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From Tragic Loss To A New Beginning

“We were given that opportunity to start over,” said Stevens, who is the general manager at Thumper Pond. “We really view it as that (second chance).”
Just before midnight on April 14, 2015, the roof above the water park at Thumper Pond collapsed. Due to the time of night, no one was in the pool area at the time the roof collapsed.  read entire story. . . .

Otter’s Tail to follow shoreland ordinance


Permanent buildings could soon be constructed on an area of land known as the Otter’s Tail in Ottertail—provided it meets the proper setbacks set forth by the Minnesota DNR.
During its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday night, the Ottertail City Council heard from a number of landowners who have property on the Otter’s Tail about a new ordinance that would replace a covenant on the island that had expired in 2014. That covenant, along with another similar covenant, which the city recently learned was never properly filed, restricted permanent structures from being built on the Otter’s Tail.
City Clerk/Treasurer Elaine Hanson said her understanding of the intent of the council when the original covenant was established was to keep the Otter’s Tail as pristine as possible. The small strip of land is located between the Otter River and Otter Tail Lake.  read entire story. . . .

Henning family host child from China

At first glance a Chinese visitor at the Grant and Laura Smith home in rural Henning is a typical six-year-old boy. He likes airplanes, speaks vividly of a train ride he took in China, carefully molds Play Dough, loves to visit with guests in his “home” and can’t get enough milk shakes and smoothies from McDonald’s. However, there is one thing that Jason does not have that many people his age can take for granted—he needs a family and a home.
As part of a temporary placement program through the Living Hope Adoption Agency the Smiths opened their home to Jason, who lives in an orphanage in China. He arrived in Henning on June 25 and stayed for four weeks as the local family attempted to learn more about his background for families looking to adopt a child from China.
“We have a heart for kids who do not have families,” said Laura. “It’s some little thing we can do to help with adoption.”  read entire story. . . .

Helmrichs receive century farm status

After three generations of farming, Larry and Renee Helmrichs have officially become members of the century farms club. Farms that have qualified for this honor have had continuous family ownership for at least 100 years and farm at least 50 acres or more.
In 1916, Mary Horn and Richlef Helmrichs were married in Ryan, Iowa, 40 miles west of Waterloo. Shortly after being married they purchased a farm and moved from Iowa to rural Deer Creek.
The couple was followed to Minnesota by Richlef’s parents and his five siblings, but one brother remained in Iowa. Four of Mary’s siblings also moved from Iowa to the Deer Creek area. Soon Mary and Richlef were surrounded by their families.
Mary and Richlef had one son, Edwin who helped on the family farm. With his help the family raised small grain, hay, potatoes and peas plus of course a garden. In 1942 Edwin married Stella Wendorf. They decided to stay on the farm with their three children, Ronald, Larry and Nancy and raised small grain, hay and they dairied.  read entire story. . . .

Fishing pier being planned at Phelps Mill

County Public Works Director Rick West presented a proposal to the county board last week from the Lake Country Sportsmen Club of Otter Tail Lake/Amor to donate and install a fishing pier at the Phelps Mill County Park.
West provided a photo of the proposed pier and two potential locations.
Commissioners discussed responsibility for putting the pier in and out (spring and fall) and questioned whether or not the pier was on wheels.
A motion by Commissioner Roger Froemming of Parkers Prairie and seconded by Commissioner Wayne Johnson of Pelican Rapids was unanimously carried to support the concept.
The county board action also authorizes the public works director to continue discussions with the Sportsmen’s Club regarding long term service requirements for the donation.  read entire story. . . .