POLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Garage Fire In Rural Fosston Under Investigation

FOSSTON, Minn. — Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office is looking into a garage fire in rural Fosston, Minnesota. It was reported to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office late Friday night. Deputies arrived to find the garage, which was not attached to the house, in flames. They say it appears to be a total loss. No one was hurt. The cause…

Polk County Sheriff warns parents of dangerous social media sites

POLK COUNTY, Minn.–The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is sending a reminder to parents to monitor potentially dangerous social media sites. The Sheriff’s Office recently became aware that teenagers have been using a website called Omegle.com to chat and video chat with others. The site does not require an account or login credentials. Once teens are on the homepage, a link…

Man reported impersonating law enforcement in Polk County

POLK COUNTY, Minn.–The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says it received a report of a man impersonating law enforcement on Sunday. Authorities say a tall, skinny white man in his 50s or 60s with gray hair and a bald spot was driving an SUV with a bubble light on the roof. The man turned the light on and pulled a vehicle…

Fertile man found deceased Friday morning

The incident is under investigation.

FERTILE, Minn.–The Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in Fertile at approximately 7:55 a.m. on Friday for reports of a gunshot. When officers arrived they found 65-year-old Gary Kiefert deceased. Officers found a firearm at the scene, but do not suspect foul play. An autopsy is pending and the incident is under investigation. Categories: Local News Tags: deceased,…

Grill fire spreads to house in Polk County

MENTOR, Minn.–A house in rural Mentor caught fire on Tuesday. The homeowners told authorities the fire originated from a propane grill next to the house. The residents were able to put the fire out before the Mentor Fire Department arrived. Firefighters conducted addition checks to ensure the fire was completely extinguished. No one was injured during the incident. Categories: Local…

Downed power line in Polk County result of hit-and-run

Wild Rice Electric arrived at the scene and tended to the power line.

POLK COUNTY, Minn.–The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit-and-run that downed a power line on Tuesday. The power line was lying across the road at the intersection of County Road 10 and 160th Avenue SE. Upon initial investigation of the downed power line, officers determined a vehicle struck the power pole and then left the area after the…

16-year-old boy dies in ATV rollover in Polk County

Olson was pronounced deceased at the scene.

FERTILE, Minn.–A 16-year-old boy has been identified as the victim in an ATV rollover crash that occurred on July 2. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says Jude Walter Olson of Fertile was on 435th Street SW in Fertile at approximately 5:53 p.m. when he lost control of the ATV and struck a tree. First responders performed life saving measures, but…

Strange Man Offering Rides To Females In Fosston, Minnesota

Polk County Sheriff's Office receiving two complaints about the man so far

FOSSTON, Minn. — A suspicious acting man is offering rides to females in Fosston, Minnesota. Polk County Sheriff’s Office receiving two complaints about the man so far. The first incident was Saturday afternoon and the second incident was this morning. The man was told “no” but he continued to offer the females a ride. He eventually left the area. The…

Black bear sightings reported in Fertile and Erskine

Authorities say the bears have not been a threat to people or pets.

FERTILE, Minn.–The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota DNR have been receiving calls of black bear sightings in Fertile and Erskine. Authorities say the bears have not been a threat to people or pets, but have been rummaging through garbage cans, grills and bird feeders. Residents are asked to store trash and grills in secure areas, wash garbage cans…

Crookston Police respond to domestic violence situation

CROOKSTON, Minn.–A man has been arrested following a domestic violence incident at the Gold Terrace Motel in Crookston on Wednesday. The Crookston Police Department responded to 1731 University Avenue at approximately 8:45 p.m. Upon arrival at the scene, police saw a man, later identified as 60-year-old Joel Fesler, entering room 37. Police spoke with the victim and a witness who…