The 38-year-old Cambridge man—charged in the 2018 stabbing death of his sister at her Crosby workplace—pleaded not guilty Friday, March 8, by reason of mental illness and said he didn't know what he was doing at the time of the crime.
Residents in the Brainerd lakes area have seen an almost snowfall-free week, but it appears that is about to change. And why not? A trace of snow fell Tuesday, March 5, to add to the total of 2.3 inches of snow so far this month, which in turn adds to the 55.5 inches of snow received so far this winter season. So go big or go home this winter—and that's exactly what Mother Nature intends to do.
The $1 million unconditional bail set for a 20-year-old Staples man facing second-degree unintentional murder in the death of a 3-month-old child was reduced. Presley Arron Sleyster appeared Wednesday, March 6, in front of Judge Chuck D. Halverson in Cass County District Court in Walker for a court hearing to discuss his bond/bail. Sleyster is accused of unintentionally causing the death of an infant he was caring for on Dec. 5, 2018. His bail/bond was set Dec. 31 at $1 million without conditions, or $500,000 with conditions.
The 20-year-old Brainerd man accused of attacking a Brainerd High School staff member inside the girls' locker room appeared in court Monday, March 4, on the felony charges he faces in the case. Jared Allen-Tristen McCormack, wearing a Crow Wing County Jail-issued navy blue jumpsuit and with his hands shackled at his waist, sat with his Public Defender Emmett G. Wells in front of Judge Patricia A. Aanes in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd.
Adviser nomination: "Joey is an exceptional musician in the BHS Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble I. He is sectional leader and is the principle player in both ensembles as well as a 'Best in Site' winner at Solo/Ensemble Contest in 2017-18 and 2018-19. He recently won the Heartland Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition." Memorable fine arts achievement: Winning the Heartland Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition. Loss will be awarded a $500 scholarship toward continuing his musical studies. Loss will attend rehearsals and perform with the HSO in the upcoming spring concert series "The Joy of Youth" at April 6 at Charles D. Martin Auditorium at Little Falls Community High School and April 7 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.
It seems like a winter that will never end, with more than enough snow and cold to go around. According to the National Weather Service in Duluth, Brainerd had 53.2 inches of snowfall this winter season through Feb. 27, compared to the average of 34.7 inches—and I have a feeling it's not done. Area residents have felt wind chill values fall to 63 degrees below zero and too many more days of below zero days to count. It was so cold the U.S. Postal Service even stopped delivering mail for a day. Since Jan. 8, Brainerd's daytime high has never gotten above freezing.
Adviser nomination: "Maeve is off to a great start in the first part of TV Production 1. She is a top contributor in class discussions and does an excellent job of self-governing while on-assignment outside of the classroom." Other fine arts activities: Theater and Wind Symphony. Why did you decide to join TV production?: "I've always been interested in shows and how they create them and what goes on behind the scenes. I want to be a director or something and thought this would be a great place to start. I can learn the basics and what's going on."
Brainerd resident Jerry Barthel was 19 when he started plunging into the frozen waters of Pelican Lake, off the shore of Breezy Point Resort. Fast forward 20 years and Barthel, 39, continues the tradition because it's for a good cause—raising money for Special Olympics Minnesota in the annual Polar Plunge fundraiser. The Polar Plunge is where individuals or teams from across Minnesota jump into open water in an otherwise ice-covered lake to raise money. Each person must raise $75 to take the plunge.
STAPLES—Forestview Middle School seventh-grader Hannah Moddes can spell excited, exhilarated and surprised. She used these three words to describe her feelings after winning the regional spelling bee Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Sourcewell in Staples. Sourcewell, formerly the National Joint Powers Alliance, sponsors the regional spelling bee, where students in fifth through eighth grades from Crow Wing, Morrison, Wadena, Todd and Cass counties compete for a chance to advance to the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee May 26-31 in Washington, D.C.