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A fire ripped through Cross-Tech Manufacturing in Crosslake Minn. March 6, 2014. Firefighters were alerted by alarms in the plant. The fire was quickly through the roof on the plant's older section. Firefighters were able to shut a fire door and save a recent building addition. The roof on the older section collapsed. About 40 to 50 firefighters from six lakes area fire departments helped battle the blaze. Smoke shrouded the area. Water sources included nearby natural water bodies. Crosslake Fire Chief Chip Lohmiller said about 30,000 gallons of water went into fighting the fire.
Firefighters respond to a structure fire at Cross-Tech manufacturing in Crosslake.
Students carry water jugs around the Forestview Middle School gym Thursday as part of the H2O for Life Water Walk, an event held in support of the water carriers of the world.
The winter sports season is almost done. The only sport left is floor hockey. There are area girls basketball teams that could make it to state qualifications, but those games are yet to be played.
Bikers gather and then take off from the starting line for the 45NRTH Iron Yeti SnoXross Race starting at the Sagamore parking lot in Riverton, part of the Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout winter festival.
Kite boarders out on Mille Lacs in Garrison on the first day of the Xth annual Kite Crossing, a weekend of freeriding and racing competitions that goes until Sunday.
This week on 'Sideline View,' the guys talk about Beth Etterman winning the state championship in gymnastics. Etterman is only the third person to do that in the programs history. They also talk about the boys swimming and diving title, other area players that are going to state in their sport and the end of the season for boys hockey and basketball.
A structure fire was reported after 11 p.m. Wednesday on the 15300 block of Welton Road in Baxter. Fire crews from Brainerd and Nisswa battled the blaze in -6 below temps and -32 wind chill.
On Tuesday, Brainerd city leaders toured the empty halls of the former Whittier school.
Read more: http://brainerddispatch.com/news/2014-02-25/essentia-declines-whittier-offer-city-still-mulling-decision
Clips from this year's holiday themed Gull Lake Frozen Fore, a nine hole snow golf event around Gull Lake.
Lights dance across the planetarium dome, previewing the upcoming week of laser shows at the Forestview Middle School Planetarium February 24 - March 1, 2014. There are six different themed shows featuring music such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, U2 and others. Tickets are $5 for all ages. For more info go to http://fms.isd181.org/laser-shows
Mike and Jeremy talk about Brainerd boys hockey, Aitkin boys basketball record setting player, area athletes of the week and upcoming action is state tournaments in both gymnastics and wrestling. They also talk about getting to 500 followers on Twitter and how they both gave away 'free cars'. Go follow them both: @JeremyMillsop and @bertsballpark
Clips from the 2014 Nisswa Winter Jubilee.
2014 Miss Nisswa Scholarship Pageant and Little Miss Nisswa Program, a part of the Nisswa Winter Jubilee.
NOTE: The description of the ordeal in this farming accident is a harrowing one and may be too graphic for some.
In a split second, Jamie Houdek's life passed before his eyes.
The Little Falls man told his wife that he was going outside to pick corn on their field, where they raise a dozen beef cows.
Jamie Houdek hopped on his tractor and went to work. He got about halfway around the field and then stopped.
"I wanted to get a bunch done that day and so I jumped off and I left it running, which I shouldn't have," said Houdek, "I knew better."
"I went to grab a cob of corn out of the husking bin of the picker and as soon as I reached for it my right hand got caught in the rollers of the husking bed and began pulling my right hand and arm in."
Read more: http://brainerddispatch.com
While the eyes of the sporting world are on the Olympics in Sochi, Russia a smaller, talented group of lesser known athletes were practicing and honing their as yet, non-olympian sport - Downhill Bar Stool Racing - in the quaint native village of Ironton, in north-central Minnesota.
Each racing bar stool, hand-crafted to exacting specifications, each athlete finally tuned to superb racing competitiveness - willing to risk their all for their chance to experiencing the thrill of victory, or the agony of defeat!
The human drama of athletic competition featured in a charity event to raise money for the Sno-Serpent Snowmobile Club.
View a slideshow of photos of the action and mishaps of Downhill Bar Stool Racing - http://brainerddispatch.com/slideshow/2014-02-10/ironton-winter-bar-stool-races
(Props to ABC Wide World of Sports)
It was a close call Wednesday morning, when a semitrailer got stuck on the BNSF railroad tracks on North Eighth Street in Brainerd and a train was approaching.
The train, loaded with coal, was stopped about 100 feet before it would've struck the semitrailer - averting a big mess and possible injuries.
Brainerd Police Chief Corky McQuiston said responding officers immediately noticed an eastbound train entering Brainerd from the west approaching the location where the semitrailer was stuck. Officers requested that the dispatchers make emergency contact with BNSF to notify the train engineer that the tracks were blocked.
The semitrailer driver, Monte Johnson, 51, of Davenport, Iowa, was unfamiliar with the terrain hidden by the accumulated snow around the railroad tracks, and drove the truck across an area of the tracks not suitable for vehicles to cross. The semitrailer became stuck on the tracks facing westbound, directly in the path of the oncoming eastbound train.
