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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FARGO – A Wisconsin man was sentenced Monday in federal court here after he was found with more than 22,000 images of child porn. Robert Carey Evans, 58, of Waukesha, Wis., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson to 10 years in prison on 14 counts of possession of materials containing child pornography, according to a news release by federal prosecutors. Evans is also ordered to pay a $1,400 special assessment to the Crime Victims Fund and register as a sex offender for life.
A worker suffered burn injuries in a confined explosion Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Stockman Transfer and Recycling on Highway 371 between Backus and Pine River. The unnamed employee was working to thaw ice from the scales used to weigh incoming recycling and garbage, said manager Marlen Harris. He was coming out of a service area beneath the scale when gas from the propane heaters ignited.
Tickets are available for the Class AA state wrestling tournament Feb. 27 to March 1 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Tickets are available at both Pine River-Backus and Pequot Lakes High School offices at $9 for students and $14 for adults. The Road Crew will open against Foley at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27. Fan buses tickets are also available at both school offices. Those planning to ride the buses must first purchase tickets for the tournament. The buses will leave PR-B school (door 2) at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27.
BEMIDJI -- One person was killed in a two-vehicle accident north of Bemidji on Monday. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 1997 Chrysler Town and Country was entering U.S. Highway 71 just after 1 p.m. when it was struck by a 1996 Chevrolet pickup driven by Jason Stubbe, 27, of Bemidji. The driver of the Chrysler was killed in the accident, the patrol said. The victim's name had not been released Monday.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota Public Service Commission hearings on a proposed crude oil pipeline will be in Grand Forks and Devils Lake this week. Enbridge’s Sandpiper project would bring Bakken crude across northern North Dakota and northern Minnesota to Superior, Wis. It is expected to have an initial capacity of 225,000 barrels per day to Clearbrook, Minn., and 375,000 barrels per day to Superior. The Grand Forks hearing begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Baker Courtroom at the University of North Dakota School of Law.
BRAINERD - A snowmobiler died Sunday after colliding with a train in east Brainerd, the Brainerd Police Department reported. Emergency personnel were called to the crash about 1:35 p.m. at the railroad tracks under the Highway 25 South bridge in east Brainerd. Thirty-year-old Michael David Flannigan of Brainerd died shortly after responders arrived.
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team caputred its first Section 8AA wrestling title on Saturday, February 15. They are advancing after defeating Perham in the semifinals and Detroit Lakes in the final.
Dane Joseph Riley of Pine River was sentenced Thursday, Feb. 13, in Cass County District Court to serve the statutory maximum of 40 years in prison for the murder of Mark Andrew Huesmann of Pine River, according to Cass County Attorney Christopher Strandlie. A Cass County jury convicted Riley, 29, of second-degree intentional murder, ineligible person in possession of a firearm and interference with a dead body.
The Crow Wing County Highway Department announces that the intersection of County State Aid Highways (CSAH) 1 and 3 in the city of Fifty Lakes will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday Feb. 16. Traffic will be detoured one block east to Town Hall Road. The closure is in conjunction with local fire departments that will be participating in a practice burn of the former Fifty Lakes Store. If weather or wind conditions are poor, the burn will be postponed to Sunday, Feb. 23.
An Emily man, Charles Weber, 33, was arrested in connection with several area burglaries and thefts, Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl reported. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary to a business on Sawmill Road, Emily. While investigating this burglary, the responding deputy located another burglary on this road. Information was obtained about a possible suspect, Weber.