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DNR to sell property near Lake Blanche, Otter Tail Lake

Otter Tail Lake Property Owners Association members spoke with county board members regarding DNR surplus property near Blanch and Otter Tail lakes. They requested that the county enter into an agreement with the DNR to purchase the property. The...

Otter Tail Lake Property Owners Association members spoke with county board members regarding DNR surplus property near Blanch and Otter Tail lakes. They requested that the county enter into an agreement with the DNR to purchase the property. The DNR is not requiring payment for up to two years. A motion was passed with the county board working in conjunction with the county auditor's office regarding a line of credit. The Property Owners Association has identified a government entity that will likely agree to own the property upon purchase. County commissioners planned to talk to the DNR Commissioner regarding the reasons for the sale of this particular land.

Grant to assist county veterans

Otter Tail County, through the five county commissioners, will enter into a grant contract with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. Funds will go to the Otter Tail County Veterans Service Office Operational Enhancement Grant Program. The grant will provide outreach to county veterans to assist in the reintegration of combat veterans into society and to collaborate with other social service agencies, educational institutions and other community organizations. The purpose is to enhance services offered to veterans, to reduce homelessness among veterans and to enhance the operations of the County Veterans Service office headed by Charlie Kampa.

Dead Lake Association increases its fight against invasive species

The Dead Lake Association offered to donate funds in the amount of $5,000 to Otter Tail County. The money will go the county Land and Resource Office to assist in funding the operation of Internet Landing Installed Device Sensors (I-LIDS). These units provide a brief audio reminder to boaters who are launching their boats at lake public accesses. The sensors on the solar-powered I-LIDS are triggered when a vehicle passes in front of an electronic eye. The Otter Tail County Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Task Force continues to take a proactive approach in stopping the spread of invasives throughout the county. Over the years the county AIS Task Force has taken a proactive approach to stopping the spread of invasive species such as zebra mussels throughout the county. The task force emphasizes that boaters and fishermen throughout the county, residents and visitors alike, have the responsibility to inspect boats, trailers and equipment and remove visible aquatic plants.

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