Teen killed by gunfire in rural Menahga

A 17-year-old Menahga boy is dead from a gunshot wound.

The Becker County Sheriff’s Office reported they responded to rural Menahga Friday morning on report of a juvenile that had been shot.

According to a release, emergency personnel from many area agencies responded to the scene, and the juvenile was pronounced dead by initial responders.

The victim was identified as 17-year-old Michael Robert Erickson of Menahga.

The case is under investigation by the Becker County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The release says there is no threat to the public at this time.

The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office, Menahga Police Department, Sebeka Police Department, North Memorial Ambulance Service, Wolf Lake Fire and Wolf Lake Rescue assisted the Becker County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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