POLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

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…

Moorhead Man Leads Deputies on Two-State Pursuit

POLK COUNTY, Minn.–A Moorhead man was arrested Monday evening after fleeing from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Thirty-four-year-old Nicholas Kenneth Wessels was driving through Nielsville when he was pulled over by a Polk County Sheriff’s deputy. The deputy identified Wessels and noticed he had a felony DOC warrant out of Minnesota. More deputies were called to the scene, but Wessels…

House Lost To Fire Near Lengby, Minnesota

The fire is under investigation

LENGBY, Minn. — Polk County Sheriff’s Office says fire destroys a house at 202 447th Street Southeast. That is near Lengby, Minnesota. They got a call around 5:30 Thursday night about a structure fire. Deputies and Fosston Fire Department responded. The house was a complete loss, no injuries were reported. At this time the fire is under investigation. Categories: Local…

Polk County Sheriff’s K9 Program Receives $5,000 Donation

The Otter Tail Power Company donated the money.

POLK COUNTY, Minn.–The Polk County Sheriff’s Office was awarded $5,000 for their K9 program. The Otter Tail Power Company donated the money which will help improve the health and safety of the K9’s. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says the award will be used for a K9 vehicle insert, door release and a weather safety system. The weather safety system…

Grand Forks Man Arrested After Fleeing Police on Snowmobile

Forty-four-year-old Joel Novak was arrested for fleeing.

POLK COUNTY, Minn.–A Grand Forks man was arrested early Sunday morning after attempting to flee from a Polk County Deputy. The Deputy was near the Fisher Rest area off Highway 2 when he noticed two snowmobile riders. He tried to make contact, but they fled in different directions. The deputy located one of the snowmobiles and tried to make contact…