Even with the COVID-19 pandemic causing many events to be postponed this holiday season the Otter Dazzle tree lighting still took place this year in the City of Ottertail’s Community Park.

While the tree lighting, which took place on Dec. 5, saw a smaller crowd than in years past, people still turned out to watch the tree lighting from their cars or in small groups from the sidewalk.

The tree lit well during the test light but did not come on the first time after the count down. Never the less, the tree was quickly light, lighting up the park with the shining lights that decorated the tree along with the light display surround it in the park.

This year, the tree lighting for Otter Dazzle was put on by the Ottertail Business and Community Association, said Ottertail City Councilman Ronald Grobeck.

The tree lighting at Otter Dazzle is no the only festivity happening in Ottertail this year. According to a flyer from the city of Ottertail, the letters for Santa letterbox, where children can drop off their letters for Santa, will also be out in Ottertail along with donation buckets this year. The funds collected this year will go to The Bridge Community Pantry, whose mobile food pantry serves Vergas, Dent, Richville and Ottertail.

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Children can drop off their letters to Santa at:

Periwinkles: Dec. 11.

Betty’s Pantry: Dec. 12-13.

Williams Company: Dec. 14-20.

Hilltop Lumber: Dec. 21-24