BRAINERD, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources boosted its call center hours for curious Minnesotans spending time in the outdoors. The agency timed the expansion announcement just before the opening of the firearms deer season Saturday, Nov. 4, when an estimated 500,000 people will load up and head out to hunt down a trophy white-tail deer. DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr joined other DNR officials this week to promote the expanded hours.
A city hall lawn transformed Monday into a bitter display for just how the town's residents feel about its mayor—who's looking at felony charges.
BRAINERD, Minn. — Law enforcement officials are investigating the discovery of human remains in a wooded area near Minnesota Business Highway 371 south of Brainerd. Although law enforcement is in the beginning stages of identifying the body, it had similar clothing as that worn by Marc Welzant, a developmentally disabled man who went missing near Brainerd in 2014, family members said Sunday, March 26.
CROSBY, Minn.—The mayor of a 2,400-person community in the middle of Minnesota is now wrapped up in a tale involving money, guns and romance. Criminal charges filed in Crow Wing County Court Monday, March 13, against James Jesse "Jim" Hunter, 68, weave allegations of a love affair intertwined with an illegal financial scheme, that culminated in confrontation and gunplay. Together with alleged lover and accomplice Candice Ann McCartan, 46, the Crosby mayor reportedly ran a confidence trick against her husband, a criminal complaint stated.
Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature recently introduced a "Stand Your Ground" bill that would make it easier for gun owners to legally kill someone in self-defense. Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, introduced Senate File 292 in the Senate, but the original is a House of Representatives bill authored by Rep. Jim Nash, R-Waconia, House File 238. Rep. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, is one of the sponsors of the House version. Although the formal title is the "Defense of Dwelling and Person Act", both Ruud and Heintzeman described it as a "Stand Your Ground" bill.
U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, a Democrat who represents Minnesota's 8th U.S. Congressional District, is considering a run for governor, Nolan said Wednesday. In a phone interview with the Dispatch, Nolan confirmed he was pondering whether to run in 2018. Nolan said while he was leaning toward staying on as 8th District congressman, a number of people encouraged him to consider running to replace DFL Gov. Mark Dayton when Dayton leaves office. In particular, DFL activist Brian Rice wrote Nolan a long memo urging him to do it, Nolan said.
Jaime Jorge displays both the Cuban-American and Christian parts of identity with fervor. He plays the violin at concerts across America and the world, bringing his story and God's word to people of many different nations through the wordless language of music. "My desire is that everybody walk away from a concert of mine wanting to develop or to continue to use their talent to serve others," he said. "Whether that's on a community level or on a greater scale, that's what I try to do, is motivate and inspire people."
Although for years it wasn't normal for encounters between local legislative candidates and the public to turn nasty, several incidents so far in 2016 have veered from that standard.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Monday announced it was moving forward with stocking muskellunge in several lakes but withdrawing plans to stock in others. Following public feedback, the DNR said it would go forward with stocking the Gull Chain of lakes near Brainerd and the Fairmont chain of lakes in southern Minnesota, but curtail stocking plans in Big Marine Lake in Washington County as well as Franklin, Lizzie and Loon lakes in Otter Tail County.
Rep. Mark Anderson, R-Lake Shore, announced Monday he will retire from the Minnesota House of Representatives, making him the latest in a swath of 18 legislators who won't be returning for the 2017 legislative session. First elected in 2012, Anderson represents House District 9A which includes parts of Wadena, Todd and Cass counties. In a phone interview Monday, Anderson said he felt it was time to let someone else represent the district and focus on his day jobs.