high water

High water main issue at lakes meeting

Some lake areas are draining more easily than others, said Jeff Stabnow, who addressed members of the Otter Tail County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) meeting Saturday morning in Ottertail. Stabnow is OTC COLA vice president “The glaciers left us with gravel, silt and clay,” said Stabnow. “The present wetter-than-average climatic cycle has resulted in […]

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City may need to take down trees

High water in the Otter Tail River worked to erode a patch of soil near the Court Street bridge on Tuesday, causing a willow tree near the river’s edge to fall into the water. A crew of city workers, including firefighters, police officers and parks and recreation employees, worked to pull it out on Wednesday. […]

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More sandbags for county residents

People still are in need of sandbags in Otter Tail County, especially in the Perham area. The county is able to access free sandbags from a warehouse in Moorhead. That’s because Clay County does not want to store excess bags and pay rent at warehouses. “We’re obtaining close to 20,000 sandbags from Moorhead,” said County […]

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Nowhere to go on Pebble Lake

Patricia and Merhle Messer live on the west side of Pebble Lake Road, but the lake’s high waters have still managed to threaten them. Sandbags line either side of their gravel driveway, with water threatening to breach the makeshift dike on both sides. “We’ve been rebuilding our driveway for the last three years,” said Patricia, […]

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High water hits home in FF

Sandbagging, unfortunately, is alive and well in various parts of Otter Tail County. The sandbagging station still is in place at the Fergus Falls city maintenance garage along Peck Street, near the Eagles Ship. Otter Tail County still has sandbagging stations in operation at Pelican Rapids, Battle Lake and Perham. “I made use of the […]

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Flooding threatens Perham-Dent area

Little McDonald Lake and Devils Lake, west of Perham, are surrounded by land with no inlets or outlets. With the ice gone and recent rainfall, there’s no place for the water to go. The result is flooding along many lake homes. Some sandbagging efforts have worked and some have not. “I’ve lived here at Little […]

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County Highway 10 closed

This aerial view shows the closing of Highway 10 about four miles west of Elizabeth due to high water. To the south, water is flowing naturally from the south side of Oscar Lake.

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No love for muskrats in OTC

Muskrats are causing some damage to township roads and private roads in Otter Tail County, other parts of Minnesota and in other areas of the Midwest. One of those areas is near West McDonald Lake in northeastern Otter Tail County. “I plan to place rocks along the banks of the road, near my lake home,” […]

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Jewett, Long Lake property owners team up to fight water

Following the leadership of County Commissioner Wayne Johnson, members of the Jewett Lake and Long Lake property owners associations have agreed to work jointly to help solve high water issues that affect both lakes. To that end, five representatives from each association will meet with Johnson on Thursday, April 28. “Both groups know that to […]

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Lake owners at odds over drawdown

When Long Lake reaches a certain level, the county highway department opens a 15-inch pipe that connects Jewett Lake and Long Lake. Water flows northward from Jewett into Long. When the water level on Long Lake rises above a certain level, the pipe is closed. The Jewett Lake Association is seeking a conditional use permit […]

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