NEWS FOR THE LAKES AREA




NEWS FOR THE LAKES AREA
 




Police/Sheriff Blotter
01-23-17
A rural Fergus Falls woman was arrested shortly after 5 am Sunday after she reportedly crashed her car into the Walmart building. Forty-year-old Jessica Beske was arrested for fourth degree DWI, under the influence of a controlled substance. A blood sample was taken at Lake Region Hospital and Beske was released to a sober party.
 
A 24-year-old Perham man was arrested Friday afternoon after the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a male out of control and possibly on drugs at a rural Perham residence. Authorities arrested Mathias James Winkels on probable cause charges of domestic assault and criminal damage to property.
 
A 25-year-old Perham man was arrested shortly after 5 am Saturday after he allegedly assaulted a woman at a rural New York Mills residence. Cody James VanCleef was arrested on probable cause charges of fifth degree domestic assault and felony assault by strangulation.
 
The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office is investigating burglaries at several seasonal cabins on the north side of Swan Lake, south of Fergus Falls. A number of cabins were entered sometime during the winter. It’s unknown if anything is missing or damaged at this time. The property owners are being advised to contact the sheriff’s office when they’re in the area to make a report.
 
The sheriff’s office received a report of a shop burglary on property on the northeast side of Fergus Falls. The shop was entered sometime Saturday or Sunday. There was minimal damage from a forced entry. The owner is missing change and a flashlight. There are no suspects.

Child Abuse Arrest
01-23-17
An Underwood man is under arrest for allegedly assaulting a 13-month-old child.
The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office says the child was brought to Lake Region Hospital Friday afternoon after the child’s mother found the boy unresponsive.
The child was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Minnesota where he underwent emergency surgery for a hemorrhage to his brain. He is listed in critical condition.
Otter Tail County authorities arrested 30-year-old Adam Clifford Rudolph Sundby on probable cause charges of first degree assault and malicious punishment of a child. Additional charges may be filed.
Sundby is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday.

Jacob Ferrell Sentenced
01-23-17
A Fergus Falls man has been sentenced in Otter Tail County District Court to 18 months in prison after he was convicted of Predatory Offender failing to notify a change of address.
Twenty-eight-year-old Jacob Peter Ferrell was registered as living in the 100 block of East Beech Avenue but authorities, doing a routine check, found that he was not living at that address. Ferrell, who was convicted earlier of possession of child pornography, was found to be in violation of predatory offender registration requirements.
Ferrell will receive credit for 152 days already spent in jail.

Wahpeton ATV Crash
01-23-17
A early morning Sunday ATV crash south of Wahpeton injured a 22-year-old Wahpeton man.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Office says Lorenzo Gutierrez had been riding his ATV on the River Road. Lorenzo stated he had braked hard and fell off the ATV and then the ATV landed on him.
Lorenzo was taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Breckenridge by a private party. He sustained non life-threatening injuries and was wearing a helmet at the time.

NYM Man Injured in Crash
01-23-17
A New York Mills man was injured when he pulled onto Highway 10 at Bluffton with his car and was rear-ended by a semi and trailer.
The State Patrol says the collision happened late Saturday morning. The car, driven by 73-year-old Daniel Hegg, turned right from County Road 143, in front of the eastbound semi.
The semi driver and a nine-year-old passenger, both from Motley, were not injured. Hegg was taken to Tri County Hospital in Wadena with non life-threatening injuries.

Frazee Crash
01-23-17
Two Frazee residents were injured when the van they were in crashed northeast of Frazee just after 8 am Saturday.
The State Patrol says 37-year-old Jennifer Labbe was driving a van westbound on Highway 87 when she lost control on a wet and ice-covered roadway and ran off the road. The van rolled once it entered the ditch.
Labbe and a passenger, 17-year-old Ivy Labbe, suffered non life-threatening injuries and were taken to Essentia Hospital in Detroit Lakes.

