• Guiding positive behavior part of county probation

    | Published on October 20, 2021 at 11:51am CDT Tom Hintgen| Author: Tom Hintgen

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    The county Probation Department, headed by Mike Schommer, has a mission statement that includes guiding positive behavior. The DWI Court team in Otter Tail County, this fall, became a recipient of the 2021 Excellence in Corrections Award. This honor came from the Minnesota Association of County Probation Officers. “Our goal is to enhance public safety through community… Read More

  • Injuries, thefts, vandalism reported in Otter Tail County

    | Published on October 20, 2021 at 11:44am CDT Tom Hintgen| Author: Tom Hintgen

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    Sheriff deputies, on Oct. 1, reported three injuries during an accident on Interstate 94 in southwestern Otter Tail County. Two vehicles entered the median after traveling in a southeasterly direction, toward Alexandria.  Injured in one vehicle, close to 9 p.m., was 21-year-old Dnisha Marcella Shelton of West Fargo. She was driving a 2013 Toyota Scion. Two people in… Read More

  • County crisis unit helps people in need with mental health issues

    | Published on October 20, 2021 at 11:42am CDT Tom Hintgen| Author: Tom Hintgen

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    The Fergus Falls-based Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU), which receives some of its funding from the Otter Tail, Becker, Clay, and Wilkin Mental Health Consortium, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week while specializing on those facing mental health challenges.  A support team assists a person going through a crisis and helps in getting that… Read More

  • Driver dies in crash on I-94

    | Published on October 13, 2021 at 12:29pm CDT Tom Hintgen| Author: Tom Hintgen

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    A West Fargo man, 64-year-old Duane Paul Hiedeman, died in a traffic accident shortly after 6 p.m. on Oct. 4 on Interstate 94 in southwestern Otter Tail County. Sheriff deputies, in conjunction with the Minnesota State Highway Patrol, said the driver was westbound when his pickup left the roadway and rolled into the median. He was not… Read More

  • Beautiful day for picking grapes

    | Published on October 6, 2021 at 12:40pm CDT Tom Hintgen| Author: Tom Hintgen

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    Harvesting the vines is Severson family affair Sunny skies prevailed when family members and friends picked grapes, in bunches, at the 4-acre vineyard east of Underwood owned by Bryan and Vicki Severson. “It takes lots of dedicated friends and family members to help out at harvest time,” said Bryan, a retired Underwood school teacher.  For several years the… Read More

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