Fire near Star Lake destroys two vehicles

Sheriff deputies reported that a garage fire near Star Lake, on May 2, resulted in the loss of not only the garage but also two vehicles and household items inside the structure.

Sheriff deputies reported that a garage fire near Star Lake, on May 2, resulted in the loss of not only the garage but also two vehicles and household items inside the structure.

Fire departments were called to the scene, west of Dent, at 6:44 a.m.

The Minnesota state fire marshal conducted a scene investigation after the fire was extinguished. Due to the severity of the damage a cause of the fire could not be determined.

However, as of May 3 the fire was not considered to be suspicious.

Responding to the blaze on the northside of Star Lake were fire department members from Dent, Vergas and Perham.


Road closed due to high water issues

Swamp Road, located between Highways 22 and 27 on the eastside of Long Lake, northeast of Elizabeth, will be closed for two weeks or until high water conditions are less serious.

Access to two homes on the north end of Swamp Road will take place near Highway 27, close to the northeast side of the lake.

Leaf blower stolen

A Worx brand leaf blower valued at $150 was reported as stolen on the northside of Little Pine Lake, near Perham.

Sheriff deputies said the theft likely took place sometime between late 2018 and April 26 this year.

Gas drive-off near Underwood

The county sheriff office reported a gas drive-off from a convenience station near Underwood at 6:59 a.m. on April 30.


The driver of a black Chevrolet truck drove off without paying for $76.97 worth of gasoline. The vehicle had dealership license plates but eye witnesses could not determine the actual name of the dealership.

ID theft reported in Western Township

Sheriff deputies reported ID theft in Western Township, in the extreme southwestern section of Otter Tail County on April 30.

The incident was reported from a resident who resides on 165th Avenue. An investigation was continuing.

Pole shed catches fire

A pole shed was on fire on the northside of Star Lake and firefighters responded to the scene at 6:44 a.m. on May 2.

The extent of the damage was not immediately known.

Driver severely injured near town of Ottertail


A 45-year-old woman was seriously injured in a traffic accident south of Ottertail city at 3:59 a.m. on April 28.

The incident took place near the intersection of Highway 78 and 430th Avenue, near the public access at Otter Tail Lake.

The driver, Nicole Beck of Menahga, was extricated from her vehicle by the Ottertail Fire Department.

She was transported to Perham Health by Henning Ambulance personnel and later was airlifted to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo.

Alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the crash, according to sheriff's deputies.

Drug arrest takes place near Elizabeth

A woman was arrested on drug charges at 10:14 p.m. on April 29 in Elizabeth, at the intersection of Highways 59 and 10.

The suspect was charged with fourth degree possession of a controlled substance, DWI, and having drug paraphernalia. She also was in possession of a hypodermic needle.

Sheriff's deputies said the suspect also was wanted by sheriff's deputies in Anoka County near the Twin Cities for illegal checking account transactions.

Theft in Underwood

Sheriff's deputies reported the theft of $2,600 from a safe at a residence in Underwood. The call came into the law enforcement center in Fergus Falls on April 26.

Illegal dumping citation issued

A citation was issued on April 27 to people who had illegally dumped items at the intersection of Highway 22 and 210th Avenue, near the south side of Jewett Lake and north of Fergus Falls.

The individuals were ordered to clean up the trash at the site, which later was completed.

Credit card ID stolen

A resident of Dayton Hollow Lane, south of Fergus Falls, reported to sheriff's deputies on April 29 that someone hacked into a PayPal account and accessed a credit card ID.

The complainant discovered the ID theft when checking into a hotel in Eden Prairie, near the Twin Cities. The credit card headquarters was called they were able to reverse illegal charges.

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