Hockey Rinks Closed
01-20-17
The Fergus Falls Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department says that due to the current warm temperatures, outdoor skating rinks and warming houses will be closed until further notice. This includes Lake Alice, Channing and Cleveland rinks. The ice conditions are unsafe to skate on with puddles and holes on the ice surface. You’re asked to check the city website for indoor open skating and open hockey opportunities. 

Police/Sheriff Blotter
01-19-17
Fergus Falls police have received another report of counterfeit money being passed. In this case, a local bank reported Wednesday that a fake $5 bill was found in a deposit from a local business. There’s no way of knowing who passed the bill.
 
The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a 2006 Chevy Equinox being stolen from a Vergas residence Wednesday afternoon. The owner had left the vehicle running. Later Wednesday, White Earth Tribal Police found the unoccupied vehicle after it had crashed into trees near Ogema. There are no suspects.
 
Otter Tail County deputies assisted the West Fargo Police Department in locating a 18-foot enclosed trailer stolen in West Fargo. Deputies went to residence north of Ottertail by Round Lake and discovered the trailer. The trailer was towed to an Otter Tail County impound lot for safekeeping. No one has been arrested in the theft.

Barnesville Crash
01-19-17
A Barnesville man was injured shortly before 6 am Wednesday when the car he was driving veered off Interstate 94 near Barnesville.
The State Patrol says 28-year-old Mathew Hendrickson was alone in the car. He was traveling westbound when he drove into the ditch. The interstate reportedly was covered in snow and ice.
He was taken to a Fargo hospital with non life-threatening injuries

Frazee Church Burglary
01-19-17
The Becker County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of a break-in at a Frazee church. Investigators were called to Sacred Heart Catholic Church Tuesday morning on a report of a possible break in and a missing computer. No further information was given as authorities investigate. If anyone has any information you’re asked to call the Becker County Sheriff's Office. 

Lower Bail Request Refused In Allard Case
01-19-2017
A judge has refused to lower bail for a Wahpeton man charged with attempted murder in a shooting at a home in Breckenridge late last month. The lawyer for 27 year-old Matthew Allard asked that his bail be reduced. He's jailed on a minimum 200-thousand dollars. Allard is accused of shooting another man in the stomach during an argument. Witnesses told police that Allard said that he might as well shoot everyone in the home as he was leaving the house. He was arrested the next day in Wahpeton by police and a special response team. He has previous drug and disorderly conduct convictions in Wahpeton, Bismarck and Minot.

Lobbyist Hiring
01-18-17
Fergus Falls’ new mayor Ben Schierer had to break two tie votes at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Both votes had to do with hiring a lobbyist at the Minnesota legislature.
A resolution to hire Joel Carlson to lobby the legislature on Regional Treatment Center issues passed on a 5 to 4 vote. A resolution to hire Carlson to lobby for the city library sales tax legislation failed 5 to 4.
City aldermen opposed to the measures believe the city doesn’t have to spend $42,000 to get the job done.
The city council has a legislative committee that has been active at the legislature. There is also city representation through the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities and a statewide library lobbying group. Not to mention State Representative Bud Nornes and State Senator Bill Ingebrightsen, who are both in the majority party this session.
One alderman in favor of hiring a lobbyist says he feels a lobbyist would have a better chance of lobbying both sides of the political aisle.

Isaiah Gross Sentenced
01-18-17
A 35-year-old Fergus Falls man has been sentenced in Otter Tail County District Court to time served in two court cases.
Isaiah Lorrell Gross was convicted of third-degree burglary and violating an order for protection.
He broke into a garage and a home in the 200 block of West Fir Avenue in Fergus Falls March 4th last year. He smashed out windows on a vehicle parked in the garage and broke a bedroom window in the home, causing $1,900 damage.
In another case, he was convicted of violating an order for protection for threatening the life of a woman while texting her. That incident happened January 10th last year.

