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True Crime Writer Will Sign Books at CatTale’s Books & Gifts

Frank F. Weber will have a book signing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at CatTale’s Books & Gifts on Laurel Street in downtown Brainerd.

Forensic psychologist Pierz’s latest publication is “Black and Blue,” based on the murder of a police officer’s 19-year-old fiancé in Minneapolis.

The husband and father-of-three profiled cold homicides for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and narrated an investigative show on Oxygen Channel called “Murdered by Morning,” based on a Minnesota case.

Frank Weber

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Weber’s first book was picked up by a publisher in 2016, and Weber has attempted to publish one a year since then. All his books are inspired by real cases.

Weber claimed his unique understanding of how predators think, knowledge of victim trauma, and expert testimony in cases are used when he writes his true crime thrillers, which also include “Murder Book,” ” The I-94 Murders”, “Last Call”, “Lying Close” and “Burning Bridges”.

“Black and Blue” will be available for purchase at CatTale’s Books & Gifts and Crossing Arts Alliance on Laurel Street, as well as at author-related events at Roundhouse Brewery and CatTale’s Books & Gifts and on Amazon.com.

For more information about the author or his other published works, visit www.frankweberauthor.com.

Pop-Up North makers event features handmade items

The Vendors Market space at Baxter will showcase handmade goods, crafts and artwork from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at 15616 Edgewood Drive N.

There will be free coffee from Up North Coffee, vendors, curators and makers along with fun giveaways and for military veterans a free appreciation gift from Pop-Up North.*

Pop-Up North will also donate to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Camp Knutson hosts Family Sundae Funday

There will be a free and fun community event hosted by Camp Knutson from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 29 at 11148 Manhattan Point Blvd. in Crosslake.

At the “Family Sundae Funday” there will be walking tacos and ice cream sundaes. lawn games, playground/basketball, face painting, tours and more. (Voluntary donations accepted.)

05/23/2022 | Berlin Bathtub Races Wanted Entries http://www.eqmusclerelease.com/05-23-2022-berlin-bathtub-races-wanted-entries/ Mon, 23 May 2022 16:09:01 +0000 http://www.eqmusclerelease.com/05-23-2022-berlin-bathtub-races-wanted-entries/

Berlin Bathtub Races Wanted Entries

BERLIN– Organizers are still accepting entries for this year’s Berlin tub races. The Berlin Chamber of Commerce will host the 32nd annual Berlin Bathtub Races on June 10. Officials are still looking for entries for this popular event. “It’s the biggest event of the year,” said Ryan Nellans, executive administrator of the chamber. “Don’t miss it.”…

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Wicomico to Use Federal Grant for Major Civic Center Upgrades

Wicomico to Use Federal Grant for Major Civic Center Upgrades

SALISBURY — Acting Wicomico County Executive John Psota stood outside the 42-year-old Wicomico Civic Center Thursday, May 19, and told stakeholders how a $5.5 million federal grant dollars will make major site improvements possible. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced the award this week. The US Bailout Act…

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Commissioner candidates share their views at the forum

Commissioner candidates share their views at the forum

WEST OCEAN CITY — A range of local candidates shared their views on issues facing the county at a forum hosted by Republican Women of Worcester County. With many races set to be decided in the July primary election, a standing-only crowd attended the Worcester County Republican Women’s Forum at the…

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Commissioners Debate on School Bus Monitoring Systems

Commissioners Debate on School Bus Monitoring Systems

SNOW HILL — County officials have agreed to introduce legislation that will allow Worcester County to install school bus monitoring systems despite numerous questions. Worcester County Commissioners agreed this week to introduce legislation that will allow the school system to install school bus monitoring systems on buses used in Worcester County. The company providing the…

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What to do – Brainerd Dispatch http://www.eqmusclerelease.com/what-to-do-brainerd-dispatch/ Sat, 21 May 2022 17:00:00 +0000 http://www.eqmusclerelease.com/what-to-do-brainerd-dispatch/

Brainerd Legion will host a breakfast buffet

The Brainerd Legion will be hosting a breakfast buffet from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, May 22.

