURGLARY: Report on Feb. of a theft on Olson Street.Report on Feb. of a burglary on County Road 127 in Nisswa. 6 at 1:34 p.m. 10 at 3:17 p.m. 7 at 3:14 p.m. 12 at 8:49 a.m. 8 at 4:08 p.m. 7 at 3:25 p.m. 10 at 8:42 a.m. of a theft on West Eagle Lake Road in Fifty Lakes.Breezy Point Police DepartmentTHEFT: Report on Feb. 5 at 8:12 p.m. of a theft on Old Highway 371 in Jenkins.TRAFFIC ARREST: Report on Feb.

Why go to church?

If you’re spiritually curious, there is still hope!”A church-goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. So, I think I’m wasting my time, the preachers and priests are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.”This started a real controversy in the Letters to the Editor column. But I do know this: They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. Much to the delight of the editor, it went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:”I’ve been married for 30 years now. He wrote:”I’ve gone for 30 years now, and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons, but for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. If you have questions or doubts about Christianity, you are welcome to bring them with you.If you are spiritually dead or simply disconnected from God, we would love to help you restart your relationship with God.And if you are looking for a place where you and your entire family can grow together in your faith, we would love to be your partner on that journey.May the Lord continue to bless you. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!”I don’t know where you are with God, the church or organized religion, but I would like you to know that no matter where you are, you are welcome at the Log Church.If you were hurt by the church, I’m sorry that happened, but please don’t let that keep you away. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. A member of the Log Church sent this to me the other day:”If you’re spiritually alive, you’re going to love this!If you’re spiritually dead, you won’t want to read it. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals.

Looking Back – Feb. 16, 2017

40 years ago, Feb. 11 in Jenkins, tearing the cab off a propane truck and tipping a semi and its load of lumber into the ditch next to the Jenkins used car lot.(Headline) Pine River choir performs in St. (Headline) Pequot Lakes School Board votes $3,035,000 bond issue from election for March 22, 1977; drops swimming pool question from ballot30 years ago, Feb. 20, 1997Support for a frontage road and a four-lane Highway 210 in Baxter has come from the Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.Steve and Helen Anderson, members of the Central Lakes College music faculty, will tour with the Wind Ensemble of St. 19, 1987(Photo) A pair of trucks collided Feb. Cloud State University for a 10-day tour of Mexico.10 years ago, Feb. 17, 1977The energy situation in Cass County and the entire state of Minnesota is extremely critical, the newly organized Cass County Energy Emergency Committee concluded at its first meeting. Paul, at Capitol20 years ago, Feb. 15, 2007Celine Dobson, a Brainerd High School senior, was crowned the 2007 Miss Nisswa on Friday.(Headline) Breezy Point officials testify: Alleged violation of open meeting law goes to court-Compiled by Theresa Bourke, Staff Writer

Minnesota lake businesses must take aquatic invasive species training

A listing all 2017 training sessions is available at Business owners must attend training, apply for a permit and pay a $50 application fee every three years to comply with Minnesota law.When the law and permit began in 2012, it applied only to some resorts and outfitters, along with businesses such as marinas, dock haulers, lawn irrigators and others who install or remove equipment from state waters for hire, said April Rust, DNR aquatic invasive species training coordinator.The law was updated in 2013 to include any businesses that rent any type of boats or other water-related equipment.“That means resorts and campgrounds that offer equipment to their guests like pontoons, fishing boats or kayaks and canoes as a part of their stay, need training on AIS and this permit,” she said. A zebra mussel is on the list of aquatic invasive species that is the focus of an effort to keep them out of lakes and rivers in the region.    Less than 5 percent of Minnesota lakes are on the infested waters list.To register for training or for more information, visit the DNR website at PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering aquatic invasive species training to owners of lake service provider businesses, so they can legally work in lakes and rivers throughout the state. Lake service provider businesses include resorts, outfitters and campgrounds that rent or lease boats and other water-related equipment. Forum News Service file photo.ST. Eleven AIS training sessions are planned around the state starting this month, and a new online training will be available in March.

Death of 11-day-old Minn. baby ruled homicide

16. Feb. 18 at the Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital.The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the baby as Cassius Charles Ironheart-Proell.Ironheart-Proell had been transported to the Montevideo hospital by family around 10 p.m. — The January death of a Montevideo 11-day-old baby is now being investigated as a homicide, police said Thursday. 7 in Montevideo, the son of Demi Smith and Adam Proell.An autopsy at the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka followed, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was called in to assist with the investigation.In the news release, Christopher said the joint investigation by the police department and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension “is in its early stages.” Police have not arrested anyone in connection with the baby’s death.”There is no public safety threat to the general public,” Christopher said. In a news release, Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher said the baby died Jan. MONTEVIDEO, Minn. Rescue attempts by hospital staff were unsuccessful.According to the boy’s obituary, he was born Jan.

