FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — A truck driver found guilty of causing the death of a 16-year-old boy was sentenced Friday, Aug. 24, in Otter Tail County District Court to spend more than four years in prison. Jason Vadner, 36, of Wheaton, Minn., was sentenced to four years and two months.
Minnesota seniors now have a new line of defense against financial fraud, thanks to a new law that took effect Aug. 1, 2018. The new law was proposed by the Minnesota Commerce Department and supported by both senior advocacy groups and financial industry stakeholders. The Safe Seniors Financial Protection Act (HF 3833), equips financial professionals with new tools to protect their senior and vulnerable adult clients by working with the Commerce Department to prevent and stop suspected fraud.
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.
Michael Johnson has been promoted to community editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Johnson, a Verndale graduate, replaces Paula Quam, who will remain editor of the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus. "I look forward to focusing my efforts on an area that I've considered home for much of my life," Johnson said. "I love sharing great stories and look forward to sharing the news of this great region."
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.
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."
WADENA COUNTY, Minn. — A woman suffered injuries that were life-threatening Wednesday evening, Jan. 31, after her vehicle went into the ditch and hit a tree. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that 59-year-old Jeanette Marie Karkinen, of Menahga, Minn., was southbound on Highway 71 near 384th Street when at 5 p.m., her 2017 Chevrolet Spark went off the road and struck a tree. Karkinen was taken to Park Rapids Hospital with injuries that were life-threatening.
A 61-year-old Sebeka man was killed Monday when the semi-truck he was driving hit another truck at the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and Minnesota Highway 27 in Grant County. The Minnesota State Patrol has identified the driver as Joseph Cecil Hensel. He was not wearing a seat belt. The state patrol said the other driver, Alan Lee Powell, 63, of Mexico, Missouri, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - A Dent, Minnesota, man has been found after being reported missing for several days, the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office announced Sunday, Oct. 22. Family of Paul Baker, 51, 34723 County Highway 35, said he was at a friend's home and was not in any danger, the sheriff's office reported.