The cost for adults is $10 and children $5.

New event at Historic Log Village in Crosslake

CROSSLAKE — The Crosslake Area Historical Society will hold a season-opening event from 4-7 p.m. June 7 on the grounds of the Historic Log Village.

There will be a showcase of volunteer opportunities as well as training for those interested in learning more about volunteering. The Historic Log Village opens on Memorial Weekend and is open weekends throughout the summer season. Volunteers are needed to participate in many activities.

Maucieri’s food truck will be available on site. Emily’s Kale Jones will entertain with live music.

For more information, visit crosslakelogvillage.com.

The Center, Brainerd, deck scores

Monday winners: Jan Herd, 4470; Dorothy Adamson, 4140; Phyllis DeRosier, 4040.

Hog Roast Fun Day Fundraiser scheduled for June 18

DEERWOOD – The American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Post No. 557 will host a Hog Roast Fun Day fundraiser at the Walter Scott Erickson Legion on Forest Road in Deerwood.

The fun starts at 10 a.m. on June 18 with a beer garden, bake sale, and sloppy joes available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Afternoon live music by Mike and Jan Cherry and other activities are planned.

A benefit raffle was held with over $4,000 in prizes. Raffle tickets are available now from all Legion members and at the Deerwood Legion. Tickets are also available for a 50/50 cash draw in advance and on the day of the event.

A pork roast with pork sandwiches and all the trimmings will cost $10 per plate and will be served from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The draw and drawings will take place at 8:30 p.m.

Live music by Yesterdaze Gone will be from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

All proceeds benefit the Deerwood American Legion and its community support.

For more information, visit facebook.com/deerwoodlegion.post or call the Legion at 218-534-3215.

Alpha Chapter OES will meet

Alpa Chapter OES will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 23.

Parkinson’s disease support group will meet on June 2

BAXTER – The Brainerd Lakes Area Parkinson’s Support Group meeting will be held June 2 at 1 p.m. at Lord of Life Church, 6190 Fairview Drive, Baxter.

A pharmaceutical company will discuss a new drug for Parkinson’s disease. For those not on the mailing list or who have questions, call 218-829-4917.

Ideal Town Hall Duplicate Deck Scores

May 12: North-South: Mary Leland and Marlene McArthur, 55.50; Nan Moran and Jo Bonestroo, 52.50; Chris Brown and Diana Brown, 51.50. East-West: Tim Tulloch and Therese Tulloch, 62.00; Barb Bretz and Sue Caquelin, 58.50; Larry Fleer and Donna Fleer, 49.50.

Community garden meeting planned in Pillager

PILLAGER — There will be a meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24 at the empty lot near the car wash in downtown Pillager, where the family center once stood, to discuss the possibility of a new community garden wider.

There is a small community garden at Pillager at the school which serves about six gardeners, but has no room for expansion.

Cass County Health and Nutrition is working with the Pillager Family Center to potentially create this community garden.

This meeting is for anyone interested in gardening and wishing to get involved in its development.

For more information, visit this meeting page on Facebook.

The Lakes Prostate Cancer Fund support group will meet on Thursday

The Lakes Prostate Cancer Fund Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 26 at East Gull Lake Cragun’s Legacy Golf Club, Second Floor Meeting Room.

The Lakes Prostate Cancer Fund is part of the Essentia Health Foundation and our mission is to raise awareness about prostate cancer, provide relevant information, and provide casual support group experiences for men and their caregivers. We strive to provide the answers you are looking for. The support group is free and open to all and spouses/caregivers are encouraged to attend. If you are concerned about prostate cancer, please consider attending.

For more information, visit our website at www.lpcfund.org or contact Gary Harris at 763-360-3571 or email gary@lpcfund.org.

A senior dance will be held from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 at Waukenabo Town Hall with music from Two For The Road.

