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Arlette Carlson steps down from Ottertail council

Ottertail City Council member Arlette Carlson has resigned her position on the council as of April 1.

In a letter read aloud at the council's April 2 meeting, Arlette explained that she was unable to finish her term due to health reasons. She expressed her appreciation for the opportunity to work with the council for many years.

Since there were less than two years left of Carlson's four-year term, Ottertail city clerk Linda Bjelland explained that an election was not required to find a replacement for Carlson. Instead, the council had the ability to elect an individual to fill the vacancy on the council.

"I think we should move as fast as we can on it," said Ottertail Mayor Raymond "Ole" Mounts, as the group discussed how to best proceed with the replacement process. Council members agreed that it is important to have a full council as soon as possible.

After some discussion, council member Don Patrick proposed a motion to ask Myron Lueders to fill the vacancy on the city council. Heather Pollard seconded the motion, which was then approved by the council.

Lueders is a longtime member of the Ottertail Fire Department. Up until this year, Lueders served as the city's fire chief.