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2020 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener Heading To Otter Tail County

Thumper Pond Resort Will Serve As Event Headquarters

OTTER TAIL CO., MN — Next year’s Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener has already been announced and it’ll be a lot closer to our neck of the woods. The governor and others will head to Thumper Pond Resort in Otter Tail County. Thumper Pond will serve as the event headquarters from May 7 -10 in 2020. The 73rd annual Governor’s Fishing Opener…

Driver Charged With DWI After Hitting Amish Buggy

The sheriff's office says the car, driven by 38-year old Travis Rapatt, of New York Mills struck the Amish buggy from behind.

OTTER TAIL, CO. MINN. (KFGO) – An Otter Tail County, Minnesota man was arrested in connection with a crash involving a buggy Thursday night near New York Mills. The sheriff’s office says the car, driven by 38-year old Travis Rapatt, of New York Mills struck the Amish buggy from behind. There were four children on the buggy. One received minor…

Four People In Vehicle Hit By Train, Three Seriously Hurt

The woman and children were initially taken to the Perham hospital before being life-flighted to surrounding hospitals

OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MN — A woman and two children were seriously hurt when their vehicle collided with a train in Otter Tail County. The sheriff’s office says around 3:25 Saturday afternoon they received information of a train versus car crash at a crossing northwest of Perham. The woman and children were initially taken to the Perham hospital before being…

Otter Tail County Becomes First MN County to Raise Minimum Tobacco Age

The measure passed unanimously by Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — When Diane Thorson began serving as Otter Tail County’s Public Health Director in 1978, she said it was common to see county commissioners smoking in the council chambers. Forty years later, Thorson says she’s glad the men sitting in those same chairs did their part to make it harder for kids to get a hold of tobacco…

Otter Tail County Raises Age To Buy Tobacco Products To 21

The ordinance goes into effect on January 1, 2019.

FERGUS FALLS, MN – The Otter Tail County Board voted unanimously to raise the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. The ordinance goes into effect on January 1, 2019. The risk of lung problems, as well as the growing number of high school students using other tobacco products like JUUL and e–cigarettes, prompted many community members to…

Bringing History Alive: Local Actors Perform “Otter Tales: The Musical” in Perham

The performance commemorates the 150th anniversary of Otter Tail County

PERHAM, Minn. — If you walk down the streets of downtown Perham, you might hear a musical spin on how the county’s seat moved from Otter Tail City to Fergus Falls in 1872, or how the town of Clitherall, founded by Mormon settlers in the mid-nineteenth century, first was settled. All of these musical numbers come together to commemorate the 150th…

Traffic Stop Leads To Drugs And Lands One Woman Behind Bars

Penny Kantrud was stopped and arrested on Highway 59 north of the Grant-Otter Tail County line

OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. — A Fergus Falls woman is facing felony drug charges. 37-year-old Penny Kantrud was stopped and arrested on Highway 59 north of the Grant-Otter Tail County line. A K9 alerted the officer to the presence of drugs. A pound of meth, a half-pound of marijuana and a large amount of cash were found. The state patrol,…

Otter Tail County Man Found Not Guilty Of Assaulting Baby

Adam Sundby Was Accused of shaking a 13-month-old baby, causing a brain hemorrhage

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – Otter Tail County Attorney Michelle Eldien says she’s devastated by the “not guilty” verdicts handed down by a jury in the trial of Adam Sundby. The 31-year-old Sundby was charged with first-degree assault and malicious punishment of a child. He was accused of shaking a 13-month-old baby, causing a brain hemorrhage. At one time, the baby…

Officers Surround Battle Lake Home

BATTLE LAKE, Minn. – Police surround a house in Battle Lake Friday morning after neighbors say a man shot a handgun while walking. Officers responded around 9:30 to the intersection of North Lincoln Avenue and West Bowman Street. Witnesses say they heard a gunshot and argued with a man in their yard and he later went inside a house. Battle Lake…

Ordinance in Otter Tail County Could Raise Tobacco Age from 18 to 21

People voiced their opinions about the ordinance at a public input meeting

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. –For many people in Otter Tail County, tobacco has played a negative role in their lives. “I’ve had lung problems since my father and my sister were smokers, and my mother died of cancer,” said Keith Lillis, the President of the Fergus Falls Riverside Lions Club. The risk of lung problems, as well as the growing number…