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Rising country star Chase Bryant of "Little Bit Of You," who learned to play guitar upside down and backwards at age 3, has never been to the Brainerd lakes area—but this will soon change. Bryant, 23, is performing in this year's Lakes Jam music fest, taking the stage prior to country headliner Toby Keith. He will perform at 8 p.m. June 24 during country night of the three-day music fest at Brainerd International Raceway. Lakes Jam, founded in 2012, is a music fest that unites country and classic rock.
Seven people are new on the Morrison County's Most Wanted list for the month of May, which includes a Cushing man who violated his probation on an attempted murder charge. Kyle Daniel St. Martin-Smith was charged in May of 2015 with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault to cause great bodily harm and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon for an incident occurring in a Randall mobile home park. In November of 2015, the defendant plead not guilty to all three charges.
There may be a lot less trees in the resort vacationland around Gull Lake, but the primetime resorts are repaired and ready to go after last summer's storm devastation. Turn back time to July 12, 2015: A supercell storm—a Category 2 hurricane-style storm with extremely dangerous winds—caused extensive damage to homes and buildings, snapping and uprooting trees, causing a near-total loss of power for days to weeks. In Crow Wing County, the economic revenue resort loss resulted in $15-$25 million in loss and damages.
Forestview Middle School eighth-grader Ammy Lin gave it her best shot this week in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., but fell short of making semifinals. Ammy, the daughter of Yi and Xi Lin of Baxter, was eliminated in the third round in the national spelling bee. This was the 13-year-old's second time competing in the bee and it will be her last, as she will not qualify for it next year as she moves to ninth grade. Last year, Ammy also made it to the third round.
You're hiding from police and an officer yells for you to come out or they'll release their K-9: What would you do? It's a scenario police must be trained for and starting today, May 26, there will be three more K-9s—Keno, Sparta and Kilo—patrolling the streets in the Brainerd/Mille Lacs area and in Lakeville.
After sitting in Crow Wing County Jail for almost a year and a half, 26-year-old Nathan David Becker walked out the door a free man. A Crow Wing County jury found Becker not guilty Thursday on all felony charges of aiding and abetting Tyler Allan Cronquist with first-degree murder with premeditation and attempted first-degree murder with premeditation.
The fate of Nathan David Becker is now in the hands of a jury of his peers. Closing arguments were heard Thursday in Crow Wing County District Court with Judge David Ten Eyck presiding. Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan, who is prosecuting the case for the state, and St. Louis Park attorney Tracy Eichhorn-Hicks, who is representing Becker, each gave their closing arguments, which were completed about 2:30 p.m. Ten Eyck provided the jury with instructions and dismissed two alternates serving on the jury—a man and a woman.
Both attorneys rested their case Wednesday in the Nathan David Becker jury trial. The 26-year-old Brainerd man faces two felony charges of aiding and abetting Tyler Allan Cronquist, who has been charged with first-degree murder with premeditation and attempted first-degree murder with premeditation. Becker pleaded not guilty to both counts.
A survivor of a double shooting, who was left for dead after being shot in the head, testified in the trial of one of the assailants Monday that she had to wipe the blood off her cellphone with her chest to call 911 for help, telling the dispatcher she thought she was going to die.
Three people are off Cass County's Most Wanted list for May and new ones join the list. Natalie Mae Beaulieu, David Meader and Jack Nelson join Jessica Lynn Ahlgrim, Theresa Marie Beaulieu, Mercedes Marie Fineday, Anthony Leo Fuller, Jimmie Derek Harrison, Sr., Danielle Frances Iatic and Thomas Robinson as the county's Most Wanted. As of Friday, there were 483 total active warrants, up from 478 last month in Cass County, which includes 247 misdemeanors, 101 gross misdemeanors and 135 felonies.