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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.
CROSBY, Minn.—Although few new details surrounding the weekend murder of a 38-year-old woman in Crosby in northern Minnesota were available Monday, Jan. 15, criminal charges against the suspect are expected Tuesday, Jan. 16, and should shed more light on the incident. The suspect—David Michael Otey, 37, of Cambridge, Minn.—is being held in the Crow Wing County Jail on probable cause for second-degree murder. Otey, the younger brother of the victim, is expected to be arraigned on formal criminal charges Tuesday in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd, Minn.
BRAINERD, Minn. — Could there be another mysterious "black hole" on a lake in the Brainerd area? Doubtful, but lakeshore residents on Lower Mission Lake in Merrifield, about nine miles north of Brainerd, pondered a mystery of their own this past week as the lake had a large area of open water on its northern end — an area that normally is frozen over during the winter months.
The name of the man who died after the snowmobile he was operating went through the thin ice Monday on Serpent Lake in Crosby has been identified. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office identified the man as Anthony Bjerkness, 34, of Ironton.
BRAINERD, Minn.—Anglers have been spotted out on the ice of lakes in the Brainerd lakes area, but with unseasonably warm weather ice conditions have deteriorated and there still is a lot of open water. For that reason, area law enforcement officials are urging those venturing out on the ice to be safe. Crow Wing and Cass county authorities have not been needed for any major ice rescues in the past month with anglers falling through the ice, only a few minor incidents of people partially falling in and getting themselves out.