ONAMIA, Minn.—A 34-year-old Onamia man was shot to death with investigators trying to track down a car seen near the crime scene. Mille Lacs County Sheriff Brent C. Lindgren reported the sheriff's office received a 911 call at 12:42 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, reporting a person was shot outside a house in Onamia, about 40 miles southeast of Brainerd.
CROSBY, Minn.—The Crow Wing County Dive Team called off its search for a missing child Friday night, July 20, due to hazardous underwater conditions. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office reported it intended to resume its search for the child, identified as a 13-year-old boy, at 7 a.m. Saturday. Responders were first called to the report of the missing boy at 7:33 p.m.
WALKER, Minn.—Moondance Jam is gearing up for its annual rock and classic festival set for Thursday-Saturday, July 19-21, at the Moondance Fairgrounds near Walker. This year's jam will be highlighted by rock, rap and country superstar, Kid Rock who will take stage at 9 p.m. Friday for an extended show that promises to maximize the Moondance Jam main stage with a full set of lights, effects and stage props, organizers stated in a news release. Nineties rockers Fuel plays at 7 p.m.; '70s glam band The Sweet at 5 p.m.; and Saliva at 3 p.m.—all on Friday.
CROSSLAKE, Minn.—The 2-year-old boy found unresponsive May 28 in Rush Lake died from drowning. Sawyer Howe of Minneapolis died Saturday, June 2, according to an obituary. His death was ruled an accidental drowning Wednesday, June 6. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office responded at 10:02 a.m. May 28 on the northern shore of Rush Lake in Crosslake. The sheriff's office reported that family members noticed the child wasn't accounted for and immediately checked the lake.
HILL CITY, Minn. — A 25-year-old woman was driving south of Hill City when her vehicle struck a moose late Monday, May 21. The Minnesota State Patrol reported Jaime Leigh Wurtz of Otsego suffered non-life-threatening injuries when she struck a moose while traveling north on Highway 169 in Aitkin County. The crash was reported at 10:14 p.m. Monday. Wurtz was wearing a seat belt while driving the 2001 Pontiac Grand Am involved in the crash. She was not transported to a hospital.
A 46-year-old Brainerd man was killed Tuesday morning when the Jeep pickup he was driving lost control on the Highway 371 exit ramp to Business Highway 371. The Minnesota State Patrol reported the driver, Wyatt E. Jacobs, died at the scene. Jacobs was traveling south to the exit ramp when he lost control and rolled the Jeep. Jacobs was not wearing a seat belt, the state patrol reported. The fatality was reported at 9:19 a.m. and it occured in Crow Wing Township.
MINNEAPOLIS—A 53-year-old Ironton, Minn., man has been found guilty of distributing, receiving and possessing video and image files containing child pornography. Roger Erik Splettstoeszer, 53, was charged with four counts of distribution of child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. A federal jury in Minneapolis found him guilty Thursday, April 19, on all six counts, U.S. Attorney Gregory G. Booker reported.
PILLAGER, Minn.—A 73-year-old Cushing, Minn., woman died in a two-vehicle crash at 5:14 p.m. Monday on Highway 210 east of Pillager. Sandra Lee Leyde died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash. The Minnesota State Patrol reported a Honda Civic was traveling west on Highway 210 when it lost control, crossed the centerline and was struck by a Chevrolet Silverado traveling east. The highway conditions were snow- and ice-covered, the crash report stated.
BRAINERD, Minn.—Following accusations of cheating by prizewinners at the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza, the organization reported Thursday, Feb. 8, it closed an inquiry into the matter. No deception was found on polygraph exams administered to Ivan, Stephan, and Rostik Lyogky, a father, son and relative from Hartville, Ohio, the Jaycees reported in a news release.
BRAINERD, Minn. — Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza organizers are investigating possible cheating by the winners of this year's $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Jan. 27 on Gull Lake's Hole-in-the-day Bay, north of Brainerd. The investigation is to determine whether some of this year's competing anglers, including the winner of a new pickup truck, deceived contest organizers, it was reported in the Star Tribune.