POLK COUNTY

19-Year-Old Dead in Polk County Crash

NEAR GULLY, Minn. – A 19-year-old man is dead after a rollover near Gully, Minnesota Friday morning. It happened around 7:30 at the intersection of 330th Street and 380th Avenue Southeast. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says a pickup left the road and rolled ejecting the driver. The crash remains under investigation and no more information is being released until family…

Driver And Passenger Hurt After Crashing During High Speed Chase

19-year-old Ethan Yarbro of Euclid, Minnesota was taken to the hospital in Crookston

POLK COUNTY, MN — A young driver and his passenger are both hurt after trying to outrun authorities early this morning in Polk County. 19-year-old Ethan Yarbro of Euclid, Minnesota was taken to the hospital in Crookston after crashing his vehicle. His 17-year-old female passenger was also taken to the hospital. Authorities say they both admitted to drinking alcohol. Charges are…

Another Lottery Scam Asks For Processing Fee

A caller claiming to be from the Florida Lottery tells the person they have won $8 million

POLK COUNTY, MN — Another lottery scam is targeting people in our region. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has received complaints about the scam. A caller claiming to be from the Florida Lottery tells the person they have won $8 million. The caller then asks for a $1,400 processing fee to get the prize money. Authorities say it is a scam…

NWS Summary of Polk & Clearwater Counties Tornadoes

Tornado 1 – 9 SW Winger to 5 WNW Fosston NORMAN/POLK COUNTIES Date August 26, 2018 Time (Local) 11:30 – 11:46 pm EF Rating EF-1 Est. Peak Winds 110 mph Path Length 16 miles Max Width 100 yards Injuries/Deaths None Summary: This tornado first touched down near a farmstead 9 miles southwest of Winger. Numerous barns, sheds, and outbuildings were…

Search For Escaped Inmate Near Winger, Minnesota Ends With Suspect In Custody

Polk County Jail Inmate Pushed Corrections Officer And Took Transport Vehicle

WINGER, Minn. — Authorities have captured an escaped inmate near Winger, Minnesota. Polk County Sheriff’s officials say 20-year-old Tony Krueger overpowered a corrections officer in Crookston while on the way to the hospital and stole the transport vehicle. A state trooper spotted the vehicle near Erskine. He later used a pit maneuver to stop Krueger and he ran into a field…

Alleged Fergus Falls Burglar Shot Dead In Des Moines By Business Owner

Police say it looks like a "Stand Your Ground" case

DES MOINES, IOWA — A business owner in Des Moines shot and killed a suspected burglar who was from Fergus Falls. Police say 37-year-old Amund Haarstad was killed Wednesday morning at Kraft 5 Star Muffler. Investigators believe Haarstad was loading items from the business into a stolen truck when the repair shop owner arrived for work. Police say Haarstad confronted…

Polk County Authorities Warn About Lotto Scam

letter is being sent to people from the International Lotto Commission

POLK COUNTY, Minn. — Polk County authorities are warning people about a Publishers Clearing House scam. A letter is being sent to people from the International Lotto Commission telling them they have won a large amount of money. They are sent a check and told to contact the branch office but to keep it strictly confidential until the cash prize…

Report Of Man Sleeping In His Vehicle Turns Into A Chase And Arrest

The Minot Man Was Spotted In Polk County Early Monday Morning

POLK COUNTY, Minn. — A report of a man sleeping in his vehicle sets off a chase in Polk County. Deputies say 24-year-old Brady Werre of Minot had just woken up and drove off as deputies attempted to stop him. It happened early Monday at the intersection of Polk County 46 and Highway 2. The pursuit ended near Mentor after…

Domestic Assault Suspect Arrested After Chase

27-year-old Aaron Jagol of Fertile arrested

FERTILE, Minn. — A suspect in a domestic assault led authorities on a high speed chase that reached 100 miles per hour. Polk County deputies tried to stop 27-year-old Aaron Jagol of Fertile early Tuesday morning. The pursuit lasted about 8 miles but was ended due to fog and icy roads. Jagol was soon found stuck in a ditch in…

Man Who Shot Himself During Domestic Dispute Identified

Shooting Happened Friday night in Rural Crookston

POLK COUNTY, Minn. — Polk County authorities have identified the man who died in a domestic assault Friday night. He is 60-year-old Roy Bester of rural Crookston. They say Bester died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A deputy arrived at the house after a woman inside reported the domestic assault. As the deputy tried to make contact with Bester, a…