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Patrol Not Sure Why Fergus Falls Councilman Fled

Authorities say it’s not clear why a Fergus Falls City Council member led police on a chase that ended when he crashed into a squad car and died. The State Patrol says the incident began when 62-year-old Timothy Rundquist fled a state trooper who had stopped him for speeding around 5 p.m. Monday near Elbow Lake.

12/23/2014

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Sheriff: Woman Died Of Hypothermia

Otter Tail County sheriff’s officials say hypothermia caused the death of a 27-year-old Pelican Rapids woman. Officials say alcohol was a contributing factor in the death of Jamie Fox.

12/05/2014

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BNSF Officials: 32 Train Cars Derail In Otter Tail Co.

Authorities say there are no injuries and no hazardous spills resulting from a train derailment on the Burlington Northern line in Otter Tail County. Sheriff’s officials say 18 cars derailed about 6:30 a.m. along Highway 10 near Bluffton.

12/01/2014

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Police: 14-Year-Old Suffers Accidental Gunshot Wound

A 14-year-old male was wounded by an accidental gunshot in rural Wadena County Thursday, according to police. According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, police responded to a call at 8:26 a.m. of a juvenile male who suffered an accidental gunshot in rural Wadena County.

11/13/2014

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State Patrol: Man Killed In Rollover Crash With Horse Trailer

A 51-year-old man was killed Monday in a rollover crash involving a horse trailer in northwestern Minnesota, according to the State Patrol. Authorities responded to the crash at about 5 p.m. on Highway 10 west of Perham in Otter Tail County.

09/30/2014

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Authorities Seek Suspect In Northern MN Cemetery Vandalism

Authorities in northern Minnesota are looking for a suspect after as many as a dozen granite markers and a cross at a cemetery were vandalized in late August. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office said it received a report of vandalism at the Schram Cemetery in rural Vergas, which is just south of Detroit Lakes, on Aug. 20.

09/04/2014

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Mom, Daughter Rescued After Losing Way In State Park

A hike in a Minnesota state park took a scary turn for a mother and daughter Tuesday night. According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, the duo was reported missing at about 8:17 p.m. in Maplewood State Park near Pelican Rapids.

08/23/2014

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Officials: Woman Dies In Roll-Over Crash, Alcohol Suspected

Authorities in northern Minnesota say they arrested a man early Friday morning for allegedly driving drunk after he crashed a car into a lake, injuring himself and killing a woman.

07/04/2014

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Officials: Potato Warehouse Catches Fire In Otter Tail Co.

Several fire crews responded Tuesday evening to battle a fire in a west-central Minnesota potato warehouse. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office said employees at R.D. Offutt Farms in Perham, Minn., noticed smoke coming from the 200-foot-by-300-foot warehouse shortly after 4:20 p.m.

01/21/2014

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FedEx Truck Driver Dies In Northern Minn. Crash

A FedEx driver died Friday morning in northwestern Minnesota after the truck left the road and struck an approach, authorities said.

10/11/2013

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2 Dead, 4 Hurt After Head-On Crash In Otter Tail County

Two people were killed and four others were hurt after a head-on collision in Otter Tail County Wednesday night, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Authorities said the crash happened at about 6:40 p.m. near the area of Highway 108 and County Road 16 in Otter Tail County.

09/12/2013

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Authorities ID Victims In Otter Tail County Murder-Suicide

Authorities have identified two people who died in an apparent murder-suicide last week in Otter Tail County. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 57000 block of County Highway 56 in New York Mills at about 9:13 p.m. last Wednesday after a 21-year-old woman reported gunshots being fired at a residence.

08/06/2013

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Sheriff: 1 Dead In Otter Tail Co. Attempted Murder-Suicide

Authorities are investigating an attempted murder-suicide that has left one dead in northwestern Minnesota Wednesday night. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 57000 block of County Highway 56 in New York Mills at about 9:13 p.m. Wednesday after a report from a 21-year-old female that gunshots had been fired at a residence. When authorities arrived, they found two men who had been shot.

08/01/2013

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14 Cars Derail In Otter Tail County

Sheriff’s officials say 14 cars of a train carrying crude oil derailed in western Minnesota and spilled some of its load.

03/27/2013

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Plane Crash Kills 1 In Otter Tail County

Authorities say one person is dead after a plane crashed Wednesday night near Parkers Prairie in Otter Tail County.

02/21/2013

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Fargo Man Killed In Pelican Rapids Snowmobile Crash

A 40-year-old man from Fargo, North Dakota, died on Christmas Day after getting into a snowmobile accident in Pelican Rapids, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office.

12/27/2012

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Homeowner Survives Explosion That Destroys House

A homeowner has survived an explosion that destroyed his house in Otter Tail County.

07/10/2012

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1 Killed, 1 Hurt In Northwestern MN Tractor Accident

A 53-year-old man was killed and an 8-year-old girl suffered minor injuries in a tractor accident on Sunday in northwestern Minnesota, authorities said.

07/02/2012

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Charges: Former Director Embezzled $29,000 From Chamber Of Commerce

The former director of the Long Prairie Chamber of Commerce faces two counts of theft after she allegedly stole more than $29,000 from the city and spent it at places like nail salons, lingerie shops and tattoo removal facilities, according to documents filed Wednesday in Todd County.

05/23/2012

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Authorities Find Vulnerable Adult Unharmed

Authorities say a 24-year-old vulnerable adult who had gone missing in northwestern Minnesota was found Monday morning.

05/14/2012

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Police: 2 Farms In Otter Tail Co. Sustain ‘Tornado Type’ Damage

The storms that dropped hail and seemed to create cold-weather funnels Saturday damaged two farms near Fergus Falls, authorities said.

04/21/2012

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Sheriff IDs Fergus Falls Man Found Dead On Tractor

The Otter Tail County sheriff’s office identifies the man as 61-year-old Robert Piekarski.

05/20/2011

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Fergus Falls Man Found Dead In Tractor

Authorities have found the body of a Fergus Falls man inside a tractor left running in a field early Thursday.

05/19/2011