Sheriff Partners with Crime Stoppers — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sheriff Partners with Crime Stoppers 


BLOOMINGTON, MN — (January 5, 2022) –The increased rate of certain crimes in very visible stories during 2021 has heightened awareness that law enforcement agencies are working harder at making communities safer.  A key element to this effort that Sheriff Och has recognized is engaging the public to safely come forward with information about crimes and criminals.  One way the Sheriff has recognized to do that is by partnering with Crime Stoppers of Minnesota.  As a 2022 participant in the Crime Stoppers Law Enforcement Partnership Program, the Todd County Sheriff’s Office invites persons who want to or may need to remain anonymous to submit information about a criminal, a fugitive, or that helps to close a case.  Providing information in this safe and secure method may not only speed the solving of cases, but can save precious hours of investigators’ time, and protect tipsters from retribution or harm for being known to have helped in the arrest of a felon.  In addition to staying anonymous, persons giving tips leading to a felony arrest may be eligible to collect up to $1,000 in reward paid by Crime Stoppers.  

Crime Stoppers’ ability to attract tips from the public provides information to law enforcement agencies such as the Todd County Sheriff’s Office that investigators would not otherwise have thanks to the benefit of anonymity.  Robert Dennistoun, the Chair of the nonprofit Crime Stoppers of Minnesota says that “being separate and independent of law enforcement and government gives assurance of anonymity to those wanting to do ‘the right thing’.  That assurance is essential when somebody is in a position that may threaten their well-being, their living circumstances, or their social network, if it became known they helped law enforcement”. 

People with knowledge about a crime, criminal, or a fugitive can give information to Crime Stoppers of Minnesota by adding the free P3 Submit a Tip APP to their smartphone; calling Crime Stoppers toll free from anywhere in Minnesota (1-800-222-TIPS [8477]); or by going to their website www.crimestoppersmn.org.  That information is then sent by Crime Stoppers to the relevant investigating agency. If the tip leads to a felony arrest the tipster may qualify to receive a reward of up to $1,000 and remain anonymous. 

Dennistoun says on average Crime Stoppers of Minnesota sends more than 300 tips each month to agencies across the entire State of Minnesota because the public trusts that submitting those tips is anonymous.  The 2021 tip volume increased by 27% over 2020 .  The non-profit Crime Stoppers of Minnesota has been working with law enforcement to build safer communities in Minnesota since 1979.  To make a tax-deductible donation or for more information visit their website www.crimestoppersmn.org.

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Crime Stoppers of Minnesota
Robert Dennistoun
Board Chairman 651-452-7463

Crime Stoppers Minnesota Logo

Winter Driving – November 19, 2021

Everyone should be cautious about traveling in extreme winter weather. Cold, snow and ice are demanding on cars, drivers and passengers. Most importantly, extreme winter weather can threaten your life.

Winter Safety Checklist: Winter Safety Checklist – Winter Travel

Winter Survival Kits for Your Vehicle

Each year, hundreds of Minnesotans find themselves stranded on the roadside. Winter weather can kill in mere minutes if an unprepared person exposed to the elements. 

Fact Sheet: Winter Survival In Your Car

Dialing 911 on a Cell Phone

A cell phone is a valuable tool for drivers who witness, or are involved in, emergency situations. Cell phone users on the road must provide dispatchers with specific information about the emergency.

Cellular 911 calls are routed to public safety answering points operated by state or local agencies. Although newer cell phones now provide approximate location or have GPS and callback numbers when 911 is dialed, an exact location may need to be provided by the caller. 

511 Information System 

The 511 Phone Information System provides road safety information 24 hours per day. Landline and cell phone users can call 511 for regional and statewide reports on traffic congestion, road and weather conditions, construction work and other obstacles.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) website features both a dial-up/static site and a high-speed Internet/Google map site with real-time updates. You may also sign up for the Metro Twitter account, which will alert you to any incidents within the Metro area.

There is now also a 3G/smart phone site with the same information as the full featured site. 

