Mahnomen-Waubun Honored as 2019 MN Football Community of the Year

MAHNOMEN & WAUBUN, Minn. – The Vikings congratulate Mahnomen-Waubun as the 2019 Minnesota Football Community of the Year. Shooting Star Casino hosted a free breakfast and a replay of the Class A State Championship game where the Thunderbirds beat BOLD 22 to 21 on Friday. Vikings Defensive End Stephen Weatherly and offensive tackle Rashad Hill mingled with players and fans and…

Woman Who Walked Away From Transitional Living Center Found In Mahnomen County

Police had believed she may be in the Mahnomen or Ogema area

UPDATE: Authorities from the White Earth Tribal Police Department and the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office have located Elizabeth Barr.   **Original Story Below** FARGO, ND — Police in Fargo are looking for a woman who left Centre Inc. in Fargo. Elizabeth Barr left the transitional living center yesterday where she has been serving out a criminal sentence. Police believe she may be…

Missing Mahnomen Woman Last Seen Sunday, Has Been Located

White Earth Police confirmed she is safe

Jennifer-Olson Jennifer-Olson2 A Mahnomen, Minnesota woman who had been reported missing, has been located. KVRR first reported the disappearance of Jennifer Olson last night at 9. White Earth Police received reports on the whereabouts of Olson throughout the night and were able to finally locate her and confirm that she is safe. Olson was last seen on Sunday when she…

Shopko Files For Bankruptcy, Closing A Number of Stores In Our Region

The company will close nearly 100 of its more than 300 stores across the country this year

Shopko is closing stores nationwide including in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. The Wisconsin-based retail chain has filed for bankruptcy protection citing excessive debt and ongoing competitive pressure. The company will close nearly 100 of its more than 300 stores across the country this year. Here is a list of the Shopko stores that will close in our region….

Two People Killed In Two Separate ATV Crashes, One Involves An Arrest

Crashes Killed A 72-Year-Old Man And A Mother Of Seven

A Twin Valley man is dead after an ATV crash in Norman County. Minnesota State Patrol says 72-year-old Allan Boreen was on an ATV when he failed to yield and was hit by a pickup while crossing Highway 113. The crash happened just after 11 Monday morning in Flom Township. The driver of the pickup, 52-year-old Danny Guenther of Mahnomen,…

“Comps” Changes And Drug Free Workforce Enforcement At White Earth Casinos

The policy change includes hotel and dining requests at Shooting Star facilities

MAHNOMEN, Minn. — Sweeping changes are being ordered by the White Earth Reservation Business Committee. White Earth elected officials will no longer be administering constituent service needs utilizing casino ledger accounts, more commonly known as “comps.” The policy change includes hotel and dining requests at Shooting Star facilities. Shooting Star will also implement a Drug Free Workforce Initiative effective immediately…

UPDATE: Family says Mahnomen Man Lit Pickup On Fire to Commit Suicide, Did Not Set Up GoFundMe

Brian Smith Could Now Face Charges

MAHNOMEN, Minn. — A Mahnomen man who reported he was attacked by three men and set on fire now says he made the story up. Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier says 28-year-old Brian Smith admitted he suffered burns when he set fire to his pickup to try and commit suicide. He was then flown to a Fargo hospital. In a Facebook…

Mahnomen Man Says He Was Assaulted And Set On Fire By Three Men

Brian Smith Was Flown To A Fargo Hospital WIth 2nd Degree Burns

MAHNOMEN, Minn. — A Mahnomen, Minnesota man was flown to a Fargo hospital with second degree burns after an assault. The sheriff says Brian Smith told deputies that he was assaulted by three men outside his home late Sunday night. A GoFundMe account says the men beat Brian up, poured gasoline all over him and lit him on fire before…

Governor Dayton Issues Emergency Order For Counties Dealing With Severe Weather

Leaders Will Tour Storm Damage On Friday

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Friday, Governor Mark Dayton. U.S. Senator Tina Smith, and U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson will visit communities in southwestern Minnesota to assess damage caused by recent severe weather. Visits will include the City of Slayton, the City of Walnut Grove, the City of Balaton, and surrounding communities. Governor Dayton has signed Emergency Executive Order 18-11, proclaiming…

Update: Employee Had Allergic Reaction To Substance On Money

The powdery substance on the bill was a carbohydrate that was non-toxic and non-acidic.

MAHNOMEN, MN (Update) — The Mahnomen County Sheriff reports tests on the bill came back negative. The Minnesota Health Department in St. Paul tested the bill. The powdery substance on the bill was a carbohydrate that was non-toxic and non-acidic. The Sheriff believes the employee had an allergic reaction to the substance. Mahnomen County Sheriff Krier says the customer who…