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Serious Injuries in I-94 Crash
08-24-16
An Albertville man received serious injuries when the pickup he was driving crashed on I-94 by mile post 115 in Douglas County.
Fifty-year-old Patrick Dooher was eastbound late Monday afternoon when he lost control of the pickup and rolled it into the eastbound right ditch.
Dooher was taken by ambulance to Sauk Centre Hospital.

I-94 One Vehicle Crash
08-24-16
A St. Paul resident was injured when while traveling on I-94 Tuesday afternoon.
Twenty-eight-year-old Stacey Fischbach was eastbound in the left lane at mile marker 32 in Wilkin County.
Her vehicle entered the median and struck an approach.
Fischbach’s injuries were not considered life threatening.

Rolling Medical
08-24-16
The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office received a call Monday morning of a rolling medical shortly after 9:00 am.
Family members were rushing a five-year-old girl to Tri County Hospital in Wadena from a rural Henning residence. The unidentified girl reportedly got caught between a tractor and haybine as the father was trying to hook it up.
The girl suffered serious, life-threatening injuries. She was taken to Tri County Hospital and then flown to Hennepin County Medical Center.
No other information is available at this time.

No Special Session
08-22-16
Governor Mark Dayton and legislative leaders are abandoning their hopes of a special session. And that’s not going over well with area legislators.
A $260 million tax relief bill and a package of public construction projects were at the top of the to-do list since the legislature adjourned in late May. But an ideological disagreement about building a light-rail train to the southwestern Minneapolis suburbs proved too much. Dayton said Thursday he won’t call a special session this year.
State Senator Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake says he’s extremely disappointed in the governor’s decision. He says it’s obvious the Governor values an unnecessary passenger train in Minneapolis more than clean drinking water, safe roads, and tax relief for the rest of Minnesota’s 87 counties.
State Representative Bud Nornes of Fergus Falls also was disappointed in the governor’s action. He says the tax and bonding bills had bipartisan support, and should have been a slam dunk. Nornes says politics should not stand in the way of passing good legislation to help Minnesotans.

Nornes on No Special Session
08-22-16
State Representative Bud Nornes of Fergus Falls says he’s disappointed that Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has abandoned plans for a special session because light rail for Minneapolis wasn’t in the bonding bill.
Nornes says that from the beginning, he predicted there would be a special session because it made no sense not to have one.
Nornes says unfortunately, a state grant extension for the Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center won’t happen. He says there was money in the bonding bill for the Pelican Rapids dam and the Fergus Falls Library expansion project. Also, MState projects in Fergus Falls and Wadena won’t happen until the next legislative session at the earliest.
He says light rail had no support. He says there was no bill and no hearings on light rail in the last legislative session.

Detroit Lakes Man Faces Criminal Charges For May Crash
08-22-16
A Detroit Lakes man has been issued a court summons for an injury crash which happened on Highway 59 south of Detroit Lakes. 22 year old Charles Hughes was involved in a two vehicle crash on May 26th. The crash occurred at the intersection of Highway 59 and County Road 17 involving an SUV and a Cadillac Escalade transporting a boat on a trailer. A State Patrol report indicated that the SUV failed to yield to the Esclade while crossing Highway 59. The driver and passengers of the Escalade were severely injured with one passenger sustaining multiple rib fractures requiring a chest tube, while a passenger in the SUV had to be cut out of a seatbelt. The State Trooper on scene identified Hughes as the driver of the SUV. Hughes had a blood alcohol level of .15. Hughes has two prior DWI Convictions from 2014 and 2015. He will face two felony level of criminal vehicular operation and two gross misdemeanor counts of DWI.

Star Lake Casino
08-22-16
Residents of Star and Dead Lakes packed the Otter Tail County Commission meeting last week to urge a careful review of the impact of a Shooting Star Casino and Resort on Star Lake. Ty Dayton, spokesman for the Star Lake Concerned Citizens group, urged the commission to elevate the level of environmental review of the development. He says an environmental impact statement should be performed.
County Attorney Dave Hauser told the crowd that an environmental assessment worksheet needs to be done before an environmental impact statement is considered.
The land in question has been in a trust since 1938 for the Chippewa Tribe. Some of the land is on a national wetlands registry.

Catalyst Motors Burglary
08-17-16
Fergus Falls police received a report of a burglary at Catalyst Motors in the 1600 block of Collegeway.
The burglary was reported shortly before 9:00 am Tuesday. Phone lines had been cut, power meters were pulled out of the ground, and a back door to the business, as well as a back garage door.
A Glock 42, valued at $500, and $201 cash were taken. There are no suspects.

Joshua Defries Arrested
08-17-16
A Moorhead man, formerly of Fergus Falls, was arrested about 10:30 Tuesday night on a probable cause charge of first-degree burglary.
Fergus Falls police were called to a residence in the 200 block of East Bancroft Avenue where they found that a basement window had been broken. The suspect, 32-year-old Joshua Defries, had apparently entered the home through that window.
Once inside, Defries allegedly stole food. Police found him laying on a bed trying to sleep. Defries reportedly was under the influence.
Police say the male resident did have verbal contact with Defries before calling police.

Dairy Agreement Terminated
08-16-16
The former Mid Am Dairy building will NOT be purchased by the city of Fergus Falls at this time. The city council recently voted
 to terminate the purchase agreement. The city had hired a company to check for remaining hazards in the vacant building that the sellers, Cheney Properties of Plymouth, had said they had checked already. Recently, free mercury was found in the building, which meant contingencies in the purchase agreement were not satisfied.

Alderman Rod Spidahl says rejecting the purchase doesn’t kill a $600,000 state grant. He says the two issues are separate. 

Residential Fire
08-15-16
The State Fire Marshall’s Office was in Fergus Falls Monday to investigate a fire at a residence in the 800 block of Stanton Avenue.
A caller told police at 1:14 am Sunday that there was a smoke smell in the residence.
Then, at 5:23 pm, police were called with a report of black smoke coming from the house. The fire caused significant smoke damage.