On February 6, 2020 at 7:59 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 3400 block of 340th Avenue near Ruthven to investigate a car deer accident. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined a 2008 Mercury Sable, owned and operated by Nathaniel Smidt (24) of Emmetsburg, IA., was northbound on 340th Avenue when a deer emerged in the roadway. Smidt’s vehicle struck the deer which caused an estimated $2,500 damage. No injuries were reported by Smidt.