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Burn restrictions issued for northern Minnesota

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an air quality alert through Sunday, Aug. 19, for northern Minnesota.

BRAINERD DISPATCH - 2018-08-18 12:01:00

Robert Hight tops NHRA Funny Car qualifying at Brainerd

Billy Torrence was the fastest in Top Fuel, Erica Enders topped the Pro Stock field, and Matt Smith took the No. 1 spot in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

FOX SPORTS - 2018-08-18 23:51:46

Torrence, 60, races to first NHRA Top Fuel win

BRAINERD, Minn. -- Billy Torrence raced to his first career Top Fuel victory Sunday at age 60, winning the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

ESPN - 2018-08-19 23:19:40

Brainerd man faces assault charge

Jose M. Bravo-Jasso was charged Tuesday, Aug. 14 with the felony in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd, where Judge David Ten Eyck set bond for $100,000 without conditions or $50,000 with conditions. Bravo-Jasso's next court appearance will be Wednesday.According to the probable cause court

BRAINERD DISPATCH - 2018-08-18 11:01:00

DNR invites public to attend deer open houses

These local open-house style meetings will provide hunters and others interested in deer a forum for sharing their observations, talking to DNR wildlife managers, reviewing new deer-related information — including the final deer plan — and discussing options for the future. No formal presentations h

PINE AND LAKES NEWS - 2018-08-19 11:31:00

Racing: Elder Torrence steals spotlight at Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals...

Billy Torrence races during the top fuel semi-finals and went on to win Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Kelly Humphrey / Forum News Service

INFORUM - 2018-08-20 02:15:45

Reader Opinion: Dirty air

To those of us who live in the Brainerd area and have witnessed the thousands of Volkswagens parked at the old paper company, there is a program on Netflix called "Dirty Money" that will explain why they are sitting there. It also will explain how this case was resolved, how easy it was for Volkswag

BRAINERD DISPATCH - 2018-08-19 10:31:00

Sheriff's report – 180815

CrashesTwo crashes were reported during the week at Tamarack City Park on Aug. 4 and Minnesota Ave. S. in Aitkin on Aug. 5.Wednesday, Aug. 1A property matter was reported on 395th St./390th St. in the Aitkin area ... a property matter was reported on 3rd St. NW in Aitkin ... theft was reported on D


Former council member Marana up for Baxter seat

Mary Marana, who previously served on the council for 12 years ending in 2002, thinks the city needs something different.

BRAINERD DISPATCH - 2018-08-18 14:01:00

Fishing: Teenage brothers winning tournaments, launch successful...

Kyle Bahr (left) and Tyler Bahr (right) display smallmouth bass they caught in the Bass Federation Minnesota State Championship on Mille Lacs Lake while their dad, Jason, shows his approval. Submitted Photo.

BRAINERD DISPATCH - 2018-08-19 12:01:00

NHRA Brainerd top qualifiers for Sunday’s eliminations: Hight, B. Torrence, Enders, Smith

Billy Torrence (Top Fuel), Erica Enders (Pro Stock), and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the 17th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

NBC SPORTS - 2018-08-19 04:01:21

Tandeski joins American National Bank of Minnesota

Tandeski joins American National Bank of MinnesotaAmerican National Bank of Minnesota welcomes the addition of Malissa Tandeski to their Brainerd office.Malissa grew up in Pine River and stayed close to home where she began her long time career. She comes to American National with 20 years of experi

BRAINERD DISPATCH - 2018-08-18 22:31:50

Hight tops NHRA Funny Car qualifying at Brainerd

Billy Torrence was the fastest in Top Fuel, Erica Enders topped the Pro Stock field, and Matt Smith took the No. 1 spot in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

ESPN - 2018-08-18 23:56:41

Winner on the court and at life

Well folks, Emily Mehr, class of 2009 at Aitkin High School, has accomplished a lot in her 20-plus years on Earth. What she did in her high school and college career now pales in comparison to what she did recently for a little girl in Texas.


Essentia Health welcomes Dr. Richard Castle

"One of the reasons I chose this opportunity was the comfortable feeling I got when I visited the hospital and explored the Brainerd Lakes area," says Dr. Castle. "I feel there is a real focus on patient care here, and that is very important to me."

BRAINERD DISPATCH - 2018-08-18 22:31:50

Air quality alert again issued for Brainerd area

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Thursday afternoon issued an air quality alert due to wildfire smoke through noon Sunday, Aug. 19. Daniel Dix, air quality meteorologist with the MPCA, said the wildfire smoke is entering the state from the northwest and is expected to reach the Brainerd lak


Northern Minnesota man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting children...

DULUTH -- A Grand Rapids man accused of sexually assaulting his young nieces two decades ago pleaded guilty Tuesday, Aug. 14, in State District Court in Itasca County.


Police Blotter - Aug. 16

SUSPICIOUS—Report at 1:18 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, of a vehicle parking in different parts of the parking lot at Walmart, 7295 Glory Road. Person stated he was sleeping in the car for the night.


Map to become a ‘kayaking hub’

Ideas were flowing during the Water Trails Committee meeting held Aug. 8. Discussion focused on the promotion of Aitkin County’s existing waterways to create a kayaking hub in the county, much like that of the Cuyuna Bike Trails in Crosby.In attendance was Andy Hubley from Arrowhead Regional Develop


Swatara man injured in crash

On the afternoon of Aug. 9, a 2015 Ford pickup truck driven by Scott George Septrick, 60, Swatara, was westbound on Hwy. 200 near Kleven Lane in Hill Lake Township. Septrick began choking on a beverage and drove the vehicle into the north ditch. It struck a driveway approach, went airborne, then hit