511 Website

Snowplow Safety

The MnDOT snowplow operators are trained, experienced and prepared to assist motorists through the winter season.   Last year Minnesota drivers, had 72 crashes involving snowplows hits.  This is typically caused by inattentive drivers, motorists driving too close to the plow or motorists driving too fast for conditions. Operators have much to monitor and control, and their ability to see behind them is limited by side mirrors. Snowplow drivers vision can be hampered by the snow clouds created while plowing. Safe driving means:                                                               

  • Check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.
  • Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
  • Stay back at least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud. Snowplow operators will pull over when it is safe to do so to allow traffic build-up to pass.
  • Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They may also travel over center lines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
  • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions, and give yourself plenty of travel time. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.
  • Buckle up and ensure children are properly secured in the correct child restraint. 
  • Avoid unnecessary travel if road conditions are too poor.

Winter and Snow Plowing


Greater Minnesota Housing Fund (GMHF) is excited to partner with Minnesota Housing, Initiative Foundation and Central Minnesota Housing Partnership (CMHP) to host the Central Minnesota Regional Housing Forum.

This forum is a three-hour interactive virtual event for you to network with partner organizations and learn and discuss solutions for current local housing issues. Panels and speakers announced below!

Friday, November 19, 2021
9:00AM – 12:00PM

Virtually Via Zoom

More information


Indoor Winter Safety – November 18, 2021

Carbon Monoxide – The Deadly Winter Hazard

Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning can happen at any time of the year, but the danger is greater during the winter when doors and windows stay closed and fireplaces, gas heaters, or other fuel burning appliances are in use. In addition, people can also be exposed to deadly CO levels when “warming up” their cars in garages or keeping them running when stuck in snow. To view data for CO poisonings in Minnesota, including hospitalizations, emergency department visits, and deaths go to: 

 Minnesota Public Health Data Access: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.  

CPSC: How to Protect Your Family from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

There are some simple steps homeowners can take to protect themselves against two potential killers: carbon monoxide and the toxic smoke associated with fire.

 Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms Fact Sheet


Video: Be aware of radon hazards in your home
Protect Your Home from Radon


Several factors lead to increased concerns about mold during the winter months. Moisture conditions indoors can lead to the growth of molds and mildews. While forced air heating systems make indoor air drier overall during the winter months, certain areas of the home may experience intensified levels of humidity because of a lack of ventilation. 

Preventing Mold in Your Home

Chemical and Environmental Exposure

As the winter months arrive, and people begin spending more time indoors. Indoor air quality becomes a greater health concern – especially for children. Some of the more important health hazards associated with indoor air quality are the potential for extended exposure to lead, asbestos or other types of environmental hazards in a home – especially during renovation and remodeling activities. 

Preventing Asbestos Exposure in the Home

Preventing Lead Poisoning In The Home

Winter Home and Fire Safety – November 17, 2021

Your Home

Is your home prepared for winter? Many people forget to take care of things outside and inside the home before winter gets into full swing. To get your winter safety Checklist for Your Home.

Are you aware of what to do after the storm has passed? Then get your checklist For after a Storm.


The high cost of heating fuels and utilities have caused many Americans to search for alternative methods of home heating. Wood burning stoves are growing in popularity and space heaters are selling rapidly, or coming out of storage. Fireplaces are burning wood and man-made logs. All these methods of heating may be acceptable — but without caution, they’re a major contributing factor in residential fires.

Fact Sheet: Home Heating Safety
Fact Sheet: Alternative Heating Safety


Families and guests tend to gather in the kitchen, but it can be the most hazardous room in the house if you don’t practice safe cooking behavior. Careless use of cooking equipment, usually a range or stovetop, is the leading cause of home fires and home-fire injuries in the United States. ALWAYS have someone watching the stove!

Holiday Fire Safety

Holiday decorating goes a long way to help brighten up our wintery days and long nights. Unfortunately, decorations become a significant hazard if not used carefully. An estimated 250 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 170 involving holiday lights and other decorative lighting occur each year across the U.S. By following a few simple safety tips on electric lights, candles and Christmas trees, you can avoid creating a tragedy. Learn how to prevent a fire or what to do in case of a fire in your home.

Fire Safety Resources from the State Fire Marshal

For more information about home fire safety, smoke alarms visit the State Fire Marshal website.

Soil and Water Board of Supervisors [ MEETING LOCATION CHANGE ]

Meeting Location Change: Todd County Soil and Water Board of Supervisors will be holding a board meeting on Friday, November 19 at Stone Hill Farm at 17608 County 78, Eagle Bend, MN 56446. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by a work session and small bus tour.