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
Tuesday, Nov. 13, is the date for Otter Tail County commissioners to again consider and possibly decide on whether or not to adopt a tobacco ordinance for people under the age of 21. A date previously listed as Nov. 6 is incorrect, and in fact consideration of the tobacco ordinance will be held a week later. If approved, regulations would begin on Jan. 1, 2019, on a phased-in basis. The technical title of the ordinance is "the Otter Tail County Tobacco Provision Minimum Legal Age Ordinance."
Otter Tail County commissioners, following citizen input, will vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6, concerning adoption of a proposed tobacco-related ordinance for people under the age of 21. If approved, regulations would begin on Jan. 1, 2019, on a phased-in basis. The technical title is "the Otter Tail County Tobacco Provision Minimum Legal Age Ordinance."
Sheriff deputies reported that a female county resident, on Oct. 2, fled from a possible abduction attempt at Inspiration Peak, southeast of Battle Lake and west of Parkers Prairie. The woman was with her five-year-old son close to 4:30 p.m. when a male between the ages of 30 and 40 requested that he take a photo of the mother and son. When the woman declined the offer, he attempted to twice grab the woman by the wrist as she walked away with her son.
As of Sept. 25, only six weeks remained until election day 2018. The final candidates for county sheriff are Barry Fitzgibbions and Kile Bergren.
In the early 1980s the primary waste disposal concern was that landfill space was filling up, and Otter Tail County would soon be out of disposal capacity. Thus the Perham refuse burner came into being, in 1986, first operated by a subsidiary of Otter Tail Power Company. Fast forward to 2018 and ownership of what's now called the Perham Resource Recovery Facility includes Otter Tail, Becker, Todd, Wadena and Clay counties.
On Sept. 25 the county board of commissioners approved a preliminary gross (net) tax levy of $40.15 million.
Sheriff deputies reported that a 38-year-old Urbank resident was arrested on Sept. 25 at Millerville, southwest of Urbank in Douglas County. The Urbank resident, a male, was later charged with obstructing official duties of area firemen in extinguishing a car fire. The person arrested insisted that he continue to use a fire hose he had obtained nearby. Authorities said the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Sheriff deputies said the resident also was wanted with a warrant issued from the state of Arkansas.