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BRAINERD, Minn. — When Emily Lothert decides to redecorate, 11,500 others are along for the journey. The 28-year-old Brainerd High School graduate is the face behind @re.recreate , an Instragram page capturing the home renovations and modern farmhouse-style decor found in her and husband Reed’s northeast Brainerd home.
PINE RIVER, Minn. — For a year and a half, Rachel worked the night shift alone at Ultimate Liquors after spending the day with her young grandsons at the rural Pequot Lakes home she shared with daughter Jessica and her former son-in-law. Feb. 27, 2001, was a winter day much like those in recent memory — especially snowy and unbearably cold.
BRAINERD, Minn. — It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Ben Soukup, Scout in Action! Not many people can say they’ve been immortalized as a superhero -- but 19-year-old Soukup has those bragging rights. The Brainerd Eagle Scout was selected from hundreds of Boy Scouts award recipients to be featured in “Scouts in Action,” a section of the Boy Scouts of America’s official magazine, Boys’ Life.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- E-commerce exchange zones -- typically well-lit, surveilled areas intended to encourage safe transactions among online buyers and sellers -- have grown in numbers in the past few years. Locally, the city of Crosby recently joined a lengthening list of places around the country establishing these zones. Crosby Police Officer Alan Booth pursued the idea after learning about the Big Lake Police Department’s exchange zone.
BRAINERD, Minn. — An anti-Trump meme posted to the Garfield Elementary School Facebook page raised some eyebrows and sparked questions Saturday night, Dec. 8. Shared at 9:14 p.m., the post included a photo of President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during a 2016 presidential debate and text stating, “People love to hate Hillary, but she called Trump a Russian puppet right to his stupid (expletive) face. I’ll always respect her for that.”
BAXTER, Minn. — Hidden from view along a country lane north of Baxter is a humble meadow dotted with young evergreens. But for many lakes area families, it’s so much more than that. It’s a patch of land that’s witnessed the unbridled joy of children for two generations, offered countless neighborhood teens first jobs as “elves” and provided thousands of Christmases with the season’s most cherished symbol — the tree. And this December will be its last.
PEQUOT LAKES, Minn. — Owners of a troubled nursing home and assisted-living facility in Pequot Lakes agreed to relinquish their license to provide home care services in three locations. The enforcement action comes in the wake of substantiated neglect leading to a client's death, a sexual assault of a resident by a staff member and a series of compliance violations spanning nearly two years.
BACKUS, Minn. — When surgeons at Phebe Hospital in Liberia enter the operating theater, they wear miners' headlamps and bring cellphones. Intermittent failure of diesel generators powering the health care facility makes these tools invaluable for illuminating patients' bodies, allowing doctors to complete surgical procedures. Sometimes, power must be shut down to conserve fuel. During the wet season, roads to the hospital can become impassable, making fuel deliveries impossible.
BRAINERD, Minn. — If the defense or prosecution attorneys in the criminal case against former Crosby Mayor Jim Hunter want to speak to the media, they'll have to ask the judge first. Crow Wing County Judge Earl E. Maus issued an order last week limiting media contact in response to a request from Assistant County Attorney Candace Prigge, representing the state in a case in which Hunter faces multiple felony charges.