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‘Three minutes of fun’ led teenagers to make homemade explosive devices


For two teenage boys in Brainerd, a bit of boredom led to a decision they said had humiliating consequences. 

All for “three minutes of fun.” The boys decided to make homemade explosive devices by combining household chemicals. 

What seemed to them as harmless mischief brought them to the justice system and the Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project — a police and school diversion program or court-ordered alternative for juvniles in Crow Wing County.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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