On 12/11/2021 at 4:08 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to the intersection of 280th St., and 530th Ave., Cylinder, Iowa, to investigate a vehicle in the ditch. As a result of the investigation, Russell Menssen (45) of Ceylon, MN, was placed under arrest and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st offense – serious misdemeanor, driving without a valid license, failure to maintain control, driving on the wrong side of the road, and no proof of insurance – all simple misdemeanors. Russell was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail to await his initial appearance before a judge.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office and Wickman’s Towing.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.