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MOTLEY, Minn.—It was a horrific scene no farmer ever wants to see—a barn filled with animals being destroyed by a fire. Early Friday morning, Richard and Sally Swartz watched their barn just east of Motley in northern Minnesota burn to the ground. "It has not been a good day," Richard Swartz said in a telephone interview. Swartz said his son, Richard Jr., checked the dairy and beef cows about 6 a.m. and then left the property, and his wife typically goes out to the dairy barn about 8:30 a.m. to work.
BRAINERD, Minn.—When Duncan and Dakota were born they had no idea that their lives as golden retrievers would be so important.
BRAINERD, Minn.—Brainerd resident Kelsey Henson never thought she would deliver her baby along a Minnesota highway. But that is what happened the morning of Jan. 19 when Henson left her Brainerd home to get to Riverwood Healthcare Center Hospital in Aitkin. She didn't make it to the hospital until after her baby Javeah Mae Henson arrived in a hurry midway between Brainerd and Aitkin near Deerwood. Henson said Javeah—who weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20 3/4 inches long—joins her older sisters Kiandra, 7, Jakiyah, 3, and Kamierah, 2.
BRAINERD, Minn.—A Cambridge, Minn., man helped his sister prepare food for 30 minutes in a northern Minnesota senior living facility where she was a cook before allegedly stabbing her with a knife multiple times in the neck, leaving her for dead. He also planned to kill others, said charges filed Tuesday, Jan. 16. David Michael Otey, 37, made his first appearance Tuesday on those charges in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd, where he was charged with felony second-degree intentional murder without premeditation.
The name of the man who died after the snowmobile he was operating went through the thin ice Monday on Serpent Lake in Crosby has been identified. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office identified the man as Anthony Bjerkness, 34, of Ironton.
MERRIFIELD, Minn.,—The monster bog that broke off the shoreline a few weeks ago in Merrifield Bay on North Long Lake just outside of Brainerd continues to lurk around the bay, trying to find a permanent resting place. Initially it was reported the bog was about the size of a football field. After further review by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and after an aerial view of the bog, it is estimated to be about three football fields in size—about 200 feet by 800 feet.
NISSWA, Minn.—First responders—dressed in "gumby suits" and equipped with ropes and sleds—rescued two anglers who'd fallen through the ice in separate incidents Monday on northcentral Minnesota lakes. The first ice rescue was reported around 2:15 p.m. on Big Portage Lake in rural Backus and the second rescue was reported about 3 p.m. on Gladstone Lake in Nisswa. Both anglers were transported to area hospitals.