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The Fergus Falls boy, now identified as Mason Weston, 11, who was severely beaten in a July 29 incident has died. Otter Tail County Attorney Michelle Eldein said on Wednesday that charges have now been upgraded in the case to second-degree murder, as well as one count of first-degree manslau…

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Fergus Falls police were notified by the Hyundai Blue Link Connected Car Service over the noon hour Tuesday that a vehicle had been reported stolen and their service was tracking the vehicle. They stated in a call to police that the vehicle was at the corner of Mill Street and East Summit Av…

Fergus Falls police chased a motorcyclist on Monday beginning at approximately 2:40 p.m. who weaved through downtown ending with a foot pursuit on Stanton Avenue. 

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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…

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The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office and Clay County joined in a high speed pursuit with law enforcement on Wednesday at around 8 p.m. on Minnesota Highway 108 near County Highway 11. 

The Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) is requesting the public’s assistance in locating fugitive Robert Thomas Baca, who was last seen in California.

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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…

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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…

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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.

Jesse James Bommersbach was taken into custody Sunday in Richland County (North Dakota) according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office.

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Tyler Kenneth Platukas faces felony charges for criminal sexual conduct, exposing a juvenile to drugs and domestic assault after an appearance before Judge Jonathan Judd Wednesday in Seventh District Court.

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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 Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is continuing its investigation of the officer-involved shooting that happened on Saturday night in North Germany Township, during which four people were shot.

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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…

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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. 

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.

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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. 

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Victor Manuel Marales appeared before Eighth District Court Judge Amy Doll Friday from the Douglas County Jail on two murder charges and a a charge of arson in connection with the death of a woman Wednesday morning in Ashby.

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Bail was set at $1 million without conditions and $750,000 with conditions Friday as Cody Freitag made his first appearance for felony charges before Judge Kevin Miller in Seventh District Court.

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Four felony counts, including two for fleeing a peace officer resulted in death, and two for criminal vehicular homicide, were filed Wednesday in Seventh District Court against Cody James Freitag. 

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A pursuit of an individual with outstanding warrants by the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office ended in tragedy as a collision left two people dead and another with serious, but nonlife-threatening injuries Friday in Fergus Falls.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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