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Text Bank Scam
The sheriff’s office is taking calls about another scam. The callers said they received a text message on their cell phone saying that their bank debit card ‘was locked’ and they need to go online to a banking website to unlock it. One lady that called said she doesn’t even have a debit card with her bank.
This is a scam where they are looking for your banking information. The sheriff’s office advises that if you get such a text you can check on it by calling your bank directly. You should look up the phone number. Don’t respond to the text or go online and don’t give them any personal information.
18 Year Old Charged with Filming a Minor Taking a Shower
An eighteen-year-old rural Fergus Falls man is charged with interference of the privacy of a minor. According to the criminal complaint, he used the shiny side of a CD under the bathroom door to film a juvenile female taking a shower. The two-minute video was on a digital recorder that was from the home.
He was released with a promise to appear at future court hearings for the felony charge.
Battle Lake Girl Missing
A Battle Lake girl remains missing after parent abduction.
7 year old Cierra Orner was last seen at the Battle Lake Elementary School November 8th. It is believed that her mother, Shauna Orner took Cierra. Lieutenant Matt McGuire with the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office confirms that Cierra is missing and has been registered with the FBI’s National Crime Information Center. They say the girl is NOT in any immediate danger and they may be out of state by now.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Shauna Orner.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Cierra or Shauna Orner should call the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office (218 998 8555) or the Center for Missing and Exploited Children (1 800 843 5678)
Many Vehicle Crashes Monday
Many vehicle crashes Monday with the first snow fall. Fergus Falls Police responded to 7 of them, Perham Police to 4. Otter Tail County deputies had 10 and 4 other ones in Otter Tail County were referred to the state patrol.
Two of the Otter Tail County crashes involved injuries. A driver was not able to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Harvest Ave and Co Hwy 34 due to the snow and ice conditions. Several people were taken to the Perham hospital with minor injuries. A similar crash at Co Hwy 14 and Co Hwy 67 intersection. Another crash later in the day at Co Hwy 67 and Co Hwy 4 intersection sent the driver to hospital after hitting a tree.
Minnesota State Patrol says one person was killed on I 94 in Stearns County when their car was hit by a jackknifed semitrailer.
A motorist traveling northbound on Highway 7 in Big Stone County died after losing control of their vehicle. The vehicle ran off the road and rolled down a steep hill.
A driver traveling westbound on Highway 210 in Aitkin County was killed when they lost control of their vehicle, which slid sideways into eastbound traffic. The vehicle was struck on the passenger side by an eastbound vehicle.
A motorist in Sherburne County died when their vehicle ran off the road and crashed into a tree. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt.
Snow Reminders from city of Fergus Falls
Ann Martens with the city of Fergus Falls gave some snow reminders Monday:
“Help out our fire department by clearing away the snow from the hydrants, sidewalks is the responsibility of the home owner/property owner to remove the snow within 24 hours of the snow ceasing and even people that own property that don’t live there that is still their responsibility, and then moving cars, cars need to be moved every 24 hours. We ask for the cooperation. I know people do have the right to park on the street during storms but we do get on the radio and do press releases when it’s a situation where we are having trouble getting through and there is a large accumulation.”
The city of Fergus Falls has posted a list of these reminders on their website. You can also find the map of the snow emergency routes.
Police too issued a reminder about moving cars. A vehicle left on the street will have a bright orange tow tag placed on it if it has been there longer than 24 hours.
If a vehicle is towed you would need to pay the towing fee, ticket, impound fee and storage fees and it is usually more than one hundred dollars.
Storm Warning 3 PM
A break in the snow systems this morning. Later today, a WINTER STORM WARNING takes effect at 3 pm. Weather Eye Meteorologist Sam Dunaiski says the storm has slowed down but is intensifying; He is sticking by his prediction of up to 10 inches of snow.
After the snow the temperatures drop and we could see near blizzard conditions tonight through Wednesday night.
OtterDazzle in Ottertail December 7
The annual OtterDazzle will be held in Ottertail on Saturday, December 7. The daylong event includes craft sales, hayrides, kids games, and a parade at 5:00 p.m. followed by fireworks, a chili cook off and a Christmas concert at the Creamery.
Job Fair at Perham High School December 11
Perham-Dent High School has partnered with the local business community to provide a College/Career Fair for Perham-Dent students as well as area schools. At the fair, students can visit with colleges, explore career opportunities and share time with business professionals. This event has been developed to help students explore careers, build connections with current learning, and to provide students with variety of careers that are available in Perham and surrounding areas.
Three Arrested after Home Invasion
Three men are under arrest after a home invasion Saturday. There was pounding on the front door in the 3900 block of Pebble Shores Circle in Fergus Falls around 4:30 am. The homeowners said that three men forced their way into the home, and pushed one of them up against the wall. They knew one of the men as a former employee.
Police arrested 35-year-old Terry Allan Stewart, 33-year-old Jeremy Wade Wark and 32-year-old Daniel Cassman on 1st degree burglary charges.
