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Tim Speier joined the Brainerd Dispatch in October 2020, covering Public Safety and the Baxter City Council.

Speier grew up in Livonia, Michigan, around the Detroit area. He graduated from Churchill High School and went on to join the U.S. Marines in 2004. After the Marines, he went to Wyotech and worked as a diesel mechanic around the country. Moving to Minnesota, Speier attended St. Cloud State University and graduated with a degree in marketing.

Prior to coming to the Dispatch, he worked as a student journalist for The University Chronicle and also worked as a freelance journalist for the Sauk Rapid Herald, the Albany Enterprise and the West Central Tribune.

— Tim Speier can be reached at or 218-855-5859.

Talking with friends and family everyone had the same thing to say, Lynnie Loucks went through life with one goal, making everyone's day better.
Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard said the individuals were known to one another. Currently, Smith Road will remain closed to through traffic at Legionville Road for the investigation.
By state, Minnesota ranks 24th on the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center’s number of reported cybercrimes in 2020 with 6,847 reported. Law enforcement provides tips to avoid being scammed.
According to Nisswa Fire Chief Shawn Bailey, there were 23 vehicles involved in the crash, including three semitrailers.
The 32nd annual Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza, hosted annually on Gull Lake’s Hole-in-the-Day Bay, welcomed almost 9,000 anglers Saturday, Jan. 29, for its charity tournament.
The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar’s Economic Development Commission began training the second Elevate class of entrepreneurs and local business owners Sept. 16.
Two years before Rockin’ Robbins became a reality, a group of friends from the two Rotary clubs in Willmar would travel to St. Cloud for Summertime by George, a summer concert series put on by the St. Cloud Rotary Club. Over six years of operation, the Rockin Robbins concert series has raised around $301,000.
Benson and New London-Spicer school districts added new performing arts centers to address the need for a sustainable way for their students to perform, and also for their communities' needs for an event space.
Last hosted in 1997, the Kandiyohi County Historical Society hosted Willmar Rail Road Days after a 24-year hiatus.
Make no doubt about it, riding the rails is as illegal and dangerous now as it was back at the turn of the 20th century, but when life gives you few choices, you do what you can to survive.