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A 27-year-old Coon Rapids man on Friday admitted to killing 5-year-old Alayna Jeanne Ertl of Watkins in the summer of 2016. Zachary Todd Anderson was scheduled to appear in a Cass County District Courtroom in Walker for a pre-trial hearing Friday morning in front of Judge Jana M. Austad. Instead, he entered a plea of guilt for first-degree murder involving first-degree criminal sexual conduct with sexual penetration.
WALKER—A 27-year-old Coon Rapids man on Friday admitted to killing 5-year-old Alayna Jeanne Ertl of Watkins in the summer of 2016. Zachary Todd Anderson was scheduled to appear Friday in a Cass County District Courtroom in Walker for a pre-trial hearing in front of Judge Jana M. Austad. Instead he entered a plea of guilt to first-degree murder involving first-degree criminal sexual conduct with sexual penetration.
Another year has passed and the mystery of who killed Rachel Anthony still lingers among her family, the Pine River community and the law enforcement officials who investigated her disappearance and death. Anthony, 50, disappeared the night of Feb. 27, 2001, at the end of her shift at Ultimate Liquors in Pine River. Her body was found six weeks later in a ravine near Breezy Point, about 15 miles away on an infrequently traveled road.
Brainerd Public Schools has three options to consider on its traffic study relating to the future plans of how to access the Brainerd High School. The Brainerd School Board Monday heard the findings of the traffic study from Tim Houle of Widseth Smith Nolting. The traffic study is one part of the district's final comprehensive facilities plan. The district is proposing to build a new Baxter Elementary School, repurposing all six elementary schools and spending about $79 million to remodel the Brainerd High School north campus.
Madi Aberle Grade: Sophomore Age: 16. Art focus: Brainerd High School painting. Adviser nomination: "From the first day of class, I could tell that Madi had an incredible talent for painting. She has been using advanced techniques and she goes above and beyond in her work. She does very high quality work and when she finishes a project, she immediately proceeds to make something else amazing. She has a great work ethic and is very passionate about art."
Brainerd area residents can put away their shovels and snow plows and take a breather as no more inclement weather is expected for the lakes area—for this coming week anyway. After two impactful snowfalls, people may still be digging their way out of their driveways and walkways. However, they have time to clean it up as there is only a slight chance of snow during the overnight Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Duluth.
AITKIN—Aitkin County Sheriff Scott Turner announced Wednesday he will not seek another term as the Aitkin County sheriff. Turner, who succeeded former Sheriff Dennis Landborg, has been the sheriff in Aitkin County since May 2005. He was appointed by the county board to fill a remaining term and then elected to the position in 2006. Prior to serving as sheriff, Turner was a deputy sheriff, sergeant and undersheriff with the Aitkin County Sheriff's Department beginning in 1995. His term expires at the end of 2018.
This time, it lived up to expectations. A winter storm rolled across most of Minnesota Thursday night and Friday morning, dropping several inches of snow—matching what was anticipated in weather models and forecasts. In the Brainerd area, snow amounts reported to the National Weather Service in Duluth ranged from 4 to 8 inches. Topping the list was 8 inches near Barrows and 7.9 inches reported in East Gull Lake, followed by Brainerd with 7.6 inches and Baxter, Fort Ripley and McGregor with 7 inches of snowfall.
In reaction to the recent high school shooting in Florida, a Pillager High School student Tuesday gave an "impassioned speech about gun violence" during the lunch hour at the school.
Chase Christian Grade: Junior Age: 17 Art focus: Brainerd High School creative writing. Adviser nomination: "Through hard work, commitment and dedication to detail, Chase's performance in creative writing is second to none. Her first work, a personal narrative detailing the difficulties of life, was exemplary with details that brought her story to life for readers." Memorable fine arts achievement: Receiving honorable mention for the school district's writing contest in ninth and 10th grades.