The Crow Wing County Genealogical Society will meet

The Crow Wing County Genealogical Society will meet Thursday, May 26 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family History Center, 101 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd.

Research and social time will begin at 6 p.m. with the meeting at 7 p.m. followed by the program.

Board members will lead an open discussion on the value and techniques of finding living relatives in genealogical research. For any questions, call 218-828-0365.

Volunteers seek more effective ways to help clean up litter http://www.eqmusclerelease.com/volunteers-seek-more-effective-ways-to-help-clean-up-litter/ Thu, 19 May 2022 15:31:18 +0000 http://www.eqmusclerelease.com/volunteers-seek-more-effective-ways-to-help-clean-up-litter/

Mayor Keith Gaskin, city officials and volunteers from the community group Pick It Up, Possum Town all met Wednesday afternoon to discuss the city’s problems with trash and illegal dumping.

City Attorney Jeff Turnage explained some of the hurdles the city faces, and solutions ranging from volunteer-led cleanups to city-provided trash cans were highlighted.

Gaskin said he organized the meeting to help find “sustainable” solutions to control trash and illegal dumping in Columbus.

Keith Gaskin

“What we’ve never been able to do until now is find a way to bring everyone together on these projects and find long-term solutions,” he said. “…But we also want to make sure that we’re not just focusing on downtown or Highway 45, but the whole city.”

Doug Kilarski, member of Pick It Up, Possum Town, suggested using volunteers to report litter and spills, as well as contacting home or business owners about problems on their property.

Turnage said while citizens contacting the city would be fine, contacting offenders is best handled by police and should not be handled by citizens or even Code Enforcement Director Sasha James.

Jeff Turner

“Some people react negatively to getting a ticket, and there has to be someone there who can stop them if they don’t do the right thing,” Turnage said. “It’s not legal for (James) to do this anyway, but I would discourage the city from sending anyone who isn’t a law enforcement officer.”

Turnage said the city is following state code, which is civil, rather than trying to detain people who litter or have dirty properties via criminal prosecution.

“We haven’t found that municipal court cases work very well because the judges don’t really know our city’s codes,” Turnage said. “They are interested in state law. It’s just easier to follow (the status code).

Turnage explained that when the city receives a complaint about dilapidated property, it follows the same section of code that governs dilapidated property. A letter is sent to the offender warning them that they are in violation, in the hope that they will clean it up. Otherwise, they receive a subpoena and appear before the council. If the council votes to clean up, Public Works proceeds with the cleanup and a tax lien for the cleanup costs is placed on the property.

“It’s expensive and it might take us three years to get our money back,” Turnage said. “We could press charges, but it’s usually not worth it.”

Rental property owners can circumvent the system by waiting for the process to start, then cutting the grass or clearing it just before the city steps in.

“So we just wasted a lot of time,” Turnage said. “… Public Works does not currently have the manpower, equipment or money to clean up these properties in a timely manner once council orders the curtailment. If we did, it would be a whole different picture.

Kilarski asked if there was a way to “channel” volunteers into the city to help.

“We have a growing cleaning capacity,” he said. “If we are going to work together to overcome the lack of money, we are free and we can bring our own tools.”

Ward 5 Councilor Stephen Jones suggested using the volunteers to reduce some of the properties in question.

“That would be nice, but if the volunteers cut it, we can’t get anything back for what our costs have been,” Turnage said.

Ward 1 Councilor Ethel Taylor Stewart said in her ward unsecured household trash was a major problem, due to people putting bags of trash out on the street to pick it up, which then went been torn apart by animals or the elements.

Chief Financial Officer James Brigham suggested the city find a way to provide cans.

James Brigham

“When I moved here, I was surprised that we didn’t have a bin,” he said. “People are taking out all kinds of trash, which means the trash company has to get people into the back (of the truck) to pick it up.”

He suggested that using standard cans would save the city money in the long run because trucks could then automate the process of picking up and emptying cans, saving on labor costs. ‘work.

