By Tom Hintgen

Otter Tail County Correspondent 

Sheriff deputies reported that a house near Vergas was destroyed by fire late Monday afternoon, March 29.

Firefighters were called to the scene of the fire near East Lake Seven Road. Authorities said the fire was linked to a nearby maple syrup boiler/cooker.

Assisting Vergas firefighters at the scene of the fire were members of the Perham and Detroit Lakes fire departments. No injuries were reported.

Vehicle, ATV accidents

Injuries were reported in a traffic accident at 5:20 p.m. on March 29 near Vining. Deputies and first responders were called to the scene at the interaction of Highway 210 and Creekside Road.

Another accident with injuries, this time involving an ATV, took place two days previously, on March 27. The location was near Shallow Shores Drive between Dent and Maplewood State Park.

Sheriff deputies said four juvenile females were on the ATV when it rolled one time and landed on its wheels. The injuries to three of the riders were minor.

Authorities said the ATV was traveling at only about 10 miles per hour when the accident took place. The mishap took place on private property, near the roadway.