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Vandal uses shotgun, damages vehicle in Ottertail

Sheriff deputies said a vandal used a shotgun to shoot at a Ford Explorer in the town of Ottertail. The incident was reported on Oct. 19.

"A slug was found inside the vehicle," said County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke. "There were no immediate suspects."

Van Dyke said the vehicle, which sustained close to $500 in damage, had been for sale next to a business establishment on Main Street in Ottertail.

Chase takes place along Interstate 94

State Patrol and county sheriff personnel chased a vehicle at 10:33 a.m. on Oct. 19 southeast of Fergus Falls, along Interstate 94.

No information was available on why the chase took place, or what criminal intent had taken place.

Speeds were up to 130 miles per hour, said County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke.

Stop sticks became necessary. The stop stick is a device used to impede or stop the movement of wheeled vehicles by puncturing their tires.

County jail holding cell installation almost complete

Final work is being done on the addition of five new holding cells at the Otter Tail County jail in Fergus Falls.

The total cost is $1.3 million, which includes the addition of a second elevator at the facility which is adjacent to the courthouse just south of downtown Fergus Falls.

The current two holding cells have been used to the maximum, making the additional cells badly needed.

The new elevator was constructed outside of the county jail, also referred to as the detention center, in order to reach upper levels of the facility.

Canoe, duck boat stolen, one later recovered

Sheriff deputies reported the theft of a canoe and duck boat, on Oct. 17, with the duck boat later recovered.

The canoe was taken sometime between Sept. 23 and Oct. 14 southwest of Fergus Falls, near the intersection of 135th Avenue and 210th Street. Also taken were a dozen decoys and two canoe paddles.

The duck boat was taken southwest of Dalton, near Ten Mile Lake. There also was vandalism to a hunting cabin.

A suspect was later questioned and admitted that he was the thief. The incident took place at Goetzinger Road near the south side of Ten Mile Lake.

Pelican Rapids area theft

Seven home-made fence panels, a gate, and 450 feet of woven wire were taken from a location northwest of Pelican Rapids, near the intersection of Highway 23 and 165th Avenue.

The incident was reported to sheriff deputies on Oct. 16.

Driver injured near Vining

Eugene Volden, 79, of Vining, sustained a minor injury while driving his vehicle on Trappers Road, south of Vining. The incident was reported on Oct. 16 at 2:13 p.m.

The vehicle left the roadway and later struck a tree.

Another driver sustained a minor back injury after striking a deer while driving south of Perham at 6:45 a.m. on Oct. 17.

The accident took place northwest of Rush Lake, at the intersection of Highways 14 and 78.

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