Prosecutor says western Minnesota deputy shot man in self-defense

Five officers in a Traverse County Sheriff’s Office vehicle pursued Holmgren and cut him off about 175 yards off the roadway before he could reach a wooded area, the BCA said. 28 in Traverse County in far western Minnesota after he led officers on a 50-mile chase from Donnelly in Stevens County to Minnesota Highway 27 near Wheaton in neighboring Traverse County.Traverse County Attorney Matthew P. Holmgren was 25 yards away from law officers when he pointed his handgun at them and then was shot, the BCA said in a news release.Holmgren had a criminal record dating back to to 2002, with offenses taking place in Otter Tail, Stearns, Todd and Douglas counties. Franzese said in a Feb. “By pointing his weapon at these officers, Holmgren had to know that he would be fired upon,” Franzese said in his letter. Jay Johannes Holmgren was shot and killed Oct. Jay HolmgrenWHEATON, Minn.—A Stevens County sheriff’s deputy acted in self-defense when he shot and killed an Evansville man last year, a prosecutor has decided. Holmgren had been convicted of two felonies, both for fifth degree possession of drugs. Oct. 28, the BCA has said. “And it was not until Holmgren did point his weapon directly at these officers, obviously threatening the officers with the imminent prospect of death or great bodily harm, that one of them fired his weapon at him.”Franzese’s letter said Hensinger fired one shot from his rifle at Holmgren, striking him and killing him.Franzese said the law officers showed “tremendous restraint in trying to safely place Holmgren under arrest…”The shooting happened about 90 minutes after Holmgren was approached by a Stevens County deputy about 7:05 a.m. Among the offenses are numerous charges for drug possession and driving while intoxicated. His most recent conviction was in October 2013, when he was convicted of a misdemeanor after obstructing the legal process/interfering with a peace officer.No officers were injured. 28 in Donnelly, the BCA said. Law enforcement stopped Holmgren by using a pursuit intervention technique, or PIT maneuver, on Minnesota Highway 27 near Traverse County Road 6.The law officers attempted to negotiate with Holmgren for several minutes before he ignored their commands, the BCA said after the chase.Holmgren left his vehicle and fled on foot, and law officers pursued him into a field, the BCA said in a news release. The deputy found Holmgren alone, apparently slumped over in a pickup on Main Street, the BCA said.Holmgren then led officers on a 50-mile chase through Stevens, Grant and Traverse counties that included Holmgren shooting through his rear window at law enforcement near Wheaton and ramming a Morris Police Department vehicle in Donnelly, the BCA said. 14 letter released Thursday by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension that Deputy Ron Hensinger acted in self-defense in shooting Holmgren.Franzese said he will not present the case to a grand jury “because the facts do not warrant it.”Franzese said in a letter to Traverse County Sheriff Trevor Wright that after reviewing the BCA’s independent investigation, he concluded Holmgren, 37, “intended to cause his own death by threatening the lives of the law enforcement officers who were tasked with pursuing him and trying to take him into custody.”Holmgren had stopped along the highway and had pointed a handgun at officers on Oct.

Pequot Lakes School District: Board revises 2016-17 budget

Necessary structural repairs have been made and the district will have an excess of funds for the cosmetic repairs.The second storm caused a retaining wall at Eagle View Elementary School to collapse. … 13, meeting, the Pequot Lakes School Board unanimously agreed to make revisions to the 2016-17 budget.”Every year it is a goal of myself and Mr. The district currently enrolls 34 more students than anticipated, which results in roughly $230,000 in additional revenue that was not anticipated when the budget was created.Max recommended the district use a portion of general fund revenues as follows: $3,000 increase in the high school and middle school supply budgets, $120,000 to purchase an additional bus and van and $40,000 for technology lab refresh needs. The wall has been repaired with the state recouping 75 percent of the cost for repairs.The second variable pertains to enrollment. Classes will begin Tuesday, Sept. Lindholm (superintendent) to create a budget that can stand for the whole year. The remaining $60,000 in revenues would then be put into an assigned fund for future technology purchases.In other action, the board approved the district calendar for the 2017-18 school year. Graduation will be celebrated Friday, May 25, 2018.The board also agreed to accept 10 donations to the district.The school board’s March work session will occur Monday, March 6, in the school’s gathering room, while its regular March meeting will take place Monday, March 13. This year, we had a few variables that really couldn’t have been predicted,” business manager Jenny Max said. In its Monday, Feb. 5, for grades 1-12 and Thursday, Sept. Recommended for youHighway 371: CSAH 11 detour to start FridayPequot Lakes: Highway 371 expansion ‘on schedule’Trailside Park: Proposals shown at public meeting 7, for kindergartners, while the final day of class is scheduled for Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Recommended for youHighway 371: CSAH 11 detour to start FridayPequot Lakes: Highway 371 expansion ‘on schedule’Trailside Park: Proposals shown at public meetingThe first variable relates to insurance because of the two storms that hit the district in the summer months.The first storm caused cosmetic damage to several buildings.

