After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.
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BENSON, Minn. — A kindergarten student brought a gun to a Benson elementary school Tuesday morning. In a news release, Swift County Sheriff John Holtz said the sheriff’s office, Benson police and Northside Elementary officials were notified of the situation just after 8 a.m. Other students immediately told a teacher about the gun. The firearm was immediately seized by staff, and all students are safe and continued with their school day. There was no intent by the child to cause harm and everyone is safe, Holtz said.
WILLMAR, Minn. — An arrest warrant was issued Monday for a 23-year-old Kandiyohi man who failed to appear for sentencing on two felony charges related to assaulting three Willmar police officers in December. Cody Lee Friese was to be sentenced Monday morning by District Judge Donald Spilseth in Kandiyohi County District Court. Friese had pleaded guilty in March to the charges of fourth-degree assault of a police officer.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. -- The mother of two infants at the center of a South Dakota homicide investigation was jailed Tuesday on Minnesota charges related to her pulling a gun during a police interview in the homicide. Kelly Anderson-Person, 35, of Hendricks, formerly of Clarkfield, is serving consecutive sentences totaling 120 days after pleading guilty Tuesday in Yellow Medicine County District Court to a gross misdemeanor charge of child endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of violating an order to have no contact with the child.
Just in time for the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener on Gull Lake, ice-out was declared Saturday, May 3, on Gull Lake. “It’s exciting to finally see open water again. Now, we can move forward with final preparations for the 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener,” said Lt. Scott Goddard, Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office.
BEMIDJI -- Two people from Cass Lake were killed in a head-on collision Saturday night in Cass County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol incident report, a 2004 Kia Spectra was southbound on County Road 75 and Leech Lake Route 438 before 11 p.m. on Saturday when it was struck by 1999 Chevy Tahoe, which was traveling north on the road. The Tahoe had swerved into the southbound lane lane, forcing another vehicle off the road, before it hit the Kia, the patrol said.
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - A southern Minnesota teenager who idolized a gunman from a Colorado high school massacre was charged Thursday with planning to kill his parents and sister and then slaughter students and staff at his school, authorities said. John David LaDue, 17, laid out his plans in an extensive journal and amassed bomb-making materials including gun powder and ball bearings as well as firearms and ammunition, Waseca, Minnesota police said.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A Bemidji area doctor specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry faces a charge of being a Peeping Tom in Louisiana after allegedly spying on another person in a college men's room. Dr. James Richard Jarmuskewicz, 57, of Wilton, was booked Monday into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count of Peeping Tom. The charge carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison and a $500 fine.
WOODBURY, Minn. -- An unlicensed Woodbury day care provider faces allegations that an infant was injured while in her care and that she initially denied knowledge of the incident to the parents. Washington County prosecutors in March charged Cathryn Lynn Domarus, 32, with one count of gross misdemeanor child neglect, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $3,000 fine. According to a criminal complaint, a woman picked up her 6-month-old child from Domarus’ home Nov. 13 and noticed the child looked pale and lethargic during the drive home.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- Authorities in California suspect foul play in the death of a former Thief River Falls woman found over the weekend in Riverside, Calif. She has been identified as Jamie Lea Harmer, 32, who authorities believe moved from Thief River Falls to California last November, Riverside police said in a news release. She was described as a transient. Her body was discovered near railroad tracks, but police said she had not been struck by a train. A cause of death has not been determined.
VIRGINIA, Minn. -- The death of a Virginia man found Tuesday has been ruled a homicide, Virginia police announced Thursday. No arrests have been made. Harley Joseph Jacka, 28, of Virginia, was found dead in a residence around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. A man who lives at the residence called 911 to report that a deceased man was in his house, police said. An autopsy was performed Wednesday by the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the cause of death was determined to be from “homicidal violence.”