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Otter Tail Transportation Plan open houses include Pelican Oct. 14

The public is invited to attend an open house meeting to discuss the Otter Tail County Transportation Plan, which is currently underway. Two meetings are scheduled to occur in mid-October.
The first meeting is being held on October 13, at the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Operations Center, 469 West Main Street, Ottertail, MN, with a second meeting being held on October 14, at the Lake Region Electric Cooperative Office, 1401 South Broadway, Pelican Rapids.
Both open house meetings will present the same information and will run from 5:30 –7:30 p.m., with a formal presentation at 6 p.m.
These meetings provide the public an early opportunity to provide input on the county’s transportation needs, issues and opportunities.  read entire story. . . .

Glendalough  bike trail ribbon cutting  Sept. 26

The Glendalough State Park bike trail ribbon cutting will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26. Those taking part will meet at the trail center.
Bring your own bicycle or rent a bike. There is no fee to ride a bicycle into the park, northeast of Battle Lake.
Bike rentals are available from Galloping Goose Rentals. Call 218-731-7181 or 218-282-1063 and ask for the special Trail Ride Grand Opening rate. Payment is required in advance. Bikes will be delivered to the park for the event.
You also can reserve a seat on the free trail shuttle. Call the Lakes Area Community Center at 218-862-5222 to reserve a seat. All trail rides begin from the Glendalough Trail Center.  read entire story. . . .

‘Flappers, Miners, Moonshiners’ concert presented by regional library system

Renowned performers Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard bring their original production of “Flappers, Miners and Moonshiners: Minnesota in the 1920s” to New York Mills on Saturday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m.
This free concert is a musical history tour of the Jazz Age, with songs, vintage photographs and stories of life on the farm and the reservation, in the nightclubs of St. Paul and the mining towns of the Iron Range.
The Minnesota-centric program was developed and written by Johnson and Chouinard, recipients of an Arts Tour grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Besides many sing-along moments, the audience is invited to get involved by submitting an interesting family or local interest story from the 20s to www.prudencejohnson.com/contact.asp for possible inclusion in the show.  read entire story. . . .

Vergas area Scout T.J. Dahl awarded Eagle Sept. 28 at St. Paul’s Church

A rural Vergas Boy Scout will earn his Eagle award Sept. 28, in a Court of Honor ceremony.
T.J. Dahl, a 2014 graduate of Pelican Rapids High School, will be presented his Eagle at about noon, after church at St. Paul’s Lutheran, on County Road 4 west of Vergas.
Dahl, the son of Harold and Lisa Dahl, is a student at the North Dakota State College of Science in the welding program.
“I have been in scouting from the first day I could join,” said Dahl. “All the way through Cub, Webelos, and Boy Scouts.”
He was a member of the Vergas troop his first few years, and later joined Troop 313 in Pelican Rapids–under Scoutmaster Tom Albright.
On route to his Eagle medal, Dahl earned 21 badges–including 4 historic/centennial badges.  read entire story. . . .

Otter Tail road plan, tourism among lake coalition topics

Otter Tail County COLA members and interested public are invited to attend a focus group meeting to discuss the Otter Tail County Transportation Plan, which is currently being developed.  
The focus of this meeting is to discuss transportation needs/issues related to lakeshore properties, tourism and other related items.
This meeting is scheduled to be held on October 2, at the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Operations Center, 469 West Main Street, Ottertail.  
The meeting will run from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., with a formal presentation at 6:30 p.m.
The County, working with the County Transportation Plan Steering Committee composed of citizen stakeholders, is in the process of developing a long range plan to help guide future transportation  read entire story. . . .

Legacy funds sought for trail’s Phase One plan

Now that a master plan for a recreational trail from Pelican Rapids to Perham has been approved, the county board is seeking $480,000 from State Legacy Grant funds. Stage One will involve construction from Pelican Rapids, south to County Highway 3.
The action to pursue these funds came on Sept. 16 during the regular weekly meeting of the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners.
The only funds previously provided to Otter Tail County, through the State Legacy Grant, have come for clean water and related projects. The county has not previously received Legacy funding for trails of any kind.  read entire story. . . .

Fire destroys Erhard garage

A garage and its contents in Erhard were destroyed by fire on Sunday, Sept. 14. The Sheriff’s Office reported that the fire was reported at the residence of Jason Thorson.
Firefighters arrived on the scene at 11:50 a.m. and found the garage engulfed in flames. On the scene were fire departments from Pelican Rapids and Elizabeth.
The cause of the fire was still undetermined as of Monday, Sept. 15, but did not appear to be suspicious.
Motorcycle stolen near Dunvilla
A Suzuki Intruder motorcycle was reported stolen from an area near Dunvilla, north of Pelican Rapids, at 11:28 a.m. on Sept. 13. The value, according to the Sheriff’s Office, is $3,200.
Minor accidents reported  read entire story. . . .

Motorcyclist hurt in deer crash near Vergas

A motorcyclist was injured in a deer accident near Vergas at 8:05 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21. The accident took place on Highway 17, east of Trowbridge Circle and northwest of Vergas.
Otter Tail County sheriff deputies said the cycle rider, 54-year-old Philip Alan Sellgren of Dent, was traveling southbound when he collided with a deer. The rider and motorcycle slid along the pavement before coming to rest in the northbound traffic lane.
Thefts reported at
Glendalough Park.
A Bridgstone Bike that is Forest Green in color was taken near a campsite at Glendalough State Park, northeast of Battle Lake. The bike was taken in the late evening hours of Friday, Sept. 19, or the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 20.
In a related incident, at about the same time as the bike theft, three tackle boxes and some fishing equipment were stolen.
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‘Green Thumbs’ invited to Master Gardener program

If you have an interest in plants and gardening and would enjoy sharing that interest with others, apply to become a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener volunteer.  Applications are being accepted for the West Otter Tail County Extension Master Gardener Program now until October 1, 2014.
Individuals selected for the program begin an internship that starts with the Master Gardener core course training on January 9, 2015.  The course is taught online or in-person at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska.  Instructors are University of Minnesota Extension educators and faculty.
Following the course, interns will complete 50 hours of volunteer service in the first year, working with local Master Gardener volunteers on a variety of projects that educate the public about gardening and horticulture.  You might answer plant questions by phone or at an information booth, write a newspaper column, or make a presentation to a community group.  read entire story. . . .

Minnesota orchards ‘open for picking’

Minnesota apple growers are reporting orchards full of big, high quality apples for fall family fun. Orchards are open for picking across the state with many ripe varieties on the trees.
Charlie Johnson, President of the Minnesota Apple Growers Association, said the 2014 crop will be good for growers and consumers, despite the especially harsh winter, “Many varieties will be as big, or bigger than last year. The harsh winter weather has affected some varieties, in some orchards, but most producers have come through the winter with an excellent crop!”
Minnesota is known for flavorful apple varieties specifically bred to thrive in our climate. This includes University of Minnesota cultivars such as the Zestar!, Honeycrisp, SweeTango, Haralson and Sweet Sixteen.
Most growers report varieties are ripening slightly later than typical, due to the late spring. Because there are so many delicious apple varieties to choose from, and seasonality depends on weather, please call your orchard to determine what is ripe and ready for picking.  read entire story. . . .