Luis Avalos Plea Hearing
01-18-17
A 25-year-old Pelican Rapids man pled guilty Tuesday a fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge.
Luis Enrique Avalos had originally been charged in Otter Tail County District Court to a third-degree crime for helping rape a 17-year-old Pelican Rapids girl October 9th, 2015.
Under a plea agreement, he pled guilty to the lesser charged and is expected to be sentenced to 30 days in jail.
The other defendant in the case, 23-year-old Anthony Lee Stands of Pelican Rapids, was sentenced earlier this month to 53 months in prison after a jury found him guilty of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Moorhead Crash
01-18-17
A Fergus Falls man was involved in a two-vehicle crash in Moorhead Tuesday morning.
The State Patrol says a car driven by 32-year-old Michael Severson of Portland, North Dakota, rear-ended a car driven by 53-year-old Oliver Anderson of Fergus Falls while Anderson was stopped in traffic. Severson suffered non life-threatening injuries. Anderson was not injured.

Bar Beating
01-18-17 
The last of four men charged in the beating death of a man outside a Main Avenue bar in Fargo has been given a longer prison term than the Prosecutor recommended. The State's Attorneys Office asked for 15 years for Scott Moen of Fargo, citing his cooperation with the investigation into the May 2015 death of Joey Gaarsland. He pleaded guilty and received a 20-year sentence. Two other men were also given 20 years, while the fourth defendant got 15 years. Gaarsland was 35. Police say he died while defending his wife during an argument that began in the bar and ended up in the parking lot. 
 
I-94 Crash Names Released
01-17-17
The State Patrol has released more details about a crash on Interstate 94 near Evansville Sunday night.
The patrol says 21-year-old Bobbie Nutter of Champlin was driving a car eastbound. A pickup behind her was driven by 34-year-old Daniel Knudtson of West Fargo. Knudtson’s pickup rear-ended the car and both vehicles went into the median.
Nutter and two children in her car were taken to Douglas County Hospital. Knudtson was also taken there. None of the injuries were considered life threatening.

Police/Sheriff Blotter
01-17-17
Fergus Falls police took reports Friday of counterfeit bills being passed at McDonald’s, Big Chief Truck Stop, and Walmart. There are no suspects.
 
The Fergus Falls Fire Department was called out Friday to rescue a dog that fell through ice on the Otter Tail River. Firefighters were able to safely retrieve the dog named “Bucky” and reunite him with his owners.
 
A car was stolen from the 1100 block of Friberg Avenue Friday. The owner left the car running while she went inside. It was gone when she came back out. It was later located in the YMCA parking lot. Nothing was missing from the car.
 
The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office received a report Sunday of vandalism to vehicles while the owners were ice fishing. The fisherman, from Detroit Lakes, Barnesville and West Fargo, had tires slashed on their vehicles and a trailer. There are no suspects. They were fishing west of Dunvilla.
 
Two 30-gallons propane tanks attached to a fish house on Prairie Lake north of Pelican Rapids were stolen sometime between January 8th and 15th. They are valued at $150.
 
An active investigation is underway concerning the theft of a safe and its contents from a residence north of Henning. The 16 inch x 16 inch safe was taken after a window was pulled open. The safe is valued at $500. The burglary was reported Monday.

Breckenridge Crash
01-17-17
One person was taken to the hospital following a two-vehicle collision in Breckenridge late Monday morning.
The State Patrol says a pickup driven by 67-year-old Gerald Nordick of Breckenridge was southbound on Highway 9. A pickup driven by 26-year-old Kyle Mcginn of Maplewood was westbound on Wilkin County Road 16 and failed to yield to oncoming traffic at the intersection of Highway 9.
Nordick attempted to avoid the crash but was sideswiped by Mcginn’s pickup. A passenger in Mcginn’s pickup, 48-year-old Amy Mcginn, was taken to St. Francis Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Ice Fishing Carbon Monoxide Incident
01-16-2017
Sheriff's officials say a woman has died and four other people have been taken to hospitals after they were overcome by apparent carbon monoxide poisoning while ice fishing in southern Minnesota. Authorities say the group was in an ice shanty on Lake Wilmert in rural Martin County Sunday afternoon. A 21-year-old woman died at the scene about 2 p.m. A 20-year-old man was taken to St. Marys in Rochester, about two hours to the east.  Three other adults were treated at local hospitals. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office is investigating the death. The sheriff's office provided no other details. (via AP)

