Almost 40 young people illegally drinking alcoholic beverages were issued citations at 10:54 p.m. Friday, March 13, west of Richville, near the northeast side of Dead Lake.

Underage drinking, in Minnesota and several other states, can result in loss of driving privileges for 30 days and remain on a person’s record for up to 15 years.

A second violation, in some states, will result in loss of driving privileges for up to 180 days.

Two firearms stolen

Two firearms were reported as stolen March 14 at North Wall Lake Drive, east of Fergus Falls and west of Underwood. An investigation was continuing as of Monday, March 16.

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No charges in bar altercation

A physical altercation took place at a bar in Bluffton at 9:34 p.m. Friday, March 13. This took place when a bartender was trying to escort a customer from the bar. Sheriff deputies said on March 16 that neither party wished to pursue charges.

County residents reject 2 scam attempts

County residents rejected two scam attempts in recent days.

On March 11 sheriff deputies received a call from a rural Erhard resident who rejected a scam attempt related to the county resident’s effort to sell a trailer via Craigslist.

A potential customer sent a check for over the amount which raised a red flag with the rural Erhard resident. The sheriff’s office was called and deputies told the resident not to cash the check and to stop all communication with the would-be buyer who was a scammer.

Sheriff deputies remind county residents that Craigslist should be used as a way to have a local seller deal directly with a local buyer, and not someone far away. In this way the potential buyer could meet face to face with the seller and inspect the item for sale.

On March 12 a resident of Underwood received a suspicious-looking check in the mail. The resident called the sheriff’s office and was advised to shred the check and not communicate with the likely scammer.

Man arrested, charged with DWI, fleeing from deputy

A 36-year-old Battle Lake man arrested March 12 is facing charges of third degree DWI and fleeing from a peace officer.

Sheriff deputies, on at 4:53 p.m. March 12, received reports of a driver swerving on the road northeast of Fergus Falls and east of Elizabeth. Authorities stopped a vehicle near the intersection of Highways 1 and 10. However, a man then tried to flee from the scene. He was later captured.

The man was taken to the county detention center in Fergus Falls. He was later scheduled to appear in county court, also in Fergus Falls.

Keep your eyes, ears open to help sheriff’s office

County residents are reminded to immediately call the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s office if they notice anything that is important or dangerous. The phone number is 218-998-8555.

“Remember to keep your eyes and ears open,” says County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke.

Following is the sheriff’s office mission statement:

“We, the men and women of the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, are dedicated to providing excellent service through partnerships that build trust, reduce crime, create safe environment, and enhance the quality of life in our county.”

Van Dyke said that sheriff’s office personnel do their best to adhere to fairness, integrity, respect and excellence.

Vergas resident avoids loss in scam attempt

A resident of Loon Lake, south of Vergas, almost became the victim of a credit card scam on March 9. Fortunately, the resident was able to receive a refund from a credit card company.

The Vergas resident was advised by sheriff deputies on how to be aware of future potential scams.

Illegal garbage dumping reported

Illegal dumping of garbage in Otter Tail County and in other areas of Minnesota is a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $1,000.

On March 9 a Vergas resident reported to authorities that a neighbor had illegal dumped garbage on his property. A citation was later on given to the neighbor who had acted illegally.

Authorities across the state report instances of illegal dumping on both private and public property.