“The labor savings would be a big trade-off (from the cost of the bins,” he said.

Jones said apartment buildings should be required to provide dumpsters for their tenants and said he had asked Turnage to craft an ordinance to that effect.

Brian Jones is the local government reporter for Columbus and Lowndes County.

Post-Dispatch Editor-in-Chief Alan Achkar shares his insight http://www.eqmusclerelease.com/post-dispatch-editor-in-chief-alan-achkar-shares-his-insight/ Tue, 17 May 2022 13:31:00 +0000 http://www.eqmusclerelease.com/post-dispatch-editor-in-chief-alan-achkar-shares-his-insight/

This interview will be on “St. Louis on the Air” at noon Wednesday. This story will be updated after the show. You can Listen live.

Last month, Alan Achkar returned to a city he knows well to take over a newspaper he knows just as well: the former subway editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is now its editor.

Born in Lebanon and raised in Cleveland, Achkar began his newspaper career at the Cleveland Plain Dealer before moving to St. Louis in 2005. After a decade in Gateway City, he left to run the South Bend Tribune in Indiana. Most recently, he was Northern Indiana’s editor for the Gannett newspaper chain.

Achkar replaces Gilbert Bailon, who has returned to the Dallas area to serve as editor of KERA, the public radio/television juggernaut serving Dallas and Ft. Worth. Bailon had spent just under 10 years as editor of the Post-Dispatch.

Wednesday Saint Louis liveAchkar joins us to discuss his reasons for returning to St. Louis, his vision for the newspaper, and the challenges of journalism in the age of voracious hedge funds and the decline in print editions.

Have a question for Editor Alan Achkar? Tweet us (@STLonAir), send an email to talk@stlpr.org or share your impressions via our Saint Louis live Facebook groupand help inform our coverage.

Saint Louis live” tells you the stories of Saint-Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenské and produced by Emily Woodbury, Kayla Drake, Danny Wicentowski and Alex Heuer. Jane Mather-Glass is our production assistant. The sound engineer is Aaron Dorr.

Stock Car Racing: Sabraski Returns, Nelson Looks Ahead – Brainerd Dispatch http://www.eqmusclerelease.com/stock-car-racing-sabraski-returns-nelson-looks-ahead-brainerd-dispatch/ Sun, 15 May 2022 20:49:00 +0000 http://www.eqmusclerelease.com/stock-car-racing-sabraski-returns-nelson-looks-ahead-brainerd-dispatch/

BARROWS — Driving his #18 IMCA stock car, Alex Dostal led all 20 laps of the race and earned his first career win in the stock car on Saturday, May 15 at North Central Speedway.

Dostal and runner-up Kris Peterson competed side by side until the final corner when Dostal took the lead for the win.

Super Stock legend Shane Sabraski made his comeback after several years and gave fans a taste of his racing greatness. Sabraski finished behind Dexton Koch in the second qualifying race and earned a place on the inside fourth row after the re-draw.

Andrew Johnson and Jesse Smolik started in the front row in the 16-car event. Johnson led for the first four laps before Sabraski passed him with a pass into the second corner of lap five. Sabraski widened the gap and comfortably took the checkered flag ahead of Dexton Koch and Johnson.

At the height of his driving at North Central Speedway, Sabraski often raced in three classes, Midwest Mods (now Northern Sport Mods), Super Stocks and Modified and it was not uncommon for him to win all three races background in the same night.

Last week’s winner, Dylan Nelson, finished fourth. Now entering his sixth season in the Super Stock Car, he has been driving cars since he was 13 years old. His father and grandfather both raced on dirt and after starting in karting at age 5, Nelson and his father decided it was time to move on to Pure. Stock and Race at North Central Speedway

“My dad raced track just like my granddad, so it was his decision,” Nelson said. “He was paying for it by working two jobs. I was just driving and was happy with everything we were doing.

