By Tom Hintgen
Otter Tail County Correspondent

County Sheriff Barry Fitzgibbons presented a letter of recognition to county board members in honor of the men and women who serve on the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Posse.

“We recognize these posse members for their professionalism and dedication to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office and the people of Otter Tail County,” Fitzgibbons said.

There are currently 15 members on the posse who volunteer their time to assist law enforcement in Otter Tail County. Examples include assistance during community events and festivals, helping hands to law enforcement with lost or missing persons if additional resources are needed, and providing assistance during suspicious fire scenes for scene security. 

In 2021, posse members volunteered a total of 801 hours, with 691 hours to date for 2022. 

A motion by County Commissioner Lee Rogness of Fergus Falls was seconded by Commissioner Dan Bucholz of rural Perham. The resolution was passed unanimously, offering appreciation to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Posse for their dedication to the people of Otter Tail County.

Voting yes, in addition to Rogness and Bucholz, were Commissioners Wayne Johnson of Pelican Rapids, Kurt Mortenson of rural Underwood, and Betty Murphy of Maine Township.

Dead Lake Township Ordinance

County board members authorized the appropriate county officials’ signatures to adopt the Dead Lake Township Ordinance giving the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Department authority to assist with parking issues at Lake Access Road.

This access is owned by the township. Dead Lake Township is also working on adding more signage regarding parking.