The County Board of Commissioners convened in Henning on Tuesday, June 25. Mayors Gene Kelm from Battle Lake, Dave Wiese of Henning and Ottertail's Myron Lueders presented to the board the highlights of their cities and a few of the challenges each community faces. Commissioners thanked the mayors and recognized the important work they do to benefit everyone in the county.

"It is important for us to go out to towns and listen. As you have ideas contact us so we can help," board chairman Doug Huebsch said. "Yes, we are known for our many lakes, but the small towns are vital to our county."

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Mayors expressed appreciation for the collaboration with the County's Economic Development partners. Lueders reported that special events such as OTC on ICE benefit economic development and tourism in small towns such as Ottertail.

The Country Bumpkins 4-H group from Parkers Prairie shared community service projects the youth invest in each month. The youth members are active at the community's nursing home, host a Bake-A-Thon with proceeds going to the local food shelf, and presented 15 Quilts of Valor to veterans this year. Nidaros 4-H Youth in Action leader, Elizabeth Froslee and a 4-H member explained to the board the ways in which their group partners with the county to implement the reuse of school supplies and the recycling of holiday lights throughout the county.

Froslee said, "the projects encourage leadership incubation and result in a combination of service and problem solving." The Youth in Action group earns $250 a year to care for the recycling site in their community and performs several service projects focused on reuse, recycling and the reduction of waste. Commissioners invited the group to tour the Perham Resource Recovery Facility.

Commissioners asked 4-H members to describe their county fair projects and congratulated them on their work. The board rose and gave both groups a standing ovation for their service work in Otter Tail County.