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Parents file complaint against Minn. school over son's suicide
Minn. teacher arrested for alleged child sexual abuse
ND native, husband living in Minnesota die during fishing accident in Iceland
Unlicensed driver was at the wheel in injury crash southwest of Perham
Minn. gubernatorial candidate Otto chooses running mate
Wolverines shutdown Perham, fall to DGF
Minten’s blast lifts Perham over Wadena-DC
Perham Tennis team takes another step
Perham boys tennis advances to Section 8A Championship
Perham gains share of Heart O'Lakes Conference title
James R. Draack
Harley Hope Keith
Dawson James Trepanier
Hayden Beth Mitchell
Dixie Kathaleen Rehborg
Dairy farmers fight back against deceptive advertising
Minnesota jobless rate remains steady
Western Minnesota farmers catch up with spring planting after late start
KLN's temporary housing could help break barriers to employment
Burgau honored by Blue Cross
United Way of Otter Tail and Wadena counties announces funded partner programs
Looking Back - May 17 edition
Perham Health offers 'right way to fall' program
Fergus Falls Police Chief Bergren announces run for Otter Tail County Sheriff
Public asked to help find missing child last seen in Iowa and may now be in Minnesota
Your Letters: Why believe the press about political change?
Ask A Trooper: Is prescription window tint allowed?
Commentary: At the University of North Dakota, another feud over another logo
Ask A Trooper: How do you become a pilot with the state troopers?
Ask A Trooper: Do vehicles need a working horn?
Summer melodrama rises from the ashes - fourth season will be in new venue
Brewery comedy tour performs at Disgruntled Brewery May 16
Perham: The Musical
Red River Valley Veterans concerts slated for May 3 in Perham
Bingo, BBQ and storytelling spectacle at two NYM locations
'It's just a feeling you can't explain'
Thankful for family
Community cooking: Making pizzas the old-fashioned way
'Last hope': After 16 years of serious health struggles, a new mix of antibiotics could be the answer for Lois Porath
A ‘good guy’ is gone: Rodney Hanson remembered for his kindness, love of local history and many community involvements
October 3, 2014
Bringin’ it in: Resorts start hauling in docks and preparing for winter
There’s no denying it anymore: summertime in Minnesota has ended and winter is coming. Many industries are affected by the changing of...
October 3, 2014 - 11:56am
August 27, 2014
Otter Tail County's no-wake advisory still in effect
A no-wake restriction advisory for all Otter Tail County lakes is still in effect until further notice. The advisory was established by the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners on July 8 due to high water levels. All watercraft operating within 300 feet of the shoreline...
August 27, 2014 - 3:13pm
July 11, 2014
DNR to hold hearings on two Otter Tail County lakes
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold two public hearings on Wednesday, July 23, to formally designate Mud Lake and Upper Lightning Lake in Otter Tail County as wildlife lakes for wildlife management purposes. The public hearings will be held at the DNR’s Fergus...
July 11, 2014 - 3:34pm
June 9, 2014
Public input sought on walleye, bass regulations in OTC
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold two public meetings to provide updated information on the existing walleye regulation on North and South Lida, Venestrom and Mud lakes in Otter Tail County. The first meeting will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at Lake...
June 9, 2014 - 6:41am
January 2, 2014
Letter to the Editor: In search for more muskie waters, eyes are on Otter Tail
A few years back, the Legislature passed legislation to add eight additional lakes to the list of managed muskellunge waters in Minnesota, to be completed by 2020. The long-range plan, adopted in 2008, is 87 pages long and can be viewed on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources...
January 2, 2014 - 1:27pm
July 24, 2013
Marion Lake voters say ‘no’ to LID
Residents of Marion Lake, southwest of Perham, voted on Saturday to reject the formation of a Lake Improvement District, or LID. The vote was 176 against and 111 in favor. Proponents had hoped the LID would help fund pro-active measures to protect water quality and prevent the...
July 24, 2013 - 4:31pm
July 17, 2013
Heat leads to algae issues on Minn. lakes
ST. PAUL -- Microscopic algae plants in Minnesota waters are being turned into harmful algal blooms, the Pollution Control Agency says. They could harm pets, livestock and humans. “High rainfall, which has been common throughout much of Minnesota this spring, results in nutrient-rich...
July 17, 2013 - 9:22am
February 15, 2013
Neighbors express opposition to proposed campground
The proposed establishment of a campground near the southeast side of Otter Tail Lake continues to meet opposition from area lake residents. The campground, tentatively called Homestead at Otter Tail, would be located near the junction of Highways 5 and 78. Developers are Greg and...
February 15, 2013 - 10:07am
January 28, 2013
Double-shooting near Detroit Lakes leaves one dead, one injured, one in jail awaiting murder charge
Investigators from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Becker County Sheriff's Office have arrested a man in connection with...
January 28, 2013 - 8:50am
June 29, 2012
Lake View Township takes action to fight spread of AIS
Effective yesterday, June 28, all township public commons on lakes Melissa and Sallie are temporarily closed down for the launching/removal of watercraft. An announcement shared with the Focus by the Becker County Coalition of Lake Associations states that the action is being taken...
June 29, 2012 - 12:27pm
June 14, 2012
A day at the park for HOTL 2nd graders
Second graders from Heart of the Lakes Elementary School in Perham recently took a field trip to Itasca State Park, thanks to funds from the...
June 14, 2012 - 11:18am
May 3, 2012
Ditch 25 plan enters permitting process
A decision by the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners to not proceed with an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will result in the permitting process getting underway to provide an outlet for Little McDonald, Kerbs and Paul lakes, west of Perham. In their April 24 decision,...
May 3, 2012 - 8:00am
May 2, 2012
Pine lakes slot regulations set to expire next year
The opener, the break, the bite, the class, the limit - the colloquial adages of angling. In 2003, that local lake lexicon added another: The slot. The slot, in this instance, is a Minnesota DNR experimental, 10-year regulation on Big and Little Pine lakes which mandates all caught...
May 2, 2012 - 2:18pm
January 9, 2012
DNR plans roadside checks to stop invasive species
ST. PAUL - With zebra mussels and Eurasia milfoil spreading across the state, and other invaders likely on the way, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials on Friday said they will re-double their efforts to thwart the spread of aquatic invasive species. DNR officials...
January 9, 2012 - 2:09pm
November 20, 2011
Minnesota looks for invasive species battle plan
ST. PAUL -- Winter is setting in, giving soldiers on the front line of the Asian carp war a few months to form and implement a battle plan. "We have a brief window of time," Gov.
November 20, 2011 - 2:36pm