Tim Speier joined the Brainerd Dispatch in October 2021, covering Public Safety.

Speier grew up in Livonia, Michigan, around the Detroit area. He graduated from Churchill High School and went on to join the U.S. Marines in 2004. After the Marines, he went to Wyotech and worked as a diesel mechanic around the country. Moving to Minnesota, Speier attended St. Cloud State University and graduated with a degree in marketing.

Prior to coming to the Dispatch, he worked as a student journalist for The University Chronicle and also worked as a freelance journalist for the Sauk Rapid Herald, the Albany Enterprise and the West Central Tribune.

— Tim Speier can be reached at tim.speier@brainerddispatch.com or 218-855-5859.

Brainerd police said the call came in at 9:12 p.m. of an animal complaint on Birchridge Drive of 100 goats in a resident's backyard.
All on-track activity was canceled for the remainder of Friday at BIR out of respect for Briody, MotoAmerica reported.
The Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Wright County Sheriff’s Office with a missing person’s case that was reported on July 26 after numerous unanswered phone calls.
Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard said the individuals were known to one another. Currently, Smith Road will remain closed to through traffic at Legionville Road for the investigation.
By state, Minnesota ranks 24th on the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center’s number of reported cybercrimes in 2020 with 6,847 reported. Law enforcement provides tips to avoid being scammed.
According to Nisswa Fire Chief Shawn Bailey, there were 23 vehicles involved in the crash, including three semitrailers.
GARRISON, Minn. — A former Mille Lacs County sheriff's deputy faces charges of sexually assaulting a girl when she was as young as 6 years old.
The 32nd annual Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza, hosted annually on Gull Lake’s Hole-in-the-Day Bay, welcomed almost 9,000 anglers Saturday, Jan. 29, for its charity tournament.
After listening to the family’s impact statements, a Morrison County judge handed down sentencing for the murder of Jeanine Greyblood.
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