CLAY COUNTY

Update: 3 arrested in largest fentanyl seizure in Clay County

Clay County fentanyl seizure 4/27/2022CLAY COUNTY, Minn. (KVRR) – Three men are in custody following the largest fentanyl seizure in Clay County of more than 1,000 pills near Moorhead Deputies attempted to pull over two vehicles on Interstate 94 in early this morning. In those vehicles were 52-year-old Larry McClendon, 36-year-old Raphael Murphy, and 32-year-old Cameron Desjarlais. All have no…

Kawar Farok running for MN Senate seat serving Becker & Clay Counties

MINNESOTA (KVRR) – A man known for running the Kurdish American Development Organization is running for the Northwestern Minnesota Senate District 4 seat that will be open following the retirement of State Sen. Kent Eken of Audubon. Kawar Farok is running for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor endorsement for the seat that serves Clay and Becker counties. He says his priorities include voter…

Governor Walz shares his public safety plan in Moorhead

MOORHEAD, MINN. (KVRR) – Governor Tim Walz discusses the state’s historic $9.3 billion budget surplus at the law enforcement center in Moorhead. The Walz-Flanagan budget would invest around $300 million over three years to cities, counties and tribes and recruiting officers that represent the diversity of the state. Local police are grateful for Walz’s presence as they mention issues within…

Man who died in Clay County house fire identified

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – A man who died in a rural Clay County house fire last month has been identified as 76-year-old Terry Steinwag. The March 12 fire destroyed the home at 26627 43rd Ave. N. The home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Sheriff Mark Empting says Steinwag was identified “by circumstance” because the medical examiner was not…

Leah duCharme named District Court Judge based in Moorhead

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – Governor Tim Walz announced Leah duCharme is replacing Seventh Judicial District Judge Amber B. Gustafson who announced her resignation. According to the governor’s office, duCharme is a senior shareholder at Gjesdahl Law practicing primarily family law, including marriage dissolutions, child custody, paternity, child and spousal support, domestic violence, protective orders, adoption, and guardianships. She earned her…

After 50 years, Deputy Herb Nelson is ready to retire

78-year-old Deputy Herb Nelson will retire in a few months from the Clay County Sheriff's Office

CLAY COUNTY, Minn. (KVRR) — A Clay County Sheriff’s deputy who’s worn the badge for nearly 50 years is getting ready to retire. Herb Nelson was running a barber shop in Hawley, Minn. when he told a couple of deputies who came in for haircuts that he’d be interested in working with them. That conversation changed his life. “They came…

Two Moorhead men jailed after high-speed chase

Sheriff says the suspects threw items at deputies, including a floor jack and a propane tank.

Clay County pursuit 12/8/2021MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – Two Moorhead men were taken into custody after a wild high-speed chase in Clay County Tuesday. Twenty-four-year-old Terrell Jones and a passenger, 29-year-old Christopher Cloud are in the Clay County jail. Jones was arrested for Felony Fleeing, 2nd Degree Assault, and Felon in Possession of Ammunition.  Cloud is being held in the Clay County…