Jennifer Kraus / Forum News Service
BAXTER, Minn. - It could have been a parent’s worst nightmare. Instead, it turned into what a Baxter father believes was a miracle. It was a nice, sunny afternoon Saturday, May 11, and Christopher Groenwold and his two children -- Haven, 6, and Cohen, 4 -- were outside enjoying the weather. The children’s mother, Rebecca, was at work. It was just before 1:30 p.m. when a U.S. Postal Service mail truck was making its deliveries in the Baxter neighborhood, southeast of Forestview Middle School.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- Former Crosby Mayor James Hunter has now been vindicated on all criminal charges filed against him -- but the saga may not be over yet. In a 2-year-old legal battle Hunter’s attorney described as emotionally and financially taxing for his client, the last two pending criminal charges were dismissed Friday, April 19, in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd. But Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan said Monday he is considering re-charging Hunter with a misdemeanor for falsely reporting a crime.
MOTLEY -- When it came, it came fast and it didn’t give Dan and Elizabeth Posner a lot of time to get out of their home on their own. It was an ice jam on the Crow Wing River, causing the river to overflow and surround their home. The water flooded their basement, up to 4 feet and left them stranded.
It seems like a winter that will never end, with more than enough snow and cold to go around. 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.
BRAINERD, Minn. - A 20-year-old Brainerd man was arrested Monday, Feb. 11, after allegedly attacking a Brainerd High School staff member in a girls' locker room. The Brainerd Police Department was dispatched about 6:48 a.m. to investigate the attack. In a news release, Brainerd Police Chief Corky McQuiston said the suspect approached a 36-year-old woman from behind and attempted to grab and restrain her in the girls' locker room. The woman was able to break free from the attacker and the suspect fled from the school.
BRAINERD, Minn. — Derek Rygh looks back at his life and is surprised he is still alive. For years, Rygh was a drug addict. He used methamphetamine and he manufactured it. If he had not made one important decision on a dark winter day in 2005, he may not be alive today. He would not have his wife and two beautiful boys in his life. He would not have a place in Brainerd to call home. Rygh has been sober for 13 years and has not had any desire to go back to using drugs.
BRAINERD, Minn. — A 41-year-old Brainerd man was hospitalized for evaluation following a 3 1/2-hour stand-off with law enforcement the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 7, at a residence near St. Mathias Road and Business Highway 371, south of Brainerd. Capt. Scott Goddard of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office said authorities were called about 11:30 a.m. to a residence south of Brainerd for a person they believed wanted to harm himself. Authorities were able to safely escort five people out of the residence. The people and the Brainerd man are known to each other, Goddard said.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- Erika Dalquist will not be forgotten. The 21-year-old Brainerd woman—known as "Sunny" for her cheery and bubbly personality—disappeared Oct. 30, 2002, and her remains were found 18 months later.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- Erika Dalquist will not be forgotten. The 21-year-old Brainerd woman -- known as “Sunny” for her cheery and bubbly personality -- disappeared Oct. 30, 2002, and her remains were found 18 months later.