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Small Electrical Fire At Walmart in Dilworth

DILWORTH, Minn. (KVRR/KFGO) — Dilworth and Moorhead fire crews responded to Walmart in Dilworth late this afternoon after an electrical fire. Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting, who is also the Dilworth fire chief, says the fire was in a piece of refrigeration equipment. He says the fire was difficult to put out because there was still electricity going to the…

‘Freezing for a Good Reason’ participants endure a successful 44 hours outdoors.

"This was a 44 hour push and it was very successful, this is a great community and we are lucky to have the service organizations that banded together to make this happen."

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) — After spending a total of 44 hours outdoors bearing frigid cold temperatures, participants for the Freezing for a Good Reason event are ready to warm up indoors. “The 44 hours represented over two days represents the 22 veterans a day that commit suicide each day. So that’s why we did it for two days and the…

Sheriffs battle cold weather for homeless & veteran suicide prevention

"Tonight when it's this cold out really it's going to give us the sense of what someone who's living out in the streets or homeless is going through."

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Some people will bear the frigid temperatures tonight to bring awareness to homelessness and veteran suicide prevention. Both Cass and Clay county sheriff’s will be freezing for good reason as they sleep inside of a tent outside the Moorhead American Legion to bring awareness to the cause. The sheriffs will remain outdoors until noon Saturday. The event…

Federal carjacking charges filed against Fargo man

John Poitra was charged in Clay County on March 17th

FARGO, N.D. — On March 17th, John Poitra, 30, was arrested after allegedly threatening to stab a man in Fargo, stealing their car and fleeing into Minnesota were he was taken into custody. “The deputy had just started a shift, he was right in the area when the call came out,” said Clay County Sheriff, Mark Empting. “He immediately saw…

Clay County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes New Patrol K9

Goose will be partnered with Deputy Sam Grandbois.

1/2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Show Caption Hide Caption MOORHEAD, Minn.–K9 Goose is the newest member of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. Goose was picked up on Monday and will be partnered with Deputy Sam Grandbois. Their patrol certification training will begin in March. Deputy Grandbois and Goose are expected to be working the streets by this summer. Clay…

Morning Grain Dryer Fire Involves Several Departments

The Salvation Army used one of its trailers to help frozen firefighters warm up.

CLAY COUNTY, MINN. (KFGO) – Firefighters from Dilworth, Glyndon, and Moorhead battled a grain dryer fire in bitterly cold conditions at a farm 10 miles north of Dilworth early Monday. Those types of fires have been happening often lately as farmers are using the dryers for long periods, drying out their crops as a result of recent wet weather. Clay…

Scam Involves Person Acting As Special Agent On Behalf of IRS

The caller is told a federal warrant is out for his or her arrest unless a fine is paid

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A new scam alert from Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting. He says the scam involves a person claiming to be a Special Agent Josh Penn. The scammer claims he is working on behalf of the IRS and that your bank account was used to set up illegal bank accounts for drug cartels in Texas. The caller is…

Hear The Hawley 911 Swatting Call

HAWLEY, Minn. — Law enforcement calls it “swatting.” Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting says that’s what happened this afternoon when deputies and other officers rushed to Hawley. Dispatch received a call from someone claiming that someone had been taken hostage at a home. Red River Valley Swat was headed to the scene but deputies arrived and spoke with the homeowner….