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They put years of their lives into the Brainerd Fire Department - for some it added up to more than 20, others gave more than 10. But what's next for the five full-time equipment operators? Their lives changed when the Brainerd City Council approved a resolution on Sept. 21 restructuring the Brainerd Fire Department from a mix of full-time and paid on-call firefighters to a fully paid on-call department.
AITKIN - Thousands of people arrived in Aitkin to honor Aitkin County Sheriff's Investigator Steven Martin Sandberg, who was laid to rest Friday. An estimated 2,000 law enforcement officers from around the state, the country and Canada, along with 1,000 community members, filled Aitkin High School to honor Sandberg and offer their support and condolences to the deputy's family. The family, the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office and law enforcement officers filled the main gymnasium and a second gymnasium in the high school.
With emergency lights flashing, law enforcement vehicles from across the state lined up this morning in Aitkin, awaiting the funeral services for Aitkin County Sheriff's Investigator Steven Sandberg. Services for Sandberg, who was shot and killed in the line of duty Sunday at St. Cloud Hospital, are expected to start at 11 a.m. today at the Aitkin High School. Coming into Aitkin on Highway 210, squad cars lined the highway with the emergency lights on.
Tyler Allan Cronquist, who was indicted in February in connection with the Jan. 4 shootings of two people at a Juniper Street apartment in Brainerd, appeared briefly Tuesday in Crow Wing County District Court. Both sides agreed to continue the contested hearing to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 6, 2016. Cronquist appeared before Judge David Ten Eyck. Cronquist, 24, was indicted on first-degree murder with premeditation and attempted first-degree murder with premeditation. Nathan David Becker, 27, Brainerd, was indicted with aiding and abetting Cronquist.
AITKIN - Hundreds of people filled the streets in Aitkin Monday to pay their respects to one of their own, Aitkin County Sheriff's Investigator Steven Sandberg, whose body was being escorted home by his law enforcement family. Minnesota State Patrol troopers, deputies from the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office, along with several area law enforcement agencies escorted Sandberg from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office to Sorenson-Root-Thompson funeral home in Aitkin.
There are nine new faces on the Crow Wing County's Most Wanted list for October. As of Friday, there were an estimated 929 total active warrants in the county, up from 880 last month. James Wayne Gamble continues to be on the Most Wanted list and joining him are: Lawrence Alexander Wegler, Chad Swan Hanson, Patricia Ann Mariz, Jenny Lynn Tienter, Rhea Ann Wallace, Amy Lynn Mitchell, Teresa Lynn Foster, Shawnna McKay Hanson and Andrew James McCloskey. The sheriff's office is searching for the individuals and asks the public if they recognize any of the faces to call the sheriff's office dire
Maura Halverson Grade: Senior. Age: 17. Art focus: Brainerd High School Fifth Street Journal. Adviser nomination: "After serving as FSJ photo editor last year, Maura's back and that makes me happy. She has done a great job so far. She's responsible and a strong leader, but creativity and enthusiasm are, in my opinion, her greatest strengths as photo editor. In addition to her reporting and photo duties, she's taken it upon herself to create and share short and entertaining videos to promote each issue of the paper.
Brainerd mom Lynn Franz said if it wasn't for her 27-year-old son J.D. Berns she would be dead. Franz said Berns saved her life on Oct. 13, 2014. Franz has congestive heart failure and wasn't feeling well and went into cardiac arrest. Berns started cardiopulmonary resuscitation on his mother while waiting for the ambulance to come. A year later, an emotional Franz wanted to do something for her son to show her appreciation.
The mock crash scene is set. ✦ Two vehicles crash and one student is ejected and lays motionless on the pavement at Brainerd International Raceway. Two students are injured, one seriously, and they both are trapped in the cars. A fourth student, one of the drivers, gets out of the vehicle as police approach the scene.
A Crosby man is accused of telling a woman he was going to kill her and throw her in the mine pits with weights around her so she wouldn't float, court documents said. The Crosby man, Jeffrey Alvin Hoffman, 34, was charged Tuesday in Crow Wing County District Court for felony domestic assault by strangulation and felony of making terroristic threats with reckless disregard risk. According to the criminal complaint filed against Hoffman: • Officers were dispatched at 3:44 p.m. Saturday to an apartment in Crosby to a physical assault.