otter tail county

Health officials investigating COVID-19 cluster at teen camp on Pelican Lake

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KVRR) – The Minnesota Dept. of Health is investigating a COVID-19 outbreak at a camp for teenagers in Otter Tail County. Communications specialist Erin McHenry says state health officials are aware of “a cluster of cases” at the Castaway Club Young Life Camp on Pelican Lake.  McHenry says the investigation is ongoing. Camp manager Greg Johnson says…

Zebra mussels confirmed in three west-central Minnesota lakes

A DNR conservation officer found other mussels in a sandy shallow area of another lake.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Clitherall Lake in Otter Tail County, Eagle Lake near Frazee and Turtle Lake near Lake Park. DNR invasive species specialists followed up on a report from a lake property owner and an angler who found zebra mussels in two of the lakes. A DNR conservation officer…

Social Distancing: Gone Fishin’

A Novice Angler's 1st Time Fishing In Minnesota

  It’s fishing season. I spent last week out at the lakes in Otter Tail County, so I thought I’d give angling a try. I hadn’t gone fishing in well over a decade. I never had been fishing in Minnesota, one of the best fishing states in the country. I know, I know. I’ve lived here for years and I’ve…

Social Distancing: 3-Year-Old Quarantine Artist

A 3-Year-Old's Painting During The Pandemic Hangs In Minnesota Restaurant

A lot of us picked up new hobbies during the height of the pandemic. I tried cooking more. I got into puzzles for a while. Over the weekend I stumbled upon a fantastic way one person made use of their quarantine. Check out this painting. It’s hanging on the wall at Spanky’s Stone Hearth restaurant, a fancy restaurant next to…

Discover Minnesota: Otter Tail County

"Halo Effect" Keeps Bringing People Back To Otter Tail County

  Our final Discover Minnesota virtual road trip heads to the county that claims to have more lakes than any other county in the country. Otter Tail County will be hosting the Governor’s Fishing Opener on some of those lakes from May 13th through the 15th. There are one 1,048 lakes in the county, along with 22 communities, numerous resorts,…

Maple syrup boiler fire destroys Otter Tail County home

VERGAS, Minn. (KVRR/KFGO) – A home was destroyed by fire near Vergas, Minn. Monday. The fire at 50771 East Lake Seven Rd. was reported shortly after 5 p.m. The investigation determined the fire started from a maple syrup boiler in the driveway that spread to the house.  There were no injuries. The Vergas Fire Dept, was assisted by fire departments…

Otter Tail County man dies in crash with freight train

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (KVRR) – An Otter Tail County man was killed when the pickup he was driving collided with a Canadian Pacific train. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened around 8:48 a.m. Thursday at a railroad crossing southeast of Ottertail City. The 60-year-old man was from the Ottertail city area. He was the only person…

Man sentenced to 3 decades for fatal Otter Tail County beatings

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – A man with a history of mental illness has been sentenced to more than three decades in prison for killing a woman and her adult son in Otter Tail County. A judge earlier rejected William Hillman’s mental illness defense and found him guilty of fatally beating 42-year-old Denise McFadzen and 21-year-old Dalton McFadzen at their home…