Parkers Prairie motorcyclist injured in collision with deer

BUTLER - A woman from Parkers Prairie was injured after her motorcycle struck a deer on County Highway 67 just north of Butler on Sunday, July 7, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office.

After hitting the deer, Jennifer Pullins, 51, lost control of her Harley-Davidson and tipped the motorcycle. Pullins had been wearing a helmet and her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. She was airlifted from the scene by LifeLink.

Fire damages shed, farm machinery

A shed containing farm machinery near Miltona caught fire overnight.

The fire was reported to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at approximately 1 a.m. Friday, July 5, at 15709 County Road 65 NE. The Miltona Fire Department responded, with assistance from the fire departments in Parkers Prairie and Carlso.

The shed was reported by Brian Hoppe, 57, of Miltona, to be fully engulfed. Both it and the farm equipment it contained were substantially damaged, according to the sheriff's office, which also responded to the call along with North Memorial Ambulance.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Pedestrian in hit-and-run identified; driver still sought

OTTERTAIL - Authorities have identified the pedestrian killed in a hit-and-run collision over the weekend near the town of Ottertail.

Tyler Wohlers, 21, from Wahpeton, N.D., was killed in the collision, according to the Minnesota State Patrol, which is asking for the public's help in finding the driver and vehicle involved.

About 1 a.m. Saturday, July 6, Wohlers and two other men were walking on the northbound shoulder of Highway 78 headed south. Wohlers tripped and fell into the northbound traffic lane and was fatally struck by a passing car, which then drove away.

Ottertail is about 14 miles south of Perham.

The two other men told authorities the vehicle was a smaller sedan, similar to a Chevrolet Cavalier. The car could be a white or silver color. However, it was dark and there were no streetlights in the area. The vehicle will have front end damage and a fluid leak.

The patrol is asking anyone with information about the vehicle or driver to call Sgt. Rod Eischens at 218-846-8244.

Douglas, other counties owe $84,000

MONTEVIDEO - The eight counties that are part of the Chippewa River Watershed Project - which includes Douglas County - will ante up $84,186.60 to be returned to the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources for previously awarded grants.

The joint powers board for the watershed project and BWSR have signed an agreement to settle the issue. It allows the counties until September to reimburse the state agency, according to Edward Lenz, the agency's southern regional manager.

The September deadline allows the watershed project time to inform the member counties of the amount owed and how much each must contribute toward it.

The watershed project is operated under a joint powers agreement including Chippewa, Douglas, Grant, Kandiyohi, Otter Tail, Stevens, Swift and Pope counties. The counties have been sharing costs based on the percentage of their land base in the watershed. The Swift County Board of Commissioners estimates the county's share of the total to be just over $24,000. The county represents 29 percent of the watershed district.

The funds are due for Clean Water Fund grants previously awarded the Chippewa River Watershed Project. Lenz said there were some errors in how grant funds were used. The errors are attributed to confusion that occurred with staff turnover and a limited staff. He also noted that the watershed project has been managing a number of grants from both BWSR and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, making it a complex task for a limited staff.