Friday, April 30, 2010

Health Department Investigates Baxter Food Poisoning

Baxter, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating a fundraiser at a church in Baxter where some attendees may have gotten food poisoning.
WCCO-TV reports the benefit was for New Pathways of Brainerd, a group that helps homeless families with children. It was held Sunday, and the problem was reported on Thursday.
Investigators believe about 275 people were at the event but it's not yet clear how many were exposed to food poisoning or became ill. The Department of Health says Baxter's Prairie Bay Restaurant catered the event. The preliminary investigation is pointing to a Norovirus as the cause.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

High Speed Broadband On the Way

Minnesota is moving forward in the world of High-Speed Broadband. Rick King, Chair of the state Ultra High-Speed Broadband Task force tells KLKS News, it will have an important medical application. He says the higher speeds will allow patients to talk to specialists across town, or across the country.

King says widespread high-speed broadband will also have a significant impact on education.

King says the signals will be carried on cable, fiber optic and wireless facilities. He says the biggest challenge will be to deliver the capability to the most remote areas, and that’s where wireless becomes important.

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Aitkin Gets New Sidewalks

The intersection at Highways 169 and 210 will be getting new sidewalks and pedestrian ramps. The work begins Monday. Judy Jacobs of the Baxter office of MNDOT says Motorists will encounter some delays when crews begin installing the new walkways to improve accessibility.

Motorists will be directed through the area where crews are working, on Highway 169 from the junction with Highway 47 to 1st Street and on Highway 210 from 8th Avenue to just east of the Ripple River in Aitkin.

The project will cost $300,000 and is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The project is scheduled to be completed prior to Memorial Day, weather permitting.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Red Flag Warnings Today

Red Flag Warnings have been posted for the Brainerd Lakes Area again today. The current dry conditions combined with strong winds create dangerous fire conditions.

K-Lakes Meteorologist Tony Schumacher says there may be some relief on the way as soon as tonight. He says we could see between a quarter and three quarters of an inch of rain through the end of the work week.

Schumacher says there is a vigorous storm over Montana and Wyoming. However, it has to overcome extremely dry air here, before it will be able to produce any moisture.

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CLC Site of Legacy Hearing

Central Lakes College in Brainerd will be the site of one of many regional meetings around the state to get public input on the use of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy act funds.

Brainerd DNR Trails and Waterways Specialist Lowell Jagger tells KLKS News, they will be taking notes on how folks would like to see the money spent. He says there is a need for new facilities at state parks.

Jagger says maybe folks want to bike to work, and they need to know where those trails might be located. Or maybe they want more multi-use trails like the East Gull Lake Trail that allows for hiking, biking, roller blading and ATV use.

The public meeting will be held at the CLC cafeteria, June 2nd, 7- 9 p.m.

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Cass Lake Gets New Water Plant

A new water treatment plant will be built near Cass Lake through a partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.

The project will cost $777 thousand. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will cover $590 thousand.

The project will cover the design and construction of a water treatment building, filtration system, landscaping and security fence.

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Area Baseball Teams in Top 20

The Brainerd High School baseball team made the top 20 rankings this week. The Warriors came in at 13 this week among the Class AAA schools.

The Staples-Motley Cardinals are ranked numer seven in Class AA.

In Class A Cass Lake-Bena is ranked 12th, and Sebeka comes in at number 16.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Ward OK After Scary Moment in Duluth

While the DFL was endorsing House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher for Governor, State Representative John Ward of Brainerd was at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. He told KLKS News, he had been busy working the convention floor for Kelliher Saturday, when his hands and feet started itching. He was rushed to the hospital when his vision turned blurry and his blood pressure dropped to a dangerous level.

Ward says he is fine now, and says he either caught a virus, or had an allergic reaction.

He says he is having a much better day today as he and his wife Sally mark their 36th wedding anniversary.

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Fishing Treaty Talks Delayed

(AP) Tribal leaders are backing off on pursuing hunting, fishing and gathering rights in northern Minnesota, for now.

The Chairman of the Leech Lake Band says any meetings with state officials would be premature. Arthur LaRose says he wants to develop a common approach with the White Earth Chippewa Band over affirming rights that the bands believe were reserved in an 1855 treaty.

Some Leech Lake Band officials said some members of the two bands would be fishing illegally on Lake Bemidji the day before the walleye opener in may.
However, tribal leaders are urging no protest, and say they are looking for a diplomatic solution.

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Brainerd Workshop for Parks and Trails Plan

Brainerd will be the site of one of many regional workshops to help chart the course of regional and state parks and trails for the next 25 years. The meetings will be held in May and June.

The meetings will provide a voice in the Parks and Trails Legacy Plan that will guide funding decisions for regional and state parks and trails.

Minnesotans passed the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment in 2008 that enacted a three-eighths percent sales tax increase for natural resources and the arts. Of the money collected, 14.25 percent is providing funding for state, metro, and Greater Minnesota parks and trails projects.

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Onamia Girl Dies in Auto Accident

A 16-year-old Onamia girl was killed in a two car accident Sunday evening. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that Deanna M. Anderson was killed when the Lumina she was driving was broad-sided by a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by 47-year-old Douglas J. Hodgeman of Coon Rapids.

Lawmen on the scene say the Chevy was stopped at Highways 27 and 169, when it pulled out into traffic and was struck by the SUV, about 6 p.m. Sunday evening.

Hodgeman was treated and released from a local hospital. Also treated and released were passengers in the Anderson vehicle including; 37-year-old Michele Berger of Brainerd, 6-year-old Danielle Berger of Onamia and 10-year-old Denise Anderson of Onamia.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Two Area Restaurants Destroyed By Fire

Local law enforcement and fire officials have confirmed that two
Popular area restaurants have been destroyed by fire. The Carlsona Beach Supper Club, located on Highay 18, west of Malmo, on Mille Lacs Lake and TJ’s On the Cove on Serpent Lake in Deerwood have been Reportedly destroyed by fire.

From reports, it’s been learned that the Carlsona Beach fire began overnight
And burned ‘til about 5:30am. That fire was battled by firefighters from Aitkin, Garrison and Isle.

The fire that destroyed TJ’s On The Bay was reported at about 12:30pm
Monday afternoon and was still burning late in the afternoon. Firefighters
From Deerwood and Crosby-Ironton responded to that fire.

The cause of both fires is still under investigation.

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