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April Marks Child Abuse Prevention Month

The Otter Tail County Board of Commissions signed a symbolic proclamation

OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. —¬†April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners made an official proclamation, though the month goes on nationwide. The proclamation states that child abuse prevention is a community effort, and that all citizens should be more aware of the signs of abuse and neglect. There are many ways the community can…

New York Mills Man Headed Back To Prison After Conviction For 28th DWI

Danny Bettcher Was Arrested In September After Going 10 Miles Per Hour Along Highway 10

OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. — A judge has sentenced a New York Mills man to four-and-a-half years in prison for his 28th DWI conviction. 64-year-old Danny Bettcher was arrested in September after an off-duty Otter Tail County deputy saw him leave the New York Mills VFW and drive off. Bettcher was going 10 miles per hour and swerving on Highway…

Man Arrested With 200 Pounds of Marijuana

Stopped By A Minnesota State Patrol Trooper In Otter Tail County

OTTER TAIL CO., Minn. — An Oregon man is facing drug-related charges in Otter Tail County. A state trooper stopped a van with dirty license plates on I-94 and found about 200 pounds of marijuana. Forty-two-year-old Cory Frazier was taken into custody and charged with felony drug possession. Frazier appeared in court and was released on a $50,000 bond. The…

Former New York Mills Teacher, Accused of Sexual Relationship with a Student, Found Not Guilty

His defense attorney says Koll is an innocent man and that he was wrongly accused

OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. — A former New York Mills teacher, who was accused of having a sexual relationship with a student, has been found not guilty. Kris Koll, 38, was acquitted of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with a student while teaching in New York Mills. His defense attorney says Koll…

Details Released Behind Shooting of Toddler in Otter Tail County

She is in stable condition in the intensive care unit

  DEER CREEK, Minn. — We have new information on that accidental shooting involving two children in Otter Tail County. The sheriff’s office says it was a five-year-old boy who accidentally shot his 3-year-old sister in the belly with a .22 caliber rifle. The shooting happened at a home in the town of Deer Creek early Sunday morning. The girl…

Child Accidentally Shot and Wounded By Another Child

Child Was Taken To Children's Hospital in Minneapolis

DEER CREEK, Minn. — A five-year-old accidentally shot and wounded a 3-year-old in the city of Deer Creek, Minnesota. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call around 7:30 this morning. The victim was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital before being taken to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. Authorities say the victim is in stable condition….

Henning Man Identified in Fatal Crash

The other driver suffered minor injuries

  OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. — The Henning man killed Wednesday morning in a crash has been identified as 71-year-old Kenneth Dunker. His wife, Beverly, was airlifted to Fargo with serious injuries. The Dunker’s pickup was hit head-on by another pickup on an icy stretch of Highway 29 southeast of Henning. The other driver suffered minor injuries. Categories: Crime, Local…

Missing Man Found Safe

Family Became Concerned When They Didn't Hear From Paul Baker For Days

OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. — A man reported missing in Otter Tail County has been found safe. Authorities say 51-year-old Paul Baker was located at a friend’s house and is not in any danger. The Dent, Minnesota man had been last seen on Tuesday. Family members reported him missing when they didn’t hear from him for days. Categories: Local News,…

Aspiring Young Hunters Revive a Declining Sport in Fergus Falls

Dozens of kids and teens practice their shotgun shooting in preparation for the real thing

FERGUS FALLS, Minn — Pheasant hunters in Fergus Falls are getting kids behind the barrel to revive a sport on the decline. This after the DNR estimates Minnesota’s hunting population is down by about 20,000 in the past decade. From ages 12 to 17, dozens of boys and girls are carrying on a tradition. “I started shooting when I was…

Otter Tail County Man Injured in Crash with Train

The sheriff's office says 32-year-old Kenneth Betts of Richville crossed the tracks without yielding to the train

  OTTERTAIL, Minn. — An Otter Tail County man is at Sanford in Fargo after his potato truck was hit by a train. The crash happened around 10:40 this morning on Elevator Drive in the city of Ottertail. The sheriff’s office says 32-year-old Kenneth Betts of Richville crossed the tracks without yielding to the train. His truck was pushed down…