Barn collapses near New York Mills Sheriff deputies reported the collapse of a barn north of New York Mills at 5:30 p.m. on March 12. The location was close to Highway 67. The south half of a large loafing barn, owned by Kohler Dairy, collapsed and trapped from 80 to 100 cattle. The good news is that many of the cattle were outside the 110-by-200-foot facility when first responders arrived.
County commissioners and department heads are closely watching the gas tax debate at the Minnesota State Legislature. The Minnesota gas tax, currently at 28.6 cents per gallon, is used to assist counties such as Otter Tail County for road and bridge maintenance. "In recent years state financial assistance has fallen short of what is needed in Otter Tail County and other counties throughout the state" says County Public Works Director Rick West. "
County Public Works Director Rick West and External Relations Director Nick Leonard presented a map of the Perham to Pelican Rapids Regional Trail, divided into four segments, to member of the county board of commissioners. The east segment (6.41 miles) from Perham to McDonald Lake is funded and proposed for construction in 2020. Lengthy discussion took place regarding funding for the remainder of the trail and the need to show engineering design for the project.
County Sheriff deputies reported that a Vergas woman, 73-year-old Irma Jean Sonnenberg, was injured in a traffic accident northwest of Perham. She was involved in a two-vehicle crash that took place at 7:56 a.m. on March 5. The location was near the intersection of Highways 60 and 10. Sheriff deputies and members of the Minnesota State Highway Patrol said roads were icy at the time of the accident. The driver of the other vehicle, 33-year-old Dustin Dean Clark of Fargo, was not injured in the accident. Driver escapes injury after brakes failure
An Amish buggy, operated by an adult with four child passengers ages one to five, was struck from behind by a Chevrolet Impala driven by Travis Rapatt, 38, of New York Mills. This collision took place at 6:14 p.m. on Feb. 28 north of Bluffton, in Paddock Township, in the extreme northeastern section of Otter Tail County. The exact location was the intersection of Highway 8 and 610th Avenue. One child in the buggy sustained an apparent minor injury.
Several vehicles went off the road during the blizzard in Otter Tail County on Sunday, Feb. 24. Fortunately, only minor injuries were reported. One injury took place at 9:11 a.m. northwest of Underwood, at the intersection of Highway 18 and 267th Avenue. A driver rolled his Nissan Murano SUV and sustained cuts and frostbite. Assisting sheriff deputies at the scene of the accident near Underwood were members of the Fergus Falls Fire Department and Ringdahl ambulance. The vehicle was towed from the scene.
In December 2018 the Perham refuse burner, technically known as the Perham Resource Recovery Facility, had a record month for steam produced by the two units. "We had a total of 33.69 million pounds of steam that we sold to local businesses, Bongards Creameries and Tuffy's Pet Foods here in Perham," said Facility Manager Brian Schmidt. He said it was also a record for the facility, owned by Otter Tail County and adjoining counties, in burning processed waste.
Battle Lake woman has Stay of Imposition A judge in county court, Fergus Falls, on Feb. 1, issued a Stay of Imposition for Tammey Lyn Anderson, 45, of Battle Lake. Anderson will have her felony conviction of drug sales in the first degree reduced to a misdemeanor if she stays law abiding during her probationary period. She was convicted on Oct. 1, 2018, and the original case dates back to March 24, 2017.
Otter Tail County Commissioners have reiterated their pledge to do what needs to be done to complete a Phelps Mill foundation repair project. The county plans to apply for project funding from the Minnesota State Historical Society. A final review, after work plans are completed, must come from the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office. "Floor beam replacement and other repairs are necessary at Phelps Mill," said Otter Tail County Public Works Director Rick West.
Icy road results in accident, injury Icy roadways and snow resulted in several accidents, but only one injury, in Otter Tail County on Wednesday, Feb. 20. A Perham woman, 23-year-old Chelsie Georgia Thomas, was injured in an accident at 12:09 p.m. northwest of Perham on Highway 10. She was traveling eastbound, at only 45 miles per hour, when she lost control of her Chevrolet Tracker. Thomas entered the right ditch and the vehicle rolled onto its side.