Sarah Nelson Katzenberger
When two bombs exploded near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, Brainerd resident Melissa Goble was trying to board a subway train less than two blocks away. Goble had just finished running the marathon 20 minutes earlier — a pace 11 minutes faster than she intended. “It was crazy,” Goble recalled. “We had no idea what was happening.”
LITTLE FALLS — Jury selection continued Tuesday in the Byron Smith murder case in Morrison County. By the end of the day Tuesday the total number of selected jurors was 10. Smith admitted in November 2012 to shooting two teenagers, Nick Brady and Haile Kifer, after the pair allegedly entered Smith’s home without permission. As potential jurors continued to be interviewed, one by one, various connections to the victims emerged.
LITTLE FALLS — Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of Byron Smith of rural Little Falls. Smith admitted in November 2012 to shooting two teenagers, Nick Brady and Haile Kifer, after the pair allegedly entered Smith’s home without permission. Judge Douglas Anderson said the ultimate question in the case was whether Smith’s action in shooting the teens multiple times was within the scope of the law that allows individuals to protect their home with lethal force while preventing a felony from being committed and danger is perceived.
Time is running out for Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport to come up with a solution for its aging septic and water system. The city of Brainerd, the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation (BLAEDC) and the Brainerd Lakes Chamber have joined with the airport in support of the $850 million state bonding measure that would provide $6.5 million to help extend the city of Brainerd’s water and sewer connection to the airport.
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.