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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LITTLE FALLS, Minn. -- Family members of Nick Brady and Haile Kifer covered their faces and wiped away tears as Ramsey County Medical Examiner Kelly Mills testified in a Morrison County courtroom Thursday. Mills conducted autopsies on Brady and Kifer after their shooting deaths in the basement of rural Little Falls resident Byron Smith, whose home they entered without permission on Thanksgiving Day 2012. Smith is being tried on first-degree murder charges in the teens’ deaths.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- A jury trial for a Willmar teen charged with first-degree murder in his grandmother’s killing was scheduled Wednesday for July 21 to Aug. 8. But where 18-year-old Robert Warwick’s trial will take place is yet to be determined, as District Judge David Mennis will consider a defense motion to move the trial from Kandiyohi County.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Lake Park’s mayor is expected to report to jail here by May 7 to serve a 30-day sentence for stealing more than $5,000 from his sister, a Down syndrome patient in an assisted-living facility. Aaron Wittnebel was sentenced Wednesday in Becker County District Court to 30 days in jail, plus five years of supervised probation. Wittnebel entered an Alford plea in March to one count of felony financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. An Alford plea means he doesn’t feel he is guilty but concedes there is enough evidence to convict him.
Kat Perkins has made the top 10 on "The Voice." The Scranton, N.D., native was the second contestant saved by voters Tuesday after opening the NBC singing talent show with Adam Levine and his team. The group, which she joined at the start of the season, did a cover of "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel. The rock singer from Minneapolis sang “Magic Man” by Heart on Monday’s episode, drawing strong reviews from the coaches.
BUFFALO, Minn. -- A three-vehicle crash in central Minnesota killed an Aitkin woman Wednesday evening. Karen Tibbetts, 65, was killed after losing control of her vehicle and sliding into oncoming traffic on Minnesota Highway 55 near Buffalo, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. Brett Riske, 28, of Maple Grove, and Jon Tank, 43, of Buffalo, were the drivers of the other vehicles involved in the accident. Riske was uninjured and Tank’s condition was listed as unknown. Conditions were described as wet at the time of the accident.
RENVILLE, Minn. –– Seven people, including five teens, were injured Wednesday when a truck collided with a school bus on an icy road near Renville in west-central Minnesota. None of the injuries was life-threatening. The Minnesota State Patrol said the accident on Minnesota Highway 212 happened at 6 p.m. when a tractor-trailer driven by David R. Littlecreek-Wilbanks, 50, of Granite Falls, broadsided a school bus driven by Dennis M. Isaackson, 56, of Cottonwood.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – A Bismarck man is charged with seven felonies, including attempted kidnapping and burglary, after allegedly breaking into his girlfriend’s Comstock home late one night last week and Tasing her while wearing gloves and wearing a hood over his face. William Dubois Dean, 52, was charged Tuesday in Clay County District Court with two counts of attempted kidnapping, three counts of burglary, one count of assault and one count of damage to property.
Gregg Sellner will fill one of the two vacant Nisswa City Council seats. A three-member council appointed Sellner on Wednesday, April 16, and he was sworn in right after that council meeting. The city had five applicants: Sellner, Don Jacobson, John Ryan, Joe Lanz and Doug Hansen.
PERLEY, Minn. A suspect has been apprehended in a shooting that wounded a Norman County deputy early Tuesday morning near Perley in northwest Minnesota. Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said an arrest took place about 10:40 a.m. not far from where the shooting occurred. He said the incident began about 8:30 a.m., when a Norman County Deputy made a traffic stop on County Road 39 east of Perley. At some point during the stop, the deputy and the driver of the car exchanged gunfire and the deputy was wounded, Bergquist said.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of a rural Little Falls man who shot two teens to death in his home.