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Family is a primary source of love, identity, self-esteem and support, and is seen as the foundation for communities. On April 27, Otter Tail County Commissioners passed a proclamation recognizing May as Foster Care Month. This year special recognition was given to an Ottertail family. Del a…

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PARKERS PRAIRIE — A large crowd of lake homeowners, property owners and business people from Otter Tail and Douglas counties met at the Prairie Events Center in Parkers Prairie on Wednesday to discuss a proposed new county drainage system outlet that would potentially lower the water level o…

Phelps Mill Park is a local treasure. Known for the historic mill and dam on the Otter Tail River, Phelps Mill County Park doubled in size after Otter Tail County acquired 72 acres of land on the park’s northern boundary as well as the general store. Creating a master plan became a first ste…

Otter Tail County Public Health is offering vaccine appointments to everyone 16 years and older. Public health does not bill insurance or charge an administration fee for COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is readily available so there is no need to wait your turn. Your turn is today!

Cases are on the rise again in Otter Tail County. The age of those testing positive for COVID-19 is getting younger. In the first week of January, the average age of episode in Otter Tail County was 46 years old. On April 10, the average age was 36 years of age. Individuals experiencing symp…

The Otter Tail County’s Dock and Riparian Use Ordinance requires docks and lifts to be registered with the county when being moved from one body of water to another. Minnesota law requires dock and lifts to be dried for 21 days before moving from one body of water to another.

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With a bigger appreciation for WiFi and internet service after 2020, Otter Tail County and Otter Tail County communities, The Blandin Foundation, local telecommunications companies, and Viking Library System partnered to provide free public WiFi and smart rooms. These community partners util…



Otter Tail County Public Health is offering COVID-19 vaccine appointments and is following state guidance in prioritizing vaccine appointments for people most at risk of getting COVID-19, or those who could develop severe illness if infected.  This includes older Minnesotans, those with unde…

Otter Tail County businesses and nonprofits hit hard by winter pandemic-related closures were provided $1.15 million in relief grants by the county. The state-funded grant program was administered through the county’s Community Development Agency and provided grants from $1,250 to $15,000 to…

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The Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener to be held May 13-15, in Otter Tail County is only weeks away. Otter Tail County was scheduled to host the event in 2020, however, the event was postponed due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. The mission remains the same, to put a spotlight on Min…

As of March 25, public health has administered at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine to 2,394 people, with 1,663 completing the vaccine series. Those receiving vaccines at public health clinics to this point have been part of the Phase 1a priority group, and Phase 1b essential workers with a…

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Otter Tail County Public Health is reaching out to residents and visitors throughout the county’s communities for their help.  Public health is seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases in west-central Minnesota, and that includes Otter Tail County, beginning over the past several weeks.  The communit…

The public is invited to attend a virtual public meeting to discuss the Otter Tail County Solid Waste Master Plan. The county, with input from county residents and stakeholders, is working to develop a solid waste master plan.

For the week of March 8, public health will only be administering second doses of COVID-19 vaccine to those who received their first doses of vaccine at previous public health clinics.  Otter Tail County Public Health does not currently have COVID-19 vaccine for those with specific high-risk…

Otter Tail County Public Health sponsored vaccine clinics the week of Feb. 22 are scheduled to administer COVID-19 vaccine doses to early education through high school educators and staff, as well as child care providers. In addition, second doses will be administered to those in Phase 1a wh…

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The kickoff year of Otter Tail County’s Big Build initiative saw progress and success for housing growth. In 2020, $39.3 million in housing investment was added in the county from 656 new and rehabbed housing units, 427 of these being new construction and 229 being rehabbed units. This succe…

Otter Tail County Public Health sponsored vaccine clinics this week to administer doses to remaining health care personnel identified by MDH, and second doses to those in Phase 1a who received their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine at public health clinics.  In addition, another supply of COV…

Otter Tail County Solid Waste is teaming with local libraries to offer an educational webinar series on waste and waste reduction to area residents. The four free webinars will be Thursday evenings in March from 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Otter Tail County Public Health sponsored vaccine clinics the week of Feb. 1, are scheduled to administer a very small number of doses to remaining health care personnel, and second doses to those in Phase 1a who received their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine at public health clinics four we…

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Otter Tail County Public Health sponsored vaccine clinics the week of Jan. 25, were scheduled to continue to complete vaccination of priority 1a groups including health care personnel, assisted living and congregate care staff and residents.  School and/or child care staff were invited direc…

Minnesota is piloting 1 of 9 community COVID-19 vaccine programs, partnering with Otter Tail County Public Health and school districts, in Fergus Falls. These pilot sites will initially serve adults 65 years of age or older and prekindergarten through grade 12 educators, school staff, and ch…

Otter Tail County Public Health sponsored vaccine clinics the week of Jan. 25,  are scheduled to continue to complete vaccination of priority 1a groups including healthcare personnel, assisted living and congregate care staff and residents.  School and/or child care staff will be invited dir…

The Otter Tail County Historical Society’s Coffee Klatch Local History Series continues on Friday, Jan. 22 with Otter Tail County Auditor Wayne Stein.

