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$3600 Worth of Power Cords Taken
10-21-14
Some heavy-duty power cords were taken from a gravel pit just outside of Parkers Prairie.  The 400 foot of electrical power cord is $3600 to replace.  The sheriff’s office is investigating. 

Some Stolen Tools Recovered from Impound
10-21-14
Tools were reported taken from an address west of Elizabeth.  Officers found some of the power tools in a vehicle that was already in the county impound lot.  They would not say who owns the car or if they have a suspect in the theft.  Still missing is a brown tool bag with Snap-On brand impact wrench and sockets worth $500.

Crimes of Opportunity
10-21-14
Unlocked vehicles were gone through in the 3900 block of Pebble Shores Circle in Fergus Falls.   A 38-caliber pistol was taken from one vehicle, cash, safety glasses and other items taken from another vehicle.  Police say these are crimes of opportunity and if the vehicle was locked, the thief probably would have walked right by.   Good idea to lock your vehicle even if it is parked in your garage or driveway, another option is to take your valuables inside with you at night. 


Neglect of a Child Alleged From August Police Incident
10-20-14
The woman responsible for calling 911 August 27th that resulted in a police incident in Fergus Falls has been charged with child neglect or endangerment.  Court documents state that 33-year-old Marlana Marie Reckmo was having hallucinations from drug use at the time she called. She stated that she was upstairs in the home, there were suspects with weapons downstairs and her son had been sexually assaulted.
A specialized interviewer spoke with the child, the interviewer stated that the eyes of the 5 year old were so extremely dilated that she had trouble seeing what color his eyes were.
During a search warrant of the home, officers found a number of baggies with suspected drug residue, piles of clothing and full bags of garbage through out the home.
The 911 call resulted in police blocking off the street for a number of hours because they did not know at first that no one else was in the home.
Reckmo will have her next court appearance November 3rd.

Vehicle’s Owner Cited
10-20-14
The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office issued citations to the registered owner after the parties involved in a crash would not cooperate with the investigation.
The Mazda was found on Hwy 17 near the Vergas Trails Saturday morning.  It had heavy front-end damage and appeared to have been driven with both front tires flattened down to the rims.  Marijuana items were found in the vehicle and the interior smelled of alcohol.  During the investigation, the registered owner said they did not know who was driving the vehicle, or where the vehicle crashed.    Since they were not cooperating with officials, the registered owner was cited for no proof of insurance and leaving a vehicle on the roadway. 

Two Fires in Wilkin Co
10-20-14
Two fires reported in Wilkin County over the weekend.  A barn fire reported on 250th Street Saturday.  The fire is believed to have started by embers from a nearby brush pile that was burning.  The barn has damage to the roof but remains standing.  No animals or people hurt in the fire.
The second fire was a grain dryer owned by Timothy Buth on fire on 200th street.  The cause of this fire is unknown and the grain dryer is a total loss. 

Ward One Candidate Forum
10-20-14
Ward One was up first for city council forums.
Candidate Darren Appert on why he is running: “What brings me here today is to discuss the questions posed at this forum and my positions or thoughts on those issues that will be or already are effecting our city. The desire to be on the Fergus Falls City Council is to bring some of those views and using common sense, a commitment to our future and government transparency and bring that to the table to be a voice of the citizens of Fergus Falls by championing your right to be heard on these issues.”
Incumbent Stan Synstelien: “Why am I running? I guess four years ago at this time I was just evaluating and had some of the same questions that Darren brought up.  You know, just in terms of the city council. When you aren’t on the city council, ah, you always do wonder what’s going on behind closed doors and what’s going on in, ah, with the staff and what not. Well, I am happy to say that I have learned a lot since being on city council and I appreciate the openness of the staff and city council members.”
The third candidate, Matthew Nickolauson, was not there and there was not an explanation for his absence.
Questions ranged from redevelopment of the former state hospital or Kirkbride building, bringing new or supporting business in town, the library renewal project and city budget.
Ward Two candidates meet Wednesday at noon with same questions.
Ward Three is Thursday also at noon. The forums are held in the city council chambers. 

Dent Motorcycle Recovered in California
10-20-14
A motorcycle stolen from Dent area of Otter Tail County was recovered in California.  The California Hwy Patrol from the Los Angeles area called Sunday to confirm that a 1962 Triumph motorcycle reported stolen in January of 2012 was the one they had recovered.    

Four-Wheeler Stolen
10-20-14
A four-wheeler went missing over the weekend from a rural Pelican Rapids address on Co Hwy 4.  The ATV is a dark olive drab green, Polaris 500 Sportsman worth $1900. The sheriff’s office is investigating. 



