Vehicles, goats lost in pole shed fire

By Tom Hintgen

Otter Tail County Correspondent 

Three weekend traffic accidents were reported by sheriff deputies on Monday, Dec. 12.

At least one person was injured Dec. 9 in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 80 near Perham. The accident took place at 12:37 p.m.

Another person was injured in a one-vehicle rollover on Interstate 94 in southwestern Otter Tail County on Dec. 10. This accident took place at 6:33 a.m. The State Highway Patrol assisted sheriff deputies at the scene of the accident.

Two people were injured in a traffic accident on Dec. 10 at the intersection of Long Lake Road and 430th Avenue, near the town of Ottertail. The accident took place at 11:40 p.m.

Vehicles, goats lost in pole shed fire

Goats, vehicles and other items were destroyed in a shed fire at Rostad Loop near West Lost Lake, north of Underwood. 

The owners of the shed were not at home and the fire was called in to authorities by a passerby. The time of the call-in was 11:39 a.m. on Dec. 11.

The pole shed contained motorcycles, a Bobcat, RV, vehicle, 4-wheeler, deer stand, lumber, goats and tools. The estimated loss of the building and contents was close to $200,000.

Underwood Fire Department members responded to the scene of the fire.

Pelican man arrested after gun incident

Sheriff deputies, on Dec. 17, responded to gunshots being heard in an apartment building in Pelican Rapids. Arrested was 38-year-old Jordan Pierce of Pelican Rapids.

Charges included felony reckless discharge of a fireman, carrying a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, felony threats of violence and first-degree criminal damage to property.

Law enforcement responded to the scene of the incident at 2:51 a.m. and found a bullet hole at the apartment. Pierce eventually surrendered to law enforcement. Residents of the apartment had been evacuated and were temporarily housed at Pelican Rapids High School.

“There were no injuries during the incident,” said a county sheriff deputy.

Assisting Otter Tail County sheriff deputies were members of the Pelican Rapids Police Department, SWAT members, Wilkin County Sheriff’s Office, Pelican Rapids Fire Department and Ringdahl Ambulance Service.