Brainerd YMCA Holds Healthy Kids Day

Saturday was Healthy Kids Day, as the YMCA in Brainerd had a free day of fun for kids throughout the community. “We’re doing it for the first time here at the YMCA,” says Brainerd YMCA program director Zach Johnson. “We’re just trying to get the community together so the kids can...

National Infant Immunization Week is April 21-28

This week is infant immunization week to promote the health benefits of being vaccinated. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, routine childhood immunization prevents an estimated 381 million illnesses. Children ages two and younger are at risk for many...

Local Bike Shop Participates in Free Bikes for Kids Organization

One local bicycle shop is taking part in a statewide movement to get kids outside and active, for Earth Day and all other days of the year. Touright in Little Falls is collecting old child and adult size bicycles, that will then be refurbished and given away to kids all across...

Purses For Partners Raises Funds for Youth Mentoring

The 11th annual Purses for Partners fundraiser took place out at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa over the weekend. Nearly 150 women and girls attended the spring luncheon to raise funds for the Kinship Partners Youth Mentoring Program. The silent auction, full of different styles of...

CLC Students Gain National Recognition For Veteran-Helping App

A group of students at Central Lakes College is heading to the nation’s capital to present their project that hopes to help veterans cope with stress. For the Community College Innovation Challenge, they created an app called “Supporting Our Servicemembers” that can...

In Focus: “The Peculiar Painter” Brings Art From Around The World To Walker

“Someone once described me as a little odd but all painters are, she said, and I thought, ‘peculiar painter’ because all painters are a little odd,” says Jessie Stolzman, owner of The Peculiar Painter in Walker. Stolzman’s shop doubles as a gallery and an art supply store. She...

Ironton Man Convicted Of Child Pornography Charges

A federal jury has found an Ironton man guilty of distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography. Roger Erik Splettstoeszer, 53, was charged in a six-count indictment on June 22, 2017, and, on April 19, 2018, was found guilty on all counts by a federal jury in...

Local Growers Challenged By Lasting Winter Weather

“This one was seeded about five weeks ago; seeds come up when they want to come up, but everything in here has frosted just a little bit,” said Louise Johnson, co-owner of Grampa G’s Farm. Louise Johnson and husband Shayne are fourth-generation owners of Grampa G’s Farm in...

Crow Wing County Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Opening April 25

The Crow Wing County Household Hazardous Waste Facility will open on April 25 at the Crow Wing County Landfill Site. For the rest of the year, the facility will be open the second Wednesday and second Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from May through September. During...

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