Otter Tail Lake Property Owners Association members spoke with county board members regarding DNR surplus property near Blanch and Otter Tail lakes. They requested that the county enter into an agreement with the DNR to purchase the property. The DNR is not requiring payment for up to two years. A motion was passed with the county board working in conjunction with the county auditor's office regarding a line of credit. The Property Owners Association has identified a government entity that will likely agree to own the property upon purchase.
In 1958 the East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District began a 60-year commitment to help conserve and protect the soil and water resources in eastern Otter Tail County. The mission statement of the district and overall goals were explained Aug. 16 when District Manager Darren Newville spoke to members of the Otter Tail County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) at the Ottertail Community Room.
County Sheriff Detective Sergeant Reed Reinbold addressed senior citizens on Aug. 15 at the Aging Expo in Fergus Falls. He told senior citizens how to avoid becoming the victims of scams. "If something seems too good to be true it probably is untrue," said Reinbold at the Bigwood Event Center. Phone call scams and computer scams can be avoided, he said, if senior citizens remain cautious and don't fall for scare tactics. If a computer is locked up, don't respond to scammers who try to blackmail victims. Instead, Reinbold told seniors to use control, alt delete or use the shutoff button.
Otter Tail County is one of the first counties in the area to discuss raising the requirement for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21 years of age. County commissioners held a public hearing on this subject early Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 14, at the county government services center in Fergus Falls. All but three of the 20 individuals who expressed their opinions on Aug.
County Board members, on July 7, held swine and turkey feedlot public hearings on behalf of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MNPA) which makes final decisions at the state level. The first hearing, regarding a proposed swine expansion near Perham, drew several public comments. Mark Riestenberg is proposing to expand the site near Highway 108 to add 3,300 hogs for a total of 4,500 hogs which equates to 1,250 animal units. The MPCA is responsible for issuing a permit for the feedlot expansion.
This year the county board of commissioners raised the wheelage tax on vehicle license tab renewals from $10 to $20. This tax is expected to raise close to $1.2 million for roadway and bridge maintenance in Otter Tail County. "We've had almost universal support from county residents and very few complaints," said County Board Chairman Wayne Johnson of Pelican Rapids who addressed this issue on Aug. 7.
Sheriff deputies reported that a thief who broke into a cabin and stole items at Swan Lake south of Fergus Falls was later caught at a nearby cabin. Deputies conducted a search warrant on the east side of the lake the evening of Aug. 5, found the stolen items and arrested 28-year-old Abby Noack of Grand Forks. Noack had reportedly been staying in a cabin at Swan Lake and entered a nearby cabin where the items were stolen. A homeowner woke earlier in the day to find a female standing in her residence. She then called authorities after noting some items were missing.
County board members have approved two wildlife habitat protection easements and three waterfowl management easements. The requests came from representatives of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These easement requests will now be considered by the State Land Exchange Board. Owners of habitat and management properties in Otter Tail County continue to be responsible for maintenance and taxes on the properties. West Central Initiative provides county snapshot
Sheriff deputies warn county residents that, before completing financial transactions online, be sure to obtain verification of a buyer or seller. A resident of Ottertail, on Aug. 2, prevented being scammed by insisting on verification from a seller regarding a classic vehicle transaction. The Ottertail resident was contacted from an online seller about obtaining a 1967 Corvette for $32,900. The seller asked the Ottertail resident to send the money before the car would be delivered.
A Perham man, 27-year-old Dakota Troy Anderson, was sentenced July 23 in county court, Fergus Falls, following a fifth-degree drug felony conviction. The crime dates back to Feb. 26, 2018. He pled guilty on May 21. The judge sentenced Anderson to 13 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud. Court fee totals amount to $360. Dalton man sentenced