Otter Tail County ends state of emergency

Starting Thursday, July 1, Otter Tail County will no longer be a state of emergency. It's been more than 15 months since the county declared a state of emergency on March 17, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was one of the first Minnesota counties to do so.
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Marlys and Donald Siems – Battle Lake, MN

Marlys (82) died Sunday, February 16, 2020 at the Battle Lake Good Samaritan Center and Donn (88) Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Essentia Health – St. Mary’s in Detroit Lakes surrounded by his loving family. Both of Otter Tail Lake in rural Battle Lake were under the care of Red River Hospice. A joint celebration of Marlys and Donn’s lives will be Saturday, June 26th at 9 a.m. at the Unitaran Church in Underwood and an open house later the same day at their home on Otter Tail Lake from 1-4 p.m. at 38623 Wagon Trail Loop of Battle Lake. Glende-Nilson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Fergus Falls was in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be made online at
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Becker Co. man convicted for violent 2020 assault

A federal jury has convicted a Becker County (MN) man on assault charges after authorities say he knocked out a person on the White Earth Reservation and dropped a cinder block on his head last year. After a four-day trial, 22-year-old Wesley Warren of Ponsford was convicted on two of...
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Wadena Golden Gloves team sends 2 to championships

Two members of the Central Minnesota Boxing team (the Wadena Golden Gloves team) won their matches at the Golden Gloves boxing matches held at the Perham Area Community Center June 12. Matt Umland was named the 2021 Region IV Golden Gloves 152-pound champion. His brother, Adam Umland, defeated Michael Sumner...

Power line falls, gas line starts on fire

PERHAM, MINN. (Valley News Live) - A bizarre accident shut down a lakes country restaurant while crews repair utility lines. The Cactus in Perham posted on Facebook, saying on Sunday, June 20, a power line fell in front of the restaurant and that started a gas line on fire. The...
Fergus Falls,

Verla Ehlke – Fergus Falls, MN

Verla Ehlke, 89, of Fergus Falls died Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at Pioneer Care. Funeral services were Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Glende-Nilson Funeral Home of Fergus Falls. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Campbell, MN. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. She was born on February 28, 1932 in the Wright Hospital, Fergus Falls, the daughter of Henry and Rose (Fyffe) VanHovel. She was baptized in the First Baptist Church in Breckenridge and attended Campbell Elementary and High School. Verla and Delwin C. Ehlke were married on June 14, 1953 in the First Baptist Church in Campbell, MN. Del was drafted into the U.S. Army, they lived in Ft. Riley, KS and El Paso, TX. Verla returned to Campbell when Del served in Germany. Verla and Del lived in Campbell, then moved to Wendell where they lived until moving to Battle Lake in 1986. Verla was a homemaker who enjoyed raising her children. She had worked at Mendelson Egg Plant in Elbow Lake, she sewed for three years with Rosenblatts, was employed for a short time with Medallion Kitchens, then ten years with Thom Linen, all of Fergus Falls. Verla resided at Pioneer Care for the last six years. Verla enjoyed flowers, gardening and yard work. She did a lot of sewing and craftwork for her family and sewed a lot of her children’s clothing. In her later years, she enjoyed coloring. Verla enjoyed her family and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a devout Christian and wasn’t afraid to share her faith. She had been a member of the Lawrence Presbyterian Church, Grace Evangelical Free Church of Elbow Lake, Bethel Lutheran Church and the Church of the Nazarene, both of Fergus Falls, the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church of Battle Lake and Stavanger Lutheran Church of rural Fergus Falls. She is survived by five children: LaRae (George) Stebe of Fergus Falls, Jayne Cunningham of Milwaukee, WI, Julie McColm of Fargo, ND, Phil (Lezli) Ehlke of Bemidji, MN and Wayne (Barb) Ehlke of Aurora, CO; 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and her brother, Kenton VanHovel of Fergus Falls. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her sister, Velma M. Angell. Glende-Nilson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Battle Lake was in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be made online at

Perham dominates Heart O'Lakes all-conference awards

The Perham Yellowjackets baseball team dominated the Heart O'Lakes conference awards, and four players were named to the all-conference team, with four players receiving honorable mentions. Named to the all-conference team were Yellowjackets Chas Melvin, Ben Shumansky, Andrew Smith, and Logan Pulju. Rian Solberg, Jacob McAllister, Austin Aanenson, and Gage...
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Just What Fireworks Are Legal & Illegal In Minnesota?

When it comes to big explosions and just blowing stuff up, Minnesota has one of the strictest in the country when it comes to fireworks. You certainly wouldn't know anything was illegal if you lived around our lake cabin up by Detroit Lakes. It's aerial bombs pretty much nonstop from the weekend before the fourth until August sometime. Not a good time for one of our dogs who spends a lot of time under the bed.
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Turning Back the Pages: Local headlines from 25 and 50 years ago

Liquor Vote is June 23: Detroit Lakes voters will be offered a chance Wednesday to decide whether or not they want the city or private business engaged in the business of selling on-sale liquor within the city limits. The specific question that voters must decide upon is this: "Shall the City of Detroit Lakes issue liquor licenses to private persons for the operation of 'on sale' liquor stores in connection with a restaurant or hotel-motel?" The 'nitty gritty' of the situation is this: A "yes" vote means that the city should let private enterprise operate on-sale or by-the-drink liquor, but the city will remain in the off-sale, or bottle-shop business. A "no" vote means a continuation of the city operating both on and off-sale liquor.