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EAST OTTER TAIL’S ORIGINAL

Vacation Guide

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East Otter Tail County, Minnesota is located in West Central Minnesota, just 3 1/2 hours from Minneapolis - St. Paul, 4 hours from Duluth, and 1 1/2 hours from Fargo, North Dakota.

Calendar

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Otter Tail County website: www.co.otter-tail.mn.us

Map

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Lodging website: www.ottertailcountry.com

Golf Courses

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Dining/Entertainment

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Lake Information

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Lodging

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Motorsports

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Parks

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The Vacation Guide is a special publication for visitors, seasonal residents and yearround citizens in the East Otter Tail Lake Country. The guide was produced by staff at the East Otter Tail Focus newspaper. Publisher: Louis Hoglund; Graphic artists: Carmen Kruzel, Cindy Gilster, Brandon Torgerson; Photographers-writers: Kevin Cederstrom, John George, Heidi Kratzke, Kristi Sonnenberg, Perham Area Cruisers, History Museum of East Otter Tail County; Sales representatives: Diana Aker, Missy Lindquist, Hildie Niemela. In addition to our weekly newspaper, the Contact free shopper is published out of our office in Perham. Cover photo by Kevin Cederstrom

For generations, East Otter Tail’s 1,000 lakes have hosted families from throughout the nation. Otter Tail County at a glance: Otter Tail County Seat: Fergus Falls Phone: 1-218-998-8000 1990 Population: 50,714 2000 Population: 57,159 One of the fastest growing counties in Minnesota, Otter Tail ranks 14th of 87. Area in Square Miles: 2,232 Number of Lakes: 1,048 Lake Area: 173,851 Acres

email: editor@eot.com • website: EOTFocus.com 222 2nd Ave. SE • P.O. Box 288 • Perham, MN 56573 • 218-346-5900


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PERHAM weekends BEGIN on Wednesdays

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he city of Perham is located within 60 miles of over 1,000 lakes, making it the center of tourist activity. In Perham, “weekends begin on Wednesdays.” Perham is the center for surrounding agriculture and tourism in East Otter Tail County. You’ll find plenty of restaurants, bars, antique shops, gift shops, and grocery stores. Beautiful Little Pine and Big Pine Lakes are just north of Perham. Perham Lakeside Country Club borders Little Pine Lake and offers 27 holes of championship golf. Recreation isn’t limited to summer – there are 130 miles of snowmobile trails near the town. The specialty shops located on the downtown cobblestone streets and the Highway 78 corridor offer a unique “small town” shopping experience.

Perham by the Numbers 2,700 estimated population • 1,000 surrounding lakes • 130 miles of snowmobile trails 130-foot water slide at the PACC • 16 parks for recreation or relaxation 27 holes of championship golf • 4 seasons of recreational fun 3 months of weekly turtle races • 2 museums – EOT History and Veterans 1 Perham Express train tour

Perham’s

TURTLE FEST

celebrates town’s trademark

reptile races

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For decades, the Turtle Festival has been one of the highlights of the summer for the Perham area. The event is geared toward family entertainment. Vendors in the streets, performers and entertainers, a parade, a kiddie tractor pull, and sidewalk sales attract thousands to Perham every June. Hop a ride on the Perham Chamber of Commerce “Perham Express” locomotive for a tour of the town. This year’s Turtle Fest will be held June 16-20. Four days of turtle races are featured, Wednesday through Saturday; with a Champion of Champions race on Saturday, featuring winners from all four days. Summer 2010 will be Perham’s 33rd year of International Turtle Races. Join in the fun every Wednesday RAIN OR SHINE, June through August, at 10:30 a.m. in the City Hall Park. The Information Center is located near the races.

Turtle races are great family fun-every Wednesday in Perham.

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Perham has a state-of-theart community fitness and recreation center, offering equipment and activities suited for the entire family. The Perham Area Community Center is a 66,000 square foot facility that houses a beautiful pool area with a 130-foot water slide, an elevated walking track, racquetball courts, three full-size gyms, a complete weight and fitness area, and much more.

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Perham

Turtle Fest a fun event for

ROAD RACE

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he 14th annual Turtle Fest Road Race run is June 19, 2010. Registration race day starts at 7:45 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. The number of runners has averaged about 247 entrants--who run a beautiful route near the Pine Lake chain and the Lakeside Golf Course. The event is held on a runner friendly course on asphalt and a bike path. The race is listed online at www.raceberryjam.com and is also listed on the MN Distance Running Association Race Schedule calendar. The first three male and female runners in the 10K and 5K run receive special awards. In the 5K walk, the first two male and female walkers also receive special awards. In the 5K and 10K runs, masters runners are recognized. The first place male and female runners in 4049; 50-59; 60-69; and 70 plus will receive special awards.

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Home baked cookies, sandwiches, and lots of refreshments are available. Prize drawings will also be held. For more information, contact race director Jim Lee at 218-758-2709 or jimlee262@hotmail.com.

Turtle Fest Road Race June 19 Average Joe Triathlon June 26 Cal Miller Memorial Bike Race Aug. 22

EOT County

FAIR

A fun, fabulous fair...and it’s free! > July 22-25 at the Perham Fairgrounds <

It’s a fair “free-for-all” in Perham July 22-25. For the 2009 fair, the admission fee was eliminated, and it was a big success. So, in 2010, the fair is free for everybody! The East Otter Tail County Fair is a traditional county fair, complete with livestock barns, 4-H exhibits, and commerce/industry booths. The midway is a kaleidoscope of color with modern carnival rides and games.

HERITAGE FESTIVAL & Black Powder Rendezvous A step back in time > Dates to be determined <

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he Perham Heritage Festival brings history alive every year. Look for events such as corn shelling, a flea market, log sawing, antique cars, a black powder shoot, and musical performances. Exciting changes and additions are being considered for the 2010 Heritage Fest; and new special events are planned at the Pioneer Village. Call 800-634-6112 for information.

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– PERHAM ATHLETIC EVENTS –

Black Powder Rendezvous runs at the same time both days, adjacent to Pioneer Village. The Lake Country Mountaineers have hosted the rendezvous for a quarter century. Black powder enthusiasts from throughout the region will be on hand, and there’s lots to see, including an extensive shooting range where black powder weapons are demonstrated.


Perham

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History Museum

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uilt originally as an Episcopal church, this historic building now contains displays and exhibits about the people and places of East Otter Tail County. At the History Museum the past comes alive with early motion pictures, photographic essays and interpretive exhibits.

which dates back to 1883. You can also search a collection of historical photographs.

The museum website allows you to search both volumes of the East Otter Tail History Books, the Register of Births and Deaths in Perham from 1882 to 1900, Finnish language newspapers, and an index to the Enterprise Bulletin

The History Museum of East Otter Tail County was one of the first to make local historical records available online. A genealogy lab welcomes visiting researchers.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS… A VETERANS MUSEUM brings wartime history to life--in the battlefield and on the home front

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he In Their Own Words Veterans Museum opened in Perham in 2006. Several years in the making, the museum features first-hand experiences of area veterans in Europe, Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East. It also includes exhibits from World War I through the current conflicts in the Middle East. Featuring audio commentaries, re-dramatizations of events leading up to and during the wars of the 20th Century, and interactive identity kiosks, ITOW is believed to be the only museum of its kind. Excerpts from over 140 oral histories are included. In addition to the exhibits about veterans, there are also displays about the home front. The museum hosts frequent special events such as lectures and music. ITOW is housed in a renovated VFW Post headquarters at 805 West Main in Perham. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 105; and Sunday 1-4. General admission is $4, free for veterans. For more information, call 218-346-7678 or visit www.ITOWmuseum.org.

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Ottertail

OTTERTAIL

A GROWING O

LAKESIDE city

ttertail city is located on the eastern shores of Otter Tail Lake on Highways 78 and 108. It is one of the fastest growing communities in rural Minnesota. The lake is the 10th largest in the state, and supports several recreational endeavors. As seasonal visitors become permanent residents, businesses flourish.

Ottertail is the perfect home base for golfers, with championship courses in the heart of town, south at Balmoral, and north in Perham. At Thumper Pond Golf Course and Resort you’ll find the new 12,000 square foot Northern Hideaway Indoor Waterpark, featuring a 3-story tower with two slides that twist and turn outside the waterpark.

Recent years have seen the opening of clinics, banks, and many other businesses to serve the growing community. A law enforcement center was recently constructed to provide a County Sheriff ’s substation for the entire eastern portion of the county.

One of the city’s most prominent landmarks is the giant otter statue. The city’s “pet” otter is a 10-foothigh, 14-foot long creation from 1,200 pieces of welded steel. Hidden inside the critter is a time capsule containing community information and photos.

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– OTTERTAIL EVENTS –

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Smokin’ Iron Tractor Pull June 18-19 Otter Fest August 13-14 Otter Dazzle Holiday Celebration Dec. 4, 2010


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SMOKIN’ IRON Truck & Tractor Pull > June 18-19 Ottertail <

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very summer thousands of people flock to the small town of Ottertail for the annual Smokin’ Iron Truck and Tractor Pull. The two-day event is hosted in the city’s center, on a track located behind the water tower off of Highway 108. This year’s 8th annual Smokin’ Iron event will be held on Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19. The pulls begin at 7:00 p.m. each night, with the gates opening at 4 p.m. on Friday and at noon on Saturday. There are now over 80 pullers who travel from across the nation to participate in the widely recognized event. Pullers compete for some of the more than $50,000 in prize money awarded each year. Vendors are also present for the event, and games are set up for kids— making the tractor pull an exciting event the whole family can enjoy. Smokin’ Iron tickets and event information are available by calling 218-367-3092 or visiting www.smokiniron.com.