One Person Arrested after Disturbance
10-18-14
One person is under arrest following a disturbance at the CARE Unit in Fergus Falls. CARE is a locked drug treatment facility. Police were called there Thursday afternoon as two women were fighting.  One of them picked up a chair and hit the other one with it. She also punched the same woman in the face, breaking her glasses.  Police arrested 31-year-old Crystal Rose Sargent on charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon, misdemeanor assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal damage to property. 

Hillary Clinton is Minnesota-bound to help Dayton
10-18-14
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is heading to Minnesota to raise money for fellow Democrat Governor Mark Dayton
Clinton is set to headline a Thursday evening fundraiser in St. Paul for Dayton. Tickets for the dinner event at the St. Paul RiverCentre range from $150 to $2,500.
Former colleagues in the U.S. Senate, Dayton supported Clinton's 2008 presidential candidacy and has said he would do so again. The first-term Democratic governor leads Republican challenger Jeff Johnson in public polling.
The possible 2016 presidential candidate is just the latest Democrat to stump for Dayton and U.S. Senator Al Franken. Her visit comes on the heels of her husband's own trip to Minneapolis earlier this month. Former President Bill Clinton headlined a get-out-the-vote rally for Dayton and Franken at the University of Minnesota.

 VP Biden coming to Minnesota next week
10-18-14
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - The White House says Vice President Joe Biden is coming to Minnesota next week.
Biden will appear at an event on domestic violence in Duluth on Thursday. More details will be released later.
Minnesota also gets a visit from first lady Michelle Obama next week as the campaigns enter the home stretch.
The Minnesota DFL Party says Mrs. Obama will campaign for Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and Senator Al Franken at a get-out-the-vote rally Tuesday at Patrick Henry High School in north Minneapolis.


Burris Trial Ends with Guilty Plea Agreement
10-16-14
In a shocking twist this morning (Thursday) in Otter Tail County District Court, Michael Alan Burris entered a plea petition to stop the murder trial that was to enter the third day.
66-year-old Burris plead guilty to murder in the second degree of unintentional murder.  Burris then took the stand to answer questions.  He said that he and Scott Burris argued that day. Scott had picked up Michael’s gun and pointed it him. When Scott set the gun down, Michael picked it up and shot Scott, killing him.
Prosecuting attorney, Michelle Eldien says she was surprised at this outcome and said it is an appropriate result. She added that this is closure for the family, something they have wanted for two years.
The plea agreement calls for 150 months in prison (12 and a half years).  Burris will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
Sentencing was set for December 19th.  The trial was to resume at 10:30 this morning.  When the jury reconvenes they will be told that they are dismissed. 


Michael Alan Burris


Teens Cited for Car Prowling
10-16-14
Two teenagers were cited for car prowling in Fergus Falls. At least five cars were gone through starting around 8 pm Wednesday.  Cash and other items were taken.  The owner of one of the vehicles found blood in her trunk.  Police did not know how one of the teens became injured.  Blood evidence and fingerprints were collected.  A 17 year old and a 16 year old male were cited and released to their parents. 

Police Station Generator Fails the Test
10-16-14
Police in Fergus Falls had to radio for the fire department to respond to the police station after a generator test failed and started a fire. This is the third time the generator has failed a test.  It is in the lower part of the building.  The smoke stack became hot and the roof membrane was on fire Wednesday afternoon.  The police station was evacuated and four records techs were sent home for the day. The building still smells of smoke today (Thursday.)



Shopko Adding Fresh Produce
10-16-14
Shopko is added fresh produce to the stores in Fergus Falls and Perham. The produce is part of an expansion of the grocery departments in some Shopko stores.  The will also have more dairy, baking products, bread and other items.  They also starting accepting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program also known as SNAP. 

High Dollar Items Taken near Perham
10-16-14
The sheriff’s office is investigating a theft of many items from Toad River Road near Perham.  A riding lawn mower, push mower, weed trimmers, boat batteries, a shotgun and fishing equipment totaling more than 10-thousand dollars were taken.  The sheriff’s office says this is a preliminary report and more items might be added to the list.  They do not have suspects at this time. 



Trial of M. A. Burris Underway (updated)
10-16-14
The trial of Michael Alan Burris enters the third day today.  Burris is accused of killing his nephew, Scott Burris in May of 2012.
Jury selection took two days. 
Attorney for State, Michelle Eldien in her opening statement gave a timeline of when Scott Burris was last seen on May 22.  She said that calls to Scott went to voicemail after 12:49 that day and others tried to contact Scott by phone after that but the defendant did not.
The first witness was called at 1:50pm. Keith Bengston outlined that he saw Scott’s van on a minimum maintenance road and called into the sheriff’s office because the van had been there for several days.
The next witness, Bryce Albertson, told how he and some friends went tubing down the river and found the body June 15th.
Testimony continues today is what is expected to be a seven to ten day trial. 

