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LITTLE FALLS - A rural Little Falls man was charged Monday with two counts of second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two teenagers who allegedly broke into his home Thanksgiving Day.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 11:22pm

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota homeowner who shot two teenagers in the midst of an apparent Thanksgiving Day break-in told authorities he feared they had a weapon, but acknowledged firing "more shots than I needed to" and appeared to take pride in "a good clean finishing shot" for one teen, according to investigators.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 2:04pm

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man was charged Monday with second-degree murder in the Thanksgiving Day shooting deaths of two teenage cousins he said had broken into his home. Byron David Smith, 64, of Little Falls, told investigators he shot 17-year-old Nicholas Brady Schaeffel and 18-ye...

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 12:06pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Houston, we have moon rocks. The Minnesota National Guard said Monday it found a few small fragments of the moon's surface in storage in a state building in St. Paul. They'll be turned over to the state Historical Society on Wednesday....

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 11:30am

Police investigate hit and run in Baxter BAXTER - A 51-year-old man was struck by a vehicle at 9:56 p.m. Wednesday at Conservation Drive and Excelsior Road in Baxter. Paul Ray Kremer, Brainerd, was transported to St.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 2:19pm

Crow Wing County drug agents Troy Nash and Derek Lavoy recently were presented an award from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms (ATF) office in St.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 10:52pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials are asking a judge to terminate the parental rights of a Minnesota couple accused of starving one of their four children, saying the 8-year-old boy suffered egregious harm and it's not in the best interest of any child to be in their care. The boy, who weighed less tha...

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 9:23pm

Dave Bjerga, a former Crow Wing County deputy and a longtime Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator will retire from the BCA Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 11:40pm

Four men were found guilty Thursday by a federal court jury in their roles in an identity theft ring responsible for the theft of more than $2 million from financial institutions and retail businesses in at least 14 states, including stores in the Brainerd lakes area, the U.S. Attorney’s office in...

Tue, 09/11/2012 - 8:51pm

Risky Business owner Ronald William Beattie Jr. of Baxter — who allegedly had 79 sale transactions Thursday of “Mean Green” and other synthetic cannabinoids that he was selling out of his Brainerd store on Washington Street — was arrested Thursday by Brainerd police.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 7:34pm