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New quilt has special  meaning for local club

There is more to a quilt than the stitches and fabric that the naked eye can view. Beyond the thread, batting and dye is a story about the immeasurable love the quilter put in to the handmade item itself. A form of art that is becoming more rare by the generation, a group of area quilters are not only keeping quilting alive, but are telling one of their greatest stories through the form of one of their fallen friends.
When Dodie Rortvedt passed away last fall she left behind countless family, friends and of all  read entire story. . . .

Summer field day to  be held in rural Ottertail

The University of Minnesota Extension will be holding a summer field day at Larson Dairy, 42087 Long Lake Road, Ottertail on July 29. Registration begins at noon with the program from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Ken and Dori Larson have been a certified organic dairy since 2006. They have focused on improving soil fertility and health along with maintaining a healthy herd with organic practices. Larsons believe that individuals do not have to sacrifice production and herd health when they go organic. Ken is also a field representative for Organic Valley and has extensive experience working with other organic dairy producers. Their grown children and their spouses also work on the farm.
The field day will showcase how the Larsons manage their pastures to achieve high forage yields and for optimum milk production and cow health. The field day will also include a pasture walk.
Brad Heins, Organic Dairy Extension Dairy Specialist and manager of the West Central Research and Outreach Center’s organic dairy herd will discuss what the organic dairy research being conducted at Morris including fly control, feeding and pasture management.
This program is supported by Minnesota Dairy Initiative, West Central Dairy Profit Team program and Organic Valley. Ice cream treats and cheese will be served as a snack at the end of the day. There is no charge for attending.
For more information contact Jim Salfer at (320) 203-6093 or For a downloadable brochure and for more information on this and other dairy events visit
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New flag pole installed at Willow Creek

A group of local volunteers raised the American flag outside of Willow Creek on July 13. The flag pole, which was not at Willow Creek in the past, was installed thanks to a collaborative effort led by Jim Ostrom, who is a resident at the facility. Ostrom, who served in World War II and the Korean War, wanted to install a flag pole after he realized no outdoor flag pole existed at Willow Creek.
Thanks to a donation from the Espeland Foundation, as well as the City of Henning and Ostrom himself, the flag pole was purchased and installed. The group of volunteers raised the flag for the first time on July 13 (pictured above and at right).  read entire story. . . .

Henning moves forward with levy note

A new levy at Henning School could be the key to fixing everything from a leaky roof to better preparing students for the 21st century.
During its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday night, the Henning School Board formally approved putting a $240,000 per year capital outlay levy on the November 2014 ballot. The levy, will be focused on three areas including transportation, the school’s roof and technology. The levy will be for 10 years and had to be formally approved by the Minnesota Department of Education prior to being put on the ballot.
Henning School Superintendent Jeremy Olson said over the next 10 years the district is facing a number of needs in the areas of transportation and roofing that would be covered under a new levy. The levy would need to be approved by a majority of voters district wide to go into affect.
With just a couple of months to go before the election, the school board approved a committee to discuss  read entire story. . . .

Ottertail council revokes building permit

The Ottertail City Council unanimously agreed to revoke the most recent building permit issued for the large blue house on the corner of State Highway 108 and Park Circle in Ottertail.
During the Ottertail City Council meeting last week, the council once again discussed Steve Sanda’s unusual looking home. The home has received community criticism in the past.
The city recently learned that the bright blue beams jutting out of the large multilevel yellow house are in violation of setback regulations and city ordinances. They are too close to State Highway 108.
Since the  read entire story. . . .

Fly-in breakfast set for Saturday

The 31st annual Fly-in and Drive-in Breakfast will go underway on Saturday, July 26.
The breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. and end at noon. The breakfast will feature pancakes, eggs, and sausage. The cost for the breakfast is $7 for adults and $3 for children 8 and under. Pilots in command eat for free.  
The Fly-in is open to all Classics, Ultra Lights, Warbirds, and Antiques.
Plane rides will be avail  read entire story. . . .

