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Man found in Wadena fairground ticket booth identified

A man found dead inside the Wadena County Fair ticket booth Thursday, June 6 has been identified.

A man found dead in a ticket booth near the Wadena County Fair grandstand has been identified as 54-year-old Roger Alan Donnelly formerly of Minneapolis.

Donnelly was found in the ticket booth by a county fair board member June 6. It’s believed the ticket booth door was locked, but there are several windows on the booth as well.

A release from the Wadena Police Department said no foul play is suspected. According to Wadena Police Sgt. Brandon Pearson, the name of the deceased could not be released until a relative was notified, which he says seems to have been a difficult process that began about two weeks ago.

No information about the autopsy report or what may have led to the man’s death could be shared at this time.

Pearson was unsure if a next of kin was found, but he was given approval from the medical examiner to release the man’s name, age and recent area of residence.

Michael Johnson

Johnson is a graduate of Verndale Public School. He earned his associate's degree from Central Lakes College with an emphasis in English and natural resources. He earned his bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he graduated cum laude in 2008. While there, he double-majored in English and Mass Communications. He's reported for The Advocate, student newspaper of MSUM; The Barnesville Record Review in Barnesville, Minn.; Clay County Historical Society in Moorhead, Minn.; Gillette News Record in Gillette Wyo.; Underwood News in Underwood, N.D.; and The Leader-News in Washburn, N.D. and the Brainerd Dispatch in Brainerd, Minn. Johnson has worked as a freelance writer, reporter and now community editor for the Wadena Pioneer Journal.

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