OTTER FEST > August 13-14 Ottertail <

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ttertail hosts one of the biggest, small-town parades in the region—set August 14 in 2010. The annual Otter Fest Parade is set to coincide with a day full of community-wide activities. Local vendors set up their wares on the streets of Ottertail and musicians play into the night. There are kids games, turtle races, and plenty of food to please the crowd. As soon as the sun fades, fireworks light up the night sky.

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ver the past year, a local ministry has taken on the task of restoring the landmark Ottertail Creamery building. Located at the corner of Main Street (Highway 108) and Maple Avenue, the brick building serves as a welcoming landmark in the old portion of Ottertail city.

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On Friday evening, August 13, the Ottertail Rod and Gun Club hosts the annual demolition derby. Hundreds of spectators fill the derby area near the Ottertail water tower, off of Highway 108. The derby is the official kick-off for the city’s summer celebration.

Built in 1927, the old creamery building has housed a variety of local businesses throughout its decades in the community. Several new retail shops, a coffee shop, and a secondfloor church meeting space are now housed in the creamery—transforming it into a community hub. One of the highlights of the reclaimed structure is a new observation tower, which was constructed on the south side of the building. From the top of the tower, visitors can take in many of the sights the small city has to offer—including a view of seven area lakes.

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HOMETOWN DRUGSTORE Education has long been a strong value in the New York Mills Community. The first school in New York Mills was started in 1874, ten years before the village was incorporated. A group of area residents decided that a school district was necessary to give children of immigrants an opportunity to learn the English language. The 1990s brought more changes to the New York Mills school as a new high school was opened in 1993 adjacent to the elementary school. The school finished a 44,000 sq. ft. addition in 2001, which added more classrooms, computer rooms, a media center, gym and auditorium. New York Mills Public School is proud of its fine quality of education it has be offering for over 130 years. New York Mills Public School District 553 P.O. Box 218 • New York Mills, MN 56567 http://www.nymills.k12.mn.us

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New York Mills The home of INDUSTRY,

ART & CULTURE

ew York Mills is a welcoming community located near the heart of lakes country, home to industry, art and culture. This small town is known nationally for big things such as the birthplace and home of Lund Boats, The Great American Think-Off, and most recently the Ronald McDonald House Benefit Motorcycle Ride. In 1947, Howard Lund built his first metal boat in a local garage. From that early beginning the Lund Boat Co. grew and became the area’s largest employer, producing the “world’s finest fishing boat.” Each year on the second Saturday of June, New York Mills draws about 1,000 motorcycles to participate in what has simply become known as “The Ride.” This annual motorcycle rally and ride raises funds for the Ronald McDonald House in Fargo.

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Nationally known as the home of The Great American Think-Off, the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center offers an astounding arrary of gallery exhibits, musical entertainment, and art workshops throughout the year. The community also comes together for traditional hometown events such as the annual Corn Feed held in August to celebrate the upcoming harvest, and the Finn Creek Summer Folk Festival at Finn Creek Museum. New York Mills and Lund Boats will again this year team up for the Lund Mania Fishing Tournament the first weekend of July.

– NEW YORK MILLS EVENTS –

Every August, New York Mills hosts their annual Corn Feed.

Trade Show March 27 • Great American Think-Off June 12 Ronald McDonald Ride June 12 Lund Mania Fishing Tournament Parade & Street Dance July 2 Corn Feed, Crazy Days August 13 Finn Creek Summer Folk Festival August 28 - 29 Halloween Party October 30 Christmas Kick-Off with Giant Cookie Decorating Nov. 27 Christmas Tree Festival Nov. 27-Dec. 4

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he Lund Mania Fishing Tournament will be held July 2 near New York Mills. Following the tournament, the top 10 teams will participate in the annual New York Mills community parade to be held that evening. The tournament winners will be announced at the conclusion of the parade in front of Central Park. The annual street dance will follow the parade and fishing tournament awards ceremony.

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This is the second year the Lund Mania Fishing Tournament will coincide with the annual parade and street dance, which traditionally draw hundreds to downtown New York Mills for the summer festivities.


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New York Mills

REGIONAL CULTURAL CENTER New York Mills

24 Main Ave. N., New York Mills

(218) 385-3339 www.kulcher.org

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he New York Mills Regional Cultural Center is a place to experience big-time arts and culture in small-town Minnesota. Best known for hosting the “Great American Think-Off,” an annual common man’s philosophy debate, the cultural center is much more than the nationally recognized debate of armchair philosophers. Each year the center brings to the region a wide variety of artistic culture generally not found in rural Minnesota. The cultural center is a great place to attend one of the many concerts featuring a host of talented musicians. Inside the gallery visitors can find a wide variety of art exhibits, discussion groups, workshops and art classes throughout the year. The center seats about 125 for concerts and provides excellent acoustics for monthly musical performances, including blues, jazz, folk and classical.

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ach year a question is decided on and announced to the public. Arm-chair philosophers from around the country and different parts of the world submit essays arguing one side of the question or the other. The idea of the contest is to provide an opportunity for ordinary people to voice their opinions on serious issues. The first Think-Off was held in 1993 when four finalists, chosen from the hundreds of essays submitted, came to New York Mills to debate the question, “The Nature of Mankind: Inherently Good or Inherently Evil?” Past Think-Off questions include, “Does God Exist?”, “Is the Pen Mightier Than the Sword?”, “Is the Death Penalty Ethical in a Civilized Society?”, “Is Democracy Fair?” and “Which should you trust more: your head or your heart?” 2009 Think-Off winner, John Pollock

FINN CREEK Open Air Museum > Summer Folk Festival - August 28-29 Southeast of New York Mills <

What began as a family farm southeast of New York Mills has emerged as a wonderful outdoor museum. Over the last decade, the Minnesota Finnish-American Historical Society has continued to make acquisitions and improvements to the museum, which include a dipping well, summer kitchen, granary and log corncrib. The Finn Creek Open Air Museum, located six miles southeast of New York Mills, is an 18-acre interpretive site devoted to preserving the heritage of the Finnish culture. Open all summer, the museum includes a 1900 original farmstead, log barns, “Savu” smoke sauna, sawmill and gift shop. The Finn Creek Summer Folk Festival is the last weekend of August. The annual celebration features entertainment, demonstrations, food, a sawmill, grain threshing, tractor pulls, crafts and a Finnish church service.

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Great thinkers debate profound issues at NY Mills trademark “Great American Think-Off ”

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ergas: A gem of a village with an enormous statue of their state bird, is a favorite spot in the Otter Tail Lake Country.

Vergas/Frazee

VERGAS

The loon statue and the August Looney Daze festival are Vergas trademarks. Another Vergas event that is becoming extremely popular is the annual Maple Syrup Festival, usually held the first Saturday in April–complete with an old-fashioned pancake feed. New over the past two years is the Vergas Long Lake blacktop trail, which provides safe passage from the charming downtown area to the loon statue. Dozens of area resorts are ready to show visitors the finer points of water sports, fishing, and just plain relaxing. The Vergas Community Center, remodeled and air conditioned, is available for receptions, dances, meetings and other events. Vergas lives by the adage: “We are small enough to know you, but big enough to serve you!” The grocery store, hardware store, gift shops, restaurants, and all Vergas businesses have first class service for residents and visitors alike.

The Loon A major tourist attraction is the Vergas Loon, a 20-foot-tall replica overlooking Long Lake, dedicated in 1963 to the memory of the community's third postmaster Edward (Ewald G.) Krueger, who served from 1933 until his death in 1962. He was a major advocate of the community park that opened in 1958.

– VERGAS EVENTS – Maple Syrup Festival April 10 Looney Daze August 12-15

FRAZEE

IMMENSE TURKEY helped put Frazee on the map

Frazee, the home of “the world’s largest turkey” is located on the Otter Tail River, just north of Hwy. 10 and over the Otter Tail County border in Becker County. Population is estimated at about 1,400. Frazee is a community of celebrations, including Turkey Days, July 22-25 in 2010. New in Frazee is the August Corn Feed on Main Ave., tentatively set for August 20--but depending on maturity of the corn.

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In addition to “the world’s largest loon”, the park at Long Lake has picnic shelters, fishing docks, a designated swimming area, and play equipment.

Quarterly “Talent Showcase” nights are featured at the Event Center, including March 18 and Nov. 4 in 2010. Oktoberfest will be Oct. 3 in 2010, featuring polka bands and German revelry.

– FRAZEE EVENTS – Sled Dog Rendezvous January 22-23 • Turkey Days July 22 - 25

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Otter Tail County

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SEARCH LOCAL HISTORY ON THE WEB www.HistoryMuseumEOT.org


January

www.rmhride.com 12 New York Mills Great American Think16 Ottertail Radar Run 22-23 10th Annual 3rd Crossing Sled Dog Off (2nd Sat.) 16-20 Perham Community Turtle Fest Rendezvous-Frazee Wed, Fri & Sat., Train Rides & Turtle Races 10am to Noon February For complete Turtle Fest Schedule, call 5 Perham Lakes Lions Mardi Gras-Perham Perham Chamber: 218-346-7710 Lakeside Golf Course 5-7 Liquidation Sale (1st Sat.)- Perham Area 18-19 Perham Turtle Fest Food & Craft Vendors, Parade Friday night, 7 p.m. Community Center 18-19 8th Annual Smokin' Iron Truck and 6 Kinship's Polar Plunge at Zorbaz Tractor Pull in Ottertail - Ottertail Business 11 6th annual Kinship Bunco tourney, Assocation: 218-367-3092 Mulligan’s at Lakeside Golf Course 19 Lions Pancake Feed in Ottertail 13 Chocolate Saturday (2nd Sat.) 20-21 20th Annual Perham Area Trade and 19 5K & 10K Turtle Fest Road Race-Paul Miller Park Home Show at the PACC Registration 7:45am Race starts at 9am 27 Girls Basketball Spring Fling - Perham Race results on www.myvira.com Area Community Center Jim Lee: 218-758-2709 or jimlee262@hotmail.com March 19-20 5th Annual Home Run Club Legion 14 Wolf Lake Fire Department Pancake Wooden Bat Baseball Tournament Feed 26 Kinship Average Joe/Jo Triathlon 14 Lions Pancake Feed in Ottertail Jill Shipman: 218-346-7102 or 18 Frazee talent showcase, Event Center Kinship@perham.k12.mn.us 27 Trade Show in New York Mills 26-27 Battle Lake Lions Walleye Fishing Tournament

