Jennifer Kraus

A big part of my day is chasing down tips on a variety of breaking news stories, relating to vehicle crashes, fires, police incidents and court cases. I’m always thankful when people call in tips to alert me on an incident so I can follow up and see if the tip is actually something that occurred or is a rumor. It’s a big scope to keep track of as we not only cover Brainerd and Crow Wing County incidents, but we also cover the surrounding counties and cities. I also gather information on the entertainment scene, so if you are hosting a band or choir concert, an art exhibit, a play or other theater production -- I want to hear about it. If you know of a story on any of these beats, give me a shout! To help support local journalism, click here to sign up to receive a Dispatch digital subscription to our e-edition or to receive the printed paper at your door, or to get both.

JENNIFER KRAUS may be reached at or 218-855-5851. Follow me at on Twitter.

For the Armacosts of Oakland, California, this would be their first trip in getting back out into the world since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Because COVID-19 had so greatly impacted so many people, the duo decided to use the trip to commemorate the victims of COVID-19. Folks who lost someone to COVID-19 share the names of their loved ones to the Armacosts and then Scott, a Navy veteran and trumpet player, plays military taps to honor them each night at sunset.
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According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Chevy Tahoe was traveling north on Highway 6 when it crossed over into the southbound lane and struck a Ford Escape near Cass County Highway 7 in Remer Township.
“It’s strange,” Cass County (Minn.) Sheriff Tom Burch said, as his department has followed many leads over the years but still haven’t found any trace of Peter Achermann or his belongings. “This case remains open and we’re trying to figure out what happened to him. We want to bring comfort to the family and give them closure and answers on what happened to him.”
The pipe itself was capped at one end, which created a trapped air environment for the two people who had climbed inside. The trapped air inside the pipe was estimated to be near 130 degrees with reduced oxygen concentration.
“It is not a decision I take lightly,” Goddard wrote, stating it was necessary after reading the findings of the defamation lawsuit filed by former Crosby Police Officer Jesse Smith against the city of Crosby and the police department's top two ranking officers.
The Brainerd Police officer believed the Brainerd man, who had a knife, was trying to attack him and kill him, the court document stated.
Defendant stated he tried defending himself by putting his hands around his wife's throat and he squeezed her throat until she went limp, court documents stated. He told authorities he panicked and put her body in the passenger seat of their vehicle and drove her to the Swan River Bridge on Great River Road, south of Little Falls, and that he dropped her body under the bridge.
While assisting with the medical call, one of the paramedics began to feel weak and dizzy and collapsed while on the scene and became unresponsive, the Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office reported.
"Now I can love December again because of this Christmas miracle,” Deb Mosberger said. “And now the year 2020 is not so bad.”