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Kevin Kosiak re-assigned to Perham's School Band program next year
Kevin Kosiak, Perham High School choir director and teacher and 20 year veteran of an outstanding choral program will take on Perham's band program for grades 5 through 12 next year.  In an interview with Superintendent, Mitch Anderson, Kosiak was praised for the tremendous success he's had with the choral program and the Community Musicals saying "he's had a huge impact on the fine arts in the school district and in the community." Beginning next fall, Kosiak will be re-assigned to the band position which will include not only the High School band but the Middle School band program as well.  In doing it opens up the choir position which has been posted.

Level Three Predatory Offender Meeting Monday
A public information meeting on a predatory offender has been set for Monday, April 21. 49-year-old Timothy Knut Severud will be moving to Fergus Falls in the 700 block of West Cavour.
Severud was convicted of criminal sexual conduct involving female victims with ages of 5 to 12.  He is a level three offender and has completed his sentence. The public information meeting is 6 pm in the Fergus Falls Police Department Community room.

Morris Sentenced for Sex Assault of Young Child
A Perham man is going to prison for sexual assault of a young child.  30-year-old Dwayne Michael Morris was convicted by an Otter Tail County jury on all six counts of criminal sexual conduct involving a female from when she was two years old until she was six years old.
The judge sentenced Morris to 144 months (12 years) in prison on the most serious charge but said he was not dismissing the other five charges and they would remain available for future sentencing.
Morris will need to register as a predatory offender and will have 10 years of conditional release after his prison term.
In a statement to the court; Morris said, “I truly am sorry and ashamed. Sorry for putting everyone through this.”
When sentencing Morris to the maximum sentence the Judge Senyk said as a deterrent to others, the message given must be clear, that the consequences are severe. 

C. B. Smith Sentenced for Domestic Assault
A Fergus Falls man is going to prison for domestic assault.  Christopher Blase Smith was arrested in May 2013 when officers were called to a disturbance. Smith had punched a flat screen in the home, breaking the screen.  Smith has eight court cases of assault or domestic assault.  Two of them were dismissed during this sentencing.  Sentence is 25 months in prison and he needs to pay $466 in restitution. 

Wahpeton Spring Clean-Up Week May 12-16
City of Wahpeton will hold a Clean-Up week for residents May 12-16. Curbside pickup is limited to four-cubit yards per resident.  Excluded items include: appliances, televisions, microwaves, computer equipment, liquids (paint, varnish, solvents) hazardous waste (oil, batteries, tires) and compost materials. 

Touring Exhibit at Red Door Gallery in Wahpeton
A touring exhibit based on the North Dakota Council on the Arts book “Sundogs and Sunflowers” is at the Red Door Art Gallery and Museum through May.  The exhibits features folklore of the Great Plains. The Red Door Gallery is at 418 Dakota Ave, Wahpeton.  

Fatal Crash on I94 near Barnsville

The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a fatal crash on I-94 at Barnesville involving two semi's.
The driver of a milk truck was killed in the crash just before four Wednesday morning. Patrol Sergeant Jesse Grabow says roads are slick due to snow and temperatures below freezing.
Troopers also handled several other crashes along I-94, including a jack-knifed semi near Rothsay that was blocking the eastbound lanes. There were other reports vehicles sliding off the road near Fergus Falls. MN State Patrol says slow down and do not use cruise control.  

Deputy Shot, Wounded in Norman County
PERLEY, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say a 19-year-old man from Fertile is under arrest for shooting a sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop in northwestern Minnesota.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says the Norman County deputy was wearing a bullet-resistant vest and was treated and released from a hospital.
The BCA says the deputy was conducting a traffic stop about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday near Perley. The deputy was arresting an 18-year-old man on a warrant when the man's brother shot the deputy in the back.
The officer returned fire, but the suspect fled in the vehicle. He was arrested about two hours later at a vacant farm about three miles north of the shooting.
The deputy's name was not released. He's on standard administrative leave. The BCA is investigating.

Authorities Warn about Jury Duty Phone Scam
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota judicial officials are warning of a phone scam that involves jury duty.
Residents in Olmsted, Rice, Dakota and Ramsey counties have reported getting phone messages saying they had failed to return a jury summons. The message asks for a return call. When the call is returned, someone named Angel answers the phone and asks probing questions.
Prospective jurors in Scott County have reported getting calls from someone who says that he's Major Paul Stevens and that there's a warrant out for their arrest. This is a scam where they are looking for personal information.
Frazee news includes Safe Routes to School Grant, Farmer's Market
The City of Frazee has been awarded a Safe Routes to School Grant.   MNDOT and the School District will work together on the safe routes including one over County 29.  The Federal Funds of $195,000 will provide the majority of the money towards the $240,000 project which is scheduled for 2015-2016.    In other Frazee news, the city is planning to host a Farmer's Market this summer on Saturdays from 10 to 4 on East Main Avenue across from the lumber yard.  The market will also welcome other home made and homegrown items. 
Perham Mayor Proclaims Arbor Day May 3
Mayor, Tim Meehl, has proclaimed May 3rd Arbor Day in Perham.  On that day, Perham joins with the nation in celebrating the importance of trees and the natural resources they represent.  For many years, the City of Perham has planted boulevard trees along the city streets to improve the quality of life of its citizens and for the enjoyment of visitors.  The mayor urges all citizens to plant trees "to gladden the heart and promote the well-being of this and future generations." 
M. K. Burris Pleas Not Guilty

