Archives for December 2018

WALZ MAKING FINAL CHOICES

It’s expected Governor-elect Tim Walz will announce more state agency heads for his administration shortly after the first of the year. Walz has made eight appointments so far…

He’s sworn in as governor January 7th.

BEWARE THE QUILT SCAM

Christmas was yesterday, and now the scammers are already back at work… The Better Business Bureau reports a scam involving holiday quilts, in which they say hundreds of people in Minnesota and North Dakota, filed complaints, saying that they paid for quilts they never received — most through a Facebook ad directing them to a firm called Amelia Cotton Quilt Company which claims to operate out of Oregon but is not registered with the secretary of state there. One Minnesota victim says they purchased three quilts from a Facebook ad in late November for about 180 dollars, but the tracking number was fake and the website disappeared. People who have lost money to this kind of scam should contact the Better Business Bureau and local law enforcement.

CAR – TRAIN CRASH

3 people had to be airlifted for treatment after a car-train crash. It happened Friday afternoon near Perham in Otter Tail County. The Sheriff’s office reports that there were four people in the car, but no names have been released. A woman and two girls were flown for medical treatment. No word on the fourth person who was reportedly in the vehicle at the time, and no other details are yet available.

LIVESTOCK HAULER RULES REVISED

Last week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that livestock and insect haulers are indefinitely exempt from the requirements of the electronic logging device mandate. According to the agency’s website, drivers transporting livestock and insects can continue to use paper logs to document their hours of service “until further notice.” FMCSA also noted that effected drivers do not need to carry documentation about the exemption. Congressman Peterson says it also helps ensure that agricultural products arrive to market in a safe and efficient manner.

FUNNY MONEY REPORTED IN MINNESOTA DEALINGS

A Moorhead man reported to police that he was paid in counterfeit bills when he made a sale to a person he met online. The man said he met with the unknown buyer through the swap and sell app LetGo to sell a pair of headphones. The buyer was an hour late and offered to pay extra, handing him $20 bills totaling $120. He says he became suspicious when he felt the bills in his hand and compared them with other money. The bills the buyer gave him were missing watermarks, which prompted him to turn them over to police. Police say there has been an increase in funny money in the area in recent months.

MAYOR ASKING FOR MORE NATIVITY SETS

One Minnesota mayor is asking residents to display more Nativity scenes. The mayor of Wadena is asking residents of his city to get their Christmas Nativity scenes out for the holiday. Wadena Mayor George Deiss made the announcement Tuesday, after noting that there were not as many up as in years past. The mayor says an older member of our community contacted him and was very concerned that we are losing our interest in the Christmas spirit. While many displays can still be seen throughout the community, the mayor encouraged others to bring them out if they have not done so yet.

SOUTH DAKOTA CORRECTIONS OFFICER FIRED FOR INAPPROPRIATE SOCIAL MEDIA POST

In South Dakota, a Meade County corrections officer was fired Monday after writing a racist Facebook post about Native Americans. Sheriff’s Office was made aware of the post and fired the officer “as a result” of the “inappropriate comment.”

DAY CARE FRAUD MAY BE OVERSTATED

A former manager of the state’s computer forensics lab told lawmakers Monday that some day care providers fraudulently obtained state reimbursements which were funneled to America’s enemies overseas. State Human Services Department Inspector General Carolyn Ham acknowledges some illegally obtained money went overseas, but disagrees with those who say it’s widespread. Ham says the state stopped payments to 16 child care providers because of fraud — but that’s out of 17-hundred total in Minnesota.

DRUNK DRIVER GETS UNUSUAL SENTENCE

A Minnesota man who admitted he was drunk when he ran a red light and killed a motorist from Minneapolis, has been sentenced to 180 days in jail but will not do prison time. 31-year-old Emmanuel Seekie of Andover’s sentence also includes community service for ten years to speak to groups about the dangers of drinking and driving.

TWO KILLED IN BUGGY CRASH

Two people are dead after a horse-drawn buggy was struck from behind near Avon. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office says the fatal crash happened Sunday, and involved a pickup truck and a horse-drawn buggy. The crash was reported by the pickup’s impact activation system, and several passers-by stopped to assist at the scene. While officers were en route, they were told that CPR was in progress, as both occupants of the buggy were seriously injured. The pickup was being driven by 23 year old Marc Knapp of Avon. The buggy, occupied by a 72-year-old man and a 66-year-old woman, was traveling the same direction, when Knapp struck the buggy from behind, sending it into the east ditch. The deceased were taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office. No word on whether Knapp was hurt. The horse died at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.