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Wadena County Fire
03-31-15
A fire northwest of Wadena in Leaf River Township destroyed or caused moderate damage to three buildings on the property.
The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office says they received a 911 call reporting the fire shortly before 10:30 pm Friday. Several outbuildings were involved in the fire when Wadena and Verndale firefighters arrived.
Wadena and Verndale worked on the fire for several hours before extinguishing it. The house on the property sustained minor damage, while two outbuildings were a complete loss. A detached shop also sustained moderate damage.
Fire departments were called again Saturday as the fire rekindled inside one of the partially burned outbuildings. The fire was immediately extinguished with no additional damages.
The fire is currently under investigation. 

Lake Home Grass Fire
03-31-15
Douglas County authorities were called out Monday to a structure fire believed to have been started by a grass fire.
An unattached garage at a home on the north side of Lake Oscar was totally engulfed in flames when the Kensington Fire Department arrived on the scene. A grass fire was also burning along the shoreline. The Brandon and Hoffman Fire Departments were called in for mutual aid.
The garage and the contents within were a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no injuries.

Cultural Center Director Named
03-31-15
The New York Mills Cultural Center has a new executive director. She is Betsy Roder. Roder will assume the position on April 22nd, when current executive director, Jamie Robertson, leaves his post of eight years to pursue personal and family interests.
A native of New York Mills, Roder moved back with her family in 2010 after almost 10 years away from her home town. She says, “Though I didn’t realize it when I chose to move back home from Minneapolis, I am part of a movement called “Rural By Choice,” a growing trend among people in their 30s to be intentional about living in a rural community because of the many benefits that lifestyle offers. One of the things that can be a tradeoff is when moving from the city to a small town is giving up access to the arts. However, in the case of New York Mills, the Cultural Center provides that access, making the rural by choice decision an easy one to make.”
Roder lives in New York Mills with her husband, Nick, her three sons and a baby daughter. Roder also serves on the New York Mills City Council and participates on the library and park boards.

New Clinic to Open in Verndale April 6
3-31-2015
Tri-County Health Care will open a new Family Medicine Clinic on April 6 at 102 Farwell Street in Verndale.  This is TCHC’s sixth primary care clinic in the Tri-County area.  It will be staffed by physicians and advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners or physician assistants). The clinic will also provide x-ray and laboratory services.  The public is invited to celebrate the grand opening of the Verndale Clinic on Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. Refreshments, goodies and tours will be available to the guests at the open house event.

Wetland Grass Fire
03-30-15
Five area fire departments were called out to battle a large grass fire in a Minnesota Wildlife Management area at the southwest corner of Otter Tail County.
A passing motorist noticed the fire about 11:10 pm Saturday in section 33 of Western Township.
Fire departments from Wendell, Fergus Falls, Elbow Lake, Foxhome and Elizabeth were called out and were eventually able to get the fire under control.
Deputies from Grant and Otter Tail County assisted with traffic control and notifying nearby residents.
The cause of the fire is not known.

Weekend Fires
03-30-15
Saturday featured some fires throughout the area. One fire was reported northwest of Battle Lake. Hay bales next to a building were on fire. Battle Lake, Henning and Ottertail Fire Departments responded.
Another fire happened west of Otter Tail Lake. Battle Lake firefighters handled that call.
A wood pile was reported on fire north of Rothsay. The Rothsay Fire Department handled that call.

Fatal Crash
03-30-15
An SUV – semi crash in Wadena County Saturday killed a 37-year-old Minneapolis resident. The victim is identified as Jozi Szathmary.
Szathmary’s Ford Explorer was northbound on Highway 71 north of Wadena city limits when the SUV crossed the center line into the southbound lane and collided head on with a semi.
Szathmary was pronounced dead at the scene. The semi driver, 63-year-old Richard Norton of Shenandoah, Iowa, had no injuries.

Raccoon As A Pet
03-30-15
Fergus Falls Police received a report last Friday of a resident with a large raccoon in a cage in the 300 block of East Fir Avenue.
Police say it is illegal in Minnesota to have a raccoon as a pet. Information about the situation was passed on to the DNR.

