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The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a possible drowning following the death of a man who was pulled from Tenmile Lake Saturday night. Family members discovered the man, identified as 62-year-old Douglas Koch of Dalton, by a dock outside of his property. Koch was unresponsive and not breathing when his body was pulled from the lake.
An investigation is underway after a Detroit Lakes woman was found dead in Menahga. Kelly Marie Lund, 32, was found dead shortly before 9 a.m. on Saturday at a home on the 300 block of Third Street NW in Menahga, according to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Responders found the Lund, and were unable to immediately find a cause of death. The Menahga Police Department, Wadena County Sheriff's Office and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating.
A 78-year-old Otter Tail County man died in a suspected drowning last Thursday night on LaSalle Lake in northern Hubbard County. Shortly after 9 p.m., the Lakes Area Dive Team recovered the body of Francis Peasley, 78, of Elizabeth, Minn., who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office.
Zebra mussels have been discovered in Lake Melissa near Detroit Lakes, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed Friday. The DNR’s discovery is the first time the invasive species has been found in the Detroit Lakes area, Barry Stratton, the DNR Ecological and Water Resources Division’s southern district manager, said in a news release.
A Hubbard County grand jury has indicted a man on murder charges in the strangulation death of 19-year-old Kiela Knowles. Harley Leritz, 21, of Menahga, is accused of first- and second-degree murder.
One person is dead following a collision with horses on Highway 71 five miles south of Park Rapids early Saturday morning. The name of the victim is Troy Hargreaves, 43, of Bemidji, Minn. He was driving a 2003 Dodge Caravan just before 5 a.m. when the northbound van “struck horses in the roadway,” according to the state patrol.
Law enforcement is notifying the Detroit Lakes community about a Level 3 Predatory Sex Offender that is moving into the area. Michael Jerome Buckanaga, Jr.
The names of two people who died when a plane they were flying in crashed into a house in Sauk Rapids, Minn., Friday night are not being released pending family notification. Authorities told the St. Cloud Times Sunday that one preliminary identification has been made but an official announcement has been delayed.
Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency Thursday in 35 Minnesota counties, including Otter Tail County, in response to flooding and other problems related to heavy rainfall in recent days. Dayton’s executive order makes a range of state resources available and engages state agencies in response efforts. The governor directed the Minnesota National Guard to send 100 soldiers to Koochiching County to help in storm affected areas.
A 22-year-old man who stole a Becker County Sheriff’s squad car led authorities on an 18-mile high-speed chase – in another stolen vehicle – before he was stopped and arrested Saturday night.