While Minnesota is beginning to serve those age 65 and older, educators and child care workers, health care workers and long-term care residents and staff in Phase 1a remain a priority.  Otter Tail County Public Health continues to have limited access to vaccine and are continuing to offer v…

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Otter Tail County has received grants to provide homeowners with financial assistance to replace noncompliant septic systems.  Financial assistance is in the form of grants and/or a zero-interest loan. Applications will be accepted from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 and the grant is first come first ser…

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This month, the Otter Tail County Solid Waste Department kicks off a year-long campaign to increase awareness of the benefits of reducing and reusing. Research shows that people often think of recycling as the primary way to reduce waste, but reducing waste before it happens and focusing on …

Otter Tail County received $1.15 million from the recent State of Minnesota economic relief package to provide support in the form of grant funding to small businesses and nonprofit organizations most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and related executive orders.

Otter Tail County Public Health has received its initial doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and is working quickly to get it out into the community.  Public Health vaccinators began to receive their vaccine just before the new year, and Jan. 4 marks the first administration clinic held by…

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Otter Tail County continues to support individuals, businesses and organizations as they weather the COVID-19 pandemic. The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners agreed to invest the majority of the $7.2 million in CARES Act funding in the county’s Navigating the Road Ahead program.

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COVID-19 vaccine is coming to Otter Tail County. The first doses of COVID-19 vaccination have been sent to states, with Minnesota receiving their first allocation of vaccine just this week.  Over the coming weeks, Otter Tail County is expected to receive both the Pfizer vaccine and, upon eme…

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Otter Tail County District 1 Commissioner Doug Huebsch of Perham has received the Public Service Award from Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM).

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Otter Tail County Commissioners Doug Huebsch and John Lindquist were honored at the final board meeting of 2020. Both commissioners retired after having served on the board for 12 years. The newly elected commissioners will be sworn in Jan. 5, 2021.

The end of December will mark  six months since Otter Tail County began offering its Smart911 emergency alerts and enhanced 911 services system to area residents and visitors. The system allows residents and travelers to receive localized weather and other emergency alerts and provides an op…

With COVID-19 rapidly spreading in area communities, Otter Tail County Public Health would like to remind you that they are here for you and together we can get through the pandemic. One way to continue to do your part is to stay informed as to what actions you need to take if you were in cl…

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Proper battery disposal is critical as the amount of battery powered devices continues to increase, specifically lithium batteries. Lithium batteries are the leading cause of fires at waste and recycling facilities and it is important that Otter Tail County residents dispose of batteries pro…

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Chris LeClair of Richville has been director of Otter Tail County Land and Resource Management for the past couple of years. An avid outdoorsman, LeClair’s love for the outdoors is reflected in his work with the shoreland district in Otter Tail County. 

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Cedar Walters of Fergus Falls has been working as a public information and education officer for the Otter Tail County Solid Waste Department for the past few years. Her wealth of knowledge regarding what actually happens after tossing trash and recyclables into the bin is plentiful.

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The Otter Tail County Long-Range Strategic Plan (LRSP) defines a 20-year vision for the county by establishing a long-term plan for managing growth and development decisions. The effort was initiated from the county board’s desire to understand “what do we want our communities to look like i…

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November 15 is America Recycles Day, and the Otter Tail County Recycling Center wants to show you what your recycling can do! Take some time this month to learn about recycling right, and on Monday, Nov. 16 join them on your lunch break for their interactive America Recycles Day celebration …

Erhard resident, Cyndi Abbott is a familiar face at the Otter Tail County Motor Vehicle Department, as she has worked there for nearly a quarter of a century. Working through many changes over the years, Abbott is dedicated to getting the public everything they need in accordance with state …

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The Otter Tail County Solid Waste Department has installed a Precious Plastic Mix Workspace at the Otter Tail County Recycling Center in Fergus Falls, thanks to a Community Changemaker Grant from West Central Initiative and collaboration with project partners Springboard for the Arts and Pop…

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Stephanie Retzlaff is a seasoned employee of Otter Tail County, working as their human resources professional for the past 13 years, where she tackles a wide variety of challenges with respect and professionalism, no matter what the situation. Daily Journal Media visited with Retzlaff about …

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With the general election coming up Tuesday, Nov. 3, Otter Tail County citizens are looking to cast their vote for their respective candidates. Here is what you need to know for voting in the county.