Sheriff's news: Kayakers rescued from Otter Tail River


A 70-year female kayaker from Elbow Lake was rescued by the Fergus Falls Fire Department on the Otter Tail River northeast of Fergus Falls at 3:03 p.m. Thursday, July 16.

The sheriff’s office said the Elbow Lake woman and a 49-year-old woman from Alexandria were capsized in the water’s current but were able to hang on to a fallen tree. Authorities said the Alexandria woman swam to shore but the Elbow Lake woman could not do so. The rescue came about after a 16-year-old youth heard screams and contacted authorities.

Both kayakers were wearing life jackets and neither had injuries. Also at the scene were members of the county boat patrol and Ringdahl Ambulance.

ATV driver injured

The driver of an all-terrain vehicle was injured at 10:08 a.m. on July 16 near the south side of North Lake Lida, east of Pelican Rapids.

The driver was hauling a gutter downspout when it became stuck on the throttle. The driver lost control, rolled the ATV and struck a tree.


The driver was not wearing a helmet but injuries were not life-threatening.

Life jacket theft

Five new life jackets, each valued at $56, were reported stolen from a pontoon on the south side of Clitherall Lake.

They were left on the pontoon Monday evening, July 13, and were reported missing Tuesday morning, July 14. There were no immediate suspects.

Kayaks and a paddle board, valued at close to $700, were reported as missing at a location on the east side of Loon Lake near Vergas. The call came into the sheriff office on Wednesday, July 15, with the thefts likely taking place in the overnight hours.

Pistol reported stolen

Sheriff deputies reported the theft of a pistol following the break-in at a cabin southeast of Parkers Prairie.

The forced entry was believed to have taken place between 2 p.m. on July 13 and 7:20 p.m. July 14. The location was near the intersection of Highway 69 and 110th Street.

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