If the Winter Olympics and the promise of warmer temperatures has you interested in checking out the cross-country ski trails, there seems to be plenty of winter left to enjoy. Here's a quick look at Byan Pike, natural resource manager, on the groomer on the Wolf Lake Ski Trail in Crow Wing County Minn.
Heroic efforts of several officers go into saving the life of Baxter K-9 Gator who suffered a severe life-threatening event while tracking suspects through a swamp east of the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport. Four officers took on the physically exhausting effort to carry Gator out of the swamp. Tuesday Crow Wing County Deputy Ian Wilson was recognized for his efforts to help save Gator.
Jake Ravnik and Gloria Sabyan Perpich remember growing up on the Cuyuna Iron Range and living in the small community that sprouted next to the Milford Mine. The mine was the scene of the greatest mining disaster in Minnesota on Feb. 5, 1924, when the mine flooded, killing 41 men. Just seven men escaped the mud and water.
A fundraiser held by Brainerd Public School Foundation at Cragun's Resort.
Video from the first ever Ironton Bar Stool Races.
Mike and Jeremy talk about local athletes signing with colleges for athletic scholarships, the BHS boys hockey and basketball teams and who the local area athletes of the week are.
Remembering the Milford Mine disaster, Minnesota's worst mining tragedy where 41 miners lost their lives when the Milford Mine in Crow Wing County on the Cuyuna Iron Range flooded. Seven men escaped death from the sudden rush of mud and water. The mine, about 200 feet deep, flooded in minutes.
A new student in the classroom at Forestview Middle School caused quite the stir.
That student came in the form of a 5-week old English Springer Spaniel named Sage — a puppy everyone wanted to pet.
The pup was there with a few other dogs as part of a puppy imprinting and bonding class, taught by Sophie Haglin, co-owner of Pine Shadows Kennels in Brainerd.
The out-of-the-ordinary class was part of Forestview Middle School's eighth-grade Exploratory Day.
The special event brings in a handful of activities from which students may pick. Children selected their favorites from a list of 24 choices and were assigned three by staff.
The list included sessions in areas such as 3-D junk art, waterfowl hunting, nail care, visual welding simulation, snowshoeing, ice fishing, broom ball, photography, guitar, paper flower bouquets and on-stage impromptu acting.
Assistant Principal Tammy Dewey first brought the idea to staff last year in an effort to help spark an interest among students in new activities.
A couple clips from the Republican Caucus at Forestview Middle School in Baxter.
The annual Lumberjack Jaunt at the Northland Arboretum. Clips from the ski race and the kids ski race.
Clips from the 11th annual Crosslake WinterFest
The best way to battle a long, cold winter may to be get out and enjoy its beauty. Crow Wing County, MN natural resource staff grooms cross-country ski trails with easy and difficult ski options. Trails pass by giant white pine, a snow-blanketed lake and through starkly beautiful landscapes of dark wood and white powder. The trail has parking and a shelter. For more information go too crowing.us or skinnyski.com
Chad Schwendeman, real estate agent, recently began a new agency in the lakes area, opening an Exit Realty office in the Johnson Centre in Baxter. He said the move came after researching a number of companies but Exit Realty stood out for its focus on sponsorships, mentors, training and marketing. He expects to grow the office to include 30 real estate agents.
Law books sit neatly on shelves defying the passing of years.
They remind Don Ryan of being 14 and blowing dust off the books at his family's law office. The Ryan law office had a lengthy history in Brainerd. His great-grandfather Michael Ryan opened the law practice in 1903 downtown in the First National Bank building on South Sixth and Front streets.
That legal legacy is now a few blocks away, part of a new display at the Crow Wing County Historic Society Museum. Don Ryan, Crow Wing County attorney, donated the office furniture including the wooden desk and narrow drawer plat book and map cabinet. There are photos, letterhead, trial exhibits, even a spittoon. Together they recapture a vintage piece of small town Americana with a main street fixture in the law office and note a family legacy spanning 92 years and four generations.
This week on 'Sideline View,' Mike and Jeremy talk about an 11 year record break in BHS gymnastics, the forming of districts for area high school football and Warrior Athlete of the Week Beth Etterman.
BAXTER — When people are watching the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 7 in Sochi, Russia, they should pay close attention to what the ice skaters are wearing.
They just may be wearing costumes made right here in Baxter. Just For Kix (JFK), which made costumes for the Super Bowl two times in the past four years, has stepped up their work internationally.
JFK Executive Director Cindy Clough said they were asked to make the costumes for the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. JFK made the costumes in early January and shipped 17 boxes on Jan. 17.
Clough said JFK was asked to make the costumes similar to the ones they made for the 2011 Super Bowl.
Though the wind chill reached 12 degrees below zero Saturday, the cold, arctic air didn't stop the flock of people Saturday heading to the Brainerd Jaycees' annual $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza.
The Jaycees said 9,600 people took their best shot at winning one of 150 prizes, including a new truck, Arctic Cat all-terrain vehicles, Ice Castle fish houses and a number of other ice fishing related prizes.
