WADENA — A 16-year-old Wadena teen was killed Monday when the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) she was driving rolled onto its side, the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office reported.
The sheriff’s office received a call at 6:28 p.m., of an ATV rollover accident at the intersection of Apache Avenue and Cree Street in Wadena Township. When officers and emergency personnel arrived, they found a Polaris Ranger that rolled onto its side.
SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A Utah mother accused of killing six of her newborn babies over the course of a decade made her first appearance in court on Monday and was appointed a public defender after telling the judge she has not earned an income in two years.
Megan Huntsman, 39, was ordered to return to court in a week for a resumption of proceedings against her, giving police more time to assemble evidence authorities said they need to bring formal charges, Utah County Attorney Jeff Buhman said.
(Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America has severed ties with a Seattle church that has insisted on allowing a gay man to remain as a troop leader, the youth organization said on Monday.
It is likely the first time the national organization has severed ties with a scout troop since a landmark vote last year allowed gay scouts but kept a ban on gay adult leaders.
Two 17-year-olds injured in rollover
MCGRATH — Two 17-year-olds from North Branch were injured Tuesday when the Ford Expedition they were in rolled over on Highway 65 near McGrath in Aitkin County, reported the Minnesota State Patrol.
The crash was reported at 6:40 a.m.
Kiatlyn B. Johnson, who was driving, was taken to St. Cloud hospital for serious injuries. She was listed in good condition later Tuesday afternoon. Cody E. Pokela, Johnson’s passenger, was taken to the hospital in Mora.
MANKATO — One person died and three others were injured in a shooting early Easter Sunday outside a Mankato events center.
Mankato police were called at 1:53 a.m. Sunday to the Kato Entertainment Center, which hosts receptions and other private parties.
Police found four people had been shot. The names of the shooting victims had not been released. Police said those wounded by gunfire sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to a Mankato hospital.
MOORHEAD – A Clay County judge has been reprimanded by the Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards after its investigation revealed a string of failures to follow the law, chronic lateness to court hearings and other problems with the judge’s conduct.
In its findings, which go back over five years’ worth of Clay County District Court Judge Steven Cahill’s cases, the court found 19 examples of violations of judicial conduct.
MADISON LAKE - A Madison Lake man downed Saturday night after a canoe capsized on Madison Lake, according to KTOE Radio in Mankato.
The Blue Earth County Sheriff's Department says 30-year old Michael Grissom and 39-year old Rahmondo Moore, both of Madison Lake, were in the canoe at about 11 p.m. Saturday when it overturned. Grissom was able to swim to shore and call for help.
Moore's body was found just before 2 a.m. Moore's cause of death is believed to be drowning.
PARK RAPIDS - A suspect has been charged in connection with a case of animal abuse after authorities discovered two horses that starved to death tied to trees east of Park Rapids in northern Minnesota.
Minden Ann Crenshaw, 28, faces three counts of mistreating animals, each punishable by a maximum of two years in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted. The counts include depriving the horses of food and water, abandonment and cruelty. The horses were found April 19 about four miles east of Park Rapids, near an area called Dorset Corner.
A 53-year-old Level 3 predatory sex offender will be released from prison on April 28, with plans to move to the Hackensack/Backus area, reported Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch.
Oscar Leon Rono will move to the 1400 block of State Highway 371 Northwest, in rural Backus. Rono has a history of sexual contact with male victims ages 14 and 15. The contact included penetration and Rono was known to his victims.
Rono is described as a white man, with sandy hair, hazel eyes and a medium build. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 219 pounds.
Zombies will soon take over downtown Brainerd. Will you be ready?
Brainerd’s second annual Zombie Crawl will be conducted Saturday. It will be an all-day affair geared for people all ages to have fun and to dress up as a zombie. Yes, a zombie, a dead person who is able to move because of a “supernatural” power of some kind. Zombies have been used throughout history in horror and fantasy-themed movies. Zombie crawls/walks became popular in the mid- to late-2000s, largely due to the success of zombie films.
A Brainerd resident has seven days to complete a list of construction items on his house or he will face financial penalties.
At the Brainerd City Council meeting Monday, the group voted to give property owner Terry Kinder one more week to finish a list of improvements for is property at 1420 Quince Street. If that list isn’t done, he’ll be fined $100 a day until it is.
How small is too small for a house in Brainerd?
That question was before the Brainerd City Council Monday as they tossed around the idea of allowing smaller houses, ranging in size between 400-750 square feet on non-conforming infill lots.
on Easter Sunday
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to several calls Easter Sunday, beginning at 7:11 a.m. to an electrical fire on the roof of Perkins.
The restaurant was full of smoke and was evacuated. The fire was put out and the restaurant was back in operation that day. Firefighters cleared the scene at 7:46 a.m.
At 10:54 a.m., firefighters responded to a fire alarm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Sixth St. They were canceled en route.
■ Motley woman
injured in crash
A 59-year-old Motley woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash at 11 a.m. Friday on South Sixth Street and Willow Street, the Brainerd Police Department reported.
Debra L. Wonders was taken to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd where she was treated and released.
The other driver, Caren Bedard, 67, Brainerd, was not injured.
The Brainerd Fire Department assisted at the scene.
■ Three injured
in crash Monday
LITTLE FALLS — Audio recordings of initial law enforcement interviews with Byron Smith revealed Smith thought he had shot his neighbor’s daughter the day Nick Brady and Haile Kifer were killed in his rural Little Falls home.
Smith’s criminal trial started Monday in Morrison County. He faces two indictments of first-degree murder.
Smith told deputy investigator Jeremy Luberts that he thought a female neighbor, identified as Ashley Williams, had started breaking into his home 12-15 years ago.
Wadena County Sheriff Michael D. Carr announced this week he will seek a third term as Wadena County sheriff.
Ward recognizes anniversary of Bataan Death March on House Floor
On April 9, Rep. John Ward, DFL–Baxter, spoke on the floor of the Minnesota House of Representatives to honor the lives of those who suffered and died during the Bataan Death March.
The Bataan Death March occurred in 1942, when the Japanese Army marched tens of thousands of Filipino and American prisoners of war to Camp O’Donnell after the Battle of Bataan.
FIFTY LAKES — A 61-year-old Fifty Lakes man was injured Friday after accidently discharging his firearm and wounding himself, reported the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office was dispatched at 5:17 p.m. to the Fifty Lakes residence for a report of a prowler. The man indicated that there may have been an intruder in the basement of the residence. Upon arrival, the responding officers found the man inside the home with a gunshot wound to his abdomen area.
Airport commission meets May 1
The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Commission will meet at 9:30 a.m. May 1 in the airport conference room, at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport. Any individual needing special accommodations may call 825-2166.
Due to incorrect information supplied the Brainerd Dispatch, Grace Czeczok’s name was misspelled in an article about the play “Little Women” on the Lake Region Christian School page in Monday’s Dispatch.
The Brainerd Dispatch incorrectly reported on Friday, April 18, that Gregg Sellner, who was just appointed to the Nisswa City Council, works at Kuepers Construction in Baxter. Sellner previously worked at Kuepers and currently works at Houston Ford in Pine River.
The Dispatch regrets the errors.