“My dad’s rule was ‘If I’m going to work on it, you have to at least be here to watch and learn and be a part of it, or we’re not going to race.'”

Nelson waved the checkered flag a few times during his race in a Pure Stock and it wouldn’t have been a shock for him to move up to another class, but as a small family business something else has motivated this decision.

“We never really thought about it until the end of the year (in 2016), that was how things worked,” Nelson said. “With Pure Stock we put a high sell price on it not thinking it would sell and then someone bought it so we thought it was time to step up a gear.”

After becoming familiar with the car and the class in the first two years, Nelson’s racing career soared. He won the 2109 championship with three wins and 12 top-five finishes in 17 features. In 2020 he placed third behind Austin Niemeyer, but picked up two wins and finished nine top 10 finishes in 10 races.

Last year, he and Dustin Nelson fought all season. In the end, only five points separated them. Dustin Nelson won the track championship, but Dylan led the class with five wins and had 12 top-five finishes in 14 races.

Nelson and his father review the finances after each season and are clear about the goals for the following season.

“Usually in the off season you spend a lot of money and then in the summer you’re just looking to break even or earn a bit, but with fuel and tire prices we’re just happy if we break even. break-even point,” Nelson mentioned. “We love doing it and that’s all my dad and I have known.”

Nelson would appreciate the opportunity to ride in multiple classes, but is happy with his career. Budget permitting, he hopes to increase his driving time in 2022.

“To be honest, I wouldn’t be able to afford one, so if a race came up with someone I would drive, but I’m happy with just one car,” he said. “We’re usually one night and then we go to a second night if we feel like it. This year we’ll try to do two nights every weekend if we can and then possibly add a third night. Now it’s harder to travel with gas prices, but we’re having fun with it.”

Along with Sabraski and Dostal, the other feature winners were Devin Fouquette, Justin Jones, Skyler Smith, Brandon Bombardo and Nathan Kohl.

Saturday, May 21 will be the second annual Ron Johnson Memorial and the race will start an hour early at 5:45 p.m. Pits will open at 3 p.m. and doors will open at 4 p.m.

IMCA Expert Insulation Modifieds Feature: 1-Devin Fouquette, 2-Erick Thiesse, 3-Zackry FletcherHeat 1: 1-Devin Fouquette, 2-Jeff Nelson, 3-Jared HinesHeat 2: 1-Aaron Johnson, 2-Pete Hines, 3-Erick Thiesse

WISSOTA Super StockFeature: 1-Shane Sabraski, 2-Dexton Koch, 3-Andrew JohnsonHeat 1: 1-Andrew Johnson, 2-Jack Koranda, 3-Jesse SmolikHeat 2: 1-Dexton Koch, 2-Shane Sabraski, 3-Bailey Rosch

IMCA Northern SportmodsFeature: 1-Justin Jones, 2-Tim Bergerson, 3-Jake HagemannHeat 1: 1-Chris Siercks, 2-Justin Jones, 3-Jake HagemannHeat 2: 1-Tim Bergerson, 2-David Siercks, 3-Tim Siercks

WISSOTA Mod FourFeature: 1-Skyler Smith, 2-Dustin Holtquist, 3-Tommy PogonesHeat 1: 1-Nick McCann, 2-Tommy Bawden, 3-Tommy PogonesHeat 2: 1-Skyler Smith, 2-Gerrald Nohner, 3-Albert Hemmesch

IMCA Stock Car Feature: 1-Alex Dostal, 2-Kris Peterson, 3-Dave JohnsonHeat 1: 1-Tim Gonska, 2-Kris Peterson, 3-Dave Johnson

IMCA Hobby StocksFeatures: 1-Brandon Bombardo, 2-Tim Otterness, 3-Scott Herron

IMCA Sport CompactsFeature: 1-Nathan Kohl, 2-Brandon Nyberg, 3-Josh MaleskiHeat 1: 1-Nathan Kohl, 2-Josh Maleski, 3-Ellen LangeHeat 2: 1-Jenna Hagemann, 2-Alyssa Nelson, 3-Harry RuikkaHeat 3: 1-Brandon Nyberg, 2-John Aderman, 3-Bayden Ruikka

