FERGUS FALLS -- Otter Tail County received two out of the 10 statewide awards that were presented Feb. 25 at the Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference in Alexandria.

The awards received were the Social Media Campaign Award and the Trailblazer Award, which recognizes the county’s rural rebound efforts and utilizing tourism as an opportunity to recruit people to Otter Tail County.

County Deputy Administrator Nick Leonard reported about the honors to the County Board of Commissioners at their March 3 meeting.

The county won the Tourism Trailblazer Award, and the Otter Tail Lakes Country Association took tops in Social Media Campaign.

County to take part in broadband workshop

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County commissioners authorized the county deputy administrator to select and apply for up to five broadband task force members to attend the community broadband leadership workshop in Grand Rapids April 30 to May 1.

The workshop will address challenges Otter Tail County is experiencing to provide access to broadband and assist to meet the state’s broadband speed goals.

More than 16 percent of rural Minnesota lacks access to high-speed internet, according to the State Department of Employment and Economic Development.