Otter Tail County Sheriff's Report: Hunting camper destroyed by fire

Hunting camper destroyed by fire Sheriff deputies reported the loss of a deer hunting camper to fire on Nov. 1. The location was in the extreme southern section of Otter Tail County, southwest of Parkers Prairie and just north of Millerville whic...

Hunting camper destroyed by fire

Sheriff deputies reported the loss of a deer hunting camper to fire on Nov. 1.

The location was in the extreme southern section of Otter Tail County, southwest of Parkers Prairie and just north of Millerville which is across the county border in Douglas County.

It is believed that a propane furnace malfunctioned in the camper, located near 110th Street. There was minor damage to a nсarby pole shed.

Responding to the scene of the fire was the Parkers Prairie Fire Department.


Gas drive-off reported

A gas drive-off theft was reported near Perham

On Nov. 1, a customer's credit card did not work, and a man said he would return to his vehicle to obtain cash and return to pay the gasoline bill. He never did so.

Sheriff deputies have a description of the man. It was unsure on Nov. 2 if anyone was able to obtain a description of the vehicle or license plate.

Woman critically injured in car-deer accident

A Wadena woman was critically injured in a car-deer accident on Oct. 30 south of Bluffton and northeast of Deer Creek.

Sheriff deputies, working in conjunction with the State Highway Patrol, said the injured individual was 60-year-old Melanie Rene Maas of Wadena. She was a passenger in a Geo Prizm driven by 38-year-old Travis Charles Simon, also of Wadena.

The accident took place at 11:42 p.m. at the intersection of Highways 73 and 29.


"The Prizm was heading in a northeasterly direction on Highway 29 when the vehicle veered while heading toward a deer and then rolled into the west ditch," said a Highway Patrol spokesperson.

The driver was not injured but the passenger, Maas, was airlifted to a hospital in St. Cloud

Scam averted

A person who resides at Long Lake Drive, north of Ottertail, told sheriff deputies on Oct. 30 that he received a fake check and letter from a scam artist but did not take the bait.

The letter stated the resident was to buy iTunes gift cards as a "secret shopper and he also received a text message. However, the county resident did not purchase iTunes gift cards nor did he give out any personal information.

Sex offender no longer in Pelican Rapids

The county sheriff office announced on Oct. 31 that L-3 predatory offender Andrew Krust would no longer be living in the city of Pelican Rapids.

"He has been committed back to the Department of Corrections (DOC) because of a violation of his conditions of release," said County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke.


A predatory offender community notification meeting was held in Pelican Rapids on Aug. 27 when Kruft was released from confinement with the DOC.

Later, the five-person Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners weighed in on this issue.

County sheriff officials and Brian Rubenstein of the Minnesota Department of Corrections spoke to county board members regarding notification of sexual predators who move into communities in Otter Tail County.

Rubenstein submitted a Community Notification Act Fact Sheet and information about the Minnesota Predatory Offender Registry.

"Offenders are under intense supervision and the local sheriff departments are responsible for notification, which can be last minute notice," Rubenstein said. "That's because the offenders may be denied housing and change their address right before being released."

He said that there is three percent recidivism for sex abuse cases. Rubenstein offered to hold an educational session on this topic.

The five-person county board said it would request changes to legislation to improve the process.

Woman slightly injured during car-deer accident

A woman who swerved to avoid hitting a deer struck a tree and received a minor injury near Otter Tail Lake at 9:10 a.m. on Oct. 29.

The accident took place at the intersection of Highway 1 and Oak Ridge Beach Road. The woman had a minor hand injury and some pain in the chest, likely caused by a deployed airbag.

The vehicle was towed from the scene of the accident.

Six firearms stolen

A resident of rural New York Mills reported on Oct. 29 the theft of six firearms. There were no immediate suspects.

The complainant provided the information to sheriff deputies headquartered at the county sheriff operations center in the community of Ottertail.

Scam averted

A resident of Rush Lake, south of Perhan, did not take the bait from scam artists who called and said they were from "Global Technical Support."

The scam artists told the Rush Lake resident that a computer repair was necessary. They said to purchase WalMart gift cards and make the financial transaction. Instead, on Oct. 29, the county resident called the sheriff's office.

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