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Brian Armstrong, Carol Schmaltz seek Otter Tail Couny administrative position

County Recorder candidates express views

Carol Schmaltz of rural Pelican Rapids is one of two candidates for the position of County Recorder for Otter Tail County. The other candidate is Brian Armstrong of Fergus Falls.
Each candidate was asked to submit answers to questions. Below are viewpoints expressed by Schmaltz.

In recent months, county government has consolidated. What are your views on how to enhance governmental efficiency and better serve the general public of Otter Tail County?
Schmaltz: I understand that consolidation can be a benefit within some departments and that it can also be a detriment in others. With the retirement of the previous County Recorder, Wendy Metcalf, there was a temporary budget reduction.  read entire story. . . .

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.

New pastor to be installed at  Cormorant Lutheran Oct. 26

A new minister has been called to the Cormorant Lutheran Church.
The Rev. Wade Dutton will be installed October 26, at both worship services, 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
For a Minnesota lakes country native–called to the Iowa and Nebraska prairies for some 16 years–Dutton will now serve a parish in the heart of the Cormorant lakes area
Pastor Wade grew up  at his family’s resort on Lake Washburn, north of Crosby, in the Outing area.  read entire story. . . .

Stalled car rolls over driver near Orwell Dam site

A vehicle stalled west of Orwell Dam in southwestern Otter Tail County.
The driver was underneath the vehicle, trying to get it started again. The vehicle was not fully engaged in the park mode and moved forward, over the driver.
Four children were in the vehicle and authorities were contacted at 5:10 p.m. on Oct. 9. The victim, 31-year-old Alysha Cassman of Fergus Falls, sustained substantial internal injuries. She was hospitalized in both Fergus Falls and Fargo.
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Funding, planning support available  through West Central for Otter Tail lakes

Are you part of a lake association in Otter Tail County? Is your group looking for funding resources and ways to get more people from the community involved in your efforts?
The Healthy Lakes and Rivers Partnership 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.
Alex Gehrig of the Freshwater Society is looking to recruit up to eight groups in the Otter Tail County area to participate in the program next spring. The program includes training in lake ecology,  read entire story. . . .

More books for author Knutson

Many residents of Otter Tail County are familiar with the renovated Fort Juelson site, east of Underwood and west of Battle Lake. County retiree Cliff Knutson not only coordinated renovation of the site but also wrote a book about Fort Juelson.
Now, Knutson has written two more books. One is about the infamous 1887 Pig Farm Murder near Dalton, co-authored with Karen Field of Erhard. A second book covers the history of Fort Pomme de Terre, across the southern border of Otter Tail County into Grant County.
Fort Juelson was constructed in the summer of 1876 by a group of Tordenskjold Township farmers in response to reports of marauding bands of Indians. While many pioneers left their homesteads for the protection of a town, the Tordenskjold group decided to stay and protect their properties.  read entire story. . . .

Erhard-Elizabeth culvert work a joint state-OT County effort

Much-needed culvert replacement took place the week of Oct. 6 between Elizabeth and Erhard in western Otter Tail County. The work included four borings and installation of four new concrete culverts along Highway 59.
Coordinating the work were officials of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT).
Highway 59 is known as a CSAH roadway, an acronym used often during meetings of the County Board of Commissioners. The acronym refers to County State Aid Highway.
Close to 90 percent of the highways in Otter Tail County are CSAH. For that reason, culvert replacement funding comes from the state of Minnesota, through MnDOT.
Two of the culverts underneath Highway 59 are 36-inch diameter culverts and two are 24-inch diameter culverts.  read entire story. . . .