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BRAINERD, Minn. — More snow fell in the Brainerd lakes area than expected—putting shovels, snowblowers and snowplows back to work—after yet another snowstorm swept across Minnesota, the Dakotas and Wisconsin this weekend.
"You girls deserve better," "I am sorry to do this to you," "I love you." These final handwritten words—by a father, a husband—are words the family will never forget and are heartbreaking to read. The afternoon of Jan. 10 of this year is one of pain and sorrow, leaving so many questions left unanswered for the family of Tom J. Johnson of Baxter. Why did he take his own life? Why did he feel like his family deserved better? What happened that day? What was he thinking? How long did he feel this way?
"You girls deserve better," "I am sorry to do this to you," "I love you." These final handwritten words—by a father, a husband—are words the family will never forget and are heartbreaking to read.
WALKER, Minn.—A 27-year-old Coon Rapids man on Friday, March 2, admitted to killing 5-year-old Alayna Jeanne Ertl of Watkins in the summer of 2016. Zachary Todd Anderson was scheduled to appear Friday in a Cass County District Courtroom in Walker for a pre-trial hearing in front of Judge Jana M. Austad. Instead he entered a plea of guilt to first-degree murder involving first-degree criminal sexual conduct with sexual penetration.
MOTLEY, Minn.—It was a horrific scene no farmer ever wants to see—a barn filled with animals being destroyed by a fire. Early Friday morning, Richard and Sally Swartz watched their barn just east of Motley in northern Minnesota burn to the ground. "It has not been a good day," Richard Swartz said in a telephone interview. Swartz said his son, Richard Jr., checked the dairy and beef cows about 6 a.m. and then left the property, and his wife typically goes out to the dairy barn about 8:30 a.m. to work.
The man who died from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday at Bill's Gun Shop & Range in Baxter, Minn. has been identified. Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted identified the man as 77-year-old Henry Plummer Thomas, of Brainerd, Minn. Exsted said Thomas used a firearm he rented from the business in the shooting.
BRAINERD, Minn.—When Duncan and Dakota were born they had no idea that their lives as golden retrievers would be so important.
BRAINERD, Minn.—Brainerd resident Kelsey Henson never thought she would deliver her baby along a Minnesota highway. But that is what happened the morning of Jan. 19 when Henson left her Brainerd home to get to Riverwood Healthcare Center Hospital in Aitkin. She didn't make it to the hospital until after her baby Javeah Mae Henson arrived in a hurry midway between Brainerd and Aitkin near Deerwood. Henson said Javeah—who weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20 3/4 inches long—joins her older sisters Kiandra, 7, Jakiyah, 3, and Kamierah, 2.
BRAINERD, Minn.—Ever since NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis would host the 2018 Super Bowl, excitement has been building across Minnesota. Minneapolis cannot host the massive national event alone, with hundreds of thousands of people estimated to visit the city for the game. Minneapolis will need some help.
BRAINERD, Minn.—A Cambridge, Minn., man helped his sister prepare food for 30 minutes in a northern Minnesota senior living facility where she was a cook before allegedly stabbing her with a knife multiple times in the neck, leaving her for dead. He also planned to kill others, said charges filed Tuesday, Jan. 16. David Michael Otey, 37, made his first appearance Tuesday on those charges in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd, where he was charged with felony second-degree intentional murder without premeditation.