Crookston

Crookston Diocese priest placed on leave for ‘boundary violations’

CROOKSTON, Minn. (KFGO) – A Catholic priest from the Diocese of Crookston has been placed on administrative leave. Bishop Michael Hoeppner says “several issues” concerning Fr. Bryan Kujawa have been brought to his attention, including “non-criminal, non-sexual boundary violations.” Kujawa works at St. Philip’s Church in Bemidji and St. Charles in Pennington. Hoeppner says Kujawa will remain on leave until…

Man Suspected of DWI Arrested in Polk County after Crash

The man was traveling on County Road 113 when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a power pole.

MENTOR, Minn.–The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man on suspicion of DWI in Mentor shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The 36-year-old man was traveling on County Road 113 when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a power pole. The man was transported to a hospital in Crookston where he was treated for non-life threatening injures.   Categories:…

Man Arrested For Alleged Sexual Assault At Crookston Shelter

Police say the victim and suspect know each other

CROOKSTON, Minn. — A man staying at a shelter in Crookston is arrested for an alleged sexual assault. Police were called around 1:30 this afternoon to Care and Share. They found 24-year-old Ethan Basche of Mountain Iron, Minnesota with a 23-year-old female victim. She was taken to the hospital for an evaluation while Basche was taken to jail for criminal…

Crookston bishop defends conduct in sexual abuse case

MINNEAPOLIS – A Minnesota bishop says he was trying to protect the confidentiality of a man who said he was sexually abused by a popular priest when he certified to other church officials that the priest was fit to work with children. Bishop Michael Hoeppner of the Diocese of Crookston is the subject of a Vatican-ordered investigation into whether he…

Escaped inmate caught in Crookston was convicted of burglary & arson

CROOKSTON, Minn. – A federal inmate escapes during a medical appointment in Crookston. 33-year-old Fabian English was able to get away from the Riverview Hospital around 11:45 Friday morning. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says he stole a pickup and went into the Red Lake River. He was caught shortly afterward. The Sheriff’s Office and Crookston Police continue investigating the…

Two Dead after Crash in Polk County

The crash is still being investigated.

CROOKSTON, Minn.–The Polk County Sheriff’s Office along with Crookston Area Ambulance and the Crookston Fire Department responded to a fatal crash at approximately 1 p.m. on Tuesday. A Mazda SUV was traveling westbound on 270th Avenue SW and failed to yield to a Freightliner  traveling southbound. The driver of the freightliner, 57-year-old Robert Arnett of Silver Bay was uninjured. The…

Crookston bishop under investigation under Pope’s new legislation

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has started an investigation into Diocese of Crookston Bishop Michael Hoeppner under Pope Francis’ recent legislation addressing bishop accountability in the church worldwide. He is the first Minnesota bishop to be investigated under this protocol. In a statement, Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda said he was authorized by the Congregation for Bishops…

Crookston Teen Accidentally Shot And Wounded While Hunting

Polk County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to Riverview Emergency Room Saturday

CROOKSTON, Minn. — An 18-year-old man in Crookston sustained minor injuries after a hunting accident. Polk County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Riverview Emergency Room Saturday on a report of a man with a gunshot wound. They discovered his gun accidentally fired while hunting geese. They want to remind hunters to remember the four basics of firearm safety. 1) Treat…

Crookston Police Ask Public For Help In Locating Missing Woman

45-year-old Ellen Simmons of Crookston was reported missing on Saturday

CROOKSTON, Minn. — Police in Crookston are asking the public for help in locating a missing woman. 45-year-old Ellen Simmons of Crookston was reported missing on Saturday. She was last seen on Thursday at the Law Enforcement Center in Bagley. Simmons had said she was attempting to get a ride to Bemidji. She left home without her phone and medications….

Two Women Rescued From Bottom Of Ditch After Single-Vehicle Crash

The sheriff's office says it appears the vehicle hit multiple trees before coming to a stop in the ditch

POLK CO., MN — Two women had to be removed from their vehicle at the bottom of a ditch along County Road 12 in Polk County on Sunday. The sheriff’s office says it appears the vehicle hit multiple trees before coming to a stop in the ditch. 63-year-old Deloris Fritz of McIntosh was driving. She was airlifted to Sanford in…