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Sheriff’s Letter to the Public

June 1, 2020

From Sheriff Barry Fitzgibbons Anyone who has seen the video of the Minneapolis Police officers and George Floyd is angry. While many questions remain, I am confident in the criminal justice system that appropriate action will take place after a complete and thorough investigation. I am sad that an already struggling community is being destroyed […]

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County Enhances Emergency Notification and 9-1-1 Services

May 27, 2020

Public Safety Officials Encourage Residents to Sign Up for Free Service That Will Provide Emergency Alerts and More Information to Emergency Responders in the Event of an Emergency. Public safety officials in Otter Tail County announced today that Smart911 is now available to all individuals. Smart911 is a free service that allows residents and travelers […]

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Smoldering Lithium Battery Found At Otter Tail County Transfer Station

May 21, 2020

A smoldering lithium battery was found in the recycling at an Otter Tail County Transfer Station last Friday. Employee Scott Mounts observed smoke coming from the single sort recycling bunker at the Fergus Falls Transfer Station, but was able to alert other staff and contain the hazard before a fire broke out. Lithium batteries are […]

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Waste-To-Energy Employment Opportunity

May 21, 2020

The Perham Resource Recovery Facility, a waste-to-energy facility located in Perham, MN currently has an opening for a WTE Assistant Operator. Essential duties include operating, cleaning, monitoring, and maintenance of all refuse incinerator equipment. A high school diploma (or equivalent) and two years of previous work experience in industrial maintenance, power plant operations, or a closely […]

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County Buildings Remain Closed to the Public-Will Reopen in Phases

May 18, 2020

The Stay at Home Executive Order issued by the state has ended and many businesses are reopening their doors with modifications. In adhering to the Stay Safe Minnesota state guidance Otter Tail County will be reopened in phases and the buildings will remain locked during this time. The main objective of the phased plan is […]

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Phelps Mill Master Plan – Your Input is Needed!

May 7, 2020

Otter Tail County is preparing a Master Plan for Phelps Mill County Park and needs your input! The Master Plan will create a vision for future park improvements within the existing and expanded park area.  Otter Tail County is expanding the current 55-acre Phelps Mill County Park on the Otter Tail River. An additional 70 […]

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Septic System Replacement Loan Program Launched

May 5, 2020

Chris LeClair, Director of Otter Tail County Land and Resource Management, announced today that funding is available through a grant from the Clean Water Partnership and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for county residents to make repairs to noncompliant septic systems. Beginning May 5th, 2020, county property and business owners who have non-compliant septic systems […]

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Thank a Licensed Family Child Care Provider Today!

May 5, 2020

This year, on May 8 we celebrate Licensed Family Child Care Provider Day to honor childcare providers for the extraordinary work they do. This special day is intended to recognize all those who nurture, teach, and care for children in multiple settings across the county. Childcare settings include school and community-based preschools, Head Start programs, […]

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May is National Foster Care Month

April 30, 2020

The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution proclaiming May as Foster Care Month. Now is an opportune time to consider becoming a foster parent. An increasing number of children are entering foster care each year. Otter Tail County needs additional quality foster homes for children. Foster parents provide a temporary home for […]

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West Earns Prestigious National Engineering Award

April 30, 2020

The National Association of County Engineers (NACE) has awarded Otter Tail County Public Works Director, Rick West, the prestigious David P. Brand Safety Award. The award is a non-annual award given to only those that demonstrate the highest standards in public safety over their career. “Richard has exemplified the very best of our association for […]

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