2 Otter Tail residents injured in I-94 accident

Sheriff deputies reported that two Otter Tail County women were injured in a one-vehicle traffic accident Saturday, June 27, along Interstate 94, near Fergus Falls.

Sheriff deputies reported that two Otter Tail County women were injured in a one-vehicle traffic accident Saturday, June 27, along Interstate 94, near Fergus Falls.

The accident took place at 6:57 a.m. A westbound Oldsmobile entered the median of the interstate highway and rolled several times.

Taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries were Amanda Rebecca Karch, 26, of Dalton, and Tabitha Lee Pritchard, 32, of Fergus Falls. A third person in the vehicle was not injured.

Seat belts were used by people in the vehicle, according to the sheriff's office.

Scam averted


A resident of rural Vining, on June 27, received a phone call stating that money needed to be sent to a certain location in order to get the county resident's grandson out of jail.

Knowing this was a scam, the rural Vining resident hung up the phone and reported the incident to the county sheriff office.

The call had come from a private phone number. No financial information was given out by the rural Vining resident.

"We commend county residents who know when scams are in the works, and they don't take the bait," said County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke.

"When something seems illegal in nature, that's probably the case," he said. "And when in doubt, contact the sheriff office before following through with anything that is questionable in nature."

Thumper Pond fire confined to roof

Sheriff deputies, on July 1, reported that a fire at Thumper Pond in Ottertail on June 28 was confined to the roof above the kitchen.
“The Ottertail Fire Department, after the call came in at 8:30 a.m., was able to extinguish the small fire on the roof above the kitchen,” said County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke. “No injuries were reported.”
He said there was moderate damage to the roof and the fire was not suspicious in nature.
Also assisting at the scene of the fire were members of the Perham Fire Department.

Clitherall resident charged with obstructing legal process


Sheriff deputies were called to Clitherall at 10:21 a.m. June 30 and arrested a man on charges of obstructing the legal process.
Complaints were made from residents at a downtown business establishment.
The suspect, 65-year-old Gregory Meers, was located at his residence, became resistive and failed to comply with directives from sheriff deputies, according to the sheriff’s office.
Meers later was also charged with carrying a weapon without a permit. He had a semiautomatic handgun in his possession.
He was taken to the county jail in Fergus Falls.

Juvenile driver injured near the town of Maine

A juvenile driver, 17, was injured at 4:43 p.m. on June 30 on Highway 45, near the town of Maine and north of Underwood.
The driver was southbound and attempted to pass another vehicle at a high rate of speed. The juvenile’s vehicle left the roadway, struck an approach and rolled.
The driver suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The individual was taken to the hospital in Fergus Falls. Alcohol was believed to be a factor in the injury.
Assisting sheriff’s deputies were Ringdahl Ambulance and Underwood Fire and Rescue.
Another juvenile driver was injured north of Fergus Falls, at 230th Avenue, at 4 p.m. June 30.
This injury was also believed to be non-life-threatening.

I-94 injuries

A two-vehicle crash on Interstate 94, in southwestern Otter Tail County, resulted in injuries at 10:27 p.m. June 28.
One vehicle landed on its roof. No further details were available.

Vehicle fire reported

A hay fire got too close to a vehicle which caught fire to a truck near Deer Creek at 3:10 p.m. on June 28, east of Henning. This resulted in the loss of a truck valued at $9,000.
Sheriff deputies said the incident took place at 535th Avenue, southwest of Deer Creek and east of Henning.

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