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Man arrested for fishing naked on pontoon in Otter Tail County

He was 50 feet from someone's dock.
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A Brooklyn Center man was arrested in Otter Tail County after a resident complained he was fishing from a pontoon in the nude.

The indecent exposure happened on Turtle Lake, in Underwood, around 8:20 a.m. Monday, with the person reporting it saying he was about 50 feet from their dock, directly facing their property.

When police turned up, he was still naked, eventually putting on a pair of shorts as police spoke with him, the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office said.

The nude angler has been identified as 59-year-old Michael Blake, who was booked into jail before being charged.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, Blake told police that he didn't think it would be a problem as he didn't think anyone was in the area, though the criminal complaint notes there were multiple homes in the area where he was.

He has been charged with three counts of indecent exposure.

The sheriff's office says Blake has form for indecent exposure, including an arrest in 2016 and more reports this past June.

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