DENT, Minn.—A Fargo woman suffered serious injuries early Friday, Sept. 22, when the car she was driving struck a horse in the roadway near here. According to a report released by the Minnesota State Patrol: The crash occurred about 5:20 a.m. on Highway 108 east of Dent. Leah Marie Orner, 29, of Fargo, was driving eastbound when her car struck a horse on the roadway and her vehicle came to rest next to the road. She was airlifted to a hospital in Perham, Minn., with life-threatening injuries. No other details were available
A press release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office describes a considerable marijuana operation southwest of New York Mills that has been shut down by law enforcement. According to the report, on the morning of Aug. 31, agents with the West Central Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, aided by members of the sheriff's office, executed a search warrant at a residence on County Highway 54, near 500th Avenue.
Ironton man faces 35 sexual assault charges BRAINERD, Minn. – A 30-year-old Ironton man faces 35 counts of criminal sexual conduct that allegedly took place at a Brainerd residence involving two minor children between 13 and 18 years old. Andrew Mark Donnelly was summoned Monday and notified Tuesday, Aug. 29, of his first appearance at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 16 in a Crow Wing County District courtroom in Brainerd.
OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. --On monday, we received information in connection with the fire that leveled a popular Otter Tail County restaurant. The Minnesota State Fire Marshal's office tells WDAY 6 News, that a discarded cigarette is the likely cause of an "accidental fire" that destroyed Elmer's BBQ restaurant on Otter Tail Lake. Authorities say the fire started on the east side of the building, where employees take their smoke breaks. The fire marshal found hundreds of cigarette butts in that area.
When announcing the discovery of starry stonewort in Lake Minnewaska last week, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said the invasive algae has never been eradicated from any U.S. lake where it has been found. Minnewaska Lake Association President Mike Stai believes the case on Minnewaska might be able to change that.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Collin C. Peterson (D-Minn.) expressed his disappointment with the decision made by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to maintain federal Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
An early morning patrol went from bad to worse for a Dilworth police officer who stopped a driver for a bad headlight early Wednesday, Aug. 2. According to documents filed in Clay County District Court: After Officer Brad Browning stopped the vehicle for a non-working headlight about 1:45 a.m., he determined the driver, Stephen J. Hietala, 27, of Perham, Minn., had an active arrest warrant from Otter Tail County for an alleged assault on a peace officer.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Rush Lake in Otter Tail County, near several other lakes where zebra mussels were previously confirmed. DNR invasive species specialists confirmed two adult zebra mussels in separate locations about 75 feet from the public access. Signs at lake accesses have been updated to alert boaters to the presence of zebra mussels.
A Perham man was injured when his semi was blown over on U.S. Highway 10 by high winds during a storm Monday, July 17, according to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol. Myron Leo Steinhofer, 54, was driving a 2015 Volvo semi westbound on Highway 10 near Otter Tail County Road 53 in Pine Lake Township about 3:50 p.m. when the crash occurred, the patrol said. Steinhofer was taken to the Perham Health Clinic with injuries that were not life-threatening, the patrol said.
A hot start to June could lead to earlier, heightened risk of the West Nile Virus this year in Minnesota. Mosquito pools recently tested positive for the virus in the Twin Cities metro area, weeks before the virus-carrying bugs are typically found in early July. Similar surveillance isn't performed in Southern Minnesota, but officials suspect the mosquito population elsewhere in the state could already be carrying the virus as well.