Motorcycle Crash
03-30-15
A Fergus Falls man suffered minor injuries when he had to lay down the motorcycle he was driving about 8:30 Sunday night.
The driver, 40-year-old Michael Robert Banks, told police that he was driving on Cascade Street when his motorcycle had mechanical problems and the only he could do was lay the motorcycle down and slide to a stop.
Banks was taken by a friend to Lake Region Healthcare, where he was treated and released.
Police say Banks was wearing protective gear, including a helmet. They say if not, Banks would likely have suffered serious road rash.

United Way Hosting Family Expo 2015 on April 11 at Fergus Falls Community Arena
3-30-2015
 
United Way of Otter Tail County will host Family Expo 2015 at the Fergus Falls Community Arena on April 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The event, now in its third year, features activities and giveaways for families.  Park Region Telephone is sponsoring the movie "Frozen", the Minnesota Masons and the Fergus Falls Police Department will provide free Kid's ID.  This family event is sponsored by Lakes Radio including KBRF, KJ Country, Z103.3, The Game and Lakes 99.5.

Westrom Budget
03-30-15
State Senator Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake says Republican plans for a two-year budget accomplish what needs to be done without growing government.
The Republican budget proposal focuses on transportation infrastructure, education and long-term care for seniors in nursing homes and others.
Westrom says the republican plan would not call for huge tax increases like the governor’s budget does.
Senate Republicans have also put out their budget plans, falling somewhere between the House and Governor’s plans. They would commit $550 million more for education programs and add $250 million to the state’s budget reserve.
Final negotiations with the legislature and governor’s office are expected to take place in early May.

Albert Appears from Custody
03-27-15
A Nashua, Minnesota man appeared from custody in Otter Tail County District Court Thursday on six counts of Criminal Vehicular Operation causing Substantial Bodily Harm.
Twenty-one-year-old Sean Patrick Albert is accused of driving drunk and crashing his car into a tree next to the Fergus Falls High School February 7th. Two people in his vehicle were injured.
According to a court complaint, all three occupants in the car were unconscious after the crash. The car was so damaged that Fergus Falls firefighters had to remove the car’s roof, windshields, doors and part of a seat to get the occupants out and into an ambulance.
Albert was taken to Lake Region Healthcare and because of his injuries, had to be airlifted to another hospital. One of the passengers suffered pelvic and femur fractures. The other passenger suffered a concussion. The complaint states that one of the passengers had said the three were at a Fergus Falls bar before the crash.
Albert is being held on $12,000 cash or bond without conditions or $5,000 bond or $500 cash with conditions. His initial court appearance and Rule 8 hearing are scheduled for April 6th.
The crime carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. A public defender will be appointed.

RTC Trespass
03-27-15
Four people have been mailed citations by Fergus Falls police for trespassing at the Fergus Falls RTC.
A fire alarm was activated at 1:41 am Thursday at one of the out buildings on the RTC campus. When police arrived, they found four people outside one of the buildings. The building was open and one of the four people claimed they had a lease and were moving in. He also had a set of keys for the building.
When the building’s owner was contacted, the owner said the person did not have a lease and was not wanted on the property. It was also learn the the keys to the building had been stolen in September last year. The four were asked to leave the property and the keys were confiscated.
The fire marshall was called an indicated that the fire alarm was obviously tampered with because there was no fire.
Two men and one woman are Fergus Falls residents. One of the men is from Duluth. Three of the four were mailed citations for trespassing. One of the men was cited for trespassing and receiving or possessing stolen property. Since they may have not received the citations yet, police are withholding their names. All four will make court appearances April 28th.

Pizza Hut Deposit
03-26-15
Fergus Falls police are investigating the possible theft of money from a local restaurant.
Police received a report Wednesday from the business’ manager that a deposit from last Saturday’s receipts was supposed to have been taken to the bank by one of their employees. Cash and checks in question totaled $641.
Since Saturday, the business has been unable to reach the employee by phone or any other means.

Discarded Cigarette Ignites Fire in Elizabeth
03-26-15
A discarded cigarette started a dog bed on fire in the living room of an Elizabeth home shortly after 11 pm Tuesday.
The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office says the owners had been smoking and had retired for the night. They woke up to fire and smoke, but were able to put the fire out before calling 911.
The house received extensive smoke damage. The residents were taken by private party to Lake Region Healthcare for treatment of smoke inhalation.
There were no working smoke detectors in the home.

