The victims of a Friday, June 4 murder-suicide in Wahpeton have been identified by the city police department.Gregory Zander, 62, lived with Karen Ertelt-Wanner, 52, at 1027 Vantura Dr., Wahpeton. Both were found dead from apparent gunshot wounds after 2:30 a.m. Friday morning.“A preliminary…
The Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) is requesting the public’s assistance in locating fugitive Robert Thomas Baca, who was last seen in California.
Former Otter Tail County deputy Kelly Backman has been formally sentenced following a petition to enter a guilty plea with the Otter Tail County District Court for a gross misdemeanor charge of misconduct of a public officer/employee, in exchange for dropping misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI charges.
The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office received a report of protestors on the pipeline right of way in Section 6 of Huntersville Township, northwest of Huntersville on Monday. The complainant stated there were approximately 30 individuals demonstrating and some of them were climbing on equipment…
Someone contacted Fergus Falls police on Monday about a situation involving a possibly stolen dog that they had found. The person told an officer that she had found the lost or stolen dog belonging to a Facebook friend outside a home on Broadway Avenue. The person said they were waiting to h…
A business owner contacted Fergus Falls on Monday about issues with a nearby traffic light. The business owner told police that when vehicles are heading south on College Way to Lincoln Avenue with just one or two cars, that when they are trying to make a left turn onto Lincoln, the light wi…
The Fergus Falls Police Department was contacted on Monday by a neighbor of a resident who was apparently arguing with a city employee at a property on South Mill Street. The person reported that their neighbor was yelling at a city worker on the neighbor’s property. When an officer responde…
Farm Service Agency employees contacted Fergus Falls police on Monday at approximately 6:42 a.m. requesting a welfare check on an individual that had been loitering in their parking lot for about an hour. The person was apparently holding a jacket and a suitcase. Staff reported that they wer…
Former Otter Tail County deputy Kelly Backman has entered a petition to enter a guilty plea with the Otter Tail County District Court for the charge of misconduct of a public officer/employee- exceed authority, in exchange for dropping the fourth-degree DWI charges.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Fergus Falls couple who will be charged with second-degree manslaughter after a 14-year-old died allegedly from a heroin overdose while the child was in their care.
A Minnesota National Guard and Minneapolis Police Department neighborhood security team were fired upon early Sunday in a drive-by shooting near Penn Avenue and Broadway.
The Minnesota Judicial Branch is making it easier and more convenient for more people to make payments on their court-ordered fines and fees in criminal cases.
A disturbing trend is emerging that has blindsided unsuspecting residents statewide, as well as locally, in the form of unemployment fraud.
It is common knowledge that phone scammers like to prey on the elderly so when a Henning cashier saw a chance to foil a swindle recently she took the matter into her own hands.
Why risk setting off a security system by stealing the whole vehicle when you can grab the catalytic converter with the help of a chop saw or a flame cutter in 10 minutes or less and be gone without anyone the wiser?
ST. PAUL — The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the two men who died during an officer-involved shooting incident that happened on Saturday night in North Germany Township in Wadena County. David Jay Savela (sa-veh-lah), 42, and Shannon Michael Savela, 36, both died of multip…
The Minnesota State Patrol was investigating a one-vehicle crash Wednesday at approximately 8:30 a.m. on I-94 eastbound near milepost 52 (west of Fergus Falls – overpass bridge) when another vehicle came along and hit the driver of the original crash while she was outside her vehicle, then h…
Otter Tail County Sheriff Barry Fitzgibbons issued a release Monday concerning Otter Tail County deputy Kelly Backman who was charged Friday with misconduct of a public official and fourth-degree DWI during the pursuit of a wanted suspect on Oct. 2, 2020.
The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners learned Tuesday that Seventh District Judge Kevin Miller has agreed to secure $100,000 of the roughly $1 million needed to repair the County Highway 41 bridge on Star Lake.
