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A new life thanks to a motherís gift

Mark Helle canít help but crack a small smile as he talks about the future. After all, he is a new father, recently celebrated his first year of marriage and has a new chance at life thanks to a life saving kidney he received from his mother just two months ago.

A 2011 graduate of Henning High School, Helle underwent a kidney transplant on July 11 at the University of Minnesota. His donor was his mother Holly Anderson who got tested to see if she was a match without telling her son or his family.  

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School Night For Scouting in Henning

The Henning Cub Scout Pack invites the families with boys in grades 1-5 to Henning School Library in Henning on September 25, 2017 at 6 p.m. to see what Cub Scouts is all about. The boys will learn all about all the fun things they can do in scouting, and how it can benefit them for a lifetime.

Please direct any questions about the Boy Scouts or this event to the local District Executive by phone at (701) 799-6753 or by e-mail at

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HHS alums leave a mark on the military

Four classmates from the class of 2012 share something extraordinary. Kim Doll, Gretchen Freed, Jake Williams and Zachary Johnson all decided to put their education and joined the military.  

It was not a decision they all made during high school, it ended up being a coincidence that the four 2012 Henning High School graduates all entered. They didnít even serve at the same time. During the last five years all four have entered the military from the Army National Guard to the Air Force National Guard.  

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Landmark Center to host bladesmiths, blacksmith

For the second consecutive year the Landmark Center in Henning will be hosting a blacksmith and bladesmith demonstration at the facility. The free demonstrations will take place on Sept. 21 from 5-8 p.m. and Sept. 23 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

This year the demonstration will feature blacksmith Jeffrey Olson of Fosston, Minn., as well as bladesmith Tony Roed of Fosston and Jerry Hobbs of New York Mills. Among the projects that will be made include a large 3 foot fish hook, Viking age camp knife, fire quenching, rams head fire poker, knife handle making and Viking age candle holder.  

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Henning council to move forward with inspection, repairs to well

Henning City Council held their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Following the regular scheduled meeting was a budget planning workshop.

Chief Mike Helle advised the council that he is making headway on the Fentanyl Training Presentation that he has been attempting to set up. He has received funding from the State Fire Marshalls office, Otter Tail County Attorneyís office and is awaiting the funds from Public Health.  The plan is to have two separate four hour presentations held at Thumper Pond.  Those invited will be EMS, Fire, Police and Public Health Employees of Otter Tail County and all touching county departments.  

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Willow Creek hosts family Garden Party

Willow Creek in Henning hosted a family and staff picnic on Sept. 8 at the facility. Approximately 140 people attended the event which included pulled pork, baked bean casserole, coleslaw, potato chips, bars and lemonade.  

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County aware of juvenile center needs

Otter Tail County currently contracts for 2.75 beds per day at the West Central Regional Juvenile Center in Moorhead. However, due to increased needs, the county will be moving to purchasing 4.5 beds.

This proposal was approved Sept. 5 by the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners.  

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