Cass County Plane Crash Victims Identified

Cass County Sheriff Officials have confirmed there has been a plane crash in Pine River. The National Transportation Safety Board reports it is a single engine, two-man aircraft, however details surrounding the crash have not been released. The crash reportedly happened east of...

Weather Not Allowing for Best Maple Syrup Flow

19 state in the US produce maple syrup and Minnesota is the western and northern most state to produce it. However this year, unseasonably warmer temperatures and low precipitation has slowed the amount of sap flowing through maple trees to produce syrup. The syrup season starts...

Brainerd School’s Could Struggle to Fit-In Preschool

National Conference of State Legislatures says for every one dollar invested into early education yields eight dollars back. And because of those numbers Governor Mark Dayton is pushing Minnesota to embrace preschool in every school district. However in Brainerd’s elementary...

Rehab or Jail? Which is Better for an Addict

1,349 inmates last year in Crow Wing County jail were there for alcohol drug related crimes. Compare that to 8 inmates who were there for murder. The National Institute of Justice found about two-thirds of our national’s inmates will return to jail within three years of being...

Spring Brings a Reminder for Motorcycle Safety

Unsafe speed and failing to yield to a motorcycle. Those are the top two factors that lead to motorcycle accidents. With the weather warming up and summer coming back to Minnesota, more motorcyclists are expected to be on the roads. And the Minnesota State Police say other...

Nisswa Businesses Loudly Speakout Against Proposed Noise Barrier

Downtown Nisswa sits at the bottom of a small hill along side Highway 371, perfectly visible for any driving passing by. The Minnesota Department of Transportation, who has a couple other of current projects on Highway 371 in the Brainerd Lakes Area, recently did a study and...

Governor Dayton’s Health Care Proposal Could Bring $39 Million Dollars in Comprehensive Care

1 in 4 adults and 1 in 5 children will experience a mental illness in a given year. And between 70% to 90% of individuals treated for serious mental illness have significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life. Because of those Minnesota Department of Human...

Change Could Come to Watercraft and Equipment Decals

Aquatic Invasive Species, or AIS, is a constant topic of conversation when it comes to keeping Minnesota’s lakes clean. In 2012 the Environment and Natural Resources Policy mandated that anyone who transports a watercraft or water-related equipment through Minnesota needs to take...

Brainerd Tourism Has Record Year

They came for boating, for fishing, for beer, camping, rock n roll, but mostly they came for the lakes. All the reasons combined helped make 2014 one of the best years for tourism in the Brainerd Lakes Area. The Brainerd Lakes Area also saw a boost in new attractions. The area...

Brainerd’s Riverside School Ready to Expand

Students learning under showers in old gym locker rooms, on stage in the cafeteria and in small converted storage closets. All of that will be a thing of the past at Riverside Elementary School. Last night the Brainerd School Board approved a $2 million dollar expansion project...

Ice Heaves Could Be Coming Early with Warmer Temperatures

Ice is melting and open water is coming back to Minnesota’s lakes. Depending on the weather the ice can make minimal impact to the shoreline or it can be much more dramatic, like last spring on Mille Lacs Lake when piles of ice cross the highway and damaged property. The ice...

House Majority Leader Visits Local Hospital

“I think that when we consider legislation on nurse staffing ratios, that we listen to folks who are actually impacted, instead of listening to outside groups that really aren’t here where it’s needed.” That was House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin (R) after...

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