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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.
Fardoussa Omar Abdillahi, 26, of St. Cloud, is accused of stabbing her 3-month-old son to death and throwing his body in a dumpster.
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.
The Blue Earth County Attorney's Office recommends no charges be filed against an Olivia police officer who shot and killed a man during an early morning encounter July 4 in Olivia.
Authorities last week added two felony first-degree criminal sexual assault charges and two misdemeanor theft charges against Davion Elijha Powell, 19, of Racine, Wisconsin, according to an amended criminal complaint.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has overturned the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruling that upheld a lower court finding that Pope County and its child protection workers are immune from liability in the 2013 child abuse death of 4-year-old Eric Parker Dean. A physician, day care provider and teacher had reported suspected maltreatment of the youth prior to his death. The girlfriend of Eric Dean's father was convicted of murder while committing child abuse and is serving a life sentence.
Richard Keehn, 45, of New London, died following a one-vehicle crash near Willmar.
Rebecca Anne Pieper, 40, of Louisville Township, has been a full-time police officer for the Olivia Police Department since July 6, 2021. She is accused of sending obscene packages to people involved in a child custody case.
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.