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Henning residents watch for water

Overland runoff and high water along ditches always is a concern for residents at West Leaf Lake, north of Henning. One person keeping a close watch is retiree Mark Rortvedt who lives just down the road, along Highway 108, from Oak Lawn Resort. “We’re fortunate to get some help with the ditch from employees of […]

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One county road closed, another close

As the above freezing temperatures melt away the snow, one by one, vulnerable roads in Otter Tail County are succumbing to high water. This morning, the Highway Department closed County Highway 7, in Western Township, to through traffic. It was discovered that a culvert had washed out under the road, which connects county highways 2 […]

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Water creeps up on roads as flood fight looms

FARGO — When officials in the Fargo area got together last week to talk about preparations for an expected third straight major flood, 29 people crowded around a table, including representatives from police, the governor’s office, the National Guard, hospitals, schools, utilities and even mental health professionals. In Otter Tail County, traffic on County Highway […]

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Olaf flooding restricts traffic

As a person approaches Lake Olaf while driving along County Highway 30, a few miles northwest of Pelican Rapids, a sign says “Road under water.” A short distance later the driver will come to a stop sign, also seeing the words “Take turns.” That’s because the roadway, running between the west and east portions of […]

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County piles 6,000 sandbags

Thanks to help from close to 50 volunteers, Otter Tail County now has 6,000 sandbags filled and on pallets at the county’s sandbag site in Battle Lake. The county also has sandbags that can be filled at sites in Pelican Rapids and Perham. Fergus Falls also has sandbags available for its residents. “We had kids […]

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High water on its way

While Otter Tail County certainly will be wetter than normal this year, areas around the Otter Tail River are currently stable and not in danger of flooding, according to DNR waters head Julie Aadland. “Last year was the wettest on record for Minnesota,” Aadland said. Otter Tail County’s 2010 precipitation was 12 inches above average. […]

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City could up sandbags on hand

Concerned about flooding in Fergus Falls, the city’s public works department is considering drastically increasing the number of sandbags the city has on hand during flooding season. “We’ve had a policy of having 200 sandbags on hand,” Public Works Director Anne Martens told the city council. This year, the department is thinking about upping that […]

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High water forcing couple from home

After several years of fighting water at their home along Pebble Lake Road, south of Fergus Falls, Lawrence and Leanna Mavis are selling their house to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Lawrence, 82, and Leanna, 80, hope to be in an apartment in Fergus Falls about Nov. 1. They are the parents of four […]

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Rainy summer taking its toll

It’s been a rainy summer in Fergus Falls and Otter Tail County, and for many, the waters are taking their toll. Businesses to farmers to city and county governments all agree: it’s been wet, and it’s been affecting how people operate. One place that’s seen a lot of rain problems is the Pebble Lake Golf […]

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Hwy. 88 outlet ready in 3 weeks

The Highway 88 outlet in northwest Fergus Falls will become operational in about three weeks, if all goes according to plan, said County Engineer Rick West during Tuesday’s meeting of the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners. “As soon as we get the pipes in the ground, we’ll start to pump water,” said West. “The […]

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