The 2018 Otter Tail County (OTC) Sheriff Debate, sponsored by The Fergus Falls Daily Journal and PEG Access, began promptly at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday evening in the City Council chambers at the Fergus Falls City Hall. Candidates for sheriff are Fergus Falls Chief of Public Safety Kile Bergren, Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Barry Fitzgibbons, and Perham Police Chief Jason Hoaby. The room filled quickly with around 100 people in the audience.
HENNING—The man found dead in Henning, Friday, June 8, has been identified. According to family spokeswoman and aunt of the victim, Rebecca Johnson, the body is of 19-year-old Jordan Bolgrean of Barnesville. In the release sent out by the family, they say that Bolgrean was an Army graduate who struggled with drug addiction. Authorities haven't confirmed the cause of death. According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office, the body was found at 12:29 p.m. on Friday near the Canadian Pacific Railroad Tracks.
Nobody will be happier to see a switch in wind speed and direction than those living in lakes country. For two days, winds out of the south have pushed melting, fragmented ice up against north side beaches, damaging many of them. Marlys Simpson and her family have lived on the north side of Rush Lake for 40 years. They've witnessed ice out before, but not like this one.
The Henning School District will seek a full-time superintendent this summer as part-time superintendent Jeremy Olson has accepted the same position in the Crookston School District. The decision was made during a special school board meeting held March 8. The school board discussed what they would want in a new superintendent and heard from Olson on his recommendations. The discussion went through the options that the district could use at the position including full-time, part-time, shared, interim and superintendent/principal.
A Perham woman was injured Thursday evening, March 8, in a two-vehicle collision on state Highway 87, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. Anna Teresa Johnson, 34, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening in the crash, which occurred about 4:20 p.m., the Patrol report said. Johnson was driving a 2001 Buick LeSabre eastbound on Highway 87 approaching the intersection with Main Avenue East, while a 2004 Ford pickup driven by Trevor Scott Gordon, 26, of Ulen, Minn., was westbound on the highway, the report said.
Felony sentencing has been handed down in a theft case which was first investigated early September of last year, according to Otter Tail County court records. On Sept. 7, a representative of the Big Foot Gas and Grocery, of Vining, informed investigators that an employee, identified in the complaint as 56-year-old Kelly Barton Dietz, a resident of Henning, had taken a bank bag containing cash from the business but "was going to return it."
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Three people were in custody Friday morning, Feb. 9, in connection with a hit-and-run crash that left a 21-year-old Ponsford, man dead. According to information released by Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander: The sheriff's office was called at 7:29 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, regarding a hit-and-run involving a pedestrian on Pow Wow Highway about a half mile east of Pine Point. After lifesaving efforts, Joshua Charles Jones was pronounced dead at the scene.
Community meetings are being held to gather public input for the HUB project, with one being held Tuesday, Jan. 23 at noon and another Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 7 a.m., both at the Perham Area Community Center. Phase one of the project is complete, with committees being formed, ideas being generated and funding options being explored. Project Coordinator Emily Dryer says the ideas for the first phase was to get some background on costs and viability of some of the options, but now it's time for the public to weigh in.
OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. - A man was hurt after a rollover crash on Interstate 94, east of Dalton at 11:06 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7. Twenty-one-year-old Hassan Fofana of Champlin, Minn. was westbound on the highway when his car left the road and rolled over in the median. Road conditions were icy at the time of the crash, according to the accident report. Fofana treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
A four-vehicle crash in Otter Tail County sent two people to the hospital Friday evening. At 5:26 p.m., a 2013 GMC Sierra driven by Barbara Joanne Olson, 67, of Frazee, Minnesota, was southbound on County Road 60 when she attempted to cross U.S. Highway 10 about 5 miles northwest of Perham, according to a news release from the Minnesota State Patrol. A 2012 Toyota RAV4 driven by Michael Todd Dean, 57, of Gackle, North Dakota, was westbound on Highway 10 when it hit Olson’s vehicle, the release said.