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Kris Wright Koll, 37, the New York Mills High School teacher accused of sexual contact with a minor, was charged Friday, Dec. 23, with felony criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree – position of authority, in Otter Tail County District Court. Criminal sexual contact could include kissing and fondling of either the complainant’s or the defendant’s “intimate parts.” (Minn. Stat. 609.345(e)).
We most often look at addiction through the eyes of therapists, physicians, police officers, family members and the addicts themselves. Now, here are the professionals with whom society should consult next: Linguists. Yes, we're serious. Because the more we learn about addiction, the more we realize our language — our vocabulary — is inadequate to the task.
A rollover crash on Highway 10 west of Perham left one person with serious injuries Wednesday, Dec. 28, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. A Ford pickup was eastbound on Highway 10 about 11:06 p.m. when it spun out, entered the median sideways, and rolled across the westbound lanes into the north ditch, the patrol reported. The driver, who was not identified, suffered serious injuries, the patrol reported. The report shared no information on where the driver was sent for treatment. The report listed road conditions as icy.
PERHAM, Minn.—A rural Perham man was injured Sunday, Dec. 25, when a fish house fire spread to nearby residences. According to a report released by the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office: Perham area fire crews and members of the sheriff's office were called about 6:30 a.m. Sunday to the rural Perham residence of Paul Krause, 62, where a fire in a fish house on dry land spread to nearby structures.
A Brainerd woman who was charged in November for felony domestic assault is back in Crow Wing County Jail on charges of felony sale of drugs.
FRAZEE, Minn.—One person died and another was critically injured when a vehicle struck two pedestrians early Sunday, Dec. 25, on Highway 29 about five miles north of Frazee, according to a report released by Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander. According to the report: A vehicle driven by Alexis Birky, 20, of Frazee, was driving southbound on the highway about 6 a.m. Sunday, when her vehicle collided with two people who were walking in the southbound lane of the highway.
A tire store fire in Perham late Tuesday, Dec. 14, prompted firefighters from nine additional communities to respond in an attempt to extinguish the blaze. After reviewing video surveillance from the burned out OK Tire building, investigators concluded that the fire started close to a waste oil burner which was used to heat the building. The video evidence appears to support initial reports that the fire started on the north end of the building, according to Luke Wothe, a detective with the Otter Tail County Sheriff's office.
The rural Vergas man killed by carbon monoxide gas in his home garage has been identified by a family friend as Tom Elkin, a rural Vergas cabinet maker.
ST. PAUL -- Forum News Service will host a briefing with the governor and four legislative leaders at 1 p.m. Monday afternoon, Dec. 19. View the live stream here
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources warns ice anglers, snowmobilers, skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts to use caution when going onto any lake covered or partially covered with ice, especially those that feature aeration systems. "Open water areas created by aeration systems can shift or change shapes depending on weather conditions," said Marilyn Danks, DNR aquatic biologist. "Leaks may develop in air lines, creating other areas of weak ice or open water."