County approves bond for improvements at Perham incinerator

The Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority facility generates steam that is used by businesses in Perham, namely Tuffy's Pet Foods and Bongards Creameries, a cheese producer.

Workers at the Perham incinerator facility look through incoming garbage for cardboard, metal or larger items that might clog up the sorting machine. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners has approved a bond resolution totaling $2 million for needed improvements to the refuse burner in Perham.

The facility is owned by Otter Tail County and the counties of Becker, Todd, Wadena and Clay. The waste-to-energy facility is operated by the Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority.

The bonds will be sold on the basis of competitive proposals. This is being done in coordination with approval from all five participating counties and in accordance with Minnesota state statutes.

There are two burners, two waste heat boilers, an auxiliary boiler and a facility to help separate out recyclable items at the facility in Perham. The facility generates steam that is used by nearby businesses in Perham, namely Tuffy's Pet Foods and Bongards Creameries, a cheese producer.

The county board approved the bond at its Oct. 27 meeting in Fergus Falls.


County long-range plan public hearing scheduled

A public hearing concerning the final document for Otter Tail County’s long- range strategic plan will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, at the county Government Services Center in Fergus Falls.

Virtual and in-person participation will be by appointment only. Contact Tara Bakken at

You can call her for more information at 218-998-8060.

“It’s exciting to finalize a document that will develop a plan, for the betterment of Otter Tail County, for the next 20 years,” said County Public Works Director Rick West.

“Other counties in Minnesota have also conducted long-range planning and, like us here in Otter Tail County, have sought public input,” West added.

He said public participation helps ensure that Otter Tail County’s long-range plan accurately reflects the vision and goals of county residents and businesses.

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