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Black Dog Sought in NYM Area
The sheriff’s office would like the public’s help in identifying a dog that bit a woman.  The woman was protecting her granddaughter on South Walker Drive in the New York Mills area from a dog that came out of the woods.  The dog was black in color but there is no other description.  The woman received treatment for the wounds but they would like to talk to the dog’s owner to see if the dog is up-to-date on vaccinations. 

Tailgate Stolen
The tailgate from a 2001 black Ford pickup was taken Saturday in Vining at Watermelon Days. The owner had parked the pickup in the ditch and didn’t notice the tailgate was gone until Monday.  It is a unusual style with hard plastic on top. 

Tri-County Health Care Foundation Golf Classic raises $12,000
Bob Beseman of Perham was the first prize winner of the Tri-County Health Care Ball Drop at the 18th annual Tri-County Health Care Foundation Golf Classic last week.  130 golfers turned out at the Whitetail Run Golf Course to raise nearly $12,000 that will help fund health care education programs like the Men's and Women's Day Out and the February Festival of Health.   Joel Beiswenger, Tri County Health Care's President and CEO, said, “With the money raised at this year’s golf classic, we will be able to continue to host community events, award scholarships for students pursuing a career in health care and distribute several community grants – all of which support our mission to improve the health of the communities we serve."

Signs Work Session
The work session on signs for Fergus Falls City Council resulted in one small change in policy.  The words “per sign” were taken out so it now reads “The annual temporary sign permit $50 will be required by the sign owner/operator.”
The change was given a first reading at the council meeting following the work session.
The city also plans to do a better job in communicating that signs cannot be placed in the boulevard. They have been confiscating rummage sale signs that were improperly placed, prompting many phone calls to city hall. Per state statute, signs cannot be placed in the right of way of all roads including city streets. They also cannot be placed on trees or utility poles. 

Motorcycle Dial-A-Ride Now Offered In Otter Tail County
There is now an alternative exclusively for motorcyclists in Otter Tail County who may have had too much drink, it's called a Dial-A-Ride. The Otter Tail County Safe Communities Coalition is hosting a trailer that is now located at the Fergus Falls West Liquor Store on Lincoln Avenue. Here's Jane Patrick with an overview of the program: "The way the Dial a ride program works is that individuals who have been drinking--this is a statewide program--it just so happens this is the nearest trailer, but any who has been drinking in a bar can call the dial a ride number, the dispatch there will locate the nearest volunteer in the state to go out and pick up and pick up the trailer which will be located right here, at the fergus falls liquor store parking lot, it will be available 24 hours a day."
At that point the state dispatch will coordinate with this individual to give the person a ride home and take his bike home as well in the trailer. For more information you can go to www dot motorcycle dial a ride dot org. 

Perham Business Finds Tools Missing
A business outside of Perham found doors open and things missing. J H Signs called the sheriff’s office and said they will be doing a complete list but they know they are missing miscellaneous tools from a truck that was sitting outside the business. They do not believe the business shop was entered.  The sheriff’s office is investigating. 

Tampering of OTP Equipment Found
Otter Tail Power has traced a power outage in Fergus Falls to some tampering with electrical equipment.  Someone cut the lock on a circuit switch in the area of the downtown dam Friday evening. Then they pulled the switch. Power was off in the downtown area including the stop lights at Cascade and Vernon. The word “Doom” was found on the switch. Police don’t know if the graffiti is related to the tampering.  They have no suspects at this time and ask that anyone that knows anything about this incident to give them a call. 

Driver Wanted in Connection to Crash at the Gas Pumps
Police are looking for a driver after a crash at the gas pumps in Fergus Falls.  The maroon extended cab pickup with a trailer rolled back into another vehicle at a Vernon Avenue convenience store.  The man got out and asked the woman if she was ok but did not exchange any insurance information as required by law.  The Pelican Rapids woman snapped a picture of his license plate.  The vehicle is from Anchorage, Alaska but they are not sure if the registered owner was the one driving at the time. The woman’s vehicle does have minor damage. Police are investigating. 

FF Tractor Hits another Vehicle
A Fergus Falls city owned tractor collided with a vehicle at the intersection of Friberg and Springen Avenue Monday afternoon.  The city employee stopped at the stop sign but did not see the other vehicle because of a blind spot in the tractor cab.  No injuries but the other vehicle has moderate damage. 

MPCA Seek Comments Pomme de Terre River Watershed Report
A Minnesota Pollution Control Agency draft report about water pollution in portions of the Pomme de Terre River watershed is open for public review and comment through September 17. The Pomme de Terre River watershed drains portions of six counties: Otter Tail, Grant, Douglas, Big Stone, Swift and Stevens. The M-P-C-A draft report -- known as a “Total Maximum Daily Load study” -- focuses on pollution resulting from excess nutrients, bacteria, turbidity, and low dissolved oxygen. A Total Maximum Daily Load is the maximum amount of a pollutant a water body can receive on a daily basis and still meet water-quality standards.
The draft report is part of a nationwide effort under the federal Clean Water Act to identify and clean up pollution in streams, rivers and lakes.
After taking into account the comments it receives, the M-P-C-A may revise the report before submitting it to the U-S Environmental Protection Agency for approval.
To see the report, go to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s website.
Kettle Arrest for Robbery
One person is under arrest after a robbery in Fergus Falls.  According to a press release from the police department, a 21-year-old male was robbed by someone he knew while they were walking on the Riverwalk in the area of Union bridge around 1 am Saturday. The victim was assaulted and cash taken.  The victim had minor injuries to his face but refused medical treatment.  Under arrest is 23-year-old Ramsey Louis Kettle. Charges include simple robbery and assault. 

