Ronald Wayne Johnson was recently pulling his fishing hut off a lake in Otter Tail County, about an hour from Fergus Falls, when a conservation officer stopped to say hey and see how the catching was.Johnson had gotten a few fish, he said, though not many. The officer, Shane Osborne, asked if Johnso ... More >>
The waterfall of opinion flows s'more today with a collection of the best albums released locally in the Twin Cities in 2012. As opposed to the list that appeared in this week's issue, these are 14 distinct opinions on what was impressive in the past year, and a bunch of links to the related stories ... More >>
In 2012, Michael Williams has allegedly broken into trailers and stolen just everything that wasn't nailed down -- video games, TVs, Hot Pockets, and even a puppy.SEE ALSO:-- Hastings man calls police, reports roommate for stealing ice cream -- Teens face felonies after allegedly stealing cop radio ... More >>
Eight people from the Fergus Falls area face conspiracy to commit murder charges after they launched an ill-fated plan to kill a small-time drug dealer with whom they had a beef.SEE ALSO: Teens face felonies after allegedly stealing cop radio and broadcasting, "F**k the police" But here's the twist ... More >>
Eight Minnesota cities flung to the far corners of the state will host the second-annual Caravan du Nord shows this fall. Last fall, Low, Trampled by Turtles, members of Doomtree, Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, Heiruspecs, and many more were among the acts visiting smaller communities outsid ... More >>
The empty state mental hospital in Fergus Falls, a sprawling castle-like building, is in danger of demolition unless a developer is found by December 14. So the building's advocates, who call themselves Friends of the Kirkbride, gathered around the six-block-long building Saturday in a group hug to ... More >>
See Also:Slideshow: Emmylou Harris, Field Report at the MN ZooField Report on Justin Vernon, Fergus Falls, and folk musicEmmylou Harris With Field Report Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley Thursday, June 28, 2012 To see Emmylou Harris perform live is a beautiful thing. Listening to her records, you hear t ... More >>
Chris Porterfield might be considered something of a late bloomer. Never regarding himself as anything more than a "background player" in DeYarmond Edison (the early '00's band he shared with Justin Vernon and Brad Cook, Phil Cook, and Paul Westerlund of Megafaun), Porterfield did what a lot of arti ... More >>
On Monday night, Jay Leno tried to get some laughs at the expense of the Fergus Falls Daily Journal. But because his joke wasn't that funny, he had to settle for consolation claps instead.Leno poked fun at the Journal while running down absurd newspaper content from throughout the nation in his Head ... More >>
It's a free country and all, but there are still limits.That lesson was learned the hard way on Wednesday afternoon by Matthew Swanson, a 43-year-old resident of Fergus Falls. Swanson was hauled to jail just before 5 p.m. after a neighbor reported that he was mowing his lawn in a loincloth. NIMBY, i ... More >>
Only in Minnesota.Last Saturday, Blake Buck took his girlfriend Kellie O'Leary ice fishing on Otter Tail Lake near Fergus Falls. She ended up reeling in a fiancé.Buck and his buddy, Mike Metzger, concocted an elaborate plan to have Kellie reel in a fish with the engagement ring attached, and the ... More >>
Rogue Valley's tour diaries are written by frontman Chris Koza and edited by bandmate Peter Sieve. You can read their first installment here and second here, and third here. 1/18-1/19 Rogue Valley Tour Journal: "New Year Resolution" Minneapolis: 21 degrees. St. Cloud: 17 degrees. Fergus Falls: 15 ... More >>
Timothy Eugene Peterson: Soul CollectorTimothy Eugene Peterson will have to collect souls in prison from now on. Fittingly just in time for Halloween, Peterson, the self-proclaimed "Soul Collector" who tried to hack up his neighbor, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Peterson was arres ... More >>
Marijuana being confiscated by police in Maplewood State Park.A Maplewood hiker traveled off the beaten path and found himself in a field of green over the weekend. The hiker was walking through Maplewood State Park Sunday afternoon when he decided to step off the trail and explore the park by F ... More >>
Taylor Gehrking: Peeping tom.Taylor Robert Gehrking has had a busy week. Tuesday night, he was arrested for staring into a 10-year old girl's bedroom from his roof in Fergus Falls. Earlier in the week, he was busted for masturbating in his apartment -- with the door open for all his neighbors, i ... More >>
Ronald Melius has some peculiar ideas of what a dictatorship looks like.Moammar Qaddafi is the recently deposed Libyan autocrat accused of causing the deaths of thousands of his own citizens during the civil uprising against him. Hal Leland is the mayor of Fergus Falls and the manager of the West ... More >>
