Fergus Falls Police Department

  • Agency: Fergus Falls Police Department
  • Address: 122 W Junius Avenue, Fergus Falls, 56537 MN
  • Chief: Tim Brennan (Chief of Police)

Fergus Falls Police Department is located at 122 W Junius Avenue, Fergus Falls, 56537 MN. The Chief of Police of the department is Tim Brennan. The Fergus Falls Police Department phone number is 218-998-8555.

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The Fergus Falls Police Department received a grant from the Shopko Foundation for our annual public safety open house that will occur in May 2018. The funds will be used to purchase bikes and helmets to give away at this event. The Shopko Foundation supports accredited schools and 501(c)3 organizations. Grants are awarded throughout the year to support programs which further the Foundation's purpose of promoting the health and education of the Shopko teammates and customers. School Resource Officer Silbernagel and Sergeant Sonstebo were on hand to receive the donation. THANK YOU SHOPKO for supporting your local police department!

FELONY WARRANT: Michael Steven Lee Stavedahl, 25 years old- probation violation for Felony Theft- Body Only warrant

“Ask A Trooper” by Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol Question: I have a concern about the disability parking certificates and the incorrect use of them. We obtained one last year after my husband suffered leg fractures. The instruction sheet that is mailed out by the MN Dept. of Public Safety states, “Driving with the hang tag on your mirror could result in a ticket for obstructed view”. Generally, the people who are most frequently using these are either elderly, disabled to some degree or both. When attempting to look out the windshield with the tag on the rearview mirror I was amazed at how much visual space is obscured. I believe it is a real safety concern when people drive with the tag on the rearview mirror. Answer: Thank you for bringing issue up and I couldn’t agree with you more. You are correct, state law prohibits any objects suspended between the driver and the windshield, other than: sun visors, rearview mirrors, global positioning systems or navigation systems when mounted or located near the bottommost portion of the windshield; and electronic toll collection devices. This law does not apply to law enforcement vehicles and other authorized emergency vehicles. I recently came across some information from a crash re-constructionist who calculated the area obstructed by a 3.5” wide x 5” high object hung from a mirror or windshield. He estimated that the average distance from the driver’s eye to the typical view obstruction is two feet. Since drivers are supposed to scan the roadway ahead of them as they drive, he based his calculations on a distance of 100 ft. in front of the driver. At 100 ft. away, this object will create a blind spot of 14.58 ft. wide and 20.83 ft. high for a total of 303 square ft (if the hanging object is a perfect four sided object.) As it so happens, 303 square ft. is nearly the exact perceived square footage of a typical passenger vehicle at 100 ft. away. Now, take into consideration the size of a bicyclist or pedestrian. Throw in a “distracted driving” factor and what happens then? So when you need it to park, put the tag up. When you need to drive, take the tag down. This should become as much of a habit as putting your seatbelt on. Those other items that people like to hang from the mirror can also cause an obstruction (air fresheners, fuzzy dice, etc.) A portion of state statutes were used with permission from the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205. (You can follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at, jesse.grabow@state.mn.us). ###

Thank you for the kind words!!http://www.fergusfallsjournal.com/2018/02/thankful-to-the-fergus-falls-police/

WARRANT: Cody James Dahl on 3 warrants - Failure To Appear Sentencing - Assault 2nd degree, Arson, Obstructing Legal Process - body only.

WARRANT: Ryan Michael Skinnemoen, 30 years old. Failure To Appear Probation Violation Hearing - DWI - body only.

LOST AND FOUND: -Ipod found on courthouse sidewalk. #18004071 -Set of keys-found 400 block of Vasa in the alley. Mazda key, other keys and red carabiner. #18004306 Stop by and claim Mon-Fri 8-4:30.

iPhone users? Have you seen this feature on your cell phone? Remember calling is best, but texting is available, but the dispatcher will need the type of emergency, who is involved, and your location. Don't abbreviate and be detailed. https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ecn/programs/911/Pages/text-to-911.aspx

“ASK A TROOPER” by Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol Question: Last summer at a stoplight, my car was vibrating from the bass boom of the car next to me. I looked over and saw, what I assume was a person driving -- but could see only the outline of his pulled up hoodie. As we drove away, I thought there is no way he is going to be able to hear or see an ambulance or fire truck coming into the intersection on an emergency. While we know driving with extremely loud music and having a driver's peripheral vision blocked isn't wise -- is it illegal and is it enforced? Answer: There is no state law that prohibits how loud music can be inside of a vehicle, but it could be a violation of a city or county ordinance. Regarding the hoodie that is potentially blocking their vision, there is no law that directly covers this as well. There are laws that cover suspended objects from the rearview mirror and cracked or tinted windshields as they are considered vision obstructions. It is very important for the driver to be aware and alert to everything that is going on around them. Listening to very loud music while driving can block out an emergency vehicle’s siren or another vehicle’s horn, and it could cause a crash or reduce the response time for an emergency vehicle. Emergency vehicles are equipped with lights and sirens to warn others when responding to an emergency. Being able to hear a siren and see emergency lights will enable the driver to safety pull over and yield for approaching emergency vehicles and help reduce your chances of being involved in a crash. A portion of state statutes were used with permission from the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205. (You can follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at, jesse.grabow@state.mn.us). ### Sergeant Jesse Grabow Minnesota State Patrol 218-846-8247 (office) jesse.grabow@state.mn.us Website Facebook Twitter

REMINDER: All vehicles on the city streets must be moved every 24 hours. The officers will be tagging and towing vehicles that have not been moved this weekend.

