Aitkin News

01/20/2018 04:29 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Ribbon cutting for Sterling Park District's Westwood Tennis Center 

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01/13/2018 07:21 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Public input called for on mining 

A pair of state representatives from the region encouraged area residents to express support for the NorthMet permit to mine proposal by participating in the DNR's public comment period. The 60-day window to provide the DNR with input on PolyMet's proposed NorthMet mining project near Hoyt Lakes is open until March 6. Public comments can be submitted a number of ways, including at

01/10/2018 05:48 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Area representatives call for public to weigh in on mining proposal 

A pair of state representatives from the region encouraged area residents to express support for the NorthMet permit to mine proposal by participating in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' public comment period. The 60-day window to provide the DNR with input on PolyMet's proposed NorthMet mining project near Hoyt Lakes is now open and lasts until March 6. "Now is the time to show our support for safe mining expansion in northern Minnesota," said Rep. Sandy Layman, R-Cohasset, in a news release.

01/10/2018 01:07 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Guest Opinion: Mahnomen Lake access clarified 

Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, issued the following statement regarding a recent letter to the editor alleging a "public" access exists on Mahnomen Lake. The letter appeared in several area newspapers.

01/10/2018 08:16 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Aitkin PD approved for new squad car 

The Aitkin City Council unanimously approved the purchase of a new squad car for the Aitkin Police Department during the Jan. 2 city council meeting. Police Chief Tim Catlin presented information regarding two bids obtained for the squad car.

01/07/2018 08:43 AM  ~~~Source~~~
The Regional Report: Staples bans e-cig sampling, Crosby officers to bring squads home 

The board passed the resolution 4-3. The district's business manager Tiffany Gustin explained at the meeting the district faces a $1.7 million deficit in its general fund and currently has the lowest tax rate of 10 school districts in the county.

01/05/2018 09:19 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Tips Sought on Aitkin Co. Teen Missing 2 Months 

The Aitkin County Sheriff's Office is asking for tips from the public to help locate a teenager who has been missing for nearly two months. Sixteen-year-old Alexis Elling of Onamia left her residence on Nov. 11 and has not returned.

01/03/2018 08:57 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Burglary call results in 5 arrests; 2 charged 

The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office arrested Charles Alvin Weber , 37, for felony second-degree burglary; Nichole Evelyn Petersen , 31, for felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance; and a 32-year-old man, a 36-year-old man and a 35-year-old man were booked in Crow Wing County Jail for violating conditions of their probation. TROMMALD-Five people were arrested following a report of a burglary at 2:13 p.m. Friday at a home in Trommald.

01/02/2018 09:44 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Free-throw contest, bingo add to winter activities 

The free-throw contest is for youths age 8-14 on Jan. 7 in three locations in the lake area: 1-3 p.m. at St. Francis School in Brainerd; 12:30 p.m. at Crosby; 1-3 p.m. at Crosslake Community Center. In addition, events are planned from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 4 at St. Francis School and Feb. 25 in Aitkin.

12/28/2017 09:45 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Another round of arctic air on its way 

An inflatable snowman decoration in Aitkin reflects the thoughts of Central Minnesota residents Wednesday during a subzero cold snap. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch The temperature early Wednesday morning in Brainerd bottomed out at a near-record 29 degrees below zero, but an approaching low pressure system is expected to bring a relative warm up Thursday.

12/28/2017 07:27 AM  ~~~Source~~~
2 injured in Highway 169 crash 

Two people from Aitkin suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a crash on Highway 169 in Aitkin County Wednesday. At about 4 p.m., Deloach was at the intersection with 390th Street in Spencer Township when she broadsided a 2002 Ford Focus going west on County Road 54 and driven by Michael Loren Rootes, 49, Solway.

12/27/2017 06:03 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Residents turn up the heat on district over LOR tax increase 

Approximately 50 visitors packed the media center at the Aitkin High School for Monday's school board meeting. The agenda included an audit report, a presentation characterized as "Generic School Finance 101", and a board vote to levy $424 for school expenses on county property owners.

12/27/2017 01:32 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Holidays bring burglaries, upsetting any good cheer 

With Christmas looming on the calendar, residents discovered thieves had invaded their properties and made off with valuable items - from County Highway 30 by Crosby, to Spencer Road outside of Brainerd, to Marsh Point near Aitkin. Illustration The Brainerd lakes area saw a jump in burglaries over the holiday weekend, with Crow Wing County Sheriff's deputies responding to four reports of break-ins, as well as assisting in two additional incidences in Aitkin and Cass counties.

12/27/2017 08:57 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Aitkin City levy up 3 percent from 2017 

Aitkin City Administrator Kathleen Ryan presented the proposed property tax levy for taxes payable and budget for 2018 at the public hearing held in conjunction with the Dec. 18 Aitkin City Council meeting. The tax levy was placed at $1,003,370.

12/27/2017 06:43 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Crow Wing County Board adopts fee schedules and policies 

Northeast Regional Director Susanne Hinrichs of the University of Minnesota Extension-Brainerd Regional Office talks at the Crow Wing County board meeting on Tuesday about a proposal to charge for the proctoring of the commercial pesticide applicator test.