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Barnstuble hired at WCMCA

West Central MN Communities Action (WCMCA), Inc. is pleased to announce that Kerri Barnstuble has been hired as its new RSVP Volunteer Coordinator.  She will plan, direct, and manage all aspects of volunteer programs within the agency including RSVP, Community Service/Community Services Development grants, free tax preparation clinics, and Group Work Camps projects.  
Ms. Barnstuble previously worked in WCMCA’s Emergency Services department.  She brings 17 years of experience in the social services and education fields, including 8 years of program coordination, to her new role.  She holds a BA from Grinnell College and a MA in Education from the University of Iowa.  Ms. Barnstuble resides in Morris, MN with her family.  
WCMCA, a resource agency, is dedicated to reducing the effects of poverty, helping people achieve self-sufficiency, and improving the quality of rural life.

Do You Remember When?

Good old summertime at the Crystal-Lida thoroughfare

Days are cooler –and shorter–as autumn gives way to winter. But these post card pictures take us back to the summertime and days on the Pelican area beaches and lakes.
The photos also take us back to a bygone era of the Crystal-Lida area.
These images were submitted by Kathleen Rorvig, a Rothsay resident with long connections to Lake Lida.  
She believes these photos were taken in the 1940s, at the Crystal Lida Beach Resort and the Crystal Lida Store.

Juvenile center needs sound financial footing

Detained Fargo-Moorhead area youth could bring more than $500,000 to Otter Tail under new agreement with Cass County, North Dakota

The West Central Regional Juvenile Center in Moorhead provides needed services for Otter Tail County and nine other area counties. Meeting financial obligations has been a challenge in recent years.
However, the addition of Cass County in North Dakota as part of the mix for the juvenile center is not only seen as a way to ensure sound financial footing. The move may also lesson the financial burden for Otter Tail County and other counties.
Currently, Otter Tail County’s contract with the juvenile center calls for reserving an average of 2.5 beds per day. This equates to $16,562.50 per month or $198,750 on an annual basis.
Starting Jan. 1, 2015, Cass County will reserve an average of 6.5 beds per day.
“This is good news. Hopefully, starting in 2016, we’ll be able to see reduced bed costs for the participating counties,” said Charles Kitzman, Otter Tail County Probation Director.  read entire story. . . .

Grants to launch Otter Tail paramedic program; initiative may help lower health care costs

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has awarded Otter Tail Public Health and Ringdahl Ambulance grants to create a Community Paramedic program designed to strengthen rural health care teams and improve access to care.
“We are very pleased to be selected for these grants,” said Diane Thorson, Otter Tail County Public Health Director. “We will be working with Ringdahl Ambulance and a number of community partners to improve access to primary health care and decrease the use of expensive emergency room care by using the emerging profession of Community Paramedics.”
Organizations involved in the planning of the project included Otter Tail Public Health, Ringdahl Ambulance Service, Otter Tail County Human Services, Lakeland Mental Health Center, Lake Region Healthcare and the long term care providers within the Fergus Falls area.  read entire story. . . .

MNsure  health insurance ennrollment  to begin across state on Nov. 15

With only three weeks until the start of the upcoming Open Enrollment Period, Minnesotans are encouraged to make a plan to shop again on MNsure to ensure they are getting the most comprehensive health coverage for the best price.
MNsure’s open enrollment period for 2015 coverage beginning January 1, 2015, starts on November 15, 2014.
To guarantee every Minnesotan secures the financial help they are eligible for, consumers who enrolled in private insurance plans through MNsure in 2014 are urged to return to MNsure to shop for their coverage for 2015. Only through the MNsure marketplace will consumers be able to shop, compare and find out if they qualify for financial help. Even if they didn’t qualify in 2014, many people will qualify for financial help in 2015. Open enrollment for all Minnesotans–including those who need to renew their coverage–begins November 15. Members of federally-recognized Indian tribes and participants in the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) can enroll for health coverage through MNsure year-round.  read entire story. . . .

ATV heist reported near  Pelican, Rothsay theft probed

The theft of a 1999 Polaris ATV was reported at 2:10 p.m. on Oct. 19 near Highway 4, rural Pelican Rapids. The ATV had been parked near a resort in the area of North Lake Lida and Crystal Lake.
The value of the unit is approximately $1,900.
Burglary, theft reported in Rothsay, Dent
Circle Drive, Rothsay, was the location of a theft of a purse, checkbooks and digital camera. Authorities believe the thief entered a trailer through a broken window. The incident was reported at 1:41 p.m. on Oct. 15.
Three concrete rock planters, each valued at $25, were taken from a residence near Highway 35, close to Dent. The incident was reported on Oct. 17.
Handgun applications
On Oct. 20 seven handgun applications were approved by the Sheriff’s Office. Two were approved for residents of Fergus Falls and one each went to residents of Underwood, rural Wadena, Ottertail, Erhard and Henning.

Motorcycle missing from Dent area  2 years ago found in California

Never give up hope is the lesson after authorities in California found a motorcycle that had been stolen and missing from a rural Dent residence since early 2012.
Los Angeles authorities informed the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office that the motorcycle had been found.
The good news came to the rural Dent resident at 4:38 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19. Being returned to the owner is a 1962 Triumph 650 motorcyle, considered a collector item.
Mailboxes smashed
A cluster of eight mailboxes/newspaper boxes mounted on the same pole at East Main Street, Urbank, was struck by an unknown vehicle. All the boxes were destroyed.
This incident was reported at 10:11 a.m., on Oct. 17.
A piece of plastic was recovered and it appears it belonged to the suspect vehicle.  read entire story. . . .