Burglary Reported on Lincoln Ave & Alcott Ave
A ham, Wii games, DVD’s and loose change are among the items taken from a residence in the 700 block of West Lincoln in Fergus Falls. The resident came home to find the freezer door open and items missing Friday but no forced entry to the apartment. Police are investigating but have no suspects at this time.
A woman in the 300 Block of East Alcott called police at 1 am Sunday morning because she thought someone was in the house. A plastic bag with 2 laptop computers, Playstation games and blue ray DVD’s was found outside the back door. The intruder may have been scared off. Police will check the items for fingerprints and the burglary remains under investigation.
Two Burglaries in Dalton and One Near Frazee Reported
Several burglaries reported in Dalton. A woman reported to the sheriff’s office that she heard noises between midnight and 1 am Friday and thought it was animals. When she went down stairs, she found her wallet open with cash missing and e-reader tablet gone.
Another burglary reported next door. County deputies arrested David Stuart Hobbs on a burglary warrant out of Ramsey County and for giving a false name and date of birth to an officer. The Dalton burglaries are under investigation.
A burglary reported over Thanksgiving in Frazee; a woman on Wymer Lake Road returned home Friday. She found a television and prescription medication missing from the home.
Fire in Wendell
A weekend fire heavily damaged a furniture and cabinet making business in Wendell, Minnesota, southeast of Fergus Falls.
It's believed a spark from a grinder ignited some materials and then spread.
The owner and his brother were inside at the time, but made it out safely.
Fire Chief Chad Biss says firefighters managed to save an adjoining building.
Fergus Falls, Elbow Lake, Ashby, Barret, Dalton firefighters were among the eight area departments that responded to the blaze at Valley Woods.
The state Fire Marshal's office will make the final determination on the cause.
The owner, and 3-5 part-time employees worked at the business.
Fleeing from Zombies
Prosecutors say an Apple Valley man charged with stealing a delivery truck told police he was running from zombies. 23-year-old Garrett Hurlbut was charged by summons in September after he allegedly stole a Star Tribune delivery truck as the driver went into the gas station. The complaint says the truck was found about a mile and a half away with Hurlbut nearby. Prosecutors say he had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.198, more than twice the legal limit for driving. Police say Hurlbut said he was “running from zombies.” He was taken to the hospital, where he again talked about fear of being chased.
Black Friday Shopliftin’
Authorities say a Black Friday shoplifter in Grand Forks abandoned a cart full of stolen items and hit a store employee with her car as she sped away from the parking lot. No injuries were reported. Police say the incident happened about 9AM yesterday after the Menard’s employee followed a woman who had walked out of the store without paying for several items. The employee tried to stop her from leaving by blocking the path of the vehicle. The license plate number was turned over to authorities.
Other incidents across the nation include a police officer being injured while breaking up a fight, a shopper was shot in the leg over a television, a wal-mart was evacuated, a suspect shoplifter was shot by police, and a woman spitting on another woman’s child in an argument over baby clothes.
26 Arrested in Low Wage March
Police say 26 people were arrested as hundreds of low-wage workers marched along University Avenue in St. Paul to demand higher pay. The Friday march stretched for blocks down University Avenue – on a day when many people are concentrating on their holiday spending spree. Police spokesperson Howie Padilla says about 400 people participated in the march; organizers placed the number at nearly 1,000. The arrests happened after a group linked arms and blocked the intersection of University and Snelling Avenues. Protesters included Service Employees International Union Local 26, TakeAction Minnesota, Minnesotans for a Fair Economy and other labor groups. They say workers deserve higher wages. The march coincided with other demonstrations, including one at a Brooklyn Center Wal-Mart. Maintenance workers also protested outside the downtown Minneapolis Target.
A North Dakota man has been sentenced to seven years in prison on illegal weapons charges. James Siegrist, of Mandan, was charged in federal court with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon. A jury convicted Siegrist of the charges on August 28. Authorities say Siegrist was handling a .45 caliber weapon in July 2012 when it discharged and struck a woman in the leg. He was arrested in March 2013 for possession of three handguns an 94 rounds of ammunition. Two of the handguns were concealed on his body and one was located inside his vehicle. Siegrist was prohibited from possessing either a firearm or ammunition by virtue of multiple felony convictions.
Northern MN Distillery
A Minnesota couple inspired by a glass of whiskey decided to leave their jobs in the Twin Cities and start a craft distillery in the Red River Valley. A few weeks ago, Far North distillery began turning rye into gin. Mike Swanson and his wife Cheri Reese hope to have it on liquor store shelves next month. They have joined a national trend, as the craft distillery industry has exploded in recent years. Experts see growth for at least a couple more years, but how many distilleries survive in the industry remains to be seen. Reese said in the case of Far North, quality will determine success, and she says so far, the couple has set the bar high.
Anyone interested in seeing how reindeer behave this time of year can get a peek, anytime of the day. Animal Planet has set up a “reindeer cam” at Como Park Zoo. The Camera is up and running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Viewers can watch the reindeer socialize, nap and eat. There are even some planned feedings by Santa Claus. Reindeer range from 130 to 700 pounds. Reindeer also have a powerful sense of smell and can pinpoint food up to three feet beneath snow. They are also the only deer species in which both genders grow antlers. Como Park Zoo Director Michelle Furrer says people are fascinated with reindeer this time of year.
