Otter Tail County has been allocated $375,000 in a grant from the $1.9 billion bonding bill that will link Perham to Pelican Rapids.

According to Otter Tail County Deputy Administrator Nick Leonard, the $375,000 in state bonding is to be used for the trail within Maplewood State Park. The money is designated for the pre-design and design of the trail in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The Minnesota Legislature passed the bonding bill in a special session on Thursday, Oct. 15.

Leonard said the county is grateful for the hard work of state Sen. Bill Ingebrigsten and state Rep. Bud Nornes for including the trail in the bonding bill.

The trail in Maplewood State Park is part of Otter Tail County’s Regional Trail. The regional trail is a 10-foot wide, 32-mile long path that will bridge Perham and Pelican Rapids through Maplewood State Park. The project will be broken up into four segments: West, Silent Lake, McDonald, and East.

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