Deer Creek Crash
01-13-17
The State Patrol says a Kenworth tractor and a car collided in Deer Creek during the noon hour Thursday.
A car driven by 20-year-old Jenna Zerr of Henning was traveling on Highway 50 and was stopped at Highway 29. The Kenworth was southbound on Highway 29. Zerr attempted to make a left hand turn onto Highway 29, turning in front of the Kenworth. The Kenworth driver, 43-year-old Heinz Strobel of Hoffman, attempted to avoid the car by swerving to the left. After contact was made, the Kenworth ended up in the ditch. The car was disabled on Highway 29.
Zerr was taken to Tri County Hospital in Wadena with non life-threatening injuries.

Ward 2 3rd Precinct
01-12-17
One of the spin-offs of annexing Woodland Heights to Fergus Falls is changes in voting.
In the past, the 185 registered voters in Woodland Heights voted in Fergus Falls Township and for the District 3 County Commissioner. Most Fergus Falls residents vote for District 5 County Commissioner.
Administrative Assistant Lynne Olson says the secretary of state’s office wants changes made before the next election. And Olson and the county are suggesting that Woodland Heights become Ward 2, Precinct 3, of Fergus Falls, voting along with other Ward 2 residents at the National Guard Armory.
Olson says Woodland Heights would continue to vote for District 3 County Commissioner on separate ballots from other Ward 2 voters. She says the county would cover the cost of the special ballots.
The city’s Public Works and Safety Committee voted Wednesday to recommend the new precinct to the full city council.

Breckenridge Fire
01-12-17
The Breckenridge Fire Department was called out Wednesday morning to the Law Enforcement Center. The kitchen reported smoke coming through the vents of the kitchen.
It was found that a bearing and belt went out, causing the bearing to smoke. The system was being worked on at the time of the incident, but was not related to the work.
The scene was cleared a short time later after it was ruled that there was not actually a fire.

James Hardy New GM for CHS
01/12/17
A new general manager has been named for Cenex Harvest States based in Mahnomen. A press release from CHS, Inc. says James Hardy will replace Harry Aanden who is retiring after eight years as general manager. Hardy will start February 1st. He will oversee strategic planning and operations while working with the local producer board. The Mahnomen-based business unit of CHS Country Operations offers grain products and services from six locations in northwest Minnesota. 

Shoot For The Moon Launches!
01-11-2016
Lake Region Health Care's Community Health Challenge is kicking off in a big way this year. Called “Shoot For The Moon”, participants will have a collective goal of 238,900 miles to reach for. Also, once the moon is reached, one lucky participant will win a $3500 travel voucher. Marketing & Communications Director Katie Johnson says the website will launch starting this week at LRHC.org/ToTheMoon website with all of the sign up details. Lake Region Healthcare will also have registration forms in the lobby of all locations and at the YMCA.
A kickoff for “Shoot For the Moon” will take place at the Otter Tail County Historical Society’s Karen Nyberg Photo Exhibit where participants can visit the new exhibit all this week at the Otter Tail County Historical Museum. The travel voucher winner will be selected at the Community Health Expo on April 20th.

Blazer Drops Through Ice
01-11-17
The owner of a Chevy Blazer has 30 days to remove it from West Battle Lake. The SUV partially broke through the ice Tuesday afternoon.
The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office says the SUV broke through the ice on a pressure ridge about 50 yards from shore off of Highway 78. The Battle Lake Fire Department assisted getting the driver out of the vehicle.
A fish house was attached to the vehicle.

