FERGUS FALLS -- The county board of commissioners, headed by 2020 chairman and commissioner Lee Rogness of Fergus Falls, is continuing to expand its meeting schedule to various areas of Otter Tail County.

This is in addition to regular meetings held at the county Government Services Center on Tuesday mornings in Fergus Falls. Regular board meetings are held two or three times each month.

Rogness of Fergus Falls represents District 5 that includes a large section of Fergus Falls.

“This year we have meetings scheduled to be held in Perham, Henning, New York Mills and Pelican Rapids,” Rogness said. “As commissioners, we take every opportunity to meet face to face with our constituents and receive input on their thoughts regarding county issues.”

  • Doug Huebsch of Perham, who served as board chairman in 2019, represents District 1 that includes several townships and the communities of Dent, New York Mills, Perham and Richville.
  • Wayne Johnson of Pelican Rapids represents District 2 that includes several townships and the communities of Pelican Rapids, Erhard, Elizabeth and Vergas.
  • John Lindquist of rural Dalton represents District 3 that includes several townships, a small portion of Fergus Falls and the communities of Battle Lake, Dalton, Rothsay and Underwood.
  • Betty Murphy of Maine Township represents District 4 which includes several townships and the communities of Parkers Prairie, Bluffton, Clitherall, Deer Creek, Henning, Ottertail, Vining and Urbank.
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Otter Tail County, with 62 townships, is larger in size than the state of Rhode Island, and paved roads total 1,062 miles.

“We oversee a budget of close to $125 million,” Rogness said. “We make every effort to spend county tax dollars wisely while at the same time providing necessary services to county residents.”

The five-person county board makes decisions relating to county finances, public health, military veterans assistance, highway maintenance, land and resource management, solid waste, human services, emergency management and other services.

Close to two-thirds of the county budget includes financial assistance from the state of Minnesota and the federal government.

Meeting locations in 2020, in addition to those at the County Government Services Center in Fergus Falls, are as follows.

  • Tuesday, March 17, 5 p.m., Perham City Hall
  • Tuesday, June 2, 7 p.m., Henning City Hall
  • Tuesday, Aug. 25, 11 a.m., New York Mills county offices
  • Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., Pelican Rapids City Hall

Township summaries on county website

Residents of Otter Tail County can find out more about their individual township by logging onto the county website, ottertailcountymn.us.

After accessing the home page for Otter Tail County, take your computer cursor to far right to “County and Government” and scroll down and click on “Cities and Townships.”

As an example, one can scroll down and click on “Richville” where you will find the following information:

Along the Soo Railway in Rush Lake Township, platted in the fall of 1903, the town of Richville was incorporated Oct. 25, 1904. This village was named in honor of Watson Wellman Rich, civil engineer, who was born in Dayton, N.Y., March 9, 1841, and died in Shanghai, China, Jan. 12, 1903.

He served in the Fourth Minnesota Regiment in the Civil War, attaining the rank of captain. He was engaged in engineering work for several railroad lines in Minnesota, and after 1897 was chief consulting engineer of the Imperial Chinese Railway Administration.