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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.

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Two buildings in Fergus Falls listed on the National Register of Historic Places have a lot at stake as the 2021 Legislature meets in St. Paul.

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.

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The County Highway 41 bridge at Star Lake near Dent was set on fire in September. Upon survey of the bridge by engineers, additional safety measures have been put in place. The weight restrictions for the bridge are 14 tons for conventional vehicles and 22 tons for semi-trailers. The detour …

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Election Day is Nov. 3, only a little more than two weeks away. COVID-19 hasn’t changed much about the process of voting, although many people are choosing to vote early or vote by mail instead of going to the polls on Tuesday.

Should I get tested? Where can I get tested? What do I do if I test positive? What if the test is negative, do I still have to quarantine? During these uncertain times we all have questions about what to do surrounding COVID-19 symptoms and testing. Otter Tail County Public Health is here to…

Tamra Jokela has been awarded the 2020 Child Welfare Exemplary Service Award. The Child Welfare Exemplary Service Award was developed in 2015 by the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) to recognize Minnesota county and tribal child welfare supervisors and front-line workers …

Public safety officials in Otter Tail County announced recently another step to improve public safety services countywide, this time for businesses and organizations.

The Otter Tail County Solid Waste Department would like to remind residents that those dumping garbage at recycling sites or other locations not intended for waste disposal are committing a crime and misusing county resources. Additional surveillance will be installed at select recycling sit…

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Brian Armstrong, Otter Tail County’s long serving Land and Property Services Division director, will retire from Otter Tail County. He served for over 35 years in a variety of roles throughout county government. In his tenure he is recognized for initiating the county-wide emergency response…

While there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the flu vaccine is available now to protect people and their families from flu viruses this fall and winter. Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. Widespread flu vaccination will also help redu…

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The County Highway 41 bridge at Star Lake near Dent was set on fire Sept. 6. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office reports Ryan Curtis Johnson, of Mapleton, North Dakota, was arrested for arson after allegedly trying to burn down the bridge. The bridge is closed, and a detour has been set u…

This year the Otter Tail County Auditor’s Office has been asked many questions about voting. The pandemic has given rise to new precautions at polling places and questions about alternatives to voting in person. Minnesota has several options available for those who choose not to vote in pers…

Have you experienced financial difficulties or fallen behind on housing payments due to unemployment, illness, or another issue that occurred because of the COVID-19 pandemic? On Sept. 1, the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners approved a policy authorizing deployment of community resil…

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Although burning garbage in a burn barrel or stove has been illegal for more than four decades, up to 25% of rural residents still burn their own garbage. The Otter Tail County Solid Waste Department asks residents to finally put the burn barrel away, as the practice is a misdemeanor offense…

With elections right around the corner, Otter Tail County auditor/treasurer, Wayne Stein has been busy. The 61-year-old Fergus Falls resident has been with the county for over three decades and continues to put forth maximum effort as he tries to help county residents with their questions. W…

Do you have personal property close to the highway right-of-way? Otter Tail County Highway Department reminds you to move property, signs, and items for sale back from the roadway. Public safety for all drivers including snow plow drivers is critical. We do not want your property damaged. Pl…

Do you have past due rent or mortgage payments related to the COVID-19 public health crisis?  In July, Gov. Tim Walz announced that up to $100 million of funding would be allocated from the state’s COVID-19 Relief Fund to create a new housing assistance program. MAHUBE-OTWA has been selected…

On Aug. 18 the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners voted in favor of establishing a 30-day no-wake zone at Twin Lakes, located west of Otter Tail Lake.