FELONY WARRANT: Andrew Arlow Jensen - 29 years old. Failure To Appear Omnibus Hearing for Felony Theft and open bottle.

FELONY WARRANT: Sara Ann Bilden, 37 years old. Felony controlled substance warrant.

FELONY WARRANT: Artur Arturovici Bagdasarov, 30 years old. Burglary, 1st Degree warrant.

FELONY WARRANT: Jordan Julius Arnett, 23 years old. Burglary warrant.

“ASK A TROOPER” by Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol Question: What items should I have in my vehicle during this extreme cold weather? What is the proper procedure if I become stranded and/or go off the road? Answer: With the recent below zero temperatures, being prepared with an emergency kit and plan can save your life. We recommend the following items be in your vehicle, especially in the winter: • Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter) or traction mats • Snow shovel • Flashlight with extra batteries • Window washer solvent • Ice scraper with brush • Cloth or roll of paper towels • Jumper cables • Tow chain or rope • Extra warm clothing (gloves, hats, scarves) • Blankets • Warning devices (flares or triangles) • Drinking water • Non-perishable snacks for both human and pet passengers • First-aid kit • Basic toolkit (screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench) • Mobile phone and car charger pre-programmed with rescue apps and important phone numbers including family and emergency services If stranded, stay in the vehicle and call 911. Provide the Dispatcher with the following information: • Problem you're experiencing • Your location (Get in the habit of looking for mile markers and cross streets/roadways) • Any injuries to yourself or passengers • Preferred tow company, otherwise the closest approved tow company will be dispatched At night, keep your dome light on and activate the vehicle’s emergency flashers. Be aware that snow can plug your vehicle's exhaust system and cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to enter your car so make sure the exhaust pipe is free of snow and keep a window slightly open while the engine is running. Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and that you have at least a half of a tank of fuel. Slow down and use winter driving skills to avoid crashing or going off the road. A portion of state statutes were used with permission from the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205. (You can follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at, jesse.grabow@state.mn.us).

Otter Tail County Residents: Extra Otter Tail County patrols will be around the Otter Tail Lake events this weekend. Please remember to designate a sober driver. BE SAFE THIS SUPER BOWL WEEKEND!

http://www.kvrr.com/2018/01/30/man-arrested-200-pounds-marijuana/ Great job to our local Troopers!

The Fergus Falls Police Department will again be putting on training for any employees of business’ that are current Best Practices establishments or those who wish to join. This training is meant for employees that sell or serve alcohol and have not yet been trained. Bob Leslie from MN Municipal Beverage Association will be doing the training at this event. There will be two trainings held at the Otter Tail County Government Service Center-Otter Lake Room on Monday, April 9th, 2018 at either 10:30 am or 2:00 pm. The training will last approximately 90 minutes. The training is provided free of charge. We hope to see you there. Any questions, contact the Fergus Falls Police Department at (218) 332-5555.

“ASK A TROOPER” by Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol Question: Would you tell me the significance of the color Maroon for the Minnesota State Patrol please? I travel around all over and never saw another agency with this as their primary color for uniform or squad car. Answer: The Minnesota State Patrol was created in 1929. The original trooper uniform was a long gray coat, riding boots, grey knee-high pants and eight-corner hat. It was replaced by maroon and gold uniforms. The change was made in 1934 to honor the University of Minnesota football national championship team. (The Golden Gophers were national football champions 1904, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941, and 1960.) In 1958, the State Patrol adopted maroon as the standard car color. Prior to that most of the squad cars had been black and a few other colors. A portion of state statutes were used with permission from the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205. (You can follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at, jesse.grabow@state.mn.us).

LOST/FOUND: Thomas Aaron Azure-MN Driver's License Stop by and claim if this is you.

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HOW ABOUT A NEW CAREER? Otter Tail County is hiring bailiff/corrections officers full and parttime positions. https://agency.governmentjobs.com/ottertail/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=1958040&hit_count=yes&headerFooter=1&promo=0&transfer=0&WDDXJobSearchParams=%3CwddxPacket%20version%3D%271%2E0%27%3E%3Cheader%2F%3E%3Cdata%3E%3Cstruct%3E%3Cvar%20name%3D%27TRANSFER%27%3E%3Cstring%3E0%3C%2Fstring%3E%3C%2Fvar%3E%3Cvar%20name%3D%27CATEGORYID%27%3E%3Cstring%3E%3C%2Fstring%3E%3C%2Fvar%3E%3Cvar%20name%3D%27FIND%5FKEYWORD%27%3E%3Cstring%3E%3C%2Fstring%3E%3C%2Fvar%3E%3Cvar%20name%3D%27PROMOTIONALJOBS%27%3E%3Cstring%3E0%3C%2Fstring%3E%3C%2Fvar%3E%3C%2Fstruct%3E%3C%2Fdata%3E%3C%2FwddxPacket%3E

Warrant: Ashley Renee Hamilton, 35 years old-Felony Burglary and Drugs.

Warrant: Phillip James Gilles, 31 years old- Felony Burglary.

Felony Warrant: Eldon Tyler Flute, 30 years old, Criminal Sexual Conduct.