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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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.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – A small explosion Monday at a new Sanford Health clinic here set to open next week will delay its opening. Sanford’s new $17 million south Moorhead clinic was set to open March 3. But Monday’s explosion will push that date back, said Jeff Hoss, Sanford vice president of clinical operations. Hoss didn’t give any indication of how long the opening will be delayed. Moorhead police responded to a report of a small propane tank explosion inside the unopened clinic at about 1:10 p.m., Lt. Tory Jacobson said.
DULUTH -- The handful of stores at Duluth’s Miller Hill Mall closed for several days as a precautionary measure amid concerns over the structural integrity of a portion of the building's snow-laden roof are expected to reopen Tuesday.
ST. PAUL -- A bill to be introduced when the Minnesota Legislature opens at noon Tuesday would require government agencies, including law enforcement organizations, to obtain search warrants before accessing the location of electronic devices such as mobile telephones. “Nearly every Minnesotan carries some mobile device with them every day and we need to make sure that the location data of innocent people is not subject to unreasonable or unchecked searches by government,” Rep. Joe Atkins, D-Inver Grove Heights, said.
ST. PAUL -- Former state Rep. Jim Knoblach is appealing a judge's decision to throw out his challenge to a new state Senate office building. A Ramsey County judge dismissed the suit earlier this month after Knoblach tried to stop planning for a $63 million office building and $27 million in parking facilities near the Capitol building.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota state parks plan to teach people how to make maple syrup this spring. Naturalists will demonstrate the process at free programs in March and early April, according to the Department of Natural Resources. “We’ll teach you how to identify the right kind of tree, drill a hole for a spile, collect sap in a bucket and then boil it until it’s tasty enough to pour on your pancakes,” said Kao Thao, naturalist at Fort Snelling State Park in St. Paul. “Once you see how it’s done, it’s easy to do it yourself in your own backyard.”
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota fishing licenses expire Friday. The Department of Natural Resources reports that 2014 licenses that take effect Saturday are on sale. Ice shelter permits for 2013 remain effective through April 30.
ST. PAUL -- Some Minnesota lawmakers want to combat cancer in teenagers by banning them from tanning beds. The bill sponsored by Democratic Reps. JoAnn Ward of Woodbury, a retired teacher, and Chris Eaton of Brooklyn Center, a nurse, comes after a state Health Department survey showing that up a third of the state's teen girls used tanning beds in the past year. Half went at least 10 times, the report indicated. The Tan Free Teens Act is in response to reports of more than 1,000 new cases of melanoma cancer in Minnesota in a year, with 140 deaths.
ST. PAUL -- Some MNsure customers say they were confused by the state-run health insurance marketplace's payment practice, so its officials are streamlining it. Customers no longer will be sent an invoice issued by MNsure for the first month’s premium. MNsure officials said that sending that bill led some customers to believe that MNsure would continue to send bills. MNsure provides a way to buy health insurance, mostly online, but policies are sold by private companies that bill customers.
ST. PAUL -- Rep. Kurt Zellers will not seek re-election to his state House post, he said on Monday, but continues devoting his time to his governor campaign. Minnesota candidates cannot run for two offices at once, so he could not seek re-election as long as he was running for governor. The Republican who grew up near Devils Lake, N.D., was speaker of the House in 2011 and 2012.