Ramsey Louis Kettle

Early Morning Fire On East Cherry Avenue

A house fire was reported on the 600 Block of E Cherry Avenue this (Monday) morning. According to officials the call came in at 7:51am. Officials first thought someone was inside the home, but it was later revealed that there was no one inside. A full investigation is pending with the Fergus Falls Fire Department. 

Hospice Day a Home Run
More than 35 thousand people attended the Twins Game Saturday.  Among them was a large group, around 15-hundred attending with the Harmon Killebrew Hospice Day.  They were easy to pick out of the crowd in the bright green T-shirts.
10-year-old twins, Colby and Ty, attended their first Twins game.  They are ready to go again.  Lakes Radio interviewed them on the bus on the way home: They both think the home run was the best part:   “When Suzuki hit a home run.  Would you come back and do it again? YES (they both answered together) So the best part was him hitting a home run? Yes. You both agree on that. Yep…. and the wave.”
The winner of the drawing for the Bert Blyleven Harley is Carroll Rohrich from Battle Lake. Around 30 buses headed to Alexandria for a tailgate party and then to the game.  It was muggy but the rain held off.  Buses didn’t return until after midnight Sunday morning.  

Four Injured after Stop Sign Violation
Four people were injured and one of the drivers cited after a crash Friday evening.  The sheriff’s office says that 23-year-old Calby Beckstrand of Fargo ran the stop sign at the intersection of Co Hwy 41 and 440th Street. His vehicle and the one he hit both ended up in a wooded area. His passenger was ejected.  The driver of the other vehicle was airlifted from the scene.  The other three had minor injuries.  Both vehicles were totaled and Beckstrand was cited for the stop sign violation. 

Pedestrian Injured in Vergas
Property damage and a pedestrian injured from a bad parking job in Vergas.  The sheriff’s office says a 78-year-old woman from Vergas was attempting to parallel park in front of the Vergas hardware store Friday afternoon.  She accidently stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake pedal.  The vehicle accelerated in reverse, went up the curb, knocked down two posts and knocked over a pedestrian. The woman from Elizabeth was pinned under the vehicle for a short time and she has minor, non-life threatening injuries. 

Insulin Reported Missing
A woman in the 1000 block of East Vernon reported to the police that they are missing insulin.  Five cartridges of the prescription insulin Novolog worth $2000 were taken. It was stored in their refrigerator. Police are investigating but do not any suspects at this time. 

Tools Taken from Construction Site
Two air-nailers were taken during a one-hour window of time in Fergus Falls.  The construction company was working in the 300 block of East Alcott.  They returned 2 pm Friday and found that the tools worth $150 each had been taken. 

"aCHORD” Gospel Quartet in Battle Lake August 21
The gospel quartet, “aCHORD”, will be at the Lakes Area Community Center in Battle Lake on Thursday, August 21 at 7:30 P.M.  The group of Fergus Falls singers includes Gordy Fjestad-bass, Dennis Johnson-lead, Don Glesne-tenor; and Nathan Johnson-baritone with pianist Sylvia Nygaard providing the accompaniment. The free summer series in Battle Lake will be concluding on August 28 with the annual variety “Gong Show”.  
England Prairie Show Days August 22 to 24
The England Prairie Pioneer Club was founded in 1979 by three farm families who wanted to preserve and restore the old machinery found in the area.  The idea was to give people a chance to learn about and respect the grueling ways their grandfathers earned a dollar.  The club would also give the oldsters a reason to meet and converse with friends -- and relive the past. Today, the 150 member organization hosts an annual Show Days each August at England Prairie on the southern border of Wadena County.  This weekend's events will include threshing, sawmill and shingle mill demonstrations and a chance to tour historic buildings and inspect antique farm machinery.  Look for signage along Highway 71 about 4 miles south of Wadena.

Finn Creek Museum Summer Folk Festival August 23-24 near New York Mills
The Finn Creek Museum's Summer Folk Festival on August 23 and 24 will feature nationally known musicians who performed recently at Finn Fest USA held in St. Paul this this summer.  Saana  Ensemble, an a cappella women's group from the Twin Cities and well-known singer and entertainer, Kip Peltoniemi  take the stage on Saturday.  The brass ensemble, Ameriikaan Poijat  and singer-songwriter Diane Jarvi will perform on Sunday. 
Finn Creek Museum is located about 5 miles SE of New York Mills or 4-1/4 miles north of Deer Creek just off State Highway 106.  Museum signs are posted on Highway 106.   

