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The Regional Report: Staples adds another referendum; Aitkin business wins suit against Officer Down 5K

An Aitkin business challenging a national 5K organization in court walked out victorious, the Aitkin Independent Age reported. Shirts Plus of Aitkin was awarded $16,605.99 in Aitkin County District Court, to be paid by Thomas John "TJ" Burke, owner of the Officer Down 5K. The for-profit company puts

BRAINERD DISPATCH - 2018-03-18 09:01:00

Accused tattoo artist faces new charges for threats

A tattoo artist accused of criminal sexual conduct with a woman while she received a tattoo now faces three felonies after he allegedly threatened someone expected to testify against him. David Stephen Charpentier, 36, of Pequot Lakes, was booked in the Crow Wing County Jail March 8. He appeared Mar


Sheriff's report - 180314 - MessAge Media: Crime Courts

Two crashes were reported during the week at Hwy.169/480th St. in the Palisade area March 1 and Bremer Bank March 2. Fires One fire was reported during the week at 325th Pl. in the Palisade area March 3. Wednesday, Feb. 28 Vandalism was reported at Palisade Cafe ... a disturbance was reported on Gos

MESSAGEMEDIA.CO - 2018-03-16 12:00:00

Firefighters respond to garage fire in Deerwood

DEERWOOD-Firefighters responded Wednesday afternoon to a large garage fire in Deerwood, and no one was hurt. Deerwood Fire Chief Mike Bodle said the fire broke out about 2:30 p.m. on a property on Serpent Road about a block west of Highway 6. "It was a detached garage, fully engulfed," Bodle said. "


Drug investigators uncover large amount of meth

About $6,000 worth of methamphetamine was confiscated Monday when law enforcement officials located a 27-year-old Brainerd man with warrants for his arrest. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office reported at 2:30 p.m. Monday, the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division was in search of Brandon Paul Sh


Light still missing - MessAge Media: Local

The Aitkin Chamber of Commerce asks the person in possession of the missing snowflake light to drop it off after hours in the front door area of any Aitkin business and anyone with information to step forward. All parties will remain anonymous and the chamber will not press charges. Contact the Aitk


March for Our Lives Rally planned for Brainerd

Stand Up Brainerd Lakes is partnering with the Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace to sponsor the Brainerd March for Our Lives Rally at 2 p.m. March 24 in Gregory Park, 511 N. Fifth St., Brainerd. Students, teachers, families and allies of March for Our Lives will march from the park, continuing down

BRAINERD DISPATCH - 2018-03-17 18:31:00

Lakes area to go green - 2 communities offer St. Patrick's Day celebrations, parades

Two parades in the lakes area-with respective salutes to the Irish, a patron saint and community-provide area residents with different ways to give winter a shove while experiencing renewed optimism for spring. Crosslake's St. Patrick's Day celebration is an established draw with a large turnout, a


Miami pedestrian bridge collapses, killing four people, crushing cars

MIAMI - A newly installed 950-ton pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed Thursday, crushing vehicles on a busy highway below and killing at least four people, officials said. First responders recovered at least four bodies from the scene, Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Dave Do