Post Bulletin Reporter Mark Wasson

Mark Wasson

Public Safety Reporter

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn.

He graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Journalism.

Mark enjoys eating pizza with his dog and watching Parks and Rec.

Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.

A seemingly happy family ended in tragedy after the father bludgeoned his wife to death, suffocated his 9-year- and 22-month-old children, lit his house on fire and then hanged himself 38 years ago.
A MACCRAY school bus driver was found deceased in Tyler, Minn., while waiting for the school's girls' basketball team Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, according to Tyler law enforcement.
A family of five was shot to death in their rural Sunburg home in 1970. The confessed murderer, Neil M. Pladson, was sentenced to 25 years in prison. In 1987, Pladson was released to a halfway house. A year later, he was found strangled to death in his apartment. His killer, Douglas Tank, was his roommate and he told authorities that Pladson had threatened to kill the man's family while brandishing a knife. Tank said he knocked the knife out of Pladson's hand and strangled him.
Algene Vossen, 80, is charged with second-degree murder in the 1974 killing of Mabel "Mae" Agnes Boyer Herman in Willmar. A District Court judge has ruled him incompetent to stand trial and ordered screening for civil commitment.
Under a new order, face coverings must be worn in courtrooms and public spaces in Minnesota court facilities. Individuals should talk to court staff immediately upon entry if they do not have access to a face covering or have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing one.
The Minnesota State Patrol reported four fatal crashes in Minnesota over a 16-hour period this week.
According to a news release, first responders found Scott Kenneth Nathe, 50, unconscious and not breathing. He was transported to Sauk Centre Hospital were he was pronounced dead.
The 1983 killing of Joseph "Scriver" Olson, 75, of Belgrade, remains an unsolved homicide. The investigation included an FBI profiler, who now has a Netflix show about him; a lawsuit was filed by a man who said he was tormented by law enforcement; and the Olson home burned down, twice.
Family and friends of Ricardo Torres Jr., many wearing white shirts that read “Justice for Ricky Torres,” lit candles, reminisced and mourned their friend Wednesday night in Olivia, Minn.
The man fatally shot by an Olivia police officer early Sunday morning has been indentified as Ricardo Torres Jr., 32. The agency also identified the officer who discharged his firearm as Aaron Clouse.