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County government, museum help in planning for county anniversary

Otter Tail County, in partnership with the Otter Tail County Historical Society, is forming a Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee charged with planning and implementing a series of events and activities commemorating Otter Tail County's 150th ...

Nick Leonard. Courtesy photo.
Nick Leonard. Courtesy photo.

Otter Tail County, in partnership with the Otter Tail County Historical Society, is forming a Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee charged with planning and implementing a series of events and activities commemorating Otter Tail County's 150th anniversary in 2018.

The plan received county board approval on May 9.

"This distinctive milestone provides an opportunity to reflect on the history and accomplishments of the past, as well as celebrate our culture and the success that Otter Tail County has enjoyed," said Nick Leonard, county economic development director.

Otter Tail County was organized in 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War. In 1870 the population of the county was only 2,000. Today, there are more than 57,000 residents in the county.

More than 1,000 lakes are in Otter Tail County. Two state parks in the county are Glendalough, near Battle Lake, and Maplewood, east of Pelican Rapids. The highest point in the county is Inspiration Peak, west of Parkers Prairie in Leaf Mountain Township.

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County website update planned

Otter Tail County currently has a website that is approximately three years old.

In order to prepare for the creation of a new website and to assess the best option for how to create the new site, Otter Tail County is engaging Onsharp to conduct an analysis of the current website and to provide formal recommendations.

"We'll look at options for how to go about building a new website, a project that would potentially begin around December of 2017," said Nick Leonard, county economic development director.

Onsharp will work with Otter Tail County employees to perform an analysis of the current website and create a strategy and list of recommendations on how to move forward with a new website.

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