Any charges that may be brought against Otter Tail County Sheriff Deputy Kelly Backman will be coming from the Clay County Attorney’s Office according to Otter Tail County Attorney Michelle Eldien.
After passing a verdict of guilt Nov. 30 on two counts of second-degree murder in the state’s case against William Lynn Hillman, Seventh District Judge Kevin Miller pronounced the sentence by Zoom Tuesday with the defendant receiving a consecutive 51-year prison sentence.
Clydene Stangvik’s work has taken her to many different states since she joined Cisco in 1998 but she has always made Fergus Falls her home base.
Dayne Adrian Sitladeen has been charged with a gross misdemeanor in Seventh District Court for possession of a firearm without a permit following his arrest Sunday on Interstate 94 by a Minnesota State Trooper.
On Wednesday, protesters opposed to the count and certification of the electoral votes stormed the U.S. Capitol while the U.S. House of Representatives looked to certify President-elect Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States of America.
Two new laws that go into effect Jan. 1 will kick off some of the first changes of 2021. These laws are regarding prior authorization requirements of health insurance providers and requirements regarding sexual assault examination kits.
On a sunny, snowless Wednesday afternoon Fleet Farm was full of heroes.
Three years after four felony charges were filed against Floyd Joseph Moen in Seventh District Court, Judge Sharon Grewell Benson handed down a jail sentence of 17 days Monday for a fifth-degree felony drug offense.
The Grant County Sheriff's Office is investigating the circumstances of a death and fire that occured on the 100 block of Main Street in Ashby Wednesday.
While Minneapolis residents have reportedly been subjected to a number of violent carjackings, Fergus Falls Police Department Capt. Terry Eldien said Monday he has not seen a major rise in local car thefts during that time.
A procedural investigation by the Minnesota Department of Corrections related to the suicide of Derek John Sweere is currently underway according to Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office Lt. James Stewart.
A check with the Fergus Falls Police Department Monday morning into their investigation of Friday’s crash at Union and Cavour avenues had only limited insights to offer.
A check with the Fergus Falls Police Department Monday morning into their investigation of Friday’s tragic accident at Union and Cavour Avenues had only limited insights to offer.
The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office continues to ask for the public’s help in locating Rafael Buenfil, a 37-year-old Moorhead man who is considered an escapee from the county jail.
Neighbors on Otter Tail Lake discovered the Little Free Library in their neighborhood vandalized last week. All the books in the little library were stolen, a plexiglass display was broken and the racist phrase “Black N------ Matter” was written inside.
The County Highway 41 bridge at Star Lake near Dent was set on fire Sept. 6. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office reports Ryan Curtis Johnson, of Mapleton, North Dakota, was arrested for arson after allegedly trying to burn down the bridge. The bridge is closed, and a detour has been set u…
The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man that received a court-ordered furlough to attend his mother's funeral.
No objections were presented in Eighth District Court Monday by customers of the former Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator Company. The court action clears the way for creditor to recover $1.45 million of their losses from a substantial embezzlement scheme engineered by a former manager, Jer…
Kayla Marie Thompson, 27, was arrested on fourth-degree assault, obstruction with force, driving after revocation and not having car insurance Saturday after Otter Tail County Sheriff’s deputies stopped her for a traffic violation.
Doug Thorson had a big “Trump” sign stolen earlier this summer and while he was not angered by the theft he admits to being disappointed.
Ryan Curtis Johnson had his first appearance before an Otter Tail County district judge Wednesday morning following a fire he is suspected of setting Sunday near Star Lake.
The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office had two detectives in Fargo Tuesday investigating the midnight burning of a walking bridge Sunday on Star Lake.
Creditors of the former Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator Company will be given an opportunity to recoup $1.45 million in losses Sept. 21 at the Grant County Courthouse according to Fergus Falls attorney Erik Ahlgren.
A federal civil rights lawsuit brought by Kameron Erik Boudin of Parkers Prairie against former Otter Tail County deputy Jeremias “J.J.” Krupich and Otter Tail County was settled out of court Friday in Minneapolis.