April

10 Vergas Maple Syrup Fest (1st Sat) www.govergas.com 10 Easter Egg Hunt in New York Mills

May

June Every Wednesday in Perham Train Rides & Turtle Races Train Rides at 10am-Noon Race Registration 10am, Races 10:30am Perham Area Chamber: 218-346-7710 Thursdays Turtle Races in Battle Lake 5 International Adult-Youth Fishing Tournament at Zorbaz, Perham 8:30am to 3:30pm Hoots Sports at 218-346-3333 www.hootssports.com or to www.angleryoungangler.ca 5 Citywide Garage Sale in Frazee 5-6 Detroit Lakes Street Faire www.visitdetroitlakes.com or DL Chamber: 800-542-3992 12 Citywide Garage Sale in Henning 12 9th Annual Ronald McDonald House Ride (2nd Sat.) At the VFW in New York Mills

Every Wednesday in Perham Train Rides & Turtle Races Train Rides at 10am-Noon Race Registration 10am, Races 10:30am Thursdays Turtle Races in Battle Lake 2 Lund Fishing Tournament, NY Mills 2 Parade and Street Dance in NY Mills 3 Baseball and Fireworks in NY Mills 4 Baseball Game and Fireworks at 10pm at Krueger Field/Fairgrounds, Perham 9 Relay for Life of East Otter Tail County, Perham High School Track Lisa Peterson: 218-346-4747 9-18 Detroit Lakes Northwest Water Carnival www.visitdetroitlakes.com 10 Ottertail Community Auction 10-11 Phelps Mill Arts Festival (2nd weekend) 11 18th Annual Perham Area Cruisers car and motorcycle show 10am to 4pm LeRoy Wegscheid: 218-367-2571 11 Dent parade tentatively set, call 218-7582100 closer to date for information. Lions Club Chicken “Stampede” Feed at 4 p.m. in city park 16-18 73rd Annual Henning Area Festival and Fly-In 22-25 East Otter Tail County Fair-Perham Fairgrounds 22-25 56th Annual Frazee Turkey Days, AllSchool Reunion, www.frazeecommunityclub.com,

August Every Wednesday Train Rides & Turtle Races Train Rides at 10am-Noon Race Registration 10am, Races 10:30am Perham Area Chamber: 218-346-7710 Thursdays Turtle Races in Battle Lake 5-7 WE Fest-Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes (1st full weekend) 800-493-3378 or www.wefest.com 6 27th Annual Tuffy Nelson Golf ClassicPerham Lakeside Golf Course (1st Friday) Nick Anderson: 218-346-6070 6-7 Perham Crazy Days Sidewalk Sales 7 ROLA Days - Grass Snowmobile Drags, NY Mills 7 Art of the Lakes Art and Craft Show in Battle Lake 12-14 Red Horse Ranch Rodeo 12-15 Vergas Looney Daze & Parade www.govergas.com 13 Crazy Days, Corn Feed Festival, New York Mills 13-14 Otter Fest in Ottertail (2nd weekend) Friday night Demo Derby, Saturday Parade at 11 a.m., Street Dance Saturday night at firehall, with "Sapphire." Hosted by Ottertail Business Association: 218-367-3092 13-15 Wolf Lake Harvest Festival 14 Lions Pancake Feed in Ottertail 20 Summer Crazy Day & Famous Turkey BBQ in Henning 20 Frazee Corn Feed is tentatively scheduled-depending on maturity of the corn. It could be earlier. Main Avenue East, 5-7 p.m.

21 Watermelon Day in Vining 21 Last Chance Demo Derby-Perham Fairground Outlaw Motor Sports: Jerry at 218-296-0302 22 Cal Miller Bike Race-Paul Miller Park, 9 a.m. race begins, www.lakesareabikeclub.com Pat Puetz: 218-334-8441 or pat81452@hotmail.com 28-29 Finn Creek Summer Folk Festival, near New York Mills

September Pumpkin Patch in NYM 3-5 Perham's Labor Day weekend sidewalk 3-6 Western MN Steam Thrashers Reunion (Labor Day weekend) www.rollag.com

October 2 Harvest Fest Fall Flea Market in Perham (1st Saturday) 3 Frazee Oktoberfest (1st Sun)- Frazee Event Center www.frazeecommunityclub.com 23 Pumpkin Festival (MEA weekend) Proceeds will be donated to an Ottertail city project www.williamscompanystore.com 23 OctoberFest in Henning 29 Halloween Party in New York Mills 30 Frazee Sugar & Spice Craft Fair www.frazeecommunityclub.com 31 Lions Halloween Party in Vergas 31 Wolf Lake Lions Wild Game Feed, at the Lions Hall

Communities, please contact:

Battle Lake .............. 218.864.0424 ci.battle-lake.mn.us

Dent ......................... 218.758.2100

Frazee ...................... 800.407.2488 frazee.govoffice.com frazeecommunityclub.com

Henning....................

November

218.583.2983

Perham's Old Fashion Christmas Call Chamber for info 218-346-7710 4 Talent showcase, Frazee event center 6 FOCUS Annual Christmas Plus Baazar. Booth Information: Anna Aakre: 218-3465915 20 Otter Dazzle Prince & Princess Pageant 26 Holiday Parade of Lights, Kick-Off to Old-Fashioned Christmas in Perham 26-28 Frazee Festival of Trees (First 2 FriSun weekends after Thanksgiving) www.frazeecommunityclub.com 27 Christmas Kick-Off, Giant Cookie Decorating in New York Mills 27-Dec. 4 Tree Festival in New York Mills

New York Mills.........

November-December

December 1-18 Perham Giving Tree Call 218-3467710 for information 1-24 Perham's Old Fashion Christmas events and retail promotions 3-5 Frazee Festival of Trees 4 Ottertail Otter Dazzle Parade of Lights (1st Saturday) 4 Lions Pancake Feed in Ottertail 4 Vergas Santa Claus Day-Community Center (1st Saturday) www.govergas.com 4 Community Christmas Party New York Mills 4 Craft Show in Battle Lake 11 Santa Day in Henning 11 Santa Day in Richville 31 Perham Area Chamber's New Year’s Eve Gala-Mulligan’s Perham Area Chamber: 218-346-7710

Organizers may reschedule events. Please verify dates prior to making vacation plans.

218.385.2213 www.explorenewyorkmills.com

Ottertail ................... 218.367.2250 www.ottertailcity.com

Perham .................... 218.346.7710 www.perham.com www.cityofperham.com

Richville ................... 218.346.4738

Vergas...................... 218.342.2091 www.govergas.com

Vining ...................... 218.769.4321

www.perham.com • 800.634.6112

1 Butler Days 15 MN Opening Day Walleye Fishing 20-23 Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds www.visitdetroitlakes.com or DL Chamber: 800-542-3992 29 MN Opening Day Bass Fishing

July

www.eotcountyfair.org or 218-346-2750 23 Miss Perham & Heart of the Lakes Pageants-Perham High School www.missminnesota.com 23-25 Wenonga Days in Battle Lake 24 Deer Trail Day in Deer Creek 24 5th Annual Dreams for Kids Bike RunPioneer Village, Perham.....Wanda: 218-3464217 or Mark: 218-346-3452 25 32nd Annual Detroit Lakes Arts & Crafts in the Park www.visitdetroitlakes.com or DL Chamber: 800-542-3992

Information on these

Calendar of Events

2010 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

For updated

Wolf Lake ................ 218.538.6528

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Map

East Otter Tail County, Minnesota Agriculture: At the time of early settlement, 2/3 of the area was forested and 1/3 native prairie. In 1994, 80% of the land was used as crop or pasture land and 20% was forested. In 1994, Otter Tail County ranked first in the state in production of hay, oats, and dry edible beans and ranked second in stock sheep and lambs, milk cows and milk production, cattle and calves, and total livestock in the state.

Transportation:

World’s Larg PAGE 17

Major transportation corridors cross Otter Tail County.

Centrally Located in the Heart of Minnesota

Some present-day highways, roads, and railroad grades follow the old trails and oxen-cart paths made by Native Americans and the first white settlers who traveled through Otter Tail County. There is one interstate highway, three US highways, and nine state highways. Three railway systems serve the county. There are five airports – Battle Lake, Henning, New York Mills, Pelican Rapids, Fergus Falls and Perham.

World’s Largest Pelican 34

Pelican Rapids

Perham

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Dent 59

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Home of the Turtle Races PAGE 5

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www.perham.com • 800.634.6112

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Ottertail Maine

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Prairie Wetlands Learning Center

✭ Phelps Mill PAGE 27

Sculpture Park PAGE 22 Vining

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Battle Lake

Fergus Falls

Drive the 150 mile Otter Trail Scenic Byway in small parts, or plan on stopping for lunch and make it a full day. The byway is marked by signs as shown below.

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210 120

Clitherall 33 35

Dalton

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Inspiration Peak PAGE 36

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Maplewood State Park

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Map

World’s Largest Turkey PAGE 17

gest Loon Paul Miller Park

Perham Lakeside Golf Course ITOW...Veterans Museum, History Museum of East Otter Tail County PAGE 9

✗ In 2000, 33% of Otter Tail County residents reported German ancestry, 27% Norwegian, 8% Swedish, 5% Irish, 4% English, 3% each Finnish and Polish, 2% each French, Dutch, and Danish, 1% each Mexican, Scandinavian, Czech, French Canadian, American Indian, and Scottish.

