Area News

  • Otter Tail County joins in call for more mental health facilities

    | Published on February 6, 2018 at 8:03am CST Tom Hintgen| Author: Tom Hintgen

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    County commissioners agreed with Human Services Director Deb Sjostrom on Jan. 23 that Minnesota’s mental health system does not have the capacity to consistently respond to the needs of individuals in crisis. “More appropriate treatment options are needed,” said Sjostrom. To that end, commissioners voted to join other counties in asking the state legislature to provide funding for more regional behavioral health program… Read More

  • Study of Otter Tail County reveals impact of arts on economy

    | Published on February 6, 2018 at 8:00am CST Pelican Rapids Press| Author: Pelican Rapids Press

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    Research shows $6.9 million impact Creative Minnesota released a new study indicating that the arts have a large impact on Otter Tail County. “Nonprofit arts and culture organizations contribute to the vibrancy of Minnesota’s economy and quality of life and make our state a magnet for jobs and businesses. Now we can quantify that in Otter Tail County.” said Sheila Smith, Executive… Read More

  • Could soybean oil replace petro-based sealant for roads?

    | Published on January 30, 2018 at 10:50am CST Pelican Rapids Press| Author: Pelican Rapids Press

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    Alternative ag product being tested–including Otter Tail County; could extend highway lifespan 15 years   Behind the scenes, and somewhat quietly, there are innovative ag initiatives aimed at diversifying the farm economy. Imagine a sealcoat product –refined from soy beans–that is applied to highways and byways–which could extend the life of blacktop another 15 years. It isn’t science fiction. It is in progress now, and represents an… Read More

  • County, DNR work together to fight invasive aquatic species

    | Published on January 30, 2018 at 10:02am CST Tom Hintgen| Author: Tom Hintgen

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    The Otter Tail County Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Task Force continues to take a proactive approach in stopping the spread of invasives throughout the county. The task force already is making plans for summer 2018. Two of the main enemies are Zebra Mussels which attach themselves to boats and Starry Stonewort which grows into dense… Read More

  • Otter Tail hires McConn as county solid waste director

    | Published on January 30, 2018 at 9:23am CST Pelican Rapids Press| Author: Pelican Rapids Press

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    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

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