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Brainerd Middle School Student Hospitalized After Falling Off Stairwell

A Brainerd middle school student was hospitalized last Friday after falling off of a stairwell. The incident happened at Forestview Middle School. The school sent out a news release on Friday that said during the fourth hour of the day, a student crossed over a stairwell railing and hung onto the other side before falling into the stairwell. The student was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
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In Business: Brainerd Skate Shop Holds Grand Opening

Brainerd Skate Co, once located on Maple Street, celebrated their new home on Front Street with a grand opening and barbecue event on Saturday. The store features designs by Studio Wraps. They also collaborated with Lakes Area Skatepark to help bring a positive impact to young kids interested in the sport.
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Connor Erickson transferred to Mayo rehab program following head injury

FARGO, North Dakota –- Family members say that Conner Erickson, who sustained a serious head injury during a football game earlier this month, is heading to Mayo Clinic Tuesday.The Brainerd high school football player was injured Sept. 9 during a game against Moorhead.  "It has been a rough few days with little sleep for Conner while he has been trying to regulate his body temperature," family reported via Erickson's CaringBridge site. "He is battling and fighting through this and still showing improvement each day.  Please pray for a smooth transition to rehab at Mayo."According to other recent updates, Erickson has been fighting through high fevers, little to no muscle response, and high blood pressure.RELATED: Brainerd high school senior suffers serious head injury during football gameHowever, there have been signs of hope as well. Late last week, Erickson wrote his name and smiled for the first time since his injury. He also took part in a physical therapy session, and can now sit on the edge of his bed with assistance. On Tuesday, Erickson will travel on a medical flight with his father. He will be transferred to Mayo's inpatient rehabilitation program.

Painted Turtle grand opening

The Painted Turtle Quilt Shop will hold its grand opening Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be prizes, giveaways, food and more. See the fabric and sewing supplies at the shop located in the Green Owl Gallery, downtown Aitkin.

Community invited to poet Brenda Hillman reading, craft talk

Verse Like Water, the visiting poet program of Central Lakes College, kicks off its 11th year with American poet Brenda Hillman at noon on October 12 in the Chalberg Theatre, Brainerd campus. The poetry reading and craft talk is free and open to the public. Hillman is the author of...

New COVID-19 booster vaccine available at Riverwood

Riverwood Healthcare Center is now offering the new COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccine, Pfizer only, at its Aitkin clinic. The vaccine is given by nurse appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. To help meet the demand for COVID booster vaccinations, Riverwood has set up two special vaccine clinics: One at its Aitkin clinic on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and another at its McGregor clinic on Thursday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. ...

Brainerd Lakes Area Coats For Kids Donations Needed

It’s time, once again, for the annual Coats for Kids Drive in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Kinship Partners, Crystal Cleaners, the Westgate Mall and Hubbard Radio Brainerd (WJJY) are asking lakes area residents to donate new or gently used coats to the 2022 Coats for Kids Drive. We are asking that you drop off your donations at Crystal Cleaners in Brainerd so the fine folks there can get them cleaned and ready for distribution on October 15th. Please, if your items are used, make sure they in good working-order – and are not ripped/torn, the zippers are working and the pockets are clean and not torn.

HIGHLIGHTS: Third Straight Shutout Takes Bemidji Girls Past Warriors

A stunning 25th-minute strike from Marah Bitter was enough for Bemidji girls soccer to snatch a rare second straight win over Brainerd with a 1-0 decision on Saturday at Brainerd’s Don Adamson Field. The victory was the Lumberjacks’ third in a row–all coming by way of a shutout defensively–and...

Region Five Holds Summit in Baxter for a More Inclusive Community

A diverse group of residents, elected officials, business owners, law enforcement, and community leaders recently attended a Cultivating Communities summit in Baxter, hosted by Region Five Development Commission. Attendees were able to share ideas and learn how to create the next steps for a more inclusive, equitable, and just community...

Family: Connor Erickson, injured in football game, shows improvement

FARGO, North Dakota –- After two weeks of fighting, Conner Erickson is showing improvement.The Brainerd high school football player suffered a serious head injury Sept. 9 during a game against Moorhead. Erickson was taken by ambulance to Sanford hospital in Fargo, where he underwent surgery on his head immediately. According to an update given by the family's GoFundMe organizer, Erickson was moved to an ICU shortly afterward.Despite the surgery going well, Erickson has had to fight through high fevers, little to no muscle response, and high blood pressure. According to an update by the family, Erickson has struggled to use the muscles on the right side of his body.RELATED: Brainerd high school senior suffers serious head injury during football gameToday, however, came a beam of hope - Erickson wrote his name and smiled for the first time since his injury. He also took part in a physical therapy session, and can now sit on the edge of his bed with assistance.Erickson's family says, "No words can express how much we appreciate Conner's medical team, therapy teams, our family, friends, businesses, teammates, students, school faculty, and community."Erickson will be transferred to Mayo inpatient rehabilitation early next week.

Gobblers volleyball fights epic battles

The short trip Saturday morning for the Aitkin Gobbler volleyball team in the Crosby-Ironton Invitational volleyball tourney turned out to be a good one despite splitting four matches in the event. The 2-2 split gives the Gobblers a 3-4 record heading into action this week. The team started with Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (BBE) and lost in two. Kendall Ratz led Aitkin with three kills and a block. Maddie Hamilton had five set assists, Teagan Piecek had three aces and Abby Palm had six set assists. ...

In Focus: Pop-Up Art Studio Makes the Trip to Brainerd

Creative Cart Studio is a mobile art makerspace that travels all across Central Minnesota to provide art activities to suit a variety of events and businesses. The studio is always on the go with everything based out of its trailer. They close and open up shop at any business or town located in Central Minnesota, with today’s stop being Brainerd.

KXRA - Cardinal Boys' Soccer @ Brainerd Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

(undated) -- KXRA Radio's broadcast of High School Boys' Soccer the Brainerd High School Stadium on Thursday, September 22nd the featuring the Alexandria Cardinals and the Brainerd Warriors is available here. Access the broadcast by activating the player below. KXRA - Cardinal Boys' Soccer @ Brainerd (Thursday, September 22nd, 2022)

Brainerd, September 23 High School 🏈 Game Notice

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Gobblers football wrestles win from Two Harbors

It was a wet and rainy night in Two Harbors Sept. 16 and it was Homecoming for the Two Harbors Agates but the Aitkin Gobblers were the ones celebrating as the team moved its record to 3-0 on the season with a hard-fought 28-14 win. Four different Gobblers scored touchdowns in the game and the defense bent but didn’t break against a Two Harbors team that also came into the game with a 2-0 record. ...