Dozens of Crashes in Patrol’s West Central District
01/11/17 
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, by the end of the day Tuesday, Troopers in the West Central District of the state handled  21 crashes, two with non-life threatening injuries and an additional 51 other vehicles that slid off the road and required Trooper and towing assistance. The West Central stretches from Kittson and Roseau Counties in the North down to Kandiyohi and includes the counties of Becker, Mahnomen, Otter Tail, Wadena, Clay, Norman, Wilkin, Grant and Douglas. 

Homeless Man's Body Found Frozen In Grand Forks
01-11-17
The mystery remains of how a homeless man died in Grand Forks.  Police say they found Richard Bumford dead on December 22nd in the Grand Forks greenway.  Authorities deemed there was no need to notify anyone and don't suspect foul play, but the cause of death is still pending final autopsy results.  Bumford's last known address was Northlands Rescue Mission, a place that's been criticized for kicking homeless people out on the street.  The practices of the Mission are something police are looking into.

Highway 59 Crash
01-11-16
An SUV collided with a semi Tuesday afternoon south of Detroit Lakes. The State Patrol says the car’s driver, 37-year-old Marshall Rach of Vergas, was traveling on Becker County Road 17, approaching Highway 59. The SUV pulled onto Highway 59 and was struck by a semi driven by 43-year-old Michael Gunnarson of Karlstad.
The SUV spun out and entered the east ditch, and the semi went into the west ditch where the trailer rolled over. A private party transported the SUV driver to the hospital before responders arrived.

Jeffery Kampsula Trial
01-11-17
A jury trial is underway in Otter Tail County for a 49-year-old Ottertail man accused of stealing property and selling it.
Jeffery Robert Kampsula is charged with felony counts of theft, theft by swindle, aggravated forgery and receiving stolen property.
According to a court complaint, Kampsula and Katherine Astrid Gaustad were renting a home on a farm southeast of Deer Creek. Kampsula had access to outbuildings on the farm which contained machinery.
He’s accused of stealing a range of items, and selling them. The list includes: a four wheeler, battery charger, six bottom plow, dump trailer, gas tractor, skid loader, combine, car, and radiators from other machinery. He also allegedly emptied a grain bin of soybeans and selling the soybeans to elevators.
The thefts allegedly occurred between January 20, 2015 and June 13, 2015. The property is owned by two brothers. One of the brothers died. The thefts were discovered after his death.
The 45-year-old Gaustad was initially charged with the same crimes as Kampsula. But an order was filed by Judge Barbara Hanson in April granting a defense motion to dismiss the complaint against her for lack of probable cause. Judge Hanson ruled that the state didn’t present evidence sufficient to establish charges against Gaustad within a reasonable probability.
Kampsula’s trial is expected to last up to five days.

Police/Sheriff Blotter
01-11-16
Fergus Falls police are investigating a report of an assault at the Fergus Fast Lane. A male employee called police late Monday afternoon to report he was assaulted by a fellow employee. The suspect allegedly threw the victim around by the throat several times. The victim called police again about 6 pm to report the suspect had threatened him. Police plan to forward details for a fifth-degree assault complaint.
 
The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a report of damage to an irrigator system at a farm south of Perham on Minnesota Street. The owner says the last time he checked the equipment was in early November. Sometime since then, someone cut wires on the equipment and took 100 to 200 feet of wire. Damage is estimated at from $1,000 to $2,000.

More Charges Filed Against Protester Who Allegedly Fired Gun
01-11-17
More federal charges are being filed against a Dakota Access Pipeline protester who allegedly fired a gun at cops.  Red Fawn Fallis is accused of shooting at law enforcement officers in October while being arrested during a police raid of the northern "front Line" protest camp.  A new indictment charges her with felony counts of civil disorder and discharging a firearm in relation to a felony crime of violence.  These charges are being added to an earlier charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Fallis pleaded not guilty to all charges Monday. 

