Otter Tail County Public Health Director Diane Thorson, along with Jason McCoy, PartnerSHIP 4 Health tobacco prevention coordinator, recently reviewed amendments to the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act with county board members.

In turn, commissioners discussed possible modifications to Otter Tail County’s Tobacco Sales Ordinance.

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“We need to be in compliance with the state law,” said Lindquist.

McCoy discussed statistics and concerns of tobacco use and exposure to children in the state of Minnesota.

There was also discussion for a county ordinance regulating the use of electronic delivery (E-Cigarette) devices.

Commissioners requested that Thorson and McCoy return with possible changes and additions as discussed for further consideration.

A public hearing will be scheduled prior to the adoption of any modifications to the county tobacco sales ordinance.

County to sponsor Perham-to-Pelican trail


Otter Tail County will assume the role as sponsoring agency for the Perham to Pelican Rapids Regional Trail Project.

Sponsorship includes a willingness to secure and guarantee the local share of costs associated with this project and responsibility for seeing this project through to its completion. There will be compliance of all applicable laws, rules and regulations.

The trail will be built in phases, as funds become available, and will run through Maplewood State Park.

AIS proposals approved

The board voted unanimously to approve the following Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Task Force recommendations:

-Approve up to $3,500 for purchase of revised AIS postcards (paid for from the AIS Prevention Aid Fund).

-Approve up to $3,000 for the 2016 AIS Networking Event for lake service providers (paid for from the AIS Prevention Aid Fund).