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What do goats, pigs, demolition derbies, carnival-style rides, live bands, tractor pulls and chainsaw carvers all have in common?
No one was hurt when a Fargo woman's boat started on fire on Pelican Lake last Thursday. The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office received a report of a boat on fire on the north side of the lake at about 10 a.m. The boat belongs to Linda Butler, 66, of Fargo, N.D. Original reports said the boat "exploded." However, it was later determined that the boat was having maintenance performed at the time of the fire. Unknown causes started the fire while the boat was being tested after the maintenance work was complete. No injuries were reported from the incident. The boat was a total loss.
A Mahnomen man is seriously injured following a crash in Richville on Saturday. Thomas Scott Sabol, age 21, was on the way to a family cabin at about 11:30 p.m. Friday night when he swerved to miss a deer and went into the ditch, striking multiple trees, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office. Sabol's family found him the next morning at 5:30 a.m. and brought him to Perham Health Emer-gency Room. He was later transferred to Sanford in Fargo, N.D., due to extensive injuries. The accident occurred on 360th Street, west of Govern Road.
This annual gathering of musicians and artists is good enough to stand on its own, but place it in the already beautiful and historic setting of Phelps Mill County Park and it's a no-miss summer event. Taking place this year July 14-15, the festival grounds will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 160 artisan vendors will be on site all weekend to display and sell their wares and give art demonstrations. There will also be children's activity area and food available.
A man suffered minor injuries in a home explosion in Vergas on Monday that left his house a total loss. The homeowner, Peter Hansen, 67, was inside at the time of the explosion, according to a release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office. He was transported to Perham Health with non-life threatening injuries. The sheriff's office received the call of a house explosion at around 5 p.m.
A West Fargo man was seriously injured, and his 4-year-old daughter suffered minor injuries, in a hit-and-run boating accident on Big Cormorant Lake in southwest Becker County July 4. At approximately 10:18 p.m., the Becker County Sheriff's Office was notified that a boat had been struck, and injured victims were being transported to the County Road 6 public access by witnesses who had been boating at the time. The boat that got hit, a 17-foot Bayliner, was carrying three adults and two children and was operating at a slow speed with its navigation lights on.
A classic car was stolen right out of its owner's garage northwest of Henning on Tuesday. According to a press release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office, a brown 1957 two-door Chevrolet was stolen sometime between noon and 7 p.m. on July 3. It is believed the car was pulled from its location with a chain, in a reckless manner. The garage had been forcibly broken into. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's office.
The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the injured victim in Wednesday's boating accident on West McDonald Lake. Nicholas Robert Schmit, age 18, of Fargo, N.D., was seriously injured after being run over by a boat propeller on the north side of the lake. The accident occurred at about 3:50 p.m. on July 4. According to the sheriff's office, the boat was being driven by Lucas Michael Buerkley, 19, of Fargo.
City officials are considering making Perham a "Quiet Zone." The designation would mean far less train noise, as crews would no longer be required to sound the horn at railroad crossings. At a meeting last week, City Manager Kelcey Klemm brought a proposal to city councilors that includes several crossings through town.
A lightning strike is believed to be the cause of an apartment fire in Vergas on Tuesday morning. According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office, a Vergas resident reported the fire after walking by and noticing smoke billowing from the top of the roof of the apartment complex, located at 315 Frazee Street. Upon arriving at the scene, the Vergas Fire Department confirmed there was a fire in the attic. Perham, Frazee and Wolf Lake Fire Departments also responded. Perham Fire Chief Mark Schmidt said there were about 45 firefighters on scene.