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Dead Lake, located primarily in Otter Tail County, is comprised 7,534 acres. The area is particularly fragile due to 83 percent of the lake being 15 feet or less. Residents have recently won an 8-year battle to return the lake to public property after a developer attempted to build on the area. Photo by Christopher Michalski/FOCUS

Dead Lake returns to mother nature after 8-year battle

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Rain may have fallen on Dead Lake, but it did not rain on anyone's parade on September 15.

Members of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Trust for Public Land (TPL), the Dead Lake Association (DLA), and property owners were in high spirits.

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Dead Lake had been saved from a massive development project that would have caused significant environmental damage the surrounding area, according to an Environmental Impact Statement filed by the DLA.

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