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Ottertail Lions Club members Jerry Smith, Shirley Smith, and Denny Euteneuer gave the steel otter a fresh coat of brown paint on Tuesday, shortly after the statue was moved to its new location. Heidi Kratzke/FOCUS

The otter makes a move

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The icon of Ottertail was relocated Tuesday to a spot that will be more visible to bicyclers and Highway 78 travelers.

The city's well-known otter statue was moved from its former location near downtown Ottertail to a site at the intersection of Highways 78 and 108, in front of the water fountain at First National Bank.

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Ottertail Lions Club members Jerry Smith, Shirley Smith, and Denny Euteneuer also gave the steel otter a fresh coat of brown paint on Tuesday.

"When the bike path idea came along, we decided we would put it right here," Smith said of the decision to position the otter in front of the bank. He mentioned how both the bank and the city of Ottertail have been extremely supportive throughout the process.

The statue, which was built in 1999 by local artist Ken Nyberg, was donated to the city by the Lions Club.

A time capsule is embedded inside, although its exact location is unknown. According to Smith's recollections, "It's either in one of the paws or the fish."

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