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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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.”
FARGO -- A Fargo man was sentenced Thursday to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to the drug-related murder of another man here in mid-March. Wade Anthony Garrett, 19, also was sentenced in Cass County District Court to a year of supervised probation for the murder of 26-year-old Rolandas House near a supermarket in Fargo on March 14. As part of his plea deal, Garrett must testify against a Moorhead, Minn., father and his two children who are also charged in the killing.
Kat Perkins was five minutes away from walking off “The Voice” stage for good Tuesday night. But thanks to the “Instant Save,” a song about Paris and a large fan base, the Scranton, N.D., native and Minneapolis resident survived another round on the NBC talent show. Perkins kicked off Monday’s episode by singing “Landslide.” She once again drew praise from the judges.
LITTLE FALLS — Byron Smith has been found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder for the Thanksgiving Day, 2012, shootings of Nick Brady and Haile Kifer at Smith’s rural Little Falls home. The jury returned its verdicts after about three hours and 20 minutes of deliberation.
BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. – Authorities were looking for a person who reportedly jumped off a bridge and into the Otter Tail River in western Minnesota early Monday. Breckenridge police Chief Nate Harder said one of his officers was flagged down about 2:15 a.m. by a driver flashing her headlights by the Main Street bridge in Breckenridge. The driver told the officer she had just crossed the bridge and had seen a white female with blond hair possibly jump into the river below, while apparently holding a piece of paper, Harder said.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — As the defense rested Monday, defense attorney Steven Meshbesher told reporters it was his decision to not have Byron Smith testify. Smith is on trial in Morrison County for two first-degree murder indictments in the Thanksgiving Day 2012 shooting deaths of Nick Brady and Haile Kifer after the teenagers entered Smith’s rural Little Falls home without permission. Closing arguments are set for today. Meshbesher said Smith was willing to take the stand. “He was wanting to do anything,” Meshbesher said. “He was taking my advice.”
MINNEAPOLIS -- A man arrested a year ago in west-central Minnesota and accused of terrorism was sentenced Monday on weapons and explosives charges. Buford “Bucky” Rogers, of Montevideo, was sentenced in federal court to three years and four months for illegal possession of a firearm and two small, unregistered explosive devices, the Star-Tribune of Minneapolis reported.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- Police were seeking two men after an armed robbery Thursday afternoon at DL Tobacco in Detroit Lakes. A young Detroit Lakes woman said she and a friend were at the counter ready to make a purchase when two young men entered the store and partially covered their faces with bandanas. One pulled pointed a handgun at them and demanded money, she said. The man with the gun took about $25 from the counter. She and her male friend said the man working behind the counter left quickly through a back entrance.
WADENA, Minn. -- A man who confessed to emptying a rifle clip at a pickup truck with three occupants pleaded guilty Wednesday to a reduced charge at the Wadena County...