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Just around the corner for Culver's: Owner excited to bring ‘Butterburgers’ to Bemidji
Wrapping up 18 years of holiday cheer: Christmas Forest tree farm to close after this season
Polar vortex redux? Forecasters say it could hit next week
Blackduck boys basketball a mix of youth, experience
MEN'S HOCKEY: BSU skates to 1-1 draw with LSSU, wins first-ever shootout
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Jacks fall short to Apollo
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Northern knocks off Bemidji State
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Beavers fall flat in 88-61 loss
BHS wrestling in action at Brainerd
Glenn Arnold Conlon
Cloyd Olaf Kilde
Bruce Robert Smith
PRIME TIME: From grieving a loss to celebrating a life
PRIME TIME: A fiery idea for a motion picture
PRIME TIME: Readers Theater volunteers bring performances to elementary schools
PRIME TIME: No pain, no strain, just gain at the Activity Center
PRIME TIME: ‘LAWKI,’ or Life As We Know It
After offending American Indians, Ralphie May backs Standing Rock
Chorale to bring 'Peace' to Bemidji
Art classes scheduled
PATT RALL COLUMN: Singing and dancing toward Christmas
A few new twists: Madrigal Dinners to satirize politics
PAUL NELSON COLUMN: Winter here, ice fishing will start soon
Where to fish when the lakes freeze: Numerous destinations within a few hours’ drive
BLANE KLEMEK COLUMN: Trees, plainly put, are amazing life forms
Northwest Minnesota deer kill up from last year
Christmas bird count at Rydell refuge
Share your Milestones in the Pioneer
Johnson anniversary celebration
MILESTONES: Gullickson-Boerboom engagement
MILESTONES: Dunbar birthday
PRIME TIME: Traveling through the landscapes
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We deserve respectable representation in government
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Country deserves better from its president
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Let’s restore integrity to election process
PIONEER VIEWPOINTS: Perseverance pays off
October 19, 2016
Fergus Falls man paddles 26 miles in pumpkin to set record
OSLO, Minn. — It took more than 13 hours, but Rick Swenson finished his Great Pumpkin quest. Swenson, 35, of Fergus Falls, paddled a 1,086-pound...
October 19, 2016 - 2:48pm
October 12, 2016
Missing man, 89, found near his cabin
FERGUS FALLS, Minn—An 89-year-old who had gone missing from an Otter Tail County cabin about two weeks ago was found dead on Wednesday, Oct. 12, authorities say.Thomas Allstopp was reported missing by relatives on Sept. 29 after a relative went to Allstopp's cabin on Spitzer Lake...
October 12, 2016 - 6:16pm
September 28, 2016
Recycling spill forces evacuation in Fergus Falls
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - The Otter Tail County Recycling Center here was evacuated Wednesday morning, Sept. 28, due to the release of an unidentified hazardous material, county Emergency Manager Patrick Waletzko said in a news release.Emergency responders from the Fergus Falls fire and...
September 28, 2016 - 4:08pm
September 22, 2016
Grand jury indicts Fergus Falls man for father’s murder
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — A state grand jury has indicted a Fergus Falls man on first-degree premeditated murder for the death of his father in Fergus Falls earlier this year. The indictment, filed Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Otter Tail County District Court, is in addition to a second-degree...
September 22, 2016 - 9:01pm
July 18, 2016
Girl, 12, hurt when she falls off tube, hit by another passing boat Clitherall Lake
BATTLE LAKE, Minn. -- A 12-year-old girl who had fallen off a tube while it was being towed was injured when she was hit by a passing boat Sunday afternoon on Clitherall Lake about 25 miles east of Fergus Falls.According to the Ottertail County Sheriff’s Department, Seth Lebrecque,...
July 18, 2016 - 7:49pm
July 1, 2016
EARLY FIREWORKS: Bemidji VFW offense explodes in doubleheader vs. Fergus Falls
BEMIDJI — The Fourth of July fireworks arrived early for the Bemidji VFW baseball team Friday night. Bemidji and Fergus Falls combined for...
July 1, 2016 - 10:54pm
June 22, 2016
VFW BASEBALL: Bemidji sweeps Fergus Falls
FERGUS FALLS — The Bemidji VFW baseball team has a three-game winning streak going after sweeping Fergus Falls in an away doubleheader Wednesday, winning by scores of 2-1 and 7-4. Fergus Falls is one of the two other teams in Bemidji’s district this season, which provides added...
June 22, 2016 - 10:28pm
June 3, 2016
Fergus Falls man, 28, charged with father's murder
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - The suspect in an apparent murder has been identified by the Fergus Falls Police Department. Dustin Defiel, 28, is charged with second degree murder of his father, Ricardo Defiel, a city employee in the northwestern Minnesota town. The Fergus Falls Police Department...
June 3, 2016 - 3:46pm
May 20, 2016
BOYS TENNIS: Bemidji ends regular season with pair of wins
PARK RAPIDS — The Bemidji High School boys tennis team finished the regular season with a pair of wins Friday at Park Rapids High School, edging...
May 20, 2016 - 11:22pm
January 25, 2016
Fergus Falls man, 25, sentenced for sexual assault
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- A 25-year-old Fergus Falls man was sentenced Friday in Otter Tail County District Court for a year in jail and 10 years of probation for giving the victim alcohol throughout the day on Sept. 1 and then sexually attacking her. Battern allegedly forced her into...
January 25, 2016 - 8:52pm
November 14, 2015
Parents, church reach settlement for drowned Fergus Falls teen
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- Parents of a Fergus Falls teen who drowned on a church youth trip two years ago have reached a settlement with the church and the company the church rented two houseboats from. Briggs Anderson, 14, drowned July 29, 2013, while on a youth trip with Hope Evangelical...
November 14, 2015 - 12:37pm
September 29, 2015
17-month-old hit, killed by car in Fergus Falls
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- A 17-month-old child was pronounced dead Monday afternoon after being hit by a car in Fergus Falls. Fergus Falls police say Avah Mae Dirkman was struck about 12:30 p.m. by a 2009 Dodge Journey driven by Katie Diane Black, 29, of Fergus Falls. Reports...
September 29, 2015 - 2:08pm
August 22, 2015
Man arrested in Fergus Falls on charges of rape of 15-year-old girl in 1990
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- A 59-year-old man was recently arrested on charges of raping a 15-year-old girl who worked for him at the Traverse County Fair in summer 1990, court documents show. Timothy John Solem of Wabasha, Minn., was arrested in southern Minnesota and first appeared...
August 22, 2015 - 5:25pm
June 29, 2015
MN trooper, spokesman Sgt. Grabow charged with driving 94 mph in a 55 zone
ST. PAUL -- The trooper who has been the Minnesota State Patrol's face in western Minnesota faces charges of driving 94 miles per hour in a 55...
June 29, 2015 - 1:17pm
May 16, 2015
California man drowns in Jewett Lake, near Fergus Falls
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- A 59-year-old California man drowned Friday night in Jewett Lake, about 10 miles north of Fergus Falls, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office responded to a report of a person who had fallen out of a boat on the south...
May 16, 2015 - 12:36pm