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Lake Management Training available to Otter Tail lake groups

Alex Gehrig of the Freshwater Society is leading an effort to recruit eight lake associations in Otter Tail County for the Healthy Lakes and Rivers Partnership (HLRP).
The HLRP is an introduction to and training in lake management planning, with a specific focus on the needs and strengths of volunteer-based groups like lake associations.
The program includes training in lake ecology, communications and plan writing, and provides support for building a concrete action plan with broad community support that addresses real water resource goals within each participating group.  read entire story. . . .

No real threats following   standoff near Ottertail city

A standoff on Long Lake Road near the town of Ottertail turned out to be a non-life-threatening incident, according to the Sheriff”s Office.
On Friday, July 18, at approximately 8:58 p.m., deputies were dispatched to a location near Long Lake, north of Otter Tail Lake. A caller said her husband was in their garage and had locked the door. He kept guns in the garage.
Deputies temporarily set a perimeter around the residence and blocked roadways.
It was later determined that the male had not made any threats to harm himself or anyone else and had not committed any crime. No other action was taken.  read entire story. . . .

Possible theft of calves reported

The Sheriff’s Office, on July 16, reported the possible theft of two calves. The call came in at 1:10 p.m. the previous day from a resident who lives near the intersection of Highway 59 and Highway 6, north of Urbank in southeastern Otter Tail County.
One missing calf was a black bull and the other a red heifer. Each calf reportedly weighed about 200 pounds. The value was estimated at close to $2,000.
The complainant believes the calves may have been sold at the Long Prairie sale barn. The caller said the calves could have been taken three or four weeks ago. The investigation was continuing as of July 16.
Boat motor stolen  read entire story. . . .

Water released from Fergus Falls  reservoir to relieve high water

The Army Corps. of Engineers was contacted last week to make sure the agency is  letting as much water as possible flow through the Orwell Reservoir south of Fergus Falls in order to manage the Ottertail River system that includes Rush Lake and Otter Tail County.  read entire story. . . .

I-94 cable median barrier project near Barnesville underway

Motorists on Interstate 94 near Ashby and Barnesville will experience intermittent lane and shoulder closures when a cable median barrier installation project begins July 21, weather permitting.
Crews will install cable barrier along I-94 from southeast of Barnesville to the north junction of Highway 59 and from the south junction of Highway 59 to the Ashby exit. About 37 miles of the barrier will be installed.
Motorists should prepare to slow down in areas where crews are working.
Work is expected to be complete by late October.  read entire story. . . .

High county water levels a concern to county board

County commissioners addressed the issue of high water levels at their weekly meeting on Tuesday, July 15, one day after Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton held a meeting on the issue in the town of Ottertail. Dayton also visited Wadena, another area plagued by water issues.
“We’re talking about long-term water issue concerns as well as short-term issues,” said County Public Works Director Rick West to county board members.
“Last fall we were in pretty good shape concerning water levels, but this summer we can see the effects of what a wet cycle can bring.”
Long-term issues continue to challenge lake property owners west of Perham, where many lakes are land locked. There are no outlets or inlets.  read entire story. . . .

Info meetings on Vergas area Blandin program set July 28

The Blandin Community Leadership Program (BCLP) will be offered to the communities of Frazee, Vergas, and Wolf Lake. Informational meetings have been scheduled and are open to all those interested in hearing more about the program.
Date:  Monday, July 28
Time: noon – 1 pm (Lunch and beverages provided)
Place: Billy’s Corner Bar & Grill, 158 East Main Street, Vergas.
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Dairy field day features organic farm tour set in Otter Tail area

University of Minnesota Extension will be holding a summer field day at Larson Dairy, 42087 Long Lake Road, Ottertail on July 29.
Registration begins at noon with the program from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 pm.
Ken and Dori Larson have been a certified organic dairy since 2006. They have focused on improving soil fertility and health along with maintaining a healthy herd with organic practices. Larsons believe that you do not have to sacrifice production and herd health when you go organic. Ken is also a field representative for Organic Valley and has extensive experience working with other organic dairy producers. Their grown children and their spouses also work on the farm.  read entire story. . . .

Norwegian-American  Gathering explores multi-cultural  challenges

Three groups of Americans with Norwegian Ancestry will come together Aug. 6  in Saint Cloud for several  days of educational seminars, family history research, entertainment, cultural exploration, local touring, and plain old fun.
The 3 groups: Gudbrandsdalslaget, Nord Hedmark og Hedemarken Lag, and Trønderlag, have ancestral roots in 3 neighboring valleys in Norway.  Both separately and together these heritage groups have held meetings over a period of 106 years and have chosen the Best Western Plus Kelly Inn in Saint Cloud as the site of their 2014 convention.  “Tre Lag Stevne” translates to English as “Three Group Meeting.”  read entire story. . . .

Zebra mussels confirmed in Pickerel Lake in Becker County

Zebra mussels have been confirmed in Pickerel Lake located 7 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes in Becker County in west-central Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
A citizen found the zebra mussel on Saturday, June 28, while scuba diving on the west side of the lake by the public water access. The zebra mussel was found attached to a rock in 13 feet of water. With the help of other scuba divers, searches continued Saturday and Sunday, but no additional zebra mussels were found.
“This newest report emphasizes the need for everyone to be on the lookout for zebra mussels when out recreating in our state waters,” said Barry Stratton, DNR Ecological and Water Resources Division, southern district manager.  read entire story. . . .

Cafeteria chairs, tables from Pelican school to furnish city hall space

Cafeteria chairs and tables from the Pelican Rapids High School will find a new home.
The school is divesting itself of many fixtures, as the renovation-expansion project continues at the Pelican Rapids High School complex.
Auditorium chairs are being offered to the public, from the fine arts auditorium, which is slated for demolition.
The Pelican Rapids city council, meanwhile, voted to accept all of the stackable chairs and cafeteria tables.  The furnishings will be used in the upper level of city hall, which is being renovated as a community center, meeting and gathering space.

Barrel O’ Fun, Minnesota Twins team up to raise money for  Hospice Care

KLN Family Brands is the parent company of Barrel O’ Fun, located in Perham, has partnered with the Minnesota Twins to raise awareness for hospice care by launching two new flavors of potato chips, Wavy Ranch and Zesty Jalapeno, in a collector, limited time edition, Harmon Killebrew package. A portion of the proceeds from each bag will be donated to the Lakeland Hospice Foundation.
The 2nd Annual Harmon Killebrew Hospice Day at Target Field is scheduled for Saturday, August 16, 2014. The Twins will be taking on the Royals at 6:10 p.m. The pre-game will showcase hospice and its services.  
All proceeds from the day-long event will support the Lakeland Hospice Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports the work of Lakeland Hospice. The purpose of the Harmon Killebrew Hospice Day is to carry on Harmon’s dream of having each person know about the benefits of hospice care and encouraging more people to become involved.
Reasons for Hospice Care  read entire story. . . .