A deadly vehicle accident east of Perham on Dec. 19 took the life of 53-year-old Stephen Bert Shumansky of New York Mills. The accident took place at 7:36 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 10 and 470th Avenue, south of Big Pine Lake.
Sheriff deputies, on Dec. 11, were continuing their investigation of a driving accident that took place Dec. 6 at Wall Lake, east of Fergus Falls. Leon Engelhart, 65, of Fergus Falls, was pulled from open water after his four wheeler was submerged at 10:30 p.m. Two men pulled Engelhart to safety. The victim was treated for severe hypothermia. Engelhart later remained in stable condition at Lake Region Healthcare in Fergus Falls. Six injured in road accident near Rothsay
The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners has approved a preliminary gross (net) tax levy of $40.15 million for 2019. This represents a proposed 3.9 percent tax increase for county residents compared to the 2018 budget. County residents can comment on the proposed levy during a public hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Otter Tail County Government Services Center in northwest Fergus Falls. The location is on the west side of the RTC complex at 515 West Fir Avenue.
Fergus Falls law enforcement personnel, on Nov. 12, recovered stolen items taken from a retail business and at the same time recovered drugs. The stolen items and drugs, including methamphetamine, were discovered after search warrants were issued for three locations in Fergus Falls. Arrested were three residents of Fergus Falls. They included Michael Lee-Stavedahl, 25; Grant Graton, 37; and Renald Lemasters, 33. Tools valued at $600 stolen north of Underwood
Four focus groups, totaling 49 county residents, held meetings in October to shape the content for a long-range plan for Otter Tail County. The gatherings were held in Pelican Rapids, Perham, Parkers Prairie and Fergus Falls. In the next several months residents of the county will provide their input at public meetings and contribute to recommendations developed by the focus group which included a cross section of county residents.
Bryan Mark Temus, 27, of Perham, was sentenced Oct. 25 following a felony conviction of assault in the third degree. A 15-month sentence to the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud will be stayed if Temus stays law abiding during five years of supervised probation Under a general stay order, time in jail is typically hanging over one's head to incentivize a person to complete probation in order to avoid serving designated time in prison. Local confinement in the county jail, Fergus Falls, is 90 days with credit for time already served listed as 48 days.
Close to $3,000 worth of items was reportedly stolen from a storage locker near Highway 31, northeast of Pelican Rapids. The incident, which took place sometime in the past three weeks, was reported to the county sheriff office on Nov. 2. Among the items taken were various tools, a snow blower and small engine. The owner later was in the process if compiling a list of other probable items that were stolen. The following day, on Nov. 3, a report came in about another storage locker break-in, also near Highway 31. There were no details about the second break-in.
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 driver was injured slightly in a one-vehicle accident southwest of Underwood, near Wall Lake, just after midnight in the early morning of Oct. 27. Dense fog was a factor in the accident, with the driver ending up in the ditch. The mishap took place near the intersection of Highways 33 and 120. Another minor injury took place on Interstate 94, in southwestern Otter Tail County, at 2:57 p.m. on Oct. 26. No further details were available. Car catches fire east of Erhard after crash
An investigative report says the discharge of a firearm by an Otter Tail County sheriff deputy in the Anthony Randklev incident on July 22, 2018, was justified. Randklev, 39, of Pelican Rapids was taken into custody near Erhard, following an abduction. He was not injured and the woman who was abducted by Randklev was rescued by law enforcement. The abductee had been taken from her home, north of Fergus Falls. The suspect then led law enforcement on a high-speed pursuit