Otter Tail County sheriff's deputies reported that two detached garages in Otter Tail County were destroyed by fire over the weekend.

  • The first fire was Saturday, Nov. 2,southwest of Wadena, in eastern Otter Tail County, near the intersection of Highways 50 and 75. Authorities said the fire started in wood stove at 2:06 p.m. inside the detached garage.
  • Another detached garage was destroyed by fire Sunday, Nov. 3, shortly after midnight, north of Bluffton, near Highway 19. The likely cause was a fire starting in a wood stove, similar to the fire southwest of Wadena.

Pelican Rapids resident gets warning over illegal dumping

A resident of Norwegian Grove Township, west of Pelican Rapids, reported to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office Oct. 29 that garbage and junk from a neighbor was blown onto his property.

In turn, sheriff deputies issued a warning to the property owner to remove the garbage and junk as soon as possible. If compliance is not met in short order, legal action will likely be taken.

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DWI arrest expected after vehicle accident

A man who left his vehicle after crashing it northwest of Perham Friday, Nov. 1, was expected to be charged with DWI.

According to sheriff's deputies, the man, when confronted at his home, admitted he had consumed seven beers before crashing his vehicle at 10:18 p.m. near the intersection of 500th Street and 405th Avenue, east of Highway 10.

The driver had swerved while attempting to avoid hitting a deer, according to authorities

Corn destroyed in grain dryer fire SW of Fergus

Sheriff deputies reported that 700 bushels of corn were destroyed in a grain dryer fire just past midnight Oct. 30, southwest of Fergus Falls, close to County Road 1 and Interstate 94.

Authorities said the fire was caused by overheating, resulting in extensive damage to the grain dryer. No injuries were reported.

The Fergus Falls Fire Department, Otter Tail County Sheriff Office and Fergus Falls Police Department responded to the scene of the fire, in the northwest section of Buse Township.

Scam averted in Henning

A Henning resident informed sheriff deputies on Oct. 29 that a Social Security scam had been averted.

Scammers who say they are from the Social Security offices often call people such as the Henning resident and say their Social Security cards have been linked to criminal activity and are suspended.

These illegal callers ask people to confirm their Social Security numbers and say that new cards for fees can be established. This is, in fact, a scam.

Deer station items stolen

Two items were stolen from a deer stand close to 175th Avenue, south of Fergus Falls, and reported on Nov. 3.

Taken were a trail camera valued at $120, a propane heater estimated to cost $150 and a tank hose valued at $30.

Catalytic converters stolen from vehicle

Sheriff's deputies received a report from the owner of a vehicle on Oct. 31 concerning the theft of two catalytic converters from a vehicle at Big Chief south of Fergus Falls.

Photos of the cut remnants were taken. The estimated value is $600. The incident took place between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 30.

A catalytic converter is an exhaust emission control device that reduces toxic gases and pollutants.