A West Fargo man, 64-year-old Duane Paul Hiedeman, died in a traffic accident shortly after 6 p.m. on Oct. 4 on Interstate 94 in southwestern Otter Tail County.

Sheriff deputies, in conjunction with the Minnesota State Highway Patrol, said the driver was westbound when his pickup left the roadway and rolled into the median.

He was not wearing a seatbelt. The accident took place in Fergus Falls Township.

Fires destroy two houses

Sheriff deputies, On Oct. 5, reported the loss of two homes to fires. One fire took place near Highway 73 in southeastern Otter Tail County and the second fire took place near Highway 117, southeast of Dalton.

Firefighters were called to the fire near Highway 73 at 11:19 a.m. Responding to the scene were fire crews from Bertha and Hewitt, south of Wadena.

The house, which was a total loss, had an estimated value to $150,000. Repairs had been made earlier in the day. The house was not occupied at the time of the fire.

Near Dalton, that fire was called into authorities at 2:53 p.m.

Eight people escaped from the blaze, although two dogs and several cats reportedly died in the fire.

Responding to the scene were firefighters from Dalton, Battle Lake and Ashby.

Cause of the fire was accidental and took place during a repair of the home’s heating system in the attic.

Several items taken from cabin

Several items were stolen from a cabin and nearby buildings close to Highway 38, near Spitzer Lake, in the extreme south-central section of Otter Tail County. The thefts were reported on Oct. 5.

Taken were two jet skis, a trailer, riding lawn mower, horse trailer, golf cart and safe. The items were in the cabin and the attached garage.

Driver injured

The driver of a vehicle was extricated from his car after being injured on Highway 67, on Oct. 4, at 8:46 a.m. near New York Mills.

This took place during a one-vehicle rollover.

Power lines fell on the vehicle and had to be removed, prior to the extrication, by Pelican Rapids-based Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC). The driver received non-life threatening injuries.