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Pickup strikes bridge north of Rush Lake

The driver of a pickup lost control of his vehicle north of Rush Lake on Jan. 1 and collided with a bridge over the Otter Tail River.

Sheriff deputies said the driver of the pickup, 36-year-old James Ritter of Perham, was not injured but there was minor damage to the bridge. There was moderate damage to the pickup which was owned by Steve's Sanitation of Perham.

The accident took place close to 6 a.m. on New Year's Day. The location of the accident was the intersection of 390th Street and Sandy Lane, between Rush Lake and Perham.

Two injured in I-94 accident

Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 94, near Fergus Falls, on Dec. 31, at 10:21 a.m. Two vehicles were involved in the accident. No further details were available.

Scam averted

A resident of Vergas received a phone call from a man who demanded money and said the Vergas resident's daughter backed into his pickup and caused damage on Dec. 31.

The Vergas resident put the caller on hold and used another phone to call his daughter, who said the incident did not take place.

The incident was reported to the sheriff office. The resident did not forward any money to the scammer.

Road rage

Sheriff deputies issued stiff warnings to two drivers after they were involved in road rage near Rush Lake about 1:24 a.m. on Jan. 3.

Other drivers contacted authorities after witnessing the driver of a SUV and the driver of a semi who were driving dangerously along Highway 78, near Rush Lake.

"Each of the drivers later received stiff warnings," said County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke.

According to sheriff office records, each driver admitted to passing and then slowing down while each was in road rage.

"These situations can prove to be extremely dangerous not only for those engaged in road rage but others who are driving along the roadway," said Van Dyke.

Law enforcement authorities in Minnesota say it is not always possible to judge intent by external observation. Road ragers who are stopped by sheriff deputies and other authorities may be charged with offenses such as careless or reckless driving, and they also may be fined.

Tools, other items stolen near Parkers Prairie

Sheriff deputies reported that several items were taken from an unlocked shed northwest of Parkers Prairie. The owner called authorities on Jan. 3.

Taken from the shed near Nelson Lake and close to Highway 6 were two DeWalt drills, a DeWalt circular saw and a 3/8-inch socket set.

The dollar amount of the items stolen was not available as of Friday morning, Jan. 4.