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It was exactly 25 years ago that WDAY News brought the story of Ottertail dairy farmer Pete Thalmann patiently waiting for a new heart at Mayo Clinic. He waited six months there, his heart barely functioning. Time was running out until Thanksgiving in 1997, and a nearby family's unselfish gift of life.
All parties were wearing seat belts, roads were dry and alcohol was not a factor in the crash, the cause of which was unclear Sunday afternoon.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Buchanan Lake in Ottertail.
The Ottertail Lions Club hosted a Christmas party for people with disabilities on Friday, Dec. 3 at the Otter Supper Club. The highlight of many people's years, the party started at 11 a.m., but many were already there at 9:30.
Ron Grobeck, Ottertail's mayor and Chamber of Commerce president, said there were steady groups of people there throughout the day: “It was nice to see good weather and large crowds, and lots of kids,” he said.
Otter Dazzle will be held Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Ottertail City Community Center.

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A trunk-or-treat event with candy, a Halloween House, and pumpkin and cookie decorating brought in steady crowds to celebrate Halloween at the Ottertail Community Center.
A semi truck and a train were involved in an accident in the city of Ottertail, according to a report from the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office.
On Sept. 24-26 from sunrise to sunset, those interested can bring potato forks and buckets to a specific RDO field and dig to their heart’s content.

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