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Ottertail’s downtown street improvement project is set to take place this summer. A project timeline was discussed at the March 10 meeting of the Ottertail City Council. Ottertail City Clerk/Treasurer Elaine Hanson mentioned that she had recently met with Bob Schlieman, Apex Engineering, about the city’s downtown street improvement project status. “He gave us an estimated project schedule,” she reported.
Heidi Kratzke For the Focus Thumper Pond representatives recently announced plans to rebuild the resort’s popular water park following the roof collapse last April. Brad Stevens, Thumper Pond general manager,...
A proposal to construct an outdoor hockey and ice skating rink, along with a warming house, was recently approved by the Ottertail City Council. Planning and fundraising for the rink will begin shortly, with a goal of having the rink and warming house ready for use by the beginning of next winter.
Ottertail city’s planning committee is looking into a variety of projects to help beautify the community. “We’re looking at possibly putting in a picnic shelter, water fountain, and bathrooms at the city park,” Councilmember Ron Grobeck reported at the July 16 meeting of the Ottertail City Council. “For now, we are just tossing around ideas.
While the downtown improvement project planned for the city of Ottertail will be moving forward, it is still unclear what parts of the project the city will be funding. Responsibilities of the city and those of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) were the primary source of discussion at the May 21 meeting of the Ottertail City Council.
Ottertail’s Main Street will be getting a new look next year. After years of budgeting for street repairs, the city is now planning on completing blacktop work on either side of the state highway that runs through the “old town” part of Ottertail. “We would like to start getting bids in place by this December,” Ottertail City Clerk/Treasurer Elaine Hanson announced at the July 17 meeting of the Ottertail City Council. The plan is to start the blac
After originally deciding to go forward with a comprehensive plan for the city of Ottertail, council members are now questioning whether or not such a plan would be the best use of city resources at this time. Discussion about the comprehensive plan was brought up at the May 15 meeting of the Ottertail City Council. Mayor Myron Lueders had recently met with representatives from David Drown Associates about the plan. “They’re recommending moving forward with the business subsidy portion.
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.
Thumper Pond Resort in Ottertail is hoping to establish an RV park. A representative with Widseth Smith Nolting discussed the idea with Ottertail City Council members at an April 17...
Beautification efforts are underway in the city of Ottertail. Paving and the possibility of adding sidewalks on Main Street was discussed in depth at the Feb. 20 city council meeting. Several Main Street business owners attended the meeting to share their views on the proposed project. “The planning committee has come up with a suggestion of what we might do to improve the downtown area,” said Ottertail Mayor Myron Lueders.