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Gov. Tim Walz spent the majority of the last week of the regular Minnesota legislative session signing bills and announced a completed framework to define end of the session budget negotiations.

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Formerly referred to as the Perham to Pelican Rapids Trail, the Heart of the Lakes Trail in Otter Tail County welcomes visitors and residents to one of the most stunningly beautiful and picturesque areas in West Central Minnesota.

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Gov. Tim Walz recently signed into law a comprehensive veterans bill that aims to end veteran homelessness, fund veterans homes and veterans cemeteries and provide service bonuses to veterans and Gold Star families.



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As the Minnesota legislative session nears an end, Gov. Tim Walz announced the passage of a few bills, including one that will provide $300 million to advance Minnesota’s response to the opioid crisis and a comprehensive veterans bill. During a visit to a metro area school, Walz also highlig…

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Local longtime volunteer and guardianship advocate Joyce Lacey of Ashby has decided to make a run for the top spot in the state — the governor’s office.

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It was another busy week for Gov. Tim Walz last week as he celebrated direct payments to frontline workers, purchased his fishing license, proclaimed small business week and announced investments for urban parks and equitable outdoor access.

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Gov. Tim Walz called up the Minnesota National Guard to support emergency flood operations in northwestern Minnesota, signed unemployment insurance and frontline worker relief bill, extended the executive order to help fight spread of avian influenza and made some judicial appointments last week.

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Last week, Gov. Tim Walz delivered his annual State of the State Address, attended a groundbreaking for a highway expansion project and appointed a new addiction and recovery director to help combat the opioid epidemic and tackle addiction in the state.

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It’s not a done deal yet, but the Minnesota House of Representatives has included an eight year extension of the state historic tax credit in the omnibus tax bill.

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A Fergus Falls man, along with six others, have been sentenced in the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota. Abbot William Aho, a/k/a Boogie, 26 was sentenced on Apr. 12, on multiple charges.

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A new conservative candidate literally threw his hat in the ring over the weekend for the hotly contested Senate District 9 seat. The newly formed Senate District 9 includes all of the counties of Otter Tail, Grant, Traverse, Wilkin and a portion of Douglas County.

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Gov. Tim Walz dealt with several big issues last week, among them, he signed a bill into law to advance the state’s continued efforts to control and contain H5N1 (bird flu). The first part of the 2022 Minnesota legislative session is in the books, as the legislature went into recess for East…

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It was another busy week for Gov. Tim Walz, dealing with the avian flu situation and promoting the Next Generation Nursing Assistant initiative, as well as making a few more appointments and announcing vacancies in state government.

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From chaotic trading markets to unknown factors in supply issues for the upcoming planting season, the Ukraine situation with the Russian military campaign is causing ripple effects around the world, and a ton of volatility in many area — one of which is agriculture.

Gov. Tim Walz has announced the activation of a USDA emergency response team to support the state’s disease control and containment efforts of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1) or bird flu, which poses a low risk to humans but is currently confirmed in three poultry flocks in Minnesota.

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Local business owner and Maine Township resident, Tom Murphy, recently announced that he is launching his campaign for the Minnesota House in District 9B in Douglas and Otter Tail County.

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Gov. Tim Walz spent last week lauding the highest job gains in the state since the late 1990s, and continued barnstorming the state promoting the Walz-Flanagan Budget to Move Minnesota Forward.

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Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Steve Grove visited Aura Fabricators in Fergus Falls on Mar. 23. The woman-and minority-owned manufacturer produces everything from steel bridges and other structural steel components to ornamental metal work. …

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As previously announced, State Rep. Jordan Rasmusson, R-Fergus Falls, is running for the Minnesota Senate, officially launching his campaign to fill the District 08 seat Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen is vacating.

Sen. Julia Coleman, R-Waconia, and Rep. Jordan Rasmusson, R-Fergus Falls, on Monday introduced a paid family and medical leave proposal which expands access and provides tax incentives to businesses which offer the benefit to their employees.

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Political season has arrived, and with it, a slew of candidates have announced candidacies amongst a sea change caused by Minnesota’s political redistricting.

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Do children understand how personal finance works? How credit works, or the implications of student loans for college? Members of the Minnesota House are now considering a bill that would make it a state law that would make it mandatory that a student would be required to take a personal fin…

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It’s an overwhelming problem around the state — bringing old wastewater treatment plants up-to-date and replacing lead water service lines. Many already know about the dangers of lead exposure being linked to serious health impacts.

