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$114,577 winning lottery ticket sold in Perham at Dean's Country Market
Newest poll shows 'Minnesota is in play' with Clinton up by 7 percentage points
Perham's Deconcini, Beachy, crowned Homecoming king and queen
Live stream: Jacob Wetterling funeral service at 10 a.m. today
Riders crossing N.D. 'cowboy up' for cancer awareness
Ryder Cup neighborhood gets no-pedestrian zone in Chaska
Perham boys cross country top Class A team at Mega Meet
Covington leads the pack at Milaca Mega Meet
Perham volleyball extends streak with home win over Bemidji
Josie Beachy has worked hard to help her team, and herself, grow
Charlotte June Huddleston
James "Jim" S. Lindholm
Local resident receives national award for excellence in cancer advocacy
Perham hosts annual Harvest Fest Saturday
Community blood drive happening in October
TSMA's October meeting planned in Glenwood Oct. 4
Nest business opening in October
Preparing to become a caregiver takes planning
Store owner makes clean break from business
Felix joins Karkela, Hunt and Cheshire law firm
Debbie Irmen column: Nothing replaces first-day-of-school freshness
No solution in sight to approve tax relief
No matter what, oil will move
LTE:Letter presented to OTC commissioners on Star Lake Casino
Be safe on county highways over Labor Day
A Center for the Arts will feature Flamenco and Mediterranean Music from Spain: Las Migas
The Rose Ensemble brings program about Jerusalem to Detroit Lakes
Kirkbride Art and History weekend is Sept. 16-17 in Fergus Falls
Another kind of 'dance fever'
It's a dirty job
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
July 31, 2011
Living large on the lake: Recession tempers home values, but still plenty of million-dollar lake properties in area
Part 1 of 2: While the F-M area may have 23 homes valued at over $1 million, Minnesota's Lakes Country has well over 80, with some topping $2...
July 31, 2011 - 9:19pm
July 20, 2011
Meeting on zebra mussel control being held in Ottertail
Mark Gaikowski with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center will be the featured speaker at a Otter Tail County COLA meeting scheduled for Saturday, July 23. Gaikowski will discuss the USGS research on aquatic invasive species, including zebra...
July 20, 2011 - 3:00pm
July 6, 2011
MPCA seeking lake volunteers
Volunteers who care about their waters are needed to help gauge the health of lakes and streams in Minnesota. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Citizen Stream and Citizen Lake Monitoring program is issuing a special request for volunteers to help monitor certain streams...
July 6, 2011 - 3:00pm