Michael Kyle Burris entered a “not guilty” plea in Otter Tail County District Court to the charge of aiding an offender after the fact in the murder of Scott Burris.  The complaint against the younger Burris has been amended and  he is no longer charged with murder.  Instead he is accused of helping his father, Michael Alan Burris, depose of the body.
The attorney for the state, Michelle Eldien, stated that all the discovery has been turned over to the defense.  Michael Kyle has a new public defender, Mara K. Rausch because the first one retired.
The case was set for a July 29th trial date however, they are still working on a possible plea agreement. 
Norman County deputy shot near Perley; suspect in custody
PERLEY, Minn. – A suspect is in custody following a shooting in Norman County Tuesday morning.
The suspect was caught roughly 2 miles north of the original shooting scene in Perley.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Department was called in to help in the search for the person responsible for shooting a Norman County Deputy early this morning near Perley.
Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said that at about 8:30 a.m. a Norman County Deputy made a traffic stop on Country Road 39 east of Perley.
At some point during the stop, the deputy and the driver of the car exchanged gunfire and the deputy was wounded. He was wearing a bullet
Perley is located just east of the Red River and roughly 23 miles north of Moorhead. 

Perham City Council approves Classic Car Cruise-in this summer
At last night's meeting, the Perham City Council approved a request by the Perham Classic Car Club to hold a cruise-in once a month in downtown Perham on the third Friday of the month beginning May 16.    Classic cars would have reserved parking on the north side of Main street to the east of the 1st Avenue stoplights.   Additional parking would be available in the parking lot behind City Hall.  The cruise-in is open to all automotive enthusiasts, with any model, make or year. 
Rogelstad named Otter Tail Power Company president
Yesterday (Monday) morning at Otter Tail Corporation’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders Chuck MacFarlane announced that Timothy J. Rogelstad replaces him as Otter Tail Power Company president.
 As previously announced, MacFarlane assumes the role of president and chief operating officer of Otter Tail Corporation. MacFarlane has been president of Otter Tail Power Company, the corporation’s electric utility subsidiary, since 2003 and its chief executive officer since 2007.
Rogelstad reports directly to MacFarlane in his new role as president of Otter Tail Power Company, effective immediately. As part of this new role Rogelstad also will serve as senior vice president of Otter Tail Corporation’s electric platform.

OTC Sheriff’s Office Investigating Stolen Items
The door to a cabin was kicked in, sometime within the last week, on Lost School Road rural Henning.
A tackle box, BB guns, fishing poles are missing.
The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office is also investigating the theft of a skid steer trailer.  The trailer was taken with-in the last 2 to 3 weeks from an address on St Hwy 106 near Henning. 

Items Taken From Vehicle
Items were taken from an unlocked car on Friberg Avenue.  The owner says she is missing a portable DVD player, $80 in cash, sunglasses and photography magazines.  The thief went through the vehicle overnight and left the interior lights on. 

Franken Presents Flag
Senator Al Franken was in Fergus Falls today (Monday)
“This certificate is presented to the Edward J. Devitt United States Courthouse, Fergus Falls, Minnesota April 14, 2014. This flag was flown over the United States Capital in honor of Edward J. Devitt in recognition of his extraordinary career as a federal judge and his service to the people of Minnesota.”
Franken met with seniors at the Senior Center earlier in the day.

Teenager Arrested After High-Speed Chase
A teenager was arrested after a high-speed chase in Fergus Falls Sunday afternoon.  An officer spotted a red Dodge Intrepid on Pebble Lake Road. The vehicle was speeding and nearly crashed into another vehicle coming off Channing Avenue.  Instead of stopping, the driver allegedly made an obscene gesture at the officer and drove a speeds of more than 110 MPH heading south on Pebble Lake Road.  Multiple agencies were called in to help with the pursuit and the driver pulled over near Delagoon Park. A 17-year-old male was arrested for fleeing an officer, theft of a motor vehicle, reckless driving and driving without a license. He allegedly told the officers he pulled over because he had saw on TV where people can get hurt in high-speed crashes. 

Spring Walleye Spawning at DNR Fisheries Detroit Lakes
The Detroit Lakes Area Fisheries Office operates a walleye spawning trap and hatchery each spring and the public is welcome to view the egg harvest process at Dunton Locks County Park just south of Detroit Lakes.  Timing is weather dependent, but egg harvest will likely start sometime during the week of April 21st.  Guided tours may available by appointment only.  For more information, please call the Detroit Lakes Area Fisheries Office at 218-846-8340.

Man with Key Startled Current Apt Renter
A man used to key to enter an apartment on College Way in Fergus Falls. He was looking for his friend and asked the startled woman where his friend and all of his friend’s stuff were.  The woman is a new renter in the apartment; apparently, the man had a key from when his friend lived there.  The woman had the locks changed. 

Two Sets of Tires Slashed in FF
Two separate tire slashings were reported in Fergus Falls. In both, three tires were damaged.  One reported Friday afternoon in the 200 block of East Vernon. The other reported Saturday afternoon on Melody Lane near Hillcrest.  Police are investigating but don’t think the two incidents are related.