Black Friday FF
Early morning door busters for Black Friday may be one less stressful situation for holiday advocates. As many national corporate businesses expand hours of operation onto Thanksgiving Day, Fergus Falls residents had an opportunity to save big yesterday. Herbergers, Wal-Mart, K-mart and Target were open for business during the day of celebration allowing shoppers the chance to grab big items while the early bird was still dreaming of the worm. Most local businesses remained closed for Thanksgiving Day, looking forward to a steady paced black Friday and an exciting Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday
Gov. Mark Dayton declares this Saturday, November 30 to be Small Business Saturday in Minnesota to recognize contributions that small businesses make to the state’s economy and communities. 28 million small businesses exist in the United States accounting for more than 99 percent of American companies. Small Business Saturday began in 2010 by American Express to support small businesses and help them counter the madness that is Black Friday.
Fargo City Hall Upgrade
Two Firms will design a new city hall in Fargo. City Commissioners approved a plan to have T. L. Stroh Architects of Fargo and HDR Inc. of Minneapolis to work together on the project. Terry Stroh says his firm has worked with HDR in the past and the two companies have the same approach to solving problems for their clients. The downtown building is expecting costs between $10 and $14 million.
Walk to End Hunger
A Thanksgiving tradition returns to the Mall of America today for the sixth annual Walk to End Hunger. This year’s event is expanding beyond the 5K family-fun walk to raise money for 12 twin cities area hunger-related charities. Since 2008, the Walk to End Hunger has raised more than $1.2 million; this year’s goal is $360,000.
Vergas Santa Day is December 7
Santa Day in Vergas will be held Saturday, December 7 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Vergas Community Center. There are fun activities for children to do while they are waiting for their visit with Santa. The event is free and open to the public. There is no need register. Vergas Santa Day is co-sponsored by the City of Vergas and Vergas Community Club and Vergas Bank.
Lutefisk December 7 in Perham
New Creation Lutheran Church in Perham is offering a Lutefisk and Swedish Meatball Dinner on Saturday, December 7 from 4 to 7 pm.
In addition to the Lutefisk dinner in Perham on December 7, other places for Lutefisk lovers include Weston Station in Alexandria, offering Lutefisk dinner specials through December 17.
The Lutefisk Dinner at New Creations Lutheran Church in Perham is $15 for Lutefisk alone, $13 for Lutefisk and Meatballs and $11 for Meatballs. Children 10 and under are half price.
Frazee Snow Plow Parade December 7
Frazee, Minnesota, host to this summer's gizzard eating contest, takes the prize for this season's most unusual holiday parade. Frazee will hold their 2nd annual snowplow parade on Saturday, December 7 in Downtown Frazee. Anything that goes on or moves snow is welcome. The parade will plow down Main at 6 p.m. Check in time is 5 p.m. The parade route will be lit and warmed by candle logs and fire pits.
NYM Lights Up for the Holiday
Both businesses and homes can win money in a holiday lighting contest called, “Light Up New York Mills.”
The contest is sponsored by the New York Mills Civic & Commerce and Otter Tail Power.
The top three homes and top three businesses win Mills Marks of $75, $50 and $25.
To enter send the address and contact information to the New York Mills Civic & Commerce. Judging takes place Dec 13th, 14th & 15th.
Wahpeton & Breckenridge Holiday Storefront Contest
Holiday Storefront Decorating Contest announced in Wahpeton and Breckenridge
They invite businesses to take part in decorating the storefront inside or outside this holiday season.Judging will be conducted by the public from December 2nd through December 13th.
Vote in the Chamber office.
Winners will be announced on Monday, December 16th
Recycle Christmas Lights
As you are putting out your Christmas if you find ones that are no longer working or if you have upgraded to LED lights, don’t throw the old ones away. Recycle them instead.
Otter Tail County will take them free of charge. They can be dropped off at three locations: Fergus Falls (1115 N Tower Road,) Pelican Rapids ( 24 11th Ave SE) or Perham (205 6th Ave NE.)
Every part of the strand is dismantled by vocational center clients and properly recycled.
This light recycling program is promoted statewide. There are other drop off sites in other counties. Go to www.recycleminnesota.org to search for sites.
Holiday Senior Living Tour
Otter Tail County Public Health and the Area Agency on Aging are offering a Tour of Senior Living Options for the first time ever. Nancy Voss, Ottertail County Coordinator on aging, will give a short presentation at 12:45pm Tuesday, December 10, at the Government Services Center. Buses will load at 1pm for tours of the MN Veteran’s Home, Woodland Lodge, Pioneer Care and the Broen Home. The tour is an opportunity for those who wish to learn more about long-term living options in Fergus Falls. The facilities will have holiday decorations, treats and information. The tour is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by December 4 to Otter Tail County Public Health at 218-998-8327.