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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Warrant issued for Grand Rapids man in child porn case

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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Warrant issued for Grand Rapids man in child porn case
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GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- A warrant was issued this week for a Grand Rapids man accused of distributing child pornography over the Internet.

Daryl Wayne Phelps, 48, failed to appear Monday in State District Court on seven felony counts of possession of pornographic work involving minors.

Phelps is accused of possessing and distributing several videos depicting sexual acts on juveniles, who are all believed to be younger than 14. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

According to the criminal complaint, a Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent conducting an investigation downloaded a file containing child pornography on July 9, 2012. The agency was able to track the file to an IP address at a home in rural Grand Rapids. In November 2012, agents executed a search warrant at the residence.

Phelps’ laptop and a CD were forensically examined and 39 suspected child pornography videos were found, according to the complaint. An analysis of seven videos revealed young male and female victims being sexually abused.

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As expected, a Willmar teen was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday morning for killing an elderly woman last summer at her rural Willmar home.

Brok Junkermeier, 19, read his own statement before Judge Donald Spilseth handed down the state-mandated guideline sentence for first-degree premeditated murder. Junkermeier said he’d found God in jail, and realized the victim’s last words, that she could help him, that God could help him, were true.

“If I had listened to her kind words, I wouldn’t be sitting here,” Junkermeier said to the hushed courtroom at the Kandiyohi County Courthouse. “I regret not using his (God’s) help when she offered it.”

Lila Warwick, 79, was found strangled and stabbed July 29 in her home.

Junkermeier’s trial came to a halt last week when he changed his plea to guilty.

Warwick’s grandson Robert Warwick, 18, who is accused of planning the murder with Junkermeier, also faces first-degree murder charges. His next court hearing is April 23.

A third teen charged in the case, Devon Jenkins, 16, of Willmar, was sentenced as a juvenile after pleading guilty in December to aiding and abetting second-degree murder.

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Republicans from the 8th Congressional District will meet Saturday morning in Park Rapids to endorse Stewart Mills as the candidate to take on U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan in this fall’s election.

District chairman Ted Lovdahl of Effie said that along with the Mills endorsement, a number of resolutions will be discussed. Speeches will be made by candidates for governor and other state positions. Minnesota House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt of Isanti County is also scheduled to speak.

Lovdahl said county party leaders in the district are asked to submit requests to host the convention, and this year it was Hubbard County’s turn. It’s as far west as you can get in a district that stretches 230 miles north and south from the northern Twin Cities suburbs to International Falls and from Duluth to Park Rapids, 160 miles west.

Mills, 42, lives in the Brainerd Lakes area and is part of the family that founded the retail store Mills Fleet Farm, in which he serves as a vice president. Mills announced his campaign in 2013 saying he wants to “return our government to the people” and with messages against gun control measures.

The convention begins at 9 a.m. at Park Rapids High School.

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A possible “suspicious death” investigated Tuesday by Cloquet police has been ruled accidental, due to an apparent fall, according to an autopsy by the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Cloquet police reported that officers were called to a residence just after noon Tuesday and that a body was discovered inside.

The deceased man was identified as Dan Engebrecht Roen, 61.

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A 36-year-old woman who was found dead in a snowbank in late February in Motley died from a prescription medication overdose, Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel reported Tuesday.

Anna Eakle was found dead Feb. 25 near the Country Terrace Apartments. Wetzel said earlier suspicions that Eakle had died of exposure to the cold were proven to be incorrect.

“It is precisely for this reason that we wait until an investigation is completed before determining an exact cause of death and whether foul play may have been a factor,” Wetzel said. “In this particular case, no foul play is suspected and the cause of death was prescription drug overdose.”

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted the autopsy.

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The National Park Service has opted against conducting an emergency genetic rescue of wolves on Isle Royale, and will instead conduct a long-term environmental review on the park’s diminished wolf population.

Isle Royale Superintendent Phyllis Green announced Wednesday that she won’t allow the introduction of transplanted wolves onto the Lake Superior island at this time – an effort some wolf researches have suggested to revitalize wolf genetics and bolster the population.

Instead, Green said she has begun the formal environmental impact statement process, an action that could take up to three years to reach a conclusion.

The environmental review will look not just at why wolf numbers have declined in recent years – and whether their inbreeding has doomed the small population -- but will include a review of the island’s entire ecosystem. Most important is how wolves relate to moose on the island, how moose relate to vegetation, and how the entire system is being affected by climate change, Green said.

Isle Royale is about 18 miles off Minnesota's North Shore at the Canadian border. Last spring, researchers reported only eight adult wolves remained on the island, down from 24 in 2009 and the lowest level since 1958.

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