Brainerd City Council Considers 'On-Call' Fire DepartmentA debate is heading up in Minnesota's cabin country over the future of the Brainerd Fire Department. Some leaders in Brainerd want to eliminate its full-time fire department to make way for a paid on-call staff, but some don't believe the potential cost savings are worth the price.
Gov. Dayton To Visit Brainerd Lakes AreaGov. Mark Dayton plans to visit the Brainerd Lakes area on Friday to survey the damage caused by Sunday's severe thunderstorms. The clean-up still continues after winds up to 80 miles per hour toppled trees and damaged properties.
Sunday Storms May Have Spawned 4 Tornado TouchdownsForecasters say at least four unconfirmed tornadoes may have touched down in western Minnesota when strong storms moved through the state. There will be a big cleanup in the Brainerd Lakes area because of a number of big trees coming down during Monday night's storm.
Crow Wing County Hit Hard By Sunday StormsSevere thunderstorms are rolling across Minnesota Sunday night, and the Brainerd/Baxter area appears to be one of the communities hit hard early on. A dispatcher with the Brainerd Police Department said there are several reports of trees and power lines down in the city.
Tap Talk: Gull Dam Brewing, Inc.We've all had those days. The days when you just need a gosh, darn drink. Well, now one brewery owner in the Brainerd/Baxter area is here to help you with those days. Only he's giving you a Gull Dam beer.
2 Men Charged In Fatal Brainerd ShootingTwo men face charges after a double shooting in Brainerd early Sunday evening, which left one man dead and a woman seriously injured. According to the Crow Wing County Attorney's Office, 23-year-old Tyler Allan Cronquist of Brainerd faces four criminal charges, including two counts of second-degree murder.
Snow Accumulates In Northern MinnesotaWe're still waiting for our first real glimpse of snow here in the metro Some snow was coming down today farther to our north.
PODCAST PAGE: The Morning News With Dave Lee "GOIN TO THE LAKE" In Brainerd....What a great time in the Brainerd Lakes area!
Wander Minnesota: Northland ArboretumJust minutes away from the hubbub of the twin cities of Brainerd and Baxter is the Northland Arboretum. It’s almost a shock to find yourself so close to the fully built-out stretch of Highway 371 that goes through Baxter and just down the street from Fleet Farm, and yet you’re in a peaceful, calm nature preserve.
Boy, 12, Dies During Basketball Game In Baxter A 12-year-old Grand Rapids, Minn. boy died after suffering cardiac arrest during a basketball game in Baxter, Minn. Thursday afternoon. Baxter police said he was participating in a 7th grade boys basketball game when he entered cardiac arrest.
Identified: Man Killed, Boy Saved After Canoe CapsizesThe 64-year-old Brainerd man who died and a 4-year-old boy who was saved after their canoe capsized have been identified by authorities.
64-Year-Old Brainerd Man Dies After Canoe CapsizesA 64-year-old Brainerd man is dead and a 4-year-old Arizona boy was saved after a canoe capsized on the Gull River north of Baxter, Minn. Sunday afternoon, according to Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office.