Head On Crash Reported Near Millerville
03-26-2015
The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office says a Henning man suffered serious injuries in a head-on crash of two cars Wednesday morning. The crash happened on County Highway 87, several miles northwest of Millerville.
Apparently, because of extremely icy roads, a car driven by 33-year-old Thomas Ostendorf of Albany went into the on-coming lane of traffic at the crest of a hill and collided head-on with a car driven by 56-year-old Douglas Forys of Henning.
Forys was the most seriously injured with Parkers Prairie and Millerville Fire and Rescue having to use extricating equipment to remove him from his car. Forys’ injuries included broken bones. He was transported to Douglas County Hospital. His injuries were not considered life threatening.
Ostendorf sustained minor injuries and a passenger in his vehicle, 22-year-old Patrick Beach, was not injured.  

Photo Targeting
03-26-15
The Minnesota Transportation Department will be taking to the air soon to do aerial mapping of six roadways south of Fergus Falls. The mapping will create a digital record of existing infrastructure and landscape along and adjacent to MnDOT right of way for transportation planning and road design work.
MnDot will paint large white “X” targets on paved roadways and will place fabric “X” targets on gravel roads. According to Jeremy Erickson, senior land surveyor for MnDOT, ground crews will measure latitude, longitude and elevation of the targets and combine that information with the aerial photos. Various projects are planned for the mapped roadways in the not-to-distant future.
The roads being mapped include: Highway 28 from Chokio to Graceville, Highway 54 from Elbow Lake to Highway 27, Highway 55 from Barrett to the east Grant County line, Highway 75 from Dumont to six miles north of Wheaton, Highway 114 from Starbuck to Lowry and Highway 119 from Highway 40 to Highway 12.
Aerial mapping will begin next week.

Ashby Gets New Squad Car
03-26-2015
A new squad car is in use at the Ashby Police Department, acquired in the latter part of February, after the un-occupied previous squad was demolished at the conclusion of the high speed chase in December involving a former Fergus Falls City Council member. The previous vehicle was insured and after a funds transfer from the Ashby General Fund as well as the police budget came to a final tally of around $1500. Ashby also decided to get a new camera for $5500. The department is encouraging area donations to help defray the costs. 

Distraction And Teen Crashes
03-26-2015
The most comprehensive research ever conducted into crash videos of teen drivers has found significant evidence that distracted driving is likely much more serious a problem than previously known, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The unprecedented video analysis finds that distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes, which is four times as many as official estimates based on police reports. It is illegal for a minor to be using a cell phone according Sgt Jesse Grabow with the Minnesota State Patrol:
 “Minors and semi drivers, they cannot be on a cell phone. It’s not really just a Minnesota law, it’s actually federal regulation. But when it comes to anything else, when it comes to either sending or receiving a text message, or same thing with an email or accessing the internet, then it becomes illegal to do that while driving. It would be a citation under the distracted driving law in Minnesota. Fines for that I believe run around a $135 or so.”
The Graduated driver licensing laws allow new drivers to gain practical experience in a relatively safe environment by restricting their exposure to risky situations. Thirty-three states have laws that prevent cell phone use for teens and 18 states have passenger restrictions meeting AAA’s recommendations.  

Hamil Trial Verdict
03-25-15
An Otter Tail County jury has found a Florida man not guilty of four counts of Criminal Vehicular Homicide. Instead, the jury found 42-year-old David Shayne Hamil guilty of simple DUI.
Hamil was the driver of a car that went into Franklin Lake northeast of Pelican Rapids on July 4th last year. A passenger in the car, his girlfriend, was killed in that crash.
During the trial, the prosecution tried to show that Hamil was under the influence of alcohol and drugs and that he alone was responsible for Holly Homewood’s death. The defense raised the argument that the victim was also culpable by striking Hamil in the face while he was driving, causing him to lose control of the car on a curve.
The county prosecutor in the case, Michelle Eldien, says criminal vehicular homicide cases are overly complicated. She says not only does one have to prove that there was drinking, but also that there was negligence. And then, the prosecution has to show causation. She says meanwhile, the roadways are not as safe as they should be.
Hamil will be sentenced May 26th. With credit for time already served, he will likely be freed from jail that same day.

