Area News

  • Tax forfeit lands, HRA policies reviewed by Otter Tail County

    | Published on December 27, 2017 at 9:29am CST Tom Hintgen| Author: Tom Hintgen


    County commissioners, on Dec. 19, met with representatives of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) to discuss tax forfeited land and the role of the HRA in acquiring properties to assist low-income families. In many counties in Minnesota, Otter Tail County included, tax-forfeited properties, acquired by the HRA, are converted into affordable housing. “Our objective is to get these properties back on the tax… Read More

  • Man pulled from icy waters at Walker Lake

    | Published on December 27, 2017 at 8:46am CST Pelican Rapids Press| Author: Pelican Rapids Press


    A man was pulled from cold water at Walker Lake, just north of Otter Tail Lake, after his snowmobile crashed through thin ice on Dec. 16 close to noon. Ottertail city rescue crews pulled the man, Hubert Hovland, out of the water and transported him to the hospital in Perham. “The victim had been in the water for about a half hour and suffered severe hypothermia,”… Read More

  • Outdoor learning center proposed in Battle Lake area

    | Published on December 27, 2017 at 8:20am CST Tom Hintgen| Author: Tom Hintgen


    A proposed EcoCenter for outdoor learning, research and creative activities from biology to creative writing will likely be built in Eagle Lake Township south of Battle Lake. This would be a cooperative effort with the University of Minnesota, Morris. The property, as described to county commissioners by township resident Les Bensch, includes rivers, lakes, prairie grasses, farmland, hunting land and wetlands. However, Bensch and others feel there is a need to go back to… Read More

  • One Watershed, One Plan: Otter Tail County taking cross-agency approach to water, conservation

    | Published on December 27, 2017 at 8:10am CST Pelican Rapids Press| Author: Pelican Rapids Press


    Otter Tail County and area counties are adopting the philosophy of “one watershed, one plan.” This plan is intended to utilize the existing structures of county government, soil and water conservation districts and watershed districts while increasing collaboration across county lines. “We’ll work to prevent erosion, ensure continued soil productivity, protect water quality, reduce damages caused by floods, preserve wildlife and protect… Read More

  • ‘Cartway’ to land-locked acreage focus of Jan. 8 Dunn Township meeting

    | Published on December 19, 2017 at 11:47am CST Louis Hoglund| Author: Louis Hoglund


    An unusual situation involving a landlocked property will be the focus of a continued hearing in Dunn Township. On the agenda is a parcel, owned by Rodney Spidahl. An initial hearing was started November 15, but Dunn officials learned not all pertinent property owners were properly notified. The subject is a land-locked parcel of land, owned by Spidahl. He is seeking… Read More

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