On Wednesday, December 20th at approximately 3:20PM, the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a vehicle that had just crashed into a building on Jefferson Street in Wadena. Upon the arrival of the Wadena Police Department, a Chevrolet SUV was found to have crashed through the front of the Ameriprise Financial Building in the 100 block of South Jefferson St. Two injured victims were tended to and transported by Tri-County Ambulance to Tri-County Healthcare with minor injuries. The occupants of the vehicle were identified as Joydell Nealis, 25, of Wadena and Adam Sanders, 29, of Wadena. Impairment is not believed to be a factor in the crash and both Nealis and Sanders were wearing seatbelts. No bystanders or employees of Ameriprise were injured in the crash. The Wadena Police Department was assisted by the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office, Tri-County Ambulance, Wadena Fire Department, and John’s Car Care.
On Saturday, The Becker County Sheriff’s Office responded to two incidents involving ATV’s going through the ice. The first incident happened at approximately 3:45pm on Little Cormorant Lake in Audubon Township. A male reported that he was driving his side by side ATV when it went through the ice in approximately 4-5 feet of water. The driver made it off the ice safely and did not require medical attention. The second incident happened at approximately 5pm on the north end of Big Floyd Lake, what is known as Mud Lake, in Detroit Township. A male was driving his side by side ATV pulling a fish house when the vehicle and fish house went through the ice in an undetermined depth of water. The driver was able to exit the vehicle through the passenger side window and safely make it off the lake. The driver did not require medical attention.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Authorities in North Dakota are holding a 20-year-old man after another man was fatally shot at an apartment in central Minnesota. Police say the shooting happened in Waite Park near St. Cloud. The victim was shot in the upper body. Friends brought the unconscious man to St. Cloud Hospital on Saturday afternoon, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports the suspect was spotted by law enforcement about 1 a.m. Sunday about 360 miles (579 kilometers) to the west near Bismarck, North Dakota. He was arrested after a chase and remains in the Burleigh County Jail. Authorities have not disclosed a motive for the shooting. Names of the victim and the suspect have not been released.