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Stan Cottam and Elsa Miller drove five hours from Ontario to Ottertail for Polka Daze. They met years ago while dancing to Leon Olsen at a similar event. Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS

A swingin’ time at Polka Daze

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Festive polka music filled the air last weekend as the Ottertail Lions held its fourth annual Polka Daze celebration.

From Sept. 5-7, hundreds of polka lovers made the trek to the wooden dance floor and yellow tent which were set up in the city park.


“This year has been a fight with the weather,” said Jerry Smith, the secretary of the Ottertail Lions. While 250 people arrived for Saturday’s share of the festivities, Smith assumed the heat was keeping others at home.

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