BRAINERD, Minn. — It is now up to 9th Judicial District Judge Jana M. Austad to decide whether a 50-year-old Cloquet, Minn., man charged with illegally setting a gill net in Gull Lake is protected under the treaty rights drawn up between tribes and the U.S. government in 1855. Austad, a judge based in Cass County, took over the case in August 2017 after four 9th Judicial District judges in Crow Wing County recused themselves.
WALKER, Minn.—A 54-year-old jail inmate, found March 15 unresponsive in his jail cell in Walker in north-central Minnesota, allegedly drank windshield washer fluid while in a transport vehicle to a Bemidji hospital prior to his death. The death of Darren Benais of Cass Lake is under investigation by the Cass County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota Department of Corrections.
BRAINERD, Minn.—The ice is out, and residents are preparing to move the monstrous floating bog on North Long Lake that made its home last fall in front of the Legionville School Safety Patrol Training Center. The bog broke away from the shoreline in October in Merrifield Bay on North Long Lake, north of Brainerd. The wind shifted the bog a few times, until it found its final resting place for the winter in front of the Legionville camp's swimming beach.