A few online readers are wondering why they're being asked to take a Google survey that pops up with a story they're reading on the Wadena Pioneer Journal and other Forum Communications Co. websites. Some are worried that it might be a scam. Some don't like the hassle of filling out a survey. First off, this is not a scam. It's a legitimate consumer survey from Google. Readers don't pay the Pioneer Journal for online content, but Google will pay us 5 cents per completed survey.
A Frazee man is in a Fargo hospital after he accidentally shot himself in the hip. The Becker County Sheriff's office says 27-year-old Jared Hanson of Frazee was handling a revolver when he accidentally pulled the trigger. Authorities were called to East Main Street in Frazee around 7 Monday evening. Hanson shot himself in the right hip. He was taken to a Detroit Lakes hospital and then transferred to a Fargo hospital. It was unknown early Tuesday whether he would be OK.
How much progress have you made on your 2017 taxes? More importantly, if you're not filing the return yourself, how trustworthy is your tax preparer? The IRS began accepting tax returns on Jan. 23 and is expecting more than 153 million individual tax returns will be filed. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota offers the following tips on finding a good tax preparer: • Ask around. Get referrals from friends and family on who they use and research free BBB business profiles on tax preparers and tax preparation services at bbb.org.
Prosecutors will not bring charges against a woman who was driving the vehicle that hit and killed a 7-year-old boy who was waiting for his school bus last fall near Thief River Falls. Following an investigation into the October death of Challenger Elementary School student Anthony Fellman, Pennington County Attorney Alan Rogalla said there is no evidence to support a case against Joanne Schultz, 69, of Plummer, Minn., according to a report from KTRF Radio. The decision clears Schultz of criminal wrongdoing and closes the case on a tragic crash that shook the community.
Josue Ezequiel Salguero, 21, of 357 Pine Cone Park, Perham, has been charged in Becker County District Court with two felony counts of fifth-degree controlled substance crime and one felony count of possession of a pistol without a permit. According to court records, on Dec. 31, a state trooper pulled him over for weaving within his lane on Highway 10 in Becker County. Two open cases of Coors Light beer with empty cans were found on the floor behind the driver's seat. A half-full can was found under his seat and another open can was found on the front passenger floor.
Because his first stint in Congress came way back in 1974, our U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, based on seniority, was "third-closest to the president" at last week's inauguration. The closer the better. Our nation moves into a great unknown today when President-elect Donald Trump raises his right hand and becomes President Trump. He takes office with little to no record of public service to consider and without having revealed much of what he might do or details about how he may choose to go about accomplishing goals and priorities that remain unclear.
One person was injured in a crash involving a semi and a sports utility vehicle with attached trailer. The State Patrol said the crash happened on Highway 10 in Bluffton just before 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21. According to Sgt. Jesse Grabow, the driver of the SUV made a right turn from County Road 143 onto eastbound Highway 10 and was rear ended by the semi. Grabow said the road was wet at the time. The SUV driver, 73-year-old Daniel Eugene Hegg of New York Mills suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Tri-County Health Care in Wadena.
A man has been found dead inside a residence in Motley in northcentral Minnesota that was lost to fire. The Cass County Sheriff's Office received a report of a house fire at 6:42 a.m. Friday off Minnesota Highway 64 in rural Motley about 22 miles west of Brainerd. Responders arrived and found a trailer house fully engulfed in fire. Efforts to extinguish the fire were immediately underway. The man was found inside the residence, the sheriff's office reported. An autopsy is scheduled with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office.
A Henning woman was hurt in an accident involving a semi-truck just after noon on Thursday. Jenna Rae Zerr, age 20, was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina on Highway 50 in Deer Creek, the Minnesota State Patrol reports, when she attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Highway 29, turning in front of a 2016 Kenworth semi-truck. The semi, driven by Heinz Kasper Strobel, age 43, of Hoffman, Minn., swerved to the left in an attempt to avoid the Lumina, but the two vehicles collided and the semi ended up in the ditch, the patrol reports. The Lumina was disabled on Highway 29.
An 18-year-old from Verndale was hurt in a two-car crash on Highway 10 yesterday. According to a Minnesota State Patrol report, Kaitlynn Marie Swank suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the accident. The report states that Swank was driving a 2011 Chevy Impala westbound down the highway when a semi-truck passed her and kicked up snow, reducing her visibility and causing the SUV in front of her to slow down. Swank's Impala ended up rear-ending the SUV, and her airbag deployed. The driver of the SUV, Robert Wayne Hirschey, age 83, of Cushing, Minn., was not injured.