A woman was injured in a car-semi crash about noon Thursday in Deer Creek. Jenna Rae Zerr, 20, of Henning, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to the Wadena hospital for treatment, according to the State Patrol. She was the driver of a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina that was traveling on Highway 50 and stopped at Highway 29. A 2016 Kenworth semi tractor was traveling southbound on Highway 29 near Highway 50. The Chevrolet attempted to make a left hand turn onto Highway 29, turning in front of the Kenworth.
A Vergas man was injured in car-semi crash Tuesday afternoon on an icy Highway 59 and County Road 17 in Lakeview Township. Marshall Aaron Rach, 37, of Vergas was taken to Essentia St. Mary's Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt and his airbag deployed. According to the State Patrol, the semi tractor-trailer rig was southbound on Highway 59 approaching the intersection with County Road 17. Rach was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse on County Road 17 at the Highway 59 intersection.
Three people were hurt when a car slid off an icy Highway 10 near New York Mills early Monday morning. According to the State Patrol: Matthew Brian Mollohan, 42, of Henning was driving a 2005 Ford Expedition, which had just turned westbound on Highway 10 from Otter Tail County Road 76 in Newton Township. While the Ford was accelerating, it started to spin out, causing it to go off the road.
John Joseph Steffl, Jr, 35, of 104 Manitoba St., Callaway, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct. A half-dozen other counts of third- and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct stemming back to 2007 were dismissed. According to court records, Steffl faced multiple charges for molesting adult men as they slept following parties over the course of several years. The accusations against Steffl surfaced after an incident in 2013 at a friend's cabin. Other victims then came forward.
A felony charge of third-degree controlled substance crime against Rodney Lee Keezer, 38, of Frazee, has been dismissed in Becker County District Court, because Keezer pleaded guilty to drug charges in federal court. The Becker County charge was filed because Keezer allegedly sold about a third-gram of heroin to a confidential reliable informant with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force on Feb. 8.
Joseph Paul Martinez, 32, of 36707 Martin Drive, White Earth, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court to 21 months in prison for felony third-degree controlled substance crime. A second charge of felony third-degree controlled substance crime, a felony gun charge, and a gross misdemeanor ammunition charge were dismissed in a plea agreement. According to court records, on June 30 he sold just under a third of a gram of heroin to a confidential reliable informant working for the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.
It's official — a Minnesota resident holds the state record for a fish species with a much maligned appearance and many names including freshwater ling, lawyer, eelpout and burbot. Brent Getzler of Roosevelt is the new record holder of a 19-pound, 10-ounce burbot taken from the Minnesota waters of Lake of the Woods.
Anthony Paul Morey, 36, of Box 423, Audubon, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony terroristic threats — reckless disregard for risk. A felony second-degree burglary charge and two misdemeanor domestic abuse charges were dropped in a plea agreement. According to court records, on June 14 he was found to have violated an order for protection by having sent multiple texts, and making about a dozen phone calls, to a woman's cell phone.
Darin John Littlewolf, 20, of 407 N. Tower St. Naytahwaush, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime. According to court records, on July 29, a Callaway police officer, who knew there was an active warrant for his arrest, saw Littlewolf get into a vehicle and head north out of town on County Road 52. The officer pulled over the vehicle and Littlewolf jumped out and ran into a corn field. The driver submitted to a search of the vehicle, and the officer found 13 grams of marijuana in the center console.
Phillip Michael Blue, 29, of 202 Dakota St., Callaway, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony DWI. A second felony DWI charge and a gross misdemeanor charge of driving after his license was canceled as inimical to public safety were dropped in a plea agreement. According to court records, at 4:44 a.m. on Aug. 26 an eastbound tribal police officer on County Road 14 saw a vehicle drive through the T-intersection at County Road 52 and County Road 14 without slowing down — then hit a tree in a yard on County Road 14.