ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A 12-year-old girl died Friday in an apparent drowning in a swampy area between two lakes near here. JaLysa Anne Cook of Alexandria was found in about 3 feet of water about 6:10 p.m, according to authorities.
The death of a 3-year-old Park Rapids girl last week is under investigation. Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes did not release the name of the child or any other information related to the death. County Attorney Jonathan Frieden said he could only confirm that a 3-year-old child from Hubbard County died on April 20, and state law requires authorities to investigate the matter.
Miltona man in Otter Tail County jail, charged with stealing pickup, fleeing officers A 25-year-old Miltona man is being held at the Otter Tail County Jail on charges of fleeing a peace officer in a stolen motor vehicle at speeds of up to 95 mph. According to the Independent News Herald in Clarissa, citing information from the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office, Tyler Scott Schmidtbauer was arrested after leading officers on a 20-mile pursuit in a stolen vehicle.
State Rep. John Lesch, a veteran lawmaker from St. Paul, is launching a bid for Minnesota attorney general. A longtime prosecutor for the city of St. Paul, Lesch was first elected to the Minnesota House in 2002. After an unofficial trip to Iraq in 2006, Lesch enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard in 2009, when he was in his late 30s.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office has listed the provisional manner and cause of death of a Brainerd man missing since the fall of 2014 as undetermined, Brainerd Police Chief Corky McQuiston stated Tuesday in an email. The body of Mark Weizant was found March 25 on private property not far from the Mississippi River in a undeveloped wooded area about two miles south and west from where he was last seen in Brainerd.
A promising new effort is underway to provide the public with a truer understanding of what happens in courtrooms. Not hyped-up drama or silly Judge Judy stuff, but actual cases with real-life procedures, outcomes and consequences. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, have introduced bipartisan legislation to allow cameras in federal courtrooms.
An 18-year-old Sebeka must serve seven years on probation and about 10 months in jail after shooting a handgun at three people in Perham last summer. Taylor Ray Allen Luster was sentenced Thursday, March 30, in Otter Tail District Court for the Aug. 5 shooting.
The amount of time it takes to look down at our phones—that is how quickly our lives can change forever or even end. Sadly, we were again reminded of this last week when a driver on Richwood Road north of Detroit Lakes was seen on his phone one minute, and rolling into a fiery crash the next. Although we didn't immediately know his name or the circumstances surrounding the moments leading up to his accident, our hearts sank for him and his family, who would soon be getting the news about him. It made us take stock of our own lives and how quickly things can change.
Alexandria man faces counterfeit money charges An Alexandria man was arrested in Benton County after a routine traffic stop and is facing charges of possessing counterfeit currency. According to the Benton County Sheriff's Office, James Earl Meyer, 53, attempted to use a counterfeit $100 bill at Hardware Hank in Rice about 6:35 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- Rescuers were able to pull a woman from the water after she jumped from a downtown bridge over the Mississippi River Wednesday afternoon in Brainerd. A passerby reported she saw the woman climb over a fence on the south side of the Washington Street bridge and stopped to talk to her and try to convince her to come back. While the Good Samaritan was on the phone with the emergency dispatcher, the female refused to come back and subsequently jumped into the river below.