ONAMIA, Minn.—A 34-year-old Onamia man was shot to death with investigators trying to track down a car seen near the crime scene. Mille Lacs County Sheriff Brent C. Lindgren reported the sheriff's office received a 911 call at 12:42 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, reporting a person was shot outside a house in Onamia, about 40 miles southeast of Brainerd.
CROSBY, Minn.—The Crow Wing County Dive Team called off its search for a missing child Friday night, July 20, due to hazardous underwater conditions. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office reported it intended to resume its search for the child, identified as a 13-year-old boy, at 7 a.m. Saturday. Responders were first called to the report of the missing boy at 7:33 p.m.
CROSSLAKE, Minn.—The 2-year-old boy found unresponsive May 28 in Rush Lake died from drowning. Sawyer Howe of Minneapolis died Saturday, June 2, according to an obituary. His death was ruled an accidental drowning Wednesday, June 6. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office responded at 10:02 a.m. May 28 on the northern shore of Rush Lake in Crosslake. The sheriff's office reported that family members noticed the child wasn't accounted for and immediately checked the lake.
HILL CITY, Minn. — A 25-year-old woman was driving south of Hill City when her vehicle struck a moose late Monday, May 21. The Minnesota State Patrol reported Jaime Leigh Wurtz of Otsego suffered non-life-threatening injuries when she struck a moose while traveling north on Highway 169 in Aitkin County. The crash was reported at 10:14 p.m. Monday. Wurtz was wearing a seat belt while driving the 2001 Pontiac Grand Am involved in the crash. She was not transported to a hospital.
MINNEAPOLIS—A 53-year-old Ironton, Minn., man has been found guilty of distributing, receiving and possessing video and image files containing child pornography. Roger Erik Splettstoeszer, 53, was charged with four counts of distribution of child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. A federal jury in Minneapolis found him guilty Thursday, April 19, on all six counts, U.S. Attorney Gregory G. Booker reported.
PILLAGER, Minn.—A 73-year-old Cushing, Minn., woman died in a two-vehicle crash at 5:14 p.m. Monday on Highway 210 east of Pillager. Sandra Lee Leyde died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash. The Minnesota State Patrol reported a Honda Civic was traveling west on Highway 210 when it lost control, crossed the centerline and was struck by a Chevrolet Silverado traveling east. The highway conditions were snow- and ice-covered, the crash report stated.
BRAINERD, Minn.—Following accusations of cheating by prizewinners at the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza, the organization reported Thursday, Feb. 8, it closed an inquiry into the matter. No deception was found on polygraph exams administered to Ivan, Stephan, and Rostik Lyogky, a father, son and relative from Hartville, Ohio, the Jaycees reported in a news release.
BRAINERD, Minn. — Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza organizers are investigating possible cheating by the winners of this year's $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Jan. 27 on Gull Lake's Hole-in-the-day Bay, north of Brainerd. The investigation is to determine whether some of this year's competing anglers, including the winner of a new pickup truck, deceived contest organizers, it was reported in the Star Tribune.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. -- Authorities are one step closer to finding the person who murdered a rural Little Falls man in north-central Minnesota nearly a year ago while he was deer hunting on his parents’ property.
BRAINERD — A missing boater whose body was found in Nokay Lake has been identified as 54-year-old Raymond Achman of Brainerd. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's office released the name about 1 p.m. Saturday, June 10. The Crow Wing County Dive Team located Achman's body using side scan sonar at 9:41 a.m. Saturday. The search began Friday after two reports, within five minutes of each other, notified authorities of an empty boat on Nokay Lake and sought a welfare check on a man who did not show up for work.