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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.
MERRIFIELD, Minn.—For the time being, the monstrous floating bog on North Long Lake will remain in place. The bog broke off the shoreline in October in Merrifield Bay on North Long Lake just outside of Brainerd. It found its current resting place in front of Legionville School Safety Patrol Training Center, and camp officials said Tuesday, Nov. 28, it will remain there for the winter.
CASS LAKE, Minn. — A 24-year-old Cass Lake man may face a murder charge after authorities found a woman Sunday morning, Nov. 12, with a fatal gunshot wound to the head. Brandon Joseph Roy was apprehended in connection with the death of a 25-year-old Cass Lake woman and is in custody in Cass County Jail in Walker pending formal charges, Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch said.
MERRIFIELD, Minn.,—The monster bog that broke off the shoreline a few weeks ago in Merrifield Bay on North Long Lake just outside of Brainerd continues to lurk around the bay, trying to find a permanent resting place. Initially it was reported the bog was about the size of a football field. After further review by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and after an aerial view of the bog, it is estimated to be about three football fields in size—about 200 feet by 800 feet.
BRAINERD, Minn.—A Crow Wing County District Court judge didn't give any sympathy to a 41-year-old Merrifield man who said he didn't fulfill his community services hours due to medical issues. "You think you have pain ... think of them," Judge Dale A. Wolf said to Vaughn Charles Gentry during a probation violation hearing Friday afternoon.
BRAINERD, Minn.—A wrongful death lawsuit has been settled between Pinnacle Recovery Services and its doctor in a case involving a 26-year-old man, who died in 2014 from an accidental overdose of prescribed methadone. The family of Austin Paolo, who died at a Grand Rapids, Minn., hospital, filed the lawsuit against the Pinnacle clinic and Dr. John Stroemer in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd on Nov. 12, 2015. Stroemer was one of the managing partners of the Pinnacle Recovery Services, the methadone clinic in Brainerd.
There is less methamphetamine and other drugs in Crow Wing County, Minnesota after drug agents with the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division were able to build cases against 28 people for drug sales.
MERRIFIELD, Minn. — It was a warm day in May last year when Mike Jay and his son, Cory Jay, were cutting down trees with a chain saw on property north of Merrifield. The father and son were cutting what Cory thought would be their last tree. Cory wanted to be done for the day, but Mike said one more tree. That one more tree was a life changer. "He was cutting and I was behind him and I felt the tree was coming down the wrong way," Mike said. "I reached out and shoved the tree and he didn't see me and lifted the saw and basically cut my arm off.
BRAINERD, Minn. — After more than two years without answers, Marc Welzant's family on Monday, April 24, got the chance to say their goodbyes at his funeral service at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd. Welzant's family spent 29 months searching, praying and hoping Marc would be found. Welzant went missing on the afternoon of Oct. 26, 2014, when he left his group home in Brainerd. His remains were found March 25 south of Brainerd.