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The need for Narcan: As opioid overdoses increase, local law enforcement now also carry anti-heroin drug
LEECH LAKE: Vizenor finishes first week as Leech Lake College President
City Council to discuss Sanford Center legal issues
Someone Special Volunteers: Kendra Hirsch and Vicki Frisch
At home in Bemidji: Longtime NHL scout, executive Marshall Johnston retires; has called Bemidji home for 40 years
LEGION BASEBALL: Bemidji keeps rolling, tops Alexandria in sub-state playoffs
VFW BASEBALL: Bemidji splits doubleheader with Alexandria
Bemidji Extreme U12 soccer takes second at Bemidji Blowout
Former Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green dies
Robert (Bob) J Voigt
Ken R. Trisco
Leonard "Larry" Mitberg
Gary Robert Vanasse
John Eggers: Solve this quotable quote puzzle
PAUL NELSON: Warmer weather means a good time to catch muskies
MASTER GARDENERS: Hit a tomato home run
Scotty Allison: A VA Pension program review
John Eggers: Who wants to be a cop?
Art briefs: Farm by the Lake Sunday concert series continues, 'Annie Get Your Gun' at Northern Light Opera Company and more
If the shoe fits — paint it: Sisters create custom shoe company in Bemidji
Patt Rall: Summer events continue in Bemidji
Don’t leave home without Iowa: ‘Leaving Iowa’ debuts Wednesday for Paul Bunyan Playhouse
The JOE-DOWN Reviews ‘Big Trouble In Little China’
Blane Klemek: Nests are nearly as fascinating as the birds themselves
Blane Klemek: Observing bird songs of the seasons
Hawley man sets state muskie record
Elk expansion in Northwestern Minnesota on hold
Nancy Sullivan birthday
AnnaMae Daken birthday
Robert Kaasa birthday
Joe Vene: Setting the record straight on school road project
PIONEER EDITORIAL: Developments for the developers
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: This November, I’m voting for NOTA (none of the above)
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lueth, Larson thanked for service
PIONEER EDITORIAL: Making music on the Mississippi
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
May 1, 2015
GOLF: Bemidji boys ninth after day one at Fergus Falls
FERGUS FALLS — Matt Gregg’s 71 is leading the Bemidji High School boys golf team as the Lumberjacks are ninth out of 11 teams after day one of the Fergus Falls Invitational. Bemidji shot a team score of 324, 22 shots behind invite leaders Alexandria and Eden Prairie. After Gregg,...
May 1, 2015 - 11:10pm
April 24, 2015
Man loses arm at Fergus Falls industrial plant
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- A 38-year-old employee at Northern Contours in Fergus Falls had his right arm ripped from his body around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The arm got entangled in a moving industrial router at the Northern Contours thermofoil plant, according to CEO Larry Skow. “This...
April 24, 2015 - 9:24am
March 19, 2015
Alcohol a factor in fatal Fergus Falls crash
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- One person is dead after a two-car crash in Fergus Falls Wednesday, and authorities say alcohol was a factor. The crash, at the intersection of Brenvei Drive and County Road 1 between Hoot Lake and Wright Lake, happened at about 10:15 p.m. and involved two...
March 19, 2015 - 6:50pm
January 20, 2015
Fergus Falls man cited for DWI after driving into lake
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- One man was arrested for drunken driving after driving into Otter Tail Lake on Saturday night. According to police, about 9 p.m. Saturday, Fergus Falls resident Taylor Ray Perala drove into open water on Otter Tail Lake, about 20 miles north and east of...
January 20, 2015 - 9:09am