Fire destroys chicken coop near Underwood

By Tom Hintgen

Otter Tail County Correspondent 

Sheriff deputies, on May 22, reported the theft of about 65 catalytic converters and copper scrap cable, near New York Mills, with a combined value of close to $10,500.

The exact location of the theft was in Newton Township, east of New York Mills.

It is believed that suspects forced their way into a secure building. The catalytic converters were valued at close to $6,500 and the copper scrap cable was valued at a minimum of $4,000.

Fire destroys chicken coop, fish house

Sheriff deputies, on May 24, reported that fire destroyed a chicken coup near Fish Lake, north of Underwood, as well as a riding lawn mower and fish house. 

Inside the chicken coop were a rooster, hen and two ducks that were deceased. 

“Two vehicles sustained fire damage,” said a sheriff deputy. “The side of the residence sustained heat damage.” 

Authorities said they suspected that the fire started as the result on an electrical malfunction.