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March 14, 2019
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Frost reaches water main depth in Detroit Lakes; utility urges measuring water temperatures
March 14, 2019 - 9:26am
December 31, 2018
Preservation of lakes in Otter Tail County is part of the mission of the Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA).
Tom Hintgen/Perham Focus
Otter Tail COLA fulfilled its mission in 2018
December 31, 2018 - 11:00am
September 25, 2015
Area landowners send letter to DNR over proposed pumping project for Lake Improvement District
September 25, 2015 - 9:15am
July 31, 2015
Lake improvement districts hold annual meetings, discuss drainage plan
July 31, 2015 - 11:07am
July 16, 2015
Even a small piece of Eurasian watermilfoil is enough to start a new plant in a previously uninfected lake.
Aquatic invasive species: more than just zebra mussels
July 16, 2015 - 1:53pm
May 19, 2015
Gerald Steinbach learned that the water in a well drilled five years ago exceeds the standard for arsenic set for community water supplies. Although the standard doesn't apply to private wells, Steinbach no longer uses his well water for drinking or cooking. Instead, he buys bottled water. Dave Wallis / The Forum
Arsenic poses risks for area's private wells
May 19, 2015 - 3:40pm
March 13, 2015
Clay County Commissioner Grant Weyland
'Stick it to Fargo': Disputed Otter Tail comment does not sit well with Clay commissioners
March 13, 2015 - 11:01am
February 23, 2015
Minnesota lawmakers want final say on water quality rules
February 23, 2015 - 10:42am
February 13, 2014
UPDATE: Water service lines at heightened risk of freezing up
February 13, 2014 - 3:00pm
August 16, 2013
Water tower work progressing
August 16, 2013 - 10:03am
July 12, 2012
Pictured are parade participants on Lake Buchanan near Perham last Wednesday. They made the annual event even more fun this year by splashing each other with water balloons and squirt guns.
Boat parades a fun tradition on area lakes
July 12, 2012 - 1:52pm
September 7, 2011
Controlling water through the years: Drainage system benefits evolve
September 7, 2011 - 3:00pm
August 31, 2011
Trisha Marczak/FOCUS
Homes on Devils Lake near Perham are experiencing high water levels, drowning out many structures. Lake residents are petitioning to create a Lake Improvement District to help deal with flooding problems.
Devils Lake residents aim to end flooding, hope to form Lake Improvement District
August 31, 2011 - 3:00pm
August 24, 2011
Trisha Marczak/FOCUS
The Perham High School Auditorium was packed on Monday night for a meeting regarding a proposed plan to alleviate area lake flooding.
Perham-area flood relief plan could move forward
August 24, 2011 - 1:00pm
August 17, 2011
This map, based on information provided in a report by Houston Engineering Corp. out of Maple Grove, Minn., shows how Little McDonald, Paul and Berger lakes would be added to the Ditch 25 system.

Illustration by Sara Leitheiser/FOCUS
Residents of flooded lakes near Perham search for solution: County holding public meeting on Ditch 25 system
August 17, 2011 - 3:00pm