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Mamma Mia!’ at Brainerd Community Theatre

One of Broadway’s most enduring and endearing musicals will explode on the Chalberg Theatre stage when Brainerd Community Theatre presents ‘Mamma Mia!’ as the final production of its 50th Anniversary Summer Theatre Season. The musical opens on August 27, continuing through the 30th, and resumes for a final run of September 4-7. All performances are at 7:30 p.m.

‘Mamma Mia’ is the seventh-longest running musical in London’s West End, and the ninth-longest in the history of Broadway musicals. The show draws upon the music of ABBA, the internationally-popular music group that had multiple number one hits between 1972 and 1982. Using such well-known songs as ‘Waterloo,’ ‘The Winner Takes it All,’ ‘Dancing Queen,’ and the title song, the musical is set on small Greek island. Sophie dreams of the perfect wedding, but is plagued by one mystery: she doesn’t know the identity of her biological father. To have the perfect wedding, Sophie wants her father to give her away. After finding and reading her mother’s diaries, she invites to her wedding three men who are the likeliest candidates. The resulting collision of the past with a dreamed-of future challenges the relationship Sophie has with her mother, Donna, and provides the other wedding guests with an unexpected drama.

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Online Solicitation Sting

On August 13-15 investigators from the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office conducted an online solicitation sting. During the operation investigators were targeting individuals seeking to have sexual contact with juveniles under 15 years old. As a result the following individuals were arrested for various charges related to solicitation of underage children to engage in sexual activity.

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House Explosion in Remer Injures Man

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on August 14, 2019 at 11:51 AM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received reports of an explosion at a residence in the City of Remer.

Deputies and responders arrived and found that an adult male, age 46 of Hill City MN, had been performing furnace service work on a propane furnace when the explosion occurred. The victim was the only person at the residence at the time of the incident.

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Line 3 Emerges as Issue in Presidential Campaign

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Saturday became the third presidential candidate to announce opposition to the Line 3 tar sands pipeline in Northern Minnesota.

“The Line 3 pipeline would threaten Minnesota’s public waters, lands, and agricultural areas important to several Tribal Nations,” Warren said in a Tweet. “I’m with @MN_350 and Minnesota organizers fighting to #StopLine3 and protect our  environment.”

Executive Director Kevin Whelan of MN350 and MN350 Action applauded Warren’s announcement. “With opposition now from three presidential candidates, and growing pressure on the rest of the field, Line 3 is emerging as a hot issue in the 2020 campaign," he said. “Line 3 has become politically toxic."

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New Playground Equipment at Crosslake Community School

This group of volunteers recently installed new playground equipment at Crosslake Community School. Former CCS Director Todd Lyscio, who retired August 12, said the school is very grateful for the variety of fundraising efforts that helped the school to purchase the equipment.

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Over 100 Attend Crosslakers Annual Community Meeting

In August of each year, the Crosslakers host an open community meeting for residents, seasonal residents, weekenders and visitors of Crosslake, highlighting projects the Minnesota Design Team and community members brainstormed back in 2016. A great deal has been accomplished by Crosslaker Work Groups in just three short years and partnerships have been formed with the City of Crosslake and many community organizations.

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Central Lakes College to host Open House to Showcase Expanded Food Pantry: Project Aided Through Crow Wing Energized Grant

Central Lakes College (CLC) Brainerd Campus will host an open house at the recently expanded food pantry. The event is open to the public and will be held on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at the Student Life Center (501 W College Dr, Brainerd, MN 56401). Light appetizers and refreshments will be provided.

CLC’s Food Pantry recently underwent an expansion to better serve food-insecure students. Students will return to school this fall with more free food options in the larger pantry.

“Expanding our food shelf is more than just purchasing shelves and additional food,” said Erich Heppner, Director of Student Life. “It’s making a direct investment in our students and their health.”

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