Sculpture Park Finn Creek PAGE 15

World’s Largest Otter PAGE 10

Maine

Thumper Pond Golf Course

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Balmoral Golf Course

✗ Total annual precipitation in Otter Tail County is 26.56 inches with 73% usually falling in April through September. The heaviest 1day rainfall during the period of record was 4.4 inches in Ottertail on June 19, 1979, and 4.3 inches in Fergus Falls on August 7, 1992. Thunderstorms occur on about 32 days each year, and most occur in July.

Bluffton

www.perham.com • 800.634.6112

Regional Cultural Center PAGE 15

Glendalough State Park PAGE 36 Chief Wenonga PAGE 24

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Battle Lake


Richville / Henning / Vining

RICHVILLE

CHARMING TOWN with a RURAL HERITAGE

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ichville is located near the popular fishing lakes of Rush and Marion. In the summertime, seasonal visitors outnumber permanent residents. Bluegrass music has become a highlight of the summer in Richville, as the recently-expanded United Methodist Church hosts an annual old-time and gospel music festival in June. The 2000 census counted 124 locals--but hundreds of resort guests and seasonal residents count Richville as their “hometown away from home.” They love to stop at the quaint rural community’s famous “Wagon Wheel” general store, which sells everything from bait to groceries to hardware. The “Rockin Horse” is a favorite eatery. The Richville Senior Center is a hub of activity for the area with weekly whist and cribbage games, quilting, and monthly pancake feeds. Early businesses included an elevator, a creamery, and a pickle company; the post office began in 1904 in postmaster Charley A. Friberg's general store.

HENNING

Your GATEWAY to the OTTER TAIL LAKE COUNTRY

218.583.2402 • www.henning.govoffice.com

H

enning is a “Community Growing With Pride!” The 760 residents of Henning will tell you that it's a nice small town, a great place to raise a family and educate children, a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the big city and just a wonderful place to call home. Henning celebrates all year long in a big way with a summer long Henning area fishing contest, summer crazy days, a Famous Turkey Barbeque, Octoberfest, and Santa Day. The 73rd annual Henning Area Festival and Fly-In will be held July 16-18, 2010. The nine-hole Oakwood Golf Course is a favorite for golfers. In 1905, of those residents not born in Minnesota, 52% were Norwegian, 42% Swedish and 2% German. The 2000 census counted 719 residents in Henning; 32% of Norwegian and 31% of German ancestry, with only 7% having Swedish roots.

VINING

WATERMELON DAY: BIGGEST small town CELEBRATION in the county

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ining is a small community located on the Otter Trail Scenic Byway. The 2003 population was estimated to be 70. Vining was named for a town in east central Iowa – also with an estimated population of 70. East Battle Lake and Stuart Lake are located near the town of Vining. A building formerly housing the village school serves as a Community Center for activities and senior citizen functions. Vining is nationally known for Watermelon Day in August and Ken Nyberg's metal sculptures. On the third Saturday of each August (Aug. 21, 2010), the community of Vining plays host to nearly 4,000 people for Watermelon Day: “The Biggest Small Town Celebration in Otter Tail County.”

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Ken Nyberg, a descendant of early Norwegian settlers who came to the Vining area, has created many interesting sculptures. In 1991, he fashioned a 1,200-pound sculpture of a foot from scrap metal. It stands 11 feet tall and has an exaggerated big toe. This piece was donated to the town of Vining.


HOMETOWN HOSPITALITY in the midst of lively tourism area D

ent is nestled in the center of several lakes with resorts and a thriving tourist industry. The building of the Soo Line through Otter Tail County was responsible for the platting of at least five towns on its right of way, including the village of Dent. Many people puzzle over the unique name of this little community. Ask anyone in town and they will reply, “corn!” A variety of corn grown by the area’s native population, and later seed produced by the Northwestern Dent Corn Company, provides the name. The “Welcome to Dent” signs proudly display the corn logo.

Dent / Wolf Lake

DENT

New to Dent in 2009 is an “All Veterans Memorial,” located in the scenic park at the entrance to the community. (Pictured on this page.) Fish Fry, Chicken Stampede are Dent’s signature events The small community of Dent has several events each year including the Lions Chicken Stampede on July 11. Parade tentatively set , call 218-758-2233. During Lenten season, the Dent Lions Club teams up with Nootzie’s Café to host the perfect fish fry.

Several community organizations serve residents and visitors alike: Dent American Legion Post 148 and Auxiliary, Dent Community Senior Citizens, Dent Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Dent Diggers Garden Club, Dent Community Club, Dent Helping Hands 4-H, and the Dent Lions Club. Summer visitors are encouraged to look for the “Baseball Tonight” banner that signals the opportunity to be a spectator at an event as old as the history of Dent – amateur baseball. Dent’s ball field is a classic, town team diamond--with a picnic shelter and the Lions building nearby.

WOLF LAKE T

raveling east on State Highway 87 from Frazee toward Menahga, a left turn onto County Road 45 leads the way to Wolf Lake and the gateway to the northwoods of Minnesota. With a population of 31, this is the smallest town in Becker County, but the community is well prepared with all the supplies needed to enjoy an outdoor adventure of fishing, hiking, hunting, camping, or many other recreational activities. Visitors don’t need to travel far to enjoy the water. Sportsman’s Park has a fishing pier, picnic facilities, a public boat access, playground equipment and good old-fashioned horseshoe courts. The Wolf Lake Lions Hall and Recreation Area is right on the water’s edge at the Wolf Lake Waterfront Park. There visitors will find a beach, fishing pier, picnic area with shelter, playground, showers and restroom facilities. There are four sites with electric hookups and grills, as well as many informal tenting sites.

– WOLF LAKE EVENTS –

March 14 Fire Department Pancake Feed August 13-15 Harvest Festival October 31 Wolf Lake Lions Wild Game Feed

Dent City Hall • 218.758.2233

EDGE of the NORTH WOODS At the

Wolf Lake celebrates baseball. The amateur “Wolf Pack” team is a regional favorite. The August Harvest Festival, August 13-15, includes Miss Wolf Lake and Little Miss Wolf Lake pageants, a street dance and a beer garden, a 5K run/walk, a coloring contest, ham dinner, mud run, parade, arm wrestling, pie social, horseshoe tournament, food court, and softball tournament. Wolf Lake might be a small town, but they sure know how to put on a party! Call 218-538-9500 for information.

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Battle Lake

BATTLE LAKE

A RECREATIONAL HUB with an ARTISTIC FLAIR

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attle Lake is a bustling little community wrapped snugly around the western edge of West Battle Lake. The public beach is one of the finest in the area. The "Little City with a Big Heart" has an estimated population of about 800, but as a popular spot for lake home owners and visitors--the community has a unique balance of down-home charm with a touch of sophistication. Located on the Otter Trail Scenic Byway, the city of Battle Lake sits on the western shore of West Battle Lake and extends up to the southeast shore of Silver Lake and the southwest border of Glendalough State Park. The city lies within the basin of the ancient glacial Lake Agassiz. From summer cabins to lake homes, fall festivals to fish fries, parades to parks, arts & craft shows to floral, gift, ice cream, coffee & tea shops, walleye tournaments to turtle races, Battle Lake “has something to offer everyone of every age in every season.”

AREA COMMUNITY CENTER

218.862.5222 • www.lakesareacc.org

Battle Lake debuts new LAKES

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he quaint Lutheran church in downtown Battle Lake has been transformed into a beautiful community center--complete with a performance stage. Completing its first full season in 2009, the Lakes Area Community Center featured weekly entertainment on “Come to the Lakes” night. Even Elvis graced the community center stage! The series was so successful that the Thursday night features are planned again for 2010. Just a few steps off Battle Lake’s wonderful Main Street, the Lakes Area Community Center also serves as an information center for the lake country.

– BATTLE LAKE EVENTS – June, July, August Turtle Races every Thursday June 26-27 Lions Walleye Fishing Tournament July 23-25 Wenonga Days August 7 Arts of the Lakes Show

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rt of the Lakes Gallery in Battle Lake displays a large number of high quality art pieces in a variety of mediums, including paintings in oil, watercolor, pastels, as well as sculpture, carved gourds, pottery, jewelry and much more. Much of the art is inspired by Minnesota’s beautiful landscape and wildlife. Visitors will enjoy perusing fine artwork in the pleasant atmosphere of our convenient downtown location. Recently renovated to exhibit even more artwork, including guest artists, the gallery is wellknown as one of the most spacious, well-lit and inviting in Central Minnesota. Art of the Lakes has been in existence for over 40 years and is a non-profit organization with a membership of over 120. The gallery is run by exhibiting member artists who live in the area, many of whom are well-known both locally and internationally. Art of the Lakes also promotes art education, workshops for all ages, and continues its mission to increase art awareness in the surrounding area.

Art of the Lakes Gallery 108 S. Lake Avenue, Battle Lake, MN 218-864-8606 www.artofthelakes.org


Stoneware Pottery by Mike & Lori Charest On the North Shore of Otter Tail Lake 39290 Co. Hwy #1 Richville, Minnesota, 56576

218-495-2245

ART AND MUSIC ALL YEAR â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ROUND

24 North Main Avenue, P.O. Box 248 New York Mills, MN 56567 www.kulcher.org 218.385.3339 nymills@kulcher.org

Performing and visual arts all year. Regional artist, gift store, fine acoustic music. Great American Think-Offtm June 12, 2010 at 7pm

Original paintings and prints of Minnesota landscapes STUDIO GALLERY OPEN BY APPOINTMENT 218-948-2288 www.stephenhenning.com

Since 1989

Custom Services Open All Year

Pine Mill Farm Furniture Ottertail, MN

218-367-2885

pinemill@lakesplus.com www.pinemillfarm.com

8 miles south of Perham on #78, then 3 miles east on #54

Artofthelakes.org 218-864-8606 108 Lake Avenue South Battle Lake, Minnesota Art & Craft Affair

2nd Saturday of August annually


Golf Courses

East Otter Tail

LAKES AREA GOLF

Although the East Otter Tail Lakes Area is famous for its water activities and fishing, vacationers would be missing out if they didn’t hit the links at one of the area’s fine golf courses.

