Thief River Falls

Thief River Falls Man Gets 45 Years For Child Porn

ST. PAUL — A┬áThief River Falls man is sentenced on child pornography charges. A judge ordering 39-year-old Benjamin Roggenbuck to 45 years in prison. Roggenbuck earlier pleaded guilty to using or attempting to use children to perform sex acts between November 2012 and February of last year. As part of the plea agreement, he also pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal…

More Than 24,000 Shots Given At Minnesota’s Vaccine Test Sites

ST. PAUL, Minn. — More than 9,000 Minnesotans got their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday. That brings the week’s total to more than 24,000 shots given at the nine vaccine pilot clinics across the state on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The clinics are initially serving adults 65 and older, and prekindergarten through grade 12 educators, staff, and…

Bagley Man Killed In Crash West of Thief River Falls

PENNINGTON CO., Minn. — A 32-year-old Bagley, Minnesota man is killed in a crash west of Thief River Falls. Minnesota Highway Patrol says David Anderson’s vehicle was hit while crossing Highway 1 around 9:30 this morning. His vehicle rolled and landed in the ditch on its roof. Anderson was taken to Altru Hospital and was pronounced dead. The driver of…

Teen Biker Has Serious Injuries After Being Hit By Car Near Gully, Minnesota

Warren Thompson was taken to Sanford Medical Center with life-threatening injuries

POLK CO., Minn. — A 16-year-old Gonvick boy is hospitalized with serious injuries after he hit by a car while biking in eastern Polk County. The crash happening on Highway 92 and 410th Avenue near Gully, Minnesota just before 8 this morning. Warren Thompson was taken to Sanford Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the car, 78-year-old James…

Spuds take on Two Harbors Agates in MSHSL Nickname Challenge semifinals

MINNESOTA – Do you have Spud spirit? Moorhead High School is in the semifinals of the Minnesota State High School League Nickname Challenge. The Spuds are taking on the Two Harbors Agates. You can vote until 11:30 Friday morning above. If the orange and black win, they’ll take on the Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms. They beat another area team, the…

Montana Man Dies In New Year’s Eve Crash In Wilkin County

He has been identified as 69-year-old David Mccoy

WILKIN CO., Minn. — A Whitehall, Montana man died after colliding head-on with a car on Highway 9 in Wilkin County. He has been identified as 69-year-old David Mccoy. The crash happened around 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The state patrol says Mccoy was heading south in his pickup when he veered into an oncoming car. Five people in…

Lake Bronson Man Dies In Crash Near Thief River Falls

58-year-old Gary Austad's SUV rolled into a ditch after the crash on Pennington County Road 22

THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN –A Lake Bronson, Minnesota man dies after running a stop sign and hitting a vehicle near Thief River Falls, Minnesota. 58-year-old Gary Austad’s SUV rolled into a ditch after the crash on Pennington County Road 22 after 11 o’clock Saturday night. He was not wearing a seatbelt. Authorities say there was evidence that Austad had been…

Sen. Tina Smith’s Office Travels MN to Address Housing Crisis

Her team will be in Thief River Falls and Detroit Lakes on Tuesday

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Staff members for Minnesota Senator Tina Smith are traveling around the state to figure out how to address a housing crisis. They stopped in Moorhead to hear how our area has been impacted over the years. Clay County Housing Redevelopment Authority officials say since 2000, rent has increased 28 percent but wages have not. The executive director…

Three Men Arrested During Sex Trafficking Sting In Mahnomen

They were taken into custody as they arrived at an arranged meeting place for a sexual encounter

MAHNOMEN, MN — Three Minnesota men were arrested Friday in Mahnomen during a sex trafficking sting by TRUST: the Tribes United Against Sex Trafficking Task Force. Arrested were 46-year-old Steven Bergren of Lake Park, 35-year-old Shane Lehn of Rothsay and 59-year-old Michael Skjerven of Thief River Falls. The men arranged to meet investigators who were posing as sex trafficking victims…

Screening Finds Meth Before Recent Court Hearing In Thief River Falls

Pennington County Sheriff Ray Kuznia wouldn't say how they discovered the drugs, citing an open investigation

THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN — Somebody brought drugs to court in Thief River Falls. Pennington County Sheriff Ray Kuznia says the newly installed metal detection screening equipment at the Justice Center has not turned up any weapons. But he says they have recovered what is believed to be meth, following a screening before a recent court hearing. Kuznia wouldn’t say…