Conn Charged In Fatal Accident
03-20-15
69 year old Dianne Fay Conn of Fergus Falls has been charged with felony level criminal vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle with negligence, under the influence of alcohol in a two vehicle crash on the Northeast side of Fergus Falls on County Road 1 near Brenvei Drive late Wednesday evening approximately 9:18. Fergus Falls police have identified the victim as 54-year-old Denise Mila Kenyon.
Based on the damage to the vehicles, as well as markings on the roadway it appears Conn crossed the turn lane and entered the eastbound lane where she collided with the victim’s vehicle. A vodka bottle was found at the scene. Police say a blood test was done on Conn and they believe alcohol was a factor in the accident. Conn reportedly admitted that she ‘had drank a lot’ to a nurse who was treating her at Lake Region Hospital.
Conn’s bail has been set at 10,000 cash bail with no conditions or $5000 cash bail with conditions including random drug/alcohol testing and daily electronic monitoring. Conn’s next court date is a rule 8 initial appearance scheduled for March 30th.  

Moorehead Police Officers Disciplined
03-25-15
FOUR MOORHEAD POLICE OFFICERS HAVE BEEN DISCIPLINED FOR BREAKING DEPARTMENT POLICY DURING A WILD POLICE CHASE LAST SUMMER ON THE VILLAGE GREEN GOLF COURSE.  THE OFFICERS WERE CHASING KENDALL FEIST, WHO WAS BEING TRACKED BY NORTH DAKOTA STATE CRIME BUREAU AGENTS IN A HELICOPTER.  SPEEDS DURING THE CHASE REACHED OVER 100 MILES PER HOUR.  POLICE CHIEF DAVE EBINGER SAYS THE OFFICERS' CONDUCT PLACED THE PUBLIC'S SAFETY AT RISK.
EBINGER SAYS THE DEPARTMENT'S PURSUIT POLICY WILL NOT CHANGE, BUT HE SAYS STEPS ARE BEING TAKEN TO MAKE SURE THE POLICY IS CLEARLY COMMUNICATED.  THE OFFICERS' PUNISHMENTS INCLUDED WRITTEN REPRIMANDS AND UNPAID SUSPENSIONS  OF UP TO FOUR DAYS.

Outside Group To Fund 2nd Chute For Track
03-24-2015 
Engineers working with the Fergus Falls School District have decided a 2nd Chute or starting point on the re-designed track would make it a little bigger with more room to work with.
Fergus Falls School Board Business Manager Mark Masten says private funds are being raised for this additional work and it should be fully funded by Thursday the 26th...
In other facilities upgrades planned, the current goal posts will be replaced with new ones and the old ones moved to Cleveland Elementary. 

Rush Lake Rollover
03-23-15
What was first reported as an injury accident has now been declared a rollover non-injury accident near Rush Lake in Otter Tail County.
The State Patrol says the Saturday night crash happened on Highway 78 on the west side of Rush Lake. The driver, 27-year-old Bradley Strahlendorf of Albequerque, New Mexico, rolled his SUV.
Although he was not injured, he was arrested for DUI.

I-94 Fatal Crash
03-23-15
A Clemson, South Carolina, man died in an interstate 94 rollover south of Fergus Falls Friday night.
The state patrol says the van was westbound when the driver, 23-year-old Sunanth Anand, lost control and went off the left side of the road. The van came back across the road to the right ditch where it rolled several times, coming to rest on its roof.
Anand died from his injuries. A passenger, 40-year-old Arnaldo Carvalho of Fargo, was not injured.

Viking Man Beaten
03-23-2015 
THE CRIMINAL COMPLAINT REVEALS THAT A RURAL VIKING, MINNESOTA MAN WAS BEATEN AND STABBED TO DEATH IN HIS HOME.  THE BODY OF 64 YEAR-OLD RONALD FOSS WAS DISCOVERED LATE TUESDAY NIGHT.  A 25 YEAR-OLD DEVILS LAKE MAN, RAY LITTLEWOLF, HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH HIS MURDER.  THE COMPLAINT SAYS FOSS WAS KILLED LAST SATURDAY NIGHT AND THAT HE AND LITTLEWOLF HAD BEEN SEEN ON BUSINESS SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS IN GRAND FORKS AND EAST GRAND FORKS EARLIER IN THE DAY.  LITTLEWOLF WAS ARRESTED IN DEVILS LAKE WHERE A PICKUP OWNED BY FOSS WAS RECOVERED.  IT WAS LEFT RUNNING AND SET ON FIRE ON THE ICE OF THE LAKE.  LITTLEWOLF IS CHARGED WITH 2ND AND 3RD DEGREE MURDER AND MANSLAUGHTER.

