Area News

  • New cells, other enhancements made at Otter Tail County jail

    | Published on December 12, 2017 at 11:19am CST Tom Hintgen| Author: Tom Hintgen


    County jail enhancements, in addition to five new holding cells and a second elevator, include changes and additions that will lead to improved efficiency, notes County Detention Center Administrator JimStewart. The secure and controlled vehicle entryway at the county jail, south of downtown Fergus Falls and adjacent to the courthouse, now includes additional space for two squad cars. Nearby is an expanded and enhanced jail staff locker room. Upstairs, adjacent to… Read More

  • No new outbreaks of chronic wasting in wild deer

    | Published on December 12, 2017 at 10:15am CST Pelican Rapids Press| Author: Pelican Rapids Press


    Results allow tests for north-central, central areas to be scaled back in fall 2018 No chronic wasting disease was detected in more than 11,000 precautionary samples from deer that hunters harvested this fall in north-central, central and southeastern Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “This is good news for Minnesota,” said Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager for the DNR. “The… Read More

  • Man electrocuted in east Otter Tail

    | Published on December 5, 2017 at 4:11pm CST Tom Hintgen| Author: Tom Hintgen


    A man working on a high-voltage electrical cord for potato unloading equipment lost his life, due to being electrocuted, near Bluffton at 10:54 a.m. on Nov. 30. The victim was 23-year-old Michael Mousseau of nearby Bertha in Todd County. He was an employee of RD Offut Company, a potato grower and potato processing company. “Our office received a report of a person not breathing and… Read More

  • County board will soon decide on lease with juvenile center

    | Published on December 5, 2017 at 1:51pm CST Tom Hintgen| Author: Tom Hintgen


    Otter Tail County, which currently contracts for 4.5 beds per day at the West Central Regional Juvenile Center in Moorhead, will need to soon decide on a 20-year lease agreement. “That’s due, in part, for plans which call for doubling the capacity of the facility,” said Desta Lutzwick, county probation director, to members of the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The juvenile center in Moorhead… Read More

  • Overcrowded with inmates

    | Published on December 5, 2017 at 9:56am CST Tom Hintgen| Author: Tom Hintgen


    New holding cells in place at Otter Tail County Jail The addition of five new holding cells is complete at the county detention center (jail) in Fergus Falls. They were added to the two previous cells which now brings the total to seven. County jails all across Minnesota, including the Otter Tail County jail, have experienced overcrowding in recent months. “Inmates… Read More

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