• Otter Tail public health director: Don’t let your guard down

    | Published on March 24, 2021 at 9:00am CDT Tom Hintgen| Author: Tom Hintgen


    County Public Health Director Jody Lien had some warnings for Otter Tail County residents after hearing that several people in the ages from 18 to 22 tested positive for COVID-19 after a party in Fergus Falls, with no masks or social distancing, on Saturday, March 13. “As the weather improves, and the dial-back measures begin, the… Read More

  • Organic, composting, plastic recycling initiatives in high gear in Otter Tail County

    | Published on March 10, 2021 at 9:12am CST Tom Hintgen| Author: Tom Hintgen


    County board members authorized the county Solid Waste Department to apply for a Greater Minnesota Recycling and Composting Grant to offset costs in starting an organics recycling pilot program and a backyard composting pilot program.  Outlining the program to county board members was county Solid Waste Director Chris McConn. The estimated cost of the project is approximately $224,000. … Read More

  • Burglary reported in Otter Tail Lake area

    | Published on March 10, 2021 at 8:50am CST Tom Hintgen| Author: Tom Hintgen


    Sheriff deputies, on March 7, reported that a theft took place and several items were missing from a residence and shed at Eldorado Beach Road on the northwest side of Otter Tail Lake. An investigation was continuing as of Monday March 8. Handgun carry permits Handgun carry permits were reported by the sheriff’s office on  March 8, one… Read More

  • Progress made on recreational trail  

    | Published on March 10, 2021 at 8:47am CST Tom Hintgen| Author: Tom Hintgen


    More than 50 percent of the necessary right of way has been acquired in the Silent Lakes area as part of the Pelican Rapids to Perham recreational trail. County Engineer Chuck Grotte told county board members on March 9 that 22 of 42 agreements have been signed with property owners. He said it’s likely that 14… Read More

  • County, housing authority sign services agreement, with aim of increasing housing

    | Published on March 3, 2021 at 9:28am CST Tom Hintgen| Author: Tom Hintgen


    County board members, on Feb. 23, entered into a services agreement with the local Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA). The mission of the HRA is to increase the availability of decent, safe, and affordable housing in Otter Tail County.  This is accomplished by engaging in residential rehabilitation programs, redeveloping programs for home ownership, assisting with new construction… Read More

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