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School workers in Pequot Lakes unanimously vote to authorize strike

PEQUOT LAKES, Minn. -- School workers in Pequot Lakes voted unanimously to authorize a strike and filed a 10-day notice Thursday that workers could begin their strike on Oct. 11.Custodians, paraeducators, secretaries, food service workers, and nurses represented by the Service Employees International Union say they hope the strike will ensure a "fair contract."The Pequot Lakes School Board said in a letter sent to staff and family that they are "committed to negotiating in good faith while honoring our outstanding staff with competitive compensation increases and being financial stewards for our taxpayers."The district says it offered a wage increase the...
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Missing man found dead in Crow Wing County

PEQUOT LAKES, Minn. (Valley News Live) - Pequot Lakes Police say law enforcement agencies were contacted about a missing person in the city. During the course of their investigation, signs of a vehicle leaving the roadway were observed on State Highway 371 near County Road 29 in Crow Wing County.

Pequot Lakes Hands Lakers First Loss; QB Strand Out For Season With Broken Leg

PEQUOT LAKES, MN (KDLM) – The Pequot Lakes Patriots handed the Detroit Lakes Lakers football team their first loss of the season, winning 35-21 on their homecoming night. Detroit Lakes, who beat Pequot Lakes at Mollberg Field for their homecoming game last year, started the game by pinning Pequot Lakes at their own one-yard line on the opening kickoff. Sophomore kicker Nick Buboltz’s kickoff bounced at the five yard line, and the Patriots returner let the ball roll passed him, thinking it would sit in the endzone but the ball settled at the one and Pequot barely recovered. The Patriots offense marched down the field before a Grady Kirchner interception ended the drive deep in Laker territory.

Portion of Business Highway 371 in Brainerd to Reopen Saturday

Business Highway 371 in Brainerd will reopen soon, and the detour in place is scheduled to life by 5 PM on Saturday, October 1st. The newly updated business Highway 371/Buffalo Hills Lane/Industrial Park Road intersection will also reopen, but it will remain an all-way stop until the manufactured signal poles arrive in late November.

One person killed in crash in Crow Wing county

(Pequot Lakes, MN)--One person has reportedly been killed in a crash in Crow Wing County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the crash took place on Hwy 371 in Pequot Lakes. A 2006 Ford Fusion, driven by a 26 year-old male, was traveling southbound on Hwy 371 when it went off the road into the right ditch and rolled into West Twin Lake.

Body of Missing Blaine Man Recovered from West Twin Lake

A body of a missing man was found in West Twin Lake near Pequot Lakes yesterday after extensive search efforts. According to the Minnesota State Patrol report, the unnamed victim from Blaine was driving his 2006 Ford Fusion southbound on Highway 371 when his vehicle went off the road. The vehicle then reportedly rolled into West Twin Lake.

Randall man injured in Crow Wing County crash

A Randall man was seriously injured, Thursday, when he was involved in a collision near Baxter. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Juan Emilio Estrella-Diaz, 32, Randall, sustained “life-threatening” injuries as a result of the crash. The nature of those injuries was not disclosed in the report. The State Patrol received a report of an accident with injuries at 12:47 p.m. Thursday. The crash occurred at the intersection of Highway...

Minnesota Man Killed After Vehicle Rolls into Lake

Brainerd, MN (KROC-AM News)- A single-vehicle crash in the Brainerd Lakes area claimed the life of a Blaine man Wednesday afternoon. The State Patrol says 26-year-old Nicolas James Engen was traveling south on Hwy. 371 when he went off the road into the right hand ditch around 3:15 p.m. The report says his vehicle then rolled into West Twin Lake.

Aitkin class of 1950 mini-reunion

Seven members of the Aitkin High School Class of 1950 enjoyed a mini-reunion and dinner on Aug. 6 at the Heartwood Senior Community in Crosby. Those attending were, front, from left: Ann Hanson Ruttger, Helen Scheffler Burgstaler, Louise Peterson Casey; back: John Davies, Jim Daly, Jim Anderson, Ken Boyer.

Brainerd Outreach Program Honors Local Teachers for Volunteer Help

The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes, located in Nisswa, assembles over 10,000 meals every time they gather to pack them. Local volunteers make this possible, and on Tuesday, the Outreach Program honored two Brainerd High School teachers as volunteers of the year. The Outreach Program is a humanitarian food aid...

Brainerd, October 01 High School ⚽ Game Notice

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Blake’s lively directing skills back at Aitkin

Kelly Blake, also known as “Queen of the Musicals,” has returned to Aitkin to teach high school choir, vocal music and direct the musical and one-act play for the 2022-2023 school year. “I am happy to be returning to Aitkin High School after my retirement last year in order to support the students and to keep the music program going strong after my replacement took another position so close to the start of school,” said Blake. ...

Interactive Career Fair held

“The Aitkin High School was full of excitement as students from four local schools attended an interactive career fair on Sept. 21 coordinated by JET – Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training in collaboration with Aitkin Public Schools,” said Kari Paulsen, career counselor at JET. Students from Aitkin, Crosby-Ironton, Minisinaakwaang Leadership Academy and McGregor schools had the opportunity to learn in an engaging, hands-on environment while interacting with businesses and colleges representing over 40 different industries to gain exposure and knowledge in over 100 different...

Taste of Aitkin is Oct. 6

The Aitkin Area Chamber of Commerce will host its seventh annual “Taste of Aitkin” event Thursday, Oct. 6, from 5-7 p.m. at the 40 Club Convention Center, 960 Second St. NW, Aitkin. The event gives area restaurants the chance to compete against each other for a shot at being champion. Aitkin’s Block North Brew Pub has held the title for three years in the savory category, last year serving up...

A passion for flowers

About 15 years ago, the Aitkin Age featured photos of the yard of Ron and Maureen Ladwig, rural Aitkin. For the record, the couple has continued a passion for flowers, birds and bees. This is how the flower gardens looked in the summer of 2022. Ron said most of the flowers are perennials; some have died and been replaced with new ones.

He SEAD, she SEAD…

I was instantly enraged. Why? Because Social Emotional Learning (SEL) also known as Social Emotional Academic Development (SEAD) was indeed a part of the Aitkin School District curriculum. Typically when writing news stories, we do not put ourselves in the story. I thought in this case it would be beneficial for readers to know my personal experience related to SEL in Aitkin. I accompanied a couple of my grandchildren to...

Sports Card Central in Brainerd Approaching 25th Anniversary

Sports Card Central in downtown Brainerd is approaching its 25 year of being the go-to destination for card collectors within the Lakes area. The store opened in 1997 and all started because the popularity of collecting cards skyrocketed back in the 1980s. Set building is one of the common ways...