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Murder they Wrote Part 3 A polarized triology


Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in All Features

A REPRINT OF AN AUCTION NOTICE for the state of Knute Olson, which was scheduled ten days after the bodies of were found. It was reported that a large curious crowd attended the auction , despite subzero temperatures.

Publisher’s note: In this final installment of the Olson brother murder mystery, we provide the third and last article written by Al Mathison in April 1997. And, alongside Mathison’s story, we are sharing Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department Captain DeGeorge’s case summary conclusion.

$500 reward offered in Olson case Part III of Who killed the Olson brothers?

By Al Mathison

Editor’s note: Some of the names have been changed in the following account.

A corner’s jury was convened at the Sorenson Funeral Home in Harmony on Saturday, December 5 to determine the cause of death of Sever and Knute Olson. Testimony was heard from will East and Friend Berning, who had discovered the bodies as well as Sheriff Inglebret, Deputy Morem and Captain Vall. Captain Vall explained how he had discovered a .32 caliber bullet on the floor of the kitchen, which matched the size of the bullet that was taken from Knute’s body.

“I returned with the Sheriff to the Olson house on Friday afternoon to try to determine how Sever Olson was killed,” Vall testified. “I found that the leg of the kitchen chair was spattered with blood and the front of the stove was spattered with blood. I then ran my hand along the floor, and as I did so, in the crevice of the floor, I felt something and discovered a .32 caliber bullet. I believe this is the bullet that severed the jugular vein of Sever and went strait on through.”

The jury deliberated for ten minutes before returning the verdict that the Olson brothers had met their death by having been unlawfully, wrongfully, and feloniously murdered with a .32 caliber firearm by a person or persons unknown some time between November 27 and December 2, 1936. Because of the fact that Sever’s money belt and billfold were both missing, it was determined that the motive for the murders had been robbery.

On of the first interviews that Vall and Agent Ethan Allen, also of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, conducted was with Henry Nagel, who lived on a farm one mile east of the Olson farm. Nagel said that on Saturday, November 28, around 1 p.m. or at the latest, 1:30, he was driving west on Bristol road when he met a green car, possibly a Plymouth, with one man in it, going very slowly. He thought the driver was going to stop and hail him but the man passed on .....
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A great, great honor for descendent of Whalan

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Features

The world famous Whalan Stand Still parade will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2015 in Whalan, Minn., bringing a special guest to town. Grand marshal for the 2015 Stand Still parade will be Katharine (Bell) Redmond, the great- great-granddaughter ..... 
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The Eide family feels the love

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

In the Monday, May 4, 2015 edition of the Fillmore County Journal we shared the story of Caleb Eide and the Candlelight Vigil held in his honor in Chatfield, Minn. on April 26, 2015 Caleb’s family has taken him out of state for treatment but ha ..... 
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Chatfield Heritage Preservation Commission and Economic Development Authority announce historic downtown facade improvement grants

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

CHATFIELD, MN- In conjunction with Preservation Month, the Chatfield Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) and the Economic Development Authority have established a façade improvement grant program for Chatfield’s historic downtown commercial di ..... 
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DGA Spring Fling Pasture Walk, Thursday, May 21

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Canton Features

Spring Fling Pasture Walk will be held Thursday, May 21, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Bonnie and Vance Haugen’s Springside Farm, Canton, Minn. Topics will be forage budgeting, in addition to grass, legume, and weed identification. On-farm examples ..... 
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Murder they Wrote Part 2 - A polarized triology

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in All Features

Publisher’s note: Last week, we shared a side-by-side comparison between what Journal writer Al Mathison wrote in the March 31, 1997 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, along with what Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department Captain John DeGeorge ..... 
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Ribbon cutting for Thrivent Financial

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Features

On Friday, April 10, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony coordinated by the Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber to welcome Steve Halvorson and his new Thrivent Financial business in Rushford, located in the Pam’s Corner building (107 State Hwy 16). ..... 
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Ribbon cutting for Thrivent Financial

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Features

On Friday, April 10, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony coordinated by the Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber to welcome Steve Halvorson and his new Thrivent Financial business in Rushford, located in the Pam’s Corner building (107 State Hwy 16). ..... 
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Ribbon cutting for Thrivent Financial

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

On Friday, April 10, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony coordinated by the Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber to welcome Steve Halvorson and his new Thrivent Financial business in Rushford, located in the Pam’s Corner building (107 State Hwy 16) ..... 
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