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Local Briefs - Feb. 27

Randall woman gives birth in car on way to Brainerd hospital

A Randall woman almost made it to the hospital before giving birth in her car.

Debbie Petersen said she was up all night with pains she didn’t think were contractions. But that all changed around 4 a.m. Wednesday when her water broke at her Randall home.

The nearest hospital was in Brainerd, about a 30-minute drive. Her husband Chris was driving her when Petersen says she could feel the baby’s head emerge about a block from Essentia Health’s St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

Petersen says the baby’s head and shoulders were out by the time the couple arrived at the emergency room. Doctors finished the delivery in her car in the parking lot.

Petersen says she was scared and didn’t know if the baby was breathing. But there were no complications for her or baby Gavin.

Police: Man breaks into Pizza Hut, fries up wings

ST. CLOUD (AP) — St. Cloud police say an intoxicated man broke into a Pizza Hut and started frying up a batch of boneless chicken wings.

An alarm brought out officers who found a door open at the downtown restaurant just before 1:30 a.m. Friday.

Inside, police found a 21-year-old man trying to deep-fry some boneless chicken wings in the kitchen. Investigators say the man also had thrown marinara sauce on the wall.

The man was taken to jail. The Star Tribune reports he works at the restaurant.

Prosecutors to treat trafficked youth as victims

ST. PAUL (AP) — A group of county attorneys want to make sure that young people who are trafficked and forced into prostitution are treated as victims in need of protection — not as criminals.

The county attorneys announced a new policy Friday, saying the shift in strategy is important because  current state law defines these children both as juvenile delinquents and as victims of sex trafficking. 

Historically, child and teen prostitutes are arrested and sent through the juvenile court system. County attorneys say they will still be committed to prosecuting those who engage in the abuse of prostituted children. Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says the new approach will give kids appropriate treatment.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.