Backus Wolverines reborn – First home game is Friday

For now the students are trying to get donations together for bleachers and a small scoreboard. Among them were McAllister’s twin sons and five others ranging from grades six to eight with varying degrees of athletic experience.Next, the team needed basketballs, jerseys and coaches. It just all added up.”For coaches, Borman’s father, Corey, stepped forward along with Micah Eveland, a former Pine River-Backus Tiger well known for his prowess on the basketball court.The team ultimately decided to take back the old name, though the decision wasn’t unanimous.”It was more me, Zack (McAllister) and Darian (Sims) that wanted that name,” Krecklau said. That one just got voted out slowly. I think part of it started when they registered for football and couldn’t play even though they thought they could until the day they went to register.”Krecklau said Borman came up with the idea to start their own team.”He started practically the whole thing,” Krecklau said. “Every time we miss a layup we have to run a killer. The team is hopeful that the school and its teams will only grow with time.”I think it will feel better when we get bigger and more expanded,” Borman said. The boys themselves contributed to other costs.”The hardest part of getting the whole thing together, Isaac and I have probably put in $300 toward this,” Borman said. After our first game he made practice a lot more strict.”Friday, Lake Region Christian School in Baxter will come to face off in the Backus gym. 17 at Lake Region Christian Academy in Baxter.”We lost against those guys a lot, but the coach is making us work harder,” said Krecklau. They did most of the footwork.”Borman and Krecklau, both Foothills Christian Academy students in Backus, originally wanted to join sports in the Pine River-Backus School District, but due to Minnesota State High School League policies, private school students aren’t eligible to join teams without a cooperative agreement between schools.”They could apply for cooperative agreement but have not done that at this point,” Pine River-Backus Superintendent Dave Endicott said by email. So many nights I would call the school and we couldn’t get the games lined up or jerseys were expensive or we couldn’t afford basketballs or the gym floor was slippery. “He asked if I was coming to this school. They were the Wolverines, and we thought it would be cool to bring it up again. “I still had that passion for basketball. I said yes, so he said we should start a basketball team. “The closest one next was we would be the Foothills Falcons. The Bormans contributed to the purchase of the jerseys, and $150 was scraped together for basketballs. “For two teenage boys to put together that sort of money. Once we got the foundation established, then people realized we were going to go through with it and started jumping on the bandwagon and helping us a lot. I like it a lot, actually.””Personally, I didn’t agree with the name,” Borman said. “We’ve improved, I think, a lot.”Whether there will be more athletic teams in Backus is uncertain. It was hard to keep dedicated. “It kind of started with Clayton Borman (15) and Isaac Krecklau (16) having an idea. The gym no longer has either since the Backus school was closed. “It would then be up to the PRB School Board whether they wanted to enter into that cooperative agreement.””We are so excited for it,” McAllister said. “It’s great to see the boys come together. There have been no Wolverines in Backus since the school merged with Pine River in 1991, but on Friday, Feb. “This is only our first year, and God’s blessed us so far so I hope we’ll keep receiving blessings and continue to grow.” I realized Isaac was coming here and he plays a lot of basketball, so I thought we could figure out what we could do.”Borman and Krecklau reached out to the other students coming to the academy and convinced as many as they could to join the team. Instead, the new Wolverines are blue.The team is not yet in a conference, but it had its first non-conference game Jan. Wolverines is all right though.”The team did not, however, claim the old purple and gold colors. We got hyped up.””I was going to play basketball in Pine River this year and I was really excited about that, but God kind of put it in my heart to come to this school,” Borman said. Though it might seem like adults would be responsible for the return of the Backus Wolverines basketball team, credit goes to two local “cubs.””The boys did all of the work,” said team mom Carrie McAllister. … 17, the Wolverines will return to their den in the old Backus gym. “It would bring all the older people back. The Wolverines have been working hard with hopes that they might win their first home game even though Lake Region has players much taller than even Backus’ tallest.”Coach Eveland says if we had boxed out and made more layups we could have scored a lot more,” Krecklau said.

