Two drivers involved in Henning area accidents


Two drivers, one of who was injured, were involved in traffic accidents near Henning, one in the early morning and the other in the early evening on Dec. 11.

A Deer Creek resident rolled a vehicle close to 6 a.m. at the intersection of Highways 67 and 140, northeast of Henning. The driver steered right while avoiding a north-bound vehicle that crossed the center line.

"The roadways were snow covered and icy when the accident took place," said County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke. "It appeared that the driver escaped injury."

The other accident took place at 6:33 p.m. near Henning.

"A Chevrolet was heading west on Highway 67, hit a patch of ice and entered the ditch, hit a culvert and vaulted into a field over Highway 210," said a spokesperson for the Minnesota State Highway Patrol.

Injured was 18-year-old Andie Christine Haller of Pine Island, Minnesota. Her injuries were non-life threatening and she was taken to the hospital in Wadena.

The state patrol was assisted by Henning Ambulance, Tri County (Wadena) Ambulance and the Henning Police Department.

Traffic injuries take place near Vergas

Four people received minor injuries at 6:23 a.m. on Dec. 12 in a single-vehicle accident southwest of Vergas.

The mishap took place at the intersection of East Spirit Drive and 440th Street.

"The vehicle struck a tree after the driver lost control," said County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke. "The injured individuals were taken to the hospital in Perham."

Man pulled from icy waters at Walker Lake

A man was pulled from cold water at Walker Lake, just north of Otter Tail Lake, after his snowmobile crashed through thin ice on Dec. 16 close to noon.

Ottertail city rescue crews pulled the man, Hubert Hovland, out of the water and transported him to the hospital in Perham.

"The victim had been in the water for about a half hour and suffered severe hypothermia," said County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke.

Two nearby fishermen attempted to rescue Hovland before first responders arrived. They also broke through the ice but were able to escape.

County fish house break-ins reported

Two fish house break-ins were reported on Dec. 16 and Dec. 17 in Otter Tail County.

The first break-in, on Dec. 16, was reported at Wintergreen Road on the north side of Big Pine Lake near Perham. Fishing tackle was stolen.

The second break-in took place at a fish house on Lake Lizzie, northeast of Pelican Rapids. Taken were an ice auger valued at $400 and fishing tackle estimated at close to $300.