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After Wednesday’s announcement by Gov. Tim Walz about what is allowed to open June 1 and how several state businesses were supposed to operate, many community members were shocked and upset on the restrictions that were still in place. Several state officials and organization leaders were al…

According to a press release from the Perham Area Chamber of Commerce the city will host its annual Turtle Fest this year June 17-21 modified for social distancing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The latest counts of cases and deaths came minutes after Minnesota State Fair officials announced the 2020 Great Minnesota Get-Together could not go on because of the potential public health risk from the disease.

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Minnesota leaders are poised to unveil plans for a phased reopening of bars, restaurants and other gathering spaces — a major loosening of restrictions amid the escalating coronavirus pandemic.

Restrictions on daily life in Minnesota begin to ease Monday as Gov. Tim Walz’s “stay safe” order takes effect, allowing retailers to reopen with limited capacity. Group gatherings of 10 or fewer people, including at places of worship, will be permitted once again.

Governor Tim Walz announced the next phase of the COVID-19 response in Minnesota. Citing progress made to prepare for peak of infection, the Governor announced a measured, cautious turning of the dial toward a new normal. With the Stay Home Executive Order set to expire on May 18, the Govern…

Messages of hope to buoy the spirits of Pelican Rapids graduates, businesses and residents will be on display May 21 with the Cruise Night Parade for the Otter Tail County community of 2,500.



For several weeks, Gov. Tim Walz asked Minnesota residents to help fight the coronavirus pandemic by staying home, sacrificing meals out and enduring other inconveniences and personal hardships in the name of public health.

On Monday, Fergus Falls community leaders met with Sen. Amy Klobuchar via a conference call to discuss what they have been working toward during the coronavirus pandemic and hearing what Klobuchar has been pushing for in regards to helping local businesses.

Following much thought, discussion and prayer, the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) RIDE Committee is saddened to announce the 19th annual RMH RIDE scheduled for the weekend of June 13, 2020 will be postponed until further notice. 

The Pelican Rapids Chamber of Commerce announced in a Facebook post Monday that both Pelican Fest and the city’s Art in the Park events have been canceled.

In a post on the group’s Facebook page Sunday, the Phelps Mill Festival Board announced that the 2020 Phelps Mill Festival has been canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The American Legion Department of Minnesota Executive Committee, Minnesota American Legion Baseball Committee and Minnesota American Legion Commander Mark Dvorak have cancelled the 2020 season out of concerns for safety of players, coaches, umpires, fans and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minnesota again fell short of Gov. Tim Walz’s goal of 5,000 daily coronavirus tests on Sunday, despite the Health Department saying there’s capacity to run twice that number.

Otter Tail County is preparing a master plan for Phelps Mill County Park and needs your input! The master plan will create a vision for future park improvements within the existing and expanded park area.  Otter Tail County is expanding the current 55-acre Phelps Mill County Park on the Otte…

State budget leaders painted a grim picture Tuesday of the state’s short-term finances in the COVID-19 era as they projected a $2.4 billion budget hole through July 2021 and warned the economy will not be bouncing back quickly.

The Senate unanimously passed an important emergency rural broadband bill Monday. The bill is chief authored by Sen. Torrey Westrom, chair of the Senate Agriculture, Rural Development and Housing Finance Committee.  It rushes $20 million out the door to expand broadband access to students an…

As the state continues to make progress in preparing for the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tim Walz today extended the Stay Home Order in Minnesota until Monday, May 18. In an effort to get more Minnesotans back safely to work while the order remains in effect, the Governor announc…

Minnesota’s COVID-19 toll continued on its grim course Thursday, with the Health Department reporting 343 Minnesotans have died from the disease, 24 more than Wednesday. Total cases since the pandemic began crossed 5,000.

The decision to allow some nonessential Minnesota businesses to bring back employees this week caught Dan Siskind, owner of Brickmania, by surprise. Siskind had been planning to reopen his Minneapolis company in early May, when Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-at-home order is set to expire.

While 100,000 Minnesotans could get back to work next week, public school buildings will remain closed for the remainder of the school year and much of the state’s economy will stay drastically subdued for the foreseeable future.

In response to Executive Order 20-41 issued April 23 by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL), under direction of the MSHSL Board of Directors, has declared, effective immediately, all activities and athletics that occur during the spring season have been ca…

Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday will announce that Minnesota K-12 school buildings will remain closed for the rest of the academic year, according to two sources with knowledge of the plan.

Deaths mounted and new case numbers in the triple digits continued again on Monday as Minnesota continued grappling with what Gov. Tim Walz said could be the beginning of a major surge of the coronavirus.

The Otter Tail County Public Health Department’s Women, Infants, and Children program (WIC) wants families to know that they are here for them. The WIC program is open for current participants and new participants. WIC is a health and nutrition program and provides a variety of healthy foods…

Gov. Tim Walz and other state leaders are basing their response to COVID-19 in part on a computer model constructed through a collaboration between the Minnesota Department of Health and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. It’s one of a number of computer models developed by…

Seven Midwestern governors, including Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, announced Thursday that they will coordinate on reopening their state economies, after similar pacts were made in the Northeast and on the West Coast.

At a Grant County Board of Commissioners meeting last week, the board discussed options following the temporary suspension of services offered by Grant County DAC with regard to their recycling contract with the county. The DAC, which provides prevocational services designed to help teach pe…

Governor Tim Walz signed the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act Wednesday to provide relief to Minnesotans struggling to afford their insulin. With the price of insulin tripling over the past 10 years, Walz worked tirelessly with insulin advocates to call attention to this urgent issue, ke…

On Wednesday, Minnesota received over $1 billion from the Coronavirus Relief Fund, appropriated through the federal CARES Act, after registering through a portal made available earlier this week. These funds will be used to help offset the state’s costs associated with responding to the coro…

Minnesota will need a drastic increase in COVID-19 testing in the next three weeks in order to hit Gov. Tim Walz's goal — one he says is critical to a successful reopening of the state's economy.

Minnesota officials on Wednesday reported 87 deaths tied to COVID-19, up eight from Tuesday, as the number of people in intensive care units jumped to 93, up from 75. Nearly 200 people are hospitalized.