Nisswa resident Art Karsky won the truck by catching a 4.73 pound walleye with a Gemini lure in 55-feet of water on the southeastern part of the ice fishing contest area. Karsky caught the fish about six inches from the bottom of the lake.
Ivan Lyogky of Hartville, Ohio, took fourth place with a 2.92 pound northern pike. He has fished the contest for the past 18 years. Lyogky was the first guy in his group to catch a fish.
Contest attendees — ones who have been to the contest before to the ones entering the contest for the first time — said despite the cold weather, they still had fun and would come back again next year.
Katie and Kevin Thompson of Warroad were enjoying themselves. Kevin Thompson said, "It's pretty fun. It's like one big party on the ice."
Read more: http://brainerddispatch.com/news/2014-01-25/nisswa-man-big-winner-ice-fishing-extravaganza
Forestview Middle School eighth-grader Lauren Crabtree knew it was her last chance to spell her way to the top in the Brainerd School District's spelling bee.
Her hard work paid off.
Read more: http://brainerddispatch.com/news/2014-01-22/third-time-charm-eighth-grader-winner-spelling-bee
The guys brave the bitter cold this week. They talk about Brainerd High School boys hockey, boys basketball and boys swimming and how their seasons are shaping up. They also talk about this weeks area athletes of the week.
Classic snowmobile enthusiasts go for a trail ride on the Paul Bunyan Trail starting in Pequot Lakes as a part of the Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous.
This week, Jeremy and Mike talk about former Brainerd athlete Josh Archibald, who is nominated for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award 2014. Pequot Lakes senior Vanessa Lane scored her 1,000th basketball point.
Dale Braddy is stepping down as the executive director at the Northland Arboretum. Friends and colleagues gathered at the Northland Arboretum for a retirement party in Braddy's honor.
The guys are back for the start of 2014! Mike and Jeremy talk about getting back in the sports swing of things after the holiday break. They talk about Brainerd boys hockey and basketball, as well as Pequot Lakes girls basketball.
Bethene Marolf always said she wanted to have twin boys and have her children with one shot.
"I just didn't think God would take me that seriously," she said.
Appropriately for the state of their birth, the twins, fraternal brothers, arrived Jan. 3 via a C-section. Their mother never expected to deliver the first babies of the new year when her C-section was scheduled for Friday morning, three days into January.
For bragging rights, Ron beat his brother out of the womb by six minutes arriving at 8:30 a.m. with the smaller Patrick arriving at 8:36 a.m. The boys were delivered by Dr. Steve Senica at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Ronald Michael and Patrick Robert were named for Marolf's late father Ron, who passed away nearly a year ago to the day, and his best friend of 50 years, Patrick. The two friends are buried next to each near their deer stand on private hunting land they loved in Backus. With those two friends and now her two sons who will always have each other, Marolf said the name choices seemed appropriate.
Video from the Breezy Point Ice Fest in front of the Breezy Point Resort on Pelican Lake.
Mark Johnson, from Anderson Brothers construction company in Brainerd, suffered a heart attack at a construction site on Oct. 2, 2013. Johnson was present at a recent Crow Wing County Board meeting as Wayne Dosh from the Crow Wing County Highway Department and Dave Delfosse from Duininck Inc. out of Willmar were both recognized for their efforts to save his life. Kevin Lee, North Memorial Ambulance presented Dosh and Delfosse with Heartsaver awards. Both men performed CPR on Johnson until an ambulance crew arrived.
Thomas and Krissy Andrew have a lot to be thankful for — even though life as they knew it was turned upside down in November when their business and home were destroyed by fire.
The couple, both 2005 Brainerd High School graduates, and their 3-year-old daughter Tenley and 22-month-old daughter Emersyn were sleeping the night of Nov. 11 in their home located on 4153 80th St., just south of Brainerd near Crow Wing State Park.
Read More: http://brainerddispatch.com/news/2013-12-23/andrews-feel-blessed-have-each-other-after-fire-destroyed-their-home-and-business
Merry Christmas! Jeremy talks about the beginning of the BHS boy's basketball season and how it compares to last season. Mike talks about BHS boy's hockey and what they are working towards this year.
Avid climber Emilee Struss was 18 and looking forward to beginning college at summer's end in 2010 when she was seriously injured in a 70-foot fall from a giant white pine in Central Minnesota. The Baxter, Minn. teenager survived and while starting college later than first intended she found her niche at Mankato State University. Through a recent mission trip to Peru, Emilee found a calling and is spending a three-month mission trip in South Africa as an internship with a nonprofit. She is raising funds to help defray the $4,500 cost and has a blog site and website through her church for donations and to document her journey. The blog is found at emmylou002.blogspot.com. The website of her church in North Mankato is http://newcreationwoc.org/give/missions.html.
Home Choice opened in Baxter by Pizza Ranch and Game Stop on Edgewood Drive, off Highway 371. The store offers consumers the option to make payments on purchases and build or rebuild their credit.
Mike and Jeremy talk about gymnastics' strong start to the season, officiating for the boys basketball and the alpine and nordic teams start to use the snow.