Letter to the editor: Capitalism isn’t good

They’re an important provider of pollination for our food supplies. Martin,Merrifield Love. One day our news headline will read “One billion on Earth now reaching starvation level due to low food supplies.”What corporations and their primarily Republican shills call burdensome government “regulations,” real people call “protections” for everyone.Ask yourself: Will Trump, his family and the corporate families be part of that one billion? In spite of the complicated, indecipherable propaganda we’re constantly bathed in, that’s a given of capitalism. No.Sad. Capitalism is good at what it does, but what it does isn’t good.It guarantees that as some become richer, others have to be made poorer. Like cancer, it depends on “growth.” But like cancer, it’s incapable of looking ahead and seeing the obvious: It will kill its host and so kill itself.Like cancer, capitalism spreads and consumes everything around it. Nolan to support mining proposals, by foreign companies, in northeast Minnesota, potentially causing great environmental harm that will be permanent. He’s a Republican, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone. Trump chooses corporations! When their tailings dam breaks, they’ll fold and split, not stay and mitigate the mess and destruction.Just one example: Trump is holding off protecting “rusty patched bumble bees” in Minnesota and Wisconsin (they once ranged over 28 states). It’s what has pushed even our Democratic Rep. Amen.A. This lack of protection for bees helps corporations make money that use chemical sprays.Corporations versus life on Earth?

Back to Basics continues teaching traditional skills – Fruth presents on maple syrup

Other experts spoke on subjects including yoga, essential oils, sustainable furniture, solar power and canning food.The event also featured a vendor fair that was open to the public. Fruth recommends boiling sap at a depth of 1 ½ to 2 inches in order to evaporate more quickly. If a tree has been tapped before, Fruth said it should be tapped three inches higher and in one direction from the last hole so that holes spiral around the tree and don’t intersect.Fruth said sap begins to run at about 35 degrees, and stops at about 45 degrees. 11, at Pine River-Backus School where he was not only a vendor but also a presenter on maple syrup production. The content can be determined using a hydrometer according to instructions or by monitoring boiling temperature, as syrup at that concentration will boil at 7 degrees above the boiling point of water. 11 Back to Basics at the Pine River-Backus School was a popular place for visitors to find locally produced products, including locally sourced seeds, alpaca clothing, fruit preserves and many other products.1 / 5Travis Grimler/Echo Journal Jackie Horan from For the Love of Goats winds mohair as Keeda Johnson and Hannah Johnson watch.2 / 53 / 54 / 55 / 5Jim Fruth, of Brambleberry Farms in Pequot Lakes, returned to Back to Basics on Saturday, Feb. Fruth brought the tools of the trade with him in a large suitcase and presented them one after the other along with handouts showing the leaves of trees that can be tapped for syrup.With maple syrup likely flowing soon, the information presented at the event is timely.Necessary tools Fruth presented included:• Spiles (called taps when they are in the tree). Fruth said most literature suggests that sap runs best when nighttime temperatures are very low and daytime temperatures are above freezing. These can be traditional sap buckets or bags, plastic pails, milk cartons or one of many other containers.• A wide but shallow boiling container.• Fine filtersOptional tools Fruth presented included:• A hydrometer.• A hydrometer cup.• Thin hose (if using a hose collection system)Fruth said tap holes should be approximately three inches deep (or less if the tree is smaller or possibly hollow). Though thinner trees can be successfully tapped, Fruth said the industry standard is not to tap trees smaller than 10 inches around. Accounting for local elevation that amounts to approximately 217 degrees Fahrenheit.Fruth was one of many presenters at this year’s Back to Basics event. He said this results in less boiling time, lighter colored syrup and an overall better product with less work.Fruth also reminded attendees that camp stoves cannot be used indoors for boiling due to carbon monoxide, and the main evaporation steps should be done outdoors to prevent moisture problems indoors.The goal is to boil the sap from 2 to 5 percent sugar content to 65.5 percent. These can be made from dry elderberry branches or copper tubing or can be purchased commercially.• A large thermometer that can go to a high temperature.• A 5/16- to 3/8-inch standard drill bit to tap trees.• Containers for sap. Travis Grimler/Echo Journal The vendor fair at the Feb. Once trees start to bud, he also said tapping should come to an end.Sap should be collected daily, and any sap that isn’t going to be processed in a reasonable amount of time should be poured out to avoid fermentation. Tap holes should also slant upward at approximately 7 degrees so sap runs outward.

Hackensack Legion to host breakfast

Hackensack American Legion Auxiliary Unit 202 will serve breakfast from 8:30-11:30 a.m. 19, at the club, with proceeds going to support youth scholarships. Sunday, Feb. Menu includes choice of pancakes, bacon and eggs; or eggs, hash browns, bacon and toast.Both include juice and coffee for $6.