Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, meeting with Otter Tail County board members and other local officials in Fergus Falls on Sept. 7, praised the county as a leader in lake preservation buffer zones and other water quality initiatives. Conservation buffers are best described as strips or other areas of land in permanent vegetation that help control runoff pollutants in county lakes. Examples include field borders, field windbreaks, shelterbelts and contour grass strips.
A truck hauling 900 bushels of spring wheat in a dump trailer collided with a train engine north of Parkers Prairie at 5:11 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30. The driver escaped injury but the entire load of wheat was lost. The truck was heading east on 150th Street and the train was heading south near 555th Avenue (Elmo Road). The train engine is owned by the Canadian Pacific Railroad. "The train engine struck the trailer, severing it in two," said county Sheriff Brian Schlueter during a press briefing Wednesday morning, Aug. 31, at the county courthouse in Fergus Falls.
Younger children with more problems are being served at the West Central Regional Juvenile Center in Moorhead, County Probation Director Desta Lutzwick told county board members at their Aug. 2 meeting. "The center is now serving kids as young as 10 years old," said Lutzwick, "and many of those kids have severe mental health and behavior issues." The Moorhead facility, which serves Otter Tail and nine neighboring counties, provides services for young people with behavioral, protection, dependency, delinquency and other issues.
Fishing on various lakes in Otter Tail County provides enjoyment in addition to catching a walleye, northern, bass, sunfish or other fish. This is the time of year to marvel at the beauty of 1,000 bodies of water we call lakes in this county. On Thursday morning, July 21, retired photographer Harley Oyloe and I fished for walleye in the center of Otter Tail County with professional fishing guide Ross Hagemeister. Use of night crawlers and bottom bouncing as a fishing technique was the order of the day.
Phase I of a three-phase buffer initiative to help prevent pollution from entering county waters is nearly complete, Brad Mergens, manager of the West Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District, told county commissioners Tuesday, July 12. Conservation buffers are best described as strips or other areas of land in permanent vegetation that help control pollutants. Examples include field borders, field windbreaks, shelterbelts and contour grass strips. The buffer initiative aims to assist landowners in moving towards 100-percent voluntary compliance.
Taylor Erickson,27, suffered a head injury during an ATV accident at 7:40 p.m. Sunday, July 3, on the northeast side of West Battle Lake on private property. He was taken to Perham Health. In an unrelated accident, the driver of another vehicle swerved to avoid a deer, crashed the vehicle, but escaped serious injury at 2:35 a.m. on July 5. The mishap took place south of Vergas near the intersection of Highway 35 and Sunnybrook Drive near Loon Lake. "The vehicle rolled several times and came to rest on its roof," said Sheriff Lt. Barry Fitzgibbons.
A Clitherall resident, 74-year- old Jon Greenwood, died Tuesday, June 28, in a motorcycle accident south of Henning and east of Vining. The accident took place at 3:24 p.m. near...
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is proposing a modification to the Phelps Mill Dam, currently in the conceptual stage. The county board of commissioners, which would have the final say on the matter, pledged Tuesday, June 14, to make no decision until county residents express their opinions at upcoming public forums which will be announced later this summer. The latest DNR proposal is an update from a proposed fish passage project at the dam at Phelps Mill Park in Maine.
The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners, while generally supporting wetland easements and land acquisition by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are demanding that future land approvals be tied to adequate parking for the general public. Commissioners told USFWS officials on June 14 that a lack of adequate parking, especially along county highways and adjacent to public hunting grounds, is a major concern.
Following a public hearing in 2015, the the Otter Tail County Board approved a wheelage tax of $10 on vehicle license tab renewals starting this year which means residents will pay more for those renewals. Funds will go to specific county roadway improvement as part of a 25-year transportation plan also approved by county board members. The wheelage tax will increase to an additional $20 per vehicle starting in calendar year 2018.