Conn Charged In Fatal Accident
03-20-15
69 year old Dianne Fay Conn of Fergus Falls has been charged with felony level criminal vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle with negligence, under the influence of alcohol in a two vehicle crash on the Northeast side of Fergus Falls on County Road 1 near Brenvei Drive late Wednesday evening approximately 9:18. Fergus Falls police have identified the victim as 54-year-old Denise Mila Kenyon.
Based on the damage to the vehicles, as well as markings on the roadway it appears Conn crossed the turn lane and entered the eastbound lane where she collided with the victim’s vehicle. A vodka bottle was found at the scene. Police say a blood test was done on Conn and they believe alcohol was a factor in the accident. Conn reportedly admitted that she ‘had drank a lot’ to a nurse who was treating her at Lake Region Hospital.
Conn’s bail has been set at 10,000 cash bail with no conditions or $5000 cash bail with conditions including random drug/alcohol testing and daily electronic monitoring. Conn’s next court date is a rule 8 initial appearance scheduled for March 30th.  

Ogema Man Domestic Assault
03-20-15
An Ogema man has been arrested after a domestic assault involving a firearm.
The Becker County Sheriff’s Office says they received a call of the incident shortly before noon Wednesday. They say the victim was in a safe place away from the residence where the alleged crime took place.
The suspect, 28-year-old Ryan Degroat, reportedly had multiple weapons in the residence. Due to Degroat’s previous history and the certainty of weapons in the residence, an arrest/search warrant was drafted. Becker County Sheriff’s Office, White Earth Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol arrived in the area to assist.
Communication was established with Degroat and he later exited the residence and gave himself up without incident.
Multiple firearms were located in the residence upon execution of the search warrant.

Oil Train Risk
03-20-15
The Minnesota Department of Transportation estimates that over 326 thousand people live near rail routes that carry crude oil from North Dakota.
And State Representative Paul Marquart of Dilworth says that’s a concern, as the oil trains present a growing public safety threat.
Marquart co-authored the Railroad Oil Disaster Act two weeks ago. The package of bills aim to reduce the likelihood of catastrophic fires involving crude oil trains, improve public safety in rail corridors across the state, provide property tax relief to communities who are confronting rail safety issues and continue efforts to improve fire safety preparedness in communities across the state.
Marquart says railroad companies should share in the costs to make rail lines safer. He says the companies have been experiencing profit increases of from 100 to 600 percent.

Move It To Maui
03-20-15
The Move it to Maui Community Health Challenge in Fergus Falls has officially reached a half million minutes, marking the halfway point of the challenge.
In honor of this feat, Lake Region Healthcare is awarding halfway mark prizes to several participants.
There are just five weeks left to reach the goal of one million collective minutes of physical activity by April 23rd. Once this goal is reached, a trip for two to Maui will be awarded during the Community Health Expo.
A total of 514 people have been participating the campaign. Group exercise activities and community involvement has ranged from the YMCA, Government Services Center, Prairie Wetlands Learning Center and more. Upcoming activities include: Open Gym/Swim at the school, bowling, spinning and a group bike ride.
It’s not too late to get involved. You can participate in the last five weeks and still be eligible for all prizes. 

Felony Voters
03-19-15
There’s a move afoot in the Minnesota legislature to change voting laws so that convicted felons can vote upon their release from jail rather than after they complete parole or supervised release.
Apparently, studies show that allowing people to vote while on community supervision may help to reduce recidivism. In addition, research links pro-social activities like voting to desistance in crime.
State Senator Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake says he’s keeping an open mind while trying to formulate a position. The proposal has bipartisan sponsorship. It was recommended to pass by the Senate Rules Committee to the floor this week.

