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Court papers say 41-year-old Shannon Brandt confessed to a 911 dispatcher and police that he killed 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson due to a political dispute.
Just a few of the many incident reports from Wadena County Sheriff's Office and Wadena Police Department in the past weeks.
It started out as a way to protect the neighborhood from crime. But it's turned into a way to get to know and care for those people closest to those in the watch program.
Following a spate of slurs and derogatory comments spray painted on public and private property, the Menahga City Council passed a resolution on Monday, Aug. 29 condemning hate speech and reaffirming the city’s commitment to the “wellbeing and safety of all people, especially people of the Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Jewish, Muslim, Arab, Asian American, LGBTQI communities.”
In a separate case, man gets 15 years for using gun as an ‘Armed Career Criminal’
Robert Leroy Anderson's crimes shocked and terrorized the state and earned him a death sentence.

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In its 2021 uniform crime report released Friday, Aug. 12, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported 201 murders, an 8.5% annual increase, and a 21.6% increase in violent crime. The previous murder record was set in 2020, when Minnesota had 185 murders — a 58% increase from the 117 reported in 2019.
In total, 389 emergency calls were placed to county dispatchers since Aug. 5. By comparison, 273 emergency calls were placed last weekend during the Becker County Fair. Since Aug. 4 at WE Fest: 9 people were arrested; 24 individuals cited for minor consumption; and six transports to the hospital were required.
Just a few of the many incident reports from Wadena County Sheriff's Office and Wadena Police Department in the past weeks.

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