Mikayla Holmgren made history Sunday night at the Ames Center in Burnsville when she became the first woman with Down syndrome to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant. Holmgren, who also is believed to be the first woman with Down syndrome to compete nationwide, was named the recipient of the Miss Minnesota USA Spirit Award and Director’s Award. The 22-year-old from Marine on St. Croix, dressed in a royal-blue Jovani gown with a train, shrieked with joy as she accepted the awards.
WILLERNIE, Minn. -- Jonathon Wierstad called 911 in May to report that his fiancee’s toddler had fallen down a small set of carpeted stairs at their house in Willernie and was having trouble breathing. Wierstad, 28, was arrested later that night after doctors at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul said the 16-month-old’s injuries were “not consistent with a fall down stairs,” according to a criminal complaint filed in Washington County District Court.