MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Search continues for missing Battle Lake girl
BATTLE LAKE, Minn. -- A Battle Lake girl is still missing nearly a month after an alleged parent abduction.
Seven-year-old Cierra Orner was last seen at Battle Lake Elementary School on November 8th. It is believed that her mother, Shauna Orner, took Cierra. Otter Tail County Sheriff's Lieutenant Matt McGuire confirms that Cierra is missing and has been registered with the FBI's National Crime Information Center. They say the girl is *not* in any immediate danger and she and her mom may be out of state by now. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Shauna Orner. Anyone with information on their whereabouts should call the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office or the Center for Missing and Exploited Children (1-800-843-5678).
The winter storm that's moved into Minnesota has delivered widely varied snowfall totals. So far 17 inches has fallen in Two Harbors, eight inches in Bemidji, an inch and a half in the Twin Cities, and not much at all in Rochester. Almost the entire state, except Freeborn and Faribault counties on the south-central border, is under either a Winter Storm Warning or Winter Weather Advisory. Another front is expected to push in behind the storm, bringing sub-zero temperatures to most of the state into the weekend. The National Weather Service says it's a bit early to forecast, but another winter event Sunday could bring a few more inches of snow to parts of the state.
A snowmobiler is dead after a crash in northeastern Minnesota. The Lake County Sheriff's Office says it happened yesterday (TUE) afternoon. The victim, a 32-year-old Finland, Minnesota man, was rushed by ambulance to Lake View Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The crash remains under investigation.
A New Ulm man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for dealing methamphetamine in southern Minnesota. Thirty-one-year-old Ronnie Bottenfield-Krueth was convicted on two felony drug charges in Brown County. He was arrested in April after selling several hundred dollars' worth of meth to drug task force agents on multiple occasions. Bottenfield-Krueth will be required to serve at least two-thirds of a 41-month prison term followed by intensive supervised release.
Central Minnesotans appear to have planned ahead for winter this year. Hollis Rickbeil (RICK-bile) of Mimbach Fleet Supply in Sauk Rapids says they started getting snow blower tune-ups back in October, almost two months earlier than usual. He adds the store has already sold about 40-percent of its snow blower inventory.