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Human Remains found in Rural Cass Lake

09/12/2019, 2:30pm CDT
By Press Release from the Leech Lake Tribal Police Dept

From a press release from the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department:

On September 10th, 2019, Leech Lake Tribal Police Officers initiated a search effort in rural Cass Lake in Cass County, MN pursuant to an ongoing investigation.  Searchers found what is believed to be human remains in a rural wooded area.  The remains were recovered and an autopsy is scheduled with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office. 

Assisting agencies are the Cass County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Northstar Search and Rescue.

Details and further information will not be available until the remains are positively identified and family members are notified.

Pillager MN - Train Incident Claims Life of 36 Year Old Male

08/26/2019, 2:30pm CDT
By Cass County Sheriff's Office

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on August 24th 2019 at 7:23 AM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a train hitting a person walking on the train track in May Township, near 45th Ave SW, west of Pillager MN. Deputies and responders arrived on scene and learned that a Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) train was eastbound through the area when it struck a male party who was walking on the track. A male party, age 36, address unknown, was confirmed deceased on scene. A second male party, age 50, address unknown, was also observed in the area by the train crew and later located and transported to a Brainerd Hospital for minor injuries. Names of parties involved are being withheld pending notification of family members.  An autopsy is scheduled with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office. The incident remains under investigation with the assistance of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Investigators. Assisting at the scene was Pillager Fire and Rescue, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota State Patrol Flight Division and North Ambulance.

Online Solicitation Sting

08/17/2019, 11:15am CDT
By Press Release from the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office

On August 13-15 investigators from the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office conducted an online solicitation sting

On August 13-15 investigators from the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office conducted an online solicitation sting. During the operation investigators were targeting individuals seeking to have sexual contact with juveniles under 15 years old. As a result the following individuals were arrested for various charges related to solicitation of underage children to engage in sexual activity. 
 
• Danny Lee Schroeder of Brainerd • Mark Joshua Ridlon of Ironton • William Anthony Desrocher of Brainerd • Eddy Alejandro Aquino Reynoso of Long Prairie • Douglas Arnold Odegard of Baxter

 
Sheriff Scott Goddard states, “I’m extremely saddened to learn that members of our communities were actively attempting to prey upon children. I want the citizens of Crow Wing County to know that my office has a very aggressive stance of this type of predatory behavior and I am very pleased with my investigators and those who provided my office with the assistance to stop these predators before they succeed in harming anyone. We will continue to tirelessly pursue anyone suspected of this type of behavior.”
 
Assisting the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office was the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division (LADID), and the Nisswa, Brainerd, and Baxter Police Departments.

Missing Children Found Safe in Cass County

07/12/2019, 2:15pm CDT
By Associated Press

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says three young children who were the subject of an Endangered Child Alert have been found in northern Minnesota.
 
The bureau said Friday the children were found in Cass County with their non-custodial parents, who have been arrested. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says someone reported seeing the parents' vehicle Thursday afternoon, and authorities saw the vehicle in a wooded area near Motley.
 
Authorities say 6-year-old Analia Essex, 2-year-old Abigail Christian and 1-year-old Michale Christian went missing under suspicious circumstances Tuesday and were believed to be with their parents, who are not legally allowed to have them.
 
The parents are being held in a Minnesota jail and awaiting extradition to Tennessee on multiple charges. Minnesota authorities are also working to return the children to Tennessee.
 

Foothills State Forest ATV Crash Results in Serious Injury

06/18/2019, 9:30am CDT
By Cass County Sheriff's Office Press Release

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on June 16th 2019 at 2:06 PM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an ATV crash with injuries in the Foothills State Forest near the Spider Lake Recreation Area in Ansel Township, rural Backus MN. Deputies and EMS personnel responded and learned that the victim, Mary Hedstrom, age 58, of Alexandria MN was operating a 2004 Sportsman 600 ATV when she attempted to negotiate a sharp turn and lost control, leaving the trail and rolling down an embankment. The victim was taken from the scene by ambulance and transported to a Brainerd MN hospital with serious injuries. The investigation continues. Assisting at the scene were the Sebeka Fire Department, Pine River Fire Department, Pine River Police Department, North Memorial Ambulance and North Memorial Air Care.

Taken from a Cass County Sheriff's Office Press Release

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ATV Safety Requirements and where to take an ATV Course

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Foothills State Forest ATV Crash Results in Serious Injury

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on June 16th 2019 at 2:06 PM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an ATV crash with injuries in the Foothills State Forest near the Spider Lake Recreation Area in Ansel Township, rural Backus MN. Deputies and EMS personnel responded and learned that the victim, Mary Hedstrom, age 58, of Alexandria MN was operating a 2004 Sportsman 600 ATV when she attempted to negotiate a sharp turn and lost control, leaving the trail and rolling down an embankment. The victim was taken from the scene by ambulance and transported to a Brainerd MN hospital with serious injuries. The investigation continues. Assisting at the scene were the Sebeka Fire Department, Pine River Fire Department, Pine River Police Department, North Memorial Ambulance and North Memorial Air Care.

Taken from a Cass County Sheriff's Office Press Release

ATV riding can be a safe and enjoyable hobby, here's a link to basic requirements and where you can take a safety course:

ATV Safety Requirements and where to take an ATV Course