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Pickup sinks in NW Minnesota floowaters

CLIMAX, MN (KFGO) - Another close call on a flooded road. A teenage driver went around a road closed barrier near Climax and his pickup was quickly swept away. The Polk County Sheriff's Office says the driver was able to get out and stand on the roof. The pickup sank. The teenager hung onto a tree u


Car chases, friendly faces and bears in weird places: A deputy’s perspective

The law enforcement career field is dangerous, unpredictable, and routine calls and traffic stops can become hazardous. In a ride-along interview with the Aitkin Independent Age, an Aitkin County deputy (who preferred anonymity) offered a variety of stories remarking on the volatility of his job.


Minnesota man accused of raping woman who uses wheelchair

WILLMAR, Minn. – A Willmar man is in custody in the Kandiyohi County Jail on two charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, accused of an alleged sexual assault of a woman who uses a wheelchair.


Aitkin county community forums on substance abuse

Aitkin County Public Health and the University of Minnesota Extension and College of Pharmacy will be holding four community forum/dinner events about drug use in the community.


Level 3 offender living in Brainerd as a homeless person

Level 3 predatory offender Terrance Lee Lindmark relocated within Brainerd city limits as a homeless person, the Brainerd Police Department reported. Lindmark, 58, reported to the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office he would be registering as homeless in Brainerd as of Wednesday, April 17. Brainerd po


Aitkin’s finest raise money for the Education Foundation

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, the Aitkin Education Foundation (AEF) sponsored the 7th Annual Variety Show at Aitkin High School (AHS) to raise money for the school’s academic programs.


Women’s cancer support group to meet in Aitkin

Riverwood Healthcare Center is hosting a cancer support group that meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 2:30-4 p.m., from April through November. The group will meet in the hospital’s Support Services wing in room E.


Southern Minnesota News Anchor Makes Jimmy Kimmel’s Show

If you've ever watched Jimmy Kimmel's show on ABC, you know that he has a bit entitled “Unnecessary Censorship”. It just so happens one of my friends from my time in Albert Lea just made the show! KIMT-TV's Raquel Hellman come on down! You can see her being 'censored' about :34 seconds into the clip


Man airlifted to Twin Cities hospital after falling out of moving vehicle

A young man was airlifted to the hospital after falling out of a moving vehicle last weekend. According to the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office, the accident happened around 1:50 a.m. on Saturday, April 13 on Rebel Road near Settler Trail in Merrifield, which is about 10 miles north of Brainerd.


Summer outlook for Minnesota gets differing forecasts from 2 major weather outlets

In an Old Farmers' Almanac vs. Farmer's Almanac-like battle, the summer temperature forecast for Minnesota is portrayed differently by The Weather Channel and the National Weather Service.


Minnesota has nearly 200 people who've vanished without explanation

Around 4:30 p.m. on April 7, 1989, 2-year-old Aaron Anderson was playing in his family’s yard in Pine City. His mother, Paulette Anderson, had been checking on him periodically, telling him he was a “good boy” to stay there. Then she checked on him again. He was gone.


Charges at Minnesota cop's trial offer jury range of options

MINNEAPOLIS – When a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed an unarmed woman who approached his squad car after calling 911, it was catastrophic. But was it murder?. Prosecutors have given jurors hearing the case against Mohamed Noor multiple options: second-degree murder, third-degree murder an


Authorities, volunteers and resort work to clear debris off Gull Lake

An activity as seemingly mundane and easy as picking up litter takes on whole new dimensions when that litter is smack dab in the middle of a frozen lake blasted by imposing winds and subarctic temperatures.


Minnesota VA commissioner rules in favor of disabled veteran

Jon Kolstad feels vindicated after the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs agreed this week Crow Wing County violated his rights when a land services job opening was not posted.


Sheriff’s Report - 190417

An animal complaint was issued on W. Co. Line Rd. in the Hill City area ... theft was reported on 195th Ln. in the Isle area ... a disturbance was reported on Grouse St. in the McGregor area ... an animal issue was reported on 235th Ln. in the Aitkin area ... a juvenile issue was reported on Greenfi


Vehicle hits tree, ejects woman through driver's window: Authorities find woman 10 feet away from vehicle

A 41-year-old Brainerd woman was airlifted to a Robbinsdale hospital April 12 after the vehicle she was driving crashed, ejecting her out of the driver's window upon impact with a larger tree.


Former Minnesota Viking scored in Hollywood with AMC's 'Into the Badlands' series

It’s been 35 years since Sherman Augustus suited up as a Minnesota Viking, but the competitive fires still burn brightly. “I always have to find a way to win,” said the 60-year-old actor who plays the menacing Nathaniel Moon on AMC’s “Into the Badlands,” concluding May 6 after three seasons. “Even i


Minnesota, Wisconsin congressmen make security case at border with Mexico

Two Upper Midwest congressmen visited the U.S. border with Mexico this week, tweeting out their party’s case for increased border security from the area around Yuma, Ariz. Reps. Pete Stauber, R-Minn., and Sean Duffy, R-Wis., have been sharing video and tweets from what they say are problematic cross


Minnesota deer farm’s herd euthanized to limit chronic wasting disease

MERRIFIELD, Minn. — A Crow Wing County deer farm that’s repeatedly tested positive for chronic wasting disease is now closed following the euthanization of its herd. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health announced Wednesday the “depopulation” of deer from the 112-acre Trophy Woods Ranch, which was fi


Central Minnesota couple hatches plan to hide Easter eggs to raise funds for adoption

BAXTER, Minn. — Caleb and Allison Gildner will be hopping around the Brainerd lakes area this weekend, hiding candy-filled plastic Easter eggs for a donation and others to find.