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Last week, Gov. Tim Walz continued touring the state to discuss with local officials about his public safety proposal, ‘Move Minnesota Forward’, signed two bills into law and signed an emergency executive order.

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It is no question that businesses in rural West Central Minnesota, including Otter Tail County, suffered greatly as a result of the pandemic. Additionally, the continuing supply chain issues affecting retail and almost every other sector of the economy have been adversely effected.

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Gov. Tim Walz continued to promote his “Move Minnesota Forward” signature legislation last week. Walz also met with President Joe Biden, and continued his outreach to Ukrainian groups and churches in a show of support for the country during the ongoing Ukrainian war with Russia.

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It’s a pressing issue in the state — the protection of clean water. As simple as it may seem, the issues are very complex and the urgency to craft workable legislation for guidelines that satisfy both sides of the political aisle is gaining traction.

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Last week at the Capitol, Gov. Tim Walz, who had to issue a writ of special election to fill a vacancy in the current Congressional District 1, launched a statewide public safety tour, issued a bipartisan response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and made a few appointments.

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While Otter Tail County is still in the 7th Congressional District, the senate and house districts have changed. So, instead of 8 and 8A, it will be known as 9 and 9A for the next ten years.

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As the legislative session continues, Gov. Tim Walz made recommendations for judicial candidates, approved disaster assistance for eight counties in southern Minnesota affected by a severe thunderstorm in December of 2021, announced that the selection process was opened for a new transportat…

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The 2022 session has begun and most of the focus right now is on drafting bills and introducing them in preparation for taking the first steps in the legislative process.

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We all know the dangers of driving with snow and ice on the roads, but driving with snow and ice on your vehicle is also a hazard. Always take time to remove all snow and ice from your vehicle before traveling. This is for your safety and the safety of other drivers. Snow and ice left on you…

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The Minnesota legislature reconvened recently for the start of the 2022 legislative session.

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One of the best parts of living in north-central Minnesota is being able to experience the beauty of the lakes, rivers, forests and grasslands that make up the region. 

The first few days last week were productive for Gov. Tim Walz in the Minnesota Legislature, with Walz signing a bill to support first responders and workers on the front lines of COVID-19.

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Question: Sometimes while I am traveling I’ve noticed a set of reflective triangles out behind a semi? Can I use those on my personal passenger car if it were to break down? Any advice is appreciated.

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Gov. Tim Walz had a very active week at the capitol in St. Paul last week. From encouraging youth 5- to 11-years-old to be vaccinated and AARP announcing that Minneota will now be among age friendly states and communities, he also announced proposals to support Minnesota children and familie…

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Question: It’s so cold in the winter, I am thinking about getting one of those fuzzy steering wheel covers. I think they will help keep my hands warm while driving. But my question is, are they legal?

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Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC) announced on Jan. 10, that it is now accepting applications for the LRAC Spring Legacy Grants.

Question: I’m thinking about getting a commercial driver’s license with a HAZMAT endorsement. Do I need to have a background or some education in basic chemistry?

Driving down the county highways in the region, one might see an abundance of grass, corn and trees; but there is also an abundance of a different kind of material — film plastic.

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The 2022 Minnesota precinct caucuses are quickly approaching. The Otter Tail County precinct caucuses, as well as all precinct caucuses across the state, will be held on Feb. 1 from 7-9 p.m.

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State Rep. Jordan Rasmusson, R-Fergus Falls, has announced he is seeking to fill the seat of outgoing District 8 State Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, who recently announced that after his current term is over, he is calling it quits.

Climate change and green houses gases (GHG) have been hot topics for agriculture in the past few months. Farmers are being considered as a part of the solution, as companies who spew GHG want to pay farmers to put in place practices that will sequester carbon in the soil.

It’s no surprise that people want to feel safe where they live. Safety is a fundamental element of well-being, and people crave it both mentally and physically. Oftentimes, feeling safe is a major contributing factor to someone staying in one place or moving to another.

Minnesotans looking for private health insurance in 2022 have until 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 15, to enroll in coverage through MNsure.

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Question: My wife slid off the state highway this morning. She came to a stop in the median ditch, unhurt but rattled — only needing to be pulled out. When she called me I told her to call the State Patrol and stay in the car until you arrived. What is the right procedure to follow when a dr…

West Central Initiative (WCI) has welcomed four new team members in the areas of community planning, operations and accounting, including a local member.

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It’s time to put on the thinking caps and dust off the philosophy books. The 2022 Great American Think-Off has officially begun.

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