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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A second-year elementary school principal from Madelia will be the next principal of Nisswa Elementary School. Molly Raske, principal at Madelia Elementary School in south central Minnesota, will join the Brainerd School District on July 1. “We had three wonderful candidates and we think we made a great choice,” said Brainerd Superintendent Steve Razidlo.
The Crow Wing County Highway Department advises the public that crack sealing operations have commenced for the season. Crews will be working on various roads throughout the county. Motorists should be attentive in work zones and be prepared to stop, and to expect lanes shifts, pilot cars and short delays. Work will begin on County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 11 in Pequot Lakes from Highway 371 to CSAH 4 in Breezy Point onTuesday, April 8.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – The former Dilworth fire chief has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in connection with accusations that he threatened to burn down the homes of fire officials. Kurt Kennedy, 49, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Clay County District Court to one count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Another charge against Kennedy, of making felony terrorist threats, was dismissed. Court documents say Kennedy said he wanted to burn down fire officials’ homes, and also threatened to seek “revenge” on other city officials.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he does not expect his proposal to study medical marijuana to pass this year's Legislature. In a WCCO radio interview, he called changes for the plan "slim and none." Advocates of a bill, stalled in the Legislature, would not support his plan, he said. He opposes the bill to legalize marijuana for use to control seizures and extreme pain because law enforcement groups do not support the use of plant marijuana.
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. – The death of a 4-year-old Pelican Rapids girl, who fell ill after becoming infected with a dangerous strain of E. coli bacteria, was an isolated case, a health official said Monday. Sophia Amy Odens started having flu-like symptoms Feb. 5, and she was hospitalized the next day in Detroit Lakes, according to an obituary Sunday in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
HASTINGS, Minn. -- Someone impersonating a Dakota County sheriff’s deputy has been calling residents and threatening them with arrest if they don’t pay a fine, authorities said. The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous reports of the phone scam, in which the caller informs the resident that he or she has failed to serve required jury duty and therefore, an arrest warrant would be issued unless the person pays a specific dollar amount.
ST. PAUL -- The full Senate is due to consider a bill that regulates electronic cigarettes the same as tobacco cigarettes. The House, meanwhile, is moving a measure that restricts e-cigarette use by youths, but does not outlaw them in all public places like the Senate bill would do. “There is a lot that we don’t know about e-cigarettes, including the secondhand health effects of their vapor,” said Sen. Kathy Sheran, D-Mankato.
ST.PAUL -- MNsure topped 136,000 enrollees Tuesday morning, beating its goal of signing Minnesotans up for health insurance via a state-run website. “We’re not done yet," interim MNsure CEO Scott Leitz said. "There are six days left in open enrollment and we want to make sure every Minnesotan has the ability to obtain health insurance coverage.” MNsure’s original goal of enrolling 135,000 Minnesotans during the 2014 open enrollment period was established at the MNsure board of directors meeting last fall.
HAWLEY, Minn. – An airplane crash last March near Hawley was the fault of the 48-year-old pilot it killed, according to federal investigators. Kevin Ferris, a Minnesota State University Moorhead graduate who owned a flower shop in Duluth, shouldn’t have flown in foggy conditions because he wasn’t qualified to fly in weather that required the use of instruments, an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board found. The full results of the investigation were released Monday.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A former airman and civilian contractor at Grand Forks Air Force Base who was caught last summer with child pornography on his home computer pleaded guilty Tuesday in state district court. Jonathan Carper, 25, pleaded guilty to seven felony counts of possessing videos showing victims as young as 7 being sexually assaulted by men. Each count carries a possible sentence of up to five years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for April 23.