Area News

  • Otter Tail hires McConn as county solid waste director

    | Published on January 30, 2018 at 9:15am CST Pelican Rapids Press| Author: Pelican Rapids Press


    Otter Tail County has announced the hiring of Chris McConn as Solid Waste Director. Rick West, Public Works Director, said, “We are very excited to have Chris coming on board with us March 12 and are confident that with his knowledge and background, he will continue to successfully lead our solid waste and recycling operations into the future.” McConn will fill the position of former Solid Waste Director Michael Hanan…. Read More

  • Emergency operations plan in place in Otter Tail County

    | Published on January 30, 2018 at 9:10am CST Tom Hintgen| Author: Tom Hintgen


    Each year Otter Tail County’s Emergency Operations Plan is updated to reflect the most current information and to enhance existing information, documentation and practices. And each year the plan, through County Emergency Manager Patrick Waletzko, is brought to the county board’s Internal Services Committee for review and later on to the full county board for approval. “The Minnesota Department of Public Safety also require that our emergency plan be reviewed… Read More

  • Talking farm policy…

    | Published on January 30, 2018 at 7:21am CST Louis Hoglund| Author: Louis Hoglund


    From food stamps to buffer strips, Pelican agriculture forum covered wide range of topics –including input from U.S. Congressman Peterson The dizzying complexities of agriculture policy were explored for more than an hour in Pelican Rapids Jan. 24. The discussion was wide-ranging and fascinating; yet barely scratching the surface of the complications of bringing food from field to table. Food stamps,… Read More

  • Otter Tail license tab fee increase now in effect

    | Published on January 23, 2018 at 9:57am CST Tom Hintgen| Author: Tom Hintgen


    Starting Jan. 1, 2018, the county wheelage tax on vehicle license tab renewals is $20 per license tab, up from $10 per license tab in 2017. State law allowed for Otter Tail County and other counties in Minnesota to enact fees of $10 per license tab for calendar years 2016 and 2017 and to raise the fee to $20 in 2018. “The… Read More

  • Refuse burning facility funding focus of county hearing Feb. 6

    | Published on January 23, 2018 at 9:13am CST Tom Hintgen| Author: Tom Hintgen


    County commissioners voted to schedule a public hearing at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, for the issuance of general obligation bonds for the Perham refuse burner. The project will be coordinated by the Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority (PLMSWA) and consist of equipment improvements. The public hearing will be held during a regular county board meeting at the Government Services Center… Read More

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