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Henning photographer remembers time with Ali

“Being with Ali was the most awestruck I have every been with somebody,” said photographer Dan Broten.
Broten had the rare opportunity approximately 10 years ago to take pictures of Ali and his chef for a magazine article about celebratory chefs. Broten met Ali at his home one week before the photoshoot to scout the area for possible locations to take pictures for the magazine. Shortly after arriving, Ali began doing simple magic tricks and joking around with the crew.
“He was doing magic tricks the first day we met him,” said Broten. “He loved magic tricks.”  read entire story. . . .

Four additional coaches to be hired at Henning

Henning may be one of the smallest schools in the region, but student participation in its three core sports is among the highest in the Park Region Conference.
During its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday night, the Henning School Board heard from athletic director and boys basketball coach Randy Misegades, girls basketball coach Mike Hepola and volleyball coach Kristy Finck who said those high participation numbers are creating a bit of a strain on the coaching staff.
“Henning is the smallest school in the Park Region, but participation wise we are not,” said Misegades.  read entire story. . . .

Commissioners discuss county drainfield policy

County Public Works Director Rick West presented to county commissioners a Limiting Layer Determination/Soil Color Policy for the Otter Tail County Land and Resource Office.
The policy is for use in determining the limiting layer for drainfield installations.
Otter Tail County’s Public Works Committee sought a guide to provide consistency in the application of the Subsurface Sewage Treatment System rules.
“Biological indicators of soil health are valid tools to evaluate the success of a metal process in which plants remove dangerous elements of compounds from soil or water,” said West.
He said that metals have a high density and may be toxic to organisms even at relatively low concentrations.
A motion by County Commissioner Roger Froemming of Parkers Prairie and seconded by Commissioner Doug Huebsch of Perham was unanimously passed.  read entire story. . . .

Henning Stitchers continue to create handmade quilts

Quilting can not only be a hobby, but it can be a wonderful way to create memories for generations. Members of the Henning community have formed a quilting group called the Henning Stitchers. The group likes to get together and just have a fun time quilting.
There is an average of seven members of the Henning Stitchers. The stitchers get together every Wednesday at one of the members homes to quilt, and they go to a different home every Wednesday.
Quilting for the members of the club is year round. They spend the year working towards their annual quilt show, which not only showcases their own work, but features a big quilt that the group has hand stitched..  read entire story. . . .

Balmoral site has a rich history

Mention the name Balmoral and what comes to mind most often is the golf course on the south side of Otter Tail Lake.
But for many long-time residents of Otter Tail County, recollections on the old dance hall, no longer at the site, come to mind.
Those who stop at the historic marker near the golf course, along Highway 78, will take note of an historic flour mill, long gone, but established in 1870.

Balmoral Pavilion
fondly remembered
Almost 10 years have gone by since Bette Prescher, who with her late husband, Ed, owned the Balmoral Pavilion at Otter Tail Lake, died and left a legacy.
In its heyday the Balmoral Pavilion was one of the most famous dance halls in west central Minnesota.
That’s why, when people drive by the site of the former pavilion just east of the Balmoral Golf Course, they have warm memories.  read entire story. . . .