Perham Lakeside Golf Club 2727 450th St., Perham • Club Pro: Nick Anderson (218) 346-6070 • www.perhamlakeside.com Perham Lakeside Golf Club is located north of Perham between Cty. Rd. 51 and Cty. Rd. 8 on the south side of Little Pine Lake. PLGC is the area’s only 27-hole championship course with a Golf Learning Center and driving range. The rating/slope varies with the different 18-hole combinations. The Pine Course was added in 2001 and a new clubhouse with a restaurant, banquet hall and pro shop opened in the spring of 2003. Known for its variety, PLGC is a regular stop for novices as well as seasoned amateurs.

Thumper Pond Golf Course

www.perham.com • 800.634.6112

300 Thumper Lodge Rd., Ottertail Club Pro: Jeff Olson (218) 367-2000 • www.thumperpond.com Thumper Pond Golf Course, located off of Hwy. 78 in downtown Ottertail, is known for all the mature pine trees and well developed greens. Quickly becoming an area favorite, the course added a luxury hotel, complete with a water park and restaurant, to their already stunning clubhouse. Thumper Pond measures 6,606 yards from the gold tees with a rating/slope of 72.4/134. Both finishing holes, No. 9 and No. 18, offer a grand view of the spectacular clubhouse which overlooks a pond protecting both greens.

Balmoral Golf Course 28294 Hwy 78, Battle Lake • Club Pro: John Young (800) 943-2077 • www.golfbalmoral.com Balmoral Golf Course has been a popular recreation spot for over 40 years. Located in the southern Otter Tail Lake area east of Hwy. 78, Balmoral has been voted the area’s favorite course a number of times. The “Home of the Black Squirrel” has become an unofficial nickname for Balmoral, which measures 6,204 yards from the blue tees with a rating/slope of 69.9/116.

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Blueberry Pines, Menahga - 218.564.4653 • Pebble Lake, Fergus Falls - 218.736.7404 Headwaters CC, Park Rapids - 218.732.4832 • Detroit CC, Detroit Lakes - 218.847.5790 Wildflower, Detroit Lakes - 218.439.3357 • Balmoral North Par 3, Battle Lake - 218.864.5447


HISTORIC

flour mill preserved for FUTURE

GENERATIONS

> Phelps Mill Festival • July 10-11 <

Phelps Mill

PHELPS MILL COUNTY PARK T

he history of milling in rural Minnesota is embodied in the story of Phelps Mill. William Thomas purchased the land in 1887 and had the mill operating by 1889. Originally known as the Maine Roller Mill, it produced 60-75 barrels of flour per day. It was later renamed Phelps Mill after Thomas’ wife’s maiden name to avoid confusion with the village of Maine a few miles north of the mill. After the turn of the century, business at the mill gradually declined. Steam, gasoline and electricity powered mills ran more efficiently than water. In addition, railroads made it cheaper to ship wheat to Minneapolis/St. Paul than to mill the wheat in the county. Soon rural mills became obsolete. Thomas sold the mill in 1919. It was sold again in 1928 and eventually closed in 1939. Phelps Mill has become a symbol of the old rural life.

Maine Township From Ottertail follow County Rd. 1 toward Amor, and turn right on County Rd. 45. Phelps Mill WEB PAGE www.co.otter-tail.mn.us/phelpsmill

www.co.otter-tail.mn.us/phelpsmill • 800.634.6112

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Dining/Entertainment

DINING & Entertainment

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104 1ST AVE. DENT, MN • 218-758-8000 10 A.M. - 2 A.M.

• Full Menu • Daily Dinner Specials • OFF Sale • Broasted Chicken • Check for Entertainment • Daily Drink Specials • Charitable Gambling

DAILY BEER AND DRINK SPECIALS

Located at Perham Lakeside Golf Club 1 mile north of Perham on Co. Rd. 51 or Co. Rd. 8

$2 Domestic Beer $2 Well Drinks OPEN YEAR ROUND

145 1st Ave. South, Perham 346-7144

Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials Sunday Brunch Buffet, Banquet & Meeting Facility Seats up to 300

Open Sunday 12noon-1am

218-346-6070 www.perham lakeside.com

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Dining/Entertainment

Try our daily Pizza, Chicken & Salad Bar Buffet

HAPPY HOUR: Monday-Friday 3:30-6 pm Reduced Prices · Pulltabs Available · Pizza

Noon & Evenings

OFF SALE: Monday-Saturday 9 am-10 pm Cold Beer · Great Selection of Liquors & Wines Discounts and Case Lot Prices

CENTENNIAL DRIVE · NEW YORK MILLS

218-385-2004

HOURS: MON-THURS 9 AM-MIDNIGHT; FRI & SAT 9AM-1AM

OPEN 7 DAYS: Monday-Sunday 11am-9:30 pm We serve Beer & Wine. 910 Palubicki Avenue, PERHAM

218.346.7941

COUPON

BUFFET $

1.00 off Noon or Night.

Expires September 4, 2010 121 Second Ave. SE, Perham • 346-7890 106 Jefferson St S, Wadena • 631-2145

Check the current specials in the

Dining and Entertainment section of our local newspapers

•Trail Rides •Pony Rides • Horse Drawn Wagon and Sleigh Rides

www.perham.com • 800.634.6112

Mills Liquorst..to.gether! a great place to ge

take out available

OPEN DAILY 9AM-6PM; SUNDAYS NOON-6PM

EOT Focus: continuing the hometown newspaper traditions of the Perham Enterprise Bulletin and New York Mills Herald Published each Thursday by Forum Communications Co., 222 Second Avenue SE, Perham, MN.

MANY SPECIALS AVAILABLE

Call for Reservations & Information:

218-367-2699 9 mi. North of Battle Lake or 17 mi. South of Perham on Highway 78, then 3/4 mi. East on County Road 128

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Lake Information

AreaLakes Information STAR LAKE NEAREST TOWN: DENT

DEVILS LAKE

MARION LAKE

NEAREST TOWN: PERHAM

NEAREST TOWN: RICHVILLE

PUBLIC ACCESS INFORMATION

Type: Concrete Description: A state owned public access is located off of County Highway 108 along the North shoreline of the lake.

PUBLIC ACCESS INFORMATION

Type: Concrete Description: A state owned public access is located off of County Road 35 along the East shoreline of the Lake.

CLITHERALL LAKE NEAREST TOWN: CLITHERALL

Type: Concrete Description: A state owned public access is located off of County Road 49 along the Southeast shoreline of the lake.

LAKE CHARACTERISTICS Lake Area (acres): 1,664 Maximum Depth (ft): 62

LAKE CHARACTERISTICS Lake Area (acres): 4,721 Maximum Depth (ft): 94

DEAD LAKE

BIG MCDONALD LAKE

NEAREST TOWN: DENT

NEAREST TOWN: DENT

PUBLIC ACCESS INFORMATION

Type: Concrete Description: A state owned public access is located off of County Highway 48 along the Northeast shoreline of the lake.

LAKE CHARACTERISTICS Lake Area (acres): 314 Maximum Depth (ft): 67

LITTLE MCDONALD LAKE NEAREST TOWN: DENT

Perham Chamber • 800.634.6112

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PUBLIC ACCESS INFORMATION

✖ PUBLIC ACCESS INFORMATION

Type: Concrete Description: A state owned public access is located off of County Highway 35 along the North shoreline of the North Basin.

Type: Concrete Description: A state owned public access is located off of a Township Road along the South shoreline of the lake.

Type: Earthen Description: A township owned public access is located off of State Highway 210 along the Northeast shoreline of the lake.

LAKE CHARACTERISTICS Lake Area (acres): 2,493 Maximum Depth (ft): 69

FOR MORE DETAILED LAKE MAPS VISIT THE MINNESOTA DNR WEBSITE AT WWW.DNR.STATE.MN.US.

Type: Concrete Description: A state owned public access is located off of County Road 115 along the South shoreline of the West Basin.

Type: Concrete Description: A state owned public access is located off of County Road 32 along the South shoreline of the East Basin.

✖ PUBLIC ACCESS INFORMATION

Type: Concrete Description: A state owned public access is located on a Township Road, one mile North off of County Highway 108, along the East shoreline of the lake.

LAKE CHARACTERISTICS Lake Area (acres): 935 Maximum Depth (ft): 46

PUBLIC ACCESS INFORMATION

Type: Concrete Description: A state owned public access is located off of County Highway 34 along the South shoreline of the lake.

LAKE CHARACTERISTICS Lake Area (acres): 1,174 Maximum Depth (ft): 109

Resorts: Kimp’s Kamp, Northern Lights Resort

LAKE CHARACTERISTICS Lake Area (acres): 7,901 Maximum Depth (ft): 65

For Lodging on these lakes, see LODGING SECTION pgs. 32-34

OTTERTAIL Rush Lake Resort • (218) 346-6003 Shady Grove Resort (Rush Lake) (218) 346-6040 Hidden Haven Resort (Rush Lake) (218) 346-6046 Carr’s Lake Country Supermarket (218) 367-2550 Limmers Resort (Rush Lake) (218) 367-2790 Ottertail Oasis • (218) 367-3626 Olson Tire & Oil • (218) 367-2301

DENT Galaxy Resort (Star Lake) (218) 758-2841 Big Mc Donald Resort (218) 758-2369 Rocky’s Resort (Star Lake) (218) 758-2811 Collins Landing (Dead Lake) (218) 758-2697 Stoll’s Bait • (218) 758-2550 Floppie Crappie • (218) 758-2339


BIG PINE

NEAREST TOWN: OTTERTAIL

NEAREST TOWN: PERHAM

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PUBLIC ACCESS INFORMATION

Type: Concrete Description: A state owned public access is located off of County Highway 78 along the East shoreline of the lake.

