Jennifer Kraus

A big part of my day is chasing down tips on a variety of breaking news stories, relating to vehicle crashes, fires, police incidents and court cases. Iโ€™m always thankful when people call in tips to alert me on an incident so I can follow up and see if the tip is actually something that occurred or is a rumor. Itโ€™s a big scope to keep track of as we not only cover Brainerd and Crow Wing County incidents, but we also cover the surrounding counties and cities. I also gather information on the entertainment scene, so if you are hosting a band or choir concert, an art exhibit, a play or other theater production -- I want to hear about it. If you know of a story on any of these beats, give me a shout! To help support local journalism, click here to sign up to receive a Dispatch digital subscription to our e-edition or to receive the printed paper at your door, or to get both.

JENNIFER KRAUS may be reached at or 218-855-5851. Follow me at on Twitter.

Established in 1988, the Academics, Arts and Athletics Award (Triple "A" Award) is sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League.
Theresa Marie Erickson suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The men were in a 2006 Mercury Milan traveling north on Highway 210 when the vehicle left the roadway.
The crash is under investigation.
People may say this sounds cheesy, but it is true. I believe everyone has a story. I have written thousands of stories in this last near quarter century and they are all important to me, to the person or persons the story is about and to you, the readers.
A woman was found dead in a cabin at Cozy Bay Resort on Lake Edward; and a man is in custody.
While searching the property near where the earlier shooting complaint was reported, the Crow Wing County Tactical Response Team located a woman in a cabin deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.
"I've developed a thick enough skin through the years. Unfortunately, the words themselves don't hurt, necessarily. I'll admit that I just kind of move on with my life because I'm used to a lot of those words as probably a lot of my counterparts here have. The difficult part are those around me, who choose to sit this one out. That's a difficult place to be. But that being said, it isn't all bad. There's been a number of people in my life that in the last year have stood up and supported me.โ€ ~ Charles Black Lance
The side-by-side ATV was traveling near a cornfield on private property when a 10-year-old boy lost control and the ATV eventually flipped, ejecting the boy and his 9-year-old passenger.
The calendar lists art exhibits on display, as well as art workshops and activities.