White Earth

White Earth man sentenced for child sex abuse

MINNEAPOLIS (KVRR/KFGO) – A federal judge has sentenced a White Earth, Minn. man to 17 years in prison for sexually abusing a minor over several months in 2018. Thirty-three-year-old Evan Oppegard also admitted to sending sexually explicit messages and soliciting the minor through social media. It happened on the White Earth Reservation. White Earth police, the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s office…

Two killed in Becker County crash

SHELL LAKE TOWNSHIP, MN — Two people were killed after a Sunday evening crash involving a van and a motorcycle. According to the Becker County Sheriff’s office, at approximately 7:28 p.m. on August 2, 2020 a crash occurred at the intersection of County Highway 39 and Bass Lake Road north of Snellman in Shell Lake Township. A motorcycle driven by…

Police Respond to Stabbing in Becker County

The incident remains under investigation.

WHITE EARTH, Minn.–A man was stabbed at a residence in White Earth Township late Monday night. The Becker County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and learned the suspect had fled towards Detroit Lakes. A Sheriff’s deputy located the vehicle south of White Earth on County Road 21 and pulled twenty-six-year-old Dustin Alan Jackson over. Jackson informed the deputy he…

Ponsford Man Killed In Rollover, White Earth Man Injured

Both men were thrown from the car as it rolled several times

NORMAN CO., Minn. — A Ponsford man is dead and another man hurt after a rollover east of Twin Valley, Minnesota. Norman County Sheriff’s Office says 23-year-old Tyler Bloom died at the scene shortly before 9:30 Tuesday night on county road 29. 24-year-old Kenneth Peake-Rogers Jr. of White Earth was taken to the hospital in Mahnomen. Both men were thrown…

White Earth Chippewa Band Elects New Chairman

Fairbanks defeated Brent Gish, on a vote of 1,352 to 679.

WHITE EARTH, MINN. (KFGO) – Michael Fairbanks has been elected Chairman of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe in a special general election held Tuesday. Fairbanks defeated Brent Gish, on a vote of 1,352 to 679, to fill out the one year remaining in the term of Tribal Chairman Terry Tibbetts, who died in March. Fairbanks has worked in tribal…

White Earth Community Mourns Loss of Man Shot to Death Sunday

Authorities are asking for help finding the suspect

WHITE EARTH, Minn. — The White Earth community is mourning the loss of Jamie “Honker” Bevins, who was shot to death early Sunday morning. Authorities are asking for help finding the suspect, 18–year old Ronald Wayne Elias Thompson III of Detroit Lakes. If you know where Thompson may be, call 911. Bevins’ family is having a five-day spirit fire to honor Jamie….

Man Shot To Death In Maple Grove Township, Public Not In Danger According To Authorities

It is about 20 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes

BECKER CO., Minn. — Multiple agencies are investigating the shooting death of a man in Maple Grove Township, about 20 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes. The Becker County Sheriff’s Office says deputies and White Earth officers responded to a report of a shooting around 3 a.m. at a home. When they arrived they found a man dead from a gunshot wound….

White Earth Nation Creates Tribal Gaming Commission

WHITE EARTH NATION – The White Earth Reservation Business Committee unanimously approves a new gaming ordinance. It makes the Tribal Gaming Commission separate from tribal government. The group’s goal is to regulate licensed gaming operations within the tribe. The commission will have five members appointed by the Tribal Council. White Earth Secretary Treasurer Alan Roy says it will provide a…