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Horgen honored with COLA President’s Award

Jerry Horgen, honored with the first ever President’s Award from the Otter Tail County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA), has a long list of volunteerism in helping to preserve area lakes. He was honored at the COLA awards program held on August 18 at the Ottertail Community Center in Ottertail.
Horgen retired in 2003 and started volunteering with the West Battle Lakeshore Association in 2004 on the executive board, addressing issues on West Battle Lake.
He performed secchi disc readings, for lake water quality assessment programs, from 2004 to 2014. During that time he served on the Shoreline Rules and Management Committee for Otter Tail County.
Horgen later joined the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Task Force for Otter Tail County.
He developed the “Train the Teachers to Train the Kids” program that offers an AIS program for school districts in Otter Tail County. Work is done in coordination with a biologist at Detroit Lakes-based RMB Labs.
Horgen has served as the education liaison for COLA.  read entire story. . . .

Free activity pass to be given to first responders

Henning School has found a new way to say thank you to the first responders that serve the greater Henning area.
During its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday night, the Henning School Board approved the implementation of a new activity pass for current first responders. The new pass will allow  police officers, fire fighters and ambulance personnel the ability to attend activities for no cost.
“For us again to throw a token of appreciation out to a group that takes care of our community I think would be well received,” said Henning Principal Thomas Williams.
In addition to being a way for the district to thank first responders, Williams said the new pass will also have an added benefit if a first responder is needed at an activity in the future.  read entire story. . . .

Ottertail receives request for new cell phone tower

The Ottertail City Council has given itself an additional 60 days to consider a conditional use permit application for a new cell tower in the city limits.
During its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday night, the city council heard about a request from Verizon Wireless and Ron Heikes to construct a new cell tower near the A-A Secure Storage building located at 321 Highway 78 in Ottertail.
Jay Littlejohn, who was representing Verizon Wireless at the meeting, said the reason for the new cell tower was to improve cell service in the area.
“The only reason we are here is because my client wants to improve service in the area,” he said.  read entire story. . . .

Six candidates file for three school board seats

Voters will have plenty of choices from local candidates seeking office this fall. The filing period for local offices wrapped up on August 16 and a number of seats will have more candidates than vacancies on the ballot.
Some familiar faces will be running for three positions on the Henning School Board. Incumbents Kim Haugen, Rod Thalmann and Reed Reinbold have all filed for re-election and will be joined on the ballot by Brad Anderson, Dwayne Augustus and Judith Brockway. Augustus served on the school board for 12 years until 2012.
In the City of Henning, incumbent Jim Hermanson filed for re-election for the position of mayor. He is the only person to file for the position. Three people filed for two open seats on the city council including incumbent Nancy Oseien. Nick Haspel and Gaylord Anderson also filed for election on the council. Current city council member Beno Lohse did not file for re-election.  read entire story. . . .