Regional Softball: Huskies blank Cardinals – Brainerd Dispatch http://www.eqmusclerelease.com/regional-softball-huskies-blank-cardinals-brainerd-dispatch/ Sat, 14 May 2022 02:51:00 +0000 http://www.eqmusclerelease.com/regional-softball-huskies-blank-cardinals-brainerd-dispatch/

PILLAGER — Jenna Woidyla, Brooklyn Rudrud and Tessa Danielson each had three hits to lead a parade of 16 hits for Pillager in a 13-0 win over Staples-Motley on Friday, May 13.

Rudrud and Danielson, along with Sam Berent and Hanna Christle, doubled for the Huskies.

The Cardinals’ Jade Story finished with two hits.

Briana Blais took the circle to start the game for Pillager and she struck out eight in five innings while allowing just five hits.

Isabel Birkholtz was defeated by the Cardinals.

WP: Briana Blais. LP: Isabel Birkholtz. 2B: SM-Jade story; Pill-Sam Berent, Hannah Christle, Brooklyn Rudrud, Tessa Danielson.

UPSALA – Keira Bertram and Carissa Wincher each had three points for the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Pirates in a 16-2 loss to Swanville on Friday, May 13.

Wincher went 3-4 with a brace, three RBIs and three runs scored. Bertram went 2-3 with three RBIs and two runs.

Madison Schmitz doubled up and went 3-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Reagan Ludovissie and Becca Stanley both had two hits for BHV.

Haily Hudalla struck out seven in five innings. She allowed two runs on four hits and two walks.

WP: Hailey Hudalla. LP: Chuba. 2B: BHV-Carissa Wincher, Madison Schmitz, Skyler Bertram.

UPSALA – Madison Schmitz went for the cycle on Friday, May 13.

Schmitz went 4-4 with a double, a triple, a home run, two runs and four RBIs to propel the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Pirates to a 10-3 victory over Upsala.

Carissa Wincher also homered and went 2-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Reagan Ludovissie was 3-4 with an RBI and Skylar Bertram finished 2-4 with two runs and an RBI.

Hailey Hudalla kicked off the win. She allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks. She took out three.

WP: Hailey Hudalla. LP: Leners. 2B: BHV-Reagen Ludovissie, Carissa Wincher, Madison Schmitz, Skylar Bertram. 3B: BHV-Schmitz. RH: BHV-Wincher, Schmitz. Next: Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale hosts Menahga at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, May 16.

Police Blotter – May 12 – Brainerd Dispatch http://www.eqmusclerelease.com/police-blotter-may-12-brainerd-dispatch/ Thu, 12 May 2022 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.eqmusclerelease.com/police-blotter-may-12-brainerd-dispatch/

ARRESTS – A 58-year-old man was arrested at 5.31pm on Monday May 9 for a warrant on the 13000 block of Arrowwood Drive.

ARRESTS – A 39-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman were arrested at 9:41 p.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of South Eighth Street. The 39-year-old was arrested for domestic violence and misconduct. The 32-year-old woman was arrested on a warrant. As of Wednesday afternoon, the man and woman were being held at Crow Wing County Jail.

A 31-year-old woman was arrested at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for assault and disorderly conduct in the 500 block of North Third Street. As of Wednesday afternoon, the woman was in custody at Crow Wing County Jail.

A 27-year-old man was arrested at 10:25 a.m. Tuesday for three warrants in the 300 block of South Seventh Street. As of Wednesday afternoon, the woman was in custody at Crow Wing County Jail.

ARRESTS – A 32-year-old man was arrested at 5:56 p.m. on May 5 for violating a no-contact order on the 19000 block of Spencer Road in Brainerd.

A 53-year-old man was arrested at 4:03 p.m. on May 5 on a warrant on the 1000 block of Birch Street in Crosby.

