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Plans in the works for Ottertail mud run

With the Smokin’ Iron tractor pull no longer planned for the city of Ottertail this year, a group has requested to use the tractor pull grounds to hold a mud run instead.

The event would include 60-70 trucks, which race down a fast track and mud pit. The goal is to get through the pit of mud the fastest.

At an April 17 meeting of the Ottertail City Council, Troy Thorson said support for the event has already been expressed by the Ottertail Rod and Gun Association.

Thorson asked for the city’s permission to use the tractor pull grounds for the mud run. The council approved the request, contingent on the city receiving the necessary legal documents for the event.

Attendance for mud runs typically averages 600-800 people per event, Thorson said.

The plan is to hold the Ottertail mud run on June 21.

Also at the council meeting:

-The city was notified of a 40-cent increase per 1,000 gallons of water purchased. The city of Ottertail purchases its water from the city of Henning. Ottertail City Clerk/Treasurer Elaine Hanson estimated this increase will cost Ottertail approximately $7,000 additional dollars each year. A motion was approved to pass on the 40-cent increase to users who use over 2,000 gallons of water.

-As a result of recent tension between some of the city’s non-profit groups, city staff members, and city council members, it was decided that communication needs to be improved within the city’s different organizations. Council members Mike Windey and Heather Rosenthal volunteered to participate in monthly meetings with representatives from the city’s various non-profit groups in hopes of fostering better communication.

-The council passed a resolution acknowledging the donation of a U.S. flag display case. The donation by Wendell Danielson included labor and materials from the old Ottertail creamery building. A $500 donation from the city to the Otter Tail County Historical Society was also approved.