A resident of southeastern Otter Tail County was injured and lost his detached garage to fire, following a grease fire while cooking.

The fire was called in at 11:58 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, near Highway 40, north of Parkers Prairie and southeast of Henning. The exact location was east of the intersection of Highways 40 and 29.

The resident suffered burns to his arms and legs and was treated at a nearby hospital.

Otter Tail County sheriff deputies, on Monday, Jan. 27, said the value of the destroyed structure was estimated at between $30,000 and $40,000.

The state fire marshal was notified and determined that the cause of the garage fire was an accidental grease fire due to cooking.

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Vandals break out window on Fort Thunder Road

Sheriff deputies reported that a window was broken by a vandal or vandals on Fort Thunder Road, south of Perham, on Jan. 26.

Fort Thunder Road is east of Highway 10 and southwest of Perham.

Pelican Rapids man injured when leg caught in snow auger

Sheriff deputies, on Jan. 18, reported that a rural Pelican Rapids man was injured when his leg was caught in a snowblower auger.

Responding to the scene of the accident were members of the Pelican Rapids Fire Department and Pelican Rapids ambulance crew. The victim was transported to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo.

Here are some snowblower safety tips:

  • There are two basic types of snowblowers. A single-stage blower whirls the gathering/blowing auger at a very high speed. The slower-moving gathering auger of the two-stage blower has more power.
  • When a hand or foot is caught in any part of the snowblower, serious injury is likely. Keep all shields in place and keep hands and feet away from all moving parts.

Spendy bicycle stolen, recovered

On Jan. 17 sheriff deputies were informed that an expensive dirt bike stolen in Pelican Rapids was recovered in Moorhead. The value of the bike was estimated at $2,500.

One reason why some of these bikes are expensive is that certain parts of these bikes are costly. An example is a Campagnola brake system for a bike valued at close to $300.

1 injured in I-94 accident

One injury was reported on Interstate 94 in southwestern Otter Tail County at 10:52 a.m. Jan. 17.

A van rolled into the median and came to rest atop median wires along the interstate highway.