Aldrich Crash
01-11-17
Two vehicles were involved in a crash just north of Aldrich late Tuesday morning on Highway 10.
The state patrol says an SUV driven by 83-year-old Robert Hirschey of Cushing was westbound, as was a car driven by 18-year-old Kaitlynn Swank of Verndale.
A semi passed the SUV and kicked up snow, reducing the driver’s visibility and the SUV slowed down. The car rear-ended the SUV.
Both drivers suffered non life-threatening injuries.

Dump Tuck Crash
01-10-17
An Alexandria woman had to be extricated from her car after it collided with a dump truck on the city’s northeast side late Monday afternoon.
Alexandria Police say 60-year-old Lynn Mensen was driving the vehicle. After being freed from the crushed vehicle, she was taken to Douglas County Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
A passenger, 44-year-old Michael Bowman of Elizabeth, reportedly was not injured.

Daniel Lang Plea Hearing
01-06-17
A Pelican Rapids man pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree criminal sexual conduct related to sexual contact with a minor girl during the summer of 2015.
Fifty-two-year-old Daniel Todd Lang was originally charged with two counts each of first and second degree criminal sexual conduct.
Under a plea agreement, he pleaded guilty to second degree criminal sexual conduct. If the judge follows the plea agreement offered by the Otter Tail County Attorneys Office, he receive a stay of execution. He will serve 180 days in jail and be on 25 years probation. He will not be allowed unsupervised contact with the victim or any persons under 18.
He’ll be sentenced on March 9th.

Counterfeit $100 Bill Passed
01-06-17
Fergus Falls Police received a report of a $100 counterfeit bill that was passed at Sunmart Express at 1203 W. Lincoln Ave in Fergus Falls on New Year’s Day. Management at the business is reviewing surveillance video and police continue to investigate. 

Influenza Season In Otter Tail County
01-06-16
As most people are probably aware, the flu season is here in Otter Tail County. Most flu vaccines this year are going to contain a couple components to look at and target influenza A, and also at least one to target influenza B. Infection Prevention Coordinator at Lake Region Healthcare Terri Anderson says only injectable flu shots are being recommended this year. The Flu mist offered in previous years will not be available. Also, the most important is to remember that just because someone got the flu shot last year does not mean you that you should not get it this year as there are new strains every year.

Man Shot, Injured in Accidental Shooting at Perham Apartment
01/03/17
A man was Life-Flighted to Fargo on Saturday afternoon after another man accidentally fired a gun and struck him in an apartment in Perham.
Perham police say the incident was reported just after 1 p.m. Saturday at a house that includes multiple apartment units on Second Street Southwest in Perham.
The man was flown to a Fargo hospital Saturday afternoon. 
More information about the victim, including his condition and name haven't been released. Police officials say one man who lived in an upstairs apartment unit at the building was arrested Saturday. His name has not been released pending an investigation of the accidental shooting. Police say the man faces a charge of "dangerous weapons," which is a felony charge for recklessly discharging a firearm in city limits.

Becker County Rollover
01-03-17
A Callaway woman was injured New Year’s Day when the Chevy Avalanche she was driving went off Highway 10 east of Detroit Lakes. The State Patrol says 56-year-old Mary Bryngelson was eastbound when her vehicle drifted onto the right shoulder. She overcorrected causing the Avalanche to roll into the medium.
Her injuries were not considered life threatening. A passenger did not have any injuries documented.

Brandon Crash
01-03-17
A Minot, North Dakota man was injured in a pickup crash on Interstate 94 during the noon hour Monday.
The State Patrol says 19-year-old Patrick Darulis was eastbound near Brandon when he hit an icy patch, left the roadway and rolled.
His injuries were not considered life threatening.
 
