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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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.
Local fire crews were called to fight a blaze at the home of John and Cathy Taylor on Gull Lake Drive outside of Nisswa. The Nisswa Fire Department responded to the call at 8:08 to find the Taylor home ablaze. The Taylors were home when the fire started.
Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl reports the arrest of a 22-year-old Pequot Lakes man in connection with a Morrison County burglary. On March 19, Crow Wing County investigators assisted the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office when they executed a search warrant at a residence located on the 7000 block of Buschmann Road, Pequot Lakes, in connection with a Morrison County burglary that had occurred in February.
DULUTH -- A Duluth man pleaded guilty this week to charges that he impersonated an officer at two convenience stores in an attempt to get into their safes. Cody Lee Walker-Nelson, 23, pleaded guilty to a felony burglary charge and a misdemeanor count of impersonating an officer Monday in State District Court. Walker-Nelson was arrested last month after police said he entered a Cenex gas station dressed like an officer, wearing a fake badge around his neck and carrying a chemical aerosol container and a stun gun on a duty belt.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A 19-year-old Bemidji State University student is facing criminal sexual conduct charges stemming from a party at his residence. Joshua Riley Malone has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct against a victim who was mentally impaired or rendered helpless. He faces up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. -- Barbara McDonald, provost at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, has been named interim president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College. McDonald’s appointment becomes effective July 1. The 15-member Minnesota State Colleges and Universities board of trustees unanimously approved Chancellor Steven Rosenstone’s nomination of McDonald. “Dr. McDonald is extremely well prepared for the position. She understands rural Minnesota, and understands what it means to work across multiple campuses,” Rosenstone said.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Alexandria police believe a convenience store robbery Tuesday night is linked to two other recent robberies, said Police Chief Rick Wyffels. Just before midnight Tuesday, a robber at the Super America on Broadway held the clerk at gunpoint and demanded cash from the till, police said. He then tied the employee’s hands and ankles and took her to a back room, at one point throwing her to the floor, causing her to bleed from the nose and face.
CARLTON, Minn. -- A Cloquet woman accused of causing an accident that left two Carlton County employees dead pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of criminal vehicular homicide. She is expected to serve six years in prison.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball team defeated East Grand Forks 70-43 on Tuesday night in the North Subsection 8AA title game. The Patriots advance to the section final at 7 p.m. Friday at Concordia College in Moorhead. Go Patriots!