Sheriff deputies, on Nov. 20, reported that a detached 32-by-48-foot shop caught fire and was destroyed in the early morning hours of Nov. 19.

The fire took place southeast of Perham and north of Rush Lake. The exact location was close to 460th Avenue.

Destroyed was a tractor and other items inside the shop, including various tools and air compressors.

Cause of the fire was likely a malfunction of a wood boiler. An investigation was continuing as of Nov. 20.

Vandalism near Vining

Sheriff deputies, on Nov. 20, were continuing an investigation of vandalism at a cemetery near Vining.

Property damage took place when a driver entered the cemetery with his or her vehicle and caused damage. Authorities estimated the damage at close to $1,000.

Possible scam attempts investigated

Sheriff deputies said that some residents of Otter Tail County have been receiving phone calls from a person or persons saying that money is owed for failing to show up for jury duty.

The county residents surmised this was a scam attempt and contacted the sheriff office.

Sheriff deputies remind county residents that authorities will never try to collect money over the phone or suggest that people should purchase gift cards in order to pay fines.

Another possible scam attempt related to a driveway repair east of Richville and northwest of Rush Lake on Nov. 19.

The home owner, near Highway 14, reported overcharges related to patch work and seal coating. The home owner was advised to obtain legal counsel.