Timothy Pearson, soul man.Maybe Timothy Eugene Peterson had the Grim Reaper in mind when he came after neighbor Ivan "Skip" Mallas with a knife, uttering some weird gibberish about being a "soul collector." Or maybe he thought he was an extra in a George Romero movie. But in reality, Peterson ... More >>
Benjamin Stavaas is accused of slashing a dog's throat and leaving it to die.Benjamin Stavaas may just be the most heartless worm ever to grace a cell at the Otter Tail County jail, standing accused as he does of slitting the throat of a German Shepherd mix last June in Fergus Falls and leaving t ... More >>
Coffee comes to 38th/Chicago.Following the commercial revival happening on South Nicollet Avenue, things are similarly picking up over on Chicago Avenue. Mike Stebnitz, Thom Pham's former business partner, is redeveloping a building at 38th Avenue and giving foodies a reason to stop on histo ... More >>
Dylan Cox's self-portrait, from his Facebook pageOfficials have released the names of the two western Minnesota teens who died this week in what appears to be a murder-suicide. On Monday, Dylan Taylor Cox, 17, shot his 16-year-old girlfriend, Tabitha Lee Belmonte multiple times, then turned ... More >>
Timothy Peterson, soul collectorIvan "Skip" Mallas of Fergus Falls is lucky to be alive after a weird and bloody encounter with a neighbor who appeared at his front door and demanded his soul. The neighbor, Timothy Peterson, came at Mallas with a Bowie knife in the early hours of Sunday morn ... More >>
There's a helluva lineup at the Kitty Cat Klub this Friday night, featuring Milwaukee Americana act Conrad Plymouth (whose four-song vinyl EP was the inaugural release for new imprint Ten Atoms, run by local blogger Kyle Matteson and Muzzle of Bees founder Ryan Matteson), and locals Zoo Ani ... More >>
Photo: BanspyRemember that story back in June about Star, the shepherd-mix dog that wandered into a Fergus Falls yard with a slit throat, apparently after being left for dead? Police think they've found the perp: Benjamin Stavaas has been charged in Otter Tail County with two felony counts, ... More >>
Photo: WikipediaNot everyone can be a dog person.There are cat people and there are dog people. And then there are people who slit the throats of dogs and leave them in the middle of nowhere to die. Star, a German Sheperd-mix, unfortunately had a recent run-in with that last one. Star stumb ... More >>
Updated: A twister touched down near Fergus Falls, killing one person, and Wadena has been heavily damaged by strong winds, MPR reports. But the worst of the storm gave the Twin Cities a miss. Via NOAA: A tornado watch wsa in effect for the following Minnesota counties, including those in th ... More >>
The family, including a 3-month-old baby, were injured, while the driver of a Jeep was not.
When Gov. Tim Pawlenty found out that the Moose Lake facility for sex offenders bought two dozen 50-inch flat-screen TVs for the common area, he was quick to call the decision "boneheaded" and told the facility to immediately sell the TVs.
Another burger chain is elbowing its way in to the Twin Cities market. It's Burger Time!
The Twin Cities-based indie comedy label drops four new discs in early '09 -- with a fifth on the way.
Aw, nuts. Another viable protein source is suspected of being laced with feces.
Minnesota comic Chad Daniels drops his new CD at Acme this week.
As if the Republicans in Minnesota need another story to help cast doubt on the recount system. We ... More >>
Sen. Norm Coleman was at the Viking Cafe in Fergus Falls today when Pioneer Press reporter Dave Orrick asked him abou ... More >>
Rural schools say chronic underfunding is leading them to desperate measures
Last week Fergus Falls endured a rash of graffiti. The message: "Fuck Fergus Falls Police Nigya." On three different occasions taggers spray-painted anti-cop messages in the town of 14,000, 175 miles west of the Twin Cities.
Black Friday at the Mall of America: Wish you were here. Wait a minute, you are here.
It is an axiom of modern American politics that everyone must profess, loudly and in unison, that they "support the troops." But how does the rhetoric stack up against the facts? Consider the plight of veterans who, owing to old age and infirmity, require skilled nursing care. At the Minnesota Veter ... More >>
Sen. Norm Coleman does an about-face on a bill that will hurt Minnesota farmers
A boneyard baedeker reveals
where the bodies are buried
What we know--and what we don't--about methamphetamine's history, chemistry, and impact on users
One licensed cab for every three people--and not a fare in sight: Welcome to the Panama of the North
A University of Minnesota campus landmark faces the exterminators
Take Me Out to the Strip Mall...