Korby Arrested for Felony DWI
A woman driving on a restricted license was arrested again for DWI.  According to the criminal complaint, the sheriff’s office received two phone calls about a pickup Friday evening. Callers said the pickup was driving without the headlights after dark and was all over Hwy 210. Officers stopped Diane Lynn Korby near German Lake Road. 59-year-old Korby allegedly tested at .13
Korby is charged with two felony level DWI charges and a gross misdemeanor violation of license restriction.  Her license states that any alcohol use invalidates the license.
The rural Fergus Falls woman has four prior DWI convictions. 

FF Police Using Face Book to Help Identify Suspects
Fergus Falls Police are looking for a suspect that took a purse from another shopper at Walmart.  The incident was reported just before midnight Thursday.  They plan to post a picture of the person on their Face Book later today. 
They also have pictures several suspects they are looking for in connection to a theft of a cell phone at Burger King. 

Predator Blamed for Dog Death
A Dent woman found her dog that had been missing for more than a month.  She called the sheriff’s office July 15 to report that her Chihuahua was missing from her yard on Railroad Avenue in Dent. 
She called back yesterday (Thursday) to report that she found parts of the dog, partially eaten in her yard.  The sheriff’s office thinks some sort of predator attacked the dog. 

Data Breach Revealed by Supervalu
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - There's been a data breach at a number of Supervalu grocery stores, as well as at some of its stand-alone liquor shops.
The company said Friday that hackers accessed a network that processes store transactions. Account numbers, expiration dates, cardholders' names and other information may have been stolen. 
Stores in Minnesota, Virginia, Illinois, Maryland and Missouri may have been affected. 
 The cards from which data may have been stolen were used at 180 Supervalu stores, 29 Cub Foods stores and some liquor stores between June 22 and July 17.
Supervalu Inc. says that it hasn't determined if any such cardholder data was actually stolen and that there's no evidence of the data being misused, but that it was announcing the data breach out of "an abundance of caution."

Beginning Genealogy Workshop at Wadena County Museum August 21
The Wadena County Historical Society will host a free Beginning Genealogy Workshop on Thursday, August 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wadena County Museum. Genealogists, Mary Pfeffer and Sue Delaney, will be on hand to help you get started on a journey to discover your roots.  The Wadena County Museum is located at 603 Jefferson Street North.  

Security Scam Calling Local Numbers
A new credit card scam is making the rounds.  They are calling Fergus Falls numbers; mainly cell phones, stating that they need to get your Master Card numbers and then they will forward the information to the security desk because there has been a security breach.  The caller had a “646” area code. If you get such a call, do not give them any information.  If you have questions about your credit card accounts, call the number on the back of the card.  Several of the people they called do not even have a Master Card. 

Neils Injured in Motorcycle Crash
A man was injured Wednesday evening while riding a motorcycle.  The sheriff’s office says he lost control on a curve on Co Hwy 38 between Battle Lake and Ashby.  The caller said the motorcycle was on top of 59-year-old Craig Neils.  The Clitherall man has moderate to severe injuries.  He was taken by ambulance to Lake Region Hospital. 

Minnesota GOP Seeks Unity after Primary
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jeff Johnson's primary opponents say they're lining up behind the GOP's nominee for governor in hopes of unseating Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton this fall.
Johnson beat former House Speaker Kurt Zellers, former House Majority Leader Marty Seifert and businessman Scott Honour Tuesday to capture the GOP nomination, starting a 12-week sprint to the general election. The four candidates held a joint press conference Wednesday.
Johnson says he'll wrap pieces of his primary challengers' campaigns into his own pitch against Dayton - Zellers' firm stance against tax increases, Honour's "cut no corners" approach and Seifert's rural Minnesota roots.
Democrats immediately struck out against Johnson, branding him as an extremist and friend of the Tea Party who will drag Minnesota backward if elected.

Vergas Looney Daze on August 14-17 includes Loon Egg Hunt
Vergas Looney Daze on August 14-17 is the only area festival holding a Looney Loon Egg Hunt as part of their festivities.  They are also the only community that can boast of having a giant Loon within their city limits.  Standing 20-feet tall and containing a ton of steel, the Loon statue will preside over the 3-day festivities which also include a Loon Calling Contest.  
Wilkin County Board of Commissioners Consider Land Use Plan
A comprehensive land use plan will be discussed that would be used as a guide on how development will be allowed within the Wilkin County. The Board of Commissioners set the public hearing for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9.  Being proposed are seven goals and objectives that could be used to guide the decision-making for the county, including minimizing the fragmentation and future development of ag land as well as forest, wildlife and open spaces and encouraging development close to places of employment, shopping centers, schools, public transportation and other public and private service centers.

Cabin Destroyed by Fire on Lake Miltona
A gas lantern is believed to be the cause of a fire that destroyed a cabin in Douglas County.  The owner called reporting his cabin on Lake Miltona on fire Thursday morning.  The cabin was fully engulfed in flames.  Everyone got safely. The cause of the fire is thought to be a gas lantern that ignited spilled fuel.