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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Six area fire departments were on the scene of a blaze overnight Thursday, March 6, at Cross-Tech Manufacturing in Crosslake, where 72,000 gallons of water were used to fight the fire. Crews from Crosslake, Mission Township, Ideal Township, Fifty Lakes, Pequot Lakes and Nisswa responded to the business on Gendreau Road and County Road 3 just south of downtown Crosslake. There were no serious injuries, though one Crosslake firefighter need stitches from a sheet metal cut, said Crosslake Fire Chief Chip Lohmiller, who estimated 40-50 firefighters responded.
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team tied Totino-Grace 34-34 to share the consolation title at the Class AA state wrestling tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Thursday, Feb. 27. The Road Crew began the day with a 35-27 loss to second-seeded Foley in the quarterfinals. They advanced to the consolation championship by defeating Milaca/Faith Christian 29-28 on the individual win criteria tiebreaker in the consolation semifinals.
We will be moving our websites, BrainerdDispatch.com and PineAndLakes.com, from the servers of Morris Communications to those of our new owners, Forum Communications on Friday morning. While we anticipate (and hope) that no issues will crop up, please be patient should service be interrupted or access be sporadic between 8:00 am and 10:00 am central time Feb. 28.
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ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Two people involved in a shootout with a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy before they were found dead near here on Monday were from Fargo. Katie Ray Christopherson, 29, and Devin Blowers, 24, both died of gunshot wounds, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a release. BCA investigators believe Blowers shot Christopherson, then himself.
WILLOW RIVER, Minn. -- A prisoner who escaped from a Willow River prison Tuesday evening has been apprehended, the Minnesota Department of Corrections announced Wednesday. Richard James O’Reilly, 50, was taken into custody without incident at a Sturgeon Lake-area residence around noon Wednesday by authorities from the Pine County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Corrections Fugitive Unit and Minnesota State Patrol. O’Reilly walked away from the Challenge Incarceration Program at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, prompting a search by local law enforcement and DOC agents.
ST. PAUL -- The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a House-passed bill to provide $20 million to help Minnesotans afford heat. However, the committee made two amendments, so if the Senate passes it early next week it must make another stop at the House for approval of those changes.
WALKER, Minn. -- A 24-year-old Brainerd woman was sentenced Tuesday to more than four years in prison for fatally striking a bicyclist with her car in October in East Gull Lake. Cass County Attorney Christopher Strandlie said Kerri Marie Zelinske pleaded guilty Jan. 27 to felony criminal vehicular homicide in Cass County District Court.
Nisswa City Council member Jan Pierce resigned from her council seat Monday, Feb. 24. “Truthfully, I have a moral and philosophical disagreement with the direction that the leadership is taking, or not taking, and I can’t support what the city council’s doing any longer, period,” Pierce said by phone Wednesday, Feb. 26. “I love this city and this is one of the hardest decisions I’ve made,” she said. Pierce declined to elaborate further or to more clearly identify what she meant by “leadership.”
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A Douglas County Sheriff's deputy was shot and two suspects were found dead Monday night in an incident that began with a report of a suspicious vehicle. The sheriff's office received a call about the vehicle at 9:17 p.m. Monday. A deputy responded and made contact with the two people inside the vehicle near Alexandria. One of the occupants fired a gun at the deputy, striking him in the chest, according to the sheriff's office. The deputy returned fire and the suspects drove away.