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Local family enters world of horse racing

Long before he entered the world of horse racing, Darin Meyers developed quite a reputation from horse owners.
“I kind of have a reputation for riding the nasty ones,” joked Meyers.
The rural Deer Creek native has been riding horses almost his entire life and is following in the footsteps of his parents who trained horses a generation ago. Though he is carrying on the Meyers name, the new horse rider is earning a reputation for breaking some of the horses that other trainers have wanted to give up on. His success has turned difficult horses into race winners and over time has given him an opportunity to add race horse owner to his resume.
This summer, one of Meyers’ horses took fourth place in a prestigious Minnesota Stallion Breeders Fraternity race at Canterbury Downs in Shakopee, Minn. Making the race even more special was that Meyers has owned the horse since the time it was born, after purchasing its father in a claiming race several years ago.
In the claiming race, licensed owners or trainers can stake a claim on a horse prior to the start of the race. If they are the only one to put in a claim on the horse they buy the horse for a pre-determined price. Any money the horse wins during that specific race will go to the previous owner, but from there on out the horse belongs to the person placing the claim. If more than one person places a claim on the horse a tiebreaker is done to determine the new owner.  read entire story. . . .

Community Fund Drive underway in Henning

October is underway and that means it is time for the 2016 Henning Community Fund Drive. A total of 25 organizations are taking part in this annual fundraiser to raise money for each of their organizations.
The annual fundraiser is a one stop fundraiser for area non-profits to help them raise necessary funds to provide services for those in the community. Rather than having each individual organization seek donations throughout the year, the goal of the Henning Community Fund Drive is to provide an ala cart fundraiser for local and national non-profits. Last year’s fund drive raised over $3,338 for area non-profits.
Due to a lack of volunteers, the community fund drive group will not be going door-to-door soliciting funds this year. Instead, the donation form can be found on page 3 of this week’s Citizen’s Advocate and can be returned to Henning City Hall at PO Box 55 in Henning or to Jane Goepferd at 903 Marshall Ave. in Henning.  
Non-profits that will be included in this year’s community fund drive include:
Henning Building a Legacy Education Fund, Henning CHAT, Henning Scouts and American Heritage Girls, Henning Early Childhood Family Education-ECFE, Henning Food Shelf, Henning HOPE, Stocking Stuffers Fund, Henning Landmark Center, Henning Military Memorial Park, Henning Senior Citizen’s Center, Henning Student Aid Foundation (Money for scholars), Henning School Summer Activities, Henning Salvation Army Thrift Store, American Cancer Society (Minnesota Division) (1/2 of donation designated for Relay for Life), American Diabetes Assoc. (Minnesota Division), American Heart Association (Minnesota Division), American Red Cross (Midwest MN Chapter), Courage Center (Camp Courage), Lakeland Hospice, Inc, Mental Health Assoc. of MN, Multiple Sclerosis (MN North Star Chapter), Muscular Dystrophy Association, North Central Chapter of Arthritis Foundation, United Way of Otter Tail County, Save the Trinity Church building and the Henning Community Fund general expenses.  read entire story. . . .

Henning Haunted House opens this weekend

Get in the Halloween spirit and prepare to be scared! The Henning Haunted House will once again be serving up screams for a good cause.
The house is in its fifth year of existence. It all began at the old Trinity Church, more specifically with Michelle Boeckers and the late Kathryn “Brock” Brockman who gathered up volunteers and materials needed to get the haunted house started.
Volunteers and donations are still the driving force in ensuring that this haunted house is available for the community. According to board member Jessica Strege, “Approximately 35-40 people are needed for everything from taking tickets to scaring in the house, watching exits, and scaring outside.”
Strege said that the volunteers who work together to create the house are brainstorming ideas all year long on how best to use the space they have. She said that the screams and reactions are what keep the volunteers coming back each year; they want to improve upon their scare skills and attempt to top the “best reaction” from the year before.
The group of volunteers works hard to provide both an entertaining and frightening experience for all attendees. Every year the house is different than the last. Since each year the house is laid out differently with new scares to be had, the experience is unique year after year.
When it comes to the level of fright, Strege says they hold nothing back. Because of this, the minimum age for entrance to the haunted house is 12.  read entire story. . . .

County has work to do for more high-speed internet access

Border-to-border high-speed internet access is the goal throughout Minnesota.
In the next 10 years the state wants to have 80 percent of households and businesses have access to at least one provider of broadband internet service speeds of 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) download and 20 Mbps upload.
Otter Tail County, at the present time, ranks 84th out of Minnesota’s 87 counties in this effort. Otter Tail has only 1.75 percent of households and businesses with 100/20 or better.
These figures come from the latest broadband rankings released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).
Clay County, which includes Moorhead, ranks 22nd and has 74.13 percent of households and businesses with 100/20 or better.
Not much better than Otter Tail County is Douglas County, which includes the Alexandria area. Douglas ranks 80th but has 7.68 percent of households and businesses with 100/20 or better.
“The Office of Broadband Development helps Minnesota residents understand broadband options available,” says Jane Leonard, Broadband Grant Administrator for DEED.  read entire story. . . .

Local groups study safe routes to school

Local volunteers from a number of organizations watched the walking and driving patterns of Henning School students and families on Tuesday. As part of the Safe Routes to School program, the volunteers took a survey that was aimed at seeing how students walk and drive to school, walk to downtown businesses for lunch and leave school in the afternoon. Information gathered by the survey will help the city improve safety in the community as it looks at travel patterns for pedestrians.  read entire story. . . .

County adopts tax abatement requirements

The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners, on Tuesday, Oct. 11, agreed to an amended county tax abatement policy. Passed unanimously were tax abatement minimum requirements.
Abatements may be either permanent forgiveness or temporary deferral of property taxes.
“Tax abatement is one  technique to encourage private development projects,” said County Economic Development Director Nick Leonard.
He said the county, through adoption of minimum requirements, can allow the rebate of property taxes to an owner, reallocate taxes to pay for public infrastructure costs or defer the property taxes and rebate  the interest penalty.
“At the time an application for an economic development tax abatement is submitted, all current and past due property taxes must be paid in full,” said Leonard.
The use of abatements can serve similar purposes to Tax Increment Financing (TIF), a widely used economic development tool. TIF enables cities to use additional property taxes generated by a new development to pay for certain development expenses.  read entire story. . . .