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A 48-year-old Royalton man has announced that he will run for the position of Morrison County’s sheriff this fall. Thomas Justin, who is a patrol lieutenant for the St. Cloud Police Department, will join the race with Shawn Larsen, a patrol sergeant with the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office. Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel previously announced he won’t seek a fourth term as sheriff this fall. Candidates officially can file for open seats in May.
There are four new faces on the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office Top 10 Most Wanted list for the month of February. New to the list are Rachael Lorraine Hendrickson, Audrey Joan Huber, Matthew Brian Hop and Chris David Kujawa. They join Lester Eddy Bell, Jr., Kevin Robert Lawrence, Scott Allen Pearson, Gary George Powers, Terry Thomas Olson and Adam Levert Williams.
A 30- by 30-foot structure, with no running water or bathrooms, tucked back into the woods near a home on Crow Wing County Road 25, northeast of Brainerd, was destroyed by fire during the early morning hours Friday. Brainerd firefighters were initially called at 2:21 a.m. to a fire in the woods, which quickly turned into a structure fire on the 16000 block of County Road 25.
LITTLE FALLS — A benefit for Little Falls resident Jamie Houdek, who lost his right hand in a farm accident, is scheduled at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Little Falls Ballroom.
LITTLE FALLS — In a split second, Jamie Houdek’s life passed before his eyes. The Little Falls man thought about his beautiful wife, Lisa, and their three precious daughters — Mikayla, 10, Breanna, 6, and Madison, 2 — hoping he would get to see them again and hold them in his arms. It was Nov. 13, 2013. It should have been a normal day for Houdek, but that was not the case. The day turned tragic and was one that changed his life forever.
The 29-year-old Pine River man — who killed Mark Huesmann in 2012, burning and dismembering his body before burying him — was sentenced Thursday in Cass County Court to serve the statutory maximum of 40 years in prison.
It was a close call Wednesday morning, when a semitrailer got stuck on the BNSF railroad tracks at North Eighth Street near Washington Street in Brainerd with a train fast approaching. The train, loaded with coal, stopped about 100 feet before it would’ve reached the semitrailer — potentially property damage and possible injuries. The Brainerd Police Department was dispatched at 9:55 a.m. to the railroad crossing on North Eighth Street.
CAMP RIPLEY — Baxter resident Jon van der Hagen spent an entire month visiting battlefields in Europe. His travels include stopping in Normandy to visit D-Day sites at Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno and Sword beaches. He visited Sainte-Mère-Église, Caen, Carentan and battle sites of Pegasus Bridge and the Le Feire Bridge. He also saw the Meusse Argonne World War I cemetery, where 14,000 U.S. soldiers are buried. The 56-year-old is full of military knowledge and can share hundreds of stories — including stories you can’t find on the Internet or at any museum.
Brainerd firefighters didn’t get a lot of sleep after midnight Monday. Firefighters responded to two calls, the first just after midnight. A second fire call kept firefighters working until 5:47 a.m. Firefighters were first called for a general fire alarm at 12:21 a.m. Monday to Bang Printing, 217 Etak Dr. Firefighters investigated and found nothing. They cleared the scene at 12:54 a.m. At 2:25 a.m. Monday, firefighters fought a garage fire on the 4900 block of Ashley Road in Baxter.
A 30-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man join Cass County’s Most Wanted Top 10 list this month. Both are wanted for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance charge. Missie Lee Camacho and Kevin Michael McGuinness join Jessica Lynn Ahlgrim, Sheldon Thomas Brown, Russell Conrad Erdman, Bradley Michael Geyen, Ira James Lussier, Shawn Bernard Pennington, Frank Andrew Tuttle and Eddie Washington, on the Most Wanted list.