A 37-year-old woman and a 27-year-old woman were arrested at 11:47 a.m. on May 5 on the 14000 block of Baxter Drive in Baxter.

BREAK-IN – Report of a burglary Saturday on the 25000 block of East Clark Road in Nisswa.

ASSAULT – Report of a fight at 12:25 a.m. Sunday on the 11000 block of Thiesse Road in Brainerd.

THEFT – Report of a May 5 robbery at Deerwood Bank, 9451 Madison St. in Garrison.

Report of tools stolen May 4 from block 28000 of Pelican Lake Road in Merrifield.

Report of the theft of a game camera on May 3 on the 21000 block of Wildwood Road in Lake Edward Township.

WATER COMPLAINT — Report of boat adrift at 6:11 p.m. Friday on Cross Lake. The boat was towed to shore and returned to the owner.

SHOOTING COMPLAINT – Report of an individual who shot a fish from a bridge on May 3 at County Road 24 and Leisure Lane in Maple Grove Township.

— Compiled by TIM SPEIER, editor, reachable on Twitter


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Dispatch in Belarus: the case of imprisoned law student Sofya Sapega – JURIST http://www.eqmusclerelease.com/dispatch-in-belarus-the-case-of-imprisoned-law-student-sofya-sapega-jurist/ Tue, 10 May 2022 22:16:41 +0000 http://www.eqmusclerelease.com/dispatch-in-belarus-the-case-of-imprisoned-law-student-sofya-sapega-jurist/ Belarusian law students enrolled at the European University for the Humanities file reports with JURIST on the current circumstances in Belarus under the constitutionally contested presidency of Alexander Lukashenka. For confidentiality and security reasons, we retain the name of the correspondent submitting this report. The text has only been slightly modified to respect the author’s voice.

Last Friday, May 6, a Belarusian court sentenced a Russian woman, Sofya Sapega, to six years in prison on several counts. It would seem that a large number of Russians sit in Belarusian prisons, but this is a special case, so let’s look at its features.

Sofya Sapega is the girlfriend of Roman Protasevich, a Belarusian journalist who was one of the organizers of the Belarusian protests in 2020. After that he worked with [Belarusian democracy movement leader] Svetlana Tikhanovskaya’s headquarters in Vilnius. Sofya is a citizen of the Russian Federation. Sofya is also a student in the International Law and European Union Law program at the European University for the Humanities, as is the author of this dispatch.

Sofya and Roman were returning from Athens to Vilnius on May 23, 2021 when their Ryanair plane was forced to land at Minsk National Airport. After that, both were arrested. Ryanair pilots said they were ordered to land the plane at the Belarusian airport from dispatchers in Minsk. It is important to note that an international commission has recognized this fact. Simply put, Belarusian authorities, violating all principles of international law, hijacked a plane in order to rob two people.

A few days later, the whole world saw Roman’s confession with bruises on his face. There was also a video in which Sofya said that she was the administrator of the Telegram channel “Black Book of Belarus”.

“Black Book of Belarus” is a Telegram channel that publishes the names, surnames, addresses and functions of people who were involved in violence against citizens of Belarus in 2020: police officers, prosecutors, judges and other officials.

As proof of Sofya’s guilt, law enforcement posted her “thesis”, titled “The Black Book of Belarus as a Creative Project of a New Belarus”. But even this, Belarusian officials could not do it right and they made several mistakes:

1. The book indicated the Faculty of International Law. There is no such faculty at EHU. The program is entitled “International Law and European Union Law”.
2. The job pointed to a teacher who had never worked at EHU.

We can already conclude that such a document never existed. Later, representatives of the University announced the real subject of Sofya’s thesis, which had nothing to do with the “Black Book of Belarus”.

In June, Roman and Sofya were placed under house arrest. After that, nothing was known about Sofya until May 6 this year. But Roman was used as an actor in an attempt to discredit the opposition. It was very painful to see her tears and emotions during these “talks”.

