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Driver injured in pickup, van accident

The driver of a pickup truck from Verndale, southeast of Wadena, was injured late Tuesday morning, Jan. 29, when his pickup collided with a semi east of Bluffton in eastern Otter Tail County.

The State Patrol told sheriff deputies that the pickup went through a stop sign and then slammed into the semi. The accident took place at 11:36 a.m. near the intersection of Highways 10 and 75.

The injured individual who was driving a 1997 Ford pickup was Clayton Walker Rice, 38, of Verndale. He was taken to Tri County Hospital in Wadena. Rice was wearing a seatbelt when the accident took place.

Driving a 2000 Kenworth semi was Terry Lee Ballard, 59, of Lake Park, northwest of Detroit Lakes. He was not injured in the accident.

Scam averted

A resident north of Fergus Falls reported to sheriff deputies on Jan. 29 that she experienced someone trying to scam her on the internet.

The complainant said she would monitor any accounts for potential issues.

Sheriff deputies remind county residents that their computer operating systems should be periodically updated to stay in tune with technology requirements and to fix security holes.

They also urge county residents to be sure to install updates to ensure that computers have the latest protections.

Possible water main break in Deer Creek

Emergency personnel were called at 6:04 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, about a possible water main break in Deer Creek, northeast of Henning.

Residents witnessed water running down the street near the intersection of Highway 6 and Main Avenue.

City officials responded quickly to the incident. No further details were available.

Scam averted

A resident of Middle Leaf Lake, north of Henning, avoided becoming a scam victim on Jan. 31 but not before the county resident mistakenly gave scammers some credit card information.

The rural Henning resident later realized this was a scam attempt and then called the credit card number and had the card canceled. The resident also notified the local bank and called the Federal Trade Commission.

Sheriff deputies informed the rural Henning resident about the need to contact the three major credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). Deputies provided phone numbers for all three agencies.

Burglary in progress results in arrest

A resident who lives near Wall Lake, east of Fergus Falls, witnessed a driver turning his car headlights off, on, and off again close to 11:20 p.m. late Sunday evening, Feb. 3.

The resident called the county sheriff office and this resulted in the arrest of a man who was in the process of burglarizing a cabin on the east side of the lake.

The suspect had reportedly burglarized more than one lake cabin. He was arrested for second degree burglary and brought to the county jail in Fergus Falls.

"We commend the resident who called the sheriff office after seeing something that looked suspicious," said County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke during a news media briefing on Monday morning, Feb. 4.

Van Dyke urges county residents to call the sheriff office at 218-998-8555 when they see other incidents that appear to be suspicious in nature.

Detached shop destroyed by fire in rural Elizabeth

A fire at Long Lake, northeast of Elizabeth on Friday evening, Feb. 1, destroyed a detached shop. There were no injuries.

Area firefighters said a possible cause of the fire may have been an extension cord plugged into an outlet, powering a block heater of a vehicle parked on the outside of the building.

Juvenile snowmobiler injured at Lake Lizzie

A 16-year-old male who was driving a snowmobile was injured close to 4 p.m. on Feb. 3 at Lake Lizzie, northeast of Pelican Rapids.

The youth was taken to the Essentia health care facility in Detroit Lakes. His injury, near the east side of the lake, was not believed to be life threatening.

Wood splitter missing

A man who owns a wood splitter, south of Henning near Highway 134, reported that his wood splitter is missing.

This may not be a theft since the splitter has been loaned to several different friends in this area south of Henning and east of Vining.

He called the sheriff office on Feb. 3.

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