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Sherman to retire from City of Ottertail

Longtime Ottertail Maintenance Zoning Coordinator Lee Sherman is handing over the reigns to Loren Hawes. Sherman is retiring at the end of September, after spending the last six weeks training his replacement.  ¶ Prior to being hired by the city in 2002, Sherman spent the decade before as a member of the city council. Between the two duties, he’s been an advocate for Ottertail for 22 years.
In 2002, Sherman was hired as the City Coordinator. His job description was such that he was involved in every aspect of the city. Though that doesn’t necessarily mean he completed all the work himself. Instead, Sherman had to coordinate and supervise projects throughout the community.
“Loren is much more of a hands on guy than I ever was or will be,” said Sherman.
Hawes agreed, explaining that he really enjoys seeing something that needs to be done and then jumping in and doing it. Hawes also enjoys “meeting new people and seeing what is going on in the community.”

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Vining Post Office hours reduced

Vining area residents will have a smaller window of time to pick up a package or purchase stamps in the near future.
Beginning October 4, the Vining Post Office will be open just two hours per week day and 1 1/2 hours on Saturday morning according to a new plan unveiled by the United States Postal Service. The change in hours is part of a plan announced in May 2012 by USPS as a cost cutting measure and alternative to closing post office locations.
Pete Nowacki of the USPS said approximately 9,000 post offices have had their window hours reduced since the Post Plan program was implemented two years ago. When the plan is fully implemented in January 2015, Nowacki expects the USPS will save approximately $500 million annually.  read entire story. . . .

Henning alum focuses on greenhouse gas

Amber Suchy, a Senior, majoring in Biology from Vining, has been involved in a research project focused on greenhouse gas.
Greenhouse gas research is a focus of Assistant Professor Katy Nannenga, who teaches environmental science at the University of Minnesota Crookston. In area fields, her work has gone on for almost a decade. Recently, however, the environmental science research has expanded into turfgrasses. There are two locations that are part of this study: the U of M Crookston football practice field and Lincoln Park golf course in Grand Forks, N.D.
Nannenga, along with Assistant Professor Kristie Walker, who teaches in the area of golf and turf management, have taken the research to an area golf course thanks to the connection Walker has to U of M Crookston alumnus Aaron Motl.  read entire story. . . .

Pelican to Perham trail plan approved

The master plan for a recreational trail from Pelican Rapids to Perham, also running through Maplewood State Park, was approved Tuesday, Sept. 9, by the five-person Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners.
The trail will be built in stages, when grant money becomes available. One source will likely be the Legacy Amendment. In 2008 Minnesota voters approved the amendment that increased the state sales tax by three-eighths of one percent.
The legislation, in part, supports parks and trails and also protects lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater.
Stage one of the Pelican Rapids to Perham trail will involve construction from Pelican Rapids, south to County Highway 3. The trail will then head easterly to Maplewood State Park.
The motion to approve the master plan came from Commissioner Doug Huebsch who represents the Perham area. Seconding the motion was Lee Rogness who represents the Fergus Falls area. Concurring with Huebsch and Rogness in approving the plan were Commissioners Wayne Johnson of Pelican Rapids, John Lindquist of Dalton and Roger Froemming of Parkers Prairie.  read entire story. . . .

Henning School Board discusses class size options

The Henning School Board met during a special meeting last Monday night to discuss the issue of class sizes in some of the junior high and high school levels.
During Monday’s special meeting, the board discussed what it could do this year or in the future to decrease the amount of students in each classroom in the school.
Henning Principal Thomas Williams said in the past elementary classes were typically split when they reached a high level of enrollment, but were usually put back in to one class when they reached junior high and high school. He said students are split for several subjects at the junior and senior high level for things like science when there are labs involved. If the board were to split all classes when they reach 30 students for instance, Williams said the district will need to look at hiring more teachers or possibly take away electives at the senior high level to offset that additional class.  read entire story. . . .