We return to the courtroom. Sofya was sentenced to six years in prison on two counts: inciting social discord and unlawfully collecting and disseminating information about private life. But six years is not all. Sopya can apply for clemency (she has already done so, but it was refused). Pardon in the Republic of Belarus is one of the powers of the president. After the court’s decision, Sofya must pay $70,000 to seek clemency a second time. This is “compensation” for the victims. In total, 238 people would be victims in this case.

These are incredible numbers, especially for Belarus. But there is another way – an application for a transfer to Russia. Sofya, as a citizen of the Russian Federation, can apply to be sent there. After that, the verdict must be reviewed. She can also ask for Putin’s forgiveness. But, as you have already read in this article, there are a lot of Russians in Belarusian prisons, and Russia does not care about its citizens at all.

However, this is the best option for Sofia. Hopefully everything will end well for her and she will be free as soon as possible.

College Softball: Raiders get 4 wins this weekend – Brainerd Dispatch http://www.eqmusclerelease.com/college-softball-raiders-get-4-wins-this-weekend-brainerd-dispatch/ Sun, 08 May 2022 23:46:00 +0000 http://www.eqmusclerelease.com/college-softball-raiders-get-4-wins-this-weekend-brainerd-dispatch/

VIRGINIA — Addie Sanford had six hits, including two homers, a triple and seven RBIs in two games as the Central Lakes College Raiders sweep Mesabi Range 16-1, 21-9 on Sunday, May 8.

In Game 1, Sanford and Brooke Corrigan each had three-hitter games with a home run. Corrigan finished with three RBIs.

Halle Zupan also had three hits in the Game 1 win.

Zakia Herron went 2-3 with a brace as did Chloe Munsch.

Sanford pitched all five innings and struck out three.

In Game 2, Sanford went 3-5 with six RBIs, including a home run and a triple.

Corrigan went 3-3 with two RBIs in Game 2. Herron and Zupan each added doubles in game two.

Cassidy Zontelli, Sarah Kossan and Sydnee Johnson all had multi-hit matches in Game 2.

Marissa Callahan pitched all five innings and struck out three.

WP: Addie Sanford. 2B: CLC-Zakia Herron, Chloe Munsch. HR: CLC-Addie Sanford, Brooke Corrigan.

WP: Marissa Callahan. 2B: CLC-Zakia Herron, Halle Zupan. 3B: CLC-Addie Sanford. HR: CLC-Addie Sanford. Division: CLC 16-2. Overall: CLC 21-10.

ITASCA — Marissa Callahan pitched all 11 innings and allowed three earned runs and struck out seven in Game 2 as the Central Lakes College Raiders 6-5 over the Itasca Vikings to complete the sweep after beating the Vikings 9-1 in the first game Saturday, May 7.

Cassidy Zontelli was 3-for-4 with a double, homer and three RBIs for the Raiders in the Game 1 win.

Victoria Wagner pitched a full game and took the win in six innings and struck out five while scattering seven hits and allowing an earned run for CLC.

Halle Zupan went 2-3 with a home run and two RBIs while Zakia Herron and Brooke Corrigan each recorded two runs and two hits.

Sarah Kossan was 5-6 in Game 2 as the Raiders tied the game in the top of the sixth and neither team scored until the Raiders scored a run in the top of the 11th.

Rebecca Maurer and Zakia Herron each had three hits for the Raiders in Game 2 as they finished with 21 hits as a team.

Addie Sanford, Sydnee Johnson, Halle Zupan and Cassidy Zontelli each recorded two hits for the Raiders.

WP: Victoria Wagner. LP: Izzy Clark. 2B: CLC-Cassidy Zontelli, Brooke Corrigan. HR: CLC-Cassidy Zontelli, Halle Zupan.

Central Lakes 6 21 2WP: Marissa Callahan. LP: Izzy Clark. 2B: CLC-Sarah Kossan, Addie Sanford, Halle Zupan.