Type: Concrete Description: A state owned public access is located off of County Highway 72 along the West shoreline of the lake.

Type: Concrete Description: A state owned public access is located off of a Township Road along the Northwest shoreline of the lake.

LAKE CHARACTERISTICS Lake Area (acres): 13,725 Maximum Depth (ft): 120

LAKE CHARACTERISTICS Lake Area (acres): 4,730 Maximum Depth (ft): 76

EAST SILENT LAKE

Type: Concrete Description: A state owned public access is located off of County Road 54 along the Northwest shoreline of the lake.

LAKE CHARACTERISTICS Lake Area (acres): 929 Maximum Depth (ft): 42

Type: Concrete Description: A state owned public access is located off of State Highway 78 along the Southwest shoreline of the lake.

Type: Concrete Description: A state owned public access is located off of County Road 14 along the Northeast shoreline of the Lake. Resorts: Hidden Haven

LAKE CHARACTERISTICS Lake Area (acres): 5,338 Maximum Depth (ft): 68

Walleye & Northern - May 9 Largemouth Bass - May 23 • Muskie - May 30

LONG LAKE NEAREST TOWN: VERGAS

WEST BATTLE LAKE NEAREST TOWN: BATTLE LAKE

PUBLIC ACCESS INFORMATION

PUBLIC ACCESS INFORMATION

Type: Concrete Description: A county owned public access is located off of County Road 41 along the West shoreline of the lake. Resorts: Hollywoods Resort

LAKE CHARACTERISTICS Lake Area (acres): 310 Maximum Depth (ft): 48

Type: Concrete Description: A state owned public access is located off of State Highway 228 along the North shoreline of the lake.

LAKE CHARACTERISTICS Lake Area (acres): 1,273 Maximum Depth (ft): 128

PUBLIC ACCESS INFORMATION

Type: Concrete Description: A city owned public access is located off of County Road 16 along the West shoreline of the lake.

Type: Concrete Description: A state owned public access is located off of County Road 5 along the East shoreline of the lake.

LAKE CHARACTERISTICS Lake Area (acres): 5,624 Maximum Depth (ft): 108

LICENSE/BAIT SHOPS PERHAM Perham Tesoro • (218) 346-6525 Whispering Pines Resort (Big Pine Lake) Perham Oasis • (218) 346-7810 Gene’s Sport Shop • (218) 346-3355

NEW YORK MILLS Mills Co-Op Services • (218) 385-2060 Cenex Convenience Store • (218) 385-4620 Scott’s Bait and Tackle (218) 385-3390

BATTLE LAKE Ben’s Bait • (218) 864-5596 Ken’s Tackle • (218) 495-2895

FRAZEE Birchmere Resort (Little Toad Lake) (218) 334-5741 Country Tackle & Crafts • (218) 334-5794 Frazee All-In-All • (218) 334-3336

RICHVILLE Wagon Wheel • (218) 346-2048 Sunset Bay Resort (Dead Lake) (218) 758-2080 Northern Lights Resort (Dead Lake) (218) 758-2343

Perham Chamber • 800.634.6112

PUBLIC ACCESS INFORMATION

2010 Minnesota FISHING OPENER Dates

NEAREST TOWN: DENT

✖ PUBLIC ACCESS INFORMATION

Type: Concrete Description: A state owned public access is located off of County Road 8 along the Southeast shoreline of the lake.

LAKE CHARACTERISTICS Lake Area (acres): 1,969 Maximum Depth (ft): 63

Resorts: Big Pine Lodge on Mosquito Heights, Whispering Pines Resort

Resorts: Barky’s Resort, Holly’s Resort, Nifty Nook Resort, Otter Tail Beach Resort, Red Lantern Resort, The Lodge

NEAREST TOWN: OTTERTAIL

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Type: Earthen Description: A city owned public access is located off of County Road 51 along the West shoreline of the lake.

Type: Concrete Description: A state owned public access is located off of County Road 53 along the Southeast shoreline of the lake.

BUCHANAN LAKE

PUBLIC ACCESS INFORMATION

Type: Earthen Description: A state owned public access is located off of County Road 8 along the North shoreline of the lake.

Type: Concrete Description: A state owned public access is located off of County Road 1 along the North shoreline of the Lake.

NEAREST TOWN: OTTERTAIL

NEAREST TOWN: PERHAM

PUBLIC ACCESS INFORMATION

RUSH LAKE

LITTLE PINE

Lake Information

OTTER TAIL LAKE

VERGAS Vergas Ace Hardware • (218) 342-2421 Vergas 1 Stop • (218) 342-2288 Eagles Best (formerly Big Jims) (218) 342-2605 J&K Marine • (218) 342-2148

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Lodging

LakesArea LODGING PERHAM

NEW YORK MILLS

EAST SILENT LAKE

• BUDGET HOST OASIS INN

• WHISTLE STOP BED AND BREAKFAST

• HOLLYWOODS RESORT

Located just off of Hwy. 78 and 10, Perham Twenty units, quiet, AC, color TV’s, telephones, RV dump, gas, diesel and complete convenience store. Hot Stuff Pizza, ice, fishing and hunting licenses, electric heat, winter plug-ins. Open 24 hours daily. Reservations call (218)346-2100 or (218)346-7810. P.O. Box 247, Perham, MN 56573. Jct. Hwy. 78 and Hwy. 10. OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND.

Feel first class in the caboose! Whether you’re planning a business trip, a honeymoon, observing an anniversary, or just an escape from the ordinary, the Whistle Stop Bed & Breakfast in New York Mills is at your service. Spend an afternoon or evening in the Victorian-theme “Jann’s Tea Room.” Stay in the Imperial Car, Palace Car, Caboose, Santa Fe Railroad cottage, or in one of the two guest rooms in the house; all have a private bath and each train car is complete with whirlpool. 1-800-328-6315 www.whistlestopbedandbreakfast.com

Our family resort is uniquely located along 800 ft. of beautiful East Silent Lake. The rolling woodland, beautiful sandy beach and great walleye fishing offers something for everyone. Our lake front vacation homes offer patio w/grill, air, satellite TV, full baths/kitchens and much more. Our permanent RV sites are all lake front with plenty of grass. Log reunion home opening in 2009. Contact Holly or Steve. 30995 Hwy. 108, Dent, MN 56528. 218-758-2835 or 800818-2835. Website: www.hollywoodsresort.com

LAKE FIVE

• BIG PINE LODGE ON MOSQUITO HEIGHTS

RUSH LAKE

www.ottertailcountry.com • 800.423.4571

• HIDDEN HAVEN RESORT AND CAMPGROUND

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Wondering where to stay in the Otter Tail Lake Country? Call 1-800-423-4571 Also check the Otter Tail Country Tourism Association website: www.ottertailcountry.com

Nine modern 1 to 3 bedroom cottages including heat, A/C, microwaves, kitchen appliances, cable TV, grills, picnic table, patio doors with decks and a beautiful view of a fantastic fishing lake! Cottage rental includes docking for your boat or our 16' aluminum boat w/motor rental. Pontoons are also available for rent. Dock side gas and oil available. Screened in fish cleaning facility with running water, electricity, freezer space, bait, gas, oil, laundry facility and much more! A vast selection of excellent recreation possibilities are within easy driving distance of the resort. If camping is your preference we have 2 RV campsites complete with water, 20 or 30 AMP electric and sewer hook-ups and 10 seasonal camp sites. Open May 1st - October 15th to accommodate fall hunting. Rich & Ember, 36242 Rush Lake Loop, Ottertail, Mn 56571, 218346-6046. Website: www.hiddenhaven.com Email: hiddenhaven@hiddenhaven.com

• FIVE LAKES RESORT Where the northwoods greet a quiet shore under a sky with more stars than one can count. Where mother nature still reigns supreme, but allows us a glimpse at her beauty along the shoreline of a motorless lake and 1200 acres of pristine woods. The morning meets the guest of Five Lakes Resort with the song of the early bird and the beckoning call of a place not on many maps - a place called home. Come enjoy our tranquil shores and many scenic trails that make Five Lakes Resort a truly memorable spot. 1(800)323-2849 or 218-847-7638. Website: www.fairhillsresort.com

BIG PINE LAKE Our cozy, rustic resort includes; Lake view Cabin rentals with cable & A/C, seasonal RV sites, and camping including a central shower facility and free WIFI. On weekends our Lodge serves fresh baked pizza, burgers and refreshments. Our boat landing and dock space is yours to use. With 200' of sandy beach and swimming area along with a well managed lake fishery this is a excellent place to relax, fish and enjoy your favorite lake activities. Small town festivals are abundant in this beautiful lake country, spring, summer and fall. Well behaved pets are welcome too, so you can make your vacation complete with the whole family. Good old fashion fun with a campfire and conversation, a fresh fish fry, roasting hot dogs followed by smores, can produce some of the fondest memories. Come and join us at Big Pine Lodge Perham, Mn. (218) 346-3480; email@bigpinelodgemn.com www.bigpinelodgemn.com

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www.whisperingpinesmn.com

For For more more details details see see the the Lakes Lakes Area Area Lodging Lodging Guide Guide in in this this Magazine. Magazine.


