CLAY COUNTY

Otter Tail County Officer Cleared After Shooting At Kidnapping Suspect

Anthony Randklev was captured after abducting and sexually assaulting a 34-year-old woman near Fergus Falls in July

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Clay County Attorney’s office has cleared an Otter Tail County deputy of any wrong-doing for firing his weapon during the pursuit of Anthony Randklev. Officials determined that the actions of Deputy Zachary Eiferts were justified and that he acted in the defense of others. Randklev was captured after abducting and sexually assaulting a 34-year-old woman near Fergus…

Cass & Clay County Residents Participate in Early Voting

In order to vote in both Cass and Clay counties, residents need a valid state ID or proof of residency

FARGO– Early voting has started in Cass County and people are jumping at the chance to cast their ballots for the November election. “Having this kind of a crowd early on the first day of early voting is not normal, but that’s good,” Cass County auditor Mike Montplaisir said. Voting early is made simple in both Cass and Clay Counties….

More Than 30 Candidates Interact with Voters at Chamber’s “Cracker Barrel”

The fourth annual event gives voters a chance to meet people running for office

MOORHEAD, Minn. — With three weeks left until Election Day, 38 candidates took part in a unique event to make their case to potential voters. Office seekers from Cass and Clay Counties, as well as the two North Dakota US House candidates, went from table to table to talk with community members as part of The Chamber’s Cracker Barrel. People could…

New Clay County Jail Just Two Weeks Away From Becoming a New Home to Inmates

The jail will hold up to 186 male and female prisoners

MOORHEAD, Minn. — In just a few more weeks, the new Clay County Jail will be moving inmates into its housing units. Construction on the jail started in April 2017 and will be able to hold up to 186 inmates. Each of the maximum security, housing units in the facility are named after local rivers including Red River, Buffalo East &…

High Speed Suspect Identified And Facing Charges

Kellan Strutz fled a traffic stop in Fargo around 1:30 Wednesday afternoon and continued into Minnesota

FARGO, N.D. — Authorities have identified the man arrested Wednesday after a high speed chase through the metro. 38-year-old Kellan Strutz is facing charges of possession of meth, paraphernalia possession and driving under suspension. He’s expected to face additional charges in Clay County. Strutz fled a traffic stop in Fargo around 1:30 yesterday afternoon and continued into Minnesota. He eventually hit…

Deeply Rooted Traditions Are Aplenty at “Potato Days” in Barnesville

The celebration has happened continuously in the city since 1991

BARNESVILLE, Minn. — Over the years, Barnesville has cultivated a rich history with one important crop. “This started in 1931, it took a few years off, and we brought it back in 1991, and we’re such a potato–rich area for farming, so it’s just a natural festival for us to have,” said Theresa Olson, the Festival Director for Potato Days. Like…

Mark Empting Leads Clay Co. Sheriff Race

MOORHEAD, Minn. – With 34 out of the 58 precincts reporting in the Clay County Sheriff Primary, the department’s Lt. Mark Empting leads the way with 39% of the vote. He joined KVRR Local News at 9:00 to discuss the race. Categories: Minnesota News Tags: CLAY COUNTY, Mark Empting, minnesota, MN, moorhead, SHERIFF

Jason Hicks Touts His Experience in His Campaign For Clay Co. Sheriff

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Among the candidates to replace retiring Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist is a longtime detective for the department. Det. Jason Hicks has investigated many of the highest-profile crimes in the county over the past decade. He says he’s looking for a fresh challenge after his lengthy investigations career. “I’d have an advantage because after all this time and…

In-Person Absentee Voting Begins at Local Election Offices in Minnesota

People could visit their local elections office to cast their ballots ahead of Primary Day

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Even though the Minnesota Primary is not until August 14, today is the first day that people can cast their absentee ballots. People could go to the election offices in their respective county if they want to vote before the primary. In Clay County, people can vote ahead of the election at the Auditor’s office inside the Clay…

Nine-Year-Old Drowning Victim at Buffalo River State Park Identified

The victim was Grace Bettie, a student at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School in Moorhead

GLYNDON, Minn. — A nine–year–old child drowned in the swimming area at Buffalo River State Park Wednesday afternoon. While participating in the Moorhead Police Summer Youth Program, Grace Bettie, an Ellen Hopkins Elementary student, passed away after she was found unconscious in the pond at Buffalo River State Park near Glyndon. When deputies arrived, first responders were performing CPR, but they…