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MOORHEAD — The rack of a massive bull elk shot this fall in northwest Minnesota has been scored by a certified measurer for the Boone and Crockett Club, and it’s all but official the trophy will be the highest-scoring elk ever taken by hunting in Minnesota. Brad Penas of Moorhead shot the 6x7 bull Sept.
The Honorable Rodney C. Hanson, a 1978 Wadena High School graduate, was recently appointed by governor Mark Dayton as judge to Minnesota's eighth judicial district in Pope county. Hanson's investiture was held Nov. 15, where he was sworn in at his chambered courthouse in Glenwood. Along with family and friends, Hanson's parents, longtime Wadena residents Harlyn and Janette Hanson were present. Hanson was sworn in by a family bible held by his mother. Prior to his judgeship, Hanson was a partner for 27 years at Anderson, Larson, Hanson and Saunders Law Firm in Willmar.
MOORHEAD – A Sanford Health employee whose job involved investigating and reporting elder abuse and neglect is accused of stealing about $20,000 from her own grandmother. Alyse Ann Penner, 28, of Moorhead, was charged Tuesday in Clay County District Court with one felony count of exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Sanford Health officials said Penner’s employment as a social worker at Sanford Medica
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MORRIS – A woman was killed in a motor vehicle-train crash just after 2 p.m. on Wednesday in Morris.
The condition of University of Minnesota Duluth sophomore Alyssa Lommel remains critical but stable at a hospital in St. Paul where she is being treated for severe frostbite and hypothermia. Lommel’s family reported on the Caring Bridge website Wednesday that she had an uneventful night, “which is good,” the post read. “Her breathing has improved somewhat, but she is still on the ventilator. She had another transfusion this morning.” The post said Lommel had no procedures done Wednesday, and doctors are using time to let frozen tissues heal.
The future of state aid that many local Minnesota governments depend on may be at stake, as property taxes appear to be headed up. By mid-December, city, county and other local officials decide how much property tax they will collect. Those decisions come on the heels of the Democratic Legislature and governor sending them large bundles of new money in the name of property tax relief. If taxes go up, local governments may see less state aid in the future.
Another Becker County family has been left homeless by fire. Flames were coming through the roof of an older two-story house when Audubon firefighters arrived at the scene on East Little Cormorant Road Monday afternoon. Nobody was injured and no pets were harmed in the fire, which essentially destroyed the home owned by a retired couple, Mary and Oran Holtsclaw. Three people lived there in all. Audubon firefighters were on the scene for about three hours. A wood-burning fireplace was the culprit, according to Audubon Fire Chief Darcy Savig.
Two people who died in a home destroyed by fire Tuesday night in Hubbard County have been identified. Phyllis Kleeb, 79, and her son, Frank Kleeb, 56, were inside the residence when it caught fire. Phyllis' sister-in-law, Marcia Kleeb, was notified Wednesday morning of Phyllis and Frank’s deaths. Marcia said she could see the flames from her back door Tuesday night. "It hasn't sunk in yet," Marcia said. "I haven't gone over to look." The Bemidji, Cass Lake and Lakeport fire departments responded shortly before 8 p.m.
MOORHEAD – When 19-year-old Erica Clark found an envelope full of crisp $100 bills in a McDonald’s parking lot here, she couldn’t help but wonder if someone’s Christmas had just been ruined. “All I could think about was what if someone was going Christmas shopping and all their money was gone,” she said. Clark had stopped for lunch at the Eighth Street McDonald’s and was returning to her car on Tuesday afternoon when she found the Wells Fargo envelope stuffed with $2,800. Without hesitation, she took steps to find a way to get the money back to its rightful owner. “I never really h