Scam Reports
03-19-15
The Alexandria Police Department has received a number of scam reports since the start of the year.
One scam recently presented is the lure of being able to work from home as an intermediate parcel delivery location. This scam includes the sending of boxes or merchandise that has been purchased with stolen credit card numbers to the victim’s personal address in order that the unsuspecting victim acts as a courier and place labels on the items to be sent internationally with the promise of payment per size and number of boxes. This fraud also requires the unsuspecting victim to supply their personal information many times in order to set up a false account to receive the supposed payments.
Fergus Falls Police were notified recently of an apparent scam that a local resident reported.
The resident received a scam letter and check that was made to appear it came from Walmart. The resident had been chosen to participate in a paid quality control program working as a consumer service evaluator. He was to enter his information on a website and then would be able to activate the check online. 

Perham Auto Crash
03-19-15
One person was injured in a car crash in Otter Tail County at 12:17 this morning.
The state patrol says 28-year-old Jeffrey Fritz of Perham was eastbound on Highway 10 at mile marker 70 when he fell asleep at the wheel. His Pontiac G6 ran off the right side of the road, hitting several bumps and a small pine tree.
His injuries were non life-threatening.

Diesel Fuel Theft
03-18-15
The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office received a report of the theft of 200 gallons of diesel fuel from Perham Truck Service located west of Perham on Fort Thunder Road.
There are no suspects in the theft. The owner will be installing surveillance because is not the first time fuel has been stolen.

Stolen Rods & Reels
03-18-15
There are no suspects in the theft of three fishing rods and reels from a residence on the northwest corner of Clitherall Lake.
The stolen items are valued at $500. The theft occurred sometime Sunday night.

EDA Retreat in Perham Highlights Economic Growth
3-18-2015 
The Perham EDA Retreat, held Tuesday March 17th, highlighted the economic growth that Perham has enjoyed in recent years. Bongard's manager, Daryl Larson said it's been a couple of good years for dairy farmers.  The cheese plant in Perham currently processes 3.2 million pounds of milk per day contributing to Otter Tail County's position of 4th in the state in terms of milk production. Fred Sailer reported that KLN is preparing housing for about 100 foreign workers who will work ten-month stints before returning home.  KLN employs 1200 people in Perham and could still use 300 more.  Housing is one of the issues for the shortage.  Perham has a number of housing projects in the works but hasn't caught up to the demand.   

Pelican Rapids Files Formal Application For 4 Day Week
03-18-2015
It’s now official as Pelican Rapids School District has filed an application with the State Of Minnesota for retaining the 4 Day School Week. Superintendent Deb Wanek hoped that by getting the application to the Department Of Education in this expedited fashion that it may bring a quicker decision. In other board news part of the preliminary budget for next school year was approved based on the ADM’s or average daily membership. This average student number is used to determine what funds the district will have to work with for the next fiscal year.

Rental Inspection Program
03-18-15
Rental unit landlords from Fergus Falls told the city council Monday that they don’t like the way the city’s proposed rental inspection program would be set up. They feel there are good landlords and bad landlords, and that bad landlords should be paying more toward the inspection costs than the good ones.
The city’s first attempt at writing policy would have rental property owners paying $20 per unit per year for seven or less rental units, and $15 per unit per year for eight or more rental units. Those fees would pay the costs of city building department employees to inspect about 500 rental units per year.
Right now, if rental units are inspected, it is by request. And some landlords would like to keep it that way. But rental property owner Pam Jaenisch says she welcomes inspections of all rental units.
In some cities with rental inspections, properties are put into licensing tiers based on their performance. In those cases, the problematic landlords pay more fees than landlords who do a good job and keep up their properties.
City staff and the council will take comments made at Monday’s meeting under consideration and modify their rental inspection proposal. It would then back before the community for more feedback before being implemented. The city hopes to have the inspection program in place by January 1st.

Last call for essays for this year’s Great American Think-Off
3-18-2015 
"Does Technology Free Us or Trap Us?" is the question for this year's Great American Think-Off.  Submit a 750 word essay by April 1 and you have a chance of winning one of four $500 prizes.  Two winning entries from each side will be selected and the winners invited to defend their position at the Think-Off debate held on June 13, 2015 in New York Mills.  Arguments sho