The State has temporarily suspended the license of a Thief River Falls Day Care as the provider was charged today with Malicious Punishment of a Child.
State Officials have suspended the license of 40 year old Heidi Sue Senum, who has been summoned to appear June 3rd in Pennington County District Court after she admitted spanking and striking a child in her care. The charge is a gross-misdemeanor, with a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a three thousand dollar fine. She has not made a first appearance, and has not yet had a chance to enter a plea in the case.
According to the complaint filed by Pennington County Attorney, Alan Rogalla, Thief River Falls Police were first contacted by the parents of the child early Tuesday afternoon, saying the mother had picked up the 4 year old boy from Day Care, at 311 North Knight, to take him to the emergency room at Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls.
In the Emergency Room, staff found the 4 year old had suffered bruising near his left eye and his buttocks, red marks across the face and a scratch or cut above his lip. The Preschooler told Nursing Staff and Child Protection Workers at the hospital that Senum had hit him.
At the same time, Heidi Senum contacted the Child Care Licensing Division of Pennington County Human Services, asking workers to come to her Day Care admitting she had lost control and struck a child in her care after he began to cry over lunch, “throwing a fit” and refusing to eat, calling the food, “yucky.” In conversation at her home, Senum told the County Human Services worker she “spanked” the 4 year old approximately 6 times and struck him once across the face with an open hand.
Investigators say the mother told officers she left work and went to the Day Care, after a call from Senum, who said the child was refusing to eat, advising the mother to come pick him up immediately before Senum lost her temper and “hit” him. The mother arrived at the Day Care and allegedly found the child sitting on the floor, crying, with blood coming from his nose. Investigators say when the mother asked what had happened, she was told by another family member in the home that Senum had struck the child. When confronted, an emotional Heidi Senum admitted hitting the Pre-Schooler.
County Attorney, Alan Rogalla, says suspension of Senum’s Day Care License means she is not allowed to care for any child, other than a relative, until the suspension is lifted or the license is revoke. Rogalla says other families using the Senum Day Care have been contacted and he said today the County is very concerned and takes monitoring and licensing of Day Care very seriously.by ndmuscle
Vernon Reierson of Holt, MN, age 80 died Wednesday May 15, 2013 at his residence in Thief River Falls, MN.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, May 20, 2013 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN with Rev. Del Moen officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Ecklund-Holmstrom American Legion Post #117 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2793. Burial will be held at the Holt Cemetery, Holt, MN at 4:30 PM on Tuesday May 21, 2013.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM with a 2:30 PM prayer service on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN. Visitation will also be held from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM on Monday at the funeral home.
Vernon Ole Reierson was born on January 24, 1933 in Excel Township, Marshall County, MN the son of Oscar A. and Clara J. (Ness) Reierson. He was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith in Holt, MN. He attended Holt Elementary School and graduated from Newfolden High School in 1952.
Vernon enlisted in the infantry with the United States Army in March of 1953. He served for a total of 23 years at a number of U.S. bases; Ft. Carson, Ft. Lee, Ft. Leonard Wood, Ft. Riley, and Ft. Lewis-McChord. In addition, he served one tour of duty in Korea, two in Vietnam and three in Germany. At one point, Vernon served as the personal chef of the base commander in Ft. Carson. When he retired in February of 1976, Vernon was the top enlisted man at the Quartermaster School in Ft. Lee, VA. He earned two bronze stars, a Purple Heart, and various commendation medals.
On June 11, 1955, Vernon was united in marriage to Peggy McAdam at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN. They made their home in Thief River Falls and to this union four children were born, Bruce, Clint, Vance and Dean. Vernon was Scout Master in Ft. Carson, Ft. Leonard Wood and Ft. Lee.
After retiring from the military, Vernon managed the American Legion Post #444 in Middle River, MN from 1976-1983. He then went to school for carpentry at Northland Community College in Thief River Falls. Vernon then practiced carpentry for a couple of years before his employment at Marvin Windows in Warroad where he retired. He was active at the American Legion Post #0371 in Roosevelt, MN and then went on to manage the VFW Post #2793 in Thief River Falls before finally retiring.
Vernon enjoyed the culinary arts, painting, drawing, ice carving, cake decorating, and hunting. Vernon was a member of the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Holt, MN, the Ecklund-Holmstrom American Legion Post #117 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2793. He served as the District Commander with the VFW. Vernon’s proud involvement in the veteran’s organizations opened up the door to serve the community in many other ways.
Survivors include four children, Bruce (Barbara) Reierson of Delaware, OH, Clint (Cindy) Reierson of Hopewell, VA, Vance (Sheri New) Reierson of Port Orange, FL; and Dean (Kerstin) Reierson of Roosevelt, MN; grandchildren, Laura (Ben) Moore, John Reierson, Matthew (Michelle) Reierson, Joey Reierson, Leyna Reierson, Ronan Reierson, and Chay Reierson; great-grandchildren, Stanley Moore and Layla Reierson; brother, Clifford (Jeanette) Reierson of Holt, MN; and many other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Peggy on April 24, 2013 and his parents.
Funeral notice provided by Johnson Funeral Service of Thief River Falls, MNby ndmuscle
Mona Bjerkness of Thief River Falls, MN age 59 passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at Oakland Park Communities in Thief River Falls, MN after a short battle with cancer.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN with Reverend Troy Bates presiding.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM on Saturday at the funeral home.
Mona Stephanie Hagen was born on September 8, 1953 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Henry and Lorena (LaValley) Hagen. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, MN.
Mona attended schools in Fergus Falls, MN and graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1972.
While living in Thief River Falls, Mona worked at Thief River Falls Radio. It was her dream job and she loved going to work.
Mona enjoyed her flower garden, spending time with her kids and grandkids, going to Maple Lake, and the past 24 years with Dave.
Survivors include David Widme of Thief River Falls; 3 children, Brian Bjerkness of Minot, ND, Michelle (Tate) Burns of Minot, ND, and Stephanie (Matthew) Overgaard of Fargo, ND; 6 grandchildren, Mariah Burns, Isabella, Braxton, & Emma Overgaard, Christopher & Casi Burns; and many friends.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents; parents; brother, Jerome Hagen; and sister, Rebecca Hagen.
Notice provided by Johnson Funeral Service of Thief River Falls, MNby ndmuscle