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Brainerd area residents Jack Barry and Joe Heal share a common bond — they both know a single visit to the doctor’s office can change everything. Both will share their journeys in learning their diagnosis and the life changes that followed at the Today’s Health event host from 4-7 p.m. Friday at The Center in Brainerd. The event will focus on leukemia and diabetes. Last spring, Jack Barry visited his doctor after an ongoing battle with flu-like symptoms. “I just thought I was getting old,” he recalled.
Problems with the airport’s drain field are creating a sense of urgency on the part of airport officials regarding the need for a new sewage and water system. Airport Manager Jeff Wig reported Tuesday at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Commission meeting that an issue with a plugged filter box revealed a crack in the drain field’s main line. Wig said the location of the crack made it a fairly simple fix for contractors already working on the plugged filter, but the situation could have been much worse.
While lingering winter weather and parking ramp capacity is contributing to longer security lines at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport manager Jeff Wig said it’s business as usual for flyers traveling out of Brainerd.
LITTLE FALLS — Concerns over how audio recordings would be presented to jurors presented some concern for Morrison County Judge Douglas Anderson during accused murderer Byron Smith’s pre-trial hearing Tuesday. Audio recordings of the shooting deaths of Nick Brady and Haile Kifer were retrieved from Smith’s home by law enforcement and will be submitted as trial exhibit by the prosecution. Anderson questioned whether jurors would benefit from a transcript of the recordings or if the jurors would be required to just listen to the recordings and decipher them on their own.
LITTLE FALLS — Byron Smith appeared in court Tuesday in Morrison County for what will likely be his final appearance before his jury trial is set to begin in April. Smith faces first-degree murder indictments in the November 2012 shooting deaths of Little Falls teenagers Nicholas Brady and Haile Kifer. Smith admitted to shooting the teens after they allegedly entered his home without permission. According to the criminal complaint, Smith shot the teenagers several times after they walked down his basement stairs.
Tim Speldrich knows what it’s like to live within his limits — he’s had to do it for most of his life. An avid outdoorsman, Speldrich lost his right foot in a three-wheeler accident when he was just 15 years old. Complications from the injury would eventually take the rest of his lower leg and ultimately result in an above the knee amputation. “They just couldn’t save it,” Speldrich explained. What could have been a tragic and debilitating accident has done anything but stop Speldrich from living life to the fullest.
Waking up to the sound of a child coughing violently and struggling to breath is enough to send any parent straight to the emergency room in a panic. “It’s terribly frightening,” said Dr. Dean Smith, pediatric physician at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Baxter Clinic. Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, can cause serious and sometimes deadly complications in infants and young children, particularly those who are not fully vaccinated.
More than a year after the Thanksgiving Day 2012 shooting of Little Falls teens, Nick Brady and Haile Kifer, homeowner and accused murderer Byron Smith still awaits trial. While the media frenzy that ensued immediately following the deaths in Nov. 2012, has died down, Smith, 65, remains a free man having made bail less than a month after his arrest.
NISSWA — For Katie Huser and Aubrey Linday, opening Moxy Hair Studio in Nisswa has become the the reality of a dream they weren’t certain would ever come true. “This is something we’ve talked about doing for a few years,” Lindsay said from the nearly completed salon space on Nisswa’s Main Street. “I’m excited to be doing it with my best friend.” Huser said she and Lindsay have considered making over a number of locations to suit their business, but just never found the right spot. “They just didn’t quite fit,” Huser said. “Until we found this spot.”
LITTLE FALLS — Proceedings in the Byron Smith case will continue despite the defense’s appeal to the court’s denial of the motion to drop Smith’s first-degree murder indictment. Smith faces two counts of first degree murder in the Thanksgiving 2012 murders of Haile Kifer and Nicholas Brady. Following the court’s denial of the defense’s motion to overturn the grand jury’s indictment against Smith’s attorney, Steven Meshbesher, asked the state Court of Appeals to review Judge Douglas Anderson’s decision to not dismiss the indictment against Smith.