Great fishing-family friendly atmosphere. Eight 1-4 bedroom modern housekeeping cottages with air conditioning, heat and cable TV. 350’ of sandy beach, excellent swimming, water toys, playground, and game room. 16’ aluminum boat with each cottage. 200’ fishing dock, boat launch, fish cleaning house and fish freezing. Pontoon, boat and motor rentals. Gas, bait, fishing tackle, licenses and store. Spacious campground with full hookups available. No pets. 46362 Cty. Hwy. 8, Perham, MN 56573. 218-346-3188 or 1-800-452-4338. Website: www.whisperingpinesmn.com Email: wpresort@arvig.net

DEAD LAKE

round. 38267 White Haven Rd, Dent, MN 56528. 218-758-2555 or 866-566-9219. James & John Kimple.

Lodging

• WHISPERING PINES RESORT

• NORTHERN LIGHTS RESORT Clean, fun family resort with 10 AC modern housekeeping cottages and 8 campsites with water/electric hook-ups, showers, and dump station available. We feature a protected bay, sandy beach, swimming, V-ball, horseshoes, paddleboats, swingset, playground, store, game room, laundry, bait, gas and boat-motorpontoon rentals. We have great fishing and beautiful scenery on 7901 acres of water. Pets on leash. Information (218)758-2343, reservations 1(800)758-3121. V/MC/DI accepted. Mike & Cheryl Harris. Website: www.northernlighstresort.com

• KIMP’S KAMP On the north shore of beautiful Dead Lake, owned and operated by the Kimple family since 1944. Eleven two, three and four bedroom cabins, each with a Lund fishing boat. Motors, pontoon boats and a Lund Explorer are available for rent. Boat ramp, bait and fuel. Safe, sandy swimming beach. Pets allowed. Open year

Continued on page 34. See pages 30-31 for lake locations.

Our family resort is uniquely located along 800ft. of beautiful East Silent Lake. The rolling woodland, beautiful sandy beach, and great walleye fishing offers something for everyone.

••Clean CleanFun Fun Family Family Resort

•• 8 Campsites ••Sandy 10 Modern SandyBeach Beach • 10 •Modern A/C Cottages Great Fishing Fishing •• Protected Protected Bay Bay ••Great Playground/Game Room Room •• Bait, Bait, Gas, Gas, Store Store ••Playground/Game Pontoons,Boats Boats && Motors Motors Rental Rental Available ••Pontoons, Available

Contact Holly or Steve at

218-758-2835 1-800-818-2835

or www.hollywoodsresort.com For more details see the Lakes Area Lodging Guide in this magazine.

Mike & Cheryl Harris Dead Lake 218-758-2343 Richville, MN www.northernlightsresort.com

1-800-758-3121

www.ottertailcountry.com • 800.423.4571

All our units come with "Great Sunsets!"

For Reservations

C H EC K OUT T H E NE W L OG D UPL EX !

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Lodging

LakesArea LODGING Continued from page 33

OTTER TAIL LAKE • BARKY’S RESORT

www.ottertailcountry.com • 800.423.4571

Seven new lakeside AC cabins in 2007 along with 3 previous units. Year round, a/c, in floor heat, fireplaces, internet access, cable TV, full bathrooms and complete kitchens. One handicap accessible. All cabins furnished with a picnic table, grill & fire ring. Great walleye and perch fishing, sandy beach. Pontoons, jet-ski & fishing boats for rent. New game room and laundry facilities. Sorry, no pets. Marc & Kathy Gruenewald. 28484 County Hwy 145, Battle Lake, MN 56515. 800-451-0510 or 218-495-3444. Website: www.barkysresort.com • Email: barkys@arvig.net

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• NIFTY NOOK RESORT Seven lakefront cabins on the beautiful west shore of Otter Tail Lake. Perfect for swimming, boating, fishing and relaxing. Call for your ideal vacation. (800)545-4056. Jeff & Dede Carpenter, 28414 Cty Hwy 145, Battle Lake, MN 56515.

• OTTER TAIL BEACH RESORT

Excellent walleye fishing on Otter Tail Lake. Fantastic golf at Balmoral Golf Course next door. 18 & 9 hole courses. Special low rates Spring and Fall. Ten modern, air conditioned cabins, cable TV, microwave, soft water, ceiling fans, laundry facilities, boats, motors, pontoon rental and lifts. Enjoy our playground, screened patio, sandy beach, excellent swimming. V/MC/DI. Scott & Beth • HOLLY’S RESORT Peaceful family resort. Sand beach, spacious shaded grounds with Madson, 28255 N. Midway Park Drive, Battle Lake, MN 56515. 864-5860 or (800) 451-0710. Website: park-like playground, picnic tables and plenty of room for out- (218) door activities. Thirteen modern 2, 3, and 4 bedroom A/C cabins www.ottertailbeachresort.com Email: otbeach@arvig.net which include complete kitchens, cable TV, DVD’s, microwaves and gas grills. Cabins also have either screened in porch, patio, or • RED LANTERN RESORT private deck. Pontoon, Fish and Ski boats, jet ski, fishing boats, Six modern 2 & 3 BR AC cabins fully furnished including water bikes, and lift rental available. Great lake for fishing with microwaves, color/cable TV, BBQ. 2 & 3 BR lakeside cabins open Golf Courses nearby. Fall and Spring discounts. Enjoy treats from year-round. Beautiful sandy beach, great fishing. Playground, the store, sit and visit with family and friends in store’s lounge paddleboats, kayaks, resort store offering snacks, lending library, bait, tackle, dockside gas, boat, motor, lift, ice house rental. V/MC/DI. 37804 Eldorado Beach Rd., Battle Lake, MN 565159336. (800)451-2378 or (218)495-2930. Website: www.redlanternresort.com Email: redlantn@prtel.com

• THE LODGE (formerly Three Seasons Lodge) Fourteen cabins on the west end of Otter Tail Lake. Our lodge features a full schedule of activities for the whole family. Come by boat or car to our ice cream parlor and gameroom which is open to the public. Quality boat rentals including Pontoons, Fishing Boats, Ski Boats, Jet-skis and Sailboats. Check out our new Luxury cabin. Open All Year. (800) 334-3679 or (218) 495-2954. 28543 Cty Hwy 145, Battle Lake, MN 56515. Website: www.YourResort.com Email: Vacation@YourResort.com

WEST LOON LAKE • LILLEBRIDGE’S MAPLE BEACH RESORT area. Something for everyone at Holly’s Resort. Enjoy the serene setting of a resort tucked in the woods, off the main highway where peace and tranquility reign. 36294 Augustana Drive, Battle Lake, MN 56515. Open mid-May to end of September, also winterized 4 bedroom cabin and suite available for late fall and winter rental. 218-495-3456 or 800-237-5331. Website: www.hollysresort.com • Email: hollys@arvig.net

Ten 2 bedroom lakeview cabins. Grill and 14’ aluminum boat with each cabin. Pontoon rental. Child’s beach, playground, microwaves, motors, fans, and freezer service available for rental. Great fishing! Access to three spring fed lakes. WE LOVE PETS! Summer 31026 Cty. Hwy 4, Vergas, MN 56587 or winter 910 5th Ave. S., Fargo, ND 58103. Call 218-342-2581, 1-800-854-0157 or 1-701-232-6717.

NO BOAT?

East Otter Tail lake country has shore, pier fishing opportunities You don’t need a fancy boat and high tech fishing gear to fish the East Otter Tail lake country. Several DNR fishing piers are scattered around the area--and shore fishing opportunities are available on almost any lake. Pier fishing is done from floating platforms that are built over the water and are typically 80 feet in length. Minnesota is known for its tremendous outdoor recreational opportunities. Since 1972, the DNR has been updating its facilities and programs to meet state and federal accessibility standards, opening the outdoors to people with disabilities.

AREA FISHING PIERS INCLUDE: • In the scenic Vergas city park, near the towering sculpture of “The World’s Largest Loon.” The park, which includes a beautiful picnic area, is walking distance from downtown Vergas. • A pier is located at the very southwest tip of Otter Tail Lake, one of the state’s most widely known recreational lakes. Look for the pier off Highway 78, south of Ottertail city. • Tucked away on tiny Beers Lake is a great fishing hole, west of Dent, off Highway 108.

For information on Minnesota DNR public landings and fishing piers, check the website:

www.dnr.state.mn.us


Motorsports

2010 Tractor-Truck Pulls

East Otter Tail has several tractor-truck pull events during the summer.

June 18-19 > Smokin’ Iron Truck and Tractor Pull in Ottertail, a sanctioned event July 24 > East Otter Tail Fair tractor pull

Classic Car Shows Classic cars are on display for the big July show in Perham, but vintage beauties are a regular feature in community parades and festivals throughout the summer.

July 2 > (Downtown New York Mills) Look for classic cars in downtown New York Mills at the new summer parade date

July 11 > (Perham) Perham Area Cruisers classic car show

Demolition Derbies

July 22 > East Otter Tail Fair derby, hosted by fair board

August 13 > Otter Fest derby, in Ottertail August 21 > “Last Chance Bash” derby at Perham fairgrounds, hosted by fair board

Motorsports related events are sweeping the nation--and the East Otter Tail vacation country. Demolition derbies, tractortruck pulls, and classic car shows are on the calendar nearly every weekend of the summer. “Young guys like to build ‘em and smash ‘em,” laughed demo derby promoter Bud Stephens. “Where else can they do it? They can’t do it on the streets, so they do on the track.”

800.634.6112 • www.stayatmnparks.com

June 26 > Perham Lions derby at Perham fairgrounds

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Parks

GLENDALOUGH STATE PARK “HERITAGE FISHING” brings anglers back 100 years

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ith more than nine miles of undeveloped shoreline and six lakes, this angler’s paradise is one of the last large tracts of undeveloped lakeshore and land in west central Minnesota.

