County news: Veterans affected by COVID-19 to receive grants

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Jim Olson

FERGUS FALLS -- County commissioners were informed by County Veterans Service Officer James Olson on April 7 that veterans and families in Otter Tail County will be eligible to receive emergency grants of $1,000 if they are affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz approved $6.2 million for the program.

County veterans or surviving spouses are encouraged to contact Olson at 218-998-8605 for eligibility requirements and grant assistance with the application process.

Wetlands and habitat easements approved

County board members, on April 7, approved three wetlands easements and four habitat easements after recommendation from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The easements approved by the five county commissioners will protect wetlands and at the same time allow for haying after the nesting season. Landowners at the seven locations will retain access and will be responsible for weed control.


The easements will protect wetlands from draining, filling, leveling or burning.

Many kinds of wildlife benefit from wetlands protection, including waterfowl, other migratory birds, pheasants and deer.

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