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New pier in Ottertail

Floating on the western edge of Pelican Bay, a new handicap accessible pier will provide another way of fishing in Ottertail.
“One can stand on the end (of the pier) and drop a line in 16 feet of water. It’s an ideal location,” said Ron Grobeck, the pier project coordinator and president of the Ottertail Business and Community Association. “It’s going to open up an avenue for a lot of people. It’s a new dimension to fishing.”
It took a year and a half of planning, $33,000 in donations and close work with the Department of Natural Resources and Minnesota Department of Transportation, but the Ottertail fishing pier is finally in the water. It was installed last week.  read entire story. . . .

City clerk vs. city administrator

New York Mills City Counselor Josh Hoaby asked his fellow counselors to hold off any decisions about converting the city structure during the August NY Mills City Council meeting. He said a decision on whether the city should change to an administrator structure should wait for a future meeting, in order to give more NY Mills residents the opportunity to voice opinions.  
Currently the City of NY Mills utilizes a city clerk structure. A city administrator structure could be compared to a school district, in which a superintendent supervises the rest of the staff and brings recommendations back to the board. The board makes the final decisions, but is not usually involved with day-to-day issues. In the same way, a city administrator would supervise the department heads and bring recommendations to the council.
In the current structure, the city clerk is simply one of many department heads, all of which answer directly to the council.  read entire story. . . .

Dial-A-Ride offers safe ride for biker and cycle

Providing a safe and free ride service to motorcyclists in Otter Tail County is a key component of Dial-A-Ride. Volunteers, when asked, will transport up to two passengers and a trailer to be used to transport an impaired cyclist’s motorcycle.
A motorcyclist in or near Pelican Rapids, Perham, New York Mills, Henning, Battle Lake, Parkers Prairie or other parts of Otter Tail County. who feels he or she has had too much to drink can call the Dial-A-Ride toll-free number (1-888-342-5743).
A volunteer will pick up a trailer in Fergus Falls and head out to assist the cyclist and passenger with a safe ride home. They also will transport the cycle in a special trailer.
Motorcycle Dial-A-Ride is a statewide program. Its mission is to educate motorcyclists about the consequences of riding and drinking and to encourage the use of intervention methods to prevent impaired riders from riding.  read entire story. . . .