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.
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.