High county water levels a concern to county board

Long-term issues continue to challenge lake property owners west of Perham, where many lakes are land locked. There are no outlets or inlets.
Little McDonald, Kerbs and Paul lakes, west of Perham, are proceeding with an outlet plan that would tie into use of Ditch 25. That’s a long-term plan. For the short term, water pumping options are being pursued.
South of Perham, at Rush Lake, high water has forced resort owners to turn away customers. That’s the result of excess rainfall, with some cabins surrounded by water. Adverse effects are also seen at individual cabins on Rush Lake.
“Five inches of rainfall can really raise havoc in a short period of time,” said County Commissioner Lee Rogness, Fergus Falls.
During the meeting Monday with Gov. Dayton, County Board Chairman Wayne Johnson of Pelican Rapids, Public Works Director West and County Emergency Manager Patrick Waletzko asked the governor about state financial assistance.
Some federal dollars are coming to Otter Tail County, and other counties, but mostly for road repair due to flooding. Dayton said state dollars would likely not be available until 2015, unless he calls a special session of the Minnesota State Legislature.
The meeting with Dayton was held at the Sheriff’s Office operations center in the town of Ottertail, just east of Otter Tail Lake. The governor and his delegation drove to Ottertail following a previous meeting in Wadena.
Another area of the county, where a short-term solution is needed, is at Sewell Lake, southeast of Dalton.
“The outlet is plugged at Sewell Lake,” said West. “It’s been plugged for two weeks and a contractor will hopefully find a short-term solution.”
As for long term, a permanent improvement to the outlet, tied to Ditch 70, will likely take place at Sewell Lake. But before that can take place, an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) needs to be completed.
Ditch 70 takes water into the lake, on the north side, and extracts water on the south side. Petitioners for improvement emphasize a better outlet and enlarged capacity is necessary to furnish sufficient drainage capacity.
“In the near future, we’ll submit more high water data to the governor’s office,” said County Board Chairman Johnson.
Sandbags, supplied by the county, are again being used in various parts of the county. Sandbags can be purchased at county garages in Battle Lake, NewYork Mills, Pelican Rapids and Fergus Falls. More information is available on the county website.
Sandbag information is available under the banner “County News” on the website.
“The northeast section of Otter Tail County has been especially hard hit with high water problems,” said West. “As a county, we’re doing everything we can to assist our residents.”
`Fifty-one of Minnesota’s 87 counties, including Otter Tail County, have reported damage from flooding that began on June 11.  read entire story. . . .

Deer Trails Day set for Saturday in Deer Creek

It’s time, once again for the 24th annual Deer Trails Day celebration. This day of fun will take place on Saturday, July 26.
This year’s festivities will feature many activities returning from last year along with a few new exciting ones.
The day will beginwith the 5K Registration at 7 a.m. with the race kicking off at 8 a.m. The Methodist Quilt and Bake Sale with coffee and rolls will start at 9 a.m.
The 2014 Deer Trails Day Parade will start at 11 a.m. Just half an hour after the start of the parade, is the Morning Glories Flower Show and Sale. At 12 p.m., The medallion clues will be posted at the community center. Also at this time, guess the pennies is located in the museum, kid games and petting zoo, Bingo, and registration for the volleyball and bean bag tournaments. Make sure to check out Eric’s Dance Band playing on Main Street and the photo booth by Photo Magic.
The volleyball tournament kicks off at 1 p.m. behind Red’s Bar and Grill. At 2 p.m., the Bean bag toss for the age groups of 8-12 and 13-17 starts. A little later, there will be music on Main Street by AC Entertainment will play some great music.
At 3 p.m., the youth volleyball tournament will begin by the post office. The beer tasting competition will commence at 5 p.m. along with the all cchool reunion registration. The bean bag tournament and all school reunion will start at 6 p.m.
The day will come to a close with a street dance with the band Copperhead Creek in downtown Deer Creek.  read entire story. . . .