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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.

Schools across the country have experienced false calls regarding active shooters in recent weeks, prompting law enforcement to investigate the matter. In Minnesota, 15 schools, from Rochester to Cloquet received hoax calls this week.
The Emergency Response Unit in Olmsted County, Minnesota, responded to a standoff Aug. 20. The man, Michael Molitor, 37, of Pine Island, fired several shots at law enforcement. Molitor, an Army veteran with a 2006 deployment in Iraq, is asking the court to let him go to a veteran focused treatment center in Texas.
Tommy Tongsengzeng Yang, 33, of Rochester, is accused of sexually assaulting and raping a juvenile in several public areas around Rochester.
Most criminals involved in child sex abuse material – child pornography – face a fraction of the charges available to law enforcement.
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.
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.
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.
Under a new order, face coverings must be worn in courtrooms and public spaces in Minnesota court facilities. Individuals should talk to court staff immediately upon entry if they do not have access to a face covering or have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing one.
The Minnesota State Patrol reported four fatal crashes in Minnesota over a 16-hour period this week.