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Accidents injure 2 deer hunters ... Hunting accident injures teen

Accidents injure two deer hunters

OTTER TAIL COUNTY -- Authorities here responded to two separate hunting accidents that sent two people to the hospital.

About 3 p.m. Saturday, Melissa Johnson, 24, Henning, was hunting east of Perham in a wooden deer stand on privately owned land, the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office said.

The wooden floor of the deer stand suddenly collapsed, and Johnson fell about 5 feet to the ground, suffering injuries to the lower parts of her legs. Johnson was taken by ambulance to Perham Memorial Hospital, authorities said.

The sheriff's office responded to a separate incident about 4:30 p.m. Saturday near Richville.

A 16-year-old male from Richville was resting the muzzle of a rifle on his boot when he heard a deer and grabbed the rifle, the sheriff's office said. The rifle went off, and the male was wounded in the left foot.

He was taken to Sanford Health in Fargo with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, The male was not identified

Hunting accident injures teenager

ORTONVILLE -- A Bloomington teenager was injured in a hunting accident in Big Stone County.

The sheriff's office said the youth's father, Douglas Gess, told investigators he was loading his shotgun when the gun accidentally discharged. The slug traveled through the pickup box to the cab, where it hit Jesse Gess, 16.

He was taken to the Ortonville Hospital. Neither the sheriff's office nor the hospital would release information on his injuries or condition Sunday.

The accident happened shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday, about a mile south of Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge headquarters.

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