Great American Think-Off
01-01-16
Organizers of the annual Great American Think-Off have proposed a heavy-hitter question for this year’s contest.
The question for the 25th annual contest is, “Has the 2016 election changed our perception of truth?”
To enter the contest, submit a 750 word essay by April 1st. Four finalists will be chosen May 1st. Each finalist will receive $500 plus travel expenses and a chance to win the title of America’s Greatest Thinker.
The debate will be held June 10th in New York Mills.

Salvation Army Exceeds 2016 Goal
12-29-2016
The totals are coming in for the local Fergus Falls Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign and it appears a last minute push helped the organization meet their 2016 goals. McCormick says that they actually exceeded their goal by almost $7500. She added that without the extra help of all the volunteers and the weather cooperating, it would not have been possible. The Fergus Falls Salvation Army serves families and individuals in crisis in the Fergus Falls area, providing basic needs assistance and spiritual care.

Stress On Power Lines Causes Insulator To Fail
12-27-2016
Another late morning power outage affecting Fergus Falls and the surrounding area along with many communities in South Dakota has been blamed on a failed insulator that was a victim of freezing rain and ice over the holiday weekend. Otter Tail Power Representative Stephanie Hoff said major portions of the eastern part of South Dakota are still without power with multiple crews being dispatched to many towns in the area. Hoff says another update may come this afternoon as far as the number of customers affected.

Love Your Melon
12-24-16
A company that started as a class project for two college students has expanded into a community service effort for more than 12-thousand students at nearly 800 college campuses across the country. Zachary Quinn and Brian Keller were students at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, when they launched "Love Your Melon." The idea was to provide beanies and baseball caps for local children with cancer, but it was so successful they started a company, with half of the profits going to pediatric cancer research. Spokesman Alex Meysman says college students go to hospitals dressed up in Superhero costumes to deliver the caps to the kids. In the last four years, Love Your Melon has provided more than 86-thousand hats to children with cancer and raised more than 1-point-5 million dollars for cancer research. The beanies are made by Minnesota Knitting Mills, and the baseball caps are made in Denver.

Kenwood Anderson Sentenced
12-21-16
A Fergus Falls man was sentenced Tuesday in Otter Tail County District Court for embezzling money from two Fergus Falls businesses. Sixty-two-year-old Kenwood Charles Anderson was sentenced to 150 days in jail and was placed on 20 years probation after pleading guilty to Theft by Swindle. Anderson was a bookkeeper for Mabel Murphy’s Eating and Drinking Establishment and Fergus Transportation. He stole money Mabel Murphy’s from January through September, 2015, and from Fergus Transportation from September, 2011 through September, 2015.
Anderson has been ordered to pay over $34,000 restitution to Fergus Transportation and over $51,000 restitution to Mabel Murphy’s. He has also been ordered to pay $25,000 restitution to Grinnell Mutual Insurance Company. Two counts of theft and another count of theft by swindle were dismissed.

FF City Hall Clock Tower
12-19-16
Something is amiss in downtown Fergus Falls. Many people have noticed that the city hall clock tower is no longer operating, and the hourly chimes have been silenced. Public Works Director Len Taylor says there’s a logical explanation. And it has to do with a remodeling project at city hall. The remodeling project is expected to take 90 days, which puts its completion date in mid to late February. The power circuits running the clock tower could be activated before that date and the clock tower will function again.

President of MSA
12-19-16
Wadena County Sheriff Michael Carr has been sworn in as President of the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association at the annual winter conference in Alexandria.
Carr has over 22 years of law enforcement experience, including 17 years in the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office. He has many years of professional leadership training and has been on the Executive Directors board for MSA since 2012.
MSA is rich in tradition and was established in 1885. It’s mission is to legislate and provide training and education for sheriffs and staff so they are better prepared to serve and protect the citizens of Minnesota.