Movie Shot in Fergus Falls Part of Film Festival

10-16-14
The movie "The Control Group" which was filmed at the FF RTC/Kirkbride is being screened at the Twin Cities Film Festival on October 22, 2014 at 8:30 pm.

The file is in the category of horror and will feature the Kirkbride building as the setting.  Tickets are required to attend but they are free.  Trailers of the film are available on line. Search “Twin Cities Film Fest” for more information.  The film is 87 minutes in length.

http://twincitiesfilmfest.org/the-control-group

 


Crash Kills Moose & Injures One Person
10-15-14
An injury crash on I-94 near Barnesville early Wednesday morning involving a car and a moose. One person in the car was hurt and was taken to the hospital for treatment. The moose was killed. The crash happened just before 5 a.m.
 
Senate 8A Debate at M State
10-15-14
In a lively and sometimes contentious debate between State Rep Incumbent Bud Nornes and challenger Jim Miltich sparred over everything from jobs to healthcare to taxes. Nornes praised pro-business efforts and economic perks for the economy:
"Right now the most positive thing is $3 gas, I never thought we would----Well you want something that reflects inflation--Adding pennies and dimes is not an index."
The audience was just as active as the candidates, often interrupting with other questions.


Fire Destroys Home in Foxhome
10-14-14
Fire destroyed a home near Foxhome this (Tuesday) morning.  The fire on 320th Ave at the home of Wade Steiner appears to have started in the garage. Steiner was able to make it out safely.  The fire spread to the rest of the home and it is a total loss. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

Wadena Humane Society Lawsuit Moved to Stearns County
10-14-14
Another change of judge and another venue planned for the lawsuit the Wadena County Humane Society brought against the city of Wadena.
The Humane Society is suing over the noise ordinance that requires the dogs not to bark between 4 pm and 9 am.
One judge recused herself because of the relationship she has with the society, the lawyer for the society requested a different judge so the case has now been moved to Stearns County. The temporary injunction will be heard October 24th.
Attorney for the Humane Society will argue that the ordinance is unreasonable. 


Job Market Has Changed
10-14-14
The job market in the area has changed dramatically in the last 5 years and while people may not be aware, there are literally hundreds of part-time jobs available in the area for older retired people as well as singles and Mom and Dads. Employers are gathering together for the 'Make More Money Job Fair' to be held in Legacy Hall at M State in Fergus Falls on October 23rd from 4 to 8pm.  It's not the normal type of Job Fair, and Rick Schara from the Workforce Center explains why: "It's kind of a different take on a job fair with the part-time, full-time, seasonal positions. So it's a little different than many job fairs. If you'd come there I'd say still bring a resume if you have one, or just come and talk to the employers and you might get a better idea of the situation they have in their individual businesses and the flexibility."
 
Whether a retiree or a mom or dad or a single person, many companies will be recruiting and answering questions at that time. Rick Schara told us about how employers are able to work with most people's schedules as well:
"Again I think that's the thing I'm seeing I'm seeing out there, is the flexibility of employers to really work with individuals, to fit their own schedule, so that's a big plus to find out about at this event. What you might have thought 5 years ago that you could work those few of hours, that has totally changed now, and the opportunities are out there."
Don't forget bring your resume if you attend and hours you are available. That's Oct 23rd from 4-8pm in Legacy Hall at M State in Fergus Falls.

 
Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra Concert October 25 to Feature Spooky Music
A concert by the Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra will be held on Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of Long-Prairie Grey Eagle High School.   The new music director for the Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra, Mark C. Graf, is beginning the season with "A Fall Spook-tacular", a program of spooky songs made famous through the years by Halloween and Hollywood.  Danse Macabre, The Night on Bald Mountain and Jaws are all featured on the program. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, $12 for families, and free for children 12 and under.  Guests are invited to come to the concert in Halloween costume.  There will be surprises and sweets for Halloween fans of all ages.  The chamber orchestra is comprised of a small group of musicians from a 60 mile radius of Long Prairie including the communities of Perham and Wadena.
 
Tri-County Health Care to sponsor Women's Day Out November 2
Tri-County Health Care will sponsor a Women's Day Out on Sunday, Nov. 2, focusing on health, organizational tips, inspiration and style trends perfect for today’s busy women.  The annual event will be held at the Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School from 1 – 5:15 p.m. and features educational booths, health screenings, cooking demonstrations and breakout sessions. Women will have the chance to connect face-to-face with medical providers and hear keynote speaker Joan Steffend speak on rediscovering who you were born to be.  Free childcare will be available.  Admission to Women’s Day Out is free.  However, seating is limited and pre-registration is required by calling Tri-County Health Care in Wadena or by registering online at TCHC dot org (www.TCHC.org)