State Park Hotline • 1-866-85parks • www.stayatmnparks.com

In addition to the typical motorized boating and fishing opportunities offered in the park on Molly Stark Lake, Glendalough offers a designated “Heritage Fishery” on Annie Battle Lake. This 335-acre lake, located near the park campground, was a private fishing lake for many years, and its fish populations and sizes are more comparable to historic times. Very large bass and panfish are still relatively abundant, as are walleyes of good eating size. Special experimental regulations are in effect to preserve the serenity of this undeveloped lake. As a result, visitors can experience fishing as it was 100 years ago. Current restrictions include: No motors. This includes electric trolling motors as well. Rowboat and canoe rentals are available at the park. No electronic fish-finding devices. During spring and fall migration, to the delight of birdwatchers, the park is a major waterfowl staging area. Two observation areas in the park provide excellent opportunities to see wildlife activity. Hiking trails take you through oak and northern hardwood forests. One trail leads to a prairie hill.

GETTING THERE

25287 Whitetail Lane, Battle Lake, MN 56515

Tel: (218) 864-0110 Glendalough web page: www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/glendalough/index.html

From the town of Battle Lake, go 1.5 miles north on State Hwy. 78 and 1.8 miles east on Otter Tail Co. Hwy. 16 to the park entrance.

INSPIRATION PEAK One of the HIGHEST POINTS in the state

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n the southern part of Otter Tail County is a collection of glacial features known as the Leaf Hills. The highest is Inspiration Peak, just west of Urbank. It rises 1,750 feet, about 400 feet above the countryside. It is the highest point in the county and one of the highest points in the state. The vista was well-known to Sinclair Lewis. He wrote, “There’s to be seen a glorious 20-mile circle of some 50 lakes scattered among fields and pastures, like sequins fallen on an old paisley shawl.” The quarter-mile hike to the top can be a workout, and there are several benches along the way. The view is particularly impressive in autumn, when the hardwoods are ablaze, but this wayside rest area offers a captivating view any time. There’s a wooded park with picnic tables and restrooms.

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QUICK STATS

1,931 acres • 42,677 annual visits • 4,637 overnight visits

Inspiration Peak is a State Wayside Park and is managed by Lake Carlos State Park, situated 15 miles southeast.

GETTING THERE West of Urbank on Rt. 38 between State Hwy. 78 & 235th St. Inspiration Peak WEB PAGE www.co.otter-tail.mn.us/inspirationpeak


Parks

MAPLEWOOD STATE PARK

A stunning AUTUMN DISPLAY of color

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njoy the maple forest as it turns brilliant shades of orange, gold, and red in the fall. Eight major lakes and many ponds offer water lovers places to swim, fish, boat, and simply relax. Lake Lida has a sandy beach and large picnic areas for visitors. Drive along the scenic route to observe the wildlife: the park is host to 150 bird species and 50 species of mammals. The park drive at dawn and dusk is a great time to see deer. Beaver are active in some lakes and raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, and chipmunks can be seen frequently. As a result of the varied landscape in the park, 150 bird species breed here, along with 50 species of mammals, and 25 kinds of reptiles and amphibians. Human habitation in the area dates back at least 6,000 years. Artifacts found in the park give evidence of both prairie and woodland cultures. Most artifacts, however, indicate that the site was occupied 900 to 1,200 years ago and that the residents were primarily hunters during that period. Amid the farmlands that surround the park, Maplewood sits on a series of high tree-covered hills that provide visitors with striking vistas of small, clear lakes nestled in deep valleys. The park is known for its hardwood trees including sugar maple, basswood, American elm and oak. These same trees provide a stunning display of fall colors each year. In addition, red cedar and tamarack are found in the park.

HOURS: Best time to contact the park is daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

CONTACT: 39721 Park Entrance Road, Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 Tel: (218) 863-8383

Maplewood WEB PAGE: www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_ parks/maplewood/index.html

GETTING THERE The park entrance is located 7 miles east of Pelican Rapids on State Highway 108.

See maps on pages 20-21

State Park Hotline • 1-866-85parks • www.stayatmnparks.com

The extensive trail system attracts hikers, horseback riders, and cross-country skiers.

QUICK STATS • 9,250 acres • 103,406 annual visits

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Winter Celebrations

WINTER CELEBRATIONS Come see us in the winter

Otter Dazzle Holiday Celebration December 4 • Ottertail Locals turn out in impressive numbers each year for the day-long Otter Dazzle celebration, which officially ushers in the holiday season in Ottertail city. The winter event culminates in a nighttime parade down Main Street, complete with floats decked out with Christmas lights and characters. After the parade, a colorful fireworks display is a unique spectacle in the winter sky. This year’s Otter Dazzle celebration has been set for December 4, 2010.

Perham Chamber • www.perham.com • 800.634.6112

Perham’s Old-Fashioned Christmas

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November to December • Perham Perham lights up for the holidays every year--the day after Thanksgiving. The 2010 “Parade of Lights” holiday kick-off will be November 26. Community groups, businesses and families decorate vehicles, bicycles and just about anything that rolls with a colorful array of holiday lights. Perham merchants roll out the red carpet for the holiday season. Many merchants are open for longer hours during the holidays, and there are downtown promotions every week between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Sled Dog Rendezvous January 22-23 • Frazee The tenth annual “Third Crossing Sled Dog Rendezvous” will be hosted on the trails and backwoods of the beautiful Frazee area on January 22-23 in 2010. The race gives spectators the opportunity to see the dogs up close, and talk with the “mushers.” The event becomes a winter celebration, as the community of Frazee welcomes racers and spectators for winter activities and events.


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NIFTY NOOK RESORT 1-800-545-4056

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“All of our cabins are lakeside.”

RED LANTERN RESORT 1-800-451-2378 www. redlantern resort.com

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OTTER TAIL BEACH RESORT 1-800-451-0710 www. ottertailbeach resort.com

“Try our rental houses for ice fishing.”

“We’re across the street from Balmoral Golf Course.”

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HOLLY’S RESORT 1-800-237-5331 www.hollys resort.com

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“Great fishing, great cabins, great fun.”

BARKY’S RESORT 1-800-451-0510 www. barkysresort.com “New lakeside cabins.”

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THE LODGE

formerly

THREE SEASONS LODGE

1-800-334-3679 www.your resort.com “We have jet ski rental.”

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For a more detailed listing of each of these Otter Tail Lake Resorts, please see Lakes Area Lodging in this magazine.

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What is a Well Child Visit? ƵƌŝŶŐ Ă ǁĞůůͲĐŚŝůĚ ǀŝƐŝƚ͕ Ă ŚĞĂůƚŚ ĐĂƌĞ ƉƌŽǀŝĚĞƌ ŐŝǀĞƐ ƉƌĞǀĞŶƟǀĞ ĐĂƌĞ ďLJ ĂƐƐĞƐƐŝŶŐ Ă ĐŚŝůĚ͛Ɛ ƉŚLJƐŝĐĂů͕ ďĞŚĂǀŝŽƌĂů͕ ĚĞǀĞůŽƉŵĞŶƚĂů ĂŶĚ ĞŵŽƟŽŶĂů ŚĞĂůƚŚ͘ dŚŝƐ ŝƐ Ă ĐƌŝƟĐĂů ŽƉƉŽƌƚƵŶŝƚLJ ĨŽƌ ĚĞǀĞůŽƉŵĞŶƚĂů ĚĞůĂLJƐ Žƌ ĚŝƐĂďŝůŝƟĞƐ ƚŽ ďĞ ĚĞƚĞĐƚĞĚ ĂŶĚ ƚƌĞĂƚĞĚ͘ zŽƵƌ ĨĂŵŝůLJ ƉŚLJƐŝĐŝĂŶ ĐĂŶ ĂůƐŽ ƉƌŽǀŝĚĞ ŐƵŝĚĂŶĐĞ ŝŶ ďĂƐŝĐ ĂƌĞĂƐ ŽĨ ĐŚŝůĚƌĞĂƌŝŶŐ͕ ƐƵĐŚ ĂƐ ĚŝƐĐŝƉůŝŶĞ͕ ƐůĞĞƉ ƉĂƩĞƌŶƐ͕ ĂŶĚ ŝŶũƵƌLJ ƉƌĞǀĞŶƟŽŶ͘ zŽƵ ĐĂŶ ĞdžƉĞĐƚ LJŽƵƌ ŚĞĂůƚŚ ĐĂƌĞ ƉƌŽǀŝĚĞƌ ƚŽ ƌĞǀŝĞǁ LJŽƵƌ ĐŚŝůĚ͛Ɛ ŵĞĚŝĐĂů ŚŝƐƚŽƌLJ ĂŶĚ ƉĞƌĨŽƌŵ Ă ƚŚŽƌŽƵŐŚ ƉŚLJƐŝĐĂů ĞdžĂŵŝŶĂƟŽŶ͕ ŵĞĂƐƵƌĞ ŚŝƐͬŚĞƌ ŚĞŝŐŚƚ͕ ǁĞŝŐŚƚ ĂŶĚ ďůŽŽĚ ƉƌĞƐƐƵƌĞ͕ ƚĞƐƚ ŚŝƐͬŚĞƌ ǀŝƐŝŽŶ ĂŶĚ ŚĞĂƌŝŶŐ͕ ĂŶĚ ƉƌŽǀŝĚĞ ŝŵŵƵŶŝnjĂƟŽŶƐ ĂƐ ƌĞĐŽŵŵĞŶĚĞĚ ďLJ ĨĞĚĞƌĂů ŐƵŝĚĞůŝŶĞƐ͘

Schedule your well child visit today, call 218-367-6262.

Quality Care, Close to Home. Henning Medical Clinic

218-583-2953 or toll-free 1-877-677-9583

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or toll-free 1-866-294-3200

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