Sheriff news: Suspect uses name of high school classmate

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A woman who resides southeast of Bluffton, in eastern Otter Tail County, reported to the sheriff office that a classmate uses her name when confronted by law enforcement, for various reasons.

The call came into the sheriff office on Sept. 3.

County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke said the Bluffton-area resident did the right thing in calling the sheriff office.

“By getting this heads up we can hopefully fix the current problem and avoid future problems,” he said.

Man arrested during burglary near Perham

A man was taken into custody on Sept. 2 during a burglary in progress at Big Pine Trail near Perham.


The suspect had entered the residence and also a nearby boat house at the southeast side of Big Pine Lake, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office.

Fence section, metal gate stolen

Sheriff deputies reported the theft of a fence section and metal gate, near Highway 1 and southwest of Phelps Mill Park. The incident was reported on Sept. 3.

The value of the missing items was estimated at close to $200. The incident remained under investigation as of Sept. 4.

Fire contained at Crystal Lake

Firefighters from Pelican Rapids and Vergas were able to contain a house fire that took place after a lightning strike at 7:32 p.m. Monday evening, Sept. 2, at Crystal Lake, northeast of Pelican Rapids.

The fire took place at a new house that was 75 percent completed. Firefighters contained the electrical fire to the ceiling and walls on the southwest corner of the second level. Smoke and water damage was moderate.

Rental property call was a scam

A rural Pelican Rapids resident received a call about potential rental property in Detroit Lakes. The caller asked for a down payment of $1,000.

The call seemed suspicious so the Pelican Rapids area resident called the sheriff office.

It was discovered that this had been a fraudulent phone call. The rightful owner in Detroit Lakes said the property was already being rented out.


No money was delivered and a scam was avoided on Sept. 3.

Minor injuries in traffic accidents

Minor injuries were reported in two Labor Day weekend traffic accidents in Otter Tail County.

An accident at 2:12 p.m. Aug. 30 involved three vehicles at the intersection of highways 1 and 18, northeast of Fergus Falls. Only minor injuries were suffered by each of the drivers.

This was a chain reaction crash which takes place when three or more vehicles hit one another in a series of rear-end accidents. This is primarily caused by the force of the first collision.

On Labor Day, Sept. 2, a semi went off the road while traveling on Interstate 94 southeast of Fergus Falls. The semi rolled onto its side in the median at 5:07 a.m., with the driver suffering a leg injury.

Serious injury in ATV accident

Sheriff deputies reported a serious injury in an ATV accident south of Parkers Prairie on Aug. 31.

The accident took place on a field road on private property at 4:08 p.m. Two female juveniles had been riding the four-wheel ATV when the driver lost control on a muddy area. Both the driver and passenger were thrown from the machine.

The 15-year-old ATV driver was initially unresponsive. First responders said the girl appeared to have sustained a head injury as well as possible fractured bones.


The passenger, also 15, did not appear to have been injured. Both were taken by Parkers Prairie Ambulance to the hospital in Alexandria. Neither was wearing a helmet.

The make of the four-wheel ATV was a Kawasaki with model number of 600.

Phone scam averted in Henning

A resident of Henning refused to take the bait during a scam attempt on Aug. 30 and instead called the sheriff’s office.

A caller told the Henning resident that he was a federal investigator with the Social Security office and the resident was to forward money to his agency.

Sheriff deputies urge county residents to beware of people who call and pretend to be with the Social Security Administration and try to get people to give their Social Security number or send money to a certain address.

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