Imagine creating artwork that travels around west central Minnesota. Imagine interacting with people to help them reflect and connect to their communities. Imagine collaborating with other artists on such a venture. That's the imagination behind a new $10,000 art commission just announced by West Central Initiative (WCI) and Springboard for the Arts.
On Sept. 14-16, Otter Tail County will celebrate its sesquicentennial with an original musical sharing stories of the past, present and future of the county. "Otter Tales: The Sing-Along, Moving, Musical Puppet Show" is a one-of a kind production that moves from site to site with stories, song and dance. This free, family-friendly experience will be performed in four different communities (Battle Lake, Perham, Pelican Rapids and Parkers Prairie) and will celebrate stories from around the entire county. For more information visit: OtterTail150.com.
Two high risk sex offenders are moving into the Erhard and Pelican Rapids areas. The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office has announced that Gregory Michael Keppers, 28, will be moving into the rural Erhard area, (vicinity of U S Hwy 59 and 340th Street), as of Tuesday, Sept. 4.
The Cultural Center in New York Mills welcomes all to "Painters, Inkers, and Tattoo Lines," a unique graphic arts exhibit that is fun and interactive. On display is the work of Fargo printmaker Troy Becker, St. Cloud painter Adam Spaeth, and painters Avery and Amy Nubson of Fargo. This show also features interactive painting opportunities along with a display of tattoos and their stories from individuals around the state and beyond.
The Perham and Heart of the Lakes Miss and Teen Pageant will be held this Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Perham High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. You will be able to meet Miss Minnesota 2018 Michaelene Karlen and Miss Minnesota Outstanding Teen 2018 Eden Webb along with our candidates vying for the titles. The Lakes Miss candidates are Madi Hagen, Sydney Goltz, Cassidy Nelson and Brooke Critchley. The Teen candidates are Kaylee Baumgart, Ashleigh Kruse, Sophie Nelson, Lizzie LaFond and Becca Simmon. Tickets are $10 at the door.
The 9th annual Ole's Ride is Saturday, Aug. 25. The event is in memory of Richard "Ole" Barten, who lost his battle to cancer in February 2011. Hospice of the Red River Valley cared for Ole during his last months and the family wanted to use the event as a way to give back to an organization that cares for so many families in the area. All proceeds from the event benefit Hospice of the Red River Valley.
Instead of moderating Book Ends in July, Jerry Mevissen will sit in the hot seat and be interviewed by local author Elisa Korenne. Elisa was a guest author at Book Ends in 2017. Mevissen's book is "Animal Life," a collection of fifteen short stories, each named for an animal. The stories often involve animals, but they feature people who act like animals. "This is my fifth and final book," Mevissen says. "I said at the beginning I had five books in me, one for each grandchild. Time to move on."
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and local health departments are investigating at least four cases of salmonellosis affecting one Minnesota resident and three Wisconsin residents. All four of the patients received frozen breaded chicken products at a Ruby’s Pantry pop-up location before their illnesses.
The Fergus Falls Funtastics Theatre Troupe are as surprised as anyone: their hugely successful melodrama dinner theater returns this summer to the Otter Tail Lake area. More than 3,000 patrons made the summer melodrama dinner show a top regional attraction since 2015. But that destination — Elmer's Texas Barbeque Restaurant on Highway 78 — was tragically destroyed by fire last August. That didn't stop Funtastics co- owner Laura Johnson from looking at other options.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children along with the Camden Police Department in South Carolina are asking for the publics assistance to locate a missing 2 year-old child. Dakota Ray was taken on April 15, 2018 by her parents William and Jessica Ray. According to law enforcement both William and Jessica are believed to be heavy methamphetamine users and law enforcement is concerned for the child’s wellbeing.