A motorcyclist, who likely put his bike down to avoid hitting a vehicle, suffered serious injures near the west side of Otter Tail Lake close to noon Friday, June 26.

Sheriff deputies said the accident took place near the intersection of Highways 1 and 145.

The male rider, 44, from Underwood, suffered head and chest trauma. He was flown to a Fargo hospital. His name was not available.

A female driver, 67, who turned south in her vehicle from Highway 45 onto Highway 1, said she did not see the motorcyclist heading north on Highway 1. She was issued a citation.

Assisting sheriff deputies were Battle Lake Rescue and Ringdahl Ambulance.

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Ottertail motorcyclist injured near Clitherall

Sheriff deputies reported that a motorcyclist was injured in a roadway accident northeast of Clitherall just after 4 p.m. Friday, June 26.

The accident took place near the intersection of Highway 5 and 227th Street, near a lake public access.

Injured was Kirk Scott, 66, of Ottertail. He was flown to a hospital by Life Link.

Deputies said the cycle left the roadway and crashed into a small area of trees and shrubbery. The injuries to Scott were non-life threatening.

Assisting sheriff deputies at the scene of the accident were Henning Ambulance, Henning police and firefighters and Battle Lake police.

Deputies told the news media that alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash. The victim was not wearing a helmet.

Chainsaw stolen from back of truck

A person who resides north of Fergus Falls and southeast of Elizabeth reported the theft of a chainsaw from the back of his truck. He called the sheriff office Saturday, June 27.

The chainsaw was valued at $425. The owner supplied sheriff deputies with a serial number.

The owner said the theft could have taken place sometime during the previous two weeks in Ottertail, Underwood, Fergus Falls or places in between.

Remember safety while out boating

The county sheriff’s office, in coordination with the state of Minnesota, urges residents and visitors to adhere to boating safety this time of year.

Keep in mind the following:

  1. Minnesota law requires properly sized and easily accessible life jackets for all persons in a boat. All children under the age of 10 are required to wear life jackets at all times while in boats.
  2. Stay sober. Booze and boating don’t mix. Alcohol is the number one factor in boating fatalities.
  3. Bring a phone along while boating and tell someone where you will be boating and when you plan to be back.
  4. Be weather aware. Don’t let a storm sneak up on you. Go slow in rough water to avoid capsizing.
  5. Know your boat and stay alert while scanning for dangers. Stay low in the boat to prevent falls overboard.

Vehicle lands in ditch, one injured

One person was injured in a traffic accident north of Parkers Prairie at 2:28 p.m. June 25.

The driver, Wyatt Joseph Murray, 17, of Parkers Prairie, became dizzy, lost control of his vehicle and landed in a water-filled ditch, according to sheriff deputies. Murray was taken to the hospital in Alexandria.

Deputies said the accident took place at the intersection of Highway 29 and Stoney Creek Road.

Members of the Minnesota State Highway Patrol assisted Otter Tail County sheriff deputies at the scene of the accident.

Cash taken from pickup

A man called the sheriff’s office on June 25, reporting the theft of $500 from his pickup.

The theft took place at the East Battle Lake public boat access. The pickup was parked there from about 3:30 p.m. to close to 8 p.m.

1 injured in Highway 34 crash

One person was injured in a traffic accident west of Perham shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday, June 23.

The accident took place on Highway 34, between Perham and Little McDonald Lake.

Sheriff deputies said a driver swerved when trying to avoid hitting a deer and then lost control of his vehicle. A rollover then ensued.

The driver suffered cuts to his face and had bruises all over his body. He was taken to the hospital in Perham, with non-life-threatening injuries.